Kids At Play – Where to Take Your Kids in Central Vermont


It’s Cold.  &$%$# Cold!  Too cold to play outside.

Are you tired of being stuck in the house with restless kids?  Have you played the SAME board game over and over and over?  Do you need to get out of the house but don’t know where to go?

Central Vermont has several inexpensive or free activities to bring your kiddos to do.  Explore a new book or tumble and play.  There is something for all personalities and budgets.

First in Fitness, Berlin

First in Fitness

Forget the winter blues by hitting the pool.  Absorb the heat and splash around during Public Open Swim, Fridays 6-8pm, Saturdays 2-4pm, Sundays 11-2pm.  Call 223-1348 for fee.  They also offer home-school swim lessons and summer camp.

Next Chapter Bookstore, Barre

Enjoy a good book here and at home.  Your little reader can rest in the cozy bear’s den to listen to Storytime Saturdays @10:30am FREE.

Sunrise Gymnastics, Berlin

Sunrise Gymnastics in Berlin VT

Unstructured play is beneficial for children of all ages.  Let them jump, skip, roll and tumble at Open Gym.  Water is available or you can bring your own drinks and food.  An area is reserved for snacks and lunches.  Mondays & Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm, Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm.  $10 per child; $5 for siblings.  Summer camp is also available.

McDonald’s Playhouse, Berlin

McDonald’s Playhouse in Berlin VT

You will need to make a purchase of food or beverage to enter McDonald’s FREE Playhouse.  If you can resist the smell of fries and burgers, you can eat healthy here.  They offer yogurts, apple slices and salads.  I suggest going during off-peak times to avoid crowds.  There is only one entrance to the room and the equipment.  McDonald’s certainly thought of mom’s need for safety when creating this space.

Aldrich Public Library, Barre

Aldrich Public Library

Your child’s imagination can blossom through any book.  A themed song and craft continues your morning at the library.  Storytime Mondays and Tuesdays 10:30am, Summer Crafts Program Tuesdays and Thursday 1:00pm.  Follow them on Facebook to get up-to-date information.

Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier

Storytime Tuesdays and Fridays 10:30am.  Make sure to check the events calendar for other offerings like Magic or coming soon Lego Club.  Organize a StoryWalk for your child’s school.  Borrow a museum or park pass too!

Brown Public Library, Northfield

Enjoy a book and craft during Storytime Mondays and Thursdays 10:00am.

Montpelier Rec Center, Montpelier

Great for those under five.  Your toddler can ride a trike or run around until they drop. Little Sprouts Open Gym will let your little one burn the energy they have built up this winter.  Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am, FREE.

Twin City Family Fun Center, Berlin

Twin City Family Fun Center in Berlin VT

Fun for ages over 3 years old. Bowling, Laser Tag and an arcade will fill your afternoon with fun.  The Fun Center has been recently renovated with a restaurant inside.  They offer birthday celebrations and adult events like Cosmic Bowling too!

BOR Ice Arena, Barre

Public Ice Skating and Skate Rentals.  While the BOR season is almost over, you still have a chance to enjoy part of winter without the bitterness of the cold. Little tikes can learn to skate with the training bars.  No skates, no problem.  Skate rentals are available.  Check the schedule here.  $4 per person for non-residents.

Where else do you take your kids for indoor play in Central Vermont?


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