April. It is one tough month in Vermont. Could be sunny. Could be rainy. Could be 40 or it could be 70. So it is always great to have some indoor fun ideas for your kids just incase Mother Nature isn’t being cooperative.
For a small state, we have some pretty cool museums to visit. Many of them have exhibits that change on regular basis or that have special events. Here are just a few that we thought you should know about:
The Montshire Museum – How People Make Things
Depending on how old you are, you probably watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a kid on TV. After all they started taping the year I was born (1968), and despite a brief suspension in the late 70s, they kept taping new episodes until 2001. On exhibit through June 2nd, is How People Make Things which is inspired by factory tour segments from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood TV Series. Kids can use real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes: molding, cutting, deforming, & assembly.
ECHO – Earth Week’s MudFest
Let’s get dirty! Like kids can fling some mud kind of dirty. And the museum is a-okay with that. It is time for ECHO’s 8th annual MudFest! For 9 fun-filled days there will be muddy music, a mud table, muddy activities and more. Bonus: Anyone with a VT or NY license gets $2 off admission!
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Did you know we have a museum of natural history and a planetarium? The only public planetarium in Vermont. Could be worthy of a trip out to St. Johnsbury, right? Seating is limited so you want might want to reserve your tickets. Presentations are on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and not recommenced for kids younger than 5.
Vermont History Museum
Want to know who Vermonters are? Visit the Vermont History Museum. The museum’s permanent core exhibit pays homage to our motto — Freedom and Unity. Starting with Vermont’s history in back 1600, families will walk through time and experience an Abenaki wig-wam, the Catamount Tavern, a railroad station and more. Just an FYI, this museum is made up of two locations. Check out the History Center in Barre if your kids like odd items. Currently on exhibit are artifacts that represent the best, worst, weirdest and most wonderful stories of Vermont history.
Birds of Vermont Museum
Young ornithologists will enjoy this museum when it reopens for the season on May 1st. Grouped by habitat, there are 495 accurately wood carved birds that represent the “Birds of Vermont“. Really! Totally self-taught, Bob Spear started carving these birds in back in 1938 and hasn’t stopped. Plus there is always something fun going on. There are walks and talks and even monthly story times just for pre-schoolers.
To find out more about Vermont’s other museums check here.