Indoor adventures for active kids in Vermont: Part 2

This is the winter that just never was. In all my years living in Vermont, I can’t remember a year with less snow…or more rain. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular posts on the blog this winter has been Indoor Adventures for Active Kids. Apparently, many of you are also desperate to find a way to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls– and off their screens. In the few years since that post went up, I’ve added a few more destinations to my bag of rainy-day tricks. Some are newly opened, others newly discovered, but all chosen with the goal of getting the kids out of the house to burn some energy!

Stowe Bowl – At the top of my list is the newly opened Stowe Bowl, a boutique bowling lounge in Stowe that perfectly mixes a classic bowling experience with a comfy, lounge experience and good food. This is the antithesis to the bowling alley / arcade / laser tag experience. It’s small (8 lanes), cozy, and the menu offers flatbread pizza, salads, popcorn with asiago and truffle oil, and pho noodle bowls. Yet (and this is important), there is still loud 80s music and bowling shoes to keep things real. Stowe Bowl

Skateland Vermont – Speaking of 80s music…Skateland is a classic roller skating rink in Essex Junction. Yes, roller skating! Has anyone been roller skating since the late 1970s? Skateland is a total throwback, complete with music and mood lighting. You can also rent roller blades if you’re more of a 90s kind of person.

Essex Speedway – I have not been here personally, but the boys have both been a couple of times and say it’s a blast. Of course, Go Karts, Bumper Cars, an Arcade, and a snack bar would keep them well entertained. The Speedway is also in Essex, so if you really needed a full day out of the house, you could probably hit both Skateland and the Speedway in the same day.

Pump House Waterpark – Located at Jay Peak, the Pump House is Vermont’s largest indoor waterpark. Kids can float around the lazy river, zip down multiple water slides, or catch a wave on the “Double Barrel Flowrider.” It’s always a full day excursion for us, as the kids pretty much never want to leave. One thing to note, it’s almost impossible to keep an eye on your kids the whole time unless you’re in the water with them. One slide shoots them out in one spot, and then they’re off in the lazy river, and up another slide before you can blink. However, there are lifeguards everywhere. Once I realized how well staffed they were, I eased up and let the boys go for it. Also, it’s HOT in there. So if you’re not planning to get in the water, wear shorts and a t-shirt.Jay Peak Pump House

Get Air Williston – The website says “coming soon,” and I really hope that’s true as the boys are dying to go. Since they’re not open yet (as of March 2016), we obviously haven’t been, but the website advertises trampolines, dodge ball, a slack line, and a foam pit…and the pictures looks pretty awesome.

What have I missed? Any other favorite destinations out there that are not weather dependent? Good luck keeping the little groms entertained!


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