Despite the scenic outlooks and outdoor activities that make Vermont an ideal family vacation destination, the attractions (and the inevitable visits to the local breweries that follow) don’t always hold the younger kids’ attention. Luckily, the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum in Rutland will keep them laughing and entertained for the better part of an afternoon, or at least until they tire themselves out!
Wonderfeet Children’s Museum combines interactive games and hands-on activities to create a space where families can explore, create and play together. The museum includes block puzzles, Lego technology, creative art spaces, a wind tunnel and a life-sized train intended for imaginative role-playing. Even babies and young toddlers have their own area where they can crawl freely and learn to identify colors and shapes.
Don’t expect just a fun time at Wonderfeet, though. It’s an educational experience too! Many of the exhibits and displays are specifically designed to provide children with developmental experiences and help them demonstrate their creativity, social interaction and problem-solving skills in new ways. At the sensory table, children use tools to measure and pour substances and explore textures, while developing fine motor skills. Help your child sort and identify healthy foods at the make-believe farmer’s market, or get a physics lesson at the magnetic wall. Parents might even learn a little something, too.
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum goes above and beyond in their mission to connect and educate the children of their community by organizing educational programs and field trips (many of which are now virtual), summer camps and writing workshops. The museum also spearheads a homeschooling club and several free community groups including “It Takes a Village: A Community of Parents,” a support group that offers resources to those adding a new baby or child to their family.
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, although children under the age of 12 months are free.
“The activities are full of imaginative possibilities. Kids never get tired of the play and parents can relax and chat with each other while being part of the fun!”
—Melissa O, Google Reviews