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Daytime Activities for Families

Fun for Everyone!

June 5 - August 30, 2015.

The Clubhouse
Daily 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Next to the Mountainside Water Playground, the Clubhouse fills many of your recreational needs: ping-pong, pool, and video games.

Nature Center
Daily 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Whether you're looking for information on the ecology of Smugglers' Notch, or just plain nature fun, the Nature Center is the place to visit. Most of the time it's a quiet reTREEt of intrigue, but it can "bee" a buzzing "hive" of activity when the Discovery or Trail Blazers children's camp groups are visiting. You'll find live animals and plants, hands-on displays, educational exhibits, and loads of nature games and books. Spend 5 minutes or spend 2 hours, adults and children alike will find plenty of interest and you'll learn a thing or two while you have fun! The Nature Center is located next to The Clubhouse.

Morse Mining
Smuggs Mining Company
Daily 9:00 am - 7:00 pm, weather permitting.
Calling all rockhounds! Try your hand at panning for minerals and rocks with the new Smuggs Mining Company adjacent to the Tennis and Family Fun Center. In this educational and fun mining operation, you'll shift and shake your panning tray as the water from our sluice box rinses away sediment and reveals nature's treasures. A pocket guide and identification station allow you to identify the northern Vermont minerals and rocks you've uncovered. $6 for a 3 pound bag of rough, $8 for a 5 pound bag of rough.

Smuggs Eurobungy
Sunday - Friday, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm.
Experience the thrill of soaring high into the sky with our outdoor Eurobungy. Combining the fun of a giant trampoline with bungee cords and a harness, means you can fly higher and do more tricks. Fly up to 20 feet in the air, flip around and bounce to your hearts content. Participants must weigh between 40 pounds - 200 pounds. Located at Notchville Park. $8 for a 5 minute session. Weather permitting, clothing and shoes required.

Farmer's Market
Monday, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Join us in the courtyard of the village center for your produce and delectable treats you will need for a great week ahead. Farmers and vendors will be on hand with fresh produce, cheese, wine, meat, maple syrup and desserts.

Take a ride on our Giant Swing!
Monday - Thursday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm, & Saturday 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
For a high-flying family thrill, enjoy an exhilarating ride on our Giant Swing. This 100-foot swing is located at Notchville Park. Included with the Adventure Connection Package. Ages 8 & older. $8 per person per ride. Weather permitting, clothing and shoes required.


Survival Basics 101
Tuesday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join us for a wike into the Smuggs wilderness where you will learn basic survival techniques. Essential tips on building shelter & fire and gathering water & food will be explored on this fun and adventurous trek. Each participant will leave with their own survival plan and pocket flint. Available starting July 1st. Ages 13 & older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meets at the Gazebo. Advance registration required. $25 per person.

Gold Panning
Wednesday, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Learn how to pan for placer gold with the guides from Green Mountain Gold. We'll provide a pan and local gold-bearing black sand samples. You'll learn how to recuperate gold in your pan, and where in the brook to look for placer gold. We will discuss gem stones found locally such as garnet and serpentine as well as the geology and history if any artifacts are found. All the gold you find is yours! We will be in or near a stream so be prepared to get wet and have appropriate footwear. Ages 10 & up, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Tennis and Family Fun Center. $30 per person.


Smuggs-a-thon Family Challenge
Friday, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hit the ground running and join us for a fun-filled obstacle challenge race. This race will take you around and through the village, experiencing some of the best Smuggs has to offer. Teams of 2-4 people, bring your own or we can match you up. Please be prompt as it is a timed event, ages 6 & older please and be prepared to get wet. Ages 12 & under need to be accompanied by an adult.
Family Ties

Calling all Moms, Dads and kids... come join us for afternoons filled with activities and exploration especially designed for families! Make a Family Tie or two... Your Way! Mountain bike with your daughter... Shoot hoops with your teenage son... Play ping-pong with your brother... Go hiking with your Mom... Play tennis with your Dad... It's a special connection you make while sharing magic moments of fun.

Creative Sock Puppets
Sunday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Puppet fantasy abounds when you build your own Sock Puppet with our amazing guides in this hands-on art project. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Village Scavenger Hunt
Sunday & Thursday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Journey around the village following our clues, you might even learn something new.
All Ages, Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Bigger is Better... Lifesize Games
Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Play as a family or in family teams. Simple games take on a new dimension when they become BIGGER! Check out Sticks & Stones, Giant Tic Tac Toe, Square Peg in a Round Hole, 5-n-2 Puzzle, or the Snappin' Alligator. Meet at the Gazebo.

Family Kickball
Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us at Bootleggers’ Basin for a rousing game of kickball.
All Ages, Meets at Bootleggers' Basin ball field.

Family Tennis Social
Sunday & Thursday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for a fun social introduction to tennis. Meet our talented instructors, hit some balls and discover the family fun that tennis has to offer. Meets at the Tennis Center.

Welcome Kickoff
Sunday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join our knowledgeable staff from Summer Fun University, Activities, TREASURES and our Vacation Planners to learn about all of the wonderful events, camps and family gatherings that are happening this week.
All ages. Meets in the Meeting House.

Family Foosball Game
Monday 10:00 am - 11:00 am & Saturday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Every wonder what it would be like to play in a life size Foosball game? Join us and experience it for yourself.
Ages 7 & older. Meets at the Foosball Court located next to the Mountain Bike Center.

Sand Daze
Monday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Let your creativity take over while you build your own sand castle creation.
Ages 0-12. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Family Soccer
Monday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us at Bootleggers Basin for some soccer family fun.
All Ages, Meets at Bootleggers' Basin ball field.

Smuggs I-Did-A-Cart
Monday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join the Big Air Dummy Derby using an assortment of supplies such as duct tape, balloons, paints, and cardboard - all supplemented by your imagination - to build your derby dummy. Will your dummy survive the ride off the Morse I-Did-A-Cart ramp, have the Most Inspiring Crash, or catch the Biggest Air? To find out... you have to try I-Did-A-Cart. Meet at the Gazebo.

Family Stand Up Paddleboard Intro
Monday & Friday 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Join our guide for an intro class on stand up paddleboarding. Guests must be able to swim ages 10 & older. Advance registration is required $15 per person. Meets at Bootleggers' Basin.

Pool Games at Notchville Park
Tuesday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us at Notchville Park in the lower pool and splash pad for some water based fun. Games, contests and more.
All ages. Meets at Notchville Park lower pool.

Tie-dye
Tie Dye Smuggs Style
Tuesday & Friday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join our groovy staff for a 60's inspired tie dye blast. Swirl and style your own Smuggs t-shirt as a keepsake of your family vacation. Advance registration required.
$10 per person. Advance registration required. Space is limited.

Liquid Fun
Tuesday & Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us on the lower green for some water play. Soak each other with some water balloon battles, challenge your family with our new hydro blaster or simply soak your mom and dad with the splash blaster dunk machine.
All ages. Meets at Water Wars behind the Hearth & Candle.

Friendly Pirate Family Sing-Along
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm & Friday 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate presents pirate songs and lore for ALL ages. History, geography, nautical themes, and boatloads of word play. You RRR hereby invited to come aboard. Meet the crew at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Awesome Arts and Crafts
Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join us for some great art projects that your whole family will love. There is a lot of creative work to be done so please be prompt.
All ages. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Story Time
Wednesday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Gather round our talented TREASURES staff while they read a wonderful story to the little ones.
Ages 0-6. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

The Friendly Pirate
The Friendly Pirate's Raingutter Regatta
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ahoy mateys - let the races begin! Create your own ship from materials provided by the Activities Crew. See who has the fastest seafarin' ship to sail down the raingutters. Other categories for ships to compete in are tallest, longest, widest, most seaworthy, most pirate-like, and cutest. Rockin' Ron the The Friendly Pirate will be on board for the fun. Meet at the Gazebo then sail to the Adventure Tent.

In it to Win It
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm & Saturday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Challenge the whole family to some fun and exciting games of skill and chance, better get moving the clock starts NOW!!!
Ages 7 & older. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

802 Disc Dogs
Wednesday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come check out an amazing show of high flying discs and dogs brought to us by 802 Disc Dogs.
All Ages, Meets on the Village Green.

The Great Reservoir Adventure
Thursday 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Learn some fun facts from our guides about the local ecosystem, then we’ll hike to the Village Reservoir to hopefully see frogs and tadpoles up close.
All Ages. Meets in the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Ancient Forest Investigation
Thursday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hike with your guides to a nearby ancient forest. Along the way you will learn about the natural habitat around you and what creatures might call this area home.
Ages 7 & older. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

Family Volleyball
Thursday & Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us for a family game of volleyball.
Ages 7 & older. Meets at Bootlegger's Basin volleyball court.

Family Creature Feature
Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join our resident professor as he brings an exotic animal to visit for a unique learning experience.
All ages. Meets at the star tent next to the Meeting House.

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