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Daytime Activities for Families

Fun for Everyone!

June 5 - September 7, 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.

NEW - 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.

SnowSnake Video Game Room
Daily 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Visit our video arcade located upstairs in The Village Lodge. Fun for the whole family! Challenge your friends or test your own skills. Additional arcade games are located at The Clubhouse and the FunZone.

Smuggs Eurobungy
Sunday - Friday, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Saturday, 12:00 pm - 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 t0 your hearts content. 40 lbs - 200 lbs maximum participant weight. Located at Notchville Park. $8 for a 5 minute session. Weather permitted, 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 permitted, 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 and fire & gathering water and 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 & Friday, 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.



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.

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 of 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.

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.

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.

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