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Nature Center
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
Morse Mining Company
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Calling all rockhounds! Try your hand at panning for minerals and rocks with the Morse 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. Weather permitting. $6 plus tax for a 3 pound bag of rough, $8 plus tax for a 5 pound bag of rough.

Other activities

Smuggs Eurobungy
Monday, Friday & Saturday 3:00 - 7:00 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 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. $8 for a 5 minute session; Frequent Flyer Pass, $32 for 5 sessions. Weather permitting, clothing and shoes required. Located at Notchville Park.

Farmers' 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, Friday & Saturday 3:00 - 7:00 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
For a high-flying family thrill, enjoy an exhilarating ride on our Giant Swing. This 100-foot swing is located at Notchville Park. Ages 8 & older. $8 per person per ride. Weather permitting, clothing and shoes required.


Family Ties

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... Family Ties is 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. All ages. Meet at the Adventure Tent on the Village Green.

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.

Roller Coasters • STEM Approved
Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come work as a team to design and build model roller coasters! Loops, drops, and speed are all part of our plans! Explore what an engineer does and the importance of design and experimentation. Ages 4 & older. Meets at the Morse Highlands Day Lodge. Must be present at the start of the activity.

Giant Kerplunk
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 Adventure Tent on the Village Green.

Water Rockets • STEM Approved
Sunday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Learn all about physics as you design, build, and launch a model water rocket. How high will they go? It is up to your team to figure out a design that is best for flight! Ages 6 & older. Meets at the Morse Highlands Day Lodge. Must be present at the start of the activity.

Family GaGa Ball
Sunday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for a game of GaGa ball, fun for the whole family. Ages 5 & older. Meets at the basketball courts.

Family Foosball Game
Monday & Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am & Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:00 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 Morse Drive, across from Commons 1-6.

Preschool Games
Monday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us for the familiar games of childhood and meet some new friends. 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 Adventure Tent on the Village Green.

Family Stand Up Paddleboard Intro
Monday & Friday 3:00 pm - 4:00 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.

Family Pictionary
Monday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Put your artistic skills to the test for our family Pictionary game. All ages. Meets at the Star tent behind the meeting house.

Pool Games at Mountainside Pool
Tuesday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Join us at Mountainside Pool for some water based fun. Games, contests and more. All ages. Meets at Mountainside 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. $12 per person. Advance registration required. Space is limited. Meet at the Adventure Tent on the Village Green.

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 or challenge your family with our new hydro blaster. All ages. Meets at Water Wars behind the Hearth & Candle.

Friendly Pirate Family Sing-Along
Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate presents pirate songs and lore for ALL ages. History, geography, nautical themes, and boatloads of wordplay. You RRR hereby invited to come aboard. Meet the crew at the Star Tent next to the Meeting House. Rain site is in the Meeting House.

Family Pedal Go Cart Race
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
On the Village Green, teams of two race to the finish ... up for grabs, an automatic spot in the Country Fair FINALE race. No guts no glory! Ages 13 & older. Advance registration required at the Tennis & Family Fun Center. In case of inclement weather this activity will be cancelled. This event will be replaced with alternate activities on July 4.

Notch Nature in the Evening
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for a walk into the woods to enjoy a fireside chat by our Naturalist, exploring the woodland creatures that reside in the Smugglers’ Notch area. Ages 6 & older Pre-registration is required. Meets at the Tennis Center.

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 Raingutter Regatta
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 Adventure Tent on the Village Green.

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 3:15 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.


Mini Structures • STEM Approved
Thursday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Which shapes can you find in nature? Which shapes can you find in buildings at Smuggs? We will be finding and learning all about different shapes and their strengths. Then, we will build our own 2D and 3D shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks. Ages 4 & older. Meets at the Morse Highlands Day Lodge. Must be present at the start of the activity.

Egg Drop • STEM Approved
Thursday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Watch out below! We will be dropping eggs from some pretty tall places. Will they make it? It is up to your team to design a package that will keep your egg safe. Ages 6 & older. Meets at the Morse Highlands Day Lodge. Must be present at the start of the activity.

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 Frisbee Games
Thursday, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us for fun with Frisbees. Ages 7 & older. Meets at Bootlegger's Basin.

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.

Friendly Pirate Family Sing-Along
Friday, 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate presents pirate songs and lore for ALL ages. History, geography, nautical themes, and boatloads of wordplay. You RRR hereby invited to come aboard. Mountainside Pool.

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 six & older please, and be prepared to get wet. Ages 12 & under need to be accompanied by an adult.

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