New family programs Smugglers' adjusts resort programming seasonally to stay abreast of families' latest recreational interests and to offer an ever evolving mix to the resort's many return guests. Added to the expansive mix of family games this year are a life sized version of the popular Hungry Hungry Hippos game and, as part of teen programs, a life sized foosball tournament. New health and wellness programs that appeal to older children and adults alike include natural aromatherapy, skincare, food flavorings and health preparations under the guidance of a local herbalist.
Smugglers' Summer vacation package specials Father's Day Celebration from June 17 - 26, 2016 offers special bonuses for stays of five nights or longer to dads and granddads traveling with their families. Dad or Granddad receives a free $100 Resort sport shop gift certificate and can treat their entire family to a delicious breakfast at the resort's Mountain Grille. The family will also enjoy a free welcome gift from Cabot Creamery.
Savings on childcare at TREASURES nursery. From June 17 - September 5, 2016, little ones six weeks to three years old are invited to enjoy Smugglers' cheery child care center at a 25 percent discount off the $85 per day value, for families visiting on the FamilyFest or Adventure Connection vacation packages. This fully licensed center is equipped with stimulating and age appropriate toys, books, games and activities designed for three age-designated playrooms. Caregivers are specialists in supporting non-recurring child care needs and trained in CPR, first aid, and child development.
Summer 2015 innovations In keeping with Smugglers' mission of being the best resort for family fun anywhere, family activities expanded in the popular Family Ties programs. For many years a daily afternoon offering, Family Ties now encompasses a full day of activities every day of the week during the summer season.
Families visiting Smugglers' find fun activities to enjoy together from 10 am to about 7 pm daily. Many of these activities are package inclusions, like an agility dog demo, sock puppet making, family nature walks, creature feature with a naturalist, giant lawn games, singalongs, and arts and crafts. Other activities with equipment and guide needs, like family mountain biking and paddleboard clinics, are fee-based.
The expansion of Family Ties was Smugglers' response to feedback indicating that for today's families, sharing their vacation experiences together is a priority. Family Ties is an opportunity for guests visiting the resort to explore the natural environment, play, learn and create together.
Bootleggers' Basin reservoir and recreation area, developed in Summer 2015, entices families with a swimming area, Zoom Flume inflated waterslide, playing fields, tents, picnic tables and restrooms. Bootleggers' serves as home base for Family Ties field games like kickball, soccer and volleyball and a unique water sport, flyboarding, that uses a boot-mounted water jet pack enabling the wearer to leap and dive in flight above the water.
Mountain biking. As with many of Smugglers' programs, the mountain biking experience is designed to support all ages and abilities in order to best serve the needs of visiting families. There are entry level and skill developing programs, as well as more advanced clinics. Last year Smugglers' developed trails on site and a pump track, a circular training area with entry level trail features built in, as well as a specialty camp for ages 9-17.
During Summer 2015 Smugglers' expanded the training area two encompass two mountainside skills parks with additional features for learning adjacent to the pump track. Program expansion included a family bike clinic, a women's clinic and a pedal-free bike session for ages 3-6 (these small and lightweight bikes promote balance and coordination at an introductory level for this age group). And for more fun, a bike parade joins the weekly parade for campers before the afternoon Country Fair on Thursdays.
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