Just as Vermont is a great place for outdoor activities, so is it abound with events and venues for kid’s birthday parties. Whether it is in the water or on the bowling alley, the Green Mountain State has an array of-of fun and exciting places to get your kid’s party on. So check out our top 10 places for a kids party in Vermont and have a blast!
ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an acclaimed aquarium and science center. Founded in 2003, this museum and marine science exploration center is committed to educating and engaging the public with more than 100 interactive exhibits, and the new exhibit and preschool space, “Champ Lane.” The aquarium displays life in the Champlain Basin and inspires visitors toward a stewardship of the Green Mountain State’s largest lake.
A little cozier than your average bowling spot, this boutique bowling alley is decorated with mid-century furnishings, including two plush couches rather than the typically stiff, plastic seating. The upshot is a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere more like a swanky bar or lounge, but, with only eight lanes, you'd better be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time.
Martial Way Self-Defense Center has been helping kids channel energy while increasing self-confidence, discipline, and coordination since 1988. And MWSDC Camps are a fun, action-packed alternative to sports and wilderness camps, while their birthday parties include an informal martial arts class where the birthday boy/girl is the "star" participant.
The Swimming Hole is a complete indoor aquatic family fun center, and it is especially baby-friendly. First Splash sessions for parents and babies are a big hit for little ones, and the kid pool is a great time for kids ages five and up. For older kids, the diving board opens at 3:30 p.m., so bring the entire family.
Open August 1 through mid-October, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Great Vermont Corn Maze is the self-proclaimed largest outdoor corn maze in New England. With 26 acres of excitement to sort through, this mammoth maze can take two or more hours to hike through, including over three miles of trail, bridges, a tunnel, and plenty of photo ops, etc. Proper footwear, to-go snacks, and plenty of time are recommended essentials.
Northern Lights Rock and Ice has climbing equipment, slides, a picnic area, a playground, indoor restrooms, and is handicap accessible. What’s more, you can play on courses recommended for the whole family. Some adventures include Survivor Challenge, multi-level ropes courses, geocaching, 450-foot zip line, and outdoor rock and ice climbing structures.
They have a mobile bounce house that can go anywhere. We could stop there, because, frankly, who doesn’t love a traveling bounce house? But Whirlie’s Wolrd has so much more to offer like handicap accessibility, indoor restrooms with changing tables, a laser tag court, arcade games, and an on-site snack shack. Plus, they specialize in parties and have two large dedicated rooms for just that.
ArborTrek Canopy Adventures is an aerial adventure for you and your family like no other. Whiz through the treetops for three hours via a gravity-fed zip-line. Named one of the "10 Best Zipline Courses in the U.S." by USA Today the tour is fully guided, includes eight zip lines (over a mile of cable), two bridges, and two rappels. In addition to a heart-pounding, non-stop adrenaline rush, the adventure includes access to a snack stand and indoor bathrooms.
The Majestic 10 Movie Theatre is the perfect place for an afternoon party. A premier movie theater, featuring high-back rocker seats with movable armrests, and a large space for birthday parties, party packages include admission tickets, concession packs, reserved seating, cheese pizza, and cupcakes. Plus, get decorations, use of the party room, bottomless pitchers of soda, and free pass for the birthday child for their next movie.
Spare Time features an incredible light and sound system as well as a scoring and LCD screens and gigantic TVs. Plus, find a new arcade room and laser tag facility. But the big draw is the comfortable and relaxed bowling center offering lots of plush seating for the kids and a sports bar for the adults. What’s more, party packages are available and include, Music and Light Show, Birthday Party Host, Pizza and Soda, and more.