The Echo is a great place to be a member! The membership is affordable and makes a great Christmas or birthday gift! It is nice to have a place to go downtown with kids that you can stop in for an hour or so and then continue with errands or head to lunch or a park after! The bottom exhibit is always changing. There was an exhibit on feelings and emotions that was awesome. You could talk and see your speech light up, warm words like love were in red and cooler words were in blue.
They just added champ lane which is a small kids area but is well laid out and packs a lot into a small space! There is only once entrance so it is easy to stand right by it and let your kids safely explore. There is a really cool tunnel tree slide, a water table, a boat, a stage, a grocery store, kitchen, and lastly an animal hospital. There is also a small space for nursing and kind of a quiet area with Legos and blocks.
I really like being a member as we can go their frequently enough that we both know the space and how to navigate it. I also like that if he is struggling we can leave without feeling like we didn’t get our monies worth!
Although the Fun Zone at Smugglers Notch Resort won’t be open until mid-winter it is suppose to be great! It offers children a bounce house, obstacle course, inflatable slide, ping-pong, small arcade and toys to play with. It is bright, clean, and wide open which makes it easy to spot your child. It also provides great sensory input on the inflatable objects.
Imagination Station is an incredible sensory space that was designed for individuals on the autism spectrum. However, it is a space that can be utilized for individuals with any disorder who want to experience a calm and relaxing environment. The fun, interactive space is filled with colors, soft music, aromatherapy, different textures, and lighting effects. Its purpose is to make sure that individuals have a positive and calm experience.
Imagination Station is operated by Washington County Mental Health Services. However, individuals who are not accessing their services are able to access the space during particular hours. Check out their website!
We had a wonderful experience while eating at Juniors at Stowe. From the moment we were seated until the time we left, the staff was very accommodating to our daughter. They willingly sat us away from windows (due to the fear of bugs), asked us if it was okay if their service dog visited, and went out of their way to find some crayons for our daughter. Granted, the restaurant was very quiet (1:30) but my hope is that they are like this all the time!
And the food was very good!
Santa’s Village is a small amusement park located in Jefferson, NH. Yes, amusement parks can be overwhelming for children and hard to navigate if you have a child with special needs. However, this park is small and the employees are wonderful and very accommodating. They also offer a special pass for children with various disabilities. This pass allows children to gain quicker access to a ride without having to wait in line.
Shelburne Farms is not only a great place to visit for a day, they offer some great camps throughout the year! They do a remarkable job working with ALL kids, regardless of their differences. From the animals, hands on activities, and their delicious bakery; it is definitely a place you want to visit.
Shelburne Farms also has an adaptive stroller to access their grounds!
Shelburne Farms is a wonderful place to bring your child. At the Farm Yard you can visit with animals, play with toys, or see how they make their amazing cheese. There are also plenty of walking trails to experience. It is generally a quiet place and very spacious.
With the support of the Schip Foundation from Shelburne and Kayla’s Directory there is an adaptive all-terrain stroller that is located at the educational center.
We recently went to Stowe and had a wonderful experience. From the lodging, activities, skiing, to the incredible staff; this is definitely a place that accommodates children with special needs.
The skiing at Stowe goes above and beyond to accommodate individuals with special needs. Stowe Adaptive is an incredible program that offers lessons and equipment to make sure that every individual can get out on the mountain. And Stowe also offers a “Buddy Pass”! Here is some great information that Donna Barton (Operation Manager) at Stowe offered:
The idea of the Buddy Pass is that if you are unable to meet the minimum Essential Eligibility Criteria, you qualify for our adaptive lesson program or the Buddy program. Check out the EEC requirements on their website.
In addition, here at Stowe…if you do not meet the minimum requirements of the EECs and you apply for a scholarship through Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports, you may be granted a scholarship to use toward lessons or access. For more information click here
Stowe Rocks is an indoor rock climbing facility that has both auto-belay courses for kids to climb as well as 8 manual belay sections. The staff that is on site to help is incredible. They are patient, friendly, and great at encouraging kids to climb and take chances!
$26.00 for kids 12 and under to climb for 2 hours.
If your child is not up to climbing they can always take the gondola up to the top of Mt. Mansfield.
Definitely a fun place to visit!
This park has a great playground for younger children or children with mobility issues. There are two play structures, swings, and smaller slides for children to play on. The park also has a picnic area, soccer and baseball fields, and plenty of grass to run around or fly a kite!
The park is also connected to the South Burlington Bike Path which is wonderful.
The Wild Center is an incredible place to explore nature. What makes it even better is that it is completely accessible with indoor and outdoor experiences including a wild walk! The Wild Center and its new Wild Walk—an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops. Find new ways to connect with nature through outdoor experiences like iForest and guided canoe trips, and explore a 54,000-square-foot museum with live animals and hands-on everything.
Zachary’s family fun center is a locally owned restaurant and arcade located on the Williston Road in South Burlington Vermont. In addition to the arcade and restaurant, there is a ball pit and tunnel slide for young children to burn off extra energy in. This is my go-to place when we are stuck inside because of weather or to break up the boredom of running errands. In my opinion the family fun center is fun place for children ages two and up.
Why it works for us
Zachary’s is an open, and clean space with bright lighting. It is easy to see your child or multiple children with in the family fun center. The arcade has enough games to be fun but is not overwhelming. I also find the noise level to be low even with the arcade games and small children running around. One big bonus of the games at the family fun center, is they are run by tokens! No fancy cards here! I love this! I hate when arcade games are run by card readers. The card readers never work, they are hard to scan, and you never know how much money you have left. As an added bonus because the games require you to put your tokens into a tiny slot it also provides hidden fine motor practice. Another plus for the tokens is it easier for my son to understand how many he has left. The last reason why I love the arcade games at the family fun center is they dispense tickets. I love seeing all the children running around and jumping up and down in glee while they see their winnings dispearse from the machines. Not all machines give out tickets, but it is easy to figure out what machine provides the opportunity to win tickets. The tickets also add up with little or no skill required. Each time we have gone we have been able to cash our tickets in for a couple of tootsie roll pops which is a great end to the afternoon.