Shelburne Museum

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

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Shelburne Museum for Parents and Families

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Families and kids are always welcome at Shelburne Museum! Look for Webby when you visit the Museum. You’ll find him wherever there are activities and programs for families and children.

Family Days

Join us for special Family Days throughout the 2014 season. Each event offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days for the 2014 Spring/Summer Season are currently in development. Stay tuned for engaging and educational programs devoted to fun for all ages!

Owl Cottage Activity Center 

Owl Cottage Activity Center offers visitors a chance to take a break and relax during their Museum visit. Guests can read books or explore toys and games inspired by the Museum’s collections. We invite visitors to join us for our weekly Story Time with Webby.

Smart Series

Shelburne Museum now offers specialized art-themed programming year round! Programs are geared toward families but all are welcome.

SMArt: Kids-Ordinary to Extraordinary

1-4 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 Inspired by activities found on the social networking site Pinterest™  and the exhibition John Bisbee New Blooms. Participate in an afternoon of extraordinary art-making using ordinary materials.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-I Heart Art1-4 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sample tasty treats and create your own heart inspired jewelry. For the young, and young at heart.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Flicks-Muppet Mania

Join us as we celebrate all things Muppets. From viewing the Muppet Movie to making sock puppets, it’s not easy being green but we will do our best. The new Muppet Movie opens March 14.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-EGG-STREME Spring

 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014

Art Safari 

Art Safari programs are Museum adventures specifically designed for 3 to 5-year old visitors with an adult companion. Each month we explore a part of the Museum collection through imaginative play and then roll up our sleeves for a hands-on art activity in Owl Cottage. May through August, stay on for Story Time with Webby at 10:30 a.m.

All programs have a capacity of ten children. We kindly ask that no children younger than three attend so that you and your preschooler can fully engage in the activities. Registration is by mail on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download a registration form.

Arts on the Go

From  mid-June to mid-August our bright blue Art on the Go are stationed in exhibitions and filled with art supplies, games, activities, and books. Look for the carts again during the 2013 season for new art activities and learning opportunities.

 Dive in with Webby 

Keep your eye out around the grounds for Webby–the icon for family-friendly activities in and around the Museum’s galleries and grounds. “Dive in with Webby” cards in many of our exhibition buildings guide visitors of all ages in interactive explorations of Museum collections.

 Daily Demonstrations

Demonstrations will resume May 11, 2014

Visitors can gain insight into America’s craft and cultural heritage at three demonstration sites: the Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, and Weaving Shop.

Blacksmith Shop

Visit the Blacksmith Shop to see demonstrations of how early 20th-century blacksmiths practiced their trade. The Blacksmith Shop also houses a collection of 19th and 20th-century blacksmithing and wheelwrighting tools.

Print Shop

The Print Shop features letterpress printing demonstrations that highlight changes in printing technology through the 19th and mid-20th centuries. Museum printers work at a range of presses, from the manual acorn press to the automated Heidelberg press.

Weaving Shop

Visitors to the Weaving Shop can learn about the processing of wool and linen into finished cloth. Museum weavers work on spinning wheels, two barn-frame looms, and a rare 1890s Jacquard Loom.

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Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

The Pizzagalli Center for Art

The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is Shelburne Museum’s new year-round facility. With two galleries, classroom space and an auditorium, the Pizzagalli Center is a regional cultural resource for art, music, film, lectures and symposia. Before the Pizzagalli Center opened, Shelburne Museum was dormant from November through mid-May. The Center enables the Museum to better fulfill its educational and cultural missions and enhance and expand its offerings.

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Museum Hours 

Shelburne Museum is open from Nov. 1, 2013 – May 10, 2014

Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM*

Monday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Tuesday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Thursday: 10 AM – 5 PM

(10 AM – 7:30 PM, mid-June – mid-Aug.)

Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM

Museum admission 

Ticket prices include admission for a second consecutive day! (After 4 PM tickets excluded.)

Adults: $20

Children (ages 5 – 18) : $10

Children (under 5): Free

Family Day Pass : $50
(2 adults and their children ages 5 – 18)

Museum Members: Free

Vermont Residents :

Half price, thanks to a generous grant by Lois McClure

After 4 PM:

Half price, except on Thursdays, mid-June through mid- August

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1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT, United States 59.93 mi

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world.  Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.

Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

 Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:

  • 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
  • 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
  • 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.

The only public planetarium in the state of Vermont opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every week.

Discover … Explore … Experience … Inspire …

CURRENT EXHIBITS AVAILABLE HERE

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The Museum’s learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, classic learning hall and outdoor space.

Contact us to plan your visit to the Museum.

 

Solar Slumber

It is easy to take the Sun for granted.  After all, it NEVER fails to shine, even if the clouds get in the way.  Recently, better technology has permitted astronomers to observe the Sun in great detail, revealing much more about the Sun.  It also shows many things we don’t know about the Sun.  While the Sun’s steady nature makes life on Earth possible, changes in daily, seasonally, and long-term solar activity affects our atmosphere, our satellites, and life on the Earth.

Students will learn to safely view the Sun, weather-permitting, and will observe (live or through images) details on the Sun’s surface.  Students will analyze data to discover patterns of solar activity, and then discuss the possible affects of the Sun on the Earth, including recent information about decreased solar activity.

NGSS: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS3

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BOING!

Does sound cause movement?

Does movement make sound?

How does sound travel through the air?

Discover the properties of sound while making some of your own sounds.  Develop basic musical instruments to test your observations.  Using tools and ourselves, we will discover what makes sound and what does not. By the end we will solve the problem of how to use our bodies to demonstrate how sound traverses distance.

NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4

Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies!

Parasites and Poisons that can control our minds!

Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lesson, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? This lesson is ideally suited for Third Grade through Middle School students.

NGSS: 3-LS4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS3, MS-LS4

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Have a Ball!

What goes up must come down, but that law of motion doesn’t mean all objects travel on or through all surfaces the same.

Your students need only bring their innate curiosity and their creative and critically thinking minds to be ready for this class!

 

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Delve into our Solar System and beyond in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium!

Planetarium experiences can expose your students, club members or community group to the stars and constellations, our moon, the planets, even concepts like orbits and gravity.

Planetarium Topics

  • Our Solar System
  • American Indian Star Stories
  • Tonight’s Skies
  • The Moon
  • Mythology and the Stars

Plan your visit to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium


Our staff meteorologists, the voices of the Eye on the Sky weather broadcasts, are also our weather educators.
What better source could there be for learning about the science behind weather and climate!

Introduction to Weather Instruments

What kinds of tools does a weatherperson use to measure what’s going on in the air? How do they work? Thermometers (liquid and bimetallic), anemometer, wind vane, barometer, psychrometer and rain gauge are explained and passed around for close inspection. A brief trip to the Weather Center and the Instrument Shelter closes the time.
Duration: 50 minutes, flexible for K (can include Weather Center/Instrument Shelter).
Suitable for grades K-3


Weather Center and Instrument Shelter

The title says it all! A guided view of the Northern New England Weather Center, including instruments and telecommunications equipment; then a quick trip to the Instrument Shelter for an explanation of its workings.


 

Weatherlore

Before computers, The Weather Channel, even the Old Farmer’s Almanac, forecasting the weather was a do-it-yourself project. And so, through hundreds of years of observing the weather, reliable signs were compiled and passed on, becoming those quaint country quips like when the cows lay down at midday, rain in on the way. Yet most, if not all of these bits of weather wisdom work. A look at the sayings, the science behind them, and a way for you to use them to forecast your own weather.
Appropriate for all ages.


 

How Do We Make a Forecast?

A day in the Life of a Meteorologist
An explanation of the process of making a weather forecast. We cover everything from taking local observations; through mapping regional, national, or hemispheric observations and using satellite imagery; to using computer model output. By the end your students should have a good understanding of how a meteorologist organizes his or her thoughts when faced with the task of figuring out the weather from 2 hours to 2 weeks into the future.
Best for Grade 4 & up.


Weather a la Carte!

  • Wind
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Moisture

These lessons could be presented one of two ways:

  • A short lesson focusing on one of four topics, with a “hands on” activity to follow, or,
  • A longer lesson focusing on one of four topics, with follow up materials provided for your class to conduct “hands-on” experiments back at school.

Suitable for students from Kindergarten to the third grade.

Plan your Weather Program visit.

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1079 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804, United States 74.42 mi

Adventure Racing

Adventure Family Fun Center is the ultimate place for your Summer Camp Group/Scout Group trip, Camp Reunion or social event with several private party rooms. Our 1.000 ft. outdoor go-cart track is the largest and most exciting in the area. We have an Leman’s Indoor Go Cart track, 70 foot Rock-climbing wall, Paintball target practice range, Multilevel Laser Tag with tons of hiding spots, Glow in the dark structures and Great Music, Bumper Cars, State of the art Karaoke sound Stage w/ Ultra Modern Light show and dance floor, plus a Gigantic Arcade. Many different packages are available and we can accommodate up to 300 people with unbeatable group rates. Click the links above to find out more comprehensive information on each of the many attraction we host at Adventure Racing.

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Family Trips

We host a 40,000 Square Foot facility so come in Rain or Shine

Please Contact our Events Coordinator Ashley Sherman for details at (518) 798-7860

Adventure Family Fun Center is the ultimate place for Family Outings. In our 40,000 Square Foot facility, we can guarantee to please anyone and everyone offering a variety of entertainment that includes, Indoor Paintball, go Carts, Bumper Cars, Laser Tag and so much more. Able to accommodate up to 300 people with an unbeatable group rate, we can make your next event be a memorable and lasting experiences for everyone. We are the ideal location for day trips, Fundraising events, Scout events or any social gathering small and large. Come take a look at some of the things that we offer at Adventure Racing Fun Center below and let us help you plan your next Group event. We currently offer all kinds of group packages so give us a call!

Go-Carts

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Adventure Racing features a 1000’ track with hair pin turns, dips and drops just like a real racetrack. Adventure Racing is Open both day and night for your convenience. We feature 1 and 2 person Go-Karts so even small children can experience the awesome thrill of our high energy track. Our Go-Karts have the speed and agility of the high performance racing machines kids love. Adventure Racing Go-Karts are just as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Adventure Racing Go-Karts are a great way for your Students to connect with each other in a fast paced, exhilarating way. They are fast, but safe and a great way to get your adrenaline pumping with this unforgettable ride. It’s an action packed adventure for the whole Class Trip or School Event!

Go Karts
Adventure Racing indoor track is the only one of its kind in the area. Our Grand Prix style track is loaded with exciting features like a bridge, underpass and a course that will challenge even the most seasoned driver. Also our indoor track features four 20’ TV screens which are available for any private function. Adventure Racing indoor Go-Kart track is also equipped with a high tech time trial system, that allows you to race against the clock or other racers. Rain or shine come check out the Adventure Racing indoor Go-kart track. Don’t let bad weather ruin your vacation. Bring the kids in for a day or night of fun filled adventure.
Click here to view specials on Go Karts
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Laser Tag

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Adventure Racings Multi Level Laser tag has a full 3 levels of fun with Glow in the dark, Black light obstacles to hide behind, numerous rooms in which to ambush the opposing team, and multi story Star Wars figures. The interactive Music and lights system brings the multi-level lazer tag arena to life. Laser Tag course can host two teams of up to twelve players,that’s 24 players accumulating with real-time game stats that are calculated throughout your match. The Game starts in our Debriefing room with a short movie that explains the lazertag rules and presents the players with some tips and tricks. The final Stats are posted immediately following the game in the arcade which tabulates not only the winner but hit percentage and other crucial information about you and your team. Escape reality by joining in one of adventure racings Star Wars ultra modern laser tag games.

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PaintBall

 

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Adventure Racing has a large paintball shooting range jam-packed with sound activated and pressure sensitive targets. Avoid the sting of getting hit by fast moving paintballs, but enjoy the best part of the sport, shooting our high velocity paint guns. Practice your aim, have shootouts or just blast away at the numerous targets in our shooting gallery. Hey parents, Adventure Racing is an inexpensive way to determine whether your children will enjoy the sport of paintball before investing in costly equipment. The best part is “NO STING” and 100% Safe for all ages. Why spend money on a passing phase? Come to Adventure Racing and let the whole family experience the thrill of our interactive Paintball Range.

Pirates Cove Mini Golf

 

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If Paintball, Laser tag is something that doesn’t spark the interest of your School Group then Adventure Racing also offers the Pirate Cove Mini Golf. School groups can enjoy game of Mini Golf. The adventures and legends of infamous pirates come to life in our award-winning theme park settings. Putt your way through caves, over footbridges, and under cascading waterfalls, all amidst a fun-filled atmosphere of natural wonders, extraordinary landscaping, and enchanting pirate lore.

Rock Climbing

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The Adventure Racing Rock Climbing Wall Rivals professional walls yet is safe enough for children to climb. Harnessed in with super strong safety equipment that will lower even a 300lb adult to ground slowly and gracefully it truly is exciting. There are 4 skill levels with timers and even a bell at the top of all the runs to ring if you make it. Compete against your friends, family or even the clock in this interactive experience.

Bumper Cars

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Adventure Racing bumper cars are fun for all ages. The rink is located adjacent to the arcade and can be viewed from the arcade level, so even younger children can participate while being supervised. The Bumper cars are a great rainy day activity, because kids never get sick of them. Adults are welcome on this ride too, so come interact with your Students on this classic ride. See why Bumper cars have been a fair and carnivals favorite for decades, and we have them here at Adventure Racing.

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