If you’re planning a trip to the Mad River Valley with your family, I’ve got you covered. From events lined up at Sugarbush to fun family activities to do in the Valley, we’re covering it all. I’m filling you in on some great family friendly places to visit, along with some key events to check out if you’re visiting during President’s Week! From your youngest kiddo to your adult kids, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
3 Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Valley
Canteen Creemee Co.: Is it really a trip to Vermont if you don’t stop for at least one creemee?! I don’t think so. Canteen Creemee Co. is THE place in the Valley to go for creemees. They’ve got classic cones, sundaes, and a full menu of savory items to check out as well. Sit in your trunk for the perfect tailgate frozen treat, or hang out in their newly renovated indoor area and listen to the records spin.
Skatium: The Skatium is one of my favorite places to hit up in the Valley. It’s in outdoor ice skating rink located right in the center of town. There you can skate to your heart’s content or join a family friendly game of pick up hockey! And don’t worry about gear, you can rent skates right there. They also light up the rink into the night, so after a morning on the slopes – it’s the perfect way to end your evening!
Big Picture theater & Café: There’s nothing more classic than catching a movie with the family. Nothing beats that buttery bucket of movie theater popcorn. But the Big Picture Theater is a one stop shop for dinner and a movie! Dine right in the theater and enjoy new movies in their small town style theaters.
President’s Week Events 2023
Main Events to Check Out
President’s Day Weekend Fireworks & Torchlight Parade: 7:00 PM Make sure to find your favorite spot to view our spectacular torchlight parade on Spring Fling followed by a fireworks show!
Ice Carving Demonstration: 11 AM – 2 PM Join us and Wicked Good Ice for a ice carving demonstration in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard. Sunday, February 19th from 11AM until 2PM.
Rubber Ducky Drop: 9 AM – 2 PM The Winter version of the Rubber Ducky Drop debuts at the Village Quad on Monday, February 20th. Test your aim and land your Ducky from the lift into the bucket under Tower 1 to win a prize!
Family Stargazing with Vaughn: 6 PM – 7:30 PM Join us on February 22nd(weather dependent) with Vaughn and explore the universe with our Family Stargazing Night. Limited amounts of binoculars are available – we encourage you to bring your own binoculars or telescope if you have them! Hot Chocolate will be served and a fire will be lit to keep you toasty.
Alyx the Magician One Woman Show: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Alyx performs over 200 high energy family shows a year. Join us for a 45 minute family friendly show in the Gate House Lodge.
Blizzard Boogie: Saturdays 1 PM – 4 PM Sugarbush brings the Blizzard, DJ Patrick Quimby brings the boogie. Fun, family friendly dance party in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard from 1pm-4pm. Lot of cool prizes and give-a-ways.
Live Music in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard: 2 PM – 4 PM Enjoy live music and a hoppin’ après scene throughout the resort.
Face Painting: 12 PM – 2 PM Bring the kiddos for face painting in the Sleeper Room of the Gate House Lodge.
Dux the Balloon Man: 1 PM – 3 PM Dux is one of Vermont’s most impressive entertainers and artists. Come enjoy energetic, fun-filled, and engaging balloon twisting in the Lincoln Peak Courtyard.
Marko the Magician: 1 PM – 2 PM MARKO’s engaging personality and sharp-as-a-tack wit will have you amazed and laughing at the same time. Join us in The Gate House Lodge for close up magic!