Family Programs

Kitchen Goodies and Gifts Family Program Our Family Programs are designed for children with an accompanying adult to have fun and learn together about food, farming, and nature. Check out our upcoming offerings below and join us! 

Pre-registration required except where noted.


  • Jan

    Shelburne Winterfest

    Saturday, 12PM - 3PMSpecial Event

    Come enjoy indoor and outdoor winter activities such as horse-drawn rides, crafts, music and delicious food during this annual FREE, family-fun event!...

  • Jan

    Winter Wildlife Detectives

    Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMFamily Program

    *Please note this program has changed from 1/14 to 1/28* Learn about animals that are active in the c-c-c-cold Vermont winter in our cozy, indoor, wintery forest.  Then, we will bundle up and...

  • Feb

    Play Date! Farm & Food Fun

    Saturday, Anytime between 9:30AM and 1:30PMFamily Program

    Call up a friend and make a play date at Shelburne Farms!  Enjoy lots of indoor activities at your own pace and schedule, with a staff member present for questions.  Become a farmer and...

  • Feb

    What Do Owls Eat for Lunch?

    Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PMFamily Program

    Have you ever wondered what owls like to eat? Let’s dissect owl pellets to find out! We’ll make masks and meet a live owl, too! For ages five and up with accompanying adult.

  • Feb

    Forester for a Day

    Saturday, 10:00AM - 12:00PMFamily Program

    Put on a hard hat, watch a forester fell a tree, and learn the importance of trees in our lives.  Then, work in the woodshop to make a wood product for your home. Please make sure to dress...

  • Mar

    Maple Sugaring Celebration

    Sunday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PMFamily Program, Special Event

    Join us Sunday for a day full of celebrating all things maple! 4-H Pancake Breakfast 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, $8/adult, $4/child McClure Center for Education, Farm Barn Start your day with some...

  • Mar

    Play Date! Spring on the Farm

    Saturday, Anytime between 9:30 AM and 1:30 PMFamily Program

    Call up a friend! Meet wiggly worms, burrow underground like a woodchuck, tap a sugar maple, along with so many other activities at your own pace and schedule. Seating and tables available if you...

  • Apr

    Buzzing with Vermont's Bees

    Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMFamily Program

    Come learn about Vermont’s very own native bees! You'll learn how to create a beautiful world for these un-BEE-lievable insects in your own gardens and build a bee nest box to take home. This...

  • May

    Water Critter Wonders

    Saturday, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM or 12:30 - 2:30 PMFamily Program

    Bring your mud boots for some pond dipping fun!  Spring is a perfect time to explore the pond for life and all of the cool critters that live there. We'll hike down to the pond, dip in to...