There's fun for all ages at Vermont History Expo. Grandparents, bring the grandkids!
It's Dad's Day weekend, so bring the entire family! We always have lots of heritage-breed animals. And don't forget the parade both Saturday and Sunday at lunchtime. Below are just a few of our great activities to brighten your summer's day.
New this year: Let's Go Fishing! with Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
We're excited to host the Let's Go Fishing! program from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife at Expo this year.
The “Let’s Go Fishing” Program is a network of volunteer instructors who encourage and teach young people and their families how to fish.
Let’s Go Fishing emphasizes that “fishing is more than catching fish” by:
•educating young people about water ecology and fishing
•helping young people become aware of and appreciate Vermont’s fish population, their habitat needs, and ways to be stewards of these resources
•teaching proper fishing skills and ethics, including respect for the resource and the responsibility to know the rules and regulations of fishing.
Let's Go Fishing! will be in its own special spot on the fairgrounds.
New this year: Science of Water Tent
Learn about the science of water in this special spot at the Expo fairgrounds - where it goes, what it does, and the why of it all!
The Ottaqueechee Natural Resources Conservation District will be bringing their stream table, demonstrating river dynamics in a way that's both fun and easy to understand. They've shown the stream table all around Vermont. Expo visitors will get a first-hand look and a chance to experiment with how changes to the natural landscape change the flow of rivers - and what happens when there's a flood.
Pond Life from the Montshire Museum of Science (12:00 – 5:00 pm each day)
Learn about creatures from Vermont ponds with the Montshire Museum of Science! Check out live dragonfly nymphs, daphnia, predaceous diving beetles, water scorpions, and more with microscopes and hand lenses. You will be amazed by these fascinating animal’s life histories. Bring water shoes for stream walks at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
Every Expo, we feature special craft activities just for family in connection with our theme. Stay tuned for what we're planning in 2016!
At the popular Clara's Games area, young (and young at heart) Expo visitors play games enjoyed by generations of Vermonters. Some of the activities–walking on stilts (we have expert instructors!), hopscotch, checkers, beanbags, cup and ball, and dominoes–are still popular today. Others, such as Kitty Kitty Corner, Copenhagen, the dice and bowl game, and graces, may be less familiar but just as fun.
Twelve-year-old Clara Doty, of Tinmouth, Vermont, is our inspiration for Clara's Games. In 1888, she kept a diary recording the weather, her daily chores, and the games she played.
While the day-to-day lives of children in Vermont have changed dramatically through the years, play provides a link across generations. Diaries of 19th-century children like Clara Doty and the oral traditions of the Abenaki help us understand and recreate the fun activities of the past.
The Little Dig
Back by popular demand, the Little Dig lets you explore the Tunbridge Fairgrounds using the science of archaeology along with professional archaeologists. This hands-on activity will systematically test units in the fairgrounds to discover what was left behind by decades of fair visitors.
Get your hands dirty with the Vermont Archaeological Society and the Division for Historic Preservation at the History Expo "Little Dig" on Saturday and Sunday!