Indoor Activities for Kids

Kid Stuff in Manchester, Vermont

“I think the biggest mistake parents traveling with kids make is doing too little not too much. Get out there. Enjoy. Experience.”  MyLittleNomads


Our little town in the mountains is a perfect destination for unplugged adventures. But when you need a break from the trails or the slopes, these in-town family activities are at the ready.

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home

This popular historic site has something for everyone. Explore the house and exhibits, roam the gardens and grounds, peruse the way cool Pullman Car, and visit the Rowland Agricultural Center where you can meet the Hildene goats and learn about the cheese-making process. From mid-December through March, weather permitting, you can cross-country ski and snowshoe the trails. Equipment rentals are available.

Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery

Take a break and CREATE with “kid whisperer” Stacey Gates. Her downtown studio, Manchester Arts, offers children in grades K-8 opportunities to paint, sculpt, sew, and craft in a fun, inspired setting.

Manchester Community Library

Voted one of the 50 best in the country, our public library is a terrific resource and a great rainy day hideaway. You can borrow a computer, access the WiFi network, or check out a Parks & Museum Pass. The Children’s Barn and The Loft are furnished with age-appropriate books, e-readers, games, and media perfect for young ones, tweens, and teens alike.

Northshire Bookstore

The FAO Schwartz of bookstores, with an entire floor devoted to just kids. Find picture books, classics, easy readers, and chapter books, along with comfy couches so you can read together. We love their selection of games and puzzles, and their mini-Zutano boutique! Plus, the floor is set up so kids can browse freely without worrying moms and dads. An added bonus, The Next Chapter Café is just downstairs so you can recharge and refuel the family.

Village Picture Shows

For those used to big box cinemas, a trip to VPS is a treat! Intimate, locally-owned, with the best popcorn around, they show family flicks on weekdays and over holiday weekends. See what’s playing online.


Anytime with Kids Map in Manchester Vermont


1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT
From the roundabout, follow Main Street south approximately 1.5 miles to Manchester Village. Pass the Equinox Hotel and around the bend, watch for Hildene’s entrance on the left.

Manchester Arts

4479 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT
From the roundabout, head south on Route 7A/Main Street for approximately ¼ mile. Manchester Arts is located on the right, across from (bonus!) Sam’s Woodfired Pizza.

Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center, VT
Head north on Main Street past Adams Park and Gringo Jack’s. Turn right on Cemetery Road.

Northshire Bookstore

4869 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT
Find Northshire Bookstore on the corner of Routes 11/30 and 7A, at 4869 Main Street. Additional parking off Bonnet Street.

Village Picture Shows

263 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT
From the roundabout, follow Routes 11/30 down the hill past Polo to the Price Chopper Plaza on the left. The cinema is located to the far left, with plenty of adjacent parking.

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Questions, comments, and suggestions welcome about anything and everything Manchester VT!

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