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Family Fun Day: August 2, 1-4pm | Wonderfeet Kids Museum

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Family Fun Day: August 2, 1-4pm

Rutland Creative Economy and Come Alive Outside’s Family Fun Day at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 1 – 4 p.m. The inside of the fairgrounds track will transform into an activity village for free, family fun.

Explore how rivers and streams work and how humans effect waterways at the Agency of Natural Resources interactive rivers and streams table. Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum will be experimenting with sound, gravity and creativity using unusual instruments, giant parachutes, and Imagination Playground big blue blocks. Make your own rain stick, lift your parent with a lever, and build, build, build. RAPAC will have the Kohl’s bike trailer, filled to the brim with bikes (and helmets!) for kids ages 4-10 to learn about bike safety and the rules of the road, and practice their biking skills on the fairgrounds track. Walk one of your 100 Miles, and practice “sharing the road,” on a precision walk around the track. The Italian American Club will be hosting bocce, which is the fastest growing family sport in America. Kids can test their skills against Castleton State girls’ soccer goalies and famed local lacrosse goalies. Come Alive Outside will help you do just that with a golf chip range, sac races, and an obstacle course for all ages. Rutland Rec Dept will be hauling out the Play Trailer for gaga ball, panna soccer and more.


After all of that physical activity, fuel up with a bike-powered smoothie. RAFFL, Marble Valley Grows, and the Department of Health team up for all-ages fun and education about eating well, exploring new fruits & veggies, and cooling off with a frozen treat.


Be a part of a community mural with the Chaffee. Learn about (and practice) the new recycling and composting laws with the Rutland County Solid Waste District. The Vermont Department of Health will provide a comfort station for families complete with rocking chairs, a quiet spot for breastfeeding, and a changing table.


The pedestrian entrance will be located on Park Street, and cars can enter from Dana Avenue. Wherever you enter, be sure to pick up a map so you can plan your day of fun.

Chip + Dart
Come Alive Outside: Participants will have a chance to chip a Nerf golf ball about 20 yards, aiming for a green that looks like a dart board. Just like 18-hole golf, goal is to earn the lowest score.

Sack Races
Come Alive Outside: Just like our parents and grandparents did!!  Good old fashion sack races!!!  Challenge your kids, your friends or a member of the community….. Jump in, line up and go!

Obstacle Course
Come Alive Outside: All-ages fun! Our obstacle course will include a balance beam, belly crawl, rope over, egg carry and balloon hitting. Come challenge yourself, or a friend!

Kohl’s Bike Trailer
RAPAC: Filled to the brim with bikes (and helmets!) for kids ages 4-10, this trailer is bursting with fun ways for kids to learn about bike safety and the rules of the road, and practice their biking skills on the fairgrounds track.

100 Miles in 100 Days
RAPAC: Aug 2 is day 10 of 100, the last day to register for this walking challenge. Join walkers for a jaunt around the track, time your laps to see just how snappy you can step!

Soccer Shooter Challenge
CSC: How about trying a penalty shot on a Castleton State College Lady’s goalie — bragging rights included if you score! MC Sound might just announce your name on the loudspeaker too…

Bocce Court Play
Italian American Club: There are over 225 men and women Italian-American Club bocce players in Rutland, over 100 Rutland Intermediate School players and 2 World Special Olympic Medalists. Bocce is the fastest growing participatory sport in America. All ages welcome. Just practice some shots or play a game.

Lacrosse Shooter Challenge
Rutland Rec: Kids, come try your luck at scoring a goal on a local lacrosse goalie. Bring your stick, or we will have some on hand.

GAGA Ball & Panna Soccer
Rutland Rec: Stop by the Rutland Rec Go Play station and play a round of bingo clash legit games. Step in the Gaga Pit with 4-6 other players and attempt to be the last one standing in this hands-only knock-out game played with a 4-square ball. Prefer using your feet? Check out the new Panna Soccer! 1v1 or 2v2 soccer played in an octagon-shaped pit with nets at either end. Cornhole, the backyard beanbag toss game, will be set up for 1v1 or 2v2. All ages welcome to Go Play with the Rutland Rec!

Fruits & Veggies
Vermont Department of Health: Come color with Vermont Department of Health. We will have fruit and veggie coloring pages as well as some recipes to take home. We will also be the spot you come to pick up your fruit for the smoothie bike! Don’t forget to get your fruit or veggie tattoo before you leave! Enrolled in WIC? Let us know and we will mark you off for your WIC approved activity!

“Power of Produce” station
Marble Valley Grows: Empowering youth to make healthy food choices by engaging them in educational activities at family events, the POP club puts “buying power” and decision making directly into little hands. Earn a token for a smoothie from the Fender Blender by completing fun activities at the POP tent.

Fender Blender Smoothie Bike
RAFFL, Marble Valley Grows, Vermont Department of Health: Like smoothies? How about bikes? The smoothie bike, sponsored by BCBS of VT, promotes physical fitness and wellness! Thanks to joint efforts from local food and wellness organizations, we’ve got local berries, delicious Vermont yogurt, and yummy fruit juices so you can pedal your way to a healthy and delicious smoothie.

Infant Comfort Station
WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors: Do you plan to visit the Family Fun Day? Then check out the Infant Comfort Station. It’s a comfortable place for families to take a break from all the fun. There are rocking chairs to feed babies, information on breastfeeding, and a changing table.

VT River Corridor and Floodplain Management Program
Agency of Natural Resources: The river flume model is part of ANR’s education and outreach efforts with communities. We will set up real-life examples of conflicts that occur in towns between managing our stormwater, development, roads and other infrastructure and their interactions with rivers. The flume will be set up to run demonstrations that will show the potential impacts and long-term effects on our rivers from projects such as bank stabilization, stormwater inputs, development in the floodplain, and infrastructure installations.

Community Mural
Chaffee Art Center: Join friends and neighbors to paint part of a community mural! Ages eight to adult or younger children with the assistance of an adult partner will be given a section of a large “farm-fresh foods scene” to paint on a canvas, and all the finished pieces will get attached together to create a large community mural. The finished piece will be shared, or finished if some portions are not completed, during Art in the Park August 8-9, then hung at the VT Farm and Food Center for all to enjoy.

Imagination Playground
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum: Design and build amazing structures with our big blue blocks.

Gravity Center
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum: Discover how things are pulled toward the earth by tossing balls on our big parachutes and lifting your parent with a lever.

Sounds Center
Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum: Explore sound with some unusual instruments and make your own rain stick.

Composting Food Scraps, Recycling, & ACT 148
RCSWD: But what to do with any refuse? Rutland County Solid Waste District will be on hand to not only educate everyone about the new Universal Recycling Laws, but they will have bins set up to practice, too! Food scraps collected from the day will be composted at College of St. Joseph and all recyclables will be sorted by RCSWD.

Fire Engine
Rutland City Fire Department: RCFD will be on hand to keep everyone safe and for everyone to explore the truck. Come by and say “thank you” to our firefighters!

K-9 Unit
Rutland City Police Department: Come meet K9 Officer Jennifer Czachor and K9 King Jagger of Rutland City’s K-9 unit. See just how friendly, fierce, smart and skilled K9 King Jagger proves to be in serving out city.

Soft pretzels, hot dogs, cotton candy, candy apples and more… available for purchase.

For more information contact Rutland Recreation and Parks at 802.773.1822

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