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.


  • May

    Dairy Day at the Farm!

    Sunday, 1 pm - 4 pmFamily Program, Special Event

    Come on down to the dairy and meet our spring calves and their amazing moms in our Brown Swiss herd!! Take a wagon ride to see the pastures and watch the calves get their afternoon milk.  This...

  • May

    International Migratory Bird Day: Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation

    Saturday, 7 AM - 1 PMFamily Program

    A morning bird walk recommended for ages 10 and up, starting at 7 AM. Children's activities and visits with OFES live birds (10 AM - 1 PM).  Environment for the Americas...

  • May to Oct
    9 to 18


    Monday to Tuesday, All Day Family Program

      Follow a story, Forest Bright, Forest Night by Jennifer Ward, as it's displayed page by page, along the trails.   Your family can read along as you walk, letting the story...

  • May

    Water Critter Curiosities

    Saturday, 9:30 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 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 will hike down to the pond and dip in to look...

  • Jul

    Garden Tea Party at the Inn

    Saturday, 1:00 - 3:00 pmFamily Program

    Bring your family to enjoy the colorful, fragrant gardens at the Inn at Shelburne Farms! After we go on a treasure hunt adventure you will learn to make your own tea bags and enjoy some tea and tasty...

  • Jul

    Moonlit Campfire - Night Noises

    Monday, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFamily Program

    Enjoy sitting around a campfire on a warm summer evening, fun activities, s'mores, and a visit from live OFES raptors.   

  • Aug

    Farm to Ballet Performance

    Sunday, Gates open at 5:00PM; Show at 6:30PMSpecial Event

    Kick off Open Farm Week with this full lentgth performance that reinterprets classical ballet pieces to tell the story of a Vermont farm from Spring to Fall. . Bring a picnic or...

  • Aug
    15 to 21

    Vermont Open Farm Week

    Monday to Sunday, All DaySpecial Event

    During Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate.  The greatest part about Open Farm Week is that...