Retreat Farm offers winter fun

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BRATTLEBORO — Retreat Farm is heating up February break. With adult and family snowshoe hikes, campfires, face painting, Abenaki storytelling, and sheep shearing demonstrations, the Farm offers enough activities to help stave off the cold weather blues.

The Winter Playground festivities kick off on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a community campfire featuring bread on a stick and homemade vanilla bean marshmallows.

After you're done, head over to the Barn to visit the animals, get your face painted, and enjoy the indoor heated playspaces. Time your visit to experience the cultural history of the native Abenaki tribe as storyteller Willow Greene shares stories, artifacts, and songs in the Community Room from 2 to 3 p.m.

Later in the week, get the whole family exploring the outdoors and learning new skills with a Family Snowshoe Adventure complete with a fire-side lunch. Or, explore the Farm at night with two adult-only evening snowshoe events followed by chocolate charcuteries and libations around the fire courtesy of Tavernier Chocolates and Saxtons River Distillery. Snowshoes are available for children and adults.

The celebration culminates with the Ice Fishing Derby on the Retreat Meadows, Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Children's Farm & Forest will be open Saturday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors, and free for children under age 2.

The weeklong Winter Playground event is made possible by support from Members First Credit Union, the Brattleboro Co-op, Grafton Village Cheese, Tavenier Chocolates, and Saxtons River Distillery.

In an effort to make programming and events accessible, Retreat Farm offers reduced pricing to the Children's Farm and Forest for EBT, Medicaid, and Reduced/Free School Lunch letter or cardholders through their Open Barn program. Open Barn tickets are $3.

For the detailed schedule of events and pre-registration, visit retreatfarm.org/winterplayground.

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