Well. Call it love at first sight. We didn't hesitate to get a family membership, knowing instantly we would be spending many, many days here (especially as the days turn cooler...).
The Montshire is, in their own words, "a hands-on museum located in Norwich, Vermont*, with more than 125 exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. The building is located on a 110-acre site near the Connecticut River, and the Museum's outdoor environment is a large part of the visitor experience." It is an incredibly place for children of all ages (and, ahem, us grown-ups too) to explore, play, and learn. The outdoor park is incredible as well- they have a large water play area that's awesome in the summer, and a whole network of hiking trails that we haven't even gotten around to checking out yet. The museum also hosts all sorts of special programs and field trips for children & families, adults, school groups, and teachers.
So, while Zach is busy with classes and studying, the kids and I will be hanging out at the Montshire playing with dry ice and making rockets out of paper and straws. I think he's a bit jealous. ; )
*I know my New England geography wasn't so great before we moved here, but just FYI Norwich, VT and the museum are literally right down the street from the Tuck campus.