Out & About: Saint-Gaudens invites kids to build marbles mazes in snow

  • Children work on constructing a maze for the "Marble Maze Mania” at St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. (Courtesy St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish)

  • Liz Sauchelli. Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Calendar Editor
Published: 2/20/2019 9:00:13 PM

CORNISH — Looking for something new to do with your kids or grandkids this Saturday?

Consider bringing them to the “Marble Maze Mania,” a free activity takes place from 10 a.m.-noon at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish.

“We thought it was a good way to get kids outside and play in the snow with a little history in there as well,” said Kerstin Burlingame, the lead interpretive ranger at Saint-Gaudens.

Participants work as a team to construct a marble maze out of snow. Then, they race marbles named after historical figures connected to the historic site. Last year, a team of 5 constructed a 25-foot maze. The age range for the activity is 5-12, but younger children can participate with an adult’s assistance.

“We’ve got plenty of snow so we shouldn’t have any trouble,” Burlingame said, adding that this year there will be an indoor option.

Saint-Gaudens is open during the winter and visitors are welcome to explore the sculptures and trails for free.

Additional events

Kids: Winter day camp in Cornish

Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Games, crafts, activities and outdoor play for ages 6-10. Dress for the weather. Park in the main lot by the flagpole and follow signs to the visitor center. Free. Space is limited; call 802-457-3368 x222 or email Laila_Browning@partner.nps.gov to register by Feb. 22.

Blow-Me-Down Farm stroll in Cornish

March 2, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join a casual hike around the Blow-Me-Down Farm property to discover the history of some of the first residents of the Cornish Colony. Meet at the Blow-Me-Down Farm off Route 12A, about a third of a mile north of the Blow-Me-Down Mill. Free.

Animal tracking workshop in Cornish

March 16, 9-11 a.m.

Learn how to identify the tracks and signs of many common mammals, including fisher, red fox, bobcat and more. Ed Sharron of the National Park Service leads the class, which will begin with an indoor discussion, then head outside for a walk. For all ages. Dress for the outdoors, and bring a water bottle, snack and snowshoes, if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event takes place snow or shine. Free. Pre-registration required. Call 802-457-3368 x226 or email ana_mejia@partner.nps.gov, and indicate how many are attending.

Editor’s note: Saint-Gaudens is located at139 Saint-Gaudens Road. For more information call 603-675-2175 or visit nps.gov/saga/. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.

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