Kid's Quest at the Pico Mountain Ski Resort is a co-development between the Vermont Achievement Center and Killington/Pico Ski Partners. Kid's Quest offers a child care program for children 3 months through 5 years of age. Located at Pico Ski Resort, Kid’s Quest is a fully licensed year round program that offers creative hands on learning, exploration, language development, indoor and outdoor play and socialization as well as an optional ski program.
During our recent visit to Pico Mountain we placed our 3 year old in the onsite licensed year-round day care program called Kid's Quest. My husband and I were so pleased with the attention and care provided to my child that I wish the the teachers at Kid's Quest could be his regular preschool teachers.
The daycare was a good size with separate rooms to accommodate the different age groups they cater to, from 3 months to 5 years. The younger age groups, "Tamaracks" are for children 3 months to 3 years, and they have a separate room for them. Well lit, with natural light, they have cribs, and playpens, and enough space to allow for socialization without the distraction of the older, more active children. The little ones have fun enjoying music, floor time, climbing, arts and crafts.
The next group, the "Woodlands" (3 years to 5 years), are in a different room. My son was in this group. Both groups have quiet time/rest time around midday and they have the rooms set up to accommodate this with little sleeping bags.
In addition to providing full-time and part-time day care options, Kids Quest also offers ski lessons for children who are walking. Ski lessons are on a flatter terrain than where the "Mini Stars" take their lessons, though both centers have locations that are uncrowded and safe. The lessons are staggered between two hours both in the AM and PM, and are about 30-40 minutes long, depending mostly on the child's mood and willingness.
My husband and I got a chance to observe our 3 year old with his instructor. Hiding behind a pine tree, we saw how she patiently coached him and gave him confidence. Tears almost came to my eyes when I saw my "baby" coming down a small slope, hands on knees, smiling from ear to ear, no fear. He was so trusting of her, which is so rare, I knew we had made a great choice. My son started referring to his coach as "his best friend".
The rooms were clean, cheerful, and full of activities for the kids. The staff was helpful, kind, and attentive to all the children and their parents.
They also offer lunch, which is included and consists of pizza, small sandwiches, crackers, fruits, and other healthy choices.
In addition, Kid's Quest offers a Summer camp program for kids from K to 12. If we lived closer, I would definitely bring my child to Kid's Quest. The children enrolled have choices that include water sports, miniature golf, the alpine slide, hiking, rock climbing and arts and crafts. Lunch and healthy snacks are also served with this program.
The program is led by professional outdoor educators and Vermont state child care subsidies are accepted. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.
If you're at Pico Mountain with a small child, definitely give your child the experience of Kid's Quest. A full day program with ski lessons included was a little over $110 dollars a day, $130 on weekends and Holidays. It is totally worth every penny for the positive experience my child had there.
*This review is based on a complimentary service offered at the Pico Mountain Kid's Quest Child Care Program. I received no other compensation besides the services and lessons at Pico Mountain Ski Resort and dat care center did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view.