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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome to the New Kids VT Site

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Welcome to a new - and much-improved - Kids VT website. Here you'll find a more user-friendly calendar of events, a comprehensive list of Family Resources and new tools for customizing your experience, all designed to foster a sense of community for Vermont's families.

Once you register on the site, you can save favorite places or organizations, set reminders for upcoming events and share your experiences with others using social media. The calendar includes all the events, playgroups, story times and exhibits it always did, but the new format is information-rich with maps, images and links to event organizers. Pick a festival you want to attend, save it to a custom list, add it to your personal calendar or print it out for later.

Looking for something you saw in our free monthly magazine? Browse the article archives and see current and past issues, or search for content by topic or author, and mark your favorite articles. Kids VT's Resource Guide is more search-able now, too: Find comprehensive listings in categories such as Baby & Maternity, Healthy Families and Camps & Summer Programs. Then, narrow your search by interest or county, or look things up by name.

Get started with the September issue of Kids VT and the feature stories on gifted education and childhood vaccinations.

And let us know what you think of our new site: Send us an email with your feedback on the content or design.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Making a Splash

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 1:43 PM

This summer, dozens of Winooski kids plunged into the water at Myers Pool in Winooski, courtesy of the Greater Burlington YMCA and Fletcher Allen Health Care, which teamed up to offer free lessons to young swimmers. Seven Days multimedia producer Eva Sollberger recently interviewed Camp Splash kids, parents and instructors for an episode of her weekly web video series, Stuck in Vermont.

Parents talked about the importance of learning to swim - as both a life lesson and a confidence booster in a state full of pools, ponds, lakes and rivers.

"It makes me proud that they're learning a life skill that I don't know how to do," said Nicole Wolfe.

Jess Lukas, an aquatics professional with the GBYMCA, said the three-day Camp Splash's first focus is water safety, but the program also makes sure there's time for fun. Watch the video for clear blue evidence — kids splash, jump, float and noodle around under the instructor's watchful tutelage. Lukas said some kids spend entire afternoons at the pool. And who wouldn't, on those made-for-swimming, sunny summer days?

Watch the full video of the July 27 episode of Stuck in Vermont.

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Overnight camp for boys currently in grades 1-10, day camp for boys currently in grades K-4. Camp Abnaki has been on Lake Champlain’s shores in North Hero for more than 100 years and features rustic cabins grouped in villages spread out over rolling acres. Abnaki’s technology-free environment is tailor-made for…(more)

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