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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations to our June Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 4:08 PM

In last month’s issue, we asked kids to write about their favorite flower. Below, find the winning entries. Micah and Kaulah each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Micah Elliott
  • Micah Elliott
Micah Elliott, 4
Burlington


Pop! Pop!
Pop!
The head off
a dandelion!









Kaulah Sol Watkevich, 9
East Hardwick


Roses come up, then bloom in July. The sweet scent also comes out in a numerous count of colors. The small briars may prick the tips of fingers that behold the single rose. The sweet smell will fill your nose with a glorious scent and makes me think of amazing things.

Find the current Father's Day writing prompt in the June issue's "Just for Kids" section. The deadline is June 15. Happy writing!



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Congratulations to our June Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM

A brilliant batch of ladybugs landed in the Kids VT mailbox this month. Ten-year-old Ruby’s rainbow-colored critters fluttered in a deep blue sky with fluffy clouds and a tawny sun. Patrick, 4, set his traditional red-and-black beauties on green grass under a cheerful sun. Nora, 7, used glitter to jazz up her masterpiece, adding crimson hearts and a cotton-candy pink background. Every submission this month was awesomely artistic, kids. Keep up that creativity  through the summer months!

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are:

“Rose & Lady”

Hailey Bushey, 5, Colchester
Hailey Bushey
  • Hailey Bushey

“Bugs and Rainbow”

Vivian Zhang, 7, St. Albans
Vivan Zhang
  • Vivan Zhang
“Bug Meadow”
Aiyana Auer, 11, St. Albans
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  • Aiyana Auer

Find the new coloring contest in the June issue's "Just for Kids" section! Deadline to enter is June 15.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bird is the Word on a Mother-Son Outing

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 1:17 PM

The barn outside the Birds of Vermont Museum - SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • The barn outside the Birds of Vermont Museum
My 8-year-old son, Harper, is technically a Leo, but really, I swear he’s an avian. When he was a baby, he squawked so much for food, we called him the Seagull; these days, with his habit of snatching and stashing shiny, silvery things around our home in Shelburne, his spirit animal (determined by the Dunn family) is the crow.

I’m a squirrel, meanwhile, and happen to have a lot in common with Harper, including a love of garage sales. Weird, old, cheap stuff that we can hide away in our house until next spring’s cleaning comes around? Yes, please! So when I noticed a calendar listing for a “Garage Sale for the Birds” at Huntington’s Birds of Vermont Museum to be held last Saturday, I went nuts and Harper was atwitter.

We’d never been to the Birds of Vermont Museum, which is open to the public from May to October. And as we rumbled through the back roads of Chittenden County in my 4Runner, passing neon notices for moving sales, garage sales, yard sales and barn sales (but no bird sales), we became nervous. Where was this place? To keep Harper’s spirits up, I asked him about his favorite bird. “A penguin!” he said emphatically, and grew quiet again. Then, suddenly, somewhere along Sherman Hollow Road, we spotted the sign.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New App Helps Moms Find Places to Pump Milk and Feed Their Babies

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Mama cofounder and CEO Sascha Mayer (right) with employees Annie Ode (left) and Nikkie Kent - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Mama cofounder and CEO Sascha Mayer (right) with employees Annie Ode (left) and Nikkie Kent
It's often difficult for nursing moms to find clean, comfortable spaces to nurse their babies or pump breast milk. Burlington-based Mamava is trying to make it easier. The maker of free-standing lactation suites — stationed at 200 locations nationwide, including airports, stadiums, colleges and medical centers — just released a mobile app to help moms find private, dignified spots to nurse and pump.

The free app includes an interactive map featuring Mamava lactation suites and other designated places to nurse and pump. It also has links to lactation-related articles, hacks for breastfeeding moms, inspiring quotations, breastfeeding tips and a guided lactation meditation.

“We’re a company founded by moms for moms," said Mamava CEO and cofounder Sascha Mayer. "We understand better than anyone the real challenges breastfeeding moms face, and we’re changing those realities."

The app, which officially launches at the TechCrunch Disrupt expo in New York City on May 15, is available through iTunes and in the Google Play Store. To coincide with the app, Mamava released a video celebrating nursing moms and babies this week.

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Show Mom Some ❤️ This Mother's Day

Posted By and on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Perennial Pleasures
  • Perennial Pleasures
Need some ideas for celebrating mom this weekend that go beyond the usual crumb-strewn breakfast-in-bed? Find some of our top picks below.

Roll into Stowe Bowl for a combination bowling and brunch, featuring tropical coconut pancakes and Southern biscuits slathered with gravy.

For a fancier outing, sample classic cucumber sandwiches and sweet scones at the elegant English Cream Tea served in the flower gardens of East Hardwick’s Perennial Pleasures.

Lund's Mother's Day Ride
  • Lund's Mother's Day Ride
If your crew is fitness-oriented, lace up your running shoes for an array of options featuring biking, running and walking (while also raising funds for nonprofits.) Check out Georgia's J.M.M.Y. Run, the Essex Chips 5K, the Easy-As-Pie 5K and Family Fun Run in Norwich, Poultney's Katie's Center Mother's Day 5K or Lund's Mother's Day Ride and Walk for Children.

Is a nice leisurely stroll more your speed? Try this wildflower walk in Marshfield or this bird walk in Huntington.

Nava Tehila Ensemble
  • Nava Tehila Ensemble
For music lovers, Waterbury’s Zenbarn Studio welcomes the Nava Tehila Ensemble with a concert benefitting refugees, capped off with a bonfire.

On Saturday, a contra dance in Cabot encourages movers and shakers of all ages to cut a rug in a folksy atmosphere.

No matter what you choose to do, here’s to a lovely family weekend.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Congratulations to our May Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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Writing Contest Winners

In our April issue, we asked kids to use their senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch to write a sensory poem about spring. We selected two winners, who’ll each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington. You’ll find their writing below.

Lindley Pickard, 10, Shelburne

Spring is a season that surprises all. One year it’s a warm spring, the other is cold. Spring brings warmth and beautiful sights, flowers and colorful lights. I hear the birds coming back North. I hear the cool wind as it gives my spine a chill. I can see the grass on the tall hill as the snow melts away. The best part about spring is that it always reminds you of peace and love.


Emilia Poczobut, 7, Barre

I see the sky is blue
and the ponds are too.
I feel the pool is cool.
I hear bees waking up in trees.
I feel showers for the flowers.
The grass is green, better put on sunscreen.
The cherry blossom smells awesome.
You don’t need a coat when you’re on a boat.
I taste sugar on snow, it is time to go.


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Congratulations to our May Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 3:29 PM

COLORING CONTEST WINNERS


The artwork this month saluted spring’s arrival with bursts of blossoms, sparkling raindrops and smiling sunshines. Taylor, 9, surrounded her cotton-candy pink snail, inching over mint-green grass, with tiny flowers. Anaia, 5, chose a rainbow of colors for her slow-moving creature’s shell, surrounded by pen-and-ink Easter eggs decorated with zig-zags. Our enthusiastic judges had a blast deciphering 7-year-old AJ’s mystery message written backwards in a spiral on his golden snail’s shell. Thanks for the stellar submissions, young artists. Keep ’em coming!

The winners of annual family memberships to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium are:

"Here Comes Peter Snaily-Tail”
Emilia Carini, 9, Underhill

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“Day and Night Snail”
Cindy Do, 8, South Burlington
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“Let’s Party, Spring is Here”
Jiya Sekar, 4, Montpelier

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