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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Congratulations to our September Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Summer sure is sweet! This month’s competitors sent us dozens of colorful bears roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Twelve-year-old Mackenzie gave her teddy the tie-dye treatment, topping off her entry with a golden crescent moon. Rylee, 6, embellished her masterpiece with shining silver bear eyes and a sparkling red fire. Five-year-old Max’s cute creature sports a button-up vest with lime-green pockets and a brilliant red, blue, orange and yellow blaze. Enjoy the start of a brand-new school year, kids, and be sure to send us your awesome artwork in September.

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

“Solar Eclipse Marshmallows”
Finn Nunery, 4, Hyde Park
Solar Eclipse Marshmallows
  • Solar Eclipse Marshmallows

“Watermelon Land”

Whitney Butnor, 8, Charlotte
Watermelon Land
  • Watermelon Land

“S’mores in Space”

Gretchen Diem, 9, Essex Junction
S'mores in Space
  • S'mores in Space

Find our latest coloring contest in the "Just for Kids" section of our September issue! Deadline to enter is September 15.


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Congratulations to our September Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 2:50 PM

In last month’s issue, we asked kids to write a poem or paragraph about their favorite sweet treat in the summertime. Below, find the winning entries. Eden and Emily each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Eden Leckey, 6
Hinesburg

Slurp! It is cold on my tongue.
Crunch! It is crunchy in my teeth.
Drip! It is sticky on my hand.
Ouch! It hurts my brain.
Can you guess?
It is my favorite sweet treat —
A maple and black raspberry twist
cremee with rainbow sprinkles!


Emily Bandy, 9
Cambridge

Ice cream, frozen foods
smooth as a nickel,
None is as good as a
chocolate fudgsicle!
Sometimes, I want to go and nick a fudgsicle
so I can give it a lick!
As, now, like that,
like a candle with no wick,
too late, it’s gone and
you’re left with the stick.

Find the current writing prompt in the "Just for Kids" section of the September issue. The deadline is September 15.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Home on the Range: A Parent-Kid Outing to the Kwiniaska Driving Range

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 3:57 PM

Dillon gets ready to swing - COURTESY OF SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Courtesy of Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • Dillon gets ready to swing
Since 2008, my family and I have lived within a golf ball’s lob from the Kwiniaska golf club in Shelburne — but have always whiffed at actually playing there. It’s partially the plethora of other outdoor activities at our disposal, partially a lack of patience in our genes for chasing a little white sphere around nine holes, and partially prudence: do we really need to spend all our money on this sport?

Well, it turns out, we don’t. At the Kwini Club, next door to the rambling course, the practice facilities are free. I discovered this after driving by for the umpteenth time and reminiscing about how much I really did like whacking the heck out of the ball when playing with my dad and brothers in Atlanta in my 20s — and then finding a couple of used 7-woods at Play It Again Sports in South Burlington.

On a sunny Sunday in late July, I coaxed my husband, Carlton, and 10-year-old-daughter, Dillon, to join me in an outing to the Kwini Club. “Love in an Elevator” by Aerosmith played from the Caddyshack clubhouse as we claimed our spots on the driving range. The only charge here is for a bucket of balls — $5 for a small, $7 for a medium and $10 for a large. We splurged on the large, scavenged for tees, and eyed the brightly colored flags marking various yardages on the range.

Gripping my club, I focused on the dimpled ball teed up at my feet. Swish, thwack, soar! I lost sight of it until it finally plunked down near the 200-yard marker. Triumph. Not so for Dillon, who was wildly swinging her club like Goofy being chased by a pack of bumblebees.

“What do you think about when you’re swinging?” I asked Dillon.

“The ball,” she said.

“What about the ball?” I asked.

“If I’m going to hit it,” she said matter-of-factly, and then whiffed again. I coaxed her to keep her eyes on the ball, not on the club, not on Carlton and not on the flags fluttering in the breeze. And then I went back to my own practice balls, knowing that it would put too much pressure on her if I watched.

The approach worked. Soon, Dillon was making contact with the ball, and all three of us were obsessively swinging, pausing and peering at the soaring white spheres. (That is, when we weren’t hitting worm burners.) Before we knew it, our large bucket of balls had dwindled down to nothing, and it was time to return home for lunch. But we tucked our tees into our pockets, vowing to come back later. It was fun. It was cheap. And it was a great addition to the plethora of outdoor activities in Vermont.

Find more information about the Kwini Club here.

Congratulations to our August Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 9:59 AM

In last month’s issue, we asked kids to write a poem or paragraph conveying what they like about swimming. Below, find the winning entries. India and Julia each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

India Choudhury, 12
St. Johnsbury
I feel the flood of adrenaline jumping off the board,
the cool water over my head, the rush for air,
the long swim toward the ladder,
stroke after stroke, kick after kick…
as I’m climbing up the ladder,
I hear the splash of the next jumper,
and as I stand there dripping from head to toe,
the process repeats.

Julia Wulff, 8
Waterbury

Swimming
I splash and dive,
I do breast stroke and front crawl,
In my grandmother’s pool or the reservoir,
I swim patterns and flip,
Feeling so free,
Loving swimming.

Find the latest writing prompt in the "Just For Kids" section of our August issue. The deadline to enter is August 15. Happy writing!


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Congratulations to our August Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Kids were feeling jubilant this July and surprised us with close to 150 amazingly illustrated coloring contests. Ten-year-old Anna’s “Dreamer” summed up the sunny spirit of summer, with a sly-eyed turquoise fox dressed in bright red high tops and green glasses. Five-year-old Eli’s golden fox frolicked in a dark green field of grass. Emma, 7, embellished her hammock-dwelling creature with bronze curls and a flurry of butterflies. Savor the summer break, kids, and send us your masterpieces in August!

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

“D.J. Fox’s Awesome Awesome Dance Party”
Wyatt Nagurney, 5, Moretown
D.J. Fox's Awesome Awesome Dance Party
  • D.J. Fox's Awesome Awesome Dance Party

“Galactic Fox”
Thia Uthmann, 7, Websterville
Galactic Fox
  • Galactic Fox

“Watermelon Paradise”
Ezequiel Jimenez, 12, Burlington
Watermelon Paradise
  • Watermelon Paradise

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Party in the Park!

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Kids in Hubbard Park - COURTESY OF MONTPELIER PARKS DEPARTMENT
  • Courtesy of Montpelier Parks Department
  • Kids in Hubbard Park
What’s more fun than sleeping beneath the stars in July? Pitching your tent in the capital city’s hilltop park with friends and neighbors, of course. For the first time ever, Montpelier’s Parks Department opens 194-acre Hubbard Park for the HOWL Family Arts Festival from July 21-23, three days and two nights jam-packed with fun family activities. Kids VT talked to staff members of the Montpelier Parks Department to get the lowdown on what’s happening.

Kids VT
: What does HOWL mean?
Montpelier Parks Department: Hubbard Outdoor Wilderness Living. When we began envisioning a summer family fun weekend, community camping immediately seemed a great opportunity. Tent sites are in three areas, including a primitive one for the more adventurous folks.

KVT: What activities will be taking place?
MPD: The sledding hill will transform into a giant Slip 'N Slide. We’re going to do field games, outdoor yoga, evening bonfires, a kids’ talent show and a dance party. At Sunday’s Kids Craft Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., youngsters can sell items for $5 or less they’ve made before or at HOWL’s maker space. We’ve also partnered with other organizations, so night hikes include destinations to the Mountaineers game and a midnight swim in the city pool. Live bands scheduled are the Stone Cold Roosters on Friday and the Afro-Caribbean fusion band Mal Maiz on Saturday. Modern Times Theater and Mayfly will perform. A full schedule will be available at the Capital City Farmers Market (on Saturday, July 15) and online by next week.

KVT: What about food?
MPD: Some of the farmers market and Fourth of July vendors will set up shop, but folks should definitely feel free to bring their own provisions, too.

KVT: How are you handling parking?

MPD: With limited space in the park, there’s a $15 charge per car. We’re encouraging families to leave their vehicles for free at Montpelier High School and ride a shuttle to the park. Shuttles will run every hour. Better yet, walk instead.

KVT: How much does this all cost?
MPD: We really want to make this weekend affordable for everyone. Tickets are available for the whole shindig ($20 per night for camping) or just for a day ($10 per family), and folks can purchase tickets at Montpelier's City Hall or Hunger Mountain Co-op. Campers should definitely pick up tickets early, as spaces are limited. A sliding scale fee is available by request for those who buy tickets at City Hall. Or, sign-up for a four-hour volunteer shift by emailing coordinator Emily Markstein at emarkste@oswego.edu and get a free family weekend pass.


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Friday, July 7, 2017

East of Eden: A Mother-Son Excursion into South Burlington's East Woods

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM

8-year-old Harper explores the East Woods - SARAH TUFF DUNN
  • Sarah Tuff Dunn
  • 8-year-old Harper explores the East Woods
Many moons ago — somewhere in between our honeymoon and mooning over the birth of our first child, Dillon — my husband, Carlton, and I would often walk the trails of the East Woods in South Burlington. Since then, we’ve sipped coffee at nearby Klinger’s and run the South Burlington Recreation Path many times, but for some reason this 40-acre forest had slipped off our radar.

Until late last month, that is, when my 8-year-old son Harper, and I decided to kill some time in between his noon pick-up from a rocketry camp in Shelburne and Dillon’s later bus drop-off from Girl Scout Camp in Richmond. Heading north into South Burlington, we turned left on Swift Street and parked the 4Runner in the pullout for a brief amble through an area that most people whiz by on their way to and from work.

Besides a single car, occupied by a man typing on his laptop, Harper and I were the only ones there on that warm summer day. I had done some research, learning that UVM purchased this swath of land in 1949 with the intention of preserving it. As we entered the trails to explore the 1-mile loop, I read part of the trailside sign to Harper, explaining how the Potash Brook that we would soon see had got its name.

The conversation failed to flow as rapidly as the brook, swollen from the recent rainstorms and running its muddy course toward Lake Champlain.

“What do you like about walking in the woods?” I asked. “I don’t know,” said Harper.

Silence ensued as we looked up at the tall pine trees and down toward the mossy forest floor. Then it hit me.

“So you really want a dog, huh?”

“Yes!”

“What would you name the dog?”

“Well, it depends. If it were a Portuguese water dog, it would be Portchy. A Lhasa Apso, Mr. Hairy. A whippet? Whipped cream.”

And so we talked about dogs, and names for dogs and life ahead, and then, once more, we left the East Woods in the past and headed into the future.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Congratulations to our July Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:26 AM

In last month’s issue, we asked kids to write a poem about their dad in honor of Father’s Day. Below, find the winning entries. Sawyer and Sage each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Sawyer Willard, 7, Barnet
I like
helping Papa
with sugaring,
And I like
chopping with Papa.
I like playing soccer.
And I like
walking in the woods
with Papa.
I like to check if
the tap lines fell or if
a squirrel chewed
a hole in the tap lines.
I love you!


Sage Norsworthy, 10, Winooski
Kevin
Kind to me and others
Everyday he plays games with me
Very loving
I love to give him hugs
Not an ordinary guy

Find the July swimming-themed writing prompt in our July "Just for Kids" section. The deadline is July 15. Happy writing!



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Congratulations to our July Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:16 AM

This month’s gorilla generated an imaginative array of artwork. Ten-year-old Ruby’s ape was
X-rayed in the doctor’s office, revealing a whale in the beast’s belly. Darien, 4, made a vibrant masterpiece with oil pastels, coloring her monkey in bright yellow, crimson and navy blue. Sophia, 7, fashioned a forest around her mighty mammal, with tall trees and blue mountains, and decorated her creature’s pelt with stripes and curly-cues. Savor your summer break, young artists, but don’t forget to send us your coloring-contest entries by mid-month.

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

“Gorilla Love”
Eleanor Hammond, 5, Shoreham
Gorilla Love
  • Gorilla Love
“The Rainbow Monkey”
Rosalie Martel, 7, Colchester
The Rainbow Monkey
  • The Rainbow Monkey
“Summer Bliss”
Kape Clements, 11, Jay
Summer Bliss
  • Summer Bliss

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ready, Set.... Have Fun!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Catamount Tuesday Night Trail Running - MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Catamount Tuesday Night Trail Running
Summer's start is a fine time to dust off those running shoes and get movin'. To get folks going, multiple locations offers weekly races, both for running and biking, that meld fitness and fun. With distances geared towards kids – and grown-up challenges, too – these races are more about camaraderie than competition — and everyone who participates is a winner.

Pounding the Pavement

Looking to fill a weekend morning with a healthy activity? Community races offer both the standard 5K or longer race, while catering to the kiddie crowd with fun-run options. 

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