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Monday, December 17, 2018

A Sweet Deal for Vermont Kids

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 10:46 AM

COURTESY OF SKI VERMONT
  • Courtesy of Ski Vermont
Vermont children can learn to ski or snowboard for less than 50 bucks this winter, but their caregivers will have to act fast to get the deal.

The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is subsidizing Ski Vermont’s “Take 3” Beginner Packages for 125 Vermonters 18 and under, on a first come, first served basis. The $49 package — which usually costs $129 — covers three full days on the mountain with a beginner ski or snowboard lesson, rentals and lift ticket. The lessons are geared to first-time skiers and snowboarders, with activities to make sure children have fun on the slopes.

Kids can use all three days at the same resort, or travel around the state to discover new terrain. Participating resorts include Bolton Valley, Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, Killington, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow, Pico Mountain, Smugglers’ Notch, Stratton Mountain Resort and Sugarbush.

The initiative aims to get more children active outdoors during the winter. According to Ski Vermont, learning to ski or snowboard at a young age nurtures healthier decisions and family bonds.

To get the deal, visit the council’s website and click on the link for The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports/Ski Vermont Take 3 Beginner Package. A brief survey will pop up asking for your contact information and the number of packages you want. Fill it out, click “Done” and within 48 hours you’ll receive a message from Ski Vermont with a coupon code and instructions for purchasing your $49 package. Age limits and blackout dates vary among the resorts, so check restrictions before you make the purchase.

These subsidized packages will go fast, but if you miss the deal you can still purchase a Take 3 package for $129 from Ski Vermont. There is no age limit, so grownups can get in on the action, too.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Congratulations to our November Writing Contest Winners

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM

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In our November issue, we asked kids to write about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Find the winning entries below. Meredith and Amelia each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Meredith Power, 11, Stratton

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy galore
Cranberry sauce and much, much more
But I can’t wait for dessert.
Trifle is my favorite and two full bowls won’t hurt.
Let’s go outside and play some football,
We’re surrounded by trees where the leaves start to fall.

Amelia Stacey, 6, Berlin

I love Thanksgiving.
But I feel bad they kill turkeys for it.
I love the good food, including all the yummy desserts.
Pie is my favorite!

Find the current writing contest in our December/January issue. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, January 15. Happy writing!

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Congratulations to our November Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:52 AM

This month, submissions showcased squirrels stocking up on supplies for the winter. Anna, 7, celebrated the season with a radiant rainbow and shimmering snowflakes, embellishing her frisky friend with a sparkly tail. Eleven-year-old Arianna’s squirrel sported an upper-arm acorn tattoo, surrounded by a shady brown forest. Oliver, 4, colored his cute creature with crimson and orange crayon. Our judges can’t wait to be wowed again next month with your spectacular works of art!

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

“Peace Squirrel"
Victoria Bove, 4, Colchester
"Peace Squirrel"
  • "Peace Squirrel"

“Bandit Squirrel”

Acadia Enman, 8, Huntington
"Bandit Squirrel"
  • "Bandit Squirrel"

“Gone Nuts!”

Sebastian Figliola, 10, Winooski
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Find the most recent coloring contest in our December/January issue. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, January 15!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

15 Indoor Activities for Families!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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It's stick season — those days of of fall-to-winter transition when the trees have shed their leaves but the snow hasn't made an appearance yet. For Wee-Mail subscribers, we've compiled a list of 15 indoor activities that will get you through those days when it's just a little too dreary and cold to be outside. Download this one-pager, stick it on your fridge and use it as a reminder that there's still lots of fun to be had.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Congratulations to our October Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 11:38 AM

A slew of spectacular superheroes flew into our mailbox this month. Ten-year-old Kyla created a cuddly panda with a bright pink cape, surrounded by a star-studded night sky and a shining silver moon. Lia, 8, wowed our judges with a marvelous mosaic of rainbow colors, and purple and black buttons on her bear. Cora, 4, carefully colored her creature with different hues of brown and a bright turquoise snout. Thanks to all who entered. It would be super if you could mail us your most magnificent work again this month!

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

“Blast Off Monkey”
Liliveve Cueto, 5, St. Albans

Blast Off Monkey
  • Blast Off Monkey

“The Dark Monkey”
Jacob Quinn, 8, Georgia

The Dark Monkey
  • The Dark Monkey

“Super Monkey”
Mackenzie Chase, 11, Monkton

Super Monkey
  • Super Monkey

Find the latest Coloring Contest in the Just For Kids section of our November issue. The deadline to enter is November 15!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Congratulations to our October Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 11:32 AM

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In our October issue, we asked kids to write about their favorite Halloween night. Below, find the winning entries. Mateo and Drew each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Mateo Baker-Djele, 12, Burlington
The coldness bites at my cheeks
Like birds with sharp beeks
But I don’t really mind
As long as my candy income is not confined
My candy bag is filling up
It almost weighs as much as a new pup
Twix, Snickers, M&M’s delight
I won’t let my siblings have even one bite
Halloween is coming to an end
Can’t wait ’till next year to do this again

Drew Thoeni, 9, Hyde Park

Crunch, crunch, crunch. You think it’s leaves,
But it’s really bones that are cracking on each step.
Whoosh! You think it’s wind rushing through your hair,
But it’s really a witch overhead!
“Trick or Treat!” You think it’s a human,
But it’s really an alien!

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

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Teal Pumpkin Project Aims to Make Halloween Inclusive and Fun for Kids With Food Allergies

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM

The Teal Pumpkin Project - COURTESY OF ABBIE JEFFERIS
  • Courtesy of Abbie Jefferis
  • The Teal Pumpkin Project
For many kids, collecting candy door-to-door on Halloween night is one of the highlights of the year. But for those with food allergies, trick-or-treating can accentuate feelings of being different or not belonging. The Teal Pumpkin Project, an initiative of the fundraising and advocacy group Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), aims to make Halloween safe and inclusive for kids with food allergies. The premise of the project, which gets its name from the color that represents food allergy awareness, is simple. Families pledge to offer non-food treats on Halloween night, either instead of or in addition to a candy treat. The non-food items — stickers, bubbles, spider rings, pencils and mini-notebooks are some examples — must be kept in a separate container from the food treats. To participate in the initiative, place a sign with a teal pumpkin on the outside of your house. Download one from FARE here or make one yourself.

Jericho mom Abbie Jefferis has been working to promote the Teal Pumpkin Project locally. Her 3-year-old son Ollie is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, sunflower, sesame and all legumes except soy. This year she started a blog, Ollergy, to provide support and resources to parents in similar situations. She shares meal plans, cooking tips, suggestions for holidays and vacations, and more. Having a child with food allergies comes with a unique set of challenges, she says. She recounts being turned away from a local preschool because of Ollie's allergies and leaving a recent store grand opening because the cookies — which weren't allergy safe — weren't contained in a designated area. She doesn't fault the store, she says, but attributes it to a lack of awareness and understanding about food allergies.

This fall, Jefferis has been contacting organizers of local family-focused Halloween events to enlist them in the Teal Pumpkin Project. So far, four have pledged to offer non-food treats and help spread awareness. Last year, Ollie trick-or-treated with his cousins in his grandparents' neighborhood and traded in his candy for safe food treats and small toys provided by his parents at the end of the night. This year, Jefferis  hopes that Ollie and kids like him will encounter more houses displaying teal pumpkins when they hit the streets on Halloween night.  

These local Halloween events have signed on to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project:

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Congratulations to our September Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 12:09 PM

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In our September issue, we asked kids to tell us about what they’re excited about as they begin a new school year. Below, find the winning entries. Amelia and Cristo each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Amelia VanDriesche, 12, Burlington
  Home
  Outdooors
  Music
  Epic
  Sun
  Curious
  Happy
  Out in the sun
bOoks
  Love
HOMESCHOOLING

Cristo Buckley, 12, Manchester
Going back to school,
So I won’t grow old and be a fool,
I got to see all my friends,
But I couldn’t choose my favorite,
I have so many of them,
I love my new teachers,
They are the best school leaders.

Find the latest writing prompt in the Just For Kids Section of our October Innovation Issue. The deadline is Monday, October 15. Happy writing!

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Congratulations to our September Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:52 AM

A marvelous mixture of pooches perked up our mailbox this month. Nine-year-old Lyndsey designed a super cool disco dog wearing dark sunglasses, with a spinning sparkly ball overhead. Leanora, 5, colored the cutest brown pup, surrounded by little bubbles filled with expressions of love. Franklin, 7, titled his artwork — a black-spotted canine sporting a long beard — “Old Man Dog.”

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

“Dogawesome”

Sophie Scott, 5, Shelburne
"Dogawesome"
  • "Dogawesome"

“Hero Dog”

Carter Hart, 8, Salisbury
"Hero Dog"
  • "Hero Dog"


“Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog”
Maggie Kords, 12, Montpelier
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  • Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog

Find the latest coloring contest in our October Innovation Issue. The deadline to enter is Monday, October 15.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

25 Can't-Miss Fall Events in Vermont!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 10:23 AM

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Vermont's glorious summer may be over but there's still lots of fun to be had in the coming months. For Wee-Mail subscribers, we've compiled a list of 25 fun family activities happening in Vermont this fall, from harvest festivals to corn mazes, apple picking to Halloween celebrations.

Download the one-pager, stick it on your fridge and use it as a reminder that autumn in Vermont is pretty darn glorious too!

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