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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Restaurant Chefs Serve Lunch to Highlight Role of School Food

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 11:44 AM

Chef Jaclyn Major of Butch + Babe's scoops meatballs in the IAA cafeteria - COURTESY OF BURLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
  • Courtesy of Burlington School District
  • Chef Jaclyn Major of Butch + Babe's scoops meatballs in the IAA cafeteria
Two culinary pros served lunch to Burlington kids on Tuesday to highlight the important role school meals play in the community.
At Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington's Old North End, Butch + Babe's chef Jaclyn Major  spooned turkey meatballs smothered in Bove's marinara sauce onto students' trays. A few miles away, Jordan Ware, chef at Hen of the Wood and a 2017 James Beard Award semifinalist, stir-fried meat and veggies for teens at Burlington High School.

Major and Ware didn't create the dishes they were serving. But they will do just that in a few weeks. On Wednesday, February 27, they'll team up in the Butch + Babe's kitchen to host Love School Lunch, a cafeteria-inspired meal for both kids and adults. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Burlington School Food Project, a farm-to-school program that provides breakfast, lunch and supper to students in the Burlington School District.

Both Butch + Babe's and Hen of the Wood have ties to the  Burlington School Food Project. Kortnee Bush, owner of Butch + Babe's, worked in the cafeteria at Burlington's Hunt Middle School before opening her restaurant. And Ware's sister works in food service at Burlington High School.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Congratulations to our December/January Coloring Contest Winners!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 10:56 AM

Cats of all colors, stripes and polka dots amazed our judges this month. A swirling snowstorm surrounded 8-year-old Levi’s orange tabby, who skated on a bright-blue pond. Twelve-year-old Evie’s pink feline soared among enormous stars. Annaka, 5, transporter her cat to a farm, with a brilliant yellow sun and sparkling turquoise sky. Congratulations to all our creative artists. Send your most magnificent work again this month.

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

“Ice Skating Laser Tag”
Logan Peters-Smith, 5, South Burlington
"Ice Skating Laser Tag"
  • "Ice Skating Laser Tag"

“S-kcat-ing on the Moon”
Syria Vegna-Spofford, 8, Bristol
"S-ckat-in on the Moon"
  • "S-ckat-in on the Moon"

“Catsmonaut Kat: Mission Moon Skate”
Alden Looft, 11, Charlotte
"Catsmonaut Kat: Mission Moon Skate"
  • "Catsmonaut Kat: Mission Moon Skate"

Find our current coloring contest in the "Just for Kids" section of the February issue. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 15!

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Congratulations to our December/January Writing Contest Winners!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 9:55 AM

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In our December/January Issue, kids were asked to respond to the writing prompt, “If snow was made of ice cream…” Below, find the winning entries. Iris and Eleonore each receive a $25 gift certificate to Crow Bookshop in Burlington.

Iris Chesnut, 9, Sharon
If snow was made of ice cream
I would stick out my tongue
Catching ice cream snowflakes
With a little more yum

If snow was made of ice cream
We’d have an ice cream factory
Shaping peaceful ice cream flakes
Falling into a snowflake sanctuary


Eleonore Wilson, 9, Weybridge
If snow was made of ice cream….
you would eat and laugh and play
Yes, you would do this every day
If snow was made of ice cream
You would never go to sleep
Because ice cream was so cheap,
It would be ice cream galore
Fudge, coco and much much more

Find our current writing contest in the "Just for Kids" section of the February issue. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 15!

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dining Out With Kids? Try These Chittenden County Meal Deals

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 5:02 PM

Folino's in Burlington - COURTESY OF FOLINO'S
  • Courtesy of Folino's
  • Folino's in Burlington

Adulting can be overwhelming. Sometimes it just feels like too much effort is required to get a hot meal on the dinner table. But dining out with the kids in tow can be pricey. Kids VT to the rescue! Here we're serving up a list of local meal deals to help moms and dads on those days when you just can't bring yourself to turn on the stove. Bon appétit!

(Pro tip: All deals are subject to change so call ahead to confirm!)


On Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m., parents or guardians can bring their toddlers or preschoolers in to Folino's Burlington location (71 S. Union St., Unit 1, Burlington, 448-3110) for a free small cheese pizza. No adult purchase required.

On Monday, El Gato Cantina (169 Church St., Burlington, 540-3095) offers a free kids' meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

On Tuesday, it's Kids' Night at Texas Roadhouse (225 Interstate Corporate Center, Williston) with a $1.99 meal and free sundae for kids with the purchase of an adult entrée. There's also a free craft in the waiting area.

On Tuesday, kids at free after 5 p.m. at Jericho Cafe & Tavern (30 VT-15, Jericho, 899-2223).

On Tuesday, dine-in customers at Moe's Southwest Grill in Williston (85 Retail Way, 879-2005) and South Burlington (1150 Williston Rd., 660-490o) receive one free kid's entrée
with the purchase of an adult entrée.

On Tuesday, Uno Pizzeria & Grill (1330 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 865-4000) offers a free kid's entrée with the purchase of one adult entrée at dinnertime.

Wednesday night at Hatchet (30 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-3663) is Family Night. Kids' meals are $5, and pints of Hill Farmstead Brewery's Edward are $5 for the adults.

All day on Wednesday, kids 12 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal at The Friendly Toast (86 St. Paul St., Burlington, 495-5491).

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

10 Wonderful Winter Celebrations!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 2:05 PM

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Cold weather doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside! For Wee-Mail subscribers, we've compiled a list of 10 fun outdoor festivals for families taking place in the coming months. Download this one-pager, then bundle up for crafts, music, campfires, cocoa and lots more!

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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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