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.

Event Details Tuesday Night Trail Running
@ Catamount Outdoor Family Center
592 Governor Chittenden Rd.
Chittenden
Williston, VT
When: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Sept. 19
802-879-6001
Health & Fitness
Event Details Wednesday Night Mountain Biking
@ Catamount Outdoor Family Center
592 Governor Chittenden Rd.
Chittenden
Williston, VT
When: Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23
802-879-6001
Health & Fitness
Event Details Weekly Trail Runs
@ Hard'ack
179 Congress Street
Franklin
St. Albans, VT
When: Thursdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 17
802-524-1500, ext. 266
Health & Fitness
Event Details ShoeFly Trail Running & Walking Series
@ Kingdom Trails Yurt
Darling Hill Rd.
Caledonia
E. Burke, VT
When: Thu., Aug. 24, 5-7:30 p.m.
703-598-1934
Health & Fitness

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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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
Aiyana Auer
  • 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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