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Books & Beyond: Science for Preschoolers

First Monday of every month, 10:30-11:15 & 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Continues through May 4
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Children’s literature and hands-on activities combine for fun science learning and exploration. Ages 3-5 with a parent or caregiver. regular museum admission, $13-16; free for children under 2.
Montshire Museum of Science 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich Windsor (map)
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Terrific Tractors & Other Cool Machines

Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Future farmers climb aboard a collection of colossal machines that can get the job done. regular museum admission, $5-8; free for children under 3.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
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Dead Creek Wildlife Day

Sat., Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
802-318-1347
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Natural wonders wow youngsters during this day dedicated to wild things, hosted by pros from Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Otter Creek Audubon Society and local sportsmen’s clubs. Pack up the family and the binoculars for a full or drop-in day of birdwatching, canoeing and numerous nature-based activities.
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Nestlings Find Nature

Second Tuesday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 8
802-434-2167
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What is pollination? Junior naturalists explore the world of these tiny working creatures through observation, crafts and hands-on activities. Ages 4-8. regular museum admission, $3.50-7; free for children under 3.
Birds of Vermont Museum 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington Chittenden (map)
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Mad Science & Marvelous Metals Weekend

Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Aspiring scientists investigate hands-on activities and check out special chemistry shows in celebration of National Chemistry Week, in collaboration with St. Michael's College and local chemists. regular museum admission, $11.50-14.50; free for children under 3.
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain 1 College Street, Burlington Chittenden (map)
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Maze By Moonlight

Fri., Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m.
518-585-2821
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Get lost! Using a flashlight as a guide, visitors search for hidden stations in the Fort's corn maze after dark. Last ticket sold at 9 p.m. $10.
Fort Ticonderoga 30 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga New York (map)
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Owls and Their Calls

Sat., Oct. 5, 1-1:45 p.m.
802-583-3536
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As part of the Green and Gold Weekend festivities at the Mad River Glen Ski Area, the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences stops in with live birds for avian admirers to learn about these nocturnal predators in a first-hand encounter. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. donations accepted; preregister.
Stark Mountain Foundation Schuss Pass Rd., Fayston Washington (map)
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Raptors in Residence

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1-1:30 p.m. Continues through Sept. 19
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The mysteries surrounding birds of prey are revealed as visitors come face-to-face with live feathered creatures. regular museum admission, $5-8; free for children under 3.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
Raptors in Residence

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Fall Harvest Campfire With Abenaki Chief Don Stevens

Fri., Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
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The Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk-Abenaki Nation shares traditional stories, artifacts, drumming and songs with families around a crackling blaze. Ages 6 and up with an adult. $5-6; preregister.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
Fall Harvest Campfire With Abenaki Chief Don Stevens

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Pumpkin Festival at Cedar Circle Farm

Sun., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
802-785-4737
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Families see orange at this quintessential fall farm affair, featuring pumpkin picking, live music and food galore. Kids-centered activities include educational activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. suggested donation $10-15 per car; food and drink available to purchase.
Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center 225 Pavilion Rd., East Thetford Orange (map)
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Hawk Walk

Sat., Oct. 12, 7:30-10 a.m.
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Late-migrating raptors provide an eyeful on a leisurely stroll and meet some wildlife ambassadors. Ages 10 and up. $5; preregister.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
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Archaeology Day

Sat., Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
802-649-2200
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How did people live in the Upper Connecticut Valley in the past? Amateur archeologists explore this question through examining artifacts, attending a pottery workshop and chatting with field professionals during this day-long celebration of human ancient history. regular museum admission; $13-16; free for children under 2.
Montshire Museum of Science 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich Windsor (map)
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Wagon Ride Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 18
802-457-2355
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Horse-drawn rides deliver delight to the whole family. regular museum admission, $4-16; free for children under 3.
Billings Farm & Museum Rt 12 & Old River Rd, Woodstock Windsor (map)
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Stories From Space

Sundays, 10-11 a.m.
802-748-2372
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Science educator Mike Ressler zooms small ones through the solar system with stories and a space-based craft. Ages 2-5. regular museum admission, $8-12; free for children under age 5.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium 1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury Caledonia (map)
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Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Sat., Sept. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Tech enthusiasts celebrate the DIY mindset at this quirky science fair featuring robotics, student experiments and arts and crafts. $8-15; free for ages 10 and under.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
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Forest Fantasy with Wonderfeet

Sat., Sept. 28, 12-3:30 p.m.
802-282-2678
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Whimsy lovers of all ages dressed in forest-themed costumes create tiny dwellings and fairy arts and crafts in a magical woods, while music and dance make more merriment. $7-10; $30 for a family of 5.
Camp Betsey Cox 140 Betsey Cox Ln., Pittsford Rutland (map)
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Science & Stories

Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Continues through Oct. 30
802-864-1848
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Preschoolers rally 'round for nature-inspired tales and activities. regular museum admission, $11.50-14.50; free for children under 3.
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain 1 College Street, Burlington Chittenden (map)
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Maker Mondays

Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
802-674-5781
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Inquisitive families design objects using recycled materials, make mazes for robots, construct with K*nex or build a simple machine using the museum's basic tools and instructions in their learning lab. regular museum admission, $5-8; free for children under 6; $20 per family.
American Precision Museum 196 Main Street, Windsor Windham (map)
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Amplify It!

Fri., Sept. 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
802-649-2200
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Middle schoolers get a guided tour of the museum, then explore making music. Grades 6-8. $8-15; preregister.
Montshire Museum of Science 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich Windsor (map)
Amplify It!

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Sam Mazza's Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In

Sat., Sept. 21, 12-3 p.m.
802-655-3440
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Oversize gourds battle it out for the heavyweight title. Onlookers enjoy hayrides, apple-cider doughnuts and a corn maze. food available for purchase; fee for corn maze.
Sam Mazza's Farm Market 277 Lavigne Road, Colchester Chittenden (map)
Sam Mazza's Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In

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Kids Nature Connection

Sat., Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Led by educator, counselor and Pathfinders Nature Connection founder Per Eisenman, children ages 5-10 discover animal tracks, explore edible plants, work on building a natural shelter and play in the woods. Bring a snack, water bottle, whittling knife and nature journal. Parents and younger siblings welcome. preregister.
Champlain Valley Cohousing 27 Common Way, Charlotte Chittenden (map)
Kids Nature Connection

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Orienteering

Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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With a map and compass, trekkers of all skill levels find their way across the terrain. Beginners' clinic from 9-10 a.m.; courses open 10 a.m. to noon. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. $5-6; preregister for clinic.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
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Tinker Tuesdays

Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29
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Junior engineers bring a small item from home to take apart and investigate how it works or tinker with the museum's learning lab collection. regular museum admission, $5-8; free for children under 6; $20 per family.
American Precision Museum 196 Main Street, Windsor Windham (map)
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Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend

Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
802-457-2355
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Farm fans explore a 19th-century working dairy from behind a team of draft horses. regular museum admission, $4-16; free for children under 3.
Billings Farm & Museum Rt 12 & Old River Rd, Woodstock Windsor (map)
Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend

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