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Pop-Up Exhibit: Miniatures and Models

Mon., Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tue., Jan. 21, 3-7 p.m.
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From steam engines to a logging mill, the museum's tiny precision wonders enchant visitors, with a centerpiece of John Aschauer's miniature machine shop with a steam plant and over 40 machines and workbenches. $5-8; free for children under 6; $20 per family.
American Precision Museum 196 Main Street, Windsor Windham (map)
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Pioneers in Engineering

Sun., Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Curious families re-imagine early Americans days and, in their practical spirit, get hands-on designing and building a miniature house from LEGOs, a bridge from toothpicks and marshmallows, a water wheel from a soda bottle or chairs made of newspapers. Ages 5 and up.
American Precision Museum 196 Main Street, Windsor Windham (map)
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Girls’ Engineering Day

Sat., Feb. 22, 1-4 p.m.
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Girls and young women get inspired for a future in designing, engineering and creating a better world, mentored by working women. donations accepted; preregistration encouraged.
American Precision Museum 196 Main Street, Windsor Windham (map)
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'The Gruffalo' and 'The Gruffalo's Child'

Sat., Jan. 25, 10 a.m.
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These two short children's films enchant the audience with the story of a magical mouse and an imaginary monster. Ages 2-8.
ArtisTree/Purple Crayon 2095 Pomfret Rd., South Pomfret Windsor (map)
'The Gruffalo' and 'The Gruffalo's Child'

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Family Clay

First Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through June 6
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Children and their parents make memories firing and glazing special pieces. $20 per parent-child pair; $5 each additional child.
ArtisTree/Purple Crayon 2095 Pomfret Rd., South Pomfret Windsor (map)
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Young At Art

Tue., Feb. 4, 10-11 a.m., Wed., Feb. 5, 10-11 a.m., Tue., Feb. 11, 10-11 a.m. and Wed., Feb. 12, 10-11 a.m.
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Little ones in play clothes drop in and ignite their imagination through dance, paint and more. Ages 5 and under. $5; $20 for a 5-visit punch card.
ArtisTree/Purple Crayon 2095 Pomfret Rd., South Pomfret Windsor (map)
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Sing, Say, Dance and Play

Sat., Feb. 8, 10-10:45 a.m., Sat., March 21, 10-10:45 a.m., Sat., April 11, 10-10:45 a.m., Sat., May 9, 10-10:45 a.m. and Sat., May 30, 10-10:45 a.m.
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Families explore singing, creative movement, instrumental exploration, stories and lots of fun. Ages 3-7. $10.
ArtisTree/Purple Crayon 2095 Pomfret Rd., South Pomfret Windsor (map)
Sing, Say, Dance and Play

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Marko the Master Magician

Sat., Feb. 29, 10 a.m.
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Mysterious feats make the audience laugh in this all-ages performance. $5.
ArtisTree/Purple Crayon 2095 Pomfret Rd., South Pomfret Windsor (map)
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Tricky Tracks: A Family Tracking Program

Sat., Feb. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
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Families learn about the winter travels of feathered and furry friends, then have fun making their own prints. All ages. $12/14 per child/adult pair; $4 each additional child.
Audubon Vermont 255 Sherman Hollow Rd., Huntington Chittenden (map)
Tricky Tracks: A Family Tracking Program

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UnSchool at Audubon

Second Thursday of every month, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thu., March 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thu., April 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Thu., May 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thu., June 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 13
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Home-based learners use the outdoor classroom to explore a variety of seasonal topics, from forest flora to wilderness skills. Ages 6-12. Parent attendance optional. $25-30; preregister.
Audubon Vermont 255 Sherman Hollow Rd., Huntington Chittenden (map)
UnSchool at Audubon

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'Jack and the Beanstalk'

Sun., Jan. 26, 1 p.m.
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No Strings Marionette Company mesmerizes an audience of all ages with the classic fairy tale of three magic beans, a boy who climbs into the sky and the giant he greets. $7.50.
Barre Opera House 6 North Main Street, Barre Washington (map)
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January Weekends

Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26
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Farm-loving families meet the Jersey cows, pigs, hens and sheep — sheltered in the barn for the winter — and tour the restored and furnished 1890 farmhouse and educational exhibits. 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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Winter at the Farm

Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Feb. 15-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9
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Families holler hello to the Jersey herd, draft-horse teams, sheep and oxen on their wanders through an operating dairy farm, then warm up inside the farmhouse with hot-spiced cider and cookies. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, if weather permits. regular museum admission, $4-16; free for kids under 3.
Billings Farm & Museum Rt 12 & Old River Rd, Woodstock Windsor (map)
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Bird-Monitoring Walk

Last Saturday of every month, 8-9 a.m. Continues through March 28
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Eagle-eyed participants bring binoculars to search the museum's property for fluttering feathers. Best for adults and older children. Bring binoculars. Ages 10 and up. preregister.
Birds of Vermont Museum 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington Chittenden (map)
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Great Backyard Bird Count Open Museum

Sat., Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Ornithologists-in-training visit the museum's feeding station, explore exhibits and learn more about this big bird count, an annual four-day event. regular museum admission, $3.50-7; free for members and kids under 3.
Birds of Vermont Museum 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington Chittenden (map)
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Dance Showcase

Sat., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
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A bevy of graceful groups — including Cult of Yes from Montreal, Di'Ahna Restry of Boston, Nepali Heritage Dancers with Neeru Cvakoti, Ballet Vermont and many more — strut their stuff in a benefit performance for Vermont Family Network and Puppets in Education. $25-28.
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Read to Daisy the Therapy Dog

Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28
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Book buffs bring a selection from home or borrow from the library to amuse an attentive canine. preregister.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Wonder Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 19
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Eager kids experiment, collaborate and explore their curiosity through specific projects. Best for ages 6 and up. Call or check online for details.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Reading Buddies

Fridays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Continues through Feb. 21
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Middle school mentors take time to read with youngsters. Bring a favorite book or choose one from the library. preregister.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Dungeons & Dragons

Fri., Jan. 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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Players embark on invented adventures, equipped with their problem-solving skills. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.; come early for assistance with character design.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Read with Pugsley

Mon., Jan. 27, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
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Petite ones practice literacy skills with the library's pooch. All ages.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Art Lab

Sat., Feb. 1, 10-11 a.m.
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Inventive kiddos explore multiple materials. Recommended for ages 6 and under, but all are welcome.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Game Day

Tue., Feb. 4, 3-4 p.m.
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Game aficionados of all ages bond over boards.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Preschool Yoga

Fri., Feb. 7, 9:30-10 a.m.
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Small ones sing, stretch and relax. Ages 2-5.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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Red Clover Story Time

Fri., Feb. 7, 3-4 p.m.
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Budding book lovers bury themselves in bibliophile and art activities. Best for ages 5-10.
Brownell Library 6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
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