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Vermont Fancy Felines Cat Show

Sat., Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Animal enthusiasts applaud furry friends as they compete for ribbons in different categories, with a selection of cat products and a presentation of breeds, too. $5-7.
Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center 870 Williston Rd., Burlington Chittenden (map)
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Kids Building Workshop

First Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
802-872-0039

Handy helpers learn do-it-yourself skills and tool safety as they construct seasonal projects. Ages 5-12. free; preregister at workshops.homedepot.com
Home Depot 759 Harvest Lane, Williston Chittenden (map)
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Family Art Saturday

Fourth Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Dec. 28
802-865-7166

Families drop in and ignite their imaginations with a current exhibit, then get hands-on with an artistic endeavor.
Burlington City Arts 135 Church St., Burlington Chittenden (map)
Family Art Saturday

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Holiday Character Pancake Breakfast

Sat., Dec. 14, 8:30 & 10 a.m.
802-377-3557
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Revelers feast with costumed characters while enjoying balloons, music and more. $8-12; preregister.
Middlebury Inn 14 Court Square, Middlebury Addison (map)
Holiday Character Pancake Breakfast

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Burlington La Leche League

Second Tuesday of every month, 10:15 a.m.
802-985-8228
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New moms bring their babies and questions to a breastfeeding support group. Older children welcome. Lending library available. free
Fletcher Free Library 235 College St., Burlington Chittenden (map)
Burlington La Leche League

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Burlington Early Months Infant Massage

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18
802-862-2121
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This mother-infant group includes baby massage and postpartum new mama support.
The Janet S. Munt Family Room 20 Allen St., Burlington Chittenden (map)
Burlington Early Months Infant Massage

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Candy-Cane-Making Demo

Fridays, Sundays, 11 a.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 21
802-253-9591
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Families make holiday memories as they watch confectioners in action, or they can get in on the fun and design twisted treats of their own. Preregistration recommended to participate or watch; space is limited. free to watch. $6 per person to shape your own candy cane.
Laughing Moon Chocolates 78 South Main Street, Stowe Lamoille (map)
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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
802-649-2200
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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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Winter Gifts and Craftmaking

Sun., Dec. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m.
802-985-8686
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Using recycled and natural materials as inspiration, fans of handmade crafts make beautiful "green" gifts. Ages 5 and up with adult. $20-23 per parent-child pair; $15-17 per each additional child; preregister.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
Winter Gifts and Craftmaking

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Winter Wildlife Wander

Sat., Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
802-985-8686

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Young naturalists explore the winter landscape to look for clues in our forests and field. Ages 5 and up with adult caregiver. $3-7; preregister.
Shelburne Farms 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne Chittenden (map)
Winter Wildlife Wander

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Turkey Trot

Thu., Nov. 28
802-656-0851
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A quarter-mile kids' race starts the fun at 9:45 a.m., just before the 5K jaunt. Registration opens at 9 a.m. suggested donation $5; $10 per family; or a nonperishable food donation; proceeds benefit the Chittenden Food Shelf.
UVM Gutterson Field House 97 Spear Street, Burlington Chittenden (map)
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Christmas at the Farm

Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 13-15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 21-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
802-457-2355
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Fête the season the old-fashioned way, with 19th-century crafts, tours of the 1890 farmhouse and historic ornament-making. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, December 15 and December 26-January 1, weather permitting. 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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Family Gym

Sundays, 10:15-11:45 a.m., Fridays, 10:15-11:45 a.m. and Fridays, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Continues through Nov. 22
802-862-9622

Indoor playground equipment provides tiny tumblers a chance to run free. Ages 7 and under with caregivers. $5-12; $15 per family.
Greater Burlington YMCA 266 College Street, Burlington Chittenden (map)
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River of Light Lantern Parade

Sat., Dec. 7
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The streets of Waterbury glow with handmade creations while live music provides the soundtrack.
Thatcher Brook Primary School 47 Stowe Street, Waterbury Washington (map)
River of Light Lantern Parade

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Milton Community Dinner

Thu., Nov. 21, 4:30-7 p.m.
802-893-5501
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Hungry eaters sit down to a hot and healthy meal. donations appreciated.
Milton Elementary/Middle School Milton Elementary School, Milton Chittenden (map)
Milton Community Dinner

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American Girl Tea Party

Sat., Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m.
802-893-4644

Young ladies in fancy dress enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games and refreshments, with or without dolls. Ages 8-12 with adult caregiver. preregister.
Milton Public Library 39 Bombardier Road, Milton Chittenden (map)
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Craftsbury Lego Club

Fridays, 3-4:30 p.m., Fridays, 3-4:30 p.m. and Fridays, 3-4:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 20
802-586-9683

Junior constructionists play with plastic cubes and chat companionably. Ages 4-12.
Craftsbury Public Library 12 Church Street, Craftsbury Common Orleans (map)
Craftsbury Lego Club

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'The Nutcracker'

Sat., Dec. 7, 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
802-533-9075

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Ballet Wolcott’s Youth Company and students pair up with community members for this classic dance featuring Clara, who receives a magical gift and sets out on a mysterious journey. Ages 3 and up. $15-30.
Highland Center for the Arts 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro Orleans (map)
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'The Green Mountain Nutcracker'

Sat., Dec. 21, 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
802-476-8188
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Central Vermont's Moving Light dance company performs this beloved holiday story of the little girl and her nighttime adventures. $15-25.
Barre Opera House 6 North Main Street, Barre Washington (map)
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Winter Renaissance Faire

Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
802-778-9178

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In this two-day shindig, medieval and Viking demonstrations of life on the battlefields, singers, musicians, acrobats, dancers — and artisan and craft vendors, too — enchant visitors of all ages. $5-15; free for children under age 6 with purchase of adult ticket.
Champlain Valley Expo 105 Pearl St., Essex Junction Chittenden (map)
Winter Renaissance Faire

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Art Play Day

First and Third Sunday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.
802-324-9938

Little ones and caregivers drop in and get messy with multiple materials to spark imagination. Ages 18 months to 5 years with caregiver. $5 per child; $8 max per family; $40 for a 10-visit punch card.
Radiate Art Space 203 Bridge St., Richmond Chittenden (map)
Art Play Day

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Breastfeeding Café

Third Tuesday of every month, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
802-236-4136
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Mamas nurse their babies, chat and ask for answers from a certified lactation consultant. Pregnant women, supportive dads and older siblings welcome.
Ilsley Public Library 75 Main Street, Middlebury Addison (map)
Breastfeeding Café

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'Bird of Prey' Documentary Screening

Sat., Dec. 28, 4-5:30 & 7-8:30 p.m.
802-359-5000
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Avian admirers of all ages soak up this film by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology about the story to save the rarest eagle on earth. suggested donation, $10.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science 149 Natures Way, Quechee Windsor (map)
'Bird of Prey' Documentary Screening

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'The House That Santa Almost Missed'

Tue., Nov. 19, 7 p.m.
802-448-3350

Local author Paul Laud shares his whimsical picture book with an audience of all ages about a Christmas Eve snowstorm and the magic of what giving means.
Phoenix Books 191 Bank Street, Burlington Chittenden (map)
'The House That Santa Almost Missed'

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Everybody Wins! Vermont Read-a-Thon

Sat., Jan. 25, 1-3:30 p.m.
802-229-2665
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Literature lovers of all ages embark on a challenge to see how many children's books they can power through. Music by Jon Gailmor, milk and cookies, and a free book for each participant add to the festivities.
National Life Group 1 National Life Dr., Montpelier Washington (map)
Everybody Wins! Vermont Read-a-Thon

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YMCA Camp IGNITE

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YMCA Camp IGNITE is a day camp for girls between the ages of 8-14 that will Inspire Girls in Nature, Technology, and Environment! Located on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, eight 1-week sessions are available, each with a different theme so that your daughter can be enjoy multiple…(more)

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