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There are only a few days a year when you can actually catch a train at Burlington's Union Station, and two of them are coming up in May. The Champlain Valley Flyer makes four round trips to Shelburne on Kids Day, May 10, which also happens to be National Train Day. You can hop aboard after the annual Kids Day parade, which starts at 9:40 a.m. On Sunday, May 11, the Flyer heads to Middlebury for Mother's Day. You'll have time to treat Mom to a late lunch downtown before riding back in the 1940s-era coach. "Some kids get pretty excited about it," says ticket agent Brian McGregor. Some adults do, too. Heads up, dads — the train runs to Middlebury on Father's Day, too.

Champlain Valley Flyer: Saturday, May 10, trains leave Burlington at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. $10; kids 12 and under ride free with a paying adult. Sunday, May 11 and Sunday, June 15; departs Burlington at noon, arrives in Middlebury at 1:30 p.m. Departs Middlebury at 3:30 p.m. and arrives in Burlington at 5 p.m. $35 for adults, $30 for kids ages 3-12. Find information and buy tickets at rails-vt.com.

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