Kids VT - May 2012 - Baby & Maternity
Small Wonders. Baby & Maternity issue. How moms juggle jobs. New fathers' first thoughts. When to dial the doc. Tales from a two-mom family.
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PLAY The Kids Beat ..................................................................8 Ask Dr. First: When to Call the Doctor .....10 Fit Families: Baby Pump.......................................11 The Librarian Likes ....................................................11 Seeing STARS.................................................................12 The Because Project .................................................13 Home Cookin': BBQ Sliders................................14 Out to Eat: Ocha Thai ...............................................15 Go Ask Dad: Birth Moments ..............................16 The Art of ... Drama in Three Hours ............17 Hi, Ho! It's Back to Work We Go ................................................ 18 What to expect when you're no longer expecting Discover the joy of learning at home with our complete, creative, and uniquely flexible homeschooling curriculum. Baby Steps ...... 22 A neonatal nurse practitioner on Vermont's "smallest survivors" CALENDAR Daily Listings ..................................................................32 Ongoing Events.............................................................33 Story Times ......................................................................36 Playgroups ........................................................................38 CAMP GUIDE Know Before They Go.........26 What questions should you ask before sending a kid to camp? HANDS ON Crafting With Kids......................................................45 The Party Planner: Baby Showers ...............46 Puzzle Page ......................................................................48 Coloring Contest .........................................................49 Or enroll in our fully accredited school for the additional benefit of experienced teacher support and academic credit. An empowering option for homeschooling families! 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Brownell k6h-OtterCreekAwnings0512.indd 1 4/17/12 11:44 AM PREGNANCY IS ANTICIPATION that leads to labor's intense physical challenge and the joy, awe and relief of birth. It's like Christmas, a Tough Mudder marathon and religious ecstasy all rolled into one wrinkly, squalling newborn. Then the real work begins. And if you work outside the home, you need to figure out how to fit it all in. I was working -- at my former job as a technical writer -- almost up to the moment my Oliver Laddison son was born. My water broke in the early hours before dawn, and the first person I told was my coworker Najiba, who was online in the company's Brussels o ce. She encouraged me to get to the hospital, and I did, carrying my laptop along with my overnight bag. I finished up a couple of work tasks just a few hours before things went awry and I was whisked away for a C-section. Fast-forward eight weeks, and I was back at the o ce full time, exhausted. I think I only fell asleep at my desk once, but I honestly can't remember. Those were foggy times. Creating work-life balance is di cult, whether moms and dads stay at home, work 9 to 5 jobs or juggle a mix of part-time commitments. Throw in the need for exercise, alone time and date nights, and there are just not enough hours in the day. Kathryn Flagg's feature on page 18 looks at how a few local moms have managed the transition back to work. Twelve weeks of unpaid family leave might seem like a long time for employers to give up a valued worker, but in reality, it's the blink of a baby's eye. Men are part of the equation, too. In "Go Ask Dad," fathers share their awe-inspiring thoughts from the delivery room. In a separate story, Ken Picard interviews a male nurse who works in Fletcher Allen Health Care's neonatal intensive care unit. Want to hear more baby stories? Read the "Kids Beat" for details on upcoming "Pregnancy Circles." And, a lesbian mom in rural Vermont o ers a twist on the traditional birth tale in this month's "Use Your Words" essay on page 51. We conceive Kids VT every month in hopes you'll find something new, enlightening, comforting or useful in it. Whether you're a seasoned, expectant or newly minted parent, I'd love to hear from you. Want to share your story? Email me at email@example.com. KATE LADDISON, MANAGING EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org Some of this month's Kids VT contributors: KIDSVT.COM Kathryn Flagg ("Hi, Ho! It's Back to Work We Go") is a sta writer at Seven Days. This is her first appearance in Kids VT. She and her husband, Colin, raise beef cattle in Shoreham. Madeleine Kunin ("Because Project") was the first female governor of Vermont. She served as deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland in the Clinton administration. She is currently a James Marsh professor-at-large at the University of Vermont and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Chelsea Green Publishing released her third book, The New Feminist Agenda, in April. Kunin lives in Burlington with her husband, John Hennessey. She has four grown children. Jaime R. Tibbits ("Use Your Words") lives with her partner, Mary Alice, and their two children -- as well as a dog, two cats and a cow -- in Fairfield. This month Jaime will receive her bachelor's degree from Johnson State College. Congratulations, Jaime! KIDS VT MAY k3v-UVMAthletics0512.indd 1 4/23/12 2:17 PM Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue Readers Respond People are talking about the April 2012 issue of Kids VT... UNDER THE SUN! A Children's Department Store GARDENING TOOLS TEVA SANDALS JOGGING STROLLERS EVERYTHING WE CARRY Can't Wait for the Next Paper Dear Kids VT, My mom and I enjoy the articles in your paper. I love the pictures for the coloring contest. The newspaper is a good way for kids and adults to get reading. Some of the kids who win the coloring contests are really creative and cool. 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My almost-6-year-old son declared this past weekend that he was planning on becoming a professional jump roper. He's been jumping at any given opportunity all week. It's wonderful. ASTRID HEDBOR LAGUE COLCHESTER MARNA EHRECH SHELBURNE These kids are amazing! I especially liked reading their insights. They are reflective thinkers and are willing to work hard. Congratulations to all kids who are starting their own businesses! NILAH COTE FRANKLIN Log in and sound o on our website, kidsvt.com. KIDSVT.COM Speak Up! Kids VT wants to publish your rants and raves. Your comments should � be no more than 250 words long � respond to Kids VT content � include your full name, town and a daytime phone number MAY KIDS VT Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Kids VT, PO Box 1184, Burlington, VT 05402. We also reprint comments we receive via Facebook and Twitter, with permission from the authors. 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KIDS VT MAY KIDSVT.COM k4t-GBYMCA0512.indd 1 4/19/12 11:00 AM SEE AND SAY Q: Would you, or did you, opt for prenatal screening for genetic abnormalities that required amniocentesis? Sometimes a little information is enough. Most of our survey respondents -- 81 percent -- skipped prenatal tests involving amniocentesis or had no prenatal screening at all. April didn't exactly deliver its requisite showers last month. But our coloring-contest entries had no trouble imagining rain -- along with lots of laughing, squealing, splashing, singing and dancing pigs with rainbows. COLORING CONTEST These winners get $25, plus an additional $10 when they open a TD Bank Young Saver Account by May 31. HONORABLE MENTIONS COOL KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR "Rainbow Everything" Zoe Smith, 4, Burlington LOVELIEST LANDSCAPE "VT Sunset in April" Cali Gilbert, 7, Essex Junction BLUE SKY, PINK SKY "Piggin' in the Rain" Garett Ward, 8, North Hero TWO WAY TIE FOR RAINBOWY EST RAIN "It's Raining Rainbows" Maeve McCullagh, 8, Colchester "Rainbow Raindrops" Cooper Cleveland, 8, Essex PASTEL MASTER "Piggy in the Rain" Madelyn Ford, 7, South Burlington PRETTY PARAPLUIE "My Wet Piggy" Audree Gabree, 7, St. Albans PINKEST PIG "Singing in the Rain" Trace Cushing, 10, Burlington BOFFO BOOTS "Every Pig Likes Rain!" Sophie Lee, 9, Underhill BEST PENCIL SHADINGS "Just Snorting in the Rain" Bella (no last name given), 10, Montpelier RIGHTEOUS RAINBOW "A Rainy Day for Piggy" Natalie Abair, 7, Colchester WILLISTON Zoey Skapof, 4 4 and under "The Rain Pig" NO, we had only an ultrasound screening. % % YES, we screened for genetic abnormalities through amniocentesis. % Bab y& tern Ma ity I NO, we opted for no prenatal screening. ue 5 to 8 Emma Lowry, 8 BURLINGTON "Piggy Patterns" FROM THE WEB: Inside the new ECHO Exhibit The new anatomy exhibit at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center features actual human bodies -- dead ones. Wondering whether to take your kids to see it? Kids VT calendar writer Becky Tharp toured Our Body: The Universe Within before it opened and shared her thoughts about it on the Kids VT blog. Read her review at kidsvt.com. "Two Dimensions, a Nocturnal Pig and Electric Rain" Max Cleveland, 8, Essex "Miss Piggy Jumps in Muddy Puddles" Nyche German, 5, Milton KIDSVT.COM MAY TOP TITLES "A Splash in Time" Mikenna Sherwin, 10, Whiting "Pig Puddle" Jared Hislop, 7, Williamstown "100% Chance of Rain" Brandon Tierney, 11, Vergennes Joselyn Gilbert, 9 ESSEX JUNCTION 9 to 12 "April Showers Bring May Flowers" KIDS VT See the winning submissions at kidsvt.com. Find this month's contest on page 49. The deadline is May 15. THE Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue BEAT BY KAT E LAD D ISON PREGNANCY Great Expectations Theme and plot structure aside, every birth story is di erent. Birth Journeys, a doula and childbirth education company, will soon host Pregnancy Circles -- discussion groups for expectant moms who want to hear about pregnancy and birth in a supportive environment. That means trained professionals sharing the details -- not some woman with a labor horror story in the checkout line at the grocery store. "She was in line when I was pregnant, too," quips Jenna Thayer, a partner at Birth Journeys. The goal is to counter the seemingly endless supply of freak-you-out birth tales with honest and encouraging accounts. Drop in on twice-monthly classes that start in May. PREGNANCY CIRCLES: Bimonthly discussions offered on a sliding scale, $5-15 per session. Birth Journeys, 4 Kellogg Road, Essex Junction. Info, 324-8809, vtbirthjourneys.blogspot. com. k6v-OnionRiverkids0512.indd 1 Like what you see? Contact Kaitlin today! 4/17/12 11:46 AM Sweet Spot "I want candy:" Not only is it a popular song, but a familiar refrain with kids. A new store in the University Mall, Candylicious, satisfies those sweet cravings. Color and presentation are important to owner Khuyen Tran, who opened the store at the end of March. "Candy is like fashion," she says, noting sugary trends come and go with the seasons. And sometimes, what's old is new again. Currently popular: nostalgic candy from the 1920s and '30s such as Charleston Chew, Mallo Cups and Sugar Daddy. Two other coming attractions Khuyen identified are fancy lollipops and relatively healthy concoctions like Superfruit Jelly Belly's made from real fruit juice. Scoop them up at the new store, where most of the treats are sold by weight. CANDYLICIOUS: University Mall, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Info, 864-7779. BUSINESS KIDSVT.COM Kids VT presents information on everything from family programs and services to products and entertainment. Why not advertise? MAY KIDS VT Kaitlin Montgomery email@example.com 985-5482 x72 12v-advertise.indd 1 3/22/12 12:31 PM EAT. LEARN. PLAY. Horse Tale Vermont author Jessie Haas captures the hearts of young readers and equestrians with her new horse-meets-girl love story, Bramble and Maggie. Bramble is a horse with a mind of her own, and it's not 'til she meets Maggie that she finds a match made in horse heaven. Bored with giving riding lessons, Bramble trots too fast, goes backward rather than forward and lies down on the job. Her owners decide to get rid of her, and young Maggie happens upon the "Free Horse" sign. Told from the perspective of both horse and rider, the tale is sweetly funny: Bramble thinks a garden hose is a snake; to the horse, a swing set looks like a strange, lawn-eating animal. Maggie works patiently with her ride and steadily builds their friendship. The engaging watercolor illustrations on every page and easy-to-read sentences make this chapter book a great early reader. BRAMBLE AND MAGGIE: By Jessie Haas, Candlewick Press, 56 pages, $14.99, ages 5 and up. Info, jessiehaas.com. 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She draws on her skills -- and passion for bullying prevention -- to draw middle schoolers into the action, unleashing what they're wondering as well as what they know. "Just because they're young doesn't mean their voices aren't important," Jordan says. THEATRE IN ACTION PILOT PROGRAM: Wednesdays, 8:10-9:10 a.m. through mid-June. St. Albans Town Educational Center. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org, theatreinaction.org. ARTS Music to Her Ears Orwell musician Michael King has found a unique way to make a Mother's Day: He expresses maternal k8v-BabiestoBoomers0512.indd 1 4/13/12 11:09 AM love in music. Last year, King experienced two milestones. His band the Jesters broke up after an 18-year run, and he scattered his mother's ashes. He decided to honor her memory with a music You'll wonder composition. How does he do the same for moms why you didn't he doesn't know? He interviews them. 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New parents don't know what "normal" newborn behavior is but may be reluctant to call the doctor about every questionable cry and cough. This month, Dr. Lewis First, chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, assures parents that when it comes to caring for newborns, they should feel comfortable asking anything, anytime. KVT: Should parents be concerned about excessive crying? LF: Believe it or not, it's normal for newborns to cry up to three hours a day. If your baby's crying or irritability is bothering you, even if it's less than three hours, it's worth a call. One of the leading reasons we have accidental trauma and brain damage in babies is when someone shakes a baby who is crying. Oftentimes, that happens after far less than three hours of crying. KVT: Any advice about visitors in the first few weeks of life? LF: If someone has a cold, it's probably a good idea for that person to avoid handling the baby without good hand washing. Unfortunately, you may be carrying a virus even before you know you're getting a cold. The best thing you can do is wash your hands before handling the baby and then again afterward. KVT: Should we worry about postcircumcision problems? LF: If the bleeding around the circumcision site seems persistent after your baby boy goes home, that certainly warrants another look by the doctor. That may also be a harbinger of a bleeding problem, such as hemophilia. KVT: How about caring for the baby's belly button? LF: If parents need instructions for caring for the belly button, that's fair game for calling to discuss belly-button care with your baby's doctor. If they start seeing pus or discharge, or the stump stays on for three to four weeks or starts to smell bad, they should talk to us. In rare circumstances, that could be indicative of an immune problem. KVT: Can you share any humorous parent phone calls? LF: One of the most common things we use to treat a congested nose are saltwater nose drops. The typical home recipe is a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. I've had parents call and say, "I've gotten several ounces down the baby's nose. Do I have to use all eight ounces?" That's not a problem of the parent. That's a problem of the health care provider not explaining that we're only using a few drops of the solution and not all eight ounces. Parents need to make sure they understand the instructions they're given. If they're not, call back. � Full & Part Time Nannies � Baby Nurses & Doulas � Babysitters & Event Sitters � Temporary Nannies Available � Gift Certificates Available We are Vermont's oldest & most experienced childcare placement agency. Our providers have undergone an intensive screening process. KVT: What should trigger an automatic phone call in the first few weeks of life? LF: Di culty breathing, fever and any concern regarding the baby's activity level. If there's a persistent cough, if the lips are blue, if the baby seems to be working hard to breast-feed because the baby can't catch his or her breath, call immediately. In the first two months, a temperature above 100.4 degrees F warrants a call. KVT: What other conditions should www.vermontnannyconnection.com parents watch for? LF: If the baby is not feeding well or is overly sleepy and k8v-VtNanny0512.indd 1 4/12/12 3:01 PMhas a normal temperature, I'd still want to get a phone call. If a baby under two months hasn't peed in eight hours and hasn't pooped in a day and is breast-feeding, I would be concerned about the baby's hydration status. 3 years old 802-872-1VNC (1862) Christ the King School to 8th Grade We are proud of our Faith Filled Environment & Academic Excellence Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue Believe it or not, it's normal for newborns to cry for up to three hours a day. 136 Locust Street Burlington, VT 862-6696 www.cksvt.org email@example.com facebook.com/cksvt KIDSVT.COM Art Music PE French Technology Licensed After-School and Vacation Program Athletic & Enrichment Opportunities KVT: What about rashes? They look awful, but do they warrant a doctor's visit? LF: If parents need advice on a diaper rash or are worried that a rash looks worse than a simple red area, that's worth calling about. The most dangerous rashes we worry about are those that don't blanch. A rash that doesn't turn white or change to a lighter color when pressed with your finger may mean that the redness represents cells that have leaked out of broken blood vessels under the skin, suggesting a serious infection. KVT: Is there such a thing as a new baby sleeping too well? LF: Most babies will sleep 16 hours a day in the first week or two of life. If it's been four hours and the baby hasn't woken up, you should try to wake the baby up. The baby should rouse pretty easily; if not, call your child's doctor for advice. KVT: What can cause persistent crying? LF: It could be something as simple as gas. It may be that the baby has an infection. Or it may be that the baby has been overfed. But rather than starting to feel frustrated, this is an ideal time to talk it out with the doctor. So check with your pediatrician or family physician and make sure all is well, in addition to giving yourself time out and having someone else watch the baby. We never want to see a parent calm a baby down with physical force. KVT: Why do we get crying with no tears? LF: Parents should know that babies won't have tears before four to six weeks of age. Since the tear ducts aren't fully formed yet, germs and bacteria can get in those not-yet-fully open tear ducts and cause a little pus to come out of the eye. It's easily treatable, but it can look a lot worse than it is. MAY KIDS VT LIMITED ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR! Visit http://www.cksvt.org/working/PDF/ SOAP-summer.pdf to find out about our summer vacation program, which is open to campers outside our school community, or call the school for more information. k8v-ChristKing0512.indd 1 4/27/12 10:16 AM EAT. LEARN. PLAY. FIT FAMILIES B Y SARA H T UFF COURTESY OF RAYA LURVEY THE LIBRARIAN LIKES Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue Pumping Pampers IT'S NOT A GOOD SIGN when your workout makes other people laugh. But as Lexie launches into a series of side lunges at Essex Junction's HammerFit gym, she doesn't seem to mind when the person next to her erupts in giggles. That's because it's her 7-month-old daughter, Jane, watching her mom from an infant car seat in a Tuesday morning session of "Baby Pump." Earlier this year, HammerFit owner Jessica Ebert Edelmann started the class as a way for moms to work out, bond with their new babies and meet new friends. A play on the popular Les Mills Body Pump classes, Baby Pump is a 45-minute non- to low-impact workout that uses hand weights, resistance bands and, yes, babies to tone and strengthen. "At first, the moms are a bit nervous and proud that they just made it to class," says Edelmann. "Two to three times later, they're enjoying themselves, and the babies are happier because mom is radiating confidence." Before a recent class, instructor Candice Allembert has a few moments to chat -- moms with new babies tend to show up fashionably late. "Working out, you shouldn't feel guilty," she says. "It's not about getting to a size 0; it's about getting fit and having the energy to go up and down stairs with your children." There's even a chair in the back where moms can nurse. Allembert then pops in a peppy soundtrack -- the '80s hit The Safety Dance, and songs from The Lion King and The Muppets -- as she leads four moms through a warm-up of stepping in place and stretching hamstrings and hip flexors. For now, the four babies are happily snug in their car seats or on soft blankets. Eleven-week-old Jack is sound asleep. It's just the right tempo to allow near continual motherand-child contact: Lexie laughs back at Jane; Megan plants a kiss on 5-month-old Olivia's forehead while holding plank position. I think back on how I used to set my 6-week-old daughter next to the treadmill and had to stop running every time she squirmed for fear of upsetting fellow gym members. This is a much better way to exercise with babies. Allembert devised much of the Instructor Candice Allembert (on left) with Ali and Adi Bigenho WHAT YOU NEED: Comfortable workout clothes, baby (newborn to about age 1) in car/infant seat, baby toys. HammerFit supplies weights, resistance bands and other gear. Athletic Club, 21 Essex Way, suite 115, Essex Junction. Classes held Tuesdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m.; $36 for a six-class punch card. WHERE TO GO: HammerFit INFO: hammerfit.com routine from working out at home with her own children, now ages 14 and 17, when they were babies; indeed, many of the moves lend themselves to a livingroom floor. Doing wide-leg squats while holding the baby, for example, is a no-brainer. But staying home would mean missing out on the camaraderie, the compliments doled out by Allembert -- "I love Olivia's pajamas!" she exclaims to Megan during a set -- and all the other adorable babies. My children are 3 and 5 now, and being around all the oxytocin almost makes me want to have another -- until a few of the infants squawk for more attention. Everyone makes it to the end of the 45-minute session, but that's not always the case for new moms who must put their workout on hold for a few hours or a day. Says Allembert, "Sometimes you just have to surrender." Achilles' summary: Curious to know what your baby is thinking? It's easy to find out with Lora Heller's boardbook series Baby Fingers, LIBRARIAN: which teaches Tina Achilles, basic American children's Sign Language librarian at to parents and the Cobleigh infants alike. Public Library Each page of I in Lyndonville Want... features a bright, engaging BOOK: Want ... photo of a baby or Teaching Your toddler signing Baby to Sign a word he or she by Lora Heller is likely to find and others useful -- potty, from the Baby cereal, bed, Fingers series. etc. A written description AGE RANGE: of the motion Infant o ers a chance for reading, and clear, visual demonstrations help both parents and babies pick up the signs. Why sign? Research has shown that signing not only eases the frustration of communication between parents and children, but also fosters early literacy and stimulates brain development. Plus, it's an opportunity to bond. Sign language researcher Marilyn Daniels, who lives in Newport, writes about signing's benefits for hearing children in her Sign to Speak books, which include songs, rhymes and an appendix of signs. Learn more about helping your young child communicate at marilyndaniels.com. "The Librarian Likes" features a different librarian and book each month. Got an idea for a future LL? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's not about getting to a size zero, it's about getting fit. KIDSVT.COM MAY KIDS VT "Fit Families" is a monthly feature that offers easy and affordable ways to stay active. Got an idea for a future FF? Email us at email@example.com. CHILDCARE Seeing The grade on children's programs in Colchester, Essex, Jericho, Milton, Underhill and Winooski VERMONT'S STEP AHEAD RECOGNITION SYSTEM (STARS) is designed to help parents evaluate programs that care for their kids. Sponsored by the Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, STARS assigns star rankings to participating childcare, preschool and after school programs. The process is much more thorough than a simple site visit. To receive a ranking, programs must complete an application that assesses progress in five areas: compliance with state regulations; sta qualifications and training; communication and support of children, families and communities, providers' self-assessments and plans for improvements; and the strength of a program's operating policies and business practices. Simply by completing the application, programs demonstrate a desire to go above and beyond the minimum state standards. The STARS coordinators assign applicants one to five stars. A single star means a program is new or examining its practices and working to improve them; a five-star ranking signifies that a program is established and outstanding in all areas. A ranking is good for three years, though each applicant must complete an annual review to maintain it. STARS helps parents assess a program's quality and professionalism, and it can also save them money. Parents who meet the state's income eligibility guidelines may pay less for childcare if they enroll their children in programs with three, four or five stars. Each month, Kids VT publishes an excerpt of the list of STARS participants. This month's "Seeing STARS" features participating programs in Colchester, Essex, Jericho, Milton, Underhill and Winooski. Find more information about STARS, a complete list of rankings and other childcare resources at dcf.vermont. gov/cdd/stars. MATTHEW THORSEN COLCHESTER Carolyn's Red Balloon 40 Severance Green, Suite 101, 878-5001 Organic Kids 8 Murray Road, 879-7559 Imagination Island Child Care Summit Street Elementary School 51 Park Street, 872-3266 52 Maplewood Avenue, 893-7501 Little Feats Too 9 Checkerberry Square, 893-4569 Little Feats Daycare 5857 Roosevelt Highway, 878-4220 Y School Age Program at Essex Essex Elementary School, 1 Bixby Hill Road, 350-2252 Milton After School Kids (MASK) Milton Family Community Center, 23 Villemaire Lane, 893-1457 ESSEX & ESSEX JUNCTION Children's Preschool and Enrichment Center, Inc. 39 Main Street, 878-1060 Y School Age Program at Founders School in Essex Founders School, 33 Founders Road, 350-2249 Milton Family Community Center 23 Villemaire Lane, 893-1457 Ed-U-Care Children's Center 5 Ewing Place, 879-4427 UNDERHILL Child Works Preschool and Child Care 63 Timber Ridge Road, 899-4976 JERICHO Good Shepherd Preschool 273 Route 15, 899-3989 EJRP Preschool 75 Maple Street, 878-1375 Poker Hill School 209 Poker Hill Road, 899-3716 Saxon Hill School 7 Red Mill Drive, 899-3832 Essex Town Preschool VT spotlights one five-star program from the featured geographical area. SHINING STAR Each month, Kids Karen Gray Underhill/Jericho Preschool Program 6 Irish Settlement Road, 899-4676 1 Bixby Hill Road, 878-2584 Children's Preschool and Enrichment Center Inc. Green Mountain Montessori School 8 Jericho Road, 879-9114 MILTON Berry Patch Child Care 49 Strawberry Lane, 893-7822 39 Main Street, Essex, 878-1060 Type of program: Full-year preschool program Year opened: 1987 Age range of children: 3 to 5 years old; children who have been in kindergarten can attend in summer. Last field trip: Green Mountain Audubon Center Favorite rainy-day activity: "Scary Afternoon" with books and flashlights to help process fears in a safe atmosphere Favorite song: "Jump Up and Down" Most recent staff development activity: In-service day with "Medicine Administration" in the morning; "Strengthening Families" in the afternoon Hand In Hand Creative Learning Center Charlotte Little 34 Villemaire Lane, 893-6625 WINOOSKI Winooski Early Childhood Program 60 Normand Street, 655-0411 3 Oliver Wight Drive, 524-6028 Diane's Day Care 48 Railroad Street, 893-4530 Winooski Family Center Hiawatha Early Education Doodlebug Daycare 724 Route 7 South, 893-0530 80 Normand Street, 655-1422 34 Hiawatha Avenue, 878-1386 KIDSVT.COM Kangaroo Corner Child Care Facility 26 Susie Wilson Road, 872-2772 MAY Lorrie's Daycare 14 Colbert Street, 878-4603 KIDS VT EAT. LEARN. PLAY. VERMONT CHILDREN'S TRUST FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE: BECAUSE PROJECT BECAUSE of a few words a camp counselor said to me. I was inspired to dream The Vermont Children's Trust Foundation supports statewide prevention programs for children and families to help give all kids a fair chance at success. WITH SUPPORT FROM The Because Project asks Vermonters to share their stories about people and experiences that have shaped their lives, especially during their formative years -- stories that may inspire others to get involved. Because together we can all make a di erence. s I think back on the people who touched my life, I'm reminded of a summer camp counselor named Zelda, who taught us modern dance to the sound of a new and exciting piece of music: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue." She pulled me aside one day and said, "Madeleine, I think you have potential." "Potential?" I asked. She was not talking about dance, although I would have been pleased to hear that. She was talking about potential in life. I was 14 years old at the time. The camp was located on a farm in Binghamton, N.Y., and, by today's standards, was very basic. Our activities consisted of piling into the back of a pickup truck with a milk can full of red Kool-Aid, which we would drink at the lake after our swim. We'd come back and play simple games like volleyball and Ping Pong, and when it rained, we would make lanyards. The highlight of the season was the Color War. I was on the blue team. We were all from New York City, and before that, from war-torn Europe. I remember Zelda because she was the first person who said the word "potential" to me. My mother had talked to both me and my older brother about America as the land of opportunity, but I had never interpreted the American dream personally. My older brother was expected to write the next chapter of the Horatio Alger success story for the simple reason that he was a boy. There was no similar Harriet Alger. Madeleine Kunin FORMER VERMONT GOVERNOR AND U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SWITZERLAND A COURTESY OF PAUL BOISVERT I don't know exactly what Zelda saw in me that summer afternoon that made her tell me I had potential, but I do know what e ect it had on me. Why else would I remember that brief conversation? It made me stand taller than if I had won first place in a dance contest. Her words allowed me to expand my sense of who I was and who I could become. They encouraged me to dream, and eventually, to strive to fulfill those dreams. One small word, said at just at the right time, can make a lifelong di erence. Perhaps that is why I recently told a high school student, "You have great presence" after she had just given a campaign speech for "governor" at a workshop for juniors and seniors about how to run for public o ce. (I was there to deliver the keynote.) The look on her face expressed an emotion that can be best described as relieved happiness. She glowed. "That means a lot to me, especially coming from you," she said. I knew exactly what she meant. Submit your stories for the Because Project! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be 300 to 600 words long and respond to the prompt "I am/decided to/ learned to _______ because of ______." Kids VT will feature one of these stories in each issue. WORKING TOGETHER KIDSVT.COM FOR A COMMON GOAL M ng aki Investing in a shared future... We proudly support the events that bring our community together. aD er iff en og eT c h et er MAY KIDS VT k4h-TDBANK0212.indd 1 1/23/12 8:20 PM HOME COOKIN' B Y M ARY E L L E N AP E L Q U I S T Simple Sliders KIDS GET A KICK OUT OF MINIATURE FOOD, from doughnut holes and cake pops to minibagels and bite-size pizza snacks. One of the more healthful mini-food options is the slider, a scaled-down sandwich that can be made with any combination of ingredients. The possibilities, whether vegetarian or meaty, are limited only by one's imagination. You can go Italian, with mini-burgers topped with marinara sauce, provolone cheese and fresh basil leaves to replace the usual lettuce. Or go Southern, with a sweet-and-savory theme. Made from ground chicken, these honeybarbecue sliders will be a crowd pleaser. Serve them as an appetizer at your next cookout, or pair them with oven-baked fries for a quick and healthy weeknight meal. MARYELLEN APELQUIST HONEY BARBECUE SLIDERS Patty Ingredients: 2 pounds ground chicken 2 medium carrots, grated* � medium sweet onion, grated 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste salt and pepper to taste : 1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken, grated carrot and onion, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce. Season mixture with salt and pepper and form into 12 patties, each about 2 inches in diameter. Note: An easy method for portioning the patties is to score the meat mixture with a knife -- first into quarters, then each of those quarters into thirds -- for a total of 12 mounds. 2. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Brush it with olive oil. Topping Ingredients: � medium sweet onion, diced (optional) 1 cup barbecue sauce Steps the kids � cup honey can help with: 12 mini burger buns (dinner rolls work well), split and toasted � Grating carrots and onion 6 slices of your favorite cheese, � Seasoning the meat divided into 12 pieces � Mixing and forming patties � Portioning out cheese slices � Whisking honey-barbecue sauce on stove top (older kids) � Assembling the sliders MAKES SLIDERS 3. Place patties on the skillet, being sure not to crowd. Cook the patties for about 8 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time, until juices run clear when a knife is inserted. It may be necessary to cook patties in 2 or 3 batches, depending on the size of the skillet. 4. Set aside cooked patties on a clean platter. 5. Add diced onion to skillet, if using, and cook until translucent. Add barbecue sauce and honey, whisking to loosen any bits from the bottom of the pan. 6. Reduce heat to medium-low and return patties to skillet, flipping them to coat with sauce. 7. Place toasted bun bottoms on a platter. Top each with cheese and a patty, scooping up a bit of sauce to drizzle over the patty. Cap with toasted bun tops and serve. MAY KIDSVT.COM KIDS VT *Carrot adds sweetness and moisture to the chicken. It may be replaced with shredded zucchini for a similar effect. EaT. LEarn. PLay. Q oUT To EAT B y cindy M o rgan Ocha Thai Restaurant my hUsbAnd And i considEr oUrsElVEs globAl omniVorEs: We eat foods from around the world and are raising our children to do the same. Ethnic restaurants offer foods I can't, or don't, make at home and, better yet, force my kids to order something other than chicken fingers or pizza. My family travels the world, one local restaurant at a time. My kids love Thai food but hadn't eaten it since we left Southern California -- and our favorite Thai restaurant -- eight months ago. We needed a fix. I didn't expect Ocha Thai in Waterbury to feel like our restaurant, where the waitress knew our order from memory, but it was time to move on. And we could support a locally owned business in a town hardhit by Tropical Storm Irene. Ocha's 19th-century brick exterior on Main Street screams Victorian New England, but the interior is a tropical oasis, with pastel walls and enough Buddhas to keep kids counting until the food comes. The dining room has four distinct sections. We were seated far enough away from the couples on dates that I didn't have to worry that my two 10-yearolds would disturb their chi. With no chicken fingers or fries in this joint, and no waitress with our preferences memorized, my kids spent a lot of time studying their menus. "Do you think I would like the 6 north Main Street, Waterbury, 244-7642 From left Aidan Casner, Reed Browning, Ian Browning JEB WaLLacE-BrodEur Kid-friEndly AmEniTiEs: Three high chairs; two booster seats. oUr bill for foUr, inclUding AppETizErs, EnTr�Es & dEssErT: $99.25. duck?" my son -- global omnivore in training -- asked. "Probably," I said. "But since it's our first time here you might try some- "Do you think I would like the duck?" my son -- global omnivore in training -- asked. thing you know you like." I felt a little guilty for discouraging his adventurous spirit, but a $22 dish would be a pricey experiment. He settled on the barbecue Thai chicken, while his sister chose wide rice noodles with chicken in oyster sauce. My husband and I stuck with Thai staples: pad Thai and yellow chicken curry, extra spicy. Our server was gracious and polite and brought our dishes out quickly, a bonus on a school night. The food hit the table so hot we knew it had been in the pan just seconds before. My kids didn't like the vegetables in the fried spring roll appetizers, but my son chewed his fried noodlewrapped shrimp down to its tail. Our main courses were everything we'd hoped for. The curry had a lot of heat, something I wasn't sure I would find in Vermont. The barbecue chicken was basic but well executed, and the pad Thai was as good as any I have tasted. My daughter's noodles, a risky order for her in a new restaurant, put the "ooh" in "umami. " "Do you think I would like the sticky rice?" my daughter asked after reading the dessert choices. Embracing her daring, we ordered the mango version. The kids left the fruit -- ripe, juicy and delicious -- for me and then scraped up every last bit of sweet rice. It was a good deal all around. K "Out to Eat" is a monthly family-friendly restaurant review. Where should we eat next? Email us at email@example.com. SUMMER SALE! CHECK OUT THESE DEALS... 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She did most of the hard work, let's not kid ourselves here, but I was right there helping out wherever Shipwreck Story Day I could and making sure she was as comfortable as she May 26 could possibly be. Parties for all ages Children: daughter, Elena, 2; son, Jasper, 3 months It was a little di erent for the two kids. Elena's birth had been somewhat complicated and prolonged. Her heart rate was dropping o quite severely; my wife Jenny had been in labor for a long time and was exhausted. It was something like 4 in the morning, and everyone else was feeling pretty worn, as well. The doctor decided to intervene and use the vacuum to make sure Jenny's last couple of pushes delivered the baby, and boom, the baby was out -- but there was no time to really think. The baby's heart rate was low; she was nonresponsive, not breathing. I was told that if I wanted to cut the cord to "do it now and do it fast." I took the scissors, cut the cord, and the baby was whisked o . In those moments all I remember is worry for my child. All I knew was that the medical sta seemed to be in action, and it wasn't the smooth delivery we expected. I guess I felt helpless at that point, as I did for most of the pregnancy. I went closer to the table where they were working, and soon we heard Ellie's first cry. That was such a relief. The next four months of crying would be loaded with fatigue, emotion and frustration, but that first one was a cry of relief -- a sign that everything was going to be fine. Finally, I remember feeling gratitude and appreciation to the medical sta . They did their job, did it well and probably saved a life. Wow! That kid's got a lot of hair. Season Opening May 26 featuring cast from Titanic: The Musical NORMAN BALDWIN ST. ALBANS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS FOR THE CITY OF BURLINGTON MIKE WASCO Children: daughter, Taylor, 8; son, Sean, 6 For our first child we tried to have a natural birth, and it just wasn't working out. The doctors had to do a C-section. When Taylor was born, it was scary to think that we couldn't deliver in a natural form, because we had our hearts set on it. For our second child, Sean, we decided in advance that medically it would be more prudent to go with having a C-section scheduled. I had the easy job -- I just had to be there. My wife did all the work. It's incredible to see what kind of strength women can have in delivering babies. I think if men had to do it, I don't know, we'd be challenged. It's incredible to see life present itself. We bring life into this world, and it's a gift. The heartbeat, seeing it, it's a promise: You want to see a better future, and that is our future. You see a child, and it's a bond between you and your wife. It's an experience you can't really explain. It represents the evolution of the relationship between my wife and myself. GEORGIA, SENIOR ASSOCIATE WITH HISCOCK & BARCLAY Child: son, Michael, 4 months My wife Chasity went a lot sooner than we thought she was going to, and so it was 12:30 at night and she says, "Mike! My water broke!" And we haven't packed a bag, we just ordered a bunch of stu three hours ago that we need, and we don't have a nursery done yet, and we're going to have a baby. It was somewhat surreal. Her labor was like clockwork. It was exactly the way classes were. I was just happy that everyone got through it OK. Because Chasity was a little bit older, I was worried. Three weeks before Michael was born, she started to show some signs of health issues. I didn't want anything to happen to her. I kind of knew the kid was OK; we'd been to the doctor periodically for so long, and they had assured us that everything was fine. He was just ready to come out. INTERVIEWS COMPILED BY KATE LADDISON KIDSVT.COM New! Daily Specials So much to do every day! Did you get your School Family Pass? Details: www.lcmm.org KIDS VT MAY (802) 475-2022 www.lcmm.org 4/24/12 10:16 AM "Go Ask Dad" is a monthly feature in which we ask fathers to answer a question. Got a question, or a pop, you'd like to hear from? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. k8v-LCMaritimeMuseum0512.indd 1 Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue EAT. LEARN. PLAY. THE ART OF... MATTHEW THORSEN WHERE TO GO: Saturday Drama in Three Hours BY A M Y LI LLY plays by Shakespeare, Dickens, Carroll THREE YOUNG BOYS ZOOM around and Twain. In summer, the company the empty stage at Very Merry uses a traveling theater wagon to Theatre on a recent Saturday mornpeddle its plays at festivals and other ing. One wields a prop -- a sign that events. The "camp" sessions that take reads "Burger Palace" -- as if it were a place in Charlotte are already sold out sword and charges up to a balcony to for 2012. face his opponent. Another clambers Cofounder Don Wright says the on hands and feet around a painted Saturday Drama Club began almost foam rock. Their moms wait at the four years ago when the company door with drama instructor Jane opened its 333 theater space, a brick Beaumont-Snyder to see if more building decorated with cheerful children will show for the Saturday murals behind Pho Hong on North Drama Club. Winooski Avenue. The club is a He passed the weekly opportunity program on to direcfor 6 to 12-year-olds tor Trish Denton, to create, stage and a Goddard College star in a drama of grad who specializes their own making in physical theater. -- all in three hours. Beaumont-Snyder, Along the way, the who is Denton's kids have a blast and regular assistant, is hone their social substituting for her skills, too. Anyone TRISH DENTON, on this particular can show up, making VERY MERRY THEATRE Saturday. the group's dynamic A veteran of as unpredictable as Spielpalast Cabaret, Denton uses the 15-minute performance at the end. clowning and miming exercises to Parents drop o their kids and return engage her charges, and says she's to play the important part of audience seen kids grow more empowered. "It's for the show. about cultivating the imagination, and Since 2002, Very Merry Theatre the skills with which to apply your has been casting Vermont children in Drama Club, ages 6-12, at Very Merry Theatre, 333 North Winooski Avenue, Saturdays, 10 a.m.�1 p.m., September through June. Pay $15, or whatever you can afford, at the door. There is no lunch break, but kids should bring a snack. (One is provided if necessary.) Info, 355-1461, verymerrytheatre.org. k8v-Isabean0512.indd 1 4/24/12 10:13 AM It's about cultivating the imagination, and the skills with which to apply your imagination in the outside world. imagination in the outside world," she says during a phone interview. The moms say other children got their own interested in theater. Lynn Sutton explains that her son, Thomas, has older sisters who are "very into drama." Nyarkoa Mensah-Jordan says her son, Zaiah, had a friend in the club. "We create these shows for our neighbors three times a year," she adds, and Very Merry Theatre seemed like a good next step. "Are you going to leave yet?" Zaiah calls out from the balcony, making his mother laugh. When the parents are gone, the instructors lead the boys in a round of drama games where they take turns acting like "weird people," whales and police cars. After a snack break, they start talking about their characters. Before long, Thomas is the owner-chef of the Burger Palace, Zaiah is a vegetarian and undercover PETA agent, and the third boy, Kody, is a wild panda. "It all fits together in the end," assures the experienced Denton. "It's all very wacky and free form, but it's surprising how well things gel." KIDSVT.COM MAY KIDS VT The Art of..." spotlights creative skills that enrich kids' lives. Got a class or teacher to recommend? Email us at email@example.com. k8v-LinesfortheBody0512.indd 1 4/25/12 3:36 PM Hi, Ho! It's Back to ork We Go W T What to expect when you're no longer expecting Vermont children by-book are, at least at some he ba ustry is full point, in the care of ind someone other than advice for of a parent. moms-to-be about "This is not just at to expect during wh a small segment of maternity and early AGG the society," says childhood. Got a BY KATHRY N FL t Braxton Kids Are Priority question abou Kelly Ault. actions? 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An estim KIDS VT MAY KIDSVT.COM Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue FACT: An estimated 40,000 Vermont , children are at least at , some point f in the care oher someone ot t. than a paren PHOTOS BY MATTHEW THORSEN Lindsey Halman L indsey Halman has come to the well-worn conclusion that having a child "changes everything." Since she gave birth to daughter Aila in late 2010, the 33-year-old teacher had to make some major adjustments, including to the way she views herself as a professional. An educator at Essex Middle School, Halman takes pride in her work: She knows she plays an important role in the lives of her students. Finances required that Halman return to work post partum. Her husband is a doctoral student at the University of Vermont, and the young family depends on Halman's income. Between parental leave and scheduled school vacations, she managed to eke out 14 weeks at home with Aila. She knows she was lucky to have so much time at home, and her husband's flexible schedule allowed him to take o four weeks as well. "Those first months were amazing," Halman says. "I tried to soak up every moment." Something had to give. Then March rolled around, and with it, the end of "You can't be 100 percent at both parenting and your Halman's maternity leave. Not quite ready to send Aila job. That sometimes is frustrating, because I liked to do to a childcare center -- "She was so young," Halman things at 110 percent before," Halman says. Running on says -- she and her husband, Josh, interviewed close to a very little sleep, she had to accept the fact that she wasn't dozen possible nannies before Halman returned to work. always in top form. She worried if her coworkers noticed, Finally, through word of mouth, they found someone who what they would think of her, etc. But since many had could care for Aila until the end of the small children of their own, it wasn't a school year. Halman says that having one big deal. person at home with her baby, who could "We all have families, and that's our maintain Aila's routine and give Halman priority," Halman says. If need be, she regular updates, eased the new mom's adds, "we'll cover each other." mind. The good news: The balancing act got But returning to work was no picnic. easier. Halman became more e cient at On particularly emotional days, Halman work, which meant she could focus on counted the hours until she could go home her baby at the end of the day. And, after to Aila. "The first month, I was definitely pining for Aila for those first few weeks, an emotional wreck most days." she's happy at work again. The little girl Striking the balance between "mom" attends childcare at the YMCA and "she and "teacher" was complicated by loves it there," Halman says. LINDSEY HALMAN Halman's own -- very high -- expecta"I feel good about being a teacher tions of herself. She was a self-described and the work that I do," she says. "When "workaholic" before Aila was born, on the job "nonstop." I have the time with Aila, it makes that time even more Suddenly, though, she had 46 children at school in need special, because I know that time is limited." of attention and one more waiting for her at home. She didn't want to shortchange her students, but she also longed to spend time with her new baby. BACK TO WORK P. It Gets Easier You can't be 100 percent at both parenting and your job. KIDSVT.COM MAY KIDS VT Back to Work Laura Rabinovitz CONTINUED FROM P. he PartT Time Fix L aura Rabinovitz never doubted that she'd go back to work after giving birth to twin girls. It was partly a financial decision; daycare is expensive, especially when you're in the market for two spots. But Rabinovitz, a psychotherapist, suspected that she wouldn't be happy at home full time. "The first couple of months were very hard," she says, especially because her daughters were born in the winter and it was di cult for her to get out. So she and her husband started the hunt for childcare early. In the end, they chose to hire a nanny for the first year, because it wasn't that much more expensive than daycare for two. It came with its own challenges, like getting used to being a boss. But Rabinovitz says the nanny certainly made it easier to get out of the door in the morning. If daughters LAURA RABINOVITZ Stella and Lucy were sleeping, or still in their pajamas, it didn't matter: Daycare came to them. In some ways, Rabinovitz says going back to work was a relief. Leaving the twins and heading to work meant she found herself in an o ce that was quieter and more peaceful than her life at home. "It's a lot less work to be at work than it is to be at home," she notes. Of course, she missed some Kodak moments -- Lucy turned over for the first time the day Rabinovitz went back to work. But she counts herself lucky that she didn't second-guess or fret about her decision to return to work part time. Spending 24 hours a week away from her children is a far cry from spending 40 or 50 hours a week at the o ce, she says, and because of that she feels she didn't face many dilemmas as a working mother. Her husband also has a flexible work schedule. Now that the girls are older, they're in daycare. Rabinovitz believes they benefit both from socialization with other children and from learning to trust more than just two adults in their lives. "I love my kids to death, but being with them 24/7 isn't the way I choose to express that love," Rabinovitz says. It's a lot less work to be at work than it is to be at home. KIDS VT MAY KIDSVT.COM PHOTOS BY MATTHEW THORSEN Best of Bot h Worlds? T hanks to an innovative "bring your baby to work program," Brynn Evans may have it all. An accounting and HR administrator at Zutano, the Cabot-based children's clothing manufacturer, Evans is able to work in the company of her 6-month-old daughter Amelia. While Evans fires o emails, makes calls and dashes between meetings, Amelia focuses on the business of naptime and a pile of brightly colored toys. Brynn with daughter Zutano's program allows Evans to Amelia Evans bring Amelia to work for the first year of her life. For new parents whose jobs can't be done with a baby close at hand, the company chips in for o site childcare costs. Surprisingly, though, the unusual set-up presents some challenges. "She is with me 24 hours a day, every day, plus I'm trying to work," Evans says. In some ways, that has made this transition more di cult than the one with her first child, David. Evans went back to work -- sans baby -- just four weeks after her son was born. Her mother provided daycare, and still does, for the now 3-and-a-half-year-old boy. With Amelia by her side, Evans never really gets a break from the baby or enjoys any adults-only time. Amelia is also clingier than her older brother was as a baby, a di erence that might be due in part to spending so much time with mom. The logistics of juggling work and baby are in constant flux. "Just when you think you know what your child's schedule is," She is with me 24 hours a day, every day, plus I'm trying to work BRYNN EVANS it changes, Evans says. That makes it hard to plan meetings or phone calls -- which would ideally take place when Amelia is napping or playing quietly. Nonetheless, Evans is deeply appreciative of the chance to be with Amelia. She says she feels productive in the o ce and can meet her deadlines -- all while being able to breast-feed and watch her baby grow. Plus, having a little one around, she says, "gives you something to smile about." And that applies to Evans' coworkers. While she acknowledges that the arrangement wouldn't work for every mom, or every company, Evans thinks other businesses should give the unusual program a try. She thought she might take advantage it for four months or so, but it's already been six. Soon enough, Amelia will be "out of the o ce," spending one or two days a week with her brother and grandmother. Ge ing Ready to Go Back: Transition Tips Plan for your absence at work. Brynn Evans was working as executive director at Meals on Wheels in Morrisville when she gave birth to her first child, the now 3-and-a-half-year-old David. Evans and her coworkers spent months compiling a detailed manual and calendar in anticipation of her departure. That didn't mean she wasn't answering work-related questions the day after giving birth; she was. But by planning ahead, Evans says her staff was ready to step up and fill in the operational gaps. Ault, suggest starting even earlier: With 18-month waiting lists at some infant care spots, it's not a bad idea to get on a list before conceiving. systems at both the state and federal levels that could be useful in evaluating the quality of the childcare facility. The STep Ahead Recognition System -- more commonly known as STARS -- recognizes the overall strength of childcare facilities with as many as five "stars." Kids VT publishes some of the the results every month (see page 12). Unfortunately, Ault says, only 25 percent of childcare providers in Vermont have been awarded any stars at all. Know your due. Under Vermont law, Start searching for childcare early. In much of the state, finding childcare for young children -- especially infants and toddlers -- is incredibly difficult, says Addison County Parent Child Center co director Sue Bloomer. She recommends families start exploring options about halfway through a pregnancy. Other advocates, like Kelly Choose wisely. Both Bloomer and Ault recommend that parents visit as many different facilities as possible, ranging from family care arrangements to childcare centers. "What works and clicks for one person isn't going to work and click for another," Bloomer says. Finding that "click" is important, she adds, especially when hormones and emotions are complicating matters in the first few months after giving birth. "There's so much emotion involved in it," Bloomer says. "You really want to look for a place where someone is willing and able to hold your hand and reassure you, even if you have to call five times a day." Ault also points parents to ratings birth and adoptive parents are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave. There are a few qualifications: Only companies with 10 or more employees are held to this standard, and the employee must have worked at least an average of 30 hours a week for a year before taking leave. The vacated job -- or a comparable position -- must be made available to the returning parent. More details about the nitty-gritty of this law are available from the Vermont Commission on Women. KIDSVT.COM Practice makes perfect. If possible, try leaving your baby with his or her childcare provider in advance of your first day back at work. For breastfeeding moms, Evans also recommends introducing your baby to a bottle early, when he or she is just 3 or 4 weeks old. That could help avoid an abrupt or fussy transition from breast to bottle later on. provide reasonable, but not necessarily paid, time for women to express breast milk. They also have to make a reasonable accommodation to provide an appropriate and private space to do so. Breast-feeding mothers also have certain rights once they're back in the workplace. Employers have to MAY KIDS VT Baby Steps A neonatal nurse practitioner on Vermont's "smallest survivors" BY KEN PICARD J Bab y& tern Ma ity I ue KIDS VT TH I NK STOCK.CO � M oseph Sorensen has a very big job working with very small people -- about as small as they come. Sorensen is a neonatal nurse practitioner in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Sorensen attends di cult deliveries and works with full-term infants born with medical complications. His specialty, however, is the "littlest of the little." His unit receives the extremely low-birth-weight infants, or babies weighing less than 1000 grams, or 2.2 pounds -- that are the result of fewer than 28 weeks of gestation. Not surprisingly, they're among the most complex patients in the hospital. The state-of-the-art NICU, located on the seventh floor of the McClure Building, is the only one of its kind in Vermont. In the large room, as many as 20 babies at a time can receive care, though the NICU usually has no more than seven or eight in clear plastic Now, it's not unusual for them to survive, and many of them do well. JOSEPH SORENSEN When I first started there it was very unusual to see a 24- or 25-week gestation infant -- you're talking about six months into a pregnancy -- come out and survive. isolettes, incubators that protect them from germs, drafts and noise. Others are kept in open beds with overhead warmers. These beds are typically reserved for the most unstable infants. It's a matter of access: If something goes wrong, Sorensen needs to get his hands on them in a hurry. For obvious reasons, the NICU is an ultra clean environment, and sta and visitors, including parents, must scrub for at least three minutes before entering. In fact, Sorensen says that once these babies go home, they're rarely readmitted to the NICU -- even if complications arise. "Once you've been out in the community," he explains, "you've been exposed to so many things that can really wipe out our littlest of the little who don't have intact immune systems yet." Despite the stereotype of nurseries being super-quiet, the NICU gets quite noisy at times, due to sounds from ventilators, IV pumps and other life-support equipment. "We try to keep the noise level down, but I can be the worst o ender," BABY STEPS P. MAY KIDSVT.COM KidsVT.com may 2012 Kids VT 23 Joseph Sorensen matthew thorsen Baby Steps 1899 MOUNTAIN ROAD, STOWE 802.253.4411 PIECASSO.COM continued froM p. 22 Sorensen jokes. "I'm always getting told to shut up!" A major part of Sorensen's job is transporting newborns to FAHC from other hospitals. His tiny patients may travel from as far away as New York's North Country, Rutland, even parts of New Hampshire. In such cases, Sorensen travels via ambulance as part of a team of five, which includes a nurse and respiratory therapist. "It's a fun part of the job," Sorensen adds. And the ambulance always drives very carefully. Kids VT caught up with Sorensen on one of his rare days off. Kids VT: Help me visualize what a 2.2-pound baby looks like. That's tiny! palsy. I think there are limits to what we can do. KVT: There must be huge challenges in handling babies that small. JS: Sure. Most of them require ventilators, which means getting breathing tubes into them in the delivery room. They all require some sort of IV access. We can put lines in the arteries and veins in the belly button. KVT: You must have great manual dexterity. JS: I'm great at household painting. I always do the corners! But yes, you do develop a lot of manual dexterity starting lines. Intubating is always a � thinkStock.coM Hamburger or Cheeseburger Eddie Spaghetti Made with marinara or butter. $5 | add meatballs for $1.5 KIDS MENU PT farms all-natural grass-fed beef. 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KVT: it must be incredibly stressful on the parents, too. JS: Yes, but we try to offer them as much support as possible. Gone are the days when you would withhold www.shelburnefarms.org Trails & Store Open Year-Round KVT: does the age and size of preemies keep getting lower? JS: When I first started there it was very unusual to see a 24- or 25-week gestation infant -- you're talking about six months into a pregnancy -- come out and survive. Now, it's not unusual for them to survive, and many of them do well. There are some places that are pushing those limits to 23 or 22 weeks. But as you get down into those numbers, you're increasing morbidity, whether it's neurodevelopmental problems, problems with the eyes or cerebral 24 k4t-ShelburneFarms0512.indd 1 Kids VT MAY 2012 4/24/12 7:53 AM Complete, patient-first care for every stage of your life... � Fertility & family planning � Prenatal & maternity care � Routine exams & well-woman care � Complete surgical & nonsurgical care � Minimally invasive & no-incision procedures � Birth control & sterilization � Painful or severe menstrual cycles � Abnormal Pap results � Hormone imbalance � Endometriosis & abnormal bleeding � Pelvic or vulvar pain � Cysts & fibroids � Urinary incontinence & bladder problems � Pelvic support problems � Menopause information from parents because you felt it was best to try to protect them. KVT: What's the hardest part of your job? JS: It's always hard when you lose a baby. Babies do still die and that's hard. But I think it's important to keep the family involved, so they can start their grieving process. KVT: What's the most rewarding part? JS: Sending the kids home with their parents. The baby who probably wouldn't have made it 10 or 15 years ago, to be able to reunite that family and send them home. That and being able to support the family body] is premature and the only way to overcome that is to get them to grow and heal. KVT: Are you ever taken aback that you're working on a person that small? JS: Yeah, sometimes you do a double take and think to yourself, My God, that's really small! But then it's so rewarding to see them come back in one year, two years, three years, 14 years. I've got kids who I took care of when I was a new nurse who are now 25 years old. KVT: And you remember when they fit in the palm of your hand. JS: Exactly! 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We also encourage moms to pump and freeze their breast milk because it really is the optimal food for kids. We're trying to get food into them sooner and sooner because it's good for their gut. Everything [in their remember it. Sometimes we'll have moms or dads take off a wedding ring and you can usually fit it up to the baby's wrist on a preemie. KVT: What's your unit like? JS: There's tremendous camaraderie. We're all in one big room together and with a lot of the nurses, once they move to the neonatal intensive care unit, they don't go anywhere else. So you work together for years. There's a core group of people up there who I cut my teeth with, and when you're all in one room together, you get to know each of them really well. Sometimes too well! I really enjoy it. You have to love it to work there. Anytime you can wake up in the morning and 98 percent of the time you're happy going to work, you should consider yourself lucky. K Sometimes we'll have moms or dads take off a wedding ring and In the battle against whooping cough, she needs more than cute. She needs the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving her the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect her from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. For more reasons to vaccinate, talk to your child's doctor or go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. KidsVT.com Immunization. Power to Protect. may 2012 Kids VT 25 k3V-VtDeptofHealth0512.indd 1 4/23/12 2:20 PM CAMP GUIDE Know Before They Go What questions should you ask before sending a kid to camp? BY L IND SAY J. WESTLE Y FAST FORWARDING TO SUMMER, your camper-to-be probably has a million questions: Will I make friends? Will there be spiders? What's it like to sleep in a tent? Will we have pancakes on Saturday morning? How do you go to the bathroom in the woods? As a parent, you probably have a few queries of your own, such as: Will my child be happy and safe when he or she is out of my sight? You're right to ask. Kids go o to camp to push their personal and physical boundaries, but how much pushing is too much? Is there a way to vet camp counselors before entrusting your child to them? One of your first questions should be whether or not the place is accredited by the American Camp Association. It's not mandatory, but tests the ACA applies during the evaluation process have established a safety standard across the industry. Unlike required state licensing, which focuses mainly on health standards, cleanliness and sanitation, the ACA evaluates emergency protocols, sta qualifications and medical care, collaborating with experts from organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Red Cross. There are so many different ways to think of risk and safety when you're in loco parentis. PIETER BOHEN, FARM & WILDERNESS CAMPS It also looks at the suitability and safety of specific programming, the ratio of sta to campers and opportunities for camper growth. In short, an ACA evaluation goes beyond spot-checking the kitchens to really dig into the nitty-gritty of what your child will be doing each day. "Safety is a shared responsibility; camps and families need to partner together to ensure that children and youth have the best possible camp experience," says Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. "ACA-accreditation is a family's best evidence of a camp's commitment to the health and safety of campers, so if the camp is not accredited, ask why." There could be a perfectly logical reason. Adventure camps, such as Jericho-based Northland Adventure Education & Therapy Center, often don't seek ACA accreditation because they report to -- and follow guidelines established by -- other outdoorindustry organizations. 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If the camp director is unwilling to meet with you or answer questions over the phone, that should raise a red flag. "Families should ask for references, and check them out -- and don't be afraid to ask tough questions," Smith says. Enniskerry Farm owner Patty HartAhonen, an experienced horsewoman of 30-plus years, is happy to answer queries from parents or kids, and recommends that families visit the farm before camp starts. "I like it when the kids come to visit first; I'm much more comfortable with that, and the kids are much more comfortable when they arrive," Hart-Ahonen says. "It also helps the parents to be able to do a walk-through and see that the facilities are suitable and the horses are calm and friendly." Hart-Ahonen provides Quizzing camps: is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association? Why? Why not? WhaT is the camp's philosophy and program emphasis? WhaT is the camp director's background? 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"There are the more obvious things, like storms, drowning, broken limbs, but there's also a much more subtle social dynamic that needs to be addressed, like bullying or a child becoming isolated." At the eight Farm & Wilderness camps, there's a broad-ranging policy on acceptance and inclusiveness that applies to both staff members and campers. Bohen calls this "the freedom to present yourself however you wish." If that means wearing a bear suit all summer, or a purple cape plucked from the overflowing costume chest, that's okay. Statistics show the most dangerous part of camp, and the most likely source of injury, is the car trip back and forth. So if you've done your camp research in advance, and manage to get there without incident, it's a safe bet that you can relax knowing your child is in good hands. K WhaT is the staff-to-camper ratio? WhaT are the ages of the counselors? WhaT are desired qualities in camp staff ? 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A scavenger hunt through the gardens encourages children to explore the grounds and 37 exhibit buildings, while roaming musicians entertain families along the museum's walking paths. One leads to a DOLL TEA PARTY, where dressed-up kids and their dolls sip from dainty cups and nibble delicate sandwiches. Seven new exhibits will be open, including a snowmobile collection with historical and modern sleds and ManMade Quilts, featuring original designs dreamed up and crafted by men. SPRING FEST: Sunday, May 13, Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $10-20 adults; $5-10 kids. Info, 985-3346, shelburnemuseum.org. KIDS VT MAY KIDSVT.COM May calendar Ongoing Events 1 TUESDAY Food Kids in the Kitchen: chocolate Pudding: Chocolate lovers make this creamy dessert from scratch and top it off with real whipped cream. Taste testing is required. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Ages 6 and up. Lincoln Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. Library & Books coBLEiGH PUBLic LiBrary Info, 626-5475 red clover Book Project: Families read and discuss award-winning books, then gather for related projects and activities. Grades K-4. EcHo LaKE aQUariUm aNd sciENcE cENTEr Info, 864-1848 our Body: The Universe Within: Real human bodies are displayed with attention to the functional systems of the anatomy. Exhibits allow visitors to peer under the skin to discover the complexity and beauty of hominid biology. Opens April 14. fairBaNKs mUsEUm & PLaNETariUm Info, 748-2372 Wildflower Table: This living exhibit reflects the abundance and diversity of flowers, grasses, berries, ferns and evergreens found in the Northeast Kingdom. Kids are introduced to more than 400 species displayed throughout the year, in both fruit and flowering stages. iNdEPENdENcE PETTiNG farm Info, 948-2429 animal menagerie: Rain or shine, families visit, pet and feed a variety of animals at this educational, hands-on farm. Open daily, year-round. All ages. moNTrEaL sciENcE cENTrE Info, 1-877-496-4724 star Wars identities: Combining LucasFilm archive memorabilia with interactive elements, this exhibit explores the development of identity. Visitors explore character development within the themes of origins, influences and choice. Fan then explore their own existence by combining their identity with fictional elements to create a unique Star Wars character. Through September. moNTsHirE mUsEUm of sciENcE Info, 649-2200 charlie and Kiwi's Evolutionary adventure: Young visitors learn the basics of evolution through story, exhibits and activities about a boy and his favorite bird, the kiwi. VErmoNT iNsTiTUTE of NaTUraL sciENcE NaTUrE cENTEr Info, 359-5000 Through the Eyes of raptors: Kids who explore the natural world through the eyes of raptors are usually amazed by these efficient predators. Bird programs cover the mechanics of flight, seasonal migration and conservation issues. All ages. raptors up close: Little nature lovers discover the fascinating lives of birds in this exhibit featuring touchable artifacts and handson materials. Kids learn how hundreds of birds are rehabilitated each year and the fundamentals of how raptors are trained. All ages. 3 THURSDAY Arts food for Thought: Teen volunteers chow down on pizza and work on library projects. Grades 7-12. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, first Thursday of every month, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. food for Thought: Teens chat while working on library projects. A pizza dinner finishes off the evening. Grades 7-12. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, first Thursday of every month, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Highgate youth advisory: Kids in grades 5-8 plan projects with the Crossroads after school program. Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center, 3-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Homeschoolers Book Group: Bibliophiles share thoughts on recent reads. Ages 8-10 and 11 and older. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, first Thursday of every month, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Jericho Evening family story Time: Kids and their parents gather for parable and playtime. Snacks are served following the tale. Ages 3-8. Preregister. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4962. shelburne magic club: Fantasy-card-game lovers play and share tips. Grades 5-8. Pierson Library, Shelburne, first and third Thursday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. Library & Books craftacular Tuesdays: Kids get caught up in low-tech projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, first Tuesday of every month, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. creative Tuesdays: Crafters use their imagination and recycled materials. All ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. assisting your child With music: Musician Paul Ruscak teaches caregivers to share a love of music with kids. Participants bruh up on instrument care and tuning while gaining confidence. Adults. ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 457-3500. `Lyddie': This play tells the story of a young girl who works to regain her family farm in Vermont. All ages. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, every Thursday and Sunday until May 19. 7 p.m. $20-35 ticket. Info, 229-0492. Pollywog drop-in art: Tots get their art fix with a variety of craft materials, from homemade play dough to colorful ribbons. Ages 6 months-5 years accompanied by adult. Burlington City Arts Center (BCA), 9:30-11:30 a.m. $5-6 child/ parent pair. Info, 865-7166. 2 WEDNESDAY opus 24: Professional musicians perform original compositions by young student composers. All ages. Ludlow Town Hall Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0065. Arts Breast-feeding-mom support: New mothers get to know each other during this informative and informal session. Children welcome. Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland, first Wednesday of every month, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 747-8665. Community Breast-feeding support Group: Lactating moms bring their babies and share stories, advice and company. Preregister. Family Birthing Center, Northwest Medical Center, St. Albans, first Thursday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 524-7970. middlebury La Leche League: Breastfeeding moms and kids gather for fun and conversation. Expectant mothers welcome too. Junebug Mother and Child, Middlebury, first Thursday of every month, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 382-1589. Baby & Maternity 4 FRIDAY Arts dcf Book discussion Group: Kids discuss their opinions of Storm Runners by Roland Smith. Ages 8-11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. social Thinking: Meetings focus on social-skills development for kids with nonverbal learning disabilities, Asperger's syndrome and highfunctioning autism. Call for times. Ages 6-17. Preregister. Maple Leaf Clinic, Wallingford. Info, 446-3577. Education mom's matinee: Parents and their wee ones catch a flick with dimmed lights and babyfriendly volumes. Palace 9, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m. $7.25 adult; $6 child; free for kids under 2. Info, 864-5610. Community family clay drop-in: Parents join kids for some work on the wheel. All ages. Burlington City Arts Center (BCA), 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5-6 includes one glazed/fired piece; $5 per additional piece. Info, 865-7166. `Lyddie': See May 3, 8 p.m. Preschool clay drop-in: Kids craft cool stuff using the wheel or working by hand. Preschool ages. Burlington City Arts Center (BCA), 9:3011:30 a.m. $6. Info, 865-7166. Vyo spring concert: The Vermont Youth Orchestra is joined by the VYO Chorus and environmental activist and author, Bill McKibben, for the premiere of "A New Eaarth." This orchestral/choral piece is an original composition by Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Robert Paterson. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, 8 p.m. $10 adult; $5 child. Info, 655-5030. cookie decorating: Budding bakers doll up treats with sprinkles, frosting, sugar and nuts. Panadero Bakery, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-8278. Kids cook Up stories: Hungry for words? Readers bring lit to life in the kitchen. For prekindergarten-age children. LACE, Barre, 10 a.m. $3 suggested donation. Info, 476-4276. Food anthroposophy Today and Tomorrow: Author and chair of the Education Department at Antioch University, Torin Finser, discusses his philosophy on schools, leadership and improving the current educational system. Adults. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 456-7400. Building Blocks for Literacy Webinar: This webinar series educates professionals and parents on literacy development and gives playbased activity ideas to help early readers hit the books. Online, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-2332. Education Community Health & Fitness afternoon Hoops: Basketball-loving high school students spend the afternoon dribbling, shooting and scoring. Preregister. St. Albans City Hall, 2:30-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. Kids open Gymnastics: Tykes tumble and jump while adults connect with other families. Snack is provided. River Arts, Morrisville, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 child, $8 two children, $10 three or more children. Info, 888-1261. Hot mama Workout: Kids are welcome while moms squeeze in some fitness. City Hall Gymnasium, St. Albans, 9-10 a.m. Free if preregistered; $10 drop-in. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. stroller Gathering: Walkers and their wheeled counterparts meet for a recreation path promenade. Fairfax Community Park & Recreation Path, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332. Winooski family Gym: Indoor playground equipment gives tumblers a chance to burn off some energy. Ages birth to 7. YMCA, Winooski, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5 family with one child; $8 family with multiple children. Info, 862-9622. Health & Fitness first friday family dance: Supper kicks off a wholesome evening of live music and dancing. All ages. Worcester Town Hall, first Friday of every month, 5:30-10 p.m. $5 person; $8-$12 family. Info, 229-0173. Park Exploration with Big mo: Mo the moose takes curious visitors on a guided tour of the park followed by a snack and games. Ages 3-5 with adult. Preregister. Schmanska Park, Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. $12 child. Info, 864-0123. KidsVT.com LEGo afternoons: Youngsters create freely from big buckets of building blocks. Parents encouraged to send a snack; popcorn provided. Library & Books Parent-child sign Language: Wee ones use their hands to communicate with mom and dad. Ages birth to 5. Preregister. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. Education May 2012 Kids VT 4 friday, p. 34 submit your June events by may 15 at kidsvt.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. 33 Wild Things Wings and antennae may "fly" at home. But the ALL sPEciEs dAY PARAdE ANd sPRiNG PAGEANT -- a 20-year Montpelier tradition -- invites kids to spread their wings on the streets of the state capital. Revelers dress up like their favorite species, celebrating spring and the interdependence of earth's life forms, and join a parade from Hubbard Park to the golden dome. On the Statehouse lawn, the Birth of the Spring Goddess Pageant sets the stage for sprightly maypole and flower-children dances. Feeling antsy about dancing? There's a rehearsal the day before. ALL sPEciEs dAY PARAdE ANd sPRiNG PAGEANT: Sunday, May 6, Hubbard Park & the State House lawn, Montpelier, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-1242, alltogethernowvt.org. COuRTeSy OF aLTOGeTHeRnOTVT.ORG 4 FRidAY (COnTinued) Health & Fitness Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Family Gym: Indoor playground equipment provides active fun for kids and their parents. Ages 7 and under. YMCA, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.noon. $5 family with one child; $8 family with multiple children. Info, 862-8993. Kids open Gymnastics: See May 2. at random to join up and form five bands. They have until 9 p.m. to come up with a 20-minute set and perform for an intrigued audience. Instrument donations will be accepted throughout the day to support a nonprofit music education program for girls. Monkey House, Winooski, 10 a.m. Info, 503-0409. it's All About mom: Make mom a special garden gift and learn to make flower greeting cards. All ages. Gardener's Supply, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. `Lyddie': See May 3, 8 p.m. saturday drama club: Thespians help Very Merry Theatre produce a show in just three hours. All ages. Preregister. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 (or whatever you can afford). Info, 863-6607. seussical The musical: Well-loved Dr. Seuss stories get a musical makeover in this retelling of classic children's stories. Paramount Theater, Rutland, 2 p.m. $12.50-19.50. Info, 775-0903. kids under 16. Info, 363-9597; eronsnycoflove@ yahoo.com. Postnatal Yoga: Moms and their brand-new babies connect through movement and breathing exercises. Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, 10:45-11:45 a.m. $10 mom/baby pair. Info, 778-0300. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2827. Food sweet & savory All-You-can-Eat Pie Breakfast: Hungry locals fill their bellies with pastries fit for the first meal of the day. Christ Church, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25 family; $7 person; free for children under 5. Info, 456-7400. Community After school movie: Film buffs put their feet up and watch a flick, popcorn in hand. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Library & Books Fairy Playshops: Believers in magic explore the world of fairies and elves, see where they might live, and learn to make houses to attract the wee ones. Ages 4 and older with an adult. City Market, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 861-9757. Green Up day: See Spotlight, pg.42. spanish community Breakfast: Elementary students and their families gather for morning eats, games and conversational Spanish language instruction. Russ Sholes Senior Center, Middlebury, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 382-9325. children's space Fun Run: Speedy feet choose a 1K or 5K course. Routes take runners on Intervale paths and dirt roads. All ages. Burlington Intervale Center, 9 a.m. $10 adult; $5 child; $20 family. Info, 658-1500. Earl's Bike swap: Cyclists upgrade their old wheels choosing from a variety of new and used pedal-powered vehicles. Earl's Cyclery and Fitness, South Burlington, 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 864-9197. onion River sports Bike swap: Bikers get ready for the upcoming season by trading in their old bikes, trailers and strollers for different models. Those selling drop off their wheels in the week preceding the event. Free. Onion River Sports, Montpelier. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, 229-9409. Prenatal Yoga: Moms-to-be explore meditations, postures and breath work tailored to their minds and bodies during pregnancy. Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, 9-10:30 a.m. $10 person. Info, 778-0300. Health & Fitness 5 SATURDAY Arts May 2012 KidsVT.com Fabulous Fibers: Crafters turn fibers into works of art by learning techniques of felting, weaving and tying. Preregister. Purple Crayon Productions, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-noon. $15-30 child. Info, 457-3500. Family Art drop-in: Folks get creative with crafts, drawing and painting whenever the mood strikes. All ages. Burlington City Arts Center (BCA), 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. Girls Rock Vermont Rock Lotto & instrument drive: Musicians from all genres get chosen Baby & Maternity Everything Pregnancy and Baby Expo: Naturally You Childbirth hosts an event all about babies and mammas. Experts on childbirth education, breast-feeding support, chiropractic care, baby clothes and gear, and lots of other reproductive topics will be on hand to pass out advice and peddle their wares. Williston Central School, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 adult; Free for Teen skin care: Learn to make your own beauty products and leave with all the skills to give yourself a complete facial. City Market, Burlington, 12-1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9757. Education Fairs & Festivals Kids VT mayfest: Families with kids birth to 6 celebrate the return of the sun with pony rides, maypole, face painting, arts and crafts, and snacks galore. 34 submit your June events by may 15 at kidsvt.com or to email@example.com. See "First with Kids" videos at FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids MAY CALENDAR Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. Nature & Science Health & Fitne TUESDAY Hot Mama Workout: See May 3. Health & Fitne Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Kids Open Gymnastics: See May 2. low prices. Waterbury Congregational Church, -12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 244-5605. Kids Night Out: Parents get a break while the younger crowd play games, get crafty and snack. Grades K-5. Preregister. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $15. Info, 865-7091. Ephemeral Zoo: Amphibians and aquatic creatures are special museum guests and the topic of activities a about their daily life and survival. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum Admission. Info, 649-2200. Education Library & B ks F d SUNDAY Arts Waldorf Observation Morning: Prospective families take a tour, meet teachers and parents, and learn about this independent elementary school's programs. Preregister. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 355-7023. LEGO Afternoons: See May 2. Health & Fitne Cookie Decorating: See May 2. Kids Cook Up Stories: See May 2. Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Donkeyball: Good sports from town government and school administration attempt to play basketball while riding donkeys. Laughs are guaranteed and proceeds go to a support a young person beginning college in the fall. All ages. BFA Fairfax, 6:30 p.m. $6-7 person; Free for kids under 4. Info, 324-2998. Family Gym: See May 4. Kids Open Gymnastics: See May 2. Stowe Kids Night Out: An evening away from home includes free play, ice skating, movies and games, all supervised by camp counselors. Ages 5-15. Preregister. David Gale Recreation Center, Stowe, 6-10 p.m. $10. Info, 253-6138. `Lyddie': See May 3, 7 p.m. VYO Spring Concert: See May 4, 3 p.m. $15 adult; $10 child. Library & B ks THURSDAY Creative Tuesdays: See May 1. Game On!: Kids learn new diversions or play old faves. All ages. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, second Tuesday of every month, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Teen Craft: Show mom how much you care with a bouquet of duct-tape flowers. Instruction and supplies provided. Ages 10 and older. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Arts Co All Species Day & Spring Pageant: See spotlight, pg. 34. Dairy Day at the Farm: Milk and all its products receive an honorary day at the farm. The Brown Swiss herd are available for curious visitors to view and pat the calves. Adventurous types try milking a real cow. All ages. Shelburne Farms, 1-4 p.m. $5 car; Free for walkers. Info, 985-0328. Open Barn Day: Folks of all ages meet therapy horses, learn to groom the horses and hear about the benefits of horse-assisted therapy. All ages. Pease Farm, Middlesex, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4828. unity `Beauty and the Beast': The fairy-tale musical with an accompanying animated film visits Burlington. Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $27-76 seat. Info, 863-5966. Drum, Song and Dance of Guinea: The sights and sounds of West Africa fill the studio as kids learn the cultural traditions of a far-away land. Ages 6-12. ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, 3-5 p.m. $20 child. Info, 457-3500. `Lyddie': See May 3, 7 p.m. Mulan Jr.: Young thespians perform a celebration of culture and fighting spirit set in ancient China. All ages. Edmunds Middle School, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Ooey Gooey Icky Fun: Youngsters learn the art of ick by making slime, glurch and other messy media. Ages 3-5. Miller Community Recreation Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $24 child. Info, 864-0123. Pollywog Drop-in Art: See May 3. Nature & Science Library & B ks Storytime in the Nestlings Nook: Little ones listen attentively to stories all about our feathered friends. Tales are followed by a nature walk. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 10:3011:30 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 434-2167. Book Reading by VT Author: Doug Wilhelm reads from his newly-released "True Shoes" and talks to fans about his twelve other young adult books. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. After School Movie: See May 4. Health & Fitne F d Kids in the Kitchen: Twice Baked Potatoes: Little chefs scoop out the potato insides and then start mashing and mixing with cheese, herbs and veggies before putting it all back into the jacket for a final bake. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Earl's Bike Swap: See May 5. Family Gym: See May 4. SATURDAY Nature & Science Co Drawing Birds and Blossoms: An artist and a naturalist lead artistic nature lovers in capturing the form of delicate spring blooms and winged beauties. Ages 8 and older. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 1-4 p.m. $15-20. Info, 434-3068. Leafcutter Ants: Nature fans examine the secret life of insect fungus farmers during this hands-on investigation. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Mirror, Mirror: Science fans learn about symmetry and reflection while creating cool and complex images. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Mom's Matinee: See May 3. unity Arts Family Art Drop-in: See May 5. `Lyddie': See May 3, 8 p.m. Mulan Jr.: See May 10, 7 p.m. `Peter Pan': See May 11. Saturday Drama Club: See May 5. WEDNESDAY Education Baby & Maternity Building Blocks for Literacy Webinar: See May 3. Baby Time: Babies gather for board books, lap rhymes and songs. Ages 18 months and younger. Siblings welcome. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4962. Burlington La Leche League: Moms bring their questions, babies and older kids, too, to this breast-feeding support group. Lending library available. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, second Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228. Health & Fitne Baby & Maternity Co unity Hot Mama Workout: See May 3. Stroller Gathering: See May 3. Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. Postnatal Yoga: See May 5. Library & B ks Highgate Youth Advisory: See May 3. LEGO Club: Building-block lovers get busy. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, second Thursday of every month, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Bolton Community Yard Sale: Deal seekers peruse new and used wares. Toys and goods for kids and babies abound. Smilie Memorial School, Bolton, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 434-5468. Car Seat Safety Checks: Car seats get checked over by careful eyes watching for correct installation, recalls and proper fit. Seats will be available for purchase. Burlington's #2 Fire Department. May 18 event is at the Milton Fire Department, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 847-5164. Children's Room Tag Sale: See May 11. High School Monopoly Tournament: Local high school students face o in public bouts on a life-sized board of the classic capitalists' game. Winners receive a MacBook Air 4G. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 8631066, ext. 11. Spanish Community Breakfast: See May 5. KIDSVT.COM MONDAY Co Baby & Maternity Baby Yoga: Mini yogis and their minders stretch and move to soothing music to build coordination, strength and balance. Ages 3-10 months. Preregister. Move You Fitness Studio, Essex, 10:45-11:30 a.m. $10 baby/adult pair. Info, 734-0821. Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: Moms-in-the-making focus on relaxation, strengthening and focus. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, 778-0300. Yoga After Baby: New moms focus on their core, pelvic floor and arm strength, bringing their infants along if they choose. The Shambala Center, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 778-0300. Georgia Family Game Night: Candyland, checkers and Monopoly bring gamers to the library. Visitors are welcome to carry in other favorites, too. Georgia Public Library, Fairfax, second Wednesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. unity FRIDAY Arts Family Clay Drop-in: See May 4. `Lyddie': See May 3, 8 p.m. Mulan Jr.: See May 10, 7 p.m. `Peter Pan': The 1982 adaptation of the children's beloved classic is performed with a combination of live actors and puppets bringing Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Darling children to life. All ages. Black Box Theatre, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20 adult; $15 child. Info, 863-5966. Preschool Clay Drop-in: See May 4 Education High School Morning Preview: Interested students and their families visit Waldorf classrooms, meet faculty and enjoy a welcome tea. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, Charlotte, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2827. Social Thinking: See May 2. TeenPower Workshop: Young adults learn assertiveness, boundary setting and how to create safety plans in order to increase independence and prevent violence. Ages 13 and older. Preregister. Rock Point School, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 425-KIDS. MAY KIDS VT Co Children's Room Tag Sale: Bargain hunters find clothing, toys, furniture, sports gear and more at unity SATURDAY, P. Story Times MONDAY Bristol Toddler Story Time: Lawrence Memorial Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Burlington Stories With Megan: Fletcher Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Colchester Preschool Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Marshfield Story Time: Jaquith Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Milton Infant Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Richmond Pajama Time: Richmond Free Library, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. St. Albans Story Time: St. Albans Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Stowe Family Story Time: Stowe Free Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Stowe Monday Morning Story Time: Stowe Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Waitsfield Story Time: Joslin Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 496-4205. Waterbury Toddlers-'n'-Twos: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: Buttered Noodles, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Woodstock Baby Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. TUESDAY Alburgh Story Hour: Alburgh Community Education Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 796-6077. Barre Children's Story Hour: Aldrich Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. Burlington Science and Stories: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 324-6386. Colchester Toddler Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. East Barre Kids Story Hour: East Barre Branch Library, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. East Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Sara Partridge Community Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-7588. Essex Preschool Story Time: Brownell Library, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Early literacy skills get special attention during these free read-aloud sessions. Some locations provide additional activities like music, crafts or foreign language instruction. Contact the story time organizer or visit kidsvt.com for details. South Burlington Tiny Tot Time: South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Monday. Woodstock Toddler Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. WEDNESDAY Colchester Pajama Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7576. Essex Preschool Story Time: See Tuesday. Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: See Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. Jericho Preschool Story Time: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4962. Middlebury Baby and Toddler Story Hour: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Montpelier Story Time: See Tuesday. Realms of Reading Crafts: East Barre Branch Library, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. Richford Story Hour: Arvin A. Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 848-3313. South Burlington Story Time: Barnes & Noble, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. Stowe Preschool Story Hour: Stowe Free Library, 10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Swanton Story Hour: Swanton Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 868-7656. Warren Story Hour: Warren Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3913. Waterbury Baby Lap Time: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Williamstown Story Time: Ainsworth Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Monday. THURSDAY Bristol Preschool Story Time: Lawrence Memorial Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Colchester Preschool Story Time: See Monday. Franklin Story Time: Haston Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505. Jericho Preschool Story Time: See Wednesday, 10 a.m. Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Montgomery Story Hour: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, montgomery. firstname.lastname@example.org. Shelburne Story Time With Mary Catherine Jones: Pierson Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. South Burlington Baby Story Time: South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. St. Albans Story Time: See Monday. Stowe Preschool Story Hour: See Wednesday, every other Thursday. Vergennes Story Time: Bixby Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. Westford Story Time: Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Monday. FRIDAY Enosburg Story Hour: Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328. Georgia Preschool Story Time: Georgia Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Huntington Story Time: Huntington Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 434-4583. Lincoln Children's Story Time: Lincoln Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. Milton Toddler Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Montpelier Story Time: See Tuesday. South Burlington Story Time Adventures: South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. Stowe Baby and Toddler Story Time: Stowe Free Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Waterbury Preschool Story Time: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Monday. SATURDAY Barre Story Time: Next Chapter Bookstore, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-3114. Colchester Saturday Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. South Burlington Saturday Story Time: Barnes & Noble, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. South Burlington Second-Saturday Stories: South Burlington Community Library, second Saturday of every month, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 652-7080. Winooski Preschool Story Time: Continues through May 19. Winooski Memorial Library Champlain Mill, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. Winooski Story Time: Winooski Memorial Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Through May 19. Free. Info, 655-6424. Woodstock Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. Essex Toddler Story Time: Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Fairfax Preschool Story Time: Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 242-9000. Georgia Pajama Story Time: Georgia Public Library, third Tuesday of every month, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Grand Isle PJ Story Time: Grand Isle Free Library, first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Hinesburg Preschool Story Time: CarpenterCarse Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Hinesburg Toddler Story Time: CarpenterCarse Library, first Tuesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Milton Preschool Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Montpelier Story Time: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Richmond Story Time: Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. Shelburne Story Time With Webby: Shelburne Museum, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 985-3346. KIDS VT MAY KIDSVT.COM See "First with Kids" videos at FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids MAY CALENDAR SATURDAY CONTINUED Health & Fitne Fairs & Festivals Family Gym: See May 4. Flower Power Mountain Bike Race: Racers ready. Catamount starts the season with wheeled races on open, rolling terrain and single track. A variety of distances suit each member of the family. Preregister. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 9:30 a.m. Free for kids under 8. Info, 879-6001. Mother's Day Bike Ride: Moms and their o spring peddle 16, 30 or 55 miles to raise money for the Lund center. Riders stick around for food and fun. All ages. Rice Memorial High School, South Burlington, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; suggested fundraising minimum $200. Info, 861-2585. Evergreen Preschool Children's Fair: Mini golf, games, face painting, food and fun create a lively atmosphere for springtime reveling. Ages 3-9. St. Peter's Parish Hall, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-6380. Kids Day: It's all about young people as Burlington celebrates youth with a parade, performances, food, games and fun at the park. All ages. Battery Park, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $1 person. Info, 864-0123. Health & Fitne The Kids Are All Bike: A two-wheeled festival promotes safety and fun with a ride along the Stowe bikepath, a bike rodeo, a rec path ra e course, bike safety checks and other fun activities like a bounce house and face painting. All ages. The Rusty Nail Bar and Grill, Stowe, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 253-8686. Kids Night Out: Mom and dad take a break, while the youngsters are entertained with a movie, a bounce house, pizza and a swim. Ages 5-12. A little-kids version for ages 1-4 takes place simultaneously. Preregister. YMCA, Burlington, second Saturday of every month, 5:30-8 p.m. $816. Info, 862-9622. Prenatal Yoga: See May 5. Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. Nature & Science Gearing Up: Little engineers create machines to explore how gears work. Ages 9 and up. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Sundays for Fledglings: Little learners get the scoop on birds. Investigations include outdoor and indoor fact-finding and creative expression. Ages 5-9. Preregister. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 434-2167. Who Sank the Boat?: Newbie boat-builders craft a vessel, then see how much weight it can hold before sinking. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Library & B ks Kids Craft: Kids fashion tissue paper into "stained glass" windows. Ages 7 and older. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. MONDAY Baby & Maternity Baby Yoga: See May 7. Infant Care: Up-and-coming parents prepare for taking care of Junior. Preregister. Timber Lane Pediatrics, South Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $30 family. Info, 658-5959. Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See May 7. Yoga After Baby: See May 7. Nature & Science COURTESY OF ERIN DEMERS Celebrate Migratory Bird Day: Friends paint bird nest boxes, learn about wild, flying creatures and go on a quest to find and identify winged beauties. All ages. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 359-5000. Creeping Colors: This science-packed session teaches kids about capillary action as they watch water crawl up paper and find hidden colors inside a marker. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. International Migratory Bird Day: Live bird demonstrations get observers in the mood to discuss feathers and beaks. Guided walks in search of common and illusive varieties follow. All ages. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8686. Magnetic Moments: Budding scientists experiment with electric currents. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Education Baby Ready The nursery's ready. Mom's ready. Dad's ready. But what about little bro or sis? These days, there's a class that prepares kids to deal with siblings. Soon-to-be big brothers and sisters learn about the important job of being the eldest and the benefits and the challenges that come with the promotion. The class focuses on celebrating the changes that come with a new baby and on important questions such as: What's that strange belly button "raisin" all about? Sibs-to-be learn how to hold a baby and why sharing food and toys is a no-no -- at least in the beginning. New siblinghood brings mixed emotions. Kids learn that it's normal to feel excited and proud one minute and frustrated the next, when the newest member of the family becomes star of the cute show. The class winds up with a hospital tour and an art project. BIG SISTER, BIG BROTHER: SIBLING PREPARATION: Saturday, May 19, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $30 per child, $25 for each additional child. Appropriate for kids age three and older. Info, 658-5959, beginningschildbirth. com Parenting the School-Age Child: An openforum discussion provides parents a chance to talk about tricky issues like computer use, playdates, hygeine and nutrition with others. Adults. Preregister. Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2278. Health & Fitne TUESDAY Hot Mama Workout: See May 3. Education Scoring Points: Improving Health Through the Power of Video Games: Think all those video games are bad for Junior? Think again. UVM/ Fletcher Allen researchers present novel findings on the development of video games to improve learning, behavior, social responsibility and even health in chronically ill children. Preregister. Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2886. SUNDAY KIDSVT.COM Arts `Lyddie': See May 3, 7 p.m. `Peter Pan': See May 11, 2 & 6 p.m. Fairs & Festivals F d MAY Spring Fest: See spotlight, pg. 32. Free Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries: Bring mom in for a treat on her special day, courtesy of Laughing Moon Chocolates. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591. KIDS VT TUESDAY, P. MAY CALENDAR Playgroups MONDAY Barre Open Gym: Sunrise Gymnastics, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 child. Info, 223-0517. Burlington Crawlers, Waddlers and Toddlers: St. Joseph School, 11 p.m. Free. Info, 999-5100. Essex Open Gym: Regal Gymnastics Academy, 11 a.m.-noon & 1-2 p.m. $8 child; Free for children under 18 months. Info, 655-3300. Isle La Motte Playgroup: Isle La Motte School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Jeffersonville Hometown Playgroup: Cambridge Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 885-5229. Montgomery Playgroup: Montgomery Town Library, second Monday, Wednesday of every month, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Morristown Hometown Playgroup: Morristown Graded Building, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. Swanton Playgroup: Mary S. Babcock School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Williston Music With Raphael: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Winooski Fathers and Children Together: Winooski Family Center, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422. TUESDAY Bristol Playgroup: Bristol Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Burlington Family Play: VNA Family Room, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Burlington Fathers and Children Together: VNA Family Room, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Burlington Music With Robert: Fletcher Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Essex Open Gym: See Monday. Hardwick Playgroup: Hardwick Elementary School, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. Johnson Baby Chat: Church of the Nazarene, fourth Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Middlebury Playgroup: Middlebury Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Milton Playgroup: New Life Fellowship Church, Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1457. Montpelier LEGO Club: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, third Tuesday of every month, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. KIDSVT.COM Kids enjoy fun and games during these informal get-togethers and caregivers connect with other local parents and friends. The groups are usually free and often include snacks, arts and crafts or music themes. Contact the playgroup organizer or visit kidsvt.com for site-specific details. Charlotte Playgroup: Charlotte Central School, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Free. Info, 764-5820. Colchester Music With Raphael: Burnham Memorial Library, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. Colchester Playgroup: Colchester Village Meeting House, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5640. Enosburg Playgroup: American Legion, 1011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 933-6435. Essex Open Gym: See Tuesday Essex Welcome Baby Playgroup: Essex Junction Teen Center, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 872-9580. Fairfield Playgroup: Bent Northrup Memorial Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Hinesburg Playgroup for Dads: Annette's Preschool, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Morrisville Open Gym: River Arts, Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. $5 child, $3 additional child. Info, 888-1261. Shelburne Sing-a-long: Lemon Peel Caf� and Creperie, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-9511. South Royalton Playgroup: United Church on the Green, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 685-2264. Vergennes Playgroup: Congregational Church of Vergennes, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Williston Baby-Time Playgroup: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-3659. Winooski Open Gym With Princess: Regal Gymnastics Academy, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $12 child. Info, 655-3300. THURSDAY Burlington EvoMamas Playgroup: Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, second Thursday of every month, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-9642. Burlington Family Play: See Tuesday. Essex Movin' Moms: Move You Fitness Studio, first Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 734-0821. Essex Open Gym: See Tuesday Fletcher Playgroup: Fletcher Elementary School, first Thursday of every month, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Johnson Hometown Playgroup: United Church of Johnson, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. Milton Playgroup: See Tuesday. Montgomery Infant Playgroup: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Morrisville Baby Chat: First Congregational Church of Morrisville, first Thursday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Richmond Welcome Baby Group: Richmond Free Library, second Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Spanish Musical Kids: Warren Town Hall, 10-10:45 a.m. $15. Info, 917-1776; constanciag@ gmail.com. Williston Music With Raphael: See Monday, 10:30 a.m. Winooski Playgroup: O'Brien Community Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422. FRIDAY Colchester Playgroup: See Wednesday, 9:3011 a.m. Essex Center Playgroup: Memorial Hall, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6751. Essex Open Gym: See Tuesday. Fairfax Playgroup: BFA Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Ferrisburgh Open Gym: Ferrisburgh Central School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Hometown Playgroup Stowe: Stowe Community Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. Montgomery Tumble Time: Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Morrisville Open Gym: See Wednesday. Shelburne Playgroup: Trinity Episcopal Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2382. St. Albans MOPS: Church of the Rock, first Friday of every month, 8:45-11 a.m. Free. Info, 891-1230. Swanton Late-Morning Playgroup: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Williston Playgroup: Allen Brook School, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 876-7147; jakruwet@ yahoo.com. SATURDAY Franklin Playgroup: Franklin Central School, second Saturday of every month, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Morrisville Weekend Baby Chat: Lamoille Family Center, second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. South Burlington Tots and Tykes Open Gym: Chamberlin School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4108. SUNDAY Essex Sunday Open Gym: Regal Gymnastics Academy, May 6, 1-5:30 p.m. $8 child; Free for children under 18 months. Info, 655-3300. Montpelier Tulsi Morning Playgroup: Tulsi Tea Room, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-0043. South Hero Playgroup: South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. St. Albans Playgroup: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Worcester Playgroup: Doty Memorial School, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 229-0173. WEDNESDAY Barre Open Gym: See Monday. Burlington Moving and Grooving: Fletcher Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. KIDS VT MAY See "First with Kids" videos at FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids Real Science. REAL FUN! TUESDAY CONTINUED F d Kids in the Kitchen: Carrot Cake Cupcakes: Orange-colored root veggies transform into frosted cakes in the hands of new bakers. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Library & B ks Highgate Youth Advisory: See May 3. `PBS Kids Go!' Writers Contest Showcase: Prose competitors share their stories submitted to Vermont Public Television. St. Albans Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Shelburne Magic Club: See May 3, first and third Thursday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Info, 985-5124. Health & Fitne Itty Bitty Game Time: Young'uns get creative with pool noodles creating structures for play. A giant parachute is on hand for group games. Ages 3-5 with adult. Schmanska Park, Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. $12 child. Info, 864-0123. FRIDAY Montshire Museum! � 125+ Hands-on Exhibits � Daily Activities � ViewSpace see images from k16-Nido0512.indd the NASA Space Telescopes � Visiting Exhibitions � Science Park with water exhibits � Nature Trails � Live animals & aquariums � Museum Store $2 Off Admission! When you subscribe to Montshire's eNews at montshire.org. 1 4/24/12 10:23 AM Arts Family Clay Drop-in: See May 4. `Lyddie': See May 3, 8 p.m. `Peter Pan': See May 11. Preschool Clay Drop-in: See May 4. Scrapbooking Extravaganza: Memory keepers gather mementos with the help of some instruction and available materials. Ages 1014. Preregister. Milton Elementary School, third Friday of every month, 6-8 p.m. $12. Info, 893-4922. Spring Spectacular: Very Merry teams up with the Champlain Philharmonic for classic children's theatrical performances, including Peter Pan and The Velveteen Rabbit, accompanied by the sounds of 60-piece orchestra. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Free. Library & B ks WEDNESDAY Creative Tuesdays: See May 1. Arts Leap of Faith Dance Theatre: Little ballerinas stay on pointe in a performance featuring original kid coreography. All ages. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 382-9222. OPEN DAILY 10-5 Education Early Education Workshop: Early childhood educators learn from author and director of the Alliance for Childhood Joan Almon. Workshop titles include, "Crisis in Early Education" and "Crisis in the Kindergarten." Preregister. Champlain College, Burlington, 2-5 & 6-8 p.m. $25-35 person. Info, 383-6603. Social Thinking: See May 2. Montshire Museum of Science montshire.org � 802.649.2200 Exit 13 I-91, Norwich, VT 4/17/12 16t-LactationBirthing0511.indd 1 11:53 AM Co Car Seat Safety Checks: See May 12, Milton Fire Department, 3-6 p.m. unity Health & Fitne k8v-Monstshire0512.indd 1 4/19/11 11:55 AM F d Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Family Gym: See May 4. Kids Open Gymnastics: See May 2. Cookie Decorating: See May 2. Kids Cook Up Stories: See May 2. Health & Fitne Library & B ks Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Kids Open Gymnastics: See May 2. After School Movie: See May 4. Youth Night: Teens and tweens hang out and enjoy movies, snacks and projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, third Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Library & B ks THURSDAY LEGO Afternoons: See May 2. SATURDAY Arts Arts Family Art Drop-in: See May 5. `Lyddie': See May 3, 8 p.m. Major Mess: Young artists explore holidaythemed projects with mixed media. All ages. Children under 4 must be accompanied by an adult. Purple Crayon Productions, Woodstock, third Saturday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10. Info, 457-3500. `Peter Pan': See May 11. Saturday Drama Club: See May 5. KIDSVT.COM Drum, Song and Dance of Guinea: See May 10. `Lyddie': See May 3, 7 p.m. Ooey Gooey Icky Fun: See May 10. Pollywog Drop-in Art: See May 3. Co Mom's Matinee: See May 3. unity Education Building Blocks for Literacy Webinar: See May 3. Baby & Maternity Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation: See spotlight, pg. 37. Postnatal Yoga: See May 5. Health & Fitne MAY Hot Mama Workout: See May 3. Stroller Gathering: See May 3. Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. KIDS VT SATURDAY P. Submit your June events by May 15 at kidsvt.com or to email@example.com. k4t-Echo0512.indd 1 4/23/12 2:24 PM Spring Fest Sunday, May 13, Mother's Day! Opening-day festival featuring activities for visitors of all ages. Tour gardens, build a birdhouse, plant flowers. Mother's Day doll tea party and over 400 lilacs! S P R I N G F E S T I S A F A M I LY D A Y S P O N S O R E D B Y : 19 sATurdAY (Continued) 12:30-2:30 p.m. $10 parent/child pair; $5 additional child. Info, 985-8686. cells!: Compare plant and animal cells using a compound microscope. Then, using the lab's video microscope, take a close-up look at your own cheek cells. Ages 9 and older. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Community MEDIA SPONSOR: Big Truck day: Little truckers climb on impressive vehicles and get up close with every part of the machines. A horn-free hour from 10-11 a.m. gives those with sensitive ears a quiet time for exploration. Monty the Moose and Clifford provide high-fives in between jumps on the bounce house, crafting activites, face painting and savenger hunting. All ages. Hinesburg Nursery School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 child. Info, 482-3827. Big Truck day Burlington: Fire, dump and tow trucks serve as jungle gyms to curious kiddos. Music, dancing, food and raffles round out the day's experience. All ages. Robin's Nest Children's Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 family. Info, 864-8191. car seat safety checks: See May 12, Buttered Noodles, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 20 SUNDAY Arts `Lyddie': See May 3, 2 p.m. `Peter Pan': See May 11, 2 & 6 p.m. Vermont residents $10 admission; children $5 Baby & Maternity k6h-ShelburneMuseum0512.indd 1 CENTRAL VERMONT WOMEN'S HEALTH Comprehensive and compassionate health care for women. OUR SERVICES: 4/17/12 11:45 AM Family Fun Night: A movie, swimming, a bounce house, food and more highlight the evening. All ages. YMCA, Burlington, third Saturday of every month, 5-8 p.m. $3-5. Info, 862-9622. Family Fun Volunteer day: Do gooders lend a hand in trail maintenance and veggie garden start up. Volunteers get a free lunch and tours of the grounds. Common Ground Center, Starksboro, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2592. High school monopoly Tournament: See May 12. spanish community Breakfast: See May 5. cloth diapering 101: Parents looking to start a new baby off on the reusable types and those wanting to switch over from disposables get tips for choosing the best bum covers. Participants receive $10 off their first order. Birth Journeys, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. $10. Info, 881-9451. Health & Fitness Family Gym: See May 4. Walk to cure diabetes: Over 600 pedestrians high step to raise money for diabetes research. Preregister. CVU High School, Hinesburg, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 1-866-256-0832. Roger Ehret, MD Gail Yanowitch, MD Nature & Science Fairs & Festivals Bird day Festival: Budding ornithologists celebrate the migratory birds' return to Vermont and see a winged demonstration, go on a guided bird walk, make feathered crafts and dance to live music. All ages. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $2 person. Info, 434-3068. Build Your own Birdhouse: Invite feathered friends to your backyard by constructing a cozy home just for birds. Families with kids 4 and older. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10 a.m.-noon. $20-25 family. Info, 434-3068. Hoopster Gliders: Kids create a craft that flies. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. skulls: Science lovers explore skeletal remains of local wildlife. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. sundays for Fledglings: See May 13. Roger Knowlton, DO, FACOG Sheila Glaess, MD Horticulture Farm spring Festival: Families celebrate the warmer weather with a nature treasure hunt and wagon rides. UVM greenhouse staff sell hanging flowering baskets and state entomologist Jon Turmel leads a bug walk at 11 a.m. UVM Horticulture Farm, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 864-3073. 21 MONDAY Health & Fitness Julie Vogel, MD, FACOG Rebecca Montgomery, CNM, MSN Baby & Maternity Prenatal Yoga: See May 5. NOW IN TWO LOCATIONS: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm AND at the offices of Waterbury Medical Associates Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8am-5pm Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. Library & Books Baby care Basics: Dr. Lewis First puts parentsto-be at ease with information on the growth, development and care of a newborn. Adults. Preregister. Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 847-2278. Baby Yoga: See May 7. Breastfeeding Preparation: Moms-to-be learn the basics of feeding baby the natural way. Preregister. Timber Lane Pediatrics, South Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $30 family. Info, 658-5959. montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See May 7. Yoga After Baby: See May 7. Horse Lovers Book Group: A horse expert leads a discussion on all things equine. Learn about good reads on animal care and get tips to start the riding season off right. Ages 8-16. Preregister. Flying Pig Children's Books, Shelburne, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-3999. May 2012 KidsVT.com Nature & Science Christine Malcolm, Colleen Horan, NP, CNM MD, MPH About Air: Kids create mini-parachutes to learn how air resistance slows down falling objects. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Amazing Amphibians: Young scientists seek frogs and salamanders in their natural habitats. Mud boots highly recommended. Ages 4 and older. Shelburne Farms, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & Health & Fitness 22 TUESDAY Hot mama Workout: See May 3. FOR AN APPOINTMENT CALL 371-5961 Health & Fitness Kids VT Central Vermont Medical Center Central To Your Well Being / www.cvmc.org k3v-CentralVTMedCenter0512.indd 1 4/23/12 2:10 PM itty Bitty Game Time: See May 15. 40 submit your June events by may 15 at kidsvt.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org. See "First with Kids" videos at FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids MAY CALENDAR Lockstepping Out Every year, Essex Junction hosts a MEMORIAL DAY PARADE to pay homage to U.S. servicemen and -women. A special flyover by the Green Mountain Boys launches the procession of World War II vets striding in crisp uniforms, followed by the younger generation of soldiers. An impressive line-up of high school marching bands makes it one of the largest assemblages of onfoot musical talent in Vermont. Themed floats vie for awards as the parade wends from gate F of the fairgrounds, through the Five Corners onto Route 15 and back to the fairgrounds. The procession begins at 10 a.m., but find a spot a half hour in advance to ensure safe viewing. Post-parade happenings include another Memorial Day tradition: great grilling at the VFW's chicken barbeque. COURTESY OF THE GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA ESSEX JUNCTION MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Saturday, May 26, Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Essex Junction, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-1375, essexjunction.org. Health & Fitne Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Kids Open Gymnastics: See May 2. F d Library & B ks WEDNESDAY Creative Tuesdays: See May 1. Education F d Library & B ks THURSDAY LEGO Afternoons: See May 2. Kids in the Kitchen: Hashbrowns: Budding chefs get busy shredding potatoes learn to make a fresh breakfast side. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Social Thinking: See May 2. Health & Fitne Hot Mama Workout: See May 3. Stroller Gathering: See May 3. Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. Arts Cookie Decorating: See May 2. Kids Cook Up Stories: See May 2. Kids in the Kitchen: Deviled Spring Chicks: Deviled eggs get a cute makeover to appear like hatching chicks. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Arts Drum, Song and Dance of Guinea: See May 10. Ooey Gooey Icky Fun: See May 10. Pollywog Drop-in Art: See May 3. Art Safari: Tots dive into stories and art activities related to the museum's collections. Ages 3-5 with adult. Preregister. Shelburne Museum, fourth Wednesday of every month, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $5. Info, 985-3346. Library & B ks Highgate Youth Advisory: See May 3. Co Mom's Matinee: See May 3. unity THURSDAY P. Great Shoes = Happy Kids! New arrivals... A few reasons to shop for your kids shoes at Danform Shoes: 1. We always measu re your child's feet to get the proper fit 2. We carry great kid s shoes at great prices 3. 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Submit the listing by the 15th at kidsvt.com or email@example.com PlaycareED Apr10.indd 1 16t-campsclasses.indd 1 12/13/10 6:05 PM 4/26/12 3:40 PM www.womenearningsixfigures.com/gayle k8h-wesf0312.indd 1 2/24/12 9:52 AM courteSy oF www.Flickr.coM/PHotoS/GreenuPVerMont One Kid's Trash For 40 years, volunteers for GrEEN uP dAy VErmoNT have pitched in to "spring clean" the state. last year, Vermonters removed more than 40,000 bags of rubbish from the Green Mountain roadsides. interested community members contact a local organizer -- easily found by visiting greenupvermont. org -- to find out how and where to pick up trash in their area. Many hands make light work, and green-up garbage bags are provided. Some towns offer snacks and prizes. in rochester, they're hiding necklaces amongst the trash. Find one to win an iPad. this year's Green up day kicks off a new season of post-irene recovery work. Helping out will make the whole family feel good -- and tired. k8h-SpareTime0211.indd 1 1/26/11 3:09 PM GrEEN uP dAy: Saturday, May 5. Cities and towns all over Vermont, all day. Free. Info, 229-4586, greenupvermont.org. 24 THursdAy (continued) May 2012 KidsVT.com Nature & Science Health & Fitness Family Gym: See May 4. Feathered Frenzy: Bird lovers build nests, investigate feathers up close and marvel at delicate birds' eggs. Ages 3-5. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 adult/child pair; $4 additional child. Info, 434-3068. Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Kids open Gymnastics: See May 2. Library & Books 26 SATURDAY 25 FRIDAY After school movie: See May 4. Kids VT Arts Family clay drop-in: See May 4. Preschool clay drop-in: See May 4. 8h-800gotjunk0412.indd 1 3/7/12 3:12 PM Arts 42 saturday drama club: See May 5. 2.3" x 2.72" See "First with Kids" videos at FletcherAllen.org/firstwithkids options. PREGNANT? You have Free Con dential & Personal Services Pregnancy Tests Limited Ultrasound Compassionate Care Accurate Information about Abortion Risks & Alternatives Post-Abortion Support FUNNY BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT featuring New Kids Game Show & Visual Dunk Tank Magic � Juggling � Balloon Sculpturing � Costumed Deliveries Baby & Maternity Co unity Yoga After Baby: See May 7. Postnatal Yoga: See May 5. Health & Fitne CARE NET PREGNANCY CENTER of Burlington & St. Albans BURLINGTON LOCATION ST. ALBANS LOCATION NEW! Kids Inflatable Obstacle Course Hot Mama Workout: See May 3. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Opening Day: Seaworthy folks visit floating relics, learn the history of water travel on Lake Champlain and take part in special activities on the seasonal opening. All ages. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adult; $6 child; Free for children under 5. Info, 475-2022. Memorial Day Parade: See spotlight, pg. 41. Spanish Community Breakfast: See May 5. Nature & Science Sound Science: Curious kids experiment with sounds and how they travel. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Straw Rockets: Science lovers discover the power of air during this hands-on session. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. 802-658-2184 802-527-2005 www.carenetburlington.org 24 HOUR / TOLL FREE: 1-800-395-HELP (4357) 56 Colchester Ave. Burlington, VT 05401 91 South Main St., #2 St. Albans, VT 05478 Disney Bouncers � Sponge Bob � Finding Nemo Parties � Schools � Fairs � Company Promos & Events 879-0997 � www.joeyfunbiz.com k16-carenet0511.indd 1 Health & Fitne Kids' Triathlon: Young athletes test their mettle in a three-part race, beginning with laps in the pool then spinning on a stationary bike and finishing with loops on the indoor track. Kids are separated by age and all abilities are welcome. Preregister. YMCA, Burlington, 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. $25 child. Info, 862-9622. Prenatal Yoga: See May 5. Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. Yam Scram: Racers run in 1/2-, 1- and 2-mile courses. Ages 4-14. Preregister. Burlington's Waterfront Park, 8:30 a.m. $20 child. Info, 863-8412. TUESDAY Cloth Diapering Made Simple Diaper Days has what you're looking for, plus... � Cloth 101 classes � FREE consultations � Top rated brands � Online gift registry 101 class is May 20! Next Cloth 4/19/11 k16t-Joeyclown0311.indd 1 11:59 AM 2/18/11 5:14 PM F d Kids in the Kitchen: Italian Sodas: Fromscratch fruit-flavored syrups start the process toward fizzy drinks. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Library & B ks WEDNESDAY Creative Tuesdays: See May 1. Nature & Science Education F d Visit us online at www.diaperdaysvt.com 802-881-9451 k8h-diaperdays0512.indd 1 4/20/12 12:23 PM Social Thinking: See May 2. Magnetic Moments: See May 12, 3 p.m. Playing Telephone: Kids craft paper-cup phones and explore the properties of sound waves. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Cookie Decorating: See May 2. Kids Cook Up Stories: See May 2. Kids in the Kitchen: Veggie Pinwheels: Wouldbe cooks make rolled sandwiches cut into bite-sized pieces. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. SUNDAY Baby & Maternity Newborn 101: Moms- and dads-to-be get the skinny on tiny babies and how to enjoy the first three months of parenthood. The class covers tips on setting routines, breastfeeding basics, newborn care, how to handle prolonged crying and participant questions. Preregister. Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, fourth Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $30 couple. Info, 527-7531. Health & Fitne Afternoon Hoops: See May 2. Kids Open Gymnastics: See May 2. Library & B ks THURSDAY LEGO Afternoons: See May 2. Health & Fitne Family Gym: See May 4. Arts Co Nature & Science Drum, Song and Dance of Guinea: See May 10. Pollywog Drop-in Art: See May 3. Fossils: Science enthusiasts handle fossilized remains and use clues to guess their origins. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Kitchen Chemistry: Kids explore scientific reactions with household products. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Sundays for Fledglings: See May 13. Mom's Matinee: See May 3. unity KIDSVT.COM Health & Fitne Hot Mama Workout: See May 3 Stroller Gathering: See May 3. Winooski Family Gym: See May 3. MAY MONDAY Library & B ks Baby & Maternity Baby Yoga: See May 7. Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See May 7. Highgate Youth Advisory: See May 3. St. Albans PJ Story Hour: Soon-to-be-sleepy kids say goodnight with songs, crafts and snacks. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. k4t-ConnectingYouth0512.indd 1 4/26/12 1:51 PM KIDS VT GIVE THE EXPECTANT MOTHER THE GIFT SHE WON'T EXPECT Studies show that prenatal massage can reduce swelling, relieve joint pain, and even improve labor and newborn health. Find relief today at Massage Envy in Williston. call 879-0888 � 2141 Essex Road - Williston � MassageEnvy.com Convenient hours 7days a week: M-F 9-10, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-6 Cake & Card Event! Order a cake then preregister to come in on May 12th to decorate and make mom a card. Mother's Day K6H-jamie2coats0412.indd 1 3/21/12 11:41 AM Help him fight measles with the most powerful defense. KidsVT.com To order and register by May 10th call: Church Street Marketplace 862-9620 Waterbury Factory 882-1240 ext. 2264 Vaccines. Defend him against 14 serious childhood diseases, like measles and whooping cough, with the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving him the recommended immunizations by age 2 is the best way to protect him. For more reasons to vaccinate, talk to your child's doctor or go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. Immunization. Power to Protect. Kids VT may 2012 44 19207a �Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. 2012 k3V-VtDeptofHealth(2)0512.indd 1 4/23/12 2:19 PM k3v-BenJerry0512.indd 1 4/26/12 10:26 AM HaNDS-ON stained-glass Vases Day on May 13 could bring some of those blooms right to your table. Crafty youngsters can contribute these d�coupage DIY vases, which use strips of tissue paper to create a surprising stained-glass effect ... with surprisingly little effort. It's as simple as breaking out the Mod Podge and grabbing a jar from the recycling bin. They pass the test of time, too: My mom still has the sunny yellow vase I made for her more than 15 years ago. --By Carolyn Fox April showers bring mAy flowers -- and Mother's materials � glass jar, bottle or vase, cleaned and with label removed -- baby food or spaghetti-sauce jars work great! � scissors � several colors of tissue paper � sponge � Mod Podge d�coupage glue 1. Experiment with different colors and sizes of tissue paper. you can even cut the paper into squares and make a patchwork pattern. Reuse the vases to hold pencils, tea lights, toothbrushes and more. 3. mix it up: 4. Share your fun craft ideas with us! send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Begin by cutting tissue paper of varied colors into inch-wide strips. Make sure the strips are long enough to go around the glass jar with about an inch to spare. 2. Use a sponge to apply Mod Podge evenly around the bottom inch of the jar. Gently lay a strip of tissue paper over the glue, and use the sponge to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the strip to smooth out any bubbles or rough edges. It's OK if the tissue paper wrinkles or overlaps; this will make your jar look more interesting in the end. Continue applying Mod Podge and tissue paper all the way up the jar, alternating colors as you go. If there are gaps or small tears, just lay another strip of tissue paper over it. When the jar is covered, let it dry for about 15 minutes. Then use the sponge to apply one final coat of Mod Podge over the whole jar, sealing down any flyaway edges. Let it dry completely before use. KidsVT.com May 2012 Kids VT 45 HANDS ON THE PARTY PLANNER BY KAT RIN A ROBE RTS k8h-SternCenter0512.indd 1 4/17/12 11:51 AM I k8h-purplecrayon0412.indd 1 3/21/12 10:32 AM 've had my share of baby showers and loved them all. For the first of my three pregnancies, I was treated to four -- yes, four: the family shower, the girlie shower, the work shower and the coed shower. With our second baby, I enjoyed a Sunday brunch with a small group of friends and a family party at Great Grandma's. Finally, when I was expecting last winter, I spent an indulgent day at a spa with two close friends. Celebrating a pregnancy is fun, whether you are expecting yourself or planning a shower for someone else. If the parents-to-be aren't su ciently forthcoming about how they want to be feted, here are some pretty good guesses. FIRST TIMERS For a new mom, find out what she wants. If she says, "Oh, you don't have to do that," ignore her, but organize a simple event with close friends. The traditional shower involves food, beverages, something sweet to eat, a few silly baby games and presents. It lasts no more than two hours and is usually held at a friend or family member's home. Every new mom should have at least one of these. IT TAKES TWO Don't forget the dad: Coed showers are all the rage. Send some fancy invitations, and serve yummy hors d'oeuvres and mocktails for mingling couples. Instead of gifts, collect money for a gift card from the couple's registry. WHATEVER SHE WANTS If your mom-to-be has done this once or twice, or won't stand for a full-blown party in the baby's honor, here are some ways to pamper the parent. � Organize a premade meal service for the last two weeks of pregnancy. Friends and relatives make dishes to freeze, so the new family has yummy, homemade food after the little one arrives. Check out mealtrain.com, a website that makes organizing a group meal e ort a whole lot easier. Take her to a spa -- something I highly recommend. Hire a cleaning service. Spend some time in the company of an expectant mother, and you might notice that a cleaning and nesting neurosis sets in around two weeks before birth. 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Colorful craft for a sightseer determined to rise above it all 13. What people do when they're in a hurry 16. What bicyclists do that motorcyclists don't 17. manual labor: stick shift driver's options 20. Cruise man 21. Happy returns: One who goes to war and returns to a hero's welcome (for short) Puzzles4Kids riddle search -- musical Terms Look up, down and diagonally, both forward and backward, to find every word on the list. Circle each one as you find it. When all the words are circled, take the UNUsED letters and write them on the blanks below. Go from left to right and top to bottom to find the answer to this riddle: where do geologists go to listen to music? 9. What a fisherman needs to keep on top of the waves By HELENa HOvaNEC 10. stop right there!: it's what you use to bring your bike to a halt 12. in 1903, Wilbur Wright and his _______, Orville, were the first people to fly in an airplane 14. What Jack and Jill used to fetch water 15. 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Call 1-800-649-4357 or visit our web site at healthvermont.gov/wic k4t-LCWaldorfSchool0512-R.indd 1 4/24/12 9:54 AM k4t-VtDepthealthWIC0511.indd 1 WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 4/15/11 12:20 PM 50 k4t-sugarsnap0412.indd 1 Kids VT may 2012 KidsVT.com 3/21/12 10:14 AM k4t-Earl's0512.indd 1 4/24/12 10:44 AM Bab y& tern Ma ity I USE YOUR WORDS ue A lesbian mom redefines family in Franklin County JAIM E R . TIBBITS, AS TOL D TO C AT H Y R E SME R The Other Mother Planning a kids event? List your event for free in the Kids VT monthy calendar. Submit your info by the 15th of the month online at kidsvt.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE I KNEW WHERE BABIES CAME FROM, I used to pray at night for God not to give me one. I guess I put two and two together -- Mary getting pregnant with Jesus through immaculate conception -- so I asked God not to let that happen to me. I always imagined that I would have kids, but I never wanted to be pregnant. Fourteen years ago, I started dating Mary Alice. That's the beauty of a lesbian relationship: two wombs. Mary Alice has always wanted to have kids, and she wanted that mothering experience. She was able to carry our daughter, Mania, who's now 3, and she gave birth to our son, Hobie, last month. Being a parent has completely changed my perspective on what's important. Before I had kids, I think I kind of defined myself by what I did, whether it was my work or my extracurricular activities. But now I prioritize my family. And I'm more fiercely devoted than I was when there were just two of us. I do feel that the bonding experience is definitely di erent for me, because I'm not breast-feeding. I don't actually physically want to breast-feed, but I do appreciate the bond it creates. With Mania, I had to feed her with a finger tube for the first 48 hours. I felt like I had this connection that I feel is slightly lacking with Hobie -- he's been breast-feeding from day one. Mary Alice is the most important thing to him right now because of that, and I think I get a little jealous. I always struggle in the baby phase: Where do I fit in? Now that Mania is older, I feel like I've bonded with her quite well. I work for a landscaping company, so I stay home with her all winter, and I involve her in everything I do. We cook together. We make bread together. She helps me work on the car and do construction projects. I hope Hobie will do all of those things, too. One thing that frustrates me about being a two-mom family is that every time I talk about the kids, at some point, I have to come out. We were at the Fairfield library last Sunday, and I was talking with a town official. I had Hobie in the baby carrier. The town o cial asked, "How old is he?" I said, "2 weeks." At some point, he asked how much Hobie weighed at birth, and I told Every time I talk about the kids, at some point, I have to come out. him 11 pounds, 5 ounces. He put his hand on my arm and said, "You poor girl." And I said, "Oh, it wasn't me; it was my partner." There are lots of moments like that where I can either mislead the person I'm talking to, or I have to correct them. It forces me to out myself. For me, it's awkward, because you never know how people will react. I'm just always thinking, Please don't let this go down a road where we've gotta talk about it. We're talking about my kids. Why should I all of a sudden have to talk about my sexuality? But sometimes I feel like I need to bring it up, to challenge people's definition of family. I'm taking an online class right now through Johnson State College, and I emailed my professor privately saying, "We just had our son, I'll do my best to post online, but I might be a little absent this week." And then she posted on the forum for our whole group something like, "Jaime might not be participating as much this week. He just welcomed a new son into his family." I never indicated a gender for me or my partner, but she thought I was a he, based on just my name, I guess. That was interesting. I emailed her back privately and said, "Thanks for the posting, and by the way, I'm a woman. My partner and I just had a son." Not in a sassy way, but just to let her know. I didn't correct her public message because I didn't have the energy, and it's not my problem. She emailed back and said, "LOL, I've had this happen before." I couldn't help but think: Wouldn't that make you less likely to make assumptions? I just wish people would think outside the box. I've never encountered any negativity, though. After I came out to the guy at the library, we just sort of glazed over it and started talking about something else. I've been taking Mania and Hobie to a local playgroup, and people there probably assumed I was a straight mom. But when Mary Alice came, too, all of the grandmothers oohed and aahed over Hobie and just accepted us. Who knows what people say when we're not around, but so far, we've only received a positive response. I was ready for anything, but I've been amazed -- I feel like I've underestimated my community. calendar 8v-calendar.indd 1 PUZZLE PAGE ANSWERS (see p. 48) 3/25/11 8:24 AM JUmbLES boy, card, poor, blob RIDDLE ANSWER: How he felt after getting kicked out of his shell? cRAbby KIDSVT.COM MAY KIDS VT "Use Your Words" is a monthly essay in which writers reflect on parenting and childhood. Got a story to share? Email us at email@example.com. RIDDLE SEARcH ANSWER: To a rock concert. k1t-HealthyLiving0512.indd 1 4/23/12 2:12 PM