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April is tax time, and money is on everyone’s minds. It’s also NATIONAL FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH, which prompted us to offer this package of stories about money matters. We’re grateful to our sponsor, National Life Group, for supporting our work.

DEPARTMENTS From the Kids VT Staff ............................................5 See and Say ......................................................................7 Birthday Club..................................................................47 Use Your Words: Essay ..........................................51


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There are Too many financialliTeracy lessons To counT in this month’s issue of Kids VT. Some kids have already “gotten it”; the “Biz Kids” featured on page 24 could teach many of us parents a thing or two. Money’s a tricky topic. There’s a lot of emotion attached: pride in providing for our families, fear when there’s not enough, worry about future resources. In his feature story on page 20, Ken Picard asks the experts the best way to foster healthy economic awareness in kids. How do you answer questions such as “Are we poor?” and “How come Emma had to move out of her house?” It’s never too early to talk about family finances. The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington starts talking to kids in kindergarten about financial planning and career goals. Jim White, who’s been teaching “Growing Money” classes through the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity for a dozen years, says kids take their cues from parents, whether the lessons are explicit discussions about the grocery bill or implicit messages about money troubles or triumphs. Parents may find financial literacy hard to teach because it’s something they themselves haven’t fully gotten a handle on. Read about CVOEO’s “Growing Money” classes in the sidebar on page 27. Having grown up in post-World War II England, Tim Brookes has a different philosophy about money — and buying presents — than his wife does. His essay about gift giving references Dickens and Rowling. My son and I were reading He Bear, She Bear recently when I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. “A dad,” Oliver said. I marveled at his innocence and left it at that. Looking back, I probably should have gone ahead and started talking him about what we do versus who we are. I’m not sure I have any “right” answers, but a discussion on planning for the future — for financial goals and career ones — would probably be a wise investment. KaTe laddison, managing ediTor

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How do you handle allowances in your family?

Slightly more than half of the parents who answered our poll — 55 percent — give allowances to their kids. In most of those households, the kids decide how to spend the cash: Thirty-one percent said kids spend allowances however they like. In 24 percent of the families, the allowances have a focus: daily expenditures, savings, spending or charity.

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Don’t know the difference between an all-in-one and a pocket? Bummis or Thirsties? It’s time to get the poop on cloth diapering, and a new local company is ready to help. Cambridge resident Jessie Rogers just launched DIAPER DAYS, an online store and cloth-diaperingresource website. Rogers decided to set up shop after her own research during her pregnancy. “I found the information overwhelming,” she says, “I just wanted someone knowledgeable to help guide me.” Through Roger’s site you can buy several brands of diapers and accessories, learn about different systems, and get the schedule of Cloth 101 courses Rogers conducts at the offices of an Essex doula and childbirth education business. Business happens.

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Beyond National Geographic East Africa is a long way from East Montpelier. Unless, that is, you’re a Vermont kid connecting with African tribespeople via Skype. Stowe photographer and author Jan Reynolds has written several books on vanishing cultures — the most recent of which, ONLY THE MOUNTAINS DO NOT MOVE, is about the nomadic Maasai tribe. But local kids don’t have to settle for gorgeous pictures of the colorful Kenyans who favor red plaid garments and elaborate beaded jewelry. A Vermont fundraiser last year financed the purchase of an iPad, a smartphone, solar batteries and a charger for the Africans, so the kids — from both continents — can communicate directly with each other.

ONLY THE MOUNTAINS DO NOT MOVE: A MAASAI STORY OF CULTURE AND CONSERVATION: By Jan Reynolds, Lee & Low Books, 40 pages, $18.95 hardcover, $9.95 softcover, ages 6 and up. Info,



Inside Out Remember the uproar over the unidentified Chinese cadavers in “Bodies: The Exhibition”? OUR BODY: THE UNIVERSE WITHIN is the family-friendly version. In April, the traveling exhibit brings 200 preserved human bodies to the newly opened and expanded Lakeside Pavillion at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. The online “Family Outing” guide offers tips to prepare kids for the experience, including fun facts: Did you know babies have 300 bones at birth, but 206 later on? Don’t let the anatomical correctness scare you; it’s too good a learning experience to pass up. ECHO is collaborating on this one with the UVM College of Medicine, which has provided additional videos. “This is a unique and powerful way for folks to experience for themselves the wonders of the human body,” says ECHO executive director Phelan Fretz.

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So long Snyder’s. Hello FUSION. A Colchester tae kwon do studio is under new ownership. Damir Alisa and Leslie St. Pierre — both former Snyder’s teachers — bought the place from their former employer. They’ve given it a makeover and diversified their offerings, an approach that aims at blending mind, body and spirit. There are new yoga and conditioning classes, for example. But tae kwon do is still the main attraction — family sessions and others geared for a range of ages, from kids to adult. Alisa and St Pierre want to be more than just a martial-arts school — they’d like to create a welcoming atmosphere that develops students of all ages into good citizens. Meanwhile, Snyder’s is still operating in St. Albans.



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Money is not usually a laughing matter, but financial literacy instructor and standup comic Colin Ryan does his best in ECONOMY OF ME. Targeting Vermont high school students, Ryan engages kids with lines like “Budgeting is one of the most life-changing things I’ve ever done. And believe me, I know exactly how boring that makes me sound.” The need is there, based on financial-literacy surveys conducted by the Association of Vermont Credit Unions. The group paid for Ryan, a San Diego native and former journalist, to bring his popular presentation to more than 5000 students, from Rutland to Richford. “Not only is this exactly the kind of message we need high school students to hear,” suggests Marti Kingsley of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. “This is exactly who they need to hear it from: a dynamic presenter like Colin who they will actually listen to.”


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KIDS VT: How early do parents need to start the selection process? LEWIS FIRST: It’s important that parents begin three to four months before the baby is born. Hopefully, babies will go to term, but if they’re born prematurely, it’s preferable to not just use the hospital’s neonatal team, but also have them working with your own provider. If you suddenly need to pick a pediatrician or family physician because the baby has been born sooner than expected and you have not looked into whom you want to use, you may not feel as comfortable with the choice you make. 3/21/12 10:16 AMKVT: What’s the difference between

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using a family practitioner and a pediatrician? LF: A family practitioner will be able to follow you and your baby together as a unit because of their training in health care for both children and adults. On the other hand, family physicians don’t specialize in advanced training for children’s health care but will partner with pediatricians if those needs arise, which is what pediatricians do. Family physicians will still turn to a pediatrician if they feel they need added expertise for a particular problem. KVT: What about nurse practitioners? LF: Pediatric and family physician practices may also have, as part of their medical home, nurse practitioners. NPs also have special training in pediatrics, and many people like using them because they can have added expertise in specialized areas such as breast feeding and nutrition. Nurse practitioners can also write prescriptions, order tests and follow their own patients, but also know when to refer a patient to a general pediatrician or pediatric specialist. KVT: So how do parents start searching? LF: The best kind of searching begins with word of mouth recommendations

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from other friends, neighbors, and coworkers — especially if they share parenting philosophies that are similar to your own. KVT: What if parents are new to a community? LF: Obstetricians can often make recommendations. These days, there are also other background checks you can make. For example, you can go to the Vermont Board of Medical Practice website, which lists doctors for whom complaints have been registered. The American Board of Pediatrics website lists which doctors are board-certified and who has recertified within the required amount of time. The American Board of Family Medicine also lists family physicians who are board-certified in each state.

not in the office. Who else may see your child? Is this a teaching practice? This would mean that medical students and pediatric residents also will see patients in that practice. How long are typical visits? What happens if you call after hours? Are there evening and weekend hours? How are calls returned and how quickly? Other issues to talk about include how much time they spend discussing safety, nutrition, fitness, the environment other non-illness-related topics such as sleep and behavior. KVT: What are some questions parents may not think of? LF: Does this practice use email? Does it have a website? What hospitals is it affiliated with? How strongly does the practice advocate for and help with breast feeding? What’s their opinion on alternative, complementary and integrated medicine? What’s the practice’s approach to antibiotics? How do doctors explain the importance of vaccines? What’s its philosophy on circumcision? What do they advise regarding issues such as co-sleeping and vegetarian diets? Families need to find a practice that will be respectful and supportive of their lifestyle and maximize the health of their child.

There’s no such thing as a stupid question to ask your health care provider.

KVT: Is it appropriate for parents to interview a prospective physician? LF: I strongly believe that you should pay a visit to the practice and meet the doctor, nurse practitioner or health care provider who will be primarily responsible for your child. This lets you know whether this is someone you’re comfortable with and whose style and personality work well with you and your child. It also lets you take a look at the office. Look at the staff who greet you. Look at the parking — its availability and accessibility. A prenatal visit also allows you to judge if your provider is credible, affable, reliable and knowledgeable and meets your needs. Then parents should ask questions. KVT: What are the best questions to ask? LF: Ask about their training, experience, who else works in the practice and how they provide coverage when they’re

KVT: How else can parents prepare for the meeting? LF: It’s a great idea to write down your interview questions in advance so you don’t get flustered when you meet. There’s no such thing as a stupid question to ask your health care provider. If parents feel uncomfortable asking questions about anything that concerns them about their child, that practice is probably not the right fit. K

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rope under in just the right moment,” says Clark. “Once the jumpers start to gain confidence, you won’t need to watch as closely.” Clark says she counts students off “One, two, ready,” adding “go” right when the rope is almost above their heads. “By the time they hear me and move their bodies, it will be about the same time the rope goes under.” Mastering the tricky art of doubleDutch jumping takes practice: big jump, then little jump. “Kids should continue that rhythm so that they

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don’t jump too soon,” says Clark. “They can practice the big-jump, little-jump rhythm even when they aren’t jumping under the rope.” With Clark’s advice in mind, I decided to give jump roping a whirl with my kids during the recent spell of summerlike weather. That is, after they stopped fighting over the rope and begging that we do the limbo or turn the rope into a snake. Finally, my 5-year-old daughter and I were positioned as the swingers, with my 3-year-old son as the jumper. “One, two, ready,” we proclaimed. At “go,” he promptly ran in the other direction. “Miss Mary Mack”? Not yet. But we shared enough giggles to keep the rope readily available for some instant fun — and fitness. K

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“Adults can swing the rope and kids can jump … It’s a great way to get their energy out.”

Graf’s summary: This Caldecott Honor Book offers lessons in saving and working together as a family. Readers see the story Librarian: from a young Mary Graf, girl’s point of youth services view — a girl who librarian, sometimes helps Brownell her waitress Library, Essex mother by wiping Junction salt and pepper shakers and Book: A Chair filling ketchup for my Mother, bottles. Half of written by Vera her pay, and all of B. Williams her mother’s tips, go into a big jar at Age range: home. 3 to 7 What are they saving for? A big, soft chair for Mama to rest in after a long day’s work. The previous year, they had lost all their belongings in a fire. Their neighbors helped them furnish a new apartment, but they are still without a sofa and a comfy chair. When the jar fills up, the family rolls up the coins and brings them to the bank to exchange for bills. On the mother’s day off, they finally go shopping for their dream: a rose-colored velvet armchair.

Somewhere deep in a dusty corner of my brain is a memory of jumping rope in an Ontario school yard at age 11, double Dutching, “Miss Mary Mack” and all. But as an adult who’s tried just about every sport, for some reason I just never picked it up again. Nor have my kids, ages 3 and 5. That’s a missed opportunity, according to Burlington jump-rope teacher Casey Clark, who’s been leading Pee Wee Jump Roping and Junior Jump Ropers for kids ages 5 to 12 at the Miller Community Recreation Center in Burlington’s New North End. “It’s a great activity for the whole family,” says Clark. “Adults can swing the rope and kids can jump. Kids just need a lot of encouragement, and they love the attention of you watching them shine. It’s a great way to get their energy out.” Plus, as Clark also points out, it’s affordable fun. Before you or your kids take a single hop, though, find the right length of rope. Have your child hold each handle and stand on the rope’s midpoint, pulling it up alongside his or her body. “Ideally the rope handles would just reach one’s armpits,” says Clark. “And when they’re jumping with the rope, it should just brush the floor.” Next, let your kids practice on their own, having them start with their arms behind their head, holding the rope, and then simply bringing it down to jump over. “It might be hard to get that first jump,” says Clark, “but once they do, their confidence starts to build.” Now’s a good time to crank up the Katy Perry, she adds: “Energizing music makes jumping much more fun.” For single and double Dutch — in which two people turn one or two ropes, while a third jumps — the swingers need to be as focused as the jumper, at least at first. “Those swinging the rope should really watch the jumper closely and try to get the

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The grade on Vermont’s childcare, preschool and after school programs 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, staff 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 process, 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

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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 Bolton, Charlotte, Hinesburg, Huntington, Richmond and Shelburne. Find more information about STARS, a complete list of rankings, and other childrcare resources at dcf.vermont. gov/cdd/stars. 

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SHINING STAR Each month, Kids VT spotlights one five-star program from the featured geographical area. Charlotte Children’s Center 116 Ferry Road, 425-3328 Type of program: Childcare center Year established:  1984 Age range of children: 6 weeks to 8 years old Last field trip: Charlotte Volunteer Fire Station Favorite rainy-day activity: Playing outside in the rain and in mud puddles. There’s no bad weather; only bad clothing. Favorite book, song or art project: Children incorporate lots of natural materials into their artwork. Special programming: Offering our first-ever summer camp for 5- to 8-year-olds.

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s a kid, I had what I deemed “off-stage fright.” I was a pale, awkward, sometimes socially inappropriate white girl with a dark Afro. I had a gravelly voice and used big words. Then, when I was 7 years old, I joined Riverside Children’s Theatre in Riverside, Calif., where I learned to project my voice, tap dance and sing pitch-perfect lyrics to every song in Annie. Joan Wing was my first teacher there. Joan recognized that I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be Annie. She played acting and theater games with her students. She’d give us a hat or sunglasses or cane, and we’d create characters and become each other’s audience. She taught me to memorize lines — and that no one dies from forgetting their lines onstage. She showed me that we wear masks all of the time: We play various characters offstage in our lives, and the more aware we are of what we want (our motivations) and how we get it (our tactics), the better we know ourselves (our character). Above all, she taught me to improvise in front of an audience, to trust my instincts and create something from nothing. One afternoon, Joan called me at home. A childabuse prevention organization had approached her in need of a child actress for educational videos they were creating. Joan thought I would be perfect. When the

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camera crew came to my house, I felt like I was doing something important. Those child-abuse-prevention films were shown in elementary schools throughout Riverside. Once in a while, a kid or parent would stop me in the mall to ask if I was that kid in the video. I didn’t feel like just a regular kid; I was an actress. Not one of those creepy child stars, but someone who acted out stories. This is what Joan taught me to do — act out stories believably. Joan believed in me. She saw a spark in me, which helped me see that spark in myself. Now I run my own theater program, Theatre-inAction. I use improvisational techniques to educate youth about bullying prevention, conflict resolution and social justice. I’ve run workshops in schools and at social service organizations in Burlington, St. Albans and Montpelier and throughout Vermont. I think about Joan a lot — she’s the one who taught me that grown-ups can ignite a kid’s passions. That improvisation builds resilience, collaboration and acceptance. That theater can be a tool to help a child know herself.   


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inexpensive. The functional dining room — with no décor to speak of — was the ideal setting for three exuberant 10-year-olds. Boston-based Boloco works hard to please with a menu that includes hormone-free chicken and steak, all-natural pork, vegetarian, vegan and allergy-sensitive and gluten-free options. Their use of compostable


10-year-olds standing before him. His expression implied the kids meal — mini burrito, healthy side and drink — probably wouldn’t be enough for them. We all ordered original-size burritos for $6.25 each: Buffalo, Summer, Bangkok Thai, Classic Mexican and a Goloco, aka choose your own ingredients. The boys snagged a booth in the casual but clean dining area, while my daughter and I watched our burritos being made with our noses pressed to the glass. The speed and efficiency of the assembly line was impressive. I could have watched it a lot longer, but our order was up within minutes. We marveled at the wellengineered wraps. Ones I’ve had in the past have fallen apart the moment I picked them up; these tightly rolled burritos held together, from the first chewy bite to the last. “This is really spicy,” my son said after biting into his Buffalo chicken and guzzling half his lemonade. I tried a bite. Holy cow, it was spicy. But he was a trouper, leaving only a pile of buffalo sauce-soaked rice that my husband finished off. The only thing we didn’t polish off was a cup of bland salsa. We ate every made-on-site tortilla chip, and I wiped the guacamole container with a finger. The only miss in the order was our guest’s Summer burrito: The steak was chewy and the ingredients were poorly distributed. Overall, the meal was good and


THE FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK ate up most of our dining budget. But I still didn’t feel like cooking. So we went for a healthy option I knew we could afford: budget-friendly burritos. “Welcome to Boloco” is how the friendly manager behind the counter greeted us on a recent Friday night. “Are you familiar with our menu?” Five heads shook. Gesturing at the huge menu suspended over his head, he said, “Start by picking a flavor, then choose a filling: chicken, carnitas, steak, tofu, veggies … then any extras.” Flavor? I thought we were getting burritos — meat, rice, beans, salsa. Options included Buffalo, with spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing; Cajun, featuring Cajun spices, corn salsa and black beans; and Memphis BBQ — barbecue sauce, coleslaw, rice and beans. And there were more where those came from. The flavor choices overwhelmed my twins and the friend they’d brought along, so we let the college student behind us go ahead. Then my son’s friend, clearly annoyed at our indecision, strode up to the counter and ordered. I nudged my kids forward, telling them, “They will put whatever you want in a burrito; just order.” The manager presented more choices. White or wheat tortilla? Size? White rice or brown? Black beans or pinto? Just to make things more confusing, I asked about the kids menu. The manager sized up the three

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My first real job was at a farm and garden store. I grew up in the Northeast Kingdom, and it was in Newport. I was working in the warehouse and garden area of the Agway. It was actually not a bad job. It was my first time dealing with all sorts of people. I remember it being a lot harder than I expected. I wasn’t used to moving around 50-pound bags of grain. I think I made maybe $5 an hour, which I thought was good. I did it during my school breaks and all summer long for five years. I’m sure it’s going to be different for my son. It’s still going to be learning how to deal with all sorts of people, having a boss, having to be on time, to be responsible. I think that’s not going to change. It might be different in how it’s executed. He may not be lifting big bags of grain; he may be doing something a little more technical, something more with computers. But the basic aspects of it will still be the same. Which is why I would encourage him whenever he feels ready to start getting a job.

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My first job was as a book packer. A neighbor down the street had an operation where he got remainder books and would send them down to regular buyers, like libraries. He would store them in his barn, and when the order came in, my brother and other kids around, we’d all pack them. I remember I really liked the idea that I could make money. That was quite empowering. My kids both have things happening this summer. My daughter just started working at Windswept Farm. She’s a nutter for the horses. Gonzo’s, an indoor golf place, wants my son to take kids around on a golf cart. Steve Gonzolvez, who runs Gonzo’s Indoor Golf, also runs a junior golf clinic in the summer. He’s just asked my son to help him out. Because kids are swinging clubs around each other, he needs help keeping them safe. It’s nice to see that he would trust Forrest. I think Forrest likes the idea of working with kids — which he’s always been great with — but also in getting in some free rounds of golf over the summer. Beats packing books! I can’t say that we’ve instilled business sense in the kids, per se. But they’ve had a front-row seat on our growing a small, mom-and-pop business over the past 10 years. It’s not a 9-to-5 kind of job. It takes a lot of our weekends. My wife Anne and I never liked leaving the kids alone, so we’ve packed them up to go to the office, and they’ve earned some jingle if they help us out. I guess we’ve tried to keep a sense of responsibility in the mix. 


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Many aspiring young Vermont On stage at COlChester’s composers like Ben get guidance elley-lOng MusiC Center, four and support from Music-COMP, a professional musicians with shiny group formerly called the Vermont brass instruments face eighth grader MIDI Project, which provides online Ben Hunt and his Edmunds Middle mentoring to students in school music School music teacher, Betsy Nolan. programs. Using software such as Ben is about to hear his composition Sibelius or Noteflight, kids as young “Fanfare of the Zombies” performed as 9 or 10 can get those snippets of for the first time. The tuba starts, soft and low, then the song out of their heads and onto the computer screen. Students work with music grows in waves as two trumpets Music-Comp mentors for six to eight join in. There’s a mournful trombone weeks, composing and revising. From solo before the opening theme returns, their work, Musicthis time stated thunComp selects about derously by all four two dozen pieces instruments. You to be performed by can hear, and almost professional players see, the undead in concerts held marching through twice a year. the hall, trailing their Ben caught the rotten limbs. It’s a composition bug modern-day “Danse Ben hunt several years ago. Macabre.” He has now written When the music about 10 pieces, often inspired by stops, there’s a pause. “Does it sound noodling on his bass clarinet. better than the Sibelius file?” asks “Fanfare of the Zombies” started trumpet player Chris Rivers. “Yeah,” with a simple idea to compose Ben replies with a satisfied grin. something in a minor key. “I’ll play They’re talking not about Jean something by accident and think, Hey, Sibelius, the late-Romantic, Finnish that sounds cool.” composer — but about a computer Music educators consider composoftware program that helps translate sition to be a key component of music musical ideas into the language of literacy, but it can be hard to teach and standard musical notation.

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How do parents teach their kids about money, income and inequality? BY KEN PICARD



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arents assume that the hardest questions they will face from their children will be about life’s great mysteries. But, there are practical questions that they might find more difficult to answer, such as: Are we poor? Or, Are we in the one percent? In fact, several recent studies have come to the same conclusion: Most parents today say they would rather discuss drugs, religion, death — even sex — with their kids than broach the touchy topic of money. In these troubled financial times, discussions of wealth and economic inequality are sure to come up. Children are perceptive, and from an early age, they notice differences among their peers, including socio-economic ones. Answering questions about income may be even more awkward when families are struggling to make ends meet or are suddenly afflicted by money troubles brought on by divorce, layoff, eviction or natural disaster. Last year’s Tropical Storm Irene destabilized countless families and their finances. As Don Peck observed in his book, Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It, earlier generations of Americans tended to live in communities that were more economically diverse than they are today. While this characterization may apply less to rural Vermont than other areas, Peck warns that as we segregate ourselves by socioeconomic status, we begin to lose our ability to identify and empathize with others less fortunate than ourselves. In these times, how can parents impress upon their children the importance of financial planning and a healthy awareness of economic injustice?

For many children, the first lesson in microeconomics comes in the form of a piggy bank. John Pelletier, director of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College in Burlington, says that a coin repository is a great way to start teaching children one of life’s most important financial lessons: the value of saving.

some are naturally inclined to squirrel away their funds, while others prefer to “live for the day” and spend as though there were no tomorrow. Differing money personalities can also teach children about wealth inequality. Children learn another valuable lesson in wealth and income when they start to earn their allowance — and Pelletier emphasizes the word “earn.” “I think an allowance is fine as long as there’s actual work attached to it,” he says. Children shouldn’t view an allowance as a right or entitlement. Instead, he suggests it should convey the message that if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Finally, Pelletier believes it’s important to teach kids the value of setting money aside to “give back” to the community, be it a house of worship, community fundraiser, food shelf or other local charity. Pelletier, who lives in Stowe and previously worked in the

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is driven by mere curiosity. Other times, it’s a red flag. “I believe that saving is like a muscle that a lot of us don’t want to exercise,” Pelletier says. And, like muscle memory, the earlier it begins, the more likely the behavior will become ingrained as a lifelong habit. When children begin at age 3, 4 or 5 to set aside money for something they want, he says, it teaches them how to develop “saving goals” for the future. This becomes particularly important when children are teenagers and peer pressure to conform and seek instant gratification is more intense. Pelletier, who’s the father of three boys, even set up a “Bank of Dad,” which pays his kids 5 percent interest, in order to teach them the concept of compound interest. Pelletier soon discovered that kids naturally develop their own “money personality.” That is,






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asset-management field in Boston, says it was very important to him and his wife that they instill in their kids a sense of compassion for those less affluent than they are. “One way to make them understand how lucky they are is to put them in circumstances helping people who aren’t so fortunate,” he says. “It’s very visceral when you see it up close and personal, and you can’t help but be grateful for what you have.” Better yet: go along, according to South Burlington psychotherapist Joyce Hagan. The way parents speak of and interact with poor people will make a much greater impression when children are trying to understand why some people are comfortable and others struggle. “Their action speaks louder than words,” Hagan says.


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when, in fact, the kids are totally oblivious to it. Hagan points out that even children who aren’t living in a shelter or trying to cope with financial hardship will occasionally express apprehension or concern about their family’s economic well-being. Sometimes, the question “Are we poor?” is driven by mere curiosity. Other times, it’s a red flag about deeper-seated anxieties about the future. Hagan recommends that parents try first to identify the source of the question by asking, “Why are you wondering?” Or, “What made you think about this issue?” Sometimes, a child’s question is sparked by an experience at school, such as learning that a friend’s parent lost a job, or seeing a classmate teased for being poor. In such cases, she recommends explaining to a child that you feel secure in your employment —

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assuming that’s true, of course — and are prepared to deal with problems should they arise. Regardless of the catalyst of such questions, Hagan recommends that parents offer a simple answer first and see if it suffices before launching into a more detailed explanation. She cites the old joke about the boy who asks his father, “Daddy, where did I come from?” Startled and unprepared, the father sweats out a long and tortuous explanation about the birds and the bees. Afterwards, the boy sits silently for a long time. Finally, the father asks his son, “So what made you ask that question?” “Well,” the boy replies, “my friend told me he came from Chicago.” K

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lost their homes, she sees many parents who are under tremendous financial stress. And answering questions about income and wealth is especially challenging when their kids call the shelter home. For previous generations, Markley notes, a job meant financial selfsufficiency. But today, some homeless children see both parents work all day — only to return to a shelter. As a result, they may question the value of work and education. In fact, some of the hardest questions Markley hears, especially from young children, are, “Will it always be this way? Will we have a chance to be the family that gets to go to the movies or have vacations?’” How does Markley reassure kids who are living through economic distress? “We say, ‘Homelessness isn’t who you are. It’s a short, tough time, and there are a lot of people in the country right now who are struggling. But you’ll get through it. And, it’s not your fault,’” she says. “The worst thing for

n any given day, the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington serves about 250 kids from low-income families at its three Chittenden County locations. About half are children of color; one in five is a new arrival to the United States. About six years ago, the nonprofit launched a program to teach sixth graders about financial literacy and the importance of an education to get ahead in life and break the cycle of poverty. But after five years, executive director Mary Alice McKenzie and her staff made a startling discovery: Sixth grade is too late to start the process. If kids don’t acquire certain basic skills by the time they reach middle school, she says, they “check out and, in our experience, it’s almost impossible to get them back on an enthusiastic track” in school. Even those who managed to graduate “had a diploma, but they didn’t have the basic skills” to work a job or succeed in college. So the Boys & Girls Club started teaching basic financial literacy — including reading , writing, math and career aspiration — starting in kindergarten, as soon as they start coming to the Boys & Girls Club. “We have to start talking to our kids about their futures as early as we can,” McKenzie says. Rita Markley, executive director of the Committee on Temporary Shelter in Burlington, sees many of the same kids. In her work with individuals and families who have

a child is for them to internalize the blame.” Hagan agrees, based on her experience with patients, mostly parents and children, from a wide range of incomes and backgrounds. Much of her work involves treating people who suffer from anxiety, depression and other stress-related disorders, all of which, she notes, are “fairly epidemic” right now. “The adults are more stressed, so the kids are more stressed,” she says. “And certainly, economics are a huge part of it for a lot of people.” As Hagan explains, the age at which children first become conscious of money and family finances can vary greatly from family to family, even from child to child within the same



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eading, writing, arithmetic … and money management? Financial-literacy programs are popping up all over, to school kids on saving, spending and investing wisely. But some eager young entrepreneurs don’t need professional help — they’re figuring out money matters on their own. We found several local “biz kids” — between 8 and 18 years old — who are turning their hobbies and skills into fledgling business ventures. Some of them spend what they earn; others give most of their profits to charity. We asked them about their moneymaking endeavors; to explain what they do and why, and what they’ve learned along the way. We’ve distilled their answers into mini-profiles that reveal some of the practical lessons they’ve learned on the job. Parental influence varies. Charles Hulse, whose son Eli creates and sells his own iPhone apps, admits that he’s mostly sitting back and watching his son make his own way. “I don’t really have a lot of business experience,” he says. “I’m learning from him.”



area. The Shelburne Supermarket is a hot spot, says Alex.

• The soft sell works. Alex says being aggressive is not her style. She prefers to wait until people seem interested, then explain her products.


• Giveaways = free advertising. The girls give some of their hair ties away, hoping to spur sales. Alex notes that one of her friends “helps advertise because she wears them a lot.”


• Communicating with customers is key. “It is scary to talk to somebody,” says Alex, “but you kind of have to do it.”

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lec Distler loves pretzels. He grew up eating bite-sized bits of broken-up sourdough pretzels baked with spices, as per his grandmother’s recipe. The secret ingredient? Cayenne pepper. In his last year at Williston Central School, Alec had to complete the school’s traditional eighth- grade challenge — a kind of capstone project. He chose to pursue entrepreneurship and started his own business, baking and packaging his grandma’s spicy pretzels. Distler says he brought an initial 50 bags of Alec’s Spicy Pretzels to CVU’s cafeteria thinking, I wonder how long it’s going to take to sell them. The next day, Alec got a call — the school wanted another 100 bags. By that Christmas, in 2008, he was selling about 900 bags per week. Three and a half years later, Alec’s pretzels are available in local stores, including Sam Mazza’s, Burlington Bay Market & Café and Shelburne Supermarket. They are, as the packages claim, “addicting.” A few things have changed as the company has grown. There are now five flavors — ranch, maple, spicy, x-tra spicy and fiery. And the baking and bagging processes have been outsourced. The Distlers also recently ALEC’S INSIGHTS: Alec Distler changed the • If your idea takes off, go company name AGE 16 with it. “I didn’t really from Alec’s Spicy HOMETOWN expect this to become Pretzels after Williston the long-term thing coming across a that it has become,” says SCHOOL similar-sounding Alec, who never guessed Champlain Valley Union California comHigh School that his school project pany. The new would turn into the BUSINESS VENTURE name, Distler’s: family business. But the Distler’s: Pretzels With Pretzels With Distlers have embraced a Kick — he makes spicy a Kick, reflects pretzel snacks. the opportunity, and it’s the fact that the paying off. business isn’t just • The business owns the Alec’s enterprise — his mother and sisters business owner. Increased help out a lot, too. demand for your product No one’s getting rich — yet. “People think, is great, but if you’re the because I have a business, I have lots of owner, you have to do money,” Alec says. Truth be told, while he more work to meet the draws an hourly paycheck, most of the profits demand. Sometimes that are reinvested in the company, and 10 percent means spending all of goes to charity. your free time breaking There are some sweet perks, though. Alec apart sourdough pretzels. gets to attend food trade shows, where he meets people from around the world. And • It can’t just be about the Alec’s mom, Lynn Distler, says the family has money. “It takes a couple enjoyed the together-time the pretzel-making of years to start making process required — often 10 to 15 hours a money,” Alec advises. “You’ve got to do someweek in a commercial kitchen, breaking thing that you like to do.” pretzels and dancing to the radio.

hen they were in kindergarten, Alex and Isabelle — and their respective moms — came up with a craft project to make a little extra cash. They started making hair ties, bows and bands for family and friends. Positive reactions led to table sales at craft fairs and relationships with local stores. Their product proved so popular that the moms, Deborah Morris and Alexis Mittelstadt, made a grown-up business out of it. Named Alex & Isabelle after their daughters, the mom-led company makes hair ties that are more complex than the ones they created with their girls. Customers buy them on the web and at stores such Isabean, Ecco Alex Morris and Mirror Mirror. and Isabelle Meanwhile, the girls have been doing their own thing, and selling the Mittelstadt products at local events. Dubbed Hold AGES Both are 10 Your Horses, their company uses the HOMETOWNS tagline “ponytails with a purpose” — a Shelburne and Charlotte, reminder that the two girls give a large respectively portion of their profits to charity. SCHOOLS The moms felt strongly about the Shelburne Community School donation requirement, which at first and Charlotte Central School was hard for Alex and Isabelle to BUSINESS VENTURE accept. But the girls have gotten into Hold Your Horses — they make it, says Alexis Mittelstadt. For examheadbands and hair ties. ple, they donated to Spring Hill Horse Rescue in Clarendon after getting a letter about an influx of new horses there with special needs. And when the Connor B. Turnbaugh Foundation put out a call to help families of children with cancer, the girls dyed a batch of hair ties and set up a sale. They don’t give away all of their profits, though. Isabelle is a saver and has been socking most of her earnings away. Alex is getting better about putting money away, too. They’ve both used Hold Your Horses as an opportunity to polish their math skills. Deborah Morris says the girls have grown independent enough that she can sit back and read a book during a sale. ALEX’S INSIGHTS: How long will they continue in business? • Don’t forget the three Alex says she hopes to have a day job someLs: location, location, day. “When I’m older, I want to work with location. It’s best to set horses,” she says. “For now, this is a great job.” up shop in a high-traffic

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NORA’S INSIGHTS: ome kids need a little encouragement to sell cookies or popcorn during school fundraisers. Not Nora Bartlett. The outgoing 8-year-old is unafraid • Don’t be shy. “I’m not exactly shy, to knock on doors and has already mastered “the ask.” but I can be sometimes,” Nora Nora makes bookmarks and finger-knitted scarves that she sells to nearby says. “I’ve learned not to be.” neighbors. She also does household chores, such • Expect that your customas folding laundry for pay, and has organized ers will want to buy. Nora Nora Bartlett classmates into fundraising collaboratives. Last believes in her causes and year she brought together a group of schoolmates AGE 8 assumes that people she for monthly meetings and tasked them with HOMETOWN approaches will see the fundraising duties that she thought would appeal Burlington value in her products to them — artfully decorating mailing envelopes, SCHOOL and her goal. She for instance. Champlain simply expects that Nora gives most of her own hard-earned money Elementary School they’ll want to buy. away, mainly to environmental organizations such “It works,” quips BUSINESS VENTURE as the World Wildlife Fund. “I feel like there are She sells handmade items. Kitty. people that need it more than I do,” she says. “To tell you the truth, I never really buy anything.” She • Cash is king. Nora prefers adds, “I know I’m going to be a saver. I can buy a house with it when I grow up.” to donate cash, rather Her mom, Kitty Bartlett, is the annual giving coordinator for the Lund Family than products, to her Center. Kitty admits that dinner table talk might have influenced Nora’s philancharities of choice. “I thropy. But Kitty, a self-described spendthrift, can’t take credit for Nora’s miserly think that with some money, you can pretty tendencies. Her mom recalls a time when Nora spent $5 on a wind-up butterfly much do what you — only to decide she wanted to return it and get that exact $5 bill back into her need,” she says. “If you pocket. give people canned food… “I love her buyer’s remorse,” Kitty says.



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hen Greg Potter was in third grade, he wanted to lend his books to his friends and keep track of who borrowed them. So he wrote a software program that managed his lending library. Since then, he’s taken on projects such as creating school websites, fixing computers, and selling visual effects templates for animated graphics. He currently sells his code segments and web video work to clients through sites such as AudioJungle and VideoHive. A year ago, Greg’s freelance portfolio helped him land a part-time job at Dealer. com, developing the web applications used by car dealers to manage their businesses. Next fall, he heads to Lehigh University to study computer science. Greg says the thing he likes most about his job at is talking to other developers; it’s the first time he’s worked with people who understand and share his passion. He also loves to see his programming put to use at dealerships across the country. In fact, he enjoys it so much that he works at Dealer after school and on breaks during what he calls his “Dealer-cations.” He comes by his interest in technology genetically; his dad, David Potter, is the cofounder and former co-owner of South Burlington-based software company Greg Potter Data Innovations. David remembers how his AGE 18 own father pushed him toward semi-conductor engineering when he wasn’t sure what HOMETOWN he wanted to do. He doesn’t want to pressure Richmond Greg in the same way. That’s why he supports SCHOOL all of Greg’s computer projects, no matter Mount Mansfield Union what they are. He’s glad his son is experimentHigh School ing before he goes off to school. BUSINESS VENTURE “The single thing I really try to hammer He develops animated graphics and web videos home with all the kids,” says David, “is to be as a freelancer and is a passionate and happy about what you do. If part-time web developer you really love your work, whatever it is, you at will find the success you need.”

GREG’S INSIGHTS: • Find problems and solve them. Greg says the problem-solving skills he used to write his lending library program are the ones he’s still using today. Tackling that project gave him a chance to experiment and figure out what worked and what didn’t. It was great training for what he’s doing now. • Hard work can be fun. “Making money doing what I love is awesome,” he says. • Reinvest your profits. Greg spends the money he makes on things that will help make him more money, i.e. books, computer components and software. • Even if you have a job, you should still consider college. “I want to study artificial intelligence and computing,” he explains. “I don’t know enough about that topic; it’s beyond what I’m doing now.”

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ant to start teaching your kids about money? Many public and private organizations offer free or low-cost classes and workshops. Here’s a short list to help you get started.




Info, 877-242-8550, The Jump$tart Coalition is a national nonprofit devoted to improving kids’ personal financial literacy through advocacy, research and providing educational resources. The Vermont group maintains a local speakers bureau and holds an annual Common Sense Conference for educators. The 2012 conference took place in March.

Info, 828-3706, financial-literacy

Reading is an Investment: This program encourages students to read about financial literacy. The more titles they log, the more likely they are to win a $250 college savings account. Vermont Reserve Cup: This annual gameshow-style tournament encourages high school students to think about economics. This year’s event is May 4; teams must sign up by April 2.

Info, 860-1417, MicroBusiness/Microbusiness.html, The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Financial Futures Program provides free education and training for low- to moderate-income Vermonters who need help organizing their finances or want to start a business. Free classes include: Spend Smart: This three-session class is for people in households with limited income. Keys to Credit: This two-session class goes into detail about the important and often confusing world of credit. Creating a Financial Future: This twosession class covers IRA account basics, how to start building household savings, how to create an emergency fund, how to enhance your savings, and much more.

VERMONT HIGHER EDUCATION INVESTMENT PLAN Info, 1-800-637-5860, Administered by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, this site includes information about 529 college savings plans, a calculator to figure out how much you’ll need, webcasts, hotlines and other resources targeting people saving for college.

VERMONT BAR ASSOCIATION Info, 223-2020, The association offers free legal and educational resources, including a publication that describes how to protect financial resources as you grow older: Taking Charge: Plan Now for Future Financial Control.


Find more resources at


How to Raise a Money Smart Child — A Parent’s Guide: This booklet, created in partnership with the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition and People’s United Bank, is distributed by 57 schools throughout Vermont. There’s also a related series of free parent workshops, including one on April 3 in Barre. See the calendar spotlight on page 38.

This new partnership between Champlain College, National Life Group and several financial institutions advocates for more financial education opportunities at the local, state and national levels. It offers programs for Vermont students and adults, including a public policy summit, a summer teachers institute, and a credit score workshop for students.

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The state treasurer’s office is a clearinghouse of financial literacy information. In addition to an annual poster contest for kids, which concluded in March, the office partners with the VT Jump$tart Coalition to conduct personal finance workshops for teachers. Here are three of the VST’s programs:

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li Hulse wasn’t always a techie kid. His parents, who are both doctors, homeschooled him until eighth grade. They shielded him from media and technology; the family didn’t get a television set until Eli was 10. When he was 11, he started playing chess on his family’s desktop PC and wondered how the computer ELI’S INSIGHTS: came up with the moves it used • Act the part. Eli’s email signature against him. “I thought that was, identifies him as the CEO of Elis like, really cool,” he says. To satisfy Studios. his curiosity, he taught himself the Visual Basic language and wrote • Keep your personal and business some primitive programs. He finances separate. Eli notes that if wanted his own computer, so that you mix profits with allowance or summer, he earned money to buy birthday money, you’ll never know one by making bagels and selling how much you’re making. them at the South Hero farmers market. • Not moving enough units? Try a loss When leader. In February, Eli released a Eli discovEli Hulse free version of his Color Splasher ered the app, to stimulate downloads. It’s AGE 14 Apple App working — more than 400 people HOMETOWN Store, he have downloaded it since the beginSouth Hero realized ning of February. He says he hopes he could SCHOOL it’ll draw attention to his other ofwrite Vermont Commons ferings: “They’ll say, ‘Oh look, there’s School programs this other really cool app called iTap, for mobile BUSINESS VENTURE and I could download that, too.’” Eli devices, Elis Studios — he also makes money off of advertising and get creates iPhone apps. that’s embedded in the free version. people to buy those • Know your audience. Eli’s apps instead. He bought a book, Starting appeal to people like him — teenagan iPhone Application Business for ers searching for stuff to do. His Dummies, and got his parents to output consists of a doodling app, help him register Elis Studios with three games and Safety Light, which the App Store for $99. He launched turns the iPhone into a beacon that his first app, a drawing application flashes white and red; it’s designed called Color Splasher, in 2010. He’s to make bikers and skateboarders added four more since then. visible to cars in the dark. His next Eli sells all of his apps for 99 project? An app that can organize cents each. He estimates he’s made and save his friends’ one-liners in a about $250 so far — enough to pay database. “I don’t know if it’ll work or the yearly fee to keep his products not,” he admits, “but that would be in the App Store. In the short term, really fun.” he explains, he just wants to cover his costs; he sees his apps as an investment in his future. “I really hope it will help me when I’m trying to go to college,” he says. His mom, Molly Rideout, speculates that being homeschooled gave Eli the flexibility to pursue his interests and brought him into contact with supportive adults who encouraged him. “He tends to get really intensely involved in certain things,” she observes. “It’s pretty impressive.” 



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Awwww-some Event Cuteness counts at the Billlings Farm & Museum’s BABY ANIMAL DAY. Kids — of the human variety — cosy up with newborn calves, lambs, chicks, ducklings and goslings while learning about their care, diet and growth from experienced farming interpreters. Horse-drawn wagons provide the big picture, ferrying visitors around the 250-acre working dairy farm to see the cows, horses and oxen. Or you can stay inside to craft pom-pom chicks and lamb handprints. As a parting gift, the museum provides an heirloom seed in a paper cup. And, of course, they help you plant it.




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Firehouse Pancake Breakfast: Firefighters fix a full spread of morning eats for community members. After filling their bellies, kids climb on the shiny red trucks and make the horns blow. All ages. Williston Fire Department, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8 adults; $6 seniors; $5 kids; free for children under 2. Info, 878-5622.

Health & Fitness

Family Gym: Indoor playground equipment provides active fun for kids and their parents. Ages 7 and under. YMCA, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free for members; $5-8 family. Info, 862-8993.

Nature & Science

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.



Arts for Tots: Young ones and their caregivers find creative outlets in music, movement, free play and an art project. Ages 18 months-4. Purple Crayon Productions, Woodstock, 10-11 a.m. $10 adult/child pair.

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.


Kids in the Kitchen: Banana Pancakes: Little chefs whip up tall stacks of a breakfast favorite with an added tropical fruit. Fresh-made butter and maple syrup for topping complete the meal. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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Toddler Art Tuesdays: Wee ones get creative, and messy, with mixed media followed by outdoor play and a snack. Ages 2-4 with caregiver. Preregister. Center School Learning Community. Plainfield, 9:30-11 a.m. $10 class; $30 session. Info, 454-1947.


Money Smart Workshop: See Spotlight, page 38.

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. Music With Robert: Families sing along with a local legend. All ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Baby & Maternity

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.


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.


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. Kids in the Kitchen: Pho Noodle Soup: Vietnamese noodle soup gets the approval of young cooks who make the broth from scratch. Participants bring home the extras for dinner. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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.

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‘Play Again’: Families gather for a documentary film featuring six teenagers who unplug from technology and embark on their first wilderness adventure. Orchard Valley Waldorf School Main Campus. Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 456-7400.



After School Art Room: Kids get creative in a well-stocked studio. Ages 6-10. ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, 3-5 p.m. $15. Info, 457-3500. Art Exploration for Preschoolers: Tots express themselves through music, movement, stories and creation stations with mixed media. Ages 3-5. Purple Crayon Productions, Woodstock, 3-5 p.m. $15 child. Info, 457-3500.


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. 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.


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.


Little Chefs: Wee ones learn to make a beloved snack: pizza. Ages 3-5 accompanied by an adult. Preregister. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. $28-38 child. Info, 864-0123. 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.

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.

Safe Routes to School Training: This workshop teaches adults how to share pedestrian and bicycle safety with kids. Attendees receive instructional materials to share with students. Preregister. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-5799.

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Health & Fitness

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.


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.

Health & Fitness

Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2. 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.

Library & Books

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, 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.

Afternoon Hoops: 2:30-3:45 p.m. See April 4. Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1. Kids Open Gymnastics: 10-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

Library & Books

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.



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. Flowery Craft: Celebrate springtime by painting a wooden tulip or sunflower to take home. All ages. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $3. Info, 862-0646. 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.

Baby & Maternity

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. 7 SATURDAY, P. 38


Martial Arts Class Trial: 4 p.m. See April 2.

Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature: Parents of little ones gather for education on the use of literature to enrich kids’ curiosity about the natural world. Each family recieves an activity guide and six picture books to get started at home. Participants should attend all four workshops. Adults only. Preregister. Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.



Ilsley Detectives’ Club: Youth sleuths investigate Sherlock Holmes, play secret-agent games and craft original mysteries. Grades 5-6. Preregister. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.


LEGO Afternoons: Youngsters create freely from big buckets of building blocks. Parents encouraged to send a snack; popcorn provided. Ages 6 and up. Lincoln Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2665.

Shelburne Magic Club: Fantasy-card-game lovers play and share tips. Grades 5-8. Pierson Library, Shelburne, first Thursday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 985-5124.

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Martial Arts Class Trial: Young martial artists try Aikido on for size. Ages 5-6 and 7-12. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900.


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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.

Pokemon Invasion: Fans of the popular Japanese card game bring their decks and gather for trading and battles. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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.


Baby Animal Day: See Spotlight, page 36. Easter Egg Hunts: See page 41 for list of egg hunts. RU12? Family Program: Local non-profit working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning Vermonters seeks ideas for reinvigorating regular family events. Bent Northrup Memorial Library, Fairfield, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

Fairs & Festivals

Birthday Bash: Celebrating all birthdays, this party boats a bounce house, tumbling area, infant-specific play space, crafts, and snacks. BFA Fairfax, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 782-6332.


Maple Day: The Vermont Maple Mobile Sugarhouse hands out the sweet stuff drizzled over snow and in cotton-candy form. City Market, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9757;

Health & Fitness

Martial Arts Class Trial: 9 a.m. See April 2. Vermont Athletics Youth Lacrosse Day: Fans of this game with Native American roots watch a UVM match. Kids get in free by emailing Bring your stick for some post-game pass and catch with the team. UVM Virtue Field, Burlington. 1 p.m.

Nature & Science

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. It’s a Worm’s World: Vermicomposters squirm under the watchful eyes of young gardeners as kids learn about decomposition and get tips on making their own worm bins. Preregister. Gardener’s Supply, Williston, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 658-2433. Turtle Discovery: Young naturalists learn about shelled natives and help feed those that reside in the museum. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. 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.



Arts for Tots: 10-11 a.m. See April 2.

Baby & Maternity

Baby Yoga: 10:45-11:30 a.m. See April 2. Breast-feeding Class: Expectant mothers learn the basics for successful nursing. Participants receive additional support postpartum. Preregister. Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 527-7531. Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: 5:30-7 p.m. See April 2. Yoga After Baby: 11 a.m.-noon. See April 2.

Health & Fitness

Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2.

Library & Books

Books and Beyond: Children’s literature and hands-on activities combine for fun science learning and exploration. Ages 3-5 and their parent or caregiver. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:15-11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Ilsley Detectives’ Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. See April 2.



Toddler Art Tuesdays: See April 3.


New Beginnings Support Group: Parents gather to celebrate the joys, accomplishments, and challenges of raising young children that have an autism spectrum diagnosis. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-0423.


Kids in the Kitchen: Omelets: Culinary kiddos whip and mix then fill and flip the perfect morning meal. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.


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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.

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’: Movie buffs take in this stop-motion animated film starring George Clooney and Meryl Streep. All ages. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, 7 p.m. $5-7.

Health & Fitness

Mother Goose Meets Mother Nature: 6-8 p.m. See April 4. Music With Robert: 11-11:30 a.m. See April 3.

Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1.


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About Air: Kids create mini-parachutes to learn how air resistance slows down falling objects.

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breast-feeding support group. Lending library available. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, second Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228.


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.


Social Thinking: See April 4. Vermont Family Network Conference: Parents and professionals assemble for a day featuring 10 different workshops on caring for children with special needs. The film “Who Cares About Kelsey?” premieres. Preregister. Hilton Burlington, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $75-90 person. Info, 876-5315, ext. 217.

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Cookie Decorating: 10:30-11:30 a.m. See April 4. Kids Cook Up Stories: 10 a.m. See April 4. Kids in the Kitchen: Tortellini Salad: Professional chefs share pasta tricks of the trade with burgeoning cooks. Homemade dressing and fresh chopped veggies finish the healthy dish. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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Afternoon Hoops: 2:30-3:45 p.m. See April 4. Kids Open Gymnastics: 10-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

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Afternoon Hoops: 2:30-3:45 p.m. See April 4. Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1. Kids Open Gymnastics: 10-11:30 a.m. See April 4. 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.

Library & Books

After School Movie: 3 p.m. See April 6. Songs and Stories with Matthew: Tales and tunes delight a mid-morning crowd. All ages. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, Every other Friday, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

LEGO Afternoons: 3:30-4:30 p.m. See April 4.





After School Art Room: 3-5 p.m. See April 5. Art Exploration for Preschoolers: 3-5 p.m. See April 5. Pollywog Drop-in Art: 9:30-11:30 a.m. See April 5.


Guiding-Eye Puppies: Canine lovers meet and greet soon-to-be guide dogs and learn about raising one for the benefit of a visually impaired person. All ages. Preregister. Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, South Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 845-661-1014. Mom’s Matinee: 10:30 a.m. See April 5.


Windows on Waldorf: Prospective students and thier families tour the grade school. Student work showcases the core curriculum. Preregister. Orchard Valley Waldorf School Main Campus, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 456-7400.

Health & Fitness

Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2. Stroller Gathering: 9:30 a.m. See April 5.

Library & Books

Highgate Youth Advisory: 3-4:45 p.m. See April 5. 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.

Nature & Science

13 FRIDAY Family Clay Drop-in: 5:30-7:30 p.m. See April 6. Preschool Clay Drop-in: 9:30-11:30 a.m. See April 6.


Burlington Indoor Farmers Market: Farmers and artists peddle their goods. Face painting, music and hands-on activities make the experience fun for kids, too. On April 28th, pint-sized folks make frozen yogurt by hand. Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, Every other Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172. Chess Championship: Competitors face off in a state-wide bout. Grades K-12. Berlin Elementary School, 9 a.m. $12 in advance; $20 at the door. Info, 223-1948. Magic Show: A slight of hand master wows a family crowd. Fairfax Middle School, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332. “Sibshops”: Siblings of kids with special needs connect for playtime. Ages 7-12. Preregister. Howard Center McClure Gymnasium, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 1-800-800-4005 , ext. 217. Vermont Has Talent: Locals from 5 to 24 years old show off their musical talents and compete for big prizes. Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-8487.


Cupcake Creations: Amateur bakers frost cute confections with professional instruction. Ages 6-12. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $17 child. Info, 864-0123.

Health & Fitness

Otter Creek Mud Run: Little legs pick up the pace to support the Otter Creek Child Center. All ages. Otter Creek Child Center, Middlebury, 8:30 a.m. $8 child; $15 student; $25 adult; $30 race day registration. Info, 388-9688. Postnatal Yoga: 10:45-11:45 a.m. See April 7. Prenatal Yoga: 9-10:30 a.m. See April 7.

Nature & Science

Egg Drop Challenge: Careful experimenters protect delicately shelled ovums in customdesigned capsules and test their creations with an 18-foot plunge. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 12-2 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

Behind the Curtain Everything that happens before the concert is what determines how an orchestra sounds on stage. That’s why it’s cool to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA during a rehearsal-setting open house. You can learn about the organization’s rich history — and concertizing alumni — while observing the young players preparing their spring repertoire. Anyone interested in auditioning — provided they’re between third and eighth grade— can get the inside scoop on the process. Stick around for a Q&A with light refreshments after. VYOA OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, April 15, Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 3-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-5030, Jake the Snake: Kids learn about the lives of reptiles while visiting with a full-grown boa constrictor. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Leaping Lambs and Shear Delights: Little lambs leap about while participants get a feel for wool; watch a sheep get sheared, wash the wool, and learn how to spin and felt. All ages. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $10-12 adult; $5-6 child. Info, 985-8686.



VYOA Spring Open House: See Spotlight, page 39.

Health & Fitness

Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1.

Nature & Science

Microscopic Investigations: Kiddos get an upclose look at everyday items using hand lenses and microscopes. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.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, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

Singing Frogs and Silent Salamanders: Budding naturalists discover who’s making all the springtime noise, and why, then try to return the calls. Ages 4 and older. Preregister. Audubon Vermont, Huntington, 1-3 p.m. $10-12 adult/ child pair; $4-5 additional child. Info, 434-3068.


Baby & Maternity

Baby Yoga: 10:45-11:30 a.m. See April 2. Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: 5:30-7 p.m. See April 2. Yoga After Baby: 11 a.m.-noon. See April 2.

Health & Fitness

Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2.

Library & Books

Early Literacy Workshop: In this three-week series parents of preschool-aged children learn to teach their kids early reading skills. Dinner, childcare and books are included for participants. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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Parent-Child Sign Language: 10 a.m. See April 6.

Saturday Drama Club: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See April 7.



Grass Folk Craft: Crafters fabricate dolls from pasturage. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

APRIL 2012


Family Art Drop-in: 1-3 p.m. See April 7.


Science Magic: Kids use trickery and everyday household items to wow their audience. Grades 3 and up. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.





Story Times SUNDAY Burlington Sunday Stories: Ohavi Zedek Hebrew School, Burlington, April 1, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-0218. 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. 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.


Fairfax Preschool Story Time: Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 242-9000. Grand Isle PJ Story Time: Grand Isle Free Library, first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Stowe Preschool Story Hour: Every other Thursday, See Wednesday. Vergennes Story Time: Bixby Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2211.

Reading With Frosty & Friends: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Westford Story Time: Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Monday.

Richmond Story Time: Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.

FRIDAY Enosburg Story Hour: Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2328.

Shelburne Story Time With Webby: Shelburne Museum, 10:30-11 a.m. Free with admission. Info, 985-3346. South Burlington Tiny Tot Time: South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. Williston Story Hour: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Info, 878-4918.


Essex Toddler Story Time: Brownell Library, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

St. Albans Story Time: See Monday.

Montpelier Story Time: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-4665.

Barre Children’s Story Hour: Aldrich Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550.

Essex Preschool Story Time: Brownell Library, Wednesdays, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

South Burlington Baby Story Time: South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080.

Milton Preschool Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

Woodstock Toddler Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

East Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Sara Partridge Community Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-7588.

Shelburne Story Time With Mary Catherine Jones: Pierson Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124.

Hinesburg Toddler Story Time: Carpenter-Carse Library, first Tuesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.

Alburgh Story Hour: Alburgh Community Education Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 796-6077.

East Barre Kids Story Hour: East Barre Branch Library, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118.


Hinesburg Preschool Story Time: Carpenter-Carse Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.

Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: 10-10:30 a.m. See Monday.

Colchester Toddler Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

Montgomery Story Hour: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, montgomery.

Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970.


Burlington Science & Stories: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 324-6386.


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 for details.

Essex Preschool Story Time: See Tuesday.

Essex Drop-in Story Time: Brownell Library, Every other Friday, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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. Williston Story Time at Buttered Noodles: See Monday.

Highgate Toddler and Preschool Story Time: 11:15 a.m. See Tuesday.


Jericho Preschool Story Time: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4962.

Bristol Preschool Story Time: Lawrence Memorial Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-2366.

Lyndonville Story Time: Cobleigh Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 626-5475.

Colchester Preschool Story Time: See Monday.

Middlebury Baby and Toddler Story Hour: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Fairfax PJ Story Time: Fairfax Community Library, April 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 782-6332.

Middlebury Stories With Shoopie and Lily: Ilsley Public Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Franklin Story Time: Haston Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6505.

Montpelier Story Time: 10:30 a.m. 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.

Jericho Evening Family Story Time: Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, April 5, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4962. Jericho Preschool Story Time: See Wednesday. Middlebury Preschool Story Hour: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

Georgia Preschool Story Time: Georgia Public Library, 9:30 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. Hinesburg Saturday Story Time: Brown Dog Books & Gifts, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-5189. South Burlington Saturday Story Time: Barnes & Noble, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. Woodstock Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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Graphic Novels 101: Comic book enthusiasts learn writing and illustrating tips and tricks. Preregister. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4962. Ilsley Detectives’ Club: 3:30-4:30 p.m. See April 2. Plate, Cup & Bowl: Clay and paint transforms into personalized dishes at the hands of young artists. St. Albans Free Library, through April 28. $10 piece. Info, 524-1507. Reading Takes You Places: Families partake in correlating stories and crafts. Grades K-5. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475.

Nature & Science

Magnetic Moments: Budding scientists experiment with electric currents. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. 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.


Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: 2:30-3:45 p.m. See April 4. Kids Open Gymnastics: 10-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

Library & Books

LEGO Afternoons: 3:30-4:30 p.m. See April 4. Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

Nature & Science

About Air: 3 p.m. See April 8. Optical Tops: Young scientists investigate visual changes resulting from rotational motion. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admisson. Info, 649-2200.


Egg Hunts Vermonters celebrate the popular Easter custom of seeking and collecting colorful eggs. We’ve found these hunts for you, but some may still be hiding. Check for updated listings.



Fairfax, Fairfax Community Park & Recreation Path, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 524-6393.


Pollywog Drop-in Art: 9:30-11:30 a.m. See April 5.


Guiding-Eye Puppies: 7-8:30 p.m. See April 12.

Milton, Bombardier Park, 10 a.m., Info, 893-4922 Montpelier, Hubbard Park, 10 a.m., Info, 229-5711

Health & Fitness


Stroller Gathering: 9:30 a.m. See April 5.


Kids in the Kitchen: Dog Treats: Animal lovers whip up cookies for their furry friends. Snacks for humans keep hungry bakers sated while creating. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569 , ext. 1.

Library & Books

Creative Tuesdays: 3-5 p.m. See April 3. Game Day: Bring your favorites or play on the library’s own collection of classic board games. All ages. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Music With Robert: 11-11:30 a.m. See April 3. Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

Hoopster Gliders: Kids create a craft that flies. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.


Social Thinking: See April 4.

Cookie Decorating: 10:30-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

Williston, Williston Central School, 9:30 a.m., Info, 865-2738

Parenting Book Discussion: Parents and caregivers ponder provocative rearing read, Nature Shock: New Thinking About Children. St. Albans Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.

Saturday Drama Club: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See April 7.

Baby & Maternity

Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

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, their first order. Diaper Days, Essex Jct. 2-3 p.m. $10. Info, 881-9451.

Shelburne Magic Club: third Thursday of every month, 6-8 p.m. See April 5.

Postnatal Yoga: 10:45-11:45 a.m. See April 7. Prenatal Yoga: 9-10:30 a.m. See April 7.

Nature & Science


Mirror, Mirror: 11 a.m. See April 15. Rockets: Young and old compress air to launch water rockets and learn the physics of it all. Preregister. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2-3:30 p.m. $25 family. 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. Spring Discovery: Subtle and spectacular signs of spring are studied by young scientists. Time is made for basking in the sun, collecting wildflowers and catching salamanders. Ages 3-5. Audubon Vermont, Huntington, 10-11 a.m. $8-10 adult/child pair; $4 additional child. Info, 434-3068.



Family Clay Drop-in: 5:30-7:30 p.m. See April 6. Preschool Clay Drop-in: 9:30-11:30 a.m. See April 6. 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.


Kids Night Out: Parents get a break while the younger crowd plays games, do crafts and snack. Grades K-5. Preregister. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $15. Info, 865-7091.


Parent-Child Sign Language: 10 a.m. See April 6.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: 2:30-3:45 p.m. See April 4. Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1. Kids Open Gymnastics: 10-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

Library & Books

After School Movie: 3 p.m. See April 6. Jiggity Jog: Kids let music move them via song, instrument and dance. Ages 2-5. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

Autism and Teddy Bears: Vermont Family Network and the Howard Center team up to educate the public about this increasingly common neural development disorder. Visitors can tour the factory, make a craft, hear a story, learn about autism and create an Autism Speaks VT Teddy Bear T-shirt. All ages. Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 tours; Free for children under 12. Info, 876-5315, ext. 212. Dance Party: Families come together to groove, sing and play. All ages. Fairfax Middle School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 782-6332.

Fairs & Festivals

Matsuri Festival: Families watch martial arts and Taiko drumming demonstrations in this festival of Japanese culture. Kids try their hands at origami and watch pint-sized samurais show off their skills. All ages. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $5 person. Info, 951-8900.

Health & Fitness

Vermont Athletics Youth Lacrosse Day: 3 p.m. See April 7.

Library & Books

Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16. 21 SATURDAY, P. 42


Kids Cook Up Stories: 10 a.m. See April 4.

Highgate Youth Advisory: 3-4:45 p.m. See April 5.

Waterbury, Green Mountain Club Visitor Center, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 244-7037

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.



Library & Books

Stowe, Stowe Elementary, 11:30 a.m., $5. Info, 253-6138

Family Art Drop-in: 1-3 p.m. See April 7.

APRIL 2012


Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2.

Earth Day Craft: Eco-conscious folks turn recycled materials into works of art. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $3. Info, 862-0646.


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.

Colchester, Bayside Park, 10 a.m. Info, 264-5640

Toddler Art Tuesdays: See April 3.

Color Mixing: Museum guests blend hues and observe the resulting changes. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200.

Oakledge Exploration: Kids and their caregivers explore the park through hikes and activities with Mo the Moose. Preregister. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 9:30-11 a.m. $12. Info, 862-8027.


St. Albans, Main St., 10 a.m. Info, 524-1500


Nature & Science

Barre, Rotary Park, 10 a.m. Info, 476-0256

South Burlington, Ascension Lutheran Church, 10 a.m., Info, 862-8866

Getting There: Life After High School: Parents and caregivers of at-risk teens gather to share concerns and receive support. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 8765315, ext. 209.

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.

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.

Mom’s Matinee: 10:30 a.m. See April 5.





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. 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. Middlebury Music & Movement: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4097. Morristown Hometown Playgroup: Morristown Graded Building, Morrisville, 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, Thursdays, 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. Hardwick Playgroup: Hardwick Elementary School, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. Middlebury Playgroup: Middlebury Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Milton Playgroup: New Life Fellowship Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1457. 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: 10 a.m.-noon. See Monday. Burlington Moving and Grooving: Fletcher Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Charlotte Playgroup: Charlotte Central School, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Free. Info, 764-5820.


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 for site- details.

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, 1011:30 a.m. $5 child, $3 additional child. Info, 888-1261.

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.

All About Fingerprints: Kids get up close and personal with their prints, exploring what makes them unique. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Exploring Binoculars: Ever wonder how binoculars work? In this workshop, curious kids deconstruct a pair and learn about optics. Ages 8-16. Preregister. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2:30 p.m. $10-15 adult/child pair. Info, 434-2167. In the Lab: Glaciers: Science-minded kids explore the nature of ice and make a model glacier. Ages 9 and up. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Mud Fest: Spring is ushered in with nine days of muddy activities and games. Daily live music by Vermont talent energizes the atmosphere. Echo Center, Burlington, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Museum admission. Info, 1-877-324-6386.

Shelburne Sing-along: Lemon Peel Café and Creperie, Shelburne, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-9511. Vergennes Playgroup: Congregational Church of Vergennes, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171.

Wings are the Things: Learn about the keys to flight in this workshop with live birds. Visitors make and take a themed craft, too. Preregister. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-12 adult; $5-6 child. Info, 985-8686.

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.

Health & Fitness

Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1.

Library & Books

Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.


Nature & Science

Burlington Family Play: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. See Tuesday.

Fossils: 3 p.m. See April 1. 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.

Essex Movin’ Moms: Move You Fitness Studio, first Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 734-0821.

Mud Fest: See April 21.


Fletcher Playgroup: Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 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.

Baby Yoga: 10:45-11:30 a.m. See April 2.

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. Williston Music With Raphael: See Monday. Winooski Playgroup: O’Brien Community Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422.

Arts for Tots: 10-11 a.m. See April 2.

Baby & Maternity

Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: 5:30-7 p.m. See April 2. Morrisville Open Gym: See Wednesday.

Yoga After Baby: 11 a.m.-noon. See April 2.

Shelburne Playgroup: Trinity Episcopal Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2382.

Health & Fitness

St. Albans MOPS: Church of the Rock, St. Albans, 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.

Colchester Music With Raphael: Burnham Memorial Library, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313.

FRIDAY Colchester Playgroup: See Wednesday.


Colchester Playgroup: Colchester Village Meeting House, Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5640.

Essex Center Playgroup: Memorial Hall, Essex Junction, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6751.

South Burlington Tots and Tykes Open Gym: Chamberlin School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4108.

Enosburg Playgroup: American Legion Enosburg, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 933-6435.

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Fairfax Playgroup: BFA Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2.

Library & Books

Movie Matinee: Kids catch a flick (title TBA) while snacking on popcorn and lemonade. All ages. St. Albans Free Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

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South Burlington Crafternoons: Kiddos drop in for artsy fun with a comic strip theme. Make cartoon-character thumbprints, moving storybooks and illustrations using dots. All ages. South Burlington Community Library, through April 27, 12-2 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080.



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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.

Mud Fest: See April 21.


Magnetic Moments: 3 p.m. See April 16. Straw Rockets: 11 a.m. See April 20.



Toddler Art Tuesdays: See April 3.

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Chittenden Families Together: Families rendezvous to talk housing and living options for adults with developmental disabilities. Preregister. Vermont Family Network, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 876-5315, ext. 215. Social Thinking: See April 4.


Creative Tuesdays: 3-5 p.m. See April 3.

Cookie Decorating: 10:30-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

Kids Cook Up Stories: 10 a.m. See April 4.

South Burlington Crafternoons: Through April 27, 12-2 p.m. See April 23.

Nature & Science

Bird Homes: Those fond of fowl craft dwellings for feathered friends. Preregister. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-3:30 p.m. $10-15 adult/child pair. Info, 434-2167. Hoopster Gliders: 3 p.m. See April 17. Kitchen Chemistry: 11 a.m. See April 1. Mud Fest: See April 21.

Health & Fitness

Afternoon Hoops: 2:30-3:45 p.m. See April 4. Kids Open Gymnastics: 10-11:30 a.m. See April 4.

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spring dance: Families boogie to music in celebration of spring. All ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7222. Teddy Bear Tea Party: Stuffed friends tag along for stories, creativity and delicate snacks. Preregister. St. Albans Free Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Vacation Book and craft: Schoolkids hear a story, create a mask and perform an inspired skit. Grades 2 and older. Preregister. Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, Jericho, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4962.

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About Air: 3 p.m. See April 8. mud Fest: See April 21. optical Tops: 11 a.m. See April 18.



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Kids in the Kitchen: Fruit Parfaits: Little epicures blend granola, yogurt and berries for a tasty any-time snack. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

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Book Writing and illustrating for Kids: Award-winning author and illustrator Sarah Dillard walks kids through the creative process. All ages. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Highgate Youth Advisory: 3-4:45 p.m. See April 5.

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LEGo creations: Little architects build tiny creations with interlocking blocks to display at the library. Ages 5 and older. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Plate, cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

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Hot mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2.

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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.

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Burlington Indoor Farmers Market: Every other Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See April 14.

Health & Fitness

Healthy Kids Day: See Spotlight, page 45.

Library & Books

Miss Eileen’s Last Story Time: A beloved storyteller reads aloud to youngsters for a final time. A cake to share marks the day with sweetness. Essex Free Library, Essex Junction, 10:30 a.m. Info, 879-0313.

Champlain Discovery co-ed Kayak Adventure This Summer! ages 13-16

Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

Nature & Science


Cells!: 3 p.m. See April 8.

Compost Fest: Dirt lovers learn all about the importance of decomposition for soil enrichment and solid-waste management. Workshops, food, music, raffles and kids’ activities make it fun for the whole family. Green Mountain Compost, Williston, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 660-4949. Falcon Foray: See Spotlight, page 43. Kitchen Chemistry: 11 a.m. See April 1.

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Mud Fest: See April 21.

Stepping It Up Whether you run, walk, skateboard or scooter, make sure you’re selfpropelled for HEALTHY KIDS DAY. The Greater Burlington YMCA encourages families to get a move on during a celebration of wellness as part of a national initiative. And, of course, because it’s fun. Activities begin with a half-mile Champ on Church Street Fun Run featuring the lovable Lake Monsters mascot. The good times continue at the Y with non-stop games, open swim, family gym time and a bounce house. Even the snacks require action — spin up a bicycle-powered smoothie or work through a make-andeat sculpture. Tired out yet? Live music and magic shows entertain while informational booths provide health screenings, car seat checks, and other health- and safety-focused services.

Spring Blooms Walk: Winooski Valley Park District leads a 2-mile guided walk through farm fields, natural areas and an active sugar bush looking for buds and discussing invasive species. All ages. Oak Hill View Country Park, Williston, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5744.

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Health & Fitness

Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1.

Nature & Science

All About Fingerprints: 11 a.m. See April 21. Creeping Colors: 3 p.m. See April 7. Mud Fest: See April 21

HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Saturday, April 28, Greater Burlington YMCA, Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., other activities take place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Info, 862-8993, ext. 137,


Baby & Maternity

Baby Yoga: 10:45-11:30 a.m. See April 2. Preschool Clay Drop-in: 9:30-11:30 a.m. See April 6.

South Burlington Crafternoons: Through April 27, 12-2 p.m. See April 23.


Nature & Science Mud Fest: See April 21.

Yoga After Baby: 11 a.m.-noon. See April 2.


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Family Art Drop-in: 1-3 p.m. See April 7.

Hot Mama Workout: 9-10 a.m. See April 2.

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Saturday Drama Club: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. See April 7.

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Plate, Cup & Bowl: Through April 28. See April 16.

Baby & Maternity

Songs and Stories with Matthew: Every other Friday, 10-10:45 a.m. See April 13.

Prenatal Yoga: 9-10:30 a.m. See April 7.

Family Gym: 10:30 a.m.-noon. See April 1.

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Kids in the Kitchen: Rice Pudding: Young foodies cook and top perfectly blended custards. Preregister. Healthy Living Natural Foods Market, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 child. Info, 863-2569 , ext. 1.

Sound Science: 3 p.m. See April 20.


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Bird Banks I was one of those kids who saved her money, in bear-shaped piggy bank that my grandfather painted pink. I loved collecting coins that were “different,” such as silver dollars and 50-cent pieces. Try out this friendly, feathered coin bank to get kids excited about saving. Use a clear plastic bottle and they can watch their banks fill up, knowing they’ve got a pile of savings for an excursion, a toy or a donation.


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back 40 or 50 years, as if I had become my own parents, struck dumb by horror and dismay. Yet within a couple of weeks, Barbara would whisper joyfully that she had managed to get almost everything on the list. To me, this was anything but good news. It meant our meager household budget was already under strain, and anything I spent would make things even worse. Time and again I would find myself walking up and down Church Street, my heart sinking with each step, trying to find that fictitious gift that was exactly what my daughter wanted yet hadn’t thought to put on her list. It — or they — should be lavish enough to speak to the love in my heart, yet preferably cost less than $25. This past birthday — Maddy’s late in February — I think we finally cracked it. Barbara, planning ahead as always, bought herself, Maddy and Maddy’s boyfriend tickets to see The Book of Mormon in New York, plus two nights in a hotel. I can’t imagine how much this cost, but I decided, at long last, that it wasn’t my job to do so. Fact is, I can’t stand musical theater, and my family knows it. This was a mother-daughter thing, and, frankly, mothers and daughters need their thing. For my part, I decided to do a father-daughter thing, and bought her all kinds of paraphernalia from the TV show “Psych,” which Maddy and I watch religiously and repeatedly. I ordered the “Psych” iPhone cover, the “Psych” pen, the Burton Guster Pharmaceutical Rep pen, the “I’ve heard it both ways” T-shirt. Plus the soundtrack CD to Midnight in Paris, as she and I both love French music, especially gypsy jazz. That whole bundle probably didn’t come close to the cost of a single ticket to The Book of Mormon, but what I had finally come to understand was that Maddy didn’t think of me as a stingy person, and the only reason she’d ever think me mean spirited would be if I tried to curb her mother’s generosity. Children don’t need presents, or money. Anyone who has watched a 2-year-old happily spend an hour banging a wooden spoon on an overturned saucepan knows that. They need their parents’ love, which can be expressed in any number of ways. Right now I’m making Maddy a kind of late, or follow-up, birthday present: an easel, handmade out of cherry wood, that will help (I hope) in her art career, and with care will last 20 or 30 years. What did that cost? Maybe $30 for materials. The real investment is exactly what it costs to raise a child: time, labor, patience, love. 


poor. This didn’t dismay my parents unduly, I suspect. We lived in England, and the entire nation was poor. The Second World War had ended less than a decade before I was born, and rationing and the ghastly postwar “austerity” years meant tight belts and empty stomachs well into the ’60s. Most of the time, we didn’t even realize we had no money. The exception came when it was time to buy presents for Christmas and birthdays. The presents in our household weren’t quite at the Harry Potter-level of a toothpick or a used Kleenex, but I certainly remember one Christmas getting a wooden ruler. And we had a fairly strict one-present-to-oneperson tradition — so much so that when I emigrated to the United States, became marginally less poor, and sent multiple presents to my siblings and their kids, I made them uncomfortable. This may make me sound like a Dickensian waif, but when I was back in England, I didn’t mind. When you’re that poor, you know exactly what you can and can’t afford, and what you can and can’t expect to receive. It’s when things change that the trouble arises. Fast-forward to the United States in the mid-1990s. Financially, everything had changed. Thanks to Reaganomics, the U.S. had gone from being the world’s thriftiest, saving nation to its biggest spender/ debtor nation. The dot-com boom had further served to convince us that we could all be billionaires. And in my own life, I married Barbara, a woman of such spontaneous generosity it made my head spin, and we were raising two young daughters. Barbara and I were by no means well off, but that didn’t hold her back when birthdays or Christmas were approaching. For her, the rule was closer to 12 presents to one person. In her own childhood, she had always been the victim of her parents’ bargain-basement shopping, so quality mattered. Unlike me, she gave a lot of thought, early and often, to what everyone wanted or might possibly want. She started ordering and buying and wrapping so far ahead of time that when I started to think about Christmas, all the good presents had already been taken. They say the two most contentious issues between couples are sex and money, and money alone was driving us apart. I came to dread Christmas and my daughters’ birthdays. About two months out, the girls would start drawing up gift lists that catapulted me

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August 6-August 10 On Broadway August 13-August 17 Once Upon A Time August 20-August 24 Disney k1t-RegalGymnastics0412.indd 1

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