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standing there in the graveyard, I’m moved by the sentiment. I’ve been thinking about that inscription as we put together Kids VT’s annual holiday gift guide (page 18). Like most American parents, my partner and I buy holiday gifts for our kids. We’re always trying to find things that will delight them but also prove useful or meaningful beyond the moment they tear off the wrapping paper. My walks with Graham have been a reminder that the best gifts are ones we can experience as a family — games we play, projects we do, books we read, places we go together. You’ll find our suggestions for all of these in the gift guide. Something else that’s been on my mind as we assembled this issue: We’re saying goodbye this month to Carolyn Fox, managing editor. After a year leading the Kids VT charge, she’s decided it’s time to move on; we’re all going to miss her. Contributing writer Alison Novak is joining our team as the new Kids VT calendar writer. If you organize any of the events featured in our calendar, you’ll be hearing from her soon. All of us here at Kids VT hope you enjoy this activity-packed issue. Drop us a line to let us know what you think. We love hearing from you. Cathy ResmeR, exeCutive editoR

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For the last two months, my son, Graham, and I have been making a weekly trip to the cemetery. On Friday mornings, he attends Crow’s Path, an outdoor education program that meets at the Rock Point property in Burlington. It starts at 9 a.m., which means we have an hour or so together after bringing his sister, Ivy, to school. Rock Point is just down the road from Burlington’s Lakeview Cemetery, a Victorian-era burial ground filled with ornamental trees and winding paths that lead to spectacular views of Lake Champlain. It’s a beautiful setting for a morning stroll and also the perfect place to teach 7-year-old Graham about the rich history of the area. When he and I walk there, we often stop at the grave of General George Stannard, who lost his right arm leading an attack on Fort Harrison during the Civil War. Stannard was one of the brave Vermonters who played a crucial role in the battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago. Lakeview is also the resting place of Warren Austin, a Vermonter who was the first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Painter Charles Louis Heyde is buried there, along with local notables Lawrence K. Barnes and Louisa Howard. But Graham’s favorite stop at Lakeview is a granite bench we discovered one day in the newer part of the cemetery. It’s engraved with an inscription I’ve heard many times before but which was new to him when he first saw it: “Yesterday is history / Tomorrow is a mystery / Today is a gift / That’s why it’s called the present.” When he reads it to me, I can tell he’s tickled by the play on words, but

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I had an excellent experience at Misery Loves Co. [“Out to Eat,” October]. Food very good and innovative, waitstaff very knowledgeable, and, other than being a little noisy for my taste, the place was very nice. Jim Tompkins

Fantastic Fort This is so cool [“Backyard Castle,” October]. What wonderful memories for this family; very special, indeed! You should market the blueprint and sell the plans. I have an 8-year-old daughter who adores anything that has to do with dragons; this would be amazing to build for her. Thanks for sharing this treasure! Tracey Maurer Maurer is one of the two women who started Kids VT in 1996.

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Monday morning was dark and gray, and my mood was equally stormy. My 3-year-old son, Theo, was channeling his boundless energy in all the wrong ways — dipping the TV remote in milk, taking the lid off the toilet and barricading me in the bathroom with a pile of pillows. I knew my best bet was to get my turbocharged boy out of the house and into a wide-open space. I feared the impending rain would put a wrench in the plan, but I decided it was worth the risk. So we loaded Theo’s pink, streamered, hand-me-down bike into the trunk of the car and headed for the Stowe Recreation Path...

Seasonal Stories

Before Turkey Day arrives, take a trip into the Kids VT archives. The following Thanksgiving-themed articles are worth another read this time of year. Find them online at kidsvt.com.

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Spreading the Word [Re “First Words,” October]: Our son, Jacob Bradley, and our family live in southern Vermont. Jacob uses augmentative and alternative communication, including pointing to boards, gestures, voice approximations and typing. This “total communication” approach has allowed him to participate to the fullest in every environment. We love him for his determination, his ability to use humor in his self expression and the brave way he manages to navigate while embracing autism. It has been an amazing journey. Jeanne Downey Bradley

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[November 2011]: Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food, but it does play a big role in most families’ celebrations. Here, we profiled a few standout cookbooks that will please kids’ palates and get them involved in the kitchen.

[November 2011]: Looking to get your hands on a local bird? It’s a great way to show your kids where their food comes from. We rounded up a long list of area farms that raise turkeys.

Give-Back Birthdays

[November 2011]: Does your child have a birthday this month? We offered ideas for turning birthday parties into opportunities to get kids involved in the community.

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Taking a Stab at Halloween: Queen City Ghostwalk owner Thea Lewis gave instructions for her favorite devilish decorations and ghoulishly good eats. Bookmark ’em for next year.

HONORABLE MENTIONS APPETIZINGLY AWESOME “Chomp-o’-lantern” Maddie Wood-Lewis, 10, Burlington

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More than 100 Vermont students attended the seventh annual Vermont Tech Jam on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington. Several Vermont schools sent groups to present science, technology, engineering and math projects at the Agency of Education’s Student STEM Showcase. And the Essex High School robotics club entertained attendees with motorized mini ’bots and palm-size drones. See more photos, and sign up for updates about the latest local STEM events, at techjamvt.com.

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Vermont is often hailed as the healthiest state in the country, but a quarter of the state’s children are obese. That’s why the Greater Burlington YMCA’s Eat Well Play More Vermont and Live Healthy Vermont have launched an INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN SCHOOLS. “Children spend over 30 hours a week at school,” said LHV coordinator Peter Sterling at an October 14 press conference. “If we want them to form healthy behaviors that will last a lifetime, changes in the school day must be part of the mix.” The proposed physical-activity and nutrition changes aren’t rocket science — some are as simple as making sure K-12 students get half an hour of physical activity a day. The State Board of Education is currently considering these and other public recommendations as it reviews the Vermont Education Quality Standards. Stay tuned for a progress report. INITIATIVE TO ADDRESS CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN SCHOOLS: Read more about the initiative at gbymca.org, and visit education.vermont.gov for more information about proposed changes to the Education Quality Standards.

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Ski season is almost here — and Norwich author Rebecca Munsterer knows kids are just as pumped for it as adults are. Her new children’s chapter book, THE LITTLE RIPPERS, is the first in a slopeside series about Max and Molly Beckett. Enrolled in a kids’ ski class at the fictional Powderhound Mountain in Vermont, the brother and sister learn about friendship and teamwork when a blizzard sends the group down the wrong ski trail toward a mysterious snowmobiler. Young readers will enjoy this fast-paced mountain adventure, featuring moguls, blackdiamond trails and the Sunday Funday ski race. Let it snow. THE LITTLE RIPPERS: By Rebecca Munsterer with illustrations by Ryan Hueston. Published by Novel Nibble Publishing, 84 pages. Paperback available at Amazon. com and the Norwich Bookstore. Visit thelittlerippers.com for more information.

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If teachers were graded, Luke Foley would get an A+. Last month, the alternative program instructor at Northfield Middle and High School was selected as the 2014 VERMONT TEACHER OF THE YEAR. Foley “exemplifies many of the practices that we are trying to incorporate into our schools,” said Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca at an October 15 ceremony in Foley’s honor. “Alternative programs model what we want to provide for our students, such as flexible schedules, applied and hands-on learning, and internships.” In the coming year, Foley will share his education techniques — emphasizing real-world scenarios and school and community service — at schools around the state. Now a contender for the National Teacher of the Year award, he’ll also travel to the White House to meet President Obama. Good luck, Teach.

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KVT: Are antimicrobial mouthwashes safe for children? LF: The danger of kids using mouthwashes is that many contain alcohol and kids do not necessarily know how to swish and spit. You can keep the mouth just as clean with toothpaste and a toothbrush.

KVT: What should families do if they’re on well water? LF: Kids who drink only well water should use some kind of fluoride supplement in the form of drops or tablets or possibly a fluoride varnish for older children, provided during their dental visits. Fluoridated toothpaste can be used after age 2 but is not by itself an adequate source of fluoride.

KVT: What causes bad breath in children? LF: It’s usually caused by bacterial germs that are working on the food in their mouth and producing sulfur compounds. The more germs or bacteria in there, the more sulfur released and the increased risk of tooth decay. For younger children, a dirty security blanket or old stuffed animal can also introduce bacteria into their mouths. If your child is a mouth breather, their saliva dries up at night and the bacteria sticks around longer, which can cause bad breath. Garlic, onions and other strong-smelling foods can add to the problem.

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KVT: When does teeth grinding occur? LF: It’s quite common when kids still have their baby teeth, and typically occurs in young children when they’re sleeping. Somewhere between 10 and 50 percent of the population grind their teeth at some point. KVT: What causes it? LF: Sometimes it’s due to tooth or jaw alignment problems, particularly as the baby teeth come through, resulting in a bite problem. It can also be caused by stress. The good news is, teeth grinding is usually a short-term problem and disappears by adolescence. Kids have no control over it, but if it goes on for a long period of time or is irritating everyone in the house, the child should been seen by a dentist to see if orthodontic work is needed.

KVT: How is it corrected if the teeth look fine? LF: Your child’s dentist or doctor may try to find out what is stressing the child and work on strategies to reduce the stress and, in turn, the teeth grinding. In rare cases, a dentist may recommend a mouth guard for an older child or teen until the problem resolves. But often, a nice, relaxing bedtime routine to help lower kids’ stress before sleep is just the cure you’re looking for. 


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Rachampbell. “It has the potential of being dangerous, so we keep it structured; we keep the commands going.” Once the safety lessons had been covered, Rachampbell gave the group the awaited command: “Archers, you may shoot your first arrow.” Some arrows missed the target and flopped in the grass. Others hit the mark with a satisfying pop. “Everyone has their good days and bad days,” explained Rachampbell. The learning curve of target archery is “such that people feel success pretty quickly,” he said. Even if you don’t hit the center of the target, a cluster of arrows indicates consistency and the simple need to adjust your aim. Rachampbell’s No. 1 tip for successful target archery? “Body positioning and posture,” he said. “How you hold your arm, back and bow — all those little things have influences on where the arrow ends up.” There’s an important lesson in that. After reading The Hunger Games, in which the protagonist’s weapon of choice is a bow, Hankes was inspired to try the sport for herself. “It’s not as easy as I thought,” she confessed. “In the book, A student takes she just does it.” aim at South Burlington’s Whether or not she Family Archery becomes an ace archer, program Hankes sees bow-andarrow time as a good opportunity to bond with her dad. “We don’t get to do too much together,” she said. “So archery’s our thing.”

nearly 20 million Americans are now taking a shot at it, including an increasing number of women and children. “Archery is a good family activity because a variety of ages and physical abilities have a chance to do it,” Rachampbell explained after class. “It’s very much a small-group activity — families can come and learn, and don’t have to put together a whole soccer team.” It also helps that modern archery is about bagging target points, not animals. In this Family Archery session, Rachampbell aimed to educate families on the scoring system. A bull’s-eye, for example, earns an archer 10 points; hitting the outer white ring garners just one. The arrows used are a far cry from the “crazy blades” used in bow hunting, Rachampbell added. But they’re not danger-free. “They definitely could leave a mark,” he said. “They’re as sharp as they need to be to puncture the target.” For that reason, and to set standards for the sport, safety is paramount. “Archery is a very safe pastime — the big thing is to keep it that way,” said

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Bristol Bakery & Café 10240 Hinesburg road, Hinesburg, 482-2000 The BrisTol Bakery & Café — in Hinesburg? of options for small Apparently the original Main Street establishment appetites, including has proven so successful, partners Doug and Kevin single eggs and Harper decided to export the idea 14.4 miles north. peanut-butter-andThe town of Hinesburg is growing — and so is its jelly sandwiches. appetite for home-cooked breakfast. The bakery was No fewer than three employees were ready to doing brisk business take our orders on a recent Saturday morning. My that morning, but 11-year-old son loves restaurants with counter the spacious dining area still had plenty service — which means speedier meals and no waitof seats available. ing through the tedious Tables and booths bill-paying process — but easily accommodate there’s a downside, too: parties of six as well He and his twin sister can as singles who come take an eternity choosing their food. to read the newspaper over breakfast. As the counter help Two walls of periodically asked if we were ready, my kids windows afford considered every item every seat in the on the menu boards and house great views of contemplated the merits of each baked good in the Hinesburg’s rolling display case. Pancakes or cinnamon bun? Onion hills. bagel or breakfast burrito? I expected a long wait for our meals, considering Such delicious decisions have vexed Bristolites the café was fairly busy and new. But an industrious since the cafe opened on Main Street in 1977. Now manager had the place running like a well-oiled it’s Hinesburg’s turn; the sister eatery has been open machine. Our food was out in half the time it took us on Hinesburg Road, aka Route 116, since May. to order it. Just seconds before my husband and I collapsed My son was impressed with his picture-perfect in a caffeine-deprived heap, the kids finally ordered. omelet. His only complaint was the serving size: My son decided on a three-egg omelet with bacon, Three eggs were a bit much. My bowl of steel-cut sausage and cheddar ($7), and my daughter chose a oatmeal was equally attractive, but far too hot — the maple-walnut cinnamon roll ($2.45) with home fries porridge reached an eatable temperature just about ($2). My husband ordered the brioche French toast ($6), while I went with a bowl of country oatmeal kid-friendly ameniTies: three high chairs; cooked with dried apricots and cranberries, topped two booster seats; changing station with toasted almonds and Vermont maple syrup in the women’s restroom ($5). There’s no kids menu here, but there are plenty “Simply

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When I was a kid, I wanted to stay We started a bedtime routine when up because my parents were downour kids were really young. Matt was stairs watching “Perry Mason” and 21 months old when Alex was born — still eating Chinese food. But for our kids, just a baby. Before his bedtime, which was eight there was nothing cool about staying up. I wake up o’clock, we’d go for a walk and then I’d rock him. at about 4:10 in the morning, so I’m in bed by 8:30 I had to sing the same song over and over to get or nine o’clock. When the girls were little, the dog him to sleep. It was “O Canada.” came in, the lights went out and everybody went For the most part, Matt and Alex both knew to bed. That’s just the way the world worked. their bedtimes and hit it right on the mark. But With kids, you break the rule once — if they when Sawyer was born, they complained that want a cup of water or this or that — and it’s all the baby got to stay up later than they did, so we over. My wife and I are like a tag team: It’s us had to explain the way a baby’s schedule works. versus them. If you provide a united front, rules As they got older and had curfews, 10 aren’t an issue. o’clock was pretty much the cutoff for week With curfews, I think some kids need them and nights. On weekends, it was midnight. There some kids don’t. We ask, “What are your plans? are artful negotiations that go on. Where are you going? What are you going to do?” Jon BrooKs One of the great things with today’s technolSometimes it depends on whether we have to ogy, though, is that Sawyer can call or text and fetch them, because none of them have driver’s say, “Hey, I’m catching a ride now.” We know if licenses. Our kids might stay out until 10 or 11. he’s going to be a few minutes late. We’re not waiting by the Maybe 11 on Fridays and earlier on Saturdays, because we door like our parents did. have church on Sunday morning, and they like their sleep.

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with options for a variety of ages. The cost for each item is based on current retail prices. At the end of each category, we’ve included a list of local stores where you can find items like the ones mentioned here. If our ideas don’t appeal, no doubt these retailers have something else that will catch your eye. Want to know more about the local shopping scene? Alison Novak visited all these stores and offers more detailed descriptions on our website at kidsvt.com.

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Sports & Such

Does your tyke have a need for speed? Does he or she consider recess the best time of day? These gift suggestions support your youngster’s yearning for the great outdoors. KANJAM

This flying-disc game is perfectly portable and inspires friendly athletic competition. It’s not a contact sport, which makes it a safe pastime for anyone old enough to catch and throw. $39.95. COLBY SAYS: “Our whole family loves KanJam — it’s a game my 64-yearold father can play alongside my 6-year-old daughter.”

Read On

Bringing up a bibliophile? From classics to comic strips, the gift choices are endless for your little lit lover. Here are a few good reads that we think will make your bookworm beam.

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SARAH SAYS: “We received a Tuffo blanket around the time our kids were babies, and it’s rarely gotten a break since. We’ll use it as a tablecloth at Shelburne Beach — or as a picnic blanket at Shelburne Farms — and then throw it in the wash.”

Snow tubes have a slick bottom to make sledding runs faster than ever. Look for one with sturdy handles that can endure lots of long walks back up the hill. $13 and up. BROOKE SAYS: “Our standard plastic sleds sink into the powder after a snowstorm. This light tube floats and spins on top of the snow — sometimes a little too much for my liking!”

Find gifts like these at: EARL’S CYCLERY & FITNESS 2500 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 864-9197 LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL 2121 Essex Rd., Williston, 879-6640; 295 Swanton Rd., St. Albans, 527-0532; 359 N. Main St., Barre, 476-7446 LINES FOR THE BODY 2035 Essex Rd., Williston, 878-8988 ONION RIVER KIDS 7 Langdon St., Montpelier, 223-6025 OUTDOOR GEAR EXCHANGE 37 Church St., Burlington, 860-0190 SKIRACK 85 Main St., Burlington, 882-4530

YERTLE THE TURTLE AND OTHER STORIES THE COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES

Bill Watterson’s cartoon about a 6-yearold and his stuffed tiger is a hilarious and insightful classic. Read every strip ever drawn in this 1440page collection. $56.30 and up.

CATHY SAYS: “Yes, the title story about the tyrannical turtle king and his spectacular fall from power is a little heavy-handed, but it gives me goose bumps every time I read it. The stories in this collection contain good lessons for all ages.”

Find gifts like these at: BEAR POND BOOKS 77 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0774 CROW BOOKSHOP 14 Church St., Burlington, 862-0848 THE FLYING PIG BOOKSTORE 5247 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3999 PHOENIX BOOKS 191 Bank St., Burlington, 4483350; 21 Essex Way, Essex, 872-7111 SPARKLE STORIES Online only: sparklestories.com

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BECKY SAYS: “We have been reading it together for years. As the kids get older, they understand more of the jokes. But even when they aren’t getting the deeper meaning, they are riveted.”

This Dr. Seuss collection includes “Yertle the Turtle,” “Gertrude McFuzz” and “The Big Brag,” and has been named one of the bestselling children’s books of all time. $11.49.

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TASHA SAYS: “We love buying our kids a whole book series for Christmas. Our favorites so far have been Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson & the Olympians and The Little House on the Prairie.”

Tuffo blankets are lightweight and durable and come in carrying bags for on-the-go use. Keep one in the car for whatever outdoor activities pop up. $41.95.

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Author/cartoonist Jeff Kinney’s hit fiction series follows the middle-school adventures of Greg Heffley. Handwritten notes and sketches make it a page-turner for readers ages 8 to 12. $44.98 and up.

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Play Time

Does family game night need an upgrade? We’ve gathered a few of our favorite tabletop games below, along with some hands-on toys that let kiddos scoot, slide and jam. TOY ELECTRIC GUITAR

Wannabe rockstars will love these battery-operated instruments that light up and, at the push of a button, play songs. Every brand features different interactive activities to help develop kids’ love of music. $11.99 and up. COLBY SAYS: “Musical instruments have always been a hit with my kids. They love to sing and experiment with sound.”

WHEELY BUG

New walkers and toddlers can ride these foot-powered vehicles backward, forward, sideways and in circles. The classic Wheely Bug is a spotted ladybug with wiggly antennae, but other models include a bigeared mouse and striped orange tiger. $59.99 and up. SARAH SAYS: “Back when we lived in a relatively compact condo, the Wheely Bug seemed like a perfect fit for my toddler daughter, Dillon. Little did I know that, at age 6, she’d still be racing it around on our hardwood and slate floors.”

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In this card game based on memory and strategy, players try to wake 12 queens who have fallen under a sleeping spell. $10.99. ANA SAYS: “I love the quirky graphics: The Tie-Dye King looks a bit like Jerry Greenfield circa 1978, and the Pancake Queen sports big pats of butter on her dress. Even better, math practice is cleverly worked into the rules — playing Sleeping Queens is one of the only ways I’ve gotten my math-reluctant 8-year-old to brush up on her addition.”

CARCASSONNE

Named for a city in southern France famous for its fortified walls, this two-to-five-person tile game lets players build a different “board” every time. $29.97. CATHY SAYS: “This game is recommended for ages 8 and up, but it’s simple enough that all four of us have been able to play — even 5-year-old Ivy. There’s some strategy involved, too, unlike the dreaded Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders.”

HABA CLUTCHING TOYS

German company HABA’s wooden clutching toys make a soft clacking sound when clipped to a stroller and give babies something to grab and rattle. $7.99 and up. KATHRYN SAYS: “Asa is entranced by the bright colors and rattling noises, and I’m delighted by the craftsmanship, durability and safety.”

Find gifts like these at: BUTTERED NOODLES 64 Harvest Lane, Williston, 764-1810 ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER GIFT SHOP 1 College St., Burlington, 864-1848 FAIRBANKS MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM NATURE STORE 1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, 748-2372 JAMIE TWO COATS’ TOY SHOP 54 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-3221 KIDS CITY 10 Farrell St., South Burlington, 859-9130 MAPLE LANDMARK WOODCRAFT 1297 Exchange St., Middlebury, 800-421-4223 MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE MUSEUM STORE 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich, 649-2200

MAGNA-TILES

These magnetic building tiles allow kids to construct colorful 2-D and 3-D designs, which helps develop logical thinking and math reasoning. $51.50 and up. ALISON SAYS: “I first encountered Magna-Tiles at my daughter’s daycare. Kids just gravitated toward them, spending tons of time building pyramids and castles, rockets and skyscrapers. Building with them is addictive, even for adults.”

SHELBURNE FARMS WELCOME CENTER 1611 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, 985-8442 SHELBURNE MUSEUM STORE 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-3346 SMALL DOG ELECTRONICS 100 Dorset St., South Burlington, 862-1316; 1673 Main St., Waitsfield, 496-7171; 116 West St., Rutland, 281-4490 VERMONT TEDDY BEAR FACTORY 6655 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-1627 WOODBURY MOUNTAIN TOYS 24 State St., Montpelier, 223-4272


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BROOKE SAYS: “My boys are prolific artists! They love nothing more than setting up the kitchen table with multimedia supplies — stickers, popsicle sticks, glitter and glue — and creating ‘art.’”

WHITE BOARD

This artistic medium lets kids practice their drawing skills, ABCs and 123s over and over again. $15.50 and up. ANA SAYS: “My 8-year-old daughter loves to play school. Presiding over her friends or stuffed animals as her alter ego, Miss Posie, she gives homework assignments and teaches science lessons. Her favorite accessory is her two-by-three-foot white board. It’s a great way to keep track of the day’s schedule. Or just doodle.”

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This mini art machine spins a piece of paper beneath drops of paint or a marker tip, resulting in interesting splatter patterns and color combinations. $19.95.

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CATHY SAYS: “My kids pull out their spin art machine on a regular basis and ‘mass produce’ a dozen vibrant designs in one sitting. These colorful creations are perfect for holiday cards and invitations.”

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Wear It Well

Baby, it’s cold outside! Why not bundle up your little one in duds that are both toasty and trendy? There’s no need for fashion-forward kids to sacrifice their style for six months of the year. PAJAMAS

Warm, comfy jammies “never get old when you live in a freezing mountainous region,” notes Becky. Our contributors love Hanna Andersson and Hatley brands for their durability and seasonal patterns. $26 and up.

TASHA SAYS: “Our favorite tradition is giving the kids a new pair of PJs and a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve. There is just something super cozy and festive about it. Our favorite films so far have been A Christmas Story, Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life.”

SOLMATE SOCKS

The motto of this Strafford, Vt., sock company? “Life’s too short for matching socks.” The stylish kids sock sets here come in threes — “a pair with a spare” — in case one happens to go missing. $16-20. BROOKE SAYS: “I love these socks. Warm in the winter, breathable in the summer and gender neutral to boot. And they don’t have to match!”

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Leave it to a Vermont company to master baby boots. Cabot-based Zutano smartly designed these fuzzy, machine-washable booties with two snaps. $21.

KATHRYN SAYS: “As far as I can tell, Zutano Cozie Booties are just about the only thing that will stay on kicky baby feet. They’re colorful, warm and downright adorable.”

Find gifts like these at: APRIL CORNELL 131 Battery St., Burlington, 863-0060 BUMBLEBELL 1056 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-1955 ONCE UPON A CHILD 38 Taft Corners Shopping Center, Williston, 878-5434 YELLOW TURTLE 1799 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4434 ZUTANO COMPANY STORE 79 Main St., Montpelier, 380-6043

The best presents don’t always come in packages. Surprise your young ones by thinking outside the box — hands-on family fun can be far more memorable than material items. Consider these family passes and classes to be gifts that keep on giving. ECHO STEWARDS FAMILY MEMBERSHIP

Savvy science lovers will get good use out of a membership to Burlington’s ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, which also includes admission to more than 300 museums and science centers around the world. $100-150/family. BROOKE SAYS: “This has been, hands down, the best family purchase. Since we have been members, we’ve also visited the Boston Museum of Science; New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; and Connecticut’s Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and Children’s Museum — for free.”

VERMONT STATE PARKS VEHICLE PASS

Make the most of living in the Green Mountain State by getting a season pass to Vermont’s 52 state parks. It provides unlimited day-use entry to any park for everyone in the car. $80/season; $40 per additional vehicle. CATHY SAYS: “This is the perfect gift for a family that loves the sandy shore at Alburg Dunes State Park, the hike up Mt. Elmore, the swimming pool at Button Bay State Park and the paddle boats at Boulder Beach. Hint, hint.”

COCHRAN’S SKI AREA SKI TOTS LESSONS

Learning to ski is a Vermont rite of passage. This adult/child program, directed by Olympic gold medalist Barbara Ann Cochran, teaches parents how to best help kiddos ages 3 to 5 hit the hill. $117.50-175/four lessons (includes full-day lift tickets for parent and child).

BROOKE SAYS: “Our adventurous preschooler started the Ski Tots program last winter. It was a great opportunity to get our family back on the slopes. My husband and I liked that one of us was participating in the lessons and could share the experience.” 


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For the second year in a row, Kids VT teamed up with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to present a family-friendly Halloween concert series. Hundreds of kids and their parents attended this year’s performances of “The True Story of Peter and the Wolf,” which took place at the end of October in St. Albans, Montpelier, Colchester and Middlebury. We loved seeing all of the creative costumes! Thanks to VSO Wind Quintet members Anne Janson, flute; Mary Watt, oboe; Gary Wright, clarinet; Becky Eldredge, bassoon; and Shelagh Abate, French horn, for putting on a terrific show. kidsvt.com

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hildren’s books by Vermont authors often celebrate the state’s rural heritage. But Winooski writer Laban Carrick Hill’s latest release is set on the streets of the Bronx in the 1970s. When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop is a picture book for children ages 6 to 10 that traces the origins of one of today’s most influential forms of music. Released in August, it’s earned praise from Publishers Weekly, which calls it an “expert biography” with “not-to-bemissed” illustrations. The Junior Library Guild, an independent book-review and library-collection development service, chose When the Beat Was Born as one of its 2013 selections. But while the book celebrates African American culture, its author is white — as are 96.2 percent of Vermont residents. Hill notes that being here, it’s easy to forget that much of American culture — music, sports, literature — has African American origins or inflections. “You scratch the surface of any part of American culture,” avers Hill, “and underneath it will be some aspect of African American culture influencing it.” This isn’t the first time the 53-year-old writer has celebrated those influences. His other recent books for young adults and children include Harlem Stomp! A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance and Dave the Potter, about a South Carolina slave who left behind works of pottery inscribed with his own lines of poetry. The former was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award; the latter won a 2011 Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King Illustration Award. Emily Bernard, a University of Vermont English professor who has written two books on the Harlem Renaissance, exchanged ideas with Hill about Harlem Stomp! during its draft stage. She admires his work. “I think he’s a very serious scholar who has a knack for taking big, sober, historical moments and translating them into stories that are enjoyable for kids,” she says.


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origins of “scratching.” According to the timeline, DJ Grand Wizard Theodore stumbles upon the technique in 1975 “when his mother distracts him by yelling at him.” “I always found it really cool that kids were the inventors of hip-hop,” Hill says, contrasting it with top-down, commercially driven movements in African American music that came out of Motown

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in Detroit and Stax Records in Memphis. When the Beat Was Born goes on to describe DJ Kool Herc’s innovations: switching between two identical records on side-by-side turntables to elongate the instrumental break in a song — allowing “break” dancers to go wild during those beat-heavy interludes — and the “toast,” a rhythmic shout-out to friends on the dance floor that helped give rise to rapping. Hill arrived on the Bronx scene in 1980, shortly after DJ Kool Herc had exited due to a heroin

addiction, so he had to rely on a history of hip-hop for toasts the DJ actually gave. One included in the book reads, “There goes my mellow / Timmy Tim in the house. / There goes my mellow / Bambaataa.” Asked to demonstrate how he performs the passage at book readings, Hill rises admirably to the occasion, adding that he tries not to shout. But for “accuracy of the South Bronx in post1977,” Hill says, he was the main resource for the book’s young, Washington D.C.-based illustrator, Theodore Taylor III. Primarily an album-cover artist, Taylor, an African American, took on his first children’s book with When the Beat Was Born. Born His drawings are kinetic and dominated by earth tones; my son, 7, studied the characters’ varying skin colors carefully. One compellingly imaginative illustration, depicting enormous stacks of records topped by tiny dancing figures, raises the question of whether today’s 6- to 10-year-olds actually know what records are. Hill admits that kids these days likely rap using computer software. But, while some DJs may still use turntables, most have switched to a vinyl-emulation software such as Serato, according to Seven Days music editor Dan Bolles. That allows them to manipulate a plastic disc on a turntable that’s hooked up to a laptop loaded with a music library. So the fundamentals of scratching live on. Vermont, Hill admits, is not his primary market. It isn’t among the seven states, for example, which have given Dave the Potter state awards. He guesses people here don’t quite see the relevance of his work, and he worries that Vermont’s children are exiting school “unprepared for the global economy” — that is, unfamiliar with nonwhite cultures. But he’s confident that, if they pick up When the Beat Was Born, they’ll be able to relate to it. “There’s a sense of joy and exuberance [in the book] that crosses cultures and takes us through life.” 

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Over coffee at Feldman’s Bagels in Burlington, Hill traces his passion for the subject matter to his experiences growing up in still-largely segregated Memphis during the 1970s. The gulf between white and black Tennesseans made an impression on him. So did the racially mixed community he discovered when he moved to New York City at age 17. He spent 17 years in the city, earning degrees in English and writing at the City University of New York and Columbia University, respectively. He moved to Vermont in 1994. It was an experience he had in New York that inspired When the Beat Was Born, which Hill began in 2008. While living in the city, he worked for a marketing firm, canvassing bodegas in Spanish Harlem and the South Bronx. The job required him to walk the streets day after day, clipboard in hand, the only white man in sight at a time when the area was known chiefly for gang violence and poverty. But on those walks, he discovered something that had nothing to do with violence: hip-hop. “Initially, I didn’t like it; I found it annoying that the DJs were scratching and messing up the music,” Hill admits. “I didn’t understand it until I saw it in the street.” What Hill saw were DJs, their equipment plugged in to street lamps, urging on breakdancers who were executing explosive dance moves that had never been seen before. It was a scene DJ Kool Herc, aka Clive Campbell, helped create, and it’s at the heart of When the Beat Was Born. The book begins with a young Clive pictured in his native Jamaica, learning the art of DJing from a neighborhood pro. At 13, he moves to the Bronx and earns his nickname playing basketball — at over 6 feet tall, he is called Hercules. At 18, he DJs his younger sister’s birthday block party. That last event, which occurred in 1973, is the first item on a timeline of hip-hop history Hill includes at the back of his book. The timeline is a godsend for clueless parents who, say, may remember hip-hop’s first commercial hit (“Rapper’s Delight” by Sugarhill Gang in 1979) but not the


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Rockabyes become rawkabyes at THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, a children’s concert with a twist. At this matinee benefit for the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler, local bands and musicians Rough Francis, Waylon Speed, James Kochalka Superstar, Swale and DJ Disco Phantom offer nursery-rhyme mashups, kid-friendly originals and reinvented classics. The show, sponsored by Kids VT, promises to be equally ear-pleasing “for grownups who used to be kids and kids who are still kids.” THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: Saturday, November 9, doors at noon; show at 12:30 p.m., at Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. Ages 3 and up. $5-12. Info, 864-8475. highergroundmusic.com

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Arts & Crafts

Art Studio: Under the guidance of a nurturing instructor, kiddos express themselves through painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Ages 2-5. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 457-3500. Drop-In Kinder Arts Program: Artist/instructor Kelly Hold leads an exploratory craft session. Ages 3-5. River Arts, Morrisville, 10:30 a.m.noon. $12 for first child; $8 per second child. Info, 888-1261. Family Wheel Drop-In: Parents and kids make bowls, cups and sculptures from clay. All ages. BCA Print & Clay Studio, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $6 includes one fired and glazed piece per participant; additional pieces are $5 each. Info, 865-7166.

Baby & Maternity

Postnatal Core Yoga: Get your abs on! New moms learn to reengage core muscles lost during pregnancy in this flowing yoga class for all levels. Pre-crawling babies are welcome. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 1:30 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642.

Community

Glass-Blowing Demos & Food Trucks: Families view art in action as eight mobile vendors serve good grub nearby. All ages. AO Glass Works, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 488-4455.

Dance

First Friday Family Dance: A wholesome evening of live music and dancing ends with a song circle. All ages. Worcester Town Hall, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 229-0173.

Education

Early Bird Math: Young children and their caregivers put two and two together using interactive books, songs and games to explore early math concepts. Richmond Free Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. Homework Help: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students tutor individuals or small groups in reading, math and science. Grades 1-8. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. ThinkSafe: This fun, informative program teaches kids about “stranger danger” and how to stay safe from predators. Martial Way Self Defense Center, Milton, ages 4-6 attend from 6-6:45 p.m.; ages 7-13 attend from 6:45-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4922.

Food

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: Fans of cocoa-covered confectioneries experience the tempering and dipping process. All ages. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591.

Holidays

‘The Wizard of Oz’: The Pentangle Players take audiences over the rainbow in this musicaltheater adventure featuring twisters, Toto and a tin man. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $12-22. Info, 457-3981.

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Art in the A.M.: Participants use puzzle pieces to create a work informed by the “Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum” exhibition. Shelburne Museum, 10-11:30 a.m. $515; preregister. Info, 985-3346. Kids Craft: Owl Ornament: Youngsters have a hoot as they work with jingle bells and pom-poms in this drop-in session. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646. Webby’s Art Studio: The exhibition “Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum” prompts kids to create their own folk art. All ages. Shelburne Museum, noon-4 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-22; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346. Youth & Family Saturday Drop-In: Artsy types create everything from wooden paddle boats to gourd people to tin nightlights in this ever-changing weekly series. Call for specific class activities. Shelburne Craft School, 10-11:30 a.m. $12 each; $10 with a friend or participating parent. Info, 985-3648.

Baby & Maternity

Breast-Feeding Support Group: The Vermont Department of Health organizes this informative social group for moms, babies and families. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 524-7970.

Community

Kids Knight Out: Games, sports, swimming, movies, arts and crafts support the Purple Knights Softball Team. Grades K-5. Tarrant Recreation Center and Ross Sports Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 5:30-9 p.m. $10-15. Info, 654-2676.

Education

Community Learning Conversation: Students, educators and community members learn about new high school graduation expectations. Lunch follows. Winooski Middle/High School, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Kids Workshops: Children learn do-it-yourself skills and tool safety as they build a different project each session. Ages 5-12. Home Depot, Williston, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 872-0039. School Open House: Teachers and high school students lead tours through the campus, and young children make lanterns and play in the kindergarten. An “Introduction to Waldorf Education” presentation starts at 11 a.m. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 10 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.

Fairs & Festivals

Wagon Ride Weekend: Folks inhale sweet fall air on a narrated, horse-drawn tour of the working dairy farm. See calendar spotlight on page 32. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.3:30 p.m. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355.

Norwich Winter Farmers Market: Farmers offer produce, meats Burlington Winter Farmers and maple syrup, which compleSee Dr. First videos Market: Farmers, artisans and ment baked goods and handcrafted “First with Kids” at producers offer fresh and prepared items from local artists. All ages. fletcherallen.org/ foods, crafts, and more in a bustling Tracy Hall, Norwich, 10 a.m.-1 firstwithkids indoor marketplace with live music p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. and lunch seating. All ages. MemoRutland Winter Farmers Market: rial Auditorium, Burlington, 10 More than 50 vendors sell local a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5172. produce, cheese, homemade bread and other Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See Nomade-in-Vermont products. All ages. Vermont vember 1. Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Middlebury Winter Farmers Market: Crafts, Free. Info, 753-7269. cheeses, breads, veggies and more vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. All ages. Mary Hogan ElemenHealth & Fitness tary School, Middlebury, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. EvoKids Saturday Yoga: Youngsters master Info, 537-4754. basic yoga poses through games, songs and dance. Mindfulness activities help them improve their focus and concentration. Ages 4-9. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642. Yoga Tots: Toddlers and parents stretch it out in exercises meant to build self-esteem and positive attitudes toward physical activity. Ages 2-6. Community Room. Highgate Town Office BuildList your class or camp here for only $15 ing, 9-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 868-3970. per month! Submit the listing by the 15th at kidsvt.com or to classes@kidsvt.com. Holidays

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Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: See November 1.

Library & Books

Cleo the Therapy Dog: Canine companions visit with a friendly pooch from Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Ages 3 and up. Milton Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. ‘Treasure Hunters’ Party: Adventurers enjoy epic activities, pirate fun and snacks in celebration of James Patterson’s new middle-grade novel. All ages. Phoenix Books, Essex Junction, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.

Nature & Science

Fossils: Evidence of the Past: Youth sleuths clue into the origins of preserved remains. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: An astronomy expert offers a guided tour of the cosmos. Ages 5 and up. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 12:30-1, 1:30-2:30 & 3:30-4 p.m. $5. Info, 748-2372. Raptor Romp: Families meet and greet birds of prey in their natural environment on an interpreter-guided walk. All ages. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-6; preregister. Info, 985-8686. Skulls: Science lovers explore skeletal remains of local wildlife. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

Theater

Saturday Drama Club: Thespians help Very Merry Theatre produce a show in just three hours. Ages 5-12. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 (or pay what you can). Info, 863-6607. ‘The Wizard of Oz’: See November 1.

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Baby & Maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: Mothers-to-be build strength, stamina, comfort and a stronger connection to their baby in this all-levels class. Free class coupons are available through midwives and OB/GYNs. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 10:05 a.m. $14. Info, 864-9642. Postnatal Yoga: Moms bring their pre-crawling kids to an all-levels flowing yoga class addressing sore shoulders and back pain through gentle core work. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 12:15 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642.

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Aikido of Champlain Valley: Martial Arts & Conflict Resolution for Children: The Japanese martial art of aikido integrates self-defense with a philosophy of nonviolence and compassion. Children’s classes include physical conditioning, bully awareness and prevention, and methods to cultivate inner calm. Visitors are always welcome and children can try a free class. Kindergarten (5- to 6-year-olds): Thursday, 4 p.m. Seven- to 12-year-olds: Tuesday and Wednesday, 4 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. Classes begin on Nov. 2 & Nov. 7. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St., Burlington. Info: bpincus@ burlingtonaikido.org, 951-8900, burlingtonaikido.org. Animated Drawings: Exquisite Corpse — Teens: Teen animators-in-the-making combine creative forces to bring drawings to life! Each student will produce their own sequence of drawings that will be interwoven with the rest into one fantastical stop-motion animation. Instructor: Leif Goldberg. Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 11 & 12, 6-9 p.m. $75/person. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: education@ helenday.com, 253-8358, helenday.com. Busy Bodies: Stretch and strengthen little bodies ages 2.5 to 4. Toddlers are made to move and, at this age, they are also eager to explore. Release that excess energy and channel it into new grooves including improvisational dance, gymnastics, yoga and even ballet. Adults join the class, too — or not. Your choice. Eight Thursday sessions beginning Oct. 31, 10-10:45 a.m. $55/members; $70/community. Location: Winooski YMCA, 32 Mallets Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: gbymca.org, 655-YMCA. Mini Felted Stockings Family Workshop: Utilizing a wet felting technique, adult/child teams will create a unique piece of felt out of a variety of fibers such as silk, wool and mohair. Then, through stitching and embellishing, the felt will be transformed into a mini stocking ornament. Instructor: Kim Goodling. Saturday, Dec. 7, 12:30-3 p.m. $40 per adult/child pair; $15 per extra family member. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: education@helenday. com, 253-8358, helenday.com. Tiny Tots: Fun and fitness for the 1- to 2.5-year-old set (and their ride, too!). Toddlers are ready to play and move, and they’ll do plenty of both at Tiny Tots. Dance, jump, tumble, play games! Get those bodies moving and make some nice social connections with others along the way. Eight Thursday sessions beginning Oct. 31, 11-11:40 a.m. $55/members; $70/community. Location: Winooski YMCA, 32 Mallets Bay Ave. Info: gbymca.org, 655-YMCA. K

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Family Movie Night: Film-lovin’ families settle in for an entertaining flick. Call for the movie title. Ages 18 months and up. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.

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Kids Music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: Toe-tapping good tunes captivate kiddies. Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 660-9346. Music With Derek: The wee crowd convenes to shake out their sillies in tune-filled activities. All ages. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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Halloween Kids Night Out: Tricks and treats abound during themed crafts and games. Dinner is provided. Ages 5-12. Underhill Central School, 6-8 p.m. $8; preregister. Info, 862-9622. Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls: Chills and thrills await as paranormal historian Thea Lewis recaps the city’s dark past. Generally suitable for ages 9 and up. Arrive 10 minutes prior to start time; meet on the steps. Burlington City Hall Park, 7 p.m. $14-18. Info, 863-5966. Teen Zombie Night: Kids fascinated by the undead come for games, crafts and food. Milton Public Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.

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Shelburne Prenatal Yoga: Yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques nurture bodies and create a loving connection between moms-to-be and their babies. Women at all stages of pregnancy are welcome. Yoga Roots, Shelburne, 4:30-6 p.m. $15 drop-in. Info, 985-0090.

Education

Homework Help: See November 1, 2-6 p.m. School Open House: Prospective students and their parents learn about the curriculum, meet students and staff, and tour the campus. Vermont Commons School, South Burlington, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-8084, ext. 27.

Food

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See November 1.

Health & Fitness

YoBoys Yoga Class: Yoga poses, relaxation techniques and themed discussions help young boys learn to increase their attention spans, selfregulate their emotions and manage stress. Ages 6-10. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642. YoGirls Yoga Class: Preteen girls acquire selfconfidence, emotional stability and a positive body image through yoga poses, mindfulness activities, games and crafts. Ages 7-11. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $14. Info, 864-9642.

Fairs & Festivals

Nature & Science

Cells!: Kiddos compare plant and animal cells using a compound microscope and their own cheek cells. Ages 9 and up. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Hoopster Gliders: Creativity soars as kids craft a flying contraption. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2, 1:30-2:30 & 3:30-4 p.m.

Theater

‘The Wizard of Oz’: See November 1, 2:30 p.m.

Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2.

Story Times MONDAY Burlington Preschool Story Time at the Aquarium: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, 11:30 a.m. Regular museum admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids under 3. Info, 877-324-6386. Burlington Stories With Megan: Fletcher Free Library, 11-11:30 a.m. Free; no session on November 11. Info, 865-7216. Colchester Preschool Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, Nov. 4 only, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. Essex Drop-In Story Time: Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. Milton Infant Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Northfield Children’s Story Time: Brown Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 485-4621. Richmond Pajama Time: Richmond Free Library, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. St. Albans Story Hour: St. Albans Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 524-1507. Stowe Story Time for 2- to 3-Year-Olds: Stowe Free Library, 10:15-11 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. Waitsfield Story Time: Joslin Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 496-4205. Waterbury Baby & Toddler Story Time: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Woodstock Baby Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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TUESDAY Alburgh Story Hour: Alburgh Community Education Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 796-6077. Barre Children’s Story Hour: Aldrich Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550. Burlington Preschool Story Time at the Aquarium: See Monday, 11:30 a.m. Colchester Toddler Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. East Barre Kids Story Hour: East Barre Branch Library, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. Fairfax Preschool Story Time: Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. Georgia Pajama Story Time: Georgia Public Library, third Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Grand Isle PJ Story Time: Grand Isle Free Library, first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

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Arts & Crafts

Clay for Kids: Participants improve their sculpting, brush work and glazing skills through guided projects and free time. Ages 6-12. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 3-5 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 457-3500. Clay for Tots: Little potters practice and play with a malleable artistic medium. Ages 2-5. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $15 drop-in. Info, 457-3500.

Baby & Maternity

Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: Pregnant mamas focus on movements that will help prepare their bodies for labor and birth. Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier, 5:30-7 p.m. $15 drop-in. Info, 778-0300.

Early-literacy skills get special attention during these read-aloud sessions. Some locations provide additional activities such as music, crafts or foreign-language instruction. Contact the story-time organizer or visit kidsvt.com for details. Schedules generally follow the school calendar; call ahead to confirm.

Highgate Fall Story Time Fun: Highgate Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 868-3970. Hinesburg Preschool Story Time: CarpenterCarse Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Hinesburg Toddler Story Time: CarpenterCarse Library, first Tuesday of every month, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878. Milton Preschool Story Time: Milton Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Montpelier Story Time: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Richmond Story Time: Richmond Free Library, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. Sheldon Story Time: Sheldon Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 933-2524. South Burlington Tiny Tot Story Time: South Burlington Community Library, 9:15 & 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. Williston Reading With Frosty & Friends Therapy Dogs: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister for a 10-minute session. Info, 878-4918. Williston Story Time With Corey: Buttered Noodles, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Winooski Preschool Story Time: Winooski Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. Woodstock Preschool Story Time: Norman Williams Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. WEDNESDAY Burlington Preschool Story Time at the Aquarium: See Monday, 11:30 a.m. East Barre Realms of Reading Crafts: East Barre Branch Library, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. Essex Toddler Story Time: Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. Grand Isle Preschool Story Time: Grand Isle Free Library, 10 a.m. Free; newcomers should preregister. Info, 372-4797. Hardwick Preschool Story Time: Jeudevine Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 472-5948. Highgate Fall Story Time Fun: See Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. Johnson Story Time: Johnson Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 635-7141. Marshfield Story Time & Playgroup: Jaquith Public Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. Middlebury Baby & Me Story Time: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Montgomery Story Hour: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, montgomery. librarian@gmail.com.

Quechee Story Time: Quechee Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 295-1232. Randolph Morning Story Time: Kimball Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5073. Richford PJ Story Time: Arvin A. Library, 4:305:30 p.m., every other Wednesday. Free. Info, 848-3313. Richford Story Hour: Arvin A. Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 848-3313. South Burlington Baby Book Time: South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. South Burlington Story Time: Barnes & Noble, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. Swanton Story Hour: Swanton Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 868-7656. Warren Preschool Story & Enrichment Hour: Warren Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 595-2582. Waterbury Preschool Story Time: Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. Williamstown Story Time: Ainsworth Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 433-5887. THURSDAY Colchester Preschool Story Time: See Monday. Nov. 7 and 14 only, 10:30 a.m. Essex Preschool Story Time: Essex Free Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 879-0313. Fairfax PJ Story Time: Fairfax Community Library, first Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Franklin Story Hour: Haston Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6678. Middlebury Preschool Story Time: Ilsley Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Northfield Children’s Story Time: See Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Rutland Story Time: Rutland Free Library, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Shelburne Story Time With Mary Catherine Jones: Pierson Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-5124. St. Albans Story Hour: See Monday, 10:3011:30 a.m. Vergennes Story Time: Bixby Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. Westford Story Time: Westford Public Library, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639. FRIDAY Brandon Preschool Story Time: Brandon Free Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 247-8230.

Enosburg Story Hour: Enosburg Public Library, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 370-4797. Essex Musical Story Time: Essex Free Library, third Friday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-0313. Georgia Preschool Story Time: Georgia Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Huntington Story Time: Huntington Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 434-4583. Lincoln Toddler/Preschool Story Time: Lincoln Library, 10:30 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, 10:30 a.m. Moretown Story Time: Moretown Memorial Library, 11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 496-9728. South Burlington Pajamarama: Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. South Burlington Story Time Adventures: South Burlington Community Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. St. Johnsbury Story Time: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. Stowe Baby & Toddler Story Time: Stowe Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 253-6145. SATURDAY Barre Story Time: Next Chapter Bookstore, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-3114. Colchester Saturday Drop-In Story Time: Burnham Memorial Library, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660. South Burlington Story Time: See Wednesday, 11 a.m. St. Johnsbury Story Time: See Friday, first Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. SUNDAY Williston Russian Story Time: Buttered Noodles, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 730-2673. 


Yoga After Baby: New moms work on their core, pelvic floor and arm strength, bringing their infants along if they choose. Shambhala Center, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 778-0300.

Education

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Arts & crafts See Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

one-on-one Tutoring: Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students school youngsters in reading, math and science. Ages 6-12. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Games

Lego club: Builders fashion architecturally sound constructions. Ages 7-12. Milton Public Library, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

Health & Fitness

EvoKids Afterschool Yoga: Parents can attend a by-donation community yoga class one room over from this workout for kids. Grades K and up. Evolution Yoga, Burlington, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $14; $20 per two children. Info, 864-9642. Hot mama Workout: Babies and older children are welcome as moms work through a boot camp-style circuit intended to burn fat and improve muscle tone. Gymnasium, St. Albans City Hall, 9-10 a.m. $10-13; bring a yoga mat. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. Yoga class: Playful breathing, stretching and relaxation techniques build mindfulness and body awareness. Ages 6-12. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 4-5 p.m. $14 drop-in. Info, 870-0361.

Library & Books

Fantastic Futures: The Power of Fantasy to inspire change: Author William Alexander, a highly acclaimed writer of middle-grade steampunk stories, discusses how the fantasy genre can spark social and personal change. For adults and older teens. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 985-2827. Write Now!: Best-selling authors-to-be get inspired to start penning that book or poem. Ages 12-18. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. Young Adult Advisory Board: Sixth through 12th graders help make the library a destination for their peers. Ages 12-18. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

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chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. Kids in the Kitchen: Green Eggs & Hamwiches: Seuss fans make unusual — and unusually good — sandwiches to eat here, there and anywhere. All ages. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569.

Games

chess club: Checkmate! Kids of all ability levels scheme winning strategies. All ages. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. magic: The Gathering: Planeswalkers of all levels seek knowledge and glory in this trading-card game. For teens and adults; kids under 13 must be accompanied by a guardian or have parental permission to attend. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Health & Fitness

Baby Pump Workout: New mothers break a sweat in a class focused on strengthening and cardio. HammerFit Athletic Club, Essex, 11-11:45 a.m. $9. Info, 878-0444. martial Arts class: Playful but focused activities build agility, strength, balance and peaceful cooperation. Ages 7-12. No session on November 28. 2 Wolves Holistic Center, Vergennes, 4-5 p.m. $14 drop-in. Info, 870-0361. moovin’ & Groovin’: Energetic youngsters develop self-confidence, coordination, and language and social-interaction skills through jumping, dancing and tumbling. Ages 18 months-4 years. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10-10:45 a.m. $12 drop-in; preregister. Info, 457-3500.

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Library & Books

Fall story Time & craft: Preschoolers gain early-literacy skills through books and craft activities. Ages 3-5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

movies

Youth media Lab: Aspiring Spielbergs film, edit and produce videos while exploring other areas of digital media. Grades 4-6. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4097.

music

children’s sing-Along With Lesley Grant: Parents sip coffee while wee ones break into song with a local musician and educator. Preschool-age kids and younger. The Bees Knees, Morrisville, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 888-7889.

Theater

‘cirkopolis’: See November 4. ‘super scientific circus’: Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime star in this fantastical romp, in which fun props introduce young audiences to the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force and more. Paramount Theater, Rutland, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. $6.50. Info, 775-0570, ext. 202.

Lake Champlain Waldorf School

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Saturday, december 7 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Come for a shopping experience like no other! Browse for all your holiday gifts from over 60 artisans, while enjoying a caffè latte and savory treats. Live music. For adults and older teens.

Bring your family early because you’ll want to stay the whole day! Huge artisan market, holiday singing, children’s craft making, storytelling, magical activities, games, African drumming, homemade bistro foods and more!

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‘cirkopolis’: Circus arts, theater, dance and music collide in a dreamlike man-versus-society performance from Québec’s Cirque Éloize. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-54. Info, 863-5966.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 4 p.m. Postnatal Yoga: See November 3, 10:30 a.m.

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music for Preschoolers: Lively tunes with Peter Alsen or Derek Burkins strike the right note among the wee crowd. For ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:45 a.m. Free; limited to one session per week per family. Info, 878-4918. shake Your sillies out: Tots swing and sway to music with children’s entertainer Derek Burkins. Center Court. University Mall, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.

creative Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. All ages, but kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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Very merry Holiday celebration: Creative kids explore midwinter traditions through song, dance and storytelling with instructors Trish Denton and Randal Pierce. Ages 7-14. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $20. Info, 355-1461.

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Nobody likes a bully. The No Strings marionette company’s newest production, THE THREE PiGs, is based on one of the oldest bullies in the book. With an original script and handmade puppets, this whimsical tale tells how three little pigs — a singer, a painter and an architect — deal with the constant harassment of an overconfident wolf. There are lots of good lessons here for young and old, including the benefits of good construction and planning ahead. THE THREE PiGs: Saturday, November 30, 11 a.m., at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. All ages. $6. Info, 728-6464. chandler-arts.org

Health & Fitness

EvoKids Afterschool Yoga: See November 4.

Library & Books

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dorothy canfield Fisher Book discussion: Bibliophiles voice likes and dislikes about awardnominated books, such as Jo Knowles’ See You at Harry’s. Ages 8-11. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

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Arts for Tots: Music, movement, free play and art projects inspire creativity in young minds. Ages 18 months-4 years. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10:15-11:15 a.m. $10 drop-in; preregister. Info, 457-3500. dark Knight comics club: Fans of the genre bring their imagination, favorite comic books and penciling prowess as they create their own 2:05 PMcartoons with Ben T. Matchstick and Ash Brittenham. Ages 7-17. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free.

Baby & maternity

Breast-Feeding mom support: New mothers get to know each other during this informative and informal session. Children welcome. Grace Church, Rutland, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 747-8665.

Education

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Early Childhood Programs designed specifically for the developmental needs of children.

Homework Help: See November 1. one-on-one Tutoring: See November 4, 4-8 p.m. social Thinking: Kids with nonverbal learning disabilities, Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism develop their social skills. Call for times. Ages 6-17. Preregister. Maple Leaf Clinic, Wallingford, Info, 446-3577.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. cookie decorating: Budding bakers doll up treats with sprinkles, frosting, sugar and nuts. Barrio Bakery, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-8278.

Games

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, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2665. Lego club: Amateur architects piece together creative scale models of cityscapes. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. Theme-Based Lego club: Weekly prompts inspire kids’ building projects. Their constructions will be on display for the following week. Ages 9-11. Waterbury Public Library, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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moving & Grooving With christine: Tots let loose to the rhythms of rock-and-roll and world music. Recommended for ages 2-5, but all are welcome. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Preschool music With derek: Kids tap their toes in time to a fun, tune-filled gathering. Ages 3-5. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660. Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate: Small scallywags “ooh” and “aargh!” during swashbuckling songs, movements and guessing games. Ages 7 and under with their parents. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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Arts & crafts

Fairy Tales: Enchanted stories inspire whimsical works of art. Ages 3-5. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10:15-11:15 a.m. $10 drop-in. Info, 457-3500. Pollywog Preschool Art drop-in: Multimedia projects involving play dough, paint and paper introduce young kids to artistic expression. Ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by an adult. BCA Center, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $6. Info, 865-7166.

Baby & maternity

Breast-Feeding support Group: Lactating moms bring their babies and bond over stories and advice. Family Birthing Center, Northwest Medical Center, St. Albans, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 524-7970. Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 5:45 p.m. La Leche League of Essex: Moms bring their little ones to a discussion of parenting and breastfeeding. Pregnant and planning moms are also welcome. First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 383-8544.

Education

Homeschooling series: Learners navigate the natural world using a map and compass on an orienteering adventure. Grades 1-3 and 4-6 meet separately. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 10-11 a.m. $13-15; free for adults with regular admission; preregister. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.

Fairs & Festivals

West African dance & drum Festival: World-renowned teachers and musicians join Burlington’s Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater in four days of classes and performances. Downtown Burlington, 5:30-8:45 p.m. Various prices; visit jehkulu.org for details. Info, 859-1802.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. Kids in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter & Jelly Pancakes: Two children’s favorites come together in an ooey, gooey, over-the-top breakfast dish. All ages. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569.

Health & Fitness

martial Arts class: See November 5. Yoga for Tots: Mini yogis jump like frogs and stretch like dogs in this relaxed class filled with games, stories and songs. ArtisTree Community Art Center, Woodstock, 10-10:45 a.m. $12 dropin. Info, 457-3500.

Library & Books

Food for Thought Teen Group: Young adults chow down on pizza as they discuss the library’s special events and book and DVD selection. Grades 7-12. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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music for Preschoolers: See November 4, 10:30 a.m. music With mr. chris: Singer, storyteller and puppeteer Chris Dorman leads kids in song and dance. All ages. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. spanish musical Kids: Amigos learn Latin American songs and games with native Argentinian Constancia Gómez. Ages 1-5. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

Theater

Holiday Plays & Kids cabaret: Holiday themes inspire drama kings and queens to create exciting original skits, plays and comedies with children’s theater director Trish Denton. Ages 7-12. Jericho Community Center, 3:30-5 p.m. $15; preregister. ‘shrek: The musical’: A disgruntled green ogre is tasked with rescuing a sassy princess in this misfit fairy tale from a Company at Town Hall Theater. See calendar spotlight on page 34. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $18-23. Info, 382-9222.


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Arts & crafts

Art studio: See November 1. drop-in Kinder Arts Program: See November 1. Family Wheel drop-in: See November 1.

See Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

Baby & maternity

Postnatal core Yoga: See November 1.

community

Glass-Blowing demos & Food Trucks: See November 1. Kids Night out: A Night of clues: Faced with a mystery, youth sleuths gather evidence and try to crack a case. Dinner is provided. Georgia Elementary & Middle School, St. Albans, 6-8 p.m. $8; preregister. Info, 862-9622.

Education

Early Bird math: See November 1. Homeschool Project day: Siblings and parents act as the audience as out-of-classroom learners present current and past projects. Milton Public Library, 2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. Homework Help: See November 1.

Fairs & Festivals

West African dance & drum Festival: See November 7, 12:45-4 p.m.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Games

Family Night Bingo: Parents and kids cross their fingers for five in a row. Refreshments available. F. H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $1. Info, 846-4108.

Library & Books

Toddler story Time: Books, rhymes, finger plays and simple crafts introduce tots to early literacy skills. Ages 1-3. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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‘Hansel and Gretel’: Audiences follow a bread-crumb trail to a screening of Engelbert Humperdinck’s family-friendly, fairy-tale opera. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 760-4634.

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Kids music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See November 1. music With derek: See November 1. 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.

Theater

doll & me Enchanted Garden Party: Tots and their tiny, make-believe friends dress up for a fancy luncheon and dessert that includes craft projects and a ballet presentation. Proceeds benefit the Northern Vermont Ballet Company. Ages 3-12 with an adult. Church of the Rock, St. Albans, 11:30 a.m. & 3 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 393-8655.

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Fairs & Festivals

Harvest Festival: Families celebrate local farms and food at this benefit for Richmond Elementary Farm to School. Activities include blending bike-powered smoothies, making pizza, climbing hay bales, live music and more. All ages. West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 434-5853. Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2. West African dance & drum Festival: See November 7, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

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Arts & crafts

Felting Fun!: Kids get wild and woolly as they meet sheep and practice fiber arts. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-noon. $5-6; preregister. Info, 985-8686.

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‘Birth’: Karen Brody’s play shares real women’s labor experiences, giving audiences what City Lights Theater Company calls “the naked truth about childbirth.” Proceeds benefit the Vermont Birth Network and Vermont Midwives Association. Ages 12 and up. Main Street Landing, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 343-1003. ‘shrek: The musical’: See November 7.

Kids craft: chef ornament: Bon appétit! In this drop-in session, little ones create handmade gifts for any cooking enthusiasts in the family. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646. Youth & Family saturday dropin: See November 2.

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Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See November 1. Kids Cooking Class: Homemade Soup to Eat & Share: Budding chefs whip up a pot of cheddar soup, then pack it up to share with families helped by the Committee on Temporary Shelter. Ages 6-12, accompanied by an adult. King Street Youth Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5-10; free for mentor pairs. Info, 861-9700. Kids in the Kitchen: Chicken Chimichangas: Fledgling chefs go south of the border as they stuff, bundle and fry delicious filled tortillas. All ages. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for accompanying adult; preregister. Info, 863-2569.

Games

Chess Club: See November 5. Magic: The Gathering: See November 5.

Health & Fitness

Baby Pump Workout: See November 5. Martial Arts Class: See November 5.

Library & Books

Fall Story Time & Craft: See November 5.

Movies

Youth Media Lab: See November 5.

Music

Children’s Sing-Along With Lesley Grant: See November 5.

Theater

Very Merry Holiday Celebration: See November 5.

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Temperatures are dropping, but there’s still time to get outside before the snow flies. Billings Farm & Museum’s Wagon Ride Weekends are a late-fall tradition. Families take in the sweet autumn air and catch the last of the foliage on narrated, horse-drawn wagon rides through the operating dairy farm. Back at the farmhouse, kids visit the barnyard animals and view farm-life exhibits. Giddyup! 10 SUNDAY

Baby & Maternity

Birth Preparation Workshop: Expectant mothers practice visualizations, learn important coping techniques for labor and create beautiful birth visuals at an empowering workshop with Francesca Arnoldy of VT Birth Haven. Yoga Roots, Shelburne, 2-4 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 985-0090. Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3. Shelburne Prenatal Yoga: See November 3.

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Education

Homework Help: See November 1, 2-6 p.m.

Fairs & Festivals

Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2. West African Dance & Drum Festival: See November 7, 9:15 a.m.-5:45 p.m.

Food

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See November 1.

Health & Fitness

YoBoys Yoga Class: See November 3. YoGirls Yoga Class: See November 3.

Nature & Science

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. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Mirror, Mirror: Little ones use looking glasses to investigate reflection and symmetry. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2, 1:30-2:30 & 3:30-4 p.m.

Theater

‘Shrek: The Musical’: See November 7, 2 p.m.

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Baby & Maternity

Montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See November 4. Yoga After Baby: See November 4.

Food

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See November 1. My Child & Me Cooking Class: Homemade Sauerkraut: Parents and caregivers with children under 5 learn about fermenting vegetables in this delicious and nutritious class. McClure

Autumn Wagon Ride Weekends: Saturdays and Sundays, November 2 through 24, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. All ages. Regular admission, $3-12; free for kids under 3. Info, 457-2355. billingsfarm.org

Arts & Crafts

Afterschool Craft Club: Amateur artists end the school day with a creative project. Grades 3-5. Milton Public Library, 3:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644. Arts for Tots: See November 6. Dark Knight Comics Club: See November 6.

Education Multigenerational Center, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $5-10 per adult/child pair. Info, 861-9700.

Health & Fitness

EvoKids Afterschool Yoga: See November 4. Hot Mama Workout: See November 4. Yoga Class: See November 4.

Music

Shake Your Sillies Out: See November 4.

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Arts & Crafts

Creative Tuesdays: See November 5. Teen Art Studio: Creative juices flow as local artists encourage adolescents to dream up ideas and carry them out in an anything-goes atmosphere. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-8358.

Baby & Maternity

Burlington La Leche League: Babies and older kids are welcome as moms bring their questions to a breast-feeding support group. Lending library available. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 985-8228. Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 4 p.m. Postnatal Yoga: See November 3, 10:30 a.m.

History for Homeschoolers: Reading, writing and hands-on activities hosted by the Vermont Historical Society offer a new perspective on the past. Ages 6-12. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, 1-3 p.m. $4-5; free for parents and nonparticipating children; preregister. Info, 828-1314. Homework Help: See November 1. One-on-One Tutoring: See November 4, 4-8 p.m. Social Thinking: See November 6.

Food

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See November 1. Cookie Decorating: See November 6.

Games

Georgia Family Game Night: Players sit down for friendly competitions of Candy Land, checkers and Monopoly. Visitors are welcome to bring their own games, too. Georgia Public Library, Fairfax, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 524-4643. Lego Afternoons: See November 6.

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Arts & crafts

Fairy Tales: See November 7. Pollywog Preschool Art drop-in: See November 7.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 5:45 p.m.

Education

History for Homeschoolers: See November 13.

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‘spaceballs’: Popcorn is provided as cinephiles screen this goofy sci-fi adventure from 1987. Grades 1 and up. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Teen Books-to-Film discussion: Bookworms read Ben Mezrich’s Bringing Down the House, then watch the movie adaptation, 2008’s 21, at the library over snacks. Milton Public Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644. Teen movie Night: Popcorn and juice are provided as cinephiles screen a classic ’80s blockbuster. Grades 7-12. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.

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‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad day’: TheatreworksUSA adapts Judith Viorst’s bestselling children’s story into a one-hour musical about getting through a tough day. Grades preK-3. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 10 a.m. $6. Info, 431-0204. ‘Anna’s Journal’: Theatre Kavanah stages a dramatic reading of local author Joy Kipp’s story about a 13-year-old struggling to find her way as a Jewish teen in rural Vermont. Ages 13 and up. Main Street Landing, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $1720. Info, 864-9774. Holiday Plays & Kids cabaret: See November 7. C ‘shrek: The musical’: See November 7. M

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Library & Books

Jiggity Jog: A tuneful meet-up with Miss Susan entails singing, dancing and instrument playing. Ages 2-6. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539.

See Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

music

Kids music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See November 1. music With derek: See November 1. music With Robert: See November 8.

Parenting

Life of the child conference: Best-selling author, teacher and parenting consultant Sharifa Oppenheimer makes a presentation on “Discipline With Heart: Guiding Our Children.” Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7-9 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.

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‘Anna’s Journal’: See November 14, 2 p.m. ‘Ruckus: A cirque spectacular’: Aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and vaudeville characters wow audiences in Nimble Arts’ family-friendly circus show. See calendar spotlight on page 36. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $15-25. Info, 476-8188. ‘shrek: The musical’: See November 7.

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Arts & crafts

Family Workshop: The Possibilities of Paper: Artists of all ages use collage and printmaking techniques to create cards and books with instructor Thea Storz. Outback Artspace, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-noon. $10 for the first family member; $5 for each additional member; preregister. Info, 748-2600, ext. 108.

Kids craft: scarecrow ornament: Creative kiddos fashion people from straw at this drop-in session. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646. Youth & Family saturday dropin: See November 2.

cleo the Therapy dog: See November 2.

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Kids Night out: Participants keep busy with pizza, pool time and a bounce castle. Ages 1-4 and 5-12; sessions run simultaneously. Greater Burlington YMCA, 5:30-8 p.m. $9-17; preregister. Info, 862 9622.

Fairs & Festivals

Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2.

movies

smArt series: Pirate costumes, high-seas treats and a treasure hunt accompany a screening of the 1980s classic The Goonies. Shelburne Museum, 1-5 p.m. Regular museum admission, $5-22; free for children under 5. Info, 985-3346.

Hopstop Family series: World music Percussion Ensemble: Cowbells ring and congas pound in this danceable performance introducing young ears to global sounds. Ages 3 and up with an adult. Alumni Hall. Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hanover, N.H., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2010.

Nature & science

Burlington Winter Farmers market: See November 2. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. middlebury Winter Farmers market: See November 2. Norwich Winter Farmers market: See November 2. Rutland Winter Farmers market: See November 2.

moonlit Rides: Giddyup, let’s go! Visitors tour the farm under the night sky, then head back to the Education Center for snacks and activities. All ages. Shelburne Farms, 5:15, 6, 6:45 & 7:30 p.m. $7-10. Info, 985-8686. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2. saturday morning at the museum: Specially geared toward families, this gathering invites visitors to explore every inch of the quirky collections. All ages. Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury, 10 a.m.-noon. Regular museum admission, $6-8; free for kids under 5. Info, 748-2372.

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Holiday Bazaar: Local artisans offer shoppers a wide array of affordable fine gifts for the holidays. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 431-0204.

Life of the child conference: Waldorf teacher Anne Shapiro, David Sewell McCann of Sparkle Stories, Erik Thompson of Vermont Center for Family Studies and Jason Frishman of Folkfoods lead workshops at this gathering focused on “Discipline With Heart: Guiding Our Children.” Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $49-60; preregister. Info, 985-2827, ext. 12.

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Theater

EvoKids saturday Yoga: See November 2.

Holidays

American Girl Tea Party: Little ladies sit down for an afternoon cuppa with treats, games and snacks. Ages 8-12 accompanied by an adult. Milton Public Library, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

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EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE AND ENDURING INTERVENTIONS TO LEARNING Yoga class: See November 4.

‘shrek: The musical’: See November 7, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

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Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3. shelburne Prenatal Yoga: See November 3.

See Dr. First videos “First with Kids” at fletcherallen.org/ firstwithkids

Education

Homework Help: See November 1, 2-6 p.m.

Fairs & Festivals

Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Health & Fitness

YoBoys Yoga class: See November 3. YoGirls Yoga class: See November 3.

Holidays

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16, noon-3 p.m.

Nature & science

creeping colors: Marker dyes break down into a rainbow of hues as small scientists watch capillary action. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Journaling Nature: Small scribblers make their own notebooks, then head out into the woods for a sensory afternoon of drawing and reflection. Ages 5 and up. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 1-3 p.m. $10-12 per adult/child pair; $4-5 per additional child; preregister. Info, 434-3068. Leafcutter Ants: Nature fans investigate the secret lives of “insect fungus farmers.” All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2, 1:30-2:30 & 3:30-4 p.m.

Theater

‘Anna’s Journal’: See November 14, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘shrek: The musical’: See November 7, 2 p.m.

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Arts & crafts

clay for Kids: See November 4. clay for Tots: See November 4.

Baby & maternity

montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See November 4. Yoga After Baby: See November 4. one-on-one Tutoring: See November 4.

Food

Games

Health & Fitness

music for Preschoolers: See November 4. shake Your sillies out: See November 4.

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Books & Beyond: science for Preschoolers: 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, 10:1511 & 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.

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Arts & crafts

creative Tuesdays: See November 5.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 4 p.m. Postnatal Yoga: See November 3, 10:30 a.m.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. Teens Take over the Kitchen: Taco Party: Young adults make mouthwatering Mexican-food combinations while learning basic kitchen sanitation rules and knife skills. Ages 12 and up. Healthy Living Market and Café, South Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $30 per child; adults are welcome; preregister. Info, 863-2569.

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Games

chess club: See November 5. magic: The Gathering: See November 5.

Health & Fitness

Baby Pump Workout: See November 5. martial Arts class: See November 5. moovin’ & Groovin’: See November 5.

Library & Books

science story Time: Instructor Kristen Littlefield fosters a lifelong love of reading as children explore “butterfly sleeping bags.” Ages 3-5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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Theater

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Afterschool craft club: See November 13. Arts for Tots: See November 6. dark Knight comics club: See November 6.

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Young Adult Film crew: Wannabe actors, directors and audiovisual buffs put together a program for Lake Champlain Access Television. Ages 12-18. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

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EvoKids Afterschool Yoga: See November 4.

Homework Help: See November 1. One-on-One Tutoring: See November 4, 4-8 p.m. Social Thinking: See November 6.

Holidays

Food

Baby Charms: Nonwalking infants get silly as they sing, dance and make music with Miss Susan. South Burlington Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 652-7539. Pajama Story Time: Small ones curl up for bedtime tales, cookies and milk. Ages 18 months-5 years. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

Chocolate-Dipping Demonstration: See November 1. Cookie Decorating: See November 6.

Games

Lego Afternoons: See November 6. Lego Club: See November 6. Theme-Based Lego Club: See November 6, 3-4 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16, 5-8 p.m.

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Movies

‘It’s PJ Night at the Mall, Charlie Brown’: Pajama-clad families screen “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” based on the comic-strip

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Education

characters of “Peanuts.” Cookies and milk provided. University Mall, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066.

music

moving & Grooving With christine: See November 6. Preschool music With derek: See November 6. Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate: See November 6.

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Theater

Kickoff/information meeting for ‘Les misérables’: Tiny thespians learn about onstage roles and behind-the-scenes opportunities in Lyric Theatre Company’s 40th-anniversary production, a sweeping musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel. Ages 8-80. F. H. Tuttle Middle School, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 363-4599.

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Arts & crafts

Fairy Tales: See November 7. Pollywog Preschool Art drop-in: See November 7.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 5:45 p.m.

Food

Early Bird math: See November 1. Homework Help: See November 1.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Holidays

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16.

music

Kids music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See November 1. music With derek: See November 1. music With Robert: See November 8.

Nature & science

Friday Nights for Teen Tinkerers: Would-be Ben Franklins create, design or build something cool, from “Frankenstuffies” to stop-motion animation. Grades 6-9. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6:30-8 p.m. $14-16; preregistration encouraged. Info, 649-2200.

Theater

‘The masked Ball’: Five- to 14-year-olds make up THT Young Company’s 43-person cast, which stages a mostly original journey through a masquerade party, loosely based on Much Ado About Nothing. Ages 5 and up. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 382-9222.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

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Health & Fitness

Arts & crafts

martial Arts class: See November 5. Yoga for Tots: See November 7.

Holidays

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16.

Library & Books

community Book discussion: Readers chat about David Levithan’s Every Day, recommended for ages 12 and up. Milton Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

movies

middle school Books-to-Film discussion: Bookworms read Natalie Babbit’s Tuck Everlasting, then watch the movie adaptation at the library over snacks. Milton Public Library, 3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.

music

music for Preschoolers: See November 4, 10:30 a.m. music With mr. chris: See November 7.

Theater

Holiday Plays & Kids cabaret: See November 7.

Arts & crafts

Baby & maternity

Postnatal core Yoga: See November 1.

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Face Painting: Kids get fancy with facial embellishments by Snowqueen, near the food court. University Mall, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call for price. Info, 864-0683. Family Workshop: make a stickbook Journal: Small scribes fashion handmade diaries with MaryLiz Riddle. Grades 4-8 and their parents. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-2600, ext. 108. Lantern making: Families craft magical willowand-tissue-paper lights in preparation for Waterbury’s River of Light Community Lantern Procession. Bring a bag lunch. Ages 4 and up. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-8358. Youth & Family saturday drop-in: See November 2.

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Family Fun Night: Parents and kids have a blast swimming, bouncing and watching a movie at the Y. All ages. Greater Burlington YMCA, 5-8 p.m. $4-6; preregister. Info, 862-9622.

Fairs & Festivals

EcHo HarvestFest: This nine-day festival features events, films and activities focusing on three harvest staples: corn, beans and squash. All ages. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular museum admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids under 3; $2 discount with a nonperishable food donation for the local foodbank. Info, 864-1848. Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2.

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Food

Burlington Winter Farmers market: See November 2. capital city Thanksgiving Farmers market: Root veggies, honey, maple syrup and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food held in the gymnasium. All ages. Montpelier High School, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

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middlebury Winter Farmers market: See November 2. Norwich Winter Farmers market: See November 2. Rutland Winter Farmers market: See November 2.

Health & Fitness

EvoKids saturday Yoga: See November 2.

Holidays

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Library & Books

clay for Kids: See November 4. clay for Tots: See November 4.

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16. mark Perry: The author of Post Mark: Santa’s Misfit Postman comes dressed as the North Pole mail carrier for hourly readings and book signings. He’ll even deliver kids’ letters to Mr. Claus himself. Buttered Noodles, Williston, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 764-1810.

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Kids creating music: Bob Brookens leads children in a tuneful playtime with instrument activities, song and dance. 18 months-4 years. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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Exploring magnets: Budding scientists experiment with invisible pull. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. microscopic investigations: Hand lenses and microscopes help kids discover there’s more to the world than meets the eye. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2.

Theater

‘The masked Ball’: See November 22. saturday drama club: See November 2.

Education

one-on-one Tutoring: See November 4.

Fairs & Festivals

EcHo HarvestFest: See November 23.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Health & Fitness

EvoKids afterschool Yoga: See November 4. Yoga class: See November 4.

Library & Books

intergenerational dessert Book discussion: Lit lovers gather for a good read-and-rant session about Jesse Andrews’ Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, complete with something sweet. Ages 12adult. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.

movies

music

Fairs & Festivals

EcHo HarvestFest: See November 23. Wagon Ride Weekend: See November 2.

Food

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montpelier Prenatal Yoga: See November 4. Yoga after Baby: See November 4.

Baby & maternity

Homework Help: See November 1, 2-6 p.m.

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Health & Fitness

YoBoys Yoga class: See November 3. YoGirls Yoga class: See November 3.

Holidays

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16, noon-3 p.m.

Nature & science

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movie day at the Library: Film buffs catch a flick on the big screen. Call for film title. Milton Public Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.

Education

optical illusions: Young minds discover that things are not always what they seem during this science-based session. All ages. Montshire

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Museum of Science, Norwich, 3 p.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2, 1:30-2:30 & 3:30-4 p.m. Wildlife Wanderers club: Families connect with Mother Nature during an outdoor adventure complete with games, activities, investigation and observation. Meet at the park gate. Red Rocks Park, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4108.

music for Preschoolers: See November 4.

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arts & crafts

creative Tuesdays: See November 5. Kids craft: snowman ornament: Youngsters fashion festive snow people sporting scarves at this drop-in session. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 862-0646. Teen art studio: See November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Baby & maternity

Burlington Prenatal Yoga: See November 3, 4 p.m. Postnatal Yoga: See November 3, 10:30 a.m.

Fairs & Festivals

EcHo HarvestFest: See November 23.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1.

Games

chess club: See November 5. magic: The Gathering: See November 5.

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Baby & maternity

Nursing Beyond a Year: Moms gather to discuss the joys and challenges of an older nursling. Discussion topics include nighttime parenting, weaning and setting limits. Bring a snack to share. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 879-3000.

Education

Homework Help: See November 1. social Thinking: See November 6.

Fairs & Festivals

EcHo HarvestFest: See November 23.

Food

chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. cookie decorating: See November 6. Homemade candy cane demonstration: Confectioners boil, pull, turn, roll and twist striped seasonal sweets in five flavors. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 11 a.m. Free to watch; $6 person to make your own; preregister. Info, 253-9591.

Games

music

Kids music With Linda ‘Tickle Belly’ Bassick: See November 1. music With derek: See November 1.

Nature & science

Fossils: Evidence of the Past: See November 2, 3 p.m. Hoopster Gliders: See November 3.

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Arts & crafts

Face Painting: See November 23. Kids craft: Lightbulb ornament: Glitter to the max! Little ones create shimmery, multicolored decorations at this drop-in session. Ages 5 and up. Creative Habitat, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5. Info, 02-862-0646.

Fairs & Festivals Food

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Holidays

Health & Fitness

EvoKids Afterschool Yoga: See November 4.

Holidays

Preschool music With derek: See November 6.

Holiday Bazaar: See November 16. Thanksgiving Weekend: See November 29.

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Nature & science

drop-in Kinder Arts Program: See November 1. Postnatal core Yoga: See November 1.

Education

Fairs & Festivals

EcHo HarvestFest: See November 23.

Food

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Bird monitoring Walk: Binocular buddies keep their eyes to the sky, hoping to catch sight of feathered wings above. Best for adults and older children. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-2167. color mixing: Preschoolers and their families blend primary colors into brand-new hues. All ages. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11 a.m. Regular museum admission, $10-12; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200. Planetarium Presentation: See November 2.

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‘conjure: A Vaudeville illusion’: Cornelius the Magician brings comedy, romance, intrigue and death-defying feats to the stage. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, 3 & 7 p.m. $3846; $136 for family four-pack. Info, 760-4634. saturday drama club: See November 2. ‘The Three Pigs’: No Strings Marionette Company huffs and puffs through this twisted fairy-tale puppet performance. See calendar spotlight on page 30. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 11 a.m. $6. Info, 728-6464. K

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chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. Homemade candy cane demonstration: See November 27.

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Early Bird math: See November 1. Homework Help: See November 1.

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EvoKids saturday Yoga: See November 2.

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EcHo HarvestFest: See November 23. chocolate-dipping demonstration: See November 1. Homemade candy cane demonstration: See November 27, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. middlebury Winter Farmers market: See November 2. Norwich Winter Farmers market: See November 2. Rutland Winter Farmers market: See November 2.

Lego Afternoons: See November 6. Lego club: See November 6.

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Playgroups

Kids enjoy fun and games during these informal get-togethers, and caregivers connect with other local parents and peers. The groups are usually free and often include snacks, arts and crafts, or music. Contact the playgroup organizer or visit kidsvt.com for site-specific details. Schedules generally follow the school calendar; call ahead to confirm.

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Barre Open Gym: Sunrise Gymnastics, 10 a.m.noon. $10 per child. Info, 223-0517. Burlington Crawlers, Waddlers & Toddlers: St. Joseph School, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 999-5100. Cambridge Playgroup: Cambridge Elementary School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. Colchester Playgroup: Malletts Bay School, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 264-5900. Jericho Playgroup: Jericho Community Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Morrisville Hometown Playgroup: Morristown Graded Building, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. St. Albans Afternoon Fun: Barlow Street Community Center, 3-5:30 p.m. $11-14 per session. Info, 524-1500, ext. 266. Williston Playgroup: Alice in Noodleland: Buttered Noodles, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-1810. Winooski Fathers & Children Together: Winooski Family Center, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422.

Barre Open Gym: See Monday, 10 a.m.-noon. Enosburg Playgroup: American Legion, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 370-4797. Essex Building Bright Futures Baby Playgroup: Move You Fitness Studio, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. Essex Junction RU12? LGBTQA Family Playgroup: Leaps and Bounds Child Development Center, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-7812. Milton Playgroup: Milton Family Community Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1457. Richford Tumble Time: Richford Elementary, every other Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 370-4797. Richmond Playgroup: Richmond Free Library, 8:45-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Shelburne Playgroup: Trinity Episcopal Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 764-5820. South Royalton Playgroup: United Church on the Green, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 685-2264. St. Albans Afternoon Fun: See Monday, 3-5:30 p.m. St. Albans Playgroup: NCSS Family Center, St. Albans, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Vergennes Playgroup: Congregational Church of Vergennes, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Williston Baby Time Playgroup: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Free; no session on the first Wednesday of the month or on November 27. Info, 876-7555 or 878-4918. Williston Evening Baby Playgroup: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, first Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7555.

TUESDAY Bristol Playgroup: Bristol Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Burlington Family Play: VNA Family Room, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Burlington Fathers & Children Together: VNA Family Room, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-4420. Colchester Playgroup: See Monday, 9-11 a.m. Georgia Playgroup: Georgia Elementary & Middle School, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 528-5470. Hardwick Playgroup: Hardwick Elementary School, 8:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Info, 652-5138. Johnson Baby Chat: Church of the Nazarene, fourth Tuesday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Middlebury Playgroup: Middlebury Baptist Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Milton Playgroup: New Life Fellowship Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-1457. Montpelier Tulsi Morning Playgroup: Tulsi Tea Room, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-0043. Richford Playgroup: Cornerstone Bridges to Life Community Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 370-4797. St. Albans Afternoon Fun: See Monday, 3-5:30 p.m.

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THURSDAY Alburgh Playgroup: NCSS Family Center, Alburgh, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Brandon Stories & Crafts: Brandon Free Public Library, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 247-8230. Burlington EvoMamas Playgroup: Evolution Yoga, second Thursday of every month, 10:20 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 864-9642. Burlington Family Play: See Tuesday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Essex Building Bright Futures Playgroup: Essex Junction Recreation and Parks Department, 9:30-11 a.m. Free; bring indoor shoes. Info, 876-7555. 10/24/13

Essex Junction Building Bright Futures Preschool Playgroup: Maple Street Recreation Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-1613. Johnson Hometown Playgroup: United Church of Johnson, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229. Milton Playgroup: See Tuesday, 9:30-11 a.m. Montgomery Infant/Toddler Playgroup: Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 347-1780. Morrisville Baby Chat: First Congregational Church of Morrisville, first Thursday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. St. Albans Afternoon Fun: See Mondays, 3-5:30 p.m. Winooski Playgroup: O’Brien Community Center, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 655-1422. Worcester Playgroup: Doty Memorial School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-1312. FRIDAY Bradford Story Hour: Bradford Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. Burlington Family Gym: Greater Burlington YMCA, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $5 for families with one child; $8 for families with multiple children; free for YMCA members. Info, 862-9622. Essex Center Toy Library Playgroup: Memorial Hall, Nov. 1, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. Fairfax Community Playgroup: BFA Fairfax, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, fairfaxsx6@gmail.com. Ferrisburgh Open Gym: Ferrisburgh Central School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-3171. Huntington Playgroup: Huntington Public Library, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Montgomery Tumble Time: Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 347-1780. Randolph Toddler Time: Kimball Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5073. St. Albans Afternoon Fun: See Monday, 3-5:30 p.m. St. Albans MOPS: Church of the Rock, first Friday of every month, 8:45-11 a.m. First meeting is free; $4 dues per each meeting that follows. Info, 393-4411. Stowe Playgroup: Stowe Community Church, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-5229.

Swanton Playgroup: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 10 a.m. Free. Info, swantonbbf@gmail. com. Underhill Playgroup: Underhill Central School, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4415. Williston Playgroup: Allen Brook School, 9:3011 a.m. Free. Info, 876-7555. SATURDAY Bakersfield Tumble Time: Bakersfield Elementary/Middle School, second Saturday of every month, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 370-4797. Burlington Family Gym: See Friday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Enosburg Tumble Time: Enosburg Elementary School, first Saturday of every month, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 370-4797. Essex Junction Building Bright Futures Preschool Open Gym: Maple Street Recreation Center, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-1613. Fairfax Open Tot Gym & Infant/Parent Playtime: BFA Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. No session on November 30. Info, fairfaxsx6@ gmail.com. Franklin Tumble Time & Playgroup: Franklin Central School, Nov. 9, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 285-6678. Morrisville Weekend Baby Chat: Lamoille Family Center, second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3470. Williston Spanish Music & Movement Playgroup: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, first Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 

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The Mitchell family hangs out in their basement game room

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• Plan the games and features before you build out the walls or install flooring. There are specific dimensions required for the area around a pool table, for example. • Basements can be damp or prone to flooding. Patch any potential leaks before the carpet goes in.

• To save money, look for games and entertainment systems at Goodwill or neighborhood garage sales.

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• Create a space that can grow with your kids — they might like playing with dollhouses now, but remember that their interests will change.

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When the weather turns cold and the mountains aren’t yet snowy enough for skiing, the Mitchell family of Williston heads indoors for fun. Parents Jennifer and Carl have turned their basement into a combination game room and cinema for their tweenage sons, Grant and Chase. The family’s favorite part of the downstairs hangout is the Parents: pool table, which has a removable ping-pong tabletop. Each game Jennifer and can be played one-on-one but also accommodates extra friends. Carl Mitchell A Nerf basketball hoop, mounted on a door, gets so much use that Kids: Grant, 10, Jennifer has had to replace it multiple times. The kids use her and Chase, 12 BOSU ball — an inflated rubber dome designed for exercising — to launch themselves at the net for dramatic slam dunks. For less physical fun, they turn to the gaming station: a big, flat-screen TV hooked up to a Wii and an Xbox. On movie nights, the family pulls down roomdarkening shades and settles into comfy couches and special gaming chairs with tiny speakers inside the headrests. It’s more than enough to get this family through November’s gray days. K

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hands-on Q project

Edible Art 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Cover your workspace with parchment paper. Lay the halved pear down in the center of the parchment, cut side down. This is the body of the turkey. Fan apple slices around the top half of the pear, forming the turkey’s plumage. Lay down carrot slivers as the bird’s beak and feet. (Use the butter knife to shape or trim the slivers as needed.) Use a dot of frosting as “glue” to attach two M&Ms to the turkey’s head — these are its eyes. Eat up ! K

• parchment paper • pear, halved and cored • apple, cored and sliced into thin wedges • carrot, cut into thin slivers • butter knife (optional) • small tube of frosting, available at craft stores and supermarkets • M&Ms or other round candies

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Share your fun craft ideas and completed projects with us! Send them to ideas@kidsvt.com.

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Looking to make snack time more enticing? Let your kids play with their food as they eat it. With a little creativity, pretzel sticks can build a log cabin. Grapes can be lined up like wiggly caterpillars. And, pictured here, apple wedges and a pear can become a tasty turkey — just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Birthday Club

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Winners get gift certificates to:

Congratulations to these November Birthday Club winners! GRAND-PRIZE WINNER GRIFFIN lives in South Burlington and turns 9 in November. He loves Legos, dessert, music and going to the movies.

Griffin wins eight open-gym passes.

Join the Club!

To enter, submit information using the online form at kidsvt.com/birthday-club. Just give us your contact info, your children’s names and birth dates, and a photo, and they’re automatically enrolled.

Jeremiah, Felicity and Catherine each win a 90-minute open-gym pass. JEREMIAH lives in Burlington and turns 2 in November. He likes singing, practicing yoga with his older brother and reading books about farm animals.

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Riddle Search — New York City

Look up, down and diagonally, both forward and backward, to find every word on the list. Circle each one as you find it. When all the words are circled, take the UNUSED letters and write them on the blanks below. Go from left to right and top to bottom to find the answer to this riddle: What famous place does Dracula visit in New York City?

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FELICITY lives in South Burlington and turns 3 in November. She enjoys singing, dancing, hiking and running with her dad.

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CATHERINE lives in Colchester and turns 11 in November. She has fun reading, playing soccer and spending time with her family and friends.


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Three winners will receive $25 gift cards to Creative Habitat and free framing of their artwork for its Kids Gallery, located at the store on 555 Shelburne Road in Burlington. After a monthlong display of the winning artwork, Creative Habitat will give each artist the framed print to display at home.

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Send Kids VT your work of art by November 15. Be sure to include the info at right with your submission. Winners will be chosen in the following categories: (1) ages 4 and younger, (2) ages 5-8 and (3) ages 9-12. Winners will be named in the December/January double issue of Kids VT. Send your high-resolution scans to art@kidsvt.com or mail a copy to Kids VT, PO Box 1184, Burlington, VT 05402.

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BOOK REVIEW WINNERS CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE ENTHUSIASTIC YOUNG CRITICS who shared their reading recommendations with us this month. Each wins a $25 gift certificate from Crow Bookshop in Burlington. We loved reading about all the entrants’ literary adventures and have included some of our favorite excerpts below.

Isabelle Pilo, 11 UNDERHILL

recommends: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“I love it when Scout runs into her dad’s room when it’s snowing outside. She’s never seen snow, so she says, ‘Atticus, the world is ending!’”

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Saturday, Nov. 2nd 10AM-4PM •Mouse Story Time on the Hour

Cyrus Perkinson, 10 BURLINGTON

recommends: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

“It had lots of cliffhangers to draw you in. It’s a science fiction book that’s easy to believe is real.”

Jasper Wood, 6 WILLISTON

recommends: Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part Two: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers by Dav Pilkey

“In this book, Trixie, Frankenbooger and Carl are all boogery germs. Sulu, a bionic hamster, eats them and spits them out into space!”

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“I like how the tree is so generous because she loves the boy so much. But at the end, they only need each other to be happy.”

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To Barbie or Not to Barbie Why I kept the dolls away from my daughter — then changed my mind by ce le sTe G u n Th e r n i G h

i haVe been sTaunchly anTi-barbie since my twenties. When I gave birth to my daughter, Rachel, I vowed to keep the well-endowed antifeminist figurine away from her forever. In my view, Barbies are nothing more than miniature Ladies of the Evening, with the accompanying flashy wardrobes. Much has been made of Barbie’s measurements and what the real-life equivalent would be: 38-18-32? Please! How dare a toy company produce such a doll, enrobe it in hot pink — the equivalent of little-girl catnip — and promote it so unceasingly? Alas, Rachel, now 7, adores Barbie. She has known forever that I do not like the dolls. Consequently, our house was blissfully Barbie-free until she had her first big birthday party at age 6. I cannot say for certain whether Rachel coached her friends in advance on what gift to bring, but she received several Barbies that day. Of course, I now realize that there was no way to keep the doll out of our house forever. Over the year, Rachel played endlessly with her prized Barbies. Occasionally, she would express her desire for new Barbie dolls and accessories. But she wouldn’t openly ask me for them, most likely because she knew my answer would be “no.” There was one Barbie question she did ask me, and quite often: “Mommy, why don’t you like Barbie?” I’d say something about her skimpy clothing before quickly changing the subject. Then, one day, after hearing her ask me yet again — “Mommy, why don’t you like Barbie?”— I looked into her eyes. Only then did it dawn on me that maybe I had been sending the wrong message —  a very different message than the one I intended, one that held the potential to be truly damaging to her developing sense of self. I realized she had been coming to me as a confused little girl, caught between her real feelings of Barbie-love and her innate desire to please her mother. Was she wrong to love Barbie? Each time my daughter asked me why I didn’t like Barbie, was she hoping for reassurance that it was OK for her to like Barbie? That she was still a good person? That I loved her in spite of the Barbies? And so I had to ask myself why. Why do I dislike Barbie so much? What does

she represent to me? And how could it possibly mean the same thing to my daughter? Do I hate Barbie because she’s everything I’m not? Because she has everything I don’t have? Perfect hair, amazing figure, unlimited wardrobe, cars, townhouses, beach houses? Constant, adoring — unblinking! — gazes from Ken? Even multiple professions: a successful doctor one day, a WNBA player the next? Maybe. But I think my real beef with Barbie is that her identity lies in appearances. Unattainable appearances. And, more than that, it’s the idea that appearances are what matters. That what’s sexy is important. These are precisely the messages from which I want to shield my daughter. The day I took the time to really hear my daughter’s Barbie question was the day I realized that I need to pick my battles more carefully. That Barbie — in the big scheme of things — is not a big deal. That childhood is for pretending. That, at her age, it’s about fantasy, not real life. That there are times I need to keep my opinions to myself, especially if they may hurt my daughter. Down the road, there will be plenty of stands to take on issues such as drugs or sex. On those, I won’t back down. But for now, I have relented — somewhat. For Rachel’s last birthday, I actually went to the store and made the first Barbie purchase of my life: I bought her a much-coveted Barbie minivan and even some relatively modest Barbie clothes. I had a curious mix of feelings that day in Walmart. I was strangely embarrassed, yet also a little excited at the thought of witnessing the inevitable joy on my daughter’s face. When the day finally came, I had never seen a more thrilled little girl — she could hardly believe her eyes when she shredded the wrapping paper and saw the pink boxes before her. I know that I must make it a priority to convey to her, over and over again, through words and deeds, that it’s not what a person looks like but what’s inside that matters. That she is beautiful whether she is tall or chubby or her hair is sticking out. That her talents and kindness are what will define her, not whether she is a 36D with a 26-inch waist. As long as I am vigilant about sending this message, I have faith. She will be fine. K

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