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From Carnivals to Creative Reuse: A Weekend Preview


Published February 20, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2022 at 7:52 p.m.

Many schools are on vacation next week, meaning this weekend begins a long stretch of trying to figure out how to entertain the kids. No plans yet? Never fear. We've rounded up indoor and outdoor events on Saturday and Sunday that will surely please your brood. 

Recycled art - COURTESY OF CSWD
  • Courtesy of CSWD
  • Recycled art
Preschoolers meet up with friends for a playdate at Shelburne Farms on Saturday morning. They'll enjoy theme-based indoor activities at a leisurely pace.

High school students used materials bound for landfills to create decorative and practical art objects ranging from lion heads to dresses to Scrabble boards. Their work is on display at the Chittenden Solid Waste District's Creative ReUse Showcase Open House at Frog Hollow in Burlington.

Does your family have energy to burn? Active kids jump around on bouncy castles at Burlington's University Mall on Saturday. 

Families learn about the mysterious lives of nocturnal flyers during the Owl Festival at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee. Hands-on activities and games abound, and the day wraps up with a fire and hot chocolate. Visitors go home with a free snowy-owl poster.[jump]
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Sledding, horse-drawn wagon rides, chainsaw ice carving and fireworks at dusk on Saturday are among the offerings at the St. Albans Winter Carnival. On Sunday afternoon, the Duct Tape Derby at Hard'ack Recreation Area pits vessels made from cardboard and heavy-duty tape against each other. 

Kids City in South Burlington hosts a Family Fun Night on Sunday, where kids 4 and up can dress up, play games and get their faces painted, courtesy of The Big Blue Trunk party company. Preregister on the Kids City website.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.