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Children & Families

Age of Dinosaurs Exhibit at ECHO

Feb 25, 2019 - May 12, 2019 ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street Burlington, VT

Dinosaurs come alive! Through immersive habitats with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, visitors will witness dinosaur interactions from parental care and herds, to predation. Interactive stations include a fossil dig pit, fossil rubbing and remote-control dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Days spring Vacation Camp at ECHO

Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street Burlington, VT

Dino Days at ECHO, for children in grades kindergarten through Grade 5. Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus. Apatosaurus and Pterandon. Dinosaurs are coming to ECHO! Join us each day as we dig into these creatures and their features.

April School Vacation Camps with Burlington Parks & Rec

Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 See description below Burlington, VT

April Vacation Camp at CP Smith School. A week of active games, arts & crafts, off site activities, and the opportunity to be out and enjoying the spring weather. Single days or all five days. Early morning care offered, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ages 5-11. $40-$50.
Chess Wizards Camp at Miller Recreation Center. Kids improve chess skills, meet new friends, and work out their most powerful muscle - the brain! Activities include fun team chess games (like bughouse), recess time (of course), snacks, tournaments, and puzzles. 9 a.m.-noon.
April Football Camp at Rice High School. Burlington Youth Football staff and coaches will instruct campers, teaching them drills appropriate to each camper’s age and ability level. 9 a.m.-noon.
VT Voltage Soccer Camp at Calahan Park.VT Voltage Professional Soccer Academy invites young soccer enthusiasts to be part of a challenging educational experience. Half-day and full-day opportunities. Ages 7-14. $115-$195. 9 a.m.-noon or 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cool Arts Camp at Leddy Ice Arena. April Cool Camp includes instruction in skating skills and presentation with fun off ice games, crafts and activities. Campers will be grouped by ability for on ice activities. Cool Camp is appropriate for beginner skaters through Preliminary level. 8 a.m.-noon and noon-5 p.m. $120-$185

Farms

Sheep Shearing and Herding at Billings Farm

May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019 Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT

Watch the farm's Southdown ewes shed their heavy winter fleece with the help of our sheep shearer. And watch as border Collies follow commands and their instincts to herd sheep in the farm fields. Hands-on wool activities.

Gardens

Estate and Rhododendron Tour at Naulakha

May 29, 2019 - May 30, 2019 Naulakha, 481 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT

Come for a one-hour guided tour of Rudyard Kipling’s former Vermont estate when the 100-yard multi-colored rhododendron tunnel is in full bloom. Learn about Naulakha, the restored main house where Kipling wrote "The Jungle Book" and "Captains Courageous." Visit the Kipling Carriage House and the Barn Museum. Enjoy tea on the back deck . Each of the daily tours fills up quickly.

Home & Studio Tours

Underhill Ironworks Spring Open Studio

May 25, 2019 - May 26, 2019 Underhill Ironworks, 185 River Road, Underhill, VT

Sculpture makes a wonderful addition to your landscaping designs for all seasons and is an excellent gift for you or someone else. Please stop by to meet the artist and explore the sculpture.

Music

Opera North’s Spring Fling Gala

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 Quechee Club. 3268 Quechee Main Street, Quechee, VT

Celebrate spring and Shakespeare with opera and musical theatre inspired by the Bard’s plays. From Verdi’s Macbeth and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, to Broadway hits including The Boys from Syracuse, Kiss Me, Kate, and more, Shakespeare Sings! Special Guest Artist: Sandra Lopez, soprano (Tosca, 2017) who returns to Opera North this summer to sing Lady Macbeth. A cash bar will be available.

A Summer Evening with Natalie Merchant

Aug 2, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Natalie Merchant joined the folk rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981, and before launching her solo career in 1993.

Outdoor Activities

West River Rafting

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019 Depart from main base lodge of Stratton Mountain Resort, 5 Village Lodge Road Stratton Mountain, VT

Come raft the Class III and IV rapids of the West River near Stratton Mountain, Vermont’s only white water. This intermediate-level white water rafting trip is an ideal way to view the spring thaw or the fall foliage. Rafters put in at Ball Mountain Dam. After miles of continuous rapids the group stops for a riverside snack and swimming. Take out is below the Route 100 bridge. Back at Stratton Mountain a hearty meal and the trip's slideshow provide the finale. Participants may be required to swim aggressively in rocky, fast whitewater. Minimum age is 10. Trip repeats September 21 and 22.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

The Met Opera Live in HD at Spruce Peak Arts

Mar 13, 2019 - Jun 26, 2019 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Experience extraordinary opera performances from the Metropolitan Opera.
“Carmen” (Bizet) on March 13, 1 p.m.
“Die Walküre” (Wagner) on April 10, 1 p.m. “Aida” (Verdi) on May 8, 1 p.m.
“Dialogues Des Carmélites” (Poulenc) on June 26, 1 p.m.

"Fractured" -- A Circus Performance

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019 10 Town Crier Drive Brattleboro, VT

Enjoy the nuances of acrobatic theater that is otherworldly and human. Immerse yourself in the joy of the human spirit in motion. "Fractured" is a performance about repetition and what it sometimes takes to break free from a cycle. The performers ultimately find themselves not running in circles, but spiraling out into the fearful, inspiring, beautiful unknown.

Open Fields School Medieval Festival

May 25, 2019 - May 25, 2019 Town Green Thetford Hill, VT

During this family festival, the Green comes alive with the sights and sounds of a Medieval village. A king and queen, knights and ladies, peasants, craftsmen, shepherds, and farmers gather to celebrate the age via music, dance, games of skill and chance, food, parades, storytelling, Benny the Dragon, and feats of juggling and acrobatics. Held rian or shine.

Theater

"Once"

Apr 10, 2019 - May 19, 2019 Northern Stage, Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, VT

Featuring 12 actor-musicians playing more than 20 instruments on stage, "Once" tells the enchanting story of an Irish street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Enjoy this romantic journey to Dublin. Performance schedule

Vermont Stage presents “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Apr 17, 2019 - May 5, 2019 Main Street Landing, 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT

As luck would have it, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator at a struggling dive bar on the same day his wife announces they are going to have a baby. So when Miss Tracy Mills is hired to create a drag show to replace his act, Casey decides to trade in his jumpsuit for a dress and discovers he has a whole lot to learn about show business—and himself.

Opera Company of Middlebury presents "Cendrillon" (Cinderella)

May 31, 2019 - Jun 8, 2019 Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant Street Middlebury, VT

Opera Company of Middlebury presents Massenet’s "Cendrillon" (Cinderella) with a cast of professional singers directed by Douglas Anderson, who gives the magical tale of Cinderella a fresh new twist with sly humor and modern touches. in French with English supertitles. Pre-performance talks one hour prior to curtain at the Memorial Baptist Church. Dates: May 31, June 2, 6, and 8.