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Family events

Celebration on the Summit

Date & Time: 
Sep 10 2016 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for BEEC’s twenty-fifth birthday party!
Saturday, September 10 on BEEC’s Heifer Hill
Free and open to all!

5 pm: Hike to the summit of Heifer Hill for kite making and flying (feel free to bring your own kites), a summer sound safari, and more. Pack a picnic and meet us on the hill!

6:30 pm: Words, Strings and Kids Take Wing - poetry by Lynn Martin, music by Gudrun Weeks, Peggy Spencer and Zon Eastes, and a BEEC camper ceremony.

6:45 pm: Presentation of the Stockwell Environmental Award and enjoy birthday cake.

Crickets by Moonlight at BEEC

Date & Time: 
Aug 18 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

As summer wanes, the calls of insects replace the songs of frogs and birds. BEEC naturalist Patti Smith will introduce you to the many musical insects of summer nights. We will begin the program listening to recordings of the performers and learning to recognize the most distinctive. We will then take an evening stroll to the top of Heifer Hill to look for singing insects, and enjoy their songs and the light of the full moon.

Grace Cottage Hospital Fair Day

Date & Time: 
Aug 6 2016 - 9:00am - 6:00pm

This annual event has been called “New England at its best” by the Boston Globe.

With free admission and free parking, the fair features activities to please the whole family: a live auction, bargain booths, bingo, pony rides, face painting, jewelry, kids games, a costume booth for kids, a dunking booth, and more. Yummy fair food includes BBQ chicken, cotton candy and good ol' fried dough.

For those born at Grace Cottage Hospital, join in the Baby Parade led by bagpipers and the Grace Cottage stork. The Baby Parade awards prizes for oldest, youngest, and to the person who came from farthest away.

Springfield's Market Madness Street Fair

Date & Time: 
Aug 20 2016 - 10:00am - 6:00pm

Old-Fashioned Street Fair including Kids’ Corner, music all day, expanded farmers’ market, arts and crafts, quilt display and raffle, BBQ, Trout River and Harpoon Beer Gardens, classic cars, antique cars and tractors, motor sports, ice cream social, dunk tank, Humane Society’s Love Shack and Kissing Booth, and more! LOCAL FRESH, ARTSY, FUN! Sponsored by Springfield On the Move, 802-885-1527 som@vermontel.net, see our Facebook page!

Family Pool Party at Living Memorial Park

Date & Time: 
Jul 11 2016 - 3:00pm

Family Pool Party to be held on Wednesday, July 13th, from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Living Memorial Park Pool. This event is for all ages. The cost is $5.00 per person for Brattleboro Residents. Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, salads, ice cream & drinks will be served. There will be fun water games and races to enjoy. There will be a DJ, clown and more. Prizes will be awarded! This year’s theme is “Winter in July”. Have some fun and dress for the occasion! For more information, call the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Office at 254-5808. Please see our website for a complete listing/description of events at www.brattleboro.org.

Alumni Dance

Date & Time: 
Jun 18 2016 - 7:30pm - Jun 19 2016 - 12:00am

The Brattleboro VFW will be hosting the Alumni Dance Saturday, June 18th. Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the "Turn Me Loose" band will be playing from 8 pm - 12 am. Cost is $10 per person, plus dues if you are an alumni. All are welcome to attend. Questions may be directed to Susan Strong at 802-254-3679.

Kids' Day at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market

Date & Time: 
Jun 11 2016 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Kids are invited to vend their wares at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market on Saturday, June 11. Just bring a table and chair and show up between 9AM and 2PM. All items must be hand-made, home grown and hand-crafted. No food mixes or craft kits, please. Email farmersmarket05301@yahoo.com for more information.

Memorial Planting Service

Date & Time: 
Jun 5 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Memorial Planting Service to be held on Sunday June 5th

The 18th annual Memorial Planting Service sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice will be Sunday June 5th at 4:00 pm at the Brattleboro Area Hospice Memorial Garden, Living Memorial Park, Guilford Street in Brattleboro.

Please join us as we gather to plant flowers, write and draw memorial messages on stones, and listen to beautiful music, all to honor and remember loved ones who have died. Flowers for planting and stones and materials for decorating them are provided. Names of those who have died in the past year will be read. Everyone is invited, so encourage family members and friends to come with you. This service can be an especially meaningful experience for children.

Kids' Day at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market

Date & Time: 
May 21 2016 - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday, May 21 is Kids' Day at the Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market! Youth are invited to vend their homemade wares--just bring a table and chair! Please, no craft kits or food mixes. Youth can set up anytime during market hours, 9AM to 2PM. Route 9. Email farmersmarket05301@yahoo.com for more information.

Active Parenting of Teens (10-19 yrs old) - WNESU in Bellows Falls

Date & Time: 
May 13 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Active Parenting of Teens will give you the guidance and support you need to turn the challenges of  raising a teenager into opportunities for growth.You’ll learn:

¨ Methods of respectful discipline

¨ Skills for clear, honest communication

¨ Concrete strategies to prevent risky behavior

¨ How to be an encouraging parent… and much more, plus insights into important issues such as drug prevention, online safety, bullying, & depression.

Michelle Sacco and Don Tretler, experienced parents and well-seasoned professionals, will lead the program. They have worked diligently to serve and empower both teens and parents. 

Since 1983, millions of families have learned the benefits of Active Parenting. Register now!

International Spring Festival

Date & Time: 
May 21 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Families are invited to journey around the grounds of The Orchard School to watch performances and participate in activities representing spring celebrations from cultures around the world. Children can even take a passport to have stamped at each activity.

Highlights at this event include: kite making, a collaborative mandala, face painting, Japanese tea ceremony, delicious local foods, Morris Dancers, Native American drumming, Persian music, a dance around the May Pole, and the grand finale, Holi – the festival of color from South Asia. Those wishing to participate in this final event are encouraged to wear clothes which they don’t mind adding a bit of color to, as the colored powders may stain. Each of these events are appropriate for all ages.

Timson Hill Preschool - Spring Festival

Date & Time: 
May 28 2016 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

WILLIAMSVILLE: Timson Hill Preschool will host their Annual Spring Festival on Saturday May 28th, 10:00am to 1:00pm, rain or shine.

This popular, family-friendly event includes fun activities for everyone, including a petting zoo, pony rides, a bounce house, a fire engine, a variety of arts and crafts and indoor activities, an outdoor playground, as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked goods. Last but not least, the Vermont Natural History Museum will give a special presentation of live raptors!

Admission is $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family, and all proceeds go to celebrating and fostering continued success of this preschool program.

Maypole with Andy Davis at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market

Date & Time: 
May 7 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Brattleboro Farmers' Market opens for the season with Andy Davis and his traditional Maypole celebration at 11AM on Saturday, May 7. The market is open from 9AM to 2PM on Route 9 in Brattleboro.

Remembrance Flag Making

Date & Time: 
Apr 26 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Make a Remembrance Flag to honor a loved one who has died. All materials are provided; no artistic talent needed. This is a great activity for children who have experienced a death loss (but a responsible adult must accompany). Flags can be taken home or hung at the Brattleboro Area Hospice Memorial Garden. No charge, but please call (802) 257-0775 to reserve a space.

Village Dance - Community Contra Dance

Date & Time: 
Apr 16 2016 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

An evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Saturday, April 16, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Louisa Engle will be calling the dance. There will be a traditional folk tale midway through the evening. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. 

The Village Dance Series provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together to enjoy one of New England’s traditional pastimes. Experience is not necessary, as all the dances are taught. Although the dances are geared for school age children, all ages and abilities are welcome.

Happier FAMILY Comedy Show

Date & Time: 
May 21 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Introducing our ALL NEW Show...
The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show!

Funny for the whole family (and perfect for kids 5-12 and their adults)! Get your family-friendly funnies in this totally interactive, high energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of every month.

Our next show is coming up!
Saturday, May 21st
4-5 pm (doors open at 3:45)
121 Club (formerly Apollo Grill) in the Eastworks building (116 Pleasant Street, suite 121, Easthampton)
Tickets at the door: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $20 Immediate Family Max.

For more info on the show click here:

Answers to your FAQs:
IS THIS SHOW FAMILY FRIENDLY? Um, yeah! By its very definition and design. This show is rated G. We think it's most appropriate for kids 5-12, but everyone is welcome.

Happier FAMILY Improv Show

Date & Time: 
Apr 16 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Finally, an improv show for the WHOLE FAMILY! Happier Valley Comedy is proud to present this high energy show running on positivity and audience suggestions.

Easter Bunny Hop

Date & Time: 
Mar 27 2016 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
$10 per family ($15 per family with 3 or more children)
Price includes picture and dancing with the Easter Bunny & a craft.
Food, drinks, and bake goods will be for sale.
There will also be games & a Chinese Auction.

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series in Brattleboro

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Tue May 03 2016 except Tue Apr 19 2016.
Mar 29 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Apr 5 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Apr 12 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Apr 26 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
May 3 2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series for parents/caregivers of children ages 9-16 offered in Brattleboro

Are you a parent or caregiver of an older youth or teen? You are invited to Guiding Good Choices (4th to 8th grade) for parents and caregivers FREE of cost. 

Guiding Good Choices is an interactive 5 session course (2 hour long sessions) for parents and caregivers of 4th through 8th grade children. The course provides tools and strategies to meet the challenges of guiding your child through adolescence including setting set clear guidelines controlling and expressing anger constructively, and preparing kids with “refusal” skills.

Brattleboro TIme Trade's 2nd Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza!

Date & Time: 
Mar 4 2016 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Come one, Come All to the Brattleboro Time Trade's 2nd Annual Spring Extravaganza and celebrate Daylight Savings Time in style! Held in conjunction with Gallery Walk on Friday, March 4 from 5-8 pm at the River Garden.

The Extravaganza will feature a Silent Auction, Live Music (featuring Bad to Be Good, The Incurable Semantics, and more!), Dessert Bar and Cafe, Games, new member registration, and more! All are welcome!

This event is in collaboration with the Arts Council of Windham County, a Brattleboro Time Trade (BTT) member organization, and it will be the opening night of the student art show. It was also chosen to coincide with daylight savings time.

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