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Family events

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.

Parenting in Brattleboro

Date & Time: 
Mar 11 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Come talk with others about how you live and grow in our community.

Food and childcare provided.

No commitment necessary. This will not be the conversation we will be having so feel free to keep in touch via the event page or by emailing me at laceymelee@gmail.com 

Hosted at Kids Playce on Elliot St right down the stairs from the Hotel Pharmacy (:

Youth Services Summer Camp Fair

Date & Time: 
Apr 1 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Youth Services wants to highlight summer activities for local kids! Join us for our Summer Camp Fair at The River Garden, Main St., Brattleboro on Friday, April 1st from 5:30 – 7:30pm

The Summer Camp Fair provides parents an opportunity to meet one on one with camp providers. In addition, the event will feature youth performers and youth vendors and raffles to your favorite camp!

Touch A Truck

Date & Time: 
Jun 11 2016 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Touch a Truck is a fun-filled family event that allows children ages 2-12 to explore a wide variety of trucks and vehicles for a small admission fee. Kids will be in their element, climbing in and out of the big rigs, digging in the giant mulch pile, and interacting with the drivers.

Happier Family Comedy Show

Date & Time: 
Feb 20 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday, February 20th
4-5PM (Doors open at 3:45)
Tickets at the door:
$10/Adults, $5/Kids, $20/Family Max
Eastworks' 121 Club (formerly Apollo Grill)
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 121, Easthampton
Little & "Big Kid" Beverages Available for Purchase

The Family Show is perfect for family outings, birthday parties, field trips!

Let's Make The Happy Family HAPPIER!

The Brattleboro Dance

Date & Time: 
Jan 24 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The Brattleboro Dance, held at the Stone Church in Brattleboro, will ne on Sunday evening, January 24, 7pm-10pm. Admission is $10 Adults, $8 College Students (with ID), $5 youth. Caller Will Mentor will call and prompt Square Dances. Live music by Peter Siegel, Riley Goodemote and Audrey Knuth.

Oshogatsu New Year Festival of Japan in Brattleboro

Date & Time: 
Jan 1 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Oshogatsu Brattleboro 2016, Friday January 1, 1-3pm at 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro - The New Year as celebrated in Japan with Japanese crafts, games, traditional pasttimes... it's a potluck! All welcome, all ages, all ethnicities - come celebrate renewal. For further information, http://accvt.org/ or leave a message at (802) 257-7898.

Help Prevent Teen Rx Misuse - Event For Teens and their Parents/Caregivers

Date & Time: 
Jan 13 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Did you know that 1 in 20 Windham County high-school students reported they had misused a prescription pain reliever or stimulant in the past 30 days? Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition offering a presentation to build awareness, to educate and to equip teens and teen influencers (parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, community and school-based healthcare providers and others) with credible information about teen prescription drug abuse and effective strategies to take action to help prevent it.

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