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Family Programs & Special Events

These are a listing of programs and special events that have been offered in the past by our department. For up to date offerings and details please visit our On-Line or Digital Brochure.


Red Rocks Nature Club- All Ages. A monthly community and family gathering for anyone looking to deepen their connection with the natural world. Join Naturalist Sophie Mazowita for a two-hour outdoor adventure including nature-based games and activities, investigation and observation. Each month we will explore a new part of the park as we focus on a particular theme for the day: plant food and medicine, animal tracking, wilderness living skills, trees, insects, bird language, winter survival... and whatever is most interesting to you! After our morning explorations and lunch, stay for an afternoon stewardship activity as we take an active role in caring for Red Rocks Park. This could involve improving wildlife habitat, planting trees, clearing trails, litter clean-up or wildlife surveys. Naturalist: Sophie Mazowita

The Amazing Park Challenge- All Ages. The Champlain Valley Recreation Association would like to challenge you to get outdoors for an exciting summer of new adventures. Register your team and receive a passport that grants a one-time admission for all your members into a number of pre-selected parks in the Champlain Valley throughout the summer. Complete activity pages and gather stamps in your passport at each of the parks to earn great prizes! The kick-off and big finale mark the start and end of the challenge! You won’t want to miss out on this exciting adventure! Passports are good for up to 6 people; teams may consist of families, groups of friends, co-worker, etc. Passports go on sale April 1st.

Boater Safety Course- Ages 12 & Older. Recreation & Parks in conjunction with the VT State Police, offers a Boater Safety Course. The course is open to all youth, teens & adults (12 years of age and older). The course is 8 hours and is offered in 4 days. Participants must be present at all sessions to be eligible for certification. The course is mandatory for any person, born after January 1, 1974, who will be operating a motorboat on VT waters.  Offered in the Spring.  Instructor: John Fick

Snowmobile Safety Course- Ages 12 & up. Recreation & Parks in conjunction with the VT State Police, offers a Snowmobile Safety Course.  The 6-hour course is offered in three evening sessions. Participants must be present for all classes in order to be eligible for certification. The VT State law requires all snowmobile operators born after July 1, 1983 to take and pass a snowmobile safety course. Offered in the Winter.  Instructor:  VT State Police

Family Archery- Ages 10 & up. Family Archery is designed for families with little or no previous experience and is intended to be recreational and instructional in nature.  Offered in the Spring and Fall.  Instructors: Rec. Staff.  This is a parent/child program.


Movie Night in the Park- September. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and join us for our “Family Movie in the Park”. We will be showing a family movie on our large outdoor screen at the Bandshell at Veterans Memorial Park. The movie will start at dusk. Check our website or call in September for the movie title. Free!

Pumpkins in the Park- October. Join us for our Annual Pumpkins in the Park event at the Bandshell at Veterans Memorial Park. It is a great way to kick-off the Halloween Weekend. Bring a pumpkin or come help us carve one of ours. All you need is a little imagination and a lot of carving enthusiasm. We will supply the carvers, stencils, markers, and decorations. The evening will end with a lighting of the pumpkins.  Free!

Friday Night Bingo- November. Bring the whole family and join us for a fun night of Bingo! Cost is $1.00 per card for the night, limit three cards per person. Money collected goes towards the prizes. A parent/adult must accompany children. Refreshments will be available at a reasonable price. 

Dive-In Movie- December. Join us for a splashing good time! Bring your swimsuit, towel, and favorite float for our in-pool movie. We will begin with a free swim from 6:00-6:30pm, with the movie starting at 6:35pm. This event is open to all ages; a parent/adult must accompany children. Check our website or call in December for the movie title. This event is held at The Edge on Eastwood Drive and is Free!

Skate Night- January. Join us for an evening of Family Skating at Cairn’s Arena. Invite all your friends and families to join us. There will be music and refreshments. Come and shake off the winter blues. Don’t miss out on this great time!

Kites in the Park- April. Come celebrate the first warm days of Spring and the opportunity to get out and enjoy the parks. Bring your kite or come make one with us. We will provide all the materials for your family to create your own kite. Color it, Construct it, and then Fly it. This event will be held at the Bandshell at Veterans Memorial Park and is FREE!  One Kite Kit per family.


Autumn Fest- September. Join us for an afternoon of Music, Food and Entertainment.  Come celebrate the Fall Season with family and friends.  All events will take place at Veterans Memorial Park near the bandshell.  There will be live music, food concession, and fun games.  Watch for more information on this special event.  All activities are family orientated and for all ages.

Halloween Celebration- October
. Join us for an afternoon of Halloween fun and games! Come dressed in your favorite costume to participate in the many games and activities that we have planned. There will be a Pumpkin Walk, Halloween Carnival Games, Arts & Crafts, Bingo, and much more. This is a family event open to all ages, with prizes and special treats for all. Games and activities are geared for ages Pre-School through 5th grade. Free!

Annual Father/Daughter Dance- February. The Father/Daughter Dance is for girls in grades 1st-5th and a special male in their lives.  This festive event includes refreshments, gifts, picture taking, special prize giveaways, and dancing with the ever popular DJ, Daren Cassani.  Tickets go on sale in January.  A separate Registration Form is needed to purchase tickets. Forms are available at the Recreation Office or online in January.

Mother/Son Event- March. Bowling, Bowling and more Bowling, is the theme of our Mother/Son Event.  We rent out Champlain Lanes for our exclusive use for Galactic Bowling.  The afternoon includes bowling, pizza and raffle prizes.  This event is for all South Burlington boys’ grades 1st-5th and mom or a special female.

Day of Play- June. Join your community as we celebrate summer and all that South Burlington has to offer. The farmers market will kick off the summer season with delicious local delights, as well as bounce castle, book mobile, tennis demos, track and field fun, games, face painting, pre-school activities and more. This event is brought to you in collaboration with Common Roots, South Burlington Community Library, Growing Kids South Burlington, South Burlington Family Center and the South Burlington Recreation Department. Come sample what the summer has to offer at this FREE event!

Summer Fest- June. Join us for a festive day at Red Rocks Park/Beach. There will be land and water activities for all ages. We are currently in the planning stages, but are working to have a variety of fun outdoor activities. Also, come meet the R.E.C. Day Camp Staff for the summer. This will be the end of their week long staff training, and just before camps start on Monday. Come meet our directors and the counselors that will be with your children this Summer! Join us for a day of Summer Fun!


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