Saturday in the Park

A diverse group of kid's enjoy an event in Burlington Vermont

May 15, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Old East End is joining forces with Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront to host the 2021 Kid’s Week kickoff event at Schmanska Park. Check out this amazing list of activities and make a plan to join us for some fun family time in the park. New activities could be added, so check back for up-to-date information.

We are so stoked for this event, but please remember the pandemic isn’t over yet. We’ll be following the latest state COVID-19 guidelines, so bring your mask and maintain proper social distancing to keep your community safe.


Live Local Music

10:00 am
Samara Lark + Jack Hanson
10:45 am
Bloco Montanha Verde
11:15 am
Lola Houston

Tree Cookie Art

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We’ll provide paint, brushes, and tree slices. You bring an artistic vision and create a mini masterpiece for display in Schmanska Park!

Paint one for the park!


10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meteorologist Haley Bouley of our Local 22 and Local 44 Skytracker Weather Team will blow in to drop some atmospheric experiments on the park. Be amazed by a tornado in a bottle and a cloud in a jar!


11:00 am – Noon

Hang out with everyone’s favorite Lake Monster and get fired up for the upcoming baseball season at our historic Centennial Field.


11:30 am – 1:00 pm

What’s better than a free creemee from Palmer Lane Maple? Nothing that I can think of. Come and get it!

Family Yoga

Noon – 1:00 pm

Laughing River Yoga will lead a session for kids and families in the park. Come peel away the stress and connect with nature.

Natarajasana by Tyler Vendituoli

Story Walk ®

Ongoing Installation

Stroll the park and enjoy a New York Times best seller, Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris. An inspiring story of sisters who come together to build a stronger community. Start the story at the Grove Street crosswalk.

The Story Walk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier and developed with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Make Your Music

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Create your own melody with fun instruments designed by local artist Michael Waters. They’re available May 15 – 23. Should these be a permanent installation in Schmanska Park? Give us your opinion in our survey 🙂

But wait, the fun’s not over yet!

This is only the beginning of BPRW’s Kids Week, so don’t miss out on any of the fun at these other great locations.

Saturday, May 15 – Sunday, June 13
City Wide Scavenger Hunt
All day every day for a month!

Sunday, May 16
City Hall Park
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, May 19
Fletcher Free Library Lawn
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, May 22
Roosevelt Park
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm