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Kids Day - Burlington, VT

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Kids Day - Burlington, VT
Waterfront Park
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 864-0123

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Free - Free Admission to Kids Day! | Train ride tickets $10

Parking: Yes - Lakeview Garage at Macy's on Cherry Street - First 2 hours are Free | Free Parking at Perkins Pier

Features: Snack Stand, Port-a-potty, Playground, Restrooms, Picnic Area

Kid's Day is Vermont's largest Children's Celebration, hosted at Waterfront Park in downtown Burlington. 

9:30am PARADE 

  • Parade begins at Edmunds School and heads down Main Street to Waterfront Park.
  • There will be floats, trucks and marchers giving out treats!


10:00 am- 3:00 pm in WATERFRONT PARK

  • Free valet bike parking with a helmet decoration station
  • Booth Exhibits and craft activities
  • Entertainment and Dancers
  • Performances by great local artists
  • Play soccer, tennis, baseball and disc golf
  • The Burlington School Food Project - Summer Meal Program Free for all kids under 18
  • Bounce House
  • Face painting
  • Clowns, jesters and balloon animals
  • Touch-A-Truck and bucket truck rides



  • Lollypop Express Train Rides from Union Station in Burlington to Charlotte and back ($10) at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
  • See photos from past year's Kids Day Event here



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  • 5

Reviewed on 05/29/2008

MAY 2010
After attending/exhibiting at Kids Day now for several years I have to say I have seen a vast improvement in the grouping of the exhibitors. Additionally the quality of the exhibitors is much better. For parents it was like a little tradeshow of family friendly businesses in the greater Chittenden area. You could find pre-schools, gymnastics places, baby food suppliers, dance schools, martial arts instructors, art studios, summer camps and more. Ideally I'd love to see even more kid-friendly business next year.

The crafts that each one supplied have shaped up over the past years. I saw fairy house making, face painting, beading, picture frame making, a take apart small appliance table, and a planting table. There were also lots of fun things to do like bouncy houses, the noodle pool, fire trucks and boats climb on, an inflatable basketball game, inflatable chess and connect four game too. Lots of fun for kids of all ages.

Extras this year included having Radio Disney on site. They streamed great music and played fun games with kids all day. Stonyfield Farms was also there giving out free yogurt samples (a nice alternative to the standard fair food). And a big bonus for parents was the Green Mountain Coffee tent. They were demoing the Keruig coffee makers and doling out free coffee all day long!

Kids day is a great way to spend the day as a family for a nominal charge - admission is $1, rides are 3 tickets/ride (85ยข/ticket), and there is food on site if you choose to buy it, although you could bring your own. Otherwise everything else is free.

MAY 2008
My perspective on this event is both as an exhibitor and as a parent. I echo some of the other parent's sentiments about better, and more affordable, food selections. The is Vermont after all. Where was Healthy Living or City Market, the farm stands, even Skinny Pancake's crepe stand? There are definitely alternatives to hot dogs and french fries.

I would like to see the exhibitors organized better. Perhaps grouping all vendors of the same type together? ECHO, Green Mountain Children's Museum, FindandGoSeek, Burlington City Arts, etc in one tent. Then put the pediatric Healthcare vendors together and so on.

I also felt there were many missing vendors. Aside from having fun with my kids, if I were there to find out about what there is to do with my kids in the greater Chittenden County area, I would want to see music teachers, more schools, daycares, kids clothing stores (especially ones that offer in store classes) skateparks, sports, camps, birthday party suppliers and so on.

The kids did seem to enjoy the arts and crafts type activities or games provided by each vendor. And the bouncy houses and were definitely a winner. I think having good weather made this year's kids day a destination for many families on a Saturday afternoon.

Kids Day - Burlington, VT


  • 5

Reviewed on 09/13/2010

This is a great parade day. I have going to kids day with a bagel with cream cheese in hand for years. It is so much fun and what a great thing to celebrate!!

Kids Day - Burlington, VT


  • 5

Reviewed on 05/20/2008

We didn't eat anything there but yes, the food selection left something to be desired. But I felt there was a really good selection of fun activities, arts and crafts, and music. We had never gone before and I was skeptical (having gone to many such fairs which turn out to be a bit of a yawn) but we'll definitely be back next year. My little guy was a bit young to partake but it seems like it would be great for kids 2-7 ish?

Kids Day - Burlington, VT


  • 4

Reviewed on 05/18/2008

We always enjoy this great event, especially the parade. it is both fun and informative of all that the area has to offer up for kids. the downside to the event is the food provided at the event (junk food--french fries, cotton candy, hot dogs, with a few exceptions smoothies (but at $4 per) water (at $3 per) and ali baba's (but at $7!! per pita) and the candy that is thrown during the parade. i think it stands in stark contrast to what the city stands for (at least should stand for) in terms of supporting a healthy environment for kids to thrive in....more

Kids Day - Burlington, VT


  • 4

Reviewed on 05/17/2008

My 3 1/2 year old loved the parade and the "Party" afterwords. Prices were very reasonable and great variety of foods. Also the vendors were very generous with goodies. We had a great time . The setting was great too

Kids Day - Burlington, VT