April 4, 2014

Champlain Kids Connected kickoff set for Saturday

CHAMPLAIN — The Village of Champlain will kick off a string of new kids events with the Children’s Gardening Project. 

The free activity on Saturday, April 5, is the first in a series dubbed Champlain Kids Connected, planned by a committee headed by Village Trustee Janet McFetridge.

The Gardening Project will focus on planting and growing flowers and vegetables.  

McFetridge started the Champlain Kids Connected Committee in January after local parents began a discussion on the village’s Facebook page. 

“That’s where I originally read that some people were asking about ideas for children’s activities,” she said. 

The committee’s goal is to be able to provide activities for children, with a focus on education, music and theater, as well as bike and fire safety. 

“It’s all part of a concerted effort for children to be outdoors and interacting with other kids in the village,” McFetridge said. 

The village, she said, “is just a really vibrant, healthy community, and we really want to get the word out.”

Champlain Kids Connected joins the village’s new disc-golf course, ice rink/basketball court and a new playground in the works to give plenty of outdoor options for youngsters, she said.


Saturday’s event is open to children who live in the village and its environs, who will learn how to start seeds indoors.

Potting soil, seeds and newspapers will be provided, and word scrambles, matching games, coloring sheets and an informational video are among other activities planned at Time After Time Reception on Elm Street. 

High-school students will volunteer at each station as extra help for younger gardeners. 

Posters will explain the life cycle of a plant and show how a seed sprouts.

“Our follow-up activity is in six weeks or so,” McFetridge said. 

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