Fun in Burlington for Mentor pairs

Sometimes it can be hard to find a new activity to engage an inspired mentor pair. Here is a quick guide to budget-friendly mentor pair activities in the Greater Burlington area.

We’ve included both free activities, cheap activities, and activities made affordable from the Mobius Discount Card. So get inspired, get out there, and get mentoring!


December Calendar-2011 of Activities for Mentor Pairs
Download or print this calendar of mentor pair and activities.

Take Advantage of the Best Burlington Has to Offer with the New 2011-2012 Mobius Mentor Discount Card!

From meals, movies, and museums to arts and athletic activities – there are great opportunities to learn, share, and grow! We are grateful to all of our returning Mobius Card sponsors, and happy to welcome our new members. All of these 42 local companies offer discounts to benefit mentoring in our community. Check them out!

Autumn is Here, Don’t Miss Fall Fun!

Dinner and Art Workshop for Mentor Pairs on the third Monday of every month. 
At Shelburne Art Center, 64 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482

Shelburne Art Center is hosting a Dinner & Art workshop with Rik Rolla. This workshop is free and open to any mentor pair with a mentee at least 10 years of age. Learn and have fun while working in different mediums in a fun and creative atmosphere. Rik Rolla will provide demonstration and projects for various skill levels.

Join us this month, November 21
Space is limited so please RSVP November 17

Aikido of the Champlain Valley offers free drop in classes for kids and teens. Learn the Japanese Ancient Martial Art of Aikido Every Friday at 4:00pm (for teens) and Saturday at 9:45am (for kids 7-12). Free with your Mobius Card.




GROSSOLOGY at ECHO, Now Until January 8th

Explore the (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, based on the best selling book, GROSSOLOGY. Show your Mobius Card for reduced admission, $4.

Special “Gross” Event:

November 19: Pre-Thanksgiving – Yes, It’s All About Digestion – Family audiences. Experiment with physical and chemical change and find out what makes us “go.” Digestion Demo with the Vermont Children’s Hospital. Climb aboard the FACT ambulance.


Drop In to the Shelburne Art Center, on Saturday Mornings
Every Saturday,  the Shelburne Art Center offers free drop-in classes for mentor pairs, with your Mobius Card. 10:00am- 11:30am.


Visit the BCA Firehouse Gallery

There are always fresh and exciting contemporary art exhibits which include 2D, music, film, and performance. “The Center’s mission is to bring unique arts experience to the public that will challenge, teach and engage.”

135 Church Street, Burlington.
Free Admission

First Friday Art Walk

On the first Friday of each month stroll around town to see all the  latest art featured in downtown Burlington shops/restaurants/Cafes. Visit their website for more information and a map of the next First Friday Art Walk.


Bike, Walk, or Skate Along the Bike Path

On a nice day, pack some snacks and plan a picnic. Bring along a Frisbee, baseball, or some hula-hoops. Hop on your bikes, and meander down the bike path looking for that perfect spot to sit, play, and connect. Visit all the different beaches: from Starr Farm, to Leddy Park, North Beach and Oakledge Park, there is much to see and experience on the waterfront. Go for a swim if it suits you.

Don’t have a bike? Local Motion offers 20% off bike rentals for mentor pairs with your Mobius Card


People Watch at the Burlington Skate Park

Not much of a skateboarder? That’s okay, there are always plenty of  people showing off their skills.  Go down to the Skate Park located on the Bike path just North of ECHO.


What’s Going On at the EXPO?
The Expo is home to the Champlain Valley Fair, and host to more than 100 annual events. Upcoming shows include: The VT Hunter and Jumper Association Horse show, The CVE Dog Show, WOKO Flea Market, and the Essex Halloween Party. Some events charge for admission. Check out their full calendar or call for more info.

105 Pearl St, Essex Junction
802- 878-5545


Explore the Intervale Center
Learn about local food and take in all the beauty of the Winooski River. Walk, bike, and even cross-country ski along the Intervale Trail.
More info on the Intervale trail


Want More Mentor Pair Activity Ideas?

Burlington Parks and Recreation Fall/Winter Program Guide
Refer to this comprehensive PDF for more fun activities.

Find and Go Seek
Vermont’s insider guide to kid-friendly fun.


Online Tutorials

More to come soon!

Make your own Hula Hoop with Elizabeth Mitchell

This online tutorial will walk you through all the steps needed to make your own hoop. You will need to get some supplies from a hardware store, as noted in the video. then just start hooping. It’s easy!
Here are some pointers:
1) You can also use a blow drier to warm up the piping – if that is easier for you.
2) Stick to using electrical tape; it is the easiest to decorate with.