Kids’ Activities for 2018

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

Includes a select number of free activities and exhibits on the Burlington Waterfront, including:


Great Lawn at Waterfront Park | Saturday July 28 from 9am to 1pm.

Join us for our second annual Pirate Park Kids Day! Don your favorite pirate costume and enter the all-ages contest. You may win some booty! Judging takes place at 1pm. Stop by and say “Hi, Matey” and have your picture taken with Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate and Mermaid Dalni.

Young Pirates will take an imaginary trip to the Seven Seas when The Big Blue Trunk arrives, ready to whisk them away to the land of Pirates. Captain Mike will bring his pirate ship and lead children on an exciting journey through a variety of kid-safe games and activities. Also, enjoy Bobber Bob, Champ, bouncy house and live music! The first 200 lucky pirates to attend will get Treasure Boxes!

PirateRONWheel smile sky COLORLook for Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate!  For more info:
Look for Rockin’ Ron at the Festival on Saturday, July 28 with shows at 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm!

Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate has performed his entertaining and educational pirate act throughout Northeastern North America at schools. libraries, and events. His sing-along, move-along songs are full of nautical references and boatloads of wordplay that appeal to all ages. His third album The Flying Pirate Circus was one of 99 titles in consideration for a 2017 Children’s Album GRAMMY! In November, he released an illustrated children’s book, also called The Flying Pirate Circus.

“With his clever lyrics and endless enthusiasm, it’s no surprise how easily he wins an audience”. – Elizabeth Mosian, author of Master of the Sweet Trade (A Story of Pirate Sam Bellamy, Mariah Hallet, and the Whydah).
KidsVT review of the Flying Pirate Circus album LINK
Big Blue Trunk- An energetic world of fun and imaginative play comes to life when you invite the Big Blue Trunk to any event!

Calamity and Crowe- handmade, artisan tie-dye tees, infused with good vibes and inspired by the music we love! We’re so excited to host the Second Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Kids’ tie-dye workshop on Saturday, July 28 from 11am-3pm. If you have a child aged 4-14 years old, register them at the special entry box at Advance Music in Burlington for their chance to win a free one-on-one tie-dye lesson from Calamity & Crowe. They get to keep their groovy creation! Thirty lucky little hippies will be chosen. One grand prize winner will be pulled from all entries collected and will receive a Calamity & Crowe’s Trading Post gift certificate (a $250 value) which will be good toward their own t-home kids’ tie-dye workshop! One entry per child; children must be 4-14 years of age. For more information, visit us on Facebook.

Junior Road Show is an audition based Smirkus Camp program for ten 12-16 year olds. This group creates and choreographs a themed 30 minute ground show during their short two weeks at camp. This show is then performed throughout the Vermont community to a variety of audiences. Check out this year’s Junior Road Show at Burlington’s Maritime Festival Sunday, July 29th at 12:15pm. Join us for a performance and an opportunity to learn some circus skills with these young performers and have a blast! To learn more about this program and other Smirkus Camp sessions please visit



10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Skinny Pancake will be bringing a family-friendly music festival to Burlington’s Waterfront Park.
Live music from Mister Chris And FriendsLinda Bassick and Joe Beaird of Ukelele Kids.
A performance from Circus Smirkus.
Family Friendly Yoga classes with Sangha Studio
Crepes and Beverages from The Skinny Pancake
Shelburne Farms cheese tasting and bracelet making with Rooted in Vermont.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to The University of Vermont Medical Center‘s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. This event will coincide with the launch of Big Tiny Love: a compilation of children’s music performed by Vermont musicians.


Ticketed ride area, courtesy of Good Guy Productions! More information to come! 

Purchase an all-day pass for unlimited rides, a three-day pass or a quick-pass for two rides on each inflatable attraction. Pricing to come!

Also, look for these activities and exhibits!
  • Tinkering under the Tent with the Montshire Museum of Science- The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on museum located in Norwich, VT. We will be on site with our Vertical Wind Tunnel, Scribble Bot and Circuit Markers. Tinkering at the Montshire is about challenging yourself, leaning science and making something unique and whimsical. Pull up a chair and create a Scribble Bot from a motor and a battery, and take some cool art home with you (ages 8+) or make a flying contraption to test in the Wind Tube (all ages). For more information: