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Kids’ play

As told to Aggie Zaremba

y name is Nel and I am almost three years old. I am afraid of monsters ” and remember monsters are always green, not blue, and they hide in different dark places, such as closets or empty spaces behind curtains.

Oh, wait a second …the car is stopping, and I can see big water and a lot of children running around ” that must be it, I knew it, yes, yes … that’s my favorite playground!

I like it because it’s close to Nottingham Lake in Avon, where I can look for fish and watch ducks. Besides, it has at least three slides. Two of them are tube slides, and they look like giant snakes. The third one is more normal, but still makes you giggle. If you don’t like slides as much as I do, you can climb up and down a ladder, crawl across numerous bridges, swing, hang on bars or drive a car with a huge metal steering wheel.



Those who like to play with a ball will be very happy with the surrounding grass fields. I’ve also heard that the nearby log cabin opens May 28, with bikes, scooters, paddle boats and row boats.

If you are not brave enough to take a boat ride, I know there are fish swimming in a glass container at Avon Recreation Center. I sometimes go there swimming. The children’s pool is equipped with two slides ” one a tree, the other one a mushroom. Both slides are connected with a bridge so you can easily go from one to another.



It’s nap time so I have to say goodbye. I wish you a lot of adventurous trips this summer. But beware of monsters, and remember they are always green, not blue.

” Aggie Zaremba

Aggie Zaremba, (Nel’s friend and translator) who is originally from Poland, specializes in monsters and fresh food.



List of parks with playgrounds in Vail and Avon:

n Nottingham Park, Avon

n Big Horn Park, Vail

n Booth Creek Park, Vail

n Ford Park, Vail

n LionsHead Tot Lot, Vail

n Sandstone Park, Vail

n Stephen’s Park, Vail

n Pirate Ship Park, Vail

n Ellefson Park, Vail

Summer activity ideas for young children:

n Something Fun Avon Summer Camp, Jun. 1-Aug. 10, call the Avon Recreation Center at 748-4060

n Story Times in Avon Public Library:

Baby Story Times ” Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Toddler Story Times ” Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Preschool Story Times ” Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Bilingual Story Time ” Fridays, 11 a.m.

n Story Times in Vail Public Library:

Toddler Story Times ” Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

Preschool Story Times ” Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

n Betty Ford Alpine Gardens children’s programs, call 476-0103

n Gore Range Natural Science School youth programs, call 827-9725

n Summer Adventure Ridge and The Nature Discover Center atop Vail Mountain, call 476-9090

Summertime Guide Contributor

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