Options for summer fun
WESTERN EAGLE COUNTY RECREATION DISTRICTn Eagle Pool and Ice Rink: Eagle’s pool will open at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29. n WECMRD will offer an expanded roster of SWIM Lessons this season, on Tuesday evenings, Saturday mornings and Monday-Thursday lessons. Pick up a schedule at the pool’s front desk. Cost is $30 per session. The Eagle pool and ice rink facility is located at Brush Creek Road, across from Eagle Ranch.n Swim Team is open to anyone six years old or older who is able to swim at least one length of the pool. Cost is $100.n Swim Van. If swimming sounds like great summer fun, but you’re not sure how to get there, call the WECMRD swim van, running throughout the summer, with pickup locations in Gypsum and Eagle. Cost is $1. Children must be at least 8 years old.n Kidz Night Pool Parties are offered on Wednesday and Friday nights throughout the summer. The cost is $10 per person. Food, drinks, games and swimming are included.n During June and July, the Ice Rink will be fitted with a “sport court” surface for summer inline skating. WECMRD will offer youth and adult inline hockey leagues. The youth cost is $35 per player, and drop-in sessions are available. In August, the ice will be laid once more for the Red Wings Summer Hockey Camp, Aug. 9-13. n Adventure Trips: Join WECMRD for trips to Waterworld, Elitches, rafting, paintball and other exciting adventures. Children must be eight years old and up. The cost is $25 per trip. Call WECMRD at (970) 328-6909 for a complete schedule.n Indoor Soccer: WECMRD is offering youth and adult indoor soccer leagues, ages six and up. The youth cost is $30 per player, with adults $40 or $400 for an entire team.n Gymnastics: Gymnastics will be offered at the old Upward Athletics site in Gypsum, near the airport. Programs begin June 14, with classes for all ages. n Sports/Events: WECMRD also offers a variety of sports programs for children: Baseball, softball, football, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, hockey and special events, such as Family Fun Day and Volunteer Appreciation Day. Call WECMRD at (970) 328-6909 for more information.n 911 Emergency Training Camp: WECMRD, the Avon Recreation Center and the Eagle County EMS Prevention Committee are sponsoring a 911 Training Camp, which teaches kids how to handle a variety of emergency situations in a fun, camp-type setting. The camp is for children 9-11, and runs from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. June 11 at Avon Elementary School and July 9 at Eagle Valley Middle School. Pre-register with either WECMRD at (970) 328-6909 or (970) 328-5277; or with the Avon Recreation Center at (970) 748-4060.GORE RANGE NATURAL SCIENCE SCHOOLn Youth Science Day Camps: The Youth Science Day Camps, for children, grades 1-4, focus on exploration, inquiry and discovery. Each week has a theme. Children can participate in just one week, or all five. Each week includes games, activities, research projects, artwork, songs and stories, while encouraging cooperation and teamwork. Youth Science Day Camps begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $275.
n Youth Science Residential Camp: The Wild Mountain Summer Challenge is for children, grades 5 and 6, and runs from July 5-8. This program is based out of the Gore Range Natural Science School’s Red Cliff building. Students will enjoy a variety of challenging outdoor adventures. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. on Monday through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the cost is $345. n Wild Mountain Science Girls: Wild Mountain Science Girls is designed to help young women explore the natural world through field science. From July 19-23, for students, grades 7-9. The cost is $645, and includes food, accommodations and transportation. Scholarships are available.n Wild Mountain Field Ecology: This is a four-week field and classroom course for students in grades 10-12, culminating with a five-day backpacking trip. Credit is available through Colorado Mountain College. Wildlife Field Ecology runs from July 5-30, and the fee is $1,250. Scholarships are available.To register for any of these Gore Range Natural Science School Programs, call (970) 827-9725, ext. 10, or download registration at http://www.gorerange.org. Programs are limited to 12 students.AVON RECREATION PROGRAMSn Day Camps: Something Fun is a day camp offered by the Avon Recreation Department for kids, ages 5-12. Activities include games, swimming, paddle boating, inline skating, tennis, group sports and a variety of weekly field trips. Something Fun runs from June 14 through August 13, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. The cost is $31 per day, or $28 for 10 days or more. Pre-registration is required. Call the Avon Recreation Center for more information at (970) 748-4060.n Munch Bunch: The Munch Bunch is a fun-filled morning geared to the interest and ability levels of children, ages 3-6. Children will enjoy supervised creative playtime, with crafts, treasure hunts and outdoor games. Field trips, within walking distance, will also be included, and each Thursday there will be a swim day at the Avon Recreation Center. The Munch Bunch meets at the Log Cabin on Nottingham Lake from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 22-July 15 and July 20-Aug. 12. The cost is $50 per child, per session. Call (970) 748-4060 for more information.n Avon Adventure Trips: The Avon Recreation Department will host Denver trips for local youth, 10 years and older in June, July and August. Trips include paintball, river rafting and Waterworld. The trips cost $35. Call (970) 748-4060 for more information. n Swim Lessons: The Avon Recreation Center is offering a host of swimming lessons for all ages this summer. Call for exact times and dates. Diving lessons, and swim team options also offered.n Tennis Lessons: Avon will offer Children’s Group Tennis Lessons at the Avon Tennis Courts this summer from June 14-July 12, and again from July 19-Aug.11. The cost is $48 for one lesson a week, and $88 for twice a week. For More information, call (970) 748-4060.VAIL RECREATION DISTRICT:Day Camps: n Pre-Kamp Vail: Pre-Kamp Vail is for the littlest camper, age 30 months to five years. The 10-week program focuses on recreational fun with a weekly theme. From June 14 through Aug. 20, Pre-Kamp Vail is limited daily to 20 children, and has a low, child-to-counselor ratio (5-to-1). Daily fees are $60 or $40 for Eagle County students. Five- and 10-day passes are also available. (VRD taxpayers can receive one free day with every 10-day pass.) Call (970) 479-2292 to register.n Camp Vail: Choice is the name of the game at Camp Vail. For children, ages 5-12, schedules rotate daily so campers can experience all of Camp Vail’s many options. Big Trip Days every Wednesday, additionally, each week campers enjoy an all-day mountain experience with their grade group. The daily fee for Camp Vail is $60 or $40 for Eagle County students, and five-and 10-day passes are available. Monday through Friday, from June 14 through Aug. 18. To register, call (970) 479-2292.n Camp Eco Fun: The Vail Nature Center and the Vail Recreation District’s Youth Services have teamed up for a two-day per week camp, exploring the basics of ecology The sessions will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with children, ages 4-6 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and children, ages 7-11, on Thursdays and Fridays, from June 22 through Aug. 20. For more information, call (970) 479-2292.n Planet Fun: Planet Fun offers a choice of arts and crafts, mountain excursions and games and science in one-day a week programs. n Creative Spot delves into painting, puppet making, mosaic creations and more. Mondays, from 1-4 p.m. for children, ages 5-10. The cost is $20 or $15 for Eagle County students for a single session.n Mini Mountain Hikes: Takes kids into the wilderness to play in a stream or slide down a snow hill. Held on Mondays, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, from June 14 through Aug. 16. Children, ages 5-8; cost is $20 or $15 for Eagle County students for a single session. n Leapin’ Leonardos’ Athletics, Art and Science: This program helps children develop coordination, creativity and curiosity through activities, games, art projects and basic science experiments. For children, ages 4-6, the program is held on Fridays, from 9 a.m. until noon. from June 18- through Aug. 20. The cost is $20 or $15 for Eagle County students for a single session. Ten-week sessions are also available for any Planet Fun program. For more information, call (970) 479-2292.n For the Older Student: If your child is too old for day camp, but too young to drive, Vail Recreation District offers children, ages 11-15, eight weeks of activities, with four themes: sports, science culture and entertainment. The program is on Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., from June 24 until Aug. 12. The cost is $280 for the eight-week session, or $40 for a single session; and $210 for Eagle County students for an eight-week session, or $30 for a single session. For more information, call (970) 479-2292.n Sports Camps: The Vail Recreation District also offers sports camps for children in tennis, ice skating, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, performance enhancement and a hockey school. Times and costs vary. Call (970) 479-2292.n Dance/Ice Skating/Gymnastics /Martial Arts: Check with the Vail Recreation District for its regular, weekly schedule of classes. For more information on any of these programs, call (970) 748-1445; or, for ice skating classes, call (970) 479-2271. BEAVER CREEK CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES/CAMPSn Kids’ Day Camps: Kids Summer Camp at Beaver Creek offers a variety of regularly scheduled activities for children, ages 5-14, weekdays, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Organized activities include kickball, field hockey, jump rope, chalk, rafting, fishing, face painting, cave exploration, arts and crafts, drawing, four square, sand play, rock climbing and more.Beaver Creek offers three different day camps:n Discovery Camp is for children, ages 5-7, and activities are geared toward younger interests, including theater, sports, panning for gold, arts and crafts and field trips to places like the Fire Station or the Children’s Theater.n Adventure Camp is for children, ages 8-12, and activities, such as archery, swimming, inline skating, magic workshops, hiking, biking, cave exploration and the Matawin Teepee Village, will be guided by counselors. n 5-Star Day Camp is for children, ages 5-12 and includes Colorado adventures designed for Beaver Creek’s out-of-town/state guests.
n The Kids Summer Camp is headquartered in the Beaver Creek Children’s Center. Reservations are required. The Beaver Creek Children’s Center is a licensed daycare facility. Call (970) 845-5464 for more information.n Childcare: Small World Play School offers childcare for smaller children, ages 2 months through five years old. Special mini-camp programs are offered for four and five years old. Small World Play School is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and reservations are required. For reservations, call (970) 845-5325.n Children’s Theater Workshops: During July and August the Beaver Creek Children’s Theatre Company will hold multi-day, theater workshops for children, ages 5-12. For more information, call (970) 926-5855.For more information about any of these activities, visit http://www.beavercreek.com.VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLSn Many churches throughout the valley offer some kind of Vacation Bible School; if your church is not listed below, please contact your church for more information.n First Lutheran Church, Gypsum: Vacation Bible School will be held at Gypsum Elementary School in Gypsum, from June 21-24. The full day program starts at 9 a.m. and includes worship and Bible study in the morning and afternoon field trips to places in the local area. More registration information will be forthcoming. Call (970) 524-7919 for information. The Eagle Baptist Church will host Neighborhood Bible Time for children from July 19-23. This is a half-day program. Call the church at (970) 328-6530 for exact times and registration.n United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley, Eagle: Vacation Bible School will run from July 18-23, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Eagle location. Will include Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks. A $5 donation is appreciated.n St. Clare of Assisi Campus, Edwards: Catholic Summer Camp runs from June 14-18, for grades K-6. The camp is 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. To register, call Narda at (970) 827-5784, ext. 11. The registration deadline is June 7.n Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Vail: Rainbow Trail Day Camp is for kids entering grades K-6. The camp includes Bible study, worship, arts and crafts, singing and fun. The camp runs from June 28-July 2 at the Beaver Creek Chapel and the cost is $75 for the week. Parental involvement is mandatory. Registration begins May 17. For more information, call (970) 476-6610.n Trinity Church, Edwards: Co-sponsored by the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Lava Lava Island, Wheren Jesus’ Love Flows Vacation Bible School is June 14-18. The Bible School is for children, ages 4 through sixth grade, and runs from 9 a.m. until noon at Trinity Church in Edwards. To register, or for more information, contact Linda Hubbell at the Trinity Church office at (970) 476-1759; or Mary Ball at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration office at (970) 476-0618.n Burns Baptist Church: The Burns Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from June 7-11, from 8-11 a.m. Call the Eagle Baptist Church for more information at (970) 328-6530.n First Baptist Church in Gypsum: Bible School June 14-18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 524-7990.
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