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Dominique Taylor/Vail Daily file photoBike parade participant Aiden Yeik, 2, center, stops riding to wave at passing traffic during last year's annual 4th of July Bike Parade from Brush Creek Park to the Eagle Town Park in Eagle.
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HD: What’s a kid to do?

Ask any local parent and they will likely agree – hearing “I’m bored” is one of the most detestable phrases a kid can utter during June, July and August.

In the spirit of saving some adult sanity and providing plenty of options for local kids, here’s a sampling of all the great programs, facilities, sports and special events planned for the downvalley junior crowd this summer:



Eagle’s outdoor swimming pool is a big hit with kids during the hot days of summer.

The regular daily summer schedule which is:



• Monday through Thursday – noon to 6 p.m.

• Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Sunday – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Admission is free for ages 2 and younger. Youth ages 3 to 17 are $4.50. Adults (age 18 years and older), are $6. Seniors are $4.50. Pool punch cards and season passes cost $40 for a youth 10-visit card, $55 for an adult 10-visit card and $40 for a senior 10-visit card. Punch cards do not expire and are also valid during rink season. Family summer season passes cost $250 and cover two adults and dependent children (under 18) living in the same household.

Pool punch cards and season passes include: Admission to public swim, adult lap swim and drop-in sports on sport court.

For more information about the 2010 pool season call 328-5277.

Throughout the year, the Gypsum Recreation Center is a great place for kids to play offering swimming, climbing, court sports, a game room and more.

The facility is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday the hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Saturday, the center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

The summer pool hours are:

Monday and Wednesday – 5:30 to 9 a.m. and from 11a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday – 5:30 to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday – 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Sunday – Noon to 5:30 p.m.

The summer climbing wall hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Daily admission at the Gypsum Recreation Center is free for children under age three. Youth ages 3 to 17 years is $5. A youth 20-punch card is $80.

Children under 8 must be supervised by a paying guest who is 13 or older. Towels are not available for rent.

Learning to swim is critical to ensuring a child stays safe when he or she is in and around water. Knowing how to swim is also important to a child’s social development. Being a confident swimmer that is able to enjoy play with friends at the pool is as basic to a child’s development as knowing how to ride a bike.

The mission of the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District is to help kids in Eagle County learn the basic swimming and water safety skills that will serve them throughout their lives. All of WECMRD’s instructors are certified in CPR and trained as professional swimming instructors.

The curriculum is for kids as young as 6 months and as old as 18 years, focused on optimum skill retention in water safety, basic swimming strokes and competitive swim technique as your child progresses.

Cost is $35 for six group classes. Instruction is offered at both the Eagle Pool and the Gypsum Recreation Center. Call 328-5277 or 777-8888 or visit http://www.wecmrd.com.

Private Swim Lessons

Spend some time one-on-one with a swim instructor. This individualized session is designed to work on the specific needs of the swimmer, whether it be trouble floating, fear of the water, or just “fine-tuning” strokes. A friend or two are welcome for semi-private lessons. Private and semi-private lessons are for swimmers of all ages.

Cost: $35 for two 30-minute lessons

Semi private cost: $50 two 30-minute lessons

When: Fridays or Sundays, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pool

For more information on Eagle group and private lessons please contact the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink at 328-5277.

Rec Kids Summer Day Camp will be offered at all three Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District facilities – the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink, the Gypsum Recreation Center and the Edwards Fieldhouse – for the summer of 2010.

Registration for Rec Kids is now open. For any questions, please call Jenika at 766-5555.

Wee Explorers is a fun-filled camp designed specifically for younger campers (ages 4 to 6) to introduce children to camp or for those who prefer a shorter day experience. Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

Cost is $15 per day or $55 for four sessions.

Session 1: Discover the Talent in You (June 8, 10, 15, 17) – Whether it’s singing, basketball, or hula hooping, we focus on exploring our different talents, discovering that everyone is great at something, and that it’s never too late to learn something new.

Session 2: Discover how to Use your Senses (July 6, 8, 13, 15) – It could be our pupils dilating in darkness or knowing the difference between sour and sweet, we explore how to use our senses to help us discover so many things about ourselves and the world around us.

Session 3: Discover the Rhythm in You (August 3, 5, 10, 12) – This session we are going to “beat to our own drums” as we explore patterns and beats in everything while we create rain indoors and discover that you don’t need instruments to make music.

For more information contact the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink at (970) 328-5277 or visit http://www.wecmrd.com

Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District offers a wide variety of sports camps during the summer including:

• University of Colorado Football Camp

• Father-Son Basketball Camp with renowned coach Pat Williams

• Lacrosse

• Skateboarding

• Cheerleading

• Dance

• Sports performance

To learn more about these camps or to register to attend, visit the WECMRD website at http://www.wecmrd.org.

“Make a Splash … Read!” is the theme for the Eagle Valley Library District’s Summer Reading Program. Students entering fifth through sixth grades are invited to join the eight-week program and explore the world of water and water fun through stories, songs, games and activities centered around oceans, rivers, lakes and pools and the creatures that live in them.

The program schedule is:

Eagle Public Library

• Kids entering first and second grades – Wednesdays, June 16 through July 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.

• Kids entering third through sixth grades – Wednesdays, June 16 through July 21 from 3 to 4 p.m.

• Spanish language programs – Thursday, June 15 through July 20 from 11 a.m. to noon

Gypsum Public Library

• Kids entering first through second grades – Tuesdays, June 15 through July 20 from 1 to 2 p.m.

• Kids entering third through sixth grades – Tuesdays, June 15 through July 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.

Teen Readers

“Make Waves @ Your Library” is the theme for the six-week summer reading program for teens. Students enter sixth through 12th grades is welcome. Participants will read on their own and then gather at local libraries for activities and snacks. Here’s the program schedule:

• Eagle Public Library – Thursdays, June 17 through July 22 at 3:30 p.m.

• Gypsum Public Library – Thursdays, June 17 through July 22 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about the Eagle Valley Library District’s Summer Reading Program call the Eagle Library at 328-8800 or the Gypsum Public Library at 524-5080 or visit http://www.evld.org.

Kids Night Out/Day Out Parties

What: Special party events at the Eagle Pool

When: Friday nights June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday afternoons June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27 from noon to 2 p.m.

Details: Cost is $10 and includes games, pizza and prizes. For ages 6 and older. Call 328-5277 for information.

Eagle Flight Days

When: Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27

Where: Eagle Town Park and the Eagle pool

Details: Throughout the Flight Days weekend, there are several free events for kids including the pet show at 4 p.m. Friday, the kids craft tent at 11 a.m. Saturday and the talent show at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Additionally, the Flight Days parade is always a big hit with the kids at 10 a.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, WECMRD will host the Wet and Wacky Water Wars at the Eagle Pool (regular admission fees will apply).

July 4 Bike Parade and Party

When: Sunday, July 4

Time: Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Brush Creek Park. The parade to Eagle Town Park starts at 8:30 a.m.

Details: Decorate your bikes and parade through Eagle, ending at the Eagle Town Park for games, treats, and prizes. The event is free.

Eagle Ranch Golf

Eagle Ranch Golf Club participates in The First Tee of Eagle County. The First Tee is a nationwide junior golf program dedicated to teaching children golf and important life skills lessons. All instruction incorporates the Nine Core Values of The First Tee: Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Courtesy, Judgment, Respect and Confidence. For more on The First Tee, go to http://www.thefirsttee.org. For more on The First Tee of Eagle County, go to http://www.theyouthfoundation.org.

Premium Junior Season Membership

Town of Eagle Resident – $350

Eagle County Resident – $450

• Ages 17-under, must prove age with Driver’s License or Birth Certificate.

• Skills and etiquette test must be passed prior to purchase. An ability to play at an appropriate pace must be demonstrated.

• Unlimited play for the 2010 season, restricted until after 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during Peak Season.

• Unlimited use of the practice facility.

• No advance tee times, reservations may only be made on the day of play or on a walk-in basis.

• Proof of residency is required for purchase.

• Memberships are non-transferable and expire at the end of the 2010 season.

Standard Junior Season Membership

Town of Eagle Resident Junior – $125

Eagle County Resident Junior – $150

• Must be 17 years old or younger at the time of purchase.

• No advance tee times, reservations may only be made on the day of play or on a walk-in basis for after 3:30 p.m..

• May only play prior to 3:30 p.m. if accompanied by a paid adult.

• Must display proper golf etiquette at all times. Eagle Ranch Golf Course reserves the right to suspend a Junior Season Member’s playing privileges for improper conduct.

• Junior golfers 11 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult on the golf course.

• Practice Facility privileges are not included.

Gypsum Creek Golf

Gypsum Creek Golf is also a First Tee of Eagle County participating course.

Kids 17 and under can play 18 holes for $22 or nine holes for $14. A junior cart rental costs $8, but the driver must be at least 16 years old. On “prime days,” these rates are good after 2 p.m.

A junior season pass at Gypsum Creek Golf is $200 for players age 17 years and younger.

Visit http://www.gypsumcreekgolf.com or call 524-6200 for more information.

The Art Center

The Art Center Summer Program is for artists ages 4 to 18. At The Art Center encourages spontaneous and personal expression and strives to cultivate an awareness of craftsmanship, artistic quality and creativity. Beginners and more experienced campers have the opportunity to work in a variety of different media.

The Art Center offers two workshops each morning and two workshops each afternoon. Workshops can be purchased individually for $20 per session, half day for $37 per session or full day for $70 per session. The weekly rate is $150 and 10 half-day punch cards cost $300. Unlimited workshops for the summer can be purchases for $500. Planned program include everything from boat-making to kite building to tye dye. Each week features a special theme.

Toddler (ages 4 to 5 years) have a morning only session from 9 to noon. Cost is $150 per week.

New this summer, The Art Center is offering A Place to Play featuring music lessons and a place to jam. The program director is Johnny Von and he can be reached at jregnorvon@gmail.com

For more information about The Art Center Summer Program, visit http://www.theartctr.com.


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