You’re Never too Young for Wellness

For children, incorporating some of the basic tenets of “wellness” into their lives is as easy as skipping down the sidewalk. Naturally open-minded, creative, inquisitive and joyful, children and teens are at the perfect age and stage to enjoy new experiences, the lessons of which they can carry with them for their entire lives.

Debra Drake provides children the opportunity to move and enjoy on Saturday morning, May 24

Debra Drake provides children the opportunity to move, enjoy and get centered on Saturday morning, May 24

Because of this, this year’s Sun Valley Wellness Festival, now in its 17th year, offers special programming for the special younger people in our lives. Based in the Sun Valley Village for four days over Memorial Day weekend, the Festival offers something for everyone, including kiddos – and their parents. In fact, one of the most highly anticipated speakers at this year’s event is Kim John Payne, author of the wildly popular parenting book, Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids. More on Mr. Payne in a bit …

According to Kerry Brokaw, one of the primary organizers of this year’s Children’s Wellness Festival, this portion of the Festival was started four years ago with the idea of bringing spiritual awareness to children.

Kerry Brokaw performs as part of Mountain Moon Puppetry

Kerry Brokaw performs as part of Mountain Moon Puppetry

“This year the children’s festival welcomes younger and older children and will celebrate movement, art, music, puppetry and mindfulness,” Brokaw said. “The nature of the activities reflects the rhythm of breathing, an ‘in breath’ followed by an ‘out breath’; thus, a more lively activity, such as dance, is followed by a more focused and meditative artistic activity.”

Kids’ programming takes place on Saturday, May 24, and is based in Sun Valley’s Boiler Room. Morning activities are directed more at younger children (age suggestions are provided on the Sun Valley Wellness Festival website), and include Mindful Movement with Debra Drake featuring hoops, silks and blocks, followed by Jessica Banks, a Waldorf Kindergarten and Handworks teacher who will lead the children in wet felting, creating “message rocks” wrapped in felted wool to take home. Parents are asked to accompany their children during these morning activities. “It will definitely be fun for all!” Brokaw enthused.

Kids are invited to drum with Tim Hanna in a call and response style that is fun and appropriate for all experience levels

Kids are invited to drum with Tim Hanna in a call and response style that is fun and appropriate for all experience levels

From 11:30 a.m. to noon, children of all ages are invited to a marionette puppet presentation of a transformative African tale by Kerry Brokaw and Bege Reynolds, Early Childhood Educators and creators of Mountain Moon Puppetry. The ever-popular Tim Hanna, West African drumming teacher and Zenergy‘s Health and Wellness Manager, will accompany the production with his djembe drums.

Afternoon activities, designed primarily for children nine years old and up, begin at 12:45 p.m. when Tim Hanna teaches a beginning level djembe drum rhythms (hand drumming) class. He bases his teachings off of a series of calls and responses. He plays a small piece of a rhythm and then the class repeats it back. This style is very effective in working with all ability levels even if participants have never touched a drum. Plus, it’s really, really fun.

Dale and Peggy Bates will get the children on their feet and dancing

Dale and Peggy Bates will get the children on their feet and dancing

Then, it’s time to get up and move as Dale and Peggy Bates host line dancing for the older children and teens. This is not your grandparents’ line dancing according to Brokaw! Then it’s ‘breath out’ time again as Jessica Banks and Tammy Hood offer needle felting, a more advanced form of wool felting. The final out breath comes when as Kate Janke, a long-time participant of and speaker for the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, ends the program with a Heart and Mind Meditation workshop. Younger children, ages six and up, are invited back for this peaceful end to the day.

In addition, Tammy Hood, Education Director at Sawtooth Botanical Garden, will be on hand to share some curious critters from the Bug Zoo during the entire event.

On Sunday, May 25, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Kim John Payne will present “Simplicity Parenting” in Limelight Room A at the Sun Valley Inn. Payne’s book of the same name swept through the community this year and was read, discussed and passed on up and down the valley. He is making many re-think their parenting priorities.

Author and thinker Kim John Payne will bring his 'less is more' wisdom to parents during the Wellness Festival

Author and thinker Kim John Payne will bring his 'less is more' wisdom to parents during the Wellness Festival

“Having Kim John Payne come to the valley is a fabulous opportunity for parents, grandparents, educators, health care providers and anyone who works with children and teenagers to meet with a brilliant and resourceful mentor and colleague,” Brokaw said. His lecture is sure to touch on many of the topics that have everyone talking: discipline, raising socially resilient children, social difficulties with siblings and classmates, and fostering self-esteem. Known for his practical approach, sense of humor and wisdom, he connects with his audience, making his ideas both understandable and practicable.

For more on Kim John Payne, please visit www.socialsustain.com. He is a fascinating man who is changing the way many think about parenting in this day of rampant technology and “busier is better” standards.

Tickets to all Wellness Festival events are now on sale and the full schedule, speaker and event descriptions and more can be found HERE.

Bring your kids to Sun Valley over Memorial Day weekend and help get them started on a lifetime path of wellness.

–RES

The Boiler Room at the Sun Valley Village is HQ for children's wellness events

The Boiler Room at the Sun Valley Village is HQ for children's wellness events

New Year’s Cheer

No matter your age, it is important to give a nod to the year that was and ring in the new. And there’s no better place to do so than in Sun Valley! On Tuesday night, even the youngest merrymakers are invited to enjoy parties, designed especially for them, throughout the Resort.

It's time to celebrate!

It's time to celebrate!

Parents of the littlest revelers can luxuriate in some grownup time on New Year’s Eve knowing their children are having the time of their lives at a Bowling Night created just for them. From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, children between the ages of 12 months and 7 years will enjoy arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, bowling at Sun Valley’s historic alley and game room and an age-appropriate movie. This is a safe, stimulating environment where the kids are the stars of the night. The price is $75 for the evening and dinner is available for an additional $8.50 per child. Reservations are required. For more information or to sign up please call 208.622.2135 or email recreation@sunvalley.com.

Bowling at Sun Valley's historic alley will be part of the fun for little revelers on New Year's Eve

Bowling at Sun Valley's historic alley will be part of the fun for little revelers on New Year's Eve

Bigger kids will flock to the Boiler Room in Sun Valley Village to enjoy a party of their own. This Rockin’ New Year’s Eve features the music of DJ Marlin – a wildly popular local entertainer. Children from 8 to 14 are invited to dance, enjoy video walls with kids’ freeride edits and music videos. A photo booth is sure to be a highlight of the night. Bald Mountain Pizza will provide lots of hot, delicious food, drinks and a treat for everyone. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the party continues until 10 p.m. Parents are welcome and availability is limited so be sure to call 208.622.2135 or email recreation@sunvalley.com so as not to miss out on a minute of fun. The all-inclusive price is $50 per child.

Children love to skate on Sun Valley's iconic outdoor rink

Children love to skate on Sun Valley's iconic outdoor rink

Sun Valley offers special Kids’ Night Out activities throughout the season, not only on New Year’s Eve. The schedule this week includes crafts like making Sun Valley Winter Wonderland backpacks and snowman canvas prints, and activities like ice skating on the famous outdoor rink and bowling. Contact the Sun Valley PlaySchool at 208.622.2288 for more information on all the fun as well as reservations.

For bigger kids, the party moves to the Boiler Room on New Year's Eve and features great music and a photo booth

For bigger kids, the party moves to the Boiler Room on New Year's Eve and features great music and a photo booth

And happy children make happy parents. When the kiddos are busy and entertained, be sure to make a reservation for a romantic meal or fun-filled evening at one of Sun Valley’s fabulous restaurants. Enjoy a cocktail at the Ram Lounge at the Inn or the Duchin Lounge at the Lodge and then tuck into locally-sourced, seasonal and delicious fare at the Ram, Gretchen’s, Bald Mountain Pizza and Pasta, the Konditorei or Trail Creek Cabin. All are different, all are delicious! Stroll hand-in-hand through the Village Light Display, shop or window shop, delighting in the Resort’s whimsical holiday windows. It is truly a magical time of year in Sun Valley.

Popular DJ Marlin will keep the kids dancing and happy at a special party just for them

Popular DJ Marlin will keep the kids dancing and happy at a special party just for them

No matter how you and your family choose to spend New Year’s Eve, may it be filled with friends, loved ones, good memories and exciting plans. We hope to see you at the Sun Valley Resort to ring in 2014 – be it with champagne or sparkling apple cider.

Happy New Year!

–RES

TransWorld asks, “What’s Next?”

Boarders took to Dollar's Terrain Park during this week's TransWorld Snow Conference

Boarders took to Dollar's Terrain Park during this week's TransWorld Snow Conference

This week, Sun Valley morphed into Snowboard Town USA with an infusion of energy, ideas and mad riding skills brought to the Valley by participants in the annual TransWorld Snow Conference.

According to the organization’s website: “the theory behind the Snow Conference is to check your brand hat at the door … At the end of the day, our success, or failure, is mutual. Getting enough new participants on the slopes every year, and keeping existing shreds passionate, is no small task … That’s where we come in. We became snowboarders for the love the sport, for the creative connection with nature in its rawest form, for an escape from every day life, and a way to express ourselves on a canvas as grand as our passion for the next run.”

Some snowboard swag for conference attendees, because who doesn't love swag?

Some snowboard swag for conference attendees, because who doesn't love swag?

The four-day conference, based out of the Boiler Room in the Sun Valley Village, has included presentations on: “Sales Trends, Demographic Shifts and the Future” featuring Kelly Davis, Director of Research, SnowSports Industries America (SIA), “The Economic Horizon & Its Impact on Snowboarding,” featuring Peter Philips, PhD, Professor of Economics at the University of Utah, “China Rising: Breaking into Snowboarding’s Next Frontier,” featuring Miriam Deller and a lively debate and discussion on the topic of “Has Snowboarding Really Lost Its Edge?” featuring Nate Fristoe, Director of Operations, RRC Associated and, again, Kelly Davis.

Speaking to more than 70 people on Wednesday afternoon, these presentations generated spirited discussion that focused on the future. Where are the opportunities to grow the sport? How can resorts help to continue to attract snowboarders? In a sport that is maturing, what comes next? Retailers, resort representatives and manufacturers all added their input to the dialogue in a big brainstorming session.

Thursday was dedicated to the topic of “Rolling Up Our Sleeves: The Big Issues & Big Ideas,” featuring panel discussions and featured speakers on topics such as “Increasing Participation,” “Conversion and Retention” and “Adapting to the Changing Market Cycles.”

All eyes were on the featured presenters at the TransWorld Snow Conference on Wednesday

All eyes were on the featured presenters at the TransWorld Snow Conference on Wednesday

But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so participants also took the hills. Sun Valley showed off our gorgeous spring conditions by inviting participants to take advantage of Early Ups on the mountain, to freeride on Dollar and Baldy and to challenge colleagues and friends on Dollar’s amazing Boardercross course. Other diversions and pleasures included cocktail receptions, dining at the Resort’s many restaurants, on mountain and in the Village, parties at the Sun Valley Inn Pool and even a friendly get together at the Lodge’s historic Bowling Alley.

Local business owner Jim Slanetz of Ketchum’s Board Bin has attended the conference for the past two years and thinks it is a terrific way to connect with others in the industry and to get a big picture perspective on the world of snowboarding. “It’s always good to see what other people are doing,” he said. “I’ve gone to all the talks and while some apply more to manufacturers than to retailers, I’ve gotten a lot out of it. It’s also nice to get on the mountain with everyone. It’s a great vibe.”

Dollar's Boardercross course -- the scene of some action this week

Dollar's Boardercross course -- the scene of some action this week

Sun Valley is honored that TransWorld again chose Sun Valley as headquarters for their conference. It is very exciting to be at the epicenter of what comes next in snowboarding.

–RES

Gingerbread Decorating Fun

Gingerbread Decorating Fun

Saturday, December 22 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Boiler Room, Sun Valley Village

Children will delight in the delicious task of building their own gingerbread houses while surrounded by the enchanting Gingerbread Village. All creations may be taken home. Refreshments will be available. Cost is $30.

Forever Plaid – Final Show!

Forever Plaid – Final Show!

Don’t miss this final show of their final season.

Boiler Room

Friday, March 30

7:30pm

Tickets $10; Purchase at the door

 

Doors open 1 hr before showtime

Forever Plaid Logo 4x2@72

Recycled Minds at The Boiler Room – Comedy Improv!

Recycled Minds at The Boiler Room – Comedy Improv!

Every Thursday through March 29th

Show starts at 6pm (doors 5pm)

$10 at the door

Recycled Minds at The Boiler Room

Recycled Minds at The Boiler Room featuring comedian Heath Harmison

“Live Funny or Die Laughing”

Thursday, February 16

Show starts at 6pm; Doors open at 5pm.

$10 Cover Charge

Recycled Minds specializes in short & long-form improv comedy, and has been performing for audiences since the millennium.“R.M.I.  improv comedy shows are Exciting! Fun! and Energetic!”

Every show is NEW and completely improvised!

Audience suggestions Inspire off-the-cuff hilarity that is fun FOR ALL AGES!

Recycled Minds is comprised of talent that has entertained audiences in seven different nations around the world with players that have trained and performed with some of the biggest names in improv… 

 

The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympic,
Monkey Butler & Comedy Sportz.

 

They have performed at the largest performing arts festival in the world, The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  They rocked the beaches of the Mediterranean with their clever universal humor. Their workshops ignited creativity in artistic communities in Germany.  R.M.I. brings laughter, skill and excitement all over the globe!  You don’t want to miss a show!

Big Snow Shopping Alert!

Big Snow Shopping Alert!

Saturday, January 28

2 Hours Only!  4–6pm

We’ve got big snow and now we’ve got big savings all over the Sun Valley Village.  Join us for two hours of non-stop shopping and dining and some of the season’s best buys!

25% Off Everything!

40% Off Kids Skiwear!

  • Brass Ranch
  • Pete Lane’s
  • Signatures & Gifts
  • Panache
  • The Toy Store
  • Towne & Parke Jewelry

25% Off Dining and Entertainment!

  • 25% off pizza at Bald Mountain Pizza
  • 25% off entres at the Ram Restaurant
  • 25% off draft beer and wines by the glass at the Inn Lobby Lounge
  • 25% off Boiler Room cover charge

2012 Winter Comedy Series heats up the Boiler Room

If you like stand-up comedians, you’ll love the 2012 Winter Comedy Series at the Sun Valley Resort Boiler Room every Friday and Saturday night at 6pm.  We present new comedians hot off the comedy circuit every weekend.

Doors open at 5pm and comedy starts at 6pm.  Cover is $10 at the door (21 & Older)

  • January 13 & 14  Joe Klocek/Heath Harmison
  • January 20 & 21  Tom Rhodes/Jason Resler
  • January 27 & 28    Eddie Ifft/ Leif Skyving
  • February 3 & 4       Trish Surh/Courtney Cronin
  • February 10 & 11   Dwight Slade/Jim Summers
  • February 17 & 18  Henry Phillips/ Gary Cannon
  • February 24 & 25  Kristin Key/Myles Weber
  • March 2 & 3  Brad Williams/Stefan Davis
  • March 9 & 10  Tim Young/Dan Gabriel
  • March 16 & 17  Michael Pace/Heath Harmison
  • March 23 & 24  Dan Cummins/Ryan Wingfield

 

Chicks & Giggles at the Boiler Room!

January 19 & February 2
Doors open at 5pm; Show starts at 6pm
Tickets $10 available at the door
Enjoy cocktails at the fire pit before the show!
  • Chicks n’ Giggles Improv Troupe offers an interactive experience that utilizes audience suggestions of places, people and things as a basis for each scene and gimmick game. Every show is completely unique as the audience drives the show with their suggestions, and the players perform without the safety net of a script! They set a high standard of comedy and deliver quit wit and charm that is engaging for the audience and always leaves them wanting more.
  • Short-form improv sketch comedy that is fast paced and fun. 
  • Unpredictable. Unscripted. Unbelievable!