For Kids, the adventure continues

Back by popular demand, Sun Valley’s wonderful Kids Adventure Camp announced extended dates that will keep the fun going for little ones all year long. After all, Sun Valley is a four-season destination!

 

Kids Adventure Camp is back by popular demand

Kids Adventure Camp is back by popular demand

The camp, headquartered in the Sun Valley Village across from the Opera House, will again open its doors for the following dates: October 2 and 3, October 27, 30 and 31, December 4 and 5 and March 5 and 6. These are dates local school children have the day off for various reasons as well as dates that visitors may be here enjoying long weekends.

 

The fun is headquartered in the Sun Valley Village, just look for the signs

The fun is headquartered in the Sun Valley Village, just look for the signs

 

According to always-energetic camp director Shannon Price, “the camp was a great success this summer and we see a need for child care that is adventurous and active on days when children are home for teacher conferences or in-service days. The price is great and the kids have a wonderful experience.”

 

Activities depend on the season, but children will definitely get out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors

Activities depend on the season, but children will definitely get out and enjoy our beautiful outdoors

Activities will change seasonally but may include: hiking, biking, swimming, river exploration, ice skating, arts and crafts, survival skills and the principals of “leave no trace.”

Sun Valley Kids Adventure Camp will keep your children busy, active and smiling

Sun Valley Kids Adventure Camp will keep your children busy, active and smiling

 

The Adventure Camp ran all summer to rave reviews. Both those visiting Sun Valley and local campers enjoyed our vast outdoor playground all under the highly trained eyes of Shannon and her excellent staff. Many families returned week after week to enjoy all that Sun Valley has to offer, from hiking to ice skating to guided exploration. Groups are kept small and individualized attention is the name of the game.

My nine-year-old son attended camp this summer and had a fabulous time. Activities kept him engaged and busy and even though he lives here and spends a lot of time outdoors, he learned and saw new things at Kids Adventure Camp. The option to enjoy this kind of program on non-school days throughout the year is a terrific opportunity for working parents or those who simply know their child would love the opportunity.

 

Don’t miss a moment of the action. Call to reserve your child’s spot now

Don’t miss a moment of the action. Call to reserve your child’s spot now

 

Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the cost is $50 per child. Campers from kindergartners to fifth graders are welcome.

For more information or to reserve a spot email Shannon at sprice@sunvalley.com or phone 208.622.2133.

Life is an adventure, get after it!

–RES

Have (Paddle) Boat Will Travel

Paddle boarding on the Sun Valley Lake is great fun. These smiles say it all!

Paddle boarding on the Sun Valley Lake is great fun. These smiles say it all!

Let’s face it. Kids have endless energy and sometimes even the most inventive parents crave an activity where the children are happy and entertained that allows them to sit in the grass under a tree and enjoy some shade. One such perfect activity on a hot summer’s day is paddle boating at the cool and welcoming Sun Valley Lake adjacent to the Sun Valley Pavilion lawn.

The manageably-sized, picturesque body of water is accessed by a fleet of family-friendly paddle boats, rented by a friendly and helpful staff.

Last week, local children Chloe and Peter drove by the Lake with their mother Katherine. “Suddenly they asked, what’s that? We’ve never tried that before!” she laughed. “So we turned around and in a short time, they were on the lake laughing and splashing. It was so easy and really relaxing. No backpacks, no packed lunches, no equipment.”

“It was awesome,” enthused Peter, 6.

“We had a lot of fun,” said big sister Chloe, 9. “We are definitely going to come back.”

Life jackets and sunscreen are the only equipment needed to enjoy this activity

Life jackets and sunscreen are the only equipment needed to enjoy this activity. It’s summer the way it’s meant to be

In fact, they returned the next morning for more fun and spent a few hours exploring the shore, insects and fauna.

Assisted by a helpful attendant Jerry, they quickly got their life jackets and boat and away they went. Explorations included finding a Garden Tiger Moth, rescued and given a ride to shore, getting close to ducks and ducklings and sighting a snake on the grass.

Paddle boating is leisurely, allowing time to explore your surroundings

Paddle boating is leisurely, allowing time to explore your surroundings

This backyard adventure is not only fun, it is extremely affordable. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a mellow few hours in Sun Valley.

Go out and take a paddle today. Remember, summer days are meant to be hazy, lazy and occasionally simple and relaxing!

–RES

The scenery from the Sun Valley Lake makes even just sitting on the sidelines worthwhile

The scenery from the Sun Valley Lake makes even just sitting on the sidelines worthwhile

Jump, Bounce and Soar

It’s obvious that the new Spider Jump in Sun Valley is big fun even before you see it. Shrieks of joy and “woo hoo” can be heard from quite a distance. When you do see the apparatus, located on the field next to the Recreation Center at the Sun Valley Village, the enthusiastic yelling makes sense.

On your marks, get set, jump!

On your marks, get set, jump!

The bungee spider jump consists of four large individual trampolines on which participants launch into the air wearing a harness that is attached to strong, springy bungee cords. A few big jumps in the middle of the trampolines and up you go, high above the Village. The next four minutes are yours to spend however you set fit. Back flips and front flips are a popular option as is just bouncing in the ether.

Front flip, back flips, big air -- it's all part of the Spider Jump experience

Front flip, back flips, big air -- it's all part of the Spider Jump experience

Last week I took three children, one nine-year-old and two thirteen-year-olds, over the Spider Jump to try it out. Immediately, they were greeted by the two boys who just finished their turn. “It’s awesome!” they advertised.

We were in line behind a family visiting from Washington, D.C. Their two boys, ages 12 and 14 were channeling their best freestyle tricks on the bungees, smiling from ear-to-ear.

Sign a release, step on the scale and off you go

Sign a release, step on the scale and off you go

After signing a release for each, the very helpful attendant Elilel weighed each child (important information in determining how many bungees to hook up to each jumper) and got them set up. The nine-year-old went first, happily stepping into the harness and connecting to the bounce lines.  With a thumb’s up, Elilel told him to start jumping and up he went, laughing all the way.

The girls were next and once they overcame a bit of self-consciousness that comes with the age, they were up in the air flipping and flying and laughing.

Show your stuff on the Spider

Show your stuff on the Spider

Nine dollars buys four minutes on the Spider Jump which may not sound like much, but this is a very active activity. Even my two competitive figure skaters and athletic fourth grader needed to rest during their turn (which means hanging in the air taking a few breaths). Jumpers use their arms, core and legs to keep the momentum going and to perform tricks. After four minutes, all three jumpers were breathing pretty hard.

The Spider Jump is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you weigh more than 30 pounds and less than 200 pounds, you’re in! Elilel said adults seem to like jumping nearly as much as the children. It is, however, not recommended for those with back or neck problems, heart problems, high blood pressure or other conditions that might limit robust activity. Another tip – loose t-shirts may fly up and longer pants and shorts look more comfortable than shorter ones because of the harness. Dress appropriately!

The Spider Jump is big fun in the shadow of the Lodge

The Spider Jump is big fun in the shadow of the Lodge

In between all the other wonderful ways to spend a Sun Valley Summer, from swimming and tennis, to golf and kids’ camps, hiking, biking and skating, make sure you try the Spider Jump. It is something new, it is really fun and it’s a kid magnet.

As Van Halen so eloquently sang, “might as well jump!” This is definitely true at the new four-armed, super springy, bungee-driven Spider in Sun Valley.

–RES

 

Children, the Swan Pond and springtime

Now that the snow on the Valley floor has melted into ever greening patches of grass, spring is officially in the air! Small buds are appearing on branches, stalks of flowers are beginning to take an experimental sniff in the warming air and children are itching to be outside.

Nothing goes together like children and springtime in Sun Valley (photos courtesy of Lisa Dirksmeier)

Nothing goes together like children and springtime in Sun Valley (photos courtesy of Lisa Dirksmeier)

The two-year-old class from Sun Valley’s Community School Early Childhood Center scratched that itch this week with a special field trip to the nearby Sun Valley Lodge and the iconic and always fascinating swan pond. A perpetually interesting, constantly evolving neighbor to the school, the Sun Valley Resort is often a destination for these preschoolers. For them, there is nothing better than communing with the ducks and swans and fish.

One lucky duck gets lunch courtesy of a little student at Community School

One lucky duck gets lunch courtesy of a little student at Sun Valley's swan pond

Teacher Lisa Dirksmeier said, “Sun Valley’s cornucopia of magical, extraordinary offerings are a vital part of our life.” One grandfather, along for the trip, likened the Resort to the “land of make believe” as the children took their time navigating the long pathways that meander around the Village. Frequent stops included discussion of the construction equipment being used to beautify the property, appreciation of figure skaters taking advantage of a warm day on Sun Valley’s outdoor ice and pausing to listen to chiming bells and music.

While getting there was more than half the fun, the children were thrilled to arrive at the pond which graces the entry to the Lodge. A hefty supply of bread, crackers and cereal supplied a feast for the ducks and fish, with a few handfuls reaching the children’s mouths, as well. The little ones chatted with the animals, encouraging them to come back, come back, come back!

A trip to the playground and a picnic lunch rounded out the adventure and left, for Lisa, indelible memories. “I hope the children, while they may not remember this exact trip, will recollect a time of pure, uncomplicated joy,” she said, “a time when traveling was light and easy, and friends, two red wagons, some breadcrumbs and a lunchbox was all that was needed to create a magical afternoon.”

–RES

What's good for the goose is good for the gander ...

What's good for the goose is good for the gander ...