Just plain fun at the playschool


Smaranda drives the Playschool attendees from activity to activity in this cute red wagon. If you see them, wave!

As any mother will know, family-vacations tailored to the under 5s are few and far between. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to sign up Little Sun (4) for some sort of activity only to discover he was born a couple years too late.

While by definition a family-vacation involves lots of family-time, as many mothers will agree it’s also essential to get some time away from the little tykes.

It turns out there’s something pretty special in Sun Valley Resort that helps out with both these things: The Sun Valley Playschool. I know, sticking the kids in daycare while I go off to have fun in the sun is not going to win me any “mother of the year” awards, but this is not just a run-of-the-mill daycare. This is a bona-fide summer camp for ages 3 months to 5 years. On the day I took Little Sun and Baby Sun (18 months) along to try it out, I was so jealous of all the fun they had that I actually tagged along with them for most of it.

Smaranda, the playschool manager, welcomed us with open arms, quickly settling us down to some arts and crafts time in the newly remodeled building, just behind the Sun Valley Post Office. Little Sun was very proud of the paper sword Smaranda helped him create, while Baby Sun and I spent a good 10 minutes playing chase-the-baby-with-the-marker-before-she-destroys-the-brand-new-walls (not a highly recommended activity).

When all the day’s participants were assembled we were given our schedule: ice-skating lessons at 10am, tennis lessons at 11:30am, lunch and nap time, followed by swimming at the Olympic pool from 2:30pm. And this was just a Tuesday. On Monday throw in a gondola ride and a picnic on top of the mountain, Wednesday it’s horses and paddle boating, Thursday golf and hiking is on the menu, and Friday take a Hay Ride out for a BBQ at Trail Creek Cabin.

While Little Sun is a budding Andy Murray, ice-skating has not featured in his skill-set so far, but he was game – positively bursting with excitement as Smaranda and her crew buckled the class into the specially modified golf-cart/wagon playschool-mobile and whisked them off to the rink.

Here’s a sampling of his newly-learned skills on ice and some styling on the tennis court from his day with the playschool:

After a morning of lessons and a well-earned nap, it was out to the Olympic swimming pool, where a newly-installed splash park provides the perfect entertainment for those not quite ready for the Olympics.

Baby Sun inspects the Splash Pool

As I buckled Little Sun and Baby Sun into their car seats at the end of the day, the heavy eyelids and broad smiles on both their faces was testament to the fun they’d had. Next time Mr. Sun and I decide a hard days mountain biking is needed, we won’t have to feel guilty about taking the tots to playschool – as they’ll probably be having more fun than we are.

Happy Trails!

Mrs. Sun

Smaranda and her crew look forward to welcoming kids for a summer of fun in Sun Valley

The PlaySchool is open 7 days a week during the summer, 9am to 4pm. Call 208.622.2288. A full day of activities, including lunch, is $95. Or drop in for 2 hours ($38) or 4 hours ($73). A Young Summer Camp is on offer for ages 6 and older. Details are here. Both camps are open to the public.

Gun Club to open Monday, April 27

Sun Valley Gun Club is scheduled to open to the public this upcoming Monday, April 27, 2009. Additional recreation hours of operation:

Open daily 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(208) 622-2191 or Ext. 2191

Open 11:00 am – 8:00 pm.
(208) 622-2194 or Ext. 2194
Call for general session times

Closed –  Call for off-season reservations
(208) 622-2288 or Ext. 2288

Pro Shop – Open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Virtual Golf – Open 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Driving Range – open 10:00 -6:00
Chipping/Putting Practice Green – open 10:00 – 6:00
9-Holes of golf open Friday, April 24
18 – Holes of golf open Saturday, April 25
(208) 622-2251 or Ext. 2251

Courts – limited availability 9:00 – 4:00
Rackets/balls available at Recreation Office

Open – 10:00 – 4:30 pm Daily
(208) 622-2135 or Ext. 2135

Sun Valley Playschool New Years Eve

Sun Valley Playschool evening activities for children ages 18 months to 5 years.
Games, crafts, movies, includes a visit to the Sun Valley Continental Room Youth Party.
Snacks provided. Sleeping facilities available.
Time: 6pm – 1am
New Year’s Eve Cost: $18 per hour/per child. Dinner is option for an additional $8
Advanced Playschool Reservations required: (208) 622-2288.
Please call for day-time rates and hours.