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Summer Programs for the Kids

Summer Programs for the Kids

After last months blog post we had alot of interest in summer programs for the kids and thought we should research it a bit more. In our research we decided that we would rather be doing all of these amazing summer camps than sitting and work...sadly that isn't an option but we wish it was. Here is a list of our favorites that we have found so far as well as a little information about each one and the links to their websites.

Gametime Through Rec Center
    “The Durango Parks and Recreation offers an all-day program for school aged youth. Parents may register their child for specific days, weeks or entire months. Children will play games, create arts and craft projects, go swimming, take field trips, and much more. Children must have: a sack lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, swim wear, towel, and rain gear for each day. Occasionally, children will go on a field trip or tour that will require a small supplemental fee. Weekly schedules are given out for easy transition between summer Gametime and your child's other activities.”

Pack Camp at Purgatory

“At Purgatory Adventure Camp for Kids (PACK), children ages 5-13 experience activities that foster their curiosity and creativity, like rock climbing, ropes courses, nature projects, animal tracks, arts & crafts, and more.” Weekdays Monday through Friday starting June 5th through August 18th with the ability to pay per number of days your child wants to attend.

Durango Nature Studies

                “Parents can take joy in the fact that their kids will be spending their summer catching crawdads, building forts, hiking, exploring, river tromping, and learning about the natural world”  Each session has a different theme such as Wilderness Survival, Hydrology, Powerful Nature, Nature Detectives, Destination Desert, each two weeks in length.

DEVO Summer Camps

                Bike Polo- This camp is for ages 10-18 to explore the sport of Bike Polo. Practices include learning rules of the game, tactics, bike handing and ball handling drills, live games and building a mallet and will be coached by local experts and Polo professionals.

                Cycling Science-bike exploration and bike related hands on science at the Powerhouse in the afternoons. Kids will learn anatomy and physiology, nutrition, bike engineering and physics of biking.

                Purgatory Summer Camps Through Devo- Devo coaches will lead rides and serve as your kid’s camp counselor all day. Groups: Kids will be placed in groups based upon ability (beg/int/adv.  Camp activities include; special guest appearances, gravity skill sessions, bike fit, trail building.

Durango Arts Center

                The Durango Arts Center provides a number of summer camps/courses in visual and performing arts for a variety of ages and interests. There are too many to list here! Conveniently locatedat the Durango Arts Center, it provides easy drop off for the day as well as easy pick up if your kiddos don’t feel well.

Colvig Silver Camps

                “Our philosophy is community driven, non-competitive, choice-based, and outdoor oriented.”  They offer five programs tailored to four different age groups. The age groups are grades 2-4, 5-7, 8-9, and 10-11. “Each program offers a wide variety of activities and expeditions in addition to a safe and comfortable environment where kids can be themselves entirely.”

Powerhouse Science Center

“From robotics, coding, and animation to animals, plants, rockets, and more! Fuel your child’s interests with these fun and engaging learning opportunities! Each camp is carefully planned and taught by qualified, enthusiastic scientists and teachers. Our camps serve ages 3-15.”

Summer in Durango

Living in Durango is a conscious choice by many. People don't typically "end up" here, they often make it a goal to live here and figure out the housing and job equation later. Some of the things I love about Durango in the summer are the Farmer's Market, the local, organic produce, and the river! 

Here's a picture of my recent score at the Farmer's Market from Cartwheel Clothing. Jennifer makes some awesome kid's clothes!! Baby Krueger will be stylin'!

We also joined the Twin Buttes CSA this year. I've been really pleased with the quality of the produce. Their salad greens are delicate and delicious. We often get a nice variety of herbs (cilantro, basil, dill, garlic and garlic scapes), Swiss chard, baby romaine lettuce, radishes, green onions.... the list goes on. Right now Twin Buttes has opened their CSA to 40 members that don't live in the neighborhood, but soon this community garden will be shared with residents only. They also have fresh eggs and honey! 

If you don't know much about Twin Buttes, you should check them out here. This community is located just west of Durango and offers a sustainable, energy efficient lifestyle. They have miles of awesome riding and hiking trails and their amenities will include things like a farm to table restaurant, a holistic healing center and much more. So far they are taking reservations for vacant lots and will be closing on them sometime in the next 6 months or so. Vertical construction will likely be happening in 2015. This neighborhood will create about 300 new home sites for people who are wanting to be close to town! 

A couple Friday's ago we decided to walk down to the river with our paddle boards to cool off. Ryder's favorite part is using his squirt gun!! The water is still pretty chilly, but I am happy to report that the current level is at about 900 CFS. It has come down significantly in the past weeks, but it appears to be higher than 2012 and 2013 at this time of year. Check out this cool graph, courtesy of Durango Herald. 

If you have any good ideas for activities this summer in Durango, let me know!!!