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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.”

Fun Ways to Entertain the Kids

Fun Ways to Entertain the Kids

School is officially out for the summer for the children of 9-R. Here are some of my favorite activities to take the kids out for the day or their favorite activities to do while I need to get some work done. Durango is great about getting kids active and entertained:

Durango Devo has amazing summer camps for all ages of kiddos and all lengths of time.


Some very hot days we like to take it inside for a little adventure. Honeyville located north of Durango has all sorts of honey treats as well as the ability to watch the bees make the honey the kids can enjoy later. Turning this trip into a little learning activity is fun for the kids and adults too. 


We always love to buy the family pass to Trimble Hot Springs. It is a great place to pack up lunch for the day and spend all day getting some sun, playing in the pool and soaking in the hot springs.

Catch the Last Bit of Summer!

Summer is slowly coming to an end! If you happened to miss out on the great summer events Durango has to offer, you are in luck! Durango still has a few exciting events coming up!

     1. San Juan Brewfest



     Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM! Located in Buckley Park (12th and Main), there will be 54 craft breweries and distilleries, along with live music and food vendors for your enjoyment! General Admission tickets ($32.49) gets you a 5 oz souvenir tasting glass and unlimited tastings. There are upgraded and VIP tickets available as well. Visit for more information.

     2. Farmers Market

Copyright 2016 Sydney Jeanne Design

Copyright 2016 Sydney Jeanne Design

     Don't miss Saturday mornings at the First National Bank parking lot! Every Saturday until the end of October is our local Farmers Market! A place where our community comes together to share their creative talents and harvests! Live music + veggies + meats + cheeses + jewelry + fresh food and more! Come down and show some local support! Don't forget to buy a t-shirt and bumper sticker with their new 2016 design! Design by my very own assistant, Sydney! 

      3. Durango Blues Train

Rockin’ Jake on the 2014 Durango Blues Train. Copyright Kevin Younger Photography.

Rockin’ Jake on the 2014 Durango Blues Train. Copyright Kevin Younger Photography.

      Limited tickets left for Friday, August 12th! Saturday is already SOLD OUT! Don't miss out on this incredibly unique and fun night! A two night event (August 12-13th) on the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The train ride is approximately 3.5 hours long and will feature 2 full bands + 4 individual artists. Once the train gets going, attendees are free to move about the train cars to see the different artists, dance around, purchase food and drinks at the concession cart, and use the restrooms. Visit for more lineup, tickets, and more information. 

     4. Mushroom Festival



          This annual festival is located at Purgatory (Durango Mountain Resort). It is a two day event. Friday from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM is an exquisite 6-course meal featuring wild mushrooms picked from the mountain (tickets to each event are sold separately and are expected to sell out). Saturday morning at 9:00 AM is a guided mushroom hunt on the mountain. Experts will help you identify different types of mushrooms along with other helpful info! Starting at 1:00 PM is the culinary showcase. Five local fine dining restaurants will be participating: Eolus, East by Southwest, Ore House, Mutu's and Purgy's. Each dish will include mushrooms and a wine pairing chosen by the chef. Visit the event website for ticket prices and more details.