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Discover Off-Mountain Family Fun with the Vail Recreation District this Winter

Two skiers move across the snow on a sunny day at the Vail Nordic Center.The Vail Recreation District (VRD) helps locals and guests alike solve the problem of what to do when you’re not skiing in Vail. From indoor ice-skating, to Nordic skiing, to gymnastics, to indoor volleyball, basketball, soccer and more, the VRD will keep families busy throughout the winter season.

Additionally, look forward to joining the VRD in December for special events like Santa’s Workshop, the annual skating show at Dobson Ice Arena and Winter Break School’s Out Camp.

Here’s your guide for Winter 2013-14 events and activities.

WINTER BREAK SCHOOL’S OUT CAMP DEC. 20-JAN. 6 Calling all kids looking for activities during their winter school holiday: the VRD will offer the KidZone Winter Break Camp from Friday, Dec. 20 to Monday, Jan. 6. The KidZone Winter Break Camp offers all-day activities for youth five- to 12-years-old and in grades kindergarten through five.

The kids will enjoy ice-skating, gymnastics, swimming, sledding and s’mores, crafts, learning, arts and more. Click here to see the full event schedule.

Participants can choose to join the fun for a single day or every day of the holiday camp. Cost is $48 per day for non-Eagle County residents or $38 per day for VRD residents. Advanced registration is required. Call 970-479-2292 to register.

A girl perfects her backflip on the balance beam at the Vail Gymnastics Center.YOUTH FUTSAL (INDOOR SOCCER) Youth Futsal League will take place for six weeks beginning Jan. 6 in the Homestake Peak School gymnasium, located in Eagle Vail. The Youth Futsal League is for grades Kindergarten through eighth and costs $70 per participant, or is free for kids whose parents are coaches.

SHAMROCK SHUFFLE MARCH 15 The third annual Krueger Family Shamrock Shuffle 5k and 10k races and Kids’ 1k Fun Run will celebrate all things green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Taking place at the Vail Nordic Center, the event includes race categories for snowshoes and over-the-shoe traction devices (like Yaktrax), as well as a non-prize-eligible running shoe category.

IMAGINATION STATION Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the Imagination Station, a thoughtful play space, features a play wall to integrate physical and cognitive learning; a light table and builder boards that inspire problem-solving development and dexterity, a hyperbolic funnel that models planetary motion, and a new Mad Scientist’s Lab where children can make slime, “gak” and other messy projects. The Imagination Station is located in the Lionshead Parking & Welcome Structure.

A young girl paints a piece of pottery turquiose in an art class from the Vail Rec District.FAMILY SKI BASE Family Ski Base takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and offers a “home base” for families who are skiing and riding on Vail Mountain. The Community Programming Room in the Lionshead Parking & Welcome Structure provides a warm, safe place for families to store ski gear, take breaks throughout the day, enjoy a hot drink, and even prepare and eat their lunch and snacks with their family. Cost is $5 per child.

YOUNG YOGIS Young Yogis will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays starting Jan. 9.

Kids can have fun with yoga poses and learn body awareness and control. Most of all, they learn to use breathing as a tool to calm emotions and create stability. Class will focus on fun yoga-play with children. Parents are encouraged to participate, but should not expect to progress in their own yoga practice through this class. Cost is $40 per child for a five-week session. Parents are free.

Kids & adults alike move around the ice on skates at the Dobson Ice Arena during free skate.INDOOR SKATING AT DOBSON ICE ARENA STORYTIME SKATING  10 A.M. AND 11 A.M. ON WEDNESDAYS StoryTime Skating includes open skating either prior to or following a story reading at the Town of Vail Public Library. Cost is $10 for rental and instruction. The library reading is free.

OPEN SKATING SESSIONS NOON TO 1:30 P.M. MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Open to all ages and abilities. Skate rentals are $3 and admission is $2 for ages four and younger, $5 for ages five through 12 and $6 for ages 13 and older. Punch cards are available and Stick and Puck sessions are available for hockey players.

A young girl lines up a shot during a hockey game at the Dobson Ice Arena.YOUTH HOCKEY AND FIGURE SKATING, AGES FOUR AND OLDER Dobson hosts a variety of youth skating opportunities throughout the winter including a Learn to Skate program, advanced instruction for both figure skating, and ice hockey.

ADULT ICE HOCKEY Dobson hosts seasonal adult leagues throughout the year with each season consisting of 8 to 10 games. All players must be USA Hockey registered. Those interested in playing but are not on a team should contact Dobson. The winter league is underway and the spring session will begin in March 2013. Call 970-479-2271 for more information on ice hockey and other ice arena programs.

GYMNASTICS WITH VAIL RECREATION DISTRICT PRESCHOOL/TODDLER GYMNASTICS, AGES WALKING TO 4.5 Children ages three to four and a half will enjoy learning basic motor skills and exploring on the gym’s obstacle course and balance and swinging areas. Children three and younger will enjoy the exploration of movement.

An instructor guides a student through a backflip during a class at the Vail Gymnastics Center.CLASSES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, AGES FIVE AND OLDER Classes feature 10 to 15 minutes of structured warm-up to improve flexibility, strength and endurance, followed by rotations to different stations for tumbling and use of the gymnastics equipment. Children will be grouped according to their age and skill level.

TRAMPOLINE/TUMBLING, AGES SIX AND OLDER Classes include instruction on basic trampoline safety and tricks and are the perfect opportunity for young skiers and snowboarders to perfect their tricks off the slopes. Cost is $45 per month.

TEEN/ADULT OPEN GYM DROP-IN, AGES 13 AND OLDER 8 TO 9 P.M. MONDAYS Open gym offers athletes of all levels an opportunity to utilize the Gymnastics Center equipment including trampoline, tumbling mat, foam pit and more. Cost is $10 per session.

The Gore Range steals the show in this photo depicting the view from the Vail Nordic Center.VAIL NORDIC CENTER The Vail Nordic Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April, weather permitting. Nordic users enjoy on-site rentals for skate and classic skiing, plus backcountry skis and snowshoes; daily lessons for classic and skate skiing; and a full service retail shop featuring a variety of merchandise for outdoor endurance sports, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, running, hiking, as well as Nordic ski equipment. Enjoy 17 kilometers of skiing trails and 10 kilometers of separate snowshoe trails. Call 970-476-8366 for more information.

INDOOR SPORTS: ADULT LEAGUES OPEN GYM The VRD organizes indoor open gym for soccer, basketball and volleyball at Red Sandstone Elementary School Gymnasium. Indoor soccer takes place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, basketball from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and volleyball from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Cost is $3 and those 18 or younger must have a legal guardian sign a waiver prior to participation.

Yoga students practice their down dog in a class with the Vail Recreation District.ADULT LEAGUES The winter adult indoor volleyball, basketball and soccer leagues will begin in January for competitive and recreational players. Those without teams who would like to play should call the VRD at 970-479-2280.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING Vail Recreation District arts and crafts classes for children, adults and families are underway in the Community Programming Room in Lionshead. Classes include jewelry making, children’s art, glass fusing and pottery making and provide learning opportunities unlike anything else available in Vail.

Additionally, ongoing affordable fitness opportunities are underway including TRX, Yoga for adults and children and Aikido.

DATE NIGHT, 5:45 TO 8 P.M. ON FRIDAYS Date Night provides a safe, fun location to drop off children while parents enjoy an evening on the town.

OPEN ART STUDIO, 5:45 TO 8 P.M. ON FRIDAYS Participants learn to shape clay, construct with slabs, throw pottery on the wheel (reservations required), paint pottery, fuse glass or all of the above.

A mother and daughter paint some pieces of pottery together in an art class with the Vail Rec District.CHILDREN’S ART, 10 A.M. TO NOON ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS The VRD’s staff provide materials and teach some simple techniques that are too messy or too tough to try to do in your own at home.

PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY OR GLASS FUSE, 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS OR NOON TO 2 P.M. ON WEDNESDAYS Participants choose and buy unpainted pottery that becomes their canvas, then paint with simple designs or create a masterpiece.

VINYASA FLOW YOGA, 8:45 TO 9:45 A.M. MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS Flow from pose to pose and incorporate breathing with movement.

AIKIDO, 5:30 TO 6:30 P.M. MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS Improve balance, increase flexibility and develop power through training in this Japanese martial art.

APRES SKI YOGA, 5:15 TO 6:15 P.M. TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS Bring your body back into balance, breathe energy into your muscles and restore your mind. All levels welcome.

GENTLE YOGA, 9:30 TO 10:30 A.M. TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS A class for beginning to advanced yoga students who would like to experience a gentle and welcoming class.

TRX® SUSPENSION TRAINING, 8 TO 9 A.M. TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS OR NOON TO 1 P.M. ON THURSDAYS Participants use their own body as the resistance load to strengthen and tone, keeping their core activated all times.

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