Just for Kids

Summer Culture Clubs for the Younger Set

Arts and crafts aren’t what they used to be—the cotton balls, popsicle sticks, and Elmer’s glue of yesteryear meet the newest in 21st-century technology.

By Andrew Travers May 24, 2017 Published in the Summer 2017 issue of Aspen Sojourner

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TechShops for Kids at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass.

Anderson Ranch Art Center’s new TechShops for Kids series invites children ages 9 to 12 into the Snowmass Village campus’s state-of-the-
art digital media and art-making facilities, with classes running all summer that integrate computer programming, 3-D modeling and animation, robotics, photography, and 3-D printing. andersonranch.org

Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, and the rest of the Peanuts gang will be spending summer vacation in the Hurst Theatre, as Theatre Aspen produces a new, revised, and updated version of the kid-friendly musical The World According to Snoopy, opening July 13 and running through August 15. theatreaspen.org

Hallam Lake may be the best playground in Aspen. Every Saturday from June 20 to September 5 is Family Saturday at the 25-acre preserve, when the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies hosts nature crafts, a scavenger hunt, and pond dipping, along with a weekly nature story reading and a feeding demonstration with the resident eagles, hawks, and owls. aspennature.org 

The Aspen Music Festival and School targets young music appreciators through several special events throughout the summer, including a pair of short family concerts preceded by refreshments and kids’ activities (July 20, Aug 17); three energetic Gotta Move sessions (July 10 and 24, Aug 7); and weekly Tunes and Tales at local libraries. Sing Play Move has a revamped format this summer, offering two weekly sessions (July 24–Aug 4) for ages infant through five with weekly themes and the chance to hear a full orchestra.

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