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gardening with kids | hiking with dogs | outdoor adventures Spring/Summer 2013


for the future of Sun Valley



Explore Stargazing

outdoor fever 22 useful tips for parents 11 local superstars 10 rainy day ideas 3 camp recipes


summer camps



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yoga : ashley garrison - robertson



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Features 22


Happy Campers

From future maestros and mountain bike riders to swimmers and science fans, from dancers and Mr. D’s adventurers to equestrians and extreme sports addicts, we highlight the best local camps.


360 Profiles

We shine some much-deserved spotlight on some of the Valley’s up and comers and local superstars. photographs by kristin cheatwood

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& music: Andrew Ryason movement: Debra Drake sports: Eva Carlson, Zach Deal,


Mason Johnson science: Edwin Garcia adventure: Kaia & Anja Jensen sports: Andy Gilbert adventure: Lili Gil

03 From the Editor 06 Local Buzz Carving Out Space Nutrition to Grow With Things to Do A Community of Moms Parenting Advice from a Pro Gift Guide: Pet-friendly Toys Hiking with Dogs Healthy Movement Green Thumbs & Tubbs Berry Farm

16 Get Out There

Go out to eat!


Top 10 Rainy Day Activities

There’s plenty of fun stuff for the whole family to do in and around Sun Valley on those rare days when it actually rains around here.

An Evening with the Stars Fun Alfresco Fishing with Kids A View with Some Room Pigs in a Blanket Cuisine de Camp

are easy and fun!

On the Cover: Camping in South Central Idaho is what summer is all about. Check out our Camping Guide on page 20. 02:

/ swimmer : kristin cheatwood / dog collar : fiveb studios / girls : courtesy environmental resource center / dancer : courtesy footlight dance centre ; aubrey stephens .


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Summer in Sun Valley makes you feel giddy.

Summer here is full, happy, active and, sometimes, even a bit manic as we soak up every minute of sunshine, water sports, mountain activities, cookouts and campfire rings. One of the few challenges of the season, however, is deciding where to go and what to do first—360º Sun Valley aims to help point you in the right direction. Browse the pages of this spring/ summer issue for ideas on how and where to jump in, what you can do to participate in the fun and who to contact to make it all happen. And be sure to visit us online at for expanded and extra camp listings, additional featured content and more details on the who, what, where and how of summer in Sun Valley. Meet Andrew Ryason (painter, illustrator, sculptor, mixed media artist and Sage School student) and learn about his artistic vision and sources of inspiration (page 23). Or step inside the mind of snowboard coach and Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation program director Andy Gilbert for insight about his passion for sport and goal of inspiring young athletes to achieve their personal best (page 29 and in our special online feature at Or read about Wood River High School student Edwin Garcia’s commitment to “pay it forward” as a counselor at Blaine County School District’s Environmental Camp (page 27) or Wood River middle schooler Lili Gil’s positive attitude and ability to tackle any challenge (page 28), and then read on to discover camps and activities to help inspire and encourage minds of any age. 360º Sun Valley is all about families and kids. In addition to the 108 youth camps featured in this issue’s Summer Camp & Activities Fun Guide (pages 2231), which covers a full rundown on all things science and outdoors, music and dance, art and theater, sports and athletics, exploring and adventuring, we have full listings, costs and details on every camp, class and adventure in and around the Valley—a total of over 211 camps online. And make sure you pick up our special Winter Insert for 360º Sun Valley—with even more activities, events and things to do in the winter wonderland that Sun Valley becomes once the snow flies. And the list is long. It can be mind boggling. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed— or just want some ideas on something different—be sure to go online or pick up our mobile app for calendar updates and family-friendly dining reviews, or to read one of our weekly blogs on the "Who, What, Where and Now!" in Sun Valley. There’s always something going on—so go online, get updated information and choose your next adventure!


Ideas? ...but need them RIGHT NOW? Log on and get informed. Our new 360º Sun Valley — A Family & Kids Blog will bring you weekly information on everything from summer adventures and cultural events, to the best place to bike, grab a bite or spend a lazy day.

laurie sammis editor in chief

360° Sun valley fall/winter

Summer sure is a fun time for kids and families to be in Sun Valley . . . but so is the winter. That's why we've decided to launch a winter version of 360° Sun Valley Magazine, to help families make the most out of all the terrific things to do during the winter months. Check for the winter version of 360° Sun Valley on stands this fall. Spring 2013 :03


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what's online Yum: Eat Right! Full reviews, menus, contact and reservation information for every restaurant, coffee shop and watering hole in the Valley. 360 BLOG Covering everything kids and family: from health advice from a certified local nurse to hiking tips for families or how to find a good babysitter. If it involves family life in the Valley, you can find out about it on our 360° blog.


Specials Full Camp Resource Guide: Extended listings for just about every camp in the area. Daycares: We have compiled an extensive listing of daycares in the Valley! Photo Gallery: More pics from Beth Stuart's yoga class and Jennifer Hoey Smith's kid's room. 360 Profiles: Read the full interviews of the Sun Valley movers and shakers featured in this issue. Family-Friendly Hiking Trails! Going hiking? Check out our recommended list of kid-friendly trails. 04:

Local Buzz is Buzzing In-depth and behind the scenes coverage of all the cool stuff in and around Sun Valley—from concerts and festivals to sporting events and world-class speakers and presenters—whatever locals are buzzing about, we've got it covered. Wondering What to Do? For the best local events and happenings, check out our Calendar of Events on the home page of free app!

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summer fun Just as much fun as physical pursuits in the summer is letting the mind run wild—opening a studio door and encouraging little hands to get dirty. Places to create and experiment abound in our area. From dance and yoga experiences to self-led explorations and open studio time, these centers of creativity are a perfect complement to the hustle and bustle of sun-filled days. >> Jennifer Hoey Smith added some of her daughter's current favorite elements (i.e. butterflies) but kept the core neutral, so the design can adapt with her child's growing tastes. 06:


Nutrition to Grow With A few healthy eating tips for kids

Carving out Space Professional advice

kid's room : david seelig

BY Margot Ramsay Whether you live in a home that’s 500 square-feet or 5,000, carving out space for your children—space that they feel is their own and where they feel protected and able to express themselves—is important as they deal with the complexities of growing up. Jennifer Hoey Smith, local interior designer and mom to four-year-old Sophie and two-year-old Vivian, used built-in drawers and cabinets in Sophie’s room to utilize the small space and provide lots of storage—because a little girl most certainly needs a spot to keep her “dress-up clothes!” Jennifer also recommends underbed storage, noting that “generally this space just gets dusty or wasted so it’s nice to be able to use it.” Creatively utilizing storage space in a child’s room also adds to its uniqueness and provides endless possibilities for play and “make believe.” Kids need these areas to keep their things orderly and organized, but more importantly, these nooks and crevices create fodder for imaginative play. Besides being mindful of space, creating an area that is filled with images, colors and fabrics that represent your child is another element to building a spot that is special and just for them, but remember to modify the idea so that the child can grow with the space. For example, though a pink room filled with fairies painted on the walls may seem amazing to a six-year-old, she will most likely not feel that way when she’s 13. As Jennifer said about her daughter, “Sophie loves butterflies so I used a butterfly print for her Roman shades, but kept the bedding a mix of solids.” Making the most of these tips will help you create an extraordinary space for your child that serves as a retreat, a comfortable place to simply relax . . . or a room that can become anything they imagine.

As parents, we’re constantly pressed for time. We run from one kid’s activity to another with barely enough time to fit (and sometimes shove) in a “meal,” let alone time to provide the wholesome foods our kids’ growing bodies and minds need. Kathryn Guylay knows a thing or two about nutritional needs for children from her work at Nurture Idaho, a local non-profit organization with a mission to empower family members of all ages with the tools and resources needed to prepare healthy and delicious meals. We asked Kathryn to pass along a few tips for feeding our kids well at every age. From birth to three years, Kathryn said parents should aim to help kids develop “healthy” taste buds. Studies Berries and yogurt are great fuel for growing bodies. show that when children under the age of three are not exposed to added sugars, they are less likely to develop a “sweet tooth.” Kathryn recommends including a rainbow of colors, at least three, on your toddler’s plate. Snacks are essential for the elementary group’s overall nutritional intake, as they’re always on the move. Since their tummies are small, breaking up food intake into three meals and two snacks per day is the way to go. Snack-time is also a great way to sneak in one of the five recommended servings of fruits and vegetables as well as a protein, which helps to regulate blood sugar and provides longer lasting energy. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and studies have shown that kids, especially teenagers, who eat breakfast perform better on tests and have more energy throughout the day. Teens crave independence, so Kathryn suggests arming your kids with a repertoire of five or so healthy recipes they can make on their own. In addition to nourishment, our active kids need proper hydration as well. Encourage water and balanced meals and you’ll have happy and healthy kids! - Margot Ramsay

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One of the things that separates Sun Valley from other mountain town resorts is the near non-stop events of all kinds held throughout the year. To help choose which ones to put on your calendar, here’s a rundown of our favorite warm weather, family-friendly events. Art in the Park June 10–August 16 The City of Ketchum Arts and Recreation Department offers “Art in the Park” at the Recreation Center (a.k.a. “The Rec”)—everything from tie-dye projects to ceramics and more for children going into 3rd grade and up. It’s a “creative fest of fun!” 208.726.7820;

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June 11–October 9 Both Ketchum and Hailey host weekly farmers' markets throughout the summer and early fall. The markets offer local farmers, ranchers and artisans selling fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses and baked goods, jams and honey, BBQ, tacos and trout, jewelry, wood carved products, photography, stained glass, homemade kids and adult clothes and much more. Markets are held on Tuesdays in Ketchum on the streets around Giacobbi Square and on Thursdays in Hailey on Main Street, next to Sturtevant’s. They both run from 2 to 6 pm.

Ketchum Farmers' Market.

4-H Scrapbooking and Photography Club All summer long Beginning in February, this club presents different scrapbooking and photography projects and challenges and continue through the summer with a showing at the 4-H Blaine County Fair in Carey. Ages 5-19 are welcome. 208.788.5585.

Northwest Indian Clay Camp June 17–August 13 This summer, Boulder Mountain Clayworks will be offering both 08:

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival. children’s and teen’s clay camps beginning in mid-June. This summer’s series is themed after the Native Americans of the Northwest— children can work on projects ranging from Indian totems to fish platters, masks and more! 208.788.4484;

SVCA Family Days Every Saturday all summer long Family days at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA) are designed to allow parents and kids the chance to browse the art in the gallery and work on projects together, which are usually inspired by the current gallery exhibition. Many activities require parents to be hands-on assistants to their child, but all ages are welcome. No registration necessary. 208.726.9491;

Sun Valley’s Stars on Ice July 4–september 2 each Saturday night Don’t miss “Sun Valley's Stars on Ice” this year, as the Sun Valley summer ice shows take the stage with a dazzling new production each Saturday night. Local skaters perform on the ice alongside world champions, and the themed productions are a joy for all ages! There is no other show like it, anywhere. Be sure to reserve early, as tickets go fast! 208.622.2135;

girl: courtesy sun valley center for the arts-photographer dev khalsa / market: peter molema

June 10–August 9 Each summer, the Community Library in Ketchum hosts a “Dig Into Reading” summer reading program. There will be a kick-off party and all kinds of fun activities all summer long, plus some great prizes for kids. 208.726.3493;

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PAWS to Read Every Saturday all summer long Young readers can come to the Children's Library at The Community Library in Ketchum to read a story to a special furry friend. Trained therapy dogs will be there every Saturday at 11am with their handlers, waiting excitedly to hear kids practice their reading skills. 208.726.3493

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony July 28–August 20 Enjoy classical music outdoors in the stunning elegance of the Sun Valley Pavilion with Bald Mountain as a backdrop. Or bring a picnic to the lawn and listen to some of the best classical artists in the world perform completely free of charge.

36th Annual Northern Rockies music festival August 2–3 Hop Porter Park in Hailey hosts this popular family-friendly, multiple-genre music festival. Lounge on the lush green lawn of the park, with the Valley’s best playground to entertain the kids, while national and regional musicians of all kinds rock the stage. Bring your own food and drink or pick up what you need from onsite vendors.

Sun Valley Summer Symphony Summer Music Workshop August 5–9 The acclaimed musicians of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony orchestra and School of Music teach strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano and voice for grades one through high school. Private lessons and ensemble coaching are available and culminate with a performance at the end of the week. 208.578.5464;

45th Annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival: Kids Craft Area August 9–11 In the activity area of the annual Arts and Crafts Festival, children have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by trying some of the techniques used by the artists in the festival. Best of all, it’s free, it’s fun and it’s all for kids! Children ages 8-12 welcome. 208.726.9491; Spring | Summer 2013 :09

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New moms find support through programs at St. Luke's and through Facebook.

yOuR OPtiOnS Summer Programs For All Ages

Mike Wade • 208.622.3955 ext. 109

Pre-K through 12 College Preparatory Program

Katie Robins • 208.622.3955 ext. 117

High School Residential Boarding Program

Jessica Wasilewski • 208.622.3955 ext. 117

Outdoor Leadership Academy Rob Landis • 208.622.3955 ext. 121

Sun Valley Ski Academy

Jonna Mendes • 208.720.0512


Local resources for mothers BY Margot Ramsay Being in a small town, far from your family and roots, with a newborn screaming in the other room, can be overwhelming. Like many of us that hail from other areas of the country and now call the Valley home, there are certainly times when we feel far from loved ones. And that sense is never more potent and palpable than when you are a new mom. There are, however, great resources in our community for first or even five-time moms that will not only help you find a babysitter in a pinch or give you ideas on taming colic, but will make you feel like you have a strong support system of your own. In this day and age, social media seems to have woven itself into our every waking moment, but moms in the Valley can use this to their advantage through the Sun Valley Moms Facebook site ( groups/320972974606677/). Started in 2009 by 010:

New local mom, Sarina Samudio.

Jennifer Tuohy, and recently re-vamped by Kat Vanden Heuvel, the site offers a place for moms in the Valley to ask questions about teething, find babysitters, or to vent new-mom frustrations in a supportive and non-judgmental setting. The site has almost 200 members online and is “a group support for all moms in Check out the SV Moms the Sun Valley Facebook group at area–from Fairfield to groups/320972974606677/ Stanley, Carey


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A Community of Moms

to Ketchum,” as the site explains. It encourages area moms to “share ideas, thoughts, and gripes, and celebrate our little darlings!” Other sites have popped up since the refurbishing of the Sun Valley Moms site, including the “Blaine County Kid-to-Kid Exchange,” which is an open group with 300-plus members that was created to sell or trade baby and children's clothing and toys. If you are looking for real human contact instead of connecting with fellow moms via cyberspace, the New Moms Group at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center is a great resource ( The group is run by Linda Parsons, a nurse and lactation consultant, and it is often the first and only outing for new moms in the Valley


after their babies are born. The New Moms Group provides newborn and breastfeeding support, as well as an opportunity to ask and learn the basics of caring for a new baby. It is a place where many long-term friendships with other moms are formed and its members feel it helps assuage some of the fears associated with being a new mom. The group meets on Wednesdays at the hospital from noon to 1:30 p.m., and you can hear the collective sigh of relief from moms as they walk into a room full of other women donning sweatpants, wearing the familiar weary expressions of all new moms as they face the same joys and apprehensions. Lucky for new moms, there are lots of ways to get connected.

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World of Toys

parenting advice from a Pro Six useful tips every parent should know

It can be an overwhelming task to weed through all of the parenting advice out there to find an approach that works for both you and your children. That’s why many local folks were thrilled when parenting expert and educator Kim Fantor led a Sun Valley Wellness Institute-sponsored workshop on the popular philosophy “Parenting with Love and Logic” in 2012. Here are few helpful parenting tips she passed along. “When we know better, we do better,” Kim said, explaining that knowledge is power when it comes to parenting. Being prepared and keeping a few tricks in your back pocket is very helpful if (or when) your child throws a hair-raising tempertantrum during a dinner at Desperado's. 2 “If you want to change your child’s behavior, you have to change your own first,” Kim said. 3 “Provide children with choices whenever possible to help them feel empowered,” she said. Give only two choices, and be prepared to choose one if your child refuses to. Even if it’s a small and insignificant choice, let the child choose: "Would you rather put on socks or pants first?” 4 “Use empathy instead of anger when your child makes a mistake,” Kim recommended. Allow them to experience the consequences of their decisions and to feel responsible for their actions through compassion: “How sad. I would be hungry too if I didn't eat my breakfast.” 5 “Use statements that you can realistically enforce,” she advised. Tell children what you will do instead of what they will do: "My car leaves in five minutes. Will you be wearing your clothes or bringing them in a bag to change into at school?” 6 Being a parent is no easy task and we all make mistakes. Try a few of these tips to strive for a household in which “the parent is still the parent in a mutually respectful and loving way,” as Kim put it. Our children are only kids for a short time, so why not try to be the best moms and dads we can be! - Margot Ramsay 1

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dog walking tips Sun Valley has long been known for being a little slice of doggy-heaven. Heck, the Valley doesn’t even have a leash law for pooches that can be controlled by voice command. To make the most out of the area, here are a few tips.

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clean up: Always clean up after your pooch. Pooper Scooper bags are supplied for free throughout the Wood River Trails system. keep cool: Dogs don’t sweat so be sure to give them plenty of downtime, water and shade during warm days.


bring water: Staying hydrated is important for both you and your pet.

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Dogs can do damage to plant life and can get in trouble with wildlife when they roam off the trail.

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Make a positive difference BY Whitney Werth WOW-Students is based on a simple premise: generosity is a key component to the foundation of a strong community and learning that component needs to start at a young age. To help fulfill this goal, the locally based WOW-Students organization has coordinated with 4,000 Blaine County students and 125 non-profits to design experiences that show the power of giving. "As the students are exposed to the breadth of services provided by our community’s non-profits they learn how those services impact the lives in our community. We believe that if children are empowered with the opportunity to be generous, they can change the world,” said Morley Golden, president of WOW-Students. Blaine County students have really embraced the WOW projects. A Wood River Middle School team designed a complete semester curriculum around their WOW project. They created presentations describing the non-profits they researched; purchased and decorated clay pots, planted them with amaryllis and sold them, raising $5,500 for “Expedition Inspiration,” which funds breast cancer research. Out of 110 participants, 7th grader Sammy Black made the winning pitch for the project that supported Expedition Inspiration. He really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to others. "I love the feeling you get when you know that you helped someone or did the right thing,” he said. “This project made me proud. It made me feel like I can actually make a difference in this world.” Brad Stansberry is a 5th grade teacher at Hemingway Elementary and has seen the positive impact WOW-Students has had. "I think it gave the kids real ownership and let them see how just a little bit of their time (and money) can make a real difference in people's lives," he said. WOW-Students encourages the community to get involved: $5,500 was raised for Expedition Inspiration with these decorated clay pots with amaryllis.

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Kids find balance at Beth Stuart's yoga class.

Healthy Movement

For growing bodies & minds BY Margot Ramsay


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Alight with Footlight Dance Centre.



“Babies, waddlers, toddlers and caregivers experience developmentally appropriate classes that provide joyful, bonding activities through structured movement, music, instruments, play and dance.” Debra added that the dance and interactive play in her classes promote healthy whole-child development and help parents understand how movements encourage brain development. Ketchum’s Footlight Dance Centre also offers instruction for everyone from four yearolds to adults, with classes ranging from ballet to Pilates. Their mission is to expose children to the best possible dance education, which includes technical understanding, historical background and analytical thinking skills. Footlight Dance Centre does free educational dance performances each winter throughout the Blaine County School District, and the entire dance school participates in an annual performance each May. W hether you’re interested in enrolling your children in alternative types of movement for brain development, because they have hopes of being a professional dancer or just to have fun and try something new, check out these classes for some terrific options for your active kiddos.

beth stuart: david seelig

With all of the intensely competitive activities that our kids take part in these days and the “hurry-up” world in which they live as they sprint from one activity to another, why not give them permission to take an occasional break in a calming and supportive environment? Yoga and dance can help children cope with stress, build confidence and concentration, and allow them to connect with their own bodies and breath. There are several great options for this type of healthy movement for kids in the Wood River Valley that are certain to benefit both your child’s mind and body. Local yoga instructor Beth Stuart is a fervent believer in the power of yoga for all ages and particularly enjoys teaching kids. Beth said, “Yoga for me is about opening doors, having a relationship with your breath and helping you be the most authentic you that you can be. Children already have a deep understanding of their bodies and are a beautiful example of being their authentic selves.” Beth teaches kids yoga, teen yoga and hip hop yoga along with her regular Vinyasa classes at various yoga studios around the Valley. In her youth classes, Beth explained, “My kids play and experiment with the body and breath in ways that allow them to be themselves.” Along with yoga, another local option is the color and music-filled Studio Move in Ketchum. Owner Debra Drake’s program, Mindful Movement for Kids, employs the "Nurturing Pathways®" curriculum which is

based on the brain science of child development. As Debra explained the program,

Green Thumbs Gardening with youngsters BY Margot Ramsay

Get dirty with your kids! Gardening is a great activity to do with your children. It is not only fun, but has been shown to improve learning skills and promote healthier eating habits (not to mention the fact that it fosters environmentally responsible adults). Studies have found that when we garden and learn to nurture other living organisms, we increase our scope of compassion, an especially important lesson for children. Spending time in the garden with your chil-

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dren has also been shown to promote bonding with parents and other adults, which is yet another reason to get out and get dirty in the garden with your kids! Getting started is easy and there are a few tips that will guarantee a delightfully productive time with your little loves. • Starting with the basics will help your child to understand how and why plants grow, so have children help you till soil, dig holes and plant flowers or veggies. • Make sure to explain the necessities for growing healthy plants; they need water and plenty of sunshine, just like kids need water and food for their growing bodies. • Once they’ve mastered the essentials of gardening, you can try more creative soil-filled activities like building a “special space” in the garden that is just for your child. Kids love to build forts and pretend, so working with them to construct a teepee or a little house for an imaginary friend can be a gratifying and bond-forming summer project. Use materials that you have in your backyard like pavers, bark and pinecones to tailor the special space to your child’s desires. This type of play stimulates the rich imagination in our children’s burgeoning minds and encourages a sense of respect for the environment—important to acquire at an early age. • Strive to be completely present and engaged during this precious time with your budding little gardeners and you’ll certainly come away with more than just sore knees and dirty fingernails—you will create lasting memories as well as pretty flowers and homegrown food to fuel your bodies.

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Adventures in Strawberry Picking: Tubbs Berry Farm Tubbs Berry Farm is a small, family-run farm in Twin Falls that offers strawberry and raspberry picking in the summer, as well as a pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall. They also offer beekeeping, soap making and “Farm School” classes. The berries (as well as everything else) are grown chemical-free and are great for making into jams or freezing for cool treats. Tubbs' small farm store sells delicious homemade jams, honey and eggs from their freerange chickens, picked by eight-year-old Jafina, as well as handmade soaps, lotions and balms Heidi Tubbs makes on the farm. They also have a petting zoo, which includes turkeys, pigs, pygmy goats and a sheep named “Andrea.” So make sure to stop by Tubbs Berry Farm (please call first to make sure someone’s in the store and not out working the farm: 208.961.0969) to pick up some fresh berries and have some wholesome family fun . . . just don’t forget to say “Hi” to Andrea!- Margot Ramsay Spring | Summer 2013


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Environmental Resource Center's Eco Campers wait for the stars to come out.


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Whether we’re in the midst of the “Dog Days” of summer, kicking through the fallen leaves of autumn, carving up the cold days of winter or bursting forth with the joys of another spring, Sun Valley is a playground for kids of all ages. Regardless of the season, there are always lots of opportunities to take advantage of Idaho’s great outdoors. To help keep you inspired, we’ve filled these pages with plenty of fun ways for families to Get Out There! >> 016:

An Evening with the Stars A guide to stargazing BY Jody Orr If the last time you contemplated the stars was between smooches up at Lover’s Lane, reconsider doing it again as a fun way to spend an evening while camping with your kids. Hart Webb, a professor of astronomy at the College of Southern Idaho’s Hailey campus, teaches “Introduction to the Night Sky,” and recommends a little stargazing groundwork prior to scanning the heavens. A comfortable pad and sleeping bag help make stargazing relaxing rather than a pain in the neck (literally). Bring a notebook and make it your “Stargazing Diary”—younger kids can take it to school for show and tell. Hart, who has degrees in physics, envi-

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ronmental science and astronomy, doesn’t think a telescope is necessary. She encourages students to begin by looking for highly visible constellations like the Big Dipper, the North Star and the Milky Way. “Looking at all the phases of the moon is also a great way to talk to kids about the night sky. When there’s no moon or it isn’t up, you can see the stars better,” she explained. A self-proclaimed astronomy lover, Hart began her education early: “I grew up in North Carolina and when I was in 4th grade, I went to Space Camp at the NASA Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. My friend and I got to do all these cool astronaut simulations.” For the technologically inclined, Hart suggests a nifty iPad app called “Star Walk.” Hold it up to the night sky and see stars, planets, nebulae and other celestial objects. NASA also has an “astronomy picture of the day” on their website ( featuring spectacular shots of the galaxy to inspire you. The second week in August is a particularly good time for stargazers to camp since it’s the height of the Perseid meteor showers. If you’re willing to stay up late, you may witness as many as 60 meteors streaking through the sky per hour. But the most important thing you can do is get your kids outside and teach them to look up and wonder. The universe, as Hart notes, is limitless, “There are more stars in the sky than there is sand on the earth. In truth, we don’t really know how many. I never cease to be fascinated by looking up at the sky.” Spring | Summer 2013 :017

Fun-filled summer days, Sun Valley style! FUN-FILLED SUMMER DAYS, SUN VALLEY STYLE!

18 months through 6 years of age Sign up now for Camp Big Wood at the Big Wood School… - 14 andLet’s GetDay Acquainted Camp June 13th—August 24th. June Full12Day Half options available. JuneKetchum 17 - 21 *Flower Power Camp 100 Saddle Road, 208-726-9053 June 24 - 28 Let’s Get Cookin’ July 1 - 3 God Bless the USA Week 1: June 13th - 15th Let’s Get Acquainted to CampArtsy Fartsy Fun Camp July 8 - 12 July 15 - 19 Pleasing to Our Planet (Ecology) Camp July 22 - 26 Summer Olympics...Sports of All Sorts July 29 -Aug 2 Vacation Bible School Flower Power Camp Week 2: June 18th – 22nd August 5 - 9 Sun Valley Summer August 12 - 16 Big Wood Hits Broadway Stage August 19 - 23 Down on the Farm

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Week 3: June 25th – 29th Let’s Get Cookin’!

Ages: 18 months - 6 years


Bicycle WeekDay Week 4: July 2nd – 6thFull DayParade and Half

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Big Wood School • 100 Saddle Road, Ketchum • 208-726-9053 Week 5: July 9th – 13th Adventures in Arts and Crafts

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Preschool & Kindergarten For ages 2-5

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Youth Adventure Summer Camp For ages 6-8 and 8-12 June 17-August 23

camp highlights:

Biking, rafting, climbing, horseback riding, swimming, exploring, paddleboarding, learning, making new friends


Whoever first uttered the words “God’s Country” surely had summertime in the Wood River Valley in mind. An outdoor wonderland for people who like to play, the Valley is rife with fresh-air family opportunities. Here are a handful of suggestions to help you make the most of our glorious summer landscape:

Take A Dip For those who yearn for slippery slides and poolside cabanas, the following are a few “cement ponds” with features galore for your swimming pleasure:

Aquatic Center-Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) 208.726.9060

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Located next to the Easley campground, 14 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75, Easley Hot Springs offers a slightly-heated swimming pool, hot tubs and showers for a small fee. A small store is also located on-site. Only open during the summer. 208.774.3000

YMCA Featuring a 130-foot waterslide, saline lap pool, hot tub and splash pool which welcomes swimmers of all levels. Pool use is included in membership fees; family day pass for full facility use is $25. The Y offers lessons for swimmers ages “3 to 103,” water aerobics and Master’s swimming. Indoor pool, open year-round. 101 Saddle Road, Ketchum. 208.727.9622

Zenergy at Thunder Spring Aquatic classes include everything from Mommy & Me to Masters, aquatic fitness and kid’s swim club. Pool use is included in membership fees; guest passes are available to members. If you’re not a member and would like to try Zenergy, 3-day and 1-week passes are available for purchase, or you can buy a spa treatment and receive use of the club on the same day at no additional cost. Indoor and outdoor saline pools, open-year round. 245 Raven Road, Ketchum. 208.725.0595

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Features include a kiddie pool, a standard pool, playground, snack bar, cabanas, umbrellas and a private party rental area. Lessons, swim team and Master’s swim are all available. Adults pay $5, while kids 17 and under and seniors are $4; and babies under a year are free. Open swim hours are weekdays, 1:15- 5:20 pm and weekends 12-5pm. Outdoor pool is open June-August. 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey. 208.788.2144

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Ride the trails without actually leaving Hailey and Ketchum. The BCRD has built two Pump Tracks to practice your biking skills on dirt and clay rollers and berms. In Hailey, the smaller, skill-building track gives kids a chance to develop confidence and proficiency before graduating to the larger, more advanced track. Hailey’s Pump Track is at the BCRD Aquatic Center, 1050 Fox Acres Road. In Ketchum, the track is across from Hemingway Elementary on Second Avenue. 208.788.2144.

Just Roll With It After a hard workout at the Pump Tracks, pedal over to the Wood River Trail system’s bike path where you’ll find more than 30 miles of paved trails that provide a scenic and leisurely tour of the Valley. Pick up the trail (it runs parallel to Highway 75, from Saddle Road southward) and follow it up to

Sun Valley via Elkhorn and all the way back down to Bellevue. Call the BCRD for more information. 208.578.2273.

Keep Your Eye on It Two regulation-sized sand volleyball courts are open from dawn to dusk and are free to the public courtesy of the Blaine County Rec. District. Situated right next to the Aquatic Center and the Pump Track in Hailey, you can wear out the kids and exercise every muscle group in the process. 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey. 208.788.2144.

BCRD Pursue the Active Life Providing Blaine County kids and families with healthy, active recreational opportunities for over 30 years.

Schwiiing! Teach your kids the finer points of putting in a low-key, family-friendly setting at Sun Valley Resort’s 18-hole Sawtooth Putting Course. The course offers 52,000 square feet of family fun with gorgeous views of the mountains surrounding Sun Valley.
 Sun Valley Resort, 208.622.2251.

Cast Away

Test your kayak skills at Zenergy.

fishing with kids When we take kids out fishing, we’re actually SUN VALLEY taking them to do a lot more than to just spend a day on the water. Countless studies all make the same undeniable argument: getting kids involved with outdoor sports, especially teaching them to fish—a sport where folks of just about any age and ability can be successful (or get skunked, for that matter)—is exceptionally beneficial to youth intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually. angling around

A year-round fly fishing guide to South Central Idaho Written by Mike McKenna Illustrated by Brian Richter

Featuring Silver Creek Outfitters Guides

Bob Knoebel, a fly fishing guide for Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum, who is known for his ability to teach the sport to

Every kid should have a Penny Lake in his life. A little more than four miles from Ketchum out Warm Springs Road, Penny Lake is stocked with rainbow trout and features a small pier, fire ring, picnic bench and vault toilet. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset, it’s a general regulation fishing area where you can keep what you catch. Kids under 14 must fish with a licensed adult. (Fishing licenses are $12.75 for non-residents and cost $6 for each consecutive day. Residents pay $25.75 for the season.) For more information, visit

kids, passed along three tips for teaching kids (ideally 10 and up) how to fly fish: 1 Have Fun! You’re only going fishing, for crying out loud, so enjoy it! 2 Learn Something! “A good day on the water should always include learning something,” Bob said. “Something about fly fishing or bugs, about fish or rivers or flora, fauna or local history. Kids love to learn.” 3 Catch a Fish! “If you go to the right places and do some basic things correctly, just about anybody can catch a fish around here,” Bob said, adding, “It helps if you believe you’re going to catch one.”

(This is an excerpt from Angling Around Sun Valley: A Year-Round Fly Fishing Guide to South Central Idaho by Mike McKenna, published by Mandala Media, July 2013). Spring 2013 :019

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Redfish Lake is a favorite camping spot for locals.


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A View with Some Room Camping in Sun Valley BY Jody Orr When the Sawtooth National Forest is your backyard, camping is an easy way to get out of town and into the woods. The landscape is diverse enough to do it all—mountain bike, fish, hike, kayak, soak in a hot spring or take a dip in a bracing alpine lake. With hundreds of campgrounds to choose from, it’s simply a matter of picking one. Here a few great options for families.

easley Open June – September 15 If you want to knock two things off your list —like hot springs and bike trails— Easley has them both. It’s near the Harriman Trail with nearly 20 miles of hiking and biking, and Easley Hot Springs is a family-friendly hot pool (bathing suits and a small fee are required). Fishermen will love the grounds’ proximity to the Big Wood River. Surrounded by stands of conifer and aspen, the campground offers drinking water, firewood and vault toilets. Located 14 miles north of Ketchum. To make reservations visit or call 877.444.6777.

Trail Creek is a well-known hangout for moose that feed in the low-lying marshes that crisscross the area. It’s first come, first serve and there is a host to answer any questions.

boundary Open June - September 30 Just 2.2 miles northeast of Ketchum on Sun Valley Road as it becomes Trail Creek, Boundary Campground is the perfect overnighter. The grounds feature nine tent/RV campsites, restrooms, picnic tables, grills and drinking water. Despite its proximity to town,

Baker Creek flows toward the Big Wood River.

east fork baker creek Open June – November Some of the best family camping around can be found at the East Fork Baker Creek campground. Lots of flat area allows for easy camp setup and Baker Creek offers a lovely, cool respite from hot summer days, as well as ample fish. There is no fee to camp and a vault toilet, fire rings and pull-ins are all on site. If you like beautiful, cold water, drive eight miles from the campground to the Baker Lake trailhead and embark on the fourmile hike. Located 15 miles north of Ketchum


on Highway 75, turn west on Forest Service Road #162 and proceed three miles. Call 208.622.5371 for more information.

redfish lake Open May 15 – September 15 Boating, kayaking or horseback riding anyone? Redfish Lake has it all. The view of Mt. Heyburn alone is worth the drive, and the crystalline water is all but tropical in its emerald sheen. Luxurious flush toilets, drinking water and Redfish Lake Lodge (complete with restaurant/bar, rustic cabins, showers

For more information about camping in the area, stop by SNRA headquarters eight miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75 for maps and information, or call 208.727.5500.

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and general store) will appeal to those hungry for a little civilization. Campgrounds have fire rings and firewood is available for purchase. Located five miles south of Stanley, the lake is a great retreat for outdoor enthusiasts who yearn for nature, yet need access to town. Reservations and information at recreation. gov or call 877.444.6777 for more information.

BY Jody Orr When planning meals for your camping adventure, why not consider some tasty alternatives to the old hamburger/pasta/ cold-cuts regimen? To help with ideas, we consulted some local river outfitters—masters of cooking out in the open— who shared some tasty campfire fare.

Kid Kabobs After a long day of fishing, hiking or biking, your kids will be hungry. Scooter Carling, veteran guide for Idaho River Journeys and Camp Boss for Sun Valley Outfitters, believes in getting them involved in the process. “Be creative and keep it easy,” he said, as he shared their recipe for Kid Kabobs. “Have your kids help out with the prep and the cooking.” Ingredients: Meat options: Chicken, Shrimp, Chicken Apple Sausage, Bratwurst Veggies: Bell Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes Scooter's kabobs on the grill. Cheese of choice (cut into cubes and coated in eggs and breadcrumbs if desired). 1 can of cubed non-sweetened Pineapple 1 small jar of Cocktail Onions (my favorite) Newman’s Italian dressing makes an easy marinade. Salt and pepper also works. 1 package of Bamboo Skewers Preparation: Cut the meat, veggies and cheese into 1-inch cubes. Cheese cubes can be dipped in egg and breadcrumbs to prevent the cheese from dripping onto the grill. Allow kids to build their own kabobs which will ensure instant happiness. Place on grill with medium hot coals and turn as needed.

Brent Estep, owner of Mackay Wilderness River Trips, reports that breakfast on the river is pretty straightforward when feeding kids. “We do a crepe breakfast bar and make them Savory or sweet crepes. fresh right there on the river. The kids can choose ham and cheese or fresh fruits like blueberry, huckleberry, bananas and all kinds of other ingredients. They stand in front of us and say, ‘I want that and that and that.’ They just love it,” he said. Ingredients: Fresh fruit and berries. Cheese and meat of choice. Pre-made crepe mix (Brent prefers Williams & Sonoma’s). A steel crepe pan. Preparation: Just add eggs, ingredients of your choice and water, mix it up and heat until done.

Pigs in a Blanket Steve and Annie Lentz, owners of Far & Away Adventures, have lead trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon since 1980. Like many of their whitewater brethren, they employ Dutch ovens to provide rafters with high-end sustenance after a long day on the river. Own Pigs in a blanket. a Dutch oven and you can make just about anything. For lunchtime treats, Pigs in a Blanket makes for some very happy campers. Ingredients: 8 Kobe Hot Dogs (or any type). 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls. 12” Dutch oven. Preparation: Wrap the uncooked rolls around each hot dog. Place a small circle of seven coals beneath the Dutch oven. Line the rim on top with coals. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden.

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Wondering what to do? Enjoy our fabulous guide to camps and activities. And read our profiles of some Valley leaders who are excelling in their areas of interest. So get inspired and get going!


day camps camp big wood Big Wood School Ages: 18 months–6 years A Sun Valley Summer Dates: Aug 5-9 God Bless the USA Dates: July 1-3 Let's Get Acquainted Dates: June 12-14 Vacation Bible School Dates: July 29-Aug 2 208.726.9053

BCRD Summer Day Camp BCRD Ages: 5-12 Dates: June-August Age-based activity groups participate in arts and crafts, cooperative games, sports and outdoor adventures. Optional morning programs include tennis, bike skills at the pump track and morning yoga. BCRD staff will chaperone swim team practice and swim lessons during the week—offering a great opportunity to have your child learn water safety to last a lifetime. 208.788.BCRD

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Activities include swimming, swim club, skateboarding, volleyball, tennis, yoga, gardening, mountain biking, basketball, baseball, geocaching, golf, lacrosse, art in the park, junior naturalist program and Friday adventures all summer long! Let the games begin! 208.726.7820 OTHER DAY CAMPS 4-H Youth Camp (ages 8-13) Camp Perkins (grades 6-10) DARE/PAL Day Camp (ages 9-16) Little River Preschool (ages 3-6) Sun Valley Resort (ages 0-5 and 6-14) YMCA Day Camp (ages 5-11) Zenergy Health Club & Spa (ages 4-8)

art & music ARTSY FARTSY FUN CAMP Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months–6 years Dates: July 8-12 208.726.9053

ART CAMP SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: June 17-21; July 8-12;


August 12-16 Discover diverse ways to be creative through drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. 208.726.5818

ART, FARM & WILDERNESS The Mountain School

adventure LITTLE SPROUTS ART, FARM & PLAY The Mountain School Ages: 4-6 Dates: July 16-18, July 23-25 Join teachers in a sweet daily rhythm with games, songs, finger games, free play, simple nature crafts and baking, along with farm time and outdoor exploration, hiking and time at the river. 208.788.3170

Ages: 6-8 Dates: July 8-11, July 15-18, July 29-Aug 1, Aug 12-15 Intro to music, storytelling, sculpture, painting, clay drawing, CLAY CAMP to read the full poetry, SteppingStone listings of camps at gardenSchool ing, animal Ages: 2-5 click on care, wilderDates: ness games… Kids Camps July 15-19 and, of course, Explore different afternoon trips to techniques and a varithe river! ety of clay types. Visit local ceramists in their studios and 208.788.3170 galleries. CIRCUS ARTS CAMP 208.726.5818

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Ages: 4-6 Dates: July 9-11 Children will make beanbags, learn to juggle and make felt clown noses. Have fun with balance challenges, scavenger hunts and so much more! 208.788.3170

FAMILY CLAY CAMP Boulder Mountain Clayworks Ages: All ages Dates: July 16; August 13 Families will enjoy creatingPopcorn Bowls (July) and Totem/Wizards (Aug). Fun for ALL ages. 208.726.4484

NORTHWEST INDIANS CLAY CAMP Boulder Mountain Clayworks Ages: 7-12 Dates: June 14-21, (weekly) and July 8-August 16 Learn about the Northwest Indians while creating native totem poles, Indian headdresses and more. 208.726.4484

TEEN THROWING CLAY CAMP Boulder Mountain Clayworks Ages: Grades 6 and older Dates: June 17-21; July 15-19; July 29-Aug 2; Aug 5-9 Teens will learn the basics of pottery throwing while making mugs, ice cream bowls and lidded jars. 208.726.4484 COOKING

LET'S GET COOKIN' Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months–6 years Dates: June 24-28 208.726.9053

LITTLE CHEFS CAMP SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: August 5-9 Create unique culinary delights each day—take home the "recipe of the day." Use reading, math and our five senses in cooking. 208.726.5818

SVSS Music Workshops Sun Valley Summer Symphony Ages: 7-18 Dates: August 5-9 Music instruction by professional musicians in piano, string instruments, woodwinds, brass, percussion and voice. Applications online:


BcrD Drama Camp BCRD Ages: 7-11 Dates: June 17-July 11 Come and have fun with creative movement, expressive games and improvisation with Nancy Harakay, all geared toward a final performance!

BIG WOOD HITS THE BROADWAY STAGE Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months–6 years Dates: August 12-16 208.726.9053 READING & WRITING

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Age: 17 School: The Sage School Siblings: Younger brother Milo, 13 Styles: Artist of many mediums There isn’t an art medium that Andrew Ryason can’t master. From his humble beginnings of drawing manga (a comic art form from Japan) with pencils during elementary school, to his recent creation of a leather and copper-riveted great helm (a medieval helmet), Andrew’s artistic ability is diverse and impressive. Sitting down to speak with him was like getting a semester’s worth of an art survey course in an hour. There is no doubt this young man has a colorful future ahead of him. How long have you been an artist? I first started to draw in 4th grade when my parents gave me some step-bystep guidebooks for drawing manga. From there I spread out and did things on my own. I worked on my technique for a really long time, just continuously drawing, drawing and drawing. How did you get into it? It really started with those manga books and since then I have taken numerous art classes, mostly through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. When I was in middle school and high school at Wood River I would hang out in the art rooms and just draw. Where do you practice? I’ve had incredible opportunities to take classes locally, mostly through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and study with local and visiting artists. Otherwise, if I have a sketch book with me, I will sketch wherever I am. I also paint and draw in my room a lot, even though I get in trouble for that because I have carpeted floors!


MUSIC & RHYTHM CAMP SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: June 10-14 Fun interaction with others through music and rhythm activities. Learn about instruments and how they work, and construct musical instruments. Led by Jason Vontver. 208.726.5818


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What are the keys to being good at it? Pencil, paper, and tons of practice! Take classes as much as you can, absorb like a sponge and learn as much as you can. Try new mediums until you are comfortable with one and then keep doing it. Spring | Summer 2013 :023

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legends, pirates), Mysteries Galore (spy/detectives) and Factual Fun (space, animals, sports). 208.622.3955

debra drake • movement Pets: Two dogs: Koukla (means “Dolly” in Greek), a Welshspringer; Layla, a yellow Lab Company: Mindful Movement for Kids Debra Drake is one of the most animated people that you will ever meet. Her long red hair and South African accent will immediately intrigue you, and after having a conversation with her you’ll realize why she has such a profound effect on the children in her dance classes—she is beyond passionate about promoting “healthy and whole child development,” and is most certainly a kid at heart. How long have you been dancing and teaching? Over 20 years. How did you get into it? I developed an interest and passion for the human body as a child when I helped my grandmother deliver babies in our small village in South Africa. She was a doula and spiritual healer in the village and at the age four, I became her assistant.


deal with the chaos of classes filled with small children!

MAKE YOUR OWN iMOVIE The Community School Ages: Grades 5-8 Dates: June 24-27 Students will be introduced to the art of storytelling, storyboarding and filmmaking. Each student will leave the class with a finished film they have directed and edited, and with skills to make future films (includes cameras, equipment and computers). 208.622.3955

Who is/are your biggest influences? My grandmother and Christine Roberts, my mentor. Why is the Wood River Valley a good place for your skill/ passion? My studio is very versatile; I use it for kid’s parties, exercise classes and anything else that works in the space. “The studio is a place for the very young and the very young at heart to come and play.”

KIDS' TECHNOLOGY CAMP The Community School

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Where do you teach? Studio Move in Ketchum.

ART, FARM & WOODWORKING The Mountain School

What are the keys to being good at it? I am a kid at heart and have an incredible passion for children. Being animated is very important, as is being able to

The Community School Ages: Grades 6-8 Dates: August 5-9 Create new and fun stories in this weeklong course. We work on structure, description and editing, while also reading some wonderful examples of great writing and 024:

Ages: Ages 10-13 Dates: July 8-11 (Robotics); July 15-18 (Rockets); July 22-25 (Computers) These exciting, challenging and one-of-a-kind technology -focused camps are designed to advance critical thinking skills, promote fluid intelligence and teach creative problem solving. 208.622.3955

Ages 6-8 Dates: July 22-25; Aug 5-8 Days full of drawing, painting, eating fresh from the garden, time with the animals and learning woodworking basics, building simple and fun toys. 208.788.3170 completing some polished gems to take home. 208.622.3955

Reading & Writing Connection Camp The Community School Ages: Ages 7-11

Dates: June 17-27; July 8-18; July 22-Aug 1 Develop skills in reading and writing that support each child's potential. The program will include literature, comprehension, phonics and fluency, while exploring themes like Fabulous Fantasy (dragons,

CHESS/LEGO CAMP The Community School Ages: 4-10 Dates: July 22-25 (Chess Camp 9am-12pm; Lego Camp 1-4pm) Full or half days. Morning sessions, learn to play chess or

advance your skills. Stories, puzzles and games are themed with familiar cartoon characters to create a oneof-a-kind learning experience. Afternoons will offer an interactive, fast-paced Lego Camp. Blast Lego rockets and go on a treasure quest—the fun never stops! 208.622.3955 OTHER ART & MUSIC CAMPS Mountain Adventure Tours (ages 7-10) Music n’ Me (ages 3-18) Petite Picasso (ages 7-12) SVCA (grades 3-6) St. Thomas Playhouse (ages 4-13) YMCA (ages 5-11)

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August Dance Refresher Footlight Dance Centre Ages: Grades 6-12 Dates: August 12-16 A weeklong workshop (for intermediate and advanced students) to get ready for fall classes. Classes in ballet, pointe, Pilates conditioning, modern and hip hop. 208.578.5462

BALLET KINDER, 1 & 2 Sun Valley Ballet School Ages: 4-9 Dates: June 17-28; July 15-26 A fun-filled, two-week program with lots of fun projects and snacks (included). 208.806.1441

BALLET KINDER, 3 & 4 Sun Valley Ballet School Ages: Grades 3-4 Dates: June 17-28; July 15-26 208.806.1441

Cecchetti Ballet Camp Footlight Dance Centre Ages: 9 and older

archery and visual and sound/ Dates: June 24-28 or movement arts with instrucJuly 29-Aug 2 tors Oliver Whitcomb and Footlight Dance Centre presAmy Clifford. A great warents two workshops rior adventure into the in the Cecchetti realms of discipline, Ballet connection, mindMethod. fulness and joy! Level 1-2, to read the full sawtoothmarti3-4 of listings of camps at Cecchetti 208.720.6088 syllabus, click on two years OTHER ballet Kids Camps MOVEMENT required). CAMPS footlightBlaine County 4-H (ages 8-18) 208.578.5462 Spirit n’ Motion (ages 6-14) SETCH/Swiftsure Ranch Footlight Dance Camp (ages 3-21) Footlight Dance Centre Wood River Gymnastics Ages: Grades 2-4 Dates: June 17-21; July 8-12 Academy (ages 3-12) A 5-day camp with activities including ballet, hip hop, scIENCE tap, creative, dance history, choreography, craft activities, ALL THINGS FLOWERS and dance videos. The Mountain School Ages: 4-6 208.578.5462 Dates: August 13-15 Join teachers in a sweet daily BALLET INTENSIVE rhythm with games, songs, (Jr. & Senior Level) free play, flower crafting, Sun Valley Ballet School farm time, outdoor exploraAges: Grades 5-12 tion, hiking and river time. Dates: August 12-23 1.5 hours of technique daily 208.788.3170 with guest instructors (subject to change): Ashley Tuttle (ABT prima ballerina), David Norwood, Carl Askew (Alvin Ailey dancer/instructor). sun valley ballet 208.806.1441

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Summer Ballet and Pilates Footlight Dance Centre Ages: 11 to Adult Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 29-Aug 21 208.578.5462 martial arts

WARRIOR ARTS VII The Gateway Ages: 6 and older Dates: June 18-21, July 23-26 Bring out your warrior spirit and cultivate creative expression through martial arts,

BUG CAMP SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: July 29-Aug 2 Perfect for curious kids who love all things squirmy, crawly and winged! Learn about bug habits and habitats. 208.726.5818

DOWN ON THE FARM Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months-6 years Dates: August 19-23 208.726.9053

ERC ECOCAMPS ERC Ages: Grades 4-7 Dates: July 8-12, Water Explorations; Be prepared to get wet learning about the wonderful world of water. July 15-19, Amazing Adaptions; Explore the fascinating ecology found in our montane biome. July 29-Aug 2, Nature Connections; Get dirty exploring the world of native flora and fauna, geology and natural history. ERC member and early registration discounts (before May 15)., 208.726.4333

Want to dance? Or maybe you just like to enjoy watching others perform the art of dance? The Sun Valley Ballet School can offer you both! Our dancers have weekly classes during the academic year with additional camps and intensives during the summer. Classes offered include Ballet, Jazz, HipHop and Pilates. Guest instructors are brought in at various times throughout the year in order to broaden our dancer’s experience and horizons. Our studios are located in Hailey and Ketchum with state-of-the-art spring floors, necessary to protect the health of our dancers.

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Eva Carlson, Zach Deal, Mason Johnson • sports

Learn plant science, create seed and flower art and observe plants growing around our neighborhood and in the wild. 208.726.5818

Ages: Eva Carlson, 10, Zach Deal, 12, and Mason Johnson, 12. team: Sun Valley 5B Swim Team Despite being smack dab in the middle of a landlocked state, thanks to Sun Valley’s 5B Swim Team, the Wood River Valley has a pretty impressive history of producing top quality swimmers. So we decided to shine a spotlight on a few up and coming local swimmers. How long have you been swimming competitively? Eva: Two years, since I was 8. But I started swim classes when I was 6 months old with my mom. Zach: Since I was five, first with Wood River Dolphins in the summer, and the last two years with (Coach) Brian Gallagher and SV5B. Mason: Five years. I started swimming with Magic Valley Dolphins at age 7.

Ages: Grades 5-9 Dates: July 29-Aug 1; Aug 5-8 Everything that happens in life depends on chemistry, and it's exciting to see—especially when it involves color changes, lighting things on fire and (small) explosions! 208.622.3955

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What are the keys to being good swimmers? Eva: Practicing a lot and listening to Brian! Zach: Devotion, no slacking, making every training set worth it! Mason: Consistency in training, attitude, effort and dedication… you get what you put into it!

Ages: Grades 8-9 Dates: July 22-26 Join the ERC for an overnight camp located over Trail Creek Summit at Base Camp. 208.726.4333 026:

Dates: July 8-12 Ages: Grades 2-6 A weeklong day camp that investigates all three of Newton’s Laws of Motion led by Upper Elementary teacher Tom Downey (aka: Mr. D). Explore movement and to read the full velocity, construct listings of camps at gravity carts, rockets and hot air balloons, click on race creek yachts, build marshmallow Kids Camps blasters, fly kites, play movement games, adventure games and more. 208.726.9060 Read more of Eva, Zach and Mason's interviews online at Mr. D’s Exhilarating Science Adventures

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Any tips for people new to the sport? Eva: You have to try really hard. Zach: You really need to like swimming and stick to it no matter how hard it is. Learn how to focus so you can do your best. Mason: You need a lot of dedication and have to be willing to work hard … and your parents need to be super supportive.


Mad Scientist Chemistry The Community School

FARM CAMP SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: June 24-28 Learn about specific farm animals and crops, while exploring types of farms. 208.726.5818

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FLOWER POWER CAMP Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months-6 years Dates: June 17-21 208.726.9053

all about plants SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: July 22-26

Ages: Grades 2-6 Dates: July 15-19 Create snow in July, explore color spectrum crystals, experiment with solar energy and create super polymers. We’ll explore magnets, chemical reactions, viscosity, solutions and simple machines, while learning botany, geology, physics, ornithology and chemistry. 208.726.9060

kids connecting with nature SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: July 1-5 Gain a lasting appreciation for nature and a lifelong interest in caring for the earth. Outdoor adventures and hands-on learning including learning the concepts of thinking green and leaving no trace. 208.726.5818

OUTDOOR GALORE CAMP The Mountain School Dates: July 30-Aug 1, Aug 6-8 Ages: 4-6 Come explore the great outdoors with wet and wild water fun, picnics, obstacle courses, tall tales and many more activities to celebrate the elements of nature. 208.788.3170

PLEASE OUR PLANET (ECOLOGY) CAMP Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months-6 years Dates: July 15-19 208.726.9053

WATER SCIENCE, water fun SteppingStone School Ages: 2-5 Dates: August 19-23 Explore water in all its forms through many hands-on activities. Water play, conduct water experiments and create art with water. 208.726.5818 OTHER SCIENCE CAMPS Central Idaho 4-H Camp (ages 12-14) Petite Picasso (ages 6-12) YMCA (ages 5-11)


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edwin garcia • science Age: 17 School: Senior at Wood River High School Siblings: Younger sister Natalie, 13 Pets: Kobe the Cockatiel Role: Camp Counselor Edwin Garcia believes that “anyone can help anybody at anytime, no matter how big the issue.” When he was in 6th grade, Edwin attended the Blaine County School District’s Environmental Camp and it had such a positive impact on his life that he decided to pay it back (and forward) by being a counselor there during his junior and senior years. It’s hard not to notice Edwin’s patient and caring nature. How did you get into being a camp counselor? My counselor when I was at camp was really cool, really nice. He gave me a different way to look at things. He showed me how to be helpful to others and how to show other kids not to look at things as being so dull or boring. I discovered that I could help younger students succeed and become better people. What are your greatest achievements so far? Completing my Senior Project, I made and designed a long (skate) board. I’m also very proud that I have pushed through so many struggles in life, especially with family. I try to be someone my sister can look up to by being a great brother and a great person. Coping with personal struggles helped me open my eyes and realize I needed to change and be someone my sister could look up to. I had to change for myself, but to also help my family stay in a positive place.

Dates: July 8-11 Each session will be filled 5B Elementary School with enthusiasm, teamwork, Basketball Camp friendly competition and The Community School interactive drills that focus Ages: Grades 3, 4 & 5 (boys & girls) on further developing funbasketball

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damental skills. Perfect for young players preparing for competitive middle school basketball. 208.622.3955

5B Middle School Basketball camp The Community School

Ages: Grades 6, 7 & 8 (boys & girls) Dates: July 8-11 Former Community School

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1st Team All-Conference player, District IV All-Star selectee and Boston College varsity scrimmage player, Connor Wade, leads this small, fun camp for boys and girls that focuses on developing the skills needed to play the wonderful game of basketball. Perfect for players gearing up to make that huge transition to high

school basketball. 208.622.3955

5B Boys' High School Basketball The Community School Ages: Grades 9-12 Dates: June 10-13 Former Community School 1st Team All-Conference player, Idaho District IV All-

Anja & Kaia Jensen • adventure

Star selectee and Boston College varsity scrimmage player, Connor Wade, leads this small, intense camp that focuses on player development, teamwork, competition and interactive drills that focus on further developing all the fundamental skills. Lots of individualized attention make this a perfect camp for high

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Ages: 10 and 12 School: Kaia is in 6th grade at the Wood River Middle School. Anja is in 5th at Hailey Elementary. Pets: A Labrador named Toffee and two fish, a betta named Dragon and a goldfish named Moustache. Sport: Mountain Biking Kaia and Anja Jensen, mountain biking machines and sisters from Hailey, have a full schedule maximizing their fun in the Wood River Valley. Between ski team practices, ballet and soccer practice and experimenting in the kitchen, these girls are shredding on local trails with their parents and in races. So watch out—they may pass you at any moment.

Ages: Grades K-7 Dates: January-March The BCRD provides an enriching program to develop fundamental basketball skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. 208.788.BCRD baseball/softball

Ages: 5-12 Dates: April-June An enriching program to develop baseball and softball skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. 208.788.BCRD general sports

SUMMER OLYMPICS Camp Big Wood Ages: 18 months-6 years Dates: July 22-26 Sports of all sorts! 208.726.9053

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5B Lacrosse Camp The Community School

Ages: Grades 6-9 Dates: July 8-11 Whether you are new to the game or building on years of experience and looking to push it to the 'next level,' this camp will provide both the fun and the individualized instruction you would expect from the 'fastest game on two feet.' 208.622.3955

Where and what do you usually ride? We usually ride out Croy Canyon (west of Hailey). Kaia rides a blue Stumpjumper and Anja rides their mom’s old Specialized S-Works.


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How long have you been mountain biking? We both started riding seven years ago with our parents, when we were three and five and we usually ride with our family.

What is your favorite ride? For Kaia it’s Fisher Creek (in the Stanley Basin) and Punchline (at Croy Canyon). For Anja, it’s Forbidden Fruit (at Adams Gulch).

school players. (Space limited to 15). 208.622.3955

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Ages: Grades 2-7 Dates: July-August The BCRD provides an enriching program to develop lacrosse skills in a

friendly and encouraging environment., 208.788.BCRD nordic skiing

BCRD Youth Nordic BCRD Ages: Grades 2-5 Dates: January-February Get your kids outside after school in winter at the BCRD Youth Nordic Ski program at BCRD Croy Nordic. Our team of experienced instructors will introduce them to the joys of Nordic skiing through a variety of fun games and activities on skis (limited to first 30). 208.788.BCRD soccer

BCRD Soccer BCRD Ages: 3 years-grade 6 Dates: September-October The BCRD provides an enriching program to develop soccer skills in a friendly and encouraging environment. 208.788.BCRD

ONE Soccer School The Community School Ages: 9-18 (boys & girls) Dates: July 29-Aug 1 Work on ball mastery, SAQ (speed, agility, quickness), going 2 goal, dribbling (1v1) and small side games. Each day will be a progression from the day before and each player will be challenged and have FUN! Includes a full pro uniform kit, match quality ball and backpack. (Discounted rates for those who attend ONE Soccer School the week before in Hailey) 208.622.3955 swimming

BCRD Aquatic Center BCRD Ages: All Dates: June-August Open every year during the summer, the pool is your neighborhood outdoor oasis. The Aquatic Center caters to

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andy gilbert • sports Age: 42 Occupation: Program Director/Snowboard Coach for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) Family: JaNessa, his wife, and their two kids, Angus and Olive. Well known for his passion and enthusiasm as a snowboard coach, Andy Gilbert has a gift for turning regular riders into impassioned ones. Born in Sun Valley, Andy grew up in Portland, Oregon, as a ski racer. But after falling in love with skateboarding, he eventually took his boarding to the snow, returning to the Valley to coach the sport 20 years ago. Since then, Andy has been helping Sun Valley produce some of the best snowboarders on the planet. When did you learn to snowboard? I grew up skiing. My great-grandfather was a ski jumper at Mount Hood and that’s where I was on the race team. But after I started snowboarding I just got hooked on it. There really wasn’t much snowboarding yet, so we had to piece our own gear together. How long have you been coaching? I was hired to work with the little kids, the young elementary school kids, in the winter of 1993-94 and I immediately loved it. Where do you usually coach? We try to utilize both mountains so we can create well-rounded, solid snowboarders who can handle any terrain. So we spend time at both Baldy and Dollar. What are the keys to being a good snowboarder? Fundamentals. Kids need to be able to carve a solid turn before they start hitting the park.

What are your greatest achievements in coaching so far? The biggest achievement is helping kids become passionate, life-long snowboarders. Sure, you’re going to have the occasional break-through athletes like Kaitlyn Farrington, Wyatt Caldwell or Graham Watanabe who make it huge. But the real reward is when kids come back to town and stop by to say ‘Hi’ and you can see that snowboarding is still an important and rewarding part of their lives. That’s huge. Besides Sun Valley, what’s your other favorite place to ride? Jackson Hole. Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chip. Who is your hero? Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead. Favorite "kids" meal? Chicken strips and fries. Favorite movie? "Smokey and the Bandit." Place you’d most like to visit? Norway. Read more of Andy's interview online at

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Road and Dirt Mountain Bike Camp Ages: 18 months–6 years Dates: July 1-3 208.726.9053

all your swim needs: swim lessons, swim team and open swim. 208.788.BCRD

(ages 4-13) Wood River YMCA (ages 5-11) Wood River Youth Football

Sun & Splash Adventure Pioneer Montessori School

Ages: Teen girls Dates: mid-June-July GALENA YOUTH Rebecca Rusch and her local ADVENTURE CAMP female mountain bike posse Galena Lodge will coach a six-week teen Ages: 6-8 and 8-12 riding camp focusing on ridDates: June 17-Aug 23 ing skills, trail etiquette and A weekly summer outdoor volunteer trail work. Classes discovery and advenwill meet on Tuesdays ture program at for weekly riding Galena Lodge. sessions on difActivities ferent trails include: in the Sun to read the full white-water Valley area. listings of camps at rafting, horseback 208.788. click on riding, hikBCRD ing, mounKids Camps tain biking, climbing stand- up paddle Beyond Top boarding, swimming, Roping hot springs, alpine lakes, The Community School Thursday night campouts Ages: 12-18. and more! Dates: July 22-25 Spend four days learning 208.726.4010 the skills to go "beyond toproping" to multi-pitch climbYoung Explorers Camp ing and lead climbing on this The Community School overnight camping advenAges: 2-3 ture (includes gear, food and Dates: June 17-July 29 transportation). Long-time Community School instructor, Heather 208.622.3955 Chistiansen-Town, leads this camp that allows 2 and Mount Baker Glacier 3 year olds to explore the Climbing Adventure world around them through The Community School field trips and our remarkable Ages: 14-18 Trail Creek and Sagewillow Dates: August 4-10 Campuses. Enjoy hikSpend a week learning to ing and exploring climb in glaciated terrain nature, garden- on 10,781-foot Mt. Baker in ing, cooking, Washington. The course dramatic play, begins and ends in Sun sensory activi- Valley and includes all transties, music and portation, food and gear. the creative arts. communityschool. 208.622.3955 org 208.622.3955 kayaking

Ages: Grades 2-6 Dates: July 22-26 Explore the Wet and Wild side of fun. We’ll creek float, water balloon funnalate, create tiedye art, attempt to walk on water and explore bubbleology and creek and pond habitats. Campers also learn beginner rope work, fashion a zip line, geocache and try adventure courses. 208.726.9060 track and field

BCRD Track and Field BCRD Ages: Grades 1-8 Dates: April 15-May 4 This popular three-week program ends with the Hershey Track Meet to be held in Carey on Saturday, May 4th. 208.788.BCRD OTHER SPORTS CAMPS Big Wood Golf (ages 8-17) Girls on the Run (grades 3-8) Mountain Adventure Tours (ages 4-6) Sun Valley Youth Hockey

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Learn to Kayak The Community School Ages: 12-18. Dates: July 29-Aug 1 In partnership with White Otter Outdoor Adventures, we invite you to spend four

days learning to whitewater kayak safely and competently on Idaho's Salmon River. American Canoe Association certified White Water Instructor and White Otter Swift Boat Technician, Elliot Jacobs, leads this exciting trip, (includes boating equipment, food and transportation). 208.622.3955 rafting

SwiftWater Rescue, Level IV Certification The Community School Ages: 16 and older Dates: July 6-7 This two-day course will provide river users (private boaters, guides and trip leaders) with the skills and information that they will need when something goes wrong on the river. Class graduates will receive American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue, Level 4 certification. 208.622.3955 wilderness

PRIMITIVE WILDERNESS CAMP The Mountain School Ages: 6-12 Dates: July 29-Aug 1 (ages 6-7); July 15-19 & Aug 12-16 (ages 8-9); Aug 5-9 (ages 10-12)

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This camp, led by our resident mountain-man, John DeLorenzo, will teach lasting wilderness and survival skills such as fishing, building shelters, primitive water filtration and animal tracking. Other activities include long-range archery, spotting other wildlife, primitive crafting, raft building and more! 208.788.3170

Wilderness First-Aid The Community School Ages: Grades 10 and up Dates: June 22-23 A two-day Wilderness First-Aid Course, in partnership with the Wilderness Medical Institute. Fast paced and hands-on, this course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors. 208.622.3955

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) The Community School Ages: 16 and older Dates: July 8-19 A two-week program in partnership with the Wilderness Medical Institute. This course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. Half our time is outside the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios, including full-scale, night mock rescues. CPR and FBAO certification is included and the course is preapproved for 70 hours of EMT CEU's by CECBEMS (limited to the first 30 paid registrations). 208.622.3955 OTHER ADVENTURE CAMPS Mountain Adventure Tours (ages 4-6) Road & Dirt Mountain Bike Camps (ages 7-13) Sun Valley Heli Bike Ranch (ages 13 and older) Sun Valley Youth Hockey (ages 4-13) Wood River YMCA (ages 5-11)

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lili gil • adventure Age: 12 School: 7th grader at Wood River Middle School Siblings: 4 sisters and 1 brother Pets: A pit bull named “Mancha” and 4 chickens One look at Lili Gil riding her horse at Swiftsure Ranch and you’ll understand she truly lives by her philosophy, “be positive and don’t give up.” Lily is a junior high school student whose arm was amputated at birth due to a deformity and she’s discovered that riding is more than a passion— it’s helped her realize her dream is to be a pediatrician when she grows up so she can “help take care of other kids.”

What’s your favorite “kids” meal? Posole, which is like a soup made with corn, meat and chilies. What’s your motto? “Stay positive and don’t give up and you can do anything.”

Do you participate in any other sports? Skiing and soccer. Favorite movie? “The Three Stooges.”

How long have you been riding horses? I’ve been riding for four years and ride every Saturday during the school year and two or three times during the week in the summer. How did you get into it? Sun Valley Adaptive Sports sent me information on skiing and riding and I decided to try riding horses. What are the keys to being good at it? “Keep trying.” I was excited and nervous when I first started riding. I loved it right away and want to keep doing it for a long time. What are your greatest achievements so far? Switching from “neck reining” (controlling the horse with one hand), to using a specially designed “Rein-Bow Rein Loops” so I can use both arms. Also, being able to assist in lessons and help other riders. Any tips for people new to your sport? Think positive and don’t give up! What’s your favorite flavor ice cream? Chocolate. Who is your hero? My older sister, Claudia who’s 20.

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While Sun Valley is famous for its ample outdoor recreational options for the whole family and its sunshine, there’s also plenty to do when the weather forces the search for fun indoors. So here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Rainy Day Activities for Sun Valley.

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eat, drink and be merry

The old school Bowling Alley and Game Room at the Sun Valley Lodge offers an entertaining step back in time. The lanes are open daily from 4-10pm.



When the rain falls, the Wood River YMCA offers large indoor pools and Sun Valley Resort has their famous outdoor heated Lodge Pool, which offers cocktail service for parents. For summer swimming options, check out "Take a Dip" on page 18. or


The history of the Wood River Valley is as long and storied as a powder-covered run on Baldy. The Ketchum-Sun Valley Ski & Heritage Museum in Ketchum offers exhibits on everything from the local mining and sheepherding history to the rich and impressive history of America's original destination ski resort. The Ore Wagon Museum in Ketchum and the Blaine County Historical Museum in Hailey are also good options. or

From low-key locals’ favorite options like Mahoney’s in Bellevue and The Powerhouse Pub & Bike Fit Studio in Hailey to classic Ketchum spots like The Pioneer Saloon or Perry’s, to new spots like the Konditorei in Sun Valley, there are all kinds of delicious family-friendly places to eat, drink and be merry around Sun Valley. Visit our dining listings at

create some useable art! Kids of all ages love to create things with their own two hands— and it’s even more rewarding if they can then use and enjoy what they've made for years to come. Ketchum offers two terrific spots to create your own clay art. Local Color (208.726.2788) and Boulder Mountain Clayworks (

dive into a book!


The Community Library in Ketchum hosts a “Dig Into Reading” summer program as well as the Paws to Read program on weekends (check out the Calendar on page 8 for more details). Ketchum is also home to two of the finest independent bookstores in the country: Chapter One and Iconoclast Books.

The Bead Shop “Plus” (208.788.0677) in Hailey and Iconoclast Books ( in Ketchum both offer great selections for jewelry and craft making for kids of all ages.

catch a movie!

Built in 1937, the Sun Valley Opera House (208.622.2244) offers first run movies and a bfree daily showing of “Sun Valley Serenade” during the winter. The Magic Lantern Cinema (208.726.4274) in Ketchum and Big Wood Cinemas, (208.578.0971) which features films in 3D, on Main Street in Hailey offer a more modern feel for moviegoers. 032:

enjoy some art! Ketchum is literally chock full of world-class galleries, with a little bit of something for everyone’s taste and fancy (check out for a full listing).

go climbing! The Wood River YMCA
 on Saddle Road
 in Ketchum offers up a 10meter-high climbing gym that includes 14 belay stations for climbing cracks, overhangs, lead routes and a bouldering cave. Top roping and shoe/harness rentals available for climbers as well. Routes added monthly ranging from beginner to advanced.

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Sun Valley 360 | Spring 2013  

A kids and family magazine for the Wood River Valley.