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The new ropes course in Mountain Village is fun for the whole family 

Another excerpt from Jesse James Mctigue article Summer in Telluride is Kids Play

You have explored Telluride’s backyard full of hiking and biking trails with the kiddos and need to give your legs a rest.  No problem-there’s plenty abuzz in the arts and entertainment arena along with surprising offerings for those who are naturally curious and scientifically inquisitive

Take a Ride on The Gondola: Riding the G never gets old for kids or adults. Get on at Station Telluride then get off at the top. Explore the mountain and visit the Nature Center. Take the G to the Mountain Village. Look for the bouldering rock, enroll your kid in a full or half-day program at Eco Adventure, shop and have lunch. The Gondola will be waiting to take the whole family back to Telluride when you’re ready. And, it’s free.

Defy Gravity: No child, or adult, can walk through the Mountain Village Core and quietly ignore the three bungee trampolines sitting on the east side. Admit it, you think it’d be fun too. Why not? The trampolines can take up to 300 pounds. The bungee trampolines are open July 15 to August 15, 1 pm to 6 pm daily. For $15, your child, or you, can get five minutes to defy gravity. 

Walk on Water Check out the new ropes course at the bottom of lift 4 in Mountain Village. Test your skills while navigating an obstacle course suspended above water or race your friends in water while rolling  and running around in a huge, plastic ball. The ropes course is open daily from noon to 7 p.m. 

Festivals Are A Family Affair: If you’ve experienced a Telluride summer, then you know Telluride loves Festivals. Festival is actually verb here. And, as the town’s loyal festivarians have grown older, they’re having kids and certainly not leaving them at home. The major music festivals such as Bluegrass, The Ride and Blues and Brews, all have kids tents with face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy houses and even climbing pillars. The hippies are all grown up; festivals are a family affair. 

Get Your Geek On: Mountains surround the town of Telluride, embracing all who visit, but it’s the Wilkinson Public Library (WPL) that sits virtually in the town’s center. And it is also the place that most embraces the town’s kids. WPL offers kids a free place to hang out all summer with child and teen librarians who not only love children and teens, but truly “get” them. From story hour, summer reading competitions and cooking club, to arts and crafts and outdoor sports club in the Town Park, WPL takes care of Telluride’s kids. 

Pinhead Punk Science: In Telluride, even science can be extreme, and therefore cool. Each summer the Pinhead Institute sponsors a series of science demonstrations, geared toward kids and led by notable scientists in their field. With sessions such as Rip Roaring Radical Rockets, The Cool Colors of Chemistry, and Fantastic Physics, Pinhead is making science relevant to kids.  The Punk Science Series runs each Tuesday from 5:15 to 6:00 pm, July 1 toAugust 5 at the Telluride High School.

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