Foam Pit, Dance Classes, Martial Arts, Open Gym, Summer Camps and More

(Vail)--With the close of ski season, activities will continue to abound at the Vail Recreation District's (VRD) Vail Gymnastics Center this spring and summer. Fun-loving children and adults have numerous activity options, ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced, from organized instruction to free time on the gymnastics equipment. Back again for its third year, the Gymnastics Center will offer its popular summer camps, featuring five, weeklong camps from June to August. Whether you're visiting or live in the Vail Valley, what follows is an overview of the activities available to you in the coming months at the Gymnastics Center.
Classes are available for boys and girls, ages 5 and older on a year-round basis.The gymnastics classes feature 10 to 15 minutes of structured warm-up to improve flexibility, strength and endurance, followed by rotations on apparatus and tumbling. Children are grouped according to their age and skill level. Toddler (walking to age three and a half) and preschool-aged (ages three to four and a half) kids not only have fun, but learn basic motor skills while exploring on the gym's obstacle course, balance and swinging areas. Some preschoolers may need parental assistance until they feel comfortable in this 45-minute class alone. The Gymnastics Center also offers a Competitive Team Program that includes Pre-Team, Compulsory and Optional Programs. Team members compete in the Colorado Eagles League, as well as the USA Gymnastics Program. Visitors are encouraged to drop-in and practice with the team during their stay in the Vail Valley. Enrollment is by evaluation only. Call for details.
Tumbling and Trampoline at Open Gym
The Gymnastics Center offers open gym time for ages 13 and older from 8 to 9 p.m. Mondays for $10. Open gym allows participants an opportunity to perfect gymnastic skills, practice aerial snowboard and ski tricks on the trampoline or just enjoy the foam pits and other equipment. All skill levels are welcome.
Additionally, local and visiting children may drop-in to any of the gymnastic center classes for $10 per class as long as parents call ahead.

The Vail Gymnastics Center offers a variety of dance classes with options for ages two and a half and older. "Happy Feet" (for ages two and a half to three years) is a 30 minute class that incorporates ballet and creative movement. "Dancin' Fun" (for ages four to five years) and "Movin' On" (for ages six to seven years) are both 45 minute classes that include ballet, tap and creative movement. "Steppin' Out," which is for children age seven to 10 years, is a 60 minute class, allowing more in-depth exploration of basic ballet, tap and jazz. Irish Folk Dance and Hip Hop for ages 16 and older, plus Movement Therapy for seniors are also available. Click here for details.
Martial Arts

Vail Academy of Martial Arts partners with the Gymnastics Center to provide martial arts instruction for both children and adults. In addition, martial arts camps will be available this summer through the VRD. The VRD's youth martial arts camps will introduce children ages five to 12 to all aspects of martial arts. The camps are for all ability levels and will be operated by Vail Martial Arts Academy instructor Mathew Bayley. Call 970-949-8121 for details.

Summer Gymnastics Camps
The Gymnastics Center is offering gymnastics enthusiasts another fun-filled summer with five, week-long summer camps. The camps, for children ages five and older, not only include gymnastics, but also outdoor adventures such as hiking, visiting local parks and excursions to Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Nature Center and more. Children are grouped according to age and skill level and meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Members of the Vail Gymnastics Team are also invited to attend one of two advanced camp sessions only for current team members level 4 and up.



Contact Information
Phone: 970-479-2287 Web Site: http://www.vailrec.com/gymnastics.cfm

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