02/08/2012

Facility Offers Programs Beginning Saturday, Feb. 11

Vail)-The Vail Recreation District (VRD) will reopen its Imagination Station and open its new community programming space in the LionsHead Transit Welcome Center, located adjacent to the LionsHead parking structure Saturday (2/11). A grand opening celebration of the new welcome center will take place in March.
 
The Imagination Station, a hands-on children's museum, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Imagination Station is for children ages two to 12 and their families and its new features include a play wall that encourages active play integrating physical and cognitive learning; a light table and builder boards that inspire development and dexterity; a hyperbolic funnel that models planetary motion; and a new Mad Scientist's Lab where children will make slime, "gak" and other messy projects. The marble wall also will be back with a more user-friendly design where children can spend hours revising their marble track. Costs per child are $5 per day, $10 per week, $20 per month or $40 a year. Family memberships are available for $30 per month or $60 per year for unlimited visits. Adults and infants are free.
 
According to VRD Community Programming Director Chad Young, the Imagination Station will offer visitors a unique and interactive facility to play and learn together. "We're excited to reopen the Imagination Station with new features that will capture your child's attention for long periods of time," said Young. "Your children will learn while they play."
 
The new community programming room is a multipurpose space that will serve as a fitness and art studio for all ages. The VRD will offer adult fitness/wellness classes including TRX suspension training, yoga and meditation. Art classes will include jewelry making and drop-in paint-your-own pottery. Preschool children can look forward to the return of the Preschool Art Studio and Family Yoga. In addition, an Art Sampler will be offered to school-age children beginning in late-February. Also new, African Drumming, for ages 12 and older will be offered on Saturday afternoons. Programs in the planning phase include music, belly dancing, hula hoop yoga and additional art classes. A schedule of activities available in the Community Programming room will be announced soon with classes set to begin Feb. 18.
 
Although most classes will be available on drop-in basis or via a punch pass, Young is encouraging participants to sign up for a full session to receive the lowest price. Full sessions will last from six to eight weeks. "We are excited to offer much-needed art and wellness programming that provides recreation and inspires the mind," said Young. "In addition, our fitness programming will allow folks to stay in shape or meet their fitness goals in a no-hassle class format. Participants will be able to park, work out, then enjoy the rest of their day."

Parking to access the facilities is available in the LionsHead parking structure and is free for two hours during the winter and free all day, all summer long. The facility is also located on the Town of Vail's free in-town transit system. For more information, contact Young by e-mail at cyoung@vailrec.com or call 970-479-2292. For more information on all other VRD activities, go to www.vailrec.com  

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Contact(s)

 VRD Director of Community Programming, Chad Young, 970-479-2292
                 

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