Avid4Adventure Summer Camps

Avid4 Adventure camps are coming to the neighborhood this summer! Authentic outdoor adventure camps teach pre-K-7th graders of all levels to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from their time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, they give campers solid skills and character-shaping confidence, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure.

Colorado Day camp locations in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Denver, Lafayette, and Castle Rock. Overnight camps in Bailey and Evergreen, Colorado.

California Day camp locations in Santa Cruz, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Oakland, Campbell, Moraga and Walnut Creek.

Learn more today and sign up at www.avid4.com or call 800-977-9873

Getting a Boat

Many boaters and fishermen buying a new boat in the fall months as opposed to in the spring. If you think about it, that actually does make some sense. By doing this in the fall, you won’t need to worry about winterizing it, there is potential for an upgrade, new boats don’t require a lot of maintenance for the season, buying it in the fall means that you will be a step ahead come springtime, and finally, you will get amazing discounts on the year’s models. This will make boat financing that much less painful.
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 Buying a boat doesn’t need to be as painful as one might think. The prices for boats will vary depending on the make and size, but many boat dealers and manufacturers can make sure that you get into the captain’s chair for less than what you would pay monthly for a new car.

Owning a Boat

Many people all over the world dream of one day owning a boat. This can be because of all of the activities that owning a boat makes possible as well as for the freedom that owning a boat gives you. There are many physical and physiological benefits to owning a boat too. Buying a boat can radically expand any family’s options when it comes to weekend activities and longer holidays, ranging from sports on the water to a leisurely fishing trip.

For the Family

A boat is a good idea for any family who enjoys spending time on the water. You can have a boat just to use in the summer if you live in colder climes, or you can use it all year long in places like Florida. Either way, trips on the boat can be wonderful times for reinforcing the familial bond between children and adults. Depending on the size of the boat, you can take it out for a day or more and have nothing but bonding time. Boats are especially great for summer vacations.

Speaking of Bonding

40% of all households listed relaxing with their friends and family as their most enjoyable boating activity in a study done by the National Marine Manufacturers Association in 2005. This means that the best part about boating isn’t waterskiing or fishing, the best thing is the opportunity to have fun with your family and friends. This is time that is spent away from things like the video games and television sets. It creates an atmosphere that will bring people together and one that will create fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Improved Quality of Life

Boating for recreation can go a long way towards improving the quality of your life. As you move forward in your boat, you can watch as your troubles seem to fade in the distance. That doesn’t mean that you won’t have to face them when you get back to dry land though, but at least you can escape for a little while. Recreational boating provides people with a constructive type of outlet for entertainment that will reduce stress while providing rich opportunities for self discovery. You can learn how to fish or water ski or just enjoy watching the sunset on the water.

Affordability

Do you have the opinion that recreational boating might just be too expensive in terms of your current financial situation? Reconsider. Yes, gas prices might be always on the way up, but coastline can always be found close by so you don’t need to drive far to find water.

Water Accessibility

Are you aware that 90% of the people in America live within an hour’s travel of a body of water that can be navigated by a boat? That means that accessing water can be a lot easier and more convenient than you might have known.

A Reduction of Stress

A little boating can go a long way when it comes to reducing stress. In the same study mentioned earlier, boating was listed as one of the top three stress relieving activities.
Last but a far throw from least is the fact that one of the top listed reasons to own a boat is because it is fun. There is a plethora of activities to explore when talking about boating – from fishing and water skiing to snorkeling and just relaxing on the water, you can do it all…as long as you own a boat.

Summer Fun at Copper Mountain!

Our family visited Copper Mountain last weekend to see what all there was to do there.  When we first arrived, we noticed there were people of all ages listening to music at the base of the Copper Mountain Resort.  I love to eat, so I was thrilled to see so many local restaurant vendors offering their specialty foods.  My daughter was so excited because of all of the activities they have to do.

After we listened to some music and had a great lunch, we started to experience all the fun activities which includes:  Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Bungee Jump, a Climbing Wall and a Zip Line.  As a family, we really had fun together in the Bumper Boats and the Go-Karts.  Our daughter was brave enough to try the zip-line that goes over a pond. At first she was to scared to go, then after she did it, she said right away, “I want to go again”!  We really had a blast during our visit at Copper Mountain Resort with all of the fun activities, music and great food they have to enjoy.

The Pros and Cons of Going Abroad This Summer

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The summer is almost here, and it’s time to start planning our travels. Not everyone is excited at the prospect of going abroad this summer, though. Dealing with flight delays, expenses, and the exceedingly hot weather isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some of us will be jetting off, but others will prefer to remain in our own countries. If you haven’t quite decided what you want to do on your vacation this summer, read our tips below.

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Pros Of Going Abroad

A lot of us love to go abroad and see what the world has to offer. During the summer months, this is especially the case, as many of the hot countries become populated with tourists. If the idea of sun and sand is one that is appealing to you, you might have just found your answer. Going abroad can provide you with relaxation as long as you find the right hotels, as well as an opportunity to explore. As great as it is to explore our own countries, it’s nice to get away and see what other cultures are like.

Another thing to consider when thinking about going abroad is the memories you’ll be able to create. It’s not always easy to think about going abroad; money and health issues can put a halt to proceedings very easily. While you’ve got the ability to do so, it might be worth having that experience while you can. For children, going abroad can be an invaluable experience that teaches them about other countries. Even if you don’t have children, you might be expecting them in the near future. This might be your last chance to get away as a couple before they arrive!

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Cons Of Going Abroad

The big con of going abroad is the price. You can have lots of cost-effective vacations in your own country without having to spend over the odds. You could even invest that money in something like a Coachmen RV to give you even greater options to travel the country in style and comfort. If you’re not so bothered about exploring other countries, this is a great option.

And, of course, there’s so much to explore in your own country anyway. Sure, going abroad is great, but I bet you haven’t seen half of this place! I love exploring new places in the land I live in, and there are many that I still haven’t been able to see. While we might think that going abroad is the only way to discover new experiences, that really isn’t the case.

The hassle of going abroad can be a nightmare, too. I’ve had vacations that had gone sour well before we ever reached the airport. All the planning takes a lot out of you, and can lead to arguments. Suddenly, you arrive and find that the hotel is awful, or the flight gets delayed for hours. That’s not always going to be the case, of course, but it’ll put a real downer on the vacation if it happens.
Whatever you decide, I hope you have a fantastic summer!

Lake Placid Perfect Snow Day Contest

“This is a sponsored post with Lake Placid and Mums the Word Network. All opinions are my own.”

Lake Placid has offering a chance for you to win exciting prizes through a fun and exciting contest. Wintertime has arrived and we all are enjoying the snow. So, Lake Placid also wants you to share your exciting winter moments with us and have a chance to win some prizes. You will be telling Lake Placid about all the fun you had here and how you tried to find sources of fun. The finalists of the Lake Placid Perfect Snow Day contest will be selected on 28th February 2016. The winner will be announced on the 18th of March 2016. To enter the contest and win, you should follow the steps below:Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 7.23.31 AM •    First of all, grab your camera and start capturing the moments you spent enjoying the snow. Make a video describing your activities how you enjoyed the snow. The video should include how you invented your own Perfect Snow Day in Lake Placid and anything regarding your visit.
•    Next, go to You Tube and post the video describing the fun you had. The title of the video would be something like, “Hey Lake Placid, here’s my Perfect SnowDay!” Make sure that the video is an awesome one because it will be considered as what you want from Lake Placid, in case you win the contest.
•    Other than the title, you will also have to use the hash tag #PerfectSnowDayADK while posting it on the social media.
•    Now comes the voting. The voting will be done and promoted through the websites of the Lake Placid and the official pages on the social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. As mentioned earlier, the names of those who are the finalists will be announced on the 28th of February.
•    The one, who will succeed in getting the most votes at the end of the competition, will be the winner. As promised earlier, the winner will be awarded with a special prize. The winner will spend a Perfect Snow Day at Lake Placid, as demonstrated in the video uploaded by the winner. Two more days will be given to the winner to explore more fun*.

Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 7.25.08 AM So, take your camera and start making the video. And yes, focus on the voting because only votes can actually make you win this competition.

*The winner will be allowed to spend three nights at the Lake Placid Resort and can bring up to 4 people. The activities which will be allowed will be according to the video.

So, enter the contest now so you have the chance to win this awesome prize with your family to enjoy!

 

Special Holiday Trip with Santa on the Santa Express Train Ride

Are you looking for somewhere special and different to go this holiday season with your family or friends?  Well, our family had a really enjoyable time experiencing all the Santa Express Train ride has to offer just last weekend.  It combines a classic train ride to the Royal Gorge, but the best part is seeing the ‘North Pole’ on the way there.  Also, all the guests were not only able to see Santa and his elves waving to us from the North Pole, but they came aboard the train and said hello and took pictures with all of us.

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.11.39 AMWe are all looking for that something special to do to make this holiday season special and memorable.  So, we thought this was the right time to experience the Santa Express Train with our family. My husband, our eight-year old daughter and I decided to take the ride on the Santa Express Train and we were so excited to see what is was going to be like.  We were lucky we made a reservation because the train was very full, which made the trip even feel more festive with all the guests collectively singing songs and feeling the holiday spirit together. 

12246833_995167960546271_197310193098463351_n   The journey was so entertaining with the all the activities they have during the trip, which made it really fun for the kids. They make children feel relaxed by suggesting they wear cozy pajamas for the ride. The Christmas music they play during the ride and Santa’s elves will make you feel like Christmas is just around the corner with the real life experience of Christmas.  About thirty minutes into the ride, you turn a corner in the canyon and all of a sudden there is the North Pole with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 9.12.20 AMThis is when Santa and some of his elves board the train to pass out a special holiday bells to every child while he visits with each one, takes their Christmas wish list they filled out during the ride and of course, take pictures with Santa.  Then we rode deeper into the canyon and then turned around for the ride back while the staff played fun games with the kids and sang songs for the guests, the total ride time was about an hour and a half.  When the ride was over, our daughter sad because she wanted it to last longer since she was having so much fun with the staff and the other kids on the train!

Yummy Servings:
In order to make your tummy happy during the ride, you will also get free cookies and hot cocoa that we just loved. They also have a great dinner selection that can be pre-purchased beforehand or ordered during the ride for each rider on the Santa Express Train.

Contact Information: 

There are several thousand people who ride the Santa Express Train each year, so tickets sell out quickly. So, I suggest to reserve your seats now or you will miss the chance for this very special and memorable holiday experience!


For the booking details:
Nov 20-Dec27, up to three daily departures.
Call 888.724.5748 or 719.276.4000

I received complimentary tickets for reviewing purposes only. All written content is 100% original.

The Colorado State Fair was a BLAST!!!

I would recommend the Colorado State Fair to anyone that is looking for a wholesome, electrifying or just all around family-oriented fun environment. The people that put this event together do a great job of representing the State of Colorado in so many ways. We attended the Colorado State Fair as media, but it was hardly a press event.

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My family and I who were given media press passes were greeted with free snacks at the media office and were able to see some extremely talented musicians. One of whom being Jake Owens, one of my favorite country musicians! We had a great time at the Jake Owens concert and couldn’t have asked for a better artist to perform for the beautiful state of Colorado. The venue was awesome too, that being The Southwest Motors Event Center.

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My family and I were given free tickets to this as part of the VIP Press Package and boy are we ever thankful. Earlier I mentioned how the Colorado State Fair would be fun for anyone looking for an electrifying or wholesome environment, well this definitely covers the electrifying part. With all the squealing tires and crashing cars we experienced something we’ve never seen before! This was definitely an unforgettable experience for all of us and knowing what we have been missing all these years, I encourage all of you to purchase tickets. If I had not been given free tickets due to my fortunate media privileges, I would have definitely purchased these for myself and the rest of my family. If you’re worried about safety, don’t be. The folks in charge of the events that take place over at Budweiser Rodeo Arena take all the special precautions in order to keep the audience safe. There have never been any reported injuries to the audience and I’m sure they plan on keeping it that way! I find it amazing how we are able to view such intense action so close to it and yet remain completely safe.

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The Colorado State fair is definitely worth attending for people of all ages. I was able to talk to many other people there and each of them said the food was amazing, the events were unforgettable and they would definitely would recommend attending. Next year I hope to try out more foods we weren’t able to try this time like the caramel apples. My family and I left with full tummies and happy hearts because we had such a fun and memorable time. This is a must attend event since everyone will find fun rides, great food and exciting entertainment.

I received complimentary tickets for reviewing purposes only. All written content is 100% original.

Brick Fest Live at the Denver Mart

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.51.52 AMMy family and I attended the Brick Fest Live at the Denver Merchandise Mart after receiving complimentary tickets and I have to say it was definitely the highlight of our year! The environment was awesome and the event staff were fantastic. The organizers of this event definitely deserve a round of applause for how well it’s organized! I loved watching the Brick Fest Derby. Watching all of those Lego cars fly that fast across the room was something since I had never seen that before…it was so awesome to see in-person! The Mosiac wall made out of Legos was a real work of art and showed off some true creative talent. The trivia was really fun, too. I was actually surprised at how many answers my daughter knew! Me and my husband’s favorite thing to do was definitely their mini-golf. You just can’t beat mini-golf when it comes to playing and having fun with the family. Also, there were literally millions of Legos at our disposal to play with ranging from Star Wars themed Legos to the original block Legos. There is nothing else we can compare to this event, it is truly a one of a kind experience. We will surely be attending the same event when it comes to Denver next time!

 

The Feeling of Jumping at #Skyzone

The feeling of being suspended in the air is considered to be one of the most enjoyable activities kids can ever experience. That’s the very reason why the invention and popularity of the trampoline has taken place. We just visited Sky Zone Parker and this is a great place where anyone can jump as long as they want.  My family and I truly had a blast during our visit there.  Everyone was really nice, very accommodating and they have a very clean environment.

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 8.11.58 AMGroups of kids and even their adult companions can really enjoy the giant trampoline and have some amazing fun.  Team building, birthday parties and some fun-filled gatherings can be accommodated and you just can’t appreciate how much fun the kids have until you see it for yourself.  I highly suggest you check out the Sky Zone in your area and watch or take part in the enjoyment like our family did.  You can check out their Facebook page and get some updates about their latest promotions.

Now We Can Check Off Skydiving From Our Bucket List Thanks To iFly

For people like us who love adventure, skydiving is definitely on the top of our bucket list. However, fulfilling this is not that easy. Only a few places offer the experience and most of the time it is very expensive. Fortunately, a similar feeling and adrenaline rush can be felt by trying indoor skydiving.

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We were provided several complimentary tickets from iFly Denver and of course we tried their famous iFly Indoor Skydiving. At first it looked a bit scary, but the instructors were professional and they were able to give all the necessary instructions accordingly. What’s more exciting in iFly is that all you need to do is to bring yourself and all other needed equipment is on them.

Age limit is also not a problem because the range is from 3-103. They may have some restrictions for those with previous shoulder or leg injuries, but the rest are allowed, even some with physical disabilities. Some of those who were also there to join us are professional skydivers with their trainees and according to them, the feeling is very similar. My family and I can now proudly say that the feeling of skydiving is checked from our list and it also provides anyone with a perfect way to prepare for the outdoor version.