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    Up, Up, and Away ...as hundreds of brightly colored, uniquely shaped hot air balloons take to the air at sunrise over Telluride, Colorado. The internationally renowned balloon rally kicks off the summer season Balloon rally in Telluride, COfrom June 3-5 with an impressive lineup of featured events like the Wild West Fest, Jazz Celebration, Telluride Mountain Challenge, Bluegrass Festival, Culinary & Art Festival, Mushroom Fest, and the Telluride Film Festival. In between festivities, explore this 1870s Victorian mining town largely preserved with a National Landmark status. Nestled in a canyon in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride offers plenty of activities for the whole family – depending on the season, you can hike, bike, camp, fish, kayak, golf, rock climb, horseback ride, whitewater  raft, dog sled, ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and ice skate. Find a variety of accommodations for every budget.

888-605-2578
630 W. Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO, 81435  
http://www.visittelluride.com

 

Run Away & Join... Circus Smirkus, a nonprofit art and educational organization dedicated to giving kids an opportunity to life enhancing adventures in the circus arts. Introduce your kids to a clown’s life: the science of falling down on purpose, the ancient art of pie-in-the-face, tumble through a hoop, ride a unicycle or walk on stilts, take to the high wire, swing above the crowd from a trapeze, and even juggle upside down. Choose from programs like the Big Top Tour, where during the summer Smirkus Troupers (graduates of Smirkus Camp) and ages 10-18 perform to crowds throughout New England under a 700-seat one-ring Big Top. Train at summer Smirkus Camps at the Sterling College campus in Craftsbury Common, VT with Circus Camp for beginners to intermediate; Family Camp for adults and their kids; Smirkling Camp for 6-8 year olds, and Advanced Camp. Circus Smirkus Academy in Essex, VT is a year-round non-residential circus arts program for all ages and skills.

802-533-7443
1 Circus Road, Greensboro, VT 05841
http://www.smirkus.org
 


    With Spring . . .  come baby farm animals and apple blossoms at Old Sturbridge Village, a living mus
eum depicting rural life in early 19th-century New England. Check out the heritage breeds of animals and the latest arrivals of lambs, chicks, calves, and piglets. Watch the Village farmers plow the fields with oxen in preparation for this year's crops. In bloom are varieties of apple trees, flowering shrubs, heirloom bulbs, and seedlings in the kitchen gardens. Enjoy demonstrations of blacksmithing, hearth cooking, pottery, needlework, spinning or weaving, broom making, dairying, and water-powered mills. Step up to the batter’s mound during the Memorial weekend festivities and see how "base ball" was played (and spelled) differently in another era. Find seasonal and holiday celebrations all year-round.

800-SEE-1830
1 Old Sturbridge Village,
Sturbridge, MA 01566
http://www.osv.org



 


    BlueBells, Prickly Pear & Giant Swallowtail at Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center dedicated to protecting and preserving North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. Located in Austin, Texas on 279 acres, the Center has over 15 acres of gardens, 16 display gardens, and 600 different species of native plants. Stroll among the gardens showcasing majestic oak trees, evergreen mountain laurel, wildflower meadows filled with rainbows of color, a wetland pond with bubbling streams, designer courtyards, and demonstration gardens for the home gardener. Hike the trails through a Savanna meadow and along the Hill Country. Kids will love the Butterfly Garden, an outdoor butterfly habitat planted with some 300-plant species to attract and sustain insects. Discover the ingenious way the Center collects water needed for irrigation. The Center also offers lectures, classes, workshops, adult   and children programs, summer camps and a library full of resource material. Festivals kick off the seasons with a variety of events and activities for the whole family.

512-292-4200
4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
http://www.wildflower.org



    It’s Blue Ribbon excitement at the Iowa State Fair – the nation’s biggest, oldest, and greatest! From August 11-21 join more than a million exhibitors and visitors at the historic 400-acre fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Thrill your way through countless midway rides and games, cheer to the tractor pulls and rodeos, and stomp your feet to the beat of live rock, country, and bluegrass music. Then pause for a stroll through the many exhibit halls with home, garden, cooking, food, art and craft, and agricultural and educational displays. The kids will love the livestock barns – getting up close to cows, calves, pigs, sheep, and chickens. Look for the 4-H blue ribbon winners. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find oodles of food booths with your favorite treats for sale.

515-262-3111
POB 57130, Des Moines IA 50317-0003
www.iowastatefair.org

 


    Take me out . . . to the ball game with Generations Touring Company for a Behind the Scenes look at America’s baseball culture. Join other families for a 7-day adventure. Begin in New York City with a tour of the city and Yankee Stadium followed by a box seat view of the Yankees taking on the Anaheim Angels. Then, it’s off to Cooperstown, NY with a visit to Baseball’s Hall of Fame during the celebrities’ Induction Weekend. Your adventure continues to Boston, home to the World Champion Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. Learn about the Green Monster in left field and the "Curse of the Bambino." From your box seats, watch the Red Sox play the Kansas City Royals. Generations Touring Company provides tours throughout the world and is limited to small groups, are family focused and foster cultural awareness.

888-415-9100
POB 20187, Seattle, Washington 98102.
www.generationstouringcompany.com



    Make a difference with Earthwatch Institute. Work in the field side by side with scientists collecting information to save species and their habitats and to better understand earth and its people. Learn ways to ensure the future of our planet. You’ll go places few people visit and do things few people get to do. For example, every spring, female sea turtles around the world head to the beaches to mate and lay eggs. The mating takes place offshore, and as one turtle researcher describes it, “Imagine you are an inner-tube with flippers trying to hold onto another inner-tube.” Awkward, yes but this process has been going on since the age of dinosaurs. With humans collecting eggs, hunting turtles, and using turtle nesting grounds for resorts, sea turtles the world over are struggling for survival and need our help. You can volunteer and observe nesting sea turtle moms on moonlit beaches, tag and measure them, count eggs, move unsuitably placed nests, or help hatchlings safely scuttle to the sea. Pick from turtle projects in Costa Rica, Florida, Trinidad, US Virgin Islands, Barbados, and Malaysia. Earthwatch matches people from all walks of life with scientific and conservation projects worldwide.

800-776-0188
POB 75, Maynard, MA 01754-2275
www.earthwatch.org



    Ahoy Mate! The Tall Ship Manitou is about to set sail from Traverse City, Michigan for the remote islands, secluded bays, colorful anchorages, and coastal villages of Lake Michigan. Manitou, a replica of an 1800s cargo schooner offers three daily (2-hr) sails, Bed & Breakfast sails, and 2-3 day sails. At a length of 114 ft, the windjammer has a 62-passenger capacity and 3000 square feet of sail. For overnight stays 12 private cabins offer 2 bunk beds with plenty of room and comfort. Sleeping on the deck under the stars is always a winner—don’t forget your sleeping bag. While underway, you can lend a hand and learn the art of sailing or sit back and enjoy the sea breeze and stunning views. Explore anchorages by sea kayak or rowing dinghy, visit an historical lighthouse and fishing village, and hike and beach comb the Manitou Islands. Enjoy specially prepared meals cooked on a wood burning stove. Special events include live band cruises and an astronomy cruise.

800-678-0383
13390 S.W. Bay Shore Dr.

Traverse City, MI 49684
www.tallshipsailing.com

 


    Learn Spanish in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador . . . Italian and the art of Italian cooking in Italy; and French and French wine making in France with Language Liaison. Walk away with new skills, a new appreciation for the culture, new friends, and a new style of travel. Whether a family adventure, a summer camp for
your teen, or an academic program for work or school, choose a program from over 35 countries, 22 languages, and numerous activities that provides the perfect language and cultural experience. The total immersion, short-term language programs are for learners of all levels and ages and can be purely academic or combined with the arts, adventure, or work experience. Study is available in a traditional school, while living with a host family – experiencing life as a native – or for more individualized study, living in a teacher’s home.

800-284-4448
POB 1772, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
www.languageliaison.com



 

 

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