Fun Summer Things for Kids in Crested Butte
Guest Blog by Lindsay Kopf
Fun Summer Things for Kids in Crested Butte – Activities and Events. Let’s be real, if you are a kid visiting Crested Butte with your family for a long period of time, you want to meet some people your own age and do kid things outside of the family agenda.
I was a Crested Butte second-homeowner kid from Dallas for 10 years and regret not meeting more kids my own age while I was visiting. My cousin Kali was here for longer periods of time than I was, so she had more opportunity to meet people who lived in Crested Butte and other people who visited for a long time similar to her. When I moved to Crested Butte the summer before 8th Grade, I learned the places to go where I was able to meet new friends
If you want to meet local and second-homeowner kids, you should get involved and don’t be shy. There are lots of events, sports, or activities going on in Crested Butte specific for your age group . There are also popular hangout spots to meet up. I recommend meeting kids your own age while on your trip to Crested Butte since having friends makes Crested Butte way more fun for you. Crested Butte is very safe and you can go with friends to cool spots and do fun things.
Since there are lots of families (and kids) in Crested Butte who look at Crested Butte Homes for sale, and may buy a second-home there is a great opportunity to meet other kids here. Below are some tips that will help kids (and parents) while in Crested Butte to have more fun.
Fun Summer Things for Kids in Crested Butte
Meet other Kids at the Crested Butte town park
On a pretty, sunny day kids will meet up and hangout in the grassy area at the park or play basketball untill someone comes up with a hiking or lake day plan. This is a great place to go in the mornings to relax, hangout, or toss around a Frisbee. There is also a sand volleyball court, horseshoes, a softball field, Playground, and swing set if you’re interested. Across the street is the conveniently placed True Value gas station that everyone walks over to from the park, for a midday snack or refreshing drink such as the popular and cheap 99 cent Peace Tea. On a normal day you will see Jingles, the True Value Cat mascot hanging out on the register to greet customers. Jingles is the softest cat to ever walk the earth.
Crested Butte Alpenglow Event on Monday Afternoons
Alpenglow is a live music concert put on in town at the main park on Mondays and at the base of the mountain on Wednesdays. Normally families will start setting up with their picnic blankets and appetizers/dinner around 5 and the live music starts around 5:30. Almost everyone in town goes to this and it’s a very carefree environment to spend with your family. Since this takes place at the main park in town, the younger kids are occupied with the playground and the teenager crowd will be hanging out in the grassy area passing a Frisbee or playing on the basketball court, so if your trying to meet people your age this is the place to go.
Crested Butte Skate Park
The skate board park is located on the west side of town by the hockey rink. The guys my age were really into skate boarding in middle school and a lot of my friends would hang-out there just to watch and relax. They met a few guys visiting for Crested Butte summers who were there just as much and they were added to our friend group, so this is a great spot to go. Mikey’s Pizza is located right across the street and you can get a yummy slice of pizza.
Soccer players go to Rainbow Park
Rainbow park is a great place to go if you are a soccer player – bring your ball and you will likely meet up with other kids who want to kick back and forth or start a game. Rainbow Park is where all the home high school soccer games take place so the soccer field is great to go practice shooting if you like to play soccer. On occasion players from the local high school team practice on the field in the summer as well.
Join the summer Soccer league – West Elk Soccer Go to: http://westelksoccer.org/
Third and Elk in Downtown Crested Butte
Third and Elk is the middle of town and the center of most of the good restaurants so the bench on that corner is normally filled with kids chilling and waiting to meet up with friends. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for ice cream or Teo (Teocalle Tamale) is also a main spot that everyone goes to eat great food and hangout. Teo is a local favorite and almost every time I go I see someone my age or someone I know. If you stop into to Teo while your in town your doing it wrong because not only is it a cool and fun environment, but it has some of the best food in town and the closest thing you will get to Chipotle.
Crested Butte Farmers Market
Go to the Farmers market and find the crepe stand, probably the best savory crepe I’ve ever had. Farmers Market is basically a bunch of booths with organic and fresh food. Go with the family or relatives, but regardless you should just go because it is really good food and I make it my mission to make it to almost every single one. There is usually a fresh popsicle stand and those are great on sunny days (which is most days).
Join the summer T-Ball or baseball league – Crested Butte Parks and Rec
Sign up with the website “Parks and Rec”, the administrators will put you with people within your age group and you will meet the local kids. Go to: http://www.crestedbutterec.com/info/default.aspx
I hope you enjoyed Fun Summer Things for Kids to do in Crested Butte (1 of 3). There are lots of additional things to do in Crested Butte in the Summer – Take the Mountain Express Bus, Hike to the top of the Peak, float the Slate River, Downhill bike on Mt. Crested Butte, great hikes, fishing, oh and for girls – lots of fun shopping… see Part 2 of 3 coming soon…
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