Today marks the beginning of summer fun - with some education snuck in - for Summit County's kids, with the first stop on the Imagination Express.
The summer children's series, which has been going on for about 10 years, is a presentation of performances throughout the summer, featuring everything from interactive theater to live music and animals. Presented at the Riverwalk Center by the Town of Breckenridge, it's meant to be as exciting as possible, and at the same time, educational, according to Breckenridge spokeswoman Kim Dykstra-DiLallo.
"They do learn something while being entertained," she said.
The Express's first stop: the National Repertory Orchestra. Today's presentation from the NRO is an hour of "child-friendly" classical music, according to Dykstra-DiLallo. Afterward, kids get to actually try out the instruments, with help from the musicians, of course.
Next week, the Raptor Education Foundation brings back its popular presentation, Birds of Prey. Children get a chance to see eagles, hawks, owls and falcons up close - and soaring through the Riverwalk.
The rest of the summer line-up includes a bike stunt extravaganza, circus and science tricks, the unique talents and tricks of a dog, a pig and a cockatoo, and a chance for children to star in an interactive theatrical showing of Snow White.
> This year, all seven shows are slated to run from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays starting today through Aug. 7 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
> General admission to the presentations are $5 per person (children 2 and under are free), and may be purchased at the Riverwalk Center Box Office, 150 W. Adams, Breckenridge, or by calling (970) 547-3100 for advance tickets.
> For more information, go to www.townofbreckenridge.com