Colorado Free Tours designed to promote literacy, learning |

Colorado Free Tours designed to promote literacy, learning

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County parents looking for new activities to do with their kids might appreciate Colorado Free Tours – a booklet created by Flatirons Rotary Club to promote literacy and learning among Colorado’s youth.

The tour booklet highlights eight Front Range day-trip destinations for kids and their families to help children learn more about the state first-hand.

“It’s not like a regular adult tour book,” said Rebekah Salomon, an intern at Bent Light Media, the company working with Flatirons Rotary Club to produce and distribute the booklet.

“It caters to the child’s perspective,” said Jodi Jill, the Flatirons Rotary Club member who came up with the idea. “It’s kid-friendly.”

Local Alicia Stern, 7, said she hasn’t been to Denver much but the tour ideas sound fun.

Five-year-old Remington Zanotto of Frisco likes learning about Colorado. Normally, he and his parents chose their trips based on the fun factor, said Remington’s mother, Julie Brown.

But they also like mixing fun with educational activities, such as visiting train museums and the Denver Museum of Natural History – anything involving trains, dinosaurs and animals is almost guaranteed to keep Remington entertained.

The Colorado Free Tour booklet includes information about the Governer’s Mansion in Denver, Garden of the Gods Park near Colorado Springs, the Swetsville Zoo (an imagination zoo) in Fort Collins and the National Earthquake Center in Golden.

All locations mentioned in the tour book offer free tours to children and their families. Kids can learn about weather science, the United States Post Office, earthquakes and rock formations.

Bent Light Media has distributed booklets to libraries across Colorado, including Summit County. Since distributing them, the Flatirons Rotary Club has received additional requests for the booklets. They are looking for donations to produce another 65,000 copies to fulfill those requests.

For information about making donations to the Flatirons Rotary Club, call (888) 851-5778 ext. 18.

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