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Summit Stop: Letting the kids take charge

Special to the Daily

Let’s face it: ski vacations are pretty much for grown-ups. Dinners at fancy grown up restaurants, long days on the hill, spa treatments and hot tubs. Boring!

So maybe today it’s time for the kids to take charge of the vacation for an afternoon. A great place for young families to bond and learn about Colorado in a tactile, colorful setting is the Mountain Top Children’s Museum in Breckenridge.

“I love watching parents come, relax and interact with their kids on vacation,” said Martha Meier who works at the museum on weekends. “It’s not adult-oriented, it’s child directed (when) a lot of vacations aren’t necessarily.”

Children up to 9 years of age will find activities and exhibits that promote learning through play. The small, sunny space is home to various multi-disciplinary exhibits, many of which allow children to discover Colorado and the amazing flora and fauna of the mountain environment.

Plus, they have tons of cool stuff. Such as the bear cave, where kids can explore a bear’s den and learn why the animals have stumpy tails and the true story of Goldilocks and the three bears.

There is also an orange rescue helicopter, a model of the real one that serves Summit County and assists in saving people who are lost or hurt in the mountains. Kids can pull on white coats, grab medical equipment and help save the lives of patients brought in on the helicopter at the Mountain Top Medical Center.

Other exhibits include a wonder lab where aspiring scientists can goggle-up and experiment with colors in test tubes, a mini-planetarium and the popular Kidstruction zone.

The museum offers some arts and crafts projects, but primarily gives children the opportunity to explore the exhibits at their own pace.

The Mountain Top Children’s Museum, located off of Park Avenue at the Village at Breckenridge, is a community effort funded by grants from the Town of Breckenridge and the Summit Foundation and individuals. Vail Resorts provides the museum’s space near the base of Peak 9.

Arts and crafts and other fun activities sponsored by the Mountain Top Children’s Museum are also offered at Keystone Resort’s Kidtopia, a new adventure area designed for kids.

Today, kids can make multi-colored sand jewelry or take part in other crafts and activities.

Finally, finish off a unique kid-powered afternoon by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at Copper Mountain’s nightly bonfire. S’more kits are available at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. For more information call (866) 534-7451.

More information about the Mountain Top Children’s Museum is available at

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