Kids Program, Ages 3-5
At Tumbling River Ranch, the summer kids program is our major focus. We are well-known as the premier kids ranch in Colorado, for good reason: we not only focus on the interests of the children, but relish the opportunity to introduce them to the Western lifestyle and Western ideas–offering the rare opportunity to “unplug” and spend some quality time . Ours is a flexible program, built both to allow families ample time together and kids to have plenty of their own adventures.
Our counselors are ready after breakfast with exciting schedules for children 3 to 5 years old, which continue through lunch and throughout the afternoon. The 3-5 group spends quality time each day with the ranch pony (hand-led pony rides are often the highlight of the trip), but that’s just the start! A typical day at Tumbling River can include arts and crafts, bonding with the animals in our Critter Pen, playing games in the Play Meadow, or reading stories in the tipi. Our counselors all have a background with children–from camp counselors to teachers–and tailor the schedule to the 3-5 group each week.
Kids Program, 6-8, 9-11
Our kids program activities are great for all ages, but certain activities are more suitable for specific age groups. In some situations, kids 6-8 years old and those 9-11 years old will separate to better accommodate each age group’s interest. Most days, however, the groups follow a similar schedule. Often, mornings will start with a kids-only trail ride, and can be followed by nature hikes, field games, arts and crafts, or geocaching. As with the 3-5 group, the schedule is tailored to the group each week, and can therefore change considerably based on the kids’ interest. Other activities include fishing, swimming, shooting, archery, rodeo practice, riding lessons, hay rides, GaGa ball (in a brand-new pit!), capture the flag, overnight camp-outs (this is not our overnight pack trip, which is for the teen group (12+). The overnight camp outs are not on our fixed schedule, but we are more than happy to set-up a overnight camp-out for your family in our play meadow. We will provide the sleeping bags and s’mores and kids and parents can enjoy a night under the stars!
The counselor team at Tumbling River is top-notch: each was chosen based on their experience with and desire to work with children. Most have an extensive background working with kids, and many return each summer–testament both to their love of the west and the quality of our programs every year. All of our counselors are CPR and First Aid trained.