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Win a Free Team Entry for Kids Adventure Games “The Coolest Kids Race on the Planet!”

Win a Free Team Entry for Kids Adventure Games  “The Coolest Kids Race on the Planet!”

adventure1My kids are obsessed with American Ninja Warrior and our house has turned into Mount Midoriyama. Why walk up the stairs when you can shimmy up like the spider wall? And couches aren’t for sitting on when you can use them as a launching pad to the next obstacle.

I’ve wanted an outlet for their passion but, despite the occasional kid’s race in conjunction with adult competitions, there isn’t anything out there specifically tailored to kids.

Except for Kids Adventure Games where kids, ages 6 through 14, have the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing.

This event on August 5-9 in Vail, Colo. emphasize teamwork, problem solving and fun as teams of two tackle a variety of challenges that include a zipline, mountain biking, wall climb, tubing, a mud pit, slip ‘n slide and much more.

My daughter first participated when she was only 7 and now she’s back as a “seasoned” 11-year-old. My son will be competing for the first time but don’t worry if you have a newbie: there are beginner, intermediate and expert heats. Parents are also permitted to follow along the race course but are asked not to step in and help  kids; volunteers are available to assist when necessary.

Kids Adventure Games offers optional clinics August 5 and 6 to help kids hone the adventure-racing skills, with official race dates on August 7-9, depending upon the level and age of your child (see the schedule of events here). Be sure to also check-out the Family Adventure Expo at Solaris Plaza in Vail Villa and the after party and award ceremony. On Saturday, August 8, the whole family can get dirty with the KEEN Family Mud Run at the Mountain Plaza.

adventure2“Our objective is simple,” says co-founder Hélène Mattison. “We want to create a fun and confidence-building outdoor experience for kids.”

Her family would know how to do that. Her husband Bill is a retired, professional Adventure Racer, listing top five in all the major races in the world.  He has been designing and directing adventure race courses for over 10 years, operating a company with his wife Hélène, called Grand Traverse Adventures.

Starting with his 1-year-old twins’ birthday party, he set up a little zip line, amongst other obstacles, and sent the kids in toddler-hiking backpacks down the rope! The following years, they expanded into a local campground, which has a major creek, slopes and trees. They invited all the kids in their kindergarten class, plus their older siblings and had high school kids lead them through a course. They loved it! The parents loved it even more and the Kids Adventure Games were borne.

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Arrabelle at Vail Square

Deal: Stay When You Play

RockResorts features a variety of luxury hotels in spectacular locations throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. They are offering a Friends & Family discount at their two Vail properties–the Arrabelle at Vail Square and the Lodge at Vail–where you’ll save 20% off already discounted offers! The Arrabelle at Vail Square is located in the heart of Vail Square’s terraced plaza with fountains, concerts, activities and shopping.  This luxury resort with 60 hotel rooms offers the timeless elegance of Europe’s grand resorts and features include a rooftop pool, children’s activities, local transportation, babysitting services, a gift shop, complimentary GoPro cameras for the day and more. The Lodge at Vail is in the center of Vail’s pedestrian village and is an intimate, alpine boutique. The first hotel in Vail, it remains the cornerstone of Vail Village, located just steps from Gondola One.

Contest

 Mile High Mamas is thrilled to give away a team entry (a $160 value) for Kids Adventure Games. Be sure to enter below. You may enter as may as five times. See more fun-filled pictures here.

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    Amber Johnson
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    Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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    Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.