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Recreation Department hosting sleepover tonight for children

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

In a town where babysitters cost $30 an hour or more on New Year’s Eve, there is a low-cost solution for tonight’s celebrators both young and old.

The Red Brick Center for the Arts and the city of Aspen Recreation Department will be hosting kids ages 6 and up tonight for a New Year’s Eve slumber party, complete with dinner, breakfast and entertainment for just $75 per kid.

The kids will spend the night playing on a climbing wall, trampolines, in a “big bouncer” blow-up castle, and watching movies while socializing with other kids.

“We’re going to have popcorn and games, and it’ll be great for the kids since they’ll be with kids their own age,” said Chad Denning from the Recreation Department. “This will be a sort of safe haven for kids ? an affordable thing for people who live here and tourists alike. It’ll be much better than sitting in a hotel and watching TV.”

Although the sleepover did happen once several years ago, Denning said this year’s event should be better than ever. Kids are asked to bring sleeping bags and flashlights, as well as any snack items they want.

He said kids can get dropped off at the Red Brick at 7:30 p.m., and picked up the next morning by 9:30, although they’ll take kids at any time during the New Year’s evening. Kids can also be picked up at any time, although he noted, “We’re not going to send anyone off with drunk parents.”

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Jeremy Graham, who runs the climbing wall at the Red Brick, is putting the event together along with Kristen Shea, who operates the Red Brick’s gymnastics program. The food served has been donated by local businesses, but the event isn’t a moneymaker for the Recreation Department.

“This isn’t about the Rec. Department, this is about the people putting it on,” Denning said. “These people are spending their New Year’s Eve doing this, so they deserve to make a little money. The only thing the Recreation Department has to do is rent the space.”

For more information about tonight’s New Year’s sleepover party, call the Recreation Department at 920-5140.

[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com]

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