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Youth Center fun to keep kids busy for holiday break

Throughout the Christmas and New Year’s weeks, the Aspen Youth Center is offering several recreational opportunities for local and visiting young people, ages 8 to 18.

The Youth Center, situated behind the Pitkin County Courthouse and county library in downtown Aspen, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout winter break. During normal hours, youths can drop by to play pool, table tennis, and a variety of other games, or just hang out together. And at 3 p.m. on scheduled days, the center is holding special activities.

“The one I’ve been selling most to the kids at the schools is the scavenger hunt,” said Matt Fields, program director at the Youth Center.

The so-called “Bigger and Better” scavenger hunt is being offered at 3 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 27.

“You start with a penny and go out into the neighborhoods, knock on a door and say, `Do you have anything bigger and better than this that you’d like to trade,’ ” Fields explained. “And whichever team comes back with the biggest and best thing wins.”

The winners, to be decided by a vote upon the return of all the participating teams, will be treated to a pizza, he said.

Other scheduled fun includes:

n Today, the center is hosting a “Christmas Movie Marathon.” A plethora of Christmas-movie favorites will be shown on the big-screen TV all day long. Plenty of popcorn will be available.

n On Tuesday, Dec. 28, the center is hosting a kids vs. cops pool tournament. Local pool pro Alf Taylor will also be on hand to give a pool playing (or is it sharking?) clinic and help youths to hustle the police. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

n On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the center is hosting “Winter Break Tournament Day.” The winners in several events – pool, Foos-Ball, Ping-Pong, Nintendo 64, outside games and any other games youths choose – will take home a free “skinny” sandwich from Johnny McGuire’s, complete with chips and a soda.

n On Thursday, Dec. 30, the center is hosting several snow games, including snow Frisbee, snow soccer, snow football and others. Participants are reminded to bring warm clothes. Hot cocoa will be available after the games.

n On Friday, Dec. 31, the center is hosting Mafia Day. “Will the mafia take over our Aspen Youth Center town? Who can master the art of deceit in the friendly and pretend wonderland of the Aspen Youth Center?” reads the pitch. Youths are encouraged to learn more about this mysterious event.

For additional information about Youth Center activities, call 925-7091.

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