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After this trip, the parents may need a vacation

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The Travel Channel hopes Glenwood Springs can keep a secret.A crew from the cable channel is filming “The Kids Are in Charge: Family Vacation,” a new show that allows kids to call the shots on trips to popular destinations. The five-member Wunderlich family from Castle Rock won the opportunity to be filmed in Glenwood after auditioning in July.The rest, however, is top secret.”Mom and Dad told them not to tell their friends,” said patriarch Jim Wunderlich.This week, parents Jim and Libby Wunderlich are being kept in the dark as to how they’re spending the family’s vacation in Glenwood. Arriving Monday morning, they had no idea what activities were in store.”Today was extreme for me, it was a challenge,” Libby said about the activity that took place Monday. The “challenge” can’t be revealed prior to the airing of the show in order not to spoil the fun.

The element of surprise extends not only to Jim and Libby Wunderlich, but to the show’s potential viewers.”If my friends ask where I’ve been, I’ll just say I was shooting a movie,” said Chris Wunderlich, one of the family’s three children. “If you don’t believe me, watch me on TV.”The premise of “The Kids Are in Charge” is that children have free rein over their family vacation, down to what the parents have packed in their suitcases. The kids choose from a list of local activities, themselves not even knowing what activity is going to take place next – except maybe when they’re going to eat.”The kids do everything,” Libby Wunderlich said. “They even had to pack our bags.”Starring in a television program is a new endeavor for the Wunderlich family. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t had their share of camera time.”I was on ‘Captain Kangaroo’ when I was little,” Libby Wunderlich said. “It was for a picture contest where you would send it in and he would pick the best ones. This was a long time ago – I was maybe 5.”Jim Wunderlich had his first round of 15 minutes of fame when a movie was filmed at a neighborhood golf course.

“I played a law enforcement role,” he said.Eleven-year-old Brittany Wunderlich has never been on TV, but she’s not phased by the camera’s watchful eye.”It’s so cool – you don’t even know they’re there,” she said. “It’s fun.”Mom’s not so sure about that.”It’s a lot of hard work, and it’s not as easy as it looks,” she said.After a day of filming, Jim Wunderlich is adjusting to how long it takes to get a scene right.



“It’s been crazy and fun,” he said. “I think the hardest part has been the hurry up and wait. We’re usually a very punctual family.”Still, the Wunderlichs are happy to be featured, all the while visiting the mountains and Glenwood Springs.”It’s beautiful and very peaceful. Nice, clean air,” Libby Wunderlich said. “It’s a good getaway from Denver.” The Travel Channel has not yet released a date for the airing of the show.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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