Snowmass is a haven for the kiddos, with kid-specific activities, guided adventures, learning centers and so much more. Here, we detail the top 10 kids’ activities in Snowmass:
#1: Splash in the outdoor heated pools, shoot hoops or scale the climbing wall at the Snowmass Village Recreation Center. Open daily. Families receive discounted entry on Fridays, June 1-August 31, from 4:00-8:00pm. For hours and information, call 970.922.2240 or visit SnowmassRecreation.com.
#2: Surround yourself in wildflowers on a guided Wildflower Hike with a Naturalist from Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Meet at the Ice Age Discovery Center daily at 10:00am, June 16- September 2, plus weekends through September 30. Call 970.922.2277 or visit AspenNature.org.
#3: Roast the perfect marshmallow at the S’mass S’mores truck during Fridays on the Mall. Every Friday, June 15-August 17, 6:00pm-8:00pm, on the Snowmass Mall. Call 970.922.2233 or visit VIKSnowmass.com.
#4: Meet Ms. Bumpy Head, a massive cast of a mastodon skull, at the Ice Age Discovery Center and learn about the giant creatures that used to roam these lands. Open daily, June 1-September 30, 10:00am- 5:00pm. Call 970.922.2277 or visit GoSnowmass.com.
#5: Make like a cowboy and ride a sheep – it’s called Mutton Bustin’ – at the Snowmass Rodeo. Every Wednesday, June 13-August 22; BBQ at 5:00pm, rodeo at 7:00pm, rain or shine. Tickets and information at SnowmassRodeo.org.
#6: Ride a gondola to the Lost Forest, where you can fly through the trees on a zipline or race down the mountain on an alpine coaster. Elk Camp Gondola open 10:00am-4:00pm daily. June 22-Sept. 3, plus weekends through Sept. 30. Gondola and Lost Forest tickets available at the ticket office in Base Village, or AspenSnowmass.com.
#7: Romp through the Family Fun Zone at a Snowmass Free Concert, complete with bouncy house, face painting, hula hooping and more! Available at most Snowmass Free Concert Series shows. Call 970.922.2233 or visit GoSnowmass.com/FreeConcerts.
#8: Camp out under the stars. Get your whole family around the campfire while a team of pros handles all the details. Available June–August by reservation with Snowmass Private Adventures. Call 970.923.1227 or visit AspenSnowmass.com.
#9: Make dinner an adventure with a jeep ride to a secret backcountry cabin for a sunset meal and s’mores. Reservations required. Call 970.923.4544 or visit BlazingAdventures.com.
#10: Give your parents the day off while you mountainboard, create ceramics or get wet & wild at one of the fun Snowmass day camps. Daily camps at Camp Aspen Snowmass, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Camp SMashBox, and Snowmass Rec. Center, June through September. More at VIKSnowmass.com.
Here with toddlers? Most of the activities above are suitable for all ages, but here are three toddler-specific recommendations:
Petting Zoo at the Rodeo: At the Snowmass Rodeo every Wednesday night, toddlers will delight in a petting zoo featuring various farm animals including sheep, goats and baby cows
The playgrounds at Snowmass Recreation Center: Two large playgrounds, on either side of the Snowmass Recreation Center, will keep little ones entertained while you enjoy the stunning scenery.
Ditch Trail: This flat, out-and-back trail is easy on little legs (or on parents toting them), yet still delivers big views. Hike as far as you like and head back whenever you’re ready.