Aspen Winter Activities for the kids!
Updated: Jan 15, 2021
We have the best ideas on activities for kids —on snow and off—that provide an alternative to skiing. Here’s how kids can stay happy and active, whether it’s magic shows or tubing down the mountain. Aspen Snowmass is the ultimate winter playground. Let Aspen Nannies babysitters show your kids the best vacation possible.
Lift-served tubing atop Snowmass’s Elk Camp Gondola provides the thrill of sliding fast on snow while giving legs a break. One-hour sessions ($34) daily from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. aspensnowmass.com
Ullr Nights at Snowmass (Tuesdays, Feb. 21 and Fridays through March 21) offers tubing (reserve in advance), snow biking, ice skating, s’mores roasting, and more; the mid-mountain restaurant is open, too, with live music. aspensnowmass.com
Snowmass’s V.I.K. (Very Important Kids) program provides daily, free magic shows, storytelling, and more. New this season, All Access Snowmass (Tuesdays, 4 p.m.) gives a behind-the-scenes peek at essentials like snowcats, snowmaking, and ski patrol dogs. viksnowmass.com
COOKING SCHOOL OF ASPEN
Hands-on kids’ classes at the Cooking School of Aspen include pasta and sauces, sushi rolling, crêpes, and bread baking. cookingschoolofaspen.com
Visit the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies nature preserve in town to learn about local flora and fauna, meet the resident raptors, and hike around Hallam Lake. aspennature.org
ICE AGE DISCOVERY CENTER
A mammoth skeleton unearthed in a Snowmass reservoir in 2010 led to one of North America’s biggest fossil finds. Hear the history from a paleontologist at the Ice Age Discovery Center on the Snowmass Village Mall (Thursdays, 5 p.m.). cookingschoolofaspen.com
ASPEN RECREATION CENTER
The Aspen Recreation Center (a.k.a. “The Arc”) offers an indoor pool with waterslide and lazy river; climbing tower; indoor and outdoor skating rinks; and sledding hill while the Snowmass Recreation Center has outdoor heated pools, a climbing wall, and gym. aspenrecreation.com
RED BRICK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Drop by the Red Brick Center for the Arts’ After School Art Club (Wednesdays, 2:15–4 p.m., $20) and create a mini-masterpiece in a variety of media. aspenart.org