Summer Camps

We are enjoying winter once again, but I still find myself starting to dream of summer and all of the amazing opportunities kids have in this valley. It is only after I started to put this list together that I realized just how many different activities kids can do around here and the expertise is amazing!

Many of the local camps have their summer schedules ready, but a few are still working on their plans so check back for the ones that are not linked. Also note that the definition of a “day camp” in this listing is anything that lasts for 3 hours or more per day.
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Glenwood Center for the Arts Camps

CAMP NAME LOCATION AGES
Aspen Youth Center Summer Program Aspen 4th grade +
Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) Aspen 4-18 yrs.
Mountain Kids Academy Aspen 1st-8th grades
Wild @Art Aspen  9-12
Train Your Brain Camp Aspen 7-14 yrs.
Aspen Art Museum Aspen 4-14 yrs.
Aspen Recreation Center Aspen 5-11 yrs.
Camp Cozy Point Aspen 4 + yrs.
Bob Johnson Hockey Camp Aspen 6+ yrs.
Junior’s European Soccer Camp Aspen 5-15 yrs.
Wildwood School Aspen 3-5 yrs.
Ajax Adventure Camp Aspen 7-15 yrs.
Theatre Aspen Aspen .4 + yrs.
Aspen T.R.E.E Aspen 6-11 yrs.
Aspen Daytrippers Aspen 8-14 yrs.
Living History Aspen 9-14 yrs.
Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC) Aspen 7-12 yrs
Red Brick Arts Center Aspen 7-12 yrs
“Count Me” Girls Math Camp Aspen 1st – 6th grade
Camp Aspen Snowmass Aspen- Snowmass 3 + yrs.
ZG Tennis Aspen
The Art Base (previously the Wyly Art Center) Basalt
Blue Lake Pre-School Basalt
Rock Bottom Ranch (ACES) Basalt  4-18 yrs.
If You Give A Kid A Camera Basalt 6-13 yrs.
Nature’s Cool Basalt 7-9 yrs.
Basalt Recreation Basalt
Camp Chip a Tooth Basalt
Cornerstone Adventure Camp Basalt 3.5 -12 yrs.
Crystal Springs Ranch Carbondale 6+ yrs
Susan Gibbs Horse Training Camps Carbondale not stated
Carbondale Clay Center Carbondale 5 + yrs.
AZYEP Youth Radio Camp Carbondale 8+ yrs.
CCAH Camps Carbondale  5 + years
RADCAD Summer Technology Camps Carbondale  K-8th grade
Maker Table Art Camp Carbondale 8-14 yrs.
 Handmakery: A Children’s Art Studio  Carbondale  6-9 yrs.
Access Roaring Fork Carbondale 1st-5th grades
 Glenwood Recreation  Glenwood SPrings  5-12 yrs.
Camp SmashBox Snowmass Village  K +
Anderson Ranch Snowmass Village 4 + yrs.
Snowmass Recreation  Snowmass Village  5-14 yrs.
 Challenge Aspen Recreation Camps  Snowmass Village  all ages

Free Kid Activities Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs

FREE DOWN VALLEY ACTIVITIES (BASALT, CARBONDALE & GLENWOOD)

The holiday rush is over and winter is in full swing. Some days you may want to curl up at home and enjoy time indoors, but when the sky is blue and begging for you to get outside with your kids, here are some options that keep you close to home and are super easy on the pocket book.

**As an up-valley mom, I rely heavily on intel from my friends who live between Basalt and Glenwood. These ideas come from them, but know that I am always looking for extra eyes and ears to make everything I do more complete so contact me at info@kidkonnector.org if you like the idea of helping create a valuable resource for all of us in the valley and want to earn a few extra bucksJ

  Location Ages
TOTALLY FREE
Railroad Museum Glenwood Springs All ages
Library Story Time and other kids’ programming Basalt All ages
Library Storytime Carbondale
Library Musical Storytime Glenwood Springs All ages
FREE if you have equipment
Ice Skating – Rodeo and 3rd & Main Carbondale All ages
Sledding
·  RVR
·  Marion Gulch
Carbondale
· Four Mile Park
· Sayre Park
· Red Mountain
·  Doc Holliday Trail
Glenwood Springs
Cross Country Skiing
·  RVR
·  Spring Gulch
·  Marion Gulch
·  Catherine Store Rd (Rio Grande Trail)
Carbondale
Skiing – Sunlight Glenwood Springs 5 yrs. and under
** If you need equipment, you can always rent it at each location listed above, but if you don’t mind buying used, Replay Sports or the Thrift Shop (Aspen), The Dusty Locker (Basalt), Ragged Mountain Sports or Sawyer’s Closet (Carbondale), or Once Upon a Child and Defiance Thrift Store (Glenwood Springs) might have what you need at an affordable price. Also, check out the Roaring Fork Swap group on Facebook. 

 

Free Activities in Aspen and Snowmass

ARE THERE REALLY FREE ACTIVITIES IN ASPEN OR SNOWMASS?

The holidays are winding down and my pockets are feeling pretty empty. It is at this point in the year, when the kids are home for winter break, cabin fever is starting to set in, and the cost of presents have taken their toll on me that I feel the need to find free (or nearly free) activities for my kids to do in Aspen or Snowmass. It doesn’t seem possible does it? We live in one of the most expensive places in the world and it seems that nothing could really be free. Yet, the winter wonderland that surrounds us lends itself to many activities that don’t cost a cent. Add the generous contributions of local businesses and organizations to the mix and you will find maybe more than you expect. Take a look below to see if there is something that helps you get the kids out of the house without breaking the bank.

TOTALLY FREE
Ice Age Discovery Center Snowmass Village All ages
The Treehouse play area Snowmass Village Under 6 yrs.
The “Skittles” (mini gondola) Snowmass Village All ages
The Aspen Art Museum (general admission and select workshops) Aspen All ages
The “Lookout” play area (at the Hideout Children’s Center) Buttermilk  Under 6yrs.
Aspen Historical Society (Wheeler/Stallard Museum) Aspen Under 12 yrs.
ACES (Hallam Lake) Aspen All ages
Library Pre-School Story Times Aspen 3-5 yrs.
Library Toddler Story Times  Aspen 2-3 yrs.
Library Baby Story Times Aspen Under 2 yrs.
Library Story Walk Aspen Elementary age
Aspen Youth Center  Aspen 4th grade and older
Crafternoons @ WC3 Woody Creek all ages
Pre-K Art Studio Aspen Pre-Kindergarten
FREE (if you have equipment)
Ice Skating Snowmass Village All ages
ARC “Winter Wonderland” (sledding and ice skating) Aspen All ages
Cross Country Skiing (Aspen golf course road at Ashcroft
Rio Grand Trail) Aspen All ages
Skiing (all four mountains) Aspen and Snowmass Under 6yrs.

** If you need equipment, you can always rent it at each location listed above, but if you don’t mind buying used, Replay Sports or the Thrift Shop (Aspen), Ragged Mountain Sports or Sawyer’s Closet (Carbondale), or Once Upon a Child and Defiance Thrift Store (Glenwood Springs) might have what you need at an affordable price. Also, check out the “Roaring Fork Swap” group on Facebook.

Aspen Christmas Services

There are several options for Aspen Christmas Services.

This time of year often leads us families to think about our roots and sometimes these include thoughts about our faith as well. If you are like me, you feel the nudge to share this heritage with your children. While this certainly not an exhaustive list of all of the places to worship during this holiday season, I tried to pull together any information about Christian or Jewish services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley that I could by surfing the web. This post is specific to Aspen Christmas Services. If you are also interested in Aspen Chanukah Services, I made a blog for that as well. A list of the Downvalley Christmas services is available here too.

Maybe there is a service or two that fits your needs:

ASPEN CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Aspen Community Church 12/24 7:00
Christ Episcopal 12/24 4:00
Crossroads 12/24 5:00 & 7:00 at Wheeler Opera House
St. Mary’s 12/24 7:00
12/25 7:30 AM & 10:00 AM
12/25 5:00 at Snowmass Chapel

Downvalley Christmas Services

There are several options for Downvalley Christmas Services.

This time of year often leads us families to think about our roots and sometimes these include thoughts about our faith as well. If you are like me, you feel the nudge to share this heritage with your children. While this certainly not an exhaustive list of all of the places to worship during this holiday season, I tried to pull together any information about Christian or Jewish services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley that I could by surfing the web. This post is specific to Downvalley Christmas Services. If you are also interested in Aspen Chanukah Services, I made a blog for that as well. A list of the Aspen Christmas services is available here too.

Maybe there is a service or two that fits your needs:

BASALT CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christ Community 12/24 5:00
Grace Community 12/24 6:30
St. Vincent’s 12/24 8:00
12/25 10:30 AM
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 12/24 5:00 PM  Children’s Nativity Pageant
12/24 8:00 PM  Traditional carol service
12/25 9:00 AM  Meditative Christmas Day Mass

CARBONDALE CHRISTMAS SERVICES

The Orchard 12/24 4:00
St. Mary of the Crown 12/24 5:30
12/25 8:30 AM English service
12/25 12:30 Spanish service

GLENWOOD SPRINGS CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Calvary Chapel 12/24 6:00
First Presbyterian 12/24 5:00
12/24 7:00 Candlelight
New Creation 12/24 5:30
12/24 7:00
St. Barnabas 12/24 7:00

Aspen Chanukah Services

There are several options for Aspen Chanukah Services.

This time of year often leads us families to think about our roots and sometimes these include thoughts about our faith as well. If you are like me, you feel the nudge to share this heritage with your children. While this certainly not an exhaustive list of all of the places to worship during this holiday season, I tried to pull together any information about Christian or Jewish services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley that I could by surfing the web.  This post is specific to Aspen Chanukah Services.  If you are also interested in Aspen Christmas Services, I made a blog for that as well.  A list of the downvalley Christmas services is available here too.

Maybe there is a service or two that fits your needs:

ASPEN CHANUKAH SERVICES

NAME DATE TIME(S) LOCATION AND OTHER INFORMATION
Chabad Jewish Community Center 12/16 5:00 Chanukah Wonderland at Chabad JCC
12/21 6:00 Frozen Chanukah at ARC
Aspen Jewish Congregation 12/19 6:00 at Aspen Chapel
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