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.
|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|
|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.