Family Traveler

Camp-tastic!

Walking Mountains Science Center has summer science camps that allow your kiddos to experience the wild places of the Vail Valley while nurturing their connection to the natural world through backyard explorations. Campers investigate principles of ecology and develop an understanding of scientific concepts through fun, adventure, and exploration.

Beaver Creek has a Five-Star Kids Camp that will have you wishing you were still a kid. Campers will enjoy activities such as jeep tours, zip lining, indoor rock climbing, river rafting, and more! The schedule of activities is always changing, so you’ll be able to find the perfect adventure for your children.

Vail Recreation District’s Mad Scientists camp allows inquisitive participants to explore topics to a depth rarely achieved with elementary-age children. The VRD has chosen different topics to help young scientists gain a better understanding of how the world works. Children will experiment, build, discuss, revise and learn. Topics include magnetism, electric motors and rockets.

Cordillera Metro District’s Cordy Camp offers kids an opportunity to spread their wings and try a variety of activities like tennis, golf, swimming, basketball, hiking, fishing, games and arts and crafts lead by professional instructors. Each week has a different theme with flexibility built into the program. Campers can pick and choose the days, weeks or months that they would like to attend.

Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center they know that kids learn from play, and the Rocky Mountains are the perfect place to get outside and explore! Camps include activities like orienteering, fort building, boating, fishing, horse activities, and more!

Don't Miss This One Thing

Kids Adventure Games – participate or spectate. The Kids Adventure Games offers kids, ages 6 through 14, the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. The races emphasize teamwork, problem solving, sportsmanship, environmental awareness and fun. The kids cross the finish line, muddy, sweaty, smiling and full of pride. The intent of the Kids Adventure Games is to be challenged yet have fun, be determined, develop good character, sportsmanship, teamwork, build grit and resiliency, be able to think on your feet and finish the day with a smile.

What the Kids Adventure Games™ creates is an exceptional kid’s event with far reaching, lifelong lessons.

Curious Minds Want to Know

Who says the mountain is just for winter activities? Besides the obvious of hiking or down-hill mountain biking, visitors now have another option- Epic Discovery. From July – September 2017, enjoy activities such as an alpine coaster, adventure/obstacle courses, zip lines, tubing hills, climbing towers, bungee trampolines, and more! This is your chance to give those curious minds something to challenge them, and we’re sure parents will love it too!

Or, did you know that anyone can get a library card at the Vail Public Library? Not only can you enjoy books, but this high-tech library has a robotics section and 3-D printers as well! But the fun doesn’t stop there, the Vail Public Library also has free concerts and a healthy living series with activities like yoga in the park! And, when you head home, you can still access the digital resources at the library with your card!

Playful Programs

Walking Mountains Science Center offers an array of fun programs for families, children and adults. Explore their three facilities in Avon and Vail and discover your curious side. Programs include Bug Sarafi, Earth Explorers, Morning Bird Walks, S’mores and More, Photo Safari, and other exciting options.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a unique attraction that has thrill rides, cave tours, laser tag and so much more. Bring our your inner scientist as you study stunning caverns and formations in Colorado’s largest showcave. Or, bring out your wild side as you fly down the mountain on Colorado’s first alpine coaster. Whatever your family enjoys, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is sure to please everyone.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the world’s highest Botanic Garden, located at 8,250 feet in altitude. Open year round, the garden welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually and delights and educates with each changing season. Experience waterfalls and emerging blossoms in the spring, a dazzling display of wildflowers in the summer, changing golden aspens leaves in the fall, and a peaceful hibernation in the winter.

 

Award-Winning Playgrounds

In the Vail Valley, we love to be outside, and that’s true even for the littlest locals. Playgrounds are abundant throughout the valley and include: Pirate Ship Park in Vail, Donovan Park in Vail, Red Sandstone Park in Vail, Lionshead’s Birds Nest in Vail, Nottingham Park in Avon, Pavilion Park in Eagle Vail, Brush Creek Park in Eagle, and Freedom Park in Edwards. Communities that still build their own playgrounds, instead of catalog (and more generic) playgrounds, are rare. This just shows that the Vail Valley likes even their littlest visitors to get a world-class experience.

Local Tips

Bring a change of clothes and pack a swimsuit. The Children’s Fountain in Vail and the fountain in Beaver Creek offer hours of entertainment for kids.