by Celine Wright

You’ve finally landed in Aspen and you can’t wait to hike, bike, eat at new restaurants and wander around the shops. But with kids in tow, you’re not sure how to navigate all of these activities, and still ensure a good time for the whole family. From summer camps, to on-mountain activities, the best playgrounds, and the sweetest places to get a treat, we’re here to help.

Camp Aspen Snowmass

Camp Aspen Snowmass

Part of the fun in visiting the mountains surrounding Aspen lies in the hands-on learning opportunities children can have with nature. Over the course of a few days in this pristine setting, you can watch their minds expand, their imaginations grow, and their confidence in their physical abilities soar.


Whether you’re looking for a day camp, a multi-day specialty camp or daycare for children ages 1-3, check out Camp Aspen Snowmass.

Day Camps

Summer Guide for Kids in Aspen
Summer Guide for Kids in Aspen

Broken up by age group, day campers enjoy activities like swimming, fishing, skateboarding, crafts, golf and biking. Camps run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and start at $139/day.


  • On Fridays campers are treated to theme days like Tie-Dye Day, Mad Scientist Day, and Super Hero Day (design your own cape and celebrate local heroes at the fire department).

  • Friday Road Trips get kids out of town for local day trips including the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, a visit to Reudi Reservoir, and an adventure to nearby Marble, Colorado.


Multiday Specialty Camps

Summer Guide for Kids in Aspen
Summer Guide for Kids in Aspen

These specially crafted multiday camps are ideal for kids who are ready to try an overnight or simply focus on one activity over multiple days. Age ranges and dates vary for each of the following camps.


  • Overnight Campouts

  • Pro Mountainboard Camp

  • Rocket Camp

  • Bike Handling Skills Camp

Learn more about multiday programs at Camp Aspen Snowmass.


Cub Camps

Cubs Camp Aspen Snowmass Summer
Cubs Camp Aspen Snowmass Summer

Designed for the tiniest campers (ages 1-3), children are treated to a variety of age-appropriate guided activities, all centered on The Treehouse Kids Adventure Center at the Snowmass Base Village. Purchase can be made in-resort.

On Mountain Activities

On Mountain Activities

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Snowmass Kids Summer
Aspen Snowmass Kids Summer

Ride up the Silver Queen Gondola for some fresh air, great views and kid-friendly activities.


  • Obstacle courses

  • Disc golf

  • The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Kids’ Program

  • Stories and crafts sponsored by the Pitkin County Library


Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass Kids Summer
Aspen Snowmass Kids Summer

Venture out of downtown Aspen and head to Snowmass with the whole family.


  • Climbing Wall

  • Euro Bungy

  • Kids crafts

  • Family sing-a-long and s’mores.

  • Mountain boarding

  • The Snowmass Bike Park


Other Fun Things

Other Fun Things

Sweet Treats

Aspen Snowmass ice cream
Aspen Snowmass ice cream

Paradise Bakery and Cafe

You’ll be able to smell the scent of waffle cones down the block. Nothing like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day.


Red Fox Frozen Yogurt

Open only in the summer, this stand off of the Pedestrian Mall is great for frozen yogurt, with plenty of toppings to choose from.


Peach’s Corner Cafe

For a healthier sweet treat, check out their smoothie options.

Best Kids' Menus

Pizza at Aspen Snowmass Limelight
Pizza at Aspen Snowmass Limelight

CP Burger

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a cheeseburger and fries. In the summer the neighboring ice skating pavilion turns into mini-golf central.


Limelight Hotel Lounge

Kids can enjoy a hand-tossed personal pizza, while parents enjoy specialities like the flight of three Sangrias.


Ajax Tavern

Don’t miss the kid-sized mac & cheese — a miniature version of the sinful comfort food.

Playgrounds to Explore

Summer Guide for Kids in Aspen
Summer Guide for Kids in Aspen

Wagner Park

This park is centrally located and borders the downtown core. Parents can get a drink at one of the nearby restaurants, while kids enjoy the playground.

Triangle Park

Located in the West End, this is a great less-busy option in the summer.

Herron Park

Right off of the Rio Grande trail, Herron Park has a playground, picnic tables and shallow pools ideal for hot summer days.

Random Fun

Aspen Farmers Market
Aspen Farmers Market

Pedestrian Mall

Your kids will automatically gravitate toward the fountains at the end of the mall— endless entertainment without spending a cent.


Aspen Recreation Center

Also known as the “ARC,” the rec center features indoor pools, a two-story water slide, a rock climbing wall, and a skating rink. It’s a perfect place to spend rainy afternoons.


Saturday Farmer’s Market

Open from 8am to 3pm on summer Saturdays, bring your kids to check out local vendors, eat kettle corn, and play with puppies from the Aspen Animal Shelter.

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