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Activities for Kids
CRASH strives to be a very family friendly conference. If your children are too young to ride or ski and you don’t want to put them in child care all day, the following is a list of some of our suggestions:
- Vail library. The children’s section is blocked off from the regular section. It faces the creek and has a wonderful play area including a giant Thomas the Tank Engine railway track, climbing areas, arts & crafts, toys and a wonderful story time and it’s FREE.
- Riding the FREE Vail Valley buses. Off peak times are better. Stop and walk around where you want. A good way to explore the Vail Valley.
- The pool and hot tubs at the Vail Marriott.
- Riding the Gondola up and down. Free in the afternoon, otherwise there is a special gondola only ticket you can get, kids 12 and younger are free.
- Avon Recreation Center. There is a bus, and the concierge can help set up transportation)-pool and indoor water park.
- Adventure Ridge. At the top of the Gondola-Snow tubing, ski biking, bungee trampoline. The gondola is free to ride after 2:30 pm for activities up to the ridge. Gondola for non-skiers/snowboarders available.
- Several beautiful parks with play structures in and around Vail, most are open in the winter. Check with concierge.
- Sleigh Rides at 4Eagle Ranch. There is also a little petting zoo and optional BBQ. This makes for a very fun day, but be sure to bundle up, it can get cold. The concierge at the Marriott can help arrange this activity.
- Day trip to Glenwood Springs to sit in the hot springs pool.
- Walking around town has a lot to offer. There are several great toy stores, friendly restaurants, and pretty places to see.
- Minturn sledding hill.
- Several quaint towns in the area that are fun to visit like Minturn, Leadville, Eagle, etc.
- Outlet shopping in Silverthorne. Also has areas that kids can run and play.
- On slope child care. Excellent, a little calmer at Golden Peaks at Lionshead, but still very reliable. Book ahead for better rates.
- Walking Mountain Science Center. The Science Center is open year round and free to the public. There are pre-school exploration programs on some mornings.