Alternate things to do for families during the winter in Vail

Posted on February 25, 2016 | By Matthew Timmerman

A Family resort town should always have some family things to do. Right? Although skiing is number 1, families with younger children often take days away from the hill and need alternate activities. Vail and Beaver Creek both offer a wide assortment of non-skiing activities to keep the little ones, as well as the parents, having fun.

Here is a list of some of the best things to do for Kids and families during their stay in the Vail this winter.

  1. Ice Skate: With 5 ice rinks close by in the winter and 2 in the summer, Families can skate all day and night. Locations in Lionshead, Dobson, Solaris, Beaver Creek and Avon. If you do not know how to skate, they also have lessons available. The fun does not stop there! You can hang out at a near by restaurant, like Toscanini, order a bottle of wine and watch the action on the ice.

    Beaver Creek Ice rink

    Ice Skating even in Summer!

  2. Walking Mountains: This little science center in Avon hosts numerous activities and learning opportunities throughout the week. The kids can do nature art and enjoy learning about the Colorado wildlife. My kids love to touch all of the animal furs and bones on display at the center.
  3. B.C Loves Kids: Beaver Creek has peak season entertainment for kids. centered in the village, they will have a variety of shows and activities. Check out the website for more info: http://www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/beaver-creek-loves-kids.aspx?page=viewall
  4. Tumble Tots: Located in Edwards, the WECMRD recreation facility offers open play for toddlers. They also have gymnastics, trampolines, skate ramps, basketball courts, climbing walls and an indoor soccer arena. Lots of indoor play for the kids. The Vail Gymnastics center also hosts some open play time. Check the schedules for times and dates. If you are stuck inside, you might as well try to wear them out!

    tumble tots

    Foam pit Fun!

  5. Movies: Cinebistro has the comfortable seats and 3 large screens. Located in the Solaris, you can also dine there with above average food and drinks. Riverwalk in Edwards offers up a few screens as well if you are looking for a less expensive and more standard movie experience. You have to arrive early if you want to be served at Cinebistro. I recommend getting a bottle of wine so you don’t have to go to the lobby to get more during the show. After all, if you have to sit through another cartoon with your little one, you might as well enjoy it!

    Cinebistro Vail

    Movie time!

  6. Bowling: Bol, in the Solaris Vail, offers up 10 lanes of fun. The thing that sets this ultra-modern bowling alley apart is the quality of food and atmosphere. Offering up craft cocktails for the adults and made from scratch food, this is the place that will keep both the kids and the parents happy. Try their Eaton Ranch burger. Locally raised cattle from one of the founders of Vail. You still might want to eat with the left and bowl with the right!

    Bol Vail

    More than just Bowling

  7. Adventure Ridge: Located at the top of the Lionshead Gondola, this is Vail’s fun zone. They have a variety of activities, like tubing, ski-biking and bungee trampolines for the kids.
  8. Snowshoe: You can rent them and go on many of our summer hiking trails, golf courses and Nordic tracks. You can also find a guide, at the Nordic centers, and they will help you explore the area. With the smaller kids, I recommend just renting some and finding some trails on the golf courses. Its a lot of exercise and the novelty may wear off quickly.

    Snowy walk

    Outside and Loving it

  9. Sledding: Always a fun time! The best hills are at Avon Elementary school, Nottingham Lake, and parts of the local Golf courses. DO NOT GO SLEDDING ON THE SKI RESORT!! This is both illegal and dangerous!

    sledding in Avon

    Sledding

  10. Art: Alpine Art center in Edwards hosts many fun classes as well as open art for all ages. Activity Sitters also hosts different Art based activities at some of the local hotels. The Sebastian Hotel is one such location. Why not share some arts and craft time while on vacation? The end product will certainly be more valuable than that lame tee-shirt you bought.
  11. Library: Our public Libraries both have story time for toddlers in both English and Spanish. Story time lasts about an hour and is entertaining for the young ones. They also include some arts and crafts on occasion. They are also nice places to hang out and enjoy some quality reading time with your child.

Be creative when taking a day off from skiing and enjoy that time together. Those little adventures and alternative activities are sometimes the most fun while on vacation. After all, families that play together, stay together. Enjoy yours this winter.

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