How do your kids usually spend their summer break from school? Many families end up spending the summer with kids around the house, usually growing bored of the daily routine of playing with the neighbor kids and begging mom and dad to take them somewhere fun.

While summertime usually sounds like a dream to kids during the school year, it’s easy to grow bored during that time and wish for school to be back in session. It’s such a waste for kids to feel bored during this time of year when there are so many great opportunities right in Aspen! This year, make it a summer camp or summer program kind of year in your kid.

Your children as young as toddlers and as old as teenagers can have fun doing things in Aspen from swimming to biking, enjoying nature or playing indoors like during Super Hero Day. Take a look at what your kids could be doing this summer that will keep them busy, give them something really fun to do, and start a new summer tradition for your family!

Teen Programs


This summer you’re going to have to keep the teenagers entertained more than any of your other kids. There are some excellent teen programs you can enroll the kids in this summer. For your children ages 12-17, you’ll get to send the kids to teen programs between July and August to do things for all types of different interests.

One popular option is the ProMountain Camp where campers can learn from professional Mountainboard Pros some mountainboarding skills. Work with camp coaches as well as the pro’s Jereme Leafe and Kody Stewart. This camp will be available for a 3-day session making it an easy way to give your kids a break from the routine during a week this summer. The price is $374 and will include your mountainboard equipment.

The Teen Camp is going on this year for two options this summer in July. Kids from 12-17 can attend the Teen Downhill Mountain Biking sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 5th – 28th or go for the Teen Mountainboard program on Mondays from July 11th – 25th and each options is just $128.

If you’d like to see your younger kids getting involved with the same activities as your teenagers, try the Downhill Bike Camp, the Paintball Snowmass, or the Dirt Dawg Mountainboard Camp & Competition. Downhill Bike Camp is for ages 8-16 and allows kids to participate in downhill biking for three days for $128 in July on Tuesdays and Thursday.

The Kids & Teens Paintball Snowmass is going to be action-packed days on outdoor mountain paintball courses for ages 8 and up. The Dirt Dawg Mountainboard Camp & Competition is going to be a chance to learn mountainboard skills from the pros for three days in July for ages 5-17 with a free competition on July 29th.

Fantastic Fridays

If you like the idea of taking the kids to do something once per week, there is going to be Fantastic Fridays going on in Aspen this summer. You’ll find all kinds of fun activities starting with a Snow Day on June 10th where the kids will field trip up Snowmass Mountain to sled, snowball fight, and eat snow cones. June 17th features Going Green Tie-Dye Day where the kids can take care of their Father’s Day gifts at the event.

July will bring Carnivals with clowns, Challenge Days with obstacle courses, Water Works with bounce house water slide fun, and a chance to experiment with science and build airplanes. August will wrap up the summer with a Circus Day, a Super Hero Day, an Olympics game day with international cooking, and a Water Work days with pirates.

Fridays will also feature exciting road trip opportunities. Take a trip to Glenwood Hot Springs Pool in June and July, try Johnson Mini Golf in July, or make it a beach day at Ruedi Shores Beach Day in July and August.

What to expect

Aspen Gondola

These summer camps are going to make Aspen an exciting place to be this summer for the kids. The summer camps vary in opportunities from the nature walks atop the Rocky Mountains to the mountain bike riding clinics. Kids will love camping under the stars with new friends or learning a new skills like fishing, mountainboarding, or paintball. Your kids will feel spoiled this summer and you’ll feel proud of the little ones for learning a new skill, making new friends, and getting outside. Take the electronics away this summer and send your kids to an exciting day camp or 3-day session of fun. Try everything from Gondola Rides to the Eurobungy Trampoline, hiking, cooking, and crafts.

Toddlers will get to start young and you won’t have to explain to your little ones why the older kids have all of the fun. Your 1 & 2 year olds that can walk will be able to enjoy crafts, stories, games, bounce castles, and water exploration at Camp Aspen Snowmass. Your 3 & 4 year olds will get to enjoy the trampoline, crafts, stories, games, strider bikes, and more. Your 5 year olds will get to do all of that and nature activities, mountainboarding, swimming, and field trips.

For 6 years old and older, there will be mountainboarding, fishing, swimming, golf, whitewater rafting, nature days, tennis, and so much more. Your 8 year olds can do it all as well as downhill mountain biking. For your childcare needs, the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center will feature all kinds of activities like guided art and music, riding up the Elk Camp Gondola, and theme programs like bugs, flowers, and things that grow.

When you’re trying to decide what to have the kids do this summer to keep busy, there is no better way to spend the time than to get involved with an exciting summer program for kids. Aspen, CO is one of the lucky areas that has so much to offer families for a variety of activities, beautiful sights to see, and great weather in the summer.