Kidtopia Kid Culinary Festival Starts Next Weekend at Keystone!

Come join us in Keystone for a family fun filled week with food and activities for all ages. Grab your cooking gear and get ready for some fun culinary events with the Kidtopia Kids Culinary Festival, February 9 – February 17. Check out our family friendly lodging in River Run or Lakeside Village and be close to all the events going on throughout the festival. Enjoy the many, mostly-free events ranging from kids yoga, build your own snow cones, make ‘dirt’ cups, enjoy free donuts, participate in educational activities and watch multiple Firework shows!  There are events scheduled daily throughout this fun, new festival that celebrates kids and cooking at Keystone Resort! You’ll see celebrity kids chefs, featured on the Food Network, here to give tips, demonstrations, cooking lessons and more! 

Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival


For a unique way to spend Valentine’s night with the family, have a nice dinner at one of the restaurants in River Run or Lakeside Village, such as Zuma Roadhouse or the Bighorn Bistro. Then head out to a movie for a complete family date night. The Kidtopia movie of the week is of course food-themed, showing ‘Ratatouille’, which will be featured at the Kidtopia Headquarters right at the Expedition Station building, free to attend! 


Also, Keystone is getting more snow this week, so skiing should be great with the family. Come and stay with SummitCove Lodging and attend the first-ever Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival!

See the events schedule below:


  • Carnival Bounce Party
    • 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Keystone Lodge & Spa Ballroom | Free
  • Fireworks Show
    • 7:00pm | Lakeside Village | Free


  • Cooking with Kids: Celebrity Kid Chefs Amber Kelley and Juliana Malfitano
    • Culinary Festival Main Event: Watch as these young chefs who have been on the Food Network create a culinary masterpiece right before your eyes! This is an interactive dining event!
    • 5pm – 6:45pm | Lodge & Spa Ballroom| $24 for Adults, $12 Kids 12 – 4, Kids 3 or under are free
    • Book reservations via Keystone Activities & Dining: 970.496.4386
  • Craft-er-noon & Face Painting
    • 12:30pm – 3pm | Kidtopia Headquarters| Free
  • Ripperoo’s Village Parade
    • 4pm | River Run Village | Free
  • Kidtopia Fireworks Show
    • 7pm | River Run Village | Free


  • Skating & S’mores with Celebrity Kid Chef Juliana Malfitano!
    • 12pm – 1:30pm | Dercum Ice Rink | Standard Rink Fees
    • Watch Julianas demonstration on how to create the perfect s’more – and then do it! Followed by a fun skating session!
    • 11am – 2pm | Labonte’s Cabin on North Peak | Free to first 1,000 Epic passholders
  • Ripperoo’s Ice Cream Sundae Party
    • 3:30pm – 4:30pm | Mountain House | Free
  • Starquest Exploration
    • 5pm – 6:30pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free


  • Fireside Cocoa & Coloring
    • 3pm – 5pm | Bighorn Bistro | Free
  • Family Game Night
    • 6:30pm – 8pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free


  • Stretch, Bend, & Wiggle: Kid’s Yoga
    • 10:30am – 11:15am | Studio K, Lakeside Village | Free
    • Flavored water bar
  • Mardi Gras & Gumbo Cook Off
    • 2:30pm – 5pm | River Run Village | Cost Varies
    • Tasting tickets are $12 for adults in advance / $15 at the gate | Kids are $5 in advance / $8 at the gate
    • Free live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings
    • Celebrity Kid Chef Nicholas Hornbostel will be joining as a guest judge to crown the winners of the evening! 
  •  Meet the Avy Dogs
    • 4pm – 5pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
  •  Super Snowy Science
    • 5:30pm – 7pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
    • “Build Your Own” snow cones


  • Critter’s Discovery
    • 2pm – 3pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
    • “Build Your Own” dirt cups with Animal crackers, gummy worma and oreos
  • Culinary Movie Matinee
    • 4pm – 5:30pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
    • Ratatouille!
    • Popcorn available
  • Heart-shaped cookies for cookie time!
    • 4pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free


  • Old-Fashioned Tubing with Ripperoo
    • 2pm – 3pm | Nordic Center | Free
    • Free Donuts!
  • Cupcakes & Canvas
    • 5pm – 6pm | Kidtopia Headquarters, River Run Village
    • $15 per Child- includes instruction, canvas, art supplies, and cupcake! | Advance Reservations Required


  • Candy Land Bounce Party
    • 4:30pm – 7:30pm | Keystone Lodge & Spa Ballroom | Free
  • Fireworks Show
    • 7pm | Lakeside Village | Free


  • Craft-er-noon & Face Painting
    • 12:30pm – 3pm | Kidtopia Headquarters | Free
  • Ripperoo’s Village Parade
    • 4pm | River Run Village | Free
  • Kidtopia Fireworks Show
    • 7pm | River Run Village | Free
  • Keystone Winter Wine Tasting
    • 7pm – 10pm| Warren Station | $40 in advance, adults
    • Enjoy an evening of wine tasting, live music and hors d’oeuvres


Book a stay during the Keystone Kidtopia Culinary Festival for a fun family vacation! SummitCove Lodging has over 300 vacation rental properties available at Keystone Ski Resort, including plenty of multi-bedroom private homes and townhomes for big families or groups.  Keystone is the number one ski resort for families and kids!


Keystone Kidtopia: A Fun Festival that Never Quits!

Utopia can be defined as an ideal place or state. Kidtopia is defined as a rocking festival designed just for kids right here in Keystone, Colorado. With daily activities and events, Kidtopia is sure to be fun-filled and keep kids coming back for more. This year the schedule is packed with events for kids of all ages and families of all sizes, from face painting to ice cream with Ripperoo to meeting the Avy Dogs of Keystone Resort. Kidtopia kicked off this weekend and continues with daily events throughout most of the ski season. 
Daily Kidtopia events and activities are available through early April: 
The Biggest Snowfort
The Kidtopia Snowfort is back at the top of Dercum Mountain with all the fun a ginormous snowfort can offer. Explore, have a snowball fight, or just marvel at the world’s LARGEST snow fort, right here in Keystone! 
Theatre Thursdays
Every week  features a new, kid-friendly flick with 2 viewing times, 1 or 7 pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters.  Check out movies like Shrek, The Grinch, Polar Express, Finding Nemo and more, best yet it is free! 
Snow Tubing
Tubing is available at the top of Dercum Mountain and is a fun activity for everyone in your group!  Reservations are highly recommended.  To reserve call 970-496-3000. 
Fireworks Over River Run
Fireworks can be enjoyed by all ages and from both River Run and Lakeside Villages, happening every Saturday evening at 7pm! 
Ready, Paint, Fire
For those that need a creative outlet or who are ready to get inside away from the chill, Ready, Paint, Fire is available daily from noon to 7pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters inside Expedition Station. Ceramic mugs, platters and figurines are available and after your masterpiece is finished, it will be glazed, kiln-fired overnight and ready for you to pick up the following day. 
Parade & Cookies
Join the fun every Saturday at 4pm as Ripperoo leads a parade right through the middle of River Run Village with all of his Ski school friends! The parade ends deliciously with complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. 
Scheduled Snowball Fights
What could be more fun than launching a giant snowball? Mountain House Base area is where it’s at for testing your snowball launching skills! Targets and prizes are available for those that have the longest launch and the best aim.
Adventure Walks
Although we believe we have found the Yeti here at SummitCove, you can set out in Keystone on the “In Search of Bigfoot Adventure Walk” to learn about animals, nature and Bigfoot. 
Wild Wednesdays
Every Wednesday Kidtopia hosts Wild Wednesdays where kiddos can run, crawl and jump through a racecourse designed just for them! After the course closes, there is a DJ available with great music and games in the Kidtopia Headquarters, complete with face painting! 
Sunday Family Pajama Brunch
Kids will be excited for brunch with other kids while parents enjoy some time off from the kids at the adult table.  Parents will enjoy a classic brunch with all the fixings inside the main Bighorn dining room with views of lakeside ice rink and relaxing music.  Kids will love eating kid-friendly foods from their own buffet with a fun atmosphere in the Littlehorn dining room with a weekly movie on 2 TV screens, craft tables and an appearance from Riperoo.  
Much more is available throughout the week at Kidtopia! And don’t forget to save some time for skiing and riding! Take your family to experience Kidtopia this year! 

$59 Discount Keystone Lift Tickets at ‘Get to Know Keystone Days’

Everyone wants to know how to get discounted lift tickets and sometimes they can be really hard to come by.  This season Keystone Resort is making it easy and offering $59 discount lift tickets during their ‘Get to Know Keystone Days’ weekend on December 13 & 14!

If you are new to the sport, this is a great time to get out to the mountains and give it a shot without having to dump $100+ dollars into a lift ticket when you aren’t even sure if you will like it (although we are confident once you are out there and get the hang of things you are going to LOVE IT!)  The Keystone Adult Ski and Ride School will be offering FREE 1-hour clinics over the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm at the top of Dercum Mountain to help beginners get going or freshen up your skills.  This is a great way to get started and if you’d like to continue to work on your skills, sign up for a full or half day group lesson to really get going on your techniques!  There will also be free guided mountain tours all weekend long to help you further explore Keystone and everything it has to offer!

Get to Know Keystone Days is also the kickoff weekend to Keystone Kidtopia, with the famous Snow Fort opening over the weekend and fireworks on Saturday night.  This is a great weekend to be in Keystone, filled with fun events and great deals!  If you have been longing to learn to ski, you love visiting the mountains or you just want to have a fun family vacation, why not book a condo today and make this the winter you finally make your dream come true!

Keystone Kidtopia Snowfort


Keystone Kidtopia Snow Fort

If you are visiting Keystone this winter, you will certainly run into this larger than life snow fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, just to the left of the River Run Gondola.  Each year the kids snow castle has a new theme, usually Dragon related.  The fort contains tunnels, lookout towers, and even a unique ice sculpture throne perfect for being crowned King or Queen of the castle, playing tag, or even a playful snowball fight. 

The snow fort is part of Keystone Kidtopia, a festival that is designed just for kids, exclusively at Keystone! The 2012/2013 Kidtopia features daily programming all season long, rather than just on busy weekends like last year.  Some other feature events include Saturday Evening Fireworks shows, Disco Tubing, Glowtown Skate nights, Cupcakes and Canvases, cookie Hour and S’mores Saturdays. You and your kids will have the time of their lives this season while visiting Keystone Resort!

Five Fun Activities to Do With Your Family in Keystone

Keystone is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the world, but there’s far more to do with your kids while visiting than just ski!  We’ve got a few of our favorite family activities listed below for you to check out while you are visiting Keystone!

Ice Skating  at Keystone Lake
A must-do while visiting Keystone- check out North America’s largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink, 5 acres of fun!  Whether you want to try your toes at a triple axle or shoot the puck in a pickup hockey game, you are sure to have a great time skating on the Lake! The rink is the highlight of Lakeside Village– it’s surrounded by restaurants, shops and a number of properties available for rent, including Lakeshore 1561 which features amazing views!   After you’ve had enough on the ice, stop by the bar in the Keystone Lodge and enjoy a warm nightcap or hot chocolate. The rink is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Admission and skate rental prices are as follows: Adult $12/$10, Youth $9/$5, and Seniors $6/$3.  You are also welcome to bring your own skates!

Cupcakes and Canvases
If you are looking for a way to get creative, this class is the perfect outlet to let your little ones explore their artistic sides!  This 2 hour class is led by an art teacher who helps you and your kids create artistic masterpieces… all while enjoying delicious cupcakes!  The $15 registration cost includes all the supplies including a canvas, brushes and paint, cupcakes and guidance from a teacher. There are 2 more sessions this season, on February 10 and March 10, so sign up today!

Tubing at Adventure Point
Take a ride to the top of the River Run Gondola and head to Adventure Point- a tubing hill with a modern twist. Pick from 5 lanes and then let your kids decide- straight or spin and get ready to hold on!  Once its over, no more trucking up a steep hill, let the magic carpet whisk you back to the top to do it again!  Looking to get funky? Check out snow-tubing on Thursday Nights, which is disco themed under the lights and disco ball!

Explore the Nation’s Largest Snow Fort
Your kids will LOVE exploring this larger than life snow fort, based at the top of Dercum Mountain.  The fort is built with a dragon theme and has features like lookout towers, a drawbridge, ice sculptures and tunnels.  Can we say snowball fight? (Play nice kids!) Better yet, the fort is free to enter, all you need is gondola pass or lift ticket to get to the top of the mountain!

Winter Zip Line and Snow Cat Tour
If your kids are a little bit older (ages 7 & up) and are looking for a fun adventure, you should try the winter zip lining & snow cat tours with our partners, White Mountain Tours and Top of the Rockies Zip Lines.  A complimentary shuttle will pick you up in Keystone and after a short and scenic 25 minute ride, you will arrive at the spectacular 2000 acre private property near Leadville.  The area has views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, and rests on the splendid slopes of Mt. Arkansas, an almost “Fourteener” at 13,795 feet.  Strap in and enjoy 5 sections of zip lining and an informative snow cat ride, of course stopping at an original yurt for hot chocolate along the way- this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip!  All SummitCove guests receive a discount from White Mountain Tours in the Key to Keystone Coupon Book! Complimentary coveralls and boots are available if needed, but personal warm winter apparel is appropriate and recommended. Guests must bring goggles or sunglasses as eye protection is not provided. Helmets, transportation and hot chocolate are included in the tour price.


Keystone Kidtopia is Now All Season Long!

This winter Keystone Kidtopia is ALL-SEASON long! Kidtopia started this past Wednesday and runs until March 24, instead of just five weekends like last season.  Every day features different activities, such as street performers in the resort’s River Run and Mountain House Village centers, kids’ après ski gatherings, a weekly Kidtopia Riperoo parade, fireworks every Saturday, arts & crafts, ice skating dance parties at the both of the resort’s two outdoor ice skating rinks and more!

The World’s Largest Snowfort on Dercum Mountain is expected to open in mid-December and is arguably the best feature of Kidtopia that kids and adults will love. Kids will have a blast exploring the fort, havin g snowball fights, sliding down ice-slides, and being king of the castle!

Keystone Resort is now more kid-friendly than ever, with kids activities scheduled every day.  Gather up your family and visit Keystone this winter for some family fun!



Kidtopia Kidsfest Free Family Event this Afternoon in River Run Keystone

Kids having fun bouncing on the trampolines in River Run Village Keystone

It’s back…. Kidtopia! Bring your family to River Run Village this Saturday afternoon and enjoy some FREE family fun!  Come experience a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painters, balloon artists, crafts, mascots Olivia and Oliver, spin art, a kid’s show, bounce houses, DJ and a street entertainer for a day you won’t want to miss! Today’s show features Jim Jackson, a one man circus show! He will be performing on the main stage in River Run Keystone at 12 pm, 1:30pm and 2:30 pm.  Entertainment will be going on from 11am – 3pm.  Walk around the village and enjoy the free entertainment and activities all afternoon!  This is a great time to let your kids roam around and burn off some extra energy while having fun and being around other youngsters.  Interested in staying the night on Saturday? Check out a property at Jackpine Lodge or Black Bear Lodge in order to be closet to the event in River Run Plaza.  Jackpine 8015, a 1-bedroom property in River Run actually has a balcony that overlooks the events!


Get your face painted at Keystone Kidtopia Kidsfest!

Keystone Resort’s Kid-Friendly Summer Activities


Kids Panning for Gold at Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort is full of fun, family-friendly activities year- round.  This summer, several programs have continued that are perfect for keeping younger kids busy during your Rocky Mountain Vacation; from Kid’s Discovery Days to storytelling in River Run Village.  There is still plenty of time to plan a summer vacation to Keystone with your family.  Be sure to take a look at our current summer specials to find the best fit for you!

Kid’s Discovery Days takes place on Tuesdays in River Run Village.  With a new entertainer each week, a bounce house, and 2 face painters or balloon artists, the kids can stay busy.  Lines close at 12:30 am, and performers are on stage from 11am to 11:45am.  The final date for Kid’s Discovery Days for 2012 is scheduled for  August 14th.

Storytelling with Redtail the Mountain Man and Bambi the Donkey will take place on Wednesdays through August 8th.  This free activity includes storytelling and free face painting that the kids are sure to love.

Friday performances of Kidtopia Kid’s Theatre will showcase the Lake Dillon Theater sponsored show “The Prince” at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater.  The remaining summer dates are July 20th and  27th, and August 3rd and 10th.  Tickets are only $5 for adults and children, and with two shows to choose from (10:30 am and noon), there is plenty of time to plan your day.

Kidtopia KidsFest is set to take over River Run Village on July 28th, and August 11th.  Bring your family for free fun including a petting zoo, train rides, caricatures, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, spring art, a kids show, bounce house and a DJ.  All entertainment takes place in the River Run Events Plaza from 11am to 3pm.  The featured Kid’s Show entertainer will perform on the stage at noon, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm.

For young anglers, you may want to plan to attend the final Kid’s Fishing Derby of the season.  This event is for children 12 and under on July 28th.  Registration begins at 9am, and the event starts at 10am.  The entire family can cheer and enjoy a morning on the lake.  Raffle prizes, BBQ, and live music will follow the event.  Be sure to bring your own fishing gear and tackle since this is not supplied for you!

You may also want to top off your perfect day in Keystone at the miniature golf course in River Run.  It is just $8 per person for the entire day (you can come and go), and open from 8am to 5:30 pm.  You might also want to consider renting a paddle boat on Keystone Lake.  There are plenty of activities to consider when planning your Keystone vacation!

Miniature Golf at Dercum Square in Keystone

Celebrate Spring Break at Keystone Kidtopia this March


It’s time for spring skiing in Keystone Colorado, and Keystone Resort has some great activities lined up for the month, just in time for your spring break vacation.  The popular and family-friendly Kidtopia festival is back for two separate weeks in March.  Kidtopia is designed just for kids, and includes the Snow Fort, dancing to live music, arts and crafts, Disco Tubing and educational activities.  The special family dinners for Kidtopia will take place on March 10th and March 17th. Reservations are recommended.

  • Saturday, March 10-Wednesday, March 14th
  • Sunday March 18-Wednesday, March 21st

If you are still looking for Keystone Resort lodging for spring break, be sure to contact a SummitCove Vacation Planner to learn about your options.

Keystone Resort’s Early March Events Have Something for Everyone

Spring skiing and riding at Keystone Resort is almost upon us, and the resort has plenty of activities and events planned for March.  Be sure to check them out as you plan your Keystone, Colorado vacation!

Thursday, March 1: 50+ Ski With Us

Friday, March 2: Winter Culinary Festival

Saturday, March 3:

  • Winter Culinary Festival
  • Betty Fest
  • March Concert Series

Sunday, March 4th:

  • Winter Culinary Festival
  • Betty Fest

Thursday, March 8: 50+ Ski With Us

Friday, March 9th: Summit Community Orchestra Spring Concert

Saturday, March 10th:

  • March Concert Series
  • Keystone KIDTOPIA (Runs from March 10-14)

Contact SummitCove today to reserve your Keystone Resort lodging when you head up to enjoy a spring ski trip!