Keystone Science School Now Offers Winter Break Camps

Whether you live here in Summit County or are visiting for the holidays, you can now send your kids to Keystone Science School over winter break!  The camps are indeed scheduled with Summit County’s School District Calendar, but coincidentally, the dates also align with many of our guests holiday vacations.  There will be both day and overnight camps available for kids ranging in ages from 5 – 17.  The camps focus on science and technology, mixed with adventure through interactive education. The are aimed at helping kids work on developing their scientific and critical thinking skills, plus having fun with their peers.


Kids Sledding on Hill in Keystone

Keystone Science School came up with the winter camp idea after surveying and listening to local parents as they spoke of hardships over break in finding child care as well as keeping kids stimulated and engaged over school breaks.  This is a chance for parents to drop them off at camp for a fun time instead of trying to find child care. KSS will offer potential campers with the same model from their summer camp, but instead with winter-based activities, such as snow-science and winter hiking.  They will dig snow pits, learn about snow and snow stability.  Other activities may include cross-country skiing, sledding, campfires, snow forts, arts and crafts, archery and more.

Keystone Science School’s winter camp is happening on December 27–28, 2018 and again from January 2–4, 2019. The cost is $65 per day for day camp and $85 per day for overnight camp. For more details, visit

Kids Rule at Keystone: Daily Kidtopia Events for Ski Season

If you haven’t heard, kids rule at Keystone Resort! Daily Keystone Kidtopia events offer kids endless things to do during their visit.  Kids can have a snowball fight or explore the world’s largest snowfort.  They can enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate, play games, learn about so many things, do arts and crafts, and more! Checkout the main events that happen every week all season long at Keystone. The best part? Most of the events are free and for all ages! The Keystone Kidtopia Headquarters is located in the main level of Expedition Station in River Run Village, near the ice rink.

Note – dates and times are subject to change. Call (970) 496-4386 with questions.

Every Day:

Kidtopia Headquarters
Located in River Run, Kidtopia Headquarters is open daily from 9:30 am – 3 pm. Enjoy toys, games, and more. Great for chilly days or when you want to take a break from the outside activities!

Kidtopia Snowfort
Starting December 16, the world’s largest snowfort will be open for exploration.  Have a snowball fight or pretend you are king of the castle! Fun for all ages!

Cookie Time
At 4pm at Kidtopia Headquarters, get a free tasty treat from Chef Ned!

ISpy Keystone Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy this self-guided tour that explores the resort and starts at Kidtopia Headquarters!


Ripperoo’s Ice Cream Party!
Kids can enjoy ice cream, photo opportunities and t-shirt decorating on the 1st floor of the Mountain House Lodge on Sundays through April 1st from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Starquest Exploration
The Keystone Science School heads the exploration of our universe on Sundays at the Kidtopia Headquarters from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Highlights including learning about winter constellations, viewing celestial objects up close, and buildin a starfinder that will be theirs to take home.


Fireside Cocoa & Coloring
Mondays from 3 – 5 pm, stop in at the Bighorn Bistro and decorate your own mug next to the fire and then fill it with hot cocoa and take it home as a souvenir! No registration required and no charge!

Family Game Night
In River Run Village at Kidtopia Headquarters at Expedition Station, families can join in on board games or bingo or friendly foosball from 6:30 – 8 pm.


Stretch, Bend & Wiggle: Kid’s Yoga
At Keystone’s Lakeside Village, visit Studio K from 10:30 – 11:15 am and have some fun with a kid’s yoga class. Kids will learn how to do basic yoga and incorporate yoga as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Meet the Avy Dog
Every Tuesday from 4 – 5 pm, Keystone’s avalanche dogs will be ready to meet and greet guests as they learn about what the dog’s do and how they are an asset to the team.  Meet the dogs at the Kidtopia Headquarters.

Super Snowy Science
Meet at Kidtopia Headquarters from 5:30 – 7 pm and learn about the science of snow.  Keystone Science School instructors lead a class teaching about types of snow crystals, layers of snow, life-cycle of snow and more.  All ages are welcome and you don’t even have to register in advance, just ‘snow’ up!


Critters Discovery
Kids (and their parents) can learn about all the different kinds of animals that call Keystone their home.  Put on by Friends of the Dillon Ranger Disctrict, this is a hands on class for everyone! Meet at River Run Kidtopia Headquarters across from the Dercum Ice Rink at 2 pm, for this hourlong class, every Wednesday through April 8.

Winter Movie Matinee
Curl up with a good movie every Wednesday starting at 4pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters! Movies average about an hour and a half.

Here’s the 2017 / 2018 Winter Film Lineup (subject to change):

December 6 – Anastasia
December 13 – Elf
December 20 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 27 – Frozen
January 3 – The Book of Life
January 10 – Paddington
January 17 – Snow Day
January 24 – Peter Pan
January 31 – The Peanuts Movie
February 7 – Cool Runnings (Olympics)
February 14 – Ratatouille (Kidtopia Culinary Festival)
February 21 – Leap!
February 28 – Moana
March 7 – Sing! (Kidtopia Music Experience)
March 14 – The Princess and the Frog
March 21 – Storks
March 28 – The Good Dinosaur
April 4 – The Little Mermaid


Old-Fashioned Tubing with Ripperoo
Head over to the Keystone Nordic Center in West Keystone for some tubing.  Walk up and slide down or build a snowman, Thursdays from 2 – 3 pm.

Cupcakes and Canvas
Every Thursday from 5 – 6 pm, kids can explore their creative side as an art teach guides them to create a masterpiece and enjoy a cupcake! This class is $15 per person and reservations are required, call (970) 496-4386.  The class is for kids ages 3 or older and their parents and includes the canvas, all supplies, instruction and a cupcake!


Wacky Tacky Party!
On Fridays, Kidtopia Headquarters turns up the volume with their Wacky Tack Party!  Dance music, party games, prizes and face painting and a fun craft to make and take home.  Join the party from 5 – 7 pm on Friday afternoons.


Crafter-er-noon & Face Painting
Be at the Keystone Kidtopia headquarters starting at 12:30 until 3 pm on Saturdays for face painting and free crafts!

Ripperoo’s Village Parade
Join Ripperoo as he parades through the village with friends and dance performers, hop on his float! Parade starts at 4pm in River Run.

River Run Fireworks
To cap off a wonderful weekend in the mountains, direct your eyes to the mountains for the weekly Saturday night fireworks display! Fireworks start at 7 pm through March 10 and 8 pm for the remainder of the ski season.


Be sure to take advantage of some of these fun, kid-friendly events while you are visiting Keystone this winter.  Most events are free to attend and parents are always welcome!  Keystone is the place for kids!

Summer Events In Keystone for Kids and Families

Summer in the mountains means warm sunny days, wildflowers abloom, and endless fun family activities!  Here are a few activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting Keystone this summer.

Bike-In Movies
Every other Thursday June 20 – Aug. 15, 2013
Night owls will enjoy this chance to enjoy an evening under the stars!  Bring your bikes or rent them and pedal around the scenic Keystone Lake and bike path before you get tucked in for a free family-friendly movie enjoyed outside under the starry Colorado night sky.

Kid’s Discovery Days at Keystone Resort

Kid’s Discovery Days
Every Tuesday June 18 – Aug. 13, 2013
Have fun playing in the sun while kids are charmed by live entertainers, fun activities, arts and crafts, bounce houses, balloon animals, gold panning, face painting and more!  This free events happens every week in the River Run Events Plaza.

Keystone Balance Bike Series
Select Sundays Throughout the Summer
Does your child have a competitive streak?  They will love competing against other children in their age groups in this fun bike race, designed for kids.  There are prizes for the top finishers and every racer gets entered to win a pedal bike!

Cupcakes and Canvases
Select Thursdays Throughout the Summer
In this two-hour art class led by an art teacher, your little one will be able to explore their artistic sides and create memorable artwork.  Cupcakes, art supplies and teacher guidance will be provided, classes are held under the Gazebo in Lakeside Village.

Independence Day Kids Bike Parade & Fishing Derby
July 4, 2013
If you’ve got young kids, be sure you head to Keystone for the 4th of July Festivities.  Kids can start off the morning with a fishing derby at Keystone Lake.  Afterwards, head to the village where kids can decorate their bikes any way they’d like and then take part in a parade throughout the Village to show off their new rides!  There is also a BBQ and fireworks in the evening.

Kidtopia Kids Theater
Friday Mornings June 28 – Aug. 9, 2013
A new family musical, Golden, puts a new twist on the familiar story of Goldilocks.  Have fun watching the show amongst the tall aspen trees at the Quaking Aspen Amphitheater near the Snake River in River Run Village.  The show is put on by the Lake Dillon Theatre Company and is just $5 per person.

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.


Kids Night Out at Keystone Resort

Are you looking for a night away from the kids during your Keystone Vacation? Kids Night Out at Keystone Resort allows parents to enjoy some time to themselves and have a night on the town, while the kids do the same and have a great time meeting other kids and having fun!  Register your kids for a session, taking place on select Thursday Evenings until March 28.  Kids will enjoy a pizza party, and tons of fun activities including tubing, movie nights, and playing in the Kidtopia Snowfort, all while being watched by professional childcare staff.  You can use the time as you please- enjoy a nice dinner out, go to a movie, or just enjoy a quiet walk and shopping around River Run Village.  Reservations for Kids Night Out are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome if there is space. Cost is just $75 per child and that includes snow tubing and dinner in the form of a pizza party! Ages 5 to 14 are welcome at Kids Night Out, drop off and pickup is located at the River Run Ski School located across from the River Run Gondola. 

Upcoming Kids Night Out Dates:
January 3
February 21
March 14, 21, & 28

Take the Kids on a Day Trip this Tuesday to Breckenridge for the Popular Kids’ Show, ‘The Cast-a-Ways’ in the Imagination Express Series

Where else can you see a dog, a pig, and a cockatoo all working together, putting on a comedy  trick show for humans, doing stunts and making people laugh?  The Imagination Express Series at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge CO is presenting ‘The Cast-a-Ways’, a popular performance that involves rescue animals performing a variety of acts from roller-skating, soccer, and Frisbee tricks.    People love seeing the animals and their personalities- anyone who likes animals is sure to enjoy the show.  General admission to the event is just $5 a person and can be purchased online at or by calling (970) 547-3100.  The show runs from 11am- noon on Tuesday, July 31st. Other summer kids activities in Keystone coming soon include Storytelling with Redtail the Mountain Man and Bambi the Donkey on Wednesday, August 1st; Kidtopia Kids Theatre Presents: The Prince on Friday August 3rd; Keystone’s Kidtopia on Saturday, August 11th, and Kid’s Discovery Days on Tuesdays throughout the end of summer.  Keystone Resort is the perfect place to bring your family!