Vail and Beaver Creek have plenty of indoor facilities and contained within the walls are a variety of activities from skating, gymnastics and swimming that interests the whole family, especially when the weather is chilly outside. Several facilities have exactly those activities your family needs. WECMRD, Vail Rec Gymnastics center, Gypsum Rec Center and Avon Rec Center.
If sitting quietly is not your child’s forte, fear not. There are days’ worth of indoor, high-energy, lots of movement activities for tots to teens all day long. The Edwards Field House, part of the Western Eagle County Metro Recreational District (WECMRD), has tumble tots, Kids Night Out, rock climbing, basketball and the Anti-Gravity Center.
OK, that’s a lot to take in, but here’s a quick summary. Turbo Tots lets the littlest ones in your family try out the gymnastics facility. With a name like Anti-Gravity Center, you know it’s going to be cool. The field house boasts trampolines, a foam pit and a skateboard halfpipe. Kids Night Out is cleverly disguised as fun for the kids while you get a few hours to yourself—every Friday night from 5:30 to 8:30. Give the field house a call to get a complete rundown of the offerings:
Vail Recreation District has a state-of-the-art gymnastics facility adjacent to Red Sandstone School. From competitive gymnastics programs to drop in classes for all ages (that includes you, Dad), the tumbler in the family has options. Younger kids, with parent in tow, can drop in for the toddler and preschool programs.
Further west, the Gypsum Recreation Center gives kids ages walking to 5 years old a chance to tumble, jump, leap, run and cartwheel throughout the week.
Just Add Water
There’s something about a blustery cold day that sends kids scrambling for the nearest watering hole—no, not that kind! Plenty of hotels have heated pools, but for a waterworld feel, check out the Avon Rec Center’s aquatics area with a lazy river, lap pool, huge slide, smaller slides and a graduated entry pool. It’s sort of the place to be mid-morning in February. Keep in mind, there’s also a daycare room in case you want to take in one of the rec center’s many classes before swimming.
The Gypsum Rec Center provides hours of swimming fun, as well, with its kids’ area, adult lap swim, slides, sprayers and lazy river.
You can skate the same ice as the Detroit Red Wings at Dobson Ice Arena, across from the Town of Vail Library. Granted, it won’t be at the same time, but still, that’s pretty cool. There’s open skate, hockey sessions and lessons year round. (vailrec.com; 970.479.2271) Eagle Pool and Ice Rink in Eagle opens the rink to public skating all winter long—the time flies as you and the kids glide along. WECMRD also has hockey clinics, learn-to-skate classes, men’s and women’s leagues in addition to Skate and Story Time in conjunction with Eagle County Library District.
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