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The obvious choice for kids winter recreation in Aspen Snowmass is Ski School. Aspen Skiing Company has a variety of ski school options. Those in the know recommend Snowmass and Buttermilk mountains for early learners.

In addition to skiing there are plenty of things for the kids to do during the winter months:

1. The ASPEN RECREATION CENTER! This place is a dream for parents and kids alike. The Whoa Nelly sledding hill is located behind the building, and if you don't have your own sled you may rent one for $5. Warm up after sledding with a soak in the hot tub. Swim at the indoor pool and ride the  2-story water slide for hours, or try out 32ft. indoor rock climbing on the tower.  With an onsite snack bar, locker room, ice rink and work out facility, the whole family will be entertained.

2.  The Silver Circle Ice Rink located across from the Rubey Park Bus Station at the base of Aspen Mountain is Aspen's only outdoor rink and the picturesque setting is instagram worthy. The location can't be beaten and the kids will be entertained day or night with this family fun activity.  As an added bonus CP Burger is located on premise, featuring kid-friendly nosh. 

3. Take a horse and carriage ride around historic downtown Aspen. Typically the driver and carriage are located across the street from Paradise Bakery, and you can sign up in person.

4. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Art Museum all offer educational and fun programming for children in the winter months. Head out on a snowshoe adventure, or delve into an explorer photography workshop. Check out their offerings during your vacation.

5. Wintersköl and 12 Days of Aspen are chock full of FREE family events, they vary from year to year, so be sure to check out the updated schedule during your visit.

6. Build-a-pie @ Bruno's. Have a budding chef in your bunch? Most kids dig pizza so head over to Brunelleschi's Pizza and they can each make their very own pizza pie! Kids will love this hands-on family night out for dinner.

7. SWEETS. Just in case all else fails, we have sugar. Paradise Bakery & Cafe serves homemade cookies and incredibly rich hot chocolate.

8. Learn to cook as a family! The Cooking School of Aspen offers courses for the whole family or in a group. Their kid's classes will bring out the chef in anyone. These hands-on cooking classes will have your child teaching you culinary tricks the next time you cook a family meal together.

9. Puppies! Come and play with the puppies at the Aspen Animal Shelter. Yes, the puppies and dogs at the animal shelter need socialization and they will let you play with a puppy or take a dog out for a walk for free! See how quickly you fall in love.

10. Need a break? Aspen Babysitters to the rescue!  Aspen Babysitting Company, Aspen Nannies or A Mom's Day Off can all provide high quality care for your children, so you can have some R&R.

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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