There is no shortage of kid-friendly activities in Vail during the summer, so you should never have to hear the phrase, "but mom/ dad - there is nothing to do!" Some of our favorite recommendations are the wide variety of summer camps available in the area. The staples are Camp Vail and Pre-Kamp Vail, but that's just a start. Here's a look at the best options out there:

Camp Vail/ Pre-Kamp Vail
Camp Vail is for kids 5 - 12 years old.  Campers tailor their day by choosing from a wide selection of daily activities including sports, art and science or special outings including outdoor adventures, swimming, bowling and martial arts. Each Friday there is something new scheduled!  Pre-Kamp Vail is for kids 30 months to 5 years (not in kindergarten) and is structured around a weekly theme with art projects and games that relate to a children's book. Campers also enjoy activities like hiking, gondola rides, environmental education, outdoor games, and tours of local businesses like the police station or Domino's. Pre-Kamp Vail goes out on an adventure - some big, some small - every day!

Extreme Camp Vail
For kids ages 8 - 13 years old, this adventous camp takes place on Fridays throughout July and includes trips to Elitch Gardens Amusement Park in Denver, Water World in Denver, a whitewater rafting trip, day of river tubing, trip to Glenwood Caverns and a day of rock climbing!

Eco Camp Vail
At this 2-day per week camp, campers spend half of each day at the Nature Center where naturalists from the Gore Range Natural Science School lead a variety of activities. Gore Creek, nearby trails and wildflower meadows serve as an exciting natural lab for experiments, games, and lively exploration. Children spend the other half of the day at the Youth Center enjoying nature-oriented arts and crafts and energetic activities to complement each day’s theme.

Pony Camp for Kids/ Horseman Ship Camp/ Advanced Horse Camp
A variety of horse camps for kids ranging in age from 3 - 13 years, that are available at Vail Stables in Vail.

Nature Camp
For kids 5 - 13 years old, this camp at Vail Stables offers lessons in mountain survival skills, "crafts" liking making your own bow & arrows, experience life in tepees like Native Americans did, work with the ranch animals, helping to build their fort in the woods, and hikes learning about flora and fauna.  Does it get any more fun than that?

Critter Club
Again at Vail Stables, kids get to play with all of the "critters" at the ranch - goats, kittens, ducks, ponies, bunnies, chickens and puppies.  Your little animal lovers will not be able to get enough!