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Ritz-Carlton Club Headlines Best Family Resorts in Aspen

There's a lot of wonderful places to stay while on vacation in Aspen, but some resorts go above and beyond when it comes to kids. The Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands has an extensive "Ritz Kids" program that offers a number of activities for children ages 5-12 to experience. Ritz Kids in an interactive program designed to increase a child's love for the mountains as well as their knowledge of the area. The program at the Ritz offers something almost every day for kids during the season. The program's slogan is "Making Mountains Memorable." This week, our blog team takes a closer look at the best family resorts in Aspen.

The great things about Ritz Kids is that many of the activities are complimentary as a guest of the Ritz-Carlton Club at Aspen Highlands. Located at the base of the Aspen Highlands Ski area, the Ritz offers true ski-in, ski-out luxury accommodations ranging from studio condominiums to 3-bedroom penthouse units. Many units offer large square footage and deck space, along with mountain and ski views. A number of rental options for all seasons are available through Frias Properties. Complimentary Ritz Kids program activities include:

Welcome Reception: While the adults are enjoying mingling with their fellow members, Ritz Kids can enjoy some fun activities at the arts and crafts table in the Elkhorn Members Lounge. What a great way to kick off a fun week of alpine adventures. Parental supervision required.

Campfire Sing-Along: No mountain vacation is complete without s'mores and songs around the campfire, featuring local musicians. Kids ages 1 to 101 are welcome to roast a marshmallow and sing along to their favorite mountain tunes. Parental supervision required.

Munchies and a Movie: Kids' movie night in the recreation center features popcorn, snacks and a Disney or Pixar hit! Parental supervision required.

Arts and Crafts: Join in for some arts and crafts instruction that will teach you how to create the perfect gift for a friend or family member. Featuring ornaments, jewelry and more! Parental supervision required. Along with free activities, the Ritz Kids program also offers two educational programs to learn more about all of the nature surrounding Aspen. This program makes the property a standout among Aspen family resorts.

Forests: Forests are not only beautiful and important to our culture, but also are the habitats of a remarkable variety of animals. Enjoy activities that will explore the forest and its unique creatures. Activities include Forest Tag, Web of Life, Guess Your Animal, and drawing and painting projects. Cost is $50 for first child, $25 for each additional child. Includes a healthy snack. To participate in this program, please sign up with the Ritz-Carlton Spa or Concierge.

Trash Bash: Find out more ways to help save our planet through this activity that investigates the different types of trash and how to reduce it. Includes games, reading and discussion, and creating original art from trash.Cost is $50 for first child, $25 for each additional child. Includes a healthy snack. To participate in this program, please sign up with the Ritz-Carlton Spa or Concierge. If you're looking for a night designed especially for kids to be active, play games, make friends and have fun, then try Kids Night Out. This activity takes place from 4-8 p.m. in the White River Lodge Game Room and includes pizza for dinner. Cost is $70 for the first child and $35 for each child after that. To participate in this program, please sign up with the Ritz-Carlton Spa or Concierge. For more events and information, speak with the Ritz-Carlton Concierge after booking your lodging through Frias Properties.