Whether you’re vacationing in Breckenridge or a longtime local, when it comes to parenthood, we all need a helping hand sometimes. Finding reliable childcare in a resort town like Breckenridge can seem daunting. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered with some suggestions for daycare, childcare options and kids’ camps that will leave your kiddos asking when they can go back, and that won’t break the bank.
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
Offers a variety of programs perfect for locals and visitors. The “Kids’ Day Out” school break program is offered when the Summit School District is closed for breaks and holidays. It’s the perfect option for those days when you need “me” time on the slopes or in the spa. These camps are for ages 5-12 and provide a great opportunity for kids to explore, create and experience an adventure. Dates vary and may change by the season. With the popularity of this program, space is limited. Call ahead to reserve your spot. There’s also an evening option – the “Kids’ Night Out” happens on select weeknights. Mountain Top Children’s Museum is located at 605 South Park Avenue. Call (970) 453-7878.
Breckenridge Recreation Center
No-School & Saturday Mini Camps are a great choice for Saturday childcare needs and when Summit County Schools are on break. Kiddos will spend the day and expend energy participating in fun activities like swimming, climbing, gym games, ice skating, nordic skiing, arts and crafts and local field trips. Camp is aimed at grades kindergarten through 6th that are divided into two age-appropriate groups: Mountain Lions (kindergarten through 2nd grade) and Wolverines (3rd through 5th grade). Visitors and locals are welcome. Just remember to pre-register online. Camp hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with morning drop off no later than 9 a.m. Cost is $40 per day for residents and $45 per day for non-residents. Mom tip: Check the schedule for each day ahead of time so you can pack extra essentials as needed (i.e. swimsuit, towel, snow clothes, etc.).
Bearly Big Childcare Center is available to guests utilizing the Breckenridge Recreation Center. With numerous fitness programs and workout equipment available, this makes a great option for those planning gym time into their schedule. Parents need to remain on-site while children ages 6 months to 2 years are taken care of for a maximum of 2 hours (infants under age 1 may only stay for a maximum of 1 hour). Bearly Big is open Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; on Saturdays 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays. Drop-ins are only allowed from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. and reservations are always a good idea to ensure space is available for your little one. Cost is $8 per hour for members and $10 per hour for non-members.
Located at 880 Airport Road. Call (970) 453-1734.
Resort Sitters has you covered if you prefer in-home or in-condo babysitting. Whether it be for your family, a group or an event, experienced and reliable babysitters can be scheduled for days, evenings, nights, over-nights and multiple days. The sitters bring age appropriate-activities for your kiddos to enjoy right to your home or condo. Rates are based on location, dates and total number of minors (under age 18). They specialize in advanced bookings to specially match sitters with the family’s specific needs. Resort Sitters requests three days advance notice of your childcare needs and a week or more for holidays and the month of March. Call (970) 513-4445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MountainTot Sitters is perfect for those needing in-room or in-home childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 14 years old. Sitters matched with your family will work hard to ensure that everyone has fun on vacation. While engaging in fun age-appropriate activities and play, parents can truly relax knowing their little ones are happy and safe. Fees are based off of flat hourly rates and are easily accessible on the website. Evening appointments require 4 hours minimum and daytime appointments are 6 hours minimum. Special rates apply for childcare needs for groups and events. Call (970) 368-2227 or email email@example.com.
Ski School and Slopeside Child Care
Breckenridge Ski Resort Child Care Center is great for those planning to enjoy time on the slopes. Children ages 2 months to 5 years old will have fun playing with peers at one of three Breckenridge Ski Resort child care centers available (Peak 8 Child Care, Village Child Care and Beaver Run Child Care). Exciting indoor and outdoor activities in the snow are offered. Open seven days a week during the winter season (typically mid-November through mid-April), full days are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in addition to hourly options. Classrooms are peanut-free and offer a healthy lunch, snack and juice or milk for children over 12 months of age. Also remember that children as young as 3 years old can begin ski and snowboard lessons. For reservations call (970) 453-5000.
A great Breckenridge vacation includes a mixture of adventure, relaxation and happy memories for all ages. With a little planning ahead (and reservations made with your child care provider of choice), you can ensure that everyone has a chance to play and enjoy all that Breckenridge has to offer. The mountains are calling and the entire family is invited!