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Important Announcement


Updated March 25: The Vail Recreation District's top priority is the safety and well-being of our residents, guests and employees.

In cooperation with the updated Eagle County Public Health Order plus the Colorado Statewide Stay at Home Order, and in the effort to prevent community spread of COVID-19 and to protect our most vulnerable populations, the Vail Recreation District (VRD) is canceling all programs and events, and closing all VRD facilities, effective March 13 until at least April 16, 2020.

This includes all open gyms, youth sports programs, adult leagues, lessons and clinics, walk-in sports and activities, and private rentals and events.

All VRD facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, including the Imagination Station, Dobson Arena and Vail Gymnastics Center. The Vail Nordic Center pro shop and restaurant are now closed for the season, and we are no longer grooming the trails. If you need to return season rentals, please call 970-476-8366.

With the announced closure of local schools, VRD has made the difficult decision to cancel our after-school program (KidZone) starting on Monday, March 16 until classes resume at Red Sandstone Elementary School.

For questions, please contact the respective department or facility listed here. Please understand that staffing will be limited during this time, and responses may be delayed.


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Days: Monday through Friday during the school year

Time: 2:45-5:45 p.m. on School Days (After School)

Ages: 5-12 years (AND in grades K-5)

Location: Red Sandstone Elementary School Gymnasium, Cafeteria and KidZone classroom above the gym: Enter through gymnasium door on East end of school. Call 970-331-2909 if you can't find us.

Advance registration is required, drop-ins will be accepted as space allows. Call 970-479-2292 for more information.

Operated by the VRD's Community Programming department, KidZone is fully licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Care. Staff members are highly qualified youth professionals. KidZone's purpose is to provide a structured program during non-school hours that engages and challenges children so they may thrive socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. KidZone meets after school and on designated no-school days. Through sports, gym games, playground play, arts and crafts, group games, homework help, after school chores and relaxation time, KidZone's flexible schedule allows children to make choices, work and play cooperatively, develop a sense of responsibility and provides an experience full of imagination and activity.

The KidZone Philosophy

VRD Youth Services provides engaging life experiences for young people that promote physical activity and cognitive development in an inclusive setting where kids learn to make positive choices. KidZone accomplishes this by

• Providing a safe, caring and accepting environment

• Involving youth in developmentally appropriate activities

• Encouraging creativity and curiosity

• Modeling positive life skills

Staff members are active participants in children’s activities and openly communicate with children’s families. 


Before a child attends a KidZone program, a parent must do the following:

  • make a reservation online and complete a registration form


  • complete a registration form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax (970)479-2835.  

Once registered you must provide a copy of the child’s up-to-date immunization records (Non-Red Sandstone Students). Children are allowed two “sick days” per year where the payment can be applied to a later date. Registration is available online at and forms are available at the program, as well as at Red Sandstone Elementary School’s front desk, Imagination Station and the VRD Administrative Offices (Ford Park Tennis Center).

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and Scholarships available. Please call for more information. 

Program Location

Red Sandstone Elementary School

KidZone staff will meet children at Red Sandstone Elementary cafeteria and walk to gymnasium. When picking up your child, please enter through the door directly into the gym on the East end of the school.

KidZone uses the cafeteria, gymnasium, KidZone classroom and RSES outdoor facilities. When playing outside or upstairs, we place a sign near the gym notifying you of our location. 

Reservations, Drop Off & Pick Up

You must have a reserved and prepaid space for your child to attend KidZone. Call 479-2292 to see if space is available for drop-in.

Drop Off     Notify your child’s teacher that s/he will attend KidZone. Your child is not registered, nor considered in attendance, until s/he arrives at the program.
Pick Up 4:00 - 5:45 p.m. through RSES front door

After School    $15 per day for reserved and pre-paid days (before 12pm the day of)
  $20 per day drop-in, if space is available

Daily Schedule
2:50 - 3:30 Group game & snack
3:30 - 4:15 Activity 1
4:15 - 5:00 Homework/Activity 2
5:00 - 5:45 Free play

KidZone staff plan Activity 1 and Activity 2 based on suggestions by children. One is active and the other is creative. Children will need to complete homework before doing creative activities. This schedule is subject to change based on the needs of the children.