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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.


Imagination Station

Winter Schedule (begins Dec. 2, 2019): Monday-Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring/Summer/Fall Season (begins March 30, 2020): Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

*Closures for 2020: Jan. 1, Jan. 20 (art studio closed), May 25, Dec. 25


Ages: Children 2+ and their families

Costs: Child: $8/day, $20/week, $40/month or $60/year ($40/year for VRD residents - proof required)

           Family: $60/month or $100/year ($60/year for VRD residents - proof required)

           Adults and children under two are free

The Imagination Station, a thoughtful play space, features a Thoughts Flow to inspire experimental play, a play wall to integrate physical and cognitive learning, a hyperbolic funnel that models the planetary motion, and a health clinic that promotes imaginative play where children can provide care for dogs, cats and babies.

Your entrance fee now includes more art and science. Paint on paper as much as you like every day, take home art made with the sand-pendulum (limit one per visit), and enjoy the guided activity every day. Click link below for schedule.

The Art Studio is open every day with projects you can create and have as keepsakes of the fun you had in Vail! Paint Your Own Pottery is available every day and other projects are on a rotating scheudle. Click here for schedule.

Virtual Reality

Come and play on our two HTC Vive virtual rooms. One room dedicated to active play where you can slice fruit with ninja swords, box without getting hit and many other options. One room is dedicated to artistic and thoughtful play where you can paint in three dimensions, build contraptions for rolling a ball down a hill, or visit anywhere on planet earth.

Virtual Reality is not recommended for young children. More information on the safety of VR with children:

 Games offered on a rotating schedule: Tilt Brush, Bounce, Mini Golf, Fantastic Contraptions, Droid Repair, The Lab, Fruit Ninja, Light Blade, Trials on Tatooine, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and more!