AYC Programs

In 2003 the Aspen Youth Center opened the doors to our new facility. 6,500 square feet of fun all housed within the Aspen Recreation Center, AYC is the place to be for kids grades 4 – 12 when they are not in school.
We have air hockey, pool tables, ping pong, and foosball. A half-court gym and a fully functioning kitchen. Virtually endless games to play and art supplies to let our imaginations run free. All of these amazing activities are available during afterschool hours and Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer break. Always free of charge and always ready to make a new friendship or connect with old friends.
Mad Science
Students and program staff plan and participate in a wide variety of science experiments. Through this hands on learning experience, youth members forge their own discoveries using critical thinking skills and teamwork. Youth are encouraged to research project ideas and staff help with planning and purchasing...
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Art Spot
Art Spot is a place where kids get in touch with their creative side. We have a variety of guided arts and crafts such as collaging, painting, working with clay, drawing, and using recycled materials to create something awesome! Projects are often themed to celebrate holidays and current events. This...
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AYC is located on the second floor of the Aspen Recreation Center. When youth enter our facility they are immersed in a space that offers virtually unlimited options for fun. We have a computer lab for tutoring and homework, pool tables, air hockey, ping pong, and foosball. Staff use our half-court gym...
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Special Programs, Partnerships and Field Trips
AYC is partnering with people and organizations all over the Roaring Fork Valley and is always looking for new ways to engage kids in fun and enriching activities. Please reach out if you would like to partner with AYC or know of an organization that might be a good fit. We are always looking for volunteers...
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Outdoor Explore
Outdoor Explore is a summer program that gets kids outside to experience the joy and education that our great mountain outdoors has to offer. Expeditions include river rafting with Blazing Adventures, horseback riding with Wind Walkers, trail building with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, flying in a...
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Top Chef
Top Chef is a crowd favorite here at Aspen Youth Center. Kids love experimenting in our fully-stocked kitchen and cooking delicious food with our AYC staff. We cook on Thursdays and Fridays during the summer in preparation for our Community Lunch, on Fridays at noon. Occasionally, we invite a professional...
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