savvy sassy moms logo

About the author  ⁄ Andrea Fellman

Andrea Fellman is a Mom who hasn't lost her style to motherhood. She is the owner and editor-in-chief of Savvy Sassy Moms and manages a team of creative contributors that work hard to keep moms up to date on the latest trends. Andrea loves social media and works on a variety of social media campaigns with brands big and small. Connect with Savvy Sassy Moms on Instagram Andrea's biggest passion is traveling with her family and is currently living in Costa Rica! She is writing about her travels over at Wanderlust Living and you can follow her personal journey on Instagram

LOOP Giveaway Joovy Tandem Stroller Savvy Sassy Moms IG
Flash Instagram Giveaway

We’re hosting a Flash Giveaway and it starts tonight at 6pm PST / 9pm EST. We’re giving away a Joovy Stroller and not just any stroller! TheJoovy Caboose VaryLight Stand On Tandem Stroller.

What do you need to do to enter?  Well, head over to Instagram and Follow Savvy Sassy Moms. Then complete the LOOP by following all the Savvy Sassy Moms contributors and product scouts.

YOU must ENTER ON INSTAGRAM however here are the official rules of entry.

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Like this picture, follow this account, then tap the picture above to see who is next in the loop. You must like each picture and follow all 19 accounts in the loop to qualify.

2. When you get back to the picture on my account, tag a friend below to finish entering.

3. You can leave additional comments with additional friends for extra entries. You can also tag additional friends on other photos in the loop for additional entries. One tag per comment, please.
Loop ends Thursday, March 5th at 6pm PST/8pm CST/9pm EST. Winner will be announced on Friday, March 6th. Good luck!

NOTE: By entering you confirm you are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. ‪#‎savvysassymoms‬‪#‎giveaway‬ ‪#‎win‬

This is an INSTAGRAM ONLY giveaway.  Please enter over on Instagram.

If you do not have an Instagram account you may not enter.
Ends on March 5th at 6pm PST / 9pm EST

Read More →
MckEnna Hudson Ready Paint Fire Keystone Art Camp
Art Camp at Keystone Resort

While we were visiting Keystone Resort over the holidays last year we did a lot more than just snowboard. This is exactly why I loved Keystone so much — you don’t have to feel bad about not being on the mountain when there are so many other fun activities. When our kids saw the sign for Art Camp they both stopped in their tracks and begged us to sign them up!

Let the kids work their creative muscle at Ready, Paint, Fire!‘s two locations: one at Keystone and the original location at Breckenridge. Our kids went to the Art Camp from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on a Saturday morning, which was perfect timing for us to drop them off, allowing my husband and me to get some more snowboarding time in!

IMG_1852

Ready, Paint, Fire!

When we entered the Ready, Paint, Fire! art studio I think my kids thought they had died and gone to heaven. Since we live out of the country, it is hard to take any sort of art classes and both my kids love arts and crafts. They also have an art teacher for a grandma, so they have been lucky to learn a love of art from her.

The first room at Ready, Paint, Fire! was set up with wall-to-wall canvas with drawings and the kids got to choose which one they wanted to paint. They also molded Christmas ornaments (for Grandma, of course), a panda pinch pot and a monster out of clay and painted them. After camp was over they put the pottery in the kiln to be fired and you can return the next day to pick them up.

ready paint fire Art Studio Ketystone Colorado

Hudson LEGO painting at Ready Paint Fire Keystone
Hudson picked out a LEGO canvas to paint (obviously).

McKenna Ready Paint Fire Keystone Resort Colorado

McKenna choose this cute bear fishing in a boat.

Keystone Art Camp Ready Paint Fire
Classes and Special Events

If you are lucky enough to live in Summit County, or if you are visiting Keystone or Breckenridge, you can check the website for even more classes and special events. They also have studio drop-in sessions where you can pay an hourly fee, plus the cost of your pottery or canvas. Check the Ready, Paint Fire! website for more details.

Find them on Facebook

IMG_1851

Read More →

Findery Travel App Destinations and Notemaps

It’s no secret that I love to travel, and sharing my travel stories, tips and tricks is a major part of the fun for me. So, when I started playing around with the travel app, Findery, I was giddy with excitement! Warning: It can be very addicting.

Findery
is a social network for travel content that let’s you create “notemaps” for places you have been all around the world, from your favorite neighborhood Mexican restaurant to the beaches of Brazil. Under each main notemap you create — which are usually cities or countries — you can create individual notes about things to do, where to go and what to see in that area. You simply upload a photo, write a description, add tags and mark its location. It’s like posting a digital postcard and sharing it within the Findery travel community.

Documenting your travels with Findery

One of the best things I have realized about this app, as a travel writer, is that it can literally function as my own travel notebook when I’m on-the-go. Say you are visiting Chicago and eating at a very unique wine and tapas bar, you can literally snap a photo of the restaurant, upload it to the app and leave a note about your experience, your favorite tapas or the brand of wine from Spain you loved. This can help when you get home and start writing about your trip because you already have some of the main pieces of the story written down in your Findery notes.

While you can think of Findery as a digital and social scrapbook of your travels and as keepsakes from your trips, one of the other key features is that people are engaging with your content. Similar to other social networks, you follow other Findery travelers and, of course, you want people to follow you. You can like their notes, follow an entire notemap for a destination or leave comments and questions underneath the notes.

Follow me on FIndery

Findery Notemap Guatemala

Travel notemaps on Findery

My very first notemap is Taking the Kids to Guatemala and I have created 12 notes about our trip to Antigua and Lake Atitlán. This is not only a great place for me to write about key components of our trip, but can be a great resource for anyone planning a trip to Guatemala. Plus, other travelers can get the inside scoop on where to go and what not to miss!

Since my family and friends know that I travel a lot, I get emailed questions all the time about certain places I have been. Now I can simply share my notemaps with them and all the important places of interest are organized in one place easy for them to search themselves.

Travel planning search tool

Not only does Findery let you create travel content to share, but you can also use Findery as a travel planning search tool. You can search the Findery app by destination and find notemaps about that specific destination. If you are planning a family vacation to Italy this summer, you can search the app for Italy and begin to read about interesting places to visit or a great hotel someone recommends. You can follow someone’s entire notemap about Italy, save certain notes to your own Italy notemap or save them in the “Places I want to go” notemap.

Travel Locally with Findery

When you are using the app out in the world and from your phone, the homepage will show Near or Far. If you select near then the app will populate notes that are near you, so when you are visiting a new city, you can instantly find notes and points of interest that are literally right around you. This is also great for finding new things to explore in your hometown. You might discover something you never knew was even there before or it might encourage you to try a new restaurant based on someones note.

The Findery app has so many of the features I like about other social networks and pulls them all together in one gorgeous app. It allows me to share my travels, write about my personal experience, share travel tips and engage with other travelers. I can also collect travel content that I want to use in the future or instantly find information about a place that I am visiting right at that moment. I am a huge fan of post it notes and I think of Findery as leaving leaving post-its all over the world. Whether those post-it notes are mine or someone else’s, it’s a fun and exciting new way to explore the world.

Findery Travel App


Download the Findery App
 from the iTunes store and be sure to follow me!  @WanderlustLiving

 

Disclosure: I am working as a content ambassador for the Findery app. I share this with you because travel is my passion and it’s a awesome app that I am seriously obsessed with! 

Read More →


Tide Chic Twitter Party FINAL

#TideChic Twitter Party

Wednesday, February 18th
1:00pm PST / 4:00pm EST

Hosts: @momtrends /  @savvysassymoms /  @tide
Special Guest: @GeorgeKotsi

Hashtag: #TideChic

As New York Fashion Week wraps up join us to talk about the latest Spring 2015 fashion trends with celebrity stylist, fashion designer and trend expert George Kotsiopoulos. We’ll be dishing on all the latest fashion trends that hit the runway and how more and more designers are using washable fabrics, offering consumers a way to more easily care for their designer garments at home.

During the party George Kotsiopoulos will be sharing his tips and how to care for those everyday fashion essentials with the help of Tide Pods. Tide, a proud sponsor of/at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, encourages fashionistas everywhere to use Tide Pods with their favorite washable garments to keep colors bright and looking their best.

 

Tide_Logo_300

  • Tide Pods are a multi-chamber laundry detergent the clean, fight stains and brighten all in one, providing the Tide Clean you love in an easy-to-use form.
  • The unique, multi-chamber liquid single-use Tide Pods deliver great Tide cleaning in a single-use form that is twice as  compacted as liquid detergent today.
  • Tide Pods deliver the same brilliant results that Tide is known for and make the laundry process simpler and less time-consuming.
  • Each convenient Tide Pods is pre-measured so it is simple to use and consistently delivers trusted Tide cleaning performance. The Tide Pods use a best-in-class film that will dissolve and work effectively in all water temperatures.
  • Just be sure to put them in the washer FIRST and then add your clothes.

New York Fashion Week is a great source of creative inspiration. We want to encourage Moms everywhere to see fashion as a fun form of expression and to break out of that everyday mom uniform rut!

Tide Chic Prizing

 

#TideChic twitter Party Prizing

1. Urban Ears washable headphones + Tide Pods
2. Urban Ears washable headphones + Tide Pods
3. $100 Amazon Gift Card + Tide Pods
4. $100 Amazon Gift Card + Tide Pods

RSVP for the Party



 

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post and Twitter Party by Tide.

Read More →

The Springs at River Run Keystone Colorado Family Travel Vacation Lodging

The Springs Keystone Colorado

Keystone Resort Lodging

Keystone makes for one exceptional family ski vacation there is not doubt about that. The mountain itself will impress you and the kid friendly amenities and all the activities will keep your family very busy on and off the mountain. Keystone is also only about a two hour drive from Denver and very easy to get to which is another reason it’s a perfect choice.

When choosing your Keystone Resort lodging you have many options available, however the Mountain House neighborhood is a great option for families because of it’s proximity to the Ski & Ride school. We stayed at The Springs, which is a part of the Keystone Resort managed properties and one of the biggest benefits of staying within the Keystone Resort properties is when you book at least two nights, your kids ski free!

Kids Ski Free at Keystone

The Springs Keystone Resort Waterslide and Pool

The Springs at Keyatone Resort Condo Vacation Rentals The Springs Keystone Colorado Lodging

The Springs at Keystone Resort Colorado Hotels
The Springs, Keystone Colorado

The Springs at Keystone is located near the base of the Keystone Gondola and right next to the Keystone Ski & Ride school, which makes it very convenient for parents getting their kids to and from ski school. Keystone also has little red wagons to haul kids ski equipment back to the condos and there are storage lockers assigned for each condo in the garage, so you do not need to bring all that gear into the condo.

Another reason why the The Springs is so popular with families is the outdoor jacuzzi’s and the only outdoor pool with a waterslide! The pool is lukewarm but when it is -10 degrees outside it feels a bit colder. My kids loved sliding down the slide, swimming across the pool and then jumping into the hot tub. I didn’t want to do it, but they finally convinced me and so even I took the waterslide plunge!

The Springs is also just a short walk across a bridge that takes you right to the center of the main village. The Village is where you will find plenty of dining options, coffee shops, shopping, and a mini market. There is also a free Keystone shuttle that will pick you up and take you anywhere within the Keystone Resort as well so getting to the Village and the slopes is never a problem no matter where you stay!

The Springs Condo Kitchen Keystone Colorado Vacation Rental

The Springs Living Room Keystone Colorado

The Springs Condo Bedroom One Keystone Colorado The Springs two bedroom condo Keystone Colorado Vacation Rental

Inside the Condos at The Springs, Keystone Colorado

We stayed in a two bedroom condo and it was very nicely furnished, just as you would expect a Colorado mountain ski condo to be furnished and decorated. It was cozy and felt very comfortable, as if it was our own families condo. The kitchen was large and had plenty of seating for everyone, either around the huge countertop bar or at the kitchen table that had chairs and a long bench to sit at. The living room area had a large leather sofa that had a pull out bed, which is great if you have more than two children or are traveling with grandparents.

The Springs as a very nice lobby area for lounging around with a large fireplace, couches and even a pool table. They have separate playroom for smaller children and toddlers with a fun house, toys, books and games. There is a private theatre room too!  We stumbled upon this by accident and made the most of our discovery and immediately put in the move Elf and settled in for a lazy afternoon in the big leather chairs.  This might have been one of my favorite moments just because it was unexpected and such a sweet surprise.

The Springs is a luxury priced property but with all the amenities and conveniences it may be worth it to you and your family. The Keystone Resort itself has done an incredible job making Keystone very family friendly and staying at The Springs was really the icing on the cake!

Keystone The Springs at River Run Frozen RiverKeystone Colorado Top of Mountain Snow Fort
Disclosure:  A portion of my stay at The Springs was a part of a Media Stay with Keystone Resort for the purpose of a review. My opinions are always my own. I share this with you so it may help you decide on your next family adventure!

Read More →
Cook Eat Love Twitter Party Chase FINAL
Valentines Day Celebrations Twitter Party

Monday, February 9th
6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST

Hosts: @momtrends & @savvysasymoms
Special Celebrity Chef Guest @KatieLeeKitchen

Join us as we chat Valentine’s Day prep with author, culinary expert and co-host of the Food Network’s The Kitchen, Katie Lee! We’ll be talking about Valentine’s Day Celebrations not just for couples, but how to celebrate as a family or with friends! Katie Lee will be dishing out tips for cooking up the perfect meal with your kids or planning a romantic dinner for your Valentine. No matter who is in the kitchen, we want it to be filled with lots of love and delicious food.

Whether you’re trying to decide what to do for that special someone or looking for a fun activity for the family, here are three creative tips from Katie Lee to get you inspired:

1. All in the Family

Show your family some love by celebrating together. Go to the supermarket and let everyone pick their favorite items, then come home and cook together. Or have a family movie night.

2. Made With Love

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. Make homemade cookies and package them up in a decorative tin. This is a fun gift for the kids, friends and even co-workers.

3. Sparkling Chef

Choose a menu that is easy to execute and indulgent without being too heavy. To make a quick hors d’oeuvre, toast slices of baguette, spread with ricotta cheese, top with sliced strawberries and give a sprinkle of flaky sea salt with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar! For dessert, buy a chocolate angel food cake and serve it with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder. Now for the main event, sear filet mignon in a skillet and make a quick red wine sauce to serve with it. And don’t forget the champagne! Make a Valentine’s Day cocktail with pomegranate juice and seeds, a splash of citrus vodka, and top it with bubbles.

However you celebrate this Valentine’s Day, remember to shop smart. Now through March 31, Chase Freedom is offering cardholders 5% cash back at grocery stores and movie theaters. So whether you plan a romantic night at home or have a family movie night, Chase Freedom has you covered.

Cook Eat Love Chase Twitter Party Prizing

Twitter Party Prizing

1. William Sonoma Bundt Cake Pan & Red Velvet Cake Mix $48.00

2. Heart Shaped Waffle Iron $39.95 + Heart Hand Towels $12.95

3. Cast Iron Fondue Set $39.95

4.  William Sonoma Gold Bakeware Set $79.99

5. Le Creuset Cast Iron Heart Shaped Dutch Oven $200

RSVP for Prizing

Disclosure: This Twitter Party and post is sponsored by Chase Freedom.

 

Read More →

It’s a new month and that means we have some new baby gear to giveaway to one lucky reader! Each month we round up four awesome products for a monthly Baby Bundle Giveaway, last month we started the year of by giving away a crib! This month it’s all about the L-O-V-E. All of these items are perfect for cuddling up with your little love bug and making sure Mom looks good when on the go!

Lulujo Muslin Baby Blankets

Lulujo Baby

Lulujo Baby  is a proudly Canadian company behind premium baby essentials. Their brand is simple: to create functional products with comforting fabrics that modern parents and babies love. Launched in 2009, the collection, known for its top-selling multi-functional cotton muslin swaddling blankets, ultra soft fabrics and fashionable fun prints, has earned its place among leading brands in the industry. The all-in-one muslin cotton wraps are made with finely woven muslin cloth. Soft and breathable, these wraps not only help baby feel safe and secure while swaddled; they also can be used as a blanket, a nursing cover, a portable crib sheet, a change mat, a stroller cover and more.

February Baby Bundle

Lulujo Muslin Hearts Blankets $15.99

Lulujo Social

Facebook /  Twitter  /  Pinterest / Instagram

Zoocchini Hooded Towels for Baby and Kids
Zoocchini

Your little one will be snug, dry and oh-so-cute after bath time or a dip in the pool with the super soft and wonderfully absorbent Snow Terry Hooded Towels from Zoocchini. Generously sized with a cozy hood, they offer a warm embrace with a friendly face both parents and babies will love. Ideal for newborn to 18 months these blankets make a great gift for the new bundle of joy or for a first birthday party celebration. Hooded towels make great phoyo props too!

Zoocchini Piglet Hooded Towel ($26)
Zoocchini Terry Piglet Bath Mitt ($12)

Zoocchini Social

FacebookTwitter / Instagram / Pinterest

Nini and Pumpkin Moon Cocoon
Nini & Pumpkin

Nini & Pumpkin  – The moon cocoon sleep sack is a wearable duvet that will keep your bundle of joy warm, cozy and safe all year long. The unique, patent pending, detachable feature allows for immediate continued use after accidents happen, or for use as a blanket on its own. $129.00

    • Shell and lining in super-soft premium quality 100% cotton
    • PrimaLoft® fill is breathable, hypoallergenic, water resistant, and  blue sign certified
    • A tog value of 1.9 provides the perfect warmth for use all year in room temperatures of 65-72°F
    • Clever snap positioning allows for three size adjustments
    • Zipper placement allows for additional air flow, mobility for walking toddlers, and easy diaper changes
    • OEKO-TEX® certified components
    • Safety tested, parent approved
Nini and Pumpkin Social

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown Tote Giveaway

Petunia Pickle Bottom

Petunia Pickle Bottom always has the most beautiful diaper bags for the stylish mom. Their new Downtown Tote is a versatile, modern bag that takes you from the city to the shore, and from baby and beyond. The Interior features six open pockets around the sides, one small zippered pocket and an exterior zippered back pocket. Some of the other key features include water-resistant lining, polished metal hardware, protective feet, and vegan leather shoulder straps and trim. It also includes a changing pad and PPB-monogrammed wipes case. Downtown Tote $139.00

Petunia Pickle Bottom Social

Facebook /  Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest

February Baby Bundle Giveaway Savvy Sassy Moms
Enter to WIN the February Baby Bundle

Please enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Ends on 2/28/2014
Open to US and Canadian residents

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway and promotion

Read More →
Dropprice Social Shopping for the Best Price
Save Money by Social Shopping

Wouldn’t it be great if you could go shopping with a group of friends and the more friends you brought with you, the better the prices were? There is no doubt that I would shop with my friends all the time! But getting a bunch of busy moms to coordinate their schedules to go shopping is a logistical nightmare. Just finding the time to go shopping by ourselves is hard enough, which is why we all love online shopping so much — it’s fast and efficient.

We all know that moms also love buying things on sale… and then sharing their great deal finds with other moms. When I heard about Dropprice, the latest social shopping platform, I knew this idea was brilliant and made for moms!

Dropprice lets moms drop the price on baby and kids’ products with a simple click of a button. The more moms that click to drop the price of an item, the better the savings. All you have to do is visit Dropprice website to view their weekly items and then help drop the price — the more moms that collaborate, the more everyone saves.

Dropprice Lassig Diaper Bag Social Shopping

Moms can drop the prices on kids products

For example, in this week’s promotion is for the Lassig Tender Diaper Bag. It started out at $135 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates until it reaches $75 (44% off). This promotion also includes free shipping anywhere in the US!

Participants have the option to share on social media to get more moms to participate or they can “buy now” for whatever price the item has been dropped to at that time. Typically, there are limited quantities available in products, so you can choose to jump on the current price and buy that item you love, or wait to see if it drops as more moms click to drop the price. This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by banding together to get the best price possible on products they love.

To help you get excited about this new social sharing shopping experience, we’ve teamed up with Dropprice to show you just how it works and we’re giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card. All you have to do is help DROP THE PRICE!

$100 Visa Gift Card GIVEAWAY

Give it a try!  By dropping the price on this Lassig Diaper Bag you will be entered to WIN a $100 Visa Gift Card.  All you need to do is click “drop the price” on the widget below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the widget — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries.

Ends on 2/13/2015
Must be a US Resident to win.

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!

Winner was Randi M. and notified by Dropprice via email.

Terms & Conditions | Powered by Dropprice

Follow Drop_Price on Twitter

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored giveaway promotion.

Read More →

Gold Favorites
It’s not a secret that gold is trending, it’s everywhere we turn! We’re seeing this gold trend in home decor, gold bakeware, fashion accessories and even the popular metallic temporary tattoos. We recently designed a Gold Baby Shower and I think it was such a chic baby shower theme for the modern mom. So it’s no wonder I have a few favorite gold things that have caught my eye.

There is seriously something here for every budget. If you are looking to update your home office or bathroom framing a gold print will certainly do the trick. Spoil yourself with a pair of new sunglasses or a chic little clutch. And with Valentines Day just around the corner I thought these might make some great gifts for you! So don;t be shy, share this link with your husband to give him a little nudge.

1. LOVE Print from minted
2. Jimmy Choo Sunglasses
3. Big Deal Wall Print
4. Nashelle 14 kt Gold letter Necklace
5. Power Card Portable Battery
6. Metallic Strip Clutch
7. Gold Flatware Serving Set

Are you digging the gold trend?

 

Read More →

IMG_1654

Standing at the top of Keystone and looking out over this spectacular view, I felt like I was floating outside my boots. I may have ten reasons to take the family to Keystone, Colorado, but truth be told, the breathtaking view is reason enough.

If I am being honest, the mountain itself overwhelmed me. I was a bit intimidated. Our first run down, I was feeling my 37 year old aging body a bit and things were stiffer than they had been in years past. The ski runs at Keystone are long and some of them are very steep. The longest run is School Marm, which is 3.5 miles long! My legs got quite the workout at Keystone. Luckily, I found the Spring Dipper, which was my favorite run — it was a little more gentle on my legs and let me enjoy the ride a bit more.

If you came strictly for the mountain, you are sure to be completely satisfied. However, there are so many more family-friendly activities off the mountain, which is why Keystone Resort makes for one of the best family ski vacations.

The Springs Keystone Colorado Outside Hot Tub and waterslide WaterslideThe Springs at Keystone Resort Colorado Hotels
1. The Springs

We were fortunate to stay at one of the Keystone condos at The Springs, and I have to say this was the perfect location and ideal family lodging.The condos are well-equipped with everything you need and include a large kitchen and living room with a pull-out sofa and fireplace. The Springs is just a short walk to the village and as close as you can get to the kids Ski & Ride school, which is located right next to the main Gondola. There are several hot tubs and a pool with a waterslide if you feel like taking the chilling plunge! Watching my kids run through the steam to the top of the waterslide, swimming across the pool and then jumping into the hot tub was one of my favorite memories during our stay. We also discovered the private theatre room and spent an afternoon snuggled up watching the movie Elf, another favorite Keystone moment of mine.

Epic Mix Kids Photo Keystone 2014

2.  The Epic Mix

Lift tickets have gone digital. When you purchase your lift tickets, you will receive a hotel-key-like card. This card can simply be put in your pocket, and you’ll never have to take it out to be scanned. Vail Resorts are using a ground breaking technology that embeds RFID chip into your card, and it tracks everywhere you go on the mountain!  You can log into EpicMix.com using the code on the back of your card to see your mountain stats for the day as well as mountain conditions. It will show how many vertical feet you rode that day, and you can earn special mountain pins. You can take photos on the mountain from the Epic Mix photographers and download, share and send them to family and friends. You can also follow your family and friends and communicate with them on the mountain — it’s like your own mountain social network!

Keystone Village Fire Pit and Shops

Keystone Village ice Sculptures

3. The Keystone Village

One of the things I love most about snowboarding and ski vacations is walking around the village. The main village at any resort usually gives the mountain it’s personality and adds to the experience. As parents, we appreciated the kids activities scattered throughout the village: a giant checker board and chess board, corn hole, connect four and an ice skating rink. We loved the family ice sculpture, too! The village has plenty of dining options, clothing boutiques and ski gear shops. Keystone Sports is where you will be able to pick up your ski or snowboard rentals. The Snack Shack is a great place for some frozen yogurt or let them fill up a bag of candy. The village also has a small market to pick up any essentials you may have forgotten, stock up on some groceries, wine and beer or grab a few souveniers.

Kestone Ski and Ride School Colorado family travel

Kestone Wagon for Kids Ski Gear

4. Kids’ Ski & Ride School

Unlike many ski & ride schools found at the base of the mountain, Keystone’s learning area is at the top, so your kids will get to ride the Gondola up to start their day. Keystone has an entire learning area called The Schoolyard Family Ski & Ride Zone, which is where ski & ride school takes place and is great area for riding along with your kids. Ski & Ride school starts at 9:00 am and goes until 3:00 pm; the instructors are very professional and will give you a full report on what your child did that day and what they worked on. They’ll also take your kids’ photos, and you can track where on the mountain they went through the EpicMix.

The little red wagons reserved for hauling kids’ equipment may be a small feature, but they’re definitely sanity-saving. We all know that at the end of the day everyone is exhausted, and this is when meltdowns can happen, so having a wagon to haul all the stuff was super helpful.

**Kids Ski Free**

Yes, at Keystone KIDS SKI FREE. Book any two nights, and your child skis free!

Keystone Colorado Snow FortKestone Snow Fort
5. The Largest Snow Fort

One of the most unique features of Keystone is the snow fort on top of the mountain, and they like to boast that it is the largest snow fort in North America. You will need to take the Gondola up to get to the snow fort, which is fun for the whole family, even if you have a wee little one that is not participating in ski & ride school. We did this one afternoon to take a break from the boards for a bit. The snow fort has a snow cubed maze, a few slides for the kids to go down, and don’t be afraid to stage your own family snowball fight… that’s what a snow fort is for!

Sleigh Ride Dinner Keystone Colorado
6.  Dinner Sleigh Ride

The Scenic Dinner Sleigh Ride is a great family dining experience that takes you to a small, tucked-away cabin deep in the heart of Colorado’s back country. The moment you load the sled, they offer you warm blankets for your family to get cozy and cuddle up under the stars. It happened to be snowing the night we went, so it was the perfect winter night for a sleigh ride. The little log cabin is filled with family style picnic tables set with red and white gingham napkins, mason jar drinking glasses and small cast iron pot bowls for your chili. It is a traditional Colorado cowboy dinner, with your choice of beef or chicken served on a skillet. The live entertainment is from a Willy Nelson type music man and his guitar. It’s a very fun night, and I would highly recommend it.

Another dining experience for families is Fondue on top of Keystone’s North Peak Mountain. Foundue Der Chessel

Xpot Keystone Colorado Coffee

7. Inxpot Coffee

Coffee is always important to me. Inxpot Coffee is more than just a coffee joint — it’s a locals’ favorite hang out to grab coffee, a cocktail or a cup of soup. Inside it is a cozy little cave with couches, tables, a fireplace and wall-to-wall book shelves filled with books.  So leave the kids with your spouse and settle in for an afternoon by yourself! There is a Starbucks in the village, too, but whenever you can have a local favorite cup of coffee, do it. It’s a traveling shame if you don’t.

8. Dining Options

Zuma Restaurant Keystone ColoradoZuma Roadhouse Food in Keystone Village
The first night we ate at Zuma, which is new to Keystone and had just recently opened. This is very family friendly and has a cool, chic, diner vibe. I loved the decor, plenty of room for families, a nice kids menu and great food. They also have a small game room for the kids!

Kickapoos Restaurant Keystone Colorado VillageKickapoos Tavern Food Keystone Colorado

My favorite food in the Village was at Kickapoo Tavern — we ate here twice. We had the tortilla soup, chicken lettuce wraps and the BBQ salad and all three were fantastic!  it gets crowded and can be a bit loud, but that is also what i liked about it. Everyone brings their energy from the mountain inside with them!

Keystone Colorado Snow Tubing

9. More Mountain Family Adventures

Snow tubing, ice skating, night skiing and Mountain-Top Snowcat Tours are all available for families and let you take a break from all the skiing or snowboarding. I know my kids have a hard time doing back-to-back ski and snowboard days, so it’s great when there are other family activities to try.  Snow tubing is always a favorite; it’s a lot less work but still a lot of fun. Keystone’s tubing hill is just off the Gondola and has a covered conveyor belt that brings you back up the mountain. You do need to make reservation, and you are scheduled for one hour. There are two ice skating rinks, one in the village and another one right outside the Adventure Center.

We were scheduled to do a snowcat tour, but because of the zero visibility on the top of the mountain that day, we were unable to go.

Keystone Kidtopia Ready Paint Fire Art Camp

10. Kidtopia & Art Camp

Kidtopia at Keystone is what makes both the kids and parents happy!  Kidtopia activities run daily and vary each day but include things like scavenger hunts, cookie hour, ice cream socials, giant snowball launch, face painting, fort building, disco tubing and art camp! When I asked our kids what their favorite thing at Keystone was, they both shouted,  “Art Camp”. I realize our kids were there to snowboard first, but this was by far their absolute favorite thing they did at Keystone. Even I wanted to stay and paint with them!  Ready, Paint Fire is the art studio that offers pottery and canvas painting classes during the week and has an art camp on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am – 12:00pm. This was a huge hit with our kids.

Keystone has really thought of everything when engaging families both on and off the mountain. There is so much to do that it was hard to get it all in in just four days. We could have definitely stayed longer and still had plenty to do. Keystone has all the key pieces that make a family ski vacation not just great but really quite exceptional.

*I also know I have fallen in love with a place when my husband and I talk about possibly living there, and I buy a coffee mug to take home. The coffee mug is my official “travel tell”. It means I liked a place so much that I want to sit and think about it as I sip my coffee in the morning long after I have left.

Keystone Colorado Coffee Mug

 

Disclosure: This was a media stay for the purpose of my honest review of Keystone. Parts of my accommodations and activities were comped. We paid for all our travel to and from Keystone. I share this with you to help you make the best travel decisions for your family.

 

Read More →

Savvy Sassy Newsletter

  • Stylish News in Your Inbox...
  • All The Latest Trends...
  • Our Greatest Giveaways Sent to You....

Be Savvy. Be Sassy. Signup Below: