Bringing Companions and Family



Aspen, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, is a popular vacation destination with many opportunities for hiking, climbing, mountain biking, rafting and other outdoor activities in summer. Since the founding of the Center in 1962, families have been an integral part of the participants Aspen experience. ACP encourages physicists to bring their families with them to Aspen so they can enjoy together the many and varied amenities that this small mountain town provides. Children are welcome on the campus on weekends and in the evenings, especially for the family picnics every Tuesday throughout the summer and on Wednesday evenings in July and August for a kids BBQ that we co-host with the Aspen Science Center. A private lactation room is available in Stranahan Library and a Day Care Fund has been established to help offset child care expenses for participant parents of young children.

Cribs, Strollers, Highchairs

A supply of baby and child needs from bath tubs to bikes is available for your use at no charge. Please ask a staff member for directions and return all items to the Center before leaving. Donations are welcome!

Dinnertime Family Picnics

Tuesday evenings at 5 p.m. at the Center, rain or shine! Bring your food and your family. We provide the grills, watermelon, chips, plates and utensils, along with ditch toys and volleyball. Beer & wine are available. Get a bird's-eye view of a 2014 picnic at YouTube.

"Physics is for Kids" BBQ's

Wednesdays at 5 p.m. at the Center in July and early August are reserved for children's picnics, co-hosted with the Aspen Science Center. Hamburgers are available for purchase. The Science Center provides toys and activities. At 6 p.m., one of our illustrious and kid-friendly physicists gives a short science talk geared toward elementary through middle´┐Żschool ages.

Public Lectures

Thursday evenings, we sponsor the free Heinz R. Pagels Lecture Series on exciting research topics in physics. These talks are addressed to the non-scientist and are very popular. We also sponsor community outreach events.

Area Activities

We provide information and local discounts for a wide variety of activities, camps, classes, and recreation in the Aspen area.

Day Care and Camps for Children

Child care in the Aspen area is available on short notice although it is best to pre-arrange care if possible. Camp Aspen Snowmass offers a significant discount if you register and pay in early May. Most local child-care facilities are well trained in communicating with non-English speaking children. Since day-care facilities change often, we recommend that you Google current facilities. Our Activities Brochure offers suggestions for children six and older.

When bringing an infant and/or a young toddler, participants often bring nannies, a family member, or the babysitter you might use at home. If you hope to find day care for an infant or a toddler, do arrange it in advance, as this is the most difficult age for which to arrange care.

When you register, we ask you to indicate whether anyone in your family is interested in providing babysitting. You may contact the staff for this list. We email a weekly participant list that includes accompanying family members so that families can contact one another to arrange babysitting and play dates.

Company Store: T-Shirts, Mugs, ACP Cookbooks, and More

See new and favorite items in the Stranahan Coffee Room. Pay at the Smart Hall front desk.