There's only so many art museums a five-year-old can take. When it's time to let the kids run loose, it's time for Boulder's kid-friendly attractions. But it's not all playgrounds and jungle gyms; these attractions are truly fun for the whole family.
In the warm months, bring the kids to Eben G. Fine Park
for a picnic and a dip in the Boulder Creek. In the colder months, prearrange ski or snowboard lessons for the kids at Eldora Mountain Resort
The Gateway Park Fun Center
has miniature golf, Go-Kart rides, and a full arcade. And while the kids play, mom and dad can hone their golf games on a full driving range or hit some homers in Boulder's only batting cage. For an evening activity, view the stars and planets at Fiske Planetarium
on the University of Colorado
For an interactive, educational activity, the National Center for Atmospheric Research
has on display satellites, weather balloons, robots, and supercomputers that can simulate the world's climate. There are also hands-on, weather-oriented exhibits and a theater, plus a half-mile loop along a path with interpretive signs describing various aspects of weather and climate plus the plants and animals of the area.
Into the Wind is perhaps the most colorful store in existence. Located on the Pearl Street Mall, this store specializes in intricate and colorful kites, and also carries a large selection of imaginative toys designed to entertain and educate. While playing here, you might just reconnect with your own inner child -- or at least Boulder's spirit of youth.
3rd St. & Arapahoe Ave.
Park for picnicking and creek for tubing... read more
4800 North 28th Street
Amusement park and arcade fun for kids AND adults...
Campus Box 408
University of Colorado
departs from the Hotel Boulderado at 2115 13th St.
Unusual historical bus tour with ghost stories...
3300 Airport Road
One-hour to weekend-long guided horseback, fishing and sleigh trips... read more
5100 North 51st Street
1345 28th Street
See and learn about the fish that swim in the Boulder Creek... read more
2861 Eldora Ski Road