Child's Play: Boulder's Unique and Exciting Attractions for Your Little Ones

The Front Range town of Boulder, Colorado is known for its mountains, scenic hiking trails, majestic canons and microbreweries, but it also happens to be a wonderfully family-friendly spot with a ton of fun to be had for the kiddos in your life. 

Topping out our list is WOW! Children's Museum, where your little guys and gals can enjoy crafts, unique exhibits, a Pirate Ship playground area, and a dress up room, amongst other delights. This intimate setting is perfect for children ages 2-6. 

Another awesome family attraction, Gateway Fun Park, allows your little ones to putt-putt golf, ride go-carts, and play arcade games to their heart's content. Batting cages are great for both kids and adults and there's also a fun outdoor maze that will keep your rugrats guessing. 

You'll also find Celestial Seasonings on our list, with a free tour for the whole family which includes the famed Mint Room. Want a relaxing afternoon indoors where your kids can tap into their creative side? Try Color Me Mine, where you can pick a ceramic piece and paint it together as a family. 

Not the indoor type? Take your brood to Chatauqua Park where hiking, rock-climbing, and scenic wonder awaits. You can also find plays and kid-friendly musical acts at the Auditorium. Boulder Creek Path offers a relaxed outdoor experience where kids can wade and splash in the waters, run along the creek-line, or fish in the well-stocked children's pond. 

WOW! Children's Museum
Photo courtesy of WOW! Children's Museum

This unique and pint-sized museum is a perfect way to spend the early morning or afternoon with your rug rats. Interactive displays such a bubble hoop that completely surrounds the participant in one, soapy, bubble along with a dress-up area and...  Read More

Valmont Bike Park

The Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance is proud to give you this one-of-a-kind bike park. Enjoy some well-maintained, yet exciting trails that will rip the screams from your throat. However, if you're in the mood for something more tame, family...  Read More

Built in 1975, this notable CU-Boulder landmark features Zeiss, one of the most remarkable stargazing machines in the world. Star shows, lectures, and laser light productions are featured on Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays. This season,...  Read More

Chautauqua Park
Photo courtesy of © 2014 City of Boulder Parks & Recreation

This meadow-like foothills park is ideal for a lazy afternoon with a book, a family picnic, bird watching, or a vigorous hike on numerous trails that will suit any skill level. The hiking trails take you into the Flatirons and the Bluebell...  Read More

Travel back in time with the Egyptian Mummies exhibit or discover new and exciting facts about our earth and universe in the Discovery Zone! Denver's Museum of Nature and Science is the perfect day trip for a family with children of all ages....  Read More

Bands on the Bricks is a free, weekly concert put on by the City of Boulder on downtown Pearl Street at absolutely no cost. A beer garden featuring local brews from Avery, West Flanders, and Upslope Brewing Company can be enjoyed, as well has...  Read More

Airport - Wbu

Park your car and enjoy a peaceful, scenic stroll or bike ride through the heart of Boulder. The path runs for miles along Boulder Creek and connects up with a variety of other bike paths providing access to numerous parks, ponds, historical...  Read More

Known for it's wide varieties and delicious tea flavors, including green, herbal, and wellness teas, Celestial Seasonings in a not-to-be-missed stop on your itinerary while visiting Boulder. Experience the powerful scent of herbs and teas on a...  Read More

At Gateway Fun Park, your kiddos can enjoy a wide variety of exciting entertainments, including a stellar arcade where tickets are won and prizes are redeemed, a large putt-putt golf course, and batting cages. The big draw here are the go-carts,...  Read More

This unique family favorite is tucked away at the end of Pearl Street and offers a relaxing and artistic experience for kids that is sure to kill a good 3 hours on a rainy day. Children pick their own ceramic figurine ranging from bowls and cups...  Read More


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