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Things to Do in Boulder with Kids


If you're traveling to Boulder with little ones in tow, you'll have no problem finding ways to entertain them.

The Pearl Street Mall, in particular, has endless diversions for kids, including fascinating street performers and strategically placed play areas for children. Judging by the squeals of delight you'll hear as you get near the pop-jet fountain at Pearl and 14th Street, this may get the kids' vote for best Boulder attraction. Water shoots up randomly from spouts in the pavement as little ones scamper through.

A rock garden with big boulders perfect for scrambling on, hiding behind and sitting atop is another popular spot and is located between 13th Street and Broadway. Similarly, a collection of sculptures between 14th and 15th streets is irresistible to children who like to climb on a giant stone snail and other oversized creatures.  

Plenty of downtown businesses cater to kids, too. Into the Wind kite and toyshop is positively overflowing with clever trinkets that will keep your little ones intrigued for hours. Color Me Mine offers a chance for them to get creative as they paint their own pottery. And Momentum, a shop specializing in responsibly sourced goods, has a kids' corner for reading and playing while mom and dad shop.

Of course, outside of Boulder's downtown area are plenty of activities for kids, many of which offer learning alongside fun. The Wonder of Science at Twenty Ninth Street offers an interactive learning area with large-scale lighted models of the planets, a weather reporting station, a 35-foot tall sounding rocket and more. The Underwater Fish Observatory along the Boulder Creek behind Millennium Harvest House is an opportunity for kids to peek in on fish swimming in their natural environment. And the Boulder History Museum's Discovery Room is a hands-on kids' component to the current exhibitions.

Of course, if it's just good old-fashioned playtime you want, consider Gateway Park Fun Center in North Boulder. Kids of all ages will be swept up in the mini golf course, go-karts, batting cages, human maze, an indoor arcade and more.

 

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Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts

  • 637 S. Broadway
  • Ste. H
  • Boulder, CO 80305
  • Phone: (303) 494-7988
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Culinary School of the Rockies offers hands-on cooking and baking classes in a wide variety of delicious topics. Emphasizing quality instruction, passionate staff, fully equipped kitchens, small… more

Banjo Billy's Bus Tours

  • 2115 13th Street
  • In front of the Hotel Boulderado
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (720) 938-8885
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Banjo Billy's Bus Tours departs at 2115 13th Street in front of the Hotel Boulderado. Daily tours from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This is an 80 minute, PG-13 funky guided tour of downtown… more

Barnes & Noble

  • 2999 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 444-0349
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Storytime is offered every Thursday at 11:00am for pre-school to age 6.… more
Take a walk, bike or in-line skate along this 16-mile trail through Boulder. The path is great for both recreation and people-watching. The west end of the path winds out of the city and up through… more

Boulder Fish Observatory

  • Behind the Millennium Harvest House
  • 1345 28th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
Underwater Fish Observatory is a good diversion to check out if you have the kids with you. They can feed the fish and, if they are lucky, see carp, rainbow trout, and maybe even a cutthroat trout,… more

Boulder International Fringe Festival

The Boulder International Fringe Festival is an annual 12-day un-juried arts event packed with live theatre, dance, music, media art, cinema, circus art, visual art, spoken word, puppetry, workshops,… more

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

  • 1750 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-2122
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The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1972 and is located in a historically land-marked, warehouse building in the heart of downtown Boulder. Since 1972 the museum has exhibited… more

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

  • 1750 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (855) BOC-YEAH
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Enjoy an evening under the stars! The Boulder Outdoor Cinema is open July through August. Located directly behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the cinema features pre-movies and live… more

Boulder Performing Arts Co. LLC

  • 3395 Vista Dr.
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 859-4195
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Fun classes in Film making, and Private Lessons Guitar, Voice, Bass ,Drums ,and Piano. The Boulder Performing Arts Company was created in 1981. We found there was a need for children to expand their… more

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Dairy Center for the Arts
  • 2590 Walnut St.
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-1343
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Under the vision and leadership of Music Director Michael Butterman, theBoulder Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 53rd year of reflecting all that makes Boulder special--its creativity,… more

Boulder Public Library

  • 1001 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-3100
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Open from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. The library offers childrens' Storytime, activities and… more

Boulder Public Library Concert Series

  • Canyon Theater
  • 1001 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-3100
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Unless otherwise noted, all Concert Series performances take place in the Main Library Canyon Theater. Performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Extensive FREE parking is… more

Boulder Rock Club

  • 2829 Mapleton Avenue
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 447-2804
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The Boulder Rock Club offers over 10,000 square feet of sculpted lead, top-rope, and bouldering terrain with realistic cracks, laybacks, and natural features. With an average of 75 roped routes and… more

Celestial Seasonings Tea Company

  • 4600 Sleepytime Dr
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 530-5300
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Join us for a Sensational Experience! The 45 minute tour includes a walk through the Art Gallery, samplings at the Tea Sampling Bar, a walk through the Factory where 8 million tea bags are produced… more

Clementine Studio

  • 1237 Pine St.
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-2520
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Clementine Studio is a hands-on, multi-media program that encourages the independent exploration of age appropriate art materials in a nurturing and inspiring environment.… more

Color Me Mine

  • 1938 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-3469
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Color Me Mine is the place where you get to put your artistic skills to work! Choose from our selection of over 300 ceramic pieces to design and make your own. Look around the studio at our paint… more

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

  • University of Colorado, 227 UCB
  • Boulder, CO 80309-0277
  • Phone: (303) 492-8008
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Boulder's Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958 and is still going strong. Held every summer outdoors at the Mary Rippon Theater and indoors in the University Theatre on the University of… more

Discovery Room at the Boulder History Museum

  • 1206 Euclid Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-3464
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Hours: Tues-Friday: 10-5 Sat/Sun: 12-4 Admission: Adults: $6 Seniors: $4 Children/Students: $3 Children under 5: Free The Museum exhibits artifacts from our collection of over 35,000 objects of… more

East Boulder Community Center

  • 5660 Sioux Drive
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (303) 441-4400
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Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.… more

Fiske Planetarium / Sommer Bausch Observatory

  • Campus Box 408
  • University of Colorado
  • Boulder, CO 80309
  • Phone: (303) 492-5002
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The University of Colorado’s newly remodeled Fiske Planetarium is the most advanced in the US. It fully surrounds audiences with a 65 foot diameter digital video picture, with dazzling images and… more

Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc.

  • Frequent Flyers Productions
  • 3022 E. Sterling Circle, #C
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 245-8272
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Gateway Park Fun Center

  • 4800 N 28th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 442-4386
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Gateway Park is Boulder’s only complete indoor/outdoor family fun center. Located on 15 panoramic acres at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Gateway Park Fun Center offers fun for the entire… more

George Reynolds Branch Library

  • 3595 Table Mesa Dr.
  • Boulder, CO 80305
  • Phone: (303) 441-3120
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Storytime is offered every Monday morning at 10:15.… more

Harmony Music House

  • 2525 1/2 Broadway St.
  • Boulder, CO 80304
  • Phone: (303) 444-7444
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"Music is the social fabric of our lives." -Robby Loeb, Owner Harmony Music House was created with the intention of putting the creative gift of making music into the hands of our students. Aside… more

Historic Downtown Boulder & Pearl Street Mall

  • 1942 Broadway
  • Suite 301
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-3774
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Stroll along our popular pedestrian mall and enjoy a great selection of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Also popular are the seasonal art shows, craft fairs, musical… more

Into the Wind

  • 1408 Pearl St.
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-5356
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Our internet customers may know us as Best Online Kite Store, our beloved Boulderites know Into the Wind as the best place to take your kids, visiting relatives, or dates on the Pearl Street mall.… more

Ironkids

  • Boulder Reservoir
  • 5565 N 51st St.
  • Boulder, CO 80303
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The mission of IronKids is to inspire and motivate youth through the sport to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. The IronKids National Triathlon Series, targeting children ranging in age… more

Kids Fishing Pond

  • 6th St. & Canyon Blvd.
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 413-7200
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On Boulder Creek near 6th and Canyon. Children 12 and under may fly fish from dawn until dusk with poles and any kind of bait, and they may keep the fish.… more

Kutandara Center

  • 5401 Western Ave.
  • Suite B
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 443-2969
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At Kutandara Center, we believe that our music inspires, transforms, and connects us to each other and our world. Because we believe this, we commit to - Seeking opportunities for others to share… more

Meadow Music

  • Chautauqua Ranger Cottage
  • 900 Baseline Rd
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 441-3440
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Mondays in June: 30th Mondays in July: 14th, 28th Mondays in August: 4th, 11th, 18th (finale) Chautauqua Park 5:30 –7 pm Meadow Music programs are our most popular (and very fun)… more
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