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    Pop-Jet Fountain on Pearl Street

    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.

    Downtown Fun

    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.

    Plenty of downtown businesses cater to kids, too. Into the Wind kite and toyshop is positively overflowing with clever trinkets and gadgets to enthrall little ones, while Boulder Book Store will delight parents and kids alike with fantastic books and toys. Color Me Mine offers a chance for kids to get creative as they paint their own pottery.

    Into the Wind Kite Shop Boulder

    Learn + Play

    The Boulder History Museum's Discovery Room (currently by appointment only) is a hands-on kids' component to the museum's topical exhibitions, while the CU Museum of Natural History has a children's room stocked with discovery kits, animal puppets, touchable exhibits, books and a coloring and puzzle station. And don't miss the family programming at the nearby Fiske Planetarium, one of the world's most advanced projection systems.

    Outdoor Escapades

    Wanna get outside? Many of the paths around Chautauqua Trailhead are kid-friendly, and the Ranger's Cottage here offers free nature discovery packs. Also try Wonderland Lake, Settler's Park and South Mesa trails. Splash on the banks of Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park or head out to the Boulder Reservoir for beach time and water recreation galore, or please your little fishies at one of a handful of great swimming pools in Boulder.

    Beach at Boulder Reservoir

    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.

    Also check out this list of family-friendly Boulder restaurants, compiled by 5280 Magazine, and the city of Boulder's 10 ideas for nature play. Boulder's summertime family fun is also featured on Mile High Mamas.