If you're traveling to Boulder with your family, you'll have no problem finding ways to entertain the whole gang. This city nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is a family-friendly haven with tons of glee-inducing outdoor adventures, educational actvities and straight-up fun year-round.
Looking for educational opportunities for homeschoolers or when school is out of session? Check out our Field Trips page.
The Pearl Street Mall 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 kids' attraction. Plenty of downtown businesses cater to kids, too. Into the Wind kite and toy shop 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.
Make an afternoon of visiting the University of Colorado campus: The CU Museum of Natural History's interactive children's exhibits include a massive triceratops fossil and a play area downstairs. And don't miss the family programming at CU's Fiske Planetarium, one of the world's most advanced projection systems. Find more ideas for indoor family fun here.
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The Museum of Boulder always has something going on for families, with exhibits on themes ranging from dinos to wolves, special events and a maker studio called the Google Garage.
In winter, you'll want to do as the locals do and plan some outside time. If it's snowy, hit Boulder's sledding hills, head to Eldora for family-friendly skiing and snowboarding terrain or go for a winter hike (there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!).
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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