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    Rainy Day Activities in Boulder

    You’re on vacation, it’s raining, and your kids are bouncing off the walls. Now what? Though rainy (and even snowy) days are relatively rare in Boulder, it can be a lifesaver to have a few indoor entertainment options in your back pocket for your energetic kids — just in case.

    1. NCAR Visitor Center

    Learn where and how rain begins at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Ever touched a cloud? Created a tornado? Your kids can do both at NCAR’s visitor center.

    NCAR Visitor Center Tornado

    2. Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour (temporarily closed)

    Warm up, dry off and be amazed at Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory. Free 45-minute tours occur every hour on the hour. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure a spot on the tour and sip unlimited tea tastings! This tour is for kids 5 and older.

    3. Gateway Park Fun Center

    Win great prizes at the arcade at Gateway Park Fun Center. The arcade is open year-round and you can even grab lunch at the snack bar while you're there.

    4. Pearl Street Mall

    Duck in and out of shops on Pearl Street Mall. Play with toys and gadgets at Into the Wind, marvel at cool and clever local art and gadgets at Art Mart, and read children’s books at the historic Boulder Book Store.

    Into the Wind Kite Shop Boulder

    5. ABC Kids Climbing Gym

    Exert some energy at ABC Kids Climbing Gym and pretend you’re in a Dr. Seuss story as you scramble over the colorful rock walls.

    6. University of Colorado

    Check out the dinosaur fossils at CU Museum of Natural History, and head downstairs where a kids area is stocked with animal puppets, themed exploration boxes, a felt play wall, coloring pages, and variety of bugs on display. There's also free tea and coffee for mom and dad. Across the quad, you'll also find the CU Heritage Center, which has a fascinating LEGO® representation of CU campus that little ones will love. And across campus is the Fiske Planetarium, which often has daytime family-friendly star shows.

    7. Boulder Public Library

    Find a favorite book and cozy up among the stacks at the children's library inside the Boulder Public Library. There's also a variety of story times throughout the week, snacks at the library's Seeds Cafe (located on a bridge over Boulder Creek), themed book bundles, fish tanks and fun reading nooks.

    8. See a Movie

    Multiple screens show a variety of films at Century Boulder Theater all day and night, and there's almost always a kids flick in rotation. This theater's great location at Twenty Ninth Street shopping center means you can hit some shops before or after the movie, too, and grab a bite to eat at kid-friendly eateries.