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Being a grandparent is a pretty wonderful job! We've put together this page to help make it even better. Below you'll find list of suggested websites and blogs, books, and fun things to do in Colorado with your grandchildren. 

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Fun Things to Do With Your Grandchildren in Colorado!

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Arvada Center: They always do a wonderful job with their plays for younger (before the teen years, for the most part) age group.  You can check on-line to see what is currently available.

Boulder Bookstore: author readings, large kids section

Boulder Canyon: take a picnic!

Boulder Dinner Theatre: musicals, plays, and dinner

Boulder Tea House: enjoy tea in a treasured structure of the town

Build-a-Bear: Build a stuffed animal together at the Flatirons mall.

Butterfly Pavilion: all ages!  Peaceful, enlightening and beautiful.  Leaves you in awe of the butterfly world!

Carousel of Happiness: in Nederland

Cave of the Winds: Colorado cave tours, rides & attractions

Celestial Seasonings: tour the facility, free tea samples

Chautauqua: Picnic on the lawn. Fun playground . Hike McClintock trail behind Chautauqua auditorium. (Short and easy)

Colorado History Museum: very child-oriented, gives FREE admission to grandchildren; IMAX

Colorado Judicial Center: it's new, informative, and there's a room where one can don a judge's robe and sit in a replica of the area in which the judges sit

Colorado Railroad Museum: fun for any aged train lover

CU Boulder Campus: a lovely walk enjoying the beautiful buildings

Cussler Museum: Clive Cussler is a pretty well-known author of underwater adventures, and his passion is restoring classic cars.  One car is usually featured in each of his books, which adds to the fun. The museum is only open Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10 until 7, and is relatively inexpensive.  They have about 50 gorgeous cars there, plus other car-related relics.  About an hour is more than enough time to spend there with the children, but it is fun for them to see what the "old time" cars looked like. Some of them were actually styles that we, in our 70's, grew up with!

Denver Art Museum: Free admission on the first Saturday of the month

Denver Botanical Garden: beautiful outdoor ponds and lush indoor greenhouses

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Very fascinating, and they frequently have speciality exhibits, which are usually an additional cost, but always worth the money. There is an IMAX Theater there as well - an additional cost, too.

Denver Zoo: The Denver Zoo is always fun, and going earlier in the day during the summer is wise because the animals are usually more active than later in the heat of the day.  Lots of walking though!

Polar Express Train: Durango to Silverton train ride

East Boulder Rec Center: swimming (baby pool, big slide, and lazy river)

Echo Lake: lovely park with picnic tables, grills, and trails

Eldorado Springs: picnic and watch the rock climbers

Estes Park: big slide, miniature golf, bumper boats

eTown Hall concerts: for older grandchildren

Fall River Road: Look at the different life zones you pass through driving up, stopping for a look at the falls, eating lunch at several picnic areas and watching for deer, elk, Bighorn sheep!  Then getting out on top of the Trail Ridge Road to look at the Timberline areas!  A beautiful but long day!

Film on the Rocks: Red Rocks Amphitheater, summertime

Flagstaff Mountain: Go after dark to view the lights! Picnic at Flagstaff summit.

Four Mile Historic Park: Where the Frontier Comes to Life! Built in 1859. Colorado's earliest stage coach stop, home and farm.  Guided tours are available. They have a Living History Day event one Sunday each month with Stage Coach rides, Prairie Schooner rides, food  of the 1860's prepared  in their "summer kitchen" on a wood burning stove, Crafters demonstrating skills used in 1860, a working Black Smith in his shop. Each month there is an interesting theme from the past. A wonderful 4th of July celebration 1860's style was attended by over 2,000 guests. Uncle Sam, President Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, musical groups, vendors, Indians, Woodsmen, Civil War rein actors, period correct costumed women working their 1860's crafts were all in attendance. 

Fun City in Littleton: water bumper boats

Gateway Park in Boulder: especially mini-golf, batting cages, arcade, and go carts

Georgetown Loop railroad: ride the train or dine and ride

Go to a garage sale: check local paper for listings

Grand Rabbits Toy Store: lots of inexpensive, unique toys

Lemonade stand: make one and raise money for a cause

Helen Hunt Falls Hike: an easy hike on the south side of Cheyenne Canyon

Humane Society of Boulder Valley: visit the puppies

Ice Skating in Louisville: in the winter; use sleds to pull small children around on the ice.

Jack and Jill kids hair salon: fun to get your hair cut on an elephant, etc.

Jazz Concert in City Park: free concert, free parking

Leanin' Tree Cards: Boulder made cards and gift shop items

The Historic Thompson House Inn:  Cee Dolenc a member of First Pres for 40 years has a tea room in Longmont, in a historic home, the Thompson House Inn & Tea Room. It would be a fun activity for both grandparents and grandchildren. They have a dress-up area of hats, pearls, mink stoles and gloves to get everyone appropriately attired. Then you are walked through high tea. Bring a camera to record the memories. You may order a Cream tea for $12, a snack, or Traditional tea for $18.50 which is enough for lunch.

Longmont's Country Fair: July/August

Manicure/Pedicure: many salons to choose from in the area

Manitou Cliff Dwellings: see the beautiful cliff dwellings and enjoy the two museums

Meadows Branch Public Library: enjoy a small, quiet branch of the Boulder Public Library

Mt. Evans: drive the scenic byway

NCAR: science exhibits are great for a half day trip!

pARTiculars Art Class: 45-minute art class at in Old Town Lafayette. For $10 each, you recieve an 8 x 10 canvas, acrylic paints and brushes to use. You leave with a completed piece of art!

Pearl Street Mall: Art Festival and live entertainment

Piece, Love and Chocolate: chocolate shop on West Pearl 

Rocky Mountain National Park: enjoy a drive, hike, or campsite in this gorgeous location

Scott Carpenter Park: All seasons. It's fun to sled there, and it's less steep than Chautauqua. Climbing up into the rocket ship is a favorite; sensory hike with your eyes closed

South Park City in the town of Fairplay: Young and old, domestic and foreign have enjoyed it a lot

State Capitol Building: request a tour of this Denver landmark

Summit Lake: drive to the beautiful lake and hike

Sweet Cow in Louisville: homemade icecream, and kid friendly

Tattered Cover Bookstore: delightful downtown Denver spot

Tebo Train Monday: Calling all kiddos...enjoy a ride on the Pearl Street Mall's Tebo Train! Board in front of Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of 12th and Pearl Streets. Admission is FREE! The train needs volunteer drivers for various shifts (Monday - Thursday mornings).

Unser Karting & Events:We offer Arrive and Drive racing, kids karting, kart training classes and more.

WaterWorld: outdoor water park

White River Rafting: sign up to enjoy Colorado's rivers firsthand

Wild Animal Sanctuary: visit this home of lions, wolves, tigers, and bears

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum:  It is an old hangar at Lowry, and houses several older classic planes.  For those 13 and older, there is a flight simulator which is available for an additional cost (for 30 minutes), which is a real treat for teens and older.  Definitely a unique experience.

Wow! Children's Museum in Lafayette: fun, interactive space to learn

Ya Ya Farm and Apple Orchard: U-Pick-It Apple Orchard in Longmont

16th Street Mall: downtown Denver, you can take RTD and Mall Shuttle