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.
Websites & Blogs
- Christian Grandparenting Network
- Grandparenting Through Obstacles
- 1 Corinthians 13 Grandparenting
- Christian Grandparents
- Christian Grandparenting Network
- Godly Grandparenting: A Christian Guide for Today's Families
- Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting: For Grandparents at Any Stage of the Journey
- Grandparenting With Love and Logic: Practical Solutions to Today's Grandparenting Challenges
- The Power of a Godly Grandparent: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
- 20 Ideas for Grandparents
- A Church in the Intergenerational HOV Lane
- Grandparenting at its Best
- Available Grandparents
- The Value of Mentoring
- GrandCamps Bring Grandparents, Grandchildren Together in Fun Christian Camp Setting
- Grandparents Filling Parent's Shoes, Children's Souls
Fun Things to Do With Your Grandchildren in Colorado!
Click on each item to visit that organization's website for more information! If you have any more ideas you'd like to add to the list, contact us at 303.402.6434 or
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