There’s a reason why Boulder is known as “The Happiest City in the USA.”
A family vacation to Boulder will reward you with endless fun and lasting memories. From the fresh air to the town’s accessibility and outstanding attractions, Boulder offers so much to visitors.
This guide will discuss things to do in Boulder with the kids, so check it out.
1. Valmont Bike Park
Enjoy endless outdoor fun at the Valmont Bike Park with your kids.
This 42-acre playground is ideal for mountain bikers, BMX riders, and skateboarders.
Take your juniors on pump parks, dirt jumps, or the corkscrews in this park.
This activity is best for kids over six years old, and you all must wear quality protective gear.
2. ABC Kids Climbing Gym
If your older kids are into wall climbing, head to the ABC Kids Climbing Gym.
This facility is excellent for fostering development, exceptional climbing, growth, and athletic skills in kids. Let the juniors climb boulders and attend family classes and the gym’s outdoor guiding lessons.
3. Pearl Street Mall
A visit to Boulder that doesn’t include a stop at the Pearl Street Mall is unimaginable. This is the heart of Boulder and a dining, shopping, and arts hub.
You will fall in love with the red-brick avenue, which is full of businesses that will keep you busy shopping for the better part of the day.
The street is also filled with local bands’ live music performances, making your experience more exciting.
4. Gateway Park Fun Center
Are you looking for an excellent place for family fun in Boulder? The Gateway Park Fun Center is a sure bet. This park has something for everyone, regardless of age.
Some activities your kids will love are go-karting, mini golfing, and indoor arcade games.
5. Into The Wind
Into The Wind is a must-do activity with the kids in Boulder.
This kite shop retails stunt and traditional models as well as kite-making supplies, wind decorations, and gear.
You will also find incredible candies, vintage games, and toys to entice the little ones.
6. Fiske Planetarium
The Fiske Planetarium within the University of Colorado Boulder is dedicated to educating the public on astronomy and astrophysics.
Here, you will find gorgeous indoor galaxies featuring a MegaStar projector that displays the Milky Way and millions of stars.
Your kids will be over the moon after seeing laser and liquid sky shows, full-dome films, and memorable live performances.
7. Color Me Mine
The Color Me Mine studio on Pearl Street is available for workshops, parties, and walk-ins.
Bring out the creativity in your little artists by allowing them to explore and express themselves using different colored paints and art materials in a calm and relaxed environment.
The kids can choose to make various jewelry boxes, vases, frames, and figurines. Adults also have the freedom to paint their ceramics.
Once done painting your item, wait for it to be glazed and then bring it home for display. You will certainly have a unique souvenir!
8. Chautauqua Park
Chautauqua Park is an 80-acre park that’s sure to delight the entire family.
Start your day by hiking on any of the park’s trails.
After hiking, treat your loved ones to a warm lunch at the Chautauqua Dining Hall and enjoy mouthwatering Colorado cuisine often made from the chef’s farm.
If time allows, head to the Chautauqua Auditorium and watch a live show.
9. Boulder Bookstore
The Boulder Bookstore was founded in 1973 and has remained the town’s best and largest bookshop.
Don’t hesitate to visit this bookstore if you have a book lover in your family!
10. Boulder Creek Path
Are you searching for affordable family fun in Boulder? Head to the Boulder Creek Path.
This is a 7.5 paved path for bikers, walkers, and skaters that curves its way along a playground, a large park, and downtown Boulder.
Bring your bikes or skates and spend a fun-filled afternoon together. You can also rent facilities from any rental stores around downtown Boulder.
11. Boulder Marriott Hotel
Book your stay at Boulder Marriott and live like a local during your visit.
This is a highly-rated hotel in an excellent location a few miles from Colorado University.
The rooms feature a private bathroom, a desk, and a flat-screen TV so the kiddos won’t miss their favorite cartoon programs.
A continental breakfast is served each morning, and you can also enjoy great mealtimes at the in-house restaurant.
For your convenience, Boulder Marriott has a business center. The amenities include a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a bar, and a fitness center.
12. Museum of Boulder
The Museum of Boulder is a local non-profit museum that the Boulder Historical Society operates. It features exhibits that help visitors learn more about Boulder’s past, present, and future.
Here you will learn about the creativity and innovation of the town that makes it so unique.
Some of my favorite exhibits for the kids are the Playzeum and Google Garage, where the kiddos can explore technology and quench their curiosity with music, robots, and color.