Things to Do with Toddlers in Colorado

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Toddlers may not be able to participate in all the fun activities that bigger kids can. But their sense of joy and wonderment at activities we take for granted can be contagious. Here are a few fun things to do with toddlers in the great state of Colorado that are sure to keep them entertained and bring a smile to everyone's faces.

Play at a splash pad

We think of the mountains of Colorado as a cool summertime destination. But the reality is that summer can get hot, even in Colorado. There’s nothing better, as a toddler. than running through cool water spraying from the ground, on a hot summer day. Splash pads abound throughout the state. Our favorites are located outside of Unions Station in Denver and in Vail Village (the Children’s Fountain).

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Splash pad outside of Denver's Union Station at night.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

Ride a Bus

This might be a silly idea anywhere but the mountains of Colorado. Colorado’s ski resorts are known for their free and convenient buses. In Vail Village the buses run about every 10 minutes and make a loop all the way from Golden Peak to the west end of Lionshead Village. This was a favorite activity of our daughter’s as a toddler. To this day our kids love to do this when it isn’t too crowded.

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Free in-town bus in Vail Village.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

Ride a Train

Colorado’s mining history also means that there are several historic trains in the state. These will all appeal to toddlers. Our son still talks about the time is grandmother and grandfather took him on a train ride in Leadville. The school that our kids attend takes an annual trip to the Georgetown train.

And, the Durango and Silverton Railroad and the Colorado Railroad Museum both offer magical Polar Express train rides during the holidays.

Ride a Gondola

Ski resorts about in the mountain of Colorado. Most boast heated, enclosed gondolas. These are the perfect vehicle for toddlers to take in a ride up the mountain. The views are spectacular and it is certainly a different way to travel.

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Gondola from Vail Mountain.(Photo by Liana Moore.)

Play at a Park

Obvious, but one that can’t be left off the list. In our small mountain town we have a dozen parks. All of these have slides, swings and other play features. These parks also offer trees and covered picnic areas. What kid isn’t entertained at a park? Often this is a place for both kids and parents to make new friends.

Take a Hike

Colorado is known for its spectacular wildflower hikes. There’s no time better than now to introduce your kids to hiking in the great outdoors. Start small. Find an easy hiking trail with lots of interesting things for the kids. A couple of our favorites are Rifle Falls and Sylvan Lake State Park.

Splash in a Pool

Particularly in summer everyone loves to play in the water. While toddlers do require extra supervision they also have the most excitement about splashing in the pool. Colorado's mountain resort towns are home to great hotel pools, and also natural hot springs.

What are your favorite things to do in Colorado with your toddler? What would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Insider Families is a Colorado-based family travel publisher. We love the great outdoors. We feel grateful to live in the mountains of Colorado and see first hand how climate change is impacting our winters. It is important to us that we share with our readers and followers how they can help preserve what makes a place special. We make a point to learn about the local history and environment of the places we visit. When we visit the Golden Isles of Georgia you will find us making a stop at the Sea Turtle Sanctuary and learning about this endangered species. We return home with books on the subject and a desire to share that knowledge. We love nature and like to spend as much time in it as possible whether hiking a mountain, riding the BMX track, soaring down an alpine coaster or trying a new sport at the beach or lake.

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