Forget about cabin fever — winter is the time of year when Colorado really revs up the fun. Keep your children busy with a season full of wow-inducing activities, from outdoor eco adventures to hands-on science and zoo camps.
Into the Wild
Telluride Ski Resort has a variety of Eco Adventures for kids ages 5–12. The Kids Snow Camp offers an alternative to ski school, with both indoor and outdoor activities that include trekking and geocaching. Or sign them up for snowbiking lessons (no age limit), where they’ll find a cool new way to whoosh down the slopes.
Keep those growing noggins in learning mode during February Break Camp at Keystone Science School in Keystone. Kids ages 5–12 will get the scoop on snow and avalanche science as they spend their days cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and more.
Animal lovers will want to attend the Winter Safari Mini-Camp at the Denver Zoo. Children in pre-K through third grade will take off on a safari adventure filled with animal experiences and interactive zoo expeditions. They’ll also strap on their thinking caps to help solve real-world challenges faced by Denver Zoo keepers.
Perfect your downward-facing dog as a fam during a yoga session at Eldorado Mountain Yoga in Boulder or Mudra Yoga Studio in Denver. At Eldorado, the Sunday morning family program is filled with yoga, music, art and meditation in a breathtaking mountain setting. And everyone is welcome to strike a pose during kids’ yoga at Mudra, with weekly drop-in classes available.
Stop into a Colorado state park visitor center to check out an Adventure Backpack stuffed with fun finds like bug boxes, binoculars and guide books with suggested activities to enhance your visit. Keep your eyes on the skies to see wintering bald eagles at North Sterling State Park in Sterling, or glide along snow-shrouded Nordic skiing trails at Navajo State Park near Arboles.
Sharpen your brood’s slope skills at Loveland Ski Area with a personalized private family lesson. Up to four family members age 7 or older can learn how to schuss down the slopes together during a three-hour lesson for first-timers. At Ski Cooper near Leadville, your crew can snowshoe or cross-country ski from the Nordic center to Tennessee Pass Cookhouse for lunch and almost-too-perfect views.
Kids can burn off some energy indoors at CityROCK Climbing Center in Colorado Springs. During the Winter Caving Camp (for ages 8–16), junior scientists get geology lessons and practice rescues in an artificial cave featuring stalactites and cave paintings. Little ones age 4 and older can join the Winter Climbing Camp, catering to both newcomers and experienced rock climbers.
Your kid can make like a swashbuckler during the Winter Fencing Camp offered by the Cheyenne Fencing Society & Modern Pentathlon Center of Denver. A typical day includes two fencing practice sessions focusing on skills like bladework and footwork, along with skill-building games and activities.
During January and February, day camps at Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain Resort, aspiring half-pipe stars ages 6–14 can practice their boarding and biking skills or bounce on Olympic-grade trampolines inside the massive action-sports facility.
Your pint-size chef can put all of that time watching Food Network to good use at the French Kitchen Culinary Center in Colorado Springs. Classes for ages 5–16 teach skills like sautéing and chopping or encourage kids to get creative in cupcake wars and other friendly (and scrumptious) competitions.
Bring your drama king or queen to a class at La-De-Da Performing Arts in Fort Collins. Everyone from kindergarteners to teens can join in acting and singing classes led by working theater professors. Original scripts and songs are written specifically for kids, and classes focus on skill building in a supportive environment.
Get your budding artist to a visual arts or ceramics class at the Arvada Center near Denver. Toddlers and teens learn to draw, paint and tap into their inner Picasso during visual-arts classes and how to throw pottery and create masterpieces you’ll be proud to display on the mantel in ceramics workshops.