Colorado Family Attractions for Kids 10 & Under

Colorado has more than its share of stunning natural attractions, but sometimes the kids are eager for a little more than mountain vistas and scenic drives. We’re happy to oblige with attractions for the whole family in every region of the state.

A zookeeper holds a large blue bird at the Denver Zoo in Denver, CO
Denver Zoo in Denver, CO
Kids cross a ropes course at Epic Discovery in Vail
Epic Discovery at Vail
A group of people look up in amazement at Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs
Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs
People soaking in Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs on a sunny day
Old Town Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs
Jet boat cutting through the water on a sunny day near Grand Junction
Jet Boat Colorado near Grand Junction
A train on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Antonito chugs along with black smoke coming out of the top
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad in Antonito
People admire animal skins at Bent's Old Fort near La Junta
Bent's Old Fort near La Junta

Here are a few suggestions for kids 10 and under — from children’s museums and zoos to hot-springs pools, tubing hills and wildlife experiences. 

Denver & Cities of the Rockies Region

  • Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Denver: Ride scream-inducing roller coasters, little-kid-friendly rides and slippery water slides. (Check website for seasonal hours.)
  • Children’s Museum of Denver: Learn about the world in the museum’s child-sized grocery market, fire station and construction workshop.
  • Denver Zoo: See the more than 3,500 animals that call the 80-acre zoo home. The monkey and big cats exhibits are among the top crowd pleasers.
  • Downtown Aquarium, Denver: Feed a slippery stingray and gaze at hypnotically moving jellyfish, stealthy sharks and frisky fish of every color.
  • Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Broomfield: Walk through a tropical rainforest habitat filled with free-flying butterflies. Sniff exotic plants, pet a sea star and hold a tarantula.
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Watch an out-of-this-world show at the planetarium and IMAX theater. Tour exhibits about space, gems and minerals, dinosaurs and the color spectrum.
  • Denver Art Museum: Explore, learn and play. Get creative with hands-on activities for all ages, relax in one of the family fun areas and discover world-class art.
  • Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden: Stroll the museum's 15-acre railyard featuring more than 100 railcars. Most Saturdays (and select Tuesdays) you'll also find train rides! Check the museum's train-ride schedule before you go.
  • Aurora Reservoir, Aurora: Spend a day on the white-sand beach, paddleboard, ride the bike trail and more.
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver: See dozens of historic airplanes, space vehicles and interactive exhibits. The collection includes a rare B-18A Bolo–one of only five remaining WWII-era bombers–five Century-Series fighters.
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery: Kids love the blend of science, history and culture at this hands-on experience in Fort Collins.
  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary, about 45 minutes from Denver in Keenesburg, amazes visitors with its Mile Into the Wild walkway that lets you observe lions, wolves, grizzlies and other rescued exotic and endangered species from above.
  • Pottery painting: Pick a piece of pottery at Color Me Mine in Boulder and Crackpots in Longmont. Make it your very own with paints and stencils.
  • Fun Parks: Keep busy all day with rides, mini-golf, go-karts, arcade games, batting cages and giant slides at Gateway Park Fun Center in Boulder, Fort Fun in Fort Collins, and Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf in Estes Park. (Check websites for seasonal hours.)
  • Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum, Fort Collins: Experience farm life with activities such as washing clothes on a washboard, milking cows, pulling a horse-drawn plow and grinding corn for chickens at this working farm. (Open Friday and Saturday, May to October. Note that the farm will be closed in 2024.) 
  • Mineral-rich fun, Idaho Springs: Play in the mineral-water swimming pool at Indian Hot Springs or pan for gold at Argo Mill & Tunnel.
  • Colorado Model Railroad Museum: In Greeley, examine intricate model railroad layouts, a wooden caboose from the Colorado and Southern Railroad and more than 1,000 railroad artifacts. See actual trains come and go on nearby tracks.
  • Trout Haven Ranch Trout Pond, Estes Park: Cast your line in Trout Haven’s stocked pond — a perfect first-time fishing experience. (Check website for seasonal hours.)
  • Edge Ziplines & Adventures, Castle Rock: Scale a climbing wall, zipline and freefall from a platform.
  • Water World, Federal Heights: Cool off at one of the biggest and best water parks in the nation. 
  • Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison: Encounter more than 100 fossilized dinosaur tracks and informative signs.
  • Hidee Gold Mine, Black Hawk: Head down into an operating gold mine and pan for gold!
  • The National Western Stock Show, Denver: Delight in rip-roarin’ rodeos, a livestock parade, an art show, Mutton Bustin’ (kids competing to hold onto bucking sheep in a pint-sized rodeo) and funnel cake.

Rockies Playground Region

  • Epic Discovery at Vail and Breckenridge: Immerse yourself in nature, challenge yourself with thrilling activities like mountain coasters, zipline tours, adventure courses and much more.
  • Hot-springs pools: Splash around and soak up the mineral waters year-round at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and Iron Mountain Hot Springs (which provides water wheelchairs and accessible ramps so that everyone can soak in the goodness), both in Glenwood Springs.
  • Summer fun parks: Sample the activities at mountain-top parks with alpine slides, mini-golf, bungee rides, climbing walls, mountain-bike parks and more in Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Snowmass, Vail. There’s also Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, which provides a wheelchair-accessible gondola to those who need it.
  • Mountain Top Explorium, Breckenridge: Become a fireman in the costume studio, create a masterpiece at the Creation Station and make wildlife tracks in the wildlife exhibit.
  • Ice rinks: Skate around with beautiful mountains as your backdrop in many resort towns, including Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Vail and Breckenridge. (Winter only.)
  • Tubing hills: Float down a hill on a bouncy tube, then ride the lift to the top to do it again and again in Keystone, Vail, Copper Mountain and Beaver Creek. (Winter only.)
  • Ski schools: Learn to ski or snowboard in kid-focused programs at one of 11 ski areas and resorts in this region. (October to April.)

Mountains & Mesas Region

The Great West

Pikes Peak Wonders Region

Mystic San Luis Valley Region

Pioneer Plains + Canyons & Plains Regions

  • Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, near La Junta: Enter a living museum, where costume-clad guides lead you through a trading outpost once frequented by legendary Kit Carson. Tip: Check the fort's official website for when it's open while you're planning; its hours can change during different seasons. 
  • Family Aquatic Center, Trinidad: Ride down the slide and splash into the water, wade in the kiddie pool and have a picnic. (Summer only.)
  • Kit Carson County Carousel, Burlington: Take a spin on the nostalgic carousel. Built in 1905, the wooden animals are all original and hand painted.
  • Burlington’s Old Town Museum, Burlington: See what life was like 100 years ago in this re-created prairie town with an old-timey soda fountain, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.
  • Overland Trail Museum, Sterling: Hear tales of Colorado’s earliest settlers in the period village’s blacksmith and barber shops, one-room schoolhouse and general store.

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Photo courtesy of Denver Zoo/Dave Parsons.