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.

By: Staff Writer
Updated: April 8, 2024

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

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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