Frugal Colorado: Kid-Friendly Spring Activities

March 26, 2014

It’s Saturday morning and your kids have been on a cartoon marathon with no intention of stopping any time soon.  Here are some ideas for getting them out of the house that won’t break the budget and might even prove fun enough to merit a repeat.

Ice Skating

The outdoor rinks may be closed, but there are plenty of indoor rinks that feature public skating times.  Channel your inner Olympic figure skater and try it out with the family for some fun and exercise.

Arvada
Apex Center Ice Arena has daily public skating hours as well as Friday Theme Nights.

Centennial
Family Sports Ice Arena offers public skating times daily, as well as drop-in hockey.  The first Friday of each month is Rock N Skate, open to all ages.

Colorado Springs
Sertich Ice Center offers public skating times and drop-in hockey.  Fun activities also include L8 Night SK8 Nite on Fridays, featuring glow sticks, and other skating events throughout the week such as Theme Night, Cheap Skate Night and Family Skate.

Denver
Big Bear Ice Arena in Lowry offers public skating times throughout the week.  Prices are $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $3 for skate rental. 

Littleton
Edge Ice Arena has two NHL sized rinks, and offers public skating times throughout the week and on the weekends.  Adult Coffee House on Friday mornings offers skating to the music of the 70s, 80s and 90s along with concessions offered.  The facility has drop-in day care.

 

 YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. Photo by RussellTn, via Wikimedia Commons

 

YMCA of the Rockies

For a day out (or even a weekend), YMCA of the Rockies offers activities for all ages, interests and abilities, and it’s close enough for a day trip.

The two locations (Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby and the Estes Park Center), offer a variety of activities in any season.  Non-members can purchase a day pass ($15 per person through May 31, 2014, $20 per person starting June 1, 2014).

Snow Mountain Ranch offers canoeing and fishing in the summer, as well as a new summer tubing hill.  Activities offered include ziplining, tennis, swimming and others.  The Ranch also offers family festivals.  Spring Fest is scheduled for April 25-27 and offers a weekend of family-friendly activities.

The Estes Park Center offers your family a varied choice of activities, ranging from miniature golf to archery, basketball and volleyball, swimming, yoga and others.  For an entire weekend of fun, the Trappers and Explorers weekend is scheduled for April 18-20, focusing on 19th century explorers such Zebulon Pike and Major Stephen Long.

Mini Golf

It’s true -- little kids love, love, love mini golf.  So much that on the third go-around you may question the wisdom that brought you to the course.  But just think of it as practice for your golf game – by trying to make it through the pink castle and around the moat…

A number of these locations offer other activities to enjoy such as go-carts, batting cages, laser tag, and arcades.

Boulder
Gateway Park Fun Center

Centennial
Monster Mini Golf

Colorado Springs

Legends Miniature Golf and Batting Cages

Northglenn
Boondocks Fun Center

Westminster 
Adventure Golf and Raceway

Dinosaur Ridge

If you are thinking of taking the family outdoors, Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison offers kids the opportunity to literally walk with the dinosaurs.  Dinosaur Ridge and Triceratops Trail showcase dinosaur tracks, as well as birds, beetles and other mammals, and fossilized plants.  You can visit at no charge, or choose a shuttle bus tour for $5 per person (free for kids under three years of age).

This post was written by Julie Borisov from Colorado PERA. Would you like to write a guest post for The Dime? Email us at dimecontact@copera.org.