Blog Published: September 2023
The kids are back in school and summer activities are wrapping up as the air starts smelling like fall. A lot of us at Namaste Solar have kids, and we know we can’t be the only people googling ‘family fun activities near me’ these days. Luckily, Colorado has a lot of cool and educational activities for kids – especially when it comes to solar and the environment! Check out this list of things to do with kids in Colorado with activities for all ages.
Jacks Solar Garden
Location: 8102 N 95th St. Longmont, CO
Age Group: 8+
Details: We installed this solar garden, and our Women of Namaste Solar group has taken a tour to learn more about agrivoltaics (using land for both solar and agriculture at the same time). There are over 3,200 solar panels to walk around when you sign up for a family friendly tour of Jack’s Solar Garden. You’ll learn about the benefits to farmers, biodiversity, and local communities. Plus, see how scientists and students conduct their agrivoltaic research.
Majestic View Nature Center
Location: 7030 Garrison St. Arvada, CO
Age Group: 2+
Details: One of our favorite things to do with kids is adventure together. Arvada’s environmental education facility offers programs to get kids involved with nature. You’re able to explore nature trails, wetland areas, and prairie ecosystems. From nature playdates to birding for families to nature story times, the Majestic View Nature Center calendar is full of family fun activities for all ages.
My Nature Lab
Location: 1100 Pine St. Unit B Louisville, CO
Age Group: 2+
Details: Visit this living classroom to see snakes, spiders, lizards, and other reptiles. It’s open to the public four days a week (Wednesday – Sunday) for Open Lab where educators will teach visitors about the animals through hands on learning (that means you’ll probably be holding a snake at some point). Kids can also meet Bob the Bearded Dragon or feed Tabasco the Iguana. Every time you go it’s a new experience for your family!
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO
Age Group: all ages
Details: We may have installed solar on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science rooftop, but that doesn’t make us biased! This adventurous family fun spot speaks for itself with exhibits ranging from space, Egyptian mummies, gems and minerals, and more. Schools and organized youth groups get free admission every day, but you can also plan your own family trip to wander through the exhibits and learn together. Plus, you can marvel at the stars at the Planetarium or enjoy immersive audio and visual experiences at the new Infinity Theater.
Location: 6252 W 104th Ave. Westminster, CO
Age Group: 5+
Details: Wander through the warm greenhouse hosting hundreds of different butterfly species and plants, walk through the hallways lined with fish or various insects, or push yourself out of your comfort zone with an interaction with Rosie the tarantula at the Butterfly Pavilion. No matter what you choose, it’s truly a hands-on learning experience for you and the kiddos to get up close and personal with nature.
Bluff Lake Nature Center
Location: 11255 E MLK Jr. Blvd. Denver, CO
Age Group: 2+
Details: Visit this nonprofit that is home to an urban wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom in Denver. As you explore Bluff Lake, there are special zones where the kids can get off the trail and play – these stops include a Stumpitheater where you can climb or sit on tree stumps, a spot to build your own shelter, and prompts to think like a bird. You can go on scheduled tours with a guide or plan your own self-guided family fun adventure and scavenger hunt with resources from the website.
Location: 11150 Prospect Rd. Longmont, CO
Age Group: all ages
Details: Sunflower Farm might be the expert on things to do with kids. Visit during Farmfest Public Hours (with a reservation) to see animals (goats, sheep, cows, alpacas, etc.), discover an old airplane, and explore playhouses! During the colder months you can toast marshmallows over a bonfire and throughout October you can take the family to the Pumpkin Patch and the Magical Halloween Forest. They also host music on Wednesday and Friday evenings from May through early October.
It's Impossible to Run Out of Things to do with Kids in Colorado!
It’s hard to be bored with so many exciting things to do with kids in Colorado. Even if you don’t choose one of the activities listed above, just getting out in the woods, going on a hike, or taking a walk around the neighborhood can be a great way to interact with nature or learn something new (like what a solar system is) as a family!