Summer is here & we tapped our amazing Denver BCB Market Leader, Nicole Levine, and one of our favorite Denver moms, Lindsey Lee Willson, to help put together an awesome Top Family Summer Bucket List of hot spots, hidden gems & fun things to do with your kiddos all summer around the city! Do you have any to add to this list? Comment below with your fave Denver spots to hit with the fam!
Don’t forget to also keep checking our BCB site for monthly free events here — playdates, workouts + more to help you meet new mamas in your area!
Denver Summer Bucket List
Urban Air Adventure Park
Take a break from the sun and bring your kids to Denver’s newest adventure park. Naps are pretty much guaranteed after spending a few hours in this park that has everything from dodge ball, climbing walls and trampolines to bumper cars and virtual reality.
Winter or summer, there is SO much to do in this fabulous mountain town less than a few hours outside of Denver. In between hikes, shopping and eating, make sure to check out The Mountain Top Children’s Museum – a must for the kiddos.
Centennial Center Park
The splash pad at Centennial Park is an absolute favorite! Perfect for kids of all ages and it’s FREE! Get there early to snag an area in the shade to set up shop and then let your kids enjoy hours of fun playing on the playground, HUGE splash pad and climbing area.
Located in the heart of Denver, your little ones will love the pint-sized rides just for them at Elitch Gardens. From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures, a splashin’ water park and tons of special events, there’s thrills for all.
Mordecai Children’s Garden
Located inside the Denver Botanic Gardens, Mordecai Children’s Garden is a magical place for children and families to explore plants and the natural world, through hands-on experiences and play. Kids can explore the garden and then cool off in the splash pad stream.
Children’s Museum of Denver
Even without its new Adventure Forest (the 500 ft. long aerial adventure course and immersive art installation) the Children’s Museum of Denver should be on everyone’s summer bucket list. Their outdoor play area includes a zip line and multiple streams for splashing, offering hours of entertainment for the little ones.
Dinosaur Ridge is a National Natural Landmark just outside suburban Denver. It has been ranked as the top dinosaur track site in the United States, and one of the top such sites in the world. Please plan to visit us and find out how you can help us protect our treasures!
Tiny Town & Railroad
Located in the Denver foothills, guests at Tiny Town can spend the day among kid-sized buildings, ride the train, frolic on the playground and enjoy a picnic lunch in a picturesque setting.
Their motto – “Every kid, of any age, will have an experience for a lifetime with every visit.” At America’s only mountain zoo, visitors can experience animals up-close (including feeding giraffes), and witness a view like no other!
Pedalheads Bike Camp:
Lindsey absolutely recommends this camp. “My kids absolutely loved this camp. They had a full week of physical activity. They gained skills to improve bike riding ability and confidence and learned bike safety. Plus, I got some time to clean and work while the kids had a blast.”
Lindsey says “The kids and I absolutely love Westlands Park. It’s huge, it has space for my youngest son to my oldest son. Bring a soccer ball to kick around on the huge field behind the gigantic playground. And, bring a picnic lunch and spend the entire day there!
Westcliffe, Colorado. Lindsey and her family love this for a weekend getaway in Colorado. The views are incredible. Westclifee is the only International Dark Sky Community in Colorado & the views of the stars at night are amazing. There are also community star parties. “I recommend The Valley Mercantile for Vegan/Gluten Free/Allergen friendly options. Hit up the bowling alley, the weekend flea market and the hiking trails while there.”
Ouray, Colorado. This beautiful small mountain town is my favorite town in Colorado. It is known as the Switzerland of Colorado. The mountains shoot right up surrounding this quaint town. There is a stunning waterfall, Box Springs Falls, at the end of the town + you can take a trip down the Million Dollar Highway just outside of town, too. There are tons of awesome off roading trails + roads + lots of outdoorsy activities. Plus, don’t miss the Ouray Hot Springs, either!
Nicole, 39, is our Denver Market Leader. She has two kiddos, Sam (5), Max (3). She helps bring our BCB community of mamas together in her area by maintaining a community of moms and families by arranging monthly free playdates and workouts and sharing resources. Her favorite part about living in Denver is being so close to the mountains and having access to tons of beautiful places for day trips/quick getaways. AND, the abundance of sunshine.
Lindsey is a plant-based food photographer, mom of three and Denver-based mommy blogger. When Lindsey’s not spending time with her three sons, she’s busy developing recipes, photographing food and sharing honest content on her blog and Instagram.
We hope you enjoy this round-up of super fun activities and adventures to do with your kiddos in Denver this summer! Leave us a comment below & let us know what else we should add to the list.
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