The cold winter months have arrived and that means it’s time to get creative and find some indoor activities to entertain those energetic kids of yours. There are lots of great museums and indoor play centers that can provide hours of fun for children of all ages. Plus, there are even a few activities that mom and dad will like too. So why not get out of the house and skip seeing yet another movie. Try one of these great indoor activities for your kids instead.
Denver Museum Of Miniatures, Dolls And Toys
1880 Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80206
Looking for a museum that is totally different than anything else? Bring your children to the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Your kids will love checking out all of the classic toys for a look at how kids played in the past. There are fully furnished miniature houses, miniature trains, giant teddy bears, antique dolls, a miniature circus and so much more. Depending on the day, there are also lots of great workshops for kids that can have them making their own finger puppets, fairies and more. It’s a great place to spark the creativity in your child.
9670 W. Coal Mine Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
Ready to get your kids running around, having fun and working out all that pent-up energy? Head to Fun City in Littleton for hours of entertainment that mom and dad will love too. Fun City is more than 144,000 square feet of indoor activities with everything including a full arcade, a laser maze, a grand prix raceway, laser tag, miniature golf, a three-story foam factory, a rock climbing wall, bowling and more. There is enough to do that you probably won’t get to it all but you’ll have a lot of fun trying.
(credit: Denver Aquarium)
700 Water St.
Denver, CO 80211
Take the kids on a stroll through one of the largest aquariums in the state. Wander through the different habitats of tons of amazing sea creatures including a simulated coral reef, a wharf exhibit, a coral lagoon and a rainforest. There is even an area that looks like a sunken temple and another that is a replicated shipwreck. The fish and animals throughout all of the exhibits will amaze and delight your kids. While you are there, make sure to check out the Mystic Mermaids that swim among the sea life and do a full interactive show.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Encourage your child’s love of reading by spending some time at the Tattered Cover Bookstore. As one of the largest independent booksellers in the country, the Tattered Cover is an amazing place to shop for all sorts of great new books for your whole family. Visit on a Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. and you can also enjoy story time and relax as your children get entertained while you browse the bookshelves for your own literary escape. Or visit any time and pick up a few new choices for your kids to enjoy during these cold winter months.
13150 W 72nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80005
It may be cold outside but that doesn’t mean you have to retire those swimming suits for the season. Visit Apex Park and Recreation Center for lots of great water-based fun for the whole family. With more than 23,000 square feet of indoor water fun, there is plenty of fun for a full family day of swimming. There is also a natural rock-climbing wall, three huge gymnasiums and an indoor playground for the younger kiddos. Of course, the big attraction is the pool, with body and tube slides, a vortex pool, a lap pool and family hot tubs.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.