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Colorado Kids

Colorado Wilderness Families 303-279-3080 Membership 281-352-2236 www.cmc.org Family outings include camping and hiking trips. Youth education programs are available for preschoolers through 12th grade. There is a Pikes Peak group active in the Springs. Log on to the website and check out the “Pikes Pique” newsletter and CMC Pikes Peak Group on FB. Sports Fanatics Colorado’s professional sports teams offer special clubs and packages for children…Check these out!

“Broncos Bunch” www.denverbroncos.com Official kids club of the Denver Broncos. $30.00 membership includes a T-shirt, mascot bobblehead, magazine, invitations, gift certificates, and activity passes.

“Rockies Rookies” mlb.com/rockies.

Log on for 2022 membership information! Lots of goodies including cap, jersey, arm sleeves and lunch bag. Fan/kids-club for everyone ages 1 - 15.

Mini Mallows Kids Club Rocky Mountain Vibes @ UC Health Park • 304-5628 • www.milb.com

For $25 kids 12 and under receive tickets, t-shirts, vouchers, passes and a lot more! Colorado Springs Public Golf Courses www.coloradosprings.gov Patty Jewett (385-6934)

Offers junior golf camps for 10-17 year olds. First Tee Southern Colorado Valley High Golf Course (May - Oct) 525 N. Academy (indoor training center) 719-597-1932 • www.firstteesoco.org This program if offered through The Learning Center in Colorado Springs and is a combination of golf instruction and a life skills learning curriculum. Designed for ages 7-18.

Family Fun Outdoors When It’s Raining No worries, there’s still lots of kid friendly spots to check out.

The “Bug” Museum May Natural History Museum) 710 Rock Creek Canyon Road • 719-576-0450 • coloradospringsbugmuseum.com You name it - they’ve got it. 7,000 insects from beautiful butterflies to squishy beetles, gigantic spiders, and deadly scorpions - how can you resist?! Penny Arcade 930 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs 80829 • 685-9815 Old-fashioned arcade featuring skeeball, retro rides, and hundreds of machines ranging from vintage pinball to modern video games. Pikes Peak Library District www.ppld.org

Pikes Peak Library District is overflowing with resources for your child’s development, with a focus on fun! Head to ppld.org/kids to find upcoming classes and programs, resources for teachers and parents, creative inspiration, games, and resources for homeschool students. Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park 80863 • 686-1820 • www.rmdrc.com Not to be missed! An awesome display of dinosaurs, marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish. Learning center, paleo lab, visiting exhibits, and huge retail store await your visit. Space Foundation Discovery Center 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs 80907 576-8000 • www.discoverspace.org Everything you want to know about the solar system, planets, space missions, weather and so much more. Lots of special events and hands on exhibits.


Become a “TOPS” Junior Ranger

Earn that badge!

…what better way to spend a great day then being one with Mother Nature.

Here are a few very family-friendly areas to visit.

The trails, open spaces and parks service (TOPS) and the Pikes Peak Library Fountain Creek Regional District have partnered and are offering nature packs designed for 7-13 year olds loaded with everything needed for over 30 Park and Nature Center (see “El Paso County Parks” in Sports & outdoor activities that will have them Recreation section). Ponds and marshes exploring and observing a wide variety of environments in the local parks. Log on to the Parks and Rec webpage allow for lots of turtle and bird viewing including cormorants and great blue herons! at www.coloradosprings.gov North Cheyenne Canon Park (see Regional Parks in Sports and Recreation section). Discovery Center, Botanical Reserve, and a very short "hike" to the Silver Cascade Falls.

Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center (see “El Paso County Parks” in sports and

Recreation Section). Programs, lots of wildlife, and trails to walk in a beautiful setting. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Rd., Colorado Springs 80906 633-9925 • www.cmzoo.org

Enjoy the kids train, petting zoo, pony rides and lots of special exhibits. Family programs animal encounters, parties and day camps. Log on for the full events calendar.

North Pole and Santas Workshop 5050 Pikes Peak Hwy., Cascade • 684-9432 • www.northpolecolorado.com Take a beautiful drive to 25 acres of family fun and animals, artisans, and two dozen amusement rides. Open mid-May through Christmas (of course!) Garden of the Gods 1805 N. 30th St. • Colorado Springs 634-6666 This awesome red rock wonder is a registered National Natural Landmark. There are many miles of trails (maps are available) for easy and moderate hiking. A variety of guided tours for children can be accessed by calling 219-0105. They are very popular and reservations are required. Be sure to ask about the Junior Ranger Program if you’re 7-12 years old.