Spring break fun close to home
Spring break is right around the corner. Plan ahead and enjoy some memorable family activities right here in Colorado. From state parks to museums, there is much to do and see close to home.
Castlewood Canyon State Park
2989 South State Highway 83, Franktown
This beautiful retreat is located just to the southeast in Franktown – about five miles south of Highway 86 and Highway 83. Enjoy educational programs, hiking, picnicking, and a rock-climbing wall. A daily park pass is $7 and an annual pass is $70 with park hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/castlewoodcanyon.
Chatfield State Park
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road, Littleton
Bike, hike, camp, ride horses, or boat at the Chatfield State Park. Park hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. A daily park pass is $8 and an annual pass is $70. For more information, visit http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/Chatfield.
Garden of the Gods
1805 N 30th Street, Colorado Springs
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Venture south to the amazing geological rock formations at The Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Hike, bike or take a guided walk tour through this historic Colorado nature park. The Park is open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Visitor & Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gardenofgods.com.
Roxborough State Park
4751 North Roxborough Drive, Littleton
Unique rock formations, plants and wildlife make Roxborough State Park a must-see for all. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hiking, as well as snowshoeing and cross county skiing on designated paths are favorite activities at Roxborough. It is important to note that NO PETS are allowed at the park. A daily park pass is $7 and an annual pass is $70. For more information, visit http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/Roxborough/
Museums and Attractions
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs
For a change of scenery, consider exploring the zoo to the south – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. This beautiful location offers some steep climbing, so in addition to viewing some amazing animals, enjoy a good cardio workout. For more information, visit www.cmzoo.org.
The Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver
Located just off of I-25 and 23rd Avenue in downtown Denver, The Children’s Museum is the perfect creative learning venue for toddlers and young children. For more information, visit www.cmdenver.org.
The Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W 44th Ave., Golden
For the conductors out there, make a trek to the historic Colorado Railroad Museum. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On April 23, the Bunny Express takes ride with special guest, the Easter Bunny. Other upcoming special events include the Buffalo Bill Wild West Dats in July and A Day Out With Thomas in September. For more information, visit www.crrm.org.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A new exhibit from National Geographic, Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, opens on March 4. More than 200 artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Whydah will guide visitors on a journey of pirate life. After, take in an IMAX feature exploring the wonders of Mt. Everest, the Hubble Space Station or Sea Life. For more information, visit www.dmns.org.
700 Water Street, Denver
Explore sea and land creatures including the desert, corral reef and rainforest. The Downtown Aquarium is a must-see for locals and visitors of any age. Open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit
The Wildlife Experience
10035 S. Peoria, Parker
Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, The Wildlife Experience is located just east of I-25 and Lincoln Avenue, and features wildlife exhibits and an extreme screen iWERKS theater. Current interactive exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Color explores these amazing creatures with 15 types of live frogs representing habitats across the world. For more info, go to
7969 E. Arapahoe Road, Littleton
You can jump on a trampoline anywhere, but where else can you jump on a trampoline, and then bounce off a WALL of trampolines? Exercise has never been so much fun! Come with friends to add some friendly competition. For more information, visit www.gotjump.com.
Rock’n & Jam’n Indoor Climbing
7390 S. Fraser St, Unit E, Centennial
This indoor climbing facility offers the tallest and steepest climbing walls around. For more information, visit www.rocknandjamn.com.
5801 S. Lowell Way, Littleton
Bring your skates, or pick them up there, and get out on the floor for some old-fashioned roller skating fun. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (times vary). Traditional roller skates or in-line roller blades are available for rental. For more information, visit www.skatecitycolorado.com/littleton.htm.
X-treme Challenge Gladiator Fusion Arena
82 Inverness Drive East, Arena #A2, Englewood
X-treme Challenge unites energetic groups of people in an X-CLUSIVELY fun atmosphere. Participants encounter games of skill, wit, and determination while thinking out-of-the-box and enjoying hilarious physical fun. Offerings include classes, parties, and group events for kids ages two and older as well as adults. For more information, visit www.xtremechallengearena.com.
8532 Concord Center Drive, Englewood
Located just southeast of Centennial Airport, Speed Raceway is Colorado’s largest indoor kart racing venue. Kids and adults, 48” or taller, can race the quarter-mile track at speeds up to 50 mph. An adult 12-lap pass is $20 and a youth 9-lap pass is $16. Speed Raceway offers drop-in racing, leagues and party rentals. For more information, visit http://www.speedraceway.com.
Lone Tree Recreation Center
10249 Ridgegate Circle
Spring Break at Club Lone Tree
Two weeks of Spring Break, March 21-April 1. M-F, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Plus daily Field Trips. Grades K-5. Socialize with peers and participate in daily field trips. State Licensed, full-day supervision. For field trips, children should arrive by 9 a.m. and can be picked up after 4:30 p.m. Field trips subject to change. Parents must provide a lunch. Pre-registration is a MUST. Daily fee: $47/$42 Resident. For more information, visit www.sspr.org.
Spring Break Performing Arts Camp
Mon-Fri, March 28 to April 1, 3-6 pm. Theater games, improvisation and rehearsing a mini-play with some costumes and props are a great staycation! Performance is April 1 at 5:30 pm. Ages 7-12 yrs. Fee: $96/$90 for residents.