Zoos and aquariums
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Known as the only mountainside zoo in the country, the well laid-out exhibits make it easy to explore. However, families with small children may want to opt to explore the zoo via tram, for the expansive menagerie of animals requires a lot of walking around.
Be sure to hit the exhibits where you can feed the animals, such as the giraffes, when there are less crowds. You can hop on a pony — both real and the carousel variety — or take a leisurely ride to the top of the mountain via chairlift for breathtaking views. Just allow yourself enough time to explore, because there are plenty of things to see and activities for kids at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Address: 250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
North Pole – Santa’s workshop
Noted as one of the best seasonal attractions in Colorado Springs, Santa’s Workshop offers plenty of local flavor if trying to decide what to do with kids. From mid-May to Christmas Day, families can travel to Santa’s house and get some face time with the big man himself. A petting zoo, rides, and elves in the Christmas shops make it one of the more popular places to go with kids, while the clean location and cool mountain weather make it a parent and grandparent favorite.
Many of the rides are geared towards kids under 8 years old, but family members young and old still find plenty of ways to enjoy the afternoon at Santa’s workshop. Take advantage of the free parking just outside the front entrance, and visit the website for a special discount coupon before you go.
Address: 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, Colorado 80809
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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center at Woodland Park, Colorado
Aimed for younger visitors, this real research center boasts a full T-Rex skeleton as well as an array of prehistoric dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and more. Although the museum is small, the hands-on exhibits will offer your kids the opportunity to touch real fossils, act like archeologists and witness a dinosaur research lab in action. Be sure to take advantage of the free guided tour and explore the kiddie area with the youngest members of your family.
Address: 201 S. Fairview Street, Woodland Park, Colorado 80866
Outdoor activities for kids
With two short hiking trails and many stairs to climb, this natural attraction is best suited for older children when pondering what to do with kids in Colorado Springs. Native American Dancers entertain visitors at the base of the trail and an elevator will take you up to get a view of the falls from afar, but you really need to hike up the stairs to get up close and personal. Bring your lunch during the day to enjoy the great picnic area in City Park just outside the falls, or plan your visit for nighttime to witness the falls lit up by lights.
Address: 2850 S. Cheyenne Canyon Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Playgrounds and parks
America the Beautiful Park
A huge fountain, large playground, pavilion, public restrooms and plenty of grass to run around make this Colorado Springs park one of the more popular family-friendly attractions in the area. During the summer, kids ages toddler and up can be seen splashing in the fountain, while kids and adults alike can be seen conquering the playthings. Even if you visit without kids in tow, the mountain view is spectacular. Parking and the park itself are free to use, and also hosts concerts and festivals throughout the summer. Check out the website for information.
Address: 126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80944
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