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Creative Outings Near Denver for Snowy & Rainy Days

We are fast approaching the winter holidays, which means cold weather is right around the corner. We’ve already felt glimpses of it here in Colorado, so be prepared for those rainy and snowy days with these fun and active places to play!

Indoor Playgrounds

All around the Boulder and Denver Metro area you can find indoor playgrounds. When it’s raining, cold, snowing, or even too hot to be outside, kids still need to run around and play. I have found these particular places to do the job.

The Bounce Place Boulder and Lakewood

Kids Wonder Centennial

Bounce City Broomfield and Aurora

(Little) Monkey Bizness Westminster and Parker

KidSpace Westminster


With good quality food, healthy options, superb service, a clean kid-friendly environment, and a play structure in nearly every location Chick-fil-A can’t be beat! This is by far the best place to bring your kiddos for a fulfilling meal and a stretch on a rainy or snowy day. Download the Chick-fil-A One app for free treats through out the year! Several locations through out Colorado

Trampoline Parks

While there are things for smaller kids, trampoline parks are typically geared toward older kids. They offer wall-to-wall trampolines, slides, and climbing equipment. Some of them also have other options like laser tag, zip lines, and obstacle courses.

DEFY Thornton and Aurora

Sky Zone Arvada and Parker

Urban Air Westminster, Aurora, Denver, Littleton

Lava Island

The culmination of both indoor play places and trampoline parks is Lava Island in Aurora. Go early during the week to get the most out of your entrance fee.

Bowling & Fun Centers

Fun Centers can be a great option if you want several options for activities. Typically they offer dining, bowling, laser tag, and arcades, with some including mini golf and other attractions.

Fat Cats Westminster

Boondocks Northglenn and Parker

The Summit Thornton


There are too many child-friendly museums around Denver to list here, but these are my top choices for holding your kiddos’ interest and engaging them in active learning.

Children’s Museum of Denver Denver

Wow! Children’s Museum Lafayette

Butterfly Pavilion Westminster

The Museum of Nature and Science Denver

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Denver

Museum of Boulder Boulder

Play Street Museum Highlands Ranch

The Library

Every library I know offers FREE children’s story times and activities through out the week, and many also have an indoor play area to explore and read together.

If you haven’t yet experienced the Anythink difference, I can’t encourage it enough! Anythink Libraries, part of the Rangeview Library District in Adams County, go beyond the typical slow-moving quiet community library. They offer so many free opportunities to anyone in the community, from yoga classes and book clubs for adults, to parenting classes, to coding classes for kids, and engaging story times and play areas for babies and toddlers. The Wright Farms location even offers a community garden!

Anythink Library Locations

  • Bennett
  • Brighton
  • Commerce City
  • Huron Street Thornton
  • York Street Thornton
  • Wright Farms Thornton
  • Perl Mack Denver

Shopping Malls

Along with walking, shopping, and exploring the food court, these malls offer FREE indoor play areas:

Cherry Creek Shopping Center Denver

Flatiron Crossing Broomfield

Recreation Centers

There are so many things to do indoors at your local rec center. Many offer indoor swim lessons, adult and kid classes, an indoor play area, and activities to keep you busy in every season.

The following Recreation Centers offer FREE indoor playgrounds:

Louisville Recreation and Senior Center Louisville

Paul Derda Recreation Center Broomfield (free for children 3 and under)

Apex Center Arvada

ABC Kids Climbing

Offering classes and open gym for kids and families to climb together, there is no better place for little ones to learn to climb like a true Coloradan.

Tumble Rooms

Need to get your little one’s wiggles out in a more intimate and less chaotic environment, consider one of these smaller and quieter indoor play options geared toward children under 5.

The Boulder Jewish Community Center Boulder CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS

Peace Lutheran Church (FREE) Boulder HOPING TO REOPEN SOON


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