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Free Kid-Friendly Activities in and around Boulder, Colorado ​

Summertime is great for relaxing, but for those days when the kids are itching to get out of the house, it’s helpful to have a few activities up your sleeve that won’t break the bank. Here are our picks for free things to do with the babes around Boulder this summer:

Programs at the Boulder Public Library

The Boulder Public Library offers a range of fun and educational programs at several of their locations around town, from storytime to coding parties to a juggling show! Check out their full calendar of events on the library’s website.

Bands on the Bricks

Every Wednesday evening, free Bands on the Bricks concerts transform downtown Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall into a full-on party. Arrive early so the littles can cool off in the Pop Jet Fountain, which spouts water up right from the ground, or let them play on the many animal statues on the 1400 block of Pearl Street Mall.

Valmont Bike Park

On any given day at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park, you’ll find cyclists ranging from kids to grandparents, beginners to professionals. Cruise around its 42 acres of cycling terrain or watch one of the many competitions hosted at the park. Whether you and your family are new to mountain biking or have been doing it for years, the Valmont Bike Park has enough paths and hills to keep you entertained for hours. And, when you’re done biking, the adjoining Valmont Dog Park is a fantastic place to let Fido get his fun in!

Louisville Street Faire

Just six miles outside of Boulder, the town of Louisville closes down its historic downtown on eight separate occasions in the summer for the Louisville Street Faire. Folks fill the streets dancing, listening to great live music, and enjoying food and drink from local restaurants. Check out this summer’s lineup – the kids will have a blast.

CrossFit Sanitas

Your first visit to CrossFit Sanitas is free, so introduce the littles to the world of strength training and coordination (and score yourself a free class while you’re at it!). Their CrossFit Kids classes are geared toward kiddos ages 6-10 and use obstacle courses, rope swings, box jumps, burpees, wall balls, toes-to-rings, and sled pulls to teach the fundamentals of CrossFit and build overall conditioning. Visit their website to claim your first free visit.

ABC Kids Climbing Gym

Learning to rock climb in a town like Boulder can be intimidating. ABC Kids Climbing Gym is a unique climbing gym geared toward kids – James loves it. Kids enrolled in their summer club can climb for free from 7-10pm on Fridays and after 4pm on Sundays. If your kids have been dying to learn how to rock climb, there’s still time to register for summer classes and camps.

WOW! Children’s Museum

Members and children under one get in free to this charming, hands-on children’s museum in the heart of Old Towne Lafayette. Summer exhibits include Investigating Dinosaurs and X-Ray Station. After you’ve spent the day exploring, swing by one of Lafayette’s delicious local eateries for a treat, or check out the town’s impressive sculptures. (Note: the museum is closed on Mondays.)

Hiking the Flatirons

Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll or a heart-pumping workout, Boulder’s iconic Flatirons have you covered. Start at the Chautauqua ranger station, where you’ll have your pick of hikes. For something more low-key, your kids will love the Mesa trail, which is relatively flat and provides a pleasant and partially shaded tour through the forest. If you’re looking for something more challenging, both the First Flatiron Hike and the Royal Arch Trail offer stunning views and are kid-friendly. Bring a picnic and enjoy your time at the top…you may even see climbers rappelling off the summit of the first Flatiron!

Free Sail Nights at Community Sailing of Colorado

Community Sailing of Colorado wants everyone to experience the joys of sailing firsthand, so they are hosting free family sail nights during June, July, and August at the Boulder Reservoir and Cherry Creek Reservoir. Even if you’ve never stepped foot in a boat before, everyone from novices to experienced sailors are welcome. While the sailing is free, participants need to pay for park entrance fees. You can sign up for a sail night on their website.

Between the great outdoors and immersing yourself in Boulder’s cultural attractions, there’s never a lack of things to explore in our great city. We’d love to know what you have planned around town – tell us in the comments below!

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