Top 10 Activities for Kids 10 & Under

Check out these top 10 fun attractions for kids in Colorado Springs.


Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

America's only mountain zoo is home to more than 800 species. Kids can learn about them through educational presentations and interactive demonstrations. They'll have a ball in multiple play areas and can hand-feed the world's largest giraffe herd in captivity.

North Pole - Santa's Workshop

2. The North Pole - Home of Santa's Workshop

Is there anything more magical than visiting Santa himself at the North Pole? Nestled in the pine forest above Cascade, CO discover shows, rides, a petting zoo and wintery adventures at this holiday-themed amusement park. Open May - Christmas Eve.

Dinosaur Resource Center

3. Dinosaur Resource Center

View spectacular fossils of T-Rexes, raptors, flying and marine reptiles, huge carnivorous fish and life restorations. Kids can imagine a future in paleontology as they observe a working fossil preparation laboratory.

Penny Arcade

4. Penny Arcade

As you teach the little ones to spend their money wisely, you'll find that a dollar goes much further at this retro arcade located in the heart of Manitou Springs. Vintage games range from skeeball to pinball. Modern games also available. Don't forget to play the ponies!

May Museum

5. May Natural History Museum

Affectionately known as "the bug museum," this kid magnet houses one of the world's most outstanding collections of insects, related creatures and rare artifacts collected from exotic locations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fact, Ripley's Believe it or Not once tried to purchase this impressive assortment.

Cripple Creek & Victor Railroad

6. Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad

Hop aboard Cripple Creek's authentic, century-old steam locomotive and take a 45-minute trip through the historic and scenic mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor. The train's size and speed are kid-friendly and everyone will enjoy the ride.

Bear Creek Nature Center

7. Bear Creek & Fountain Creek Nature Centers

Explore endless trails, observe wildlife and enjoy the centers' extensive educational programs offered throughout the year. View the indoor/outdoor beehive and see if you can spot the queen and see how your wing span compares to the region's bird species.

Ghost Town Museum

8. Ghost Town Museum

This indoor museum displays an Old Western town made from the very structures that were part of a thriving mountainside community. Print up a "wanted" poster, crank up the player piano, take aim in the shooting gallery or strike it rich while panning for real gold.

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

9. Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Experience the life of the ancient Anasazi tribe. This child and pet-friendly stop showcases ancient architecture that visitors are free to interact with and explore. Enjoy Native American dances and real wolf encounters during the summer.

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

10. Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

Take the kids on a trip back in time in the Geo-Trekker movie and learn how those big, red rocks got there. Once you've learned the park's history, experience over 30 state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits and discover the local critters and geography that call Garden of the Gods home. Now you can head into the park as an expert.

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