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Steamboat Magazine

Kids' Stuff -Summer/Fall 2014

09/02/2014 07:15PM ● By Christina Freeman

Whether the Yampa River is running high or low, you can't beat the Promenade for no-worries, splish-splashing in ankle-deep running water and cascading pools alongBurgess Creek, which runs along the base of the ski area from Ski Time Square,through Torian Plaza and past Gondola Square. Kids plus water equals fun. (Yes, adultsare allowed to splash as well.) 

Located next to the Chamber’s Visitor Center is a highly concentrated dose of “fun” – apark for the whole family. Check out the water walkers, giant maze, laser games,miniature golf, squirt-gun fun, bungee trampoline jumping, gemstone panning and“shoot ‘n shower,” where the loser gets wet. 970-870-8682 /

The Coca-Cola Adventure Zone, at the base of the ski mountain, is loaded withadventures for kids. Try out the climbing wall, ropes course, slingshot bungee jump, mini-bounce, mechanical bull, human gyro and water walkers. for schedule and tickets. 

Check out the Howler Alpine Slide at Howelsen Hill Sports Complex. The 2,400-foot slide winds through the bends and curves of the hillside. Great view of downtown, but keep your eyes on the track. Proceeds support the Winter Sports Club. 

Miles of bike trails can be accessed from Howelsen Hill, which also has skateboard andBMX parks. Enter via Howelsen Hill Parkway, from Fifth Street, or by bike or on foot from the Yampa River Core Trail, which runs parallel to the complex. 970-879-4300 or 

Whether you and your kid run one or five kilometers, the Steamboat Color Run is a special kind of crazy fun, with all runners in white T-shirts. At certain distances,everyone gets splashed with brightly colored corn starch. And at the finish line, averitable explosion of powdered colors! Monday, Sept. 1, 4 p.m., at Howelsen Hill.