By Christina Freeman
A young golfer considers her approach shot at Amaze'n Steamboat Family Fun Park. Photo by Paula Jo Jaconetta.
Kids Adventure Club Open to kids from ages 2 to 15, KVC, as its known locally, offers a vacation center with indoor play area and dedicated on-mountain ski and snowboard instruction. The club is open evenings during night skiing. During summer, the club gives kids the chance to explore the outdoors without parents, through full-day camps.
www.steamboat.com / 970-871-5390
Howelsen Ice Arena The only place in town where the ice lasts all year. Open skate sessions, stick and puck or bumper cars on ice are always crowd pleasers.
Old Town Hot Springs Even on the coldest Steamboat Springs day, the natural warm pools of the downtown hot springs never fail to appeal. An outdoor climbing wall is a favorite with all ages, open year-round. Water slides, a kiddie pool and The Wibbit, an inflated obstacle course, are open in summer.
www.oldtownhotsprings.org / 970-879-1828
Paint and Bowl Try for a strike or paint a masterpiece, in one west-of-town location. Open year-round, Snow Bowl and Splatz painting studio offer fun for all the family. Look out for Friday night’s Cosmic Bowling.
www.splatzpainting.com/970-871-7904 and www.snowbowl.net /970-879-9840970-879-940 970
Bud Werner Memorial Library Little visitors can join local kiddos for weekly interactive story hours. Teen reads and crafting workshops lure older readers, while parents can kick back in the café and peruse an impressive collection of books and magazines.
Amaze’n Steamboat Family Fun Park The ultimate fun for all the family. Miniature golf, gemstone panning, laser games, squirt gun fun, hamster roll, a bungee trampoline and shoot n’ shower basketball. Open for the season on Memorial Day, the park is located behind the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitor Information Center.
www.amazensteamboat.com / 970-870-8682
In Celebration of Kids This one-stop shop arcade designed with kids in mind opened this winter. Clothing, a game loft, café, hair and nail salon await.
Bear River Skate Park When the snow melts, kids trek the Core Trail, skateboard in hand, to Bear River Park. Located at the westerly end of the Yampa River Core Trail, the recently opened concrete skate park is filled with challenging features.
The Howler Alpine Slide Feel the need for speed? Whiz down the winding 2,400 track in a sled on Howelsen Hill. Open for the season on Memorial Day.
Coco-Cola Adventure Zone An action-packed playground located at the mountain base area. Kids can try their hand at the ropes course or climbing wall, test their balance in the Water Walkerz or shoot for the sky in a slingshot bungee.