Fun and Family
By Dan Greeson
Genevieve and Hadley Spillane soak in the warm pool at the Old Town Hot Springs on Lincoln Avenue. Photo by Hilary Spillane/Spillane Creative.
Splash around in the naturally warmed waters at the Old Town Hot Springs, where you can laze in the pools, or attempt to scale the outdoor climbing wall. Water slides, a kiddie pool and The Wibbit, an inflated obstacle course, are open in summer. Childcare is available except Sundays; call for hours.
www.oldtownhotsprings.org / 970-879-1828
Skate around the Olympic-size rink at Howelsen Ice Arena during open skate sessions. Budding hockey stars can join locals for Stick and Puck. Or abandon the skates and hop in a bumper car for the one time kids get to push Mom or Dad around.
www.steamboatsprings.net / 970-879-0341
Read a book, or be read to by a local during interactive story hours at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Teen reads, craft sessions and Lego club entertain even the most reluctant bookworm in the family. Grownups can kick back in the café or peruse an impressive collection of books and magazines.
www.steamboatlibrary.org / 970-879-0240
Putt a ball around the miniature golf course at Amaze’n Steamboat Family Fun Park. Pan for gold, shoot lasers and squirt guns, run in the hamster roll or touch the sky bouncing on the bungee trampoline. 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
Grab a helmet and board, then head for the Bear River Skate Park, where concrete ramps, bowls and rails challenge every skill level from novice to expert. The park is located at the west end of the Yampa Valley Core Trail.
www.steamboatsprings.net / 970-879-4300
Hike to the overlook at Fish Creek Falls and listen to the roar of the snowmelt waters. The handicap accessible trail is suitable for even the littlest walkers in the pack. Continue down to the bridge at the base of the falls to watch the 283-foot waterfall crash into the river, where the sound leaves even a teenager awestruck. $5 daily parking fee applies.
Paint your next masterpiece following simple steps at Splatz painting studio, located within the Snow Bowl. Pick out a decorative or functional piece of pottery and paint it to suit your style at The Potters Wheel, opposite Little Toots Park on 12th Street.
www.splatzpainting.com / 970-871-7904
Potters Wheel / 970-879-4944
Bowl away a rainy afternoon or fire up some healthy sibling rivalry on a fun-filled family night out at the Snow Bowl. Give younger bowlers a helping hand by requesting bumpers to keep balls out of the gutter. Light bites and a full bar available.
www.snowbowl.net / 970-879-9840
Watch the latest blockbuster at Wildhorse Stadium 6 in Wildhorse Plaza near the mountain. Check out foreign films or see a classic at downtown’s atmospheric Chief Theater.
www.metrotheatres.com / 970-870-8222
www.chieftheater.org / 970-871-4791