The Best Activities for Babies and Toddlers in Summit County, Colorado

If you subscribe to my newsletter, I left you hanging, but you might have guessed that I’m expecting another baby. And…if that’s what you thought…you’re right! Baby Bird #2 is due in early September, so business will slow down a bit over the fall. In honor of our new arrival, this blog post is dedicated to my favorite activities in Summit County for babies and toddlers.

1). Gym

Make a splash! Visit the Silverthorne Recreation Center pool and take advantage of four pools, two water slides, and an aquatic climbing wall! The family locker room offers two cabanas to assist families with small children, and you can register your kids for the Kids’ Korner if you need some solo time!

2). Storytime

Enjoy story time for babies or toddlers at the any one of the local libraries (South Branch, Main Branch, and Bluebird Market all offer recurring activities). Aside from story time, check the calendar for yoga and live music (for toddlers and kids) with special guests!

3). Nature

Embrace the outdoors – There are so many playgrounds and parks in Summit County that are appropriate for younger kids. Rainbow Park is a personal favorite in any season.

4). Museum

Mountain Top Children’s Museum in Breckenridge is open year-round and features hands-on self-guided STEM-based activities that stimulate imagination and creativity. A corner of the museum is dedicated to non-walkers, so all ages are truly welcome!

5). Indoor Play Space

Over in Dillon, Wild and Free provides a rare opportunity for nature inspired free play in a world that can be overly structured. This is an amazing option for parents with young kids, especially when the temperature drops and outside time is limited! If that’s not enough to convince you, Wild and Free offers coffee, tea, snacks and adult beverages for purchase.

6). Beach

When the sun is shining, have a picnic at the beach! The Frisco Marina has an expansive sandy shore, perfect for building sandcastles and dipping toes in the cold lake water! In the summer, you can rent kayaks, peddle boats, and canoes, and children weighing over 30 pounds are welcome to come along for the ride!

7). Art

Get creative at The Art Spot! For just $12, adults can purchase a day pass and kids UNDER AGE 4 ARE FREE! If you’ve got an older kid, a day pass for ages 4-11 is only $5. The pass includes access to the makers space, and use of tools and materials like brushes, paint, play dough and more. It’s a great deal, and let’s be honest, it’s so nice when the creative mess is not in your home!

Besides acting as boredom busters for stay-at-home parents, these new experiences and activities are crucial for your child’s development. It’s important for babies and young children to see new places and meet new people. Safe and thoughtful exposure to the world hones social skills, intellectual curiosity, and physical health to boot! Hope to see you this fall. When I’m not sleeping, you’ll be able to find me at one of these places (with a baby in tow)!

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