Budget-Friendly Ideas for Fun with Young Kids

Northern Colorado is a goldmine of activities that are perfect for families with young children – and the best part? Most of the fun that it has to offer is budget-friendly!

Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors or engage in creative indoor fun, here are some fantastic ideas to keep your little ones entertained this summer without breaking the bank!

Explore Local Parks and Nature Trails

    Northern Colorado is home to a bountiful array of parks and nature trails – perfect for a family day out! Visit Boyd Lake State Park for picnicking, swimming, and hiking. Alternatively, the Poudre River Trail offers a scenic route for walking, biking, and spotting wildlife.

    Visit the Loveland Museum

      The Loveland Museum offers free admission to its main gallery, where families can explore local history and art. They often offer a variety of kid-friendly workshops and events at a low cost. This is a great way to introduce young children to culture and creativity in an engaging environment!

      Spend a Day at the Farm

        The Farm at Lee Martinez Park in Fort Collins welcomes families to experience farm life firsthand. Kids can meet the animals and learn about sustainable farming. It’s an educational and fun-filled day that won’t strain your wallet.

        Families strolling through a sunny day at Lee Martinez Park, with children exploring and adults enjoying the green surroundings and rustic farm buildings.

        Enjoy a Picnic at Benson Sculpture Garden

          Located in Loveland, Benson Sculpture Garden is a unique and serene park full of beautiful art and sculptures. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day wandering through the garden, letting your kids marvel at the artwork and enjoy the open space.

          Attend a Storytime at the Local Library

            Most public libraries in Northern Colorado, including those in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, offer free storytime sessions for young children. These sessions often include songs, crafts, and interactive activities that are perfect for early childhood development. Be sure to plan a day to hit up the LINC Library (Library Innovation Center) – a library facility in Greeley that features a fully equipped maker space with 3D printers, laser engravers, die-cut machines, and a UV printer. There are classrooms, art studios, recording studios, and a podcast studio to check out, too. There are dynamic and hands-on learning children’s exhibits to for a lot of family fun.

            Explore the Gardens on Spring Creek

              The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins is a fantastic place for families to explore themed gardens, including a children’s garden designed for interactive play. Admission is affordable, and the gardens offer various family programs and events throughout the year.

              Bowl For Free This Summer!

                Kids under 18 can bowl for free at Chipper’s Lanes during the summer! Their Kids Bowl Free program offers 2 free games of bowling, every day, all summer long. There’s a short registration form for both parent and child. What a fun and budget-friendly way to spend quality time together!

                Multicolor bowing balls line up waiting to be picked while a parent helps their child set to bowl in a lane in the background

                Discover the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

                  This museum offers a blend of area history, science, and hands-on exhibits that will captivate children and adults alike. While there is an admission fee, it’s relatively low and worth every penny for the educational and interactive experiences provided.

                  Play at Inspiration Playground

                    Fort Collins’ Spring Canyon Community Park hosts Inspiration Playground, an inclusive and accessible play area designed for children of all abilities. The playground features a variety of play structures, sensory activities, and plenty of space for families to relax and play together.

                    Have a Beach Day at Horsetooth Reservoir

                      Spend a sunny day at Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins! With sandy beaches, picnic areas, and calm waters for swimming, it’s an ideal spot for a family outing. Bring along some beach toys and a picnic lunch for a full day of fun without spending much.

                      Northern Colorado is rich with activities that cater to families with young children, many of which are either free or very affordable. By exploring local parks, cultural sites, and community events, you can create lasting memories without a hefty price tag.

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