Kid Friendly Activities in Central Park: What to Do
If you have kids, Central Park is the place to be – whether you live in the neighborhood or are just visiting. Here’s the lowdown on kid friendly Central Park.
Getting outdoors is at the heart of kid friendly Central Park. Central Park is home to 50 green spaces and parks, including Central Park, the third largest park in Denver. Central Park also boasts six different outdoor pools that provide lessons, swim teams and a place to relax and cool off. Each pool has its own “personality,” including one with a splash pad geared toward younger children.
In addition to the parks and pools, kid friendly Central Park also has several other great destinations. These include the Urban Farm, the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Sanctuary and Bluff Lake Nature Center.
The new(er) Stanley Marketplace is a mini version of kid friendly Central Park. It houses:
- Mindcraft Makerspace: This unique facility offers a laser lab, sewing lab, vinyl lab, 3-D printing lab and workshop that are available to the public. It offers afterschool programming and days off school/summer camps. There is also a drop-off tinker night just for kids, which is great for both little ones and parents, who can enjoy exploring the Stanley while their children learn and play.
- Neighborhood Music Central Park: This popular asset to kid friendly Central Park provides private piano, guitar and music lessons. Kids also enjoy the theatre summer camps.
- Bounce: Kids can get their energy our here with classes for all ages (including adults), parkour and open gym.
- Sweet Treats: Finish off any activities you’ve done at the Stanley with Voodoo Doughnuts or ice cream at Sweet Cow.
Northfield Central Park also has a host of kid friendly Central Park fun. There you will find a movie theater, GameWorks, frozen yogurt, ice cream and a candy shop. Kids also enjoy exploring Bass Pro Shops, which offers many seasonal things just for kids. One example is the holiday season when you take free Santa photos and ride an actual holiday-themed carousel right inside the store, as well as other hands-on things to do.
Free community activities abound in kid friendly Central Park. Summer events include outdoor movies, theater productions, concerts and farmer’s markets. There is a Winter Welcome celebration and spring Easter egg hunt. Bonus: All of this fun stuff is free!
The Central Park Recreation Center keeps kids busy with classes and programs ranging from ballet to flag football and more. There is also an indoor pool with a lazy river and waterslide.
Bladium, an indoor soccer/workout facility is home to Little Kickers, a program that combines soccer and child development. It also has a jump house area with lots of different ways kids can get their energy out. Kid friendly Central Park also includes Ubergrippen, an indoor climbing facility with lots of programs for kids.
Perhaps the most important part of kid friendly Central Park are the neighborhood schools – some are ranked among the best in the state. Plus, every school has its niche. Schools include Denver School of Science and Technology, Denver School of the Arts and Swigert, an International Baccalaureate elementary school – to name a few.