Mom, I’m bored

As soon as the last bell of the school year rings, you’re sure to hear those dreaded words that prompt moms and dads to quickly rattle off a list of suggested activities–just to get the same refusing response to each.

Lucky for you, when school’s out and the sun is hot, there’s plenty to do in Boulder. From miniature golf to drop-in art classes, here are a few suggestions that’ll keep the kids entertained (and learning) all summer long.

 

Kids Fishing Pond Kids 12 & under keep what they catch and can fly fish for free every day from dawn ’til dusk (location). Check out the Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s 101 places to take your kid fishing.

 

Gateway Fun Park With 2 miniature golf courses, Colorado’s longest go-kart track, batting cages, a human maze, kiddie go-karts, a newly renovated indoor arcade and a driving range, it’s impossible to be without entertainment.

 

Growing Gardens Children’s Peace Garden Growing Gardens hosts summer that cater to a range of age groups, from 3-10 years old. Register here or learn about out May Featured Friend on The Boulder Source.

 

Rainy Day Game Use their tracks to find out what Boulder’s wildlife is up to, even when it’s too rainy to be outside. Download the Wildlife Decoder and send your answers to Coyote Bob.

 

Nature Discovery Pack Check one out at the Ranger Cottage in Chautauqua Park to make your hike interactive. Packs include binoculars, scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses, field guides, art materials and suggested activities (best for ages 4+).

 

CU Discovery Take advantage of our world class university! CU Discovery classes offer hands-on activities that are engaging and informative and opportunities to explore current CU science. Topics represent STEM disciplines and make science engaging & fun.

 

Signs of Summer Bingo Get out and enjoy Boulder Open Space and keep your eyes out for these telltale signs of summer. Download the Signs of Summer Bingo Board.

 

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Teach the kids about giving back to their community and help WLRV reach their goal of 100 projects in a single season. WLRV projects work to protect and preserve our Frontrange wildlands. Learn about this organization and check out the schedule of projects.

 

The Creek  Spend the afternoon cooling off in Boulder Creek. Splash, swim, or grab a tube from McGuckin Hardware for a lazy river experience. Plenty of creekside spots offer public grills for the perfect summer cookout! Try these kid-friendly recipes for the grill.

 

Bands on the Bricks Presented by RE/MAX of Boulder! Enjoy food, drinks, and live music under the setting summer sun every Wednesday from June 11-August 13. Music starts at 7:30pm, here’s the schedule.

 

Art Classes Tinker Art Studio hosts drop-in art classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays and POSH Splat has a full lineup of kids’ art classes through June & July. Read about POSH Splat‘s other classes.

 

Swimming Nothing feels better on a mid-July day than taking a dip. The Boulder Reservoir is a local favorite, or check out some of  Boulder’s Pools.

 

Flagstaff Nature Center Open Saturdays & Sundays from 10:30am-4:00pm, learn about the wildlife, plants, and history of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks.

 

View the kids section of the Boulder Relocation Guide for more ideas. Have a favorite spot to take your kids during the summer? Comment below, we’d love to add it!

 

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