Winter Sanity Saver: Indoor Activities for Kids

Do too many cold weather days have you and your kids bouncing off walls?

Stave off cabin fever even on the most blustery days with tons of options for indoor fun in and around Boulder. Some are new, others are long-standing traditions, either way this list offers the perfect get away for that desperately needed escape from home.

Food Lab – Pearl Street

What better way to while away winter than cooking up something yummy? Food Lab—a new space for cooking classes for adults—is offering  a cooking class for ages 6-9, too. This 8-week after school program is designed to teach kids about food, nutrition and cooking, table manners, dining and kitchen manners. Classes have already started, but the plan is to add more, so sign-up for their newsletter at

The Dairy Arts Center – Central Boulder

The Dairy kicks off two new class series for kids and families in 2016.

Taster Workshops – The Heart in Art: For teens and adults, Saturday morning “Taster Workshops” offers a Spring series beginning Feb. 13, 2016 with a mixed media workshop, The Heart in Art, in honor of Valentine’s Day and taught by artist Annette Coleman. March Taster Workshops observe MoPrint, the Month of Printmaking, with a lecture, exhibition and workshops.

Children’s Workshops: Mardi Gras traditions is the focus Feb. 6 and features mask-making and other art explorations. A short Mardi Gras parade wraps up the fun. Held the first Saturday of each month, workshops will highlight educational tours of The Dairy exhibits and explore art making.

Boulder Dinner Theater – Kids Kabaret

Cinderella: March 17 – April 16, 2016, delight to song, dance and audience participation when children from the audience are selected to play some of the roles. Shows are performed on the main stage.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics – Lafayette 

Xtreme Altitude is in a new 32,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Lafayette. Learn gymnastics on three full-size spring floors, four loose-foam pits, a Eurobed trampoline, two 40-foot tumble tracks, six vault runways, and full equipment for events.

Tinker Arts Studio – North Boulder 

Enjoy ongoing or drop-in art classes and workshops for children ages 3-16, including Clay & Sculpting, Exploring 2-D Art, Acrylic Painting and Girls Art Group. Weekend workshops offered monthly on the first and third Sundays. Drop-in classes include Tinker Time for 5 & Under and Tinker Time for 12 & under.

Fiske Planetarium – CU-Boulder

Bring your young scientists to see the story of Vera Rubin: Bringing the Dark to Light. This immersive experience combines live performance and planetarium projection to tell the story of the astronomer who comes up with an idea that solves one of astrophysics’ biggest puzzles. Performances run Jan. 21 – Feb. 6.

WOW Museum – Lafayette

WOW! Children’s Museum offers fun, educational and hands-on exhibits and programs for children ages 1-11 years old. Bring your lunch or snacks and play all day. Scheduled activities include Music & Movement, Art Activities and Kidsong. Currently offering The Little Clinic where children explore the medical field. Zula Patrol: Mission Weather Exhibit opens Jan. 27. The museum will be closed for installation on Jan. 25 & 26.

FREE Indoor Activities

NCAR – South Boulder

Touch a cloud or steer a hurricane and more at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Open weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends and holidays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Tours offered MWF at 12 p.m.

Natural History Museum – CU Boulder

Discovery Corner: Just for Kid: Children touch and explore through this hands-on exhibit.  Other exhibits include: Fossils: Clues to the Past; Steps in Stone, Walking Through Time; Animals in Antiquity; Unearthed: Ancient Life in the Boulder Valley

Boulder Public Library 

Free, drop-in activities give children of all ages and families the opportunity to connect, read and engage. A sampling is below. Check the library website for full schedule.

Main Library

  • Cruisers & Crawlers (15-24 months)
  • Older Toddler Time (30-36 months)
  • Lap Babies (birth-15 months): In sessions for each age group, children explore language and books with their caregivers. Programs include informal discussion of early childhood development.
  • Musical Storytime: Songs, musical stories and dancing every Wednesday.
  • Go Club (5-18 years old): Learn to play the ancient and mysterious Chinese board game, Go.
  • ALDA-Boulder (Teens) : ALDA-Boulder presents free, informal classes in Social Sign Language. Teens learn useful conversational signs and explore how to replace or enhance spoken language with silent language.

Meadows Branch

  • All Ages Storytime: Forty-minute story time with reading aloud, songs, action rhymes and fingerplay.
  • Lap Babies: Twenty-minute storytime for infants and pre-crawlers with reading aloud, songs and rhymes.
  • Minecrafternoons at Meadows (7 years old and older): Enjoy cooperative challenges and gameplay every Friday afternoon.

George Reynolds Branch

  • Toddler Lego Story Club: Read, play, and build every Wednesday morning.
  • Playtime Storytime: Pre-literacy storytime based on the concept of play.
  • Lap Babies: Storytime for infants and pre-crawlers and their parents to promote and model literacy.
  • Babies and Board Books: Enjoy board books and share literacy tips with other caregivers, parents and library staff.
  • Flatirons Mineral Club Junior Geologists Meeting (5 – 15 years old): Free group offering fun educational activities to explore minerals and geology.
  • Teens, Trivia, and Tea: Teens play trivia games while enjoying free tea and coffee.


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