Golden is a great place for kids.  Activities abound in a safe, family-friendly, community environment. 

Alpine Slide

The Heritage Square Alpine Slide is fun for the older kids.  A chair lift transports riders 490 feet to the top of a mountain where they can slide to the bottom on a plastic sled at their own speed.
Address: 18301 W. Colfax Avenue
Distance: 3.4 miles
Drive Time: 8 minutes
Phone: 303-279-1661
Website www.heritagesquarealpineslide.com

Art on the Brix

This studio offers painting classes, art camps during school breaks, and hosted parties.  It's an easy, fun way to give a child's birthday party!
Address: 1299 Washington Avenue
Phone: 303-862-5426
Website: www.artonthebrix.com

Batting Cages

The City of Golden has an excellent five-position batting cage located at the Ulysses Sports Complex. Baseball, softball, slow, and fast pitch machines are available. The hours of operation depend on the time of the year and the weather.
Address
1205 Ulysses Street
Phone
303-384-8100
Website www.cityofgolden.net/city-services/batting-cages

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Bicycling

The paved trail along Clear Creek and along the northern side of Coors Brewery is a nice place to ride bikes.  The terrain is mostly flat, and the sidewalk is wide.  The City of Golden provides bicycle safety information on its web site.  See the Trails page to learn about other places to ride.

Buffalo Bill Museum

This is the place to learn about Buffalo Bill.  Visit the Kidsí Cowboy Corral to Design a brand, dress as a cowboy, or sit in a saddle and try to lasso a calf! This interactive area offers hands-on fun for children of all ages.
Address: I-70 West, exit 254 (Genesee Park)
Distance: 10.3 miles
Drive Time: 18 minutes
Phone:  303-526-0744
Website:  www.buffalobill.org


Clear Creek History Park

This park includes several historic buildings that were rescued from the mountains near Golden. The collection includes two ranch cabins, a barn, a blacksmith shop, and a one room school. Living history interpreters are often on-hand, demonstrating pioneer skills and inviting you to participate in making ice cream, feeding chickens, or making a straw mattress. Even when docents are not on hand, the park makes a lovely place to stroll.
Address: 11th Street and Cheyenne - Downtown
Phone: 303-278-3557
Website: www.goldenhistory.org/visit/cchp/

Climber

 

Climbing Wall

Located at the Golden Community Center, the indoor climbing wall is popular with youth of all ages.  Parents may bring in their child ages 6 - 17 years old and supervise them while they use the bouldering wall.  Drop-in fee applies.  The wall may be reserved for birthday parties, too.
Address:  1470 10th Street
Phone:  303-384-8100.
Website:  www.cityofgolden.net/play/recreation-attractions/community-center

Colorado Mountain Club

Youth interested in rock climbing can find an abundance of classes offered through the Colorado Mountain Club.  Also learn about plants, birds, hiking, and survival skills.  Perfect for kids who love the outdoors!

Community Center

The Golden Community Center offers many classes for tykes and teens, such as drawing, music, ceramics, dance, computer, sports, babysitting and first aid courses, and yoga.  An on-site preschool program is fun and educational two mornings a week during the school year.  Child-care is also available for a fee for children ages six months to seven years for people using the facility.    
Address:  1470 10th Street
Phone:  303-384-8100.
Website:  www.cityofgolden.net/play/recreation-attractions/community-center

Foothills Art Center

Art classes are frequently offered for the young set at the Foothills Art Center. 
Address:  809 15th Street
Phone:  303-279-3922
Website:  www.foothillsartcenter.org

Fossil Trace Golf Club

The Fossil Trace Golf Club offers special discount rates to juniors (up to age 18) Monday - Thursday from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.  In addition, private lessons are available.  Spring golf clinics and a summer golf school are also held for golfers ages 4-18.

Address: 3050 Illinois Street
Distance: 3.1 miles
Drive Time: 10 minutes
Phone: 303-277-8750
Website: www.fossiltrace.com

Kids at Fossil Trace

Friday Fun Club

Fridays during the school year, kids from 8 - 13 years old can hang out at the Golden Community Center from 7:00 - 10:30 p.m. for only $10.00 and play games, dance, eat, climb, swim, and much more.  Supervision provided. 
Address:  1470 10th Street - Downtown
Phone:  303-384-8100.
Website:  www.cityofgolden.net/city-services/friday-fun-club

Geology Museum

The Colorado School of Mines has an awesome Geology Museum with rocks galore!  Full of interesting specimens.  And admission is free!
Address: 1301 Maple Street - CSM Campus
Phone: 303-273-3815
Website: www.mines.edu/Geology_Museum

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History Center Creek Entrance  

Golden History Center

Learn about the history of Golden through exhibits, artifacts, lectures, programs, and events.  The Golden History Center has been updated and is worth a visit!
Address:  923 10th Street
Phone:  303-278-3557
Website www.goldenhistory.org/visit/ghc/ 

Halloween

Golden's Downtown Merchants Association makes Halloween especially fun for the little ones.  Kids (and sometimes adults) put on their costumes and can trick-or-treat at the local shops on Washington Avenue where it's safe and still light out.

According to the local teenagers, Spider Mansion at Heritage Square Amusement Park is a very creepy haunted house and well worth an annual visit.  In fact, it's so scary that children under seven years old must be accompanied by an adult.  Set in a 5000 square foot Victorian mansion, this popular Halloween attraction is best seen with a group of friends.

Heritage Square Amusement Park

Heritage Square activities include go kart tracks, bumper and paddle boats, miniature golf, amusement rides, ponies, and fishing. They also have a maze, jumping castles, and bungee jumping.
Address: 18301 W. Colfax Avenue
Distance: 3.4 miles
Drive Time: 8 minutes
Phone:  303-277-0040
Website www.heritagesquare.info

Hiking

North and South Table Mountain are popular hiking spots.  Views at the top of either one are spectacular.  For maps, directions, and other suggestions, see the Trails page.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

A highlight for kids is riding through Golden in a carriage pulled by a friendly horse!  Horse-drawn carriage rides are free and are available at the following Golden events:  Farmers' Markets, Olde Golden Christmas, and Golden Family Easter, as well as many First Fridays.

In-Line Hockey Rink

Located in Hockeystop Park, the in-line hockey rink is open to the public from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily.  Put on your roller blades and protective gear and enjoy a sunny morning practicing your goal shots.  FREE.
Address: 
17533 S. Golden Road
Phone: 
303-384-8100
Website www.cityofgolden.net/play/recreation-attractions/city-parks/hockey-stop-park
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Martial Arts

The Action Family ATA Martial Arts offers a variety of classes for ages 2 and up.  Work towards your black belt or just train for a nice fitness workout.

Golden Tae Kwon Do Family Center has been in the Golden area for over 15 years and offers classes for the whole family!  Learn not only the physical aspects of martial arts but also develop a positive mental attitude.

Miners Alley Playhouse

If your child has a flare for acting, Kids Eye Theater is a must for workshops to perfect the performance.  Fun and educational!
Address:  13th & Washington, 2nd floor - Downtown
Phone:  303-935-3044
Website www.minersalley.com/Kids.shtml

Movie Screen   Movies & Music in the Park

Fridays in August the City presents live music and outdoor films for families to enjoy in Parfet Park.  Families can bring a picnic dinner and settle in for an evening's entertainment under the stars.  Admission is FREE. 

Music

The Golden Music Center is the happening place for musically-inclined young people.  Private lessons are available from qualified instructors for many instruments.  The Center also sponsors an audition-only Student Chamber Orchestra which meets during the summer.  Instrument rental and repair, too!
Address:  2430 East Street
Phone:  303-279-1111
Website:  www.goldenmusiccenter.com

Nature Center

The Lookout Mountain Nature Center has wonderful programs and interactive exhibits for play groups and individual families.  The trails are very manageable for hikers of all ages.  Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the vanilla scent of the ponderosa pines.
Address: 910 Colorow Rd.
Phone: 720-497-7600.
Website: co.jefferson.co.us/openspace/openspace_T56_R14.htm

Girl at Nature Center
 
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Panning for Gold in Clear Creek

When panning for gold, select a spot where the water isn't very deep and make sure it's flowing slowly enough that it won't wash the water out of your pan. Try it with a metal pie tin.  Or check Gold-n-Detectors for more sophisticated equipment.

Playgrounds

   Beverly Heights 19th St. & Goldenvue Dr.
   Cressman Wyoming St. & Mesa Court
   Discovery Park 23rd Street & Illinois Street
   Heritage Dells Crawford Circle & Kimball Ave.
    Lions 1300 10th St.
   New Loveland Mine 1309 5th St.
   Norman D. N. Ford St. & Mesa Dr.
    Parfet Park, 10th St. & Washington Ave.
   Southridge 16th Ave. & Violet St.
   Tony Grampsas 4471 Salvia St.
   Ulysses Park 1205 Ulysses St.
   White Ash Mine 1400 Iowa Street 

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Discovery Park

Ulysses Park 
Playground

Railroad Museum

Kids love to sit and wave out the windows of the many types of rail cars at the Colorado Railroad Museum.  Another highlight is the model train display inside the museum building.  Thomas the Tank Engine periodically visits as well.

Skateboarder   Skateboarding

The Skateboard Park is located at the Ulysses Ballfield Complex at 10th Avenue and Ulysses Street. It includes a two-level half pipe, slide rail, an Ollie box, a jump ramp, a quarter pipe, and fly box.  Park is open from dawn to 10:00 p.m.  FREE.

Golden Heights Skate Park at West 2nd Place and Quaker St. has a quarter pipe, fun box, fly box, rail, and unique concrete wall structure.

Sledding

The hills at Heritage Dells Park hold the distinction for best sledding in Golden.  After any major snowfall, sledders, tobogganers, and snowboarders share the park with homemade snow jumps, smooth tracks, and even kiddie runs for winter fun.  

Soccer

The Colorado Ice Soccer (part of the Table Mountain Soccer Association) has teams for kids as young as four years old.  Both recreational and competitive soccer draw players of all ages from all over Golden.  The sport is very popular here.  Micro-soccer for pre-kindergarteners is offered in the fall and spring.

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Storytime

The Golden Public Library has many programs for kids and teens, but Storytime is a favorite with the little ones.  Different programs are scheduled Monday through Thursday throughout the school year.  A theme-based reading program for all ages with special presentations, prizes, and book awards takes place during the summer.  Visit the Jefferson County Public Library web site for more information.

 

Strollers   Strolling

From Parfet Park (at 10th Street and Washington) to the library on both sides of Clear Creek the walk is paved and partly shady.  Continue on the north side of the creek to Lions Park.  This section is popular for people-watching, but keep a close eye on your children; the water in the creek is swift.


Swimming

When the weather is summer hot, head for The Splash where you'll find water slides, sand, an activity pool, fountains, and more.  Lawn chairs provided and concession stand available.

The indoor pools at the Golden Community Center are open year-round.  The Leisure Pool is especially popular for the younger set.  All ages love the big enclosed slide.  Swim lessons and classes are also offered.  Drop-in fee applies.

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Tea for Two...or Three...or Four

Periodically the Astor House holds Tea Time with luncheon or dessert and an interesting historical program.  Private teas are also available.

Tennis

Lions Park tennis courts are popular with youth.  When they are full, the courts at Southridge Park are available during the day, too.  Two of the three Lions Park courts are lighted, making it easy to play in the cooler summer evenings.  First come, first serve.
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Quilting

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum offers a variety of quilt-making and sewing activities for youth.  There is a monthly quilting bee plus classes with instruction for specific projects, as well as individual instruction.


Youth Activities at Special Events in Golden

4th of July

The Golden Lions Club puts on quite an eventful 4th of July celebration in downtown Golden.  Many activities for children and their families are available, including free rides, live music and, of course, fireworks after dark.

Buffalo Bill Days

One of Golden's signature events the last weekend in July, Buffalo Bill Days has plenty of activities for the little ones, including Mutton Bustin, a parade down the main street, a wild west show, and plenty of food. 

Candlelight Walk

Families gather on the south end of Washington Avenue near 15th Street each year in late November or early December for the traditional Candlelight Walk to usher in the holidays with singing and merriment as part of Olde Golden Christmas.  Kids love holding a candle while walking through downtown.  Many activities follow, including the chance to pet one of Santa's reindeer.

Golden Family Easter

The Downtown Merchants Association and the Kiwanis Club work together to make the Saturday before Easter a fun community event.  The day starts with a brief and very intense Easter Egg Hunt in Parfet Park.  The crowd then strolls up and down Washington Avenue, meeting the Easter Bunny and various other characters (Mother Goose sometimes makes an appearance).  Cart rides drawn by Newfoundland dogs are popular with little children.

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