Golden is a great place for kids.
Activities abound in a safe, family-friendly, community
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
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
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
Address: 1205 Ulysses Street
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.
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
Address: I-70 West, exit 254 (Genesee Park)
Distance: 10.3 miles
Drive Time: 18 minutes
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
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
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
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
Art classes are frequently offered for the
young set at the Foothills Art Center.
Address: 809 15th Street
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
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
The Colorado School of Mines has an awesome
with rocks galore! Full of interesting specimens. And
admission is free!
Address: 1301 Maple Street - CSM Campus
Learn about the history of Golden through exhibits,
artifacts, lectures, programs, and events. The
Golden History Center has been updated and is worth
Address: 923 10th Street
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,
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
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 -
Fridays in August the
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.
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
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.
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
Kids love to sit and wave out the windows of
the many types of rail cars at the
Railroad Museum. Another highlight is the model train
display inside the museum building. Thomas the Tank Engine
periodically visits as well.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
When the weather is summer hot, head for
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
holds Tea Time with luncheon or dessert and an interesting
historical program. Private teas are also available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.