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Things To Do With Kids in Fort Collins

Fort Collins has been rated the best place to do a lot of things. Having good food to eat, abundant activities, and its reputation as a great place to raise a family keep it noteworthy. The city keeps its small-town feel, though nearly 160,000 people live here. As the home to Colorado State University, and some of the state’s best collection of breweries, Fort Collins is naturally one of the biggest cultural hubs in Colorado. The city boasts a thriving music scene and a higher restaurant per person capita than any other city in the state, but Fort Collins has more to offer families than a typical college town. Customize your afternoon with popular attractions, fun group activities, educational experiences, and more.

There are so many great things to do in Fort Collins with kids. Take your pick from top activities like the drive-in theater, Horsetooth, and family fun nights. Check out more kids activities near you:

  • Catch a movie at the Twin Drive-In Theater
  • Enjoy free music, an outdoor movie, and vendors at Jessup Farm for Family Fun Night
  • Swim in Horsetooth Reservoir or hike Horsetooth Mountain, a short drive west of Fort Collins
  • Grab a sweet treat at Walrus Ice Cream, a local Old Town favorite
  • Save on bundle admission at Chipper’s Lanes

See for yourself why thousands of people are moving to northern Colorado every year. With such a wide variety of family entertainment you can load any day up with unforgettable things to do in Fort Collins with Family. Browse deals on family-friendly activities in Fort Collins:

  • Swim, use the fitness equipment, or play on the courts and fields at CSU’s rec center
  • Go for a swim at the Mulberry pool or at the pool in Fort Collins City Park
  • Grab a bite to eat at Totally 80’s Pizza & Museum
  • Join in on the fun at Council Tree Library Thursday evenings at the family series
  • Rent bikes from the Fort Collins Bike Library and ride around Old Town

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One of the best things to do in Fort Collins with kids is tool around historic downtown, Old Town. The quaint building style from the 1800s was actually used for inspiration in the creation of Main Street Disneyland U.S.A. For more sightseeing and free things to do in Fort Collins with kids, try the following:

  • Take advantage of free admission to Fort Collins Museum of Art on the first Friday of every month
  • Check out the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s free zone
  • Children under three ride the Fort Collins trolley free and sometimes local organizations sponsor free rides for everyone
  • Hit up the $5 cereal bar and free Saturday morning cartoons at Lyric Cinema Cafe
  • Walk through the Annual Flower Trial Gardens at CSU near the University Center for the Arts

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From trampoline parks to petting zoos, the city is an epicenter for kids activities in northern Colorado. Find more fun things to do in Fort Collins with kids below:

  • Play a few rounds of Glowgolf at the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland
  • Spend an afternoon at Fort Fun, a lakeside rec center with mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, and more
  • Burn off some energy at Fly High Trampoline Park
  • Enjoy the playground, bike paths, and grassy areas at Spring Canyon Park
  • Take the small kids to the farm at Lee Martinez Park for pony rides and a petting zoo

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From competitive activities to historic Old Town tours, there are tons of options to entertain groups in Fort Collins. Find more group activities near you in the category below:

  • Take a quick trip to Loveland Laser Tag and unleash your competitive side
  • Fort Collins Foodie Walk on the third Friday of every month
  • Tour Old Town with Fort Collins Tours and choose from the Ghost Tour, Haunted Pub Tour, or Speakeasies and Spirits Tour
  • Take a group tour of the Gardens on Spring Creek for just 25 bucks
  • Try stand-up paddleboarding with Mountain Whitewater Descents

Downtown Fort Collins has a rich history and many historic buildings from the 1800s still stand as operating businesses today. St. Peter’s Fly Shop used to be a private hospital called McHugh House and Hospital but today you’ll find fishing supplies and deals on fishing lessons here. Explore deals on other educational activities for kids in Fort Collins:

  • Register kids and teens for summer iD Tech Camp at CSU where they can discover coding, machine learning, robotics, film, game design, and more
  • Save on stand-up paddleboard lessons with Rocky Mountain Paddleboard
  • Sign up for fencing lessons at the Fencing Academy of Denver in Longmont
  • Find deals on martial arts classes at Becks’ Martial Arts
  • Ignite a love for athletics with educational sports programs at Amazing Athletes Northern Colorado

Channel your creative side in dance, art, photography, or acting classes. Find deals on performing and arts classes near you:

  • Learn to Dance at A Dance Place
  • Save on My Local Music at-home lessons for piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, and more
  • Take painting classes at Pinot’s Palette or VanCo School of Art
  • Register for cooking classes at FoCo’s Cooking Studio
  • Learn to mold pottery at Smokestack

Colorado is famous for its unpredictable weather. Capable of emitting all four seasons in a single day, there are certainly afternoons better spent inside. Find indoor entertainment for the kids in the category below:

  • Skate around and play in the arcade at Rollerland Skate Center
  • Catch the latest movie at Cinemark Movie Bistro and XD
  • Sign up for gymnastics classes with GK Gymnastics or book a party
  • Escape the room at Somewhere Secret
  • Play and grab a bite to eat at Cool Beans Playhouse and Cafe