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Keep the Kids Warm and Worn :: A Guide to Indoor Fun for Kids in Northern Colorado

All of the information sourced in this guide is subject to change. Please make sure to check the websites or contact each location to verify dates, times, and availability!

The timer has gone off on their screen time, you’ve “nailed it” on every kid craft you can find on Pinterest, you have dance partied your socks off and ALL the playdough is that disgusting, mixed together booger green. It’s time for a new wear them out during the cold months game plan. We got your back, mama!

Colorado is an amazing state. There are over 300 days of sunshine a year, which usually means that with enough layers of clothing, we can still send our children outside to play. However, the winter months can be difficult keeping your kids entertained when everyone, yourself included, starts to get a mean case of cabin fever.

For those days when you NEED to get out of the house for more than the 15-20 minutes that your littles (and you) can stand the cold, Northern Colorado has a lot of fun indoor activities to get us through! Our libraries rock, our coffee houses and breweries get it and our rec centers are ready for your kids to wreck it! We also have a ton of unique venues ready to take on the warm and worn challenge with your children this winter. Check out this guide for the details!

{This of course isn’t everything, so if we forgot an activity, help a Mama out and fill out the form below – we’ll get it added in right away!}

Fort Collins


Poudre Libraries

The library district offers story hour at all three of its locations: Harmony, Council Tree, and Old Town. There are programs for pre-walkers through preschoolers, as well as an all ages program and an all ages bilingual program.



  • Old Town*: 201 Peterson Street  
  • Harmony: 4616 South Shields
  • Council Tree: 2733 Council Tree Ave. #200

Rates: None

Firehouse Books

The bookstore is located in Old Town and offers Story Time Tuesday every week at 10:30 a.m. The story time is open to kids of all ages and includes games, stories, and crafts.


Address: 232 Walnut St.

Rates: None

Barnes and Noble

Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the Fort Collins location hosts a story hour. They post their story hour themes in advance on their event calendar, so you can find the ones that would interest your kids the most. They also offer a $4 coupon for a grilled cheese with milk or juice for attending the story hour.


Address: 4045 S. College

Rates: None

Everyday Joe’s Coffee House

Coffee for mom or dad, stories for kids. Bliss. Storytime goes on every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. on their stage.


Address: 144 S. Mason St.

Rates: None, unless you need some coffee!

Activities to Run, Play, Bounce, and Learn 

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery

There are so many things to do and learn here for kids of all ages! They have a great toddler area for kids five and under with a huge train table, a reading nook, dress up, a water discovery area, and every kids’ favorite, the giant tree house. There are various hands-on exhibits throughout the museum for the bigger kids but are also fun for the little ones. There’s a small cafeteria (someone in the crew is always hungry) and a gift shop.


Address: 408 Mason Ct.

Rates: $9.50 Adult | $7.00 Senior | $7.00 Student (with valid ID) | $6.00 Junior (ages 3-12) | FREE – Children 2 & under

Fly High

This is an awesome way for kids to get their wiggles out. There are several trampoline areas, a foam pit, and a bounce space for the younger ones. Rates vary depending on when you go and the age of your kiddos. Of note, there is a toddler bounce time on Monday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for ages 1-5. There is also a designated bounce hour for kids with special needs on Friday: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.


Address: 218 Smokey Street

Rates: Varies

Fort Fun

The family entertainment center is open year-round and has a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. The indoor activities include laser tag, bumper cars, an arcade, and air hockey. There are height and age restrictions for certain activities, so be sure to check out their FAQ section. Prices depend on the chosen activities. There is no entrance fee.


Address: 1513 E. Mulberry St.

Rates: Varies

Tot Gym

Our families have gotten through many long winter days at Tot Gym! Both the Northside Aztlan Center and the Foothills Activity Center open up their basketball court areas for the little ones to play with balls, bikes, blocks, parachutes, and many other active toys. Tot Gym is geared towards kids 0-5. Unlike most of the activities featured in the Recreator, Tot Gym doesn’t require advanced registrations. This is the schedule through May 10. There will be no classes on: 1/21, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/22, 4/12

Website: (page 44)


Northside Aztlan Center: 112 E. Willow St. (M-F: 10 a.m. – noon)

Foothills Activity Center: 241 E. Foothills Parkway (W,F: 10 a.m. – noon)

Rates: $2.50 per child; no fees for adults

Learning Express

This toy store hosts several Meet and Greets with popular cartoons characters. Check out their Facebook events page for all of the specifics. 


Address: 2720 Council Tree Ave.

Rates: Meet and Greet is free

Eat, Drink, and Play


There are a lot of family friendly breweries in town but Intersect has a designated kids play area in their brewery. Let the kids play while you grab a brew! They even have snacks and juice boxes available for purchase.


Address: 2160 W. Drake Rd., Suite A-1

Rates: Free to come in, cost varies on purchases

Fast Food Restaurants

Sometimes you just have to feed your kids some chicken nuggets and let them climb all over the place in an indoor play area! Here’s a list of fast food restaurants in Fort Collins with a kid’s space:

  1. Chick-fil-A: 3605 S. College Ave.
  2. Chick-fil-A: 4531 Weitzel St. (Timnath)
  3. McDonald’s: 4525 S. College Ave.
  4. McDonald’s: 3512 Timberline Rd.


Clearview Library District

Storytime is on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings at either 10 or 10:35. Check out the website for what ages the different day/time sessions are geared for. Kiddos can also play learning games provided on the library’s iPads and pretend to make lunch in the play area’s kid kitchen.


Address: 720 3rd St

Rates: None

The Summit

Eat, drink and play! This bowling ally is much, much more and definitely a one-stop shop for a day of fun for your whole crew. This is also a great venue for a mom’s night out. Hey, moms have to play too!


Address: 4455 Fairgrounds Avenue

Rates:  Bowling Rates for Family Lanes $24.99/hour M-F before 5 pm | $29.99/hour Sun-Thurs 5 pm to close | $39.99 Fri 5 pm to Sun 5 pm (also holiday rate)



If you are missing the neon colors from the 80’s, this is your venue! Brightly colored pictures and lights decorate your 54 holes for one price!


Address: 6065 Sky Pond Drive, Suite N-118

Rates: $10 Adults | $8 Youth (5-12) | $5 Kids 4 and under, Seniors


Tired of the kids jumping on the bed? Pack a lunch on Thursdays for discount day and let the kiddos go wild! Bonus — adults are FREE! Looking to wear the kids out right before bed? Head over during happy hours Monday through Thursday from 5-8 pm and 5-9 pm on Fridays for reduced rates.


Address: 6055 Sky Pond Drive, Suite P100

Rates: $9 Kids 2+ | $5 1-Year-Old

Loveland Laser Tag

So many attractions! Laser tag is just one of nine! If you’d like to battle it out with your kids while exploring ancient Egyptian ruins, this is your massive fun center.


Address: 104 Denver Avenue 

Rates: $8 Friday-Sunday | $5 Monday-Thursday | Prices vary on other attractions and combo packages


Greeley Ice Haus

Whether you are looking to just get out there and laugh at how many times you fall on your bum or your kiddo has aspirations to be the next figure skater or hokey player, this indoor skating rink is a great venue.


Address: 900 8th Avenue

Rates: $5.50 Public Skate | $2 Age 5 and under | $2.50 Skate Rental

Family FunPlex

With open gyms during morning through afternoon Monday through Friday, indoor pool and more, this recreational center is a great place to lap circles around that cabin fever.


Address: 1501 65th Avenue

Rates: $2 5 and under | $5 Youth (6-15), Senior (60+) and Military | $6 Adults

The Playground

Make sure your kiddos are wearing their socks and you just might want to bring an extra pair because this bounce-house bonanza is going to knock your kiddos’ socks off! Located in the Greeley Mall, this venue offers a ton of opportunities for your little one to burn off ALL the energy. Plus you get $3 unlimited train rides throughout the mall when you purchase admission for the entire day. I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine go crazy at the opportunity to wave at passersby and scream “choo-chooooo.” With The Playground being open regular mall hours, you really can stay all day! My favorite part is that adults are always FREE!


Address: 1930 Greeley Mall

Rates: $6 Ages 1-3 | $9 Ages 4+


Glenn A. Jones, M.D. Memorial Library

Does your little have a difficult time sitting through storytime? Then this library has the perfect storytime for you on Wednesday mornings. Check out their website for more programs for kids throughout the week.


Address: 400 South Parish Avenue

Rates: None

Black Sheep Eatery + Market

If you are looking to grab a sip or bite to eat in a hip place where the kids can play and you can socialize with other mamas, you’ve got to check out this mom-owned business! The back of the venue has a great wooden car that the kids can crawl around and play in along with other wooden toys. And now every Tuesday Black Sheep hosts a Mama Meetup + Playdate from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Check out their Facebook Events for more details.


Address: 19 1/2 Parish Avenue

Rates: None. Price of food and drink vary.


You can’t beat a 65’ Ferris wheel inside a specialty shopping experience! Take the kids to check out the aquarium fish, taxidermy animals, arcade, play area, bowling or to get a bite to eat at the cafe. Purchase tokens to ride and play!


Address: 4755 Ronald Reagan Blvd

Rates: None. Prices vary


The Painted Picket

Every Saturday this venue has a storytime and art class to get your kiddos’ creativity and confidence flowing. Grab a coffee drink for yourself and bask in the glow of not having to worry about paint getting on your carpet and furniture. Every week there is a guest reader and your fee includes all the supplies for the coordinated craft to go with the story. Register online ahead of the date you would like to attend.


Address: 903 Broad St #2

Rates: $10

Thompson Rivers Parks & Recreation District, Youngsters on the Move

Recommended for ages 0-5. This open gym every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-10:30 am is going to be your new favorite because — wait for it — it’s FREE and includes a FREE COFFEE BAR!


Address: 320 Centennial Drive

Rates: None. Other activities and classes rates vary

**Special Thanks to Jen Hitt and Nikola Reinfelds for compiling the information for the Guide to Indoor Fun for Kids in Northern Colorado!**

To read more articles by Jen, CLICK HERE

To read more articles by Nikola, CLICK HERE


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