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Seven Free Activities To Do With Toddlers

The mountains are a perfect place for a family vacations. With an abundance of activities for all ages, there is never a lack of options. The difficulty comes when planning for the extra little ones.

Is it worth paying for a full-day activity and only have time for a few hours? Will they even be able to participate and enjoy the activity you just paid for? How far away from Breckenridge can you get before the need for a nap hits?

Breathe easy with our list for seven, free, in-town activities for toddlers. You can enjoy each of these activities for as long as you would like, but an emergency exit won’t ruin anyone’s day.

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Prospector Park

Prospector Park:

Located off Main Street, this park is the perfect place to let the kids run around after lunch or while mom is off doing some retail therapy. The slide, tunnel, spiderweb net and bear are complimented with stunning views of the Ten Miles Range. The parking lot located directly across Main Street helps make this park extremely accessible.

Peek-A-Boo Toys

Peak-A-Boo Toys is a toy store located on Main Street. While it may seem counter productive to take a child into a toy store, this indoor play area will entertain the kids for hours. Located in the back of the store, Peak-A-Boo Toys has an art table, a train table featuring Thomas the Tank Engine, a play kitchen and miscellaneous toys like puzzles, Legos and blocks. BUT most importantly they have a giant octopus with a kiddie slide and two trampolines!

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Sawmill Reservoir

Sawmill Trail:

This 1.5 round-trip hike begins at the bottom of the Snowflake Lift. The trail runs along a stream and ends at a small reservoir. Trees line the hike and provide plenty of shade along the way. There is small gradual incline gain totaling at 240 feet, but nothing that majority of kids can’t handle. Not sure if this hike will be a good fit? Watch a short video recap of this trail here.

Gondola Ride

The Gondola runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is a wonderful way to see the town of Breckenridge and Peak 8. This is free of charge and one pod can hold up to eight passengers. This scenic ride runs over Cucumber Gultch, passed Peak 7 and will end at the base of Peak 8. At Peak 8 you will find Epic Discovery (this is not free), The Tbar Restaurant and stunning views. There is a small playground area that is free of charge and a perfect place for the kids to play while you take in the views.

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Highline Railroad Park

Highline Railroad Park

Located off Boreas Road, beside the Stephen C. West Ice Arena, is a hidden gem of a park. This railroad themed playground has a little something for everyone. Engine No. 9, a locomotive that served Breckenridge for over 50 years, is also located at this park along with historical plaques that tell Breckenridge’s railroad history. For the kids, you will find a “mining cave”, play train car and some other railroad themed items for them to play on.

Library

The Summit County Library offers a variety of weekly activities that are free and for children. Story time and coloring time are a few of the weekly options. The Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center location also has a children’s area with books, dvds, a play area and a sitting area. For the older kids there is a junior’s area, teen’s area and a coffee shop for mom and dad. The activities offered are changing frequently, but enjoying a good book is always a great option for a rainy afternoon.

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Blue River

The Blue River

Grab a blanket, some snacks and head on over to the Riverwalk lawn. Here you will find green grass, easy river access and plenty of room for the kids to run. The lawn is next to a rock sitting wall that makes it easy for the kids to dip their feet into the river and splash around (with adult supervision). From playing catch to soaking in the sun, the options of entertainment are endless. Pets are not allowed in this area, so if Fido is along for vacation he will not be able to enjoy this area.

Top of the Rockies Ziplining

Ziplining is now open! Take a short drive to Leadville for an experience soaring through the mountains in this two-hour zipline tour! You will cover about 8,000 feet of ziplines through the Rocky Mountains, and get amazing views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive. The educated guides will tell you the mining history of Leadville, and you could see some Colorado wildlife. Ziplining is great for people of all ages, and includes easy decks for take-off and landing. The last zipline, the Big Nugget, is a 100-foot sky tower where you are sure to have some thrills!

If you are looking for a full day adventure you can combine the zipline with a raft tour or train tour! With the Leadville train, you ride to the top on this historical and scenic route, gaining about 1,000 feet in elevation. Inside a cozy yurt a delicious lunch will be waiting for you, which you can enjoy before ziplining to the base of the mountain. If you are looking for an adrenaline-filled day, then try the rafting and ziplining combo! With this combo, you will zipline at Top of the Rockies, and then join your rafting guide to experience the white waters of the Arkansas River in the beautiful Brown’s Canyon National Monument. Ziplining is a great way to see a multitude of views, while experiencing an adrenaline rush like no other!

Nova Guides

Located in the Vail area, and boasting 55,000 acres of their own terrain, Nova Guides is the mountains’ premier operator for ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. With a 6,000-square-foot lodge and grill on site, as well as archery, fishing, and paintball, a trip to Nova Guides is sure to keep you smiling.

Offering guided and unguided ATV and side-by-side tours as well as jeep tours, they have plenty of options for the experienced rider and the first timer alike. And because your destination is their land, located on the old WW2 training ground of Camp Hale, you will get a taste of history, the comfort of knowing you are on maintained trails, and the best guides in the business.

Over their 33 years of operating, Nova Guides has acquired special permits that allow them to operate in the White River National Forest, giving them access to some of the most scenic spots in the area. Ranging from waterfalls and meadows or the top of the Continental Divide at 12,500 feet, the views are sure to take your breath away.

Start your adventure today by contacting your Activities Desk!

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Activities Calendar for the week of May 12-19, 2017. For more information about resort activities please contact the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Activities department at gc8activities@grandcopeak8.com or 970.547.8781.