Eight Free Activities To Do With Toddlers

The mountains are a perfect place for 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 eight, 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.

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.

Breck Create

Breck Create offers free Toddler Art classes a few times a week. While classes are free, you do need to register so they can anticipate turnout. Crafts vary from class to class, but they are all age-appropriate. You can find the calendar of events here.

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 a small gradual incline gain totaling 240 feet, but nothing that the 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.

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.

Breckenridge Library

The Summit County Library offers a variety of weekly activities that are free and for children. Storytime 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, a 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.

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.

Visit Isak Heartstone

Isak Heartstone, a 15-foot wooden troll, can be found after a short .25 mile hike on Trollstigen Trail. This trail can be found by the Illinois Gulch trailhead which is located in the southeast corner of the Stephen C. West Ice Arena parking lot. When you arrive in the parking lot, follow the troll footprints on the pavement to the trailhead!

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