It’s that time of year…your kids are out of school and eager to make the most of their summer. This season is the perfect time to get out of the house and create meaningful memories- as well as give you a well-deserved break. To help out all parents and caregivers, we have curated a list of engaging things to do this summer in downtown Boulder. We have included a list of free activities outlined below, as well as a section for paid summer camps, workshops and classes. We hope this helps you ease into the summer season!
Free Rides on the Tebo Train
All aboard! Join us this summer on the 100% electric Tebo Train beginning Tuesday, May 30. This free ride is for children ages 10 and under (along with accompanying adults) and boards in front of Wells Fargo at the corner of 13th and Pearl. Rides are offered Mondays - Fridays and begin at 9:30 am, with the last train departing at 11 am. For our full list of Tebo Train scheduled dates, please click here or visit our events calendar.
Fun in the Pop Jet Fountains
Want to beat the heat? The Pearl Street Mall Pop Jet Fountains are the place to be! This fun way to cool off is located on Pearl Street Mall’s 1300 block from approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day. The small water fountains are a great place for your young kids to run around, splash and play in the water. After spending some time cooling off, make sure to stop by Ruthie’s Boardwalk Social, located next to the fountains. Ruthie’s is known for their fresh lemonade, the perfect summer treat. They also serve gooey grilled cheeses for a bite on-the-go.
Just need a place to let your kids run around? Pearl Street Mall’s play structures are built for you! Let your kids roam among marble and brass animal statues on the 1400 block, or enjoy watching them climb and play on the rock structures located on the 1200 block. And on the 1100 block, the Slippery Rock and split rock also provide fun entertainment for kids of all ages!
Fun at the Farmers Market
Every Wednesday evening from 4 - 8 pm and Saturday morning from 8 am - 2 pm, stock up on fresh produce from local vendors at the Boulder County Farmers Market. With live music, unique food and awesome handmade products, the market is a great activity to teach young ones about shopping and dining locally.
Summer Shopping Spree
In the mood for some shopping? Be sure to head into Rocket Fizz this summer. There is no better place to take your kids for their candy cravings. (Don’t miss out on their uniquely flavored bottled soda pops!) Into the Wind, another of downtown Boulder’s one-of-a-kind vendors, produces incredible handcrafted kites and toys, inspiring all of us to get out there and enjoy the wind! This is the perfect place to stop in with your kids and marvel at colorful trinkets and toys.
Camps, Workshops & Events
If you’re looking for classes or camps to enroll your kiddos in, we’ve included some below!
Food Lab is hosting kids classes for ages 6 and up. Join local professional chefs to pass on some culinary knowledge to your kids. This summer they are featuring a Mexico + Beyond Summer Camp, for kids to learn how to cook Latin cuisine, as well as a Baking Summer Camp, for kids to make sweet treats! Explore all of their amazing summer offerings.
The Museum of Boulder is offering a workshop with artist and photographer Anne Weatherly to create an immersive artistic experience for your young ones this summer. It will be held on July 6, 2023 from 9 am - 3 pm. Enroll today!
On June 13, 2023 from 10 am - 12:30 pm, The New Local will be hosting an immersive art and nature experience where kids ages 5-10 can create cyanotype art. Kids will have the chance to try out dark room photo-sensitive emulsion, sun prints and other non-toxic and eco-friendly art experiments. Learn more about this camp and the many others The New Local is offering this summer.
As you can see, downtown Boulder will be in full swing this summer and we can’t wait to welcome you and your families. Be sure to keep an eye on our events calendar to not miss out on all the fun happenings this summer!
More to come!
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