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From dog sledding and snow-fort building to indoor skydiving and swimming, here are some fun-filled ways to enjoy winter in Colorado with your kid.
Drive a Snowmobile | Winter Park
Kids ages 4 to 12 can steer their own pint-sized snowmobile round and round a groomed track in downtown Winter Park. Cost: $20 per 5 laps
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Build a Snow Fort | Keystone
On Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoons through April 10, kids of all ages (and their parents) can build and defend the greatest fort in the land—flags provided. Cost: free
Ride a Dog Sled | Breckenridge
Ride behind a team of huskies through the beautiful Swan River Valley and learn more about these remarkable dogs. This company also matches their retired huskies with new, loving homes. Ages 4+. Cost: $75 adults, $40 for kids 8 and under
Skydive Indoors | Lone Tree
Give skydiving a try just a few feet off the ground in a vertical wind tunnel that creates true free-fall conditions. iFLY Denver offers individual flights plus a Thursday night Kids Club. Ages 3+. Cost: $59.95 for gear, instruction, and two flights
Snow Tubing and Sledding | Rocky Mountain National Park
Kids of all ages can speed down, then walk back up the bunny slope of the former Hidden Valley Ski Area, which is tucked up high inside the park where the snow is more reliable than on the plains. Bonus: Feb. 14 to 16 and April 18 to 19 are ‘free fee’ days. Cost: No charge for the sledding hill, but the national park charges a $20 per-car entry fee. Call ahead for snow conditions: 970-586-1206
Indoor Water Park | Arvada
When it’s just too cold or windy to go outside, head to the Apex Center, which features a vortex pool, tube slide, hot tubs, and zero-depth water playground for toddlers. If the tweens and teens still tell you they’re bored, there’s a rock climbing wall and ice skating, too. Cost: Daily non-resident entrance fee of $4.25 to $7, depending on age