Known as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, Fort Collins, Colorado also has an abundance of activities to offer the small set. While its scenic settings at the foothills of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains aren't exactly what your toddler or preschooler will appreciate, there's no lack of pint-sized fun for kids to enjoy.
Fort Collins' Fort Fun (fortfun.biz) might seem at first glance like it's only for your older kids. Take a look again. While this 14-acre play place does have its fair share of "big kid" attractions such as a mini-golf course and a go-kart track, it also has awesome activity adventures for toddlers and younger. The summertime Adventure Train is perfect for kids of all ages and will take you and your tot across and around the entire park. If you have a thrill-seeking toddler, try out the Giant Slide for a jumpy, bumpy ride.
If you have a water baby, Fort Collins has an array of splashy options that are open all year round. The city's recreation department operates indoor and outdoor pools that feature kid-friendly areas and themes. For a warm-weather swim, try the City Park Pool with its lazy river and shallow water space. During those chilly winter months, take a trip to the indoor Mulberry Pool. Tiny tots can enjoy the shallow interactive play area. As a bonus, bring the whole family on Sundays for a reduced-cost admission.
Introduce your little learner to the wonderful world of animals in Fort Collins. The Farm at Lee Martinez Park (fcgov.com) is a long-standing local favorite for a day filled with interactive animal adventures. While your young toddler or infant might not appreciate the value of the farm's museum or understand the agricultural history that this attraction presents, he will get a kick out of the fuzzy farm animals that are available to view, as well as the hayrides and pony rides.
Whether you live in or are visiting the Fort Collins area, the nearby World of Wonder Children's Museum (wowmuseum.com), better known as WOW! for short, has an abundance of opportunities for your tiny tot. With a revolving set of exhibits, as well as many permanent ones, your child can explore the art room, bubble area, pirate ship, garden or check out the toddler area. While touring the museum, look for the monthly Discovery Days where your child can get some hands-on science instruction and make a craft to take home. If you are looking for a more formal or structured class, the museum offers language classes for infants and toddlers, as well as summer science classes.