Explore Colorado’s Rich History on these Five Kid-Friendly Day Trips

Published: January 29, 2021

Holiday magic on its own can only do so much to keep your kids entertained — especially as they take a brain break from learning. 

Fortunately, The Canyons in Castle Pines offers parks, trails, and open space close to home so youngsters can revel in nature and kickstart their imaginations. You’ll love how parents can stay productive while working from home as their children experience Colorado sunshine year-round! 

As we all know, the best days are those spent together — especially on a rare day off for everyone. If you love learning as family, feed everyone’s minds on an educational day trip that will encourage you to appreciate Colorado’s past and present.

History Colorado 

Swing by to deepen your kids’ love of their uniquely special home state. With fifteen exhibits across four floors, History Colorado’s curated collection of art, artifacts, and interactive displays truly captures the history and heart of our region! 

The Denver Latino Cultural Arts Center’s Hecho en Colorado (Made in Colorado) exhibit illuminates the state’s diverse culture with art on display from the Chicano/Mexican-American community. Multimedia experiences and interactive exhibits like What’s Your Story? will entertain and engage all types of learners. Even better? The museum’s kid-specific programs have gone virtual for those who are still curious even after an in-person visit. 

Royal Gorge Route 

Stoke your youngsters’ interest in engineering on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad. This scenic train ride rolls through the Colorado Rockies — with locally-sourced meals prepared and served on-board to keep your family happy and fed, of course. 

Erected in 1880 by miners, the Royal Gorge Railroad departs from the Santa Fe Depot in Cañon City, with warm and welcoming conductors who highlight the gorgeous scenery and note points of interest along a two-hour round trip voyage. Your children are sure to be captivated by Colorado’s rocky terrain and rugged history! 

Country Boy Mine 

Teach your kids to snowshoe while they’re young to cultivate a lifelong passion for the outdoors in every season!

Country Boy Mine’s Snowshoe Treasure Hunts empower your young mountaineers to use critical thinking skills and be mindful while navigating the trails. Armed with a metal detector, a map, and clues, your children will have a blast discovering buried treasure amid drifts of snow. 

If your child prefers to stay warm and dry, book a private tour of a Colorado gold mine or enjoy a gold panning experience so they can experience the world of Colorado’s historical pioneers. Make a weekend of it in Breckenridge, Colorado!

Manitou Cliff Dwellings

Located near charming Manitou Springs, the Manitou Cliff Dwellings are just an hour’s drive from Castle Pines. 

Your children will love this immersive experience: Walking inside, touring the Anasazi ruins, and exploring ancient culture through a collection of artifacts, tools, pottery, and architecture for truly hands-on learning. The dwellings themselves display the daily lives of Pueblo Native Americans, with plenty of rooms available for your family to explore — encourage your little ones to use their imaginations to envision life as it was lived almost 1,000 years ago! 

It’s so easy to be inspired by Colorado and the many people who have contributed to its history and culture! Teaching your children about the past can help them love and appreciate the present — especially the life they get to lead at The Canyons

Give them a remarkable childhood by shopping beautiful homes starting in the $400s from five distinct home builders in beautiful Castle Pines. Contact us to schedule your tour today, starting at The Exchange Visitor Center.