Breckenridge is sometimes called the “playground” of Colorado. That’s true for kids of all ages but is especially true for younger kiddos. Toddlers know what they want and when they want it (now, of course).
From playgrounds to story time, here are five places in Breck that toddlers will love to explore and their parents and guardians will love to let them explore in a safe area tailored just for them.
High Line Railroad Park and Playground features the historical Engine No. 9, which sits on the original High Line track that came into Breckenridge from Boreas Pass. It includes a restored rotary snowplow, one of only five known narrow-gauge rotaries still in existence; back in the day, it cleared snow on the track. The new, colorful playground just behind the train will provide plenty of giggles, while the engine and cars are a great places for candid family photos. Free – $5 donation suggested.
- Winter tip: The outdoor interpretive exhibits including the train, rotary snowplow, boxcar and flatcar are on display year-round. As an indoor alternative, check out the Mountain Top Children’s Museum.
So many stories …
Library story time is sure to please at the South Branch Library which moved in 2015 to the newly-renovated Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center. The library now features a dedicated room, with a small-scale plastic playground, for tots. Check out materials, get kids’ hands stamped by the librarian, and don’t miss the weekly scheduled story time.
Make a splash
The Breckenridge Recreation Center has plenty of toddler friendly activities on its agenda. The shallow splashing area in the pool is perfect for the little ones, and child-focused classes provide a fabulous time. For parents looking to get in a quick workout, the rec center offers childcare for children ages 2 months through 6 years; just make sure you call ahead for reservations.
Riding the BreckConnect Gondola up to the Breck Fun Park in summer is an activity in and of itself if you have a toddler. In the winter, a gondola trip is the icing on the cake. Who wouldn’t dream of flying high in the sky? During the summer, you can park for free at the gondola lots in town and take the free gondola trip up the mountain. In the winter, the ride is also free, but parking will cost you, unless you pull in after 3 p.m. Make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife on your journey up the mountain, as folks have been known to spot moose and foxes meandering through the Cucumber Gulch area.
A river runs through it
One of the most scenic and photographed spots in Breckenridge, the Blue River Plaza boasts a toddler sandbox and mini play area. While many older kids splash in the Blue River later in summer, be cautious of swift-moving water during the spring runoff. The adjacent Welcome Center offers free public bathrooms and a museum to explore. And, if you want a sweet snack, Mary’s Mountain Cookies is just across the street.
- Winter tip: The Blue River Plaza is still a great place for family photos in winter, and the Welcome Center museum is worth a stop. Also consider a walk to the new Prospector Park at 112 N. Main St. It’s a small park that receives less foot traffic than the plaza, which makes it a great spot for toddlers to play in the snow.
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Erin Opsahl is a busy wife & mother of two playful toddlers. Growing up in the California Bay Area, she is a true lover of the ocean, sunshine & flip flops! Marriage brought her out to Colorado eight years ago and she has called Summit County home for the past five. She often tells people she didn’t own a real coat or shoes until moving here!
Being a new mom, in a mountain area that felt isolated, Erin realized her need for connection to other moms and the community. Out of this need, Erin found her passion! Erins focuses on promoting networking, friendships, fun ideas and local resources to both strengthen and build personal relationships and families. Erin spends as much time as she can being Mommy and participating in fun family events around Summit County – on a budget. Erin believes an informed mom is a better mom!