UPDATED: Feb. 16, 2016

It’s spring time in Breckenridge. That could mean endless powder days or sunny, warm afternoons on a deck in town. Or, both. You never know what spring will deliver in the Rocky Mountains. One thing you know – the kids will have as much energy as ever.

Here are five ideas of how to entertain and even educate your little ones in Breckenridge this spring:

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Snowshoe Hike

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Snowshoe Hike

1. Burn off that energy: Snowshoe tours

A guided snowshoe hike is perfect for families with older kids. It’s something the whole family can do together. It’s good for you, plus your kiddos will learn about the history and natural environment. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers guided snowshoe hikes to former mining sites with incredible views: Iowa Hill Gold Miner’s Snowshoe HikeFrench Gulch Gold Mine and Dredge Snowshoe Hike. Reservations are required for all hikes and can be made at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or by calling (970) 453-9767 x2.

2. Thrill them with a downhill descent: Gold Runner Alpine Coaster

Sure, you’ll probably ski a few days but make some time to go for a thrilling ride down the 2,500-foot Gold Runner Alpine Coaster. Check out the driver and front rider height and weight requirements here. (We suggest riding with an adult — the extra weight means extra speed!) The entrance is located at the base of Peak 8 between the Rip’s Ride Chairlift and the Kids’ Castle at Breckenridge Resort. Questions? Call (970) 453-5000.

3. Go with the flow: Ice skating

Glide through your vacation with some ice skating or hockey at the Steven C. West Ice Arena. Open seven days a week, the arena offers public skating sessions, a public hockey session, or group or private lessons. Skating and hockey equipment rentals are available at 0189 Boreas Pass Rd. Call (970) 547-9974.

4. Create new memories and souvenirs: Breck Create and Ready Paint Fire

Let them create a long-lasting memory and souvenir at Breck. Ready Paint Fire is a paint-your-own-art studio offering ceramics, canvas parties and glass perfect to entertain the kids. Give them a call at (970) 453-5765 or swing by the studio located at 323 N. Main St. The Breckenridge Arts District also offers workshops for teens and kids. Visit www.breckcreate.org for a calendar and info.

Ready Paint Fire

Ready Paint Fire

5. Dive into some fun: Breckenridge Recreation Center

The Breckenridge Recreation Center allows you and the kids a chance to swim, rock climb, shoot some hoops or play tennis or racquetball for hours and hours. There are also drop-in classes ranging from cycling to yoga.

Give them a call at (970) 453-1734, and check out the comments below — they offer some great money-saving tips on family admissions and punch passes. The rec center is located at the north end of Breckenridge, west of Highway 9 at 880 Airport Rd.

BONUS:

Looking for indoor fun on a snowy, cold day? Check out Downstairs at Eric’s for Skee Ball, Pop-A-Shot, X Games Snocross and much more for older kids. Located at 111 S. Main Street. Call (970) 453-1401.

For younger kids, try the Mountain Top Children’s Museum with exhibits that introduce your kids to being a doctor, climbing in a bear cave, flying a helicopter or being an engineer. Call (970) 453-7878, or check it out at 605 S. Park Ave.

This post is the final installment in a series of spring break survival guides. Be sure to catch up on mountain tips and après deals.

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