KID TOWN U.S.A.
Howelsen Hill is the biggest and best playground. Ever. And it’s right in your backyard. The Howelsen ice Rink provides children’s programs for learning to skate, figure skating and youth hockey. The Olympic-sized rink runs some of the best summer hockey camps in the country. Don’t forget to try Howelsen’s tubing hill for some kid-friendly winter excitement. Discover over a dozen different playgrounds around town, including playgrounds at the Little Toots Public Park on the Yampa River, Soda Creek Elementary School, and the Howelsen Hill complex.
One of Steamboat’s most exciting summer attractions is the Howler Alpine Slide. Enjoy scenic views of downtown Steamboat Springs as you ride a chairlift to the top of historic Howelsen Hill. Using a sled provided to you at the top of the lift, you are in control of your exhilarating ride as you wind down a 2,400 foot track through the bends and curves of the natural landscape of beautiful Howelsen Hill.
For adventure seekers, the Youth Program at Yampatika provides hands on opportunities for ages 5 through 14 to explore their natural surroundings in a safe environment. Afterwards, relax in the Old Town Hot Springs while your children run the waterslide and climb the pool’s rock wall.
If the weather keeps you indoors, visit the Steamboat Arts and Crafts gym with your creative little one. Or tumble over to the Excel gymnastics Center for an open gym session that will tucker out even the most energetic of kids.
With an entire section dedicated to children, the new Bud Werner Memorial Library provides the ideal setting for kids to learn and explore while parents can sit back, grab an Amante coffee, and catch up on their own literary interests.
The Strings in the Mountains Festival schedules an entire concert series just for kids each summer. Enjoy Thursday music at the Yampa River Botanical gardens, and let your little ones explore the secret hidden kid trails throughout the gardens.
For the creative children in your family, Steamboat is home to world renowned Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. in 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield fulfilled their dreams of creating a theater and dance camp in the mountains. Now, over ninety years later, Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest continuously operating performing arts school and camp in the nation. Today, a select group of accomplished and internationally renowned faculty offer a variety of camps and classes designed to introduce young students to the performing arts and encourage older students to explore their talents with performances scheduled at the end of each session. Summer equestrian programs are also available for your little cowhands.
The Steamboat Ski Resort has established the unshakable reputation of being the country’s most family-friendly mountain resort. The resort boasts a world-class kids Vacation Center, and attractive family-oriented programs like kids Ski Free and the Western Bar BQ.
Come and experience why Steamboat is the most idyllic place to be a kid.