A friend recently sent me an e-mail asking the following question:
May be coming to Colorado in early August for a good break. Can you share ideas on having good times with kids?
His kids are 3 and 5 years old, the same as Abbie and Jack. Here's my response:
Rocky Mountain National Park is always good. They'd probably like Elitches too.
Train rides are always fun - there's one in Georgetown.
If you make it to Winter Park, there's a fishing hole on the south end of town that's awesome. The fish are kinda pricey, but you basically catch one every 5 minutes. Good for kid's attention spans.
If you stay in Denver, Pirates Cove is a good water park and has a nearby petting zoo and train ride.
Of course, there's always Dave and Buster's. The one on Colorado and I-25 has a Movie Theater next door, as does the one up north on 36.
Other fun spots in or near Denver:
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Children's Museum
The Wildlife Experience
They might be a bit young for the Rockies, but it's always fun for Dad. The Children's Museum and Aquarium are near each other and there's other cool stuff around there like Confluence Park, REI (they'll love the climbing rock outside and the trolley ride) and My Brother's Bar (best burgers in town).
If you're looking for hikes, I'd suggest Red Rocks and Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs). Boulder has a nice Pearl Street Mall with street performers and ice cream for the kids.
Any other good places (especially outside Denver) that you can think of?