Durango is a great place for families and offers many activities for children of all ages.
During the summer months, enjoy a stroll down our 7 mile river trail or visit one of our many local parks including Fassbinder Park at Main Ave. and 17th Street, Santa Rita Park, and the park at the Durango Recreation Center to name a few.
Enjoy an afternoon at the Durango Recreation Center in the North Main District, where the kids can play the day away. Slide down the giant water slide, dive off diving boards or float around the lazy river at the aquatics area. The kids will enjoy scrambling up the 30 foot high climbing wall. And don’t forget the racquetball courts and gymnasium. The Community Rec Center offers a great youth games space with fun activities such as air hockey, pool table and ping pong.
Looking for somegreat free activities for the kids? Spend some time feeding the fish at the Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, open May 15 to September 15. Located in the North Main District at 151 E. 16th Street,(just past the bridge as you head North from town) the hatchery produces more than 1.3 million fish a year, and visitors can feed the fish via coin-operated dispensers. Inside, the museum has a few displays covering the area's wildlife. Allow 30 minutes. Bring some quarters so you can feed the fish!
Check out the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train Museum in Historic Downtown Durango. The museum has a giant interactive train model, real train cars and engines for the kids to explore, and many interesting artifacts about the history of the railroad.
The Durango Public Library in the North Main District has some great activities for kids with regular weekly events such as baby story time, Fired Up Stories where local firefighters read stories, STEAM-Tastic Friday, Lego Club and more. During the summer months check out the summer reading shows on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 1 pm. These are great activities that the kids will continue to talk about long after your trip is over.
Your little shredder will love Schneider Park where the kids can enjoy skating in several of the deep concrete bowls and slide down multiple rails. The park is open to bikes too! Great location right on the river and very close to town. Click here for details and directions.
Check out our amazing Powerhouse Science Center, which offers an educational and playful place for children of all ages. They offer a wide range of programs, exhibits and activities designed to provide and entertaining and inspiring look at science. 1333 Camino Del Rio.https://powsci.org/
Visit the Chapman Hill Rink & Ski Hill for more fun activities year-round, located at 500 Florida Road. You can ice skate at the rink October to April, and rollerblade during the summer months.
During the winter months check out the calendar for public skate times or go skiing at our in-town ski hill that offers two rope tows. Chapman Ski Hill opens in mid December weather permitting.
During the summer check out the rink for some rollerblading fun. They have Disco night on Friday from 6:30-9 pm. (mid May to Mid September) A fun activity for the whole family. Rollerskates are available for rental.
For some summer time fun, check out the free Concerts in the Park starting mid-June through the end of July. Concerts are held at Buckley Park on Thursdays from 5 to 7pm, and are FREE to attend. This is a great family-friendly atmosphere to kick back and relax. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic dinner, or enjoy food from one of the food venders. Schedule is available at DowntownDurango.org.
Durango has several events dedicated to children including Children's Halloween trick or treat on Main Avenue on October 31st each year. Enjoy a safe and fun Halloween with the kids in Downtown Durango. Over 100 stores participate each year. Children’s Halloween is for kids 10 and under, accompanied by an adult, and who are in costume. Join us for this fun Downtown tradition! DowntownDurango.org/Halloween
Singing with Santa is an annual Tradition in Downtown Durango! Santa will arrive in Downtown Durango where we will then follow him up Main Avenue singing Christmas carols to Buckley Park. We will then count down the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies while supplies last. Plus free photos with Santa!
Rain or shine, Durango has something to do that every member of the family can enjoy!
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