Are you looking for an easy way to entertain the whole family this winter? We have good news. Denver is an incredibly family-friendly city with lots to do for all ages. From line dancing to tubing, ice skating to jungle adventures…you’re guaranteed to find something. Here’s our list of the top family things to do in Denver winter!

Family Night at the Rose

If you and the kids are looking to get out and have a fun evening, come to Family Night at the Rose! Every Sunday night we have a kid-friendly night with free line dancing lessons! The doors open at 6 pm with a $5 cover charge. Kids 10 and under get in free, and all ages are invited! The kids can dance to live music and learn line dancing at 7p while you sip on a drink and relax. Or maybe you want to join in the fun!

If you prefer two-step, we offer lessons for that too! We have beginning and intermediate two-step lessons every 4 weeks.

Ice Skating at the Downtown Denver Rink

Ice Skating at the Downtown Denver Rink at 16th and Arapahoe Street is a great winter pastime enjoyed by the whole city. The Rink is open for free ice skating seven days a week from mid-November until early February generally. Here are the hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 12pm-5pm
  • Friday- Saturday: 10am-10pm
  • Sunday: 11am-6pm

Entry is free, and skate rentals are minimal for kids and adults! For children 12 and under, the rental is $6. In addition, adults 13 and older can rent for $8! Skate rentals are also available on a season pass basis: $35 for kids, and $50 for adults!

Additionally, the rink puts on several events and programs throughout the dates. Around Christmastime in December, kids will have an opportunity to skate with Santa, or the Parade of Lights mascot Major Waddles! Also, Friday nights throughout the season feature local Denver DJs from 7-9p. Finally, special events like glow-in-the-dark silent discos, ball games, and even Sno-ga take place on the ice!

Barbegazi Winter Carnival

From February 22-24, 2019 an amazing event is taking place at the Civic Center Park. For the first time in North America, the 2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup is taking place in Denver. A 40-foot wall of sheer ice will be formed, and the park will transform into Barbegazi – a free winter carnival! All ages are welcome, and some of the activities planned are:

  • Axe Throwing
  • An ice maze
  • 300-foot fat tire biking course
  • Snowball target range

In addition, there will be food trucks, an ice bar, and beer garden, music and plenty of toasty fire pits.

Colorado Family Winter Activities

Take a Day Trip

The wintry landscape of Colorado is a beautiful site, and several landmarks, monuments, and national parks are close by to Denver. For example, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison is open for hiking through the rock formations on park trails. Additionally, the Red Rocks Performers Hall of Fame is open year-round and features tons of cool photos and memorabilia from the concerts in the park.

You can also drive to Central City and Black Hawk west of Denver to see the preserved Victorian architecture, or even venture into the Rocky Mountain National Park for snowshoeing or skiing.

Keystone Resort

Keystone Resort is a family-friendly mountain resort just a short drive from Denver! In fact, if you book two or more nights of lodging at the Resort, children twelve and under can enjoy skiing and riding for free every day all season long! There are family-friendly programs at the Resort that everyone can enjoy. Here are some examples:

  • Kidtopia– free activities and events every day for kids! Things like Parades, snow forts, snowball launches, adventure walks and more
  • Snow Tubing– Adventure Point offers eight lanes of high, fast and fun snow tubing
  • Family Mountaintop Adventure Tour– Travel to the top of the mountain in a snow cat!
  • Sleigh Rides– Available for dinner rides through the Soda Creek Valley – wranglers will introduce you to the horses and share fascinating local history
  • Ice Skating– Two ice skating rinks – the Dercum Square Ice Rink and the 5-acre Keystone Lake are available for ice skating!


JungleQuest is a fantastic way to burn off some energy instead of being cooped up indoors. This amazing indoor activity center is for children 5-12. It features an indoor zipline, climbing walls, caves, a tree house, swinging bridges and a safari swing! If you’re looking to keep the kiddos occupied while you catch up on a book, show or podcast, JungleQuest is perfect. They even have summer and winter day camps in case you need a long-term family entertainment option!

Enjoy a Museum

There are plenty of museums and exhibits around Denver that are open during the winter. Some of them include:

  • The Denver Children’s Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science Discovery Zone
  • Denver Art Museum
  • The Denver Zoo
  • Denver Aquarium

The children’s programs in these family-friendly destinations offer sensory play, crafts, and adventures that are a perfect way to chase the winter blues.


Wintertime is a great time to be in Denver, and we hope you are able to enjoy these family things to do in Denver winter.