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Activities for Toddlers in Parker, CO

by Sara Ipatenco, studioD

Parker is a suburb located just south of Denver, Colorado. In addition to a variety of outdoor play areas, there are numerous other activities to entertain your toddler. While you have to pay for certain ones, there are many that are free. Parker also has activities that your toddler can enjoy regardless of the weather.

Outdoor Activities

Take a morning or afternoon to explore one of the many outdoor parks (parkeronline.org) in Parker. There are several walking trails where you and your toddler can catch a glimpse of animals that live in the area. You might see birds or even a coyote. If your toddler is a horse lover, head to Salisbury Equestrian Park (no website; 11920 Motsenbocker Rd.), where your little one can watch horses in action. Pack a picnic and go to McCabe Meadows (no website; 19700 Indian Pipe Ln.), which not only boasts a tree-lined trail, but also offers an arboretum. The arboretum holds 143 trees with 51 different varieties. Spend some time looking at the different shapes of the leaves or challenge your toddler to tell you a few things he notices about each type of tree. Your toddler might also like choosing his favorite fruits and vegetables at one of the many farmers' markets that operate during the spring, summer and fall months on Mainstreet in downtown Parker.

Wildlife Experience

Plan a day at the Wildlife Experience Museum (wildlifeexperience.com). The museum hosts a variety of exhibits that teach children about animals and their habitats. Your toddler might get to see stuffed polar bears and penguins in their arctic environment or replicas of snakes sleeping on a sunny rock. You can also stop by Cub's Corner, which is designed for toddlers and young preschoolers. While there, your toddler can dress up like different animals, read books, create art projects and do puzzles. Walk down the Wildlife Walk to see representations of plants and animals native to the Rocky Mountains. The Globeology exhibit, which boasts, among other things, a 17-foot waterfall and a vividly-colored coral reef display, will likely fascinate your little one.

Other Indoor Activities

Reserve a Saturday morning to go to Parker Area Historical Society, (parkerhistory.org), located in an old school. While there, you and your toddler can look at old artifacts that provide a glimpse into the lives of the Native Americans that lived in what is now Parker. The Parker Recreation Kids Zone (parkeronline.org) offers a variety of activities geared toward toddlers. Your little princess might enjoy the Princess Ball, while your little crime fighter might like the Superhero Extravaganza. The indoor H2O'Brien swimming pool (parkeronline.org) features a variety of slides and shallow water areas perfect for toddlers. Monday through Friday mornings take your toddler to "Little Squirts," which is an hour of fun water time for children less than 48 inches tall and their caregivers. The Parker Public library (douglascountylibraries.org) holds story times for toddlers. These usually include a story, as well as a few songs and finger plays.

Family Events

Parker, Colorado (parkeronline.org) hosts a variety of events that cater to entire families throughout the year. These events are kid-friendly and most of them offer something most toddlers would enjoy. There are holiday celebrations that include fireworks on Independence Day, holiday lighting ceremonies in December and carriage rides through the city. The PACE Center (parkeronline.org) hosts concerts for young children and families such as the Coo Coo Cachoo Concert.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.

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