There are dozens of things to do with kids over the school break – and many of them are FREE. First of all,, check the local library schedules for endless entertainment for everyone from toddlers to teens. Go to www.ppld.org to see what’s happening. Also, the El Paso County nature centers at Bear Creek and Fountain offer lots of natural adventures for all ages.To see what’s going on, CLICK HERE and select either site.
And of course, there are some local FREE attractions that you might want to take advantage of — before tourist season starts. They include:
Garden of the Gods. A city park worthy of national recognition, its stunning red sandstone eruptions, spires and hogbacks make a scenic setting for a leisurely (or not) stroll. Check at the visitors’ center for advice on hikes, rock climbing, wildlife encounters and free programs. http://gardenofgods.com/home/index.cfm?flash=1
U.S. Air Force Academy. This national landmark military institution is open to casual visitors. Drive through the grounds. Visit the architecturally remarkable interdenominational chapel. Stop at the museum and take a short nature hike. http://www.usafa.af.mil/
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Housed in the beautifully preserved 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the museum has both a permanent local history collection and fascinating rotating exhibits. But the real amazing museum piece is the building itself. http://www.cspm.org/
Penrose Heritage Museum. Formerly the El Pomar Carriage House Museum, it is located in The Broadmoor hotel complex, this under-visited attraction was started in 1941 by the hotel’s founder and includes vehicles that carried local dignitaries and a few U.S. presidents, all dating from the early 20th century. Also, a permanent Pikes Peak Hill Climb exhibit showcases famous cars and drivers. http://www.visitcos.com/el-pomar-carriage-house
For more information about Colorado Springs attractions, including additional free ones, discount coupons and more, go online to www.visitCOS.com.
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