Activities for Children in Castle Rock, CO

by Anne Reynolds
Barrel racing is one of the competitions at the Douglas Country Rodeo held in Castle Rock.

Barrel racing is one of the competitions at the Douglas Country Rodeo held in Castle Rock.

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Castle Rock, Colorado, is in the Front Range between Denver and Colorado Springs. The town was first settled in the 1870s and named for the rock formation on its western edge. More than 5,400 acres of open space, 250 acres of parks and 57 miles of trails surround the town. Castle Rock offers children many activities throughout the year.

Douglas County Fairgrounds

The Douglas County holds a rodeo, fair and parade every August. Many activities descend upon the city during the rodeo, including 4-H exhibits, animal shows and the farm yard, a hands-on educational area providing information about animals and agriculture. Local singing and dancing acts perform on the Community Stage. Carnival rides and games ensure that children have fun. Search for local cuisine with your children on the food scavenger hunt or enter them in the pie-eating contest. Enroll your child in the kids' ranch challenge with competitions in the boot race, open mutton bustin' and chicken scramble.

Town Recreation Activities

Castle Rock Recreation Center features 84,000 square feet of fun, including a leisure pool complete with water slides, spa and lazy river. Rent one of the meeting rooms and host your child's birthday party. Introduce your child to cooking basics through classes such as Little Chefs, Holiday Cooking Arts, Just Desserts and Iron Chefs. Train young tots to socialize with other children and learn age-appropriate skills in Two's Time and Little Learners. Tap into artistic talent, enrolling your child in Kidzart classes or ballet and youth dance classes.

Metzler Ranch Park

Metzler Ranch Park features many outdoor activities for children. Kids can join a youth baseball or softball league, ride a bike along the paved path or swing and climb on the playground equipment. Bring your child's in-line skates and glide along one of two in-line hockey rinks or try out skills at the lighted skate park.

Theatre of Dreams

Theatre of Dreams is a 72-seat theater that presents magic and illusion entertainment. Two professional magicians founded the theater. Children especially enjoy the family-oriented shows, which include mimes, ventriloquists, jugglers, hypnotists and circus artists. The facility can be rented for special events such as birthday parties and bar mitzvahs. A yearly summer Wizard Camp teaches children the art of magic and culminates in a recital for parents and friends.

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