Do you have a budding baker in your family? An aspiring astronaut? Or a soon-to-be scientist? Thankfully, there are plenty of attractions and programs in Fort Collins specifically designed with career-oriented kids in mind. Covering a variety of subjects, from music to history and STEM to astrology, these hands-on, mind-stretching activities are sure to capture your kid’s active imagination. Encourage your child’s career goals at an early age with these kid-approved attractions in Fort Collins!
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Whether you’re an amateur cook, a corporate team, a kid, a couple, or an aspiring baker, The Cooking Studio is the place to learn and practice all your cooking skills. Their classes are led by chefs and are offered for every level of cooking experience, including specially designed kid and teen classes! Children as young as 6 years old can get hands-on for Kids Chef Skills, KinderChefs, Parent & Child Classes and even seasonal camps. This is the perfect activity for the aspiring cook or baker in your family!
Originally established in March 2006, Foundation Music School is a nonprofit community school of the arts providing high-quality arts education and opportunities to all. Covering every age and ability, their programs range from family music classes to individual and group therapy and even include specific instrument programs as well as private lessons. If your little one is expressing an interest in music and the arts, a class at Foundation Music School can help them hone their craft. Check out the schedule here to see upcoming classes!
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Whether your child is interested in science, music, agriculture, zoology, astrology, or history, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery provides a place to learn, engage and explore. This renowned history and science museum offers thought-provoking fun for all ages in the heart of Fort Collins. The 16,000-square-foot main gallery combines hands-on and artifact-based exhibits that cover everything from music to fossils and first peoples to outer space. Exploring the Northern Colorado region via its history, science and technology has never been so fun!
The Environmental Learning Center connects both kids and adults with nature by facilitating educational, inclusive and safe experiences in a natural environment that spans more than 200 acres. In addition to offering a self-guided nature trail, ELC special programs are suitable for children as young as Kindergarten and offer hands-on fun and education year-round. This is the perfect destination for your little nature lover who may just end up studying at CSU some day!
If you’ve received more paintings and drawings from your kid than you can fit on your fridge, it may be time to take them to the Museum of Art. The museum is located directly adjacent to Oak Street Plaza in one of the prettiest historic buildings in downtown Fort Collins. Inside, you’ll find rotating exhibitions exploring everything from masks and funny family portraits to fine art photography and cartoons, all of which will be captivating for the art lover(s) in your family. Admission is just $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $1 for kids ages 7–17, and free for kids 6 and under — making this a fun and affordable family activity!
If your child is fascinated by history and stories, they will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Avery House — and so will you! Each Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m., this historic home in Old Town is open for tours. Knowledgeable docents will guide you through the home, sharing the story of the iconic Avery family, who settled in Fort Collins and built this home in the late 1800s. You’ll even see historic costume collection pieces from the family along the way! Tours cost $6 for adults and $4 for children with an accompanying parent or guardian.
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Make a special trip to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, this time heading straight for the massive dome theater. OtterBox Digital Dome Theater is the only 360-degree dome theater in Northern Colorado. The gigantic 39-foot diameter dome screen displays a variety of fulldome shows, special lectures, live music events, artistic performances, experimental art, and more. Many of the shows cover subjects related to astrology and the Earth, making this the perfect place for aspiring astronauts and scientists to get inspired! Check out the upcoming dome shows to see what’s in store.
FunZone Afterschool is an after-school enrichment program that satisfies both active kids and their parents. Parents can choose between professional classes and more creative offerings, or a combination of both throughout the week. Most days offer two different options; for example, on Mondays, choose between Karate Class and Writing Workshop. And on Thursdays, choose between Pencils to Paint and Engineering It. This program provides an extension of their learning throughout the school week and an opportunity to get their hands dirty and minds thinking!
The Learning Experience knows how important early childhood education is — and they’re doing their part to teach young children during some of the most formative years of their life. The Learning Experience is “dedicated to cultivating creative, compassionate and innovative young minds through [their] proprietary curriculum and enrichment programs that increase learning during six critical stages of early development.” Your little one will learn a variety of subjects, including phonics, sign language, manners and etiquette, philanthropy, foreign language and hands-on technology. Enrichment programs such as yoga, soccer, drama, dance and music are also offered at no additional cost.
What activities does your career-oriented kid love to do? Let us know in the comments below!