When it comes to wintertime in Denver, there’s no need to go stir crazy or catch cabin fever! The Mile High City presents a fun choose-your-own-adventure: Embrace the cold and play in the snow or cozy up indoors at one of the city’s many family-friendly spots. It’s your move!

Here are seven fun ways to keep your family entertained throughout the winter:

Giddyup to the Stock Show

If you’re new to town, consider a trip to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo as your  friendly welcome to Denver! You’ll get to witness Denver’s “Wild West” roots beginning with a noon parade on Jan. 10 that includes more than 40 Longhorn cattle sauntering down 17th Street in downtown Denver. The parade starts at Union Station and ends at Tremont. The stock show runs until Jan. 27, and it feature all types of family-friendly events, including pony rides, a petting farm, a “farmyard follies” comedy show, and mutton bustin’. (If this is your first rodeo, mutton bustin’ features kiddos riding sheep out of a chute and into the arena. It’s adorable!)

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Go Ice Skating (for Free!)

Ice skating is a quintessential wintertime activity here in Denver. To get in on the fun, fill up a thermos with hot chocolate and head downtown. Downtown Denver runs a free ice rink (though skates will cost you $6 a pair for kids and $8 a pair for adults) at Skyline Park, which is on Arapahoe between 16th and 17th streets. The rink is open until Feb. 3, 2019. Plus, there’s fun programming, including snowga (yoga in the snow!), broomball and DJs spinning while you skate.

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Head West for Epic Snow Tubing

Looking for a day trip that’s totally tubular? Colorado’s ski resorts and mountain towns boast some serious tubing hills. One of our favorites is Frisco Adventure Park, which is about 1.5 hours west of Denver along I-70. And it’s totally worth the drive. A surface lift hauls tubers to the top of the hill, where you’re greeted with a gigantic snow tube. (Go ahead parents, insert your joke here about how back in your day, you had to haul your own tube to the top). Families can link up their tubes and schuss down the hill together.

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Go out for Cereal

Skip the bran cereal stocked in your pantry, and go out for a big bowl of sugary cereal. The Cereal Box in Arvada (a suburb of Denver) is super serious about its cereal, sourcing more than 150 cereals from around the world. The “Cereal Mixes” are especially decadent. (Think: “Cocoa Loco” with Cocoa Pebbles, Cocoa Puffs, Chocolate Chex, whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and chocolate milk). Plus, cartoons are always playing in this breakfast spot and there are plenty of toys for the kids.

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Visit the Children’s Museum

The Denver Children’s Museum is a playground for kids’ imaginations. Here, kids can run their own veterinary clinic, pretend to be a firefighter, learn about the science of bubbles, paint in an art studio or learn about camping. Really, there’s so much to do at this museum, you’ll want to be a repeat visitor. Annual memberships start at $140.

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Hang out at the Historic Firefighters Museum

The Denver Firefighters Museum is located in Denver Fire Station No. 1, which was built in 1909 and was a working fire station until 1974. Visiting kids will learn about fire safety and prevention. Plus they’ll have a chance to slide down the pole (photo opp!) and ride on a fire truck specifically designed for children while they put out pretend fires.

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Visit Hammond’s Candy Shop

Step into a real life Candyland! Hammond’s Candy has been making candy canes, lollipops, ribbon candy and hard candies in Denver since 1920. The candy shop gives free tours every thirty minutes Monday through Saturday. While there, see if you can snap up the shop’s latest candy: A cola-flavored candy bar. Reservations for tours are recommended.

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To learn more about things to do in the Mile High City, check out Eave’s free Insider’s Guide to Denver, written by our neighborhood experts!