Winter is a great time to be outdoors, enjoying the snow, the white landscape with snow-kissed mountains, and drinking hot cocoa. However, sometimes you need a break from the cold. After snowboarding and sledding, consider heading indoors for family fun. Test your strength at an indoor trampoline park, go swimming, or challenge your problem-solving abilities together as a family. Discover our list of the top places to get warm this winter around Thornton.

DEFY Thornton

A small girl on an inflatable slide and trampoline in Thornton, CO

Small girl on trampoline by Dejan Krsmanovic is licensed with CC BY 2.0

DEFY Thornton reinvents the trampoline and indoor physical activity. This casual location is where you and your family can enjoy an energetic workout while having lots of fun and challenging yourself to your limits. Before you go, fill out the online waiver to make the experience as seamless as possible. Other activities available at DEFY Thornton include: 

  • Trampoline basketball
  • Battle beams
  • Extreme dodgeball
  • High-end air track
  • A kid jump area complete with supportive safety restraints
  • A ninja track course

Make your child’s next birthday day a fabulous occasion at DEFY Thornton. All party guests can access the facility in addition to a dedicated party room, where you can keep the celebration going with pizza, drinks, presents, and birthday cake. DEFY Thornton’s dedicated party host takes care of all the details so you can focus on having fun.

Kick back, relax, and let your kids work off their extra energy. Get an annual pass, and jump all year for less than a dollar a day. Other memberships are available. Visit the website for deals and daily prices. 

  • Location: 9925 Grant St., Thornton
  • Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Contact: 720-370-8050

Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center

The Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center is one versatile place where you can swim some laps in a pool or wade through a river, even during the winter in Colorado. Whether you are swimming for recreational or competitive purposes, this facility is the place to be. The recreation center also features a sauna and steam room, offers child care, and has a full-service gym. If you time it right, you can play pickleball, volleyball, basketball, or badminton. Check the website for a schedule of sports. 

Racquetball courts are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, and a walking and running track is on the third level. These indoor experiences are ideal for anyone who wants to stay healthy in cold weather. Admission fees vary based on your needs and how often you attend. Daily costs per person begin at $4, and monthly and annual family passes are available. 

  • Location: 11151 Colorado Blvd., Thornton
  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Contact: 303-255-7800

AMF Sonesta Lanes Bowling Center

There are few things as engaging as an evening of bowling as a family. While you can rent a lane and knock down a few pins, the memories you’ll make playing a game of bowling with your family members will be irreplaceable. 

At AMF Sonesta Lanes Bowling Center, you can visit the arcade for gaming. Adults can head to the pool hall and practice their aim. The location offers specials like Sunday Funday, where you pay a discounted price for games after 6 p.m. Night Strike offers unlimited bowling on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

  • Location: 8800 Grant St., Thornton
  • Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 5-11 p.m.; Thursday, 1-11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
  • Contact: 303-430-8017

303 Escape

Test your children’s problem-solving skills and your patience with a specially tailored escape room challenge. At 303 Escape, you and your family can build bridges by learning to cooperate to solve a problem. This immersive experience can help develop your child’s confidence and trust in you. 

While only two escape room challenges currently exist, the high stress might be more suitable for older kids. Make reservations in advance, as rooms fill up quickly. This experience offers an excellent opportunity for your children to learn the enduring skills of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. 

Go online to make a reservation and to ensure your child is an appropriate age for the content of the escape room challenges that await.

  • Location: 8805 Fox Drive, Suite 100, Thornton
  • Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 5-11:15 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; closed Monday
  • Contact: 303-568-9861

Little Monkey Bizness Westminster

Let your little ones hang around all day and play freely like wild animals at Little Monkey Bizness Westminster.  The kids can monkey around on the indoor playground or celebrate a birthday here. Look online for reservation information and fun packages. Inflatable slides, challenging obstacle courses, and lots of smiles await. Rates vary by age; visit the website for information and waivers before you head out. 

  • Location: 14693 Orchard Parkway, Westminster
  • Hours: Saturday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a Parent’s Night Out held twice a month from 6-9 p.m.
  • Contact: 303-252-9999

There you have it. Crème de la Crème of Lone Tree, Colorado, has enjoyed sharing these fun indoor family activities to help you and your family members stay warm and entertained when temperatures are cold outside. These options will help you bond with one another while creating lasting memories. What do you think of our list? Did we mention one of your favorites, or did you learn about something new to try? 

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for other ways to help keep your children entertained or need child care options while at work, consider Crème de la Crème of Lone Tree. We offer an enriching and welcoming environment to help children thrive and gain the necessary skills to help them develop into confident adults. Call us today at 303-625-0637 to meet with our staff, visit the facility, and discover all the amenities and activities that await your growing child at Crème de la Crème of Lone Tree.