With most Colorado Springs school districts on spring break and a great weather forecast, this is the time to take advantage of some fun outdoor excursions. Here are our suggestions.

1. Take a leisurely walk through Garden of the Gods – The sidewalk is referred to as the Central Trail or the Perkins Trail for Charles Perkins, who donated the land to the public. The Garden does not discriminate against people in wheelchairs and moms with strollers. For about a mile loop, they can delight in the legendary landscape, weaving between those initial monoliths known as North and South Gateway Rocks, the formation called Three Graces and other sets of spires and the soaring Tower of Babel. If you’re lucky, you might even see a rock climber or two.

2. Take on the waves at Great Wolf Lodge – The 50,000 square-foot indoor waterpark resort offers both indoor water park fun and dry-land family-oriented adventures. Features include children-friendly indoor activities, adult-friendly wine down service and a range of dining options.

3. Take the kids and the dogs to Bear Creek Park – Runners, walkers, equestrians and mountain bikers delight in 10-plus miles of dirt paths that weave through prairie and oak- and yucca-covered knolls. They reach awe-inspiring vantage points, Cheyenne Mountain to the south, the Waldo Canyon burn scar running north.

4. Take in Colorado Springs history at the Pioneers Museum – Located downtown in the restored 1903 El Paso County Courthouse, the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum preserves the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region. (Admission: Free Location: 215 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)

5. Stroll through Stratton Open Space – You’ll envy Cheyenne Mountain’s reflection on the water, those coniferous slopes blending with the surrounding, craggy canyon sides. You’ll listen to the soft ripple of the water, mixed with the chimes of the Will Rogers Shrine. And you might be amazed when you remember how quickly you got here.

6. Visit the Peterson Air & Space Museum – The free museum has a collection of buildings, an airport and Medal of Honor Park contained within a State Historical District, site of the first Colorado Springs Municipal Airport founded in 1926. The museum collection includes sixteen aircraft and nine rockets/missiles. Admission: Free Location: 150 E Ent Ave, Peterson AFB, CO 80914

7. Take on a fourteener – For those who might want to introduce their kids to fourteeners, here are five of the easier high peaks. The best resource for maps, directions and hike details is 14ers.com. One of the closer fourteeners to Colorado Springs, about two hours’ drive, is also the most kid-friendly. The trail climbs 2,100 feet and is 5.25 miles round-trip. Several family-friendly campgrounds can be found along Park County Road 18 leading to the trailhead outside of Fairplay.

8. Check out the Paint Mines – Located in Calhan, this nearby geological attraction is sure to shock and awe. It’s free to visit, but if you do, make sure you leave no trace and avoid climbing on the fragile rocks and terrain.

9. Follow the money – The Money Museum is America’s largest museum dedicated to coins, paper money, tokens, and medals. The museum explores art, history and science to promote the diverse nature of money. The museum features a Kids Zone that teaches children about money through fun and interactive activities. Admission: $5 or under Location: 818 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

10. Start planning for the summer – Summer is fast approaching, and one of the best ways for kids to enjoy the break is to learn new things and make new friends in summer camp. Organizations in and around Colorado Springs are now finalizing plans for unique and educational camps for kids when the warm weather hits. Three Colorado Springs camps to consider are at The Challenger Learning Center, The La Foret Conference and Retreat Center and the Wild Summer Experience at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Click on the links for more details.

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