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Old 09-07-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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Hi, we are thinking of moving to Colorado with 4 young children 4,5, 6 and 7 years old. We work from home so we don't have to commute or look for a job. We are basically looking for an area where there are lots of kid friendly activities and lots of fresh air and not too much snowfall. Was wondering if other parents out there with young kids could share their thoughts on where in Colorado would be the best place to raise kids. Thanks
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:54 AM
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Not too much snowfall? Pueblo? Trinidad? Otherwise, try looking further south.
Santa Fe? Albuquerque?
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Colorado Springs is a family town. I'd choose somewhere north in Briargate if you have some money ($300,000+ for a lovely house). It's in D20, the best school district in the Springs and top 10 in the state.
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:23 AM
 
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The front range from Denver to Fort Collins has about 50 inches of snow each winter. During that time there are usually a couple of snow events where the snow is a bit of a nuisance. The rest of the time the high altitude sun melts the snow in a few days and its gone. Travel or day-to-day activities are seldom inhibited by snowfall.

Take a look at Fort Collins for a kid friendly place. It's a beautiful town with lots of parks. The city operates a very active youth activites program where the kids can participate in just about anything you can think of. And the school system is good. In particular there are two of the best charter schools in the country: Ridgeview Classical and Liberty Common are amazing schools for families who are looking for excellence in education.

You will find brown skies over the towns near Denver. Longmomt has fairly clear air and Fort Collins has perfect blue skies year round.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:19 AM
 
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Hi, we are thinking of moving to Colorado with 4 young children 4,5, 6 and 7 years old. We work from home so we don't have to commute or look for a job. We are basically looking for an area where there are lots of kid friendly activities and lots of fresh air and not too much snowfall. Was wondering if other parents out there with young kids could share their thoughts on where in Colorado would be the best place to raise kids. Thanks
Most of the Front Range, from Pueblo to Fort Collins, would be fine. The air in Denver is sometimes a bit brown, but millions live here, it isn't that bad compared to some other places. For lesser snowfall, look at Canon City.

We have numerous threads in the index on schools and such, as well as threads on all the cities along the Front Range. Some school districts even have ski passes for the kids, a way to get them more active. The Front Range is fairly mild all year round, snow melts quickly when it does fall so kids can usually play outside in the winter here without the bone-chilling humidity of the east.

The other side of the state is also a fine area, once you get west of the mountains you get into rather mild desert-like areas that are still only an hour from the mountains.

One area that none of us will recommend to you are the high-country ski mecca's; they are insanely expensive; have their share of substance issues from all the partying; have long severe winters; and have fewer kids and kid activities.

The other area we do not recommend are the small farming towns out in the eastern 1/3 of the state, which is dry, windy, flat, short-grass prairie full of farming and ranching. The towns are quaint and the people are sincere and hard working, but these small towns will have very few kid activities.

Your request was fairly generic / vague, so the best any of us regulars on here can do is give you these sorts of general answers. The more specifics you tell us, the better we can do for you. I urge you to look in the index and read up on some of the main towns. They're all fine; it's all good here.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:02 AM
 
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Thanks everybody. First of all, we just wanted to say WOW, first time we have ever posted anything on the internet and we can't believe the friendly and informative replies. Thanks so much everybody. Guess we are a little vague because our only real pre-requisite is that there are lots of kids friendly activities and because our kids like to run around, an area where they can play outside in the winter so they are not cooped up at home. With four very young kids, we don't want to be tearing our hair out as the kids climb the walls all winter with little to do. We do appreciate the information. Thanks so much again everyone.
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:45 AM
 
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The other area we do not recommend are the small farming towns out in the eastern 1/3 of the state, which is dry, windy, flat, short-grass prairie full of farming and ranching. The towns are quaint and the people are sincere and hard working, but these small towns will have very few kid activities.
Speak for yourself mister.

A lot of those little towns out in the prairie produce outstanding kids because they don't have all the activities. Instead of going to the mall, kids raise horses for 4H. Instead of competing in the rat race to see who can dress the best, there's more of an emphasis on morals. Rather than just learning one thing, most of them learn a little bit of everything.

It's definitely not a place to raise spoiled kids, but it is a place to raise good kids.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I think a good one would be Cañon City. Less snow, quick drives to Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Arkansas River (lots of things to do on the river, year round), decent schools, small town, etc. There's a good mix of people from all incomes.

One thing I am not sure about is kids programs. Colorado Springs has tons of things from swimming to hockey to tennis to...but this is a very family friendly city.

Spend a couple of weeks up and down the Front Range and get a feel for different places.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:56 PM
 
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what's the difference between a young kid and a very young kid?
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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Speak for yourself mister.

A lot of those little towns out in the prairie produce outstanding kids because they don't have all the activities. Instead of going to the mall, kids raise horses for 4H. Instead of competing in the rat race to see who can dress the best, there's more of an emphasis on morals. Rather than just learning one thing, most of them learn a little bit of everything.

It's definitely not a place to raise spoiled kids, but it is a place to raise good kids.
I have often clashed with Sterlinggirl on the native and non-native issue but she is making some good points.

I believe the eastern plains of Colorado should be place where people should move, especially with children. Activities for children should not only be play and frivolous pursuits. Activities can and should be tasks that allow children to learn the responsibilities of adulthood.

If you have been around children, you will see that they want and desire to do adult activities. It starts as a small child saying "I do" or even before they know the personal pronoun, as in saying "Suzy Do" as referring to themselves. To them doing adult things becomes a type of magic and is mystical--it becomes play to them.

Agriculture and Animal Husbandry is one of the greatest places to incorporate better behavior into youth. Our history has shown that our greatest leaders, authors, scientist, teachers etc. have been incubated in tough breeding grounds of the small agricultural communities.

It will be a tragedy if we diminish the diversity of human development and experience by only raising our children in the fanciful sterile environments of our cities.

We are abandoning our progeny; and falsely believing that the future of our country lies only in the marinating our children in continuous non-stop entertainment and self-gratify pursuits. They learn not the patience of an endeavor that takes time to satisfy; they know not of the introspective thought that goes into long term achievements.

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