- Written by Katie Harris Katie Harris
Entertaining and learning breaks for the whole family Unpredictable fall weather is no reason to stop exploring all that northern Colorado has to offer. This month, experience the indoor opportunities the region has to offer for all ages with a visit to a museum, fun center or escape room.
For the social studies buff in your family, the Global Village Museum in Fort Collins offers a look into cultures from around the world. The “Life in Istanbul” exhibit explores the recent development of Turkey’s most populous city through the bright, colorful paintings of artist Gabrielle Reeves, a native of Casper, Wyoming who moved to Istanbul in 2011. The temporary exhibit runs through the end of the year and is housed in the Hall Gallery.
More than 21 miniature houses and hundreds of miniature folk dolls make up the International Folk Art in Miniatures exhibit. The permanent exhibit, which was donated by founding museum member Jeanne Nash, is housed in the Mundoville Gallery at the museum.
The Global Village Museum also features a Hall of International Textiles, including appliqué, batik, cross-stitched, embroidered, beaded and hand-painted wall hangings and textiles; and the Stewart Price Collection of for-sale global items. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm and costs $5/adults, $3/seniors and students, and $1/child (ages 3 and under are free). For more information call 970-221-4600 or visit http://www.globalvillagemuseum.org.
Active families will enjoy the endless opportunities the Greeley Family FunPlex has to offer. An impressive indoor water park featuring three slides, a lazy river and a zero depth entry area with a large family locker room area are just the beginning.
The indoor sports court offers ample room for basketball, volleyball, inline hockey and soccer, and the outdoor miniature golf course is open year round weather permitting. In addition, in pleasant weather families can rent bikes from the FunPlex for $8 each to explore the adjacent Sheep Draw Trail.
The Greeley Family FunPlex is open Monday through Friday from 5am-10pm, Saturday from 7am-8pm and Sunday from 11am-8pm. Admission is $5.50/adult, $4.50/ages six-15 and seniors, and $1.50/ages five and under. To find out more call 970-350-9401 or visit http://www.greeleyrec.com.
Adventurous types can put on their detective hats and attempt to solve clues to escape from Loveland’s Clueology Escape Rooms. Seventy-five minutes locked in a room together solving puzzles and disarming booby-traps is the perfect opportunity for family bonding.
Clueology rooms include The Fallout Room, a hidden cabin in the woods harboring stolen government files and a patrol robot who will need to be defeated to escape; Defeat the P-D-P, where it’s up to you to disarm a nuclear powered biological device before it’s too late; and Escape from Alcatraz, where time is ticking away to escape prison and avoid execution.
Clueology Escape Rooms are suitable for young children with parental supervision but recommended for ages 10 and up. Guests may leave at any time if the experience becomes too scary. The cost of admission to book an escape room is $26/guest, and appointments may be booked online at http://www.clueologyrooms.com. Call 970-776-0356 for more information.