Colorado Springs newbie, here! I have lived in Colorado Springs for less than a year, so I am still discovering all the local shops for our family that this city (and region) have to offer. We did some family exploring last month and found several shops that were so fun for the kids.
Four Local Shops for Family Fun
A new find that has only been in Colorado Springs for seven months is the Bricks & Minifigs Store. My LEGO® loving kids had a ball at this store. They offer buy, sell, and trade options and are a one-stop aftermarket LEGO® toy shop. From the bulk LEGO® bin to the mini-figures, we had a blast finding new treasures and look forward to visiting again.
All aboard for the next stop at School Crossing & Toy Station—your neighborhood teacher and toy store. I loved all the fun learning and education toys that they had, as well as teacher supplies. This store is my new go-to spot for the next kid’s birthday party we attend or for Christmas or birthday gifts as I loved their selection and liked the learning focus of the toys.
We also enjoyed an hour in their Play Kingdom which was $7 for an hour of play in a pretend castle. The playtime is great for kids aged 5 and under. It also gave my kids a chance to play with toys they sell at the store, so a great way to try out new things before purchasing the toys.
The other gem that I found is the Born Again Used Books. While I love browsing a good used bookstore, I heard about them as a homeschooling resource to find used curriculum. The back of the store is full of used homeschool curriculum. This allowed me to browse curriculum that I had heard about but wanted to see firsthand.
While the shop is focused on Christian used books, they also have a nice children’s used book selection as well as some children’s board games and puzzles. They have occasional sales on various sections of books, so I picked up some great finds for half-off from the sale sections for the month.
Last but not least, one of our new favorite places is Lolley’s Ice Cream in Monument. This cute ice cream shop has ice cream and bakery items. Their ice cream is made with natural ingredients. Behind the shop is a yard with several outdoor games that my kids enjoyed after ice cream. We didn’t try the baked goods yet—that gives us another reason to go back soon!
We are still exploring and finding local places to enjoy. I’m sure my list will continue to grow.
What are your favorite local or small shop “gems” that you recommend to friends new to town?