The kids did the Junior Ranger program at Garden of the Gods. If you're ever in a national park, it's a great way to explore and learn about the area and engage the kids in learning. They go around the park exploring, reading, listening to rangers speak, looking for wildlife, picking up litter, playing games and a number of activities.
We also visited Cave of the Winds, which I thought would be more...well, less touristy I suppose? We took a tour with a group of about 20 people. The paths inside the cave had been paved with cement and there were only certain places you could go. It was still pretty amazing to see and the kids felt like they were in an Indiana Jones adventure.
On the way home we drove through Woodland Park and stopped by the Dinosaur Resource Center. No one can resist a head-in-the-dinosaur's-mouth photo!
And we happened upon the area where the Hayman Fire happened 10 years ago (the largest in CO history until the more recent fire a few weeks ago). The kids asked so many questions - how did it happen, why did the lady start it, was she in jail, did she have to apologize to everyone. Marc and I decided to create a homeschooling app that pops up with information, old photos and interesting facts about places as you drive through them. Now if we only had programming knowledge...
Our trip was a good combination of fun and learning and the kids have decided that they'd like to go camping every weekend...in a cabin, that is.