Every second and fourth Saturday throughout the summer is Movie Saturday in downtown Montrose. There will be free carriage rides and free, kid-friendly movies (think “Monsters Inc.” and “The Sandlot”). Movies will be played around 8 pm at the San Juan Pocket Park which is located between San Juan Construction and Montrose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (427 East Main Street). There will be free popcorn, too, just don’t forget to bring a chair and blanket!
And the fun doesn’t have to end when the credits roll! Why not make it into a full night of fun and entertainment by adding dinner to your itinerary? Colorado Boy (320 East Main Street, coloradoboymontrose.com) is a great dining options for kids who receive homemade playdough (aka the finest pizza dough in the state) to play with as they wait for their meal, and a few minutes down Main Street is Crash Burger (646 East Main Street, crashburger.com) which is a firm favorite with local families. Crash Burger offers both drive-thru and walk-up service with a small seating area for those who just can’t wait!
If you really want to make it a full day, there are other family-friendly options downtown, including Amazing Glaze (209 East Main Street, amazingglazeart.com) for crafters which is offering some great summer youth workshops that teach fun skills like painting on canvas and alcohol/ink painting on various mediums like coasters and suncatchers. Workshops last around three hours and are suitable for ages seven and up.
Adventurous families have the option to earn their dinner by exploring Montrose on two wheels. There are numerous kid-friendly bike paths around the town, many of which are accessible from downtown. The Uncompahgre River Trail is a local favorite which leads to Riverbottom Park where a playground, pond, and plenty of picnic spots await. Stop by the Montrose Visitor Center (107 South Cascade Avenue, visitmontrose.com) for free maps and local tips.
If you’re looking for water-based activities, head over to Montrose Kayak and Surf (18 South Maple Avenue, montrose-kayak.com) where family fun comes in the form of stand up paddleboards, kayaks and river tubes, which are all available as daily rentals. The knowledgeable, local staff can give you tips on where to put it and take out and everything else you need to know to have a fun day on the water. Even if you decide not to partake in the water activities, it’s worth visiting the Montrose Water Sports Park (1036 Riverbottom Drive, cityofmontrose.org) which is great for watching kayakers and river surfers catch some waves.
Ready to cool down after all that activity? A family favorite for nearly 30 years, A Taste of New Orleans Sno Balls (located in Demoret Park on the corner of Main Street and Townsend Avenue) serves up the southern summer favorite treat - shaved ice topped with a variety of different flavors (cotton candy and bubblegum are favorites with younger customers).
Alternatively, stroll along Main Street for some retail therapy. Just Like New Kids Consignment (232 East Main Street) offers gently worn children’s apparel at affordable prices while funky shops like Coloradology (328 East Main St.) will appeal to older children in the family with fun Colorado-themed apparel and other accessories.
Budding history buffs can step back in time at the Montrose County Historical Museum (21 North Rio Grande Avenue, montrosehistory.org). Open from May to September, the museum will give kids and adults a glance into the past with an interesting collection of toys, tools and other interesting artifacts from a bygone era. The museum is a great way for the whole family to learn about the history of Montrose and the surrounding area.
Finally, book worms should head over to the Montrose Regional Library (320 South 2nd Street, montroselibrary.org) where a whole range of child-friendly activities are on offer throughout the summer, including story time and lego club. Check out the kids section on the library website.
So what are you waiting for? Starting planning your summer of fun in downtown Montrose!