I'm a giant fan of public gardens. I've taken Kalynn to the Fullerton Arboretum and the Overland Park Arboretum a handful of times. She always has fun running around, smelling flowers and collecting rocks. It turns out, Fort Collins doesn't have an arboretum or botanical garden, but we do have the Gardens On Spring Creek; 18 toddler safe, run-around, gorgeous, free acres to play in.
Over the bridge in the "rock garden"
After walking around for a few minutes, we discovered there was actually a designated kids garden
And every kid gets their own watering can to fill up as they please and water anything they want including their dress, their parents, and the flowers.
located directly in the center of the front range, the mountain view behind us is still breathtaking to me
(I hate fish. They creep me out.)
The "Secret" Garden
If you've never taken your kid to a botanical garden or arboretum, you should check your local search engine and find out where the closest one is. They're almost always free and they're well worth the time!