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Welcome to the Garden

Kids Garden a learning center in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Safe, Nurturing & Natural Environment

  • Hands-on and screen-free play—every season, every weekday
  • Nutritious meals & snacks
  • Flooded with sunlight and filled with living plants
  • Textural elements and wooden structures throughout
  • Consistent artistic expression
  • Safety first with keypad entrance, mandatory picture IDs, and certified CPR/first aid providers
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Backed by Rich Educational Theories

  • Green practices & eco-friendly community
  • Diverse and continuously updated curriculum
  • Creative arts emphasis
  • Play-based theory
  • Montessori & Reggio Emilia inspired
  • Educators are highly trained and experienced with our educational methods
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Kids Garden Grows With Your Family

  • Commitment-free, flexible childcare for all seasons of your family’s growth
  • Secure environment that stimulates minds and energizes bodies
  • Amazing social interactions with educators & peers
  • Experiments are encouraged and exploration is the constant
  • Thoughtfully curated art supplies, toys, games, and reading materials
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The Kids Garden Steamboat Springs Difference


Welcome to Kids Garden, a learning center in Steamboat Springs, CO, where wonder sprouts, creativity blooms, and little minds grow. Here, we’ve created an enriching environment for families seeking an alternative, mindful approach to childcare. Kids Garden is more than a daycare; it's a community where the seeds of imagination are planted and nurtured, blossoming into a lifelong love for discovery.

Through our various offerings — adaptable preschool programs, engaging afternoon classes, immersive seasonal camps, joyful birthday celebrations, and fun-filled special events — Kids Garden Steamboat Springs, CO is a source of magic and exploration for all children.

Kids Garden Steamboat Springs


345 Anglers Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
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Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 3:00pm
During Ski Season; PNO every 2nd Saturday from 4-9pm
Sun: Closed for birthday parties & events
970-457-4466

What is Kids Garden? A Holistic, Child-Centered / Play-Based, Creative Arts Learning Center

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Holistic

  • Eco-friendly
  • Wholesome Nutrition
  • Nurturing, Natural Environment
  • Filled with Sunlight & Live Plants
  • Organic Elements & Wooden Toys
  • Sustainable Practices
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Child-Centered / Play-Based

  • Hands-on Play
  • Exploration is Encouraged
  • Screen-Free Enrichment
  • Safety First Approach
  • Stability
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Creative

  • Innovative
  • Flexible
  • Magical
  • Whimsical
  • Joyful
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Arts

  • Imagination
  • Storytelling
  • Music & Dance
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Variety of Materials for Artistic Expression
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Learning

  • Montessori & Reggio Emilia Theories
  • Diverse Curriculum
  • Connection & Socialization
  • Growth & Development
  • Stimulating & Energizing
  • Abundance of Reading & Learning Materials
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Center

  • Built on Community
  • Flexible Preschool
  • Drop-in Childcare (alternative to daycare)
  • Birthday Parties
  • Parents' Night Out

How Drop-In Childcare Works

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Register Your Family

Register your child or children and complete our required paperwork.

Please note that Kids Garden collects a yearly registration fee of $40 (per family) during your first visit.

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Choose A Payment Option

Utilize our flexible plans and customized membership deals to fit your family’s needs and schedule.

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Pay By the Hour

No commitment, drop-in visits. Great for spontaneity!

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Membership Packages

Discounted rates with hourly increments of 12, 24, 48 & 72.

Members benefit from discounted rates on both drop-in childcare and a variety of additional programs.

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Enjoy!

Drop-in (and drop-off) during business hours to witness them learn, grow, create, and play in a naturally creative environment.

Kids Garden isn't just guilt-free childcare; it's a place worth boasting about!

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Play Care, Not Daycare Our Programs

Drop-In Childcare

For those moments when you need dependable childcare without prior planning, our drop-in option provides the same exceptional care and creative engagement, conveniently available whenever you need it.

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Preschool

Tailored to support families with busy schedules, our preschool and childcare programs offer a nurturing space for your child to grow, learn, and thrive. Full-time (see your location for specific details) care or more flexible arrangements are available.

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Art Classes & After School

Fill after school hours with our enrichment classes, where art, science, and exploration come alive, sparking curiosity and joy in every session.

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Seasonal Camps

Our camps in Steamboat Springs, CO offer enchanting, themed experiences that engage children in creative and playful learning, perfectly blending education with the excitement of camp adventures.

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Junior Explorers Club

Our Junior Explorers Club is the next generation of Kids Garden Steamboat Springs, offering camps for children ages 6-12 years old. Campers will enjoy daily art projects, team games, outdoor play, and more!

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Parties

Make your child's birthday an unforgettable event with our Kids Garden birthday parties, designed to celebrate creativity and fun in our magical setting.

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Parent's Night Out

Gift yourself a break while your children delight in an evening filled with engaging activities, crafts, and stories, all within our safe, enriching environment at our parents night out event.

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Yes! Kids Garden provides a sibling discount when a family brings both children to the center together. If you choose to become a member, both children will receive discounted hourly rates and access to discounted hourly packages.

We are a shoe-free facility, so your child must wear socks at all times. We have plenty of new pairs available for purchase if you forget. For younger children still in diapers or pull-ups, please bring diapers, wipes, a sippy cup and a spare change of clothes. You are welcome to use one of our storage cubbies to stash shoes, jackets, and other personal items. We kindly ask that your child's items are labeled such as their water bottle, bag or backpack, diapers and wipes. Please give all items needed to a teacher upon drop off to ensure we have everything your little one needs. If you don't have these items at drop off, it's okay! We got you! We sell diapers, snacks and can provide water cups to give you peace of mind that you can drop in anytime. We do not allow outside food or beverages (except water).Please speak with a team member if your child has dietary needs or restrictions.

YES! We are here for the spontaneous moments or when you just need a break for some me time. Kids Garden provides a fun and interactive learning place for your children. Drop the little ones off and enjoy some productive time away and return to happy, worn out kiddos.

Comfortable clothing that can get messy! They’ll be learning through sensory activities, arts and organized crafts that may involve anything from paints and glue to sand and even mud. While they’re sure to have fun, there’s no guarantee their clothes will remain spotless, so please dress them accordingly.

We serve balanced, nutritious meals and snacks everyday at Kids Garden. We do not permit outside food, but rather provide healthy and organic (when possible) sandwiches, fruits, veggies and whole grains that are available daily for a small fee.

For safety and health reasons, we do not allow any outside toys or food. Small children may bring a soft blanket or other small comfort item, but we ask that you leave all other possessions at home or in a storage cubby in our welcome area. Kids Garden has dedicated extensive research to sourcing the best, non-toxic toys and products for our eco-friendly center. Our play space is a time for new discovery and we encourage children to engage in new activities and experience natural materials.

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Nutritious Meals & Snacks. Always.

At Kids Garden Steamboat Springs, we believe that nutrition is as vital to a child's development as education and play. Understanding the importance of wholesome, nutritious snacks, we serve a variety of organic, locally sourced, and peanut-free options to our young learners. Our snacks are designed to fuel creativity and growth, ensuring that every child receives the nourishment they need to explore, learn, and thrive in our eco-friendly environment.

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How We Are Different

What sets Kids Garden Steamboat Springs apart isn’t just our innovative approach to childcare; it’s the heart and soul we pour into every aspect of our center. Here’s what makes us special:

  • Creative Learning: We believe in the power of play and hands-on learning. Our programs are based on Montessori and Reggio Emilia theories, alternative educational theories that are best suited to the growing brains of children. We ensure that children enjoy the process of learning!
  • Experienced Childcare Providers: Our team is a blend of skilled educators with degrees in early childhood education, caring mothers, and former nannies dedicated to providing a nurturing, educational experience.
  • Safe and Secure: Peace of mind is a priority. Our center is equipped with a keypad entrance and strict ID checks for pick-up. All childcare providers are thoroughly screened and certified in CPR and first aid.
  • Eco-Friendly: Sustainability is at the heart of Kids Garden. We’re proud to be a green educational center where everything from art supplies to cleaning products is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

At Kids Garden, we don’t just watch over children; we engage them in a world of learning and play that enriches their lives and supports their development in a joyful, creative way.

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Our Philosophy

At Kids Garden, we are redefining childcare in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Instead of rigid curriculums, we focus on creative expression and play-based learning, allowing children to freely explore their budding minds. Our philosophy is to create an environment that encourages the following:

  • Creative Exploration: We encourage children to immerse themselves in painting, sculpting, and music, where imagination is translated into expressive artwork.
  • Engaged Learning: Our curriculum blends the arts with fundamental subjects like science, math, and literacy, turning education into an adventure that captivates and inspires.
  • Unhindered Expression: Every child is supported to explore and express themselves freely in an environment that cherishes individuality.

Our learning centers, infused with natural light and surrounded by lush plants, are thoughtfully designed to act as a third teacher. This fosters a love for learning by encouraging exploration and experimentation.

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Take a Tour of Our Learning Center Creativity Is At the Heart Of Our Center & Everything We Do


Seeing is believing, and we invite you to witness firsthand the magic of Kids Garden. Book a tour today, explore our facilities, meet our dedicated team, and learn more about our programs. Join us at Kids Garden, where every day is an opportunity for your child to thrive, create, and discover. Let's nurture their potential together, one playful moment at a time.

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Art Classes, After School Programs & Seasonal Camps When School's Out, Enrichment is In

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Meet Our Team

Charlotte Harriman - Director / Owner at Kids Garden Steamboat Springs

Charlotte Harriman

Kids Garden Steamboat Springs Director / Owner


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Ms. Charlotte is Steamboat Kids Garden’s Director and Owner. Charlotte was camping with one of her best friends, Maren, shortly after her first child was born. Maren was telling her about this great Creative Arts learning center she had opened. At the time Charlotte’s husband and she had opposite work schedules, and they juggled the care of their infant son without childcare. However, there were times they needed some help and there was no drop-in child care available in Steamboat. So, as she sat talking to Maren that night they agreed we should open a Kids Garden in Steamboat. Within the next year and half the wheels were set in motion, and Steamboat became the first franchise. Charlotte’s background is in Business and Marketing. Once Kids Garden opened she returned to college for Early Childhood classes and became Director Certified. Since the doors opened January 25, 2016, the Harriman family welcomed another baby on January 25, 2017. It was a wild first year of business ownership!! Charlotte’s favorite part about being a teacher at Kids Garden, besides bringing her kids to work, is seeing the local children that come through the center grow and blossom through our program!!

Kasey Houlihan - Director of Junior Explorers Club / Lead Preschool Teacher at Kids Garden Steamboat Springs

Kasey Houlihan

Kids Garden Steamboat Springs Director of Junior Explorers Club / Lead Preschool Teacher


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Ms. Kasey is the Director of our NEW Junior Explorers Club, this is our school age classroom for children 6-12 years old. She has helped create our fabulous Summer Camp program. When the big kids are in school Miss Kasey is our Lead Preschool teacher. She has been part of the Kids Garden family since the first winter we were open and is a beloved part of our management team. Kasey was born in Vermont and moved to Steamboat when she was a kid. She loves children and loves watching them grow and learn. Miss Kasey is a favorite with the local kids and loves developing a relationship with the children in our program. Kids Garden has provided her a fantastic opportunity to learn and get experience while working on her College degree in Early Childhood. When she is not at Kids Garden she loves to ski. She has been skiing since she was 2 and works as a ski instructor on the weekends during the winter on the mountain.

Dayana Morales - Lead Teacher of Adventure Camp at Kids Garden Steamboat Springs

Dayana Morales

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Dayana is the Lead Teacher during the summer at our Adventure Camp for children 3-5 years old. She has been part of the Kids Garden team since June, 2021 straight out of high school. Dayana is originally from Mexico but, moved to Steamboat Springs as a child. Dayana is taking College Classes and works for Steamboat Springs School district during the school year. She is bi-lingual and helps support our Hispanic families. Her own daughter is part of the Kids Garden family. This talented teacher brings fun, energy, safety and education to our Adventure Camp Program all summer long.

Sarah Ruby  - Office Manager at Kids Garden Steamboat Springs

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Sarah works for Kids Garden part time as our office manager and helps to keep all our paperwork in order. Sarah is a long time local and mother of 2 boys that have grown up in our center. Sarah has a background in teaching and is certified in Orton Gillingham and works as a reading tutor for Steamboat Reading. She loves to belly dance and ski.

Childcare in Steamboat Springs, CO From Little Seeds To Beautiful Blooms

At Kids Garden, we have developed an ecosystem where every child is viewed as a unique seed with the potential to grow in their own extraordinary way. Our blend of structured and spontaneous learning mirrors the natural cycles found in a garden, where diversity and adaptability lead to resilience and beauty.

By emphasizing the importance of tactile experiences, we encourage children to get their hands dirty, so to speak, learning through doing and discovering. This hands-on approach, coupled with our commitment to sustainability, teaches children early on about their impact on the world around them and the importance of nurturing their environment. At Kids Garden, children don't just grow; they flourish, developing a deep-rooted sense of curiosity, respect for nature, and a lifelong love for learning.

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Join Our Vibrant Community


Becoming part of Kids Garden Steamboat Springs, CO means joining a community of children, parents, and educators who come together to create a joyful, creative educational journey. Here's how you can join our family:

  • Experience the Magic Firsthand: Visit us and see what makes Kids Garden a special place for children to grow and learn. Our doors are always open for families to explore our creative learning spaces and meet our caring team.
  • Flexible Options to Suit Your Family: Whether you're seeking a consistent preschool experience, occasional drop-in care, or enriching art camps, we offer a variety of programs to match your family's needs.
  • A Place Where Every Child Thrives: At Kids Garden, we're dedicated to providing a supportive environment that fosters confidence, creativity, and community, helping each child to flourish.

We invite you to discover the Kids Garden Steamboat Springs, CO difference and see how our innovative approach to early childhood education provides the perfect foundation for your child's growth and development.

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Discover Kids Garden Learning Center in Steamboat Springs, CO

The journey of childhood is fleeting, filled with moments of wonder, discovery, and joy. At Kids Garden, we're dedicated to making every one of those moments count. Whether you're drawn to our flexible scheduling, inspired by our creative curriculum, or searching for a community that values eco-conscious childcare, Kids Garden Steamboat Springs is a place where your child can thrive.

  • Schedule a Visit: See the magic of Kids Garden for yourself. Schedule a tour to explore our facilities, meet our dedicated team, and learn more about our unique approach to early childhood education.
  • Discover the Perfect Fit: From our dynamic preschool to our after-school enrichment programs, find the perfect fit for your child's interests and your family's needs.
  • Become Part of Our Community: Join Kids Garden and be welcomed into a family of like-minded parents, passionate educators, and curious young learners, all united in the pursuit of creative education and joyful discovery.

In the fertile grounds of Kids Garden Steamboat Springs, CO, every child is a budding flower, nurtured with care, sunlight, and love.

Here, we cultivate a garden of young minds, allowing them to blossom into their fullest potential. Join us, and watch your child grow in a place where learning and imagination take root.

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