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Kid-friendly Restaurants in Winter Park, Colorado

On a recent weekend stay in Winter Park, Colorado, where we skied, tubed and snowmobiled, my family and I enjoyed not one but two fabulous places to eat pizza — and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun. Here’s the scoop on two kid-friendly restaurants in Winter Park:

The Foundry Cinema & Bowl

Foundry Winter Park

Old gas-station memorabilia at The Foundry.

This entertainment complex in Winter Park is brand new, having opened just last summer. I thought the owners had taken an old, loft-like building and renovated and retro-fitted it to house two full-size movie screens with spacious seating, as well as eight bowling lanes. Nope, this is totally new construction built to look “old” and “lofty” — it absolutely works!

The vibe in the airy brick building is urban, modern, hip and fun; yet it does have a retro feel, with its vintage gasoline-station signs and memorabilia. Even the restrooms are uber-cool: the women’s restroom is girly, with its pink back lighting and print of Marilyn Monroe (I like the private full-door stalls, too); the men’s room actually has TV screens above each urinal (because men need entertainment at all times??).

Comfy stadium seating at The Foundry Cinema & Bowl features a swing-out table so you can dine - and drink! - while watching your movie.

Comfy stadium seats at The Foundry’s two theaters feature swing-out tables so you can dine – and drink! – while watching your movie.

While we didn’t watch a flick at The Foundry, I would highly recommend it. The seats have oversized cup holders and stow-away tables, so you can order food at a take-out counter — namely loaded fries or wood-fired pizzas — and drink (yes, alcohol from the full bar) and bring it into the theater to while you enjoy your movie. I love this dine-in theatre concept.

We did bowl two games while noshing on Spicy Rosemary Cashews and absolutely delicious, gourmet thin-crust pizza. We sampled four different pies, and I think our collective favorite was the Diavola with two Italian cheeses, dry Italian salami and oven-roasted peppers. My vegetarian daughter appreciated the Margherita, flavored with pesto.

Bowling was fun for our family because there were plenty of low-weight balls for kids. In addition to the groups of children and families bowling on the eight lanes, we also spotted groups of adults and teens — the joint definitely attracts all ages. Table “shuffleboard,” billiards and pinball machines round out the entertainment options at The Foundry — definitely great fun for our family on a “wild” Friday night!

Huge screens at the ends of each lane at The Foundry show skiing clips or the sports game du jour.

Huge screens at the ends of each lane at The Foundry show skiing clips or the sports game du jour.

Our savory gourmet pizzas lined up on a high-top table behind our bowling lane. Seriously good pies.

Our savory gourmet pizzas lined up on a high-top table behind our bowling lane. Seriously good pies.

The Foundry movie seating

Theatre seating is first-come first-serve at The Foundry; arrive early if you want these reclining chairs up front!

women's room Foundry restroom

Pink sinks in the hip ladies’ restroom.

Hernando’ Pizza & Pasta Pub

This pizza joint has been beloved by Winter Park locals — and visitors — since 1967. It’s a totally casual, bustling, comfortable spot for families to enjoy incredible custom-made pizzas at an affordable price. Hernando’s doesn’t take reservations, but you can call ahead to let them know you’re coming to get on a waitlist — which I highly recommend. The restaurant was packed when we arrived at about 6 p.m. on a Saturday night, and the wait for a table was at least 45 minutes.

Colored dollar bills everywhere at Hernando's!

Colored dollar bills everywhere at Hernando’s!

However, you can pass some time simply by gazing at the walls in Hernando’s foyer. Here — and all over the restaurant — decorated $1 bills plaster the walls, ceiling, and dining room tables, too! It’s a funny tradition, but one that is great for visiting kids. The hostess or server has markers and crayons, and children (or adults!) can decorate a bill however they like for display in the restaurant; Mom and Dad, just don’t forget to bring your $1 bills!

The pizza options here are vast: choose from traditional, Roma (with Roma tomatoes) or Simone (with garlic and double cheese). Then you can pick whether you want wheat or white crust, rolled or thin. There’s even a gluten-free option available. Build your own 10- or 14-inch pie, or choose from a selection of specialty pizzas.

Our table ended up with a Greek salad, two orders of stromboli, the spinach artichoke dip and a hand-tossed, wheat, rolled traditional-crusted pizza. Everything was fresh tasting — the spinach dip had an unexpected spicy bite — and filling. In fact, we took some leftovers back to our condo.

Hernando’s is definitely a fun place for the entire family — just don’t forget to call ahead, especially on winter weekends.

Love the beer served in a mason jar! Note the dollar bills laminated on the table.

Love the beer served in a mason jar! Note the dollar bills laminated on the table.

Yes, more dollar bills hanging from the ceiling.

Yes, more dollar bills hanging from the ceiling.

Hand-tossed, rolled crust at Hernando's -- so stinkin' good.

Hand-tossed, rolled crust at Hernando’s — so stinkin’ good.

I am one of three Colorado bloggers exploring the sights of Grand County, Colorado, this year, courtesy of the Grand County Colorado Tourism Board. Follow our adventures on Twitter with the hashtag #VisitGrandCounty. For more things to do with kids in Winter Park, Colorado, check out my post about skiing at Winter Park Resort, as well as tubing and snowmobiling in the area.

One Response to “Kid-friendly Restaurants in Winter Park, Colorado”

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    Rachel says:

    I love it that the women’s bathroom has this and that lighting and a Marilyn Monroe photo, but how come men always get the comfort? we want to be entertained too, in the bathroom, why not? What are they streaming though? :P

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