Trail Winds Recreation Center - Colorado Project / Projects

Thornton, Colorado

Kids Can Crawl Through a Triceratops Skeleton

  • Created a themed crawl through for distinctive fun
  • Designed the structure based on a real skeleton
  • Constructed using durable, environmentally safe material


We were contacted to create a unique piece for the indoor recreation center at Trail Winds Recreation Center in Thornton, Colorado. They wanted something different to incorporate into their soft play area. The play area included tunnels and multiple activities. We needed to create a piece to enhance a rope-style crawl tunnel.


When families walk into the play area, there is a stunning 16foot tall dinosaur skeleton welcoming them in. The triceratops skeleton is complete with legs on rocks; a skull encompasses an observation ball, ribs wrapped above the crawl tube, with a tail around the back. The children can crawl into the rope tunnel from the tail, through the ribs, and into the viewing bubble, which brings them into the “mouth” of the dinosaur. The tunnel is a safe structure where kids can play and imagine. We built the parts of a Triceratops Skeleton, which spans a total of 20 feet long and stands almost 16 feet tall. Modeled from a real dinosaur skeleton, we crafted this replica from glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC), a material so strong and versatile that is also known as smart-crete. It’s environmentally friendly and resistant to fire.


Families visiting the recreation center will now have an exciting, prehistoric themed time whilst playing. Parents can relax and watch their children as they climb through the tunnels. This giant skeleton adds a distinctive touch. This piece is a great focal point drawing children in to play.

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