A nonprofit arts & culture organization  •  Nederland, CO  •  303.258.3457

Support the Carousel

Pictured Above:  Our dedicated Staff & Board of Directors.  Photo by Carlye Calvin.

Every dollar you donate helps the Carousel deliver on its mission to inspire happiness, well-being, and service to others through stories and experiences.We think happiness is important and we believe every smile here turns into countless more beyond our doors.  The Carousel has served the Nederland community and visitors from around the world since 2010, providing over 1 million rides and inspiring at least that many smiles.

Where Your Dollars Go

The Carousel of Happiness continues to grow its programming to better engage with visitors and promote our mission — and we need your help! Every dollar donated also contributes to the Carousel’s long-term sustainability, including developing a reserve fund for maintenance and repair of our century-old antique carousel and band organ. Thank you for your support!

The Carousel of Happiness is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with the federal tax ID # 20-3584335. Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

We gratefully accept cash, checks and online donations (both one-time and recurring). If you’d like to further show your appreciation and become an integral part of the carousel community, here are some additional programs and opportunities you may want to consider:

Adopt A Carousel Animal

Did you know that you can adopt a Carousel animal? This is a great way to become a part of the Carousel family. Animal adoption includes a brass plaque next to the animal with room for your name and a short message. 

Animal adoptions are currently for a period of one year with an option to re-adopt in subsequent years.  For more information on which animals are currently available for adoption, visit Adopt an Animal

Sponsor a Rounding Board Painting

Spinning atop the animals on the outside of the carousel are 18 lovingly restored rounding boards dating back to 1910. They are precious examples of period carousel paintings created by German immigrant August Wolfinger, known as the “Michelangelo of the Midway.” 


Adopt a rounding board, and your name in brass will ride with it for one or more years.  Or, if you prefer, you can adopt one of the 18 contemporary, interior rounding boards, each depicting an endangered animal. For more information about the individual rounding boards, visit Adopt a Rounding Board.

NEW! Donate a Vehicle

The Carousel has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to offer a great way to get rid of your old junk cars and support the Carousel at the same time. It’s a simple process! All you need to do is provide VFC with your information, they tow your car away and send us a check. Learn More.

Use your Purchasing Power

You also can contribute a percentage of your purchases directly to the Carousel when you shop at King Soopers. Sign up for the King Soopers Rewards program to support the Carousel on a regular basis.

Legacy Giving

A legacy gift ensures the Carousel remains a destination of joy for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, and preserves a rare, historic, hand-carved carousel for future generations. Gifts can come in the form of IRA rollover, real estate, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or you could list us as a beneficiary in your will. If you have other ideas, contact us. Learn More.

Contact Us

Call 303-258-3457 or email [email protected] with any questions you may have. We’d be happy to discuss your donation with you.

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11 am to 5pm


11am to 5pm


11am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm

Last ride of the day at 4:45pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information

Join us for the 2nd Annual


$1 Carnival Games

Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Festival Fare

Two Circus Shows at 1pm and 4pm

Show Tickets $45-$55 per person

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We are a 501c3 Arts and Culture organization on a mission to promote happiness, well-being, and service to others through stories and experiences.  Your donation today will keep us spinning for another year!