School’s out! For parents, however, this doesn’t mean three months of rest and relaxation. Rather, it means three months of trying to keep your kids occupied and entertained — no easy feat. Denver to the rescue!
Here are some Denver summer activities to make you a hero in your kids' eyes this summer.
The world-renowned Denver Art Museum offers a huge array of designated kids' areas, complete with games, make-it-yourself craft areas and dress-up costumes. On weekends, kids can pick up a family backpack, brimming with all sorts of artsy, educational activities. Best of all, the Denver Art Museum is always free for children 18 or younger, and free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month.
At the interactive Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, infants, toddlers and preschoolers can spend hours roaming through educational playscapes, including a miniature market, which allows kids to take on the roles of shopper, cashier and shopkeeper. Other thematic play areas run the gamut from woodworking and scientific laboratories to animal exhibits and a fire station that teaches safety precautions. Free playtime is offered on the first Tuesday of every month, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The museum has a recently expanded facility, featuring six new interactive exhibits and activities, including its latest, a three-story climbing tower with spectacular views of Denver and the Rocky Mountains.
The spectacular Denver Museum of Nature and Science explores fossils and dinosaurs, the mysteries of space at Gates Planetarium, rotating exhibits and an IMAX theater. in the Discovery Zone, kiddos will love the paleontology dig experience, where they can excavate fossils themselves; the leaping fountains in the water play area; a science kitchen; and the Big Backyard, designed for children under the age of two.
The History Colorado Center brings history to life with amazing interactive presentations. Traverse a 60-foot map of the state using a "time machine." Virtually zoom across the plains in a Model T Ford. And soar off of a re-creation of one of the world's first ski jumps in Steamboat Springs, Colo.