Denvers Top KidFriendly Attractions

Denvers Top KidFriendly Attractions

Denver’s top kid-friendly attractions. Denver is the ideal city for an unforgettable family excursion.

Denver Zoo and Denver Museum of Nature & Science

City Park is an expansive greenway boasting tennis courts, picnicking areas, playgrounds, ponds for paddling and a spectacular summer concert series.

At the eastern edge of the park, the Denver Zoo thrills kids with its Komodo dragon exhibit, kid pleasing primates, the new Amur tiger enclosure and a carousel comprised of 48 hand-carved animals, all of which are endangered species.

Next to the zoo is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, an interactive museum that explores fossils and dinosaurs, the mysteries of space at Gates Planetarium, Egyptian mummies, the riddles of the human body and other hands-on exhibits.

Children’s Museum of Denver @ Marsico Campus

The Platte River Valley, in the heart of the city, boasts a ton of family-friendly attractions and entertainment.

Create, discover and explore at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. With interactive exhibits, daily activities, year-round special events and surprises, there is always something to do and learn. Come see where so many children, newborn through age 8, bring their grown-ups for a day of play.

Nearby, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park offers adventures galore, including the heart-pounding Mind Eraser, a twisted-steel rollercoaster that spins, dives, drops, rolls and races along the tracks. The Island Kingdom Water Park, a 10-acre swimming area, is a fun-filled splash fest with slippery slides, crashing waves and lazy rivers. If you have young children in tow, there are several rides in the KiddieLand area.

Just a short distance away is the Downtown Aquarium, a spectacle of kaleidoscopic fish coupled with reptile, bird and tiger habitats. Here, amid the marine life, kids can feed the stingrays, swim with the sharks, pan for gold and become a marine biologist for a day.

While you’re in the Platte River Valley of downtown Denver, hop aboard the Denver Trolley, an open-air streetcar that resembles the trolley on the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood TV show. The narrated tours provide a fascinating historical account of Denver from its Gold Rush days to the present.

Denver Art Museum flaunts a Just for Fun Family Center complete with games, creative, make-it-yourself craft areas and dress-up costumes. On weekends, kids can pick up a family backpack, a portable bag brimming with all sorts of educational activities.

At the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, more than 40 airplanes and riveting space-oriented displays occupy the sprawling space, creating an aviation wonderland that allows families to get up close and personal with giant bombers, fighter jets, antique planes and a search-and-rescue helicopter. The museum always has seasonal exhibits, and on the second Saturday of each month, kids can experience the excitement of climbing into the planes’ cockpits.

Free/Cheap Activities

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Children’s Museum of Denver @ Marsico Campus hosts complimentary guided story hours and playtimes, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Denver Art Museum is always free for children under 18 and free days for adults on the first Saturday of each month.

The Tattered Cover Book Store, the top independent bookseller in the country, hosts hundreds of free children’s events throughout the year, including lectures, book release parties and author appearances.

Denver is a sports mecca with Major League Baseball at Coors Field, NHL and Basketball at the Pepsi Center, & Football and Lacrosse at Broncos Stadium  all with in a very short distances and a light rail stop apart. While tickets to the major sporting events don’t come cheap, in-the-know baseball fanatics purchase discounted Colorado Rockies baseball tickets. Check the team’s website for the latest deals.


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