A Denver Public Library pilot program that enables card-holders to check out portable WiFi hotspots is such a success that all devices were quickly spoken for and a wait list is building. Each device provides FREE unlimited high-speed internet access to low-income families and home-bound people who can’t easily reach a library. These portable hotspots allow customers without home Internet access to get online using any WiFi-enabled device (phone, tablet or laptop). The DPL has 50 of the devices — 10 each at the Montbello Branch Library, Athmar Park Branch Library, Ross-Barnum Branch Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library and the Hadley Branch Library. Customers at those locations can check out the hotspots for up to three weeks and renew up three times if there are no other customer holds on the device. Click here for branch locations and hours.
Set in fire station #1 just off Speer Blvd., the unique Denver Firefighters Museum is housed in a beautiful 1909 firehouse and showcases a century of historical artifacts and family interactive areas that can be found by following firefighters’ bootprints.
On the main level are six themes that follow the process of fire: communicating fire (how fire has been reported over the years), firefighter’s personal protective tools and equipment (bunking gear, helmets, boots and firefighting tools); fire apparatus (hand-pulled, horse-pulled and motorized fire trucks and engines), fire suppression (methods for extinguishing fire through water and chemicals) and other duties (life safety tasks that firefighters perform and an interpretation of the history of Station No. 1.
The second level features three themes: rigorous firefighter training, Denver’s fires and living quarters at the station. Visitors learn about the large fires in Denver’s history and visit the station’s living quarters including dorm room, officers’ quarters, locker room, bathroom and family room. Temporary exhibits are also on this floor.
Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver, 303-892-1436
Monday to Saturday: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Sunday and major holidays.
Seniors (65+) & Students (w/ID): $8
Children 2-12: $6
Children 4 & under: Free
Unfortunately, the Museum does not have parking available for guests. The best parking option when visiting the museum is metered street parking. There are meters on both sides of the street throughout the immediate area that cost $1 per hour with a 2 hour limit.
For longer term parking, you may use one of the many pay parking lots within close walking distance. Their prices vary between $5-12 for daily rates. Please do not park in front of the Museum in the spots marked ‘Staff Parking Only’ as you may be ticketed and/or towed.
Trains captivate us all, whether we have experienced a robust rail travel system ourselves or whether we grew up loving Thomas the Tank Engine. We can manifest our love for trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden.
The main Museum building resembles an 1880-era small town railroad depot. Typical architectural features include wide eaves to protect waiting passengers from weather, and large bay windows so the station agent can observe activity on the boarding platforms.
The yellow and brown paint reflects standard building colors for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
The Depot Museum houses the museum’s two changing gallery spaces featuring the colorful stories of the railroads serving Colorado for more than 125 years. Visitors can view introductory videos to the museum in the museum’s upper gallery and enjoy hands-on activities downstairs in the museum’s lower gallery.
Its 15-acre railyard is filled with more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger cars, cabooses and more.
On the small side, the museum’s G-scale garden railway makes loops around its own fenced-in landscape, and on an even smaller side, a complex indoor layout replicates various types of Colorado mountain railroading in HO and HOn3 (respectively standard and narrow gauge). Volunteers operate both on weekly schedules.
Colorado railroad history is brought back to life in the Roundhouse, a restoration facility with a working turntable, and with rides on the Galloping Goose, a unique hybrid railcar composed of a car or a bus and a truck appendage for mail and freight riding on railroad tracks. Few were built and fewer remain. The museum boasts two and operates them on Ride the Rails Days.
Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Seniors (60+): $8
Children (3 to 15): $5
Children 2 & under: FREE
Train Ride tickets on Ride the Rails Saturdays: $4/adults & $2/children
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, located on a 9-acre tract along the South Platte River, has something for every youngster from infancy to about age 8 – in fact, many “somethings” with learning and growth in a fun, enriching and nurturing atmosphere.The museum is designed for children and their parents or other caregivers to share the experience. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and no adults are admitted without accompanying children.
Families love the indoor areas and the wonderful outdoor environment with opportunities for kids to climb a hill, roll in the grass, splash in a little “river,” build a log fort, ride a safe little zipline and more beckon in warm or sunny weather. Exhibits are divided to four themes encouraging children to Explore, Investigate, Imagine and Create and thereby expand their world.
The museum undertook a $16.1 million expansion in 2015, doubling the exhibit space and adding such features as Altitude, The Art Studio, Energy, Joy Park, The Teaching Kitchen and Water.
In addition, the museum offers storytime for various ages and cooking, clay and art programs with guidance in building those skills. Target First Tuesdays allow for FREE play between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum, Dr., Denver, 303-433-7444
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.
Ages 2 – 59: $14
Seniors (60+): $12
Age 1: $12
Under age 1: Free
Cozied up beside the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum is arguably Denver’s smallest, most specialized and most unique museum. When Clyfford Still, a noteworthy and prolific Abstract Expressionist painter, died in 1980, his will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work.
Denver stepped up to the plate. Nearly a quarter of a century after Still’s death, the deal was sealed, and the Clyfford Still Museum was born.
The building, which was designed specifically for this one artist’s work opened in 2011.
FREE days are held once a month. A complimentary guided tours of the galleries take place at 2 p.m. on free days. Tours last about 45 minutes and are limited to 30 people. First come, first served.
It holds 95% of the artist’s lifetime output – some 3,125 paintings and other works that he created over six decades between 1920 and 1980, the majority of which have never been exhibited, including 825 paintings, 2,351 works on paper, three sculptures and archives.
The Museum hosts a rotating series of exhibitions, drawn from the collection and designed to enhance public understanding of Still’s significant role in the evolution of American art and to explore various aspects of Still’s life, career and creative output.
Things To Know
- Photography for personal, noncommercial use is allowed in the galleries. Video recordings are permitted only on mobile phones or similarly small recording devices. The use of flash and tripods are not permitted.
- Free lockers are available to stow bags more than 11 inches by 14 inches.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the Museum.
- Sketching in notebooks is permitted in the galleries with pencil only.
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880
Tuesday to Thursday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Monday.
Also closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Adults: $10 – Purchase tickets in advance online and save $2.
Seniors (65+): $8
College students (with ID): $6
Children 18 & under: Free
The vibrant art scene on the Front Range is on full display this Friday. It’s become a tradition on the first Friday of every month for galleries and studios in Denver’s five top art districts to open for FREE art tours, talks, entertainment and visits — and often FREE refreshments as well. Prepare to be seduced, dazzled and inspired by the fine and visual arts displayed in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District (Broadway/Speer/13th Avenue ), the Art District on Santa Fe (Santa Fe Drive between 4th and 12th Avenues) – a FREE shuttle picks you up at the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street to ferry you around the Art District between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., the Tennyson Street Cultural District from 30th to just north of 44th Ave., RiNo Art District (north of 20th St. between Larimer and Chestnut) — the FREE Drink RiNo Circulator bus now runs on First Fridays from 5 p.m. to midnight mostly along Walnut St between 27th and 37th. And, 12-minutes from downtown Denver, Block 7 Arts is home to a diverse collection of studios and galleries open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Is there anyone who attended school in metro Denver who has not been to the remarkable Denver Museum of Nature & Science in City Park? On weekday mornings during the school year, a fleet of yellow buses is parked outside while youngsters explore the dinosaur skeletons, the brilliant minerals, artifacts from space exploration or a myriad of other collections.
FREE days are scattered throughout the year. Do note that while admission is free on these days, it does not include the Planetarium or IMAX.
Here’s a terrific video that shows you all the permanent exhibits and fun activities you can enjoy at the Museum.
The museum began as the modest private collection of a 19th century naturalist Edwin Carter in a Breckenridge cabin. He wanted to engage in and promote the scientific study of the birds and mammals of the Rocky Mountains.
What began so modestly has grown into a prestigious institution known for its famous wildlife dioramas, its work in archeology, anthropology and paleontology — as well as human physiology, health, mechanics, astronomy and more. Today a mere 2% of the 1.5 million artifacts and specimens are on display.
There are also viewing labs where visitors can watch fossils being cleaned. High tech science education studios are in the Morgridge Family Exploration Center is home to high-tech education studios, a second temporary exhibition gallery and the wildly popular Discovery Zone for young children.
And then, not to be overlooked are the Gates Planetarium where the heavens come down to Earth and the IMAX Theater with a calendar full of fabulous films bring the natural and exploration worlds to Denver.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303-370-6000
Open every day: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Christmas Day)
General Admission Prices
Seniors (65+): $13.95
Junior (3-18): $11.95
Military (current & retired): Free
Additional charges for IMAX, Planetarium & Special Exhibitions.
The 24-acre Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street, just east of downtown Denver, are filled with beauty that can be enjoyed year-round, whether in the renaissance of spring, the dormancy of winter and seasons between. It is known for the diversity of plants from the world over but with special emphasis on the flora of the American West, where arid and sometimes harsh climate conditions have created fascinating adaptations.
Here’s a quick video on what you can expect to find.
International gardens include those inspired by Japan, China, South Africa and even the tropics. And the water gardens, including one inspired by Claude Monet’s Giverny, are exquisite and romantic.
The new The Science Pyramid invites visitors to see the world of plants through a scientific lens and also with interactive technology, while half-century-old parabolic conservatory houses tropical plants. Outdoors, the 3-acre Mordecai Children’s encourages families to explore plants and the natural world through hands-on experiences and play.
The Botanic Gardens host special art exhibits and outdoor summer concerts, plus lectures, plant shows, an exemplary library, special exhibitions of monumental art and an annual plant sale that gardening enthusiasts wait for every year.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver, 720-865-3501
Summer Hours: May 14 to September (2017), 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily
Winter Hours: September 26 to May 13, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Seniors (65+) & Military (w/ID): $9.50
Children 3-15 & Students (w/ID): $9
Children 2 & under: Free
The 750-acre Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is best known as a native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County. This expansive site includes historic Hildebrand Ranch and its restored 1918 dairy barn. The aromatic lavender garden showcases 14 species, while the unique flower-filled butterfly house is habitat to native species of these “painted ladies.”
Here’s a quick video overview of what you’ll find.
The Natural Dye Study Group of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild approached the Gardens to establish a habitat for plants used in dyeing. The result is the Janice Ford Dye Garden, one of the few such gardens in the country. The entire complex is a bucolic refuge near the city and its fast-growing suburbs.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, 720-865-4346
Open Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.)
$5 per vehicle
$8 per van (6 to 15 passengers)
The Denver Art Museum at Civic Center Park is one of the largest and most important art museums between Chicago and the West Coast with a wide range of holdings. FREE days are held the first Saturday of every month. Children 18 and younger receive FREE admission year-round.
Of course, most of the more than 70,000 works cannot be shown at one time, but the best of the best are displayed in 10 permanent galleries (African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile and western American art).
In addition to these, the museum hosts traveling exhibitions – some international blockbusters, others more modest and yet enlightening. Informative docent tours enrich the visitor’s experience and are included with admission. Millennials and millennials-at-heart love the DAM’s Untitled Final Fridays, a series of monthly late-night workshops, performances and tours, each with a creative twist.
Since children learn by doing, they can try Create-n-Takes and explore animal-themed artmaking activities in the DAM’s newest family space, A Walk in the Woods.
As of November 2017, while the North Building is closed for renovations, the Hamilton Building will be open seven days a week.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720-913-0130
Monday to Thursday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults: $10/Colo. Resident; $13/Others
Seniors (65+) & Military (with ID): $8/Colo. Resident; $10 Others
College Student (with ID): $8/Colo. Resident; $10 Others
Kids 18 & Under: FREE
Denver Art Museum Members: FREE
The amount of food wasted in this country — 40% of what is grown and raised according to those who know– not only is shocking but also speaks directly to our wallets. Much fresh produce is wasted because too many Americans think fruits and vegetables must be beautiful and unblemished. and therefore much doesn’t make it to the produce counter. More is wasted because many of us buy more than we use. A not-for-profit advocacy organization called Save the Food has posted guidelines on food storage that will cut waste and in the process, save money and additional trips to the grocery store to buy what we previous discarded. Click here for this valuable information.
Denver International Airport is undertaking a major renovation of its main terminal, which means travelers ought to leave additional time to navigate the ever-changing detours. Click here for alerts on terminal and roadway conditions.
When deciding on which option is best for you and your party, think not only money, but also time. Calculate how many of you will be traveling. And remember that you won’t just be going to the airport but returning from it.
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Today is Wednesday, and that’s the cue for Village Inn’s introduction of Free Pie Wednesdays. Guests get a FREE slice of double-crust fruit, Nutty Monkey, Apple Raspberry Almond Streusel or Lemon Meringue pie with any dine-in purchase at participating locations between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Here’s some fine print: Time and pie varieties may vary by location. This freebie is available for a limited but unspecified time only. One slice per person per purchase per visit. Not valid with other offers, promotions or discounts. Click here for Colorado locations.
TOKIO, specializing in ramen and sushi in the Ballpark area, offers several new weekly specials: Tuesday, Ladies Night, all bottles of wine, half price for women until 10 p.m.; Wednesday, all-night sushi happy hour; and Thursday, bottomless Hakushika sake, $10 until 10 p.m. Also, customers who check with Facebook SNS on smart phones get a FREE small beer, Masu sake or glass of wine (first round only, Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Finally, on any Rockies home game day, any hot or cold ramen dish, $15 including a small beer or glass of red or white house wine. 907 Huron St, Denver, 720-639-2911.
You might have noticed that we have added a new page devoted to FREE wine tastings, but if not, we’d like to draw your attention to it. With hefty production of both New World and Old World wines, abundant supplies of quality wines are available at surprisingly moderate prices. Invest a little time for a complimentary tasting to discover what you like in the way of grapes or wine style — with some FREE coaching from the stores’ experts. Many metro area stores offer complimentary wine tastings once or even twice a week. The wines offered at the tastings are often on special, so wine lovers win two ways — a FREE tasting and a sale on the wine(s) they really like. Also, ask about case specials, which generally mean a 10% saving in each case of wine (12 750 ml bottles). You may buy a case of the same wine or a mixed case. Salud!