Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra has been introducing children age 6 and under to orchestral music for a more than quarter of a century. Children “inside” the orchestra are literally surrounded by professional musicians who play familiar melodies. It’s an unforgettable experience for little ones. During the 45-minute program, children are encouraged to respond to different elements of the music, from thinking about how music makes them feel to getting on their feet and moving. [Read more…] about Sign Up Now – ‘Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra’
Here’s the line-up: February 6 – Sixteen Candles; February 13 – Romeo & Juliet (50th Anniversary); February 20 – The Princess Bride; February 27 – Mrs. Doubtfire; March 6 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; March 13 – Gone With The Wind; March 20 – Batman (1989); and March 27 – Almost Famous.
Monkey around with the family at the Denver Zoo for FREE in 2018. (They reduced the number of FREE days by two, it’s now just seven days.) The world-class operation welcomes you to “talk to the animals” for FREE on January 11, 19 and 20; February 4 and 5; and November 9 and 12. Explore Predator Ridge populated with lions and other carnivores, the indoor rainforest Tropical Discovery, the Toyota Elephant Passage, Bear Mountain, Primate Panorama and more. [Read more…] about Free Days at Denver Zoo in 2018
Updated with some new play spaces. Maybe you didn’t get out that much on Sunday and the the kids are getting restless. Sure, I’m all for that fresh Colorado air and outdoor fun. Still, when crummy weather keeps you indoors, but your children need to burn off some energy (or the walls are starting to close in), this list of indoor play areas around Denver should come in handy.
I’ve included all sorts of activities, some free and some with an admission fee. For some of the pricier attractions, I noted if there’s a Groupon available (and you should always check Groupon yourself for those not marked, as new Groupons pop up from time to time).
This list is by no means comprehensive as there are a gazillion spots across the metro area. Know of something that should be in the list? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. [Read more…] about Indoor Play Areas For Kids Around Denver
The Ruby Hill Rail Yard, Denver’s immensely popular urban terrain park, is back for the 12th winter. It is open through late February, as long as the weather cooperates. Ten rails and boxes are configured for beginning, intermediate and advanced snowriders. Helmets are strongly suggested. Access is FREE to the facility that is built by Winter Park Resort and maintained by volunteers for the short, intense riding season.
Unfortunately, Christy Sports is no longer operating an on-site facility offering loaner equipment. The Rail Yard is open during regular park hours (5 a.m. until 11 p.m.), ballfield lights illuminating the Rail Yard until 9 p.m. At W. Florida Ave. & S. Platte River Dr., Denver.
Why do families move to Colorado? Because it’s a great place to raise your kids. And you don’t have to spend a lot of dough to have a good time. To help you in your quest to find no-cost or low-cost family fun, we’ve created a great post – Cheap Fun with Kids. We don’t even go into the outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, skiing or whitewater rafting. You know about all that stuff.
But how about watching money (nickles, dimes, quarters) being produced right here in Denver? Stroking a live tarantula in the palm of your hand? Stepping in the footsteps of dinosaurs? Peering into the cockpit of an Air Force bomber? Sliding down a pint-size firehouse pole? See what we discovered in Denver, Boulder and the ‘burbs and be sure to tell your friends about our latest page. You might even want to bookmark this one. It’s a goodie!
Have you ever wondered what $30 million looks like? Well, you can take a peek at Denver’s very own Money Museum. (No, this is not part of the U.S. Mint on West Colfax Avenue.) However, it is part of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City – Denver Branch’s community outreach efforts. The Denver Money Museum Experience offers a “wealth of opportunities” to explore the nation’s financial system and the functions of the Federal Reserve. [Read more…] about Denver’s in the Money! Visit The Money Museum For Free
Denver and Boulder are paradise for families. No matter the season, there’s always something to do with your kids in Denver for free or on the cheap. We won’t even go into the outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, skiing or whitewater rafting. You know about all that stuff. But how about holding a live tarantula in the palm of your hand? Stepping into the tracks of a Stegosaurus? Sitting in the cockpit of a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter? Watching as millions of pennies, nickles and dimes are produced? Seeing a tornado form right in front of you? We have it all. Here are 14 top free or cheap things to do with the family in Denver, Boulder and beyond. [Read more…] about Cheap Fun With Kids in Denver and Boulder
Hammond’s Candies has been making delicious candies since 1920 and they still do it the old-fashioned way in small batches. FREE factory tours run Tuesday through Saturday every half-hour and are a great way to entertain the entire family. The tour shows the candymakers hand-pulling and hand-twisting oversize candy canes, as well as ribbon candy, lollipops and chocolate. And everyone gets a free candy sample. Sweet!! [Read more…] about Sweet Deal: Free Hammond’s Candy Factory Tour
Ya gotta love a place whose address is on Sleepytime Drive. So no surprise Celestial Seasonings offers FREE tours of its Boulder-based tea production plant. After a 13-minute video intro to the history of tea and close-up view of tea processing, you’ll get to walk through the largest, most modern tea factory in the United States. The highlight: a whiff of the Mint Room — guaranteed to clear the sinuses or your money back… oh wait, you didn’t have to pay for this tour! Afterward visit a tea sampling bar with more than 100 kinds of tea. Do note that children must be age 5 or older to participate in the factory tour. Tours run year-round (except holidays) and depart hourly Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder; 303-581-1202.
Does your child love all things having to do with airplanes? Now they can become junior birdmen on a FREE flight designed just for kids. For the past 25 years the EAA Young Eagles program has been giving children ages 8 to 17 the chance to fly for FREE. According to the website, “It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.” This nationwide program has given more than two million children the chance to fly. [Read more…] about Free Young Eagles Flights For Kids In The Denver Area
If you’re an animal lover, here’s the perfect way to go wild on your birthday, courtesy of the Denver Zoo. The popular attraction offers complimentary admission on your birthday. The offer is only valid on your birthday and requires that you register in advance for the FREE ticket — click here. Plus, the birthday entry only applies to you, no family or guests. Given ticket prices range from $12 to $17, it’s quite the birthday present. Don’t think you can pull any tricks, as a photo ID with your birthdate is required to redeem the ticket.
When you register, receive an admission ticket for the date of your birthday via e-mail. Bring the ticket to the box office or Boettcher Welcome Center on your birthday to receive your celebratory coupons, including: FREE daytime admission, FREE souvenir button, FREE Jr. ice cream cone, a FREE spin on its Conservation Carousel and 10% off of a gift shop purchase.
If you’re new to its website, you will need to create an account — in order to take advantage of the offer.
Parents will “take issue” with this freebie from LEGO. Kids always enjoy receiving mail and, if they’re LEGO fans, this offer will make them run even faster to the mailbox. LEGO Life Magazine is a FREE magazine created for kids between ages 5 and 9, mailed to your home five times a year. Every issue is packed full of LEGO news and behind-the-bricks interviews, comic adventures, games and puzzles, building challenges and Cool Creations built by LEGO fans, as well as sneak peeks at the latest sets and themes. Parents can subscribe here.
Corn mazes and pumpkin patches are abundant in September and October. Here’s a list of what we know is happening, along with any coupons or discounts. We’ve also included a handy map below , which should help you easily locate the attractions. Just click on the corn icon for more details. Be sure to check out our Halloween Haunted Houses list for a more ghastly experience. All attractions are open through October 31, unless otherwise noted.
Cottonwood Farms Halloween Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, Boulder. Totally FREE except for wagon rides and pumpkins. Corn maze, straw-bale maze, farm animals including chickens, a goat and donkey, farm-equipment on display. Hay ride on Saturday and Sunday is $3. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opens September 23. 1535 75th St. (75th St. & Arapahoe Rd.), 720-890-4766. Map
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms Corn Maze, Littleton. Seven-acre corn maze. Mini maze for the little ones. View the design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Admission also includes unlimited jumping pillow, one hayride and one barrel train ride (for children 10 and younger). Pony rides, hamster balls and food available for additional fee. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $14/adults, $13 seniors, military and students with ID, $12/adult members, $11/children (4-12), $9/child members. Opens September 15. Through October 29. 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon, 303-973-3705. Map
Fritzler Corn Maze, La Salle. Fifteen-acre corn maze, plus jumping pillow, slide mountain, Verti-scope, spider web to climb, pumpkin patch, paintball adventure. Family-friendly during the day. Scream Acres for adults only at night. Hours and days vary. Tickets individual or combo deals for all activities: $13 to $40. Opens September 16. 20861 CR 33, 970-737-2129. Map
Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze, Wellington. Ten-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, pig races, petting zoo, goat city, playground, corn cannons, barrel train and more. Open Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Tickets: $15/adults, $13/kids (4-12) & $10/seniors (60+). Opens September 30. Through October 29. Colorado Highway 1 & E. County Rd. 66. Map
Maze in the City, Thornton. 20-acre “Crazed Corn” maze, mini maze for young children, pumpkin patch, jumping castle, air slide, kids’ activities and more. While visitors navigate their way through the cornfield, they are invited to engage in a one-of-a-kind smartphone trivia game. Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $12/adults, $9 kids (6-12), $8/Seniors 55+ on Tuesdays, kids 5 and younger are FREE. Additional charge for some rides & activities. 10451 McKay Rd., Thornton., Thornton, 720-408-0006. Opens September 29. Map
Mile High Farms, Bennett. Two corn mazes, a petting zoo, hayride, pumpkin patch, barrel cart rides, bounce castles, face painting, playground, entertainment and concessions. Open Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $14/adults, $10/kids (4-12), seniors (60+) & military. Extra $4 charge for horse-drawn wagon rides through cottonwood forest. 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett, 303-344-2676. Opens September 30. Map
Munson Farms, Boulder. Wander the huge pumpkin patch for FREE to pick your own, and pay by weight/size. Specializes in 10 varieties of heirloom pumpkins. Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Valmont Rd. & 75th St., Boulder, 415-298-1500. Map
Nick’s Garden Center, Aurora. Straw maze, family tractor ride through the Tunnel of Terror (not too terrifying, in fact), kiddie train ride, jumping castles (one just for tots 5 and under). Huge pumpkin patch – more than 100 tons in all shapes and sizes. Open rain or shine Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tokens needed for hayride, pedal kart, train & castles. Tokens $1 each or an all-activity wristband for $13. 2001 S. Chambers Rd. (2 blocks north of Iliff), Aurora, 303-696-6657. Opens October 1. Map
Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield. Four corns mazes of varying lengths and complexity, kids plays area with hay bale maze, inflatable slide and farm animals. U-Pick-Em pumpkins and concessions. Admission and parking are FREE. Fee of $6 to $9 to explore corn mazes. Extra charge for pumpkins or food & drink. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 2005 S. 112th St., Broomfield. Opens September 30. Map
The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer ban organ. Rides are only $1. Visitors to the Carousel can also enjoy picnicking at Barker Reservoir, hiking the trails of the Mud Lake and Caribou Ranch open space areas and the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. In the winter, the carousel is a popular stop for families enjoying Eldora Mountain Resort. While the carousel is open year-round, days and hours vary depending on season. Check the website for details. 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3457.