Looking for a great family outing while the kids are on school break? Look no further than the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Its Children’s Theatre is staging Ella Enchanted from November 30 through December 29. Join Ella as as she and the audience journey to the fairytale land of Frell on a path to self-discovery. [Read more…] about Affordable Children’s Theatre at Arvada Center
With a brief winter blast expected Thursday into Friday, I thought this might be a good time to republish this post. In case you find yourself trapped with some rowdy young ‘uns, you may need some fun places for the kiddos to play. 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
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! [Read more…] about Celestial Seasonings’ Free Tea Factory Tour
The BiTSY Stage adapts international folktales into rich, family-friendly live productions. This is a wonderful way to introduce the little ones to theater. These adaptations “celebrate the things we all have in common while exploring the differences that make our world so rich.” Next up is The Necromancer’s Stone from Thursday, October 3 through Saturday, November 23. [Read more…] about Free BiTSY Stage Family Theater Performances
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
Story by Chris Sekirnjak. The Denver metro area is home to more than 700 public playgrounds, small and large, old and new, mundane and exciting. Finding the very best required visiting each play area, a project I completed in 2018. Here are 10 of my favorite ones that stand out from the rest. Chances are you have never heard of these parks, but all are all well worth a visit even if you live a few miles away. [Read more…] about 10 Best Public Playgrounds Around Denver
Game on! Families looking for lots of fun-packed action should head to Dave & Buster’s. The entertainment complex has it all — sports bar, restaurant and arcade. Now, this is not your typical arcade. For those old enough, it’s not Pac-Man, Centipede or Frogger anymore. Now, everything is much more high-tech and interactive.
The destination offers some of the most cutting-edge video games, many based on hit movies. On the flip side, they also offer many “carnival” arcade games for those who prefer their gaming a little more traditional, but still lots of fun. (On the arcade games, players earn tokens for high scores, which can be redeemed for some really cool prizes.) [Read more…] about Game On! Deals & Discounts at Dave & Buster’s
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 $2. 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. [Read more…] about Carousel of Happiness Rides Cost $2; The Happiness is Free
Timbuk Toys brings Denver the world’s best toys for learning, laughter and fun. However, they offer families more than just toys. In all of its stores, they have interactive play stations where kids can have fun with its toys and parents can see how its curated selection of toys enrich the play experience.
Plus, they offer a weekly Story Play Time for toddlers and pre-schoolers, an interactive hour of entertainment and engagement by the beloved Mr. Paul. [Read more…] about Timbuk Toys’ Weekly Story Play Time, $10 Discount For Birthday Boys & Girls
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 museum is located at 1020 16th St. (across from Rock Bottom Brewery on the 16th Street Mall.) The Denver Money Museum 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
Our wonderful Denver Museum of Nature & Science offers families so much to see, do and explore. A visit can easily fill the entire day with wonder, knowledge and lots of fun. And, thanks to our city’s Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, you can expand your mind, not your wallet on the institution’s annual FREE Days. [Read more…] about Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
A masked bandit roams Colorado. Actually, a number of them. See these desperados for yourself up-close and personal once a month at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. This FREE event from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. is open to all.
Join a naturalist and meet the Refuge’s black-footed ferrets. Discover how this fragile species was brought back from the brink of extinction and why black-footed ferrets were released into the wild at the Refuge. You’ll also get a chance to see the ferrets have their mid-morning snack. Reservations are required. [Read more…] about See Live Black-Footed Ferrets at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge
Every Tuesday, the Lakewood Library offers a different after-school activity including the LEGO challenge, games, STEAM activities and more. On the fourth “Terrific Tuesday” of each month from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., school age kids (elementary to tweens) can come to the library to watch a FREE movie (of course, there’s FREE popcorn and snacks). 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood. [Read more…] about Lakewood Library Shows Free Movies For Kids
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
Pro hockey and basketball season are winding down and baseball season is in high gear, but it’s never too early to think football. Enroll youngsters for the Broncos Bunch Kids Club, which includes a Broncos Bunch T-shirt, NFL trading cards and entry to such special events as movie night, junior training camp and next fall, a trick-or-treat party.
It’s worth signing up now, in time for a special Summer Kickoff party in June where kids can play on the field, meet players, alumni and more. Also, members receive a ticket for a FREE kids’ admission to the Downtown Aquarium and a small DQ ice cream cone. [Read more…] about Broncos Bunch Extras for Young Fans