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. Though the museum had to cancel many of these free admission days in 2020, they are now back starting Sunday, January 24. [Read more…] about Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature & Science This Sunday. Get Your Tickets Now.
Lights! Camera! Action! It’s just not quite the same watching a summer blockbuster on the small screen in your living room. Film fanatics have struggled to fully enjoy their favorite pastime over the last several months. There’s just something special about watching the action on the big screen in a darkened theater. (Plus, it’s nearly impossible to replicate movie theater popcorn at home, right? It has something to do with that “buttery topping’!) [Read more…] about Updated! Now Showing: Which Movie Theaters Are Open (Again) in Denver?
No contracts, monthly fees or password necessary! Redbox may be known for its little red disc-rental kiosks at grocery and convenience stores. However, they offer more entertainment options than just movie and game rentals. The entertainment company also offers FREE Live TV with dozens of family-friendly channels. [Read more…] about Redbox: Free Movies & TV With No Subscription Or Sign-In Required
Hammond’s Candies has been making delicious candies in Denver since 1920 and they still do it the old-fashioned way…in small batches. The local candy company offers FREE 30-minute factory tours from Monday through Friday. The sugar-filled experience is a great way to entertain the entire family. The tour shows the candy makers mixing, pouring and hand-pulling a variety of sweets, including oversize candy canes, ribbon candy, lollipops and more. And, of course, everyone gets a FREE sweet treat at the conclusion of the tour. Sweet! [Read more…] about Sweet Deal: Take Hammond’s Candy Factory Tour For Free
With summer upon us and most playgrounds reopened, we thought this was a good time to republish this 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
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
The Colorado Railroad Museum is now back on track and open to the public. Regular Admission prices once again apply, and train rides are available for an additional fee on selected days. There are some new procedures and operating hours. Here’s what you need to know. [Read more…] about Colorado Railroad Museum Opens. What You Need To Know.
There may not be the crack of the bat at Coors Field just yet. However, that doesn’t mean baseball fans can’t have some fun waiting for the day they can enjoy a cold beer and hot dog, while watching our beloved Colorado Rockies at bat. (Personally, we’re also missing the Taco Bell special. We’re craving those “cheap” tacos!) [Read more…] about Colorado Rockies Offers Games, Puzzles & More For Whole Family
Everyone is looking for ways to stay positive. And here’s a fun family project to show the world you care…a complimentary “We’re All In This Together” window sign. It’s the perfect sign for your home or office window. You might even consider posting the sign in a public space, as a reminder to others that they are not alone. [Read more…] about Get Free ‘We’re All In This Together’ Window Sign
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
Ding! Bang! Swoosh! Pinball wizards (and those with a love of nostalgia) will love this new, fun museum. The Pinball Museum (9625 W. Colfax Ave.) recently lit up in Lakewood and is ready for play. A walk-through museum of vintage pinball machines, see some of the rarest and unique games (antique pinball machines and vintage amusement equipment) usually only found in private collections. [Read more…] about The Pinball Museum Lights Up in Lakewood — Admission Just $2
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
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeshore Learning Store offers FREE craft activities for kids (3 and older.) If you’ve never checked one out, Lakeshore is chock-a-block overflowing with games, arts & crafts, puzzles, blocks, educational software and more, all designed to teach kids, without them knowing they are boosting their brainpower.
The upcoming schedule promises lots of hands-on fun. Here’s the line-up: [Read more…] about Free Kids Crafts Every Saturday at Lakeshore Learning
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
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