Local public schools are on spring break either starting March 23 or March 30 depending on district. Here are a few free and cheap things to do with kids to keep them busy and happy. Make sure to follow each link to get the necessary details on times and locations. You can keep track of free and cheap things to do in the Denver area by subscribing to the free email list and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Denver Art Museum Creative Fun
It’s the most creative spring break ever at the Denver Art Museum. Saturday, March 21 through Sunday, April 5, kids 18 and younger receive FREE general admission (actually they get that every day at DAM). The Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes, gallery games and much more are open every day.
Also, see special performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency: Monet Edition at 11 a.m. every weekday. After the show, all visitors receive cards to go find the featured artworks in the galleries!
See A Movie at Jefferson County Libraries
Jeffco is programming a number of fun movies as part of Spring Break. No registration required and all showing are FREE. Here’s the lineup:
Tuesday, March 24 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Frozen 2 at Arvada Library (7524 W. 57th Ave.)
Tuesday, March 24 — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs at Lakewood Library (10200 W. 20th Ave.)
Friday, March 27 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Abominable at Arvada Library
Saturday, March 28 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Secret Life of Pets 2 at Evergreen Library (5000 Co Rd 73)
Spring Break @ WOW
Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities and programs for children and families every day during Spring Break week at WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette. All programs included with Museum admission (children ages 1 – 11 are $10, adults are $5)
Monday, March 23 — Let’s Explore Science from 10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, March 24 — Boulder Bach Festival Program at 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 24 — Yoga For Kids at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 — Nature’s Educators Animal Program at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 26 — Eat the Rainbow with Natural Grocers at 10 a.m.
Friday, March 27 — Storytime at 10:30 a.m.
Colorado Railroad Museum
Explore all things model railroads all week long. Hands-on activities, model railroad demonstrations, stories as well as fun make & takes from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All included with admission: $10 Adults, $5 Children (2-15), $8 Seniors (60+). Museum Members and Children under 2 are free.
Hands-on activities focus on the railroad’s role in settling Colorado.
- Monday, March 23: Going West
- Tuesday, March 24: Photographing the West
- Wednesday, March 25: Laying Track and Creating Towns
- Thursday, March 26: Seeing the Sights
- Friday, March 27: Who Came?
Kids will have all new options to come to the Longmont Public Library to learn and play.
On Monday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., children can exercise their crafting skills at the program “Spring Break Crafting in the Reading Garden.” This drop-in craft will have a nature theme. It will take 10 to 20 minutes to complete and will be set-up in the Reading Garden, weather permitting. No registration is required, and this program is open to all ages but is designed for those age 9 and younger.
On Tuesday, March 24, young gamers are invited to spend the afternoon playing with the Library’s new Nintendo Switch game consoles. “Switch Gaming Afternoon” will include two sessions for different age groups. Session 1, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., is open to children in 3rd through 5th grade, and Session 2, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., is open to those in grades 6th through 12th. No registration is required for this drop-in program.
Finally, the Library is dedicating the afternoon of Thursday, March 26 to Elsa, Anna, and their friends with “Frozen 2: An Interactive Movie Event” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a full sensory screening.
Each participant will be given a goodie bag with “Frozen”-related items to use during the movie. All ages are invited. Registration is required for this program and can be made here. Or you may call 303-651-8472 to register.