Things To Do With Kids in Denver

Traveling to Denver with your family is a great way to see one of the biggest cities in the nation while also experiencing crisp and fresh mountain air. Not to mention, just outside of the city are some of the nation’s most popular national parks and wildlife preserves just begging to be explored. So, whether your kids are into exploring the outdoors, playing laser tag, or learning about history, it can all be done in the Mile High City.

The Mile High City offers an abundance of chances for kids to enjoy the fresh mountain air with fun activities and things to do. Both Elitch Gardens and Putters Pride Mini Golf are packed full of fun and offer great deals for families. For starters, try one of the following kids activities:

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: learn all about Colorado and the Rocky Mountains
  • Elitch Gardens: everything from water slides to roller coasters
  • Denver Zoo: 80 acres of exhibits founded in 1896
  • Putters Pride Mini Golf: 54 holes of mini golf filled with fun obstacles
  • Mordecai Children’s Garden: a place for children and families to explore plants and the natural world

The kids may be coming along, but why does it have to be all about them? There are plenty of family-friendly things to do in Denver that parents are sure to love including performing arts shows and sports games.Try one of the following family-friendly activities:

  • Sports Authority Field: home to the Denver Broncos and part-time concert venue
  • Coors Field: take your kids down to the ballpark for nine innings of fun
  • Mayan Theater: take your kids to see a movie in this Art Deco style theater built in the 1930s
  • Denver Art Museum: one of the largest art museums on the west side of the U.S.
  • Bicycle Tour of Downtown Denver: get some exercise and see more of the city with a bike tour

Denver has all the amenities of a big city while also offering fantastic natural areas to explore. You and your family can take a walk along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail or take a tour of the Denver U.S. Mint all in the same trip. Take the family to one of these famous landmarks:

  • Dinosaur Ridge: see ancient dinosaur fossils along a mile-long trail
  • Denver U.S. Mint: teach your kids the real value of money through guided tours
  • Tattered Cover Book Store: one of the largest independent bookstores in the U.S.
  • Red Rocks Amphitheater: a natural, open-air amphitheater set in vast red rock
  • Colorado State Capitol: take a guided tour inside one of the most important buildings in Colorado

Your kids should get what they want at least part of the time so take them to one of the following places. Hammond’s Candy Factory has been making candy for over 100 years and Little Man Ice Cream has numerous homemade flavors. Explore the city with one of the following fun activities:

  • Hammond's Candy Factory: what could be better than a 100 year old candy shop?
  • Pumpkin Patch of Centennial: take your kids to pick their favorite pumpkin during the fall
  • WOW! Children’s Museum: educate children in the areas of arts, sciences, and life through interactive exhibits
  • Bay Aquatic Park: filled with water features and pools
  • Little Man Ice Cream: milk-jug shaped shop scooping unique flavors of homemade ice cream

If you’re in charge of a group of kids during your time in Denver, any of the following places are sure to keep them busy. Water World and the Lakeside Amusement Park have a ton of exciting rides for kids of all ages. Give one of the following kid-friendly group activities a try:

  • Lakeside Amusement Park: one of the oldest roller coasters in Colorado, opened in 1908
  • Scavenger Hunt: take the group on a self-guided scavenger hunt around the city
  • Water World: spend the entire day in the water with more than 50 attractions
  • Adventure Golf and Raceway: three mini-golf courses, go-karts, and bumper cars
  • Boondocks Food and Fun: this park has an arcade, mini-golf, and laser tag

Why not make an educational stop during your time in Denver? There are plenty of museums with interactive exhibits allowing kids to learn the way they want to. Try one of the following educational activities in Denver:

  • Downtown Aquarium: this aquarium has a restaurant and lounge on top of over 500 different species
  • Wings Over the Rockies: this air and space museum is located on a retired Air Force base
  • Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus: allow your kids to learn on their own terms through interactive exhibits
  • Forney Museum of Transportation: learn the history of how humans gone from “Point A” to “Point B”
  • Denver Firefighters Museum: teach your kids about fire safety while learning about the history of the Denver Fire Department

Denver has plenty of creative and performing arts classes for you and your children to choose from. One of the best options is Strum and Sip where your kids can learn how to play the guitar while you drink an adult beverage. For more, try:

  • Colorado Adventure Park: learn how to ski or snowboard in Colorado’s backcountry
  • Strum and Sip: your kids can learn to play the guitar while you sip a tasty beverage
  • Envision Martial Arts: children can learn self defense and life skills all in the same place
  • Fencing Academy of Denver: a welcoming environment and knowledgeable teachers help kids learn how to fence
  • Appleridge Estates: take your kids horseback riding on Colorado’s Front Range

Maybe you spent too much time outside at the water park or hiking and your looking for something for your family to do indoors. Whatever the reason, there is plenty of fun to be had indoors in Denver. Start with one of the following indoor activities for kids:

  • The Butterfly Pavilion: way more than just butterflies with over 5000 animals
  • GameWorks: an arcade with pub food and drinks
  • Skate City Colorado: take your kids roller skating for the evening
  • Laser Quest: see who has the best aim by playing laser tag
  • JumpCity Family Fun Center: a place where your kids can literally bounce off the walls

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