Looking for a fun way to spend the day with your kids? Check out the Children's Museum of Denver! Located at 2121 Children's Museum Drive, the museum is perfect for kids 0-8 years old.
Founded in 1973, the Museum was initially housed in a converted school bus but quickly needed more space. The current location - along the west bank of the Platte River - now covers 9 acres. Plan to spend between 1-3 hours playing, learning, and exploring with your child.
Why Visit a Kids’ Museum?
These flourishing institutions attract diverse audiences and support many areas of development for young children. Emerging research in children’s neuroscience is showing us that children’s brains are more nimble and elastic than previous thought. Young brains - even those of infants - are able to analyze and make conclusions about the world they’re experiencing. Children’s museums offer unique opportunities that stimulate the development of cognitive, motor, and social skills. They are also one of the country’s fastest-growing segments in the educational/cultural institutions sector.
The exhibits are organized into four sections: Investigate, Imagine, Explore, and Create. All exhibits include hands-on learning activities. It’s a good idea to pack a change of clothes and a towel as many exhibits involve learning and playing with water. Swimsuits are encouraged for exploring Joy Park during the warmer months.
Investigate: Explore how water works and get introduced to kinetics. Kids can build their own rockets, launch a miniature air balloon, create a geyser, and learn about science with bubbles.
Imagine: Learn through play. Kids will explore a fire station, imagine what it’s like to be a veterinarian or dentist, visit a kid-sized farmers’ market, and more.
Explore: Head outside into Joy Park - the museum’s outdoor play area. Here you’ll find canyons and sand dunes that mimic the Colorado landscape. Opportunities abound for climbing, digging, running, getting wet, and even ziplining. Joy Park is open year round but may close for poor weather. Also visit the indoor Box Canyon, a special exhibit for kids 0-3 to practice crawling and climbing.
Create: Get crafty with clay, paint, and other media in the art studio. Kids explore new flavors and recipes in the teaching kitchen and have various opportunities to create and build in the assembly plant and DIY exhibits.
Tickets and Logistics
Tickets are free for kids under the age of one, $15 for one-year-olds and seniors over 60, $17 for kids and adults 2-59. Members receive free admission; memberships are available from $130-$190. Check out the museum’s cafe for lunch or a small snack. Free parking is typically available but not guaranteed on event days.
Happy exploring! Until next time!
Allison and Ken