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Denver’s Top Attractions For Kids

March 15, 2014 7:00 AM

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Butterfly Pavilion (credit: CBS)

Butterfly Pavilion (credit: CBS)

Butterfly Pavilion Butterfly Pavilion (credit: CBS)
The snow is melting and summer is just around the corner. Admit it, parents. Spending the day surrounded by zoo animals and butterflies or soaking up the Mile High sun at the baseball park is just about as fun for the grown-ups as it is for the kids. The Denver area happens to have some must-see attractions ideal for exploring and being entertained.
Coors Field
2001 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 292-0200
www.colorado.rockies.mlb.com

There is nothing sweeter than an afternoon of baseball, and Opening Day, April 4, is right around the corner. Parents and kids can enjoy America’s favorite pastime under the sun with their purple foam fingers in the air and listening to the almighty crack of the baseball bat. Bonus for the adults, Coors Field offers a wide variety of food and drink including some good micro-brews on tap and by the bottle. There is absolutely nothing better than a hot dog and popcorn for the kids and a cold beer and a dog for dad. Arrive early for batting practice and bring the kids down to the field for their shot at scoring an autograph and a chance to meet their heroes. Coors Field is beautifully designed with plenty of seating with great views of the field. The seats from the Rockpile are not spectacular but how great is it that Coors Field offers a section of seating that anyone can afford? The new Rooftop Deck Project is in the works where visitors will have an added 38,000 square feet of luxury space to enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and Downtown, a new restaurant and bar.

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Butterfly Pavilion
6252 W. 104th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 469-5441
www.butterflies.org

A visit to the Butterfly Pavilion is a day filled with exploration and wonder. Relive those fond childhood memories of chasing butterflies and daring to touch those creep-crawly insects. When it comes to insects, rain forests and sea creatures, the very knowledgeable staff has plenty to share with both children and parents alike. No matter what the weather is outside, the Butterfly Pavilion has a lush tropical rain forest, a grass prairie and even tide pools of ocean shores. With this tropical environment filled with flowers and free-flying butterflies everywhere, this place is hands down one of the coolest places to visit in the Denver area. It also hosts birthday parties for kids ages two to 12 where the guests get a private party room, general admission to the exhibits, invitations and more. Guests can supply their own food and drink with a bonus for the adults; alcohol is allowed.

Children’s Museum
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7444
www.childrensmuseum.org

Geared towards the little ones, the Denver Children’s Museum is the place to bring the kiddos full of energy and wonder to explore. The museum even has an area for infants where parents can let the babies roam and crawl until they are completely out of steam. The Children’s Museum boasts a very diverse book collection in the Clubhouse with characters of kids from all walks of life and even has a bubble station where the kids wear lab coats. For those looking for a place to host a birthday party, the museum offers a nice party room including decorations and activities.
Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.
Denver, CO 80205
(720) 337-1400
www.denverzoo.org

The Denver Zoo is a must visit at least once a year. Most families don’t have the bank account to visit Africa and Asia so the Zoo is the ideal spot to explore and learn about our world’s precious animals. Regarded as one of the top zoos in the country, this wildlife wonder has a fantastic variety of animals, birds and insects in as natural looking of settings as possible. The park staff and volunteers are on hand throughout the park with plenty of information and guidance. Find out what happens overnight in a zoo with Bunk with the Beasts Overnight Adventures. Not only do the kids get to explore the zoo after the crowds are gone, they actually get to spend the night.

Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 370-6000
www.dmns.org

The Museum of Nature and Science has so much to explore that a family can make many visits. There are passionate volunteers at every corner to guide visitors and enrich their experience with knowledge for all ages. Visitors will lose themselves in the knowledge and wonder of exploring the dinosaurs and outer space. Not only does the museum have traveling exhibits, it also has special exhibits that attract sold-out crowds. The IMAX Theater and planetarium offer amazing shows that will intrigue and entertain all ages of the family. The view of downtown Denver from the Anschutz sky terrace is breathtaking.

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Colleen Bement is a freelance writer covering all things Denver. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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