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Top Permanent Exhibits For Kids In Denver

July 15, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science)

(credit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science)

Denver Museum of Nature and Science(credit: Denver Museum of Nature and Science)

With so many great museums in the Denver area, it is easy to get lost wandering the exhibits and learning about science, art or history. There are many huge national exhibits that tour though the area, and you can usually find long lines, ticketed entry times and all those other headaches that happen when you are trying to get into a limited exhibit. However, there are a lot of great permanent exhibits that are on display year-round, and many of these are just as fun as the temporary exhibits with the long lines. Take a look at these great permanent exhibits that are perfect for the whole family.

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

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is always filled with so many great places to be entertained while learning a great deal about, well, everything. One of the best areas of the museum are the many wildlife exhibits on permanent display. More than 90 different habitat scenes paint a beautiful portrait of the diversity of wildlife on our planet. If you look closely, you can even find a fun game of “spot the elves.” Artist Kent Pendleton, the man behind the diorama backgrounds for all of the different scenes, hid lots of tiny elves throughout many of the exhibits. Some are hard to find while others are pretty clearly visible but it is another fun addition to the already fascinating exhibits on permanent display at the museum.

Related: Top Smaller-Scale Museums In Denver

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

Another great permanent exhibit at The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the Discovery Zone. This area is specifically designed for the youngest visitors, encouraging hands-on activities and fun ways for families to enjoy the museum together. Bring your younger kiddos and make crafts, dance to music from all over the world, dig for dinosaur bones, try science experiments and much more. The Discovery Zone is a perfect way to introduce your younger children to the importance of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and to help them start learning how to enjoy it from a very young age.

Bubbles at the Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7444
www.mychildsmuseum.org

Learning about science can be a lot of fun and, if you take your kids to the Children’s Museum of Denver, you’ll see just how much fun it can truly be. Check out the Bubbles exhibit where you can play with a variety of different hands-on activities creating bubbles while learning about the science behind them. Your kids will love creating the huge six-foot-long bubbles at the “Big Bubble Maker” or they can wrap themselves in lots of bubbles in the “Bubble Booth.” All of this fun also teaches all about the scientific method, math skills, fine motor skills and more.

Just For Fun Center at the Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

Even young children can have a great time exploring the Denver Art Museum. The team at this amazing museum has put together many different ways for kids of all ages to learn, explore and enjoy while learning all about art. The Just For Fun Center is a great place to take your kids, as they can have fun coloring and making their own art. Or they can build their own sculptures or try on different costumes. Your kids can create their own world in the Denver Art Museum Dollhouse, and make a transformation hat. They’ll have a great time, plus you can bring snacks in here and play right along with your kids.

Related: Top Permanent Exhibits At The Denver Art Museum

Destination Colorado at the Colorado History Museum
1200 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 447-8679
www.historycoloradocenter.org

Take your kids on a fun trip back in time to 1918 and learn all about the High Plains and the area that became Colorado. It is a huge exhibit that will introduce you and the kids to the area that was the town of Keota. You can enroll in the town’s high school and get your own old-fashioned yearbook photo taken, and you can show the kids what it was like to shop from the old Montgomery Ward Catalogs or to shop from the General Store. You can even take a virtual ride on a Model T Ford and explore the world of living on a farm. It is a great way to learn about the people that settled Colorado and the past of this great state.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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