2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
Looking for a fun way to spend some quality time with your kids over spring break? Well, the Children’s Museum of Denver is the best place in town for family fun that is also educational. There are so many different exhibits for your kids to explore. Check out the art studio and get all messy with painting fun, or visit the Assembly Plant for a hands-on approach to engineering and construction. Learn how to build rockets or create bubbles and manipulate the soapy suds into lots of fun. There is also a huge backyard with lots of fun and things to explore while eating up all that extra energy. There is really so much to do that you may want to visit more than once, that way you can catch it all.
6252 W. 104th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
Nothing says spring like butterflies. Take a trip to the Butterfly Pavilion and you’ll enjoy hours of fun wandering through the exhibits and learning about the beautiful butterflies and other creepy crawlies that live here. Your children will love exploring the different exhibits, like the Tropical Odyssey or Wings of the Tropics. You can meet Rosie the tarantula or her pals, the scorpions and giant millipedes. Take a hike on the gentle outdoor Nature Trail to see native habitats and watch the invertebrates in action.
The Wildlife Experience
10035 Peoria St.
Parker, CO 80134
The Wildlife Experience is a fantastic spot to visit with your children to learn a bit about the world they live in. Since 2002, this natural history museum has been home to Globeology, which is an exhibit with eight open dioramas that explain the different biomes of the world. In addition to the dioramas, there are lots of changing exhibits to check out, like Destination Africa, which lets you explore the African Savanna through lots of interactive activities, or Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, which is a showcase of famous shipwrecks like the Titanic. Check out the Wildlife Experience and you’ll have tons of spring break fun for the whole family.
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Denver Botanic Gardens is always a lot of fun to visit but spring is when everything starts to really come alive. Learn all about the different types of plants and flowers that are native to Colorado, and see what it takes to get other plants to thrive here. Walk through the amazing gardens and enjoy the beautiful spring day as a family, then grab a quick bite at the café and chat about all your favorite flowers and plants.
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320 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
Why not use spring break as a chance to teach your kids a little bit about where money comes from? No, it doesn’t grow on trees. In fact, Denver is home to one of the four US Mints in the country so it is very lucky that you can take advantage of these free tours. You’ll get to explore the Mint on a special guided tour and you’ll learn all about the process of making money. Guided tours are about 45 minutes long and they do require reservations but you’ll love seeing all of the behind-the-scenes information about something everyone uses every single day.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.