Top Spring Break Activities For Kids In Denver

March 14, 2014 7:00 AM

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Spring is here and spring break is right around the corner. That means it is time to find some educational and fun activities to keep those kiddos entertained over the next few days. Forget just sitting around the house, playing video games or watching television. Instead, get out and check out some of these fun ways to spend some quality time together. You’ll learn a little, explore a little and have a lot of fun at any of these great spring break activities for kids in Denver.
The Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7444

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.

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

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.

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The Wildlife Experience
10035 Peoria St.
Parker, CO 80134
(720) 488-3300

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.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 865-3500

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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United States Mint
320 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 405-4761

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