DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Health Foundation is giving almost $2 million to the Children’s Museum of Denver.

More than $1 million will pay for an expansion project, which means the museum will double its size.

The rest of the money goes for health and wellness programs, which includes a climbing structure inside, a year-round outdoor space, and a kid-sized teaching kitchen.

Work being done at the Children's Museum (credit: CBS)

Work being done at the Children’s Museum (credit: CBS)

“The Colorado Health Foundation is an incredible partner to the Children’s Museum,” Mike Yankovich, Museum president and CEO said in a statement. “Their support is allowing so many things to come to light – our focus on nutrition and the importance of parent/child relationships in the kitchen, and the exuberant, active play that so many kids aren’t experiencing today.”

Joy Park, the large outdoor part of the expansion, opens in June. The rest of it opens later this year.

LINK: Children’s Museum of Denver