American patriarch and genius inventor Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” There is no better way to invest in the future than by educating children inside and outside of the classroom. Denver has numerous locations where children learn through experience and hands-on interactions. These top exhibits for kids in Denver are guaranteed to be fun and educational for the whole family.
Children’s Museum Of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-7444
www.mychildsmuseum.org

Opening later this year, The Art Studio in the Children’s Museum of Denver will be an interactive exhibit covering 2,300 square feet of space. For children 2 and older, The Art Studio will offer the little ones the opportunities to get their hands dirty with clay, paint, and many other arts and crafts materials. Whether your children are interested in woodworking or sewing, they’ll be able to learn about arts in an hands-on environment. Additionally, the exhibit will host an artist-in-residence who will share advice and guidance to young ones interested in art.

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000
www.denverartmuseum.org

Children 18 years old and younger can visit the Denver Art Museum any day of the year and there is no admission cost. The Denver Art Museum has two permanent, interactive exhibits intended for children: Just For Fun Center and Kids Corner. Also, families can request a Family Backpack or Tube, which includes art projects, games, and puzzles to enjoy as they work their way through all of the museum’s galleries. Many of the museum’s galleries include Create-n-Takes, stations where kids can get their hands dirty and make their own art.

Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 298-7554
www.mcadenver.org

Located within the 27,000 square mile, environmentally sustainable space, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver encourages families to join together in the Fox Family Idea Box. Artist Paul Andersen designed the Idea Box to to be an “immersive art-making environment.” Families can create and experience art together in this special space on the museum’s third floor. MCA Denver also offers a variety of art programs for teenagers.

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

Throughout the year, Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits for families to enjoy. Excluding winter, kids can play and learn in the Mordecai Children’s Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Interact with insects and aquatic life, relax during storytime, and discover fun facts about plants during your visit to the Mordecai Children’s Garden. Members can visit the garden for free, and entry into the exhibit is included with every regular admission ticket.

Mizel Arts And Culture Center
350 S. Dahlia St.
Denver, CO 80246
(303) 316-6360
www.maccjcc.org

Dedicated to illuminating the human experience through creative and cultural program, the Mizel Arts and Culture Center (MACC) opens its Singer Gallery to the public at no cost. Children interested in art, theatre, or both will find opportunities to experience both hands-on with MACC’s  programs. With the Wolf Theatre, MACC’s children’s theatre classes include creative dramatics, workshop performance classes, technical apprenticeships, audition techniques and fully mounted mainstage productions. Kids’ art classes let young ones enjoy painting, drawing, cartooning, film making, bronze casting, and numerous other art forms.

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A Denver native, Alli Andress has been a writer for over a decade. Over the course of her career, Andress has written about topics ranging from indie music, animals, health issues and the best of the Mile High City. Her work can be found on Examiner.com