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Things To Do In Denver With Your Kids

Star Kids Products is proudly a Denver, Colorado company! We live here, we work here, we play here – and that means we do a lot of fun stuff here with our kids!

With summer quickly approaching, the time to start planning activities is now!

Denver has a plethora of amazing family-friendly activities, and these are some of our favorites.

Things To Do In Denver With Kids

  • The Denver Zoo
    The Denver Zoo, located in City Park, is a large open zoo that is incredibly family friendly! We have a family pass and go several times a year. In March 2017, a new exhibit called The Edge will showcase the zoo’s tigers in an up close encounter!
  • The Denver Museum Of Nature and Science
    I was hesitant to take my preschooler to the Museum, but we got free passes and I figured at least if she was ornery, we could take her home early and it didn’t cost us any money. I am SO GLAD we took her! There’s a ton of hands-on, interactive exhibits that all the girls loved, and information presented in a kid-friendly way. It ended up being a fantastic way to spend the day!
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
    Over 24 acres of gardens, exhibits, educational programs, and even plant sales make up Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street! There are five different varieties of gardens to explore, from water gardens to internationally inspired gardens. Visit the Mordecai Children’s Garden for a hands-on experience like no other! Educational, beautiful, and open year round, the Botanic Gardens should be top on your list of great things to do in Denver!
  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary
    A short trip north of the city, you’ll find the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. It will be an adventure from beginning to end as you can’t find this location on your GPS – you’ll have to follow old fashioned directions to get there! The drive is worth it, though: 720 acres of lions, tigers, and bears in open range exhibits makes for a breathtaking day. Be sure to bring sunscreen, binoculars, and a hat as this is an open air facility and the animals’ large habitats mean they aren’t always right up next to the fences and easy to see. Expect to spend the whole day and bring a stroller for littles as it is a self-paced walking trail.
  • Water World
    Water World is a summer staple for almost every Denver-area kid. I remember going there on field trips, Girl Scout outings, and with friends while I was growing up. There are season passes available for purchase, cabanas to rent, and an interactive map so you can plan your visit. You won’t find a better way to spend a hot summer day in Denver than the wave pool, watery rides, and shady picnic areas found at Water World!
  • The Downtown Aquarium
    The Downtown Aquarium is my middle daughter’s favorite place in all of Denver. I think probably because when they went there on her field trip, they saw mermaids! A beautiful restaurant centered around a 50,000 gallon fish tank, plenty of beautiful exhibits, and birthday party options make this aquarium a must-visit!
  • Elitch Gardens
    It will always be Elitches to me! Elitch Gardens is the amusement park in Denver right across the highway from Mile High Stadium. This place has something for all ages and is a fantastic way to spend a summer day! Season passes are available, as are special passes for musical performances, Dive-In Movies, and other theme days.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
    OK this is technically not IN Denver, but well worth the drive! There are free entrance days and if you have a 4th grader, they can grab a free annual pass and get the whole car in for free! There’s hiking, fishing, sightseeing, wildlife, and breathtaking views along Trail Ridge Road which is the country’s highest continuous road!
  • Four Mile Historic Park
     Four Mile Historic Park is a twelve-acre site that has preserved the old ways of life. Visit the Four Mile House Museum, the oldest standing structure in Denver. Stop by and see the farm animals. Or, take yourself on a self-guided tour of the grounds which include a bee house, blacksmith barn, a windmill, and a teepee.

Hopefully you’ve found some new and exciting things to do in Denver with your kids on this list! Which will you try first? Be sure to post pictures and tag us with #snackplaygo so we can keep up on all of your adventures!

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