Denver and Colorado as a whole seem to be synonymous with the Great Outdoors, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a magnitude of world-class indoor-activities that are fun for the whole family! With Fall in full swing and Winter just around the corner, it’s almost time to bust out the ski gear from storage and prepare for the snowfall that will soon blanket our Mile High City. If you’re looking for a warm and fun day to escape the cold, then take a look at some of our favorite educational & indoor activities in Denver that both parents and kids can equally enjoy:
This non-profit kids museum is highly-regarded by parents as one of the top Children Museum’s in the entire country, and we’re sure that your kids will agree. With a multitude of exhibits that inspire exploration, imagination, investigation, and creativity, there is no shortage of stimulating experiences for kids to enjoy. They even have a 500 ft. adventure course that appears to be right out of a fairy-tale! Their target audience are newborns through eight years old, but there is plenty to do to keep everyone entertained.
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
Under Age One: Free
Age One: $12
Ages 2-59: $14
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am – 4 pm
Wed: 9 am – 7 pm | Sat, Sun: 10 am – 5pm
This could easily be the best history and natural science museum in the entire Western U.S.! If you have a kid that is a not-so-little one anymore, this is a great place to spend an entire day. There’s plenty of exhibits that will entertain toddlers, kids, young adults and grown-ups of all ages. Bring the whole family and let your imaginations run wild! You can even enjoy a thrilling and educational film in their IMAX theater, or explore the wonders of the universe at their on-site Planetarium.
WOW is right! This museum aims to inspire and engage children at an early-education level and boy do they succeed. Your little one will love exploring all of their unique exhibits that stimulate the senses and encourage problem-solving, experimentation and creativity.
110 N Harrison Ave.
Lafayette, CO 80026
Children (1-11): $10
Infants (under 1 yr): Free
Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Explore the wonders of the Earth’s aquatic lifeforms in Denver’s Downtown Aquarium! A number of exhibits focusing on different aquatic locations will keep the whole family curious and engaged all day long. They also have a 4-D movie theater, upscale-casual dining, and even mermaids!
700 Water Street
Denver, CO 80211
Adults (12-64): $22.99
Seniors (65+): $21.99
Children (3-11): $16.99
Children (2 and under): FREE
Sunday-Thursday: 10 am – 9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 9:30 pm
Flying and space travel could very well be two of the most captivating subjects for kids of all ages. Explore the wonders of flight at Colorado’s Official Air & Space Museum, hosting more than 182,000 square feet of hangar space that features space vehicles, iconic aircraft, a number of different kinds of artifacts, and so much more!
7711 E Academy Blvd
Denver, CO 80230
Adults (17-64): $16.95
Seniors (65+): $12.95
Children (4-16): $9.95
Children (3 and under): FREE
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
This museum boasts one of the finest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in all of Colorado! The Geology Museum at School of Mines in Golden attracts over 30,000 visitors every year and has an impressive 15,000+ square feet of space to explore. Check out their indoor cave to learn about what minerals glow in the dark, and see one of Colorado’s two Goodwill moon rocks collected from the Apollo 17 mission!
Explore and learn about animals from five continents right in Littleton! You can touch, feed and interact with a variety of wildlife that are rescued by SeaQuest USA. Much more than your average aquarium, Seaquest Littleton allows you to get up close and personal with these creatures and learn about their habitats and origins. Make sure to check out their snorkel with stingrays experience!
8501 West Bowles Ave
Littleton, CO 80123
Ages 12+: $16.95 ($14.95 online)
Ages 2-11: $12.95 ($10.95 online)
55+/Military/Students: $14.95 ($12.95 online)
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
There’s so much to do and see for people of all ages at the Colorado Railroad Museum! Although this is both an indoor and outdoor experience, we felt it was appropriate to add as it is open year round. Explore the history of the railroads through historical pictures, artifacts, and fully restored railcars from the past. Their 15-acre railyard is home to over 100 steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and more. They also offer various special events, and of course, train rides!
Located in historic Morrison, this paleontology museum offers expert guides and hands-on exhibits that are sure to impress. Here you can travel back in time to learn about the giants that once roamed in our backyards. The museum hosts an impressive collection of fossils, a dig pit for kids, a jurassic garden, and much more!
With a primary focus on education, this Denver museum teaches the history of Firefighting and fire safety through a collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. The Denver Firefighters Museum is as fascinating as it is engaging, and is sure to leave you with a new sense of appreciation and interest in Firefighting history. This is a great place to bring a little one who has a fascination with firefighters and firetrucks!
1326 Tremont Pl.
Denver, CO 80204
Juniors (5-13): $5
Kids (4 and under): Free!
Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm