Do you have a little one in your life who just can’t get enough of all things science, technology and engine related? Check out our ultimate guide to the best kid-friendly places in Denver where STEM kids can learn and explore.

Museums

Where: 17155 West 44th Avenue, Golden 80403

If you have a little engineer in your life who can’t get enough of trains and the railroad, a visit to the Colorado Railroad Museum is a must!

Even if your little one isn’t exactly train-obsessed, this museum is still a great place for kids and adults alike to learn about all things locomotive. Here you will find over 100 steam & diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and more on their 15-acre railway yard.

Where: 4304 Brighton Blvd, Denver 80216

The Forney Museum of Transportation is a non-profit that has over 600 different artifacts relating to historical transportation of all kids.

From planes to cars and everything in between, you can find all sorts of things to pique your interest in this extensive collection. Classic trains, planes, cars and more are all waiting to be discovered!

Where: 14959 W 69th Ave, Arvada 80007

The Cussler Museum is home to an amazing collection of extremely rare and vintage cars from the US and around the world!

Here you will find over 100 automobiles ranging from 1906 to 1965. This museum is a private-collection from author Clive Cussler and is only open from May to September, so make sure to check it out when you get the chance!

Where: 18301 Lincoln Meadows Pkwy, Parker 80134

The Vehicle Vault in Parker is an impressive collection of classic cars from around the world.

Their vehicles are beautifully displayed in housing exhibits that are sure to awe and inspire. Regardless of age, both kids and adults will love strolling through the breathtaking exhibits and getting up close and personal with the cars.

Where: 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver 80230

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.

This is one of the most impressive collections of all things air & space that you will find anywhere in the country!

Where: 1326 Tremont Plaza, Denver 80204

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!

Where: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver 80205

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.

Where: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver 80205

Located inside the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Gates Planetarium offers a variety of ticketed shows designed for kids and adults of all ages.

They even have specialty programs especially for little ones such as “One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” and many more. Kids will love exploring the wonders of the universe before or after checking out the rest of the DMNS!

Where: 2121 Children’s Museum Dr, Denver 80211

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.

Where: 110 N Harrison Ave, Lafayette 80026

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. This museum also offers a variety of classes and events that focus on STEM learning for little ones interested in the sciences!

Where: 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder 80309

The Fiske Planetarium located on the CU Campus in Boulder is a great destination for kids who love all things space related!

Here you can find a variety of special events and programs where kids and adults can explore the wonders of space and the universe.

Go Karts / Raceways

Do you have a kid who loves all things with an engine and can’t wait to get behind a wheel? Check out some of the best Go Kart locations in & around Denver below! Pay special attention to the age & height requirements before you make the trip!

Where: 8034 Midway Dr, Littleton 80125

Age/Height Requirement: All Ages / 48”+

The world’s premier indoor go-karting company. Our all-electric go-karts and state-of-the-art centers have thrilled racers since 2003.

Where: 7300 Broadway, Denver 80221

Age/Height Requirement: 6 & Up / typically 40” but may vary depending on leg length

Where: 3051 S Rooney Rd, Morrison 80465

Age/Height Requirement: 5 & Up

Where: 9650 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster 80031

Age/Height Requirement: 48” +

Where: 11526 Community Center Dr, Northglenn 80233

Age/Height Requirement: all ages / 40” to ride & 58” to drive

Where: 3051 S Rooney Rd, Morrison 80465

Where: 3051 S Rooney Rd, Morrison 80465

STEM Education

Is your kid interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics? Getting into the STEM field offers one of the best career paths one can take, so getting kids interested in it from a young age is always a great idea. Check out some of these locations below for special STEM classes and programs for young kids!

Top Places to Bring Kids Who Love Automotives & Technology in Denver

Where: 1245 Champa St, Denver 80204

Where: 1331 17th St, Denver 80202

Where: 4201 E Yale Ave, Denver 80222

Where:  6972 Vine St, Centennial 80122

Where: Various schools/venues, see website for more details

Virtual Reality

Where: 9660 E Alameda Ave Unit: 106, Denver, CO 80247

The future is now! The staff at Kaboom Virtual Reality Arcade believes that VR gaming is the new way to play, allowing guests to be fully-immersed and active in the game worlds they are playing in.

You and the kids will be shocked at just how immersive this gaming experience can be, and we’re sure this experience will have you wanting more! You can book sessions in advance, otherwise walk-ins are accepted.

Where: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver 80205

When Exploring the esteemed Denver Museum of Nature & Science, be sure to check out their Virtual Reality Arcade that features a variety of fun & breathtaking exhibits!

Here you can strap on your 3D headset and step into a completely different world. Adventures include, Spacewalk – Danger in Orbit, Cosmos Coaster, Dive into Prehistoric Seas, and much more!

Where: 9655 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood 80215

Located in Lakewood, Head Games VR works to bring your imagination to life!

Kids will be in awe once they put on their headset and step foot into magical worlds that you have to experience to believe. Kids who are interested in tech will love chatting with employees about all the amazing engineering and software that goes into these programs!