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23 Fun Things to Do in Denver With Kids (By a Local Mom)

Whether you’re looking to visit Denver on a family vacation with kids, or you’re a local looking for ideas, you’ve come to the right place! 

Thanks to great museums like the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Children’s Museum, parks like City Park, Elitch’s amusement park, and so much more, there’s plenty of fun things to do with kids in Denver.

Below I’ve listed some of the best family-friendly activities in the Mile High City. Note that many of the attractions located downtown are also following COVID protocols and may require you to purchase tickets ahead of time.

And be sure to check out our full post on the best things to do in Denver (for all ages!).

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23 Best Things to Do in Denver With Kids

Meow Wolf

Best for: Kids 7 and up

Clara on a car in the Gyre exhibit of Meow Wolf Convergence Station

📍 Map It: 1338 1st Street, Denver | Phone: (720) 792-1200 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 10 pm Sun-Thurs; 10 am – 12 am Fri & Sat | Entrance: $45, adults, $40 ages 5-13

Meow Wolf Denver’s Convergence Station is the newest permanent installation. Kids will be entranced by psychedelic colors everywhere, steampunk vehicles, creepy catacombs, and the living swamp.

Denver Museum Of Nature & Science

Best for: All ages

View of dinosaur bones in Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado
(photo: Kit Leong / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver | Phone: (303) 370-6000 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily, Most Fridays 9 am – 9 pm | Entrance: $19.95, adults, $14.95 ages 3-18 | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

We love the gemstone exhibit at this Denver museum. Don’t miss the space museum area and Prehistoric Journey, and a special exhibit about Egyptian mummies is another favorite. Young kids will enjoy the Discovery Zone area of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

👉 Pro Tip: Check out free days and discounts here

Denver Zoo

Best for: All ages

View of a monkey hanging on two ropes and the clear blue sky

📍 Map It: 2300 Steele St, Denver | Phone: (720) 337-1400 | Website | Hours: 10 am – closing varies | Entrance: $20, adults, $14 kids 3-11 | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

When it’s warm at the Denver Zoo, many animals are outside while in the colder months you can visit them in their indoor enclosures. Picnic at the zoo or the City Park area nearby. The zoo also has educational programs and classes to check out!

Denver Botanic Gardens

Best for: All ages

View of pink and red flowers in Denver Botanic Gardens

📍 Map It: 1007 York St, Denver | Phone: (720) 865-3500 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily | Entrance: $15, adults, $11 kids 3-13 | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

The Mordecai Children’s Garden has hands-on areas where kids can build, run, and play. Don’t miss the Tropical Conservatory with its treehouse, fish, and frogs.

👉 Pro Tip: See Denver Botanic Gardens’ free days here

Museums & Culture

Denver Art Museum

Best for: Kids 6 and up

The author's kids admiring a piece in Denver Art Museum

📍 Map It: 100 W 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver | Phone: (720) 865-5000 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily | Entrance: $18, adults, 18 and under free| 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Kids can find activities here to do in this Denver museum. They’ll enjoy the totem poles, and they can see paintings by Monet, contemporary art, and more. Views of the Rocky Mountains from the bridge can’t be beat. The museum also has art programs and other events. 

👉 Pro Tip: Learn about the Denver Art Museum’s free days here

Littleton Museum 

View of a restored Blacksmith shop in Denver

📍 Map It: 6028 S Gallup St, Littleton | Phone: (303) 795-3950 | Website | Hours: 9 am – 5 pm Tues-Sat, closed Sun, Mon, and holidays | Entrance: free

A special interactive kids’ area has them use an old-fashioned stove and more, but the crowd-pleasers are the animals on the farm! Often, volunteers do demonstrations in the Blacksmith Shop, too.

Children’s Museum of Denver 

Best for: Newborn through 8 years old

The author's daughter having fun playing in Children’s Museum of Denver
It’s an exciting, noisy time at The Children’s Museum of Denver!

📍 Map It: 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver | Phone: (303) 433-7444| Website | Hours: 9 am – 4 pm Wed-Sun, reservation only | Entrance: $15, ages 2-59, $13 age 1, $13 age 60+| 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

The Children’s Museum of Denver recently added an outdoor exploration space, and kids love this Denver museum! There are also climbing structures indoors at the children’s museum, along with bubble play, a fire truck, messy art, and more. Parents will love the kid-powered learning happening.

📚 Related Reading: Looking for more things to do in Denver? Check out Nate’s extensive list of things to do in Denver here!

Denver Firefighters Museum

Best for: Preschool through 11 years old

View of the Denver Firefighters Museum from the outside
(photo:Mikhail Pogosov / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 1326 Tremont Place, Denver | Phone: (303) 892-1436| Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Tues-Sat, closed Sun and Mon | Entrance: $9, adult, $8 senior/military/firefighter, $7 age 2-12| 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Kids will love the Denver Firefighters Museum! It has old fire trucks, an alarm to ring, and lots of fun for kids while they learn about fire safety and the history of the Denver Fire Department.

Four Mile Historic Park

Best for: Elementary-aged kids

View of a gorse carriage during the annual Fall Festival in Four Mile Historic Park in Denver
(photo: Jim Lambert / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 715 S Forest St, Denver | Phone: (720) 865-0800| Website | Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Wed-Sun, closed Mon and Tues | Entrance: $5, adult, $3 age 7-17

Four Mile Park features Denver’s oldest structure which now houses the museum. Kids can visit farm animals and replicas. The museum also has events ranging from yoga to educational programs.

History Colorado Center

Best for: Elementary and middle schoolers

📍 Map It: 1200 N Broadway, Denver | Phone: (303) 447-8679 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 5 pm every day | Entrance: $14, adult, $10 student 16-22 w/ ID, $8 age 5-15

The History Colorado Center was built as a hands-on museum. Kids can experience a tornado, buy goods in the general store, and do activities to teach them about state history.

Downtown Aquarium – Denver

Best for: Elementary and middle schoolers

📍 Map It: 700 Water St, Denver | Phone: (303) 561-4450 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 9 pm Mon-Thurs, 10 am – 10 pm Fri, 9 am – 10 pm Sat, 9 am – 8 pm Sun | Entrance: $23.99 adult, $17.99 age 3-11

Explore underwater worlds at the Downtown Aquarium. The Denver aquarium showcases more than 500 species and teaches kids about ecosystems worldwide.  There’s also a restaurant and shop at the Downtown Aquarium.

Outdoors

Evergreen Lake

Best for: All ages

The calm view from the Evergreen Lake

📍 Map It: 29612 Upper Bear Creek Rd, Evergreen | Phone: (720) 880-1300 | Website | Hours: Sunrise-Sunset every day

Walk around the lake and stop by the nature center for activities to learn about the animals that live near the lake. In summer, you can rent paddle boats and paddleboards, and in winter you can skate on the lake.

📚 Related Reading: For more outdoor fun, check out our complete list of hikes near Denver

Belleview Park

Best for: Preschool through 11 years old

View of a foot walk, trees, and a grass field in Belleview Park

📍 Map It: 5001 S. Inca Drive, Englewood | Website | Hours: Sunrise-Sunset every day | Entrance: free

A small creek runs through the park, where kids love to splash and cool off. For $2.50 per person, they (and you!) can ride the small train around the park, or visit the petting zoo for the same price. Next door is Pirate’s Cove, a small local water park with slides and water features. 

Downtown Playground

Best for: Preschool and Elementary school ages

View of children playing in a playground in Denver

📍 Map It: 1800 Speer Boulevard, Denver | Website | Hours: Sunrise-Sunset every day | Entrance: free

This isn’t a destination for a day-long trip, but it is a lifesaver if you’re in downtown Denver and need a spot for kids to blow off steam! This little playground is tucked right near LoDo, and has a climbing net and other fun features. 

📚 Related Reading: For more Denver activities, check out Nate’s list of 59 things to do in Denver!

City Park 

Best for: All ages

View of the skyline of Denver, Colorado from the City Park

📍 Map It: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver | Website | Hours: 5 am – 11 pm every day

The City Park area is near both the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (you can hear the animals from the Denver Zoo while you walk!) Bike paths are level so smaller kids can bike at City Park, there are rocks for climbing near the museum, and fountains for splashing in. You can also rent paddle boats to float on the lake.

📚 Related Reading: If you want to explore even more of Colorado, be sure to check out these 41 top places to go in Colorado!

Confluence Park 

Best for: All ages

View of people in Confluence Park during summer season in Denver
(photo: Arina P Habich / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 2250 15th St, Denver | Phone: (720) 913-1311 | Website | Hours: Sunrise-Sunset every day | Entrance: free

Confluence Park is where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River meet. It’s near the Elitch Gardens amusement park, and next to the Denver Trolley. Take a ride on the Denver Trolley, or let the kids cool off in the water for a bit.

👉 Pro Tip: Want to explore areas outside Denver? Check out my list of day trips from Colorado Springs here!

Food & Drink

Little Man Ice Cream

Best for: All ages

View of the Little Man Ice Cream shop from the outside
(photo: jenlo8 / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 2620 16th St, Denver | Phone: (303) 455-3811 | Website | Hours: Sun – Thurs 11 am – 10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 11 pm | Cost: $

There’s a reason the line for this shop stretches down the street on warm summer afternoons and evenings! Little Man, in its cream can-shaped shop, is a Colorado institution and a great spot for a treat after the Denver Zoo or other outings.

👉 Need a Place to Stay? Check out our guide to staying in Denver for tips on the best areas and neighborhoods.

Hammond’s Candy Factory

Best for: Preschool and up

View of candies wrapped on a plastic with ribbon on it

📍 Map It: 5735 Washington St, Denver | Phone: (303) 333-5588 | Website | Hours: 9:15 am – 2:45 pm Mon-Sat, closed Sun| Cost: free

Take a tour to learn how these famous hard candies are made. At the end, nab a tasty treat fresh from the factory!

Uncorked Kitchen Cooking Classes

Best for: Elementary school and up

📍 Map It: 8171 South Chester Street, Suite A, Centennial | Phone: (720) 907-3838 | Website | Hours: class times vary | Cost: $$$

Tired of having to feed these kids day in and day out? Teach them to feed you! Uncorked Kitchen offers a variety of cooking classes for kids, teens, and for families to learn to cook together. 

👉 Love Family Activities Like This? Archery Games Denver has family-friendly dodgeball and team building activities. And they serve up beer and wine for the grown-ups, thank goodness. 

Sites & Attractions

Dinosaur Ridge

Best for: Preschool and up

A view of dinosaur foot prints in Dinosaur Ridge in Denver

📍 Map It: 16831 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison | Phone: (303) 697-3466 | Website | Summer Hours: 9 am – 5 pm every day, Winter Hours 9 am – 4 pm every day | Entrance free but tours cost

See where dinosaurs lived at Dinosaur Ridge, west of Denver! You’ll spot footprints, and kids can uncover bones in the dig areas outside. 

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

Best for: All ages

View of the rollercoaster from afar in Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
(photo: BLAZE Pro / Shutterstock)

📍 Map It: 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver | Phone: (303) 595-4386 | Website | Open Memorial Day – Labor Day plus various holiday events; Hours: Mon – Thurs 10 am – 7 pm, Fri – Sun 10 am – 10 pm | Entrance $35.99 adults, $31.99 kids

Head to Elitch Gardens theme park for roller coasters, thrill rides, concerts, and more. There are kiddie boats, and other calmer rides at Elitch Gardens theme park for very young kids, and a water park to cool off.

The Argo Mill and Tunnel

Best for: Preschool and up

📍 Map It: 2350 Riverside Dr., Idaho Springs | Phone: (303) 567-2421 | Website | Hours: 10 am – 6 pm every day | Entrance $25 adults, $20 kids 5-16, $4 kids 1-4| 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

Teach kids about a big part of Colorado’s history with a tour of the Argo Mine. Tours are about an hour and 15 minutes long, and a gold panning lesson afterwards takes about 20 minutes. Kids get to keep whatever they find!

In Winter

Skiing

Best for: Preschool and up

The author's daughter skiing in Denver

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There’s plenty of skiing and snowboarding near Denver! Fortunately, many of these ski places know the challenges of bringing kids to ski, and there are some great programs at places like Keystone and Winter Park to help both the kids and their parents to have fun. Be sure to check our list of the best ski resorts near Denver! 

Meyer Ranch Park Sledding

Best for: Toddler and up

📍 Map It: 10490 S Turkey Creek Rd, Morrison | Website | Open one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset every day | Entrance free | 👉 Browse Tours on Viator

When there’s not enough snow for good sledding or tubing in Denver, head to Meyer Ranch Park for better luck. This is a county park, so bring all your own gear.

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Hopefully this gives you some ideas for things to do in Denver with kids! For more ideas, be sure to check out this huge list of things to do in Denver!

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