When the weather doesn’t behave or the kids are getting antsy, head out to one of these kids museums in Denver, Colorado. Kids can learn about fossils and dinosaurs, climb aboard a real fire engine and create art to take home with them. The possibilities are endless so get out there and explore!

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Children’s Museum of Denver

Ask any parent—local or visitor—and Children's Museum of Denver in Downtown Denver is high up on their must-visit list. Expect tons of engaging, hands-on play areas like the fire stationbox canyon and altitude where your kiddo will scale three stories to a glass-capped peak with 360 degree views of the city.

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WOW! Children's Museum

WOW! Children’s Museum engages all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity and discovery. Kids will love checking out the pirate ship and then seeing if they can hoist themselves up in a chair using a pulley system. The museum offers special baby and toddler events as well as sensory-friendly days.

110 N. Harrison Avenue
Lafayette, CO
Online: wowchildrensmuseum.org

The U.S. Mint

After a free, guided tour of the U.S. Mint, your kids will be able to make heads and tails of where money actually is made. Denver’s U.S. Mint produces billions of coins each year. Find out how at this tour, which is best suited for kids seven years old and up. Same-day tickets for tours are released at 7 a.m. each morning, Mon.-Thur. until tickets are “sold out.”

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Forney Museum of Transportation

For an outing that’ll please visitors of all ages, head to Forney Museum of Transportation where you’ll find over 600 artifacts related to transportation (think old cars, stage coaches, trains, water vehicles, planes, bicycles and more!). Ring the real bell from an old train and climb on an old model T for a photo opp. Don’t forget to stop at the map where your kids can place a pin to show where they live.

Onlineforneymuseum.org

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Just adjacent to the zoo is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where visitors can explore fossils and dinosaurs, ponder the mysteries of space, discover Egyptian mummies and watch larger-than-life films at the Phipps IMAX 3D Theater. The Discovery Zone has dozens of hands-on activities for kids of all ages, from archaeological sandpits to moving water features. 

2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO
Online: dmns.org

Denver Firefighters Museum

Explore the history of the Denver Fire Department and learn about fire safety and prevention through a dynamic mix of exhibits, hands-on activity stations and educational programs. 

1326 Tremont Place
Denver, CO
Online: denverfirefightersmuseum.org

Denver Art Museum

Not only do kids get in free to the Denver Art Museum but they offer tons of family programming to get your crew excited about art. Join in gallery games, family-friendly theater and Create-n-Takes during school breaks.

100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy
Denver, CO
Online: denverartmuseum.org

—Kate Loweth

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