Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Denver, CO
Denver's favorite places to take kids for 2016
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in greater Denver! Each year, we survey Denver parents to find out where they love to take their kids. 2016's results are below. And make sure to sign up for our fantastic FREE weekly newsletter with dozens of ideas each week for local stuff to do with kids, many of them free.
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Goldstrike Colorado Gold Experience
Guided gold prospecting tours and lessons in Colorado gold country where you are taught how to find and keep your very own gold. Choose from basic gold panning and/or sluicing, use the latest and newest gold recovery equipment - all the way to advanced motorized suction dredging and highbanking packages!
Carousel of Happiness
The Carousel of Happiness is a magical menagerie featuring 32 colorful, hand-carved animals to ride, while many smaller animals keep them company. Tiny fairies fly overhead and hide in the shadows. Upstairs there is an observation window, a small party room, and a Do-It-Yourself Puppet Theater. The Carousel is located on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway in the picturesque town of Nederland, 15 miles west of Boulder. Rides are only $1.
WOW! Children's Museum
WOW! Children's Museum is dedicated to providing educational hands-on exhibits, activities and programs for all children - bringing families together in a creative environment that sparks imagination and inspires learning through play.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science inspires curiosity and excites minds of all ages through scientific discovery and the presentation and preservation of the world's unique treasures. Exciting exhibitions, and IMAX theatre, anda planetarium make the Denver Museum of Science and Nature a must-see for families with children. A discovery zone for kids, exhibits on Mummies, Space Exploration, Wildlife, and Prehistoric creatures cover the bases of kids' favorite science and nature topics.
The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.
Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care and visitor experience. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission. We provide extraordinary experiences every day for our animals and visitors and our core values are evident in everything we do: Protect • Honor • Innovate • Engage • Empower • Serve
Great Play has been created with two objectives: to ensure that kids have fun, and to help them reach their full physical potential, to help every child develop a love of physical activity that will lead to an active, healthy and confident life.
Colorado Pumpkin Patch
Climb on our straw bale pyramid, play in the rope maze, launch gourds, visit our petting zoo, take a pony ride, enjoy a hay ride, play in the corn box, and don't forget to pick out you pumpkin.
The Children's Museum of Denver
At the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, you can do it all. Whether you’re navigating through a 3 ½ story climber, stepping inside a 6-foot bubble, sculpting a clay masterpiece or powering a hot balloon, there is always something new to explore. Every day, our expertly designed exhibits and programs encourage kid-powered learning and open doors for Colorado's curious young minds to express what they know and to discover, create and explore more - on their own terms.
Pumpkin Patch of Centennial
The pumpkin patch at Good Shepherd Episcopal sells a variety of pumpkins, mini pumpkins and gourds. All pumpkins are grown on the Navajo Reservation. Proceeds benefit organizations helping the homeless and the hungry.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Colorado Railroad Museum
Lose track of time year-round at our Depot Museum and 15-acre railyard featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches, and our garden railway, renowned library and roundhouse restoration facility with working turntable.
Since 1890, Elitch Gardens in Denver has been America's only downtown theme and water park. The park is open May through October with 53 rides, live shows, thrilling roller coasters, an entire water park, and Fright Fest in October.
Boondocks Fun and Food
Boondocks is an indoor/outdoor entertainment center, offering mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, an arcade and a restaurant.
The Rockies are Denver's Major League Baseball franchise. They are currently members of the National League West Division. Their home venue is Coors Field.
Water World, one of America's largest family water parks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver on 70 beautifully landscaped acres. We feature 48 creatively-themed aquatic attractions, offer free parking, and family picnics are always welcome!
XTREME Challenge Arena
Join Xtreme Challenge at its exciting Ninja Warrior style arena filled with Super Human stunts and Gladiator games for all ages. You're invited to come and be challenged! (Ages 5-105). Specializing in Birthday parties, Summer Camps, Team-bonding events, and Ninja training Classes. Participation is by Reservation only-- so call today to learn more!
Take a ride on the hayride to the pumpkin patch, walk through the 30 acre corn maze, visit the barnyard, race on the pedal karts, ride the barrel train, and take the little ones to the kiddie coral and the hay bale maze. Located in Erie.
Miller Farms & Corn Maze
Come see what happens on a real working farm, visit the petting zoo, walk through the corn maze, jump on the giant jumping balloon, slide down the giant hill, take a hayride through the fields where you can pick you own vegetables or pumpkins.
Big Time Trampoline Fun Center
Welcome to Metro Denver’s finest indoor trampoline park and family fun center! All ages and abilities can play together, centrally located with easy interstate access, home grown and family owned! Great for birthday parties!
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDECarousel of Happiness
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEDenver Zoo
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumDenver Museum of Nature and Science
Favorite Performing ArtsRocky Mountain Theatre for Kids
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmAnderson Farms
Favorite Nature CenterRocky Mountain National Park
Favorite Sports TeamDenver Broncos
Favorite Arts EducationDenver Center for the Performing Arts
Favorite Family-Friendly FestivalDenver Chalk Art Festival