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Best Kid Friendly Things to Do in Denver

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On our road trip from Las Vegas to Denver this year, we wanted to make each day as fun for our kids as possible. After all, if we were going to make 2 little kids get in the car every day, we wanted the destination to be worth the trouble.

As we hiked, explored, and camped our way towards Denver, we hoped that it would be filled with family fun like the rest of our trip. It did not disappoint! These are our favorite kid friendly things to do in Denver, so pack some snacks and get ready to go. I bet your kids--like my preschooler--will be begging to go back as soon as you get home.

City Park 

If you’ve never been to Denver before, City Park must be on your list. It’s one of the most kid friendly things to do in Denver, thanks to the multiple lakes, massive playground area, outdoor summer concerts, and picnic perfect lawns.

It’s also within walking distance of several other kid activities like the zoo and the Museum of Nature and Science, which makes it a great place to base your visit.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre 

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This iconic concert venue is also an excellent destination when the weather in Denver is beautiful. Even little kids will be able to enjoy the easy Red Rocks Trading Post Trail, which is largely flat and well marked, and gives incredible views of the monoliths for which the park is named.

Check the concert schedule to see what’s playing, as older kids might be able to catch their favorite band here during your vacation. Click here for more information on the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

Children’s Museum of Denver 

This interactive museum for kids (not to be confused with the Wow! Children’s Museum in nearby Lafayette) is great for a rainy or chilly day. Its exhibits will be most appreciated by elementary age kids, but there are areas for younger kids to explore as well.

Dinosaur Ridge 

Just outside of Denver and close to Red Rocks is the destination of every dinosaur lover’s dreams. Your family activities in Denver have to include a visit here so your kids can learn about the process of dinosaur excavation, see over 300 fossilized dinosaur tracks, and delve deeper into the area’s history at the indoor exhibit.

Union Station 

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It’s not one of the typical Denver children’s activities, but if your child loves trains, this would make for a fun stop as you wander LoDo (Lower Downtown). The recently refurbished Union Station boasts 22 platforms for train spotting, as well as a bookstore, reading areas, and several shops.

Take a break at Snooze for some of the best brunch you’ve ever had—and a kid’s menu that boasts amazing chocolate chip pancakes. If the weather is nice, your little one can frolic in the outdoor fountains after you eat.

Denver Zoo 

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After learning about Colorado’s extinct creatures, head to the Zoo at City Park to learn about conservation of the animals who live on the planet now. There are shows about birds, an area to learn how to be a responsible zookeeper, and a carousel onsite. Visitors can also see exhibits with rhinos, giraffes, elephants, tigers, lions, African wild dogs, and hyenas. If you’re visiting during the summer, your kids can hop, splash, and dig in the Shore Play Area, complete with real sand.

Denver Aquarium 

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With over 500 species on display, the Denver Aquarium lets you delve into underwater life even though you’re hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. The property is divided by habitat, so you can choose to learn about the Amazon, open ocean, desert, or rainforest, and see animals, plants, and props unique to that area. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the mermaids who perform every 60 minutes during opening hours.

Your kids will also enjoy eating at the Aquarium’s restaurant in front of a 50,000 gallon tank. You might get lucky and have lunch while the daily dive show is happening!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science 

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Plan on spending an entire day here because your children will not want to leave. Start in the space exhibit where kids can don astronaut suits and man a pretend rocket, then head upstairs to learn about germs, immunity, and cells. You can even do a science experiment on site! My preschooler and her cousin extracted wheat germ DNA, which was such a great learning experience.

There’s also a massive exhibit on animals from around the world, an IMAX theatre, dinosaur fossils, a planetarium, and an interactive Discovery Zone for younger visitors.

Which of these kid friendly things in Denver would your kids like to do?


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