Entertaining The Kids In Metro Denver
The unseasonably warm weather this March fooled Coloradoans into thinking spring is actually here. However, I’ve experienced Colorado snowstorms in May. My Texas brother swears it snowed one Fourth of July when he visited Denver and we attended a fireworks show. I remember it was cold; my pictures prove that I loaned his wife a heavy coat.
But good weather will come and go over the next couple of months. These bright, sunny, warm days encourage travel. However, with gas prices soaring, you might want to stay close to home this year. Consider long weekends or daytrips. Start planning now, your choices abound. This website gives lots of options for the capitol city as well as the state. Although geared toward out-of-state tourists, Coloradoans can enjoy all the same museums and activities. Click on any number of provided links for more information about local attractions.
Have you ever toured the state Capitol building? Check out this website for a peek at some information before you make a tour reservation and trip. You’ll be surprised at the fun tidbits docents offer. Across the mall, take in the Denver Mint tour, but be sure to make a reservation first.
Use the Denver Mint's website, or call (303) 405-4761. Pay close attention to the visitor restrictions.
A visit to metro Denver requires more than one day. List your priorities, then, plan several daytrips. Be sure to include the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where dinosaurs are only one of the main attractions. Besides the exhibits, you may want to include an IMAX show or a visit to the planetarium.
The Denver Art Museum offers an occasional free Saturday. Kids’ activities and reading rooms with pull out drawer displays guarantee fun experiences. Again, docents are well versed in touring children and creating fun while learning.
The new Colorado History Center opens Saturday, April 28, with hands-on and high-tech exhibits for all ages. The website lists times, address, and prices.
For other interesting venues, visit the Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Pavilion, and the Denver Zoo.
In addition to museums, consider parades and special events such as the Cinco de Mayo 25th Annual Festival and parade (Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6). View the parade on May 5, at 10 a.m. The route is not finalized as yet, but will be posted on their website soon. Enjoy the food, entertainment, souvenirs, and exhibitions at the Civic Center Park venue.
Take one of three tours of Denver’s landmarks through Doors Open Denver, Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15. Or, on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, consider experiencing the Tesoro Annual Indian Market and Powwow, at The Fort in Morrison. More than 50 award winning Native American artists present pottery, jewelry, easel arts, and more as well as demonstrations of their arts and crafts. Enjoy the Traditional, Shawl, Fancy, Grass and Jingle dancing contests. Learn more about the dancers’ regalia, drumming, and traditional dances. Help honor Native American Armed Services personnel on Sunday.
Another “not-to-miss” event is the 5 Points Jazzfest on Saturday, May 19. Enjoy music by some of Denver’s finest local jazz musicians in the neighborhood where it all began.
These are only a few suggestions to stick close to home and take in Metro Denver special attractions. Plan carefully and have fun close to home this spring.