40 Things to Do in Denver with Kids

Denver, Colorado is a diverse city with plenty of activities perfect for families. The Mile High City has a great art scene complete with numerous museums & galleries.  It also has many educational attractions such as the Denver Aquarium & Museum of Nature & Science. In addition, it is a great location for outdoor activities with plenty of trails, hills & mountains nearby. Below are 33 activities perfect for families.

40 Things to Do with Kids in Denver

Take a Ride on One of Denver’s Indoor Go-Kart Tracks
The Mile High City has two indoor go-kart facilities (Unser Karting & K1 Speed) that offer tracks perfect for both beginner & seasoned go-kart enthusiasts. For more information, visit our Denver Indoor Go-Karting page.
Visit Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks has more than 800 acres of rock formations, vistas, geological wonders & wildlife.  You can tour the grounds for free all year long.  There is also a 30,000-square-foot Visitor Center with concert memorabilia from past performances. 

Take a Train Ride on the Platte Valley Trolley
Hop aboard the Platte Valley Trolley (700 Water St.), an open-air streetcar that resembles the trolley on the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood TV show. The narrated tours provide a fascinating historical account of Denver from its Gold Rush days to the present.

See Wildlife at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Located 10 minutes from downtown Denver, this 17,000-acre refuge is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. It consists of open lakes, wetlands, prairie grasslands, and woodlands and an excellent hands-on visitor’s center.

Visit Belleview Park
Nestled in the heart of Englewood, Belleview Park is a great place for kids.  It features two playgrounds, nature trails and a small stream.  During the summer, the park opens its petting zoo & miniature train which loops around the park. Pirates Cove Water Park is also located at Belleview Park.

See Model Trains at Caboose Hobbies
Caboose Hobbies is the biggest model train store in Denver, with hundreds of model train parts & accessories. The real attraction is the four large model train displays throughout the store.

Visit the Denver Aquarium
One of the best aquariums in the United States is located is the heart of downtown Denver. The Denver Aquarium has over 1 million gallons of fish, corals & rare & exotic marine life. The shark tank exhibit in the center of the facility lets you get close up to nearly a dozen different varieties of shark. 

Visit the Children’s Museum of Denver
If you’re looking for an interactive playland for your youngsters, then the Children’s Museum of Denver is a must visit attraction. The museum has a great variety of play places including a farm/slide room, a ball room and a bubble room.

Visit the Denver Firefighters Museum
Anyone who has or ever had a dream to be a firefighter should visit the Denver Firefighters Museum, located in the original fire building in downtown Denver.  In addition to learning about Denver’s firefighting past, you can try on real firefighter’s gear and sit in a fire truck. 

Play Glow in the Dark Mini Golf at Monster Mini Golf
Monster Mini-Golf is a unique golf experience, where you play 18 holes in an indoor, glow-in-the-dark setting.  Navigate your way through vampires, ghosts & other monsters in courses fun for all ages. 

Tour the Denver U.S. Mint
There are two mints in the United States and one resides here in the Mile High City.  Hour-long weekday guided tours give you a behind the scenes look into the history of coins & currency. Admission is complimentary, but reservations must be booked in advance. 

Ride a Roller Coaster at Elitch Gardens
Elitch Gardens Amusement Park is a Downtown Denver landmark filled with breathtaking rides and lots of fun.  The park has four roller coasters, a giant ferris wheels & lots of rides for both kids & adults. 

See an Old Train Car at the Colorado Railroad Museum
If you’re a train buff like I am, then the Colorado Railroad Museum is a must see attraction for the whole family. You can tour old train cars, see old photos of classic rails & view full size engines in near pristine condition.

Walk Though a Butterfly Filed Rain Forest at Butterfly Pavilion
Founded in 1995, the Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 1,600 butterflies & 3,000 additional animals including insects, fish, corals, arachnids & much more. You’ll be amazed at the color and variety of the butterfly species on display at this educational & interactive attraction.

Tour the Renovated Union Station
Originally constructed in 1881, Denver’s famed Union Station recently received a multi-million dollar facelift.  This historic treasure is now a marvel of architecture and home to a number of great shops & restaurants.  

See Coors Field, Home of the Colorado Rockies
Take a behind-the-scenes tour at one of the premier ballparks in Major League Baseball. Guided tours of Coors Field are available Monday through Saturday during the season and Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the off-season.

Play a Spirited Game of Laser Tag at Laser Quest
Strap on a special vest and pick up your light gun for an exciting round of laser tag at Laser Quest in South Denver.  This special laser tag facility features a large arena to compete against many other competitors.  

Take a Trip to the Majestic View Park & Nature Center
Located in the western suburb of Arvada, the Majestic View Park & Nature Center has plenty to see & do.  The park has a children’s playground, walking trails & great mountain views while the nature center is perfect for bird watching and seeing wildlife.

See an Elephant Up Close at the Denver Zoo
From African Lions to Hippos to Exotic Birds, the Denver Zoo has so much to explore. The 80 acre facility has over 600 species of animals for you to see. The Zoo also comes alive during the holidays with their famous Zoo Lights exhibit.

See an IMax Movie at The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Voted “Best Museum in Denver” by TripAdvisor, the Museum of Nature & Science is a must see attraction.  The museum is home to an IMax theater, a planetarium & a host of unique rotating exhibits.  Their recent Dinosaur, Mummy & Geological  exhibits are some of the best in the country. 

Hammond’s Candy Factory Tour
Hammond’s Candy has been a staple of the Denver area for decades. The company offers free 30 minute tours through their candy factory, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 3pm.

Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum
If you’re into aviation and old military aircraft, then Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is a must see. The museum has a B-1 Bomber, F-14 & a full size replica of an X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars.

Boondocks Fun Center
Located off I-25 in North Denver, Boondocks Fun Center has something for everyone, from young kids to adults. The center has activities such as Bowling, Go-Karts, Mini-Golf, Laser Tag, Bumper Boats & an arcade.

Go Through a Human-Sized Maze Miner’s Maze Adventureland
Located in Golden, Miner’s Maze Adventureland has plently of fun activities for the family, highlighted by their 5000 square foot two level human maze. You can also find a ropes course, climbing wall, shooting gallery & much more.

Go Skydiving without a Plane
iFly Denver is a unique experience allowing visitors to sky dive indoors. Located in the South Denver area of Park Meadows, iFly Denver provides a skydiving experience with the use of powerful fans that allow you to float on a cushion of air. There is no experience necessary and kids as young as four years old have joined the fun.

See the Garden Railroad at Hudson Gardens
Hudson Gardens is a free nature area that features acres of beautiful gardens. Tour colorful flowers, ponds, and see their garden railroad. There are also concerts held during the summer months.

View Classic Cars at The Forney Transportation Museum
If you love classic cars or just interested in automobiles from yesteryear, then the Forney Transportation Museum is a must visit attraction in Denver.  The museum has old carriages from the 1800s, cars from the early 1900s, a full size steam engine & old military & government automobiles. 

Walk Along the Cherry Creek Trail
One of the largest trail systems in the City of Denver is the Cherry Creek Trail. The 40 mile system begins at the Platte River Trail in Denver’s Confluence Park, but can be picked up in Parker, Centennial & Aurora. Most of the trail is paved, making for a smooth walk for the whole family. 

Enjoy Playtime at The WOW Children’s Museum
Wow Children’s Museum is a lower cost option to the Children’s Museum of Denver, with just as much to see and do. Wow is full of interactive exhibits such as a play house, a bank, a grocery store, a science area, a music room & much more. 

See Fossils at The Morrison Natural History Museum
At only 3000 square feet, the Morrison Natural History Museum is small in comparison to the other museums on this list, but it just as entertaining.  You’ll find fossils from various Dinosaurs that used to call Colorado home.

Get Active at the Louisville Community Park
Located in the northern suburb of Louisville, this community park has plenty to keep your family entertained.  The Louisville Community Park offers tennis/basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a dirt-bike hill, playground, a kids water park & dog park 

Enjoy a Fun Day at Adventure Golf & Raceway
One of a handful of family fun centers in the Denver area, Adventure Golf & Raceway has a lot of activities at a reasonable price.  The center offers 36 holes of miniature golf, electric go-karts & bumper cars. 

Enjoy Indoor Golf at Monster Mini Golf
Monster Mini-Golf is a unique golf experience, where you play 18 holes in an indoor, glow-in-the-dark setting.  Navigate your way through vampires, ghosts & other monsters in courses fun for all ages. 

Go Back in Time at the Four Mile Historic Park
See how life was back in the 1800s at Four Mile Historic Park & Museum.  The park show visitors how western settlers lived in the old days of Colorado. The Four Mile House at the center of the park is Denver’s oldest standing structure, built in 1859.   

Feel Really Tall at Tiny Town
Tiny Town has been a fixture in the nearby suburb of Morrison, Colorado for over 100 years.  This delight to visitors & locals contains over 100 miniature buildings, approximately 1/6 scale.  This is also a 10 minute train ride around the facility on miniature steam engines. 

Visit the Tattered Cover Bookstore
This independent bookstore, with two locations across Denver, has plenty of activities for kids. Friday nights are family nights, with the store hosting story time & activities for kids, while the adults can enjoy coffee. In addition, both locations host a kids story time on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.

Make a Splash at Water World
Each summer, Coloradans can cool off at Water World and enjoy over 40 water attractions including slides, tube rides, splash pools & more. The park is open daily from 10am to 6pm daily through August. Tickets cost $38.

Jungle Quest Indoor Adventure Center
Located in Littleton, Jungle Quest Indoor Adventure Center has plenty to do for kids between the ages of 5 and 9.  The center has a climbing wall, zip-line, rope bridges & tree houses all located under one roof.  Its a perfect way to spend a day off from school.

Roll a Strike at a Local Bowling Fun Center
Denver is home to a few bowling centers that offer additional activities for kids.  For example, Chipper’s Lanes in Broomfield has a laser tag arena & arcade in addition to their many bowling lanes.  Fat Cats in Westminster offers bowling, an arcade, an indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course & a challenging laser maze.

History Colorado Center
Opened in 2012, the History Colorado Center is the latest museum entry in the state.  Located at 12th and Broadway in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District,History Colorado offers many hands on exhibits detailing the history of Colorado & of the United States.  

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