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Huge List of FREE (+ Low Cost) Fun Things To Do With Kids In Denver 2016!

Huge List of FREE (+ Low Cost) Fun Things To Do With Kids In Denver 2016!

When we moved to Denver, last year, we busied ourselves with making a life, learning our way around the city, and other practical things. Despite making time for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Greek Festival, and the Botanic Gardens, we knew we'd just scratched the surface of what this town has to offer. 

I was certain Denver had a lot going on, but I never dreamed it'd be this extensive! At first, I was intimidated, but then I started to get really excited as more and more activities were added to the list. Thanks to all the fun and free* things to do in here, there's no reason to sit around and be bored or go broke trying to keep the kiddos entertained this summer! And to make things that much easier for you, I've created a free calendar with all the events pre-filled in; all you have to do is download it and either keep it on your phone or print it out and stick it on the fridge. 

*Just about everything on this list is free, but if there is a cost, I've noted it.



Festivals + Fairs

Denver Chalk Art Festival: June 4 + 5

People's Fair Art & Music Festival: June 4 + 5

9th Annual National Get Outdoors Day! June 11 

A Taste of Puerto Rico Festival: June 12

Wildflower Festival: June 12 (technically not in Denver, but it's only about 25 minutes from the city!)

Denver Greek Festival: June 17-19 (Adults $5 each, but kids under 12 are free) We ❤ this festival SO much! Also, the website has a coupon for $2 off admission!

Juneteenth Music Festival: June 18

Denver Arts Festival: June 18 + 19

Cherry Blossom Denver Festival: June 18 + 19

Highlands Street Fair: June 25

South Platte RiverFest: June 25 + 26

Cherry Creek Arts Festival: July 1 - July 4

Colorado Black Arts Festival: July 8-10

Lavender Festival: July 16 (it's about 20 minutes from Denver, but it's FREE and lavender smells amazing!)

Cheesman Park Art Festival: July 30 + 31

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: July 30 + 31

Denver Days: July 30 - August 7


 

Movies

Harkins Summer Movie Fun at Northfield 18: June 6 - August 12; 10 movies for $5 or $2 per movie at 9:45am showing only

Movie On The Green: FREE every other Friday, June 10 - August 26 (event calendar)

Free Movie Nights at Infinity Park: Alternating Mondays from June 13 - August 8

Summer Movie Series at Skyline Park: FREE Thursday, July 7; Saturdays, July 9-August 6

Civic Center Movies in the Park: FREE Wednesday nights, August 3-17 


Fun things to do in Denver with kids, Colorado, Free, summer

 

Museums

Denver Museum of Nature and Science FREE Day: June 5 

Denver Art Museum FREE First Saturdays: June 4, July 2, August 6 

Denver Botanic Gardens FREE Days: June 23 + July 26 

Children's Museum Target Tuesday Nights (FREE admission from 4pm - 8pm every first Tuesday of the month!): June 7, July 5, August 2 

Denver Money Museum: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4pm

FREE Day at the Denver Firefighters Museum: August 20, 10am - 4pm


summer, fun, things to do with kids, pool, water parks, fountains, denver, colorado, free things to do

Splash Pads + Play Areas

Water Fountain at Wynkoop Plaza

Central Park Play Fountain

Natural Water Sculpture at Westlands Park

Denver SkatePark

My Denver Card: gives kids FREE access to 29 pools, 23 recreation centers, and acts as a library card!


 

4th of July Fun!

Denver Independence Eve: July 3

Liberty Run 4 Mile: July 4 (Firecracker Kids Run is FREE)

Park Hill Parade: July 4


 

Farmer's Markets + Food Trucks

Civic Center EATS: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays through October 6

Stapleton Fresh Market: Sundays through October 16

Union Station Farmers Market: Saturdays through October 22

Cherry Creek Fresh Market: Wednesdays through September 28, Saturdays through October 29

City Park Esplanade Fresh Market: Sundays through October 30

Pearl Street Farmers Market: Sundays through November 13 (get a week's worth of fresh veggies for $10!)



 

Events + Classes + Tours

CityPark Jazz: Free Sunday concerts from June 5 - August 5, 6pm - 8pm

Home Depot Kids' Workshops: FREE classes every first Saturday of the month 

Buchtel Motors' FREE Classic Car Show: June 19

Meet In The Street: Saturdays, from June 25 - July 24

First Friday Art Walk, Art District on Santa Fe: Every first Friday of the month, 6pm - 9pm

Celestial Seasonings Tea Tour: Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm; Sunday 11am - 3pm

Denver Story Trek: Free self-guided tours of Denver landmarks and landscapes

The U.S. Mint Tour: Monday-Thursday, 8am - 3:30pm

Stapleton Outdoor Theatre Series: June 2 - 4; July 21 - 23

MoJaBlu Concert Series: Thursdays, June 9 - August 4 (except July 21)

Concert on Founder's Green Series: Every other Saturday, June 18 - September 3

Michaels Kids' Club: many of the classes are $2 per child

Free Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma: call or visit local store for details 


 

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails

Some of these trails are just outside of Denver, but they provide a budget-friendly opportunity to unplug, be active and interact with nature.  

Mount Falcon Park

Roxborough State Park

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge

Rocky Mountain National Park: This is not in Denver, but it's a great day trip! Check out the Moraine Park Museum + Ampitheater while you're there. 

The Flatirons

Forsythe Canyon Trail

Garden of the Gods


Be sure to check back throughout the season since more events could pop up as the summer progresses. Also, I'd love to hear what your family likes to do during the break! Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

Ready to download the calendar? Click on the image below to download it!

Have fun with the kids this summer in Denver! Read the post and download the pre-filled calendar!

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