Denver can sometimes seem like an adult-oriented town. Breweries and dispensaries an be found in every neighborhood, as are bars and coffee shops. But Denver also offers plenty of kid-friendly fun—much of which can be enjoyed on a budget. Here are some of the best things to do in Denver with kids (on a budget).
HITTING DENVER’S PUBLIC LIBRARIES
There is much to be appreciated at Denver’s public libraries—especially the Central Library in Capitol Hill. Weekdays mean story times for children, separated by age groups (babies, toddlers, and preschoolers), often ending with fun arts & crafts like painting or collage making. More recently, DPL has also added Play & Explore hours, during which rugrats are free to play with a variety of toys (changed on a weekly basis) while parents socialize or catch up on work. And even when there aren’t any planned activities, kiddos are free to check out books, use tablets, play checkers, and enjoy designated play areas. Oh, and many are open 7 days a week!
EXPLORING FREE ART IN RINO
If you want to expose your kiddos to some great public art, take them on a brief walking tour of RiNo. Here, you’ll find plenty of colorful murals both on main streets and in the alleyways. Pose your little ones in front of their favorite pieces, or if you’re feeling bold, bring something with which to do a little tagging yourself. And of course, First Fridays art walks mean you’ll also get to enter some of the galleries and check out some live entertainment, free of charge. It’s all sure to inspire even the youngest of art lovers.
RUNNING WILD AT DENVER’S MANY PARKS
Denver is anything but short on green, public spaces in which to cut their kiddos loose. There are massive parks like Cheeseman and Washington Park, which offer safe playground space for little ones and lots of jogging paths for the grown-ups. You can also find smaller playgrounds punctuating the Mile High City. Teach your children about the beauty of flowers at Alamo Placita Park, admire the sculptures found at City Park, or if you’ve got slightly older kiddos, an afternoon of kayaking at Confluence Park is never a bad idea.
CATCHING A DAY GAME AT COORS FIELD
Coors Field is a fantastically kid-friendly baseball park. Kiddos will, of course, be drawn to the playground, open during every Rockies game so little ones have a place to stretch their legs. Located adjacent to the playground is a Kids Concessions Stand, offering kid-sized meals and snacks like hot dogs, nachos, mini burgers, chicken nuggets, and more. There’s also an area where youngsters can practice their pitching and tee-ball skills. Best of all, cheap seats for games can run as low as $10 per person (and as low as $1 for Day of Game Rockpile seats for children).