Judging from the brown patches of grass and the 90 degree plus weather, yeah … IT’S SUMMER! Water fun, indoor fun, rides, summer camps, bowling, and so much to do. Of course, only 12 weeks of summer vacation left and in the time it took me to write this, we are probably down to 10 weeks left. Where does the time go?
Well, if you have kids at home or kids over the long weekends, fret not. There are lots of activities to do right here in your own backyard – no need to travel to far off lands or worlds (yes I am referring to Disney) when you can have it all right here in the Denver metro area.*
This new exhibit at the Children’s Museum combines the water fun of summer with the imagination that only the Children’s Museum can bring to life with your kids. What fun. It opens on June 15 and it is sure to be a hit. Bring your kids’ bathing suits and towels and expect to get wet. Check out their videos on the exhibit and join in on the fun. And remember that every Wednesday Night is 2 for 1 admission, Check out their coupon here and don’t miss this fantastic deal http://www.coloradokids.com/
f you are not a member at the Museum, their membership rates are some of the most reasonable in the city at just $90 for a family. We are members and we have already gotten our money’s worth and the Children’s Museum allows you to host some pretty cool birthday parties on-site as well. Their grand opening event for the new “just add water” exhibit is on Friday, June 14, 9am-4pm with live music, food and fun. If you can make it, have fun… otherwise, the exhibit will be around til August 22 for the kids to enjoy. Bring a towel, bring some shoes and have fun!
2. Heritage Square Amusement Park in Golden, Colorado Is open all summer long and you do not need to go to Disneyland to get a ride. Heritage Square Amusement park has 22 attractions and rides! And with Easy access from anywhere in the Denver Metro area, it is a closer trip for sure. There are 22 Rides & Attractions, FREE Entry, FREE Parking, FREE Family Picnic Area and places to eat too:
Garden Grill – There is a courtyard eating area adjoining the Grill with plenty of sun and shade depending on your preference.
Python Pit Grill – A great place to grab a quick hot dog or frozen drink on the go
On their $12 Tuesdays, for the pass, you can get Unlimited rides (excluding mini golf, go karts and boats) and if you want to beat the heat you can play indoors at an arcade and get tickets to redeem for prizes for the little ones. There is a Mini Golf course, magic shows, and boats you can go out on too (foot propelled or canoes)
My kids’ favorite is the little banana ride. I am not kidding. It is perfect for little ones. Heritage Square has some height restrictions on some of the rides so please check and make sure you are ready for some waiting at the popular rides. Bring a hat, and don’t forget your sunblock this summer. And if you like to ride unlimited, check out this great coupon from Colorado Kids to get $4 off an unlimited ride pass:
3. Bowling Anyone? I know, some days it is too hot or it rains so hit the lanes instead! AMF Bowling Lanes in the Denver area has a great deal for you and your family this summer. It’s called Summer UnPlugged and includes FREE Bowling for Kids ALL SUMMER LONG! At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Simply register here and you’ll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3. *Shoe rental is not included.
OR Save as a Family – Only $8.99 for 2 Hours of Bowling for up to 6 People! Make sure to click on this deal and print out the coupon. What fun! And remember, even if you go outside of summer time, no matter your budget, bowling is one of the best entertainment values available. You can check out AMF’s page for specials or join the eClub at amf.com, for our best deals! Then just grab the gang and head over for a great time, any time! For fun or for competition, when it comes to bowling, AMF has everybody else beat.
4. Denver Nature & Science Museum – Lizards and Snakes & so much more
This place rocks no matter how you slice it. The opportunities to do things here are endless and while it is indoors, the park outside is amazing. The educational opportunities, the different exhibits and even a play area for little ones (Discovery Zone), you can spend three or four whole days here and still not be done. We absolutely love this place and if you are military, you get in free to the main museum all the time.
IMAX is spectacular and if you have not seen the Arctic 3D yet, you simply must! I have not visited the planetarium yet but I think my older one is ready for it – I hear it is spectacular. All in all, a must – do place in Denver if you are visiting or a resident. The prices are reasonable all the time and the memberships are absolutely worth it! The T-rex cafe here is awesome and the food prices are so reasonable, how could you not order a healthy salad?
5. Denver Zoo– NEW Elephant Passage
The Denver Zoo is another fun place and very close to the venue above, Denver Nature and Science. In fact, when parking is bad all of it flows together 🙂 The Denver Zoo is great but pricey even with discounts so get a membership if you can for the year. For a family, it is so worth it. The new exhibit is the Elephant Passage and you have to make reservations so go to the website and do that before you head out. The Zoo is a fun place and you can pack a lunch and bring it in to avoid the high concession prices as well.
So much to do, see and visit in Denver – some free and some not. Waterworld, and others I have not even touched on yet because there is just isn’t enough time but make sure you get out and get those kids out of the house. Happy Summer to you all!
*Disclaimer: For some of the activities above, I am being compensated for my time with a free pass or free day or just discounted family fun. For others that are listed, I am only sharing because I think these are fun worthwhile activities that you should know about and will keep your kiddos busy and you … SANE! 🙂 For more on Get Clued In’s disclaimer, please read my general disclaimer.