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Five Fabulous Spring Break Ideas in Denver

Spring Break in Colorado is a glorious thing! I will be appearing on 9News My20 in the 8:30 a.m. block to kick-off a week-long series about great ways to spend it with your kids. Here are some of my suggestions.

Botanic Gardens. Nothing welcomes spring better than exploring nature and on Wednesday, March 27 Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at the Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. March 25-29, enroll your kids in Spring Break Camp: Garden Explorers for a fun week of exploration, crafts and culinary arts. Week-long Camps for Kids allows children ages 6-12 to discover the world of plants through art, science, cooking, gardening and outdoor exploration. Denver Botanic Gardens also offers drop-in Seedling Classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These are a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world and each week brings a new theme filled with interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers. Don’t miss the Mordecai Children’s Garden, which opened for the season on March 1 and is filled with delightful discoveries in its 3-acre oasis. 1007 York St. (Denver); 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton (Chatfield)

History Colorado Center. If you haven’t yet visited this new center that opened last April, now it the time.  Each day, from March 25-29, they will explore a different topic in Colorado history that will include a History CSI, be taught about wool by carding, spinning and dying it or do advanced LEGO brick building skills. They are designed for kids grades 3rd through 5th  and adults (additional fees apply). Be sure to also check-out rare national treasure Thomas Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, an exhibit that opens March 22. The museum will also host various performances that include Indian dancers, birds of prey soaring in the auditorium and a performance from Annie Oakley. 1200 Broadway, Denver.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science invites families to enjoy Spring Break: Ice Age from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 31. The week-long event celebrates the Museum’s new temporary exhibition Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age—which features life size models of Ice Age animals, fossils, interactive displays, and more—and the new IMAX film, Titans of the Ice Age 3D. In addition to visiting the exhibition and IMAX, extra Ice Age programming will be available throughout the Museum free with admission. Highlights include a Bone Dig, Tusk Yourself with the largest tusks found in Colorado, Mr. Bones, scientific discoveries with Time Scene Investigation and more. 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver.

YMCA of the Rockies. I have long touted YMCA of the Rockies‘ two locations (near Winter Park and Estes Park) as Colorado’s most affordable and fun family getaway. March is a fantastic time to visit their Estes Park property. With their Super Value rates kicking off, cabins start at $99 per night and lodge rooms $70/ per night. The YMCA of the Rockies is also offering a lodging special: stay two nights in a cabin or lodge room and get a third night free (restrictions apply). There are also several spring break activities, including a Saturday Roller Skate Luau, Sun Art using the sun’s powerful rays, guided nature hikes, Easter services and a big egg hunt. These are in addition to the huge list of daily on-site activities including swimming, roller skating, the craft center, game room and much more.

United States Mint. A visit to the Mint has a lot of things going for it. 1) It is free. 2) The 45-minute tours are educational and 3) It’s fun to see how our nation’s circulating coinage as well as collectible coins and medals are made. Tours are Monday through Thursday and start every 90 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required so make them as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. General tour information: 303-405-4761. Also, be sure to check-out their educational website geared to teaching kids about money, H.I.P. Pocket Change. There are security requirement so read their information page. 320 West Colfax Avenue, Denver.

Also, don’t miss these other articles we’ve recently published.
*10 Memorable Ways to Celebrate Easter and Spring in Denver
*Denver’s backyard is full of budget-minded spring-break fun
*Choose Your Own Denver Adventure – Local Ideas for Spring Break 2013

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.


  1. All great ideas of Denver classics. We’ll probably try to hit Botanic’s free day, though I recommend either going first thing or later in the day…those free days can get crazy.

    • or you could spend the 12 bucks and go on a regular day. Much less busy.

  2. Agreed, Martha. When I go at opening, it’s always busy but these free days seem to reach their peak between 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  3. We’re also big fans of the Wildlife Experience and Children’s Museum of Denver. Looking at these suggestions make me realize just how many options there are in Denver.

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