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Expanded Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus to open this November

Expanded Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus to open this November

 It’s the moment Colorado children have been waiting for. After five years of planning and a year and a half of construction, the date is set for the Grand Reopening of the expanded Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus: November 20, 2015.

On this date, the Children’s Museum will debut a greatly expanded facility featuring six new exhibits and plenty of extra amenities, including a new admission area and a dedicated school group entrance, an expanded gift shop, new café and additional parking.

Altitude, The Art Studio, Community Tree, Energy, The Teaching Kitchen and Water will join the Museum’s popular collection of existing exhibits to make the Museum bigger and better than ever before. Here’s a look at what visitors can experience in each new space:

  • Altitude – Scramble up a towering 3½ story climber filled with Colorado icons and a 360° glass peak.
  • The Art Studio – Find your inner Rembrandt in this 2,300 sq ft gallery featuring clay, multiple painting experiences and an artist-in-residence program.
  • Community Tree – Start your Museum visit at the wildly imaginative entry experience which uses photography to celebrate play, creative expression and our diverse community.
  • Energy – Find, collect and use resources like wind, solar and fossil fuel to power amazing things.
  • The Teaching Kitchen – Children will be the chefs in this hands-on, fully-equipped kitchen.
  • Water – Investigate, test and make predictions about H2O in this splish-splashing urban water experience.

Over the past year, the Museum has completed several expansion milestones, including the debut of Joy Park: An Outdoor Adventure, in June 2015. This 30,000 sq ft year-round outdoor experience evokes Colorado’s varied natural landscape and features sand dunes, rivers, forts and ruins, and a dual zip line. Other notable additions include the installation of “Cloudscape,” a sculpture by Christopher Lavery, which was formerly located at Denver International Airport, the opening of Village of Healthy Smiles, a dental-health inspired exhibit for children newborn through age 3, and 80 additional parking spaces. With a new name and an entirely new look and feel, the Museum will be transformed into a completely different space – in the most exciting ways possible.

The $16.1 million expansion has been the brain-child of dedicated Museum staff, board members, donors and community advisors, and is finally coming to life after years of hard work and grit.

“It has taken a momentous effort from far too many people to name to turn this powerful dream into a reality,” said Mike Yankovich, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. “The expanded Museum is a compilation of our hopes and wishes to create a world-class experience for all of Colorado’s young children to discover and learn more, on their own terms. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.”

Save the date for Friday, November 20, 2015 to experience the new exhibits firsthand. In the meantime, visit mychildsmuseum.org for a complete listing of current and upcoming experiences.

-Rachael Fischer

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.

3 Comments

  1. Looks awesome. Can’t wait!

  2. Thanks for posting!

  3. This is great news. Area homeowners with children now have one more option to consider when going out. When it comes to family activities, it’s all about having choices.

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