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Fun scavenger hunt with “Itty Bitty Art” installments in Golden

Itty bitty art Golden

Are you looking for a fun fall activity that could turn into a scavenger hunt with your kid? 

The second installation of the Golden Public Art Commission’s (PAC) Itty Bitty Art arrived in Golden in October, with 14 new ground level artworks that will delight kids and adults alike.

The PAC selected 14 new, tiny art works to be installed in unexpected places in Golden’s oldest park, Parfet Park and on the Washington Avenue bridge over Clear Creek. The artworks might be in a hole in a tree, a crack in a sidewalk, near electrical boxes, or on top of a bike rack. Colorado artists created art pieces with names like, Fairies Gather Here, London Calling, Firefly Lantern and When Pigs Fly and installed them around Parfet Park to compliment the first round of Itty Bitty Art introduced in 2022 and found along the city’s main street, Washington Avenue, and the Clear Creek Trail.Itty bitty art Golden

Art and adventure lovers can search for the artworks on their own or be guided to them with a map, either picked up at the Golden Visitor Center at 10th and Washington or downloaded at https://www.cityofgolden.net/play/recreation-attractions/public-art/itty-bitty-art/.

Other Family Fun in Golden, Colorado

In addition to looking for the Itty Bitty artworks in Parfet Park, kids can discover:

  • a statue of a dragon
  • gigantic riverside trout fish sculptures
  • play on a long slide that descends from the park down to the river bank.  

And of course, the park is within an easy walk of the shops of downtown Golden which include several ice cream shops, a candy store, and a toy store, not to mention two dozen family and dog-friendly restaurants, outdoor cafes, beer gardens and the Clear Creek Trail, which has been called “the best trail in Metro Denver.” 

Golden, long known for its beauty and recreational opportunities, is also home to a thriving – and rapidly expanding – art scene.  An entire downtown block of Golden is being transformed to house the Miners Alley Performing Arts Center (which will open in December 2023 with The Great American Trailer Park Christmas) and the Foothills Arts Center, which is expanding into the adjacent Astor House with a new museum in 2023. 

Mile High Mamas
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