The Children's Museum of Denver is dedicated to the discovery and learning through play. Aimed at visitors up to the age eight years old, the Museum features a variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits, displays and activities that encourage curiosity, exploration and education in fun and fascinating ways. With a mission of creating extraordinary experiences that support and inspire the joy of childhood, The Children's Museum of Denver opened in a converted school bus in 1973 and has served thousands of visitors a year ever since.

Today the Museum occupies a nine-acre campus and features an array of exhibits, including The Art Studio, Joy Park, Altitude, Energy, The Teaching Kitchen and Water. The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus



Exhibits at The Children's Museum of Denver are divided into four sections - Explore, Imagine, Investigate, and Create. The Explore section includes exhibits such as Altitude, Big Backyard, Box Canyon, Center for the Young Park, and Joy Park. The Imagine section of the Museum includes exhibits such as Book Nook, My Market, Fire Station No. 1, Ready, Vet, Go, and Village of Healthy Smiles. Investigate features Bubbles, Energy, Water, and Kinetics! The Create exhibit features Art Studio, Assembly Plant, D.I.Y, and Teaching Kitchen. Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus - Photo: The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

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In Altitude, visitors can scale a towering mountain to the summit to soak up amazing views of the Rockies and Denver. The Big Backyard shrinks visitors to the size of small woodland creatures to experience life in the backyard like never before. Climb over boulders, leap through a waterfall and balance on a kayak in Box Canyon, while the Center for Young Child is specifically designed for visitors under three years old with clear ponds to explore and low tree roots to clamber over. Joy Park offers an action-packed adventure complete with spelunking and zip lining.


The Book Nook offers books and ideas for curious minds, Fire Station No. 1 presents opportunities for visitors to don firefighter gear, sound the siren, and save the day when there is a fire in the city. My Market is a farm fresh market exhibit where kids can shop for fresh produce, and Ready, Vet, Go gives animal-loving children the chance to treat and cure all the neighborhood animals. The Village of Healthy Smiles is for dentists in the making, where visitors can take a trip with the tooth fairy and learn to take care of their beautiful teeth. Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus - Photo: The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

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Unlock the secret science of bubbles in Bubbles, create power with the wind, solar energy and body strength in Energy, control the forces of motion and gravity in Kinetics, and splash about in an urban water world in Water.


The Art Studio gives kids the chance to master the art of texture, space, and color, or make unique creations from recycled materials in the Assembly Plant exhibit. The favorite D.I.Y. exhibit features an array of tools and materials where children can design and construct fantastic, and imaginative buildings and the Teaching Kitchen presents the chance for budding young chefs to prepare delicious food with a resident chef. Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus - Photo: The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

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The Children's Museum of Denver offers a range of educational programs, workshops, and classes for children that encourage hands-on learning. Teaching Kitchen Workshops offer kids the opportunity to learn to cook with eggs and master three different egg recipes – fried, hard-boiled and scrambled.

The Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop is a fun-filled activity that involves decorating an already assembled gingerbread house with sprinkles, candies, frostings and more while snacking on homemade gingerbread and sipping on warm apple cider. Joy Park Workshops include Pumpkin Parties with story time, pumpkin treats and creating spooky art with the big orange globes.

Birds of Winter workshops offer the chance to look for and identify different types of birds and A Long Winter’s Night is a family workshop that explores night time and the nocturnal animals that come out at this time.

Art Studio Workshops include clay pottery making with a unique two-class session wheel throwing, and creating fairy gardens out of clay, while a variety of themed summer camps for all ages are also offered. Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus - Photo: The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

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The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is located at 2121 Children's Museum Drive in Denver and is open Monday through Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and admission are free on the first Tuesday of every month. Free parking is available at the Museum, and the Museum Café serves healthy snacks, light meals, and beverages on the outdoor patio. The Museum has an onsite shop that sells a range of souvenirs, gifts, books, clothing and other Museum-related items.

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