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adventurous
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Keystone, Colorado
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere in the Colorado mountains, but for our beach fix we like Hawaii and Mexico.
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Alaska, Florida Keys, Yellowstone, Pacific Northwest
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5 Top Museums for Kids in Denver

Here are indoor locations to take your children for a little low-key education -- and fun! (Yes, one is technically an "aquarium," not a "museum," but still, a nifty place for learning and entertainment!)

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2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, Colorado


reviewed on: January 06 2010

"Awesome Exhibits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science"
There are many permanent exhibits and visiting exhibitions at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, but on my family's recent visit we spent the majority of our time at "Exhibition Health." It's a totally interactive space, where kids learn about how their bodies work by actually measuring *their* heart rate, arm span and gait, among other things. We loved the interactive theatre show at "Exhibition Health"; I wish we had time to do the computer-generated aging station, but the line was too long, and the process takes up to 30 minutes. Other permanent exhibits cover dinosaurs, mummies... and there's an IMAX theatre too.

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100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado


reviewed on: January 06 2010

"Free Activities at Denver Art Museum"
Families who visit the newly expanded Denver Art Museum can ask for Family Backpacks, filled with activities, games and puzzles to do in several galleries, or Art Tubes, little mini-activities if you don't have time tour the entire museum. Admission for kids under 5 is always free!

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1326 Tremont Place
Denver, Colorado


reviewed on: January 06 2010

"Fascinating history here"
I like this museum because it's got some really interesting exhibits and information about the history of firefighting in Denver (I'm a history buff). Of course, when I took my then-preschooler son, all he wanted to do was touch all the gear. I think he'd get more out of the museum now (at age 7, learning about fire prevention) than he did as a 3-year-old, even though his fascination with fire trucks is long over.

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2121 Children's Museum Drive
Denver, Colorado


reviewed on: January 06 2010

"Best for Young Children"
The Children's Museum of Denver's website says it's for children up to age 8, but I think it's best for little tykes. Even babies like crawling around a playspace just for them. When I took my then-preschooler daughter, we had a ball playing in the pretend store, while my then-toddler son wouldn't get off the *real* fire truck. I likely wouldn't bring my kids now, since they are 7 and 9.

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700 Water Street
Denver, Colorado


reviewed on: January 06 2010

"Expensive, but good exhibits"
My kids aren't unduly fascinated with marine creatures like some kids are. Still they were entertained by the exhibits here, which have sea life and other creatures arranged by habitat: at the beach, coral lagoon, rainforest. (In addition to fish, you'll find tigers here.) The restaurant is overpriced, but you can't beat the location, siting around a 150,000-gallon aquarium. Again, my kids made it through the exhibits quickly -- but if your child loves sea creatures you can eek out a bit more time here. Special programs -- like "Marine Biologist for the Day" and "Behind the Scenes Tours" -- cost extra, but sound cool. These fee-based extras might make a neat birthday gift.