By: Gloria Sanchez, Adams County Site Coordinator
It’s springtime! Birds are chirping, days are longer, the sun is shining, children are ready to go outside, and summer is around the corner! Many parents find themselves asking questions like, “What are we going to do? How are we going to entertain the kids? What will they do for fun?” Well, not to worry because 2018’s free days are here! For the last few years, the Denver area’s cultural institutions such as museums, gardens, and the zoo have offered FREE DAYS for the community. These are days when admissions to such places are FREE FOR ALL to visit. This initiative is largely welcomed by those on a budget and is especially convenient for families. Every year, several institutions offer different days throughout the year for families to visit for FREE! The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District provides a calendar with a monthly listing of free days that can be found at scfd.org. For example, this month you can enjoy the Clyfford Still Museum (1250 Bannock St.) Friday evenings from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! As the days warm up, have a family picnic at the Hudson Gardens (6115 S. Sante Fe Dr.) or Chatfield Farms (8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd.). If you are an art lover, you can plan a visit to the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway) or the Arvada Center Galleries (6901 Wadsworth Blvd.). The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus (2121 Children’s Museum Dr.) offers free admissions from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month throughout the year.
Check out the dinosaurs, mummies and awesome exhibits at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 S. Colorado Blvd.), and if you visit in the summertime, be sure to bring a towel and enjoy the splash pad in the adjoining park. If your grandchild is a little builder, your local Home Depot also offers workshops on Saturdays mornings (registration required).
While all of these are amazing ways to spend your days, don’t forget you can always visit your local library, take a walk or bike-ride on a nearby trail, or just go run around at the neighborhood playground. There are many free options or low cost activities that you can do with your grandchildren. I have only mentioned a few, so check out the rest on the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District website at http://scfd.org/p/free-days-calendar.html.