Before we moved to Arkansas, we were fortunate enough to stop by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Our daughter was a little bit on the young side at that point, so she was unable to properly get into some of the exhibits. While she was a bit older for our visit to the Little Rock Museum of Discovery, there were still a few things that she was unable to enjoy. Fast-forward a few months, and we were invited to check out the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus.
The one thing that struck us as we went through the museum was the sheer amount of differentiation between the exhibits. This means that children of all ages will continue to be interested in the museum. Particular high notes had to be the art studio, which provided paint and paper for all and allowed for attendees to make their own mugs for a small fee. Our daughter loved the bubble section, which provided a number of distinct options for bubble blowing – children can envelop themselves in a bubble, make mounds of foam, and stare as massive creations are made automatically.
Our visit to the museum was the first time that we realized that our daughter liked crafting with tools greater than paints, markers, and “soft” things (e.g. pipe cleaners). Along with the wife, our daughter created a block of wood wielding a child’s-size hammer.
Part of the museum dealt with occupations. When visiting the museum, children are able to dress up like fire fighters and sit at the helm of a decommissioned engine. In the same room, Olivia was able to socialize with other children and “prepare” a meal with play food, utensils, and a range. We loved the Children’s Museum of Denver because it treats children of all ages with respect and makes each activity informative while tremendously fun.
It was a bit on the warm side when we visited so we stuck around the indoor attractions of the museum, but there are a number of outdoor options for visitors. We were particularly enamored with “Altitude”, a climbing attraction that has children run through a rope-style bridge, pretend that they are camping, and ultimately reach a point three stories high. For those children that are a bit younger, there’s the box canyon below the Altitude exhibit that will have imaginations firing on all cylinders.
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9 am – 4 pm
Wed: 9 am – 7:30 pm – now 9 am – 7:00 pm
Sat, Sun: 10 am – 5 pm
Under Age One: Free
Age One: $12
Ages 2 – 59: $14
Seniors (60+): $12
Even if you’ve been multiple times, check out the Children’s Museum of Denver when the Adventure Forest in Joy Park opens in September. We’re already looking for cheap flights out to the Denver area!