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Places to Take Kids When It’s Cold Outside

This is the time of year I get whiny and snappish about it being cold.

I know. It’s not that cold. And it’s not cold that often, compared to a lot of places. We get a few days, or a week, here and there, and then it warms up to the 50s and we all run around in our T-shirts for a good long while, thankfully. But while the cold spell lasts, we can get a serious case of cabin fever here and I need to get the kids Out. Of. My. House. Desperately. 

Here are a few of our favorite places to head when the temperature starts dropping (or climbing, actually — these are all great in the middle of summer when it’s too hot out also). 

Places Around Denver to Take Kids When It’s Cold Outside

Denver Museum of Nature and Science — we always make sure to visit the space and dinosaur exhibits. And gems & minerals, because for some reason my kids are obsessed (they do have a really cool mining cave to walk through…and the largest piece of gold ever found in Colorado…and the largest aquamarine found in North America.)  Make sure to visit the Discovery Zone for tons of kids’ science activities.

Children’s Museum of Denver — great for younger kids who need to get out of the house. They can climb on a fire truck, explore bubbles, and play with balls while learning about kinetic energy. 

Downtown Aquarium — tons of different underwater habitats for kids to investigate, and learn about the fish and sea creatures that live there.

Wildlife Experience — now part of CU South Denver in Parker, The Wildlife Experience is a fun art and natural history museum where kids can learn about many different time periods in Colorado’s history. Check their events page for fun kid-friendly movies playing in the IMAX theater.

Butterfly Pavilion — we love going here when it’s frigid and snowy outside. The rooms of bugs and sea creatures you’re allowed to touch are fun, and you can’t go without a visit with Rosie the Tarantula. But I really love heading into the tropical rainforest, shedding my jacket, and pretending for a few minutes that I’m not somewhere freezing cold. Check the website for $5 days, and call to make sure you don’t miss the talk by an employee, followed by a release of newly hatched butterflies.

Denver Public Library — Just a great place to chill, let the kids hang out in the play area or challenge each other to an oversized game of checkers, and see floors and floors of books — we never get over that. They also have great kid events, so be sure to check their website and follow them on facebook to stay informed.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum — awesome aircraft exhibits to check out with the kids, cool simulator experiences, and amazing space and rocketry exhibits to explore.