Countdown To Denver: Cool Activities For Kids

By Karen Maoki posted 05-17-2013 04:09 PM


Guest Blog by Diane S. King for Colorado PELA

We hope to see you in Denver at the NELA Annual Convention!  To encourage you to join us, we will be sharing information about various fun activities in Denver and around Colorado.  The first in our series is oriented towards activities for children.  – Diane King


Activities For Kids Within Walking/Shuttling Distance

Children’s Museum

2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, CO 80211

Phone: (303) 433-7444

Downtown Aquarium

700 Water Street, Denver, CO 80211

Phone: (303) 561-4450

Colorado History Museum

1200 Broadway, Denver, CO  80203

Phone: (303) 447-8679

Elitch Gardens 

2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO 80204

Phone: (303) 595-4386

REI Flagship Store

1416 Platte Street, Denver, CO 80202

Phone: (303) 756-3100

The indoor climbing wall at REI.

Amazing Urban Scavenger Hunt in Denver

Thursday, June 27, 9:00am, Colorado State Capitol

Phone: (805) 603-5620

Experience downtown Denver in a whole new way on this scavenger hunt walking adventure. Perfect for families! Solve clues and complete challenges as you make your way from the Capitol building to many other famous and hidden gems of Denver. Pricing is per team of 2 to 5 people, NOT per person. Sign up online. Start your Tour ANYTIME during daylight hours.

16th Street Mall Shuttle Bus

Experience the sights and sounds of downtown Denver with RTD’s FREE 16th Street MallRide. Our shuttle bus is your ride to great restaurants, shops, theatre, galleries, tourist attractions, and businesses up and down the mall. It runs from Civic Center Station (Colfax & Broadway) to Union Station (which connects to the light rail system). 

16th Street Fair

16th Street Mall Pedestrian Mall

Friday & Saturday, June 28 & June 29, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Phone: (720) 272-7467

The 16th Street Fair is a celebration of fine art, handcrafted goods, and the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. Enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers, producing original and unique handmade goods.

Lucky Strike Lanes

Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, Suite 340, Denver, CO  80202

Phone: (303) 629-9090

Denver Pavilions

Denver Pavilions is located on the 16th Street pedestrian mall in the heart of Downtown Denver.  Featuring 40 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues including a movie theater and bowling alley, this two city blocks, three stories high, open-air mall offers convenient underground parking and is located next to the 16th Street Free Mall shuttle.


Activities For Kids – A Short Cab/Bus Ride Away

City Park

17th Avenue and York Street

Located just east of downtown you’ll find a public golf course, colorful flower gardens, ornate fountains, placid lakes, and rolling green lawns for picnics. City Park is home to some of Denver’s most popular attractions, including the Denver Zoo, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and much more. It’s also got unbeatable views of the Mile High City skyline and the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

Denver Zoo

2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO  80205

Phone: (720) 337-1400

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO  80205

Phone: (303) 370-6000

The museum also offers a planetarium and IMAX theatre. 

Mordecai Children’s Garden

1007 York Street, Denver, CO  80206

Phone: (720) 865-3681

Located on top of the parking structure for the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Children’s Garden offers a place to play, explore, and discover. The natural environment constantly changes. 

Activities For Kids – Outside Metro Denver

Water World

8801 North Pecos Street, Federal Heights, CO  80260 

Phone: (303) 427-7873

Colorado Railroad Museum

17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO  80403

Phone: (303) 279-4591


Georgetown Loop Railroad

646 Loop Drive, Georgetown, CO  80444

Phone: (888) 456-6777

The Splash at Fossil Trace

3151 Illinois Street, Golden, CO  80401

Phone:  (303) 277-8700

Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave

987 ½ Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO  80401

Phone: (303) 526-0744


11425 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO  80233

Phone: (720) 977-8000

Boondocks Fun Center has over seven acres of attractions and food for people of all ages. Attractions include Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Laser Tag, Slick Track, Arcade, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, and Max Flight. There is also a Kiddie Cove Soft Play Area and Kiddie Go-Karts. Height requirements on many attractions. 

Dinosaur Ridge

16831 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO  80465

Phone: (303) 697-3466

Fun City

9670 W. Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton, CO  80123

Phone: (303) 972-4344

Fun City has Miniature Golf, GoKarts, Laser Tag, Arcade Games & the Foam Factory. 


6249 South Turkey Creek Road, Morrison, CO  80465

Phone: (303) 697-6820

Lakeside Amusement Park

4601 Sheridan Boulevard, Lakeside, CO  80212

Phone: (303) 477-1621

Heritage Square Alpine Slide

18301 W. Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO  80401

Phone: (303) 279-1661

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Denver

Cheesecake Factory

1201 16th Street, Denver, CO  80202

Phone: (303) 595-0333

Mellow Mushroom

1201 16th Street, Denver, CO  80202

Phone: (720) 328-9114

Old Spaghetti Factory

1215 18th, Denver, CO  80202

Phone: (303) 295-1864

Maggiano’s Little Italy

500 16th Street, Pavilions Mall, Denver, CO  80202

Phone: (303) 260-7707

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Metro Denver

White Fence Farm

 6263 West Jewell Avenue, Lakewood, CO  80232

Phone: (303) 935-5945

Casa Bonita

6715 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO  80214

Phone: (303) 232-5115

Dave and Busters

2000 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO  80222

Phone: (303) 759-1515

Register now to join us in Denver for four days of education, inspiration, and fun.  We look forward to seeing you there!