Colorado citizens value education and the minds of our youth. Therefore there are many educational programs and activities for young minds to learn in a fun and engaging environment. Many museums in Colorado offer kids classes, story times, summer camps and weekend workshops. No matter if your child is interested in science, art or music, these 10 best educational children’s activities in Colorado will teach your child something exciting and new.
Head to the Children’s Museum of Denver where your little one can attend educational workshops on varying topics. From STEM workshops to art, nature and even cooking workshops, kids will undoubtedly learn something new here. After having fun at the workshop, don’t forget to explore the museum that has a variety of hands-on exhibits perfect for little busy minds.
It’s great for young brains to always be stimulated. So take your kid to a weekend workshop or a summer day camp at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Summer day camps encourage an active brain and an active body. All camps are led by qualified educators and usually focus around science. The museum is also a learning experience in itself. Watch an IMAX movie or check the ancient fossils, unique gems and learn about outer space at the neat exhibits found at this Denver museum.
The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg is actually the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world with more than 450 rescued carnivores. The sanctuary differs from a zoo because the animals get to roam freely in species-specific habitats. A guided tour will really teach you and your child about these incredible creatures and the importance of preserving our wildlife. Visit during the dusk or dawn to see the animals be at their most active.
For second to fifth graders, Junior Museum Camp is a great program by History Colorado Center. Campers in this program will learn about Colorado history through fun and interesting activities. From field trips to art projects to first glimpses at the next exhibits in the museum, campers will learn the beauty of the Colorado West. For young children two to five years-old, History Colorado Center offers a story time once a week.
WOW! Children’s Museum in Lafayette offers summer classes and other educational programs during the school year. Summer classes are hands-on science classes to make difficult subjects seem exciting instead of boring. For young children up to age five, WOW! offers a class called “French With Véronique,” where children can learn the basics of the French language. Even if you don’t enroll in the programs or classes offered at this children’s museum, the museum itself offers many exhibits for skill building and learning.
For the nature-obsessed kid, nature camps at the Nature and Raptor Center have fun outdoor activities alongside educational opportunities. Children will learn about anything from conservation to wildlife species. Hands-on activities and outdoor playtime will keep kids engaged. Camps range on a variety of topics with varying age groups. Younger kids will learn basic nature appreciation while older kids will learn about survival skills while hiking, practicing archery and fishing.
A Tiny Tots concert teaches children the importance of live music and may even spark an interest in playing an instrument. This unique educational activity teaches kids six and under about orchestral music. The audience sits on the floor and is surrounded by a 30 plus-piece professional orchestra along with professional dancers and opera singers. The orchestra places contemporary music and classical pieces. Children are able to engage with the performers afterward. These concerts are at varying locations in the Denver and Boulder area.
The Denver Botanic Gardens offers a couple kids programs for young children 18 months to six years and also camps for older kids. The Seedling classes, for younger children, encourage kids to interact and explore plant life through nature walks and stories. Camps offer kids an opportunity to explore the garden along with cooking classes and plants to take home. Camps are based on themes varying from farm life to aquatic education.
No matter if you want your kids to experience a summer camp program or just a night class, the educational programs at Mountain Top Children’s Museum are a great option for hands-on learning. The 11-week summer program introduces kids of all ages to the importance of science through fun experiments and interesting art projects. Kids Night Out gives parents a night to themselves while kids can enjoy projects based on both art and science.
Crested Butte’s The Trailhead Children's Museum has a commitment to engaging children in an exciting, educational environment. Trailhead regularly inspires not just children, but the entire family. Participate in hands-on, interactive and creative exhibits in the arts and sciences. The camps and classes at this discovery museum offer children the chance to enjoy classes taught by friendly professionals.