Home For The Holidays: Holiday Activities for the Family Along the Front Range

Written By: Diana-Mari Rossell-Eddy

With only a few more weeks left in the school year, the holidays will be here before you know it and Colorado has some great family fun to be had this holiday season. Here are just some of the great ways to spend this season with your family and friends:

Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS)

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A skeleton donated by CSU on display in the Extreme Mammals Exhibit at the DMNS

Located in the heart of Denver and opened every day, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. (except December 25th), DMNS is always a great place to start your weekend out. General admission pricing is fairly modest; $9.95/ 3-18 years old, $14.95/adults (with a senior discount for eligible persons). The IMAX theater and Gates Planetarium are available both at an additional charge; ($7.00 per ticket and $5.00 per ticket, respectively).

Presently, there are two very special exhibits at DMNS for a limited time. The first is the Extreme Mammals exhibit, brought to you with help from Colorado State University. Explore where we came from and all the things that make being a part of the mammalian kingdom so special. And the best part about this exhibit is that it’s free with general admission into the museum.

After you finish up exploring the animal kingdom, head across the hall to get a rare glimpse at the Peruvian Mummies as well as a fresh look at the Egyptian Mummies. This is a special exhibit so there is an extra charge added onto the general admission pricing as follows: $23.95/Adult, $14.95/Children (ages 3-18), $19.95/Seniors (ages 65+). But it is a rare chance to see some of the processes that went into mummification, as well as the culture behind these practices. This exhibit will only be in Denver till February 5th, 2017, so don’t miss the opportunity to see these archeological wonders!

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An Egyptian Mummy on display through Feb 5th, 2017 at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature

There are also some winter camps taking place in December with a one-time fee per kid, for the whole week. You can drop the kids off during specified hours listed below for fun games and edifying activities with the staff and volunteers.

Tickets: $30 for the whole week (Dec. 19th-23rd)

Early Care: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Late Care: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration: call 303.370.6000 (9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily) or online at http://www.dmns.org/learn/children/school-break-camps/december-19-23/

Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanical Gardens (DBG) is another wonderful place to take the family throughout the month of December. Located conveniently not too far from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, at 1007 York Street Denver, 80206. Open every day during the Winter from 9 a.m. to 5p.m., and general admission pricing of $12.50/Adults, $9.50/Seniors (ages 65+) and Military (with ID), $9.00/Children (ages 3-15) and Students (with ID), Free/Children (2 and under). DBG is definitely worth the price though, with various style gardens from all over the world on the 24-acre property and a new science center, the “Science Pyramid,” where you can enjoy a scientific perspective of the Steppe regions all over the world.

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The Science Pyramid at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Also, starting November 25th through January 1st (including Dec. 24th, 25th & 31st), DBG is hosting their annual Blossoms of Light, family-friendly tradition. Tickets are $13.00/Adults, $11.00/Seniors (ages 65+), $10.00/Children (ages 3-15), Free/Children (2 and under) and the event will be held nightly from 5:30 p.m. till 9 p.m., so don’t miss this spectacular and breathtaking light display.

Another spectacular light display you don’t want to miss this season is the 9News Parade of Lights. Beginning its two-mile path at the Denver City and County building on the corner of Bannock and 14th street and finishing at Glenarm and 14th street. This two-night event starts December 2nd at 8 p.m. and again December 3rd at 6 p.m. The event itself is free, however if you would like to purchase tickets for the grandstand seating at the City and County building, tickets are $19.00/ages 13 and up and $16.00/ ages 2-12.99c46e4051968cf640c92f452f34a568

These are just a few ways to start of your holiday break this season. Check out the list of websites below to find out more about all the exciting events happening this winter season in Denver and Happy Holidays to all!

www.colorado.com/events

www.westword.com/calendar

www.denver-theater.com/index_holiday.php

www.303area.com/christmas

www.denver.org/milehighholidays

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