{FREE} 2017 Summer Events in Colorado Springs and Denver

Summer is in full swing, and if your house is like ours, we need to stay busy!  We have compiled a list of activities and events in Colorado Springs and Denver that are free (plus a few that have a fee but we think they are worth it!)  Here’s to fun-filled Summer Days!

How to use this guide :: Simply click on the + next to each activity to expand the details.  Each activity has a website link to even more information!

COLORADO SPRINGS

 

July 4th – Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert in Memorial Park-Get ready for the region’s largest event, featuring troops from Fort Carson, The Liberty Belles, amazing food, and thunderous fireworks to light up the night sky. Get there early to claim a prime spot.

FREE to the public.(activities and concessions open at 5:30 pm, the concert begins at 7:30 pm, and fireworks start at dusk: approximately 9 pm)

 

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is always FREE, located in downtown. 

Colorado Grown Family Fun Day:: July 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join the museum for a day of food trucks, live music, and family-friendly activities! Celebrate Colorado’s 141st birthday and discover local history and identity through tours, Hands on Hands stations, and local history exhibits.

If your kid loves fire engines, consider a visit to the Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum. It’s free and located at 375 Printer’s Parkway just east of Memorial Park.

Looking for something a little different? Consider a drive south to the Mesa Drive In in Pueblo, where kids under 12 are free with a paying adult (tickets are $9 for adults, limit four kids per adult). They even have a call-ahead menu! Bring sleeping bags and encourage the kids to sleep all the way home.

Music and Movies to eat your lunch by!! Thursdays at Noon from May through Sept. 1st! No admission charge! Your donations are most welcome! Have a Sacklunch Serenade at the City Auditorium downtown (221 E Kiowa St, 80903, where you can enjoy a silent film accompanied by the historic Wurlitzer pipe organ from the old Mighty Chief Theatre.

 

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has a FREE day to express your creativity through hands-on art activities

Art and Play: Saturday, July 1 with artist demonstrations from 10 am to 1 pm

They also have Autumn Explorations on Saturday, Sept 9 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Through fun activities, interactive exhibits and FREE classes, children can pick up basic and advanced concepts – from how to make change to understanding monetary systems. The exhibits teach children about history, geography, trade, art, world cultures and more.

Free for children 12 and under (When children participate in a KidsZone class, their parents are allowed to view and explore the Money Museum exhibits for free!)
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., ages 4-7
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., ages 8-12

The Penrose Heritage Museum showcases cars and memorabilia from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for that car lover in your family!

The Peterson Air & Space Museum is FREE and open 9 am-4 pm Tuesday – Saturday (closed Sunday, Monday and all federal holidays). Located at the site of the first municipal airfield in Colorado Springs, the museum has several historic hangars and several restored aircraft, satellites, and radar equipment to guide you through the history of modern aviation.

Don’t forget the US Air Force Academy Visitors Center and Cadet Chapel!  It is always free and always a family favorite!

DENVER

There comes a point in every summer (maybe you are already there) when you’ve exhausted every local opportunity. The park is boring, your house is trashed, and your kids are climbing the walls. If you’re ready for a doable, reasonable day trip, here are some free (or mostly free) activities a short drive away in Denver!

Clyfford Still Art Museum is free on the last Friday of every month (and every Friday evening from 5-8pm if you need a different date night!)

The Colorado Renaissance Festival begins June 10-11 and runs each weekend through July 30th (Eight Weekends / Saturdays & Sundays Only). Kids 12 & under are free during the themed Children’s Weekend (which includes a costume contest) July 1 and 2 with a paid adult. Otherwise kids under 5 are always free.

“In honor of the young Princes, Princesses, and Pirates, this weekend will be filled with activities for the little ones. There will also be a Royal Quest and for those who complete the deed, Good King Henry and Faire Queen Anne will reward them at the Knighting Ceremony.”

 

Hudson Gardens offers free admission daily for picnics, walks, photography, birdwatching, or the opportunity to simply relax in a beautiful outdoor space.

August 25 th, 2017 – Free admission at Rocky Mountain National Park for the National Park Service Birthday!

(However, if you have an incoming or outgoing 4th grader, you may have access to a free park pass, so check it out HERE

The Botanic Gardens in Denver is a fantastic place to explore and even has the kid-friendly Mordecai Children’s Gardens.

You can learn more in this post from our sister site Denver Metro Moms Blog :: Top 7 Things to Do with Kids at Denver Botanic Gardens

FREE DAYS: Tuesday, June 6, Saturday, July 15 (Lavender Festival) and Tuesday, Aug. 1 at Chatfield Farms

Wednesday, June 14, Monday, July 17, Tuesday, Aug. 29 at York Street

*The Butterflies at Chatfield exhibit is not open during free days.

The Children’s Museum of Denver offers free admission on the first Tuesday of the month from 4-8pm (sponsored by Target). 

JOY PARK at The Children’s Museum :: Explore 30,000 square feet of outdoor adventure space for FREE during the Joy Park Free Nights. The exhibit stays open after hours from 4 – 8 pm (or until dusk) on the third Friday of every month, May – September, thanks to a collaboration with Denver Parks and Recreation.

Please note: these free nights include access to Joy Park only. Except for the restrooms, the inside of the Museum will be closed.

General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day so check it out!

If your kids are a little older, consider taking the free tour of the Denver Mint, where coins and currency are made. They recommend children be age 7 or older, and you MUST make a reservation for tours that run Monday through Thursday.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers free admission occasionally. The next free days are::

  • Sunday, June 4
  • Sunday, August 6
  • Monday, August 28

Entry fees still apply to IMAX films, planetarium shows, and other temporary exhibits.

For a little more reading on a few more museum options in the Denver area, check out our sister site Denver Metro Moms Blog’s family museum guide here

If you want to stretch that day trip into more of a vacation, here’s the Denver Metro Moms Blog’s family travel guide for making the most of summertime in Denver, including hotels, parks, and local eats. 

Here’s another great list with more than a hundred activities in Denver, though most are not free. If it means keeping your kids engaged and entertained and perhaps out of the house for a while, it’s worth a look! 

What is your favorite activity in Colorado Springs or Denver? Leave it in the comments below and help another mama out!

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