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{FREE} 2018 Summer Events in Colorado Springs and Denver

Summer is here. Relaxing days. Reading books. Running through sprinklers. Everyone is happy.

Until the first “I’m bored.” And the first squabble.

Time to pack the littles in the car and go somewhere. Preferably somewhere free. So, we at Colorado Springs Moms Blog have assembled a list of free (and mostly free) events along the Front Range to help you out! 

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!



July 4th – Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert in Memorial Park-Get ready for the region’s largest event, featuring music, 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. 

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 the end of May through the end of August. 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 FREE museum days on the second Saturdays and third Fridays of each month. 

There are also FREE, hands-on Family Adventure days. 

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) In June 2018, it will also be closed on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

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!  The chapel is the most-visited man-made destination in Colorado. Both activities are within walking distance from each other, free and family favorites!


Ready for a doable, reasonable day trip to get those kiddos out of the house? Here are some free (or nearly free) activities 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 16-17 and runs each weekend through Aug. 5. (Saturdays & Sundays Only). Kids 12 & under are free during the themed Children’s Weekend July 7 and 8 with a paid adult.

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 and most other national parks for 4th graders and a carload accompanying them. Check out the Every Kid in a Park program 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 5, Tuesday, July 3, Tuesday, Aug. 7  at Chatfield Farms

Tuesday, June 5, Thursday, July 19, Wednesday, Aug. 29 at York Street


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


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. The tours fill up fast and tickets are handed out first thing in the morning. PLEASE check the website for details before you go.  

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

  • Sunday, June 3
  • Thursday, July 5 (Night, 4pm-10pm)
  • Monday, August 13

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!

Colorado Springs Moms Blog’s Guide to Summer!


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