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Thursday 7 March 2024

Spring Break in Colorado: Indoor Fun

Can you believe that Spring Break is only a few weeks away? 

Wasn't it only just Winter Break? Didn't the school year start, like, yesterday?

If you're in Colorado and planning on staying locally for the break, or if you're visiting Colorado from out of state, I'm here to help you out with some fantastic places to visit while the kids are off school.

Today I'm sharing my favorite indoor adventures with kids. That week off school may be called Spring Break, but that doesn't mean we're guaranteed Spring weather. In fact, in my experience, it tends to be snowy! So it's good to have an arsenal of indoor fun ideas ready for when the weather isn't so great - or for anytime, really. These places are all such fun that you'll want to visit no matter what the weather is like outside!

Let's take a look...

Meow Wolf Convergence Station

Where do I even begin to explain Meow Wolf Convergence Station? It's one of those places that really needs to be seen to be believed. Think of it as an immersive art exhibition combined with a whole new dimension and you're part way there. Convergence Station is like many different worlds contained in the one building. Worlds filled with colors, sounds, creatures, and technology beyond your wildest imagination. I really can't explain it in a way that does it justice, so you'll just have to go see it for yourself. 

Convergence Station is located at 1338 1st Street, Denver.

For more information visit https://meowwolf.com/visit/denver

You can see our visits to Meow Wolf Convergence Station at the links below: 

Museum of Illusions

Want to hang upside down in an RTD train car or off the side of a two story building? Ok, those examples aren't so safe in real life, and I definitely don't recommend trying them, BUT they are super fun if they're an illusion! At Museum of Illusions visitors can find themselves creating all sort of strange illusions and images just likes examples. You'll find mirrored rooms that create endless images, optical illusions that will blow your mind, puzzles that will have your brain in a knot, and so much more. 

Museum of Illusions is located at 951 16th Street Mall, Denver

For more information visit www.moidenver.com.
You can see our visit to Museum of Illusions at the links below:

Prismajic Shiki's Dream

Another fun immersive experience, Prismajic brings together art and technology in an enchanted forest environment. Visitors will find themselves in a magical landscape filled with forest spirits, waterfalls, miniature worlds, and hidden surprises that glow in the dark with the use of special flashlights. 

Prismajic is also home to The Night Owls Bar which features a menu of delicious mocktails, cocktails and bar snacks. A must stop for something tasty after exploring the forest. 

Prismajic is located at suite 359 in the Colorado Mills Mall, 14500 W Colfax Avenue, Lakewood.

For more information visit https://prismajic.com/

You can see our visit to Prismajic Shiki Dreams at the links below:

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a big hit with the whole family. With exhibitions focusing on dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures, Colorado's geologic treasures, the human body, wildlife, ancient Egypt, Native American cultures, and space there really is something for everyone. The museum is home to a wealth of hands on exhibitions that are sure to keep kids of all ages entertained.  

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is located at 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver.

For more information visit https://www.dmns.org/

Spectra Art Space Spookadelia

Spookadelia is an amazing indoor and outdoor immersive experience at Spectra Art Space. Visitors will find a world of colorful and whimsical art with interactive displays, a digital scavenger hunt, and otherworldly characters around every corner. With slightly spooky vibes, you'll find quirky exhibits that will delight visitors of all ages.  

Spectra Art Space is located at 1836 S Broadway, Denver.

For more information visit https://spectraartspace.com/spookadelia/

You can see our visit to Spookadelia at the links below:

Denver Selfie Museum

Ok, this one is a little different to your usual museum. In fact, it's really only a museum in name - unless you consider yourself part of the exhibition! Denver Selfie Museum is an interactive gallery filled with props and photo set ups where visitors can take fun selfies. 

Denver Selfie Museum is located at 1531 Stout Street Suite 102, Denver

For more information visit https://denverselfiemuseum.com/

You can see our visit to Denver Selfie Museum here: 

Denver Art Museum

Located in Downtown Denver, the Denver Art Museum is a great spot for tourists and locals alike. The museum is home to permanent and temporary collections covering a wealth of art, design and culture from all over the world and throughout history. The building itself is a work of art and you'll find several large sculptures outside including the iconic "Big Sweep" dustpan and broom sculpture located by the main entrance. 

Denver Art Museum is located at 100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver.

For more information visit https://www.denverartmuseum.org/

You can see our visit to Denver Art Museum here:

Hammond's Candies Factory

Ever wondered what a candy factory really looks like? There may be no chocolate river or workforce of Oompa Loompas, but Hammond's Candies Factory in Denver is a delight to visit all the same. Tours of this classic candy factory are free and a must do for Colorado kids - and adults too! Visitors will get the chance to see a variety of candy being made by hand, learn about the history of Hammond's Candies, taste some classics, and shop the factory store.

Hammond's Candies Factory is located at 5735 Washington St, Denver

Denver's Downtown Aquarium

Denver's Downtown Aquarium is located, you guessed it, right in Downtown Denver. It's a great place to visit in conjunction with nearby attractions such as Elitch Gardens, Meow Wolf and Children's Museum. This aquarium is on the small side compared to others that we have visited but has plenty of aquatic (and not aquatic) life on display. Visitors will find touch pools, a glass tunnel with fish swimming overhead, and a wealth of life in displays ranging from wharves, coral reefs, lagoons, and even deserts.

Denver's Downtown Aquarium is located at 700 Water Street, Denver.

Verse Denver

Got kids who love playing computer games? Verse Denver is a must visit for anyone who enjoys immersing themselves in a digital world. Verse Denver is an augmented reality experience. Like virtual reality, visitors wear a headset through which a digital world can be seen. Unlike virtual reality, the real world can also be seen. This means that there's no need to stay in one place and visitors are able to wander the entire exhibition space on a treasure hunt. There are three different experiences on offer: "Art of the Future" a virtual art gallery, "Starwalk 2.0" which takes players through space, and "The Unreal Garden" which features creatures from land and sea.

Verse Denver is located at Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, Littleton.

For more information visit https://www.versedenver.com/

You can see our visit to Verse Denver at the link below:

Children's Museum

A Denver institution, Children's Museum has been delighting Colorado kids for since 1973 when it began as a traveling experience. It has been in its current location since 1984 and has seen much growth since that time. With indoor and outdoor attractions, kids you'll find year round fun for toddlers and young kids. My kids are a little old for most of the indoor play areas, but we're keen to visit when the Adventure Forest, the outdoor climbing space, reopens for the season in May. 

Children's Museum is located at 2121 Children's Museum Drive, Denver.

For more information visit https://www.mychildsmuseum.org/

Butterfly Pavilion

It may be grey and chilly outside, but a visit to the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster will make you feel like you've escaped to the tropics! The highlight of any visit is the large butterfly enclosure, where thousands of colorful butterflies flutter among the tropical plants. If you're lucky, one might even land on you! The museum also includes an indoor area with many varieties of insect and arachnid on display. Visitors will have the chance to hold Rosie the tarantula. An aquarium room features colorful fish on display as well as touch pools with tide pool creatures.

The Butterfly Pavilion is located at 6252 W 104th Avenue, Westminster.

For more information visit https://butterflies.org/

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory

Another fun factory tour! Visiting the Celestial Seasonings Tea factory has long been a must do for locals and visitors alike. Located in Boulder, the tea factory tours are run on the hour most week days and Saturdays. The tour includes a look at the various sections of the factory where the ingredients are sorted, processed into teabags, and packaged up ready to sell. The visitor center includes unlimited tastings, as well as a small museum featuring the original artworks from Celestial Seasonings packaging, ornate tea pots and various artifacts from the company's past.

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory is located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder.

Will you be staying local or visiting Colorado this Spring Break?

Stay tuned for all my favorite outdoor locations coming soon!

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