This museum is one of the city's most popular attractions, drawing almost two million visitors a year. There are permanent displays on North American Tribes, Egyptian mummies, dinosaurs, and minerals, all stunningly detailed and vast. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits such as Ramses II and Imperial Tombs of China. An IMAX cinema, gift shop and cafe are also on-site.
This is a place where a child's natural urge to experience the world hands-on comes together with art and science projects, building materials and imagination. The museum includes nine interactive Playscapes including the CMD Fire Station #1, My Market, Center for the Young Child, Under My Feet and Over My Head, The Assembly Plant, Making the Team, Arts a la Carte, Around the Block, and Alphabet Soup. There are also several programs, activities and special events held throughout the year. Check the museum's website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
This library, a post-modern structure full of turrets and odd geometrical shapes, is a bastion of knowledge. Internally, the academic atmosphere of each study area is indicative of individual moods. Six of the ten floors of the library are open to the public. Keeping with the tradition set in 1894, the library still has a world-class children's facility. The library is a regional depository for government publications. It offers extensive genealogical resources as well as historical books, photographs, art, and memorabilia chronicling the American West. The library also offers fiction and non-fiction texts, periodicals and computers allowing free Internet access. Tours are available.
If you are in search of a break from the normal kid diversions of arcades and such, bring your children here for a few hours of refreshingly different fun and amusement. Be sure to arrive at least a half-hour prior to show time to give your kids time to "play" with the puppets and roam freely around the puppet-making workshop. Owner Annie Zook has a wonderful talent for bringing dolls and puppets to life for children. Each show lasts about 45 minutes.
Experience the great outdoors at Denver Botanic Gardens. Sprawling over three acres (nine hectares), this natural oasis is replete with several themed gardens. Stroll along bonsais at the Japanese Garden, or enjoy a fairytale-like experience with Winnie the Pooh and friends at the Storybook Gardens. Xeriscape Demo Garden is great to gather tips on home gardening and horticulture, while the Rock Alpine Garden showcases a unique topography. Take a guided tour and marvel at the verdant landscape dotted with exotic flora, lawns, waterfalls and ponds. In addition, these gardens offer several botanical exhibitions, illustrations and workshops that are both fun and interesting.
Where else can you visit polar ice caps, a tropical forest, the African Savannah, and a jungle all in one day? The spectacular Denver zoo offers state-of-the-art habitats featuring more than 3500 animals representing 600 species. Visit with sloths, tree frogs, and a moray eel at the indoor Tropical Discovery exhibit. Or wander through the seven-acre Primate Panorama exhibit. From cold climate penguins to tropical flamingos, Bird World will inspire your appreciation of winged things. It is open 365 days a year.
Red Shift is by trade a framing source, however, it also specializes in cutting edge art. It favors the works of national artists and those beginning to make ripples in the art scene. The gallery itself embodies the look and feel of a classic SoHo art house. Tall ceilings and primitive looking walls give it a funky, authentic look of "this-place-is-happening." The gallery's size makes it well suited for exhibits and special events.
Brian Dunn, a beer enthusiast, established the Great Divide Brewing Co. in 1994. Within months since its inception, this brewery won awards at two of the most popular competitions in the world of brewing: World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, and has continued to win accolades since then. A specialty of this brewery is their leanings towards creating strong beers, and a popular favorite is the Old Ruffian, which boasts of alcohol content that crosses 10 percent. Regular tours of the brewery are offered, and guests can taste some of these brews at the tap room.
Redline is a contemporary art space that supports the intersections of community, art experimentation and education. The gallery, which is housed in a building designed the architects Semple-Brown in the Northeast area of Denver, contains a roomy gallery showcasing the works of its artist-residents, as well as creations by community members. Indeed, in addition to monthly exhibits, Redline strives to reach out to homeless populations and local public school youth through its solid arts-education programs; their work is often featured on its walls. As a result, Redline has created a vibrant, engaging space that invites everyone--artist or public--to rethink the line between artist and community.