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Colorado Art, Nature & Science Museums for Fun Enrichment


(Adventure Forest at Denver Children's Museum. Photo by Liana Moore.)

While we haven't been to museums in the past year, many now seem to be opening back up.The re-opening of Meow Wolf Santa Fe and the grand opening of Meow Wolf in Las Vegas has our family thinking about getting back out to visit some of these types of interactive art, science and nature experiences. There are some really fun hands-on interactive museums throughout the state of Colorado. Read on for a few of our favorites.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The best ages to really enjoy the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is from about age five to to twelve. There's also a great Children's Museum in Denver for younger ages.

You won’t want to miss an IMAX film here. The films are entertaining and educational. They change out periodically, so check what’s playing before you go. We learned how astronauts live in space, how the planet is changing and more. and listening intently at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Photo by Liana Moore.)

One of our other favorite exhibits was the Space Odyssey. With many interactive components and an attentive staff managing some of these we spent most of our time here.We learned so much about our galaxy here.

We also really liked Expedition Health. We were able to do hands-on experiments, and learn more about our own bodies and health. There’s even a real lab where kids (and adults) can conduct fun lab experiments.

I am itching to make it back to check out the new Mindbender Mansion. I suspect our eldest daughter will love solving all the challenging puzzles. The Virtual Reality Arcade also sound like fun for ages 10 and up. It is billed as letting you explore wherever your curiosity leads. I love that! Plus, I am a big fan of virtual reality after getting to experience Star Wars Virtual Reality at Disney World.

There is an area for younger kids, but the many interactive exhibits and IMAX movies are probably best suited for aged 5 and up. Exhibits and movies do change so you will want to check before you visit.

(Kids at Eureka Math & Science Center, Photo by Liana Moore.)

Eureka Math & Science Center

Grand Junction, Colorado

Eureka! Math and Science Center in Grand Junction is a super cool science museum. It recently opened a new facility and the exhibits are outstanding. A glass bee hive enthralled the dads, while the kids bounced from one engaging exhibit to another. I was most sad that I couldn’t spend enough time on one puzzle exhibit that I really wanted to figure out. Apparently I’ll just have to go back with just two kids instead of forty to be able to solve that one. experiencing nature first hand at Walking Mountains Science Center. Photo courtesy Walking Mountains Science Center.)

Walking Mountains Science Center

Avon, Colorado

The Walking Mountains Science Center makes our list because of their wonderful programs.In addition to their campus in Avon, Colorado they run educational nature and science programs out of Vail’s hiking center and Epic Discovery atop Vail Mountain. Their summer camps are wonderful too. Our daughter’s favorite this summer was Living Off the Land. She learned to make all kinds of things: lip balm, laundry detergent, candles, tea and more!

(Meow Wolf Santa Fe. Photo by Liana Moore.)

Denver Children's Museum

The Children’s Museum has always been one of our favorite activities. Sadly, our eldest seems to be outgrowing it. At least to we thought until we got outside. Kids of all ages will enjoy the zip swing and water features at Joy Park and the Adventure Forest. They looped round and round the zip swing and then when the line finally got longer made their way to the water feature. We had to drag them away from that when it was finally time to head home.

Meow Wolf Denver

Meow Wolf Denver is slated to open sometime in 2021. Details are scarce at the moment. But if it is anything like Meow Wolf Santa Fe, our family will be one of the first in the door if at all possible.

On your first visit to Meow Wolf, you will be too busy just exploring the crazy portals to other worlds to look closely at the story of who lives in the house. But should you visit multiple times, there would be a mystery to solve.

In a day and age when kids too often hear “be careful” and “don’t touch that,” Meow Wolf encourages the opposite. In order to discover you must open unknown doors, cabinets and anything that could possibly lead somewhere. Interactive, adventurous, stimulating to the imagination and fun are all accurate descriptors.

Are there any great art, science or nature museum in Colorado that we missed? Tell us some of your favorites in the comment below!

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Insider Families is a Colorado-based family travel publisher. We love the great outdoors. We feel grateful to live in the mountains of Colorado and see first hand how climate change is impacting our winters. It is important to us that we share with our readers and followers how they can help preserve what makes a place special. We make a point to learn about the local history and environment of the places we visit. When we visit the Golden Isles of Georgia you will find us making a stop at the Sea Turtle Sanctuary and learning about this endangered species. We return home with books on the subject and a desire to share that knowledge. We love nature and like to spend as much time in it as possible whether hiking a mountain, riding the BMX track, soaring down an alpine coaster or trying a new sport at the beach or lake.

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