Whether you're local or planning a trip to the Denver area, here are some activities for kids you won't want to miss.

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Denver ZooWhether you're local or planning a trip to the Denver area, here are some activities for kids you won't want to miss.

The Denver Zoo is an 84-acre campus that creates a unique and inviting experience to interact with over 3,000 wild animals. There are educational and outreach teams to engage children of all ages and teach about protected species and endangered animals.

With special events such as Adulting with the Animals, Wild Fall Trick-or-Treat Trail, and Zoo Lights, there are year-round activities to engage in.

Denver Aquarium

The Denver Aquarium, a public aquarium and restaurant, is located next to the South Platte River in a 17-acre building. There are over 500 species of aquatic animals on display in more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits. In addition to unique displays, guests are able to participate in an interactive Stingray Reef Touch Tank, enjoy the Aquarium Restaurant, and other amusement opportunities.

Children's Museum

With hands on learning opportunities, Children's Museum Denver has investigation, imagination, exploration and creation activities for all age levels. Whether exploring the careers of firefighters, veterinarians, or supermarket workers, listening to stories in the Book Nook, or creating a masterpiece in the Art Studio, there's fun to explore all day.

State Capitol Tour

Learn some Colorado history with a free State Capitol Tour. From the Colorado Supreme Court Chambers to the Governor's Office, there is plenty to learn about, including the unique Colorado rocks and stones used throughout the building such as Rose Onyx and White Yule Marble.

Denver Firefighter's Museum

The Denver Firefighter's Museum focuses on preservation of the fire history of the Denver area by collecting and displaying artifacts, documents and photographs. There are interpretive exhibits, educational programs and research done at the museum. Special events are hosted weekly for younger children to encourage fire safety behaviors through education.

April through October

Elitch Gardens

This amusement park has both theme rides and a water park. To enjoy every aspect of it, Elitch Gardens could be moved to the Summer Activities list, however, there is plenty to do without the water, including family rides, thrill rides, and kids rides. The fall Fright Fest, a scary and fun Halloween event is held at the park for one week during October.

Summer Activities

Water World

Open during the summer months, Water World is a family water park in Federal Heights, just ten minutes north of Denver, with over fifty attractions on over 70 acres. With many levels of activities, there is something for everyone to beat the heat on a warm summer day.

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