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Psst… Free Family-Friendly Things to do in Denver this Winter Break6 min read

Denver Pavilions | The Denver Ear

Winter break is here and that means family, food and free time. Waaaaaay too much free time with the kids indoors. Not to worry!

Here are a fun and free (or almost free!) things to do with the kids while you are counting the days till school starts again. Get out your calendars and schedule time to make memories with your family this winter break.

FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN DENVER THIS WINTER BREAK

VISIT MR. CLAUS AND THE NORTH POLE

Places to Find Santa in and around Denver | The Denver Ear

When: Now – December 24, 2017

This is an easy one. Psst… Check out our interactive map to help you find the Jolly Old Elf during the Holidays!

SEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT THESE DENVER NEIGHBORHOODS
Holiday Lights | The Denver Ear

Photo  ©Marina Khrapova on Unsplash

Build yourself a Holiday Lights Map with help from The Denver Post. Start up the holiday playlist and cruise around Denver enjoying the lights unique displays.

Psst… If you are really proud of your display this year, you can submit your house to be included in the Holiday Lights Map!

ENJOY A CANDY FACTORY TOUR
Hammond’s Candies | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Hammond’s Candies

When: Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm

Where: Hammond’s Candies,  5735 Washington St, Denver, CO 80216

Have a sweet tooth and curious how candy is created? Reserve your spot and take the kids (and adults!) to Hammond’s Candies Factory Tour for a free tour and discover how they have created the sweet treats since 1920.

LEARN THE HISTORY OF MONEY

When: 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, & 3:30pm

Where: United States Mint, 320 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204

You don’t need to break open the piggy bank to go tour the United States Mint in DenverTake the free tour and learn about the history of the Mint and how money is made.

Psst… The tour is for children seven and older (no swallowing the pennies!)

HIKE RED ROCKS PARK AND AMPHITHEATRE
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit ©Chris Pelliccione

Where: 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

If there is danger of cabin fever take the kids up to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for a little time running around in the world-famous outdoor theater.

While there is no formal tour, you can take the family and guests up to this beautiful venue to enjoy the view and get some fresh air in a lovely spot in Colorado.

Psst… If there are no shows scheduled, the amphitheatre is open one hour before sunrise and closed one hour after sunset!

TAKE A TEA TOUR
Celestial Seasonings | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Celestial Seasonings

Where: Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Dr, Boulder, CO 80301

If you have ever wondered how Celestial Seasonings makes their lovely tea (or maybe you are wondering now) you can take the Tea Tour and see the factory for free. Discover how they create and mix the tea, design the packaging and enjoy a warm cup when you are finished!

TOUR THE STATE CAPITOL

When: Hourly; Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm

Where: Colorado State Capitol, 200 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80203

Tour the Colorado State Capitol Building!  See the beautiful stained glass windows and majestic dome while learning about early Colorado history. Reservations are not required unless your group is larger than ten people, but make sure to arrive early! Tours are limited to thirty people and they fill up fast.

Psst… While you are there take a selfie on the Mile High Step!

ICE SKATE OUTDOORS
 Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Rachel Ann Harding

When: Now –February 14, 2018

Where: Skyline Park, 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

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If you have your own skates you can skate for free at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline ParkIf you need to rent skates it is $6 for kids under 12 and $8 for the rest of the family. On Sundays, all kids 12 and under can use skates free of charge!

RIDE THE CAROUSEL AT DENVER PAVILIONS
Denver Pavilions | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Pavilions

When: Now – January 2, 2018

Where: Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 11am – 9pm

Ride the Carousel at the Denver Pavilions. Hop on the horse of your choice for $3 or for free with a voucher from any Denver Pavilions merchant.

VISIT OLDE GOLDEN CHRISTMAS
Visit Golden | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Golden

When: Now – December 30, 2017

Where: 1010 Washington Ave, Golden, CO 80401

Make classic holiday memories at Olde Golden Christmas with sleigh rides, parades and a mailbox for letters to Santa this a beautiful stop to get in the holiday spirit.

VISIT DOWNTOWN DENVER IN THE EARLY EVENING

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

Starting at Civic Center Park see the light display that has illuminated Denver since 1935,  on the City and County Building then hop the free shuttle on the 16th Street Mall and cruise down to Union Station and see the magnificent display of lights and tree inside.

FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
Denver Art Museum | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver Art Museum

When: Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm, Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Kids ages 18 and younger get in free to the Denver Art Museum! Overflowing with activities for children to interact with including hands-on activities and a Fun Things for Families to Do Today this is a great place to go and explore during a free afternoon.

GO SEE THE FENCE
Photoville The Fence | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Jan Fields Photograph courtesy of ©photovillenyc

Where: 600 Market Street, Denver, CO 80202

The Fence is an eight-hundred and fifty-foot traveling exhibition of beautiful photographs. Walk the length and find inspiration for your next snapshot.

VISIT EXHIBITS AT THE DENVER LIBRARY

Where: Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Discover the exhibits at the Denver Library including Buffalo Bill In Time Novels and Comic Books and Keep a Light in Your Window: “Daddy” Bruce Randolph Exhibit  at the Central Library while getting out books for winter break!

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET
Denver Christkindl Market | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Christkindl Market

When: Now – December 23, 2017; Sunday – Thursday 11am – 7pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 9pm

Where: Skyline Park, 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

Catch the final few days of the 17th annual Denver Christkindl Market! This is a great place to get those last minute gifts and feel the festive spirit.

ENJOY A CARRIAGE RIDE

Where: Aspen Grove, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

Enjoy a Sleigh Ride with Santa at Aspen Grove! The kids can cruise around with the Big Man while singing Christmas Carols.

PRACTICE YOGA ON ICE
Downtown Denver Partnership | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Downtown Denver Partnership

When: December 23 & 30, 2017, January 6, 2018 at 8am

Where: Skyline Park, 16th St, Denver, CO 80202

Stretch away the winter blues with yoga on ice. Every Saturday there will be Snowga at the Downtown Denver Rink.

Psst… Check out more uniques places to practice yoga with our special guide!

ENJOY A DANCE PARTY

When: December 30, 2017; 10am – 4pm

Where: Central Library, 10 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

The Denver Library knows how to drop it like it is hot at their Dance Party! Fun for the whole family to shake away the cob.

HIKE TO THE FLAGSTAFF STAR
Flagstaff Star | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©WK Real Estate

Where: Flagstaff Trail, Boulder, CO 80302

With 365 bulbs and more than 75 years of lighting up the mountain; a night hike to the Flagstaff Star is a sure way to make holiday memories.

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