After you’ve enjoyed your Valentine’s Day weekend (if you haven’t already decided yet how then check out our Valentine’s Day 2016 event guide), many of you might have the day off with your children or alternatively work in a business that is closed for Presidents Day…
Therefore, we decided to prevent some head scratching on what to do today with a special guide: What to do on Presidents Day 2016 in Denver!
What is Presidents Day
Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. This year it is celebrated on Monday, February 15th 2016. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all US presidents past and present.
What to do on Presidents Day 2016 in Denver
Visit a Museum for FREE
The Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting a free admissions day – all day on Presidents Day. The event offers everyone a chance to appreciate their collections and explore the living museum. Currently on display is the Orchid Showcase, escape the cold of winter and be transported to a floral wonderland in the Orangery and Marnie’s Pavilion (available also through February 22nd 2016). Museum hours are 9am – 5pm. Located at 1007 York Street, Denver 80206.
Ice Skate at Skyline Park for the Last Time this Season
February 15th will be the last day the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park will be open for ice skating this season. Presented by Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Southwest Rink is open for free for the general public with skate rentals available for rent for $2 each. Located at Skyline Park, Corner of 16th Street & Arapahoe Street, Denver 80202.
Visit the Denver Dog Show
One of the largest dog shows in the country, the annual Denver Dog Show will be held this year throughout Presidents Day weekend. See over 150 different breeds, with thousands of dogs competing for best in breed as well as competing in obedience, rally, agility, and barn hunt. There will also be dozens of vendors on the premises selling food, dog grooming equipment, dog handling equipment, photos, jewelry, and much more. Admission is $5 for adults and kids under 12 years old are free. Parking charge – $10. Hours are 8am – 5pm. Located at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver 80216.
Visit the Colorado Garden & Home Show
Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show, the Colorado Garden & Home Show, a nine-day spectacular event, where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Enjoy the multitude of fragrances as you stroll through more than an acre of professionally landscaped gardens: 14 in all. General Admission: $12, Senior Ticket (at the door) $10, Discount Ticket at all Tickets West outlets in King Soopers: $10, Kids 12 and under are free. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver 80202.
Shop the Presidents Day Super-Sale at Colorado Mills Mall
Colorado Mills is hosting its Presidents Day Super Sale, February 12th – 15th 2016, where Denver-area residents have an exclusive chance to receive bigger, better, bolder, blow-out deals from the center’s already 70% reduced prices. Considered the first major sales day of the year, Presidents Day is February’s biggest shopping weekend bringing deep-discounts on winter apparel and the best savings on last minute Valentine’s Day gifts. Hours are 10am – 9pm. Located at 14500 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood 80401.
Enjoy a Painting Class
Pop by Sipping N’ Painting Hampden to paint “Evening Song”. The class takes place from 6pm – 9pm. They also host classes seven days per week and hire local accomplished artists to teach them.They sell beer and wine beginning at $4 glass. The feel is half wine bar with music and half art class, but it is all fun! Located at 6300 E Hampden Ave., Denver 80222.
Enroll your Kids in a Vacation Camp
Need to go to work and your kids have a day off school? Enroll your kids in a fun and enjoyable vacation camp.
- Denver Zoo is hosting a Safari Mini-Camp, kids participate in animal encounters, special zoo experiences, active tours, lively games and creative activities. Camp sessions are available for children in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Pre-K must be 4 years old. Each camp runs from 9am – 4pm (with early drop-off and late pick-up available), and includes light morning and afternoon snacks. Campers: bring a lunch and go on Safari right in your own backyard this year! Cost is $49 per camper. Register at: bit.ly/1PEjUaZ.
- University of Denver has a Schools Day Off Camp youth program available. At School Days Off, campers participate in a variety of sports activities, including: rock climbing, ice skating & field house sports. The camp is available for children ages 5-11 years old with regular drop off time between 8am – 9am and regular pick up time between 4:30pm – 5:30pm (early drop off and late pick up available). Cost is $57 per camper and an added $6 extra for lunch. Register at: bit.ly/1TTXurE.
- Bladium Sports & Fitness Club has a Day Camp where campers have the opportunity to choose games and activities as part of their focus on their development. Activities include Dodgeball, Soccer, Flag Football, Capture The Flag, Camp Riddles & Line Tag, and Inflatable Fun Zone among many others. The camp is for children ages 5 – 13 years old from 7:30am through 6pm. Cost is $70 per camper. Register at: bit.ly/1O4bhVa.
- Family Sports Center in Centennial offering a Holiday Adventure Camp that keeps kids busy with activities such as the eXerGame Zone, ice skating, sports, climbing wall, laser tag and more. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch included in fee. The camp is for children ages 6 – 13 and is from 7am – 6pm. Cost is $47 for resident campers and $50 for non-resident campers. Register at: bit.ly/1zjPUxS.
Experience Black Sabbath LIVE at the Pepsi Center
Ozzy Osbourne will be on stage with his band, Black Sabbath, at the Pepsi Center for a one-night-only concert on Presidents Day. The concert is part of Black Sabbath’s ‘The End’ nationwide tour which will make their last and final tour. Ticket prices start from $35. Located at 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver 80204. Purchase tickets at: bit.ly/1OtJBdP.