Our Annual Guide to the Best Fun & Free Summer Activities for Kids in Denver

By July 20, 2020 August 24th, 2020 Community

The Kids Mile High team is beyond excited to say that it’s officially summer! With social distancing still in effect, this year is surely going to look a little different than summers’ past, but we can’t wait to enjoy all our favorite summer family activities in Denver. We may need to adapt how we do things, but farmers’ markets, family hikes and camping trips are all safe with the proper precautions in place. Need some ideas for (almost) free things to do with kids in Denver and beyond this summer? Read on for the annual list from your Englewood, Central Park and Thornton pediatric dentists.

  1. Explore Dinosaur Ridge Facebook

Is there a kid out there who doesn’t love dinosaurs? We don’t think so! Fortunately, Dinosaur Ridge is open — with a few new socially distant protocols, of course. Let your kiddos discover their inner archeologist by exploring the exhibits at this National Natural Landmark. There’s a small fee to enter the park and participate in a walking tour. Choose from a full or half guided tour for $6-10 per person, or fly solo and download the audio tour to your phone for just $6. However you choose to experience Dinosaur Ridge, we’re sure the whole family will love it.

  1. Catch an Outdoor Movie in the Park

Everyone’s favorite summer family night out is back as movie goers flock to parks across the city to catch a free, outdoor flick. Grab the kids, pack a blanket and some snacks, and settle in for a fun family activity in Denver your little ones will always remember. Check out the full listing of outdoor movies in Denver, Central Park and beyond to make sure you don’t miss your favorites. Many outdoor movies are currently operating as drive-ins to keep everyone safe, so be sure to check the appropriate websites for updates.

  1. Browse One of the Many Farmers’ Markets – Facebook

Our idea of a perfect summer morning is strolling through the farmers’ market, picking up fresh produce and seeing all the artisan goods on display. And we’re lucky to have many farmers’ markets in Denver and the surrounding area. One of the best (and biggest) is Cherry Creek Fresh Market, taking place every Saturday, Wednesday and occasionally on Sundays at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. It’s the perfect place to teach your kids about the value of supporting local growers and businesses. You could even let them pick out the goodies for tonight’s dinner! After all, we’re all cooking at home more than usual these days. Why not give your kiddos the opportunity to be involved? Admission and parking for the market is free. Check out the market’s current COVID-19 protocols before you go.

  1. Stroll Through the First Friday Art Walk – Facebook

Get your art fix — virtual style —  with the Art District on Santa Fe’s First Friday Art Walk. Usually located in Denver’s local art hub in the heart of downtown, the art walk has gone virtual for the season. It takes place on (you guessed it) the first Friday of each month and is one of the best free, kid-friendly activities in Denver! Featuring art from over 30 galleries, artist studios and restaurants, the First Friday Art Walk is an art lover’s dream. Shows start at 5pm on Facebook.

  1. Have a Backyard Camp-Out

You don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy everything that summer in Denver has to offer. You can simply pitch a tent in your own backyard and have a family camp-out! If you have a fire pit, roast up some hot dogs and be sure to save room for s’mores. No campfire? No problem. Throw some burgers on the BBQ and try this baked s’mores recipe. When the sun goes down, gather around the fire or a flashlight and share ghost stories. You’ll feel like you’re camping in the great outdoors without leaving the comfort of home. Of course, if you want to do some real camping, there are plenty of family friendly campsites near Denver. Just be prepared to drive for an hour or more.

  1. Take a Family Hike

Did you know there are plenty of family friendly hiking trails less than an hour’s drive from Denver? Now you do and we recommend you hit the trails, stat! Hiking is one of the best things to do with kids in Denver this summer. Not only does it get you and your kids active — it’s an opportunity to teach them all about the beauty of nature. Not to mention that it’s easy to maintain a safe social distance when you’re in the forest! In just 30 minutes from downtown, you can get to Bear Creek Trail at Lair o’ the Bear Park, or the Lookout Mountain Hiking Trail, for easy kid-friendly hikes. A little further out, you can explore the castle ruins at Mount Falcon (even if you have a stroller!). Whether you’re beginners or seasoned hikers, there’s a trail near Denver with your name on it.

What are your favorite summer family activities in Denver? We’d love to hear all about your summer adventures at your next visit! Book your next appointment with Kids Mile High today.

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