Spring break 2019 for most Denver schools runs March 25 through March 29. This time off from school provides families with an excellent opportunity to make a few new memories together. Here are some family-friendly activities to keep kids active, engaged, and unplugged for at least part of the day.
When was the last time you went to the Denver Zoo? Or the Children’s Museum which always has hands-on workshops for kids? Even if you and your family have lived in the Mile High City your entire life there are at least a few museums and attractions you haven’t visited yet or haven’t been to in a while. Browse through your options in-search of attractions in your kid’s area of interest, paying special attention to short-term exhibit. For example, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has the Leonardo Da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius exhibit running March 1 through August 25. Head to Denver.org for a full list of nearby attractions, including several free family activities.
If your kids enjoy cooking or baking bust out a cookbook and try a new recipe or two—maybe even a recipe featured on one of their favorite cooking TV shows. Make a day of it by shopping local for the ingredients you need. While the farmer’s markets aren’t open yet there are plenty of artisans that you can turn to for your ingredients, like EVOO Marketplace for gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Or the marketplace at Mercantile Dining & Provisions, a European-style market with farm-fresh cheese, seasonal goods, quality spices, and specialty goods from artisans around the country.
Your junior chefs will also enjoy a food tour. Taste of Denver Food Tours has many options to choose from including our new Union Station Mini Tour—which is a great group activity with plenty of photo ops along the way!
Day Trip Or Weekend Getaway
If a full week away isn’t in the cards consider a day trip, overnighter, or weekend getaway. Hop in the car and drive an hour or two to explore the beauty of Colorado, or head to Union Station and take the Amtrak Winter Park Express Ski Train—which is the only slopeside train service in the nation. No worries if you don’t ski or snowboard as you can tube, ice skate, or take a snowcat tour. And the view to and from is breathtaking!
At Home Fun
If you are worried your kids might spend their entire spring break gaming, plan a few fun at-home activities. This can include arts and crafts, home science experiments, upcycling projects, family game night, and more. You can even have the kids help with spring cleaning but be sure to plan some fun activities too!
Here’s to the best spring break yet!