Fun Educational Activities That are Hiding in Plain Sight

Ever wonder what fun things you can do with your kids that won’t cost much if any money and give them a great learning opportunity at the same time?  We’ve researched some great adventures for you and your children in the Denver and Greeley areas.  It might take a little planning but very little money to pull off these fun and educational activities for your kids.

Denver Art Museum

Every day is kids free day (under 18) at the Denver Art Museum.  This program is thanks to Scott Reiman and other sponsors who offer family backpacks and activities filled with artmaking, games and puzzles for your kids to enjoy.  Your kids can experience daily life on the trail through games and activities in the Western American Art gallery.  The museum also features several creative corners throughout which allow your kids to explore their creativity.  The puppet theatre is sure to be a hit as your children get to act out stories on the theatre stage.  General Admission is also free on the first Saturday of each month.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Whether you are interested in prehistoric dinosaurs, gems and minerals, Indian art, culture and artifacts or nature’s oddest creatures, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science has something that is sure to interest everyone.  While you are there don’t forget to check out the IMAX show if you want to learn more about some of our National Parks like Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and Arches?  And what about answering questions like what is a Black Hole and what is on the outer limits of our solar system?  The Planetarium is a great way to learn about this fascinating and at times mysterious field.

To help expose children to science and nature, and in part due to a special tax collected for the Science and Cultural Facilities District, the museum is able to offer free admissions days.  There are 3 more free days in 2016 to take advantage of, which are Monday, October 24th, Sunday, November 13th and Monday, December 12th.  Please note that on these free days there are some restrictions and a fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibitions.

Greeley Museums

Here are a couple of museum options in Greeley, Colorado that have historic interest in the area and that make up part of the City of Greeley Museums.  These two museums have a daily family admission rate of $15.00 for up to 5 family members.  

The Greeley History Museum located on 8th Street offers over three floors of permanent and changing exhibits.  It offers a variety of hands-on and informative learning experiences to engage visitors.  The latest exhibit to be displayed from September 30, 2016 to January 8, 2017 is the Charles M. Schulz Museum traveling exhibit Peanuts (from the comic strip). This exhibit is sure to appeal to all ages.  Please note that the exhibits change quarterly so it could be worth visiting the museum on a regular basis to see the new exhibits on display.

Then there is the Meeker Home Museum located on 9th street.  This home features the fascinating story of Greeley’s founding family the Meekers.  This adobe two-story home built in 1870 was home to Nathaniel Meeker, his wife and their 3 daughters.   Once you step into the house, you will feel like you just walked through a time machine as the house is furnished as it would have been back in the day.  During your guided tour, the guide will provide you with details of the Meeker’s vision for a Utopian community which was backed and promoted by Horace Greeley.  No spoiler alerts here so you’ll have to visit the museum to see what happened.

These are just a few great options to help make learning fun for your kids.  These opportunities either offer free museum days or nominal fees for you and your family to enjoy.  Interactive museums can be particularly fun and provide educational value to your children.  Early development will help you determine your children’s interest and aptitude for many different subjects.  This can help gauge what areas your child may need additional assistance with whether it is in the sciences or arts we are here to help with a science tutor or history tutor as needed.  If your children are home schooled and all subjects aren’t your strong suit, our tutors are here to help by offering your child a home schooled tutoring coach.  This way your child is sure to have a successful home schooled experience.



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