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4 Places to Learn About Colorado

Teach kids about history, government, manufacturing, and nature in Colorado.

1. History Colorado Center

Colorado Lesson: History

Learn the ins and outs of our great state at a hands-on, brains-on museum filled with fun activities, performances and special events that spark curiosity. Don’t miss this summer’s “Awkward Family Photos” exhibit, or Colorado Day on Aug. 1. Monthly morning story times are available for ages 2 to 5. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1200 Broadway, Denver

2. The Denver Mint 

Colorado Lesson: Government

Watch money being made at one of just four operational United States mints. You”ll hear tales of thievery and local lore, too, during your free, guided 45-minute tour, and see rare artifacts and a real-live gold vault. Open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 320 W. Colfax Ave., Denver

3. Celestial Seasonings

Colorado Lesson: Manufacturing

On this free tour, families with kids age 5 and up are led right onto the factory floor for a chance to see how one of the nation’s most iconic companies processes its tea. Then, sample a few of your favorite flavors in the tasting room. Tours run daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every hour on the hour. Tickets are first come, first served. 4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder

4. The Mordecai Children’s Garden

Colorado Lesson: Nature

Learn about native, high-altitude planting in a kid-friendly garden that visitors are encouraged to touch and feel their way through. Wet and wild crowd favorites include Snowmelt Stream and Pipsqueak Pond, where budding botanists can hunt for insects hiding on water-loving flora. Monthly family nights engage the entire clan. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1007 York St., Denver

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