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7 Freebies for Colorado Kids

These programs offer the gift of literacy, outdoor fun, and unmatched art education for free.

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Not that you need a reminder, but raising kids is pricey and can put a big ol’ dent in the bank account. However, despite its expensive reputation, Colorado is generous to kids, providing world-class freebies throughout their youth. Here are some free programs for Colorado kids.

1. Imagination Library

Ages: Infant to 5 years old

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Purpose: To promote literacy.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library sends one free book each month to children ages 0-5 years old who are registered in participating areas.

2. Elitch Gardens’ Pre-K Pass

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

Purpose: Absolutely just for fun.

Register for Elitch Gardens’ Pre-K Pass by May 17, 2020, and your pre-K kiddo gets free unlimited visits to the theme and water park for the 2020 season.

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3. One Book Colorado

Ages: 4 years old

Purpose: To support literacy and encourage families to read together.

A free copy of the One Book Colorado selection is made available to Colorado 4-year-olds through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms. Check the Pickup Locations page for book giveaway locations.

4. Full-Day Kindergarten

Ages: 5 years old

Purpose: To make early education opportunities accessible for all children.

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Full-day kindergarten is tuition-free for all Colorado children.

5. Every Kid Outdoors

Ages: 4th grade

Purpose: To connect kids to nature and U.S. history through the national park system.

Every Kid Outdoors offers a pass during a child’s 4th grade school year (and the summer after) for free access to national parks across the country.

6.5th Grade Passport Program

Ages: 5th grade

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Purpose: To get kids active and give every child a chance to experience Colorado’s mountain sports.

The 5th Grade Passport offers Colorado 5th graders three free days of skiing or riding at each of the 22 Colorado ski areas; a total of 66 days of free skiing.

7. Denver Art Museum

Ages: Infant to 18 years old

Purpose: To provide kids with access to art and programming at DAM.

General admission to the Denver Art Museum is free to youth age 18 and under.

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