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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Valentine’s Overnight. Photo courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

8 Ways to Keep Kids Busy Over Presidents Day Weekend

Ideas for entertaining Denver-area kids over Presidents Day weekend, February 16-18.

Long weekends mean one more day to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, and enjoy time with your family. To make sure the three-day weekend is a fun-filled one, here’s a list of events happening around the Denver metro area.

Parlez Vous Francais?

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver

Participate in a French story, song, and activity from instructors from Alliance Française de Denver. February 18, 11:30 a.m. Included with museum admission.

Valentine’s Overnight

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs

Drop the kids off to enjoy a pizza party, roast s’mores, tour the zoo, and meet animals. Kids will make an animal-themed valentine craft to take home. Includes a continental breakfast and a morning tour. Age 5 and up. Registration required. February 16, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next morning. $50.75 member, $60.75 nonmember​.

Mountaineering Weekend

YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park

Participate in family-geared educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills, guided hikes, and backcountry ski meet-ups. February 15-18. Free for guests staying in a cabin or lodge room; day passes for guests staying off-grounds are also available for $25 per person, per day.


Standley Lake Regional Park
9785 Eagle View Loop, Westminster

Discover what makes snakes powerful predators of the grasslands. Online reservations required; use event code #910807. Ages 4-8. February 16, 10-11 a.m. Free.

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver

Attend a concert designed for children age 6 and under. This 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about instruments. February 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. $9.95.

Drag King Storytime

Second Star to the Right
1545 South Pearl St., Denver

Celebrate diversity and acceptance as Mile High KINGdom puts on a performance, sings songs, and reads stories about being yourself and loving who you are. February 16, 2-3 p.m. $5 per person excluding babies on laps.

Plains Conservation Center Free Day

Plains Conservation Center
21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora

Visit the Plains Conservation Center for free and enjoy ecological and historical programming, wagon rides, games, and refreshments. February 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Lakewood Heritage Center
801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood

Learn about the celebration of the Lunar New Year in China and enjoy festive crafts, tea, and traditional snacks. Ages 3-12. February 16, 11 a.m. to noon. $10 for participants, free for other attendees.

Find even more events in our online calendar

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