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Watch a performance of the family-friendly play Art Emergency: Monet Edition at the Denver Art Museum. Photo: Denver Art Museum

So You Aren’t Sending Your Kids to Camp this Spring Break?

These activities at Front Range museums and attractions will keep kids entertained for an hour, a day, or the whole week of spring break.

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If full-time camp isn’t in your plans or budget for this school week off, there are still many ways you can fill those empty hours. We came up with a few spots to hit for yoga, music, video games, crafts, and sports any day of the week.

Special Events

Denver Zoo Ultimate Spring Break

March 14 through April 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy even more keeper talks, up-close animal encounters, and special demonstrations, many included with regular admission. $14-$20, free age two and under. Animal encounter tickets not included. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver.

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Family Workshop: Tabletop Gardening

March 30, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

If learning together is your ideal way to spend spring break, try out a family workshop at Denver Botanic Gardens. Learn about cool-season vegetables, taste a few veggies, and then plant your own tabletop garden. Best for children ages five to 10. Register online. $10-$17. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver.

Frozen Worlds at YMCA of the Rockies

March 13 through April 2

There’s no time like spring to play like a polar bear or penguin, at least in Colorado, that is. YMCA of the Rockies presents Frozen Worlds, a series of crafts, snow fort building, and science experiments added to their regularly scheduled mountain activities. Stop in for the day with a $25 pass or spend the night at one of their cabins and gain entrance for free. YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park.


Museums & Exhibits

Geek Week at FCMoD

March 17-20

Experience a full week of geeky fun for gamers, superhero fans, and sci-fi enthusiasts. Take advantage of special interactive programs including Gamers Save the World, Sci-Fi Strikes Back, Fantasy Fanatics, and Superhero Showdown (included with admission). If that’s not enough, check out the Game Changers exhibit where you can test out more than 120 of the most influential video games and discover how they’re made. The exhibit is only around until April 30. $3-$6, plus cost of admission. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Ct., Fort Collins.

Spring Break at Butterfly Pavilion

March 15 through April 5

Ooh and aah your way through the Pavilion’s regular exhibits and take advantage of their special break programs like Nature and Music on March 20 or Rainforest Yoga from March 25 through 29 (age restrictions may apply, see the website for details). For families with special needs, enjoy a low sensory morning on April 5 at 8 a.m. Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster.

Spring Break at the DAM

March 21 through April 5

Spend a day exploring everything the Denver Art Museum has to offer. Create art in the Paint Studio, get hands-on with Create-n-Takes, play games throughout the galleries, and enjoy special activities daily. Don’t miss a performance of the family-friendly play Art Emergency: Monet Edition at 11 a.m. weekdays March 30 through April 3. $10 adults, free ages 18 and under. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver.

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Spring Break at WOW!

March 23 through 27

The museum is open all week (yes, even Monday!) with a variety of hands-on activities and programs included in the price of admission. Join the Boulder Bach Festival for an interactive musical performance on Tuesday, or learn how to Eat the Rainbow with representatives from Natural Grocers on Thursday. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette.

Spring Break Science Adventures

March 24-28

Kids can experience the wider cosmos and learn about Mars exploration, robots, coding, 3D printing, and drone flying during special hands-on labs at the Discovery Center. Included with admission, adult supervision required. Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs.


Movies & IMAX

Dinosaurs of Antarctica 3D

Showtimes daily at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Expand your understanding of the cold continent to the south, learning about prehistoric creatures that lived in Antarctica and were part of a warmer, bio-diverse environment way back in the day. $6-$7, plus museum admission. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Galapagos 3D

Showtimes daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Hundreds of miles off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean are the Galapagos Islands, a paradise with wildlife sure to amaze. Meet giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, and other fascinating animals. Learn the ins and outs of this unique environment among the volcanic islands. $8-$12, free under age three. Tickets available for purchase only in person. CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St.,
Parker.

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