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Children's Museum of Denver
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Education is fun at this top-notch museum built with young children in mind. 

Located just 10 minutes from central Denver, the Children’s Museum of Denver has a range of interactive exhibits designed to teach children about everything from science, to fire safety, to grocery shopping. It’s been an institution in Denver since it opened in a converted school bus in 1973. An average of 300,000 children and their parents visit the center each year.

One of the most popular exhibits is the Fire Station No. 1, which features a real fire truck, dispatch station, 911-call center, pole and firefighter bunk, and kitchen. Children are encouraged to dress-up and let their imaginations soar. They can drive the truck, wield hoses and learn about what to do in an emergency.

There’s a child-sized grocery store and café called My Market, which is both realistic and fun. Kids stroll the aisles with a trolley and “purchase” items as they learn about making healthy food choices. This philosophy extends to the museum’s own café, which serves up healthy fare, including sandwiches, wraps, salads and pastas. It’s also possible to bring a packed lunch and use the seating in the café or outdoors.

Even infants will have a blast at The Center For the Young Child. There are plenty of soft, cuddly things to explore with Mom or Dad.

This museum brings out the child in everyone. Most of the exhibits are geared toward toddlers up to the age of six or eight. But even older kids and parents are sure to enjoy the chance to make bubbles, play hopscotch and build miniature railroad systems.

There are some great classes and programs offered year-round, as well as holiday-themed events. Check the website for more information. There are also monthly themes, such as edible arts, stories for toddlers and backyard exploration.

The Children’s Museum of Denver is located in the Central Platte Valley, easily accessible from the Platte Bike Trail. It’s just a short drive from downtown, and free parking is available.

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The Maven at Dairy Block
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Hilton Denver City Center
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4 out of 5
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The price is $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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The price is $99 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
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4 out of 5
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The price is $143 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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4 out of 5
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The price is $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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Grand Hyatt Denver
4.5 out of 5
1750 Welton St, Denver, CO
The price is $99 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1
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3.5 out of 5
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The Curtis Denver - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
4 out of 5
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