Summer is almost upon us! While Denver is known for it’s beautiful summers and outdoorsy lifestyle, sometimes it’s nice to escape the heat and entertain your family indoors. Here are some fun indoor activities for this summer:

The Apex Center Treehouse Play Area – Not only is this play area free, but kids can spend hours crawling through tubes and sliding down the slides.

Downtown Aquarium – The aquarium is a great place to escape to, especially on a rainy day. Denver’s downtown aquarium has thousands of fish, and even tigers from when the museum was going in a different direction. There are also many kid-friendly activities, like a touch tank and eating lunch surrounded by fish.

Butterfly Pavilion – The butterfly pavilion is a great little museum for the price, and young girls especially love being surrounded by the hundreds of different butterflies.

Puppet Theater – The puppet theater is a great place to take your kids and is even ranked “the best children’s theater in Colorado” by The Denver Post.

Firefighter Museum – The firefighter museum is a perfect spot for boys age 3-7 who may already enjoy the trucks and firefighters and can learn more about what they do.

Pump It Up – This is an inflatable party zone filled with slides, obstacles and jumping areas for both parties or to fill a boring afternoon.

Story Time – The Denver Public Library, Jeffereson County Public Library and Boulder Public Library all host a story time throughout the summer. Story time is great for younger children, since it helps fill the education gap. If your child is struggling with reading, or if they just have a passion for reading, many libraries hold a separate Summer Reading Program.

Lyons Pinball Arcade – The Lyons Pinball Arcade may be more of a treat for mom and dad, since this classic arcade boasts having some of the best ‘80s style arcade games in all of Denver.

Wings Over the Rockies Aircraft & Space Museum – Another great summertime activity for children, especially boys, is the flight museum located in the east side of Denver, in a WWII-era Hangar. Not only can your son enjoy the exhibits, but on the second Saturday of each month from 10-2pm they host “Cockpit demo days” where your child can get an inside look into the planes.

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