Denver Kids

Denver Botanic Gardens
By Linda Collison & Bob Russell

If you're a new parent or grandparent looking for a beautiful place to push a baby carriage, this is it. If you have older children who are interested in planting seeds and making crafts, check out the ongoing Saturday activity programs. These drop-in half-day events are called Kidding Around and feature family projects like making planters, birdhouses, kites, and the like. I recommend getting involved with these structured activities rather than just walking through looking at flowers. First of all, if you come in the winter or early spring, you'll likely be disappointed. Except for the greenhouse of tropical plants, about all you'll see in bloom then are the alpine tundra plants. (When we went in May there still weren't many blossoms — Denver had been knee-deep in a spring snowstorm two weeks before.) High-spirited, rambunctious tykes won't appreciate being forced to march on walkways and just look.

Where: Central Denver at 1005 York Street.
When: Daily, year-round; special evening entertainment, events, and educationalprograms. Call for current schedule.
Activities: The Kidding Around program featuring gardening and make-it-and-take-itcraft projects. Strolling, picnicking, and summer evening outdoor concerts.
Facilities: Outdoor and indoor handicap-accessible gardens (including a Japanese teagarden), restrooms, classrooms, library, gift shop, picnic areas, and pavilions; the ChatfieldArboretum at 9201 South Carr Street in Littleton.

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