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Old 06-03-08, 02:20 PM
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Things to do in Denver with kids?

Instead of a big-ass driving trip this summer, we're taking the kids an hour south to the Big City! Whooo-yeah!

We don't get down there a whole lot, so it's about time we really checked it out anyway. What are some great things to do with kids (ages 8 and 4)? I got Elitch Gardens covered, and we'll be taking a Coors Field tour. I tried snagging tix to the Denver Mint, but they're booked solid in mid-June.

Suggestions? Places to eat?
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Old 06-03-08, 02:23 PM
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The kids would totally dig the Butterfly Pavilion, but that's in Westminster and might be out of your way. You might also want to try the aquarium if you haven't already. If you go, check out Proto's Pizza down the street. Fanbloodytastic pizza.
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Old 06-03-08, 02:23 PM
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They have an awesome Children's Museum. The zoo is a very good one, and the museum of Nature and Science is great too. The aquarium is okay.

It really sucks to go there as an adult, but no kid can resist Casa Bonita either.

Whenever I'm in Denver, I eat at Tommy's on Colfax (Thai food):

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Based on the only Denver travel documentary I've seen, I can only recommend activities for the deceased. Do you plan to commit filicide between now and the trip?
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Originally Posted by Groucho
...no kid can resist Casa Bonita ...
I thought South Park made that up!
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Ah, Casa Bonita. Nothing says class like someone jumping into a small pool a few feet away from your dinner.
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Old 06-03-08, 02:32 PM
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If you're up during the day, Water World might be cool for the kids. If you like hanging out with 1000s of high school kids, you might like it too, actually. Then again, they might not be old enough to get the full use of that place.
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Originally Posted by bishop2knight
If you like hanging out with 1000s of high school kids, you might like it too, actually.
Take a seat.
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If you like hanging out with 1000s of high school kids, you might like it too, actually.
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Take a seat.
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I have no idea what either of those mean, but that somehow makes it funnier.
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Old 06-03-08, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by bishop2knight
Ah, Casa Bonita. Nothing says class like someone jumping into a small pool a few feet away from your dinner.
Great - I was looking for a classy restaurant that catered to children!
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Oh, and if you're in town in the morning, you have to (seriously, you have to) go to Snooze. Have one of the kids order the pineapple upside down pancake. Unbelievable. It's so damn good, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am just remembering what it was like to taste it.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
They have an awesome Children's Museum. The zoo is a very good one, and the museum of Nature and Science is great too. The aquarium is okay.

It really sucks to go there as an adult, but no kid can resist Casa Bonita either.

Whenever I'm in Denver, I eat at Tommy's on Colfax (Thai food):
Ah, the zoo. Yes, of course. Thanks for the reminder.

We went to Casa Bonita a few years back. Needless to say, once was enough.

Tommy's, eh? You're bringing back memories of great chili burgers in SoCal. Different kinda place, I guess. Damn.

Thanks for the tips.
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The kids would totally dig the Butterfly Pavilion, but that's in Westminster and might be out of your way. You might also want to try the aquarium if you haven't already.
We just got back from doing these things last week. We've got two kids, 3 and 1.

The Butterfly Pavillion was OK. The actual Butterfly Exhibit was cool, but the rest of the exhibits were dated and almost worthless.

The aquarium was pretty neat, although it started off slow.

Both of our kids loved the Children's museum, although 8 may be a bit too old for the activities (perhaps).
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Originally Posted by bishop2knight
Check out Proto's Pizza down the street. Fanbloodytastic pizza.
Now you're speaking my language.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
They have an awesome. . .museum of Nature and Science
The Nature & Science Museum was my favorite place when I was a kid. I haven't been there in a long time though.
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Originally Posted by Nazgul
We just got back from doing these things last week. We've got two kids, 3 and 1.

The Butterfly Pavillion was OK. The actual Butterfly Exhibit was cool, but the rest of the exhibits were dated and almost worthless.

The aquarium was pretty neat, although it started off slow.
Good to know. I've been to the aquarium for a company party. That was bad enough. But I heard the kids loved it.

I've heard great things about the Butterfly Pavilion, but not for a couple of years. Sounds like maybe it's gone down hill.
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Old 06-03-08, 02:59 PM
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Now you're speaking my language.
Do Snooze for breakfast and Proto's for lunch/dinner. Not too far from one another, and well worth anything you'd have to get through to make it happen.
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Originally Posted by bishop2knight
Oh, and if you're in town in the morning, you have to (seriously, you have to) go to Snooze. Have one of the kids order the pineapple upside down pancake. Unbelievable. It's so damn good, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am just remembering what it was like to taste it.
Snooze is great.

Tommy's Thai is ok, but there are other good thai places. And the kids probably don't like thai so much.

Proto's is good pizza, but I don't know that I'd make a point of going there.

The new wing of the Denver Art museum actually has some cool stuff that kids would dig. I doubt they'd stay focused for the whole thing, but...
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I only know of things to do in Denver when you're dead.

Sorry, it had to be said, this is a freaking DVD website after all.

Can't believe it wasn't already done.
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Originally Posted by devinjc
I only know of things to do in Denver when you're dead.

Sorry, it had to be said, this is a freaking DVD website after all.

Can't believe it wasn't already done.
See post #4.
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Yep Elitch's and Casa Bonita pretty much cover's it. Those two are a must or you're just a bad parent, lol. I still have fond memories of both as a kid.
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