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Free Days at Your Favorite Venues

Find Your Family Fun for Free!

By Beth Marketos, Publisher's Assistant | Macaroni Kid Lakewood-Littleton January 4, 2022

Colorado residents can enjoy FREE DAYS at some of our area's most popular destinations, thanks to SCFD funding as well as state and corporate sponsorship. Free Days are for general admission; special events and exhibitions may still require the purchase of a ticket.

Due to COVID restrictions, most of the Free Days require tickets or sign ups that must be secured prior to your visit. Please click on the venue name to check the ticket/sign up requirements.

Dates are subject to change without notice; contact the venue prior to your visit to confirm.

PLEASE NOTE: We want to reiterate that we respect all points of view regarding safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are providing this information for you to use, or not use, as your family sees fit. Guidelines are ever-changing, so please be sure to double check event details with the event host if you do choose to attend.


Buffalo Bill's Museum and Grave

987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden | (720) 856-2160

A special note: Free Admission for active military and up to 3 family members, Memorial Day thru Labor Day.

  • Wednesday, February 2
  • Wednesday, March 2
  • Wednesday, April 6

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
2121 Children's Museum Dr., Denver | (303) 433-7444
4:00–8:00 PM only
A special note: Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit the Museum any time throughout the year and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission can not be paid with the EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

  • 2022 Dates TBD

Clyfford Still Art Museum
1250 Bannock St., Denver | (720) 354-4880

A special note: Ages 17 and under are always free.

  • Thursday, January 20
  • Tuesday, February 15
  • Saturday, March 19
  • Sunday, April 24 (Dia del Nino)
  • Wednesday, May 18
  • Friday, June 10
  • Sunday, July 24 (in honor of the ADA Anniversary on July 26)
  • Friday, August 5
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Tuesday, October 18
  • Saturday, November 5
  • Wednesday, December 7

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden | (303) 279-4591

A special note: Boulder County residents can enjoy additional free days throughout the year. Visit the venue's website for details.

  • Thursday, March 17
  • Thursday, May 12
  • Thursday, October 6

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver | (720) 913-0130
A special note: Children 18 years and younger are free EVERY day of the year!

  • Tuesday, January 11
  • Saturday, January 22
  • Tuesday, February 8
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Tuesday, April 12
  • Sunday, April 24

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St., Denver | (720) 865-3500

A special note: Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit the Gardens any time throughout the year and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission can not be paid with the EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

  • Monday, Jan. 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Thursday, Feb. 17
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • Thursday, April 21 (Earth Day)
  • Tuesday, June 7
  • Wednesday, July 6
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16
  • Friday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Friday)

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton | (720) 865-4346

  • Monday, Jan. 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Thursday, Feb. 17
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • Thursday, April 21 (Earth Day)
  • Tuesday, June 7
  • Wednesday, July 6
  • Tuesday, Aug. 16
  • Friday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving Friday)

Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl., Denver | (303) 892-1436

NOTE: Dates marked with (*) are only free to residents in the seven SCFD counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson.

  • 2022 Dates TBD

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver | (303) 370-6000

A special note: Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit the museum any time throughout the year and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission can not be paid with the EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

  • Monday, January 3
  • Sunday, January 23 - Guitar Day
  • Saturday, January 29 - Free Night
  • Monday, February 7
  • Sunday, February 27 
  • Sunday, May 1 - Dia Del Nino
  • Monday, May 23
  • Wednesday, June 29 - Free Night
  • Wednesday, August 17 - Free Night
  • Wednesday, September 7 - Free Night
  • Monday, September 19
  • Sunday, October 9 - Out at the Museum: LGBTQ Community Day
  • Monday, December 5

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St., Denver | (720) 337-1400

* Free Day tickets are ONLY available via the lottery system.  See how to win free tickets here.
A special note: Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit the Zoo during the off-season (typically August through April) and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission can not be paid with the EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

  • Saturday, January 22 | Lottery is January 10-14
  • Sunday, February 6 | Lottery is January 25-29
  • Sunday, April 10  | Lottery is March 29-April 2
  • Saturday, October 8 | Lottery is September 26-30
  • Tuesday, November 1 | Lottery is October 20-24
  • Sunday, November 13 | Lottery is November 1-5

Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison | (303) 697-3466
A special note: Admission to the exhibit hall Trek Through Time is free; guided bus tours are available at a reduced rate of $8 for adults and $6 for children.

  • Friday, March 4
  • Friday, April 8
  • Friday, September 23 
  • Friday, November 18

Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St., Denver | (720) 865-0800

Travel back to 1859… for free! General admission is free on the second Friday of each month courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Reserve your spot here!

  • Friday, January 14th
  • Friday, February 11th
  • Friday, March 11th
  • Friday, April 8th
  • Friday, May 13th
  • Friday, June 10th
  • Friday, July 8th
  • Friday, August 12th
  • Friday, September 9th
  • Friday, October 14th
  • Friday, November 11th
  • Friday, December 9th

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver | (303) 447-8679

A special note: Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit the Museum any time throughout the year and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission can not be paid with the EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

  • Saturday, April 30 | Dia del Ninos
  • Monday, August 1 | Colorado Day
  • Saturday, September 24 | Smithsonian Museum Day
  • November. Exact date TBD | Night at the Museums
  • Friday, November 11 | Veterans Day -  Free admission to veterans and their families (up to 5 people) 

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)

1485 Delgany St, Denver | 303-298-7554

  • 18 and under ALWAYS FREE
  • FREE admission for healthcare workers, SNAP beneficiaries, reciprocal museum members, and museum professionals - Call 303-298-7554,  Monday–Friday 9AM–5PM to reserve tickets.
  • Penny Admission the FIRST SATURDAY of each month

Plains Conservation Center
21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora | (303) 739-7160

A joint effort by the City of Aurora and Denver Botanic Gardens.

  • Thursday, Jan. 20 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 19 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 16 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 18 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 15 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Always Free: Aurora History MuseumGolden History Museum, Heritage Lakewood, Hudson GardensLittleton Museum, Mines Museum of Earth Scienceand Museum of Outdoor Arts.

Additionally, you can request free passes for a variety of area museums through the Exploration Pass offered by Arapahoe Libraries, and the Culture Pass offered by Bemis Library, Jefferson County Public Libraries, and  Denver Public Libraries. Passes are for general admission for a specific day and are very limited in quantity. You must have a library card and not all venues listed below are available at all libraries. Please click on the library links to see which venues they provide passes to and to reserve your passes.

Participating venues include: