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SCFD Free Days at Your Favorite Venues - Updated for 2020! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

By Updated for 2020 by Jessica Compton, Mac Kid Lakewood-Littleton Assistant January 1, 2020

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.

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


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.

  • Tuesday, January 7
  • Tuesday, February 4
  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Tuesday, April 7
  • Tuesday, May 5
  • Tuesday, June 2
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Tuesday, August 4
  • Tuesday, September 1
  • Tuesday, October 6
  • Tuesday, November 3
  • Tuesday, December 1

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 12
  • Thursday, May 7
  • Thursday, October 8

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!

  • Saturday, January 4
  • Saturday, February 1
  • Saturday, March 7
  • Saturday, April 4
  • Sunday, April 26 (Día del Niño)
  • Saturday, May 2
  • Saturday, June 6
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Saturday, August 1
  • Saturday, September 5
  • Saturday, October 3
  • Saturday, November 7
  • Saturday, December 5

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, January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Monday, February 17 (President’s Day)
  • Sunday, March 22 (World Water Day)
  • Sunday, April 19 (Earth Day)
  • Tuesday, June 23
  • Monday, July 13
  • Tuesday, August 11
  • Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day)

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

  • Tuesday, January 7
  • Tuesday, February 4
  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Tuesday, April 7
  • Tuesday, June 2
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Tuesday, August 4
  • Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day)

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.

  • Thursday, January 9*
  • Wednesday, February 26*
  • Saturday, May 9
  • Saturday, August 8
  • Monday, October 12*
  • Wednesday, November 11 (Active & Retired Military with ID)

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 6
  • Sunday, January 26
  • Monday, February 10 (Darwin Day)
  • Sunday, February 23
  • Sunday, April 26 (Día del Niño)
  • Sunday, May 31
  • Wednesday, July 1
  • Wednesday, August 12
  • Wednesday, September 2
  • Monday, September 21
  • Sunday, October 11
  • Sunday, December 6

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

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.

  • Friday, January 10
  • Saturday, January 18
  • Sunday, February 2
  • Thursday, April 9
  • Tuesday, October 20
  • Tuesday, November 10
  • Saturday, November 14

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.

  • Sunday, May 31
  • Wednesday, August 26
  • Saturday, November 21

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

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

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.

  • Sunday, April 26 (Día del Niño)
  • Saturday, August 1 (Colorado Day)

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

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

  • Thursday, January 16
  • Thursday, February 20
  • Thursday, March 19
  • Thursday, June 18
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Thursday, November 19
  • Thursday, December 3

Always Free: Aurora History MuseumHudson Gardens, and Museum of Outdoor Arts.

Additionally, you can request free passes for a variety of area museums through the Culture Pass offered by our Jefferson County Public Libraries. Passes are for general admission for a specific day and are very limited in quantity. 

Participating venues include Butterfly Pavilion, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado Center, Molly Brown House Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

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