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SCFD Free Days at Your Favorite Venues - Updated for 2021!

Find Your Family Fun for Free!

By Jessica Compton - Assistant to Macaroni Kid Lakewood-Littleton 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.

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.


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.

  • Free days are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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

  • Thursday, January 21
  • Tuesday, February 16
  • Saturday, March 20
  • Sunday, April 25
  • Wednesday, May 19
  • Saturday, June 19
  • Sunday, July 25 (in honor of the ADA Anniversary on Monday, July 26)
  • Friday, August 13
  • Friday, September 10
  • Tuesday, October 12
  • Thursday, November 18 (CSM’s 10th anniversary)
  • Wednesday, December 8


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.

  • March 18
  • May 13
  • October 7

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!

  • Free days are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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.

  • Free days are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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

  • Free days are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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.

  • Free days are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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 4
  • Sunday, January 24
  • Monday, February 8
  • Sunday, February 28
  • Sunday, April 25 - Dia Del Nino
  • Sunday, May 23 - Space Day
  • Wednesday, June 30 - Free Night
  • Wednesday, August 11 - Free Night
  • Wednesday, September 1 - Free Night
  • Monday, September 20
  • Monday, October 4 - Out at the Museum: LGBTQ Community Day
  • Saturday, November 6 - Night at the Museums
  • Monday, December 6

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

*On select Share the Love Days in 2021, the zoo is giving that love right back to their community with 125 FREE TICKET VOUCHERS for every 15-minute admission window. 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.

  • January 16 - lottery is January 6-8
  • February 7 - lottery is January 28-30
  • February 14 - lottery is February 4-6
  • April 8 - lottery is March 29-April 1
  • Watch the website for future dates.

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.

  • Coming soon!

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

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

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.

  • April 25
  • August 1
  • November 6 (from 5-10 pm)

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

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

  • Free days are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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, Colorado Railroad 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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