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Fun in Denver--with two kids and too little cash!

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An August 2005 trip to Denver by VickiFunes

Hammonds Candies Photo, Denver, Colorado More Photos
Quote: I went to Denver to spend "quality time" with my two grandkids, ages 5 and 9. However, after trip expenses and buying gifts for the children, there was little cash left for the fun activities! Luckily, Denver has plenty of things for families on a budget to do!

Hammond's Candies

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Attraction | "Hammond's Candies factory tour"

Hammond's Candies Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The Hammond's Candies factory tour is VERY popular! The free tours depart every 20 minutes, and about 3 dozen people are allowed on a tour. The day we went, every tour was full---people just kept streaming through the doors! Nevertheless, be warned that the Hammond's factory is a bit hard to find. First of all, we went to the address listed in my 2004 guidebook---only to find that the factory was no longer at that location. After making a phone call, we learned the new address (at 5735 N. Washington St., where they moved about 14 months ago). We still couldn't find the factory easily, and, as it turned out, it's set back from Washington Street behind another building. But, we're glad that we...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Hammond's Candies
5735 N. Washington St.
Denver, Colorado 80216
(303) 333-5588

Celestial Seasonings Factory

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Attraction | "Celestial Seasonings factory tour"

Celestial Seasonings Factory Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The Celestial Seasonings (herbal tea) factory tour is oriented toward adults, but my grandchildren enjoyed it nevertheless. (I had also taken this same tour in the mid-1990s with my two sons--who were teenagers at the time--and they enjoyed it too. First of all, I'll warn you that the Celestial Seasonings plant is a bit hard to find. Luckily, they have a pre-recorded "directions" line, which we called several times on our cell phone as we drove toward the factory. When we arrived at Celestial Seasonings, it didn't look too crowded, but still, we had an hour-long wait for our tour! About three dozen people can tour in each group, but there's only one tour given each hour. (One exception--tours are...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Celestial Seasonings Factory
4600 Sleepytime Dr.
Denver, Colorado
303/581-1202

Littleton Historic Museum

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Littleton Historic Museum Photo, Denver, Colorado
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I've been to a number of historical replicas throughout the USA, and this is one of my favorites. The museum--which is largely outdoors--showcases pioneer life during two time periods, the 1860s and the 1890s. In addition, a new visitor center (which just opened in February 2005) houses exhibits of antiques and art, plus a children's hands-on play-and-learn center. My grandchildren loved the kid’s center, with its 1890s play kitchen, computer games, and other touchable exhibits. Yet, they also loved the 1860s farm every bit as well. This is one museum where kids don't need to "stay still." They can rove from the old-fashioned cabin to the barn, to the sheep fold, to the garden... and there isn't...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Littleton Historic Museum
6028 South Gallup
Denver, Colorado

Colorado Railroad Museum

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Colorado Railroad Museum Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The bulk of the Colorado Railroad Museum consists of a large outdoor area featuring scads of railroad engines and cars. (Their website says that there are over 70 cars on 14 acres.) As we drove up, all the railroad cars were plainly visible. Of course, my grandkids, ages 5 and 9, were clamoring to get right to them. Well, I was glad the kids were excited---I wasn't sure that they'd enjoy this attraction. But indeed they did! They wanted to physically climb onto each and every engine and car. I couldn't keep up with them! After awhile, we got to the picnic and children's play area. There was an engine on display with a bell to ring, knobs to turn, and things to push and pull. There, my grandki...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 West 44th Ave
Golden, Colorado 80401
+1 303 279 4591; +1

Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Attraction | "Picnic at Red Rocks"

Red Rocks Amphitheater Photo, Denver, Colorado
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While many adults are aware of the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, not everyone realizes that this amphitheater sits in the middle of Denver County's Red Rocks Park. Red Rocks Park is a great destination for scenery buffs (who enjoy the beautiful rock formations), athletes (who enjoy hiking the park's trails), and, of course, kids. We started this trip by exiting route C-470 at the town of Morrison. Morrison is a cute, old-fashioned village that's popular as a strolling and shopping area. Just driving through this quaint, tiny town is a pleasure. Past the village center, we took Park Entrance no. 3, which, I feel, leads to the most beautiful of the park's red-rock formations. (Once you enter, fol...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2005

Red Rocks Amphitheater
12700 West Alameda Parkway
Denver, Colorado