Guide to Free Events

It’s summer. The kids are home. And they’re starting to bounce off the walls. You need to get-out-of-the-house, pronto! But it’s expensive to take a pile of kids out for the day, right? Not if you have this handy little guide with you. This is your official ticket to FREE summer events along the Front Range.

You’re welcome. 😉 Enjoy your summer, friends!

How to use this guide :: Simply click on the + next to each activity to expand the details. Each activity has a website link to even more information!

COLORADO SPRINGS

Join in the fun at First and Main Town Center for the family concert series. Bring your lawn chairs, dogs and sunglasses to the park in front of the Cinemark theater for free entertainment, balloons, face painting, giveaways, and a beer garden* for the adults!

EVERY FRIDAY in June and July at 5 pm – 7 pm

*donations for the beer garden support Upadowna, a Colorado non-profit dedicated to outdoor education.

Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. Galleries offer in-person First Friday experiences compliant with current public health guidelines.

Fridays from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Featuring performances by students, mentors and friends of the Conservatory.

June 4 & July 16: Acacia Park | June 11 & July 23: Bancroft Park |

June 18 & July 30: Venezia Park | June 25 & August 6: Cottonwood Park

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is always FREE, located in downtown. 

PLEASE NOTE: This location is still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but could reopen anytime. Please check website for most current info.

If your kid loves fire engines, consider a visit to the Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum. It’s free and located at 375 Printer’s Parkway just east of Memorial Park.

Looking for something a little different? Consider a drive south to the Mesa Drive-In in Pueblo, where kids under 12 are free with a paying adult (tickets are $10 for adults, limit four kids per adult). They even have a call-ahead menu! Bring sleeping bags and encourage the kids to sleep all the way home.

*No Checks, Debit or Credit Cards

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has FREE museum days on the second Saturdays and third Fridays of each month. 

Through fun activities, interactive exhibits and FREE classes, children can pick up basic and advanced concepts – from how to make change to understanding monetary systems. The exhibits teach children about history, geography, trade, art, world cultures and more.

Always free for children 12 and under; free for everyone during Colorado Springs Downtown First Fridays!

The Penrose Heritage Museum showcases cars and memorabilia from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for that car lover in your family!

PLEASE NOTE: This location is still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but could reopen anytime. Please check website for most current info.

The Peterson Air & Space Museum is FREE and open 9 am-4 pm Tuesday – Friday (closed Sunday, Monday and all federal holidays) Also, open on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of the Month (unless otherwise posted).

Located at the site of the first municipal airfield in Colorado Springs, the museum has several historic hangars and several restored aircraft, satellites, and radar equipment to guide you through the history of modern aviation.

Please note: visitors who do not possess Military ID cards must have a base pass to gain access to Peterson Air Force Base and the Museum. Call 719-556-4915, or access the on-line visit request form here at least one day in advance to arrange for your pass

PLEASE NOTE: This location is still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but could reopen anytime. Please check website for most current info.

Don’t forget the US Air Force Academy Visitors Center and Cadet Chapel!  The chapel is the most-visited man-made destination in Colorado. Both activities are within walking distance from each other, free and family favorites!

PLEASE NOTE: This location is still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but could reopen anytime. Please check website for most current info.

With state-of-the-art projection technology and immersive surround sound, this venue will enhance our K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outreach and explore both the Universe and life here on Earth.

All shows are free to the public. Food, drinks and gum are strictly prohibited in the planetarium at all times. There are 110 seats with additional space for wheelchairs. No pets are allowed. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome.

Shows are offered to the public, Monday-Friday, at 12:30 pm. No tickets or reservations are required. These shows are available on a first come, first served basis. Shows are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and cadet education. Click below for the schedule of shows.

DENVER

Ready for a doable, reasonable day trip to get those kiddos out of the house? Here are some free (or nearly free) activities in Denver!

Visit the Clyfford Still Art Museum during their 2021 Free Days: 5/19, 6/19, 7/25, 8/13, 9/10. Admission for youth 17 and under is always free.

Four Mile Historic Park is a portal to Denver’s Western heritage, with historically accurate replicas, a working farm with horses, goats, chickens and pigs, and serving as the site of Denver’s oldest standing structure, the Four Mile House.

Upcoming Free Days:

5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13

Artifacts, stories, and art intermingle to tell the tale of Colorado and the American West. The museum is designed for multi-generational audiences and consists of over fifteen exhibits spanning four floors, capturing the pioneering and individualistic spirit of Colorado.

Upcoming Free Days: 8/1

Hudson Gardens offers free admission daily for picnics, walks, photography, birdwatching, or the opportunity to simply relax in a beautiful outdoor space.

The museum’s outdoor exhibits around Denver are always free!

National Park free days 8/4 and 8/25. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Check out the Every Kid in a Park program for 4th graders and their families HERE! 

While the Children’s Museum of Denver is not doing its free days in 2021, they are offering $1 per person admission to families who receive SNAP Benefits.

General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, and they have free days for everyone on 6/26 and 8/21.

PLEASE NOTE: This location is still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions but could reopen anytime. Please check website for most current info.

If your kids are a little older, consider taking the free tour of the Denver Mint, where coins and currency are made. They recommend children be age 7 or older. The tours fill up fast and tickets are handed out first thing in the morning. PLEASE check the website for details before you go.  

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers free admission occasionally. The next free days are::

  • 5/23
  • 6/30, 7/9, 8/13 (NIGHT – 5pm-10pm)

They are offering $1 per person admission to families who receive SNAP Benefits.

Entry fees still apply to IMAX films, planetarium shows, and other temporary exhibits.

For more reading on a few more museum options in the Denver area, check out our sister site Denver Metro Moms Blog’s family museum guide here. 

Or if you want to stretch that day trip into more of a vacation, here’s the Denver Metro Moms Blog’s family travel guide for making the most of summertime in Denver, including hotels, parks, and local eats. 

What is your favorite activity in Colorado Springs or Denver? Leave it in the comments below and help another mama out!

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