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Looking for new family experiences? SCFD Free Days have you covered

Explore museums, art and history around the Denver Metro area at no cost

Posted on August 11, 2022 2022Breaking News


Do you and your family enjoy hands-on learning and exploring the history and beauty of Colorado?

Adventures await thanks to the Scientific Cultural and Facilities District, which is offering free experiences at organizations around the Denver Metro. Your family will have the opportunity to learn about everything from dinosaurs to the wild west roots of Colorado at the following organizations:

Tuesday, Aug. 16: Denver Botanic Gardens. Immerse yourselves in flora from every corner of the globe as your family enjoys acres of natural beauty. Advanced online registration is required.

-Thursday, Aug. 18: Plains Conservation Center in Aurora. Grow your knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem. Advanced registration is not required.

Friday, Aug. 19: Historic Elitch Gardens Theater: Grab your blankets and lawn chairs as you enjoy family movie night under the stars for a presentation of Encanto, starting at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 18: Four Mile Historic Park. Take a trip back to Colorado’s pioneer days as you walk through the park featuring historically accurate replicas, a working farm, and the site of Denver’s oldest standing structure. Advanced registration is required.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Monday, Sept. 19 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.): Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Enjoy exploration and education as your family wanders through exhibits that take you through all aspects of the natural world from the days when dinosaurs walked the earth to modern space exploration.

Other organizations participating in 2022 Free Days include the Denver Art Museum, Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, Clyfford Still Museum and the Colorado Railroad Museum. See all the dates and learn more about the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District by visiting the SCFD website.

Denver Metro area voters created the seven-county SCFD in 1988 to ensure public access to the arts and sciences through public financial support for scientific and cultural organizations. It was most recently renewed by voters in 2016. Each year, SCFD helps fund nearly 300 area organizations via the collection of a 0.1% voter-approved retail sales and use tax. The district-wide tax equates to one cent collected on every $10 spent.



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