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🏛️ 2023 SCFD Free Days at Your Favorite Venues (with Printable Lists)

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher January 9, 2023

Colorado residents can enjoy free days at some of our area's most popular destinations, thanks to SCFD funding and state and corporate sponsorship. Free Days are for general admission; special events may still require the purchase of a ticket. 


Venues may be operating under limited capacity for all guests, and reservations may be required. We encourage you to check back before every free day for the latest recommendations. Dates are subject to change without notice.


Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit select venues anytime throughout the year and pay just $1 per person (up to 10 family members) when they show their EBT card. Admission cannot be paid with an EBT card; it is simply proof of program participation.

Venues offering $1 admission for SNAP recipients are the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and History Colorado Center.

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2023 Free Days by Venue
2023 Free Days by Month


Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
987½ Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden | (720) 865-2160
Visit the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and enjoy free admission on the first Wednesday of the month from November through April.

  • Wednesday, January 4
  • Wednesday, February 1
  • Wednesday, March 1
  • Wednesday, April 5
  • Wednesday, November 1
  • Wednesday, December 6

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
2121 Children's Museum Dr., Denver | (303) 433-7444

Joy Park Free Nights return on the third Friday of each month, May through September, from 4:00 PM until dusk. The interior of the Museum is closed except for the restrooms.

  • Friday, May 19
  • Friday, June 16
  • Friday, July 21
  • Friday, August 18
  • Friday, September 15

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden | (303) 279-4591

  • Thursday, March 16
  • Thursday, May 11
  • Thursday, October 5

Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver | (720) 913-0130
Remember, children 18 years and younger are free EVERY day of the year!

  • Tuesday, January 10
  • Saturday, January 28
  • Tuesday, February 14
  • Tuesday, March 14
  • Tuesday, April 11
  • Sunday, April 30 (21st annual Día del Niño)
  • Tuesday, May 9
  • Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day)
  • Tuesday, June 13
  • Tuesday, July 11
  • Sunday, July 30
  • Tuesday, August 8
  • Saturday, September 9 (34th annual Friendship Powwow)
  • Tuesday, September 12
  • Tuesday, October 10
  • Saturday, November 4 (Night at the Museum for  Denver Arts Week)
  • Tuesday, November 14
  • Tuesday, December 12

Denver Botanic Gardens
Chatfield Farms, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton | (720) 865-4346
York Street, 1007 York St., Denver | (720) 865-3500
Advanced online registration is required. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events. Tickets are available three months at a time (on a rolling basis), and the tickets are released on the 1st of the month.

  • Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Thursday, February 16
  • Wednesday, March 15 
  • Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day)
  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, July 5
  • Tuesday, August 15
  • Friday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Friday)

Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl., Denver | (303) 892-1436

  • Saturday, February 11 (Burn Awareness Week Family Free Day)
  • Saturday, September 9 (Grandparents Day: Free for Adults 65+ and their Grandchildren)
  • Saturday, October 14 (Fire Safety and Prevention Week Family Free Day)
  • Saturday, October 28 (Halloween Children's Day: Free for Children in Costumes)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver | (303) 370-6000

  • Monday, January 9
  • Sunday, January 29
  • Monday, February 6
  • Sunday, February 26
  • Sunday, April 30
  • Wednesday, June 28 (5:00-9:00 PM only)
  • Wednesday, August 16 (5:00-9:00 PM only)
  • Wednesday, September 6 (5:00-9:00 PM only)
  • Monday, September 18
  • Sunday, October 15
  • Monday, December 4

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St., Denver | (720) 337-1400
On select "Share the Love" Days, the Zoo offers 125 free ticket vouchers for every 15-minute admission window. Register for vouchers during a specified lottery period.

  • FREE DAY: Friday, January 6 | LOTTERY: December 26-29, 2022
  • FREE DAY: Sunday, January 22 | LOTTERY: January 8-14
  • FREE DAY: Sunday, February 5 | LOTTERY: January 22-28
  • FREE DAY: Sunday, April 9 | LOTTERY: March 26-April 1
  • FREE DAY: Saturday, October 7 | LOTTERY: September 23-29
  • FREE DAY: Tuesday, November 7 | LOTTERY: October 24-30
  • FREE DAY: Sunday, November 12 | LOTTERY: October 29-November 4

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.

  • Friday, March 17
  • Monday, April 17
  • Sunday, September 17
  • Friday, November 17

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

  • Friday, January 27
  • Friday, February 24
  • Friday, March 24
  • Friday, April 28
  • Friday, May 26
  • Friday, June 23
  • Friday, July 28
  • Friday, August 25
  • Friday, September 22
  • Friday, October 27
  • Friday, November 24
  • Friday, December 22

History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver | (303) 447-8679
In addition to offering annual free days for Día del Niño and Colorado Day, History Colorado Center participates in Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live! (usually in September) and Denver Arts Week's Night at the Museum (November).

As of May 28, 2022, History Colorado offers free general admission to kids ages 18 and younger at all museums every day! Learn more HERE.

  • Sunday, April 30 (21st annual Día del Niño)
  • Tuesday, August 1 (Colorado Day)

Museo de las Americas
861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver | (303) 571-4401
Celebrate First Fridays with special activities and free admission from 12:00-9:00 PM. Remember, children 13 years and younger are free all day, EVERY day of the year!

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

Plains Conservation Center
21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora | (303) 326-8380

  • Thursday, January 19
  • Thursday, February 23
  • Saturday, March 11
  • Thursday, June 15
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Thursday, August 17
  • Saturday, November 18
  • Thursday, December 7

Always Free: Aurora History MuseumLittleton Museum and Living History FarmHudson Gardensand Museum of Outdoor Arts.

MCA Denver offers admission for 1¢ on the first Saturday of the month to Colorado residents. Children 18 years and younger are free EVERY day of the year!

Additionally, you can request free passes for various area museums through the Adventure Pass Program offered by our Douglas County Libraries. Passes are for general admission for a specific day and are very limited in quantity. 

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


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