5 Things To Do with Your Family in Denver in March


Go green at downtown’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Courtesy Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Watch as firemen battle policemen at a bowling fundraiser, take in downtown’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade (one of the largest in the nation), pan for your own lucky pot o’ gold, let the kids be their own leaders of the mountains and much more this month.

1. Eighth Annual Bowl for A Precious Child Tournament: Fire vs. Police
When: March 12. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m.; games begin at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Chipper’s Lanes Broomfield, 100 Nickel St., Broomfield
Cost: $40 per individual bowler; $175 per team of five; $10 per spectator
Why: A chance to watch the North Metro Fire Rescue District and the Broomfield Police Department throw down their top bowling skills to benefit all proceeds to A Precious Child, a local nonprofit that provides clothes and other basic essentials to children living in poverty.

2. 2017 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 11, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Near Coors Field on Blake Street and 20th Avenue. Note: Arrive early (as early as 6 a.m.) to snag your favorite spot. Keep in mind that this area will be the most crowded and standing room only—families are encouraged to venture further down on Blake Street from 23rd to 27th avenues.
Cost: Free
Why: Enjoy Denver’s 55th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, complete with Irish dancers, musicians, floats and more, on a day when everyone is Irish.

3. Goldstrike Colorado Gold Adventures
When: Anytime (based on scheduled times and dates)
Where: Various locations
Cost: Varies based on package. One we like: the basic half-day adventure package, which includes one to three adults for $250 (without lunch), or $300 with a catered creek side lunch. Additional adults, $50 each. Kids younger than 15 are free. You’ll get four hours of gold panning, lessons on the basics, and final separation of gold into a vial to take home.
Why: Learn about Colorado’s rich gold-striking history while panning for own treasure. Note: All adventures require a $100 non-refundable deposit.

4. Keystone’s Kidtopia
When: Daily until the end of ski season
Where: River Run Village,  Keystone Resort
Cost: Check the website for schedules, most activities and events are free
Why: Kids love this Colorado resort with its fun snow fort on top of Dercum Peak, cookie hour at Dercum Square Ice Rink and Kidtopia scavenger hunts and parades every Saturday at 4 p.m. Indoor activities a Kidtopia headquarters include a coloring corner, patrol play area and more.

5. Visit WOW! Children’s Museum
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, (closed Mondays)
Where: WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette
Cost: Members are free; infants (younger than 1) free; children ages 1 to 11, $9; adults, $5
Why: Encourage learning with fun, educational and interactive exhibits, programs and activities for kids.

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