3 Budget-Friendly Things to do in Denver, Colorado with Kids

3 Budget-Friendly Things to do in Denver, Colorado with Kids

Don’t want to break the bank in Denver? Try one of these budget-friendly activities.

By Erin M.

Imagine that you’ve got one day to see Denver and you’re on a budget, what do you do? Those were our circumstances during our recent trip to Denver so we sought out attractions that were low-cost and kid-friendly. We didn’t have enough time to visit the usual destinations like the Denver Zoo and aquarium, and we needed to budget our money for the skiing portion of the trip. It turns out that the following destinations were some of our kids’ favorites. Here are 3 fun low-cost or free things to do in Denver, CO with kids:


Located just north of downtown Denver, the Hammond’s Candies Factory Tour is worth a visit. The FREE 30-minute guided tour through the factory was entertaining and interesting. We watched several different types of candy being made, while the tour guide gave us interesting facts about the candy and the company’s history (Did you know that Hammond’s Candies produces 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of candy per day?)

Visitors can watch the entire candy-making process from melting the sugar to packaging the chocolate eggs. Tours run daily every half-hour from 9 am to 3:30 pm, and they are stroller and wheelchair accessible.

Everyone leaves with a free piece of candy, and as most tours do, this tour ends in the gift shop, which is a delight to all the senses. We bought some of Hammond’s specialty flavored chocolate bars, and a $5 mystery bag which contained several different sweets including caramels, candy canes and cotton candy. Our family had as much fun in the gift shop as we did on the tour!


Have you heard of the Unsinkable Molly Brown? She was a well-to-do Denver philanthropist and suffragist who survived the Titanic disaster. The historical society of Denver has turned her majestic Victorian home into a museum.

As one of the grandest houses of its era, the 19th century mansion has been partially restored and can be toured by the public. The hourly guided tours provide a wealth (pun intended) of background on Denver history and Mrs. Brown’s influence on the city’s growth. Sound boring? My 10-year-old thought so at first, but the tour guide was so engaging and full of interesting tales that both kids were captivated for the entire hour.


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Tickets are only $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, there are several other museums, cafés and restaurants nearby. We enjoyed a late lunch at Jelly, which I would highly recommend for its wide selection of breakfast and lunch options.


Nestled on a quaint street full of restaurants, yoga studios and shops near the Highlands neighborhood is the Denver Cat Café. With its café tables, comfy sofas and book-lined shelves, it looks like a normal café, until you see the Siamese lounging on a side table and watch a kitten dart under your seat.

Established in Japan, the cat café concept allows visitors to get their caffeine fix and their kitty fix at the same time. There are typically around 10 adoptable cats residing at the café at any given time, and they have the run of the place until they find their forever home.

After a week away from home and our own furballs, my kids were SO happy to come here for some kitty cuddling! Whether you’re a Denver local who can’t have your own cats, or a visiting family seeking a fun and cheap diversion, the Cat Café is a fun place to spend an hour. Visitors pay only $4 to come in which helps cover the cats’ care. Cat toys are provided for everyone’s entertainment.
Cat Cafe

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Erin writes for the family travel blog, Hilton Mom Voyage. A native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995, she and her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls, ages 12 and nine, and two cats. When their youngest was just three months old, they packed their belongings and moved to Luxembourg, where they lived for four wonderful years. Even with two small children in tow, they traveled at every opportunity, and during their stay, visited 16 countries.

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