Looking for something to do over Spring Break?

SCFD Free Days offer worlds of experiences nearby

Douglas County students will begin Spring Break on March 20. Yet just because the school doors will be shuttered doesn’t mean it is time to take a break from learning.

Thanks to the Scientific Cultural and Facilities District there are plenty of opportunities for students of all ages to partake in free cultural experiences around the Denver Metro Area.

Whether seeking to learn more about area history, spend time appreciating abstract or contemporary art or get in touch with nature, the following SCFD organizations have your entrance fee and interest covered.

  • Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver, is free from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 22. Spend the last day of winter wandering the gardens or head inside to take in to take in the historical and contemporary victory garden exhibit.
  • The Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. in Denver is free of charge from 5-8 p.m. March 18 and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. March 24. Explore the museum, including a look at its namesake’s earliest works..
  • Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. in Denver, is free of charge on March 28.  The museum, is among the most visited historic site in the state, and nationally dedicated to the interpretation of one woman’s story.
  • Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway in Denver is free to anyone the first Saturday of each month.  Kids under 18 and younger are free every day. Come and enjoy the art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime.
  • Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe. Drive in Littleton, is free to visitors six days a week, closed on Sunday.  Walk through the 30 acres of botanical gardens located along the South Platte River.

For more information about the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and all of the organizations participating in 2016 Free Days — including specific dates and locations — please visit the SCFD website at www.scfd.org

Greater Denver Metro area voters created the seven-county SCFD (including portions of Douglas County) in 1988 to ensure public access to the arts and sciences through public financial support for scientific and cultural organizations. Since then, SCFD has helped fund more than 500 district organizations via the collection of the 0.1 percent voter-approved retail sales and use tax. The district-wide tax equates to one cent collected on every $10 spent.

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