Are you and your family looking for new and interesting ways to gain new perspectives and understanding of the world around us.
Thanks to the Scientific Cultural and Facilities District there are opportunities for students of all ages to partake in free cultural experiences presented by organizations around the Denver Metro Area.
Whether seeking to learn about railroad history, celebrate our servicemen and women, or spend time appreciating art, the following SCFD organizations have your entrance fee and interest covered.
- Oct. 18 and Nov. 18: The Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. in Denver, is free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for SCFD Free Days are required and released one week prior to the event. During your visit, pick up a free Making Space to Go Kit with the activity, “The Collection My Way” in our hands-on art studio The Making Space.
- Oct. 23: Parker Arts . Celebrate the PACE Center’s 10th birthday. The Artival is like a carnival, but with art. Come and go as you please to this celebration open house event for families. See a Big Bubble Circus show; experiment and play with bubbles; meet Rosie the tarantula; get creative and play with LEGOs; learn a dance; make art for the Little Art Gallery; see improv in action, and enjoy seeing characters for the upcoming show Clue. This free family event is open to the community! Use the link above to RSVP and learn more.
- Oct. 7: The Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden is free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy indoor exhibits “Colorado Railroads and the Black Experience” and “Across the Fruited Plain: Migrating West to Colorado By Rail.” Tour the outdoor Railyard, and step aboard a half-dozen railroad cars/locomotives for an up-close look. Catch an optional train ride, pulled by a vintage diesel or steam locomotive (extra fee for train ride).
- Thursdays and Saturdays: Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, 12 Garden Center in Broomfield, is free of charge from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday. The museum, which celebrates and honors veterans and their stories, has a large and growing collection of uniforms and memorabilia from all branches of service and all wars and conflicts from the Revolutionary War forward.
For more information about the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and all of the organizations participating in 2021 Free Days — including specific dates and locations — please visit the SCFD website at www.scfd.org. Other featured SCFD members offering Free Days in 2021 include the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Denver Zoo and many more.
Denver Metro 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 percent voter-approved retail sales and use tax. The district-wide tax equates to one cent collected on every $10 spent.