In honor of Presidents Day, many Douglas County students will have the opportunity to enjoy a four-day weekend from Feb. 14-17. 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 (SCFD) there are opportunities for students of all ages to partake in free cultural experiences around Metro Denver.
Whether seeking to learn more about local history, celebrate our servicemen and women, spend time appreciating abstract art or get in touch with nature, the following SCFD organizations have your entrance fee and interest covered.
- Feb. 14: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest Street in Denver is free of charge from noon to 4 p.m. Travel back to 1859 and enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum and meeting farm animals.
- Feb. 15: The Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. in Denver is free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Free Day activities include a complimentary guided tour at 2 p.m. and a Stimulate Your Senses Station Explore the museum, including a look at its namesake’s earliest works which are on display through April 26.
- Feb. 15: Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, 12 Garden Center in Broomfield is free of charge from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. 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.
- Feb. 17: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver, is free of charge from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Spend your Presidents Day in this urban oasis exploring 50 gardens, the interactive Science Pyramid and natural history, art and library collections.
For more information about the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District and all of the organizations participating in 2020 Free Days — including specific dates and locations — please visit the SCFD website at www.scfd.org. Other featured SCFD members offering Free Days in 2020 include the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the PACE Center, the Denver Zoo and many more.
Denver Metro area 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.
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