Denver International Airport is taking a swing at being more playful, and it’s not a game of luggage hide-and-seek. Through June 30, DIA is hosting an 18-hole miniature golf course on the Plaza (between the Jeppesen Terminal and the Westin Hotel). Play is free, but you still have to pay for parking, so carpool or take public transportation to keep costs at a minimum. The putt-putt course is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It promises to be a memorable round of golf with friends and family. flydenver.com/events
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Fishermen can get hooked up this weekend. Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites anglers of all ages to participate in its annual Free Fishing Weekend on June 3 and 4. No license required, so it’s a no-cost way enjoy a favorite pastime or bait a hook for the first time. Remember, kids (15 and under) always fish for free. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife website is river of helpful information, including 101 suggested spots to take kids fishing. cpw.state.co.us
Chalk this family-friendly event up as one fun afternoon. Over a span of 48 hours, 200 professional, amateur and student artists will use chalk to draw on 67,000 square feet of raw pavement — re-creating classic masterpieces, plus modern art and their own original work — during the Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square. The free two-day fest, June 3 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and 4 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), transforms four downtown city blocks into a temporary outdoor art museum. There’s food, wine and live music, too. For a small donation, children get a goodie bag with chalk and can create their own mini-masterpiece in the Kids’ Corner from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. larimerarts.org
Have you ever seen a $100,000 bill? Take a peek at The Money Museum (1020 16th St.) in Denver. The free museum offers a wealth of opportunities to explore the nation’s financial system and the functions of the Federal Reserve Bank. Gawk at 30 million dollars up close, redesign the nation’s currency, check out historical currency and more. It’s open for walk-in visitors and self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding bank holidays. Anyone 18 years or older must present a valid government-issued photo I.D. This year, they’re offering free guided tours every Tuesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 18. kansascityfed.org/moneymuseum/denver
Schools may be on holiday, but it’s still important for kids to get keep their minds active. All they need is a good book and a vivid imagination. Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program rewards young bookworms (grades 1 through 6) with a free book after they’ve read eight books. Along with parents, kids keep track of the books they’ve finished in a Summer Reading Journal. Once completed, readers can take it to the bookstore and choose a reward from a selection of children’s books. The program runs through Sept. 5, so there’s plenty of time for kids to chill out and read.
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