Museums Kids Enjoy
Kids and families always love the trains of Durango, and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad provides many kid-friendly adventures throughout the year. Two wildly popular favorites are the Peanuts™ Great Pumpkin Patch Express in the autumn and The Polar Express Train during the holidays. These are the perfect activities to motivate children (and the entire family) to get outdoors in the fall and winter and learn about Durango Railroading History. NOTE: Kids can ride free on selected days through August 9, 2012.
The Animas Museum is not to be missed and offers unique programming and stories that are appealing to kids and adults. Everyone appreciates this icon of Downtown Durango. Many people harken back to the day when the structure was known as “Animas City School.” Tonight, on July 30, enjoy an evening of weird and notorious tales from the history pages of the San Juans, presented by Colorado authors Charmaine Ortega-Getz, author of "Weird Colorado" and Carol Turner, author of "Notorious San Juans." These are yarns that don't show up in the "regular" history books! Presented in partnership with Maria's Bookshop. This is a great place for people with an historic spirit, people who want to better understand not only the harsh side of rural ranching times in Durango but also the glorious times of railroad history and the days when the structure was a school. Programming ranges from fun to practical to, frankly, a little bit macabre. Visitors particularly enjoy the cemetery tours. August 14th 9:00 – 11:00 am, visitors have the opportunity to learn about historic cemetery documentation and preservation techniques at Hermosa Cemetery. Attend and find out why this interesting and little known cemetery is a gem in the Animas Valley.
The newest museum addition to Durango is Durango Discovery Museum, and it is a power house...LITERALLY! The museum is in such a unique location...on the banks of the Animas River in an historic coal-fired, steam-generated AC power plant. It is very dynamic, modern, hands-on, interactive science center. Kids and adults have a blast, and the the range of courses and activities appeals to folks of all ages. In StudioLab sessions, kids learn how to create animations. At the end of the series, they have an animation film festival.
Adults regularly attend trivia night at the museum every other Thursday. The event includes food, beer, and tough questions. Another great activity that Durango visitors enjoy is an event entitled "Tree of Ideas Harvest Event" which takes place in the powerhouse plaza. Pub Science occurs the first Friday of every month, from 5:30-7:30 pm. It is a date night for moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, geeks, and anyone who needs a few, well-earned happy hours of fun— adult style. There's food and light libations, it's casual and creative, and there's always a science-y twist. The local breweries are very “plugged in,” so to speak, to the happenings at The Durango Discovery Museum.
Durango Discovery Museum is such a unique experience for kids and offers a fascinating array of summer camps. Hands-on science sessions let kids build and program LEGO® robots, create icky and sticky concoctions, and explore physics through roller coasters and skateboards. It is a very stimulating environment that encourages young people (and the young at heart) to build, create, play, and explore all areas of science. Activities are specifically designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at "energy — past, present, and future." Many families book a special vacation package that is specifically geared toward visiting this museum, The Durango Discovery Package.