I can't believe I've lived in Denver almost three years and had not yet visited.
experience at the symphony.
Growing up in the suburbs, I always wanted to do these types of cultural activities, but it was always a little too far, and a little too expensive. It was also really hard as a child to 'take in' all that was available at a museum, given our rare visits. And even though I WANTED to go, my attention span was limited. One of the most wonderful things we've discovered since moving to Denver has been family memberships, which allow us to visit places repeatedly for short periods of time (1 hour, 2 hours max) whenever we want.
Some memberships have been better than others: Fritz and I were quickly bored by the airplane museum (although the boys loved it). Fritz also developed an elaborate argument regarding airplanes as the province of the military, and the military, with its primary mission to kill people, and blah blah blah. No more airplane museum membership. The Museum of Nature and Science manages to be renewed every year without question. This year, my cousin reminded us that our membership is good for OTHER science museums as well. Good to remember if you travel much! The Botanic Garden membership was barely used. Although the new children's garden shows promise for the future, it still seems a little dull compared to the freely available nature elsewhere. Also, I couldn't get the boys to be too excited about plants that they couldn't dig up/break off/use as weapons. The biggest perk of the Botanic Gardens might have been the discounted tickets to events like the corn maze and lights festival. Which is a perk, because those events are expensive. But it would be better if those events were included, considering they ARE what the boys like about the garden.
Today I was impressed and inspired enough by the standing collection and exhibits to get a family membership. And I'm genuinely looking forward to going back with Noah, seeing the collection again, and maybe even eating a bag lunch on the skybridge.