October 22, 2012 by coloradokidsblog
Over the weekend, I attended a very special birthday party at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver. The beautiful, brand new museum, which opened in April 2012, hosted a party to introduce bloggers to birthday parties at the center as well as give us all an opportunity to explore the museum.
The Center is the perfect place to host a unique birthday party, special event or wedding reception draped in Colorado history. Attendees for birthday parties take turns entering a time machine and becoming a figure from the state’s history. The kids enjoyed going in as themselves and coming out as a historical figure. While in the Time Machine, they get to dress up and when they come out, a museum staff member shares stories and information about that person. The kids get a little history lesson and educational experience without even realizing it!
Birthday parties are $275 for members and $300 for non-members. They include two-hours in a party room, time machine, craft and more for 20. Guests are also invited to explore the Center.
The best part? You can bring in your own cake and treats or ordered catered pizza and cupcakes from the Center’s restaurant. We sampled the pizza and cupcakes and both were delicious. If you are looking for one-stop shopping, I recommend the catering. I do also really like the option to bring your own and save a little money – not all locations provide this.
We really enjoyed visiting History Colorado. They are no longer in the basement, like at their old location, but instead in a beautiful, brand new building. Growing pains are still evident, as many exhibits have yet to open. New exhibits in the Center are planned to open over the next year or so.
Some of the highlights in the museum include a giant map of Colorado and a time machine. Move the time machine around the floor on top of the Colorado map. When the machine passes over a hot spot on the floor, a story about Colorado history will play on its screens.
One of our favorite exhibits is Destination Colorado. Step back in time and visit the farming town of Keota on Colorado’s eastern plains. Stroll through the school, general store, homestead and barn while learning what it was like to live on the prairie 100 years ago. Our highlights were taking a simulated ride in a Model T Ford, milking a cow and climbing into the hayloft and sliding down.
We also had a lot of fun in the Colorado Stories. We learned all about Bent’s Fort and the well-traveled trade route through Southeastern Colorado, opened up the sides of a buffalo to learn about how each part was used for different tools and jumped (and crashed) on a ski jump in Steamboat Springs. This exhibit shares stories from Colorado history – the good and the bad. Besides the ski jump, our favorite was the Silverton Silver Mine. Enter the exhibit through a rickety, rattling elevator shaft and then try your hand at setting dynamite.
History Colorado has so much to offer and we look forward to returning for the exhibits yet to open. The Center also offers a number of tours from river rafting to wine tasting to nature hikes.