January 23, 2018

Has anyone heard of “Hygge”? Because you’re probably doing it right now.

Pronounced “hoo-gah,” and embraced in Denmark during chilly winter months, it loosely translates to “coziness.” A fire place, snuggly sweaters, warm teas, and candlelit storytelling are all part of this Scandinavian practice.

In modern days, we’re guessing a Hygge hang looks more like a Hulu binge on the couch, sweatpants much too high on your waist, and a bowl of your finest cereal at 9 p.m. So, our sincerest apologies for interrupting, but we must pull you away from your heart-warming leisure.

There are FREE winter events in Denver!

Now through spring, the following is a list of FREE STUFF to explore (while getting some blood pumping back into your legs). So get out from underneath the covers and into the city!

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE FREE DAY (COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY)
WHEN: Feb. 12
WHERE: 2001 Colorado Blvd.
Explore the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a maze filled with treasures of the earth – dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhibits, science experiments, a digital planetarium, IMAX theatre and touring shows.

ICE SKATING
WHEN: Nov.–mid-Feb.
WHERE: 16th Street Mall
The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park returns each year to celebrate Denver’s winter wonderland. On the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe, ice skating is free. Carry your own skates or rent a pair for $2.

DENVER ART MUSEUM FREE DAYS
WHEN: Feb. 3 and March 3 
WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. 
The Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it will change the way you experience art and architecture. Explore the Museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, as well as art from around the world.

DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK
WHEN: Nov. 21–Feb. 16
WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
One of the most popular holiday events in Denver, the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver returns in 2017 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.

FREE TARGET TUESDAY NIGHTS AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER
WHEN: First Tuesday of each month 
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus  
Families can play for free the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Discover the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, where interactive Playscapes, programs, and special events all make learning fun by engaging children, infant through age 8, to play, learn and explore. It is a place that ignites and fosters a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout life.

DENVER STORY TREK
Ever wonder about the stories of the places you pass? On Denver Story Trek you'll explore the stories behind Denver's historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. It's simple to use and free!

FREE DENVER PUBLIC ART TOURS
Denver Arts & Venues invites art and architecture lovers to participate in free Public Art Tours — on foot, bike and scooter. These free guided tours focus on small segments of the City’s Public Art Collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center to view works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.

GREAT DIVIDE BREWERY TOUR
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's craft beer world on a free tour at the Great Divide Brewery in downtown Denver.

COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
Housed in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum honors the legacies of The Mile High City's greatest sports heroes, and features the Gallery of Legends, a "Great Moments in Colorado Sports" exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.

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