Charity of the week
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (mychildsmuseum.org)first opened in 1973 in a converted school bus, with the aim of providing a space for children to learn through play. Today, the museum sits on a 9-acre campus along the Platte River, and offers one-of-a-kind interactive exhibits and activities to more than half a million visitors a year. Young visitors and their families can try their hand at cooking lessons in the Teaching Kitchen, or make giant suds in the Bubble area. Joy Park, the museum’s innovative outdoor space, allows kids to build their own forts, ride on a zip line, and learn about canyons, waterfalls, and sand dunes. The Energy area features learning stations on launching rockets, while the Kinetics exhibit is home to a giant physics playground where kids can learn about motion and gravity.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■