School Groups & Education Days

Elitch Gardens has educational events that turn the park into the most fun learning lab in town with all your favorite theme park rides included. Come experience the ultimate field trip at one of our fun-filled events or plan one of your own! One complimentary chaperone ticket available for every 15 tickets purchased.

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School Picnic Benefit

  • FREE Chaperone Tickets. One for every 15 tickets purchased.
  • Early Bird Admission Tickets are only $22.99 each
  • Admission and Picnic options as low as $34.99 per person
  • Contact Angela at 303.572.4502 or [email protected]

2017 Educational Events

Outdoor Classroom

May 11 & 12

Outdoor Classroom is an interactive day of challenges and fun exercises provided for you and your students with the help of our Partners in Education.  Highlights of the day include Hawkquest, Pop Culture Classroom, Dinosaur Ridge, Mr. Bones, Science Matters, Natures Educators and many more!

New for 2017 

Physics Night
May 11

An annual event favorite! Elitch Gardens teams up with the University of Denver’s Department of Physics and Astronomy to explore the laws of physics in relation to roller coasters. Check out physics experiments performed throughout the park by University of Denver students and professors. Student’s grades 6-12 will test their knowledge on a variety of topics.

Physics Workbook

Show Us Your Coaster Contest! 
May 11 & 18

Learn why roller coasters are called ‘gravity rides’ by creating your very own coaster! 2017 Contest Rules and Judging Criteria Coming Soon. 

Mad Science Days

May 18, 19 & 23

Uncover the secrets of science as mad scientists perform, numerous interactive science experiments, throughout the park for children of all ages. Witness amazing demonstrations…explore the senses…spark the imagination!

May 25, 26 & 27

Students and teachers can stop by exhibitor booths to learn more about our great Colorado Outdoors and Wildlife. Our partners for this event include Denver Parks and Rec, Nature's Educators, Colorado State Parks, the Environmental Protection Agency, Dinosaur Ridge, and many more to come! Students meet park rangers, learn about the environment, sort through fossils, explore eco-systems and have up close encounters with many reptiles!

Band and Choir
April 29, May 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25 & 26

Bands, choirs and orchestras perform in the Trocadero Ballroom at Elitch Gardens with professional music adjudicators. Groups receive taped and written adjudicators comments before they leave the performance site. Ratings of Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded. The rest of the day is spent playing in the park. Special packages for out-of-state music groups and Meal Deals are available - call for info. For booking and inquiries, please contact FunME Events – Music Festival at 1.800.386.6321.

Music in the Park
April 29, May 6 & 13 & June 3

Music groups perform at an offsite location and then have a ticket to visit Elitch Gardens after their performance. An award ceremony is held in the Elitch Arena at 6pm. For booking and inquiries, please contact Music in the Parks at 1.800.323.0974.

Trills and Thrills
May 6, 13 & 20

Music groups perform at Standley Lake High School and then receive a ticket to visit Elitch Gardens after their performance. For booking inquiries, please contact Trills and Thrills at 1.888.487.4557.

For additional questions call 303.595.4386 x162 or email us at [email protected]