Children's Museum of Denver at Marisco

About Us

We believe in kid-powered learning. Every day, our expertly designed exhibits and programs open doors for Colorado’s curious young minds to express what they know and to discover more—on their own terms. The Museum provides a dynamic learning environment with 20 innovative exhibits, ever-changing daily programs, school group programs and special events. Focusing on early childhood, the Museum serves children newborn through age eight, their families and caregivers. Our rich, developmentally appropriate experiences capitalize on the natural curiosity of children, encouraging young learners to question, investigate, assess and take risks.

Signature Events

Noon Year’s Eve
December 31, 2018
Ball drops, confetti and lots of bubble wrap provide family-friendly fun, Times Square style.

Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun
February 7, 2019
Explore our world class exhibits, sample craft beers, savor hors d’oeuvres and more! Ages 21+.

Earth Day
April 20, 2019
Celebrate Earth Day and learn how to take care of our big, beautiful planet.

Birthday Bash
May 31, 2019
Guests enjoy a fundraiser filled with food & cocktails, live & silent auctions, a BIG raffle and much more! Ages 21+.

Giving Opportunities

Support from the community goes directly to help us design and build our innovative exhibits, create impactful educational programming, and ensures that all children, regardless of financial circumstances, have the opportunity to experience the Children’s Museum. Right now, we are actively raising funds for our access programs, including:

Sponsored Admissions and Memberships Program: Provides educational programming through outreach and field trips, and gives family memberships to more than 25,000 students annually in underserved schools and childcare centers throughout the metro area. SNAP Access Initiative: Offers $1 admission per person for families participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, serving more than 31,000 individuals annually.

Matching Gift Opportunity: The Sturm Family Foundation, recognizing the remarkable impact of the Museum’s critical access programs, has committed to match dollar for dollar all cash gifts of $100 or more made to the Sponsored Admissions and Memberships Program or SNAP Access Initiative on or before June 30, 2019, up to $100,000. With this exciting opportunity, the impact of a gift from you will be even greater.

Corporate Sponsorship: Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for permanent exhibits, education programs and annual events. In addition, corporate membership is available at varying levels, and provides exclusive opportunities and valuable benefits for your company and its employees.

To learn more about our giving opportunities, please visit

Volunteer Opportunities

We are incredibly fortunate to have the support of hundreds of volunteers who help keep our exhibits ready for enthusiastic young learners, facilitate interactive play in our experiences, assist with administrative tasks, and help make our special events magical. We accept volunteers ages 9 and up. For more information on our current volunteer opportunities, please visit

Ellen Sandberg

Vice President, Client & Community Relations
PNC Bank

Ryan Beiser

Regional President & Head of Corporate Banking, Denver
PNC Bank

How does PNC Bank approach giving in the community?
Ryan Beiser: At PNC Bank, our local delivery approach is a key differentiator for our business model. It is also an important aspect of how we invest in the communities we serve. To ensure we’re making an impact in an area of need critical to Denver’s well-being, we are proud to introduce PNC Grow Up Great, a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that was established in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. Investing in the future of the very youngest among us makes good economic sense and social impact, as we are ultimately planting seeds for the dynamic workforce of tomorrow and a healthy, thriving community. As regional president, one of my very first hires was Ellen Sandberg, whose role it is to bring PNC Grow Up Great to fruition in our city.

Why have you chosen to feature the Children’s Museum of Denver?
Ellen Sandberg: With a nod to our company’s 14-year legacy in the early childhood education space and the need for more early education resources across the Denver area, we are proud to elevate the profile of one of Denver’s award-winning leaders in the early childhood space, the Children’s Museum of Denver.
In perfect alignment with the goals of PNC Grow Up Great, the Museum strives every day to promote healthy, early childhood development and access for as many children and families as possible. The Museum’s talented leadership is also committed to evidence-based approaches to learning by offering state-of-the-art programming and thought-provoking activities that help build a community of lifelong learners, future leaders, innovators and adventurers.

How else does PNC Bank plan to give back to the Denver community?
Ryan Beiser: Employee volunteerism in the community is highly encouraged and supported. Through the Grants for Great Hours Program, the PNC Foundation provides a $1,000 grant to any qualified, early education non-profit where an employee donates at least 40 hours over a 12-month period. Additionally, teams of up to 10 employees, who volunteer 100 hours in a 12-month period, can unlock a $3,000 grant to a qualifying organization.
Denver is full of opportunities to harness the charitable passions of our team and we are eager to make a positive impact with our time, talent and financial support.