Play Areas at a Glance

It’s cold out! How about a nice spot to play indoors?

Many of Denver Public Library’s locations have designated play areas or play-times for children to enjoy.

Playing helps children build vocabulary, develop verbal communication, and think symbolically all while having fun. Check out how beneficial play can be for your little one.

Denver Public Library locations with play options:

  • Central Children's Library has a designated play space with puzzles, a flannel board with shapes, puppets, and a variety of other toys. There are also touch-screen computers with games, chess and checkers tables and there are more board games available on request.
  • Byers Branch Library has an alphabet rug, stuffed animals, and Duplo blocks.
  • Valdez-Perry Branch Library has a small play area that includes, blocks, games, puzzles and a white board/magnet board that usually has a concept matching game. There are plans to add a play kitchen with play food in the near future.
  • Eugene Field Branch Library dedicate much of their meeting room time to the Imagination Station, which has different toys and things (dollhouse, kitchen, cars & garage) for kids to play with. The children's area has soft blocks, stencils and paper for kids to color with, a Duplo wall and an awesome giant metal "paper" doll with magnetic clothing.
  • Virginia Village Branch Library's picture book area has many play opportunities with bins of puppets and a Burgeon Group interactive play piece, fun moveable furniture intended for utility as well as toys to play with.
  • Sam Gary Branch Library has interactive panels from the Burgeon Group.  They include counting shapes, word maker, matching colors, letters and shapes, color mixing wheel, animal sounds and a hickory dickory dock clock.
  • Park Hill Branch Library hosts Open Play after storytime on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Schlessman Family Branch Library have a table and an extremely popular stationary bead maze.
  • Green Valley Ranch Branch Library's main attraction is their "Flight of Imagination." An airplane cockpit which at one time was part of an actual plane! Children can dress up in a pilot jacket and hat and take off with a movable control column and hundreds of buttons.

    The play area houses puppets for imaginative play and foam letters and letter magnets for children to explore reading and writing. Books are also a central part of the play with our board books sharing the play space. There is also a glass topped I-Spy table with 6 items for children to identify. Through out the library are early literacy end-caps, where children can write on a chalkboard, play with magnetic shapes, or race marbles along a track.

  • Westwood Branch Library has a variety of toys for kids to play with. Blocks, puzzles etc. are out all the time, ready for use.

Contact individual locations for further information.

Written by Warren on January 3, 2014


Anonymous on January 6, 2014


The Ford-Warren Branch has open play after storytimes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Anonymous on January 8, 2014


On these cold winter days, it's great to have some places to go with the kids. We want to get out of the house!


Thank you for the comment. I still get stir-crazy over the winter. To remedy that we have our play times as well as a variety of other programs offered for children, teens and adults. Browse our Events & Classes by location and topic to find one that works for you.

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