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It's child's play at Denver's new museum building.

When slate gray clouds rumble in over the Rockies, when trees are bare and the first snow has yet to fall--in short, when the weather is dreariest--that's the time to visit the Children's Museum in Denver. Grown from a single portable exhibit in 1973, it's now in its new $3.2-million quarters in a striking warehouse-like building along the South Platte River.

Emphasis is on hands-on learning play: children can shop in a tiny store (with counters and fruit stands at child height) and learn about marketing; in a mural room, they can look down from a giraffe's height or up from bug's eye level to learn about points of view. Some exhibits are just fun--a smiling dinosaur, Hollywood make-up tables, a roomful of plastic balls.

The museum is open Sundays and Tuesdays from noon to 5, Wednesdays through Fridays 2 to 5, Saturdays 10 to 5; special hours for preschoolers only are 9:30 to noon Tuesdays. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $2.25 for children and adults. For an update on events, call (303) 433-7433.

From Interstate 25, take 23rd Avenue (exit 211) east to Seventh Street; turn right, then right again on Crescent Drive.
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