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Kids Zone at the Money Museum

Teaching kids about money the way they learn best: by doing and playing.

Through fun activities, interactive exhibits and FREE classes, children can pick up basic and advanced concepts — from how to make change to understanding monetary systems. The exhibits teach children about history, geography, trade, art, world cultures and more.

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2023 KidsZone Schedule
January 21 - CANCELLED

Coin Collecting Basics

This class has been cancelled.
February 18

Penny Sorting Party

Did you know you can find real treasures in your own pocket change? We’ll show you how to unlock this potential by searching through bank-wrapped rolls of circulated U.S. cents. You’ll learn how to become a “coin hunter” and how to decide which coins are collectible or not.
March 18

Hail Caesar!

Julius Caesar “died” almost exactly 2,067 years ago. We’ll celebrate the greatness of the Roman Empire by conducting a mock archaeological dig, using genuine, ancient bronze coins from before A.D. 500.

April 15

Coins from Around the World

Most countries around the world mint their own coins, and many of them look nothing like ours. Imagine coins shaped like triangles or squares, and even coins that have holes in them. You will see examples of coins, both old and new, from countries all around the world – and then you'll design your own! 

May 20

Coin Carving

Hobo Nickels: Come learn about the fascinating world of Hobo Nickels, and their special place within numismatics and American History. We’ll discuss their purpose, review various carvers’ works, and then you’ll learn how to create your own Hobo Nickel by “engraving” your own scratch art design!

August 19

Coin Carving II

Love Tokens: Coins have been modified in many ways to allow us to carry the thoughts and hopes of loved ones, especially in times of war or hardship. If you love to draw and are artistically inclined, do not miss out on learning the intricate art of designing these beautiful
tokens of affection.
September 16

Designing Paper Money Part I: Engraving

A banknote is a lot like a work of art with many security features. This class will review these aspects needed to (literally) make money. Several techniques are used to design a bill and you will learn many of them by “engraving” your own scratch art printing plate.

October 21

Designing Paper Money Part II: Paper Making

Did you know our paper money is made from a mysterious mixture of materials? This class will show you some of the secrets used to make our U.S. currency – and then we’ll make our own homemade blend of paper from scratch!

November 18

Economics and Money Museum Tour

Why do some items cost more than others? Have you ever had a lemonade stand? Do you know how to make the right decisions with money? What is hyperinflation? This class will help you answer some of the trickier questions about making, saving, and spending money. Afterward, we will explore some of the newer exhibits in the ANA Money Museum!

Admission

Free for children 12 and under. When kids participate in a KidsZone class, their parents are allowed to view and explore the Money Museum exhibits for free!)
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., ages 4-7
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., ages 8-12

Please submit the form below to enroll for classes through May 2023. Check back this summer to register for August-November classes.  Questions? Contact Sam Gelberd, numismatic educator, at sgelberd@money.org or call (719) 632-2646.

Location

818 N. Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

On the Colorado College campus, adjacent to the Fine Arts Center


Parking

Parking is available in the lot on the north side of the Money Museum building.


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