Most people associate Mile High Flea Market with open-air shopping and great deals. While that’s always part of the fun, our loyal families know that the flea market is filled with entertainment and adventure for children.

There are rides, kid-friendly foods, a year-round farmers market, live music, and all kinds of new and used toys and games for children. Throughout the year the flea market also hosts events that kids love, from the Candy Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza, visits from professional athletes and free rides days.

Bringing the whole family to the flea market does require a little planning. After all, the entire flea market complex encompasses 80 acres. To make sure everyone has a good time, we recommend building in enough time to experience everything there is to do, yet also take a break, hydrate and eat—so you can do it all over again. Here’s a sample itinerary for a kids day out at Mile High Flea Market.

Head out to the flea market at I-76 & 88th Avenue, just 10 minutes from downtown Denver. Arrive early to ensure a close-in parking spot. It’s free to park.

The entry fee for adults is just $3, and kids under 12 are always free. Also ask about an annual buyer’s pass, which could save your family money this year.

As you drive or walk in, grab a handy walking map to plan out your day and make sure everything can get where they need to go. Or you can downloadone online before your visit.

Depending on the age of your kids, establish a meeting spot and point out the guest services building and bathrooms.

To start the day, parents can buy a coffee from All Hyped Up to keep up with the kids. A full breakfast is available at Marketplace Grill, at 2nd Ave. between G and H streets.

Then, check out the shops near the main entrance (A-M streets between 1st and 3rd avenues) to see the latest deals on household items your family uses every day, as well as clothes and treats for the kids.

The kids will want to hit the rides before too long, so head over to the ride ticket booth and purchase enough tickets to let your children try all the rides, from a classic roller coaster to seasonal bumper boats.

After that, it’s time to eat. There are so many selections, but we know kids love churros, corn on the cob, kettle corn, turkey legs, tacos and Icees, available at stands and market carts throughout Mile High Flea Market. If you’re in the mood for a sit-down Mexican meal, try the Cactus Cantina.

If you want to eat your cart food outside, look for shaded areas to eat outside. There are umbrellas near the farmers market that make for the perfect picnic.

After you’ve replenished your energy, it’s time to browse the daily and weekend sellers in the traditional flea market area (A-F and I-O streets between 3rd and 5th avenues). You never know what you’ll stumble on, but with over 3,000 sellers every weekend there’s a good chance you’ll find great prices on toys, games, clothes, shoes and more.

The farmers market (G-H streets between 3rd and 5th avenues) is also a favorite for young ones. They enjoy exploring various by-the-bowl fruits and vegetables that arrive fresh from around the state. Pick up something for a family dinner, or ask a seller for a fun salsa recipe.

If you still have energy, go for another round of shopping, or head back to your favorite sellers to pick up items you saw earlier. The kids may want another round of rides, and there are plenty of easy treats to purchase on the way out for the car ride home.

Need more ideas for how the whole family can spend the day at Mile High Flea Market? Check the planning section for more helpful suggestions.