The Thrills (and the FREE Pre-K Pass) are BACK at Elitch Gardens

New guidelines, same great fun at Denver's iconic theme and water park

April 1, 2021

Update: Due to very limited capacity at the park this summer, registration for the Pre-K Program has been suspended for 2021. If you registered before registration was suspended, you can plan to activate your pass by June 27th!

Hang on to your hats and secure all loose articles – the thrills are back at Colorado’s only combination theme & water park! Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park has been approved by City and State officials to open for the 2021 season with new health and safety guidelines. Elitch Gardens will open to Season Pass holders on April 24th and 25th and the public on May 1st. Reservations are required.

“After having to be closed all of last season, all of us at Elitch Gardens are extremely excited to be able to once again deliver the kind of outstanding family fun we’ve been known for over the past 130 years,” said David Dorman, Elitch Gardens General Manager.

Elitch Gardens is thrilled to bring back the family favorite Pre-K Pass. It’s FREE for kids three to five years old and includes unlimited visits to both the theme and water park for the entire 2021 season, including Fright Fest! While supplies last. 

Getting your child’s Pre-K Pass is as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Register

Register your child online for their free Pre-K Pass. Must register online by May 16. REGISTER NOW!

Step 2: Activate

After you register your child, print the e-ticket and bring them to the park to activate their pass. Be sure to bring your child and a valid birth certificate or passport that shows their age. The deadline to activate your Pre-K Pass is June 27, 2021. 

Step 3: Play

After you’ve activated your child’s Pre-K Pass, they can visit for free anytime you’d like. Elitch Gardens is the perfect destination for family fun in 2021! 

Things to Know About the Pre-K Pass

  • Parents have until May 16th to register their child online for the Pre-K Pass. REGISTER NOW! 
  • Parents must activate their child’s Pre-K Pass at the park by June 27th.
  • Proof of age is required during your first visit. Copy of birth certificate or passport will be accepted.
  • Qualifying children must be three to five years old by the activation deadline of June 27th
  • Children 2 and under are already free!

Do Pre-K Passes from 2020 extend into 2021?

Any currently registered 2020 Pre-K passes, including those by five-year-old kiddos who would have aged out of the program next season, will also be extended through the 2021 season. This is a one-time-only extension to those who have already registered for a 2020 Pre-K pass. Pre-K members will still need to activate their pass in 2021 by the activation deadline by showing valid proof of age.

Elitch Gardens Season Passes

Adult guests can purchase their 2021 Season Pass for the best price right now. Passes are only $69.99 and include unlimited visits to the theme and water park, free parking, free tickets for friends, and much more! Season Passes are available ONLINE.

In the unlikely event the Park does not open at all for the 2021 season, your 2021 season pass will extend for the 2022 season.

Pass holders who experience a COVID-19 health-related change or concern, which prohibits them from visiting the Park for the season, may also move unused passes to the 2022 season.

For those that have already purchased a 2020 Season Pass, your pass has been automatically transferred to the new 2021 VIP Season Pass. This special VIP pass will also extend to the 2022 season should the Park not open at all for the 2021 season.


Located in the heart of Denver and celebrating 130+ years of fun, Elitch Gardens is Colorado’s only world-class combination theme and water park. From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures, a splashin' water park, and tons of special events, there are thrills for all. The park is open from April through October.