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9 family-friendly events in Denver this week

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There are plenty of fun events to kick off the New Year including the National Western Stock Show, the Denver Boat Show, Animal Expeditions with the Denver Zoo and more. See our event calendar for full details. 

National Western Stock Show at the National Western Complex 
Jan 7 – 22 
Denver’s National Western Stock Show is one of the world’s premier Western spectacles. Pull on your cowboy boots, grab your chaps and see it for yourself each January just north of downtown Denver at the National Western Complex (Jan. 7–22, 2017). For the last 110 years, thousands of visitors from across the country have come out to see more than 15,000 animals, rodeo performances, bull-riding competitions, dancing-horse shows, barrel racing, auctions and booths selling everything from cowboy boots to cookware to golf vacations.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Vintage Theater 
Through Jan 15 2017, 10:00 pm
Once upon a time” there lived a selfish young Prince, who had everything his heart desired. Vintage Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” – The classic story of young Belle and the Beast that only she can change.

Winter Break, Denver Art Museum
Through Jan 8, 2017 
This Winter, warm up at the Denver Art Museum and spend time with the whole family. The Costume Studio, Create-n-Take stations and the Family Activity Cart will be open daily from December 20 to January 8 throughout the museum complex. Enjoy family friendly theater on select dates at 11 a.m. during special performances of Art Emergency 2: Code Redder.

27th Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show at the Colorado Convention Center
Jan 5 – Jan 7
RVing has never been more popular and what better way to learn why than at the region’s largest RV show. Check out hundreds of new RVs under one roof. View 2017 motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, truck campers and tent trailers, as well as RV and camping accessories. Discover campgrounds and travel destinations. Fun for the whole family!

Denver Boat Show 
Jan 6 – 8 
The Denver Boat Show has increased its exhibitor list and venue size, making it their biggest and best show yet! Join them January 6-8, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center for more boats, more fun, and more.

Free Day, Denver Art Museum 
Jan 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Animal Expeditions with the Denver Zoo at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center 
Jan 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Denver Zoo explores the Animal Kingdom and takes guests on an educational safari around the world! Come face-to-face with live animals and discover their wild nature.

Burn Awareness Free Day at the Denver Firefighters Museum 
Jan 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Visit the Denver Firefighters Museum for a fun, family-friendly free day! Free admission, special activities, and a chance to meet active duty DFD firefighters. Activities are open 10:00am to 2:00pm. The museum will remain open (and free) until 4:00 p.m.

Shrek: The Musical: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Through Jan 8 2017, 8:00 pm
Shrek: The Musical follows this beloved unlikely hero and his wisecracking, best friend Donkey on a journey of a lifetime to rescue a feisty, headstrong princess. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with attitude and more than a dozen other fairytale misfits, and Shrek must learn to see the true hero within to succeed. Irreverent fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

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