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17 things to do in Denver this week

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There are many great events including opening day at Elitch Gardens, Girls in STEM Day at Keystone Science School, free days, the Scout Show, Rocky Mountain Steamfest, Wolfpack Ninja Obstacle Race Tour and more.

Just Between Friends of Arvada at Flatiron Marketplace 
Apr 27 – 30 
Shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Childhood Interrupted: The Impact Trauma has on a Child’s Mind at Great Work Inc. 
Apr 27, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This workshop, conducted by Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, will address how adverse experiences can shape a child’s brain and, in turn, affect the child’s ability to organize, think, feel and behave. We will begin to study how the specific time that a trauma occurs, as well as the nature of the trauma, can result in a series of issues. This leaves the child vulnerable and more likely to exhibit a spectrum of symptoms. We will work towards understanding the origins of these traumas and how we can identify and address them with the children.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Red Rocks Community College Theatre
Apr 27 – 29
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown features six iconic characters: Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Charlie Brown, and everyone’s favorite beagle, Snoopy. This lively musical features a book, music, and lyrics by Clark Gesner, with updated music written for the 1999 Broadway revival of the show. The production is suitable for audiences of all ages.

Día del Niño at Denver Art Museum
Apr 29 – Apr 30 
Celebrate Día del Niño at the Denver Art Museum with family-friendly programming and FREE general museum admission for all visitors. Special performances will occur from noon to 4 p.m.; lineup to be announced. 

Girls in STEM day at Keystone Science School 
Apr 29 
At Keystone Science School we believe that curiosity and critical thinking have the power to change lives. Girls in STEM does just that, by empowering girls to ask questions, develop solutions, dream big and to embrace challenges that can be the next big thing.

Wolfpack Ninja Obstacle Race Tour in Denver at the University of Denver 
Apr 29, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
The Wolfpack Ninja Tour is a show, a competition for EVERYONE to challenge themselves, a chance to hang out with all the top ninjas and a place for kids to take classes from their TOP NINJA Heroes such as Geoff Britten, Jessie Graff, Meagan Martin, Joe Moravsky, Brian Arnold and many more!

Box City at Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building 
Apr 29, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Box City is a FREE event for children—grades K-5—where participants learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design, and planning. Students start with a Building Permit for their desired building type, make a draft sketch of their building in the Design Studio if they want, stop at the Hardware Store to get their cardboard and paper supplies, then head to the Construction Zone to make their Box City structure.

Opening Day at Elitch Gardens
Apr 29, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Today. We Play. 

Rocky Mountain Steam Fest 
Apr 29 – 30
The Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest is two fantastical days of science and arts. Every exhibitor (100+) designs a hands-on experience that lets you hack, tinker, create, build, learn, and smile. An all-ages event, STEAM Fest is mostly indoors and happens rain or shine! Still accepting exhibitor and volunteer applications as well. Learn more at MakerBolder.com.

Scout Show at National Western Complex 
Apr 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kids of all ages can check out the world of Scouting at the annual Scout Showon Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Western Complex. The Scout Show is an opportunity for young and old alike to see what Scouting is all about as Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops showcase what Scouting has to offer. There will be more than 260 booths to visit, each offering an activity, a game or a “hands-on” experience.

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Hoedown at the Coventry Farms 
Apr 29, 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
The Right Step, Inc. therapeutic horseback riding program is holding our 6th Annual Good Ol’ Fashioned Hoedown. It’s an event that promises fun for the whole family! There’s a little bit of everything from horse rides to face painting to horse painting to live entertainment to a craft fair! We’ll also be doing therapeutic riding demonstrations so you can see some of our clients in action.

Cult Following: Rated G at Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) 
Apr 29 – May 15
Improv that’s appropriate for kids and hilarious for everyone. Treat your family to some all-ages entertainment and become a part of the shenanigans as you choose the direction of a made-up fairy tale. Hours vary.

Listen To Your Mother: Boulder “Giving Motherhood a Microphone” at Unity of Boulder 
Apr 29, 7:00 pm
Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) is a one-day live staged-reading event where local writers share their stories of the beauty and the beast that is motherhood. The 5th Annual Listen To Your Mother: Boulder will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity of Boulder, 2855 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304. Tickets are $20 and are available at http://listentoyourmothershow.com/boulder/

Rikki-Tikki-Tava 
Apr 29 – 30
Ballet Ariel announces its season finale featuring, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a new and original ballet based on the short story in Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic Jungle Book. In a tropical, jungle setting and full of animals, this child-friendly ballet is a story of great courage and loyalty as the little mongoose Rikki stands in the face of grave danger from two slithering cobras Nag and Nagaina to protect his adopted family.

Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Apr 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district’s boundaries. A fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibitions. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at Boulder Jewish Community Center 
May 1, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the conductor and the musicians and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. The experience is one-of-a-kind!

Just Between Friends of Loveland at The Outlets at Loveland 
May 2 – 7 
Shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

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