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Events: Treasure Trove, Free First Saturday and More

Free First Saturdays, sponsored by Target. The Denver Art Museum offers free general admission on the first Saturday of the month. Visitors can enjoy all of the museum’s regular offerings for free, including the many galleries and exhibitions on view throughout the complex. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; distribution of free tickets begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are available on-site only and while supplies last. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Target and made possible by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

AMC Theatres Bring Your Baby Matinee, First Tuesday of Every Month. Crying babies? Breastfeeding? Stroller parking? All of the above is allowed at these special showings for parents like you.  On TuesdayApril 2 at noon see the movie The Host in a baby-friendly zone. That means the lights are brighter, the volume is lowered, and poopy diapers are not frowned upon. Plus, you can feel good about having some fun! Part of your ticket purchase will go to the Will Rogers Institute, a nonprofit that provides much-needed equipment to neonatal intensive care units and promotes research, treatment and education on cardio-pulmonary diseases. See the movie matinee at AMC Arapahoe Crossings 16, AMC Highlands Ranch 24, AMC Southlands Stadium 16, AMC Westminster 24.

Rodeo All-Star Weekend. Yeehaw! The nation’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls ride into Denver to compete in the first ever Rodeo All-Star Weekend at the National Western Stock Show Complex. The three-day event April 4-6 features seven top-level competitions and offers visitors a chance to meet rodeo stars and enjoy a weekend of fan activities. rodeoallstar.com

Cinco de Mayo Festival. The largest Cinco de Mayo festival in the U.S. fills Civic Center Park May 4-5 with more than 400,000 visitors for food, drink and music. Enjoy mariachi bands and hit international bands from Mexico on three stages, browse through hundreds of exhibitor booths, and fill up on great food and drink, children’s activities, a parade – and the hotly contested green chili cook off! cincodemayodenver.com

Disney on Ice Treasure Trove. On April 4-7 at the Denver Coliseum, get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’  Tick-Tock!  Tick-Tock!  Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards.  Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime. http://www.Ticketmaster.com/Treasure

Roller Derby Moms. The Roller Derby Moms Beth and Mona are not only popular on CBS’s The Amazing Race but they are also local moms from Arvada and Castle Pines. If you want to watch them in action (and we’re not talking TV), check them out at the Fillmore Auditorium in
Denver on April 6th. Beth’s team the Sugar Kill Gang will battle it out with the United States Pummeling Service.  Door open at 6 p.m., and the bout starts at 7 p.m. Kids 12 & under are free, and tickets can be purchased online by visiting their website www.rockymountainrollergirls.com.

Slush Huck at Crested Butte Mountain Resort will once again feature its Annual Slush Huck pond skimming event. On Saturday, April 6 cold water, costumes, skis, snowboards and good times come together for an entertaining show, as contestants attempt to make their way down the snow and across a 50 foot pond of water. Spectators will line the slopes and judges are on the edge of their seats for this once-a-year event. www.skicb.com/roost

 Schneetag at Snowmass. This hilarious event on April 14 makes Snowmass Mountain closing day an attendance must. The 6th Annual Schneetag event (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) invites teams of four to create a craft that they will pilot down a slope and attempt to float across a 75×20 ft. pond. Each team has a theme and will perform a skit before descending. Past prizes included a trip to the ESPN Summer X Games in Los Angeles, tickets to a professional sporting event in Denver and skis and snowboards. This year’s prizes are still to be determined.  www.aspensnowmass.com/events-and-activities.

Copper Man Winter Adventure Race. On Sunday, April 14, thrill-seeking snow lovers will embark on the 2nd Annual CopperMan Winter Adventure Race. A part of the Sunsation festival, this 3k foot race strides throughout Copper’s Village areas and includes frozen obstacles like a Hot Chocolate Pit and Human Luge and many more. Costumes are highly encouraged; pre-registration online is $25 and $30 the day-of. The celebration will finish with a free concert by Ozomotli at 3 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village.

Through April 28. A spunky little mouse learns some important life lessons in the Denver Children’s Theatre production of “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.” Based on the books by Caldecott Honor-winning author Kevin Henkes, the show tells the story of little Lilly and the trouble she encounters when she gets a bit too excited about her snazzy purse. In addition to the Sunday public performances, shows for school groups are available on weekdays, too. 1 p.m. Sundays, except March 31 and April 14. Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St.; 303-316-6360. Tickets are $10 general admission; $9 for children, students and seniors. To buy tickets in advance, call or visit maccjcc.org.

No Dogs Allowed at the Arvada Center.  From Feb. 7 – April 13. Leaving the Bronx for a day at the lake is a rare treat for Iris and her close-knit extended family. Despite Papi’s instructions to pack light, Mami brings enough food for a week and Iris sneaks in the family dog – after all El Exigente is part of the family! The drive to the lake is filled with all sorts of misadventure, but the family finally arrives at their destination, only to discover there are … No Dogs Allowed! Good humor prevails as everyone comes together to save the day in this warm and cheery family venture. Tickets $8 and $10. Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. http://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/no-dogs-allowed

 Denver Day of Rock.

Two dozen bands on five stages along a mile-long pedestrian path – and it’s all free!  This day long rock ‘n roll festival on May 25 attracts top groups like Fishbone for a free day of music and sunshine.  Beer gardens and food trucks help move the crowds from stage to stage at this family-friendly event that traditionally kicks of Memorial Day Weekend in Denver. It’s just the beginning of Denver’s Memorial Day Weekend fun – get more ideas at visitdenver.com/memorialdayweekend.

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Ongoing Fun for the Whole Family

Everything from roller coasters to rhinos.

Daily. After a popular run in 2012, the Children’s Museum of Denver relaunches its “3, 2, 1 … Blast Off!” exhibit. Created in conjunction with United Launch Alliance, “Blast Off!” teaches kids about the basics of rocket science by letting them build and launch their own rockets. The new version of “Blast Off!” includes two giant-size models of real-life rockets, plus a vaulted ceiling for vertical rocket launches — the previous space allowed only for horizontal flights. Museum members are invited to arrive at 9 a.m. Saturday for a special members-only hour before the museum opens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. $9 for guests ages 2 to 59; $7 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older. mychildsmuseum.org.

NEW! Flight of the Butterflies 3D at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Opens February 15. A scientific adventure. A compelling detective story. A stunning sight to see. Flight of the Butterflies 3D is all this and more. Dr. Fred Urquhart spent nearly 40 years working to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and solve the mystery of their unique migration path. In this dazzling 3D film, you will experience the inspiring story of this scientist’s passion and see up close the lifecycle of these beautiful creatures. Get a butterfly’s-view of the world as you fly over North America and into the isolated mountaintops in Mexico where you will encounter hundreds of millions of fluttering monarchs. www.dmns.org

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

May – October

The nation’s ONLY downtown theme and water park opens for the season on May 4. With more than 45 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows, arcades and the StarToon Studios (a kiddie area with pint-sized fun), there’s something at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park for just about everyone. elitchgardens.com

Denver B-cycle

Through November

Explore the city on two wheels! Denver B-cycle is an automated bike sharing system designed for short trips around The Mile High City. It’s easy and fun. You can check out one of more than 500 bikes from any one of 50-plus stations (conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods) and return it to any other station. denver.bcycle.com

Colorado Rockies

April 5-September 25

Major league baseball returns to downtown Denver’s Coors Field on April 5, as the Rockies square off against the San Diego Padres. The fun continues all spring and summer long. For an affordable option, buy tickets in the Rockpile, where seats are just $4 for adults and $1 for kids under 12. coloradorockies.com

Toyota Elephant Passage

Year-round

Say hello to Denver’s new, five-ton locals. At 10 acres, this landmark $50 million exhibit at Denver Zoo is North America’s largest bull elephant habitat. You’ll see majestic Asian elephants cooling off in a shallow stream, Malaysian tapirs care for their young, acrobatic gibbons swinging overhead from tree to tree, fishing cats diving for their next meal and the piercing stare of a black leopard, all from the center of an Asian village. denverzoo.org

Titans of the Ice Age 3D at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Opens February 15.  Titans of the Ice Age 3D transports you back 10,000 years before modern civilization to the beautiful and otherworldly landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia. Peer through the 3D canvas as dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era and its giant animals to life. You will  come face to face with saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and woolly mammoths as they share the land with early humans who both feared and relied upon these majestic beasts. Experience this dynamic chapter in the age-old story of human ingenuity, a “trial by ice” that compelled our ancestors to seek understanding and meaning in nature. www.dmns.org

GPS Adventures at the Wildlife Museum. The Wildlife Experience recently opened its newest exhibit, which sets you on a course for hidden treasure… all you need is a GPS unit and a sense of adventure. This life-sized maze exhibition introduces visitors to cutting-edge Global Positioning Systems (GPS) through Geocaching – a family friendly treasure hunting game.  More than four million people around the world are on the hunt for over a million hidden treasures.  In addition to hidden booty, these geocachers are finding the real treasure: reconnecting with family, community and nature in a meaningful way.

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Also, don’t miss this event from Jeffco parks. LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling 720-497-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit their website or call to learn about group programs.

Toddler Times: Hawks

10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 6 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Look up for hawks on Lookout Mountain. Discover the awesome adaptations of these amazing birds. (Ages 2-5, with an adult.)

 Observatory Open House

8:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 (Pine Valley Ranch Park)

Join Astronomy Team members for an engaging look at the night sky and a tour of the historic William Baehr Observatory. Along the hike up Star View trail, stop at stations to view constellations, Saturn, nebula and more. Weather permitting, view through historic and modern telescopes. (Ages 10+.)

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.