16 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fall events are in full swing! Don’t miss the Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit opening, the Pumpkin Harvest Festival and so much more. See our event calendar for the full listings and be sure to check-out our guide to Denver’s best pumpkin patches, festivals and corn mazes.
Storyland Opening Celebration at CU South Denver
Oct 7, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the exhibit opening of Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™. Join them for fun interactive activities for the whole family. Special Activities include: Leaping Lily Pads, Story Time, Where’s Spot, Storytelling Scramble, Rhyme Time and Magnet Magic.
Ultimate Dinosaurs Exhibit Opening at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Oct 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meet T. rex’s biggest, baddest, newest members of the family! The temporary exhibition “Ultimate Dinosaurs” goes beyond familiar dinosaurs to showcase some of the most spectacular fossils unearthed in recent years. Evolving in isolation, the discoveries from Africa, South America and Madagascar are among the strangest creatures you have ever met.
Wild About Bats and Bugs Family Fireside Chat at the Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 6, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sit by the fire, roast some s’mores and discover the fascinating relationship between bats & mosquitoes with Colorado Parks & Wildlife bat expert, Tabbi Kinion and Colorado Vector mosquito expert Amber Partridge.
DINOS! After Dark at Denver Zoo
Oct 6 – 7
All-age evenings: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28. This version of DINOS! After Dark is fun for the entire family, every Friday and Saturday in October, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will have family-friendly entertainment, such as pumpkin carving demonstrations, a self-guided scavenger hunt, a live fire show and more. In addition, there will be candy the weekend of October 27-28.
Dracula at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Oct 6 – 15
Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will open the 2017/2018 season with the crowd-favorite Dracula. Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic romantic horror, Dracula features enthralling choreography by Michael Pink, hypnotic music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and plenty of spine-tingling terror. Please note: this ballet is not recommended for young children, it is recommended for children at least 6th grade and up.
Boulder County Kids Sale at Boulder Valley Christian Church
Oct 7, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boulder County Kids Sale is a twice annual consignment sale of gently used and lovingly preowned children’s gear and clothing hosted by Boulder County Parents of Twins and More (BCPTM), also known as the “Twin Sale.”
Kids Clothes Swap: Golden at Hillside Community Church
Oct 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This is a great opportunity to swap out your gently worn kids clothes and equipment and find what you need. Bring your stuff in a container that is labeled with your name and number on Friday and come on Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to swap. Come early and see website for more details.
Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Four Mile Historic Park
Oct 7 – 8
Visit an old-time fall festival on twelve historic acres—without leaving the city! Build your own scarecrow, select your favorite pumpkin from the patch, and tour the Park in a horse-drawn wagon. Explore how 19th-century Coloradans lived and prepared for the season with historic demonstrations and tours of the Four Mile House Museum. Try your luck with county fair games, and enjoy delicious treats from the beer garden (21 and up) and local food vendors.
Punkin Chunkin Colorado
Oct 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cheer on your favorite team as they compete to see how far pumpkins can fly using a variety of wild contraptions. In addition to the competition, visitors can pick their own prized pumpkin from an expansive pumpkin patch and enjoy pony rides, face painting, crafts and other family activities or feed your appetite from one of our food and beverage vendors!
Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival at Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Oct 7 – 8
Looking for a way to celebrate the beauty of fall? Bring your family to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry for the annual Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival. On Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th WMMI will open up the historic 27 acres located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains for a celebration of all things fall!
Boulder Adventure Film Fest Kid’s Program at Boulder Theater
Free and Open to Everyone! A Jeff & Paige concert at Boulder’s best live music venue followed by kid-focused adventure films and a live art project from Jeremy Collins. Then it’s outside the theater for a street fair including Avid4 Adventure’s climbing wall, Shutterbus vintage VW photo booth & fun props, Adventure Art Experience, virtual reality, live music, entertaining games, and more
Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
Oct 8, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come to Adventure Point for a day of Archery, Rock Climbing, BB shooting, Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, and outdoor fun. All activities are open and you can stay as long at each activity as you want, time permitting. Come see what Adventure Point has to offer.
Denver Pops Orchestra: Heroes & Villains
Oct 7, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
We are excited to kick-off our season with great music in a new venue, the beautiful Sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church. The first concert of the season is continuing our tradition to feature music that will engage your imagination.
St. Philip Early Learning Center Sale
Oct 6– 7, 8:00 pm
Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of 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. Be sure to check out the following fabulous sales. Always double-check the website for times, details and admission coupons.
Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms
Though Oct 29
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the mini-maze. Tickets include one hayride, barrel train ride (for children 12 and under) and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. Pony rides and hamster balls are available for an additional fee. An array of food vendors sell favorite fall foods such as funnel cakes, hot dogs, freshly squeezed lemonade and kettle corn.
Maize in the City
Through Oct 31
Enjoy a convenient, simple and fun rural experience at Maize in the City with several fall attractions including free attractions for families to enjoy. Started in 2001, and located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Maize in the City offers hours of daytime activities to families and others seeking fall attractions including a 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze – voted best corn maze by Denver Westword – a mini maze, petting zoo, pony rides and more.