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18 family-friendly events in Denver

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Congratulations on (almost) surviving January! Fun events this week include the Mom Up! Project, the Great Fruitcake Toss and a free day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Mom UP! Project at Stanley Marketplace
Jan 25, 4:00 – 9:30 pm
A Mom’s night out that includes pop up shops and dynamic speakers and demos. Every attendee receives a swag bag with offers/samples from local businesses. $8 from every ticket will be donated back to the school PTA of each attendee’s choice.

Cars and Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars of Denver 
Jan 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
So far we have had some great turnouts, but we want to keep on growing! Hang out with Gateway Classic Cars on the last Saturday of every month for Cars & Coffee! Enjoy delicious donuts, coffee, & all or our newest arrivals! No Admission fee and kid friendly. All makes and models are welcome to cruise in and if you dont have a cruiser we still want you and your family to come.

2018 Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs at Memorial Park
Jan 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Back for the 22nd year is the Great Fruitcake Toss! This year will be a community event with 5 areas for you to test your tossing skills: balance, accuracy, speed, distance (hand) and distance (machine or sling shot). Bring the family & come toss your cakes with us! If you don’t have your own cake, you can rent one for $1 or donate a non perishable food item to our local food bank.

SCFD Community Free Days at Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Jan 28, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free day at DMNS! 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.

Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Feb 1, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Release your inner child at the Children’s Museum during our adults-only extravaganza! Sample beers from local breweries, snack on light bites, and best of all, enjoy an evening of play in our world-class exhibits. Don’t miss your chance to be a kid again!

Free First Saturday at Denver Art Museum
Feb 3, 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). General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.

Burn Awareness Week Free Day at Denver Firefighters Museum 
Feb 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Check out the Denver Firefighters Museum for free to kick off Burn Awareness Week. Special activities, fire safety information, and the chance to meet real Denver firefighters!

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Storyland at CU South Denver
September 23, 2017 – January 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Step into the pages of beloved children’s books and enter a world of early literacy adventures! Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ immerses children and adults in favorite picture books, from the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day and the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Designed for children from birth through eight years old and adults, Storyland engages visitors in storylines and literacy activities that lead them to discover that it’s never too early to develop a love of reading.  https://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/storyland/

Backstory: Western American Art in Context at the History Colorado Center
March 18, 2017-February 11, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The exhibition is a masterful pairing of world class art and unique artifacts. Visitors will be captivated by the beauty, wonder and rich stories waiting to be uncovered. http://historycoloradocenter.org/

Be the Astronaut at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018; Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Wings) enthusiastically announces the arrival of Be The Astronaut, an interactive pod-based exhibit that thrusts visitors into a world of space discovery.  Broken down into three interactive parts, Be The Astronaut first places “explorers” at a NAV (Navigation) Station to explore basic concepts of the universe. Second, guests move to a SCI (Science) Station that reinvents the way users think about the science and technology needed to thrive in outer space. Finally, participants move to the FLY Station. The FLY Station puts guests in control of a variety of spacecraft, including a lander, a rover and an interplanetary spaceship, on a wide variety of extraterrestrial missions. http://wingsmuseum.org/

Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
Now through June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/

Dream Big 3D: Engineering our World at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
February 17, 2017 – February 15, 2018, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Dream Big 3D will transform how you think about the E in STEM. This adventure takes you around the world to explore engineering marvels both large and small, ancient and modern. From the Great Wall of China to the high-tech Shanghai Tower, from underwater robots to solar powered cars, you will see how human ingenuity pushes the limits of innovation. Dream Big celebrates engineers who build, invent, and shape our world, and inspire the youth of today who will be the great minds of tomorrow. http://www.dmns.org/imax/current-films/dream-big-3d-engineering-our-world/

Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
November 21, 2017 – February 14, 2018, 11 a.m-7 p.m.
Ready. Set. Skate. Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for FREE skating at the Skyline Rink, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. Ice skating is free! You may bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $6-$8. http://www.downtowndenver.com/

Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie

Ice Skating at the Pond
January 4 – February 19, 2018
Come join the Shops at Southlands at The Pond for some ice skating. https://www.shopsouthlands.com/event/ice-skating-at-the-pond/2145483706

Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present

Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (upcoming)
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org

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