27 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
February is in full swing with Valentine’s Day events, the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, free days and even a Mardis Bras Party. See our event calendar for full listings.
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at the Boulder Jewish Community Center
Feb 8, 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 music 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!
Four Mile Free Days at Four Mile Historic Park
Feb 9, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.
Le Petit Prince
Feb 9 – 11
Danse Etoile presents the world premiere of Le Petit Prince, a magical story ballet based on the beloved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Music includes classical and contemporary styles with scores by Les Choristes and original compositions for the ballet by Colorado composer Bruce Klepper. Sophisticated choreography, imaginative costumes, and evocative projection art bring the poetic world Le Petit Prince to life for all ages.
Loveland Fire & Ice Festival
Feb 9 – 11
The Nation’s Sweetheart City comes alive for Valentine’s Day with the Loveland Fire & Ice Festival, Feb. 9-11. Two days and three full nights of fun featuring an explosive fireworks show with music and lights, ice sculpting, live entertainment, fire performances, the new Fire Sculpture People’s Choice competition, Brewing and Distilling Arts and more.
Monster Jam: Triple Threat Series at Pepsi Center
Feb 9 – 11
Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series™ brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action!
Early Literacy Event at Aspen Academy
Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the library. Families with young children (birth to age 7) enjoy interactive early literacy activities and take home crafts and great prizes as well as new ideas for family fun. Each station included special activities for babies.
Free Day at the Longmont Museum
Feb 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The second Saturday of each month is a Free Day.The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.
Big Horn Sheep Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
Feb 10, 10:00 am
Join us for the 13th Annual Bighorn Sheep Day. Look for bighorns in their natural habitat through our high-power telescopes. Bighorn presentations and door prizes. Free cookies and cider. Guided nature walks. Children’s activities and crafts. Live Zoo animals. No-charge – all activities are FREE! Don’t forget your binoculars. It’s a full day of free family fun!
Early Literacy Family Fun Event! at the Aspen Academy
Feb 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Read, Talk, Write, Play, and Sing at drop-in interactive stations. Take home crafts and new ideas for family fun!
Meet and Make with Children’s Author at the Denver Public Library
Feb 10, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
During this free day-long celebration, award-winning children’s authors will share their bookmaking experiences and lead art and writing activities for kids. Books will be on hand to buy and have signed by the authors courtesy of Tattered Cover Book Store.
Valentine’s Dinner at ELWAY’S Downtown at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
Feb 10 and 11, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join us at ELWAY’S Downtown for a memorable and romantic evening. For dinner, choose from ELWAY’S full dinner menu or enjoy our exclusive Valentine’s Dinner menu crafted by Chef Marco. À la carte wine pairing available, hand-selected by our in-house sommelier.
Mardi Bras Party (a mom’s night out FUNdraiser) at Mark Stevens Photography
Feb 10, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Help support Colorado women in need with this special Mardi Gras themed collection event. Bring new (with tags) bras, underwear, pads and tampons to donate and enjoy a fun ladies night out with light appetizers, drinks, games, awesome prizes and swag bags.
Feb 10, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Don’t miss this family-friendly performance with ANTONIN DVORAK: Symphony No. 8. There will be a pre-concert talk with Music Director Devin Patrick Hughes at 6:45 p.m., followed by Classic Children’s Corner for kids of all ages at 7:10 p.m.
Jeff & Paige at the Rayback Collective
Feb 11, 10:00 am
Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused kids’ concert at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. Show appropriate for kids ages 3-8.
Free Family Tour at the Clyfford Still Museum
Feb 11, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children five through ten years old and their caregivers, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Our professional team of gallery teachers will introduce a different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, or architecture–in every tour.
Aurora Symphony Concert – Free Children’s & Family Concert
Feb 11, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Designed as a first-time concert experience, the Aurora Symphony Children’s and Family Concerts give to our little audience members 45 minutes of music, stories and great entertainment, including instrument petting-zoo, face painting, balloon animals and exciting special guests!
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Feb 12, 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.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
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
June 7, 2017-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