20 fun events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events in Denver this week include the Rocky Mountain Steam Fest, Family Mountaineering Weekend and free days at Chatfield Farms and free Target Tuesday Night. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Family Mountaineering Weekend at the Estes Park Center
March 1 – 4
Family Mountaineering Weekend takes place March 1-4, 2018 and features family snowshoe hikes, outdoor winter survival trainings, winter ecology lessons, and snow crafts for younger guests. Keynote presentations will be given by Andrew Skurka, the author of “The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide,” and Hilaree O’Neill, a North Face athlete and mother of two young boys. Regular programs will be running throughout the weekend too, providing a great opportunity to check out the Craft and Design Center, rent some ice skates, or take a dip in the indoor pool.
62nd Annual Colorado RV, Sports and Travel Show at the National Western Complex
March 1 –4
The Colorado RV, Sports & Travel Show is the largest outdoor recreation show in the region and includes Colorado’s largest display of RVs, outdoor products, accessories, vacation spots, fun daily seminars, and much more. Campers and RV travelers who are looking for the freedom of RV travel will find the latest models and special value pricing on class A, B & C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, truck campers, and pop-ups. There will also be motorcycles, ATVs, and UTVs on hand.
March 2, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Get lucky. Sail away to Bonnie Scotland and the Emerald Isle with Smilin’ Isles. Felix Mendelssohn draws from traditional folk music to paint stormy, untamed landscapes dotted with overgrown castle ruins in his “Scottish” Symphony. Colorado uilleann piper Dirk Mewes joins us for The Brendan Voyage by living Irish composer Shaun Davey. This groundbreaking symphony takes you across the high seas tracing the incredible journey of St. Brendan’s epic 6th-century voyage across the Atlantic in a leather boat. If you’re asking what the fugue are uilleann pipes?, they’re basically the rare Irish version of bagpipes.
Girls and Science 2018 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
March 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 are excited to host the fourth annual Girls & Science event. Come explore a variety of Science Clubhouses, where girls (and boys!) and their families will meet women Career Mentors in STEAM and experience the many diverse opportunities a future career in science, technology, engineering, art, and math can bring. This day is all about igniting a passion for science—so try it on, test it out, and play!
Family Discovery Series: Bennett School of Irish Step Dance at the Schoolhouse Theater
March 3, 10:00 – 11:00 am
The Bennett School of Irish Step Dance has a long and proud tradition of sharing the magic of Irish dancing with people of all ages. This show is incredibly heart-pounding and educational. Come ready to join in a traditional Irish dance on stage!
Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling (Golden)
March 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. Our 16 piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year’s program, The Ugly Duckling, will delight young children, teachers, and parents.
Rocky Mountain Steam Fest
March 3 – 4
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! From drones and airplanes to Human Minecraft and robots, the tech nerds will be in heaven. And, if you’re more the artsy type – wait until you see the sewing machines, mosaic tiles, and so many other adventures to be had.
Rocky Mountain Train Show
All Aboard for the Rocky Mountain Train Show! Make it a day or a weekend of Family Fun with 2-1/2 acres of model and toy trains of all scales, with 30 operating train layouts. FREE kids activities include Kids Hands-On Layouts, Thomas the Train, Railroad Story Time, Kid-In-A-Cab, Railroad Theater, Train Town and our Build-A-Layout project. Face painting and Lil Engineer portraits are available for additional fare.
Storybooks on Stage at the McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues
March 3, 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Please join us at McNichols Civic Center Building for some family fun as professional actors perform great children’s literature geared towards preschool and elementary school-aged kids. The show will feature stories and songs designed to entertain both children and their parents alike!
Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
March 6, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.
Eat Colorado Food Show at the National Western Complex
March 6, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
The Eat Colorado Food Show is bringing Colorado’s diverse and innovative food and beverage producers together with buyers from restaurants, caterers, grocers, hospitals, municipalities, and school systems to create more connectivity within our dynamic food system.
Free Target Tuesday Night at the Denver Children’s Museum of Marsico Campus
March 6, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of each month from 4 – 8 pm.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
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/
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
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
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
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
Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/
Seussical at the Arvada Center
Feb. 23 – March 23, 2018
Enter the fantastic world of Dr. Seuss in the musical, Seussical! Music and dance bring characters like Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Gertrude McFuzz together on stage. Don’t miss out on all the fun and all the “thinks you can think”! The musical debuted on Broadway in 2000 and spawned two US national tours and a UK tour. It has become a beloved classic for schools and regional theatres around the world. https://arvadacenter.org/seussical-2