26 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events in Denver this week include Creatures of Light Family Glow Party, the Rocky Mountain Horse Show and the Denver Polar Plunge. See our event calendar for full listings.
Free Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum
March 8, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
To celebrate our partnership with the SCFD the Museum is proud to offer free general admission to all visitors select Wednesdays throughout the year.
Rocky Mountain Horse Show at the National Western Complex
March 8 – 11
The Colorado Horse Council, Inc. is a grass-roots, all-breed, non-discipline specific organization dedicated to linking the horse owners and the horse industry of the State of Colorado into a powerful, common voice in order to protect their common equine interests through legislation and education. It also employs a full-time contract lobbyist, who works with the State Legislature on horse and agriculture-related issues.
Creatures of Light Family Glow Party at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
March 8, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Get your glow on at this kicking party in conjunction with the new Creatures of Light Temporary Exhibit. After dinner create your own glowing creature, draw with light and make your own glow sticks!
Four Mile Free Day
March 9, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Every Second Friday of the Month | 12-4 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.
How I Became A Pirate at the PACE Center
March 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map!
Colorado Children’s Chorale
March 9, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully-staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk, and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit.
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at the History Colorado
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!
Free Day at the Longmont Museum
March 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.
Hands on History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center
March 10, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.
March 10, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
This year’s theme is, Creating Connections: The Building Blocks of Leadership. Topics will include: Building financial awareness & teen budgeting tools and making healthy choices and building leadership.Youth Ages 12-18 welcome, this event is free and open to the public.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood-Live! King for a Day! at the Bellco Theatre
March 10, 2:00 – 6:30 pm
The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show for 2017-2018! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country.
Major League Rugby Exhibition Match: Glendale Raptors Rugby vs. Nola Gold
March 10, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Something BIG is coming to Denver – and it’s professional rugby! Come & experience the thrill and fun of Major League Rugby teams in action before the professional season starts on March 10th for FREE. The professional season starts April 21 at Infinity Park.
Catapult – The World’s Premier Shadow Dance Company at the PACE Center
March 10, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
The art of weaving shadows into stories has been around for a thousand years, but never before has been elevated to such an art form. Dance, music, and the duality of light and darkness come together to create stories of love and peace and countless others. Catapult, the avant-garde shadow dancing group brought to the world’s attention on America’s Got Talent, brings their talent to PACE this spring in an experience unlike any other.
Jeff & Paige at the Rayback Collective
March 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.
Denver Polar Plunge & 5K at the Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
March 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
We’re Freezin’ for a Reason! Take the plunge, run the 5K-or BOTH! – to support over 22,000 Colorado athletes with intellectual disabilities. Join the race and plunge into icy waters in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics. Runners and plungers will receive a free beer, an admission ticket for the 2018 season to Elitch Gardens and other additional swag.
Carnivals of the Animals at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
March 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
This performance introduces little ones to the joys of the orchestra with Carnival of the Animals, one of the best-known pieces by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, with each movement depicting a different animal from the royal lion to the graceful swan. Truly a fantastic family experience for all ages!
Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
March 11, 1:00 pm
Come see what Colorado Adventure Point is all about! And what better way to do that than by coming to Open Adventure Day.
Start your day on the Rock Climbing wall as your plan your trek up the wall to ring the bell at the top. Then spend some time at the Archery Range where you’ll keep the target in your sights. How about some Leatherworking or Blacksmithing? This is your opportunity to try something new.
Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings at the Pepsi Center
March 11, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Sacramento Kings.
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