26 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are plenty of fun events this week including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Kids’ Peeps Diorama, the Dead Sea Scrolls and more. See our event calendar for full listings.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
The Emerald Celebration is celebrating 56 years!
Kids’ Peeps Diorama Workshop
March 15, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Get ready for Easter! Use Peeps to build a diorama that illustrates a scene from your favorite book and enter your creation into the Longmont Library’s Peeps Diorama Contest. We will supply the Peeps, a box, decorative papers, markers, and other crafty materials to create your scene; you bring any special embellishments specific to your chosen book.
Mortified Benefit for Moms Demand Action at The Oriental Theater
March 15, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
In response to yet another heartbreaking shooting in our country, Mortified Colorado presents a special event: an all-mom lineup to benefit Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.***ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION*** This organization was created to demand action from legislators, companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms. Their work is more important now than ever, and our goal is to raise at last $5000 for their local chapter. Matching donor opportunities will be available.
Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Dead Sea Scrolls,” the exhibition that has captivated millions around the world, will open at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on March 16. The presenting sponsor is the Sturm Family Foundation, with major support from Henry and Lorie Gordon, and GHP Investment Advisors. The regional premiere of this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation.
Early Release Day Adventure at Colorado Adventure Point
March 16, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Throughout the year our various schools have several early release days. Colorado Adventure Point is available to make these days off more exciting by offering half day classes in various fun skills. Some of these classes include archery, rock climbing, art, cooking and robotics. Each day will cover two separate classes, please refer to our website for more details.
St. Patty’s Day Bash at The Cherry Cricket
March 16, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pre-celebrate the luck of the Irish on March 16 with family-friendly live entertainment and the best food and drink specials in the city… Cover free and open to all – join The Cherry Cricket for Irish dance and live music throughout the day.
Family Overnight: Spring Into Science at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
March 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spend a memorable night experiencing the magic of the Museum with your whole family! Check out the wonders of Colorado Spring with a Dino Egg hunt through the Museum, make and take your own plant to grow this year, and experiment, explore, and engage in hands-on fun for everyone. Then sleep among the animals in our renowned diorama wildlife halls. This program is for families with K–8th graders.
Children’s Festival of Stories at the McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues
March 16 – 18
Historic Elitch Theatre is partnering with Second Star to the Right for the first annual Children’s Festival of Stories. Featuring children’s book authors, illustrators and performers. This celebration of story and the joys of reading will delight readers of all ages!
Denver’s Children’s Festival of Stories at the McNichols Building
March 17, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This premiere event is a collaborative creation between Second Star to the Right children’s bookstore and Denver Arts & Venues cultural program. This day-long FREE public event features 30 national local children’s books authors and illustrators of board books, picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels. Featured presenters will offer storytimes, readings, illustration demonstrations, book signings and book-themed crafts. Unique creation stations and children’s performers will engage the whole family in reading fun! Additional events for educators, aspiring children’s book creators and librarians are also part of this event.
World Spider Day at the Butterfly Pavilion
March 17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
While they are worthy of a namesake superhero, spiders all over the world are threatened by over-collection for the pet trade, habitat degradation, and habitat loss. This is why these important eight-legged invertebrates are being celebrated during World Spider Day, March 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster.
Spiders are critical to ecosystems and inspire technological innovation with their incredible abilities. Be inspired and learn how to protect them through crafts, games and presentations that demonstrate amazing spider abilities; exhibits featuring incredible species from all over the world; a live encounter with Rosie the Tarantula; and of course, a visit by Spidey himself! World Spider Day is included in general admission; visit Butterflies.org for more information.
Family Day: Science at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry
March 17, 10:00 am
Join the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and spend the day exploring the world of science with experiments and more that strengthen and support the key educational areas of science, technology, engineering, and math!
Harlem Globetrotters at the 1STBANK Center
March 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed 2017 World Tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. New this season, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. You won’t want your family to miss it – buy your tickets today!
Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings at the Pepsi Center
March 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Imagina Open Space Concert at the Boulder Public Library
March 18, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
A free, outdoor Jeff & Paige concert by the new, top-of-the-line library playground. Sponsored by your City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department as a thanks to our community, and a celebration of the future of Boulder’s undeveloped lands. In addition to the kids’ show there will be “Get to know your neighbors” learning stations, a values, hopes and concerns public art project, a drum circle and (hopefully) a chai garden.
Adam’s Camp Hoops for Hope
March 18, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Adam’s Camp Hoops for Hope is a one-of-a-kind community event bringing together kids and families, Adam’s Camp campers with special needs, local celebrities, former professional and collegiate athletes, and the providers from Partners in Pediatrics for a unique game of basketball and so much more.
Outlets at Castle Rock
March 19- 23
Join Outlets at Castle Rock for Princess Week March 19th – 24th, 2018 including a royal scavenger hunt for children to find princesses throughout the Center by picking a map and sticker sheet from Customer Service. Don’t miss Tiara Tuesday! On Tuesday, March 20th, if you stop by Customer Service wearing a tiara, you will receive a $5 gift card good at all the Outlets at Castle Rock stores. The scavenger hunt will go for the entire week leading up to their Princess Tea Party on Saturday, March 24th at 3:00 pm (princesses and a prince arrive at 3:45pm).
Denver Fashion Week at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
March 18 – 25
Denver Fashion Week (DFW) is Denver’s largest fashion showcase featuring emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairstylists, makeup artists and models.
Kid’s Fashion Show – Denver Fashion Week @ Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
March 18, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
We are pleased to announce that after 10 successful years of producing Denver Fashion Weekend (DFW) we are growing into a full week of fashion.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Sleeping Beauty Suite
March 18, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ballet Ariel infuses new life into an ages-old tale. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an original and fanciful production flawlessly danced by Ballet Ariel’s professional company.
Choreographed by Director Ilena Norton and her creative team, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice will beguile children of all ages, introducing them to the enduring art of ballet in an exciting and delightful afternoon spent with a bumbling apprentice, dancing goblins and pot and pans spinning out of control.
The Illusionists Present Adam Trent at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent, the break out star of the world’s best selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this 90-minute spectacle.
Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionists brand, Adam Trent’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss the next generation of magic!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls
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
Best Skiing Deal in Colorado: Epic SchoolKids + Epic Pass Combo for Families
Tips to Avoid What Will Soon Become the Summer Scramble for Many Parents (camp discount!)
Deals: SIX free museums for Dia del Nino, summer camp discounts and more!
New Robonology Exhibit at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum