25 top family activities in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are plenty of great events that include 2018 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fairm, Disney on Ice, free days and more. See our event calendar for full listings.
Disney on Ice: Frozen at the Historic Denver Coliseum
Apr 5-8 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter.
Colorado Rockies Opening Day at Coors Field
Apr 6, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Colorado Rockies v. Atlanta Braves in the season home opener!
Wiley and the Hairy Man at the PACE Center
Apr 6 –7
Wiley is a young man of small ambition and even smaller confidence. Happy to lay around all day with his loyal Dog, Wiley argues when his mother tells him to venture deeper into the swamp to collect firewood. Hidden in the depths of the swamp is the notorious Hairy Man, a fearful giant who feasts on humans! When Wiley is suddenly thrown into a confrontation with the dreaded Hairy Man himself, will he be able to “conjure” up his inner strength and confidence?
Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum
Apr 7, 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.
Denver Pops Orchestra: A Celtic Celebration
Apr 7, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
For this concert, we are very excited to feature the wonderful music of the Celts. No matter what your ethnic background is, Celtic music touches a special place in our hearts. From the haunting sounds of a solo bagpiper to the splendor of pipes and drums accompanied by a full orchestra, you will be thrilled.
Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves at Coors Field
Apr 7 – 8
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves during the 2018 home opener weekend.
Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
Apr 7, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues
Frank Shorter Race4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo at 1STBANK Center
Apr 8, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Healthy Learning Paths and Centura Health invite you to spread the power of health at the 9th annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo: Where Science, Engineering & Health Collide. Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter wants you to join runners, walkers, and crawlers to rally for the health of kids! We are thrilled to have Longmont United Hospital, Avista Adventist Hospital, and St. Anthony North Health Campus, all of Centura Health, power the Title Sponsorship.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Apr 8, 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.
2018 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair at CU South Denver
Apr 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Looking for fun camps and activities for your kids this summer? Let Macaroni Kid Douglas County Kid help! The event is FREE and open to the public but pre-registration is encouraged. The 2018 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair is a one-stop “shop” event designed to give families the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the best camps, summer activities, and more in and around Douglas County. We’ll have camps for all ages up to 18.
Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
Apr 8, 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.
Kim’s Kabaret with Kim Brown Gubner at The Clocktower Cabaret
Apr 8, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Entertainer Kim Brown Gubner is ecstatic to return to Denver to perform at The Clocktower Cabaret. Kim’s fun and energetic live performance of your Broadway and movie favorites will leave audiences clapping, singing, and cheering for more. This family-friendly show can be enjoyed by ALL AGES.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Apr 9, 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.
Free Day at Colorado Railroad Museum
Apr 12, 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.
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
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/
Animals in Art
Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede
AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org
Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center
Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting