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20 top family events in Denver this week

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A Joy Park free night, the Mother’s Milk Bank Baby Cafe grand opening and TheBig Wonderful at the Hanger are just a few of the fun events this week in Denver. See our event calendar for additional information.

Mothers’ Milk Bank Baby Café Grand Opening
May 18, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
 Mothers’ Milk Bank’s Baby Café is a drop-in opportunity for women to receive free breastfeeding information, education and support for moms and families wanting to get questions answered and build community.

Joy Park Free Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver
May 18, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Discover the joy of climbing, digging, zip-lining, splashing, messy, all-in play for free during our Joy Park Free Nights! We’re keeping the exhibit open after hours from 4 – 8 pm (or dusk) on the third Friday of the month, May – September, thanks to a collaboration with Denver Parks and Recreation.

Low Sensory Morning, Denver Art Museum
May 19, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment, at our Low Sensory Morning event on May 19, 8:30-10 a.m., loud gallery sounds are turned down and attendance is limited.

Kids Fly Fishing at Lake Lehow Near Watertown Canyon
May 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come join us for fun day learning all about fly fishing. All are welcome to bring their friend to this fun day of fishing for trout.

Family Discovery Series: The Arvada Center’s “Songs and Tales from the Colorado Trails” at the Schoolhouse Theater
May 19, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dressed in typical 1860s attire, “Susannah and Jackson” tell stories of crossing the plains, interspersed with some of the best loved pioneer songs accompanied by guitar, banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, and autoharp. Hear about early Colorado pioneer women: Clara Brown, Chipeta Silverheels, Rattlesnake Kate, and Matilda Godfrey. Tales include Native Americans, miners, cowboys, and ranchers. Look forward to lots of audience participation and an appearance by the Lumberjack family.

TheBigWonderful at the Hanger at Stanley
May 19 – 20
 Stanley Marketplace welcomes the return of TheBigWonderful to the Hanger at Stanley and the outside patio. Wake Up & Live will be jammin’ Bob Marley tunes all day Saturday and Sunday welcomes bluegrass from Heartstring Hunters and a special Pickin’ on Talking Heads set from That Damn Sasquatch.

Denver Princess Ball at The Bella Sera Event Center
May 19, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
You are invited to a magical princess ball in Denver on May 19th!  Dance with your favorite princesses, join a princess parade, learn princess etiquette, story time, songs, craft, and more! Our Princess Ball will be filled with love, laughter and lots of hugs! Tickets are available online now, but they will go very quickly!

 7th Annual Autism Resource Fair at the Autism Community Store
May 20, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
One day, 80 exhibitors, 1,000 attendees. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the LARGEST Autism Resource Fair in Colorado. Now in its 7th year, the annual Autism Resource Fair is a favorite Colorado autism community tradition.  Nowhere else do so many families and individuals on the spectrum come together with the sole purpose of gathering resources and connecting with providers.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Happy City: Art for the People” is a six-week (May 18-June 30) citywide art intervention produced by The Denver Theatre District at Denver Union Station’s Plaza and Great Hall. The art instillation sites are located throughout Denver and includes streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens and Union Station, among other locations.

Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe.  historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball

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

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