20 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Awesome events in Denver this week include free days, Rocky Mountain Air and Ground Festival and more. See our event calendar for details.
Denver Handmade Homemade Market
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm
The Denver Handmade Homemade Market is a fantastic way to shop local and get in touch with the products we buy & those that make them. We give opportunity to creatives just starting their hustle and need a low cost, low risk market.
Global Big Latch On at Mothers’ Milk Bank Baby Café
Aug 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mothers’ Milk Bank Baby Café joins nearly 1,000 locations around the world in gathering women to pump for a good cause. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries and aims to promote and support breastfeeding families.
Fantastic Family Theatre: Rumplestilstskin
Aug 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
These short shows are the perfect way to introduce young audience members to theatre! Bring the whole family to enjoy a silly, original adaptation of a classic story written by the cast and youth directing team. Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6pm. Shows run approximately 20 minutes. Cash & Check preferred, there may be a surcharge for tickets purchased by credit card. Cast members are students in our summer Academy (BSTA) class program, directed by our teen leadership team (BYLP). It’s theatre by kids, for kids!
Urban Nights 2018 at EXDO Event Center
Urban Nights 2018 will celebrate the beauty and utility of various urban art forms. In addition to the concert by Macy Gray, the evening will feature music and dance performances, live mural painting, urban sculptures/art installations, fashion created by local students and designers, an interactive virtual painting experience and the best of Denver’s food truck scene.
Run for the Ring 5K & Kids Fun Run atBarbara Davis Center for Diabetes, Anschutz Medical Campus
Aug 4 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
The 4th Annual Run for the Ring 5K and Kids Fun Run will bring together Barbara Davis Center patients, loyal supporters, and running enthusiasts to run for the brass ring – the cure for type 1 diabetes. All proceeds from this run/ walk will support the efforts and programs of The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, whose mission is to fund research, promote diabetes awareness and education, assist families in need, provide continuing education scholarships and sponsor social activities for children and their families.
Free day, Denver Art Museum
Aug 4, 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).
Explore fun things for families (including bilingual programs for the whole family), visit exhibitions throughout the museum, hear storytelling, and more!
Rocky Mountain Air and Ground Festival
Aug 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) and Jefferson County will be hosting the Rocky Mountain Air and Ground Festival on August 4th. After a three-year hiatus, the skies over RMMA will again feature aerobatic acts and fly-bys, while the grounds of the airport will be filled with unique and interesting aircraft and automobiles for the public’s viewing pleasure.
Denver International Festival @ Civic Center Park
Aug 4 @ 9:15 am – 11:00 am
The Mile High City is home to more than 2 million Denverites representing hundreds of countries and cultures from around the world. The Denver International Festival is a celebration of the best traditional food, music and art from our own backyard. Come dance, eat, drink and play and in the heart of Denver at Civic Center Park.
Colorado Renaissance Festival
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – Aug 5 @ 6:30 pm
Flash back to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.
Free Day at the Denver Firefighters Museum
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fun, family-friendly activities at the Denver Firefighters Museum! Plus, the chance to meet real Denver firefighters and tour our historic museum
Free Summer Family Day at Clyfford Still Museum
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SFCD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year.
Littleton Twilight Criterium, Downtown Littleton
Aug 4 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The City of Littleton is so excited to have the Littleton Twilight Criteriumback for its sixth year! The circuit runs through the streets of downtown Littleton and races start at 3:15 PM highlighted by the Pro and Elite racing under the lights. A beer garden, live music and kid zone create a festival atmosphere between races. Spectators are encouraged to bring their bike and helmet to ride the course during the very popular Cruiser Ride which is free and open to all ages. Come join us for some fun and an exciting night of racing!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Love brainteasers? Enter “Mindbender Mansion,” a quirky place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges that put minds of all ages to the test. This unique, high-energy experience opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 20.
Play Ball! and LEGOradoat 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. Also, don’t miss LEGOrado where you can unlock the stories that have shaped the past by exploring a giant LEGO® re-creation of Colorado history. The pro builders from the Colorado and Wyoming LEGO Users Group have created this sprawling concoction of Colorado scenes—both factful and fanciful.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
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
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
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
Peak-A-Boo Play launched in spring 2018 in The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. The space is a clean, safe, pop-up experience offering drop-in, open play for kiddos three years of age and under. Parents/caretakers must be present and will have opportunities to socialize, grab coffee and take a breather while kids explore over 500-square-feet of mats, plush tumbling gear, sensory toys, bubbles, music and more. Summer admission is $10 per child with sibling discounts available. Hours of operation are Monday and Thursday mornings, 9 to noon; however, schedule is subject to change/expand and will be regularly posted to website and social channels.