23 family-friendly events in Denver this week!
posted by: Amber Johnson
The Colorado State Fair, Women’s Adventure Camp and the Dead Sea Scrolls for Families are just a few of the fun events you’ll find this week in Denver. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Free Day at Mizel Museum
Aug 23, 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
The Mizel Museum, an educational, nonprofit organization, is Denver’s only museum that addresses today’s social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate diversity and equality and to combat discrimination and hatred. Our programs, events and exhibits address these and other social issues and encourage positive change in our communities.
Just Between Friends of Longmont at the Boulder County Fairgrounds
Aug 23 – 26
Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.
Women’s Adventure Camp at Snow Mountain Ranch
Aug 23 – 26
Women’s Adventure Camp makes for a great experience for women looking for their own camplike experience in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Why do kids get all of the summer camp fun? Activities include: Archery, Art: Ceramics, crafts, watercolors and drawing with local artist, Karen Vance in her studio, Birding, Canoeing, Climbing wall, Fly Fishing / Fishing, Rowley Homestead Experience, hiking, High Ropes, mountain biking, goat yoga and more.
Colorado State Fair
Aug 24 – Sept 3
Get ready for nonstop entertainment during one of the largest pro rodeos in the country. Highlights include a livestock and horse show, parades, country concerts, an arts exhibition, a fiesta weekend, and an electrifying carnival at the Pueblo Fairgrounds.
Colorado Rockies vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
Aug 24 – 26
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dead Sea Scrolls for Families at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Aug 25. 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Dead Sea Scrolls come alive in this interactive and fun program! This is a chance for the whole family to see the exhibition together and learn more about daily life in the ancient Middle East.
Healthy Denver Festival
Aug 25, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our mission is Promote Optimal Health, Mind, Body, and Spirit by providing Health and Wellness Professionals, resources, classes, recipes and ideas that can help improve ones way of life. From the Healthiest communities to the least within the metro area we connect with the community, test products, nutritional supplements, exercise equipment and gear to see who has the best on the market.
Polish Food Festival
Aug 25– 26
The ultimate Polish food experience west of Chicago and east of Honolulu! Join us for great food, dancing, beers and singing.
Aug 25, 2:00 – 7:00 pm
PoloFest is an outdoor summer festival that combines live music and the unique sport of polo to help raise money for the Equine Partnership Program (EPP). The day will be filled with entertainment including; matches featuring the world’s top players and horses,live music performances from Phantogram, Quinn XCII and more, along with the opportunity to interact and ride horses with the EPP and the Denver Polo Club.
Colorado Rapids vs Real Salt Lake at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Aug 25, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
The Colorado Rapids take on the Real Salt Lake.
Summer at the Center: An Evening Under the Stars at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Aug 25, 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Join Colorado Ballet at the Arvada Center for An Evening Under the Stars. The program features ballet excerpts from classical and contemporary favorites, followed by a performance of Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp.
Colorado Rockies Movie Night at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
Aug 26, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Movie Night is back at Coors Field! Gather up your friends and family and come enjoy a post-game viewing of The Sandlot on the field. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Sandlot with this exclusive post-game event.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Aug 29, 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.
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 opened 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.