25 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Kid to Kid Arvada Grand Re-Opening
Sept 13 – 16
Come celebrate new changes and new ownership of the Kid to Kid Arvada store. Grand re-opening activities including face painting, discounts, giveaways every day of the grand re-opening, and one lucky winner will win free clothes for an entire year!
Bead Renaissance Show
Sept 13– 16
A gem of a show! Beads of every kind… gemstones, vintage glass, seed beads, kits and findings. Open to the public as well as the trade.
Grandoozy at Overland Park Golf Course
Sept 14 – 16
From Superfly, the creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, comes Grandoozy, a brand new festival experience designed to celebrate the culture and spirit of Denver and the greater Colorado region. Taking place September 14-16, 2018 at Overland Park Golf Course, this three day festival will feature a range of iconic and local artists and musicians, the city’s best food, craft beer and spirits and a nod to the region’s creative community and love for the great outdoors.
Sept 14 – 16
For over 30 years, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest is one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. The 3-day autumn festival features live music, great food, local micro-brews, wine and margaritas, children’s activities and over 100 artisans presented by Firefly Handmade Markets.
Sept 14 – 16
Traditional Family Friendly Oktoberfest 16 years and still going. German food, German entertainment, German Gemuetluchkeit and more fun that includes Frueschoppen, a Mustache competition, Dachshund Races, Stein Hoisting, Stein carrying race and more competitions for adults and children.
Free day at Four Mile Historic Park
Sept 14, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Every Second Friday of the Month. Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.
Low Sensory Morning at the History Colorado Center
Sept 15, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors for families who prefer a lower sensory museum environment. The museum will be closed to the general public, attendance limited and sounds in the exhibits turned down. Come and enjoy!
Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Sept 15 – 16
Saturday & Sunday, September 15, 16, 22 & 23.
1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market at The Fort Restaurant
Sept 15 – 16
The 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market commemorates the historical blending of the American mountain men and Hispanic communities of Old Bent’s Fort. A day at the 1830s Rendezvous & Market is a day in the Old West. Historical interpreters will demonstrate their wares, including trade silver, moccasins, beaver skin hats and buckskin period dress. They will walk guests through day-to-day skills from the 1830s, such as brain-tanning, primitive fire building, rope braiding, blacksmithing and scrimshaw
1840s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market at the Tesoro Cultural Center
Sept 15 – 16
Tesoro Cultural Center will host its annual 1840s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market weekend on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Sunday, Sept. 16, on the grounds of Colorado’s iconic restaurant, The Fort. Open to the public, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $5, and free for children ages 12 and under, and tickets can be purchased online at TesoroCulturalCenter.or
8th Annual HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival at Audubon Nature Center
Sept 15, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our largest family event of the year and the only owl festival in the Denver-Metro area! Join us for live owl demonstrations with Nature’s Educators, a hidden owl scavenger hunt in our Native Plant Gardens, owl pellet dissections, educational owl booths, owl crafts, live folk music from local Denver band Nearly There, delicious eats from the HipStir Wagon food truck, and owl merchandise from local vendors.
Sept 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
On Saturday, Sept. 15th, Denver bridal shop The Bridal Collection and its partner Brighter Days Dog Rescue (BDDR) request the honour of your presence at its second annual Dogs & Dresses dog adoption event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dogs & Dresses aims to find foster and forever homes for dozens of dogs who have come to BDDR from urgent situations. This year, Dogs & Dresses will also feature the wedding of pugs Phoebe and Chuy at 11 a.m., gourmet dog treats, photo opportunities, giveaways, and fun activities for all throughout the day.Golden Sidewalk Sale at the City of Golden
Sept 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for this exciting one-day sidewalk sale in Golden, Colorado! Golden’s downtown shopping has transformed into a hip little collection of outdoor gear shops, one-of-a-kind fashions, jewelry, art, Native American and Southwest designs, and clothing boutiques. Come and enjoy great deals, fashion and refreshments. Fall is the perfect season to browse deals with friends while strolling casually through beautiful Golden.Renegade Craft at the EXDO Event Center
Sept 15 – 23
We’re returning to Denver for our 3rd year with a celebration of contemporary handmade featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Shop emerging and established Makers’ goods, discover rarities and remixes from local DJs, get creative while workshopping, eat from exceptional food trucks and end the day with a cocktail. See you there!Colorado Rapids vs Atlanta United FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Sept 15, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
The Colorado Rapids take on the Atlanta United FC.Hop, Skip & a Jump Start at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Sept 16, 7:30 – 11:30 am
Get the whole family active! Wind your way along the beautiful South Platte River Trail in the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus’ stroller-friendly 5K. Or watch your kiddos go for gold in the Kid Course, Toddler Trot or Infant Crawl! Registration includes: t-shirt or onesie (must register by 10 am on Monday, September 3, to guarantee availability), chip timing (5K only), medals for all participants, expo, snacks & activities, goody bag and Museum admission.Chili Bowl
Sep 16, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Chili Bowl is Studio Arts Boulder’s free annual street party! Chili Bowl celebrates community, the studio arts, great food, music, drinks, and our neighborhood! Chili Bowl 2018 will include: CHILI COOK-OFF: Dagabi Cucina, Bramble & Hare, Mateo, Foolish Craig’s, The Sink, CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina, The Academy’s chef, and the reigning chili champion: The West End Tavern.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
July 20 – January 6, 2019
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! 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. 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
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
Denver Art Museum
There are several family-friendly exhibits at the DAM including Stampede: Animals in Art on view at the museum through May 19, 2019. A Walk in the Woods is still on view, which coincides with Stampede, and includes animal-themed artmaking activities and after their summer break, Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives, are back. Children have been really loving the gallery games and book in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Their Learning & Engagment department created a children’s book specially to be used while visiting this exhibition with children Go to https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.
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 thihttps://denverartmuseum.org/programs/gallery-gamess 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