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30 family-friendly events in Denver this week

30 family-friendly events in Denver this week

It is a busy fall weekend–between the 2018 Energy Day Festival to the Fall Flannel Festival to Day Out with Thomas. For full listings, be sure to go to our event calendar.

2018 Energy Day Festival
Sept 22, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Energy Day is Colorado’s first FREE family festival showcasing exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Energy Day will feature exciting exhibits and interactive demonstrations that will teach students and their families about various forms of energy and how through STEM education, they can find an exciting career in the energy industry. Come down and support our local schools, energy experts, and the amazing kids out there looking to learn and develop their skills in STEM education!

Just Between Friends of Denver Sale at National Western Complex
Just Between Friends of Douglas County Sale at Douglas County Fairgrounds
Sept 19 –23
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.

¡Super Stolie Guacamole! Show at Denver
Sept 19 – 23 
Super Stolie’s FREE children’s shows boast a high level of interactivity for children of all ages and capacities. This performance will include a variety of her original children’s songs translated into Spanish, story time in both languages, Spanish versions of traditional songs, a family dance party and a live guacamole-making demonstration (and tasting when approved by the venue!) Throughout the show, Stolie will give instruction, sing and read in both English and Spanish as well as teaching key words in Spanish.

Handmade in Colorado Expo
Sept 21– 23
The Handmade in Colorado Expo is an annual showcase of some of Colorado’s Best Handmade Arts, Crafts, and Goods. All merchandise displayed at this juried show is handmade in Colorado and sold direct by the artist or crafter. A huge collection of exhibitors will represent a wide range of media. All work sold will be created from both emerging and experienced artisans from Colorado.

Oktoberfest Denver
Sept 21 – 29
Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood welcomes back one of the city’s longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation! Oktoberfest Denver is set to once again commemorate this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage by combining dynamic performance of music and dance, bier-based activities, Long Dog Derby and entertainment for all ages.

Haunted Field of Screams
Sept 21 – Oct 31
 On Friday, September 21, the Haunted Field of Screams (HFOS) opens as an all-new scream park for the 2018 season. Built into a 40-acre corn field, HFOS will deliver a daunting indoor/outdoor haunt experience only 15 minutes from downtown Denver at 10451 McKay Road, Thornton, CO. Backing the famously haunted Riverdale Road, the scream park offers four contrasting interactive haunt experiences that prey on individual’s innermost fears: Dead Man’s Maze, Zombie Paintball Massacre, CarnEvil and Condemned.

Joy Park Free Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver
Sept 21, 4:00 – 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.

Corn Maze
Sept 21 – Oct 28
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze.

Free Entrance National Public Lands Day
Sept 22, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Sept 22 – 23
Off-Peak Ride Times $20 per ticket: 8:30 — 9:15AM; 1:45 — 4:45PM. Peak Ride Times $25 per ticket: 10:00AM — 1:00PM. Museum Members receive a $2 per ticket discount.

Free day for 7 Denver museums
Sept 22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Day on Saturday, September 22, 2018 is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people. There are several great Denver-area museums that are participating.

Self Reliance & Simple Life Experience at the National Western Complex
Sept 22 – 23
The Self-Reliance & Simple Life Experience will feature a family-friendly expo-style event with panels, demonstrations and boothside chats demonstrating key preparedness skills such as tackling a fire, outdoor first aid, and more. The event will also provide insights on living a simpler, more sustainable life with tiny house experts, homesteaders and farmers to show attendees how simple it is to get back to nature.

CU Wizards! Illusion and Reality: The Science of Perception
Sept 22, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Professor Lew Harvey presents “Illusion & Reality:The Science of Perception.” A FREE STEAM show where students will learn about how the brain works by exploring the conditions under which visual and auditory illusions occur.

Boulder County Kids Sale at the Boulder Valley Christian Church
Sept 22, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.

Doors Open Denver
Sept 22 – 23
Doors Open Denver 2018 will take place on September 22 + 23! DOD is DAF’s annual 2-day event that engages participants in celebrating and experiencing our city’s built environment. DAF inspires the community to connect through self-guided or expert-guided tours of Denver’s unique spaces. General hours for Open Sites (self-guided) are 10am to 4pm both days with some exceptions. Insider Tours (expert-guided) are timed and run throughout the weekend. Check out for more information!

Taste of Five Points
Sept 22– 23
Enjoy $5 plates from neighborhood restaurants and bakeries, showcasing Five Points’ unique culinary heritage while perusing the Rocky Mountain Land Library, formerly the home of the Puritan Pie Factory.

Dinosaur Ridge Scientific Spelling Bee
Sept 22, 2:30 – 6:00 pm
Join us for a new twist on the traditional spelling bee at Dinosaur Ridge’s Scientific Spelling Bee on Saturday, September 22 at 2:30 p.m. It’s going to be a light-hearted event with food, drinks and great prizes. REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 10 TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT. The winning team can win a $500 prize.

Darling Doubles Sale at Al Lesser Building, Adams County Fairgrounds
Sept 23, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.

40th Annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair
Sept 23, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
On a Sunday in September, the Greater Park Hill Community (GPHC), along with Park Hill neighbors, businesses and community organizations, will celebrate the annual Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair. This Denver tradition began in 1978 when a local Realtor organized a tour of Park Hill homes to showcase the rich history and diverse architecture of the neighborhood.

Adventure Fest 2018
Sept 23, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Denver’s AdventureFest is back and better than ever! Join us for the most fun and immersive outdoor festival of the year! Get ready for a fun-filled day packed with learning, sharing, brews and tunes. Join hundreds of adventure seekers, outdoor enthusiasts, and sunshine lovers as we bring the mountains to the city. The 2018 AdventureFest aims to bring community together for new experiences and new friends. Connect with nature, dance to live music and get involved with the outdoor event that promises you a fun filled experience. Bring the pups and the kiddos, they get in free!

Renegade Craft at 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!

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

BUGTOBER at the Butterfly Pavilion
October 1-31
Overwhelming pain, paralysis and death in a matter of minutes – real peril lurks with the fangs, barbs and stingers of the spineless. Move over sharks – these animals and plants give danger a whole new meaning! Safely see these toxic terrors at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion during BUGTOBER, a Halloween-themed event where their most intimidating invertebrates take center stage.

Mindbender Mansion
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.

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, and don’t miss Past the Tangled Present. Go to for more information.

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!

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.

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.


Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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