19 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Halloween events are in full swing with Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens, Haunted Field of Screams and corn mazes. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Free night at Clyfford Still Museum
Sept 28. 5:00 – 8:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year.
Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Sept 28– Oct. 28
In October, Elitch Gardens transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night, plus all your favorite Theme Park rides. Don’t miss out on five weekends of scary fun at Colorado’s largest Halloween event!
Family Discovery Series: Central City Opera – Eureka Street
Sept 29, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Take a journey of discovery on Eureka Street where you’ll mingle with funny and fascinating opera characters: prospectors, divas, lumberjacks, and more as they bring history, music, and stories to life.
Family Fun Night: Stories and S’mores at Denver Botanic Gardens
Sept 29, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons! Make s’mores, explore and play in Mordecai Children’s Garden, and engage your creative and curious side as you participate in nature-themed activities. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.
YWCA Boulder County Announces Dash and Bash 2018 at the Boulder Reservoir
Sept 30, 7:00 – 9:00 am
YWCA Boulder County has announced the inaugural Dash and Bash, a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer walk/run and 1-mile dash fundraising event, which will take place on September 30, 2018 at the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Sept 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply.
Woofstock – Sun & Fun for the entire family!at Mount Vernon Canyon Club
Sept 30, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Woofstock returns to Mount Vernon Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., giving all ages and their furry friends a chance to soak up some sun and fun before the end of the season! This is the last day that the Club’s pool will be open and a special doggy swim session will commence at 3 p.m.
Free day at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Oct 2, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Play for free the first Tuesday of every month from 4 – 8 pm!
ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference at the Downtown Sheraton Denver
Oct 3 – 5
The early childhood field is evolving – every day there are NEW things to learn, NEW people to meet, NEW perspectives to consider, NEW opportunities to discover. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2018 is your destination for professional and personal growth. With a vast array of outstanding speakers and sessions, this exceptional event will expand your horizons and raise your expectations.
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.
Corn Maze, Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
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. In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at the mazes.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
BUGTOBER at the Butterfly Pavilion
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.
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
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 https://denverartmuseum.org/ 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! 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