21 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Don’t miss free days at the Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Movie at the Sympathy and the free Friday Night DJs at the Denver Downtown Rink at Skyline Park. See our event calendar for additional details.
University of Denver Women’s Basketball vs. South Dakota at Hamilton Gym
Jan 3, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
The University of Denver Women’s Basketball team takes on South Dakota on Thursday, January 3 in the Hamilton Gym.
Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers at Pepsi Center
Jan 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers at Pepsi Center!
Friday Night DJs at Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Jan 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Entry is free! Skate rentals are $6 for kids 12 & under and $8 for adults 13 & older. Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.
Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Jan 4 – 6
The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™. The unforgettable score will be performed with a live symphony orchestra as the film is projected simultaneously on the big screen.
Destination Venture from Capital One at Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Jan 5 – 6
A traveling pop-up event coming to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park January 5th and 6th makes it easy to take the whole family on a spontaneous adventure. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, visit Destination Venture® from Capital One® and enjoy family-friendly activities like a balloon artist, ski simulator, 3D photo booth, live art and more.
Free First Saturday at Denver Art Museum
Jan 5, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum without spending a dime! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 am. Kids 18 and under receive free general admission to the DAM every day.
Current exhibitions include “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker”, “Stampede: Animals in Art”, “Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings” and more.
University of Denver’s Men’s Basketball vs. North Dakota
Jan 5, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
The University of Denver Men’s Basketball team takes on North Dakota on Saturday, January 5 in Magness Arena.
Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets at the Pepsi Center
Jan 5, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Charlotte Hornets
University of Denver Women’s Basketball vs. North Dakota
Jan 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The University of Denver Women’s Basketball team takes on North Dakota on Saturday, January 5 in the Hamilton Gym.
Last Day: The National Geographic Photo Ark at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Jan 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
See it before it’s gone…The National Geographic Photo Ark is using the power of photography to inspire people to help save species at risk before it’s too late. Discover 44 species featured in the Photo Ark at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
Jan 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district’s boundaries. The SCFD collects a one-tenth of 1 percent sales-and-use tax (or one penny on every $10 spent), providing approximately $40 million each year to area cultural attractions both small and large.
Ongoing General Events
The Crystal Ice Festival at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
Dec. 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019
Deep in the winter covered forest atop a high mountain is the magical Crystal Ice Castle. Where winter wishes are sent to be considered by the Frost Queen Andorra. Your wish may be granted by the Frost Queen, but those that are not are buried deep within the ice of the castle for future consideration. A found object installation of old glass, cut crystal and acrylic. Including objects such as vases, candlesticks, goblets, bowls and more. Embellished with crystals, beads, rhinestones and silver filigree. http://moaonline.org/winter2018diorama/
Nov. 2, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019
This free exhibition by architects, designers and engineers on places and spaces, ideas and notions that have inspired wonder in their work. https://www.denver.org/event/wonderspace-exhibition/62473/
Above and Beyond at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Sept. 29 – Jan 13, 2019
ABOVE AND BEYOND celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. This traveling aerospace exhibition features: immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, iconic historical touchstones, visionary concepts for the future, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present. https://wingsmuseum.org/portfolio/beyond/
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Nov. 9, 2018 – Dec. 12, 2019
There’s a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It’s at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos … and our imaginations. In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein’s theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull? http://www.dmns.org/planetarium/current-shows/black-holes-the-other-side-of-infinity/
Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 20, 2018 – Feb. 2, 2019
The Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for a winter full of skating at Skyline Park, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. https://www.downtowndenver.com/experience-downtown/downtown-denver-ice-rink/
Hidden Universe 3D at CU South Denver
Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 25, 2019
Hidden Universe 3D takes audiences on a breathtaking tour of deep space in the cinematic medium that does it best. Our universe is brought to life on the Giant Screen with unprecedented clarity through mesmerizing, real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes. In an age where space tourism has become reality, the film offers an inspiring story of human endeavor from a prime seat with a magnificent point-of-view. https://southdenver.cu.edu/visit-us/3d-movies/
Play Ball!at the History Colorado Center
Apr 7, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
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. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. And much, much more—these are just a few of the one-of-a-kind items on view in Play Ball!
TreeHouses: Look Who’s Living in the Trees! Hands-on exhibit
Jun 2, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
Explore the forest canopy – indoors! In the Longmont Museum’s newest hands-on exhibition, visitors roam from tree to tree as they discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small, and people too. Climb through large treehouses, become an animal tracker, get face-to-face with wildlife of all sizes, move your feet on the forest-sound dance floor, and more. This exhibition makes learning fun, as visitors explore responsible forestation, wildlife ecology, and local epidemics such as the ash borer beetle. longmontmuseum.org
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.
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 the fun new interactive installation by local artist Nicole Banowetz, The Incubation Effect. Go to https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.