27 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
From Earth Day celebrations to Easter Egg hunts to the Central City Opera Family Series, there are plenty of things to do in Denver this week. See our calendar for full listings.
Colorado Earth Day: Salsa for Your Planet at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
Apr 9 – 16
Join us on Monday, April 22 at The Alliance Center to celebrate Earth Day with salsa dancing, food trucks, a beer garden, a kid zone and a visit from Governor Polis at 5pm! The event will be held in the parking lot of The Alliance Center and many of Colorado’s leading environmental organizations will be in attendance with tables and booths – please stop by and say hello.
Just Between Friends of Denver at the National Western Complex
Apr 10 – 14
It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. 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.
Central City Opera Family Series: Mozart & Co. at Center for Musical Arts
Apr 11, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Central City Opera presents Mozart & Co. Enjoy a kid-friendly, interactive performance of opera scenes from hilarious stories originally envisioned by Shakespeare and the Brothers Grimm. Two performances (9:30 & 10:45 am) – 30 minute performance followed by 15 minutes of playtime. Recommended for kids 6 and under (and their families).
Colorado Mineral & Fossil Spring Show at Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
Apr 12 – 14
Wire Wrapping Classes! Kids Events! Rock Dig! $5 Dinosaur Dig! Free Gold Panning Lessons! Hourly Giveaways!
Fetch Spring Market at Coors Field parking garage in RiNo located at 27th and Blake Street
Apr 12 – 14
Fetch Markets are Colorado’s largest and most creative celebrations of small business, shopping, design, local culture, and community. Running several times throughout the year, Fetch Markets offer guests with a unique shopping experience featuring a curated selection of 150+ vendors, ranging from vintage clothing and local artwork to artisanal food products and home goods, as well as a stellar selection of food vendors, pop-up cocktail bars, craft beer, and live entertainment.
Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Apr 12, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House at Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Apr 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The annual Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House features informational lectures and demonstrations, as well as tours of the hospital, student organized interactive exhibits, teddy bear mock surgery for children, a petting zoo, food trucks and CAM the Ram!
Free Day at Longmont Museum
Apr 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at South Fellowship Church
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for one huge glow party on Saturday, April 13th! Games, snacks, and Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunts will be happening every 20 minutes. This free event is open to the community and sponsored by the Kids Ministry at South Fellowship Church.
Free Day at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. Museum Free Days, as a part of the FAC’s other free and reduced-fee programs (such as scholarship programs at Bemis, and special military discounts through the Blue Star Theatres and Blue Star Museums programs), make an important impact in our community.
Easter Bunny Visits at Orchard Town Center
Apr 13, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Easter Bunny will be at The Orchard for two days of free visits and photos. Visitors can bring a camera or phone and take their own photos with the bunny in a spring setting on The Orchard entertainment stage. Every child will receive bunny ears and an activity book and families will receive a bag full of goodies, coupons and The Orchard Shopping & Dining Discount Book.
Spring with the Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Apr 13, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Celebrate with the Colorado Children’s Chorale as they sing and dance in honor of their 45th Anniversary! Featuring all five choirs, Spring with the Children’s Chorale will feature traditional favorites, as well as extra fun for the young and the young-at-heart. Plus, you don’t want to miss the beautiful and enduring presentation of The Trail, composed by Chorale alumni Aron Accurso and Adam Overett. This performance celebration is not to be missed.
American Girl Live at Paramount Theatre
Apr 13 – 14
In American Girl Live, a new, original, 90-minute musical that celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship, audiences join five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods.
Low-Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium
Apr 14, 8:30 am – 9:45 am
For our guests that prefer a calmer and more sensory-friendly environment join us for a special morning. We will open early at 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at York St
Apr 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Natural Easter Egg Dying at The Craftsman & Apprentice
Apr 14, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
In our third annual family-friendly all ages workshop, we’ll learn all about how to create natural dyes and resists to make beautiful and non-toxic dyed eggs. We’ll provide each person a half dozen boiled eggs and use beets, cabbage, and onion skin to create beautiful pastel eggs. I’ll even share my tips and tricks for creating dyes, floral and beeswax resists. Register by the dozen and roll up your sleeves, we’re going to have so much fun.
Arvada Car Care Fest and Free Car Show at Sonsio (across from Van Bibber Park)
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Arvada Car Care Fest and Car Show is a FREE, family-friendly event that will include: FREE Car Services & Information, Free Car Maintenance Advice & Information, Free Tire Tread Checks & Air Fill Station, Child Car Seat Inspection Information and Valuable Coupons & Giveaways.
Box City at History of Colorado Center
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The event which takes place at History of Colorado Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is for children – grades K-5 – and provides an opportunity to learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design and planning.
Colorado Mammoth vs. Rochester Knighthawks at Pepsi Center
Apr 12, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Mammoth’s 2018-19 regular-season finale is all about the best fans in the National Lacrosse League! The team will celebrate the season with surprises, giveaways and more, all for the fans who have helped make the Loud House one of the best venues in all of sports. From start to finish, this game will be a party that every Mammoth fan will want to attend.
The Illusionists – Live from Broadway at Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Apr 12 – 14
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Denver.
Ongoing General Events
Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.
Harry Pottery Marathon at Phipps Imax Theater at DMNS
April 4 – June 8, 2019
Back by popular demand, a Harry Potter marathon in Phipps IMAX Theater! Between April 4 and June 8, all eight “Harry Potter” films and two “Fantastic Beast” films will be screened in chronological order as part of Hollywood Favorites. Relive the magic or see the saga unfold for the first time. Previously released cinematic features are included in their IMAX lineup on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five.
Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.
Got Style? Railroads & Design at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Feb 16 – Jun 10, 2019
Often leading the pack as far as what was “stylish.” railroads have echoed the fashion of their day. From rail cars to benches, dining plates to lamps passengers expected and often got the best. This small exhibit explores the how materials, production technologies and aesthetic trends all affected how the railroads we traveled on looked.
Kids Kabaret Performances at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Feb 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019
Our ‘Kids Kabaret’ shows are designed for children ages 3-12. We take pride in offering live theater for young children; understanding that they will wiggle and move around. Several children are incorporated into the show at each performance.
Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.