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33 family-friendly events in Denver this week

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We have Earth Day! We have Easter egg hunts! We have a Bumblebee Jamboree and so much more. See our calendar for full listings. 

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field
Apr 18 – 21 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Free Day at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
Apr 19, 10:00 am – 12:00 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.

Evergreen Easter Egg Hunt at Buchanan Park Recreation Center 
Apr 19, 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Come and enjoy this family event.Wear swim suit and bring goggles if needed, also bring a basket/plastic bag to collect eggs found in the pool. Staff will put eggs in pool before start of each age group.

Wild Dreams Overnight at Downtown Aquarium
Apr 19, 6:00 – 11:45 pm
Bring your sleeping bag and snooze amongst the sharks and rays! Have an exciting night at the Downtown Aquarium to explore the exhibits, learn about the animals and their habitats, make a craft, play games and much more. T-shirts & breakfast included.

10 Year Celebration at Woodward Copper 
Apr 19 – 20 
A celebration of 10 years of Woodward Copper with live music, spray paint artist exhibits, nostalgia displays, time capsule ceremony and fun camp activities at the Barn.

Easter Bunny Breakfast at Outlets at Castle Rock 
Apr 20, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Join us on Saturday, April 20th in the food court for a special Flippin’ Flapjacks breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Families can enjoy fun activities, like face painting, and kids will receive a special pair of Easter Bunny ears, too. Pictures are complimentary, just remember to bring your own camera!

Free Entrance Day at National Parks 
Apr 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 – Free Entrance Day in the National Parks.

Free Family Spring Stewardship Day at Johnson Habitat Park 
Apr 20, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring your family to Johnson Habitat Park and take part in a park project. Each Family Stewardship Day starts with an hour-long volunteer project, followed by games and crafts with our South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) staff! SPREE= South Platte River Environmental Education.

Earth Day Celebration at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with Healthy Planet Hero Stations all about our big, beautiful planet. Activities included with Museum admission, members are free!

Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market 
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for the 2019 Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market! Come see the Easter bunny, hunt for candy, enter the adult and kids prize raffles, and enjoy the live radio remote! We have quite the Easter party planned, so bring out the family and celebrate with us on SATURDAY, April 20th! Make sure you stop by the check-in table before 10 am to get your raffle ticket!

Easter Candy Hunt, Mile High Flea Market
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for the 2019 Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market! Come see the Easter bunny, hunt for candy, enter the adult and kids prize raffles, and enjoy the live radio remote! We have quite the Easter party planned, so bring out the family and celebrate with us on SATURDAY, April 20th! Make sure you stop by the check-in table before 10 am to get your raffle ticket!

Opening Weekend at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
Apr 20 – 21 
Today. We Play. The first artist-driven dark ride the world has ever seen! Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape – Take the Ride 2019.

Party for our Planet at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate our big, beautiful planet with Earth-themed StoryTimes, meet & greets with creatures from Nature’s Educators, music with energiLAB (powered by you!), tastings in The Teaching Kitchen, special crafts and more.

Bumblebee Jamboree at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Apr 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am
This unique musical experience is perfect for children ages 0-12 and their parents. Children are invited to dress as a favorite pollinator such as a bee, butterfly or bird and dance and sing along with the musical guests. Each family-friendly indoor concert features original and traditional songs by a different musical performer.

Easter Bunny Visits at Orchard Town Center 
Apr 20, 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.

University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Apr 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Copper Mountain Resort 
Apr 21, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Hop on over to Copper for 65,000 eggs spread over 2,500 acres! There will be different hunts for all ages – from a 3 and under hunt in Center Village, to an adults on-mountain hunt. and giveaways.

Easter Brunch at Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern
Apr 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for Easter Brunch on April 21, 2019. We offer a robust menu, sure to delight every palate.

ELWAY’S Downtown Easter Brunch Buffet at ELWAY’S Downtown 
Apr 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Gather family and loved ones and join us at ELWAY’S Downtown for our annual Easter Brunch Buffet! This fabulous presentation is complete with any array breads and cereals, fresh salads and fruit, cheese and charcuterie, chilled seafood, lamb, chicken, carving stations of prime rib and ham, an egg station with omelets prepared to order, and a tantalizing dessert bar with eight sweet options to enjoy.

Wild Earth Day at The Wild Animal Sanctuary 
Apr 22, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for an event that is designed to not only help “Mother Earth”, but also the animals and humans that inhabit this wonderful planet! A general celebration with free entry for each person that brings a live potted tree to plant – includes great food and amazing animals that will add lots of fun to the mix, so plan to celebrate your “Wild Earth Day” with us and more than 500 of the wildest friends you could ever have.

Earth Day Denver at Webb Building Atrium
Apr 22, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Find out how you can make a difference! Meet with Denver departments that have resources to help you green you business and neighborhoods, and meet teams that are taking action in Denver. FREE and Open to the Public.

Stand Against Racism Week at Boulder, Colorado 
Apr 22 – 29
During Stand Against Racism Week, the YWCA will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. Events are planned in nearly every state across the country including engagement in public policy and advocacy, community education, and public proclamations

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals at Coors Field 
Apr 22– 24 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals.

Petite Musique: The Three Bears at Hampton Hall
Apr 23, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. our 16-piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year’s program, The Three Bears will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Pandas Home at Lone Tree Arts Center 
Apr 23 – 25, 10:00 pm
Venture into the culture and history of distant China by following footprints left by a panda. Through the use of dance, sound, interactive projected images, and play, the performers and children alike will encounter bamboo forests, monsters, fireworks, and kites as they explore the five elements of Wu Xing—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

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.

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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