26 family events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events this week include Dia de los Libros, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, free day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science and more. See our event calendar for more information.
Stand Against Racism Week in 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 – Home of the Colorado Rockies
Apr 22 – 24
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals.
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.
Wild Dreams Overnight at Downtown Aquarium
Apr 26, 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.
Glendale Raptors vs. Rugby United New York at Infinity Park Event Center
Apr 26, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Major League Rugby Season continues with the Glendale Raptors hosting Rugby United New York at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado!
Boulder County Kids Sale at Boulder Valley Christian Church
Apr 27, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concert at McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues
Apr 27, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. The experience is one-of-a-kind!
Family Discovery Series: OOPS at The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet
Apr 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Through slapstick humor, audience interaction and shadow play, Suzzie Sazzypants and her assistant Felix present a fantastical story about learning from failure and finding joy in imperfection.
Super Kids Expo at Orchard Town Center
Apr 27, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come explore everything your community has to offer for families this summer! Camps, schools, classes, fun, demonstrations and freebies. Plus, tons of free entertainment! Battle of Superheroes, Pony Rides, Bouncy Castle, Rock Climbing Wall, Sports Demos, Kids Performances, Camp Giveaways, and more!
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot at The Plaza at Riverfront Park
Apr 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us on April 27th for back-to-back performances of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, right at the base of the Millennium Bridge in Riverfront Park. Actors from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts will perform modern-day, abridged adaptations of two Shakespearean plays—Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—all from the back of an old pick-up truck.
Swan Lake Act 3 and Mother Goose Fairy Tales at Lakewood Cultural Center
Apr 27 – Apr 28, 7:00 pm
Ballet Ariel’s season finale will feature Act 3 of the timeless masterpiece Swan Lake, alongside the premiere of Mother Goose Fairy Tales.
Cherry Creek Sneak at Cherry Creek
Apr 28, 7:00 – 9:00 am
The Cherry Creek Sneak is the Denver must for runners, walkers, families, and elite runners too. Runners and walkers participate in the 10-mile, 5-mile, and 3.1-mile (5k). There’s even a ½-mile Kids’ Fun Run for kids ages 8 and under! After the event, join in the fun at the after-party with free beer (for 21+, of course), sponsor and vendor giveaways, and more.
Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Apr 28, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
DÍA DEL NIÑO CELEBRATION at Denver Art Museum
Apr 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dances that celebrates children from around the world at the Denver Art Museum.
Raising Kindness Downtown Denver Family Volunteering Event Benefiting Family Tree at Colorado Collaborative for Non-Profits Training Center
Apr 28, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
In April, we are partnering with Family Tree, a non-profit human services agency that provides innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. 100 Raising Kindness volunteers will have the opportunity to complete multiple hands-on service learning projects to benefit the 26,000 clients of Family Tree in the greater Denver community.
Jeff and Paige at Kid’s Cycle Fest at Erie Velodrome
Apr 28, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Jeff & Paige team up with Moxie Moms for our 1st ever event at the Erie Velodrome!
Expect an outdoor, bicycle and springtime-themed J&P concert at 1:30 pm in the center of Erie’s own bicycle raceway; concert complete with science and nature kids’ music, educational skits, quick/copious costume changes and loads of audience participation.
Dia de los Libros at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Apr 29, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Día de los Libros is a celebration of children, families and culture, all through a love of reading! Join us for a day of bilingual StoryTimes, plus crafts and activities inspired by books and our diverse world. Included with Museum admission.
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.
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum
May 5 –August 25
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America presents the concept of playfulness in postwar American design as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. This exhibition explores how employing playfulness allowed designers to bring fresh ideas to the American home, children’s toys and play spaces, and corporate identities. The cost is included in general admission which is free for kids 18 and under every day.
Harry Potter 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.
Denver Art Museum
Visit the Denver Art Museum this summer where kids receive FREE general admission every day! There is plenty to do during #SummerofPlay2019 at the DAM including family-friendly artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio (opening June 1). Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space (opening June 1) and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition The Light Show. Don’t miss this summer’s main exhibition, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, opening May 5, where children are invited to play in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition where they can try on bold masks and bring them to life in a colorful theater, climb on a wavy playscape by sculptor Isamu Noguchi and creatively combine the pieces of the Tyng Toy.
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.
Bike Streets Project: Ride more than 400 miles of low-stress routes with your family
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