18 family events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Don’t miss the 17th Annual BBQ for the Birds, Cinderella and Living History Day at 4th Infantry Division Museum. See our event calendar for full listings.
Colfax Marathon at City Park
May 18 – 19, 10:00 am
The best urban tour around! Run the mile high course that takes you on and off Colfax, through parks, neighborhoods, trails and downtown. Enjoy amazing views of the front range, Confluence Park, Broncos Stadium at Mile High’s concourse, and the Cherry Creek trail. The half runs through the Denver Zoo!
17th Annual BBQ for the Birds at Barr Lake State Park Nature Center
May 18, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Activities will include Guided bird walks, Live birds and bird banding demonstrations, Educational games and activities, Exhibits and displays, Native plants presentation, Live airing of Bird Talk Radio and Catered lunch. Take a ride on the Eagle Express. Park shuttles will depart at 10 a.m. to take passengers to the eagle viewing areas.
Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s “Own This City: A Live Instruction Manual”–Emergency! at McNichols Civic Center Building
May 18, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
What other kinds of emergencies require a 9-1-1? Climate crisis? Health care? Poverty?
Are there ways to prevent these emergencies so that we don’t need a new kind of 9-1-1?
Well, bring the kids to have some fun with fire trucks and a ghostbuster car and let’s see what we can come up with!
Discovery Lab: May Flowers at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
May 18 & 25, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Discovery Labs are hour-long labs designed for families to explore a topic together. Ever wondered how an ecosystem works? In this lab, your family will get to make your own miniature ecosystem in a jar; a plant terrarium! Discover the amazing powers of plants and how they function. Your creations will be unbe-leaf-able!
Hacking Your Health Live Denver at Courtyard by Marriott Denver Stapleton
May 18, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
National award-winning entrepreneur and health coach Tiffany Hinton of GF Mom Certified is bringing a new style of health event, geared towards families suffering with food allergies and health issues. Taking place at the Courtyard by Marriot Denver Stapleton Area, Hacking Your Health Live allows consumers to not only try new products or offerings, but build personalized relationships. Hacking Your Health Live creates an immersive environment for health enthusiasts and wellness advocates to learn, experience and connect with not just brands and practitioners but with others just like them.
Hollywood Favorite: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I at Phipps Imax Theater at DMNS
May 16 – 18
Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort’s immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort’s Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry — even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.
Cinderella at Gordon Gamm Theater, Dairy ARTS Center
May 17 – 19
Boulder Ballet presents the magical ballet Cinderella, based on the classic story of the mistreated stepdaughter who is forbidden to attend the Royal Ball. When her world is transformed by her fairy godmother, Cinderella eventually becomes the princess she was meant to be.
Living History Day at 4th Infantry Division Museum
May 18, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Head to the 4th Infantry Division Museum to honor the military past and present while touring through a variety of historical exhibits. The event will also feature historical re-enactors from the four major periods of the Division’s history.
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. www.dmns.org
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.