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27 Memorial Day weekend events for families

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Awesome Memorial Day weekend events in Denver include Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown, Denver Day of Rock, Veterans Memorial Day Tribute and Denver Arts Festival. See our event calendar for more details. 

Territory Days at Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City
May 25 – May 27 

Territory Days in Colorado Springs is held every Memorial Day weekend in historic Old Colorado City located on the west side of Colorado Springs. Enjoy over 180 food and craft booths, live music, a kids’ play area and petting zoo and much more. See the performances by Native American dancers, Wild West gunfight re-enactments and live blacksmith demonstrations.

Books and Big Ideas with Grey Havens Philosophy at WOW! Children’s Museum 
May 23, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Join us for stories, activities, and fun designed to teach children to be curious about the world and practice critical and creative thinking! Kelly Cowling of Grey Havens Philosophy uses the time-tested Philosophy for Children method that has been shown for more than five decades to promote positive social, emotional, and cognitive growth!

Colorado Rockies vs. Baltimore Orioles at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies 
May 24 – 26 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Baltimore Orioles.

Summertime Food Truck Series at Denver Premium Outlets 
May 24, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Beginning Friday, May 24, Denver Premium Outlets invites foodies and families to begin their weekends with the Summertime Food Truck Series every second and fourth Friday from May – September. Twice a month, the community can enjoy barbecue, Mexican-American fusion, plant-based cuisine, sandwiches, sides, fries and more from 4-9 p.m. in the Play Park. 

Discovery Lab: May Flowers at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
May 18 – 25 
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!

Colorado Remembers at Colorado Freedom Memorial 
May 25, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presented by… the city of Aurora and the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation this event commemorates those who have served in the military and their families.

2019 Homesteaders’ Day 1 at Golden History Museum & Park 
May 25, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Celebrate Homesteaders’ Day! Experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse. This event is drop-in style; there is no registration. Come any time between 10 am and 2 pm for any length of time.

20th Annual Veterans Memorial Day Tribute at POF Hall 
May 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This year marks the 20th year where military groups, veterans, Gold Star families and community members from across Colorado will gather to honor the service and sacrifice of fallen military heroes from wars past and present over Memorial Day weekend. For the first time, the Tribute will also recognize the service and sacrifice of 9/11 first responders.

Denver Arts Festival at Conservatory Green Neighborhood at Stapleton
May 25 –  26 
The Denver Arts Festival is a fine art and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists.

Territory Days at Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City 
May 25 –  27 

Territory Days in Colorado Springs is held every Memorial Day weekend in historic Old Colorado City located on the west side of Colorado Springs. Enjoy over 180 food and craft booths, live music, a kids’ play area and petting zoo and much more. See the performances by Native American dancers, Wild West gunfight re-enactments and live blacksmith demonstrations. Territory Days in Colorado Springs has plenty of food and entertainment for the entire family. Start and end time – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat/Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo at Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 – 27 
Clear your calendar Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2019, — Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at a NEW LOCATION — for three amazing days in Denver, Colorado, with hundreds of pinball, retro console and classic arcade video games to play for free with admission. Play a huge game list and variety of themes in pinball machines and classic arcade video games — No Quarters Needed. Play, buy, sell, mod, repair, tournament, meetup, and have fun. Game on!

Denver Day of Rock at 16th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall 
May 25, 1:00 – 10:00 pm
Denver Day of Rock is a free one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.

Canvas, Curls & Tiaras at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library 
May 25, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Make your own painterly masterpiece! Flowers, crowns, tiaras, and jewels make a great addition to the paint on your canvas! Local artist Christine Fontenot will guide you as you explore your creativity in color. All supplies provided. No art-making experience needed.

Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 
May 25, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against the Columbus Crew.

Memorial Weekend Run, Walk or Ruck at Grist Brewing 
May 26, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join Rocky Mountain Brew runs for a special event to celebrate the start of summer and honor Memorial Day. Kick off the morning in a free 30 minute workout with Manic Training and then run, walk or ruck the 4 mile course on trails and paths through Highlands Ranch open space with great views of the snow capped Rocky Mountains.

South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival at Historic South Gaylord Street 
May 26 – 27 
The South Gaylord Street Festival Series invites you to participate in our 40th Annual Memorial Weekend Festival. Help us kick-off Summer with great family-friendly entertainment, delicious food, local vendors, and so much more! The Festival is located on the 1000 block of South Gaylord Street and begins with live music on Sunday, May 26th. The full festival will commence Sunday, May 26th and will run through Monday, May 27th.

Kids DJ Dance Party at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
May 26, 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Kidz Dance Party is a high-energy, fun show! Through audience participation guests are invited to compete and dance the day away! Highlights include a hula hoop contest, the limbo, and musical chairs to name a few. Get your dancing shoes ready and prepare to get silly as our DJ spins the hits!! Don’t miss this exciting and high infectious show!

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.

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