28 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Awesome events this week include the In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical, Colorado Railroad Museum Turns 60, Taste of Louisville and more. See our event calendar for more information.
WOW! Free Day at WOW! Children’s Museum
May 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission to WOW! Children’s Museum is FREE on May 30 thanks to community partner and sponsor Children’s Hospital Colorado!
JOJO SIWA at Paramount Theatre
May 30, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Nickelodeon’s™ JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour.
Into the Wild Running Festival at The Wild Animal Sanctuary
June 1, 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
This is a fun 5K or 10K walk/run for individuals, families or groups of friends that want to spend a Saturday morning across the Sanctuary’s 789 acres of open grassland – as the course weaves between natural habitats filled with rescued animals.
AMA National Championship at Thunder Valley Motocross Park
June 1, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
15th Annual True Value Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, CO is Round 3 of the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Thunder Valley Motocross Park plays host once again to the fastest racers in the world on June 1st, 2019. Be ready for a full day of pro racing beginning at 8:00 am and ending at approximately 5:30 pm.
Denver Heart & Stroke Walk, Broncos Stadium at Mile High
June 1, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
The American Heart Association (AHA) will host approximately 15,000 people at the annual Denver Heart & Stroke Walk on June 1 at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. The event will include a competitive 5K Run, Yoga in the End Zone, a 5K Walk and Survivor Mile, a “Healthy for Good” Expo, and a Puppy Parade.
Hike to End Hunger at D’Evelyn Jr-Sr High School
June 1, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hunger is an issue we can and must solve to ensure the well-being of all Coloradans. By hiking to end hunger, YOU can support Hunger Free Colorado and its mission to end hunger in our state! Join us on the trail and at D’Evelyn Jr-Sr High School for games, food, giveaways, music and family-friendly activities.
Colorado Railroad Museum Turns 60 at Colorado Railroad Museum
June 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sixty years ago in July of 1959, the Colorado Railroad Museum opened its doors in Golden, Colorado bent on sharing the history of railroads in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Using archival materials from the permanent collection, this exhibit celebrates the museum’s work over the last 60 years and invites you to participate in our anniversary year celebrations.
Taste of Louisville at Historic Main Street, Louisville Colorado
June 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
An opportunity to taste the “Quality of Life” in Louisville. Come and enjoy excellent food served by our fine restaurants, craft booths, kids entertainment and informational booths from local merchants. You won’t want to miss the Louis-Palooza which features local bands performing at the Steinbaugh Pavilion.
Denver Chalk Art Festival at Larimer Square
June 1 – June 2
The Denver Chalk Art Festival is a free two-day street-painting festival. Perfect for the entire family, hundreds of artists including madonnari chalk artists from around the world, spend hours over the weekend turning the entire, closed-down street in Larimer Square into a museum of beautiful chalk art. The interactive art festival takes place on June 1-2 2019 on Larimer Square in Denver and is one of the summer’s most treasured events.
Free Day at Denver Art Museum
June 1, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indian Market & Powwow at The Fort
June 1 – 2
Tesoro Cultural Center’s 19th annual Indian Market & Powwow is Colorado’s largest authentic art show made to celebrate American Indian culture. Hosted on the grounds of Denver’s iconic restaurant, The Fort, the event is a tribute to the American Indian tribes of the past who shaped the community of Old Ben’s Fort.
5th Annual Block Party at Youth on Record
June 1, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Youth on Record’s Block Party and Community Celebration will bring together close to 1000 community members for a day-long outdoor mini-festival. This free event is a Youth led and Youth designed event.
Spring Tea at Hudson Gardens Inn
June 1, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Enjoy classic tea fare and live entertainment by Opera Colorado’s Artists in Residence, all for a wonderful cause! Proceeds benefit Opera Colorado’s Education & Community Engagement Programs—serving more than 45,000 students of all ages every year.
AAC Celebration at American Mountaineering Museum
June 1, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Kick off the summer! June 1, the community will gather in the home of the American Alpine Club for a family friendly festival celebrating all things climbing. Complete with carnival games, tours of the American Mountaineering Museum, an open air vendor village, food trucks and local beverages—the Excellence in Climbing Celebration has something for everyone! The highlight is inducting inspirational climbing heroes into the Hall of Mountaineering Excellence and a presentation from climber and writer, Kelly Cordes.
Bluegrass Bash at Denver Field House
June 1, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Is there a better way to celebrate climbing and conservation? We don’t think so. Dance the night away with us and WhiteWater Ramble June 1st in Denver! 100% of ticket proceeds, prize draws, and event memberships benefit the conservation and preservation of the wild places you love to explore.
Colorado Rapids vs. FB Cincinnati at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
June 1, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against FC Cincinnati.
Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
June 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical – Unplugged Rendition at Wibby Brewery
June 3, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Join Graham and Kristina Fuller (with special guests) as they present an “Unplugged” rendition of select songs from their hit show In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical. In the Trenches is a heartwarming theatrical composition, that walks audiences through the hilarious, crazy, yet entirely joyful endeavors of parenting.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
June 4, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Day at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
June 4, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
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.
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.
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.