17 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
August is winding down and don’t miss these awesome summer events including the Unicorn Palooza at Outlets at Castle Rock, Colorado State Fair, free days at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and National Parks. See our event calendar for full listings.
Just Between Friends of Longmont at Boulder County Fairgrounds
Aug 22– 25
Times: Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat. 50% off); Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (75% off)
University of Denver Women’s Soccer vs. Boston University
Aug 22, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come out and support Denver Pioneer Women’s Soccer!
Rugbytown 7S at Infinity Park Event Center
Aug 23 – 28
This August, twenty teams from around the world will gather at Infinity Park for three days of pure athletic spectacle. The RugbyTown Sevens tournament is back!
Colorado State Fair at the Colorado State Fairgrounds
Aug 23 – Sept 2
Get ready for nonstop entertainment during one of the largest pro rodeos in the country. Highlights include a livestock and horse show, parades, country concerts, an arts exhibition, a fiesta weekend, and an electrifying carnival at the Pueblo Fairgrounds.
University of Denver Men’s Soccer vs. Gonzaga at Denver Athletics and Recreation
Aug 23, 5:00– 7:00 pm
Come out and support Denver Pioneer Men’s Soccer!
Discovery Lab: Sound Detectives at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Aug 24, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Music is all around us, but do you know the science behind it? Discovery Labs are hour-long labs designed for families to explore a topic together. In this lab, you will conduct (pun intended) hands-on experiments to unravel the mysteries of sound. Rock on!
Unicorn Palooza at Outlets at Castle Rock
Aug 24, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for Unicorn Palooza on Saturday, August 24th from 11am-4pm! Bring the entire family for a day of magical entertainment, special treats and lots of fun. Have your photo taken with live unicorns and splash with the mermaids! Photos are complimentary, just remember to bring your camera. Visit Plus, a Petting Zoo, Fairies, Face Painting, Activities for Kids & More!
Denver Outlaws vs. Ohio Machines at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Aug 24, 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!
Free Entrance Day at National Parks
Aug 25, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Aug 26, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.
Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies
Aug 27 – Aug 28
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox!
A Mile in My Shoes
August 9 – September 27, 2019
The 2019 Biennial of the Americas Festival, in partnership with Riverfront Park Community Foundation, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and I Am Denver, will launch Empathy Museum’s “A Mile in My Shoes” exhibition on August 9 in Tail Tracks Plaza (on 16th Street between Wewatta Street and Wynkoop Street). This traveling, one-of-a-kind, participatory exhibition, conceived by British artist Clare Patey in collaboration with philosopher and author Roman Krznaric and produced by Artsadmin, allows participants to literally walk in someone else’s shoes while listening to a story about that person’s life. The exhibition will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Sept. 28, a visual representation of the project will move to Civic Center Park where the Biennial of the Americas Festival culminates with a free family-friendly event, “Cosmico Americas,” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
May 24-Sept. 2
Denver International Airport is brimming with free family-friendly activities all summer. DEN Park on the Plaza will include gardens featuring native Colorado trees and plants, live music, lunchtime fitness classes and family activities. Each Wednesday, join a free, weekly lunchtime workout. Fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga, Zumba and more! Each Friday, enjoy a variety of free, fun, cultural and family-friendly activities and performance and from June 14-July 14 you’ll find free 18-hole mini golf course! Test your putting skills while you wait for your flight or simply as a fun outing. www.flydenver.com/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.
FINAL WEEK: 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.
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.
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.
Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more. denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar