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28 family-friendly events in Denver this week

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Fun events this week include the Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza, Harvest Farm Festival, Enchanted Hollows and more. See our event calendar for full listings and our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes and Harvest Fun: Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, farm stands and U-Pick Tours

Little Bears Storytime & STEAM Activity at Aspen Academy 
Oct 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us for this free and engaging story time where children participate in fun STEM/STEAM challenges based on the stories! Stories include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Ages 3-5 years old (children must be accompanied by a caregiver). 

University of Denver vs. Western Illinois – Women’s Soccer at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
Oct 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Western Illinois for a night of soccer!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center 
Oct 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche takes on the Boston Bruins live at the Pepsi Center!

Secrets & Illusions at University of Denver | Newman Center for the Performing Arts 
Oct 10, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Join master illusionist Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show SECRETS & ILLUSIONS. Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you’ll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life’s greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time.

Pumpkin Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Oct 11 – 13 
Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children’s activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8. It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport& pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available& while you enjoy the rest of the festival.

Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Oct 11 –13 
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. Get lost in our 7-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms (there is no Corn Maze at York Street). Also enjoy our After Dark Corn Maze and Dead Zone Scream Park. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Harvest Farm Festival at Harvest Farm 
Oct 11  – 13 
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could get all the enchantment of the fall while helping to change livess? At Harvest Farm Fall Festival that is exactly what attendees do. Proceeds from the Festival directly support the New Life Program (NLP) at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 100-acre working farm located in Wellington, CO. The Farm accommodates up to 72 men recovering from chronic homelessness and addiction and helps return them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Oct 11, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Discover this tranquil, 12-acre historic oasis and the site of Denver’s oldest house. Tour the museum, stroll the gardens and grounds, pan for “gold”, and visit our farm animalsExhibits, demonstrati. ons, and special programming compliment cultural and natural history to enrich your park experience.

Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo
Oct 11  –  12 
Enchanted Hollows, perfect for ages 8 and up, featuring our all-new Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival and the just-slightly-spooky Woodland Hollow Art Walk. The frightening fun continues with activities for the whole family, including axe throwing, cornhole, elaborate pumpkin carvings, animal specialist talks and even a Scary-oke sing-along. Enchanted Hollows is open every weekend in October.

After Dark Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Oct 11 – 13 
The lights are out in Corn Maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick. Note: this maze is not haunted. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Free Day at Longmont Museum 
Oct 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum also features the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center. The Museum hosts hands-on education programs for all ages, indoor and outdoor concerts and performances, film series, lectures and historic tours, and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs, and exhibit-related materials.

Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton 
Oct 12 – 13
Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. No cost to attend.

Candy Crawl at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton 
Oct 12, 3:00  – 5:00 pm
Join us for a SCREAMING good time! The Shops at Northfield Stapleton will host its third-annual FREE Candy Crawl event, Saturday, October 12 from 3 – 5 pm on Main Street. From hay rides to fortune tellers, find your inner child and let your kids be kids as you enjoy trick-or-treating our retailers, while supplies last. Enjoy entertainment; balloon art, Melinda the fire & ice dancer, “Thriller” dancers, face painting, Paint your Pumpkin Craft by Whimsy Paint & Sip, while supplies last, an online photo costume contest,

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes at Pepsi Center 
Oct 12,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes live at the Pepsi Center.

Low Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium 
Oct 13, 8:30 am – 9:45 am
For our guests that prefer a calmer and more sensory-friendly environment join us for a special morning. We will open early at 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits. Stay as long as you would like.

Game Changers Opening Day! at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Oct 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Get your game on! Discover how innovation has shaped the video game industry in Game Changers, a special exhibition opening at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Game Changers takes you on a fascinating journey, exploring the past and uncovering the future of gaming.

Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
Oct 13, 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

The Doubleclicks – Live in the Dome at The Dome 
Oct 13, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us in the Dome for a live family-friendly performance featuring The Doubleclicks! The Doubleclicks sing about dinosaurs, cats, social anxiety, identity, and feelings. This all-ages show will feature cello, guitar, meowing cat keyboard, and more nerdy fun from this Internationally-touring, Billboard-charting sibling duo!

Free Day @ Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Oct 14, 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.

Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Oct 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.


Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton at Adams County Fairgrounds 
Oct 10 – 13 
Thursday (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.); Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)

Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton at Adams County Fairgrounds 
Oct 10 – 13 
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton
Thursday (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.); Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)


Bugtober: Masquerade at the Butterfly Pavilion
Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion will showcase these master illusionists of the invertebrate world all October for Bugtober: Masquerade, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, October 1-31, 2019 at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo. During Bugtober: Masquerade, guests will learn how various animals use lavish patterns and colors to stand out from the crowd and startle would-be predators. Others don complex disguises to remain unseen, concealing their true location, identity or movements to escape their enemies or sneak up on their prey.

Maize in the City
Through October 31
Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event featuring convenient, fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Get lost in your own backyard as you navigate your way through the 20-acre corn maze or mini maze. Find your perfect pumpkin in our easy-pick field. Locally grown by the Maize in the City farmer, choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds. Launch ears of corn 50+ feet across the field with our corn launchers; have your little ones ride through the field on the barrel train; take a turn on our obstacle bouncer.

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.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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