27 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events this week include Harvest Farm Festival, BOOnion Station, Baby Shark Live and much 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.
Pumpkin Nights at Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex
Oct 17 – Nov 3
Pumpkin Nights is returning this fall and bringing even more magic than ever before to Denver from Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, November 3! Taking place at the Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, visitors will experience new interactive Halloween experiences and festival activities unlike anything else
Glow at the Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 21 – 25
The Gardens dresses up for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds. Using all real pumpkins harvested from local farms, our pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. In addition to the pumpkin sculptures and creepy atmosphere, enjoy a wide array of activities. Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase
Blue Man Group Speechless Tour at The Buell Theatre
Oct 22 – 26
Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the surprising and exciting show that is Blue Man Group. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — Blue Man Group Speechless Tour. If you like normal, think again — ‘cause Speechless is full of joy, art, music, and hilarious absurdity. Join us and experience a new blue.
BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade at Denver Union Station
Oct 24, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Head to Denver Union Station this October for the 6th annual BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade for families on Thursday, Oct. 24th and the new Union Station High Zombie Prom for adults on Friday, Oct. 25th. On Monday, Oct. 28th, show-off your mad Jack-o-Lantern creation skills at Carving + Cocktails on the Terminal Bar patio.
Baby Shark Live at Paramount Theatre
Oct 24, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends, go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more!
Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Oct 25 – 27
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 25 – 27
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 lives? 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. When you arrive at the Farm you’ll be greeted by all things fall. Scattered throughout the acres of farm land is a 10-acre corn maze, pig races, pumpkin picking station, corn cannons, petting zoo, wagon rides and much, much more. To top it off, the Farm makes some of the best kettle corn in all of Northern Colorado (some would even say it puts the pumpkin spice latte to shame with it’s out of this world flavors.)
Trick or Treat Street at Denver Public Library
Oct 25, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Enjoy trick or treating and not-so-scary fun activities throughout the Central Library. Join us for a Monster Mash Dance Party with a live band in the Conference Center at 4:00 p.m. Costumes are optional, but welcome. Ideal for ages 0-12 and caregivers.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration/First Friday Art Walk at Art District on Santa Fe
Oct 25, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF) is proud to introduce a Día de los Muertos celebration coinciding with the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, November 1 as part of Denver Arts Week. The event is a collaboration between ADSF, Consulado General de México en Denver, Museo De Las Americas, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Colorado Ballet, CHAC Gallery-Denver, Univision Colorado, and more!
Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo
Oct 25 – 26
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.
Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center
Oct 25, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Phoenix Suns.
University of Denver vs. Purdue Fort Wayne – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
Oct 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Purdue for a night of volleyball!
Boo at the Zoo at Denver Zoo
Oct 26 – 27
Trick AND treat your little ghosts and goblins to the ultimate creature feature—including creepy-crawly animal stations, trick-or-treat stations, character meet-and-greets and other family-friendly fun at Boo at the Zoo, going on the last two weekends of October. Boo at the Zoo is included with daytime admission.
Bug-A-Boo at Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 26 – 27
Safe, indoor trick-or-treating for the whole family. Put on your best Halloween costumes and join Butterfly Pavilion for safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout our exhibits! Enjoy free candy stations, prizes, crafts and full access to special October-only experiences like Spider Pavilion and the Giant Katydid Encounter.
Denver Monsterdash 5K/10K at Sloan’s Lake Park (South)
Oct 26, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A fun 5k/10k run around Sloans Lake with a festival of 30 vendors, costume contest and food and drink. Kids Arts & Crafts, Scary Music…Finish with a kids 1/2 and Mile Run…Pie Eating Contest, Raffle, Awards and fun. Limited to 1000 attendees
Trick-or-Treat Trail at Southlands Shopping Center
Oct 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Families can participate in trick or treating up and down Main Street in a safe environment with some of your favorite Southlands retailers. In addition to tricks for treats, families can walk through a Haunted House sponsored by the YMCA, enter the Pet Costume Contest for four-legged friends, play games and more! A beloved and long-standing part of Halloween in Aurora, the annual event will celebrate its 13th year. Trick-or-Treat Trail is one of Southlands’ single largest annual one-day events with more than 15,000 families in attendance.
Westernaires Horsecapades Shows at National Western Complex
Oct 26 – 27
Spend a little time with the talented youth of Colorado’s own Westernaires riding organization as they present an extravaganza show like you’ve never seen. Every year, the entire performance division of Westernaires descends upon the National Western’s Event Center to impress audiences with their: colorful and precise drill riding, world-class trick riding and roping, daring charioteers, and so much more! It’s hard to believe that these regular “city kids” are so accomplished.
Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton
Oct 26 – 27
Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton.
Halloween Party (Circus Theme) at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton
Oct 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Punch Bowl Social Stapleton’s Halloween party includes: Pumpkins for Purchase, Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Ops; Halloween Themed Putt Club (mini-golf) and Pumpkin Ring Toss;
Specialty Halloween drinks, Halloween punch and treats for kids and adults, available on the expansive patio. Costume contest with prizes
HOWL-O-WEEN at Aspen Grove Center
Oct 26, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
HOWL-O-WEEN!” Saturday, October 26 from 3-5pm, gather candy from more than 20 stores and dog treats from participating vendors. Enjoy complimentary hayrides, spooky creatures, and pick a pumpkin from our patch benefiting the Humane Society! Stick around afterward a Monster movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or for dinner at your favorite restaurants.
After Dark Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Oct 26 – 27, 9:00 pm
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.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center
Oct 26, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks live at the Pepsi Center!
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. DenverArtMuseum.org.