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Send a message a love from Loveland, the love capital of the world!

Send a message of love from the love capital of the world! 

Loveland receives more than 120,000 valentines from all 50 states and 110 countries across the world through its Valentine Re-mailing Program, the largest program of its kind. A group of 50 volunteers handstamps the collector’s stamp and postmark onto each individual valentine that comes through the city. 

2020 collector’s envelope artwork, remailing program deadlines announced

The 2020 collector’s envelope artwork was designed by Corry McDowell. It includes the following verse written by Teresa Boynton: “Dan Cupid continues to play his part. Though he doesn’t text or tweet, he knows a Loveland Valentine is a sweeter treat.”

To get this special collector’s envelope artwork and the special 2020 postmark, send your pre-addressed, pre-stamped valentines in an enclosed, larger 1st Class envelope. Then send this envelope to Postmaster – Attention Valentines, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998. Once received, valentines will be removed from the larger envelope and stamped before being re-mailed to its intended recipient. 

All U.S. mail must be received by Feb. 7, and all Colorado mail must be received by Feb. 10 to ensure delivery by Valentine’s Day. Colorado residents can drop off their valentines at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, 5400 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO 80538 or at either Loveland post office by Feb. 8. Participants are encouraged to send their valentines to Loveland as soon as possible. loveland.org

Mountaineering Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies Brings Families Together for Fun, Educational Activities over President’s Day Weekend

Shortly after I moved to Colorado 17 years ago, I attended a family reunion at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park where we delved into all the awesome things they had to offer–from mountain biking to fly fishing & ziplining to roller skating, mini-golf,  swimming and hiking. I have since become one of the biggest advocates for YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park and their Snow Mountain Ranch location for being Colorado’s most affordable and fun family vacations.

And it’s not just during the summer!

YMCA of the Rockies will hold the 4th Annual Mountaineering Weekend from February 14-17, 2020. Whether it’s your first time out, or your family has camped in national parks many times, this special event has activities and excursions for every level.

Located just 10-minutes outside of Estes Park, on 800+ acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies offers families an easy mountain getaway without the ski crowds of I-70. Mountaineering Weekend is a wonderful time to visit with many special activities on-site such as ice-anchor and ice climbing demonstrations, winter survival presentations, snow caves, ice broomball games, ​and a fascinating keynote by Quinn Brett, an experienced alpine climber and Rocky Mountain National Park ranger, technical rescuer and first responder.

Mountaineering Weekend activities are free for overnight guests, or day passes are available for $25/person. All ongoing activities at YMCA of the Rockies will be available such as ice skating on a natural pond, guided snowshoe hikes into Rocky Mountain National Park, sledding (new this year!), indoor rock climbing, rollerskating, and more.​

Cabins ranging from 2-4 bedrooms start at $109/night, and lodge rooms are available starting at $89/night, including two free breakfasts. Most rooms and cabins are TV-free too, providing an unplugged experience for your family, and no meal planning for mom and dad with access to the buffet-style dining hall for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Registration and lodging for Mountaineering Weekend is available at https://bit.ly/35V1vWj or by calling 888-613-9622.

25 family fun events in Denver this week

Welcome to February! Enjoy Hansel and Gretel, a free day at the Denver Zoo and Denver Art Museum, Boulder Opera Storytime and more. See our event calendar for additional information. 

Lunar New Year at Outlets at Castle Rock at Outlets at Castle Rock 
Jan 25  –  8 
This January, Outlets at Castle Rock is proud to celebrate Lunar New Year with two weeks of Chinese themed traditions and activities all throughout the center. From Jan. 25th – Feb. 8th, the center will be honoring the ancient Chinese “Red Envelope” gifting tradition by giving away red envelopes filled with gift cards and center promotions at customer service. The red envelope tradition – symbolizing good luck and well wishes for the New Year – is a gift from Outlets at Castle Rock to express appreciation for the center’s wonderful shoppers and guests from all over the world. 

The Velveteen Rabbit at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Jan 30, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
When a rocking horse tells an old-fashioned velveteen rabbit that toys become real when they are truly loved, the stuffed animal jumps at the opportunity to be the favorite playmate of a young boy. But when the boy gets sick, their friendship is tested and both learn a lesson in loyalty and what being “real” truly means. This musical adaptation of Margery Williams’ 1922 classic

Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz at Pepsi Center 
Jan 30, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Utah Jazz vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Nuggets Night Out w/ Purchase of Promotional Offer.

Boulder Opera Storytime at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Jan 31, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Join our friends from the Boulder Opera for a reading of “Puss in Boots”, as well as a performance of a few songs from their upcoming opera. This is the purrfect introduction to opera for kids! Boulder Opera’s family-friendly performance of “Puss in Boots” is on February 1, 2, and 8 in Boulder and Lafayette.

Matilda at Parker Arts Center 
Jan 31  – Feb 2 
This award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who, armed with astonishing wit, intelligence, an extraordinary imagination, and psychokinetic powers, takes a stand. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda The Musical is a joyous girl-power romp. Children and adults alike will be delighted.

Peter Pan at Ellie Caulkins Opera House 
Jan 31  – Feb 9
Peter Pan will take audiences on a high-flying adventure to Neverland where Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael experience pirates, Lost Boys, Captain Hook, an infamous crocodile and a bit of pixie dust as this brilliant story unfolds. With choreography by Michael Pink and music by Philip Feeney, this ballet features the same artistic duo that created the acclaimed ballet Dracula, which Colorado audiences will recall from sold-out performances in the fall of 2017.

Alice in Wonderland at Broomfield Auditorium 
Jan 31 – Feb 2 
Danse Etoile Ballet presents Alice in Wonderland January 31-February 2nd at the Broomfield Auditorium. Follow Alice on her crazy adventures after she falls down a rabbit hole, and meet the wacky characters of the Wonderland world.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
Feb 1, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free during Free Days at the DAM thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Explore fun things for families (including bilingual programs for the whole family), visit exhibitions throughout the museum, hear storytelling, and more!

Family Tour: Shape at Clyfford Still Museum 
Feb 1, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Connect, discover, and create on tours at the Clyfford Still Museum designed especially for children ages 5–10 and their caregivers. This season, family tours will explore a variety of themes designed to get families looking, playing, and talking. Each tour also features an art project to take home. Bring the whole family and join us for a special art adventure!

Hansel and Gretel at Miners Alley Playhouse 
Feb 1, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Oooey gooey gumdrops! Join us for a modern spin on this deliciously classic tale: two siblings wind up lost in the woods, leading to unexpected adventures, mysterious creatures, and a witch’s candy house. Children of all ages will appreciate this lively story about gratitude, love, art, the power of family…. and, of course, CANDY!

Jeff & Paige Winter Concern Series at Gunbarrel Brewing Co. 
Feb 1, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A live, indoor science/nature-kids’ concert at this spacious, family-owned brewery. Ample seating, food truck, arcade, games and great beers.

Free Day at Denver Zoo 
Feb 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission to Denver Zoo Free!

Free First Tuesday Nights at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Feb 4, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Play for free the first Tuesday of every month from 4 – 8 pm.

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trailblazers at Pepsi Center 
Feb 4, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Theme Night: Black History.

ONGOING EVENTS

Matilda at Parker Arts Center
January 7 – February 9
This award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who, armed with astonishing wit, intelligence, an extraordinary imagination, and psychokinetic powers, takes a stand. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda The Musical is a joyous girl-power romp. Children and adults alike will be delighted. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. parkerarts.org

Hansel and Gretel at the Miners Alley Playhouse
Feb. 1 – 29
Oooey gooey gumdrops! Join us for a modern spin on this deliciously classic tale: two siblings wind up lost in the woods, leading to unexpected adventures, mysterious creatures, and a witch’s candy house. Children of all ages will appreciate this lively story about gratitude, love, art, the power of family…. and, of course, CANDY! minersalley.com

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 26, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020
The Downtown Denver Partnership proudly invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter. Winter of 2019 celebrates one decade of the Downtown Denver Rink which offers free ice skating seven days a week from November to February.  Entry is free! Skate rentals are $7 for kids 12 & under and $9 for adults 13 & older. Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
October 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020
A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
September 13, 2019 – April 12, 2020
“Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits” takes guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology, physiology and physicality of some of the most extreme activities in the world. In this high-energy exhibition, guests experience the thrill of extreme sports in exciting, interactive exhibits and immersive environments. Meet passionate athletes, hear their incredible stories and take in the artistry, motivation and thoughtfulness that goes into everything they do. dmns.org
   
Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
Oct. 4 – Feb. 15, 2020

A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

The Science Behind Pixar at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Oct. 11 – April 5, 2020
Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. dmns.org

VR Arcade
Oct. 26 – March 8, 2020
Come on in, jump on board, and have some fun in VR Arcade. The pop-up experience uses virtual reality technology that lets you explore wherever your curiosity leads. VR Arcade features a four-person Virtual Reality Transporter ride, an individual Birdly flight, and six bays for individual VR opportunities.

The Velveteen Rabbit at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Jan. 30 – May 20, 2020
When a rocking horse tells an old-fashioned velveteen rabbit that toys become real when they are truly loved, the stuffed animal jumps at the opportunity to be the favorite playmate of a young boy. But when the boy gets sick, their friendship is tested and both learn a lesson in loyalty and what being “real” truly means. This musical adaptation of Margery Williams’ 1922 classic The Velveteen Rabbit presents an updated version of one of the most celebrated children’s tales of our time. Filled with longing and the companionship that fulfills it, the story presents an appreciation for childhood that is sincere and filled with fun and magic. This timeless tale shows the transformative power of love, and will touch anyone who has ever had a beloved childhood toy.

 

Confessions of a non-skier in Colorado

I have a confession to make: I hate skiing.  There. I said it. I’ve lived in Colorado for over 13 years, and I am not a skier. *gasp* Do people like me actually exist? Yes. Yes, we do.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love the ski resorts!  There is so much to do at our wonderful ski resorts that doesn’t involve skiing. I’m just not a big fan of pain, and I never have been.

Even though I hate skiing, I love skiers! A lot of my friends ski. My husband is a skier. My daughter is a skier. I, on the other hand, am not a skier. In all fairness, what I do cannot be called skiing.

There is not that much screaming in skiing.

Every time I ski, things go downhill. Literally.

It all started when we moved here in January 1999.

Deals: Free days, free Disney+ and Chinese New Year!

I thought it was just me – thinking that January has felt like a really long month. But, I’ve seen a couple memes out there. So maybe I’m not the only one.

 Free Museum Day for Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Customers. On February 1 & 2, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America customers can visit over 225 cultural institutions (in Colorado the Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Botanic Gardens). They get free admission when they show their ID and their card. While this sounds like a great deal – keep in mind that ANYONE (with our without a certain credit card) can go to the Colorado Art Museum for free on the first Saturday of the month. 

 Free Days. Saturday, February 1, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab and Denver Art Museum general admission is free. On Sunday, February 2, the Denver Zoo is free to Colorado Residents. For other free day listings be sure to check out our list!

 REI Used Gear. Did you know that REI sells their used gear? Those who shop there often know about the “garage sale” but now, you can shop any time for some awesome deals! As they say, “used is the new new.”

 Wendy’s Frosty Key Tags. Looking for a way to support a good cause AND get a great deal all year long? Consider buying a Frosty Key Tag at Wendy’s for just $2. 

Free Disney+Curious if you really want to try Disney Plus or not? This may be your opportunity to try it for FREE thanks to TopCashBack. When you sign up for a new cash back account (it’s free too).  Purchase Disney + for $12.99. Within 21 days  your TopCashBack account will be credited the $12.99. (You can then transfer the money to your own bank account). 
 
DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jump start your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020
 
Tile Trackers on Amazon. There was a person in our house often who would forget his keys – All.The.Time. When we discovered these Tile Trackers. They are on sale 40% off now at Amazon. So, if you didn’t get one for Christmas. Get one now!  

 
AAA Travel Show. I still have a handful of states that I need to see if I’m going to see all 50. But I love the planning almost more than the actual traveling, that is why I love the AAA Travel Show. January 31 and February 1 at Empower Field at Mile High. The event features speakers, presentations and exhibitors.

 Outlets at Castle Rock. Will celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat) with an awesome red envelope giveaway – traditional Chinese red envelopes stuffed with gift cards and shopping coupons. And children 12 years old and under can collect lantern crafts at Customer Service, then return with their decorated lantern to receive an envelope with a special surprise inside, through Feb. 8!

 Chick Fil A Free. Get a free 8-count Nuggets or Kale Crunch Salad when you download the Chick-Fil-A app and go to the rewards section of the app.

 Home Depot Kids Workshop. I want to be a kid again! At Home Depot’s Free workshop February 1, Kids will make a free Heart String Art.

Ski for Free. 5th Graders can ski for free and 6th Graders ski for really cheap with the Passport from Colorado Ski Country. The passport allows Fifth-graders to try (and fall in love) with the sport. You get three times of skiing at the member resorts, a first timer’s lesson and rentals on the day of that lesson. As a Sixth Grader you get four times (and the lesson and rental if you didn’t take a first-timer one already). The deadline to apply is coming up on January 31!

 Ski and Snowboard Month. Did you know that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month? The ski areas take safety and the responsibility code (things like you need to be in control etc) very seriously. So seriously, that they have an entire month dedicated to teaching safety in a fun way (We’ve gathered all the fun info for you)!

Five takeaways from Colorado’s 2019-20 student census

Colorado’s public school enrollment nudged up this year — propelled by changes in full-day kindergarten, according to official numbers released Thursday.

Statewide enrollment this year grew by less than 0.2%, with 913,223 students enrolled this year — 1,687 more than in 2018-19. It’s a slightly bigger increase than last year.

Much of that is due to more students enrolled in full-day kindergarten, an expected development with the state making it free this year for all students.

Thursday’s data also show that 11.6% of public school students, or 106,238 students, were identified as students with special needs. That’s an increase of 4,157 students compared with the previous school year. Across districts, that change was mixed.

Slightly more students have been identified as homeless, and fewer are getting home-schooled.

Here are some of the bigger takeaways:

 

 

 

-Chalkbeat Colorado,  Yesenia Robles, Ann Schimke, Sam Park, Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee.

Making Lunch (Out of Nothing at All)

Dear kids, I thought I had groceries and it turns out I didn’t. I am sorry for this sad excuse of a lunch. Love, Every parent (at least once).

We’re halfway through the year and the lunch struggle is real. That’s why we love the Holderness family new parody of the popular song from Air Supply. 

Coming Soon: Denver Summer Camp Guide

Mile High Mamas will soon be launching our 2020 Denver Summer Camp Guide. Now through February 10th, you may post your listing for free: milehighmamas.com/places/camps

What sets us apart is we not only offer an easily-searchable directory but we also offer blog post features for your summer camp at affordable rates. Be sure to email us at themilehighmamas@gmail.com for additional details.

Bring on summer!

Nature vs. nurture: Is parenting overrated?

Yes or no: Is parenting overrated? 

A new video debates this question, bringing new research to one of the oldest questions in child-rearing: nature vs. nurture.

In this Oxford-style debate held by Intelligence Squared U.S., twin researcher Nancy Segal and behavioral geneticist Robert Plomin argue that parenting is indeed overrated and that the latest studies show that genetics play an even greater role than we ever realized in how a person turns out.

But their opponents, former Parents Magazine editor-in-chief Ann Pleshette Murphy and psychology professor Paige Harden, counter that upbringing and environment are the ultimate deciding factors. 

Warning: It’s a long debate but pretty darn fascinating if you tune in for just a few minutes. 

 In a neck-and-neck vote at the end, the live audience narrowly sided with the latter, deciding that parenting is not overrated.

What do you think? How much of a role does genetics plan in how we turn out?

 

23 family fun events in Denver this week

It’s the final weekend of the National Western Stock Show! Also, don’t miss Matilda, Chinese New Year and more. See our event calendar for additional information. 

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo at National Western Complex
Jan 11  – Jan 26
Bulls and broncs, cowboys and cowgirls – rodeo’s biggest superstars perform amazing feats of athleticism during each performance of this professional rodeo. Showcasing the elegance and athleticism of the world’s top reining horses, the hard-hitting competition of Denver Professional Bull Riders Chute-Out and the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, this event has something for everyone.

Boulder Magic Show with Ben Young! at the Dairy Arts Center 
Jan 24  – 25 
Ben Young has thrilled audiences worldwide with his fresh spin on the typical magic show. Forget the rabbits and sequins, and join Ben in an upbeat show that focuses on a fun group experience! Find out why Ben was hand-picked to appear on the hit CW TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, has performed for the troops at 30+ military bases, and is a frequent guest performer in major casinos on the Las Vegas Strip!

Aspen Academy Kids Entrepreneurial Expo at Aspen Academy 
Jan 25, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Brief description: Kindergarten through 7th Grade students showcase works through their class and individual businesses at this event, open to the public, on Friday, January 25, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Aspen Academy. All products are sold for CASH ONLY.

CU Wizards “The Physics of Superheroes & Villains” at Duane Physics G1B30 
Jan 25, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join Professor James Thompson as he explains how superheroes’ understanding of fundamental physics ensures truth and thwarts villains! Sparks, explosions and plenty of action will punctuate this free STEM show that’s open to K12 students, teachers, families and superhero science enthusiasts of all ages!

Lunar New Year at Outlets at Castle Rock at Outlets at Castle Rock 
Jan 25 – Feb 8 
This January, Outlets at Castle Rock is proud to celebrate Lunar New Year with two weeks of Chinese themed traditions and activities all throughout the center. From Jan. 25th – Feb. 8th, the center will be honoring the ancient Chinese “Red Envelope” gifting tradition by giving away red envelopes filled with gift cards and center promotions at customer service.

Chinese New Year Celebration and Cultural Fair at the Recreation Center at Southridge 
Jan 25, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association is partnering with Great Wall Chinese Academy to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It ushers in the Year of the Rat in 2020. Come and enjoy traditional music, exciting Chinese Dragon and Lion dances, beautiful folk dances and amazing Chinese martial art-Kung Fu demonstrations for a performance from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.. A Cultural Fair and Taste of China will also be on hand from Noon – 4:00 p.m. and will feature traditional folk art displays, Chinese costumes, crafts, authentic Chinese calligraphy and brush paintings

Colorado Mammoth vs. Buffalo Bandits at Pepsi Center 
Jan 25, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
A Beach Party in January? Nothing we can’t handle at the Loud House! Back by popular demand, everyone will be looking forward to the warmer weather coming soon with a tease of summer fun. Fans are encouraged to break out their Hawaiian shirts, board shorts and flip-flops for the ultimate indoor beach party.

Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Jan 26, 10:00 am – 4:00 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.

23rd Annual Boulder Wedding Showcase at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center 
Jan 26, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Every year, the staff of the Boulder Wedding Showcase strives to give all vendors and attendees the best gathering place to meet and plan.

Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets  at the Pepsi Center 
Jan 26, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Houston Rockets vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Family Night w/ Purchase of Promotional Offer.

Dolly Day Denver at the Oriental Theater 
Jan 26, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
The inaugural Dolly Day Denver will take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at The Oriental Theater, and will include activities for all ages and abilities. Attendees will shake a leg as they learn to line dance to Dolly’s greatest hits.

Inside the Orchestra for Homeschoolers at The People’s Building 
Jan 28, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
This two-part concert series will engage young learners with the instruments of the orchestra and the performing arts. Register for both concerts at the same time and receive a 10% discount off tickets. 

Beethoven’s Birthday Youth Concerts at Colorado Symphony 
Jan 28  – 29 
Ludwig van Beethoven is having a birthday celebration and you’re invited! Join the Colorado Symphony as we imagine which of Beethoven’s friends would celebrate with him. Students will hear music by the birthday boy himself, by composers who influenced him, and by composers who were affected by him. Get your party hats ready and make your reservations early!

ONGOING EVENTS

Honk! at the Aurora Fox Arts Center
January 11-26, 2020
Based on the Hans Christen Andersen story of The Ugly Duckling, Honk! follows the story of Ugly, a unique kind of fowl, as he strays from his home on the farm. He meets an interesting array of new friends, avoids the threat of a hungry Cat, and discovers that being different isn’t bad, it’s just…different. phamaly.org

Matilda at Parker Arts Center
January 7 – February 9
This award-winning musical tells the story of an extraordinary young girl who, armed with astonishing wit, intelligence, an extraordinary imagination, and psychokinetic powers, takes a stand. Packed with high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, Matilda The Musical is a joyous girl-power romp. Children and adults alike will be delighted. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. parkerarts.org

Hansel and Gretel at the Miners Alley Playhouse
Feb. 1 – 29
Oooey gooey gumdrops! Join us for a modern spin on this deliciously classic tale: two siblings wind up lost in the woods, leading to unexpected adventures, mysterious creatures, and a witch’s candy house. Children of all ages will appreciate this lively story about gratitude, love, art, the power of family…. and, of course, CANDY! minersalley.com

Night Light Denver at the Daniels & Fisher Tower
Nov. 7 – Jan. 31, 2020
The Denver Theatre District’s ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation will be projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening. Night Lights Denver will include rotating content, designed by artists and the community, featuring a wide range of art. nightlightsdenver.com

Mile High Tree
Nov. 30 – Jan. 31
Denver’s holiday season just got bigger and brighter with the spectacular new Mile High Tree! Experience the Mile High Tree by stepping inside this brilliantly lit, 110-foot tall immersive holiday tree, opening November 30 in Sculpture Park at Denver Performing Arts Complex – free every evening for the whole family! Amazing lights and music shows take place every 30 minutes along with holiday treats, drinks and photo ops. www.denver.org/milehighholidays/tree

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 26, 2019 – Feb 16, 2020
The Downtown Denver Partnership proudly invites you and your family to join us at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park – Downtown’s destination for fun this winter. Winter of 2019 celebrates one decade of the Downtown Denver Rink which offers free ice skating seven days a week from November to February.  Entry is free! Skate rentals are $7 for kids 12 & under and $9 for adults 13 & older. Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
October 4, 2019 – February 16, 2020
A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
September 13, 2019 – April 12, 2020
“Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits” takes guests inside the minds and bodies of extreme athletes to explore the psychology, physiology and physicality of some of the most extreme activities in the world. In this high-energy exhibition, guests experience the thrill of extreme sports in exciting, interactive exhibits and immersive environments. Meet passionate athletes, hear their incredible stories and take in the artistry, motivation and thoughtfulness that goes into everything they do. dmns.org
   
Goodnight Moon at the DPAC/The Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre
Oct. 4 – Feb. 15, 2020

A musical twist on the beloved bedtime story. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. denvercenter.org

The Science Behind Pixar at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Oct. 11 – April 5, 2020
Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. dmns.org

VR Arcade
Oct. 26 – March 8, 2020
Come on in, jump on board, and have some fun in VR Arcade. The pop-up experience uses virtual reality technology that lets you explore wherever your curiosity leads. VR Arcade features a four-person Virtual Reality Transporter ride, an individual Birdly flight, and six bays for individual VR opportunities.

The Velveteen Rabbit at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities
Jan. 30 – May 20, 2020
When a rocking horse tells an old-fashioned velveteen rabbit that toys become real when they are truly loved, the stuffed animal jumps at the opportunity to be the favorite playmate of a young boy. But when the boy gets sick, their friendship is tested and both learn a lesson in loyalty and what being “real” truly means. This musical adaptation of Margery Williams’ 1922 classic The Velveteen Rabbit presents an updated version of one of the most celebrated children’s tales of our time. Filled with longing and the companionship that fulfills it, the story presents an appreciation for childhood that is sincere and filled with fun and magic. This timeless tale shows the transformative power of love, and will touch anyone who has ever had a beloved childhood toy.