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23 family fun events in Denver this week

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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!


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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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