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25 family fun events in Denver this week

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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.

 
Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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