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21 awesome family-friendly Denver events for families

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Don’t miss the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, Ballet ARiel’s Fairy Tale Suite & Tear Party and free Darwin Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Matilda at Parker Arts Center 
Feb 7  –  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.

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Pepsi Center 
Feb 7  –  9 
Monster Jam Triple Threat Series at Pepsi Center!

Tri-State Swap Meet at National Western Complex 
Feb 8  – Feb 9  5:00 pm
The Tri-State Swap Meet is the region’s largest, indoor automotive swap meet featuring thousands of automotive-related products, bumper to bumper and everything in between as well as tools, decals, memorabilia and more.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives at Denver Art Museum 
Feb 8, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
On the second Sunday of each month (September through May), bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy—sniff out clues and solve art mysteries in the museum. Catch these fox super-sleuths in action! There are two chances to see the foxes: 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

Ballet Ariel’s Fairy Tale Suite & Tea Party at Pinnacle Performing Arts Center 
Feb 8, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ballet Ariel’s Fairy Tale Suite is the perfect ballet for young audiences. This original ballet, developed by the creative team of Ballet Ariel, is performed to the beautiful Mother Goose Suite score and scenario by Maurice Ravel. Children of all ages, and their adults, will be captivated as Beauty and the Beast, Pavane of Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagoda and The Fairy Garden come to life before their eyes, and the Prince wakes the Sleeping Beauty with a kiss as Ravel’s spectacular finale reaches its peak.

Low-sensory Morning at the Downtown Aquarium 
Feb 9, 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 8:30 am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits.

Sensory-friendly Passport to Culture: Once Upon a Dance at Lone Tree Arts Center 
Feb 9,  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble presents a colorful tapestry of movement and storytelling, sharing elements of the rich and storytelling, sharing elements of the rich cultural diversity that weaves us together.

Free Day (Darwin Day) at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Feb 10 , 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district’s boundaries. The SCFD collects a one-tenth of 1 percent sales-and-use tax (or one penny on every $10 spent), providing approximately $40 million each year to area cultural attractions both small and large.

Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonia Spurs at Pepsi Center 
Feb 10, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
San Antonio Spurs vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

Beethoven’s Birthday Youth Concerts at Colorado Symphony 
Feb 11  –  12 
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!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators at Pepsi Center 
Feb 11, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Ottawa Senators live at the Pepsi Center!

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers at Pepsi Center 
Feb 12, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

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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