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Guide to Denver Easter Egg Hunts 2020

Here comes Peter Cottontail…and that means Easter egg hunts around the Denver area! Bring your basket and participate in one of the many Easter egg hunts and eggstravaganzas this spring.

NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Check before heading out and see our event calendar for full listings. 

Saturday, April 4

Hammond’s Easter Egg Hunt at Hammond’s Candies (Denver)
8:15 am – 1:15 pm
This day of family fun will include an Easter egg hunt, special Hammond’s lollipop, and a visit with the Easter Bunny! The participant fee is $5 per child, and reservations are required.

Easter Egg Hunt at Stenger Soccer Complex (Arvada)
9:30 am – 11:00 am
The 2020 Easter Egg Hunt will be at the Stenger Sports Complex! 11200 W. 58th Ave., Arvada, CO. The hunt starts at 11 am SHARP! Arrive early for games and more.

Easter Egg Hunt (Thornton, Northglenn and Ft. Lupton) at Crossroads Church 
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy Easter egg hunts in three locations.

The Great Egg Scramble at Belleview Park (Englewood)
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Hop on over and spend the morning collecting candy and prizes at the Great Egg Scramble! Bring a basket for your treasures. NEW: Accessible Hunt for anyone with special needs sponsored by Developmental Pathways.

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at South Fellowship Church (Littleton)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for one huge glow party on Saturday, April 4th! Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunts will be taking place every 20 minutes. We’ll also have games, snacks and a glow in the dark dance floor! This free event is open to the community and sponsored by the South Fellowship Kids Ministry.

Castle Rock Special Egg Hunt at Douglas County High School (Castle Rock)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
You and your family are invited to join us for the 5th Annual Special Egg Hunt. This is an amazing community event designed for kids of all ages, including those with special needs. We will have egg hunts designed for the hearing, vision and mobility impaired, as well as age-specific traditional egg hunts. We have 25,000 eggs ready for you, your family and friends to join us.

Highpoint Kids Easter EGGstravaganza 2020 at Highpoint Church (Aurora)
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Get tickets for the upcoming Highpoint Kids Easter EGGstravaganza 2020 event at Highpoint Church Aurora.

Friday, April 10

Evergreen Easter Egg Hunt @ Buchanan Park Recreation Center (Evergreen)
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Evergreen Park & Recreation District’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held in the Buchanan Park Recreation Center Pool. Parents are encouraged to dress the kids in their swimsuits, grab their goggles and a plastic bag, and come have fun and collect Easter treats! The Easter Bunny will be on hand to pose for photos with kids.

Saturday, April 11

Community Easter Egg Hunt at The Ralton-Central Park (Arvada)
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a morning of smiles, refreshments, age-separated egg hunts, bounce house and more! FREE FUN

Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market (Henderson)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hunt for candy, enter our kids and adult prize raffles, shop through tons of vendors, and enjoy the day full of family fun at the flea!

12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Garden (Littleton)
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Jared’s is hosting the 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 11th. In 2019 there were over 20,000 Easter Eggs on site for many age groups.

Easter Egg Hunt at Calvary Bible Church (Denver)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring the kids age 12 and under, Easter baskets and your camera for a fun, free, egg hunt. Come anytime between 10 am and 12 pm. All are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt at Maple Grove Park (Golden)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come meet the Easter Bunny! Find a Golden Egg and win a prize.

Easter Egg Hunt 2020 at Roosevelt Park Pavilion (Longmont)
10:00 am – 11:15 am
Spring is on the way, which means Easter is near. At White Fields, this is the largest Easter Egg Hunt in Boulder County every year in Roosevelt Park.

Easter Egg Race at Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe (Boulder)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every year, rain or shine, Grandrabbit’s Boulder location has Easter ‘Races’ in the courtyard behind the store. The Races happen the Saturday before Easter, and children ages 1 to 10 are welcome to participate. Every child that participates gets a certificate called Bunny Munny, and one lucky child will find the GOLDEN EGG.

Golden Family Easter Egg Hunt at Parfet Park (Golden)
10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Golden Kiwanis, and the Golden Chamber of Commerce with the support of Golden Downtown Merchants provide thousands of stuffed plastic eggs for the youth of Golden to enjoy at Easter.

Easter Egg Hunt 2020 at Northridge Park (Highlands Ranch)
10:00 am – 10:15 am
The Easter Bunny is coming to Highlands Ranch! Don’t forget your basket as there will be lots of goodies to take home. The Easter Egg Hunt is for children ages 1-11.

Spring Fling at The Urban Farm at Stapleton 
 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spring has sprung and it is time for The Urban Farm’s annual Spring Fling! Head over to the hen house and rabbit hutch to learn about our heritage breed chickens and rabbits. Make sure you bring a basket or bucket to collect eggs & treats hidden throughout the farm. Enjoy crafts, games & farm activities including making a paper plate chicken or bunny, feeding the hens, grooming a mini horse, or playing pin the tail on a bunny.

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Mestizo-Curtis Park (Denver)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join this community Easter egg hunt for popcorn, cotton candy, bounce castles, and crafts available FREE for kids and their families. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in the fun!

Free Easter Egg Hunt at Wilmore Outdoor Living Center (Littleton)
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Fun for kids of all ages! Come and hunt for eggs around the property. You will want to get here early not only for a parking space, but this event starts at 11:00 on the dot. Trust me, it doesn’t take long for the kids to scoop up the 1,000+ eggs.

Photos with the Easter Bunny + Easter Egg Hunt! at Avalanche Harley-Davidson (Golden)
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come on out and meet the Easter bunny between 11-3 pm. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt in the store for adults and kiddos.

Free Easter Egg Hunt at Riverside Church (Denver)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The egg hunt will begin at 2p in the West Foyer and continue down through the Children’s Level. 

Paws in the Park at Commons Dog Park (Broomfield)
 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s an Easter Egg Hunt for dogs. Join us for the Easter bonnet parade and pictures with the Easter Bunny. All friendly dogs are welcome and MUST be on a leash for this event. Please pick up after your pet and bring a basket for the dog treats.

Sunday, April 12

Easter Egg Hunt at Hero’s Pizzeria & Tavern 
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The 25th Annual Easter egg hunt will feature the Easter bunny, prizes, classic cars and motorcycles, train ride, bake sale and much more.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at the Mansion at Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens 
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Come to Denver’s favorite mansion for a gourmet brunch buffet, bar, and Easter Egg hunt. A delicious way to make memories awaits.

27 fun events in Denver next week

From Mystic Mermaids to Girls & Science to the Rocky Mountain Train Show, there are plenty of fun events in Denver this week. See our event calendar for additional information. 

Finding Your North Star at Aspen Academy 
March 5, 6:30 am – 8:30 am
With all the massive priorities for modern parents, we often neglect the important time to establish personal goals, mission and vision. Yet, it’s a crucial skill we instill in our children. Join Kristina Scala for an actionable session where you’ll walk away with a clearer focus for accomplishing your personal goals for the decade ahead, the summer, and the rest of 2020! 

Echter’s Gardening Echxpo at Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center 
March 6 – 8 
Echter’s Echxpo is the ultimate spring kickoff event for gardeners! More than 60 growers, manufacturers, and gardening societies will be represented in booths on the Echxpo show floor. Enjoy free seminars and demonstrations from industry experts. They will be answering questions and previewing the newest products and plants for 2020. Local breweries will be onsite sampling craft brews and answering questions about brewing and growing hops. Free kids activities will be available Saturday and Sunday!

Winter Weekends at CCO at Camp Chief Ouray, Snow Mountain Ranch 
March 6 – 8 
Ever wondered what Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) looks like covered in snow? Check out CCO for a fun filled weekend with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and sledding. Price: $250 – Includes lodging, food, and activities (including equipment rental) at Camp Chief Ouray. Campers will stay in a CCO lodge with heat and indoor restrooms.

Mystic Mermaids Under the Sea Breakfast at Downtown Aquarium 
March 7, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us for an exclusive breakfast event with our Mystic Mermaids in the Downtown Aquarium on Saturday, March 7th at 8:30 & 9:30 AM. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while watching our mystic mermaids swim to music. After the show, you can take photos* and get an autograph with our Mystic Mermaids.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
March 7, 9:00 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!

Girls & Science at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
March 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and CBS4 are excited to host the annual Girls & Science event, where girls and their families will meet women scientists and experience the many diverse opportunities a future in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math can bring.

CU Wizards: Rocks from Outer Space @ Fiske Planetarium 
March 7, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Brian Hynek has traveled the globe in search of rocks from outer space. These rocks tell fascinating stories…the geologic, hydrologic, and climatic histories of our neighboring planets. Meet at CU Planetarium for a memorable Saturday morning CU Wizards show presented by a real rock star who is seeking to answer one of the greatest questions: Are we alone?!

Free Day at the DAM at Denver Art Museum
March 7, 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!

Museum Takeover: Brainstorm at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
March 7, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
The brain has taken the museum by storm! With fun, interactive learning stations all over the museum facilitated by Colorado State University biomedical students, you can dive deep into the brain’s lobes, cortices, neurons, and more. Join us for a day of exploration. It’s a no-brainer!

Rocky Mountain Steam Fest 2020 at Boulder County Fairgrounds
March 7 – 8 
Science * Technology * Entrepreneurship * Arts * Making.  You’ll experience all the fun that you can possibly imagine under one roof at Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest 2020 (Seventh Annual). With over 100 indoor, hands-on activities, this event has something for everyone, no matter how young or old, tall or small, nerdy or not!

Rocky Mountain Train Show at Denver Mart 
March 7  – 8 
ll Aboard the Rocky Mountain Train Show – March 7th and 8th, 2020! Visit the largest model train show west of the Mississippi River at the Denver Mart. Make it a day or a weekend of Family Fun with 2-1/2 acres of model, toy trains of all scales, with 30 operating train layouts and two Large LEGO displays.

Denver Brass: Celtic Castles and Cathedrals at Bethany Lutheran Church 
March 7 – 8 
EMBRACE CELTIC HEART, SOUL AND TRADITION through the impassioned sounds of a culture whose roots connect all of mankind. From riveting tales of love and war, to idyllic odes and picturesque landscapes, it’s music that resonates and leaves a lasting impression.
In this acoustically magnificent space, we’ll bring to life your beloved favorites, along with new songs that will find a permanent place in your heart. Inspired by the castles and cathedrals of long ago, brass, bagpipes, and pipe organ will create a concert for the ages!

Jeff & Paige Winter Concert Series @ Gunbarrel Brewing Co. 
March 7, 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.

Colorado Rapids Home Opener vs. Orlando City SC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 
March 7, 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Colorado Rapids vs Orlando City SC, 2020 Home Opener.

Shalom-Entaschen 2020 at The People’s Building 
March 7, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Featuring amazing music from Hadgaba, Tivoli Club Brass Band, and Oingo Boingo tribute band Reptiles and Samurai! Juggling and comedy from Reid Belstock! PLUS plenty of carnival games and hamentaschen! COSTUMES ENCOURAGED!

University of Denver vs. Colorado College – Hockey at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
March 7, 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Colorado College for a Saturday night of hockey!

Gone Overboard at East Middle School 
March 7 – 8 
Escape the winter doldrums cruising with the Aurora Singers. Don’t get caught sittin’ on the dock of the bay when we set sail for the high seas with a program that may very well send everyone overboard. Silly antics and cheerful songs will brighten the day as poignant love songs warm our hearts. Now that sounds like a perfect cruise. But don’t forget your life vest.

Low Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium
March 8, 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.

Ballet Ariel’s Fairy Tale Suite & Tea Party @ Cleo Parker Robinson Dance 
March 8, 3:00 pm – 4:30 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.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Rochester Knighthawks at Pepsi Center 
March 8, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sundays at the Loud House is always great. Shoo away those Sunday Scaries and enjoy some afternoon lacrosse! Bring everyone down for whacky fun contests, concourse activities, and more!

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Pepsi Center 
March 9, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

ONGOING EVENTS

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
 
Terry Maker: Because the World is Round Exhibit at Visit Longmont
Jan. 24 – May 17, 2020
Terry has created a unique exhibit especially for the Longmont Museum: Because the World is Round. Terry mines commonplace materials, cutting and re-combining them into dense and tactile wall reliefs and large-scale freestanding sculptures. For this show, she is focusing on a recurring theme in her work—the circle. Circles have a host of symbolic meanings, and Terry wants to invoke them all—cosmic, cyclical, universal, sacred… Her transformation in the gallery is awe-inspiring.  visitlongmont.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 a 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.

Night Lights Denver at Daniels & Fisher Tower
Now through Dec. 21, 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

Denver Zoo Welcomes First-Ever Greater One-Horned Rhino Calf

A rhino-sized effort led to a rhino-sized reward when Denver Zoo’s resident female greater one-horned rhino, Tensing, 13, welcomed her first calf on Saturday morning. Initial reports from the Zoo’s Animal Care team indicate that both Tensing and her calf are doing very well, and Tensing immediately started showing appropriate maternal behaviors, including nursing and grooming. The calf, whose name has not yet been determined, will remain behind the scenes in Toyota Elephant Passage for at least six to eight weeks to give her ample time to bond with Tensing under the watchful eye of their care team.

“The birth of this calf is the result of a truly heroic effort by our animal care, health and science teams and partners from other zoos to support the species,” said Brian Aucone, Senior Vice President for Animal Sciences. “It’s a significant event for several reasons, including the fact that this is the first greater one-horned rhino born at Denver Zoo, and because it was another very important step in reproductive science for animals in the wild and human care.”

Tensing became pregnant in December 2018 after 11 unsuccessful artificial insemination procedures, according to the zoo. The baby rhino’s father is a 10-year-old named Jontu from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha.

Spring Break in Denver 2020: Over 50 activities listed!

The countdown is on for Spring Break 2020! If you’re staying in Denver, no need to dismay as we have updated last year’s popular Spring Break guide. Whether you want to hunker down indoors, get outside or explore something new, we have you covered with these fabulous Spring Break offerings, categorized by geographic area.  

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CENTRAL DENVER

  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science— Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. Don’t miss exhibitions the Science Behind Pixar and Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits.
  • Denver Zoo–The Denver Zoo is 80 acres of fun in City Park. Don’t miss their demonstrations in the Toyota Elephant Passage.
  • Mizel Museum

    Mizel Museum

    Botanic Gardens  – These top-ranked U.S. botanical gardens offers spectacular garden displays, outdoor art exhibits, gardening classes, spring break camps and workshops at two great locations–Chatfield and Denver.

  • Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Discover the natural wonders of Colorado as you scale a towering three-story mountain to the summit for the premiere lookout over Denver and the Rockies. (Featured photo.)
  • The Denver Firefighters Museum (downtown) – The Museum offers not only outstanding exhibits on the history of fire fighting in Denver focusing on the Denver Fire Department but innovative and exciting hands-on activities that allow visitors to interact with the traditional exhibits
  • History Colorado Center–This $110 million experiential museum makes Colorado history fun and has exciting new workshops, exhibits, programs, and performances that spark curiosity and ignite the imagination.
  • United States Mint Tour (downtown) – Discover how our currency is made and take home a souvenir – FREE. Reservations are required for the 45-minute tours that are run every 90 minutes.
  • Molly Brown House Museum (downtown) – Learn about the life and times of “Unsinkable” Molly Brown in her restored Victorian home in Denver, Colorado. This is one of the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story. Admission to the Molly Brown House Museum is by guided tour only.
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Where beloved childhood toys are elevated to art, and workshops are inexpensive.
  • Denver Art Museum (downtown) – Each spring break they have activities that allow the whole gang to make art in the galleries and work alongside artists. Check out the Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes and gallery games. Kids 18 and younger receive free general admission.
  • Downtown Aquarium. This features over 500 species of marine life and mammals in the million-gallon Aquarium Adventure Exhibit.
  • Mizel Museum. Rooted in Jewish values that have universal relevance, the Mizel Museum is a gem tucked away in a residential area in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood. Kids will love their interactive road map as they journey along the 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. They’ll learn about art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture.

NORTH

  • APEX Movement. Do you want to be the next American Ninja Warrior? Many of the TV’s program’s best athletes train at APEX Movement in Boulder. Classes, birthday parties and open gym are available so your kids can challenge themselves the Ninja Warrior way.

    (Apex Movement)

    (Apex Movement)

  • Hammonds Candy Factory Tour (Denver) – Hammond’s complimentary candy factory tours are fun and educational for candy lovers of all ages. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe have seen how their famous, handcrafted candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops are pulled, twisted, and shaped by hand. No reservations are required for small groups.
  • WOW Children’s Museum (Lafeyette)–This interactive museum educates children in the areas of arts, sciences and life. At the new and improved Bank of WOW! Exhibit, children and families can practice money recognition, counting and basic math skills, and learn about saving and spending
  • Butterfly Pavilion (Westminster) – Home to over 5,000 animals including Rosie the tarantula and a tropical forest where 1,600 butterflies rule the sky. They offer a daily spring break camp.
  • Gateway Park Fun Center. Boulder’s only indoor and outdoor family fun center with batting cages, go-carts, mini golf, an arcade, driving range, inline hockey and more.
  • Go hiking. There are so many beautiful hikes in the Boulder area and my favorites are at Chautauqua Open Space Park. Be sure to stop in the Ranger’s Cottage for interactive fun or eat at the historic Dining Hall. For here for more Boulder hiking ideas.
  • Louisville Community Park is a park that has it all. There is a grassy area for the kids to run free in, spray grounds to cool off in the summer, a large sandbox, playground and even a dog park with swim beach to watch the pooches play.
  • Boondocks Fun Center (Northglenn)–This 8-acre indoor/outdoor amusement center offers everything from bumper boats to laser tag to a Kiddie Cove to batting cages.
  • Colorado Model Railroad Museum: The most scenic, one of a kind model railroad of its kind will leave you inspired. Walk through a real caboose, stroll along the mountain vistas and peek into a miniature world of wonder.
  • Adventure Golf and Raceway (Westminster). This is a great place for mini golf and go karts in the Denver area. 
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (Commerce City)–Located 10 minutes from downtown Denver, this 17,000-acre refuge is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. It consists of open lakes, wetlands, prairie grasslands, and woodlands and an excellent hands-on visitor’s center.
  • Celestial Seasonings. Visit the Celestial Seasonings headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and unlock the mysteries of tea with a free guided tea tour.

SOUTH

  • Hudson Gardens (Littleton) – The Hudson Gardens’ 30 acres non-profit botanical gardens are located along the bank of the South Platte River. Admission is free every day.
  • Westlands Park (Greenwood Village) – The Westlands playground includes three play areas sized for toddlers to teens. There are two large climbing structures which satisfy both the technical climber as well as the inexperienced child. In addition to the main play area, there are three multi-use playing fields, an in-line hockey rink, a natural water sculpture, a pond and a hike / bike trail.
  • Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park (Lakewood, Greenwood Village) – Wall-to-wall trampolines provide fun, indoor exercise and a perfect outlet for inclement weather days.
  • Carson Nature Center

    Carson Nature Center

    Jungle Quest (Littleton). Exciting Indoor Ziplines, Huge Safari Swing, 20-foot High Rock Climbing Wall, Swinging Cargo Net, Burma Bridges, Treehouse and Slides and Jungle Caves –for Kids 5 and up.

  • Carson Nature Center (Littleton)–South Platte Park has over 880 acres of open space along the South Platte River with five lakes open to fishing, 2.5 miles of the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway for walking and biking, nearly 4 miles of natural surface trails, and the Carson Nature Center and classroom.
  • Lollipop Park (Centennial)–This indoor children’s amusement park is located inside the Family Sports Center and offers a carousel, bounce castles, train ride, small Ferris wheel, teacup ride and more.
  • Great Play (Cherry Creek and Parker)–This unique gym for kids 6 months-10 years old makes it fun while developing motor skills, sport skills, fitness and coordination in their patented Interactive Arena.
  • Gameworks (Stapleton)–This 36,000-square-foot pubby amusement center and sports bar features hundreds of electronic games, a laser tag arena, big-screen TVs and comfort food.
  • Robert F. Clement Park (Littleton)–Clement Park is set on a 60-acre lake with a 1.4-mile walking path around it, tennis course, baseball fields, batting cages, multi-purpose fields, horseshoe pits and three separate playgrounds.
  • Littleton Museum. Located on 39 acres, this free museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), a small lake, a collections center, and a main exhibition and administration building.
  • iFLY Denver Indoor Sky Diving (Lone Tree). Fun,  safe indoor skydiving adventure Safe for ages 3 and up.

EAST

  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (Denver) –An extensive collection of aircraft and related aviation and military exhibits preserving the history of the service men and women who served at Lowry Airforce Base. There are more than three dozen aircrafts on display in this 44,000-square foot space.
  • Dart Warz (Centennial)–Want an ultra cool alternative to paintball or airsoft? Look no further than Dart Warz.
  • Centennial Center Park–This 11-acre city park has a killer playground, nature areas, amphitheater and a water area in the summer. Located on the north side of Arapahoe Rd., between S. Revere Pkwy. and S. Vaughn St., adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center.
  • Monkey Bizness (Centennial, Westminster, Parker) -You’ll find interactive inflatables, play structures, climbing walls, and games of all shapes and sizes. There is a separate section just for toddlers with their own play equipment.
  • Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch (Aurora). Star K Ranch “regulars” include mule deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, great horned owls, and blue jays. Costumes, blocks, puppets, kids’ books, and live animal exhibits make Morrison Nature Center a great place for kids.
  • Plains Conservation Center (Aurora)–The Plains Conservation Center is an outdoor education facility and state-designated natural area that educates children about Colorado’s eco-history, and nurture conservation efforts.
  • Unser Cart Racing – Kids… go carts. Can’t lose right? 

 WEST

  • Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison) – Part of the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, Dinosaur Ridge area is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities. Enjoy exhibits, a shuttle tour, and real dinosaur tracks. 
  • Majestic View Nature Center (Arvada)–Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park has more than majestic views–The 3,000- square foot Nature Center features hands-on nature and environmental displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid’s area, classrooms and meeting space.

    Apex Center

    Apex Center

    Earth Treks Climbing Center (Golden)–Earth Treks Golden features more than 28,500 sq ft of climbing with walls up to 48 ft high, including tons of bouldering and roped climbing for all ages and abilities.

  • Majestic View Nature Center (Arvada)–Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park has more than majestic views–The 3,000- square foot Nature Center features hands-on nature and environmental displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid’s area, classrooms and meeting space.
  • Apex Center (Arvada)–Perfect for an inclement weather day, this recreation and entertainment center houses two ice rinks, an awesome indoor aquatic play area, climbing wall, gyms, indoor track, themed indoor playground and more.
  • Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden)–Lose track of time year-round at this 15-acre railyard featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches, a garden railway, renowned library and roundhouse restoration facility with working turntable.
  • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden) – The Buffalo Bill Museum’s exhibits include memorabilia from Buffalo Bill’s life and Wild West shows, Indian artifacts, antique firearms and more. The spectacular views overlooking Denver are a bonus!
  • Casa Bonita (Lakewood) – It’s about the atmosphere and entertainment, kids love it, menu is limited.  Euphoric memories from your childhood?  Visit again–it hasn’t changed.
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center (Golden)–Lookout Mountain Nature Center invites kids to connect with the natural world through interactive exhibits about the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Kids enjoy a hands-on play room and observation room.
  • Hiking. The western slope is home to some of Denver’s best hiking trails. Our favorites including Red Rocks, Matthews/Winters, Evergreen, Deer Creek and much more. Go here for maps, directions and regulations: http://jeffco.us/parks/open-space/.

Family Vacation: Your Guide to Spring Break in Colorado 2020

Believe it or not, Spring is right around the corner! While springtime in the Rockies brings plenty of snow, temperatures across the state begin to warm, and unique experiences beckon travelers to break away from the ordinary. Don’t miss:

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Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Skating in Colorado

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Colorado.com has also compiled an awesome list of lodging packages, seasonal events and springtime experiences that families will love!

Spring Lodging Deals and Packages

Frozen Worlds Weekends at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park: YMCA of the Rockies is offering specially-themed Frozen Worlds weekends from March 13 through April 2 with counselor-led activities for all ages including snow fort building, snowflake crafts, educational polar bear and deer talks, penguin egg races, winter science experiments and more. Frozen Worlds activities are free for overnight guests or day passes are available for $25 per person. Cabins ranging from 2-4 bedrooms start at $109 per night, and lodge rooms are available starting at $89 per night.

Snow Mountain Ranch is conveniently located between the alpine ski resorts of Winter Park/Mary Jane and Ski Granby Ranch and unique on-site Spring Break activities include dog sledding, fat snow bikes, Nordic skiing, tubing/sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, indoor archery, indoor climbing wall, swimming pool with water slides and climbing wall, craft shop, ping-pong, basketball, roller-skating, plus creative weekly programming such as Human Hungry Hungry Hippos game and snow games. The Spring Festival at the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center is set for the weekend of March 21-22, 2020 with free events and activities featuring snowshoeing, fat biking, backcountry skis and Nordic skiing for the whole family.

Double Down on Lodging at Winter Park: Guests visiting Winter Park who book a two-night stay receive 50 percent off the second night of the stay and 25 percent off additional nights when booking before March 2. This deal applies to stays before April 30. Additionally, guests can enjoy the Winter Park Triple Play deal and ski any three days from April 1 through the end of the season for less than $50 a day.

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort & Sunlight Mountain Resort Offer Soak & Slope Combos: Travelers to Glenwood Springs can hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort for the day and then soak tired muscles and stay overnight in a comfy bed at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort (GHSR) through the Ski Swim Stay Package. All adults registered at GHSR through Ski Swim Stay receive Sunlight Mountain Resort lift tickets and free transportation to and from the mountain. The package also includes a full hot breakfast poolside at the Grill and unlimited access to Glenwood Hot Springs Pool. Additionally, one child (age 12 and under) per paying adult receives a free lift ticket. This package is available through April 5, 2020. Contact GHSR for up-to-date rates.

Ski & CBD Spring Break Getaway at Vail Mountain Lodge: Located creekside in the heart of the Vail Village, this boutique luxury hotel is just a short walk from Vail’s Gondola One for easy access to the slopes as well as Vail’s famous Bridge Street for shopping and nightlife. The Vail Mountain Lodge Ski & CBD package includes ten percent off of three nights’ lodging, two 50-minute CBD massages including gratuity. For up-to-date rates, contact Vail Mountain Lodge. 

Ski Extravaganza Package at The Windsor Hotel, Del Norte: The Windsor, located just 45 minutes from Wolf Creek Ski Area, is offering its Ski Extravaganza package now until the end of the ski season. Guests who show valid lift tickets for that day to Wolf Creek will receive a nightly room rate of $100 or if two nights are booked, they receive the 3rd night for free.

Spring Break at C Lazy U Ranch, Granby: This spring break, guests can enjoy western hospitality at C Lazy U Ranch. Packed with activities for the entire family, guests can indulge at the top-rated spa, embark on a horseback ride or take in the majestic views of the Rocky Mountain on a cross-country skiing adventure – all while the ranch’s chef prepares gourmet meals daily. Spring Break activities include horseback riding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing and more. The Spring Break dates are March 2 through April 5, 2020. Rates (per person per night): adults double occupancy: $440; adults single occupancy: $490; and children: $250.

Spring Events

Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival, Leadville- March 6–8, 2020: A fearless skier navigates an obstacle course connected by towrope to a horse and rider galloping at top speed, and it all takes place in the middle of town, in addition to a winter carnival with other snowy activities.

Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland – March 13-15, 2020: Celebrating its 19th year in 2020, Frozen Dead Guy Days continues to be a world-renowned spectacle. This homegrown festival pays homage to Bredo Morstol (aka Grandpa), who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed on dry ice high above Nederland. Highlights include coffin racing, costumed polar plunging, frozen t-shirt contests, icy turkey bowling, human foosball and more.

5th Annual Frisco BrewSk– March 14, 2020: The fifth annual beer festival invites guests to dress up in their favorite costumes and ski between local Colorado brewery tents at the Frisco Nordic Center. The day concludes with an after-party with even more beer tastings, music and prizes awarded for best costume, best team costume and toughest costume to ski in. This event is also family-friendly, so the littles can dust off those Halloween costumes and sip on kid-friendly beverages along the trail.   

Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington, Denver Art Museum – March 15-June 7, 2020: Featuring 60 artworks, this exhibition will reveal connections between artistic themes and techniques used by the two acclaimed American artists. Born a generation apart, both artists succeeded in capturing the quintessential American spirit through works of art at the turn of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, an era of growing industrialization and notions of the closing of the American western frontier.

Snowcat Dining Excursion at Purgatory, Durango – March 21, 2020: Guests looking to enjoy an on-mountain dinner experience can book the snowcat dining excursion at Purgatory. The enclosed snowcat departs the base area around 5 p.m., and guests are taken to Powderhouse Restaurant to enjoy a uniquely-themed meal while enjoying incredible views of the Needles Mountains.

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Steamboat Springalicious Festival, Steamboat Springs – April 1-12, 2020: This annual festival celebrates springtime and the close of the ski season at Steamboat Springs. This two-week event includes live music, the 40th annual Cardboard Classic, pond skimming and more. (Featured image: sleigh rides at the Haymaker)

25th Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival, Fruita – May 1-3, 2020: Celebrate hundreds of miles of world-class trails, test out the latest bikes at the demo at the 18 Road trailhead, try out new equipment at the product expo in downtown Fruita and more.

Great American Horsedrive, Northwestern Colorado – May 5-11, 2020: Guests can join the family and riders from around the world in this unique experience pushing one of the largest saddle horse herds in the nation. Covering approximately sixty miles of open range, highways and back-roads, this six-day adventure is an authentic Western experience that includes cowboy entertainment, a guest-favorite cookout, many hours in the saddle and memories to last a lifetime.

CSK PaddleFest, Buena Vista – May 22–25, 2020: Considered the kickoff to the always-anticipated Colorado rafting season, Buena Vista Paddlefest invites lovers of rapids to the banks of the Arkansas River, one of the nation’s most popular whitewater destinations. Festivalgoers can check out clinics, gear swaps, concerts and a disc-golf tournament. All of the activities center around the fest’s main event — the Buena Vista Whitewater Pro Rodeo. This freestyle competition among the world’s top playboat athletes will take place at the Buena Vista Whitewater Park.

Springtime Experiences

Explore a Colorado Creative District, Statewide: The Centennial State boasts 26 designated creative districts, communities brimming with galleries, artists in residence and special arts events. First Friday gallery art walks take place in several districts while others are known for outstanding performance art. New this year, the Colorado Symphony launched the Beethoven 2020 Statewide Celebration tour, which will stop in multiple creative districts, including Steamboat Springs, Salida, Crested Butte, Pueblo, Trinidad, Mancos and Grand Junction. 

Follow the Colorado Gold Trail, Statewide: Colorado mines tell the stories of early explorers, fur trappers and prospectors who came to the state in search of treasure. The Colorado Gold Trail is a scenic tour of gold rush towns and mines that flourished in the boom of the late 1850s. Towns on the trail include Boulder, Black Hawk, Central City, Idaho Springs, Breckenridge, Fairplay, Alma, Como and Leadville. Many of these communities still host mine tours—some with live reenactments sure to entertain young history buffs.

Visit the Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver and Littleton: The Denver Botanic Gardens offers a range of programming in March and April. The Orangery’s spring theme is Scents of Spring and will feature well-known blooming plants of the season like sweet peas and primulas. Visitors can get ready for gardening season with gardening workshops on perennials, herbs and a new-gardener boot camp series. Family programming includes the Science Studio and Bumblebee Jamboree. At the Chatfield Farms location, adults can enjoy a guided forest bathing walk.

Take a Farm Tour, Statewide: What’s cuter than baby animals? Visit a Colorado farm this season and you may get the chance to see one. Springtime is the perfect time of year to take a farm tour and meet farmers preparing for planting season and learn about where the state’s food is grown. The Living Farm in Paonia hosts tours and offers meals at its onsite farm-to-table restaurant. The Art of Cheese in Longmont hosts weekly cheese-making classes for all levels and also includes farm tours in the price of the class. Mesa Winds Farm and Winery in Hotchkiss offers not only tours but wine tastings and is known for its peach wine. 

Ski and Bike in One Day, Mountains and Mesas: Colorado’s wide range of elevations gives outdoor enthusiasts even more ways to catch thrills in the springtime—even several in one day. Pack two helmets and experience Powderhorn Ski Resort in the morning, located alongside Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flattop mountain. Then, in the afternoon, put on a bike helmet and take a road bike ride at Colorado National Monument, one of the region’s most breathtaking cycling spots or head to nearby Fruita for some of the state’s best mountain biking. If cycling isn’t your speed, check out one of the many scenic golf courses near Grand Junction. 

Spot Migratory Birds on the Eastern Plains: Springtime brings delight to birdwatchers as winged migrators make their way north for the season. The eastern part of the state is home to a variety of favored habitats including plains, semidesert shrubland, riparian, pinyon juniper woodland and canyons. Migratory birds that can be spotted as they pass through include snow geese, sandhill cranes, hummingbirds, plovers, meadowlarks and more.

 

23 family fun events this weekend

Don’t miss Denver Restaurant Week, Sloth Weekend, Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Bumblebee Jamboree and more. See our event calendar for full updates.

Sloth Weekend at the Downtown Denver Aquarium
Feb. 22-23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
W-A-L-K, don’t run to the Downtown Denver Aquarium for their annual Sloth Weekend. For two days, the Aquarium will be dedicated to all-things sloth–from private meet-and-greets to viewings to conversation panels. Because the sloths are, well, slothful, they won’t be constantly on display so you need to snag a spot. 

Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Feb 20, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Release your inner child at the Children’s Museum during our adults-only extravaganza! Taste craft beers from local breweries, snack on light bites from top caterers and play in the Museum’s world-class exhibits.

Denver Restaurant Week at Denver Metro 
Feb 21  – Feb 29 
The 16th annual Denver Restaurant Week takes place Feb. 21 – March 1, 2020. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45.

From Broadway to Bourbon Street at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church 
Feb 21, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mardi Gras and street-party traditions come alive in this musical tribute to the cities where bold brass shines brighter than the lights on Broadway! Join the Denver Brass5 as we celebrate the cultural fusions that make up our American Soundscape – from the birth of blues and gospel to the fusion of classical and jazz. The Denver Brass5 will parade you from the Big Apple to the French Quarter, where blues, Dixieland, ragtime and all manner of jazz fusion and American folk traditions rule to this day!

35th Anniversary screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at Paramount Theatre 
Feb 21, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A special 35th Anniversary screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, followed by amazing stories about the making of the movie told by Paul Reubens.

Wild Kingdom at Aspen Academy 
Feb 22, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
For the second year in a row the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts program has partnered with the Arapahoe Philharmonic to present a family-friendly concert. This year “Wild Kingdom” will feature music about your favorite animals. The concert will also feature a special appearance from Dr. Noize, an award-winning children’s performer. The fun will begin with mask making and an instrument petting zoo at 9:30 followed by the concert at 10 am.

Colorado Garden & Home Show at Colorado Convention Center 
Feb 22  – March 1 
Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Enjoy the multitude of fragrances as you stroll through more than an acre of professionally landscaped gardens – 11 in all. Talk to representatives from more than 650 companies from 25 states and Canada. Visit with the region’s gardening gurus and home improvement experts about the best ways to move your home and garden projects forward.

Bumblebee Jamboree at Denver Botanic Gardens
Feb 22, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Get ready for a unique musical experience! Children can dress as a favorite pollinator and join a special musical guest for indoor live performance. This unique musical experience is perfect for children up to age 12 and their parents or caregivers. Children are invited to dress as a favorite pollinator such as a bee, butterfly or bird and dance and sing along with the musical guests.

2nd annual Dairy Block Petite Parade at Dairy Block 
Feb 22, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Mile High style this February at Dairy Block, which is hosting the 2nd annual Dairy Block Petite Parade. Everyone is invited to “laissez les bons temps rouler” by building a creative float starting with a shoebox base. Each float must be no larger than 2 feet long by 2 feet wide and shorter than 3 feet tall. It also must be able to be pulled on wheels. The Petite Parade will start at 11 a.m. and travel around Dairy Block led by a Denver brass band.

2020 Denver FamilyFest at National Western Complex 
Feb 22, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Welcome to FamilyFest! Wholesome fun for the entire Family! For Parents, it’s a great festival to find family products and services, attend fun & educational stage presentations and register for great prizes. Kiddos are FREE and all Vendors kids activities are FREE also!  Kids are FREE with a paid Adult Admission. Adult Admission is $10 online and $15 at the door.

Denver FamilyFest at National Western Complex 
Feb 22, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
All Kid’s Activities, Entertainment and Stage Presentations Are Included With A Paid Adult Ticket. Every Vendor Is Encouraged To Have a Kids Activity, Plus There Will Be Bouncies, Stage Presentations, Interactive Activities, Creative Stations and Much More!

CU Wizards “The Chemistry of Cooking” at University of Colorado 
Feb 22, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Join CU Wizards Professor David Nesbitt for “The Chemistry of Cooking & Art of Making Fine Cheese!” You’ll learn secrets for a perfect pie crust how to cook scrambled eggs without heat, make yummy homemade cheese or how to reverse the entropy in your hot cocoa!

Sensory-friendly Playtime at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Feb 23, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Sensory Friendly Playtime is a low sensory event for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders to explore the Museum without the noise, crowds, and stimulation of a typical day. WOW! will limit admission to 20 families, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment to offer a safe and fun experience for all!

Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Feb 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 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. Minnesota Timberwolves at Pepsi Center 
Feb 23, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. Family Night w/ Purchase of Promotional Offer.

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Feb 24, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process.

ONGOING EVENTS

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

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
 
Terry Maker: Because the World is Round Exhibit at Visit Longmont
Jan. 24 – May 17, 2020
Terry has created a unique exhibit especially for the Longmont Museum: Because the World is Round. Terry mines commonplace materials, cutting and re-combining them into dense and tactile wall reliefs and large-scale freestanding sculptures. For this show, she is focusing on a recurring theme in her work—the circle. Circles have a host of symbolic meanings, and Terry wants to invoke them all—cosmic, cyclical, universal, sacred… Her transformation in the gallery is awe-inspiring.  visitlongmont.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 a 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.

Night Lights Denver at Daniels & Fisher Tower
Now through Dec. 21, 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

27 fun events in Denver for Valentine’s Day weekend

From Mountaineering Weekend with Tommy Caldwell to the Loveland Sweetheart Festival to Valentine’s Day soirees, there are plenty of fun activities for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. See our event calendar for additional information. 

Winter Fun for All Ages at Mountaineering Weekend! at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park
Feb 14  – 17 
YMCA of the Rockies is located on 860 acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, providing the perfect landscape for outdoor enthusiasts and their families (and dogs) to explore mountaineering. Whether it’s your first time out, or your family has camped in national parks many times, this special event has excursions for every level. Special Weekend Activities:
Explore a snow cave, play a game of broomball on ice, try your hand at ice-anchors, climb the indoor climbing wall, and join a winter ecology hike or snowshoe in RMNP.  Tommy Caldwell will be a special guest. The professional rock climber, star of “The Dawn Wall” movie, and author of The Push, will discuss the importance of embracing fear in an inspiring keynote presentation on Saturday night.

Denver Jewish Film Festival at JCC Mizel Arts
Feb 5  – 19
The 24th Annual JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Denver Jewish Film Festival presented by the Sturm Family Foundation takes place February 5-19, 2020. The festival includes 43 films on a variety of topics showcasing Israeli and Jewish cinema from around the globe. 

Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center 
Feb 13, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals live at the Pepsi Center!

13th Annual Valentine’s Day at Wellington Webb Building
Feb 14, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Clerk and Recorder Paul D. López’ will continue the tradition and our 13th annual Valentine’s Day Celebration will happen in 2020. The Clerk and Recorder’s Office issues marriage licenses. On Valentine’s Day, judges and clergy will perform free marriage ceremonies for couples. Food and beverages will be available for couples. Drawings will be held for gifts from local businesses, elected officials and other city agencies. Marriage licenses are $30.

Valentine’s Day Group Wedding & Vow Renewal Ceremony at Downtown Loveland 
Feb 14, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Get Married or Renew Your Vows in the Sweetheart City, Loveland CO! It’s Loveland’s Annual Valentine’s Day Group Wedding

18th Annual World Sound Healing Day at The Avalon Ballroom 
Feb 14, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Andi & Jonathan Goldman and friends for a FREE Toning Ceremony/Meditation and send a Sonic Valentine to Mother Earth as we tone the “Ah” sound together for planetary peace.

Loveland Sweetheart Festival – Love Locks and Lights at Loveland, Colorado 
Feb 14  – 15 
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival February 14-15th in LOVELAND, CO! This year’s event will feature a new Love Lock sculptures in downtown, a Group Wedding, Sweetheart LOVE Art Gallery, For the Love of Chocolate and Beer & Wine tastings, Sweetheart City Race, mapping projection laser and light shows, Pyrotechnics, art Installations/Interactive art displays, Ice Sculptures, live music & performances, Kids block of FUN outdoor activities, Tunnel of LOVE and the Little Miss Valentine and Little Mr. Cupid contest!

Be My Baby Valentine’s Day Party at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Feb 14, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
We’re hosting a special Valentine’s Day Party for ages 0-3! Bring your baby for a date night filled with science, pirates, art, playtime and treats! Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to explore our new Micro U exhibit designed just for infants and toddlers. This is a great event for expecting parents, new parents or parents with toddlers!

Insider the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts at McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues 
Feb 15, 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process.

Youth Valentine’s Day with Rescued Farm Animals at Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary 
Feb 15, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
All you need is LOVE! Love for each other, ourselves, the planet and our fellow animal friends. Especially animals who are farmed.  Young people have a beautiful way of opening their hearts, which is why we are inviting people ages 5-12 years old to join us this Valentines Day weekend to show their love to some of the Luvin Arms rescued farmed animals.

SCFD Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Feb 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities DistrictOpens in New Window (SCFD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission once a month on select days throughout the year.

Growing Rich: Madam C.J. Walker a Self-made Millionaire at Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library 
Feb 15, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Historical reenactor Lonnie McCabe will bring the story of Madam C.J. Walker to life as we relive her time in Denver, Colorado during 1905. Born the daughter of formerly enslaved Africans, Walker aka Sarah Breedlove became one of the first American self-made female millionaires through her ingenuity and business savvy.

Colorado Mammoth vs. San Diego Seals at Pepsi Center 
Feb 15, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
No need to stress about your plans for Valentine’s Day this year, come to the Loud House! Bring that special someone to watch the Mammoth play and maybe even win a VIP Date Night Experience! Love will be in the air as well as the smell of fresh popcorn.

Pictures at Exhibition at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Feb 16, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony join forces to present Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Join us for our annual tradition at Boettcher Concert Hall. Denver Young Artists Orchestra musicians reach new heights each year and are sure to tug at your musical heartstrings when performing with the professionals of the Colorado Symphony!

Ballet Ariel’s Fairy Tale Suite & Tea Party at The Schoolhouse Theatre 
Feb 16, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Before their eyes, and the Prince wakes the Sleeping Beauty with a kiss as Ravel’s spectacular finale reaches its peak. The three performances of our one-act ballet, filled with enchantment are the perfect length for young children. To make the day even more special, each of the performances will be followed by a Fairy Tale Tea Party where the children, and their parents, can enjoy delicious refreshments with the dancers still in costume.

Stay up with the Stars for Families at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Feb 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stay up late with us as all the stargazers in the family explore the incredible Colorado night sky. After dinner at the Museum, watch planetarium shows, see some of your favorite constellations through high-power telescopes (weather permitting), warm up with a hot chocolate bar, and make your own star-studded crafts. All ages welcome; programs designed for K-8 families.

Chinese New Year Celebration at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Feb 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional lion dance performances by the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association of Boulder! After the performance, children are welcome to join the Shaolin Hung Mei members for a dance lesson and to try on the lion costume.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Feb 17, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Pepsi Center 
Feb 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning live at the Pepsi Center!

ONGOING EVENTS

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 a 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.

 

21 awesome family-friendly Denver events for families

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.

 

Deals: National Frozen Yogurt Day, Best Buy Outlet & More!

How do you show your love for your kids? Do you give them Valentine’s? What do you get them? Do you assume that they will get all the sugar, candy and chocolate they want from school?

 National Frozen Yogurt DayOn this snowy day, all I can seem to think about is frozen yogurt. I love to top mine with gummy bears. National Frozen Yogurt Day is Thursday, February 6. TCBY will be giving theirs away free all day – the first 6 oz are FREE. If you fill your cup more than that whatever is over 6 oz will cost. Yogurtland will give away a FREE cup (5 oz) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Menchies will offer a buy one get one free between 3 p.m and 7 p.m.

 National Pizza DayNational Pizza day is February 9. I love “National Days” because that usually means deals – and I love a deal on pizza! Here are some deals we found.

·         Dominos – Score a Large 3-Topping Domino’s Pizza for just $7.99 when you use promo code 9174 at checkout – valid for carryout orders only. You can also choose two or more items from a select menu for $5.99 each including medium 2-topping pizza, bread twists, salad, marbled cookie brownies, specialty chicken, oven-baked sandwiches, stuffed cheesy bread, 8-piece boneless chicken, and pasta!

·         Little Caesars – large Hot-N-Ready Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza for just $6.49 between 4 PM and 8 PM

·         Pizza Hut is offering a large 3-topping pizza for just $9.99. You can also get meat-lovers for this same price.

 Best Buy Outlet. Did you know that Denver is one of the few cities that has a Best Buy Outlet? You can grab tons of deals at the outlet – these are items that have refurbished, open box or have been returned for some reason. 

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.  Jumpstart 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

 Love at Lowe’sKids can build a love note holder at the workshop on February 8. The workshop is free! Plus, when you are at Lowe’s you can pick up this awesome three-pack of painters tape for just over $3 per roll! (I have a few painting projects coming up!).

T-Mobile Tuesday. T-Mobile is having T-Mobile Tuesdays and giving away FREE stuff, deals, and exclusive offers when you play their T-Mobile Tuesday game! Today, February 4th only, you may be able to get a Free $25 Bouqs.com voucher and free shipping, a free Redbox rental and more!

Walgreens Free Photo. Get a free 8×10 photo at Walgreens. Through February 4, use code FREEBIE8X10 when you upload your photo to Walgreens and get your print free.

 Ski DealsA lot of my friends don’t ski because they say that it is too expensive. And I would have to agree that some times. But there are deals that you can find. For example, Loveland Ski area has partnered with The Party radio station to offer ski hookey days – where you can get a lift ticket for just $35. (These are on specific days – see the link for more details). Or get the Colorado Ski Country’s GEMS card – this little “gem” has all kinds of great deals from two-for-one deals or 30% off lift ticket. Keystone is offering kids ski free with a two-night stay.

 
 

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.