Mother’s Day week is upon us. And yes, I’m calling it a week-long celebration but we’re worth it! If you’re looking for delicious food, don’t miss Mother’s Day Brunches Denver Moms Will Love. If you’re looking for activities, here are Denver’s top events for Mother’s Day weekend. See our event calendar for full listings.
Moms ‘n’ Mimosas at Outlets at Castle Rock
May 12, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
This Mother’s Day weekend, Outlets at Castle Rock is celebrating all loving and hardworking moms with a one-of-a-kind ‘Moms ‘n’ Mimosas’ event. On Saturday, May 12 from 11AM – 5PM, moms can treat themselves to a day of fun and relaxing activities that will include sip and paint classes, a massage lounge, bath bomb decorating and access to exclusive Mother’s Day discounts at top name brand stores.
Aurora Mama Summit
May 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Moms Clean Air Force and Colorado Moms Know Best are inviting moms, families and our local elected officials to come together on May 7th for our first ever city-wide Mama Summit. The Aurora Mama Summit will feature food, music, children’s activities, special giveaways and a tour of city hall. There will also be the opportunity to meet Aurora city council members and learn about how to engage for change at the local level.
Mother’s Day Weekend Plant & Garden Sale
May 11 – 12
Join us for EarthLinks’ Plant & Garden Sale! Shop for organically grown flowers, herb, and vegetable seedlings. Pick up beautiful flowers, veggies, herbs, and other plants for you garden, all grown by participants and volunteers of the EarthLinks Workshop Program.
Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
May 11, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.
Furry Friends Pet Adoption Event at Larry H. Miller Nissan 104th
May 11, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
To celebrate National Pet Week, Larry H. Miller Nissan 104th has partnered with the Adams County Animal Shelter to host a pet adoption event on Friday, May 11. We encourage you to come take a look at some of the shelters’ cutest adoptables and possibly drive away with a new pet. Joining us on this day will be the voice of the Colorado Avalanche, Mark Moser, and his team who will be conducting an onsite live radio remote. National Pet Week is dedicated to celebrating America’s more than 200 million pets that enrich lives each and every day, and to create awareness of the numerous animals that are available in our community who need a home.
Koboldcon Gaming Convention
May 12 – 13
KoboldCon is the premiere tabletop gaming convention in Colorado Springs, presenting a huge variety of gaming opportunities and geekery right along the Front Range. KoboldCon’s second annual event, we will be located in the new (and huge) Chapel Hills Event Center!
Free Day at Longmont Museum
May 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The second Saturday of each month is a Free Day. The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.
First Annual Garden Bazaar at RISE Westwood
May 12 – 13
Re:Vision, a nonprofit in Southwest Denver announced its first annual garden bazaar. The bazaar will take place on Saturday May 12, and Sunday May 13 from 10am – 3pm at RISE Westwood (3738 Morrison Rd. Denver, CO 80219). Mother’s Day is often considered the official kick off for the planting season here in Colorado, and Re:Vision is putting a new twist on that tradition.
Hilltop Annual Garage Sale 2018
May 12, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Hilltop Garage Sale is a neighborhood-event where local residents put their unique and one-of-a-kind items out for sale whilst connecting with the local community. This widely-successful and well-known garage sale has previously been featured in local news, such as 9NEWS, and well-regarded publications such as The Denver Post.
Steampunk at the Station at the Colorado Railroad Museum
May 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our steam engines create the perfect backdrop for the popular genre of “science fiction meets the 19th century Industrial Age” found in music, clothing, art and lifestyle. With a nod to Steampunk icon, Tesla, we invite guests to arrive in their finest Steampunk attire and/or with their Steampunk gadget to enjoy a day full of entertainment, train rides, craft beer, vendors and more.
Hands On History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center
May 12, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.
Mother’s Day Scented Journey at Scented Studio
May 12, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Treat your mom to a unique and personal experience this Mother’s Day. She deserves a special celebration and a thoughtful gift for all the love she’s given you. Our Mother’s Day Scented Journey® will take place on May 12th at 11am. It is roughly a 2-hour of DIY fragrance workshop. For just $80 per person, your mom will be welcomed into our class, where she will learn about fragrance throughout history and the art of perfumery, while enjoying our special Mother’s Day Lunch with wine, mimosas and more! She will be guided through our 24 signature Scented Journey® fragrances, out of which she will be able to create her 100mL custom signature perfume.
Mother’s Day Eve–Ultimate Night Out with Pump and Dump Show at The Paramount Theatre
May 12, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mother’s Day Eve with The Pump and Dump Show has become a Denver tradition and epic yearly event for moms across Colorado. Audience members can look forward to music, comedy, drinking, games, prizes and a DANCE PARTY, because . . . well . . . someone else can get up with the kids this Mother’s Day morning. This year’s show is part of Shayna and Tracey’s 2018 “Parentally Incorrect” tour, running in tandem with the national release of their highly-anticipated book (also titled Parentally Incorrect). This special event features an after-show DJ dance party, special comedy and musical guests, a photo booth, awesome prizes, plus live streaming and other surprises from the tour’s presenting sponsor, AwestruckTV.
Moms Ride Free at the Carousel of Happiness
May 13, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Moms ride free at the Carousel of Happiness on Mothers Day.
Strolling Thunder Colorado at the Colorado State Capitol
May 8, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Decisions that affect babies and families happen at all levels of government, not only in Washington, D.C. That’s why Clayton Early Learning and Colorado Children’s Campaign have partnered with ZERO TO THREE to bring Strolling Thunder™ to Colorado! Pack up your strollers and join us on May 8 for a stroll around the Capitol followed by a huge play date for babies, toddlers and families. Strolling Thunder is a fun, family friendly rally to encourage policymakers to Think Babies™ in support of stronger families, vibrant communities and prosperity across the country.
Create Playdate at the Denver Art Museum
May 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for story time, art-making, and more! Create Playdates are included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations are required. Meet in the Hamilton Building atrium for program location (Hamilton Building, Level 1).
National Get Outdoors Day at Sloan’s Lake Park
May 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A fun, FREE, active day with plenty of things for everyone to do! Visit our interactive event where you can fish, bike, jump, garden, climb, paint, build, paddle, learn, dance, jump, eat, explore, and play! Select adaptive recreation activities are available for people of all backgrounds and abilities. This event is accessible. We’ll also host multiple stage activities and live music throughout the day.
Joy Park – Parachute Games at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
May 9, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Guests can craft with items found in nature, track bugs, make a sun catcher or a snowman in this year-round outdoor adventure. Programs vary.
Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives at the Denver Art Museum
May 13, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart and hilarious foxes—are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. On the second Sunday of the month from September through May, bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 am and 11:30 am.
Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
May 13, 1:00 pm
Come see what Colorado Adventure Point is all about! And what better way to do that than by coming to Open Adventure Day! Start your day on the Rock Climbing wall as your plan your trek up the wall to ring the bell at the top. Then spend some time at the Archery Range where you’ll keep the target in your sights. How about some Leatherworking or Blacksmithing? This is your opportunity to try something new.
Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour at Paramount Theatre
May 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Preschoolers and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball
Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls
Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
Now through June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/
Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com
Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie
Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present
Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org
Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/
Animals in Art
Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede
AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org
Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center
Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting