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Don’t miss these Veteran’s Day events, deals and links

Today is Veteran’s Day and we are so grateful to those who have and are currently serving our country! Here are a few facts, events, deals and links: 

How Did Armistice Day Become Veterans Day in the United States?

Veterans Day began as a commemoration of World War I, that 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when the guns were silenced and the Armistice was called and peace came at last. After four long years of fighting in the “War to End all Wars,” the dead numbered an estimated 9 million troops. Nearly 120,000 were Americans.

Nov. 11 was originally Armistice Day in the United States, though it wasn’t ratified by Congress until 1938. By the mid-1950s veterans groups urged Congress to change the day to honor Americans who’d served in all wars, removing the distinctive honor for those who served in World War I.

Deals

Many Denver-area businesses are offering discounts or free meals for veterans and active-duty service members.  

Events

Veteran’s Day events include the 2019 Veteran’s Day 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2  today at 7 p.m. westword.com

Veteran’s Day with the Broncos at 6 p.m. for a Chalk Talk with Broncos alumni and a stadium tour. For active-duty military members and their families.  usodenver.ticketleap.com

News

Homer Finley was 17 and a new, homesick recruit in Florida during World War II when he was offered a transfer and a new job. The Marine Corps was creating its first war dog platoon and need human handlers. (featured photo, CPR)

The Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project wants to hear every veteran’s story, including those in Colorado.

75 years after it was lost near the end of WWII, the submarine USS Grayback has been found— Washington Post 

Happy Veteran’s Day!

 

32 events Denver kids will love this week

 From Denver Arts Week to a free day at the Denver Zoo and a Kids ATV Park Ride, there are plenty of events this weekend. See our event calendar for additional details. 
 
 Denver Arts Week 
Nov 1 – 9 
The 13th annual Denver Arts Week is an eight-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, running from November 1-9, 2019. The program, presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, features more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls many of which are deeply discounted.Dis de los Muertos at Lakewood Arts at Lakewood Arts
Nov 1 – Nov 7 
Get in on the Día de los Muertos fun with Lakewood Arts, located in 40 West Arts District. Lakewood’s oldest continuously-operating arts organization is kicking things off on First Friday with tarot-card readings, a make-your-own mask station and face painting.

Art Scavenger Hunt at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Nov 3  – 9 
Head to Joy Park to begin an art exploration through the Museum grounds to learn about the various pieces on display.

Clay Adventures in Joy Park at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Nov 3, 1:30 pm – Nov 9, 2:45 pm
Get inspired by your surroundings on a Joy Park adventure, then use clay to mold creatures that incorporate materials we gathered on our journey like leaves, twigs and pebbles.

Night Lights Denver Launches at Daniels & Fisher Tower 
Nov 7  – 9 
The Denver Theatre District will launch Night Lights Denver on November 7 during Denver Arts Week. This 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. For the launch, between November 7 and November 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the installation will include works by Colorado-based artists Joel Swanson and Sofie Birkin with a special opening piece by Limelight Art.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center

Nov 7, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators live at the Pepsi Center!Free Day at Denver Zoo 
Nov 8, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission to Denver Zoo Free!

Raising Kindness at Centennial Public Works Community Room 
Nov 8, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Raising Kindness is partnering with the Veterans Affairs Community Resource and Referral Center to support veterans in our community. Projects at this event will include assembling candy snack kits, food kits & dental hygiene kits, contributing to a mural that will be displayed at the center, writing thank you notes for veterans and creating comfort items. There will be a facilitated discussion about the Community Resource and Referral Center and the work they do with veterans in the community.

Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park 
Nov 8, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Discover this tranquil, 12-acre historic oasis and the site of Denver’s oldest house. Tour the museum, stroll the gardens and grounds, pan for “gold”, and visit our farm animals. Exhibits, demonstrations, and special programming compliment cultural and natural history to enrich your park experience.

First Bite: Boulder County Restaurant Week at Boulder County 
Nov 8  – 16 
Among a number of improvements this year, First Bite: Boulder County Restaurant Week (Nov. 8-16, 2019) has selected five area nonprofits and secured matches for its new partnership program, announced details for its Local Table Tours collaboration and released the names of the more than 40 participating restaurants that have already signed up.

Tiger Encounter at Denver Zoo 
Nov 8, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger! This tour will take you behind the scenes at The Edge, Denver Zoo’s Amur tiger exhibit. You will get an up-close view of a training session with one of The Edge’s resident tigers and learn from animal care experts about what they do every day to ensure that these cats receive the best care. You’ll be in awe of the amazing relationship animal care staff have with these 400-pound furry felines.

Free Day at Longmont Museum 
Nov 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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 also features the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center. The Museum hosts hands-on education programs for all ages, indoor and outdoor concerts and performances, film series, lectures and historic tours, and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs, and exhibit-related materials.

Kids ATV Park Ride at Confluence Park 
Nov 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Are your kids into riding? Join our event and have fun! Every young racer is welcome to take a park driving test on gas and electric ATVs. If it’s your first ride, don’t worry, our experts will teach your kids firs steps of hitting the trails.

Museum Takeover: Gamers Save the World at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Nov 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The skills used in gaming can LITERALLY save the world… and we’re talking the REAL world, not just those imagined! Drive Mario to victory in Mario Kart, show off your best Fortnite dance moves, and learn about the science of gaming! For the win!

The Mommy Mingle at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Nov 9, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
It can be tough to find mom friends! Between diaper changes, nap schedules, and lack of sleep, who has the time or energy to make meaningful adult connections?
If this is you, join us for our first-ever Mommy Mingle night! Grab your diaper bag, kiddos (ages 0-3 welcome), and pop on over to FCMoD for a night of conversation, sharing resources, and connecting. Not only will there be speed “dating”, we’ll have set conversation time around some of the most common parenting topics, and time to play with other parents and children. We’ll also be asking for your feedback to help shape the future of FCMoD tot programming – so bring your ideas to share!

The Polar Express at Colorado Railroad Museum 
Nov 9  – 10 
The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Columbus Bluet Jackets at Pepsi Center 
Nov 9 , 7:00  – 10:15 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Columbus Blue Jackets live at the Pepsi Center!

Low Sensory Morning @ Downtown Aquarium 
Nov 10, 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 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits. Stay as long as you would like.

Colorado Hal Run at Washington Park 
Nov 10, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Join the fun at the event formerly known as the Great Candy Run. HAL stands for Healthy Active Living and promotes having fun, staying positive, and never giving up! Featuring a certified 5K Run/Walk, free kids fun run, 1st mile team challenge, live music and Hal-fest Expo with trivia, face painting, bounce houses and more. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation.

University of Denver vs. North Dakota State – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Nov 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against North Dakota State for an afternoon of volleyball!

Scotty Wiese Mile High Magic at Bovine Metropolis Theater 
Nov 10, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mile High Magic is an unforgettable theater experience presented by world-renowned magician Scotty Wiese. What makes Mile High Magic so unique is the tremendous way Scotty blends magic and his life experiences to tell stories, form a community, and motivate others to chase their own dreams.

Free Entrance at National Parks 
Nov 11, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendars.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street 
Nov 11, 10:00 am – 5:00 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.

ONGOING EVENTS

A Christmas Carol at Simpich Showcase
Nov. 8 – Dec. 4
A CHRISTMAS CAROL’s timeless narrative is brought to life with sparkling vitality on the Simpich stage with over twenty handmade marionette actors animated by Dickens himself. In this original adaptation by puppeteer David Simpich, Ebenezer Scrooge is launched into and transformed by a night of delightful and poignant Christmas remembrances and foreboding forecasts. The outcome is both a continuing inspiration and celebration of the Promise of the Season. tickets.vendini.com

Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center
October 11-December 29, 2019
Join Ella as we journey to the fairytale land of Frell on a path to self-discovery! The stage musical of Ella Enchanted has recently been adapted from the beloved Newbery Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Ella must navigate her world with the “gift” of complete obedience given by her misguided fairy godmother. Adventures will ensue with ogres, giants, elves, wicked stepsisters, and true friends that help Ella find her voice! These whimsical characters make this a captivating tale for children and adults of all ages. arvadacenter.org/ella-enchanted

Night Light Denver at the Daniels & Fisher Tower
Nov. 7 – Jan. 31, 2020
The Denver Theatre District’s ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation will be projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening. Night Lights Denver will include rotating content, designed by artists and the community, featuring a wide range of art. nightlightsdenver.com

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
 
Tiger Encounter at the Denver Zoo
Nov. 8 – Dec. 31, 2019
Experience The EDGE through the eyes of a tiger! This tour will take you behind the scenes at The Edge, Denver Zoo’s Amur tiger exhibit. You will get an up close view of a training session with one of The Edge’s resident tigers and learn from animal care experts about what they do every day to ensure that these cats receive the best care. You’ll be in awe of the amazing relationship animal care staff have with these 400-pound furry felines! Please note that because of safety regulations, guests will not receive direct contact with the tigers, but rather will get a closer look than public perspective allows with exclusive access and interactions. denverzoo.org
 
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.

A Cool Retro Gaming Experience is coming to Denver!

Get lost in a huge arcade-style maze that will have you and your friends dodging ghosts left and right while trying to collect fruit to win points. Collecting fruit isn’t your only objective though, as you’ll need to complete a coded “puzzle”! If you’re the first to finish the puzzle and gather all the fruit, you’ll be at the top of the leaderboard and crowned the ultimate winner! 
 
BUT, if a cheeky ghost catches you, you’ll lose a life (not a real one, thankfully) – lose three and you’re out!
 
Once you’ve managed to escape the maze, you can head to the 80s themed ‘Pixel Room,’ where you can play OG games and other activities. There will be prizes for those that can complete  the tasks the fastest.
 
Tickets start at $15.00 and go on sale next week so sign up at https://www.themazelive.com to be notified.

26 family-friendly events in Denver this week

 It’s Denver Arts Week (with free night at the museum), Dis de los Muertos, Confluence Park Public Art Tour and more See our event calendar for full listings and our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes and Harvest Fun: Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, farm stands and U-Pick Tours

Pumpkin Nights at Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex
Oct 17  – Nov 3 
Pumpkin Nights is returning this fall and bringing even more magic than ever before to Denver from Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, November 3! Taking place at the Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, visitors will experience new interactive Halloween experiences and festival activities unlike anything else. Pumpkin Nights transports guests into an enchanted world with dazzling, multi-sensory Halloween displays and seven Pumpkin Lands created with more than 3,000 artistically hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins.

Tricks and Treats at FCMoD at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Oct 31, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for Tricks and Treats at FCMoD! Don your most boo-tiful or frightful costumes and head to FCMoD for an experience you’ll not soon forget! With Halloween-themed activities spread throughout the museum, and trick-or-treating stations to discover, the whole family will be ghoulishly entertained!

Free Day at Museo de las Americas 
Nov 1, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educate our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs.

Denver Arts Week at Denver Metro
Nov 1 – Nov 9 
The 13th annual Denver Arts Week is an eight-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, running from November 1-9, 2019. The program, presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, features more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls many of which are deeply discounted.

Altares Vivos: Honor y Resistencia (Day of the Dead) at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center 
Nov 1, 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Living Altars, Family Activities and Tradition at Su Teatro’s Day of the Dead.  Come down to Su Teatro for a fun celebration! Perfect for every age. We will have a giant altar and inside altars, where you can bring items and pictures of your loved ones

Dia de los Muertos Art & Street Party at 40 West Arts District 
Nov 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
40 West Arts was voted Westword Magazine’s ‘Best Arts District’ in 2019 and this event is not-to-be-missed. Watch Aztec dancers in traditional costume and see fire artists, who will be on hand spinning fire to brighten the winter night in a display of light and shadow. This kid & family-friendly event will also showcase piñatas, Diá de los Muertos face painting, live music, and create & take art stations. Have your tarot cards read, see altars throughout the district, sip beer and wine while you’re here, or enjoy a bite at a local food truck.

Dis de los Muertos at Lakewood Arts at Lakewood Arts 
Nov 1  – Nov 7 
Get in on the Día de los Muertos fun with Lakewood Arts, located in 40 West Arts District. Lakewood’s oldest continuously-operating arts organization is kicking things off on First Friday with tarot-card readings, a make-your-own mask station and face painting.

Up Pat Bedtime at Clyfford Still Museum 
Nov 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what Clyfford Still’s paintings look like through the eyes of a child? Join 10-year-old Still superfan Harrison as he takes us on a journey through his interpretations of Still’s work. Included with Museum admission, registration is required. Kids 17 and under are always free, adults are $5 on Fridays.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center
Nov 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars live at the Pepsi Center!

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Nov 1  – Nov 2 
Christopher Dragon, conductor. Returning by popular demand, see one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony. Families are welcome and costumes are encouraged. After all, this is Halloween!

Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Nov 2, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos will be celebrated this year with indoor screenings of Disney’s Pixar film “Coco.” Seating is limited, so arrive early to shop the mercado and to get your face painted before the film. While you’re here, enjoy the display of ofrendas created by members of the Denver community and a special holiday exhibition in the Bonsai Pavilion.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
Nov 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth age 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before. General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Nov 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.

Urban Holiday Market at Skyline Park 
Nov 2  –  3 
The Urban Holiday Market is the official annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season. This gargantuan showcase of one of-a-kind seasonal items, high quality handcrafted goods, and fabulous holiday gift ideas is not to be missed. This free event is the place to get all of your holiday shopping done in one fun filled weekend. You will be astonished at the diverse collection of local art, crafts, holiday gifts, and specialty foods that will be found at this open air Holiday Festival in the center of Downtown Denver.

Day of the Dead Celebration: Family Fiesta at Downtown Longmont 
Nov 2, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Longmont Museum is joining forces with the Firehouse Art Center, Longmont Downtown Development Authority, and El Comité de Longmont to bring you the biggest and best Día de los Muertos celebration Longmont has ever seen—all held downtown!

Denver Children’s Choir at Museo de las Americas 
Nov 2, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hear the voices of the Timberline Ensemble of the Denver Children’s Choir sing in the wonderful art spaces of the Museo de las Americas on Saturday, November 2 at 4:00 PM. Admission is free as a part of Denver Arts Week!

Fourth Annual Day of the Dead Block Party at Thornton Arts and Culture Center 
Nov 2, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual celebration features mariachi performances, Catrina fashion show, art splatter station, plus holiday food and drink. A specially-designed community altar by artist Shirlee Miyaki will be set up in the TACC for ofrendas. The 2019 Day of the Dead poster contest is now open; submissions can be sent to ArtSubmission@ThorntonCO.gov by September 30.

The Okee Dokee Brothers Family Concert at Central Presbyterian Church (presented by Swallow Hill Music) 
Nov 2, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

Dioramart: Transforming the wildlife halls through art at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Nov 2, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Local artists will activate our spaces with light, sound, movement, color, story, and passion – uniting the arts with nature and science in the Museum’s wildlife halls during DioramART.

Night at the Museums: Black American West Museum at Black American West Museum 
Nov 2, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Watch African-American history come alive through re-enactments, videos and the stories told throughout this museum in Historic Five Points.

Confluence Park Public Art Tour at Confluence Park
Nov 3 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This tour visits several public artworks in Confluence Park starting at “Sing and Glide” near the Starbucks/REI store. The tour then travels over the confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek, visiting numerous murals along the way. The tour ventures past the Denver Museum of Contemporary art and crosses Millennium Bridge before returning to Confluence Park.

Halloween Spooktacular at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Nov 3, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Bertie Baigent, conductor. It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from films, television, and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a ghastly-good time for every little monster and their mummy!

Free Days at Chatfield Farms 
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 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.

ONGOING EVENTS

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.

 

 

9 creepy Colorado places for Halloween

 The season of fright is upon us.

Halloween candy has hit the grocery store shelves, spooky decorations are popping up in neighborhoods and the time for watching your favorite scary movie has arrived.

And for those of us who enjoy the thrill of being scared, Colorado is home to some scary haunted houses and other spooky events.

27 family-friendly events in Denver this week

Fun events this week include Harvest Farm Festival, BOOnion Station, Baby Shark Live and much more. See our event calendar for full listings and our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes and Harvest Fun: Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, farm stands and U-Pick Tours

Pumpkin Nights at Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex 
Oct 17  – Nov 3 
Pumpkin Nights is returning this fall and bringing even more magic than ever before to Denver from Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, November 3! Taking place at the Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, visitors will experience new interactive Halloween experiences and festival activities unlike anything else

Glow at the Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Oct 21  – 25 
The Gardens dresses up for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds. Using all real pumpkins harvested from local farms, our pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. In addition to the pumpkin sculptures and creepy atmosphere, enjoy a wide array of activities. Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase

Blue Man Group Speechless Tour at The Buell Theatre 
Oct 22  –  26 

Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the surprising and exciting show that is Blue Man Group. And now, the Blue Men return with a new touring show — Blue Man Group Speechless Tour. If you like normal, think again — ‘cause Speechless is full of joy, art, music, and hilarious absurdity. Join us and experience a new blue.

BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade at Denver Union Station 
Oct 24, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Head to Denver Union Station this October for the 6th annual BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade for families on Thursday, Oct. 24th and the new Union Station High Zombie Prom for adults on Friday, Oct. 25th. On Monday, Oct. 28th, show-off your mad Jack-o-Lantern creation skills at Carving + Cocktails on the Terminal Bar patio.

Baby Shark Live at Paramount Theatre 
Oct 24, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends, go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more!

Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 
Oct 25  –  27 
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. Get lost in our 7-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms (there is no Corn Maze at York Street). Also enjoy our After Dark Corn Maze and Dead Zone Scream Park. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Harvest Farm Festival at Harvest Farm 
Oct 25 – 27 
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could get all the enchantment of the fall while helping to change lives? At Harvest Farm Fall Festival that is exactly what attendees do. Proceeds from the Festival directly support the New Life Program (NLP) at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 100-acre working farm located in Wellington, CO. When you arrive at the Farm you’ll be greeted by all things fall. Scattered throughout the acres of farm land is a 10-acre corn maze, pig races, pumpkin picking station, corn cannons, petting zoo, wagon rides and much, much more. To top it off, the Farm makes some of the best kettle corn in all of Northern Colorado (some would even say it puts the pumpkin spice latte to shame with it’s out of this world flavors.)

Trick or Treat Street at Denver Public Library 
Oct 25, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Enjoy trick or treating and not-so-scary fun activities throughout the Central Library. Join us for a Monster Mash Dance Party with a live band in the Conference Center at 4:00 p.m. Costumes are optional, but welcome. Ideal for ages 0-12 and caregivers.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration/First Friday Art Walk at Art District on Santa Fe 
Oct 25, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF) is proud to introduce a Día de los Muertos celebration coinciding with the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, November 1 as part of Denver Arts Week. The event is a collaboration between ADSF, Consulado General de México en Denver, Museo De Las Americas, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, Colorado Ballet, CHAC Gallery-Denver, Univision Colorado, and more!

Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo 
Oct 25  – 26 
Enchanted Hollows, perfect for ages 8 and up, featuring our all-new Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival and the just-slightly-spooky Woodland Hollow Art Walk. The frightening fun continues with activities for the whole family, including axe throwing, cornhole, elaborate pumpkin carvings, animal specialist talks and even a Scary-oke sing-along. Enchanted Hollows is open every weekend in October.

Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center 
Oct 25, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Phoenix Suns.

University of Denver vs. Purdue Fort Wayne – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Oct 25, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Purdue for a night of volleyball!

Boo at the Zoo at Denver Zoo 
Oct 26  –  27
Trick AND treat your little ghosts and goblins to the ultimate creature feature—including creepy-crawly animal stations, trick-or-treat stations, character meet-and-greets and other family-friendly fun at Boo at the Zoo, going on the last two weekends of October. Boo at the Zoo is included with daytime admission.

Bug-A-Boo at Butterfly Pavilion 
Oct 26  – 27 
Safe, indoor trick-or-treating for the whole family. Put on your best Halloween costumes and join Butterfly Pavilion for safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout our exhibits! Enjoy free candy stations, prizes, crafts and full access to special October-only experiences like Spider Pavilion and the Giant Katydid Encounter.

Denver Monsterdash 5K/10K at Sloan’s Lake Park (South) 
Oct 26, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A fun 5k/10k run around Sloans Lake with a festival of 30 vendors, costume contest and food and drink. Kids Arts & Crafts, Scary Music…Finish with a kids 1/2 and Mile Run…Pie Eating Contest, Raffle, Awards and fun. Limited to 1000 attendees

Trick-or-Treat Trail at Southlands Shopping Center 
Oct 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Families can participate in trick or treating up and down Main Street in a safe environment with some of your favorite Southlands retailers. In addition to tricks for treats, families can walk through a Haunted House sponsored by the YMCA, enter the Pet Costume Contest for four-legged friends, play games and more! A beloved and long-standing part of Halloween in Aurora, the annual event will celebrate its 13th year. Trick-or-Treat Trail is one of Southlands’ single largest annual one-day events with more than 15,000 families in attendance.

Westernaires Horsecapades Shows at National Western Complex 
Oct 26  –  27 
Spend a little time with the talented youth of Colorado’s own Westernaires riding organization as they present an extravaganza show like you’ve never seen. Every year, the entire performance division of Westernaires descends upon the National Western’s Event Center to impress audiences with their: colorful and precise drill riding, world-class trick riding and roping, daring charioteers, and so much more! It’s hard to believe that these regular “city kids” are so accomplished.

Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton 
Oct 26  – 27 
Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. 

Halloween Party (Circus Theme) at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton 
Oct 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Punch Bowl Social Stapleton’s Halloween party includes: Pumpkins for Purchase, Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Ops; Halloween Themed Putt Club (mini-golf) and Pumpkin Ring Toss;
Specialty Halloween drinks, Halloween punch and treats for kids and adults, available on the expansive patio. Costume contest with prizes

 

HOWL-O-WEEN at Aspen Grove Center 
Oct 26, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
HOWL-O-WEEN!” Saturday, October 26 from 3-5pm, gather candy from more than 20 stores and dog treats from participating vendors. Enjoy complimentary hayrides, spooky creatures, and pick a pumpkin from our patch benefiting the Humane Society! Stick around afterward a Monster movie at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema or for dinner at your favorite restaurants.

 

After Dark Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Oct 26 –  27, 9:00 pm
The lights are out in Corn Maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick. Note: this maze is not haunted. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks at Pepsi Center
Oct 26, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks live at the Pepsi Center!

ONGOING EVENTS

Bugtober: Masquerade at the Butterfly Pavilion
Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion will showcase these master illusionists of the invertebrate world all October for Bugtober: Masquerade, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, October 1-31, 2019 at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo. During Bugtober: Masquerade, guests will learn how various animals use lavish patterns and colors to stand out from the crowd and startle would-be predators. Others don complex disguises to remain unseen, concealing their true location, identity or movements to escape their enemies or sneak up on their prey.

Maize in the City
Through October 31
Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event featuring convenient, fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Get lost in your own backyard as you navigate your way through the 20-acre corn maze or mini maze. Find your perfect pumpkin in our easy-pick field. Locally grown by the Maize in the City farmer, choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds. Launch ears of corn 50+ feet across the field with our corn launchers; have your little ones ride through the field on the barrel train; take a turn on our obstacle bouncer.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.

Denver Arts Week: 9 days, 300 events

Denver Arts Week, Nov. 1–9, 2019, is a nine-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted. 

DENVER ARTS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

Know Your Arts First Friday: Nov. 1, 2019
In Denver’s creative neighborhoods, including the Art District on Santa Fe, Belmar Block 7 Art District and Tennyson Street Cultural District, participating galleries will offer free admission and local art for as low as $52.80.

Saturday Night at the Museums: Nov. 2, 2019
Visiting Denver’s premier museums can’t get easier than this. With complimentary shuttle service from museum to museum, free admission and extended hours, the only thing you need to bring is yourself. Keeping doors open until 10pm, staple museums like the Denver Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of Denver and Denver Museum of Nature & Science loosen up their ties with special events, and like we said, free admission and transportation!
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Denver’s On Stage
Experience drama, comedy, dance, music and more at Denver performing arts centers for discounted prices. 

Deals
In addition to museums and galleries offering free, two-for-one or other discounted admission, many Denver hotels also offer special rates for the week. Learn about accommodation, museum, event and food deals at the Denver Arts Week website.  

 

 

25 family-friendly Denver events this week

Fantastic fall events include the Harvest Farm Festival, Enchanted Hollows, Pumpkin Nights and more. See our event calendar for full listings and our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes and Harvest Fun: Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, farm stands and U-Pick Tours

Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Oct 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.

Pumpkin Nights at Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex 
Oct 17 – Nov 3
Pumpkin Nights is returning this fall and bringing even more magic than ever before to Denver from Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, November 3! Taking place at the Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, visitors will experience new interactive Halloween experiences and festival activities unlike anything else. Pumpkin Nights transports guests into an enchanted world with dazzling, multi-sensory Halloween displays and seven Pumpkin Lands created with more than 3,000 artistically hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
Oct 17, 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High!

Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 
Oct 18 – Oct 20 
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. Get lost in our 7-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms (there is no Corn Maze at York Street). Also enjoy our After Dark Corn Maze and Dead Zone Scream Park. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Fall Break at Denver Art Museum 
Oct 18 – 22 
During Fall Break, Oct. 18-22, 2019, at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), kids can enjoy several interactive exhibitions and hands-on artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio—all for free thanks to the Free for Kids program. Two in-gallery Create-n-Takes, The Shape of Feelings and Light the Way, will both be available every day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on level 4 for visiting families to get creative and discover art at the DAM in new ways.

Harvest Farm Festival at Harvest Farm 
Oct 18  – 20
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could get all the enchantment of the fall while helping to change lives? At Harvest Farm Fall Festival that is exactly what attendees do. Proceeds from the Festival directly support the New Life Program (NLP) at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 100-acre working farm located in Wellington, CO.  Scattered throughout the acres of farmland is a 10-acre corn maze, pig races, pumpkin picking station, corn cannons, petting zoo, wagon rides and much, much more. To top it off, the Farm makes some of the best kettle corn in all of Northern Colorado (some would even say it puts the pumpkin spice latte to shame with it’s out of this world flavors.)

Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo 
Oct 18  – 19 
Enchanted Hollows, perfect for ages 8 and up, featuring our all-new Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival and the just-slightly-spooky Woodland Hollow Art Walk. The frightening fun continues with activities for the whole family, including ax throwing, cornhole, elaborate pumpkin carvings, animal specialist talks, and even a Scary-oke sing-along. Enchanted Hollows is open every weekend in October.

After Dark Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farm
Oct 18 – 20 
The lights are out in Corn Maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick. Note: this maze is not haunted. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Boo at the Zoo at Denver Zoo 
Oct 19  – 20 
Trick AND treat your little ghosts and goblins to the ultimate creature feature—including creepy-crawly animal stations, trick-or-treat stations, character meet-and-greets and other family-friendly fun at Boo at the Zoo, going on the last two weekends of October. Boo at the Zoo is included with daytime admission

Fall Family Festival at Bromley Historic Farm 
Oct 19, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Join Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation for the inaugural Fall Family Festival filled with activities like the Colorado Ninja Challenge, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, fall food favorites, games, arts & crafts and more! Ten percent of ticket sales from this family-friendly event will help raise funds to improve the quality of life for families, sick children and infants throughout our communities by providing support when and how they need it most.

Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton 
Oct 19  – 20 
Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. No cost to attend. Activities include Pumpkins for Purchase, Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Ops
Halloween Themed Putt Club (mini-golf) and Pumpkin Ring Toss, Halloween Drinks and Treats for Kids and Adults.

Provisions for the Digital Frontier at Family Resource Pavilion 
Oct 19, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A ground-breaking, evidence-based, solution-focused, live-seminar. What every parent must know to prevent anxiety > depression > suicide chronic distraction. 

A Fair in the Air at Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Studios 
Oct 19, 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening and support your favorite aerial dance company and school: Frequent Flyers! Enjoy delicious appetizers and adult beverages; Mini performances by Frequent Flyers Professional Company and Students; Carnival Games for Adults and Kids (ages 5+) with a special game room for the kids; Awesome Silent Auction Items.

Belleview Park after Dark at Belleview Park
Oct 19, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Halloween is coming soon, so grab your mask or broom! Trunk-or-Treat with lots of sweets, Not-So-Scary Halloween Activities, Party Games, Creative DIY Arts & Crafts, Fantastic Face Painting and more. Belleview Park will be ready for a Halloween Celebration! Ghoulish fun for families of all ages. Goodie bags for all witches, ghouls and goblins. Please dress for the weather.

Celebrate Dance & Music at The ArtsHUB

Oct 19, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Danse Etoile presents Celebrate Dance and Music, its annual showcase of new and classic works, including student pieces and guest musicians from a range of disciplines. Tickets give access to a fabulous silent auction, wine, appetizers, and desserts.

Grim Rising: An interactive evening of Circus, Food, and Fright! at Apex School of Movement Denver 
Oct 19 – Oct 20 
Join Circus Foundry and Sugar Mountain Catering as we welcome the Halloween Season! We have created a new original circus production that is completely catered with delicious food bites and bubbling brews. Each bite is paired perfectly with the performance! We will be collaborating with Deep Space Drive-In and Matador Events who will be using unique projections and handcrafted lighting design to completely transform the space into an interactive underworld full of monsters!

In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical Premiere at Elaine Wolf Theatre Cherry Creek
Oct 19 – 20 
A new musical comedy about the hilarious, touching and messy moments involved in parenting young children. Written by Colorado songwriters Graham and Kristina Fuller, the show features a series of musical “parenting diary entries” following a family and their friends through their journey navigating post-baby life. Primarily sung-through, the show explores the overarching themes of how a family (and its individual members) find their post-baby identities. In the Trenches contains adult humor and language and is recommended for audience members approximately age 16+.
October 19th at 7:30 p.m.; October 20 at 2 p.m.

Fall Flannel Festival at Dairy Block Alley
Oct 20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
LoDo’s vibrant new micro-district – and Denver Milk Market, the 16-concept all-local food hall by Denver Chef Frank Bonanno, are once again celebrating the changing of the seasons with the 2nd annual Fall Flannel Festival on Sunday, Oct. 20th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Denver vs. Western Illinois – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Oct 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Western Illinois for an afternoon of volleyball!

Glow at the Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Oct 21 – 25 
The Gardens dresses up for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds. Using all real pumpkins harvested from local farms, our pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. In addition to the pumpkin sculptures and creepy atmosphere, enjoy a wide array of activities. Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase.

ONGOING EVENTS

Bugtober: Masquerade at the Butterfly Pavilion
Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion will showcase these master illusionists of the invertebrate world all October for Bugtober: Masquerade, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, October 1-31, 2019 at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo. During Bugtober: Masquerade, guests will learn how various animals use lavish patterns and colors to stand out from the crowd and startle would-be predators. Others don complex disguises to remain unseen, concealing their true location, identity or movements to escape their enemies or sneak up on their prey.

Maize in the City
Through October 31
Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event featuring convenient, fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Get lost in your own backyard as you navigate your way through the 20-acre corn maze or mini maze. Find your perfect pumpkin in our easy-pick field. Locally grown by the Maize in the City farmer, choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds. Launch ears of corn 50+ feet across the field with our corn launchers; have your little ones ride through the field on the barrel train; take a turn on our obstacle bouncer.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.

Arts and Smarts! The Science Behind Pixar Has Arrived at the DMNS

Think of your family’s happiest movie-going adventures or Friday family film night at home. You have your popcorn, soda, and candy ready as the screen blazes to life. Chances are a Pixar film is fondly featured. Legendary options include Toy Story, Cars, The Incredibles, Up, and Coco. With 21 feature films and dozens of shorts, Pixar is firmly established as a massive contributor to modern storytelling and innovative breakthroughs in computer animation. 

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has brought The Science Behind Pixar to teach, enlighten, and entertain fans. How does Pixar mix story, art, design, and technology? What is the process they use from the first story idea to the finished film you watch at the theater or at home? How have they influenced and inspired the birth of brand new forms of entertainment? 

The Science Behind Pixar takes curious learners on a journey from initial art sketches to the final computer rendering. Along the way, different films serve as examples of the deeply scientific process behind the movie magic. For example, learn about Rigging (movement) from Monster’s U. How do they make surfaces look shiny, furry, dirty, aged? Examples from movies like Cars and Ratatouille help. Curious about camera shots? Bug’s Life and Wall-E provide perspective. 

Facial expressions are basically the key component in acting. Animation is explored with the help of scenes from The Incredibles. How do animators light scenes? Did you know entire departments at Pixar are devoted to making light look ultra-realistic? Moods and focus are manipulated through color and angles, scientific principles. Finding Nemo, with water effects and undersea lighting, is the perfect film to teach these principles. 

Throughout the exhibit, you and your kids aren’t simply bystanders as you snake your way through. Hands-on stations allow you to create scenes, make a stop-motion film, play with the funny and fascinating sound effects tools, and hear from Pixar employees about what it takes to be part of their team. Everyone should leave the exhibit with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what it takes to bring characters like Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen, Dory, Merida, and so many others into our lives. 

There are plenty of photo opportunities as well, with giant models of your favorite characters and concept art you haven’t seen. Younger children’s attention will be captured by the characters they know. However, the stations are best for older kids who can grasp the concepts behind Pixar’s use of science and math. If you can understand how a spring works as it makes waves, you can understand Brave Merida’s wild mop of curly red hair. When you understand how water flows, you can see the ideas animators used to make ocean waves in Finding Dory

The next time you watch a Pixar film, stay through the credits. Read the thousands of names of people from all over the world who have embraced the wonderful mix of art and science. Each film is a massive achievement that deserves recognition of how people come together in a creative bond. 

The Science Behind Pixar is now open at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It will be on exhibit until April 5, 2020. This is a timed and ticketed exhibit. They encourage you to purchase tickets in advance online for a discount. The ticket price includes admission to the rest of the museum as well. For more information about hours and to purchase your tickets, visit https://www.dmns.org/visit/exhibitions/the-science-behind-pixar/

 

28 family-friendly events in Denver this week

Fun events this week include the Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza, Harvest Farm Festival, Enchanted Hollows and more. See our event calendar for full listings and our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes and Harvest Fun: Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, farm stands and U-Pick Tours

Little Bears Storytime & STEAM Activity at Aspen Academy 
Oct 10, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join us for this free and engaging story time where children participate in fun STEM/STEAM challenges based on the stories! Stories include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Ages 3-5 years old (children must be accompanied by a caregiver). 

University of Denver vs. Western Illinois – Women’s Soccer at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
Oct 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Western Illinois for a night of soccer!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center 
Oct 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche takes on the Boston Bruins live at the Pepsi Center!

Secrets & Illusions at University of Denver | Newman Center for the Performing Arts 
Oct 10, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Join master illusionist Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show SECRETS & ILLUSIONS. Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you’ll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life’s greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time.

Pumpkin Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Oct 11 – 13 
Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children’s activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8. It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport& pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available& while you enjoy the rest of the festival.

Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Oct 11 –13 
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. Get lost in our 7-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms (there is no Corn Maze at York Street). Also enjoy our After Dark Corn Maze and Dead Zone Scream Park. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Harvest Farm Festival at Harvest Farm 
Oct 11  – 13 
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could get all the enchantment of the fall while helping to change livess? At Harvest Farm Fall Festival that is exactly what attendees do. Proceeds from the Festival directly support the New Life Program (NLP) at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 100-acre working farm located in Wellington, CO. The Farm accommodates up to 72 men recovering from chronic homelessness and addiction and helps return them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Oct 11, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Discover this tranquil, 12-acre historic oasis and the site of Denver’s oldest house. Tour the museum, stroll the gardens and grounds, pan for “gold”, and visit our farm animalsExhibits, demonstrati. ons, and special programming compliment cultural and natural history to enrich your park experience.

Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo
Oct 11  –  12 
Enchanted Hollows, perfect for ages 8 and up, featuring our all-new Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival and the just-slightly-spooky Woodland Hollow Art Walk. The frightening fun continues with activities for the whole family, including axe throwing, cornhole, elaborate pumpkin carvings, animal specialist talks and even a Scary-oke sing-along. Enchanted Hollows is open every weekend in October.

After Dark Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Oct 11 – 13 
The lights are out in Corn Maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick. Note: this maze is not haunted. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Free Day at Longmont Museum 
Oct 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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 also features the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center. The Museum hosts hands-on education programs for all ages, indoor and outdoor concerts and performances, film series, lectures and historic tours, and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs, and exhibit-related materials.

Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton 
Oct 12 – 13
Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. No cost to attend.

Candy Crawl at The Shops at Northfield Stapleton 
Oct 12, 3:00  – 5:00 pm
Join us for a SCREAMING good time! The Shops at Northfield Stapleton will host its third-annual FREE Candy Crawl event, Saturday, October 12 from 3 – 5 pm on Main Street. From hay rides to fortune tellers, find your inner child and let your kids be kids as you enjoy trick-or-treating our retailers, while supplies last. Enjoy entertainment; balloon art, Melinda the fire & ice dancer, “Thriller” dancers, face painting, Paint your Pumpkin Craft by Whimsy Paint & Sip, while supplies last, an online photo costume contest,

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes at Pepsi Center 
Oct 12,  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes live at the Pepsi Center.

Low Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium 
Oct 13, 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 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits. Stay as long as you would like.

Game Changers Opening Day! at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Oct 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Get your game on! Discover how innovation has shaped the video game industry in Game Changers, a special exhibition opening at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Game Changers takes you on a fascinating journey, exploring the past and uncovering the future of gaming.

Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
Oct 13, 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

The Doubleclicks – Live in the Dome at The Dome 
Oct 13, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join us in the Dome for a live family-friendly performance featuring The Doubleclicks! The Doubleclicks sing about dinosaurs, cats, social anxiety, identity, and feelings. This all-ages show will feature cello, guitar, meowing cat keyboard, and more nerdy fun from this Internationally-touring, Billboard-charting sibling duo!

Free Day @ Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Oct 14, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.

Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Oct 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.

CONSIGNMENT SALES

Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton at Adams County Fairgrounds 
Oct 10 – 13 
Thursday (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.); Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)

Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton at Adams County Fairgrounds 
Oct 10 – 13 
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton
Thursday (9 a.m.- 7 p.m.); Friday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.); Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)

ONGOING EVENTS

Bugtober: Masquerade at the Butterfly Pavilion
Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion will showcase these master illusionists of the invertebrate world all October for Bugtober: Masquerade, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, October 1-31, 2019 at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo. During Bugtober: Masquerade, guests will learn how various animals use lavish patterns and colors to stand out from the crowd and startle would-be predators. Others don complex disguises to remain unseen, concealing their true location, identity or movements to escape their enemies or sneak up on their prey.

Maize in the City
Through October 31
Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event featuring convenient, fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Get lost in your own backyard as you navigate your way through the 20-acre corn maze or mini maze. Find your perfect pumpkin in our easy-pick field. Locally grown by the Maize in the City farmer, choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds. Launch ears of corn 50+ feet across the field with our corn launchers; have your little ones ride through the field on the barrel train; take a turn on our obstacle bouncer.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.