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Deals: Free music book, Barks & Brews, Pumpkin Festivals & more

How weird is Colorado? According to Our Community Now, we’ve got some pretty weird places! Maybe now is the time to see of them – just in time for Halloween. Some that are on my list this fall include the UFO Watchtower in Hooper Colorado, Rainbow Falls in Manitou Springs; Bishop Castle in Rye and the ultimate haunt – The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park! Will we see you in one of these places? 

Free Music Book. Stephan Hume with Littleton School of Music is so passionate about music that he wants to send you a free copy of his book, I Fell in Love with Music. He shares how music actually saved his life and what you can do at home to help your child love music. He knows first-hand how powerful music can be in positioning a youngster for lifelong success. Go here to sign up for your free book!

Glenwood Caverns Adventure’s Oktoberfest on the Mountain.  This roadtrip will be like no other with Oktoberfest, which will be held two weekends, on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19, when there are events for youngsters as well as the 21 and over crowd. Families can enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and kid’s games with prizes from noon to 5 pm. Alpine Echo, the Roaring Fork Valley’s legendary German band will entertain audiences from noon to 4 p.m. with traditional polkas, waltzes, bierstube songs, and of course everyone’s favorite the chicken dance!All month long the Adventure Park celebrates with autumn-themed activities, and for two weekends in October it goes full-on Bavarian with German music, contests, food and more!
 
MALEFICENT 2: MISTRESS OF EVIL . Disney’s new film MALEFICENT 2: MISTRESS OF EVIL is coming to theatres on October 18th, but we are giving our followers the chance to attend a free advance screening of the film in Denver Send your full name and birthdate to DisneyDenver@gmail.com and enter subject line “MAMAS MOE” for your chance to win a pair of guaranteed seats at the advance screening of the film on Monday, October 14th at 7:00PM. Entry deadline is Monday, October 14th at 10AM.
 
Free Days.  Colorado residents can take advantage of the following free days: October 8 – Denver Firefighter’s Museum; October 10 – Colorado Railroad Museum; October 11 – Four Mile Historic Park; October 14 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science (They have a Science of Pixar exhibit opening on Oct 11!). You can always visit Aurora History Museum, Hudson Gardens and Museum of Outdoor Arts for free.
Denver Art Museum Fall Break. During fall break, October 18-22 the Denver Art Museum will have several interactive exhibits, hands-on art and all for FREE. 

Broncos Deals: All summer long I took advantage of the Rockies deal at Taco Bell. There are several deals you can take advantage of this fall in relations to the Broncos.

·         If the Broncos score two touchdowns you can score an original Roast Beef sandwich at Arby’s the next day for just $1! Even though they’re losing you’re winning.

·         When the broncos win you can get half off a Papa John’s pizza with code: Broncos.

·         King Soopers will give you a free raised or cake donut when they win.

·         Get a free coffee at Conoco between 6 a.m. an d10 a.m. the day after a win.

·         At Buffalo Wild Wings you can get a free appetizer with the purchase of $5 or more (dine in only) after a Broncos win.

 Outlets at Castle Rock: My favorite shopping place, the Outlets of Castle Rock, has literally gone to the dogs! Barks & Brews will take place Saturday, October 12 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. where pet owners, pups and all dog lovers (pet adoptions are available too) can enjoy craft beers, food trucks, entertainment and of course SHOPPING!

IHOP. IHOP is already in the Halloween spirit. The new Addams Family Menu is here and right now, IHOP is offering a free Kooky Kids Combo with any adult entrée purchase from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. through November 3. 

Pumpkin Festivals.

·         Festival of Scarecrows. Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Arvada will celebrate all types of scarecrows! See scarecrows, enjoy a hayride, fun activities or share samples of Chili.

 
·         Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Fall Festival. Celebrate fall at the Chatfield Farms 10-acre pumpkin patch. Get a pumpkin, see the antique tractors, pony rides, horse-drawn hay ride, maze, bouncers and more. October 11-13.
 
·         Pumpkin Nights (I really want to go to this). October 17-November 3 nightly, visit the Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton to see full displays of lit up pumpkins!
 
Hershey’s Candy on Sale. I can’t buy candy for Halloween just yet. If I do, I will eat it all. But if you have better retraint than me – you can score a great deal on Hershey’s candy on Amazon. Get Hershey’s Chocolate Candy, Glow in the Dark Wrapped Variety Mix (43.28 oz) for just $13.34; Get Hershey’s All Time Greats Chocolate Candy (105 pieces) for just $7.49; Get Hershey’s Candy Variety Mix (125 pieces) for just $7.60; Get barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Snack Variety Pack (3 count) for just $9.74!
 
Ski Deals. Labor Day weekend also ushers in thoughts of the ski season. Now is the time to get your season passes! No matter where you choose to ski/snowboard.

·         Vail returns with Epic School Kids FREE pass for Kindergarten through 5th graders. It includes four days of skiing and riding at each: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Keystone. Plus, if you go today or tomorrow you can score a coupon for $15 off the already totally affordable Junior Trade Program. (you have to go to an Epic Mountain Gear store to get the pass).

 
·         5th and 6th Grade Passport. Colorado Ski Country (including most of the other Colorado Ski Areas – Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Cooper, Granby, Sunlight, Steamboat, Winter Park, Aspen, Snowmass, Monarch, Telluride, Eldora) is available for 5th graders who get three days of skiing at each of the resorts, free beginner lesson, and equipment on the day of that lesson for FREE. Sixth-Graders can take advantage of FOUR days at each of the resorts and lesson for just $110.

·         Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo. Plan ahead for the Ski and Snowboard Expo coming October 25-27 to the Colorado Convention Center. Get amazing deals on gear and lift tickets! It is the ultimate in shopping for your upcoming season!

 Children’s Consignment Sales. There is just one more consignment sale this fall.  Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton’s sale will be 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) at the Adam’s County Fairgrounds in Brighton.

 Colorado Colleges Free Application Day. With both of my kids in college – I can tell you, every little bit you can save the better! All 32 public colleges and Universities are waiving fees for applications submitted on Tuesday. There are specific promo codes/instructions on the website: https://highered.colorado.gov/freeappdayco.html

 
 

28 family events in Denver this week

 We have pumpkin harvest festivals! Corn mazes! Fall markets! Free days 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

Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
Oct 3, 2:45 – 4:15 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center 
Oct 3, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center.

Free Day at Museo de las Americas
Oct 4, 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.

 

Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfeld 
Oct 4 – 6 
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.

Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo 
Oct 4 – 5 
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 4 – 5 
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.

University of Denver vs. South Dakota State – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver
Oct 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against South Dakota State for a night of volleyball!

Horseshoe Market at Empower Field at Mile High (Broncos Stadium) Parking Lot G, west side of the stadium. 
Oct 5 – 6 
Horseshoe Market, Denver’s Best Flea Market will host its 10th Fall Market on Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th. This will be the biggest market ever with over 230 vendors–makers, artists, vintage and antiques, food trucks, live music and FREE creative workshops geared towards home inspiration and home decor. Kids DIY and art activities hosted by Craftsman and Apprentice.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
Oct 5, 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.

Open House at Black American West Museum
Oct 5, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Black American West Museum and Historic Denver are competing in a national competition to earn $150,000 for the home of Dr. Justina Ford, which serves as the location of the Black American West Museum. To celebrate this exciting opportunity and give our community a chance to experience the home for themselves, we are hosting a free open house, full of historical enactors, food trucks, and performers. 

Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Four Mile Historic Park
Oct 5 – 6 
Visit an old-time fall festival on twelve historic acres—without leaving the city!

Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton
Oct 5 – 6 

Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. Enjoy 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, available on the expansive patio.

The 5th Annual Cherry Creek North Art Feast at Cherry Creek North 
Oct 5, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The 5th Annual Cherry Creek North Art Feast is a FREE event that is on October 5th form 2PM-5PM. Visitors can join us for a collision of food and art during this free walking tour of Cherry Creek North, featuring the area’s most acclaimed galleries and select bites from renowned restaurants. Art Feast is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for culinary and artistic interaction, sampling and learning, in a re-imagined way. Each participating gallery will showcase creativity at work in their own unique fashion. With live demonstrations, musical performances, store discounts and more, this event is sure to inspire the artist in all of us.

Grim Rising: An interactive evening of Circus, Food, and Fright! at Apex School of Movement Denver 
Oct 5 – 6 
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 a hand crafted lighting design to completely transform the space into an interactive underworld full of monsters.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center 
Oct 5, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche takes on Minnesota Wild live at the Pepsi Center!

Darci Lynne and Friends at Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Oct 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” Following AGT she sold out her headlining show in six minutes, having to add more shows. She is a young ventriloquist who is inspiring the next generation to keep it alive.

University of Denver vs. South Dakota – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Oct 6, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against South Dakota for an afternoon of volleyball!

University of Denver vs. Pacific – Men’s Soccer at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Oct 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Pacific for an afternoon of soccer.

Free Day at Denver Firefighters Museum 
Oct 8, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission to Denver Firefighters Museum!

Maddi’s Fridge at Lakewood Cultural Center 
Oct 8, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her refrigerator. How can she help her best friend? Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this hour-long play addresses childhood hunger and food insecurity through an endearing exploration of friendship.

Consignment Sales:

Just Between Friends of Loveland at The Outlets at Loveland 
Oct 3 – 7 
Just Between Friends of Loveland
Times: Thurs. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (50% off)
Where: The Outlets at Loveland – I-25 & Hwy 34

Haute Tots Sale at Arvada Methodist Church 
Oct 4 – 5 
Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ; Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (half-price sale)

St. Philip Early Learning Center at St. Philip Lutheran Church 
Oct 4 –5 
Friday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (white ticketed items are half-price)

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.

We Wrote The Book On Music Lessons … And We’d Love To Give You A Free Copy

I’m not a Mama… but I’m a parent of two.  You might say I’m a “Mile High Dada.”  And in my business, I work with parents and families every day as we all continue our community quest to raise the next generation of inspired, confident people.

That quest is my central mission – and I’m passionate about it!

That’s why I started the school more than a dozen years ago… why I wake up excited every morning… and why my friend Marty Fort and I wrote the book on Music Lessons in Littleton, CO.

As we detail in our book, I Fell in Love with Music: Why I started Littleton School of Music, music lessons aren’t really about music.

Not entirely.

No, giving your child the gift of music love – from playing music at home to enrolling them in a safe, professional “musical family” like ours – is really about developing the kind of confidence, persistence, and positivity we all want our future adults to enjoy.

Of course, among the many “outside activities” you and your child could choose – from athletics to hobbies – music school is just one option.  As a parent, you’ll want to evaluate every “fit,” from what seems right for your individual kiddo, to how an activity will work within a limited family budget.

We’re all looking for the best for our children – and that means, among other things, the best “bang for our buck!”

So I’d like to offer you a free copy of I Fell in Love with Music.  I think you’ll find it helps you make a truly informed choice, not just about Littleton Music Lessons, but about how to evaluate all the options for your child.

Here are some of the things you’ll learn from the book:

  • My personal story – how music actually saved my life
  • How to tell if your child’s ready for music lessons – not every child is
  • What you can do at home to help your child love music
  • How music lessons help in ways far beyond music itself (academics, for instance)
  • The best ways to measure your kid’s progress
  • Details about the most popular lesson types (guitar, keyboard, percussion, and voice)
  • Common myths about Piano Lessons, Voice Lessons, and more

… and more.

Clearly, I’m a big believer in music lessons for children.  I know first-hand how powerful music can be in positioning a youngster for lifelong success

Now that school’s in session, and children (older and younger) start looking for other things to do, it’s a great time to learn more about wholesome, safe, productive activities.

As hundreds of our school’s families have discovered, music might be just the ticket.

So let me share with you a copy of my book. As a parent, an informed choice is always a good choice.

Stephan Hume, founder of Littleton School of Music, appeared on the hit MTV show “Made,” and created the school in 2006.  His music degree is from the University of Colorado (Denver), and he lives in Littleton with his wife, Lauren, and his young son and daughter.

 For your free copy of the book, call (303) 972-7625 or email info@littletonmusiclessons.com.  Supplies are limited. 

 By Stephan Hume, Littleton School of Music

 

 

24 family-friendly events this weekend

It’s the Energy Day Festival, the 16th Street Fair and much more. See our event calendar for full listings. Also, don’t miss Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes. 

Energy Day Colorado at East High School in Denver 
Sept 28, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for fun, games and prizes at Energy Day Colorado! This FREE family festival showcases exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), where students take part in hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits to learn about the different types of energy, how it is processed and how we use it to fuel our lives.

Wild Kratts Live! at Bellco Theatre 
Sept 26, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This all-new theatrical stage show is based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts, step out live onstage to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story.Starting off in their headquarters, the “Tortuga,” the Kratts receive a message about an animal in trouble. Always ready to help animals in need, they pull on their “Creature Power” vests and gloves and are off. 

Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 
Sept 27 – 29 
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.

16th Street Fair
Sept 27 – Sep 28 
The 11th annual 16th Street Fair is an annual celebration of fine art, handcrafted goods, and the 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver. Take a stroll along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers, producing original and unique handmade goods, in a wide array of media. This is Downtown Denver’s premier art and craft festival located in the city center along the busiest pedestrian street in the State.

Family Pride Night at WOW! Children’s Museum 
Sept 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
In honor of Boulder Pridefest, WOW! is proud to host Family Pride Night, an event for all families to celebrate kindness and acceptance! The night’s festivities include Drag Queen Story Hour at 6:30pm, DIY face painting station, selfie silhouette craft, chain of kindness project, and of course, playtime in the Museum.

Colorado Mountain Fest at American Mountaineering Museum 
Sept 28 – 29 
The Colorado Mountain Fest is a free celebration of Colorado’s outdoor community, through demos from top brands, clinics and workshops led by well-known outdoor athletes, and a party featuring local food, entertainment, a beer garden sponsored by Odell Brewing, and giveaways all weekend!

Free Entrance Day at National Parks 
Sept 28, 8:00 am – 8:00 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.

Maize in the City  
Sept 28– Oct 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.

CU Wizards! “Batteries@ Redox, Reuse, Recharge!” 
Sept 28, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Batteries are just about everywhere these days but do you know how they work? Did you know you can run a clock with orange juice? Or make a calculator battery from pennies, nails and fruit? Come see the World’s Smallest Electric Train and many more amazing demonstrations of fun things you can do with batteries! Dr. Susan Henrickson explains the chemistry involved in making a battery in this energetic, fun show.

Fetch Fall Market at EXDO Event Center 
Sept 28– 29 
The Fetch Fall Market returns on September 28-29, 2019 to the EXDO Events Center in RiNo! We’ll be bringing all of those Fall Fetch Feels for a festivity-filled weekend to kick off the season. Grab your scarf and pumpkin spice latte – and join us to shop with your fave Colorado makers, sip on craft cocktails and local brews, nosh on food truck eats, and a whole lot more.

Golden Sidewalk Sale at Downtown Golden 
Sept 28, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Head to Golden for deep discounts at the Golden Sidewalk Sale. Golden’s mostly locally-owned stores are going all out for this event with great prices on everything from outdoor gear and jewelry to clothing and artisan crafts. Get to Golden early for the best selection. The sale is citywide and most Downtown Golden merchants are participating.

Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver Community Open House 
Sept 28, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
In celebration of the new, state-of-the-art Steadman Hawkins Clinic for sports medicine, UCHealth is hosting a free open house for the community. Bring family and friends and explore the new facility! In addition to self guided tours, there will be demonstrations of the advanced orthopedic training and recovery equipment. Enjoy healthy refreshments, along with a number of surprise sports activities along the way. 

University of Denver vs. Eastern Illinois – Men’s Soccer at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Sept 28, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Eastern Illinois for an afternoon of soccer!

Cosmico Americas at Civic Center Park 
Sept 28, 4:00 – 10:00 pm
The Biennial of the Americas Festival culminates on Saturday, Sept. 28 with Cósmico Americas, a free, family-friendly celebration of arts and culture of the Americas at Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver. Cósmico will feature Jaguara, a spectacular light and sound show and the artistic centerpiece of the Festival. Jaguara is the artistic vision of Sonic Design Studio, a digital design company based out of Bogotá, Colombia.

Dairy Presents the Boulder Magic Showcase at Dairy Arts Center 
Sept 28, 8:30 – 9:45 pm
Following several sold out shows, Braden Carlisle and friends will once again amaze and amuse the Boulder crowd. This show will feature close-up magic, made visible live on the screen. With styles ranging from mentalism to comedy, the captivating comedy magician will leave you laughing harder than you thought possible at a magic show!

Susan G. Komen Colorado – More Than Pink Walk at Auraria Campus 
Sept 29, 6:00 am – 11:00 am
We are premiering the Susan G. Komen Colorado MORE THAN PINK Walk™. Along with a new name, the walk will include a fresh new look and experience focused on energizing the community around the lifesaving work Komen Colorado supporters make possible. The MORE THAN PINK Walk will begin with a new, inspirational opening ceremony that will celebrate anyone who has ever faced a breast cancer diagnosis. 

Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
Sept 29 at 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.

Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at Empower Field at Mile High 
Sept 29, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Sept 29, 5:30  – 7:30 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against FC Dallas.

Free Tuesday Night at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Oct 1, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of every month from 4 – 8 pm. Create in The Art Studio, power a hot air balloon or make giant bubbles. There is always something new to explore!

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.

Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more.  denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar

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.

Deals: Energy Day, Fall Break, Broncos Win Deals & more

I will be joining the drive up the mountains this weekend to see the leaves in the high country. I was lucky enough to spend the last couple weeks in the Northeast United States seeing leaves of bright reds and awesome fall colors – but there is something about my home state, that we even named Colorado (which has the world color in it) – which means we, too, are one of the best places to see fall. Fall also means great deals, thinking about ski season, a pumpkin festival or two. See our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes
 
Energy DayEnergy Day is a free, family-focused event that attracts students, educators, and families, showcasing real-world examples and interactive exhibits to highlight the fun students can have in their future careers if they used their classroom skills to pursue STEM education and fill Colorado’s workforce-ready pipeline.  This year’s Energy Day Festival is Saturday, Sept. 28, at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, where you can learn, listen to music, eat great food from area food trucks and enjoy time with your family and friends.
 
Glenwood Caverns Adventure’s Octoberfest on the Mountain.  This roadtrip will be like no other with Oktoberfest, which will be held two weekends, on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19, when there are events for youngsters as well as the 21 and over crowd. Families can enjoy hayrides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and kid’s games with prizes from noon to 5 pm. Alpine Echo, the Roaring Fork Valley’s legendary German band will entertain audiences from noon to 4 p.m. with traditional polkas, waltzes, bierstube songs, and of course everyone’s favorite the chicken dance!All month long the Adventure Park celebrates with autumn-themed activities, and for two weekends in October it goes full-on Bavarian with German music, contests, food and more!
 
Pumpkin Festival at Jared’s: Our own Amber Johnson’s husband, Jamie is a pumpkin grower! Rarely do I get super ALL the giant pumpkins, you can visit Jared’s Nursery Pumpkin Festival  on Saturday, September 28 to witness the famous half-ton pumpkin weigh-off, straw maze, face painting, food trucks and bounce castles.

ThriftCon with Thriftopia Shopping. How awesome a name is that? Seriously excited about Thritopia markets, with is a collection of vintage clothing and collectible vendors all at the Dairy Block on three successive Fridays – starting this Friday, September 27 from 5 p.m to 10 p.m.

Denver Art Museum Fall Break. During fall break, October 18-22 the Denver Art Museum will have several interactive exhibits, hands-on art and all for FREE.

Broncos Deals: All summer long I took advantage of the Rockies deal at Taco Bell. There are several deals you can take advantage of this fall in relations to the Broncos.

·         If the Broncos score two touchdowns you can score an original Roast Beef sandwich at Arby’s the next day for just $1! Even though they’re losing you’re winning.

·         When the broncos win you can get half off a Papa John’s pizza with code: Broncos.

·         King Soopers will give you a free raised or cake donut when they win.

·         Get a free coffee at Conoco between 6 a.m. an d10 a.m. the day after a win.

·         At Buffalo Wild Wings you can get a free appetizer with the purchase of $5 or more (dine in only) after a Broncos win.

Boyer’s Coffee Party: I love learning that a brand or an item is from right here in our back yard. Boyer’s Coffee (at 7295 N. Washington St.) is having a coffee party on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. Free drip coffee both days, 50% off beverages, 25% off bags of Luna Brands (Boyer’s, Boca Java, Boulder Organic and Luna Roasters) and 15% off coffee accessories. There will also be some awesome giveaways on Friday including drink vouchers, bagged coffee, lunch at food trucks and more!

IHOP. IHOP is already in the Halloween spirit. The new Addams Family Menu is here and right now, IHOP is offering a free Kooky Kids Combo with any adult entrée purchase from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. through November 3.

Botanic Gardens Fall Sale: Now is the time to plant bulbs and fall plants. (You can be like me and I’m surprised when it comes up in the spring because I can’t remember what I planted in fall). Shop the Denver Botanic Garden’s Fall Plant and Blub sale on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. Plus, even better, the staff is on hand to give you free expert advice! AT the Botanic Gardens located at 1007 York St.

Abominable Movie Screening. You can make magic anywhere. #AbominableMovie is in theaters September 27. For your chance to see the film at the advance screening in Denver on Saturday, September 21 enter through https://forms.gle/YAR6GpVNhAUq8fmR7 to receive an admit-four pass, while supplies last. Arrive early because seating is not guaranteed.

Ski Deals. Labor Day weekend also ushers in thoughts of the ski season. Now is the time to get your season passes! No matter where you choose to ski/snowboard.

·       Vail returns with Epic School Kids FREE pass for Kindergarten through 5th graders. It includes four days of skiing and riding at each: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte and Keystone. Plus, if you go today or tomorrow you can score a coupon for $15 off the already totally affordable Junior Trade Program. (you have to go to an Epic Mountain Gear store to get the pass).

·       5th and 6th Grade Passport. Colorado Ski Country (including most of the other Colorado Ski Areas – Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Cooper, Granby, Sunlight, Steamboat, Winter Park, Aspen, Snowmass, Monarch, Telluride, Eldora) is available for 5th graders who get three days of skiing at each of the resorts, free beginner lesson, and equipment on the day of that lesson for FREE. Sixth-Graders can take advantage of FOUR days at each of the resorts and lesson for just $110.

 

You’ve heard of ‘STEM’ but what is ‘STEAM?’ Don’t miss the Energy Day Festival this week!

You’ve likely seen or hear educators, parents and community leaders use the acronym STEM, but lately, people have been using the acronym STEAM – so what’s the added “A”?

Let’s start with the basics for those of us who aren’t familiar with STEM either: STEM is an acronym for “Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics,” and is frequently used when referencing these academic disciplines. STEAM, however, adds an “A” for “Arts.” STEAM was championed by John Maeda, former President of Rhode Island School of Design, whose argument for the importance of the arts in education points to the need for students to be creative thinkers, innovative and use design-thinking.

During young developmental years, data suggests that exposure to the arts can increase a child’s aptitude for grasping concepts like science, engineering, reading, and math. But STEAM isn’t just a bunch of subject areas thrown together, and it’s a 21st-century approach to learning. You probably had science and math in school as well, but STEAM focuses on infusing hands-on learning opportunities into schools, where students must work together in teams to find solutions for problems that involve science, technology, art, math, engineering, and computer science.

Why do we need STEAM in primary schools?

Bringing STEAM to students at an early age isn’t just about putting a computer in front of them or asking them to read e-books in place of hardcovers. Helping students to pursue STEAM educational tracks is about using creative lesson plans that allow for different learning methodologies that can be utilized while exploring augmented and virtual reality, the cloud and its capabilities, computer programming and more to help students develop vital skillsets for the future workforce.

Instead of opening up a textbook and explaining how circuits work to young 5th-grade students, a STEAM centered curriculum would instead suggest buying a pack of lemons, some alligator clips, a few small bulbs, and some zinc and copper nails and have students work together to build a circuit. During this hands-on approach, they will learn what a closed-circuit looks like, how positive and negative charges work, and about wiring and acidity. Don’t take my word for it, Microsoft Education has launched an entire line of these types of low-cost, hands-on STEM lessons for all grade levels and areas.

Studies suggest that as a society we cannot even imagine some of the careers that the students in 9th grade, 7th grade, and even 1st and 2nd grade will hold when they are our age because those job opportunities do not even exist yet. This is why it is imperative that we not only increase the opportunities to infuse current curriculum with innovative technology but that through those creative lesson plans we are teaching students critical thinking skills, problem-solving capabilities, communication, creativity, the ability to fail and to adapt to change. Moreover, STEM-related jobs are projected to grow 2x as fast every year compared to non-STEM jobs.

We should be introducing STEAM during early learning years through post-high school education to ensure future generations will have the tools to be successful in an increasingly global economy where nearly every career will require working with technology.

How Important is STEAM?

In the 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined the need for teaching 21st-century skills to students to become more competitive with other nations in the fields of STEM. During his time as President, he led a movement towards 100,000 new STEM teachers and project-based learning.

In 2017, President Trump launched an initiative to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and put $200 million in grant funds a year to ensure students are receiving this high-quality instruction.

Since then, many states have followed suit, creating entire computer science curricula, implementing state-wide learning standards, pouring millions into the professional development of teachers to train them on best practices in teaching computer science in their classrooms, and working with business and industry to identify and build programs that fill the gaps in our workforce.

To learn more about STEM and get your student involved in subjects that could lead to amazing career paths, or even if you want a fun, educational day out of the house – come down to Denver’s Energy Day Festival!

 Energy Day is a free, family-focused event that attracts students, educators, and families, showcasing real-world examples and interactive exhibits to highlight the fun students can have in their future careers if they used their classroom skills to pursue STEM education and fill Colorado’s workforce-ready pipeline.

 This year’s Energy Day Festival is Saturday, Sept. 28, at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, where you can learn, listen to music, eat great food from area food trucks and enjoy time with your family and friends.

 Come out and celebrate this great day of energy education with Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF) and Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). For more information, visit EnergyDayFestival.org/Colorado.

25 family-friendly events in Denver this week

It’s Oktoberfest! Jurassic Quest! The Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival! Don’t miss these and other fun fall events this weekend. See our event calendar for full listings. Also, don’t miss Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes. 

Jurassic Quest at Colorado Convention Center 
Sept 20 – 22 
Jurassic Quest is Americas Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among the living, breathing dinosaurs.

Handmade in Colorado Expo at Skyline Park 
Sept 20 – 22 
The Handmade in Colorado Expo is an annual showcase of some of Colorado’s Best Handmade Arts, Crafts, and Goods. All merchandise displayed at this juried show is handmade in Colorado and sold direct by the artist or crafter. A huge collection of exhibitors will represent a wide range of media. All work sold will be created from both emerging and experienced artisans from Colorado. This event is designed for Locavores as customers will only find Colorado made items. Free admission, Live music, and family fun.

Schatzi’s Oktoberfest at Bega Park
Sep 20 – 22 
Join us for this family friendly event featuring German music, German food and Dachsund races.

Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Sept 20 – 22 
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.

Longmont Oktoberfest at Roosevelt Park 
Sept 20 – 21 
The festival will also feature 15+ local craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries as well as local food, and games for all ages. Ranked as a “Must Visit Oktoberfest” by DRAFT magazine, Longmont Oktoberfest celebrates the summer’s transition to fall at Roosevelt Park. In addition to music all weekend, the event will feature classic Oktoberfest activities including sack races (kids and adults), stein holding contests, a costume contest, bratwurst eating competition, and the tapping of the official Oktoberfest keg.

Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival at Union Avenue Historic District 
Sept 20 – 22 
In some places, the sight of falling leaves is synonymous with fall. In Pueblo, the savory aroma of roasting chilies signals summer’s end. The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, held each year the third weekend after Labor Day, is Pueblo’s harvest celebration. The festival s hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce.

Free Day at Joy Park at the Children’s Museum 
Sept 20, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Discover canyons, rivers, sand dunes and all the surprises Colorado’s wild outdoors has in store.

Extreme Sports for Families at  Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Sept 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you really know what it takes? Explore the temporary exhibition “Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits.” After you have an extreme dinner at the Museum, try your hand at the skills required to master your own extreme sports and work on your own extreme crafts for the whole family!

University of Denver vs. Santa Clara Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Sept 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Santa Clara for a night of volleyball.

Jefferson Park Farm & Flea at Jefferson Park Neighborhood 
Sept 21, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Jefferson Park Farm & Flea is an urban marketplace dedicated to bringing the community the best food, handmade items, vintage finds, quality produce and urban homesteading goods and information. See website for hours.

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 at Colorado Railroad Museum 
Sept 21 – 22 
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Colorado Railroad Museum on September 21-22. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

Arvada Care Care Fest & Free Car Show at Sonsio (across from Van Bibber Park) 
Sept 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Arvada Car Care Fest and Car Show is a FREE, family-friendly event that will include: FREE Car Services & Information, Free Car Maintenance Advice & Information, Free Tire Tread Checks & Air Fill Station, Child Car Seat Inspection Information and Valuable Coupons & Giveaways.

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival @ Audubon Center at Chatfield 
Sept 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The largest Denver Audubon family event of the year and the only owl festival in the Denver-Metro area! Join us for live owl demonstrations with Nature’s Educators, a hidden owl scavenger hunt in our Native Plant Gardens, owl pellet dissections, educational owl booths, owl crafts, live folk music from local Denver band Nearly There, delicious eats from the Migration Taco food truck, and owl merchandise from local vendors.

Givetoberfest at Stanley Marketplace 
Sept 21, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
The Neir Team presents the 2nd annual Givetoberfest in Stapleton! It’s an Oktoberfest charity event benefitting Stapleton Elementary Schools and one you will not want to miss. Come dressed in your lederhosen and drindl’s and dance to Rick Borger and the Average German Band while they play traditional German music, chicken dance, Ein Prozit and many many more!

Water Lantern Festival at Boyd Lake State Park
Sept 21, 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Water Lantern Festival was Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflect upon the water.

University of Denver Women’s Soccer vs. Colorado University at Denver Athletics and Recreation 
Sept 21, 7:30  – 9:00 pm
Come out and support Colorado Women’s Soccer!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center
Sept 22, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild – Preseason game at Pepsi Center.

Scotty Wiese Mile High Magic at Bovine Metropolis Theater 
Sept 22, 7:00 pm – 9:30 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.

CONSIGNMENT SALES:

Just Between Friends of Denver at the National Western Complex 
Sept 19 – 22 
Just Between Friends of Douglas County at Douglas County Fairgrounds
Sept 19 – Sep 22 
Boulder County Kids Sale at Boulder Valley Christian Church 
Sept 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

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.

Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more.  denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar

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.

25 best things to do in Denver this week

Fun events this weekend include hop, skip & a jump start, Oktoberfest, Day Out With Thomas, Rally for the Canal-ly and much more. See our event calendar for full listings. 

Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum 
Sept 12, 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.

Wild Toddler Chronicles -Getting Kids Outside with Brian Lewis at FERAL
Sept 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to take your young kids hiking? Camping? Backpacking? But you were too intimidated to try? Exploring with kids can be daunting, but the rewards are beyond gratifying. Join us September 12th at 6:30pm for a talk with Brian Lewis who will review recommended gear, where to find additional resources, and how he plans for trips with young kids. He’ll share all of his best practices that you need to get outside with your family.

Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park 
Sept 13, 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.

Oktoberfest at Denver Union Station
Sept 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Throw on your lederhosen, our annual Oktoberfest event at Terminal Bar is back! Sip on brews from Dry Dock, Odell, Left Hand, and Denver Beer Co. while enjoying festive music from the Polkanauts. Feeling strong? The winner of the stein-holding competition will win a free night’s stay at The Crawford Hotel!

Denver Jazz Festival at Ellie Caulkins Opera House 
Sept 13 – 15 
Denver Vintage Jazz Festival is THREE days of world-class music held in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado and expecting a record crowd of over 600 dancers and listeners. This early-era throwback party appeal is unrivaled in Denver located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Our one-of-a-kind Vintage festival focuses primarily on vintage jazz and blues of the 1930’s & 1940’s. 

Arvada Harfest Half Marathon 5K/10K/10M at Memorial Park 
Sept 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
There are many road closures that will impact how you arrive and exit from the start area! All details are on the front page of the event website. Please visit www.featonthestreet.com:

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 at Colorado Railroad Museum 
Sept 14 – 15 
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Colorado Railroad Museum on September 14-15, 21-22. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

MuckFest Denver at  Salisbury North 
Sept 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
MuckFest features 18 obstacles primed to make you fly and climb higher than you’ve ever gone before. Conquer the 5K course with friends and afterward, proudly wear your new MuckFest t-shirt and hoist your free beer in the MuckFestival as you re-live the adventure and celebrate your accomplishment.

Rally for the Canal-ly Along the High Line Canal at Schomp Subaru 
Sept 14, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join the High Line Canal Conservancy along with community leaders and Schomp Subaru for a family-friendly celebration of the tremendous progress we’ve made to protect and enhance the High Line Canal. Help us launch groundbreaking projects with free food, family fun and a Canal cleanup.

1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market at The Fort
Sept 14 – 15 

A day at the 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market is a day in the early West, offering engaging and immersive fun for the whole family. Historic interpreters will show guests day-to-day skills from the 1840s, such as horse and mule packing; fire-starting; beadwork; sign language; blacksmithing; moccasin-making; arrow-making; wool processing; and more. Guests will be able to put these newly found skills to the test, under the guidance of bonafide Mountain Men and Frontier Women.

Free Day at Longmont Museum
Sept 14, 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.

Museum Takeover: Dinosaurs at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 
Sept 14, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

T-Rexes and Velociraptors and Allosauruses, oh my! Discover dinosaurs like never before with interactive activity stations throughout the gallery. The dinosaurs might be gone, but fun will never go extinct. 

6th Annual Lebanese Festival at St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church 
Sept 14 – 15
The Festival is a volunteer-run, purpose-driven event. Our purpose is to share traditional food and contemporary folk music highlighting the culture and history of Lebanon through music, food, dance and other forms of artistic and culinary expressions presented through events and educational experiences that celebrate the ever-changing nature of our American integrated existence.

Hands-on History Family Fun Day at History Colorado Center
Sept 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
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.

Sloan’s Lake Fall Bazaar at Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger 
Sept 14– 15 
Denver BAZAAR is bringing their lively weekend marketplace to the heart of Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, with Shopping & Sipping taking over three blocks starting at Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger.

Sunnyside Music Festival at Chaffee Park 
Sept 14, 12:00 – 7:30 pm
The Sunnyside Music Festival provides free music, fun entertainment, local food, lots of beer, and kids activities to the greater Sunnyside neighborhood of Northwest Denver via an inclusive all-day music festival in Chaffee Park.

Denver Outlaws vs. New York Lizards at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
Sept 14, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!

Civic Center Centennial Celebration at Civic Center Park 
Sept 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy will celebrate the centennial year of Denver’s Civic Center Park as we honor two very special supporters of the Conservancy, Dennis Humphries and the Boettcher Foundation, with the 2019 Elaine Asarch Award. For the first time in the Conservancy’s 15-year history, this annual event will take place outdoors in Civic Center Park.

hop, skip & a jump start at Denver Children’s Museum
Sept 15, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Totally 80s 5K, Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot & Kids Course. This year is all about the 80s! Break out the neon and get your Walkman ready for a radical time. Bringing the kids? Our 5k along the South Platte River Trail is stroller friendly and you can watch them go for gold in the Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot or Kids Course. Then, check out the expo and fuel up with nutritious snacks.

Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
Sept 15, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Cheer on the Denver Broncos as they take on the Chicago Bears in their first home regular season game!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi Center 
Sept 17, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Preseason game at Pepsi Center!

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.

Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more.  denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar

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.

Best Jobs for Future Workforce, ‘STEAM,’ and this not-to-be missed event

There have been many conversations surrounding what the future of our workforce looks like and the gaps in our current labor market. In March, there were over 1 million more job openings than unemployed workers. Since 2009, more than 800,000 STEM jobs have been added to the U.S. economy and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2012 and 2022 there will be another 1 million open STEM-related jobs added to the U.S. economy. This is a 13% rate of growth, faster than the 11% rate of growth projected for all occupations.

Over the last few years, the push for STEM has included a push for the arts and humanities as well, creating STEAM. Studies show that students who have access to an education filled with arts, are not only more apt towards creativity and design-thinking, two important skills needed whether you’re a software engineer or marketing professional, but that they also tend to perform better in science and math, have better test scores, and are even more well-behaved than peers.

Not only that, but STEAM education also helps students find solutions to real world problems – just check out this video from Academy High School in Texas to see how they have set up their school to produce positive impacts on students with this type of inquiry-based approach to education.

The “future” of AI, robotics, computer science, and virtual reality, is now; the need to prepare our graduates for the workforce they will be a part of is long overdue and it requires high-quality STEAM education.

The good news is that many school districts across the country have already started offering more computer science classes and implemented using project-based learning and hands-on opportunities to help bridge the gap in STEM knowledge, critical thinking skills, and adaptability – all vital qualities to landing open jobs and our future workforce.

State workforce development agencies like CareerSource Florida have even started offering competitive apprenticeship programs where apprentices can expect to earn $60,000 to help fill gaps within our workforce! When STEM education is supported by the business community, parents, industry and nonprofits (referred to as STEM ecosystems) our students are better off and our country’s future is brighter.

To learn more about STEM and get your student involved in subjects that could lead to amazing career paths, or even if you want a fun, educational day out of the house – come down to Denver’s Energy Day Festival!

 Energy Day is a free, family-focused event that attracts students, educators, and families, showcasing real-world examples and interactive exhibits to highlight the fun students can have in their future careers if they used their classroom skills to pursue STEM education and fill Colorado’s workforce-ready pipeline.

 This year’s Energy Day Festival is Saturday, Sept. 28, at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, where you can learn, listen to music, eat great food from area food trucks and enjoy time with your family and friends.

 Come out and celebrate this great day of energy education with Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF) and Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA). For more information, visit EnergyDayFestival.org/Colorado.

 

24 family-fun events in Denver this weekend

Welcome to fall! Don’t miss the Arvada Harvest Festival & Parade, Women’s Adventure Camp, Colorado Mineral and Fossil Fall Show and more. Go to our event calendar for full calendar listings. 

Just Between Friends of Loveland at The Outlets at Loveland
Sept 5 –  8
Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival at Estes Park Events Center 
Sept 5 – 8
Come celebrate at one of the largest Celtic festivals in the nation. Entertainment includes bagpipe bands, Irish dancing, folk music, merchant tents and professional Scottish athletes competing in stone-put, hammer toss and caber toss.

Free Day at Museo de las Americas 
Sept 6, 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.

Arvada Harvest Festival & Parade at Olde Town Arvada 
Sep 6 – 8 
Food, Carnival Games, Kids Zone, Kids Parade and Beer, Margarita & Wine Garden on the midway. Music & Movie in McIlvoy Park. Teddy Bear Picnic at the Library. Spelling Bee Pre Test on Friday & Food Fair & Garden Harvest on Saturday in St. Ann’s Cafeteria. Spelling Bee Final on Sunday at School House.

Colorado Mineral and Fossil Fall Show at Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 
Sept 6 – 15 
Our Fall Show is fast approaching! Make the travel plans early. And please share the exciting news! We’re looking forward to seeing you there! Free Admission! Free Parking! Our Dealers are bringing their best to Denver, September 6-14, 2019!

Women’s Adventure Camp at Camp Chief Ouray 
Sept 6 –  8 
Women’s Adventure Camp at Camp Chief Ouray, at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby (part of the YMCA of the Rockies).

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 at Colorado Railroad Museum 
Sept 7 – 8 
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Colorado Railroad Museum on September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

American Field Denver at EXDO Event Center 
Sept 7 – 8 
Stop by our 2-day marketplace Sept 7-8 to purchase unique goods made by 50+ local craftsmen! Shop everything from home goods to accessories to clothing and enjoy live music, beer and cocktails.

Denver Art Museum Friendship Powow and American Indian Cultural Celebration at Denver Art Museum 
Sept 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join us for the 30th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration! Everyone is welcome and general admission is free. One of the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) longest-running events, the 30th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, artist booths, and more.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
Sept 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 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.

Stanley Arts Festival at Stanley Marketplace 
Sept 7 – Sep 8 
CherryArts presents the 5th annual Stanley Arts Festival, Saturday & Sunday September 7- 8. The Stanley Arts Festival is a celebration of national art and local flavor with creative experiences for everyone at one of the most popular venues for people to eat, drink, shop, and play in the Denver metro area.

Art District Fest at Next to The Ramble Hotel 
Sept 7 – 8 

Art District Fest 2019. Building community and momentum for Denver Artists & Makers during the second weekend of CRUSH, September 7+8.

Larimer Block Party at River North Art District – RiNo 
Sept 7, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Larimer Block Party at Denver Central Market Parking Lot from 12-8 p.m.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 
Sept 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC. 

Low Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium 
Sept 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.

Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair at Forest Parkway 
Sept 8, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tour seven homes in Denver’s most architecturally diverse neighborhood and then enjoy the free Street Fair with vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, wine & beer, kid’s activities, and sustainability zone.  

Scotty Wiese Mile High Magic at Bovine Metropolis Theater 
Sept 8, 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.

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.

Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more.  denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar

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.