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Denver Events

Find Denver-area activities for kids in our event calendar!  

New feature: You may now add your own family-friendly event to our calendar below for free! Please no fundraisers, camps, or ongoing events (longer than a week).  Only two listings per organization per month. Events must be geared to families or will not be approved. 

Sep
28
Sat
Maize in the CIty @ Maize in the City
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm

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. Bounce above the corn stalks on our pumpkin bounce pillow – the largest in the state! Visit and feed animals in our petting zoo. Swim through our free corn kernel box or take a turn conquering the free playground area. Experience hours of family fun just 15 minutes outside of downtown Denver. 

Oct
17
Thu
Pumpkin Nights @ Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex
Oct 17 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 3 @ 10:30 pm

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 can look forward to seven immersive Pumpkin Lands, including: Forbidden Pumpkin City, Monster Mash, Great Pumpkin Hall, Maravilla Lane, Pumpkin Pirate Cove, Pumpkin Reef, Enchanted Pumpkin Forest, and the festival area – Pumpkin CentralPumpkin Nights also features a fire show, an outdoor movie screening, a bounce house for the little ones, a variety of treats and drinks, and much more at Pumpkin Central. Create lasting memories with family and friends or an unforgettable date with plenty of photo ops throughout the grounds!

 Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.PumpkinNights.com. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time; the event is closed on Halloween.

 

 

Website: www.PumpkinNights.com

Oct
18
Fri
Fall Break @ Denver Art Museum
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm

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.

CREATE-N-TAKES

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.

PAINT STUDIO

The Paint Studio, located on level 1, is open during regular museum hours and offers several hands-on painting activities for visitors of all ages. On Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, catch local artist Kaitlyn Tucek demonstrating The Expressive Figure: Painting as Narrative from noon to 3 p.m. in the studio.

EXHIBITIONS

Most of the exhibitions on view at the DAM during Fall Break are included in general admission and are free for kids; these exhibitions include The Light ShowTreasures of British Art: The Berger CollectionShantell Martin: Words and LinesEyes On: Jonathan Saiz and Eyes On: Erika Harrsch. Step into the shining world of the First Light Family Space on level 3 and try hands-on activities inspired by The Light Show.

Opening on Oct. 21, Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will not be included in general admission and will require a separate timed ticket for entry. Some special exhibition tickets currently remain for Oct. 21 and 22. Monet tickets for nonmembers start at $27 for adults, tickets for youth ages 6-18 are capped at $5, and tickets for children ages 5 and under are free.

Fall Break activities are included in general admission, which is free for youth 18 and under and DAM members every day. All Fall Break activities are presented in English and Spanish. For more information on Fall Break at the DAM, visit denverartmuseum.org/calendar/fall-break-2019.

Oct
21
Mon
Glow at the Gardens @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – Oct 25 @ 9:30 pm

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.

Oct
22
Tue
Insight the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts @ Cielo at Castle Rock
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process.

Music selection, program design, and scripting are all geared to connect young children with music- physically, emotionally, and mentally. Named in Denver Westword’s “Best of Denver” and Colorado Parent Magazine Family Favorites, Tiny Tots concerts are one-of-a-kind musical experiences in a casual, fun environment.

Highlights of the Fall Series: Choo choo! This fall, come play with music all about planes, trains, and automobiles. Chug along like a train, gallop on speeding horses, and sing along with the orchestra as the music surrounds you. Musical selections include orchestral classics, children’s favorites, and contemporary hits that the whole family will love.

Blue Man Group Speechless Tour @ The Buell Theatre
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm

 

 

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.

 

Link: https://www.denvercenter.org/tickets-events/blue-man-group/

Oct
24
Thu
BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade @ Denver Union Station
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 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.

 All of Denver’s little superheroes & princesses are invited to take part in the BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade on Thursday, Oct. 24th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This FREE community celebration will feature trick-or-treating at the tenant storefronts, mini-train rides, balloon artists, face painting and more. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for best overall and best group/family costumes

 

Baby Shark Live @ 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!

Oct
25
Fri
Corn Maze @ Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm

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.

In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at the mazes. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

Harvest Farm Festival @ Harvest Farm
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm

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. The Farm accommodates up to 72 men recovering from chronic homelessness and addiction and helps return them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens.

For the past 17 years, families from near and wide come to our Festival to have a true fall farm experience and support the men in our NLP. With the help of Fall Festival attendees and donors over the years we’ve been able to help 450 men in our program graduate.

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.)

Throughout the month of October there are also featured attractions that add even more sparkle and pizazz to the Festival. For the first time ever we are having a puppy yoga class in our barn opening weekend. Who doesn’t want to do some yoga with 8 to 12 month old puppies? Alongside puppy yoga, we also have Colorado Weekend. Everyone who wears Colorado gear will get $2 off one admission.

Weekends in October (10/4 – 10/27)

Fridays & Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sundays: 1 – 6 p.m.

Trick or Treat Street @ 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 @ 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! 

On Friday, November 1, in addition to traditional First Friday Art Walk activities—with late-night access to hundreds of artists and exhibits among the galleries on Santa Fe Drive—there will also be Calavera face painting stations and community altars positioned throughout the district between CHAC Gallery and the Colorado Ballet. There will also be special performances at a variety of the large cultural institutions along the corridor.

A photo memorial honoring those who have passed will be displayed publicly outside of Grace Gallery Fine Art. 

The public is also invited to take part in a community procession on Friday, November 1. The procession will begin at the corner of 9th and Galapago at 7 p.m. The walking route will continue north to 11th Avenue, head west to Santa Fe Drive, then south on Santa Fe Drive, ending at Museo de las Americas. The procession will end at the back patio of Museo de las Americas, where there will be a communal altar. Also at Museo, a Catrinas y Catrines costume contest will be held along with a closing celebration.