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Acting Technique Intensive/Showcase

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Is your child a budding thespian? Then get them ready for their moment in the spotlight with this intensive week long acting camp. Kids will learn reliable philosophies and techniques like Karen Tobey’s 10 Rules of Acting from acting coaches, and will even perform their own monologues as they elevate their skills to Kid’s Choice…

Day of the Dead Family Celebration

There's no better opportunity to introduce your kids to Día de los Muertos than at the state’s largest celebration dedicated to the Mexican holiday. Enjoy live music by folk groups such as Coro San Juan and Mariachi Vásquez and let the kids sample traditional Mexican snacks like pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate. Then…

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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This heartwarming production stars Mr. Popper, a loveable painter who begins a new career as a stage performer when he adopts 12 penguins. Kids will delight in watching the protagonist train his funny winged friends to join his travelling vaudeville act.

Family Chemistry Bonds

Molecules aren’t the only things bonding at this scholarly family workshop. Teach your tyke about the world science while working together to construct tremendous density towers and perfect polymers out of household materials such as oil and molasses. Sun 10 a.m.-noon. Visit dmns.org.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Take a trip back to the prehistoric era and meet the creatures that once roamed the Southern Hemisphere—or at least their puppet counterparts. Kids can learn all about the geography of our former planet and the creatures that inhabited it during this paleontologist-designed puppet show featuring lifelike replicas of a wide variety of dinos, from…

Junkyard Robots

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During this weeklong camp, little scientists will learn the laws of physics firsthand by crafting their own imaginative machines. Teachers from educational organization Science Matters will show them to make bots from magnets and wires, and the tykes will then race their creations. Bonus: Tearful goodbyes won’t be necessary; the children can take their new…

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters

During this educational meet-and-greet, you child will get a chance to see these odd flying mammals up close. After explaining how the creatures eat bugs and pollinate fruits, Rob Mies, the founder of the national Organization for Bat Conservation, will introduce kids to a variety of bats, including a giant flying fox from Malaysia with…

Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert

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Little witches and wizards will be transported to the world of magic as the Colorado Symphony plays every note of the soundtrack from The Prisoner of Azkaban film live on stage. While the orchestra performs John Williams’ bewitching score, the movie will play on a giant high-definition screen behind them, inviting your kids inside Harry’s…

Singin’ in the Rain

Widely accepted as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, this production is brought to life on stage by the Broomfield-based nonprofit BackStory Youth Theatre. Witness the cast of child actors bring a youthful approach to the classic comedy musical that follows three actors during the tumultuous shift from silent movies to talkies…
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Get Outdoors Day

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Sure, you could head to the mountains for this nationwide Parks Service holiday—but does I-70 traffic in a minivan full of grumpy kids and hiking gear really sound fun to you? At this short-commute alternative, your little outdoorsmen and women can earn their NPS Junior Ranger Badge, try canoeing and rock climbing, and learn about…

Kids Camp: The Pirates!

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Itty bitty buccaneers can don their finest pirate garb for this screening of an epic high-seas adventure. The story follows a charming pirate captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) who sails around the world for a chance to win the title of Captain of the Year. Kids will cheer for the feisty buccaneer as he tries to best his…

Chinese Lion Dance

Your kids will love learning the legend of the lion dance, a Chinese New Year tradition meant to chase away evil spirits and embrace good fortune. About 12 performers from the Boulder-based martial arts nonprofit Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu will demonstrate the advanced Kung Fu movements and skill necessary to carry the lion head…

Miniature Landscapes Family Workshop

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Big fun awaits participants at this event centered around all things tiny. Little landscapers will learn how to design and scale  for their miniature dollhouses back home. Local miniaturist Pat Vick will expand your kid’s imaginary world through  water features, prehistoric scenes, and haunted forests that they can use to vamp up their dollies’ homes.
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Cirque Italia: Water Circus Silver

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Forget knife throwers and clowns—this high-tech international circus troupe would rather use laser light displays, daring choreography, and a custom-designed water stage to dazzle its audience. Each act—including everything from gravity-defying acrobats to giant electronic dinosaurs—incorporates sensational water elements aided by a traveling stage that holds a total of 35,000 gallons of water. —Image courtesy…

Aladdin

Introduce your aspiring thespian the world of live theater at this magical production featuring a familiar story. Your child will delight in seeing this Disney classic, which follows a poor boy who falls in love with a princess and battles a sorcerer with help from a lovable genie, performed by a cast of their peers.…

Arapahoe Philharmonic Children’s Concert

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Kids will delight in seeing violin strings and the shiny slides of trombones up close during this interactive show. Accomplished orchestra members will explain how their instruments work before playing an engaging concert for the little Mozarts.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Experience the holiday magic of the 1964 stop-motion TV special like never before as a live-action musical. Embellished costumes, colorful sets, and the movie’s classic songs will transport all ages to the North Pole to watch as Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius visit the Island of Misfit Toys and take on the Abominable…

The Witches

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In this theatrical interpretation of Roald Dahl’s classic book, a young English boy moves in with his grandmother, who tells him terrifying stories about witches. The tales become a reality when he stumbles across several hags with a sinister plot to turn all British children into mice. Young theater-goers will cheer as our hero teams up…

Honey Festival

See what the buzz around beekeeping is all about at this educational event centered around our sweetest insect friends. Children can learn how bee hives are maintained, try on a beekeepers suit, sample honey, and create honeybee-themed crafts. Make sure your  little ones don’t  forget to grab a free Honey Festival 10-year anniversary balloon before…

Piff the Magic Dragon

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Your kid’s favorite America’s Got Talent star is coming to the Centennial State this fall. Season 10’s Piff the Magic Dragon is ready to dazzle Denver crowds with stand-up comedy and mind-blowing magic tricks. Piff—who has sold out shows across the country and garnered more than 50 million YouTube views—will also be joined with his…

Renaissance Adventures Halloween Fest

Your little one will go on a Halloween-themed interactive quest at this imagination-fueled camp. After dressing up as heroes or monsters, kids will team up and work together to solve puzzles and defeat the evil bone hag, Griselma. Since their task is a little spooky, this adventure is recommended for attendees eight and older. Mon…

Music and Movement

Join Emma Shubin of Integral Steps, a Colorado nonprofit that focuses on integrative learning, for this high-energy educational program. Your kids will get moving as they dance and play through this workshop’s theme of love, which will be explored through music performances, Spanish language exercises, and an expressive art-related craft. Fri 1 p.m. —Image courtesy…

Longmont Library BookCycle

Listen for a bike bell as this literary rickshaw takes over the city of Longmont. This library in motion offers a plant-themed story time, a bilingual sing-along, and plenty of fun for the whole family before peddling away until the next event. Tue 5-5:30 p.m. —Photo courtesy of Longmont Library Visit longmontcolorado.gov.

Seedlings: Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

This interactive workshop led by musician Katherine Dines, best known for her award-winning series of 11 Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta albums, will get your children singing and dancing along with the music. The workshop teaches self-expression through movement, sign language, sing-alongs, percussion, and props. Tip: Purchase tickets in advance to score $7 boxed lunches from Firehouse Subs. Tue…
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Drums Along the Rockies

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Instructions for attending this event: 1) show your kids the movie "Drumline." 2) Now that they're convinced that percussion is the coolest thing in the world, head to the stadium to show them a Nick Cannon-less live version. Some of the country's top drum corps, including defending world champs the Bluecoats and Denver's own Blue Knights,…

Young People’s Concert: Machines and Dreams!

Expand your children's music taste beyond Top 40 hits through this introduction to classical music with the Colorado Musical Festival orchestra. The humorous and whimsical program features nontraditional solos from artists playing toy pianos and fishing rods. After the concert, stick around for a music fair on the lawn that includes an "instrument petting zoo,"…

Santa’s Flight Academy

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Santa’s big night is getting closer, and he needs your kids’ help to ensure his plans go smoothly. After creating an official trainee flight badge, children will use interactive touch screens to load virtual gifts into Santa’s sleigh, test the engine, and pick flight patterns for Santa’s Christmas Eve journey. Cadets will be rewarded for…

School Day Off Camp

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Keep little thespians occupied at this immersive theater camp while they get the day off from school for parent-teacher conferences. With workshops that cover everything from dance to stage-makeup application to scene work, youngsters will come home ready for their curtain call.  

Seedlings: Creepy Crawly Storytime

Introduce your preschool-aged tots to nature’s wackiest insects before they lose their childhood bug curiosity. Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion staffers will share some of their favorite insect-inspired stories and reveal the truths and myths around popular species such as tarantulas. Live examples of spiders and other spineless critters will be on display, but don’t worry—the only…

Dinosaur Discovery Day

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Budding paleontologists can learn all about uncovering the past at this educational extravaganza. They’ll travel along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail in Morrison—stopping to check out fossilized footprints and a archeological dig site full of dino bones—while guides share information about the ancient creatures that once inhabited Colorado. Afterward, kids can sift for faux fossils or paint a dinosaur bone…

Tales of Tails

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Classic folklore characters Anansi the Spider and Reynard the Fox are back with more tricks. Hosted by Dragon Theatre Productions and Imagination Celebration, a Colorado Springs-based nonprofit that works to support creative outlets, "Tales of Tails" is a new adaptation of 10 animal folklore tales by R.P. Bowman that follow Anansi and Reynard as they…

Geek Week

Embrace your inner geek for a week of nerd-friendly activities including potion making and a behind the scenes look at the making of Star Wars. Check out a special broadcast of the original War of the Worlds and learn about comic book drawing from local comic book artists and writers. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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Fun at the Firehouse Free Day

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Bring your little hot shots to hang with some big ones at this celebration that's all fire, no fury. Real Denver Fire Department members will be on hand to teach fire safety, and kids can enjoy fire-safety games, smoke-alarm trivia, story time, and a museum-wide scavenger hunt. The city's 135-year-old Firehouse Number One is the…

Marvel Universe Live

Bring your little superheroes to watch the Avengers, Spider-Man, and many more of their favorite comic book characters battle the universe’s most notorious villains. Put on by Marvel and Feld Entertainment (the company responsible for your children’s beloved Disney on Ice shows), the show’s pyrotechnics, martial arts, and aerial stunts will dazzle fans both big…

Otter Weekend

Kiddos can don snorkels and flippers and swim alongside aquatic slippery friends during this educational workshop. After they meet Oliver, a 10-month-old rescued river otter, and watch him do tricks in the water, they'll learn fun facts about the underwater critters. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Rocket Launch with United Launch Alliance

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Get your budding rocket scientist to this event and show them the real thing. A new rocket from Centennial-based United Launch Alliance blasts off from Cape Canaveral this weekend, and your family can watch it unfold live at this stream with real ULA scientists. Stick around afterward to build your own model rockets and launch them…

Buckaroo Breakfast

Round up your youngest cowboys and girls for a morning of Wild West-themed exploration. You and your kids can build up an appetite during free play throughout the museum before digging into a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits, and gravy provided by Strawberries Catering. Finish off the morning by making “Wanted: Dead or Alive”…

Enchanted Princess Tea Party

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Little princesses will don their finest gowns and tiaras for this regal event hosted by their favorite Disney characters. Cinderella will teach the royal hopefuls how to waltz, while Belle helps them craft fondant roses, and Queen Elsa leads the snowflake-making part of the evening. Bonus: No one will go hungry, thanks to eclairs, cupcakes,…

Girls & Science Day

Encourage your daughters (and sons) to learn about careers in science from female leaders in the industry. Aspiring scientists can learn about meteorology from the crew at CBS4 or explore opportunities for careers at the Denver Zoo in hands-on sessions targeted for ages eight to 13. Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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What Makes A Mother?

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If you waited too long to snag brunch reservations on Sunday, redeem yourself by bringing Mom to this out-of-the-box Mother's Day activity. Ross-Cherry Creek librarians partnered with Stories Not Forgotten, a local group dedicated to preserving family stories through video, to create this film about Colorado mothers and their kids. Members of 18 families (including Cherry Creek…

Annie

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Trapped underneath the domineering thumb of her nasty guardian Miss Hannigan, the protagonist of this well-known play is unsure if she’ll ever find a home. But when a stroke of good fortune lands the good-natured girl in the mansion of Oliver Warbucks, he offers to help her find her real parents—and the search delivers her…

CU Wizards: “Superheroes and Villians!”

Respected University of Colorado professor James Thompson invites students in grades first through tenth to examine clashes between superheroes and villains as seen through the laws of physics. This one-hour program will string together dramatic demonstrations and experiments to explore how the principles in physics can be applied to the ideas of good and evil.…

Narnia the Musical

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Explore the mystical land of Narnia during this otherworldly adventure. Peanut Butter Players, a theatrical nonprofit group for Boulder youth, will bring the famous C. S. Lewis tale to life in its annual summer musical. The performance, which will include 15 songs and dance numbers, will guide the audience through key storylines from “The Chronicles…
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Computer Science Community Event

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Get your personal laptop out of your budding computer programmer's hands and bring them to this expo instead. In honor of Computer Science Education Week, kiddie participants in this fest can talk with experts from Couragion, an education company with the goal of improving STEM skills, and code.org about coding and robotics games, problem-solving, and…

Clay Maraca Making

Help your child craft a musical instrument of her very own at this two-part workshop. Kids will start by building a maraca from wet clay, using their hands to add texture and design as they go, before their projects head to the kiln for firing. Bring your kiddo back the following week, this time to…

Family Adventure Day

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If you’re in need of a new momento to hang on the fridge, teachers from the Bemis School of Art are ready to help. Inspire your family’s creative side and explore different art techniques during a series of hands-on crafting activities. Once you’re done in the studio, you and the family can peruse various galleries,…

Fifth Anniversary Family Day

Introduce your little artists to an abstract expressionist powerhouse during this interactive celebration. Trained gallery teachers will give a kid-friendly presentation on the museum's exhibitions, including the recently opened Drawing Room, a hands-on gallery that lets visitors draw their own still life masterpieces. Budding art enthusiasts will also love getting their faces painted in the…

Parent & Tot Tea for Two

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Get a jumpstart on Mother’s Day festivities at this adorable gathering designed for children one-and-a-half-years-old to three. Help your little one decorate a clay pot before planting a flower in it together. Don’t forget to grab one of the festive snacks, a blossom-shaped confection made of pieces of fruit.

Baby Doe Tabor Cupcake Decorating

Sugar Bake Shop is teaming up with History Colorado Center to make recipes from Baby Doe Tabor, the wife of 19th-century Colorado prospector and businessman Horace Tabor. Your kids will learn about the history of baking and the significance of Tabor’s recipes as they turn old-fashioned dessert recipes into current-day treats. Sat 1:30 p.m. —Image…

Mario the “Maker” Magician

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Tiny magic enthusiasts who have seen this magician on Sesame Street or Sunny Side Up will love this chance to see his tricks live. The inventive performer (he makes all his own props) is famous for his old-school, slapstick-style magic shows, which include illusions as well as unconventional entertainment—a robotic monkey sidekick, for example. Described…

Tiny Tots 30th Anniversary Performance

Thanks to this interactive concert, kids will have an opportunity to make as much noise as they want. For 45 minutes, your little Beethoven will become part of the band while a conductor leads them in singing familiar songs to the sound of a 30-piece professional orchestra. You and your little ones can stick around…

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

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Oh, Fudge! The Aurora Fox Little Foxes are bringing everyone’s favorite problem child to the stage more than forty years after Judy Blume penned the classic novel behind the play. Adapted by Bruce Mason and directed by Lisa Mumpton, the chaotic misadventures of fourth-grader Peter Hatcher and his younger brother Fudge in a 55-minute performance…

Optical Toys

This crafty workshop is a chance for your little one to get creative and learn about the past. Students will make thaumatropes, which are unique toys from the 19th century that consist of a disk with a photo on each side attached to a string. When your child spins her creation, she'll see her own…

Wolfpack Kid’s Ninja Classes

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Is your son or daughter the next Ninja Warrior? During this weekend-long event, young athletes will learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle and gain competition skills that will help them tackle life’s challenges. They’ll also get their adrenaline pumping by training on authentic Ninja obstacle courses and picking up a few nutrition tips from…

Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Bring your little one to an outdoor concert put on by this award-winning children's music group. Justin Roberts will bring along his high-energy five-piece classic rock band to sing about recess, sea monsters, and (of course) the pros and cons of nap time. Sat 11 a.m. Visit justinroberts.org.

Pee Wee Art

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Support your toddler's burgeoning creativity during this hands-on art class. Kids and parents will work together to make an Easter-themed bunny craft from cardboard and yarn as part of a series that introduces budding artists to different mediums and techniques.

Summer of Reading Cupcake Party

Celebrate all the reading your little bookworms have done this summer by treating them to a sweet reward. Your kiddos will join a wacky workshop that will teach them to decorate cupcakes like pros such as Katherine Kallinis Berman of DC Cupcakes, and then they can eat their handiwork. Tue 2-3 p.m. Visit denverlibrary.org.

Independence Celebration

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The folks down at Four Mile Historic Park are wishing the United States a very happy 241st birthday with true throwbacks, including games of cornhole, egg races, and horse-drawn wagon rides. But fear not, the modern trademarks of a true independence birthday bash won’t be forgotten. The 12-acre site features the chance to marvel at…

Disney on Ice: Dream Big

Enter the world of Disney princesses when Ariel, Belle, and Rapunzel bring their beloved stories to the ice. Your tots will be captivated by awe-inspiring acrobatics and graceful skating set to their favorite Disney tunes. Thu-Sun, times vary. Visit disneyonice.com.

Mile High Pierogi Festival

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Pierogis Factory is bringing Poland to you for this festival celebrating the famed doughy treat packed with savory filling. Spend the afternoon tasting paczki from Royal Bakery, kielbasa, and six flavors of pierogi (three of which are vegan) or reserve your hunger for the pierogi eating contest. In between bites, enjoy a performance from the…
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Lyons Zero Waste Concert and Carnival

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You're never too young to be eco-friendly. In its latest effort to become a Green Star Zero Waste community—that is, to achieve 90 percent recovery of discarded goods by waste reduction, composting, and recycling—the Town of Lyons is courting its littlest tree-huggers with this family-friendly environmental fair. Take in a festival full of acrobats, face-painting,…

Breakfast With Santa

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Share the most important meal of the day with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The breakfast buffet offerings include biscuits and gravy, cinnamon French toast, sausage, fresh fruit, and even mimosas for the parents. After the feast is over, kids can hand deliver their wish lists to Santa and craft mini-Christmas trees and ornaments for a…

Dinos! After Dark

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You won’t have a bone to pick with this exhibition’s Halloween makeover (it’s been around since June.) The afterhours event (Thursdays are 21+ only and Fridays/Saturdays are family-friendly) includes 21 dinosaur figures—including 18 that are animatronic—scattered throughout the park near live animals they share characteristics with. When you’re not heading to see the feathered Utahraptor…

Foxy & Schmoxy: Art Detectives

Young Sherlocks can make their sleuthing debuts during this art-themed investigation. Kiddos will have to decipher clues and follow a trail of pawprints to find furry art detectives Foxy and Schmoxy at a mysterious exhibit within the museum. Then their new furry friends will give them a presentation on a featured painting. Sun 10:30 a.m.,…
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Energy Day

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Do you have a budding scientist or engineer in your family—or, given their income potential and job security, would you like to? Start training them young at this STEM celebration. Throughout the day, you can tour a model solar home and scope out an electric car, meet and greet with representatives from the EPA and…
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Kalama Polynesian Dancers

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Retire the Moana DVD for a day in favor of some real-life island entertainment. In these special Denver Arts Week performances, a dance duo will tell legends and stories from Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, and New Zealand through traditional dance. The Aurora-based Kalama Polynesian Dancers may be joined by one of their child performers for a few numbers,…

PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue

These six rescue dogs and their tech-savvy human leader can truly take on any job to protect their community, even off-screen. See the beloved furry characters from the Nickelodeon animated series be brought to life for the first time through bunraku, a type of costuming worn by actors that uses intricate puppetry elements. You and…

Family Fun: I Want My Mummy

If your kids enjoyed the Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs exhibit, they'll love unraveling the distant history of ancient Egyptians at this hands-on event. Curators will teach them more about the science behind the mummification process and give them a close-up look at several tomb artifacts, including funerary figures and canopic jars (urns used…

Collecting Fire Toys

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Your aspiring firefighters will light up as they step inside Denver’s original Firehouse Number 1 and examine around 40 historic toys inspired by the firefighting profession. The exhibit features handmade fire engine models that date back to the early 20th century, as well as more modern fire truck toys from Tonka and Hotwheels collected by…

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

Your car-loving kiddos will be revved up to witness these colossal trucks speeding around an arena. Don't miss the demolition derby or thrilling side-by-side races, two monster-size competitions featuring dozens of colorful racers such as Avenger and Equalizer. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 1 p.m.

Camping Adventure in Joy Park

The evening camp will teach your little ones all about the round orb in the sky. Your kiddos will kick the night off with a picnic dinner in the park, followed by crafting clay craters and chomping into Oreos to recreate phases of the moon. Thu 5-8 p.m. —Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Denver…

Loteria Mexicana

The whole family will enjoy an evening of traditional Mexican bingo at this unique Dia de Los Muertos–themed event. During the game, your child will match up pictures of holiday-specific cultural icons like La Catrina, a dapper skeleton wearing a flower-covered hat. Whether they're bilingual or not, kids will use chocolate treats as “money” as…

Princess Series: Frozen Princess Party

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At this screening of a contemporary Disney classic, perpetual winter is descending upon the kingdom of Arendelle—and your little princes and princesses will watch wide-eyed as Anna and Elsa attempt to save their homeland. In place of popcorn, movie-goers can snack on Elsa’s homemade beef stew, Kristoff’s troll burgers (chicken nuggets), or a frozen heart…
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Colorado Day

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If your kids thought you were old when you turned 35, just wait 'til they see this birthday party—the Centennial State's 141st. Visitors to this celebration can enjoy performances from Native American dancers and West African drummers, watch blacksmith demonstrations, and even chow down on birthday cake with Governor Hickenlooper. When you've polished off your…

Annie: Talkback Session

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It’s a hard knock life being an actor, and your tykes can learn all about it after they watch the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center’s final production of the classic Depression-era musical. During the performance, young orphan Annie sings and dances her way through New York City, taken in along the way by billionaire Oliver…
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Star Wars at the Hangar

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Celebrate fictional planets and real space travel with your young Padawan and this intergalatic-themed party. Alongside the costumed heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe, families can explore rockets and jets in the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum collection. Disney illustrator Kevin Graham will also teach a Star Wars–inspired art class for budding creatives while wannabe rebel fighters try their luck shooting Storm Troopers with…

Washed Ashore Beach Party

Bring your young sea explorers to get their faces painted, visit costumed mermaids, and meet Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the artist behind the new traveling 15-sculpture exhibit made almost entirely from collected beach debris. Ocean enthusiasts of all ages can learn about their favorite sea creatures from the Ocean First Institute, a nonprofit promoting protection of…

The Great American Eclipse 2017

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Don’t miss out on the celestial celebration of the century. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will host the ultimate viewing party for the first North American total eclipse since 1918. Before the magic time comes at 10:23 a.m., explore the wonders of the Space Odyssey exhibition or take part in a demonstration using…

Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Journey to Japan

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Budding botanists will adore this hands-on workshop about a traditional Japanese custom. On a guided tour led by Botanic Gardens staffers, they’ll learn about Bonsai trees as well as common symbols and color schemes found in Japanese gardens. Then families will create their own miniature Japanese gardens using sand, bark, rock, and pinecones.

Mini Catapult Workshop

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Take a walk on the medieval side as your kids learn how to construct their very own scaled down, wooden catapult—complete with complimentary marshmallow ammunition—during this drop-in class. All other materials will also be provided as your budding history buff gets to engineer their very own marshmallow flinging machine. When you’re done exploring the Middle…

Oxford Hotel Dolls’ Tea Party

This fanciful family tea is made for you and your tykes—and their favorite dolls are invited, too. Your kiddos will snack on hot cocoa, finger sandwiches, and sweet treats as they enjoy a special ballet performance, which tells the story of a young girl who wishes for her dolls to come alive and play with…

St. Nick on the Bricks

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After a long offseason spent at the North Pole, Santa travels to downtown Boulder to set up shop for the holidays. Children of all ages are encouraged to visit with big smiles and wish lists in hand. This is also the perfect opportunity to capture your kid’s Christmas memories and give them the chance to…

The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, the Musical

Awaken your nostalgia for one of the most iconic children’s book series, first published in 1962, as your kids fall in love with the loveable bear family for the first time. In this story, Brother Bear is struggling with school; Sister Bear can’t seem to make new friends; Papa Bear can’t stop eating junk food;…

Be a Botanist

This day-long workshop will teach kids with an interest in the natural world what it means to be a botanist. They’ll work together to examine vascular plant specimens (read: land plants with lignified tissues for conducting water and minerals), from the Botanic Gardens’ Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium of Vascular Plants and they'll learn how to protect…

Pumpkin Carving with John Bardeen

Make your doorstep historically spooky this Halloween by creating Colorado-themed jack-o’-lanterns with your family. John Bardeen, self-proclaimed master carver and owner of Denver-based carving set company Grampa Bardeen’s, will show all ages the proper carving techniques and tools to transform pumpkins brought from home. Come early or stay late for an hour-long tour of the…

Sand in the City

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Thanks to this summer festival, families don’t have to travel to the coast to spend a day at the beach. Kids can check out enormous sand sculptures created by artistic locals before constructing their own masterpieces in a giant sandbox. Afterward, they can race to dig up gold coins in the sand, take part in a limbo…

Incredible, Edible Eggs

Your little chef will be ready for culinary school after attending this egg-cellent workshop. With guidance from the Children’s Museum staff, kids will learn a few basic cooking skills and then practice making three different egg dishes—hard-boiled, scrambled and fried. After this class, you might even be able to convince them to make their own…

Adventure Quest

Send your small one on a Renaissance-themed adventure a knight would envy. This three-day camp will turn tykes into heroes: They will choose a special ability and team up with a band of fellow adventurers to solve puzzles, complete make-believe quests, and swashbuckle with fictitious foes. Mon-Wed 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. —Photo courtesy of Renaissance Adventures…

Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey

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In this play inspired by Homer’s The Odyssey, castaway Neville Cumberthwack wants to find his way home, but the god of daydreams encourages him to become a hero instead. Along the way, Cumberthwack clashes with the greedy Captain Cruelboots, who will not change course until she finds Ancient Shmeece’s legendary treasure.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

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The entire family will delight in Denver-based Ballet Ariel’s take on this classic short story from The Jungle Book. Lovable and loyal mongoose Rikki is determined to protect his new adopted family of humans from two slithering, sinister cobras, Nag and Nagaina. In this charming ballet, little thespians can watch the hero foil the malicious snakes' plot to invade the family’s garden.

Pamper & Play

Calling all mothers and mother figures: You’re invited to a special day of pampering at a local childcare center. Children can play while you enjoy a massage (courtesy of Mama Nurture Wellness), manicure, or pedicure (from Green Mountain Nails). Complimentary (and healthy!) food and beverages from Ready Fit Go will also be available for both…

The Kid Show: Rodeo and Juliet

Creede Repertory Theatre's Kid Show program, an opportunity for young artists to create and star in original theatrical pieces, puts a twist on a classic production. Local writers and directors Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones bring a kid-friendly version of the well-known Shakespearean tragedy (think: bull riders, clowns, and trapeze artists) to the stage.…

Seedlings: Young Yogis

Share the joys of yoga with your little ones. Toddlers through kindergarteners are welcome at this introductory class, which teaches future yogis the foundations of yogic breathing and Vinyasa poses. Tue 9:30,11 a.m.

Wee Firefighters Safety Class

Stop, drop, and learn at this interactive six-week fire safety seminar. With a little help from the experts, your child will learn how to crawl low under smoke, put out flames on his body, and feel doors to see if they're too hot to open. Bonus: the kiddos will love climbing inside real fire engines…

The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt

With 65,000 plastic eggs hidden across 2,500 acres, your kids will be busy all morning. Participants in every age group can join one of three hunts, and the first 800 children to turn their eggs will be rewarded with chocolate. Bonus: After the search is over, Miss Colorado Sabrina Janssen will read the storybook Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister to youngsters.

Girls STEAM Day

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Kick your daughter’s ambitions into high gear at this day dedicated to careers for women in aerospace. Local aviation companies, universities, and STEM professionals will team up to provide local girls the opportunity to experiment with drones and flight simulators. Coming off of its Latino/Latina STEM summit in 2016, the state’s official air and space…

Walk in the Wild

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Tiny avian enthusiasts will not want to skip this celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Children can take guided bird walks, encounter raptors up close, and spend a day outside enjoying Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat. After spending time outside, crafty kids also have the opportunity to paint a winged friend at the arts and crafts station.

Rover Rally Robotics Competition

Young engineers with love geeking out at this revved-up contest. After your child has transformed a remote-control car into her own speedy robot, she can try her luck in several race events, including a long jump and figure-eight competition. Bonus: Let the kiddos explore the technology expo, where they can try hands-on demonstrations. Sat 10…

Family Discovery Series: Astronomy 101

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Explore the constellations and experience the spring equinox up close with this presentation of Hubble telescope images and star maps from PACE Center instructor Win Pendleton. Following the lesson, your budding astrologers can sip hot cocoa and view the spring stars through a telescope.

Space Yoga Camp

Your little yogi will want to Nama-stay at this blissful workshop forever. During meditative classes with a space-based theme, your child will learn basic yoga poses inspired by space and astornauts from patient instructors at the Cherry Creek studio. After your tyke has their blood flowing, they'll make music of their own creation on hand-made…

Easter Eggstravaganza

Celebrate Easter a week early at this festive gathering. Your little ones will get their faces painted, decorate and hunt for eggs, and plant spring flowers to bring home at the end of the day. Participants will also receive a holiday-themed goody bag and have a chance to take photos with the Easter Bunny.

Pumpkin Festival and Weigh Off

Your kids might have seen the Great Pumpkin from Charlie Brown last Halloween, but they can glimpse giants gourds up close at this seasonal celebration. Nearly 100 farmers have brought their biggest pumpkins in hopes of breaking the 1,478-pound record set in 2013, so little visitors have plenty of produce to see. They can also…

Disney on Ice: Dream Big

You might not be able to fly to Disneyland this weekend, but you can still share a magical experience with your kids at this skating extravaganza. Watch beloved characters—including Ariel, Cinderella, and even Olaf, the lovable snowman— as they show off dazzling routines and take on new adventures. 

Night at the Museum: Bookmaking

Kids can get crafty at this hands-on book-binding workshop, which is one of 25 stops during Denver Arts Week. Using a little awl and upcycled household items, including paper bags and twine, children can create a custom-bound book. Bonus: pint-sized artists can also use scraps from magazines and newspapers to decorate their scrapbook or journal…

Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration

Bring your patriotic young'uns to an evening to celebrate our nation's independence with a multitude of events in the picturesque Winter Park. Kids can enjoy a magic show and face painting; you can enjoy an adult beverage at the nearby beer garden; and everyone will love the live music by Denver's own country music star…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Story Time

Santa hats are encouraged at this special holiday reading of the family classic, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, written by poet Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. Your little ones will enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, and kids' meals such as the Dr. Seuss (two Mozzarella cheese pizettes) and the Beatrix Potter (fruit and fresh whipped cream)—and…

Munchkin Masquerade

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Thousands of little ghouls, goblins, and princesses will flood the popular Pearl Street Mall for this delightfully devilish night of trick-or-treating. After stopping for sweets at local shops like Ozo Coffee Co., Boulder Book Store, and Clif Kids, direct them to glow-in-the-dark picture painting.

Owl Pellets

STEM-based learning doesn’t have to stop outside the classroom. This afterschool program will teach children ages 8 and older how to dissect an owl pellet and identify the many fragmented bones found inside. Your young scientists can then reassemble those animal skeletons. Thu 4 p.m. Visit denverlibrary.org.

The Polar Express Train Ride

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Climb aboard the Polar Express and witness the classic Christmas story come to life. With hot chocolate and cookies in hand, you and your pajama-clad kids will be whisked away to the North Pole as performers recreate scenes from the tale. Santa will also board the train and give each child her own souvenir bell…

Museum Family Day: Darwin’s Voyage

From tuskless elephants to rattleless rattlesnakes, see the ways humans are forcing the evolution of other species in this interactive family day event. Celebrate Charles Darwin’s 208th birthday with a cake while you and your kids learn about antibiotic resistant bacteria through bowling and explore the domestication of animals with live goats and chickens. Sat…

Spellbinders Storytelling

Skip the morning cartoons and encourage children to use their imaginations during this morning storytime session. With a little help from museum storyteller Paulette, little guests will choose characters and weave their own Halloween-themed tale. It isn't Daniel Tiger, but it's equally entertaining. Fri 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Flick Fridays – Kung Fu Panda III

Little ones will be treated to Little Man ice cream with a side of cartoon martial arts during this family-friendly movie night. Kids will slurp down Banana Chip or Cheesecake Brownie as a cone as they watch Po the Panda embark on another adventure tracking down his biological dad, finding missing Kung Fu masters, and…

Family Fun Day: Tropical Vacation

Trade snowy slopes for sandy beaches and lush rainforests at this educational day in paradise. Your kiddos will get the chance to see live animals from tropical habitats and talk to real marine biologists from the Ocean First Institute about their favorite equatorial creatures. Then, they'll make tropics-themed crafts, such as a "beach in a…

Jurassic Brick Land Summer Camp

Your child will Lego of their worries and digest new knowledge about dinos at this creative camp. Instructors will teach your little learner about the tyrannosaurus rex and then lead them in building remote-controlled versions of the beast themselves. Kids can't take home the motorized raptors to terrorize their siblings, but they will leave with…

Littleton Youth Ballet Snow White

Follow Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on a magical adventure filled with humor, suspense, and true love’s kiss. This family-friendly production is presented by the non-profit youth ballet, a branch of the Littleton Ballet Company, and features colorful costumes, captivating sets, and precise and poised dance technique. Sat 6 p.m., Sun noon, 5 p.m.…
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Rikki Tikki Tavi

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Mowgli and Baloo are so 2016. In this original work created by Ballet Ariel, the Disney-fied Jungle Book is traded for "Rikki Tikki Tavi," one of the lesser-known stories from the original Rudyard Kipling collection. Watch as the young mongoose Rikki defends his family from two fearsome cobras in a kid-friendly show set to the tunes of…

Hop, Skip, & A Jump Start

Introduce your little one to good habits during this day of kid-friendly exercise. Little ones will get their heart rate up during the toddler trot or infant crawl-off, or you can grab the stroller and burn some calories during a 5K. After you've done some cardio together, they can explore the museum and refuel with…

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Introduce your child to opera at this whimsical performance. Composer Tobias Picker's lighthearted melodies are the perfect soundtrack to this modern-fable-turned-musical about a fox that steals from the gardens of three nasty farmers. Your child will want to sing along as Mr. Fox and his woodland friends defend themselves from the humans' attempted revenge. Fri…

Family Viking Feast

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Bring your Viking-size appetites to this smorgasbord of Nordic treats (think: potato pancakes and Swedish meatballs). After the delicious banquet, little warriors and their parents can explore the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit to see life-size models of ancient ships and real Norse helmets.

Junior Firefighters Camp

Your children can play at being a superhero during this week-long course. They'll complete a kid-size obstacle course, learn the basics of first aid, and even cook firefighter-quality meals in the firehouse. Animal helpers and other special guests will make surprise appearances throughout the week. First session: Mon-Fri 1:30-3:30 p.m., ages 5 to 7; Second…

Mini Pearl the Mini Horse & Book Reading

At this heartwarming reading, local author Elaine Pease shares her newest collection of stories with a little help from a four-legged ambassador. The book, Safe at Last, tells the true tales of six rescue horses from Colorado, including that of Mini Pearl, the miniature "spokeshorse" for Colorado Horse Rescue. After the reading, kids will get…

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

At this seasonal celebration, you and your family can enjoy a picnic dinner as well as dessert around the campfire. After snacking on the supper you brought, storyteller Cliff Davidson will tell family-friendly tales from India, Angola, and the United States as you and the little ones snack on s'mores. Bonus: Before you leave, the…

Young Artists at Work Summer Camp

This camp will have your little Picasso seeing art in a new light. In the morning, he can engage in a food painting session that uses everyday foods as a means to create art. Later in the day, he'll participate in a workshop that includes a find-this-texture scavenger hunt, rubbings of interesting textures around the…

YouthBiz Presents: Startup: Think, Speak, and Act like an Entrepreneur

For the budding businessman or woman, this 10-hour curriculum teaches kids how to succeed in the professional world. Young entrepreneurs in grades five through nine can practice budgeting and interview skills and learn how to create a business plan with Anna Leer, director of local nonprofit Youth Biz. At the end of the workshop, students…

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is an international day honoring how crucial healthy wetlands are in helping humans cope with extreme weather. You and your kids can celebrate this environmentally-themed day by exploring this exclusive exhibit that uses games, educational stations, and discussions to raise awareness about the plant and animal species that thrive in wetland habitats,…

Family Fun Day

Bring your animal-loving kid to tour the Serenity Springs Wildlife Park and see its collection of big cats, partake in a bounce house, get her face painted like her favorite exotic animal, and delight in classic carnival games. She'll learn about the park and its mission and even have an opportunity to play with a…

Young Eagles Flight Experience

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Introduce your aspiring aviator to the world of flight with a free trip with a certified Colorado pilot at this high-flying event. Your child will meet with the pilot before takeoff for an explanation of the Cessna aircraft and a thorough inspection. Then it’s time to buckle up and hit the skies for a 15-…

The Snow Queen

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Enjoy family fun with no strings attached (or, at least not to you) at this live marionette show. Little boy Kay has been taken to the north by the evil Snow Queen, and it’s up to Kay’s friend Greta to follow his snowy path and save him from the Queen’s icy grasp. Stick around after…

Nature’s Amazing Machines

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At this interactive exhibit, mechanically minded youngsters have the chance to explore the wonders of natural engineering. They’ll discover how a giraffe’s heart pumps blood up its long neck, how insects breathe without lungs, and how it feels to fly. To show how human inventors drew inspiration from nature, technological innovations such as wind turbines, chainsaws,…

Pumpkin Festival

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BYO-Wagon and explore 10 acres of pumpkin patch to haul home the best and biggest gourd in the lot. Once you’ve picked the perfect pumpkin, enjoy heaps of other fall festivities including horse-drawn hayrides, a mini kid’s maze, an antique tractor exhibit, photo booths, and more. Tickets for Chatfield Farms’ 7-acre Corn Maze can be…

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

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Jump start your day with a steaming bowl of oatmeal at this celebration of healthy living. The classic breakfast food, topped with fruit, will fuel you and your family enough to finish the festival’s 5K race or donate blood during the blood drive. With a ninja warrior course that’s new to the event this year,…

Shrine Circus

See tigers, camels, trapeze artists, and more amazing acts when this traveling circus stops in town. All the excitement and thrills of the circus await your little ones as they gaze up at the high wire, watch aerial artists flip through the air, and glimpse exotic animals. Come early so the kids can ride elephants…

Wow! By Night: An Evening in Space

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See the stars shine brighter than you have ever seen them before. Spend an evening in a mobile planetarium checking out stellar constellations and interacting with real-life meteors that once shot across the night sky, all while munching on healthy like Noosa Yogurt cups, Thrive Tribe Granola Bites, and finger sandwiches from Alfalfa’s Market. And…

Kidtopia Mountain Spectacular

Make sure your kids are bundled up before you hit the slopes because they might want to stay at this mountaintop celebration all day. Get going with free snow tubing and bigfoot adventure walks, warm up with hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa, and commemorate the moment with a snow cat photo. It all…

Photo Camp

Your little photographer will learn how to use lenses and light tents in a flash. This creative crash course in photography will teach students the basic functions of a camera, delving into the awesome science behind apertures. Tutorials on everything from ISO to shutter speed with help your tiny artists snap their way to success.…

Zoppé Circus

Nino the Clown is sure to keep your kiddo clapping at this vintage Venetian circus, which has been on tour in some form since 1842. Canine performers who walk on their hind legs, flying trapeze artists, and foot archers (yes, they shoot arrows with their feet) are common attractions under the big top. Fri-Sat 4-9…
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Conquer the Skies!

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Your little ones might not be able to soar through the air like Ironman, but they can still satisfy their curiosity about flying at this educational event. After snacking on pizza and exploring the Nature's Amazing Machines exhibit to discover how flight works for different animals, pint-size scientists can settle in for a screening of…

Fables and Friends–Stories Worth Sharing

Colorado Educational Theatre comes to the museum to share tales from ancient Greece and Germany of sneaky, wise, and foolish animals that will delight your little one. Your budding performer will be invited to bring these stories to life through acting, miming, and singing with the CET program. Fri 11:30 a.m.

Spring Break Adventure Camp

Keep the kids busy during spring break at this entertaining day camp. With everything from rock climbing to laser tag, it’s a week of non-stop, interactive fun. The real challenge will be getting them to go back to school once it’s over. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

Film on the Rocks: The Lego Movie

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Even if little movie buffs saw this award-winning animated feature in theaters, they’ll still appreciate a chance to see it at this iconic Colorado park. Enjoy the tale of Emmet the construction worker, who embarks upon wild adventures alongside Batman, Unikitty, and other memorable characters. And don’t be late—young musicians from Denver’s School of Rock…

An Animal’s Carnival

Join the Aurora Symphony for a fun introduction to classical music. Your future maestros will get the chance to touch classical instruments and enjoy animal-themed musical compositions such as "The Carnival of Animals." Led by Aurora poet laureate Assetou Xango, the event also features stories, face painting, and intricate balloon animals. Sun 3 p.m. —Image…

Play Nintendo Tour

Digital playtime goes three-dimensional at this Nintendo-themed party. All weekend, kids can get their hands on the new Nintendo 3DS XL—which includes a touch screen as well as 3D video and photo capability—plus a variety of games, including Yoshi’s New Island, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Then little gamers can create…

Saturday Morning Campfire

Kick off the new year with a healthy dose of outdoor exploration in the form of a short winter hike along the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Loop Trail, followed by a campfire gathering with songs by Rick Flores, stories on cultural mythology and local history, and s’mores. Be sure to make a reservation and bring along…
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Independence Celebration

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In honor of America's 241st birthday, throw it back a couple of centuries with this old-fashioned day of family fun. This living history bash will include blacksmithing demonstrations, pioneer-era lawn games, and even horse-drawn wagon rides to get your little ones partying like it's 1776. Kids aren't the only ones in store for some fun,…
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Blue Trees Family Day

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Hand your kid a brush and let her go to town on something other than your walls for once. This all-ages art project gives your mini Banksy a chance to contribute to Konstantin Dimopolous' Blue Trees public installation, for which he turned downtown Denver's trees blue to call attention to the problem of deforestation. After painting one of 200…

Amy Young

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Meet Boston-based children’s book author Amy Young at the release party for her new story, A New Friend for Sparkle. Tiny bibliophiles can hear the tale of Sparkle the unicorn and his best friend Lucy, then create their own paper horns or unicorn puppets. Plus, young fans can also bring copies of their book for the writer…

Bat Encounter: Live!

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If your child has rewatched those creepy Scooby Doo movies with bats flying out of dark corners countless times, it’s time to show him the real deal. Introduce your family to the furry (and sometimes frightening) creatures with this award-winning presentation from bat expert Rob Mies. They’ll marvel at wingspans, get to hear high-pitched calls,…

Tiny Trekkers

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While soaking in the picturesque 2,198-acre park that is Devil’s Backbone Open Space, let Larimer County naturalists entertain your young adventurer with stories and fun facts about the outdoors. After the program, take advantage of the short walk kid-friendly trails, ride horses, and get a close-up look at local wildlife.

Read and Seed Youth Program

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This fun educational program uses nature-themed activities to teach kids essential school preparedness skills like reading and language. Taught by Gardens on Spring Creek education coordinator Ashley Young, this class lets tykes get their hands dirty while they learn. Children will make creative connections by learning about edible plants, making rain sticks, and reading about…

Life and Afterlife

Your little artist will explore Chinese life, culture, and belief in the afterlife at this art workshop in partnership with the University of Colorado Art Museum. The morning includes a tour of the Life and Afterlife: Selections of Ancient Chinese Art from the King Collection exhibit, a discussion of different views on the afterlife, and…

Dinos! Live at the Denver Zoo

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The dinosaurs at this exhibit aren’t actually alive, but the animatronic replicas will still make Junior feel like he’s in Jurassic Park. While exploring the zoo, kids have the chance to find more than 20 life-size models—including a brachiosaurus, a stegosaurus, and a dilophosaurus—and size up the prehistoric beasts next to modern predators.

Art-O-Palooza Camp

It may be winter break, but that doesn’t mean your children’s creativity should take a vacation, too. These morning, afternoon, or daylong workshops will encourage kids to channel their cabin fever energy into painting, sculpting, weaving, and mixed media. Full-day registration includes care during the lunch hour, but kids should bring their own lunches. Tue-Fri,…

Pumpkin Festival

At this autumn-inspired festival, your little one can appreciate both the sights and tastes of the season. Take the youngsters on a hay ride to choose pumpkins for their Halloween Jack-o-lanterns, then make your way through a pint-sized corn maze. After a full day of activity, they can snack on caramel apples while enjoying a…

James and the Giant Peach

This weekend, your kids can swap their Saturday morning cartoons for a movie instead. Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this ’90s animated film follows a young boy named James as he embarks on an unconventional journey to New York City riding a giant, magical peach. Don't bother making breakfast before you head to…

Bye Bye Birdie Day Camp

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Experience the world of theater up close with this unique backstage pass to a timeless musical classic. This exciting camp gives your child the chance to learn the ins and outs of staging a broadway musical during the production of the show as they  tour the set, meet cast members, and take a dance class…

Lakeshore Learning: Rockin’ & Learnin’

Join Pete the Cat, of the popular children’s book series, for a day of dancing, sing-alongs, and interactive learning. A creation of Georgia storyteller Eric Litwin, the books tell the story of a cat who keeps his cool in sticky situations. Pete will lead tykes through educational songs and dances, plus hands-on activities like crafting…

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

Pokémon Go may have been a short-lived phenomenon, but the sounds of the popular series live on. Die-hard fans will delight in this orchestral presentation of music spanning the history of the Pokémon video games. A portion of ticket sales benefits arts education programs. Thu 7:30 p.m. Visit tickets.coloradosymphony.org.

Meet the Beekeeper

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Bring your little insect enthusiasts by the Honey Bee Apiary at the Hudson Gardens to observe real beekeepers and their fuzzy friends up close. Kids will learn more about how bee colonies work together to protect their hives, and they'll get tips on how humans can manage and protect these busy workers.

Cult Following: Rated G

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Get all the laughs of a witty improvisation comedy show without having to worry about it staying kid-friendly. At this all-ages show, audience members will help quick-thinking DPAC improv performers come up with a spontaneous yet humorous fairy tale.

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration

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Ring in the holiday season with a Christmas parade full of marching bands, entertainers, and holiday floats from local organizations such as Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies and Center Stage School of Dance. Although the procession doesn’t start until 5:30 p.m., you won’t have to leave downtown to hold your little one's attention: Hayrides,…

Young Chefs Class: Oven Magic!

Andrew Lubatty, executive chef at the Avenue Grill, invites your pint-sized food connoisseur into the kitchen. Your aspiring chef will learn to cook a full meal that includes succulent bacon-wrapped shrimp, roasted chicken breast, roasted veggies, and even a chocolate soufflé. They'll also gain knowledge about flavor profiles, dish presentation, and techniques for knowing when…

Kids Ninja Warrior Competition

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Designed for thrill-seekers who aren’t old enough to compete on the popular television show, this 100-foot-long obstacle course is ready to train the next generation of American ninjas. In a test of balance, strength, and speed, competitors will try to conquer a rope climbing challenge, wedge steps, and the famous warped wall. The fastest three…

Triceratots

Bring your little explorers to this dinosaur-themed story hour and craft time. Kids will enjoy multiple tales; adorn paper dinosaurs with glitter, jewels, and other decorations; and delight in snacks from Happy Family Foods. Don't forget to take them on a walk through the Discovery Center, which is filled with information about animals and plants…

Wild Earth Day

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What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with more than 450 of its wildest inhabitants? With help from staffers at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, you and your kids can spend the morning planting new trees. Afterward, stroll along the animal viewing walkway for a glimpse at large predators, and then browse vendor booths manned by Key Photography, Blonde Beard’s…

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Based on C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale, this two-person adaptation will take your little adventurers to the magical land of Narnia. Join siblings Peter and Lucy as they rally talking creatures to take down the wicked White Witch and lift the eternal winter spell she's cast on this magical wonderland. Fri 10 a.m.; Sat 11…

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Give the movie reruns a break and round up your family to witness the imagination of Disney stories like never before. A team of costumed professional skaters will get the audience dancing with a special preshow warm-up performance featuring Mickey Mouse. Then get ready to hear the classic songs and see your favorite characters from…

Be Our Guest, Story Time With Belle

Get the full experience of this beloved Disney classic by attending not only the live musical production, but also an interactive pre-show program. Fans of beauty and her beast can meet the costumed characters, create tissue-paper roses and cardboard shields, and feast on a movie-themed spread provided by A Wild Thyme. Bonus: all participants are…

Otter Weekend

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Snap photos of your children with a live otter and meet the aquarium’s resident otters Olive, Emilia, and Olivia. The Rescued River Otter Trio will be on exhibit all weekend, and aquarium experts will be on site to lead informational sessions about the otters and answer questions. Before you leave, stop by the conservation booth…

Family Tour Clyfford Still Museum

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Allow your budding artist to get in touch with her creative side at this interactive museum tour featuring the opportunity for kids to create their own art. Masterpieces from the Still & Art exhibit, which includes more than 80 paintings from abstract expressionist Clyfford Still, will serve as the inspiration for the fridge-worthy collages your…

Splash Attack Summer Camp

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Thanks to this water-themed day camp, youngsters don’t have to be in school to take part in fun science lessons. On Maggie Pond, kids can test out the model boats they build and do experiments to learn about buoyancy. Guides from the Mountain Top Children’s Museum will also show campers how to make their own watercolor…

Birds of Winter

Your kids will learn to hoot, caw, and quack in this fun bird-watching workshop. First, they'll be introduced to life-size cut-outs of different species of feathered friends. Then, after listening to some bird calls, they'll craft their own bird feeders from pinecones, milk cartons, and cheerios strung on pipe cleaners. Wed 6 p.m.; Tue 2…

Blossoms of Light

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With a hot drink clutched between your mittens and warm treats in your coat pocket, take a stroll through the illuminated gardens after-dark and be dazzled by festive lights that transform familiar sights into a twinkling wonderland. Your kids will especially love playing with the interactive light display, where they can conduct a large field…

Four Mile Free Days

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Travel back in time with your little pioneers and experience life on the Cherokee Trail in 1859. The Four Mile House Museum tours offer a glimpse of old-fashioned family life, including replications of a blacksmith using a forge and people cooking on a wood fired stove. Tip: Arrive early for “Hay Bales and Tall Tales”…

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Winter Break Camp

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If you don’t want your budding scientists’ brains to turn to mush during the school break, sign them up for this educational camp, where they can dissect the heart and lungs of a sheep. In addition to the pseudo surgery, attendees will also learn about the 300-million-year history of flying animals while watching the Conquest…

Family Gingerbread Workshop

Kids are sure to know the colorful candy and frosting décor of the gingerbread house, but it’s time to get to know the plants that make up that spicy cinnamon drywall. Learn how ginger, cloves, and nutmeg distinguish this iconic holiday treat, and then taste those seasonings with some cookies samples. Each child will create…

The Stinky Cheese Man

Childhood classics get a satirical twist during this live musical interpretation of your favorite storybook fables. Kids will delight in seeing the protagonist from Jack and the Beanstalk narrate modified tales about barnyard animals and fumbling giants. In these unconventional version, characters like Chicken Little and the Gingerbread ignore traditional plots and even call the…

Kids Day

Imaginations will take flight at this annual family-friendly aviation day. Fun-filled and educational activities include air-and-space-themed stations and pedal planes. Sat noon-4 p.m. Visit wingsmuseum.org.

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Celebrate this holiday of love with the little ones you cherish most. Each child will receive a dozen heart-shaped cookies to decorate with frostings, sprinkles, candies, and more, while adults can personalize a gift box to carry the cookies home. Everyone can then toast the experience and each other with a special “love potion.” Sun…

Kidtopia Kidzfest

Bring the whole family along for this summer fair filled with activities your little ones will love, including a trackless train, bubble foam pit, and pony rides. Make sure to set aside the whole day so you can stop by the many activity stations (think: caricatures, face painting, photo booths, and spin art). Sat 11…

Spring Fest

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Little ones can spring into a new season at this educational gathering. Kids will explore the Sombrero Marsh, where they’ll have the chance to go bird watching and enjoy mountain views while eating a picnic lunch. Afterward, they can sing along to melodies about animals and science at a mid-morning concert by performers Jeff and Paige.

Adventure League Go

Tell your kids to get their phones charged and the Pokemon Go app ready for this two-mile quest through Boulder. Group leaders will put their agility skills to the test with mini challenges along the way, such as beanbag grabs, while kids look for chances to catch more Pokemon. Costumes—Pokemon or otherwise—are encouraged, and the…

Noon Year’s Eve

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With bedtime looming long before the clock strikes 12, 4 p.m. becomes the new midnight at this family-friendly New Year’s celebration. A countdown will transport the clan to Times Square as your children dance and play with rainbow confetti to welcome 2018. Throughout the day, kids can also create their own sparklers, make noisemakers, and…

Bug-a-Boo

If your kids enjoy the fake cobwebs and spiders of Halloween, it’s time to show them the real creepy crawlies of the season. This two-day extravaganza puts cockroach races, tarantulas, praying mantes, and more center stage for the brave to view up close. For the more squeamish, there’s also plenty of indoor trick-or-treating, face painting,…

Peter and the Wolf

Expose your young ones to the magic of live orchestral music at this family-friendly concert. Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s tale of Peter and a group of meadow animals in danger of a hunting wolf is brought to life with the moving arrangements of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. Arrive an hour early for Half Notes’…

James and the Giant Peach

Your children will be swept up in a fantastical new world with this inventive adaptation of a classic Roald Dahl novel. When a young boy discovers a mysterious oversize peach, he meets some peculiar new friends living inside it—and before long, he's carried away on an adventure he never expected. Phamaly Theatre Company will have…

Arabian Horse Day

The Kentucky Derby might be over, but you and your whole family still have a chance to enjoy a day at the racetrack. Get to know a entire team of sleek Arabian racehorses, trainers, and jockeys during a behind-the-scenes tour, then fuel up with a special Father’s Day lunch. While the kiddos kick back in…

Switch on the Holidays

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Watch Downtown Boulder explode with holiday spirit as 330,000 LED lights and 300 colorful lighted ornaments illuminate the Boulder County Courthouse and Pearl Street Mall. Before the lights flick on, your family can join in with the Boulder Children’s Chorale and members of the Boulder Chorale for a festive sing-along, and don’t leave without seeing…

Daddy Daughter Snow Ball

Don't be fooled by the name—all parents are welcome at this winter wonderland ball. Dust off your best formal attire for a night of dancing with your little ones. Then, take a break from the dance floor with desserts from the hot chocolate bar and fun winter-themed activities, such as the melted snowman cake walk…

Kids Obstacle Challenge

Mini adrenaline junkies can take on a challenge their own size at this one- to two-mile obstacle course. On their way to the finish line, children between five and 16 have to climb up cargo nets, army crawl across rugged terrain, and slide through patches of mud. While the kids race for their bragging rights, parents…

Father’s Day Falcon Fest

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This Father’s Day, take your pop out for an unconventional dinner and a show: At this family-friendly event, the other guests are live raptors. After marveling at a presentation about bald eagles, owls, and falcons hosted by the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and Hawkquest, chow down during an outdoor picnic. Thanks to this event, you can…

Ink On Your Shirt: Kids Fabric Screenprint Workshop

If every inch of your fridge is covered with your children’s artistic creations, it’s time to discover a new way to display their work. This workshop will teach ages six and older how to transpose their drawings onto T-shirts, hoodies, pillowcases, tote bags, and other flat fabric items with the shop’s printing presses. You’ll need…
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Friday Family Film Series: Moana

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If your home copy of Moana is already tuckered out from overuse, transport your Polynesian princess–obsessed little one to a new venue. This free screening kicks off a brand-new program at one of Cherry Creek's swankiest hotels, whose once-a-month film series promises viewings of The Lego Batman Movie and Sing by summer's end. The comfy couches and…

Seussical The Musical

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More than 15 of your children’s favorite Seuss stories are weaved together in this silly musical narrated by the Cat in the Hat. After discovering a speck of dust inhabited by Whos, Horton the elephant befriends Who-child Jojo and must endure ridicule and trouble posed by Sour Kangaroo, the Wickersham Brothers, and others in order…

Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest

During this block party, you and your family can celebrate 20 years of public television. Kids can hop around in a bounce house, jump rope, or spend the day interacting with their favorite television characters including Caillou, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Daniel Tiger. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Frozen

Don’t miss the chance to take your little ones to see all of their favorite characters, from the snow queen Elsa to the bumbling Kristoff, in this Broadway-bound musical based on Disney’s smash hit film. Featuring catchy tunes such as “Love Is An Open Door” and the acclaimed “Let It Go,” this production will do…

Art Emergency 2: Code Redder

This 30-minute educational play gives kids and their parents a crash course on the locations of the museum’s most kid-friendly works. Museum staffers Chuck and Joanne are calling for your kids’ help to choose what their next exhibition should be. Expect to hear behind-the-curtain stories about famous pieces currently on display—like "Dream of Arcadia" by…

A Year with Frog and Toad

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Spend four seasons with friendly Frog and worrywart Toad in this play originally presented on Broadway. Newly roused from hibernation, the two amphibious friends spend their days planting flowers, swimming, and exploring together. Youngsters will delight in this chipper musical and its animal characters’ love of adventures.

Model Trains Camp

Got a little one who's fascinated with trains? Take him to the railroad museum to get an idea of train technology beyond Thomas & Friends. Field trips, crafts, and demonstrations will teach campers about the variety of technologies used in model railroad construction. Kids will also compare and contrast their findings to real, life-size trains…

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

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Relive your youth and share your favorite childhood characters with your kids at this performance of Charles Schulz’s award-winning Christmas story live on stage. During the classic play, Charlie Brown decides to direct his school’s Christmas pageant to get rid of his holiday blues, but he’ll need the help of all his friends (and even…

Storytime and Craft

Whether your child is a fan of Thomas the Tank Engine or simply a model train collector, she'll love this locomotive-themed storytelling session. Executive director of the Colorado Railroad Museum Donald Tallman will read Trainsong by Diane Siebert, the beautifully illustrated story of a train's journey home. Afterward, attendees will make their own colorful wagon…

Not-So-Haunted House

Get out those costumes early and let your young trick-or-treaters ease into the season with this (only slightly) spooky community celebration. Explore the Halloween-decked museum space, in which your little monsters can decorate masks, bobbing for apples, and hunt for witches in a spider web maze. Then before you head home, check out the museum's…

Rainforest Yoga for Families

During this new family-friendly class, you and your little yogis can have a relaxing bonding session together. The workshop, led by Melissa Studenski of Golden Yoga & Healing Arts, will cover the basics of vinyasa yoga, a style that involves linking movements with breath. As you and your child try a variety of easy poses…

Space Camp

Aspiring space explorers ages 8 and older can get a taste of the astronaut life with this immersive five-day training program run by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado. Each afterschool workshop will teach a STEM-related task, such as coordinate mapping, table reading, and supply distribution, as well as important facts about our solar system. Campers…

Bloomapalooza

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At this salute to spring, children will throw seed bombs to cultivate flowers in the Butterfly Pavilion gardens, release captive ladybugs back into the wild, and search for insects native to the Centennial State. After watching young butterflies zoom around their rainforest habitat, the whole gaggle can visit the pollinator sale to purchase discounted plants,…

Rockin’ with the Pops

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Share a bit of the good old days with your little ones during this concert by 1970s cover band Mr. Majestyk's 8 Track Revival. The local septet's unconventional collaboration with the nonprofit Denver Pops Orchestra will have your tykes nodding their heads to everything from Led Zeppelin to Queen.

Day Out With Thomas

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All aboard the weekend express! Join Thomas the Tank Engine and railway controller Sir Topham Hatt for a 20-minute train ride, playtime at the Imagination Station, and a magic show as everyone’s favorite locomotive makes a return to the Centennial State. Beat the railway rush at noon and stop by the museum for a late…

Starry Night Sleepover

The best sleepovers are the ones in which your child can enjoy gooey marshmallows by the fire—and you don’t have to worry about the mess. Your little adventurer can enjoy delicious s’mores, stargazing through a telescope after a night hike, traditional Native American storytelling and the sounds of nature during this kid-tastic camping trip overseen…

Teddy Bear Clinic

The kids can bring their favorite stuffed animals into the zoo for a check up at this educational event. Volunteers from Children’s Hospital Colorado will educate young ones about medical procedures they can try on their furry friends, such as measuring heart rates. In addition, Denver Zoo mascot Elbert the bear will be there to…

Vail Kids Adventure Games

Aspiring triathletes and mini ninja warriors will be hard pressed to find a more action-packed (yet age-appropriate) race. In teams of two, young competitors will weave their way through this three-mile outdoor course on both foot and bike while tackling obstacles like cargo nets, grease walls, zip lines, and mud pits. With an emphasis on…

Family Fun Night: Brave

Round up your wee ones for an afternoon of activities based on the beloved Disney film Brave. Kids can try out an obstacle course, take a basic archery lesson, create bear puppets, and snap a photo with a costumed Scottish princess. Then they can settle in to watch the feature, which follows Princess Merida as…

Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July

Join the Colorado Symphony as its musicians show the country some love with a family-friendly concert. American classics such as "the Overture of 1812," "God Bless America," and "Stars and Stripes Forever" will be performed, followed by a fireworks show sure to dazzle excitable eyes. Mon 7:30 p.m.

Dinosaur Express Train

Explore the Jurassic world with your child during this dino-focused day of acitivities. Sift through sand for replica fossils, put together dinosaur puzzles, or glimpse massive dinosaur skeletons that were unearthed by railroad workers laying the original train tracks in the area. In addition, a steam locomotive will be offering rides through the 15-acre railyard,…

Leftapalooza

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The ultimate cover band concert is ready to rock its seventh year. Leftapalooza Mile High Tribute Band Competition will feature eight groups, including Hell’s Belles, performing classics from AC/DC , David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones, among other groups. The whole family can take a walk on the wild side with drinks provided by independent…

Forney Fall Fest

Kick your family’s Halloween celebrations into top gear with some automobile-themed games and indoor trick-or-treating. Your kids can step inside the haunted railcar, compete in slot car racing and a costume contest, and get their faces painted while watching a magician perform. Check out the museum’s temporary car exhibition, including the 1880 horse-drawn hearse, before…

Elmo Makes Music

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Who will save the day when the music teacher’s instruments go missing? Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang come to the rescue in this lively stage production, which teaches kids that musical inspiration can be found anywhere.  Your little ones will sing, dance, and learn together during this…

Food Explorers

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During this hands-on week of activities, youngsters will learn all about the benefits of eating their vegetables. Led by Megan Couture—a regional manager for school lunch provider Revolution Foods—children will plant seeds, learn about composting, and do blindfolded taste tests of healthy snacks. In addition, participants will discover how to read nutrition labels so they can continue to…

Flight of Fancy

During this cartoon-like performance, actors use a technique known as “full mask” style to  communicate their thoughts and emotions through physical movement rather than speaking. Puppets and music are also used to tell the tale of a young girl and puffin living in a biodome who escape for a night of adventure in the outside…

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Based on Mark Twain's timeless novel of the same name, this musical adaptation tells the story of a 14-year-old boy growing up in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Talented young actors take the stage as Tom, Aunt Polly, Becky Thatcher, and Huckleberry Finn, depicting life along the banks of the Mississippi River in…

Junie B. Jones: The Musical

The beloved character of Junie B. Jones has been chronicled in more than 30 best-selling books and several play adaptations since the early 1990s. This earnest production combines four of original author Barbara Park’s books and uses song, dance, and new characters to let the audience witness Jones’ first day of first grade. Its visual…

Corn Maze

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Get lost in Chatfield Farms’ sprawling seven-acre maze this fall. Daring explorers can take on the maze at night with a glow stick while a mini-maze is available for children under the age of 10. Hay and pony rides, giant hamster balls, and even a barrel train will also be part of the fall fun.

Avid4 Adventure Family SUP Day

You may have surfed waves or kayaked through rapids with your kids; now, you can combine the two (on flat water) by learning how to stand-up paddle board. Dive into this family-focused adventure summer camp for parents and kids (ages 5 and up) and learn the techniques of this hybrid sport. Personal flotation devices will…

Young People’s Concert

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This performance conducted by Aspen Music Festival’s Scott Terrell is the perfect opportunity to introduce young ears to live orchestral music. Musicians from the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestras will play pieces that are engaging for children, including “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and “Flying Theme”…

Denver Aquarium Mystic Mermaid Breakfast

At this family-friendly meal, your little underwater enthusiasts can glimpse mermaids in their natural environment. Savor made-to-order scrambled eggs and syrupy French toast as you watch swimmers in mermaid costumes float alongside aquarium fish. You can't travel under the sea, but this is the next best option. Sat 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m Visit aquariumrestaurants.com.

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Your child will be excited to eat fruits at veggies at this garden brimming with peppers, zucchini, and onions. Kids can explore the plot, craft garden-themed sculptures, and go on a hunt for bugs. Then young gardeners will use a juice press and solar cooker to cultivate their culinary skills and transform fresh produce into…

Boisterous Bears

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Curious animal-loving preschoolers can learn all about different types of bears at this educational event. During a class taught by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo zookeeper Emily Thacker, families have the chance to visit grizzlies Emmett and Digger as well as Asiatic black bears Honey and Beezler to find out more about their habits and habitats. Once…

Mermaid Breakfast

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Dine under the sea while watching the enchanting dance of the aquarium’s Mystic Mermaids. Guests will feast on scrambled eggs, french toast, hash browns, and other delicious breakfast items while the Mermaids perform their choreographed dances alongside their fishy friends. Photo ops with the mermaids are available after the show, and all diners receive 50…

“Shrek: The Musical” Day Camp

Do you have a budding actor in the family? Treat them to a behind-the-scenes look into this season’s musical production at this pre-show program. Young thespians can walk on stage and explore the set, where cast members will teach them a song and dance number from the play. After scoring an autograph at the meet-and-greet…

Passport to Culture: Chinese New Year

The Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center’s Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe will show all ages how to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with this colorful performance featuring a breakdown of traditional Chinese dances. Your whole family will leave knowing why the Chinese view dragons as symbols of good luck, power, and dignity for every…

Wild Kratts Live!

Whether they're fans of the Emmy-nominated PBS animated TV show or not, kids will be captivated to see the Wild Kratts gang of dilemma-solving animals on stage. During the show, the Kratt brothers and a team of superpowered animals will teach the audience about ecology and biology as they take on an environmental crisis created…

Spring on the Farm

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Give your young wannabe ranchers a taste of country living at this animal-packed event. They’ll learn how to do laundry with a washboard; grind cord; and play with calves, chicks, and baby turkeys (also known as jakes and jennys). Learning the ins and out of farm life has never been cuter.

Super Scientific Circus

Give your kids a break from lectures and textbooks, and let performers Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime prove that science can be funny. During this 50-minute educational show, the comedic duo will perform thrilling tricks, such as throwing boomerangs, to teach kids about the basic principles of physics. Some demonstrations, including one in which…

It’s Electric! Workshop

Children and their grown-ups can channel their inner Einsteins as they explore the science of circuits using hands-on exercises that demonstrate the ways electricity is constantly flowing around us and within us. Participants will use play-dough as a conductor to create a piece of technology called a Makey Makey, which turns everyday objects into sources…

Noon Year’s Eve

If you’re not there to see the celebration on the museum plaza this New Year’s Day, then you’ll definitely hear it. Kids armed with party horns, noisemakers, and festive masks of their own creation will gear up to ring in 2017 with a noon countdown, when they'll stomp on a 40-by-20-foot sheet of bubble wrap…

Gingerbread House Parties

This modern RiNo cafe will double as Santa’s workshop during an afternoon on the art of making gingerbread houses. Each ticket allows one adult and child to pair up and make their own candy-adorned abode (kits provided by the restaurant come with the house sheets, icing, decorations, and tips from chefs Troy Guard and Ryan…

Immersive Dance Story Time with Sonder Dance Collective

This dance-centric story time workshop will get your tykes excited about art and movement. At each station, kids will read a book and learn a dance move with a member of the independent dance collective. At the end of the event, your little dancers will put all their moves together in a group performance and…

The Fantastic World of Harry Potter

If your young bookworms are counting down the days before the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they'll love spending a day enjoying Potter-themed activities. At this magical extravaganza, children can sip on nonalcoholic butterbeers, show off their skills in a series-based trivia contest, and even snap photos in front of a…

Colorado Adventures on the Plaza

Zoom into fun while exploring these Colorado-inspired adventure activities at the Denver International Airport. Children and parents alike can whiz along a zip line, scale a rock climbing wall, and feel like they’re right on the water while casting a line at the virtual fly fishing station.

Get Growing! with Ollin Farms

Your kids may get their hands dirty, but it's worth it if they learn how to grow vegetables in the process. Kena Guttridge, teacher at Ollin Farms, will teach kids and parents how to harvest end-of-summer vegetables and how to prepare and weed the garden before fall produce arrives. Fri 9 a.m. —Image courtesy of…

Story Time at the Museum

Introduce your kids to northern Colorado’s European roots through crafts, activities, and stories based on the latest main gallery exhibit, “Europe Tales & Traditions.” After listening to a few European-themed tales, each child can make their own magnet, decorate a traditional ornament, and follow a scavenger hunt through the museum space. Afterward, feel free to…

Lights of December Parade

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This festive parade kicks off the holiday season in fine fashion with flashing fire engines and decorative floats created by local businesses such as the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. School marching bands, including the award-winning Fairview High Marching Knights and the Boulder High Drum Corps, are peppered throughout the parade, and the grand finale…

3rd Cultural Independence Festival of Colombia

Join the Asociación de Colombianos en Colorado, a nonprofit that works to strengthen ties among Colombians residents in the state, for its 3rd annual Cultural Independence Festival of Colombia. Live performances from Denver salsa band Orquesta La Brava and Colorado New Style Dance Studio will light up the stage as you chow down on fresh…

Frosty & Frozen

Get your whole family into the holiday spirit with a concert hall sing-along for all ages. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will provide the backing as you sing classic winter tunes like "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Come dressed in your most comfortable sleigh apparel, or, better yet, as your favorite character from…

Pioneer Living Day

Journey 100 years into the past with your son or daughter and learn to a life without modern technology. Your child will spend the day milking wooden cows, scrubbing clothes on an old-fashioned washboard, and even watching a blacksmithing demonstration. After they've worked hard, they'll have the chance to indulge in homemade ice cream and…

Mile High Magicians Close-Up Show

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Your mini Houdini will be dazzled at this mystifying performance featuring local magicians. At the show, sleight-of-hand artist Gene Gordon and mind reader William Rader (along with four others) will dazzle youngsters in an intimate setting. Because the audience is divided into rooms of about 30 people, little magic enthusiasts will have the chance to see card and coin tricks up close. Proceeds benefit the Mile High Magicians Society,…

Sugar Plum Tea Party

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Put your pinkies up and enjoy a proper afternoon tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The warm beverage will come served with finger sandwiches, pastries, and scenes from The Nutcracker performed by members of the Centennial State Ballet. Children will have the chance to get their picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy, and all…

Gobble Up!

Get your family into the turkey spirit at this Thanksgiving puppet show and workshop. Local puppeteer Cathy Kelsay will share holiday-themed stories and songs as your young ones help catch her runaway turkey. Once he’s safely returned, kids will make a paper sack turkey puppet of their own to decorate and take home. Sat 1:30…

Labor Day Lift Off

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Spend Labor Day with your head in the clouds (literally) as more than 70 hot air balloons take flight to kick off? an adventure-filled weekend . Skydiving, wakeboarding, and paddleboarding demonstrations will also entertain attendees during an adventure-focused weekend. Don’t worry, for the more tame at heart, a doughnut-eating competition and music from local bands…

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This Aurora-based production company, part of the Aurora Arts District, presents the classic Disney love story for its winter season show. Your kids can experience the “tale as old as time” in its live rendition and watch as Belle tries to tame the enchanted Beast, break the spell, and discover her handsome prince. Opens Fri…

Thorne Fall Fest

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Make the most of the weekend with your little one with education that rocks: The award-winning music group Jeff and Paige is ready to teach your kids about nature and environmental conservation using song and dance. When you’re not dancing to the the tunes, enjoy face painting, bird-watching, and a picnic lunch with mountain views.

Lego Skyline Building: London and Chicago

Join forces with your fellow amateur architects of all ages and assemble the latest 2017 additions to the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection. Over 460 and 440 pieces make up the major icons of the London and Chicago skylines, respectively, including Big Ben, the London Eye, the Willis Tower, and the John Hancock Building. Stick around…

Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Mycology

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Your family members can become fungi aficionados while participating in hands-on, plant-based learning at this educational class. Children will explore the similarities and differences between plants and fungi, such as mold and mushrooms, and learn about the active life of yeast. The Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at the Denver Botanic Gardens will also provide…

Day Out With Thomas

Your children's favorite characters will come to life during this real-life ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. Kids and parents alike will enjoy a ride through scenic North Table Mountain Park with favorite characters such as Sir Topham Hatt. After spending time on the train, take a turn around museum exhibits and visit a petting…

Winter Wonderlights

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This winter, dazzle the kids with holiday lights in an unexpected setting: an African sculpture garden. For almost two months, the majority of Loveland's 26-acre Chapungu Sculpture Park will be illuminated with string lights and animated 3-D displays synchronized to Christmas tunes—all set amid 82 stone sculptures by Zimbabwe artists. Special weekend events will also…

Wolfpack Ninja Day

Families are invited to join the Wolfpack Ninjas—four American Ninja Warrior athletes that are also extreme rock climbers—for a full day of obstacle course fun. Three waves of competitors will try their hands (and feet) at conquering a youth or adult course (both of which increase in difficulty as you progress through them) throughout the…

Kids’ Movies at the Museum: Paddington

You might be grieving over the Brexit, but you can still enjoy this U.K. export at a morning screening. After this Peruvian bear loses his forest home in an earthquake, he makes his way across the ocean and battles a plotting taxidermist to find a new home. The cub, who is based on the character…

Youth Artists Mixed Media Explorations Camp

Your little Picassos can take inspiration from her environment and create a work of art in this weeklong class. Museum educator Emily Evans, who has nearly six years of art instruction experience, will teach students how to use objects they find around their homes to create collages, so kids can continue to craft long after…

Cool Science Carnival Day

At this educational fair, your little scientist will have the chance to participate in guided experiments. She can don a mini lab coat for a chemistry-themed workshop with Professor Ron Furstenau, during which she'll learn how chemical reactions can make objects change color. Then young learners can visit the "Physics in Phun" exhibit, which features…

Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter Party

From the newest Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them viewers to longtime JK Rowling fans, kids of all ages can jump into the magical world of Harry Potter and get acquainted with its legendary creatures. All young wizards and witches will be armed with plenty of crafts and supplies to create their favorite beasts…
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Unicorn Festival

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Become part of the magic as Instagram's favorite mythical creature comes to life in this brand-new festival. Your little one can pose with or ride a unicorn (read: a pony with a rather convincing horn), stop by the mermaid lagoon staffed with finned cosplayers, and take part in all sorts of fantasy activities, from Quidditch…

Welcome to the Dahl House: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

On Saturday mornings this spring and summer, come enjoy screenings of films based on the books of acclaimed children’s author Roald Dahl. This family-fun series kicks off with the 1971 iconic film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, complete with a golden ticket contest for the kiddos. (The winning child and up to three friends…

Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival

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Make sure your budding mad scientist has her safety goggles at the ready during this science-themed event. For eight days, kids can take part in hands-on workshops and experiment demonstrations. This education-themed festival will bring together more than 200 organizations, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, and National Geographic, all in…

Sticky Fingers Colorado ‘Cool’inary Cooking Camp

History meets healthy eating in this day-long cooking camp for your little chefs. They'll learn about life during the Dust Bowl as they barter for and collect the ingredients for the meal on a scavenger hunt through the History Colorado Center's Keota exhibit, about the settlers of the town of Keota along the Chicago, Burlington,…

Wildfest

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Sweeping views, hot barbecue and live music at the iconic former home of Hunter S. Thompson make for the perfect Fourth of July party. In its second year, Wildfest will give thanks for independence and public lands with remarks from the Sierra Club’s Executive Director Michael Brune, activism booths, and award-winning beer from Aspen Brewing…

Shrek: The Musical

Nominated for nine Tony Awards, this musical stage adaptation of the hit DreamWorks film heightens the fairytale story with new tunes from songwriter Jeanine Tesori. You and your family can follow the comedic journey of an ogre and his loudmouthed donkey as they set off to save a missing princess with a dark secret. If…

Cider Days

Your kids can a smorgasbord of apple-flavored goodies at this 40-year-old fall celebration of Lakewood’s agricultural heritage. Witness Colorado’s largest tractor pull; learn how to use a cider press and other historic farm equipment; feast on festival fare like kettle corn and apple pie; and take advantage of unlimited access to children’s activities, like a…

Open World Learning’s TechFair

Your little ones can explore the worlds of coding, movie making, and graphic design in this all-day tech exploration event and competition brought to you by Open World Learning (OWL). Emceed by Denver District 8 councilman Albus Brooks, the day will include presentations from OWL students and live robotics demonstrations. Keep an eye out for…

Theatre of the Oppressed

Your elementary school production of The Wiz doesn't have to be the curtain call on your acting career, thanks to this interactive workshop. You'll employ performance art principles to illuminate the pertinent social issues of our time, like police brutality and LGBT issues. And everyone's in on the theatrics: You'll build community and communication skills…

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