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Journey to the Uncanny Valley

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Don your creepiest costume for this spooky story time to learn why dolls and clowns make our hair stand on end. While viewing some of scariest dolls from the museum’s 20,000 object collection, you’ll learn about how your brain identifies and reacts to danger and other reasons why you find the Chucky doll hidden in…

Cassini: The Grand Finale

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Spend your evening immersed in other-worldy education as space experts discuss NASA’s Cassini Mission. After nearly 20 years in space, including 13 years orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on September 15th. This month, Denver Museum scientist Steve Lee and other local experts will talk about the enormous (or, astronomical) contributions Cassini made…

Ultimate Dinosaurs

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Walk alongside life-size dinosaur skeletons and dozens of fossils at this interactive exhibit, which features some remarkable scientific research on our prehistoric friends. Let your inner paleontologist go wild as you search for tiny fossils with a microfossil sifter or examine the skeleton of a Carnotaurus with augmented reality viewers. If you prefer to dig…
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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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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…

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…
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Dolls, Demographics, and Dysentery

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Thanks to the wide world of toys and games, "You have died of dysentery," a familiar phrase from the game The Oregon Trail, was a staple of many people's childhood. Have you ever thought about how weird that is? This presentation put on by the Denver Obscura Society explores how politics and culture have influenced…

Ayn/Sister

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Ayn/Sister by Telluride-based playwright Jennie Franks tells the story of author Ayn Rand, who after decades of living in America, brings her Russian Communist sister to New York. Rand, played by director Tracy Shaffer, is at odds with her sister due to the clash between their beliefs. This conflict makes for a powerful tale about…

Food Truck Safari

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Take your palate on a culinary road trip while enjoying exciting musical performances at the zoo. Attendees can choose from 12 Denver food trucks such as OG Burgers, Roll It Up Sushi, and Arepas House. Plus, receive one complimentary Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Roadie Grapefruit Radler or Denver Pale Ale. Don’t miss the animal demonstrations…

Peer Revue: Stand Up for Science

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So a software engineer, a research scientist, and an astrobiologist walk into a bar… Or in this case, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where the scientists-turned-comedians will debut their stand-up performance. Headlining the show is comedian, veterinarian, and star of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. If you didn’t think there was…
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Colorado Black Arts Festival

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Honor the African diaspora's contributions to the Centennial State at this 31-year-old fest. Saturday's Boogaloo Celebration parade is the weekend's most rollicking event, featuring Boulder-based dance troupe Samba Colorado and the 80-member Nebraskan band the Marching Saints, but the action doesn't stop there. Over the course of the three-day event, visitors can peruse more than 50…

Almodovar en Total Pass

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Director Pedro Almodóvar is known for his colorful, irreverent films chronicling Spanish life after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. During this 20-film retrospective, view a sampling of the prolific filmmaker’s movies, including the Academy Award-winning All About My Mother and his rarely screened first cinematic effort, Pepi, Luci, Bom And Other Girls…

Delta Rae

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Six North Carolina natives, three of whom are siblings, came together in 2009 to craft this alternative country group’s soulful sound. During the show, the band—which has played major festivals such as  Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza—will share fiddle-driven melodies as well as lyrics about country life in the United States.

Do at the Zoo

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Embark on a culinary safari and taste sample dishes from more than 55 local restaurants and breweries at this tasting. Try Panzano’s lobster saladon endive or banana pudding with caramel sauce from Wheat Ridge's Post Oak Hall, and wash your small bites down with a Roadie Grapefruit Radler from Great Divide Brewing Company. While you snack,…

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,…
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The Science Lounge: Space Oddity

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The constellations in our night sky are primarily named after characters from Greek and Roman myths—and those noteworthy figures were not exactly innocent. During this Pride Week planetarium show, hear scandalous stories about the relationships and daring feats that helped mythological heroes earn their place among the stars. Bonus: Togas are encouraged. —Photo courtesy of Maura O'Neal

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.

Mitski

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A little more than a year after the release of her latest album, Puberty 2, this Japanese-American indie rocker will present her nuanced lyrics about heartbreak and racial identity during an intimate show. The singer-songwriter combines punk-style guitar with dreamy bass and drum arrangements for a unique record that was hailed by critics as one…

Atelier by Radex

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Longtime chef and restaurateur Radek Cerny serves traditional French and Mediterranean fare in a cozy spot. Try classics such as the lobster ravioli or duck carpaccio.

White Pie

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The brothers behind Dos Santos bring New Haven–style pizza and hand-made pastas to Denver. Pair the Porker Porkerino—made with soppressata, mozzarella, pickled chiles, and spicy honey—with a frozen Negroni.

Risk! Live

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If you're a podcast junkie, don’t miss this chance to catch a live performance of Kevin Allison’s award-winning storytelling show. Described by Rolling Stone as “the Moth’s scrappier, freakier little sibling,” this moving and hilarious event will feature storytellers from the Denver area, all of whom will share personal stories they never anticipated they'd tell on stage.

Colfax 5K and Marathon

Traverse the Mile High City during this urban marathon, which was selected as one of the Runner’s World top ten race recommendations of the past two years. You’ll run past select Denver landmarks—including Sloan's Lake, the state capitol, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High—as you make your way along the 26.2-mile route. Not feeling up to…

Mother’s Day 5K & Brunch

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You're already planning to take Mom to breakfast this weekend—why not burn some calories with her first? Start the day by hitting the pavement on a paved course while the little ones run on a modified quarter- to 1-mile children's course nearby. Then chow down on a wholesome meal of Noosa yogurt, fresh fruit, and Golden’s Olde…

Walk MS

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Take an active stand against multiple sclerosis at this family-friendly race. Choose between walking a one-mile course or running a five-kilometer route—both of which are paved—and feel free to bring your leashed pooch to stroll beside you. Proceeds benefit several organizations that provide critical services for those suffering from MS.

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.

Hurray for the Riff Raff

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Thanks to its honky-tonk-style steel pedal riffs and soulful vocals, this New Orleans trio falls into the Americana folk genre. But the blend of bluesy bass runs, heart-wrenching piano ballads, and pulsing synths on its latest release prove the group defies labels. At this politically charged show, frontwoman Alynda Segarra will show off her powerful pipes while singing…

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