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Shrine Circus

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 to May 01, 2016
Cost:
$20-$35.
Phone:

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…

Fables and Friends–Stories Worth Sharing

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-604-2424

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.

Avid4 Adventure Family SUP Day

Date:
Apr 30, 2016 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 772-1265

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…

Open World Learning’s TechFair

Date:
Apr 30, 2016 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-974-4812

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…

Young Chefs Class: Oven Magic!

Date:
Apr 30, 2016 10:30 am - 01:30 pm
Cost:
$59.
Phone:
(303) 377-3222

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…

Pamper & Play

Date:
May 07, 2016 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 356-6244

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…

Wolfpack Ninja Day

Date:
May 14, 2016 09:00 am - 07:00 pm
Cost:
$50.
Phone:
970-221-5000

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…

Family Fun Day

Date:
May 14, 2016 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$5-$10.
Phone:
(719) 347-9200

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…

Life and Afterlife

Date:
May 21, 2016 10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 492-8300

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…

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

Date:
Jun 04, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-381-0813

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…

Clay Maraca Making

Date:
Jun 08, 2016 to Jun 15, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Theatre of the Oppressed

Date:
Jun 11, 2016 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

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…

Arabian Horse Day

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
Cost:
$7.50-$15.
Phone:
(303) 690-2400

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…

Youth Artists Mixed Media Explorations Camp

Date:
Jun 20, 2016 to Jun 24, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 443-2122

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…

Photo Camp

Date:
Jun 21, 2016 to Jun 30, 2016
Cost:
$100.
Phone:
(970) 224-1010

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.…

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Date:
Jul 01, 2016 to Jul 24, 2016
Cost:
$11-$13.
Phone:
(970) 453-0199

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…

Play Nintendo Tour

Date:
Jul 01, 2016 to Jul 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 887-7467

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…

Young People’s Concert: Machines and Dreams!

Date:
Jul 02, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$5-$8.
Phone:
303-442-3282

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,"…

Lance Gutersohn 4th of July Celebration

Date:
Jul 04, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 726-8081

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…

Colorado Symphony’s Family Friendly Fourth of July

Date:
Jul 04, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$18.50-$36.75.
Phone:
303-220-7000

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.

Longmont Library BookCycle

Date:
Jul 05, 2016 05:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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.

Kids’ Movies at the Museum: Paddington

Date:
Jul 05, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$2.
Phone:
(303) 651-8374

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…

Triceratots

Date:
Jul 06, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$3-$5.
Phone:
303-697-3466

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…

Kidtopia Kidzfest

Date:
Jul 09, 2016 to Jul 23, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 496-4000

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…

Junior Firefighters Camp

Date:
Jul 11, 2016 to Jul 18, 2016
Cost:
$55-$65.
Phone:
(303) 892-1436

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…

The Kid Show: Rodeo and Juliet

Date:
Jul 14, 2016 to Jul 16, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(719) 658-2540

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.…

Aladdin

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$3.
Phone:
(720) 887-2371

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.…

Optical Toys

Date:
Jul 16, 2016 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm
Cost:
$8-$10.
Phone:
(303) 322-1053

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…

Young Artists at Work Summer Camp

Date:
Jul 18, 2016 to Jul 22, 2016
Cost:
$175-$200.
Phone:
(303) 443-2122

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…

Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Date:
Jul 23, 2016 11:00 am
Cost:
$15-$34.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

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.

James and the Giant Peach

Date:
Jul 23, 2016 10:30 am
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-381-0813

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…

Dinosaur Express Train

Date:
Jul 23, 2016 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 279-4591

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,…

Model Trains Camp

Date:
Jul 25, 2016 to Jul 29, 2016
Cost:
$250-$275.
Phone:
(303) 279-4591

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…

Tiny Tots 30th Anniversary Performance

Date:
Jul 30, 2016 09:30 am
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

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…

Jurassic Brick Land Summer Camp

Date:
Aug 01, 2016 to Aug 05, 2016
Cost:
$180.
Phone:

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…

Summer of Reading Cupcake Party

Date:
Aug 02, 2016 02:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 865-1111

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.

Denver Aquarium Mystic Mermaid Breakfast

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 08:30 am
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 561-4450

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.

Space Yoga Camp

Date:
Aug 08, 2016 to Aug 10, 2016
Cost:
$200.
Phone:
(303) 399-1191

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…

Zoppé Circus

Date:
Aug 12, 2016 to Aug 14, 2016
Cost:
$18-$23.
Phone:
303-205-7591

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…

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Date:
Aug 12, 2016 to Aug 13, 2016
Cost:
$10-$30.
Phone:
970-879-1996

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…

Adventure Quest

Date:
Aug 15, 2016 to Aug 17, 2016
Cost:
$233.
Phone:
(303) 409-2100

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…

Camping Adventure in Joy Park

Date:
Aug 18, 2016 05:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$30.
Phone:

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…

Rover Rally Robotics Competition

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$25.
Phone:

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…

Mini Pearl the Mini Horse & Book Reading

Date:
Aug 24, 2016 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-604-2424

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 Chemistry Bonds

Date:
Aug 28, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$10-$15.
Phone:
303-370-6000

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.

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 to Sep 03, 2016
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
719-561-8484

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.

Get Growing! with Ollin Farms

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 09:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-604-2424

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…

Wee Firefighters Safety Class

Date:
Sep 03, 2016 to Oct 08, 2016
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
(303) 892-1436

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…

Day Out With Thomas

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 to Sep 25, 2016
Cost:
$19-$25.
Phone:
(303) 279-4591

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…

Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 10:00 am - 02:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-892-1112

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.

Rainforest Yoga for Families

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 05:30 pm - 06:15 pm
Cost:
$4.50-$15.
Phone:
303-469-5441

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…

Flick Fridays – Kung Fu Panda III

Date:
Sep 16, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Teddy Bear Clinic

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
(720) 337-1400

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…

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 05:30 pm
Cost:
$3-$25.
Phone:
720-865-3501

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…

Hop, Skip, & A Jump Start

Date:
Sep 18, 2016 09:00 am
Cost:
$13-$38.
Phone:

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…

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Date:
Sep 19, 2016 08:30 am - 03:30 pm
Cost:
$60-$65.
Phone:
(303) 443-9952

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…

Pioneer Living Day

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
(970) 482-9168

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…

Washed Ashore Beach Party

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$12-$17.
Phone:
(720) 337-1400

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…

Pumpkin Festival and Weigh Off

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 10:00 am - 04:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-979-6022

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…

The Stinky Cheese Man

Date:
Sep 30, 2016 to Oct 30, 2016
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

Cider Days

Date:
Oct 01, 2016 to Oct 02, 2016
Cost:
$4-$25.
Phone:
(303) 987-7000

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…

Not-So-Haunted House

Date:
Oct 02, 2016 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$1.
Phone:
(303) 322-1053

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…

Pumpkin Festival

Date:
Oct 07, 2016 to Oct 09, 2016
Cost:
$5-$8.
Phone:
(303) 973-3705

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…

Cool Science Carnival Day

Date:
Oct 08, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Otter Weekend

Date:
Oct 08, 2016 to Oct 09, 2016
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
(303) 561-4450

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.

Family Fun Night: Brave

Date:
Oct 08, 2016 03:30 pm
Cost:
$6-$10.
Phone:

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…

Bug-a-Boo

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 to Oct 16, 2016
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-469-5441

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,…

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters

Date:
Oct 20, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
303-805-6800

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…

Spellbinders Storytelling

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-604-2424

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.

James and the Giant Peach

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 22, 2016
Cost:
$6-$12.
Phone:
(303) 987-7845

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…

Pumpkin Carving with John Bardeen

Date:
Oct 22, 2016 01:30 pm - 03:30 pm
Cost:
$8-$10.
Phone:
(303) 620-4933

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…

Incredible, Edible Eggs

Date:
Oct 26, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Forney Fall Fest

Date:
Oct 28, 2016 05:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
(303) 297-1113

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…

Loteria Mexicana

Date:
Oct 31, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Renaissance Adventures Halloween Fest

Date:
Oct 31, 2016 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-939-8463

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…

Day of the Dead Family Celebration

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 11:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 651-8374

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…

Night at the Museum: Bookmaking

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 05:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Story Time at the Museum

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 11:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Date:
Nov 06, 2016 01:30 pm
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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…

Super Scientific Circus

Date:
Nov 09, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$12.
Phone:

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…

Chinese Lion Dance

Date:
Nov 12, 2016 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free with museum admission.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Foxy & Schmoxy: Art Detectives

Date:
Nov 13, 2016 10:30 am
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

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.,…

Storytime and Craft

Date:
Nov 15, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 279-4591

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…

Birds of Winter

Date:
Nov 16, 2016 to Nov 22, 2016
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

The Fantastic World of Harry Potter

Date:
Nov 17, 2016 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 865-1111

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…

Fifth Anniversary Family Day

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 354-4880

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…

Family Fun: I Want My Mummy

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
$8-$15.
Phone:
303-370-6000

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…

Gobble Up!

Date:
Nov 19, 2016 01:30 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
(719) 686-1820

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…

Wild Kratts Live!

Date:
Nov 20, 2016 01:00 pm
Cost:
$32.45-$110.
Phone:
(303) 228-8000

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…

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Date:
Nov 25, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$22-$31.
Phone:
303-856-7830

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…

Shrek: The Musical

Date:
Dec 01, 2016 to Dec 04, 2016
Cost:
$20-$50.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

Oxford Hotel Dolls’ Tea Party

Date:
Dec 04, 2016 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
$44-$59.
Phone:

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…

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Date:
Dec 08, 2016 to Dec 11, 2016
Cost:
$23-$125.
Phone:
303-405-1100

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…

Ink On Your Shirt: Kids Fabric Screenprint Workshop

Date:
Dec 10, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
303-321-7101

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…

Family Gingerbread Workshop

Date:
Dec 10, 2016 to Dec 11, 2016
Cost:
$10-$17.
Phone:
720-865-3501

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…

Gingerbread House Parties

Date:
Dec 10, 2016 03:00 pm
Cost:
$74.
Phone:

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…

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Date:
Dec 16, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
$20-$75.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

Kidtopia Mountain Spectacular

Date:
Dec 16, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
970-496-4000

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…

PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue

Date:
Dec 17, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
$22-$89.
Phone:
(303) 228-8000

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…

Frosty & Frozen

Date:
Dec 21, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
$29.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Story Time

Date:
Dec 22, 2016 04:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-443-2227

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…

Adventure League Go

Date:
Dec 27, 2016 06:15 pm - 08:15 pm
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:
(303) 441-3100

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…

Art-O-Palooza Camp

Date:
Dec 27, 2016 to Dec 30, 2016
Cost:
$175-$275.
Phone:
(303) 651-8374

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,…

Noon Year’s Eve

Date:
Dec 31, 2016 09:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$13-$15.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Art Emergency 2: Code Redder

Date:
Jan 05, 2017 to Jan 08, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

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…

Lego Skyline Building: London and Chicago

Date:
Jan 05, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

“Shrek: The Musical” Day Camp

Date:
Jan 07, 2017 11:00 am
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

Saturday Morning Campfire

Date:
Jan 07, 2017 10:00 am
Cost:
$3-$4.
Phone:

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…

Seedlings: Creepy Crawly Storytime

Date:
Jan 10, 2017 09:30 am
Cost:
$3.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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…

Singin’ in the Rain

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 to Jan 15, 2017
Cost:
$15.
Phone:
(720) 887-2371

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…

Starry Night Sleepover

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 to Jan 14, 2017
Cost:
$60-$65.
Phone:
719-520-6387

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…

Passport to Culture: Chinese New Year

Date:
Jan 15, 2017 01:30 pm
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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…

It’s Electric! Workshop

Date:
Jan 16, 2017 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Buckaroo Breakfast

Date:
Jan 21, 2017 08:00 am - 10:00 am
Cost:
$25.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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”…

CU Wizards: “Superheroes and Villians!”

Date:
Jan 21, 2017 09:30 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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.…

Family Fun Day: Tropical Vacation

Date:
Jan 21, 2017 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:

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…

Owl Pellets

Date:
Jan 26, 2017 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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 Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Date:
Jan 27, 2017 to Jan 29, 2017
Cost:
$12-$15.
Phone:
(303) 296-0219

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…

Be Our Guest, Story Time With Belle

Date:
Jan 28, 2017 12:00 pm
Cost:
$16-$50.
Phone:

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…

Daddy Daughter Snow Ball

Date:
Jan 28, 2017 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
303-466-5685

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…

Space Camp

Date:
Jan 30, 2017 to Feb 03, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-865-0975

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…

World Wetlands Day

Date:
Feb 02, 2017 10:00 am
Cost:
$1 added to admission.
Phone:
303-469-5441

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,…

Sticky Fingers Colorado ‘Cool’inary Cooking Camp

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm
Cost:
$45.
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

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,…

Immersive Dance Story Time with Sonder Dance Collective

Date:
Feb 04, 2017 02:00 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
303-455-1527

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…

Seedlings: Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

Date:
Feb 07, 2017 09:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost:
$3.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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…

Music and Movement

Date:
Feb 10, 2017 01:00 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-604-2424

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…

Baby Doe Tabor Cupcake Decorating

Date:
Feb 11, 2017 01:30 pm
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
(303) 620-4933

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…

Museum Family Day: Darwin’s Voyage

Date:
Feb 11, 2017 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-492-6892

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…

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Date:
Feb 12, 2017 01:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

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…

Peter and the Wolf

Date:
Feb 12, 2017 01:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$25.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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’…

An Animal’s Carnival

Date:
Feb 12, 2017 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, the Musical

Date:
Feb 23, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
$12.
Phone:

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;…

Junie B. Jones: The Musical

Date:
Feb 24, 2017 06:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$20.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

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…

Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter Party

Date:
Feb 25, 2017 11:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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…

Be a Botanist

Date:
Feb 27, 2017 10:00 am
Cost:
$7.
Phone:
720-865-3501

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…

Girls & Science Day

Date:
Mar 04, 2017 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-370-6000

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.

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

Date:
Mar 09, 2017 07:30 pm
Cost:
$34-$94.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

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.

Seedlings: Young Yogis

Date:
Mar 14, 2017 09:30 am - 11:00 am
Cost:
$3.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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.

Geek Week

Date:
Mar 14, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
970-221-6738

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.

Lakeshore Learning: Rockin’ & Learnin’

Date:
Mar 18, 2017 10:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
3037688484

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…

Littleton Youth Ballet Snow White

Date:
Mar 18, 2017 to Mar 19, 2017
Cost:
$25-$30.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

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.…

Spring Break Adventure Camp

Date:
Mar 20, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017
Cost:
$48-$52.
Phone:
303-708-9500

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.

Disney on Ice: Dream Big

Date:
Mar 23, 2017 to Mar 26, 2017
Cost:
$26-$36.
Phone:
(719) 477-2100

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.

Kids Day

Date:
Mar 25, 2017 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
Cost:
$16-$12.50.
Phone:
303-360-5360

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.

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

Date:
Mar 28, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 865-1111

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…

Elmo Makes Music

Date:
Apr 01, 2017 to Apr 02, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.; Sun 1, 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-228-8000

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…

Pee Wee Art

Date:
Apr 03, 2017 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
303-797-1779

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.

Family Discovery Series: Astronomy 101

Date:
Apr 06, 2017 to Jan 01, 1970
Schedule:
Thu 7 p.m.
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
303-805-6800

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.

Disney on Ice: Dream Big

Date:
Apr 06, 2017 to Apr 09, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 11 a.m., 7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m., 3, 7 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$65.
Phone:
(720) 865-2475

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. 

Rockin’ with the Pops

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$15.
Phone:
303-733-8940

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.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

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.

Read and Seed Youth Program

Date:
Apr 10, 2017 to Apr 11, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Tue 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
Cost:
$3.
Phone:
970-416-2486

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…

School Day Off Camp

Date:
Apr 14, 2017 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$65.
Phone:
303-245-8150

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.  

Bye Bye Birdie Day Camp

Date:
Apr 16, 2017 11 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Cost:
$30.
Phone:
719-634-5581

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…

The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt

Date:
Apr 16, 2017 8 a.m. - noon
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
970-968-2318

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.

Spring Fest

Date:
Apr 17, 2017 10 a.m. - noon
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-499-3647

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.

Arapahoe Philharmonic Children’s Concert

Date:
Apr 19, 2017 10:00 a.m.
Schedule:
Wed 10 a.m.
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
303-781-1892

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.

Wild Earth Day

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$30.
Phone:
303-536-0118

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…

Wolfpack Kid’s Ninja Classes

Date:
Apr 29, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
Schedule:
Sat-Sun, times vary.
Cost:
$125.
Phone:
303-871-3904

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…

Cult Following: Rated G

Date:
Apr 29, 2017 to May 15, 2017
Schedule:
Sat-Mon, times vary.
Cost:
$10.
Phone:
303-893-4100

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.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Date:
Apr 29, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$26.
Phone:
303-987-7845

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.

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Star Wars at the Hangar

Date:
Apr 30, 2017 noon - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$20.
Phone:
303-360-5360

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…

A Year with Frog and Toad

Date:
May 01, 2017 to May 20, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat, times vary.
Cost:
$9-$13.
Phone:
720-898-7200

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.

Spring on the Farm

Date:
May 06, 2017 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Included with admission.
Phone:
970-482-9168

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.

Enchanted Princess Tea Party

Date:
May 07, 2017 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$55.
Phone:
303-525-3110

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,…

Parent & Tot Tea for Two

Date:
May 08, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Cost:
$11-$13.
Phone:
303-326-8676

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.

Family Viking Feast

Date:
May 12, 2017 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20.
Phone:
303-370-6000

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.

Siren Song: A Pirate Odyssey

Date:
May 13, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 1, 3 p.m.
Cost:
$8.
Phone:
720-946-1388

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.

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What Makes A Mother?

Date:
May 16, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-865-0120

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…

Bloomapalooza

Date:
May 20, 2017 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Included with admission.
Phone:
303-469-5441

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,…

Meet the Beekeeper

Date:
May 20, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-797-8565

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.

Walk in the Wild

Date:
May 20, 2017 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-499-1950

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.

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Blue Trees Family Day

Date:
May 21, 2017 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-534-6161

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…

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Friday Family Film Series: Moana

Date:
Jun 02, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-316-2700

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…

Food Explorers

Date:
Jun 05, 2017 to Jun 09, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
$300.
Phone:
303-256-2569

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…

Kids Camp: The Pirates!

Date:
Jun 05, 2017 to Jun 09, 2017
Cost:
$1-$5
Phone:
720-588-4107

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…

Mile High Magicians Close-Up Show

Date:
Jun 05, 2017 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
719-649-3119

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,…

Dinosaur Discovery Day

Date:
Jun 10, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-3466

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…

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Get Outdoors Day

Date:
Jun 10, 2017 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-913-1311

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…

Nature’s Amazing Machines

Date:
Jun 16, 2017 to Jan 01, 2018
Schedule:
Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-370-6000

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,…

Kids Obstacle Challenge

Date:
Jun 17, 2017 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$46-$56.
Phone:
(303) 658-2400

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

Date:
Jun 17, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-973-9530

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…

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Date:
Jun 19, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$12.
Phone:
303-805-6800

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.

Junkyard Robots

Date:
Jun 19, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon
Cost:
$182-$200
Phone:
303-791-2500

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…

The Witches

Date:
Jun 22, 2017 to Aug 05, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Thu 7 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m., 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.
Cost:
$12.
Phone:
970-485-2164

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…

Sand in the City

Date:
Jun 24, 2017 to Jun 25, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
303-424-0313

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…

Day Out With Thomas

Date:
Jun 24, 2017 to Jul 09, 2017
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$25
Phone:
303-279-4591

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…

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Unicorn Festival

Date:
Jun 25, 2017 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$10.
Phone:
303-347-8252

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…

Amy Young

Date:
Jun 27, 2017 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-865-1111

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…

Dinos! Live at the Denver Zoo

Date:
Jul 01, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Schedule:
Daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-337-1400

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.

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Independence Celebration

Date:
Jul 01, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-0800

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,…

Independence Celebration

Date:
Jul 01, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-0800

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…

Wildfest

Date:
Jul 01, 2017 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$45-$150
Phone:
970-963-3977

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…

Young People’s Concert

Date:
Jul 08, 2017 10 a.m.
Cost:
$5-$10
Phone:
303-442-3282

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”…

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Date:
Jul 11, 2017 to Jul 28, 2017
Schedule:
Mon 2-3 p.m. Tue-Sat 10-11 a.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-739-1970

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…

Annie

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 to Aug 06, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$28-$37
Phone:
303-893-4100

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…

Miniature Garden Family Workshop: Journey to Japan

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 to Jul 22, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 9:30 a.m.
Cost:
$10-$17
Phone:
720-865-3500

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.

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Drums Along the Rockies

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$50
Phone:
303-424-6396

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,…

3rd Cultural Independence Festival of Colombia

Date:
Jul 16, 2017 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

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…

Film on the Rocks: The Lego Movie

Date:
Jul 17, 2017 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
303-595-3456

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…

Splash Attack Summer Camp

Date:
Jul 17, 2017 to Jul 21, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
970-453-7878

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…

Narnia the Musical

Date:
Jul 20, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$12
Phone:
303-786-8727

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…

Boisterous Bears

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Cost:
$19-$26
Phone:
719-633-9925

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…

Mario the “Maker” Magician

Date:
Jul 27, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 2, 7 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$20
Phone:
303-440-7826

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…

Colorado Adventures on the Plaza

Date:
Aug 01, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
(303) 342-2000

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.

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Colorado Day

Date:
Aug 01, 2017 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-447-8679

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…

Marvel Universe Live

Date:
Aug 04, 2017 to Jun 06, 2017
Schedule:
11 a.m., 3 p.m., & 7 p.m.
Cost:
$44
Phone:
303-405-1100

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…

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Rocket Launch with United Launch Alliance

Date:
Aug 04, 2017 2 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-433-7444

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…

Leftapalooza

Date:
Aug 05, 2017 Noon - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$12-$50
Phone:
303-772-0258

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…

Honey Festival

Date:
Aug 06, 2017 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

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…

Acting Technique Intensive/Showcase

Date:
Aug 07, 2017 to Aug 11, 2017
Schedule:
1-4 p.m.
Cost:
$195
Phone:
720-255-1228

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…

Vail Kids Adventure Games

Date:
Aug 09, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
$60
Phone:
(970) 754-8245

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…

Tales of Tails

Date:
Aug 10, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Fri 7 p.m. Sat 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m.
Cost:
$5-10
Phone:
719-527-4800

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…

Wow! By Night: An Evening in Space

Date:
Aug 11, 2017 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-604-2424

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…

Flight of Fancy

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 11 a.m.
Cost:
$12
Phone:
(303) 442-3282

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…

Frozen

Date:
Aug 17, 2017 to Oct 01, 2017
Schedule:
Show times vary
Cost:
$25-$100
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

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…

Miniature Landscapes Family Workshop

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 1 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$10
Phone:
(303) 322-1053

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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Fun at the Firehouse Free Day

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-892-1436

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…

The Great American Eclipse 2017

Date:
Aug 21, 2017 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-370-6000

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…

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Lyons Zero Waste Concert and Carnival

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-444-6634

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,…

Labor Day Lift Off

Date:
Sep 02, 2017 to Sep 04, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 6 a.m.-10a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun 6 a.m.-10a.m.; 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Mon 6 a.m.-10a.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
719-219-3333

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…

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Conquer the Skies!

Date:
Sep 07, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$25
Phone:
303-370-6000

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…

Family Adventure Day

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
719-634-5581

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,…

Girls STEAM Day

Date:
Sep 10, 2017 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-360-5360

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…

Corn Maze

Date:
Sep 15, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-865-3500

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.

Kids Ninja Warrior Competition

Date:
Sep 17, 2017 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost:
$22-$35
Phone:
719-309-4061

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…

Mini Catapult Workshop

Date:
Sep 23, 2017 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
719-686-1820

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…

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Energy Day

Date:
Sep 23, 2017 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
713-337-8800

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…

Tiny Trekkers

Date:
Oct 03, 2017
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970- 619-4565

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.

Dinos! After Dark

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 to Oct 28, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-337-1400

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…

Otter Weekend

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 to Oct 08, 2017
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost:
Free with admission
Phone:
303-561-4450

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…

Mile High Pierogi Festival

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-425-7421

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…

Thorne Fall Fest

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-499-3647

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.

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Rikki Tikki Tavi

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 7 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$25
Phone:
303-945-4388

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…

Pumpkin Festival

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 to Oct 15, 2017
Schedule:
Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$4-$8
Phone:
720-865-3500

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…

Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival

Date:
Oct 14, 2017 to Oct 21, 2017
Cost:
Free
Phone:
719-632-4352

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…

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Cirque Italia: Water Circus Silver

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Schedule:
Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$50
Phone:
941-704-8572

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…

Piff the Magic Dragon

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
$22-$55
Phone:
720-274-6800

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…

Bat Encounter: Live!

Date:
Oct 29, 2017 1 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$15.50
Phone:
720-865-3500

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,…

Munchkin Masquerade

Date:
Oct 31, 2017 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

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.

Collecting Fire Toys

Date:
Nov 02, 2017 to Dec 30, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-892-1436

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…

Mermaid Breakfast

Date:
Nov 04, 2017 9:45 a.m.
Cost:
$9-$13
Phone:
303-561-4450

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…

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Kalama Polynesian Dancers

Date:
Nov 05, 2017
Schedule:
12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free with museum admission
Phone:
303-433-7444

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,…

The Polar Express Train Ride

Date:
Nov 09, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Schedule:
Nov 9-12, 16-19, 24-26, 29-30 and Dec 1-3, 6-10, 3-23 at 5, 6:30, 8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-279-4591

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…

Seussical The Musical

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 to Dec 30, 2017
Cost:
$26-$46
Phone:
303-794-2787

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…

Winter Wonderlights

Date:
Nov 18, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun, 5-9 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-962-0011

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…

Switch on the Holidays

Date:
Nov 19, 2017 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

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…

Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration

Date:
Nov 24, 2017
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-577-9900

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,…

Blossoms of Light

Date:
Nov 24, 2017 to Jan 01, 2018
Cost:
$10-$20
Phone:
720-865-3500

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…

St. Nick on the Bricks

Date:
Nov 25, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

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…

Sugar Plum Tea Party

Date:
Nov 25, 2017 to Nov 26, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 1 p.m., 4 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
Cost:
$35
Phone:
303-772-1335

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…

The Snow Queen

Date:
Nov 30, 2017 to Jan 01, 2018
Schedule:
Thur-Fri 10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1 p.m.
Cost:
$8
Phone:
303-458-6446

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…

Santa’s Flight Academy

Date:
Dec 01, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-388-3900

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…

Lights of December Parade

Date:
Dec 02, 2017 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

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…

Breakfast With Santa

Date:
Dec 02, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 9-11 a.m.
Cost:
$14-$20
Phone:
303-315-9444

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…

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Computer Science Community Event

Date:
Dec 06, 2017 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-963-5390

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…

Four Mile Free Days

Date:
Dec 08, 2017 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-0800

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”…

Family Tour Clyfford Still Museum

Date:
Dec 09, 2017 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-354-4880

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…

Princess Series: Frozen Princess Party

Date:
Dec 10, 2017 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost:
$13
Phone:
303-315-9444

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…

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live

Date:
Dec 22, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$30
Phone:
970-221-6730

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…

Noon Year’s Eve

Date:
Dec 31, 2017 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-433-7444

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…

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Winter Break Camp

Date:
Jan 02, 2018 to Jan 05, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost:
$235
Phone:
303-370-6000

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…

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

Date:
Jan 05, 2018 to Jan 07, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
Cost:
$34-$104
Phone:
303-623-7876

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…

Annie: Talkback Session

Date:
Jan 07, 2018 2 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$50
Phone:
719-634-5581

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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Power4Girls Sports & Science Day Off School Event

Date:
Jan 08, 2018 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$85
Phone:
303-492-5880

As winter break winds to a close, take this opportunity to teach your little ladies that coding and conditioning are just as much fun as Barbies and braids. In the morning, participants in this K-6 camp will play basketball and flag rugby with Game On! Sports 4 Girls coaches, and in the afternoon, they'll try…

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

Date:
Jan 13, 2018 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$8
Phone:
303-666-9555

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,…

Young Eagles Flight Experience

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-360-5360

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-…

Homeschool Day: Mysteries of Mycology

Date:
Jan 22, 2018 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$12
Phone:
720-865-3500

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…

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USA Gap Year Fair

Date:
Jan 28, 2018 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
508-755-2571

If "but Mooom, Malia Obama did it" is a common refrain from your teenager, this may be the event for you. To capitalize on the growing trend toward a pre-college year off, nearly 50 exhibitors will present their programs at this expo, including everything from volunteerism with education nonprofit City Year to theater tours with Up…

Stay Up With The Stars

Date:
Feb 03, 2018 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-370-6000

Astronomers of all ages will be star struck by Colorado’s night sky during this space-themed event. After a buffet dinner in the museum, an astrophysicist will discuss your kids’ favorite winter constellations—such as Orion the Hunter—while they peer through high-powered telescopes and sip on hot chocolate and cider. Attendees can also continue to explore the…

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Cirque Goes to the Movies

Date:
Feb 03, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 2 and 7 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$82
Phone:
303-449-1343

One kid wants to see Star Wars, the other prefers a circus, and Mom and Dad would rather see the symphony. Please 'em all with this interdisciplinary performance, featuring movie-themed music from the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and high-flying stunts from Cirque de la Symphonie. The set list includes tunes from Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, and yes, Star Wars,…

Le Petit Prince

Date:
Feb 09, 2018 to Feb 11, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
720-938-3030

During this captivating performance, the classic French novella The Little Prince is presented as a magical ballet, bound to attract young readers. Classical and contemporary scores, including original arrangements by Colorado composer Bruce Klepper,  will accompany Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s poetic story.The show is also includes imaginative choreography and projection art of stars and planets and…

Meet and Make with Children’s Authors

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-1111

Sure, you could stay in this weekend for storytime and arts and crafts, but why not let someone else clean up those "washable" paint marks? This all-day event features readings and crafts led by five award-winning children's authors. For early-elementary readers, try the morning art session with picture book creator Jillian Tamaki; with chapter-book connoisseurs…

Aurora Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: It’s A Fiesta!

Date:
Feb 11, 2018 1 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-873-6622

The sights and sounds of Mexican culture will explode on stage at this bilingual family concert. While the orchestra plays Aztec and mariachi music, the members of Fiesta Colorado Dance company will perform traditional dances inspired by various Mexican cultures. The experience will also include interactive activities such as an instrument petting zoo (where kids…

Seedlings: The Dinosaur Garden

Date:
Feb 13, 2018 to Feb 16, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Wed 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon; Thur-Fri 9:30-10:15 a.m., 10:45-11:30 a.m
Cost:
$10-$14
Phone:
720-865-3500

Your tiny paleontologists will learn all about dinosaur diets during this prehistoric playtime. Participants will examine fossils and learn about the plants that made up dinosaurs’ environments millions of years ago, including mosses, ferns, and liverwort. Children will learn about the types of dinosaurs that ate each through songs and hands-on activities, such as creating…

Stomp

Date:
Feb 13, 2018 to Feb 18, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary.
Phone:
303-893-4100

Watch an eight-member troupe create a rhythmic ruckus at this upbeat music performance. Using matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, and other everyday items, the percussive  performers create pulsing, inventive music that will have everyone tapping?  along in their seats. Fair warning, though: Your kids may not take out the garbage quietly when they get home.

Rails in the Rockies

Date:
Feb 17, 2018 to Feb 18, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m
Cost:
$7-$20
Phone:
970-586-6104

Jump on the fast track to a weekend of family fun at this model train extravaganza. Twenty different set-ups will showcase careful craftsmanship and historical accuracy, with two interactive railroads built low enough for your little conductors to control the trains. Vendors such as the Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society will also be on hand,…

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Painting with Words: Ekphrastic Writing Workshop for Teens

Date:
Feb 17, 2018 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-354-4880

Whether they prefer the literary arts or the visual, the budding creatives in your household are bound to enjoy this event. Participants in the workshop—named for the Greek, art-inspired writing style known as ekphrasis—will learn about Still's oeuvre from museum staff and writing strategies from Lighthouse Writers Workshop representatives. As they admire the museum's collections,…

Family Discovery Series: Bennett School of Irish Step Dance

Date:
Mar 03, 2018 10 a.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-805-6800

Slide on your dancing shoes for a toe-tapping show that will teach the audience how to bust out the finest Irish dance moves. Performers of all ages will present several different step dances, and instructor Molly Bennett will provide a brief history of the Irish step dance tradition, including moves and costumes during the performance.…

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Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest

Date:
Mar 03, 2018 to Mar 04, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$13
Phone:
303-682-6762

Left brain, meet right. At this two-day event, your little ones can dabble not just with STEM activities but also with artistic ones, too. Learn to sew with the Boulder Quilt Guild, build (and then destroy) a racecar at the Smash and Crash Derby, and explore an exhibit hall full of other opportunities to make…

How I Became A Pirate

Date:
Mar 09, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Cost:
$12
Phone:
303-805-6800

The comedic musical—based on Melinda Long’s beloved picture book—details the travels of young Jeremy Jacobs as he joins Captain Braid Beard’s pirate gang to search for the best hiding spot for their stolen treasure. While the pirate life is appealing, Jeremy soon learns that home and family, unlike gold and other pirate booty, are some…

Children’s Festival of Stories

Date:
Mar 17, 2018 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

Avid young readers will want to pull their noses out of their books to interact with real writers and illustrators during this kidlit celebration. More than 30 national, regional, and local children’s book authors and illustrators, such as Denver resident and writer-illustrator Leah Gilbert, will engage with bookworms through book signings, writing workshops, illustration demonstrations,…

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Date:
Mar 24, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
970-221-6730

Mr. Popper’s flock of flightless birds will have your family flapping with joy after a lively production packed with penguin puppets. This musical follows a painter as he makes the best out of strange circumstances—a penguin that arrives on his doorstep and later populates his house with babies—by turning his new troop of birds into…

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Animals of the Wizarding World

Date:
Mar 26, 2018 1 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$9
Phone:
303-604-2424

Hedwig isn't the only Harry Potter pet whose brethren can be found in the Muggle world. At this Nature's Educators program, your little ones will get up close and personal with a variety of species that appeared in the Potterverse or provided inspiration for J.K. Rowling's magical beasts. The exact lineup for the day will depend on…

Beach N’ Egg Hunt

Date:
Mar 31, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-468-0718

Bundle up your snow bunnies for an epic Easter egg hunt designed for both powder hounds and ski-averse folks. The Easter Bunny has scattered 5,000 eggs across two of Arapahoe Basin’s areas, with kids on skis searching the beginner Wrangler trail and tykes on foot hunting around the Molly Hogan lift. One golden egg in…

Bunny Express Train

Date:
Mar 31, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$15
Phone:
303-279-4591

Hop on this vintage train for an Easter adventure that will transport your family back to life on the Colorado rails 100 years ago. Young conductors can explore a passenger coach from the 1880s that was frequently used near Pikes Peak, and track down the Easter Bunny for candy and a photo op. Admission also…

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Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling

Date:
Apr 03, 2018 to Apr 27, 2018
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-623-7876

If you've worn out your Baby Mozart DVD, now's the time to expose your little ones to the classics in real life. In a series of performances around the metro area, 15 Colorado Symphony musicians and local actor Amie McKenzie will bring orchestra music to life for the preschool set. Expect a diverse program ranging…

Wiley and the Hairy Man

Date:
Apr 06, 2018 to Apr 07, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.
Cost:
$12
Phone:
303-805-6800

Join a young boy deep in the threatening swamp as he confronts his innermost fears during this mystical performance. Based on a classic Southern folk tale, the play follows the fearful Wiley in his quest to battle the Hairy Man who haunts his dreams. With the help of his crafty mother and his faithful dog,…

Aladdin

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 to Apr 28, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
303-893-4100

Experience the wonders of Arabian nights at this enchanting musical featuring a new twist on a classic Disney tale. After freeing the genie who’s been stuck inside a magic lamp for 10,000 years, the sneaky street rat Aladdin uses his three wishes to transform into a prince, win the heart of Princess Jasmine, and save…

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

Date:
Apr 08, 2018 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

Ring in spring the right way: by dressing your little ones in wings or pointy elvin shoes so they’ll fit in with the other magical creatures thronging downtown Boulder. The Tulip Fairy leads your fairies and elves in a parade around Pearl Street, which will be adorned with more than 15,000 tulips. When they’re not…

Cockpit Demo Day

Date:
Apr 14, 2018 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
Free with museum admission
Phone:
303-360-5360

Your child’s passion for aviation will reach new heights at this aircraft-centered event. Kids can climb into planes, including fighter jets, to inspect the instruments and controls from a pilot’s perspective. Your aspiring aviator will be fueled with loads of new knowledge from the museum’s volunteer pilots about the operations and equipment required to keep…

Comics and More with Raúl the Third

Date:
Apr 15, 2018 2 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-1111

Award-winning children’s illustrator Raúl the Third will help hopeful cartoonists tap into their creative sides during this intimate meet and greet. The comic designer will discuss his books, including the intergalactic adventure Lowriders in Space, and lead a workshop to help young artists start developing a strip with Comic Con potential.

Kids Paint: Hello Rabbit

Date:
Apr 16, 2018 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
$38
Phone:
303-503-1902

Budding artists should hop at the chance to create their own Easter-themed work at this afternoon workshop. Participants will get to paint a floppy-eared brown rabbit against a blue sky background. With guidance from a Tinker Art Studio lead teacher during both group instruction and periods of independent work, your young creative will be given…

Earth Day Celebration

Date:
Apr 22, 2018 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free with museum admission
Phone:
303-433-7444

In honor of April’s sustainability-focused holiday, teach your tiny tree huggers how to be better stewards of our natural surroundings. Attendees of this environmental celebration can listen to nature-related stories, get their faces painted with earth-themed designs, and hang out with winged and reptile friends brought by the wildlife nonprofit Nature’s Educators. Your blossoming hippies…

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Mother/Daughter Fit Fest

Date:
Apr 29, 2018 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-442-3740

This nontraditional Mother's Day event will give moms and daughters a chance to bond while developing healthy habits for life. You and your little athlete can get your heart rates up during a 30-minute fitness class designed for girls between five and 10 years old, then discuss the importance of setting goals with professionals from…

Jurassic Park in Concert

Date:
May 03, 2018 to May 04, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$99
Phone:
303-623-7876

Delve into a prehistoric world with your young dinosaur aficionados as the Colorado Symphony performs the soundtrack from Jurassic Park live on stage. While conductor Brett Mitchell leads the orchestra through John Williams’ gripping score, the sci-fi thriller will play on the big screen behind the musicians, transporting the audience to an adventure-filled amusement park…

Youth Fishing Camp

Date:
May 05, 2018 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$38
Phone:
720-880-1100

Teach your kids to fish and they just might feed you for a lifetime—or at least they’ll thank you for the opportunity to learn a lifelong skill. With help from Evergreen Trout Unlimited’s expert members, aspiring anglers will learn fly-fishing basics such as proper techniques for rod handling, casting, and fly tying. After spending the…

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Mystery of the Golden Mustache

Date:
May 10, 2018 11 a.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-455-1848

Your tykes will transform into junior detectives as they enter the Mystery Mansion for this interactive show. When leading man DeMille’s golden mustache goes missing, a devious cast of characters, including DeMille’s photographer J.J., quickly become suspects. Your tiny sleuths will search the room for clues, listen to the characters give their testimonies, and work…

Parent and Child Class: Mother’s Day in France

Date:
May 12, 2018 10 a.m.
Cost:
$40-$95
Phone:
720-839-2417

You might not be able to afford that Mother’s Day trip to Paris that Mom truly deserves, but you can still make her feel like she’s in the City of Lights—by cooking French-inspired cuisine during this hands-on class. Parent-child duos will work together to make classic Parisian dishes, including a chocolate soufflé, and learn techniques…

North Cheyenne Cañon Hummingbird Festival

Date:
May 12, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
719-385-6086

From late March to October, broad-tailed hummingbirds flock to North Cheyenne Cañon Park, outside of Colorado Springs, drawn to the open space’s thousands of wildflowers. The Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center wants to give you an up-close look at these brilliantly colored birds. During its North Cheyenne Cañon Hummingbird Festival, guests can learn about the…

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour

Date:
May 15, 2018 6 p.m.
Cost:
$30-$50
Phone:
303-623-0106

Disney Channel fanatics will be singing and dancing in their seats as they watch their onscreen pals come together on stage for the first time in Denver. During this live concert, you’ll join high-energy hosts Dee and Jay as they invite Mickey, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and other fan favorites to perform popular songs…

Songs and Tales from the Colorado Trails

Date:
May 19, 2018 10 a.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-805-6800

Your little pioneers will have to hold on to their cowboy hats as the Old West comes to life during this educational performance. Hear enthralling tales—full of Native Americans, miners, and ranchers—about crossing the Western plains, and perform folk ditties with instruments such as guitars, banjos, and harmonicas. Attendees will also listen to fascinating stories…

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TreeHouses: Look Who’s Living in Trees

Date:
Jun 02, 2018 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$8
Phone:
303-651-8374

Longmont Museum and Cultural Center's newest exhibit will teach your budding biologists about the importance of protecting both forests and the critters who call the woodland areas home. In this hands-on event, kids can climb through large tree houses while coming face-to-face with a variety of real-life animals, including a great horned owl and baby…

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Parker Days Festival

Date:
Jun 07, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Schedule:
Thu 5-10 p.m., Fri 5 p.m. - midnight, Sat 9 a.m. - midnight., Sun 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Admission is free; Ticket prices vary for food, Trace Adkins concert, rides, and other activities
Phone:
303-841-4268

If you’re craving the small-town feel of a county fair without embarking on a rural road trip, head to Parker for this comprehensive festival. This year's event will be highlighted by a Thursday night ticketed concert with country music superstar Trace Adkins. Besides the twangy tunes, kids can enjoy everything from carnival rides to a…

The Little Mermaid: A Story Ballet

Date:
Jun 08, 2018 to Jun 09, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$20-$25
Phone:
720-938-3030

Take a journey under the sea with majestic mermaids, colorful fish, and other scaly creatures during this enchanting ballet. Contemporary and classical tunes, combined with an original score created by Colorado composer Bruce Klepper, will put a new spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale. The music and intricate dancing are bound to delight…

Rock Stars

Date:
Jun 11, 2018 to Jun 15, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost:
$300
Phone:
303-697-3466

Burgeoning geologists will dig the chance to spend a week in the field learning about earth science from Dinosaur Ridge’s experienced outdoor educators. During this in-depth program, campers will draw and measure fossils and rock layers at locations such as Dinosaur Ridge and Idaho Springs, and discover how glaciers shaped the Front Range. Field trips…

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Dignity Festival

Date:
Jun 16, 2018 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$35
Phone:
720-460-1393

Since 2011, Project Worthmore, a nonprofit that provides community support for local refugees, has helped 840 families in the process of making the Mile High City their home. At this festival to benefit the organization, attendees can build up an appetite with activities such as a 5K or one-mile race, yoga, and a rice haul…

Rocky Mountain Survivor: Kids’ Survival Basics

Date:
Jun 20, 2018 9 a.m. - noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-586-0108

If you have young outdoors-loving adventurers, make sure they’re prepared for all of nature’s perils with this crash course in the basics of survival. After learning about preparedness essentials like what items to bring hiking and how to administer First-Aid, kids will get hands-on practice making fires and building shelters, giving them the skills to…

Family Fun Concert: Meet the Strings

Date:
Jun 30, 2018 2 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$10
Phone:
303-665-0599

This intimate concert will provide your mini maestros an opportunity to explore their musical interests. To start things off, a quartet—featuring two violins, a viola, and a cello—will perform songs composed by Beethoven and Vivaldi to introduce the young audience to the resonant sounds of the symphony. Then, after the show, kids can meet the…

The Ninjago Movie

Date:
Jun 30, 2018 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-913-1311

Sprawl out on a blanket under the stars with your little ones as they watch Lego characters show off their best martial arts moves on the big screen. The action-packed animated flick follows teenage ninja Lloyd Garmadon as he attempts to defeat his villainous father and protect his city from ruin. With the help of…

Zoo Snooze Overnight Adventure

Date:
Jun 30, 2018 to Jul 01, 2018
Cost:
$40-$60
Phone:
303-469-5441

Some kids might squirm at the thought of critters that crawl around at night, but tiny bug lovers will be eager to hang with—and learn about—their insect friends at this museum sleepover. Participants will have up-close encounters with butterflies and other invertebrates, such as tarantulas and centipedes, during a nighttime exhibit tour. In the morning,…

Hidden Valley Nature Hunt: A Virtual Geocache Adventure

Date:
Jul 03, 2018 9:30 a.m. - noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-586-0108

Nature lovers will discover an exciting new way to explore Rocky Mountain National Park during this outdoor scavenger hunt. After mastering the basics of using a GPS from a Rocky Mountain Conservancy educator, kids will practice their navigation skills and try to uncover a series of clues. Throughout the hunt, your sleuths will also learn…

Kids Obstacle Challenge

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 to Jul 08, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost:
$52-$66
Phone:
720-733-2222

You and your young adventurers should prepare to get a little grimy during this mud-tastic challenge. More than 12 obstacles—including a rock wall, a cargo net, and a rope swing—are placed throughout a swampy two-mile course, allowing your kids to unleash their inner ninja skills as they climb and crawl their way to the finish.…

The Story Bakers

Date:
Jul 11, 2018 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-221-6730

No scripts needed at this educational improv show. After a brief sketch outlining the effective elements of story writing, the talented actors from this Fort Collins–based troupe will cook up comedic skits based solely on suggestions from the crowd. As the audience’s story unfolds live on stage, your little dramatists will gain a deeper appreciation…

Dinosaur Express Train

Date:
Jul 14, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$15
Phone:
303-279-4591

Although trains and dinosaurs never made tracks during the same era, they’ll cross paths during this prehistoric-themed event. Throughout the day attendees can take unlimited rides on the historic Denver & Rio Grande Western Steam Locomotive, explore the museum’s 15-acre railyard by following dinosaur footprints, and participate in other activities designed to transport your tykes…

Water Lantern Festival

Date:
Jul 21, 2018 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$40-$50
Phone:

Your worries will float away as you and your kids make a buoyant artistic masterpiece at this peaceful evening event. Purchase a kit for your family and you’ll get a water lantern, an LED keychain flashlight, and a marker to add some flair to your floating luminary. Once your little ones have designed your lantern,…

Dance For Kids: Pilobolus

Date:
Jul 28, 2018 4 p.m.
Cost:
$25
Phone:
970-925-7175

Introduce your aspiring dancers to the imaginative movements of one of America’s best modern dance companies at this family-friendly show. During the performance, members of Pilobolus, a dance company that started at Dartmouth College in 1971, will perform stunning demonstrations of acrobatics. After watching the awe-inspiring partner choreography set to jazz music, your little ones…

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Yellowbelly’s Tour de Stanley

Date:
Jul 31, 2018 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

No pedals? No problem. At this race, youngsters can zoom around on pedal-less Strider bikes. Each kid registers for the competition by coloring their own paper number plate and attaching it beneath their handlebars. If your speed demon leaves the other kids in the dust, they could have the chance to win prizes, such as…

Fun at the Firehouse

Date:
Aug 04, 2018 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-892-1436

Explore the Mile High City's fraught relationship with flames at a historical fire station turned museum. After gaining free admission, junior fireman can try to solve the mystery of downtown Denver's 1863 fire by using clues throughout the building—eventually guessing how the blaze started. (Hint: No one actually knows.) Along with the sleuthing, kids can…

Jeffco Fair & Festival

Date:
Aug 10, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
Schedule:
Fri noon-10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-271-6600

This traditional festival offers three sun-soaked days of carnival rides, rodeos, livestock judging, and competitions (including pie-eating) for you and your kids to enjoy. Be sure to grab a funnel cake and a spot by the stage, where you’ll dance to bands, including Buckner Funken Jazz. Attendees can even support Colorado’s historic agricultural and ranching…

Joy Park Free Night

Date:
Aug 17, 2018 4 - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-433-7444

Expend some of your little one’s youthful energy at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus’ enormous outdoor exhibit, Joy Park. Kids can splash in the pools and streams of the canyon area, race a friend on the dual zip lines, and explore the straw bale maze. You also might want to pack sunscreen…

Lego Building Workshop

Date:
Aug 18, 2018 9 - 10 a.m.
Cost:
$40-$45. Includes admission.
Phone:
303-447-8679

At this creative workshop, kids will use 43 Lego pieces to construct a colorful, miniature scene familiar to all city dwellers: a hot dog cart. After testing their architectural skills, aspiring builders can check out the Legorado exhibit. There, they’ll explore scenes of Colorado history (including, believe it or not, Casa Bonita), all recreated using—you…

Colorado Rockies Movie Night

Date:
Aug 26, 2018 1:10 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-292-0200

You and your kids can watch one of the best baseball movies of all time from the outfield grass at Coors Field during this postgame movie screening. A ticket to this special event includes the opportunity to see the Rox play the St. Louis Cardinals followed by a viewing of the 1993 classic The Sandlot…

Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Date:
Sep 08, 2018 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-913-1311

Gather your picnic blankets and coolers to watch a modern twist on a beloved Robin Williams classic. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black play teenagers sucked into adult bodies and magically launched into the world of a jungle-themed video game. But in the film, the stakes aren’t just game over;…

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RidgeFest

Date:
Sep 08, 2018 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-259-1030

At this quintessential harvest festival, you can experience small-town charm without leaving the Denver-metro area. Youngsters will get a kick out of lively activities, including sack races and tug of war, face painting, and a stilt-walker. While the kids wear themselves out, mom and dad can enjoy libations from Brewery Rickoli and Bonacquisti Wine Company.…

Hop, Skip & A Jump Start

Date:
Sep 16, 2018 7:30 a.m.
Cost:
$13-38
Phone:
(303) 433-7444

Just because she hasn’t started walking doesn’t mean your soon-to-be sports star can’t win her first gold medal. During this racing extravaganza, children ranging from less than a year old to three can test their speed in a short infant crawl or toddler trot. Older kids and parents are invited to participate in the more…

Corn Maze

Date:
Sep 21, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Cost:
$9-14, free for children 2 and under
Phone:

Trek through pathways shaped like a fire hat, a police car, and an ambulance at this year’s corn maze dedicated to our city’s first responders. After you and your kid find your way through the labyrinth, enjoy a hayride or pony ride and play games including cornhole or giant Jenga. In between the many activities,…

Fright Fest

Date:
Sep 28, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat noon to 10 p.m., Sun noon to 9 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
(303) 595-4386

Denver’s downtown theme park is getting an eerie makeover for a season of screams. During the day, kids less than enthused by ghouls and goblins can enjoy playful Halloween-themed activities, including a shrieking contest and trick or treating. But at night, braver guests are beckoned to the haunted attractions, including Seance, a haunted house where…

Corduroy

Date:
Oct 05, 2018 to Dec 09, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m., noon; Sat 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$15
Phone:
303-893-4100

Introduce your kids to the famous green-overalled teddy bear at this charming comedy. Based on the eponymous children’s book, the show follows Corduroy, who has long hoped to be scooped from his department store shelf and brought home by a loving owner. But in order to convince that special shopper, he must first find his…

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Enchanted Hallows

Date:
Oct 05, 2018 to Oct 27, 2018
Cost:
Free-$20
Phone:
720-337-1400

Denver Zoo has put on their classic Boo at the Zoo for many years. But this year they are adding a spookier complement. Travel an eerie trail filled with creepy crawlers (just decorations, not real) and jack-o-lantern sculptures. During the 15-minute stroll—recommended for kids eight and up—fright fiends can also stop to hear Halloween lore…

Dinosaur Discovery Days: Girl Scout Day

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-697-3466

Dig deep into the prehistoric era with your future paleontologist as the Girl Scouts converge on Dinosaur Ridge for National Fossil Day. Representatives from STEM-based organizations—including the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Women in Mining—will set up booths to teach girls about rocks, fossils, and wildlife. After digging…

Pumpkin Nights

Date:
Oct 17, 2018 to Nov 04, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost:
$12-$60
Phone:
(303) 637-8000

Pumpkin Nights is to a corn maze as the Met Gala is to a PTA fundraiser – related, but about a thousand times more grandiose. This maiden experience will transform the Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex into eight different pumpkin-themed worlds, including Pumpkin Pirate Cove (form pirates guarding their gourd-related treasures) and Monster…

Halloween Harvest Festival

Date:
Oct 20, 2018 noon - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2208

Downtown Westminster’s Halloween party is merging with the city’s annual Westy Fest to put on a brand-new autumn extravaganza. Between the beer, barbecue, and hot air balloons at this packed celebration, you’ll have no shortage of reasons to get festive. But it’s the kids that get the real perks: Bounce houses, a ropes course, and…

Trick or Treat Train

Date:
Oct 27, 2018 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
303-279-4591

Holiday train rides aren’t just for visiting the North Pole. Hop aboard a historic steam locomotive to trick-or-treat in a whole new way this fall. Costumed conductors and engineers will guide kids through passenger cars as they receive candy at stops throughout Golden. Little ones can even have their faces painted before posing for a…

Halloween Spooktacular!

Date:
Oct 28, 2018 2:30 - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$27
Phone:
303-623-7876

This is the Halloween event for all those kids who are convinced their Hogwarts acceptance letter will come in the mail any day now. Dress your little ones in wizard robes to see the acclaimed Colorado Symphony play songs from the Harry Potter soundtracks. Afterward, your little witch can vie to win best costume—and a…

Munchkin Masquerade

Date:
Oct 31, 2018 3 - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

At this Boulder Halloween spectacular, it’s not just the kids who get to don capes and wigs. Owners and employees at local businesses along Pearl Street and downtown Boulder will dress up like their favorite characters—whether it’s Superman or Sleeping Beauty—while passing out candy to trick-or-treating tykes. With more than 100 shops and restaurants involved,…

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Trunk or Treat in the Highlands

Date:
Oct 31, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-722-2245

Your candy-crazed kids can get their hands on all their favorite treats (and maybe a few tricks) at this Halloween celebration. The trunks of more than 10 cars will be filled with Skittles, Snickers, and other sweets for costume-clad revelers to peruse. Once you and your little ones have accumulated a stockpile of snacks, you…

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Date:
Nov 03, 2018 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-3500

Don a floral hat and apply some skeletal makeup to get into the Day of the Dead spirit at this cultural celebration.Your little ones will love decorating paper flowers and paper mache sugar skulls of their own, and Aztec dancers and masked lucha libre wrestlers from will provide entertainment for the whole family. Also be…

Veterans Day Parade and Festival

Date:
Nov 10, 2018 to Nov 11, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun 8-10 a.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
970-403-2196

With six military bases along the Front Range, it’s no surprise that Denver’s Veteran’s Day celebration is one of the biggest in the West. Take your kids to a parade featuring bands, and military vehicles such as Vietnam War–era jeeps and Gulf War personnel carriers. Stick around for photo ops with the vintage vehicles, the…

Disney Junior Dance Party

Date:
Nov 13, 2018 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$33-$62.50
Phone:
719-477-2121

Your little one is sure to know every new-wave Disney tune featured in this performance, even if you’re wondering where “Under The Sea” and “Circle of Life” went. The interactive show will have your child singing and dancing along with beloved characters like Elena of Avalor and Doc McStuffins. With fun effects like confetti and…

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination

Date:
Nov 23, 2018 5 - 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

For the past few years, the Union Station Alliance has lit up the iconic train station with green and red lights in honor of the holiday season. In 2018, for the first time, the dazzling display will be accompanied by a massive Christmas tree. After watching the Mile High City’s historic transportation depot transform for…

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Snowcat Santa and Fireworks

Date:
Nov 23, 2018 6 p.m. - 8:10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-409-2029

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be the guests of honor in this Snowcat-led parade and lighting ceremony in Burning Stones Plaza. Before the parade even begins, take advantage of this annual event's complimentary hot cocoa bar and giveaways, including candy canes, holiday headbands, and Santa hats. After the main procession, families can pose for photos…

Palmer Lake Fall Lantern Festival on Palmer Lake

Date:
Nov 24, 2018 2 - 9 p.m.
Cost:
Prices vary
Phone:
620-796-5885

As a peaceful evening settles over Palmer Lake, end your day by watching hundreds of lanterns float across the water. Before the sun goes down, you and your kids can enjoy a festival full of activities such as a petting zoo, a bounce house, and child-oriented yoga. There is no shortage of things to do—just…

Santa Breakfast

Date:
Nov 24, 2018 9 a.m. - noon
Cost:
$12-$25
Phone:
(303) 674-3412

Start your morning on a festive note by joining Santa for this intimate pancake breakfast on the picturesque Evergreen Lake. St. Nick and Mrs. Claus will mingle with families as they dine, so little ones will have ample opportunities to take photos with the man in red and tell him what they’re hoping to see…

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Horseshoe Holiday Market

Date:
Dec 01, 2018 to Dec 23, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-301-4293

This holiday market hosts over 70 local vendors, a selection of artisanal food, and even a mobile coffee shop from the Bean Machine. Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, shoppers can peruse the myriad gift options, such as handcrafted knitwear from Canopy Supply and hot sauce from JoJo's Sriracha. The fun doesn't end with the…

Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

Date:
Dec 05, 2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Schedule:
Ages 8-14
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-325-1236

Dungeons & Dragons was created way back in 1974, but the fantasy-based entertainment is still popular with gamers of all ages. During this introductory course, kids can learn the basics of navigating the game’s fictional worlds. To start, they’ll brainstorm how they might want to design their characters before embarking on quests for treasure and…

Chanukah on Ice

Date:
Dec 06, 2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$7-$9
Phone:
303-604-1010

Your kid can spin like a dreidel while skating at this Chanukah celebration. Every wannabe figure or speed skater gets $1 off admission to the outdoor rink, along with some tasty sufganiyot (Israeli jelly donuts)—if they mention the Jewish holiday at the front entrance. Be sure to take a break at 5 p.m. to see…

Family Workshop: Warm Winter Cocoa

Date:
Dec 09, 2018 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$17
Phone:
303-494-1638

At this educational workshop, your chocolate lover can learn that her favorite sweet treat actually comes from a plant. Kids and their guardians will examine Denver Botanic Gardens’ cacao trees before grinding beans from the vegetation and and combining them with sugar and milk to make their own delicious hot chocolate.The class, taught by the…

Young Eagles Flight Experience

Date:
Dec 15, 2018 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Cost:
Free but must register
Phone:
303-360-5360

Allow your aspiring aviator to experience a bird's-eye view of the Denver area as a certified pilot takes her on a free 20-minute flight in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk. After viewing the controls of the classic, fixed-wing airplane up close and asking a Colorado-certified pilot questions about flying, kids can head inside to Wings Over…

Noon Year’s Eve

Date:
Dec 31, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
Cost:
$13-$15
Phone:

Thanks to this early New Year’s party, there’s no need to keep the kids up past their bedtime to celebrate the first holiday of 2019. Every hour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the whole family can take part in a classic countdown while watching a glittery ball drop 20 feet to the ground. With…

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Camp

Date:
Jan 02, 2019 to Jan 04, 2019
Cost:
$150-$165
Phone:
303-805-6800

If your little one is waiting impatiently for her Hogwarts acceptance letter to come, send her on this magical adventure to pass the agonizing time. Your young witch or wizard will start by being sorted into a house before embarking on three days of creating their own wands, brewing butterbeer, and competing in daily competitions…

Jaws, Paws and Claws Day Camp

Date:
Jan 02, 2019 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
$50-$55 per child
Phone:
(720) 337-1400

This daylong class will help your aspiring zoologist learn all about fearsome animals’ most dangerous body parts. Jaws, paws, and claws will be the focus as zoo staff point out creatures, such as snow leopards and snapping turtles. Following the tour, kids can create some of the intimidating limbs they just saw using everyday items…

Patti Smithsonian presents: Hello Earth

Date:
Jan 16, 2019
Schedule:
Three shows: 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 a.m.
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
719-295-7200

During this informative show, performer and writer Patti Smithsonian uses shadow puppets to put a twist on old-school nursery rhymes and teach kids about environmental stewardship. Watch the three little pigs learn about what “disposable” really means and the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood show the audience how to save trees. After the performance,…

Bilingual Storytime

Date:
Jan 17, 2019 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-443-2227

The ability to speak multiple languages is a valuable skill—one that only becomes more difficult to pick up as you age At this story reading, Loredana Gaudiuso, a Denver photographer originally from Colombia, will help your youngster improve both his English and Spanish skills as Gaudiuso reads in both languages. Kids will be able to…

Brassical Adventures

Date:
Jan 30, 2019 10 a.m.
Cost:
$7
Phone:
(303) 424-4454

Get your budding musician excited about tooting a tuba or blowing a trumpet. The adventure starts with a 45-minute, interactive concert from local band Denver Brass. Children will be able to tap along and even pretend to be some of the animals in the songs. After the show, kids will have the opportunity to play…

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