Denver Area Events

The Denver area has a lot of amazing field trips and educational programs and opportunities, as well as the occasional free day for the entire family.

Do you know of a Denver-metro area event that should be listed here? Please Contact Me and give me the details.

NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change, so be sure to check the website of an organization for more details when making plans to attend one of these events.

Oct
16
Tue
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center

A class for fun, physical activity with a variety of gymnastics skills and apparatus incorporated. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: T or TH, Noon-1pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

Oct
18
Thu
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center

A class for fun, physical activity with a variety of gymnastics skills and apparatus incorporated. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: T or TH, Noon-1pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

Homeschool Dance Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is a class that covers a variety of dance techniques. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm-2pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY Lab space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program.

Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens

Oct
19
Fri
Wiggly Worms at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggly Worms at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

Free, but registration Required

Ages 3-6 yrs

Bring your wiggly worm to get up close and personal with the real thing. Digging in the garden will usually turn up worms and lots of questions from your curious youngster. Come to the Nature Center for a fun program about worms with books, activities, and even the critters themselves. Sign up early!

Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From their website:
Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you’re not sure if we’ll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead.

There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights … the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope … that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome … as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Oct
20
Sat
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion

From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, come dressed in your best costumes to trick-or-treat through exhibits and enjoy free candy, prizes and crafts.

October 20 & 21, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Bug-A-Boo returns! Enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout Butterfly Pavilion’s special Toxic Terror exhibits. Discover incredible animals that use poisons and venoms to survive the challenges of their world. Plus, enjoy free candy, prizes and a special pumpkin craft.

Event is great for all ages and is included with General Admission. Free for current Butterfly Pavilion members. 

CU Wizards: The Tumultuous Life of Cumulus Clouds @ CU Boulder, Duane Physics G1B30
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
CU Wizards: The Tumultuous Life of Cumulus Clouds @ CU Boulder, Duane Physics G1B30

CU Wizards: The Tumultuous Life of Cumulus Clouds.

For over three decades, the CU Wizards program has presented FREE monthly shows that entertain and inform children about the wonders of science. Under the direction of Professor David Nesbitt, these interactive shows are presented once a month from September through June. They are hosted by renowned University of Colorado, Boulder professors and provide a perfect start to a fun-filled weekend. The shows are geared toward children and young adults, but all are welcome! Each program lasts about an hour and includes several lively demonstration experiments.

Location and logistics:
There are FREE PARKING in LOTS 308 and 436.  There is also parking available for a $4.00 flat fee in the Euclid parking structure. Please refer to the CU Wizards website for additional parking information.

Malloween Trick-or-Treat at the Orchard Town Center @ The Orchard Town Center
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Malloween Trick-or-Treat at the Orchard Town Center @ The Orchard Town Center

The Orchard’s Annual Halloween Celebration!

Join us at Town Center Square at 11AM to trade your non-perishable food donation for an Orchard Trick or Treat bag with fun surprises inside (while supplies last). Hang out and play some games, win some prizes and dance to family-friendly Halloween music! Then start your trick or treat journey through The Orchard. Participating stores with candy will have a balloon bouquet at their front door.

Enjoy tons of fun activities like free face painting, balloons, Halloween games and prizes, characters, photo opps and more!

Bring your furry friend and enter them into the pet parade and costume contest! Sign-up opens at 11AM, contest at Noon.

Please note that children over the age of 12 and adults are not permitted to wear face masks at The Orchard.

FREE Event

All food donations benefit Food Bank of The Rockies.

Westminster Halloween Harvest Festival @ Downtown Westminster
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Westminster Halloween Harvest Festival @ Downtown Westminster

Check City of Westminster’s website for more information.

Mark your calendars for Westminster’s new and improved Halloween Harvest Festival! This FREE, family-friendly event is bigger and better than ever because this year, it will now be combined with another one of Westminster’s signature events—the annual Westy Fest that is usually held each August.

Bring the whole family to kick off the fall season with free carnival games, trick-or-treating, a hot-air balloon glow, live musical performances by local bands, a beer garden, food trucks, arts and crafts, jumping castles, local vendors, a bonfire and a BBQ competition. You can even pick out the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch!

Admission is FREE for all attendees and includes:

  • Carnival games
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Live music
  • Ropes course
  • Inflatables
  • Face painting
  • Hot air balloon show
  • Admission to the JCPenney Pumpkin Patch

Additional costs include purchases from food/drink and craft/artisan vendors, pumpkin purchases and participation in the Meat Scream BBQ competition.

Entertainment Schedule

  • Noon: Broomfield School of Rock House Band
  • 2 p.m.: Gasoline Lollipops
  • 4 p.m.: BBQ Competition Awards
  • 5:30 p.m.: Rapid Grass

Shuttles: We highly recommend using our shuttle system to get to the festival. Shuttles will run about every 15-20 mins from noon until 9 p.m. Courtesy golf carts will be available for those will mobility needs.

Shuttle Locations:

  • College Hill Library: 3705 W. 112th Ave.
  • Westminster City Hall: 4800 W. 92nd Ave.
  • The MAC: 3295 W. 72nd Ave.

Parking: If you plan to park at the event, please use Harlan Street to access all event parking. There will be no event parking in the downtown garage–this is reserved for handicap parking and JCPenney customers. Please do not use lots at Olive Garden or Brunswick Zone.

Handicap Parking: Located in the parking garage or the paved parking lot along Harlan Street.

Biking: There will be a free bike valet located at the Eaton Street and Park Place median. View map of bike trails to Downtown Westminster.

Uber/Lyft: May drop off and pick up on 91st Place between Harlan Street and Eaton Street. There will be signage.

What can I bring in?

Costumes: We love costumes! Please make sure they are appropriate for the family-friendly event. Leave any sharp objects, sticks, bats and replica guns/swords at home.

Oct
21
Sun
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion

From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, come dressed in your best costumes to trick-or-treat through exhibits and enjoy free candy, prizes and crafts.

October 20 & 21, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Bug-A-Boo returns! Enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout Butterfly Pavilion’s special Toxic Terror exhibits. Discover incredible animals that use poisons and venoms to survive the challenges of their world. Plus, enjoy free candy, prizes and a special pumpkin craft.

Event is great for all ages and is included with General Admission. Free for current Butterfly Pavilion members. 

Oct
23
Tue
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center

A class for fun, physical activity with a variety of gymnastics skills and apparatus incorporated. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: T or TH, Noon-1pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

Oct
25
Thu
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center

A class for fun, physical activity with a variety of gymnastics skills and apparatus incorporated. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: T or TH, Noon-1pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

Homeschool Dance Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is a class that covers a variety of dance techniques. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm-2pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY Lab space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program.

Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens

Oct
26
Fri
Clyfford Still Museum (FREE Day) @ Clyfford Still Museum
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Complimentary guided tours of the galleries take place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 3 pm, and 6:30 pm on these dates. Tours last about 45 minutes and are limited to 30 people. First come, first served!

Apex Halloween Carnival @ Apex Center - Arvada
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy ghoulish games, bounce houses, hayrides, ghost stories and much more! One of the best family-friendly events in Arvada!

Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From their website:
Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you’re not sure if we’ll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead.

There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights … the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope … that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome … as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Oct
27
Sat
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum

From their website:

It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains
The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.

Visit all of the special stops to fill your treat bags and tickle your funny bones including the “not so spooky” Haunted Railcar and the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard. Enjoy local food, kettle corn, shaved ice and even get your face painted. Finally, get a great picture of your costume as you pose in front of our Pumpkin Patch cart. Get professional fall portraits by Mama Chicken Photography.

Admission: Museum members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15 and Seniors $10.
Admission includes unlimited rides on our Steam Engine as well as entertainment throughout the grounds. We will be open to the public from 9AM-5PM with entertainment and events running 10AM-4PM.

Brighton Harvest Festival @ Historic Downtown Brighton District
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Brighton Harvest Festival @ Historic Downtown Brighton District

Come enjoy a day of FREE family friendly fun at the Brighton Harvest Festival! Dress up in your family friendly costumes and walk up and down the street collecting candy and treats at our Trick or Treat Street.  Shop at the street fair from over 100 different businesses and vendors. Enjoy delicious food and  treats.
*Face Painting
*Bounce House
*CakePop Walk
*Donut Bobbing
*Bubble Pool
*Unicorn Rides
*Street Fair
*Food Trucks
… And More!!!!!
The event starts at the corner of Bridge Street and Main Street in the Historic Downtown Brighton District

Oct
28
Sun
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum

From their website:

It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains
The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.

Visit all of the special stops to fill your treat bags and tickle your funny bones including the “not so spooky” Haunted Railcar and the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard. Enjoy local food, kettle corn, shaved ice and even get your face painted. Finally, get a great picture of your costume as you pose in front of our Pumpkin Patch cart. Get professional fall portraits by Mama Chicken Photography.

Admission: Museum members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15 and Seniors $10.
Admission includes unlimited rides on our Steam Engine as well as entertainment throughout the grounds. We will be open to the public from 9AM-5PM with entertainment and events running 10AM-4PM.

Colorado Symphony Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular @ Boettcher Concert Hall
Oct 28 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Colorado Symphony Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular @ Boettcher Concert Hall

It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from Harry Potter™ films and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a goulish-good time for every little monster and their mummy!

FAMILY SERIES PRICING* STARTS AT:

Adult (13+) $27.00 and Children $10.00.

Oct
29
Mon
Homeschool Day: Plants and People of the Southwest @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Homeschool Day: Plants and People of the Southwest @ Denver Botanic Gardens

Audience: Homeschool Families

Discover how native peoples of the southwest use plants in their everyday lives as you explore the plants of the Sacred Earth and Dryland Mesa gardens. Investigate the many uses of the yucca plant and learn about different traditional cooking tools used in the southwest region.

Homeschool Days offer families the opportunity to explore plant-based themes through a variety of hands-on activities, tours and take-home projects that families can do together. Activities are designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Price: $12 per day per child; One adult per child is free of charge. Additional adults and non-participating siblings over the age of two will need to pay $7 each, payable on the day of the program. The program fee includes admission to the Gardens.

Oct
30
Tue
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Homeschool Gymnastics Class @ Hyland Hills - Donald E VanArsdale Gymnastics Center

A class for fun, physical activity with a variety of gymnastics skills and apparatus incorporated. Registration is due monthly by the first class of the month.

Ages: 5-14
Fee: $25/per child, per month, for one class weekly.
Day/Time: T or TH, Noon-1pm

From: https://www.hylandhills.org/content/uploads/2018/08/HylandHillsFall18_web-2.pdf

Nov
1
Thu
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

First Thursday and Third Monday at 10 a.m.
All ages, Free.
Investigate the amazing natural world from the Nature Center. Explore different themes with activities, books, puzzles, crafts, and other interactive items. No need to sign up for this program, just swing by and enjoy!