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.

Apr
26
Thu
Inside the Orchestra (Homeschool Program) @ Temple Emanuel Denver
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Inside the Orchestra for Schools is an interactive 50-minute program geared towards students in K-8th grade. The audience is seated on the floor and surrounded by a professional orchestra. This program features 14-16 professional musicians, a modern dancer from Hannah Kahn Dance, and an opera singer from Central City Opera. The conductor faces the students during the performance and teaching artist from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts engages them throughout the program, asking questions and teaching them about the music as it is playing around them.

Students are treated to up-close-and-personal demos by the strings, woodwinds, horns and percussion. Scripting is designed to not only introduce musical concepts but to tie to the curriculum that children are studying in other subjects. Students are introduced to key elements of symphonic music such as transitions, orchestral “color”, and identifying the emotional quality of different types of music. In addition, one child is given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to conduct the orchestra.

After the performance, there will be about 15 minutes for the kids to meet the musicians, see their instruments up close, and ask them questions.

Find out more information about the program, ticketing, and register online at insidetheorchestra.org/inside-the-orchestra-homeschool-program/.

Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center

Date: Thursday, April 12– May 17
Ages: 8-18
Time: 1 – 1:45 p.m.
Fee: Res: $90, Non-Res: $99

Apr
27
Fri
Living History Day @ KPOF Westminster Castle
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Living History Day @ KPOF Westminster Castle

Experience 18th century life through costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, and military demonstrations. Aspects of 18th century life will be available for you to experience – agriculture, blacksmith, education, games, gunsmith, military, and much more.

18th Century Military Demonstrations – 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Both Continental and British troops will demonstrate 18th century military maneuvers. Though similar, you will learn the differences between the two opposing forces. This will be introduced by a rousing fife and drum march and concluded with a booming artillery demonstration.

Surgical Operation – 1:00 p.m.
Stop at the surgeons’ tent as the skilled workers deal with mishaps from muskets in the camp. This is not for the faint of heart or weak-stomached. Surgery is considered necessary to save a life but is extremely painful and risky without the use of anesthetic.

Drama – 4 times per day
Come see The Price of Liberty, the story of John Chilton, who died at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. See the moving story reenacted in the Westminster Castle theatre. There is no additional cost for the drama, however you do need to reserve a time at the registration table, as the performances fill up quickly.

 

Clyfford Still Museum (FREE Day) @ Clyfford Still Museum
Apr 27 @ 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!

Homeschoolers Unite! @ Anythink York Street
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Calling all homeschooling families! Help us support your family’s educational and social goals. Parents will network with each other, and work with the York Street youth services guide to plan future homeschool meetups, activities, and classes tailored to your needs. This month, homeschool kids will get to touch, play, and experiment with York Street’s collection of tech-toys. Appropriate for homeschooling caregivers and their children.

Space is limited; registration is required.

Apr
28
Sat
Living History Day @ KPOF Westminster Castle
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Living History Day @ KPOF Westminster Castle

Experience 18th century life through costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, and military demonstrations. Aspects of 18th century life will be available for you to experience – agriculture, blacksmith, education, games, gunsmith, military, and much more.

18th Century Military Demonstrations – 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. 

Both Continental and British troops will demonstrate 18th century military maneuvers. Though similar, you will learn the differences between the two opposing forces. This will be introduced by a rousing fife and drum march and concluded with a booming artillery demonstration.

Surgical Operation – 1:00 p.m.
Stop at the surgeons’ tent as the skilled workers deal with mishaps from muskets in the camp. This is not for the faint of heart or weak-stomached. Surgery is considered necessary to save a life but is extremely painful and risky without the use of anesthetic.

Drama – 4 times per day
Come see The Price of Liberty, the story of John Chilton, who died at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. See the moving story reenacted in the Westminster Castle theatre. There is no additional cost for the drama, however you do need to reserve a time at the registration table, as the performances fill up quickly.

 

GemKids Rockin’ Stones Camp @ Lakewood Heritage Center
Apr 28 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
GemKids Rockin' Stones Camp @ Lakewood Heritage Center

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni Association, Mile High Alumni Chapter (MHAC), is developing a gem and mineral mini-camp / class for kids ages 8-12.

This 3 Hour event will feature presentations, hands-on activities, and educational games which will answer questions like:

  • What is gemology?
  • Where do you find gemstones?
  • What makes gemstones different and how can you tell them apart?
  • What kind of tools does a gemologist use?
  • Why are ethics important?
  • What careers are there in the field of gemology?

And more!

Led by industry expert volunteers, this event is sure to delight the youngest of rock-hounds.

Parent/guardian attendance required.

Apr
29
Sun
Family Day: Día del Niño @ Clyfford Still Museum
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Family Day: Día del Niño @ Clyfford Still Museum

Join us to celebrate children around the world during Día del Niño (Day of the Child), in partnership with the Denver Art Museum and other cultural organizations in the Civic Center Cultural Complex. Participate in art-making activities and enjoy live performances in the Museum’s forecourt and explore the Museum’s galleries. All ages welcome.

Clyfford Still Museum
Free
 | Registration Not Required

May
1
Tue
Molly Brown House Museum (FREE Day) @ Molly Brown House
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Molly Brown House Museum (FREE Day) @ Molly Brown House

Free admission for the residents of: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties – must show ID.  May 1,  August 1 (Colorado Day–Free for everyone!), September 6, and November 9 (Veteran’s Day). On free day, please consider making a donation according to your ability. The Museum is much busier on free days, so also consider visiting on a regular admission day instead. If you have a large group or a group with special needs, we can book a tour any other day by offering free or reduced admission.

May
3
Thu
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center

Date: Thursday, April 12– May 17
Ages: 8-18
Time: 1 – 1:45 p.m.
Fee: Res: $90, Non-Res: $99

May
5
Sat
Denver Art Museum (FREE Day) @ Denver Art Museum
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Denver Art Museum (FREE Day) @ Denver Art Museum

General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Explore fun things for families (including bilingual programs for the whole family), visit exhibitions throughout the museum, hear storytelling, and more!

General admission does not include special ticketed exhibitions.

May
7
Mon
Annual Bald Eagle Hike (Homeschool Program) @ Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Annual Bald Eagle Hike (Homeschool Program) @ Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Get a peek at Barr Lake’s nesting Bald Eagles, and learn all about what makes Bald Eagles important — as well as what Bird Conservancy is doing to help protect this incredible species. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Registration opens April 7.

May
10
Thu
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center
May 10 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center

Date: Thursday, April 12– May 17
Ages: 8-18
Time: 1 – 1:45 p.m.
Fee: Res: $90, Non-Res: $99

May
11
Fri
Four Mile Historic Park (FREE Day) @ Four Mile Historic Park
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Four Mile Historic Park (FREE Day) @ Four Mile Historic Park

Every Second Friday of the Month | 12-4 pm

Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.

Free general admission is courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Four Mile House Museum Tour times are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm. Tours can accommodate up to 10 guests and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

May
12
Sat
Longmont Museum (FREE Day) @ Longmont Museum
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Longmont Museum (FREE Day) @ Longmont Museum

The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.

The Museum also has hands-on education programs for all ages, indoor and outdoor concerts and performances, film series, lectures and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs and exhibit-related materials.

CU Wizards Class – Power, Grace, Wisdom & Wonder: The Physics of Wonder Woman! @ University of Colorado, Boulder Campus
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
CU Wizards Class – Power, Grace, Wisdom & Wonder: The Physics of Wonder Woman! @ University of Colorado, Boulder Campus

The shows are geared toward students in grades 1-9 and their families, but all are welcome!

Located in the Duane Physics Building, Room G1B30.

I recommend arriving a little early because seating fills up quickly!

May
17
Thu
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Homeschool Fencing Class @ Northglenn Rec Center

Date: Thursday, April 12– May 17
Ages: 8-18
Time: 1 – 1:45 p.m.
Fee: Res: $90, Non-Res: $99

May
25
Fri
Clyfford Still Museum (FREE Day) @ Clyfford Still Museum
May 25 @ 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!

May
30
Wed
Life on the High Plains (Homeschool Program) @ Plains Conservation Center
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Life on the High Plains (Homeschool Program) @ Plains Conservation Center

Spend a day with your family growing their knowledge of prairie living and appreciation for the natural world. Discover what life was like for the Cheyenne Indians and the homesteaders on the high plains in the 1800s. Explore how the Cheyenne adopted a lifestyle of semi-nomadic hunter/gatherers to thrive on the prairie. Learn about roles within the homesteading communities of 1887 and how they supported each other. The Homeschool Excursion program is designed for children ages five and up, however all ages are welcome to attend.

Special Instructions: The program runs 10 a.m.  2 p.m. This is not a drop-in program. Check-in will begin at 9:45 a.m. with programming beginning at 10 a.m. Please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. There will be a half hour lunch break in the middle, please bring a sack lunch to enjoy in our picnic area. Programs may be modified in the event of inclement weather. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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 are $7.

May
31
Thu
Butterfly Pavilion (Homeschool Day) @ Butterfly Pavilion
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Butterfly Pavilion (Homeschool Day) @ Butterfly Pavilion

Homeschoolers and your families, Homeschool Days are reserved especially for you! Take advantage of these exciting opportunities to explore our engaging exhibits and interact with thousands of invertebrates, all without the crowds! Each Homeschool Day incorporates exciting themed activities great for all ages. These include various invertebrate investigations, talks with real scientists, fun crafts, and more!

Jun
2
Sat
CU Wizards Class – Rocks from Outer Space! @ University of Colorado Boulder
Jun 2 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
CU Wizards Class – Rocks from Outer Space! @ University of Colorado Boulder

For over three decades, the CU Wizards has entertained and informed children about the wonders of science. Once each month, from September though June, CU Wizards presents a Saturday morning interactive show. The CU Wizards shows, hosted by renowned University of Colorado professors, are FREE and open to the public and provide a perfect start to a fun-filled weekend. The shows are geared toward students in grades 1-9 and their families, but all are welcome!

Room/Building is still TBA, so check https://www.colorado.edu/cuwizards/ or https://www.facebook.com/cu.wizards for more information.

Denver Art Museum (FREE Day) @ Denver Art Museum
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Denver Art Museum (FREE Day) @ Denver Art Museum

General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Explore fun things for families (including bilingual programs for the whole family), visit exhibitions throughout the museum, hear storytelling, and more!

General admission does not include special ticketed exhibitions.

Jun
5
Tue
Botanic Gardens (FREE Day) @ Botanic Gardens at York Street
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Botanic Gardens (FREE Day) @ Botanic Gardens at York Street

Free Days occur throughout the year, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (FREE Day) @ Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (FREE Day) @ Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County.

https://www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms/our-gardens

Jun
8
Fri
Four Mile Historic Park (FREE Day) @ Four Mile Historic Park
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Four Mile Historic Park (FREE Day) @ Four Mile Historic Park

Every Second Friday of the Month | 12-4 pm

Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.

Free general admission is courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Four Mile House Museum Tour times are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm. Tours can accommodate up to 10 guests and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.