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
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
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.

Oct
26
Fri
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
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.

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!

Nov
2
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 2 @ 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.

Nov
3
Sat
Botanic Gardens (FREE Day) @ Botanic Gardens at York Street
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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.

Paint a Masterpiece in Nature at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Paint a Masterpiece in Nature at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

Age: 5-12 yrs
Cost: $15 (all supplies included)
Nature changes its colors in the fall, so why not capture those colors? An instructor leads this outdoor, step-by-step tutorial as kids paint an acrylic-on-canvas masterpiece. No experience is necessary. Dress for the weather and bring painting clothes! *Indoors if needed

Nov
6
Tue
Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (FREE Day) @ Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Nov 6 @ 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

Nov
8
Thu
Plains Conservation Center (FREE Day) @ Plains Conservation Center
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plains Conservation Center (FREE Day) @ Plains Conservation Center

This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens.

Nov
9
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 9 @ 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.

Nov
15
Thu
Outdoor Nature Playdate at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor Nature Playdate at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

All ages, Free
Bring your children for a nature playdate in our “Nature: Explore” space, where they can climb, dig, jump and dive into nature as they connect with their world. No screens, no plans, no slides or swings-just nature and their imaginations. Please register as space is limited.

Parking is limited! Please consider carpooling or exploring more of the park by parking in the East parking lot off of 72nd and Carr.

Nov
16
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 16 @ 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.

Nov
19
Mon
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 19 @ 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!

Nov
23
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 23 @ 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.

Nov
30
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 30 @ 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.

Dec
6
Thu
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Dec 6 @ 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!

Dec
14
Fri
Plains Conservation Center (FREE Day) @ Plains Conservation Center
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plains Conservation Center (FREE Day) @ Plains Conservation Center

This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens.

Dec
17
Mon
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Dec 17 @ 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!

Jan
28
Mon
Homeschool Day: Paleobotany @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Homeschool Day: Paleobotany @ Denver Botanic Gardens

Become a paleobotanist for a day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Explore the plants of Colorado’s past climates and discover the plants that the dinosaurs ate. Plant a relative of a prehistoric plant to take home with you.

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.

Feb
25
Mon
Homeschool Day: Plant Detectives @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Homeschool Day: Plant Detectives @ Denver Botanic Gardens

Audience: Homeschool Families

Join us as we thank plants for all they do for us. Discover how plant fibers become fabrics, investigate different types of wood and explore the journey of several plants as they become useful products we use every day.

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.