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
18
Thu
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
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.

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
25
Thu
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
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.

Nov
1
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 1 @ 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

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
8
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 8 @ 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

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
10
Sat
Longmont Museum (FREE Day) @ Longmont Museum
Nov 10 @ 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.

Nov
15
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 15 @ 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

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
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
29
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 29 @ 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

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
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Dec 6 @ 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

Dec
8
Sat
Longmont Museum (FREE Day) @ Longmont Museum
Dec 8 @ 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.

Dec
13
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Dec 13 @ 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

Dec
20
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Dec 20 @ 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

Dec
27
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Dec 27 @ 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