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Around Town

Upcoming events, performances, and deals for the arts-interested parent.

November 1-November 9th: Denver Arts Week. Denver Arts week is a nine-day celebration of all things art in the Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters, and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted. Check out the calendar of events here. 

November 4th-5th: Peppa Pig Live at the Paramount Theater. “Peppa Pig, the #1 Family show of 2016, is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!” Tickets between $29.50-$49.50. 

 

November 1st-December 31st: Free Trial Lessons at School of Rock Denver. “Sign up for a Free 30-minute Trial Lesson with one of our instructors on the Electric Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Piano/Keys or Vocals- visit Denver.SchoolOfRock.com or call 720-221-6991 to schedule your lesson today!” School of Rock Denver is the local leader in performance-based music education for over 10 years and counting… come see how our programs have been teaching kids to ROCK onstage and in life! These introductory lessons are FREE. 

November 17th, 26th, and 29th: Family Tours at the Clyfford Still Museum. Play, create, and explore on these interactive tours with our trained gallery teachers. During Still: Elemental, tours explore four of the five elements (earth, air, water, and fire) using all our senses. Bring the whole family and join us for these special arts adventures. Registration required. Included with admission (kids 17 and under are always free). 

October 11th-December 29th: Ella Enchanted at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities. “Join Ella as we journey to the fairytale land of Frell on a path to self-discovery! The stage musical of Ella Enchanted has recently been adapted from the beloved Newbery Honor book by Gail Carson Levine. Ella must navigate her world with the “gift” of complete obedience given by her misguided fairy godmother. Adventures will ensue with ogres, giants, elves, wicked stepsisters, and true friends that help Ella find her voice! These whimsical characters make this a captivating tale for children and adults of all ages.” Tickets range from $9-$13. 

October 4th-February 16th: Goodnight Moon at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For the past 72 years, families around the world have made Goodnight Moon a part of their bedtime ritual. Now, the beloved children’s book comes to life on stage for a musical adventure! As the clock strikes seven o’clock, it’s time for Bunny to go to sleep. Say goodnight with magical moments filled with songs, kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady, and – of course – the moon in this delightful tale. Featuring whimsical music and dance, this heartwarming adaptation is produced as a part of the DCPA’s Theatre for Young Audiences program, which focuses on performances tailored for Pre-K through 2nd grade audiences. Bring your children to their first theatre experience and spark their wonder. Tickets are $10-$20. 

 


Helpful Resources

We encourage parents to explore our list of resources below and check back for updates

Inside the Orchestra

Symphony-Based Websites

      • Fun and Games with Music with the San Francisco Symphony. “The music is your playground.  Let’s have a little fun!”
      • New York Philharmonic Kid Zone. Play match games and complete scavenger hunts, learn about instruments, meet conductors and soloists, make your own instrument or create your own music!

Games and Learning

      • Arts Alive: ArtsAlive.ca is a performing arts educational website produced by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This site has a ton of information, from answers to questions to videos and podcasts.
      • ArtSong Colorado: This local organization is Colorado’s first professional Art Song performance group. Check out this interactive video which walks you through an art gallery designed to specifically compliment the music. 
      • PBS Kids Music Games. Play music to show how you feel, or make music with a sandbox symphony.
      • Classical Music Online: A list of resources for downloading free classical music
      • Colorado Public Radio: Stream classical music online
      • NAXOS: Classics for Children: A selection of children’s classics, including well-loved tales set to music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others.
      • National Association of Music Parents: If your child is already engaged in learning and instrument, here is a wealth of information for helping them learn and grow.
      • SFSKids: Check out educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more.
      • Music Learning Community: Learning games at a variety of levels, all designed to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
      • Classics for Kids: Games, music lessons, lesson plans and information on composers and classical music.

 

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