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Around Town

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

January 11th: The Rock and Roll Playhouse plays Music of the Beatles for Kids at the Bluebird Theater. The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. See you at the show! Tickets are $15 when purchased in advance, $17 at the door. Kids under 1 year are free. 

January 12th: Music in the Galleries at the Clyfford Still Museum. Join the Clyfford Still Museum for a program as exciting and eclectic as the record collection of Clyfford Still that inspires it. Live performances at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. with a variety of different music groups surrounded by Still’s vibrant paintings. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Included with Museum admission, seating is first-come, first-served, and kids 17 and under are always free.

January 20th: “I Have a Dream” art camp at Neighborhood Art Studio. Join us for this day off of school to remember that our dreams, and others’, are important to us! What better way could we honor the man we celebrate on this day than to recognize, appreciate, and be inspired by Black artists? We’ll use their styles to create art that celebrates our dreams. For a longer day, register your child for the AM and PM sessions. Activities are different for AM and PM so your child remains engaged all day. 10% of your registration fees goes back to your PTA’s school. Camp admission is $40, sibling discounts are available. 

January 4th-March 7th: Jeff & Paige Winter Concert Series at Gunbarrel Brewing Co. in Boulder. A live, indoor science/nature-kids’ concert at this spacious, family-owned brewery. 1x/month (Nov. – March) Ample seating, food truck, arcade, games and great beers. Doors at 3:30 pm, concert from 4-5 pm. $11/person in advance, $13 at the door (crawlers free!)

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: 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.