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

Playing March 14th-May 3rd: The Little Prince/ Denver Children’s Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center.  “The Little Prince tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two stranded travelers in the Sahara Desert- an aviator whose plane has broken down and a mysterious “little prince” who experiences the world through a series of drawings”.  Since 1997, The Denver Children’s Theater has been wowing audiences with high quality professional theatre for children and families. Performances will be Tuesdays-Fridays at 10:00am, and Sunday Matinees. Tickets are $10-$12.

Playing now-May 24th: Kids Kabaret- Rapunzel at the Boulder Dinner Theater. “Rapunzel is a comedic interpretation of one of the best-known classic fairy tales made famous by the Brothers Grimm. A delightful musical participatory experience will captivate the imagination as the audience actually becomes part of the play. Perfect for ages 3-10. Tickets start at just $8.00.

Monthly on Tuesdays: FREE First Tuesday Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. From 4-8PM o  the First Tuesday night of every month, families can play for FREE! Create in the Art Studio, power a hot air balloon, or make giant bubbles. There is always something new to explore. Admission is free.

NEW DATE- April 18th at 10:45AM: Central City Opera’s Family Concert Series. Looking for more live music performances for your family? Central City Opera presents the Family Series: Mozart & Co. in the Denver Metro area in April. Enjoy a kid-friendly, interactive performance of opera scenes from hilarious stories originally envisioned by Shakespeare and the Brothers Grimm. The 30-minute performance is followed by 15 minutes of playtime. For kids 6 and under (and their families). Tickets available now at or (303) 292-6700.

April 16th:  A Very Special Story Time with One Book Colorado Author Marcie Colleen at Anythink Brighton. “As a participant in One Book Colorado, a yearly initiative that promotes early literacy by providing all 4-year-olds in the state with access to an exceptional and recently published book, Anythink will be hosting a special story time with Marcie Colleen on Tuesday, April 16, at Anythink Brighton. Marcie Colleen is the author of Penguinaut! This year’s One Book Colorado selected book about a penguin who devises a plan to fly from the zoo to the moon. All attendees will receive their own copy of the book to take home, which are also available at all Anythink locations in both English and Spanish.” The reading will be from 6:30-7:30PM and admission is free.

April 26, 2019: The 35th Annual DPS Shakespeare Festival. “The DPS Shakespeare Festival is the oldest and largest student Shakespeare festival in the country and perhaps the world, and includes thousands  of students and teachers from schools all across the region. This day-long festival is held in downtown Denver and provide the opportunity for students to perform scenes and sonnets from the works of William Shakespeare, as well as demonstrate the dance and vocal instrument music of Shakespeare’ time. Festival details and locations can be found here. Admission is free!

Playing April 27th-28th: Swan Lake Act 3 and Mother Goose Fairy Tales a the Lakewood Cultural Center. “The five fanciful fairy tales in “Mother Goose Suite” including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Fairy Garden” are the perfect complement to the breathtaking drama of Act 3 of “Swan Lake.” Tickets are $28.

April 28th: Celebración del Día del Niño.Disfruten de admisión general gratuita, programación bilingüe para toda la familia y música y danza en vivo durante la celebración de la niñez del mundo en el Denver Art Museum. Visite nuevamente este espacio cercano a la fecha, para Información acerca de la programación y actividades de esta celebración. Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dances that celebrates children from around the world at the Denver Art Museum.” Admission is free!

January 23rd -June 19th, 6:00-7:30 pm: FREE Bilingual Guitar Class at Valdez-Perry Branch Library – Have a good time at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library any Wednesday evening for informal guitar lessons, or just come practice what you know! Classes are bilingual in English and Spanish. The library will provide a limited number of guitars but please bring your guitar if you have one. Recurring weekly each Wednesday throughout the year.

May 4th, 5:00PM-6:00PM: The Colorado Children’s Chorale Performing Small Miracles at Denver First Church. “Feel the enthusiasm and be amazed at the musical talent of the Chorale’s youngest performers as they transport you back to childhood through song. You will be moved by their big hearts and youthful energy. Tickets are $10.00 for Children under 12, and $19.00 for adults.

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.
      • 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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