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Upcoming events, performances, and deals for the arts-interested parent.
February 22nd: Denver FamilyFest at the National Western Complex. FamilyFest is Denver’s only indoor Family Festival. FamilyFest features vendor booths, kids entertainment, fun stage presentations and prizes! All kids activities, entertainment, and presentations are included with a paid adult ticket. Every vendor is encouraged to have a ids activity. Plus there will be bouncies, stage presentations, interactive activities, creative stations and more! Kids are FREE. Adult tickets are $10, Seniors 65+ and Military are $5.
March 1st: Paw Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue at the Colorado Convention Center. “Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.” Tickets start at $23.
March 10-22nd: Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. “Be there when SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face catastrophe—until a most unexpected hero rises to take center stage. This “creative explosion” (Broadway.com) is “nothing short of genius” says Theatermania, so bring the entire family to celebrate friendship and cooperation, and learn the power of unity and inclusion.” Ages 5+. Tickets to this family-friendly musical start at $35.
March 20th: Free Friday Films at the South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center. “Skip the theater and enjoy fireside nature films at the atmosphere of Nature Center! Nature-based films are carefully chosen and include a variety of entertaining topics. All are beautifully filmed, many are award-winning. Free for all ages, however age recommendations are based on content and vocabulary. Donation suggested for refreshments. Register in advance – these fill up!” This event is FREE, but please register ahead of time.
We encourage parents to explore our list of resources below and check back for updates
Inside the Orchestra
- 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.