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

August FREE DAYS at Nimble Notes Music. New Musickgarten and Suzuki violin teacher Soquel Ross wants to share her early childhood music classes with you and your children. On August 14, 16, 21, or 23rd, register for a free music class to see if Nimble Notes is right for you. There are multiple classes offered at either the Aurora or Greenwood Village location. 

Now until August 25th: Disney’s Tarzan at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Based on Disney’s smash-hit, animated film, Tarzan® swings into the Candlelight marking its Northern Colorado stage debut. Familiar to families over several generations, Tarzan® tells the story of an infant boy orphaned in a shipwreck on the shores of west Africa. The child is taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas. He becomes a man, thriving in this primitive environment, until the arrival of a hunting expedition and his realization of the world beyond his jungle home. Tarzan® features Grammy and Oscar winning music by pop icon Phil Collins and is great for audiences of all ages. Prices range from $29.95-$62.95 per person, including dinner. 

August 9th-18th: Mountains Made for Us. Playing at the Vintage Theatre. An aspiring dancer from India finds herself in Colorado to begin anew. The last thing she imagined was falling in love with a local, who couldn’t be more different. Just when she is looking forward to the future, a blast from the past makes for a troublesome present. With dazzle of Bollywood dances and a dash of Hindi, this romantic-comedy is a story about finding (and standing solid on) higher grounds — but mostly finding love thereabouts. Tickets start at just $5.00

August 17th: Crafts at the Coop by Golden History Museum and Park. Ever wonder what the History Park Chickens are up to? Come pay them a visit while you create your own chick to take home. FREE for all Friends of the Flock (those with Museum memberships) but space is limited. Registration is required. 

August 17th: The Festival of Magic at Northglenn Recreation Festival. The festival includes an indoor show for kids at 11:00 am, followed by a day of fun magic outside such as mind reading, street magic, and more. Tickets range from $5.00 and up depending on the specific events you’d like to attend. 

August 17th: Free day at Dinosaur Ridge. On these days, admission to Trek Through Time, the Dinosaur Ridge exhibit hall, will be FREE to the public. Guided bus tours will be offered at a reduced rate of $8 for adults and $6 for children.

August 18th: Brunch and Tumble at the Denver JCC. Did someone say mimosas and bagels? Join the Denver JCC for brunch and tumble time! Enjoy brunch and connecting with other parents while the little ones entertain themselves on the tumbling equipment. Great for kids crawling – 5 years old. FREE for Boulder JCC members, otherwise $18 per family. Register here. 

August 31st: Concert on the Prairie at Barr Lake State Park. Enjoy an evening of music and dancing to the light of a beautiful sunset while supporting a great organization! The proceeds of this concert will be going towards the Bergman Barn Restoration Project at Barr Lake State Park. Admission is $15 per person (suggested donation) to support the Friends of Barr Lake – a support group for Barr Lake State Park’s efforts to restore the Bergman Barn! Please buy your tickets in advance at the Nature Center. 

September 13th: Art Night Out at the City of Lafayette Festival Plaza. This free, family-friendly nighttime arts festival features live music, food trucks, flash mobs, art demonstrations, and more. FREE activities for kids will take place from 5-7 pm, and public parking is available. 

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.


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