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

October 4th-6th: Intermezzo! Lighten it up with Puccini and Mascagni. Presented by Augustana Arts at 1st Plymouth Congregational Church. Music holds all things together, it’s the connective tissue. With the help of the Ars Nova Singers, Stratus will perform for you magnificent and famous music written specifically to connect: Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavaleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly. As these pieces served to connect acts and scenes, Randall Thompson uses music to connect text, music and the human heart, setting music to the poetry of Robert Frost. Tickets are $5-$25. 

October 5th: Darci Lynne and Friends at the Buell Theatre. Darci Lynne is the youngest contestant to ever win “America’s Got Talent.” Following AGT she sold out her headlining show in six minutes, having to add more shows. She is a young ventriloquist who is inspiring the next generation to keep it alive. Tickets for this family-friendly show start at $29.75.

Friday and Saturday Nights in October: Woodland Hollow Immersive Art Walk at the Denver Zoo. Ger steeped in the spirit of the season with a stroll through Woodland Hollow- a unique interactive art walk that enables visitors to step directly into the story! As dark falls on Denver Zoo, the enchanted forest comes to life with sights, sounds, and mysterious visions that are more spirited than spooky. Appropriate for all ages, tickets range between $9-$20 depending on age and membership status. 

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. 

Weekends through October 27th: Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms. Wind your way through seven acres of corn. This year’s maze design is out of this world! The space-themed maze has objects hidden in it for you to find, like a giant inflatable earth and moon. Kids and families can also enjoy a mini-maze, hayrides, pony rides, and more. Children 2 and under are FREE, tickets range from $9-$14 depending on age and membership status. 

September 27 to October 27th: The Addams Family- Vintage Theatre Youth Spotlight. Your favorite characters spring to devilishly delightful life in the new musical comedy The Addams Family. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before-keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Tickets range from $19-$38.



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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