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Family Play Festival

Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the library. Take home crafts and great prizes. Ages 0-5.

Sensory Friendly Playtime

Bring kids with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders for a special event. The museum will limit admittance to 20 families, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment. Reservations required online.

Discovery Days

Learn how science and art connect at a themed monthly program that encourages free exploration through multi-sensory science activities, dramatic role play, relevant math and reading opportunities, and craft projects. Included with admission. Age 2 and up.

Junior Rangers

Learn about the plants and animals that call Star K Ranch home in this fun & educational class. Ages 6-12.

Kids DIY Pizza Party

Let the kids help make a pizza that includes up to three toppings, with the help of a staff member. The price includes a child's drink and adult drink.

Noon Year’s Eve

Celebrate the “noon” year with ball drops on the hour, bubble wrap “fireworks” and loads of arts and crafts. Event day pricing.

Around the World

Learn about cultures and celebrations from around the globe through different foods and craft projects. Featuring a different country each month.

Girls STEAM Day

Engage in hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. $5 adult, children are free.

Youth Maker Hangout

Make your own digital designs and computer programs in a social setting. Work on monthly challenges or designs of your choice and share your work. Ages 7-14. Reservations suggested. No meeting on Dec. 26.

STEAM Fest Family Fun Day

Explore and experiment with your own “STEAM” ideas by observing, predicting, building, testing, and creating.


Step into the pages of beloved children’s books with literacy activities that teach a love for reading.

Family Art Making

Participate in new art experiences each week with your family, facilitated by an art therapist. Family members will work together to create one piece of art during the session.

Little Coders 3: Perseverance and Persistence

Learn the basics of simple computer coding with different games and activities. (This is a repeat of the Nov. class; do not attend if you attended in Nov.) Ages 3-5. Reservations required.

Make Your Own Ornament Extravaganza

Create your own blown glass ornament with guidance of expert glassblowers. Choose the colors, apply them to molten glass, shape the bubble and provide the finishing touch. Parental guidance is encouraged. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Fall Fun Night

Have big fun throughout the library with life-sized games, a kiddie carnival and a dance party. Costumes are encouraged.


Do a pioneer craft or activity, followed by morning “tea” and snack with your little one. Registration required.

International Sportsman’s Expo

Attend seminars on camping and offroading, and participate in a team casting contest.

Drop in Discovery

Investigate the interactive natural world from the Nature Center with special crafts, games or activities. Register online.

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience

Enjoy hands-on attractions and activities including The Glow Zone, Brick Fest Derby, collaborative building activities and inspiration stations. $22-$47, age 2 and under, free.

Kids’ Camp Paint

Learn to paint a different work of art each day with step-by-step instructions. Age 4 and up. Reservations required.

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Spend a school day off at cultivating your culinary skills by making fresh pressed cider, apple salsa and veggie kabobs. Explore the changing garden landscape and build friendships with local people, plants, and insects. $65. Reservations required online.

Pop In Projects

Drop in for simple projects or activities, such as crafts, glitter tattoos or face painting.

Saturday Art Experience

Participate in exhibition-based art activities led by certified art instructors. Participants visit the current exhibition and then create a project from that experience. Reservations preferred.

STEAM Storytime

Enjoy stories and a new STEAM-based activity each week focusing on essential science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. All ages.

Tinker Time Art Class

Drop in to explore a variety of art stations with different materials. Ages 18 months to 12 years. Reservations suggested.

Wild West Kids

Saddle up for games, stories, and more. Admission includes a horse-drawn wagon ride. $5 nonmembers ages 3 and up, $25 1-year Family Membership, free for members.

Archaeology Family Day

Try your hand at ancient technologies such as throwing an atlatl, making a clay pot, weaving a basket and more. Discover how archaeologists unlock the mysteries of the past, and use your imagination to envision technologies of the future. All ages.

WOW! on Tap Fundraiser

Check out the exhibits, test your skills at adult-friendly games and contests, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy craft beer. All proceeds benefit WOW!'s exhibits and programs. Age 21 and up. $40 per person. Reservations required: wowchildrensmuseum.org/get-involved/wow-on-tap

Discovery Days Science Program

Learn through play with toys and games at a themed monthly program that encourages free exploration through multi-sensory science activities, dramatic role play, math and reading opportunities, and craft projects. Included with admission.

Trees for Threes

Talk shapes, colors and counting through nature’s lens. Learn about trees with songs, crafts, and more. Ages 2-5. Register online.

Tie Dye T’s and Tanks

Create your own wearable art and get a T-shirt or tank top to take home. Come dressed in clothes you don't mind staining. All supplies provided. Grades 6-12.

Walking With Nature

Join Arvada native, Dean Bernard, on a walk along one of Arvada’s 150 miles of trails. Register online. $3, $9 family.

Make a Keychain with Plastic Lace

Turn flat plastic lace into three-dimensional creations. Learn a basic stitch and a few variations to design your own keychain. Age 8 and up. Under age 8 welcome with adult helper.

Four Mile Free Day

Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore the 12-acre grounds and greet farm animals. Tours are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm and are first come, first served.

Beginning Archery

Learn proper archery technique, form, safety and basic shooting skills in an indoor, controlled environment. Age 6 and up.

The Little Clinic Exhibit

Explore the medical field through play and take on the role of nurse or patient. Featuring stations with lessons about anatomy and the heart.

WOW! By Night – An Evening in Space

Join WOW! Children’s Museum and the Fiske Planetarium for an evening of galactic proportions. Watch the stars in the mobile planetarium, touch real-life meteors, create an eclipse viewer craft, enjoy snacks provided by Alfalfa's, and more. $11 per child; $6 per child for WOW! Members; $5 per adult.

Winter Day Camps

Explore animal interactions, defense mechanisms, and extreme adaptations with hands-on activities. Reservation required.

Peace Garden After School Garden Club

Put the garden to bed and save seeds for next year. Learn how to make snacks with garden-fresh produce, explore the abundance of the garden harvest and celebrate the harvest season through community in the garden. Ages 4-11. $15 per child per visit. Discounted price of $50 is available when you register a child for…