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Children playing at Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Photo: Children’s Museum of Denver Marsico Campus.

10 Best Family-Friendly Events in April

Spring into the season with lively, celebratory events including an Earth Day party, tulip festival, and free fun for kids.

Party For Our Planet

April 22 to 24, 2:30 p.m.

Celebrate this big, beautiful planet Earth at the Children’s Museum. Meet some critters, try Earth-friendly recipes, and make crafts inspired by nature. Reservations required.
Included with admission: $13 age 1, $15 ages 2 to 59, free under age 1 and members. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Denver

Disney On Ice: Mickey and Friends

April 7, 7 p.m.

Join Mickey and his Disney friends including Moana, Anna and Elsa, Dory and Hank, Cinderella, and the Toy Story gang. Family-favorite stories come to life in this mashup of animated tales and ice skating performance. All ages. $20 to $65. Denver Coliseum, Denver

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

April 24, 1 to 5 p.m.

Head to downtown Boulder dressed in your fairy or elf best to “wake up” more than 15,000 spring tulips and enjoy special activities for little ones. Free. Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

Rocky Mountain Train Show

April 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit the largest train show west of the Mississippi River: just over two acres of models and toys of all scales with more than 20 operating layouts including three LEGO displays. See classic and modern trains from American Flyer, Atlas, Blackstone, Broadway Limited, Marx, and Rapido. Kids activities include hands-on layouts, storytime, and a Junior Engineer program. $13 adult, free youth age 12 and under. National Western Complex, Denver

Hope Grows Here

April 9, 1 p.m.

Listen to a determined call for optimism from Colorado Children’s Chorale young performers as they sing songs of hope, resilience, and unity. Age 4 and up. $19 to $75. Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver

Rodeo All-Star Weekend

April 15, 7 p.m.; April 16, 11:30 a.m. (lunch), 2 p.m. (semi-finals), 7 p.m. (finals)

See top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls compete in three rodeo performances with a chance to win big bucks and be crowned Rodeo All-Star Champions. The National Western complex will have interactive games, mechanical bull riding, behind the scenes access, plus special events including a Lunch with Champions and special mutton bustin’ for kids ages 5-7. $29-$49 (rodeo events); $18 adult, $7 age 10 and under (mutton bustin’ and lunch with champions, sold separately). National Western Events Center, Denver

Denver Taiko: Live In Concert

April 21, 7 p.m.

Performing traditional Japanese Taiko drumming as well as their own original compositions, Denver Taiko presents a high-energy show with rhythmic grooves and heart-pounding beats. All ages. $18, $12 member. Longmont Museum, Longmont

Family Discovery Series: Hawk Quest Birds of Prey

April 9, 10 a.m.

This one-hour program includes a bald or golden eagle, an owl, a falcon, and a free-flying hawk. Guests will learn about the importance of different raptor species, their specially adapted tools, and their important roles in our ecosystems. All ages. $10. The Schoolhouse, Parker

Family Seder

April 17, 4 to 5 p.m.

Rabbis Caryn Aviv and Amanda Schwartz will guide your family through songs, stories, movement, blessings, and tastes of Seder foods. Join for a Passover experience geared towards multigenerational families with young children. Register online. Free. Virtual Event

El Día del Niño: The Day of the Child

April 23 to May 1. Times vary by location.

Numerous U.S. cities, including Denver, have adopted the late-April Day of the Child date and host activities that center kids’ interests such as arts and crafts, reflect cultural identity, and advocate for positive policies. Local arts and culture centers will offer free admission and family-friendly activities to celebrate El Día del Niño. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Clyfford Still Museum, Denver; Denver Art Museum; History Colorado Center, Denver; Center for Colorado Women’s History, Denver; Denver Public Library Montbello Branch; Denver Museum of Nature and Science; WOW! Children’s Museum, Lafeyette.

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