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10 Best Family-Friendly Events in February

Lovers of theater, sweets, and animals can get their fill of fun at these attractions this month.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: The 2022 Lunar New Year of the Water Tiger

Feb. 12, 8 p.m.; Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. (Passport to Culture)

Immerse your family in the sound of firecrackers, cymbals, and drums that accompany acrobatic lion dancers and endless floating lines of fabric, costumes, and props. A special Passport to Culture program specifically designed for children and families is available. All ages. $12 to $45. Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree.

Monster Jam

Feb. 11, 7 p.m.; Feb. 12, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Feb. 13, 1 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon Pit Party

Motorsports fans, witness high-flying stunts and head-to-head battles performed with specially-engineered 12,000-pound trucks. Events include freestyle, skills, donuts, and racing competitions. Get up close to the trucks and meet drivers at the Monster Jam Pit Party (extra cost). $20 to $70. Ball Arena, Denver.

Goldens in Golden

Feb. 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

International Golden Retrievers Day is observed February 3, and Golden, Colorado intends to celebrate by gathering furry friends in a parade down Washington Avenue (weather permitting). Bring your family pet (a trained, friendly, leashed dog) to enjoy the camaraderie. Free. Golden Visitors & Information Center, Golden.

Seedlings: Top Hogs 

Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Pigs will perform exciting tricks to music and the cues of renowned animal trainer and performer John Vincent. Tricks range from simple dog-like ones like lay-down, and play-dead, to more difficult endeavors like double twists with a hoop and throwing out the trash. All ages. $3. Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree.

Valentine’s Day Family Concert

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Celebrate this sweet day of the year by decorating your home and joining children’s musician Laurie Berkner for a family fun concert. Sing and dance to tunes of love, family, and friendship, like “Blow A Kiss,” and “There’s A Little Wheel A-Turnin’ In My Heart.” $20, $80 meet and greet add-on; group discounts available. Virtual.

the “little” show 

Feb.12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peer into tiny dollhouses and dioramas featuring small crafted objects that look like the real-life things. Learn a bit about how little items are made and purchase something to take home as a souvenir. All ages. See online for ticket information. Belmar Church, Lakewood.

Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show

Feb. 17 to 20. Event schedules vary, see online for details.

Cheer on your favorite pooch or breed as these competitors show their skills in obedience, agility, dock diving, and more. Bring your family’s prized pet on February 17 for an AKC B match (informal grouping) to learn more about the show process; day-of registration required. $5, free age 11 and under; $10 per dog B match, free Jr. showman entry. National Western Complex, Denver.

The Queen’s Cartoonists

Feb. 12, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

A show that pairs unique musical performances synchronized to video of Golden Age and modern animations. All ages. $15. The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins.

Girl Scout Cookie Sales 

Feb. 6 through March 7. Dates and times vary by location.

Find a cookie booth and satisfy your family’s sweet tooth. Girl Scouts of Colorado sales are popping up at schools, businesses, and neighborhoods from Erie to Parker to Lakewood and everywhere in between. Don’t miss tasting the new Adventurefuls, which are brownie-inspired cookies topped with caramel flavored crème with a hint of sea salt. $5 to $6 per box.  Locations around Denver and the Front Range.

Disney’s Fantasia in Concert

Feb. 4, 7 p.m.; Feb. 5, 2:30 p.m.

Experience the marriage of symphonic music and animation performed live. The Colorado Symphony artists will add classics like “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to Disney’s Fantasia footage shown on the big screen. Don’t miss a themed craft before the show. $15-$89, $10 age 12 and under. Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver.

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