Entertainment for the whole family doesn't always have to mean another trip to the movies. Forget spending a day in a dark movie theater with another giant bucket of popcorn and try something new. From live theatrical performances to magic shows, Denver has many wonderful options to entertain. Plus, these are sure to be entertaining for the adults as well as the kids.
At The Heritage Square Amusement Park
18301 W Colfax Ave
Golden, CO 80401
Price: $31 unlimited park pass (includes free admission to Chad Wonder's magic show)
Hours: Sat and Sun - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
Chad Wonder is one of the premier magicians in Colorado. He performs live at the Heritage Square Amusement Park where he wows audiences of all ages with his fast paced and funny brand of magic. He performs all over the state for birthday parties, scout meetings and corporate events. Book him early to perform at your own birthday party or event, as his dates fill up fast, or check him out at Heritage Square.
How I Became a Pirate
At the Arvada Center
6901 Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80003
Price: $8 weekdays, $10 weekends
Performances: Tues to Fri - 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., Saturdays - 11 a.m.
The Arvada Center is known as a great place to see locally produced, high quality productions. However, they also feature year-round family friendly programming as well. Playing through April 14th is a fun and lively musical for kids titled "How I Became a Pirate." It tells the story of Jeremy Jacob and his recruitment into pirate-hood by Captain Braid Beard. Jeremy loves the pirate life until he realizes how much he misses being home. Bring the whole family to this, for it is sure to be a hit with everyone.
The Snow Queen
At the Mizel Arts and Cultural Center
350 S Dahlia St
Denver, CO 80246
Price: $10 general admission, $8 children and seniors
Playing: March 18 - May 13, 2012
Performances: Sundays - 1 p.m.
The Mizel Arts and Cultural Center is another excellent family friendly performance location with tons of great programming for all ages. The Denver Children's Theater main stage production for 2012 will be "The Snow Queen," based on the epic tale by Hans Christian Anderson. The play involves lessons on loyalty, creativity, environment, diversity, and the true meaning of friendship. The performance space itself was also recently renovated, so this is the perfect opportunity to check out the brand new theater as well.
Denver Puppet Theater
3156 W 38th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
Price: $7 per person
Performances: Thurs and Fri - 10 a.m., Sat and Sun - 1 p.m.
The Denver Puppet Theater is unlike any location in town. Bring children ages 3 and older to enjoy a fantastic puppet show, but that is just a small portion of everything they offer. Your youngsters can play with more than 100 puppets, decorate their own souvenir puppet ticket and enjoy the puppets-of-every-kind gift shop. They also feature excellent party packages for that special birthday.
Adams Mystery Playhouse
2406 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80211
Price: $10 per person for all kids shows, $42 per person for evening performances including dinner
Hours: Vary per production, Click here for a calendar of events
The Adams Mystery Playhouse is the only full-time mystery playhouse in Colorado. They feature completely interactive mystery performances with a special selection of mysteries written just for kids and pre-teens. Your whole family will delight as your kids get time on stage, reading clues, and becoming deputy detectives. They feature many different productions, some are geared for groups and others are open to the public, so be sure to check the online calendar for complete listings.
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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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