Discovery Series for Families

Welcome to Parker Arts Discovery Series - where families are encouraged to engage and experience new forms of arts, culture, and science. All events are $5 per person. To purchase tickets, please visit PACE Center Box Office or call 303.805.6800.

Bat Encounters *We're sorry, this program is sold out.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 7:00 p.m. @ PACE Center
Meet bats from around the world, including the largest bat in the world with a 6-foot wingspan. Rob Mies, Founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation and bat expert of 25 years, presents a fascinating program about the unique world of bats. Learn how bats in Colorado are economically important to protecting forests and crops and how bats in deserts and tropical forests are key pollinators and seed dispersers of some of the most important fruit on Earth. Discover why bats are threatened and what you can do in your backyard and neighborhood to help them. Guests may enter a drawing to win a bat house kit! Two will win! 

Astronomy 101 – Grand Tour of Our Solar System

Th, Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ PACE Center
Join us for an exploration of our sun, our planets (including Pluto!), and several of the moons in the solar system. Presentation followed by viewing the night sky through a telescope and hot cocoa! Recommended for ages 9 and up. Instructor: Win Pendleton, PhD 

Animal Expeditions with the Denver Zoo

Saturday, Jan. 7, 10:00 a.m. @ PACE
Meet live animals from the Denver Zoo at PACE Center! Participants will travel to different geographical biomes around the world to visit grasslands, rainforests, deserts, wetlands and temperate forests to come face to face with exciting live animals and learn all about how their adaptations help them survive in these different habitats.

Busker and Me

Saturday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. at The Schoolhouse
Jim Jackson returns to Parker Arts, but this time with his pet Busker! Don’t miss the adventures of Busker, the mischievous circus dog, and his bumbling side-kick, Mr. Art Guffaw. Together they turn the circus upside down in this laugh out loud performance complete with puppetry, juggling, magic and hilarious stunts. It won’t be long before you’re cheering for this very “bad” dog and his outrageous antics.

Astronomy 101 - The Life Cycle of Stars

Th, Mar. 9, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ PACE
How do you measure the life of a star? Join us as we trace the birth, life, and death of the stars, featuring the topics of starburst nebulas, red giants, supernovas, white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. Presentation followed by viewing the night sky through a telescope and hot cocoa! Recommended for ages 9 and up. Instructor: Win Pendleton, PhD 

Astronomy 101 - Wonders of the Spring Sky

Th, Apr. 6, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. @ PACE
Find out what’s visible in the sky this time of year! We will explore constellations of note, Spring Equinox, sun signs, and Hubble images of wonder hidden in the spring night sky. Presentation followed by viewing the night sky through a telescope and hot cocoa! Recommended for ages 9 and up. Instructor: Win Pendleton, PhD 

Hunk Ta Bunk Ta Band

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. at The Schoolhouse
Bring the whole family and ring in the spring with the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band. Katherine Dines’ performs original and traditional songs from her 12 award-winning albums known Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music.  Joined by Global percussionist Ed Contreras and multi-instrumentalist Brian Mullins, the trio performs a creative interactive show that’s fun for all ages.
With a lively style that’s packed with participation, award-winning songwriter, recording and teaching artist Katherine Dines involves audiences of all sizes with movement, sign language, sing-alongs, zany props and more, and inspires children to dream BIG and activate their imaginations.

Siren Song: a pirate odyssey

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. at The Schoolhouse
A brand-new, fanciful, buddy-play version of The Odyssey told in a short episode based upon a song suggested by the audience! A castaway and a pirate will sail the seven seas as unlikely boatfellows, one seeking home and one seeking fortune. The two will encounter untold beasts, landlubbers, and oceanic mysteries. Come explore how sound can function as a vehicle for the imagination in this Buntport Theater adaptation of The Odyssey.