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.

Rhythm: A Multicultural Experience

Saturday, Sept. 3, 10:00 a.m. @ The Schoolhouse
Swallow Hill bring this exciting program for families that explores rhythm as it has come out of Africa through the Caribbean, Brazil and up through the Americas. Participants will see how various rhythms have contributed to today’s popular sounds. Through lecture, demonstration and hands on participation, the audience will not only learn about rhythm, but will hopefully gain an appreciation for other cultures. Instruments include Djembe, Congas, Bongos, Caxixi, Cajon, Cuica, Bells and more! 

Bat Encounters

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!

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.

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.

Duck Duck Dupe!

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. at The Schoolhouse
Join Buntport Theater as they tell three stories related to a theme. Two of these tales are true, but one of them is nothing but tomfoolery, horsefeathers, and make-believe. Come hear some stories, name the one you think is a fib, and we'll let you know if you've nabbed us!