Discovery Series for Families

Families are invited to discover with Parker Arts and experience new forms of arts, culture, and science through our one-hour programs intended for families with young children. All events are $5 per person. Children ages 1 and under are free. To purchase tickets, please visit PACE Center Box Office or call 303.805.6800.  

The Amazing Elstun’s Magic: Made in America Show

Saturday, September 30,10:00 a.m. at PACE Center Event Room
Dress in your red, white and blue and join Master Magician Amazing Dave and his real life partner Comedy Magician and Entertaining Educator Connie Elstun in a sensational Comedy Magic Show featuring live rabbits, birds and the members of our audience.  Families work together to make real magic happen while learning about the history of American Magicians.

Bat Encounters

Thursday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. at PACE
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. 

Opera Colorado’s touring production: Cinderella by Gioachino Rossini

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. @ PACE Center Main Stage
Is a wicked Stepfather like a wicked Stepmother? What about a wise advisor instead of a fairy Godmother? Is a bracelet as trusty as a glass slipper? Find out in this opera! Inspired by the traditional fairytale, Rossini’s Cinderella is a twist on the classic story. Angelina is a young woman who is forced to act as a servant to her wicked stepfather and two stepsisters. Through all her trials, she remains honest and kind. Prince Ramiro is looking for a bride. But not just bride; he wants someone who will love him for who is truly is and not for his money or title. Will they find each other? Watch their story unfold in this comic opera that all ages will love.

Colorado Symphony’s Aesop Times Two

Saturday, January. 13, 10:00 a.m. at PACE Center Event Room
Join the Colorado Symphony for a truly engaging experience as we combine the arts of storytelling and a musical performance. Experience something totally new as we play an introductory song featuring strings, clarinet, and percussion, with narration and music accompaniment to two Aesop Fables: The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Tortoise and the Hare.

HawkQuest Birds of Prey

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. at PACE Center Event Room
This one-hour program for all ages includes a Bald or a Golden eagle, an owl, a falcon, and features a free-flying hawk. Guests will learn about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems. Fee: $5

Bennett School of Irish Step Dance

Saturday, March 3, 10:00 a.m. at The Schoolhouse Theater
Celebrate Irish Culture with the Bennett School of Irish Dance featuring traditional and modern Irish dancing steps. Learn the origins and evolution of the music and costumes going back to ancient Irish roots. Audience members of all ages may participate in easy and enjoyable dances. Don’t miss this beautiful display of Irish dance. A show for all ages!

The Arvada Center’s Songs and Tales from Colorado Trails

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. at The Schoolhouse Theater
Dressed in typical 1860s attire, “Susannah and Jackson” tell stories of crossing the plains,
interspersed with some of the best loved pioneer songs accompanied by guitar, banjo, fiddle,
dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, and autoharp. Hear about early Colorado pioneer women:
Clara Brown, Chipeta Silverheels, Rattlesnake Kate, and Matilda Godfrey. Tales include
Native Americans, miners, cowboys, and ranchers. Look forward to lots of audience
participation and an appearance by the Lumberjack family.

Astronomy 101

Ages 9 and up are welcomed to join Win Pendleton for an astronomy lecture featuring space imagery,  and information on recent discoveries and current research. Weather permitting, star gazing immediately follows lecture.

Hidden Gems in the Fall Night Sky

Th, Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A survey of the visible fall constellations plus Hubble telescopes images of the fantastic objects not visible without a telescope. 

Secrets of Star Clusters

Th, Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A discussion of the types and importance of star clusters and how they are used to determine the age and evolution of stars. Weather permitting, star cluster observing after the class.

Wonders of the Winter Night Sky

Th, March 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A survey of the visible winter constellations plus Hubble images of the unique objects not visible without a telescope.

Sizing Up the Universe

Th, April 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A discussion of how we measure distances in the Universe. Terms like light-years, parallax, parsecs, and Cepheid variables will be covered in simple terms.