Every year, museums around Denver have free admission and special festivities for Día del Niño. This Latin American holiday has been celebrated in Denver since 1954 and has grown in popularity and scale since. This year included celebrations at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Public Library, History Colorado, and the Byers-Evans House. It’s usually a very busy day at museums, but they are bright and bustling with folk dancers, crafts, and happy children.
While we have previously attended the Denver Art Museum’s celebration, this year, we decided to go to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In addition to their normal exhibits, they had science talks and demonstrations, a mask making craft, some sweet sheep, alpacas, and goats to meet and pet, an instrument petting zoo, and all sorts of performances. The Denver Public Library sent their bookmobile, well stocked with children’s titles, which was also a treat to check out.
Our child was a bit too small for the talks and demonstrations, but they looked like something an older child or adult would definitely enjoy. Hopefully he’ll be willing to sit still a bit next year. He was interested in the animals, the instrument petting zoo, the gentleman dressed up in the dinosaur skeleton suit, the craft station, and, of course, his favorite museum exhibit, the water play area for children.
The best new discovery we made today was probably the performance by a Polynesian dance group. Kalama Polynesian Dancers is based in Aurora and offers classes as well as performances throughout the Denver metro area. Our little Peanut had a giant grin on his face while he watched them, so I will definitely have to find another performance for us to attend.