Whether you’re three or 93, the South Metro Denver area has tons of great ways to play all March long. Youngsters can attend teddy bear picnics and indoor pool parties, while the young-at-heart can enjoy outings such as a movie-plus-martini night featuring that perennially hilarious disaster-film sendup, Airplane! Let the shenanigans begin.
Float ‘n Flick: Shrek Forever After – Mar. 7, 7pm-9pm
Who’s a couch potato? Not you. At this month’s Float ‘n Flick (the first Friday of every month), families can laugh along with Shrek Forever After while cavorting in the warm, salt-water pool at Dolphinz Swim School. Lifeguard supervision, popcorn, and a drink are included. Space is limited so call early to RSVP: (720) 851-1524. $10 per child; 1 adult free for each paying child, additional adults $10 each. Learn more.
Parent’s Night Out at Parker Fieldhouse – Mar. 15, 6pm-10:30pm
Grown-ups, this one’s for you. Go out on the town while the staff at Parker Fieldhouse keeps your kids busy and happy with games, activities, crafts, movies, climbing, and skating (kids must bring their own skates). For those craving a little down time, family-friendly films also will be shown. Concessions available for purchase. $15 first child; $10 each additional sibling. Prices increase on day of event. Learn more.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Mar. 15, 9:30am
Are you Irish? Who cares! For one magical day, everyone is Irish and invited to cheer for Queen Colleen, bagpipers, dancers, motorcycle crews and more at Denver’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But before you go, please note a few changes from previous years. The parade is starting 30 minutes earlier and has reversed its route (see map). Learn more.
Teddy Bear Picnic – Mar. 20, 9:30am-11:30am
Everyone loves a picnic—especially when the guest list includes stuffed, furry friends. At the Teddy Bear Picnic, children ages 3-7 can bring their favorite stuffed animal to the Parker Recreation Center and share a morning of stories, snacks, fun and games all related to our fuzzy companions. $19 for residents; $16 for non-residents. Learn more.
Martini and a Movie: Airplane! – March 21, 5:30pm
Three decades later, the countless one-liners spawned from this disaster-movie spoof live on. Nominated for both a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay, Airplane! raised (or lowered?) the bar for unapologetically juvenile movie humor for decades to come. Enjoy the silliness on The Wildlife Experience’s Extreme Screen along with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and first floor museum exhibits. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30pm; screening at 7pm. Prices $15-28. Ages 21+ Learn more.
Home Alone and First Aid – Mar. 25, 9am-1pm
Tailored to children who spend a few hours home alone before or after school and during the summer, this popular workshop engages children while teaching them to look after themselves when alone. For children ages 10-17. Bring a snack, but no candy or nuts. Held at Parker Mainstreet Center. $47 residents; $51 non-residents. Learn more.
Princess Tea Party and Film Night at The Wildlife Experience – Mar. 29, 3:30pm
Grab your tiara and your favorite young blue blood for The Wildlife Experience’s First Annual Princess Tea Party and Family Film Night. Featuring that venerable Disney classic, Cinderella, the event also includes hot chocolate “tea,” a crown-throwing game with prizes, and photo ops with a princess! Prince and princess costumes encouraged. Attendees will also be able to tour the museum. Tea party at 3:30, movie at 5pm. Adults $10; children $6. Members save $2 per ticket. Learn more.