Hey Kids! DÍA DEL NIÑO CELEBRATION Free at Various Metro Area Venues April 1 to May 1, 2022

The Mexican Cultural Center in collaboration with Telemundo Denver announces their 2nd Annual Celebration of “Día del Niño: Celebrating All Children.” Starting on April 1st until May 1st, 2022.

There will be a wide variety of virtual and in-person educational activities and events from our cultural partners: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Botanic Gardens, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Public Library, History Colorado, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the Colorado Symphony for children and families to access at no cost.  

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Día del Niño: Celebrating All Children is part of the “SCFD Community Free Days” and this year, the celebration will be taking place on different dates at different locations throughout the Denver Metro area.  

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is partnering with the Mexican Cultural Center to host the ninth annual Día del Niño on May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum’s in-person celebration will include multicultural music and dance performances, face painting and crafts. The celebration will also include performances by Los Chinelos, the Colorado Asian Cultural Center and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Additional activities include the Denver Parks and Recreation Climbing Wall, CaveSim and Face Painting with la Payasita Paletita. Día del Niño guests will enjoy 50% off admission to the temporary exhibition “Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs.” 

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Limited free parking is available at the Museum, so alternative transportation is highly encouraged. Reserve your tickets ahead of time online to join us for the in-person celebration. For more information about the Museum’s Día del Niño celebration or to reserve your tickets, visit dmns.org. Reservations are free and are open now. 

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New this year, the Museum will also host a virtual event with budding anthropologist Anirudh Rao on April 18. The virtual event will feature this student from STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. At just 10 years old, Rao has spoken across the state and encourages others to learn more about the world around them. Prepare to be inspired as he showcases his learnings through artifacts from Egypt and beyond. 

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The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will mark the 20th anniversary of its annual Día del Niño (Day of the Child) celebration on Sunday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free general admission for all, bilingual activities, hands-on artmaking, musical and artistic performances and more. This global celebration of all children at the DAM will feature art experiences including live dance and music by international and local artists, hands-on activities in the new Family Central and Creative Hub spaces in the Martin Building and the Storytelling Studio in the Hamilton Building. 

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This annual Día del Niño celebration features performances by the following groups representing countries around the world: ARCINDA (Arts & Culture of Indonesia), Aplausos de Colorado Children Chorale, Celtic Steps, Chihera African Marimbas, Colorado Mestizo Dancers, Comparsa Morelos, Danza Matachina Guadalupana, Fiesta Colorado, Flamenco Denver, Mariachi Corazón de Oro, Montbello Drumline and Tlaloc Danza Azteca. The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) will bring in celebrity guest readers at 11 a.m. to read The Little Red Fort by Brenda J. Maier to children in both English and Spanish. A complimentary book will be given to each child who attends the book reading while supplies last. 

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With FREE general admission all day, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the new museum galleries and spaces, which currently feature acclaimed exhibitions including Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche and ReVisión: Art in the Americas, as well as the DAM’s collections celebrating cultures around the world.  

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Visitors are encouraged to explore additional Golden Triangle Creative District organizations participating in this celebration, including the Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center and the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum.  

For more details on this event, and how to get to the Denver Art Museum, click here

Denver Art Museum will also be offering free virtual content:  

“The Denver Art Museum is happy to continue its annual collaboration to celebrate Día del Niño,” said  Clara Ricciardi, Sr. Spanish Language and Community Engagement Liaison at the Denver Art Museum. “This partnership began 20 years ago, thanks to the support of the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate General of Mexico, with the purpose of honoring a distinctly Mexican tradition with universal reach. Día del Niño is an opportunity to bring together children, families, art and culture from around the world and we are thrilled to join cultural organizations in the celebration of our most valuable treasures: our children.” 

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Denver Zoo is proud to join the Mexican Cultural Center, Telemundo Denver and many of their SCFD counterparts for the 2nd Annual Celebration of “Día del Niño: Celebrating All Children.” As they will be sharing a wide variety of educational videos and activities for children and family. 

Join the Denver Zoo on April 30th as they will be celebrating Dia del Niño with 2 public animal encounters with the llamas at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm that will have live Spanish interpretation. They will be pairing the 1:00 pm llama encounter with a Facebook Live with a Spanish interpreter so that families can tune in even if they aren’t able to visit the zoo that day. 

The Denver Zoo will have bi-lingual staff scattered throughout the zoo. They will also have their Nature Play Trail open with bi-lingual learning facilitators.  They will have an activity guide available online that families can either download ahead of time, or access the day of at the trail. This is also a great guide for families and caregivers to use at home.  

As part of the celebration, the Denver Zoo will offer one free child admission with every adult ticket purchased to families who purchase their tickets online for April 30.  

Connect with nature through virtual educational resources: Meet the Animal Ambassadors, 20 Ideas for Nature Play and Aquatic habitats with Mr. Garcia. 

For more information, visit the Denver Zoo pageDia Del Niño: Celebrating All Children – Denver Zoo 

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The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is excited to be back in-person this year at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Día del Niño celebration on May 1 hosting a booth with a craft in which visitors create their own headshot. 

“After all the challenges we have overcome in the last couple of years as humanity, we are very excited to once again co-host Children’s Day Celebration back in-person with all of our cultural partners that have supported this celebration.” Said Ericka Hernandez, Interim Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Center. “We cannot wait to see the happiness of the children and their families enjoying and experiencing all the fun and educational activities. This celebration, part of the SCFD Community Free Days, is one of the many ways we want to continue to help the youth in our community to thrive.” 

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Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates Día del Niño throughout the month of April with stories and planting kits available in the Helen Fowler Library. The Helen Fowler Library, located in the Gardens’ new Freyer – Newman Center, is open Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission to the library is free for the general public and members. No admission ticket required for the following Día del Niño activities. 

Nature Tales – Storytime 

  • Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout the month of April 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) Nature Tales offered April 23 & April 30 at 10:30 a.m. 

Bring your budding naturalists to Nature Tales Family Story Time and discover the wonders of nature with your child. Together, we will explore books that tell the stories of the natural world, of the garden and of our own backyard. Best for ages infant through 8, all ages welcome.  

Spring Planting Kit 

Spring is the perfect time to start to think about planting seeds. In celebration of Día del Niño, the Gardens is offering free planting kits for children to take home. Each kit includes the instructions (in both English and Spanish) and supplies you will need to start some plants from seeds! Spring Planting Kits are available to pick up at the Helen Fowler Library Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. while supplies last. 

Día del Niño Children’s Book Display 

Our favorite children’s gardening books will be on display for families to enjoy while visiting the library throughout the month of April.  Our selection of books includes titles in both English and Spanish.  Stop by the library with your family to read some books and pick up your planting kit to take home! 

Join the Clyfford Still Museum for a city-wide celebration of children around the world during Día del Niño (Day of the Child). From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Stop by the Museum’s outdoor forecourt to explore tin folk art by making a Hojalata with Visual Arts Educator Victoria Martinez, and explore Clyfford Still, Art, and the Young Mind, an exhibition curated by and for children. 

These activities are free and no registration is required. 

Día del Niño is also an “SCFD Free Days”, so visit the Museum all day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free! 


The Denver Public Library invites you to celebrate Día del NiñoDía del Niño, or Day of the Child, is a celebration that originated in Mexico and dates back to 1925. It is celebrated each year in April. This day is about recognizing the importance of children in society and promoting their well-being. 

Kindness Rocks and the City: Rock painting workshop 

Saturday, April 16, 2-3 p.m. @ Smiley 

Saturday, April 23, 2-3 p.m. @ Hampden 

Saturday, April 30, 1-2 p.m. @ Art Park 

In honor of Día del Niño, we celebrate with kindness. Join us for a kindness rock painting workshop.Kindness Rocks and the City is about creating positive moments for those that need it most. How do you know if you need a Kindness Rock? Well, when it’s found by you, it’s meant for you. Once the words of encouragement are taken to heart, the special, one-of-a-kind rock is yours to keep, or feel free to pass it on to someone that you know needs a bit of cheer. 

Día del Niño: Piñata Making Workshop 

Saturday, April 16, 2-4 p.m. @ Athmar Park 

Saturday, April 30, 2-4 p.m. @ Ross-Barnum 

To celebrate this awesome holiday, join us for a piñata making workshop!  

Día Del Niño Fiesta 

Saturday, April 30, 1-3 p.m. @ Montbello 

In honor of Día del Niño and all of the children in our lives, you are invited to the Día del Niño Fiesta. There will be dance performances, art activities, book giveaways, food, and piñatas!  

Passive Programming at participating branches includeDía del Niño activity coloring book, intergenerational community memory book, and do it yourself guiro drum and shakers  

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will like to invite you to their Día del Niño celebration! 

Día del Niño | BMoCA 

Sat, April 30, 2022 

Location: Boulder Central Park (13th & Canyon) 

11 am – 1 pm 

The BMoCA Día del Niño celebration will include performers on the stage from 11:30am-1:00pm as well as tables with various community organizations. 

Join the Colorado Symphony for the free community concert “Lift Every Voice” a family-friendly concert experience that delivers a message of unity, empowerment, and creative self- expression through uplifting repertoire from a diverse array of composers and artistic performers. 

This concert experience features the symphonic music of José Pablo Moncayo, Florence B. Price, Anna Clyne, Omar Thomas, Beethoven and more will provide the musical soundtrack for this free family concert. 

Artist collaborations with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Fiesta Colorado Dance Company, and spoken-word poet Frankie Le’Troy will grace the stage and elevate the concert experience inspiring youth to find their voice through the arts and celebrate our common human spirit. 

Sunday, April 24, 2022 2:30PM 

Boettcher Concert Hall 


Join them before the concert for a family-friendly activity like their instrument petting zoo or a themed craft! 

This is a FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT made possible through the generous support from the Genesee Mountain Foundation and through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Accessible seating is located in Orchestra 2, Dress Circle 1, and Mezzanine 7. 

To reserve your tickets, please go to: https://tickets.coloradosymphony.org/lev 

For more information about the Día del Niño celebration, visit Apoyando A Nuestra Comunidad – Telemundo Denver 

About the Mexican Cultural Center 

The Mexican Cultural Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, established in April 1992.The Mexican Cultural Center’s mission is to promote the Mexican Culture in the State of Colorado. The Mexican Cultural Center is dedicated to conveying the richness of Mexican culture through arts and education and working in collaboration with other institutions in the State to enhance the effectiveness of its programs and have a greater impact within the community. The Mexican Cultural Center is located at 5350 Leetsdale Dr., Suite 200 W, Denver, CO, 80246. To learn more, call 303-331-0172. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter by visiting our website, www.mccdenver.org.