Snow Days at Children’s Museum, Vail’s Powabunga and more things to do in Denver this weekend

Go big — or small — with live music

Through Sunday. Denver rock band Wildermiss seems perpetually on the edge of breaking through nationally, although we’re happy to have them all to ourselves for now. The propulsive indie act headlines Englewood’s Gothic Theatre on Friday, Dec. 10, with tickets at $20-$22. The all-ages show with excellent local openers Kiltro and Big Dopes starts at 8 p.m. at 3263 Broadway. gothictheatre.com or axs.com

Also this weekend: Vail’s Powabunga festival, which arrives just in time for this week’s high-country snow dump. The pricey, dance-friendly event, which started Thursday, Dec. 9 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 12, includes performances from Rüfüs Du Sol, Bob Moses, Vintage Culture, Elderbrook, Channel Tres and more. GA tickets for single days are $225, while a weekend pass is $319. Various times, main festival at Ford Park in Vail. powabungafestival.com. — John Wenzel

Snow Days at Children’s Museum

Through February 2022. The latest offering at Denver Children’s Museum at Marsico Campus may be its most audience-friendly yet. The winter-themed Snow Days, which began Dec. 8 and run through Feb. 27, 2022, are held outside at the museum’s Joy Park and in the shadow of its Adventure Forest play structure.

The family fun includes gliding around a sock-skating rink, sledding on real snow, playing in life-sized snow globes, sipping hot cocoa by the fire, curling and more, museum officials said. Activities are included with general admission. Reserve a spot at mychildsmuseum.org/safer-play-reservations. 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 303-433-7444. — John Wenzel

North High’s “Sacred” reading

Sunday. Due to ongoing demand for a print copy of its poetry-photography book “Our Sacred Community,” the students of Denver’s North High School will stage a live reading and poetry slam on Sunday, Dec. 12 — an event that doubles as a fundraiser book-sale for an upcoming student conference, community educator Tim Hernández said.

“Our Sacred Community” was written and photographed entirely by North High students as a celebration of North Denver’s Latino heritage, Hernández said. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at The Radiator, 2139 W. 44th Ave. facebook.com/denvernorthhs or 303-632-8685. — John Wenzel

Sensory-friendly holiday fun

Dec. 17. Holiday shows that cater to kids with sensory disorders (including kids on the spectrum) used to be few and far between, but their low-key appeal has attracted general audiences in recent years and bulked up their bookings. This coming week’s offerings include Colorado Conservatory of Dance’s sensory-friendly “Nutcracker,” on Dec. 17 (the general show runs Dec. 10-19 at the Performing Arts Complex at PCS) and a Saturday, Dec. 11, sensory-friendly Santa visit at Aurora’s Southlands Mall.

The latter event is produced with the Autism Society of Colorado and takes place 8-10:30 a.m. on Dec. 11. The visit promises reduced noise and welcoming, gentle Santa, according to a press statement. Visit ccdance.org/performances ($20-$49 for tickets) or shopsouthlands.com ($20 per session), respectively, for reservations. — John Wenzel

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