💏 Babysitter-Worthy Events for April

Date night ideas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and surrounding areas

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher March 29, 2024

Being a parent is rewarding and fulfilling, but having a little time for yourself is important, too! Regular date nights can strengthen relationships, increase communication, and allow you to de-stress. And ultimately, happy parents make happy kids!

If dinner and a movie are your "go-to" for an adults-only event, we've found a few other ways for you to connect with your mate or your besties.

Please Note: Registration may be required, even for free events. Click the event title to view the calendar listing with full details.

Through Sunday, April 28: The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Garner Galleria Theatre | Tickets start at $45
Based on one audience suggestion (a title of a show that has never been written), the dazzling players create a new, entirely improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your eyes. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you're wondering where the story is going… so are they!

Wednesday, April 3: Parker Arts Lecture ~ Colorado's Last Grizzly
The Schoolhouse Theater | FREE!
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has over 4 million objects stored in an underground state-of-the-art collections facility. John Demboski talks about the importance of these collections and presents some truly interesting nuggets from the museum’s zoology collections, including the wild story of Colorado’s last grizzly bear.

Friday, April 5: An Evening with Stephen Graham Jones
DCL in Highlands Ranch | FREE!
Stephen Graham Jones is the NYT-bestselling author of 30+ novels, collections, novellas, and comic books. He will discuss the final book in his Indian Lake Trilogy, The Angel of Indian Lake, which follows My Heart is a Chainsaw and Don’t Fear the Reaper. Books will be available for purchase, and a signing will follow the presentation.

Friday, April 5: Uncharted Music Series ~ Marielle Kraft
The Schoolhouse Theater | $29
Nashville-based indie pop singer/songwriter Marielle Kraft displays craftsmanship beyond her years through songs that strike chords with listeners everywhere. Her gift for storytelling is evident through her use of salient detail, raw emotion, and poignant word choice to describe moments "exactly as they feel."

Saturday, April 6: Vintage Theater presents Eleanor
Lone Tree Recreation Center | $40-$45
Exploring both the public and private persona, playwright Mark St. Germain deftly captures the essence of the witty, feisty, and vulnerable woman who was the heart of the FDR presidency and left an indelible mark on American history. This is a dinner theatre-style event catered by Cranelli's.

Wednesday, April 10-Sunday, April 28: MJ The Musical
The Buell | Tickets start at $39
The music. The showmanship. The icon. Now, the unparalleled artistry of the greatest entertainer of all time comes to Denver as MJ, the Tony Award®-winning new musical centering on the making of the 1992 Dangerous Tour, begins a tour of its own.

Thursday, April 11-Sunday, April 21: The Mousetrap
Lone Tree Arts Center | Tickets start at $38
Murder mystery stories never go out of style. With the resurgence of the whodunit in popular culture, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the ideal addition to the LTAC theatrical season.

Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 21: Colorado Ballet presents Ballet Masterworks
Ellie Caulkins Opera House | Tickets start at $40
Colorado Ballet’s 63rd Season concludes with Ballet MasterWorks. Audiences will see the return of George Balanchine’s scintillating masterpiece Rubies, choreographed to the music of Igor Stravinsky, Yoshihisa Arai’s Boléro, set to the infamous score by Maurice Ravel. 

Saturday, April 13: Karen Morgan
PACE Center | Tickets start at $29
Born and raised in Athens, Georgia, Karen Morgan is a former trial attorney who began her professional comedy career as a finalist on Nickelodeon’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America. Karen’s clean comedy hits home for all audiences!

Saturday, April 13: Nurses Off the Charts!
Schoolhouse Theater | $25
Give yourself or a healthcare worker you appreciate the gift of laughter with Award Winning Comedian Nancy Norton, RN. Healthcare workers experience a lot of stress, vicarious trauma, and outrageous events as they heal what ails us, and they need an outlet to stay well. Therapeutic humor is the remedy in this highly interactive show!

Thursday, April 18: Curtain Call at the Mansion ~ Strictly Blues with Michael Friedman
Highlands Ranch Mansion | $25
Prepare for an unforgettable night of soul-stirring blues music at the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion. Welcome the incredibly talented artist Michael Friedman, who is performing strictly blues!

Saturday, April 20: Local Author Meet and Greet
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove | FREE!
Meet Colorado authors and learn about their books and work! No registration is required. New authors will join every month.

Saturday, April 20: An Evening with Carter Wilson
DCL in Highlands Ranch | FREE!
USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson will discuss his new thriller, The Father She Went to Find. Wilson is the author of nine critically acclaimed standalone psychological thrillers and numerous short stories. A book sale and signing will follow his presentation.

Wednesday, April 24: Chamber Music ~ Out of Silence
Southridge Recreation Center | $20
In Out of Silence, the Chamber Music Society of Greater Denver performs pieces of deeply personal music that give way to an awakening of consciousness in each member and a lifelong fascination with sound and silence.

Wednesday, April 24: Landmark Lectures ~ Con Men and Klansmen
Highlands Ranch Mansion | $25
Hear the account of the battles waged by a rookie district attorney against organized crime and the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Colorado. Alan Prendergast, author of Gangbuster, will share about this little-known but crucial turning point in the state’s history, a struggle against corruption and extremism that reminds us that the past is closer than we realize.

Thursday, April 25: Parker Players present Prov or No Prov
The Bug Theatre | $10
This original fast-paced game show by The Parker Players features short improv comedy games determined by YOU, the audience, with a chance to win prizes! Anything can happen in this crazy show of chance and improv comedy.

Friday, April 26: Game Show Night
Southridge Recreation Center | $25
Host Rion Evans will lead the audience through their favorite TV game shows, such as Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Press Your Luck, for a chance to win exciting prizes!

Saturday, April 27: Lone Tree Sessions ~ Avery*Sunshine
Lone Tree Arts Center | Tickets start at $40
Avery*Sunshine takes no detours in creating melodious music for the masses. The singer, pianist, and composer has created a signature sound that mixes soul, jazz, R&B, and gospel. She brings people together through her riveting performances, candid and often humorous stage banter, and optimistic anthems about love and life.

Sunday, April 28: Denver Concert Band presents Symphonic Voices
Lone Tree Arts Center | $23-$25
Each spring, the Denver Concert Band invites local high school band students to compete for its annual Young Artist Award. The selected winner receives a scholarship and will perform a solo piece with the band. 

Sunday, April 28: Parker Chorale ~ Vocal Bliss from Baroque to Broadway
PACE Center | Tickets start at $29
The Town of Parker's uniquely talented Parker Chorale celebrates the human voice through the joy and magic of a cappella choral. Enjoy an afternoon of song selections ranging from Baroque to Broadway as the Parker Chorale presents its much-anticipated spring performance.

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