Día del Niño, or Children’s Day, is a celebration that originated in Mexico. Today, it is also celebrated in many communities across the U.S.
“This day recognizes children, pays homage to their importance in society and endorses their wellbeing,” states a news release from the Mexican Cultural Center.
The Mexican Cultural Center is putting on its ninth annual Día del Niño this year, with opportunities to celebrate through activities and Science and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Free Days throughout April. Some of these organizations include the Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado Symphony, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Public Library and Denver Zoo.
A highlighted event is Día del Niño at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30. This day will offer free entry and a variety of family-friendly activities. Another is the Día del Niño Celebration at the Denver Art Museum, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30. This event will include free entry, a variety of live entertainment and performances, and the Denver Preschool Program will be bringing guest readers to read the book, “How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?” by Jane Yolen, in both English and Spanish.
“We are delighted to honor one of Mexico’s traditional holidays celebrating Day of Children,” said Jesse Martinez, executive director of the Mexican Cultural Center. “These activities are a great way for the community to come together to celebrate and honor children, and where parents to be a kid too.”
To learn more about this year’s Día del Niño events, visit mccdenver.org/dia-del-nino.