10 Family-Friendly Events Worth Checking Out in May
Summer is on its way, meaning festivals, markets, and more outdoor play is on everyone's calendars.
The Dr. Seuss Experience
Through Sept. 5. Dates and times vary.
Wander through a multisensory, interactive exhibit that transports guests into the pages of Dr. Seuss books, including The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hears a Who! $30-$35 adult, $25-$28 youth ages 1-13, free under age 1. Centennial Promenade, Centennial
Run to the Shrine
May 14 and 15, 5 to 8 p.m.
Run, or take a casual upward walk, through the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and up to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. After four miles and nearly 1,000 feet in elevation gain, enjoy views of Colorado Springs below. Participants start the ascent on their own; no official timing services for this event. Run to the Shrine registration includes zoo admission for the evening and a commemorative performance T-shirt. Proceeds help feed and care for zoo’s animals. $30-$55 adult, $20-$45 youth ages 12-17, $10-$25 youth ages 3-11. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs
May 24 to 28, 7:30 p.m.; May 26, 28, and 29, 2 p.m.
This refreshed, family-friendly production of CATS is a musical tale of rebirth and cat camaraderie. Age 5 and up. $35-$115. Buell Theatre, Denver
Sheep to Shawl
May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch farmers shear fleece off a sheep’s back, then learn how it’s transformed into the cozy items people love, like shawls and sweaters. Free. Littleton Museum, Littleton
Art on the River
May 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Families are invited to explore different ways art can be inspired by nature, at this creative event. Enjoy arts and crafts, nature games, food, a writing/reading workshop, and stilt walkers. Registration required. Free. RiNo ArtPark, Denver
City Park Farmers Market
May 14 to Oct. 29. Sat, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shop for fresh food and local goods at this street market open throughout the summer and fall. Grab a bite from food trucks and vendors to enjoy while listening to local musicians. This is also a compost market, so all disposable goods served can be composted for free. Free entry, vendor prices vary. City Park Esplanade, Denver
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 7 and 8, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate at the Mile High Flea Market and enjoy Mariachi music, Lucha Libre wrestling, tacos, and Michelada drinks (for adults). Admission: $3, free youth under age 12. Mile High Flea Market, Henderson
The Mazes & Braingames Experience
May 20 to Sept. 25. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5.p.m; Fri, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Weave your way through 60 puzzles and mazes to discover new methods of problem solving. Grab an instrument and lay down a fresh beat in the music maze. Get tangled and untangled in the Web Maze. For kids in grades K-5 with an adult. Included with admission: $18.95-$19.95 adult, $13.95-$14.95 youth ages 3-18, free youth under age 3. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver
Free Bike Tune-Ups
May 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
Get a free 10-minute bicycle tune-up from Bikes Together. Learn more about basic maintenance through a short seminar. First-come, first-served. Free. Ross-Barnum Branch Library, Denver
Free Comic Book Day
May 7. Times vary by location.
Established in the early 2000s to entice kids to read more and bring fans into the graphic story genre, Free Comic Day often means special events and giveaways at local comic shops on the first Saturday in May. Get connected with metro Denver’s comic book community, enjoy festive activities including costume contests and local artist appearances, and snag a complimentary title at the following locations: All C’s Collectibles in Aurora and Centennial, JNJ Comic Books and Games in Thornton, Escape Velocity Comics & Graphic Novels in Colorado Springs, Mutiny Information Café in Denver, Hero Headquarters in Westminster,
I Want More Comics in Thornton, Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles in Parker.