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Star K Kids

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 to Oct 26, 2017
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-326-8650

Every Thu, 9:30 and 11am. Discover Aurora’s true nature through puppets, interactive activities and discovery time on the trail. Age 5 and younger. Call or go online to register.

All About Owls

Date:
Nov 07, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
720-898-7405

Learn what makes owls different than other birds and raptors. A snack will be provided.

Live Bats

Date:
Oct 28, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

Noon or 2pm. Meet Rob Mies, a Museum favorite and director of the Organization for Bat Conservation. Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their lives, habitats, and nocturnal strategies. Meet fruit bats from Asia and Africa, and the largest bat species in the world. $10-$15.

Silent Night

Date:
Sep 11, 2019 5:30 - 7:30pm
Cost:
$19.75
Phone:
719-633-9925

Connect with the animals peacefully and quietly, while enjoying the natural beauty of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Guests are encouraged to turn off their phones, quiet their voices, and tap into their own mindfulness at this after-hours event.

Meet the Woodpeckers: Downy and Hairy

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 11am - noon
Schedule:
Meeting location will be sent to registered participants
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

Discover habits of woodpeckers through hands-on activities and learn where to look for them. Ages 5-10 with adult. Reservations required online.

Teddy Bear Day

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
719-633-9925

Bring a teddy bear to the zoo and get in for $9.75. All stuffed animals will receive a complete check-up and official certificate of health. Ages 3-11.

Barks & Brews

Date:
Oct 12, 2019 noon - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-688-4495

Take your pet for an afternoon of beer tasting, food truck bites, and live entertainment. Attendees can also give a pup a forever home through on-site pet adoptions. All beer ticket proceeds benefit the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley.

Spring Birds

Date:
Mar 16, 2019 8 - 9am
Cost:
$1
Phone:
303-658-2796

Greet the incoming migratory birds of Walnut Creek Golf Preserve, an internationally recognized Audubon area, on this bird walk. Don’t forget binoculars.

Family Day: T is for Tracks

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 10am - 4pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-492-1666

Become nature detectives and investigate ways in which you can understand which creatures have passed through the same trails, streams, and forests that people travel through. Includes hands-on science and art activities.

Bugtober

Date:
Oct 02, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
303-439-2379

Times vary. Enjoy a whole month of Halloween fun with immersive exhibits, special events for all ages and two weekends of indoor trick-or-treating. Reservation required for some events; prices vary.

Bald Eagle Discovery

Date:
Mar 09, 2019 10 - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Unveil the adaptations that led the bald eagle to become America's national symbol and the complicated past the species holds.

Zoo Lights

Date:
Nov 29, 2019 to Dec 30, 2019
Cost:
$14-$20 adults, $12-$17 age 65 and up, $9-$15 ages 3-11
Phone:
720-337-1400

Enjoy all-new experiences this year including an animated musical holiday tree, motion-activated mistletoe, plus animal encounters. Tickets will be on sale in advance, online, by choosing a specific date and time.

Full Moon Hike: Nocturnal Animals

Date:
Sep 26, 2018 6:30 - 8pm
Schedule:
Advance registration is required at highlandsranch.org/signmeup
Cost:
$10, $12 for non residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Stroll by the light of the moon and learn about the nocturnal critters that call Highlands Ranch home.

Halloween Kids Fest

Date:
Oct 26, 2019 to Oct 27, 2019
Schedule:
Oct. 26-27, 10am-4pm
Cost:
$8.50 for kids in costume ages 3-11 with purchase of full price adult ticket of $22.99 (ages 12-64) and $21.99 (age 65 and up)
Phone:
303-561-4450

Join Sharkey the mascot and his friends for not-so-haunted train rides, pumpkin painting, monster mural coloring, science experiments, and shows.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Oct 13, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4450

Head to the Aquarium early when ambient sounds are turned down for a quieter, calmer setting. Sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at regular price that morning.

Dinosaur Discovery Day

Date:
May 12, 2018 9am - 3pm
Cost:
Scouts $6 ($7 after May 1), nonScouts $4 ($5 after May 1)
Phone:
917-575-1333

Enjoy a day in which Scouts at all levels can satisfy their science requirements for badges. These badges include the Earth Rocks and Digging into the Past Adventure badges at the Cub and Webelo levels, and the Geology Merit Badge at the Boy Scout level.

Snowmass Rodeo

Date:
Jul 03, 2019 to Aug 28, 2019
Schedule:
Wed, 5-9pm
Cost:
$20 adults, $25 VIP adults, $10 children, $15 VIP children, free for children 11 and under
Phone:
970-923-8898

Attend the longest running rodeo in Colorado featuring mechanical bull rides, petting zoo, and a saloon.

Refuge Day

Date:
Oct 19, 2019 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-289-0930

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week by exploring the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Event activities include archery, wildlife activity booths, and live animals.

Doggie Splash& Pet Expo

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-471-8809

See the Westridge outdoor pool become a canine ‘splash ground.’ Bring your canine companion and enjoy the vendors, concessions and the camaraderie. Small dog hour from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., dogs 15 poundsand/or 15 inches can enjoy the pool without being trampled. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. is for everyone to enjoy. Admission $7 in…

A Butterfly’s Life

Date:
Jul 16, 2018 6 - 7:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6214

Join volunteer naturalists for a slide program on butterflies, including information on the life cycle, behavior, host plants, identification tips, and more.

Family Discovery Series: HawkQuest – Birds of Prey

Date:
Feb 17, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cost:
Phone:
303-805-6800

Meet a Bald or a Golden eagle, an owl, a falcon, and features a free-flying hawk. Guests will learn about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems.

Dog Days at Fort Garland

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
719-379-3512

Bring your dog to the fort for a fun day of dog and human activities and music. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. $5 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3.50 child, members are free.

Military Appreciation Week

Date:
Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
719-633-9925

Explore CM Zoo with 50% off normal admission base price, which is offered to all active-duty, veteran and retired military personnel and their dependents living in the same household. Bring identification to verify military or retired military status. Visit website to see the list of identification options to bring in to verify status.

Farm Visits

Date:
Oct 01, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
Schedule:
Fri, 9-1pm; Sat and Sun, 9-1pm and 2-5pm
Cost:
$13-$15 per person, free under 12 months
Phone:
303-774-8001

Experience farm life with baby animals, tire swings, and a zip line. Free under 12 months. Reservations required online.

Naturally Colorado

Date:
Sep 07, 2019 to Oct 26, 2019
Schedule:
Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm; Sat, 10:00am-4pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-797-1779

See a collaboration between seven local photographers designed to celebrate the diversity in both the state’s landscapes and its wildlife. On Sat, Oct. 12, Live raptors will be in the gallery from 11am-2pm.

Survival Exhibit

Date:
Mar 24, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Cost:
Included with admisson
Phone:
303-469-5441

See the Butterfly Pavilion's newest interactive exhibit. The exhibit gives a fascinating, up-close look at the incredible ways some of the world’s smallest animals overcome the challenges of an invertebrate world. Learn about adaptations through interactive displays, technology and live animal encounters.

Butterfly Pavilion $5 Day

Date:
Apr 21, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-469-5441

Explore the incredible world of invertebrates from land, air, and sea. Hold Rosie the tarantula, touch a starfish and crab, and walk among free-flying butterflies.

Ladies’ Fishing on the Fly

Date:
Aug 24, 2018 to Aug 25, 2018
Schedule:
Classroom, Fri, Aug. 24, 6-9pm; Outdoor Classroom and Field Trip, Sat, Aug. 25, 8:30am-1pm
Cost:
See website for details
Phone:
303-791-2500

Learn the art of fly fishing. There is one classroom session and an outdoor classroom and field trip. Ladies age 16 and up.

Fishing Fun!

Date:
Aug 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-425-1097

Sign up for our fishing clinic provided by ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids) staff. Learn skills on how to tie fishing knots, how to rig a rod and reel, casting, and the best part is every registered child will get a fishing rod. Dress appropriately. Registration required. Ages 5-12. $8. Class is limited to 30…

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Date:
Dec 31, 2019
Schedule:
11am and 2pm
Cost:
$30.99 adults, $22.99 children ages 3–11. Includes exhibit admission
Phone:
303-561-4450

Ring in the new year at two different times with a buffet meal, beach ball and balloon drop, contests, giveaways, animal appearances, and a sparkling cider toast. Reservations required at 303-561-4450.

National Western Stock Show

Date:
Jan 12, 2019 to Jan 27, 2019
Cost:
Grounds admission: $10-$22 adults age 12 and up, $3-$4 children ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. Ticketed event prices vary but include grounds admission
Phone:
303-299-5544

See the world’s largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. Experience rodeos, horse shows, a wild west show, and a trade show. There are special activities for kids and opportunities to see animals up close.

Pup Run Denver

Date:
Oct 20, 2018 8am - noon
Cost:
$25
Phone:
720-913-1311

Join a 5K run/walk for people and pets. All pets must be on a non-retracting leash and have proof of age-appropriate vaccinations. Limit one pet per runner. A percentage of net ticket sales will benefit a local pet food pantry. Bring food donations to benefit the Pantry.

World Wetlands Day

Date:
Feb 03, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$12 adults, $10 adult Westminster resident, $9 seniors, $8 children, free under age 2
Phone:
303-439-2379

Explore the diversity of wetland invertebrates and learn about habitat conservation.

Doggie Splash and Pet Expo

Date:
Sep 07, 2019 9am - 1pm
Cost:
$7 per dog in advance, $10 at the door
Phone:
303-791-2500

Take Fido for a special day at the pool. All social dogs welcome but no adults are allowed in the pool.

Butterflies at Chatfield

Date:
May 25, 2018 to Sep 02, 2018
Schedule:
9am-3pm
Cost:
$4 adult/child, $2 member adult/child
Phone:
720-865-3500

Visit the seasonal habitat that is home to hundreds of native butterflies, such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks, and painted ladies.

Seedlings: Bug Safari

Date:
May 14, 2019
Schedule:
9:30 and 11am
Cost:
$3
Phone:
720-509-1000

Spend the morning with an educator from the Butterfly Pavilion. Meet and learn about a variety of invertebrates from around the globe. Age 5 and under.

Tales for Tails

Date:
Oct 15, 2019
Schedule:
4:30-5:30pm and 5:45-6:45pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
312-806-6387

Have an educational, interactive experience reading to animals at the shelter. Each program includes educational lessons, a tour, and time to practice reading skills in a calm and casual environment. The goal is to learn how animal shelters impact the community and for kids to gain confidence in their reading skills. Ages 6-12. Reservations required.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Dec 08, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Tickets can be purchased at the box office at regular price that morning
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit the aquarium during a special morning for adults and children with sensory issues and disabilities. Ambient sounds are turned down for a calmer and quieter setting, and will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am.

Dumb Friends League Wag ‘n Trail

Date:
Sep 16, 2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-751-5772

Enjoy the 1.6-mile hike with your pups, a beer garden sponsored by Living the Dream Brewing Co., music, adoptable dogs and access to a five-acre, off-leash dog park before or after the festivities.

Walk With The Dogs

Date:
Feb 22, 2018 10am - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Enjoy National Walk Your Dog Day with Majestic View. Learn pet facts and enjoy hot cocoa at the end of the walk - dogs must be on leash. Registration required. Meet at parking lot on 72nd, just west of Carr Street.

Prairie Dog Town

Date:
Aug 25, 2019 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Join a park naturalist and visit the largest prairie dog town on the north side of the park. Registration required.

Winter in the Tropics

Date:
Jan 07, 2018 1pm - 4pm
Cost:
Included with admission.
Phone:
303-439-2379

See the Polynesian Princess visit Butterfly Pavilion in search of heroes ready to fulfill their destiny. Enjoy songs, glowing scorpions, and free-flying butterflies.

Denver Cat Company Cafe

Date:
Nov 26, 2017 to Dec 31, 2018
Cost:
Free plus purchase of drinks
Phone:
303-433-3422

Play with well-socialized cats up for adoption in a coffeehouse setting while you read, do homework, or enjoy a snack.

Bromley Farm Festival

Date:
Oct 01, 2019 to Oct 31, 2019
Schedule:
Every Sat and Sun in Oct., 10am-dark
Cost:
$15, all activities included
Phone:

Enjoy two events in one. Farm activities include a corn maze, pumpkin patch, cattle roping lessons, and photo opportunities for the family. In addition, meet and compete against American Ninja Warriors for prizes. There will be multiple levels of Warrior courses including one for young children.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Dec 09, 2018 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Explore the aquarium early, with ambient sounds turned down so children can enjoy the exhibits in a calm and quiet setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am. Tickets can be purchased at the box office.

The Watering Hole: Fierce Femmes

Date:
Sep 13, 2018 5:30 - 8:30pm
Cost:
Visit website for details and to purchase tickets
Phone:
720-337-1400

Learn about the animal species in which the female is boss. Explore maternal instincts, courtship and breeding, and hunting behaviors. Cash bar and light appetizers provided. Age 21 and up.

Dumb Friends League Wag ‘n Trail

Date:
Sep 22, 2018 8am - noon
Cost:
$50 registration
Phone:
303-751-5772

Participate in a 1.6-mile hike with pups, a beer garden, silent auction, dozens of pet-related vendors, food trucks, music, adoptable dogs, and access to a five-acre, off-leash dog park before or after the festivities. Registration includes a downloadable event photo with your dog, a frame, and bag of treats, craft beer or root beer, and…

Zoologist for a Day

Date:
Dec 26, 2019 to Dec 28, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 26-28
Cost:
$65
Phone:
303-561-4450

Learn how zoologists handle and train the creatures that live outside of the ocean. Help prepare food, participate in positive reinforcement training, and learn how animals are cared for at the aquarium. Preregistration is required at least 2 weeks in advance. Grades 4-12.

Summer Heritage Evening: Livestock

Date:
Jul 27, 2019 4 - 7pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8848

Visit with costumed volunteers as they demonstrate late 1800s rural games and chores. Meet animals up close at the petting zoo and learn about the language of flowers.

World Elephant Day

Date:
Aug 12, 2018
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:

Celebrate Denver Zoo’s resident Asian elephants and elephants all over the world. Activities include elephant training demonstrations, zookeeper talks, hands-on activities and more.

Nature EdVentures – Full Moon Hike

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-791-2710

Stroll by the light of the moon and learn about the nocturnal critters that call Highlands Ranch home. Age 10 and older. Advance registration required. $10 Highlands Ranch resident, $12 nonresident.

Bunk with the Beasts: I Love the Zoo

Date:
Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019
Cost:
$65-$75 per person
Phone:
720-337-1400

Send the kids to spend a night at Denver Zoo exploring the zoo and its exhibits. Learn about different animals and participate in games and activities. Reservations required.

The Amazing Acro-Cats

Date:
Jul 05, 2019 to Jul 14, 2019
Schedule:
Hours vary by date
Cost:
$22-$35
Phone:
303-477-9984

See house cats, featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats, perform tricks including riding skateboards and jumping through hoops. The finale is the only all-cat band in the world, plus a chicken.

Woofstock

Date:
Sep 29, 2019 1 - 4pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-526-0616

Enjoy activities for the entire family, including music, a dog costume parade, a pet psychic, and Bryce Jackman’s “Dog Days of Summer” show. MVCC’s Overlook Grill will offer snacks and drink specials throughout the afternoon.

Nature Nerds Family Club

Date:
Jan 05, 2019 10:30am - noon
Cost:
$6-$14 adults, $4-$6 children ages 2-12. Includes admission
Phone:
303-469-5441

Explore nature topics with the whole family. January's topic is Rainforest Explorers. Learn about the rainforest's amazing plants, animals, and relevance to our daily lives. Best for families with children ages 4-10. Preregistration and payment required.

Groundhog Day Critter Celebration

Date:
Feb 02, 2019 10am - 2pm
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-370-6000

Join DMNS scientist John Demboski as he debunks the myths and unburrows the mysteries of the groundhog. Afterward, head to the Denver Zoo to see even more animals. For kids in grades K-8 with an adult.

Wild Dreams Overnight

Date:
Jul 05, 2019 to Jul 06, 2019
Schedule:
7pm overnight to 9am
Cost:
$65
Phone:
303-561-4444

Spend an exciting night at the Downtown Aquarium. Explore the exhibits, learn about the animals, and make crafts. Ages 5-12 and parent chaperones. Registration required.

Ladies Fishing on the Fly

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-791-2500

Classroom: Aug 11, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Fieldtrip: Aug 12 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.(Lake Lehow) Learn the art of fly fishing from the Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited. For ladies age 16 and older only. $30 in advance, $35 day of event.

Freedom Service Dogs Summer Graduation

Date:
Jun 23, 2018 1 - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-922-6231

Hear the inspiring stories of clients, and celebrate the client-dog teams that have worked so hard to graduate from FSD. Learn about the many hours that trainers and volunteers put in to transform shelter dogs into service dogs and professional therapy dogs.

Boo at the Zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Date:
Oct 20, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

Oct. 20-22, 27-29 and 31. Trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment; enjoy candy made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans. $17.75 online in advance, $20.75 at gate (if not sold out in advance). Purchase tickets early; individual nights are subject to selling out. Discounts available for Zoo members, military…

Doggie Splash

Date:
Sep 08, 2018
Schedule:
Small dogs: 9am-10am; all other dogs: 10am-1pm
Cost:
$7 per dog in advance, $10 per dog at the door
Phone:
303-791-2500

Let your dog enjoy a day of fun while swimming away the summer heat.

Howl-O-Ween

Date:
Oct 27, 2019 4 - 6pm
Cost:
$35 age 12 and up, $15 ages 6-11
Phone:
719-687-9742

See meat-filled pumpkins be passed out to the wolves and enjoy a bonfire and refreshments. Reservations required.

Electric Safari

Date:
Dec 06, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 6-Jan. 1, 2020, 4:30pm early entrance for members, 5:30-8:30pm for general public with last admission at 7:30pm
Cost:
Free for members, $0.75-$14.75 nonmembers
Phone:
719-633-9925

See more than 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures, take a picture with Santa, and visit the animals in the zoo.

Refuge Day

Date:
Oct 14, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-289-0930

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week by exploring your neighborhood Refuge during this free, fun-filled day for the entire family. Activities include live owl presentations, wildlife arts and crafts and much more.

Boo at the Zoo

Date:
Oct 19, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, 4-8:30pm
Cost:
Visit website for cost
Phone:
719-633-9925

Trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment. All of the candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans. Wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag.

Bat Encounters

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 7:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-805-6800

Meet mysterious bats from around the world (including a giant bat with a 6-foot wingspan), and discover why bats are threatened and what can be done to help these misunderstood animals. Age 5 and older. $5.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Sep 08, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit the aquarium on a special morning when ambient sounds are turned down so children can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer and quieter setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at regular price that morning.

Bird Banding Club

Date:
Feb 13, 2018 to May 15, 2018
Schedule:
4-5:30pm on select days
Cost:
$125 for 8 sessions; scholarships available
Phone:
303-499-3647 ext. 103

Learn about the art and science of bird banding, gain skills in field identification, and more. Ages 11-15. Email gwen@thornenature.org for more details.

Farm Visits

Date:
May 01, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
Schedule:
Thu-Sun, 9am-1pm
Cost:
$13-$15. Punch cards available
Phone:
303-774-8001

Experience farm life with baby animals, tire swings, a zip line, and more. Free under 12 months. Reservations required online.

A Visit with Zookeeper Dave

Date:
Aug 07, 2018 11am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-604-2424

Meet Denver Zookeeper Dave Johnson, hear about his years of experience working with rhinos and elephants, and learn how you can love and protect our environment.

Rodeo All-Star

Date:
Apr 12, 2019 to Apr 13, 2019
Schedule:
Schedule varies depending on event
Cost:
$25 and up
Phone:
866-464-2626

See three professional rodeo performances that include bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, and mutton bustin'. Hear Chase Bryant in concert and enjoy a special lunch with rodeo champions.

Bark in the Park

Date:
Oct 12, 2019 10am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Discover how to protect your pup from the park and the park from your pup. Join Standley Lake and local dog organizations to learn more about what the community has to offer you and your pooch.

Baby Animal Days

Date:
Apr 19, 2018 to Apr 21, 2018
Schedule:
10am-3pm
Cost:
Admission is $3/person ages for age 3 and up
Phone:
970-350-9220

Learn about and see the resident baby animals who have arrived for the season and some who are visiting just for this event. See calves, baby pigs, lambs, chicks, ducks, goats, and rabbits.

Summer Heritage Day

Date:
Jun 10, 2018 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8848

Visit with costumed volunteers as they demonstrate late 1800s games and chores such as doing laundry the old-fashioned way, woodworking, meal preparation, and blacksmithing. Meet animals at a petting zoo, and learn about the animals raised on the ranch.

Family Discovery Series: Bat Encounters

Date:
Oct 26, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-805-6800

Meet mysterious bats from around the world (including a giant bat with a 6-foot wingspan), and discover why bats are threatened and what you can do to help these misunderstood animals.

Scout Night: Wildlife Champions

Date:
Sep 29, 2018 6 - 9pm
Cost:
$15/person for 1-9 people, $14/person for 10-100
Phone:
720-337-1400

Enjoy a special evening at the zoo for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and their families. Meet scout requirements featuring up-close animal encounters, games and activity stations, free carousel rides, entertainment, and a 2018 Scout Night commemorative patch.

Bugs in Winter

Date:
Dec 07, 2019 10:30am - noon
Cost:
$6-$14 adults, $4-$6 ages 2-12. Includes admission to the Butterfly Pavilion
Phone:
303-469-5441

Get snug as a bug in a rug with an exploration of hibernating bugs. Through games and crafts, discover where bugs go in the winter and how they survive freezing temperatures. Leave with a Bugs in Winter family picture. Registration required.

Chunky Chickadee

Date:
Jan 05, 2019 10 - 11am
Cost:
$4
Phone:
303-658-2796

Explore the adaptations chickadees have to survive, and create a winter bird feeder to help keep those chickadees chunky. Online registration required.

Raptor ID

Date:
Dec 07, 2019 10am - 2pm
Cost:
$25
Phone:
720-898-7405

Join Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance for an in-depth and interactive seminar on how to identify Colorado's native raptor species. Registration required.

I Spy Beaks and Feet!

Date:
Apr 30, 2019 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Watch for local birds and find out where they live, eat, and have babies. Ages 2-5. Register online. Located near Boulder; location provided to those registered.

Nature EdVentures: Harvest Moon Hike

Date:
Oct 11, 2019 7 - 8:30pm
Cost:
$10-$12
Phone:
303-791-2710

Hike under autumn’s harvest moon and discover strange and unique nocturnal wildlife. Listen to eerie sounds, look for nighttime critters, and enjoy hot chocolate while creating wildlife masks. Registration required.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Nov 10, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit early for a special morning when ambient sounds are turned down so that adults and children with sensory issues and disabilities can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer and quieter setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am.

Winter Wings

Date:
Jan 26, 2019 9 - 10am
Cost:
$1
Phone:
303-658-2796

Learn how birds survive the freezing temperatures during Colorado winters.

School of Snakes

Date:
Feb 16, 2019 10 - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Discover what makes snakes powerful predators of the grasslands. Online reservations required; use event code #910807. Ages 4-8.

Goat Dairy Field Trips

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 to Oct 31, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
518-605-8382

Ongoing through Oct. Hours vary. Learn about small-scale goat dairy production and get hands-on experience with goats during interactive field trips. All ages and abilities. Reservations required: maddie@mountainflowerdairy.com

Giraffe Encounter Made Possible by Toyota

Date:
Nov 27, 2017 to Mar 31, 2018
Schedule:
Daily, 12:30-1:30pm
Cost:
$15 ages 12-64, $12 age 65 and up, $10 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under
Phone:
720-337-1400

Connect with the reticulated giraffes with the special opportunity to hand-feed Dikembe, Heshimu, Masika, and Kipele.

$5 Day

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-469-5441

Experience all of the displays and activities of the Butterfly Pavilion for only $5 per person.

Pets ‘N Popsicles

Date:
Aug 03, 2018 to Aug 12, 2018
Schedule:
10am-3pm
Cost:
$3 per person age 3 and up; includes a popsicle for each paid admission
Phone:
970-350-9220

Experience animals up close and get your questions answered. Afterward, stroll along the museum’s paths and try out the call phone audio and visual tour.

Doggie Splash

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-791-2500

Let your dogs enjoy a day at the pool. No humans allowed in the pool this day. Times vary depending on size of dog. $5 in advance, $10 week of.

Military Appreciation Week

Date:
Sep 09, 2019 to Sep 15, 2019
Schedule:
Sept. 9-15, 9am-5pm; last admission is at 4pm
Cost:
50 percent off admission for all active duty, veteran, and retired military personnel and their dependents
Phone:
719-633-9925

Enjoy a full week of stars and stripes as the zoo honors military personnel for their continued service.

Taps & Tails

Date:
Oct 10, 2019 to Oct 24, 2019
Schedule:
Oct. 10, 17, and 24, 6-10pm
Cost:
$30-$35
Phone:
720-337-1400

Go to Colorado’s wildest open-air beer garden with libations from Denver breweries. There will be seasonal snacks and live entertainment. Plan your outfit for the epic onesie dance party on Oct. 24. Age 21 and up.

SF Family Tree: Bird Festival

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 4:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-509-1000

Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in various activities highlighting bird anatomy, identification, migration and more. Presented in a Sensory Friendly environment. Age 5 and older. $5.

Doggie Olympics

Date:
Sep 15, 2019 9am
Cost:
$7.50-$10
Phone:
970-221-6660

Compete with your dog in 4 levels: Jr. Handler, Sr. Dog, Fun/Recreational, and Competitive. Choose from events like the Water Retrieve and Obstacle Course.

Barnyard Critter Day

Date:
Jun 23, 2019 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon.

Passport to Culture: Bird Festival

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 1:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-509-1000

Join the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in various activities highlighting bird anatomy, identification, migration and more. Age 5 and older. $5.

Be a Habitat Hero

Date:
Jun 19, 2018 5:30 - 6:30pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
720-898-7405

Learn “Wildscaping” with the Audubon Rockies as you walk through the different habitats in bloom in the garden. Age 5 and up.

History Hounds: Red Rocks

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 9 - 11am
Cost:
$15 member, $20 nonmember, $30 member family, $35 nonmember family
Phone:
303-866-2394

Enjoy a fun hike with your canine friend along the Trading Post Trail while learning about the history of the best musical venue in the world. Meet at the Trading Post. Dogs must have current shots, mix well with others, and remain on a leash. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their…

Adult Beekeeping Class

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 to Oct 06, 2018
Schedule:
April 7 and 14, May 19, June 2, July 21, Aug. 25, Oct. 6
Cost:
$60 per class, $400 for the series
Phone:
303-443-9952

Learn how to keep your own bees in a series of hands-on classes and labs designed to support new beekeepers through their first season of beekeeping. Take the entire series or drop in to individual classes. Some classes held at a different location; see website. For adults.

National Bison Day

Date:
Nov 03, 2018 10am - 5pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-337-1400

Celebrate animals and learn more about ecosystems and the environment.

Migratory Bird Walk

Date:
May 04, 2019 8 - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Walk the park trails in search of the many migratory birds who make Standley Lake park a temporary home. Don't forget the binoculars. Age 10 and up.

$5 Day

Date:
Sep 16, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-469-5441

Get a reduced admission price to see bees hard at work in their hive, touch live starfish and crabs, and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies. $5.

Bat Encounter Live

Date:
Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

1-2pm and 2:30-3:30pm. See some of the rarest bats in the world, up-close and personal in this one-of-a-kind educational program. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy. $15.50 adult, $12.50 member adult, $8 child (ages 3-15).

Avian Arvada: Ralston Creek Trail

Date:
Oct 17, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
720-898-7405

Join Chip Clouse, former Education and Outreach Director for the American Birding Association, for a bird walk at dusk along the Ralston Creek. Meet at Gold Strike Park at W. 56th Ave. and Ralston Rd. Register online.

Valentine’s Overnight

Date:
Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 16, 2019
Schedule:
Overnight to 8am the next morning
Cost:
$50.75 member, $60.75 nonmember​
Phone:
719-633-9925

Drop the kids off to enjoy a pizza party, roast s’mores, tour the zoo, and meet animals. Kids will make an animal-themed valentine craft to take home. Includes a continental breakfast and a morning tour. Reservations are required. Age 5 and up. Registration required.

Breakfast with Santa

Date:
Dec 07, 2019 to Dec 14, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 7 and 14, 9-11am
Cost:
$45 adult nonmembers, $35 adult members, $25 ages 3-12. Tickets include Zoo admission
Phone:
720-337-1400

Get up close and personal with Santa during a private breakfast buffet that includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, and waffles. Receive complimentary professional photos with Santa plus a special gift for each child. Holiday-themed videos will run throughout breakfast. Drawings will be held for prizes including Zoo Lights tickets. After breakfast, head out to visit the…

Butterfly Pavilion Winter Camps

Date:
Dec 15, 2018 to Jan 21, 2019
Schedule:
Full-day: 9am-4pm. Half-day: 9am-noon. Early drop off and late pick up available
Cost:
Full-day: $45 members, $50 nonmembers. Half-day: $27 members, $30 nonmembers
Phone:
303-469-5441

Enjoy hands-on activities that are engaging and informative. Explore the Butterfly Pavilion and experience the plants and animals that call it home. Half-day and full-day camps are available, each with a different theme. Visit the website for the full schedule.

Jody’s Preschool Fun with Animals

Date:
Mar 06, 2019 to Mar 27, 2019
Schedule:
Wed, 10-10:45am
Cost:
$18 for 4-week session
Phone:
720-898-7405

Let Jody Weiland take little ones on adventures to glimpse into the worlds of prairie dogs, snakes, turtles, and rabbits. Register online. Ages 3-6.

Cider Days

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 to Oct 08, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
303-987-7850

Celebrate Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities and more. $8 adult, $5 ages 3-12.

Highlands Ranch Pioneer Days

Date:
Sep 05, 2019 to Sep 07, 2019
Schedule:
Sept. 5-7
Cost:
$5 adult, $3 child, free age 2 and under
Phone:
303-471-8856

Celebrate Colorado heritage with western entertainment, livestock displays, and hay rides.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Mar 10, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit the Aquarium before it opens to the general public. Ambient sounds are turned down so children with sensory issues and disabilities can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer, quieter setting.

Marine Biologist for a Day

Date:
Dec 23, 2019 to Dec 30, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 23, 26, 27, and 30
Cost:
$65
Phone:
303-561-4444

Find out what it's like to be a Marine Biologist. Help prepare food, feed some exhibits, and learn how the biologists take care of the animals. Registration is required 2 weeks in advance. Grades 1-12.

Barnyard Critter Day

Date:
Jun 24, 2018 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

Learn about the roles of chickens, pigs, horses, and other farm animals. See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon.

Tiger Weekend

Date:
Jul 27, 2019 to Jul 28, 2019
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4450

Enjoy mascot appearances, animal shows, and tiger enrichment demonstration. Wear a tiger costume and/or facepaint for 10 percent off admission.

Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 10am - 5pm
Cost:
$10 adults, $5 ages 5-12, free age 4 and under
Phone:
303-795-4955

Visit with vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and free raffles for prizes.

World Spider Day

Date:
Mar 17, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
$12 adult, $10 adult (Westminster resident), $8 seniors/child, free for members and children age 2 and under
Phone:
303-439-2379

Explore the world of spiders, their contributions to our world, and learn how to conserve them. Activities include scientist chats and live animal encounters.

International Bird Day

Date:
Sep 22, 2018 10am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Majestic View for free family fun. Register online.

Teddy Bear Day

Date:
Aug 17, 2019 9am - 4pm
Cost:
$9.75 ages 3-11 who bring their favorite plush friend, age 2 and under are 75 cents, free for members
Phone:
719-633-9925

Bring a teddy friend and see special animal shows throughout the day. Stop by the Teddy Bear Clinic for a free stuffed animal "checkup." Volunteers from Children’s Hospital Colorado will administer stitches, splints, or any necessary “medical” procedures to stuffed animals that are in need of a little TLC.

Cats & Canines Holiday Camp

Date:
Nov 19, 2018 to Nov 20, 2018
Cost:
$50/day. After-care available $6/day
Phone:
720-306-8000

Study the difference between bobcats and lynx, and learn about the coyotes and foxes of our state with SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education) holiday camps. Age 6-5th grade.

Animals of the Wizarding World

Date:
Mar 26, 2018 1pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-604-2424

Attend an educational program with Nature's Educators who will introduce kids to raptors, reptiles, insects, arachnids, and amphibians featured in popular stories. Learn about their role in the stories, as well as their habitat, diet, and natural history.

Spring Raptors

Date:
Mar 16, 2019 10am
Cost:
Free; registration required: call 303-326-8650 or go online to auroragov.org/recreation to sign up
Phone:
303-326-8429

See live raptors and discover which of these magnificent birds comes through Aurora in the spring. Age 4 and up.

Bodhi’s Bargain Days

Date:
Aug 01, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
Cost:
Visit website for details
Phone:
720-337-1400

Get a discount on admission and membership, BOGO soft serve ice cream and Dole Whip plus special animal demonstrations when Denver 7’s Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson predicts the Denver temperature to be more than 90 degrees during the 10 p.m. forecast for the next day.

Spooky Spiders

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-898-7405

Learn all about spiders and catch some new eight-legged friends in the park. Ages 4-10. Register online. $5.

Inclusivity Workshop: Examining Unconscious Bias

Date:
May 21, 2019 9:30am - 3:30pm
Cost:
$50 (includes lunch)
Phone:
720-974-1863

Attend a workshop that includes exercises, discussions, reflection, and planning sessions that will allow participants to become familiar with culturally competent approaches to community engagement, workplace inclusivity, and project planning. Preregistration required.

Boo At The Zoo

Date:
Oct 20, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Oct. 20-21 and 27-28
Cost:
$20 ages 12-64, $17 age 65 and up, $14 ages 3-11
Phone:
720-337-1400

See creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of the Denver Zoo. This event is included in the price of regular admission.

Winter Day Camps

Date:
Jan 02, 2018 to Jan 05, 2018
Schedule:
9am-4pm. Full and half days available.
Cost:
Full Day: Members $45, Nonmembers $50. Half Day: Members $27, Nonmembers $30.
Phone:
720-974-1877

Explore animal interactions, defense mechanisms, and extreme adaptations with hands-on activities. Reservation required.

Bald Eagle Discovery

Date:
May 03, 2019 to May 25, 2019
Schedule:
May 3, 12, 19, and 25
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Unveil the adaptations that led the bald eagle to become the nation's symbol. Online registration required.

Butterfly House

Date:
May 25, 2019 to Sep 02, 2019
Cost:
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
Phone:
720-865-3500

Visit the seasonal habitat home, presented with the Butterfly Pavilion, to see hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks, and painted ladies. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Electric Safari 2018

Date:
Dec 07, 2018 to Jan 01, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 7–9, 14–23, and Dec. 25–Jan 1. 4:30pm early entrance for members and their paying guests. 5:30-8:30pm for general admission
Cost:
Free for members; $12.75 online in advance, $14.75 at the door
Phone:
719-633-9925

See more than 85 one-of-a-kind light sculptures and enjoy animal experiences. Santa Claus himself will be taking holiday wishes each night through Dec. 23.

Monarch Day

Date:
Sep 15, 2018 9am - 5pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-439-2379

Discover the incredible world of monarch butterflies through this all-day celebration featuring live animal encounters, interactive learning, crafts, and games.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Apr 14, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit early for a special morning when ambient sounds are turned down so that adults and children with sensory issues and disabilities can enjoy the aquarium in a calmer and quieter setting. Aquarium sounds will be turned on for the regular business day at 9:45am.

Full Moon Hike

Date:
Aug 07, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-678-6215

Discover an open space in the moonlight, and learn about the importance of the moon to people, wildlife, and more. All ages. Reservations required: dprice@bouldercounty.org.

Nature EdVentures: Snakes, Snakes, Snakes

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 10 - 11am
Cost:
$10 Highlands Ranch residents, $12 nonresidents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Explore the world of snakes and how they survive in Highlands Ranch. Meet our bull snake, Little Miss, and complete a fun craft to take home. Advance registration required.

Bug-tober

Date:
Oct 01, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
Cost:
Free for members. Non-members: $12 adult, $10 Westminster resident, $10 seniors, $8 children, free age 2 and under
Phone:
303-469-5441

Get an up-close look at unbelievable animals and plants that use powerful venom and poison to dominate predators and prey.

Macro Photography

Date:
Sep 09, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Cost:
Phone:
720-974-1877

Join expert photographer Bob Krugmire for hands-on instruction that will teach how to take professional Macro shots. Adults. Reservations required. $13.50 members, $15 nonmembers.

Cub Scout Day

Date:
Apr 20, 2019 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free-$12. Group rates are also available
Phone:
303-469-5441

Attend an event especially for Cub Scouts for animal encounters, and outdoor explorations to meet adventure requirements centered on outdoor exploration, respect for plants and wildlife, and making our world a better place. Preregistration is required. Email Marissa at mcopan@butterflies.org for any questions.

Live Bat Encounter

Date:
Oct 25, 2017 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-697-6159

Learn about the benefits of bats, conservation and see live bats from North America, Africa and Asia. Age 5 and older. Register online. $5 in advance, $7 day of.

$5 Day

Date:
Nov 18, 2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-469-5441

See bees hard at work in their hive, touch starfish and crabs and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies for the admission price of $5.

Zoo Snooze Family Overnight

Date:
Jun 28, 2019 to Jun 29, 2019
Schedule:
6pm to 9am the following morning
Cost:
$50 member, $60 nonmember, $40 groups of 5 or more
Phone:
303-469-5441

Experience up-close animal encounters, a nighttime exhibit tour, invertebrate-themed crafts, and games at a family sleepover. Age 5 and up. Reservations required.

Old Fashioned Playdates

Date:
Aug 06, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-776-8848

Join in a morning of fun playing outside and trying games your great grandparents might have played. Ages 6-12 with adult.

Snowcats Cat Convention

Date:
Dec 08, 2018 to Dec 09, 2018
Cost:
$15 and up
Phone:
303-975-6120

Experience all things cats, including celebrity meet-and-greets, explore the latest products and vendors from across the world, adopt little furballs looking for new homes, and also take part in supporting charities dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of cats.

Bugtober: Masquerade

Date:
Oct 01, 2019 to Oct 31, 2019
Schedule:
Last entry is at 4:15pm
Cost:
$12 adult, $8 child, $10 senior, free under age 2
Phone:
303-469-5441

View an exhibit showcasing the master illusionists of the invertebrate world, who camouflage themselves to disguise their appearance.

Dogs & Donuts

Date:
Sep 08, 2018 8 - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Enjoy complimentary coffee, donuts, and Santiago's breakfast burritos along with with four-legged friends on the High Line Canal.

Bark in the Park

Date:
Nov 23, 2018 9am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Skip the stores and opt outside for a walk with a canine companion at Standley Lake. Enjoy free park admission and learn how to protect your pup from the park, and the park from the pup.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Jan 13, 2019 8:30 - 10am
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-561-4444

Visit the aquarium when ambient sounds are turned down for a calmer, quieter setting. Sounds will be turned back on starting at 9:45am.

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo

Date:
Mar 01, 2019 to Mar 03, 2019
Cost:
$12 adults, free under age 5
Phone:
303-297-1166

Visit with more than 300 vendors selling innovative equine-related products and services. Learn from renowned horse clinicians and see performing horses set to music and lights. Dr. Temple Grandin will speak on March 3, 2019 at 1 pm and will be selling and signing her books after the presentation.

Nature EdVentures: Cops and Bobbers

Date:
Jul 26, 2019 8 - 11am
Cost:
$10-$12; discounted group rate available
Phone:
303-791-2710

Get to know local law enforcement officers while having fun. Fishing rods and bait will be available or bring your own. Ages 6-14. Registration required.

Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage

Date:
Nov 27, 2017 to Jun 30, 2018
Cost:
$15 ages 12-64, $12 age 65 and up, $10 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under
Phone:
720-337-1400

Get up-close and personal with Asian elephants, Indian one-horned rhinos, Malayan tapirs, and many other animals.

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival

Date:
Sep 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-973-9530

Enjoy live owl demonstrations, food trucks, live folk music, owl merchandise, owl pellet dissection, and more. Located at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater and surrounding buildings and native plant gardens of the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park. All proceeds benefit our nonprofit nature center and other participating nonprofit partners.

Carnivores in the City

Date:
Aug 26, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-425-1097

Touch the pelts and skulls of lions, coyotes and bears while learning how these animals thrive in nature and urban settings. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages must register for this class through the City of Westminster’s Activity Registration Webpage. Park day entrance fee or pass required. Class is free! All ages.…

Nature Nerds Family Club

Date:
May 04, 2019 10:30am - noon
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-469-5441

Explore exciting nature topics with the whole family. Preregistration required. Email mcpocan@butterflies.org with questions.

Dog Stars

Date:
Jul 05, 2019 10:30am
Cost:
Free tickets are available in the lobby beginning at 9:30am
Phone:
720-887-2315

Join Denise Gard plus Border Collies, Joey and Sienna, who'll perform tricks. Plus participate in stories about constellations.

Halloween Hiss-Teria Cat Show

Date:
Oct 12, 2019 to Oct 13, 2019
Schedule:
Oct. 12, 9am-4pm; Oct. 13, 9am-2pm
Cost:
$5 per person, $10 family of 4, free age 2 and under
Phone:
719-687-4484

Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, games, a raffle, and a cat costume contest. In conjunction with the event, cats, including exotic varieties, will compete for various titles including Best Cat.

History Hound Hikes: Explore Echo Lake

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Cost:
Phone:
303-866-2394

Explore Echo Lake and Mount Evans with expert guide Jessie Foster and a friendly canine companion. $20, $17 members, $35 family ticket, $30 member family ticket.

Bug Safari

Date:
Mar 23, 2019 11am - noon
Cost:
$3
Phone:
303-658-2796

Meet invertebrates from around the world and discover more about them and their importance, including a meet-and-greet with Rosie the Tarantula.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Date:
Aug 25, 2018 9am - 4pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-337-1400

Walk around the Zoo to different stations where volunteers and staff will provide “medical” procedures for stuffed animals while educating young guests about healthy habits. Learn about the care zookeepers and veterinarians to provide the animals at the Zoo.

Nature EdVentures – Falconry and Colorado Raptors

Date:
Oct 03, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-791-2710

Explore the ancient practice of humans and birds of prey working together and meet live raptors during this program presented by Wild Wings Environmental Education. Age 10 and older. Advance registration required. $10 Highlands Ranch resident, $12 nonresident.

Stock Show Parade

Date:
Jan 10, 2019 Noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-231-5657

Watch more than 40 Longhorn cattle walking through the streets of downtown Denver. Step back in time and see a true western cattle drive with horses, cowboys, cowgirls, tractors, marching bands, and floats. The parade starts at Union Station and runs down 17th Street. The National Western BBQ Lunch begins at 11:30am in the atrium…

Afternoon Reading Fun

Date:
Apr 12, 2018 to May 10, 2018
Schedule:
Thu, April 12, 26, and May 10
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Help your kids build confidence and fluency in their reading by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs. Bring your own book or choose a library book. Grades K-5.

Low Sensory Morning

Date:
Nov 14, 2019 8 - 9am
Cost:
$4-$10
Phone:
720-974-1877

Visit before doors are open to the public. With natural lighting, quiet tones, and limited admission, this event provides an enjoyable, low-key experience. Each Low Sensory Morning offers guided interpretation in each exhibit, optional activity guides, and an interactive storytime program.

Visit The Goats

Date:
Sep 01, 2018 10am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
518-605-8382

Take a tour of the premises, pet the goats, meet the farmers and participate in a variety of goat-related jobs and activities. Donations appreciated.

Cider Days

Date:
Oct 05, 2019 to Oct 06, 2019
Cost:
$5-$38
Phone:
303-987-7850

Celebrate Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides, historic demonstrations, and a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors. There will also be apple pressing, apple cider by the glass or gallon, and Apple Annie’s Baking Challenge.

Jr./Sr. Fishing Derby

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 9am - noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6219

Fish together as a two-person team consisting of one senior age 64 or older and one junior age 15 or younger, in a pond stocked with rainbow trout. Prizes awarded for the team that catches the heaviest trout, has the largest age difference, and is first to catch the limit. Artificial and live bait permitted;…

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