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Family Play Festival

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-441-3100

Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the library. Take home crafts and great prizes. Ages 0-5.

Peace Garden After School Garden Club

Date:
Sep 14, 2017 to Oct 05, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

Put the garden to bed and save seeds for next year. Learn how to make snacks with garden-fresh produce, explore the abundance of the garden harvest and celebrate the harvest season through community in the garden. Ages 4-11. $15 per child per visit. Discounted price of $50 is available when you register a child for…

Fun on the Farm: Horsing Around

Date:
Jul 13, 2018
Schedule:
9:30am and 10:30am; additional day July 27, 9:30am and 10:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

Learn about pioneer life through a short storytime and hands-on activities. Age 3-6 with adult.

Children’s Meditation Class

Date:
Feb 04, 2018 to Apr 29, 2018
Schedule:
Sun, 10-11:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-813-9551

Join a class dedicated to meditation and cultivating positive qualities. Children learn practical methods for managing challenging situations at school, at home, or at play by applying Buddha’s teachings. Each creative class will include time for meditation instruction, a brief meditation, a group story (i.e. revolving around mindfulness or ethics), and playful activities such as…

Summer Camps

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 to Aug 19, 2018
Schedule:
Ongoing June-Aug
Cost:
Cost varies
Phone:
303-651-8374

Discover art, history, science, and technology at a variety of camps at the museum this summer. Half-day and full-day options available. Ages 3-18. Reservations required.

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.

Tinker Time Art Class

Date:
Nov 28, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 10am-noon
Cost:
$12 per hour, $6 additional half hours
Phone:
303-503-1902

Drop in to explore a variety of art stations with different materials. Ages 18 months to 12 years. Reservations suggested.

Family Sail Nights

Date:
Jun 12, 2018 to Aug 21, 2018
Schedule:
June 12 and 26, July 10, Aug. 7 and 21, 4:30-7:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-441-3461

Take a sailboat ride with your family and learn more about Community Sailing of Colorado. For all levels; no sailing experience required. Reservations required. Age 5 and up.

STEAMWorks

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 2 - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-791-7323

Explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts through hands-on activities.

Summer Garden Management

Date:
Apr 21, 2018 9 - 11:30am
Cost:
$40
Phone:
303-443-9952

Explore best practices for maintaining a healthy garden once it is growing. Learn a variety of techniques that reduce weed pressure, such as solarization and cover cropping, how to set up an irrigation system and conserve water in the garden, and see some tools you can use to make these tasks more efficient.

Shoe Tying Class

Date:
Apr 22, 2018 9:30 - 10:15am
Cost:
$25 per child includes a copy of Red Lace, Yellow Lace book
Phone:
646-483-8719

Attend a class that teaches shoe tying through movement, read aloud, and practice, hosted by Jill Loftus, pediatric occupational therapist. Age 5 and up.

Fall Fun Night

Date:
Oct 05, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-791-7323

Have big fun throughout the library with life-sized games, a kiddie carnival and a dance party. Costumes are encouraged.

Teen Batik

Date:
May 02, 2018 to May 23, 2018
Schedule:
Wed. May 2-23
Cost:
$50
Phone:
303-797-1779

Learn the art of Batik using wax and pigment to create a banner full of your own prayer flags. Ages 12-16. All supplies included.

Dinosaur Discovery Day

Date:
Oct 13, 2018 9am - 3pm
Schedule:
Arrive anytime between 9am-1pm. Girl Scouts should plan to arrive by 1pm to allow 2 hours to complete activities and badge work
Cost:
$6 per Girl Scout, $5 other adults and youth, free age 2 and under. Additional $3 to participate in fossil activities
Phone:
303-697-3466

Join in the annual Girl Scout Day and National Fossil Day too. Meet representative from area STEM organizations who will have activities for the girls. Register by October 12.

Junior Firefighters Camp

Date:
Jul 09, 2018 to Jul 20, 2018
Schedule:
First session: July 9-13, 1:30-3:30pm; Second session: July 16-20, 12:30-3:30pm
Cost:
First session: $55/child; Second session: $65/child
Phone:
303-825-0608

Experience the life of real superheroes at this weeklong mini camp. Fire safety lessons included, as well as visits from firefighters and other safety professionals. Registration required. First session: ages 5-7; second session: ages 8-12.

Discovery Days

Date:
Sep 19, 2017 to Sep 20, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
303-604-2424

Learn how science and art connect at a themed monthly program that encourages free exploration through multi-sensory science activities, dramatic role play, relevant math and reading opportunities, and craft projects. Included with admission. Age 2 and up.

Nature Play Programs

Date:
Jun 04, 2018 to Aug 13, 2018
Schedule:
Mon, 9-11am; Wed, 1-3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-376-1049

Enjoy nature play programs in which children will connect to nature, play outdoors, and learn, in the labyrinth area near the library. Parent supervision required. All ages.

Make Your Own Ornament Extravaganza

Date:
Dec 02, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017
Schedule:
Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 17
Cost:
$35
Phone:
303-274-0643

Create your own blown glass ornament with guidance of expert glassblowers. Choose the colors, apply them to molten glass, shape the bubble and provide the finishing touch. Parental guidance is encouraged. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Spring Skateboarding Lessons

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 Noon - 1:30pm
Cost:
$45, $52 for non-Highlands Ranch residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Learn the basics of skateboarding through this special program called SkateStart Level 1. SkateStart boards will be available to use during class. Perfect for young beginners. Advance registration is required by Monday, March 5. Ages 4-12. Takes place at Redstone Skate Park within the park.

Magic Science Saturday

Date:
Mar 03, 2018 10:30 - 11:30am
Cost:
$5
Phone:
720-898-7405

Get hands-on with scientific experiments; see exploding soda, magic painting dry ice brains, and flaming milk jugs to name a few. Register early as space is limited. Ages 6-12.

Sensory Friendly Playtime

Date:
Jul 15, 2018 8am - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-604-2424

Bring kids with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders for a special event. The museum will limit admittance to 20 families, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment. Reservations required online.

STEAM Fest Family Fun Day

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 10am - 3pm
Cost:
$12 ages 13-59, $10 age 60and up, $8 ages 3-12, free for under 3.
Phone:
303-315-9444

Explore and experiment with your own “STEAM” ideas by observing, predicting, building, testing, and creating.

Kids’ Camp Paint

Date:
Jan 02, 2018 to Jan 05, 2018
Schedule:
Jan 2-5, 10am
Cost:
$24 for 3 hours $40 for 5 hours which includes another art activity $6 additional for pizza lunch or bring lunch from home
Phone:
303-442-7674

Learn to paint a different work of art each day with step-by-step instructions. Age 4 and up. Reservations required.

Multi-Age Class

Date:
Jan 08, 2018 to May 25, 2018
Schedule:
9-11:30am or 1-3:30pm
Cost:
$25 per session; $50 per day
Phone:
303-494-3557

Participate in a multi-age program as an addition to your child’s regular preschool class. Includes artist of the month, author of the month, science projects, and dramatic play. Reservations required. Contact preschool director Amy Chally for more information.

Family Workshop: Leprechaun Gardens

Date:
Mar 10, 2018
Schedule:
10am-noon and 2-4pm
Cost:
$17 child, $15 member child, $12 adult, $10 member adult
Phone:
720-865-3500

Discover the legend of the leprechaun as you design and create a miniature garden to attract these mischievous garden friends. Each child creates a container garden to take home. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

Noon Year’s Eve

Date:
Dec 31, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
Event day pricing.
Phone:
303-433-7444

Celebrate the “noon” year with ball drops on the hour, bubble wrap “fireworks” and loads of arts and crafts.

Rockin’ Landforms

Date:
Jun 21, 2018 2 - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6215

Find hands-on learning about the three different types of rocks, how erosion shapes the landscape, and the moving power of uplift. Ages 5-12 with adult.

Boulder Creek Festival Kids’ Place

Date:
May 26, 2018 to May 28, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Sun, 10am-7pm; Mon, 11am-5pm, during Boulder Creek Festival hours
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-442-4557

Drop in to find activities, services, and products of interest to children and families. Staff from the Colorado Mountain Ranch Children’s Summer Camp offer an introduction to the Mountain Day Camp Programs, a chance to meet staff members, and a leather stamping activity.

Holiday Family Gift Make and Take

Date:
Dec 10, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-441-3100

Enjoy making different crafts to give as gifts. All supplies and gift wrap provided. All ages; age 8 and under will require adult assistance.

TriceraTOTs

Date:
Jun 06, 2018 10am
Cost:
$5 child, $3 member child
Phone:
303-697-3466

Enjoy 2-4 children’s books with a dinosaur theme and do a 15-20 minute craft or activity. RSVP at education@dinoridge.org. Ages 2-5.

Dinosaur Discovery Day

Date:
Aug 11, 2018 10am - 2pm
Cost:
Activities included with admission
Phone:
303-697-3466

Enjoy Reptiles & Birds Day. Volunteers are stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail at significant interpretive sites, while many others staff booths and activities at the Main Visitor Center Complex for kids and adults of all ages. Visitors can hike at their own pace or take the shuttle bus at $4 per person on these…

Drop in Discovery – February

Date:
Feb 01, 2018 to Feb 19, 2018
Schedule:
10am on the first Thu. and third Mon. of each month
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Investigate the interactive natural world from the Nature Center with special crafts, games, or activities.

Trees for Threes

Date:
Aug 02, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
720-898-7405

Talk shapes, colors and counting through nature’s lens. Learn about trees with songs, crafts, and more. Ages 2-5. Register online.

WOW! By Night – An Evening in Space

Date:
Aug 11, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-604-2424

Join WOW! Children’s Museum and the Fiske Planetarium for an evening of galactic proportions. Watch the stars in the mobile planetarium, touch real-life meteors, create an eclipse viewer craft, enjoy snacks provided by Alfalfa's, and more. $11 per child; $6 per child for WOW! Members; $5 per adult.

CU Science Discovery Classes

Date:
Jan 08, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Schedule:
Ongoing throughout the year
Cost:
Check website
Phone:
303-492-7188

Engage students’ interest in science and experimental learning through a variety of after-school classes, school-day-off events, and homeschool classes.

Let’s Go Fly: Make-A-Kite Classes

Date:
Apr 06, 2018 to Apr 07, 2018
Schedule:
April 6, 4pm; April 7, 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm
Cost:
$5, includes all materials
Phone:
720-898-7000

Assemble, decorate, and take home your own sled kite so you can soar with the pros at the Arvada Kite Festival on April 8. Ages 4-10.

Saturday Art Experience

Date:
Nov 28, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Schedule:
Sat noon and 1pm; noon for ages 5-8, 1pm for ages 9-12
Cost:
$10 drop-in, $75 for the year
Phone:
303-651-2787

Participate in exhibition-based art activities led by certified art instructors. Participants visit the current exhibition and then create a project from that experience. Reservations preferred.

Paint Mom a Masterpiece in Nature

Date:
May 12, 2018 10 - 11am
Cost:
$15
Phone:
720-898-7405

Create a work of art in nature, just in time for Mother’s Day. No experience is necessary. Dress for the weather and bring painting clothes. Register online. Ages 5-12.

Agricultural Heritage Center Visit

Date:
Nov 04, 2017 to Mar 03, 2018
Schedule:
First Sat. Nov. through March
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8688

Enjoy a rural setting and learn about the agricultural history of Boulder County. The farm features two barns with interactive exhibits, a milk house, blacksmith shop, and a furnished 1909 farmhouse.

French Chef Series

Date:
Feb 27, 2018
Schedule:
2pm and 3pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-433-7444

Practice culinary skills with Alliance Française de Denver, making French cuisine like crepes and pastries. Space is limited. Sign up outside The Teaching Kitchen. Please note: The date was accidentally listed in the print calendar as being on February 25. It is really on February 27. We're sorry for the error.

Drop in Discovery

Date:
Jan 04, 2018 to Jan 15, 2018
Schedule:
10am on the First Thu and Third Mon of each month
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Investigate the interactive natural world from the Nature Center with special crafts, games or activities. Register online.

Hands on History Family Fun Days

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 11am - 3pm
Cost:
$25 for a family pack (4 tickets, discount family meal deal and a backpack with family-friendly ways to explore museum). Otherwise, activities included with admission
Phone:
303-447-8679

Explore history, science, art, and culture through hands-on activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, and role-playing.

Art Stop

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 to Nov 17, 2018
Schedule:
10am-1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-443-2122

Experience hands-on art making on the front porch of the museum, that complements the museum’s exhibits, during the Boulder County Farmers’ Market. Free admission during the market.

CU Wizards

Date:
May 12, 2018 9:30 - 10:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-492-5011

Be informed about the wonders of science and watch demonstration experiments by renowned University of Colorado professors. This month’s topic is “"Physics of The Game of Thrones,” presented by professor Rebecca Thompson. Grades 5-9 recommended.

Itty Bitty City

Date:
Mar 30, 2018 to May 11, 2018
Schedule:
Every Fri, 9-11am
Cost:
$2 drop-in per child, free for babies and adults
Phone:
303-651-8404

Enjoy indoor fun with plenty of toys and room to move in the gymnasium. Ages 6 months to 5 years with parent; no older children.

Create-n-Takes

Date:
Mar 01, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Schedule:
Sat and Sun, 10:30am-4pm and daily during spring break
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-913-0130

Get inspired and create art in the galleries at special Create-n-Take stations.

Jennifer Ghormley Closing Reception

Date:
Apr 04, 2018 6 - 7pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-433-7444

Celebrate the closing of the winter/spring artist-in-residence, Jennifer Ghormley. Light refreshments will be provided. At 6:30, journey to the unveiling of Ghormley’s art installation, designed exclusively for the Museum.

Building Blocks

Date:
Sep 27, 2017 to May 30, 2018
Schedule:
Fourth Wed of each month
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Drop in to build with a variety of materials such as Legos, blocks, giant dominoes, and many others. Ages 3 and up. Pick up a ticket a half hour prior to program start.

Hands Dirty Feet Wet

Date:
Feb 16, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-898-7405

Enjoy a nature playdate in the "Nature: Explore" space: climb on logs, jump stump to stump, build forts and more. Registration required.

Blindfold Bootcamp

Date:
Jun 09, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Schedule:
8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings in Adventure Village during the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Grab a partner and put on a blindfold. Unleash inner strength as you run, hop, cheer, and dance around obstacles and through challenges, without sight. Or, join the Lycored Performance Team at Lycored’s Shade Park in Adventure Village for Blind Fitness Challenges throughout each day designed for the entire family. Lycored Ambassador and Adaptive Athlete,…

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.

Kids Knitting Classes

Date:
Apr 10, 2018 to May 01, 2018
Schedule:
Tue, 4pm
Cost:
$50 for 4-week session
Phone:
303-604-4374

Enjoy a class for beginning and experienced knitters. Children will enjoy social time and make a hat. Ages 7-12. Reservations required.

Junior Rangers

Date:
Oct 08, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-326-8445

Learn about the plants and animals that call Star K Ranch home in this fun & educational class. Ages 6-12.

Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Cost:
Phone:

Enjoy hands-on attractions and activities including The Glow Zone, Brick Fest Derby, collaborative building activities and inspiration stations. $22-$47, age 2 and under, free.

Around the World

Date:
Jan 09, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-791-7323

Learn about cultures and celebrations from around the globe through different foods and craft projects. Featuring a different country each month.

Nature EdVentures: Nature Play

Date:
Apr 10, 2018 9:30 - 10:30am
Cost:
$10, $12 for non-Highlands Ranch residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Discover nature through curiosity using dirt, sand, and more. Open space west of Sand Creek Park; meet at the trail connection near 8801 Wild Iris Run. Ages 3-6. Registration is required one week in advance at highlandsranch.org/signmeup.

Make a Keychain with Plastic Lace

Date:
Aug 27, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-441-3100

Turn flat plastic lace into three-dimensional creations. Learn a basic stitch and a few variations to design your own keychain. Age 8 and up. Under age 8 welcome with adult helper.

Spring Self-Renewal Mini-Retreat

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 10am - 1pm
Cost:
$69, $64 member
Phone:
720-865-3500

Discover herbal tonics, health-boosting superfoods, and natural skin products you can make at home. Learn simple self-care practices to regain balance and vibrant health. Bring home a soothing skin salve, a cleansing face mask, and a detoxifying spring tonic along with recipes. Lunch and all materials included.

Holiday Family Gift Make and Take

Date:
Dec 10, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-441-3100

Enjoy making different crafts to give as gifts. All supplies and gift wrap provided. All ages; age 8 and under will require adult assistance.

French Chef Series in the Teaching Kitchen

Date:
Jun 26, 2018
Schedule:
2 and 3pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-433-7444

Practice culinary skills with Alliance Française de Denver, making French cuisine like crepes and pastries. Cooking class program space is limited, first-come, and first-served. Sign up outside the Teaching Kitchen.

STEAM Storytime

Date:
Sep 06, 2017 to Jun 27, 2018
Schedule:
Wed, 10:15-11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-441-3100

Enjoy stories and a new STEAM-based activity each week focusing on essential science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts. All ages.

3D Studio and Weekend Artist Demonstrations

Date:
May 01, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
720-913-0130

Explore the expansive and varied realm of 3D art. Use your design-thinking skills to build an abstract sculpture at the Purely Paper activity, or draw inspiration from Stampede: Animals in Art to create your own animal at Wound in Wire. May artist demonstrations: May 5-6: Rudi Monterroso, Metal Sculpture; May 12-13 and 19-20: Mason Taylor,…

Girls STEAM Day

Date:
Sep 10, 2017 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-360-5460

Engage in hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. $5 adult, children are free.

Pop In Projects

Date:
Oct 06, 2017 to Feb 24, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sat 5-7pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-815-1500

Drop in for simple projects or activities such as crafts, glitter tattoos, or face painting.

Walking With Nature

Date:
Sep 13, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-898-7405

Join Arvada native, Dean Bernard, on a walk along one of Arvada’s 150 miles of trails. Register online. $3, $9 family.

Youth Maker Hangout

Date:
Dec 05, 2017 to May 22, 2018
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-441-3100

Make your own digital designs and computer programs in a social setting. Work on monthly challenges or designs of your choice and share your work. Ages 7-14. Reservations suggested. No meeting on Dec. 26.

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.

Discover Cartooning with Nature

Date:
Apr 04, 2018 to May 23, 2018
Schedule:
Wed, 4-5pm
Cost:
$72 for 8-week session
Phone:
720-898-7000

Learn to draw and sketch animal cartoons to impress your friends or illustrate your room. Enjoy this after-school series with artist David Sullivan and bring a snack. Register online. Ages 6-12.

Craft-Tea Program

Date:
Jul 21, 2018 11:00am - noon
Cost:
$10 per child
Phone:
303-987-7800

Enjoy a fun craft or activity followed by morning tea and a snack. Ages 3-12 with adult. Registration required.

Art Stop on the Go

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Schedule:
Ongoing; For dates and times contact Nicole@bmoca.org or the libraries
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Join the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for art-making workshops using a variety of art media. Held at various county libraries including the Family Learning Center in Boulder County and Mamie Doud Eisenhower Pubic Library in Broomfield. Reservations required. Ages 6-12.

Touch-a-Truck

Date:
Jul 21, 2018 9am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-791-2500

Get a chance to go behind the wheel of a fire engine. Meet hometown heroes and explore other vehicles including big rigs, police cars, a Batmobile, and more.

Small Settlers

Date:
Feb 06, 2018 to Mar 27, 2018
Schedule:
Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 Mar. 6, 13, 20, and 27
Cost:
$5 nonmember child, free for member child and parents/caregiver
Phone:
720-865-0814

Get a head start on early learning and development for toddlers through history and nature-centered activities designed to engage young minds. Call to register.

Kids DIY Pizza Party

Date:
Nov 27, 2017 to Apr 30, 2018
Schedule:
Second Sat, 10am-noon
Cost:
$12 per child and one adult
Phone:
720-619-3337

Let the kids help make a pizza that includes up to three toppings, with the help of a staff member. The price includes a child's drink and an adult drink.

Bikes and Big Wheels

Date:
Jul 21, 2018 11am - 3pm
Cost:
Free admission for kids (17 and under) with a bike helmet
Phone:
303-447-8679

Speed through the big wheel racetrack, and saddle up for a bicycle rodeo to learn the skills to ride a bike safely.

Little Coders 3: Perseverance and Persistence

Date:
Dec 12, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-335-4843

Learn the basics of simple computer coding with different games and activities. (This is a repeat of the Nov. class; do not attend if you attended in Nov.) Ages 3-5. Reservations required.

Small Settlers

Date:
May 01, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
Schedule:
Tue
Cost:
$5 nonmember child, free for members and parents/caregivers
Phone:
720-865-0800

Get a head start in early learning and development for toddlers through history and nature-centered activities designed to engage young minds. Ages 2-5. Call to register.

Family Day: Science

Date:
Mar 17, 2018 10am - 3pm
Cost:
$9 adult, $8 military/AAA, $7 seniors/students, $5 child, free for members and children age 3 and under
Phone:
719-488-0880

Explore the world of science with experiments that support the key educational areas of STEM.

Four Mile Free Day

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost:
Free. Horse-drawn wagon rides (if offered) are an additional charge.
Phone:
720-865-0800

Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore the 12-acre grounds and greet farm animals. Tours are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm and are first come, first served.

Shoe Tying Class

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
Schedule:
Cost:
$15
Phone:
646-483-8719

Take your child to a 45-minute shoe tying class for children age 5 and up. Class includes movement activities, read aloud, and shoe tying practice. Laces are included in cost.

All About Yarn Drop-In

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 to Jan 27, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 1-3pm
Cost:
$7 drop-in fee
Phone:
303-987-7845

Choose from different yarn projects to improve fine motor skills.

Messy Art

Date:
Apr 17, 2018 10:30 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-335-4821

Try out a new kind of art, learn, explore, and get messy. Ages 2-5. Reservations required.

The Little Clinic Exhibit

Date:
Nov 27, 2017 to May 31, 2018
Cost:
Included with museum admission
Phone:
303-604-2424

Explore the medical field through play and take on the role of nurse or patient. Featuring stations with lessons about anatomy and the heart.

Hands on History Family Fun Day

Date:
May 12, 2018 11am - 3pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-447-8679

Explore and create your own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick-making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in the exhibits.

Kids Art Exploration

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 to May 26, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 9-11am
Cost:
$20 per child
Phone:
303-442-7674

Drop off your kids to explore different art materials and work together with the guidance of an art therapist. Ages 4-13.

Storyland

Date:
Sep 23, 2017 to Jan 28, 2018
Cost:
$8-$12, under 3 are free.
Phone:
303-315-9446

Step into the pages of beloved children’s books with literacy activities that teach a love for reading.

Archaeology Family Day

Date:
Oct 21, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-492-1666

Try your hand at ancient technologies such as throwing an atlatl, making a clay pot, weaving a basket and more. Discover how archaeologists unlock the mysteries of the past, and use your imagination to envision technologies of the future. All ages.

Grandparents Day Celebration

Date:
Apr 21, 2018 8 - 10am
Cost:
See website
Phone:
303-604-2424

Enjoy a morning for grandparents and their grandchildren including breakfast, crafts, songs, playtime in the museum, and an opportunity to take a commemorative portrait. Reservations required.

Stick Horse Rodeo and Grand Prix

Date:
Jan 06, 2018 to Jan 21, 2018
Schedule:
Hours vary by date
Cost:
Included with Grounds Admission
Phone:
303-297-1166

Encourage young buckaroos at either the Stick Horse Rodeos or Grand Prix events in the Ames Activity Pavilion during the National Western Stock Show. Kids can create their own pint-size rodeo complete with barrel racing, steer roping, and other rodeo favorites. The Grand Prix is their chance to show off their stick horse equestrian skills,…

Comfort Quilts

Date:
Jul 14, 2018 1 - 5pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-665-5200

Help create and decorate comforting quilts for Lafayette fire and police officers to hand out to children in need. Children welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Eco Crafts Creations

Date:
Apr 21, 2018 1 - 2pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
720-898-7000

Celebrate Earth Day with creative sustainable crafts and decorations. Reuse plastic bottles, toilet paper rolls, and pinecones as you follow instructions or create your own sculpture. Register online. Ages 6-12.

Four Mile Free Day

Date:
May 11, 2018 noon - 4pm
Cost:
General admission is free. Horse-drawn wagon rides (if offered) are an additional charge
Phone:
720-865-0800

Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore the 12-acre grounds, and greet farm animals.

International Sportsman’s Expo

Date:
Jan 11, 2018 to Jan 14, 2018
Schedule:
Thu - Noon - 8pm, Fri - Noon - 8pm, Sat - 10am - 7pm, Sun - 10am - 5pm
Cost:
$16, age 15 and under, free.
Phone:
800-545-6100

Attend seminars on camping and offroading, and participate in a team casting contest.

Wild West Kids

Date:
Aug 05, 2017 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
720-865-0800

Saddle up for games, stories, and more. Admission includes a horse-drawn wagon ride. $5 nonmembers ages 3 and up, $25 1-year Family Membership, free for members.

Family Art Making

Date:
Oct 01, 2017 to May 27, 2018
Schedule:
Sun 9-11am
Cost:
$45 per family
Phone:
303-442-7674

Participate in new art experiences each week with your family, facilitated by an art therapist. Family members will work together to create one piece of art during the session.

Hiwan Kids: Build a Birdhouse

Date:
Jul 24, 2018 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free; donations accepted
Phone:
720-497-7650

Construct a wooden birdhouse to attract native birds to your house. The class involves using nails and screws, so parents of younger children should plan to stay with them for the program. Registration is required.

Drop in Discovery

Date:
Mar 01, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Schedule:
First Thu and third Mon of each month
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Investigate the interactive natural world from the Nature Center with special crafts, games, and activities.

Family Place Center

Date:
Mar 26, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Thu, 9am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Discover and practice new skills through purposeful play, in a space designed for young children to explore during regular library hours.

Beginning Archery

Date:
Jan 04, 2018 to May 31, 2018
Schedule:
Thu 4:30 and 6:30pm, Sat 9am, noon, and 3pm
Cost:
$10 plus $5 equipment rental
Phone:
720-887-6822

Learn proper archery technique, form, safety, and basic shooting skills in an indoor, controlled environment. Age 6 and up.

Treehouses: Look Who’s Living in the Trees

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 to Jan 06, 2019
Schedule:
Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm; Exhibit opening event: June 2, 1-4pm
Cost:
$8 adults, $5 students/seniors, free age 3 and under
Phone:
303-651-8374

Explore and climb the forest canopy indoors at the museum’s hands-on exhibition. Discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals and people, too.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Date:
Feb 01, 2018 to Feb 19, 2018
Schedule:
Age 12 and under
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-688-4495

Honor the ancient Chinese “Red Envelope” gifting tradition when the mall gives away envelopes filled with gift cards and center promotions. Decorate traditional lanterns and decorations. In Chinese culture, lanterns represent prosperity and letting go of the previous year. By returning to customer service to show off their decorated lantern, participants will receive an $8…

WOW! on Tap Fundraiser

Date:
Sep 07, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-604-2424

Check out the exhibits, test your skills at adult-friendly games and contests, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy craft beer. All proceeds benefit WOW!'s exhibits and programs. Age 21 and up. $40 per person. Reservations required: wowchildrensmuseum.org/get-involved/wow-on-tap

Dinosaur Discovery Day

Date:
Sep 08, 2018 10am - 2pm
Cost:
Included with admission
Phone:
303-697-3466

Enjoy Gem & Mineral Day. Volunteers are stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail at significant interpretive sites, while many others staff booths and activities at the Main Visitor Center Complex for kids and adults of all ages. Visitors can hike at their own pace or take the shuttle bus at $4 per person on these…

Small Settlers

Date:
Apr 03, 2018 to Apr 24, 2018
Cost:
$5 nonmember child, free for member child and parents/caregivers
Phone:
720-865-0800

Get a head start on early learning and development for toddlers through history and nature-centered activities designed to engage young minds. Ages 2-5. Call to register.

Four Mile Free Day

Date:
Feb 09, 2018 12pm - 4pm
Cost:
Free. Horse-drawn wagon rides (if offered) are an additional charge
Phone:
720-865-0800

Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore the 12-acre grounds, and greet farm animals. Tours are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm and are first come, first served.

Discovery Days Science Program

Date:
Dec 19, 2017 to Dec 20, 2017
Cost:
Phone:
303-604-2424

Learn through play with toys and games at a themed monthly program that encourages free exploration through multi-sensory science activities, dramatic role play, math and reading opportunities, and craft projects. Included with admission.

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.

Family Maker Workshop: Birth Flower LED Lanterns

Date:
May 05, 2018
Schedule:
10am-noon and 2-4pm
Cost:
$15 per person
Phone:
720-865-3500

Learn about floriography (the language of flowers) and technology during this family workshop. Illuminate the secrets of your birth month flowers while designing an LED paper lantern. Work with visiting STEAM artists, explore circuits and electronics, learn to solder, and play with LEDs. No electronics experience necessary. Ages 5-10.

Spring Break Mania

Date:
Mar 26, 2018 to Mar 31, 2018
Cost:
$8/hour
Phone:
303-761-5555

Play at the Nerf Family fun center during Spring Break. Drop kids off or come hang out in the wifi-enabled lounge while the kids get out some energy.

Family Workshop: Leprechaun Gardens

Date:
Mar 10, 2018
Schedule:
10am-noon and 2-4pm
Cost:
$17 child, $15 member child, $12 adult, $10 member adult
Phone:
720-865-3500

Discover the legend of the leprechaun as you design and create a miniature garden to attract these mischievous garden friends. Each child creates a container garden to take home. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

Tie Dye T’s and Tanks

Date:
Aug 27, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-441-3100

Create your own wearable art and get a T-shirt or tank top to take home. Come dressed in clothes you don't mind staining. All supplies provided. Grades 6-12.

Craft-Tea

Date:
Jan 21, 2018 11am
Cost:
$10 for participants ages 3-12, all other attendees are free.
Phone:
303-987-7850

Do a pioneer craft or activity, followed by morning “tea” and snack with your little one. Registration required.

You: A Habitat Hero

Date:
Apr 18, 2018 5:30 - 6:30pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
720-898-7000

Learn the practice of landscape stewardship called “wildscaping,” wildlife-friendly landscape design with the Audubon Rockies. They will walk you through the gardens and point out different habitats in the Majestic View Gardens so you can create “wild” backyard habitats too. Registration required. Age 5 and up.

Celebrate the Fall Harvest

Date:
Sep 18, 2017 8:30 AM
Cost:
Phone:
303-443-9952

Spend a school day off at cultivating your culinary skills by making fresh pressed cider, apple salsa and veggie kabobs. Explore the changing garden landscape and build friendships with local people, plants, and insects. $65. Reservations required online.

Fun at the Firehouse Free Day

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
FREE
Phone:
303-892-1436

Close out the summer with the Denver Firefighters Museum; including special activities and visits from real firefighters.

Family Workshop: Orchid Extravaganza

Date:
Feb 11, 2018
Schedule:
10:30am-noon and 2-3:30pm
Cost:
$17 child, $15 member child, $12 adult, $10 member adult
Phone:
720-865-3500

Explore the beauty and diversity of orchids at the Orchid Showcase. Learn about the delicious history of the vanilla orchid and use vanilla bean pods to create a tasty treat. Design and craft your own orchid flowers to create an orchid display to take home. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

Drop in Discovery

Date:
Jul 05, 2018 to Jul 16, 2018
Schedule:
First Thu and third Mon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Investigate the interactive natural world from the Nature Center with special crafts, games, or activities.

Tripod Photography

Date:
Mar 03, 2018 7:45 - 9am
Cost:
$13.50 members, $15 nonmembers
Phone:
720-974-1877

Relish a quiet hour of self-guided tripod photography in the tropical rain forest before the Pavilion's doors open to the public.

ArtSmart After School Class

Date:
Feb 05, 2018 to May 07, 2018
Schedule:
Most Mon through May, except holidays
Cost:
$20 per class
Phone:
303-776-2211

Drop off your kids for creative art projects which explore a different art medium each week. Ages 6-14. Reservations required.

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.

Four Mile Free Day

Date:
Apr 13, 2018 Noon - 4pm
Schedule:
Tours are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm and are first come, first served
Cost:
Free. Horse-drawn wagon rides (if offered) are an additional charge
Phone:
720-865-0800

Check out historic demonstrations, tour the Four Mile House Museum, explore the 12-acre grounds, and greet farm animals.

First Friday Make and Take

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 to May 04, 2018
Schedule:
First Friday of each month through May 4
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Participate in a special craft time with all materials provided. Age 2 and up with caregiver.

Adventure Overnight Camp

Date:
Jun 09, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Schedule:
5pm overnight to 10am the following day
Cost:
$25 per child
Phone:
303-659-6005

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to spend the night in the park. Enjoy a grilled dinner, play games, work in teams, exercise nocturnal skills in observing wildlife on a night hike, sleep under the stars, and have breakfast with new friends. Parents may participate as event chaperone. Registration is required. Ages 7-13.

Spring Fishing Clinic

Date:
May 05, 2018 8am - 1pm
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Learn how to fish. Free fishing poles will be given to the first 100 kids to sign up. Meet at the boat ramp. Ages 6-14.

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