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Earth Day: The Natural Alphabet of the Earth

Date:
Apr 22, 2018 10am - noon
Cost:
$15, $18 for non-Highlands Ranch residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Explore the wisdom and playfulness of nature and celebrate Earth Day. In this two-hour family friendly program, take a gentle 3-mile walk along the Highline Canal with camera in tow. Registration is required one week in advance at highlandsranch.org/signmeup.

Easter Egg Hunt

Date:
Mar 31, 2018 10am - 1pm
Cost:
$7 daily parks pass or annual state parks pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Bring your family and your Easter basket to gather eggs and fun nature facts. There will be crafts (by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies), face painting and lots of fun. Reservations are required. Ages 3-10.

Nature EdVentures – Map and Compass Treasure Hunt

Date:
Sep 12, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-791-2710

Learn how to read a map, orient yourself, and find various sites using a map and compass. All participants will get to keep their found treasures as well as a Silva compass, a $12 value. Ages 8-12. Advance registration required. $20 Highlands Ranch resident, $23 nonresident.

Nature EdVentures: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk

Date:
May 13, 2018 2 - 4pm
Cost:
$10 Highlands Ranch resident group of three, $12 nonresident group of three, $6 individual resident, $7 individual nonresident
Phone:
303-791-2710

Join a native plant master and a park ranger on a hike up to Highlands Point. Advance registration is required. Age 8 and up.

Catfish Night

Date:
Jun 14, 2019 to Jul 19, 2019
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6204

Try to catch some catfish at Stearns Lake during normal closed hours. Anglers 16-years and older must have a current Colorado fishing license.

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.

WinterSkate in Boulder

Date:
Nov 30, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Wed 11am-9pm, Thu-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm
Cost:
$10 adult, $9 age 12 and under, $8 college students/seniors, $4 age 3 and under
Phone:
303-442-2826

Skate outdoors in Boulder on the plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse.

Skate with Santa

Date:
Dec 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission
Phone:
303-742-1520

Dec. 2, 9, and 16, 1-3pm. Skate laps around The Rink at Belmar along with Santa, included with regular skating admission.

Saturday Skateboarding Session

Date:
Aug 25, 2018 9 - 10:30am
Cost:
$25 resident, $35 nonresident
Phone:
(303) 665-0469

Skate together, play skate-related games, work on new skills and tricks, and learn about skateboarding history. Reservations required.

Nature’s Beauty

Date:
Aug 17, 2019 8 - 9am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Go on an early morning nature walk admiring the different things you'll see. Registration required.

Bunny Bolt 5K and 10K

Date:
Apr 20, 2019 9am
Cost:
$12-$75
Phone:
800-233-6837

Run along an interactive course to find special trick/treat eggs, with the chance to win prizes. Take the kids to participate in the Kids 1K Rabbit Rush, Easter egg hunt, free yoga classes, face painting, balloon artist, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny.

Fourth on Pearl

Date:
Jul 04, 2018 Noon - 8pm
Schedule:
Live music from 1-8pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

Celebrate the Fourth of July on the Pearl Street Mall with live music, activities, and an extended beer garden on the Boulder County Courthouse lawn.

Nature Detectives Kids Club

Date:
May 01, 2018 to May 01, 2019
Schedule:
Ongoing at various open space locations
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6201

Join the club by participating in self-guided tours and activities on different open space properties around Boulder County. Each Mystery Guide takes you on an exploration of a specific open space property. Ages 4-11.

Northern Colorado Jingle Bell Run

Date:
Dec 02, 2018
Schedule:
Registration 8am, race starts at 10am
Cost:
$35 untimed, $40 timed. Price goes up $5 day of registration. Donations are welcome in addition to registration fees, proceeds of which go to the Arthritis Foundation
Phone:

Get decked out and be festive while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability, arthritis. Wear a favorite holiday costume and tie jingle bells to shoelaces.

Toddler Storytime

Date:
Jun 07, 2018 10am - noon
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Take your child to listen to stories about the natural world. Ages 3-5 with adult. RSVP by phone.

Hay ​Bales & Tall Tales

Date:
Jun 08, 2018 Noon - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-0800

Enjoy Four Mile’s monthly storytime. This month features Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails by Verla Kay. Gold panning activities will follow the tale. Stay for Four Mile Free Day.

Poolside Playdates

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 to Jun 30, 2018
Cost:
$7 per child
Phone:
303-399-2660

Enjoy a day at the outdoor JCC Baby Pool with snacks, bubbles, chalk, and pool time. Age 3 and under. Register online.

Just At Twilight Time Bike Ride

Date:
Sep 06, 2019 6 - 9pm
Cost:
$8 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike. Twilight is a quiet time in the park and wildlife abounds. Join a naturalist for this special time of day at the park. RSVP by phone at 303-659-6005. The event is limited to 25 bikes.

Storytime at Lakewood Heritage Center

Date:
Dec 04, 2019 to Dec 18, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 10–11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-987-7850

Enjoy a different group of stories and songs each Wed, followed by a craft or activity. Ages newborn-5 years.

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.

Torah Bright MiniShred

Date:
Jan 11, 2020 9am - 3pm
Cost:
Free to participants with a season or day pass. Registration is required and a waiver must be signed
Phone:
970-922-2233

Attend an event hosted by Olympic and X Games medalist and Aspen Snowmass ambassador, Torah Bright for riders and skiers with a valid lift ticket. Participants must be an intermediate level rider or skier to participate, and helmets are required. Age 7-17.

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.

Miles for Smiles 5K and Jordyn’s Adaptive Dash

Date:
May 20, 2018 9am
Cost:
$10 and up
Phone:
303-982-6500

Join in a 5K followed by a race for kids using their adaptive equipment (tricycles, wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, etc.) to walk, roll, or ride their way to the 50 yard finish line. Kids receive a special prize for participating. Registration is required for Miles for Smiles but Jordyn's Dash is free, but RSVPs are required…

Haunted Trail Adventure

Date:
Oct 12, 2019 4 - 7pm
Cost:
$5, free age 3 and under
Phone:
303-697-6159

Experience the park in all its ghoulish magic with an evening of ghostly trails and tales. Discover the critters of the night, play carnival games, enjoy tasty treats, roast marshmallows, and sip hot chocolate.

Autumn Heritage Day

Date:
Sep 30, 2018 10am - 3pm
Schedule:
baseball game begins at noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8848

Peek into the past and see what pioneers did for work and fun on a mountain ranch. Cheer on the vintage baseball players and learn some facts about old-fashioned sports and pastimes.

Nature EdVentures: Birding Walk

Date:
May 11, 2018 9 - 10:30am
Cost:
$6 Highlands Ranch resident, $7 nonresident
Phone:
303-791-2710

Enjoy a slow walk along the High Line Canal to Spring Gulch Pond and discover some beautiful birds. Advance registration is required.

Arkfoo

Date:
Jul 25, 2018 7pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2371

Enjoy a concert by indie rock singer songwriter Arkfoo at the outdoor amphitheater, who has been compared to Coldplay, One Republic, and U2.

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.

Kids Grow Better Outside

Date:
Sep 01, 2019 9:30am
Cost:
Visit website for full details
Phone:
719-748-3401 ext. 6

Join Great Outdoors Colorado and Generation Wild to help check off 100 things to do before you're 12. Children will experience special stations to help check off these fun activities that encourage children and families to enjoy nature and live life outside.

Winter Solstice

Date:
Dec 21, 2019 11am - noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Welcome winter by exploring the trails of Standley Lake on the shortest day of the year. Discover the traditions and lore behind the celebration of the passage into winter. Class size is limited.

Great American Campout

Date:
Aug 11, 2018 9:30am - 5:30pm
Cost:
Visit website for details
Phone:

Join the National Wildlife Federation and Ranger Rick for a day full of family-friendly activities including guided nature walks, wildlife themed crafts, scavenger hunts, and camping tips.

Bee-utiful Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike

Date:
May 12, 2019 2 - 4pm
Cost:
$10, $12 non-Highlands Ranch residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Enjoy a wildflower hike to the highest point in Highlands Ranch while learning about native wildflowers and the local pollinators that have co-evolved with them. Advance registration is required. Age 8 and up.

Downtown Denver Rink

Date:
Nov 26, 2019 to Feb 16, 2020
Schedule:
Nov. 26-Feb. 16, 2020
Cost:
Free to skate. Rent skates for $9 adults, $7 age 12 and under
Phone:
303-534-6161

Skate in the heart of the city at the base of the Daniels & Fisher Tower in downtown Denver. Every Sun, 9-10am, join staff for free skate lessons for all ages and levels.

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.

Just At Twilight Time Bike Ride

Date:
Jul 06, 2018 6pm
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike. Twilight is a quiet time in the park and wildlife abounds. Join a naturalist for this special time of day at the park. RSVP by phone.

Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships

Date:
Mar 05, 2018 to Mar 10, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:
800-881-3138

Attend the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world in men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. This will be the first major snowboard competition after the Peyong Chang games. There will be live concerts each day, a Riglet park for kids ages 3-6, an Après All Day program, Broomball tournament, and athlete signings.

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.

Hiking Play: Invaders from Planet 9

Date:
Sep 15, 2018 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Select days through Oct. 28. In Sept, meet at 11:30am; hike starts at noon. In Oct, meet at 2:30; hike starts at 3pm
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-440-7666

Enjoy a play about extraterrestrials, paying homage to classic science fiction stories from the 1950s, accompanied by an easy hike. Sponsored by Arts in the Open. Reservations required.

Children’s Peace Garden Field Trips

Date:
Mar 15, 2018 to Oct 26, 2018
Schedule:
Ongoing by appointment
Cost:
$4 per student spring and fall ($60 total minimum); $6 per student summer ($105 total minimum)
Phone:
303-443-9952

Engage students in hands-on activities for up to three hours, focused on local food, organic gardening, and biodiversity. Reservations required. All ages and types of groups welcome.

Winter Nature Fun

Date:
Dec 30, 2019 to Jan 02, 2020
Schedule:
Dec. 30, 31, and Jan. 2, 9am-noon
Cost:
$10 per session
Phone:
303-326-8429

Join in for one, two, or all three fun-filled days of winter survival, animal tracking, and other nature activities. Bring snacks and a water bottle, and dress to be outdoors. Ages 8-12.

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.

Night Lights Denver

Date:
Nov 07, 2019 to Jan 31, 2021
Schedule:
Thu-Sat, 5:30-8:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Look up and see the Denver Theatre District's ongoing, year-round projection mapping installation on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower. The content, designed by artists and the community, will feature a variety of art and will rotate designs.

Edible Foraging Stroll

Date:
Aug 10, 2019 9 - 11am
Cost:
$8
Phone:
303-658-2796

Walk alongside Kate Armstrong, a practiced urban forager, and identify edible and medicinal plants. Registration required. Age 8 and up.

Hiwan Kids: Nature Art

Date:
Jul 19, 2018 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
Free; donations accepted
Phone:
720-497-7650

Take a closer look at nature through journal sketching and other art activities. Registration is required.

Harmony Equine Center Open House

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

Take guided tours of the 168-acre property and meet horses available for adoption. Guests can also enjoy local food trucks, games for kids, and a chili cook-off. Learn how the Harmony Equine Center trains formerly abused or neglected horses so they are ready for adoption.

Spring Plant Sale

Date:
May 10, 2019 to May 11, 2019
Schedule:
May 10, 8am-6pm; May 11, 8am-5pm
Cost:
Free admission to the gardens and sale
Phone:
720-865-3500

Shop fifteen plant divisions including annuals, herbs, and houseplants, staffed by experts who can answer your plant questions and offer advice.

Friday Night Campfire Tales

Date:
Jun 15, 2018 7 - 8pm
Cost:
$7 daily parks pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Enjoy a good story and roast marshmallows to make s’mores around the campfire with a ranger, followed by kids crafts in the Nature Center. RSVP required by phone.

Food Truck Rodeo

Date:
Aug 10, 2018 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free entry, cost varies for food and drink items
Phone:
303-739-7182

Take your taste buds on a wild ride at the city of Aurora’s Food Truck Rodeo. Several different food trucks will be serving up tasty food and drink.

Snowmass Closing Weekend

Date:
Apr 20, 2019 to Apr 21, 2019
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-922-2277

Close out the Snowmass ski season with on-mountain and off-mountain celebrations including the Surf & Snow Beach Party at Elk Camp followed by a swimsuit ski to the base of the mountain.

Holiday Lights Mini Golf

Date:
Nov 15, 2019 to Jan 05, 2020
Schedule:
Nov. 15–Dec. 15: Fri-Sun, 5:30-9pm. Dec. 21-Jan. 5: nightly, 5:30-9pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas
Cost:
$9-$10 adult, $7-$8 children/seniors, free age 3 and under
Phone:
303-650-7587

Enjoy holiday lights while putting through three holiday themed mini-golf courses.

Dances with Branches

Date:
Aug 06, 2017 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-665-0469

Climb safely on ropes into the crown of a tall tree. Age 7 and up. Reservations required. $35 Lafayette residents; $45 nonresidents.

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.

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.

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…

Play Parks BINGO

Date:
Jun 14, 2019 to Sep 09, 2019
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-783-2665

Print or digitally save a Parks BINGO card found on the website. Then try one of the activities listed, take a picture, tag Engleewood Parks & Rec using #englewoodcoparks. Complete five activities and be entered to win prizes including passes to Pirates Cove.

Sunrise and Sunset Kayak Adventures

Date:
Jul 06, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019
Schedule:
July 6, 6-8am; July 12 and 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Cost:
$3
Phone:
303-326-8429

Look for wildlife and watch the rise or set from a kayak on the beautiful Aurora Reservoir. Age 12 and up. Registration required.

Family Night at the Pool

Date:
Jul 18, 2018 5:30 - 8pm
Cost:
$4 youth/senior, $4.50 adult, $12 family of 4 (each additional family member is $2, up to 3 allowed). Free for SilverSneakers and Senior All-Access members
Phone:
303-987-7800

Play at the pool late with games and an inflatable obstacle course.

Family Night at the Pool

Date:
Jul 13, 2018 5:30 - 8pm
Cost:
$4 youth/senior, $4.50 adult, $12 family of 4 (each additional family member is $2, up to 3 allowed). Free for SilverSneakers and Senior All-Access members
Phone:
303-987-7800

Play at the pool late with games and an inflatable obstacle course.

Winter Break Camp

Date:
Jan 02, 2020 to Jan 03, 2020
Schedule:
Jan. 2-3
Cost:
$70 per day, post-camp program available from 3-4pm for $10
Phone:
303-697-3466

Experience a full day of arts and crafts, lesson plans with engaging activities, a guest speaker, and hiking/outdoor fossil discovery (weather permitting). Ages 6-11.

WinterSkate in Historic Downtown Louisville

Date:
Nov 16, 2019 to Feb 17, 2020
Schedule:
Nov. 16-Feb. 17, 2020. Mon-Wed, 2-7pm; Thu, 2-10pm; Fri, noon-10pm; Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 10am-8pm, weather permitting
Cost:
$10 adult, $8 ages 4-12, college students, military, and seniors age 65 and up; free age 3 and under. Skate rental included with admission
Phone:
303-604-1010

Skate on a 6,500-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink with historic Downtown Louisville as a backdrop.

Dew Tour

Date:
Dec 13, 2018 to Dec 16, 2018
Schedule:
Hours vary daily depending on evening events
Cost:
Free. $40 for the concert
Phone:
760-707-1956

See the world’s best skiers and riders, including individual men’s and women’s Modified Superpipe and Slopestyle snowboarding and skiing competitions, its signature Team Challenge and Streetstyle events, and men’s and women’s snowboard adaptive banked slalom events. Hear seven-piece funk band The Motet perform an all-ages concert.

Soup Cup Classic

Date:
Dec 08, 2019 4 - 6pm
Cost:
$30 adult, $15 age 12 and under
Phone:
970-668-2558

Enjoy samples of a wide variety of soups as local restaurants and amateur cooks duke it out for the titles of best professional soup and best amateur soup respectively. The guests will be the judges as they sample soup and vote for their favorite professional and amateur soups. Ticket pricing includes unlimited soup tasting, two…

Family Workshop: The Salsa Garden

Date:
Jun 16, 2018
Schedule:
2-3:30pm and 5:30-7pm
Cost:
$17 child, $15 member child, $12 adult, $10 member adult
Phone:
720-865-3500

Explore fresh ingredients growing in the Mordecai Children’s Garden Chipotle Home Harvest Garden and make a special salsa treat from scratch. Each child plants a container garden that includes ingredients to make treats at home. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

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.

The Big Bounce America: Denver

Date:
May 25, 2018 to May 27, 2018
Cost:
$10 and up
Phone:

Enjoy the world's biggest bounce house. The candy-colored inflatable castle is 10,000 square feet of fun. There are various "zones," each with a theme and its own activity-based entertainment including an inflatable obstacle race, inflatable forest, trucks, and boats. A DJ will host games and competitions while spinning tunes. For safety reasons, sessions are divided…

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;…

Food Truck Rodeo

Date:
Aug 02, 2019 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free entry, cost varies for food and drink items
Phone:
303-739-7182

Take your taste buds on a wild ride at the city of Aurora’s Food Truck Rodeo. Several different food trucks will be serving up tasty food and drink.

Sleep Out for Homeless Youth

Date:
Nov 07, 2019 to Nov 08, 2019
Schedule:
6pm, overnight to 6am the next day
Cost:
Free admission but participants are encouraged to pledge funds for the fundraiser
Phone:
303-447-1206

Spend the night outside with more than 100 other community members to raise awareness and funds for youth experiencing homelessness in Colorado.

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.

Dive-In Movies

Date:
Jun 28, 2019 to Aug 02, 2019
Cost:
Included with admission or pass
Phone:
303-595-4386

Spend Friday night watching a movie while relaxing in the water at Island Kingdom Water Park.

SCFD Showcase: Denver Botanic Gardens

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 to Jul 08, 2018
Schedule:
July 7, 10am-8pm, July 8, 10am-3pm
Cost:
Half-price admission
Phone:
720-865-3500

Celebrate Colorado's cultural and scientific organizations with a varied schedule of performances and events.

Kayak Tour

Date:
Aug 24, 2019
Schedule:
5-7pm
Cost:
$25
Phone:
303-658-2796

Explore the oasis Standley Lake provides for humans and wildlife alike on this guided paddling tour. Tour includes life jackets, kayaks, and paddles. Registration required. Age 7 and up.

Early Bird Walk

Date:
Jan 25, 2020 8 - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Join a park naturalist on a quiet morning to search for resident and migratory birds who call local trees, burrows, and waterways home. Age 8 and up.

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.

Freaky Friday the 13th Full Moon Hike

Date:
Sep 13, 2019 6:30 - 8pm
Cost:
$12, $10 for non-Highlands Ranch residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Listen to eerie Colorado myths and legends by twilight and discover what is prowling the ranch while everyone else sleeps. Take a hike to observe nocturnal animals and get hands-on with skins and skulls. Registration is required.

Food Truck Rodeo

Date:
May 04, 2018 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free entry. Costs vary for food and drink items
Phone:
303-739-7182

Take your taste buds on a wild ride at the city of Aurora’s Food Truck Rodeo. Several different food trucks will be serving up tasty food and drink.

Food Truck Rodeo

Date:
Nov 01, 2019 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-739-7182

Take your taste buds on a wild ride at the city of Aurora’s Food Truck Rodeo. Several different food trucks will be serving up tasty food and drink. Costs vary for food and drink.

Olde Town Telescope Night

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

Go on an adventure with Lookout Mountain Nature Center for nighttime discovery. Meet in Olde Town Arvada Square just west of the library.

Rooney Valley Photo Contest

Date:
Aug 15, 2019 to Sep 17, 2019
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-717-9316

Submit your most creative photography of the Rooney Valley. The contest celebrates the diverse natural features and recreational opportunities to be appreciated and enjoyed throughout the Rooney Valley. Photo ops include Bandimere Raceway, Dinosaur Ridge, and anywhere else within the Valley. The contest is open to all ages, however separate youth competition and prizes are…

Thumpin’

Date:
Jul 11, 2018 7pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2371

Enjoy music at the outdoor amphitheater you can dance to featuring songs that span five decades of funk, soul, and R&B.

Campfire Programs

Date:
Jun 16, 2018 to Aug 11, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-697-6159

Roast marshmallows around the campfire and learn about a different nature topic each night. Registration required. Park entry fee required. Dates and hours vary.

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.

Nature EdVentures: Highpoint Hike

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

Make the trek to the highest point in Highlands Ranch and take in the view with a Highlands Ranch Metro District park ranger. Age 6 and up with parent. Registration required.

$3 Pool Admission

Date:
May 26, 2018 to Jun 02, 2018
Schedule:
Deer Creek Pool & Weaver Hollow Pool: May 26: 10:30am-5pm; 6th Avenue West Pool & Columbine West Pool: June 2, 11am-5pm
Cost:
$3
Phone:
303-409-2333

Celebrate summer with the opening of Foothills Park and Recreation District’s four outdoor pool locations. Children age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

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.

Catfish Nights

Date:
Jul 27, 2018 7:30 - 11pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-678-6204

Enjoy a summer night of shore fishing at the lake. Anglers age 16 and up need a Colorado fishing license. Artificial and live bait permitted. Check in required at the trailhead on S. 104th St.

SPREE Holiday Camp: Urban Animals

Date:
Nov 25, 2019 to Nov 26, 2019
Schedule:
Nov. 25 and 26
Cost:
$55/day
Phone:
720-306-8000

Learn about the many species of animals that create habitats in Denver and call the city and the South Platte River home. There will be games, crafts, adventures, and a top secret mission about the environment. For kids in kindergarten-5th grade.

Junior Rangers

Date:
Jul 14, 2019 9:30 - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-326-8445

Learn about Aurora's true nature by exploring Star K Ranch. This month's topic is all things water. Ages 6-12. Registration required.

Dances with Branches

Date:
Jun 03, 2018 12:30 - 3pm
Cost:
$38 Lafayette residents, $48 nonresidents
Phone:
303-665-0469

Climb safely on ropes into the crown of a tall tree. Age 7 and up. Reservations required.

StoryWalk

Date:
Sep 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2018
Schedule:
Ongoing
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-887-2315

Enjoy the outdoors while reading laminated page from children’s books permanently installed along an outdoor path. Visitors will be directed to the next page in the story as they walk, and participate in learning activities.

Nature EdVentures – Snowshoe Hike

Date:
Feb 16, 2018 8am - 9:30am
Cost:
$10 Highlands Ranch resident, $12 nonresident
Phone:
303-791-2710

Snowshoe from Red-tail Park up to Highlands Point to see the amazing views of the foothills and Denver Metro area under a blanket of snow. Bring snowshoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Registration is required one week in advance.

Strider Cup Race

Date:
Jun 15, 2019 8am - 3:30pm
Cost:
$32
Phone:

Let little ones test their new-found balance bike skills on the racetrack. Children of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Race day will also include the 14x Experience, an area where kids can try pedaling for the first time. Ages 2-6.

Thursday Tot Time

Date:
Jan 23, 2020 10 - 10:45am
Cost:
$1
Phone:
303-658-2796

Attend a nature program designed for tots. Discover the park using all your senses and hands-on activities. Ages 3-5.

The Rink at Belmar

Date:
Nov 21, 2019 to Jan 26, 2020
Schedule:
Nov. 21-Jan 26, 2020. Days of the week and hours vary by date range. Visit website for details
Cost:
$9.50 adults, $7.50 age 12 and under, $5 military, free age 2 and under and age 65 and up. Skate rental included. $5 to skate without rental
Phone:
303-742-1520

Please note, the opening date has changed from Nov. 14 to November 21. The date changed after our magazine went to print. Combine skating on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor ice rink with opportunities to shop and dine at Belmar Plaza. Santa will be available for pictures Nov. 30-Dec. 23. One-hour skate limit per admission.

Day Camp: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Date:
Jan 20, 2020 9am - 3pm
Cost:
$70, post-camp program available from 3-4pm for $10
Phone:
303-697-3466

Experience a full day of arts and crafts, lesson plans with engaging activities, a guest speaker, and hiking/outdoor fossil discovery (weather permitting). Ages 6-11.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Date:
Jun 01, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019
Schedule:
June 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-440-7666

Take a moderate hike on the Enchanted Mesa Trail while scenes from the play are performed along the way. The approximate length of the hike is two miles with an elevation gain of 400 feet. Age 6 and up. Meet at the Chautauqua Picnic Shelter.

Sunset Kayak Adventure

Date:
Aug 09, 2019 to Aug 23, 2019
Schedule:
Aug. 9 and 23, 6-8pm
Cost:
$3
Phone:
303-326-8429

Look for wildlife and watch the sunset from a kayak on Aurora Reservoir. Age 12 and up. Registration required.

Junior Rangers

Date:
Aug 11, 2019 9:30 - 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-326-8445

Learn about Aurora's true nature by exploring Star K Ranch. This month's topic is about bats. Registration required. Ages 6-12.

Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kickoff

Date:
May 26, 2018 to May 28, 2018
Schedule:
Hours vary
Cost:
Visit website for options
Phone:
303-PARTIES

Kick off the summer season with special activities and entertainment. Bring your picnic or enjoy the menu at the Garden Grill. There will be special activities and treats for kids and adults. Family 4-pack deals are available.

Nature Hikes

Date:
Feb 02, 2019 10 - 11:30am
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-697-6159

Hike along a winding trail and learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area from a park naturalist. Bring water and sunscreen. Register in advance.

Movies Under the Stars

Date:
Aug 03, 2019 8 - 10pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-924-6054

Enjoy family-friendly screenings of movies from the 1970s and 80s on the rink. Complimentary popcorn will be provided, and families are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic.

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.

Citizens for the River

Date:
Jun 22, 2019 Noon - 9pm
Cost:
Free admission but Kids Zone activity bracelets are $5 per child or $12 per family
Phone:

Enjoy a unique river festival that includes a River Rodeo of makeshift boats and costumed crews braving the small waves at Confluence Park; a Kids Zone with a climbing wall, stand up paddleboard demos, and a mini-slacklining course; and live music, vendors, and food.

Weekend at Valmont

Date:
Jun 08, 2019 to Jun 09, 2019
Cost:
Visit website for registration link with times and pricing
Phone:
303-413-7219

Enjoy the combination of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day with clinics, demos, and bike safety checks, and the Valmont Open Disk Golf Tournament, where participants play two rounds and enjoy a lunch. Visit website for registration link.

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…

Cosmic Campfire

Date:
Sep 14, 2019 8 - 10pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

See Jupiter and Saturn when they are visible while enjoying time around the campfire. Registration required.

Migratory Bird Walk

Date:
Oct 05, 2019 8 - 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Walk the Walnut Creek trail in search of the many migratory birds who make the open space a temporary home. Register online.

Family Nights at Outdoor Pools

Date:
May 28, 2019 to Aug 15, 2019
Schedule:
Hours and dates vary by pool; see website for details
Cost:
$2, $8 household
Phone:
303-409-2333

Enjoy extended evening hours on select weeknights with discounted admission for busy families who can’t attend daytime hours. Excludes Memorial Day and July 4.

Plant, Eat, and Get Local

Date:
May 19, 2018 10am - 4pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-307-9332

Attend an SCFD Free Day at The Urban Farm, visiting vendors specializing in natural, organic, and sustainable specialty items. It's also the last day of Annual Plant Sale featuring over 70 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and eggplant.

Family Night at Lakewood’s Morse Park Pool

Date:
Jun 21, 2018 5:30 - 8pm
Cost:
$4.50 adult, $4 children/seniors, $12 family of four; $2 each additional family member up to 3 people
Phone:
303-987-7800

Swim and play into the evening when the pool will be open late for games and an inflatable obstacle course.

Full Moon Hikes

Date:
May 29, 2018 7pm
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Discover some interesting relationships and little known moon facts. There will be refreshments after the hike. RSVP by phone. Age 6 and up.

Astronomy Night

Date:
Dec 13, 2019 8:30 - 9:30pm
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-658-2796

Gaze into the night sky using high-powered telescopes to view celestial objects. The Denver Astronomical Society will share the facts and fantasy behind the planets and constellations being observed. Space is limited.

Food Truck Rodeo

Date:
Nov 02, 2018 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free entry; costs vary for food and drink items
Phone:
303-739-7182

Take your taste buds on a wild ride at the city of Aurora’s Food Truck Rodeo. Several different food trucks will be serving up tasty food and drink.

Just At Twilight Time Bike Ride

Date:
Aug 03, 2018 6pm
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike. Twilight is a quiet time in the park and wildlife abounds. Join a naturalist for this special time of day at the park. RSVP by phone.

Agricultural Heritage Center

Date:
Apr 01, 2018 to Oct 31, 2018
Schedule:
Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm
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. Tours start at 11am; groups can make special arrangements for tours.

Winter Solstice Walk

Date:
Dec 21, 2019 6:30 - 8am
Cost:
$8 per person, free age 2 and under
Phone:
303-326-8380

Celebrate that longer days are on the way with an early morning walk to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year. Age 8 and up.

Food Truck Rodeo

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 11am - 2pm
Cost:
Free entry. Costs vary for food and drink items
Phone:
303-739-7182

Take your taste buds on a wild ride at the city of Aurora’s Food Truck Rodeo. Several different food trucks will be serving up tasty food and drink.

Cold Commotion

Date:
Dec 07, 2019 11am - noon
Cost:
Free but park pass is required
Phone:
303-658-2796

Find out how different animals survive the cold months during a touch-and-tell walk. Explore how some animals prepare for, and survive, the winter season. Ages 4-7. Space is limited.

Bear Cubs Program

Date:
Jul 19, 2018 10 - 11am
Cost:
$5 per child
Phone:
303-697-6159

Learn about the bugs of Bear Creek through stories, songs, and interactive programs. Ages 3-5 with adult. Registration required. Park entry fee required.

Hooked on Fishing

Date:
May 18, 2019
Schedule:
9-10am or 10:30-11:30am
Cost:
$11 in advance, $15 day of - if not sold out
Phone:
303-471-8809

Learn the basics of fishing, then grab a pole and hit the pond to catch fish. Ages 6-11.

After School Garden Club

Date:
Sep 11, 2018 to Oct 02, 2018
Schedule:
Every Tue 3:45-5:15pm
Cost:
$15 per class; $50 when registering for all class sessions
Phone:
303-443-9952

Explore the tools of gardening, put the garden to bed, enjoy fruits and vegetables, and save seeds for next year. Ages 4-11. Reservations encouraged.

Bobcat Boogie Family Fun Run and 5K

Date:
Apr 06, 2019 9:30am
Cost:
$20 and up
Phone:
303-233-0401

Enjoy views of the Rockies and run through the Community College Open Space park while being entertained and cheered on by a variety of dance groups. Race day festivities include a 5K race, a one-mile Fun Run, a post-race celebration for participants, music, free photo booth, color hair spray station, face painting, and kids activities.…

Golden Candlelight Walk

Date:
Dec 06, 2019 6:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-279-2282

Parade down Washington Avenue, carrying a candle and singing carols. Enjoy hot cider and roasted chestnuts along the way. At the end, the Mayor will flip the switch to illuminate thousands of lights along Clear Creek, followed by a fireworks display in front of Lookout Mountain.

Harvest Full Moon Hike

Date:
Sep 06, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost:
Phone:
303-697-6159

Leave those flashlights at home and let a park naturalist guide you along the trails of Bear Creek Lake Park. Reservation required. $2.

Spring Flag Football Preseason Camp

Date:
Mar 03, 2018 9am - noon
Cost:
$30, $35 non-Highlands Ranch residents
Phone:
303-791-2710

Attend this annual flag football camp and learn techniques and practice drills for offensive and defensive positions. All skill levels are welcome. Advance registration is required by Friday, March 2. Ages 4-14. Takes place at Shea Stadium within the park.

Kids’ Fishing Day

Date:
Jun 02, 2018 8am - 1pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-791-2710

Join local fishing experts for a day of reeling in perch, bass, trout, and bluegill. Registration is required but space is limited. Ages 6-14.

Just At Twilight Time Bike Ride

Date:
Sep 07, 2018 6pm
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike. Twilight is a quiet time in the park and wildlife abounds. Join a naturalist for this special time of day at the park. RSVP by phone.

Nature Hike

Date:
Dec 07, 2019 9 - 10:30am
Cost:
$5
Phone:
303-697-6159

Go for a hike along a winding trail and learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the area with a park naturalist guide. Exact hike location will be provided upon required registration.

2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
Schedule:
Events occur around Colorado on various dates. Check website for specifics.
Cost:
Pledge to participate
Phone:

Take a chilly dip for the signature event raising funds and awareness for the mission and programs of Special Olympics. Run into the water wearing your finest costumes and be automatically entered into the costume contest. Attend the party pre-Plunge with hot food and drink and a DJ spinning tunes. Plunges are happening at multiple…

Just At Twilight Time Bike Ride

Date:
May 04, 2018 6pm
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Explore the Barr Lake 9-mile trail at dusk by bike. Twilight is a quiet time in the park and wildlife abounds. Join a naturalist for this special time of day at the park. RSVP by phone.

Bands on the Bricks

Date:
Jun 05, 2019 to Aug 07, 2019
Schedule:
Every Wed. Beer/wine/margarita garden opens at 5:30pm; opening musical acts 6 pm; headlining acts 7-9pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

Enjoy performances from different local musicians each week, from oldies to alternative and more.

Mountaineering Weekend

Date:
Feb 15, 2019 to Feb 18, 2019
Cost:
Free for guests staying in a cabin or lodge room; day passes for guests staying off-grounds are also available for $25 per person, per day
Phone:
970-586-3341

Participate in family-geared educational sessions on winter survival tips and mountaineering skills, guided hikes, and backcountry ski meet-ups.

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.

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…

Santa’s Village

Date:
Nov 29, 2019 to Dec 22, 2019
Schedule:
Nov. 29-Dec. 15. Fri-Sun, 4:30-8:30pm. Nightly Dec. 16-22, 4:30-8:30pm
Cost:
$15-$20 adult, free age two and under, $60 for a 4-Pack
Phone:
720-865-3500

Stroll through colorful light displays, go inside a life-size snow globe, Meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer, play in an elf house, hop on a hay ride, and watch a short movie in Santa's Cinema.

Sunday Pool Party

Date:
Jul 01, 2018 Noon - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-399-2660

Have fun at a carnival-themed pool party with activities including pool fitness classes and family-friendly activities.

Grill & Chill

Date:
Jul 11, 2018 to Aug 29, 2018
Schedule:
Every Wed
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-315-9444

Enjoy a delicious and affordable grilled summer lunch and the opportunity to connect with the surrounding community over lawn games and music.

Irish Tales Along the Trails

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
Schedule:
10am select days
Cost:
$20 adult, $17 concert member, $18 Colorado Mountain Club member, $15 children under age 10
Phone:
303-440-7666

Experience a moderate two-mile hike on the Enchanted Mesa Trail while scenes from the play are performed along the way, presented by Arts in the Open. Audience members are encouraged to bring camping chairs or blankets.

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.

Parker Ice Trail

Date:
Dec 22, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018
Schedule:
Closing date is weather-dependent
Cost:
$6-$10, including skate rental
Phone:

Hours vary by day of the week. Skate on one of the only ice trails in the country. The 450-foot long ice trail is designed to loop through the landscape like a frozen river. Stay warm by taking a seat next to any of three nearby fire pits, or by purchasing hot chocolate at the…

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.

Walk with a Geologist

Date:
Jul 06, 2019 9am
Cost:
$15 adults, $10 children
Phone:
303-697-3466

Join a professional geologist for a 2½-hour walk and discussion of the geology and changes of the Denver area through time. Age 8 and up. Registration required.

Olde Town Telescope Night

Date:
Aug 03, 2018
Schedule:
Dusk to 10pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7000

Join in with Lookout Mountain Nature Center in Olde Town Arvada to see the stars. Meet in the center square just west of the library.

Brain Run

Date:
Sep 21, 2019 10am
Cost:
$25 youth 21 and under, $35 adults
Phone:
720-352-2551

Support mental health and fight stigma at the Brain run. Raise money for leading mental health organizations.

Family Visits at the Marsh

Date:
Mar 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Schedule:
Wed during the school year, Tue during the summer. Closed on Dec. 25
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-499-3647

Enjoy hands-on self-guided exploration. Chat with an educator, and grab an exploration backpack of activities and supplies. Then head on out to the marsh to identify tracks, listen to songbirds, and catch critters in a net.

Hiking With All 5 Senses

Date:
Sep 14, 2019 to Sep 28, 2019
Schedule:
Sept. 14 and 28, noon–1:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-326-8424

Immerse yourself in nature and learn tips to make your nature walks more enjoyable. Registration required. Age 5 and up.

Winter Bird Count

Date:
Dec 29, 2019 3:30 - 5pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-658-2796

Join local bird watchers and record the birds found in the Westminster area on a winter bird walk. Christmas bird counts have been happening for more than a century. Space is limited. Age 8 and up.

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.

Drop-In Discovery

Date:
Apr 01, 2019 to Apr 30, 2019
Schedule:
First Thu and third Mon, 10am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7405

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

Rink at the Rock Opening Day

Date:
Nov 23, 2019 11am - 9pm
Cost:
$8 age 11 and up, $6 children
Phone:
303-814-8142

Kick off the ice skating season in the heart of Downtown Castle Rock. The Rink will be open through February 17, 2020.

Winter Fun Day at Mount Vernon Canyon Club

Date:
Jan 20, 2018 12pm - 2:30pm
Cost:
$15 adults, $10 kids.
Phone:
303-526-0616

Bundle up for a fun afternoon of hay rides around the Mount Vernon Canyon Club grounds, lunch on the grill including burgers and brats, and a hot chocolate bar. Sledding and snow painting will commence if the weather allows. Register in advance by calling 303-526-0616.

Campfire Ghost Stories: Abner Sprague

Date:
Jul 05, 2018 7:30 - 9pm
Cost:
$15 adults, fre age 12 and under
Phone:
970-586-3262

Experience an exciting living history reenactment of the life of brave pioneer, Abner Sprague, appropriate for all ages. There will be time for discussion and reflection on how this pioneer story has meaning for our understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park and the the area’s tourism.

Nature At Night

Date:
Sep 20, 2019 6:30 - 7:30pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-326-8445

Discover the world of nature that thrives when the sun goes down. Registration required.

Picnic-N-Planes

Date:
May 23, 2018 10am - 1:30pm
Cost:
$5 per carload of people
Phone:
719-488-0880

Get a close up view of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they fly over the museum property. Enjoy the 27 acres and have a picnic or buy food on site.

Winter Heritage Day

Date:
Jan 28, 2018 1pm - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-776-8848

Learn what pioneer settlers did to prepare for Colorado’s long winters. See a working blacksmith demonstration and smell food being prepared on the wood stove.

Skate with Santa

Date:
Dec 15, 2019 3:30 - 5:30pm
Cost:
$3-$7
Phone:
303-409-2222

Take a few spins on the ice with Santa and take a picture too. Skate rental is free per person who donates a new toy item in its original packaging for the Jeffco Sheriff's Office Toy Drive.

Thanksgiving Eve Skate

Date:
Nov 27, 2019
Schedule:
noon-3pm and 7:30-9:30pm
Cost:
$3-$7; $3 skate rental per person
Phone:
303-409-2222

Please note: The original date provided, and what is in our print calendar, is Nov. 21, which was in error. The correct date is Nov. 27. Bring a nonperishable food item and enjoy free skate rental during public skating hours. Donated food will be given to the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office food drive.

Safe Summer Kick Off on Get Outdoors Day

Date:
Jun 08, 2019 10am - 3pm
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-969-2062

Be part of the event that is designed to promote access to healthy and safe outdoor spaces, support under-resourced communities, and celebrate nature exploration. Enjoy activities, live music, food, and experts to talk to about healthy choices.

Concerts in Clement Park

Date:
Jun 01, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019
Schedule:
June dates & times vary; see website for details
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-409-2312

Enjoy an outdoor series of free concerts. Seating is on grass, glass containers prohibited, and dogs are welcome on leash only.

Film in the Park

Date:
Aug 01, 2019 to Aug 31, 2019
Schedule:
Films start at dusk. Aug 2: Mary Poppins Returns; Aug. 9: Incredibles 2; Aug. 16: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-791-2500

Bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a summer movie. Snacks available for purchase from Kona Ice.

Happy Baby Hour

Date:
Jun 08, 2018 4:30 - 6:30pm
Cost:
$18 per family
Phone:
303-399-2660

Mingle with other families at the outdoor Baby Pool at the JCC Denver. Cocktails and appetizers provided for adults, and chalk, bubbles, and kid-friendly snacks for kids. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit mazeltogether.org.

Ghosted: a Paranormal Mystery

Date:
Sep 01, 2019 to Oct 31, 2019
Schedule:
Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27
Cost:
$15-$20
Phone:
303-440-7666

Be part of the action when the audience is asked to help a paranormal detective and their assistant try to solve three ghostly cases. Together, find out if these are honest to goodness ghosts or simply figments of the imagination. Audience and actors meet at the Chautauqua Picnic Shelter and take a moderate hike on…

Lakewood Lights

Date:
Dec 06, 2019 to Dec 07, 2019
Schedule:
Dec. 6-7
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-987-7850

Take a stroll among the light displays, go on a wagon ride, listen to festive live music, and warm up with roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate. Spin the dreidel to get coin-shaped chocolate gelt. Snap a photo with Santa Claus or craft an ornament.

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.

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 others staff booths and activities. Visitors can hike at their own pace or take the shuttle bus at $4 per person on these special days (ages three and under ride free).

Young Stewards Family Fun and Gardening

Date:
Jun 16, 2018 9am - noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-715-1010

Volunteer to help transplant native plants from the High Plains Environmental Center greenhouse, learn about what it means to be a good steward, and go on a fun nature hike. Lunch is provided. Ages 6-12 and their families.

$3 Swim Admission

Date:
Jul 04, 2018
Schedule:
Hours vary by pool location
Cost:
$3 per person
Phone:
303-409-2333

Swim for only $3 per person during open swim hours on July 4th. Children 5 and under must be accompanied in the water by an adult (age 18 or older) and be within arm’s reach at all times.

WinterSkate at Northfield

Date:
Nov 09, 2019 to Feb 17, 2020
Schedule:
Nov. 9-Feb. 17, 2020. Mon-Wed, 11am-8pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 11am-7pm. Weather permitting
Cost:
$10 adults, $8 ages 4-12, free age 3 and under. Skate rental included with admission
Phone:
303-375-5475

Skate at the newest outdoor ice skating location, at the Shops at Northfield next to Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill.

The Rink at Belmar

Date:
Jan 01, 2018 to Jan 28, 2018
Schedule:
Jan 1 – 7 Open Daily: Sun – Thu 11am – 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am – 10pm. Jan 11 – 28 Open Thurs - Sat: Thurs 4 pm – 9 pm, Fri 4 pm – 10 pm, Sat 11 am – 10 pm, Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Cost:
$9.50 adult, $7.50 12 and under, 2 and under/seniors 65 and up, free.
Phone:
303-742-1525

Skate at the 7,000 square foot outdoor rink located in the Plaza.

$3 Admission for Pools

Date:
May 25, 2019 to Jun 01, 2019
Schedule:
Times and dates vary per location; see Foothills website for details
Cost:
$3
Phone:
303-409-2333

Celebrate summer with the opening of Foothills Park & Recreation District’s four outdoor pool locations and get special $3 admission offered on opening day.

Brunch with Father Christmas

Date:
Dec 14, 2019 10am - noon
Schedule:
Cost:
$18-$25 adults, $20 seniors and military with ID, $15 ages 3-17, free age 2 and under
Phone:
720-865-0800

Enjoy a delicious, catered brunch buffet, ride on a tractor-pulled Holiday Wagon with complimentary hot cocoa or hot cider, go on a yule log hunt, make a holiday craft, and take a guided tour through the historic Four Mile House. Reservations required.

International Mud Day

Date:
Jun 29, 2018 10am - noon
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Participate in an event aimed at connecting children around the globe through the earth. Wear old clothes. Use sandbox toys and play in the mud. Reservation required.

Star K Kids

Date:
Mar 07, 2019 to May 30, 2019
Schedule:
Thu, 9:30 and 11am
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-326-8445

Discover Aurora’s true nature through puppets, kid-friendly activities, and discovery time on the trail. Age 5 and under.

Saturday Skateboarding Session

Date:
Sep 29, 2018 9 - 10:30am
Cost:
$25 resident, $35 nonresident
Phone:
303-665-0469

Skate together, play skate-related games, work on new skills and tricks, learn about skateboarding history, and enjoy the skateboarding community.

Barr Lake Birders

Date:
Jun 23, 2018 10am - noon
Cost:
$7 daily park pass or state parks annual pass required
Phone:
303-659-6005

Enjoy a community atmosphere while learning about the birding world. Ages 6-15. Sign up by phone.

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