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So You Aren’t Sending Your Kids to Camp this Spring Break?

These activities at Front Range museums and attractions will keep kids entertained for an hour, a day, or the whole week of spring break.

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If full-time camp isn’t in your plans or budget for this school week off, there are still many ways you can fill those empty hours. We came up with a few spots to hit for online and outdoor fun, building and crafting, and scientific exploration any day of the week.

Special Events

Planet Earth at YMCA of the Rockies

March 13 through April 2

Take your spring break adventure to the mountains and see what magic lies in store. Find a full schedule of activities
online. Stop in for the day with a $25 adult and $10 child pass or spend the night at one of their cabins and gain entrance for free. YMCA of the Rockies, 2515 Tunnel Rd., Estes Park.

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Lily Williams Book Launch: If Bees Disappeared

March 16, 4 to 5 p.m.

Find out what could happen to the world if the small but important bee no longer existed. Lily Williams takes readers through the dangers bees face and what humans have to lose if they disappeared. This reading will include a drawing page and kid-friendly environmental letter-writing campaign. Age 3 and up. $5-20 pay what you can, free for families who cannot afford programming at this time. Online.

Cultural Concerts on Colfax: Seven Falls Dancers Denver March Pow Wow

March 17, 1 p.m. livestream; March 19 recorded release

Tune in to the Aurora Fox Theater’s virtual stage to see this lively exhibition of Eagle and Hoop dancing by local family troupe Seven Falls Dancers. Free. Online.

Whose Tracks are Those?

March 19, 26; 3 to 4 p.m.

Look for clues and find out what animals live near you. Find tracks, scat, fur, and other traces of wildlife. All ages. Free. Online.

The Wacky Science Show

March 20, 2 to 3 p.m.; March 30, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Find out what you can do with hard-boiled eggs, applesauce, and a flying clipboard at the Virtual Science Show. Ages 5-12. Free. Online.

Diversión en español (virtual): Zumbini con Siu

March 23, 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Baile, baile, baile en este programa interactivo de Zumba para niños. Por años 0-5. Gratís. Dance along in this interactive Zumba program just for kids. Ages 0-5. Free. Online.

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Meet Astronaut Abby

March 26, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Abigail Harrison (Astronaut Abby) will talk about her career as an aspiring astronaut, the co-founder of the nonprofit organization The Mars Generation, and her new book Dream Big! How to Reach for Your Stars. Harrison believes that no one is ever too young (or too old) to pursue their dreams. After the 30-minute presentation, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session. For tweens, teens and adults. Free. Online.

Andrea Wang Book Launch: Watercress

March 30, 4 to 5 p.m.

Join Andrea Wang, who tells an autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage through harvesting wild watercress. Age 3 and up. $5-20 pay what you can, free for families who cannot afford programming at this time. Online.

National Geographic Live: Mysterious Seas

March 31, 8 p.m.

Get a glimpse into the ocean’s greatest depths, and the fascinating creatures that live there, with two leading marine biologists. Take in the wonder of bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine species how humans impact deep-sea habitats. $20 single stream, $40 household. Online.

Activities

LEGO Build-Along with Play-Well TEKnologies: Engineering

March 16, 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Bring LEGO to life from the comfort of home with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor and simple pieces from your own LEGO collection. Plus, connect with other young LEGO enthusiasts. Explore engineering principles, all with a focus on open-ended builds that do not require special LEGO pieces. Ages 6-11. Free. Online.

Friday Workshops

March 19 and 26, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. sessions

Explore artistic mediums, styles, and history while creating fun mixed-media masterpieces. All lessons will be adapted to be age appropriate for all students. Limited space available. The class will go virtual if necessary. $45. Art Garage Denver, 6100 E 23rd Ave., Denver.

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Kids Art Nite

March 20 (grades 1-5), 6 to 8 p.m.; March 27 (Pre-K-K), 4 to 6 p.m.

Leave your kiddos at the studio for an art experience while you enjoy a relaxing evening out. Grades Pre-K-5. Reservation required. $35. artSPARK Creative Studio, 2630 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton.

Kids Baking Camp

March 20 (Fruit Turnovers), 27 (Chocolate Mousee); 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to bake successfully and safely, all while turning out a delicious treat. Registrants will receive a packet with the recipe, ingredient list, substitution and dietary restriction options, and supplies. Ages 9-17. $25 each class. Online.

Youth On Record FEMpowered

Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

Shape and pursue your own artistic vision alongside encouraging peers and music industry professionals. Join weekly virtual gatherings for creative femme-identifying folks. Enjoy periodic networking opportunities and workshops. Ages 14-20. Free. Online.

Bollywood Cardio Dance

Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m.

Get moving and feel good with a class from Roshni, a Denver-based multicultural performing arts organization. Register and get further information by emailing roshnidenver@gmail.com. $40 by check/cash, $43 by Paypal. Online.

Youth On Record Open Lab

Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Interested in creating music, learning about the business/marketing side, hearing from guest speakers, and being part of a community of like-minded individuals? Participate in music seminars and workshops for youth, led by local professionals. Ages 14-20. Free. Online.

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Music for Sanity’s Sake

Fridays, 4 to 5 p.m.

Connect with other creatives in a safe space where you can talk about music that helps you make sense of the world, try out free tools to build your artistry, and practice stress management. Join Youth On Record’s Bianca Mikahn in this workshop for youth ages 14-20. Free. Online.

Saturday Train Rides

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. departure times

Climb aboard train rides at the Colorado Railroad Museum, departing every half-hour from 10am to 3pm. Advance tickets are recommended, capacity will be limited. $4 adults, $2 ages 2-17 and seniors, under 2 free, plus museum admission. Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden.


Museums & Exhibits

Marine Biologist for a Day

March 20, 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have an animal-loving kiddo? See if they have what it takes to be a marine biologist. Kids will Help prepare food, feed animals in the exhibits, and learn how the biologists take care of the animals. Classes are divided by age group (grades first through eighth) and occur on different days. $65 plus tax. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver.

Spring Break Tinkering

March 23 through 27

Kids can experience the wider cosmos and learn with special hands-on labs at the Discovery Center. $5 material cost plus admission. Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs.

Birdly Virtual Reality Experience

Ongoing through August, Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hop on the Birdly simulation flyer with head-mounted VR display to get a pterodactyls-eye view of a prehistoric landscape. Riders will experience multi-sensory elements such as headwind simulation, 3D audio, and visual impact. Guests must have a 48-inch wingspan to fly, face coverings must be worn, and guests using wheelchairs must transfer to ride. $9 adult, $8 youth and senior plus DMNS admission: $18.95 adult, $15.95 senior, $13.95 ages 3-18, free age 2 and under. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.

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After the Asteroid: Earth’s Comeback Story

Ongoing through August, Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out newly discovered fossils found at Corral Bluffs near Colorado Springs. These artifacts help scientists understand how Earth recovered after the asteroid impact 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs. Handle real concretions and replicas, enjoy multimedia storytelling, recreate the ancient environment in a drawing-and-sticker program, and more. Included in DMNS admission: $18.95 adult, $15.95 senior, $13.95 ages 3-18, free age 2 and under. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.

Virtual Experience in Paleontology Hall

Ongoing, stream anytime.

Experience one of the CU Museum of Natural History’s most popular galleries from the comfort of your couch. Journey back in time and “walk” through the 3D version of the “Fossils: Clues to the Past” exhibit, complete with short, educational videos and Spanish translations. Free. Online.

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