Events: Art in the Park, Lizards & Snakes and Independence Day!
Through Sunday. “Lizards and Snakes” is in its final, slithery days at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The exhibit displays more than 60 live animals from around the world, including geckos, Gila monsters and a giant Burmese python. Learn all about the creatures’ habitats and ways of life as you get an up-close look. Also featured are items on loan from the National Wildlife Property Repository at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal—confiscated items that illegally use the skins of some of the animals in the exhibit, including belts, iPod cases, and a pricey python jacket. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000. The exhibit is included with museum admission: $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for juniors and students. dmns.org
Through Sunday. **PLEASE NOTE: THE BALLOON RODEO HAS BEEN CANCELED.**The skies over Steamboat Springs will be even more colorful than usual when the 32nd Annual Balloon Rodeo lifts off this weekend. Set your alarm: The public’s invited to watch the balloons inflate, starting at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bald Eagle Lake. Once they’re sky-worthy, the balloons will take off to compete in a series of games, like dipping their baskets into the lake. Afterward, mosey over to West Lincoln Park for Steamboat’s Art in the Park celebration, a gathering of artists and vendors with live entertainment and activities for kids. Bonus: The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo—on the ground, with livestock and horses—continues tonight and Saturday on Howelsen Hill. Balloon Rodeo: 6 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Bald Eagle Lake, 35565 S. Hwy. 40. No parking is available onsite; walk or catch a free shuttle at the Meadows parking lot on Pine Grove Road. Admission is free. Art in the Park: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. West Lincoln Park,1305 Lincoln Ave. Admission is free. Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series: 7:30 p.m tonight and Saturday. Romick Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for kids age 7 to 15. steamboat-chamber.com
Kathleen St. John
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