Events: Family Room Tour, Totspot Sunday, Outdoor Divas and More
Award-winning children’s musician at the Denver Public Library. On March 9, award-winning musician and author Jim Gill is bringing his Family Room Tour to the Denver Public Library at 2 p.m. He will strum energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. This interactive concert is free to the public and suitable for kids birth to three years old. denverlibrary.org; Denver Central Library, B2 Conference Center, Broadway and 14th.
Totspot Sunday at the Denver Art Museum. March 10, 10 a.m.–noon. Calling all families with little ones! Join the museum for Totspot Sunday, where you are invited to participate in special programming on the second Sunday of every month! In collaboration with Buntport Theater, experience in-gallery performances at 10:30 or 11:30 am. Then check out all of the other activities available to families in the museum. Totspot Sundays are included with general admission, and no reservations are needed. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0130.
Outdoor Divas Demo Day, Loveland. The Outdoor Divas visits Loveland for a women’s specific demo day on March 7. This is your chance to come and try all the latest women’s ski equipment before you buy it. For more information on brands and models which will be available to test, please contact Outdoor Divas. There is no cost to participate, although a drivers license and credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket. For more information please visit http://www.outdoordivas.com/
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. If you own a horse or just love being around them, make sure and visit the 21st annual Rocky Mountain Horse Expo March 8-10 at the National Western complex in Denver. Featuring three days of family entertainment, exhibits and demonstrations, the expo is the region’s premier horse industry trade show. Visitors to the expo can see horses of all sizes and breeds, from show horses to working horses, dancing horses and ponies, and meet and learn from the region’s leading horse trainers, riders and clinicians. Family entertainment attractions include the Friday and Saturday night Mane Event performances, Cowboy Trails, and the Stick Horse Arena for the kids. The expo also features the holistic horse fair and an art show with nationally known equestrian artists. Ticket prices vary. www.coloradohorsecouncil.com
Children’s Consignment Sales
On March 9, the Mothers of Multiples Society Sale will be at the Douglas County Events Center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $1. mothersofmultiples.com
On March 14-18, Just Between Friends of Loveland/Ft. Collins at the Oulet at Loveland. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 am.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (half-price sale). Find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. loveland.jbfsale.com
ArenaCross. Air! Danger! It’s what makes Arenacross the premier indoor, off-road motorcycle racing championship. March 15-17 this event at the Denver Coliseum will give fans the on-track feel of horsepower and gravity. Fans will be treated to an exciting new competitive format in 2013 with a pair of high-octane 12-lap Main Events during each night of racing on the highly-technical, air-inducing tracks of Arenacross. Fans can also get a one-of-a-kind chance to meet the riders and feel the dirt at the Track Party, full of interactive experiences and the unique chance to see Arenacross up close and personal. http://www.arenacross.com
The 26th Annual Denver Home Show. March 15-17, more than 500 experts in home décor, gardening, landscaping and remodeling will be on-hand to provide visitors with expert advice and inspiration at the National Western Complex in Denver. Highlights include Sogetsu–the ARt of Flower Arranging, the Kitchen Stage will be holding fun demonstrations and contests, Friday Hero Day, “Ask-a-Designer!” Denver Home Show Interior Designer Wynn Waggoner will be conducting FREE 10-minute consultations, and Ahmed Hassan, past host of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers, will be presenting “The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth About Landscaping.” Tickets are $9.00 discount tickets online; $11.00 at the door; children 12 & under FREE. www.homeshowdenver.com
Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display, Steamboat Springs. On March 17, the Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School treats tourists and locals to spectacular on-snow parades down the mountain lit only by torches. The parades are in celebration of a holiday or local event throughout the season. In conjunction with the torchlight parades, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky providing a perfect ending to the evening. The best viewing for these free, all ages events is from the Bear River Deck (adjacent to Gondola Square) or from Gondola Square, both at the base of the ski area. For more information please visit http://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/events/2013/02/torchlight-parade-and-fireworks-display.aspx
Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. On Feb. 15, return to the Ice Age at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Marvel at life-size models of awe-inspiring Ice Age animals, fossil tusks and skulls, interactive videos, and hands-on activities. Examine the differences between mammoths—beasts weighing up to eight tons, bearing tusks up to 16 feet long—and mastodons, their shorter, stockier cousins. The 13,000-square-foot exhibition also looks at the role human predation, climate change, and other factors may have played in the eventual extinction of these giants. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1. www.dmns.org/mammoths
Littleton Youth Ballet will be performing The Wizard of Oz on March 16 and 17, designed to entertain children and adults alike! This magical production features talented young dancers as well as beautiful scenery and costumes. Follow Dorothy and her friends as the journey to the Emerald City and discover that there really is no place like home. The event will be at the Lone Tree Art Center and tickets are $14-21. littletonyouthballet.org
Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre’s Family Fun & Open House Night. On Saturday, March 16, the Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre is hosting a FREE Theatre Family Fun & Open House Night for our Summer Camp 2013. It will introduce their old and new families to their wonderful theatre space, host Summer Camp fun and games for kids, provide information on Summer Camp for parents, and a chance to meet some of their staff members. Snacks and beverages will be provided. They will also be holding RAFFLES for theatre ticket packages. From 4-5:30 p.m. at Colorado Heights University, Denver. www.youthactors.com
GPS Adventures at the Wildlife Museum. Starting on Feb. 9, the Wildlife Experience opens its newest exhibit, which sets you on a course for hidden treasure… all you need is a GPS unit and a sense of adventure. This life-sized maze exhibition introduces visitors to cutting-edge Global Positioning Systems (GPS) through Geocaching – a family friendly treasure hunting game. More than four million people around the world are on the hunt for over a million hidden treasures. In addition to hidden booty, these geocachers are finding the real treasure: reconnecting with family, community and nature in a meaningful way.
Titans of the Ice Age 3D at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Opens February 15. Titans of the Ice Age 3D transports you back 10,000 years before modern civilization to the beautiful and otherworldly landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia. Peer through the 3D canvas as dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era and its giant animals to life. You will come face to face with saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and woolly mammoths as they share the land with early humans who both feared and relied upon these majestic beasts. Experience this dynamic chapter in the age-old story of human ingenuity, a “trial by ice” that compelled our ancestors to seek understanding and meaning in nature. www.dmns.org
NEW! Flight of the Butterflies 3D at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Opens February 15. A scientific adventure. A compelling detective story. A stunning sight to see. Flight of the Butterflies 3D is all this and more. Dr. Fred Urquhart spent nearly 40 years working to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and solve the mystery of their unique migration path. In this dazzling 3D film, you will experience the inspiring story of this scientist’s passion and see up close the lifecycle of these beautiful creatures. Get a butterfly’s-view of the world as you fly over North America and into the isolated mountaintops in Mexico where you will encounter hundreds of millions of fluttering monarchs. www.dmns.org
Daily. After a popular run in 2012, the Children’s Museum of Denver relaunches its “3, 2, 1 … Blast Off!” exhibit. Created in conjunction with United Launch Alliance, “Blast Off!” teaches kids about the basics of rocket science by letting them build and launch their own rockets. The new version of “Blast Off!” includes two giant-size models of real-life rockets, plus a vaulted ceiling for vertical rocket launches — the previous space allowed only for horizontal flights. Museum members are invited to arrive at 9 a.m. Saturday for a special members-only hour before the museum opens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. $9 for guests ages 2 to 59; $7 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older. mychildsmuseum.org.
Winter Beauty in Denver’s Parks. The Mile High City boasts more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, which include 2,500 urban natural acres. In the winter, they take on a wondrous glow, offering opportunities for cross-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing. Stroll through City Park during this season and take in gorgeous views of the skyline, framed by the Rocky Mountains. Cheesman Park positively glitters in winter, with large snowy expanses stretching out in front of you. Snowball fight, anyone? www.denver.org/what-to-do/sports-recreation/denver-parks-outdoors
Peter and the Wolf. On March 17 at 2:30 p.m., the Colorado Symphony presents kid-favorite Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev’s fun musical tale in which Peter and a myriad of animals are brought to life by the instruments. Also featured is Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals in an ‘animated’ program perfect for young and old alike at Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets start at $13. http://tickets.coloradosymphony.org
Disney on Ice Treasure Trove. On April 4-7 at the Denver Coliseum, get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter the worlds of your other favorite Disney princesses –Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Set sail with Peter Pan, the always sassy Tinker Bell and the cantankerous Captain Hook and his pirate pals on an adventure beyond Never Land. Trek the wilds of Africa with Simba, Nala, Pumbaa and Timon as they discover the true meaning of the ‘Circle of Life.’ Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock! Don’t be late to a very important date with Alice and the Mad Hatter as they march with the Queen of Hearts’ Army Of Cards. Be sure to see this show full of memories guaranteed to last a lifetime. http://www.Ticketmaster.com/Treasure
Also, don’t miss these events from Jeffco parks. LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling 720-497-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit their website or call to learn about group programs.
10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Thursday, March 7 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)
Take a gentle hike, hear a story and make a craft as you learn all about elk and deer. (Ages 2-5, with an adult.)
6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 (Alderfer/Three Sisters Park)
Kids are invited to a night sky treasure hunt. Join Astronomy Team members for an interactive, engaging look at the night sky with activities, telescopes, games and more. (Ages 6-10, with an adult.)
War of 1812 Program
2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)
Find the answer to fascinating questions about this important and forgotten conflict, which is often dubbed our Second War for Independence. Pre-registration required.
1 p.m. Saturday, March 16 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)
The Get Outdoors (G.O.) and Explore Club programs are unstructured, playful nature excursions that feature activities for parents to help their children connect with the natural world. (All ages.)