Mama’s Weekly Picks for Colorado’s Best Family-Friendly Events
Aaaahhhh. . . . can you smell it? I’m talking about Spring! There’s no snow on the grass. And it’s green! This week the kids and I spotted the first snake in the yard. I can hardly contain my joy. Pretty soon we’ll be visiting farmers markets and going to concerts in the park. . . .
[photopress:animal_grossology_1.jpg,thumb,pp_image] This is the last weekend to catch the Animal Grossology exhibit at the Wildlife Experience. Next month they’re opening up a new exhibit that looks to be over-the-top cool. If you haven’t headed down to the Wildlife Experience to see all the yucky stuff that animals do, this is your last chance. You might also consider a trip to see the Titanic Exhibit at the Flatirons Mall. 50 artifacts from a ship that sunk almost 100 years ago. That’s sure to impress.
April 24, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colorado Children’s Day, 1300 Block of the Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. www.ccdbcfamilyweek.googlepages.com. This event kicks off Boulder County Family Week, and features all sorts of hands-on activities including art projects and programs on conservation and nature education. Boulder County Family Week is a week-long program featuring free, family-friendly activities across Boulder. If you live in the Boulder/Longmont area, check it out. The website has a list of day-by-day events, i.e., free classes and other events at various rec centers and the like.
April 29, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 31 Cent Scoop Night, Baskin Robbins, various locations. www.baskinrobbins.com. Small ice cream cones are just 31 cents! All to benefit America’s firefighters. Check the website for a location near you.
April 30, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Aurora’s 118th Birthday Party, The Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Pkwy, Aurora. www.auroragov.org or 303-739-6666. Family fun for the kids, including a magic show at 6:00 p.m., face painting, crafts, games (with prizes!) and, of course, cake.
April 23 – April 25, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; April 26, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Titanic: Treasures from the Deep. Flatiron Crossing, 1 Flatiron Circle, Broomfield. www.countrytitanic.com. Sponsored by Country Financial, in partnership with RMS Titanic, Inc., this FREE (!) mobile museum features 50 artifacts from the Titanic, personal stories of people aboard the Titanic, along with the history of the ship and tons of other interesting stuff. You can even get your picture taken as though you were on the Titanic. And the picture is free! Now if that isn’t a great Mother’s Day gift, then I don’t know what is. If you don’t make it up to Flatirons this weekend, the exhibit will grace Park Meadows next weekend. So sit tight. Don’t rock the boat. Jack! Rose! Ahem. . .
April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colorado Women’s Expo at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver. www.coloradowomensshow.com. This is it, people. Health and fitness information and products, the latest and greatest for the fashionista, financial information, you name it. If it’s relevant to women, it’s here. Tickets are $12 at the show; advance ticket discounts available at King Soopers, or you can print off a coupon on their website. Kids 12 and under are FREE.
Mother’s Day Events
Mother’s Day draws ever closer. Following is just a small sample of fun things to do to celebrate yourself, your mother, your grandmother. . .
May 8th, 9th and 10th, Various times: Mother’s Day Full Tea at the Molly Brown House, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver. www.mollybrown.org or 303-832-4092. Reservations for this event are going fast! So register now! Take your daughter/s (I’m sorry, I just can’t see my boys getting into this. . .), share fancy tea with your favorite Mom or Grandmother, and tour the Molly Brown House while you’re at it.
May 10th, 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Mother’s Day Brunch at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. www.hudsongardens.org or 303-797-8565 x 321.
A glorious way to spend Mother’s Day: Surrounded by beautiful flowers you didn’t have to plant or weed! Seating is European style, which means you may be seated with other parties. Check the website for complete information, including menu descriptions, seating areas, and specific seating times. Tickets are $12 for children, $23 for adults.
May 10th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Tea, Denver Firefighter’s Museum, 1326 Tremont Place, Denver. www.denverfirefightersmuseum.org or 303-892-1436.
A traditional tea party and reading of the book No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons). Sure to please any Mother-Child combo. Tickets are $10 per person, and reservations are required.
May 10th, 9:00 a.m., Washington Park, Denver Spina Bifida Association of Colorado Walk, Run, and Roll; A Fundraiser and Public Awareness Event for the Spina Bifida Association of Colorado. 5k Run/Walk/Roll, and 1 Mile Family Walk. Registration: $20/individual, $50/family, $12/youth and seniors. Register by May 8th at www.coloradospinabifida.org. We have a fabulous kid in our life who has Spina Bifida, so I may be biased in mentioning this event. But what could be more fun than burning off your Mother’s Day meal before you eat it? And Washington Park? On Mother’s Day? Beautiful! Go. Run or walk. Eat. Enjoy!
May 10th, 9:00 a.m., Boulder Reservoir, Title 9k+ Mother’s Day Run; Rag-A-Muffin Run at 8:15. www.titlenine.com.
This is an awesomely fun race around Boulder Res. It’s 6 miles, which is pretty similar in distance to that other race in Boulder in May. You can run/walk it alone, with your kid/s in a stroller, or with your kid/s as a team. Only, no dads, or any other men. Seriously! A great way to celebrate your umph as a woman and a mother. And did I mention the Rag-A-Muffin run? It’s too cute. The post-race festivities include live music and fun activities of all varieties for kids and parents alike. The race is limited to 1800 participants (this is a good thing, believe me!), so register ASAP.
Theater and Music:
April 25th, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Mutant tRUNk-a-reRUNk at the Buntport Theater Company, 717 Lipan Street, Denver; www.buntport.com or 720-946-1388.
A review of this season’s live comic book series. Looks like this might be the last performance of the season, so if you’ve been wanting to go, better get on down there.
Box office opens at 12:30. Tickets are $5-$7, depending on what you roll (seriously). Discounts for those dressed in superhero clothes. Check out the website for a rundown on previous shows from this season.
April 25th, 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:00). Dan Zanes and Friends, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder. www.bouldertheater.com or 303-786-7030. If you’re not familiar with Dan Zanes, you might be familiar with the band he used to be in, the Del Fuegos. If that’s not ringing a bell, well. . . you’re younger than I am, that’s for sure. But he started making music for kids, and it’s actually tolerable, and everybody loves him. Our Boulder friends take their kids every time he’s in town. Tickets are $21 for adults, $14 for kids 12 and under.
Through May 9th: Just So. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. www.arvadacenter.org or 720-898-7200. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s tales, including How the Leopard Got His Spots, this musical is a feast of entertainment for school-aged children. Weekday General Admission: $8, Weekend Reserved Tickets: $10. Check with the Arvada Center for show times and days.
Through May 15th: Snow White and the Dwarves of Dweedlebury, Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. Show times are most Wednesdays through Saturdays, Various times. www.theatreinboulder.com or 303-449-6000, x4 for reservations.
A musical participation experience, recommended for kids in preschool – 5th grade. Tickets are $7. Check for specific show dates and times.
Through May 17th: The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Denver Puppet Theater, 3156 West 38th Avenue, Denver. www.denverpuppettheater.com or 303-458-6446
Show Times: Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are $6.00. Group discounts and discounted ticket packs available.
Shows at the Denver Puppet Theater are appropriate for children ages 3 and older.
*Please note: Times change during the summer months. Check before you go!
The Denver Puppet Theater is a funky little hidden gem in North Denver. Puppets truly are art, and take on a life of their own (but not in a creepy, Poltergeisty way). Definitely worth a visit.
Animal Grossology at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria, Parker. www.thewildlifeexperience.org. Adults, 7.95; Seniors, 6.95; Kids 2-12, 4.95: Free for kids 2 and under. This exhibit ends April 26th (that’s this Sunday!); learn all sorts of disgusting things about animals from around the world. The kids will love it!
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver. www.dmns.org Adults $11, Seniors and Children 3 – 18 $6;
Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters
Exhibit runs though May 13th
Explores how catastrophic phenomena occur and how they affect people around the world. My second grader gives this a mighty thumbs up.
An interactive, personalized experience allowing visitors to see how the choices they make affect their individual health. Entrance to this exhibit is included in museum admission but does require reservations. Reserve online at www.dmns.org or call 303-322-7009.
The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-71
The Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver www.denverartmuseum.org Exhibit runs through July 19th. Posters, videos, and music from psychedelic San Francisco. Groovy.
Friday, May 1st: Free Day at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Saturday, May 2nd:
Boulder County Mothers of Twins and More HUGE Spring Sale, Boulder
Fort Lupton Heritage Fair, Fort Lupton
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