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Mama’s Weekly Picks for Colorado’s Best Family-fun Events!

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[photopress:mothers_day_graphics_16.gif,thumb,pp_image]Finally, it’s Mother’s Day! Happy celebrating to all of you, and I truly hope you all get to enjoy your day in a way that is special to you. We Mamas don’t get to do that very often, do we?

And, as much as we’d like to hog the spotlight this weekend, it’s just not to be. There’s a Shakespeare Festival going on, and let’s not forget Cinco de Mayo. . . no shortage of things to do. Please check before you go, in case anything changes. If I’ve told you once. . . .

Also, be sure to check out Cici’s “fondue”raiser on Sunday, May 17th at the Melting Pot in Louisville. Cici is the daughter of a local mom blogger who suffered from an anoxic brain injury when she was 11 months old. There will be a silent auction and many wonderful businesses have donated some great prizes. Please help spread the word about the fundraiser for this deserving little girl.

Mother’s Day Events

We’ve moved it to the top, because you all rock!

May 8, 9, and 10, Various times: Mother’s Day Full Tea at the Molly Brown House, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver. www.mollybrown.org or 303-832-4092. The only spots available for this popular event are on Friday at 11:00 a.m., and those are probably even going faster than fast. 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 9 and 10, Various Seating Times: Mother’s Day Tea and Dessert at Ceramics in the City, 1912 Pearl Street, Denver. 303-200-0461 or www.ceramicsinthecity.com. Take Mom, or Moms, take your kids (or take your Mom and your kids) to paint some pottery and enjoy tea and dessert. Spend a few hours together creating something nice, and you’ll have a keepsake and some great memories. $10 studio fee, plus the cost of pottery or glass. Call for reservations.

May 10, 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 10, 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 10, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Feast at the Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water Street, Denver. 303-561-4450 or www.aquariumrestaurants.com. The Downtown Aquarium offers one of the best places in a landlocked state to view aquatic life while eating, no doubt about it. Spa services are available to Moms who want to hang out while the rest of the crew oohs and aahs over the sharks and rays. Adults/$34.99, Seniors/$29.95, Kids 3 – 12/$13.99, 2 and under/Free. Includes ½ price Adventure Exhibit wristbands and validated parking.

May 10, 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Members Only Brunch at the Denver Botanic Gardens. 1005 York Street, Denver. 720-864-3500 or www.botanicgardens.org. It may seem exclusive, but really all you have to do is buy a membership. Then you can take that special woman in your life (or you can be that special woman) to a fabulous brunch at the Botanic Gardens and enjoy the benefits of membership all year long. Adults are $29.95, Seniors and children ages 4 – 12 are $19.95, and children 3 and under are free; Reservations required.

May 10, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Members Only Brunch at the Denver Zoo. 2300 Steele Street, Denver. 303-376-4800 or www.denverzoo.org. A huge spread for members and their guests. Get in to the zoo early, before regular hours, and stroll around talking to the animals before everyone else gets there. Reservations are required. $30 age 13 and over, $15 ages 3 – 12.

May 10, Denver Botanic Gardens. If the brunch isn’t your thing, or you’re not up for purchasing a membership, you can still visit the Botanic Gardens and enjoy a beautiful Mother’s Day. Bring a picnic lunch, and stroll through the gardens. Their new Jurassic Gardens exhibit features realistic models of dinosaurs, along with prehistoric plants and their modern relations. The Botanic Gardens will also have family activities from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.. Regular admission rates apply.

May 10, 1:10 p.m., Coors Field. Colorado Rockies vs. Florida Marlins. http://Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. The weather is supposed to be nice, there’s sure to be tickets available in many price ranges, and the first 15,000 fans get a free commemorative Mother’s Day reusable grocery bag (Who thinks up this stuff?). Ticket prices vary, check the website for details and ordering information

May 10, 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 10, 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.

May 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mother’s Day Bike the Refuge at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. 56th and Havana, Commerce City, 303-289-0930 or www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal (click on the Wild News link for information about this event). Bring your bikes and tour the Arsenal with a guide, scoping out the wildlife and learning a thing or two about what you see. Kids can make a keepsake memento for Mom. Perfect for the nature-loving Mom or Grandma.

Community Events

Saturday, May 9, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Castle Rock Ducky Derby and Street Festival, 2nd and Perry Street, Castle Rock. www.crduckyderby.com. This annual derby and street festival benefits local non-profits. Ducks are dumped at 2:00 p.m., and there are cash prizes awarded, including a potential one million dollars. Now tell me your mom would not love that little bonus this Mother’s Day! Derby tickets are $5 each, or five for $20.
Special Events

Friday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. Denver Public Schools Shakespeare Festival, Silver Anniversary, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Downtown Denver, www.shakespearedpsk12.org. The oldest Sheakespeare Festival in the country celebrates it’s 25th year with a parade, a Challenge Bowl, and performances on a mulititude of stages, all day long, by DPS students. Check the website for a map and information on performance times.

Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival. Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax, Downtown Denver. This huge celebration features 3 stages with live entertainment, 350 exhibitors and vendors, a children’s carnival, and more.

Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Boulder Home & Garden Fair. 29th Street Shopping District. www.homeandgardenmag.com/fair2009. Those kind folks in Boulder rescheduled this event due to the rainy weather last weekend. Lots of kid activities, including gardening workshops, art activities, face painting, and music. And best of all: It’s FREE!

Saturday, May 9, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Full Moon Hayrides at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. 56th and Havana, Commerce City, 303-289-0930 or www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal Enjoy a traditional hayride by the light of the full moon. A unique way to experience the wildlife of the Arsenal at night.

Tuesday, May 12 – Saturday, May 16, Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City. http://mcla.us. This exciting playoff event features collegiate lacrosse teams from around the nation. The first few days of the tournament are free; Tickets for the championship games range from $9.50 – $15. Perfect for the budding lacrosse player in your family. Check the website for specific game information. Championship tickets are available through TicketHorse 1-866-461-6556.

Wednesday, May 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Create Playdate at the Denver Art Museum Hamilton Building, Level 2, 100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver. 720-913-0073 or www.denverartmuseum.org. Kids ages 3 – 5, accompanied by an adult, can help create a splattered art tarp that will be used for future playdates at the museum. Jackson Pollock, look out! This event is free with paid admission; kids 5 and under are free. I think you all can do the math on that one.

Theater and Music

Through May 9: 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 15: 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 17: 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.
Other Fun Stuff

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ballpark Market, Larimer Street between 21st and 22nd Streets, Downtown Denver. www.ballparkmarket.com. The Ballpark Market is back! This unique market runs every second Saturday through October. Your one-stop spot for eclectic doo-dads, knick-knacks, chotchkes, and other two-syllable words for “cool stuff.”

Farmers’ Markets

Opening this weekend:

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Southlands, E-470 and Smoky Hill Road, in the Southlands Shopping Center, Aurora. www.laughingdogfarms.net. This market opens this weekend, and will then be open Saturdays, 9:00 – 1:00 and Thursdays, 10:00 – 1:00.

Sunday, May 10, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. City Park Esplanade Fresh Market, East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street, Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com. Newly open this weekend, this market runs Sundays through November 1, and is located near East High School, south of City Park.

Continuing:

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cherry Creek Fresh Market, 1st Avenue and University (in the Bed, Bath, and Beyond parking lot), Denver. This market will be open on Saturdays through May, then in June adds Wednesdays along with the Saturdays. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Metro Denver Farmers’ Market, Southwest Plaza SE Parking Lot, Wadsworth and Bowles, Littleton. www.denverfarmersmarket.com

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Highlands Ranch Farmers’ Market, Highlands Ranch Town Center, 9288 Dorchester Street, Highlands Ranch. www.denverfarmersmarket.com

Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; May 6 to Oct 7 Wednesdays 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Boulder Farmer’s Market, in the heart of Downtown Boulder next to Central Park on 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. information@boulderfarmers.org

Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Parker Farmer’s Market, Northwest corner of Parker and Main Street, in the Crossroads Shopping Center. www.laughingdogfarms.net. Runs through October.

If you have an event you would like considered for our weekly round-up, please email jennifer@milehighmamas.com.

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