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

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So, you know… it’s the weekend, and there’s not a lot going on… oh wait… it’s Memorial Day! There may actually be one or two things here and there. A couple of things in Boulder, including some sort of race, I think….

The new Globeology exhibit opens at the Wildlife Experience this weekend. The Mile High Mamas have a team dedicated to exploring this wonder of museum technology. I attended preview night last night and it lived up to all the hype. JoAnn will be writing a more in-depth review on May 27th.

If you’re headed downtown, check out the Downtown Denver Arts Festival at the Denver Pavilions. Art, food, entertainment—and lots of Colorado artists.

Enjoy your weekend! Stay safe, and, as always, check before you go!

Happenings and Other Fun Things to Do

May 22 – Monday, May 25 Downtown Denver Arts Festival, Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, Denver. Schedule is as follows: Friday, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday, 11:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This fine arts and crafts exhibit features over 125 Colorado artists, and 150,000 are expected to attend. Expand your collection and buy local!

May 23, 9:30 a.m.Veterans Memorial Day Tribute and Parade, Broadway and Colfax, West of the State Capitol Steps, Denver. Wreath placement at 9:30 (public wreaths are welcome), parade begins at 10:00, tribute to follow at 11:00. Lest we forget, Memorial Day is more than just a fun-filled 3-day weekend. It’s also a time to honor those we’ve lost, including our veterans. This parade honors those veterans, especially those heroes lost since last Memorial Day.

May 23 – May 25, Boulder Creek Festival, Downtown Boulder, 9th to 14th Streets, between Canyon and Arapahoe. Begins Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m, Monday at 11:00. Just one of the things going on in Boulder this weekend—I don’t know how they handle all those people over the course of just three days! This festival features a special area just for kids, along with artists and merchants, a beer garden, and carnival attractions. Several stages with live entertainment, music, and dance. It’s a festival, people! There’s a fishing derby, and a pancake breakfast. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Great Rubber Duck Race on Monday at 4:00. Check the website for complete details and information.

May 23 – May 25, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, Old South Gaylord Memorial Day Festival, 1000 block of South Gaylord Street, between Mississippi and Tennessee Streets, Denver. Pancake breakfast from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. daily, a magic show for the kids, and of course lots of artisans and merchants and fabulous live entertainment. Free parking at South High School at Franklin and Louisiana (just on the south side of Washington Park); shuttles run every 10-15 minutes up to the festival.

May 23: Globeology at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria Street, Parker. 720-488-3300. This new exhibit is supposed to be unbelievable. I can’t say more than that right now (It’s top secret! Look for more here next week.). An interactive journey covering 25,000 square feet of space, with animatronics and special sound and visual effects, all to educate about the earth’s habitats and wildlife. Regular hours and admission fees apply.

May 23, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Never Never Day at the Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, 303-433-7444. The International Youth Ballet will perform dances from their Peter Pan ballet, read stories (in costume!), and the good folks at the Children’s Museum supplement with all sorts of other fun activities and crafts. Check the website for the complete schedule of performances and story times. Regular admission fees apply.

Saturday, May 23, 3:00 p.m. Kids Saturday Nickelodeon at the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver This week’s feature is Dr. Doolittle – Million Dollar Mutts. FREE!

May 25, 7:00 a.m. Bolder Boulder . This year marks the 31st running of this gigantic race (50,000 strong!). If you’re doing it, we salute you! I’ll be sleeping in, thank you very much. If you want to participate, but haven’t registered, it’s not too late. It will just cost a bit more. The expo runs Saturday and Sunday on the Pearl Street Mall, and you can register there, or you can register the day of the race, beginning at 5:45 a.m. Check the website for complete details, wave start times, and other information necessary for this undertaking. The Bolder Boulder truly is a great event—entertainment all along the course, scenic views of Boulder, and a course lined with people cheering you on. Then you get to finish up in the stadium and watch the Memorial Day Tribute, with fly-overs and sky divers. It’s fun. It really is. And the running part isn’t so bad, either.

Theater and Music

May 21 – June 28: Mouse Tales at the Denver Puppet Theater, 3156 West 38th Avenue, Denver. 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.

May 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Concert on the Green featuring Denver Taiko. Civic Green Park, 9730 Ridgeline, Highlands Ranch (just south of Town Center Square). Japanese drummers kick off this Highlands Ranch Kids Concert series. Bring a picnic blanket and some dinner (and maybe a jacket), and enjoy. For more information, visit www.hrcaonline.org.

May 28 (and every Thursday night during the summer) Music on the Streets in Old Town Arvada, Old Wadsworth and Grandview Avenue. Stroll through Old Town Arvada as live music plays. A lovely way to spend a warm spring evening.

Farmers’ Markets

The Farmers’ Markets have been rearranged by region to improve your shopping experience. Enjoy!

Central:

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

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. City Park Esplanade Fresh Market, East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street, Denver. www.coloradofreshmarkets.com.

South:

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

North:

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Northfield Stapelton, Northfield Stapleton Shopping Center, I-70 and Quebec. www.laughingdogfarms.net

Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Boulder Farmer’s Market, Downtown Boulder on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe 303-910-2236.

Sunday, 10:00 am.m. – 3:00 p.m. Orchards Farmers’ Market, 144th Avenue and I-25. www.laughingdogfarms.net

Southwest:

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

Southeast:

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

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