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

For some of you, school is about to end. For others (ahem, cough cough. . . Cherry Creek. . . cough cough), you’ve still got a week or more left. Never fear, we’ve got you covered, whether you’re out of school, or still anxiously awaiting that final bell. Summer concerts, summer movie programs. . . whatever you desire, Denver is awash in fun things to do, even this early in the season. Pace yourselves—we don’t want you to burn out too quickly!

Want a free day at the zoo? Mile High Mamas is teaming up with Ozone Aware for Lions, Tigers & Air – Oh My! on Thursday, June 4! They are giving away 300 tickets to the event, which will have a cool animal demonstration, giveaways, and a brief presentation geared to moms about how we can teach our children about air quality. Bring a picnic lunch and explore the zoo afterward. RSVP here ASAP–tickets are going fast!

For all our events, check before you go, especially when it comes to concerts and movies. Not all are appropriate for all children, although in a perfect world, they would be! Why don’t they consult us on such things?

Free Days

Sunday, May 31 Denver Museum of Nature and Science 303-322-7009. A great free day, but if you’re going to check out the Expedition: Health exhibit, you still need to make reservations.

Tuesday, June 2: Free First Tuesdays at the Children’s Museum, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., 2121 Children’s Museum Drive (Off of I-25 and 23rd Ave, near the Denver Aquarium), Denver 303-433-7444 or www.cmdenver.org.

Summer Concerts

Ahh. . . the summer concert. Take a blanket and a picnic and enjoy some music on a lovely Colorado evening. There are plenty of different options to satisfy just about any music lover.

Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) Swallow Hill’s Shady Grove Picnic Series at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 Forest Street, Denver. This week: The Finders and Youngberg w/ Martin Gilmore

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Littleton Historic Museum Concert Series, 303-795-3950, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. This week: Colorado Wind Ensemble.

Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Summer Entertainment Series at Clement Park, Corner of Bowles and Pierce, Littleton. This week: The Informants.

Summer Movie Programs

Did you know these existed? I didn’t either, until recently. How great, to take your kids to movies for cheap or free, all through the summer. A perfect way to get out of the heat. Check the websites for specific movie listings, as they vary by theater.

Saturday, May 30, 3:00 p.m. Kids Saturday Nickelodeon at the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver This week’s feature is Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight.

Tuesday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. Summer Movie Clubhouse at the Century 16 in BelMar, 440 S. Teller Street, Lakewood. Tuesdays through August 4, the Century 16 in BelMar offers a different PG or G rated movie for the kids. Buy a 10-pack for all 10 movies for $5, or pay as you go for a buck a show. This week’s move is “Doogal.”

Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. Regal Free Family Film Festival, West Village Stadium, 14225 West Colfax; Greenwood Plaza 12, 8151 E Arapahoe Road; Park Meadows 12, 9355 Park Meadows Drive; Continental 10, 3635 S Monaco Pkwy. Free movies for the family; movies vary by location, so check the website for complete listings.

Harkins Kid Summer Movie Program, Northfield Theater, 8300 E 49th Avenue. This movie program runs through August 1st; buy a 10-pack movie pass for $5.00, or individual movie tickets for $2.00. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Check the website for complete details and movie listings specific to this program.
Happenings and Other Fun Things to Do

Saturday, June 30, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops, 7970 Northfield Blvd, Denver. This Saturday, and every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday between now and July 5, head over to the Bass Pro Shop and partake in one of several different fun, camping/outdoor-oriented crafts and activities. Check the website for complete details and times.

Tuesday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Tots at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. 56th Avenue and Havana in Commerce City, 303-289-0939. This month’s program is Little Pups on the Prairie. No we’re not talking Laura, Mary, and that pesky Nellie Olsen! Let the youngsters learn about prairie dogs, their habitat, and how they contribute to the ecosystem at the Arsenal. Adults must attend with the kids, and advance reservations are required.

Thursday, June 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Lions, Tigers, and Air – Oh My! at the Denver Zoo. The Regional Air Quality Council is sponsoring this event at the Zoo to promote ozone awareness. There are 300 free tickets available for this event, so RSVP to [email protected] to reserve your spot (there’s a limit of 4 tickets per person). Keep an eye out for some of your favorite Mile High Mama bloggers, too. You just never know where we’ll show up.

Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 7, Teva Mountain Games, Vail. If you’re heading up to the mountains, check out the Teva Mountain Games, where athletes, professional and amateur alike, compete in mountain activities like climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking. Bear Naked (those granola folks) is sponsoring an Adventure Village geared specifically for families. Kids can try climbing, kayaking, and something called bungee running. Let me know on that one, m’kay?

Sundays in June (except June 31), beginning June 3, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Firehouse Kitchen at the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1325 Tremont Place, Denver. This program is designed to teach kitchen safety, but you get to enjoy firehouse treats at the same time. We all know what great chefs those firefighters are! Take your favorite fire engine fanatic for a little afternoon getaway. $5 per class, or $15 for the 4 week session. Another session runs in July.

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, now through August 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Tebo Train Rides on the Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. Let your little ones (10 and younger, please) hop on the train and get a little tour of the Pearl Street Mall—two whole blocks of it. Adults can ride with their child. Catch the train at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 1200 block of the Pearl Street Mall.

New Museum Exhibits and Such

Opening May 29: The Little Star That Could at the Gates Planetarium at the Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. This animated program is geared toward younger children, and explores the life of a star. Separate ticket prices apply. The Gates Planetarium has several great shows going on right now; check the website for more information, along with show times and ticket prices.

Opening June 1 and continuing through September 7: Junior Jobsite at the Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. A construction site just for the little ones, complete with scaled-down hard hats and construction tools and materials. Let the little ones explore and learn about electricity, plumbing, and all the other intricacies that allow us to live in comfort. Regular hours and admission fees apply.

Globeology at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria Street, Parker. 720-488-3300. This new exhibit is really cool. It definitely takes dioramas to the next level. Interactive, computerized, animatronics. . . need I say more? My kids (those who can form complete sentences, anyway) kept saying “Mom, look at this! Mom, look!” all the way through the entire 25,000 square feet of educational extravagance. Regular hours and admission fees apply.

Theater and Music

Opening May 29 and running through September 5: Annie at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder. The Broadway musical you love. . . with dinner! Special matinees added for families, so you can bring the little ones and you can all leave singing “The sun’ll come out tomorrow. . .” Check the website for show times and ticket prices. And you can thank me later for getting that one stuck in your head.

Through 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.

Thursday, June 4 (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’ (and other)

Markets

The Farmers’ Markets have been rearranged by region, to improve your shopping experience. Additional markets open in June.

Sweet William Market, Founders Green in Stapleton, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This summer market opens (finally!) this Saturday. Go while you can—it only happens the last Saturday of the month through September. If you’re doing the math, that’s only five times, which may not be nearly enough to explore everything at this fantastic market.

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.

To be considered for inclusion in our weekly event picks, be sure to email Jennifer at [email protected]

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