Event round-up: Mythbusters, Ullr Fest & More!
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Through Sunday. This weekend is your last chance to go head-to-head with the mighty T. rex in “T. Rex Encounter” at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The bilingual, kid-focused exhibit guides guests through a Cretaceous period environment, complete with robotic dinosaurs that can “see” visitors coming. Watch out for the wily velociraptors and a protective Triceratops mother—and be aware that a T. rex at the end is watching all the while. After escaping the fierce dinos, check out a replica of “Sue,” a T. rex skeleton discovered in 1990, and learn more about life in Cretaceous times. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000. The exhibit’s included with museum admission: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for juniors ages 3 to 18 and students with ID. dmns.org
Thursday. Heads up, science fans: TV’s “Mythbusters” visit the Budweiser Events Center in the only Colorado stop on their first-ever live tour. The show features the Mythbusters themselves, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, as they discuss and debunk urban legends and rumors with onstage experiments. Audience participation is key, and some fans will get to join the duo in their investigations. Expect video segments, behind-the-scenes stories and a little banter between the two skeptical pals, too. 8 p.m. Thursday. Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland; 970-619-4100. Tickets are $37-$47, available by phone at 877-544-8499 or through comcasttix.com. mythbusterstour.com
Sunday. Welcome winter, Viking style, at Ullr Fest in Breckenridge. Named after a Norse god, the lighthearted festival brings fun events to the ski town throughout the week. On Sunday, for example, Ullr lovers can join in an ice-skating party from 1 to 3 p.m. to benefit a scholarship fund for high-school seniors. Monday’s event is a Nordic party and bonfire, starting at 5:30 p.m., when the Ullr King and Queen will be crowned. Other Ullr fun includes a highly silly parade, a chili cookoff and the un-dignified Ullympics. Activities run daily through Jan. 14 at locations throughout Breckenridge. Many events are free. Visit gobreck.com for full details, including a schedule of events.
Through August 25.The year gets off to a whimsical start in “Recycled Fairy Tales” at the Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo. Using the stories of the Brothers Grimm as a starting point, the exhibit weaves together art and ecology in kid-friendly fashion. Youngsters can dress in costume, write their own storybooks and add a few poetic drops to the “River of Words.” There are four “chapters” in the exhibit, changing every other month. Chapter one is “Red Goes Green” (think Little Red Riding Hood): Join Pueblo artist Dorothy Mendoza as she creates an ecologically minded art installation for the museum throughout January, plus other special events, too. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Buell Children’s Museum at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo; 719-295-7200. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for military and children. sdc-arts.org
Through Jan. 15. Didn’t get enough Dickens over Christmas? Have another helping with “Oliver!”, presented by Inspire Creative. The classic musical, based on Dickens’s “Oliver Twist,” tells the tale of a scrappy orphan named Oliver who finds his own way through sooty 19th-century London. On his travels he meets a host of characters in the underground, like the Artful Dodger, a young pickpocket, and his boss, Fagin. Familiar songs punctuate the narrative, including “Food, Glorious Food” and “Consider Yourself.” 7 p.m. Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays; 7 p.m. Jan. 13. The PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker; 303-805-6800. Tickets are $18, with discounts available for seniors, students and children; call or visit pacecenteronline.com to buy in advance. inspirecreative.org
Kathleen St. John