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Family Fun Events: Birthday Bash, Great Skate Month and More!

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WOW! World of Wonder Children’s Museum! WOW! is celebrating 17 years in Boulder County and you’re invited to the birthday party on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. There will be a special classical music performance by Boulder Bach Trio, craft activities, face painting and birthday treats for kids compliments of Eats & Sweets. All birthday activities are included with Museum membership or admission. http://www.wowchildrensmuseum.org/

WinterSkate at Twenty Ninth Street. Want to glide into the holidays? Nov. 8-Jan. 31, 2014, skate in this festive atmosphere surrounded by restaurants and shopping on Twenty Ninth Street Mall in Boulder. Hours and prices vary so be sure to check their website. http://www.bceproductions.com/winterskate/

Great Skate Month. Through Nov. 30: South Suburban Parks and Recreation celebrates Great Skate Month by offering free group skating lessons Saturdays at South Suburban Ice Arena and Family Sports Center. Anyone who attends a public skating session is eligible for a free 30-minute skating lesson. Skating sessions are noon-2 p.m. at South Suburban Ice Arena and 1-4 p.m. at Family Sports Center. Sessions are $7.75, $5.75 for residents. Skate rental is available. Free skating lessons are offered at 1 p.m. at South Suburban Ice Arena and at 2:30 p.m. at Family Sports Center. South Suburban Ice Arena, 6580 S. Vine St., Centennial; Family Sports Center, 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial; sspr.org

Denver Christkindle Market. This German Christmas market again brings the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season with its music, food, holiday lights and old-world vendors to Skyline Park, right across from the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower on the 16th Street Mall. The even Nov. 22-Dec. 22 is open to the public and provides an authentic atmosphere of the German holiday season, reminiscent of the times families spend at the Christmas Markets throughout Europe. Free admission/ hours vary. 1825 Arapahoe Street, Denver. http://denverchristkindlmarket.com/

Fall Stories. On Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Lookout Nature Center, take a short walk to discover what is interesting in the pine woods on that day, then go inside for a story about nature. Ages 6-adult.

Toddler Nature Nuts: Turkeys. What is the most famous bird in November? The turkey, of course. On Thursday, Nov. 21 at 10:15 or 11:15 a.m.   enjoy a hike and make a craft as you gobble away at the Lookout Mountain Nature Center. Children ages 2 years with an adult.

The Heritage Square Music Hall Children’s Theatre presents “Santa Needs A Holiday.” Santa Claus is bummed out! It’s Christmas and Santa is not his jolly old self.  He thinks that nobody needs him anymore, and decides to cancel the holiday festivities. So Mrs. Claus, with the help of the elves and the children in the audience, show Santa how very much we all need him to make it a very merry Christmas after all. After 25 years, The Music Hall is well into its final season; their inal performance will be December 31, 2013.  “Santa Needs A Holiday” runs November 16 through December 28, 2013 with performances every Saturday at 1:30 PM (3:00 PM shows added November 30th). Tickets: $8 for children and adults, $7 for seniors (62 and up). www.hsmusichall.com

Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s MythBusters. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. On the TV show MythBusters, co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving or exploding myths using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects. Tickets are available at www.dmns.org/mythbusters. General visitors pay $22 adult, $16 junior/student (ages 3–18 or with a student ID), and $18 senior (age 65+). Ticket includes admission to both the exhibition and the museum. Timed tickets will be required and advance reservations are strongly encouraged; the Museum anticipates that popular times will sell out.

Like to plan ahead? Visit Denver has these 10 highlights of Thanksgiving Weekend in Denver.

Ooh and Ah at the Grand Illumination of Downtown Denver

November 29

The Grand Illumination event lights up downtown Denver with nearly 600,000 lights from Union Station to the City and County Building. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Union Station with carolers, food, drink, and family friendly activities.

Experience a Holiday Classic at the Denver Center for Performing Arts – A Christmas Carol

November 29-December 29

Denver’s holiday tradition returns! Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, this joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant journey to redemption. A Christmas Carol illuminates the meaning of the holiday season and is a beloved tradition for many families.

Let Someone Else Do The Cooking On Thanksgiving

November 28

Not in the mood to baste that turkey? Take the night off and hit the town! Some of Denver’s best restaurants want to cook you a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

Olde Golden Christmas

November 30, 2013 – January 1, 2014.

Experience small town, authentic holiday charm at Olde Golden Christmas in festive downtown Golden. A month long magical celebration featuring Victorian carolers, live reindeer, free horse drawn carriage rides, a dazzling lights display, barbershop quartets, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides and plenty of free family fun. Don’t miss Golden’s awe-inspiring Candlelight Walk on December 6th and lively Olde Golden Christmas parades on Saturdays from November 30 – December 21. Where else can you find Santa driving a motorcycle, the Grinch in a corvette and real cowboys astride their horses. For more information, check out visitgolden.com or call 303-279-3113.

Take a Trip to the Art World of Paris

Through February 9, 2014

Take a trip to Paris, without leaving The Mile High City. This holiday season, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) presents Passport to Paris, a suite of three French-themed exhibitions, featuring masterpieces by Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and will feature more Monet in Denver than ever before! Skip the lines and take advantage of great hotel packages with VIP tickets at parisindenver.com.

Uncover the Truth with The MythBusters

Through January 5, 2014

Uncover the truth behind some of science’s popular myths! Just like the dynamic TV series, the fully interactive Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition mixes scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity to create a hands-on – and yes, explosive – experience for guests of all ages.

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early

Cross some loved ones off your holiday gift list early this year! Cherry Creek North’s 16 blocks are filled with holiday lights and décor and the region’s largest collection of independently owned boutiques. Browse 160 upscale shops at Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Other options include Denver Pavilions and Larimer Square, Belmar Shopping + Dining District, IKEA, and Park Meadows Retail Resort.

Warm to the Glow of Blossoms of Light

December 1, 2013-January 1, 2014

Embrace the holiday season at Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens. More than one million colorful lights draped in elegant designs highlight the Gardens’ winter beauty. Romantic and popular kissing spots will return, as well as the always-anticipated HoloSpex glasses. Warm drinks and tasty treats will also be available.

Take a Spin on the Ice – for FREE – at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park

November 30, 2013-February 17, 2014

Skyline Park is the place to be this holiday season! Southwest Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership invite you to grab your family and friends and head to 16th and Arapahoe in Downtown Denver to the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park! Skating is free with your own skates, or rentals are available for just $2.

Celebrate the Season With Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

November 30-December 1

Two nights only! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for more than 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in the Buell Theatre’s intimate setting.

Visit The Old World at the Denver Christkindl Market

November 22- December 21

Relive a centuries old German tradition at the annual Denver Christkindl. The sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season with a German flair arrive on the 16th Street Mall. Music, holiday lights and typical vendor cabins will fill Skyline Park area across from the Daniels & Fisher Clock Tower.

Boulder Opera’s The Magic Flute. This family-friendly one-hour version of Mozart’s famous German singspiel, or opera-play, is back this holiday season. There are six opportunities to see this exciting production: Broomfield Auditorium on December 8th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or the Nomad Theatre in Boulder on Friday, December 13th at 1030 a.m. and 4 p.m. or Sunday, December 15th at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” tells a charming, fantastic story that includes a bird seller, a dragon, a captured princess, a prince who wants to rescue her, an evil Queen of the Night, a priest and, of course, a magic flute. There will be a Q&A following the play The Magic Flute is the perfect introductory opera for children who love stories, singing, and acting. Professional singers and a live chamber orchestra bring an authentic and exciting opera experience to children and parents alike. Tickets range from $8-18. www.boulderoperacompany.com

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Nature Programs

Also, don’t miss these events from Jeffco parks. LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling 720-497-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit their website or call to learn about group programs.

 

Nature’s Gifts
Thursday, December 5
10 AM – 12 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Hey all you young naturalists. Have fun making nature-related holiday crafts for your loved ones. No registration required. Suggested donation: $3 per child. This special program takes the place of our normally scheduled Nature Nuts.
Activities are designed for children ages 2-8 with an adult.

Dazzling December Night Skies
Friday, December 6
7:00 – 8:30 PM Pine Valley Ranch Park
December skies are loaded with brilliant stars & deep space objects. Join astronomy team members for an engaging tour of the night sky and, weather permitting, view through telescopes.
Ages 10-adult.

Nature’s Gifts
Saturday, December 7
10 AM – 12 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Hey all you young naturalists. Have fun making nature-related holiday crafts for your loved ones. No registration required. Suggested donation: $3 per child. This special program takes the place of our normally scheduled Nature Nuts.
Activities are designed for children ages 2-8 with an adult.

Frosty Owl Hike
Friday, December 13
7:00 – 8:30 PM Mount Falcon Park – West Lot
Join this chilly, potentially snowy, night hike in search of resident owls. Find out about the fascinating, secret lives of these mysterious raptors and what you can do to help them thrive.
Ages 10-adult.

Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club Field Trip: Using Colored Pencils in Your Journal
Saturday, December 14
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM North Table Mountain Park
Want to deepen your love of the natural world, notice nature’s tiniest details and spend time surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors? Start keeping a sketchbook nature journal! Join us for a journaling field trip in a different Open Space park each month and make this activity a habit. A short demonstration will be followed by time to write and draw as well as a potluck lunch. Previous attendance at one of our basic nature journaling classes is helpful but not necessary. Instruction is geared for adults, but children are welcome to attend with an adult.
All ages.

Nature’s Gifts
Thursday, December 19
10 AM – 12 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Hey all you young naturalists. Have fun making nature-related holiday crafts for your loved ones. No registration required. Suggested donation: $3 per child. This special program takes the place of our normally scheduled Nature Nuts.
Activities are designed for children ages 2-8 with an adult.

Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration
Saturday, December 21
4:00 – 6:00 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Join naturalists and celebrate the first day of winter while we welcome the new solar year. Enjoy hot chocolate and a cracklin’ fire, sing carols and hear stories of Winter Solstice celebrations.
All ages.

Winter Stories
Sunday, December 22
12:00-1:30 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Take a walk through wintry ponderosa pine woods, then deepen your sense of place by listening to a story.
Ages 6 yrs – adults.

 

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