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Events: Ouray’s Ice Festival, National Western Stock Show and More!

Events: Ouray’s Ice Festival, National Western Stock Show and More!

Ouray’s 2014 Ouray Ice Festival. Want to expose your kids to the fun and thrilling sport of ice climbing? The Ouray Ice Park and the City of Ouray are ready to showcase the world’s premier ice climbing event Jan. 9-12.  The 2014 Ice Festival offers many opportunities for spectators and climbers to get off the bridge and play on the ice with a full schedule of events. There will be free clinics on the kid’s wall and all climbing equipment will be provided. Kids will need to wear a warm coat, warm pants, gloves and a hat. Be sure to go to http://ourayicepark.com/ for the full schedule.

National Western Stock Show. The National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is a Denver tradition, honoring the country’s rich Old West heritage. Held January 11-26, 2014 at the National Western Complex, it is the world’s largest stock show, and each year is bigger and better than the last, with more than 15,000 animals, rodeo performances, Mexican rodeos, bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions, auctions and booths selling everything from cowboy boots to Native American jewelry. There are plenty of events for kids so be sure to go to http://www.nationalwestern.com/ for the daily schedule, hour and ticket information.

Volunteer for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dinner. On Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., family folunteers will be helping prepare for Volunteers of America’s 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner! This dinner feeds 1,700 homeless men, women and children at Sunset Park Senior Center, 1865 Larimer Street, Denver, CO. Kids of all ages are welcome and age-appropriate activities will include decorating placemats, assembling silverware sets, preparing hygiene kits and sorting gently used donated clothing from ARC Thrift Stores. Be sure to signup here: http://www.volunteerspot.com/

Martin Luther King Marade (March and Parade). On Jan. 20 at 9 a.m., celebrate the largest Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally in the United States. Participants gather at City Park and march to Civic Center Park, where a large rally commemorates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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/

Living West at the History Colorado Center. Opening Nov. 23, Explore Colorado’s history in the new experiential exhibit, Living West at the History Colorado Center. The Living West exhibit tells three stories: about people in the Mesa Verde region 800 years ago, about farmers in the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, and about our relationship to our mountains and our environment today. This is an experiential exhibit with hands-on activities for children to help them understand Colorado’s history. It includes a theater that simulates a 1930s dust storm, a paint-a-pot and yucca weaving activity, as well as a station to measure how many inches of water we get from our alpine snowpack (more interactive activities available upon request). Zebulon Pika takes kids through the activities and shares fun, interesting facts about life in the West. From Nov. 23-Feb. 28, kids ages 6-12 gain a free admittance when they participate in this at-home craft and wear it to the Museum (children ages 5 and under get in free with an adult).

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 $2.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.

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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.

Preschool Nature Nuts: Antlers and Horns
10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Thursday, January 16 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)
Many animals in Colorado grow antlers and horns to help them survive. Bighorn rams battle each other like ancient warriors bearing huge clubs, while bull elk defend their herd using their antlers like fencing swords. Learn more about the lives of these magnificent animals, as well as how to stay safe when viewing them in the wild. (Ages 3-5, with an adult.)

Full Moon Night Hike. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 (Alderfer/Three Sisters Park). Explore the trails by the light of the moon. We’ll look for signs of wildlife, gaze at the night sky and experience the magic and tranquility of a winter’s evening. (Ages 8+.)

 Jr. Astronomers: Just Jupiter. Saturday, January 18 at 6-7:30 p.m. (Lookout Mountain Nature Center). Jr. Astronomers are invited to join astronomy team members for a special program all about Jupiter. Learn the latest on observations, missions, peer through a telescope and more. This program will be indoors & outdoors. (Ages 6-10, with an adult.)

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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