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Easter Bunny Breakfast at Outlets at Castle Rock!

Guess who’s coming to town this week? Hint: It ain’t Santa!

Join the Easter Bunny and Outlets at Castle Rock on March 31st, 2018 at 8:30 – 10 a.m. in the food court for a special Flippin’ Flapjacks breakfast. There will be fun activities for the children, such as face painting and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, so come dressed in your Easter outfits! The kids will also receive a special pair of Easter Bunny ears.

The breakfast will cost $5 which will go directly to Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, or instead of a $5 ticket, you can bring a food item (see list below) to support Catholic Charities and pay for your flapjack meal.

Catholic Charities serves the Douglas County community by offering programs to help individuals and families build resiliency and move toward self-sufficiency. As Douglas County continues to grow, so do the needs of its most vulnerable citizens, particularly those that are homeless.  Your contribution will allow us to provide nutrition and in turn, improve the physical condition of many individuals who are facing hardship.

Fun while giving back? The Easter Bunny approves!

Top 5 Emergency Food Needs:

  1. Canned single serve meals (pop top)
  2. Soup (pop top)
  3. Ramen (cup of noodles or in a bowl)
  4. Fruit cup (pop top)
  5. Granola Bars/Energy Bars

Outlets at Castle Rock is conveniently located between the Denver Metro Area and Colorado Springs region at I-25 and Exit 184 in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information please visit www.outletsatcastlerock.com. To join the Outlets at Castle Rock community, please follow us on Facebook @OutletsatCastleRock, Instagram @outletsatcastlerock, Twitter @OutletsCR and Snapchat @OutletsCR and use #CastleRockIt.

 

50 events for Easter weekend in Denver

Easter weekend is upon us! Don’t miss these egg hunts, brunches and Easter Bunny meet-ups. There are plenty of other general events as well including free days, free spring break tours and Boulder Arts Week. See our event calendar for more information. 

Easter Events

Easter Bunny Breakfast at Outlets at Castle Rock
Mar 31, 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Join the Outlets at Castle Rock in the food court for a special Flippin’ Flapjacks breakfast. There will be fun activities for the children, such as face painting and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, so come dressed in your Easter outfits! The kids will also receive a special pair of Easter Bunny ears. The breakfast will cost $5 which will go directly to Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, or instead of a $5.00 ticket, you can bring a food item (see list below) to support Catholic Charities and pay for your flapjack meal.

District Easter Egg Hunt at Evergreen Park & Recreation 
Mar 30, 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Evergreen Park & Recreation District Easter Egg Hunt, 5:30 p.m. Calling all water babies! This is an aquatic egg hunt at Buchanan Pool. Wear your swimsuit, don your goggles and dive in to collect eggs and exchange them for candy. Bring a plastic bag or bucket to collect eggs. Parents must accompany children and 3 and younger in the pool. Ages 1 to 3 start at 5:30 p.m., 4 to 6 start at 5:45 p.m. and ages 7+ start at 6 p.m. 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 720-880-1100.

Flashlight Egg Hunt at Northglenn Recreation Center
Mar 30, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Flashlight Egg Hunt at Northglenn Recreation Center, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Youth ages 9 to 14 can search the recreation grounds for Easter eggs. Some eggs will have candy and others will have prizes! Check-in at 7:30 p.m. and the hunt starts at 8:15 p.m. Fun continues after the hunt with a DJ, inflatables, and even more prizes in the gymnasium. Cost is $6 for residents, $7 for non-residents. Preregistration is REQUIRED, call 303-450-8800 or register online. RecTrac Code 10967001. Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Drive.

Easter Egg Hunt at The Bindery 
Mar 31, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring the family to The Bindery (1817 Central St.) this Easter and enjoy a fun-filled egg hunt followed by a delicious brunch. In addition to the usual menu, The Bindery will have treats for kiddos and special Easter brunch items. The egg hunt will take place on March 31st from 8-9 a.m. inside the spacious restaurant and on the patio (weather permitting). Brunch service on Sunday, April 1 will begin at 9 a.m. and go through 3pm.The restaurant will be closed for dinner that evening. Reservations can be made through Reserve.com or by calling 303.993.2364. Children’s activities are open on a walk-in basis.

Family Sports Dome Egg Scramble at Family Sports Dome 
Mar 31, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Family Sports Dome Egg Scramble, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free egg hunt (rain or shine!). Each age group will have a chance to search the course. And afterward, kids can burn off a few jelly beans with inflatables and fitness van activities. Bring your own basket. Children 3 and younger start at 9 a.m., ages 4 to 6 at 9:30 a.m., ages 7 to 9 at 10 a.m. and ages 10 to 12 at 10:30 a.m. 6959 S. Peoria St., Centennial, 303-754-0552.

Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market 
Mar 31, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come see the Easter bunny, hunt for candy, enter the prize raffle and enjoy the live radio remote! We have quite the Easter party planned, so bring out the family and celebrate with us on SATURDAY, March 31st! Stop by the check-in table at 9:00am to get your raffle ticket!

Egg Hunt at Jared’s Nursery Gift & Garden 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jared’s Nursery Gift & Garden Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon Over 17,000 Easter Eggs were found last year! Staggered start times by age group. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 10500 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, 303-979-6022.

Faith Mountain “No Hunt” Easter Eggstravaganza at Faith Mountain 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Faith Mountain “No Hunt” Easter Eggstravaganza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instead of a traditional egg hunt, this is a full event with carnival games, FREE pancake breakfast, bounce houses, cookie decorating, magic show and 20,000+ candy-filled eggs. Cars lined up in the parking lot (much like a Trunk or Treat event) that will be decorated and each car will have a fun carnival type game for the children to play and “earn” their Easter eggs. Children will be able to go from car to car to play games and receive their candy filled Easter eggs. Two sets of carnival games — some geared towards 4 and under and others for 5-12 years old. 12344 W. Alameda Pkwy., Lakewood.

Ft. Lupton Campus Egg Hunt at Crossroads Church 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Crossroads Church – Ft. Lupton Campus Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Candy, door prizes and a show. Held rain or shine! 1115 1st St., Ft. Lupton.

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at South Fellowship Church 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Join us for one huge glow party on Saturday March 31st. Games, snacks, and Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunts happening every 20 minutes. This free event is open to the community and sponsored by the Kid’s Ministry.

Golden Family Easter at Parfet Park 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Golden Family Easter, 10 a.m. sharp! Get there early as once the bell sounds, kids sweep the park clean in less than 1 minute!, then head into downtown for activities sponsored by merchants. Parfet Park, 701 Washington Ave., Golden.

Highlands Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt, Northridge Park 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Highlands Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. sharp! (Get there early). More than 25,000 eggs. For children ages one to 11. Meet the Easter Bunny. Event is outside – rain, snow or shine. Northridge Park, 8801 Broadway, Highlands Ranch.

Hope Community Church Egg Hunt at Platt Park 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hope Community Church Egg Hunt at Platt Park, 10 a.m. sharp! Tons of eggs and prizes at Platt Park. Donuts & coffee, too. Get there early. 1501 S. Logan St., Denver.

Parker Easter Egg Hunt at O’Brien Park 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Parker Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon. Annual egg hunt at O’Brien Park sponsored by area Parker churches. Hunt is a morning of candy-filled eggs, prizes and family fun. 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker.

Prospect Rec & Park District Easter Egg Hunt at Maple Grove Park 
Mar 31, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Prospect Rec & Park District Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. sharp! (Get there early). Tons of eggs and the Easter Bunny. Maple Grove Park, 14600 West 32nd. Ave., Golden.

Free Easter Event at Bass Pro Shop 
Mar 31, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
March 31st, Bass Pro Shops, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. FREE professional photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts and activities all day. Easter egg hunt for kids ages 2 to 10 at 2 p.m. Arrive early to register. 7970 Northfield Blvd., Denver.

Glendale Easter Eggstravganza
Mar 31, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Glendale Easter Eggstravganza, 11 a.m. sharp! Egg hunt at Infinity Park Turf Field for kids 13 and under. Bring a camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Find one of three prize eggs for an extra special prize. (In case of bad weather, the hunt will be held in the Glendale Sports Center Gym for ages 8 and under only). 4599 E. Tennessee Ave., Glendale.

Heritage Amusement Park Easter Celebration, Heritage Amusement Park Easter Celebration 
Mar 31, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Heritage Amusement Park Easter Celebration, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Easter egg hunts for different age groups throughout the day in the picnic area. Ages 2 to 6 start at noon, ages 7 to 12 start at 1 p.m. Get your picture taken with a special visit from the Easter Bunny. All attractions will be open, weather pending. FREE gate admission ($14 to $20 for unlimited ride wrist bands). Parking is free. 18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden.

Roaming Easter Bunny at Belmar in Downtown Lakewood 
The Easter Bunny will be taking to the streets of Belmar March 24, 11 – 2 pm, March 25, 12 – 3 pm and March 31, 11 – 2 pm. Families are welcome to snap selfies with the Easter bunny and pets too.

Wilmore Outdoor Living Center Egg Hunt 
Mar 31, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wilmore Outdoor Living Center Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. sharp! Children 10 and younger can hunt for eggs filled with candy. Come early so kids can line up by age group. 711 E. County Line Rd., Littleton, 303-795-5339.

Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre 
Apr 1,  5:30 am – 6:45 am

Easter at YMCA of the Rockies at Estes Park Center 
March 31 and April 1

YMCA of the Rockies will host their annual egg hunt with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments and photo opportunities follow with the Easter Bunny and additional activities throughout the afternoon.  On April 1st, Hyde Chapel will hold an Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m and a delicious Easter Brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost: Adults: $35; children aged 6-12: $15; children ages 5 and under free

Easter Brunch at Social Fare 
Apr 1, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Social Fare Denver Dining + Drinks at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek is hosting a special Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1st. Social Fare’s Easter Brunch will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the price is $44 for adults and $22 for children. Ages 6 and under can join for free. Families can enjoy a delicious brunch, a visit with the Easter Bunny and a dedicated playroom for children to enjoy movies, games and their own holiday buffet. 

Hams and Hamstrings Easter Sunday 5K
Apr 1, 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Add something new to your family Easter tradition and join us for a brisk run on Easter Sunday. You bring the hamstrings and we’ll bring the HAMS … prizes for top finishers and best costumes. And EVERY FINISHER will receive a mini Easter ham!! The Hams and Hamstrings® 5K is a community favorite each year.

ELWAY’S Downtown Easter Brunch Buffet at ELWAY’S Downtown at The Ritz-Carlton
Apr 1, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at ELWAY’S Downtown for our annual Easter Brunch Buffet! Spring is around the corner, and our annual Easter Brunch Buffet will offer guests a scrumptious selection of culinary delights for the whole family including fresh fruit and breakfast breads, cheese and, fresh greens, chilled seafood, two carving stations, an egg station and delectable desserts.

Covenant Presbyterian DTC Easter Egg Hunt at Covenant Presbyterian 
Apr 1, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Covenant Presbyterian DTC Easter Egg Hunt, 11:15 a.m.. Held on church grounds for preschoolers to 5th graders. 5400 S. Yosemite St., Greenwood Village.

General Events

Free Day at Molly Brown House Museum 
Mar 28, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Free admission for the residents of: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties – must show ID. January 20, March 28, June 3, August 1 (Colorado Day), September 22, and November 10 (Veteran’s Day). On the free day, please consider making a donation according to your ability. 

Like Mentoring Teens? Foster a Teen! at Sheridan Library 
Mar 28, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
It takes one positive adult relationship to change the course of a teen’s life. Please join to see how you could be that person to make the difference on Wednesday, March 28th at Sheridan Library, 3425 W. Oxford Ave., Denver from 6:00-7:30. Light refreshments served. Contact Sara at 303-225-4073 for more information or to schedule a more convenient time.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers at Pepsi Center 
Mar 28, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Grand Opening at the Women, Infants and Children Clinic 
Mar 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Pregnant women, infants, children and their parents in South Jeffco can now receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support closer to home. On March 13, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) opened a new WIC clinic, also known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, in Littleton at 11139 Bradford Road. The Littleton Clinic is located in the same building as the Department of Motor Vehicles near Chatfield Avenue and Kipling Parkway.

Free Spring Break Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum 
Mar 29 – 30 
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children five through ten years old and their caregivers, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Our professional team of gallery teachers will introduce a different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, or architecture–in every tour.

Boulder Arts Week 
Mar 30  – Apr 7 
The 5th annual Boulder Arts Week will take place on March 30 to April 7, 2018, at venues throughout the city. Celebrating Boulder Artists, the Week is Boulder’s only large-scale, inclusive celebration of our community’s vibrant arts and cultural offerings, promoting and celebrating our city’s thriving creativity. Join us to celebrate the city’s excellent artists and arts and culture offerings such as art walks, First Fridays, exhibitions, performances, dance, music, theater, public art, artist demonstrations, lectures, readings, and workshops.

Ballet Director’s Choice at June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts 
Mar 30  – Apr 1 
Colorado Ballet will close out its season with a collection of ballets in Ballet Director’s Choice, which includes Pillar of Fire by choreographer Antony Tudor with music by Arnold Schoenberg, Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp with music by Michel Colombier and Percy Grainger, and a third work to be announced. Pillar of Fire is made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jeff & Paige at Gunbarrel Brewing Company 
Mar 31, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for our first-ever kids’ concert in Gunbarrel at this spacious, family-owned, kid-friendly “hop spot.” Award winning duo “Jeff & Paige” present a science and nature-themed show for the kids complete with live, original music, educational skits, quick costume changes and loads of audience interaction. Perfect for kids ages 3-8.

Hot Import Nights Denver 2018 
Mar 31, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
HIN is a unique nationwide automotive festival taking place at the Denver Mart. The HIN experience will feature a world recognized car competition showcasing hundreds of customized vehicles, Top Car Crews and Teams, Pioneer DJ Main Stage w/ Headliner DJ Talent, Wish HOT 100 Car Competition, Featured Industry Models in the Model Lounge, Miss HIN Model Competition, Auto Aftermarket Exhibitors, Merchandise Stands, Entertainment Zones, Concessions, plus tons of festival attractions. HIN makes way to Denver for the very first time!

Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 
Mar 31, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Colorado Rapids will square off against Philadelphia Union at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Don’t miss out on this exciting game!

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Pepsi Center 
Apr 1 ,6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 
Apr 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Free Target Tuesday Nights at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Apr 3, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of each month from 4 – 8 pm.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits 

Butterfly Pavilion
Colorado’s only invertebrate zoo, will debuted its newest interactive exhibit, Survival, beginning March 24, 2018. This exhibit will give a fascinating, up-close look at the incredible ways some of the world’s smallest animals overcome the challenges of an invertebrate world. Butterfly Pavilion’s 30,000-square foot facility is located in Westminster at 6252 West 104th Ave.

Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls

Be the Astronaut at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018; Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Wings) enthusiastically announces the arrival of Be The Astronaut, an interactive pod-based exhibit that thrusts visitors into a world of space discovery.  Broken down into three interactive parts, Be The Astronaut first places “explorers” at a NAV (Navigation) Station to explore basic concepts of the universe. Second, guests move to a SCI (Science) Station that reinvents the way users think about the science and technology needed to thrive in outer space. Finally, participants move to the FLY Station. The FLY Station puts guests in control of a variety of spacecraft, including a lander, a rover and an interplanetary spaceship, on a wide variety of extraterrestrial missions. http://wingsmuseum.org/

Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
Now through June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/

Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com

Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie

Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present

Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org

Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/

Outlets at Castle Rock to Host Princess Week March 19-24

Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting the Colorado community to experience an enchanted week of activities during the center’s annual Princess Week, Monday, March 19 – Saturday, March 24. Little princesses far and wide can score a complimentary $5 gift card on ‘Tiara Tuesday’, attend a Princess Tea Party on Saturday, March 24 and participate in the week-long Royal Scavenger Hunt.

“Our entire Outlets at Castle Rock family is thrilled to welcome Colorado princesses of all ages to join in the fun,” said Andrea Nyquist, Outlets at Castle Rock Marketing Director. “We’re looking forward to providing a magical experience and hope to create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Throughout Princess Week, shoppers can enjoy:

A Royal Scavenger Hunt: March 19 – March 24

All shoppers traveling through this retail kingdom during Princess Week can visit Customer Service to pick up a scavenger hunt map and an Elite Savings Pass filled with extra deals at retailers around the property. While touring the kingdom, shoppers are encouraged to locate 11 hidden princess displays and place a custom sticker on each location. The complete, sticker-filled map can then be presented at Customer Service to receive a special princess wand or ring. Limit: one per person.

 Tiara Tuesday: March 20 from 10:00AM – 8:00PM

On Tuesday, March 20, all shoppers who visit Customer Service wearing a Tiara will receive a $5 Outlets at Castle Rock gift card. Customer Service is located in the food court and will be open during center hours. Limit: one per person.

Princess Tea Party: March 24 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM

On Saturday, March 24, Colorado princesses are invited to come decked out in their favorite enchanted costume to meet four surprise princesses and a prince who will arrive by horse-drawn carriage and will be posing for free photos. Special crafts – like a DIY tiara making activity – will be available for attendees (while supplies last) and the event will incorporate treats, face painting and more. Buff City Soap, the center’s newest all-natural bath and beauty retailer, will be on-site creating custom Princess bath bombs.

The reigning Miss Colorado, Meredith Winnefeld, will also be on-site for the Princess Tea Party wearing her sparkling crown and posing for pictures. A native of Highlands Ranch, Meredith is a graduate of Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Sports Business Management. Meredith is also an accomplished twirler who holds multiple national championships in baton and is an active leader in community service.

Outlets at Castle Rock is conveniently located between the Denver Metro Area and Colorado Springs region at I-25 and Exit 184 in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information please visit www.outletsatcastlerock.com. To join the Outlets at Castle Rock community, please follow us on Facebook @OutletsatCastleRock, Instagram @outletsatcastlerock, Twitter @OutletsCR and Snapchat @OutletsCR and use #CastleRockIt.

Deals: St. Patrick’s Day fun, free Red Rocks for teachers and more

Do you think much about your bra? I can’t say that I have thought much about my bra since kids…and early dating where me and Victoria [Secret] were totally on a first-name basis. I heard about ThirdLove Bras on a podcast that I listen to. I decided to order one and try it out. I LOVE it. I love the ½ cup sizes! Here is a coupon for $15 off you want to try the best bra out there.
 
St. Patrick’s Day Fun. While a lot of people drink green beer and other adult activities – St. Patrick’s Day also has a ton of fun for the whole family.
·         St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Kicking off Downtown at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17
·         Breckenridge Brewery – Parents can try the new Nitro Irish Stout at the Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton for just $4 a pint and at 6:45 the whole family will enjoy Irish Steppers and Bagpipers. And get a free Lyft home (use BRECKBREW18 as the code).
·         Arvada Olde Town Irish Festival – In Downtown Olde Town Arvada on Saturday, March 17 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
 
Tokyo Joes. Help Tokyo Joe’s celebrate their 22nd birthday when they offer you a buy one get one free meal on Tuesday, March 13.
 
Love, Simon MovieWitness a love story that must come out at an advance screening of LOVE, SIMON! Follow this link: http://www.gofobo.com/kAIwd13314 for your chance to download an admit-two pass to see the film on Wednesday, March 14 in Denver! Seating in the theatre is first-come, first-serve and is not guaranteed. Please arrive early! LOVE, SIMON comes out March 16.
 
Mici’s Pi Day. Mici Handcrafted Italian celebrates the mathematical holiday Pi Day with a mathematical phenomenon of their own: offering their handcrafted, high quality 10” Formaggio Pizzas for a mere $3.14 (normally $7.95) all day on March 14, 2018. Use code PiDay.
 
Free Red Rocks Tickets for Teachers. Teachers do a lot and, unfortunately, they get little thanks for all their hard work. Which is why Don Strasburg, Co-President of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, wanted to express his thanks and give a little something for our teachers. He posted on his Facebook page, “Hey any school teachers friends of mine here? I’d like to stoke some of you with some comp tickets. You sure deserve a lot of love.” Because of his generosity, hundreds of people responded to his post with requests and praises for local teachers. And due to the influx of responses, AEG has been working tirelessly to try and get free tickets for all of them.
 
Elitch GardensParents with a little one can put their wallets away this season! Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is introducing a new type of season pass specifically for the little kiddos. The new Pre-K Pass grants FREE theme & water park admission to children three to five years of age for the entire 2018 season, including Fright Fest! Register at ElitchGardens.com/Pre-K  before May 20(Passes are only $69.99 for adults).
 
Free Days. We have some awesome free days coming up soon!
§  Thursday, March 22 – Denver Botanic Gardens
 
Consignment SalesWe have one of Denver’s biggest lists of  kids consignment sales.
·         March 15-18. Just Between Friends of Aurora
Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $2 admission; Friday9 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off); Saturday 5:30-7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (half-price sale) at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora
·         March 16-17, Darling Doubles
Friday VIP night 8:30-9:30 p.m.Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, Colorado 80601
·         March 16 and 17. Bear Valley MOPS
Friday 8 am -6 pm and Saturday 8 am – 2 pm. (half-price sale) at Bear Valley Church. 10001 W Jewell Ave, Lakewood, CO 80232
 
Uncorked Kitchen Spring BreakUncorked Kitchen is offering Spring Break camps and we have a special discount for Mile High Mamas readers. Parents can enroll children for the whole week ($420) or pay by the day ($84). 7-10 and 11+ age groups run from 9:30-12:30pm Monday through Friday. Use “MHMSB18” at checkout for 10% off any total spring break camp purchase, expires 3/29/18, one-time use per person. https://www.uncorkedkitchen.com/
  
Harlem Globetrotters.The Harlem Globetrotters World Tour are coming to Colorado in March and we wanted to share the Exclusive discount of 25% OFF Tickets with the PROMO CODE: FUNFAM  CLICK HERE for ShowTimes and Ticket Information.  The team has four different Colorado Games: March 16: Loveland – Budweiser Event Center 7:00 p.m.March 17 : Denver – Pepsi Center: 2:00 p.m.March 17: Broomfield – 1st Bank Center: 7:00 p.m.March 18: Colorado Springs – Broadmoor World Arena: 3:00 p.m.
 
Princess Week at Outlets of Castle Rock. Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting children of Colorado to celebrate their inner princess at the center’s annual Princess Week, running Monday, March 19 – Saturday, March 24. Throughout the week, kids of all ages can participate in a number of themed activities, including Tiara Tuesday, a royal scavenger hunt and a Princess Tea Party that will feature appearances by four surprise princesses. 
 
Ski Deals. Spring is the best time to ski. Awesome sunny days and great deals. 

Elitch Gardens Announces Free Pre-K Pass for Kids Ages 3-5

Parents with a little one can put their wallets away this season! Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is introducing a new type of season pass specifically for the little kiddos. The new Pre-K Pass grants FREE theme & water park admission to children three to five years of age for the entire 2018 season, including Fright Fest!

“As an iconic part of the Denver community for 128 years we are very excited to announce the PRE-K Pass as we continue to make Elitch Gardens the exciting and affordable destination for family fun,” says Layne Pitcher, Director of Marketing.

Parents have until May 20 to register their child online for the Pre-K Pass at ElitchGardens.com/Pre-K and must process their child’s Pre-K Pass at the park by June 24. Qualifying children must be three to five years old by the activation deadline of June 24. Elitch Gardens offers numerous experiences throughout the season for kids ages three to five including 14 pint-sized rides in KiddieLand, the wet and wild Hook’s Lagoon, a daily kids’ show, trick or treating during Fright Fest and MORE!

Adult guests can purchase their 2018 Season Pass for the best price right now. Passes are only $69.99 and include unlimited visits to the theme and water park, free parking, free tickets for friends, free concerts and much more! Season Passes are available online at ElitchGardens.com or at any Colorado King Soopers location.

Mark your calendar for April 28, as Elitch Gardens opens to the public for the 2018 season, its 128th consecutive year of providing quality, friendly family fun.

Spring Break in Denver 2018: Over 50 activities listed!

The countdown is on for Spring Break 2018! If you’re staying in Denver, no need to dismay as we have updated last year’s popular Spring Break guide. Whether you want to hunker down indoors, get outside or explore something new, we have you covered with these fabulous Spring Break offerings, categorized by geographic area.  

Also, if you want to travel, don’t miss 15 Affordable Family Spring Break Adventures in Colorado.

CENTRAL DENVER

  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science— Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. 
  • Denver Zoo–The Denver Zoo is 80 acres of fun in City Park. Don’t miss the new baby sloth or live demonstrations in the Toyota Elephant Passage.
  • Mizel Museum

    Mizel Museum

    Botanic Gardens  – These top-ranked U.S. botanical gardens offers spectacular garden displays, outdoor art exhibits, gardening classes, spring break camps and workshops at two great locations–Chatfield and Denver.

  • Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Discover the natural wonders of Colorado as you scale a towering three-story mountain to the summit for the premiere lookout over Denver and the Rockies.
  • The Denver Firefighters Museum (downtown) – The Museum offers not only outstanding exhibits on the history of fire fighting in Denver focusing on the Denver Fire Department, but innovative and exciting hands-on activities that allow visitors to interact with the traditional exhibits
  • History Colorado Center–This $110 million experiential museum makes Colorado history fun and has exciting new workshops, exhibits, programs, and performances that spark curiosity and ignite the imagination.
  • United States Mint Tour (downtown) – Discover how our currency is made and take home a souvenir – FREE. Reservations are required for the 45-minute tours that are run every 90 minutes.
  • Molly Brown House Museum (downtown) – Learn about the life and times of “Unsinkable” Molly Brown in her restored Victorian home in Denver, Colorado. This is one of the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story. Admission to the Molly Brown House Museum is by guided tour only.
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Where beloved childhood toys are elevated to art, and workshops are inexpensive.
  • Denver Art Museum (downtown) – Each spring break they have a themed break that allows the whole gang to make art in the galleries, work alongside artists, and check out Family Backpacks from the Family Activity Cart. Kids 18 and younger receive free general admission.
  • Downtown Aquarium. This features over 500 species of marine life and mammals in the million-gallon Aquarium Adventure Exhibit.
  • Mizel Museum. Rooted in Jewish values that have universal relevance, the Mizel Museum is a gem tucked away in a residential area in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood. Kids will love their interactive road map as they journey along the 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. They’ll learn about art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture.

NORTH

  • APEX Movement. Do you want to be the next American Ninja Warrior? Many of the TV’s program’s best athletes train at APEX Movement in Boulder. Classes, birthday parties and open gym are available so your kids can challenge themselves the Ninja Warrior way.
    (Apex Movement)

    (Apex Movement)

  • Mid-air Adventures. Mid-Air Adventures offers a safe, active and unique experience for guests of all ages. Their 12,000 sq. ft. facility offers giant swings, zip lines, 20’ climbing wall, rope bridges, slides and a toddler area.
  • Hammonds Candy Factory Tour (Denver) – Hammond’s complimentary candy factory tours are fun and educational for candy lovers of all ages. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe have seen how their famous, handcrafted candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops are pulled, twisted, and shaped by hand. No reservations are required for small groups.
  • WOW Children’s Museum (Lafeyette)–This interactive museum educates children in the areas of arts, sciences and life. At the new and improved Bank of WOW! Exhibit, children and families can practice money recognition, counting and basic math skills, and learn about saving and spending
  • Butterfly Pavilion (Westminster) – Home to over 5,000 animals including Rosie the tarantula and a tropical forest where 1,600 butterflies rule the sky. They offer a daily spring break camp.
  • Gateway Park Fun Center. Boulder’s only indoor and outdoor family fun center with batting cages, go-carts, mini golf, an arcade, driving range, inline hockey and more.
  • Go hiking. There are so many beautiful hikes in the Boulder area and my favorites are at Chautauqua Open Space Park. Be sure to stop in the Ranger’s Cottage for interactive fun or eat at the historic Dining Hall. For here for more Boulder hiking ideas.
  • Louisville Community Park is a park that has it all. There is a grassy area for the kids to run free in, spray grounds to cool off in the summer, a large sandbox, playground and even a dog park with swim beach to watch the pooches play.
  • Boondocks Fun Center (Northglenn)–This 8-acre indoor/outdoor amusement center offers everything from bumper boats to laser tag to a Kiddie Cove to batting cages.
  • Greeley Freight Station Museum: Examine intricate model railroad layouts, a wooden caboose from the Colorado and Southern Railroad and more than 1,000 railroad artifacts. See actual trains come and go on nearby tracks.
  • Adventure Golf and Raceway (Westminster). This is a great place for mini golf and go karts in the Denver area. 
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (Commerce City)–Located 10 minutes from downtown Denver, this 17,000-acre refuge is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. It consists of open lakes, wetlands, prairie grasslands, and woodlands and an excellent hands-on visitor’s center.
  • Celestial Seasonings. Visit the Celestial Seasonings headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and unlock the mysteries of tea with a free guided tea tour.

SOUTH

  • Hudson Gardens (Littleton) – The Hudson Gardens’ 30 acres non-profit botanical gardens are located along the bank of the South Platte River. Admission is free every day.
  • Westlands Park (Greenwood Village) – The Westlands playground includes three play areas sized for toddlers to teens. There are two large climbing structures which satisfy both the technical climber as well as the inexperienced child. In addition to the main play area, there are three multi-use playing fields, an in-line hockey rink, a natural water sculpture, a pond and a hike / bike trail.
  • Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park (Littleton, Lakewood, Greenwood Village) – Wall-to-wall trampolines provide fun, indoor exercise and a perfect outlet for inclement weather days.
  • Carson Nature Center

    Carson Nature Center

    Jungle Quest (Littleton). Exciting Indoor Ziplines, Huge Safari Swing, 20-foot High Rock Climbing Wall, Swinging Cargo Net, Burma Bridges, Treehouse and Slides and Jungle Caves –for Kids 5 and up.

  • Carson Nature Center (Littleton)–South Platte Park has over 880 acres of open space along the South Platte River with five lakes open to fishing, 2.5 miles of the South Platte River and the Mary Carter Greenway for walking and biking, nearly 4 miles of natural surface trails, and the Carson Nature Center and classroom.
  • Lollipop Park (Centennial)–This indoor children’s amusement park is located inside the Family Sports Center and offers a carousel, bounce castles, train ride, small Ferris wheel, teacup ride and more.
  • Great Play (Highlands Ranch)–This unique gym for kids 6 months-10 years old makes it fun while developing motor skills, sport skills, fitness and coordination in their patented Interactive Arena.
  • Gameworks (Stapleton)–This 36,000-square-foot pubby amusement center and sports bar features hundreds of electronic games, a laser tag arena, big-screen TVs and comfort food.
  • Robert F. Clement Park (Littleton)–Clement Park is set on a 60-acre lake with a 1.4-mile walking path around it, tennis course, baseball fields, batting cages, multi-purpose fields, horseshoe pits and three separate playgrounds.
  • Littleton Museum. Located on 39 acres, this free museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860’s and one from the 1890’s), a small lake, a collections center, and a main exhibition and administration building.
  • iFLY Denver Indoor Sky Diving (Lone Tree). Fun,  safe indoor skydiving adventure Safe for ages 3 and up.

EAST

  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum (Denver) –An extensive collection of aircraft and related aviation and military exhibits preserving the history of the service men and women who served at Lowry Airforce Base. There are more than three dozen aircrafts on display in this 44,000-square foot space.
  • Dart Warz (Centennial)–Want an ultra cool alternative to paintball or airsoft? Look no further than Dart Warz.
  • Centennial Center Park–This 11-acre city park has a killer playground, nature areas, amphitheater and a water area in the summer. Located on the north side of Arapahoe Rd., between S. Revere Pkwy. and S. Vaughn St., adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center.
  • Monkey Bizness (Centennial, Denver, Lone Tree) -You’ll find interactive inflatables, play structures, climbing walls, and games of all shapes and sizes. There is a separate section just for toddlers with their own play equipment.
  • Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch (Aurora). Star K Ranch “regulars” include mule deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, great horned owls, and blue jays. Costumes, blocks, puppets, kids’ books, and live animal exhibits make Morrison Nature Center a great place for kids.
  • Plains Conservation Center (Aurora)–The Plains Conservation Center is an outdoor education facility and state-designated natural area that educates children about Colorado’s eco-history, and nurture conservation efforts.
  • Unser Cart Racing – Kids… go carts. Can’t lose right? 

 WEST

  • Dinosaur Ridge (Morrison) – Part of the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark, Dinosaur Ridge area is one of the world’s most famous dinosaur fossil localities. Enjoy exhibits, a shuttle tour, and real dinosaur tracks. 
  • Majestic View Nature Center (Arvada)–Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park has more than majestic views–The 3,000- square foot Nature Center features hands-on nature and environmental displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid’s area, classrooms and meeting space.
    Apex Center

    Apex Center

    Earth Treks Climbing Center (Golden)–Earth Treks Golden features more than 28,500 sq ft of climbing with walls up to 48 ft high, including tons of bouldering and roped climbing for all ages and abilities.

  • Majestic View Nature Center (Arvada)–Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park has more than majestic views–The 3,000- square foot Nature Center features hands-on nature and environmental displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid’s area, classrooms and meeting space.
  • Apex Center (Arvada)–Perfect for an inclement weather day, this recreation and entertainment center houses two ice rinks, an awesome indoor aquatic play area, climbing wall, gyms, indoor track, themed indoor playground and more.
  • Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden)–Lose track of time year-round at this 15-acre railyard featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches, a garden railway, renowned library and roundhouse restoration facility with working turntable.
  • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden) – The Buffalo Bill Museum’s exhibits include memorabilia from Buffalo Bill’s life and Wild West shows, Indian artifacts, antique firearms and more. The spectacular views overlooking Denver are a bonus!
  • Casa Bonita (Lakewood) – It’s about the atmosphere and entertainment, kids love it, menu is limited.  Euphoric memories from your childhood?  Visit again–it hasn’t changed.
  • Lookout Mountain Nature Center (Golden)–Lookout Mountain Nature Center invites kids to connect with the natural world through interactive exhibits about the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Kids enjoy a hands-on play room and observation room.
  • Hiking. The western slope is home to some of Denver’s best hiking trails. Our favorites including Red Rocks, Matthews/Winters, Evergreen, Deer Creek and much more. Go here for maps, directions and regulations: http://jeffco.us/parks/open-space/.

-JoAnn Rasmussen contributed to this list.

“Creatures of Light” at the DMNS

They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash and flicker in the new exhibition “Creatures of Light,” opening at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Feb. 23. This family favorite explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths.

This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and fungi, minerals and live animals that get their glow on. The exhibition is free with general admission.

“Creatures of Light” reveals some of the most magical, wondrous and truly extraordinary creatures and phenomena found in the natural world. The ability to generate light is rare among organisms that live on land. It is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters are bioluminescent. Many of these animals have become particularly compelling to scientists because they may hold important clues to essential questions related to biological research.

In “Creatures of Light,” guests move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the variety of ways in which light is used to reproduce, lure unsuspecting prey or defend against predators.

  • Peek into the darkness of a New Zealand cave and look up to see twinkling over your head—not from stars but from simulated glowworms.
  • Stroll across an interactive Puerto Rican lagoon as you light up a trail of flashes from tiny “pyrotechnic” plankton.
  • Explore a North American meadow filled with flashing fireflies and try your hand at re-creating their dazzling mating signals.
  • Marvel at gigantic models of bioluminescent mushrooms, fireflies and jellyfish.
  • Try a digital coral reef activity that shows how corals fluoresce in shades of pink, orange and green.
  • Peer into a tank of live GloFish and discover how fluorescence helps detect pollution and contributes to medical research. 
  • Put minerals and scorpions from the Museum collections, along with everyday objects, to the test in the new “Does It Glow?” activity.
  • Throughout the gallery, you will deepen your experience with videos, animations, photographs and iPads with additional in-depth content.

“Anyone who has seen an animal or a mushroom glow cannot help but assume it is something magical. However, science will eventually explain all of it,” said Dr. Frank Krell, the Museum’s entomologist and curatorial advisor for the exhibition. “The science behind bioluminescence does not explain its enchantment away, rather it makes these phenomena even more fascinating.”

“Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org), in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada; and The Field Museum, Chicago.

The exhibition will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 23 – June 10. For more information, visit www.dmns.org/creaturesoflight.

Sharing Is Caring: How to Teach Kids to Share

The tug of war, the kicking, the shoving, we’ve all the seen the perils of children fighting over a toy. Sharing is HARD, especially for little ones who don’t have a full understanding of the concept.

The good news is, we can teach toddlers them to share! Start early and play with them often to help them learn. Here are some tips and games from Bright by Text that can help:

  • Starting at just over 1 year your child can start to learn what it means to take turns. Here are some ideas for fun activities that encourage taking turns:
    • Sit with your child and and roll a ball back and forth to encourage playing nice with others.
    • Gather several big blocks and sit on the floor with your child. Begin by stacking one or two blocks. Next, give a block to your child and tell him to put it on the tower. When she does this, say, “It’s my turn,” and put another block on the tower. Next, tell her, “It is your turn.” Continue trading turns as you build the tower higher and higher.
    • First, you will need a board at a slanted angle that is wide enough for cars to go down. Start out by rolling the cars down the board, then give your child a car and let her try. Repeat, putting the cars on backwards and sideways. Let her catch cars at the end of the ramp and bring them around to do it again!
    • First, get two play phones and sit with your child on the floor. Make a ringing noise and answer your phone. Say, “Hello. Is (child’s name) there?” Then hand the phone to her, saying, “(Child’s name), it’s for you.” Pick up the other phone and begin talking to her. Let her talk, then repeat what she says back to her. For instance, you can say, “Oh, you were playing with your doll.” Ask her lots of questions, listen, and show her that you understand her answers. After a while, say goodbye to her and hang up the phone.
  • As your child gets closer to 2, he can start to understand more about sharing. Practice sharing with your child. Have him give you a toy and then you give it back. Or give him 2 of something to snack on and ask him to give you one. Be sure to give positive feedback when he shares!
  • Playdates and group activities also help toddlers learn to share, interact with others, and make friends.

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Winter Activities in Colorado’s State & National Parks

Trade in your summer hiking boots for snowshoes, cross-country skis or snowmobiles and experience Colorado’s state and national parks in the winter. Don’t miss these great recommendations from Colorado.com. 

1. Gem Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park

You can hardly go wrong when choosing a winter activ­ity within the massive confines of Rocky Mountain Na­tional Park, but snowshoeing is popular here for a few reasons: It’s easy for anyone to get the hang of, rentals are a breeze in gateway towns of Estes Park or Grand Lake, and it allows you to tread lightly through Mother Nature without overly demanding athletic distractions. The Gem Lake trail (1.6 miles) is a favorite among locals and boasts 1.8 billion-year-old granite high-rise walls and views of the Continental Divide.

Insider Tip: RMNP offers some the best ranger-led snowshoe programs in the state. Two-hour excursions begin at both the west (Grand Lake) and east (Estes Park) entrances January through March.

2. Family Weekend Getaway at Mueller State Park & Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Can’t pinpoint a winter activity that pleases every out­spoken family member? Mueller State Park, 40 minutes outside of Colorado Springs, has you covered with sledding, plenty of snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails and cozy winter cabins with modern amenities for those who prefer to celebrate winter by snuggling up next to a fire with a good book. And Cheyenne Mountain State Park, just 15 minutes south of town, offers an archery range, junior ranger program and geocaching to fill a winter’s day.  

Insider Tip: The affordable cabins at Mueller are exceptional when it comes to amenities, space, scenery and overall comfort. Give yourself plenty of leeway for reservations (available online or via phone at 800-678-2267).

3.  Moose Mayhem at State Forest State Park

The winter landscape grants some of the best op­portunities to watch mammals in their natural habi­tat. State Forest State Park, just east of Walden, is home to more than 600 moose that roam the park’s enormous 71,000 acres. But first things first: Stop by the Moose Visitor Center to get the inside scoop on where to watch these magnificent creatures.

Insider Tip: Snowmobiling through the park is a favorite for adrenaline junkies and free spirits. You’ll gain more ground (70 miles of trail in addition to access to Routt National Forest) and take advan­tage of picturesque terrain that’s buttressed by the Medicine Bow and Never Summer mountain ranges.

4. A Frozen Fortress Outside Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

When many people think of Great Sand Dunes they think of a desert-like landscape. After all, the park boasts a whopping 30 square miles of sand dunes reaching heights up to 750 feet. The vastness feels even more visceral in winter with cooler temps, fewer visitors and the treasurable quietness that a fresh blanket of snow affords.

But a real treat is when the famous Zapata Falls, just 11 miles outside of the park, freezes into a 25-foot icy monument worthy of the White Witch’s castle in Narnia.

Insider Tip: Bring shoes that are suitable for hiking on ice. Nearby outdoor retailers sell affordable cram­pons that slip right over your hiking or snow boots for optimal stability.

5. Cross-Country Ski at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Another bonus to winter in Colorado’s national parks is that cars are prohibited from mucking up trails primed for cross-country pioneers. This is certainly the case for one of the state’s most popular trails, South Rim Drive (7 miles), which swishes Nordic skiers and snow­shoers to staggering views of Gunnison’s snow-dusted “black” rock walls. Rent skis in Gunnison or Montrose and park at the South Rim Visitor Center.

Insider Tip: A few times a year the ranger program offers guided full-moon trips. If you think the canyon looks impressive during the day, just imagine those sheer rock faces under a moon­light beam. If the date’s not right, check out the ranger program’s stargazing and snowshoe tours.

Learn more about Colorado Nordic Centers >>

6. Ice Fishing at Eleven Mile State Park 

Coloradans don’t give up their favorite pursuits in the winter — they just have to switch them up a bit! How often do you get to spend quality time with your closest friends in a homely hut swapping stories and sippin’ beer? Amid all those good times, don’t forget about reeling in fleshy kokanee, trout and pike. Out-of-towners or newbies can visit 11 Mile Marina for equipment rentals or guided trips.

Insider Tip: Eleven Mile State Park is roughly one hour away from two of Colorado’s most popular destinations: Breckenridge and Colorado Springs. Make a weekend of your ice-fishing excursion and poke around these hot spots or meander your way into Park County’s lesser-known, but equally en­joyable, towns like Lake George or Alma to experience mountain-town hospitality at its finest.

Read more about places to ice fish in Colorado >>

7. A Different Take on Winter at Sylvan Lake State Park

Sylvan Lake State Park is arguably one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets for win­ter. Although Sylvan is located in the Vail Valley, a world-famous locale for skiers and snowboarders, it chooses to take a different spin on winter sans chairlifts and superpipes. Instead, visitors hit a jackpot of snow conditions, isolation and pure wilderness that yields an ar­ray of activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing (rentals available at the visitor center), snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding, wildlife watching and winter camping.

Insider Tip: Sylvan also grants access to White River National Forest’s vast landscape and trail system acces­sible via snowshoes, cross-country skies or snowmobiles.

8. Yurt Camping at Ridgway State Park

Ridgway State Park’s three yurts are found on the park’s Dakota Terraces, where mountain views are indescribable and the potential for coziness abounds. The round, tent-like structures can be rented for two nights at a time and are warmed by a propane heater/gas log stove. Perfect for those not looking to get too hale and hardy for winter camping, a year-round restroom with flush toilets and sinks is also close by, and bunks, futons, a couch, table and chairs, microwave and refrigerator, electrical outlets and lights make things nice and comfortable. 

Insider Tip: The park recommends visitors bring their own bedding (ie, typically a sleeping bag), camping-style cooking supplies and eating utensils. Pets are allowed in one of the yurts for a fee.

“Dead Sea Scrolls” Coming to Denver

 Tickets are on sale for “Dead Sea Scrolls,” the exhibition that has captivated millions around the world, which opens at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on March 16. The regional premiere of this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation.

Ten scrolls will be displayed when the exhibition opens. Due to strict preservation requirements, 10 different scrolls will arrive halfway through the run to replace the 10 initial scrolls. This will make it possible to see a total of 20 scrolls while the exhibition is in Denver. Each rotation includes a scroll that has never before been on public display.

In addition, more than 500 artifacts from the ancient Middle East will immerse guests in historic traditions and beliefs that continue to impact world cultures today. The authentic objects include inscriptions and seals, weapons, stone carvings, terra cotta figurines, remains of religious symbols, coins, shoes, textiles, mosaics, ceramics, jewelry and a three-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, believed to have fallen in 70 CE. The exhibition is organized by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA).

The Dead Sea Scrolls represent one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In 1947, a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea, near the site of the ancient settlement of Qumran. Concealed within the cave were scrolls that had not been seen for 2,000 years. After extensive excavation, thousands of fragments from more than 900 remarkably preserved scrolls were recovered, leading to decades of extraordinary scrutiny, preservation, debate and awe. 

Timed tickets will be required and advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Guests pay $25.95 adult, $21.95 senior (age 65+), $17.95 junior/student (ages 3–18 or with a student ID), which includes general admission. Museum members receive discounted admission to the exhibition. Group pricing is available. For tickets and information, call 303-370-6000 or visit dmns.org/deadseascrolls.

The exhibition will be open 10 a.m.–5 p.m.MondayFriday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m.Saturday and Sunday, with last entry at 4 p.m. each day and extended hours at various times. (Note that due to carefully scheduled “light hours” for the fragile scrolls, the exhibition will open an hour later than the rest of the Museum, MondayFriday.)