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33 family-friendly events in Denver this week

We have Earth Day! We have Easter egg hunts! We have a Bumblebee Jamboree and so much more. See our calendar for full listings. 

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field
Apr 18 – 21 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Free Day at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
Apr 19, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. Museum Free Days, as a part of the FAC’s other free and reduced-fee programs (such as scholarship programs at Bemis, and special military discounts through the Blue Star Theatres and Blue Star Museums programs), make an important impact in our community.

Evergreen Easter Egg Hunt at Buchanan Park Recreation Center 
Apr 19, 5:30 pm – 6:15 pm
Come and enjoy this family event.Wear swim suit and bring goggles if needed, also bring a basket/plastic bag to collect eggs found in the pool. Staff will put eggs in pool before start of each age group.

Wild Dreams Overnight at Downtown Aquarium
Apr 19, 6:00 – 11:45 pm
Bring your sleeping bag and snooze amongst the sharks and rays! Have an exciting night at the Downtown Aquarium to explore the exhibits, learn about the animals and their habitats, make a craft, play games and much more. T-shirts & breakfast included.

10 Year Celebration at Woodward Copper 
Apr 19 – 20 
A celebration of 10 years of Woodward Copper with live music, spray paint artist exhibits, nostalgia displays, time capsule ceremony and fun camp activities at the Barn.

Easter Bunny Breakfast at Outlets at Castle Rock 
Apr 20, 8:30 – 10:00 am

Join us on Saturday, April 20th in the food court for a special Flippin’ Flapjacks breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Families can enjoy fun activities, like face painting, and kids will receive a special pair of Easter Bunny ears, too. Pictures are complimentary, just remember to bring your own camera!

Free Entrance Day at National Parks 
Apr 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 – Free Entrance Day in the National Parks.

Free Family Spring Stewardship Day at Johnson Habitat Park 
Apr 20, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bring your family to Johnson Habitat Park and take part in a park project. Each Family Stewardship Day starts with an hour-long volunteer project, followed by games and crafts with our South Platte River Environmental Education (SPREE) staff! SPREE= South Platte River Environmental Education.

Earth Day Celebration at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with Healthy Planet Hero Stations all about our big, beautiful planet. Activities included with Museum admission, members are free!

Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market 
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for the 2019 Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market! Come see the Easter bunny, hunt for candy, enter the adult and kids prize raffles, and enjoy the live radio remote! We have quite the Easter party planned, so bring out the family and celebrate with us on SATURDAY, April 20th! Make sure you stop by the check-in table before 10 am to get your raffle ticket!

Easter Candy Hunt, Mile High Flea Market
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for the 2019 Easter Candy Hunt at Mile High Flea Market! Come see the Easter bunny, hunt for candy, enter the adult and kids prize raffles, and enjoy the live radio remote! We have quite the Easter party planned, so bring out the family and celebrate with us on SATURDAY, April 20th! Make sure you stop by the check-in table before 10 am to get your raffle ticket!

Opening Weekend at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
Apr 20 – 21 
Today. We Play. The first artist-driven dark ride the world has ever seen! Meow Wolf’s Kaleidoscape – Take the Ride 2019.

Party for our Planet at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Apr 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate our big, beautiful planet with Earth-themed StoryTimes, meet & greets with creatures from Nature’s Educators, music with energiLAB (powered by you!), tastings in The Teaching Kitchen, special crafts and more.

Bumblebee Jamboree at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Apr 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am
This unique musical experience is perfect for children ages 0-12 and their parents. Children are invited to dress as a favorite pollinator such as a bee, butterfly or bird and dance and sing along with the musical guests. Each family-friendly indoor concert features original and traditional songs by a different musical performer.

Easter Bunny Visits at Orchard Town Center 
Apr 20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Easter Bunny will be at The Orchard for two days of free visits and photos. Visitors can bring a camera or phone and take their own photos with the bunny in a spring setting on The Orchard entertainment stage. Every child will receive bunny ears and an activity book and families will receive a bag full of goodies, coupons and The Orchard Shopping & Dining Discount Book.

University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Apr 20, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
DU vs. PROVIDENCE.

The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt at Copper Mountain Resort 
Apr 21, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Hop on over to Copper for 65,000 eggs spread over 2,500 acres! There will be different hunts for all ages – from a 3 and under hunt in Center Village, to an adults on-mountain hunt. and giveaways.

Easter Brunch at Beau’s Kitchen & Tavern
Apr 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for Easter Brunch on April 21, 2019. We offer a robust menu, sure to delight every palate.

ELWAY’S Downtown Easter Brunch Buffet at ELWAY’S Downtown 
Apr 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Gather family and loved ones and join us at ELWAY’S Downtown for our annual Easter Brunch Buffet! This fabulous presentation is complete with any array breads and cereals, fresh salads and fruit, cheese and charcuterie, chilled seafood, lamb, chicken, carving stations of prime rib and ham, an egg station with omelets prepared to order, and a tantalizing dessert bar with eight sweet options to enjoy.

Wild Earth Day at The Wild Animal Sanctuary 
Apr 22, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for an event that is designed to not only help “Mother Earth”, but also the animals and humans that inhabit this wonderful planet! A general celebration with free entry for each person that brings a live potted tree to plant – includes great food and amazing animals that will add lots of fun to the mix, so plan to celebrate your “Wild Earth Day” with us and more than 500 of the wildest friends you could ever have.

Earth Day Denver at Webb Building Atrium
Apr 22, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Find out how you can make a difference! Meet with Denver departments that have resources to help you green you business and neighborhoods, and meet teams that are taking action in Denver. FREE and Open to the Public.

Stand Against Racism Week at Boulder, Colorado 
Apr 22 – 29
During Stand Against Racism Week, the YWCA will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. Events are planned in nearly every state across the country including engagement in public policy and advocacy, community education, and public proclamations

Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals at Coors Field 
Apr 22– 24 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Washington Nationals.

Petite Musique: The Three Bears at Hampton Hall
Apr 23, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. our 16-piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year’s program, The Three Bears will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Pandas Home at Lone Tree Arts Center 
Apr 23 – 25, 10:00 pm
Venture into the culture and history of distant China by following footprints left by a panda. Through the use of dance, sound, interactive projected images, and play, the performers and children alike will encounter bamboo forests, monsters, fireworks, and kites as they explore the five elements of Wu Xing—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.

Ongoing General Events

Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.

Harry Pottery Marathon at Phipps Imax Theater at DMNS
April 4 – June 8, 2019
Back by popular demand, a Harry Potter marathon in Phipps IMAX Theater! Between April 4 and June 8, all eight “Harry Potter” films and two “Fantastic Beast” films will be screened in chronological order as part of Hollywood Favorites. Relive the magic or see the saga unfold for the first time. Previously released cinematic features are included in their IMAX lineup on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. 

Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five.

Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Got Style? Railroads & Design at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Feb 16 – Jun 10, 2019
Often leading the pack as far as what was “stylish.” railroads have echoed the fashion of their day. From rail cars to benches, dining plates to lamps passengers expected and often got the best. This small exhibit explores the how materials, production technologies and aesthetic trends all affected how the railroads we traveled on looked.

Kids Kabaret Performances at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Feb 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019
Our ‘Kids Kabaret’ shows are designed for children ages 3-12. We take pride in offering live theater for young children; understanding that they will wiggle and move around. Several children are incorporated into the show at each performance.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

“Sesame Street” to mark 50 years with Denver taping and free family festival

The coolest gang around is coming to Denver! Join Elmo, Cookie Monster and all their friends as they visit Denver this summer to celebrate 50th season of “Sesame Street.” 

Oh, and your dreams of sharing the stage with the biggest, baddest (Big) Bird around may come true: they’re bringing a camera crew.

To mark five decades since the premiere of the children’s-educational staple that got its start in public television (and now for HBO), “Sesame Street” will hold a free festival on July 20 at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. Producers will also record a new segment in Denver for the upcoming season, according to a press statement from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show.

That segment will appear on the 50th season of “Sesame Street,” which premieres in November on HBO, and will feature some of Denver’s favorite landmarks and organizations that showcase what locals love about their community. They will also celebrate with live performances and kid-friendly activities at the free festival.

The event is in the preliminary planing stages and additional details about this FREE family family will arrive in the spring. But you may RSVP now for the event at bit.ly/2IyeepH. Note: Attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, and there’s no need to bring tickets to the event.

Photo: Sesame Street Workshop

Stand Against Racism Week Teaches Important Life Lessons for Kids

YWCA Boulder County – the only YWCA on the Front Range – has announced Stand Against Racism Week (April 22-29, 2019). 

During Stand Against Racism Week, the YWCA will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. 

Events are planned in nearly every state across the country including engagement in public policy and advocacy, community education, and public proclamations. Here in Boulder County the YWCA will holding the following events:

  • Tuesday, April 23: free film screening of the documentary, 13th, by Director Ava DuVernay, who also directed Selma, followed by a community discussion facilitated by Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty and Deputy Director of Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Juston L. Cooper, M.P.A. The screening and discussion will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Nomad Theater located at 1410 Quince Avenue in Boulder. Please RSVP by calling the YWCA at: (303) 443-0419.
  • Tuesday, April 23: Reading to End Racism for students at Alicia Sanchez International School in Lafayette, Colorado.
  • Thursday, April 25: YWCA Boulder County Community Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the YWCA’s offices located at 2222 14th Street in Boulder. Please join us to learn about the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, share perspectives and goals for community members and agencies, and help develop strong next steps in creating a more welcoming and equitable community. Those interested in being part of the discussion should contact Debbie Pope at dpope@ywcaboulder.org.
  • Saturday, April 27: Fourth Annual THRIVE Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Front Range Community College Boulder County Campus located at 2190 Miller Drive in Longmont, Colorado. The THRIVE bilingual conference is aimed at helping Boulder County residents needing to build assets such as homes, businesses, post-secondary education, health insurance, and social justice. Participants will learn about resources that are available to them and will leave the conference with clear next steps. This conference is free of charge and lunch is provided. Children activities are included to make it easier for working parents to attend. Please RSVP to 2019ThriveConf.Eventbrite.com
  • Monday, April 29: Reading to End Racism for students at Birch Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado.

Participants in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from schoolchildren to elected officials, from owners of small businesses to church leaders, and many others. For more details, to register your own event or look up a participating site, visit www.StandAgainstRacism.org. For more information on local events, please contact the YWCA Boulder County at (303) 443-0419. 

Anythink hosts special event with One Book Colorado author (get a free book)

As a participant in One Book Colorado, a yearly initiative that promotes early literacy by providing all 4-year-olds in the state with access to an exceptional and recently published book, Anythink will be hosting a special story time with Marcie Colleen on Tuesday, April 16, at Anythink Brighton.

Marcie Colleen is the author of Penguinaut!, this year’s One Book Colorado selected book about a penguin who devises a plan to fly from the zoo to the moon. This event is an opportunity for children and caregivers to interact with a nationally acclaimed storyteller. All attendees will receive their own copy of the book to take home, which are also available at all Anythink locations in both English and Spanish.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Event Details
A Very Special Story Time with
One Book Colorado Author Marcie Colleen
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:30 pm

Anythink Brighton
327 E. Bridge St.
Brighton, CO 80601
303-405-3230

new study published just this month by Ohio State University in collaboration with the Columbus Metropolitan Library highlights the importance of young children’s exposure to books: researchers concluded that young children who are read five books a day by their caregivers enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were not read to. What is being referred to as the “million word gap” may be one explanation for literacy and vocabulary disparities experienced in American schools.

One Book Colorado is a collaboration between Serve Colorado, the Colorado State Library, Denver Preschool Program, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, public and military libraries, the private sector and non-profit communities.

 

 

Celebrate Earth Day with these events and sustainable family travel fun

With four national parks, eight national monuments, 41 state parks, 960 wildlife species and 6,000 miles of rivers, the numbers don’t lie: The great outdoors is Colorado’s calling card, and residents and visitors alike agree it’s worth protecting. Travelers looking to honor our planet on Earth Day and beyond are encouraged to join the movement in colorful Colorado by participating in Earth Day events as well as experiencing the state’s sustainable travel offerings, programs and events throughout the year. For more information, visit www.Colorado.com.  

Celebrate Earth Day in these Colorado communities:

Earth Day Celebration, April 20, 2019, Arapahoe Basin – Join A-Basin’s Green Team for an Earth Day Party with partners Darn Tough and Clif Bar. The event encourages carpooling, and the first several hundred people to arrive with three or more people in their car will receive great prizes. Activities include an on-mountain scavenger hunt and an après ski party. 

10th Annual Earth Day Festival, April 21, 2019, Durango – Presented by Durango Nature Studies, this family-friendly event provides an afternoon of fun including a family march, a “litter hunt” along the Animas River Trail, kayak races, live music and booths highlighting environmental organizations and service providers. 

Rhino Week, April 22-28, RiNo Arts District, Denver – This April, the RiNo Art District will pay homage to its animal namesake, the rhinoceros. Together with the non-profit Global Conservation Corps (GCC), RiNo is hosting the first-ever Rhino Week during the week of Earth Day to raise awareness of and funds for rhino conservation.
The week’s events include a kick-off celebration and silent auction; a screening of the documentary film RHINO MAN; an animal-focused art safari; a panel discussion with local conservation and wildlife experts; a fundraising specialty beer release; a DRiNk RiNo bar “stampede” and a community mural project and block party. The funds from the week’s events will benefit ongoing initiatives of the GCC, which aims to conserve wildlife and empower local communities. 
 
Earth Week, April 22-28, 2019, Montrose – Each spring the City of Montrose sponsors and coordinates a full schedule of Earth Week activities. The week-long celebration encourages the community to reconnect with nature and includes spring clean-up, a water conservation challenge, coloring contest for the kids, an Earth Day rally and an informative session on Bicycle Commuting 101. 

Earth Day Celebration, April 27, 2019, Lakewood – This free community event celebrates sustainability and increasing awareness of environmental issues. The celebration includes a recycling drive, live music, fitness classes, a beer garden, e-bike demos and activities for the kids. The celebration also includes the annual Bear Creek Lake Park Volunteer Project. 

Great American Cleanup, April 27, 2019, Colorado Springs – American Cleanup, which marks its 21st year in 2019, engages more than 3.4 million volunteers and participants, on average, every year to create a positive and lasting impact. The Great American Cleanup/Pikes Peak Partners is a coalition consisting of multiple regional partners. Last year, more than 400 volunteers collected refuse at local parks, trails, creeks, roads, and town centers. The coalition encourages civic organizations, churches, scout groups, school groups, and individuals to participate in 2019 as it gives the Pikes Peak Wonders region a “spring cleaning.” 
 
Explore these sustainable travel opportunities and programs across Colorado:

Access geothermal energy in Pagosa Springs – Pagosa Springs is home to the Guinness World Record’s certified, world’s deepest geothermal hot spring aquifer that benefits much more than the town’s recreation. In 1982, the town constructed a geothermal system that now heats many downtown businesses, keeps sidewalks clear of snow during the winter, and has been tapped for heat in the brewing process by Riff Raff Brewing Company. The geothermal waters of Pagosa Springs provide everything from relaxation to craft beer. 

Advocate with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies – Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a nonprofit environmental science education organization, works to increase environmental awareness and spreads its message daily in the Roaring Fork Valley elementary schools and beyond. ACES offers a variety of public programming including snowshoe tours, guided hikes, tours of local farms, and programs specially designed for young environmentalists. 
 
Delve into the Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley, Westcliffe – With dark skies being so important to the health of our ecosystem, there has been a great push to preserve them by adopting practices like reducing light pollution and educating communities about the impact of light pollution. In the Pikes Peak Wonders region, the community of Westcliffe/Silver Cliff was the state’s first Designated International Dark Skies Community and is the highest in the world. The best place to view the night sky is at the Smokey Jack Observatory in Westcliffe’s Bluff Park. While the observatory is available daily, the best days to visit are during the scheduled Star Parties, hosted by Dark Skies of the Wet Mountain Valley.
 
Educate the whole family at Earth Mountain Education Farm, Trinidad – This 440-acre education center is located at the base of the Sangre De Cristos and is an ideal location for exploring the diverse flora and fauna abundant in the region. Earth Mountain integrates a working organic farm, renewable energy systems and camp facilities for the kids, to offer a wealth of learning opportunities.
 
Explore conservation by horseback at Sylan Dale Guest Ranch, Loveland – Located on 3,100 acres in the foothills of the Rockies, conservation is a primary value to the owners of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Much of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is protected through a series of conservation easement partnerships that began in 1999. These easements preserve important wildlife habitat, minerals and aesthetic values of the land near the mouth of the Big Thompson Canyon. Sylvan Dale partners with local schools on conservation projects on its land, including a recent project to install a new water source for area wildlife. 

Get off the grid at Badger Creek Ranch, Canon City – Badger Creek Ranch recognizes its responsibility to care for the land, which includes the grasses, soil, water and all animals that make the ranch their home—domestic and wild alike. The ranch practices holistic management, a process of decision making and planning designed to maintain and improve the health of the land for generations to come. Badger Creek Ranch is an off-the-grid property, meaning it relies solely on solar power for its energy use. The ranch composts all organic materials including manure from the animals and scraps from the kitchen. This compost is then reused as fertilizer for the ranch’s garden and hay meadows. 

Give a Flake with Aspen Skiing Company – Last fall, Aspen Skiing Company launched its Give a Flake marketing and public engagement campaign completely built around climate action. Aspen urges visitors and outdoor and travel enthusiasts to send post cards to their elected officials demanding action on climate change and/or thanking officials who have been champions of climate legislation. Additionally, Aspen Skiing Company is committed to reducing carbon emissions and set a goal of using 70% renewable energy by 2030. 
 
Participate in public programs at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Gothic – The abandoned mining town of Gothic has been home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) since 1928. The rich diversity of local ecosystems first attracted the founder of RMBL, Dr. John Johnson, and it now hosts a variety of public programs including bird surveys, bee workshops, geology and science tours and more. 

Play Forever ® at Copper Mountain – Copper Mountain’s sustainability initiative, Play Forever®, is Copper’s commitment to doing all it can to protect the environment and inspire participation in adventure. Copper Mountain has recently added more efficient and environmentally friendly snowmaking and groomers; replaced shuttles with a Cobus fleet that reduces diesel fuel while increasing carrying capacity; and uses RFID technology that eliminates paper lift tickets with reloadable cards.

Ride around the USA’s most bike-friendly town, Fort Collins – Fort Collins is a well-established cycling community where bicycle commuting is a way of life and is a certified platinum Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. In 2018, People for Bikes named Fort Collins the Choice City for bicycling in the United States, beating out 480 cities for the top honor. People for Bikes examined ridership numbers, safety, network and reach of that network, and acceleration of infrastructure.   

Track wildlife on the Colorado Birding Trail, Mystic San Luis Valley – Despite ecological challenges, the United States maintains a large bird population because of legislation designed to halt the decimating of their natural habitats. The Colorado Birding Trail, established by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2000, follows the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway and connects points rich with birds and wildlife. The Spanish Peaks Birding Trail—one of the state trail’s most popular sections, includes a variety of habitats and contains 20 sites that run the gamut of Colorado biodiversity. It leads through Walsenburg, Lathrop State Park, La Veta, Wahatoya Valley, Devil’s Stairsteps, Stonewall, Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area and more.

Try the shuttle at Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs – New this season, the Hanging Lake permit and shuttle system is now in place to protect the fragile ecosystem and provide visitors with high-quality experiences through education and interpretation at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center and along the trail. During the peak travel season, personal vehicles are no longer allowed to park at the trailhead of this popular hiking spot. A percentage of the fees collected for reservations will be reinvested into the long-term stewardship and sustainability of Hanging Lake. The implementation of the permit system and environmental education and interpretation program will help visitors play an active role in protecting the ecological health of Hanging Lake, improve the visitor experience and support the local tourism economy.

Vacation car-free in Breckenridge – The small mountain town of Breckenridge boasts metropolitan transportation amenities with the Breck Free Ride designed to move everyone around town absolutely free of charge and with ease – complete with an easy real-time app. Combined with lodging shuttles, when guests pledge to use no car when visiting, they help preserve Breckenridge’s historic charm by keeping traffic congestion and pollution at a minimum. Additionally, Breckenridge has made it even easier to get around on two wheels or by foot by redesigning pathways and sidewalks, installing brighter LED lights and adding more heated walkways across town.

Visit Vail, the first designated sustainable mountain town – Vail was designated a sustainable mountain resort by Sustainable Travel International, and is the first place in the world to be certified according to its Mountain IDEAL sustainable destination standards. Since the town’s founding in 1966, it has prioritized conservation projects including restoring the water quality of Gore Creek, adopting the Comprehensive Open Land Plan, and creating the 1% Real Estate Transfer Tax, which improves parks and open space for recreation opportunities. The Town of Vail has invested $2.4 million in energy-efficiency capital, signed a long-term virtual power purchase agreement to launch a new wind project and signed on to Xcel Energy’s Renewable Connect program to bring a new solar farm onto the grid in Colorado. 
 
Volunteer with VOC – Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), offers projects for the general public as well as customized youth and business group projects in trail construction and maintenance, invasive species management, habitat restoration, gardening and planting, forestry management, flood and fire restoration, recreational improvement and historic preservation. Joinable projects are across the state from the Pioneering Plains to Mountains & Mesas, and while work varies in type and difficulty level, all projects are fun, gratifying and address a critical stewardship need.
 
Attend these sustainable events in Colorado throughout the year:
 
National Park Week, April 20-28, 2019 – For one week each April, National Parks across the country team up with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to celebrate America’s treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park—including four right in Colorado—Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Mesa Verde National Park and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. To kick off National Park Week, all entrance fees are waived on Saturday, April 20.
 
Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, July 5-14, 2019, Crested Butte- Known as the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado,” this festival celebrates the peak of wildflower season with hikes, garden tours, art workshops, photography classes, birding and butterfly watching and more. This annual festival’s mission is to advocate for the preservation and appreciation of wildflowers.
 
39th Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, Aug. 15-18, 2019 – Telluride has hosted the quirky Mushroom Festival for over 30 years. Interests range from scientific to culinary, curiosity to investigative. Activities of the weekend include lectures by renowned experts, cooking with mushrooms, and guided hikes that focus on mushroom hunting and identification. The 2019 event will focus on “healing the mind and the planet.”
 
The Colorado Classic presented by VF Corporation, Aug. 22-25, 2019, Denver – This race is committed to becoming the greenest pro cycling race in North America with more than a dozen initiatives supporting energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management and sustainable transportation. The race’s green programs include purchasing carbon offsets for ground transportation; eliminating the sale of bottled water and providing free water fill stations; eliminating or reducing printed material, while using 100% recycled products where necessary; onsite recycling with mandatory vendor compliance; donation of unused food and beverage to a women’s shelter; and promotion of bicycling to the event with safe routes and free bike-rack parking. 
 
Elk Rut, October, Estes Park – October is known as “Elktober” in Estes Park. Autumn marks mating (or rutting) season for elk and the hundreds that call the region home exhibit fascinating rituals this time of year. From ranger programming to backcountry horseback adventures, there are all sorts of ways to learn about these majestic critters. Just remember to help Colorado keep wildlife wild and maintain a respectful distance.  
 
Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival, Nov. 9, 2019, Georgetown – This annual festival celebrates one of the biggest and oldest bighorn sheep herds in the state. This festival features wildlife programs, children’s activities, crafts, hikes, viewing tours and more.

Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the DMNS

When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five.

When: Friday, April 12–Sunday, August 4, 2019

Tickets: Our Senses: Creating Your Reality is free with general admission

Hours: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

Your senses are one of those things you don’t think much about, yet they are constantly at work shaping your perception of the world. Now they get the scientific spotlight in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, an exhibition for the whole family that playfully reveals how and why what we perceive is not all, or exactly, what’s actually going on around us. In a series of interactive galleries, you will enjoy some “sensory overload” as you play with color, patterns, sound, scents, and touch and discover how there’s so much more to our senses than just the usual five. 

  • Watch walls lit with alternating colored lights that reveal just how much a world bathed in white light can differ from one illuminated in blue, green, or red.
  • Explore a garden through the eyes of a bee or a butterfly, encountering larger-than-life models.
  • Hunt like a snake and find prey using an infrared viewer.
  • Dial into a variety of animal sounds normally outside the range of our hearing.
  • Test your skill using an audio collage to track individual sounds, such as a certain creature in a natural setting or an individual instrument in an orchestra.
  • Find out what happens when your senses disagree, as your feet feel a flat floor beneath you but your eyes see walls and a floor that appear to curve and ripple.
  • Look through a pair of goggles that upends the information your brain receives from your eyes.
  • Explore 3D models of specialized touch receptors that demonstrate our complicated touch system.
  • Take a smell test to single out the fragrance notes in a complex scent, since what we perceive as a particular odor is actually a symphony of smells.

For information, visit dmns.org/senses.

27 family-friendly events in Denver this week

From Earth Day celebrations to Easter Egg hunts to the Central City Opera Family Series, there are plenty of things to do in Denver this week. See our calendar for full listings. 

Colorado Earth Day: Salsa for Your Planet at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado 
Apr 9  – 16 
Join us on Monday, April 22 at The Alliance Center to celebrate Earth Day with salsa dancing, food trucks, a beer garden, a kid zone and a visit from Governor Polis at 5pm! The event will be held in the parking lot of The Alliance Center and many of Colorado’s leading environmental organizations will be in attendance with tables and booths – please stop by and say hello.

Just Between Friends of Denver at the National Western Complex 
Apr 10 –  14 
It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Central City Opera Family Series: Mozart & Co. at Center for Musical Arts 
Apr 11, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Central City Opera presents Mozart & Co. Enjoy a kid-friendly, interactive performance of opera scenes from hilarious stories originally envisioned by Shakespeare and the Brothers Grimm. Two performances (9:30 & 10:45 am) – 30 minute performance followed by 15 minutes of playtime. Recommended for kids 6 and under (and their families).

Colorado Mineral & Fossil Spring Show at Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center 
Apr 12 – 14 
Wire Wrapping Classes! Kids Events! Rock Dig! $5 Dinosaur Dig! Free Gold Panning Lessons! Hourly Giveaways!

Fetch Spring Market at Coors Field parking garage in RiNo located at 27th and Blake Street 
Apr 12  – 14 
Fetch Markets are Colorado’s largest and most creative celebrations of small business, shopping, design, local culture, and community. Running several times throughout the year, Fetch Markets offer guests with a unique shopping experience featuring a curated selection of 150+ vendors, ranging from vintage clothing and local artwork to artisanal food products and home goods, as well as a stellar selection of food vendors, pop-up cocktail bars, craft beer, and live entertainment.

Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Apr 12, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Free day!

Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House at Veterinary Teaching Hospital 
Apr 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The annual Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House features informational lectures and demonstrations, as well as tours of the hospital, student organized interactive exhibits, teddy bear mock surgery for children, a petting zoo, food trucks and CAM the Ram!

Free Day at Longmont Museum 
Apr 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Day!

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at South Fellowship Church 
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us for one huge glow party on Saturday, April 13th! Games, snacks, and Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunts will be happening every 20 minutes. This free event is open to the community and sponsored by the Kids Ministry at South Fellowship Church.

Free Day at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College 
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. Museum Free Days, as a part of the FAC’s other free and reduced-fee programs (such as scholarship programs at Bemis, and special military discounts through the Blue Star Theatres and Blue Star Museums programs), make an important impact in our community.

Easter Bunny Visits at Orchard Town Center 
Apr 13, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Easter Bunny will be at The Orchard for two days of free visits and photos. Visitors can bring a camera or phone and take their own photos with the bunny in a spring setting on The Orchard entertainment stage. Every child will receive bunny ears and an activity book and families will receive a bag full of goodies, coupons and The Orchard Shopping & Dining Discount Book.

Spring with the Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Apr 13, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Celebrate with the Colorado Children’s Chorale as they sing and dance in honor of their 45th Anniversary! Featuring all five choirs, Spring with the Children’s Chorale will feature traditional favorites, as well as extra fun for the young and the young-at-heart. Plus, you don’t want to miss the beautiful and enduring presentation of The Trail, composed by Chorale alumni Aron Accurso and Adam Overett. This performance celebration is not to be missed.

American Girl Live at Paramount Theatre
Apr 13 – 14
In American Girl Live, a new, original, 90-minute musical that celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship, audiences join five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods.

Low-Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium 
Apr 14, 8:30 am – 9:45 am
For our guests that prefer a calmer and more sensory-friendly environment join us for a special morning. We will open early at 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at York St 
Apr 14, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Day!

Natural Easter Egg Dying at The Craftsman & Apprentice 
Apr 14, 12:30 – 2:00 pm
In our third annual family-friendly all ages workshop, we’ll learn all about how to create natural dyes and resists to make beautiful and non-toxic dyed eggs. We’ll provide each person a half dozen boiled eggs and use beets, cabbage, and onion skin to create beautiful pastel eggs. I’ll even share my tips and tricks for creating dyes, floral and beeswax resists. Register by the dozen and roll up your sleeves, we’re going to have so much fun.

Arvada Car Care Fest and Free Car Show at Sonsio (across from Van Bibber Park) 
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Arvada Car Care Fest and Car Show is a FREE, family-friendly event that will include: FREE Car Services & Information, Free Car Maintenance Advice & Information, Free Tire Tread Checks & Air Fill Station, Child Car Seat Inspection Information and Valuable Coupons & Giveaways. 

Box City at History of Colorado Center 
Apr 13, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The event which takes place at History of Colorado Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is for children – grades K-5 – and provides an opportunity to learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design and planning.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Rochester Knighthawks at Pepsi Center 
Apr 12, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Mammoth’s 2018-19 regular-season finale is all about the best fans in the National Lacrosse League! The team will celebrate the season with surprises, giveaways and more, all for the fans who have helped make the Loud House one of the best venues in all of sports. From start to finish, this game will be a party that every Mammoth fan will want to attend.

The Illusionists – Live from Broadway at Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex 
Apr 12 – 14
Direct from Broadway, the world’s best selling magic show is coming to Denver.

Ongoing General Events

Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.

Harry Pottery Marathon at Phipps Imax Theater at DMNS
April 4 – June 8, 2019
Back by popular demand, a Harry Potter marathon in Phipps IMAX Theater! Between April 4 and June 8, all eight “Harry Potter” films and two “Fantastic Beast” films will be screened in chronological order as part of Hollywood Favorites. Relive the magic or see the saga unfold for the first time. Previously released cinematic features are included in their IMAX lineup on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. 

Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five.

Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Got Style? Railroads & Design at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Feb 16 – Jun 10, 2019
Often leading the pack as far as what was “stylish.” railroads have echoed the fashion of their day. From rail cars to benches, dining plates to lamps passengers expected and often got the best. This small exhibit explores the how materials, production technologies and aesthetic trends all affected how the railroads we traveled on looked.

Kids Kabaret Performances at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Feb 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019
Our ‘Kids Kabaret’ shows are designed for children ages 3-12. We take pride in offering live theater for young children; understanding that they will wiggle and move around. Several children are incorporated into the show at each performance.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

2019 Little League Days at the Colorado Rockies

Do you have a Little Leaguer?

With another exciting MLB season upon us with the earliest Opening Day in history, thousands of Little Leaguers will once again have a chance to enjoy the unique experience of MLB Little League Days in 2019.

 As part of the growing partnership between Little League and MLB, “Little League Days” provide opportunities for local youth baseball and softball players to experience a Major League Baseball game at a ballpark near them.

This year, 26 of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs–including the Colorado Rockies–will be opening their ballparks to local youth baseball and softball players to provide memorable opportunities and experiences the players will carry with them for a lifetime. While each club’s Little League Days are set to be unique, many will provide discounted tickets for Little Leaguers, the opportunity to use tickets as fundraisers, and will provide the Little Leaguers the opportunity for a special on-field experience. For more information on 2019 MLB Little League Days with the Colorado Rockies, go here for more information. 

17 family-friendly events in Denver this week

Colorado Rockies Home Opener, Disney on Ice, and the 2019 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair are just a few family-friendly events this week. See our event calendar for full details.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at the Historic Denver Coliseum 
April 3 – 7 
Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, LIVE ON ICE! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom

Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi Center 
April 4, 7:00– 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center!

Free Day at Museo de las Americas 
April 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free day!

Colorado Rockies Home Opener at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies 
April 5, 2:15 – 4:45 pm
Don’t miss the Colorado Rockies Home Opener where the Colorado Rockies square off against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers at Pepsi Center 
April 5, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Central City Opera Family Series: Mozart & Co. at Centro San Juan Diego 
April 6, 9:30 – 11:45 am

Central City Opera presents Mozart & Co. Enjoy a kid-friendly, interactive performance of opera scenes from hilarious stories originally envisioned by Shakespeare and the Brothers Grimm. Two performances (9:30 & 11:00 am) – 30 minute performance followed by 15 minutes of playtime. Recommended for kids 6 and under (and their families).

Free Day at Denver Art Museum 
April 6, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Day!

Grand Opening at Board & Brush Creative Studio – Westminster 
April 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
From the outside, it looks like a charming shop with an artsy feel. Once inside, there’s no mistaking this is a place for creativity to blossom, DIY confidence to take hold, and memories to be made.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Saskatchewan Rush at Pepsi Center 
April 6, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Mammoth and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children are fighting cancer together through the team’s 10th annual Lacrosse Out Cancer night. During a special halftime show, the Mammoth will look back at the last decade of Lacrosse Out Cancer, honoring the children and families they have met along the way, and rallying with those who are fighting back against this dreaded disease.

10th Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5k and Family Expo at 1st Bank Center 
April 7, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Healthy Learning Paths invites you to spread the power of health at the 10th annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo: Where Science, Engineering & Health Collide. Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter wants you to join runners, walkers, and crawlers to rally for the health of kids!

2019 Macaroni Kid Douglas County Summer Camp & Activities Fair at CU South Denver 
April 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This FREE event is a one-stop community-focused event designed to give families the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the best camps, summer activities, and more in and around Douglas County.

Just Between Friends of Denver at National Western Complex 
April 10 – 14
It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.

Ongoing General Events

Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Got Style? Railroads & Design at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Feb 16 – Jun 10, 2019
Often leading the pack as far as what was “stylish.” railroads have echoed the fashion of their day. From rail cars to benches, dining plates to lamps passengers expected and often got the best. This small exhibit explores the how materials, production technologies and aesthetic trends all affected how the railroads we traveled on looked.

Kids Kabaret Performances at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre
Feb 20, 2019 – May 24, 2019
Our ‘Kids Kabaret’ shows are designed for children ages 3-12. We take pride in offering live theater for young children; understanding that they will wiggle and move around. Several children are incorporated into the show at each performance.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

Photography exhibition showcases the sacred beauty of women battling breast cancer

 Cancer sucks.

As Denver-based artist Silvana Vukadin-Hoitt faces the realities of breast cancer, she hopes to pay tribute to women everywhere fighting the ravaging disease with an upcoming art exhibition. The show, titled Altered States of Beauty, will take place at ATC DEN in the RiNo Art District on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is limited and a $10 donation for entry is suggested.

The exhibition features a crafted body of self-portraits that take on and express a form of therapeutic language, which resonates not just personally, but to women everywhere fighting their own battles. 
 
Vukadin-Hoitt was initially diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer in 2017. Chemotherapy was ineffective, and she had a mastectomy of her right breast followed by extensive radiation. Less than a year later, the cancer had come back and metastasized in her liver, bones and spine. With the natural proclivity to turn life into art, she began documenting her struggle through digital media, working through the physical, emotional and psychological horror of the disease.  
 
Vukadin-Hoitt’s cancer is terminal, and she hopes this project will raise awareness, serve as one part of her legacy and inspire women to remember the inner as well as outer beauty in such challenging circumstances. “Breast cancer is a killer. Creative self-care empowers, gives foundation to stand in strength. I believe in helping other survivors see their own beauty despite disease ravaging their bodies,” Vukadin-Hoitt said. 
 
Her curated work serves to show how using relevant, available digital platforms for awareness and artistic expression, can become an outreach strategy to facilitate healing, therapy and self-care. The show invites discussion on cultural norms, beauty, ageism, and the female gaze in art and daily life. 
 
In addition to her work, Vukadin-Hoitt hopes to present a curated collection of photos of other women including breast cancer fighters, survivors and those who lost their battle with the devastating disease. Interested participants can contact her at svhoitt@gmail.com.
 
 For more information: AlteredStatesOfBeauty.eventbrite.com