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Denver’s Best Family Events for Memorial Day Weekend

Ready to celebrate? The Mile High City loves Memorial Day with plenty of events and festivals (many are free), pro sports, live music, fresh museum exhibits, amazing theater and much more! 

FAMILY FUN

A WALK IN THE WOODS

WHEN: Dec. 27, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
The new family space in the Denver Art Museum features animal-related activities created to complement the exhibition Stampede: Animals in Art.

CREATURES OF LIGHT

WHEN: Feb. 23–June 10, 2018
WHERE: 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
From glowworms, to fireflies, to bioluminescent mushrooms, Mother Nature has her own way of lighting up the darkest places on the planet. This immersive exhibit explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence through lifelike models, simulations, unusual animals, videos and hands-on activities. 

ELITCH GARDENS THEME & WATER PARK

WHEN: All weekend long
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

Head to the only downtown theme and water park in the country for roller coasters, water slides, family entertainment and much more! 

WATER WORLD OPENING WEEKEND

WHEN: All weekend long
WHERE: Water World 

Celebrate opening weekend at Denver’s 67-acre water park, home to more than 65 aquatic attractions.

MEMORIAL DAY SUMMER KICK-OFF
WHEN: May 26-28
Where: Heritage Amusement Park
Join Heritage Square Amusement Park for a weekend of extra kids fun! Carousel rides. Go-karts. Bumper boats. Kids roller coaster and more. Yes, they’re still here!

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: 16th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall
For the tenth year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts on five stages for the annual Denver Day of Rock. Food and beer gardens will be set up throughout downtown for the event, which is a fundraiser for Amp the Cause, a Denver-based non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 50 children’s charities. For full concert information and updates, visit DenverDayofRock.com. You can also download the event’s mobile app that provides information on the band lineups, food trucks and more. The mobile app allows you to purchase a Passbook, featuring discounts from local restaurants and businesses. 

VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: POF Hall, 1340 Sherman St. 

This annual tribute honors all fallen Colorado heroes and their families. There will be music, storytelling and ceremonial activities. 

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 26–27, 2018
WHERE: Stapleton’s Conservatory Green​
This fine arts and crafts festival features both Colorado artists and a select group of national artists. More than 50,000 art lovers are expected to attend this year’s event — make sure you’re one of them!

STAMPEDE: ANIMALS IN ART

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. 

AI WEIWEI: CIRCLE OF ANIMALS/ZODIAC HEADS

WHEN: Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park!

PAST THE TANGLED PRESENT

WHEN: Nov. 14, 2017–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Ever wanted to step inside the pages of your favorite children’s book? This family-friendly exhibit by Denver artist Jaime Molina imparts that very feeling. Sit on boxes painted with friendly faces, play in a garden of fabricated cacti and marvel at the ever-expanding mural. 

ZOOM IN: THE CENTENNIAL STATE IN 100 OBJECTS

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: History Colorado Center

History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado.

EYES ON

WHEN: Dec. 3, 2017–July 8, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Get a peek at Eyes On, artist Xiaoze Xie’s collection of paintings, videos and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China.

CLEON PETERSON – SHADOW OF MEN

WHEN: Feb. 2–May 27, 2018
WHERE: MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Memorial Day Weekend is your last chance to view Cleon Peterson’s boldly graphic murals, paintings and sculptures exploring the nature of violence.

GANESHA THE PLAYFUL PROTECTOR

WHEN: Feb. 16–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum

Ganesha is a Hindu god widely worshiped as a remover of obstacles and known for granting wealth and success. View sculptures, paintings and textiles depicting Ganesha from the Denver Art Museum‘s collection, along with a very special pre-Angkor statue of the elephant god on loan from the National Museum of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

DEAD SEA SCROLLS

WHEN: March 16–Sept. 3, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science is offering visitors a rare chance to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents, along with their full English translation. The exhibit also features the largest collection of artifacts from the Holy Land ever assembled for display, including weapons, terra cotta figurines, a re-creation of the Western Wall from the old city of Jerusalem and a three-ton stone from the actual wall.

PIXELATED: SCULPTURE BY MIKE WHITING

WHEN: April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
WHERE: 
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures explore the relationships between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media, as well as the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics and minimalist sculpture. 

‘AMERICA’S MUSICAL JOURNEY’ IMAX 3D

WHEN: Feb. 16-Dec. 31, 2018
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Tap your toe across America as you experience the sounds of jazz, blues, zydeco and old-time country music, and see how they have shaped our nation’s distinctive musical heritage in this engaging film. 

THE WHO’S ‘TOMMY’

WHEN: April 20–May 27, 2018
WHERE: 
Stage Theatre
When Tommy, deaf and blind, discovers a newfound talent for pinball, he’s swept up in the fame and fortune of his success.

‘YOUR BEST ONE’

WHEN: May 3–June 16, 2018
WHERE: 
1080 Acoma, Denver, CO 80204
Curious Theatre presents “Your Best One,” a touching look at how a cancer diagnosis can bring family together — and keep them apart.

‘HUMAN ERROR’

WHEN: May 18–June 24, 2018
WHERE: 
Garner Galleria Theatre & Bar
Two couples with very different world views learn how to get along after a mix-up at the fertility clinic leaves one couple pregnant with the other couple’s baby.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE

WHEN: May 25, 2018
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Kick off Memorial Day Weekend at Red Rocks with The Devil Makes Three, along with The Wood Brothers and Murder By Death.

BILL MAHER

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: 
Buell Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Laugh along as Emmy Award-winning comedian Bill Maher skewers everything from religion to politics with his irreverent brand of humor.

2018 ACADEMY SWAN LAKE

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: 
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Colorado Ballet Academy students present Swan Lake, featuring a blend of original and adapted choreography.

TWO TITANS: BERNSTEIN & MAHLER

WHEN: May 25–27, 2018
WHERE: Boettecher Concert Hall

The Colorado Symphony honors Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a program highlighting the maestro as both composer and conductor, ending with Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” symphony to mark Bernstein’s lifelong study of the great composer.

SPORTS

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. CINCINNATI REDS

WHEN: May 25–27, 2018
WHERE: Coors Field

Cheer on the Colorado Rockies as they take on the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game series. 

COLORADO ROCKIES VS. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

WHEN: May 28–30, 2018
WHERE: Coors Field

Spend Memorial Day at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies battle the San Francisco Giants. 

See VisitDenver.com for more information.

Winning Wednesday: Win passes to Elitch Gardens!

Located in the heart of Denver and celebrating 128 years of fun, Elitch Gardens is Colorado’s only world-class combination theme and water park. From thrilling roller coasters to pint-sized adventures in KiddieLand, a splashin’ water park and tons of special events, there’s thrills for all. The park is open April through October. Visit ElitchGardens.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 

What’s fun, new or fabulous at Elitch Gardens this summer?

2018 is full of awesome entertainment! Our summer concert series lineup is complete with eight huge acts including performances by country music star Chris Lane, American pop boy band Why Don’t We, Hispanic super band Banda El Recodo, Christian crossover sensation Switchfoot and so much more! Guests can catch one of our six Dive-In movies shown in the water park on Friday nights from June 29 through August 3. Debuting in the Trocadero Theather on Memorial Day Weekend we have a new show production called Smoke and Mirrors. Plus, all your favorite coasters and slides Elitch Gardens has something for everyone this season.  

When is the park open?

Elitch Gardens opens for the season April 28. For a complete operating schedule, please visit www.elitchgardens.com/plan-a-visit/park-hours/

 Ticket Prices:

  • For the best price tickets are available online at ElitchGardens.com for $39.99. The best deal for family fun is 2018 Season Pass for only $69.99 and includes free parking, free tickets for friends, free concerts, free movies and much more!
  • Visit ElitchGardens.com for more info. 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO 80204

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Volunteers of America Youth Volunteer Summer Institute

Do you want your teen to be anxiously engaged in a good cause this summer? Join Volunteers of America for the annual Youth Volunteer Summer Institute!

This week-long program will be held June 11th-15th at Volunteers of America Sites across the Metro Denver area. Youth participants will earn 30 hours of service. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the issues the Denver community faces, how they can make a positive impact, and develop leadership skills.

Youth must be enrolled in high school for the 2018-2019 school year (14-18 years old) to participate.

For more information on how to apply, please contact Megan Harding at mharding@voacolorado.org or 303-297-0408.

The deadline to apply is Monday, May 14th.

Deals: Dick’s Sporting Goods Grand Opening, Summer Camp Discounts and More!

My baby is sick. Yes, she’s sixteen years old. Honestly, I know that with a terrible cold there is little you can do as a mom to cure it; I just need to let her sleep and have some soup. But I can’t help but wish even as a sixteen year old that I could help her. As we celebrated Mother’s Day this last weekend – I realized that indeed a mother’s job is really never done. You worry and wish you can help no matter if you are a mother of a young child or an adult child. Here’s to all the moms. I hope you were pampered and treated well this last weekend you deserve it!

Dick’s Sporting Goods Grand Opening. Dicks’ Sporting Goods celebrates the Grand Opening of it’s newest location at Southlands Town Center in Aurora on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday May 20. Get in line early to score great prizes (including a gift card possibly worth up to $500). Plus, kids ages 6 to 15 are invited to participate in a fun challenge on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Denver Princess Ball. You are invited to a magical princess ball in Denver on May 19th!  Dance with your favorite princesses, join a princess parade, learn princess etiquette, story time, songs, craft, and more! Our Princess Ball will be filled with love, laughter and lots of hugs! Tickets are available online now, but they will go very quickly! Use coupon code FB to get 10% off this week only! www. PrincessProsEntertainment.com/ bookus  

Civic Center Eats. Delicious food, fresh air, gorgeous views, live music and a great cause…Summer has [almost] officially arrived when the 13th annual Civic Center EATS takes place in Civic Center Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 1 through October 4, 2018(excluding May 31July 3 & 4; August 8, 29, & 30; September 4).

Happy City: Art for the People. The launch event is free and open to the public at the Union Station’s Plaza and Great hall on Friday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Happy City brings together more than 10 artists’ perspectives that address ideas of happiness and community wellness in an effort to create a more connected society. The art installations are located throughout Denver including streets, alleys, billboards, video screens and more. For a list of art and discussion visit http://bit.ly/2I3G3DP

Act out. The free monthly theater workshop is for the whole family is Acting Out! If you are looking for something fun to do join the Five Points Theatre Club every second Saturday of the month at the Mercury Café in Denver from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (Acting out JR takes place right before at 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Free Coding Classes. Do you have an aspiring programming in your family? CoderDojo is a community-driven global network of FREE and inclusive technology clubs and classes for kids that meets weekly on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at  2501 Chase Street, Edgewater (except on major holidays) through May 26.

 Dairy Queen. Sonic is not the only game in town when it comes to late night sweets attack. At Dairy Queen after 8 p.m. get two medium sundaes or dipped cones for just $4.

Summer Camp Discounts

§  Avid4 Adventure is one of Colorado’s top outdoor camps where pre-K – 12th graders of all levels and backgrounds learn to kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard, rock climb, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. Camps are offered in Boulder, Superior, Golden, Highlands Ranch, Washington Park, Stapleton, Greenwood Village, Hilltop, Castle Rock, Lafayette and Colorado Springs. Save $20 per session by entering MILEHIGH when registering at Avid4 Adventure.

§  iD Tech is the world’s #1 summer STEM program for kids and teens.  Exclusive to Mile High Mamas readers, receive $75 off when you register with code MILEHIGH18 through 5/31/18. Courses sell-out quickly, so get started today at iD Tech.

§  Mad Science Summer Camp Deal. Do you have a child who loves science? Unleash their inner Mad Scientist with Mad Science summer camps! With 10 unique camp themes, 30 locations across Colorado and availability all summer long, Mad Science sparks imaginative learning in children ages 6-11. Save 15% with an exclusive offer for Mile High Mamas followers! http://colorado.madscience.org/campexperience.aspx 

 Elitch Gardens free concerts. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park announces its 2018 Summer Concert Series, with some of the biggest acts yet! From country, pop, rock, boybands, Hispanic supergroups, YouTube stars and Christian acts there is something for everyone to enjoy this season at Elitch’s. June 2 – Chris Lane with Dylan Scott; June 9 – Jack & Jack; June 17 – Banda El Recodo; June 30 – Why Don’t We; July 14 – Colton Dixon with Sidewalk Prophets; July 21 – Jacob Sartorius; July 29 – La Septima Banda with La Sonora Skandalo; August 4 – Switchfoot. The entire Elitch Garden’s concert lineup is free with any park admission or a 2018 Season Pass.

Mici Handcrafted Italian, Denver’s popular fast-casual spot for hand-crafted Italian fare is amping up their already-robust charitable giving program, Dining for Dollars, by donating 20% back to the graduate’s school when Mici caters a Graduation Party this year. Anything from kindergarten graduation, fifth grade continuation, to high school graduation or college commencement counts. Big or small, casual or formal – Mici’s generations-old family recipes are the perfect way to celebrate graduation. Mici will give 20% back for any graduation party catering order of $100 or more. Participants must request donation when placing order, and eligible graduation parties should take place now through June 30, 2018.

 

Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day on May 19

Get outdoors and celebrate Colorado! Colorado Parks and Wildlife and its partners are celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The holiday was established to honor the significant contributions that national, state and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, outdoor recreation, the economy and to Coloradans’ way of life.

Free events, stewardship projects and outdoor adventures are being offered across the state to highlight the importance of our public lands.  

CPW is proud to participate in this annual event and has planned a variety of programs and special events at many of our state parks. Other Colorado Public Lands Day events are planned on various public lands around the state. Here are just a few of the events being offered:

Roxborough State Park: Volunteer at the Garden on Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 19

Join us for Public Lands Day. Help us beautify Roxborough’s native garden on the patio in front of the Visitor Center. We will pull weeds and hand turn the dirt so that there is room for native plantings. Bring a plant from the list below and you can plant it yourself! Help us make Roxorough beautiful while celebrating your Public Lands Day! The entrance fee is waived for volunteers. No pets allowed in the park.

 

Lory State Park: Mullein control to celebrate Public Lands Day!
Saturday, May 19

Come celebrate Public Lands Day at Lory! We are planning to remove Mullein , come join us and help Lory’s native plants!

Barr Lake State Park: Clean up and tree planting on Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 19

Bring your family, friends and coworkers for a day of outdoor fun, stewardship and community at Willow Bay. Activities include clean up and tree planting, free lunch and other fun goings-on.

Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 19

Come alone or bring a group! This is a great opportunity to do a service project with a scout troop or to teach your kids about keeping our outdoor spaces clean! Join in cleaning up the east shoreline of Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Colorado Public Lands Day Hike at Chatfield State Park
Saturday, May 19

Join us for Colorado Public Lands Day at Chafield State Park! Join Chatfield Park Ranger Beth for a morning hike as we celebrate this state holiday specifically dedicated to our public lands.Come appreciate all that these treasured lands have to offer, make some new friends and learn about what makes Chatfield so special! Date: Saturday May 19, 2016 Time: Hike begins at 9am Where: Gravel Ponds Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing as well as closed-toe shoes. Bring water, sunscreen and cameras.

World Migratory Bird Day Event
Saturday, May 19

For Colorado Public Lands Day, St. Vrain will be hosting the World Migratory Bird Day Event at Blue Heron Reservoir. Prize give-aways, demos, and hands-on activities are sponsored by several local birding and natural resource agencies. Admission is free, but all vehicles entering must have a valid parks pass.

 

Eldorado Canyon State Park: Eldo Bark Ranger Program on Colorado Public Lands Day
Saturday, May 19

On Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the back patio of the Visitor Center, we will initiate dogs and their owners into our Bark Ranger program. An “Eldo Bark Ranger” dog tag along with a pledge card will be given to participants who agree to take “The Pledge.” Its primary purpose is to keep your dog safe,on a leash, and to ensure comfortable recreational experiences for visitors with or without dogs and to keep wildlife safe. A $5 minimum donation per dog is appreciated to support this program. An $8 vehicle fee or annual pass is required to enter the park.

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Sharing your best photo taken on Colorado’s public lands may even earn you a prize package, including an annual Colorado State Park pass and a subscription to Colorado Outdoors Magazine. 

Kids Adventure Games: Adventure in Colorado or Across the Country

My kids have long been obsessed with American Ninja Warrior and our house has turned into Mount Midoriyama. Why walk up the stairs when you can shimmy up like the spider wall? And couches aren’t for sitting on when you can use them as a launching pad to the next obstacle. I’ve wanted an outlet for their passion but, despite the occasional kid’s race in conjunction with adult competitions, there isn’t anything out there specifically tailored to kids.

Except for Kids Adventure Games where kids, ages 6 through 14, have the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing.

This event on August 8-12 in Vail, Colo. emphasize teamwork, problem solving and fun as teams of two tackle a variety of challenges that include a zipline, mountain biking, wall climb, tubing, a mud pit, slip ‘n slide and much more.

“Our objective is simple,” says co-founder Hélène Mattison. “We want to create a fun and confidence-building outdoor experience for kids.”

Her family would know how to do that. Her husband Bill is a retired, professional Adventure Racer, listing top five in all the major races in the world.  He has been designing and directing adventure race courses for many years. Starting with his 1-year-old twins’ birthday party, he set up a little zip line, amongst other obstacles, and sent the kids in toddler-hiking backpacks down the rope! The following years, they expanded into a local campground, which has a major creek, slopes and trees. They invited all the kids in their kindergarten class, plus their older siblings and had high school kids lead them through a course. They loved it! The parents loved it even more and the Kids Adventure Games were borne.

My children have participated in the Kids Adventure Games for 5+ years. We have mostly done the Colorado-based courses but last summer, we tried Park City for the first time and discovered a new phenomenon: Kids Adventure Race groupies! There were families who planned their summer vacation around a different race each summer. It was a win-win! The family got to discover a new location while the kids were challenged in different courses while having the time of their lives.

Still not convinced? Let the video do the talking and check-out these amazing locations across the country.

KAG_Sizzle Reel_120_No Graphics from Helene Mattison on Vimeo.

 
Park City, Utah
June 15-17

Skills Clinics Friday June 15: 1 pm – 5 pm

Long Course Saturday June 16
(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 15 obstacles)

  • Ages 10 – 11
  • Ages 12 – 14

Short Course Sunday June 17
(Approximately 3 miles in length with 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 9
  • Open: ages of teammates are more than 3 years apart (i.e. 7 & 11 year old).
 
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Squaw Valley, CA
June 22-24

Skills Clinics Friday June 22: 1 pm – 5 pm

Long Course Saturday June 23
(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 15 obstacles)

  • Ages 10 – 11
  • Ages 12 – 14

Short Course Sunday June 24
(Approximately 3 miles in length with 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 9
  • Open: ages of teammates are more than 3 years apart (i.e. 7 & 11 year old).
 
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Big Sky, Montana
June 29 – July 1

Skills Clinics Friday June 29

  • 8 am – 12pm
  • 1 pm – 5 pm 

Long Course Saturday June 30(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 15 obstacles)

  • Ages 10 – 11
  • Ages 12 – 14

Short Course Sunday July 1 (Approximately 3 miles in length with 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 9
  • Open: ages of teammates are more than 3 years apart (i.e. 7 & 11 years old).
 
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Stowe, Vermont
July 27-29

Friday Skills Clinics July 27: 1 pm – 5 pm

Long Course Saturday July 28
(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 15 obstacles)

  • Ages 10 – 11
  • Ages 12 – 14

Short Course Sunday July 29 
(Approximately 3 miles in length with 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 9
  • Open: ages of teammates are more than 3 years apart (i.e. 7 & 11 year old)
 
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 Chicago/Milwaukee (Wilmot)
August 3-5

Skills Clinics Friday, August 3rd: 1 pm – 5 pm 

 Expert Course Saturday, August 4th: 
(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 10-15 obstacles)

  • Ages 10 – 11
  • Ages 12 – 14

 Beginner Course Sunday, August 5th: 
(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 10-15 obstacles)

  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 9
  • Open: ages of teammates are more than 3 years apart (i.e. 7 & 11 year old).
 
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 Vail, Colorado
August 8-12

Skills Clinics Thursday Aug 9

Long Course Friday Aug 10 (Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 15 obstacles) 

  • Ages 10 – 11 who have raced before
  • Ages 12 – 14
  • This course involves intermediate mountain biking. There will be a mandatory bike drop and a parent/athlete meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10  

Medium Course Saturday Aug 11 (Approximately 3 miles in length with 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 8 – 9 who have raced before
  • Ages 10 – 11 who have not raced before

Short Course Sunday Aug 12 (Approximately 2.5 miles in length with 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Ages 8 – 9 who have not raced before
  • Open: ages of the teammates span multiple days (i.e. 7 & 12-year-old). No prizes will be awarded in this category.
 
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Seattle, WA (Stevens Pass Resort)
August 24-26
 

Skills Clinics Friday: Aug 24 1 pm – 5 pm 

Long Course Saturday Aug 25
(Approximately 3.5 miles in length with 10 – 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 12 – 14
  • Ages 10 – 11

Short Course Sunday Aug 26 
(Approximately 3 miles in length with 10 – 12 obstacles)

  • Ages 8 – 9
  • Ages 6 – 7
  • Open: ages of teammates are more than 3 years apart (i.e. 7 & 11 year old).

Honoring Mother’s Day by Taking Action

As moms we are often overwhelmed by the day to day minutia: school activities, birthday parties, and the oh my goodness I forgot we scheduled a dentist appointment day. Then there is the big picture stuff, making sure our kids stay healthy and strong for a bright future. We have the expectation that our kids should be able to grow up in a world with clean clear skies, drinkable water and interacting with the world without worry.

The reality is that 40% of people (that’s 125 million people!) living in the U.S. live in areas where the air is too unhealthy to breathe because of air pollution. Over 100,000 children living in Colorado suffer from asthma which is exacerbated by air pollution. This may not just be a number for you and your family as you suffer through respiratory illness. To protect our state’s greatest resources, our children and our outdoor environment, Coloradans have historically supported clean air and clean energy initiatives like the Clean Power Plan. Many of the historic protections for clean air and clean water are being rolled back by the current federal administration. Now, more than ever, it’s time for moms to take action in order to protect our kids!

The city of Aurora spans three counties of which two have “D” and “F” ratings based on the American Lung Association’s 2018 State of the Air Report. That’s why this May Mom’s Clean Air Force members from across the country will celebrate Mother’s Day by holding Mama Summits.

Moms Clean Air Force is teaming up with Colorado Moms Know Best and city leaders on May 7th to host the Aurora Mama Summit and our Moms and Mayors program as a launchpad for families to meet with city council members to advocate for clean air policies and sustainability programs that promote a healthy community!

As the mayor of Lafayette, Christine knows firsthand how critically important it is for parents to engage at the local level to protect our children’s health.  Every day decisions are made in our communities from new development to composting and transportation infrastructure that impact our lives. Lafayette is one of 9 Colorado cities and counties that have taken the pledge to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy sources to power the community’s electrical needs.  The city also has an active energy sustainability advisory committee to advise City Council on matters related to energy sustainability. The board has successfully implemented a Green Business program, streamlined the process for installing solar panels, and updated the city’s energy sustainability master plan.

The voices of families, whose children are disproportionately affected by air pollution, are a powerful force in creating positive change in their home communities. Attending the Aurora Mama Summit on May 7th is a great opportunity to harness the power of moms to change the world!

Join us for the Aurora Mama Summit on May 7th where we’ll be talking with city council members about creating a healthy, vibrant community.

What: Kids Activities – Meet with Council Members – Tour City Hall – Food provided by Teal Taco Food Truck

When: Monday, May 7, 2018 from 3:30-5:30 pm

Where: Aurora Water-Wise Garden (across from City Hall), 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora 80012

What can you do in your community?

1) Compost

Ask your county or city to join your state’s association on recycling and composting and to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the entire city.

 2) Plant Trees

Planting trees and plants along roadways can reduce particle concentrations by acting as a barrier between roadways and schools or playgrounds. They provide shaded space that encourages active transportation (such as walking and bicycling) as an alternative to vehicle use. If your city is not a member, become an active member of Tree City USA

 3) Don’t Idle

Encourage your city to adopt an Anti-Idling Ordinance to improve air quality in areas frequented by children. Anti-Idling ordinances in areas such as schools, playgrounds, daycares and hospitals reduce the number of respiratory illness, especially in children.

4) Take the Pledge

Ask your city to commit to a municipal clean energy goal, so far there are nine Colorado cities and counties that have taken the pledge to convert to 100% renewable energy!

5) Sustainability Board or Commission

Join your city’s sustainability/climate resiliency board, if one doesn’t exist get it started!

By Christine Berg, Colorado Field Consultant for Moms Clean Air Force and Jen Clanahan, Head Mom with Colorado Moms Know Best. Photo:  David Russell at Buffalo Heart Images 

35 fun events for Mother’s Day week

Mother’s Day week is upon us. And yes, I’m calling it a week-long celebration but we’re worth it! If you’re looking for delicious food, don’t miss Mother’s Day Brunches Denver Moms Will Love. If you’re looking for activities, here are Denver’s top events for Mother’s Day weekend. See our event calendar for full listings.

Moms ‘n’ Mimosas at Outlets at Castle Rock
May 12, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
This Mother’s Day weekend, Outlets at Castle Rock is celebrating all loving and hardworking moms with a one-of-a-kind ‘Moms ‘n’ Mimosas’ event. On Saturday, May 12 from 11AM – 5PM, moms can treat themselves to a day of fun and relaxing activities that will include sip and paint classes, a massage lounge, bath bomb decorating and access to exclusive Mother’s Day discounts at top name brand stores.

Aurora Mama Summit
May 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Moms Clean Air Force and Colorado Moms Know Best are inviting moms, families and our local elected officials to come together on May 7th for our first ever city-wide Mama Summit.  The Aurora Mama Summit will feature food, music, children’s activities, special giveaways and a tour of city hall. There will also be the opportunity to meet Aurora city council members and learn about how to engage for change at the local level.

Mother’s Day Weekend Plant & Garden Sale
May 11 – 12
Join us for EarthLinks’ Plant & Garden Sale! Shop for organically grown flowers, herb, and vegetable seedlings. Pick up beautiful flowers, veggies, herbs, and other plants for you garden, all grown by participants and volunteers of the EarthLinks Workshop Program.

Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
May 11, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.

Furry Friends Pet Adoption Event at Larry H. Miller Nissan 104th
May 11, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
To celebrate National Pet Week, Larry H. Miller Nissan 104th has partnered with the Adams County Animal Shelter to host a pet adoption event on Friday, May 11. We encourage you to come take a look at some of the shelters’ cutest adoptables and possibly drive away with a new pet. Joining us on this day will be the voice of the Colorado Avalanche, Mark Moser, and his team who will be conducting an onsite live radio remote. National Pet Week is dedicated to celebrating America’s more than 200 million pets that enrich lives each and every day, and to create awareness of the numerous animals that are available in our community who need a home.

Koboldcon Gaming Convention
May 12 – 13
KoboldCon is the premiere tabletop gaming convention in Colorado Springs, presenting a huge variety of gaming opportunities and geekery right along the Front Range. KoboldCon’s second annual event, we will be located in the new (and huge) Chapel Hills Event Center!

Free Day at Longmont Museum
May 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The second Saturday of each month is a Free Day. The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.

First Annual Garden Bazaar at RISE Westwood
May 12 – 13
Re:Vision, a nonprofit in Southwest Denver announced its first annual garden bazaar. The bazaar will take place on Saturday May 12, and Sunday May 13 from 10am – 3pm at RISE Westwood (3738 Morrison Rd. Denver, CO 80219). Mother’s Day is  often considered the official kick off for the planting season here in Colorado, and Re:Vision is putting a new twist on that tradition.

Hilltop Annual Garage Sale 2018
May 12, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Hilltop Garage Sale is a neighborhood-event where local residents put their unique and one-of-a-kind items out for sale whilst connecting with the local community. This widely-successful and well-known garage sale has previously been featured in local news, such as 9NEWS, and well-regarded publications such as The Denver Post.

Steampunk at the Station at the Colorado Railroad Museum
May 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our steam engines create the perfect backdrop for the popular genre of “science fiction meets the 19th century Industrial Age” found in music, clothing, art and lifestyle. With a nod to Steampunk icon, Tesla, we invite guests to arrive in their finest Steampunk attire and/or with their Steampunk gadget to enjoy a day full of entertainment, train rides, craft beer, vendors and more.

Hands On History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center
May 12, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.

Mother’s Day Scented Journey at Scented Studio
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May 12, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Treat your mom to a unique and personal experience this Mother’s Day. She deserves a special celebration and a thoughtful gift for all the love she’s given you.  Our Mother’s Day Scented Journey®  will take place on May 12th at 11am. It is roughly a 2-hour of DIY fragrance workshop. For just $80 per person, your mom will be welcomed into our class, where she will learn about fragrance throughout history and the art of perfumery, while enjoying our special Mother’s Day Lunch with wine, mimosas and more! She will be guided through our 24 signature Scented Journey® fragrances, out of which she will be able to create her 100mL custom signature perfume.

Mother’s Day Eve–Ultimate Night Out with Pump and Dump Show at The Paramount Theatre
May 12, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mother’s Day Eve with The Pump and Dump Show has become a Denver tradition and epic yearly event for moms across Colorado. Audience members can look forward to music, comedy, drinking, games, prizes and a DANCE PARTY, because . . . well . . . someone else can get up with the kids this Mother’s Day morning.  This year’s show is part of Shayna and Tracey’s 2018 “Parentally Incorrect” tour, running in tandem with the national release of their highly-anticipated book (also titled Parentally Incorrect). This special event features an after-show DJ dance party, special comedy and musical guests, a photo booth, awesome prizes, plus live streaming and other surprises from the tour’s presenting sponsor, AwestruckTV.

Moms Ride Free at the Carousel of Happiness
May 13, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Moms ride free at the Carousel of Happiness on Mothers Day.

Strolling Thunder Colorado at the Colorado State Capitol
May 8, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Decisions that affect babies and families happen at all levels of government, not only in Washington, D.C. That’s why Clayton Early Learning and Colorado Children’s Campaign have partnered with ZERO TO THREE to bring Strolling Thunder™ to Colorado!  Pack up your strollers and join us on May 8 for a stroll around the Capitol followed by a huge play date for babies, toddlers and families. Strolling Thunder is a fun, family friendly rally to encourage policymakers to Think Babies™ in support of stronger families, vibrant communities and prosperity across the country.

Create Playdate at the Denver Art Museum
May 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Drop in with your little ones, aged 3 to 5, and meet up with other tots and their grownups for story time, art-making, and more! Create Playdates are included with general admission, which is free for kids 18 and younger. No reservations are required. Meet in the Hamilton Building atrium for program location (Hamilton Building, Level 1).

National Get Outdoors Day at Sloan’s Lake Park
May 9, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A fun, FREE, active day with plenty of things for everyone to do! Visit our interactive event where you can fish, bike, jump, garden, climb, paint, build, paddle, learn, dance, jump, eat, explore, and play! Select adaptive recreation activities are available for people of all backgrounds and abilities. This event is accessible. We’ll also host multiple stage activities and live music throughout the day.

Joy Park – Parachute Games at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
May 9, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Guests can craft with items found in nature, track bugs, make a sun catcher or a snowman in this year-round outdoor adventure. Programs vary.

Foxy and Shmoxy: Art Detectives at the Denver Art Museum
May 13, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Foxy and Shmoxy—two smart and hilarious foxes—are ready to solve art mysteries in the galleries. On the second Sunday of the month from September through May, bring the whole family to help Foxy and Shmoxy sniff out clues and unseen treasures in the museum. There are two chances to see the foxes in action: 10:30 am and 11:30 am.

Open Adventure Day at Colorado Adventure Point
May 13, 1:00 pm
Come see what Colorado Adventure Point is all about! And what better way to do that than by coming to Open Adventure Day! Start your day on the Rock Climbing wall as your plan your trek up the wall to ring the bell at the top. Then spend some time at the Archery Range where you’ll keep the target in your sights. How about some Leatherworking or Blacksmithing? This is your opportunity to try something new.

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour at Paramount Theatre
May 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Preschoolers and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe.  historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball

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

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/

Animals in Art
 Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede

AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting

 

 

25 awesome events in Denver this week

There are plenty of fun things to do in Denver this week including Cinco de Mayo, First Free Saturday, the Furry Scurry, Derby Weekend and more. See our event calendar for full listings.

Cinco de Mayo at Outlets at Castle Rock
May 5  – 6
This Cinco de Mayo we will welcome Colorado shoppers and fiesta-goers for a weekend-long celebration fit for the whole family. The two-day festivities will feature live dance performances, a roving mariachi band, and delicious bites from popular local food trucks.

Food Truck Rodeo at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn
May 4, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Take a break from bagged lunches and have something extraordinary at the Food Truck Rodeo! The food trucks are here to serve up delicious eats and treats at the Aurora Municipal Center. Spend your lunch time break with us on our great lawn area while tasting some yummy food!

Spring Fishing at Barr Lake State Park
May 5, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spring Fishing Clinic: 100 FREE fishing poles for the first kids to be registered for a day filled with fishing, great tips from experts, and giveaways! The kids fishing pole drawings/time registrations are at 8am, 9am, or 10am.
Participants must be present to win the giveaway prizes.

Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum
May 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.

Furry Scurry, Washington Park
May 5, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Animal lovers and their dogs are invited to enjoy a two-mile walk around beautiful Wash Park, followed by refreshments, food trucks, contests, dog demonstrations and shopping for your furry friends at the Flealess Market—made up of more than 100 pet-related vendors and sponsors. See website for times and registration.

Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival at Civic Center Park
May 5 – 6
The annual  Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival takes over Denver’s Civic Center Park, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More than 200 exhibitors and food vendors will be serving up the best in Colorado Mexican cuisine. A variety of local, regional and international talents will appear on three stages, while a children’s carnival features games, contests, rides, bouncers, and slides. A parade gets the fiesta started at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Aurora Cinco de Mayo at Fletcher Plaza
May 5 – 6
There will be two days of revelries at the Aurora Cinco de Mayo, noon to 8 p.m. 2018 marks the first Cinco de Mayo for the Aurora community so expect lots of entertainment, food and surprises.

Star Wars at the Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
May 5, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Mark your calendar for a Star Wars™ event unlike any other as Rebels and Imperials alike descend on Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for a day of family-friendly activities. This is Denver’s premier Star Wars event.

TheBigWonderful – Derby Weekend at Globeville
May 5 – 6
Returning to the old Denver Post headquarters in Globeville (4400 Fox St.) on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th from 12PM-6PM, TheBigWonderful is ready to celebrate its 5th anniversary in true Denver style. The 5th anniversary of  Derby Weekend welcomes over 80 of the city’s best craft vendors and makers, a selection of the tastiest Denver food trucks serving up a diverse menu, and a stacked BEERFEST with over 20 breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries pouring unlimited samples throughout the weekend. Falling on Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend.

Denver Mini Derby at Stanley Marketplace
May 5, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
A Kentucky Derby Viewing Party with a Twist…Come take part in the most fun Kentucky Derby Day event anywhere! As seen on 5280, Thrillist and more! Right after we watch the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby, we will have our own “mini race” and showing of our adorable mini horses trotting around on site in a charity *race*! We have the biggest screens, a great LIVE band and DJ, tons of great food options, Best Derby hat contests, open bar available, BBQ, a Corgi Race and an atmosphere like no other are just a few reasons why you can’t miss this amazing event at Stanley Marketplace.

Denver’s Largest Princess Partea
May 6, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Your family is cordially invited to a Magical & Whimsical Experience at Denver’s Largest Princess ParTEA on Sunday, May 6th hosted at Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado and Macaroni Kid.

Pirates of the Symphony Seas at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
May 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Quirky, fun, and joyfully off-center, this program curated by local thespians of the Buntport Theater will take you on an adventure to an island of swashbuckling delight! Journey across the high seas to encounter dastardly foes, fantastical friends, and a symphony of treasure sure to please every pint-sized pipsqueak and their parrot. Ships ahoy, mateys!

Aurora Mama Summit
May 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Moms Clean Air Force and Colorado Moms Know Best are inviting moms, families and our local elected officials to come together on May 7th for our first ever city-wide Mama Summit.  The Aurora Mama Summit will feature food, music, children’s activities, special giveaways and a tour of city hall. There will also be the opportunity to meet Aurora city council members and learn about how to engage for change at the local level.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe.  historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball

Robonology at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
May 1 – September 9, 2018
From a robotic arm on the International Space Station to a Mars Rover Challenge, Robonology presents a fascinating and challenging look into the world of robotics. Beginning Tuesday, May 1st, explore the fantastic reality of robotic technology as it applies to space exploration, ocean exploration, planetary exploration, industrial applications and more. An exhibition that is as visually stunning as it is educationally relevant, Robonology showcases real technological devices that are fully interactive and usable by the public. An exhibition that speaks powerfully to all ages, Robonology is a fun and challenging experience that tests visitors skills, while inspiring and encouraging a new generation of innovators.  https://wingsmuseum.org/portfolio/robonology/

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

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/

Animals in Art
 Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede

AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting

Winning Wednesday: Win Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s CORTEO!

After thrilling more than 8 million people worldwide, CORTEO will embark on a new journey next March as the same enchanting production but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town. The show will visit Broomfield at the 1STBANK Arena from May 24 to 27 and Loveland at the Budweiser Events Center for from May 31 to June 3, 2018.

This unique production directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca premiered in Montreal in April 2005 and has visited 64 cities in 19 countries.

CORTEO, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

The clown pictures his own funeral taking place in a carnival atmosphere, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the portion of humanity that is within each of us. The music turns lyrical and playful carryring CORTEO through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

Ticket information

Show Schedule in Broomfield:

Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Friday, May 25, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Show Schedule in Loveland:

Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Friday, June 1, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm

Tickets are available to the public on cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.

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Mile High Mamas is giving away 2 tickets to the Thursday, May 24th show in Broomfield OR 4 tickets to the show in Loveland on Thursday, May 31st. You may enter as many as five times. Note: the tickets are non-transferable for another night.

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