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Dragon Boat Festival is fun for families

Dragon boat racing is a sport that’s 2,000 years old, and it’s coming back to Denver at the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival July 19-20 at Sloan’s Lake Park.

There were an estimated 115,000 attendees at the festival last year, and organizers are anticipating 125,000 for 2014 — much more than the original 15,000 that attended the first festival in 2001, said Gil Asakawa, chair of the media committee.

Although the festival is named after the dragon boat races, it’s also a celebration of traditional and contemporary Asian cultures, of which there are nearly 50 distinct ethnicities, said executive director Erin Yoshimura.

“They all vary in food, clothing, language, culture and tradition,” Yoshimura said. “So we really want to bring together people to educate them about the differences in an entertaining yet engaging way.”

There will be six stages hosting 120 different art performances, including the Japanese Obon dance (a similar concept to American line dancing) which will be taught to festival attendees by the performers, said Asakawa.

“We try to be interactive with the festival guests and try to get them to experience and be hands on with Asian culture as a way to learn about us rather than just sitting back and watching,” Asakawa said.

This year’s featured culture is the Philippines. Food demonstrations and art performances by Filipino artists will be hosted in the Gateway to Asia stage and nearby tents.

Food is a huge part of the festival. This year there are two food tents on either side of the festival grounds that will host Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Hmong, Thai, Filipino and even American foods.

New to the food aspect this year is the Culinary Dojo event, which will run throughout the day on both days. Chefs will teach guests how to prepare, cook and serve various Asian dishes.

“Since our food is so popular, we thought, ‘Let’s take it a step further and engage the audience by teaching them how to cook some Asian dishes,’ ” Yoshimura said.

Another very popular event is the band stage, which showcases Asian American bands and musicians who perform blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, hip-hop and other familiar styles of music.

“Our emphasis hasn’t always been on just traditional Asian culture, because we’re not all about kimonos and doing traditional dances,” Asakawa said.

“We can do all this stuff, sing and play music that a lot of people might not expect. I love that aspect of the festival.”

Jordan Gonzalez:


Colorado Dragon Boat Festival The festival is held at Sloan’s Lake Park and runs from July 19-20. Dragon boat races begin at 8 a.m. both days. All other events begin at 10 a.m. and go until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Sloan’s Lake Park, West 17th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard.

Attendees are asked to park at Sports Authority Field in lots G, H, I and J (off Federal Boulevard and West 20th Avenue). A free shuttle will be provided to Sloan’s Lake. Parking is $5.

Denver deals: children’s consignment sales, Color Run & Spring Break ski deals

I try not to be on phone calls too much when I am with my kids (I only have them part-time since I’m divorced) – even my sister and parents have to wait until I’m not with them for any lengthy calls. Not only do I do this because I want to give my kids my attention – but inevitably that is when they need me most, have some blow out fight with each other or some other catastrophe. But, I have this friend who now lives in Arkansas (she spent some time in Texas). I find that my kids are more forgiving of needing my attention when I am on the phone with her – and they can usually tell it is her when a “short” call is somewhere around an hour. I end of talking like a Texan for several hours afterwards. But due to the length of the calls they only happen every six months or so. Do you have a friend that can pick up right where you left off after several months of not talking at all? Do you have a friend that somehow your kids “know” you need to talk to?
 
Children’s Consignment Sales
Ohhh Mama! I love to get a great deal – one of the best ways to get a deal is to shop at consignment sales. You get great stuff at great prices – sometimes just pennies on the dollar. Here are THREE upcoming sales and go here for the full listing http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2014/02/24/denver-consignment-sale-2014/:
  • March 14-16. Just Between Friends of Aurora. Friday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $2 admission; Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $2 admission
    Sunday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Half-price sale) at Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora. aurora.jbfsale.com
  • March 18-22. Rhea Lana-Southeast Denver. Tuesday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-8 p,m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (half-price sale) at Smokey Hill Town Center in Centennial. rhealana.com
  •  March 20-23. Just Between Friends of Denver. Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (25% off sale) Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Half-price sale), $4 admission Thursday, $2 admission Friday, free weekend admission; Parking is FREE for all shoppers at the National Western Complex in Denver. denver.jbfsale.com
Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops in are hosting Next Generation Weekend from 12n to 5 p.m. both March 15 and 16. Kids can attend the free workshop daily at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., fish in the stocked fish pond (and learn how to cast), get a free 3×6 KeepAmericaFishing Certificate and photo, free Kids Crafts each day (including keepsake magnetic fish craft) and get a Free tackle box (to the first 150 kids who complete a punch card each day).
 
Bicycle Village Trade Up
This year’s Bicycle Village Kid’s Trade Up gets underway at the annual weekend-long Deals on Wheels bike sale beginning at 9am on March 15 and 10am March 16 at the Bicycle Village store at 2802 S. Havana in Aurora; the same opening times on March 22-23 at 2450 Montebello Square Drive in Colorado Springs and finishing up with same opening schedule April 5-6 at 2100 28th Street in Boulder.  The program is designed to save parent on the cost for new and right sized bikes for their kids. Adults can get previously rented bikes for 60% off (and Trek bikes for just $99.99).
 
Spring Break Ski Deals
Are you looking for something to do for Spring Break? What about vising one of the ski areas. There are some great deals out there. One place to get inexpensive tickets is at Liftopia.com. (they have great deals here in Colorado and also other states if you are wanting to go somewhere out of state). At Keystone kids ski FREE with a two night stay (plus at Keystone there is a cool snow fort atop Dercum Mountain). If you are a skier/snowboarder – now is the time to get your season pass for next year (yeah, they started selling them already) with some great deals and the cheapest prices for NEXT year.
 
Aspen Grove Shopping Center
This Tuesday, March 11th from 2- 5pm at the Aspen Grove Shopping Center is Community Appreciation Day. Aspen Grove will donate a portion of sales from participating retailers and restaurants to the Littleton Public School Foundation. AND TO THANK YOU for your support of Littleton Schools and Aspen Grove Shopping Center receive a FREE Gigi’s Cupcake* and see a FREE Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Movie** by simply showing your receipt dated March 11, 2014. *While supplies last, from 2-5 PM. **Movies showing 3/11/14, from 2-5 PM, limited seating available.
 
The Color Run
I have seen several of my friends post photos at the end of the Color Run (also known as the Happiest 5K on the planet). You know the run where they go 5K – start out with a white outfit and end up looking totally cool because they have been color bombed through the race. I said that I would do that this year. And found a discount – you can get the same discount and run with me! Save $5 off their registration (COLOR5OFF). The Kaleidoscope Tour 2014 has THREE stops in Colorado including Copper Mountain (April 19), Denver (July 19) and Colorado Springs (September 6).
 
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Denver Deal: Free Days, Liftopia, Yogurtland and More

Town has been adorned with orange and blue! And if you are like me, you are trying to figure out if you are having the Superbowl party at your house or if you will be going somewhere else. And then panic sets in. I don’t know what to make or what to bring to a party! YIKES. They want me to bring something? I am up for any suggestions, Pinterest ideas or more. I am thinking of taking my new Soda Stream soda maker to a party so everyone will get their own flavor of pop – maybe we can create our own Superbowl Soda!

Pre-Broncos Game Fun

Is anything more annoying that waiting? UGH! There are loads of things you can do before the BIG game this Sunday! There are free days at The Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo and Colorado History Center, Southwest Airlines Rink at Skyline Park is free (skate rental is $2), or go check out a movie at Regal Cinemas for just $5. Or go skiing with great deals from Liftopia.

FREE DAYS

  • Friday, January 30 – Molly Brown House Museum
  • Saturday, February 1 – Denver Art Museum
  • Sunday, February 2 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo and Colorado History Center (if you wear Blue & Orange)
  • Monday, February 3 – Denver Zoo
  • Tuesday, February 4 – Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Del Taco Talks Turkey

Del Taco has introduced their Turkey Tacos and tostada. First, a disclaimer, I am an adventurous eater – and will try anything but my daughter will only try new things because I force her (we live by a you must try it three times to say you don’t like it rule). When I learned about turkey being an option I was really excited. I like ground turkey and I like the idea of other protein options (especially healthier ones).  The turkey was delicious (we also bought a beef one to compare) – and had more meat than the beef taco. It was spiced just right. I really couldn’t tell a giant different – taste-wise in the turkey. And my daughter? She liked it and traded her beef taco for my turkey one!
 
Yogurtland FREE Yogurt + Toppings
 
Yogurtland will celebrate its third annual National Frozen Yogurt Day on Monday, February 3, 2014 by offering guests free yogurt and toppings from 4 – 7 p.m. at all participating locations. For National Frozen Yogurt Day, Yogurtland guests will receive a special collectible spoon that changes colors when it becomes cold, and a commemorative cup to fill with their choice of yogurt flavors and toppings. 

Liftopia Sale

Liftopia is launching its biggest sale of the year, with prices starting as low as $19.99 – which is as much as a 56% discount on walk-up rates. Deals are available nationwide but those in Colorado include:  Save 51% at Loveland with 1-day lift tickets starting at $29.99; Enjoy 42% savings on 1-day lift tickets at Arapahoe Basin with prices starting at $48; Discover Crested Butte with a 41% savings on 1-day lift tickets starting at $58; At Copper Mountain save 39% on 1-day lift tickets starting at $72; and Experience Winter Park with 1-day lift tickets tickets starting at $70 (36% savings)

Burger King Free Coffee

Get a free coffee at Burger King with any breakfast sandwich purchase.

 IHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes

IHOP is bringing back their All You Can Eat promotion. Through February 9 treat yourself to classic Buttermilk pancakes — as many of them as you can eat. Order them as part of a combo or just as a stack of pancakes. Either way, if you’re still hungry, they’ll bring you more!

Snowsports Industry Association –

I will be attending the SIA Tradeshow at the Denver Convention Center this next weekend. While this event is not open to the public, I am super excited to tell you about all the great things that I find when I’m there. Last year, I discovered the UClear communication device (where you can intercom up to 10 connected skiers), amazing socks that keep our toes warm while skiing (yes, you should plan to invest in great socks), the jacket I wear all the time from Hot Chilly’s, and cool snowboards from Burton (which had Disney Characters on them)!!! Plus, our own Amber Johnson will be sitting on a panel there called Snownamas (she’s everywhere!)  Is there something you want me to look for when I’m there?

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Family Denver Events: Screening Girl Rising, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo!

Special Screening of Girl Rising. It might be the most important documentary you’ll ever watch. On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, the non-profit Water For People Presents Girl Rising: A Celebration and Screening.  As we continue to address the challenges of the water crisis, both in Colorado and across the developing world, there is an ongoing need to empower women and girls.  This will be a great local event to begin that conversation not only around how girls are affected by the water crisis (and poverty) but also around what we can do to make an impact. Be sure to view the Girl Rising trailer here. Popcorn will be provided for the screening; light appetizers will be available at the cocktail hour, as well as a cash bar with wine, beer, and cocktails. Tickets are $10. 6-9 p.m. at  Galvanize, 1062 Delaware St, Denver. RSVP: http://waterforpeoplegirls.eventbrite.com/
Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. This three-day bonanza Nov. 8-10 of shopping, beer tasting, resort information gathering and family activities will be at Hall A of the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. This annual sale is the last chance for skiers and riders to make their pre-season gear purchases at deeply discounted prices. The Mountain Activity Center presented by Monarch Mountain is back with a full line up of attractions where kids can participate and test their skills. The fast-paced Eliteam Training Center offers a timed obstacle course that measures basic fitness and flexibility skills—and kids love competing against the clock and each other. For first-time, just-thinking-about-it little skiers, the gently-sloped Winter Park Kid’s Slope with an artificial surface offers an easy introduction to skiing. Burton’s Riglet Park offers the same kind of easy introduction to snowboarding. A 25-foot Climbing Wall and Keystone’s Kidtopia Play Park with their bouncy castle are two additional play zones where kids can burn some excess energy while working on strength and balance. Expo-only admission is $12 for adults or $10 with a discount coupon available in The Denver Post or at any Colorado Ski & Golf or Colorado Ski & Sports store. www.skisnowboardexpo.com
Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show. A unique shopping experience awaits you at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show on Nov. 8-10 at the Denver Mart.  You’ll discover new gift ideas, original art and crafts, sculpture, ceramics, specialty foods, home décor, clothing, furniture, floral designs, jewelry, antiques, candles, toys and so much more. Bring the little ones to share their holiday wishes with their real bearded Santa and have their picture taken. 451 East 58th Avenue, Denver. Go to http://www.coloradochristmasgiftshow.com/ for hours and pricing.

GO Club: Who’s Still Awake? On Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at Mount Falcon Park West. Get Outdoors and Explore Club programs are unstructured, playful nature excursions that feature activities for parents to help their children connect with the natural world. All ages.

Junior Naturalists: Being a Turkey. On Sunday, November 10, learn about the bird that almost became the symbol of our nation at 1 p.m. at the Lookout Mountain  Nature Center. From finding food to getting a good night sleep, discover what it takes for these birds to survive. Kids ages 6-10 with an adult.

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

Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s MythBusters. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. On the TV show MythBusters, co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving or exploding myths using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects. Tickets are available at www.dmns.org/mythbusters. General visitors pay $22 adult, $16 junior/student (ages 3–18 or with a student ID), and $18 senior (age 65+). Ticket includes admission to both the exhibition and the museum. Timed tickets will be required and advance reservations are strongly encouraged; the Museum anticipates that popular times will sell out.
Like to plan ahead? Visit Denver has these 10 highlights of Thanksgiving Weekend in Denver.

Ooh and Ah at the Grand Illumination of Downtown Denver

November 29

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

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

November 29-December 29

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

Let Someone Else Do The Cooking On Thanksgiving

November 28

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

Take a Trip to the Art World of Paris

Through February 9, 2014

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

Uncover the Truth with The MythBusters

Through January 5, 2014

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

Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early

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

Warm to the Glow of Blossoms of Light

December 1, 2013-January 1, 2014

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

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

November 30, 2013-February 17, 2014

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

Celebrate the Season With Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

November 30-December 1

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

Visit The Old World at the Denver Christkindl Market

November 22- December 21

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

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Nature Programs

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

Fall Stories
Sunday, November 17
2:00 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Take a short walk to discover what is interesting in the pine woods on that day, then come inside for a story about nature and place.
Ages 6-adult.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

40th Anniversary Exhibit   
March 19 to November 17 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson County Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space, which was voted into existence in 1972 and began receiving funds in 1973. Displays will center on important points in history, interesting facts about the development of Open Space and a variety of memorabilia.

Weekly Event Round-up: Arenacross, Illumination, Easter Celebration and More!

Wednesday-April 4. Everyday people and objects become fantastical in “Cirque Dreams Illumination” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The show’s setting is a normal-seeming cityscape — until it fills with marvels, from crazy street tricks to awesome acrobatics. It’s all set to an eclectic original soundtrack of jazz, pop and more. A mix of Broadway-style staging and circus feats, “Illumination” is the 14th production from the Cirque Dreams troupe. 7 p.m. Tuesday-April 3, 2 p.m. April 3-4. Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis Streets. Tickets are $20-$55. Buy tickets online at denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.

Friday-Sunday. The Denver Coliseum will turn into a giant dirtbike course when the American Motorcyclist Association Arenacross Series roars into town. Truckloads of dirt get loaded into the building to create a twisting course of death-defying turns and soaring jumps — with the audience up close and personal. This weekend is the championship round of the three-month series, with two nights of racing to go before crowning the winner. Arrive early on Saturday for the Monster Energy Track Party, free with a valid ticket and an empty Monster can. Then, on Sunday, local amateurs take to their bikes on the professional track. 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Track party 5-6 p.m. Saturday. Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St.; 720-865-2475. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2 to 12. Add $2 to prices for day-of-show ticket purchases. Buy advance tickets at ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000.

Saturday-Sunday. Hop to the Downtown Aquarium for an undersea Easter celebration: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The Aquarium hosts a special holiday buffet, complete with a kid-sized setup so little ones can help themselves. After breakfast, get a picture with the Easter Bunny, hunt for Easter eggs, do some crafting and watch special animal presentations. If that’s not enough, the breakfast nets you 50 percent off admission to the aquarium. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will also be available April 3. 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St.; 303-561-4450. Tickets are $14.99 for adults, $7.99 for kids ages 3 to 12. Children age 2 and younger are free with an adult ticket. Call to make reservations.

Saturday-Sunday. It’s the last weekend to catch the “Tropical Odyssey” exhibit at the Butterfly Pavilion. Travel to the South American rainforest to learn about the butterfly farms that produce some of the Pavilion’s most spectacular species, including Blue Morpho, Owl and Longwing butterflies. The hands-on exhibit also explores butterfly metamorphosis and how sustainable businesses, like butterfly farms, help save rainforests. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster; 303-469-5441. Admission is $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 65 and older, $5.50 for kids ages 2 to 12. For more information, visit butterflies.org.

Saturday-July 10. Go deep into Sherwood Forest in Heritage Square Music Hall’s new children’s show, “Robin Hood.” Youngsters are invited to help tell the tale of Robin, the English vigilante and expert archer, and his band of Merry Men. Flash photography is allowed at the one-hour performances, so parents are encouraged to snap a couple pictures of their little ones onstage. 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, with 3 p.m. performances on select dates — call to confirm. Heritage Square Music Hall, 18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden; 303-279-7800. Tickets are $6 for kids and adults, $5 for seniors age 62 and older. Call to make reservations.

-Kathleeen St. John. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Veterans’ Day Events

Wednesday Nov. 11

  • US Veterans who have served in wars from World War II to the War on Terror will take part in a panel discussion at noon at Aims Community College, 5401 W. 20th St., Greeley. “Journeys of Veterans in Foreign Lands,” will include a demonstration and tasting of selected MREs or Meals Ready to Eat. The presentation is sponsored by the Aims Human2Human project and is free and open to the public.
  • The Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for veterans and military personnel, along with their families on Veteran’s Day. The waiver of entrance and/or standard amenity fees on Veterans Day applies annually on Nov. 11.
  • The first Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument is at 5:30 p.m. with songs from the Cougar Chorale, a bagpipe performance, stories of veterans honored at the monument For more information visit http://www.hrvets.org/VeteransDay09Invite.pdf. Proceeds from 20 percent of breakfast sales at The Egg & I Restaurant in the Highlands Ranch Town Center Wednesday will support the Highlands Ranch Veteran’s Monument.
  • The Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, is commemorating Veterans’ Day with special programming. Canine Companions for Independence is bringing a story and a service dog to the Museum at 11:30 a.m. to teach kids how service dogs help Veterans and people with disabilities. he kids will get a chance to interact with an Assistance Dog in Training and there will be time for questions.

Weekly Event Round-up: Baby Buffalo, Trains, Mile High Magic, and more!

Saturday. Bring your family to see North America’s largest land mammal right in Denver at Home on the Range out at The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Rick Keen/DPRA, Inc.) Three bison calves have been born in the last 30 days! They are a rusty, cinnamon color and easily stand out from the rest of the herd. Folks who come out for the program on Saturday are likely to see some of the babies! 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. (Please arrive at 12:45, as the tour leaves at 1 p.m.) Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 5650 Havana St., Commerce City; Admission is free. Seating is limited, so RSVP for a spot by calling 303-289-0930.

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Every week, we will publish Denver Post writer Kathleen St. John’s top recommendations for family fun. This week, her picks include:

Starting Friday. Little ones can be part of Denver Arts Week with special kid-friendly activities at the Children’s Museum of Denver. The museum will be filled with creative activities all week long: make shapes with clay, build your own animal, paint with bubbles, see live performances and more. And on Saturday, the museum will be open until 10 p.m. during the Arts Week “Night at the Museums” event. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (open until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. Admission is $7.50 for guests ages 2 to 59, $5.50 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older. For more information, visit cmdenver.org.

PR Photo 001Saturday-Sunday. The National Western Complex will turn into a miniature railyard when the Great Train Expo pulls into town. It’s a bonanza for

Ultimate Halloween Event Round-up: Masquerade Balls, Bootown, Creepy Walk in the Wood and More!

Mile High Mamas’ weekly event round-up includes the ultimate guide to keep adults and children spooked this Halloween!

Halloween Calendar

Boo Coo Jazz Band Masquerade Ball

Oct. 31 Come dressed in costume for live music, food and drink. Great for young adults. 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs. Call 970-945-2414 for tickets.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 23-25 Families with young children can trick or treat in a safe environment at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15 for ages 3-65, $13 over 65, free under 3. Ride the free shuttle from the Sears parking lot at the Broadmoor Towne Center. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs. 719-475-9555

Bootown at Heritage Square

Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Non-scary 5,000-square-foot outdoor Halloween maze for children 2-10. Children $6. Adults free with paying child. Noon-5 p.m.18301 W. Colfax Ave. Golden. 303-727-8437

Colorado Symphony Classic Halloween

Oct. 29 CSO performs in full costume and audience invited to come in costume also at Boettcher Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert activities begin at 5 p.m. $12.50 children under 18, $25 adults. 14th and Curtis Sts. 303-6237876, [email protected]

Creepy Walk in the Wood

Oct. 29-31 Oct. 29-30 from 2-9 p.m. and Oct. 31 from noon-9 p.m. with a scary walk through a wooded area near Loveland. Daylight hours are geared toward children under 13 with fairytale characters distributing candy. The evening hours are for scares and horror. $3 per person from opening until dusk. After dusk $8 per person. 1750 Savage Road, 2 miles west of Loveland, second right-hand turn off Glade Road — follow the signs. 970-667-3002.

Family Fun Forum

Nov. 1 Halloween-themed activities for all ages from noon-2 p.m. at the Newman Center for Theater Education. Costumes and reservations encouraged. Free. 1101 13th St. 303-4464892.

Fon-Boo Fright Night

Oct. 23-31 Halloween-themed foods ie: Tarantula Salad, Cheese Eyeball Fondue at the Melting Pot 9 p.m. weekdays, Friday-Saturday 10 p.m. Complete dinner $100 per couple including ghost stories. RSVP2707 W. Main St., Littleton. 303-794-5666.

Fright Fest

Oct. 23-Nov.1 Elitch Gardens brings you Bloodlust: The Immortal Crave, The Suffering, Wheel of Misfortune, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Monster-less Matinee (haunted house with the lights on), scare zones, the Awakening, ghoul gross-out, Scream It Out and a costume contest. Kid-friendly Boo Gardens Oct. 24-25 where kids can trick or treat from noon-6 p.m. Over 48 inches $39.99, under 48 inches $19.99. Discount tickets at King Soopers and coupons at Dairy Queen. 299 Walnut St. 303-572-4522, elitchgardens.com.

Got Milk?

Oct. 29 The Official Drink of Halloween team is hosting Halloween-themed event at the