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25 Things to Do in Boulder in January

December 31, 2017
January in Boulder

Winter is upon us, but there is still plenty to look forward to in January! Get yourself moving this month with an icy plunge in the Boulder Res, take an aerial dancing class, go ice skating, enjoy a show at the dinner theater, run a half marathon and so much more. Happening this month in and around Boulder.

Boulder Polar Plunge

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Polar Plunge

When: Monday, January 1, 2018

Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 12PM – 1PM

Cost: $35/adult, $15/children, Register here.

Take the Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day at the Boulder Reservoir to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Donations support life-saving cancer research and free services for patients such as lodging and transportation. The 2018 event is sponsored by Boulder Community Health. New this year: towels for the first 500 registered participants , hot coffee, cocoa and tea for all and one free beer post-plunge for all registered participants ages 21+, thanks to Avery Brewing.

WinterSkate Boulder

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Throughout January

Where: Ice Rink Next to the Dushanbe Tea House, 1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Monday – Wednesday 11AM – 9PM, Thursday & Friday 11AM – 10PM, Saturday 10AM – 10PM, Sunday 10AM – 8PM

Cost: $10 Adults, $9 Children 12 & Under, $8 Seniors & Students, $4 Children 3 & Under. Bring your own skates, receive $5 off admission.

WinterSkate returns to Boulder on the plaza next to the Dushanbe Teahouse, presented by Boulder Creek Events. Relive your favorite winter memories and enjoy holiday lights and music. For more information, click here.

WinterSkate Louisville

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When: Daily through the end of February

Where: Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville

Time: Monday–Wednesday: 2 – 7PM, Thursday: 2 – 10PM, Friday: 12 – 10PM, Saturday: 10AM – 10PM, Sunday: 10AM – 8PM

Cost: Adults: $5.00, Kids (ages 4-12): $4.00, Children (ages 3 & under): Free Admission, College Students and Military (with valid ID): $3.00, Senior Citizens (65+): $3.00, Skate Rental: $4.00

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville, WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music. Celebrating its thirteenth year as the original outdoor ice skating rink in the community, WinterSkate presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy the winter season in a beautiful small-town setting.

Annie at the Boulder Dinner Theater

things to do in Boulder in November

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When: Through February 24, 2018

Where: Boulder Dinner Theater, 5501 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: Schedule varies, click here to see full schedule.

Cost: $40 – $67 Tickets here.

LEAPIN LIZARDS! Boulder Dinner Theater is putting on a production of the beloved musical Annie. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Jesters Dinner Theatre

When: Throughout January, 2018

Where: Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Schedule varies, click here to see full schedule.

Cost: $20 – $42, Purchase tickets here.

A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie at Jesters Dinner Theatre in Longmont! Legally Blonde The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!

Free Aerial Dance Open House

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When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc, 3022 Sterling Cir, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 12PM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly? Now is your chance. Join Frequent Flyers for the Aerial Dance Open House! Plan to stay for at least half an hour to take a free mini class (classes available for ages 5-adult) and watch an aerial performance.

Subaru Winter Fest

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Photo Courtesy Subaru of America

When: January 6 – 7, 2018

Where: Eldora Mountain Resort, 2861 Eldora Ski Rd, Nederland, CO 80466

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Subaru WinterFest is a one-of-a-kind mountain destination and lifestyle tour where skiers and snowboarders can come together and share their passion for all things winter. Come enjoy live music by emerging artists brought to you by Harman Kardon®. Relax with your friends and family while enjoying s’mores and craft coffee or jam out to SiriusXM®. Participate in daily giveaways and test the latest gear from our friends at Nordica, Lib Tech, Thule, Klean Kanteen and more. The event is free. For skiing and snowboarding, you will need to purchase a lift ticket at Eldora.

Lafayette Cars and Coffee

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Adam’s Polishes

When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: Flatirons Church, 355 W South Boulder Rd, Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 10:30AM

Cost: FREE

If you haven’t been to this event, you’re missing out! Join Adam’s Polishes for the ever-growing Lafayette Cars & Coffee. No Entrance Fee! Coffee & food trucks will be at the ready with breakfast treats before you wander the lot. Stop by the Adam’s Tent to grab samples and promotions. This event happens every first Saturday of every month.

Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class

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When: Saturday, January 6, 2018

Where: CorePower Yoga – Flatirons, 549 Flatiron Blvd Suite A, Broomfield, Colorado 80021

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: $20 for Parent/Child Members, $25 Parent/Child Non-Members, $5 Additional Child

Embark on a Jungle adventure together at Little Adventures Kids Yoga Class at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield. Come enjoy some time with your kids as we learn several basic yoga postures through a combination of story, play and dance. Adult must accompany child. Suitable for ages 3-8. Space is limited.

Jeff and Paige at Rayback Collective

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Where: Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 10AM – 11AM

Cost: $10/person 2 & under FREE, tickets available here.

Ages: 3 – 8

Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused concert by Jeff and Paige at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music, Rayback Collective. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. There will be hot cocoa and coffee from Carabiner, pints, mules, sangria and a mystery AM cocktail all available for purchase. Stick around after the show for lunch at any of the 3 food trucks onsite! Food can be brought inside.

Wild Bear Safari at Wild Bear Nature Center

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Wild Bear Nature Center

When: Monday, January 8, 2018

Where: Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, Colorado 80466

Time: 8AM – 4PM

Cost: $65, Tickets available here.

On the last day of Winter Break kids ages 5-11 can experience Wild Bear Safari – meet the turtles, snakes, arthropods, salamanders and hedgehog at Wild Bear Nature Center. Get a chance to hold the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, help us feed and water our friends, the turtles, salamanders, belle the hedgehog and all the arthropods. Work together to create dioramas, drawings, clay models and more to take home.

Erie Community Library’s 10 Year Birthday Extravaganza

When: Friday, January 12, 2018

Where: Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Celebrate the Erie Community Library’s 10th Birthday. Bring the whole family for fun activities throughout the day, including a special storytime at 10:15 am, cake, crafts, entertainment and much more!

Cider and Ceramics with Color Me Mine

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Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine

When: Friday, January 12, 2018

Where: St. Vrain Cidery, 350 Terry St, Ste 130, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 6PM – 8:30PM

Cost: $25 or $40 depending on the item you select to paint.

Join Color Me Mine at St. Vrain Cidery for Cider and Ceramics for some painting fun! Ready to paint items include: steins, growlers, seasonal items, kid items, dishware, etc. First pour included! Kids are welcome! Pieces will be brought back to their Boulder store to be fired and set. You can then either pick up the pieces at their Boulder store OR at the taproom!

Lafayette Oatmeal Festival

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When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Downtown Lafayette, N Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 7:30AM – 12PM

Cost: Oatmeal Breakfast $8 adults, $6 Youth 3 – 12, $6 Seniors 60+, Kids 2 & Under FREE. 5K Race $20 Adults (13 – 59), $15 Youth (3-12) & Seniors (60+). Register for 5K here.

22nd Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival is a popular family event focusing on healthy lifestyle. A unique festival including an Oatmeal Breakfast, 5K Walk/Run and a Ninja Warrior Course. Oatmeal Breakfast will be held at Pioneer Elementary School. 5K Walk / Run starts promptly at 9:30 am at Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts. Dogs on leashes only. Check out the Ninja Warrior Course at Bob L. Burger Rec. Center. 2 Ninja Warrior Courses for all ages. For more information, click here.

Winter Trails Day Snowshoe Festival

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When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Park and Ride Lot across from Glacier Basin off Bear Lake Road, Rocky Mountain National Park

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE event. Rocky Mountain National Park entrance fee applies.

Winter Trails Day is a free snowshoe festival with hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children; advice from snowshoe experts, demos snowshoes to try out and outdoor gear displays. Watch live igloo making demonstrations by Grand Shelters, from 10am – 2pm. Grand Shelters is rewriting the book on winter camping, providing resources and equipment to support your overnight winter adventure! Bring food and water.

Boulder County Bombers Harry Potter Tournament

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Bombers

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM

Cost: Tickets are $15 at the door, or $13 if you buy ahead of time from your favorite BCB skater.

Join the Boulder County Bombers for a magical mix up roller derby tournament, Harry Potter New Year Roll Out Mix Up Tournament. Watch teams compete in the name of all four houses of Hogwarts. Doors open at 5 pm, first whistle at 6 pm. Each bout will be 2 20-minute periods. Colorado Craft Cocktails bar will be on site, where there will be beer & food for sale as well. This is a family friendly event.

An Evening of Irish Music

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Adam Agee & Jon Sousa

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018

Where: The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 7PM – 10PM

Cost:$15 – $26, Buy tickets here.

Join Adam Agee & Jon Sousa for an enchanted evening of Irish music, to celebrate the release of their second full length album at the Nomad Playhouse. This music is dedicated to the spirit and land of Ireland and the Celtic lineage. Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to uplift audiences of all ages.

Estes Park Winter Festival

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Photo Courtesy Estes Park, CO Facebook Page

When: January 13 – 14, 2018

Where: Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 5PM

Cost: 21+ with Tasting $30, Ages 10+ $15, Ages 4-9 $5, 3 & Under FREE

Celebrate the winter season in Estes Park at the Estes Park Winter Festival weekend! Sip a variety of beers, browse retail vendors, enjoy live entertainment and more at the Estes Park Winter Festival, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend 2018 at the new Estes Park Events Complex!

Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon

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Photo Courtesy Prairie Dog 5K

When: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Where: Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 Dillon Rd Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 7AM – 12PM

Cost: $40 – $90, Register here.

Check out the Arctic Prairie Dog Half Marathon in Louisville this January! Each half marathon finisher will receive a custom Peedy the Prairie Dog finisher’s medal. For 2018, all participants will receive a Seasonal Peedy finisher’s souvenir Pint Glass! All participants will also receive a Tech T-Shirt (long sleeved.)  This event features a two colored short sleeved shirt. For more information, click here.

The Wailers at The Fox Theatre

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy The Wailers

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Where: The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8:30PM

Cost: $25 – $28, Tickets available here.

KGNU Community RadioBoulder Weekly & Karing Kind (Karing Kind Boulder Fanclub) present The Wailers at the Fox Theatre. The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world.

5th Annual Chili Cookoff at Sanitas Brewing Co.

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Photo Courtesy Sanitas Brewing

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Sanitas Brewing, 3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 4PM – 10PM

Cost: $15

Join Boulder’s food, craft beer, and music enthusiasts for the 5th Annual Chili Cookoff at Sanitas Brewing Company. Expect an afternoon/evening of award-winning chili from the local area, local beer, and bluegrass from The Hop Pickers. The event kicks off at 4pm and is family-friendly. $15 gets you access to a variety of massive chili samples, a Sanitas beer, and some killer bluegrass.

Bow Wow Film Fest

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018

Where: Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. $10 for Kids under 12.

This year’s Bow Wow Film Fest will feature movies about working dogs, both old school and new school, we have the return of the delightful Ask Frank and his advice column and we go international with movies filmed abroad! Come laugh and cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved furry creatures touch our lives! All ticket proceeds will benefit the marvelous work of The Humane Society of Boulder Valley.

2018 Frost Giant Race

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018

Where: Estes Park Municipal Building, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: $25 Pre-Registration for Adults and Children 10+, $35 on Race Day. Register here.

The Annual Frost Giant will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2018 in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Lace up your running shoes and grab a warm hat to partake in this fun and adventurous 5K race. The 5K will start at the Estes Park Municipal Building entrance on MacGregor Ave. The race begins on pavement and then becomes cross country. Register here.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

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When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $5/person over 2, Kids under 2 and members FREE.

The Butterfly Pavilion is offering admission for just $5 on Sunday, January 28. Home to over 5,000 animals, kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Family Day Painting at PoshSplat – Chautauqua Lookout

January in Boulder

Photo Courtesy PoshSplat

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Where: PoshSplat, 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM

Cost: $25/person

Family Day at PoshSplat is a great way to spend time and do something creative with your whole family! Step by step instruction is provided by a local artist and everyone paints a picture that is uniquely theirs. On Sunday, January 28, the painting will be Chautauqua Lookout. No experience, set up, or clean up necessary! Just come and enjoy an afternoon of fun, and create beautiful works of art for your home!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

Kids

What to Do with Kids this Weekend, December 9 – 10, 2017

December 7, 2017
what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

This weekend promises to be gorgeous and sunny after a long week of cold temperatures. Get the kids out of the house to visit the new play area downtown, enjoy some ice skating, go on a scavenger hunt and even do some rock climbing with Santa! There are a ton of fun events happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Jingle Bell Fridays at Village at the Peaks

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Village at the Peaks

When: Friday, December 8, 2017

Where: Village at the Peaks, 1250 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

Get into the holiday spirit this December with lots of free, fun and festive activities for the whole family every Friday at Village at the PeaksJingle Bell Friday activities include: horse drawn carriage rides, kids crafts, face painting, and balloon artists. Stay for the carolers and cookies with Santa’s elves from 6-8 PM. Take a photo with Santa from 6:30-7:30PM at Gold’s Gym Longmont, then take a free carriage ride over to the village to enjoy the rest of the event.

Longmont Lights Holiday Festival & Parade

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Photo Courtesy WK Real Estate

When: December 8 – December 9, 2017

Where: Roosevelt Park & Downtown Longmont, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Friday, 5PM – 8PM, Saturday 10AM – 9PM. Schedule of events here.

Cost: FREE

Join Longmont in its annual weekend holiday celebration, Longmont Lights! The festival begins on Friday at Roosevelt Park with Santa’s Workshop, a free craft area for kids and visits with Santa, live reindeer, holiday ice show, open skating, hot cocoa carts, fire pits and food truck sales. The evening culminates in a fireworks display sponsored by WK Real Estate. On Saturday, enjoy open skate ice skating and the March of the Toys Parade down Main Street. For the full schedule of events, click here.

Free Community Skate at WinterSkate Boulder

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Enjoy the WinterSkate ice rink in Boulder’s Civic Area (next to the Dushanbe Teahouse) for from 2 to 4 PM on Saturday, Dec. 9 for a FREE skate session – ice skate rental included!

A Homestead Christmas

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Erie Historical Society

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Erie Historical Society, 11611 Jasper Rd, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Join the Erie Historical Society for A Homestead Christmas at the Wise Homestead. Take a tour of our turn of the century farm house and museum. Enjoy refreshments and live entertainment by the Erie High School Choir and the Weld County Ramblers.

 

Tiny Tots and Santa in Estes Park

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Photo Courtesy Estes Valley Recreation and Park District

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: American Legion Post 119, 850 N Saint Vrain Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Head up to Estes Park for the 61st annual Tiny Tots and Santa: a free pancake breakfast, Christmas music, crafts and have your photo taken with Santa. All children will receive a free gift from Santa! Sponsored by: American LegionEstes Valley Recreation and Park District,  and the Estes Park Lions Club.

Creekside Play Area Opening

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Photo Courtesy City of Boulder

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Near the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 11AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

The new Civic Area nature playground, Creekside Play Area is ready to open! The City of Boulder invites the community to celebrate the opening of this final milestone of the Civic Area Park’s Phase One of construction – the “park at the core” enhancements to Central Park. A small grand opening event will be held, featuring live music, free refreshments, kids activities and the opportunity to play on the new the tree house. For more information, click here: http://bit.ly/2AKlk7h

Kids Climb with Santa at Neptune Mountaineering

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Photo Courtesy Neptune Mountaineering

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S Broadway St Ste A, Boulder, Colorado 80305

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: 10 & Under

Kids are invited to climb with Santa this Saturday at Neptune Mountaineering! Kids who try out the new climbing wall with Santa as their belayer get a gift and a 15% off coupon for the sporting parents. While you are at Neptune, check out the Santa Stroll and Scavenger hunt (details below).

Santa Stroll and Scavenger Hunt

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When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: The Shops at Table Mesa, 601 S Broadway St, Boulder, Colorado 80305

Time: 1PM – 5PM

Cost: Please bring a canned food donation.

Check out the Santa Stroll and Scavenger Hunt at The Shops at Table Mesa this Saturday. Activities will include visits with Santa, scavenger hunt, cookies and hot chocolate and festive holiday fun.

Drumming with Horses

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When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Medicine Horse Program, 8778 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Boulder Drum Circle and Medicine Horse Program are excited to collaborate to bring you Drumming with Horses! Weather permitting, the event will be outside with a bonfire and the horses. Indoor space is available for inclement weather. Bring your drum & percussion instruments. This is a free community event but both Boulder Drum Circle and Medicine Horse Program appreciate donations.

Santa at Longmont Ace Hardware

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Photo Courtesy Santa Claus at the North Pole Facebook Page

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Where: Ace Hardware Longmont, 1727 Main St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 9AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

A Longmont tradition for over 10 years, visit with Santa and Elf Hot Wheels at Ace Hardware in Longmont and receive a free photo as well as take your own.

Jeff and Paige Concert at Rayback Collective

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 10AM – 11AM

Cost: $10/person 2 & under FREE, tickets available here.

Ages: 3 – 8

Enjoy an indoor, hour-long, science and nature-focused concert by Jeff and Paige at Boulder’s hippest hub for food, community and music, Rayback Collective. Expect live, original, nature-inspired music for kids, educational/hilarious skits, quick costume changes and tons of audience participation. There will be hot cocoa and coffee from Carabiner, pints, mules, sangria and a mystery AM cocktail all available for purchase. Stick around after the show for lunch at any of the 3 food trucks onsite! Food can be brought inside.

Visit Santa at Jax Broomfield

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When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Jax Broomfield Outdoor Gear, Ranch & Home, 5005 West 120th Avenue, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 1PM- 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Stop by Jax Broomfield Outdoor Gear, Ranch & Home this weekend to get a FREE picture with Santa Claus. The whole family is welcome, including pets!

Live Reindeer at Murdoch’s in Longmont

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Murdoch’s Longmont, 2255 Main St Ste 107, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 3PM- 6PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Bring the family to see live reindeer at Murdoch’s in Longmont this Sunday! Take photos, write a letter to Santa, and take home a bit of Christmas magic with you.

Santa Station: Niwot

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Photo Courtesy Mountain View Fire Rescue

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Where: Mountain View Fire Rescue, 8500 Niwot Rd, Longmont, CO 80503

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: FREE. Please bring a non-perishable food donation.

Come see Santa at the Mountain View Fire Station, Niwot Station 4! Share a cup of cocoa, write a letter to Santa and see the fire engines at Santa Station: Niwot. Please bring a non-perishable food donation.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Places to Have a Birthday Party in Boulder in the Winter

November 28, 2017

Looking for something different to do for your child’s birthday this year? If you aren’t prepared to have a gaggle of kids running around your house there are a ton of great local alternatives. Everything from gymnastics and climbing parties to art and ninja parties! Here is a complete guide to 37 places to have a birthday party in and around Boulder in the Winter. To find the venues closest to home, the guide is organized by city. Here are some quick links:

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ABC Climbing

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Want to have an energetic party in the Winter? ABC Kids Climbing offers space for the birthday kid and friends to run, jump, play and climb indoors! Skilled instructors will lead children through an hour and a half of climbing, games, and activities. Children are encouraged to explore the different areas of our gym, including the top rope walls.  After climbing, the group will move into a party room for half an hour, to enjoy food, cake, and gifts. ABC Climbing offers a variety of birthday packages, including deluxe packages with food and cake included.

ABC Climbing is located at 1960 32nd St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Rock Club

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Boulder Rock Club‘s two hour birthday party package includes a private party room, all the safety equipment, and skilled instructors.  Participants will get to rope climb, boulder, and play team building games. Kids love to climb and parents love to watch ‘em. Boulder Rock Club will take care of the climbing details and the space: you provide the food. For more details, click here.

Boulder Rock Club is located at 2829 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Indoor Soccer

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Boulder Indoor Soccer offers a variety of birthday party packages including time for kids to play on the field and even an option for an inflatable or bubble balls! The facility also offers party rooms and coaches as needed. For all the details, click here.

Boulder Indoor Soccer is located at 3203 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Karate

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Boulder Karate‘s parties are full of Ninja action! You may leave it to us, or pick a few of your favorite games including ninja dodgeball, relay races, suction cup ninja star throwing and more. The birthday kid also has the chance to break a real board, karate-style as well as cut the cake with a real sword. Click here for all the ninja-inspired party details.

Boulder Karate is located at 1672 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Quest Center

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Boulder Quest Center‘s highly trained staff provides an unforgettable experience, the birthday child gets a special role in the games, and you have the easiest birthday party ever. Boulder Quest does the work so you can enjoy the party–just bring the kids and the cake! For all the details, click here.

Boulder Quest Center is located at 1501 Lee Hill Dr #18, Boulder, CO 80304.

CATS Gym

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CATS Gym offers birthday parties with fun, lively, physical activity and making the event stress-free for hosts. CATS provides the location, Birthday Party Pro (instructor), set up, entertainment, games, clean up. Parties include 90 minutes of playtime lead by a CATS Party Pro, and an additional 30 minutes of time in the CATS Hospitality Loft to enjoy refreshments and gifts. Shorter parties are available for preschool ages. Energetic and fun playtime activities include: obstacle courses, trampolines, rope swing, games, open gym, and more. CATS Gym has two different birthday party packages, for more information, click here.

CATS Gym is located at 2400 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Color Me Mine

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Color Me Mine offers a variety of birthday party options, at the studio or in your own home! Options include Paint Me a Story, Kidz Canvas Parties, Ceramics Painting Parties and more. Click here for all the options and details.

Color Me Mine is located at 1938 Pearl St Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302

The Connection Bowling, Billiards and Games

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The Connection at the UMC is the ONLY bowling center in Boulder. The Connection features 10 bowling lanes, eight 9-foot billiards tables, video game consoles (XBOX ONE, PS4, Wii), pinball and arcade games, and a foosball table. The venue is available for birthday parties and offers several birthday packages. For details, click here.

The Connection at the UMC is located at 1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.

Elite Dance Academy

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Elite Dance Academy offers several birthday party packages, featuring dancing, games, and a craft as well as a handful of themes. They will also take care of all the paper materials and can offer packages with cake as well as food. For all the details and choices, click here.

Elite Dance Academy is located at 

Food Lab Boulder

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Need a place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Food Lab will make all the mess, all the food and all the fun. Kids will participate in a hands-on cooking class and make the food they will eat, cake included! A variety of menu options are available, including gluten free and vegan. Birthday package includes all food, time in the food lab, snacks, drinks and more! All the details can be found here.

Food Lab Boulder is located at 1825 Pearl St A, Boulder, CO 80302.

Gateway Park Fun Center

There is something for everyone at Boulder’s favorite amusement park, Gateway Park Fun Center. Kids will love the retro feel of the two miniature golf courses, bumper cars and go carts. The park also offers batting cages, inline hockey rink, human maze and more. Gateway has several birthday party packages, with indoor party rooms as well as an arcade. The best part is that although most of the attractions are outdoors, the park is open all year long, so you can take advantage of those warm, sunny days in the winter.

Gateway Park Fun Center is located at 4800 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

PoshSplat

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PoshSplat will supply all the materials and lots of fun with age-appropriate painting projects. Art teachers will guide the kids to making their very own masterpiece. PoshSplat provides the table, and paperware, you will just need to bring the cake and ice cream! For more details, click here.

PoshSplat is located at 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park

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Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park is an indoor/outdoor, year-round ski and snowboard school that provides an alternative to the traditional slope. Birthday party packages offer a range of activities from sledding and air track to skiing and snowboarding, depending on the age and skill levels of participants.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park is located at 6655 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Tinker Art Studio

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Tinker Art Studio offers a fun and creative birthday package to help celebrate your child’s birthday. The birthday child and their guests will have a great time being creative and making a unique art project while parents can sit back and enjoy watching their young artists at work. For more information, click here.

Tinker Art Studio is located at 1300 Yellow Pine Ave, #B, Boulder, CO 80304.

BROOMFIELD

 

Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Build-A-Bear offers custom birthday parties for kids at its Flatiron Crossing location. Each party is hosted by an official party leader and is customized by your budget! Each guest gets to make and take home their own furry friend. For more details, click here.

Build-A-Bear is located at 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr #2080, Broomfield, CO 80021.

Chipper’s Lanes

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Chipper’s Lanes has been hosting fun birthday parties in Broomfield for years! Chipper’s Lanes centers offer a variety of activities including laser tag, arcade, bowling, and so much more. Click here to view available birthday packages.

Chipper’s Lanes is located at 100 Nickel St, Broomfield, CO 80020.

GlobalSound Studio

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Globalsound Studio features dance and karaoke parties in its 2000 square-foot party hall. The studio is complete with a dance floor, large stage, DJ, karaoke, dance music, and refreshments. Find the complete details here.

Globalsound Studio is located at 

Iluminar Aerial

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Iluminar Aerial features parties under its big top for a high flying adventure! Parties include one hour of structured activities including dance, songs, games, relays, aerial instruction and swing time! A space will be available for refreshments after the fun. For all the details including party theme ideas, click here.

Iluminar Aerial is located at 2655 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Warrior Challenge Arena

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Warrior Challenge Arena offers birthday parties full of hilarious physical fun through team and personal challenges catered to specific ages and interests. Coaches will facilitate each activity and monitor the floor at all times to insure safe play for you and the kids. For birthday party options and details, click here.

Warrior Challenge Arena is located at 3400 Industrial Ln #12a, Broomfield, CO 80020.

ERIE

 

Erie Community Center

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Erie Community Center offers three different birthday party options: Mini-Miners Indoor Playground Party, Swimming Pool Party, and Climbing Wall Party. Parties include cake and paper materials, with an option for pizza. For all the details, click here.

Erie Community Center is located at 450 Powers St, Erie, CO 80516.

LAFAYETTE

 

Dog House Music

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Dog House Music offers authentic rock & roll birthday parties for kids, teens and adults. Party packages are flexible and based on the age and preferences of the partiers, but packages may include: rock and roll makeover, party favors, interactive music video games, live performances and more! For all the details, click here.

Dog House Music is located at 525 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.

W.O.W. Museum

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Just a short drive out of Boulder, the World of Wonder Children’s Museum in downtown Lafayette is a favorite for young children. Designed for interactive learning and play, WOW! features a light & music room, an art room, a little clinic, a sandbox, a theatre area complete with costumes and stage and so much more! Birthday party packages include admission to the museum for all attendees, 1 hour in a private party room, as well as plates, cups and napkins for everyone. For all the details, click here.

WOW! Children’s Museum is located at 110 N Harrison Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics

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Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics provides a fun-filled space, enthusiastic coaches and all the set up and clean up for a great birthday party. Parties include a personal birthday party attendant, one hour in the gym, 30 minutes in the party area, as well as a goodie bag for each guest. For all the details, click here.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is located at 1405 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

LONGMONT

 

Airborne Gymnastics

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Airborne Gymnastics offers birthday parties complete with a birthday party attendant, private party room and use of the gymnastics facility. You bring refreshments and party goods, a signed waiver for each guest, and children who want to have fun! Parties rotate through the gym with the party leaders, utilizing a variety of gymnastics equipment including trampolines, rope swings, balance beams, bars, trapeze, and the foam pit. For all the details, click here.

Airborne Gymnastics is located at 1816 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501.

Crackpots Pottery Studio

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Crackpots Pottery Studio offers private party rooms where kids can paint their choice of ceramics from popular kids items. A freindly staff member will be there to help. There are a variety of party options – for all the details click here.

Crackpots Pottery Studio is located at 505 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Dabble Paint and Sip

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Dabble Paint and Sip features birthday parties with step by step painting instruction, all while jamming to some great tunes. The art instructor will start the painting, then break midway for cake or any other treats you would like to bring in and finish up the painting. For all the details, click here.

Dabble Paint and Sip is located at 2330 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Dizzy Family Fun Center

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Dizzy Family Fun Center birthday parties are designed to be stress free and full of fun.  When you host your party at Dizzy, all guests are invited to stay and play all day long.  Every party comes with a party host as well as 50 minutes in the party area for pizza and cake. For more details, click here.

Dizzy Family Fun Center is located at 455 Weaver Park Rd #100, Longmont, CO 80501.

Warrior Playground

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Warrior Playground is a full scale American Ninja Warrior and Obstacle Course Race training facility for kids & adults to experience the thrill of tackling the obstacles they see on the TV show. Warrior Playground offers birthday parties that include an introduction to the obstacles, a run through the course and some free time to play on the course. For more details, click here.

Warrior Playground is located at 2415 Wedgewood Ave B, Longmont, CO 80503.

The Wild Game

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The Wild Game has over 50 video and prize games, as well as eight VIP bowling lanes. The Wild Game offers a variety of birthday party packages that include pizza, giant cookie, drinks, and more! For all the details, click here.

The Wild Game is located at 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO 80501.

LOUISVILLE

 

APEX School of Movement

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APEX School of Movement provides a space for kids to learn and practice parkour, an activity of moving rapidly through an area, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. APEX hosts kids birthday parties complete with a certified coach, mini-lessons and lots of open gym time. For all the party details, click here.

APEX School of Movement 1772 Prairie Way Unit G, Louisville, CO 80027.

Coal Creek Bowling Center

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At Coal Creek Bowling Center, all parties include two hours of bowling including shoes for eight children, one free game for each child to use on a future occasion, a balloon bouquet, all paper products, a special gift for the birthday kid, two pitchers of soda and a dedicated party host. There are three different party packages to choose from – details here.

Coal Creek Bowling Center is located at 1455 Coal Creek Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.

EVO Rock + Fitness

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EVO Rock + Fitness is a spacious, exciting facility that provides the perfect venue for your child’s birthday. Enthusiastic staff members belay young climbers and cheer them on with words of encouragement as they reach the top of our walls, up to 45′ high!  For all the details, click here.

EVO Rock + Fitness is located at 1754 Dogwood St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Mountain Kids

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Mountain Kids offers gymnastics or dance-themed birthday parties for ages 3-12. Parties include 1 hour of gymnastics or dance with our enthusiastic birthday party host, a gigantic obstacle course, trampoline, games, relays, parachute play or dance activities and 1⁄2 hour of party time for cake and other party activities. Mountain Kids will act as host, provide thank-you notes, and party favors, and of course take care of the entire cleanup!

Mountain Kids is located at 474 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO 80027.

Yoga Junction

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Looking for a creative and mindful way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Join Yoga Junction for a private yoga birthday party, catered to your group size and birthday wishes. Yoga parties offer a fun way for children to be introduced to the concepts of yoga in a comfortable atmosphere where they can balance, cultivate strength and compassion. The class can include games, yoga postures, breathing, art, and more.

Yoga Junction is located at 927 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

NEDERLAND

 

Carousel of Happiness

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Carousel of Happiness hosts birthday parties in its party room for up to 10 kids with accompanying adults circulating through. The Carousel features a magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. Party Room rental includes 10 carousel ride tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased. For details, click here.

Carousel of Happiness is located at 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466.

SUPERIOR

 

Chuck E. Cheese

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Chuck E. Cheese’s features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love. There are a variety of birthday package options to choose from, including entertainment, food and goodie bags.

Chuck E. Cheese’s is located at 305 Marshall Rd, Superior, CO 80027.

Great Play

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At Great Play‘s award-winning, high-energy parties, your guests will have a blast in the interactive gym! Choose from six different themes, from super hero party to dance party, and Great Play will customize your child’s party with interactive arena software. For all the details, click here.

Great Play is located at 502 Center Dr J&K, Superior, CO 80027.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24 – 26

November 21, 2017
boulder holiday events

This long Thanksgiving weekend, check out these events to keep the holiday fun going all weekend long! Events include visits with Santa, The Nutcracker, holiday tree lighting ceremonies, holiday tea and so much more. Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Jingle Bell Bash at Twenty Ninth Street

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: Twenty Ninth Street Mall, 1710 29th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 3PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Join the Twenty Ninth Street Mall for a jolly good time for both adults and kids at the Jingle Bell Bash. The events happen at The Barrel with the arrival of Santa, cookie decorating, hot chocolate station, face painting, dance party, holiday show, Santa & selfie photo stations, plus much more!

Longmont Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: 6th Ave & Main Street, Longmont

Time: 6:30PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Longmont is hosting a Multicultural Celebration of Lights as well as a Lights On / Dance Off in this year’s Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring holiday-themed hip-hop dance battles by Block 1750, and a cultural unity celebration to help light up the holiday season. Hot beverages, goody bags, and carolers provide the seasonal trimmings for this festive event. Bring your family Downtown this year and Light It Up! Santa Claus at the North Pole will be there and the first 200 guests will be given Goody Bags, thanks to High Plains Bank, filled with discounts and offers from Downtown Businesses! Free to attend, anyone and everyone welcome! For more information: http://www.downtownlongmont.com/calendar/holiday-events

The Nutcracker Ballet

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

When: November 24 – November 26, 2017

Where: Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St, Boulder, Colorado 80309

Time: Times vary, see full schedule here.

Cost: $15 – $82, tickets here.

Thanksgiving weekend, the curtain rises for America’s favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic – The Nutcracker. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heartwarming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky’s masterful score.

Niwot’s Enchanted Evening

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When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Where: Cottonwood Square, Downtown Niwot

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, the community of Niwotofficially ushers in the holiday season with Enchanted Evening. The night will begin with the lighting of the community tree, welcoming Santa to town, presenting a Live Ice Sculpture demonstration in Cottonwood Square. Check out Ptarmigan String Quartet who will be performing Holiday music in the Grange with Santa from 6-8:30pm. Come back on Saturday for Niwot’s Holiday Parade. For full event info visit: http://niwot.com/events/enchanted-evening.

Holiday Open House at The Flower Bin

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When: November 24 – 26, 2017

Where: The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 11AM – 3PM – Schedule of events here.

Cost: FREE

Check out The Flower Bin of Longmont’s Holiday Open House featuring live entertainment, holiday cookies, apple cider and visits with Santa! The Flower Bin will have all the essential holiday decorations on hand for sale including live Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, poinsettias and more.

Christmas Extravaganza

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When: November 25 – December 24, 2017

Where: Duran’s Hobby Acres, 15591 N 107th St, Longmont, Colorado 80504

Time: Daily 9AM – 9PM

Cost: Entrance is free. Free pony ride with purchase of Christmas tree. Petting Zoo $3. Barrel train is $2. Carriage rides $15 per family.

Duran’s Hobby Acres is hosting a holiday experience to remember, Christmas Extravaganza. Choose your Christmas tree and take part in these fun activities: living Nativity with camels, carriage rides with Santa. camel rides, petting zoo, barrel train, pony Rides, arts and crafts, camp fire pits, hot cider, caroling, and warm memories!

Teddy Bear Tea

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th street, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Cost: Adult Tea – $31 & $36, Children’s Tea ages 4-12 – $20, Children 3 & under are free. For reservations of 8 or more please call 303-440-2880. Online reservations here.

Kids and families can experience a longstanding tradition of Teddybear Tea at Hotel Boulderado, with a delicious selection of homemade scones, assorted sandwiches and a variety of desserts. All proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hospital. Tea service inside Hotel Boulderado is offered seasonally to guests set on the historic Mezzanine overlooking the hotel lobby. With beautiful views of the hotel’s famous renovated stained glass canopy ceiling, irresistible menus, and soft piano or choir music performances, tea service at Hotel Boulderado will quickly become an annual tradition for you and your loved ones.

4th Annual Leftover Turkey Trot 5K

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 10AM

Cost: $15 – $40, Register here.

It’s Leftover Turkey Trot time! Time to grab the kids, the friends, and the relatives that have invaded your home, make some memories and spread some smiles! This family-friendly activity is sure to get your Leftover Turkey legs moving and your faces smiling. There will be plenty of hot coffee, food and drinks so please plan to arrive early and stick around for a bit after the run, have some food, make new friends and say hello to those familiar faces we see each year. You must register by November 9th to be guaranteed a race t-shirt.

Make Your Own Mason Jar Snow Globe

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Bring your youngster and friends to McGuckin Hardware to make their very own snow globe out of simple object founds in our store. One per child. Quantities limited; first come, first serve. Not able to join us? Just stop in to pick up our instruction card and supplies the next time you’re in!

Niwot Holiday Parade

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When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: Along 2nd Avenue from Murray Street to Niwot Road, Downtown Niwot

Time: 11AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Santa returns to Niwot Saturday morning, Nov 25th, to join in on the Holiday Parade. The parade starts at 11:00 AM. Participants will march down 2nd Ave from Murray Street to Niwot Road. When the parade finishes Santa will be in the Grange until 1:00 PM to take the children’s Christmas gift wish list. The local business will be open with additional craft vendors in the Grange.

Sugar Plum Tea Party

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Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: November 25 – 26, 2017

Where: Centennial State Ballet, 1422 Nelson Rd, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: SOLD OUT

Centennial State Ballet will host their 15th annual Sugar Plum Tea Party fundraiser during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. The non-profit youth ballet organization celebrates 20 years of exceptional ballet performances this year with this well-known fundraising event. The ticket price includes a delightful afternoon with warm tea, sweet and savory edibles and harp accompaniment, a mini-Nutcracker performance and a souvenir photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy. For more information, click here.

St. Nick on the Bricks

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When: Saturdays, November 25 – December 23, 2017

Where: Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center, 1301 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Saturdays starting November 25, kids of all ages can visit with Santa at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center for FREE. Bring your list and a camera to capture priceless holiday memories.

Santa at Samples World Bistro

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When: November 25, 2017

Time: 3:30PM – 6:30PM

Where: Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: FREE pictures for restaurant guests

Have an afternoon snack or early supper at Samples World Bistro while chatting with Santa. Then join Santa in his throne for photos. Reservations are encouraged, please call: 303-327-9318.

Gingerbread Tea

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Photo Courtesy St Julien Hotel & Spa

When: Sundays, November 26 – December 17, 2017

Where: Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro, 900 Walnut St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $35.95 Adults, $19.95 Children 4-12, Children three & under are FREE

Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa is hosting a Gingerbread Tea for the young and old, urban and rural. Traditional tea, music and delicacies including savory tea sandwiches, sweet Petite Fours and an array of different flavored scones, fill the room as Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro Executive Chef Laurent Mechin helps children – both small and big – decorate gingerbread cookies. The sweetest part—a portion of the proceeds are donated to There With Care, a non-profit organization that supports children and families facing critical illness. For reservations, please contact the St. Julien concierge at (720) 406-9696.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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31 Things to Do in Boulder in October

September 25, 2017

Boulder is ready to celebrate Fall, with a ton of great events happening all month long. Fall festivals, pumpkin patches, Halloween parades, costume contests, Oktoberfest celebrations and so much more! Scroll down to discover 31 fun and festive October events happening in and around Boulder.

Estes Park Elk Fest

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When: September 30 – October 1, 2017

Where: Boyd Park, Boyd Lane, Estes Park, CO

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. For safe & respectful elk viewing tips, please visit Estes Park’s Wildlife Watching page. Vendors will display artwork, handmade elk-ivory jewelry, and will offer distinctive elk cuisine.

Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market

things to do in boulder in september

When: Saturday, September 30 – Sunday October 1, 2017

Where: Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant is teaming up with Firehouse Art Center to bring new vibrancy to the community art scene this Fall with the kick off of the Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market. The Fair is a free two-day street-painting festival where 25 artists spend hours on their hands and knees over the course of two days turning the streets of Longmont into a vivid canvas of colorful chalk art. The goal of the event is to create a venue for artists, vendors and visitors alike to enjoy live-art, music and local artisan vendors for a fun family weekend. There will also be a special Pop up Dinner on Saturday evening– stroll along the street and view the art in progress while enjoying a special food and wine dinner under the stars hosted by Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant. Tickets for Saturday night are $45.00 for General Admission and $125.00 for VIP. Order dinner tickets here.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

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Photo Courtesy Isabelle Farm

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map as well as detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and their fall festivities.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

things to do in boulder in october

When: October 3 – 8, 2017

Where:  The Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Times vary, see schedule here.

Cost: $6 & up

Filmgoers in Boulder can unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world during the week of Sept 28 – Oct 8 when the 20th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the Dairy Arts Center Boedecker Theater. The 10 MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from nine countries with films from Syria, Latvia and Georgia representing their respective countries for the first time in this event. Two short films hail from Spain, the only country with multiple Final 10 selections. These Final 10 short films represent the best short films among a record 1615 submissions from 75 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2017, testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year’s Final 10 represent an extraordinary range of film genres with comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, animation and martial arts short films all part of the MANHATTAN SHORT program.

Adventure Film Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

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When: October 6 – 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday 5PM – 9:30PM, Saturday 2PM – 10:30PM, Sunday 11AM – 9:30PM

Cost: $25.00 Single Ticket | $45.00 Day Pass | $65.00 Full Pass plus applicable service charges, Tickets available here.

Embark on a transformative journey at the world premiere of the 13th annual Adventure Film Festival & Street Fair at the historic Boulder Theater. It all begins at the Adventure Film Festival Kick-Off, held at Avery Brewing Company featuring frosty Avery Craft brews, tasty street tacos by McDevitt Taco Supply, film previews, and live music! Over the weekend, the Adventure Film School is hosting a two-day interactive photography and filmmaking workshop with world-class adventurers and industry leaders. Throughout the festival, the Boulder Theater will be presenting adventure films as well as live music, special guests and a raffle. See the full festival program for all the special events, including the Adventure Street Fair, happening Saturday and Sunday afternoons in front of the Boulder Theater.

Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Friday, October 6, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 6PM – 7:30PM

Cost: Tickets: $15 for one adult and child + $5 for each additional participant. Children under 2 free. Tickets available here.

Learn about nature while enjoying a treat at the Butterfly Pavilion‘s Wild About Bats & Bugs Family Fireside Chat. Sit by the fire, roast some s’mores and discover the fascinating relationship between bats & mosquitoes with Colorado Parks & Wildlife bat expert, Tabbi Kinion and Colorado Vector mosquito expert Amber Partridge.

Louisville Oktoberfest 2017

Things to do in Boulder in October
When: October 7 – 8, 2017

Where: Old Town Louisville, 916 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: Saturday 2PM – 10PM, Sunday 11AM – 9PM

Cost: Early Tickets $5, buy tickets here.

Louisville’s Oktoberfest is back with its authentic Bavarian experience featuring traditional music & dancing, amazing food including pretzels, schnitzel, potato soup and more! The festival will also host a kids area with lots of fun activities like a jumpy castle, gymnastics, arts & crafts and jump ropes. For more information, click here.

Estes Park Pumpkins & Pilsners

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Families for Estes

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO

Time: 11AM – 6PM

Cost: Free admission

The Pumpkins and Pilsners Festival has activities and entertainment for all ages, with proceeds going to local non-profit Families for Estes. The festival is perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, crafts and a bounce house for the little ones. Enjoy additional free children’s activities like pony rides (free from 1-4pm), face painting, kids art activity booths, bounce house and giant lawn games. Challenge your friends in the strider mini-bike course (bikes and helmets provided). The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for only $5 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each for your chance to win some fabulous prizes! Each year a hand-picked selection of seasonal, local craft beers are on hand. There will also be food vendors and food trucks, as well as live music. More information available here.

Family Play Festival

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where:  Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Drop in and play, sing, read, write and talk at activity stations throughout the Main Boulder Public Library for the Family Play Festival. Families with young children (birth to age 5) enjoy interactive early literacy activities and take home crafts and great prizes as well as new ideas for family fun. Each station includes special activities for babies.

Erie Miner’s Blast

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Erie Chamber

When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie

Time: 11AM – 5PM

Cost: $10/child for an entire day of activities, Children under 3 and adults are FREE

The Town of Erie‘s Miner’s Blast features a scary haunted house, a chance to sling the “flying gourd”, visit the children’s archery range sponsored by Cabela’s, ride the hayride, get lost in the maze and much more! Participants receive a complimentary pumpkin. Be sure to visit the seasonal food vendors and beer garden. Stroll down the streets filled with spectacular vintage cars at the annual Garage Rats Car Show, stop to watch the garden tractor pull and visit the petting zoo! Listen to local music from 1-4pm.

Mctoberfest 2017

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When: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Where: McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Celebrate Oktoberfest at McGuckin’s! Stop by for Mcktoberfest fun, including: delicious pretzel samples from Great Harvest Bread CompanyMile High Dachshunds Rescue, Inc. will be hosting a Dachshund racing course inside the store. Have a Dachshund (or Dachshunds) you want to participate? Fill out this form. There will also be a Dachshund costume contest! Dress up your dog for your chance to win a $50 McGuckin gift card. Feel free to wear your dirndl, lederhosen or other fun German costume.

Family & Kid’s Show at the Boulder Theater

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo by Lee Pruitt, Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Where:  Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

The Adventure Film Festival hosting the Family and Kids Show starring Boulder’s beloved duo Jeff and Paige at Boulder Theater! Enjoy family-friendly outdoor adventure and environmental films, interactive art with special guest Jeremy Collins, and take home big prizes for parents and kiddos. Then the fun continues outside with the Adventure Street Fair, performers, adventure art experience, passport activity, and a chance to get your photo taken with Jeff & Paige in the vintage Shutterbus!

Sing Along Boulder for World Singing Day

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy World Singing Day

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Boulder Court House, 1325 Pearl St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:30AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

The 3rd annual Sing Along Boulder will be held on World Singing Day in front of the Boulder Courthouse. Join the Boulder community in singing along to the original recordings of hits from Bruno Mars to the Beatles and Sinatra (free lyric booklets provided). For all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Open Studios Fall Artist Tour

things to do in boulder in october

When: October 7 – 8 & October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Various Locations, Artist Directory here.

Time: 12PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Open Studios hosts the Open Studios Tour, opening the doors of over 100 artist studios in and around Boulder to the public. Discover the spaces where artists create, learn a bit about their creative process and support the local creative community by purchasing art directly from the artist. Check out the Preview Exhibit at the Boulder Public Library, featuring one piece from each artist at the library’s Canyon Gallery. A reception will be held October 6 from 6:30 – 8:30PM, $15 suggested donation at the door. The exhibit will be on display through October 23, 2017.

Bachtoberfest

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 12 & October 14, 2017

Where: October 12: Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80304, October 14: Stewart Auditorium/Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Pre-Concert lecture begins at 6:30PM, Concert begins at 7:30PM

Cost: Boulder Concert: Adults $40/ Seniors $37/Students $15/Under 18 $10, Tickets available here. Longmont Concert: Adults $30/ Seniors $27/Students $10/Under 18 $10, Tickets available here.

The Boulder Bach Festival opens its 37th season with the program Bachtoberfest. This program includes sacred texts sung by the great Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, and reflective instrumental works by baroque music specialists from Europe and the United States.

Friday the 13th Trivia with Geeks Who Drink

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When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: Tickets: $25 for non-members, $20 for members + $15 per child for childcare (Ages 3 – 10, space is limited).

Bring your friends and test your Halloween knowledge with this haunted quiz-fest at the Butterfly Pavilion with Geeks Who Drink! Food and drink included. Event Schedule: 5 – 6 pm – Family Exhibit Exploration, 5:45 pm – Kid Zone Drop Off, 6 pm-8:30pm – Adults-Only Trivia (Ages 21+ only).

Thorne Fall Fest

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: Friday, October 13, 2017

Where: Thorne Nature Experience, 1466 63rd St, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE, Registration required – register here.

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Fall In-service Day on Friday, October 13th? Celebrate the transition into Fall with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for the Thorne Fall Fest. We will have face-painting, nature explorations around the Sombrero Marsh with Thorne staff, pumpkin decorating, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with our favorite nature performers Jeff & Paige! Light refreshments provided by in-kind donors, pack a picnic if desired. 10am-11am: Activities including pumpkin decorating, bird-watching, face painting, dip netting in the mini wetland, and nature explorations. 11am-Noon: Concert and dancing by Jeff & Paige. This event will mostly be outdoors, rain or shine. Please plan for the weather. Bring sunscreen, layers, and water.

Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival

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When: October 13 – 15, 2017

Where: Various locations, click here for full schedule.

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Costs vary based on event, see costs and buy tickets here.

Hosted by the Boulder Wine Merchant, Boulder celebrates the renowned wines from Burgundy, France at the Boulder Burgundy Wine Festival. The festival consists of several seminars, luncheons and dinners at some of Boulder’s finest restaurants as well as a grand tasting, offering over 200 featured wines from Burgundy.

The Rocky Horror Show

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy The Longmont Theatre Company

When: October 14 – 28, 2017

Where: Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: See schedule here.

Cost: Adults $25, Seniors and Youth Under 18 $23, Tickets available here.

Let’s do the time warp again! The Rocky Horror Show is back at The Longmont Theatre Company with much of the 2014 cast returning including Bonnie & Taylor of Bonnie and the Clydes. This is the actual stage show, NOT a re-enactment of the film while the movie is running. Dammit, Janet, this is LIVE and 3D! Discover whatever happened to Saturday Night! And, what about… The Floor Show? About the Costume Contest – Only at the 11pm show:  No real weapons. Any simulated body parts must be from outside the “swimsuit” zone. Costumes must provide at least “swimsuit” coverage. No thongs, pasties, etc. In general, keep it PG-13 or milder.

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market

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Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society

When: October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: Saturday 10AM – 5PM, Sunday 11AM – 4PM

Cost: $5/person, Children under 12 are FREE

Pumpkin Pie Days: Vintage & Antique Market will be held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. The market features high end dealers and collectors in: furniture, books, primitives, décor, toys, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, vintage clothing, plus much, much more! The show also includes glass grinder, bake sale, and art show. Admissions and café sales benefit The St. Vrain Historical Society‘s mission of historic preservation and education in the community.

Erie Wine and Cheese Festival

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When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell Street, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 12PM – 4PM

Cost: $35 – $60, Tickets available here.

Come celebrate the first Wine and Cheese Festival in Erie! Sample wines from 7 local Colorado wineries and taste a plethora of fine cheeses from Murray’s Cheeses, while you learn more about “pairing” of wines and cheeses from a certified cheese professional. There will also be an art show, displaying art pieces from Gallery 58, High Plains Artists, Arts Coalition of Erie, and Art Resource. Live music will play throughout the day, and delicious tapas will be prepared. For more info, click here.

Broomfield Brewhaha

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When: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Where: Arista Park on Arista Place

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Broomfield is bringing back the 2nd Annual Broomfield BrewHaHa on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Arista. The festival will have two bands, food trucks, brews from Broomfield Breweries, yard games, and more. Broomfield F.I.S.H. will be hosting a food drive during the event!

Lafayette Fall Festival

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: October 22, 2017

Where: Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

Time: 3:30 PM – 6PM

Cost: $7/Residents, $9/Non-Residents

The Lafayette Fall Festival combines three community events into one! The festival includes a bounce house & pumpkin decorating contest. The Great Pumpkin Race will be held, launch your pumpkin into the rec center’s lazy river and watch it race to the finish! For more information on the event, click here.

Boulder Mall Crawl 2017

things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Boulder Mall Crawl Facebook Page

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 9PM – Midnight

Cost: FREE

The Mall Crawl is Boulder’s Halloween tradition where ghastly ghouls crawl Pearl Street Mall and revel in Mall Crawl’s magic. This is a free, unorganized event that goes back to the 1980s. Wear a costume, bring a friend! And keep an eye out for the Thriller dance!

Boo! on Briggs Street

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When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Downtown Erie, Briggs Street between Moffat and Wells, Erie, CO 80516

Time: 4PM – 8PM

Cost: FREE

The Town of Erie’s Trunk or Treat event has moved downtown and expanded, bring you Boo! on Briggs Street. Trunks will be parked in the parking lots on the southeast corner of Wells and Briggs and the northeast corner of Moffat and Briggs in Erie. Boo! on Briggs Street will feature costume contests (ages 0-8, 9+ ($5) and group/theme ($10)). Pre-register to reserve your spot in the costume contest here.. The night will be capped off with a glow-in-the-dark dance party complete with a professional DJ and complimentary glow-in-the-dark giveaways for the kids.

35th Annual Eerie Erie

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Optimist Club of Erie

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Erie Middle School, 

Time: 7:30AM – 9AM Packet Pickup and On-Site Registration, 9:30AM 10k Run Begins, 9:45AM 5k Walk/Run Begins, 10:30AM Kiddie Goblin Run Begins

Cost: 10k Adult $35, 10k Senior $30, 10k 16 & Under $30. $5k Adult $35, 5k Senior $30, 5k 16 & Under $30. Kiddie Goblin Run is FREE.

The world famous Eerie Erie is a Halloween themed 5k and 10k race that runs through historic downtown Erie and takes advantage of our beautiful trail system that weaves along Coal Creek open space areas. The 10k passes by scenic Pleasant Hill Cemetery with panoramic views and where friendly spirits can’t wait to visit this year’s runners. Eerie Erie is the primary fund raiser for the Optimist Club of Erie, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to benefit the children of our community by funding youth specific events, programs and activities throughout the year.

Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Street

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Centennial State Ballet

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Parade lines up at St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave. Map of events here.

Time: 9:30AM – 12PM

Cost: FREE

Dress up in your Halloween Costume, for Longmont’s Halloween Parade on Main Street and visit Downtown participating merchants for Trick or Treat Street immediately following the parade. Kids of all ages can be a part of this costume foot parade. No registration is required!  Strollers or wagons are recommended for tiny feet; no motorized vehicles or large animals. Dogs must be leashed. 9:30AM: Line-up in front of the St. Vrain Memorial Building.10AM: Foot Parade Start!  Come in costume! Route will be lengthy; wagons and strollers recommended.  Enjoy the sounds of local bands interspersed within the parade. Map of the event here.

Broomfield Spooktacular

things to do in Boulder in October

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017

Where: Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 11AM – 2PM

Cost: $5 Presale Tickets, $6 at the door, Purchase tickets here.

You’ll have a hauntingly good time at the Broomfield Recreation Services’ Annual Spooktacular. Come dressed in costume and bring a bag for your goodies. The event will feature carnival games, jumping castles, wagon rides, crafts, entertainment and don’t miss out on the “treat or suite-ing”. Spooktacular is guaranteed to be a treat for kids of all ages!

Monster Dash 5K, 10K & Kids Races

things to do in boulder in october

Photo Courtesy Monster Dash

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Where: Old Town District, Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville 80027

Time: 3PM

Cost: 5k Fun Run -$30 ($40 day of race), 10k Run $35 ($45 day of race), Kids Races $15 ($20 day of race) To register click here.

Check out Louisville’s Halloween race — Monster Dash! This year’s theme is ZOMBIES, so throw on your costume and get ready to run. There will be 2 distance choices, the 5k “Fun Run” is for the entire family to run together (Ages 5 and up)…strollers allowed. The 10k Race is for the bit more serious runners going for a place in their age divisions. Immediately following the 5k and 10k, there will be 3 different races for the “Little Zombies” ranging from 1/4 mile to 1 full mile. Kids receive custom kids bib, glow stick, meal, milk/drink, kids candy, finisher medal and cool finisher gift. Post-event activities include a costume contest, trick or treating for kids as well as a party where adults will receive one free beer from Avery and kids receive free juice or soda. For more info, click here.

Munchkin Masquerade

Things to do in Boulder in October

Things to do in Boulder in October

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 3PM – 6PM

Cost: FREE

Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street for the Munchkin Masquerade. There will be over 100 places handing out treats along the Pearl Street Mall.

Nederland’s Carousel of Spookiness

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy Carousel of Happiness

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Where: Carousel of Happiness, 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466

Time: 5PM – 8PM

Cost: Spooky Carousel Rides $1

A Nederland favorite, the Carousel of Happiness becomes the Carousel of Spookiness every year at Halloween. The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. On Halloween, the Carousel host a Kids Costume Contest, Trick or Treat Surprises and Spooky Carousel Rides for $1.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 16 – 17, 2017

September 14, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? There are a handful of FAIRS and FESTIVALS, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder Day, $5 Day at the Butterfly Pavilion and so much more! Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

things to do in boulder in September

Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: September 15 – 17, 2017

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday: 5 – 10 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Admission is FREE

Now in its 30th year, Downtown Boulder’s Fall Fest has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This 3-day autumn festival features food, brews and music as well as children’s activities. Kids activities include face painting as well as an obstacle course, climbing wall, bounce houses, hamster balls and bungee tramp! Tickets for the main attractions start at $1 each.

Firefly Handmade Markets will be there, featuring carefully and creatively curated to feature returning favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. Free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City of Boulder Parking Garages.

$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion

things to do in boulder in september

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $5/person over 2, Kids under 2 and members FREE.

Ages: All Ages

The Butterfly Pavilion is offering admission for just $5 on Saturday, September 16. Home to over 5,000 animals, kids will be immersed in a tropical rainforest where 1,600 butterflies live and Rosie, the tarantula is ready to be held by brave children. Step to Water’s Edge to be immersed in an underwater world full of sea creatures. The pavilion also features lovely gardens and a nature trail, as well as a fun gift shop.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Day

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc.

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: Old Mill Park, 237 Pratt St, Longmont, Colorado 80501

Time: 1PM – 4PM

Cost: Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, Children are FREE

Ages: All Ages

Come celebrate the 150th birthday of America’s favorite Pioneer Girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder, with the St. Vrain Historical Society. Docents in period costume will be giving historic tours of the Affolter Cabin (1860), the Billings Cabin (1890), the Hauck Milk House (1860) and offer activities for children. Come discover what life was like in the St. Vrain Valley in the 1800s. Bring your picnic dinner and enjoy Old Mill Park! Special events also include: The Silver Creek Fiddlers (music at the top of the hour), Laura’s “Little House” pioneer stories (on the half-hour), “On the Trail of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Connie Ryle Nuemann, Historian and Teacher at 2:30pm. Suggested donation of $5.00 per adult, children are free. All proceeds support The St. Vrain Historical Society’s mission of historic preservation and education in Longmont.

Broomfield Days Fair

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy City of Broomfield

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Where: North Midway Park, 1279 W Midway Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 7AM – 5PM

Cost: Admission is FREE

Ages: All Ages

Broomfield Days is filled with family-friendly activities and entertainment. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the Girl Scout Shelter, then a 5K race, clown contest, parade, trade fair, craft festival, food booths, three stages of entertainment, demonstrations, and great community spirit. For the full schedule, click here.

Puppet Theater at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Public Works Theatre Company

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Boulder Public Library BROOK, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 11:45AM – 12:45PM

Cost: FREE, Register here.

Ages: All Ages

A festival of literature from all over the world, ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder is free and accessible to everyone, examining the human experience through the reflections and imaginations of distinguished contemporary authors from across the globe. On Sunday, the Sondra Blanchard of Public Works Puppet Theater is offering a workshop, using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world inside of a biodome. This workshop spins a tale of wonder when a puffin and a girl become unlikely friends and break loose into a night of adventure. Suitable for all ages.

2nd Annual Chili Bowl Street Party

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Boulder Pottery Lab

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Studio Arts Boulder, 1010 Aurora Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Chili Bowl II, Studio Arts Boulder‘s 2nd annual street party, is a chance to come together in celebration of the studio arts, music, community, and delicious chili! There will be live music on the Chili Bowl Stage featuring The Felonius Smith TrioVana’dielThe Goonies, & Hugh Manatee. Artist demonstration and art-making activities (for kids AND adults!) by Open StudiosFlatiron PressAmbrosia Glass Art, & the Dairy Arts Center. Studio Arts Boulder will be hosting its largest annual pottery sale. The Chili Cook-Off — chefs from local restaurants will throw down as they compete against one another for the title of Best Chili including chefs from: Mateo: Restaurant ProvençalDagabi CucinaThe West End TavernSancho’s Authentic Mexican RestaurantLeaf Vegetarian Restaurant, & Foolish Craig’s Cafe. Boulder Ice CreamLeft Hand Brewing Company, and Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe will be on hand with delicious food and beverages.

2017 Mapleton Hill Porchfest

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Mapleton Hill Porchfest

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where: Mapleton Hill Historic District, 7th St, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 12:30PM – 4:15PM

Cost: FREE

Mapleton Hill PorchFest is a neighborhood walkabout where local musicians play and sing unplugged music on the beautiful porches of Mapleton Hill in Boulder. This family-friendly festival is FREE, featuring 20 musicians and bands playing on 20 porches on Mapleton Hill in Boulder. Join the Parade at 12:30 at 5th and Maxwell. Music starts at 1pm. Food trucks will be on-site.

CU Museum of Natural History’s Curious Connections in Nature

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When: Daily, Beginning August 26, 2017

Where: University of Colorado Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: Saturday: 9 am – 4 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Always FREE

Ages: All Ages

In the wild world around us, everything is connected. Curious Connections in Nature is a new exhibition at the CU Museum of Natural History that delves into these connections through hands-on activities, multi-media displays, and specimens from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition highlights symbiosis in our bodies, our backyards and beyond. Discover the role of the prairie dog in Colorado’s grasslands, learn about the microbes we host in our bodies, and explore the amazing world of lichens, diatoms, and much more.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, September 9-10, 2017

September 7, 2017
what to do in boulder in september

THIS WEEKEND, take the kids to Estes Park’s Scottish-Irish fest, Boulder Pridefest and Superior’s (very delicious) Chili Fest, as well as arts and crafts activities, and music! All happening in and around Boulder.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

Photo Courtesy Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

When: Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Stanley Park Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $25/adult, $10/Kids 11-16 years old, $5/Kids 5-10 years old. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate your Scottish or Irish heritage by participating in the Long’s Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park, Colorado! The festival features athletic games and pipe bands, as well as jousting and dance competitions. In addition, various Celtic rock, folk, and traditional musicians will be performing. 80 participating Scottish and Irish clans will be participating in the games this year. Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork all combine in this awesome display of music and might. Kids will love the games, the parade, the dog show and the amazing food!

Boulder Pridefest

what to do in boulder in september

Photo by Sway Photography, Courtesy Out Boulder County

When: Tuesday September 5 through Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Various locations, schedule here.

Time: See full schedule of events here.

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Pridefest is Boulder County’s largest LGBTQ event of the year, featuring vendor booths, music, a youth and family area, a health and wellness area, musical guests, food trucks, entertainment and more. Come early and stay late! Meet new friends and connect with ones you haven’t seen all year. Delicious food trucks include I Scream Colorado L.L.C.Em’s Ice Cream, Tayziac J’s, The Ginger PigSuburban Wiener and Cuban Fusion!

Superior Chili Fest

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Superior, Colorado Facebook Page

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where: Community Park, Community Park Dr, Superior, CO 80027, United States

Time: 2 PM – 6 PM

Cost: Chili Fest entrance is FREE, chili tasting cups are $5.

Ages: All Ages

The 2017 Chili Fest is back for its 17th year, this year’s Chili Fest features great chili samples and food, local vendors, a FREE Kids Zone area (Zip Line, Quad Trampoline, Jumpy Castles) and more! Please note that chili samples are generously provided by the cooks and are distributed first come-first served. Get there early as the samples always go fast. Chili tasting cups will be available for purchase – BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR for $5 you may purchase a reusable chili tasting cup with attached spoon – eat all the chili you want and take home the commemorative cup! The event will also feature a “People’s Choice” competition between eight of the best local restaurants! Music at the Chili fest will feature  Rouge 2 and local favorite Over Soul’d. 

Mindfulness for Kids

what to do with kids this weekend in boulder

When: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Where: A Mom’s Space, 424 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, CO

Time: Ages 5-7 meets from 10-10:45am, Ages 8-12 meets from 11-11:45am, Ages 13+ meets from Noon-1pm

Cost: $15/kid (sibling discount available). Pre-registration is required, click here to register.

Ages: Ages 5 – 17

Mindfulness for Kids classes focus on giving children the tools to learn to stay connected to their inner knowing, understand their personal space and help them connect to what is true and important for them – and let go of what isn’t! Presented in an age appropriate manner, this class will use familiar everyday imagery in fun visualization and meditation exercises, play games, sing songs and create art! Kids will explore their personal space, their energy, their bodies and spirits! Facilitated by Stacia Synnestvedt. Space is limited and fills up quickly, so register early!

Art Stop Youth Program

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

When: September 9, 2017

Where: Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St, Boulder, CO

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Art Stop at the Boulder Museum Of Contemporary Art provides free, hands-on art making for families during the Boulder County Farmers’ Market. Held outdoors on the front porch of the museum, creative inter-generational projects are designed to complement exhibitions within the museum, as well as the colors, shapes, and textures of the market. Don’t forget to visit the exhibitions inside the museum. Admission is always free during the market!

Mom and Me Learn to Sew Class

what to do with kids in boulder

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Fabricate, 2017 17th St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM – 4PM

Cost: $40

Ages: 8 & Up

At Mom and Me Learn to Sew class at Fabricate, kids and adults ages 8 & up will learn how to sew their very own reversible tote bag. They will learn how to box corners, sew linings, and attach webbing handles. This class is perfect for beginners, no sewing experience is necessary and can also be taken as a Mom & Me class.

Crafts and Trades of Olden Days

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

At this special event at the Agricultural Heritage Center, attendees will learn about old fashioned jobs and the traditional arts and crafts that went into making what was needed for life down on the farm. Sweaters, candles, even door hinges were made by hand, using skills not widely practiced today. Crafts and Trades of Olden Days offers several games and demonstrations including blacksmithing, candle-dipping and working with a drop spindle. Other activities include soap making, Victorian hair art and storytelling. Several “make and take” activities are offered as well. This free event is fun for all ages. Please note that no pets are allowed on the farm.

See the Boulder Philharmonic String Quartet at Boulder Public Library

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Where: Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Join Boulder Philharmonic musicians at the Boulder Public Library for this free family-friendly chamber music performance featuring a space exploration theme and many familiar favorites.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, July 15 – 16, 2017

July 13, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

So many fun things to do with the kids this weekend! Make some beautiful art, print your own shirt, play and learn at the early literacy fair, practice yoga, learn about dinosaurs, watch a movie in the park, enjoy aerial dance performances, learn about space, and so much more. All happening this weekend in and around Boulder!

Firefly Handmade Summer Market

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Firefly Handmade

When: July 15 & 16

Where: Twenty Ninth Street Shopping District, 29th St. between Canyon and Walnut

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Firefly Handmade Market, presents favorite and emerging artisans with home goods & décor; jewelry & accessories; adult & children’s fashion; skin care; ceramics; art; artisanal food; paper goods; and more. While the kids enjoy the kids’ art activities by Tinker Art Studio, parent will love checking out the 100+ indie artisans, artisan demos by Open Studios ArtistsNoBo Art District community art tent, live music with Banshee Tree, food trucks, the Shutter Bus VW Photo Booth, and Junior & Teen Firefly presented by Tinker Art Studio. Dogs are welcome!

Watch Finding Dory at Movies in the Park in Broomfield

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Blue Federal Credit Union

When: Saturday, July 15

Where: Broomfield County Commons Park, 13200 Sheridan Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80020

Time: 7PM – 11:30PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Movies in the Park is a free family event open to the public at Broomfield Commons Park. Bring food, blankets, and lawn chairs for the events. Dogs are welcome with regular park rules in mind (leashes, cleaning up, large crowd, etc.). Finding Dory will begin around dusk. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early beginning at 7:00 PM to participate in games and activities before the movie. Movies in the Park is sponsored by Blue Federal Credit UnionBroomfield FISH and F.R.I.E.N.D.S of Broomfield who will be at the movies providing special goodies and extra fun!

Pearl Street Arts Fest

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Downtown Boulder

When: July 15 – 16

Where:  Pearl Street, Downtown Boulder

Time: Saturday 10AM – 7PM, Sunday 10AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Pearl Street Arts Fest is a juried celebration of visual arts celebrating photography, sculpture, upcycled art and much more. Event features artists from around the country; children’s art activities; live interactive performances – and much, much more! From 11AM – 1PM and 2PM – 4PM watch and learn the magic of Aerial Dance from Boulder’s own Frequent Flyers featuring live aerial dance performances will be interspersed with opportunities for the audience to give it a try. Open Studios Mobile Art Lab will be on hand to host a student-centered, discovery learning approach that nurtures self expression, creative thinking and develops a lifelong love of art.  For kids and adults alike! Our friends at Goodbye Blue Monday will help you and your child print your very own T-shirts at their portable T-shirt printing booth!  Paint on the design, send your shirt through the oven, and take home your own custom apparel from this cool do-it-yourself experience.

Check Out the Dinos at Dinosaur Discoveries

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When: July 15 & 16

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO

Time: Saturday 9AM – 5PM, Sunday 1PM – 5PM

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, Children 3 and under FREE, Museum members FREE

Ages: All Ages

Opening this summer at the Longmont MuseumDinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, is an engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like! Visitors will also get to see real bones from a T-Rex found in Littleton, authentic dinosaur tracks, and a soil sample of the K-T boundary, which shows the point in time 65 million years ago when many scientists believe the asteroid that caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs hit the Earth.

Kids can get their hands dirty excavating bones in our dinosaur dig pit, pretend they are part of the Jurassic Period in creative costumes, design their own dinosaur, assemble 3-D puzzles and more. In our courtyard, visitors can feed our brood of chickens – the feathered, living descendants of dinosaurs!

Learn and Play at the Early Literacy Fair

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Broomfield Library

When: July 15

Where: Broomfield Library, 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: Preschool Age

Play & learn with your kids at the Early Literacy Fair! Fun, interactive early literacy stations: bridge building, cars & ramps, building & destroying toothpick structures, a play restaurant, social & emotional literacy activities with Bal Swan Children’s Center, fun crafts, activities for babies at each station & more. Incluye actividades en Español.

See We Are Stars at Fiske Planetarium

things to do in boulder in July

Photo Courtesy Fiske Planetarium

When: Sunday, July 16

Where: Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Time: 4PM

Cost: Adults, $10, Kids $7 Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Head over to Fiske Planetarium to view “We Are Stars” narrated by Andy Serkis seeks to answer some of the biggest questions of all time. What are we made of? Where did it all come from? Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, our explosive origins and connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe. A family-friendly film full of fun, adventure, and enlightenment in amazing 8K resolution!

Taste of the Hill and More at Summer Sundays on The Hill

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday, July 16

Where: The Hill, 1325 Broadway Suite 214, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

In partnership with Daily Camera and City of Boulder Colorado GovernmentThe Hill are hosting Summer Sundays on The Hill all summer long! Every Sunday in June and July from 9AM – 12PM, 13th Street will be closed to host free outdoor yoga and barre classes, as well as free just-for-kids-fun and community activities. Parking is FREE on Sundays, too! All activities are FREE. This week’s activities include: 9:00 a.m. Outdoor Barre class with The Dailey Method Boulder, 10:00-Noon Airbrushed Temporary Tattoos with The Root of the Hill. All Day: Paint and Watercolors with Meininger Art Supply, face-painting by Enchantment Etc., live music with Joshua Achorn, chalk and bubbles stations, hula hoops, yard games.

Taste of The Hill runs from 10 AM – 12PM! Free bite size treats from participating businesses: 1000 Degrees Neapolitan, Pizzeria of BoulderAdo’s Kitchen & BarBoss Lady PizzaCafé AionCheba Hut BoulderThe CornerInsomnia CookiesMami’s Authentic On The HillThe Point Cafe BoulderRoxie’s TacosTaco Junky & Tequila BarUpstart KombuchaWhite Mountain Chaga.

Free Community Yoga at Alchemy of Movement

free yoga boulder

When: Sunday, July 16

Where: Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 1 – 2PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Bring your mat and enjoy a bendy, fun, relaxing, and body-affirming hour of yoga at Alchemy of Movement in Boulder! All abilities and flexibilities (gender, sexuality, limbs) are welcome. No mat? No worries. . . there will be mats available to use. Cost: Donation based, all proceeds benefit Out Boulder County. All inquires contact Out Boulder County.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, June 24-25, 2017

June 22, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Check out Dinosaur Discoveries, try some amazing food at the Summer Solstice Social, let your child try their hand at archery, practice yoga among goats, take a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, join a community yoga class, meet barnyard animals and hang out on the Hill for some music and kids activities. All happening this weekend in and around Boulder!

Dinosaur Discoveries – Ancient Fossils, New Ideas

Photo Courtesy Longmont Museum

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, Children 3 and under FREE, Museum members FREE

Ages: All ages

Opening this summer at the Longmont Museum, Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, is an engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like! Visitors will also get to see real bones from a T-Rex found in Littleton, authentic dinosaur tracks, and a soil sample of the K-T boundary, which shows the point in time 65 million years ago when many scientists believe the asteroid that caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs hit the Earth.

Kids can get their hands dirty excavating bones in our dinosaur dig pit, pretend they are part of the Jurassic Period in creative costumes, design their own dinosaur, assemble 3-D puzzles and more. In our courtyard, visitors can feed our brood of chickens – the feathered, living descendants of dinosaurs!

Solstice Summer Social

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where: Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, 6500 W Drycreek Pkwy, Niwot, Colorado 80503

Time: 4PM – 8PM

Cost: Adults, $35 / Kids $8

Ages: All ages

Boulder Valley Waldorf School and the Boulder County Farmer’s Markets in collaboration and cooperation are pleased to announce a 2017 Summer Farm Dinner Series. The series will feature local Boulder County organic farms and local chefs in a true farm-to-dinner community experience. The series is designed to facilitate community and connection among Boulder County families from all backgrounds and municipalities. The idea was to re-create a community farm table celebration that included families and children and allowed everyone to relax and enjoy the bounty of the county with friends – both old and new.

The event will be hosted by Boulder Valley Waldorf School and will include a children’s menu and activities. The activities will be within a farm-inspired theme and will be directed by Katrina Pratt and Audra Brandt -co-founders of Storycamp, LLC. Local farmers will be featured at the dinners and will give short talks about their produce and their farming inspiration and techniques. The series kicks off on June 24th with a Solstice themed celebration including storytellers, music and other activities and featuring appetizers and local food trucks. The first dinner will be July 22nd and will start at 5 with seating at 6 and community and activities until 9 pm. Food will be prepared by Matt Collier of Seeds Library Cafe.

Youth Archery Shoot & BBQ

Photo Courtesy Gamelines Archery

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where: Gamelines Archery Range, 193 Mine Lane, Boulder, CO

Time: 9AM – 2PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: Ages 5 & up

Youth 5 and older and their families are welcome to join the members of Gamelines Archery Club and get introduced to the fun and rewards of archery! No experience is necessary & equipment and instruction will be provided at NO CHARGE, in a safe environment! Adult Non-Members already skilled in archery with their own equipment are also invited to shoot at NO CHARGE on Gamelines Archery Club’s exciting outdoor 3D, animal target, mountain, field range. Free BBQ and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Donations to support our Youth Archery Education, Public Invitational Programs and BBQ would be appreciated!

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Mountain Flower Goat Dairy Facebook Page

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Where: Mountain Flower Dairy Farm, 3240 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 8AM – 10AM

Cost: Tickets $29, Register here.

Ages: All Ages

Get in on the latest trend – Goat Yoga – at the Mountain Flower Dairy Farm hosted by BVSD Lifelong Learning. We all have read about the calming effects of yoga and animals can be healing in their own right, so this is a perfect combination. Developed in Oregon, these workshops fill quickly and usually have a waiting list. Our workshop also includes a tour of the farm and tea afterwards. Bring a yoga mat. Rain date: July 1st. Register here.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Estes Park

Photo Courtesy Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 and Sunday, June 25, 2017

Where: Bond Park, 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Time: Saturday, June 24th, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 25th 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Admission is FREE

Ages: All Ages

Come celebrate the 2017 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival! The Midsummer Festival is a Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. The festival is held in downtown Estes Park at Bond Park, located at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (US 34/36) and MacGregor Avenue. Be entertained and educated about the Scandinavian traditions and culture with fun and lively dancing, exhibits, kids’ activities, and more! Whatever your heritage may be, join in the many families across the country from Scandinavians descent who gather at the festival to share their heritage.

The festivities begin Friday in the beer garden at 4:00 pm till 9:00pm. On Saturday at 9:30 am the festivities continue with the raising of the Maypole, followed by a Grand March entrance. Costumed representatives from each of the five Scandinavian countries enter the park carrying the flag of their country, followed by the national anthems. Dancing and live music continue all day with opportunities for the audience to participate in some dances.

Spend time browsing the large art & craft fair. Exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and hand-made crafts.  The craft demonstration tent will have a combination of workshops and demonstrations, including hardangar and Swedish huck embroidery, spinning, lace knitting, and children’s knitting lessons. At the Lefse Tent one can see demonstrations on how to prepare these famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes.

Norway will be well represented by a Viking encampment re-enactment by the Fjellborg Vikings of Colorado. There will be swordsmanship, a Viking ship replica, traditional crafts and daily life demonstrations at the historically correct encampment.

For more information please visit: http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/scandinavian-midsummer-festival/

Day Out With Thomas at Colorado Railroad Museum

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Colorado Railroad Museum

When: Saturday, June 24, 2017 & Sunday June 25, 2017

Where: Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W 44th Ave, Golden, CO 80403

Time: Museum is open from 8AM – 6PM

Cost: Off-Peak Ride Times ($20 per ticket): 8:30 — 9:15AM, 1:45 — 4:45PM, Peak Ride Times ($25 per ticket): 10:00AM — 1:00PM, Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Join Colorado Railroad Museum as we celebrate friendship by visiting everyone’s #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ for a Day Out With Thomas™.  Day Out With Thomas offers an opportunity for children and their families to experience a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and to meet Sir Topham Hatt™, the Controller of the Railway.  Admission includes access to Museum exhibits and model trains, and special Day Out With Thomas activities, including a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, Imagination Station (train table play area), sing-a-longs, bean bag toss, hula hoops, bubbles, ladder golf & a magic show!Day Out With Thomas is sure to provide a day of memorable, family fun! The museum highly recommends you to arrive at least one hour before your scheduled train departure.

The Museum will host a wide range of food vendors for lunch, snacks & dessert. Or bring your own picnic lunch, however, please note that the Museum has no locker or storage facilities.  Both alcohol and cooking are prohibited.

For more information please visit the Colorado Railroad Museum website or call 1-800-365-6263

Community Yoga at prAna

free yoga boulder

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Where: prAna, 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

prAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Barnyard Critter Day

Photo Courtesy Boulder County

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017

Where: Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont

Time: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Your kids will learn about the roles of chickens, pigs, horses and other animals on a farm when they visit the Agricultural Heritage Center. See demonstrations of sheep herding and horseshoeing, visit with chickens and pigs, and ride on a horse-drawn wagon. Please leave your pets at home.

The Hill Summer Sundays

what to do with the kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy of The Hill Boulder Facebook Page

When: Sunday, June 25

Where: The Hill, 1325 Broadway Suite 214, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8AM – 11AM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

In partnership with Daily Camera and City of Boulder Colorado Government, The Hill has announced a FREE new event series: Summer Sundays on The Hill! Every Sunday in June and July from 8-11:00 AM, 13th Street will be closed to host free outdoor yoga and barre classes, as well as free just-for-kids-fun and community activities. Parking is FREE on Sundays, too! All activities are FREE. This week’s activities include: 9:00 a.m. outdoor yoga from CorePower Yoga, smoothie kitchen from RUSH BOWLS – Boulder, CO, architecture scavenger hunt, live music from Anna Shoemaker, face-painting by Enchantment Etc., paint and watercolors with Meininger Art Supply.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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What to do with Kids in Boulder this Father’s Day Weekend, June 17-18, 2017

June 15, 2017

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Check out The Sound of Music, watch Hook at Erie’s Movies in the Park, enjoy a bit of culture and comedy at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Taming of the Shrew, get the kids moving at the Kids Fun Run and Summer Activities Fair, Celebrate Father’s Day with BBQ and a bouncy castle at Oskar Blues, have a blast on Sunday morning at Summer Sundays on the Hill, and see the Boulder Ballet perform at Ballet at the Park. All happening this weekend in and around Boulder!

Parlando School Of Music Arts – The Sound Of Music

Things to do in Boulder in June

When: Saturday, June 17

Where: The Grace Gamm Theatre, 2590 Walnut St #1, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM

Cost: $14 – $18, tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Take the kids to the theater! Parlando School of Musical Arts will be presenting their 2017 “Summerstock” staged musical: The Sound of Music this weekend. Witness some of Boulder’s best young musicians and performers for this timeless, family-friendly classic.

Erie’s Movie in the Park – Hook

When: Saturday, June 17

Where: Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St, Erie, Colorado 80516

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Relax with the kids for an evening of free family entertainment to watch the classic – Hook at Erie Community Park. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and snacks. The movie will began at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) and end by 10:30 p.m.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival – Taming of the Shrew

Photo Courtesy Colorado Shakespeare Festival

When: Saturday, June 17

Where: Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre

Time: 8PM

Cost: Youth ages 5 – 12 $10, Youth ages 13-18, $20, Adult $50. Get tickets here.

Ages: 5 and up

Witness the Shakespearean comedy, Taming of the Shrew, live at Boulder’s picturesque Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1958 and is still going strong. CSF’s award-winning education program also presents classes, workshops and camps for all ages throughout the year.

Kids Fun Run and Summer Activities Fair

Photo Courtesy of Macaroni Kid

When: Saturday, June 17

Where: The Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware St, Ste 850, Westminster, Colorado 80023

Time: 9AM – 12PM

Cost: Free

Ages: 12 and under

Macaroni Kid Publishers is hosting a free Fun Run and  Summer Activities Fair this weekend! The event will include fun activities, a kids fun-run and family-friendly local businesses with giveaways and information on summer activities. Join the Boy Scouts for a free pancake breakfast. Age appropriate games include: fishing for prizes, ball pit egg search, water games, ring toss and more! For the fun run, have your kids dress up in their favorite costume! Races for all ages from crawlers to school age children. Please register your child for the run here.

 

 

Father’s Day BBQ at Oskar Blues

Photo Courtesy Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

When: Sunday, June 18

Where: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 303 Main St, Lyons, Colorado 80540

Time: 11AM – 10PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

If the father in your life likes beer and bbq, this is the event for him!Special for Father’s Day, Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons is featuring BBQ shrimp, salmon, and andouille sausage with cheesy mac and coleslaw. Cans of Dale’s Pale Ale will be $2 all day. For the little ones, there will be plenty of delicious kid-friendly options as well as a bouncy castle!

The Hill Summer Sundays

Photo Courtesy The Hill Boulder Facebook Page

When: Sunday, June 18

Where: The Hill, 1325 Broadway Suite 214, Boulder, Colorado 80302

Time: 8AM – 11AM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

In partnership with Daily Camera and City of Boulder Colorado Government, The Hill has announced a FREE new event series: Summer Sundays on The Hill! Every Sunday in June and July from 8-11:00 AM, 13th Street will be closed to host free outdoor yoga and barre classes, as well as free just-for-kids-fun and community activities. Parking is FREE on Sundays, too! All activities are FREE. This week’s activities include: Barre class with The Dailey Method, Boulder Fire Department’s Truck and Gear Activities, Kids’ Temporary Tattoo Station, Hair Braiding Station, Bubbles & Chalk, Hula Hooping & Live Music.

Ballet in the Park

Things to do in Boulder in June

Photo Courtesy Boulder Ballet

When: June 18

Where: Central Park Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO 

Time: 7PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Boulder Ballet is presenting a FREE concert of classical and contemporary ballet in the park. The perfect event for families on a summer evening. Show length is one hour.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.