Browsing Tag

What to do with Kids in Boulder

Boulder Events

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

what to do in boulder in september

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

pumpkin patches near boulder

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

Photo Courtesy Adventure Film Festival

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

things to do in Boulder in October

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

things to do in boulder in potober

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

things to do in Boulder in October

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

things to do in Boulder in October

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

things to do in boulder in october

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

things to do in Boulder in October

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

things to do in boulder in october

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: Saturday, 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: Saturday, 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.
Boulder Events Kids

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

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

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.
Boulder Events Kids

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.
Boulder Events Kids

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

what to do with kids in boulder

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.
Boulder Events Kids

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.
Boulder Events

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.
Boulder Events

What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29

May 25, 2017
what to do with kids in boulder

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Memorial Day weekend? Check out the Boulder Creek Festival, Make some art Tinker Art Studio’s Tinker Time, Ride the rails at the Colorado Railroad Museum, Take a wildflower hike at Bald Mountain, Check out a free festival in Broomfield at the Family Fun Fest & Car Show, and Run the BolderBOULDER! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Boulder Creek Festival

what to do with kids in boulder

Photo Courtesy Boulder Creek Events Facebook Page

When: May 27, 28 & 29

Where: Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, extending from Broadway to 14th Street (west to east), between Canyon Blvd. and Arapahoe Ave. (north and south) Click here for a detailed map.

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10AM – 10PM, Monday 11AM – 5PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Boulder County’s kickoff to summer, the Boulder Creek Festival includes three days of festivities featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the Boulder community. The festival is free to the public and features something for everyone:  9 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology while 3 performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance.  The festival also features carnival rides and food and beverage vendors.

Tinker Time Drop in Art Class

what to do with kids in boulder

Photo Courtesy Tinker Art Studio Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 27

Where:  Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave. #B, Boulder, CO 80304

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: $12 – first hour, $6 – each additional half hour per child

Ages: 18 months – 12 years

Tinker Time at Tinker Art Studio is an opportunity for children to engage in art exploration. The studio offers several stations set up with a variety of materials as well as ideas and techniques for use of materials are offered. Children have complete creative control and enjoy moving freely between stations. Paints, oil pastels, clay, print making, wire and wood sculpture, stamping, cut paper collage… are some of the mediums found during Tinker Time.

Parents can drop off their artist off anytime during Tinker Time to run a few errands, take a break at the coffee shop, or stay at Tinker watching their artist at work. All ages are welcome, but if your child is under 4, we ask that a parent or caregiver remain with them in the studio. Tinker Time is limited to 16 students, so if you want to be guaranteed a spot, it’s highly encouraged that you reserve a space in advance.

Ride the Rails – Colorado Railroad Museum

what to do with kids in boulder

Photo Courtesy Colorado Railroad Museum Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 27

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

Time: 10AM – 4PM

Cost: Museum Admission: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, Kids under 2 are free
Rides: Kids (2-15) $2, Adults $4, Museum Members receive a $1 discount

Ages: All Ages

Catch a ride behind one of the Colorado Railroad Museum’s steam or diesel locomotives in passenger cars from different eras in Colorado railroad history or on one of the unique Rio Grande Southern “Galloping Goose” Motorcars. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, no reservations required.

Wildflower Hike at Bald Mountain

what to do with kids in boulder

When: Sunday, May 28

Where:  Bald Mountain, 4241 Sunshine Canyon Dr

Time: 12 PM

Cost:  Free

Ages: All ages

Join volunteer naturalists for a spring Wildflower Hike at Bald Mountain, in the beautiful foothills west of Boulder. Expect to hike about 1.5-miles through forest and meadows in search of spring wildflowers, enjoying some beautiful vistas along the way.

Free Family Fun Fest & Car Show

what to do with kids in boulder

When: Sunday, May 28

Where:  Broomfield Plaza, 5015 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, Colorado 80020

Time: 10AM – 2PM

Cost:  Free

Ages: All ages

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a Free Family Fun Fest at Broomfield Plaza (120th and Sheridan). Enjoy games, train rides, face painting, balloon animals, attractions and more! In addition, the festival will host a car show from Crusin’ Productions.

BolderBOULDER

what to do with kids in boulder

Photo Courtesy of BolderBOULDER Facebook Page

When: Monday, May 29

Where:  Race begins at Walnut & 30th, Ends at Folsom Field. Click here for full race map.

Time: Races happen in waves, starting between 7AM – 9:20 AM

Cost: To Participate: $35 – $100/ per person

Ages: All ages welcome, no strollers allowed in the race itself.

BolderBOULDER is one of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10K’s in the world. Whether you want to run or enjoy watching, BolderBOULDER is a ton of fun! Almost 1.2 million runners, joggers, walkers and spectators of all ages have gathered over the years to create a spectacle that defies description. Olympic medal winners and hopefuls, grandmothers and kids, running enthusiasts and one-race-a-year guests from all over the world come together at the foot of the Rocky Mountains to form one of the sport’s truly unique events. Each year BolderBOULDER hosts 50,000+ participants and 100,000+ spectators throughout the course for what we like to call the biggest and best Memorial Day celebration on earth. Online registration closes May 25, but racers can also register in person. For details click here. Want to race but don’t have childcare for your little one? BRINGtheKIDZ is welcoming children ages 3-12 (potty trained!) to participate in loads of fun games, crafts and other activities while you enjoy your 10k. Click here for more information.

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.
Boulder Events

What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, May 20-21 2017

May 19, 2017

Family fun at Upslope’s FREE music festival, Learn about the Chemistry of Energy, Learn about migratory birds at Walk in the Wild, Celebrate plants and insects alike at the Butterfly Pavilion’s Bloomapalooza, Watch hot air balloons launch and enjoy a town fair at Erie’s Town Fair and Balloon Festival, and Practice yoga with dairy goats at the Vali Soul Sanctuary! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Upslope Get Down

Photo Courtesy of the Upslope Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: Upslope’s Flatiron Park brewery, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 1PM – 10PM (Kids Zone from 2PM – 6PM)

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages (Under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian)

Upslope is hosting the 4th annual Upslope Get Down, a FREE music fest with Upslope beer, food trucks, a kids zone, art, vendors and more on Saturday, May 20th from 1:00-10:00 pm at Upslope’s Flatiron Park brewery. The Kids Zone will run from 2PM – 6PM, featuring a rock wall, face painting, games and more! The day will be filled with music on three different stages (see music schedule below). Upslope is partnering with Protect Our Winters as this year’s event beneficiary with a portion of profits being donated to their cause. Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action. They focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism.

Music Schedule:

 

Chemistry of Energy

Photo Courtesy of the CU Wizard website

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: CU Cristol Chemistry & Biochemistry, 1606 Central Campus Mall, Boulder, CO, Room 140

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Cost: FREE

Ages: 5 – 18

Join CU Wizards Professor Steve George for another lively Saturday morning of educational fun! The Chemistry of Energy will tell you more about where all your energy comes from and where it goes! Be sure to eat a good breakfast…because rumor has it that Professor Goerge’s Cookie Oven will be at the show filled with…well, what else? ENERGY! CU Wizards lectures are free STEM shows appropriate for elementary and middle school students who love learning about science and nature. Students, families and teachers are encouraged to attend.

 

Walk in the Wild! International Migratory Bird Day

Photo Courtesy of Environment for the Americas

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, Jay Rd and 75th St, Suite N, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Kids will love the 8th annual Walk in the Wild event in Boulder, a great way to learn more about birds and have fun in the great outdoors. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by visiting the event’s education stations, go on a guided bird walk, and meet raptors in the hand. Feeling crafty? Paint a bird for our Flock project. Free food and much more. This event is free, but also serves as a fundraiser for habitat restoration. All of the proceeds from this event are returned to Boulder County to purchase native flowers, shrubs, and trees that will be planted in Boulder County open spaces.

Bloomapalooza

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy of the Butterfly Pavilion

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost: All special activities included in general admission: Adults – $11.00; Westminster Resident – $9, Seniors (65+) – $9.00, Children (2 – 12) – $7.00, Children (under 2) – Free

Ages: All Ages

Join the Butterfly Pavilion for Bloomapalooza, a nature-filled extravaganza celebrating the wonder of flowers and the pollinators who make their growth possible. Learn how to turn your backyard into a haven for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with hands-on gardening activities led by experts, and take home your very own seeds and plants from our Plant Sale, equipped with planting instructions and garden design guides. Witness a ladybug release, and explore plant diversity through a guided Garden Safari, a tropical scavenger hunt, a Plant Petting Zoo, and more.

 

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

Photo Courtesy of Justin Reed, Erie Chamber of Commerce Website

When: Friday, May 19, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21

Where:  Balloon Launches: Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie
Town Fair & Balloon Glow: Historic Downtown Erie & Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell, Erie

Time: Balloons launch at 6:15 each morning, Daytime activities on Saturday 10AM – 9PM (Event details below)

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

21st Annual Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival hosts over 200 craft and food vendors; performances on stage at Coal Creek Ball Park offer a variety of entertainment by local groups, carnival games and hot air balloons. Hot air balloons launch at 6:15 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie.

Saturday, May 20, the Town Fair will host vendors from 10:00 am – 4:00pm at Coal Creek Park. Garage Rats Car Club will be hosting the Car Show. Activities continue in the park from 4:00pm-9:00pm. 6 pm – 9 pm, Live Band-Chris Daniels & The Kings and don’t miss the fabulous Balloon Glow at 9:15pm, as well as fireworks to conclude the day’s festivities.

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo By: Julia Vandenoever, Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga Event Page

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Where: Vali Soul Sanctuary, 6717 Valmont Road Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 10 AM & 11AM Classes Available

Cost: Kids $15, Adults $25: Purchase tickets here.

Ages: All Ages

Vanessa Vitali and Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, are combining yoga with friendly dairy goats at the Vali Soul Sanctuary. Your children will love the baby goats who are full of curiosity, love attention and love to watch humans practice yoga poses. They’re cute, furry and are ready to frolic.

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.
Boulder Events

What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, May 12-14 2017

May 10, 2017
what to do with kids in Boulder

Family Dance Party, Learn to Fish, 5k Fun Run for a Great Cause, Meet Boulder’s Hardworking Weed-eating Goats, Bake with your Child at Mommy & Me Baking, and Run the Mermaid Dash at the Boulder Res! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Family Dance Party at WOW! Children’s Museum

What to do with kids this weekend in Boulder

Photo Courtesy WOW! Children’s Museum Facebook Page

When: Friday, May 12 2017

Where: WOW! Children’s Museum,

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Cost: Child (1-11) $11, Member Child (1-11) $6, Adult $5, Infants (Under 1) Free

Ages: All Ages

It’s a Friday night dance party for the whole family at WOW! Children’s Museum! The party will include fun activities, a kid-friendly DJ, hands-on science crafts, hula-hooping on the patio, glow sticks, prizes, snacks, and more! Tickets available here.

Free Kids Fishing Derby

What to do with kids this weekend in Boulder

Photo Courtesy of Fishing Clinic and Derby Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 13 2017

Where: Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette CO

Time: 8AM – 11:30AM

Cost: Free

Ages: 5 – 15

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and JAX Outdoor Gear will be holding a learn to fish clinic at Waneka Lake Park. Registration accepted on-site beginning at 8AM. Limited poles and bait will be available so be sure to arrive early!

2017 Happy Smackah 5k Fun Run / Walk

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy of Happy Smackah Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 13 2017

Where: McIntosh Lake, 1929 Harvard St., Longmont, CO 80503

Time: 8AM

Cost: Child (5 & Under) $1, Youth (6-12) $15, Teen (13-17) $25, Adult (18-54) $35
Senior (55 & Over) $25

Ages: All Ages

All for a great cause, bring the whole family to the Happy Smackah 5k, an untimed, Fun Run / Walk around beautiful Lake McIntosh in Longmont. Each year, the Happy Smackah benefits a member of the community in need. For the 7th annual Happy Smackah, the community will support Braden Stevenson, a high school student al Longmont High School who was diagnosed in late 2016 with bone cancer causing a break in his femur. Doctors performed a partial amputation and reattachment and Braden continues with chemotherapy. All proceeds go to Braden and his family for their battle to defeat cancer. All event participants (excluding late registrations) receive a Happy Smackah event t-shirt. Register for the event here. The event starts towards the West End of Dawson Park, near Lakeshore Drive and Cove Court, and ends on the East End of Dawson park. Questions can be directed to info@happysmackah.com.

Meet & Bleat

what to do with kids in Boulder

Photo Courtesy of City of Boulder Parks & Rec Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 13 2017

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

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Meet and pet friendly adult and baby goats! At Meet and Bleat, you will have the chance to meet Boulder’s hardworking, weed eating goats that control weeds and invasive plants at many of Boulder’s parks and the Boulder Reservoir. Learn about how goats control weeds in an environmentally friendly way while you enjoy beautiful views from the Boulder Reservior. The weather for this Saturday looks to be excellent! All are welcome.

Mommy & Me: Baking Together

What to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Sur la Table

When: Saturday & Sunday, May 13 & 14, 2017

Where: Sur la Table, 1850 29th Street, Suite #1004 , Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: Saturday @ 9AM – 11AM, Sunday  @10AM – 12PM & 1PM – 3PM

Cost: $49/person

Ages: 6 and Older

A lovely way to spend some time together on Mother’s Day weekend, Sur la Table is offering a Mommy & Me Baking Class both Saturday and Sunday. On the menu? From-Scratch Strawberry Shortcake, Lemon Poppy Seed Madeleine Cookies & Meringue Roses. The instructor will walk you through the steps for creating from-scratch shortcakes topped with summer berries. We’ll show you how to properly whip egg whites for adorable meringue roses. Plus, you’ll discover how easy it can be to make French madeleine cookies at home. Register for the Saturday course here, the Sunday morning course here or the Sunday afternoon course here.

T9 Mermaid Run Boulder 5k, 10k at the Boulder Reservoir

What to Do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy of Mermaid Run Facebook Page

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

When: Sunday, May 14 2017 – 10k at 9AM, 5k at 9:15 AM, Dash at 10:30AM

Phone: Title Nine (303) 996-0074

Cost: $15 – $100 (See website for details)

Does the mom in your life love to run? Title Nine and the Mermaid Series have teamed up to bring you a longstanding Mother’s Day tradition, the 15th Annual T9 Boulder Run. It’s a day to run, walk, skip or jog and celebrate with the entire family with a 5K and 10K option and a “dash” for kids. After the race, stay for the post-race party featuring great music and food. Mermaids receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal, necklace, and post-race food. Pre-registration discounts available. Register here!

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.
Boulder Events

What to do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend May 6-7, 2017

May 5, 2017
What to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Build a Flower Pot, Free Yoga, Make a Handmade Mother’s Day Gift, Enchanted Princess Party, Marker Tie Dye and Blacksmith Demo! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

What to do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, May 6-7 2017

Build a Flower Pot at Home Depot

Photo Courtesy Home Depot Website

When: Saturday, May 6 2017

Where: Home Depot, 1600 29th Street Boulder, CO 80301

Time: Drop in between 9 AM and 12 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Bring your child to Home Depot to build a flower pot to hold spring flowers to keep or give to Mom for Mother’s Day! Once the project is complete, your child can paint their project to personalize it. At the end of this workshop, kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Free Yoga at Adventure Yoga for Kids

What to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy Adventure Yoga for Kids Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday May 7, 2017

Where: Adventure Yoga for Kids

Time: 11AM – 12PM

Cost: Free (See description below for registration details)

Ages: 3-11

Adventure Yoga for Kids is hosting a free kids yoga classes for kids ages 3-11 in South Boulder offered as part of AYFK Kids Yoga Teacher Training Saturday and Sunday from 11-12pm at a private residence. Parents can email Mary at adventureyogaforkids@gmail.com for details, address, or with questions or call 303-908-0143. Adventure Yoga will also have a kids yoga studio drop-in class on Sunday afternoon at Amana Yoga Boulder downtown Boulder for $12 drop-in per child from 2:30-3:30pm.

Handmade Mother’s Day

What to do with Kids this weekend in boulder

When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday May 7, 2017

Where:  Saturday: Community UCC, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Sunday: Boulder Indoor Soccer, 3203 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: Drop in between 10AM – 2PM

Cost: $35 – $45

Ages: All Ages Welcome

Moms love to receive handmade gifts from the heart. At this event, you pay one flat fee, get all the materials you need and access of all the tools necessary to make a beautiful and unique gift. Participants can choose from a collection of beautiful gift kits to be made on-site, at your own pace to honor the mom in your life. Drop-in anytime between 10am and 2pm. All projects take less than an hour to create. Gift kit options: Bracelet – leather & metal, Spa Bath & Relaxation, or Leather Clutch Purse. Supplies, tools and a photo tutorial will be provided. Work at your own pace, while getting project tips, advice or help if you need it! Each gift kit is $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Children under the age of 10 may have difficulty creating a project on their own, so please anticipate working with small children if you bring them.

Due to the nature of the event, there are no refunds or exchanges. You may give your ticket to another person if you wish. Register here for Saturday, and here for Sunday.

 

Enchanted Princess Party

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy of RJ’s Amazing Entertainment

When: Sunday May 7, 2017

Where: The McCreery House, 746 N Washington Ave, Loveland, CO 80537

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Cost: $55

Ages: All Ages

Dress up and bring your little one to an Enchanted Tea Party with your favorite princesses! You and your child will share beverages and desserts (served by a wait staff) with royalty in an elegant setting at the McCreery House. Professional photos will be taken upon arrival with a princess. Each additional princess will lead a fun craft or activity for you and your child to do together. There are a limited the number of ticket sales in order to maximize your time with each princess. Order your tickets here. Tickets must be purchased by end of day this Saturday, there will be no tickets sold the day of the event. Gluten free/ dairy free/ nut free options will be provided. Event hosted by RJ’s Amazing Entertainment.

 

Marker Tie Dye

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday May 7, 2017

Where: Japanese Garden, Main Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2 – 3PM

Cost: Free

Ages: 8-13

Create colorful designs with science! Draw with permanent markers on cloth, and then use alcohol to make the ink colors spread out and blend together. Registration required, for ages 8 to 13. Younger children welcome with an adult helper.

 

Blacksmith Demonstration at the Agricultural Heritage Center

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

When: Sunday May 7, 2017

Where: Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Hwy, Longmont

Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Watch blacksmiths forge new tools to be used at Boulder County’s Agricultural Heritage Center. Blacksmithing was a common trade that supported agriculture, mining and construction in creating and repairing all things iron and steel. This drop-in program is appropriate for all ages. While you are there, check out the Ag Heritage Center! Get a glimpse into the history of agriculture in Boulder County and enjoy the rural surroundings. This site focuses on the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age. Admission is FREE.

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.