Is it the weekend yet? Let’s kick it off! This edition of the Weekend Escape includes plenty of fun outdoor events and activities, including Independence Day festivities and fireworks (weather and fire ban dependent).
Thursday, June 28
Highlands Ranch: Kids’ Zone, 3-5PM, FREE
Yo-ho-ho, maties! We’re pulling out all the stops for some pirate-themed fun at DCL in Highlands Ranch — ideal for kids 8-12. Learn more.
Castle Rock: Dirt Jumps & Donuts, 6PM, FREE
Grab your helmets and bikes and join Castle Rock Police Bike Unit for an evening of riding the jumps and trails. Donuts will also be served! More info here.
Castle Rock: Music in the Meadows, 6:30PM, FREE
Enjoy live music with The Radio Band. The audience gets to pick the radio station, and the band plays the hits. More details here.
Friday, June 29
Highlands Ranch: Culture on the Green, 6:30PM, FREE
Enjoy a picnic dinner al fresco to the tunes of Swing Era jazz, performed by After Midnight. Learn more here.
Saturday, June 30
Lone Tree: Guided Nature Hike in the Bluffs – Finding the Awe in Nature (Drawing/Sketching), 8:30AM, FREE
Enjoy a short hike and a morning of plein-air sketching, guided by a parks and rec naturalist and an award-winning local artist. All sketching supplies provided. Learn more and register here.
Sunday, July 1
Lone Tree: Free Pool Day for Residents, 10AM, FREE
Stay cool at Cook Creek Pool all day, for free. More info here.
Tuesday, July 3
Roxborough: Slick Science, 4:30PM, FREE
Calling all mad scientists ages 6-12! We’re Digging Up Dinosaurs and experimenting with fun science concepts at our Roxborough location. Register the kids here.
Wednesday, July 4
Castle Rock: Fireworks in Castle Rock, 9PM, FREE
Enjoy Castle Rock’s high-flying fireworks show from just about anywhere in town. The fireworks will blast off from the Santa Fe Quarry butte above Red Hawk Golf Course. More info here.
Highlands Ranch: Bike & Pet Parade & July 4th Parade, 8:45AM & 9AM, FREE
Decorate those bikes and dress up the kids and pets for a short parade celebrating Independence Day (8:45 a.m.). Then find a spot where the whole family can enjoy the community parade starting at 9 a.m. More details and info here.
Highlands Ranch: July 4th Celebration, 4PM, FREE-$
Celebrate the 4th family style, with balloon twisters, face painting, games, inflatables, live music, and a fireworks finale. Food vendors will be on-site (cash and credit cards accepted). More info here.
Lone Tree: Independence Day Celebration, 4PM, FREE-$
Lone Tree and Acres Green residents can enjoy an afternoon of fun that includes a kids’ bike parade, slackline skills park, games, live music, food vendors, and fireworks. More details and info here.
Parker: Stars & Stripes Celebration, 6PM, FREE-$
Enjoy an evening of fun family activities, including bounce houses, games and inflatables for kids and big slides and a climbing wall for adults. Face painting, a tot train, and a mobile zipline will also be available for a fee, as will food and drinks. Get all the details here.
Aspen Grove’s Family Film Night under the stars returns for a free showing of “The Princess Bride” on Thursday, June 28. The film starts at dusk, but entertainment and kids activities kick off at 7 p.m., including a jumpy castle and bounce obstacle course.
The Kids Camp film series at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton offers pick-your-price tickets — $1, $3, or $5 — with all ticket proceeds in July benefiting Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Watch “The Muppets Take Manhattan” starting July 2 and support your library!
Here’s another sweet deal: Tour the Hammond’s candy factory in Denver for free during factory business hours — no reservations required for groups of less than 10.