This weekend’s Escape is chock full of nature-oriented, family-friendly activities. Let the weekend begin!
Thursday, July 12
Highlands Ranch: Mansion Open Hours, 9AM-2PM, FREE
Tour the historic Highlands Ranch Mansion on your own or take a volunteer-guided tour. No reservations required. More info here.
Highlands Ranch: Summer Concert Series – Under a Blood Red Sky, 6:30PM, FREE
Pack a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of U2 tribute music in the park. Learn more here.
Littleton: Aspen Grove Family Film Night, Hook, 7PM, FREE
Make it a movie night! Film starts at dusk, but the kid-friendly fun begins at 7 p.m. with a jumpy castle and bounce obstacle course. More info here.
Friday, July 13
Lone Tree: Open Studio, 10AM, FREE
Beat the heat and create something crafty at our Lone Tree location. Use library-provided supplies, or bring your own. Learn more.
Castle Pines: Learn Origami, 4PM, FREE
Folding paper is a fun skill! What designs will you create? More info here.
Littleton: Audubon Center Nocturnal Wildlife Hike, 7PM, $
Search for bats, beavers, owls and more around the ponds. Get more details and register here.
Saturday, July 14
Parker: Gear Up, 2PM, FREE
Celebrate all things bicycle-related at our Parker location. Get info on cycling trails, clubs, races, bike safety and more, and enjoy fun games and activities. Register here.
Highlands Ranch: Campfire Hike, 5PM, $
This family-friendly hike in the Backcountry Wilderness Area lets you explore and play, then gather round the campfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores (fire restrictions dependent). Learn more and book a spot here.
Castle Rock: Starlight Summer Movie, Coco, 6PM, FREE
Movie night under the stars starts with a street fair and kids’ activities, plus food and beverage vendors. Details here.
Parker: Movies in the Park, Wonder, 6PM, FREE
Bring the family to O’Brien Park for games, music and vendors/concessions, followed by this family-friendly film. Learn more.
Lone Tree: Guided Nature Hike in the Bluffs – Urban Coyotes, 7PM, FREE
Enjoy an evening hike and learn about living peaceably with urban coyotes. Learn more and register here.
Monday, July 16
Littleton: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Kids Camp, Sing, 11AM, $
Sing is playing July 16-20, and you pick the ticket price: $1, $3 or $5. All Kids Camp ticket sales in July benefit Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Reserve your seat!
Tuesday, July 17
Castle Rock: Fun in the Sun, 11AM, FREE
Remember Splash in the Park? This is that — new name! Kid-oriented fun includes bounce houses, water activities, and more. More details here.
Castle Rock: Raptors Over the Rock, 5:30PM, FREE
Meet four kinds of raptors living in the area and hear their stories, followed by a meet and greet and photo ops. The Colorado Parks & Wildlife Critter Crate will also be on-scene. Many more details here.
Wednesday, July 18
Lone Tree: CU South Denver Grill & Chill, 11AM, $
What would summer be without a backyard barbecue? Soak up the sun, enjoy a fresh meal, and have some fun. More info here.
The “Holy Grail” of baseball cards — a gem mint PSA 10 ‘52 Topps Mickey Mantle card — will be on display July 16-18 at History Colorado Center. Kids 5-15 get in free when wearing a baseball jersey! It’s part of the museum’s Play Ball! exhibition (open through the 2018 season), which features classic baseball artifacts from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers.