Weekend Escape: July 12-18

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.

 

Baseball, Anyone?
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.

 

Check Out Colorado
Get outside and play at a local state park. Visit a DCL location to check out a backpack with a state parks pass!

 

 

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