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10 Spooktacular Halloween Events in Douglas County

It’s time for frights and confectionary delights! Douglas County’s little ghosts and goblins will love celebrating Halloween at these events.

 

Creepy Crawlies Around the Rock (Castle Rock)
October 20, 1PM, FREE

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Join Nature’s Educators in Festival Park to celebrate the creatures of the season! Live Halloween-themed characters, such as snakes, spiders, toads, owls, and hissing cockroaches, will be on hand (weather-dependent).

PumpkinFest (Castle Rock)
October 20, 1PM, FREE-$

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Visit the giant pumpkin patch behind the Grange! Meadows residents get one (1) free pumpkin per household. Non-residents and residents who want additional pumpkins can purchase them for $5 each (cash only).

Fieldhouse Fright Night (Parker)
October 20, 5:30PM, $

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Fieldhouse Fright Night welcomes ghastly ghouls, spooky spirits, and wicked witches of all shapes and sizes for an evening of family-friendly fun! There will be tricks and treats, games and more!

Teen Murder Mystery (Roxborough)
October 26, 6PM, FREE

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Don’t miss “Murder on the High Seas,” a classic, interactive whodunit with a fantastical pirate twist. Join your friends at DCL in Roxborough to solve this interactive mystery!

Spooktacular Festival (Castle Rock)
October 27, 1PM, FREE

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Enjoy Halloween fun for the entire family at Philip S. Miller park. Festivities include games, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, candy, and contests. Costumes are encouraged! Your last name determines your attendance time, so be sure to check their website for information.

TLC Presents: Fall Fest (Parker)
October 30, 6PM, FREE

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The whole family can have fun with boo-tacular games, pumpkiny crafts, tasty treats, and spooky science at this annual autumn festival at DCL in Parker.

Fangtastic Festival (Castle Rock)
October 31, 1PM, FREE

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Celebrate Halloween in Festival Park with costumes, candy, inflatables, carnival games, hayrides and more!

Wicked Wednesday (Castle Rock)
October 31, 5PM, FREE

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Enjoy a “wicked” night out, featuring face painting, a spooky magic show, costume contest, and trick-or-treating throughout the Outlets at Castle Rock.

Last Stop (Highlands Ranch)
October 31, 7PM, FREE

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End your Halloween night at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and Historic Park. Ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited. This is a free outdoors-only event; the interior of the Mansion will be closed. Some visitors just make a quick stop to trick or treat at the front door, while others might stay for music and a cocktail on the veranda.

Trick or Treat on Mainstreet (Parker)
October 31, 3:30PM, FREE

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All your little ghouls, ghosts, goblins, princesses, superheroes and anyone else can celebrate Halloween in downtown Parker. Local businesses will line Mainstreet, providing a fun and safe place for kids of all ages to trick or treat.

 

8 Family Outings to Welcome Fall

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” – Lauren DeStefano, Wither

 

Welcome, fall! We’ve been waiting for you, and we’re ready to celebrate all month long.

Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival, FREE
October 6, 10AM-2PM
Schweiger Ranch, Lone Tree, Colorado
All Ages

Take a hayride, tour the ranch, enjoy live bluegrass music, and choose a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. Other activities include a petting zoo, Cave of Confusion, and crafts at various vendor tents. Learn more here.

Cedaredge Applefest, FREE
October 6, 9AM-5PM & October 7, 10AM-4PM
Cedaredge, Colorado
All Ages

Celebrate the local apple harvest with food and drink vendors, music, crafts, artists, and more. Get more info here.

Fall Fest, FREE
October 11, 6-8PM
Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree, Colorado
Kids & Families

Play games, enjoy crafts, snap pics at our green screen photo booth, and indulge in some sweet treats. Costumes encouraged. Register here.

Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms, $
October 12-14, 9AM-5PM
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton, Colorado
All Ages

Enjoy fall activities at the farm, including pumpkin picking in the patch, pony rides and horse-drawn hayrides, photo booths, barrel train rides for kids up to age 12, a mini-maze for kids up to age 10, and much more. Get more info here.

Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms, $
Friday-Sunday Through October 28, Various Times
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton, Colorado
Kids & Families

Navigate through seven acres of corn, then visit some barnyard friends, explore the treehouse and water feature in Deer Creek Discovery, and more. A mini-maze is available for kids 10 and younger. Get more details here.

Mile High Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, $
Saturdays & Sundays Through October 28, 10AM-6PM
Mile High Farms, Bennett, Colorado
Kids & Families

Find your way through two corn mazes, including a mini-maze for kids, and enjoy farm animals, a bouncy castle, barrel cart rides, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, on-site food vendors, and more. Learn more here.

TLC Presents: Fall Fest, FREE 
October 30, 6-7:30PM
Douglas County Libraries in Parker, Colorado
All Ages

The whole family will have fun at the library’s annual autumn festival featuring seasonal games and crafts, tasty treats, and some spooky science. Costumes are encouraged. Register here.

Flat Acres Farm Fall Festival, $
Wednesday-Sunday Through October 31, 10AM-6PM
Flat Acres Farm, Parker, Colorado
Kids & Families

The farm festival experience includes a corn maze, haybale maze for kids, duck races, bounce houses, petting zoo, and much more, plus a pumpkin patch. Get more info here.

 

Destination Neverland: Books With Character

This year’s Peter Pan-inspired Fête des Fables Gala is no ordinary party. You’ll enjoy delightful adventures straight out of J.M. Barrie’s imagination, and also meet some favorite characters. Here are a few of our favorites, along with some inspired reading suggestions we think they — and you — might enjoy.

Peter Pan

Get ready for adventure! These books will set the stage.

Tinkerbell

She adds a bit of magic wherever she goes. Connect with the spirit of Tinkerbell with one of these reads.

Captain Hook

There’s nothing villainous about mixing and mingling. Don’t be afraid to read these.

Wendy Darling

She loves a story with heart. We think these would hit home.

John Darling

A gala is just the sort of event this sophisticated yet playful gent would love. Know what else he loves? Interesting stories!

Nana

She’s very loyal to her charges. These reads would probably be appreciated.

Join Us!

Join the Douglas County Libraries Foundation at the Highlands Ranch Mansion for Destination Neverland, Friday, September 28, 6-11 p.m. Take the second star to the right and straight on ‘til morning.

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Weekend Escape: August 3-8

It’s the last weekend before school starts, which means summer is coming to an end. Here is our last Weekend Escape. Enjoy cycling, aerobatic flybys, art, international cuisine, and more this weekend.

Friday, August 3

Littleton: Littleton Twilight Criterium & Bike Fest, 4:30PM, FREE

See pro and elite bicycle racing while enjoying a beer garden, live music, and a kids zone in downtown Littleton. Learn more here.

Saturday, August 4

Westminster: Rocky Mountain Air and Ground Festival, 9AM, $

See aerobatic acts and flybys from unique aircrafts. Admission is free, but parking is $5. Learn more here.

Denver: Free First Saturday at Denver Art Museum, 10AM, FREE

Enjoy art and family-friendly activities like gallery games and hands-on art. More information here.

Denver: Free Day at Denver Firefighters Museum, 10AM, FREE

Enjoy Fun at the Firehouse on this free day thanks to the SCFD. There will be the chance to meet real Denver firefighters! More information here.

Denver: Free Summer Family Day, 10AM, FREE

It’s a free day at the Clyfford Still Museum. Enjoy festivities like art-making activities, face painting, and more. Learn more here.

Larkspur: Colorado Renaissance Festival, 10AM, $

It’s the last weekend to eat, drink and be merry at this annual festival. Enjoy comedy, music, dancing, jousting and more. Learn more here.

Denver: Denver International Festival, 11AM, FREE

Enjoy music, international flavors, and more at this festival in Civic Center Park. There will be face painting, balloon animals, bouncy houses, and art stations for the kids. More information here.

Castle Pines: Crafternoons, 1PM, FREE

Ready, set, craft! Past projects have included needlecrafts, painting, leatherwork, jewelry making, drawing and more. Learn more here.

Parker: Movies in the Park, 6:30PM, FREE

Enjoy The LEGO Batman Movie at O’Brien Park. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy vendor booths, music and games. The movie starts at dusk. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Kids in the Park Performance, 6:30PM, FREE

The Highlands Ranch Concert Band and Swing Shift Jazz Band will play music for kids, such as songs from Harry Potter and Star Wars, while dressed in costumes. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Fireworks Display in Castle Rock, 9:15PM, FREE

Just in time for the 100th celebration of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo! Don’t miss what is expected to be one of Douglas County’s most spectacular fireworks displays all summer. More information here.

Sunday, August 5

Parker: Parker Honey Festival, 9AM, FREE

Learn about honeybees from local beekeepers, try on a beekeeper’s suit, and sample honey. Learn more here.

Tuesday, August 7

Aurora: Plains Conservation Center Free Day, 9AM, FREE

Enjoy special ecological and historical educational programming, wagon rides, fun family games, and refreshments on this SCFD free day. Learn more here.

Littleton: Chatfield Farms Free Day, 9AM, FREE

Enjoy a free day at Chatfield Farms courtesy of SCFD. More information here.

Denver: Free First Tuesday Night, 4PM, FREE

Play for free at the Children’s Museum of Denver from 4-8 p.m. Learn more here.

Roxborough: Slick Science, 4:30PM, FREE
Calling all mad scientists! Kids ages 6-12 experiment with fun science concepts. This month: Earthquake Engineering. More information here.

Wednesday, August 8

Parker: Movin’ & Groovin’ Family Video Challenge, 9:30AM, FREE

Create a video that moves us to tears or laughter, inspires us with heart, or gets us groovin’ to the beat. Attend an orientation to learn how to use the Parker location’s Recording Studio equipment and software. Learn more here.

 

Back to School Tools

Here we go, back to school! The lazy days of summer will soon give way to structured class time and evening homework. Douglas County Libraries is here for you. These free learning tools and resources can help as kids return to school and studying.

Online

DCL’s online research resources for students make research and studying easy and convenient, with tools for history, literature, science and much more. Library cardholders can access things like:

  • Live homework help and tutoring through Brainfuse. It’s a useful tool for students of all ages and levels, with Spanish-speaking tutors available if needed.
  • Foreign language lessons. Mango offers lessons for more than 70 languages; they’re free and can help boost classroom learning.
  • Britannica, the online encyclopedia. It offers three age-appropriate levels — Children, Young Adults, and Reference Center — for conducting research, completing homework, and working on projects. And it’s easy to access from any device, including tablets and smartphones.

You can also get help finding the right books to match your child’s reading level through AR BookFinder and Scholastic’s Book Wizard.

At Our Libraries

DCL offers programs to help strengthen literacy skills as well as spaces for studying and project work.

  • Kids ages 6-12 can boost literacy skills and confidence by reading out loud to trained therapy dogs through our Bark for Books program.
  • Reading Buddies pairs struggling readers in grades 1-3 with a trained teen volunteer. Together they read and play literacy-based games to improve skills. Ask a librarian for more information.
  • Students can reserve private study rooms at our Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations using a DCL library card.
  • The Parker Recording Studio is perfect for creating videos, musical compositions, animations and other digital school projects — state-of-the-art video and recording equipment included! Reserve the Recording Studio with a DCL library card.
  • Local history is easily accessible by visiting the Douglas County History Research Center in person at our Castle Rock location or online.

Community Service Volunteering

Community service is a graduation requirement in Douglas County, and we can help students fulfill that requirement. Volunteers can assist with library events, participate in Reading Buddies or Teen Library Council, and perform other general library duties. Visit VolunteerConnectDC.org and search opportunities with Douglas County Libraries.

 

The Upside of Being a Cardholder

There are so many perks to being a Douglas County Libraries cardholder! Here are just two.

Check Out Colorado

Add visiting all of Colorado’s 41 state parks to your bucket list! Through Check Out Colorado, you can check out a backpack that contains a pass good for admission to any Colorado State Park, including these five within a stone’s throw of Douglas County:

The pass is good for seven days, which means you can visit any number of parks in those seven days. Checkout is first come, first served; backpacks may not be put on hold.

Adventure Pass

Think globally, explore locally. Use your library card to reserve a free Adventure Pass to one of these local cultural institutions. Passes can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

 

Weekend Escape: July 26-August 1

Summer isn’t over yet! Your Weekend Escape includes some great summertime activities and events that get you outside to enjoy the beauty and heritage of Colorado.

Thursday, July 26

Highlands Ranch: Summer Concert Series – Fab4, 6:30PM, FREE
If you like the Beatles, don’t miss this tribute band! Pack a picnic and enjoy the summer evening. More info here.

Parker: Discovery Park Concert Series – That Eighties Band, 6PM, FREE
Flash back to the ‘80s at this lively concert. More info here.

Friday, July 27

Castle Pines: TLC Presents: Ready Player One, 5:30PM, FREE
Catch a showing of the recently released film (PG-13), play ‘80s trivia, and enjoy movie snacks at our Castle Pines location. Learn more and register here.

Castle Rock: Western Heritage Welcome, 6PM, FREE
This kickoff to the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo starts with cowhands driving a herd of longhorn steer and cattle through downtown Castle Rock. Then, enjoy lots of Western activities at Festival Park. All the details here.

Highlands Ranch: Culture on the Green – Fiesta Colorado, 6:30PM, FREE
Enjoy a festive evening of Hispanic culture with song and dance performances at Civic Green Park. More details here.

Lone Tree: July Full Moon Hike, 7:30PM, FREE
Experience the nearly simultaneous setting sun and rising moon on this guided, moderate 2-mile hike. Kids are welcome! Learn more and register here.

Saturday, July 28

Littleton: Explore Chatfield State Park, 7AM, FREE
Take an early morning expert-guided field trip and explore various bird habitats in Chatfield State Park. All ability levels welcome for this 1- to 3-mile hike. Learn more.

Castle Rock: Fair and Rodeo Parade, 9:30AM, FREE
Everyone loves a parade, and this one is lively. More information here.

Roxborough: Roxy Puppet Theater, 10AM, FREE-$
Enjoy wild and wacky puppet tales of Roxborough wildlife. The event is free, but there is a $7 state parks entrance fee. More details here.

Parker: Parent-Child Art Class, 1PM, $
Parents, enjoy an afternoon of art with your kids ages 9-13. Learn more here.

Sunday, July 29

Various locations: Farmers Markets, FREE
Purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more from local growers and vendors at farmers markets in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and Parker.

Monday, July 30

Littleton: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Kids Camp – Despicable Me, 11AM, $
Don’t miss the last week of pick-your-price film screenings at Alamo’s Kids Camp. Starting Monday, check out Despicable Me for $1, $3 or $5, with all ticket proceeds benefiting Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Reserve your seat today!

Lone Tree: Animal Adventures, 2:30PM, FREE
Join Nature’s Educators at our Lone Tree location to learn about the cute critters that live in Neverland. They’ll have live doves, toads, rabbits and owls, and we’ll learn all about them in this Summer Reading Program event. Ages 2-12. Register here!

Wednesday, August 1

Highlands Ranch: Sunset Hayride, 6PM, $
Enjoy the sunset over the Rockies during a horse-drawn hayride into the backcountry wilderness area. Info and registration details here.

Lone Tree: Sunset Birdwatching, 6PM, FREE
Take a naturalist-guided sunset stroll and enjoy the birds when they’re most visible and active. Kids are welcome on this gentle 2-mile hike. Learn more and register here.

Still More…
There are plenty more summer festivals and events to take in this weekend, including Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan’s Lake, and Conifer’s Elevation Celebration. Or do some bargain shopping at one of DCL’s used book sale events. Maybe pick up a great audiobook or two for wherever the road takes you. Proceeds benefit Douglas County Libraries Foundation.

 

 

 

Weekend Escape: July 19-25

Outdoor movies, live music, and more family-friendly activities await. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 19

Lone Tree: RidgeGate Summer Beats, 5PM, FREE

Bring the family out for a picnic and a night of live music from Chris Daniels and the Kings. Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase. Learn more here.

Parker: Discovery Park Summer Concert Series, 6PM, FREE

Enjoy a free concert at Discovery Park. Bring your picnic blankets and baskets to enjoy the sounds of Wash Park. Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Tunes for Trails/Perks for Parks, 6:30PM, FREE

Listen to music outdoors at Philip S. Miller Park. Enjoy yard games, bounce houses, and food for purchase. Tonight’s band is That Eighties Band. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Highlands Ranch Summer Concert Series, 6:30PM, FREE

Bring a picnic and enjoy great music at Highlands Heritage Regional Park. Kona Ice will be selling shaved ice. Tonight’s band is Groove N’ Motion. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Geeks Who Read Teen Trivia, 6:30PM, FREE

Teams test their knowledge about movies, music, books and pop culture in a fun trivia competition. Learn more here.

Friday, July 20

Denver: Joy Park Free Nights, 4PM, FREE

Explore 30,000 square feet of outdoor adventure space for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Learn more here.

Saturday, July 21

Denver: Summer Low Sensory Mornings, 8AM, FREE

Experience a quiet and sensory-friendly visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street before public hours. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Touch-a-Truck, 9AM, FREE

Get a chance to go behind the wheel of a fire engine. Meet hometown heroes and explore other vehicles, including big rigs, police cars, a Batmobile, and more. Learn more here.

Larkspur: Colorado Renaissance Festival, 10AM, $-$$

Eat, drink and be merry at the Colorado Renaissance Festival! Enjoy nonstop entertainment every weekend through August 5. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Castle Rock WineFest, 2PM, $$

This outdoor wine tasting event features more than two dozen wineries and over 180 varieties of Colorado wine. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Outdoor Movie Night at CALF’s Lowell Ranch, 7:30PM, $

Meet Ferdinand the calf and see Ferdinand the movie! Price includes a tour of CALF’s barnyard and livestock, snacks, and an outdoor showing of Ferdinand (PG). A s’mores kit complete with marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate will be provided to each family. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs. Learn more here.

Sunday, July 22

Parker: Parker Farmers Market, 8AM, FREE

Support local farmers by shopping at this vibrant market packed with Colorado vegetable and fruit growers. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Farmers Market, 11AM, FREE

Castle Rock’s NEW Sunday Farmers Market features a variety of vendors with everything from fresh, local produce to grass-fed meats, plus local artisans and much more! Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Free Yoga in the Park, 9AM, FREE

Practice yoga outdoors in Philip S. Miller Park. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Highlands Ranch Farmers Market, 10AM, FREE

Select fresh-baked goods, fruits and vegetables for your family from local farmers. Learn more here.

Monday, July 23

Littleton: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Kids Camp, 11AM, $

The Land Before Time is playing July 23-27, 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.

Castle Pines: Adventures in Art, 1:30PM, FREE

Kids ages 6-12 will make folded, clock-eating crocodiles in this interactive art program, using guided drawing, oil pastels, markers and watercolor. Learn more here.

Wednesday, July 25

Castle Pines: Animal Adventures, 4:30PM, FREE

What animals live in Neverland? Kids ages 2-12 will join experts from Nature’s Educators, plus live doves, toads, rabbits and owls, to explore where the critters live, what they eat, and how they survive. Learn more here.

 

Still More…

There are several festivals happening around the Denver area this weekend, including German Fest, the Mile High Global Bazaar, Pearl Street Arts Fest, Evergreen Summerfest, Orthodox Food Festival & Old Globeville Days, and Bikes and Big Wheels.

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!

 

 

Weekend Escape: July 6-11

July is made for farmers markets, outdoor music and ice cream. You’ll find all that and more happening this weekend in and around Douglas County.

 

Saturday, July 7

Castle Rock: Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge Denver, 8:30AM, $$

The entire family can compete in this obstacle course designed for kids (ages 5-16). Traverse rock walls, army-crawl through mud pits, rope-swing over water, and more. The event occurs both Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.

Denver: Free First Saturday, 9AM, FREE

General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month at the Denver Art Museum. Explore family-friendly exhibits. Learn more here.

Westminster: 1870s Vintage Baseball Game, 9:30AM, FREE

Watch a classic baseball game played by 1870s rules! Hot dogs, brats, peanuts and drinks will be available for purchase. Learn more here.

Larkspur: Colorado Renaissance Festival, 10AM, $$

Flash back to the 16th century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music, and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Storytime at the Park, 10:45AM, FREE

Join Mr. Cliff for stories, music, magic and lots of laughs at Festival Park. Learn more here.

Sunday, July 8

Parker: Parker Farmers Market, 8AM, FREE

Support local farmers by shopping at this vibrant market packed with Colorado vegetable and fruit growers. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Highlands Ranch Farmers Market, 10AM, FREE

Select fresh-baked goods, fruits and vegetables for your family from local farmers. Learn more here.

Castle Rock: Castle Rock Farmers Market, 11AM, FREE

Castle Rock’s NEW Sunday Farmers Market features a variety of vendors with everything from fresh, local produce to grass-fed meats, plus local artisans and much more! Learn more here.

Monday, July 9

Littleton: Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp, 11AM, $

You pick the price — $1, $3, or $5 — and all proceeds benefit Douglas County Libraries. This week’s showing is Monsters vs. Aliens. See the show any weekday (Monday-Friday) at 11AM. Learn more here.

Tuesday, July 10

Parker: Movin’ & Groovin’ Family Video Challenge: Orientation, 3:30PM, FREE

DCL challenges you to create a video that moves us to tears or laughter, inspires us with heart, or gets us groovin’ to the beat. At the orientation, you will get the guidelines for your video submission and will spend the first half of the session familiarizing your group with the Recording Studio equipment. During the second half of the session you’ll learn how to utilize the computers available to edit your videos. Learn more and register here.

Wednesday, July 11

Various 7-Eleven Locations: 7/11 Day, 11AM, FREE

Get a free small Slurpee from participating 7-Elevens from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies last. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: STEAMWorks, 4PM, FREE

Drop in and explore topics related to science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Ice Cream Social, 6PM, $

Enjoy an evening of ice cream, food and fun at the annual Ice Cream Social in Civic Green Park. Learn more here.

 

Still More…

It’s time for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Enjoy music and arts, including interactive activities for the kids. Check out local museums for free! Use your DCL library card to access an Adventure Pass today.