6 Strategies for Productive Meetings

Time is a valuable asset, and most people don’t want to spend theirs in meetings. After all, there are only so many hours in the day to actually get things done. Emails are piling up and projects are paused when the team is sitting in one of those meetings.

Yet, meetings can be extremely worthwhile if they’re thoughtfully executed. Here are six strategies you can employ to make your next meeting more productive.

1. Create a Meeting Agenda

This is the foundation of your meeting. The agenda sets out the topics that will be covered, in the order they will be covered, and can even include a set time frame for each topic. Sharing the agenda and any related documents with meeting participants a day or two before the meeting will help them prepare for the meeting and will keep everyone on track.

Be sure to also include any scheduled breaks on the agenda and other important information for meeting attendees.

2. Start and End on Time

This is a simple matter of respecting others’ time. The agenda should include the event’s start and end time, so be sure to stick to those set parameters. There’s nothing wrong with ending the meeting a little early, it might even be a nice surprise for participants; but they likely won’t be as forgiving if it goes too long, and their attention will most certainly wane.

If questions and side discussions arise during the presentation that can’t be addressed quickly, agree to talk offline or set up a separate meeting to discuss those issues.

3. Keep Meals Light

Whether your meeting includes lunch or dinner, make sure the fare is light enough so guests aren’t crashing afterward. A heavy meal makes for a sluggish meeting participant. Curb that post-meal lethargy with light, healthful food that fuels participants rather than drains them.

4. Provide Activity & Interaction

This is especially important if your meeting or event continues after a meal break. Activities or interactive sessions are an entertaining way to maintain a high level of focus during the meeting.

The activity can be as simple as asking participants to stand up for a 10-minute presentation or to brainstorm ideas. If the group is small enough, you might suggest meeting on the venue’s patio for a quick discussion of the topic at hand. People will pay closer attention and be more mindful when you do something a little unexpected.

5. Make It Engaging

No one really enjoys sitting through long-winded “lectures,” even if the subject matter is relevant. Succinct, interactive presentations are more engaging, and will keep participants tuned in to what you have to say, whether you’re presenting facts, figures or marketing initiatives.

Start by capturing the audience’s attention with an impactful story or tease about what they’re about to hear or learn. If you get their attention up front, chances are you’ll keep it. Avoid talking to only the points outlined in a PowerPoint. And if possible, keep your presentation to less than 30 minutes. The more succinct and interactive the presentation is, the more engaged your audience will be.

6. Follow Up

If it’s a large or complex meeting, be sure to survey attendees following the event. You can do this at the end of the meeting, with a hard-copy survey attendees fill out and hand in or by emailing an electronic survey within the first couple days after the meeting.

Surveys are a valuable way to collect important feedback about meetings. Was the event informative? Did it meet expectations? Was it too long, or not long enough? Were the speakers/presenters engaging? Were the activities stimulating? Were the meals/snacks exceptional or below par? Any feedback you receive will help you create an even more polished and productive meeting in the future.


Looking for a venue for your next meeting? Douglas County Libraries offers meeting and event spaces and services appropriate for everything from corporate functions to social events. Our experienced Event & Hospitality Services staff will work with you to accommodate the style, size and complexity of your event.

For more information about the library’s meeting and event spaces and services, visit DCL.org/event-services or call (303) 688-7605.

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Make Your Event Premium

Your event offers a unique opportunity to connect with your organization’s employees, clients and/or prospects. It also provides the event’s participants with an opportunity to interact with their colleagues and peers and learn important new information. It can be an engaging and well-executed experience, even without a star keynote speaker or dazzling presentation. In fact, the most successful and enjoyable events and meetings are ones that create a comfortable, friendly environment.

Knowledgeable, courteous staff and clear, easy-to-read event signage are givens for any meeting or event you host. But did you know that the small details can be just as important to attendees? In fact, it’s often the little things that people remember most!

Following are five quick and easy ways to make your event more premium for attendees by focusing on a few small details.

Say Hello With a Smile

Make a friendly first impression with this simple greeting. Attendees don’t always know what to expect when entering an event, and they may not know anyone else in attendance, so a warm hello can go a long way toward putting them at ease and giving them the opportunity to approach staff with questions. It sets the tone for the event.

Take it a step further by adding a “welcome” element to the event. You can be as elaborate as your budget allows, but it doesn’t require a huge investment to make participants feel special and welcome. Some ideas include:

  • Hire musicians to perform as guests check in.
  • Hand out branded goody bags or bottled water at event check-in.
  • Hand attendees a creative program highlighting information they’ll want to know, such as the meeting agenda and Wi-Fi logon details. You could also include some fun trivia or puzzles.
  • Encourage your staff to roam among attendees and ask if they need anything or just engage in friendly conversation.

Use Name Cards

Name cards are not the same as name tags, and they don’t have to be affixed to clothing. Instead, attendees can place their name cards at their table for the duration of the event. This gives them the freedom and opportunity to introduce themselves to other attendees and network informally during the course of the event.

You could take it a step further by color-coding the name cards to differentiate between new and long-term employees, partners, VIPs, clients/customers, and prospects. This allows everyone to feel like they’re part of a special group and can make it easier to network with others who are part of that group, or with those who aren’t! After all, your event provides attendees a unique opportunity to connect with peers in their field.

Dress Up Your Tables

Presentation is everything! Using even simple, plain table linens versus naked tables will improve the event experience for attendees. Amp it up by using colored linens or a colorful theme. A little expense on linens goes a long way.

Provide Water Service

Be sure to provide pitchers of water and glasses at each table, and wait staff to service the tables. This eliminates the need for guests to get up mid-meeting in search of refreshments, minimizing disruptions.

You may also want to include sweet treats that attendees can nibble on during the meeting, things like wrapped hard candies, bite-size candy bars, and an assortment of chocolate. Remember that presentation makes a difference. Place the candies in glass jars or bowls where everyone at the table can access them or easily pass them around.

Other important items to include on each table are pens and notepads, things attendees can use on-site during their time at the event.

Serve Healthy Snacks

It’s hard to focus and be productive when you’re hungry. That’s why it’s important to offer healthy snacks between meal breaks during your meeting. Unhealthy snacks can make attendees feel sluggish versus healthy snacks, which pack more of a nutritional punch, fueling your guests with the energy and nutrients necessary to maintain focus and concentration.

In addition to being healthful, snack options for attendees should be tasty, fuss-free and easy to eat. Fruit, nuts and low-fat popcorn are all good options. Consider making snack breaks interactive with a popcorn bar or mini-buffet, or a make-your-own trail mix station. Snack “shots” and snacks on sticks are also good no-muss, no-fuss options.


Looking for expert assistance with your next event? Douglas County Libraries can help. DCL offers meeting and event spaces and services appropriate for everything from corporate functions to social events. Our experienced Event & Hospitality Services staff will work with you to accommodate the style, size and complexity of your event.

For more information about the library’s event spaces and services, visit DCL.org/event-services or call (303) 688-7605.


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

RSVP here

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.


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!


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.

Buy tickets now!

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.


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.