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. 

Weekend Escape: June 28-July 4

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.

Still More…

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.



Weekend Escape: June 21-27

The weekend is almost here, and there are lots of amazing events happening! Enjoy this edition of the Weekend Escape.

Thursday, June 21

Lone Tree: RidgeGate Summer Beats Concert: The Tom Petty Project, 5PM, FREE
Enjoy music outdoors with the entire family. There will be food trucks and activities before the summer sounds of this Tom Petty cover band. Learn more.

Friday, June 22

Highlands Ranch: Young Yogis in the Park, 10AM, FREE
Young Yogis in the Park is kid-inspired and beginner-friendly. Drop in to breathe, laugh, stretch and bend. Ages 5 and younger are welcome with a caregiver. Parents are welcome to stay and play. There is also a session for teens starting at 11AM. More details here.

Castle Rock: Downtown After 5, 5:30PM, FREE
On select Fridays throughout the summer, head over to Festival Park for live music, great food, and a variety of beverages for the whole family to enjoy! This Friday, Tusk (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) will be performing. More details here.

Highlands Ranch: Exploration of Pluto with Dr. Alan Stern, 7PM, FREE
Planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern, leader of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto, could redefine our universe. He’ll talk about his book Chasing New Horizons. Dr. Stern has been named to the Time 100 twice. A book sale and signing will follow his presentation. Register here.

Saturday, June 23

Larkspur: Colorado Renaissance Festival, 10AM, $
Enjoy this celebration of magical realms that goes through August 5 (weekends only). Don’t miss the well-played comedy acts, jousting competitions, Big Cats, and more, plus a festival menu that includes those famous turkey drumsticks! Learn more here.

Parker: $35,000 FarmVet Grand Prix, 4PM, FREE
Enjoy some of the highest level of equestrian competition at the Horse Park this weekend. Learn more 

Sunday, June 24

Lone Tree: Schweiger Ranch Tour, 2PM, FREE
Learn about the history of this longtime homestead. Enjoy fresh biscuits and learn how to churn butter by hand! Learn more here.

Monday, June 25

Parker: Movin’ & Groovin’ Family Video Challenge, 7PM, FREE
Here’s a fun family competition. Create a short video (up to 2 minutes) that moves us to tears or laughter, inspires us with heart, or gets us groovin’ to the beat! Contest entries are due by August 29, but join us for an orientation to learn the ins and outs of the Parker Recording Studio, which has all the tools you need to create your video. Learn more.


Still More…

Summer festivals are in full gear. There are a number to choose from this weekend in the greater Denver metro area, including: Sand in the City (Arvada), Highlands Street Fair (Denver), Cherry Blossom Festival (Denver), Unicorn Festival (Littleton), Colorado Tiny House Festival (Brighton), and South Platte RiverFest (Denver). To find more great summer festivals, see our next blog post.

11 Festivals to Celebrate Summer

What would summer be without a few classic Colorado festivals to kick up the fun factor?

These 11 offer something for everyone.


Colorado Renaissance Festival: June 16-Aug. 5, Larkspur
Enjoy this celebration of magical realms that goes through August 5 (weekends only). Don’t miss the well-played comedy acts, jousting competitions, Big Cats, and more, plus a festival menu that includes those famous turkey drumsticks!

Donkey Derby Days: June 22-24, Cripple Creek
Donkey races, games, live entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities, baby donkeys (cue the oohs and aahs), and more. You can even enter your dog in a dog show and compete for prizes.

Greeley Stampede: June 22-July 4, Greeley
This festival is packed with events and activities: concerts, bull fighting, a kids rodeo, and a demolition derby to name just a few. New to the Stampede are the Brushes & Bulls guided painting event and the Cowboy Games themed obstacle course.

Cowboys’ Roundup Days: June 30-July 4, Steamboat Springs
Tap into your Western roots at this old-fashioned community celebration. Enjoy a Pro Rodeo, free concert, block party, Independence Day celebration, and more.


Hot Air Balloon Rodeo: July 14-15, Steamboat Springs
No bucking broncos at this rodeo, but you will find plenty of colorful hot air balloons and balloon contests, arts and crafts, performances, a kids zone and interactive children’s area, food vendors, and more!

Pearl Street Arts Fest: July 21-22, Pearl Street in Boulder
This lively celebration of the arts includes artists from around the country, children’s art activities, and live performances.

Buffalo Bill Days: July 26-29, Golden
The whole family will find something to enjoy here: activities like Cody’s Wild West, mutton bustin’, live music, car shows, a golf tournament, food and merchandise vendors, and the list goes on.


Douglas County Fair & Rodeo: August 2-5, Castle Rock
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the fair and rodeo. There’s so much family fun to be had: a rodeo; carnival; mutton bustin’; barrel racing; an interactive, hands-on agricultural learning experience; pie-eating contest; and more.

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival: August 4, Olathe
Nothing screams “summer” louder than sweet corn. If you love the cobs from Olathe, you must go. This one-day festival features live music and, of course, a corn-eating contest, plus plenty of family-friendly activities.

Western Welcome Week: August 10-19, Littleton
This annual community celebration includes over 40 events — including free entertainment, an arts and crafts fair, and a Grand Parade — and benefits dozens of local civic and charitable organizations.

Palisade Peach Festival: August 17-18, Palisade
Go straight to the source for peach mania! Starting with the parade, to a pancake breakfast, to the Peach Cuisine and BBQ Throwdown demos, to a peach-eating contest, to the biggest peach contest, you’ll have a peachy time at this favorite Colorado festival.




Weekend Escape: June 14-20

It’s the Weekend Escape, just in time for Father’s Day! Enjoy some family fun this weekend in and around Douglas County.

Thursday, June 14

Highlands Ranch: Summer Concert Series, 6:30-8PM, FREE
It’s Summer Concert Series season! Pack a picnic and enjoy the music of a local band at Highland Heritage Regional Park. Kona Ice will be serving shaved ice. More details here.

Parker: Chess Club, 7-9PM, FREE
Make it a game night! Drop by our Parker location for some friendly chess competition for players of all ages and abilities. More info here.

Saturday, June 16

Castle Rock: Classic Rock Cruise-In Car Show, 10AM-3PM, FREE
Classic cars and live music — a perfect day for dads! This event in downtown Castle Rock also has bounce houses and family activities, plus food vendors on-site. More details here.

Castle Rock: SuperDad’s Day at the Outlets at Castle Rock, 1-3PM, FREE
Celebrate Father’s Day with a “super” themed experience that includes a meet and greet with different superheroes from iconic movies and comics, life-size board games, and a live DJ playing a superhero score. Wear a cape and receive a $5 Outlets at Castle Rock gift card, then shop for dad’s gift! Learn more.

Roxborough: Arrowhead Shores Concert Series, 6-9PM, FREE
That Eighties Band kicks off the Arrowhead Shores concert series. Enjoy live music, food and activities for all ages. Bring your own chairs, blankets and coolers. More info here.

Sunday, June 17

Castle Rock: Farmers Market, 11AM-3PM, FREE
Shop local produce, herbs, spices, honey and more at Festival Park. Learn more.

Lone Tree: Craft Lab, 2-4PM, FREE
Drop by the Studio in our Lone Tree location and make something crafty — like a gift for dad. More info here.

Littleton: Father’s Day Eagle Fest, 5:30-7PM, $
Presented by the Audubon Society of Greater Denver in partnership with Hawkquest. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a presentation of live eagles, falcons and other birds of prey, as well as other outdoors experiences. Drinks and desserts provided. Get more info here.

Wednesday, June 20

Parker: An Evening With Author Craig Grossi & Fred the Dog, 6:30-8:30PM, FREE
Craig is a former U.S. Marine who met Fred the dog on an Afghan battlefield. They’ll join us at our Parker branch to talk about how they rescued each other, and their new book, Craig & Fred. Books will be sold, including a Young Readers edition for ages 8-plus. Register here!

Lone Tree: Summer Solstice Guided Nature Hike in the Bluffs, 6-7:30PM, FREE
Celebrate the summer solstice in the Colorado outdoors. A professional naturalist will guide this hike in the Bluffs and provide info on how other cultures celebrate the first evening of summer and longest day of the year. Learn more here.

More Fun + Food

If you’re looking for good eats and fun treats this weekend, you found it! The Denver BBQ Festival features a whole lotta hog June 15-17. Indulge in Greek cuisine and festive music and entertainment at the Denver Greek Festival, June 15-17 — you don’t have to be Greek to have a good time! Escape to the “magical realm” of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, which kicks off Saturday, June 16.

Still More…

Create your own adventure with an Adventure Pass! Use your library card to book a pass to any of eight local cultural attractions.

Aspen Grove’s Family Film Night is Thursday, June 14, starting at 7 p.m. Kids can enjoy a jumpy house and bounce obstacle course, followed by a showing of The Wizard of Oz at dusk, for FREE!

Got extra energy? JumpStreet’s 10 Buck Tuesdays and Thursdays are back at its Littleton and Greenwood Village locations — jump for two hours for $10.

Weekend Escape: June 8-13

Looks like this weekend will be a scorcher. Stay cool at one of these family-friendly events in and around Douglas County this weekend.

Friday, June 8

Castle Pines: Learn Origami, 4-5PM, FREE

Learn how to create a new paper project at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Pines. Learn more.


Parker: Parker Days, 5PM-Midnight, $

Enjoy carnival rides and games at this annual fair. The fair started on Thursday night and goes all weekend. Learn more.


Parker: Parker Days – BMX Sports Bike & Slackline Competition, 6-9PM, FREE

See some of the best athletes compete in these performances that are happening all weekend long at Parker Days. Learn more.


Saturday, June 9 

Parker: Parker Days Parade, 8:45AM, FREE

What is a festival without a good parade? This year’s parade theme is Hometown Heroes. There will be marching bands, floats, horses and more! Learn more.


Highlands Ranch: KidFest, 9AM-Noon, FREE

Visit Civic Green Park for activities, live entertainment, and more. Come party in your own backyard. Learn more.


Highlands Ranch: Classic Car Show, 10AM-2PM, FREE

Enjoy a day of classic cars, food, drink and music. Learn more.

Castle Rock: 22nd Annual Ducky Derby, 11AM-5PM, FREE-$

Stop by Festival Park to see the annual ducky derby race. There will be food, fun, kid activities and more. The race starts at 3PM. Learn more.


Lone Tree: STEAMWorks, 2PM, FREE

Teens, drop by our Lone Tree branch to explore STEAM-related topics with experiments and more! Learn more.


Highlands Ranch: LEGO DIBS, 2PM, FREE

Families can escape the heat by building LEGO creations at the library. Learn more.


Sunday, June 10

Parker: Parker Days Car Show, 8AM-2PM, FREE

Enjoy some classic old cars during the fair. Learn more.


Highlands Ranch: Around the World with Crafts & Activities, 12-2PM, FREE

Families can learn about different countries through fun activities at the library. Learn more.


Still More…
Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9, at Sloan’s Lake Park with games and activities. Or journey up to the mountains to enjoy the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail this weekend; it is filled with family-friendly activities. If you want to stay closer to home, stop by the Denver Berkeley Park Art & Music Festival to view stunning fine art and entertain the kiddos at the Creation Station where they can make their own masterpieces. 

Weekend Escape: May 31-June 6

Welcome to the DCL Weekend Escape! Enjoy some family time at these events happening in and around Douglas County this weekend.

Friday, June 1

Highlands Ranch: Snakes, Snakes, Snakes at Fly’n B Park, 10-11AM, $

Explore the world of snakes and learn how they survive in Highlands Ranch. Meet Little Miss, the Metro District’s bull snake, and complete a fun craft to take home. Learn more and register here.

Saturday, June 2

All DCL locations: Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 10AM-Noon, FREE

Kick off a summer of reading adventures at an Escape to Neverland Summer Reading Program kickoff party. Kids can craft their very own pirate hats or crowns, dig for treasure, walk the plank, get their faces painted, and more. Register at your preferred location here.

Castle Rock: Starlight Movie Night at Festival Park, 2-10PM, FREE

Celebrate the summer grand opening of Festival Park with music, food, free bounce houses, kids activities, and a movie — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13). Movie starts at dusk. Learn more here.

Parker: Cattle Crossing 5K & Family Fun Trek, 8AM, $

Celebrate summer and Parker’s rich rural history by running the Cattle Crossing 5K or a 1-mile family fun trek. Kids 8 and under can participate in the Kids’ Dash for free. More details here.

Parker: Wheels for Wheels Car Show, 9AM-2PM, FREE

This charity event features collector cars, live music, and a live radio broadcast, as well as food and soft drinks. The event raises funds for Kids Mobility Network, a local nonprofit organization that provides wheelchairs to kids with disabilities. Learn more here.

Sunday, June 3

Highlands Ranch: Farmers Market, 10AM-2PM, FREE

Pick up fresh fruits and veggies, sauces, pastas, flowers, bread and much more from a variety of local vendors. Learn more.

Parker: Farmers Market, 8AM-1PM, FREE

Shop for fresh fruits, veggies and baked goods from more than 70 local vendors. More details here.

Monday, June 4

Highlands Ranch: Camp DCL: Be an Astronaut, 1:30-5PM (June 4-8), $

A few spots remain at our weeklong, half-day camp that’s all about aerodynamics, the science of flight, and more! Ages 6-12. Register now!

Castle Rock: Chess Club, 6PM, FREE

Drop in for friendly chess competition for all ages and abilities. Learn more.

Wednesday, June 6

Highlands Ranch: STEAMWorks, 4PM, FREE

Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math through fun hands-on activities. More info.

Lone Tree: Guided Nature Hike in the Bluffs: Sunset Bird Watching, 7PM, FREE

Lace up your hiking boots and grab your binoculars for this gentle, naturalist-guided 2-mile stroll where birds are most visible and active. Learn more and/or sign up here.


Free Fishing Weekend Statewide!
Visit your favorite stream, river or lake for free fishing June 2-3 anywhere in Colorado — no fishing license required! Stop by any DCL location to check availability of a free state parks pass through our Check Out Colorado program and do your fishing at a beautiful state park.


Still More…
Check out the People’s Fair in Denver, June 1-3, or the Denver Chalk Art Festival, June 2-3. Both are free and offer kid-friendly entertainment and fun. Enjoy a FREE day at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms in Littleton or the York Street location in Denver on Tuesday, June 5, during regular garden hours.

Weekend Escape: May 25-30

Welcome to the DCL Weekend Escape! This is the place to find family-friendly fun in Douglas County.

Here’s what is happening throughout the county this holiday weekend. Reminder: All Douglas County Libraries locations will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

Friday, May 25

Lone Tree: The Big Bounce America, 2:30-6:30PM, $

Need to keep the kids entertained now that school is out? Experience 10,000 square feet of inflatable fun at The Big Bounce America at Meridian Commons Park. There are toddler, junior, bigger kid, and adult sessions happening all weekend, Friday-Sunday. This is a ticketed event. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Culture on the Green: Alice in Wonderland, 6:30PM, FREE

Have an evening picnic in Civic Green Park while the International Youth Ballet performs Alice in Wonderland. Learn more here.

Saturday, May 26

Castle Rock: Saturday Surprise, 10AM, FREE

Drop in at our Castle Rock branch to learn something new. Past “surprise” topics have run the gamut from needlecrafts to podcasting. More details here.

Castle Rock: Memorial Day Run & March, $

Veterans and civilians run to raise funds and food donations to help homeless veterans. Choose from an easy 5K walk, stroll, run or ruck; a 10K run or ruck; or a challenging 30K ruck at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The 5K route is family- and dog-friendly; kids 12 and under get free entry. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Highlands Ranch Field Day & Picnic, 9AM-6PM, FREE

Play sports or carnival games, snack on food truck fare, and more at Redstone Park! For a full list of activities, go here.

Roxborough: Bird Banding Station, 9:30AM & 10:30AM, $

Program participants will watch research in action and see warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, thrushes, and other songbirds up close at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies bird banding research station. Pre-registration is required; do so here.

Sunday, May 27

Parker: Farmers Market, 8AM-1PM, FREE

Select fresh-baked bread and newly picked fruits and vegetables for your family’s upcoming meals in downtown Parker. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Red, White & “Brew” Run, 10AM, $

Stroller- and dog-friendly race at Grist Brewing in Highlands Ranch. Kids under 12 run for free. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Farmers Market, 10AM-2PM, FREE

Select fresh-baked bread and newly picked fruits and vegetables for your family’s upcoming meals in the Highlands Ranch Town Center. Learn more here.

Lone Tree: Sunday Surprise, 2PM, FREE

Visit our Lone Tree branch this Sunday to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Learn more here.

Monday, May 28

Parker: Memorial Day Veterans’ Service of Remembrance, 10AM, FREE

Ponderosa Valley Funeral Services and J.S. Parker Cemetery invite you to share and participate in this Memorial Day ceremony honoring our beloved veterans. Learn more here.

Highlands Ranch: Memorial Day Service, 11:45AM, FREE

Join the Highlands Ranch community in honoring the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country at the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument. More info here.


Looking to travel outside the county this weekend? There are several events happening throughout the state. For quick day trips, check out Territory Days in Colorado Springs, the Arts Festival or South Gaylord Memorial Weekend Festival in Denver, or the Boulder Creek Festival in Boulder.


Visit a museum — for free! Did you know you can use your library card to reserve an Adventure Pass to one of our participating institutions?

17 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Expecting a tax refund this year? Is it already burning a hole in your pocket? We can help. Here are 17 ways to splurge on Amazon.

Note: You can feel good about treating yourself when you shop using AmazonSmile. Simply designate Douglas County Libraries Foundation as your charitable organization of choice, and Amazon will donate a portion of the price of your purchase to our Foundation. And yes, you can buy any of these products, and everything else on Amazon, using AmazonSmile.

Let’s shop!

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

A fun way to capture all the moments. Instantaneously. In print!

2. Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer)

Instant pots are all the rage right now. This one happens to be a 7-in-1 multifunctional cooker, so you get more bang for your buck. Check out DCL’s selection of instant pot cookbooks, too!

3. 23andMe DNA Test

Now this is a splurge! Take the plunge and learn about your ancestry.

4. Endoscope Camera

Guys love this cool gadget! It’s great for exploring hard-to-reach spaces, especially when repairs are needed. Typical uses include car engine repairs, plumbing repairs, ventilation, and so on. Looks fun. Hip tip: Father’s Day is June 17. Mother’s Day is May 13. (Because moms are handy, too!)

5. Snuggle-Pedic Memory Foam Pillow

Who can resist something called Snuggle-Pedic? And it’s hypoallergenic, and dust mite resistant. Splurge and buy two!

6. Sloths on a Vine Picture Hangers

Adorable. Period. A must-have for sloth lovers everywhere. And it won’t set you back too much either.

7. Coleman Retro Cooler

Who remembers these classic coolers? Start making new fun family memories with this updated version.

8. Portable Smoker

Take it with you when you go camping. See also Coleman Retro Cooler above.

9. Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

This durable, sustainable yoga mat has gotten great reviews on Amazon.

10. Faux Fur Pillow

Add a little luxe to your decor, no harm done. Love this pillow! Your pets probably will, too.

11. Cashmere Travel Throw Set

Yes, please! Talk about luxe. You can feel like a million bucks even if you’re flying coach.

12. Cuisinart Griddler

This countertop appliance also works as a panini press, full griddle, and contact grill. One reviewer says it’s great for grilling vegetables, too.

13. Yamaha Acoustic Guitar

This guitar gets great reviews on Amazon. If you’re looking for lessons, try Lynda.com. You can access it for free on our website, using just your library card number and PIN.

14. Cotton Acupressure/Acupuncture Mat

This mat is touted to help activate the body’s natural healing receptors. It’s gotten great reviews on Amazon so far.

15. French Press Coffee Maker

Reviewers say it makes great tasting coffee, even cold-pressed.

16. Laptop Backpack

According to reviewers, the best features of this backpack are that it’s waterproof, has a combination (anti-theft) lock, and has a charging port and headphone interface. Note: You must supply your own battery pack.

17. Insulated Growler

Keeps your favorite ale cold, or your favorite coffee hot. All 2 quarts of it (that’s 64 ounces)! It’s stainless steel, BPA-free, and dishwasher safe.