Fun Times Around Aurora!

March 16, 2017

Looking for fun in the sun this weekend? Whether you’re Irish or not, who can resist an all-day outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party that lasts until midnight? If green beer’s not your thing, how about dinosaur sculpting, family Bingo, a movie about spotted dogs or days filled with building, coloring and crafting? It’s all happening near your lakeside community in Aurora!

TODAY, Thursday, March 16

This month the Cub Club will be at The Denver International Dance School House at the mall. Not only are refreshments served for wee ones 3 through 10 years old, there will be an Irish dance team performing then teaching the kids a dance. RSVP here.

International Dance School House, Southlands Mall 6295 S. Main St., B113, Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Science and art collide to bring the past to life in this journey of discovery and creativity. Children in kindergarten through the fifth grade will use real fossil evidence to sculpt their very own dinosaur. This fun interactive program is presented virtually by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Come and plant some seeds for spring and watch them sprout, stretch and reach for the sun! Once they’re hardy enough, you can move your sprouted seedlings to your own backyard garden and guide their growth.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

It’s a whirlwind of activity at the Teen Craft Club, where young people enjoy a craft project, a healthy snack and friendly, supportive activities.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

There are only a few weeks left to take in the Star Wars™ “Power of Costume” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Stroll through the Star Wars™ characters you’ve come through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes – from all seven films in the Star Wars™ series. You’ll see Queen Amidala’s extravagant gowns to Darth Vader’s commanding black armor. The exhibit showcases the creative process used to bring George Lucas’ vision to the big screen.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver
Thurs., 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Fri., 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat./Sun, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$24
Phone: 720-913-0130

Thursday-Sunday, March 16-19

The animals at the zoo are very busy; experimenting with meditation, processing their relationships, honing their wilderness survival skills. It’s all fun times as none of them come close to talking about the cages. This new-age exploration provides a fun, fascinating and rewarding examination of our relationships, ourselves and our society with all its tricky off-balances!

Larry D. Carter Theater, 16000 E. CentreTech Pkwy, Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7
Phone: 303-340-7529

An American in Paris brings the magic, fun times and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with the unforgettable musicality of George and Ira Gershwin. Inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film, this hit show is about an American soldier, mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, set to music. You’ll recognize the songs and thrill to the characters’ yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Buell Theater, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$105
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, March 17

Put on your green and join thousands of Emerald Isle fans at the biggest St. Paddy’s Day party in the city! Fado’s Irish Pub is planning its ginormous outdoor festival and block party, with food trucks and live bands all day, plus a beer garden and cocktail stations. It’s a ticketed event for $20, subject to additional fees.

Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant, 1735 19th St., Denver
8:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Fourth through eighth graders who like to use their imaginations to build things are welcome to join other junior engineers at the library to build projects. A variety of materials are provided; all that’s needed is a desire to learn and build.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
3:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

Celebrate the luck o’ the Irish with fairy tales, dancing and crafts.  Feel free to dress the part by wearing fairy and/or princess attire – this is the perfect party for all the girly-girls who delight in the world of pixy royalty and make-believe.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

It’s dinner and a movie night for Southshore kids with a screening of 101 Dalmatians, the 1996 Disney live-action comedy. In it, Cruella de Vil played by Golden-Globe nominee Glenn Close plays a nasty woman who tries to kidnap spotted puppies for her own evil purposes. Drop the kids off for a night of food and fun. For ages “potty-trained” to 10 years at the Wheatlands Clubhouse (due to construction at the Lakehouse).

Wheatlands Clubhouse, 6601 S. Wheatlands Pkwy, Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
$15 for one child; $10 each additional

If you haven’t seen this fun bunch of hilarious hoopsters, enjoy them this weekend with the entire family! The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism with theater and comedy. Over the years, they have entertained audiences in more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries.

Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Friday-Sunday, March 17-19

The displays and demonstrations at the Denver Home Show are almost too many to mention! From product ideas for kitchens and baths, to pool and spa products and solar energy options, as well as home décor, art and furnishings – there’s truly something for everybody – under one roof. Matt Blashaw, the star of DIY’s Yard Crashers and the Diedricksen Brothers of HGTV’s Tiny House Builders will speak on the Fresh Ideas Design Stage and chat with attendees. And the Feature Gardens attraction is sure to provide inspiration for your own landscaping dreams. Plus, don’t miss the Tiny Home Village to ogle at just how small living spaces can be!

National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $9-$11

Friday-Sunday, March 17-19

This Cinderella story is set in the 1950s on Long Island and features the bright, educated chauffer’s daughter, Sabrina, as she falls in love with the younger and older brother of an established wealthy family. The Sabrina Fair triangle gets even more knotty when a Parisian suitor asks Sabrina to marry him, throwing her into a love quadrangle quandary.

John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13-$23

Saturday, March 18

Wind down this weekend with a calm and creative coloring session. All the books and pencils are provided, just bring your Zen attitude and creative juices!  Enjoy coffee and refreshments while you take a break from your demanding weekday digital life.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
10:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Spend some fun family time together this weekend playing Bingo, the easy-for-everybody game of chance. You’ll have fun, enjoy each other’s company and compete for prizes.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Stop by to play both classic and new board games filled with fun, adventure and intrigue. You’ll travel the world, find buried treasure, make new friends and play with familiar ones! All ages are welcome.

Iliff Square Library and PC Center, 2253 S. Peoria St., Aurora
5:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1567

Tuesday, March 21

Stop in at the library to play popular tabletop games like Settlers of Catan, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Zombie Fluxx and more! Join all your sixth through eighth grade friends for some tabletop fun!

All fourth to eighth graders with a love of LEGOS® are invited to the monthly meeting of the LEGO® club to show off their skills. Kids will explore stories about using their imaginations and then build something based on this month’s theme.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

The Mission Viejo Library is offering 30-minute sessions on topics on computer basics, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), eReaders and online job-hunting. Call to specify a topic and reserve your 30 minutes.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
6:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Wednesday, March 22

Dedicated volunteers will be on hand to help you sort through your homework snags and struggles. Drop in with your homework and experts will tutor you to a breakthrough!

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
5:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

NOW Through April 30

Photographs and artifacts that illustrate the service and sacrifice of the 12th Air Force during World War II will be on display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Air Force personnel were trained and stationed at Lowry Air Force Base, right where Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located, today. These vintage pictures of the Bomber Boys tell a fascinating tale of dedicated Colorado airmen.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $6-$12.50
Phone: (303) 360-5360

Now Through May 1

Colorado playwrights are invited to submit their full-length scripts to be considered for the Vintage Theatre’s play festival August 4-12, 2017. Scripts chosen for a staged reading to the public will be considered for possible future development and production. If interested, check out the details for submission before May 1, 2017.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Submission Details

Families and Fun in Southshore

Southshore offers lakeside living near all the attractions and activities available in and around Aurora. Visit the award-winning master-planned community this weekend and tour the beautiful models at Village Homes and the new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes. And don’t miss Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s all luxurious lakeside living priced from the $400s to the $700s.