It’s a Virtual Harry Potter Weekend!

February 4, 2021

Aurora Libraries presents Harry Potter Week online, with a whole host of fun events you can zap yourself into! From Hogwarts Slytherin Eye Make-Up design to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to making Spellbook Bags, Butterbeer Cake, and your own Kalimba! Round out the weekend with the Fandom Contest & House Cup Winners and the Harry Potter Kahoot Trivia Contest!


Start the Harry Potter weekend with these fun events! The Hogwarts Looks online session will teach you how to apply Slytherin Eye Make-Up; Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes  shows you everything you need to know about Invisible InkHog; and the Grab & Go Together event will teach you how to make Spellbook Bags!

Aurora Libraries Online 
12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m; and 4:00 p.m.
Facebook: FREE

This workshop for planning your retirement is independent and non-commercial, so there will be no pressure to buy specific financial products. 

Instead, you’ll learn valuable skills such as determining the amount of money you’ll need to retire, understanding how you can use tax law changes to your advantage, making the most of investment strategies to minimize risks, and much more! 

MCA Online
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Register: $29-$59

Thursday-Saturday, February 4-6

Stapleton’s MCA joins in the Harry Potter theme with a virtual Harry Potter Log-In event for all ages in place of the annual Harry Potter Lock-In.

When you register, you’ll receive a wizardry kit with Harry Potter activities and treats along with a Zoom code for access to a reading of the first chapter of the first book by a very special guest from the Wizarding World! Magical add-ons include a time-turning trivia! 

MCA Online
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Register: $25 – $35

Thursday-Sunday, February 4-8

Get ready for Valentine’s Day by contributing to the Gratitude Wall that’s being created in the Stanley Marketplace! It’s easy to take part and you’ll get a warm feeling inside by contributing your own Gratitude Hearts to the wall!

Stop by the Trunk Nouveau Boutique and fill out a Gratitude Heart for anyone you are grateful for in your life. It could be a family member, a neighbor, a delivery person—-the more you start thinking about who makes your life better, the more grateful you’ll be! A $1 donation to Stanley’s Denver Feed It Forward program is recommended for each heart you fill out.

Trunk Nouveau, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. #170, Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Donation: $1 suggested

Everyone in the family will enjoy these outdoor activities at Aurora’s newest resort! From ice skating and snow tubing to a snow merry-go-round and ice bumper cars, there’s something for everyone! Festive holiday attractions Glacier Point and LIGHT! remain open as well!

Gaylord Rockies, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora
Thurs./Fri., 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $5.99
Phone: 720-452-6900

Winter is the season for gliding across water on skinny little blades! Whether you are returning to the great sport of ice-skating or starting anew, the Pond at Southerlands is the place to do it! 

The Pond at Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Thurs., 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Fri., 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.; /Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Phone: 303-627-5000

Friday, February 5

Today you can learn how to make Butterbeer Cake in a mug, as well as learning how to make a (thumb piano) to play the Harry Potter theme song on. Then stick around to learn how to play it! You can pick up Harry Potter-themed Grab & Go crafts from your local Aurora Public Library, while supplies last. 

Aurora Libraries Online 
1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Facebook: FREE

The first Friday of the month is a Day of Jubilee! Celebrate the Aurora Arts District every month with this all-virtual session from the safety of your home! Today you get a live captured music set from the amazing jazz/Americana duo, The Cody Sisters, as well as a 360-degree gallery viewing of the exhibition by artist Monica Marquez Gatica! 

The People’s Building on Facebook Live
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

This week’s popular online Game Night is back with a Harry Potter theme—for three different sessions geared towards three different age groups! Teens are up first—this session is just for kids in grades 6-12.

Harry Potter Mafia is based on Mafia, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, or Among Us, but this game uses a Harry Potter theme. See if you can spot who the villains are, and use special abilities to root them out. Can you find the traitors in your midst? All you need to participate in this FREE event is access to a computer with a microphone where you can join a WebEx video conference.

Aurora Library WebEx online meeting 
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

This Harry Potter-based Mafia game is for the entire family! Choose this session for all ages, featuring a variation of the classic mafia game using Harry Potter characters.

Let the whole family join in the fun!

Aurora Library WebEx online meeting 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

This is the adult session of the Harry Potter Mafia game! If you would like to participate with younger children, please attend the family session at 6:00 p.m. This is a variation of the classic mafia game using Harry Potter characters. No personal supplies are needed for this game, though having a microphone will be helpful. 

Aurora Library WebEx online meeting 
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

Saturday, February 6

Learn some sizzling Latin dance moves while socially-distancing outside! You’ll also get an awesome workout from this Zumba-inspired class! Have fun and stay warm as you move along to the dance combinations. All ages and abilities are welcome. Afterwards, enjoy half-price beer and non-alcoholic beverages!

Cheluna Brewing Company, 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: $6

For adult Harry Potter fans, you can learn how to make your own crystal ball! There’s also the Hogwarts Tea Leaf Reading and a chance to make your own Niffler. 

Pick up Harry Potter-themed Grab & Go crafts from your Aurora Public Library while supplies last. Later, join in as the winners of the Fandom Contest and the winner of the House Cup are announced!

Aurora Libraries Online 
11:00 a.m.; 12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

For a special family event, take a hike on the prairie with an experienced guide. Your family can choose which area of the property you explore while you learn about prairie ecology, wildlife and history at the Plains Conservation Center. Hikes last approximately 90 minutes and are limited to up to 4 individuals from the same household. 

Be prepared to walk up to two miles round-trip and bring layers, sunscreen, hats, water, and cameras. Binoculars will be available to borrow if you don’t have your own to bring. All ages are welcome, but please note that there are unpaved paths, uneven ground, and no shade.

Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. or 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Register: $20 per household (up to 4 individuals)
Phone: 303-326-8380

You and your family can put your Harry Potter knowledge to the test with this online trivia game! There will be questions for both kids and adults. Registration is required.

Aurora Library WebEx 
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

Add some Latin flair into your next date night! Learn how to cook authentic Spanish cuisine together at Cook Street’s School of Culinary Arts. The menu includes Sweet Potato Tortilla Espanola, Saffron Marinated Black Cod with Parsnip and Tomato Confit, and Torrijas—Olive Oil French toast!

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, 43 W. 9th Ave., Denver
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Register: $119/person
Phone: 303-308-9300

Plenty to Do Near Southshore!

The lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend, whether in the Lakehouse, nearby at Southlands Shopping Center, or at the Lake! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.