Kids: It’s Your Weekend!

October 20, 2016

This weekend, kids can snuggle with snakes, navigate a maze or watch Halloween-themed movies in and around Aurora! And don’t forget the photo contest! Plan now to spectate or participate in a variety of entertainment activities from now until the middle of next week.

Tonight, October 20

Kids, get in the Halloween spirit by joining some other mini-contractors at the library to build and decorate your own haunted house. The library has all the materials you need – except the ghosts!

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

Now Through October 31

Calling all teens! Don’t forget to enter your best cell phone photo that illustrates your community. Email your photo to by October 31, and include your name, grade, phone number and the title of your photo with a brief description. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Friday, October 21

Get the kids ready for a night out (and a night off for you!). Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike are the best scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But they get in a fix when a little girl wanders into the factory and they have to get her safely back home! The Lakehouse serves up dinner and this playful Pixar movie with fun and games in between. For (potty-trained) children, 10 years and younger. Call to reserve a space!

The Lakehouse at Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday-Sunday, October 20-23

An American mother is incredulous when monks show up on her doorstep asking to take her 3-year-old son to Tibet. The monks believe the boy is the reincarnation of a venerated Buddhist teacher. The request changes the family forever in this comic drama that weaves together music, dance, emotion and puppetry in a poignant production.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30-10:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-856-7830
Tickets: $17-$31

A thrilling drama of suspense and Gothic romance set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age. With its spine-tingling score, the story follows the famed vampire as he lusts for new blood.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1970
Tickets: $16-$37

Saturday, October 22

You can make a former serviceman or woman feel appreciated when you stop in to craft thank-you cards for the vets at the Colorado State Veterans Home in Aurora. The cards will be passed out on Veterans Day to thank military heroes for their service. Kids can spread even more joy by decorating bags that will be delivered by volunteers with TLC meals this Thanksgiving. All ages are welcome!

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

Meet up at a local brewery for lively discussions on popular and contemporary literature. Register online and organizers will contact you with the title of the next book as well as the location of this month’s brewery. Adults 21 and over only!

Various Locations

This Saturday, tween and teen kids can spend the evening watching a Halloween-themed movie with friends! Geared toward ages 10 to 15, there’s pizza to eat, pumpkins to decorate, darts, foosball and board games. Register here.

Teen Center Southlands Shopping Center, 6155 S. Main St., Suite 220, Aurora
6:30-10:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-274-5759
Cost: $20

The Denver Botanic Gardens downtown has been transformed into a spooky sculpture Halloween showcase, illuminated by hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins. But these aren’t the typical jack-o-lanterns you’d find on porches in your neighborhood. Longmont artist and professional ice-sculptor Jess Parrish and his team create wizards, dragons and even Cinderella’s carriage out of the orange gourds and LED lights. Enjoy live music, storytelling, face painting, Halloween bingo, a scavenger hunt, and performances from the local LED-clad dance troupe Mesmerie Entertainment.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
6:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-865-3501
Tickets: $8 to $14 (Children under 2 years: Free)

Saturday/Sunday, October 22-23

Repticon Denver is a slithering reptile soiree featuring vendors with reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise. Experts offer live animal seminars and raffles for cool reptilian prizes. Don’t miss this unusual, educational, family-oriented event!

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds/17 Mile House, 25690 E Quincy Ave., Aurora
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-795-4955
Admission: Adults $10; Children 5-12 years $5, Children Under 5 Free

Sunday, October 23

The forecast calls for 89 degrees and partly cloudy skies this Sunday, perfect weather to meet and greet your Southshore neighbors! With plenty of free popcorn, cider and candy to go around, plus ladder toss, kickball and corn hole games for everyone to play.

Anchor Point Park, 6855 S. Robertsdale Way, Aurora
By the Gazebo/Playground
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25

Join Active Minds for a journey into the world of monsters and legends.  From the vampires of Eastern Europe, to the stories of the Loch Ness monster, Big Foot, and more, the group will explore the origins and history of familiar (and not-so-familiar) ghoul and ghost tales and how they have evolved and grown over time.

Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax, Denver
5:00-6:00 pm
Phone: 303-322-7727
Cost: Free


If you don’t live in Southshore yet, bring the whole family by for a visit – we’d love to say hello! Tour one or more of the seven beautiful models from Village Homes, or scan the latest architectural designs and floor plans from Richmond American Homes. Priced from the $400s to the $700s.

Have a great weekend, everyone!