Lotsa LEGOs and Drive-In Entertainment!

July 16, 2020

Two renowned LEGO® artists and two spectacular LEGO displays are included in the price of admission at both the Denver Zoo and the Museum of Nature & Science this weekend! Sean Kenney’s jaw-dropping LEGO creations of life-sized endangered animals are on display at the Zoo. And contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya has created mesmerizing masterpieces from LEGOs that mimic great works of art that you can view at the Museum of Nature & Science!


Kids in two age groups, 4-7 and 8-10, can participate in this FREE athletic session of drills and skills, with a different theme every week! This week’s Cub Club centers around volleyball—and kids will even get to make a volleyball craft! Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 per age group, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

Southlands Aurora Family YCMA, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

Every day spent at the Denver Botanic Gardens is special, but in the magical blue hour of dusk, it’s absolutely enchanting. This special collaborative series was created to make the most of this special time of day by bringing in a guest group of performing artists to sit in small ensembles and perform while you stroll through the Gardens by the Monet Pool. This week’s guest artists are members of the Colorado Symphony! An equal portion of the ticket price will support the performing artists.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
Timed Entries: 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 p.m.
Register: $20
Phone: 720-865-3500

The Sounds of Southlands Drive-In Edition is bringing safer live music to Aurora. This week’s show features Soul X, an eight-piece band with high-energy vocals and a repertoire of music that ranges from soul and blues to contemporary to classics. Just purchase your ticket in advance, and then drive to Southlands where you can enjoy the concert from your car.

Southlands Parking Lot, S. Southlands Pkwy. & E. Plaza Ave., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per vehicle

Thursday-Sunday, July 16-19

Did you know it took almost one million LEGO bricks to create the 15 nature-inspired LEGO sculptures that are on display at the Denver Zoo? Award-winning artist Sean Kenney has delighted children and adults all over the world with his exhibit that invites you to connect with nature in a new way. 

The life-size and larger-than-life plant and animal sculptures—including a snow leopard, black rhino, African lion, and polar bear with her three cubs—are placed throughout the Zoo. See if you can tell them apart from the real animals!

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Last entry: 4:00 p.m.
Reserve Tickets: $14-$20
Phone: 720-337-1400 

Another acclaimed LEGO artist, another exhibit of LEGO sculptures you won’t want to miss! Renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya has created works of art you won’t believe are made from LEGO bricks! His signature life-sized Yellow Man with thousands of LEGOs cascading from his chest is a real crowd-pleaser. 

Also in the exhibit are masterpieces from art and culture, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Venus de Milo reimagined with LEGOs! There’s even a T. Rex skeleton made out of 80,000 LEGO bricks that rivals the real T. Rex down the hall!

Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Timed-Entry Tickets: $14.95-$17.95
Phone: 303-370-6000

With the long hot summer days upon us, nothing is more welcome than a refreshing swim at the Aurora Reservoir. Treat the entire family to a day outdoors, swimming, fishing, or paddling at the community’s own beach. Picnic areas are open too—with limited capacities—so pack a picnic and make a day of it! 

Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for Swim Beach
Cost: Starting at $10/vehicle
Phone: 303-326-8425

The libraries may still be closed, but they haven’t stopped planning interesting and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy together. Check out this highly-engaging virtual Escape Room that all ages can participate in on your computer at home!

“You wake in the hall of a great castle.Two large wooden doors are behind you. You turn and tug on them: locked. There are two small rooms to your left and your right, but you don’t see a clear way out. In front of you, a grand staircase leads to a portrait of a wizard wearing socks with sandals, surrounded by five candles…” And you take it from there!

Aurora Libraries Virtual Events
Enter Here: FREE

Friday-Sunday, July 17-19

Denver’s biggest flea market is open again, with anything you can dream of for sale! The Mile High Flea Market is practicing social distancing and requires masks of both buyers and sellers. Rides and live entertainment are on hold for now, but shopping is wide open!

Mile High Flea Market, 7007 E. 88th Ave., Henderson
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Fri., $2; Sat./Sun., $3
Phone: 303-289-4656

Saturday, July 18

It’s the peak of the growing season, and that means plenty of fresh and local vegetables and fruits at the Southlands Farmers’ Market. You’ll find the best produce grown on nearby Colorado farms, as well as all kinds of homemade goodies, breads, jams and more! Bring your mask and make sure you observe social distancing.

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19

A smaller boutique flea market is right in the neighborhood—Fetch Flea Market at Stanley Marketplace offers local handmade items as well as the finest curated finds in Aurora.

You can get one-of-a-kind jewelry, antiques, furniture, unique treasures, and just about anything else you could want. Because they’re located at Stanley Marketplace, you can also enjoy a drink at an open-air bar or brewery.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Everyone in the family will be pleased with one or the other of this unlikely pair of movies screening at the drive-in this weekend: Beauty and the Beast is sure to please the romantics, while Iron Man will give action-lovers a dose of adrenalin. Watch both from the safety of your car! Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance—these screenings sell out fast!

Denver Mart Drive-In, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10/person (over 7 years old) in your car

Sunday, July 19

Head out to the field next to Stanley Marketplace for one of the rare outdoor concert series that is happening this summer! You can take your shoes off and dance to the sounds of a live band. For everyone’s safety, masks and social distancing are required.

Stanley Marketplace, The West Patio, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

The FREE drive-in summer concert series continues with the renowned and ever-popular Hazel Miller Band. This powerful singer delivers an eclectic repertoire of jazz, R&B, blues and gospel, in performances that are stunning and moving, designed to excite and engage the audience! Hazel Miller is not just a great singer, ”she is a force of nature!” (Rocky Mountain News).

The Green at Stapleton, 29th & Roslyn, Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Things-to-Do Multiply Near Southshore!

There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Southshore! You get the tranquility of lakeside living with easy access to your favorite urban activities. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! With beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.