Summer Sounds and Summer Camps

July 6, 2017

Summer camps abound right now near the lakeside master-planned community of Southshore in Aurora. Kids can have fun with math, space challenges, art and music activities and more. If you’re an adult, you’ll get to move to summer concerts with those hoppin’ Hot Tomatoes, the rockin’ Chris Daniels & the Kings band, or Denver chanteuse, Sheryl Renee. No matter what your age, there’s plenty to do this weekend in and around Aurora!

Thursday, July 6

Does your child need confidence in math? Do they need some extra practice learning basic facts? Do they think math is boring or stressful? Make Math FUN camp will help your children change the way they think about math and make the next school year easier. Teachers will help lay the foundation of math and play games like Jenga and cup stacking to help kids learn the basic. Math literature, partner games, and music will also make math fun! Plus, kids attending this summer math camp will receive a take-home a Math Toolbox to play and practice at home!

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Register here

Music’s in the air at this great outdoor summer music venue tonight! The dynamic versatility of Colorado’s Sheryl Renee, comes from a lifetime in the music business. An audience favorite, Sheryl has shared the stage with premiere vocal talent and moves effortlessly between genres. She has performed the national anthem for former President Barack Obama, featured vocals for countless events and concerts including Colorado Symphony Orchestra performances conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, July 7

Take a break from bagged lunches and eat something extraordinary for lunch at the Food Truck Rodeo! This month’s luscious line-up includes: Freddy’s Cuisine – Columbian/Latin Cuisine (MENU); California Wrap Runner – SoCal Salad Wraps (MENU); Chibby Wibbitz – Gourmet Sliders and Tacos (MENU); Comforts of Home – Comfort Food (MENU); Pavy’s Sandwiches – Hot Sandwiches and Tots (MENU);
Mac Shack – Mac N Cheese (MENU); Funnels – Gourmet Funnel Cakes (MENU); and,
Happy Cones – New Zealand Inspired Real Fruit Soft Serve Ice Cream.

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-7182

Friday-Sunday, July 7-9

This musical journey through the life of country music legend Johnny Cash, is performed using his iconic songs to tell the story of his career. A revealing and exhilarating musical tribute that features more than two dozen songs made famous by the “man in black” including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, and Ring of Fire.

Vintage Theatre,1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$34
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, July 8

It’s the season to indulge in fresh fruit and veggies from your local Farmer’s Market and enjoy the best of local farm fare. Held all summer long, the market hosts over 40 vendors selling fresh seasonal produce plus unique food items, fresh baked breads, jams and jellies and handmade crafts from local artisans!

Southlands Mall, Main Street, Aurora
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Put on your dancing shoes and come out for the nine-piece jazz and swing band, Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra! It’s part of the Aurora Rhythms 2017 Summer Concert Series and you’re invited. Hot Tomatoes was formed in 1982 and have traveled and performed all over the country, ever since. Their music includes numbers from Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington and more. Not only can you hear and dance to great music, you can indulge in pizza from Wheels on Fire, Colombian cuisine from La Chiva and Repicci’s Italian Ice.

Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
6:30-8:00 p.m.

July 7-9, Friday-Sunday

What happens when rock stars haven’t planned very well for retirement? The fading 60s rock group of Willy Withers, Tina Tumor, and Rickie D. Bones are finding out. These aging rockers learn that while aging “ain’t for sissies,” they’re more than ready, with the help of their beloved music, to face and to celebrate all the challenges that growing older brings.

The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Pl., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Tickets: $23-$25

Monday, July 10

The long wait is finally over! Join fellow theater-goers for the Season 33 Announcement Party at the Aurora Fox Theatre. Refreshments and light snacks will be offered and season tickets will be available for sale, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1970

Monday/Wednesday, July 10-11

Total Body Aqua Fitness is a summer water workout that improves muscle strength, endurance and flexibility without over-stressing joints. This class is for all levels and ages, and exercisers are encouraged to wear water shoes and bring a water bottle to hydrate!

The Lakehouse Pool, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221

Monday/Wednesday, July 10-31

Held Mondays and Wednesdays, this summer program will introduce students to the study skills they will need in high school, college, and university. This 20-hour program is designed for students in grades seven through 10 who wish to strengthen their skills for success. Instructors will teach goal setting, time management, organization, note taking, study strategies, and project planning.

Southlands Mall, 6235 S. Main St., Suite 210, Aurora
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuition: $499
Phone: 303-928-7644

Monday-Friday, July 10-14

Students ages 8 to 12 will be immersed in aviation and space activities during this week-long summer space camp. Base camp is the inside of the Air and Space Museum’s WWII-era Air Force hangar that is filled with over 50 types of aircraft and space vehicles. Activities include airplane golf, water rockets, a cool science demonstration, four different experiments an egg drop competition and a glider build. By designing water rockets, a Martian settlement and gliders, campers will learn to troubleshoot some of the challenges tackled by even leading aerospace engineers. There is before and after care at 7:00 a.m. and from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $295
Phone: 303-360-5360

The STEAM Summer Camp program is an exciting, hands-on learning opportunity for young people with a special emphasis on the STEAM curriculum areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). The camp sessions were created by content specialists to be both fun and educational and are taught by professional educators. The Art and Music Camp activities include kinetic sculpture, cultural arts, digital art, leadership activities and journaling and reflect the values and integrity of the 21st century workforce. This camp has a capacity for 12 students.

Colorado Steam Academy, 6820 S. Liverpool, Aurora
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $90-$400
Phone: 303-699-6381

Tuesday, July 11

Join Active Minds as they trace the rise and fall of the Vikings, from their origins in Scandinavia and migration into Europe, North America and beyond. The culture and traditions of the Norse Warriors will be examined, including their distinctive horned helmets and unique ships. What is the Vikings legacy in modern times (aside from the mascot of the Minnesota football team)? This program makes a great accompaniment to the Vikings program running at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science through August 13.

Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Phone 303-322-7727

In case you missed the first one here’s another math camp to help your child learn the basics of math in a fun and entertaining, low-stress environment. The Make Math FUN camp will help your children change the way they think about math and make the next school year easier. Teachers will help lay the foundation of math and play games like Jenga and cup stacking to help kids learn the basic. Math literature, partner games, and music will also make math fun! Plus, attendees of this summer math camp will receive a take-home a Math Toolbox to play and practice at home!

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Register here

Tuesday-Wednesday, July 11-13

Oh, brother! Sibling mischief and best pal escapades are the problems Peter Hatcher faces in his attempts to deal with his impossible little brother, Fudge. Based on the popular title by perennial favorite Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Tues.-Fri., 10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $5-$7
Phone: 303-739-1970

Tuesday/Thursday, July 11/13

Give your child, aged 3 to 5, a head start and a strong foundation for learning. This program works with children on reading skills, developing imaginations and achievement as children build their confidence and proficiency. Enroll here.

Southlands Mall, 6235 S. Main St., Suite 210, Aurora
Phone: 303-928-7644

Wednesday, July 12

The Green Valley Ranch Summer Concert Series is back and kicking things off is the funky-blues, R&B, and rock n’ roll band, Chris Daniels & the Kings. Denver’s own Chris Daniels is not related to Charlie or Jack — a question he hears a lot. He started out as a young songwriter and guitarist back in the 70s, and has performed for 25 years, touring 40 out of every 52 weeks with his band, Chris Daniels & the Kings. That is when he’s not teaching at Metro University.

Green Valley Ranch Amphitheatre, 4900 Himalaya Rd., Denver
6:00 p.m.

Even mismatched subjects will find common ground in a lecture series that can go pretty much anywhere. Two speakers get 20 minutes each to enlighten you on unrelated topics, but cannot make any connections to each other. Ideas start to blend at the end when audience members ask questions to both speakers and anything goes. Speakers for this night will talk about “Esperanto” and “Trial by Jury.” For food and drink with live music, head over to the Garden Party starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Galleria before the event begins.

Seawell Ballroom, Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
6:30 p.m.
Admission: $20

Summer at Southshore

It’s definitely summer at Aurora’s premier lakeside master-planned community just minutes from the Aurora Reservoir and a host of learning and entertainment options! Don’t live here yet? Then drop by and tour the brand new models from Richmond American Homes and Century Communities! These brand-new ranch and two-story homes are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.