Weekend Play Time

May 4, 2017

You’ve put in a week of work – now it’s time to play as you wind down in the lakeside community of Southshore. Pet a baby lamb, party with the Star Wars™ crowd, discover treacherous dinosaurs or dance to the beat of, well, just about any music you like! It’s all happening this weekend in and around Aurora.

TODAY/TONIGHT! Thursday, May 4

A quick note for parents whose kids play (or want to) baseball, soccer, basketball and tennis: the YMCA-sponsored camps are taking registrations. Camps begin in June.

Contact: Brady Lyons, blyons@denverymca.org
Phone: 303-968-0916

The Kiwanis Club of Aurora will hold its 31st Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction tonight to support its scholarship program for graduating high school seniors, elementary reading programs and the Aurora Center for Active Adults.

Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9 (kids under 10 eat free!)
Phone: 303-751-5832

Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.  Do you know a rebel fighter, an Imperial Storm Trooper, or Jedi in the making? Bring them to the library for training, games, crafts and more!

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

Friday, May 5

It’s full-on spring and you know what that means? The monthly food truck rodeo begins on the Great Lawn of the Aurora Municipal Center! Let the rolling gourmets take your taste buds for a ride as you sample new flavors at lunchtime.

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

Every Friday kids use their fertile imaginations to dream up different buildings, cars and figures. For every engineer-in-the-making, the library provides the materials – kids just bring their energy!

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

Papercraft, the art of creating objects out of ordinary pieces of paper, is playing with a purpose! And at this drop-in session, kids in fourth through eighth grades can create figures from Minecraft, Pokemon, Star Wars™ and more.

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

It’s a night out for kids and a night off for you! Bring your children to the Wheatlands Clubhouse (the Lakehouse is under construction for a few more weeks!), for dinner and a movie. Jungle Book, the 2016 Disney movie, is the story of Mowgli, raised by wolves, who must leave the only home he’s known when the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee. For ages “potty-trained” to 10 years old. (With the ongoing Lakehouse renovation, Kids’ Night Out will be at the Wheatlands Clubhouse.)

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

Friday-Saturday, May 4-5

There will be more than 50 tables filled with local vendors’ hand-crafted jewelry, jellies and jams, canned goods, crocheted items, clothing, home décor and more at this Spring Arts and Crafts Fair downtown.

Wellington Webb Building Atrium, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
In this riveting stage play, Shaun Arkind has it all: A beautiful daughter preparing to go to college, a new play that could revive his career – and an addiction that threatens to rob him of everything he cares about. As an old friend comes back into his life, Shaun will discover that happy endings are possible – but at what cost?

Aurora Fox Studio Theater, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$33

Friday-Sunday, May 5-7

Venture back to a time when the dinosaurs roamed the earth at the all-new Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED! Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and a terrifying T-Rex in this thrilling walk-through exhibit. Kids will meet a baby dinosaur, take a spin in the Jurassic Jeeps on the Dino Raceway and visit the Kids Adventure Zone filled with themed bouncy houses, crafts, face painting and more. And, they can become junior paleontologists while completing a scavenger hunt and dig for fossils in the Valley of the Bones. It’s family fun of prehistoric proportions!

The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Fri., 2:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat./ Sun., 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$52
Phone: 720-870-2221

Based on the popular cult film, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a musical adventure following three disco drag queens on a long road trip through the Australian Outback. This funny and poignant production features eye-popping costumes as well as sing-along favorites like: It’s Raining Men, I Love the Nightlife, I Will Survive and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

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

Friday-Monday, May 5-8

More than 100 of Colorado’s best up-and-coming bands and DJs will perform across 10 stages in downtown Denver in the 5th Annual Spread the Word Music Festival. Music lovers of all descriptions will be able to hear their favorite genres as funk, jam, electro, reggae, bluegrass, folk and rock artists play their vibrant music. A complimentary party shuttle will travel you between venues (Mercury Café, Mile High Spirits, Pearl’s, Tony P’s, Beryl’s Beer and Cervantes), and there will be plenty of food trucks and other vendors to explore!

Downtown Denver, 2201 Lawrence St., Denver
Admission: $10-$60
Phone: 719-964-0203

Saturday, May 6

The Urban Farm at Stapleton has a new goat herd ready for visitors! Watch the farm’s new lambs play and gambol and learn all about the valuable role they play in agriculture. Watch sheep-shearing, spinning and weaving, and learn how fleece becomes a sweater. The 23-acre campus is home to lots of other animals, too from chickens and horses ti cattle and the amazingly lazy pig, Bailey.

Urban Farm at Stapleton, 10200 Smith Rd., Denver
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bring your own EV3 robot and plug into endless fun as robots wrestle, overcome obstacles and find four different ways to win! Open to students ages 6 to 14.

Colorado Steam Academy, 6820 S. Liverpool St., Unit E., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Free Registration
Phone: 303-699-6381

Every month this group gets together to bring a sample of the recipe they’re created from a selected cookbook. It’s fun for foodies and aspiring gourmet cooks – register now or just stop by the library beforehand to check out the cookbook and decide on your delicious dish.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
11:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Celebrate Mother’s Day a week early with an afternoon of pampering and hand-crafted skin care products – just you and your mom. You’ll want to pre-register everybody coming with you, adults and children, right here.

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

This is the tabletop gaming club’s meet-up group for anybody who wants to take over Tokyo or find buried treasure. Stop by to play classic and new board games filled with adventure and intrigue!

Iliff Square Library/PC Center, 2253 S. Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1567

Scotland Road is the story of a young woman discovered adrift in the North Atlantic, seemingly a survivor of the Titanic disaster. A mysterious stranger must determine whether she’s telling the truth or spinning an elaborate tale…and to what end?

John Hand Theater, 7363 E. First Pl., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$23
Phone: 720-880-8727

Saturday-Sunday, May 6-7

The 2017 Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival will feature day-long performances on two stages of music and dance as well as exhibitors selling a wide variety of original artwork, clothing, jewelry and accessories, plus face-painters, henna and air-brush artists and more. Don’t miss the Taco-Eating Contest, the Chihuahua Race or the Quinceanera Fashion Show!

Civic Center Park, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver
Sat./Sun., 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 7

What does it take to defy the planet’s gravity and launch into space? Former Lockheed Martin engineer, Mr. Stephen Kelly knows and he’ll be telling guests all about it in the Harrison Ford Welcome Theater at the Air and Space Museum.

Part of the “Artifacts Speak” lecture series, this talk will touch on the scientists and innovators who helped come up with the technology required for space flight, including Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Herman Oberth, and Robert Goddard. Engineer Kelly will clue you in on current propulsion methods for space launch boosters, and after the lecture, he will lead a walking tour around several museum artifacts, including Robert Goddard’s rocket and the museum’s model of the V-2 rocket.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
12:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6:00-$12.50
Phone: 303-360-5360 x105

Tuesday, May 9

If you know a senior interested in finding out more about wills and trusts – from revocable trusts, to powers of attorney and the complications of probate, stop by the library to discuss questions with experts in the field.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
11:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Volunteer attorneys will be available to answer questions during this free legal clinic for anyone who needs help with legal issues. The attorneys will help in the areas of family law, civil litigation, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, veteran’s benefits and civil protection orders. This clinic is for information only and the attorney do not actually represent you in any legal proceedings.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Wednesday, May 10

If you know an aspiring violinist or cellist bring him or her to a Between the Notes session for free music lessons for the violin or cello. Each student must bring their own instrument.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Ready for a low-tech, low cost, fun and interactive experience your whole family can enjoy? Bring them to the library for board games and snacks!

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
6:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Come and Play at Southshore!

Welcome to Aurora’s premier lakeside master-planned community just minutes from the Aurora Reservoir and warm-weather fun! Be sure to tour  William Lyon Homes,  as well the new models from Richmond AmericanHomes and Century Communities . It’s life at the lake, priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.