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Get Ready for Spring Break!

POSTED March 7, 2019

Spring break will be here before you know it, and if you are planning on a stay-cation for your kids,  you’ll want to sign them up now for a great Spring Break Camp! The popular Douglas County Library Spring Break Camps offer a wide range of exciting activities to appeal to every kid’s interests. Camps are held in the library branches in Lone Tree, Castle Rock, and Parker—each with its own theme!

Culture Camp is open to kids ages 6-10 and will take them on an exciting tour of the world through cooking! Young chefs will learn how to cook foods from many different cultures and explore the customs, songs, geography, and languages associated with each recipe. Kids will cook and eat healthy cuisine from South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and then participate in an art class in the afternoon!

Your Lego-loving kid will love Superhero Camp, where kids ages 7-11 will design and build Lego superhero vehicles and hideouts—then come up with ingenious ideas to save a city from the forces of conflict. They will also collaborate as a group to write, act in, and direct their own live-action superheroes vs. villains mini-movie! 

Also for kids ages 7-11 is the ultra-cool Pop Art & Music Camp! Kids will make their own age-appropriate music video, and a professionally-edited final version will be available for them to post online! Campers will also explore pop art and create their own based on the work of famous artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Stella, to name a few! Inspiration will come from food, music, products, and comics, and many mediums will be explored.

Libraries in Lone Tree, Castle Rock, and Parker
Mon.-Fri., March 18-22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Registration: $325 per camper
Phone: 303-791-7323


A reimagined telling of Peter Pan through the eyes and voice of Wendy, full of magic for children ages 3 years and older! Instead of a nursery, the children are in the backyard for a sleep-out one summer’s evening. Although it’s late, there’s a full moon, and Wendy just can’t get to sleep. So she begins to tell her brothers, John and Michael, the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up.

Slowly but surely they are drawn into the famous tale. They become Peter himself, as well as the villainous Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and the Crocodile with a ticking clock in his stomach. They fly, they swim, they sail and fight battles, and conjure up Neverland in their own backyard.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 303-841-4500

Friday, March 8

Nothing brings a community together like a talent show! Stars of Tomorrow is the Kiwanis Club of Castle Rock’s annual fundraiser—now in its 14th year! Performers are your neighbors and community members who have been practicing and studying their discipline for years in some cases! Don’t miss this family-friendly event that’s sure to be an evening of captivating entertainment.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 720-509-1000

They say laughter is the best medicine, and comedian Nancy Norton would know! She worked as a Registered Nurse for many years and brings hilarious tales and anecdotes from the healthcare world to her standup routine. 

Norton was the first woman to win the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival and is known for performing engaging and uniquely funny shows that connect with universal truths through her intuitive, authentic, high energy, fast-paced style. Join your friends at this neighborhood comedy night and enjoy an evening of laughs. 

Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15
Phone: 303-791-2500

Friday-Saturday, March 8-9

The classic Spielberg film about a family heartbroken by divorce and the lovable alien who brings hope back into their lives will screen in its entirety with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic! Whether this is your family’s first time seeing the movie or the fiftieth, it will be absolute magic seeing this masterpiece with the excitement of live music.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs              
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$75
Phone: 719-520-SHOW 

Friday-Sunday, March 8-10

A modern-day take on an enchanting fairy tale from olden times, Ben and the Magic Paintbrush is the story of Ben and Megan, an orphaned brother and sister, whose artistic talents catch the attention of a greedy villain, Mrs. Crawley. She has a scheme to make millions with a magic paintbrush and kidnaps Ben to help her with her plan. It’s up to Megan to rescue him, using the powers of kindness and bravery. This play is recommended for children ages 7 and over.

Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20
Phone: 719-634-5581

Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Fans of Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Odd Couple, already know the answer, but that shouldn’t stop you from witnessing the hilarity that ensues on stage!

Oscar Madison is a New York City sportswriter and first-class slob, and his best friend, Felix Unger, is an uptight neat-freak. When Felix’s wife kicks him out, he shows up on Oscar’s doorstep and they attempt a social experiment that seems doomed to fail—they decide to room together—and The Odd Couple is born.

Schoolhouse Theatre, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27
Phone: 303-261-5153

Saturday, March 9

Hard to imagine, but it’s time to start thinking about getting your kids registered for an awesome preschool at the Highlands Ranch Community Association. Spaces fill quickly, so be sure to sign up now to ensure your child has a place this fall. Preschool is open for one to five-year-olds, and staff will be on hand to answer all your questions!

Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Information: FREE
Phone: 303-471-8814

A fun way to spend Saturday afternoon with the family! This Music & Dance Party is recommended for children 3-5 years old, as well as their parents and older siblings! Rock out with shaker eggs! Decorate your own scarf! Dance the day away!

Parker Library, 20105 East Mainstreet, Parker
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE
Phone: 303-791-7323

The queen and kings of Rocky Mountain Country Soul are live on stage in Parker! As one of the most acclaimed Front Range bands, Bonnie Simms and “The Clydes” have been pioneering their unique sound for the past seven years. Their powerful and memorable live performances earned them Westword’s Best Country Band award in 2013 and 2014. 

The energetic connection the band makes with the audience is irresistible, and if this is your first Bonnie & the Clydes concert, get ready to become a lifelong fan!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $34-$39
Phone: 303-841-4500

The entire family will be enchanted by the world-renowned Russian music and dance group, Barynya, when they whirl into town with their folk-inspired stage show! More than just a song and dance performance, the group blends humor with a cultural education, incorporating traditional Russian instruments into their act, including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), balalaika contrabass, bayan accordion, Gypsy guitar, violin, and the domra. 

With beautiful handmade costumes from the region and era of each piece, Barynya is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. “Those fortunate enough to see Barynya can understand why the troupe is in such high demand” (The Telegram).

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $31-$45
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, March 10

A testament to extraordinary artists who succeeded because of—not in spite of—their unique physical, cognitive, or emotional abilities, Morph Masters: How Disability Made Famous Artists Awesome tells the stories of artists with adaptive abilities who were masters of their craft. 

Beethoven, Frida Kahlo, and Stevie Wonder are all examples of how disability can function as a creative asset in people’s lives and help us all to be empowered to live and create in our own unique ways. 

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 and 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5
Phone: 720-509-1000

Spring into Nature in Crystal Valley!

Entertainment and recreation options abound in master-planned community of Crystal Valley – with no shortage of walking paths and trails. You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities around Castle Rock. With beautiful model homes from Kauffman Homes, D.R. Horton, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.


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