It’s Valentine’s Weekend in Castle Rock!
Show all the sweethearts in your life how much you care! This weekend, there are plenty of Valentine’s Day events going on to treat everyone from the tiniest tot in your family to your one and only Significant Other! From comedy to theatre to children’s dance and opera to the most romantic music imaginable, you are sure to find the perfect activity for that special someone!
TODAY/TONIGHT, February 13
Show yourself how much you care with a fun and healthy outdoor excursion! Take a hike—a FREE backcountry hike that’s just moments from home but feels like you’re away from it all! Walk the dirt roads in the reserved part of the Backcountry Wilderness Area on a relaxed, guided excursion. Bring along some binoculars for some wildlife spotting! The event is free, but registration is required.
Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday, February 13-15
VALENTINE’S COMEDY PACKAGES
Spend Valentine’s Day in a different way—sharing laughter with the one you love! Special packages are available with add-ons to the show, including a dozen roses and/or a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
With or without the extras, comedian John Heffron will have you loving the evening with his amusing and extensive material. He arrived on the national comedy scene when he won the second season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Since then, he’s made two half-hour specials for Comedy Central Presents. He’s also appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late Late Show, and Chelsea Lately.
Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:15 and 9:45 p.m.
Thursday – Sunday, February 13-16
LAST WEEKEND TO ICE SKATE
Hard to believe, but everyone’s favorite winter activity is winding down this weekend. Rink at the Rock’s final day is President’s Day—Monday, February 17. So bring the family out and meet up with friends for one more lap around the ice rink!
The White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock
Thurs., 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri., 4:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 14
TREAT YOUR LITTLE SWEETHEARTS
What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with your little ones, as they decorate cookies and play at the innovative new children’s play spot? Open to kids from ages 1-8, Play Street Museum is the perfect place for your kids to have fun imagining and pretending in the town square or exploring the many interactive exhibits and kids’ activities. The special Valentine’s Day event will make the experience even sweeter!
Play Street Museum, 9370 S. Colorado Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
This special concert of symphonic works, all of which were composed by women, is Parker Symphony Orchestra’s way of celebrating (a little early) National Women’s History Month in March.
These stunning but lesser-know works from the time of Mozart through the twentieth century will astound you in their beauty and complexity. One particular composer, Florence Price, is also part of February’s Black History Month. As a gifted black woman, her story of the obstacles she had to overcome is made even more poignant by the beauty of her music. The program includes Overture in C by Fanny Mendelssohn, Rissolty Rossolty by R.C. Seeger, J. Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, Mississippi River Suite by Florence Price, O Virtus Sapientie by Hildegard von Bingen, and Overture to Der Schulkandidat by Maria Theresia von Paradis.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Friday – Saturday, February 14-15
SYMPHONY AT THE SPEAKEASY
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in a retro way! This jazzy concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic features the sounds of the golden age of swing! With a speakeasy atmosphere, the music of Irving Berlin, Louis Armstrong, and other legends will transport you to an intoxicating night reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties.
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Saturday, February 15
HANSEL AND GRETEL AS AN OPERA
The whole family will love this kid-friendly introduction to opera with a familiar fairy tale! The professional opera company, Opera Colorado, is back in the neighborhood with a performance that’s accessible to all. This children’s opera production of the classic fairy-tale is designed specifically with younger children and their families in mind. No scary elements—the witch is wonderfully wacky—and Hansel and Gretel come up with inventive ways to escape from her gingerbread cottage.
The opera is sung in English and staged traditionally, so even the youngest audience members will be able to follow the story. After the performance, you’ll receive a gingerbread cookie recipe, Hansel and Gretel coloring pages, crayons, and a sticker from Parker’s newest book store, Books Are Awesome!
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
BULL RIDING CHALLENGE
The most exciting of rodeo events stands alone in this exhibition of sheer guts and skill. This contest is for both bull-riders and the bulls! Bull-riders will compete for a grand prize to see who can remain the longest on the back of the bucking bull. And more than 100 bulls will be scored individually, even if the rider doesn’t stay on for the required eight seconds. The owner of the winning bull will also be awarded a prize.
Everyone’s favorite activity involves mini-bulls and young bull-riders who hope to win a prize of their own. This is great family entertainment, complete with a wide variety of food, merchandise, and entertainment vendors, including a mechanical bull and pony rides!
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
PARENT’S NIGHT OUT
Just in time for Valentine’s weekend—you can enjoy a romantic evening out, knowing that the kids will have a fun night out of their own! Impact Taekwondo, the area’s martial arts school, will feed, entertain, and exhaust your children! During this Parents Night out, kids will play games, eat pizza, watch a movie, and make cool crafts. This event is open to kids ages 5-12.
Impact Taekwondo, 2201 Wildcat Reserve Pkwy. #C9, Highlands Ranch
4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
A PLAY ABOUT LOVE LETTERS
Even better than roses or a candlelit dinner, this brand-new intimate theatre event is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Cherokee Castle is the elegant setting for Love Letters, a Pulitzer-nominated play about a lifelong romance between a man and a woman who are physically separated. Only the reading of their love letters, spanning 50 years, reveals their shared hopes, ambitions, dreams, disappointments, victories and defeats.
The Vintage Theatre Company has produced this moving tribute to the power of love. Dessert and a castle tour are included!
Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
FROM VENICE WITH LOVE
It doesn’t get any more romantic than this! Italian songstress Giada Valenti brings the poetry of her hometown of Venice to this magical performance. Like a gondola gliding through a quiet canal, Valenti’s voice will take you and your Valentine on a romantic journey. The evening of song pays tribute to iconic female singers like Karen Carpenter, Edith Piaf, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Dusty Springfield, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley Bassey, Gloria Estefan, Selena, Ornella Vanoni, Mina, and more. Broadway World promises, “It’s a show that will make you fall in love with love again.”
Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Sunday, February 16
FAIRYTALE DANCE SUITE
Ballet Ariel mixes it up with a dance extravaganza that brings to life a whole host of fairytale characters! Children of all ages, along with their parents, will be delighted to see Beauty and the Beast, Pavane of Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Empress of the Pagoda, and The Fairy Garden performing on the dance stage. The spectacular finale is when the Prince wakes Sleeping Beauty with a kiss—followed by a Fairy Tale Tea Party in the lobby!
Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Cupid’s Always Near Crystal Valley!
There’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day and Night things to do near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! You can eat out, eat in, get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.