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Kids, Parents and Seniors: Get Ready for Fun!

POSTED June 22, 2017

Kids, parents and seniors, you know its summertime when the things to do outside multiply like a trumpet vine! This weekend you can listen to the gut-busting blues of Hazel Miller, or the Rocky Mountain High of a John Denver sound-alike or groove to the purple jams of a Prince tribute artist! It’s a weekend of summer camp, music under the stars and more in the great outdoors near Castle Rock!


Kids, adults, seniors and goats (just kidding!) all turn out for an hour of outdoor yoga in the park. No previous yoga training or experience necessary, just come as you are and enjoy posing in the fresh air!

Philip S. Miller Park/Amphitheater, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
8:00 a.m.

Hazel Miller, whose career has spanned 38 years performing with groups like The Temptations and James Brown, will be backed by her seasoned musicians to deliver a barrage of soulful music. Fans of blues, R&B and gospel won’t want to miss Hazel’s powerful performance.

Discovery Park, Mainstreet and Pine Dr., Parker
6:00 p.m.

Friday, June 23

Is your child a budding gumshoe? Is super sleuthing in his or her future? The Douglas County Library’s weeklong, half-day detective camp will teach your child investigative skills including fingerprinting, problem-solving and more. Register here for ages 8 through 12.

Parker Library/Event Hall A/B, 20105 Mainstreet, Parker
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
COST: $150
Phone: 303-791-7323

Who are the Drinkin’ Bros? Mat Best, Jarred Taylor, Vincent Vargas and Ross Patterson are four friends and military vets who get together every week for a podcast and a drink. Their five-star comedy podcast is heard weekly on iTunes and has made the Top 100 list, with over one million downloads. This show is geared for adults only.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

Prince and James Brown tribute artist Lionel Young is back by popular demand with his amazing band to pay tribute to two rock ‘n’ roll’s legends. Lionel sold out in January, so don’t delay – book your tickets today! They’re going to party like it’s 1999 in a concert under the stars celebrating the music of rock royalty!

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60
Phone: 720-627-7175

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25

With meals and snacks, activities and history reenactments, you can drop the kids off or enjoy meals before VBS kicks into high gear. Kids (potty-trained through fifth grade) will experience the thrill of visiting an underground church and learn about first-century Rome. There’ll be a Roman marketplace, a chariot race, watchful Roman guards, the dark cave where the first Christians gathered and the amazing Paul, who shares his discoveries about God’s love.

Calvary Chapel Cherry Creek, 11234 E. Caley, Centennial
Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 903-413-8125

Saturday, June 24

Bike safety is the name of the game at this year’s sunny outdoor Bike Rodeo. Kids, bring your bikes and helmets and the Castle Rock Police officers will set up a cone course and “ride along” to discuss bike safety.

Miller Activity Complex, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Colorado Guitar Show and Custom Luthier Expo has become the leading buy-sell-trade event for new, used, custom-built and vintage collectible guitars in Colorado and the surrounding Western states. The event is open to the public and along with guitars, amplifiers, microphones, public address systems and recording gear will be on display and for sale in a safe, fun, family-friendly environment! Attendees are allowed to bring in ONE musical instrument to have appraised or to trade.

Lutheran High School, 11249 Newlin Gulch Blvd., Parker
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission: $5

The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum will conduct a walking tour of downtown Castle Rock the fourth Saturday of every month from June to September. Enjoy the sun and the outdoors in this 45-minute tour which begins at The Courtyard and finishes at the Castle Rock Museum (420 Elbert St.).

The Courtyard, 333 Perry St., Castle Rock 303-814-3164
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Phone: 303-814-3164

Bands will be entertaining festival crowds outdoors as attendees browse product and food vendors and enjoy art and music for free!

Civic Green Park, 9370 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park have invited Mark Cormican a songwriter, singer, and John Denver tribute artist to perform as a fund-raising event for the park this weekend. For the past 35 years, Mark has blessed audiences with his singing, song-writing and his genuinely sincere tribute to the late John Denver. Like John Denver, Mark has a way of relating to people through song, his love for the people and places he holds most dear. A valid Colorado state parks pass is required to enter the park.

Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 S. Highway 83, Franktown
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Donations appreciated

Theatre in the Park and Vintage Theatre present Rumpelstiltskin, an outdoor, interactive theatre adventure for the whole family! The miller’s daughter may be clever and beautiful, but that won’t save her from the wicked Rumpelstiltskin and his nasty games! Can she chase him out of the kingdom or will he steal her baby? It’s an acting event in the great outdoors this weekend!

Discovery Park, 19001 Mainstreet, Parker
2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Monday-Friday, June 26-30

Choose from a long list of art, cooking, science, robots, music, dance and theater camps at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Your grade school-age kids have lots of summer fun activities to choose from! Like this one:

If you know a fan of Minecraft, bring them to this camp where science and imagination collide, turning the popular video game into an exciting Minecraft world made out of paper. Using stop-motion animation, students will bring Steve, the creepers, animals, and more to life. Students will write, storyboard, shoot, and add voice-over in age appropriate groups to their projects. For kids ages 7-13. (The flix will be downloadable within a month after camp ends.)
Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker

1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $200-$220 (plus $30 supply fee)
Phone: 303-805-6800

Monday, June 26

Come to the library for the mother/daughter book club for girls in the fourth through sixth grades. Please only register your daughter, and to pick up your copy of The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, stop by the children’s department, soon!

Highlands Ranch Library, 9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Tuesday, June 27

Does your child love the arts? Kids will try a new medium each day during this weeklong, half-day camp, and bring home painted, wearable and sculpted masterpieces.

Camps costs include snacks and are designed for ages 6 through 12.

Register here.
Philip S. Miller Library/CR Bank Room, 100 S. Wilcox, Castle Rock
1:30-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-791-7323

Tuesday/Wednesday, June 27/28

The 2017 Summer Movie Express movies for a buck runs through July at the Regal theaters in Lone Tree with select titles playing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This week’s movies are The Secret Life of Pets and is Sing.

UA Meadows Stadium 12, 9355 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree
10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 28

Bike to Work Day is about the fun, fitness and eco-friendly results of commuting to work on bikes! The city encourages local residents to two-wheel it – not just to enhance city air quality by cutting down on vehicle congestion but also to get your blood pumping in the great outdoors! Other alternate modes of transportation – like walking and carpooling – also are encouraged.

Pedal over to the festivities at the Pavilion – food, drinks, prizes, music and fun with fellow bikers!

White Pavilion, 414 Perry St., Castle Rock
6:30-9:00 a.m.
Phone: 720-733-2473
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The National Geographic movie ROBOTS 3D is a sneak peek into the future at what might be possible as scientists use innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less “humanoid” and more just plain human. Robot “actor” RoboThespian will introduce you to CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, Herb the Butler, ICUB, and others as he takes you on an amazing tour of what’s going on in robotics labs around the world. (More summer films at CU South Denver, here!)

CU South Denver, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker
11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $11-$17
Phone: 303-315-9444

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