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Spring is Springing Into Crystal Valley!

POSTED April 15, 2021

Castle Rock is blossoming with all kinds of spring activities—from Kentucky Derby party ideas to pay-what-you-can prom dress shopping! You can get out in nature with a special Earth Day willow planting event or take the family on a backcountry Campfire Hike!


Learning how to become a Cubist painter is natural for 5-12 year-olds! They’ll get to make their own self-portrait on a real canvas board, just like Picasso! You’ll be so impressed with the result that it will hang in a prized place in your home.

Kidcreate Studio Parker, 19539 Hess Rd., Parker
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Register: $16-$18
Phone: 303-731-6801

Get ready to celebrate the Kentucky Derby by learning how to create a “Derby at home” event! You’ll learn how to make a perfect Mint Julep and Spire, both classic Derby cocktails. Be sure to go shopping first so you’ll have all the ingredients on hand.

Even better, if you are able to swing by the Eastridge Recreation Center in advance, you can pick up some real Julep cups! Just email in advance if you wish to come by to pick them up.

HRCA Livestream
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-791-4100

If you’re a PACE Center member, you can join this FREE virtual comic-strip-creating workshop with cartoonist Stan Yan! The presentation culminates in each member creating their own comic strip along with interactive live drawing tips.

If you’re not a PACE member yet, this is a great time to join since this event is open ONLY to members. You can become a member for as little as $50 per year!

PACE Center Online
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE (for PACE Members)

Thursday-Sunday, April 15-18

Every girl dreams about prom and the perfect prom dress. Even if your daughter’s high school prom doesn’t happen this year, she can still dress up and have her own celebration. Sign up for a private appointment to shop for the perfect dress.

The mission is for every girl to find her dream dress—that’s why this event is offered as “pay what you can.” Choose from almost 600 dresses in all sizes and styles and find the dress that makes her feel as special as she is. Registration for fitting appointment is required.

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
Thurs./Fri., 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. (by appointment); Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Register: “Pay What You Can”

Saturday, April 17

Take some time to give back a little of the bounty that nature gives to you! Help with harvesting and planting willows along East Plum Creek Trail at crossings that were disturbed as a result of the recent construction for the southern extension of the trail between South Perry Street and Crystal Valley Parkway.

Keeping social distancing in mind, volunteer teams will be divided up into three different locations—you’ll find out which location you’re assigned after you register.

East Plum Creek Trail, 734-970 Meadows Pkwy., Castle Rock
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-814-7456

That cheerful, cheeky blue tank engine, Thomas, will be the inspiration for great works of art! Your 18-month to 6-year-old child will love creating paintings of the little blue engine, and you can design right along with them!

This workshop requires that all children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

Kidcreate Studio Parker, 19539 Hess Rd., Parker
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Register: $16-$18
Phone: 303-731-6801

If you have even one twig of Scottish in your family tree, you’ll want to find out how to thoroughly research Scotland’s resources! Check out this helpful FREE workshop from Castle Rock’s Genealogy Society where you’ll find a bunch of new websites to explore to find out more about your family history.

Castle Rock Genealogy Society Online
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

You’ll be glad you made the visit to your local DCL branch this Saturday since all Douglas County Libraries are holding a special springtime Pick-Me-Up! There will be fun activities and giveaways for all ages (while supplies last).

Even better, there will be a Grand Prize random drawing each week  — registration for each event automatically enters you into that week’s drawing!

Douglas County Libraries
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

Get out in the wilderness, join a hike guided by a naturalist, and gather around a campfire to roast marshmallows and sing some songs! Kids will love the fresh air and a chance to meet some of the resident barnyard animals. You’ll love the peace and quiet.

Backcountry Wilderness Area, 6005 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch 
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Register: $7-$10
Phone: 303-471-7052

Saturday-Sunday, April 17-18

Bid adieu to a year no one will miss. After not being able to perform live for almost a year, Colorado Ballet presents their Season Finale—as a live performance or as a livestream!

The program is full of variety with new works choreographed by Colorado Ballet’s dancers, as well as classical variations, pas de deux, and contemporary ensemble pieces. Live streams of every performance will also be available for anyone who is unable to attend in-person.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m., Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

Sunday, April 18

Bring the family along to scout for the best of the new season’s produce and other Farmers’ Market goodies! Be sure to bring plenty of bags because you’re sure to find a plethora of tempting, good-for-you ingredients for this week’s dinners! 

Town Center, 9288 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Information: FREE 

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