Boulder Kids Weekend Guide: May 19 – 20, 2018

by Rachel Daly
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The final weekend of the school year before summer begins… Take the family to Erie’s hot air balloon festival, check out the brand new Museum of Boulder, or enjoy some ballet, live music, arts and crafts, and even golfing for a good cause! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Museum of Boulder Building Dedication & Block Party

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Photo Courtesy Museum of Boulder

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Where: Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 1PM – 5PM (Details below)

Cost: FREE

Visit the brand new Museum of Boulder for its Building Dedication and Block Party! The Block Party will take place in the parking lot from 1-3PM with musical performances, kids activities, historical photo booth, community art projects and more. Performances by: Block 1750,  Kids House of Joy,  Gabriel Angelo and Samba Colorado. Building Dedication + Ribbon Cutting at 2PM. The Building will open to the public at 2:30PM. All are invited to come in and check out the museum’s exhibits for free: Da Vinci Machines, Sportsology, Discover NASA and the spectacular view from the rooftop patio.

Boulder Ballet’s Performance of Giselle

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Photo Courtesy Dairy Arts Center

When: May 18 – 20, 2018

Where: The Gordon Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Friday & Saturday at 7:30PM, Sunday at 2:00PM

Cost: $22 – $30, Tickets available here.

The Boulder Ballet will be performing one of the oldest continuously performed ballets, Giselle at the Dairy Arts Center. Giselle is about a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s great love frees him from their grasp. Music by French composer Adolphe Adam (1806-1856). Choreography after Marius Petipa.

Bloomapalooza at Butterfly Pavilion

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Photo Courtesy Butterfly Pavilion

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time: 9AM – 5PM

Cost: $8 – $12 Bloomapalooza included with general admission. Tickets available here.

Explore the sights, smells, textures and tastes of plants from around the world and get inspired to conserve them at Butterfly Pavilion‘s Bloomapalooza! The event includes a pollinator plant sale, hands-on gardening activities, incredible plant and animal encounters, delectable tastings in our beer & mead garden featuring Wonderland Brewery and Queen Bee Brews, and much more! This is event is included with General Admission and is great for all ages.

5th Annual Upslope Get Down

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Photo Courtesy Upslope Brewing Company

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Where: Upslope Flatiron Brewery, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 2PM – 10PM

Cost: FREE Music Fest. Advance Beer Ticket Package $15, VIP Ticket Package $65. Tickets available here.

Upslope Brewing Company is hosting the 5th Annual Upslope Get Down, presented by Flatirons Subaru — a FREE music fest with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art, vendors and more. Enjoy a day full of live music on 3 stages, featuring ORGŌNEGuerrilla FanfareTenth Mountain DivisionThe Jive TribeSteepland String BandKessel Run  and Boot Gun. 21+ event; however, the event is family friendly! Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Please leave your four-legged friends at home. For all the details, click here.

Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

Photo Courtesy of Justin Reed, Erie Chamber of Commerce Website

When: May 18 – 20, 2018

Where: Balloon Launches: Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie
Town Fair & Balloon Glow: Historic Downtown Erie & Coal Creek Park, 575 Kattell, Erie

Time: 10AM – 9PM

Cost: FREE

22nd Annual Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival hosts over 200 craft and food vendors; performances on stage at Coal Creek Ball Park offer a variety of entertainment by local groups, carnival games and hot air balloons. Hot air balloons launch at 6:15 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Colorado National Golf Club, 2700 Vista Parkway, Erie. Hot Air Balloon Launch for Saturday has been cancelled due to weather. The fair will go on as scheduled. Saturday, May 19, the Town Fair will host vendors from 10:00PM – 4:00PM at Coal Creek Park. Garage Rats Car Club will be hosting the Car Show. Don’t miss the fabulous Balloon Glow at 9:15pm, as well as fireworks to conclude the day’s festivities.

Louisville Kids to Park Day 2018

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When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Where: Cottonwood Park, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 10AM – 1PM

Cost: FREE

Get out of the house and have some fun with nature activities at Louisville’s Cottonwood Park!  Kids will learn about environmental stewardship, learn to use binoculars, and interactive activities such as compass and navigation skills, casting animal tracks, and looking at animal pelts in a nature setting. The goal of Kids to Parks Day is to connect kids of all ages to parks; to enjoy the outdoors, learn from these wonderful outdoor classrooms, and instill the importance of stewardship. Kids to Parks Day engages parks across the country including local, state and national parks, and public lands and waters.

Weaving & Spinning at Boulder Public Library

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Photo Courtesy Boulder Public Library and Perennial Fiber Arts Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Where: BLDG 61 Makerspace, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: 2PM – 5PM

Cost: FREE Register here.

Boulder Public Library‘s BLDG 1 Makerspace is offering a rigid heddle looms & spinning wheels class with expert weaver Stephanie Flynn-Sokolov. In addition, there will be a make-and-take project weaving yarn on upcycled bike parts. BLDG 61 will provide materials and overview, feel free to bring your own looms or projects for consultation and technique tips. Youth 13 years old and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult, registration suggested but not required. Register here. Generously sponsored by the Boulder Library Foundation.

Tee Off for Teagan II in Louisville

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Photo Courtesy Teagan Tough

When: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Where: Coal Creek Golf Course, 585 W Dillon Rd, Louisville, CO 80027

Time: 10AM – 12PM

Cost: To compete: $10/3 balls, $15/6 balls. Raffle tickets for $5

Golf for a great cause at the 2nd Annual Tee Off for Teagan! This family-friendly outing will include giveaways, a raffle drawing, contests (and prizes!) for closest to Teagan (a target sign), longest drive, and closest to the hole. Trophies to be awarded in kid (12 + under) and adult categories. No golfing knowledge or experience needed to participate! Kids clubs are provided and everyone is invited to come and hit a few balls around the driving range and putting green. To compete: $10/3 balls, $15/6 balls. Raffle tickets for $5 – must be present to win (prize packs, golf accessories, museum tickets, and up to $100 in gift certificates to Sweet Spot Cafe). All proceeds to benefit NephCure Kidney International on behalf of Teagan Tough. NKI is the organization that is dedicated to funding research for better treatments to fight FSGS.

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