What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, August 5-6, 2017

by Rachel Daly
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Don’t have any plans for the weekend? You do now! So many great events are happening this weekend in Boulder! Check out the take some time to enjoy art, ride a ferris wheel, see a thrilling aerial dance performance, enjoys some tacos and entertainment, watch cars get smashed up at the demolition derby, make a friendship bracelet and box, take your kids go-karting and so much more!! Happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

NoBo Art District First Friday Art Walk

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Photo Courtesy NoBo Art District Facebook Page

When: August 4

Where:  Along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36 (Follow the polka dots and pink flags.)

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

NoBo Art District’s First Friday is a FREE self-guided tour of artists’ studios and creative businesses in the NoBo Art District. Meet painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and other artists along your stroll through the area.  Attendees will also enjoy live music, demos and special activities in many locations. Located along Broadway from Pine Street to Highway 36.  Follow the polka dots and pink flags to find surprises around every corner. Guided walking tours led by a NoBo Art District member. will visit 4-5 NoBo artists in their studios at 6:30 pm at 4635 Broadway, ACE Community Art Gallery. Visit the NoBo Information Tent in front of Ace Community Art Gallery, 4635 Broadway for a map of the studios open for First Friday and for answers to any questions.

Boulder County Fair

When: July 28 – August 5

Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 10AM – 10PM (For carnival hours, click here.)

Cost: FREE (Parking is also FREE.)

Celebrating its 148th year, the Boulder County Fair, located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, is the longest running county fair in Colorado. The Boulder County Fair offers an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family with fun-filled events and activities like carnival rides and games, yummy food, music, demo derby and rodeos. For more information and complete schedule, click here.

Frequent Flyers® International Aerial Dance Festival 2017

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When: August 4-6

Where: Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: There are four performances, this weekend only! Evening performances will be held at 8PM on Friday, August 4 & Saturday August 5. Afternoon performances will be held at 2PM on Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6.

Cost: $24+, Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Boulder-based Frequent Flyers® presents the international Aerial Dance Festival — now in its 19th year — providing an opportunity for people from all walks of life to experience the joy of dancing in the air through classes and performances. One of the highlights of the Aerial Dance Festival is the unique and breathtaking Showcase Performance: Toward the Light. Featuring new and innovative work from ADF’s internationally renowned faculty – you will never see this mix of artists together anywhere else! Trapeze, lyra, fabric, invented apparatus and more.

Sanitas Taco Fest

When: Saturday, August 5

Where:  Sanitas Brewing, 3550 Frontier Ave Unit A, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Time: 2PM – 9PM

Cost: $15 GA ticket* ($20 at gate), $50 for VIP ticket** ($55 at gate), FREE for Kids 12 and under. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages, (must be ages 5-12 to use inflatable obstacle course)

Check out Boulder’s 1st Taco Fest! Presented by Sanitas Brewing Co and McDevitt Taco Supply, the festival will feature 20+ Exclusive Sanitas Beers, 40+ Gourmet McDevitt Tacos, Lucha Libre Wrestling, Live Music – featuring Paa Kow and Selassee & The Fafa Family. Kids (5-12) will enjoy the free inflatable obstacle course, pinatas (for all ages!), and more!

*General admission ticket includes entry into event with access to Lucha Libre Wrestling show and live music. Beer and Tacos are additional onsite. **VIP ticket Includes 5 tacos and 3 beers, VIP lounge in brewery with A/C, deck viewing of Lucha Libre wrestling, live music, and inside bathrooms.

2017 Demolition Derby

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Photo Courtesy Boulder County Fair

When: Saturday, August 5

Where:  Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd, Longmont, CO 80501

Time: 5PM – 9PM

Cost: $10/children, $20/adult, Children 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here.

Ages: All Ages

Engines roaring, cars crashing and smoke a-rolling — the Demolition Derby is coming to the Boulder County FairgroundsGo-Derby Promotions will bring 5 classes of full weld, limited weld class, compacts, 80’s and newer to the outdoor arena floor. The event is very popular and sure to entertain!

Make a Friendship Bracelet & Box for National Friendship Day

When: Sunday, August 6

Where:  WOW Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Avenue, Lafayette

Time: 12PM – 2PM

Cost: Activity is Free with Museum Admission. Admission Prices: Children (ages 1-11): $9, Adults: $5, Infants (under 1): Free, Members Always Play for Free!

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate National Friendship Day by making a friendship bracelet and decorate a box to give to a special friend. Just a short drive out of Boulder, the World of Wonder Children’s Museum in downtown Lafayette is a favorite for young children. Designed for interactive learning and play, WOW features a light & music room, an art room, a little clinic, a sandbox, a theatre area complete with costumes and stage and so much more! Kids can spend hours exploring this fun museum. There is a snack area with vending machines available.

Take the Kids to Gateway Park Fun Center

Where: 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Every day from 10AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary based on activity – view full pricing here.

Gateway Park Fun Center is a kid’s dream come true (and so fun for adults too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses — choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!!

The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. A snack bar is located inside. If that isn’t enough, Gateway also has a full golf driving range as well as a human maze.

Dinosaur Discoveries – Ancient Fossils, New Ideas

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When: Daily throughout August

Where: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd, Longmont, CO

Time: Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sundays 1 – 5 pm

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, Children 3 and under FREE, Museum members FREE

Ages: All Ages

Opening this summer at the Longmont MuseumDinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, is an engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like! Visitors will also get to see real bones from a T-Rex found in Littleton, authentic dinosaur tracks, and a soil sample of the K-T boundary, which shows the point in time 65 million years ago when many scientists believe the asteroid that caused mass extinction of the dinosaurs hit the Earth.

Kids can get their hands dirty excavating bones in our dinosaur dig pit, pretend they are part of the Jurassic Period in creative costumes, design their own dinosaur, assemble 3-D puzzles and more. In our courtyard, visitors can feed our brood of chickens – the feathered, living descendants of dinosaurs!

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