What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Weekend, May 20-21 2017

by Rachel Daly
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Family fun at Upslope’s FREE music festival, Learn about the Chemistry of Energy, Learn about migratory birds at Walk in the Wild, Celebrate plants and insects alike at the Butterfly Pavilion’s Bloomapalooza, Watch hot air balloons launch and enjoy a town fair at Erie’s Town Fair and Balloon Festival, and Practice yoga with dairy goats at the Vali Soul Sanctuary! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder.

Upslope Get Down

Photo Courtesy of the Upslope Facebook Page

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: Upslope’s Flatiron Park brewery, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 1PM – 10PM (Kids Zone from 2PM – 6PM)

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages (Under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian)

Upslope is hosting the 4th annual Upslope Get Down, a FREE music fest with Upslope beer, food trucks, a kids zone, art, vendors and more on Saturday, May 20th from 1:00-10:00 pm at Upslope’s Flatiron Park brewery. The Kids Zone will run from 2PM – 6PM, featuring a rock wall, face painting, games and more! The day will be filled with music on three different stages (see music schedule below). Upslope is partnering with Protect Our Winters as this year’s event beneficiary with a portion of profits being donated to their cause. Protect Our Winters is a passionate crew of diehards, professional athletes and industry brands mobilizing the outdoor sports community to lead the charge towards positive climate action. They focus on educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism.

Music Schedule:


Chemistry of Energy

Photo Courtesy of the CU Wizard website

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: CU Cristol Chemistry & Biochemistry, 1606 Central Campus Mall, Boulder, CO, Room 140

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Cost: FREE

Ages: 5 – 18

Join CU Wizards Professor Steve George for another lively Saturday morning of educational fun! The Chemistry of Energy will tell you more about where all your energy comes from and where it goes! Be sure to eat a good breakfast…because rumor has it that Professor Goerge’s Cookie Oven will be at the show filled with…well, what else? ENERGY! CU Wizards lectures are free STEM shows appropriate for elementary and middle school students who love learning about science and nature. Students, families and teachers are encouraged to attend.


Walk in the Wild! International Migratory Bird Day

Photo Courtesy of Environment for the Americas

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, Jay Rd and 75th St, Suite N, Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All Ages

Kids will love the 8th annual Walk in the Wild event in Boulder, a great way to learn more about birds and have fun in the great outdoors. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by visiting the event’s education stations, go on a guided bird walk, and meet raptors in the hand. Feeling crafty? Paint a bird for our Flock project. Free food and much more. This event is free, but also serves as a fundraiser for habitat restoration. All of the proceeds from this event are returned to Boulder County to purchase native flowers, shrubs, and trees that will be planted in Boulder County open spaces.


what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo Courtesy of the Butterfly Pavilion

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost: All special activities included in general admission: Adults – $11.00; Westminster Resident – $9, Seniors (65+) – $9.00, Children (2 – 12) – $7.00, Children (under 2) – Free

Ages: All Ages

Join the Butterfly Pavilion for Bloomapalooza, a nature-filled extravaganza celebrating the wonder of flowers and the pollinators who make their growth possible. Learn how to turn your backyard into a haven for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with hands-on gardening activities led by experts, and take home your very own seeds and plants from our Plant Sale, equipped with planting instructions and garden design guides. Witness a ladybug release, and explore plant diversity through a guided Garden Safari, a tropical scavenger hunt, a Plant Petting Zoo, and more.


Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival

Photo Courtesy of Justin Reed, Erie Chamber of Commerce Website

When: Friday, May 19, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21

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: Balloons launch at 6:15 each morning, Daytime activities on Saturday 10AM – 9PM (Event details below)

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

21st 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.

Saturday, May 20, the Town Fair will host vendors from 10:00 am – 4:00pm at Coal Creek Park. Garage Rats Car Club will be hosting the Car Show. Activities continue in the park from 4:00pm-9:00pm. 6 pm – 9 pm, Live Band-Chris Daniels & The Kings and don’t miss the fabulous Balloon Glow at 9:15pm, as well as fireworks to conclude the day’s festivities.

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga

what to do with kids in boulder this weekend

Photo By: Julia Vandenoever, Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga Event Page

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Where: Vali Soul Sanctuary, 6717 Valmont Road Boulder, CO 80301

Time: 10 AM & 11AM Classes Available

Cost: Kids $15, Adults $25: Purchase tickets here.

Ages: All Ages

Vanessa Vitali and Mountain Flower Goat Dairy, are combining yoga with friendly dairy goats at the Vali Soul Sanctuary. Your children will love the baby goats who are full of curiosity, love attention and love to watch humans practice yoga poses. They’re cute, furry and are ready to frolic.

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