DENVER - Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend.
Thursday - Saturday
Chainsaws and Chuckwagons
What: Witness chainsaw art from start to finish, as master carvers turn ordinary logs into unique pieces of art. The wood chips start flying Wednesday morning on Main Street and will continue through Saturday, when the public is invited to vote for their favorite. Take advantage of the live music and food trucks, or “chuckwagons” that will set up each evening. The event wraps up Saturday with more live music, food, the CO Craft Beer Round Up, and kid’s activities.
Where: Crist Park, 105 5th Street, Frederick, Colo.
When: Thursday and Friday: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m. (Watch carving each day 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Admission: Free (Food and drink available for purchase.)
What: Butterflies have headed south for the summer. The Butterfly Pavilion’s seasonal butterfly house is open at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. This one-of-a-kind butterfly experience features hundreds of butterflies native to Colorado, as well as over 50 indigenous Colorado plant species. Note this exhibit requires a separate admission ticket.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, Colo.
When: Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Butterfly exhibit open through October. Check website for periodic closure dates.)
Admission: $4 – Non-Members; $2 – Denver Botanic Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion Members; Kids 2 years and under are free. Non-Members also required to pay Chatfield Farms entry fee of $5 per vehicle.
What: Bring the kids to explore and climb on their favorite big rigs and meet some hometown heroes. Fire engines, police cars, construction trucks, a dump truck, and even a Batmobile. Throw in a couple bounce houses and this will be a day the kids will remember.
Where: Cherry Hills Community Church Parking Lot, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
When: Saturday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Admission: Free (Some activities have a small fee.)
What: Travel back in time to the Jurassic period as you ride the historic steam locomotive, following the dinosaur tracks around the Museum’s 15-acre rail yard. Kids will also enjoy sifting through sand in search of fossils, constructing dinosaur bone puzzles, and other prehistoric activities.
Where: Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, Colo.
When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Train departs every 30 minutes. Admission includes unlimited rides.)
Admission: $15 – Adults; $10 – Seniors; $5 – Kids. Members and kids under 2 years are free.
What: The Mile High City is home to a myriad of people representing countries and cultures from around the world. This free family-friendly event will celebrate the international flavors, music and art found right in our own backyard. Featuring food from over 30 restaurants and food trucks, a beer garden, vendors and live music and performances from around the world. Plus cultural displays, a kid’s village and more.
Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Avenue, Denver, Colo.
What: Craft brews and barbeque seem to go hand in hand. You’ll be able to sample from a huge variety of craft brews and get your barbeque fix as well. Plus arts and crafts, live music and games. (Note kids are welcome but there will be limited activities to keep them entertained.)
Where: Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada, Colo.
When: Saturday: 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Admission: $5 – Adults; Kids 12 years and under are free.