Buttery daffodils and greened-up lawns. Kids with their Easter baskets, and sometimes snow boots. Elves and fairy-winged folk roaming the streets of Boulder. Yes, these are a few of the much-loved rites of spring in our part of the world. Here’s a selection of some activities to celebrate the end of winter and the start of something magical: springtime in Colorado.
O’Brien Park Easter Egg Hunt – Apr. 4, 10:15am
The Easter Bunny is coming to Parker! Grab your favorite egg-hunters (ages 10 and younger) and head over to O’Brien Park for an egg hunt, children’s activity booths, snacks, and bounce houses. Be sure to bring your basket to collect all the goodies, and a camera, too, since the Bunny will be making a special appearance. Three separate hunts level the playing field: ages 0-3 at 10:15am, ages 4-6 at 10:40am and ages 7-10 at 11am. Free. Learn more.
High Flyin’ Fun Kite Festival – Apr. 12, 10am-3pm
You can BYOK, buy a kite there, or just kick back and watch the professionals create some aerial magic at Arvada’s free, annual kite celebration. And that’s not all. Kids can burn off energy with jump castles, train rides, face painting, balloon artists, hamster balls, and more. And everyone can enjoy dancing to the music of a DJ, listening to the Arvada Chorale, and exploring booths offering food, goods, and services. Free parking available, but biking or walking is encouraged. Stenger Soccer Complex in Arvada. Learn more.
Denver Botanic Gardens Free Day – Apr. 22, 9am-5pm
Celebrate Earth Day by exploring one of Denver’s most beautiful settings. Stop by the Botanic Gardens at York Street for the free eye candy or to get ideas for your own spring garden. This time of year is likely to showcase some of nature’s more delicate masterpieces, such as columbines, bellflowers, lily of the valley, irises, honeysuckle, and crabapples. But if you’d like to know for sure what’s currently in bloom, check out their handy Gardens Navigator here. Learn more.
Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival – Apr. 26, 1-5pm
Think of it as a springtime Halloween. A beautifully costumed Tulip Fairy leads hundreds of pint-sized fairies and elves around Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall as they “welcome the tulips.” A celebration of the 15,000 tulips that adorn the Pearl Street Mall, the Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival is a favorite springtime tradition that includes live stage performances, face painting, and free activities for children. Learn more.