It really doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you were a student: September always feels like a month of transition. An ending to meeting up with friends at the pool. A beginning, perhaps, of a new school year. Always, a slight shift in the schedule—not unlike those gradually cooling temperatures and yellowing leaves. Here are a few suggested activities happening at Stepping Stone and beyond, all with one foot in summer and the other in the fall. Enjoy all the changes in this beautiful month.
Denver Firefighter Museum Free Day (Grandparent’s Day)– Sept. 5, 10am-4pm
Is your kid (or grandkid) starstruck by firetrucks? Here’s a delightful way to spend an end-of-summer day together. On Grandparent’s Day, kids with adults 65 years and older can enjoy free access to Denver’s original firehouse, built in 1909. Look forward to innovative, hands-on experiences; an insider view of the living quarters; all the gear (including kid-sized) and tools; and transportation dating from horse-drawn to modern. And from September 3-October 19, a special exhibit focuses on Denver’s immigrant firefighters. Learn more.
Labor Day at the Lantern House Pool– Sept. 7
We’ve had lots of fun in the sun this summer at Stepping Stone! But, alas, all good seasons must come to an end. Join your neighbors for one last splash at the Lantern House pool on Labor Day. The pool will be open regular hours, 6 a.m.—9 a.m., lap swim only; 9 a.m.—9 p.m., open swim.
Movie and a Martini: Stripes– Sept. 18, 5:30pm-10pm
This is no ordinary trip to the cinema. Held at the CU South Denver/Wildlife Experience, these events include two drinks (cocktails, beer, wine, or nonalcoholic beverages), hors d’oeuvres, popcorn, trivia, prizes, access to the museum exhibits, and the feature presentation. In celebration of Bill Murray’s 65th birthday, Stripes features his iconic performance along with Harold Ramis, John Candy, Judge Reinhold, and John Larroquette, proving that it takes more to be a soldier than just basic training. Adults $28, designated drivers $18. Learn more.
10th Annual Parker Oktoberfest– Sept. 19, 11am-8pm & Sept. 20, 10am-5pm
Don’t know your limburger from your lederhosen? Then by all means, immerse yourself in all things German at Parker’s tenth annual Oktoberfest. The family-friendly event will feature live German music, Bavarian dancers, a biergarten featuring three Paulaner beers and a premium Pilsner, delicious German food, competitions, and kid-friendly activities. Learn more.
$5 Day at The Butterfly Pavilion– Sept. 19
With indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Butterfly Pavilion can be a thrilling place to spend a September day. Especially at the price of only $5 per guest. The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster is a 30,000-square-foot home to more than 5,000 animals, including a tropical rainforest aflutter with 1,600 butterflies, plus an underwater world of sea creatures, and an outdoor garden and natural trail designed to attract other beneficial insects at all stages of their lives. Unlike a trip to the zoo, this gives you a chance to focus on nature’s smaller, but often breathtakingly beautiful, creatures. Learn more.
Motown 2 Jersey at Lone Tree Arts Center– Sept. 26, 8pm
Last season’s Motown performance at the Lone Tree Arts Center was such a smash, the show sold out! At this two-for-one treat, you’ll enjoy classic Motown hits when The Motones face off against classic Jersey doo-wops performed by The Jerseys for a “sing-off” concert. The best music from the 1960s, all in one night. Learn more.