Naturally, Valentine’s Day gets all the headlines this month. But the reality is that plenty of short, wintry days on either side of the 14th deserve a little love, too. Here are five suggestions for fun ways to spend time with the people you care about, both before and after the big day, right here at Stepping Stone and beyond.
A Chocolate Affair-Feb. 4, 11am-2pm
Chocoholics, we’re talking to you. Head up to Olde Town Arvada for a day of all things cacao. Explore the streets of this historic, charming town while sampling more than 15 kinds of chocolate treats for $1 each. (And since it’s a fundraiser, excess can be guilt-free.) Tasting locations include the library, Rising Church, the Historical Society, and several Olde Town merchants. There’s a chocolate treasure hunt, too. Learn more.
Inside the Orchestra: Tiny Tots-Feb. 8 & Feb. 18
Immerse your kids in the magic of live professional music. Tailored to children ages six and under, Tiny Tots seats the audience on the floor and surrounds them with a 30+ piece professional orchestra. The conductor interacts with children, teaching them about the music while the kids can move, respond, and get an up-close-and-personal demo of the instruments. Live performances by the Central City Opera Ensemble Artists, too. Held at Mile High Church on Feb. 8 and History Colorado on Feb. 18 (petting zoo and free museum admission included). Tickets $9.95. Learn more.
Movie & Martinis: Casablanca-Feb. 10, 6pm-10pm
Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend with Bogie and Ingrid sizzling on the big screen at CU South Denver. Along with enjoying this Academy Award-winning, classic WWII romance, your evening will include two drinks, dinner, popcorn, and ballroom dancing. Tickets $36. Options are available for hotel stays with transportation, gift, and breakfast. Learn more.
Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day 5K/10K-Feb. 11, 10am
Less than 10 minutes from Stepping Stone, this signature Parker Parks and Recreation race/walk begins at Bar CCC Park. Registered participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, post-race pancake breakfast, and a chance to win prizes. Following the race is a free dash for kids aged 8 and under. Learn more.
Grand Opening: Stonewalk Collection Model-Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.
What can you expect from Shea Homes’ latest collection of new home designs? You can expect to find a home that meets your every need. The five spacious plans, including a ranch and main-floor master, in the Stonewalk Collection range in size from approx.. 3,100 to 4,100 square feet and offer exceptional open-concept living. Head out to Stepping Stone on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. to tour these beautifully decorated homes. If you can’t make it out on Saturday, Shea’s model homes are open 7 days a week. Learn more.