Spring Break Things to Do!

For students in the St. Vrain Valley School District spring break is fast approaching! Students will be off from March 25-29, 2019, and back in school on April 1. If you’re planning a staycation, here are a few things to do in Boulder, Lafayette and Denver to keep the entire family engaged and entertained!

Art, Insects and Butterflies

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, 6252 W. 104th Avenue, Westminster

 Kids love a place where they can learn and examine 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, hold Rosie the famous tarantula in the Crawl-A-See-Em, dive into the wonder of the coral reef and other ocean invertebrates at the Water’s Edge and witness the incredible punch of the mantis shrimp in the Invertebrate World. The five exhibit areas (four indoor exhibit halls and outdoor gardens and nature trails) each provide a unique interactive experience. Plus, the talented exhibit staff and fascinating technology help visitors learn about and explore these amazing plants and creatures.

Boulder Arts Week, Theaters, Galleries and Museums

Boulder Arts Week starts on Friday, March 29 with so many plays (Seven Revels), exhibitions (Everyday Magic in Mixed Media), performances (Boulder Chamber Orchestra) and screenings (Colorado Women Arts Pioneers) – you’ll find something to watch, learn about and/or listen to the entire weekend before the siren song of school beckons you back to Erie. You can even enjoy the Boulder International Film Festival shorts, take in a Taiko class, learn about French cooking or enjoy the clean Emmy-nominated comedy of Chonda Pierce.

The Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Avenue Pkwy, Denver

With exhibitions like Stampede: Animals in Art and The Incubation Effect, a larger-than-life immersive “insect nursery,” plus art-making activities to interest and engage, you can step into spring with the whole family at the Denver Art Museum (DAM).

In the Print Studio you’ll learn about printmaking and how to create your own original prints using the magic of a reverse imaging and how to make the most of multiples. Other hands-on art-making options include Create-n-Takes, plus gallery games and activities which are open every day from March 16 to 31, 2019.

You can also catch special performances of the family-friendly play, Art Emergency at 11:00 a.m. every weekday. The play is fast-paced and funny and gives amazing insight into some of the most popular artworks at the DAM.

All spring break activities are included in general admission, free for kids 18 and younger. For details, call 720-913-0130.

Fly Through the Air

If you like the idea of climbing, walking, sliding and flying through the air, this next to do is for you.

Mid-Air Adventures, 9499 Washington Street, Suite 100, Thornton
Mid-Air Adventures offers a safe, active and joyfully unique experience for visitors of all ages. The 12,000-square foot facility offers giant swings, zip lines, a 20-foot climbing wall, rope bridges, slides and a toddler area for the under three set. Participants are fitted with harnesses and given verbal guidelines and safety instructions by trained staff to squeeze maximum delight out of their journeys through the air. You can join the kids on a shared mid-air adventure, or let the trained staff safely care for your young ‘uns while you capture the photos and video memories.

Spring Family Ski-cation

For many families, spring break marks the last time the entire brood can take advantage of ski season and play together during the week. While we’ve had a spate of new snow, with the warmer days approaching, some resorts offer discounts on passes to help boost lift-ticket sales. Some even include lodging packages or an extra day with a minimum purchase.

Pick a hill you’ve never skied on or revisit your favorite slopes while you check out tourist-friendly towns when you’re not schussing and carving up the mountain snow. Visit Colorado.com for a round-up of overnight deals or Denver.org for details on fun day-trips like the Winter Park ski train, which departs from downtown Denver’s busy Union Station.

Fly-Fishing Day Trips

For teens and adults, a different kind of half-or-full day getaway is the fly-fishing adventure hosted by Aspire Tours. This all-inclusive tour involves moderate to strenuous hiking and includes all the gear, snacks, bottled water, park fees and transportation you’ll need. If you don’t already have a Colorado State Fishing license you’ll need to get one (available online) and don’t forget a tip for your gracious and well-prepared guides. 

It’s not a cheap experience – for a full-day of fishing, a group of four teens and adults will pony up almost $2,000. But the tour is on private land and the scenic drive plus access to world-class fishing waters is an unforgettable day on the water. The streams and rivers offer an unparalleled opportunity to unplug from the hullabaloo of weekly work life and enjoy the best the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

We Break for Spring 

Colliers HillWe long for spring break and totally take advantage of it in Colliers Hill. Close to lots of activities, the brand new homes are situated within minutes of historic downtown Erie, and are close to Boulder, Denver and mountain playgrounds! Plus, just look at this view! Explore our amenities and the amazing models and move-in ready homes from Richmond American Homes, Shea Homes and Meritage Homes. Available in ranch or two-story designs and priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.