Ticket Give Away: Magic Flute by the Boulder Opera

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 7.50.37 PMBoulder Opera is back this holiday season with a family-friendly one-hour version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. There are six opportunities to see this exciting production: Broomfield Auditorium on December 8th at 11am and 2pm or the Nomad Theatre in Boulder on Friday, December 13th at 10:30am and 4pm or Sunday, December 15th at 12pm and 3pm. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. Want to win a pair of tickets? Head to the bottom of the page to learn how to win or see Boulder Families on Facebook.

Mozart’s famous German singspiel, or opera-play, “The Magic Flute,” tells a charming, fantastic story that includes a bird seller, a dragon, a captured princess, a prince who wants to rescue her, an evil Queen of the Night, a priest and, of course, a magic flute. The plot is intricate but engaging and the music is beautiful and memorable. You won’t be able to stop humming Papageno’s theme song! Lasting approximately an hour with a question and answer period after the show, The Magic Flute is the perfect introductory opera for children who love stories, singing, and acting. Professional singers and a live chamber orchestra bring an authentic and exciting opera experience to children and parents alike.

The dialogue will be in English and main characters Papagena and Monostatos will narrate the story while inviting lots of audience participation. There is even a chance to dress as a dragon! The performance is probably most appropriate for children ages 3 and older.

Want a chance to win tickets? Here’s how you do it…

We will pick a winner out of all those who comment here and like Boulder Families on Facebook by midnight on November 18, 2013.

Boulder Family Events: November 8 to 14, 2013

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Find a listing of fun family-friendly events and happenings around Boulder right here each Friday!

Friday, November 8

Saturday, November 9

  • FREE Day at the Longmont Museum
  • The Liquid Crystal Wizard’s Show. A great CU program teaching kids the love and magic of science! These are free presentations that are always fun. Aimed at kids 5th grade and up, but all welcome! CU’s Duane G1B30 at 9:30am.
  • Dance Bridge Showcase. Fun, free, family dance showcase! Boulder’s annual “Dance is for Every Body!” showcase is a rich harvest of regional dance. Equal parts entertainment and education, the showcases feature local dance groups participating in 5 – 15 minute, family-friendly presentations. The one hour showcase is FREE and open to the public. 3:00pm at the Meadows Branch Library.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Disfrute con sus hijos cuentos, rimas y canciones del segundo, cuarto y (cuando sea aplicable) del quinto sábado del mes. Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs with your children in English and Spanish. 10:15am at the Main Boulder Library.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, November 10

Monday, November 11

  • BVSD Day Off. What are you planning? A day at the Valmont Bike Park? A hike? Time with friends? An art project? 
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, November 12

  • Lap Babies at the Main Boulder LibraryBabies (birth-12 months) and their caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to babies up to 12 months of age; no older children please.

Wednesday, November 13

  • Science Discovery Teen Cafe: Extreme Weather. Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting. Free food is served! 6:00 to 7:30pm. RSVP at the link above.
  • Cruisers & Crawlers at the Main Boulder LibraryCrawlers and beginning toddlers (9-24 months) explore language and books with their caregivers in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to crawlers and beginning toddlers up to 24 months of age; no older children please.
  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, November 14

  •  What’s happening today? 

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #halloween

Boulder Family Events: October 25 to 31, 2013

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Wondering what to do this week? Check out this list of fun family-friendly events and happenings around town!

Friday, October 25

  • Jeepers Creepers–Halloween Fun In Nature! Explore the mysterious worlds of our favorite Open Space and Mountain Parks Halloween creatures, the bat, the bear, the owl and lion. Naturalists will lead you on a short hike around a wild neighborhood from den to roost and perch, where we will share a moment with these costumed creatures of the night. Join in your own costume, with a flashlight for this short hike. You have to register for 1 of  3 hikes. 5:30pm, 6:00pm, or 6:30pm.
    Location provided with registration. Ages 6 and up.
  • Halloween Carnival at the South Boulder Recreation Center. Jumpy house, games, activities, etc. Kids 2-8 y.o. can join in this fun annual event. 3:00 to 5:00pm. Cost is $5. 
  • Pearl Street Stampedes are fun for the whole family. Come out and cheer on the CU Buffs, listen to band music, and get merry. Starts at 7pm in from of the Boulder County Court House. CU vs Arizona. Free.

Saturday, October 26

  • Super Science Saturday at NCAR. People look forward to this event all year long! Be entertained all day with weather balloon launches, science experiments, amazing activity tables, and engaging activities for the whole family. In one of the most amazing locations ever. Free event. All ages. 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Ghost Walk, Ghost Talk. Learn about the haunted happenings in the historic homes on north Mapleton Hill. This is a family-friendly spooky event. Children $8 [5 and under free] 5:30 to 9:00pm. Purchase tickets ahead of time. 
  • Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center’s Enchanted Forest. Meet mountain creatures, tell stories, make crafts, and more. 3:00 to 6:00pm. $6 advanced or $8 at the door. Great for children of all ages.
  • Louisville’s Monster Dash. 1k kid’s race, 5k/10k adult race.
  • Boulder High’s Kid Friendly Haunted House. They turn on the lights, turn down the scare factor and let kids enjoy a fun haunted house experience. 1:00 to 4:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, October 27

  • Ghost Walk, Ghost Talk. Learn about the haunted happenings in the historic homes on north Mapleton Hill. This is a family-friendly spooky event. Children $8 [5 and under free] 5:30 to 9:00pm. Purchase tickets ahead of time.

Monday, October 28

  • Bats, Spiders & Pumpkins–Halloween story time & hike. Celebrate the creepy creatures of Halloween as naturalist Ellen Orleans reads lively picture books at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. Kids join in the fun with foot stomping, arm-flapping, and the color of the week. 3 to 6-year-olds. Wear clothes to match the weather and bring a snack if you like. 10:00am start. 
  • Halloween at the Y. The Arapahoe Y is hosting their annual Halloween Hullabaloo. Venture into the haunted house (not for the timid), enjoy carnival games, explore the cookie forest and light up the night in our new glow-in-the-dark room. Oh, and don’t forget the bone-chilling fun of the ice rink with costumed performances from the Flatirons Figure Skating Club. Free for members and non-members. 5:30 to 7:30pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, October 29

Wednesday, October 30

Thursday, October 31

  • Munchkin Masquerade on the Pearl Street Mall. This is the classic Boulder Halloween event for kids! Join the masses as you walk along Pearl Street stopping into businesses that happily hand out treats. Dress up. Have fun. Great for young kids. 3:00 to 6:00pm.

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #halloween

Boulder Family Events: October 11 to October 17, 2013

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Wondering what to do this week? Check out this list of fun family-friendly events and happenings around town!

Friday, October 11

Saturday, October 12

Sunday, October 13

  • Nature for Kids & Parents: Looking at Leaves. Take a hike in the woods with Naturalist Debora Martin and enjoy the beauty of Autumn. We’ll use our senses, record on our observation sheets, and go on a scavenger hunt!  Meet at the Lehigh Street entrance to Shanahan Ridge (map search 1903 Lehigh Street in Boulder, where Lehigh and Lafayette Streets intersect) for a hike on Shanahan Ridge Trail. 1:00pm. Ages 6 and up.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens. Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Developed 4000 years ago in China, the rules are so simple they can be taught in a few minutes–but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Go boards are provided and take-home sets made of cardboard are available for free. Ages 5 and up.
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde presented by Theater Hikes Colorado at ChautauquaThis is a unique opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors, hiking and theater. It is appropriate for children 8 and up. Buy tickets ahead of time here. Starts at 3pm.

Monday, October 14

Tuesday, October 15

  • Lap Babies at the Main Boulder Library. Babies (birth-12 months) and their caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to babies up to 12 months of age; no older children please.

Wednesday, October 16

Thursday, October 17

  • Musical Storytime with Alice and Melanie. Join these creative performers for stories, music, and more. 10:15am at the Main Boulder Library.
  • Toddler Time at the Main Boulder LIbrary. Toddlers (18-36 months) and caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to toddlers up to 36 months of age; no older children please. 10:15am

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado

Boulder Family Events: October 4 to October 10, 2013

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Wondering what to do this week? Check out this list of fun family-friendly events and happenings around town!

Friday, October 4

Saturday, October 5

Sunday, October 6

Monday, October 7

Tuesday, October 8

  • Lap Babies at the Main Boulder Library. Babies (birth-12 months) and their caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to babies up to 12 months of age; no older children please.
  • Read to the Dog at the Meadows Branch Library. Whether your child needs to practice reading or not they all love reading to the sweet dogs at the library! Practice your reading by reading aloud to one of our calm and certified therapy dogs. They love to be read to and they never criticize! Parents must sign up ahead of time. Call Pam at 303-441-4390 to reserve space.

Wednesday, October 9

  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, buy some veggies, get some dinner, listen to live music and even have a beer. There is always so much going on at the market and it’s not as crowded as Saturdays, so it’s great for families! 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • FREE Night at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits. 4 to 8pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, October 10

  • Toddler Time at the Main Boulder LIbrary. Toddlers (18-36 months) and caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to toddlers up to 36 months of age; no older children please. 10:15am

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado

Boulder Family Events: September 27 to October 3, 2013

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Friday, September 27

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, September 29

  • Nature For Kids & Parents: Coyote Tales.  A chorus of yaps, whines, barks and howls: these musical sounds can be heard at any time of the day or year.  Hike in coyote country with Debora Martin, Early Childhood Educator/Volunteer Naturalist to hunt, howl and learn why coyotes can adapt to just about any region of North America!  Meet at the Lehigh street entrance to Shanahan Ridge (map search1903 Lehigh Street in Boulder, where Lehigh and Lafayette Streets Intersect) for a hike on Shanahan Ridge Trail. Ages 5 and up. 1:00 to 2:30pm.
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde presented by Theater Hikes Colorado at Chautauqua. This is a unique opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors, hiking and theater! It is appropriate for children 8 and up. Buy tickets ahead of time here. Starts at Noon.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens. Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Developed 4000 years ago in China, the rules are so simple they can be taught in a few minutes–but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Go boards are provided and take-home sets made of cardboard are available for free. Ages 5 and up.

Monday, September 30

Tuesday, October 1

Wednesday, October 2

  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, buy some veggies, get some dinner, listen to live music and even have a beer. There is always so much going on at the market and it’s not as crowded as Saturdays, so it’s great for families! 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • FREE Night at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits. 4 to 8pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, October 3

  • Toddler Time at the Main Boulder LIbrary. Toddlers (18-36 months) and caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to toddlers up to 36 months of age; no older children please. 10:15am

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado

Boulder Family Events: September 20 to September 26, 2013

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My heart goes out to all families as we all do what we can to “mop up” after the flooding. Be safe. Be well. Keep supporting each other. 

Friday, September 20

Saturday, September 21

Sunday, September 22

  • Mapleton Hill PorchFest has some kid friendly musical acts! Check out Basho & Friends. They will be playing a free children’s music show this Sunday, September 22nd at the Mapleton Hill PorchFest from 2:30-4pm near the corner of 5th and Mapleton St. Their music is ridiculously fun and he’ll probably sing some classic kid’s songs as well as originals in English and Spanish.
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde presented by Theater Hikes Colorado at Chautauqua. This is on! It is appropriate for children 8 and up. Buy tickets ahead of time here. Starts at Noon.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens. Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Developed 4000 years ago in China, the rules are so simple they can be taught in a few minutes–but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Go boards are provided and take-home sets made of cardboard are available for free. Ages 5 and up.

Monday, September 23

Tuesday, September 24

Wednesday, September 25

  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, buy some veggies, get some dinner, listen to live music and even have a beer. There is always so much going on at the market and it’s not as crowded as Saturdays, so it’s great for families! 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • FREE Night at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits. 4 to 8pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, September 26

  •  Toddler Time at the Main Boulder LIbrary. Toddlers (18-36 months) and caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to toddlers up to 36 months of age; no older children please. 10:15am

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado

Boulder Family Events: September 6 to September 12, 2013

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Boulder Family Events is a weekly listing of what is happening in Boulder that will be of interest to families. Please feel free to submit your unique, low cost or free events or ones you have heard about. This listing is a resource for all families, so please get involved! 

 

Friday, September 6

Saturday, September 7

Sunday, September 8

  • FREE Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens. Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Developed 4000 years ago in China, the rules are so simple they can be taught in a few minutes–but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Go boards are provided and take-home sets made of cardboard are available for free. Ages 5 and up.

Monday, September 9

  • Boulder Folders–Learn Origami. Informal origami workshops for people aged 10 and older or experienced younger folders accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own paper if you have it.
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, September 10

Wednesday, September 11

  • Cruisers & Crawlers at the Main Boulder Library. On the first three Wednesdays of the month, crawlers and beginning toddlers (9-24 months) explore language and books with their caregivers in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to crawlers and beginning toddlers up to 24 months of age; no older children please.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, buy some veggies, get some dinner, listen to live music and even have a beer. There is always so much going on at the market and it’s not as crowded as Saturdays, so it’s great for families! 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • FREE Night at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits. 4 to 8pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, September 12

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado

Boulder Family Events: August 30 to September 5, 2013

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Boulder Family Events is a weekly listing of what is happening in Boulder that will be of interest to families. Please feel free to submit your unique, low cost or free events or ones you have heard about. This listing is a resource for all families, so please get involved! 

Friday, August 30

Saturday, August 31

Sunday, September 1

Monday, September 2

Tuesday, September 3

Wednesday, September 4

  • LEGO Story Club at the George Reynolds Branch Library. Do you like LEGOs? Do you like stories? Then you’ll love LEGO club! We start by reading stories, then build lego creations based on the story theme. If you’re a great LEGO builder, or a first timer, this is the place for you. 4 to 5:30pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, buy some veggies, get some dinner, listen to live music and even have a beer. There is always so much going on at the market and it’s not as crowded as Saturdays, so it’s great for families! 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • FREE Night at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits. 4 to 8pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, September 5

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado

Boulder Family Events: August 23 to August 29, 2013

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Boulder Family Events is a weekly listing of what is happening in Boulder that will be of interest to families. Please feel free to submit your unique, low cost or free events or ones you have heard about. This listing is a resource for all families, so please get involved! 

Friday, August 23

Saturday, August 24

  • Flick N Float. Check out the movie, “E.T” in the pool at Scott Carpenter Pool. Family open swim will begin at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.). $5/person or $20/family of 5.
  • Boulder Outdoor Cinema presents Monte Python [Holy Grail]. Find this fun outdoor theater experience happening in the parking lot behind the Tea House just off of 13th street. Gates open at 7pm, a band starts at 7:30pm and the movie starts at dusk. This is a fun, family-friendly Boulder event.
  • Boulder Folders–Learn Origami. Informal origami workshops for people aged 10 and older or experienced younger folders accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own paper if you have it. Main Boulder Library. 10:15am to Noon.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, August 25

  • Go Club for Kids & Teens. Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Developed 4000 years ago in China, the rules are so simple they can be taught in a few minutes–but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Go boards are provided and take-home sets made of cardboard are available for free. Ages 5 and up.

Monday, August 26

  • All Aboard the Tebo Train. Calling all kiddos, enjoy a free ride on Pearl Street IMG_2397Mall’s one-and-only Tebo Train! Children ages 10 and under (and accompanying adults) will chug along the beautiful Pearl Street Mall on the only set of wheels permitted “on the bricks”! Board from 10 – 11:15 am in front of Wells Frago Bank at the corner of 12th and Pearl Street. Admission is FREE!
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, August 27

Wednesday, August 28

  • Boulder Folders at the Reynolds Branch Library. Come learn to fold some spectacular shapes. It’s easier than it looks! Drop-ins welcome & paper provided. 1 to 3pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, buy some veggies, get some dinner, listen to live music and even have a beer. There is always so much going on at the market and it’s not as crowded as Saturdays, so it’s great for families! 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • FREE Night at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits. 4 to 8pm.
  • TEBO Train on Pearl Street Mall. Free. 10:00am to 11:15am. More details in the June 10 listing.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, August 29

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado