University Village will have free summer concerts again this year! On Friday nights through mid-August, you can enjoy a free outdoor concert on the north plaza (next to Hacienda Colorado) from 6 to 8 PM. You can see a full schedule of artists on their website.
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The park in front of the Cinemark Theater at First and Main Town Center will again host free concerts for summer 2018! Concerts will be held every Friday in June and July from 5-7 PM. The full lineup of artists is available on First and Main’s Facebook page, and you can also stay tuned to that page for information on weather cancellations.
Compassion is bringing back their “Step Into My Shoes” events this summer at their headquarters:
“Step into My Shoes” is a fast-paced fun, interactive three hour event that transports your family into the world of children growing up in developing countries. Hands-on activities like searching for water, firewood, building shelters will give your family a better understanding of the challenges facing families living in poverty. The event ends with a live video stream with children from a Compassion Center in places like Honduras, Brazil, Mexico and Haiti.
The event is from 9 AM to 12 PM on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June, July, and August. You can sign up online or call 719-272-4932 to register.
The Forest Lakes neighborhood in Monument is hosting six free concerts for the community this summer in the pavilion next to Bristlecone Lake at Waterfront Park! Concerts take place on select Friday evenings from 6-9 PM. For complete information including concert dates and artists, go here.
The free splash parks and play fountains in Colorado Springs will be opening soon! Here’s the info:
The Julie Penrose Fountain at America the Beautiful Park will open on May 26th and runs daily from 12-5 PM, with shortened hours starting in mid-August through the end of the season, which is Labor Day.
The Uncle Wilbur Fountain at Acacia Park opens on May 26th. It runs daily from 12-6 PM until August 11th, and then runs a modified schedule through Labor Day. Note: the city of Colorado Springs’ website (linked above) says it will open on the 26th, though the Friends of Uncle Wilbur organization says it will not open until June 2nd.
The splash area at First and Main Town Center is expected to open on Memorial Day (May 28th) this year, according to the center.
The splash pad at Aga Park in Fountain is a 4,000 square foot waterpark with areas designed for toddlers, families, and teens. It’s located at El Paso Street and Alabama Avenue in Fountain, and I called Fountain Parks and Recreation and found out that it opens on May 26th and is open from 9 AM to 9 PM. Update: I saw via Fountain Valley News that it’s supposed to open on Friday the 24th – not sure which is correct!
The Deerfield Hills Sprayground opens June 1st and is open through September 2nd. The hours are shortened in mid-summer so be sure to take note of that.
John Venezia Park’s Water Hole opens May 26th and runs daily through September 3rd, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
This one’s not free, but if you are headed to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (some zoo discounts and coupons here), be sure to stop by My Big Backyard inside the zoo for a cool mist!
Apple Stores will be doing their free summer camps for kids this year:
Kids ages 8 to 12 can expand their digital creativity through hands-on projects with experts at Apple. Campers choose one of three tracks, then spend 90 minutes a day for three days at a local Apple Store immersed in the subject of their choice.
Registration is not yet open, but I’d encourage you to sign up to be notified when it is because spots usually fill up really fast.
A SeaQuest interative aquarium will be opening soon in Littleton, and right now they are offering their annual memberships for half-price! This makes a family pass $69.95 (up to three children – it’s $99.95 for families with more children). Get the half-price sale here, and find out more about what this aquarium will offer here.
They are slated to open on June 2nd!
The Gold Hill Mesa neighborhood will again host free concerts open to the community on select Saturday evenings in June, July, August, and September! Concerts will take place from 4-7 PM and there will be food vendors as well. For more information and a schedule of musicians, check out their Facebook page.