Bass Pro Shops is holding a variety of free workshops, games, and crafts for families on select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the rest of June and July. Kids can make crafts and earn backpack clips, and they’ll also have games to play outside. Get all of the details and dates on their Facebook page and also on their website.
Events & Entertainment
I wanted to post a reminder about the two main ways you can get a free annual pass to our national parks – it’s saved us about $75 over the past month, between a couple of visits to Black Canyon of the Gunnison and one to Great Sand Dunes!
If you have a 4th grader, you can get a pass that’s valid during their 4th grader school year and the following summer. There’s a form to fill out and print online, and then they give you a card when you use it for the first time. The 4th grader must be with you every time you use the pass, and you must print out the initial paper pass; they won’t accept a digital version.
If you are active-duty military or a dependent, you can get a free annual pass when you show your military ID. This pass will cover yourself and anyone in the same vehicle (for the parks that charge a per-vehicle fee). Disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass (which also admits the people in the same vehicle).
Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is presenting a series of free movies on Friday evenings in June and July! The movies begin at 6:30 PM – bring your own blanket or chair to sit on. Here’s the schedule:
- June 7 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- June 14 – Mary Poppins Returns
- June 21 – Shazam!
- June 28 – The Lion King
- July 5 – Up
- July 12 – Spider Man
- July 19 – Hook
- July 26 – E.T.
The free splash parks and play fountains in Colorado Springs are open! Here’s the info:
The Julie Penrose Fountain at America the Beautiful Park will open on May 25th and runs daily from 11 AM to 5 PM.
The Uncle Wilbur Fountain at Acacia Park opens on May 25th. It runs daily from 12-6 PM.
The Deerfield Hills Sprayground opens June 1st and is open through September 2nd. It’s open from 10 AM to 5 PM during the week, and 11 AM to 5 PM on weekends, with hours shortening in mid-August.
John Venezia Park’s Water Hole opens May 25th and is on from 10 AM to 7 PM.
The splash pad at Aga Park in Fountain is a 4,000 square foot waterpark, located at El Paso Street and Alabama Avenue in Fountain, and it opens on May 25th. Hours are 9 AM to 9 PM.
The splash area at First and Main Town Center typically opens on Memorial Day weekend, though I haven’t confirmed that information for 2019.
The Focus on the Family Welcome Center and Bookstore will host free movies on Tuesdays in July! They’ll have two showtimes on each Tuesday (10 AM and 12:45 PM). Here’s the schedule:
- July 2 – Peter Pan
- July 9 – Tangled
- July 16 – Cars
- July 23 – Inside Out
- July 30 – Ratatouille
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 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.
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 6-8 PM. For complete information including concert dates, artists, and the food truck schedule, go here.
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 on Fridays in June. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for the schedule and weather updates.