History & Culture
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
30 W Dale St
Hours of Operation:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
(719) 634-5583; www.csfineartscenter.org
The Art of Storytelling
Through Dec. 31st
Featuring selections from the FAC’s Native American and Spanish Colonial collections, this exhibition explores the many ways that objects tell stories. Stories explored through the objects include – morals, lives of the saints, origins, commodification and trade, collecting practices, cultural contact, disruption and destruction. This will be an interactive exhibition, wherein Colorado College faculty, students, community members, artists and visitors are invited to share additional stories about or inspired by the objects. Additional texts, videos or audio contributions will be archived and variously incorporated into the exhibition or made available through technology.
Through November 12th
A dancing cat, a howling dog, and a vampire bunny. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny.
Recommended for ages 5+
Whatever your artistic interest and whatever your age or skill level, we have classes to drive your passions at the Fine Arts Center’s Bemis School of Art, a year-round facility. Experienced artists and art instructors, large studios and limited class size create a motivational and supportive environment to explore and develop your talents.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.
Hours of Operation:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Saturday)
(719) 385-5990; www.cspm.org
The Story of Us: The Pikes Peaks Region from A – Z
This exhibit allows users to explore the history and geography of the area using 21st Century technology. Open a letter from A – Z and learn about the people, places and events that make our region unique. Navigate dynamic maps that allow you to go back in time to understand how neighborhoods, businesses, climate and transportation have shaped our community. Where do you fit in? Come and discover your place in local history through The Story of Us!
Promoting Patriotism: World War I in Colorado Springs
April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. Promoting Patriotism examines the history of that momentous time through the CSPM’s extensive collection of WWI-era propaganda posters and artifacts from local residents whose lives were influence by the Great War. This is a community curated exhibit developed in partnership with the faculty and students at the Fountain Valley School.
Art & Facts of Business in Colorado Springs
Notable features of the exhibit include artifacts from instantly recognizable businesses such as Hibbards, Lorigs and Coutures through our contemporary businesses such as Fat Bikes, GE Johnson and Elope. Historic photographs from the museum’s collection and the stunning work of local photographer Kate Doerksen’s Behind the Counter project will create opportunities to compare the past with the present. The exhibit will ask questions about how visual culture influences identity in the present. How will it be shaped in the future? What authentically local brands and companies work today to shape our identity and memory?
City of Sunshine
From its founding in 1871, local boosters advertised Colorado Springs as a premier health destination for the treatment of tuberculosis. Our region’s greatest asset-turned-industry was its stunning scenery, abundant sunshine and mild climate. Historically, at least 1/3 of all visitors to Colorado came to in search of tuberculosis treatment. Once cured, many stayed on in the region to build families and businesses. Many of their contributions to this community are visible today. The City of Sunshine exhibit tells the story of how individuals, institutions, and treatments helped shape the Pikes Peak Region.
Any Place that is North and West: African Americans in Colorado Springs
The title for the exhibit is drawn from a poem by Langston Hughes, which describes the exodus from the South of millions of African American families following the Civil War. It tells that story from a local perspective by describing what individuals and families found when they arrived in Colorado Springs, the supportive community they created for themselves, and the role they played in shaping the city we live in today.
Behind the Lens: Photographers of the Pikes Peak Region
This unique exhibit examines the history of photography and highlights five photographers who captured the unique spirit and beauty of this area.
Cultural Crossroads: Highlights from the Collection
Cultural Crossroads features striking examples of American Indian beadwork, clothing, baskets, and other materials representing over 30 nations. This exhibit illustrates the ongoing creativity, innovation, and adaptation of native peoples in a region noted for being a Cultural Crossroads.
From Paris to the Plains: Van Briggle Art Pottery
The exhibit draws upon the museum’s renowned collection of Van Briggle Art Pottery and features the finest examples from the pottery’s first decade of operation.
Pikes Peak Library District
(719) 531-6333; www.ppld.org
Paws to Read
Let your child practice reading and build fluency by reading to a “Paws to Read” dog. No registration is required. Call or visit our website for locations, times, and more information.
Toddler Time at the Library
This program introduces the delights of rhyme, rhythm, and a few special stories as a first step to reading for one and two year-old children and caregivers. The program lasts approximately 20 minutes. Call or visit our website for locations, times, and more information.
Come hear stories and more for children ages three and older. Call or visit your closest branch for story time themes.
Nature & Outdoor Activities
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
(719) 748-3253; www.nps.gov/flfo
Be a Junior Ranger!
This program is available year round at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. You can get a copy of the junior ranger workbook at the visitor center. After completing activities in the park and in the book, you can earn a junior ranger badge or patch. The junior ranger program usually takes a commitment of 1.5 – 2 hours. There is a variety of ranger-guided programs in the summer, but there are self-guided trails and other hiking trails available year round. This is an excellent place for kids to explore, discover, learn, and have fun!
Physical Fitness & Fun
1789 S 8th St
(719) 578-1006; www.flipshack.com
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, kids 5 & under explore and play on trampolines, mats, ropes a bounce house, and more! Great indoor physical fun! Grown-ups must stay to supervise. Only $6. Please check Flipshack.com for our Open Gym schedule over during holiday weeks and spring breaks!
Time: Noon – 2:00 pm
On Saturdays for kids 6 & up. Play or train on gymnastics equipment, trampolines, a slackline, and more! The cost is $10. Please checkFlipshack.com for our Open Gym schedule during holiday weeks and spring breaks!
Time: Noon – 1:30 pm
Urban Style Open Gym
On Thursday evenings for teens & up. Come in and work your parkour and tricking skills! The cost is $10.Please checkFlipshack.com for our Open Gym schedule during holiday weeks and spring breaks!
Time: 7:30 – 10:00 pm
Drop-In Soccer Saturday:
(719) 330-9642; email@example.com
All locations offer a Saturday morning option. Parents can bring multiple children at the same time in different age groups. Cost is $14 for the class, $10 for siblings. We have six locations throughout El Paso County. RSVP to confirm your spot. Like us on Facebook for more awesome giveaways. Classes are offered for the following age groups: Koalas: 15 months - 3 years (Mommy & Me); Bears: 3 - 4 years (promotes touches on the ball); Polar Bears: 4 - 6 years (soccer game in every class); Polar Bears: 7 - 12 years (soccer game in every class).
Skate City Austin Bluffs
4575 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
(719) 591-1016; firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Tuesday of each month is Family Christian Music Night. 6:00-8:00 pm, admission is $3.50 (skate rental $1.50), skate to your favorite Christian music. Great for families.
Garden Ranch YMCA
2380 Montebello Dr W
(719) 593-9622; www.ppymca.org
Family Climbing Wall
Our family climbing wall provides fun for all ages. You'll be amazed how young elementary school children can climb the overhanging wall by the "mountain slide." For a challenge for the entire family, come to one of our instructional classes and learn how to climb safely. The Climbing Wall is open Monday through Thursday.
Time: 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Our water slide is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Call for a pool schedule and information on swimming lessons offered all year long.
Time: Saturdays: Noon – 3:00 pm; Sundays: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Chick-fil-A Play Date with the Cow
9:00 – 11:00 am
(719) 593-2357; www.ColoradoSpringsChicken.com
Playdate with the Cow starts up for the new school year. Wednesdays at N. Carefree and Thursdays at N. Academy. Miss Linda leads Circle Time at 10am. Meet your Pre-School aged friends for crafts, songs and a visit from the Chick-fil-A Cow. This event is free and no reservations are required.
Chick-fil-A Family Night
Chapel Hills Mall Food Court
4:30 – 6:30 pm
(719) 593-2357; AmandaCFAcos@gmail.com
Every Tuesday come by for kid friendly activities, crafts and visitors to build quality family time. Plus meet the Chick-fil-A Cow Mascot! Family Night is free, no reservations required. Call or email for the full calendar of events or more information.
Chick-fil-A Kid’s Club
7925 Fountain Mesa Rd, Fountain
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Every 3rd Tuesday, join the adventure of Chick-fil-A Kids Club! Your kids will have the opportunity to experience fun activities, crafts and games, all while learning values like kindness and generosity. Register at www.chick-fil-akidsclub.com
We offer youth cooking classes for ages 3-17, weekday mornings, select weekends, school holidays and winter/summer camps.
Registration required. The cost is $15/per student per lesson, sibling discounts available.
340 Oakhurst Lane
(719) 576-3143, JGa2595176@aol.com
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Free Thoughts-Free Kids
Are you looking for a reason and a fun way to be a part of your child’s learning activities? Check out the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs group for families. Free Thoughts-Free Kids promotes humanist principles with science, nature, ethics projects, and events. The group's focus is on fun critical thinking activities and provides secular families with an opportunity to make new friends. Meetings and events are held the first Sunday of the month.
(719) 210-9332; http://www.freethinkerscs.com