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Spring Break Festivals in the Colorado Rockies

Make your spring break experience extra special this year with these fantastic Colorado ski resort festivals.

Spring Break Festivals in the Colorado Rockies, Keystone photo by_jack_affleck_HighRes

Keystone Resort, Kidtopia Experience Week, photo by Jack Affleck.

Breckenridge

This town knows how to throw a party and spring break is no exception. There are lots of kids’ activities around Breckenridge from ice skating to arcade games at Downtown at Eric’s. See a full list of Breckenridge activities for kids here.

Spring Break Festivals in the Rockies, Breckenridge Spring Break courtesy of GoBreck

The Denver-based group, The Flobots, performs at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge, Colorado for the ski mountain’s Spring Fever music series.

Orbital Flight is a big-air format freestyle event featuring music from Keys-N-Krates. Taking place on March 19, this will be a fantastic event to watch.

For the adults, Spring Breckenridge Beer Festival is April 8, 2017.

And don’t forget that April 1 through 23, 2017, it’s Spring Fever at Breckenridge Ski Resort, an event that includes everything from sports competitions to free concerts.

Copper Mountain

Copper is a great festival destination. Their annual Copper Uncorked wine event, occurring on March 25 this year, is one of my favorites. Continue reading

HeidiTown.com on the radio – What’s happening in Colorado on March 23-25, 2012 & beyond

The transcript from my radio segment for KRFC 88.9 FM, Fort Collins public radio, is below.  Find out what’s happening across Colorado on the first weekend of spring 2012.

If you’d rather, you can listen to the audio HERE.

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Bud Light Jams Aspen/Snowmass

View of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals from the deck of Sneaky's Tavern in Aspen/Snowmass at 2010 Bud Light Jam. Photo by Jeremy Swanson, all rights reserved.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I’m the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events, festivals and travel around Colorado.

Spring has officially sprung. On my walks with the dog I’ve noticed bits of green finding their way up through the brown that covers the Front Range after winter. I’ve also noticed the mountains are still covered in bright, white snow.

Yep, it’s mud season in the mountains, but it’s actually one of my favorite times to get up to one of the resort towns. The crowds have thinned and it’s time for spring festivals like the one I mentioned last week, Springalicious in Steamboat. This event happens the first week in April, but this weekend it Bud Light Spring Jam in Aspen. This party includes concerts and competitions on the slopes. This is the last weekend of a two weekend event. For more info go to StayAspenSnowmass.com.

During the month of April, at the base area at Peak 8 at Breckenridge Resort on Saturday and Sunday afternoons live bands perform. The concert series kicks off April 2nd with the Flobots performing. For the entire band line up go to Breckenridge.com.

PLEASE NOTE FOR MY HEIDITOWN READERS: Unfortunately, the Flobots performed last year. The old schedule was online & I didn’t realize I was looking at the wrong schedule.  For the right schedule of bands in Breck go HERE.  I will make a note of my mistake in next week’s radio show!

Most of the mountain resorts say goodbye to ski season with a big party, so your favorite resort probably has Spring events too.

wine glassBack here in Fort Collins, this Friday night is the 30th Annual Wine Fest, a wine tasting to benefit Disabled Resource Services. The fest is one of the largest wine events in Colorado and features over 500 different wines paired with food from local restaurants. The event also includes prizes, music, entertainment and a silent auction. This year’s event will be held at the Fort Collins Hilton. More at WineFestFC.org.

Also in Northern Colorado, out at The Ranch it’s the 51st Gem and Mineral Show presented by the Fort Collins Rock Hounds. It runs all weekend inside the Thomas M. McKee 4-H Building. This year’s exhibits feature fossils and quartz. There will be demos, door prizes a mineral specimen grab bag and more. Children are welcome to attend. More at FortCollinsRockHounds.org.

If you prefer climbing rocks rather than busting them open, there’s also an event for you this weekend. In Golden, a fun little Colorado town, it’s MountainFest 2012 at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday and is the perfect way to get motivated and learn skills for all your spring and summer mountain adventures. The event features outdoor skill clinics, museum tours, open climbing and climbing competitions on the indoor rock wall, slacklining and an expo. There’s even a band scheduled to rock the place from 4 to 6:30. Learn more at CMC.org.

Anthology Book Co. & The Coffee Tree

Anthology Book Co. & The Coffee Tree in downtown Loveland, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to downtown Loveland. If you haven’t been there in awhile, it’s time to go. They have been working hard to revitalize the downtown area in and around 4th Street. There are several new restaurants and soon there will be a new brewery.  With the Rialto Theater project now complete, it’s a good time to get to Loveland, perhaps catch this weekend’s play Jane Austin’s Persuasion, performed by Lost Marbles Theatrics. Keep tabs on what’s happening at the Rialto at ci.Loveland.co.us.

That’s all the time I have for  this week. Until we meet again, join me and other town citizens at Facebook.com/HeidiTown.comonFB. Or chat with me on Twitter @HeidiTown or join the town on Google Plus. As aways, you are welcome to email me at TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.

Thanks for listening and Happy Spring!

Spring Break in Colorado

March is here and that means Spring Break. Several people have asked what the Mayor recommends doing with the kiddos over the break. If you don’t have the resources to spend the break in Mexico or Disneyland, here are a few things that will be great excursions with the kids.

Visit the Zoo

Giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Mayor comes face to face with a giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

Coloradoans are lucky to have two outstanding zoos in our state. When we lived in the Denver area we had a membership to the Denver Zoo, and it’s  by far one of the best city zoos I’ve ever visited. However, my favorite zoo in the state, and maybe the world, is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.

A major appeal of this zoo is its location on the side of Cheyenne Mountain. The animal enclosures connect seamlessly to the environment, and because it’s on a hill, visitors walk through the zoo on a zigzagging path. Never knowing what’s around the next corner makes visiting this zoo a real adventure.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has the most prolific giraffe-breeding program in the world and one of the best giraffe enclosures I’ve ever seen. Visitors walk on an elevated viewing area, where they come face to face with these extraordinary animals. You can even spend a little on crackers to feed the giraffe. It’s an experience not to be missed.

Arcade in Manitou Springs

Arcade in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Arcade in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

If your kids like video games, and I’m betting they do, why not take them to see the precursors to their Xboxes and Playstations. Manitou Springs, just minutes outside Colorado Springs, is a quirky town and the arcade is just one of many unique things this town has to offer.

We have spent several long weekends in Manitou Springs and the Penny Arcade is my husband’s favorite stop. Featuring an array of games in several buildings, you can find some of the very first penny arcade games, classic arcade games of the 1980s, skeeball, and even coin operated animal rides. There’s something for everyone and every age in this collection.

Pinball in Lyons

I’ve written previously about Lyons Classic Pinball on HeidiTown. This is a one-of-a-kind place, and makes for a fun-filled afternoon or evening. Located in Lyons, Colorado, this place has over thirty pinball machines from various time periods. You can guess what decade in which the machine was produced by looking at the art.

After pinball I recommend heading around the corner to Oskar Blues for a burger and soda. While there, head downstairs and check out Lyons Classic Video. This room is run by the same family as Lyon’s Classic Pinball and is home to such games as Tron, Mrs. Pacman, Donkey Kong, Q-bert and many more. There are 25 games in all and every game is just 25 cents.

Visit a Museum

Auntie Stone Cabin at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center

Auntie Stone Cabin at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer. All rights reserved.

I’m a huge advocate for museums. I grew up visiting museums and I have always loved them. If you start taking your children to museums at a young age, I think they too will be lifelong supporters of museums.

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a personal favorite, but you don’t have to drive that far to find an interesting and entertaining museum for the kids. Greeley, Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland and Berthoud each have a museum or two and most have kid-oriented exhibits.

I’m planning to write about all the museums in Northern Colorado, but so far I’ve only made it to a handful. I still need to visit the Greeley Freight Station Museum, but I mention it here because it sounds like the perfect museum for children (and train lovers like me).

Please visit the Museum section of HeidiTown for info on the museums I have had a chance to write up.

HeidiTown Tip: If your kids like board and card games they’ll enjoy the  Haunted Game Café locate in Fort Collins. This is a game store and coffee shop. You can play one of their many open games while sipping on an Italian soda or one of the cafe’s specialty drinks.

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