Labor Day often signals the end of summer, and it is your one last chance to get out and do something fun as a family before school kicks into high gear and you are all back to running around like crazy five days a week. Make the most of your Labor Day weekend and do something fun with the whole family. Check out these fun options and pick one (or all five) as they are all perfect things to do while celebrating the Labor Day weekend.
A Taste of Colorado
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Dates: Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, 2013
One of the biggest and best festivals of the year happens during Labor Day weekend and it is perfect for children of all ages. Enjoy the many different restaurants and eateries that bring down their very best as you all wander through the festival snacking on appetizers, entrees and desserts. You’ll find lots to enjoy here from fine dining to the super casual. The KidZone also includes all sorts of fun for kids. With hands-on crafts, carnival rides, games, magic, clowns and puppets, your children will have a fantastic time at Taste of Colorado.
“Peter And the Starcatcher”
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1101 13th St.
Denver, CO 80204
Dates: Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, 2013
This Broadway musical is touring through Denver on Labor Day weekend, and it is a fantastic show that is perfect for the whole family. “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the story of the boy who would become Peter Pan. It won five Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway in 2009. This magical show is probably best for kids 10 and older, however, as the super young ones may have trouble sitting still and following the more intricate plot. But for your older kids (and yourselves), this brilliant showcase of Broadway magic and amazing storytelling comes to life at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
Beat the heat and try escaping for a super fun and very educational film at the IMAX theatre at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. There are always several films to choose from and IMAX is running a “see three IMAX films, get one free” special through September 2, 2013. Check out “Great White Shark 3D” for an up-close and personal look at the huge sharks and explore what life is like for them under the sea. Or enjoy “Flight of the Butterflies 3D” for a film that showcases the migration of the monarch butterfly. No matter which film you choose to check out, your whole family is sure to love the education and the entertainment of visiting the IMAX theatre.
Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
A visit to the Botanic Gardens is always a fun thing to do for any summer day. Strolling through the amazing gardens, checking out all the beautiful plants and flowers can be a truly fun time for the whole family. However, Labor Day weekend brings a celebration of sculpture by Colorado artists. These fascinating sculptures are a great way to introduce your children to the world of art. As you wander the gardens, you’ll see 12 artists who have created amazing 3D works of art, enhancing the already impressive environment. All artists are local and each sculpture is more impressive than the last.
Visit the Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Evergreen, CO 80437
When you live in Colorado, you are lucky enough to be just a short drive from some of the most magnificent scenic views in the world. Take your whole family on a fun drive up the Mount Evans Scenic Byway and visit the highest paved road in North America. Located just 60 miles west of Denver, this stunning drive showcases all of the amazing beauty of this great state, climbing nearly 9,000 feet to the summit at 14,264 feet above sea level. This road is generally closed from Labor Day through Memorial Day, so use this last chance to catch the views before it closes for another year.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.