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Boulder County Children and Teen Activities and Events

For more events geared toward children, see listings under Animal Affairs, Classes and Nature/Outdoor Events.

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Art Stop at BMoCA
Saturdays Beginning April 1: The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art offers free, hands-on art activities for families every Saturday during the Boulder Farmers’ Market. Museum admission is also free during the market. 9am-1pm at BMoCA, 1750 13th St. www.bmoca.org.

Boulder Public Library Children’s Programs
Storytimes for little ones in different age groups start at 10:15am most days of the week at different library branches; there are also bilingual and musical offerings. Check www.boulderlibrary.org for the full schedule or call 303-441-3099.
Wednesdays: Musical Storytime, 10:15am (also Thursdays at 4pm) (Main Branch)
Thursdays: GoDoh Story Club, alternates weekly with Legos and Play-Doh activities, ages 3+, 4pm (Meadows Branch)
Fridays: Playtime Storytime, 10:15am (Reynolds and Meadows Branches

Boulder Public Library Teen Activities
The Boulder Public Library’s main location and its branches offer a variety of free programs for teenagers all year long, including a new makerspace. 303-441-3099; www.boulderlibrary.org.
Fridays: Teens, Trivia, and Tea, 4-6pm (Reynolds Branch)
Jan. 26 & Feb. 23: Taste Test Thursday, grades 6-12; 4pm (Main Branch)

CU Science Discovery
Science Discovery hosts after-school and day-off science classes, with hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities. Visit sciencediscovery.colorado.edu for the schedule and registration information.

CU Wizards Program
Monthly Wizards shows during the school year are free science programs geared toward 5th-through-9th-graders, but all ages are welcome. Programs begin at 9:30am; the January program is in Duane Physics, G1B30, and the rest are in the Chemistry Building, room 140. www.colorado.edu/cuwizards
Jan. 21: The Physics of Superheroes & Villains
Feb. 25: Biochemistry for Kids
March 18: The Chemistry of Life
April 22: Biophysical Chemistry
May 20: From Very Big to Very Small…Microscopy and the Powers of Ten

Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience
2nd & 4th Saturdays: Crafty and creative kids can take part in art classes at the Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Free for members. Check times and age recommendations at www.firehouseart.org.

Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt
April 8 Free egg hunt for ages 8 and under features a visit from the Easter Bunny. 10am at Bob L. Burger Recreation Center, 111 W. Baseline Road. www.cityoflafayette.com.

Longmont Museum Discovery Days
Discovery Days is a low-cost program that allows preschool children (ages 2-5) and their parents/caregivers to engage in educational, hands-on art activities during the school year. See the schedule and registration info at www.longmontmuseum.org. The museum is at 400 Quail Road in Longmont.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Touch a cloud, tangle with a tornado, create a little chaos—NCAR’s science exhibits help kids learn about weather, climate and other earth-science topics. Free. Open 8am-5pm weekdays at 1850 Table Mesa Drive. scied.ucar.edu/exhibits.

Teen Second Saturdays
2nd Saturdays: Teens and tweens in grades 6-12 are invited to monthly events with crafts, movies, gaming and other age-appropriate activities. 6-9pm at the Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. Free, but registration is required due to a cap of 100 participants. Call 303-651-8477.

Tinker Art Studio
This Boulder art studio, founded by educators and artists, offers classes for all age levels in many subjects, including painting, pottery and drawing. 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., #B. www.tinkerartstudio.com.

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival
April 2 (rain date April 9): Spring officially arrives on Pearl Street Mall when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parades around the mall “welcoming” the mall’s more than 15,000 tulips. Annual springtime tradition features lots of special events and activities. 1-5pm. www.tulipfairyfestival.com.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
The CU Museum of Natural History hosts workshops and other events all year long, including the program listed below. Free, but space is limited, so register by calling 303-492-1666 or emailing museum@colorado.edu. The museum is in the Henderson Building on the CU campus, 15th Street and Broadway. Find more details and registration info at cumuseum.colorado.edu.

Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center
See listing under Nature/Outdoor Events.

YMCA Teen Activities
The YMCA of Boulder Valley offers programs that help teens grow and give them a chance to connect with adults in a safe environment. 303-442-2778 (Mapleton Center), 303-664-5458 (Arapahoe Center); www.ymcabv.org.
4th Fridays: Peer Social Support, 4-5:30pm (Mapleton)