02 Aug 2016
Everyone loves a Renaissance Man (or Woman)
You know those engaging people who know something about everything? The ones with the hungry—and well-fed—minds that move the conversational needle way past how hot July was? Well, now the star of the summer cocktail party can be you, thanks to this list of recreational/educational activities. Learn about aeronautics and space travel. Learn about local flora and fauna. Become a craft beer expert. Test theories of water displacement and buoyancy. It’s just another month in Reunion™, the perfect jumping-off point for adventure.
Cockpit Demo Day at Wings Over the Rockies-Aug. 6, 10am-2pm
If you’ve never visited this historic 150,000-square-foot, 1930s-era air and space museum, now is the time. On Cockpit Demo Day, you and your kids can climb aboard select Wings aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of the instruments and controls. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum houses a collection of more than 60 aircraft and space vehicles. Test your skills on their simulator, which allows you to pilot aircraft from WWII to Desert Storm, dogfight with your friends, and ride one of ten exhilarating simulated roller coasters. Tickets are $6-$9; children under 3 are free. Learn more.
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Nature Hike-Aug. 19, 9:30am-11:30am
While Reunion has no shortage of natural beauty, don’t forget that other life-enriching resource nearby: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. This 15,000-acre sanctuary’s prairies and lakes attract 330 species of animals, including bald eagles, bison, coyotes, and deer—and humans who enjoy hiking on 10 miles of trails, fishing, and educational programs. Spot wildlife, birds, and plants on a two-hour guided hike. (Please be comfortable hiking up to three miles.) Free, but reservations required. Learn more.
Just Add Water Exhibit at Children’s Museum of Denver–now through Aug. 21
Permission to splash…and learn a lot about physics, by the way. Have you been to the Children’s Museum since the $16.1 million expansion was completed last fall? One of the exciting new hands-on exhibits is Just Add Water. Bring a change of clothing because you will get wet, but you’ll also test theories behind flow, buoyancy, density, and displacement while having delightfully splashy fun. Examples: Create thunder and rain for your very own storm. Make water shoot from a gigantic geyser. Build boats and dams, then send your boats down the river system. Museum entrance fee ranges from free (age 0-1) to $13. Learn more.
Reunion’s Summer Beer Fest–Aug. 27, 4pm-7pm
Crisp and clean. Malty and sweet. Hoppy and bitter. Find your beer soulmate—and learn what’s trending in craft beer—at the Beer Fest, one of Reunion’s many year-round celebrations. Savor craft beer, wine, and fare from a plethora of food trucks, along with games, activities, and live music by The Love Electric. Held at Reunion’s Southlawn Park for residents only. Registration is required by Friday, Aug. 19. Learn more. Register here.