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Fun things to do in Colorado Springs in June

Looking for some fun activities for you and your family to participate in during the month of June? Read on…

The Annual Caboose Race and Blast Dance will be held Saturday, June 12 at Main St., in downtown Fountain near City Hall. Races begin at 4:00 p.m. and the Blast Dance, food, crafts, hayrides and more start at 6:00 p.m. There is a $5 fee to rent a caboose, or you can bring your own. Caboose Race age groups are 6 to 11, 12 to 17, 18 to 39, and 40+. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Contestants must check in at the registration table and all kids must have signed release from a parent. The Legend Band will be performing, there will be activities for children including hayrides, and food vendors will be ready to take care of your hunger.

The 5th Annual Bark at Briargate will take place Saturday, June 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the east parking lot of the Promenade Shops at Briargate. Over fifty vendors will be available throughout the day. Additionally, the Pikes Peak Humane Society and rescue organizations will be in attendance. So, if you’ve been considering adopting a pet, this is the place to go!  Also keep an eye out for the “bovine” Miss MaggieMoo. She’ll be available for pictures from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you take a picture with Miss MaggieMoo, post it to MaggieMoo’s Facebook page and you may win a free regular treat from Maggie Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery!

Vista Grande Baptist Church will be hosting its annual free Family Fun Carnival on Saturday, June 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the community. Families can enjoy free food, games and fun. Vista Grande is located on the NW corner of Powers and Stetson Hills.

Colorado Springs Borders bookstores will be celebrating the opening of Toy Story 3 at 11:00 a.m. on June 12. The stores, located at 2120 Southgate Road and 1710 Briargate Blvd. will highlight the release of the movie with stories, games and giveaways. The event is geared toward children ages 4 to 9.

The Pikes Peak Children’s Museum Without Walls is presenting a FREE family concert Saturday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. The Make a Splash in the Park concert is geared toward children ages 2 to 8, and will be hosted at George Fellows Park, near the East Library. The event will offer a variety of water activities beginning at 11:00 a.m., so wear a swimsuit and bring a beach towel!

The Colorado Renaissance Festival will take place Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 650 W. Perry Park Ave., in Larkspur (halfway between Colorado Springs and Denver). Admission is $18.95 for adults and $8 for children (ages 5-12). Discounted tickets are available at all King Soopers stores through Aug 1st (adult tickets $15.95 and $7 for children ages 5-12). Children under five are admitted for free. Participating Wendy’s are offering a buy-one-get-one-free coupon (this weekend only) and a $3-off coupon that will be accepted for the duration of the festival. Additional Renaissance Festival dates are June 19-20, June 26-27, July 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, and July 31-August 1.

The 2010 Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby will be held Sunday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to finish in Downtown Colorado Springs—Costilla St. between Wahsatch and El Paso. While it’s too late to register to participate in the 2010 Derby, you can certainly take the kids and go watch this fun and competitive event for boys and girls ages 8 through 17. The winners of the competition will go to Akron, Ohio to compete in the All-American Derby (all expenses paid!). Think your child may be interested in participating in next year’s race? Check out the Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby website or call 719.488.8808 for more information.

The Father’s Day Pinewood Derby will take place on Saturday, June 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Briargate Family YMCA at 4025 Family Place, 80920. Celebrate the day watching or participating in a derby car race. Come cheer on your favorite car or purchase a derby kit in advance and enter your own car in the race. For more information, call 719.282.9622.

The Farmer’s Market at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry is open every Monday and Wednesday through October. Families can purchase fresh vegetables from local Pueblo farms, breads, meats and more. With over 27 acres to explore at the Museum, guests can see operable steam engines, learn how to pan gold, see a recreated mine drift, play with hands-on exhibits, and catch a glimpse of the pioneer lifestyle. Pack a lunch and enjoy the on-site picnic grounds.

The 22nd Annual Teddy Bear Days at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. With over 10,000 people expected to attend, Teddy Bear Days at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is ranked as one of the area’s biggest summer attractions. Kids 12 and under can receive admission to the Zoo for only $3 when accompanied by their teddy bear (or other favorite stuffed animal). Zoo members are always free. Children can enjoy face painting, games and parades with costumed characters, and a special grizzly bear demonstration. They can also get free “checkups” for their teddy bears by medical professionals. Children must be accompanied by a paid adult; maximum 4 children/adult. No other discounts apply. For more information please call 719-633-9925, ext. 111.

Free Movie Night in the Park. The El Paso County Parks Division will host a free movie night Saturday, June 24 at Bear Creek Regional Park. The movie night is open to the public. The film, E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, will begin around 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and movie snacks.
Bear Creek Regional Park is located at 21st St. and Argus Road. Call 520-6375 for further information.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry will be partnering with the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society to present the second annual “Rock Fair” on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27. This family event will include children’s activities, food vendors, rock & mineral identification, seminars on rock hounding and more.

Interested in summer camps available in the Colorado Springs and surrounding areas? Check out the Complete Summer Camp Guide featured at Pikes Peak Parent.

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