Boulder is full of surprises. If you know the city, you know the jokes (most of which are based on truth, to be honest): Everyone here does mountaintop yoga and drives a Subaru with their dog while drinking bone broth and eating kale salad, or is it beets, or maybe peas now? Boulder is known for being a liberal, Buddhist hotspot full of hippies and artists and elite athletes.
But Boulder is so much more than that, too.
Here are six things we bet you didn’t know you could do in Boulder. Put them on your schedule this week to see a different side of this funky town.
Speak Spanish. ¡Hablemos! Let’s Talk! is a free Spanish meet-up. Gather with others over snacks and tea and practice conversations in Spanish or English. There’s a meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at 409 Fourth Ave. in Longmont. There is also a meet-up at noon on Tuesdays.
See a world-famous kids’ magician: Mario the Maker Magician comes to the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., from 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Mario has appeared on “Sesame Street” and other TV channels. David Blaine called him the “best kids’ magician in the world.” He’s called a “maker” because he creates his own props, using electronics and robotics. Tickets are just $10-$20.
Watch an old classic. See a screening of the 1926 classic musical film “The Scarlet Letter” 7:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. This film is based on the 1850s novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Meet a T. rex. The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road in Longmont, has a cool hands-on exhibit, “Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas.” Learn all about dinosaurs, see real T. rex bones, sample soils and excavate bones in a dig pit. Even feed the chickens, who are descendants of dinos.
Go flying. See an exciting film about flying, from Leonardo da Vinci to the Wright Brothers, 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) during the Fiske Planetarium’s presentation of “Dream to Fly.” You’ll feel like you’re really taking flight in this larger-than-life theater, at 2414 Regent Drive in Boulder.
Study the Bible. Boulder may be known for its Buddhist gatherings, but you can also attend vacation bible school at the Erie United Methodist Church, 604 Holbrook St. in Erie. The school is 7-10 p.m. tonight, Thursday and Friday.