More than 4,000 artifacts. A 27-acre campus and 5,000-volume research library. These numbers just begin to describe the massive collection gathered at Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The institution's staff delve into history as miner's burrow into the ground, finding and preserving the stories and items that fueled the industrial revolution. The standing collection focuses largely on artifacts; visitors can see operating steam engines or pan for gold.
The venue also regularly hosts special presentations in its multipurpose center, featuring events in the past such as The Gold King's Legacy, an exploration of Winfield Scott Stratton's Cripple Creek mining operation. Some events also include the Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show, the Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival, and Haunted Mines. Discussions on topics revolving around the Industrial Revolution and mining are led by appointed speakers to educate visitors.
At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, you might come face to face with a giraffe, or a moose. All you have to do is ask. The zoo offers firsthand encounters with 14 species, although they're more playdates than encounters—participants often bust out animal-friendly toys, or feed treats to their chosen creature.
Of course, guests can always encounter animals the traditional way. On visits to the zoo's enclosures, everyone watches reptiles, monkeys, birds, and amphibians go about their daily business, whether that means swinging from branches, pecking at bugs, or scanning grocery ads for good deals on fur wash. For fuller context, guests can attend zookeeper talks, watch animal feeding shows, or attend a varied slate of educational programming for kids as young as 18 months.
Students gather amid the golden glow cast onto Marmalade at Smokebrush’s exposed brick walls by rectangular floor lamps, awaiting instruction from the studio’s capable staff under the decorative flock of origami whooping cranes swooping overhead. Instructors pull from previous experience as dancers, movement therapists, and artists as they guide students in fitness sessions, including Latin-inspired Zumba, a dance-fueled workout that enables students to torch calories while learning dance-floor-ready skills.
The studio’s yoga classes range from spinal-alignment-focused Iyengar yoga to dubstep yoga, which swaps normally serene background noise with thumping electronic beats. Aside from its yoga focus, Smokebrush’s expansive space also plays host to artwork exhibitions, environmentally focused workshops, and speed dating for ex-claustrophobics.
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At Dream Catchers, creativity manifests in more than one way. Visitors to the studio can attend BYOB painting classes to unearth artistic impulses or peruse a boutique stocked with one-of-a-kind art and furniture crafted by local artists. A division of Ariel Clinical Services, Dream Catchers also provides supportive day programming to help adults with developmental disabilities learn new skills and unlock their creativity.