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Feeling the Magic…

In May, we welcomed a few Emmy-award-winning filmmakers into our doors.  It all started the winter prior, when Atlas Obscura found the Carousel of Happiness, and decided to explore the intriguing story of our organization.  Andy and Farhod of Studio Koa are excellent documentary filmmakers, and were excited for the chance to learn about us.  Even so, nobody could have prepared them for the depth of the experience they would have.  And it was all beautifully captured on film.   …

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A Celebration in the Mountains

If you stopped by the carousel house on August 8, 9, or 10, you noticed we were closed for special maintenance.  We received a consultation from Carousels and Carvings so that we can make sure to keep this thing spinning for another million rides.  Stay tuned for updates on maintenance and closures this winter ~ following us on Instagram or Facebook is the best way to stay up-to-date on our hours. On August 13 and 14, we celebrated with free …

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One Million Rides and Counting!

Olive and James – Our 1,000,000 and 1,000,001 carousel riders! On Wednesday July 20, the Carousel of Happiness saw it’s one-millionth rider! Since opening in 2010, over 1 million tickets have been sold or given away.  And we have seen at least that many smiles.  This week we saw visitors from the Netherlands, France, Louisiana, Kansas, Texas, and all over, some who came just to see the carousel, and some who never knew we existed, but were ecstatic to find …

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Fourth Friday Art Walk

4th Fridays at Caribou Shopping Center May through September, join our amazing local businesses for music, specials, artist demonstrations, snacks, treats for the kids, special vendors, and Carousel Rides until 7pm! Date, Time, Location: May 27 June 24 July 22 August 26 September 23   4:00pm – 7:00pm Caribou Village Shopping Center                    20 Lakeview Drive                                Nederland, …

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Vote for your Denver Area Favorites

It’s time once again for Kids Out and About Denver’s annual survey of the top 20 places to take kids – check out the 2021 winners here – the Carousel placed #3! Easily nail down your summer bucket list, and find out about all the great family-friendly attractions and events in the Denver Area. It takes just 3 minutes to complete the survey, plus you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card! And don’t forget, …

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Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 30 at Noon Each year we honor the men and women who died serving in the U.S. military. The building will be open to all, as we encircle the carousel, and visitors will be invited to remember a fallen veteran with his or her name, and perhaps a brief story. Please join us! The ceremony will begin at 12pm, and last approximately one hour. Brad Goode, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at CU Boulder, will play taps. Then, …

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Save the Date – Animals After Dark Fundraising Gala June 11th!

UPDATE – Thanks to all who attended our event – see a slideshow of photos here. Join us for a night out with all the animals! We’re bringing back our annual fundraising event, complete with food and drinks.  A silent auction will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with a short live auction of a few items at 7:30pm.   Decent Bagel is catering an Italian-style menu, then we’ll end the night with live music and dessert.   And of course we’ll …

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Go Wild this Earth Day Weekend!

April 22 – 25 Join us in Nederland for a great celebration of our planet earth!  Wild Bear Nature Center is hosting their annual Wild Earth Day Weekend, full of fun activities for all ages.  When you visit the nature center this weekend, you can take part in a climate challenge, interact with exhibits and local informational partners, and maybe you’ll even win a prize!   Friday night there is a FREE showing of “Going Circular,” a film exploring how we …

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Springtime in the Rockies!

Another winter has passed – yes we still have some snow up here! – and we are enjoying the melting ice and sweet bird songs each morning.  That also means that the ground is softening and plants will start sprouting up again soon.  (If you would like to volunteer in our garden, for spring clean-up or summer watering, call or email!)   Looking Forward As we look towards a busy summer, we are grateful for the gift our visitors bring …

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Grandpa Bredo says “Catch a Story & Take a Spin!”

How many visitors can we expect in Town this weekend for Frozen Dead Guy Days??? March 20 we celebrate the International Day of Happiness and World Storytelling by re-opening our Story Catcher!

Maintaining a 100-year old Motor

On February 6, the maintenance crew removed the motor from the carousel for THE FIRST TIME since it was installed over a decade ago. It was quite a job to hoist the engine out and over the carousel deck!

Join our Family!

You can now become a member of the Carousel of Happiness and enjoy some awesome perks. See our Membership Plans & Pricing page to sign up!

Happy New Year!

We had an *almost* white Christmas, and are enjoying winter in the mountains.  As folks head up to ski at Eldora, the Carousel awaits to bring them a smile at the end of the day! We hope you and your families enjoyed wonderful holiday time over the last few weeks, and celebrated the gift of together-ness!  It was great to see you and your families over Winter Break.  In this special time of year, smiles are dancing through the Carousel house …

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Holiday Adoptions are a Very Special Gift!

Adopting one of our unique animals is one of the best ways to support the Carousel and become a part of our family. We hope every smile experienced here turns into countless more beyond our doors! Funds raised by animal adoptions contribute to the maintainance and repair of our century-old carousel and band organ, and help us continue on our mission to inspire happiness. Carousel Animal Adoptions are usually for one year, and you can learn more about regular adoptions at the “Learn More” link below.

Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 7

Join millions of Coloradoans in giving to support your favorite charities!

Halloween & “The Carousel of Spookiness”

Join us on Halloween for an annual tradition… Our animals will be dressed to the nines in their best costumes, ready for trick or treat fun!  Come take a ride on the Carousel of Spookiness, complete with spooky jams on the Wurlitzer.  Those without costume will pay the normal ticket price of $3.  Wear a costume and ride for just $1! Want to win a prize?  Enter our costume contest for all ages for your chance to get some Carousel …

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Fall Fun at the Harvest Fest!

Celebrate the fall with great food, live music, and lots of fun!  This Sunday, October 3, the Nederland Farmers Market ends the season with a bang, and over 70 vendors, located between First St. & Second St. in Downtown Nederland.  See www.nederlandfarmersmarket.org for more info.  Stop by the Carousel of Happiness booth to purchase & decorate pumpkins!     Pumpkin Decorating! Draw a scary face for Halloween, or make a pretty fall landscape. Bring a larger pumpkin to decorate from the Pumpkin …

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Fall Colors in the Mountains

That fall chill is in the air… As any leaf peeper knows, witnessing Colorado’s aspen leaves change is one of the best ways to spend the day.  Plan your trip to see the beautiful colors that speckle our mountainsides, the peak time to see this amazing color change is coming soon!  We just had our first frosty mornings, triggering the trees to prepare for winter.  However, the days are still pleasantly sunny, the best time of year in the mountains.  …

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HOURS

Monday:

11am to 5pm

Tuesday:

CLOSED

Wednesday:

CLOSED

Thursday:

11am to 5pm

Friday:

10am to 5pm

Saturday:

10am to 5pm

Sunday:

10am to 5pm

Last ride of the day at 4:45pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information

** SPECIAL THANKSGIVING BREAK HOURS **

11/21 Monday:

11am to 5pm

11/22 Tuesday:

11am to 5pm

11/23 Wednesday:

11am to 5pm

11/24 Thursday:

CLOSED

11/25 Friday:

10am to 5pm