Insider Guide 2010
Learn to skate on the same Olympic-sized rink as the Colorado College Tigers and Mickey Mouse. The World Arena's two sheets of ice host pickup hockey, drop-in speed skating and public skating sessions. You can also reserve ice time for birthdays, bar mitzvahs and corporate broomball showdowns.
Insider Guide 2010
Named after the famous entertainer and a burning ball of cosmic gas; located 8,000 feet above sea level; and standing 114 feet high is the final resting place of Spencer and Julie Penrose, along with some friends of the couple. It's the best view in the city, and accessible through a toll-gate at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Best Of 2013: Performing Arts Group/Program
Since TheatreWorks sits on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus, some people might think it primarily puts on student productions. Some people would be wrong; this is a professional, regional theatre company. "We hire from across the country, across the region and from right here in town," says executive director Drew Martorella. "It's a good combination of energy." Then they take that energy and put it in a black box theater, so the stage and audience can be arranged differently for each production. And those productions are plenty different themselves. For instance, while 2013 will go out with Death of a Salesman and It's a Wonderful Life (staged as a 1940s radio drama), 2014 will begin with The Weir, a modern Irish play. "We want our audience to have a unique adventure every time they come," says artistic director Murray Ross. — Kendall Kullman
When the famed Simpich puppet and character doll workshop closed in 2007, locals mourned. But this past year, the Simpich family opened a theater featuring original productions by the Simpich Marionette Repertoire staging five shows per season, with performances three to four times per week. (There's also a museum and art gallery.)
Every year, the Pikes Peak Center brings the top-quality Broadway in Colorado Springs Series to town. This year's musical shows include the recent run of Avenue Q, a controversy-sparking adult-oriented puppet show, and The Wizard of Oz.
Best Of 2013: Movie Theater
Earlier this year, the venerable and virtually unbeatable Kimball's Peak Three made the transition from actual film to digital projection. Kimball Bayles, owner and namesake of the indie film house, wasn't too sad to see the old stuff go: "It's mostly a pain in the ass." Now? "This is all computerized," he says. "We don't even do anything." But don't worry — just because the film grain is gone doesn't mean the independent and art house films that made Kimball's an Indy favorite for the last two decades are. "If I ever run something too mainstream," Bayles says, "you should see the emails I get!" — Jeff Koch
Although it's the only dedicated dinner theater in the area, the Melodrama does allow a meals-optional ticket to see its campy but charming shows. The season runs April through October, and there are special holiday productions in December.