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 2014: Performing Arts Group/Program
n a city that has more than a handful of long-standing performing arts organizations, Millibo Art Theatre occupies the No. 1 seat in 2014. Jim Jackson, Birgitta De Pree and their band of merry-makers live and breathe performing arts, from song and dance to improv. Over a dozen years, the MAT has developed 53 plays and presented nearly 150 new works, while also offering a plethora of workshops for both adults and children. If you haven't yet seen their new place in the Ivywild neighborhood, consider dropping in on Ten Minutes Max in November, where performers of all stripes do their best to entertain in, you guessed it, 10 minutes or less. — MB
Best Of 2015: Movie Theater
Nothing against sterile corporate chains, because God knows we all love 'em, but indie movie houses are still one of the best barometers of a city's cultural vitality. Thankfully, discerning cinephiles can count on Kimball's for the kind of films that would otherwise require a trip to Denver. This summer's offerings have ranged from a much-acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary and a Brian Wilson biopic to Sundance-ready fare like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Oh yeah, and there's a fully stocked bar, too. Let's see Tinseltown top that. — Bill Forman
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.