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An icy spring plunge, free outdoor Shakespeare, a magical Red-Rocks first, and more things to do in Denver this weekend

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The latest Disney on Ice shows — at the Denver Coliseum through Sunday, April 10 — are themed around “Mickey and Friends” and feature a trio of Denver natives.

Last chance for an icy plunge

Saturday. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like for those daffy folks who dress up in costumes and jump in a lake as a way of celebrating New Year’s Day, the arrival of spring or some other excuse to party, you can try it yourself this weekend.

There are two Polar Plunge options benefiting Special Olympics Colorado, one at Windsor Lake in Weld County and the other at the Boulder Reservoir. The one in Windsor includes a 5K race.

To take part in the plunges, you have to raise $75 for Special Olympics or shell out the cash yourself. The cost of the 5K in Windsor is an additional $35 (or $40 on the day of the event). The Windsor plunge will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Boulder plunge begins at noon. — John Meyer

Denver skaters front and center for Disney on Ice

Through Sunday. This year’s Disney on Ice tour — in this case, the “Micky and Friends”-themed dates — have an added perk for locals: three of the skaters in the costumed extravaganza are from Denver. You can watch Jamie Chandler, Katie Curran and Megan Viozzi perform at the Denver Coliseum in six all-ages shows through Sunday, April 10 (shows started April 7).

Tickets for the show, which just finished a run at Loveland’s Budweiser Events Center, are $20-$65 and, yes, there are morning options. — John Wenzel

The Bard’s free parking lot shows

Opening Saturday. If you’ve ever been to one of Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ free, traveling “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” shows, you’ll know how informal and fun they are. While the performances are top-notch (by any standard), they’re totally free, and the material is mercifully abridged — brief versions of classics “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The series kicks off Saturday, April 9, with a “Midsummer” at noon outside Anythink Library’s Commerce City branch (7185 Monaco St.), before touring the metro area with a half-dozen more shows — about one per week — through May 14, with stops in the RiNo Art District, Thornton, Denver’s Green Valley Ranch and other locations. — John Wenzel

The first-ever magic show at Red Rocks

Saturday. How does up-close magic work at Red Rocks Amphitheatre? It likely doesn’t, which is why the first-ever “Magic on the Rocks,” starring Denver illusionist Scotty Wiese, is preparing some big-screen tricks for the first-ever magic show at the world-famous amphitheater.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, the family-friendly variety performance will open with Nashville-based guitarist Mark Mackay, followed by magic, storytelling and comedy. It’s rain-snow-or-shine, so be sure to dress for the weather. Tickets: $33-$60, at 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison. — John Wenzel

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