Colorado Parent July 2021

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July 2021

Voted on by Our Readers

Growing Great Families Since 1986

Best-Loved Kids Camps and Lessons

Top Food and Drink Spots


Local Getaways For All Seasons

103 Ideas for Family Fun




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CONTENTS July 2021 features



Discover Smart Ways to Simplify an Endless Chore.

Our Readers’ Top Picks for Local Entertainment and Kids' Resources.



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The latest tips and news on

Lessons Learned














Junkyard Social Club

Books That Get Kids Moving

on the cover


Tie-Dye Fourth of July

Building Skills for Life

Make Meals Magical


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Our monthly roundup of local events, featuring virtual and in-person activities around town.

Fun for Baseball-Loving Families

32 Local Getaways For All Seasons | 38 Best-Loved Kids Camps and Lessons 42 Quality Education and Childcare Resources | 46 Top Food and Drink Spots 53 103 Ideas for Family Fun

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Early Childhood Showcase

Patriotic Party Essentials


Can I Keep My Family Active Without Scheduling It?


Custom Hobbit Houses for Your Home


Cover: Getty Images.

Mountains: YMCA of the Rockies. Calendar: Chowen Photography.



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On the Web

Colorado Parent Online Ice cream: Anna Sutterer. Sun pool: Minnidip Minni-Minni. Fourth of July: Ariel Skelley/Getty Images. Hot dog: Lauren Mclean/Getty Images.

Denver Hot Dog Joints With the Best Franks We tried out all of these local restaurants that serve up hot dogs, for research’s sake.

The Best Ice Cream Treats from DenverArea Shops Satisfy your family’s summer sweet tooth with these unique frozen creations.

5 Water Toys for Backyard Fun These toys and inflatables will keep your family cool all summer long.

18 Ways To Celebrate the 4th of July This Year Break out the red, white, and blue attire and take your family to one of these star-spangled events.




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The Race Against Kids’ Cancer is an exhilarating weekend of vintage car racing to benefit life-saving kids’ cancer research funded by The Morgan Adams Foundation. This is the 11th Anniversary of this incredible event! There are several different run groups to watch during the race weekend, including a variety of open-wheel and production race cars. Spectators will have a chance to buy a “ticket to ride” in a race, sports, or exotic car at speed on the track and much, much more! This event is FREE to the public.


From the Editors

What We Learned…



EDITORIAL Editor Deborah Mock Senior Associate Editor Kara Thompson Editorial Assistant Anna Sutterer Contributing Managing Editor Lydia Rueger


After tallying votes from readers like you, we’ve found some of the most-loved attractions, services, schools, food spots, and more. Get ideas for Colorado living from our 2021 Family Favorites list starting on page 31.


ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Director Brigette Swartz Account Manager Hilary Angel

Reading that encourages kids to stay active? Sign us up! Check out these picture books featuring fun ways to get moving, on page 16.

PRODUCTION Art Director Heather Gaumer Contributing Designer Tammie Schumacher




Tie-dye is back! Did it ever fade away? Dress to impress at Independence Day celebrations with custom socks, towels, and tote bags. Page 20

Same old sammie with the crusts cut off? Jazz up mealtime with a few creative twists on classic kid favorites. Page 24

MARKETING Director of Marketing Piniel Simegn ADMINISTRATION Billing and Collections Manager Jessica McHeard DISTRIBUTION & CIRCULATION Audience Development Manager Caitlin Kittrell

CAN’T WAIT Baseball is in full swing this summer. Folks will no doubt flock to Coors Field, but don’t let Denver’s other bat-and-glove activities pass you by. Find a list of ideas on page 62.

YOU SAID IT Our kids feel a sense of pride and confidence in themselves that they can do things independently. As they leave our home, we want them to know that they can do hard things. —Jolene Picone, mother of three, Englewood. Page 22

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Custom Hobbit Houses for Your Home Rudi Monterroso grew up using natural materials to build shelters where he and other kids could escape threats from Guatemala’s armed conflict. He became a full-time artist in the U.S. and despite being completely colorblind and suffering from pain in his hands, has shown paintings at various locations in the Denver area, including the Denver Art Museum. A father of three now living in Littleton, Monterroso built a life teaching and selling art. Then the COVID-19 pandemic stalled his work. Reaching back to his roots, Monterroso found a positive outlet in this time of need. He started building Hobbit houses and imaginative play structures full-time. Using reclaimed and natural materials, Monterroso sculpts full playhouses in a Lord of the

Rings-inspired style. He also constructs (lower cost) enchanting doors and props like branch archways and metal flowers for the corners of backyards or basement reading nooks. All a child needs is a portal for their imagination to take over, says Monterroso. “In my romantic way of seeing these projects, [it’s] creating these spaces for families to come together and not depend on iPads or computers to entertain the kids,” he says. A child-size 4-by-4-foot Hobbit house starts at around $3,000. An adult-size outdoor office space, about 8-by-10-feet, costs $7,000 and up. It’s a long-term investment, says Monterroso, whose girls have grown up with their own custom playhouse and redecorated the space for different uses.

Commissions from Monterroso are customizable; he works with each client’s needs, desires, and budget in mind. That said, customers should understand that reclaimed materials are not free to work with. “It is not just picking up trash and putting it together,” he says, adding that recycled materials are increasingly in demand by the construction and art industries. “It’s being able to carefully select the right materials to create a magical place.” Find Monterroso’s artwork and contact information at —Anna Sutterer

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Good to Know

Train: The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Skate: Anna Sutterer.

The newly refurbished Pikes Peak Cog Railway is open to all ages.

Pikes Peak Cog Railway Reopens Families can once again travel to the top of Pikes Peak in style, following a major construction project of the Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. WHAT’S NEW AND IMPROVED The cog railway has been operating since 1891, and has been owned by the Broadmoor since 1925. All the tracks have been replaced, and a new cog system has been installed. (For this system, cog wheels mesh into special rack rails, allowing the train to climb much steeper grades than a standard railroad track.) There are four refurbished trains and three brand-new trains with cushy seating, a new second-train platform, overhead walkway, remodeled bathrooms, and a gift shop.

DURING THE RIDE In addition to spectacular mountain views during the nine-mile ride to 14,115 feet, the trains’ conductors point out sites of interest, offer history, and draw your attention to wildlife along the way. And they tell jokes, too. THE PIKES PEAK VISITORS CENTER To give kids a better understanding of Pikes Peak history, geography, and climate, don’t miss the digital features and interactive exhibits in the new Pikes Peak Visitor’s Center, located at the summit. Also, make sure to try high-altitude donuts made from a special recipe by a “donut robot”—the only ones produced at an altitude above 14,000 feet in the world.

TIPS FOR YOUNG RIDERS Purchase snacks at the depot to bring along and don’t forget jackets and/or layers. The summit can be 30 degrees cooler than the base and you might experience a wide range of weather conditions. Children age two and under are free with a paid adult admission ticket but must sit on an adult’s lap. The ride to the summit takes a little more than one hour; visitors spend 40 minutes at the top before traveling back down. Purchase tickets in advance and find other details about the reopening at —Lydia Rueger

Kid-Focused Roller Skating Lessons Come to Denver Denver Skates is a fast-growing hub for long-time and novice roller and inline skaters in the metro area. They've taught and hosted close to 400 people ages three to 73 since 2018. The group recently added Kids Roller Skating Fundamentals to their offerings. Hailley Ciriacks teaches the students, ages four to 12. She has experience in swim coaching and education; her goal is to open skating to disabled skaters including hard-of-hearing folks. She’s excited to help build up a new generation of roller skaters. “Kids’ lessons have been a blast,” she says. “We mix learning the importance of skate and safety


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fundamentals with interactive games like freeze tag and red light green light to reinforce learning in a way that’s fun for everyone, instructors included! I always explain that I have two rules: be safe, and have fun.” All students are required to bring and wear a helmet, knee pads, and wrist guards. Roller skates can be rented at the current lesson location, Roller City West in Lakewood. Weekly classes cost $25 for a drop in and $100 for four sessions. Ciriacks and all Denver Skates instructors are also available for private lessons. See online for details and registration. —Anna Sutterer

Skate instructor Hailley Ciriacks' class includes fundamental training plus games and positive reinforcement for kids on roller skates and blades.

Table, cake stand: Ashley Smith Photography.

Add Some Spark to Your Table This 4th With Aristea Brady Two things I love: all things holiday and show-stopping tablescapes. So, I jump at the chance when I get to combine the two. Here are three simple ways you can add a little spark to your seasonal tablescape. DON’T BE PREDICTABLE Rather than reach for your typical flatware, take a chance and mix up vintage and modern touches, which immediately add visual interest and create a fun, whimsical vibe. Intentionally break rules by mixing formal dinner plates with a casual patriotic red salad plate. To further contrast a more dignified style, add jute placemats and casual indigo blue drinkware. Jute placemats, often seen on outdoor patio tables, also serve as a nod to summertime.

ADD PLAYFUL TOUCHES Not only will your kids appreciate this, but so will the kid-at-heart in you! Cut white wooden stars from an inexpensive garland to serve as the focal point of the place setting. These could easily double as a name place card or they could be attached to a plain napkin holder. Another easy yet impactful addition: cupcakes. Having the dessert sitting out at the table adds an element of fun. I almost always use cupcake holders when I create a tablescape. Whether they’re tall, covered glass domes (as pictured), or even small white ceramic ones you snag in the Target dollar section, they add anticipation for that post-dinner treat. GET CREATIVE WITH A CAKE STAND I’m a big believer in using cake stands for a plethora of reasons outside of displaying dessert. They add great dimension to tablescapes when you set items of varying heights on top of them. Plus, most people already have at least one on hand. I added a bottle of French lemonade, a striped canister, and a bowl of red and blue candy-coated raspberries to my stand to serve as a bold accent for the centerpiece. —Aristea Brady

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Good to Know | Let’s Go


Junkyard Social Club Relax while the little ones learn and explore. Outdoor, kids playing: Junkyard Social Club. Coffee: Xinzheng/Getty Images. Calendar: Nora Carol Photography/Getty Images. Food, truck: FED Boulder.

By Courtney Holden VIBE: A creative atmosphere for unstructured play DRIVE TIME: Located just north of the Twenty Ninth Street Mall at 2525 Frontier Ave., Boulder TIP: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, check the website or contact to make a reservation before visiting throughout July; space is limited. The Junkyard Social Club hopes to open the outdoor adventure playground to the public on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. by September. Hours will expand to seven days a week once the coffeeshop is fully operational by 2022. Adults are admitted for free; kids are $10. Working alongside fellow artists, dreamers, and outside-the-box thinkers, Jill Katzenberger, founder of the Junkyard Social Club, is striving to reimagine what play looks like—for adults and kids alike. A former program developer for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Katzenberger hopes that her out-there endeavor—a gathering place that’s equal parts playground, maker space, coffee shop, art center, and theater—will help creativity and fun to flourish. “We’ve been thinking about how we can create a space that is comfortable for all ages,” she says, “that’s inspiring in terms of artwork and decor with lots of outdoor space so the kids can get noisy, but also having a classroom maker space for focused activities for all ages.”

Play structures at Junkyard Social Club consist of found objects.

Slots for the club’s summer camps are still available in July. The location also accommodates birthday parties, events, and private gatherings, too.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE Walk through the coffee shop/lounge to the outdoor area where the adventure playground awaits. There are the two wooden play structures dubbed the “cubicles” (one larger structure for bigger kids, one smaller for littles) that are meant to be climbed, but the way kids climb is up to them. A series of ropes and pulleys allow kids to haul water. The entire space is designed to be what Katzenberger calls a “non-conforming playground that doesn’t assign what you’re supposed to do.” STAFF WHO THINK DIFFERENTLY Junkyard Social Club staff members (called “provocateurs of play”) will be on hand to not only monitor the children’s well-being, but also to instigate playful moments. They might give kids a challenge to turn the cubicles into a town or to build a boat out of a plastic bottle, spoons, and rubber bands. “It’s an opportunity for families and people of all ages to play,” says Katzenberger, “and for play to look like different things.”


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Families can build togeth er in

the maker space.

FED, a Boulder-based food truck and catering business, is working with Junkyard Social Club to prepare packaged snacks for the coffee shop, in addition to freshly prepared food on the weekends.

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Good to Know | Read to Me

by Eric Carle (HarperCollins, 1999)

Tattered Cover Book Store children’s buyer Kate Brasch and Boulder Public Library librarians both recommend this classic that’s sure to get younger kids moving like animals. Can you clap your hands like a seal? Wriggle your hips like a crocodile?


Books That Get Kids Moving By Lydia Rueger Summer’s in full swing, which means more opportunities for kids to get off their devices and get moving. Here are some favorites to inspire your kids into action, in a variety of ways.

The Great Whipplethorp Bug Collection

by Ben Brashares and Elizabeth Bergeland (Little, Brown and Company, 2021)

One summer day, Chuck tells his dad he’s bored. His dad responds with a list of the interesting things done by Whipplethorp men before him. Chuck tries to discover a new type of insect like his grandfather the entomologist, only to find out that he can create something different, and become a great man in a new way.

How Do You Dance?

by Thyra Heder (Abrams, 2019)

Mags beckons, Koyo bops, Gilda flits in this story, another favorite of Boulder librarians and Tattered Cover. Everyone dances their own way, in their own style, and in different places. Discover new moves to try, and remember that it’s always OK to dance alone, too.

Lucas at the Paralympics

by Igor Plohol; illustrated by Urska Stropnik Sonc (Holiday House, June 2021)

Kids can learn about the differences required to compete in many Paralympic events including running, swimming, sitting volleyball, para archery, wheelchair fencing, and more. Author Igor Plohl, a teacher who lost the use of his legs after a spinal injury, knows how to answer the questions children ask.

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Unstoppable Me

Friday Night Wrestlefest

by Susan Verde; illustrated by Andrew Joyner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019)

by J.F. Fox; illustrated by Micah Player (Roaring Brook Press, 2020)

A young boy celebrates his moving body in this book suggested by Boulder librarians: No batteries required…just a little water to keep my engine running. He visits different places he can be active, and tries out making unique movements.

It’s Friday night, and for this family, it’s time to wrestle before going to bed. Make up your own wrestling moves while you read about Dangerous Daddoo, Mama-Rama, and the Tag-Team Twins. Recommended by the Denver Public Library children’s librarians.

What Would You Do in a Book About You?

by Jean Reidy; illustrated by Joey Chou (HarperCollins 2021)

The latest from local author Jean Reidy, a three-time Colorado Book Award winner, will inspire kids to get their imaginations moving along with their bodies: Would you march slow and steady? Or sprint from the start? Would you follow the crowd? Or lead from your heart?

From Head To Toe: HarperCollins, How Do You Dance?: Abrams. The Great Whipplethorp Bug Collection: Little, Brown. Unstoppable Me: Macmillan. What Would You Do in a Book About You?: HarperCollins. Lucas at the Paralympics: Holiday House. Friday Night Wrestlefest; Macmillan

From Head To Toe

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Good to Know | Solutions

Can I Keep My Family Active Without Scheduling It? How do you incorporate more exercise into daily life without it feeling like a chore? A camp organizer, walking/hiking advocate, and youth sports program owner weigh in. Edited by Courtney Drake-McDonough

“When the pandemic began, we shifted from in-person to virtual classes. We developed sports without equipment, such as playing baseball using wrapping paper rolls for bats, rolled up socks for balls, plain white paper for bases, and empty plastic cups instead of cones (to practice aiming for a target with the ball). Figuring out how to make their own equipment allows kids to channel inner creativity and practice problem-solving skills. Kids are hardwired to learn through play. If they’re having fun, they’re more likely to continue. If parents are willing to go outside and play with their kids, it’s easier for kids to want to play too. Then, it’s just hanging out and there’s no pressure for it to be work.” —Tori Makela, franchise owner, Skyhawks-SuperTots Sports Colorado,



“Taking kids out on a trail or into a park is a natural way for them to move without even thinking about it. By pointing out bugs on the ground, rocks within view, or clouds in the sky, kids love moving around to see what they can discover. Don’t expect younger children to walk the entire block or hike the whole trail, depending on their age. Be prepared for them to get in and out of their respective carriers. The best place to walk with kids in Denver is along the Platte River; stop at Grant-Frontier Park, Pasquinel’s Landing, and JohnsonHabitat parks. The South Valley Trail is great for older kids.”

“Cycling is a great excuse to get out of the house and spend quality time as a family. You can get fresh air, explore, and it’s something you don’t need to drive to, nor spend a lot of money to enjoy. Go around the neighborhood. Find a local trail that’s suitable for all levels. Bike to a nearby park, local ice cream shop or bakery, where you can have a treat at the destination. Remember to wear a properly fitting helmet and reflective gear in the dark, and bring a water bottle.”

—Chris Englert, head motivator, and

—Mike Chan, marketing manager, Pedalheads,


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Good to Know | Good Stuff

Patriotic Party Essentials Throw your best Fourth of July soiree yet with these festive finds. By Kara Thompson

Kids will love showing off their spirit by wearing this Patriotic Pride Headband. Each star lights up and has three different flash functions to choose from. Plus, the batteries can be replaced so your little firecrackers can rewear the accessory year after year. $7,

Need some game ideas? This red, white, and blue Corn Hole Set will make backyard entertaining a breeze. The travel sized game can be easily toted along to a friend’s house or on a camping trip if you’re hosting a remote get together. $22,

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No party is complete without a decked out dessert table. These cheerful chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from Denver’s Happy Bakeshop double up as decor and delicious snacks. Be sure to order two days before the holiday, as they are closed on Sunday. $41 per dozen, $3.50 per cupcake,

Add a special touch to party cups with these Tickled Glitzy Firecracker Straws. Place a handful of them in a big mason jar for guests to grab, or set up a table with one in each cup. $8,

Set up a make-your-own dessert station and have guests decorate treats with this Yankee Doodle Cakesicle Kit. The kit comes with a round cakesicle mold, sticks, candy melts, and all-American sprinkles—just prep your own cake batter and party goers will be ready to decorate. $43,

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Fun & Activities

YOU WILL NEED: · 1 cotton beach towel, 30 by 60 inches · Paper towels · 1 Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Navy (purchased at Michaels) · 1 Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Red · 1 kitchen trash bag · Extra plastic gloves and rubber bands (in case of breakage; both are included in kits)


Tie-Dye Fourth of July Picnic in patriotic style with these easy and festive projects. By Heather Gaumer

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his summery spin on Independence Day must-haves will be sure to turn heads at any park. For these projects, you’ll want your dyed items to be 100 percent cotton

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(or as close as possible). Cotton will give you the most vibrant color with many store-bought kit dyes, while nylon and spandex blends will appear lighter and more faded.

1. Place the beach towel in a tub and wet thoroughly. Wring it out lightly. 2. Spread out the towel. With the long end in front of you, measure 14 inches in and 9 inches down from the top right corner. This will be the center of your first spiral. Pinch this spot and twist counterclockwise, keeping the towel as flat as possible. Continue twisting until the outer edges are pulled tightly into the spiral. 3. On the left side of the towel, measure 14 inches in and 9 inches up from the bottom left corner and make a clockwise twist. Tightly spiral it clockwise until you reach the first spiral. The towel should make an “8” shape. 4. Taking one of the towel ends, wrap three rubber bands vertically around the entire spiral to create six triangles. Repeat on the other side. 5. Put on gloves. Mix the dyes in the bottles according to the kit instructions. 6. Turn your trash bag inside out on the ground and place your towel on top. Note: You can also use an old sheet in the backyard. The dye will soak through, so be mindful to select an area where the dye won’t ruin what’s underneath. Using your dye bottles, squirt colored dye on each triangle on the spirals, starting with red and alternating. Once the top is saturated, flip your towel over and finish dyeing the bottom half. It’s OK if the application is messy. Note: Don’t be afraid to be heavy-handed with your dye. The more you add, the more it will seep into the folds of the towel. 7. Once the dye is applied, use paper towels to wipe any excess dye from the trash bag. Pull the trash bag inside out again over your towel to cover. Leave wrapped in a warm spot (this helps the dye set well) for 24 hours. 8. After 24 hours, uncover the towel and place it into a sink or tub. Rinse it once thoroughly with cold water. Remove the rubber bands and rinse the towel under lukewarm water until most of the water coming off is clear. Wash the towel by itself in a washing machine with detergent, in warm or cold water, to remove any remaining dye. Dry and enjoy!

Photos: Heather Gaumer.

American Swirl Beach Towel

Fun & Activities

Spectacular Striped Tote YOU WILL NEED: · 1 white or natural cotton grocery tote (approximately 15 by 16 inches) · Paper towels · 1 Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Navy · 1 Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Red · 1 kitchen trash bag · Extra plastic gloves and rubber bands (in case of breakage; both are included in kits)

DIRECTIONS 1. Wet the tote thoroughly, then wring out lightly. 2. Spread the tote out. Starting on the left side, accordion fold your tote across, with each fold 1.5 to 2 inches wide. Note: The project works fine with a different size tote, but adjust instruction measurements accordingly. 3. Five inches from the bottom, put a rubber band around the folded tote. Wrap a second rubber band one inch above the first rubber band, then add another four inches above the second. Continue adding rubber bands in this pattern until you reach the top of the tote (handles included). 4. Put on gloves and mix the dye according to the package instructions. 5. Flip a trash bag inside out and place it on the ground. Place the tote on the trash bag. 6. Starting with the blue, dye the first “block” of your tote, from the bottom to the first rubber band. Leave the smaller space between the first and second rubber bands as is, and fill your next “block” between the second and third rubber bands with red dye. Continue this pattern for the rest of the length of the tote. 5. Use paper towels to dab away any excess dye and flip the bag inside-out to cover the tote. Wrap it tightly and store in a warm place for 24 hours. 6. After 24 hours, unwrap the tote and place it into a sink or tub. Rinse it once thoroughly with cold water. Remove rubber bands and rinse under lukewarm water until most of the water running off of the tote is clear. Wash the tote by itself in a washing machine with detergent, in warm or cold water, to remove any remaining dye; dry and use.

Red, White, and Ooo! Socks YOU WILL NEED: · 1 pair of white cotton socks · Paper towels · 1 Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Navy · 1 Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit in Red · 1 kitchen trash bag · Extra plastic gloves and rubber bands (in case of breakage; both are included in kits)


1. Place the socks in the sink and wet thoroughly. Wring them out lightly. 2. Roll the socks lengthwise.

3. Tightly wrap a rubber band around the sock about a third of the way in from one end. Repeat on the other side so the sock is divided into three equal sections. 4. Lightly squirt blue dye onto one end of the sock, and red on the other. The center should remain white. Note: This is a procedure that kids could do mostly on their own. 6. Wrap the socks in a plastic bag and leave to set overnight. 7. Remove the rubber bands and rinse the socks under lukewarm water until most of the water running off is clear. Wash the socks by themselves in a washing machine with detergent, in warm or cold water, to remove any remaining dye; dry and use.

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Learn & Grow

Saving: Jolene Picone.

Building Skills for Life

Create a foundation of success that carries through to adulthood by teaching kids responsibility for necessary tasks. By Kelly Smith


arents are often tempted to take care of some of their kids’ everyday responsibilities—after all, it will get the job done more quickly—but doing so continually won’t help your kids develop basic life skills. When some adolescents have limited life skills, Brian Powers, a Denver-area high school counselor and father of two, suspects their deficits might limit future prospects and functioning. Similarly, “when we do a task for a child that they are capable of doing, we are communicating a subtle message that we do not think they are capable of it,” says Rachel Averch, president and head of school at Montessori Children’s House of Denver. “Let go of the need for perfection and for a certain outcome and realize that the process is more important than the product,” she advises. The good news is, even the youngest family members can contribute to the household. Denver-area middle school teacher Molly Snell recommends singing songs, making it a game, or adding music, as you teach your children basic tasks. “Make it part of the routine such as, ‘After we


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eat, we use the stool to reach the sink and rinse our plates, then we put them in the dishwasher.’ There is an understanding of doing the job because it’s the next thing and not a punishment,” she says. Not only will kids learn to do the actual tasks, but also the act of trying a task—and sometimes failing—can build a foundation of confidence and self-reliance. In turn, parents can build on those skills by teaching increased responsibility as the child grows. Here are a few growth areas to consider. COOKING AND KITCHEN SKILLS Jolene and Greg Picone are both small business owners. Out of necessity and “to ward off entitlement,” says Jolene, their three young daughters take part in meal prep, ready themselves for school, help with laundry, and more. When it comes to help in the kitchen, their two-year-old can put away silverware; a sister or adult will go back and organize if need be. The five-year old can pull dishes out and safely stack them on the counter, and the 10-year-old can put the dishes away. “Our kids feel a sense of pride and confidence in

themselves that they can do things independently,” says Jolene. “As they leave our home, we want them to know that they can do hard things.” Younger children can add and mix (parentmeasured) recipe ingredients. Averch is a bread baker; her youngest child helps knead the dough. They can also assist with setting the table and clearing plates. In addition, Averch believes that children being allowed to pour, and spill, is just as important as success. “The spill teaches a child that their mistakes are not failures to be ashamed of, but rather an important part of the learning process to be embraced and learned from in our pursuit of growth and excellence,” she explains. Elementary school kids can help with cooking, learn to cut with a dull (or child-friendly) knife, and make basic meals such as sandwiches. They might also put groceries away and help wash the dishes. Tweens and teens can read recipes, measure ingredients, and learn to prepare a meal. They can use a broom and dustpan, create a grocery list, and take out the trash. Teach them to plan and prepare a meal with several ingredients and use the oven.

Children at dishwasher: Montessori Children’s House of Denver.

Learn & Grow

FINANCIAL LITERACY Money management skills that are learned early on can have an impact throughout a child’s life. The New York Times reports that more than two dozen state legislatures are considering bills on financial literacy education in our high schools. High school students in 21 states (Colorado not among them) are required to take a personal finance course to graduate. Greg Picone and his daughters launched Money Kids, a YouTube channel and social media think tank for kids to learn about money from other kids. The girls give short, kid-relatable talks about various financial topics, with dad lending a hand behind the scenes. “Kids can go through 13 years of schooling having learned pre-calculus and details about ancient civilizations,” says Picone, “but the basic language and ideas of money management can remain foreign to them—ideas that will place real-world demands on them immediately and daily as they become independent.” Picone also thinks that one of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. His hope is that by making the videos, his girls will have a deeper, emotional connection with the content. Younger children can create three buckets for any allowance or gifts they receive: one for spending, one for saving, and one for giving. Let them choose how much goes into each bucket and give them autonomy (within household guidelines) to decide what to spend, what to save for, and where to donate. Elementary school kids can be involved with saving up and planning for family vacations, or budgeting for groceries. Tweens and teens who have demonstrated readiness can have their own bank accounts and then practice keeping track of their own money. Older high school students can reconcile their accounts and learn how to file taxes. COMMUNICATION SKILLS Learning to communicate, collaborate with others, and self-advocate are essential as we prepare our kids for a time when we may not be there to handle situations on their behalf. And no thanks to constant texting and messaging, our kids get less natural practice with communication than ever before. “We want them to feel confident to be independent, but be able to ask for outside help when needed,” says Averch. Younger children can make basic decisions like which ice cream they want, which color socks they want to wear, or which toy they want to play with. Consider offering two choices, both of which you as a parent are OK with. Teach five-year-olds their full name, address, and a phone number to reach you, along with how to make an emergency call, if the need should ever arise. Elementary school children can order for themselves at restaurants—it can be fun and builds

confidence. Some restaurants have pictures on the kids’ menu, allowing non-readers to circle or color what they want to eat. Then, they can move on to verbally placing their order. Tweens and teens can ask their teachers for help when they are struggling with an assignment, rather than the parent asking. Encourage them to ask store clerks when they are looking for an item, or call a business to ask about a product. If your tween or teen has a part-time job for a trusted friend or neighbor, encourage them to communicate directly with that adult about their work schedule and job duties. KEEP TEACHING As your kids grow and you’re unsure if the life skills lessons you’re teaching are sinking in, don’t despair. High school counselor Brian Powers says there’s another common outcome he sees when it comes to kids and life skills: Sometimes they mature a little later, and don’t notice the need for these skills until they leave the home. “The opportunity that the ‘real world’ offers in tough love might be the first time that young adults see the value and the need for applying better life skills,” he says. “They find a natural motivation they did not have while living in their parents’ home.” That, too, is a good thing, and will allow you to relax when they come home to visit. Kelly Smith is an award-winning editor and writer who lives in Littleton. Her two 20-something daughters do all their own dishes and laundry.

EXPERT LIFE SKILLS ADVICE Licensed clinical psychologist Joyce Fine, Ph.D., suggests that the “5 C’s”—curiosity, critical thinking, compassion, communication, and creativity—are at the heart of important life skills for a child to learn. Parents can foster these skills by asking their children how they feel, what they think, and what they would do. Fine says that when a child is not given space to think, they can become “boxed into that mindset later in life. “It becomes harder for them to be a critical thinker, and to think about situations in a problem-solving way,” she says. Here are other resources to help on your life-skills-teaching journey. · How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, by Julie Lythcott-Haims · How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn before You’re Grown Up, by Catherine Newman · How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish · The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children: Parenting from the Heart, by Steven W. Vannoy · Kids are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso · Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours, by Dr. Kevin Leman

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Family Food

Make Meals

Magical Delight your kids with these cheerful meals.

By Kara Thompson


ach of these dishes were curated by Kelly Caruso, a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in treating children with feeding deficits. Caruso, who’s also a mother to a three-yearold daughter, says that making food a fun experience for children is wildly important. “When parents or caregivers first present food, always try to remember to present it in different shapes and forms. This will help prevent children becoming picky eaters,” she explains. And with kids of all ages, allow them to become a part of the food making experience. “It’s a great way to spend time in the kitchen making magical memories,” Caruso says.

Flower Toast YOU WILL NEED: · 3 slices of bread · Sprinkles · Flower shape cookie cutter · Food paint (or seedless jam) · 1 kiwi · Handful of granola



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Photos: Kelly Caruso.

1. Toast three slices of bread. 2. Use the flower cookie cutter to cut out three shapes. 3. Place a small drop of food paint in the center of each shape, then add sprinkles. 4. Use food paint or seedless jam to decorate the flower petals. 5. Cut the kiwi into small strips and assemble into a stem. 6. Add a handful of granola to resemble soil.

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Butterfly Quesadilla YOU WILL NEED: · 3 tortillas · ½ teaspoon olive oil · Food coloring (various colors) · ¼ cup shredded cheese · Handful of blueberries · 2 pretzel sticks · 1 cucumber · Sprinkles (various colors) · Sour cream (for garnish) · Small circle cookie cutter · Food scissors · Paintbrush

DIRECTIONS: 1. Cut out a butterfly shape on two tortillas using food scissors. 2. Mix ½ teaspoon of olive oil with 2 drops of food coloring for each color of your choice (we used 4 different colors). Paint the first color around the edges of the butterfly, then paint the center portion a different color. 3. Sprinkle cheese between the two tortillas and add any filling of your choice (this is a great way to add in new vegetables for your kids). 4. Place the tortilla painted side down on the skillet and cook the quesadilla on the stove until crispy. 5. Use a circle cookie cutter to make small tortilla

circles, then paint with olive oil and food coloring. Again, place them on the stove to cook. 6. Cut cucumbers into small slices that resemble grass. 7. Place the butterfly quesadilla on a plate, then add small circle shapes to the wings and finish with a sprinkle in the center. 8. Add sour cream and white sprinkles to the plate, to resemble clouds. 9. Add blueberries and pretzels to garnish.

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Family Food

Rainbow Yogurt YOU WILL NEED: · 2 cups strawberry flavored yogurt · 1 frozen banana · Whipped cream · Food coloring · Edible star sprinkles · 4 zippered sandwich bags · Wax paper

DIRECTIONS: 1. Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt into each sandwich bag. Add 1 to 2 drops of food coloring to each bag. Squeeze the bags gently to mix the food coloring with the yogurt. 2. Seal the bags. Cut the tip of one bottom corner of a bag diagonally. Pipe yogurt onto wax paper; repeat with other colors to form a rainbow. Freeze it overnight.

3. Once the rainbow is frozen, blend a frozen banana, yogurt, and a few drops of blue food coloring in a blender. Place in a bowl. 4. Add a rainbow on top, whip cream for clouds, and edible star sprinkles. Need more mealtime inspiration? Follow Kelly on Instagram at @Kellcaruso.

Photo: Kelly Caruso.


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Parents Day Out is a play-based program. Through meaningful play, age-appropriate materials, and interaction with peers and supportive teachers the children grow in the domains of development and learning: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.

Ricks Center is a school, preschool to eighth grade, dedicated to gifted learners. Flexible, differentiated curriculum designed around the whole child. Teachers who know, understand, and care deeply about gifted education and each student.

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Reclaim Your Laundry Routine Smart ways to simplify the seemingly endless chore. By Kara Thompson

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arenthood comes with a lot of responsibility, and one of the most pesky tasks just might be laundry. From tough stains to piles and piles of dirty clothes, it seems like as soon as you finish a load, there are three more waiting. To help you nail down a less chaotic routine, we asked Becky Rapinchuk, blogger behind Clean Mama and mom of three, to share her tried and true techniques.

#1 Limit Your Loads

Rather than separating your kids’ clothes into whites and darks, Rapinchuk recommends tossing all their clothing in your washing machine and running it on cold. While you might worry about the colors transferring, she notes that she’s never had any issues with this method—the key is running the cycle with cool water. Not only does washing multiple colors together at once limit the number of loads you need to do, but it also makes it easier to sort the clothing and put it away.

#2 Enlist Some Help

Summer is the perfect time to teach your kids how to help with laundry (read more about teaching your kids life skills on page 22). Rapinchuk thinks two years old is an appropriate age to start involving kids in simple tasks, like sorting socks or dumping clothes into a washing machine. For older kids, Rapinchuk says that eight and nine were good ages for her kids to take on more laundry responsibilities, like bringing the basket down to the laundry room, folding, and putting away clothes. “Increase little by little as your kids get older and help them along the way.”

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#3 Create a System

Sometimes chores can feel more manageable when they’re broken into smaller tasks. Every family is different, but Rapinchuk encourages parents to try and stick to a set schedule when it comes to washing common household items. For example, Saturday is “Sheets and Towels Day” at Rapinchuk’s house, so she launders all of her sheets and towels every Saturday so she knows all the beds and bathrooms will be replenished with fresh linens. If sticking to a once a week routine feels like a lot, rotate through your kids’ sheets. If you have three kids, launder one set a week and then repeat. Pro tip: Begin washing sheets first thing in the morning when beds are empty to assure that everyone has clean sheets to hop into at bedtime.

#4 Upgrade Your Machine

Man and baby: AJ Watt/Getty Images.

Branch Basics Laundry Kit Natural, toxin-free laundry detergent. $59,

Cleancult Wool Dryer Balls For faster and softer clothes drying. $10,

If you’re in need of a washing machine upgrade, consider purchasing an appliance that has a timer. Rapinchuk explains that most newer machines (within the last five to 10 years) have this function, and if you’re in the market, it’s one feature that can really hack your routine. The main perk is that if you work outside of your home, you can set your washer to start an hour or so before you wake up in the morning. Then, once you get up, you can toss the washed clothing into the dryer and fold it before leaving. If you’re in a rush to get out the door, you’ll at least find some peace of mind knowing that the clothes won’t be sitting in the damp washing machine all day (although, we’ve all been there.)

DIY Laundry Stain Bar This solution works best on simple clothing stains that are fresh and not set-in. Rapinchuk loves this natural and non-toxic alternative to stain sticks and sprays. Her favorite way to use it is on kids’ clothes and pant knees after some play in the dirt. Try it the next time you have a stain that needs some attention. What You’ll Need: • Water • One bar of Castile or vegetable-based soap • Scrub brush, if necessary Instructions: 1. Use a knife or scissors to cut the top off the wrapper. This creates a little storage case for your bar. 2. You can store the bar in the wrapper when not in use and it will dry out completely in a couple minutes after using it. Push the bar up a bit out of the wrapper to use it. 3. Wet the top of the bar under running water or in a dish (I like to use a dish because it’s more controlled.) 4. Rub into the stain and re-wet if necessary. Scrub if necessary with a clean, soft bristled brush. 5. Launder as usual and admire your stain-removing abilities!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR HOSPITALS. We want to thank all of the people who make HealthONE hospitals special – our doctors, nurses and staff. It’s great to see you recognized for the amazing work you do to keep our community healthy. The readers of Colorado Parent have recognized the following hospitals as Family Favorites:






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Favorites 2021 By Anna Sutterer and Kelly Smith Denver and the Front Range offer an astounding variety of entertainment and recreation, family resources, and fun. For 2021, Colorado Parent asked readers to tell us about the best of the best.

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2021 Family Favorites YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center: YMCA of the Rockies.

Family FUN The Centennial State is the place for families to take advantage of nature’s offerings, quality museums, play spaces, and resorts that draw visitors from all over the world. Find your next adventure in this list of our readers’ favorite places to play.




WINNER YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center Make home away from home at one of the YMCA’s cabins in a picturesque setting, several of which include fully-equipped kitchens. The program department keeps a full schedule of events and activities for visitors to participate in. The all-season getaway features mini golf, tons of sports, a roller rink, and even massage therapy.

TOP THREE Peak-A-Blue Cabin, Breckenridge The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center

YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center This top-rated haven is tucked in the mountains within a few miles of Rocky Mountain National Park. Outdoorsy families looking to unplug will love all the usual nature-related sports, plus something new like axe throwing (age eight and up) or an escape room experience in a historic cabin. A breathtaking view serves as a backdrop for all family activities.


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TOP THREE Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center

Icons: Getty Images. Renaissance Festival: Jordan Longley.

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TOP THREE KidSpace Kids Wonder Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park WINNER Kids Wonder Drop in for imaginative play, celebrate a child’s birthday, or come for an educational class. Kids Wonder’s mission is to develop body and mind for kids and parents. The bounce castle, theater stage, and Lil’ Town are equipped to keep young ones entertained. Socks are required, but also available for purchase just in case.


TOP THREE Kids Wonder Rocky Mountain Aardvarks Second Star to the Right


TOP THREE Colorado Renaissance Festival Fall Flannel Fest at Dairy Block Parker Days Festival

WINNER Kids Wonder Enjoy soft play structures with climbers and slides in the toddler area, plus playhouses and a mini bounce house. Big & Lil’ Play Classes offer instruction in physical, intellectual, and social/emotional skill building through singing and games.


Colorado Renaissance Festival Entertainment, music, and tasty eats are to be had at the Renaissance Festival. Take in a comedy or jousting show, try your hand at medieval games, and browse many booths for the perfect souvenirs. Check the website to keep an eye on themed weekends that might fit the interests of your family.


TOP THREE Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Denver Museum of Nature and Science History Colorado Center WINNER Denver Museum of Nature and Science This destination is known for both its detailed and whimsical, and often hands-on, exhibits. Find everything from ancient artifacts to virtual reality experiences. DMNS is also working on co-creating a new exhibit with input from people like you; look forward to the opening in a few years.

WATER PARK OR SWIM CENTER TOP THREE Apex Center Pirates Cove Water World

WINNER Apex Center Make it a water play day, any day of the year at Apex’s indoor park. All ages will find something they love in the 23,000 square feet of aquatic opportunities including a lap pool, spas, and playground. Young ones love splashing in the water features and zero-entry area, while older kids line up at the ropes and lily-pad challenge course.

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2021 Family Favorites

Elephant: The Denver Zoo. Snow Mountain Ranch: YMCA of the Rockies .


TOP THREE Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Denver Zoo Estes Park WINNER Denver Zoo Swing by this expansive multi-habitat land in the city to wave at the monkeys, gawk at the size of the elephants, and waddle past penguins. Pack snacks or enjoy fare from one of many vendors. New features include the interactive Stingray Cove and the animal hospital’s Visitor and Education Center, which opened June 2021.


TOP THREE Chautauqua Park Lair O’ the Bear Park Waterfall Trail at Snow Mountain Ranch WINNER Waterfall Trail at Snow Mountain Ranch Pack a picnic lunch and take a trip on a well-maintained path through shady trees and wildflowers (in summer) to a waterfall that’s worth the walk. The three-mile roundtrip hike is considered easy and accessible for young kids. YMCA day pass fees apply.


TOP THREE Keystone Lodge and Spa The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch WINNER

YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch Gear up for favorite and familiar winter activities including skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating, plus a few unique ones like dog sledding and sleigh rides. Fill out your stay with ongoing arts and crafts, game room play, archery, and more, until it’s time to settle in for the night in a yurt, cabin, or lodge room.


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2021 Family Favorites Toystore: Timbuk Toys.

Services & Shopping Kids require stuff, and families need places to get stuff done. Whether it’s clothing, gear, gifts, or special memories that you are in search of, see where readers voted for their favorite retail and service-oriented vendors.


WINNER Timbuk Toys Find toys by a child’s age, type of item, brand, and more through Timbuk Toys’ robust search engine and product catalog. Families love the store’s fun environment and selections from national vendors alongside local toymakers.


WINNER Kids Wonder Centennial-based Kids Wonder provides multiple child-friendly play zones for kids up to age eight. Explore the separate toddler area, an inflatable-filled Whole Body playroom, and Lil’Town, a child-sized community complete with café, fire station, pet/vet, and a theater. Parents can relax with free Wi-Fi, snacks, and adult beverages.

TOP THREE Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Razzle Toys Timbuk Toys

TOP THREE Kids Wonder Kidspace* Renaissance Adventures* Tiger Kim’s Academy of Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do

*A tie occurred in this category.


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Mother and child: Reese & Co.

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TOP THREE Just Between Friends Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sale Kid to Kid Once Upon a Child WINNER Kid to Kid Parents who sell with Kid to Kid’s consignment can opt for cash on the spot. They can also shop for quality clothing, school uniforms, outerwear, baby gear, toys, and maternity items. Find four resale locations in Colorado.



WINNER Reese & Co. Portraits Mom/owner Laura Esmond named her business after her daughter, Reese. The photographer provides a range of maternity, newborn, and family photos. Her blog offers tips on how to prepare for photo shoots, and memberships include three in-studio mini sessions, along with access to digital images.

WINNER Broomtail Broomtail’s owner named this shop after her childhood pretend stick pony. Now, the store provides a line of retro-feeling infant and children’s clothing, accessories, gear, and toys for modern parents. Children’s books and cards add to the collection.

TOP THREE Brittani Chin Photography Brooke Austin Photo Reese & Co. Portraits

TOP THREE Broomtail Little By Little Boutique The Mama’Hood

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2021 Family Favorites Father and son: Color Me Mine Boulder.

Camps & Lessons From sports camps and dance groups to STEM clubs and art studios, kids can find support to express their whole selves through this selection of programs.


WINNER Color Me Mine Boulder Make gifts, host a party, or spend a quiet afternoon designing and painting unique ceramic pieces for your home. Projects range from frames, bowls, vases, ornaments, figurines, and beyond. The locally-owned shop also gets involved with schools, nonprofits, and businesses in the area for fundraisers.


WINNER Adam’s Camp Children and adults with a variety of special needs can find intensive therapy and recreation from half-day sessions throughout the year to overnight adventure camps during the summer. Campers go to various DenverMetro locations, Colorado Springs, and Granby. Programs are designed and delivered by trained therapists.

TOP THREE Art Garage Color Me Mine Boulder The Craftsman & Apprentice

TOP THREE Adam's Camp Parallel Play Roundup River Ranch* Special Olympics Colorado Young Athletes Camps*

*A tie occurred in this category.


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Soccer camp: Dawson School. Group: Silicon STEM Academy.

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TOP THREE Avid4 Adventure Dawson School Summer Camps Dream BIG Day Camp WINNER Dawson School Summer Camps Dawson School runs more than 100 camps over eight weeks in the summer, including basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, aerial dance, and flag football. All campers have some swim time to cool off. A high staff-tocamper ratio is always maintained for safety and great instruction. Early registration is recommended.

The Littleton Hockey Association offers a variety of programs throughout the year for players of all ages and ability ranges, including competitive youth programs. Fall tryouts begin in August and games begin in September. REGISTRATION FOR FALL IS NOW OPEN. PROGRAMS U8 Program • Colorado Competitive Youth Hockey League Central States Developmental Program • Colorado 14ers Girls Program Competitive + Recreational Programs • AND MORE!


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TOP THREE Dawson Summer Camps MindCraft Makerspace Silicon STEM Academy


WINNER Silicon STEM Academy Kids will certainly use their heads at this wonderland of STEM concepts. Summer camps, self-paced courses, tutoring, and game nights offer students different ways to engage with their interests, whether it be coding and LEGO robotics or becoming a YouTube star.

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TOP THREE Camp Chief Ouray Camp IdRaHaJe JCC Denver Ranch Camp WINNER Camp Chief Ouray First timers and residential veteran campers can benefit from CCO’s programming options. Summer camps that last three days to four weeks are available for ages seven to 17 and include day and overnight camps, adventure trips, horseback riding, and trekker trips. CCO teaches campers about caring for nature and is accredited by Leave No Trace.


TOP THREE Colorado Children’s Theatre Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Talk to the Camera WINNER Colorado Children’s Theatre Young thespians across the Denver and Evergreen metro area can join in-person or online to learn theater techniques. Classes, camps, shows, and private lessons are available as well as an opportunity to travel for the Junior Theater Festival’s workshops and performances.



WINNER Do-Re-Mi Music Lessons Going from “Hot Cross Buns” to public music performances takes professional and personable instruction that Do-Re-Mi offers. This family-run business employs folks who’ve already been embedded in the local music community who turn passion into coaching. Try private lessons or jam with others in group class; all ages and skill levels are welcome.

WINNER Littleton Contemporary Dance Center Tiny and not-so-tiny dancers can enjoy classes from kind and knowledgeable staff. Parent/child classes plus adult dance fitness allow grown-ups to join the fun. Kids can choose from ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, and a technique training class designed to fine tune ballet movement.

TOP THREE Do-Re-Mi Music Lessons School of Rock Young Voices of Colorado


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TOP THREE Dual Star Academy of Dance Littleton Contemporary Dance Center Park Hill Dance Academy

Hikers: Camp Chief Ouray. Children dancing: Littleton Contemporary Dance Center.


Performers: School of Rock. Icons: Getty Images.

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TOP THREE Dawson School Summer Camps Dream Big Day Camp School of Rock WINNER School of Rock Young artists learn to unite as a band, play compelling music, and perform just in time for a show at the end of camp. Drummers, guitarists, keys players, bassists, and singers in the making ages seven to 18 can join at locations around the Denver metro area and Boulder. Camps are offered throughout the year.




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2021 Family Favorites Storytime: Denver Christian School.

Education Find the right academic path for your child amidst the many quality schools and services provided in Colorado. Don’t stress the search; take a look at the schools and educational services our readers recommend.


TOP THREE Hopkins Education Services PEAK Parent Center TACT: Teaching the Autism Community Trades WINNER Hopkins Education Services Custom tutoring packages offer individualized support with lessons planned around IEP, 504, ALP and/or BIP goals. Hopkins integrates into a family’s established education plans and works to communicate effectively with schools and teachers. All learning abilities are welcome.


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WINNER Denver Christian School The idea that faith informs attitudes and actions guides education at DC. Reformed Christian tradition weaves into each subject at every grade level. Students enjoy an average of 20-27 students per classroom and the benefits of many extracurriculars including 12 sports, worship, theater, and clubs.

WINNER Global Village Academy Families interested in gaining crosscultural education perspectives or connecting with multi-lingual heritage will enjoy Global Village’s immersion programs. Students learn core content in English and choose between French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish for their second language.

TOP THREE Aspen Academy Denver Academy Denver Christian School

TOP THREE Alliance Française de Denver Escuela de Guadalupe Global Village Academy

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TUTOR OR ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM TOP THREE Hopkins Education Services Mathnasium Wash Park Tutoring

WINNER Hopkins Education Services Going beyond tutoring, Hopkins helps families who are concerned about their child’s academic skills through assessment, homeschool support, camps, educational transition help, and more. Parents love watching as their kids’ frustration fades and their confidence rises.

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CHILDCARE CENTER (BY SINGLE LOCATION) TOP THREE Cadence Academy Preschool Broomfield The Goddard School of Aurora at Quincy The Goddard School of Broomfield

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WINNER Cadence Academy Preschool Broomfield Flexibility, safety, and compassionate community bring families to this center. Full-time, part-time, and before/after school care are available, plus summer camp for kids ages five to 12. Tots enjoy a full schedule of activities including outside time, arts, and nutritious meals; schoolage kids benefit from support programs that coordinate with local districts and provide additional developmentally appropriate activities.


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TOP THREE Cadence Academy Denver Christian Preschool The Goddard School WINNER Denver Christian Preschool Christian teaching is incorporated into all aspects of curriculum, from faith formation moments to music and literacy. Little ones learn socialemotional skills and creative thinking through play-based programs and from credentialed teachers. Three-year-olds attend preschool two mornings a week; four-year-olds attend three or five days a week for half or full days.

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Parallel Play is an adapted gymnastics program for children with disabilities. An occupational therapist will lead your child through a 1:1 sensory rich session that encourages coordination, confidence, development, and fun! Now at the Stanley Marketplace


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2021 Family Favorites Family at Mici: Adam Larkey.

Food & Drink It’s never too early to introduce kids to the enjoyment of delicious food, whether it’s dining out or as a centerpiece at special celebrations. Read on to see which establishments Colorado parents choose.




WINNER Mici Handcrafted Italian With six locations across the Front Range, this family-owned restaurant takes pride in serving an exceptional offering of Italian food; their recipes have been in the family for generations. A robust customer loyalty program and generous community donations add to the appeal.

WINNER Katherine's French Bakery & Café Find French pastries, quiche, cakes, and cookies at this European-style hot spot. Located in Denver, Katherine’s creates an array of specialty wedding and birthday cakes, plus offers a café menu including fresh crepes, sandwiches, salads, and homemade soups.

WINNER Mici Handcrafted Italian Every Monday after 4 p.m., kids age 12 and under receive a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Every visit, children receive a ball of dough to play with at the table while their food is being prepared.

TOP THREE Mici Handcrafted Italian Steuben's Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar


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TOP THREE Katherine’s French Bakery & Café Tokyo Premium Bakery Yummy’s Donut House

TOP THREE Ace Eat Serve La Sandia Mici Handcrafted Italian

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LOCAL ICE CREAM OR FROZEN YOGURT TOP THREE Bonnie Brae Ice Cream Inside Scoop Creamery Sweet Cow

WINNER Bonnie Brae Ice Cream This Washington Park favorite has a retro feel, with red vinyl seats and a hand-lettered menu. The store serves dozens of homemade flavors for in-store enjoyment, takeout, and delivery. Check out their milkshakes, sundaes, cakes, pies, and treats for pets. Newer options include Peaches & Cream, Ginger Snap, and Banana Chocolate Chip.

LOCAL BURGER TOP THREE Park Burger Steuben’s TAG Burger Bar

WINNER Park Burger Located in RiNo, Pearl Street, Hilltop, and Highlands, Park Burger serves up a classic burger menu with beef, buffalo, turkey, and veggie options. Parents can enjoy a selection of Colorado beer, wine, and cocktails. Goodies such as chopped salad, truffle Parmesan fries, and seasonal milkshakes round out the offerings at this casual, family-friendly restaurant.


For registration information: 303-691-0346


For over 30 years, the Parents Day Out program at Wellshire Presbyterian Church has provided a positive, loving, and interactive environment for children ages 18 mo. to 5 years. Through Play-Based Education, we meet your child’s developmental, socialemotional & educational needs. Your child’s day is enhanced through theme based learning involving art, music, and literature. We can’t wait to welcome your child to PDO this fall!



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Ski: Breckenridge Ski Resort/Aaron Dodds.

Sports & Fitness People in Colorado are active, and kids are no exception. Whether it’s indoors or outside, around town or in the mountains, there are abundant options for young people to get moving and learn.


TOP THREE Breckenridge Resort Ski & Snowboard School Keystone Resort Children's Ski & Ride Lessons Shredder Indoor Ski & Snowboard School


TOP THREE Ocean First Swim School SafeSplash Swim School Waterworks Aquatics Highlands Ranch


TOP THREE SouthEast Denver Baseball & Softball League Stapleton All Sports Colorado Yard Dawgs


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WINNER Breckenridge Resort Ski & Snowboard School At Breck, kids can partake in programs for every type of family, be they skiers or snowboarders, from a one-day lesson to a multi-week program for kids’ competition. Supportive staff focuses not only on learning how to stop and turn, but also on the overall experience.

WINNER Waterworks Aquatics Highlands Ranch Using a specialized muscle memory technique and rollover breathing method, Waterworks empowers children to be safe in the water and learn stroke techniques quickly. A 1-1 or 2-1 student-to-teacher ratio is a cornerstone of safety, fast progress, and fun learning. Swim parties, camps, workshops, and clinics are also available.

WINNER SouthEast Denver Baseball & Softball League Players add to their skill as they grow with recreational as well as competitive baseball and softball divisions for youth ages five to 18. Games take place in Denver, and everyone has a chance to participate in season-end tournaments.

Basketball: YMCA. Martial Arts: Tiger Kim.

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TUMBLING OR GYMNASTICS PROGRAM TOP THREE Bounce Gymnastics Ta Da Gymnastics Studio The Little Gym of Westminster

WINNER The Little Gym of Westminster Kiddos can get their wriggles out through the many programs at The Little Gym. Classes are tailored to parent/child, preschool, and grade-school. Programs work on balance, flexibility, agility, and power. Dance and sports skills classes, plus birthday party options, add to the fun.


TOP THREE Colorado Titans South Suburban Parks & Recreation YMCA WINNER YMCA The youth basketball program is available year-round at several YMCA facilities and is centered around sportsmanship, teamwork, and fundamentals. This affordable, inclusive program welcomes preschool through high school players at all skill levels, with team practice once a week and Saturday games.


TOP THREE Colorado Budokan Colorado Taekwondo Institute* Personal Achievement Martial Arts* Tiger Kim's Academy of Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do

*A tie occurred in this category.

WINNER Tiger Kim's Academy of Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do Providing martial arts training in the Denver area since 1976, Tiger Kim’s instructs for a variety of disciplines and offers after-school programs, introductory programs, tournaments, and birthday parties. The Academy’s teachings inspire confidence and physical fitness in students age three-and-a-half to adults.



WINNER Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club This program instructs more than 10,000 youth year-round in and around the Front Range; it commits to being "The Heart Behind the Crest" by focusing on player’s development both on and off the field. Players with varied skill levels age three to 18 can sign up.

WINNER Littleton Hockey Association Players of all ages and skill levels can find a way to enjoy the sport, from foundations programs to recreational and competitive teams. Skill development focuses on goaltending, skating skills, and physical fitness.

TOP THREE Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club i9 Sports Real Colorado

TOP THREE Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association Littleton Hockey Association TIGAR Gymnastics and Cheer

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Health & Wellness Good health is a priority and finding quality providers is invaluable for families. From birthing options to hospital, dental, and vision care, to urgent care for unexpected events, check out these providers that parents voted as their favorites.

TOP THREE Kids Choice Dental/All About Kids Dental Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry Sugar Bugs Pediatric Dentistry WINNER Kids Choice Dental/All About Kids Dental Serving kids and young adults, Kids Choice/ All About Kids has locations in Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, and Wheat Ridge. They take many insurance plans and offer cleanings, orthodontics, oral surgery, and emergency care. Free screenings at local schools and day care centers and an annual Wellness Fair make personal connections with the community.


TOP THREE All About Braces/Colorado Orthodontics Cronin & Czarnik Orthodontics Reed Orthodontics WINNER All About Braces/Colorado Orthodontics With locations in Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood, All About Braces provides a full range of orthodontic treatment, including conventional orthodontics and Invisalign, as well as sleep apnea consultation. They offer state-of-theart technology, financing options, and have a robust community program that includes school donations, free care for the underserved, and college scholarships.



WINNER Southeast Denver Pediatrics In business for more than four decades, Southeast Denver Pediatrics offers two metro-area locations and a team of nine pediatricians. The practice includes telehealth visits, a medical library, information on trending healthcare topics, seminars, and a family e-newsletter.

WINNER Rose Babies Birth Center With all private rooms and queen beds, access to doula and midwifery care, and lactation support, the Rose Babies Birth Center offers a full complement of natural birthing support for Colorado families. Featuring one-on-one nursing care and a dedicated childbirth navigator, the birth center is adjacent to the full hospital services of Rose Medical Center.

TOP THREE Colorado Kids Pediatrics Partners In Pediatrics Southeast Denver Pediatrics


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TOP THREE Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center Rose Babies Birth Center Sky Ridge Medical Center Birth Place

Dentist: Kids Choice Dental. Hospital entrance: Rose Medical Center.


Family with Doctor: Thomas Barwick/Getty Images. Icon: Getty Images.

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TOP THREE Children’s Hospital Colorado Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Sky Ridge Medical Center



WINNER PediaClinic PediaClinic operates in Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock to provide an after-hours alternative to an emergency room or urgent care visit. They offer a mobile unit for clinic care and an online check-in system that notifies parents by text when to leave the house.

WINNER All About Kids Vision/Kids Choice Vision Kid’s Choice Vision provides affordable care for young eyes, using updated equipment to diagnose and correct vision issues. They accept a variety of insurances and offer promotional prices for uninsured or underinsured patients. The clinic’s optical laboratory can fabricate and repair lenses as needed.

TOP THREE CareNow Urgent Care PediaClinic 20 Mile Urgent Care

TOP THREE All About Kids Vision/Kids Choice Vision Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center Highlands Ranch Vision Center

WINNER Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) RMHC is the pediatric service of HealthONE’s hospitals along the Front Range. The program offers 260 pediatric and neonatal beds across its facilities, a range of specialty services, a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a minimally invasive surgery program.

Creating a lifetime of beautiful smiles Your child’s smile is unique, so it’s important to select the right dental home where care is tailored to your child’s individual needs. At Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry, we get to know

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one-on-one attention during every appointment. Your child will always see the doctor, and parents are always involved in appointments. Together we can create a lifetime of beautiful smiles for your child.



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Groove to several local jazz groups throughout the summer at City Park.


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Through Aug. 18. Sun, 6–8pm. Celebrate a community staple that began in 1986. Local musicians bring their talents to City Park, and neighbors gather to watch, dance, eat, and socialize. This year will include a handful of selected vendors and food trucks, plus safety protocols for good measure. City Park Pavilion, Denver.

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Dive into a fun, musical tale of one elephant’s journey from the wilderness, to the city, and back. July 3.


VIRTUAL High School Acting on

Camera Workshop 10am-noon.

HEADS UP! All events were correct as of press time, however, with rapidly changing restrictions, please phone ahead to confirm event details.

Learn to apply basic acting techniques to on-camera skills and build confidence in front of the camera. Register online. $40. VIRTUAL Virtual Little University: Dance Time with the Colorado Ballet 3:30-4pm. Get

your energy up with this tour de dance, song, and movement. Age 5 and under. Register online.

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A Paris Street Market July 3, 8am-2pm (Aspen Grove); July 17, 9am-3pm (Park Meadows). Attend an open-air, vintage, antique, and artisan market complete with home goods, clothing, and delicious food. Find the market outside the Aspen Grove shopping center and Park Meadows mall. Free entry, vendor prices vary. Littleton and Lone Tree locations.

Naturalist Nature Walks & Programs: Insects of Aurora 10:30am-noon. Take in the details of summer’s ambiance, brought to you by the insects that are essential components of local wild habitats. Identify, preserve, and create an insect collection. All ages. Register online. $2, free age 2 and under. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, Aurora.


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The Story of Babar 11am. Enjoy the group comedy troupe Really Inventive Stuff, as they use props and interaction to refresh The Story of Babar, which tells of one little elephant’s epic rise from rags to riches. The program begins with the quirky Toy Symphony, which includes noisemakers, kazoos, and other toy instruments as part of the orchestra. Tickets are available for the live performance and a live stream. $10 in person, free livestream. Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder.

Summer of Discovery Kickoff 5-8pm. Get a hands-on sneak peek at this summer’s new workshops at the Space Foundation Discovery Center. Build up your energy with food partners. Enjoy the late hours of the Discovery Center as you check out a new exhibit. Kickoff activities (not food) are included in general admission. See online for the run’s registration details. $10 adult, $5 youth (ages 4-15), free age 3 and under. Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs.


Camp Curly Kickoff

Noon-5pm. Bring your curly girl to a community event hosted by Curls on the Block, a STEAM program for girls of all curls and colors. Play games, do STEAM exploration activities, eat food from

local trucks, and peruse vendors’ wares. All ages. Fit&NU Fitness Center, Aurora.


VIRTUAL Mummy at Mystery Mansion 1pm. Join

Frankie and Casey on their journey to visit their uncle’s home, which some say is haunted. Unravel the mystery of the mummy and explore spooky science concepts. Ages 5-12. Register online. VIRTUAL Book Queeries: Last Night at the Telegraph Club 4:30-5:30pm. Attend this online

book club and receive a free copy of this month’s book, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, while supplies last. Teens across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome to engage in fun, respectful dialogue, and activities. Allies welcome. Grades 6-12.


Foothills Night Hike 8:3010:30pm. Join volunteer naturalists in the evening to hike one mile round-trip on an easy trail. By starlight, listen and learn about nocturnal habits of the critters that live here. Bring water, closed-toe hiking shoes, and a flashlight. Exact location

Independence Day: Louie Traub.

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provided after registration. Near Boulder.


Young Voices of Colorado “Try It” Class 9-9:45am (grades K-1), 10:30am-noon (grades 2-5). Let your child try out a choir before signing up. $25 fee that will be applied to the full program’s tuition if your child joins Young Voices of Colorado. Young Voices of Colorado Studio, Englewood.

Nature At Night: Evening Wildlife Walk 8-9:30pm. Enjoy the warm nights of summer and walk the trails at Aurora Reservoir. Look and listen for local wildlife species. Age 2 and up. Register online. $2. Senac Creek Nature Center, Aurora. VIRTUAL Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale

9am. Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of Firelight Shadow Theater. Daniel will use his puppets to share some of the best-loved folktales from around the world and teach you how to create your own shadow puppets at home. Ages 5-12. Register online.


Four Mile Free Day

10am-4pm. Travel back to 1859 for free. Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum, and meet many farm animals. House Museum Tours can accommodate up to 10 guests and are offered on a first-come, firstserved basis. Four Mile Historic Park. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Backyard Concert Series: SuperMagick 6:308:30pm. Return to concerts on the lawn with Anythink Library. Enjoy food and drink from local vendors. All proceeds support The Anythink Box, a subscription service that provides kids ages 5-12 with books at their doorstep. Dogs welcome. All ages. Free admission, donations suggested, vendor prices vary. Anythink Library Wright Farms, Thornton.

4th of July Events

Breckenridge Independence Day Celebration July 1-4. Event times vary, see online for details. Watch as Breckenridge comes alive with parties and the annual Main Street Parade. Enjoy athletic competitions, live music, art festivals, family, and small-town tradition. The celebration is completed with a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra. Main Street Breckenridge, Breckenridge. Elitch Gardens Fireworks July 4, 9pm. See Denver’s skyline light up with fireworks right after the park closes for the day. $45. Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, Denver. Estes Park Fourth of July Celebration July 4. 7pm concert, 9:30pm fireworks (weather and fire safety permitting). Spend the afternoon hiking, bike riding, paddle boating, playing miniature golf, or go check out the Coolest Car Show, featuring more than 100 classic, antique, and showy vehicles. Enjoy food and local craft beer and wine at the fairgrounds and listen to the Estes Village Band’s Big Bang Concert in the evening leading up to the firework show. Find a grassy spot at Stanley Park for optimal viewing. Various locations around Estes Park, Estes Park. Four Mile Historic Park Independence Celebration July 2, 5-9pm. Bring your family and enjoy live music, prairie games, food trucks, and fireworks at sundown. Find tickets online. $6-$14. Four Mile Historic Park, Denver. Fourth of July Fireworks July 3. Festivities begin at 5pm, fireworks start at 9:15pm. Celebrate this summer’s return to fireworks and festivals at Belleview and Cornerstone parks. Order food from a local vendor and spread out with family and friends. Cornerstone Park, Englewood. Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast & Parade July 4. 9am breakfast, 10:30am parade. Kick off your celebration with a hearty breakfast including pancakes, sausage, and juice. Then take your decorated bicycles,

tricycles, wagons, and scooters through a guided course. See online for details about this year’s event. $5 adult, $3 youth, $12 family four-pack suggested donation. Founders’ Green, Denver. Independence Day Fireworks July 4, 7-10pm. Gather for a family event and fireworks display that dates back to 1979. Follow local and state guidelines for health and safety. Stenger Soccer Complex, Arvada. Lakewood Big Boom Bash July 3, 9:15pm. Tune in to 100.3 FM to listen to MIX 100’s soundtrack for the evening; fireworks launched from the Jeffco Stadium will be choreographed to the music. Set up your personal viewing spot at a Lakewood park, neighborhood, or residence within 1.5 miles of the stadium to see the show. Find location suggestions online. Various locations around Lakewood. Park Hill 4th of July Parade July 4, 1:30pm. Celebrate with community by lining 23rd Street in historic Park Hill. Registration for walking participants is open and free. After the parade, join a street fair with food, music, and kids activities. Check online for COVID-19 protocols for participants and attendees. Park Hill Neighborhood, Denver. Parker Stars and Stripes July 4. 7:30-8:30pm gates open, 9:30pm fireworks show. Enjoy live music, walk-around entertainment, and the traditional fireworks show. This year’s event will be shorter, and attendees will have three experience

options: drive-in only at the Salisbury parking lot, tailgating at the main polo field, or viewing from the multipurpose field. See online for updates. Prices vary according to viewing location. Salisbury Equestrian Park, Parker. Stars and Stripes Forever July 3, 8pm. Spend your holiday weekend with the Arapahoe Philharmonic and their performance of patriotic and movie favorites for the family. Food, drinks, music, and fireworks are part of the program. Bring a blanket to sit on in case you don’t get a picnic table. $35 adult, $30 senior, $10 child. Breckenridge Brewery, Littleton. Vail America Days July 4. All day, fireworks begin at 9:45pm. Peruse patriotic exhibits, groove to music, visit Vail’s shops and restaurants, and enjoy displays embracing this year’s theme: America’s Heroes. The night skies will light up with a firework display, conditions permitting, with plenty of viewing options throughout town. Vail Village, Vail. Winter Park 4th of July Celebrations July 1-4. Event times vary, see online for details. Celebrate America’s birthday outside and in a big way this year with two concerts, art walk, Run for Independence, and fitness in the park. Schedule is subject to change so keep checking back for additional information, ticket prices, and new event protocols. Free; Run for Independence $30$35 adult, $25-$30 child. Various locations around Winter Park.

Breckenridge festival goers spill into streets full of family fun.

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Astronomy: Size Matters 8:15-10:15pm. See the night sky in a dark location. Learn about the vast distances and size differences of objects in space. All ages. Exact location provided after registration. Near Lyons.


G.O. Time (Get Outdoors) July 10, 11, and 24;

Peruse tiny homes, campers, yurts, and more at The Colorado Tiny House Festival. Blues & BBQ Festival for Better Housing July 17, 11am-8pm. Attend a block party featuring acts including R&BSoul-Rock artist Teledonna, tribute band Zepp11, and others. Leave pets at home; chairs and picnic food are welcome. Proceeds will benefit affordable housing projects and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. $10, free age 12 and under. Citizens Park, Edgewater. Carbondale Mountain Fair July 23-25. See online for event schedules. Find music, art, pies, fishing flies, and dancing. Head to the family area for kids’ activities and events. Free entry, vendor prices vary. Sopris Park, Carbondale. Colorado Black Arts Festival July 9, noon-8pm; July 10, 10am-8pm; July 11, 10am-7pm Enjoy an art garden, children’s pavilion, food court, music and performances, and health and wellness booths. Bringing you visual and performing arts from the African Diaspora, this festival was built (in 1986) to establish pride in Black culture and engage the total community. Free entry, vendor prices vary. City Park, Denver. Colorado Renaissance Festival July 3-Aug. 22. SatSun, 10am-6pm. Walk through fairgrounds filled with artisans of ancient crafts. Enjoy humorous and awe-inspiring shows. Try roast


turkey legs, fresh baked treats, and other goodies. See online for themed weekends. $25 adult, $11 youth ages 5-12; free age 4 and under. Discounted tickets available at all King Soopers locations. Colorado Renaissance Festival, Larkspur. Colorado Tiny House Festival July 10-11, 10am-5pm. Tour an assortment of tiny houses on wheels, container homes, skoolies, van conversions, recreational campers, yurts and more. The festival will also feature live entertainment, expert speakers, and a food truck court. $10-$20, free age 12 and under. Riverdale Regional Park, Brighton. Green Box Arts Festival Through July 11. Event times vary. Find art camps for kids, dance workshops for all ages, ballet performances, fine dining and cooking demos, sing alongs, yoga, movies, a pooch parade, and nature hikes. Event registration costs vary. Various locations around Green Mountain Falls. Rooftop Rodeo July 5-10, 6pm nightly show; find themed nights and various discounts online. Watch professional cowboys and cowgirls from around the world as they ride, wrangle, and clown around the rodeo stage. Grab food and drink on site and settle in. $20 adult, $15 seniors and military, $5 youth ages 3-12. Estes Park Fairgrounds, Estes Park.

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various times, see online for details. Spend an hour in nature and find out what's in store at the Majestic View Nature Center. Ages 4-9. Register online. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Summer Fun with Cyanotypes 10am-noon and


Indigenous Film and Architecture: Symbolism, Geometry and Nature 7pm. Join for a discussion with Daniel J. Glenn, AIA, NCARB, a nationally recognized Native American architect specializing in culturally responsive architecture and sustainable design that reflects his Crow tribal heritage. Two short films will be streamed during the event. Following the films, enjoy a live discussion with Glenn, moderated by Mervyn Tano, president of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.


1-3pm. Spend time with a professional photographer and learn how to create Cyanotype pictures. Participants will create six to 10 images using objects from home and in Curtis Park. Ages 7-12. Register online. $25. Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village.

Catfish Nights 7:30-11pm. Bring your family and friends and enjoy summer night fishing at the lake. Anglers must have a current Colorado fishing license (kids under 16 excepted). Open to shore fishing only; artificial and live bait permitted. Register online. Stearns Lake at Carolyn Holmberg Preserve, Broomfield.


VIRTUAL The Great Chicken Melodrama 9am.

G.O. Time (Get Outdoors) See July 10.


Open Art Studio for Families 10-11:30am. Get inspired together and collaborate while using open-ended tools and materials. Tinker, experiment, problem-solve, and simply enjoy the process. Age 6 and under. Register online. $22. JCC Denver, Denver.


High Country Nature Hike 9am-noon. Escape the summer heat and explore the forests, meadows, and high wetlands. Join volunteer naturalists to learn about the geology, wildflowers, wildlife, and history of this diverse landscape. All ages. Exact location provided after registration. Near Nederland.

Take a seat and enjoy a blend of science and storytelling. One brave chicken needs your help to save the day. Ages 5-12. Register online.

BABE WALLS July 15-18. Artist creation times vary. Celebrate women and nonbinary artists who have made their name in the mural world. Each creator is collaborating with another to show their strengths and styles. Various walls in Arvada.


BABE WALLS See July 15.

Nature Playdates 9:30-11am. Connect with your little ones in the Nature Explore Space at Majestic View Nature Center. Try new activities or simply play in nature with wood cookies, forts, and more. Outdoors only, dress for the weather. Ages 2-12. Adults must also register; supervision required. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Tiny Houses: The Colorado Tiny House Festival.

Festivals and Fairs

Dance: Mudra Dance Studio. Japanese Folktales: Yasu Ishida.

your favorite Minecraft biomes, mobs, and more. Ages 6-11. Register online.

HOT TIP It’s World Emoji Day on July 17. Celebrate by communicating with your family via symbols, create treats in the form of your favorite characters, make a costume and transform into an emoji.


VIRTUAL SCD Enrichment Program Gifted Summer Camp

See July 19.


Digital Earth: The Earth as Art 7pm. View masterpieces of

A Paris Street Market See July 3.

natural phenomenon with Ka Chun Yu, DMNS curator of space science, and Bob Raynolds, research associate. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

BABE WALLS See July 15. LEGO Building Workshop: Construction Loader Kit 9-10am. Build (and keep) your own Colorado-style LEGO set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation. Find tickets online. $35, $30 member. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Critters and Creatures 11am-3pm. Get up close to alligators, raptors, armadillos, snakes, and farm animals. Learn fun facts about each animal from experts. Round out the experience with a snack and entertainment from other booths. All ages. Find tickets online. Included with regular Dinosaur Experience ticket: $34.95 adult, $24.95 youth (ages 4-12), $6 age 3 and under. Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, Cañon City.

Schweiger Ranch Open Day 1-5pm. Visit the historic property and explore the ranch with a self-guided tour. Face masks are required and the house is closed to the public. Schweiger Ranch, Lone Tree.


VIRTUAL SCD Enrichment Program Gifted Summer Camp

See July 19. VIRTUAL The Uncle Devin Show 9am. Get funky with drummer

Mudra Dance Studio students take to the stage and share Indian dance routines.


BABE WALLS See July 15.


VIRTUAL SCD Enrichment

Program Gifted Summer Camp July 19-23, 9am-noon. Sign

up for a program to learn leadership, critical thinking, and cultural literacy, for students who are underrepresented in IB, AP, Magnet, or Gifted and Talented programs. Get evaluated for advanced course eligibility, and enjoy virtual speakers, and performances from cultural organizations. Open to those enrolled or interested in advanced programs; students entering grades

5-12. Register online. VIRTUAL For the Love of Raptors 3-3:45pm. Get a close-

up look at live raptors through this presentation by Rocky Mountain Raptor Program. Learn raptors’ special qualities, how they have adapted to survive, and what conservation efforts you can do to help keep them safe. Age 5 and up. Register online.


VIRTUAL SCD Enrichment Program Gifted Summer Camp

See July 19.

Culture on the Green: Mudra Dance Studio 6:30-8pm.


VIRTUAL SCD Enrichment

Program Gifted Summer Camp See July 19.

VIRTUAL Japanese Folktales 1pm. Join performance

artist Yasu Ishida as he shares Japanese folktales using magic and origami. Ages 5-12. Register online.

Treat yourself to free entertainment outdoors in beautiful Civic Green Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy the classical, contemporary, and folk dances of India as performed by Mudra Dance Studio. No dogs or glass containers. Find tickets online. Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch.


G.O. Time (Get Outdoors)


See July 10.

Along with Play-Well TEKnologies: Minecraft

Journey to enchanting Japan through Yasu Ishida’s theatre, music, origami, magic, and storytelling. July 20.

and percussionist Devin Walker. This show uses a cross of Washington, D.C.’s Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock! with interactive elements to get young kids grooving. Ages 5-12. Register online.

4:30-5:15pm. Bring Minecraft to life with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor and simple pieces from your own LEGO collection. Learn new building techniques and explore engineering principles while crafting

VIRTUAL Virtual Family Program: Connecting from Afar—Touch this Art

10:30-11:15am. Celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with The Clyfford Still Museum. Families can interact with tactile art, play games, and

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Where the Kids Are

The following locations are referred to frequently in the calendar. Discounted annual passes are available at many venues. Note: Check websites for the latest health and safety information.

Aurora History Museum Tue-Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, 11am-4pm. No more than 50 visitors will be allowed inside the museum at any one time. Reserve tickets for a 1 hour visit.15051 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. 303-739-6660. to_do/aurora_history_museum Butterfly Pavilion Daily, 9am-6pm. $13 adult, $11 seniors, $9 ages 2-12, free under age 2 and members. Timed entry; online reservations are optional. Face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory for vaccinated people age 12 and up. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441.

and members. Purchase advance tickets to walk the gallery; wear a mask and follow social distance guidelines. 830 Kipling St., Lakewood. 303-322-1053. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Daily, 9am-5pm, open until 9 p.m. on Fridays. $18.95-$19.95 adult, $15.95-$16.95 seniors, $13.95-$14.95 ages 3-18, free age 2 and under and members. Purchase timed tickets online. Face coverings are encouraged for unvaccinated people over age 10. The TRex Cafe will operate at limited capacity. Bring water bottles as the fountains are turned off for safety. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. 303-370-6000.

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Wed-Sun, 8:30am-4pm. $14 ages 2-59, $12 ages 1 and 60+, $1 Explorer Pass, free under age 1 and members. Two, 3 ½-hour play sessions each day. The majority of the Museum's exhibits are open for play. Reservations and face coverings required. 2121 Children's Museum Dr., Denver. 303-433-7444.

Denver Zoo Daily; 8:30am open for members, 10am open to public; closing hours vary by day. $20 adult, seniors; $14 child ages 3-11; free age 2 and under and members. Reserve timed tickets online. All purchases on the campus are cashless, and pathways are one-way. 2300 Steele St., Denver. 720-337-1400.

Denver Art Museum Daily, 10am-5pm; $10-$13 adult, $8-$10 seniors, military, and college student, free age 18 and under. Timed tickets reserved online are required along with face coverings, social distancing and hand washing. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. 720-913-0130.

Downtown Aquarium Sun, 9am-8pm; MonThurs, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-9pm. $23.50 ages 12-64, $22.50 seniors, $17.50 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. Featuring aquatic exhibits, a full-service restaurant, a 4D theater, and more. 700 Water St., Denver. 303-561-4450.

Denver Botanic Gardens York Street Thu-Sun, Tue; 9am-8pm; Mon, Wed; 9am-3pm. $15 adult, $11.50 seniors and military, $11 ages 3-15 and student, free age 2 and under. Reserve tickets online. Limited access to buildings. Unvaccinated visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Mordecai Children’s Garden is reopened. 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3500.

Four Mile Historic Park Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm. $5 adult; $4 seniors, military; $3 ages 7-17, free age 6 and under and members. Timed tickets can be purchased in advance. The Four Mile House is open for self-guided tours. 715 S. Forest St. Denver. 720-865-0800.

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Daily, 9am-5pm. $7 adults; $5 seniors, military, students, and ages 3-12; free age 2 and under and members. Limited access to buildings. The Children’s Play Area is closed. Unvaccinated visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. 720-865-3500.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-4pm. $5 adult, $4 child (4-16) and seniors, free age 3 and under


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Littleton Museum Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Thu, 9am-9pm; Sun, 1-5pm. Walkways will be open and the farm’s livestock will be available for viewing, but the historic buildings will not be open and no interpretive programming will be presented. Museum building is open with limited capacity. 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. 303-795-3950. Longmont Museum Tue-Sat, 9am-3pm. $8 adults; $5 students, seniors; free age 3 and under and members. Timed-entry tickets are required. Peruse the impressionist art exhibit and play at the Longs Peak Room treehouse. 400 Quail Rd.,

Longmont. 303-651-8374. departments/departments-e-m/museum Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center (closed) Majestic View Nature Center TueSat, 10am-3pm. Masks are required indoors. Walk-in visitors are welcome. Find tickets online for limited in-person programs and more virtual programs. 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. 720-898-7405. Museum of Boulder Sun-Mon, Thu-Sat, 9am-5pm; Wed, 9am-8pm. $10 adult; $8 seniors, youth, students; free children under 5 and members. Masks required, and water fountains are turned off. Ongoing children’s exhibits include the Playzeum and Google Garage. 2205 Broadway, Boulder. 303-449-3464. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Grounds open daily sunrisesunset. The Visitor Center is open Wed-Sun, 9am-4pm. 6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City. 303289-0930. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (closed) Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm. $16.95 ages 17-64; $12.95 seniors, military; $9.95 ages 4-16, free age 3 and under and members. Face coverings required. The Kid Zone and simulators are reopened. 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. 303-360-5360. WOW! Children’s Museum Tue-Sat; 10am-noon, 1-3pm. $5 adult, $10 child (age 1-11), free under age 1 and members. Reserve a timed ticket online, admission is capped at 60 total. Individual WOW! Packs of toys are available if desired. Bring a water bottle, and leave food and snacks in the car or at home. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424.

Denver Art Museum: Rebecca Todd/Visit Denver.

Denver Firefighters Museum Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm. $9 adult; $8 seniors, military, firefighters, and students; $7 ages 3-12; free age 2 and under and members. Masks are required for unvaccinated guests. Hands-on activities are being slowly reintroduced. 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver. 303-892-1436.

History Colorado Center Daily, 10am-5pm; Thu, 10am-8pm. $14 adult, $12 seniors, $10 ages 16-22 with student ID, $8 ages 5-15, free age 4 and under and members. Timed available online and in person. Enjoy over fifteen exhibits spanning four floors, several with activities geared toward young kids. 1200 Broadway, Denver. 303-447-8679.

The Denver Art Museum encourages youth participation by offering regular family programming and activity space, plus free entry age 18 and under.

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get creative. Connect with family near and far through art exploration. Register online.


All About Beavers 10:30am-noon. Learn about beavers by observing their handiwork along St. Vrain Creek. They build lodges, dam streams, and otherwise modify the environment to create their habitat. All ages. Exact location provided after registration. Near Longmont.

Bands on the Bricks July 21-Aug. 11. Wed, 5-9pm. Enjoy a variety of musical performances from local artists while dancing under the stars. All ages. No reservations required. See online for details. 1300 Block of the Pearl Street Mall, Boulder.

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Nature Detectives in the Field: Hopping Toads July 27, 1-2:30pm; July 30, 9-10:30am. Discover fun facts about toads, warts and all. Participate in activities and explorations to get to know Boulder County amphibians. Ages 5-10 with an accompanying adult. Exact location provided after registration. Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, Boulder.

Through Oct. 30. Sat, 8am-1pm. Enjoy the city’s great outdoors and connect with a line-up of 60+ Colorado-based food startups, established brands, and artisans. Support long-standing local producers as well as startups that just launched in the past year. Check out a schedule of entertainment, including yoga and music, online. Dogs welcome. Free entry, vendor prices vary. City Park Denver, Denver.

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60 Minutes in Space

7pm. Explore breaking space news with scientists and hear the latest updates on missions into the solar system, rocket launches, cutting edge astronomy, and more. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.


Nature Detectives in the Field: Hopping Toads See July 27.

Mile High Flea Market Free Days 7am-5pm. Enter this large

Farmers' Market: Ela Family Farms.

collection of vendors selling thousands of items. Enjoy a day of open-air shopping and entertainment, food, rides, and a farmer’s market. Free admission. Mile High Flea Market, Henderson.


Boots & Brews 11am-4pm. Bring the family down for some summer fun in Castle Rock. Enjoy live music, lawn games, a mechanical bull, inflatables, and food and drink. All ages. Festival Park, Castle Rock.

30. Tue-Thu, 11am-7pm. Enjoy local food truck treats at Denver’s Civic Center for lunch or dinner three days a week. Truck schedules and menus, as well as an option to pre-order, are online. Vendor prices vary. Civic Center Park, Denver.

Concerts in Clement Park Thu, 7pm. Lay a blanket or set some lawn chairs down, gather with family and friends to enjoy a series of outdoor concerts. Glass containers prohibited; dogs are welcome on leashes. All ages. See the website for full details. Grant Family Amphitheater at Clement Park, Littleton.

collection of vendors specializing in outdoor accessories and apparel. Enjoy live music, food and drink specials, and pop-up bars in the Dairy Block Alley. All ages. Free entry, vendor prices vary. Dairy Block Alley, Denver.

Stanley Farm & Flea Through Aug. 27. Fri, 9am-1pm. Enjoy the offerings of 20-plus vendors from around the area and 50-plus Stanley tenants, fresh produce and libations, live entertainment, and more. Pack up the kids, grab a friend or two, and get shopping. Free entry, vendor prices vary. Stanley Marketplace, Denver. NATURE PROGRAMS AND CLASSES

Star K Kids July 1-29. Thu, 9:30-10:30am and 11am-noon. Discover Aurora’s nature through puppets, interactive activities, and discovery time on the trail. Age 5 and under. Limited capacity; register online. Morrison Nature Center, Aurora. Weekend Welcome Booth & Family Adventure Days Through Aug. 28. Sat, 9:30am-3pm. Drop-in to the Bluff Lake Nature Center and find free giveaways, scavenger hunts, field equipment rentals, games, and activities for both kids and adults. Later end-times, fire pits, and s’mores are available during select weeks. Visit the Center’s Facebook page for updates. Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver.

Drop-in Discoveries Ongoing. Third Tue, 10-11am. Experience nature’s surprises with hands-on programming featuring a range of nature topics. All ages. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

LandMark Follow the work of 10 accomplished Colorado artists through site-specific installations in parks throughout Lakewood. Each piece addresses environmental issues, highlighting, for example, how the land has changed or a previously overlooked aspect of the location. Community members are invited to listen to an audio tour, join the Artists’ Talk via Zoom, and attend the Rock Painting Community Event. Find a detailed schedule online. Various locations around Lakewood.


Anti-Bias Toddler Book Club Through July 21. Wed, 10-10:45am. Gain some groundwork for young children to break down biases passed through generations of systemic racism. Lessons will be guided by children’s picture books portraying families and people celebrating similarities and differences. Create artwork, play games, write stories, and enjoy puppet shows as well. Ages 3-5. Register online. $18. JCC Denver, Denver.

Art in the Park Through July 29. Tue and Thu; 9:30-11am, 11:30am-1pm, and 1:30-3pm sessions. Journey to Silo Park this summer to create unique hands-on art projects. Each program introduces participants to a different art medium and technique

Denver Union Station Farmers Market Through Oct. 23. Sat, 9am-2pm. Find what’s fresh at the local farmers market; make a reservation or walk-up to the event throughout the summer. Some amenities such as live music, market bucks, and pet allowances are suspended until further notice. Free entry. Denver Union Station, Denver.

Glamp AF Market at Dairy Block Through July 11. Fri, 3-8pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm. Gear up for Rocky Mountain adventures this summer with the Glamp AF Market at Dairy Block, a

Gather groceries, sweet treats, and fun summer memories at the re-vamped City Park Farmers Market off Colfax Ave.

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that will be used in designing and constructing a unique and original work of art. Subjects include zebras, sea creatures, flamingos, Picasso masks, and more. Refer to a detailed schedule online. Ages 6-12. $25 per session. Silo Park, Greenwood Village. VIRTUAL Baby & Fourth

Trimester Café Through Aug. 25. Wed, 10-11:30am. Discuss topics including adjusting to parenthood, nutrition, baby wearing, sleep and routines, formula and breastfeeding, returning to work, childcare, and other issues. Breastfeeding pillows provided (when in-person). While Baby Café is online, HIPPA-compliant video calls with a lactation specialist will be conducted. VIRTUAL Baby Storytime at Home Through Aug. 7. Sat,

10-10:30am. Enjoy a live storytime experience from the comfort of your home. Sing songs, bounce to rhymes, and spend time with other young families. For babies and toddlers age 2 and under and their caregivers. Register online. arapahoelibraries. VIRTUAL First Friday Youth Phoenix Rising Workshop Ongoing. Fri, 6-6:30pm.

Hear from youth poets who are part of the Art from Ashes programs. Participants ages 12-24 can sign up and get paid to perform on the organization’s Instagram Live (@ afaphoenix).

Front Range Fables Through Aug. 7. Sat, 10am. Enjoy a series of plays for young audiences written by local playwrights and based on historical events from the Pikes Peak region. Titles include The Tale of the Bloomer Girl, To Slay the Dragon, and The Stone Garden. Hands-on art activities will be available. See website for dates and locations of each performance. Locations across Colorado Springs.

Kids Art Nite July 2 and 17 (grades 1-5), 6-8pm; July 10 and


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24 (grades pre-K-K), 4-6pm. Leave your kiddos at the studio for an art experience while you enjoy a relaxing evening out. Reservation required. $35. artSPARK Creative Studio, Littleton. VIRTUAL Music Together

Demo Class Ongoing classes offered year-round. Plant the seeds for musical growth through singing, movement, and instrument play. Mixed age classes; sibling welcome. For infants-age 8. Outdoor and online classes available. Reservations required. Free for first class.

Open Studio Through Aug. 22. Fri, 12:30-2pm and 2:30-4pm; second and fourth Sat, first and third Sun, 10-11:30am. Experiment, play, tinker, invent, and create with or without the kids at artSPARK studio. All ages. Reservation required. $18. artSPARK Creative Studio, Littleton.

Summer of Discovery Workshops July 3-31. Sat; 11am-noon, 12:30-1:30pm, and 2-3pm sessions. Take a deep dive into the “Science of Sport.” Explore friction through Sphero technology, learn about advanced technical assistance systems for people with disabilities, do a 3-D printing tutorial, program an Ozobot to play your favorite sport, and more. Ages 6-12. First come, first serve. $5 in addition to general admission: $10 adult, $5 youth (ages 4-15), free age 3 and under. Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs.

writer and discover how the practice can reduce anxiety and increase happiness and resilience. Make gratitude lists, take mindfulness journaling walks, share challenges and success stories, set goals, and more. Register online. VIRTUAL Writing in Color for Teens Ongoing. Every other Sat,

2-3:30pm. Connect with literature and the spoken word, along with peers and a writing community. Led by local writers of color, this workshop encourages curious teens to explore their ideas and share writing while celebrating successes and processing challenges. This is a safe space that welcomes the experiences of teen writers of color. VIRTUAL Youth On Record FEMpowered Ongoing. Wed,

4-5pm. Shape and pursue your own artistic vision alongside encouraging peers and music industry professionals. Join weekly virtual gatherings for creative femme-identifying folks. Enjoy periodic networking opportunities and workshops. Ages 14-20. Register online. VIRTUAL Youth On Record

Open Lab Ongoing. Thu, 4-5:30pm.

Create music, learn about the business/ marketing side, hear from guest speakers, and be part of a community of like-minded individuals. Participate in music seminars and workshops for youth, led by local professionals. Ages 14-20. Register online.


After the Asteroid: Earth’s Comeback Story Ongoing. Check out newly discovered fossils found at Corral Bluffs near Colorado Springs. These artifacts help scientists understand how Earth recovered after the asteroid impact 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs. Handle real concretions and replicas, enjoy multimedia storytelling, recreate the ancient environment in a drawingand-sticker program, and more. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Birdly Virtual Reality Experience Ongoing. Hop on the Birdly simulation flyer with head-mounted VR display to get a pterodactyl’s-eye view of a prehistoric landscape. Riders will experience multisensory elements such as headwind simulation, 3D audio, and visual impact. Guests must have a 48-inch wingspan to fly, face coverings must be worn, and guests using wheelchairs must transfer to ride. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Colorado in the Present Tense Through Aug. 22. Tue-Fri, noon-7pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. Absorb, respond to, and reimagine a world with the pressing issues of COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, climate change, and more. This exhibition presents commissioned work and reframes existing projects from four Colorado-based artists Narkita Gold, Rick Griffith, Nathan Hall, and

VIRTUAL Summer Story Time

Through Aug. 5. Tue, 10-11am. Join in virtual pretend play that activates the imagination and emerging literacy skills for young actors. Engage in story, craft, and whole body learning through the pages of a storybook. Grades K-1. Register online. $20 per class. VIRTUAL Writing for Happiness and Stress Relief

Ongoing. Sessions for youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 alternate most Sundays; 3:30pm. Get to know your inner creative

A recent Denver Art Museum, Each/Other, features installations created by the collaborations of local artists.

Each/Other: Denver Art Museum.

Ongoing Events

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Maia Ruth Lee. $10 adult, $7 college student/senior/teacher/military, free age 13 and under and members. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver.

Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020 Through Sept. 17. Explore the relationships between simultaneous events—from world wars, to movements for civil rights, to pandemics—in Boulder’s past and present. The exhibit includes art gathered from the community that encapsulates and evokes the events of 2020. Museum of Boulder. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Each/Other Through Aug. 22. See the works of Marie Watt (Seneca, Scottish, and German) and Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, and European), two leading Indigenous contemporary artists, explore the collective process of creation in this exhibition featuring 26 mixed media sculptures, wall hangings, and large-scale installation works. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Five Points Plus: Neighborhood Memory Project Through Nov. 1. Take in the collective memory of an important Denver neighborhood: Five Points. Enjoy a mural by artist Adri Norris, artifacts from Five Points eras, a sound installation featuring community storytellers, photos, and a soundtrack by KUVO radio. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Van Gogh: Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Makerspace: Build! Ongoing; Explore history-based questions through creative, hands-on opportunities in the History Colorado Center’s makerspace. Develop a better understanding of Denver’s built environment through designing and creating your own cardboard building and add it to an imagined, communal city. Included with admission: $14 adult, $12 seniors, $10 ages 16-22 with student ID, $8 ages 5-15, free age 4 and under and members. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Memorial Cranes Through Sept. 17. See 10,000 of the paper birds hanging at the Museum of Boulder and scan a QR

Dive into the painted beauties from Van Gogh’s collection of artwork at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. code to hear precious memories of lost loved ones. The Memorial Crane Project began as a self-care ritual during the pandemic and resulted in a beautiful and sobering art installation honoring lives lost to the COVID-19 virus. Museum of Boulder. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Memory Mirror Ongoing. Step into this immersive installation and explore your relationship with memory through animation, dioramas, and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, Memory Mirror will transform the museum’s Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze Through Sept. 19. Create, manipulate, and experience patterns as you explore the ways nature inspires human designs such as the Parthenon in Greece and Denver's iconic “Big Blue Bear.” Identify patterns in music, art, architecture, and even your own body. $9 adult, $7 seniors, youth ages 3-18; plus general admission. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Oracles of the Pink Universe Through Sept. 12. Explore the interplay between magical realism and history through the works of South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube. A genre first conceptualized in Latin

America, magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical. Ndzube’s pieces include vibrant paintings and sculptures, some of which transform from two dimensional to three dimensional works of art. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck Through July 18. Visit the collection of garments from Véronique Peck’s closet and play a game with the whole family. Look for a QR code in the galleries to start a seek-and-find. See couture from designers around the world plus fashion sketches, film clips, and documents publicly exhibited for the first time. Through material from the 1950s to the 1990s, the presentation provides an overview of how fashion changed as the roles of women in society evolved in the 20th century. Included in general admission: Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

SOMOS Through Aug. 21. Tue-Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, noon-5pm. View an exhibition about domestic violence, resilience and healing, as Museo de las Americas joins forces with the Latina Safehouse and Art + Color. $8; $5 students, artists, veterans, seniors; free age 13 and under and members. Museo de las Americas, Denver.

Stonehenge Through Sept. 6. Daily, 9am-5pm; Fri, 9am-9pm. Explore Stonehenge’s story, its change and evolution, through hundreds of artifacts and modern science. Learn where, when, why, and how Stonehenge was built 4,500-5,000 years ago. Admission plus special ticket cost (see website for details). Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 58.

Van Gogh Alive Through Sept. 26. Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu; 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm. Surround yourself with Van Gogh’s masterpieces through lights, sounds, and smells accompanying oversized artworks. $35 and up. The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, Denver.

Viral Influence: Art in the Time of Coronavirus Through Aug. 22. Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm. View what local artists created during the pandemic, some in direct response to changing imagery of society (face masks and quiet scenes at home), and others responding to loss of studio space and supplies. The artworks from this time capture the impacts of the pandemic on individuals and communities, portraying isolation, adaptation, despair, connection, distance, and closures. Reserve a time to walk through the gallery online. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada.

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Rocky Mountain Vibes: Paat Kelly.

Fun for Baseball-Loving Families Pack up the kids’ gloves and hit a home run with these must-do activities.

Rocky Mountain Vibes minor league athletes entertain ball fans at their home field in Colorado Springs.

By Steve Lemig


rom batting cages and major league games to touring America’s only ballpark history museum, Denver and the Front Range have plenty to keep baseball-loving families busy this summer.

TREAT THE FAMILY TO A GAME Coors Field 2001 Blake St., Denver Coors Field resumed full capacity in late June, meaning this season's games will feel much like those in memory. Bring a blanket for the family to hang out in the Rockpile, the stadium’s outfield picnic area. When the littles get the wiggles, head to Dinger’s playground or check out the tee-ball batting cage behind sections 105 to 109; free for kids age six and under. Unable to make a game? Call and ask about a family tour of the stadium. $7 to $140 game tickets; $12 adult, $9 child (age 12 and under) tours. The Rocky Mountain Vibes UCHealth Park, 4385 Tutt Blvd., Colorado Springs Catch the Rocky Mountain vibe with


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this minor league team, the Vibes, who play in the Pioneer Baseball League. Sitting at 6,531 feet above sea level, UCHealth Park is the highest pro ballpark in North America. Kids 12 and under can join the Mini Mallows Kid’s Club for perks like running the bases and posing for a family photo on the field after a Sunday game. $5 to $10 game tickets; $20 Mini Mallows Kid’s Club. CATCH A PIECE OF HISTORY National Ballpark Museum 1940 Blake St., Denver Just a baseball’s throw away from Coors Field, the National Ballpark Museum is the only one in America dedicated to the 14 original ballparks built from 1909 to 1923. Inside, you’ll find one-of-a-kind relics like colorful stadium seats, team pennants, jerseys, and new this

year: huge stadium signs from two of America’s oldest ballparks. $10 adult, $5 senior, free age 16 and under. GO TO BAT WITH A VIEW Gateway Park Fun Center 4800 N. 28th St., Boulder Gateway Park is home to Boulder’s only outdoor batting cages and has one of the best views of the Front Range. Choose from a variety of pitch speeds for both softball and baseball, and find go-kart racing and miniature golf, too. $2 per token (20 batting cage pitches). Cornerstone Park 5098 S. Windermere, Littleton Just south of Denver, Cornerstone Park features nine outdoor batting cages and three lighted baseball fields. There’s a snack stand, playgrounds, a splash park, and picnic tables. $1.75 to $2 for 16 pitches, $25 to $40 per hour cage rental.

Aurora Sports Park 19300 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora Find the beautifully manicured 220-acre Aurora Sports Park just 12 miles east of Denver’s downtown. Take your pick of 12 baseball fields, 27 multi-use fields, four playgrounds, seven picnic shelters, and five concession stands. Free drop-in use. PARTY LIKE A WORLD CHAMP Consider a baseball themed party in the backyard. Frost cookies and cupcakes to look like baseballs, or arrange blueberries or melon balls with pretzel sticks for a baseball and bat combo. Play a simple game with a Wiffle ball and bat with your guests. Purchase a new ball for all the guests to autograph as a memory for the birthday child. Steve Lemig is an Arvada-based writer, father, and founder of

PEDAL 4 POSSIBLE Saturday, September 18, 2021 About Pedal 4 Possible

Join us for this scenic ride along the Front Range in Boulder County, Colorado. The ride starts and ends in Louisville at the headquarters of PEARL iZUMi. The event will also feature a virtual component so you can participate from anywhere. Choose from a variety of routes—100M 100K 50K 30K 10K— all to raise money for Craig Hospital programs for individuals with spinal cord or brain injuries!

About Craig Hospital Craig is a national, top-10 rehabilitation and research hospital that specializes in spinal cord and/or brain injury. As a private, non-profit facility, Craig relies on donations to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes. Pedal 4 Possible is a great way to support Craig’s patients and unique culture of care.


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