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CONTENTS June 2021 features




Find out how local fathers are uniting for the good of their kids.

Discover 18 ways to enjoy summer on the water without leaving the state.


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The latest tips and news on


Lessons Learned



Healthier Soul Food at Home












Sun Safety

Bring the Beach to Colorado

A Writer's Community for Queer Kids

Your Mountaintop Moments

How Can I Keep My Home Show-Ready?

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14 Keep your Home Ready For Showings | 16 Seashore-Inspired Crafts and Snacks 28 Supportive Resources For Denver Dads | 32 Hit the Beach in Colorado 39 65 Ideas For Family Fun

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Kids Love Museums


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

Cover: Jonah at Cherry Creek State Park photographed by Lucy Beaugard.

Calendar: Tesoro Cultural Center. Aquatic car: Michael Mundt.




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On the Web

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Hop into the tub, stew in some brew, and you’ll barely remember what’s been troubling you.

Airbnb: Julie Anne Hockensmith. Couple in tub: The Beer Spa. Splashpad: Christina Cook.

The Beer Spa in Denver Is a Soak in Self-Love

8 Airbnbs That Are Perfect For Your Family's Next Getaway From treehouses and yurts to rustic chic and modern luxe living spaces, these rental options are sure to be a memorable home base as you satisfy your family’s wanderlust.

Father's Day Gifts That Are Sure To Impress Show the special dad or father figure in your family’s life how much you appreciate him with one of these thoughtful finds.

12 Places to Splash This Summer Cool off in these Denver-area splash pads and water spots.




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


The goals and challenges of Denver-area fathers and father figures vary, but support groups and organizations are stepping in to strengthen them in their journeys. Learn more on page 28.

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Everyone deserves a pat on the back for getting through the past year, especially our resilient kids. See their proud moments on page 46.


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The housing market is hot, but messy showings are not. Three experts share tips for keeping tidy during your home transition. Page 14

Block UVA and UVB rays and protect baby sunbathers with full-coverage summer wear. Page 15

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The opportunities for water adventures in our landlocked state extend way beyond backyard kiddie pools. Extreme sports, unique rides, and scenic spots to hang await at our rivers, reservoirs, and lakes. Page 32


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Healthier Soul Food at Home Personal chef and creator of Gourmet Away (, Lisa Givens, who’s done business in the Denver area for 16 years, encourages parents to help their kids eat a few more veggies. Get them involved in preparation, and try some remixes on long-beloved soul food: fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. BUTTERNUT SQUASH MACARONI AND CHEESE Using squash as a key ingredient is a good way to keep a creamy texture without using loads of cheese. As a bonus, this recipe can be frozen and reheated. You Will Need: · 1½ cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes · ½ cup onion chopped · 2 teaspoons vegetable broth concentrate · 16 ounces small elbow macaroni, use gluten-free

noodles if desired · ¼ cup reserved cooking liquid from the squash/onion or the pasta · ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 30 minutes · 1 tablespoon lemon juice · 1 teaspoon salt · 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard · ¼ teaspoon garlic powder · ¼ teaspoon black pepper · ¹/₈ teaspoon smoked paprika · ¹/₈ teaspoon turmeric · ¹/₈ teaspoon nutmeg · 4 tablespoons panko bread crumbs · Cooking spray · Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 2. Add the butternut squash and onions to a pot

and cover with water by at least an inch or two. Add vegetable broth concentrate for additional flavor. 3. Bring the pot to a boil, turn down the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Once drained, place the noodles back in the pot and set aside. 5. When the squash and onions are tender, drain, and add them to a high-speed blender with the remaining ingredients except for the noodles and bread crumbs. Add the reserved liquid from either the pasta or the squash. Blend until completely smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. 6. Stir together the sauce and macaroni, then place in an oven-safe container. 7. Spray a clean skillet with cooking spray and lightly brown the panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs across the macaroni and bake for eight to 12 minutes. Find Chef Lisa’s recipe for Baked Ranch Chicken Tenders at

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Good to Know

Taproom: The Beer Spa. Hikers: Exploryst. SpoonfulONE and tray: SpoonfulONE.

Exploryst founder Angela Wilson and her family at Staunton State Park, Pine.

SpoonfulONE Offers Parents an Easy Way To Introduce Allergenic Foods New USDA Dietary Guidelines reflect a shift in infant feeding when it comes to allergenic foods. Following six months of breastfeeding, if possible, parents should introduce babies to nutrient-dense foods, including potentially allergenic foods such as peanuts, egg, cow milk products, tree nuts, wheat, shellfish, fish, and soy. That’s where SpoonfulONE comes in. They’ve released snack puffs, oat crackers, and mix-in powders that include the food groups commonly associated with more than 90 percent of food allergies. “For years, pediatricians like me, gave the wrong advice and worried parents about early feeding,” says Wendy Sue Swanson, pediatrician and chief medical officer at SpoonfulONE. “Thanks to research from around the world we now know how critical it is for babies to eat diverse foods early in life, including common allergens.” Food allergies themselves cost a lot: one 2013 JAMA Pediatrics Journal study estimates $4,184 per child per year. SpoonfulONE addresses this by offering a free one year subscription for families who qualify with WIC or food stamps. Shop the variety of products online, all starting at $19. —Anna Sutterer

Exploryst Opens Colorado Travel to All Abilities When Angela Wilson and her family ran into the words “not accessible” coming from businesses and travel destinations, they pressed further. “I never wanted [my son’s] disabilities to stop us from anything, especially the transformational power of traveling and experiencing new things,” says Wilson, Denver mother of Samuel, who has physical and intellectual disabilities. She formulated questions that would help her and the businesses understand what adaptations could be made for Samuel’s specific needs, and found there can be creative ways around what some destinations consider “not accessible” in terms of their physical space, programming, and amenities.

Having found no travel site with this much detailed information to help people with disabilities, Wilson launched her own free website in 2020. Exploryst currently offers guides to 200-plus locations in Colorado, with plans to expand to other metro areas and eventually worldwide. Notes on activity levels, terrain, vision and hearing, restrooms, and pricing help users at any point on the ability/ disability spectrum decide for themselves if they would feel comfortable visiting a site. “We encourage our users to leave their own reviews based on their specific needs to help curate a comprehensive view,” says Wilson, referring to the wide range of experiences individuals with disabilities can have. —AS

The Beer Spa: An Excellent Father’s Day or Date Night Treat

Parents can relax and unwind at The Beer Spa.


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An oasis opened up in Denver’s Whittier neighborhood, and it offers a full-body wellness experience through the power of beer. The Beer Spa co-owner Damien Zouaoui says since their start in February 2021, many parents have come in, telling him their visit was worth the babysitter or drop-off at the grandparents’ house. Guests are welcome to arrive 30 minutes before their appointments to enjoy the self-pour tap wall, featuring six local beers and a small selection of wines, or, to snag something nonalcoholic from the mini fridge. Next is an hour in a private spa room complete with infrared sauna, rain shower, and warm bubbling tub infused with hops, barley, and herbs. Level up with the self-love or date night package and receive local craft chocolates, a

bottle of sparkling wine or extra beverage credit, and ambiance (faux rose petals and candles). Finally, cool off with another drink before hopping into an (optional) zero-gravity massage chair that’s more extensive in its relaxation power than the ones you’ll find at an airport or the mall. In total, the enchanting circuit lasts between two and three hours and leaves you feeling refreshed. Basic packages cost $89 for individuals or $119 for pairs ($10 drink credit and private spa included). The date night package costs $180. Add a chair massage to any experience for $20 (15 minutes) or $30 (30 minutes). Starting July 5, all sessions will increase to 90 minutes and prices will increase to $159 per basic package for one or two people, and $219 for a date night package. —Anna Sutterer

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How Can I Keep My Home Show-Ready? A mom, a real estate agent, and a professional organizer weigh in on how to maintain a showing-ready appearance in the home you’re selling, while living in it with your family. Edited by Courtney Drake-McDonough

“Your home is now a product. It needs to be tidy, clutter-free, and clean to attract the maximum number of buyers. Keep bathroom cabinets as empty as you can, putting items in a caddy to hide under your sink. Leave the floor of every closet and pantry clear to give a sense of space. Pack away most toys in clear bins. Don’t change children’s rooms too much because moving is stressful enough. Do take down name plates or other identifying items for safety reasons. Be kind to yourself—leaving a toilet paper roll in the waste can, a bath toy in the tub, or a sock on the floor isn’t going to make or break a sale. Go away for the first weekend your house is up for sale. In this market, one weekend of showings without turning away any qualified buyers is worth going under contract quickly.” –Meg Farina, real estate agent, Coldwell Banker Realty

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THE PROFESSIONAL HOME ORGANIZER SAYS… “Do an extensive decluttering and organizing process before the home goes on the market. Pretend it’s no longer your home and you’re preparing it for the future owner. Pack up as much as possible that will go to the next home, donate items that will not. The less stuff in the home, the easier it can be maintained in a show-ready state. Take everything off the fridge and take down family photos to prevent a prospective buyer from judging you and the worth of your home based on the items in it. Fifteen minutes each morning and evening spent putting things away and cleaning the kitchen is essential. Give the kids incentives for donating things they no longer want or need. Forcing them to get rid of things isn’t necessary. Box up items and deal with them at the next house—no need to make selling your home even more stressful.” –Angela Cody-Rouget, founder of Major Organizers,


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THE MOM WHOSE HOME WAS ON THE MARKET FOR FOUR MONTHS SAYS… “We ate simple meals that wouldn’t cause the house to smell and used a mild fragrance that sprayed on schedule to keep it smelling fresh. I had a cleaning kit and vacuum available to clean crumbs and spills quickly before running out. We lived out of one bedroom, a bathroom, and kitchen to minimize the amount of straightening up before leaving. Counters were kept as bare as possible and water drops on fixtures or shower doors were wiped immediately. Toys were maintained in a box, and clothes were kept in a hamper or the laundry room.” –Carol Mendrygal, mother of kids ages four and six, Denver

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Sun Safety

Keep your kids protected without sacrificing style or comfort. By Kara Thompson

These playful Flower Babiators have gone through rigorous testing to ensure 100 percent UVA and UVB sun protection. The durable rubber frames can be bent, twisted, or stepped on without breaking, but in the case that they get damaged, Babiators will replace them for free within the first year. $36,

Protect your sleeping or nursing baby while you’re pool or lakeside with the Coolibar Batibou Sun Blanket. Although the cover is extremely lightweight, it blocks 98 percent of harmful rays. Plus, it comes in seven different color options and is big enough to use through the toddler years. $29,

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Made with 100 percent recycled fabric, the Sunday Afternoons Infant Sunskipper Bucket Hat is an eco and sun-conscious choice for warm days spent outside. The flexible brim allows for top-notch visibility while a Velcro chin strap keeps the hat in place. Want to switch up your baby’s look? The reversible design has a solid color on one side and stripes on the other. $22,

Mott50 makes UPF 50+ swimwear for men, women, and kids. This Mini Kelly One Piece Swimsuit is made with super soft spandex and features a mock neck and thumbholes for complete coverage. For boys, order the matching Mini Major Swim Trunks and pair them with a plain white rash guard. $48 and up,

Little swimmers can take a dip or lounge on a beach towel while wearing the Speedo Sunny Vibes Goggles. Meant to be worn both in and around the water, these anti-fog goggles have polarized lenses that offer UV-400 protection. The adjustable straps are more forgiving than traditional silicone designs, making pool prep a bit less stressful. $13,

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Fun & Activities

Bring the Beach to Colorado These beachy snacks and crafts are perfect for less-scheduled summer days. By Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte

Craft photos, book cover: Handmade Charlotte.


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Fun & Activities

Diver Puppet By Kathleen Ballos

YOU WILL NEED: · Paper straws (regular and jumbo) · Toilet paper roll tube · 5 small round wooden beads · 1 large wooden bead · Multi-surface acrylic paint (black and yellow) · Paintbrush · Pipe cleaners (black and green) · White cardstock · Hot glue gun · String · Wooden dowel


1. Paint four of the small wooden beads, four regular paper straws, and the paper roll tube with black paint. Let dry. 2. Cut the straws into eight equal pieces, about 1¾ inches long, and a longer piece about 4 inches long. Fold three black pipe cleaners in half and thread the straws and beads onto each, forming the diver’s arms, legs, and torso. 3. Paint the large wooden bead with black paint to look like a diver’s face. Let dry. 4. To make the diver’s accessories, cut a jumbo paper straw into two lengths about 2 inches long each. Paint the paper straws, one small round bead, and a piece of white cardstock with yellow paint. Once dry, cut the now yellow cardstock into two flippers. 5. Assemble the diver by twisting the torso pipe cleaner onto the arms and legs. Hot glue the head onto extra pipe cleaner that extends out past the torso. Twist the pipe cleaners on the arms and legs into small loops to be hands and feet. 6. Cut the black paper roll so that it’s 4 inches long. Cut it along the length as well and re-roll and glue it so that it’s not as wide a tube. Hot glue the two yellow straws onto the back as the oxygen supply. Bend and twist a green pipe cleaner into an oblong loop and thread the yellow bead up next to it. 7. Place the black tube over the torso straw, hot gluing to secure. Hot glue the pipe cleaner mask onto the face and bend the excess pipe cleaner to connect into the air supply. 8. Cut and tie string onto the diver’s arms, head, and hips and tie to a wooden dowel.

Cupcake Paper Seashells By Kathleen Ballos

YOU WILL NEED: · Corrugated cardboard scraps · White paint · Paintbrush · Cupcake liners (full-size and mini in multiple colors) · Scissors · White glue


1. Paint one side of corrugated cardboard in the color of your choice. (Using white paint allows the colors of the cupcake liners to be the main focus, but if you’re just using white cupcake liners, consider painting the cardboard blue like the ocean or pale yellow like sand.) Let dry and cut into rectangles about the size of a postcard. 2. To make the seashells, flatten cupcake liners, then cut them in half. Freehand cut each half into simple clamshell shapes, with the flat

bottom edge of the liners forming the bottom of the clamshells. Don’t worry if your shells aren’t perfectly symmetrical. 3. Arrange the shells onto the painted cardboard in whatever pattern you like and attach with small dabs of white glue. Let dry.

Handmade Charlotte celebrates every day with DIY crafts, recipes, and ideas for creative family living. Find more crafty ideas at or in The Handmade Charlotte Playbook, which features over 100 fun-filled activities.

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S’mores: Abby Hunter for Handmade Charlotte.

Sand Castle S’mores By Abby Hunter

YOU WILL NEED: · 2 boxes graham crackers · 1 bag mini marshmallows · 1 stick butter · Large saucepan · No-stick cooking spray · Mini 1-inch sand castle molds (may be found in sand kits at Michaels) · Bowl · Spoon · Food processor (or large plastic freezer bag) · Large marshmallows (1 per s’more) · Chocolate bars (½ bar per s’more) OPTIONAL (FLAGS) · Washi tape · Thin wire · Scissors


1. Crush 3 cups of graham crackers using a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, place the graham crackers in a sealed plastic bag (with as little air as possible), and crush them using your fist.


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2. Melt 1½ tablespoons of butter over low heat in a large saucepan, and add 2 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until completely melted, then remove from heat. Add the crushed graham crackers, and stir until well coated in marshmallow sauce. The crushed graham cracker crumbs may still appear dry. 3. Spray the inside of your sand castle molds with no-stick cooking spray. Pack a handful of your graham cracker/marshmallow mix into the sand castle mold, a little at a time, until full. You may want to use the tip of a small, pointy knife to cut around the very edge of the sand castle to loosen it from the mold. Shake, wiggle, and gently squeeze the “sand castle” out of the mold, and onto a plate. Set aside. Note: After you have completed step three a few times, you will most likely want to heat up another 1½ tablespoons of butter, and stir in another 2 cups of mini marshmallows until melted. Add the marshmallow sauce to the graham cracker crumbs to re-moisten the mix. It’s easiest to pack and remove castles while the mix is still warm. 4. Toast a large marshmallow over a fire, over the heating element on the stove top, or in the microwave (for about 10 to 15 seconds) on half of a graham cracker and chocolate bar.

Allow to cool for a few seconds, and then stack your sand castle on the marshmallow, with a graham cracker base, and chocolate center. 5. Optional: Use thin wire, washi tape, and scissors to create mini flags to stick on top of the castles. Cut off about 2 inches of washi tape, and a 2-to-3inch piece of wire. Place the top of the wire in the center of the washi tape, and fold the tape in half over the wire. Cut the tape into a triangle, trim the wire, and insert the end into the top of the castle.




M U S E U M S + C U LT U R E Denver is filled with many options to get kiddos involved in educational experiences and cultural activities. Get an in-depth look into individual museums, zoos, music programs, and so much more. Discover what makes Denver special to families and our community, and why both kids AND parents love these experiences.

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Why kids love it.

Explore a new world at the Clyfford Still Museum, where admission is always free for children ages 17 and under. Use your imagination and make your own interpretations of Still’s vibrant artworks.

Why parents love it.

Discover nine beautiful galleries of Clyfford Still’s art and learn about a groundbreaking artist. Designed specifically to display Still’s art, the Museum is home to nearly everything he created.

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The Museum has something for every kiddo! Paint a masterpiece, learn about the laws of motion, ride in a fire truck and so much more. Plus, nothing beats summertime in Joy Park, an outdoor adventure filled with canyons, geysers, zip lines and sand dunes, perfect for active play!

Why parents love it.

The Children’s Museum is all about Safer Play (learn more on their website!). Parents can be confident that as a Denver 5 Star Certified organization, they take the safety of your family seriously, so you can spend your time creating, exploring and learning through play!

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Learn & Grow

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A Writer’s Community for Queer Kids How Rainbow Room is helping LGBTQ youth grow in their craft and support each other. By Anna Sutterer


riting, editing, and cultivating one’s artistic expression mirrors the process of a young person figuring out who they are. Youth instructor for Lighthouse Writers Workshop Jesaka Long understood that young people, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ, could use more spaces and community support to grow in both craft and character. Pandemic-related isolation wasn’t making things any easier. In January 2021, Long launched Rainbow Room, a virtual chat-based program where queer adolescents share their writing, in response to the perceived need, and to the natural growth of the community at Lighthouse. “We started seeing more and more trans kids at Lighthouse or more kids who were comfortable being out,” says Long. “I guess word traveled that Lighthouse is seen as a very safe place.”


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Long, who has an MFA degree in writing for young readers and has six years’ experience leading Lighthouse’s Youth Authors Collective, feels she’s an example of what representation in the literature scene can do. She’s transparent about her queerness and her teaching typically centers the works of queer writers. China Reign Omenai, 16, from Denver, knows a bit about who they are and shows it through the work of their words. “Something that I’ve always known is that my work makes others uncomfortable,” they say. “That’s the goal. I never approach writing with some idea of wanting to be the next Shakespeare, I’m China Reign.” Omenai’s writing talents parallel her mother’s; Confidence Omenai is a poet and playwright. Both of them receive Lighthouse emails, and that’s how China saw the Rainbow Room ad. An opportunity to collaborate with other kids and get detailed feedback piqued China’s interest.

WHAT TO EXPECT Long begins Rainbow Room sessions with some questions to help students get to know each other. She then provides weekly writing prompts to warm up and sharpen skills like building a character’s point of view. Lessons from these free writing exercises help kids develop their own pieces. Novels, short stories, and poetry from Rainbow Room writers often include themes about gender and rebelling against norms; others center around post-apocalyptic worlds and friendship. “I could talk about my novel for one thousand years,” says Lily Nobel, 16, from Boulder, who participated in the second cohort. Their novel mixes the supernatural with a coming of age story: a group of friends tour through Europe; when their deceased friend shows up as a ghost, they must deal with their grief.

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Nobel welcomed Long’s line-byline feedback, plus the community built by sharing comments on other writers’ work. “I see myself in [the other students],” says Nobel, “both being a very young person who is starting to try out some labels within the LGBTQ community, but more than anything as a young writer who is trying to figure out their style, what they like to write about, and how they could best go about that.” Molly Patton, 14, from New Jersey, joined after her mother connected with Long over Instagram. In-depth classes that catered to her age group were hard to come by. Patton is inspired by writing that empowers young people like her; she loves Hannah Abigail Clarke’s The Scapegracers, which features a cast of queer girls

who smash the patriarchy and fight the wrongs in their community, according to Patton. “Most of the novels geared toward queers are in the romantic genre,” says Patton. “I don’t see enough stories where the characters are casually lesbian or bisexual, like in The Scapegracers.” In the group, Patton’s been developing a story in her favorite genres, science fiction and fantasy; it’s about an island cut off from a COVID-19-like virus that’s ravaging the rest of the world. Rainbow Room begins a free four-week session in August. “If for some reason you feel like you don’t have a space, maybe this would help,” says Long. Register at workshop/rainbow-room-teens


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Fatherhood Local programs unite dads and link them to supportive resources. By Anna Sutterer


ads in the Denver area have goals; to have healthy communication, get vulnerable, be interconnected, break stereotypes, and delight in their kids. Guidance from the following organizations will help them get there.

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Denver Indian Center’s Honoring Fatherhood Program

Father and child: Getty Images.

WHO: Native fathers or father figures preferred, open to all WHEN: Cohorts are ongoing; see the Indian Center’s website for upcoming dates. Thomas Allen Jr. feels lucky. Having benefited from his father’s presence and traditional teachings passed down, Allen knew his upbringing was exceptional in his friend group. “A lot of my friends looked up to my father as a father figure,” he says. Allen, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Northern Arapaho Tribe, and Euchee Tribe, now teams up with another father figure, Kiowa elder and Denver Indian Center (DIC) director Rick Waters. They lead the Honoring Fatherhood Program. Over the course of several weeks, participants review financial literacy, communication styles, and men’s health. They talk about having compassion for their parenting partners, to “walk a mile in their moccasins,” says Allen. The DIC brings in a credit union representative to discuss building good credit and savings accounts. Metro Volunteer Lawyers are also on hand, offering free legal counsel in cases of child custody and support, or land rights. They also cover the basics of hanging out with kids, reading, and encouraging other healthy activities. Time is how you spell love. That’s one of the main pieces of advice Andrew Whipple, a member of the Dakota nation and former Honoring Fatherhood participant, took from Waters. The course’s philosophy incorporates a traditional American Indian point of view, “because it worked,” says Waters, and because it applies to a contemporary environment. The medicine wheel, an honored symbol for many Indigenous nations, represents the four directions with Mother Earth as the encompassing circle. It’s used in class as a reminder of balance. Attending to spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical health will ease one’s troubles and elevate one’s joys, according to Allen. Most participants come from the Denver Native community: “They value the information given and also have a safe space to explore and build upon their cultural aptitude and knowledge,” says Allen. The DIC, opened in 1984, provides opportunities for self-determination through education, basic needs assistance, cultural enrichment, and advocacy. Programs like Honoring Fatherhood are important considering historical trauma and its long lasting effects: Boarding school operations by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the late 19th and early 20th

centuries took kids from their families and attempted to assimilate them into white culture. Denver was a site for the 1950s sudden relocation of Native Americans from reservations to cities; however, integration was poorly organized, according to an NPR report, and left communities struggling to get basic needs met. Those who sign up not only receive help but also get paid to attend. According to Allen, the real payoff is becoming a community leader and better father or father figure. “There’s a marked change, I can see it, from people starting to the end,” he says. “It does give people hope and some kind of focus and goal, that toolkit to get to their end result.”

The Arc’s Dads and Disabilities WHO: Fathers of children who have disabilities WHEN: Bi-monthly, second Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates in 2021: June 8, August 10, October 12, and December 14. Socializing at the pub and playing poker with other dads was entertaining, but ultimately not meaningful enough for Mark Davison, Denver father of three. He's attended groups in Oregon and Colorado that functioned as cliched men's gatherings: "[They] didn't offer a way to connect more deeply with other men whose children experience disability,” says Davison. His daughter, Lydia Davison, age eight, is gentle,

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Clayton Early Learning’s Fathers Building Futures WHO: Fathers and father figures of students at Clayton Early Learning WHEN: Monthly meetings, typically held on first Mondays George Davis, Denver father of two, was already impressed with Clayton Early Learning’s (CEL) parent education, community engagement, and classroom instruction. “I’m very active in my [children’s] school and learning,” he says. “I love doing it, and I want to make sure they’re taking advantage and given advantages.” During a CEL function three years ago, he visited the Fathers Building Futures recruitment table. It was his turn to benefit. “[The meeting] took me off guard because of how deep the conversations got,” says Davis, now co-chair of the group. “Everyone [was] really sharing their emotions and speaking of fatherhood on a more intimate level than just being a breadwinner and leaving a lot of responsibility on the mom as far as nurturing.” The program’s meetings offer dads and male guardians space to speak out on their

experiences, and to ask for help. “At lot of times men will feel like the only thing they have to offer their children is money, and if they’re not making enough money then they feel less of a father because of that,” he says. “The child isn’t even trippin’ on that.” Active fatherhood, the program’s aim, is facilitated through family events. Top Hats and Tutus gave young boys and girls the chance to dress up and enjoy a live DJ. A hair tutorial taught dads the fundamentals of washing, conditioning, and simple styles for young girls. The group looks forward to more events this year including movie nights, breakfasts, and dance parties. “Do not let the thought of what society has or hasn’t placed on you affect how you feel and how you want to interact with your child,” says Davis. Gianna Irie Davis, age five, reminds her dad he’s on the right track. One day, she told him about a baby bird she found at school, explaining that the daddy bird hadn’t taught the little one to fly yet. It’s not often you hear people talk about a daddy bird, thought Davis, but she said daddy bird. This reinforced for him the major role he plays in her life. “[Gianna] is my daughter, and I, as her daddy bird, have a role of teaching her—of giving her wings to be independent,” wrote Davis in a Fathers Building Futures newsletter. “She set a benchmark I will always shoot for.”

Clayton Early Learning: Michael Martin.

loves to eat lollipops, and has a dark sense of humor. All of this shines through her struggle with an undiagnosed condition. She has about 100 seizures per day and is currently both nonverbal and mostly immobile. She is learning to use a computer to communicate and uses a wheelchair to get around. The Davisons moved to Colorado five years ago and have benefited from local services, including a disability parenting group held by The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas Counties. When Mark heard about the organization’s new Dads and Disabilities offering, which launched in June 2020, he gladly joined. Having a child with a disability often requires one parent (in a two parent household) to go full-time in caregiving. Mothers might take on this role while fathers, who typically make more money in a heterosexual marriage, support the family financially, as is the case with Davison. But that doesn’t mean dads aren’t involved with or affected by their child’s lives. When Luke Wheeland, director of community outreach at The Arc, facilitates Dads with Disabilities meetings, conversation topics come up naturally. They’ve spanned from divorce to facing the fact that kids will not grow out of a diagnosis, plus the physical and mental expenses that add up with care. For more than six years, Davison has struggled with symptoms of PTSD, including dissociation, due to experiences with his daughter’s disability. He’s only recently been diagnosed. “Imagine if you have a relative, partner, or kid and they had a seizure; you’d be in emergency mode with the chemicals that are made [in the body],” says Davison. “If you’re having that 100 times a day and you’re constantly in emergency mode, that’s what leads to PTSD. It’s like a slow-burn version.” Had he been engaged earlier in conversations about the potential side effects of caring for his daughter, he says he would have reached out for examination more quickly. There’s also much to be gained from the group’s breadth of ages and stages of parenting. “Some people have kids who are 20, or 25, and they’re amazing,” says Davison. “They'll tell you stuff that, as a new dad with a kid who has a disability, you don’t even know where to begin.” Davison considers himself an almost experienced dad in that he could help a newcomer with their initial learning curves. He’s partnered with friends from the Anchor Center for the Blind to plan monthly Roll and Stroll gatherings; families enjoy a picnic and a three mile stroll at a wheelchair accessible park. “It’s a simple way as a group you feel more comfortable outside,” says Davison. “You get stares, but as a group you don’t care.”

On MLK Day 2021, Fathers Building Futures worked with Kroenke Sports Charities to restock Clayton Early Learning's emergency food pantry, which had been wiped out since the onset of the pandemic.

Aquatic Adventures in

Landlocked Colorado Days filled with sun and spray are not that far from home. By Heather Mundt


t’s no revelation that Colorado is a landlocked state. But just because we don’t have oceans at our disposal doesn’t mean we are short on opportunities for summertime water adventures. In fact, according to the Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado is home to the headwaters of seven major rivers—including the Colorado, Arkansas, and Cache la Poudre—comprising thousands of miles of recreation, as well as 2,000 lakes. Try adding some of these aquatic activities to your family’s summer agenda.


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Opener: Michael Mundt. Splash: Aleksei Derin/Getty Images.

The author's son Brody tubes the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs.

Three Unique Water Adventures TRY WHITEWATER PADDLEBOARDING IN GOLDEN. The Clear Creek Whitewater Park in Golden is an 800-foot course created for recreational canoeing and kayaking. For those brave enough to learn whitewater paddleboarding techniques, Rocky Mountain Paddleboard offers a two-and-a-half-hour introduction clinic, which includes rental boards, paddles, helmets, leashes, and personal-flotation devices. Open: June 2 to August 4 for river clinics Cost: Clear Creek drop-in use is free to the public. $125 per person paddleboard clinic Tips: Closed-toe shoes are required. Minimum rider age is 12 years old for river clinics. The easiest parking is located across the street at the Golden Community Center.

RIDE IN AN AMPHIBIOUS CAR IN GRAND LAKE. Grand Lake is one of only three locations worldwide in which you can ride in the Amphicar Model 770, aka “the sports car that swims.” The Rocky Mountain Amphicar Adventures’ four vehicles shuttle up to four passengers on 30-minute rides. Open: Memorial Day through Labor Day Cost: $150 per carload Tips: Kids and dogs are welcome.

GO JET BOATING ON THE COLORADO RIVER. Set on the banks of the Colorado River about 33 miles northeast of Grand Junction in De Beque, Jet Boat Colorado is the only spot in the state where you can experience the thrill of New Zealand-style jet boating. Fishtail, cowboy spin, and power slide in the company’s Wild Mustang, getting drenched along the way. A scenic river tour is available for guests who prefer to stay dry.

Amphibious car: Michael Mundt.

Open: Mid-May through mid-September Cost: Reserve early; tours book up fast. $350-$575 per hour, one to nine passengers Tips: Children should be at least 40 inches tall and 50 pounds to ride.

Amphibious car in Grand Lake

Where's a good place to… …LEARN TO WAKEBOARD? FRUITA Within view of the Colorado National Monument, Imondi Wake Zone uses a cable system instead of a boat for tow sports. Kids age six and up can learn about wakeboarding and kneeboarding. There are also SUP rentals and an Aqua Park: a series of inflatable runways, slides, trampolines, ladders, and more. OPEN: May 21 to Sept. 6 (extended if weather allows); Monday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. COST: $79 one-hour beginner group lesson, rentals included; $35 two-hour cable tow sport pass; $20 one-hour Aqua Park pass (with life vest rental); group pricing available

…TUBE A RIVER? STEAMBOAT SPRINGS This town’s Yampa River is the only free-flowing one in the state, meaning its more than 250 miles are unobstructed by dams or diversions. For an easy two-mile ride that lasts roughly 90 minutes, rent tubes, life jackets, and river shoes from Backdoor Sports. Enjoy a shuttle ride back to the shop where you can retrieve your belongings. OPEN: Year round except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mother’s Day; daily, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. COST: $20 per person

…RENT A PARTY BOAT? FORT COLLINS The Inlet Bay Marina on Horsetooth Reservoir rents party pontoon boats. The Big Cat, with a half upper deck, or the Super Cat, with a full upper deck, each feature water slides. For a two-hour minimum, enjoy the water with up to 20 guests. Rental includes captain, fuel, and personal flotation devices for infants up to XXXL adult. Restrooms and speakers are on-board. OPEN: May 1 through Oct. 1; daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. COST: $300 (Big Cat) or $350 (Super Cat) per hour

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Rafting: Echo Canyon River Expeditions.

Echo Canyon River Expeditions

Family-Friendly Rafting Tours in Colorado

Keep Age in Mind:

Minimum-age requirements are often increased with high water levels, which top out at the beginning of the rafting season in May and early June. They taper off as the season winds down in August/September. When rafting with children, always check with the company you choose before going.


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For visitors to Telluride, the half-day Lower San Miguel trip is a good fit for families, says Troy Youngfleish, an owner at Telluride Outside. The tour features Class II-III rapids, but if you fall out of the raft, “it’s Class V swimming,” he says. “[Kids’] ability to swim and comfort with water are all fairly important.” The minimum rider age is six years; minimum weight is 50 pounds. $100 per person. A trip to the Royal Gorge Region often includes rafting the Arkansas River. Echo Canyon River Expeditions’ Bighorn Sheep Canyon itinerary is a mix of Class II-IV rapids and tons of fun. “The Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip is

definitely our most popular family section of whitewater,” says General Manager Ben Sack. Guests should have the ability to swim for any raft trip, but especially for Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Families with younger children might consider the Family Float trip (age four and up). “It’s a leisurely float and quite popular with multi-generational families who are visiting.” Bighorn Sheep Canyon trips are either half-day, $79 per person, or fullday, $139 per person. The half-day Family Float is $79 per person. It’s sometimes tough to find rafting trips for kids under age five or six because of standard child life

vests, which typically support 50 pounds. However, Phoebe and Erik Larsson, parents of twins and coowners of Whitewater Rafting, LLC in Glenwood Springs, have been rafting with their kids since the toddler years. Their company has life vests for kids age two and up (25 pounds) for the two-hour Short & Mild on the Colorado River (Class II); considered a “primer” rafting experience. “This season is going to be great for families experiencing rafting for the first time,” Phoebe says. With less snowpack this year, the water will be warmer and calmer, she says. Short & Mild trips cost $50 per adult and $45 for kids age 12 and under.

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Blue Mesa Reservoir

Drowning can occur at any age and swimming level, but there are ways to prevent it. Kathryn Foster, swim school director at Ocean First, says it’s important to promote water safety on your own terms, by going over common pool rules with your swimmers. Here are a few you can use: Q: “What do you do if you fall in the pool?” A: “You turn around and grab the wall.” Q: “What do you do if you fall off a boat?” A: “You roll over and float.” (Talk about back floating.) Q: “What do you do if your friend needs help in the water?” A: “You throw, don’t go.” (This means you can throw them something that will float but never jump in after them. And of course, call for help!) Q: “How do you identify a lifeguard?” A: “They are usually wearing red, have a cross on their shirt, and have a red pool tool (flotation device).” Foster explains that it’s also important to create your own rules based on your swimmer’s ability. Some examples could be: · Make sure you tell an adult before you get in the pool to swim. · Tell someone when you want to take a break from playing. (Foster recommends this so kids can rehydrate and relax—this is why a lot of community pools have “break time.”) · When you’re visiting a lake, go in to see how deep it is first and find out where you can touch the bottom. · No jumping or diving in water when you don’t know the depth. · Always wear a life jacket. –Kara Thompson


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Largest, Deepest, and Tallest Local Getaways COLORADO’S LARGEST LAKE The Curecanti National Recreation Area between Montrose and Gunnison is a waterlover’s paradise and home to Colorado’s largest body of water (completely in the state), Blue Mesa Reservoir. At 20 miles long with some 96 miles of shoreline, it’s the easternmost of the three reservoirs comprising Curecanti. The Elk Creek complex is the major facility of Blue Mesa and includes a main marina with boat and water sport rentals, Pappy's Restaurant, a visitors center, and a campground.

DEEPEST NATURAL BODY OF WATER Offering more than 150 miles of shoreline, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural body of water is Grand Lake, located in the town of Grand Lake (on the north shore) along the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake has several marinas: Grand Lake Marina features rentals via Boater’s Choice for pontoon/ sport boats, kayaks, canoes and SUPs, plus The Wake Coffee Shop; and Headwaters Marina rents all boat types including fishing, sport, pontoon, and paddle.,

Blue Mesa Reservoir: Michael Mundt.

Refresh Your Water Safety

Great Sand Dunes: Hilary Angel. Royal Gorge: Michael Mundt. Cherry Creek: Heather Gott.

LARGEST WHITEWATER PARK The Buena Vista whitewater park, set along the Arkansas River just east of the town’s historic district, features human-made water structures like Staircase Wave and Uptown Wave for kayaks, rafts, SUPs, and more. The 0.6-mile Arkansas River Trail, situated along the west bank, is an easy walk with good views of all the river action. For more information on how to get into the water safely, stop by CKS Main St. or check LARGEST BODY OF WATER Colorado’s largest body of water is actually mostly in New Mexico; one-fifth of the 15,000 surface-acres is in the Centennial state. Located 36 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs, the Navajo Reservoir in Navajo State Park features approximately 150 miles of total shoreline. The full-service Two Rivers Marina (on the Colorado side) offers pontoon-boat and SUP rentals, tackle, food and more. There are also 118 developed campsites (some year-round) and three cabins, as well as a camper services building with toilets and coin-operated showers. For reservations, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website or call 800-244-5613. For a “Lake Powell-style” vacation, head to the New Mexico side’s Navajo Lake Marina and rent a 48-foot houseboat.

Royal Gorge & Arkansas River

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

NORTH AMERICA’S TALLEST SAND DUNES Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Alamosa is known as the site of North America’s tallest sand dunes. (Star Dune reaches 755 feet.) This vast stretch of sand tucked under the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is also home to popular splash site, Medano Creek, a seasonal stream at the base of the dunes that gets high enough for tubing, depending on the year’s snowpack. Families with younger kids may not get any farther than the creek, but you’ll still get amazing views. Heather Mundt is a Colorado native and freelance writer from Longmont. This article is based on information from her upcoming book, The Colorado Family Outdoor Adventure Guide (University of New Mexico Press, February 2022).

Fun Front Range Beaches Looking to meet with a friend and relax on the sand while the kids play? Check out these places for retreat, all within easy access for front range families.

Cherry Creek State Park

Loveland’s Boyd Lake State Park features a swimming beach and a pavilion with rinsing showers and restrooms, a playground, picnic

test to swim beyond the first rope.

tables, and a snack bar. Don’t miss SUP rentals from Mountain Rentals. The Boulder Reservoir is one of the largest seasonally lifeguardattended beaches in Colorado. It's open daily May 28 through September 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids under 12 must pass a swim

One of the Denver-area’s most popular natural areas, Cherry Creek State Park offers a sandy swimming beach with a roped-off swimming area, plus a bathhouse with restrooms. placestogo/parks/CherryCreek

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Screen Time

PA R E N T L I K E A P R O Find out new ways to replace screen time. Plus, at home craft ideas, new ways to use imagination, creative ways to get your kiddo up and moving—and a whole lot more! DON’T MISS THIS! YOU CAN NOW READ THE FULL ISSUE OF COLORADO PARENT ONLINE.

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Our Picks For Little Ones

Opener: Tesoro Cultural Center. Little Ones: Mammoth HD. Kiddos: Scott Dressel-Martin. Tweens: Marco Robinson. Teens: Stevie Crecelius.


For Kiddos


For Tweens




HawkQuest's bald eagle demonstration adds to the annual Indian Market excitement.

20th Annual Indian Market

For Teens

10am-4pm. Mark your calendar for Tesoro's 20th Annual Indian Market, a yearly tribute to the American Indian tribes that shaped the cultural community of Bent's Old Fort. Celebrate early Southwestern history with nationally-acclaimed artists and dancers in an art-centered gathering. Enjoy educational and interactive exhibits on American Indian culture, including hawk and eagle demonstrations from HawkQuest. This year's market will not include the contest Powwow due to current COVID-19 gathering restrictions. $10, free age 12 and under. The Fort Restaurant, Morrison.

DENVER PRIDE June 27 See page 42

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11am-5pm. Celebrate with close to 1,000 community members during a day-long virtual mini-festival. This event is a youth led and youth designed event. Choose from three tracks with 10-15 workshops. Enjoy grab and go activities for residents and kids. RSVP online. Free entry, donations and sponsorship suggested.

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SingOn with the Colorado Children’s Chorale Concerts at


2pm, 3:15pm, 4:30pm, and 6pm. Join the Children’s Chorale for an outdoor performance celebrating young talent. All ages. No reservation required. No reservation required. Donations suggested. Grant Family Amphitheater at Clement Park, Littleton.




Follow the beat of the drum and have some fun with the Uncle Devin show. June 1.

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

VIRTUAL Summer Kickoff

with The Uncle Devin Show

1-1:30pm. Get funky with drummer 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. VIRTUAL Book Queeries: Cemetery Boys 4:30-5:30pm.

Get listed! Items to be considered for the monthly printed calendar must be received at least six weeks before the month of publication. Email event information to Information cannot be accepted by phone. See our calendar online at

Attend this online book club and receive a free copy of this month’s book, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, 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.


VIRTUAL Virtual Little

University: Super Scavengers with Nature’s Educators 3:30-4pm. Scrounge around and learn about some super scavengers. Age 5 and under. Register online. VIRTUAL Pride Storytime with Daniel Haack 4-5pm. Celebrate Pride

with the bestselling author of Prince & Knight, Daniel Haack, as he reads Tale of the Shadow King and answers questions. Ages 3-8. Register online. $5 suggested ticket contribution or book purchase.


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Musical Perspectives (A Music in the Galleries Experience) June 8 and 13, 10am-5pm. Enjoy the Clyfford Still Museum spring–summer exhibition with a twist. Bring your smart device with headphones to hear musical pairings by ensembles from Friends of Chamber Music. Find timed tickets online. $10 adult, $6 student and teacher, $8 seniors, $5 member guests, free members and age 17 and under. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver.


Four Mile Free Day

out on the lawn, feast on some food truck creations, and enjoy an outdoor movie screening of the 1993 Jurassic Park. $5. Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood.

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, first-served basis. Four Mile Historic Park. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.



Join individuals across the world to participate in a physical and social movement for Down Syndrome acceptance. Participate in the Dance-A-

Enjoy the galleries including Papel Chicano Dos, Art of the Southwest, and O Beautiful! Shifting Landscapes of the Pikes Peak Region. Register online. Colorado Springs


Rockin’ Block Party 9-11pm. Spread

GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge Dance It Up Denver 9:30am-noon.

Author Daniel Haack will read from his new book Tale of the Shadow King and answer questions. June 3.


Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Free Day 10am-4pm.

Pride Storytime: Little Bee Books. Uncle Devin: Arapahoe Libraries.

Thon in person (reservations required) or virtually (register to access videos and information). All ages and abilities welcome. $21 adults, $10 children age 12 and under. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Arvada.

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Little Mermaid: Martha Wirth Photography.


VIRTUAL Japanese

Folktales 9am. Join performance artist Yasu Ishida as he shares Japanese folktales using magic and origami. Ages 5-12. Register online.


Summer Low Sensory Mornings 8am and 8:30am opening times. Families with special needs experience the Botanic Gardens without the crowds and connect with plants in a safe, restful way. Explore on your own and learn more about sensory-based programming like Sensory Processing and Autism Resource Kits. Register online. Denver Botanic Gardens York Street. See Where the Kids Are, page 44. VIRTUAL Let’s Dance

See June 16.

Family Make and Take: Pollination Stations June 19

Aerial artists perform a reimagined, full-bodied retelling of a classic story, The Little Mermaid. June 5. Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs. VIRTUAL Art of Cultura: Healing with Watercolor 10:30-

11:30am. Learn different watercolor techniques while painting a scene that brings joy, comfort, or warmth. Watercolor is a frequent medium in the SOMOS artwork. In-person or virtual attendance. Register online. $15, $10 Museo members. Museo de las Americas, Denver.


Musical Perspectives (A Music in the Galleries Experience) See June 8.

HOT TIP Root for the home team The Colorado Rockies baseball team plays in Denver 16 days out of this month. Snag a seat in the summer heat and don’t forget the sunscreen. All tickets will be digital this season; charge your phone. Check online for updated Coors Field safety guidelines. Tickets are $16 and up.


VIRTUAL Theatrical Makeup

June 15 (grades 6-8), June 16 (grades 4-5); 10am-noon. Dive into the fun of theatrical makeup design, and transform into different characters. Follow along demonstrations using easy-to-find supplies at home or in stores. Complete application techniques for basic characters, old age, and injury effects. Register online. $40. VIRTUAL Parenting Strategies: Is My Child on Track 4pm. Discover why early

intervention is effective and hear how to schedule a free assessment and access free services or therapy for children age five and under. Presented by Nikki Fitch, an early intervention program manager with Developmental Pathways in Colorado. Register online.


VIRTUAL Theatrical Makeup

See June 15.

and 27; 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am, and 1pm. Learn how plants communicate with pollinators at the Botanic Gardens. Create a pollinatorfriendly feeder to take home with you. Age 5 and up. Register online. $15 per project, $12 members. Denver Botanic Gardens York Street. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

Father’s Day Gift Making Creation Stations Workshop 10-11:15am. Drop off your child for a joyful art making workshop. Leave with a special gift for dad. Grades pre-K-K. Register online. $35. artSPARK Creative Studio, Littleton. VIRTUAL Virtual Little University: Pet Show with Denver Center for the Performing Arts 10:30-11am.

Use your mind, body, and voice to experience Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats, as presented by DCPA. Age 5 and under. Register online.

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.

On Stage

CAE 2021 Summer Concert Series: Hazel Miller and The Collective June 25, 7pm. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and settle in for an evening with local music icon Hazel Miller. Enjoy the band’s jazz, blues, R&B, and pop music stylings plus food from Slife’s Devil Dogs and Sweet Freeze Shave Ice, available for purchase. $25. Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen. VIRTUAL Frequent Flyers The Little Mermaid June 5, 5:30pm. performances. Join the Student Company and Intensive Training Program for a new rendition of this classic story. Explore deep ocean caverns filled with merfolk, crabs, and disco jellyfish. All ages. Pay what you can. VIRTUAL MHFB Summer Sessions June 30, 7pm. Celebrate the end of the Mile High Freedom Band’s virtual season with a feature of all their ensembles: Winds, Swing, and Corps. Set up a picnic basket with the family, open up the blinds to watch the sunset, and enjoy a night full of music. Stream on YouTube.

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure June 11July 3. Thu-Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 2pm. Root Alice on in her journey to face fears, overcome challenges, and take on the insidious monster known as “The Jabberwocky.” A cast of actor-musicians play live with a soundtrack ranging from classic rock and punk to ska and a bit of Bollywood. $28-$40 adult; $20-28 seniors, military, student, industry; $15 child (age 12 and under). Aurora Fox Arts Center, Aurora.

Schweiger Ranch Campfire Series: El Vaquero, America’s First Cowboy 6:308pm. Learn where cowboy lingo came from and try your hand at a lasso. Register online. Schweiger Ranch, Lone Tree.

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Magic Show with Magical Katrina 1:30pm. Prepare to be wowed by Katrina, a cast member of Champions of Magic and a performer on the Masters of Illusion show. Ages 5-12. Register online.


VIRTUAL Discovery Live:

Ask a Scientist! 5-6pm. Tune in to hear local scientists use biochemistry to explore the world of plant life. Learn how studying plants helps us learn about the Earth’s atmosphere, and where can you find alpha-pinene and limonene. Join on Facebook or YouTube.


Young Voices of Colorado “Try It” Class 9-9:45am (grades K-1), 10:30am-noon (grades 2-5). Let your kids try singing before signing up with a choir. Reserve by June 22. $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.


Flock Party 2021 6-9pm. Get

Flock Party where you’ll find festive food and drink, live entertainment, and animal demos. All proceeds benefit the Denver Zoo’s American and Chilean flamingos. Age 21 and up. Find tickets online. $125 general admission, $250 VIP. Denver Zoo. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.


Family Make and Take: Pollination Stations See June 19.


VIRTUAL BFF Theatredaze

June 28 (grades 2-3), June 30 (grades 4-5); 10am-noon. Grab your bestie (virtually) and join in a creative dramatic play session. Discover new ways of working together that celebrate friendship and community, and create great theater. Register online. Each registration is for two students. $50.


VIRTUAL Children’s Magic Show with Magical Katrina See June 21.


VIRTUAL BFF Theatredaze

See June 28.

out of the house (sans kids) while supporting the zoo. Head to the

VIRTUAL Colorado Springs Juneteenth Festival

June 18, 1-10pm; June 19, 10am-10pm; June 20, 10am-8pm. See website for event schedule. Come together at the park to celebrate Juneteenth. This party features musical talents, a local step group performance, car show, fashion show, and games and activities. Free entry and activities, vendor prices vary. America the Beautiful Park, Colorado Springs. VIRTUAL Denver Pride Parade June 26 (pride hubs) and 27

Performing and visual arts commingle at the Green Box Arts Festival.


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Ongoing Events

Summer concert: City of Lakewood. Green Box Arts Festival: Tom Kimmell Photography.

VIRTUAL Children’s

(virtual parade); see website for event times Submit a “parade unit” video on behalf of your organization, company, or family and friends. Funds support The Center on Colfax’s year-round

Groove on the grass, enjoy the beat of several local musical acts in Lakewood’s Summer Concert Series. SEASONAL OFFERINGS

City Park Farmers Market 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

services for the LGBTQ+ community. See online for details about limited in-person Pride Hubs. Free viewing, $50 and up for parade unit video.

Green Box Arts Festival June 21-July 11. Event times vary. Head to the picturesque Green Mountain Falls that serves as a sanctuary for arts of all kinds each summer. 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.

prices vary. City Park Denver, Denver.

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


Juneteenth Music Festival

Festivals and Fairs

June 18 and 19; June 18, 3-9pm broadcast; June 19 music and parade times vary See website for event schedule. Hang out in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and celebrate Juneteenth, a cultural event marking the end of slavery and African American independence in the United States. Enjoy live music, dance, food, vendors, and an award ceremony highlighting individuals who have made a positive impact in the community. Due to COVID-19, the celebration will be socially distanced. Free entry, vendor prices vary. Five Points Neighborhood, Denver.

Landscape: Kalliopi Monoyios.

entry. Denver Union Station, Denver.

Glamp AF Market at Dairy Block June 18-July. Fri, 3-8pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm. Gear up for Rocky Mountain adventures this summer with the Glamp AF Market at Dairy Block, a collection of vendors specializing in outdoor accessories and apparel. Enjoy live music, food and drink specials, and popup bars in the Dairy Block Alley. All ages. Free entry, vendor prices vary. Dairy Block Alley, Denver.

Just Between Friends Arvada Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sale June 3, 9am-7pm; June 4 and 5, 9am-5pm; June 6, 9am-2pm. Shop gently used items at a fraction of retail price and turn your own closet clutter into cash. Bring your biggest reusable shopping bags. Free online tickets, $2 at the door. Flatiron Marketplace, Broomfield.

Just Between Friends Greeley Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sale June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-26; times vary, see online for details. Shop for gently used and new clothes and supplies at 50-90 percent off retail. Free passes online. Greeley Mall, Greeley.

Zoologist for a Day June 9 (grades 9-12), June 29 (grades 5-8), June 30 (grades 1-4); 9am-2pm. Learn how the aquarium handles and trains creatures that live outside of the ocean. Help prepare food and participate in positive reinforcement training. Registration required 2 weeks in advance. $65. Downtown Aquarium. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

Marine Biologist for a Day June 8 and 29 (grades 1-4), June 9 and 30 (grades 5-8); 9am-2pm. See if you have what it takes to be a Marine Biologist. Help prepare food, feed the creatures in some exhibits, and learn how biologists take care of the animals. Registration is required 2 weeks in advance. $65. Downtown Aquarium. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

set goals, and more. Register online.

Kids Art Nite June 4 and 19,

VIRTUAL Youth On Record FEMpowered

6-8pm (grades 1-5); June 12 and 26, 4-6pm (grades pre-K-K). Leave your kiddos at the studio for an art experience while you enjoy a relaxing evening out. Reservation required. $35. artSPARK Creative Studio, Littleton.

CLASSES, CLUBS, AND PROGRAMS VIRTUAL Baby & Fourth Trimester Cafe 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 First Friday Youth Phoenix Rising Workshop 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 NATURE PROGRAMS AND CLASSES LandMark Through Oct. 18. June 3, Artists’ Talk; June 5, Rock Painting Community Event. Follow the work of 10 accomplished Colorado artists through site-specific installations in parks throughout Lakewood. Each piece addresses environmental issues. 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, Lakewood.

room for the club. Age 5 and up.

June 26-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.

Micro Open Studio Second and fourth Sat, 10-11:30am; 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.

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. MUSEUM MEANDERINGS

Birdly Virtual Reality Experience Ongoing. Hop on

4-5pm. Connect with other creatives in a safe space where you can talk about music that helps you make sense of the world, try out free tools to build your artistry, and practice stress management. Join Youth On Record’s Bianca Mikahn in this workshop for youth ages 14-20. Register online.

the Birdly simulation flyer with head-mounted VR display to get a pterodactyl’s-eye view of a prehistoric landscape. Riders will experience multi-sensory 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. $9 adult, $8 youth and senior plus DMNS admission. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

VIRTUAL Writing for Happiness and Stress Relief

Borderlands of Southern Colorado Ongoing. Visit an

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

exhibit centering around Chicano, Indigenous, and Mestizo perspectives on the shifting geopolitical history of southern Colorado. It’s rich in oral histories and first-person accounts. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

VIRTUAL Music for Sanity's Sake Through June 25. Fri,

VIRTUAL Go Club for Kids & Teens June 6-27. Sun,

2-5:30pm. Learn to play the ancient board game known as Go. Developed 4,000 years ago in China, the rules are simple and can be taught in a few minutes, but it can take a lifetime to master the game. Newcomers interested in learning to play should contact Paul at for an introductory video lesson. Download software to play on the KGS Go Server and join a private

Find art installations in parks throughout Lakewood; LandMark features works that highlight environmental issues.

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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. Free. No more than 10 visitors will be allowed inside the museum at any one time. Reserve tickets for a 1 hour and 20 minute visit. 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. 303-739-6660. Butterfly Pavilion Daily, 9am-4pm. $13 adult, $11 seniors, $9 ages 2-12, free under age 2 and members. Timed-tickets reserved online are required in addition to face coverings. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441.

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Wed-Sat, 8:30am-4pm. Two 3 ½-hour play sessions each day. The Art Studio, Bubbles, Joy Park, Kinetics, Ready Vet Go, 3 2 1... Blast Off, Fire Station No. 1, Teaching Kitchen, and Water exhibits are open. Reservations and face coverings required. $14 ages 2-59, $12 ages 1 and 60+, $1 Explorer Pass, free under age 1 and members. 2121 Children's Museum Dr., Denver. 303-433-7444.

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. The cafe and coat check are currently closed. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. 720-913-0130.

Denver Botanic Gardens York Street Daily, 9am-7pm. $15 adult, $11.50 seniors and military, $11 ages 3-15 and student, free age 2 and under. Reserve tickets online, wear masks, maintain social distance. Limited access to buildings. Mordecai Children’s Garden is closed. 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3500.

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. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. 720-865-3500.

Denver Firefighters Museum Tue-

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 and members. Purchase advance tickets


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Denver Museum of Nature & Science Daily, 9am-5pm, open until 9pm 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 masks required. 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.

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.

Downtown Aquarium Sun, 9am-8pm; Mon-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-9pm. $23.50 ages 12-64, $22.50 seniors, $17.50 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. The 4D theater and carousel are unavailable. 700 Water St., Denver. 303-561-4450.

Four Mile Historic Park Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm. $5 adult; $4 seniors, military; $3 ages 7-17, free age 6 and under and members. Small groups with timed tickets. The Four Mile House and group tours are unavailable at this time. 715 S. Forest St. Denver. 720-865-0800.

History Colorado Center Daily, 10am-5pm. $14 adult, $12 seniors, $10 ages 16-22 with student ID, $8 ages 5-15, free age 4 and under and members. Timed tickets for purchase online. Face coverings required. 1200 Broadway, Denver. 303-4478679.

Littleton Museum Tues-Sat, 9am-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 3 and under and members. Hands-on areas of the Museum, including the third floor Longs Peak Room treehouse, will remain closed at this time. 400 Quail Rd., Longmont. 303-651-8374. departments-e-m/museum

Lookout Mountain Preserve and Nature Center (closed)

The Majestic View Nature Center opens June 19 to walk-in visitors; find public programming for all ages and enjoy the nature trails through wetlands and prairie. Majestic View Nature Center Open to walk-in visitors starting June 19. TueSat, 10am-3pm. Masks are required indoors. 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 finger cots available for hands-on activities. Find admission tickets online. 2205 Broadway, Boulder. 303-449-3464.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Grounds open daily sunrise-sunset. The Visitor Center is closed. 6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City. 303-289-0930.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History (closed) Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm. $16.95 ages 17-64; $12.95 seniors, military; $9.95 ages 4-16, free age 3 and under and members. Two-hour time limits and guest capacity. Face coverings required. The Kid Zone is temporarily closed. 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. 303-360-5360.

WOW! Children’s Museum Tue-Sat; 10am-noon, 1-3pm. $5 adult, $10 child, free under age 1 and members. Reserve a timed ticket online, admission is capped at 60 total. Each family will use an individual WOW! Pack of items. Costumes and some fabric exhibit pieces have been removed. Bring a water bottle, and leave food and snacks in the car or at home. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424.

Building: Majestic View Nature Center.

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. Hands-on activities are temporarily stored. 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver. 303-892-1436.

to walk the gallery; wear a mask and follow social distance guidelines. 830 Kipling St., Lakewood. 303-322-1053.

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Ongoing Events Colorado in the Present Tense Through Aug. 22. Tue-Fri, noon-7pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. See how artists of Colorado are absorbing, responding to, and reimagining an upended 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 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 44.

Each/Other Through Aug. 22.

Makerspace: Build! Ongoing. Explore history-based questions through creative, hands-on opportunities in the 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. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

Memorial Cranes Through Aug. 31. View a project that began as a self-care ritual during the pandemic and resulted in an art installation honoring lives lost to the COVID-19 virus. See 10,000 of the paper birds hanging at the Museum of Boulder and scan a QR code to hear precious memories of lost loved ones. Museum of Boulder. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin Through June 26. Thur-Sat, 10am-4pm. Catch this traveling exhibition featuring 65 artworks by 24 established and

Painting: Marten Elder. Hollywood: Denver Art Museum.

10am-5pm. 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 44.

Pick out your favorite garments from the glamorous collection at the Denver Art Museum's Paris to Hollywood exhibit. emerging Chicana/o artists. The works demonstrate a diversity of imagery, content, and techniques used by Chicana/o artists for more than 30 years. Find museum admission tickets online. $10 adult; $5 military and senior; free students, teachers, and FAC members. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs.

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. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 44.

Oracles of the Pink Universe

Colorful works of magical realism grace the walls of the DAM with 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 44.

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. 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 44.

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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Swimmers: Kristen Scheppers. Child with ball: Rohit Godkhindi.

Your Mountaintop Moments

Families share what’s recently brought them pride and joy.

The Sharks swim team from Special Olympics Colorado, including Ashton Scheppers, show off their winning medals.

By Anna Sutterer


he past year has been a doozy to say the least. Yet kids are still growing, making goals, and accomplishing great things. Here’s a round of applause for anything and everything that’s made our young ones feel proud, like they’ve summited a high peak.

CONNECTING WITH FAMILY “I am proud of doing online school this year, because when I get done with school, I get to spend more time with my mom, and I've gotten to know my family better this year.” –Chloe Akins, nine, Arvada SWIMMING FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS COLORADO “I’m proud of swimming fast with my sharks swim team. First, there are two whistles, then a loud buzzer. The race starts; I wait. My friend swims and swims and swims—touch the wall, and GO! I swim fast. I did it! I felt tired. My team cheered. I felt happy. I felt proud. Winning a medal with my team at the state games was awesome!” –Ashton Scheppers 11, Lakewood


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LANDING A NEW TRICK “Tricking is basically defined as a mix between martial arts and gymnastics. I did a ‘dub dub’ recently and was really proud of it. You start off with a full and then double-full, which is how many rotations you do before you do one back flip. It looks twisty while people do it. I did two doubles in a row on an air track. It made me feel amazing. That’s why I like doing it, especially when friends are around because it creates this environment where everyone is really proud of each other and uplifts each other.” –Gabe Omega, 15, Aurora STARTING SCHOOL AND SPORTS “Anika is proud of herself for starting her school, learning rope, basketball,

and bicycle. We as parents are also so proud of her achievements. It feels so good that our daughter is being introduced to various sports at such a young age. Thank you to the [Special Olympics] Young Athletes team for all your hard work and helping our kids groom at various sports and recreational activities.” –Rohit Godkhindi, parent of Anika Godkhindi, four, Lone Tree BECOMING A MOTHER “My foster family has been by my side, believed in me, supported me through all of my highs and lows. I was told that bringing life into this world would serve as my greatest fight and the most rewarding challenge. My world shifted from that of what I wanted, to a world of what [my daughter] needed. I am head over heels! She encourages me to work harder than ever before, my baby girl is my greatest motivation.” –M.A., 15, Commerce City

Anika Godkhindi learned basketball and several other sports this year.



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