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Places around town that inspire children with the beauty of the arts.

Nature centers, animal encounters, and family hikes for every season.

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Jumping, swimming, and skiing; here’s where to go for a day of play.

Sweet shopping spots and resources for the expecting or new mom.

From advocacy groups to respite services, these organizations support local families.

An A-to-Z list of family-friendly Colorado businesses and resources.

FAMILY FAVORITES SHOWCASE

Local spots that made our list of favorites.

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Editor’s Note

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ach new year dawns with a fresh batch of mysteries, and 2021 is definitely full of question marks. We assembled this latest edition of our Everything Family guide during the fall of 2020 with cases of COVID-19 on the rise again and restrictions limiting access to many in-person activities. But there was also renewed optimism for the year to come. Although things may still look different in 2021, we wanted to share all the amazing activities, organizations, and businesses available to families in the Denver area. With that in mind, you will find this issue filled with everything from amusement parks and birthing centers to respite services and museums. We’ve included information about what you can typically find at these locations, but, as we’ve grown accustomed to saying, be sure to check in before you visit. We’ve also squeezed in four of our favorite family hikes—one for each season of the year. Keep this guide handy and you will always have pages of helpful resources and ideas for family fun at your fingertips, no matter where 2021 takes you. Deborah Mock Editor Follow us online for even more great resources! @coloradoparentmagazine @coloradoparent @coloradoparent Subscribe to our FREE e-newsletter at ColoradoParent.com

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What inspires your child? Is it the beauty of a pirouette, the beat of a drum, or getting hands-on in a museum gallery? Whatever it is, the Denver metro area is full of cultural opportunities to support your child’s interests or spark something new.

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Denver and the surrounding communities offer dozens of museums, allowing families to explore everything from history and nature to art and science. ART Denver Art Museum The DAM features a hands-on art making studio, gallery games, and activities. Free admission for age 18 and under. Free on the first Saturday of each month for all Colorado residents. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. denverartmuseum.org Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Children can explore diverse cultural viewpoints and visit the Upper Idea Box, a dedicated home for MCA Denver’s teen leadership programs. Free admission for age 18 and under. 1485 Delgany St., Denver. mcadenver.org Museum of Outdoor Art This multifaceted organization includes an indoor gallery, more than 150 pieces of art in a variety of public places (from office parks to traditional sculpture gardens), and educational programs for all ages. 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood. moaonline.org

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Explore the world through a STEM lens, from dinosaurs to space travel, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in City Park. SPORTS Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Explore history and trivia about Colorado’s great athletes, sports teams, and more at this museum. Don’t miss the interactive Kid’s Zone, where youngsters can dress up in team uniforms. Free admission. Empower Field at Mile High, Gate 1, Denver. coloradosports.org

SCIENCE AND NATURE Denver Museum of Nature & Science Learn about fossils, gems, and space exploration, plus view wildlife dioramas and explore hands-on science experiments. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. dmns.org Fort Collins Museum of Discovery A mix of hands-on and collections-based exhibits cover the 16,000 sqaure foot main gallery, inviting visitors to discover more about energy, music, wildlife, first peoples, the universe, and more. 408 Mason Ct., Fort Collins. fcmod.org Gates Planetarium Explore the cosmos, including 80,000-foot volcanoes, black holes, and astronomical wonders. Located at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.


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Morrison Natural History Museum Young dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy hands-on activities and fossil discoveries, plus a touchable Tyrannosaurus rex skull. 501 Colorado 8, Morrison. mnhm.org National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Laboratory and Visitor Center Learn about earth science through hands-on exhibits and guided, self-guided, or cell phone audio tours. Watch Air Planet People in the NCAR theater and then head outside to hike the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail nestled against the Flatirons. Free admission. scied.ucar.edu/visit University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Visit the Paleontology Hall and see fossils or view one of the other halls filled with artifacts from Colorado, North America, and around the world. Head to the Discovery Corner for hands-on activities just for kids. Free admission. Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder. colorado.edu/cumuseum

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WOW! Children’s Museum Interactive programs and activities just for kids to explore art, banking, health, and more. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. wowchildrensmuseum.org

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Scramble through a three-and-a-halfstory climber, step inside a six-foot bubble, sculpt a clay masterpiece, or power a hot air balloon. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver. mychildsmuseum.org

Aurora History Museum Learn about the city’s history through permanent and special exhibits. Take part in ongoing classes, activities, and events. 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. auroragov.org/museum

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum View historic and contemporary works of art made from fabric. 200 Violet St., Golden. rmqm.org

TRANSPORTATION Colorado Railroad Museum Historic locomotives, train rides, an annual “Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine� event, and more make this a fun stop for budding railroad buffs. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. coloradorailroadmuseum.org

Museo de las Americas staff welcomes visitors to learn about Latin American culture and art. Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave Hands-on activities and exhibits tell about Buffalo Bill Cody. 987 Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden. buffalobill.org Golden History Museum See exhibits in the main museum. Then take to the three-acre living history facility with 19th-century buildings, a blacksmith shop, hay barns, costumed interpreters, and heritage breeds of livestock. 923 10th St., Golden. goldenhistory.org Denver Firefighters Museum Learn about fire safety in a fun environment. Check out special camps and classes. 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver. denverfirefightersmuseum.org Four Mile Historic Park Visit a living history homestead from the 19th century, featuring the oldest Victorian house in Denver. 715 S. Forest St., Denver. fourmilepark.org

History Colorado Center The Center offers a high-tech, interactive view of the past with historical displays, hands-on games, crafts, and artifacts. 1200 Broadway, Denver. historycolorado.org Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park Walk through the history of Lakewood by viewing 15 historic structures and 40,000 artifacts that reflect the lifestyles of the 20th century. 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. lakewood.org/heritagecenter Littleton Museum See historical exhibits and two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), blacksmith shop, and schoolhouse all on 40 acres with wandering geese, sheep, and more. 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. littletongov.org/museum

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Forney Museum of Transportation Learn about the history of transportation through an exhibit featuring antique cars, trolleys, bikes, and locomotives. 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver. forneymuseum.org Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum The World War II hangar features military and civilian aircraft. Space and rocketry exhibits feature Apollo models and an X-Wing fighter from the movie Star Wars. 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. wingsmuseum.org

Dance

Inspire an interest in a variety of dance styles through performances and classes. Aerial Cirque Over Denver This recreational studio offers classes, camps, and after-school programs, as well as professional training for aerial and circus-style performers. 4605 Quebec St., Denver. aerialcirqueoverdenver.com Ballet Ariel This professional dance company and school offers performances with a mix of classic tradition and contemporary culture. 2231 S. Platte River Dr., Denver. balletariel.org Cleo Parker Robinson Dance CPRD, a cultural giant in Denver, invites the community to watch compelling performances, attend dance and fitness classes, or sign up for camps. 119 Park Ave. W., Denver. cleoparkerdance.org

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Museo de las Americas Learn about the diversity of Latin American culture and art through innovative exhibits and community-building programs. 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. museo.org


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Colorado Ballet This professional company puts on numerous performances throughout the year, plus student matinees, dance classes, education, and community outreach programs. 1075 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. coloradoballet.org Colorado Conservatory of Dance CCD creates educational performances for dancers across the Denver metro area, and offers classes, camps, and an adaptive dance program. 3001 Industrial Ln., Suite 12, Broomfield. ccdance.org Frequent Flyer Productions This group has been teaching and performing aerial dance for 32 years, and offers classes, workshops, and performances. 3022 E. Sterling Cir., Suite 150, Boulder. frequentflyers.org

Children’s Theater

Lights, camera, action! For kids who are fond of a little drama, a number of playhouses raise the curtain on shows designed just for young audiences. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities This community favorite offers theater for children, kids classes, a dance academy, and a youth symphony orchestra. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. arvadacenter.org

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities offers families everything from performances to classes.

Aurora Fox Arts Center Children can watch performances and get involved in workshops for young actors. 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. aurorafoxartscenter.org Colorado Shakespeare Festival Older children are sure to appreciate an outdoor show and preshow program. The popular Camp Shakespeare day camp, for ages six to 18, fills up quickly. 277 University Ave, Boulder. coloradoshakes.org D.L. Parsons Theatre This neighborhood theater features performances for all ages, with children’s theater and workshops. Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Dr., Northglenn. northglenn.org/theatre Denver Center for the Performing Arts Denver’s spot for professional and touring productions, the DCPA also hosts camps and classes to engage children in theater. A handy family-friendly category search helps parents decide if a particular performance is appropriate for kids of a certain age. 1101 13th St., Denver. denvercenter.org

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JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center The Mizel Arts and Culture Center explores history and culture, engages youth in workshops, screens films, and more. 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. jccdenver.org/arts-culture Lone Tree Arts Center LTAC hosts performing arts programs crafted for kids and families. 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. lonetreeartscenter.org PACE Center Offers youth theater classes and camps, as well as family-friendly performances. 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. parkerarts.org

and classes for kids. Student performances are open to the public. 5311 Western Ave., Boulder. 3245 S. Broadway, Englewood. theaterforkids.net Town Hall Arts Center Educational theater programs, children’s theater where kids can go onstage, and workshops make this a great choice for a budding performer. 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. townhallartscenter.org

Concerts

Children are never too young to be introduced to music.

Peanut Butter Players Enjoy theater performances for kids put on by kids. 2572 Paintbrush Lane, Lafayette. peanutbutterplayers.com

Colorado Children’s Chorale Enjoy vocal performances through concerts performed by some talented, hardworking kids. 2420 W. 26th Ave., Denver. childrenschorale.org

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids RMTK and its sister company, the Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts, offer intensive summer camps

Colorado Symphony Orchestra The Colorado Symphony Family Series is a great way to expose youngsters to the world of the orchestra. Presented

SCFD Free Days at Your Favorite Attractions Thanks to the voter-funded Science & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), families enjoy free (or highly-reduced) days at many excellent museums and attractions like the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Four

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Mile Historic Park. For a complete listing of participating organizations and 2021 dates, visit scfd.org or check the calendar in each issue of Colorado Parent.


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at Boettcher Concert Hall, the series offers performances including the annual Halloween Spooktacular and Drums of the World. 1000 14th St., Denver. coloradosymphony.org Denver Brass Brassical Adventures, held at venues around Denver, introduces children to the wonder of music, with sing-alongs, dancing, and movement. denverbrass.org Swallow Hill Music Swallow Hill offers a full range of music classes, plus performances, outreach, and enrichment programs. 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver. swallowhillmusic.org

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Barnes & Noble With thousands of titles, an online storytime, Kids Club, seasonal events, crafts, and more, this retailer knows what kids want. Multiple locations. barnesandnoble.com BookBar Pull up a seat in the comfy kids section or stay for storytime or special programs. Don’t forget a visit to the backyard patio on nice days. 4280 Tennyson St., Denver. bookbardenver.com Boulder Book Store Boulder’s largest independent bookstore hosts author signings, book clubs, and story hours. 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. boulderbookstore.net Hearthfire Books This cozy Evergreen favorite offers special events year-round, plus frozen yogurt and baked treats. 1254 Bergen Pkwy., Suite D122, Evergreen. hearthfirebooksandtreats.com Second Star to the Right Find author readings, crafts, daily storytimes, school outreach, and book clubs for all kinds of readers at this shop. 1545 S. Pearl St., Denver. secondstartotherightbooks.com Tattered Cover Bookstore This Denver-based icon of independent bookstores offers a wealth of titles, events for kids, and top-notch staff eager to help you find the perfect read. Multiple locations. tatteredcover.com The Bookies Offering books, a full line of teacher materials, games, and toys, this is a one-stop shop. 4315 E. Mississippi Ave., Denver. thebookies.com

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The name Colorado conjures up images of snowy mountains, breathtaking hiking trails, and days spent outside under the sun. Metro-area families have a wealth of natural resources, such as parks, zoos, and nature centers, to help them take advantage of the temperate Rocky Mountain days.

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Zoos & Animal Encounters

Take your kids out and about to see real wild creatures—from butterflies to giraffes—at venues around town. Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve See where the bison—direct descendants of the last wild buffalo in America—roam. Off I-70 at Genesee Park, Exit 254. Butterfly Pavilion Visit the tropical conservatory where more than 1,600 butterflies fly freely. Other exhibit areas feature insects and sea invertebrates. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. butterflies.org Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Head an hour and a half south of Denver to America’s mountain zoo, featuring expansive views and 750 animals. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs. cmzoo.org Denver Zoo Take a peek at everything from Amur tigers to Komodo dragons. Hand-feed giraffes in the Giraffe Encounter or walk under tigers at The Edge. City Park, 2300 Steele St., Denver. denverzoo.org

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State Parks

Blue skies, fresh air, and open space make Colorado a great place to play outdoors. Whether you lace up your boots or hop on a bike, pack some water and sunscreen for a day of exploring at one of Colorado’s nature parks. Hike, bike, swim, boat, or fish in the warm seasons or snowshoe or cross-country ski in the winter. The parks below are close to the Denver area. Visit cpw.state.co.us for a complete description of Colorado state parks, plus information on reservations and fees.

Downtown Aquarium View sea life, hundreds of fish species, and more. Take a seat at the restaurant to extend the stay. 700 Water St., Denver. aquariumrestaurants.com

Castlewood Canyon State Park Hiking and rock climbing, along with a variety of children’s programs, make this a fun day-trip getaway just outside of Castle Rock. Activity backpacks with discovery tools, a trail guide, and more for kids may be checked out at the visitor center to use while hiking. 2989 S. State Highway 83, Franktown.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary Observe bears, wolves, leopards, lions, and more from a 1.5 milelong elevated walkway. The sanctuary provides a home to exotic carnivores that have been abused,

Chatfield State Park Nestled against the foothills, Chatfield offers hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping, along with a seasonal swim beach. 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton.

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Cherry Creek State Park Set near Denver Tech Center, families can enjoy camping, picnicking, bird-watching, boating, fishing, and seasonal swimming. 4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora. Roxborough State Park Hike among red rock formations or participate in an educational program at this Littleton gem. 4751 E. Roxborough Dr., Roxborough.

Nature Centers and Botanic Gardens

Enhance your experience in the great outdoors with a visit to one of these informative centers. Bear Creek Lake Park An indoor nature center features wildlife displays and information. Naturalist-led activities for all ages take place year-round. 15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood. lakewood.org/bclp Bluff Lake Nature Center Explore native habitats, waterfowl, and wildlife. Enjoy family days and after school programs. 3400 Havana Way, Denver. blufflake.org Carson Nature Center This facility offers interactive displays and year-round programs about the history of South Platte River along with kid- and family-friendly programs. 3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton. ssprd.org/nature Denver Botanic Gardens Acres of specialty gardens, including the Mordecai Children’s Garden, kid-friendly events, and classes make this a favorite destination for families. 1007 York St., Denver. botanicgardens.org Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms This working farm, located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County, serves up plenty of fun for children and families. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. botanicgardens.org

Marvel at the year-round beauty during a visit to Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street.

Hudson Gardens Get your daily dose of nature, and be sure to visit the miniature model garden railroad that crosses bridges and waterfalls at this expansive facility. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. hudsongardens.org Lookout Mountain Nature Center Wildlife displays and areas for kids, along with numerous year-round activities, make for a special foothills trip. 910 Colorow Rd., Golden. jeffco.us/parks Majestic View Nature Center Visitors can enjoy exhibits, hands-on displays, classes for kids, and more than 80 acres of nature to explore. 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. arvada.org/nature Plains Conservation Center Discover the natural wonder of Colorado’s high plains. Events include full-moon walks, prairie preschool, and wagon rides. 21901 E. Hampden Ave., two miles east of Tower Rd., aurora.plainsconservationcenter.org Thorne Nature Experience Kids connect with nature through various hands-on programs. Thorne’s summer camp is a fun way for kids to learn and adventure. 1466 N. 63rd St., Boulder. thornenature.org

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Family Hikes for Every Season

Colorado is a hiking state. Sun, rain, or snow, families head out for a daily dose of nature. Thanks to countless trails for all skill levels— from easy walk to challenging climb—parents don’t have to look far to find kid-friendly hikes any time of the year. Check out our picks for the best seasonal hikes close to Denver.

Summer Chautauqua Park, Boulder Looking at the sea of families and hikers who regularly hit the trails at Chautauqua before brunch, one could easily mistake the Boulder spot for a place full of easy hikes. However, hiking Chautauqua can be less or more challenging, depending on your choices. Trails range from short meandering paths through the meadow to steep all day hikes to the surrounding flatirons and peaks. Traffic and parking can be difficult, so get there early (as early as possible with kids) or watch for the Park to Park Chautauqua Shuttle on summer weekends. bouldercolorado.gov

Fall Kenosha Pass, Near Grant The backdrop of many fall Instagram posts, Kenosha Pass is a popular hiking spot for family photo ops and a view of golden groves of changing aspen leaves. Just under an hour and a half southwest of Denver near Jefferson and Grant, Kenosha Pass is home to both easy hikes and a 10-plus-mile trail, making the trip customizable for families based on ability. The impressive views of the glimmering aspen leaves, and

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Families can explore the lives of Colorado’s prehistoric inhabitants during a hike on Dinosaur Ridge Trail in Morrison. if you’re lucky, a light dusting of snow, make Kenosha Pass a classic fall hiking spot. fs.usda.gov

Winter Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park When temperatures linger below 30 degrees, snowshoes allow hikers to stay on the trails. Rocky Mountain National Park, just 10 minutes from Estes Park, takes families away from I-70 traffic and ski resort chaos with views of snowcovered mountains and a variety of trails. After snowshoeing at family-friendly Emerald Lake Trail, explore Estes Park. The popular town is filled with places to sip hot chocolate or eat a hearty meal. Entrance into the park is $25 per car and snowshoes are available to rent for $5 per day at Estes Park Mountain Shop. nps.gov/romo

Spring Dinosaur Ridge Trail, Morrison Dinosaur Ridge is known for its historically significant dinosaur tracks and bones—it’s the site of the first stegosaurus discovery, after all. With more than 15 fossil and geologic sites and a short, 2-mile round-trip trail, even the youngest hikers enjoy this dino-studded spot. When the spring thaw brings the return of warm days, inspire curiosity and wonder with a visit to this trail. After the hike, stop at the visitors center for a guided tour or head to the Morrison Natural History Museum, a short drive down the road, for more dinosaur learning. dinoridge.org


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What should we do today? How many times do moms and dads ask that question? For those days when you’re tired of the neighborhood park and ready for a day of fun, check here for ideas. It doesn’t matter if the sun is shining or snow is falling, there is always something fun to do with kids in the Mile High City.

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Attractions

Looking for a way to spend the day? These places offer rides, games, food, and fun. Adventure Golf and Raceway Three 18-hole miniature golf courses, electric go-kart track, and bumper cars. 9650 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. adventuregolfandraceway.com Bandimere Speedway Drag racing and special racing events. 3051 S. Rooney Rd., Morrison. bandimere.com

Boondocks Fun Center Miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, bowling, arcade games, and birthday parties. Two locations: 11425 Community Center Dr., Northglenn; 18706 Cottonwood Dr., Parker. boondocks.com Elitch Gardens Theme Park 58-acre amusement park in the heart of downtown Denver. 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver. elitchgardens.com Gateway Park Fun Center Go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, human maze, and arcade games. 4800 N. 28th St., Boulder. gatewayfunpark.com Lakeside Amusement Park An old-fashioned amusement park, known for low prices and its location adjacent to a pretty lake. 4601 Sheridan Blvd., Denver. lakesideamusementpark.com Santa’s Workshop North Pole Christmas-themed amusement park with rides, shows, activities, arcade games, and visits with Santa. 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade. northpolecolorado.com Tiny Town & Railroad Kid-size buildings and a tiny train to ride around the town. 6249 S. Turkey Creek Rd., Morrison. tinytownrailroad.com

Christmas fans get a taste of the holidays and enjoy rides and shows at Santa’s Workshop North Pole, near Colorado Springs.

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Top Golf Lessons, games, and climate-controlled bays to practice your golf drive. Two locations: Centennial and Thornton. topgolf.com


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Ski Resorts

Thanks to kid-friendly resorts complete with ski and ride programs, plus activities for the whole family, it’s easy to take your kids to the slopes here in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin arapahoebasin.com

Aspen Highlands aspensnowmass.com

Beaver Creek beavercreek.com

Breckenridge breckenridge.com

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Snowmass aspensnowmass.com

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Loveland skiloveland.com

Telluride tellurideskiresort.com

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Winter Park winterparkresort.com

Granby Ranch granbyranch.com

Purgatory purgatoryresort.com

Wolf Creek wolfcreekski.com

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Cooper skicooper.com

Copper Mountain coppercolorado.com

Crested Butte skicb.com

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Indoor Playspaces

Sometimes saying “go outside and play” just doesn’t work out and you have to take all that excess kid-energy somewhere. These indoor spots enable kids to let off some steam with fun activities any time of the year. Jumpoline Family Fun Center Enjoy trampolines, foam pit, basketball, and dodge ball. Plus a party room for celebrations. 15380 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. jumpolineparkco.com

Kids Wonder Pretend play rules at this center filled with ways to learn, make believe, and explore. Large inflatables encourage kids to climb, run, and jump. 7562 South University Blvd., Suite GG, Centennial. kidswonder.net Monkey Bizness and Little Monkey Bizness Get active on inflatables, play structures, climbing walls, and games. Four locations: Centennial, Colorado Springs, Parker, Westminster. monkeybizness.com

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Maple Grove Park: Prospect Recreation & Park District.

Parks and Recreation

Whether you need swim lessons, an art class, or just a place for the family to run around and play, check out Colorado’s park and recreation areas. With some pretty amazing recreation centers, water parks, and special highlights around town, you may want to venture out to see what other districts have to offer.

The playground at Maple Grove Park, in the Prospect Recreation & Park District, is a popular play spot for families in Golden.

City of Northglenn Parks & Recreation

Highlights: E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park features an award-winning sensory park and Webster Lake for fishing and riding pedal boats. northglenn.org

Apex Park & Recreation District

Highlights: The Apex Center houses a rock-climbing wall, indoor Clubhouse Adventure Playground, an ice arena, and 23,000 square feet of water features, including an indoor slide, vortex pool, and a play pool. apexprd.org

City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation

Highlights: The Wheat Ridge Skatepark has eight features including a half-pipe combo, quarter pipe, trick ramp, and launch ramp. ci.wheatridge.co.us

Denver Parks & Recreation Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space

Highlights: Kids of all ages enjoy the sprayground at Great Plains Park and the award-winning Wheel Park, which features a skateboard bowl, BMX track, and in-line hockey rink. auroragov.org

Highlights: Favorite spots in the Denver Parks & Recreation district include Ruby Hill Rail Yard urban snow-sport park with ten rails, Darlington Fountain in City Park, and Aqua Golf. denvergov.org

Foothills Park & Recreation District City of Englewood Parks & Recreation

Highlights: Pirate’s Cove Water Park sits next to Belleview Park, home to a miniature train ride around the park and an animal petting farm (open seasonally). englewoodco.gov

Highlights: Ridge Recreation Center includes an indoor climbing wall and activity pool with floor geysers, body flume slide, bubble bench, and children’s play structure with tot slide. ifoothills.org

Hyland Hills Parks & Recreation District City of Golden Parks & Recreation

Highlights: The Splash at Fossil Trace outdoor water park (open seasonally) includes water slides, an activity pool, a beach-like sand area, and a gentle spray fountain play area for all ages. cityofgolden.net

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Highlights: Water World in Hyland Hills Park & Recreation district plans to open in 2021 with a new themed coaster: Alpine Springs. Adventure Golf and Raceway features three miniature golf courses and an outdoor electric go-kart track. hylandhills.org


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Prospect Recreation & Park District

Highlights: Maple Grove Park in Golden features three picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a baseball field, basketball court, and sand volleyball court. prospectdistrict.org

South Suburban Parks & Recreation

Highlights: SSPR is home to a free BMX racetrack, Hudson Gardens 30-acre display garden, and Colorado Journey Miniature Golf course where you can putt past the Garden of the Gods and into Mesa Verde. ssprd.org

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Water Parks

Kids love to play in the pool on a hot summer day. These water parks and super pools elevate the watery fun. Apex Center Water features in 23,000 square feet, including an indoor slide, vortex pool, and play pool. 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada. apexprd.org Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Water rides and an amusement park all in the same facility with water slides, thrill coasters, and rides just for kids. 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver. elitchgardens.com Great Wolf Lodge This resort offers a 50,000-square-foot indoor aquatics center. Water park access is included with lodging. 9494 Federal Dr., Colorado Springs. greatwolf.com/colorado-springs H2O’Brien Pool Two 182-foot water slides, a waterworks play structure, geysers, and lap pool. 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker. parkerrec.com Pirates Cove Water Park Mosey down the lazy river, get soaked under the dump bucket, or go down the 35-foot slide tower. 1225 W. Belleview, Englewood. piratescovecolorado.com Utah Pool Up to six lanes of swimming with a 140-foot waterslide in the leisure pool. 1800 S. Peoria St., Aurora. auroragov.org Water World Nearly 50 water-themed rides plus food vendors and cabanas. 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights. waterworldcolorado.com

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A local bakery in Park Hill that BAKERY specializes in made-to-order fancy cakes, scratch pastries and home made food for all occasions. More than a custom cake shop, we fill our pastry case every morning and offer a breakfast and lunch menu that is sure to satiate your appetite. (303) 861-4912 | CAKE-CRUMBS.COM 2216 Kearney Street, Denver

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Each year, Colorado Parent readers vote on their top picks in a variety of categories including activities, camps, schools, doctors, dentists, vacation destinations, restaurants, retail shops and more. This Hall of Fame section celebrates Family Favorites from past years as we look forward to a brighter 2021.

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GLOBAL VILLAGE ACADEMY Global Village Academies are innovative language immersion charter schools in Aurora, Northglenn, and Douglas County. Students learn core content and a second language through English and language immersion instruction in their choice of Spanish, Mandarin, Russian or French.

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Denver Academy (DA) believes that SCHOOL students thrive when taught in the way they learn best. The independent, co-ed school is nationally recognized for teaching diverse learners, including students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences.

(303) 777-5161 | DENVERACADEMY.ORG 4400 East Iliff Avenue, Denver

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

HOSPITAL OR HEALTH

Located in Denver, Rocky Mountain CLINIC Hospital for Children (RMHC) is a full service pediatric hospital and 24/7 ER for kids. Recognized as your Family Favorite Hospital for 4 years running, RMHC serves children across the region. RockyMountainHospitalforChildren.com (720) 754-1000 • 2001 North High Street, Denver

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RESEARCHERS SAY LEARNING THROUGH PLAY IS THE ONLY WAY. Tour your local Goddard School and experience why it’s the best preparation for social and academic success. Goddard Systems, Inc.’s program is AdvancED accredited. 23 LOCATIONS IN THE DENVER AREA 1-800-GODDARD GoddardSchool.com/Denver

-----------LEARNING FOR FUN. LEARNING FOR LIFE.® -----------INFANT THROUGH PRE-K • PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN KIDS CLUB: AFTER-SCHOOL • SUMMER CAMP The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. Goddard Systems, Inc. program is AdvancED accredited.© Goddard Systems, Inc. 2019


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Baby is on the way! There is so much to plan for and so much to learn. You will find Colorado a friendly place to welcome your new little one. With stateof-the-art birthing centers, boutiques filled with unique baby items, and resources to support you in everything from prenatal care to breastfeeding, you can relax and enjoy this special time.

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Birth Centers

The safety, health, and comfort of mom and baby are number one at metro-area birthing centers. Outstanding medical staff means your care, and that of your baby, is in the hands of the world’s best medical professionals. With unique amenities, such as birthing tubs, room service, birth-coach beds, and upscale dÊcor, you will welcome baby in a comforting environment. Avista Adventist Hospital The New Life Birth Center 100 Health Park Dr., Louisville. 303-673-1100. avistahospital.org Birth Center of Boulder 2800 Folsom St., Boulder. 303-443-3993. birthcenterofboulder.com Birth Center of Denver 1830 Franklin St., Suite 330, Denver. 303-812-2363. sclhealth.org/locations/birth-center-of-denver Boulder Community Health Family Birth Center 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303-415-7350. bch.org Center for Midwifery University of Colorado Hospital, 1635 Aurora Ct., Aurora. 720-848-1700. nursing.cuanschutz.edu

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Colorado Institute for Maternal & Fetal Health Anschutz Medical Campus, 1635 Aurora Ct., Aurora. 720-848-1060. childrenscolorado.org Denver Center for Birth & Wellness 7261 S. Broadway, Suite 103, Littleton. 303-999-0234. denvercenterforbirth.com Denver Health Medical Center 790 Delaware St. Pav. C, Denver. 303-436-4949. denverhealth.org Good Samaritan Medical Center The Baby Place 200 Exempla Cir., Lafayette. 303-689-4701. goodsamaritancolorado.org Hygge Birth and Baby 8111 E. Lowry Blvd., Suite 230, Denver. 720-464-7599. hyggebirthandbabydenver.com Littleton Adventist Hospital The BirthPlace 7700 S. Broadway, Littleton. 303-730-5810. centura.org/locations/littleton-adventist-hospital Lutheran Medical Center Birth Center 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. 303-425-4500. lutheranmedicalcenter.org


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Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood. 303-788-5000. swedishhospital.com UCHealth Women’s Care Center Birth Center 12605 E. 16th Ave., Aurora. 720-848-4111. uchealth.org

Boutiques for Mom and Baby

These shops stock stylish baby clothes and nursery décor for the modern baby. Many also offer classes and events to help you build your community of friends who are also in the parenting trenches. The Medical Center of Aurora Family Birth Center 1501 S. Potomac St., Aurora. 303-695-2600. auroramed.com North Suburban Medical Center Labor and Delivery Unit 9191 Grant St., Thornton. 303-451-7800. northsuburban.com Parker Adventist Hospital The BirthPlace 9395 Crown Crest Blvd., Parker. 303-269-4090. centura.org/locations/parker-adventist-hospital Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center 1719 E. 19th Ave., Denver. 303-839-6000. pslmc.com Rose Babies Birth Center 4567 E. Ninth Ave., Denver. 303-320-2001. rosemed.com/campaigns/rose-babies St. Anthony North Health Campus The Birth Center 14300 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster. 720-627-0222. centura.org/locations/st-anthony-north-healthcampus Saint Joseph Hospital Center for Women & Infants 1375 E. 19th Ave., Denver. 303-812-4640. sclhealth.org/locations/saint-joseph-hospital Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center 2900 E. 136th Ave., Suite 110, Thornton, 303-999-3950. seasonsbirthcenter.com Sky Ridge Medical Center Birth Place 10101 RidgeGate Pkwy., Lone Tree. 720-225-1000. skyridgemedcenter.com

Belly Bliss 300 Josephine St., Suite 230, Denver. 303-399-1191. bellybliss.org The mama’hood 2902 Zuni St., Denver. 303-643-5662. themamahood.com Pitter Patter 931 Main St., Louisville. 720-485-3129. pitterpattershop.com Real Baby 4315 Tennyson St., Denver. 303-477-2229. realbabyinc.com Talulah Jones 1122 E. 17th Ave., Denver. 303-832-1230. talulahonline.com

Pregnancy Resources

When you have questions, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, and these helpful parenting resources to find answers. Centura Health Advisor Referral and Information CHA provides a search engine to help families find the physician that is right for their needs, as well as ER and urgent care wait times, a description of services, and a location finder. 303-290-6500. centura.org Children’s Hospital Colorado Children’s Colorado provides families with a find-a-doctor search engine, convenient schedule-an-appointment page, location list, and more. The Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children’s Colorado provides support for pregnant and postpartum women and their families. 720-777-1234. childrenscolorado.org

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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Prenatal Plus Program This program for pregnant women on Health First Colorado (Colorado’s medicaid program), links mothers to a case manager, dietitian, and a mental health provider to ensure a healthy pregnancy, as well as regular prenatal care like food assistance, housing assistance, and help with continuing education or finding a job. 303-692-2000. cdphe.state.co.us Family Healthline This agency of the Colorado Department of Health provides information and referral for health care, nutrition, immunizations, mental health, and dental health. English or Spanish. 303-692-2229. Toll-free within Colorado: 800-688-7777. cdphe.state.co.us ParentSmart Healthline Children’s Hospital Colorado provides a 24-hour phone line staffed by nurses. The line provides general health information, community resources, and physician recommendations in your area. 720-777-0123 or toll-free at 1-855-543-4636. childrenscolorado.org Nutrition Services and Women, Infants and Children Food Program (WIC Program) WIC helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC also provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, and referrals

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to health and other social services. Participants must reside in Colorado and meet income eligibility requirements. Those receiving TANF, Medicaid, or SNAP benefits automatically qualify. 303-692-2400. coloradowic.gov

Breastfeeding Supplies and Support You know breastfeeding is healthy, but it’s not always easy. These organizations can help you through the tough spots. A Mother’s Choice Midwifery Provides culturallycompetent, evidence based support to achieve satisfying and successful nursing immediately after birth. 719-425-2631. amcmbirth.com Breastfeeding Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado Children’s Hospital at Anschutz helps mothers reach their breastfeeding goals by offering lactation support services, including individualized breastfeeding information, consultation, and support. 860 N. Potomac Cir., Aurora. 720-777-3605. childrenscolorado.org Breastfeeding Support Services UCHealth UCH offers lactation support services that teach the best breastfeeding methods and offer personal support and counseling. Multiple locations. uchealth.org


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Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition This volunteer organization helps communities understand the importance of breastfeeding by offering practical tips to families and helpful information for employers and child/health care providers. Multiple locations. 844-2623248. cobfc.org

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International Lactation Consultant Association The ILCA helps advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant profession through advocacy, leadership, professional development, and research. 888-452-2478. ilca.org La Leche League of Colorado La Leche League seeks to build better understanding of the importance of breastfeeding through parent-to-parent support, encouragement, information, and education. Multiple locations. lllcoloradowyoming.org Mothers’ Milk Bank MMB supports mothers who cannot provide the milk supply their baby needs by safely screening, collecting, processing, and donating human milk. 303-869-1888. rmchildren.org

Mothers’ Milk Bank Baby Cafe A safe and relaxed space to meet with other breastfeeding families, share experiences, and get free tips and guidance from a lactation specialist. Open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three locations in metro Denver. 303-869-1888. rmchildren.org/baby-cafe Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety Offers information on drugs and breastfeeding. 303-389-1100. rmpdc.org

START EARLY. START STRONG.

Colorado Shines helps families like you find the best early childhood program to support your child’s learning. Visit ColoradoShines.com to search for programs near you.

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The Only Autism-Specific Ski & Snowboard School in the U.S.

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Life with a family member who has developmental disabilities, learning differences, or special needs poses its own unique parenting challenges and questions. It helps to connect with a community of experts and other families sharing a similar journey. Here are some places to start.

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Asperger’s & Autism

Alpine Autism Center Provides home therapy and consultations, plus support and training to families, teachers, therapists, and schools. Colorado Springs, 719-203-6903. alpineautismcenter.org

Adam’s Camp Supports individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities through therapy, adventure, and socialization. Various locations. 303-563-8290. adamscamp.org

Autism & Asperger Connections Links families, individuals, and professionals in the Colorado Springs community to autism support and resources. Colorado Springs, 719-344-5619. autismaspergerconnections.org

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Offers an adaptive ski and ride school, wilderness programs (onsite and mobile), professional team-building retreats, and a unique internship program. Breckenridge, 970-453-6422. boec.org

Autism Community Store Offers toys, books, community events, and other resources for families, therapists, and teachers. Aurora, 303-309-3647. autismcommunitystore.com

Camp Paha Provides safe, challenging, and fun recreational and educational summer activities for youth with disabilities, ages six to 17. Lakewood, 303-987-4867. lakewood.org/paha

Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) Helps individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families develop a community, find training, and get scholarships for activities. Louisville, 720-272-8231. autismboulder.org

Colorado Lions Camp Tailors summer experiences for ages eight and up, no matter their challenges. Woodland Park, 719-687-2087. coloradolionscamp.org

Autism Society of Colorado Provides referrals, support groups, and sensory-friendly opportunities to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Denver, 720-214-0794. autismcolorado.org Autism Speaks Promotes solutions for the needs of people with autism and their families. Golden, 720-4923731. autismspeaks.org Firefly Autism Provides center- and homebased services, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and parent training. Lakewood, 303-759-1192. fireflyautism.org Garden Inc. Offers a variety of therapeutic individual and community services for children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum. Littleton, 303-306-8259. gardenautism.org REVEL Connects teens and adults on the autism spectrum to social and learning experiences. Denver, 720-534-0601. revelinlife.org STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder Conducts research on sensory processing disorder (SPD) and treats children and adults with sensory issues through play. Denver, 303-221-7827. spdstar.org

Camps

Ascendigo Adventures Program Engages campers on the autism spectrum in year-round outdoor sports and recreational activities in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. Carbondale, 970-927-3143. ascendigo.org

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INSPIRE Offers summer adventures for youth ages five to 17 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Evergreen, 720-880-1219. evergreenrecreation.com/206/inspire Rocky Mountain Village Removes barriers to overnight camping, day trips, arts, sports, hiking, zip lining, and horseback riding. Empire, 303-569-2333. easterseals.com/co Roundup River Ranch Enables children with serious illnesses and their families to get a full camp experience for free. Gypsum, 970-524-2267. roundupriverranch.org

Education & Schools

Bal Swan Children’s Center Meets the developmental needs of children of all abilities, providing therapy and parenting classes. Broomfield, 303-466-6308. balswan.org Brain Highways Helps improve learning, focus, stress management, and behavior based on neuroplasticity. Online programs. brainhighways.com Child Find Colorado Department of Education Evaluates potential developmental delays and needs for intervention or special education. Denver, 303-866-6124. cde.state.co.us/early/childfind Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Serves students, birth to age 21, with CSDB-based and outreach programs. Colorado Springs, 719-578-2100. csdb.org


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Kids in Car: Special Olympics of Colorado

Fletcher Miller School Provides interactive and interdisciplinary academics and meets individual needs in medical, physical, and social/emotional areas. Lakewood, 303-982-7200. fletchermiller. jeffcopublicschools.org Goldstar Learning Options Inc. Maximizes the strengths and abilities of individuals with developmental and intellectual differences. Denver, 303-327-9738. gsloinc.com Humanex Academy Provides a self-paced, individualized curriculum in a small, private, and accredited school for grades six to 12. Englewood, 303-783-0137. humanexacademy.com The Joshua School Helps people with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities attain the highest quality of life from early childhood to adulthood. Englewood, 303-758-7171. joshuaschool.org Laradon Provides educational and therapeutic services including early intervention and a specialized school for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Denver, 303-296-2400. laradon.org

Heath Care Programs

HCP for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Serves ages one to 21 with medical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional needs. Find resources, care coordination, and specialty care. 303-692-2370. colorado.gov/cdphe/hcp

Mental Illness

Empower Colorado Supports, informs, and advocates for the families of children

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Special Olympics of Colorado provides training, competition, and off-the-field fun for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

who have social/emotional, mental, or behavioral challenges. 866-213-4631. abilityconnectioncolorado.org/empowercolorado Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Advocates for children and families impacted by mental health issues. Lakewood, 1-888-429-3369. coloradofederation.org Mental Health Colorado Advocates for mental illness and substance use prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Denver, 720-208-2220. mentalhealthcolorado.org National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado Offers free educational classes, support groups, and advocacy for mental health. Englewood, 303-321-3104. namicolorado.org

Recreation

Adaptive Sports Center Operates year-round outdoor adventures for people with disabilities. Crested Butte, 970-349-2296. adaptivesports.org Aurora Therapeutic Recreation Provides recreational programs for individuals with developmental/physical disabilities. Aurora, 303-326-8410. auroragov.org Challenge Aspen Engages individuals with cognitive or physical challenges in recreational, educational, and cultural experiences. Snowmass Village, 970-923-0578. challengeaspen.org


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Fishing Has No Boundaries Opens the great outdoor fishing world for people with disabilities. Colorado Springs, 719-873-3462. csfhnb.org Ignite Adaptive Sports Offers safe, fun instruction in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing for people with any disability. Nederland, 303-908-1551. igniteadaptivesports.org National Sports Center for the Disabled Adapts year-round sports and activities for individuals with almost any type of diagnosis. Denver metro, Front Range, and Winter Park, 970-726-1518. nscd.org Paradox Sports Adapts indoor and outdoor climbing activities for people with physical disabilities, age 15 and older. Boulder. 720-638-5593. paradoxsports.org Special Olympics of Colorado Trains athletes with intellectual disabilities, age eight and up, in a variety of sports. Centennial, 720-359-3100. specialolympicsco.org Wilderness on Wheels Provides a wheelchairaccessible one-mile long boardwalk, fishing pond, campsites, huts, and cabins. Grant, 303-403-1110. wildernessonwheels.org

Respite & Childcare

Angels of Colorado Home Care Gives respite, shortterm, and long-term care for families of those with physical/cognitive disabilities. Aurora, 720-747-8228. angelsofcolorado.com

Care and Community Engages those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in after-school and summer skill building. Aurora, 303-955-1672. careandcommunity.org Colorado Respite Coalition Gives caregivers of extensive need individuals across Colorado a rest. Lakewood, 303-233-1666. coloradorespitecoalition.org Discovery Club Organizes recreational activities for kids ages six to 18 with any disability, and siblings. Lakewood, Lafayette, 303-233-1666. easterseals.com/co Megan’s Place Provides respite and daycare for kids ages three to 18 with developmental disabilities. Wheat Ridge, 303-881-4988. megansplacellc.org Pikes Peak Respite Services Serves individuals with special needs in-home and in the community through respite, personal and house care, community connections, and mentorship. Pikes Peak Region, 719-659-6344. pikespeakrespiteservices.com PlayDate Behavioral Interventions Includes in-home and on-site respite care, plus parent education to help children gain key skills and manage behavior. Colorado Springs, 719-465-3989. myplaydate.org Respite Care Inc. Provides short-term, center-based care for children with developmental disabilities. Fort Collins, 970-207-9435. respitecareinc.org

Break Time by The Resource Exchange Offers respite sessions on various Friday nights and Saturday afternoons through the year. Colorado Springs, 719-338-1718. tre.org/services/break-time

YMCA Autism Respite Program Improves aquatic safety skills in a one-to-one exercise program. Denver, 720 524 2778. denverymca.org

Care.com Helps parents search for, vet, connect with, and select qualified caregivers and sitters. care.com/special-needs

Zach’s Place Offers active, structured, and free play while teaching life skills and socialization skills. Colorado Springs, 719-447-8983. sksfcolorado.org

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST! See what The Behavior Exchange and ABA therapy can do for your family. If your child has any type of special needs, they can benefit from ABA therapy now. To learn more about our ABA techniques and therapists, visit us online. Now open and serving the Front Range families of Colorado!

behaviorexchange.com 720.647.8541 enroll@behaviorexchange.com 500 Discovery Parkway, Suite 100 Superior, CO. 80027

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Year round, play based programs focusing on social development and academic enrichment for toddlers through Private Kindergarten. Popular Summer Adventure Camps for post Kindergarteners-age 12. 4140 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80222 - (303) 757-3551 - iliffpreschool.com

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Banking/Financial

Real Estate

Our goal is that Colorado youth grow up knowing how to earn, make, and manage their money wisely, regardless of background. Our keystone programs, Young Americans Bank, Young AmeriTowne, International Towne and YouthBiz, teach in a fun, hands-on way.

A fellow Colorado parent offering you a first class experience when helping you buy and sell homes.

Young Americans Bank and Center for Financial Education 3550 E. First Ave. | 303-321-2265 info@yacenter.org | yacenter.org

Camps

DAY CAMPS

Summer at Ricks 2040 S. York St. | 303-871-3715 ricksctr@du.edu | du.edu/ricks

Summer at Ricks blends fun summer activities with rich learning experiences all while enjoying the benefits of the University of Denver campus. Campers entering preschool to sixth grade will enjoy weekly themes and specialty camps based on STEAM.

Dental

Kid’s Choice Dental, Vision & Braces 15159 E. Colfax, Unit B, Aurora 303-341-5437 All About Kids Dental, Vision, Braces 2020 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood 303-431-1221 Advanced Choice Dental, Vision, Braces 5375 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge 303-476-6292 All About Braces 2250 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 303-462-1462 | dentalvisionbraces.com

Dental, vision, and braces for kids and adults. We accept Medicaid, CHP+, and most other insurances. Parents welcome to accompany child to treatment area. Dental: $49 New Patient Special includes cleaning, fluoride, X-rays, and exam. Free orthodontics consult. We speak Spanish. Open 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-4pm. One Stop for your Family!

Hospitals

National Jewish Health 1400 Jackson St., Denver 1-877-CALL NJH (877-225-5654) njhealth.org

National Jewish Health for Kids offers dedicated care from the nation’s best pediatric specialists. Our pediatricians care for children and adolescents with asthma, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, respiratory troubles, immune problems, recurrent infections and other pulmonary illnesses in a setting designed to put you and your child at ease.

Music Lessons

Young Voices of Colorado 99 Inverness Drive East, Suite 150 303-797-7464 | margie@youngvoices.org youngvoices.org

Young Voices of Colorado, a premier children’s choir in the south metro area is holding friendly auditions for children who LOVE to SING. Age appropriate choirs (inperson and remote) are available for boys and girls ages five to 16. Call now!

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Janet Holmes, Realtor - HomeSmart 8300 E. Maplewood Ave., Suite 100 303-798-5251 | Janet@HomesbyHolmes.org HomesbyHolmes.org

Schools

CHARTER

Global Village Academy Aurora, Parker, Northglenn info@gvaschools.org | gvaschools.org

Global Village Academies are innovative language immersion charter schools in Aurora, Northglenn, and Douglas County. Students learn core content in English and language immersion instruction in their choice of Spanish, Mandarin, Russian or French.

PRESCHOOLS

Auraria Early Learning Center 950 9th Street Park | 303-556-3188 Emily.nelson@ahec.edu ahec.edu/earlylearning

The Auraria Early Learning Center, a five star Colorado Shines rated center, provides full time programs for children 12-months and walking to five-yearsold. The center serves the Auraria Campus and Denver Community.

The Goddard School®️ 23 locations in the Denver area 1-800-GODDARD goddardschool.com/denver

For more than 30 years, The Goddard School®️ has been a trusted name among parents and families. Our classrooms are safe, nurturing environments for children, offering age-appropriate opportunities to explore and discover.

Iliff Preschool 4140 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 303-757-3551 | info@iliffpreschool.com iliffpreschool.com

In partnership with parents, we focus on providing a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for children ages one to 12. Play-based experiences connect to early standards with emphasis on educational experiences that develop social and pre-academic skills.

Ricks Center for Gifted Children 2040 S. York St. | 303-871-3715 ricksctr@du.edu | du.edu/ricks

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 individual student.

PRIVATE

Arma Dei Academy 341 Wildcat Reserve Pkwy. | 303-346-4523 communications@armadeiacademy.com armadeiacademy.com

Arma Dei Academy is a classical Christian school in Douglas County serving students in Preschool, Kindergarten - 8th Grade, and Homeschool Collaborative families. Additionally, ADA will be opening a High


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School in Fall 2021. We strive to build a legacy of intelligent and thoughtful leaders who will pursue a purposeful life marked by Truth.

Aspen Academy 5859 S. University Blvd., Greenwood Village 303-346-3500 admissions@aspenacademy.org aspenacademy.org

Aspen Academy is a Pre-K through 8th grade independent school in Greenwood Village, Colorado that focuses on three primary areas: next-generation education, leadership and entrepreneurial development, and community strength and service.

NOAH'S ARK Preschool & Child Care

Colorado Academy 3800 S. Pierce St., Denver 303-914-2513 | coloradoacademy.org

• We have served the Northern Metro Community for over 40 years.

For more than a century, the promise of Colorado Academy has been the pursuit of academic excellence. CA provides the most relevant, preparative, and highest value-added pre-K through 12 education possible.

• We provide loving, yearround care for children 6 weeks through Pre-K.

Iliff Preschool 4140 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 303-757-3551 | info@iliffpreschool.com iliffpreschool.com

• We also provide winter and summer break camps for older children.

In partnership with parents, we focus on providing a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for children ages one to 12. Play-based experiences connect to early standards with emphasis on educational experiences that develop social and pre-academic skills.

Conveniently situated two blocks west of Federal on 104th Avenue – inside The Crossing Church. 303-466-6887 | napreschool.com

International School of Denver 7701 E. First Place | 303-340-3647 info@isdenver.org | isdenver.org

We are a K-8 IB World School, developing thoughtful, compassionate, and curious world citizens through language and culture.

St. Elizabeth’s School 2350 Gaylord St. | 303-322-3209, ext 15 dgrove@sesden.org | stelizabethsdenver.org

St. Elizabeth’s is an intentionally inclusive K-8 Episcopal school. Our commitment to affordable access to a great education for all children is critical, today more than ever. We are preparing tomorrow’s change-makers, and our doors are open to you!

Arma Dei Academy raises the standards beyond what our culture expects by training students to

Special Needs Resources

Ascendigo Autism Services 818 Industry Pl., Carbondale 970-927-3143 | info@ascendigo.org ascendigo.org

Ascendigo Adventure Camps offer rewarding, challenging outdoor experiences with positive, autismspecific support for all levels of ability, behaviors, and functioning. Summer, fall, and winter camps are

available.

Behavioral Innovations Greater Denver area | 720-815-3970 admissions@bi-aba.com | startABA.com

For over 20 years, Behavioral Innovations has been a pioneer in providing ABA therapy to kids with autism. Our friendly and professional staff, and state-of-the-art treatment centers have been welcoming families and delivering remarkable results.

REASON, DISCERN & ASPIRE

Classical Christian Education

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Biblical Worldview Academic Excellence Classical Curriculum Joyful Learners Character Formation Cursive Handwriting

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Small Class Sizes Latin, Art, Music & STEM Kindergarten Enrichment Family Chapel Parent Partnership Countercultural

Open House January 14, 2020 | 8:30am - 10:30am Schedule your visit today! ArmaDeiAcademy.com | (303) 346-4523 Highlands Ranch | Lone Tree 2021 | ColoradoParent.com

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Developmental Pathways 325 Inverness Dr. S. | 303-360-6600 info@dpcolo.org | dpcolo.org

clinics/leagues/tournaments; plus art, technology, design and more for ages six to 18.

Developmental Pathways is a nonprofit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities/delays and their families by connecting people to federal, state, county, and private funding.

PASCO 9197 W. Sixth Ave. Suite 1000 | 303-233-3122 info@pascohh.com | pascohh.com

PASCO services embrace a personalized approach for individuals with special needs to achieve independence and realize their potential. PASCO provides long-term services & supports in the home and the community with a focus on paid family caregiving.

Primitive Reflex Integration Plus 8370 W. Coal Mine Ave. 720-295-5788 | info@primitivereflexplus.com primitivereflexplus.com

PRI+ helps kids and families overcome the daily struggles of sensory, behavior, and social challenges so they feel comfortable and confident as they learn and grow.

REVEL Denver | 720-534-0601 info@revelinlife.org | revelinlife.org

Swimming

Ocean First 3015 Bluff St. | 303-444-7234 swim@oceanfirst.blue oceanfirstcommunity.blue

Launch into the underwater world with our TIDES program available for ages eight to eleven and 12 to 15. These programs instill the skills necessary to become a safe and responsible scuba diver while building a strong knowledge in marine science.

Theater/Performing Arts

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids 5311 Western Ave.; Ste 135., Boulder 303-245-8150 | info@theaterforkids.net theaterforkids.net

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids/Actors Academy offers year round training programs and summer camps designed to give the committed and talented youth actor intensive and specialized training in the performing arts.

Travel

REVEL is the bridge to adulthood for people with autism to live meaningful, enriched lives. We fight potential isolation, depression, unemployment, and risk factors related to quality of life.

T.A.C.T. 2733 W. Eighth Ave., Denver 303-295-0163 | tactinfo@buildwithtact.org buildwithtact.org

TACT (Teaching the Autism Community Trades) is a 501(c)3 organization designed to bring trade and technical skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Set in a comfortable small group environment, TACT aims to build upon strengths and have fun!

Sports/Enrichment

Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau P.O. Box 100, Idaho Springs, CO 303-567-4660 | info@visitclearcreek.com visitclearcreek.com

Located 20 miles west of Denver, Clear Creek County includes the historic mountain communities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, & Silver Plume. Choose from activities such as skiing, rafting, ziplining, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking & more!

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park | 970-586-3344 info@ymcarockies.org | ymcarockies.org

Where nature inspires the whole family! Our YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center is an ideal vacation, reunion, and conference destination.

YMCA of the Rockies - Snow Mountain Ranch 1101 County Road 53, Granby | 970-887-2152 info@ymcarockies.org snowmountainranch.org

Gold Crown Foundation Lakewood | 303-233-6776 sports@goldcrownfoundation.com goldcrownfoundation.com

Preparing kids for the game of life through sports and STEAM programs, and health and wellness initiatives. Offerings include basketball, volleyball and golf camps/

Where quality time happens naturally. Snow Mountain Ranch is a wholesome environment to enjoy a tranquil setting with any size group.

Ranger 1 Experience & Diver Experience

Starting Jan. 2021 Launch into the world of marine science and scuba diving

Ages: 12-15

Ages: 8 - 11 5 weeks of classroom & pool sessions

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COLORADO’S PREMIER AUTOMOTIVE & AIRCRAFT GALA AND CHARITY AUCTION

BENEFITING:

THE MORGAN ADAMS FOUNDATION The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance is the longest standing premier Concours in the Rocky Mountain Region, and showcases an exceptional display collection gathering automobiles, aircraft, and motorcycles that span the production history of each industry. The evening is paired with luxury and travel focused silent and live auctions, as well as cocktails and food from the best restaurants in Denver.

Ocean First For tickets and event information, visit

WWW.MORGANADAMSCONCOURS.ORG The Morgan Adams Foundation is a Denver-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to funding better treatments for children, teenagers, and young adults battling cancer.


We breathe hope for kids of all ages. For children with asthma, allergies, respiratory and pulmonary illness, hope is right here in Denver. At National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital, our pediatric specialists incorporate the latest research and treatments to help kids of all ages get back to being kids. We breathe science, so you can breathe life. To book an appointment for your child, call 800.621.0505 or visit njhealth.org.