Colorado Parent January 2021

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January 2021

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Calm, Clean

New Year Smart Strategies to Help You Declutter

4 Family Friendly Snowshoe Trails 9 Podcasts Your Kids Will Love Meet the 2021 Teacher of the Year! 83 Ideas for Family Fun



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CONTENTS January 2021 features


Smart strategies to help you clean up clutter.

Modern day methods for conscious uncoupling.


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The latest tips and news on




What We Learned


Colorado Teen Named Kid of the Year





Great Snow Day Reads

On-Trend Gear for Kids

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Enrichment Showcase


Catholic School Showcase

Meet Colorado's Teacher of the Year

Outside of the Box Crafts

Prevent Dry Skin This Winter

Podcasts for Kids


Cold-Weather Comfort



Where To Snowshoe With Kids

18 Meet the 2021 Teacher of the Year | 24 9 Podcasts Your Kids Will Love 28 Smart Strategies To Help You Declutter | 46 4 Family Friendly Snowshoe Trails 37 83 Ideas for Family Fun

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Expert tips to help your child develop skiing skills—off the slopes.

This Colorado mom shares how she found community and healing.

How to Hygge: Cozy Ways to Embrace Winter Warm up to these activities that make the long, cold winter months more enjoyable.

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From the Editors

What We Learned… EDITORIAL Editor Deborah Mock Assistant Editor Kara Thompson Editorial Assistant Anna Sutterer Copy Editor Lydia Rueger



Like millions of other families, our staff was inspired by stayat-home orders to take part in what has been called the great decluttering of 2020; cleaning out long neglected closets and hauling loads to the local thrift store (when it finally reopened). The question that lingered though was, How do we maintain this renewed sense of space? Find expert tips to keep your home clean and calm in 2021 on page 28.


Things that inspired this issue, and what our editors discovered along the way.

ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Director Brigette Swartz Account Manager Hilary Angel Client Services Coordinator Shundra Jackson

Take a break from the screens and share the podcasts on page 24 with the kids.

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Illuminating Yellow and Ultimate Gray Brighten your family’s outlook for 2021 with pops of these two Colors of the Year. Page 16

Tossing those cardboard shipping boxes is so 2020. Instead, we're transforming them into fun toys. Page 20

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The cold, snowy days of January bring an opportunity to swap our hiking boots for snowshoes. Check out the family-friendly trails on page 46. Or, if your family is more of the cuddle up and stay home persuasion, find a list of snowy day reads on page 14 and a menu of Denver restaurants where you can order up some warming soup on page 46.


YOU SAID IT One-hundred percent of the young people who walk through your (a teacher’s) door want to learn. …If they didn’t want to succeed, they would not show up. —Gerardo Muñoz, 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Read more of our interview on page 18.

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Colorado Teen is Time Magazine’s Kid of the Year Fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao, of Lone Tree, is no stranger to Colorado Parent readers. We first met her in our November 2018 profile, “6 Colorado Kids Making a Difference.” (She also appeared on the cover that month, above left). Since then, this young phenom has continued to create solutions that make a positive impact on our world, gaining recognition along the way. She was recently named Time magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year, gracing the magazine’s December 14, 2020 cover. Along with a device that uses carbon nanotube technology to detect lead contamination in

water, Gitanjali’s other projects include an app that uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying language in outgoing messages, thus allowing senders to think twice before they hit send, and a product that helps to diagnose early-stage prescription ­opioid addiction based on protein production of the mu opioid receptor gene. Not content with creating technology that helps people live better lives, Gitanjali is on a mission to help others do the same. She has mentored more than 30,000 students worldwide through her online Innovation Sessions, where she shares

her process of “observe, brainstorm, research, build, communicate.” Her advice to others in her generation who want to make a difference: "Dream big, then think back to reality. As Gitanjali said in her Time magazine interview, conducted by actor and activist Angelina Jolie, “My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well.” – Kelly Smith

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Good to Know

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Motivate an Underachiever Christine K's son Nathan is a bright student. He's smart enough to calculate the minimum score he needs on his final exams to land a decent grade instead of investing that effort in achieving an "A." If that sounds like your child, or if he simply lets schoolwork slide, here are some ways to motivate him to live up to his potential. BREAK IT DOWN Encourage your child to break complex projects into sub-tasks. Lack of effort can be a sign that she is simply overwhelmed and doesn't know where to start. Helping her to see a large assignment as a series of small steps can provide her with a sense of control. Make the first step an easy one. A quick

success can give your child the confidence to keep moving forward.

of the abilities he has already developed, as an encouragement to keep growing.

GROWTH OVER GRADES Sometimes a child's lack of motivation springs from a belief that he doesn't have the ability to perform better. So, he stops trying. Instead, help him focus on growth, not grades. With each new unit in class, ask what skills he hopes to gain from it. Praise his effort and point out the progress you see him making. According to the digest of the Duke University Talent Identification Program, "Students who believe that their abilities are not innate but have been developed are more likely to attempt challenging tasks." Remind your child

FIND THEIR RHYTHM Assess your child's energy rhythms. Does she arrive home worn out and in need of a break before tackling homework? Or does she start strong and peter out as the evening progresses? As energy drops, often so does motivation. Challenge your child to tackle her least favorite, or most difficult subjects during her period of highest energy. Most of all, stick with your child. Model persistence by not giving up on them. —Lara Krupicka

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Vote for Your Favorites It’s that time of year again! The 2021 Colorado Parent Family Favorites ballot opens on January 4, 2021. Here’s your chance to honor your family’s favorite local businesses, services, and attractions. Cast your ballot at until midnight on February 28.


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Families bowl and enjoy dinner in Play at the Broadmoor, a dining and activity venue on-site.

Through the years, the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs has received numerous honors as a Colorado Parent Family Favorite. In addition to world-class accommodations, the resort’s activities give families a chance to golf, try out a winter sport, soar over a canyon and waterfall on a zip line, or indulge in spa treatments. To kick off the new year, the luxury resort is offering locals a Colorado Appreciation Package from January 3 through February 28, 2021, with rates starting at $159 per night (valid Sun-Thu). The package includes some complimentary activities and a discount on select spa services. Adventurous families can add on unique experiences like a Falconry class or Wild West skill workshop.

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Good to Know | Read to Me

by Bao Phi; illustrated by Basia Tran (Capstone, 2019)

As a Vietnamese American girl who has two moms, Thuy feels different, and is bullied at school. One snowy day as she walks home, she channels her feelings by imagining herself as different animals and mimicking what their prints would look like. When she gets home, her moms join her in finding power through love and imagination. Recommended by Denver Public Library children’s librarian, Liesel Schmidt.


Great Snow Day Reads

Over and Under the Snow

By Kate Messner; illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal (Chronicle Books, 2014)

While on a cross-country ski trip with her father, a little girl wonders how animals survive the harsh cold. Illustrations depict below-ground views of animals coping with winter. The book also includes scientific facts about animal adaptations.

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The Tomten

by Astrid Lindgren; illustrated by Harald Wiberg (Puffin Books, 1997)

If there’s one thing Colorado kids know, it’s how to have fun in the snow. When it’s time to come in from the cold, snuggle up with these wonderful winter stories.

Based on Swedish folklore, The Tomten features a troll who makes nighttime visits to a farm to help care for the animals, and gives the inhabitants hope for spring. “After reading this book as a child, I’d greet any snowy morning with eager excitement, hoping to see the Tomten’s footprints outside our windows,” says Lara Hnizdo, library specialist at the Boulder Public Library.


by Jan Brett (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2020)

Bestselling author of winter-themed The Mitten and The Trouble with Trolls, Jan Brett’s latest wintertime read, Cozy, is based on her trip to a musk ox farm in Alaska. The story follows a musk ox and other furry animals that burrow under his fur to keep warm through the winter.

Small Walt Spots Dot

By Elizabeth Verdick; illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Paula Wiseman Books, 2020)

Walt the snowplow and his driver Gus are plowing a parking lot when they spy a dog in need of a new home. The third book in the Small Walt series, it’s a fun read-aloud with simple text that both dog- and vehicle-loving kids will enjoy during winter months.

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A Fox Found a Box

by Ged Adamson (Schwartz and Wade, 2019)

Book specialist Pam Martin, at Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe, suggests this title about a fox who finds a radio buried in the snow. All the forest animals begin to listen; sometimes it makes them feel dreamy, while sometimes they rock out. When the radio stops working, the story becomes a meditation on learning how to pay attention to the sounds of nature.

Just So Willow

By Sara F. Shacter; illustrated by Stephanie Laberis (Sterling Publishing 2019)

Willow likes everything “just so”—neat and tidy and perfect in her mind. When snow falls, she loves seeing the crisp, white blanket across her backyard. She gets upset when she sees neighbors playing in the snow, making it a lumpy bumpy mess. In the end, she realizes that frolicking in the snow can be just as perfect, too.

My Footprints: Capstone. Over and Under the Snow: Chronicle Books. Cozy, A Fox Found a Box, The Tomten: Penguin Random House. Just So Willow: Sterling Publishing. Small Walt Spots Dot: Simon & Schuster.

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On-Trend Gear for Kids Fun finds inspired by the two shades the color experts at Pantone named their 2021 Colors of the Year—Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. By Kara Thompson

Quality and detail make this Dolls Pram in vintage gray an outstanding pick for toddlers who love playing to pretend. The functioning sun hood can be folded down while your child plays, to help keep their “baby” asleep during long walks. $195,

Keep your little adventurer warm this winter in this bright and cheerful Puffer Jacket. Sporting front pockets, a fixed hood, and a chin guard, it’s equipped to keep your kiddo toasty while they play in the snow. Plus, it’s machine washable. $35,

Dress your little one in these kid-size Rubber Rain Boots for stylish puddle splashing. Made with 100 percent natural rubber and offered in seven bold colors, these all-season shoes have nearly 1,200 five-star reviews on Amazon. The flexible material and durable, non-slip tread makes them totally play-proof. $30,


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A shiny, bright coat of paint, faux leather saddle, and authentic sidewall tires make the European Balance Scooter all the rage. Help your child develop their balance and coordination, whether they’re scooting down cobblestone streets or gliding through your cul-de-sac. $200,

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Add a fierce pop to your child’s bedroom with this Lioness Wallpaper. The gray and white design offers a neutral, modern feel, while the lion and leaf print appeals to kids. Another perk: It’s removable and sticks to walls easily with a non-toxic adhesive. $40,

Swaddles are an absolute essential for new parents. This Muslin Cloth is made with buttery soft linen that’s suitable for sensitive and delicate skin. Wrap your baby in this blanket for warmth, use it as a breastfeeding cover, or grab it when you need to dab up little messes. $24,



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Meet Gerardo Muñoz, 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year The influential educator shares his history and hopes for the future By Anna Sutterer


istory teacher to middle and high school students, Colorado native and Denver Public Schools (DPS) grad, “hip hop pedagogue” and co-host of Too Dope Teachers and a Mic, Gerardo Muñoz is the 2021 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Muñoz, who has worked in education for 21 years (14 at his current school, Denver Center for International Studies), teaches AP World History, Concurrent Enrollment Ethnic Studies, and 5280 Challenge/Student Board of Education through the DPS Student Voice and Leadership program. He models lifelong learning and encourages students to be bold in speaking up and working collaboratively. CP: Tell us about growing up, and what your school experience was like as a student. GM: I’ve been here (Denver) my whole life; grew


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up on the east side somewhere between Park Hill and Five Points in the Whittier neighborhood. The block I lived on was very collectively focused. I had to bring my report card to Mrs. Minton (a neighbor) and let her know how I was doing in school. About half of the schools I attended got closed eventually, so that said a lot about what my educational experience was. The type of intelligence that was in this community when we were really young, the specific gifts the kids who were neglected could have offered, and then to see how badly things went for some of the fellas I grew up with, was really tough to watch. I wouldn’t say I came into teaching with any evangelical purpose, but I would say that’s what kept me engaged with the work. I was just trying to be the teacher that a lot of the kids I grew up with never had.

CP: What does teaching history mean to you? GM: This professor, Dr. Robert Hohlfelder, taught us that history is stories and perspectives. It’s not a set of mutually agreed upon facts you just have to memorize. Some teachers teach it that way, and that’s why kids don’t like history—but they do like the stories. Thinking about the oral tradition that I grew up with, I think that’s why it resonated with me. My grandparents told all kinds of stories, my dad is a big-time storyteller. I think that without an understanding of history, everything operates in a vacuum and we don’t have a way of connecting our behaviors, past, present, or across regions. I think we’ve seen a lot of that right now with the conflicts between people and disagreements. The last few months, we as a society are coming up with some incredible raw testimony about what we believe about human beings and how we understand this moment. CP: What role does the community outside the school building play in your classroom? GM: I find that in almost everything that I do, whether it’s in school or outside of school, I try to involve as many people as I can. In teaching, it has resulted in college professors coming and telling stories to my students about things that I just don’t know as much as they do. We’re going to have the women from the podcast Whatshername. They’re going to speak with my students in March to talk about the urgency of women’s history. I could either try to do it all myself, or I could expose my kids to really cool people doing this work. My wife would say it’s because I skew 96 percent extroverted. That’s probably a big part of it, but I view myself as a member of a community that wants to engage and wants to connect people. CP: It seems this award comes with equal parts responsibility and reward: joining the Colorado Education Commissioner’s Teacher Cabinet, taking a yearlong sabbatical to be ambassador for the state’s teachers, a trip to the White House, and NASA Space Camp. What are you looking forward to, and what challenges do you see ahead? GM: Now I get to actually practice what I’m preaching. I have to be a part of policy conversations and I have to learn to speak for somebody that’s beyond myself and my immediate friends and family. I anticipate there are going to be some awkward conversations, because the idea is that I connect with other teachers across the state of Colorado, some of them who come from communities really different from mine. I’ve talked to some folks who teach out on the eastern plains—small rural schools, especially, in our state have been hit so hard with funding cuts. These are teachers that are teaching every kid, everything, with no materials, and everybody’s watching them more closely because they’re in close communities. I’m really excited to learn those stories, put those stories out there, and say, Colorado is not one thing.

Gerardo Muñoz, Muñoz emcee: Claudia Muñoz.

Gerardo Muñoz will meet with teachers across Colorado as the state’s educator ambassador.

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The thing I’m least comfortable with is being away from my students. I’m going to miss them so much. There are relationships with students that give me breath. I’m not sure what working with adults looks like. If we can travel, it’ll be interesting. The ability to meet the first Black woman Vice President in our country’s history is extremely exciting. President-elect Biden seems like a cool dude. Space Camp—super random—but I’m here for it. I’ve been teaching for so long and I’ve been immersed in the teaching world that I feel like I can extrapolate lessons for the classroom from every life experience that I have. CP: What does being named Colorado Teacher of the Year mean to you? GM: I didn’t think I was going to

get this award, because when I think of the Colorado Teacher of the Year, I am not what I think of. I think of someone who is way more organized and way more on top of things. I kind of just came as I was, speaking to the things that have been important to me as a teacher throughout. I don’t have the words for the gratitude I have for the communities around me and the people who have been kind and so generous with their knowledge and their experience. This isn’t something I view as a “me,” it’s something that I view as a “we.” We did this: all the parents who I’ve got great relationships with; the kids who just keep me laughing and smiling, thinking hard, and looking forward to my job every day; and my colleagues who push me, encourage me, challenge me.


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Fun & Activities

Snowmen: Steph at Mama Jots. Display Tray: Tisa Jackson at This is Tisa.

Outside of the Box Crafts 4 clever ideas for transforming cardboard boxes into something fun. By Kara Thompson


id the post-holiday season leave you with an overload of cardboard boxes? Upcycle any leftover packaging by creating something magical and fun with your kids. Use your child’s favorite paint colors, fabrics, ribbon, or stickers to craft something that they can use or play with after it’s complete. To source some inspiration, we asked four craft bloggers to create their own box projects with their kids. Here’s what they came up with. A STACKABLE SNOWMAN Use multiple boxes of varying sizes to create a snowman that kids can stack and dress up, even during the occasional January warm-up. Steph Jots, founder of the Mama Jots blog and mom of two from Seattle, set up an indoor snow scene (shown


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above) with just boxes, paint, tape, and some winter accessories from around her house. Source large white pom poms from a craft store (or make your own using a pom pom maker tool or tutorial) and use them for your own indoor snowball fight. A DISPLAY TRAY Perfect for a decor-obsessed tween (or for yourself), a display tray corrals little knick knacks, books, a candle, or a vase filled with flowers. Tisa Jackson, mom of two and creator of This is Tisa from Austin, Texas, used permanent scrapbook adhesive to attach decorative paper to the base of a two-inch tall gift box. Let your kid choose their favorite paper, fabric, or magazine cutouts to cover the cardboard tray. Place it on a coffee table, nightstand, or desk—or give it to someone as a gift.

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A PUPPET THEATER Amanda Johnston, the blogger behind Project Whim and mom of three from Castle Rock, made this kid-sized puppet theater by using three medium-sized boxes, fabric, ribbon, and paint. To add extra detail, she cut a sponge into a circle and used it to paint white polka dots on the box. “I also stapled fabric to the top of the window before pulling it back with ribbon to create a curtain,” she says. Johnston designed her own printable puppets that can be downloaded for free at After printing them, glue the puppets to a piece of cardboard and hot glue the cutouts to a dowel handle or craft stick. Then, host your very own puppet show. A DAINTY CASTLE Have a smaller box? Make something mini. Bree Arnold, a mom of two from Memphis, Tennessee, made a whimsical castle with her kids in just under an hour. Arnold used a medium-sized box and an oatmeal canister, and taped four toilet paper rolls to the top of the tallest portion of the castle. Then, she covered the castle with pink acrylic paint, although she suggests using spray paint to make this project even faster. Follow her lead and surround the castle with some of your child’s favorite toys, like princess figurines or railroad tracks. Add the finishing touch by stringing small twinkle lights throughout.

Puppet theater: Amanda at Project Whim. Castle: Bree Arnold.

BOOKS TO INSPIRE These three reads prove that there are endless opportunities to get creative. Ideal for older kids, Cardboard Box Engineering offers a step-by-step guide to making next-level cardboard creations. Learn how to craft a working kaleidoscope, a marble roller coaster, or a robotic hand that will wow kids. $14,

Don’t limit yourself to cardboard! Recycled Crafts Box shares inspiration for making other reclaimed crafts. See innovative and fun uses for items like old sneakers, worn out clothes, and plastic bottles. $11,

The Cardboard Box Book is filled with templates and how-tos for projects ranging in size and interests. Make a robot, an airplane, or a giant grocery stand. The book includes several sheets of stickers that can be used to make your crafts. $33,

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Health & Wellness

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Prevent Dry Skin This Winter Helpful tips for keeping your skin healthy during the cold and dry season. By Kara Thompson


inter weather, high altitude, and an uptick in hand-washing can all lead to dry, cracked, and irritated skin. Carla Torres-Zegarra, M.D., Society for Pediatric Dermatology, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, shared her tips to keep your family’s skin moisturized and glowing this season. HANDS Wash Mindfully Frequent hand-washing combined with drops in temperature can exacerbate dry skin. “If left untreated, dry skin may become irritated and start


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flaking, itching, cracking, and even bleed, damaging the skin barrier and increasing the risk of infection,” says Torres-Zegarra. Follow these steps every time you wash your hands to prevent dryness: • Wash your hands with unscented soap and lukewarm water for at least 20 seconds. • Pat your hands dry without rubbing them, then apply moisturizer immediately after. • Choose a thick petroleum jelly or a dimethicone-based moisturizer. Look for oil-based ointments and creams, which Torres-Zegarra says are more effective than lotions. • Opt for a fragrance-, dye-, and paraben-free moisturizer to avoid skin irritation.

Moisturize Regularly Regardless of how often you wash your hands, Torres-Zegarra encourages people to use moisturizer at least twice a day. “The most important time to moisturize is immediately after bathing and handwashing, while the skin is still damp. This provides a seal to hold existing water in the skin,” she explains. FACE Skip a Step Torres-Zegarra says that your face doesn’t get dirty overnight, so there’s no reason to deep clean it each morning. Instead, wash your face at night with warm water and finish with a cold-water rinse,

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which constricts the blood vessels and may relieve irritated skin. Ditch Harsh Ingredients In the winter, Torres-Zegarra says you may also want to stop using skincare products that contain the following: Alcohol (except for hand sanitizer), alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), fragrance (including soaps and face washes), and retinoids (unless recommended by your dermatologist). Avoiding these products will help your skin retain its natural oils, limiting the chance of developing dry skin. Wear Sunscreen The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher year-round, kids included. But applying sunscreen last is vital, and it will help you get the most out of any other products you use. Apply prescription creams or ointments to your face first, follow with a gentle moisturizer, then finish with sunscreen. “Think of sunscreens as your umbrella in charge of protecting you from harmful UV light,” Torres-Zegarra says. “As such, it should be the last layer on your skin, to act as a shield against UV damage.” Follow these additional tips when choosing a sunscreen: • Look for broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. • Choose SPF 30 or higher. SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of the sun’s UVB rays verses SPF 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. • Opt for water resistant sunscreens, even in the winter. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours when outside and every hour after sweating. LIPS Care for Your Lips More often than not, we forget about protecting our lips, leaving them exposed to winter conditions. But the cold weather, dry wind, and heated air inside can all lead to dry, cracked lips—at any age. “The lips are very thin and do not contain oil glands like other areas of the skin. They can dry out 10 times faster than the rest of the skin on your face,” Torres-Zegarra says. Here’s what she recommends for dry lips: • Try not to lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. Putting saliva on your lips actually makes them dry out faster, plus, the enzymes that are in saliva—that are meant to digest food—are irritating to the lips. • Avoid lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol. These ingredients may initially feel soothing, but actually dry out and irritate your lips. Look for ointments that contain petrolatum, mineral oil, or glycerin instead. • Use sunscreen on your lips. Despite the colder

temperatures, your lips can still get burned—especially when outside or in the snow as it reflects UV rays directly to your face. • Keep lip ointments for each of your family members in multiple places, such as on your child’s nightstand, on their bathroom counter, or inside your purse or car. If you each have your own readily available, it will be easier to continuously use them.

showers can result in dry skin. Torres-Zegarra recommends limiting yourself to a five- to 10-minute bath or shower daily, or ideally, every other day. “If you bathe more than that, you remove your skin’s oily layer and cause it to lose moisture,” she says. Similar to washing your hands or face, you should bathe in lukewarm water, rather than hot, as hot water can wash away natural oils more easily.

Try a Soothing Mask While a lip balm will deliver some immediate relief to your lips, a lip mask may offer deeper moisture to them during the winter months. Because masks are meant to be left on the lips overnight when the product will not rub off as easily, the product may penetrate more deeply into the skin.

Lather up Gently To reduce the risk of trauma to the skin, Torres-Zegarra advises that you avoid bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths. If you don’t want to give them up altogether, be mindful of using a light touch. For the same reason, pat dry rather than rubbing the skin when toweling dry after a shower or bath. Lastly, apply that moisturizer immediately after bathing to lock in moisture and to keep your skin happy all winter long.

BODY Keep Temperatures Cool High temperatures and prolonged baths and

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Learn & Grow

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Podcasts for Kids

Listen, laugh, and learn from fantastical and factual audio stories By Anna Sutterer


inter closes in and snow and a hastily darkening sky prompt families to cozy-up inside. Keeping us company is audio storytelling—the warm glow of incredible tales, plus educational tidbits for kids. Tune in to these podcasts for all ages.

sliding it into the small, portable player. They’ll enjoy collecting cards with a wide selection of stories, music, activities, podcasts, radio, and sound effects. Parents download the Yoto App for setup and settings management. Current content suitable for ages birth to 10.

them write their own story and send it in. Still can’t get enough? Join the Creator Club, where members access interactive events with the hosts, bonus content, and activity guides. Or order a book with titles like Quest for the Crystal Crown, and Stuck in the Stone Age.


Looking for Saturday morning cartoon entertainment without the glazed-eye screen stare? Try Story Pirates, created by nationally renowned comedians, musicians, best-selling authors, and teachers. Each episode, the tale-telling team takes stories written by kids and turns them into sketch comedy and songs. Tune in to the yarn about a mouth that ran away, a pancake heist, and a fairy without wings. Kids feeling inspired? Have

Got a little girl who has big dreams? Try Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Packed into 15-ish minutes, each episode unfolds the life stories of extraordinary women like sculptor and abolitionist Edmonia Wildfire Lewis, pianist and immigrant rights activist Tereza Lee, and Colorado’s own Autism awareness activist Dr. Temple Grandin. Simple scoring and sound effects highlight key parts of each story, and though the ideas and


First time listener on your hands? Try the Yoto Player as a gateway into screen-free, imaginative entertainment. Kids have the power to choose their content by selecting a card and

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historical context are often lofty, the narration is plain-spoken, offering parents opportunities to pause and talk with young listeners about the content. Enjoy bonus five-minute episodes with interviews of the story narrators, who have similar backgrounds as the subjects they tell about. Seeking something scientific? Try Brains On!, a science podcast for kids, co-hosted by kids across the country. Each week, a different guest joins Molly Bloom to find answers to questions sent in by listeners: “Why do siblings annoy each other?” “How do our brains read?” And, the timely, “How do flu vaccines work?” Kid co-hosts add their flair to help listeners understand, for example, remembering the process of bone hardening (ossification) as an “awesome vacation” for baby bones. Woven into highfalutin lab talk are mystery sounds to guess and songs to dance to. The multi-layer experience is like a trip to a natural science museum—in your mind. Join the Brains On Fan Club to get a free e-newsletter with extra activities. TWEEN AND TEEN PICKS Want to learn a few fancy words while diving into a tale of mischievous street rats? Try Blister & Muck, a wide-ranging mystery following two mismatched rats on a mission to “bamboozle” a mad scientist. Created by Jenny Mason, a chil-

dren’s author of 15 STEM books, the narration is smart with a wide vocabulary, featuring “words the size of Clydesdales,” as one main character puts it. Late elementary and middle school students building their capacity for following complex stories will appreciate the vivid details and quick dialogue. Need a few random questions answered about our strange world? Try Radiolab, a show featuring deepdive journalism, richly produced sound effects, and lively narration. Check out shows on political history, language translation, and a bunch of stories about falling (falling cats that are supposed to land upright, falling water, and falling in love). Get the whole family engaged with Radiolab for Kids. Tired of rote memorization of dates and facts? Try Stuff You Missed in History Class, a collection of great and strange history brought to the airwaves. Listen and learn about the lesser-known characters behind human happenings, developments, and accomplishments, including Native American Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe, pianist Maria Anna Mozart, and pediatric cardiologist Helen Taussig. New episodes air Mondays and Wednesdays with a behind-the-scenes mini episode on Fridays and an archived episode on Saturday. Follow on Facebook for “On This Day” tidbits.

Longing to pick a favorite musician’s brain? Try Song Exploder, a podcast that turns the mic back on artists to take apart their songs piece by piece, and share the story behind their creation. Hear how a dream led Billie Eilish and producer Finneas O’Connell to make “Everything I Wanted” in Finneas’s childhood bedroom. Listen to Colorado’s Nathaniel Rateliff tell of dealing with grief while writing “And It’s Still Alright.” Hrishikesh Hirway, creator of The One AM Radio and one-half of the band Moors, hosts and produces. Continue your exploration with the Netflix series, featuring Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dua Lipa, and Ty Dolla $ign. Got a young person with a powerful heart and voice? Try Adult ISH, a culture, advice, and storytelling project produced by “folks who are almost adults.” Very hip hosts Angela “Merk” Nguyen, 24, and Nygel Turner, also 24, talk imposter syndrome, figuring out how to “stay woke,” and silver linings to the rough stuff of 2020. They’ve pulled in big names to join in, such as Tarriona “Tank” Ball from Tank and the Bangas, YouTube star Tim Chantarangsu, and author adrienne maree brown. Recommended for older teens. Parents, are you pod-lovers? Find a list of listening options just for you at

LET’S GET YOU INTO A HOME YOU LOVE. Meet the Realtor® Hi, I’m Janet! As a previous labor & delivery nurse, a mother of three, and Littleton native, I know what a hassle the home selling and buying process can be. As a Colorado parent, I strive to understand the needs and issues of each individual circumstance when it comes to finding you the perfect home. I would love to have you as a client and make your home buying or selling experience a pleasurable and fun one. Call or email today at 303-798-5251 or and begin your journey home. | 303-798-5251 January 2021 |


Family Food

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Tasty soup, chili, and chowder to warm you up on snowy nights. By Kara Thompson


inter weeknights are the ideal time to indulge in takeout. Whether you’re in a mealtime rut or a snowstorm is keeping you from venturing out, these local restaurants all offer pickup and delivery. So while you might be laying low at home, you and your family can still support small businesses—and enjoy a comforting bowl of soup at the same time. NEST CAFE AT NURTURE Located in the Highlands Nest Cafe is located inside of Nurture, a wellness marketplace that brings together locally sourced goods and services. Nest partners with the urban farms Tasty Acres Colorado and Altius Farms, as well as other farms and vendors to deliver hyper-local fare. What to Order: Seasonal Soup, Carrot Ginger Give your immune system a boost with this mineral and vitamin-rich soup. The consistency is a bit thicker than a typical soup (closer to a purée), offering an extra comforting texture on a brisk evening. Kids turned off by the color? Create a clever name for the dish, like Turmeric Tigger soup or Finding Nemo soup, before serving it.


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Nest: Heather Gott.

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Soup from Nest Cafe at Nurture.

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Pair it With: Simple Greens + Sourdough The seasonal soup comes with a generously-sized side salad dressed in champagne vinaigrette and a wedge of toasted sourdough bread. If you need a hearty add-on, try the mushroom or egg tartine, which are two of the cafe’s best-sellers. Think of them as open-faced sandwiches, garnished with fresh ingredients like arugula, micro-greens, pickled onions, mint, and ginger root. UNCLE Located in West Washington Park and the Highlands In pre-pandemic times, hungry customers could sit along the countertop and watch the chefs whip up ramen at Uncle. Now, both locations make for an easy in-and-out pickup spot for dinner, and menu items include kid-friendly options. What to Order: Spicy Chicken Ramen For those who enjoy a slight, but not overpowering spice, this is your dish. The chicken and pork-based spicy sesame broth is mixed with seared confit chicken, bean sprouts, soft poached egg, sesame seeds, and scallions. The portions are plentiful, so be prepared for leftovers if you aren’t completely famished. You can also order kids ramen, made with chicken and pork-based broth and noodles, for $8. Pair it With: Eggplant Steamed Buns All of Uncle’s appetizers and sides pair well with the noodle dishes. The most popular: The eggplant steamed buns—crispy eggplant topped with a miso mayo and a cabbage slaw dressed with pickled mustard seeds and plum vinegar.

Ramen: Lucy Beaugard.

STEUBEN’S Located in Uptown and Arvada Steuben’s upscale diner menu has made its mark on the Denver-metro area, and even earned a spot on an episode of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. While your kids likely eat dinner early, Steuben’s Arvada is open for takeout and delivery 4 to 9 p.m., and the Uptown location is open for takeout until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. What to Order: Tomato Soup This elevated take on classic tomato soup is extra creamy. While it’s featured on the menu yearround, it seems most appropriate to eat when the weather is dreary. The soup is made from scratch with fresh tomatoes, which they purée to add a thick texture to the soup. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of your bowl for some added flavor. Pair it With: Grilled Cheese Try and name a more comforting duo—we’ll wait. Steuben’s serves up a grilled cheese that both kids and parents love. It’s made with a blend of white and yellow American cheese and Muenster cheese melted between two slices of thick, Texas-style toast. Dip it into your tomato soup for extra goodness.

Spicy Chicken Ramen from Uncle

MAINE SHACK Located in LoHi Serving salty and delicious New England specialties, Maine Shack is one of the best spots to pick up a cup of clam chowder. Their menu is extensive, offering a variety of sandwiches, lobster rolls, fried whole-belly clams, and other seafood favorites. What to Order: Clam Chowder The chowder is rich and filling—essentially the ultimate form of comfort food. Order a few bowls for your family and load up on some side dishes. Pair it With: Lobster Rolls Choose from six varieties of lobster rolls. Go for the traditional Brown Butter Roll or opt for the Fancy Roll, which is garnished with cucumber, celery, herbs, lemon, mayo, and bibb lettuce. Looking to go all out? Add a whoopie or blueberry hand pie to your tab. CREPES ‘N’ CREPES Located in Cherry Creek This quirky spot is set up well for to-go orders. Just park curbside, ring the doorbell at the front entrance, and someone on staff will come outside to bring you your order. What to Order: French Onion Soup Crepes ‘n’ Crepes certainly doesn’t skimp on the cheese in their French Onion Soup. Each bowl is

loaded with Swiss cheese and generously topped with croutons. Pair it With: Ham or Turkey Crepe Crepes aren’t only sweet. Enjoy this savory side dish while sipping your soup. Pick ham or turkey filling and choose from seven different cheese options. LEVEN DELI CO. Located in Capitol Hill Looking for ultra-quick delivery? Leven Deli Co. surprised us with their fast turnaround time. Customers can order solo entrees, sides, or boxed meals online. There are a couple soup and chili options available, which change from season to season. What to Order: Pastrami Chili A traditional chili base combined with pastrami, sour cream, and cilantro is served alongside a piece of fresh bread. The chili is moderately spicy, so if that’s not your thing, try the mushroom and barley soup. Pair it With: Artichoke Sub Add some veggies (okay...and carbs) to the mix with an artichoke sub. Stuffed with grilled and marinated artichokes, gigante beans, pickled chilis, and mixed greens, and topped with whipped feta cheese, this sandwich makes for the perfect companion to chili.

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Calm, Clean

New Year Smart strategies to help you clean up clutter.

By Kara Thompson

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hrough ten years of nannying, I’ve spent hundreds of hours inside more than 25 family homes in four different states. And while I’m not a parent, I am an over-the-top organizer and gotta-be-squeaky-clean freak. One thing I’ve learned: Everyone has their own challenges when it comes to cleaning and organizing. Despite that, these local experts show there are a few universal tips that can make the daunting tasks a bit easier.

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Set standards “The biggest struggle in my family and most families, I believe, is a difference of standards,” says Laura Smith, owner of All Star Cleaning Services. “I personally want counters clear, everything in its place, small spills wiped up immediately, and so on. Whereas the rest of my family abides by the phrase ‘good enough for who it’s for.’” Smith points out that this situation often leads to power struggles where the cleaner family members feel like they’re doing it all, and the “good enough” family members feel like they’re constantly being nagged about something they don’t see the point of. If this sounds like your family, set aside some time to have a chat. Talk through your different visions of what a clean and welcoming home looks like, and come up with ways you can adjust your habits to make things better. This means you should all be open to change and flexibility. If your husband is the one who feels like he’s responsible for all things clean-up, consider splitting up cleaning tasks each week. Or, if you’re the one who stresses over every little mess, try to be more understanding when your kids don’t immediately get on board with their pick-up duties. Teach accountability Another big organization obstacle is accountability. Ideally, everyone in your family should have a responsibility to help keep the home organized. This is easier said than done. Darcy Roberston, owner of the Colorado locations of Major Mom Organizers, believes parents need to start teaching accountability when their kids are as young as one year old. “Start demonstrating what cleaning up looks like to your children, and verbally tell them what you’re doing as you’re doing it. Children love to emulate their parents, older siblings, and other adults,” she says. I know firsthand that this method can work. One of my past babysitting gigs was with a little boy named Theo. I watched him from the time he was just weeks old until he was two. Around his first birthday, I started asking him to put toys in his toy baskets after we’d play. The floor was always scattered with what seemed like 1,000 different blocks, wooden figurines, and pretend food. Although he picked these toys up painfully slow (read: one by one), he fully participated in the clean-up process and actually seemed to enjoy doing it. Start out slow by communicating why it’s important to have an organized home, model it to your kids, then hold them accountable to their own responsibilities.

Control the Clutter

Audit your stuff It’s hard to keep a space clean when there’s junk in the way. Some people live with a minimalist ap-

proach while others have a hard time letting things go. If you fall into the latter category, try the “When did I last use it?” method. That shirt that’s hanging in the back of your closet that you haven’t worn in months? It’s time to toss. The book your child never reads? Donate it. Hanging on to things you don’t need or use just creates more chaos. Similarly, if your kids have too many toys to neatly have a home to go to, then it may be time for some “toy control”, as Robertson calls it. “The solution: limit the amount of toys, have a place to contain them, and if your kids no longer show an interest in them, then it’s time to donate them.” Robertson believes there are ways to make a deep declutter a joint effort that’s fun for the whole family. Her main tip is to keep your kids involved in the decision making. One example of this could be letting them choose one or two toys to keep out of a pile of potential donations. Play some music while you all work together, listen to a kid-friendly podcast, or play a movie in the background to make this tedious task more bearable. While this is a nice strategy in theory, it’s not always realistic. Plus, having kids around can make it harder to actually get the job done. If you have a child who wants to keep everything, declutter when they aren't around. Allow them to make the decision on keeping a couple items that you pull from the pile—rather than allowing them to see the entire pile. If you plan to entirely overhaul or rearrange a room, try using the Major Mom Organization method: Picture it: Visualize how the space or room would best serve your needs. Plan it: Create a space plan and an action plan. Proceed with S.T.E.P.S. S - Sort into Categories T - Treasure What Counts (Donate items, and let your children know that the donated items are going to someone who needs them more.) A good reminder to children and adults: The less there is at home, the less there is to clean. E - Establish Homes and Systems P - Plan Container Strategy S - Start New Habits Contain loose items Both Roberston and Smith are big fans of storage bins, especially those that are labeled. “An excess of stuff is a lot less overwhelming if it’s contained. If stuff is laying around and I can clearly see it belongs to Susie, but don’t know where it goes and don’t want to wait for Susie to get home, then in the basket it goes.” Keep things clear Sometimes, tossing items into bins can become an excuse to just get junk out of sight. While it might be a quick fix, it can lead to bigger problems later

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on. That’s where clear acrylic bins come in handy. When you can see what’s inside each bin, it can help you limit the things you hold on to, and fend off the “I’ll deal with it later” mindset.

Get to Cleaning Sure, at the end of a long day, the last thing most parents want to do is bust out their steam mop. Plus, carving out time to clean seems to be a big obstacle for families. “My honest advice is to hire a service if you’re able,” says Smith. “It ends the chore wars, keeps the clean members of the family happy, and can take some pressure off of families that are often already quite overscheduled.” Create a schedule If a cleaning service is not an option, try a daily (yes, daily) cleaning routine, which can help you stay on track. By doing a little bit each day, you won’t have to spend your weekends tackling a huge mess. Try making Monday bathroom


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day, Tuesday dusting day, Wednesday mopping day, Thursday vacuuming day, and so forth. Then, establish a 10-minute tidy-up session each day for mess hotspots, like wiping down the kitchen counters. This will save your sanity on the weekends, especially if you don’t want to or can’t delegate certain tasks to your kids or a cleaning service. Consider a chart The tried-and-true chore chart is always an option, but Robertson says it’s important to include every member of your family on it. “This way the kids see that the parents are playing their part in helping to keep the home organized and clean too,” she explains. If you choose to follow the daily cleaning routine mentioned above, your kids can play a small role in helping with each task. Have your tween clean the mirrors in the upstairs bathrooms on Mondays while your toddler helps you replenish the toilet paper or hang fresh towels, for example. Remember to reward your kids for their efforts

at the end of the day or week, whether it’s a simple “thank you” or a special treat. It’s not about what your kids get out of it (because after all, adults don’t get ice cream sundaes for sweeping the floor!) but rather, about celebrating the fact that everyone pitched in. Give yourself some grace When we make too many changes at one time, it can be overwhelming and discouraging to try to maintain. With so many resolutions bombarding us in the new year, it’s especially important to take things slow. Your child won’t become a mini-Marie Kondo overnight, and your spouse won’t always put their coffee mug into the dishwasher, so pick your battles and remind yourself that tomorrow will bring a new day. “Do our homes need to be perfect? Absolutely not—we are imperfect humans,” Robertson says. “It’s more about setting forth the effort rather than actually being perfect,”


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9056 E Parker Rd. | 720-842-5400

660 Julian St. | 303-964-8456

Ave Maria engages in traditional and contemporary learning methods ground in a loving, Christian environment. As part of our mission, we seek to model Gospel values in all we do and inspire the students to make a profound difference every day.

Denver’s only private, Catholic PreK-8th grade school that integrates rigorous academics and Spanish and English biliteracy. Escuela de Guadalupe’s diverse student body commutes from 36 zip codes and represents 13 countries.

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St. Mary Catholic School Littleton

Lead with values, learn with purpose, and believe in your potential and power to change the world. Co-ed Pre-K through Grade 8. All-Girl High School. Founded in 1864.

Offering Preschool-8th Grade. Forming faithful disciples today to be strong leaders tomorrow. REGISTRATION begins January 22, 2021 at 7am at the school office.

We offer an academic experience where students ages 3 through 8th grade flourish at each stage of life by learning the art of living. Visit our website to learn more about our year-round program.


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Lead with values, learn with purpose, and believe in your potential and power to change the world. Co-ed Pre-K through Grade 8 | All-Girl High School | Founded in 1864 | 303.762-8300 Open Enrollment starts January 21st, 2021 at 7am in the school office.

Forming faithful disciples today to be strong leaders tomorrow. • Offering Preschool through 8th Grade with a licensed faculty • Rigorous curriculum • Christ-centered, Catholic faith formation • Comprehensive community service program • Exceptional faculty and staff involvement • Before and After care available • Extensive selection of extracurricular activities including a strong athletic program Visit our website for virtual tour/school information and to print the enrollment packet

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the happier divorce Modern-day methods for conscious uncoupling are making ‘the D word’ less intimidating

By Lori Orlinsky

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anuary may mean a fresh start with a new year, but it is also often referred to as “Divorce Month,” as the number of divorce filings surge more than any other month. When we think of divorce, it is often associated with messy, complicated situations that have spouses fighting in court for months, even years. While that is still the case for some, new trends in divorce have made the process easier for all parties involved, but especially for the kids, whose needs are put front and center. “Divorce is a series of choices from start to finish, and the choices that are being made by couples going through divorce have changed,” says Jennifer Mitchell, co-author of Stress Free Divorce and creator of the Solace Divorce Mediation, a family law practice that uses mediation and life coaching. “In the past, the majority choose to litigate due to a belief that it was the only option... Now, there is more awareness surrounding the power of accountability, choice, self-care, self-love and the notion of living a powerful life existence, which has led couples to explore alternative options.” Laura Wasser, divorce attorney to celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Kim Kasrdashian and Ashton Kutcher, says in general, people are cutting out the “middle man” – attorneys, accountants, child custody evaluators – in favor of ultimately settling their cases as opposed to litigating them. She acknowledges no one wants to think about getting a divorce, but she sees the tide changing on how parents view divorce. “It’s time for a change,” Wasser says of the old-school divorce. “No one is going to approach it with open arms, thinking it’s a fun, great time, but people are starting to approach it with more knowledge and from a place of acceptance and really, really putting children first and making it about children.” When it comes to parting ways, here are the methods for conscious uncoupling that are changing modern-day associations of divorce: Mediation Many soon-to-be ex-spouses are ditching attorneys and turning to a third-party mediator like Anne Levinstein to help come to a fair consensus and resolve their issues cost effectively. (Some mediation strategies may involve lawyers, which is called Lawyer Assisted Mediation.) The mediator won’t make decisions for the couple, but rather serves as a facilitator to help figure out what’s best. Levinstein says the mediation process is productive because it leads to positive change. “Once a couple finds one thing they agree on in mediation, they realize how good it feels to agree,

and they want to agree on more things. It just snowballs, because conflict feels terrible,” she says.

Tips for parents on the brink of divorce

Collaborative Law In the same vein of mediation, a collaborative law approach to divorce, which is growing in popularity, is geared to those who want to settle their divorce outside of court. However, instead of a mediator, each party retains an attorney and signs a participation agreement pledging to resolve issues without litigation. This process may contain a full team of specialists, including a neutral financial professional, divorce coach and child specialist, all working towards a solution in a positive, results-focused setting. “Collaborative divorce is the most supported way to go through divorce,” says Karen Covy, a collaborative divorce professional. “In collaborative divorce, people don’t focus on positions. Instead, the focus is on everyone’s underlying needs and interests.” Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals offers resources and a free Divorce Options workshop to share information on the different processes available to get a divorce. The session also covers the practical aspects of a divorce like emotions, parenting time, and asset division.

In her 25 years, family law attorney Laura Wasser says she’s found the best outcome for kids is when the parents are OK. “When the parents are not OK and do these terrible, terrible things to each other, that’s when the kids are not OK.”

Online Dispute Resolution Online Dispute Resolution makes it possible to complete the process of obtaining a divorce online without the assistance of an attorney. As long as you and your spouse have reached an agreement, this process is considered to be a straightforward dissolution of marriage. Erin Levine, a family law attorney out of California, started Hello Divorce as an online platform that guides individuals through a do-ityourself divorce. According to USA Today, Colorado ranks among the 10 states with the highest divorce costs, averaging $21,700 for a divorce that include kids. “We created a situation for people to opt out of the traditional lawyer divorce model, to keep people out of the system, and get them through divorce

1. FIND THERAPY OR COUNSELING. It doesn’t have to be about reconciliation, but rather how to best navigate a separation. It helps to have an objective third person, preferably with a mental health background, to help define boundaries.

2. BE A UNITED FRONT WITH YOUR KIDS. “If they see two parents as a united front talking to them and lovingly explaining to them that they are still a family but that the living arrangement is going to be different, it is going to be so much easier for them to accept it.”

3. EMBRACE TECH. There are all kinds of apps available to help co-parenting such as Fayr, to coordinate schedules, communicate and split expenses easily. Find the one that works best for your family.

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Cost Conscious Divorce Not everyone can afford the legal fees related to divorce. These local resources help families on modest or low incomes navigate the divorce process. Arapahoe County Bar Association’s Virtual Pro Se Clinics are staffed by volunteer family law attorneys who assist with matters involving child support, maintenance, parenting time, separation agreement, and post decree issues. Boulder County’s Divorce/Custody Orientation Virtual Presentation Get answers to questions about filing a new divorce or custody case, every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. Phone or WebEx conferencing. Meet with a volunteer attorney with Boulder County’s Free General Legal Clinic. Call a Lawyer through The Justice Center Legal Clinics, is free and available every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Calls are screened to connect to an attorney with the right experience for brief legal advice. 719-473-6212. Colorado Legal Services and Colorado Legal Help Center list a variety of divorce clinics and general legal clinics across the state, some specifically for folks with low income. colorado-legal-services-hosted-clinics Denver Legal Nights Consult with a lawyer about family law matters. Virtual clinics are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 5-8 p.m. Spanish interpreters are available. Legal Night at Mi Casa Meet with an attorney free of charge to get information about family law, the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. Spanish-speaking attorneys are available. 303-573-1302. Metro Volunteer Lawyers serves poor and near-poor citizens of seven Metro Denver counties. Contact the Denver office of Colorado Legal Services, 303-837-1313. Metro Volunteer Lawyers also runs a variety of clinics: Family Law Court Program, Family Law Unbundled, and Post-Decree Clinics.


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without having to spend thousands of dollars or battle it out in court,” says Levine. The Hello Divorce platform offers a Divorce Navigator software, which steps individuals through the required divorce forms. Using a membership-based model, fees vary from $99 per month (estimated 4 months) up to a flat fee of $3000, for an uncontested divorce, which includes additional guidance from a divorce expert and 2 hours with a lawyer. Mediation is also available for couples who need help working out key issues like shared parenting and alimony. The most common mistakes people make in trying to DIY their divorce forms is forgetting something or not understanding the procedure and process, says Levine. Hello Divorce checklists, detailed explanations, and videos guide users. “We know that most people will at least try to do this (divorce) on their own,” says Levine. “We’ve done everything we can to try to protect them.” The Kids When it comes to custody, a few of the newer trends are becoming more common. Bird's Nest Custody A relatively new concept, bird nesting, simply means that after the divorce, the family residence stays intact. Instead of shuffling kids from house to house, each parent moves out for a few days. The idea behind this concept is that there is less disruption for kids during an emotionally challenging time. Wasser says she sees this is as a good transitional plan, for one to two years, as opposed to forever. But, she notes, she has seen it work longterm for families. 50/50 Custody Arrangements With 50/50 custody arrangements, the two

parents share joint custody, meaning both parents are actively involved in all decisions regarding the child's welfare. Covy says 50/50 parenting is now becoming more of a standard, as both parents want to be more involved in their kids’ lives. Emily Gevrekis, a divorcee, shares 50/50 custody with her ex because she says she knew it was the right thing to do. “We both ended our marriage on equal terms,” Gevrekis says. “We are both fit parents and handson with our children, and it works because our two kids get equal time with both of us.” Vinessa Lullo, who has been divorced for more than three years, says much to her surprise, she found the process of divorce to be “freeing.” “In going through the divorce, we found ourselves as independent people and parents,” Lullo says. “We built a ‘new’ love for each other seeing each other in the parenting role. I can honestly say that my ex is one of my best friends and that our relationship is stronger now than it was when we were married.”


FOUR TIPS for CO-PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE Parenting is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, experiences life has to offer. But it becomes even more so for parent and child when Mom and Dad divorce. Consistency and routine for the child can be lost and the child may struggle to feel a sense of control. Effective co-parenting is essential for the healthy growth and development of the children of divorced parents. At The Harris Law Firm, we understand the importance of co-parenting and offer tips on beginning this new relationship between divorced parents and their children.


Following a divorce, the relationship with your ex-spouse changes from personal to co-parenting. Your new relationship is now about your children and not either of you. Your focus shifts to that which is in the best interests of your children. Work to put your emotions – anger, resentment, hurt – aside. This is the first step in developing a cooperative relationship with your ex-spouse. By putting your emotion and feeling about the other parent aside, knowing it is “all about the children,” your children will never be placed in the unenviable position of being in the middle and having to side with one parent over the other. Keep co-parenting challenges to the adults, and never use your children as a messenger. Communicate directly with the other parent and keep your focus on what is best for the children.


We have all heard the mantra “location, location, location” when talking about real estate. With co-parenting, the mantra should be “communication, communication, communication.” Each parent should initiate and maintain effective communication with the other. Effective communication techniques may include making requests instead of making statements, listening to and conveying an understanding of the other parent’s position, committing to meet and talk on a consistent basis, and keeping the subject matter focused on the children. Avoid overreaction and turn to support groups and books to support your ability to effectively communicate with your co-parent.

“drop them off.” The perception will be that you are not taking the children from the other parent but giving them the children. When your children return, give them space and down time, and maintain their routine. Children love routine!


We have all watched a sporting event and seen what happens when one team struggles to work together using teamwork. You are a member of the parent “team” when it comes to co-parenting. Being a team player means striving for co-parenting consistency. In order to avoid confusion, children need to have similar expectations at each home regarding lifestyle rules about homework, curfew and off-limit activities. The same consistency should be applied to discipline when rules are broken, when making important decisions about medical needs, education and financial matters. Resolve co-parenting disagreements by trying to reach a compromise. Keep the lines of communication open, respecting the other parent’s position, and focusing on the most important issues, not the “little stuff.” Consider using a coach or mediator to effectively resolve disputes and keep the teamwork top priority. Being a good parent is never easy. Being a good co-parent takes even more effort. If you keep your children the focus, learn to communicate with the other parent effectively, help your children to transition between parents and stay committed to being a team player, you and your ex-spouse are well on your way to raising children that are independent, academically successful, physically and mentally healthy and well-adjusted members of society. At The Harris Law Firm, we value you and your children. We are available to help you navigate the turbulent waters of divorce and parenting in a postdivorce world. If you are contemplating a divorce or need assistance with any other family matters, contact our experienced family law attorneys to schedule a free consultation.


Let’s face it, transition is challenging for all of us. But it is particularly difficult for children who routinely move from one household to another on a multi-day or weekly basis. As a co-parent, take steps to make these transitions as easy as possible. When it comes time for your child to leave, remind them a day or two in advance that they will be going to the other parent’s home. Help your child pack in advance so that they do not forget important items such as stuffed animals or photographs. Avoid “picking up” your children from the other parent. Instead,

Wiser Together is a free webinar series provided by The Harris Law Firm. Join The Harris Law Firm as Rich Harris discusses Co-Parenting After Divorce on January 27th, 2021 at 5:00pm. Visit to register.



Unwrap the Magic of Winter in the City in 2021 Look no further for festive fun in 2021 Winter in the City is offering family experiences and promotions all Winter long in the heart of Denver. Though the holidays are all wrapped up, the spirit of the season lives on into the New Year! Downtown Denver is bursting with socially-safe experiences and dining options for the whole family - and the joy is continuing into January! Keep up with us on social media @downtowndenver.

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Opener: Gary Ferrar. Kiddos: Boulder Public Library. Tweens: Colorado Children's Chorale.

For Kiddos

LEGO BUILD-ALONG Jan. 19 See page 40

For Tweens




Turn on your curious and observant brain while watching and following along with the master magician and mentalist, Gary Ferrar, on Jan. 21.


For Teens

Virtual Magic Show

6:30-7:30pm. Join magician and mentalist Gary Ferrar for a virtual performance full of unexpected moments and unique effects. All ages. Register online. $10 per household.


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Telescope: Majestic View Nature Center.

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Map out your piece of the heavens with the virtual Stargazing for Everyone class, on Jan. 5.


VIRTUAL Books and Big

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

Ideas Storytime 9-9:30am. Join Grey Havens Philosophy, a Longmont nonprofit, for weekly picture book storytimes. Books are chosen to get children thinking about big life questions, and to encourage interaction. For Pre-K through early elementary ages. Register online. VIRTUAL Zumba for Kids

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 and use it to post your own events at any time.

11-11:30am; Jan. 25, 4:30-5pm. Move and groove in this high-energy class inspired by Latin American song and dance. Register online. Ages 0-12.


School Break Camp at artSPARK Jan. 4, and 29, 9am-3pm. Inspire creativity through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, sculpting, sewing, weaving, or just tinkering around. Reservations required. Grades 1-5. $95 per day. artSPARK Creative Studio, Littleton. VIRTUAL Aquarium Tours for Kids: Life Underwater

4-5pm. Visit (virtually) the world’s largest aquarium within a zoo, the Henry Doorly Zoo, which boasts nearly a million gallons of saltwater and amazing creatures from the ocean. Register online. Ages 5-12.


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School Break Camp at artSPARK See Jan. 4. VIRTUAL Diversión en español: Canta y baila conmigo

3:30-4pm. Spend a fun afternoon singing and dancing with the organization “Canta y baila conmigo.” The entire program is in Spanish. Ages 0-5. ¡Pasa una tarde divertida cantando y bailando con Maddie de “Canta y baila conmigo.” Todo en Español. Por años 0-5. VIRTUAL Book Queeries 4:305:30pm. Explore queer representation in teen fiction. Teens across the gender and sexuality spectrum are welcome to attend and engage in fun, respectful dialogue and activities. Read stories that resemble your experience and discover others’ perspectives and experiences. Allies welcome. This month’s book is Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu. Register online. Grades 6-12. calendar. VIRTUAL Stargazing for Everyone 7-8pm. Learn how to find

the North Star, famous constellations, the planets, and even the International Space Station on any night. All ages. Register online.


VIRTUAL Star K Kids Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:30-10am. Discover Aurora’s true nature through puppets, interactive activities, and virtual storytime. Age 5 and under. Register to receive the Zoom link. VIRTUAL Virtual Little University: Creative Movement Workshop with Colorado Ballet 3:30-4pm. Get your dance moves

ready and join in this fun, action-filled workshop. Ages 0-5. Register for the Zoom session online.


VIRTUAL Aspen Academy Open House Jan. 8, 9am; Jan. 19,

5:30pm. Join Aspen Academy’s founders to chat about the school experience and see classrooms in action. Learn about one of Denver’s top pre-K to eighth grade independent schools. Register online.


VIRTUAL Story Time Saturday

9:30-10:30am. Young actors can join the DCPA in online pretend play that activates the imagination and emerging literacy skills. Enjoy a mix of story, craft, and

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whole-body learning. Join for one, two, or all three sessions. Grades preK-2. Register online. $20 each session.

sketch, photo, or other expression using your choice of materials. Learn techniques with instructor Anna Kaye.

Polar Animals 10-11am. Discover animals from the north and south poles of our planet, learn to draw them and enhance artistic ability in this 1-hour workshop for kids. Ages 6-12. Register online. $5. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

VIRTUAL Diversión en español: Yoga con Natalie

VIRTUAL Virtual Little University: Fly Like a Bird with Colorado State Parks

10:30-11am. Learn about science, nature, and our beautiful state while singing and dancing with Colorado State Parks. Ages 0-5. Register for the Zoom session online.

January Moon: The Northern Cheyenne Breakout from Fort Robinson 4pm. Learn from the Tesoro Cultural Center about the Antelope Creek battle of 1879 between the Northern Cheyenne and the U.S. government. In addition, learn about present-day Northern Cheyenne tribal events that commemorate the events, designed to ensure injustices are not forgotten. Age 12 and up. The Lone Tree Hub, Lone Tree.


VIRTUAL reSOLVE for Families Jan. 12 and 27, times

vary. Join mindSpark Learning in a series focused on helping Colorado families navigate virtual learning while supporting whole child development and social-emotional learning. VIRTUAL Drop-In Drawing Online 1-3pm. Find

something that sparks your creativity, then capture that moment in a

HOT TIP January 9 is Word Nerd Day! Ask your kid what their favorite word is and why, then look up the most silly-sounding or longest words in the dictionary or in their beloved books.

3:30-4pm. Breathe, stretch, and smile in this yoga class just for kids. The entire program is in Spanish. Ages 0-5. Respiren, estiren y diviértanse en un clase de yoga para familias. Todo en Español. Por años 0-5. VIRTUAL Let's Leather Together Jan 12-14. 4-5:30pm virtual

class, 5:30-6pm virtual studio. Learn the fundamental skills you need to start working with leather. In this class you'll be introduced to leatherworking techniques, tools, materials, and how to apply paint designs. Start from the basics, then use new skills to create earrings, accessories, and more. This virtual course includes live Zoom class sessions and live Zoom studio hours. Ages 12-16. Registration and kit pickup information online. $150, $135 FAC member.


VIRTUAL Let's Leather Together Jan 12-14. VIRTUAL Dazzling Dave:

Yo-yo Performance and Workshop Jan. 13, 4-5pm; Jan. 23, 1-2pm. Take notes from yo-yo master Dave Schulte, a dazzling performer. Keep a yo-yo on hand to participate in trick tutorials. Register online. Ages 5 12.


VIRTUAL Let's Leather

Together Jan 12-14.


University: Finding Your North Star 9:30-11:15am. Join


Kristina Scala from Aspen Academy for an actionable session about establishing and accomplishing your goals, mission, and vision, and modeling the practice for kids. VIRTUAL Think Like A Stream 10-11am. Increase your

understanding of dynamic stream environments through the use of an interactive stream table. Examine some features that make for healthy streams and witness cause and effect in motion. Register to receive the Zoom link. VIRTUAL Star K Kids

See Jan. 7. VIRTUAL Virtual Little University: Colorado Natives with Nature's Educators 3:30-

4pm. Meet some critters you could find in your own backyard and learn about their incredible tools for survival, what they eat, and special features about each one. Birth to 5. Register online for the Zoom link. VIRTUAL At the Table with Dr. King 6-7pm. Connect the past

and present, by becoming immersed in the sights and sounds of the Civil Rights Movement. Tune in to the musical performance that also challenges viewers to make changes in their communities. Ages 11 and up. Register online.


Celebrate Winter Art Class 10-11am. Create an acrylic-on-canvas, winter-themed masterpiece with step-by-step instruction. The class

Special Families

Spectrum Parent Adventures Jan. 9, 6-8pm. Join Autism Community Store’s parent support group where you’ll share challenges and triumphs of being a caregiver of someone on the autism spectrum. Laugh, cry, and spend time with people who just get it. Join the live event on Zoom. VIRTUAL Principles of IDEA and IEP Jan. 14, 9am. Interested in helping a student with a disability by learning about educational surrogate parenting? This workshop is for guardian ad litems, special advocates, foster parents, teachers and administrators, community volunteers, and caring community members. Join PEAK Parent Center online. VIRTUAL Webinars for Families and Educators on the IEP Jan. 14, 21, and 28, noon-1pm. Join PEAK Parent Center for one or all three sessions of this webinar series about the IEP: how to prepare for one, content guides, implementation, and follow up. Explore consent for services, eligibility, SMART goals, and more. Register online.

may be held outside so dress for the weather and bring painting clothes. No experience is necessary. Register kids online as space is limited. Accompanying parents do not need to register. Ages 6-12. $15. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 42. VIRTUAL Experimental Printmaking 5-7:45pm. Explore

different printmaking techniques using non-traditional materials including cardboard, fruits, and botanicals. Learn about 20 different ways to print and make three unique works of art. This workshop includes live Zoom class sessions, live Zoom studio hours, and prerecorded content. Ages 12-16. Registration and supply list information

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Girl with headphones: Getty Images. Yo-yo: Dave Schulte.

online. $75, $60 FAC members. VIRTUAL Rodgers and Hammerstein Jubilee 7pm.

Enjoy a live-streamed concert from the historic Rialto Theater stage in downtown Loveland. Hear soloists, a small orchestra, narration about the lives of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a virtual Loveland Opera Theatre chorus. Free, donations encouraged.


VIRTUAL Aspen Academy Open House See

Jan. 8. VIRTUAL Diversión en español: Visita al Museo de Transporte Forney 3:30-

4pm. Enjoy a virtual tour of the Forney Transportation Museum and learn about different methods of transportation. All in Spanish. Ages birth to 5. Disfrute de una visita virtual del museo y aprenda sobre los distintos medios de transporte. Todo en Español. Por años 0-5. VIRTUAL LEGO BuildAlong with Play-Well TEKnologies: Minecraft

4:30-5:15pm. Bring Minecraft off screen and into life with LEGO pieces from your home. Connect with other enthusiasts, learn new building techniques, and create your own Biomes, Mobs, and other

objects. Register online. Ages 6-11. VIRTUAL Artivism Jan. 19, 21, and 23, 5-6pm virtual class, 6-6:30pm virtual studio. Learn what art can do to change hearts and minds.Produce your own works that provoke change. Instructor Lisa Villanueva will empower students to discover their passions. Ages 9-12. Registration, supply list, and kit pickup information online. $100, $85 FAC members.


Artivism See Jan. 19. VIRTUAL Star K Kids

VIRTUAL Virtual Magic Show

See page 37. VIRTUAL Mysteries of the Masaya Volcano 6:30-8pm. Join

Citizen Scientist Ed Talbot as he and a team of Earthwatch researchers descend into the Masaya volcano in pursuit of answers. With 19 eruptions from 1524–2020, this volcanic wonder is spewing dangerous gases that are of concern to over one million persons who live within five kilometers of its craters. Age 16 and up. Register online. $5.


Artivism See Jan. 19.

See Jan. 7. VIRTUAL Virtual Little

University: Sing and Dance with Mr. Wil 3:30-4pm. Join in a

Yo-yo master Dave Schulte performs the trick Slack Slinger and more in an online workshop. Jan. 13.


“sing and dance” program with Denver Public Library favorite Mr. Wil and his instruments. Bring a favorite stuffed animal friend. Ages birth to 5. Register online for the Zoom

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VIRTUAL Dazzling Dave: Yo-yo Performance and Workshop See Jan. 13. VIRTUAL Karate Kangeiko

Zoomeez 11am-12:15pm. Join

Colorado Children’s Chorale alumna Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake for an introduction to karate for all ages. In this

one-hour class, she will focus students on entering the new year with positive energy. After class, she will engage in a Q&A session about her experience as a U.S. Team member and what it feels like to be nationally recognized in her martial art. All ages. Register online.

Getting Here: From Wheelbarrow McGraw to DIA 2pm. Join Dr. Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel as he takes guests on a ride in the various contraptions used to get around this state full of obstacles. In this virtual lecture, learn how Native Americans used the travois and gold rushers used wheelbarrows, all the way to using automobiles for transportation, and on to the space age. All ages. Buck Recreation Center, Littleton VIRTUAL Wildlife After Dark Campfire Series 4:30-

5:30pm. Discover how humans have impacted nocturnal wildlife with some fun stories and virtual family activities. All ages. Register online.

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VIRTUAL Zumba for Kids

See Jan. 2.


VIRTUAL Diversión en español: Hábitats con el Zoológico de Denver 3:30-

4pm. See live zoo animals and learn about where they live. All in Spanish. Ages birth to 5. Vean animales activos en vivo y aprendan de los hábitats interesantes donde viven. Todo en Español. Por años 0-5.


School Break Camp at artSPARK See Jan. 4.


VIRTUAL Aquarium Tours for Kids: A Peek at Penguins 11am-noon. Go

nose-to-nose with more than 75 Antarctic penguins. Witness their unique behaviors and discover the amazing adaptations of these birds from a front row seat (virtually) at the Henry Doorly Zoo’s penguin exhibit. Register online. Ages 5-12.

Sixty Minute Celestial

Telescope: Majestic View Nature Center.

8-9pm. Join naturalist Mike Dempsey, and a very large telescope, for an hour of viewing the night sky and answering any celestial questions you may have. Age 6 and up. Register online. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

Search the night sky for the answers to your cosmic questions. Jan. 30.

There's still time to enjoy these light displays, holiday festivities, and museum exhibits. Blossoms of Light Through Jan. 16, 4:30-9:45pm. Twinkling lights and gardens are a perfect match to bring beauty and wonder to winter nights. Celebrate with this extravaganza featuring treats, warm drinks, and plenty of photo opportunities. $18-$21, $16-$19 members, free age 2 and under (no ticket required) Denver Botanic Gardens York Street. See Where the Kids Are, page 42. VIRTUAL Camp Christmas

Through Jan. 5. Experience holiday magic from home. This year, Camp Christmas is an interactive collection of virtual illustrations and physical items shipped to your door. Explore an expansive fictional land and earn badges as you complete activities. Age 4 and up. Register online. Christmas in Color Through Jan. 3, 5:30-10pm. WaterWorld will sparkle once more with Christmas in Color, a drive-thru light show. Take your time rolling through lighted tunnels and past decorated trees. There will be new fixtures and music this year. $30 per vehicle. WaterWorld, Federal Heights. Christmas in Color Through Jan. 3. 5:30-10pm. You will not want to speed through this racetrack during the holidays; go slow through the winter wonderland filled with LED light displays set to music. $30 per vehicle. Bandimere Speedway, Morrison.

Dogs! A Science Tail Through Jan 3. Dig into the world of dogs at the exhibit all about our canine friends. Find out how dogs see, hear, and smell their surroundings while testing your own skills. Identify the connection between humans and dogs, and how these pets strengthen communities. Finally, test your popculture knowledge during a game of "Jeopawdy!” Dated and timed ticket required, $6-$9, in addition to museum admission, free age 2 and under. Denver Museum of Nature & Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

Electric Safari Through Jan. 1, 5:30-8:30pm. Celebrate under the glow of 85 light sculptures across 50 acres at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Find warming fires, indoor animal exhibits, a sky ride, carousel, and hot cocoa stations. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $11 military, $10 youth, free members and age 2 and under. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism Through Jan. 24. Take a journey through internationally renowned artists’ works of painting and photography to gain an understanding of the Mexican national identity and creativity post-1920 revolution. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Lola Alvarez Bravo, and more are featured at the DAM. Purchase tickets online. $26 adult, $20 member adult, free 18 and under. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 42. Holiday on the Plaza at Denver Union Station Through Jan. 3. Visit Denver Union Station for an extensive schedule of activities on the Plaza, including carolers and a display of two Parade of Lights floats. Find family photo opportunities with Santa’s Elves (reservation required) and more events listed online. Union Station, Denver. I Love Christmas Movies Through Jan 3. Walk through 13 immersive scenes from favorite holiday movies, with replicas of film props, audio clips, and more. Then stroll the Gaylord resort for twinkling light displays, festive decorations, and other exciting holiday activities like snow tubing and ice skating. $25 adults, $14 youth ages 4-11. Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Aurora. christmasatgaylordrockies. Mile High Tree Through Jan. 2, program viewings from 5-10pm most Thu-Sun. Step inside the massive and magnificent Mile High Tree immersive art installation

Last Chance

to experience a light show set to music of the season. 16th Street Mall at Welton Street, Denver. Trail of Lights Through Jan. 3. Fri-Sun, 5-9pm. Wind through Chatfield Farms as glistening lights guide you along enchanting paths. A shorter route takes visitors directly to the children’s play area where synchronized music will add to the experience. An extended route covers the Green Farm Barn and silo area as well. Enjoy the threesided light tunnel, illuminated tractors, and hot beverages you can pair with nuts and kettle corn. $11.50-13.50 adult, student, senior, military; $9-$10 youth ages 3-­12, free age 2 and under (no ticket required). Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, See Where the Kids Are, page 42. Winter Wonderlights Through Jan. 1, 5-9pm. Cozy up to your family, walk through the park, and enjoy more than 80,000 lights blinking back at you. Winter Wonderlights employs string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, and illuminated sculptures, and a 30-minute music and light show each night. Visitors are encouraged to donate canned food to benefit the Food Bank for Larimer County or unwrapped toys to benefit Santa Cops of Larimer County. Health and safety measures will be in place to keep families physically distanced. Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra, Loveland. VIRTUAL Women of Color on the Front Lines

Through Jan. 3. Honor the work women of color have done in health care by moving through this virtual exhibit. This project showcases physicians from around the country donning PPE, their portraits rendered in watercolor, pop art, and cross-stitch by local artists.

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Ongoing Events SEASONAL OFFERINGS Ice Castles Mon, Thu, 4-9pm; Fri, noon-10:30pm, Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, noon-8pm; Closed Tue-Wed unless a holiday or school break. Slide down

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slippery slopes, crawl through tight spots, and stare in awe of illuminated fountains at this elevated igloo attraction. Ice Castles will operate at reduced capacity this season to promote

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.

Butterfly Pavilion Daily, 9am-5pm. $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. Denver Art Museum Daily, 10am-5pm; $10-$13 adult, $8-$10 senior, 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-5pm. $15 adult, $11.50 senior 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 Mon, Tue, Thu, 9am-5pm; Wed, 9am-1pm; Fri-Sun, 9am-3pm. $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, free members and children 12 and under. 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 Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys Fri-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm. $5 adult, $4 child (4-16) and senior, free age 3 and under. Purchase advance tickets, wear a mask and follow social distance guidelines. 830 Kipling St., Lakewood.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Daily; 9am-5pm, open until 9 p.m. on Fridays. $18.95 adult, $15.95 senior, $13.95 ages 3-18, free age 2 and under. 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; 10am-5pm. $15 adult, $15 senior, $10 child ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. 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 Mon-Thurs, 10am-8pm; Fri, 8:30am-8:30pm; Sat, 8am-8:30pm; Sun, 8am-8pm. $23.50 ages 12-64, $22.50 senior, $17.50 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. The 4D theater and carousel will not be available


social distancing. One-way markings will limit face-to-face interactions. Mask wearing is required. $18 ages 12 and up, $13 youth, Mon-Thu; $23 ages 12 and up, $18 youth, Fri-Sun; free ages 3 and under. Dillon Town Park, Dillon.

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until further notice. 700 Water St., Denver. 303-561-4450.

Four Mile Historic Park Fri-Sun, 10am-4pm. $5 ages 18-64, $4 senior and military, $3 ages 7-17, free age 6 and under. Small groups with timed tickets. 715 S. Forest St. Denver. 720-865-0800. History Colorado Center Daily, 10am-5pm. $14 adult, $12 senior, $10 ages 16-22 and student, $8 ages 5-15, free age 4 and under. Timed tickets for purchase online. Face coverings required. 1200 Broadway, Denver. 303-4478679.

Littleton Museum Tues-Sat, 9am-3pm. 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 closed. Call to make a reservation. Free. 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. Handson 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/departments-e-m/museum

Majestic View Nature Center Closed for walk-in visitors, online tickets for limited in-person programs available. 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. 720-898-7405. Museum of Boulder Sun-Mon, Thu-Sat, 9am-5pm; Wed, 9am-8pm. $10 adults; $8 seniors, youth, students; free children under 2 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.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, noon-4pm. $16.95 ages 17-64, $12.95 senior and military, $9.95 ages 4-16, free age 3 and under. Two-hour time limits and guest capacity. Face coverings required. 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. 303-360-5360.

CLASSES, CLUBS, AND PROGRAMS VIRTUAL Academic Writing Help Sessions Wed, 3:30-5pm.

Need help with a school assignment or a particular type of writing? Drop in to an academic writing help sessions on Wednesday afternoons to get help from a Lighthouse Writers Workshop instructor. Ages 8-18. VIRTUAL Annual African American Youth Leadership Conference Jan. 23-Mar. 6. Sat, 9am

and 10:30am sessions. Log on to a series of virtual workshops each Saturday that will help middle and high school students grow in their understandings of college and workforce prep, STEM, Black history, financial literacy, and more. Register online. VIRTUAL Comic Book Creation Enrichment Program Eight-week

programs through the school year and summer. Contact for updated schedules. Participants create a superhero combating a villain who embodies their identified mental health concern through virtual software. Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization Enrichment Programs teach youth the skill of their choice while changing the negative narrative of mental health stigma. Contact for enrollment and pricing information. Flexible packages available. VIRTUAL Discovery Days Jan. 20Apr. 30. Wed-Fri, 10-10:30am or 1111:30am. Discovery Days encourages children ages 2-6 and their caregivers to learn together through monthly, live online virtual crafting and storytime sessions. Register online for the craft kits, and receive your invitation to drop-in to the virtual events. Scholarships are available. $16-$40 members, $18-$45 nonmembers. VIRTUAL Elevated Mind Rooted in Culture Homeschool Class

Rolling classes throughout the school year. The SCD Enrichment Program presents this virtual course opportunity for middle and high school gifted and talented students. Ethnic and cultural history is crucial to understand while growing up, to resist all types of oppression. Enroll your child in an SCD enrichment course to strengthen their history education throughout the school year. $20, scholarships available.

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Explore Mythical Creatures Through Art Wed, 4-5:30pm. Draw, paint, sculpt, and create a mask of your favorite fabled and fantasy animals. Bring a healthy after-school snack each week of this 10 week series. Ages 6-12. Register online. $90. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 42. VIRTUAL High School Acting Technique Jan. 16-Feb. 6. Sat,

10-11:30am. Join the DCPA for four sessions that will help students develop an understanding of core acting theory, including scene analysis, improvisation, and key theater vocabulary. Register online. $120. VIRTUAL Middle School Acting Foundations Jan. 16-Feb. 6. Sat,

10-11:30am. Develop a toolbox of acting essentials while exploring scene analysis, improvisation, working with objectives, and learning key theater vocabulary. Register online for the four sessions. $120.

Break out the craft supply kit and enjoy a Virtual Discovery Days session for little artists. perform your original online musical for friends and family. Grades 3-5. Register online. $240. VIRTUAL Pow! Bam! Zoom!

VIRTUAL Middle School Improv

Zip! Jan. 16-Feb. 6. Sat, 11am-noon.

Jan. 16-Feb. 6. Sat, noon-1:30pm. Join in group fun and explore the spontaneous world of improv. Engage in short-form games, scene work, and group activities that will help you discover how to make strong character choices. Register online for the four sessions. $120.

Use your voice and body creatively, through the power of theatrical language. Learn about the roots in poetry and spoken word, then move and speak as various characters. Grades 4-5. Register online for the four sessions. $80.

VIRTUAL Morning Glory

Storytime Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30am. Join BookBar’s Ms. Marilyn, Ms. Carly, and special guests for virtual storytime. Sign up by emailing Music Together Demo Class Ongoing classes offered year-round. Plant the seeds for musical growth through singing, movement, and instrument play. Mixed age classes; sibling welcome. Ages birth-8. Reservations required. Free for first class. Boulder Piano Gallery, Boulder. VIRTUAL Musical Madness Live

Online Jan. 16-Feb. 20. Sat, 1-3pm.

Create a story, lyrics, and dance moves with other DCPA theater students. At the end of this six-session adventure,

VIRTUAL Virtual Youth Open Mic Last Fri of each month,

4:30-5:30pm. Share your words with other young writers. Ages 8-18.

Winter Break at the DAM Through Jan 3. 10am-5pm. Walk your favorite gallery halls and get creative with games and activities set out for all ages to enjoy. Fewer activities are offered onsite this year, but check out the Creativity Resource online and the Museum Web Quest: Virtual Visit for more materials. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

Library location or print one at home. VIRTUAL Writing in Color for Teens Every other Sat, 2-3:30pm.

Connect with literature and the spoken word, along with peers and a writing community. Led by local writers of color, this workshop encourages curious teens to explore their ideas and share writing while celebrating successes and processing challenges. This is a safe space that welcomes the experiences of teen writers of color. VIRTUAL Zoom In On Masterpieces Jan. 16-Feb. 6. Sat,

Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020 Through March 1. 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 42.

The Light Show Through March 7. See the exhibit that focuses on the quest by humanity and artists to understand physical light in the natural world as well as metaphorical, spiritual, and divine representations of light. Included with admission. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

9:30-10:30am. Explore styles and techniques of master visual artists, and put your learning into practice with crayon, paint, and imaginative play. Each of the four sessions takes a piece of classic or contemporary art “off the wall” and transforms it into a theatrical experience. All supplies necessary are delivered to your door ahead of time. Grades K-1. Register online. $90.

Mental Health: Mind Matters Through Jan. 10. Wed-Sun,


Breakfast Fly-In First Sat, 8-11am.

Through Feb. 7. Cozy up to some great literature in the Poudre Libraries Winter Reading Challenge. Read and record five books for a chance to earn a prize. All ages. Pick up a log at any Poudre

Planes, pilots, and breakfast are a perfect combination for your time at Wings Over the Rockies. Enjoy Barrett and Pratt Provision food truck goodies, watch aircraft fly in, talk with pilots, and explore interactive exhibits and

Challenge: A Winter Tale

simulators. All ages. $10 adult, $8 senior and military, $4 ages 4-16, free members. Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight, Englewood.

10am-6pm. Reserve timed tickets online. Talk about mental health with the whole family; use this exhibition’s hands-on experiences to explore different aspects and common misperceptions. Take a quiz to test your knowledge, hear about what psychosis events feel like, put your worries through the Worry Shredder, and watch heartfelt videos of individual stories.

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Fresh Air. Wildlife. Open Spaces.

Ongoing Events Father and chld: Getty Images.

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Fort Collins. VIRTUAL Museum From Home Available every day. Visit the CU

Museum from home and find a range of exhibits and educational materials for families. Download bee identification guides, fact sheets, a nature bingo game, nature-themed crafts, and more. New content is added often. Many offerings are available with Spanish translation. All ages.

YMCA of the Rockies


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

5 weeks of classroom & pool sessions

Diver Experience

Ages: 12-15 10 weeks of virtual classroom & pool sessions


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Thur-Sat, 10am-4pm. Catch this traveling exhibition featuring 65 artworks by 24 established and emerging Chicano artists. The works demonstrate a diversity of imagery, content, and techniques used by Chicano 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.

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Shantell Martin: Word and Lines Through Jan. 31. Sat-Thu, 10am-5pm; Fri, 10am-8pm. See an interactive multimedia installation featuring the work of London-born, New York-based contemporary artist Shantell Martin. The exhibition features Martin's signature black and white drawings, an interactive wall with triangular boxes that rotate, and an animated video projection. Included with admission. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

at master expressionist Tony Ortega’s artwork celebrating identity and tradition from Mexico to the U.S. Ortega explores the Chicano experience in American culture. Exhibition located in the Gardens’ Freyer-Newman Center gallery. $15 adults; $11.50 seniors, military, $11 youth ages 3-15, free members and age 2 and under. Denver Botanic Gardens York Street. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

Testigos/Witnesses Through Mar. 20. Tue-Fri, noon-6pm; Sat, noon-5pm. Witness this display of perseverance set in paper. Museo’s latest exhibit features Gaal D. Cohen and Genaro Fuentes Trejo (of the indigenous Otomi community) in partnered creations made from Amate paper, the original paper of Latin America that predates European contact. The work explores the Otomi people’s witness to millennia of colonization and hardship, and their resilience. $8, $5 students, military, artists, and seniors, free ages 12 and under and members. Museo De Las Americas, Denver.

Senga Nengudi: Topologies

Women Behaving Badly

Through Apr. 11. 10am-5pm. Witness a 40-year span of work by Segna Nengudi, a prominent figure of the 1970s Black American avant-garde and Black Arts Movement, featuring her responses to being Black, and being a woman, mother, and caregiver. Enjoy performance art, sculpture, photography, and mixed media at this showing. $10-$13 adults, $8-$10 senior, military, and college students, free age 18 and under. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

Through Feb. 28. 10am-5pm. Step into the mezzanine of the History Colorado center to find watercolor, photography, news clippings, and text highlighting women who’ve made history. Denver artist Adri Norris, who created the exhibit, says she hopes people see themselves in the stories and consider how to think differently about women in general. $14 adult, $12 senior, $10 student, $8 youth, free age 4 and under and members. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 42.

Raíces y Ramas: Roots and Branches Through Feb. 28. Marvel

Ranger 1 Experience

Ages: 8 - 11

Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin Through June 26.

Angie and Marty have eight children, some biological, and some who came to them through adoption and foster care. Three of their children are healing from trauma. COVID-19 hit the family hard – they lost access to family help with their children, and the kids have struggled to transition to remote learning and therapy – all while they work to keep their family business afloat. As they face a new year, they are filled with hope thanks to supporters like you. It’s because of your gifts that families like Angie’s can thrive—and even find joy—during this difficult time. Community support is what allows us to provide programs, connections, and supports that build on family strength so that kids can lead great lives and families get what they need. An unprecedented year calls for an outpouring of love and support from the community. Help us send as many kids and families into a strong 2021! We are so grateful for your support.



Snowshoe: Todd Powell.

Where To Snowshoe With Your Kids This Winter

Trade the hiking boots for snowshoes to explore the snowy winter landscapes around Frisco.

With as little as six inches, families can blaze a trail on one of these beginner-friendly routes. By Jamie Siebrase HORSETOOTH MOUNTAIN OPEN SPACE Winter is a beautiful time to explore the scenic trail network inside Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. For a flat, easy trek, tackle the 2.25mile out-and-back hike to Horsetooth Falls. The waterfall itself isn’t jaw dropping, but the wintry landscape leading up to it is oh-so-satisfying. After a morning snowshoe, head north to Old Town Fort Collins for an outdoor lunch in the tent at The Exchange. 6550 West County Rd. 38 E., Fort Collins JENNY CREEK SNOWSHOE TRAIL Even though this USDA Forest Service trail is free to access, you’ll need to reserve a parking spot online and check in at the Eldora Nordic Center. Grab a free trail pass


to use at the entry gate to the left of Tenderfoot, the bunny slope for alpine skiers. Climb straight uphill then bear right at the top of the ski slope, staying as close to the trees as possible. In a few more feet, go left at the sign for Jenny Creek Trail to enter into a serene pine forest. The 10-mile out-and-back route—you don’t have to do the whole trek—is blazed with blue diamond trail markers to keep you on track. Post hike, visit The Train Cars Coffee in Nederland. 2861 Eldora Ski Rd., Nederland RAINBOW LAKE TRAIL Walk down Second Avenue from Main Street for five blocks and cross a recreational path to reach Zach’s Stop Trailhead. From here, it’s a short-butsweet 0.75-mile (one-way) haul to a cute beaver pond known as Rainbow

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Lake. On your way, ogle a frozen wetland as well as stands of bare aspens and towering lodgepole pines. Afterward, swing by Bread and Salt or splurge at Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe. 464 Temple Trail, Frisco NORTH CHEYENNE CAÑON PARK There are several good snowshoe trails inside this regional park. For an adventure, try Seven Bridges Trail, a moderate three-mile round-trip hike crisscrossing Cheyenne Creek over a series of seven bridges. The unmarked trailhead is off the closed portion of Gold Camp Road. To find it, look for the creek that goes under the road; the trailhead will be on your right. Later, warm up at Pikes Peak Lemonade, offering a seasonal hot cocoa bar. 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Rd., Colorado Springs

SNOWSHOE CHECKLIST • Check weather conditions before heading out. You’re looking for several inches of snow on the ground, but you don’t want to get caught in a blizzard. • Rent snowshoes at REI (multiple locations), Wilderness Exchange (Denver), Bentgate Mountaineering (Golden), or Eldora Nordic Center (Nederland). • Wear waterproof boots and wool or synthetic fiber socks (try Smartwool or Swiftwick). • Layer up with a wicking base layer, a windproof shell, and breathable pants. • Bring a puffy jacket in case it gets cold, and dress kids in snow pants. • Don’t forget waterproof gloves, a beanie, sunglasses, and sunscreen. • Carry a daypack with snacks, water, extra socks and gloves, and a paper map.

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