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CONTENTS April 2014 departments 6 8 11 On the Web

The Latest on

Editor’s Note

Sports Then and Now

Good To Know

Find out where to learn a life-saving skill, discover web cams for the family, read tips for keeping kids safe from abuse and more.

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Oh The Things We Can Do!

Denver is full of fun and adventurous activities especially tailored to children with special needs. Whether your child enjoys quiet storytimes, a trip to the movies or an afternoon of play, there are many ways the whole family can enjoy time together.

Kids and Sports

It all starts with those cute, clumsy scrimmages chasing the ball – and friends – around a grassy field. From there it seems that sports, for all its benefits, has started to give parents a new kind of stress. Here is a play-byplay look at kids’ sports, tips from the coaches and more.

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Learn & Grow

Raising Good Sports

Picture Me

Colorado ‘Beach’ Bunny


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Health & Wellness

What You Should Know About Concussions


Where to Learn Infant CPR


13 Fun Places to Relax as a Family


Kids and Sports!


176 Ideas for Family Fun

39 Top Pick 43 Free Days 44 On Stage 46 Where the Kids Are 47 Easter Celebrations 48 Movie Moments 50 Ongoing Events

advertising 19 Camp Directory 24 School & Childcare Guide 27 Classes & Lessons 52 Advertiser Index 53 Party & Entertainment 53 Classifieds

On the Web Even More Local Parenting Information, Articles, Events and Surprises

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Kids’ Camps Guide It’s Time to Plan for Summer! We’ve made it easy to find great camps and activities to keep the kids active this summer. Visit the Kids’ Camp Guide at for information on everything from camps and lessons to activities and classes.

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Editor’s Note

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Sports Then and Now


’ve always followed the adage, “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Maybe I was so good at upholding that because I lost so frequently in sports. Growing up as one of the latchkey generation, I didn’t have many chances to play organized sports. With both parents working, it was difficult to get to practices and games, and rarely did the family budget include a line item for soccer. After one year playing volleyball on a school team in the 6th grade — in which we won one game, but played hard and had fun — I moved on to informal activities like running and playing pickup games with other kids in the neighborhood. My, how times have changed. Today, youth athletics competition is fierce and many family schedules and budgets revolve around organized sports – all year long. It’s common for conversations among parents to turn to whether their children will even have a chance at making high school teams if they aren’t playing club sports at 7.

For this issue of Colorado Parent we took a look at youth athletics in Colorado. In our article, “Kids and Sports” on page 34, writer Michelle Ancell has compiled statistics, tips from coaches and advice from an expert at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children about an injury that is becoming more common among young athletes. For all the competition and worries involved in sports, there are undoubtedly benefits and life lessons that come at all levels of play. The article also highlights some academic benefits, as well as a new trend called unified sports, which teaches kids valuable lessons about life off of the field. This issue also looks at raising a good sport, fun family activities around the metro area just for families with special needs and much more. Enjoy! Deborah Mock Editor

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Good to Know Helpful news, ideas and tips for Colorado parents

Life Saving Skills An emergency can happen anywhere, at anytime; will you know what to do? Would you know what to do if a baby – either yours or one in your care – stopped breathing? Pamela Rauseo, 37, recently made news when she performed life-saving CPR on her 5-monthold nephew, Sebastian, on the side of Miami’s Dolphin Expressway. Rauseo’s story is a reminder that everyone should be trained in CPR skills, not just for adults, but for children and infants as well. “The importance cannot be overstated,” says Matt Reeves, territory training specialist for the Rocky Mountain Territory American Red Cross. “There can be no more important skill

than knowing how to care for someone who has experienced cardiac failure. Learning how to buy that person the time they need for more advanced help to arrive is critical.” Since emergencies can happen anywhere, at anytime, CPR is a vital skill for siblings and babysitters to learn, as well. “We generally recognize that 11 years old is the minimum for being able to learn, retain and physically apply the skills we teach in any of our CPR classes,” Reeves says. “As with any psychomotor skill, early-age repetition builds stronger muscle memory.” – Carolyn Williams

These locations offer infant CPR classes on a regular basis throughout the Denver Metro area: American Red Cross (303) 722-7474 Belly Bliss (303) 399-1191 Colorado CPR and First Aid LLC (303) 847-3596 HealthONE Rose Medical Center (303) 320-7673 Natal to Nest (303) 221-6378 Next Step CPR and Safety Training (720) 334-7564 Sweet Beginnings (303) 317-5795

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Good to Know

Keeping an Eye on Things

Calling All Young Scientists Do you have a young science enthusiast or problem solver at home? Students in grades 5-8 are invited to enter the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The competition honors students who have created an innovative solution to solve an everyday issue. Past finalists have invented things like better sandbags to help in flood-prone areas and improved football helmets. Finalists get a chance to participate in a summer mentorship program with 3M scientists and the grand-prize winner receives $25,000 and a trip to Costa Rica. The deadline for submission is April 22, 2014.

Sometimes keeping tabs on our families can seem like a full time job. Luckily for us parents, technology is on our side. So-called “cloud-based” webcams not only let us peek inside our homes when we’re away, they also provide peace of mind. Here are a couple good cloud cam options. Dropcam // $149 Once Dropcam is setup on your wireless network you can view it from anywhere via the web. It has a great wide-angle view lens and works in the daytime and at night (with built-in infrared). It’ll even e-mail you when it detects motion, so when Johnny gets home from school and heads for the fridge, you’ll know. There’s a speaker in the Dropcam so you can actually speak to the person on the other end. Dropcam is perfect for watching kids, pets or just watching your home while you’re away. Withings Smart Baby Monitor // $249.95 If watching your baby is the focus, you can spend $100 more and get baby specific features. The Withings Smart Baby Monitor has similar features to the Dropcam but goes further with temperature and humidity sensors. If something is out of the ordinary, it’ll alert you on your smartphone. You can also play lullabies and turn on a nightlight built into the camera. It works via Bluetooth so you can easily use it when you’re traveling away from your home network. Security warning! Double check security settings when using any cloud camera and use a secure password to make sure others don’t gain access to your camera. Kirk Yuhnke is a Colorado-based father and an anchor on Fox 31 Good Day Colorado.


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The Gift of Goodnight Songs From Margaret Wise Brown who penned the beloved Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny stories, comes Goodnight Songs (Sterling Children’s Books, $18), a new collection of lullabies illustrated by 12 celebrated artists. An accompanying CD features Brown’s words set to music and makes this a sweet gift to wrap up for the baby showers on your schedule this spring.


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Good to Know Homegrown Business

Sticky Fingers Cooking

Teaching Kids to Cook and Enjoy Healthy Food By Mindy Sink

rin Fletter was raised vegetarian by health-conscious parents, but it was after one of her daughters was diagnosed with diabetes at age 2 that Erin became focused on food and kids. “I became very aware of everything she was eating,” Fletter says. She also was noticing just how many kids have food allergies and sensitivities—some life-threatening. Fletter blended her food allergy awareness with her extensive knowledge from the food and wine industry when she purchased Sticky Fingers Cooking, which offers cooking classes, camps and birthday parties for kids. “I make adjustments so every child can cook and eat in our class,” she says. “If there is a kid who needs to eat gluten free, then the entire class is gluten free. It’s an inclusive and safe class.” Fletter did not come up with the original idea for Sticky Fingers Cooking, but since taking over the business, she has brought the cooking school to more and more kids in Colorado. “Sticky Fingers started as a brick and mortar cooking school and I started working with them in 2010,” the mother of three explains. “In 2011, I purchased Sticky Fingers with an idea to transform it into a 100 percent mobile cooking school.” This does not mean that cooking school takes place on wheels, but rather that the cooking school goes out to kids in the form of on-site programs. Currently Sticky Fingers Cooking offers about 75 classes per week in over 100 schools on the Front Range. Fletter is able—with the help of 27 chefs who work with her—to create lesson plans and recipes that she hopes will encourage kids to not only eat healthy foods, but actually crave and enjoy them. “I am so passionate about Sticky Fingers and the way we are making a difference in children’s lives,” Fletter says. “This is truly a family business — my dad does all the graphic design work, my husband is a huge support and all three of my kids are involved as my first testers on all my recipes.”


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Broccoli Bites and Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

From Sticky Finger Cooking Chop + Crack + Grate Have kids CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! 16 ounces fresh organic steamed broccoli, into little bits and add to a large bowl. Crack 3 eggs and whip into the broccoli. Now kids get to grate 1½ cups of cheddar cheese and add to the broccoli. Add 2 big pinches of salt and 1 small pinch of pepper and 1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs to the broccoli bowl and mix, mix, mix! Pattycake + Bake With clean hand, have kids form small patties with about 2 Tbsp. of the broccoli mixture and lay to the side. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and bake at 375°F for 25 minutes, turning the patties after the first 15 minutes. Let cool.

Erin Fletter develops healthy and creative recipes for Sticky Fingers Cooking classes and always runs them past her first taste-testers, her three daughters.

Mix + Measure + Squeeze While the broccoli bites bake, have kids mix and measure ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp. prepared yellow mustard, 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard and 2 Tbsp. honey into a serving bowl. Have kids squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the mustard mixture. Whisk everything together! Dip the warm broccoli bites into the honey mustard sauce and enjoy!

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Good to Know Helping Colorado Families

The Joshua School

Englewood and Boulder

Individualized Care For Each Student


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The Joshua School in Englewood and Boulder offers individualized education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities.


n a cold January day, as Vocational Coordinator Theresa Ritcher walked through The Joshua School’s Englewood campus, she watched a student playing outside with a water hose. But the behavior was no oversight. This special needs student was getting his favorite reward for working hard in school. “Every single one of our students is different, and we find what motivates each of them,” Ritcher says. “For this boy, he will work so hard in order to play with that hose, in all types of weather.” What is uncommon in traditional school environments is common at The Joshua School (TJS), a non-profit organization that serves students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury and others. “Just one day here is an unbelievable experience,” says Executive Director John Britz. “When the children arrive, the staff comes out to greet them at the bus or at their parents’ car. It’s a community and a culture here.”

Many students come to TJS after being referred by public school districts, after it’s determined that the students’ needs could not be met in a traditional classroom environment. In such cases, the families of special needs children do not have to pay for their child to attend TJS. On the Englewood campus, about 80 percent of their 31 students came to TJS this way. On the Boulder campus, it’s about 30 percent of 17 students. Other families pay privately, but Britz believes as the newer Boulder campus grows, the district-referred students percentages will be similar. “The relationships are very collaborative with the school districts,” Britz says. Since it’s founding in 2005, TJS has worked with 13 Colorado school districts to educate special needs students, and meet them where they are developmentally. Currently, they serve students from ages 2½ to 21 years old. The school’s youngest students are a part of their early-intervention preschool program, which features one-on-one therapeutic intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). And with great results: 83 percent

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of early-intervention preschool students from the 2012-2013 school year transitioned back into a general education environment with no ABA services required. In addition, adults can participate in their new adult services program. “There is one young man that really wants to be able to go on a vacation with friends,” Richter says. “We want to be able to create the relationships for him to do that. We want our people to love their lives.” HOW YOU CAN HELP: Each fall, TJS hosts a harvest festival where the TJS community can come together with the surrounding neighborhood – held this year on September 7. Families can help by attending the event, volunteering to help with set-up or work a booth. In addition, there is a fundraising gala in April and the school is always looking for sponsors. Families can also help by creating materials for the early intervention preschool program. Public tours of The Joshua School are offered on the second Tuesday of each month on the Englewood campus. To tour the Boulder campus, call 303-974-7732. —Lydia Rueger

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Good to Know Grown Up Stuff

Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse How Parenting Safe Children Educates Adults on Prevention By Claudia Mishell


pril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – a time to raise awareness about child abuse and to educate the community about prevention. For parents it’s an ideal time to learn how to protect our own children from abuse. Child sexual abuse, in particular, cuts across all demographics for both offenders and victims. It is called a silent epidemic, as 85 percent of abusers are trusted people that children and families know, so kids are often too scared or confused to tell a parent. Studies from the Crimes Against Children Research Center show that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. Feather Berkower, who has a master’s in social welfare and is a licensed clinical social worker in Denver, has worked to prevent child sexual abuse since 1985. In 2006, she started Parenting Safe Children, a workshop that teaches adults how to keep children safe from sexual abuse. Since then, she’s educated approximately 13,000 parents and professionals in Colorado and across the country. We spoke with Berkower about protecting children from sexual abuse: Q: How can parents protect their children? A: Educate yourself and learn the facts. Any type of person can be a sexual offender, and in the United States, up to 50 percent of offenders are juveniles. Children are typically groomed over time through friendship and trust, to keep sexual touch a secret.

By obtaining accurate information, routinely teaching and discussing body safety rules with children and screening caregivers, adults can keep children safe from sexual abuse. Q: At what age should parents begin teaching their children about body safety rules? A: Beginning in toddlerhood - as early as age 1 or 2. As soon as children are old enough to ask questions, they’re old enough for answers. For the 1-year-old, it’s as simple as using correct terminology for their genitals (vagina, vulva, penis, testicles). For the 2-year-old, it’s “You are the boss of your own body.” Q: What are some basic body safety rules that you recommend? A: Using “what if ” games and teachable moments, regularly discuss the following: • No one is allowed to touch your private body parts (including siblings), except to help you clean them or to examine them in a medical office. • You’re not allowed to touch someone else’s private body parts. • You have permission to say “NO” and get away if anyone tries to touch your private body parts or breaks any of your body safety rules. • If someone tells you to keep a secret about touching private body parts, tell a trusted adult.

Feather Berkower started Parenting Safe Children to teach adults how to keep kids safe from sexual abuse.

Q: How can parents best screen their children’s caregivers, such as teachers, coaches, nannies, relatives? A: Have conversations with caregivers about your child’s body safety rules. Inquire about policies in place to minimize the risk of child sexual abuse: • Beyond background checks, how are potential employees screened? • What type of child sexual abuse prevention training does your staff receive? • What is the appropriate touch of children in your care? • Do you have policies that address children being alone with adults or older children? Q: What if a parent is too nervous to screen a caregiver? A: Acknowledge that speaking with others about sexual abuse is uncomfortable. Remember that sexual abusers count on discomfort and silence. Approach screening questions as a dialogue, rather than an inquisition. Example: “Billy is so excited to attend your camp this summer. In our attempt to find the best program for him, can you tell me what sexual abuse prevention policies you have in place?” Q: What is the biggest myth about child sexual abuse? A: That it’s rare and won’t happen in my community, family or to anyone I know. For more information about Parenting Safe Children: Claudia Mishell is a freelance writer whose 2 sons proudly know their body safety rules.


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ACTING CLASSES / PERFORMING ARTS ACTASANA Young Actors Summer Camp 2014 1491 S Holly St., Denver 720-638-2612 We offer 4- two week camps running from June 9th-August 8th for ages 3-19. One week intensive for ages 7-19 August 11th-August 15th. There is a live performance in our jewel box theatre at the end of each session. Our acting program builds relationships, creativity and confidence, plus it’s fun! Adventure Quest 303-786-9216 Boulder, Littleton, Longmont Ages: 6-16. Be the hero of a mythic quest! Since 1995, Renaissance Adventures has run this exciting, outdoor live-action roleplaying game where the participants work together as a team to solve maps and riddles, interact with interesting characters, and swashbuckle with foam swords. Offering Holiday

and Summer Quests, birthday parties, after-school programs, and experiential education. Arvada Center Summer Camps 720-898-7200 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada Ages 3-18. Mon-Fri. These inspiring and creative camps offer experiences in ceramics, dance, drama, humanities, music, photography and visual arts. Programs are designed for kids to learn new skills, discover new interests and most importantly have fun! Camps start June 2nd and fill fast. Registration begins February 24th, 2014. Denver Center Theater Academy 303-446-4892 1101 13th St., Denver All-day drama programs at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts taught by theatre professionals for ages 3-18. Act, sing, dance and design. June 9-Aug 8 (no classes June 30-July 4). $250-$495. Scholarships available. Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids 303-245-8150 Programs in Denver (near D.U.) and Boulder; see website for exact program locations. RMTK inspires kids to reach for theatrical excellence, offering over 22 summer camps , year round actors conservatory programs, classes and more. Founded in 1996, we provide students, beginner and experienced, an in-depth perspective on the

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crafting of theatre where both the creative process and professional product are emphasized. SUMMER CAMPS: FOOTLOOSE (ages 11-17), THE HOBBIT (ages 8-16) and much more for ages 5-8! Wolf Theatre Academy at MACC 303-316-6360 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver The Wolf Theatre Academy is one of Colorado's premier theatrical teaching institutions where children have a wide array of creative dramatic opportunities. Older students focus on performance, with workshop and full mounted main stage productions.

DAY CAMPS Adventure Quest 303-786-9216 Boulder, Littleton, Longmont Ages: 6-16. Be the hero of a mythic quest! Since 1995, Renaissance Adventures has run this exciting, outdoor live-action roleplaying game where the participants work together as a team to solve maps and riddles, interact with interesting characters, and swashbuckle with foam swords. Offering Holiday and Summer Quests, birthday parties, after-school programs, and experiential education. Air Force Academy Sports Camps 719-333-9024 or 719-333-2116 Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs (click on Sports Camps) With more than 20 sports to choose

Broomfield Academy Summer Camp & Enrichment Program 303-469-6449 7203 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield Academic Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary & Intermediate Prep Classes focus on sharpening academic skills for the fall: ages 3-12. Plus a summer camp: ages 5-12. “Fun in the Sun” an educational and fun exploration of old world sports, international cooking, technology, art, music and architecture. Lots of swimming in on-site saltwater pool.  Weekly field trips.  Sibling discounts. Tons of fun. Brain Ingenuity Brain Training Programs 3rd – 12th Grade 303-649-2225 | Highlands Ranch Summer can be productive. Our proven computer based exercises will improve your student’s attention, study skills, memory, math, reading skills and ACT/SAT performance. Programs for ADD/ ADHD and Dyslexia available. Camp Invention 800-968-4332 Led by local educators, the weeklong Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Children spend their time building original prototypes, creating personalized motorpowered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine. Discounts Available – register today!

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Camp Shai Day Camp 303-316-6360 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver Traditional day camp - arts and crafts, sports, swimming lessons, music, science and field trips. Featuring “On the Road” camp for middle-schoolers who think they are too cool for camp - includes daily travel adventures and some overnights. Full-day, three-week sessions for children entering grades K-12. All campers must be at least 5 years old. Camp Timberline 970-484-8462 1207 Longs Peak Rd., Estes Park Ten week-long sessions run June 6 – August 14. $225 and up. Colorado’s premier sports and mountain adventure camp for kids, ages 6-18, located in Estes Park. Camp Timberline exists to make each camper feel Known and Loved for exactly who God created them to be! Experience our world

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CU Science Discovery 303-492-7188 CU Boulder We offer summer classes for kids ages 5-18 encompassing science, technology, engineering, math and art. Our classes provide a mix of engaging, hands-on activities that are sure to ignite a passion for learning, exploration and fun. With over 230 classes—from Recess Science and Grossology to Hunger Games, Flow Visualization and Biomedical Engineering—we have something for everyone! Fiesta Camp 303-200-0622 summer-camps/ Every child loves Fiesta! Is there any better way to learn Spanish? Join us in making a piñata, dancing zumbatomics, visiting the veterinarian, cooking empanadas and making new friends while learning about Latin American culture.

Humanex Academy provides individualized instruction and programming to meet the needs of students regardless of their abilities. Humanex Academy is celebrating 30 years of excellence in individualized education for students who struggle in traditional classrooms. Our goal with every student (grades 6-12) is to reawaken the dreams of possibility, to ignite a spark of fun in learning, and to encourage a sense of discovery as each student learns how to work with and around his/her learning, social, and emotional needs. Humanex is a fully accredited school, offering high school diplomas and colleges transition services. Students who have struggled in a traditional classroom environment have found success in our individualized curriculum, which includes Fundamental, Core, and Honors classes.

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Humanex is the only program of its kind in the Denver area and is centrally located to serve all metropolitan communities. Success is right around the corner for all students at Humanex Academy where our teachers and programs are changing the lives of kids.

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Camp Directory

Friends’ School 303-499-1999 5465 Pennsylvania Ave. Grade Levels: Preschool to 5th A supportive community committed to educating the whole child: head, hand & heart. Experiential & integrated curriculum, emphasizing academics, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, social responsibility. Preschool is play / exploration based. Small classes, low ratios. Sliding-scale tuition. ACIS accredited, NAIS member. Hands-on History Day Camp 303-278-3557 Golden History Museums 923 10th St., Golden Direct and star in a silent film, send a telegram, get dirty, mine for gold, and even cook on a woodstove! Fulland half-day, fun and educational, weeklong sessions for ages 6-11. Skilled instructors connect kids with unique lessons and activities from Colorado’s history. Growing Gardens - Children’s Peace Garden 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder 303-443-9952 Ages 4-10. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. Spend an active week in the blooming Peace Garden, investigating the secret world of insects and honeybees, creating art from nature and exploring wondrous plants, while making new friends. We’ll grow and taste from the salsa garden and cook pizza using the power of the sun! Instructors are experienced educators trained in CPR and First Aid. $175-$275 per week. June - August. Call Annie Sweeney at 303-443-9952 or check out to enroll online. Hebrew Educational Alliance Preschool 303-758-1462 3600 S. Ivanhoe St., Denver Summer Day Camp Ages 15 months through Kindergarten. Campers

make new friends, experience a wide range of hands on activities, discover new talents, and become mini explorers during this great summer adventure. We offer up to nine one week theme based programs from June 9th through August 8th which include visiting outreach programs from the Denver Zoo, Butterfly Pavillion and Ekar Farms. For more information please call or visit our website. Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten & School Age Summer Camps 303-757-3551 4140 E Iliff Ave., Denver Serving SE Denver since 1963, counselors emphasize fun, recreation, adventure, creativity and positive peer relationships. Focus is placed on swimming, sports and popular field trips which enrich the weekly themes. Enrollment forms (post kindergartners) and themes available online. Kent Denver School 303-770-7660 x 541 4000 E. Quincy Ave., Englewood Kent Denver Summer School has a variety of academic, creative arts and athletic offerings, each taught by professional educators and coaches. KDS Summer Sessions 2014 starts June 7th. Kids Camera Camp Photography for Kids Arvada 303-421-0302 Learn, create and have fun with photography. Enjoy a week of activities developing our skills including fun portraits, scavenger hunt, photo safari, creating a photo book and more! Plus, advance with a hands on workshops. Our focus is fun! Cameras will be provided. Camps are for grades 1-3 and 4-6. Early registration discounts available. Visit us online or call for more information.

Friends of Horses Rescue & Adoption

Campers will learn how to Work, Care and Ride Horses. Daily 9:00-4:00pm

Spanish Summer Program Kindergarten to 5th grade. Classes available June 9th to August 22nd. Sign up today, classes fill up quickly! 2229 Oneida St • Denver 303.355.0203 •

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Longmont Humane Society Darcy Morel 303-772-1232 ext 286 Campers will get to go behind the scenes at Longmont Humane Society and meet dogs, cats, rabbits and other exciting animals! They will walk dogs, feed cats, observe our veterinarians and discover why animals are such an important part of our lives. Camp runs from 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday for kids ages 7 -12 years old. Camp is $270 per week. Monarch Montessori Summer Camp 303-712-2001 4895 Peoria St., Denver Enhance your child’s summer at Monarch Montessori. Conveniences for parents include healthy meals, drop-off lane, and multi-month discounts. Children’s days are enriched with gardening, cooking projects and dynamic museum presentations that accompany our weekly themes. 7:45am-5:30pm, meals included. PRIMROSE Schools Day Camps Primrose School at Stapleton 303-322-7200 Primrose School of Thornton 303-279-0525 Primrose School at Reunion 303-637-9999 Adventure awaits this summer as your child explores something new each day at Camp Primrose. Educational Field Trips, engaging group projects, team sports, Half/ Full-day programs, Daily & Weekly Rates - Choose What Works for You! Certified Teachers. Ages 3-12. ProCamps 513-793-2267 Sign up today and join Demaryius for 7 Hours of Instruction and Interaction. At this Fun and Educational Experience each student will receive: A Limited Edition Demaryius Thomas ProCamp T-Shirt,


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Exclusive Camp Team Photos with Demaryius Thomas. an authentic autograph from Demaryius Thomas. Contests and Prizes. May 17th & 18th Location: Mullen High School 3601 S Lowell Blvd, Denver, CO 80236. Register. Enter code "ColoradoParent" for a $20 discount! Sunflower Farms 11150 Prospect Rd., Longmont 303-774-8001 Different programs range from ages 3-5, 5-10, 11-14. (June 9 – Aug 1). These camps are designed to give each child a sense of rural, farm lifestyle. Each morning we break into groups based on age. Outdoor activities include feeding and care of animals, horse rides, gardening, art and just old-fashioned play, such as climbing hay bales, zip line, tree houses, tire swings and so much more! Camp counselor staff will range from late-teens with an interest in child education, paired with experienced women/teachers in the community. Visit us online for more information. Temple Sinai Preschool Adventure Camp 303-759-0755 3509 S Glencoe St., Denver Sun and fun, wrapped into one! Young campers enjoy discovering the world around them. Curious minds stay engaged with field trips and activity coaches that come right to our camp! Flexible scheduling throughout nine weeks. The Denver Waldorf Summer Camp 2014 940 Fillmore St., Denver 303-777-0531 | 303-261-6353 The Denver Waldorf School Summer Camp offers weekly themed camps for children 3.5 years through 6th grade beginning June 9th through August 1st. Themes include Sports, Circus, Art, Primitive Skills, and Urban Farming. Please visit our website for full details.

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History 303-492-1666 15th and Broadway on the CU-Boulder campus At the CU Museum Summer Workshops, your K-5th grade child will engage in fun, hands-on science activities, touch and explore real museum objects, enjoy expeditions through exhibits and collections, make creative crafts. Workshops meet for three hours on Friday mornings. Advance registration and payment of $25 fee required. Check the museum website for topics.

EDUCATIONAL Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures – NEW 15576 Rockmont Ct., Parker 303-841-4411 Bits, Bytes & Bots offers a variety of computer technology classes including robotics, LEGO machines, computer animation, 3D modeling and game creation. These fun and educational hands-on classes are for ages 7 to 16. Mathstronauts Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics (STEAM) Camps 720-239-2252 6130 South Ivy St., Centennial Join us for our 10th Annual Mathstronauts Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Summer Day Camps. Investigate math, chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science where you have never explored before.

EQUESTRIAN Bear Creek Ranch 303-697-9666 Day Camps & Pony Parties! Our Horse Day Camps offer a great summer program for kids 8 & up. Week long camps include: Grooming, Anatomy, Arena Lessons, Horse Care, Trail Rides, Tack, Horsemanship Classes and a Certificate of Achievement. Each rider is assigned their own camp horse for the week!

Chatfield Stables 303-933-3636 Littleton HORSE LOVERS WANTED. Ages 7 & up. Enjoy week-long, hands-on horse camps with riding 2 times a day. Experience nature and wildlife while riding in the beautiful Chatfield State Parks. Campers are assigned a horse for the week. Learn horse care, feeding, brushing, saddling lessons. Other offers and discounts available. Camps run June 2nd through August 18th. Call for details. Friends of Horses 720-252-5387 6351 S. Peoria St., Centennial Are you looking for a positive experience for your child this summer? Your child will come away with a positive mental attitude while learning to work, care for and ride horses. Daily camps from June thru August. Many of the horse counselors are teachers during the school year. Hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm daily.

GYMNASTICS Gymnastics Unlimited 303-452-4075 525 W. 115th Ave., Northglenn Gymnastics programs for boys and girls of all ages and skill levels. Our Pre-School room is separate from the “Big Gym” and is designed especially to accommodate your child’s “little hands and feet.” We also have recreational classes, competitive teams and summer day camps. Birthday parties available. The Spot Gym 303-379-8806 3240 Prairie Ave., Boulder Learn to climb or improve your skills with The Spot’s experienced and encouraging instructors. Focus is on FUN and SAFETY in a controlled indoor environment. 10% discount for Colorado Parent readers just mention this listing.

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The International Gymnastics Academy of the Rockies (TIGAR) 4860 Van Gordon St., #B, Wheat Ridge 720-89TIGAR (84427) 303-531-2410 Come have a roaring good time at TIGAR Summer Camp! Each week offers new and exciting themes and includes basic gymnastics instruction! Customized schedules with half and full day availability. We offer 11 weeks of camp June 2nd thru August 15th. However, you can sign up for as many days as you would like as our schedule is on a weekly basis. We give discounts for multiple days purchased in a week.

MUSIC LESSONS The School of Rock Boulder - 303-532-1201 Broomfield: 303-325-3772 School of Rock’s five day summer camps introduce the world of rock and roll to aspiring musicians of all experience levels. These camps are great way to kick-start a young musician’s creativity. Swallow Hill Music 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver 303-777-14033 x2 Camps Rock this summer at Swallow Hill Music! Campers ages 6-17 explore music, performance and playing in a rock back in our House of Rock camp, musical theatre camp Belt It Out and Explore! Music camp.

RESIDENT JCC Ranch Camp 303-316-6360 Colorado’s Black Forest Spend your summer horseback riding, hiking, swimming, rock climbing, canoeing and having fun in a western, Jewish setting located in Colorado’s Black Forest. Ranch Camp has over 50 years of residential camping tradition, is ACA accredited and is open to children entering grades 2-11.

Get All A’s–Arts, Athletics and Academics at Kent Denver Summer Session.

SPORTS JCC Sports Camps 303-316-6304 2450 S. Wabash St., Denver The JCC and Skyhawks provide an outstanding skill based sports camp experience featuring soccer, baseball, basketball, golf, multisports and more. Camps are half-day and full-day one week sessions, open to children grades pre-k to 8. Options are available to mix and match with specialty camps, art, theatre and tennis. Day Camp.

Summer Session Begins: June 7, 2014 Visit for class descriptions and registration.

REAL Colorado Soccer 303-694-6882 8200 S. Akron St., Suite 122, Centennial Summer Soccer Camp with REAL Colorado, June 23-26 and July 14-17. Keep your kids active this summer with Real Colorado soccer camps. Ages 4-13 have fun while learning soccer skills and playing small-sided games. Our coaches offer a fun, engaging camp for every child!

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Aurora City of Aurora Preschools 303-739-6855 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Ste. 4600 Ages: 10 months to 5 years Offering continuous preschool, parent/tot, and specialty classes available at five locations across Aurora. Beck and Lowry Preschools ranked four stars by Qualistar Early Learning. Call 303-739-6855 or email to find the location nearest you.

Boulder Boulder Country Day School 303-527-4931 4820 Nautilus Ct. Serves children age 3 through 8th grade. Boulder Country Day School provides a well-rounded education distinguished by academic excellence, social development, and citizenship. BCD is known for its commitment to small class size, outstanding faculty and a rigorous and balanced curriculum.

Broomfield Broomfield Academy 303-469-6449 7203 W. 120th Ave. Ages: 2.5 years to 14 years Nationally accredited high quality private elementary offering small class sizes, individualized student learning plans, advanced curriculum, half or full-day Academic Preschool, full-day accredited K, 1st - 8th grade, before/after school program, swimming in on-site pool, art, music, technology, P.E., Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Denver Denver Montclair International School 303-340-3647 206 Red Cross Wy. Denver Montclair International School is a private school offering full-immersion, bilingual education in French, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish to students’ 3 years old through 5th grade and the IB Middle Years Program to students in grades 6 - 8.


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Montessori Children’s House of Denver / The Secondary Academy 303-322-8324 1467 Birch St. 2211 Xanthia Wy. 691 Colorado Blvd. 2600 Leyden St. Grades: 12 months – 8th grade MCHD provides an individualized Montessori curriculum. Our campuses are located in Stapleton, Mayfair, Park Hill and Hilltop. Seventh and eighth grade are offered through The Secondary Academy - an independent middle school affiliated with MCHD. Montessori School of Denver 303-756-9441 1460 S. Holly St. Diverse community of 250 students. Exceptional teachers. 1:10 teacher to student ratio. Founded 1965. Accredited by AMS and ACIS.

Golden 5280 Early Childhood Education Center 303-278-7772 17602 W 14th Ave. 5280 Early Childhood Education Center offers low student:teacher ratios, 3 researched based curriculums, parent advisory board, 80% organic whole foods, compassionate and educated teachers.

Multiple Schools Global Village Academy-International Charter School Aurora: 303-309-6657 403 S. Airport Blvd., Unit A Northglenn: 303-446-7100 555 W. 112th Ave. Grade Levels: Pre K through 8th An international school with language immersion in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French and Russian. Our students develop a GLOBAL perspective by learning a second language; exploring diverse cultures, to cultivate understanding and respect. Will your child be prepared for a Global future?

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School & Childcare Guide

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Tutoring Process Learning Tutoring Jean J. Chapman Ed.S 720-495-4870 1 block from C-470 and University, Highlands Ranch Grade Levels: K through 12 Process Learning Tutoring (since 1981) – Struggling Student? (K-12), $35/hour. Reading, Phonics, Writing, Grammar, Math, Study Skills, CSAP. Proven Processes. Classroom teacher/ consultant. Learning Disabilities: Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Auditory/Visual Processing Disorders. Free diagnostic evaluation. ($195 Value) No Contracts.

VIRTUAL Colorado Online Virtual Academy (K12) 866-339-6818 High performance, individualized, and tuition free on line learning supported by Colorado State licensed teachers. Serving students in grades kindergarten through 12th throughout Colorado. JEFFCO's 21st century VIRTUAL ACADEMY 303-982-6770 Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy offers education options for grades K-12 for students throughout Colorado. The Virtual Academy is backed by Jeffco Public School's more than 60 years experience educating students. We offer unique enrollment options to fit the busy lifestyle of any student. Students can choose form a variety of course and participate in group activities and events. Enrollment is open now and available FREE to all Colorado residents.


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Bear Creek Ranch 303-697-9666 Day Camps & Pony Parties! Our Horse Day Camps offer a great summer program for kids 8 & up. Week long camps include: Grooming, Anatomy, Arena Lessons, Horse Care, Trail Rides, Tack, Horsemanship Classes and a Certificate of Achievement. Each rider is assigned their own camp horse for the week!

MARTIAL ARTS Colorado Budokan 720-253-7473 3547 S. Monaco Parkway, Denver Karate makes a great gift! Mini Samurai Classes age 3 and up. Let us teach your child respect, self discipline & confidence in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Winter memberships available November through February, kids, Teen/ Adult and Family karate classes. All classes taught by Isao Gary Tsutsui, a seventh degree black belt who has been training in & teaching Shotokan Karate for over 45 years. Flexible classes available.

MUSIC Laura’s Violin Studio 720-425-0881 Hampden and Chambers, SE Aurora, I-25 and S. Colorado Blvd. and Yale Violin and Viola Lessons - ages 3 and up. All levels. I have 15 years experience teaching Suzuki Method and keep up to date with new trainings and workshops. Parents frequently comment about how patient I am with their child. Every student is unique and treated as an individual with individual needs. Weekend and weekday lesson times available. New O’Connor method also available.

Swallow Hill Music 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver 303-777-14033 x2 Come play with us! Group music classes are offered for kids as young as 6 months at Swallow Hill Music. Enjoy music and movement classes for your youngest musicians or specialized instruction on a wide array of instruments for older kids and teens, including guitar, ukulele, violin and more!



SWIM LESSONS Swim School of Boulder 3015 Bluff St., Boulder 303.440.7946 (SWIM) Hours: 9am-6pm, Mon-Thurs. Free Try Swim Friday Afternoon 4-6pm (advance registration required). The Swim School of Boulder is Boulder County’s premier aquatic training facility. As underwater experts in scuba and swim training, we teach swimming skills and aquatic safety to all ages in our private indoor pool.

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OTHER Life Coach Certification Class Jennifer Chase, Certified Life Coach 303-808-0465 Saturday class, monthly. Need to make some extra income? Or compliment your current career? Become a Life Coach! Learn how to motivate others to reach their goals! Register online (required).

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Health & Wellness

What You Should Know About Concussions What if it’s more than just a bump on the head. By Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children


ometimes what might appear to be a simple bump on the head is more serious than it may seem. A blow, bump, jostle or jolt to the head or neck can cause a concussion, which is a traumatic brain injury. Concussions can lead to serious physical and emotional repercussions, permanently changing the way that your child’s brain works, and in severe cases can result in death. The more we learn about concussions, the more we realize they must be treated as the serious injuries they truly are. Recently, NFL litigation regarding concussions and some major head injuries sustained during the winter Olympics have placed more attention on the issue than ever. But these serious injuries don’t only occur in worldclass athletes. Your child can suffer a concussion on the soccer field, at the playground or even at home. In fact, young athletes between the ages of 11 and 18 are particularly susceptible to such head injuries. While efforts to prevent concussions through better equipment, rule changes and coaching practices continue to evolve, concussions continue to be a significant health problem. It is


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estimated that 90 percent of pediatric patients with a concussion go undiagnosed. Many do not seek medical care because of a lack of understanding that a concussion is a serious brain injury, which requires medical treatment in all cases. Knowing the symptoms of a concussion and quickly seeking appropriate treatment are the best ways to prevent permanent damage. Spotting a Concussion There are specific signs and symptoms that can tip off parents, teachers and coaches to a child’s head injury. Often, the first sign of a concussion is not a lump on your child’s head. Rather, immediately following an incident, the child may appear dazed or stunned, confused, unsteady on his feet and may have trouble remembering things. Brooke Pengel, MD, medical director for the Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine Institute, a program of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, has spoken to coaches, parents and athletes around the United States about how to better spot and communicate concussion signs and symptoms.

“Concussion symptoms can vary from child to child,” says Pengel. “It is vital that parents, coaches and teachers are vigilant in watching for any abnormal behavior. Many times, the child will continue to play, unaware of the seriousness of their injury, so adults responsible for them will need to take action.” In Colorado, Pengel was involved in the legislative process surrounding The Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act. This act requires annual head injury training for youth sports coaches, and mandates that an athlete must be pulled from a game or practice if a coach suspects a concussion. Additionally, any child with a suspected concussion cannot return to play – on the day of the incident or future practices or games – until written clearance is given from a healthcare provider. Non-Sports Concussions Although most concussions in kids occur in sports, it’s important for parents to remember that concussions don’t always happen on the athletic field. They can occur at school, on the playground, falling from a bike or in a motor

vehicle accident. Sometimes, the accident may occur while the child is unsupervised and may initially go unnoticed by adults. As a result, it is even more important that parents are able to identify the onset of concussion symptoms. “Parents of children that are not involved in sports may not learn about the symptoms of concussion,” says Sue Kirelik, M.D., medical director of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Center for Concussion and a pediatric emergency physician. “A concussion, regardless of how it was inflicted, does require medical attention. If you ever suspect a concussion, it is important to contact your medical provider. You should take your child to the nearest emergency room if they show symptoms of a more severe injury, such as vomiting, severe headache, change in level of alertness, very confused and disoriented or have severe neck pain.” Babies and toddlers are often unable to express symptoms, so concussion can be more difficult for a parent to detect. In these cases, watch for fussiness, behavior changes, changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Kirelik recommends that you take your child to the doctor and explain the situation if you suspect anything abnormal. Healing from Concussion After a child or teen has been diagnosed with a concussion, it is important that they receive

proper treatment and the healing process is effectively managed to prevent long-term effects. Karen McAvoy, Psy.D., director of the Center for Concussion at the Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine Institute, developed the REAP concussion management program, a communitybased communication plan for families, schools and medical professionals. REAP stands for: R – Remove/Reduce Physical and cognitive, or mental demands E – Educate children, families, educators, coaches and medical professionals on all potential symptoms A – Adjust/Accommodate for the child academically and with home stimulation P – Pace the child back to learning, activity and play. “It’s important to remember that ‘remove/ reduce’ doesn’t only apply to physical activity, but mental activity as well. When a child is reading or even just watching television, the brain is working, and an injured brain needs rest,” says McAvoy. “The school plays a vital role in concussion management. Even when a child is able to return to school after a concussion, they will need to start slow, take more frequent breaks and refrain from taking tests until they demonstrate improved cellular functioning. This requires open and frequent

communication between the parent, medical provider and school.” The REAP program has been adapted by youth sports programs throughout the United States, and McAvoy has been active in passing youth concussion legislation locally. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a clinical report reinforcing the recommendations in McAvoy’s REAP program and suggesting that children diagnosed with concussions should return to school slowly, with support from the school, in order to help the child fully heal. When it comes to head injuries, it is better to play it safe. Eighty to 90 percent of concussions will heal well if treated properly, so communication and observation is key. Be aware of your child’s physical, cognitive and emotional state. Always voice safety concerns with teachers, coaches and medical professionals who interact with your child. And communicate with medical professionals and school officials if you suspect your child may have sustained a brain injury. For more information, visit Visit for a full list of concussion signs and symptoms.

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Learn & Grow

Raising Good Sports You win some and you lose some, but teaching kids to do both with integrity is the true victory. By Jackie Insinger


will never forget the first time my 4-yearold flipped the Candy Land board off the table when he realized he was not going to win. Or, the heartache I felt when my 7-year-old walked back to the dugout, tears streaming down his face, after striking out at a baseball game. On the flipside, I vividly remember how difficult it was for the Denver Giants (and the “Giant Parents”) to contain our excitement and elation when our boys won the championship game that same year. It’s very clear to me that being both a gracious winner and a courageous loser is no easy task. Sportsmanship is both a lifelong lesson and challenge for most of us. According to a national survey by the Awards and Recognition Association, 84 percent of Americans believe


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that good sportsmanship is the most important value in a sporting experience. However, research also shows that with youth sport participation at an all-time high of almost 35 million kids in the United States, competition is at its peak and good sportsmanship can fall to the wayside. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sportsmanship as, “fair play, respect for opponents, and gracious behavior in winning or losing.” The question is, “How do we, as parents, help our children become good sports for life?” It’s best to start young and go in strong. Model Good Behavior Being a positive role model is the number-one factor in teaching children how to win or lose with dignity. Chances are we have all witnessed

a sideline parent arguing with the referee about a call, or yelling out directions to a player from the bleachers. Not only do these outbursts teach kids that we are not obligated to control our behavior, but they show a lack of respect for the coaches, the players and the officials. It’s our duty as parents to demonstrate integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field. It’s simple: cheer for the team and speak respectfully to the coaches and officials. Watching pro sporting events together with your child also creates powerful teaching moments. Acknowledge how some players do a solo victory dance when they score (not a good winner move), while others congratulate the winning team after a big loss (a very good loser move).

Talk About Why We Play In the heat of competition, it’s easy to forget the real reasons we participate in sports — to learn about teamwork, build a new skill, get active and ultimately, to have fun. Talk to your child about these goals. Sports also teach us something about persistence and grit. When kids fall, miss a goal, get out-maneuvered, or lose, remind them that this is not a time to get angry, but rather to keep their chin up. Discuss what you can learn from that experience. Is there a skill to practice or maybe a play to watch out for? There’s More Than Winning With the amount of pressure and competition on the field these days, kids need to understand that winning is certainly a goal, but just one of many. Emphasize improvement, effort, playing by the rules, perseverance and encouraging teammates. All of these factors add up to being a good athlete and a good team player. Focusing solely on “the win,” can also potentially damage a child’s self-esteem, as he may feel that he is only as good as his last play. With this type of scrutiny and pressure to perform, the child’s stress level inevitably rises. Laser focus on the win can take the fun out of the game completely. According to an ESPN poll, almost 40 percent of all girls and boys say they quit their sport because it’s not fun for them anymore. Keep it fun and keep them learning!

lesson in sportsmanship. Remember, and remind your child, all of these players are just kids doing their best. And even if the “high scorer” of the game is gloating or bragging, it’s still up to each individual to react with integrity and respect. Mickey Mantle, who is considered one of the greatest baseball players in history, was also an icon of good sportsmanship. He said, “After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.” While sportsmanship doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of your achievements or that you have to contain your excitement, it does mean you should be mindful of not showing off or making others feel badly. Whether on the field or off, your children will be faced with situations where they win and situations where they lose; from something as simple as a board game to something as “high stakes” as a class election, team acceptance or school admissions. It’s inevitable. Let your kids know that it’s normal and expected to feel disappointed, frustrated, angry and (fill in the blank) when you don’t win. It’s what you do with those feelings that determine if you’re a “good sport” or a “sore loser.” Assure them that it’s a challenge for everyone, it will get easier with time and that life will be a lot more fun if they simply try their best and enjoy the game.

Recognize Good Plays A good play is a good play, no matter who made it. Acknowledge and encourage a job well done whether it was your child, a teammate or a child on the competing team. This is an important (and often difficult)

Jackie Insinger is a parenting expert with a background in developmental psychology, cognition and education. She is the founder of Insinger Insights and a regular parenting expert on Colorado’s Own Channel 2 and Fox 31.


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Oh, the Things We Can Do! A guide to fun activities around Denver for children and families with special needs By Carolyn Williams Denver is full of fun and adventurous activities especially tailored to children with special needs. Whether your child enjoys quiet book readings or a night filled with activities, there are plenty of options to choose from. Many provide an environment that gives the whole family a chance to enjoy time together. These activities will strengthen a child’s mind and body, or even just provide the whole family with fun, interactive and relaxing experiences.

Sensory Friendly Films at AMC Theatres // Monthly – dates vary AMC Flatiron Crossing 14, AMC Highlands Ranch 24, AMC Southlands 16, AMC Westminster Promenade 24 The loud noises and fast action of movies today can be overwhelming for any child, but it is especially difficult for those with sensory disorders. AMC Theatres partnered with The Autism Society to bring sensory-friendly films to families affected by special needs in the Denver community. New and popular films are shown monthly at select AMC locations. To enhance the child’s movie going experience, theater lights are kept up, the sound is turned down and families are invited to stand up and move around. For more information, including the movie line up and locations, visit the website or look in the Colorado Parent calendar each month.

National Sports Center for the Disabled Ability Clinics and Summer Programs // Ongoing // Various dates and locations NSCD provides children and adults of almost any disability with the opportunity to learn more about sports and themselves. Children can participate in a variety of athletic ability clinics hosted by Denver’s pro sports teams, intended to introduce them to various sports and adaptive skills. During the summer, kids can try out a multitude of energetic outdoor and indoor activities with NSCD’s summer programs including kayaking to hiking local trails.

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The Children’s Museum of Denver Low-Sensory Morning // Various dates, the next event will be held on May 3, 8-10 a.m. During low-sensory mornings, children with special needs and their families are able to enjoy the museum in a quiet and comfortable environment. Museum attendance is limited, and the ambient sounds are turned down to maximize the children’s ability to relax and play. Admission to low-sensory mornings is free for families with special needs.


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Children and young adults with special needs team up with the Magic Moments family to participate in putting on their annual musical and theatrical production. The cast is made up of people of all ages, experiences and abilities. The final productions are open to the public.

Heartstrings and Hoofbeats // Ongoing Working with horses can help children break out of their shell and experience life from a different perspective. Children who participate in Heartstrings and Hoofbeats’ programs learn how to groom and tack a horse, as well as enjoy recreational and therapeutic riding. Heartstrings and Hoofbeats is a center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).

Adam’s Camp Adventure Camp // Mountain and metro-Denver locations Check website for camp dates Children and young adults with autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome can enjoy some time away from home with friends at this exciting and active camp. The Adventure Camp is built to increase a child’s confidence, independence and courage to try new things. This is a five-day and night sleep away camp where children will rest comfortably in family-style cabins and receive personalized care from counselors and volunteers. Campers will take part in various activities including archery, alpine slide rides, campfires and more.

Night Owls // First Friday night of each month // The Fisher Early Learning Center of the University of Denver Children with special needs and their siblings, ages 1 month to 12 years, spend an evening participating in activities planned according to the children’s interests. Participants are paired with a volunteer who gives them individualized care and helps them to enjoy the night to its fullest. Activities include art, music, sensory and motor activities.

A Place 4 Me // 11651 W. 64th Ave. Arvada Created by a mother of an autistic child, A Place 4 Me offers children with autism and other sensory difficulties a place to just play and be themselves. With a range of play zones, from the Building Center and Bouncy Center to the Water Center and Science Center, kids can enjoy several activities, including experiments, a trampoline, bubbles and more. Birthday party packages are also available.

Specialized Sitters When planning for a special parents’ night out, finding a sitter who understands your child’s needs can be difficult. Specialized Sitters cater to families by offering an in-home service with sitters who are professionals and students trained in special education. Sitters are trained with a program that includes a skills-based education module and ongoing development every three months.

Sensory Enhanced Storytime at Highlands Ranch Library // Every Thursday and the third Saturday of the month // James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch Library Children and young adults with special needs can enjoy a story at this preschool storytime designed especially for them and their families.

Autism Pizza Night at Beau Jo’s // Monthly Various dates and locations Hometown pizza favorite, Beau Jo’s partnered with The Autism Society of Colorado to bring individuals with autism and their families a relaxed dining experience dedicated to their needs. Each month, Beau Jo’s offers an accepting and understanding restaurant atmosphere, along with a menu of gluten-free options and other healthy choices to meet special dietary needs.

Autism Community Store // Ongoing events // 7800 E. Iliff Ave. Suite J, Denver Autism Community Store offers a wide variety of events in their store throughout the year, made especially for children with special needs. Two of ACS’s main, ongoing events include yoga and the Sibling Club House. Yoga classes teach children how to maintain their focus and control impulses, as well as learn self-awareness. The Sibling Clubhouse allows children to have fun with their sisters or brothers, as well as get to know other children with special needs, enjoy snacks and play games.

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Kids & Sports The whistle blows... It all starts with those clumsy scrimmages, chasing the ball and friends around a grassy field in oversized t-shirts. And that, it seems, has become the last place where families and sports meet on purely friendly terms. Kids’ sports are becoming more competitive, more costly and for some families more time-consuming. Parents huddle to discuss whether a club is the only way to give their kids a chance at high school teams. Or lament the vacation budget that got sacked because of sports costs. But, shake off the pressure and stress of the sports scene and you see why a healthy approach to sports is a home run every time. Here’s a look at some tips, trends and stories of the youth athletic experience in this state. By Michelle Ancell

Less than 5 percent of athletes who play a sport in high school will play in college. - Bert Borgmann, CHSAA


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Remember those lazy Saturday mornings watching cartoons while loafing in pajamas? For most parents, and their kids, that is just a memory. According to a recent survey, 35 million children between the ages of 5 and 18 participate in organized sports each year. Today’s kids are up and at ’em, rushing to throw on their jerseys, packing duffel bags and chugging sports drinks. And it’s not just on the weekends. Youth sports are influencing the daily family schedule and budget. Feeling the Pressure While most parents realize that youth sports can be expensive, competitive and a large time commitment, they wonder, ‘Will my child miss out on future opportunities if they aren’t playing seriously now?’ “Club teams have had a major impact on high school athletics,” said Bert Borgmann, assistant commissioner for the Colorado High School Activities Association, the governing body for all high school activities throughout the state. “It’s resulted in an increased level of competition. Additionally, often the best high school teams in the state are in the neighborhoods where parents can afford to pay for their kids to play on club teams. It hasn’t always been that way.” The family’s financial investment in the activities has also increased pressure. A recent study by Utah State University said that, on average, families reported investing nearly $2,300 of their gross annual income each year on sports. The study also explored the relationship between family financial investment in sports and the enjoyment youth have in their sport, the level of parental pressure and the youth’s motivation to continue participation. Not surprisingly, an increased financial investment in a sport increased parental pressure. In turn, an increase in parental pressure predicted a reduction in a child’s enjoyment of the sport.

While we all want to give our children the best opportunities possible, unless you have a sports phenom in the house, breaking the bank to keep a child at a certain level of competition isn’t necessary. Lower-cost athletic opportunities are available through local park and recreation districts, sports camps and YMCAs for all ages. Benefits of Sports There is no denying that participation in sports reaps big benefits. Among other things, studies demonstrate a correlation between athletics and academic achievement. Jennifer Hebert’s 11-year-old daughter spends about 12 hours a week practicing gymnastics. “For those kids who see an end goal or future possibilities, it’s worth it,” Hebert said. “Gymnastics has helped her to keep trying, even when she doesn’t think she can do something, it is a great workout that will hopefully harbor a lifetime love of physical fitness, and it has lifted her confidence at school.” Hebert explained that her daughter struggled with reading for a while, but has improved her skills. “She is no longer on an ILP at school for reading and we believe that gymnastics has helped her learn to focus and to not give up on her goals,” she said. It is not necessary to invest 12 hours per week to see the positive outcome of athletic participation. Turn to page 36 to find more benefits of playing sports. Maintaining Perspective For many young athletes, it’s not all about the win. A survey of kids ages 5-14 nationwide, showed that 90 percent would prefer to be on a losing team if they could play rather than warm the bench on a winning team, and 71 percent said they wouldn’t care if no score was kept in their games. It’s a reminder of the joy of being able to play a game of sandlot baseball, tag football in the backyard or street hockey. Something many kids

don’t experience today if they are only involved in organized sports. “While it’s great that kids are getting out there and being active, it takes away from the time they can play outside, creating their own games and rules,” says Rob Graham, head volleyball coach at Ponderosa High School, owner of Elevation Volleyball Club and father of two. “When I’m coaching kids, they don’t know what to do unless I tell them. They simply haven’t played — they haven’t taken risks and explored creativity.” Gary Brewer, a coach in Denver for 20 years, reminds us on page 37 to be sure that children are exploring their own passions in sports and not living out a parent’s ambition. Every parent has dreamed that her child would score that full-ride sports scholarship, or wave and say, “Hi Mom!” from the Olympic podium. The reality is that for most kids (and parents) sports will turn out to be a chance to learn about discipline, teamwork, healthy competition, exercise, sportsmanship and perspective, rather than a ticket to the top. If that is the basic goal we strive for, then it’s always a win.

Ten Commandments for Sports Parents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X.

Thou shall not impose thy ambitions on thy child. Thou shall be supportive no matter what. Thou shall not coach thy child. Thou shall only have positive things to say at a competition. Thou shall acknowledge thy child’s fears. Thou shall not criticize the officials. Thou shall honor thy child’s coach. Thou shall be loyal and supportive of thy team. Thy child shall have goals besides winning. Thou shall not expect thy child to become an Olympian.

Denver Metro-Area Athletic Fees*

The Cost of Playing

Jefferson County Public Schools Athletic participation: $150/sport Douglas County School District High school athletic participation: $150/sport Cherry Creek School District High school athletic fee: $90/sport, Middle school athletic fees: $30 to $60 Adams 12 School District Athletic fee: $130 Denver Public Schools (2012-13) High school athletic fee: $60/sport Aurora Public Schools High school athletic participation: $60/sport, Middle school athletic participation: $33/sport

$1000 or more annually. More than 20 percent of parents spend $1000 or more every year, per child on sports related activities. -The High Cost of Youth Sports, Turbo Tax

* Fees for 2013

$2000 per season. The standard cost to play club volleyball for one season without travel, is about $2,000. If its a travel team, at some clubs, it can cost as much as $5,000-$10,000. By comparison, $4,580 is the average cost of a vacation for a family of four - American Express 2013 survey on Summer Vacation Travel.

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“I Love to Watch You Play.” Hundreds of college athletes were asked to think back: “What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?” Their overwhelming response, ”The ride home from games with my parents.” Those same college athletes were asked what their parents said that made them feel great, that amplified their joy during and after a ballgame. Their overwhelming response: “I love to watch you play.” - from Steve Henson at Yahoo! Sports. Three Questions, from Coach Rob Graham On the drive home from an athletic event, limit your conversation to these three questions.

Sports Wins! Students who take part in more vigorous sports like soccer or football or skateboarding, performed approximately 10 percent better in math, science, English and social studies classes, according to Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Public high school students who participate in organized sports are 25 percent less likely to smoke cigarettes than those not involved with athletics, according to the American Journal of Health Behavior. Student athletes in DPS during the 2012-2013 academic year combined to earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.19. This figure was nearly a full point higher than the 2.3 cumulative GPA of non-participants.

1 - Did you have fun? 2 - Did you work hard? 3 - Were you a good teammate?

Overuse Injuries Expert Q&A with Dr. John Polousky Unlike injuries that result from a single event like falling and breaking a bone, overuse injuries develop over long periods of time from repetitive activities. It may seem like these injuries would only happen to pro athletes, but athletes of any age and skill, especially those who participate in sports or training that involve repetitive activities (such as running, swimming and cycling) and throwers, are also at risk.

growing we see something called apophysitis, which is an overuse injury of the growth plate. Apophysitis is particularly common in the shoulders and elbows of young throwing athletes, like youth baseball players.

How do these injuries occur? During the periods of rest between activities, the body usually is able to repair damage done to bones and tendons during exercise. This is a normal function of the body. Overuse injuries happen when the microscopic damage isn’t repaired completely. The body’s ability to repair itself is overwhelmed and, over time, this damage builds up to lead to pain and major damage that requires treatment.

How can parents prevent overuse injuries in their kids? The best prevention is to vary activities. Don’t do the same activities every day. For example, runners should vary their mileage and cross-train with other activities like weight training and cycling. In throwing sports like baseball, monitoring pitch counts and pitch type are important for prevention.

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In what sports do overuse injuries most commonly occur? Baseball, running, swimming, gymnastics.

Sometimes it is difficult to identify an overuse injury. How can parents spot these injuries in their kids? The symptoms are generally vague. Kids will complain of mild pain following activities. As the

symptoms get worse, they may develop swelling of the affected area and, ultimately the inability to do their sport/activity. How can parents find a balance in training and overtraining? These are children, not professional athletes. Sports should be fun, not work. The goal of having children participate in sports is to develop life-long enjoyment of physical activity, sportsmanship and teamwork. Dedication to preparing for competition is a good, but obsessively training for maximum performance in a child leads to burnout and injury. Keep sports fun and in perspective. As in life, the key is moderation. Sports should be a part of a child’s life, not his/her whole life. Dr. John Polousky is the surgical director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine Institute, a program of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. He is fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopedics and has completed further post-residency training in orthopedic sports medicine.

Sports for All In many ways Tiffany Fleming and Lauren Opipari are typical high school friends. Dressed in their Cherokee Trail High School burgundy, blue and white cheerleading uniforms, Lauren and Tiffany help one another, learn from one another and crack up at each other’s jokes. But what makes their friendship unique is that it started through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program. Lauren was born with cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair and primarily communicates by punching keys on the computer attached to her chair. In Unified Sports, Tiffany is considered the “partner,” which is the athlete without the disability who takes the lead in helping Lauren navigate the world of high school cheer by directing Lauren onto the field or court, teaching her cheerleading moves and encouraging her. “My first day of unified cheer was a new experience for me,” Tiffany said. “I thought it would be a challenge, but Lauren made it so easy and so much fun.” Being a part of a mainstream sport improved the high school experience for Lauren. By working together, Tiffany and other students at Cherokee Trail learned more about Lauren. “Tiffany learned how I needed help to drink. Everyone on the team learned my signs for yes and no, so they learned that I understand everything even if I can’t speak ­they just had to understand my answers,” Lauren said. “Tiffany also learned how to make me laugh.”

And that’s exactly what organizers of Special Olympics Project Unify want for all students involved with unified sports, which includes soccer, cheer, flag football, basketball and track at some schools. According to research from Special Olympics, students with physical and intellectual disabilities experience negative attitudes from their peers, social isolation and rejection, and even victimization in the form of bullying. And, in many cultures, youth with special needs are not included in educational programs at all or are educated separately and unnecessarily away from their peers without disabilities. Project Unify is built upon the premise that in order to have the greatest impact the change process needs to start with young people. Project Unify brings youth with and without disabilities together through education and sports. It helps students with special needs to become a part of the social fabric of their high school. In Colorado, Special Olympics Colorado spokeswoman Amy Turner said 107 schools participated in Project Unify and Unified Sports programs — that’s up from 56 schools last year. “We started just six years ago with seven schools,” Turner said. “Our greatest challenge is keeping up with the demand as Special Olympics continues to engage local community members and businesses to financially support the efforts and launch of new programs.”

Coach’s Pep Talk

Todd Schmitz 2012 USA Olympic Coach, Colorado Stars Swimming // USA Assistant Coach for U.S. Women’s Swim Team who coached four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin Schmitz says parents need to remember that everyone develops at their own speed, and that just because a child isn’t a soccer star at 7 years old doesn’t mean they never will be. He cited data on “10 and Under Wonders,” which says that only 11 percent of the kids who were top swimmers when there were under 10 years old are ranked in the top 16 when they are older. As far as predicting whether your child will be a good athlete or not, he explains that everyone has two cups. “There’s the genetics cup, and there’s not much we can do to change that cup. Then there’s the everything-else cup: work ethic, passion, listening skills. Every person can add to that cup every day.” His last bit of advice for parents: “Allow your children to control their own destiny.” He advises letting kids try a variety of sports. “That way, when they land on something, you know it’s something they love.”

Gary Brewer Denver School of Science and Technology middle school basketball coach // Coaching for 20 years Hundreds of kids in Denver and Aurora have been coached by Gary Brewer — except for his five daughters. “I vowed that I never would coach my own kids,” Brewer says. “I didn’t want to blur the lines of dad or coach.” His advice for young parents: make sure your child is exploring her own passions, not your passions. Does the kid really want this? Or do you really want it? He also recommends checking in with your child. A child may love a sport for a long time, and then want a change. “That’s OK,” he says. “Let them drive those decisions.”

Tiffany Fleming, left, and Lauren Opipari, right, cheer together on Aurora’s Cherokee Trail High School unified cheer squad, part of the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.

Three quarters, or 74 percent, of participating student partners agreed that Project Unify was a positive turning point in their lives and that they became more patient, learned to compromise, and in two thirds of instances, said they learned they have things in common with their peers with special needs. Lauren said, “Everything got better,” after her involvement with cheerleading. “More of our buddies started coming into our classroom to volunteer and just hang out with us. It is a lot of fun when they do that,” she said. Project UNIFY is currently offered in 2,100 schools across 42 states. As many as 500,000 young people are experiencing Project UNIFY activities and projects, including 21,000 Special Olympics athletes and 11,000 youth leaders. To learn more, visit volunteer/unified­partners.

Tari Wood Tari Wood // Grandview High School teacher and head coach for girls’ soccer Wood has experienced athletics from all angles. She played volleyball in college, she’s a parent of six active kids, she teaches physics at Grandview High School, and she is the head coach of the girls’ soccer team. “If you want to do well in any sport, it’s a yearround commitment nowadays,” she says. Most of her players come into high school with about five years experience playing soccer. Grandview doesn’t make cuts for freshman and sophomore teams, but does for junior varsity and varsity teams. Wood attributes the more competitive high school experience to more intense youth sports leagues. “It used to be that coaching youth sports was something that adults did on the side, maybe part-time, or as a volunteer. Those types of coaches were more lenient,” she says. “For many, coaching youth is now a full-time job. That means there is more pressure on the coaches to be successful, as a result there is more pressure on the kids to be successful.”

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Photo Courtesy History Colorado Center


By Courtney Drake-McDonough

Visit the History Colorado Center and a variety of other venues to celebrate children April 27 during the Día del Nino Celebration 2014.

April 27 Día del Niño Celebration Noon-4pm. Enjoy free admission and family-friendly programming that celebrates children from around the world at the Denver Art Museum, Denver Public Library, Clyfford Still Museum, History Colorado Center, Byers-Evans House Museum, Molly Brown House Museum and the McNichols Civic Center Building.


What’s Inside

Free Days


On Stage


Where the Kids Are


Easter Celebrations


Movie Moments


Ongoing Events


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Calendar April Behind the Scenes of Walking with Dinosaurs 7pm. Hear Dr. Scott Sampson, vice president of research and collections, reveal the secrets of working with producers, script writers and animators to bring dinosaurs back to life on the big screen in the film Walking with Dinosaurs. For an adult audience but family-friendly. Members $8, nonmembers $10. Denver Museum of Nature & Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

4 Friday Photo Courtesy the Denver Brass

Listen to and learn more about classical music during If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It, April 5-6.

1 Tuesday

Seedlings: Move and Groove with the Zoo 9:30am and 11am. Join educators and live animal ambassadors to explore all the fun ways you can move like an animal. Recommended for toddlers through kindergarten. $3. Box lunch purchase option available for 11am show. Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. 720-509-1000. Spring Break Nature Fun April 1-2. 10am-noon. Explore Star K Ranch during spring break in an indoor and outdoor program. Ages 6-12. Registration required. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. 303-326-8650. recreation Friday Nite Xtreme 6:30-10pm. Play laser tag, ice skate, try the climbing wall and the eXerGame Zone. Ages 8-13. Registration recommended but not required. Resident $12, nonresident $14. Family Sports Center, 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial. 303-708-9500.

2 Wednesday

Spring Break Nature Fun 10am-noon. See April 1.

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Spring Break Workshops – Day in Space: 10am-noon. Learn about outer space, taste astronaut ice cream, and make a paper airplane to rocket onto the giant map of Colorado in the floor. Grades 3-5 and adults. Member pair, $15; nonmember pair, $20 ($10 each additional child). RSVP required at 303-866-2394 or register online. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Romeo and Juliet by Opera Colorado 7pm. Hear an abridged family-friendly version of the famous story, performed in English. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield. 720-887-2371.

3 Thursday

Kite Making Classes at Majestic View Nature Center 4-5pm. Assemble, decorate and take home your own sled kite in preparation for Arvada’s Kite Festival on April 6. Ages 4-10. Registration required by phone. $3.50 (all materials included). Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

Colorado Rockies Home Opener 2:10pm. See the Rockies play the Diamondbacks. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver.

5 Saturday

Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show April 5-6, 10am-4pm. Visit vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, cages and merchandise. Participate in free raffles, animal seminars and kids activities. $5-10. Age 4 and under, free. Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora. Stone Tools 10am-3pm. Learn about stone tools with Tim Boucher. Note: performances are subject to change. Check website for updates. Included with admission. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46 Broadway’s Next Hit Musical 7:30pm. Watch master improvisers gather made-up hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. $25-30. PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. 303-805-6800. Hay Bales & Tall Tales Noon-1pm. Join in a pioneer storytime and listen to “The Day It Snowed Tortillas” from the book Watch Out for Clever Women, with

a butter-making activity following. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver. 720-865-0800. If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It! April 5, 7:30pm and April 6, 2:30pm. Join the Denver Brass as it presents music by Bach, Pachelbel and Handel. Reservations recommended. Adults $20-24, children $5. Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village. 303-832-4676.

6 Sunday

Repticon Denver Reptile & Exotic Animal Show 10am-4pm. See April 5. If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It! 2:30pm. See April 5. Lauren’s Live Animal Days 10am-2pm. Meet and maybe touch scaled critters from Rocky Mountain Reptile Rescue. Find out why these beautiful creatures are often misunderstood and why they are so important to our ecosystem. Included with admission. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. 12th Annual Arvada Kite Festival 10am-4pm. Learn the artistry of kite flying and friendly competition along with musical entertainment, food and activities. Stenger Soccer Complex, 58th Ave. and Oak St., Arvada. 720-898-7405. Fairy Gardening 10:30-11:30am. Explore the magical world of fairy gardening. Registration required. Call for details on space available. Tagawa Gardens, 7711 S. Parker Rd., Centennial. 303-690-4722. T-Rex Express 1pm and 3:30pm. Ride the train while learning about fossils and bones, then dig at a real dig site featuring real mammoth bones. $15-$25. Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, 601 State Ave., Alamosa. 877-726-7245.

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Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job. B.I.G. DAY: Be Involved, Give Day April 26. 8:30am-noon. Help clean up community trails, hosted by the South Suburban Park Foundation. Lunch is provided. Visit website for locations. Centennial.

Kid’s Concert 4:30-6pm. Enjoy the music of children’s entertainers Jeff and Paige on the main stage, featuring songs about nature and science with audience participation. Bohemian Biergarten, 13th St., Boulder. 303-449-3774.

Community Drum Circle 6-8pm. Join in this fun way to celebrate community and life through recreational musicmaking. Registration required. $1. Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. 303-797-8565.

7 Monday

9 Wednesday

Tiny Tots Love Music 10:30am. Introduce children to the joy and magic of live music. Age 6 and under. Reservations recommended. Adult $8, child $5. Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, 10150 E. Belleview Ave., Englewood. 303-832-4676.

8 Tuesday

Butterfly Gardening Jump Start 5:30-6:30pm. Learn how to attract butterflies to your garden at home this spring and summer. Go home with the know-how and some materials to get started. Ages 10-adult. Registration required by phone. $3. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

Story Time-History Colorado Center 9:30am. Bring the kids to storytime in the Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys, and animals. Ages 2-5. Included with admission. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Create Playdate: Flash 10am-1pm. Drop in and meet up with other tots and their grownups to search for art in the collection that makes a flash of light. Create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries. Ages 3-5. Included with admission. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

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Calendar April

Photo Courtesy Hudson Gardens

Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College 10am-3pm. Enjoy science shows and dozens of hands-on activities for kids ages 6-15. Colorado College, Barnes Hall of Science, 1040 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs. 719-389-6431. Underwater Treasures: Exploring Coral Reefs 10am-noon. Learn about the fascinating ecosystem of coral reefs, identify different types of coral and learn how you can help protect them. Age 8 and up. $15. Reservations required. Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. Museum Family Day: Life in the Water 10am-4pm. Learn about things that live in the water through hands-on science and art activities. Ages 3-12. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Broadway and 15th on the CU-Boulder Campus, Boulder. 303-492-1666.

Use the senses to make observations at Hudson Gardens during Nature Discovery Day: Nature Detectives, April 12.

Pattern Playtime 10-11am. Hunt for stripes, circles and squares on wild animals. Feel the rectangles on a crocodile’s back and play pattern games. Ages 2-3 with adult. Member pair, $20; nonmember pair, $25. Denver Museum of Nature & Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Fables Old and New 10:15am and 12:15pm. See a musical play that dramatizes children’s retellings of Aesop’s traditional fables, then shows student-written modern versions of these tales using recycled materials for the set. $6 at the door. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield. 720-565-1055.

10 Thursday

Doktor Kaboom Look Out! Science Is Coming! 7pm. Explore scientific content that ties directly into curriculum standards. Reservations suggested. $8 plus $3


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service fee. Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. 720-509-1000.

dragon. $10-$12. Denver Museum of Nature & Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

11 Friday

12 Saturday

Bird Walk at Ponderosa Preserve 8:30-10:30am. Enjoy a morning bird walk with a knowledgeable naturalist. Age 10 and up. Registration required. Ponderosa Preserve, 8150 S. Coolidge Way, Aurora. 303-326-8650. SLAM NUBA 7-8pm. Listen to poetry that cultivates literacy activities. Ages teen and adult. $5. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield. 720-887-2371. Going Wild Times vary by date and category. Hear about adaptations animals make within their environments. Meet a two-toed sloth from South America, a barred owl, and an Australian bearded

Doors Open Denver Through April 13. Tour the buildings you see every day but may have never had an opportunity to enter, and take in their history and architecture. Spring Fling Craft Fair 9am-5pm. Attend a craft fair with over 70 Colorado artists and vendors selling hand-crafted jewelry, gourmet foods and textile crafts. Childcare is available. Free admission. Ponderosa High School, 7007 E. Bayou Gulch Rd., Parker. WOW! Craft Club 10am-noon. Decorate magnifying glasses for bug hunting. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

Nature Discovery Day: Nature Detectives 10am-noon. Learn how to use the senses and make observations to learn more about plants and wildlife. Ages 5-10. Register online. Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. 303-797-8565. Doggie Tales 10am-noon. Select a fun doggie story to read to a new furry friend. Register for a 30-minute session. Ages 6-10. Castlewood Library, 6739 S. Uinta St., Centennial. 303-542-7279. “Storybooks on Stage” 10:30am. Watch excerpts from Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Award-winning book Flora & Ulysses, plus stories by Neil Gaiman, Cynthia Rylant and others. Geared toward age 10 and under. Adults, $10; children age 12 and under, $5. Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver. Spring with the Children’s Chorale 2pm. Celebrate 40 years of song featuring all five choirs. Age 4 and up. Tickets available online. $14 and up. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver. 303-892-5600.

Free Days Save some money as you visit old favorites and try out some new ones. The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District ( makes many of these free days possible for Colorado residents. Check the SCFD website for additional venues and dates. Children’s Museum of Denver April 1 (4-8pm) Denver Art Museum April 5 and 27 Denver Museum of Nature & Science April 13 Four Mile House April 4 (noon-4pm) Museo de las Americas April 4 (5-9pm)

Wonderbound – Gone West Through April 13, 7:30pm. See the acclaimed cellist and songwriter Ian Cooke create a new full-length multimedia experience that explores the unique spirit of the West. $24 and $35. PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. 303-805-6800.

13 Sunday

Doors Open Denver See April 12. Wonderbound – Gone West 2pm. See April 12. Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K 8am-noon. Meet Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter, get a tech shirt, breakfast and enjoy a race expo. The race is a BolderBOULDER qualifier. Includes Diaper Dash for age 2 and under and a 1K fun run/walk. Reservations required. $20-40. 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield. 303-464-7191.

Totspot Sun. 10:30am and 11:30am. Enjoy in-gallery performances by Buntport Theater starring Foxy and Shmoxy. Age 4 and under. Included with admission. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Passport to Culture: The FunKinetic Project 3pm. Learn the fundamentals of hip hop/funk/ house culture and history. The performance will be followed by an interactive segment designed to get the audience moving. $12 for the workshop and performance. $5 performance only. Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. 720-509-1000.

Learn, Explore and Play (L.E.A.P.): “Egg-cellent Eggs” 1-3pm. Learn, explore and play with eggs while meeting some animals that hatch from an egg. Ages 4-6. Reservations required. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs. 719-633-9925 ext. 127.

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Our Fabulous Five Senses 10am-noon. Tantalize your tongue, excite your eyes, explore your ears, feel with your feet, and test your nose. Ages 3-5 with adult. Member pair $25; nonmember pair $30. Denver Museum of Nature & Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

Photo Courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Learn about eggs and the creatures that come from them at L.E.A.P.: Egg-cellent Eggs, April 16.

11th Annual Community-wide Festival for Families with Children Newborn—Age 8

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. At the JCC • 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246

Free Admission • Train Rides • Bounce Castle • Petting Zoo • Helicopter • Free Snacks Kids Products for Sale • Prizes • Lunch for Purchase Please bring a new art supplies (markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc) for our friends at Children’s Hospital. Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available. South South Metro

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See three modern dances during the Encore Performance of Ballet Director’s Choice, April 5. Animal Crackers April 4-May 11. Watch a Marx Brothers comedy about the theft of a valuable painting from a society dinner party. Age 6 and up. $43$65. Stage Theatre, Speer and Arapahoe, Denver. 303-893-4100. Celtic Woman April 19. 3pm and 7:30pm. See the all-new stage production celebrating Ireland and Celtic heritage through music. $31 and up. Buell Theatre, Speer and Arapahoe, Denver. 303-893-4100. Encore Performance of Ballet Director’s Choice 8pm. Enjoy an encore performance of Colorado Ballet’s Director’s Choice of three innovative dances. Age 7 and up. Reservation required.

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Rodeo All-Star Weekend April 17-19. Hours vary by event. See the nation’s top-ranked cowboys and cowgirls compete. Meet rodeo stars and enjoy a weekend of live music, interactive exhibits and preand post-event parties. Grounds admission $25-$38. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver.

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$32-42. Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. 720-509-1000. Hairspray April 4-13. See the play about a teenage girl’s love of music and her triumphs over racism. $28. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. 303-987-7845. Improv Theater Ongoing. Thu. 7pm, Fri. 7pm, Sat. 7pm and 9:30pm. Laugh at family-friendly, improvisational comedy sketches where audience participation is part of the show, resulting in a different show each time. $12$18. Reservations recommended. Madcap Theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. 303-460-3854.

Honeybees & Me Program 10:30-11:30am. Learn all about honeybees and how important they are to pollination and food with this interactive program presented by Growing Gardens. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Nature at Night: Great Horned Owls 7pm. Learn some fun and fascinating facts about great horned owls on this walk to look for these owls and their nests. Registration required. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. 303-326-8650.

Lyle the Crocodile Through May 23. See the show about what happens when a big green croc turns up in the family bathtub, based on the popular book series. $8-$10. Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 720-898-7200. Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Kids April 10-11. Enjoy this adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. Adults $6 online, $8 at the door; children $5 online, $7 door. The Armory at Brighton Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., Brighton. 720-263-0424.

Comedy Magician Tim Ellis 7:30-9pm. Enjoy this onenight-only event featuring the Australian magician Tim Ellis. Call for registration. $25. Theatre of Dreams Arts and Event Center, 735 Park St., Castle Rock. 303-660-6799.

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Rodeo All-Star Weekend See April 17. Wild Music Songs and Sounds of Nature 9am-5pm. Explore evidence for the biological origins of music through highly interactive

Rock of Ages April 25-27. See the arena-rock love story told through the hits of groups including Journey, Styx and Reo Speedwagon. $30 and up. Buell Theatre, Speer and Arapahoe, Denver. 303-893-4100. Shadowlands Through April 27. See a biographical look at the late-in-life blooming relationship between C.S. Lewis and wife Joy Davidman. Age 16 and up. Reservations required. $35. Space Theatre, Speer and Arapahoe, Denver. 303-893-4100. Shrek the Musical April 12-13 and 17-19. See the show based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the story of everyone’s favorite ogre. Age 3 and up. Adults, $18; children 12 and under, $15. Community College of Aurora, Larry D. Carter Theater and Fine Arts Building, F110, 16000 East CenterTech Pkwy., Aurora. 303-245-8150. The Great Gatsby April 25-May 25. Get a glimpse into the music, wealth, glamour and decadence of the 1920s, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. $38 and up; $25 preview showings. Reservations required. Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 720-898-7200.

exhibits and exceptional sound experiences. In the process, expand your understanding of what makes music. Included with admission. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Strong Families, Strong Communities 5K Block Party 9am-2pm. Attend the run/walk to provide financial assistance for low-income families. Block party features health screenings, DJ, bouncy castles, face painting and an Easter egg hunt. Visit website for registration. Z Place Evie Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride St., Denver. 720-541-6533.

Rocky Mountain Pet Expo 10am-6pm. Enter your pet in the Cutest Pet contest, win prizes and meet vendors for training, kennels and pet sitting. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. 303-617-3976.

work of art. Ages 5-10. Registration required. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Broadway and 15th on the CU-Boulder campus, Boulder. 303-492-1666.

Marvelous Musicales 4-5:30pm. Hear a community recital including performers of all ages and abilities. Donations accepted. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield.

First Adventures with Nature (FAWN): “Bunny Buddies” April 23-24, 8:459:30am. Take a closer look at bunnies to learn more about their fuzzy features. Ages 18-36 months. Reservation required. Members $8.25, nonmembers $18.25. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs. 719-633-9925 ext.127.

Pajama Party for the Planet – Kids Only Wildnight Overnight, 6pm-8am, April 20. Send the kids to sleep at the zoo, have breakfast in the morning and enjoy an exciting animal tour. Age 5 and up. Reservations required. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs. 719-633-9925 ext. 112.

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In-Service Day Workshop: Art and Nature 9am-4pm. Study petroglyphs and paint on stone with natural earth pigments, carve an arctic animal out of soap and create a wearable

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Smart-Girl Annual Luncheon 11am-1pm. Hear a talk entitled “Culture of Mean: From Cyberspace to the Cafeteria,” featuring author and parenting expert Barbara Coloroso. Enter event code SG423. Temple Emanual, 51 Grape St., Denver.


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First Adventures with Nature (FAWN) “Bunny Buddies”: 8:45-9:30am. See April 23.

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Where the Kids Are The following locations are referred to frequently in the calendar. Discounted annual passes are available at many venues. Aurora History Museum Tue.-Fri. 9am-4pm, Sat.-Sun. 11am-4pm. 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. 303-739-6666. Boulder History Museum Tue.-Sat. $6 adults, $3 students and children, free under age 5. 1206 Euclid Ave, Boulder. 303-449-3464. Butterfly Pavilion Daily 9am-5pm. $9.50 adults, $6.50 ages 2-12, free age 1 and under with paid adult, $7.50 age 65+. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. Children’s Museum of Denver Daily. $9 ages 2-59, $7 age 1 and seniors, free under age 1. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver. 303-433-7444. Denver Art Museum Tue.Sun. $10 Colorado residents, $8 seniors 65+ and college students, $3 ages 6-18, free age 5 and younger. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. 720-865-5000. Denver Botanic Gardens Daily. $12.50 adult, $9.50 military and seniors (65+), $9 ages 3-15, free age 2 and under. 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3500. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Daily. $5 per passenger vehicle, cash or check only. An adult must accompany children under 16. No pets please. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. 303-973-3705.

Denver Firefighters Museum Mon.-Sat. $6 adults, $5 students with valid ID and seniors 65+, $4 ages 2-12. 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver. 303-892-1436. Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys Wed.-Sun. $6 adults; $4 children; free ages 4 and under. 1880 Gaylord St., Denver. 303-322-1053. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Daily except Dec. 25. $13 adults, $8 ages 3-18. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. 303-370-6000. Denver Zoo Daily. Mar. 1-Oct. 31: $15 ages 12-64; $12 ages 65 and up; $10 ages 3-11; free age 2 and under. Nov. 1-Feb. 28: $12 ages 12-64; $10 ages 65 and up; $8 ages 3-11; free age 2 and under. 2300 Steele St., Denver. 303-376-4800. Downtown Aquarium Daily. $17.99 adults; $16.99 seniors; $8 ages 3-11, free age 2 and under. 700 Water St., Denver. 303-561-4450. History Colorado Center Daily. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students (with ID), $6 ages 6-12, free age 5 and under. 1200 Broadway, Denver. 303-447-8679.

Littleton Museum Tue.-Sun. 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. 303-795-3950. Lookout Mountain Nature Center Visitor center open Tue.-Sun. Grounds open daily 8am-dusk. Free. Register for all programs online. 910 Colorow Rd., Golden. 720-497-7600. Majestic View Nature Center Open Mon.-Thurs. and Sat. 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. 720-898-7405. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Tue.-Sun. 6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City. 303-289-0930. The Wildlife Experience Daily. $10 adults, $6 ages 3-12, $9 age 65+, free under age 3. 10035 Peoria, Parker. 720-488-3300. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Daily. 15th and Broadway, Boulder. 303-492-1666.

Jupiter and Its Moons – Viewing the Night Sky 7-8:30pm. View these celestial bodies along with Mars, the moon and nebula clusters. Age 6 and up. Registration required by phone. $7; family $12. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Sunset Stroll at Star K Ranch 7:30-8:30pm. Enjoy an evening walk to look for wildlife as the sun sets. Registration required. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. 303-326-8650. recreation

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Daddy-Daughter Dance 6:308:30pm. Dance the night away enjoying music, refreshments and photos. Price includes corsage, refreshments and photos. Reservations required. $35; $5 per additional daughter. Englewood Recreation Center, 1155 W. Oxford Ave., Englewood.

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Birding in the Gardens April Bird Walk: 8-11am. Discover the rich bird habitats of the Hudson Gardens, focusing on the various species that visit during this season. Register online. Members $8, nonmembers $10. Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. 303-797-8565.

Western Museum of Mining and Industry Mon.Sat. $8 adults, $7 military/AAA, $6 seniors and students 13+, $4 age 3–12, free under 3 with paid adult. Under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 225 N. Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs. 719-488-0880. WOW! Children’s Museum Tue.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. noon-4pm. $9 children age 1 to 11. Free for adults and infants. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424. Photo courtesy Hudson Gardens

Discover the Hudson Garden’s rich bird habitats during Birding in the Gardens, April 26.


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Easter Celebrations Spring has sprung. Celebrate the season and Easter with a variety of family-friendly events. Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt April 5, 10-11am. Join the City of Lafayette Recreation Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. Ages 3-8. Bring a basket. Rain/ snow date: April 12. Waneka Lake Boathouse, 1600 Caria Dr., Lafayette. 303-665-0469. The Great Egg Scramble April 12. Kickoff the Easter holiday with an adventurous egg hunt, candy and prizes. Ages 1-8. $1. Miller Field, 3600 S. Elati St., Englewood. 303-762-2680. Easter EGGstravaganza April 12, 1-3pm. Attend this annual spring celebration where 30,000 stuffed Easter eggs will be available in egg hunts for kids ages 0-4th grade. This event will also feature kiddie trains, a large inflatable slide, the Easter Bunny and the ever-popular Jell-O Egg Eating Contest. Butterfield Park in The Meadows, 3900 Butterfield Crossing Dr., Castle Rock. 303-814-2358. Bunny Bolt 5K, 10K and Kid’s 1K Rabbit Rush April 13. 9am. Run or walk through City Park and enjoy race day activities, including a large Easter egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and vendors. Proceeds support Action for Amyloidosis. Adult 5K, $30. Adult 10K, $35. Kids 1K, $10. Family (2 adult 5Ks and 2 Kids 1Ks) $65. City Park, 1700 N. York St., Denver. Egg Hunt April 18, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Spread out

and enjoy hunting for eggs throughout two 18-hole mini golf courses. Ages toddlers-13. Each hunt is geared toward a different age group. $3. Colorado Journey Mini Golf, 5150 W. Windermere St., Littleton. 303-347-5999. Spring Eggstravaganza April 19, 9am-5pm. Celebrate the beginning of spring with a conservation twist. Participate in springtime activities, workshops, games and crafts. Get a picture taken with the Spring Bunny. Included with admission. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Bunny Trail EggVenture April 19, 10am-5pm. Jump, hop and bounce from one “eggsploration” station to the next including eggdyeing, springtime art projects, tasty treats and storytime with Big Bunny. Ages birth-8. Included with admission. Children’s Museum of Denver. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Bunny Express Train April 19, 10am-4pm. Hop on the Bunny Express Train and experience what it was like to travel 100 years ago. Free-$30. Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. 303-279-4591. Eggstravaganza April 19, 11:30am. March with the Easter Bunny from the Broomfield Bay to John Shaw Field at the Broomfield Community Park. Then participate in the 20th Annual Egg Scramble. Age 8 and under with families. Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park, 250 Spader Way, Broomfield. 303-464-5501.

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Movie Moments Grab some popcorn and take in a free or low-cost familyfriendly film. Family Science Shows Select Thu-Sun. through May 1. Watch a variety of familyfriendly, science-related shows on the planetarium’s giant screen. Check website for schedule and prices. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder. 303-492-5002. Gates Planetarium Choose from a variety of less-thanhalf-hour shows about space, suitable for young children. See website for showtimes and upcoming shows. $4-$17. Denver Museum of Nature & Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 46


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Great White Shark 3D Daily through May 30, 11am and noon. Look for the truth behind this mythic creature. Adults $9, seniors $8, children $6. Members receive a $2 discount. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Movie and a Martini Back to the Future: 5:30pm. Enjoy a couple of drinks, dine on hors d’oeuvres, and brush up on your trivia for a prize giveaway before watching the movie. Age 21 and up. Reservations required. Members $20, nonmembers $25, designated drivers $15, at-the-door $28. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

Spring Fling Community Safety Day 8am-2pm. Join SafeSplash Swim School to learn about various aspects of family safety, including water safety. Colorado Drowning Prevention Task Force, South Metro Fire, Lone Tree Police, Colorado State Patrol and McGruff the Crime Dog will also be on hand, along with Farmers Insurance who will be offering free High Tech Child IDs. Enjoy games, crafts, a bounce house, giveaways and more. SafeSplash Lone Tree,

Penguins 3D Daily through May 2, 10am and 2pm. Follow the life of a very special King penguin in which he must earn his place and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family. Adults $9, seniors $8, children $6. Members receive a $2 discount. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Sensory Friendly Films April 19. Rio 2. Children with disabilities can enjoy films in a comfortable environment. Theater lights will be brought up and sound turned down; families may bring in their own snacks and move around during the film. $4-$6. AMC locations: Flatiron 14, 61 W. Flatiron Cir., Broomfield; Highlands Ranch 24, 103 W. Centennial Blvd., Highlands Ranch; Southlands 16, 23955 E. Plaza Ave., Aurora; Westminster 24, 10655 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. Titans of the Ice Age 3D Daily through May 2, 1pm and 3pm. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, when man shared the tundra with wooly beasts. Adults $9, seniors $8, children $6. Members receive a $2 discount. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

12240 Lioness Way, Parker. 303-799-1885. Stewardship Saturday: Star K Ranch/ Sand Creek Clean-Up 9am-noon. Become a steward of parks and open space to benefit your community and fulfill service requirements for scouts and school. Age 5 and up. Registration required. Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. 303-326-8650. recreation

CU Wizards 9:30am. Watch demonstration experiments by renowned University of Colorado professors. This month’s topic is “Immunity in Health and Disease: The Army Within.” Grades 5-9 recommended; all ages welcome. Cristol Chemistry building, University of Colorado campus, Boulder. 303-492-5011. wizards/cuwizards.html YMCA Healthy Kids Day 10am. Enjoy an afternoon of games and activities including a cooking class, kids’ yoga and Zumba, and obstacle courses. Littleton Family YMCA, 11 W. Dry Creek Ct., Littleton. 303-797-9622. Puebloan Pottery 11:30am-1:30pm. See Gregory Wood demonstrate ancestral Puebloan pottery. Note: performances are subject to change. Check website for updates. Included with admission. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Opera Colorado Young Artists Performance 1pm. See a live performance of opera favorites by several Opera Colorado’s Young Artists. Cherry Creek Shopping Center Grand Court, 3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver. 303-388-3900. A Night of Black & White 5:30-11pm. Attend a gala and silent auction to benefit the Children’s Center, a nonprofit organization committed to enriching the lives of children through quality educational and childcare programs. $35. Ashley at Maggiano’s Little Italy in the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St. Mall #150, Denver. 303-333-1335.

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Grace’s Race 5K Walk/ Run for Pediatric Cancer Research 9am-noon. Be part of the 2nd annual race, created by a Colorado girl diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Three years later, Grace is cancer free. Money raised goes to the Morgan Adams Foundation, which gives grants to pediatric cancer research. Register online. Cherry Creek High School, east parking lot, 9300 E. Union Ave., Greenwood Village. 303-758-2130.

Día de los Niños 9am-4pm. Celebrate the importance of young people in our community with cultural music, crafts and community partners. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver. Spring Heritage Day at Walker Ranch Homestead 10am-3pm. Experience springtime on a Victorian mountain ranch. Walker Ranch Homestead, 8999 Flagstaff Rd., Boulder. 303-776-8848. Raptor Day Parade and Bird Fest at Bluff Lake Nature Center 12:30pm. Enjoy programs including a live raptor presentation, raptor ID stations and bird “mist netting.” $1 per person with a child in the parade; $3 per person otherwise. Bluff Lake Nature Center, 3400 Havana Way, Denver. 303-517-6368. Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival 1-5pm. See spring officially arrive in downtown Boulder when the Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, “wakes up the tulips” on the Pearl St. Mall. There will be special performances and activities for children. Pearl St. Mall, Pearl St., Boulder. 303-449-3774.

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Ongoing Events NATURE PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITS Denver Botanic Gardens Seedlings Classes Times and dates vary by age range. This hands-on class for young children lets them explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants. April classes include “Fun with Fibers” week of April 1, “Be a Bee” week of April 8, “A Log’s Life” week of April 15 and “Earth Day” week of April 23. Ages 18 months-6 years. Reservations encouraged. $11-13. Denver Botanic Gardens. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage Get up-close and personal with Asian elephants, Indian one-horned rhinos, Malayan tapirs and many other animals. Ages 12-64, $15; age 65+, $12; ages 3-11, $10; age 2 and under, free. Denver Zoo. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Early Explorers: “Down on the Farm” April 2-3 and 17-19, 10-11am. Learn about animals found on the farm. Ages 3-5. Reservation required. Members $10.25, nonmembers $18.25. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs. 719-633-9925 ext. 127. Fishing with a Ranger at Aurora Reservoir April 1, 15 and 29 and May 13 and 27, 6:30-7:30pm. Learn how to fish for rainbow trout with Ranger Aaron Staack. $10 per vehicle admission into the reservoir. Registration required. Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora. 303-326-8650. Mordecai Children’s Garden Daily. Visit the portion of Denver Botanic Gardens devoted to kids. Children can stroll and explore or take advantage of special programming. Included with admission to the general gardens. Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Prairie Preschool Times and dates vary; see website for details. Uncover the


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wonders of the natural prairie of Colorado. Ages 2-5 with adult. Reservations required. Members $5, nonmembers $6. Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. 303-693-3621. Preschool Fun with Animals Wed., 10-10:45am. Have fun and learn about different animals and take home a craft. Ages 3-6 years. Registration required. $15 for 4-week session. Majestic View Nature Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Star K Kids Thu., 9:30am and 11am. Discover Aurora’s wild side with puppets, stories, activities and outdoor exploration. Age 5 and under. Morrison Nature Center, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora. 303-739-2428. ONGOING ACTIVITIES: CLASSES, CLUBS AND PROGRAMS After School Is Cool Mon-Fri., 4:30-5:30pm. Participate in crafts, games, performances and more for children in grades K-6. Valdez-Perry Branch Library, 4690 Vine St., Denver. 720-865-0300. Autism Pizza Night First Wed. of every month, 5:30-7:30pm. Join the Autism Society of Colorado and Beau Jo’s for a monthly Autism Pizza Night. Beau Jo’s offers a gluten-free menu, dairy-free cheese and a Healthy Menu Guide for people on specific diets. Families are responsible for the cost of their own meals. Three participating locations, Denver. 720-214-0794, ext. 15. Baby Bounce Wed., 9:3010:15am. Share time with your little one with songs, rhymes and stories for babies and their caregivers. Ages birth-23 months. Space is limited; registration required on online calendar. Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St., Brighton. 303-405-3230. Bilingual Storytimes Days and times vary by location. Enjoy an interactive storytime for speakers of Spanish, English or both. Ages 2-6. Multiple library locations.

Bingo for Books First Thu., 4:306pm. Ongoing program but check website in case of holiday closures or other scheduling changes. Enjoy playing bingo to win books. Ages tween, teen. Anythink Commerce City, 7185 Monaco St., Commerce City. 303-287-0063. Book Babies Days and times vary by location. Be part of this storytime for ages 4-24 month-olds and their caregivers. Share books, songs and action rhymes. Multiple library locations. BYOA Spring Break Workshops: Through April 4, 10am-noon. Enjoy parent-child workshops with different themes each week. Adult/child pair $20; $10 for each additional child. Tickets can be purchased online or call 303-866-2394. History Colorado Center. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Circle of Parents Support Groups Various dates, times and locations. Participate in a free, parent-led, professionally facilitated weekly support group where parents build on parenting strengths. Registration is required. 303-745-0327. Kid’s Nite Out – Castle Rock Various Fri. dates, 7:30-10:30pm. Have fun, make friends, and win prizes in a safe and supervised environment. $12. Ages 7-14. Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd., Castle Rock. 303-895-9973. Kids’ Nite Out – Littleton Various Sat. dates, 7-10:30pm. Have fun, make friends, and win prizes in a safe and supervised environment. $12. Ages 7-14. Ridge Recreation Center, 6612 S. Ward St., Littleton. 303-895-9973. Music Together Free Demo Class with Mountain Song Music Studio, Inc. April 1-5. Try out a research-based music-andmovement program. Ages birth-4 plus caregivers. Various locations in

Boulder and Ft. Collins. Visit website for details. No Nuts Moms Group of Denver Tue. Join a recurring playgroup for mothers who have children with severe food allergies. Locations vary, Denver. 720-219-6628. Pajama Storytime Mon., 7-7:30pm. Wear jammies and bring a favorite sleepytime friend for a special storytime. Various library locations. Parenting with Confidence Wed., 9:30-11:30am. Participate in a 12-week parenting class and support group offered on an ongoing basis with a certificate issued at the completion. $60 for a single, $90 for a couple for the 12week series. Denver Friends Church, 4595 Eliot St., Denver. 303-745-0327. Parenting Tools for Dads: Circle of Parents Support Groups Thu. Call for dates. 6:30-8pm. Attend a parentled, professionally facilitated support group for fathers. Registration required. Evanston United Methodist Church, 2122 S. Lafayette, Denver. 303-745-0327. Parents of Preschoolers (POPS) First and Third Thu., 9:30-11:30am. Come together to laugh, learn and grow spiritually through speakers, socializing, crafts, pampering and food. $5 offering to cover childcare. Unity Church of Denver, 3021 S. University Blvd., Denver. Sensory-Enhanced Storytime Thu., 10:30am and 2pm; also third Sat. of each month, 10:30am. Attend an inclusive storytime for children on the autism spectrum and differentlyabled children. Storytime is appropriate for any child at a preschool developmental level, regardless of chronological age. Registration is required at 303-7917323. James H. LaRue Branch, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

museum. See local artists doing demonstrations each weekend. Included with admission. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. “Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss” Through May 4. See newly discovered life forms, thermal vents, close-up views of deepsea research submersibles, and shipwrecks, including the Titanic, in this interactive exhibition designed for ages 6 and up. Included with admission. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

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Attend an inclusive storytime at Sensory-Enhanced Storytime, throughout the month.

Single Moms Circle of Parents Support Groups Thu. Call for dates. Attend a parentled, professionally facilitated support group that focuses on the special issues of single parents. Registration required. Evanston United Methodist Church, 2122 S. Lafayette, Denver. 303-745-0327. Sunday Pajama Brunch at Second Home Kitchen + Bar Sun., 7am-2pm. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas as they enjoy an a la carte menu with classic brunch dishes every Sunday. Children under age 8 wearing PJs eat for free. Second Home Kitchen + Bar, 150 Clayton Ln., Denver. 303-253-3000. Toddler Tales Mon., 9:3010:15am. Spend time with your toddler listening to stories, songs and fingerplays geared just for them. Ages 2-3. Space is limited; registration required on online calendar. Anythink Brighton, 327 E. Bridge St., Brighton. 303-405-3230. Young Rembrandts Art Class Through April 17, 4-5pm. Learn about warm colors and cool colors while drawing a detailed exterior of a house. Ages 4-7.

Reservations required. Contact for pricing details. Englewood Recreation Center, 1155 W. Oxford Ave., Englewood. 720-762-2680. ONGOING ACTIVITIES: MUSEUM MEANDERINGS Bubble Garden Ongoing. Climb inside “bubbles” made of sturdy materials used to make playground equipment. Included with admission. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. 303-298-7554. Build It WOW! Exhibit Through April 30. Put building skills to the test and explore a variety of ways to build. Connect pipes, link an arch and weave a nest. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. “Destination Africa – Into the Savanna” Through Aug. 10. Explore the wildlife of the African savanna “safari-style” with live animal demos, the chance to create images at computer painting easels and play on a vast savanna puzzle. Included with admission. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. The Drawing Studio Through April 13. Try your hand at being an artist in this special area of the

“Kinetics!” Explore physical science and discover the fundamentals of forces and motion in a life-sized marble run where balls cascade down ramps, roll along tracks, travel through tubes and fly over heads. Included with admission. Children’s Museum of Denver. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Lakewood Heritage Center Walking Tours Tue.-Sat., 11am and 2pm. Explore Lakewood’s past with an hour-long tour. Free-$5. Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. 303-987-7850. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” Through Aug. 24. Learn about the ancient Maya through a combination of never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, and immersive environments including re-creations of an underworld cave, the starry night sky and a vibrantly colored mural room. $13-$22. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. “Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery” Through June 8. See the joint exhibit with the Clyfford Still Museum that brings together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. This is a ticketed event. Free-$20. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. “Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western” Through June 1. Explore how Polish poster artists

captured the essence of the American West through 28 original movie posters by some of the most recognizable Polish artists, including Jerzy Filsak, Wiktor Górka and Waldemar Świerzy. Included in museum admission. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly” Through April 6. See 19 varieties of live turtles, crocodilians, lizards and snakes from around the world displayed in natural habitats. Included with admission. The Wildlife Experience. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Small Settlers April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9-10am. Join in an exploration of history, culture and nature-centered activities. Ages 2-5 with parent/guardian. Reservations recommended. $5; members are free. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver. 720-865-0814. Spring Break: Marvelously Modern Through April 6. Explore what is modern through artist demonstrations, art-making in the galleries, gallery performances with Buntport Theater and Central City Opera. Kids 18 and under receive free general admission during Spring Break. Denver Art Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. StoryTime Daily. 11:30am and 1:30pm. Hear stories of far-off lands, wacky characters, friendships and fairytales plus a fun activity, craft or song. Included with admission. Children’s Museum of Denver. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. Ukulele Sing & Strum-Alongs Wed., 5-5:30pm. Strum, tap, sing and dance along with Swallow Hill Music as families are taught how to play the ukulele. Learn to play a song in 30 minutes. Included with admission; instruments are provided. Children’s Museum of Denver. See Where the Kids Are, page 46. WOW! Craft Club Second Sat., 11am-1pm. Get crafty with monthly themes. Ages 3-8. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page 46.

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Family Health A Wild Smile............................................................................................................... 13 Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine................................................ 15 Giggles General Dentistry for Kids.......................................................................9 Happy Teeth.............................................................................................................. 31 Highline Vision Center........................................................................................... 13 Integrative Counseling ......................................................................................... 41 Kid’s Choice Dental, Vision & Braces....................................................................5 Kid’s Dental...................................................................................................................2 Patra Watana, DMD Pediatric Dentistry........................................................... 52 Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children ........................................................... 56 Saddle Rock Pediatric Dentistry......................................................................... 31 Sugar Bugs Pediatric Dentistry .......................................................................... 10


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Celebrate Earth Day at the Children’s Peace Garden in Boulder, for the Children’s Bee Earth Day.

Apr. 26 Children’s Bee Earth Day 10am-2pm. Plant seeds to take home, investigate insects’ habitats, explore the worm composting system, learn about local honeybees and create garden art. Kids will learn about endurance and agility as they weave through a diverse set of garden mazes on the obstacle course. Prizes are awarded to everyone completing the course. Children’s Peace Garden, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder. 303-443-9952.


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Boulder Calendar April

2 Wednesday

Opera Colorado: Romeo and Juliet 7-8pm. See an abridged, family-friendly version of the ballet. Grades 6 and up. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield. 720-887-2371.

4 Friday

Boulder Family Dance 6-7:30pm. Support flood-relief victims in the area while learning square dances, circles, contras, lines, singing dances and many others. Includes live music with calling and teaching for each dance. All ages and abilities welcome. Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder. 303-499-6363.

5 Saturday

Grandkids Day 9am-5pm. Receive free admission for grandchildren when accompanied by a paying grandparent. Longmont Museum & Culture Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt 10-11am. Join the City of Lafayette Recreation Department’s annual Easter egg hunt, featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. Ages 3-8. Bring a basket. Rain/snow date: April 12. Waneka Lake Boathouse, 1600 Caria Dr., Lafayette. 303-665-0469. Lafayette Easter Egg Hunt (Toddlers) 11am-12pm. Join the City of Lafayette Recreation Department’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. Ages 1-2. Bring a basket. Rain/snow date: April 12. Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Rd., Lafayette. 303-665-0469. Celebrate the Circus 2-4pm. Celebrate the music of the Greatest Show on Earth with Barnum & Bailey favorite circus marches. $15 adult; $10 seniors and students over age 12; free under age

12. $15 at the door. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield. 303-369-4322. Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype Book Signing Event 4-7pm. Enjoy music, food and drink followed by a question and answer period with the author, Patti Ashley, Ph.D. LPC and owner of Breakthrough Psychotherapy & Parent Coaching. RSVP required. 95a Bistro, 1381 Forest Park Cir., Lafayette. 720-565-3388. Father and Daughter Spring Dance 6:30-8:30pm. Dance to a DJ, enjoy refreshments, receive a goody bag and a flower, and pose in the photo booth. Ages 1-9 with parent. Reservations required. $35 father/daughter pair; $20 additional daughters. North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder. 303-413-7260.

6 Sunday

Special Needs Early-Open Day 12pm. Bring special-needs children one hour before regular museum hours for a relaxed environment. Included with admission. Longmont Museum & Culture Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Kids’ Concert 4:30-6:00pm. Enjoy the music of children’s entertainers Jeff and Paige on the main stage, featuring songs about nature and science and tons of audience participation. Bohemian Biergarten, 13th St., Boulder. 303-449-3774.

10 Thursday

Making a Smooth Transition 6:30-8:30pm. Discover tools for assisting youth, including those with special needs, to make successful transitions. $5 suggested donation. In collaboration with BVSD Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC). Boulder Valley

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11 Friday

Wild Edible and Medicinal Herb Walk 11am and 2pm. Learn identification, ideal locations and preparation of wild plants for eating and first aid. Presented by Susan Evans of Chrysalis Herbs. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Preschool Playground 11am-12pm. Enjoy playful activities designed to get kids ready to start kindergarten. Includes creative play, music, writing, reading and more. Ages 0-6 with caregiver. Reservations not required. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville. 303-335-4821.

12 Saturday

Bobcat Boogie 5K and Family Fun Run 9:30-11:30am. Enjoy running through the Community College Open Space park while being entertained and cheered on by a variety of “boogie” dance groups. Race day festivities feature a 5K race, a one-mile Fun Run, a postrace celebration for participants, music, and kids’ activities. Community College Open Space Park, 3645 W. 112th Ave., Westminster. Underwater Treasures Exploring Coral Reefs: 10am-12pm. Learn about the ecosystem of coral reefs, identify different types of coral and learn how you can help protect them. Age 8 and up. $15. 10 percent member discount. Reservations required. Butterfly Pavilion. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Family Day Life in the Water: 10am-4pm. Get hands-on science, art and movement activities with opportunities to explore crowdsourced citizen science projects. Ages 4-12. University of Colorado

Museum of Natural History. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. “Playing Pretend” Characters in Disguise 10am-3:30pm. Learn what acting is all about in this one-day workshop. Ages 8-18. Reservation required. $55. Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder. 303-492-1973. Wild Wonders 11am and 3pm. Meet live animals from the Denver Zoo and learn about animal adaptations, habitats and survival strategies. No reservations required. George Reynolds Library (11am), 3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, and Meadows Library (3pm), 4800 Baseline Rd., Boulder. 303-441-3120. Breastfeeding Foundations 11:15am-1:15pm. Make your first experience breastfeeding your baby a welcomed one, with instructor Betsy Bush. $25 per couple. Reservations required. Family Garden Parenting Resource Center, 600 Airport Rd., Ste. B, Longmont. 303-678-1144. The Profound Dance Hear a concert by the Boulder Chamber Orchestra performing Bach’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” Stravinsky’s “Concerto in D” and Suk’s “Serenade for Strings.” General, $25; seniors, $18; students, $12; 12 and under, $5. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., Broomfield. 303-583-1278.

13 Sunday

Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K 8am-12pm. Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter, get a high-quality tech shirt, breakfast and enjoy the race expo: The 2014 Healthy Odyssey: Where Science, Engineering, and Health Collide for Kids. Race is a BolderBOULDER qualifier. Includes Diaper Dash for age 2 and under and a 1K fun run/walk. All ages. Reservations required. $20-$40. 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield. 303-464-7191.

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$9 nonresident. Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield. 303-464-5530. Flatiron Crossing Kids Club 11am-12pm. Meet in Dillard’s lower level court with your child for activities and games focusing on discovery through play. A partnership with National Geographic Kids. FlatIron Crossing, One West FlatIron Crossing Dr., Broomfield. 720-887-7467.

Modern Cloth Diapering 101 11am-12pm. Learn the ins and outs of modern cloth diapering from Becoming Mothers staff. Light refreshments will be provided. Reservations required. Becoming Mothers, 2525 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder. 303-546-6262 . Kids Paint Workshop 3-4:30pm. Participate in an acrylic painting workshop. Children will leave with their own 16 x 20” canvas painting. The subject matter changes each month. Age 6 and up. $25 + $5 materials fee. Reservations required online. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave. Unit B, Boulder. 303-503-1902.

15 Tuesday

Lost Girl Found Book Event 6:30pm. Join authors Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca as they

speak about and sign their new book, Lost Girl Found. Age 13 and up. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-447-2074.

16 Wednesday

Kid-To-Kid Climbing 14-ers 6-7pm. Hear 13-year-old Max Manson share a slide show and “how-to” for kids and families who would like to prepare for their first Colorado 14-er hike. Reservations required. Louisville Recreation and Senior Center, 900 W. Via Appia, Louisville. 303-666-7400.

17 Thursday

Easter Party Fun 10-11:30am. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny and enjoy face painting, Easter games, inflatables and prizes. Ages 2-5. $7 resident;

The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District ( makes many of these free days possible for Colorado residents. Check the website for additional venues and dates. Longmont Museum & Culture Center April 12, Second Sat. Boulder History Museum April 6, First Sun.

18 Friday Attend a one-day acting workshop during “Playing Pretend” Characters in Disguise, April 12.

Free Days

Honeybees & Me Program 10:30-11:30am. Learn all about honeybees and how important they are to pollination and food with this interactive program presented by Growing Gardens. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5.

19 Saturday

Family Dance Party 10am-12pm. Dance and move to music by live DJs with your kids. Includes opening circle time and closing song together. $13 for two, $15 per family online. $17 for two, $20 per family at the door. Avalon Ballroom, 62nd St. and Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303-641-8901. Eggstravaganza 11:30am. March with the Easter Bunny from The Bay Aquatic Park to the Broomfield Community Park. After marching, participate in the 20th Annual Egg Scramble, 12pm. In case of inclement weather, the Egg Scramble will be at the Broomfield Community Center.

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Ages 8 and under with families. No reservations required. The Bay Aquatic Park, 250 Spader Way, Broomfield. 303-464-5501.

21 Monday

In-Service Day Workshop Art and Nature: 9am-4pm. Study petroglyphs and paint on stone with natural earth-pigments; Carve an arctic animal out of soap and create a wearable work of art. Ages 5-10. Registration required. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. LEGO Club 6-7pm. Come join the club, listen to a few short books on a theme, and build themed LEGO® creations. Ages 5-10. No reservations required. Louisville Public Library, first floor meeting room, 951 Spruce St., Louisville. 303-335-4821.

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Boulder Calendar April

25 Friday

Preschool Dance Party 11-11:30 am. Join in an early childhood music and movement program. The children’s librarians will be spinning the newest kids’ music, reading books and using instruments and scarves. Ages 2-6 with caregiver. Louisville Public Library, first floor meeting room, 951 Spruce St., Louisville. 303-335-4821. Follow the Yellow Brick Road 6:30-7:30pm. Participate in a recreational ice skating time in honor of Flatiron’s Figure Skating’s performance of The Wizard of Oz. Wear yellow or any costume from The Wizard of Oz to get $2 off admission. Free members; $8 adult nonmembers; $5 youth nonmembers. Arapahoe YMCA, 2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette. 303-664-5455.

26 Saturday

Earth Day Science Camp 9am-12pm. Drop off your kids for a morning of science experiments, games and learning about the environment. Includes a goodie bag for each child. Presented by Broomfield’s Environmental Services, Park Services, Stormwater, and Wastewater Divisions. Ages 6-12. Reservations required. Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, Broomfield. 303-438-6329. CU Wizards 9:30am. Watch demonstration experiments by renowned University of Colorado professors. This month’s topic is “Immunity in Health and Disease: The Army Within” with Prof. Moni Fleshner. Grades 5-9 recommended;

all ages welcome. Cristol Chemistry building, University of Colorado campus, Boulder. 303-492-5011. cuwizards.html Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebration 10am-12pm. Watch tree plantings, get free seedlings, participate in prize drawings, see a flag ceremony by local Scouts and more. All ages. No reservations required. Erie Community Park, 450 Powers St., Erie. 303-926-2700. Children’s Bee Earth Day 10am-2pm. See page B1. Boulder Ballet Mother’s Day Storytime 11am. Join a special story time presented by ballerinas from the Boulder Ballet Company. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-447-2074. Mother-Daughter Book Club 4-5pm. Enjoy a discussion of the book with a fun activity. Feel free to join in even if you haven’t read the book. This month’s book is The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi. Moms with girls grades 3-6. Reservations required. George Reynolds Library, 3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. 303-441-3120.

27 Sunday

Wild Earth Day 11am-4pm. Engage in a day of entertainment and education about planet earth, sponsored by the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center. Find music, climate talks in the solar powered presentation tent, a climbing wall, live animals and more. Central Parks North and South, Boulder. 303-258-0495.


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On Stage Snow White and the Dwarves of Dweedlebury Through April 18. 10 and 11am. Join in the Kids Kabaret adventure as you learn, along with Snow White, that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a dwarf by his manners. $8. Reservations required. Boulder Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303-449-6000 ext. 4. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Fri.-Sun. through April 19. Hear the musical story of Millie, a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness, and her plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law. $16-$39. Reservations required. Jesters Dinner Theatre & School for the Performing Arts, 224 Main St., Longmont. 303-682-9980. William Shakespeare: Land of the Dead Fri.-Sat. through April 26. 7:30pm. Watch the show about an Elizabethan zombie plague that asks “To be or…Zombie?” Age 12 and up recommended. $10-$16. Reservations required. The Theater Company of Lafayette, Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St.,Lafayette. 720-209-2154.


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Lyle the Crocodile Through May 23. 10am and noon. 11am and 1pm select Sat. See the show about what happens when a big green croc turns up the family bathtub, based on the popular book series. $8-$10. Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 720-898-7200. Spring Dance Concert April 12-13. 1pm (both days) and 7pm (April 12). Enjoy a springtime dance concert featuring Expressions Dance Company. $10 adult; $8 student/senior. Niwot High School, 8989 E. Niwot Rd., Niwot. 303-413-7473. The Great Gatsby April 25-May 25. Get a glimpse into the music, wealth, glamour and decadence of the 1920s, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. $38 and up; $25 preview showings. Reservations required. Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 720-898-7200. Improv Theater Ongoing. Thu. 7pm, Fri. 7pm, Sat. 7 and 9:30pm. Laugh at family-friendly, improvisational comedy sketches where audience participation is part of the show, resulting in a different comedy each time. All ages. $18 adult, $16 age 15 and under, $12 age 15 and under on Thu. Reservations recommended. Madcap Theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. 303-460-3854.

Where the Kids Are The following locations are referred to frequently in the calendar. Discounted annual passes are available at some venues. Boulder History Museum Tue.-Sat. $6 adults, $3 students and children, $4 seniors, free under age 5. 1206 Euclid Ave., Boulder. 303-449-3464. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Tue.Sun. 11am-5pm. $5 adults, $4 students, seniors and educators, Free under age 12. 1750 13th St., Boulder. 303-443-2122. Butterfly Pavilion Daily 9am-5pm. $9.50 adults, $6.50 ages 2-12, free age 1 and under with paid adult, $7.50 age 65+. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 303-469-5441. The Family Garden Parenting Resource Center Daily. Hours/prices vary by day and class; see online calendar. 600 Airport Rd., Suite B, Longmont. 303-678-1144.

Spring Heritage Day at Walker Ranch Homestead 10am-3pm. Experience springtime on a Victorian mountain ranch. Walker Ranch Homestead, 8999 Flagstaff Rd., Boulder. 303-776-8848. Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival 1-5pm. Gather to “wake up the tulips” with the Tulip Fairy in this springtime tradition, featuring special performances and activities for girls and boys. See more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season. All ages. No reservations required. Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St., Boulder. 303-449-3774.

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Longmont Museum & Culture Center Mon.Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 1-5pm. Admission free for permanent exhibits. Admission for special exhibits $5 adults, $3 students/seniors (62+), free age 5 and under. 400 Quail Rd., Longmont. 303-651-8374. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm. Sat. 9am-4pm. Sun. 10am-4pm. Closed Labor Day. University of Colorado, Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder. 303-492-1666. WOW! Children’s Museum Tue.-Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. noon4pm. $9 children ages 15 months to 11 years, adults and infants 14 months and under free. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. 303-604-2424.

“Paint With Me” Adult/Child Workshop 3pm-4:30pm. Connect with your child through painting in an art workshop designed by Art Therapist Michelle Fox. Age 5 and up with caregiver. Reservations required. $35 + $10 materials fee (total for adult and child). Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave. Unit B, Boulder. 303-503-1902.

29 Tuesday

CU Symphony The Planets: 7:30pm. Enjoy a program by Gustav Holst, featuring the CU Symphony and accompanied by multi-media NASA imagery of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. $10 and up. Reservations required. Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado campus, Boulder. 303-492-8008.

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Boulder Calendar April

Ongoing Activities Nature AND Play After School Garden Club Tue. and Thu. 3:45-5:15pm. April 29-May 22. Dig in the dirt, build insect and bird habitats, dress up as beekeepers, plant vegetables and more. $12 per session. Reservations required. Children’s Peace Garden, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder. 303-443-9952. Cycling Terrain Park: Daily 5am-11pm. Bike on 42 acres of terrain offering diverse amenities for different cycling styles and abilities. Check the website for closures. Valmont Bike Park, 3160 Airport Rd., Boulder. 303-413-7219. Kids’ Nite Out Ongoing Fri. 7-10:30pm. Enjoy kids’ games, prizes, music, contests and swimming in a supervised environment. $10 per person. Snacks and drinks available for purchase. Reservations required. Ages 7-13. Paul Derda Recreation Center, 13201 Lowell Blvd., Broomfield. 303-460-6900. Kids’ Rides and Games Daily. 10am-7pm. Enjoy miniature golf, go karts, batting cages, a kiddie train, driving range and more. $2-$10; prices varies by activity. Multiple activities pass available. Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 N. 28th St., Boulder. 303-442-4386. Family Science Shows Ongoing. Select Thu-Sun. Check website for monthly film schedule. Watch a variety of family-friendly, sciencerelated shows on the planetarium’s giant screen. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder. 303-492-5002. Weather and Climate Tours Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat.-Sun. 9am-4pm. Public tours Mon., Wed., Fri. 12pm. Enjoy an informative and interactive view of weather and climate at a world-class science laboratory. National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. 303-497-1174. Kids’ Indoor Ski Gym Ongoing. Check online schedule for open gym


times. Enjoy fun, unstructured play related to skiing, sledding and more. $10 nonmembers for open gym; $15 nonmembers for ski/board gym. Ages 10 mo. and up. Other ski and snowboard programs available to members. Shredder Play and Ski Gym, 5541 Central Ave, Ste. 105, Boulder. 303-396-1754. Open Gym Sat. 1-3pm. Drop in to use the gymnastics center on your own for unstructured activity. $8. Ages 6-18. Participants must have a signed waiver. No coaches or parents allowed in the gym. Space is limited. North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, Boulder. 303-413-7270. Interactive Play Space Mon.-Fri. 8:30-11:30am; 12:30-4:30pm. Sat. 8:30-10am. Explore with your kids or relax while they enjoy an indoor play space with child-size grocery store, puppets, construction zone, science and art opportunities, tumbling mats and more. $7 per person. Play! At Grandrabbit’s. 2525 Arapahoe Ave. H-7, Boulder. 303-443-8675. Tea Tours Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm. Sun. 11am-3pm. Tour an advanced tea production plant, enjoy tea samples and browse the display of original tea box artwork on a 45-minute tour. Age 5 and up. Reservations required for groups of 8 or more. Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder. 303-581-1202.

Music Studio, a research based music and movement program. Ages birth-4 with caregiver. RSVP online or call Jane Smolens. The Boulder Piano Gallery, 3111 Walnut St., Boulder. 303-413-1120. Toddler Music Classes Tue. 9:30 and 10:30am, Wed. 9:30am, Thu. 9am. Enjoy live music classes for toddlers. Birth-age 5 (Tue.-Wed. classes); Ages 3-5 (Thu. class). $17 per class drop-in. No reservations required. Harmony Music House, 2525 1/2 Broadway, Boulder. 303-444-7444. Homeschool Studio Tue. 10-11:15am. Create art in open studio time reserved for homeschoolers in Boulder county. Reservations required. Clementine Studio, 1237 Pine St., Boulder. 303-443-2520. Musical Storytime with Alice and Melanie First Mon. and third Thu. of the month, 10:15am. Join a special story time filled with songs, musical stories, and more. Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater, 1000 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. 303-441-3099.

Nite At The Rec Fri. through May 9. 7-10:30 pm. Enjoy themed nights of fun including sports tournaments, dance contests, inflatables, swimming, concessions and more. Grades 3-7. $10 per person. Louisville Recreation and Senior Center, 900 W. Via Appia, 303-335-4920. Learn Origami Second Tue. 6:30pm, fourth Wed. 1pm, fourth Sat. 10am. Learn origami in an informal setting with the Boulder Folders. Bring your own paper if you have them. Age 10 and up. George Reynolds Library, 3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. 303-441-3120. “Natural Highs” for Teens Tue. through the school year 4:15-6:15pm. Hang out with a community of teens who are learning to feel good, without the use of drugs and alcohol. The class includes cutting-edge brain chemistry, body-mind practices, nonjudgmental dialogue and inspiration to examine your own relationship to substances and addictive behaviors. Hope Church, 4705 Baseline Rd., Boulder. 303-859-5778.

Family Nature Center and Trail Mon.-Tue. 1-5pm (nature center). Half-mile trail open daily. Enjoy outdoor opportunities including bird watching and a salt marsh ecosystem. Ages 3-15. Thorne Nature Center, Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center, 1466 N. 63rd St., Boulder. 303-499-3647 x100. CLASSES, CLUBS AND PROGRAMs Music Together Demo Class April 1-7. Times vary. Try out a class for families interested in finding out more about the Music Together Program with Mountain Song

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Photo Courtesy Harmony Music House

Try out a variety of ongoing music classes for toddlers at Harmony Music House, Boulder.

Parenting Classes and Coaching Ongoing. See website for class schedule. Develop your parenting skills for a wide variety of parenting situations and life stages, through ongoing classes, coaching and psychotherapy services. REAL Parenting, 1530 55th St., Boulder. 303-397-0646. Open Studio Art Wed. 2-5pm, Sat. 10am-1pm. Drop in with your kids to explore a variety of stations with art materials, ideas and techniques. All ages. Children under age 4 must be supervised. $12 first hour; $6 additional hour; two hour max. No reservations required. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave. Unit B, Boulder. 303-503-1902. Monday Morning Milk (and Cookies) Mon. 9-10am. Drop in and discuss questions or concerns related to breastfeeding, newborn/infant behavior and early parenting with Stephanie Moore, RN, BSN, IBCLC. $10 for private mini-lactation consultations. Becoming Mothers, 2525 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder. 303-546-6262. Children’s Art Classes Daily. See online schedule for class times. Learn about a variety of art mediums such as acrylic paintings, pencil drawings, collage, etc. in small group settings. Ages 3-15. Drop-in rates: $25 one hour, $30 1½ hour, $35 two hours. Sunflower Art Studio, 5345 Arapahoe Ave. #6, Boulder. 720-939-7545. Game Night 1st and 3rd Fri. of each month, 4:30-6:30pm. Enjoy playing board games with others or try out Wii games on the big screen. Use the library’s games or bring a personal favorite. No reservations required. Meadows Library, 4800 Baseline Rd., Boulder. 303-441-4390. Lego Story Club 1st and 3rd Wed. of the month, 4-5pm. Read stories, build LEGOs based on the story theme. Great for beginning to experienced LEGO® builders. George Reynolds Library, 3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. 303-441-3120.

Sunday Art Play Most Sun. 10-11:30am. Call to confirm schedule. Create and explore art using a variety of materials. Have your children wear clothing appropriate for getting messy. Reservations required the Fri. before. Clementine Studio, 1237 Pine St., Boulder. 303-443-2520. Saturday Art Experience 2nd and 4th Sat. Noon and 1pm. Create art using a wide variety of techniques, led by experienced artists. $10. Ages 5-8 noon; Ages 9-12 1pm. Reservations required. Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave., Longmont. 303-651-2787. Discovery Days Tues., Wed., Fri. 9am, 10:15am, and 12:30pm, when public school is in session. Engage in creative arts and crafts projects. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. $4 resident, $4.50 nonresident. Longmont Museum and Culture Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Story and Song Time Tue. 10:30am, Fri. 11:15am. Come sing, hear a story and pop some bubbles with your little ones. The Family Garden Parenting Resource Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Toddler Yoga Thu. 10:45am. Learn yoga and movement, breath work, and kid-friendly meditation/ relaxation alongside your toddler. Ages 18 mo.-5 yr. $10 per class. The Family Garden Parenting Resource Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Pre-School Yoga Thu. 4:155pm. Practice yoga and play games in a Young Warriors style class. Ages 3-6 with caregiver. $10 per class. The Family Garden Parenting Resource Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Mommy and Me Yoga Mon. 10:15am. Strengthen and stretch your bodies and calm your minds in an environment where babies are welcome to nurse, nap or play. For moms with newborns to pre-walkers but all stages are welcome. $10 per class. The Family Garden Parenting Resource Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5.

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Boulder Calendar April

Ongoing Activities (continued) Do Re Mi and You Mon. and Wed. 10:15-11am. Sing, dance, create, play and explore through live music with an experienced music instructor. Ages 6 weeks-6 years. No reservations required. $15 per class drop-ins; first class free. Off Broadway School of Fine Arts, 1237 Pine St., Boulder. 720-244-8760. Storytime With Judy Volc Wed. 10am. Join expert story reader Judy Volc from the Children’s Department for some wonderful stories. Reservations not required. Barnes and Noble at Crossroads Commons, 2999 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-444-0349. Healthy Start Storytime Sat. 11am. Enjoy stories along with snacks provided by Whole Foods. Reservations not required. Barnes and Noble at Crossroads Commons, 2999 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-444-0349. Go Club for Kids and Teens Sun. 2-5:30pm. Learn to play or try to master the ancient Chinese board game, Go. Boards provided; take-home cardboard versions available. Age 5 and up. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303-441-3099. MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS Boulder County Ditches Through April 13. See historic images of Boulder’s ditches and contemporary photos in the same locations, created in 2009. Also features new photos taken during and after the 2013 flood. Boulder History Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. “Build it WOW!” Exhibit Through Apr. 30. Put building skills to the test and explore a variety of ways to build. Connect pipes, link an arch and weave a nest. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. WOW! Craft Club 11am-1pm. Second Saturday of each month.


Get crafty with monthly themes. Ages 3-8. Included with admission. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Longs Peak Room Interactive Gallery Enjoy the best view in Longmont while the kids have fun with hands-on games, try on our crow and buffalo costumes, and uncover mysteries in the discovery drawers. Longmont Musuem and Culture Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. “The Land, The Space, The Square”and “A Language of Structure” Through April 13. See paintings, video works, drawing and digital prints by Mexico Citybased artist Anibal Catalan and an exploration of form and structure in Denver-based artist Derrick Velazquez’s work. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. See Where the Kids Are, page B5.

use a variety of media from the traditional (photographs and painting) to the unconventional (smog on porcelain). Longmont Museum & Culture Center. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Discovery Corner Ongoing. Put together puzzles, touch bones and artifacts, identify fossils, learn about Colorado animals, card wool, design a Navajo blanket, perform a puppet show and more. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Western Art Museum Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat.-Sun. and holidays 10am-5pm. See one of the nation’s largest collections of western art and an outdoor bronze sculpture garden. Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, 6055 Longbow Dr., Boulder. 303-729-3440.

BMoCa at Macky Through March 30. See an exhibit of large-scale, steel-powder paintings by Seoul-based artist, Kim Jongku, created during a two month visiting-artist residency at the University of Colorado. Located in the foyer of the Macky Auditorium. Andrew J. Macky Gallery, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. 303-443-2122.

“Ancient Southwest: Peoples, Pottery and Place” Through April 14. See more than 100 rarely exhibited ceramics from the museum’s celebrated southwestern collection that takes visitors through more than 1000 years of southwestern history. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. See Where the Kids Are, page B5.

“COLLECT: The Art of Colorado Corporations” Through March 30. Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 1-5pm. Open until 7:30 on theater performance nights. View corporate art collections and learn about their importance in the region. Free docent-led tours of the galleries and history museum are available to groups of five or more. Call the tour line to schedule. Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 720-898-7255.

Toddler Hour Tues.-Wed. 9-10am. Explore the museum in the company of only young children, without the complication of schoolage children. Age 5 and under. Regular admission applies. WOW Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5.

“Ignite! The Art of Sustainability” Through May 11. View artists’ works from California and Colorado that explore solutions to ecological challenges. Artists

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Corden Pharma Discovery Room Tue.-Sat. through Dec. 2014. Construct, test, experiment and explore materials at kids’ own pace while learning the fundamentals of math, science and technology. Ages 4-8. Regular admission applies. Boulder History Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Storymakers A Boulder History: Through Dec. 2015. Explore two

galleries telling the story of Boulder County before European-American settlement up until the early 1900s. Boulder History Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Art Room Days Tue.-Fri. 10am-2pm. Experiment with different art supplies daily in the museum’s art room. Tue: Clay Day, Wed: Paint Day, Thu: Stamp Day, Fri: Stencil Day. No reservations required. Regular admission applies. WOW! Children’s Museum. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Outdoor Science Exhibit Daily. Discover handson explorations of space, time and earth systems for kids, in a permanent, outdoor exhibition. Includes a sundial and local weather reporting station, a sculpture tracking the Institute of Standards & Technology’s famous atomic clock and a 35-foot tall sounding rocket used in atmospheric studies. Twenty Ninth Street outdoor retail center, 29th St. and Canyon, Boulder. 303-444-0722. Butterfly Encounters Daily. 12:30 and 3:30pm. Watch butterflies be released into the rainforest and learn more about them. Regular admission applies. The Butterfly Pavilion. See Where the Kids Are, page B5. Open House at the Assay Office Museum Third Sat. 10am-2pm. Find out how miners discovered the value of their finds using an assay office. For grade school-age and older. Assay Office Museum, 6352 Fourmile Canyon Dr., Boulder. 303-776-8848. Louisville History Tue., Wed., Sat., 10am-3pm. Tour a historic general store, a coal miner’s house and view a variety of artifacts, photos and coal mining equipment related to the settlement of the city. Louisville Historical Museum, 1001 Main St., Louisville. 303-665-9048.

Colorado Parent | April 2014  
Colorado Parent | April 2014