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Volume 20 No. 1

Articles titled in blue are great reading for kids, green for directories.

From the Publisher...................................................................... 5

Cover Story—Rajarshi Bose..................... 5

The Toxicity of Guilt and Shame....... 6

Kids’ Planet...................................................... 8 What is So Special about Art?....... 10 What Goes Into Making Coins?....................... 14

Izzy’s Garden.......................................................... 15

Spring Sparkle Secrets..................... 16

Avery’s Avid-Reader Corner............................. 17

News about Town............................................... 18

Good Manners................................................................ 19 Home Away from home................. 20

What Do I Do Now, Romona?.......................... 22

Cleaning Green............................. 23

Geo-Cache In....................................................................... 24

HELPFUL SERVICES DIRECTORY............................. 25

Dancing in the Dark............... 26

CAMP DIRECTORY........................................ 28–43

Child Care/Preschool DIRECTORY........ 44–48 Private school DIRECTORY............................. 49–50

Health care Directory.......................................... 51

Travel Health Tips............................................. 51

Birthday Party Directory........................... 52–53

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS................................. 54–57

Spring Calendar of Events................. 58–61 Editor in Chief - Jennifer Martin Totally Cool Cover Art - Rajarshi Bose Best in the World Printers - Longmont Daily Times-Call Distribution Gurus - Impact Distribution Official Mascot - Indie To Perfection Editing & Proofing (really, the gal is so good!) - Linda Carlson The Most Awesome Web Designer - Bolderwomen: www.bolderwomen.com

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appy new year to everyone. We hope your holidays were wonderful. Here we are into another year. This year will bring us into Boulder County Kids’ 20th year, and boy are we are excited. Our camp issue is up to 16 pages. and we are pleased to see so many different summer programs you can enjoy. Remember to book your camp programs early, as many sell out. Have a great spring!

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The Toxicity of Guilt and Shame by Jessica Dancingheart

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s we journey through life, it is our lot as humans to make mistakes and not meet our own or other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expectations. Unfortunately, these experiences of missing the mark can lead to feelings of shame and guilt. Just as an uncleaned food spill gets messier, unresolved guilt and shame do as well. As long as they are not dealt with, these two reactions can cause low self-esteem, depression, withdrawal, self-aggression, and outward aggression. It is important for us as parents to guide our children to view disappointments and mistakes as opportunities for learning and taking corrective action, so we can have healthy relationships and get closer to achieving our goals. We can do so by teaching them in a non-punitive environment that when we reach the painful junc-

tures of seeming failures to ask the questions, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happened?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who was harmed?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who was responsible for what part?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What were the unspoken expectations?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Were the spoken expectations realistic?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What of our current skills and resources can we use to take corrective actions?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What additional skills or resources do we need?â&#x20AC;? If we were to apply this to a relational harm, for example the exchange of painful words, we could ask all involved to explain what happened. So, if Johnny called Annie â&#x20AC;&#x153;stupid,â&#x20AC;? we

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might find out that Johnny was playing with Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toy without asking. When Annie found out, she took away the toy angrily from Johnny, telling him that he could not play with her or her toy ever again, and Johnny in his upset, called Annie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stupid.â&#x20AC;? It would be clear when finding out the facts that both Annie and Johnny were harmed. Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toy was used without her permission, and she felt pain when she was called stupid. Johnny was hurt as he felt fear and lost hope of being able to play with his friend Annie or her toy. When Johnny and Annie are asked what part they are responsible for, if they trust they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be punished or made out to be bad people, Johnny may say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sorry Annie that I played with your toy without asking and then called you stupid.â&#x20AC;? Annie may say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sorry for grabbing the toy from you and saying I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play with you again.â&#x20AC;? With older kids, as is age appropriate, you may explore the expectations. In this case,

the unspoken expectations may have been that Johnny thought he could play with Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toys anytime, and Annie may have thought that he could only play with her toys when he asked. Once the unspoken expectations are articulated, there could be a discussion of how they could work for all involved. If there was a spoken expectation/ agreement that Johnny would ask before using Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toys, then Annie and Johnny could see whether that is realistic under all circumstances. For example, if Annie is not there, is it realistic for Johnny to ask for permission? Obviously not, so there could be clarification that Johnny must ask for permission, and if Annie is not around he could only play with some of her toys and not others. To take corrective action, Johnny may apologize and offer Annie the ability to play with any of his toys without asking for an hour. Annie may say sorry and offer to play with him and both his and her toys. In this case, additional skills and resources are not needed, but in the case of, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say, a failed test, the additional skill and resources may be guided study time and/or review of the failed test to find gaps in understanding and a subsequent focus on learning what is not understood. When we ask these questions non-punitively, with the idea that mistakes are not a reflection of our self-worth, and practice this method ourselves, our children will grow


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House Finch warbling from a treetop. Later in the spring I always hear American Robins “sounding off” to claim their territories and attract a mate. It is the male that does the singing, not the female. This is true with most birds. In February the crocuses are blooming, and later, the daffodils and tulips begin to pop their heads out of the ground. It is interesting that some kinds of flower bulbs grow and appear sooner than others. This is particularly true on the south side of a building in the sun. It has what we call a warmer microclimate compared to the shady north side. Tulips are usually the last of the bulb flowers to bloom. In March you might notice that Red-winged Blackbirds are beginning to appear in swamp areas, singing their distinctive “oak-a-leeee” call. I like to think they are singing my name! You should take your iPod out of your ear, go outside, and listen for these various bird songs. Then try to spot and identify

the kind of bird that is singing. You might even get a copy of a bird book that has both the pictures and songs of the birds that have been recorded by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. You can get a similar application for your iPhone. This can become a fun activity for the whole family. Another swamp sound to listen for later in the spring is the call of chorus frogs. It is similar to the sound of running you finger along a hair comb. When a lot of these frogs join together in song, it indeed makes a chorus; thus their name. You may also begin to hear some other kinds of frogs giving their distinctive calls. As spring progresses, notice the buds on the bushes and trees in your yard, neighborhood park, or school yard. They will begin to swell in size, and some may even change color. One of the earliest bushes to bloom is Forsythia. It has beautiful bright yellow flowers. Then later you may see wild plum and apple trees begin to bloom. I love the smell of these blossoms! One of my favorite kind of bird appears in late April or early May. They are the swallows, especially Barn, Tree, and Cliff Swallows. All swallows eat flying insects.


That is why they migrate south before winter and return again in the spring. There must be flying insects present in order for these birds to survive. The swallows are followed by other kinds of migratory birds such as orioles, tanagers, vireos, and warblers. They are called “neotropical species” because they migrate south to warmer climates in the fall and return back here in the spring. I hope you will enjoy the spring as I do by getting outside and using all your senses to see what you can discover. This will certainly bring you closer to nature!

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WHAT IS SO “SPECIAL” ABOUT ART?

by Claudia Lewis

The knowledge assessed on standardized tests is essential, but it isn’t the whole picture. Plenty of studies confirm what art teachers have always known: more exposure to the arts increases higher-order critical thinking skills and helps to improve test scores.

Special (spesh-uhl) noun, given unusual treatment because of being uncommon.

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re the arts special? Visit many school websites and you will discover that visual art and performing arts are listed in a department known as “Specials.” As an artist and art teacher, I know that the arts are, in fact, very special. Uncommon is the part that worries me. The tenuous position of the arts in our public schools and the lack of understanding of their worth is nothing new. When budgets are strained, the “Specials” have always been the first to go. But as a growing number of studies have shown, schools without robust programs in visual and performing arts are missing the boat when it comes to preparing students to be productive members of the information age.

21st Century skills

In the 20th cCentury, when most American workers held industrial jobs, the essential skills were knowing a trade, following directions, getting along with others, working hard, and being efficient, prompt, honest, and fair. Our

public school system was originally designed to teach these skills and prepare our workforce. In the 21st century, we have moved into the information age where more than 50% of tomorrow’s new jobs will be in the creative sector. Students need to be able to analyze problems and create solutions, collaborate in teams, understand design principles, question and evaluate a constant flood of information, and innovate using emerging technologies. According to the employment giant, Manpower, a significant number of employers are already reporting a “talent mismatch” between skill-sets employers need and workers’ qualifications.

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arts classes. These include observing, envisioning, innovating, and reflecting. These thinking skills are characteristic of pioneers such as Steve Jobs. Jobs was originally propelled by his interest in electronics, but that was not what made him great. His genius came from the ability to observe and reflect on human behavior and envision innovative products that did not yet exist. Jobs created things we did not yet know we needed, but eventually found we couldn’t live without. In 2002, the Nation Art Education Association published a list of “10 Lessons the Arts Teach” (see sidebar). Unlike other subjects, the arts teach students to seek multiple solutions to problems and to make and support qualitative judgments. The arts teach us to embrace the unknown and increase our ability to adapt. In our ever-shrinking global community, the arts, like travel, expose us to ways of looking at the world that are different from our own. As Katniss Everdeen might agree, one must have more than one arrow in her quiver. Sadly, when test scores dictate where district budgets are spent, these essential learning skills are undervalued. Since the No Child Left Behind Act was implemented in 2001, many of our nation’s school districts have significantly cut their arts programs.

What You Can Do at School

What can parents do to ensure that their children are getting the well-rounded education they need? Let your principals and school board members know you think the arts are important and why. Exercise your right to open enroll your child in a school that offers a broad selection of arts opportunities. Volunteer in the art room. Sponsor an after-school art, music, or drama club. The National Art Education Association and Harvard University’s Project Zero have many arts advocacy resources on their websites. Get involved.

What You Can Do at Home

Project Zero is a 35+ year study devoted to researching the mental processes involved in artistic activity. Their theory was that creative thinking skills are as powerful as the learning of facts and concepts. One of PZ’s initiatives, Artful Thinking (PZartfulthinking.org), has more than a dozen games and thinking routines you can do with your child. Try the “I See, I Think, I Wonder” routine for exploring artwork and other interesting things you see around you. For example, you might use a spider web. Ask your child to describe what he sees. He might say, “I see sticky little strings attached together in a round pattern.” Ask what he thinks about it and why. He


might say, “I think the spider put it on our porch because bugs fly through here and he wants to catch them.” Ask what he wonders about it. He might say, “I wonder if bugs taste good to a spider or if they would like pizza better.” Next, you could have your child imagine he is the spider and draw a plan for catching pizza in his web. These exercises will encourage kids of all ages to be artful thinkers in their daily lives. Last month at the annual Colorado Art Education Assoc. Annual Conference, I had the opportunity to hear the dynamic Dr. Wanda B. Knight, professor at Penn State, speak about how art educators can advocate for the arts as an integral part of our school curriculum. Dr. Knight said something in her keynote speech that I will never forget. She said, “The arts have long been thought of as the icing on the cake. What I want people to know is that the arts are the flour. Without them, there is no cake.” Now, that’s what I’m talking about. S O U R C E : E i s n e r, E . (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, (pp. 70–92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. Claudia Lewis is an artist, an art teacher and advocate. She recently earned her MA in Art Education from UNC. For more than 20 years, she has been the owner and director of Lewis Graphics. Claudia loves teaching art, and especially likes working with at-risk students. Contact her at (303) 530-1534 or fullcircle.claudia@gmail.com. To see Claudia’s work and that of her students, please visit claudialewisarts.zenfolio.com.

BOULDER County Kids 10 Lessons the Arts Teach 1. How to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. 2. Problems can have more than one solution and questions can have more than one answer. 3. Celebrate multiple perspectives. 4. Willingness to surrender to unanticipated possibilities as the work unfolds. 5. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our understanding.

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6. Small differences can have large effects. 7. Thinking through and within a material. 8. Learning to say what cannot be said. 9. Have experiences we can have from no other source and discover what we are capable of feeling. 10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

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WHAT GOES INTO MAKING COINS by Steve Carr

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OW COINS ARE MADE. A SIX-STEP PROCESS 1. Blanking. Blanks are punched from coiled strips of metal about 13 inches by 1,500 feet in a blanking press. The leftover webbing is chopped up and recycled. The cent (penny) is the only coin stamped onto premade blanks. 2 . Annealing, Washing and Drying. The blanks are heated in an annealing furnace to soften them. Then they are run through a washer and dryer. 3. Upsetting. Next, the good blanks go through an upsetting mill. This raises a rim around their edges. 4 . Striking. Finally, the blanks go to the coining press. Here, they are stamped with the designs and inscriptions that make them genuine United States coins. 5 . Inspecting. Press operators using magnifying glasses spot-check each batch of newly struck coins. 6. Counting and Bagging. A n a u t o m a t i c counting machine counts the coins and drops them into large bags. Forklifts move the pallets of

sealed bags to vaults for storage. Trucks take new coins to Federal Reserve Banks, then to local financial institutions. What are current circulating coins made from? Quarters and dimes are composed of cupro-nickel clad, with a pure copper core and an outer layer of a 75 percent copper, 25 percent nickel alloy. Nickels are made from the same 75-25 alloy, and the penny, once a copper coin, is now composed of copper plated zinc. These pennies are less expensive for the Mint to manufacture, and at 2.5 grams each, weigh about 20% less than the penny previously minted of 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc, which weighed 3.11 grams. Why is the penny coin larger than the dime coin? What determines the sizes of our coins?

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The sizes of United States coins can help you to identify each one, but have nothing to do with their value. The first U.S. five-cent coins (nickels) were made of silver, and were smaller than the ten-cent coins (dimes) in circulation today. You may be interested to know that our coinage system, to a certain extent, has grown out of custom or, in other words, out of daily use. When United States coins were first produced in 1793, our standard coin was the silver dollar. The United States Mint produced the rest of our coins (except the one-cent coin) in a proportionate metallic content to the dollar, with the sizes regulated accordingly. The half-dime (or five-cent denomination) had 1/20th the amount of silver contained in the dollar. Our 10-cent coin contained 1/10th the amount of silver, the quarter-dollar coin (the quarter) contained 1/4th the amount, and the half-dollar coin contained 1/2 the amount. Mint officials recognized the need for a larger five-cent coin because the half-dime was exactly half the size of the dime. This proved to be too small for convenient handling by the public. Adoption of the fivecent coin as we know it today occurred in 1866. The Mint increased the coin’s size and changed its metallic content

from silver and copper to a combination of copper and nickel. Why do some coins have grooves on the edges and why are they there? The dollar, half-dollar, quarter, and 10-cent coin (dime) denominations were originally produced from precious metals (gold and silver). Reeded edges were eventually incorporated into the design of these denominations to deter counterfeiting and fraudulent use of the coins, for example, filing down the edges in an attempt to recover the precious metals. The one-cent (penny) and five-cent pieces (nickels) are considered “minor” coins of the United States and have never contained precious metals. Currently, none of the coins produced for circulation contain precious metals. However, the continued use of reeded edges on current circulating coinage of larger denominations is useful to the visually impaired. For example, the 10-cent (dime) and one-cent coins are similar in size; the reeding of the dime makes it easily identifiable by touch. What is the life span of a coin? The approximate life span of a coin is 25 years. Reference source: www.usmint.gov To obtain more information, contact or stop by Boulder Valley Credit Union. There is no cost, no obligation, and the benefits can be invaluable. Call (303) 442-8850 or visit www.bvcu.org


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Izzy’s Garden by Isabella Martinez

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ello. My name is Isabella Martinez. I am a freshman at Boulder High School and have greatly enjoyed the past few months there. As the seasons change, flowers of bright yellow shades bloom and the sky is beginning to brighten with magic. This time of year is spring. In my opinion spring is a time of renewal. It is a new beginning that allows a fresh start to a brand-new year. In a previous article, I wrote about stress and the causes and ways to relieve it. In this issue I would like to give a gift to my readers relating to the past subject. I will express the magic of spring and how community is very much needed to allow a happy lifestyle. Once upon a time, during the beautiful season of fall, Colorful Colorado’s skies were dark for days. Water poured in every direction and puddled in the streets. Water

rushed and poured into flooding creeks. This was the hundred-year flood. These devastating days caused great harm all over Colorado. The water destroyed houses and caused destruction. After the dreadful flood, animals and people gathered and helped each other through the rough times. People of all kinds cleaned the streets and helped to straighten up houses. Volunteers went to parks and trails and helped repair nature’s gifts. I like to think that animals of all kinds hovered and observed as the humans helped to clean the place that everyone shares. The damage was seen all the

way into the winter months, but help kept coming and the community stuck together. The towns soon looked brighter with happiness, and the tears that came with the flood vanished and turned to smiles. Farmers planted crops that provided food, and the animals found peace in the mountains that had recovered. During the flood it was a very stress-filled time, but as I have learned, good things can happen despite stress. I watched a community pull together and express great happiness. This really shows the people wanting to protect each other and do what

they can to help. When there are hard times, we need to be able to depend on others and get through the difficulty in a happy and healthy manner with respect to all. A great positive that was discovered in this negative were new friendships and a community that shows love. As the spring arrives, bushes green as forests grow, flowers bloom, the sun shines, and the land as a whole looks refreshed. As spring has arrived, I feel that the communities smile a little brighter toward each other and seem stronger. There are always times that feel sad, but there is a period of time that will bring joy and melt away the stress. I think that when you witness something very hard, especially if it is happening near you, you realize how important it is to be able to depend on the people around you and look to the future and the good times. When you feel that there is stress in your life, remember this story and think of the outcome. Think about the fresh air that you breath, the clear skies above you, and the people that hold you in their circle of love. Breathe deeply and enjoy all that is wonderful in the world.

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Spring Sparkle Secrets

by Sue Van Rayes

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hh…spring. As we emerge from the winter months, we wake up to the early morning sunlight returning and the smell of blooming flowers poking their heads through to warming earth. In the spring we often feel the urge to cleanse our lives, our bodies, and our beings for a clearer and energized new season of living life to the fullest. As you read through the following words and ideas, take a moment to ponder what needs cleansing in your life. What do you seek to shed this spring to “lighten” up and access the inner freedom we all yearn for?

So often when we think of cleansing, we see visions of ancient yogi’s fasting, or modern health food junkies checking out the newest cleansing trends. This year let us clean out and cleanse what is not serving us in our lives. Let us use the energy of the season of spring to enhance the journey to more radiance and vitality from the inside out. Your spring sparkle comes from a combination of so many components, some of which include of your inner health, your thoughts, how you move your body each day, and your sacred space or home. Check out these spring sparkle secrets and see what you can do to revitalize your spring season. 1. Body Bliss Can you access the bliss your physical body is designed to feel? When you wake up each day are you ready to conquer your life with energy and vitality? If you feel like many people do these days, a little tired, a little sluggish try these health secrets to enhance your energy. Eat with the season. As the leafy greens spring up and the dandelions fill your yard, try finding some ways to cleanse your

diet with some of nature’s spring gifts. In the spring we are designed to eat lighter, darker, and leafier greens, and oh those dandelions do wonders for cleansing the liver. (be sure they are pesticide-free before you eat, or buy at your local health food store) they about your body, your past decisions, your bad habits? Whenever you hear the negative thoughts, try to take note, then flip them around into a positive affirmation as often as you can, to practice unconditional happiness and self-love.

J uice . J u i c i n g d a i l y blesses the body with a huge amount of extra nutrients that are easily absorbed. As you pulverize and strain those veggies in the juicer, you do a huge favor to your digestion. You pour liquid nutrients into your system for a fountain of amazing energy and purification. Reset your energy with a Whole Food lifestyle. This spring try to eat only whole foods for one whole week. Whole food eating means eating food found in its whole form. Avoid processed foods, refined carbohydrates and foods that have an ingredient list. 2. Flip your Script If you are someone who hears your own self-critic loud and clear all day long, full of shame, blame, and self sabotage…it is time to “clean” up your self-talk. Flipping your script means giving your common mental script an overhaul. What are the most common thoughts that bring you down? Are

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3. Move it & Shake it One of most effective ways to energize your life is through daily movement. How is your MOJO? Practices such as YOGA, BRISK WALKING/HIKING, and DANCE can move energy in big ways. Get yourself out of inertia this spring and MOVE IT, SHAKE IT, GROOVE IT. Enliven your spirit and up your mojo with some juicy movement of your own. Take walks in the beautiful spring air, inspire yourself with your favorite yoga teacher, or make yourself a new playlist to inspire your daily run. Learn to feel good


in your body through movement you love.

4. Clear out your Space Spring cleaning is not a made up phenomenon. We naturally cleanse during the spring season because it feels so therapeutic to climb out of the winter hibernation into a fresh and clear environment. Getting rid of the old and making room for the new is an important energizer for your space and your experience this spring. But in addition to aesthetics, there are proven health reasons for steam-cleaning carpets, airing out curtains, and the like, noting that the benefits include preventing the spread of germs and keeping allergy symptoms at bay. Clearing out clutter also helps make your environment a happier as well as a healthier place. For a little spring cleaning joy, add some essential oils to your eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Try rear-

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ranging and reorganize your sacred space. You are off to a great start for some revitalization and renewal this year. Spring is always an exciting time to start anew, plant our seeds of intention, and watch, tend, and nurture them as the season unfolds. Let’s make it a beauty! Happy spring!

SUE VAN RAES is a dynamic and passionate nutritional therapist, health coach, and yoga instructor in Boulder. Sue specializes in women’s health and hosts both individual programs and ongoing women’s groups and retreats, both locally and internationally. Sue founded Boulder Nutrition in 2003 and is the confounder of Health For Life International, a cleanse company designing programs for yoga studios all over the country. Check out www.bouldernutrition.com or www. healthwise-woman.com for more information. Sue’s recently published book, HEALTH WISE: True Health and Happiness for the Empowered Woman, is a culmination of her life’s continual self-study and work. Follow her on Facebook at Health Wise Woman or subscribe to the Health Wise Community.

Avery’s Avid-Reader Corner Review by Avery Katz, age 16

Title: The Book Thief Author: Markus Zusac Ages: 12 and up Publisher: Random House Price: $7.21 (Amazon.com)

Summary: The story, which is set in Nazi Germany,

follows the life of a young girl, Liesel, and is narrated throughout by Death. The story begins with a tragic scene on a train that Liesel is riding in order to reach her foster parents. During the ride, her brother (whom she is very close to) passes away due to a rather mysterious cause. Then, during a short funeral procession for her brother at the latter end of the train ride, Liesel spots a book, and picks it up to keep as a memory of her brother. She tenderly picks up the book, which she knows will forever serve as a reminder of her brother. The only kicker here is that Lisesel does not yet know how to read. This will be a pivotal point in the story, as a great deal of time is used discussing Liesel’s journey to literacy through the help of her foster parent, Hans. However, constant threats loom. Being caught with a banned book, or hiding a Jewish boy in one’s home (as Hans does during a period of time), can lead to Liesel not only being whipped, but running the risk of being sent to a concentration camp, or even worse… The only question that remains is whether Liesel and her new family will be able to make it out of WWII alive.

What I Liked About the Book: There were

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two primary reasons for which I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First of all, I thought it was very interesting that the book was narrated not by the main character, but by Death itself. I found that this allowed for very interesting plot twists that a traditional narrator could in no way account for. At the same time, it allowed the story to be told from a perspective that would be unmatched by any human person. Second, I loved the use of diversions (short flashbacks), which were repeatedly used throughout the story. These provided a great deal of information for the reader pertaining to the main characters and helped to fill any plot holes that might have been left after significant amounts of reading. Both of these factors made for a very enjoyable and trying tale.

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News about Town...

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he annual Boulder County preschool open house will occur on Wednesday, March 12, at the YMCA of Boulder Valley at Arapahoe Center in Lafayette and on Saturday, March 15 at the YMCA of Boulder Valley at their Mapleton location, from 4 to 6:30 pm in the gym on Wednesday in Lafayette and 10 am to 12:30 pm, on Saturday morning in Boulder. Sixty-three preschools, listed in the City of

Boulder’s Children, Youth & Family Services database, have been invited to participate and share their school philosophies and information to all interested parents and families of Boulder County. Many preschools offer subsidies for families who believe preschool is not an affordable option. This event is open to all families interested in learning more about preschools in Boulder County, including Boulder, Lafayette, Louisville and Erie. We will be extending invitations to Broomfield schools for the Lafayette location. The YMCA will be hosting a craft table for young children while the parents visit the preschools. Ascent Financial Advisors will be available to handle questions regarding 529 plans and other saving opportunities for school-aged children and their families.

For more information please e-mail jenurbonas@ yahoo.com or call (415) 3088244.

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orgridge Family Exploration Center o p e n s F r i d a y, February 14, at the Denver Museum of Natural Science. Visitors of all ages can experience new ways to ignite their curiosity, visit the new Anschutz Gallery for special exhibitions, a lively atrium space, and a beautiful outdoor plaza. A brand-new Discovery Zone for early learners will be opening in June. The Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center will also be opening February 14th housing nearly 1.5 million artifacts and specimens. The museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. To learn more about the Museum, check www.dmns.org, or call (303) 370-6000.

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lue Sky Kindergarten is opening a new craft school! The Living Craft School will travel you through the seasons with craft work, using very traditional and productive techniques. Mindy will lead the group, as you will transform materials from the earth, such as wool, felt, wood, silk, cotton and more, into your personal creations. Contact Mindy Upton at (303) 443-4965 or e-mail info@blueskykindergarten. com for more information and class schedules.

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wo NEW Community Gardens! Hope Community Garden in south Boulder and Roger’s Grove in Longmont. Growing Gardens’ wait list is OPEN! They have 11 different community garden locations in Boulder County, including Louisville and three in Longmont. First come, first served for open garden plots. Returning gardeners have until February 5th to renew their plots. Check out gg.memberclicks.net for more information.

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atty Ashley, Ph.D., LPC has just published her new book Living in the Shadow of the TooGood Mother Archetype. It will be available this March. The book is transformational work that looks at unconscious influences related to mothering, and helps women shift the paradigm to a more functional parenting system. It helps women connect more deeply to themselves and others, therefore feeling more authentic, mindful and whole. It weaves real stories and common themes into archetypal mythology and the rapidly changing roles of women, creating the fabric of a new parenting paradigm. Check out www.pattiashley. com for more information. $14.95 Paperback.


BOULDER County Kids How Good Manners Can Support Your Child’s Self-Esteem

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ften we think of manners as proper dining etiquette or how to address your elders, and while these are valid character traits that children of all ages (and adults!) should acquire; good manners are much more than that. As Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette, stated, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” One of the key foundations of good manners is respect, both respect for others and for ourselves. Beginning at a young age, when children learn the meaning of respect, it can bolster them to make choices to be kind to others, to be aware of the feelings of others, and to lead by example for their peers on the playground and in the classroom. Equally important, children will also learn to make choices to respect themselves, through sticking up for themselves, not allowing bullying, and overall selfcare and hygiene. Other aspects of good manners lead to fostering a solid foundation in your

child’s character, including spoken and written communication, table manners, and general behavior and conduct in all social situations. Character education makes a positive difference in a child’s life, beginning at an early age. When a child learns how to be kind, considerate, and respectful, they can walk through life with more ease and confidence. Such learning is best done through open (and nonviolent) communication with your child, through leading by example with our own words and actions as parents and adults, and through positive reinforcement. Pia Richardson is the owner and main teacher for Molly Manners Boulder, offering fun, interactive, and effective programs for ages 3–17, in a nurturing environment, that empowers children to become confident, considerate, and respectful of themselves and others. Molly Manners Boulder classes will resume in the spring. We are expecting our baby this January! Please e-mail pia@mollymanners. com or visit www.mollymanners. com for details and more information or questions.

ADL is proud to work with you and your school to make Boulder County safe and inclusive for all people.

For more information please contact the Anti-Defamation League: 303.449.2607 • Boulder@ADL.org

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Home Away From Home

Traveling to Europe with The Family

Bon Voyage

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by Jennifer Martin

raveling to Europe can be a great experience for the whole family. We now have a lot of booking choices over the Internet, but we still think a travel agent is the best bet for getting your airfare or booking a hotel or train fare. If something goes wrong, you have someone who can help with problems that can happen. Most Internet travel sites do not offer any support. After you pay for your trip, you are on your own. I know someone who spent 72 hours non-stop on her cell phone waiting to get a return trip revised due to illness. One great option found on the Internet are house or apartment rentals. This might be a great way to appreciate the culture of a place not found in resorts or many hotels. We u s e d H o m e Aw a y. com to take a group of eight to Florence, Italy, for three weeks and then on to Paris for a week. You will need to

make your reservations now for summer trips. The better places get booked up early, and we found a wonderful villa on the outskirts of Florence with 5 bedrooms. Ask the owner a lot of questions and check the reviews out when making your decision. You may consider getting a driver if you are staying out in the country as we did in Florence. Grocery shopping and driving in the cities can be difficult, and in cities like Florence, they have restrict-

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ed areas where only taxicabs and registered vehicles are allowed. Tickets are issued electronically, are expensive, and will be added to your rental car when you drop your car off. A driver will save you a lot of time getting around. Most of Europe has great public transportation, but it will take you longer to find your way. For traveling on train, we don’t recommend the overnight trains out of Italy, they are not very clean or comfortable. Smaller airlines are very reasonable, if you keep your luggage to carry-on. Always good to pack light and wash things as you go. Most international flights only allow a 50 lb. suitcase, and overweight bags can get very expensive. Spinners are great bags and easy to get around with, and they now have really lightweight ones that are really sturdy. Check with your home rental if they have a washing machine. Many times you will not get a dryer,

as the Europeans think they are wasteful. Plan on air drying your things. When making your reservation, you may have to send a wire transfer. Shop with your banks to see who has the best rate and make sure they don’t have a padded rate, many do. Get the total cost before you commit. Also, check to see that your credit card or debit card doesn’t add any fees to purchases or cash withdrawls and if they have a limit on withdrawls. Banks here will ad on 1.5% to 5% to order Euros in advance, and you are much better off getting cash when you need it there with your debit card. I used a debit card from First National Bank of Colorado that has no fees using international ATMs. Sit down with your banker and ask them what they offer. Another good thing to bring is an unlocked phone that will work in Europe. Check with your provider and see if you can use one you have. Many of ATT’s phones will work, but you do have to get them unlocked BEFORE you go. Sim cards are inexpensive, and a phone can really come in handy when you are coordinating with a driver, making dinner reservations, and staying in contact with home. Vodaphone is a good choice and will give you calls all through Europe and the USA. Wifi is a good thing to have at your home rental if you have Skype on your iPhone or iPad. That


makes staying in touch very reasonable. A few things to remember when you rent a villa or an apartment is that you may get weekly cleaning help, but most places will not. You should tip your driver or cleaning person at the end of your trip. Be prepared to do some shopping for things like toilet paper, kitchen amenities, etc. Usually kitchens are equipped with enough to do your own cooking but pans and knives may be on the lower side of quality. When you arrive, have them explain how to use the oven, which may be in metric, how to turn on heat or cooling and where the fuse boxes are. Many charming old villas and apartments have very old plumbing, electricity and heating systems. Refrigerators are usually quite small, and you should plan on shopping for food daily, as the produce many times only lasts for a day or two. Europeans are into fresh food, and shopping in the markets is a great way

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to experience the culture of a country. Food quality and water quality are much better these days in Europe, and you will be delighted in the quality of foods in most places. Ask the owner or your driver about local restaurants. They can send you to places off the tourist routes, and you will have wonderful food, better prices and unique experiences. Italy is very family-oriented, and many restaurants have large tables for just that. Download some of the language aps for instant translations of food names and be daring in your choices. Try some new foods. Do be careful in subways and crowded areas. Pickpockets are plentiful, and if you start to feel crowded, move your family away. It’s always good to have everyone’s passports and information copied in case something is lost or stolen. I e-mail a photocopy of everything to myself, so I can always access a copy if I need one.

American Embassies are very helpful if you ever have a problem. Don’t hesitate to contact them. They have volunteer translators that can help you in hospital situations and help with many problems. Travel books are a good resource, and many rentals will have an assortment of books to look over. It is also good to research on the Internet before you go. Many museums have group passes and reserved times, so check into them before you leave town and organize your museum trips in advance. Cities like Paris and Florence can be sold out of times and days. Plus, it will beat standing in line for tickets for hours. You can find many opera, theater and concert tickets online and download them to your iPhone for easy entry. It is good to be at airports early and be prepared for delays. Remember that customs in the US can take a long time to get through,

so allow enough time for a layover to catch a connecting flight. I came back from Italy, and it took two hours standing in line in Minneapolis, and we barely made our connection. The good thing is that most places will let families board first and put them at the head of the line. Also note that airports like the Paris-Charles de Gaulle can push off an hour before the flight and if you miss the bus, you miss the flight. Be early and ask a lot of questions, and ask for help. Please see page 51 for some handy health tips provided by JoHannah Reilly, ND. She has lots of great ideas for things to bring with you to help keep your family healthy and happy. Be prepared and plan early. Have a great trip whereever you decide to go!

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Drawing by Fritz Scholder

WHAT DO I DO NOW, ROMONA? Romona Scholder, M.A., RNCS Psychotherapist

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I have noticed there are a lot of zombie movies out these days. Not only movies but video games, costumes, even dolls. Is there anything going on psychologically in our society that reflects this trend? I wonder why the public even likes it at all.

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Everything has meaning. Fads appear and then fade into oblivion. Now there are zombies, where before there were vampires and werewolves. Neanderthals also made an appearance as I remember. But zombies have permeated our culture more deeply than all the other monster metaphors. They appear on TV,

in film, comic books ,and now 5K runs in costume and parades of the undead. The question of “Why zombies?” is difficult to answer because the metaphor is unclear. On the one hand they seem to represent the 99%; the downtrodden masses who can’t seem to get ahead. But they also feed off the living and represent our fears of death. Last winter the Canadian Parliament held a tonguein-cheek debate about their readiness to respond to a “Zombie Apocalypse.” This was a humorous debate about a serious subject, disaster readiness, and it represents how easily we use the zombie metaphor. Apparently zombies appear during times of austerity and are our way of responding to our fears of postapocalyptic anarchy or having our way of life destroyed. Popular culture runs deeper than a teenage girl’s fantasy with vampires or a boy’s delight in zombies. When it’s used as a metaphor in the Canadian Parliament or even on our own government’s CDC website, it signals a connection with our society’s shared unconscious.

I have a friend who yesterday said that she felt that the virtual world creates a kind of zombeism. She went on to describe children walking down the street with ear buds in their ears listening to their iPods instead of church bells and birds. Or mothers happily photographing their children instead of playing with them. And children sitting next to each other, texting each other instead of talking. In the novel I’m reading now, there was a reference made to a zombie army, meaning the soldiers who were unthinking cannon fodder. You are right when you notice how the idea of the zombie has entered the vocabulary of popular culture. You are also correct in wondering what it means. I think it’s a reflection of how we feel alienated and polarized at this time. And perhaps it is a call to respond with kindness instead of anger, with tolerance instead of isolationism, and maybe then the idea of zombies will be relegated to the past.

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my good friend lost her father last year and then her husband this year. It appears she is very depressed and has difficulties dealing with everyday life. I have talked to her about seeing a therapist, and she gets angry with me and says, “You think I am handling this badly.” She tries to put words in my mouth and it ends up getting ugly. I really want her to get better, but I don’t know what more to do. Any suggestions?

Signed concerned friend.

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Your friend is in the midst of a crushing amount of grief, having lost both her husband and father recently. Some of the symptoms of grief are irritability and pessimism. Your friend seems to be trying to push you away in the belief that you don’t understand, that no one understands. This increases her sense of isolation and hopelessness. It’s a vicious cycle that allows your friend to feel alone and misunderstood. She’s lucky to have a friend like you who only wishes she would get better. This seems to feel like an impossible expectation for her at this time. Dealing with everyday life may be more than a grieving person can manage. Unless she decided she needs professional help, suggesting therapy might sound like criticism. She said that you thought that she wasn’t handling things well. The truth is she’s handling things to the best of her ability. Please continue to be there for her. Be supportive and be a good listener, even if you’ve heard the story many times before. We can be there for each other. Call her frequently and for short conversations. Things such as remorse or guilt or anger can complicate grief. This can spill over onto the people around the grief, stricken person, to their dismay. You might suggest that your friend attend a grief support group and you could accompany her. Sometimes we need to acknowledge the fact that someone is in a great deal of pain, that some days are worse than others, and that there are no shortcuts on the road back to normal.


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mon name for the natural mineral compound sodium borate, which eliminates odors, removes dirt, and acts as an antifungal and possible disinfectant. Great for laundry and cleaning. Use with care around children and pets, as it can be toxic if swallowed (lethal at 5 to 20 g/kg).

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bacterial, antifungal, or insect-repelling properties. Consult with your local health food store. Remember, use care, as they can cause harmful reactions when ingested or put directly on the skin. Some are considered dangerous for pregnant women, so check them out carefully.

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BOULDER County Kids

Geocache-In

Get a Great Workout! PRODUCT REVIEWS by Becca Levin

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dmit it—Admit it—once the New Year starts, you want spring to start, too. We’re tired of being cooped up in our homes and having to bundle up in layers of protective covering just to walk to the car. What makes us most excited about this time of year is the idea of a bright, warm outside. But here’s the thing—not a lot of us really go outside anymore. Adults, sure, we have our reasons—cleaning, working, driving, eventually sleeping; but kids? Their day-to-day activities seem to keep them in front of the same entity; the screen. According to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, kids spend an average of at least 7.5 hours a day in front of a screen. Be it a TV, computer, or in recent years, a smart phone, the only muscles getting a workout are thumbs. The same Council also states that only 1 in 3 kids are physi-

cally active each day. This has resulted in a skyrocketing percentage of obesity in children: 12.5 million recorded in 2009–10. Thirty-two states in the nation now have an obesity rate of more than 25%, compared to a whopping zero in the 1970s. Let’s face it, we’ve really dropped the ball when it comes to our health and fitness. Breaks in school will give families a chance to do things together, and for a lot of them, this means travel, which isn’t always the cheapest thing. So how can families looking to find their next big adventure do so on a budget? Better yet, how can we all get ourselves and our kids out and about without breaking the bank?

One answer is geocaching. It started in May 2000, when satellites received a massive upgrade in their global positioning system (GPS) technology. To test it, GPS enthusiasts started hiding boxes with prizes in the woods and posting their coordinates in online communities. In short, the technology worked. People not only found these boxes, but started hiding their own. As of December 2000, there has been a worldwide game of GPS hide-and-seek, and it’s not showing signs of slowing down any time soon. In fact, the company Groundspeak, Inc. formed just to accommodate the 6 million global cache-hunters and their love of a great backyard adventure.

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The concept is fairly simple. Choose a cache online that interests you. Load its coordinates in your GPS, and

begin your journey. Be on the lookout for a cache, or container, which could range from the size of a 35mm film canister to a large bucket. Once you find it, record your victory in the container’s logbook, as well as your own. Some caches have presents from other cache-hunters for you to take, so long as you have something just as awesome to trade for it. This is one of many ways to play the game. Some include puzzles to solve, some have multiple coordinates, some aim to bring you somewhere historical, and some are there to get people in touch with one another. Geocaching isn’t America-specific; there are caches all over the world for everyone to enjoy. What are the benefits of geocaching? Families get a chance to embrace nature once again. It brings everyone together. Visiting the cousins doesn’t have to mean the same old routines. It encourages the development of valuable problem solving and social skills and confidence in children. Students can step into a different kind of classroom. Birthday party scavenger hunts can get a major makeover. It helps us connect to a different kind of social network and the opportunity to hear some real tweets. Plus, all that walking is sure to improve health one way or another. Companies like Brand 44 and Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe, both Colorado-


BOULDER County Kids based stores, are looking to aid in the pursuit of this hobby. Brand 44 out of Denver carries the Geomate jr,. a kid-specific GPS device that can load all kinds of information about different geocaches, including terrain, difficulty, and cache sizes. Being lanyard-ready and splash-proof makes it all the more qualified for outdoor adventuring. Grandrabbit’s is looking to work with Brand 44 to get Geomate and other outdoor equipment on its shelves. They also carry plenty of gifts to take and trade, like plush items, crafts, and the always awesome terrific treasures. They even carry stamps for letter boxing, (a type of geocaching that involves leaving a personalized stamp in a cache’s logbook rather than item-trading.) As for the caches themselves, Groundspeak’s official geocaching site is free to join, and only $30 a year to upgrade to a premium membership.

HELPFUL SERVICES

Banking tion. Sometimes, it’s the staycation that makes the most of family time and money, turning your hometown into a whole new, exciting world. As with any adventure in the great outdoors, there are safety measures to keep in mind. Always, always, obey the law. Obtain proper permits for caches you wish to leave near historical landmarks. Make sure to leave things animals won’t find tasty. Leave your cache area looking greater than when you got there. And, as always, be safe. With our nation under a health crisis and families looking to be budget-smart this spring, this might get you and your kids in the great outdoors. Geocaching is a step—however big or small—that will bring this gift a little closer to home.

We are always looking for suggestions at Grandrabbit’s. If you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion, just talk to a friendly Grandrabbit’s associate at any of our three locations and check out www.grtoys.com for more information.

Cost is about $70 to $100. Compare this to the cost of gas, lodging, flights, luggage and stand-in-line patience needed to take a spring vaca-

Also, check out www.groundspeak. com, www.brand44co.com or www. geocaching.com to find out more.

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Boulder Valley Credit Union Banking and savings. For all your banking needs. 303-442-8850 5505 Arapahoe, Boulder www.bvcu.org

HAIR Jack and Jill Salon Jack & Jill Children’s Salon is the only a full-service hair salon exclusively dedicated to kids and tweens in Colorado. From bobs and up-dos to buzz cuts and faux hawks, we do it all. Our talented Style Squad continuously educates themselves on the latest trends. Like them on Facebook and get a $3 off coupon. 2525 Arapahoe, Boulder 202-444-2500 www.jackandjillchildrenssalon.com

Drug & Alcohol Prevention Natural Highs Ages 13-19 Hours: 4:15 to 6.15 pm, Tuesdays Healthy Alternatives to Drugs & Alcohol. Supportive community of teens who are interested in learning about healthy alternatives to drugs & alcohol, the brain chemistry of drugs & alcohol, depression, anxiety, and happiness, and so much more! Any teen is welcome to join. Fees: By donation Avani Dilger avani@naropa.edu 4705 Baseline (NW corner of Baseline & Foothills) 303-859-5778 www.naturalhighs.us

Z Baby Gear Baby and toddler gear to rent. For visitors: Strollers, full-size cribs, pack-n-plays, car seats, high chairs, and more. For travelers: Child or car seat carriers and portable DVD players. Porch pick up available in Boulder and Louisville. Free delivery to Boulder. 303- 667-3007 Contact: Jessica Redak Zettlemoyer jessie@zbabygear.com www.ZBabyGear.com

Toys Grandrabbits Toy Shoppe Find all of your favorite toys, gifts and more at Grandrabbits. Three stores to choose from. Free gift wrapping. Special events for children. Check our website for play days! 303-443-0780 - Boulder 303-465-8005 - Broomfield 303-815-1500 - Westminster www.grtoys.com

Travel Carefree Travel 3000 Center Green Dr., Suite 220 Boulder, 80301 Because all your travel should be carefree. Member of The Travel Society and experts in European travel, family cruises and more. 303-499-9400 www.bouldercarefreetravel.com

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BOULDER County Kids Dancing in the Dark:

Fostering Confidence and Self-Esteem in a Competitive World by Kelly Smith

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no secret that we are living in a competition driven society. Whether it be political, economical, or societal, everywhere you look nowadays, you will find some level of competitiveness taking place. Where we as adults have had time to acclimate ourselves with the demands and added pressures competition can bring, children are often left wondering what they need to do in order to measure up. For a child, nothing is worse for the psyche than being told that they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;good enough,â&#x20AC;? or that another child is better than they are. We, as a society, need to stop putting so much pressure on chil-

dren to be number one all the time. Instead, we should be encouraging our children

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to set personal goals that are realistic and attainable, and then we must help them to realize these goals. There are ways of accomplishing this while at the same time allowing these children to have fun and express themselves and not feel as though they are being judged. Simple encouragement and positive reinforcement can go a long way in the lives of children. Have you ever found yourself alone at your house or in your room, music blaring, totally uninhibited and dancing? If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re missing out. If you have, then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re probably like the millions of other people in this world who have felt that sense of freedom that comes from being completely carefree, not having to worry about what anyone else might think or say about you. It is at that moment that you are busting out your best Michael Jackson impression that you feel a confidence that may be unfamiliar to you. It is not often that we as humans get to experience this feeling.

Dance class can provide you with this type of self-esteem and confidence, and as a dance teacher at Elite Dance Academy, I would recommend that every child and adult take at least one dance class in their lives in order to experience this feeling firsthand. If you are able to take your child to a dance studio where the instructors are dedicated to the well-being and success of your child, they will be guided in a positive way on how to set goals for themselves and ultimately attain those goals. For a child who might not have the desire to enter into the highly competitive world of sports, dance class can be offered as a wonderful alternative. In dance class, you are not competing against the others in the room, but are setting personal goals for yourself that you wish to master in a given amount of time. It makes no difference to the others in the room whether you fell out of your double pirouette or couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a perfect switch leap your first try across the floor. Once you set the goal to accomplish those things, and succeed, you will know that anything is possible and any star can be reached. Children who are given the opportunity to express themselves in this healthy way, without the fear of judgment, will hopefully have an easier time expressing themselves as adults. Dance class provides this type of environment for children. Here, they are allowed to be themselves and let go of any stress that might be bringing them down. They are free to just


forever. She told me, “I love to dance because I feel invincible, like I’m dancing in the dark, like I can fly.”

Kelly Smith began dancing at the age of four years old. She has been a dance instructor for the past twelve years and is currently teaching dance at Elite Dance Academy in Broomfield, Colorado. She has studied dance theory and dance choreography at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. For questions please call (303) 442-3745 or check out www.elitedanceacademy. net for more information.

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live through their movement and connect their mind to their body and to their soul. There are many benefits that dance provides, but the most important is that it helps to build confident, self-assured children, who in turn become confident, self-assured adults. It allows for mistakes and the setting and attaining of personal goals. Dance class can make a timid, doubtful child feel like they are on top of the world when they are finally able to master that step or routine they have been working on all year. I asked an eight-year-old in my jazz 2 class why she loved to dance, and her answer completely moved me and further solidified my belief that dance is truly one sport that helps build a sense of confidence that will remain within you

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C a m p Di rec tory Summer Camps CAMPS FOR KIDS FROM AGES

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ABLE TO Sail

Boulder Reservoir. Ages 11-18. Day Camp June through August. Four-day sessions, Tu–F, 10 am to 4 pm. Learn to Sail…and then some! Using the thrilling, character “revealing” sport of sailing as the platform for empowering our youth. Get ready for FUN, and join us in saying, “Yes, I Am ABLE!” U.S. Sailing-certified instructors. Cost: $325. Equipment needed: wet clothes and closed-toe sandal/water shoe, sunscreen, water, lunch, hat, sunglasses, change of clothes, and towel. Contact Diane McKinney at (720) 233-8969 or diane@ communitysailing.org or please visit www. communitysailing.org/abletosail for more information.

Adventure Quest

Boulder/Longmont/Lyons. Ages 6-16. Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! This incredibly fun outdoor adventure invites kids to play act as the heroes of a dynamic adventure, solving mysteries, dilemmas, maps and riddles, swashbuckling foes, using foam swords, and negotiating with interesting characters and monsters. Summer Quests and Holiday Quests whenever school is out. Questing since 1995. For more information, visit RenaissanceAdventures.com or call (303) 786-9216.

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Academy Stables, Inc.

Lafayette. Horse camps for horse-crazy kids. Ages 6 and up. M-F. All camps run through spring break and summer. Level 1: (beginners) and Level 2: (intermediate) camps run from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Three Level 3 (advanced) camps will  run from 1 to 5 pm, and we will also have three full-day camps, running from 9 am to 4 pm (see available camp days on our website). Camps include lessons, anatomy, games, demonstrations, horse care, and a horse show/BBQ on Fridays. Helmets are provided. Fees: $295 for Levels 1, 2, and 3 camps. $395 for fullday camps. Early bird discounts. Lessons, birthday parties, and pony rides also available. Call (303) 665-4637 or visit www. academystables.com for more information.

Afterbeat Drum School

Louisville. Drumming Exploration Camp! Age groups 8-10 and 11-13. Day camp. Oneweek sessions throughout the summer. M-F, 9 am to 12 pm. $200. A weeklong exploration and introduction of world rhythms on hand drums and drum set. We will focus on building a foundation of rhythm using Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, African, and Western music (rock and roll!). Kids will play in a group setting, make their own percussion instrument, and perform live! Location: 901 Front Street (next to The Art Underground in downtown). To register or for questions, contact Christopher Beers at (720) 837-5410 or please visit www.afterbeatdrumschool.com for more information.

Alaya Preschool Summer Camp

Boulder. For ages 3 to kindergarten. Day camp. M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Creative arts, social play, exploration, and discovery on an acre of yards and gardens. Equipment needed: bring lunch, swimsuit, and towel. Location: 3340 19th Street, 80304. Call (303) 449-5248 or please e-mail us at alaya@ alayapreschool.org for availability, or see our website at www.alayapreashool.org for general information.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Junior Camp

Boulder. Ages 4 ½-6. Day camp. 1-week sessions, M-F. 9 am to 3 pm w/extended care options. $340/week. Camperships & discounts available. American Camp Association accredited camp, licensed child care by State of Colorado. Connect with nature, other campers, & staff in this premium day camp program. AO Junior features include: great staff & ratios; outdoor experiences in Boulder’s natural spaces; hiking, climbing, crafts, music, and environmental themes. Transportation provided. Equipment needed: We supply everything but lunch, rain gear, and closed-toe shoes—we even give campers a water bottle! Call us at (720) 249-2997 or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

ABC Kids Climbing

Boulder. All ages. Day camp. M-F. 9 am to 12 pm or 9 am to 4 pm. New kids climbing/ athletic facility! Build agility, balance, and coordination, the cornerstones of athletics with ABC! Camps feature indoor and outdoor climbing, art, cooperative games, special events, and supportive quality instruction. Geared toward all ages and abilities. Location: 1960 32nd Street. For registration and more information please call (303) 443-5437 (KIDS) or please e-mail info@ abckidsclimbing.com or check out www. abckidsclimbing.com

Active Boulder Kids

Boulder. Ages 2½-6. Day camp. M-F 8:303:30 with extended stay options 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Full- and part-day and dropin available for preschoolers and their siblings (up to age 8). Creative theme-based camps: Our Galaxy, Wizards & Potions, Fairy Tales and Dragon Scales, Wet & Wild, Pirates & Buried Treasure and more. ABK maintains small group sizes to promote social growth and guidance through play and outdoor exploration. Early Childhood Education State License #1552814. Call director Kristen Argow at (303) 499-9854 or e-mail ka@activeboulderkids.com or check out www.activeboulderkids.com for more information. Active bodies. Active minds.

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Airborne Gymnastics & Dance 21⁄2

Longmont. For ages and up (varies by program). Call for days and hours. We offer a variety of full- and half-day programs for dance, gymnastics, circus skills, and rock climbing. We also offer weekly classes. See our website for details. Fees: vary by program. Address: 1816 Boston Avenue. Call (303) 651-1456 or please e-mail frontdesk@ airbornegym.com or please do check out www.airbornegym.com for more information.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Sleep Away Camp

Boulder. Ages 7-14. Residential Camp. 1and 2-week sessions. $900/week. Discounts & camperships available. American Camp Association accredited camp, licensed child care by State of Colorado. Develop authentic relationships with friends and nature at our beautiful 135-acre camp with a private, natural lake. Hiking, sailing, climbing, horseback riding, backpacking, crafts, music, & more! Call us at (720) 249-2997 or please check out aocamps.com for more information.


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C a m p Di rec tory Wilderness Journeys Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps Eldorado Canyon

Boulder. Ages 1st-5th grade. Day camp. 2-week and 1-week sessions, M-F. 9 am to 4:15 pm w/extended care options. $345/ week. Camperships & discounts available. American Camp Association accredited camp, licensed child care by State of Colorado. Eldorado Canyon helps kids take summer outside, all day long. We create genuine connections between campers & staff & nature. Great staff & ratios; hiking, climbing, kites, crafts, music, environmental education programs, and more. Transportation provided. Equipment needed: Campers must bring their own lunch, rain gear, and closed-toe shoes. We provide everything else—even a water bottle! Call us at (720) 249-2997 or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

2014

Blue Sky Kindergarten/Preschool

Boulder. For 21/2-6-year-olds. A neighborhood preschool/kindergarten, embracing the spirit of the seasons with storytelling, song, movement, carpentry, sculpture, play, music, and outdoor explorations. Year-round programs, including summer camps. Rich and engaging programs available, including morning and afternoon daily programs and our lovely parent/child morning groups. Call us about our craft classes. Call (303) 4434965 or www.blueskykindergarten.com for more information. See ad.

Specialty Summer Trips for Grades 5-9 • Paleo Field Science • Yellowstone Wolf Trek • Whitewater & Wolves

www.Experiential LearningAssociates.org Avid4Adventure Camps

Day Camps in Boulder, Denver, Golden, Highlands Ranch & overnight camps in Bailey, CO. For ages 3-17. M-F. 8:45 am to 2:30 pm. Extended care available. $395. Member of the American Camp Association. Rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, rafting, and more. Save $15 now! Use code bouldercountykids. Call (970) 249-2412, e-mail info@avid4.com or please visit www.Avid4.com for information.

Boulder Ballet Summer Classes

Boulder. All ages. Day Camp. “Best Dance Studio” voted by Boulder Weekly, 20082013, Boulder Ballet offer ballet classes for all ages and levels in an atmosphere of playful professionalism. From children’s creative movement to pointe and adult class, our summer session runs June 9 to August 9. Experienced dancers can participate in our Summer Intensive, July 7-25, with a master class taught by a special guest artist, August 11-15. Location: Dairy Center for the Arts. 2590 Walnut St, 80302. Please call Nan at (303) 443-0028 or e-mail us at info@ boulderballet.org. For more information visit www.boulderballet.org

Bixby Summer Camp

Boulder. Ages 5-10. Day Camp. M-F. 7:15 am- 5:45 pm. M-F. State of Colorado Dept. of Human Services, #46939. The typical day offers art/crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, games, gardening, drama, free swim, water play, cooking, story/reading time. Special activities vary each summer but can include visits to areas outside of Bixby, Avid4 Adventure, swimming lessons, and Adventure Quest. Bixby boasts 3 shady acres with a huge sandbox, unique play structures, a large swimming pool, and a ropes course. A wonderful environment. Call Cindy at (303) 494-7508 or e-mail office@bixbyschool.org or check out www. bixbyschool.org for more info. See ad.

Connecting youth to the wonders and workings of the natural world while developing community, scientific knowledge, practical living skills and an environmental stewardship ethic.

303.665.9381Experiential Learnin

Experiential Learning Associates Associates deb@experientiallearningassociates.org offerings range from Legos to literacy, day camp to art classes, soccer to chess, science, music, theater, technology, foreign language and more! Mix and match your BCD camp selections to create a custom program that works for your child and your schedule and fits your budget. Boulder County Day School is State of Colorado licensed and accredited by ACIS and NAIS. Costs from $70 to $400 per week dependent upon camp selection. Location: 4820 Nautilus Court North. Please visit www.bouldercountryday. org or e-mail summer@bouldercountryday. org for more information. See ad.

Boulder Country Day School Summer Camps

Boulder. Ages 3-13. M-F. June 3rd to August 11th. 8 am to 4 pm. Boulder Country Day’s summer program has something for everyone! Weeklong day camps with addon specialty class options for students aged 3-6 and weeklong specialty classes with optional lunch-bunch for students aged 7-13. BCD’s summer program offers a wide variety of camps and classes to help your child discover his/her excellence. Program

Boulder Dinner Theater Academy

Boulder. Ages 5-17. Day Camps. BDT Academy Summer Drama Camps. Middle/ high school camps include instruction, auditioning, rehearsing, and performing on the BDT stage. For elementary ages, we collaborate with the City of Boulder and offer

ten 1-week play-making camps. Contact Carrie Hausfather at (303) 449-6000 x193 or bdtacademy@gmail.com or check out www. bdtacademy.org for more information.

Boulder JCC Summer Camps

Boulder. Ages 18 months-12 years. Day Camps M-F. Half- and full-day camps. Offering a variety of fun and educational weekly camps. Camps include preschool, LEGO® building and robotics, cooking, gardening, sports, music, science, art, leadership, and more! Location: 3800 Kalmia Avenue, 80301. Contact (303) 998-1900 or shari@boulderjcc.org and check out www. boulderjcc.org for more information.

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C a m p Di rec tory From Bugs and Brushes Art Camp to Nature Explorers Survival Camp, choose the camp that will give your child a summer filled with memories! Call (720) 974-1877 or e-mail education@butterflies.org for more information or visit www.butterflies.org to register today!

Boulder Quest Martial Arts Ninja Camps

Boulder. Ages vary. SKH Quest licensed ninja school. For 2014, we are offering halfday and full-day camps. In these martial arts camps, your child will embody the ninja experience: perseverance, warrior spirit, and compassion. Please contact Mary at Boulder Quest at (303) 440-3647 for details. Location: 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18. Check out www.boulderquest.com/events or e-mail ninja@boulderquest.com for more information.

Broomfield Academy

Boulder Performing Arts Musical Camps

Boulder. Ages 5-12. Summer Drama Camps. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. $150-250. Everybody has fun making sets & props, writing script, singing, dancing, and acting. Our big summer show for ages 3 to 12 years, performs in August. $100 per student Puss’n Boots. Camps with Friday performances on stage: Lion King, Little Mermaid, and more. Stop frame film. Location: 355 Ponca Place. Contact Pollyanna Demitro at (303) 8594195 or boulderperformingarts2@gmail.com and check out www.bpac.biz for more information.

Broomfield. Ages 5-12. Summer enrichment day camp: “Exploration Station” M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, June 2 to August 1. Before & after care available from 7 am to 6 pm. Open to all area children! Sibling discounts. Oneweek & two-week camp sessions, including brain games, techno-robotics, sports adventures, mythology, culinary arts, film arts, and music. Splash and swim every day in onsite saltwater pool and enjoy educational fun weekly field trips. Age-appropriate arts & crafts, outdoor play and sports, and other fun activities. Children in the summer preschool and prep programs (ages 3-14) will focus on enriching and sharpening their academic skills for the fall. A good blend of fun, activity, and academic education. Location: 7203 W. 120th Ave. Call (303) 469-6449 or principal@broomfieldacademy.com or check out www.broomfieldacademy.com for more information. See ad.

Butterfly Pavilion Summer Nature Camps

Westminster. Ages 5-14. Day Camp. M-F. 9 am to 4 pm. Summer camps and classes at Butterfly Pavilion ignite curiosity and connect campers to nature! Led by a dynamic education team, our camps incorporate exploration, inquiry, art, play, and discovery.

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Camp Harmony

Boulder. Ages 2½ to 6. Day Camp. M-F. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Check out our literacybased Camp Harmony curriculum! Each weeklong session will emphasize multiple key core values to foster optimum social and emotional development. Together, we will take a magical journey through one captivating story each session. We will get to know the characters as friends, walk in their shoes, and open our eyes and hearts to new and different experiences. Location: 3990 15th Street, 80304. Call Jennae Sevvom at (303) 444-8452 or Jennae@harmony-preschool. com or harmony-preschool.com for more information. See ad.

Children’s Peace Garden

Boulder. Day camp. Ages 4-10. June to August. 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. Location: Growing Gardens 1630 Hawthorn Ave. $175-$275 per week. Call Annie Sweeney at (303) 443-9952 or check out www.growinggardens.org to enroll online.

Circus Arts Camp

Boulder. Ages 8-16. Day camp 9 am to 3 pm. Two sessions: July 21 to 25, and July 28 to August 1st. Get your feet off the ground with all kinds of aerial equipment, like trapeze, aerial net, fabric, and web, as well as ground skills like Chinese pole, circus bike, acro-stunting, and teeterboard! Focus on performance and an acro finale! End-ofweek show! Bring lunch, a water bottle, and clothes you can move in. Presented by Imagination! Circus Arts. Held at Boulder Circus Center at 4747 N 26th St., 80301. Please visit us online at www.imaginationcircusarts.com or call (303) 548-9340. Please e-mail us at marcy@imaginationcircusarts.com for more detailed information.

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha Early Childhood Music Camp

Boulder. Ages 4-8. Day Camp. M-F. 9 am to 12:30 pm. June 2-6, June 9-13, June 16-20. Travel back in time to the days of the dinosaurs for a fun-filled, weeklong, musical adventure. Camp OKC is an early childhood music camp, blending music with instrument construction, science (what will Jeff Kagan do this year?), dramatic play, storytelling, and a final performance. Creative hands-on activities are designed to engage the whole child in an unforgettable camp experience. It is a well-organized camp with a low student/teacher ratio of 8:1. Visit us at www. CampOonieKoonieCha.com or call Amy Haywood at (303) 413-1711 for more information.

City of Lafayette

Lafayette. Ages 1st to 6th grades. Summer Enrichment Day Camp. June 4-August 8. Daily, 7:30 am to 6 pm. State of Colorado licensed program. We keep kids moving in a learning atmosphere. Affordable, thematic program includes swimming, games, arts, sports, cooking, and field trips. Register for 1 week or 10 weeks. Pay in full by April 30th to receive the 10% discount (register for minimum of 6 weeks). Call Casey Gray or Karen Snortland at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail casey.gray@cityoflafayette.com or karens@cityoflafayette.com or you can also visit www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation for more information.


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Clementine Art Studio Summer Camp

Boulder. Day camps. Ages 4-9 & 7-11. M-F, 1 to 4 pm. Clementine Studio offers process-oriented summer art camps with dynamic weekly themes: Creatures of the Deep, Space Odyssey, Expressionism/ Impressionism, ... experienced through a wide range of techniques and materials (stop motion animation, Gyotaka printing, painting, sculpture, clay, to name a few). Expand your young artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world in an inspiring and nurturing environment! Remember, life without art is a mistake! 1237 Pine Street, Boulder 80302. Call Lisa Holub at (303) 443-2520 or please do e-mail her at lisa@ openartsclementine.org or check out www. openartsclementine.org for more information. See ad.

Coalesce Academy of Manual Arts & Design

Boulder. Day camp. Ages 8-16. M-F. 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. The Coalesce Academy of Manual Arts & Design is an enrichment program focused on reuniting kids with the lost art of creating and building with their own two hands. Location: 1930 Central Ave. Suite A1, 80301. Please call Greg VanderBeek at (303) 588-3380 or e-mail coalescedesignfab@gmail.com or check out www.BoulderBuildAcademy.com for more information. es!

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Camp Shakespeare (ages 10-18) Shakespeare’s Sprites (ages 6-9)

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Colorado Conservatory of Dance

Broomfield. Day Camps. Ages 12 months old and up. June 23 - August 2 (4 & 6 week options available). Summer programs for dancers of all ages, abilities, and aspirations, from toddler through adult. Introduce your youngest dancers to the world of dance, including our ever-popular fairy tale Ballet Camp for 5-8-year-olds and Dance With Me for toddlers and their caregivers. Ballet Expressions, a program designed for children with specific physical and cognitive needs, is offered for children ages 4-13. We have unique programs for intermediate and advanced dancers, preparing young artists to excel in both classical and contemporary repertoire. There is something for you this summer at CCD! Location: 3001 Industrial Lane #12, 80020. Call us at (303) 466-5685 or please visit ccdance.org for details about our summer programs.

Colorado Mountain Ranch

Boulder. Boulder’s original day camp. Ages 7-16. M-F, 7:45 am to 5:15 pm. As campers have sung since 1947, CMR is the best in all the world! Remember your camp? We’ve got the same spirit and the winning place, people, and programs! Build confidence & connections, community, friendships, nature, animals, & FUN! Gentle Western horses, animal care, & relationship w/horses, mountain boarding, Native American Indian lore, team-building ropes course challenges, arts & crafts, archery, gymnastics & trampoline, disc golf, children’s yoga, “Eat Real,” outdoor living skills, options for hiking, camping, and outings for swimming and boating. Our awesome new barn was built since the 4-mile fire took our old barn! Location: 10063 Gold Hill Rd., 80302. Transportation provided to/from North Boulder Park. Equipment needed: Backpack, long pants for horseback riding & mountainboard-

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For riders age 7 and up with little or no riding experience. June 16-20 and July 7-11 Horse Show Camp

For all level of riders age 7 and up. Campers will participate in a real horse show on Saturday. June 2-7, July 21-26, July 28-August 2

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Camps run M-F and Horse Show Camp runs M-Sat from 9 am to 2 pm, for children ages 7 and up. Cost is $450 for the week ($450 + show fees for Show Camp).

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Triple Creek Ranch • 4255 Nelson Road • Longmont ing, sweatshirt or jacket, water bottle, & lunch. Licensed by the CO State Dept. of Human Services & Child Care. Call Lynn or Gail at (303) 442-4557 or e-mail office@ ColoradoMountainRanch.com and check out www.ColoradoMountainRanch.com

Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts Summer Music Camps

Lafayette. Day camp. All Ages. Experience the JOY of music-making this summer at the Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts—we have music camps for all ages! Music Together, Jump Start to Middle School Band, C’s Jazz in Summer, Suzuki Guitar Camp, String Camps, Meet the Instruments, Classically Kids, Broadway Kids, and more! Held at the Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Rd., Lafayette. For information visit www. COmusic.org or call (303) 665-0599 for dates and times. See ad.


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Colorado Shakespeare Festival Summer Camps

Boulder. Day Camp. Ages 6-18. M-F. Unlock the magic of Shakespeare’s language with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s wildly popular summer acting programs! NOW OFFERING EXPANDED PROGRAMMING. Shakespeare’s Sprites, now in its 4th year, is a weeklong mini camp for 6- to 9-year-olds, held from 9 am to 12 pm. July 7-11, July 14-18. $180/wk. Camp Shakespeare is an acting intensive for ages 10-18, in which campers rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s plays on the Mary Rippon stage. Session One: June 2-30, 9 am-12 pm. Session Two: July 21-August 8, 1-5 pm. $850/session. Call (303) 492-1973 or e-mail csfedout@colorado.edu to sign up. Visit www.coloradoshakes.org/education/summer-camps for more information. See ad.

Colvig Silver Camps

Durango. Residential Camp. Ages 7-17: 7-10, two-week terms (6/9, 6/24, 7/11, 7/26), $2,260; 11-17, four-week terms (6/9, 7/11), $4,520. Forty-three years of tradition and innovation in outdoor ADVENTURE and FUN allow us to provide each camper the opportunity to create their own summer experience in a positive and supportive community of camper and adult friends. Creative and diverse in-camp programming combine with exciting wilderness expeditions to meet your family’s goals for a summer (and a life) experience. Mailing: 9665 Florida Rd, Durango, CO 81301. Director Clay Colvig looks forward to speaking with you at (970) 247-2564 or please e-mail us at office@ colvigsilvercamps.com. For more information visit www.colvigsilvercamps.com

Common Threads Summer Sewing Camps

Boulder. Ages 7-10 and 11-18. Day Camp. M-F. Half-day programs: 10 am to 1 pm or 2 to 5:30 pm. June 2 to August 15. Our seventh exciting summer! Each week projectcentered, multiple registrations welcome. Age-appropriate camps. Projects include machine and hand sewing, pattern making, design, and mixed media. Make new friends while crafting inspired designs and gaining skills to last for years! Equipment needed: Daily snack. All other materials included, but kids are welcome to bring their own fabric and participants in the 11-18 age group are encouraged to do so. Location: 2707 Spruce Street, 80302. Call to register (303) 449-5365, complete information at www. commonthreadsboulder.com/schedule

Cornerstone Farm Summer Horsemanship Camp

Longmont. For ages 7 and up. Day Camp. 9 am to 2 pm. Introduction to Horses and Riding: M-F, June 16-20, July 7-11. For riders age 7 and up with little or no riding experience. Cost $450. Horse Show Camp: M-Sat, June 2-7, July 21-26, July 28-August 2. For riders age 7 and up with minimum riding requirement of walk and trot. Focus of daily riding lessons will prepare campers for a real horse show on Saturday. Cost $450 plus show fees. Your horse or ours. Located at Triple Creek Ranch, 4255 Nelson Rd, 80501. Contact Jen Shannon at (303) 828-9040 or please e-mail us at Jen@cornerstonefarmllc. com or for more information, or you can visit us online atwww.cornerstonefarmllc.com

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Kids and teens will have a blast at our fun-filled 5-day camps. In a beautiful natural setting they will enjoy a free-spirited yoga, arts, and nature camp that integrates the wonderful body/mind/heart benefits of Hatha Yoga with traditional summer camp activities.

$280 per week 50% discount for up to two siblings 2875 County Road 67 · Boulder, CO 80303 (303) 249-1671 eldoradoyoga.org

Yoga and centering techniques infuse all camp activities. Kids and teens come home feeling nourished and balanced. Our staff of dedicated long-term yoga practitioners offers a high teacher to camper ratio.

CU Science Discovery Summer Camps

Crackpots Creativity Camp

Longmont. For ages 6-16. Day Camp. M-F. 9 am to 10:30 am. Kids learn and have fun while creating beautiful, functional fired art masterpieces. Choose from a variety of week long themes, including Meet the Masters, Animal Kingdom, Do the Dishes, Multimedia, and Claytime. Our helpful and creative staff helps each child express themselves in a way that is uniquely their own. Special attention is given to idea generation, design concepts, and technique. Location: 505 Main Street, 80501. Contact Tamar at (303) 776-2211 or check out www.ecrackpots.com for more information.

Boulder/Front Range. Ages 5-18. We offer over 230 summer classes covering a range of disciplines, including science, technology, engineering, math, and art. Our classes provide an eclectic mix of engaging, handson activities that are sure to ignite a passion for learning, exploration, and fun! Instructors include CU faculty and under/ graduate scientists that are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. From Recess Science, Grossology, and Hunger Games to video game coding, Flow Visualization, and Biomedical Research—we have something for everyone! Please visit sciencediscovery. colorado.edu for additional information.

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Dana V. Music Musical Theatre Camp

Louisville. For ages 9 to adult. Bring It to Broadway: In the Books! runs July 27-August 2 from 12:30 to 6 pm. Broadway star Justin Greer (Annie, Shrek, Batboy) and Shannon O’Bryan (42nd St., White Christmas, Gentleman Prefer Blondes) will lead special classes in dancing, acting, and singing, ending in presentations from those beloved novels that have made it to Broadway. Audition workshop for all students on July 27, from 10 am to 12 pm. Adult master class as well on July 30! Call Dana V. Music at (303) 974-5586 or e-mail info@danavmusic. com or please check out www.danavmusic. com for more information.

Dawson School Summer Camps and Programs

Lafayette. Ages 5-18. Weeklong day camps, M-F. 8:30 am to 4 pm. June 2 - July 25. Come join us this summer for 7 weeks of Dawson’s 50+ exciting summer camps in academics, arts, music, drama, language, sports, cooking, and specialty day camps. Campers will receive a full hot/cold lunch in our dining hall every day and take a break to cool off in the pool daily. Location: 10455 Dawson Drive, 80026. Cost range: $250 to $375 per week. For a full listing of our summer camp information visit us online at www.dawsonschool. org/summercamps or e-mail mjacobsma@ dawsonschool.org for questions. See ad.


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Dream Makers Super Summer Fun

Boulder. For ages 21/2 to 8. Day Camp. June 10-August 16. M-F, 9 am to 1 pm ($42 per day) or 9 am to 3:15 pm ($67 per day). Enroll for the whole week and save $50. Only $160 per week, or choose any two, three, or four days throughout the summer. It is not necessary to sign up for a full week, or for the entire summer. Work us in around YOUR vacations! Enriching curriculum of summertime fun, including art, water play, sports sampler, fossils study at CU Museum, Butterfly Pavilion’s Bugmobile, organic cooking creations, kid’s chemistry, unusual pets, & other enjoyable educational activities. Weekly themes. Call for a brochure. Knowing that your child is enjoying every moment of summer camp in our invigorating, safe setting is a wonderful feeling for all! Drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis. Location: 1345 28th St., 80302. (On the grounds of the Millennium Hotel) Contact Deb Gedenberg at (720) 274-0101 or gedenbed@comcast.net for more information.

Amazing Spring Break and Summer Dance Camps and Classes

Eldorado Mountain Yoga Camp

Eldorado Springs. For ages 5-15. Day camp. 9 am to 3 pm, M-F. $280 per week with 50% discount for up to 2 siblings. Kids and teens will have a blast at our fun-filled camps, which run 8 weeks through June and July. In a beautiful natural setting, they will enjoy a free-spirited yoga arts and nature camp that integrates the wonderful body/mind/heart benefits of yoga with traditional summer camp activities, such as swimming and hiking. Kids come home feeling nourished & balanced. Location: 2875 County Road 67, 80303. Register online at www.eldoradoyoga. org or call (303) 249-1671 to register or for more information.

Boulder/Broomfield. Ages 2 and up. Looking for dance fun during the long, hot summer? Come indoors and make great memories, new friends, and dance your heart out! No dance experience required. Weeklong and one-day camps, audition workshops and regular four-week dance sampler classes are available for all levels. NEW Intensives include “So You Think You Can Dance,” prepointe and pointe push. Dance sampler classes will include instruction for a different style of dance each week. Camp themes include Jungle, Rock-Star, Bust-aMove, Teen Dance Day, SuperStar Pom and Fairy Princess! NEW Princess Extravaganza Camps offer exploring a new princess each week, too! Call today to reserve your spot! Call (303) 466-8626 or please e-mail info@ elitedanceacademy.net and check out www. elitedanceacademy.net for more information. Come celebrate summer with us at Elite! Don’t forget to check out our Spring Break offerings as well!

Sew Fun at Fabricate

Boulder. For ages 6 and up. Weeklong camps. M-F. 9 am to 1 pm and day camps from 2 pm to 5 pm. Our summer sewing camps are an opportunity for students to enhance their skills in a fun and positive environment. We will explore design as well as construction and cover safety, fabric and pattern terminology, and sewing machine mechanics, with the goal of having students become more confident, independent sewers. $350 includes a $75 materials fee for weeklong camps (10% sibling discount), $55 for day camps. Location: 2023 17th Street, 80302. Please e-mail us at contact@ fabricateboulder.com, call (303) 997-8245 or please go to www.fabricateboulder.com for more information.

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Happy Trails Outdoor Adventure and Young Scientist Camp

Family HEART Camp Summer Camp for All Ages!

Regional. Residential and commuter camp for all ages. July 19-26 in Boulder, Colorado. Family HEART Camp is a unique community experience for parents and children who want more Harmony, Ease, Authenticity, Respect, and Trust in their families and in the world. This weeklong immersion in the principles and practices of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) helps participants develop relationship skills for the entire human family. Please e-mail us at host.colorado@familyheartcamp.org or check out familyheartcamp.org for more information and pricing.

Friends’ School Summer Programs 2014

Boulder. Ages 3-14. Day camp. Weeklong, morning & afternoon sessions. June 9th through July 31st. Preschool, elementary, and middle school programs. Backyard Camp, Cooking Lab, Creative Writing & Song Writing, Comedy Theater, Circus Stunts, Camping Skills, Digital Photography, Kids’ Technology & Robotics, and many more. Licensed and accredited. Discounts available for early registration. View complete details and register at www. FriendsSchoolBoulder.org or call (303) 499-1999 x223, or e-mail SummerCamp@ friendsschoolboulder.org

Girl Scouts of Colorado

Regional. Ages 6 and up. Day and overnight camps. Registration started January 22! All girls welcome, not just Girl Scouts. New offering at Tomahawk Ranch overnight camp will be homesteading camps (farming, gardening, and ranching). Three fun Boulder county day camp offerings, with activities including archery, outdoor skills, and literacy. Call (303) 778-8774 or please check out www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for more information.

Girls’ Wilderness Program The Women’s Wilderness Institute

Colorado and Wyoming. Overnight and day camps. Fun, creative, girl-positive wilderness courses specifically created for girls, ages 8-18. Have a blast backpacking, rock climbing, learning outdoor and leadership skills in five- to 14-day overnight and daycamp sessions. Express yourself creatively while building confidence and courage physically, emotionally, and as a leader. Tuition $495-$1,795; includes food, gear, clothing. Generous scholarships available. June-August. AEE accredited. Please call us at (303) 938-9191 or please e-mail us at moreinfo@womenswilderness.org or check out www.womenswilderness.org for dates and details.

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Lafayette. Ages 8 and up. Weekly Camps. 9 am to 4 pm. M-F. An exciting adventure for your young scientist who likes to be outdoors! Full-day camp filled with realistic science labs, and applicable learning in a fun and challenging environment. Primarily, an outdoor camp, with both in- and outdoor lab sessions, including Rocketry, Aerodynamics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Aquatic Biology, Biodiversity, Wetland Conservation, Botany, Bee Husbandry, and the use of the scientific method. Working, educational, and exciting experience, rooted in rough and tumble, and real-life activities. Campers learn about survival, fishing, homesteading, construction, crafts, art, horses, animal husbandry, and more! Progressive camps build on skills, knowledge, and evolve into a Montessori-style curriculum. Materials and supplies included in tuition. Curriculum available upon request. Early and extended care available for no extra costs. Please call for details. Camps fill quickly. Location: 11051 Jasper Road, 80026. Early registration discounts available until May 1st. Call Rhonda Stevenson at (720) 327-9051 or e-mail admin@happytrailsridingcenter.com or check out www.happytrailsridingcenter. com

Happy Trails Riding Center Summer Horse Camp

Lafayette. Instruction for all levels of riders. Weekly Camps. 9 am to 4 pm. M-F. We offer a fully comprehensive horse riding, beginner jumping, horse care, and farm curriculum for all levels and styles of riders of all interests and resources, in a fun and well-structured learning environment at our premier facility. Progressive camps build on current skill set and development of riders’ specific abilities. Indoor arena, outdoor arenas, inside break and lunchroom area with ALL the amenities. See website or call for pricing on specific camp programs, required equipment, and availability. Please call to register. Early registration discounts available until May 1st. Camps fill quickly. Location: 11051 Jasper Road, 80026. Call

Summer Camp

Longmont. WANTED: Children ages 7-12 years old who love animals! Longmont Humane Society’s camp runs for weeklong sessions May 26-August 8, 9 am to 5 pm with early drop-off starting at 8:30 am and pick up as late as 5:30 pm. Enjoy a PAWSitive summer break, performing a pet-related job every day, learning proper dog walking, animal body language, cat handling, interactive animal-themed games & activities, 9- to 12-year-olds view a feline neuter surgery in our clinic, talk with our veterinarian & vettechs, and perform CSI techniques to solve a fictional pet theft. $270 per child/per week. Check our website for application forms at www.longmonthumane.org or call (303) 772-1232 Ext. 286.

Kids Lifelong Learning Boulder Valley School District

Boulder County. Ages 6-12. Running June 2 to August 15, BVSD Lifelong Learning offers morning and afternoon camps, M-F. Full-day care is available. Outdoor living, Cooking, Visual Arts, Summer Academy, Science, Dance/Drama, Chess, Languages, Writing, LEGOS™, Horse Play, and more! Please visit our website for complete class listings, locations, and times. Registration is available online at www.bvsd.org/LLL or by calling (720) 561-5968.

Living Arts School

Boulder. Ages 7-12. Day camp. 9 am to 3 pm. M-F. Children in our program learn traditional living skills and crafts, build friendships in a noncompetitive, loving community, and gain a new understanding of what lies within. We make things with our hands! Call Elizabeth Uhrich at (720) 3834406 or e-mail info@livingartsschool.com or check out www.livingartsschool.com for more information.


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Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Longmont. Ages 5-14. Day camps. JuneJuly, M-F. Discover history, art, music, and archeology in these hands-on camps. Learn from artists and musicians. Meet a mountain man or become an archeologist. Camps held outdoors in historic buildings or at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, 80501. For requirements, fees, and details call the Museum at (303) 651-8374 or visit www.longmontmuseum.org for more information.

Northern Colorado Fencers Summer Camp

Mountain Kids Summer Day Camp

Louisville. For ages 5-12. M-F, 7:30 am to 5:45 pm. Mountains of fun! Mature, experienced staff, low camper to counselor ratio. Activities include gymnastics twice a week, optional swimming lessons, open swim, rock climbing, local field trips, hiking, open gym, picnics, special guests, and much, much more! Lunch, swimsuit, sunscreen, H2O bottle, and lots of energy required. 474 S. Taylor Ave., 80027. Call (303) 665-8287 or e-mail anna@mountain-kids.com or visit www.mountain-kids.com/louisville for more information. See ad.

Mountain Peak School Summer Camp

Longmont. For ages 5-12. Over age 12 may be admitted with staff approval. Day camp. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, M-F. (June 2-August 8). Camp is for children entering kindergarten through age 12. Tired of summer camp programs with too many kids? We offer a small setting with low staff/child ratio. Field trips (including swimming), academics (daily reading/math and more), craft projects, games, etc. Full or part time. Location: 1833 Sunset Place, 80501. Contact Tom Buckett at (720) 494-1622 or e-mail mountainpeak@ comcast.net or please check online at www. mountainpeakschool.com for more information.

Boulder. For ages 7-13. Day camp. 9 am to noon, (1 to 4 pm on selected weeks). M-F. USFA coaches beginning fencing. All the instruction/equipment needed for a safe and exciting experience. Runs most weeks throughout the summer. Check out our website for camp/registration details and other great club activities! $170/week (multiple weeks/sibling discounts). Mailing address: 1949 33rd Street, 80301. Call Gary Copeland at (303) 443-6557 for registration or check out www.ncfencers.org for more information.

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for All Ages and Musical Abilities

Peanut Butter Players

Peanut Butter Players Celebrates 28 Years of Excellence in Children’s Theatre with

Cinderella

Opening February 15 Playing on Saturdays through March 22 with special Presidents’ Day show on Feb. 17. at the

Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts at

990 Public Road, Lafayette

Admission is $14 including lunch 11 am Show and Noon Lunch

Reservations Requested: (303) 786-8727 www.peanutbutterplayers.com

Private lessons for piano, voice, guitar, violin and all school band and orchestra instruments. Daylong camps include complementary music films in the Dairy’s Boedecker Theater. All Classes Take Place in

the Dairy Center

2590 Walnut Street, Boulder After-School Programs

303.442.0006 Info@Parlando.Org Parlando.Org

Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway Review Off Broadway School of Fine Arts

Boulder. Ages 12-18. Day Camp. July 21-August 1. M-F. 10 am to 3 pm with options for pre- and aftercare based on demand. Broadway review featuring music from Sound of Music, King and I, Cinderella, and Oklahoma. Develop audition materials for Golden Age singing, learn the most beloved of music theater repertoire, receive intensive coaching in voice, theater, and dance. Culminates in a semi-staged production at the end of camp with songs and monologues featuring each participant in solo, small group, and large ensemble songs. Placement auditions will be held the first day of camp. Sibling discounts available. Location: 1237 Pine Street (Pine Street Church), 80302. Call us at (720) 244-8760, e-mail info@offbroadwayfinearts.org or please visit us at www.offbroadwayfinearts. org for more information.

Summer Camps!

Parlando School for the Arts

Boulder. All ages. Day camp. Days and hours: M-F, 9 am to 5 pm. Parlando School for the Arts offers a variety of music camps and summer programs for all ages and abilities, from early childhood to adulthood, on all instruments and across all musical interests, including piano, guitar, voice, musical theater, and more. New for 2014: Camps that include supplemental/complementary musicoriented films in the Dairy’s Boedecker Theater! Location: 2590 Walnut Street (Dairy Center for the Arts). Call (303) 442-0006, email info@parlando.org or check out www. parlando.org for more information.

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Rock & Roll Camp for Teens and Kids

Peanut Butter Players Sum-Fun Musical

Lafayette. Theater experience for ages 5 and up, M-F, afternoon rehearsals June 16-July 24. Own costume required. A large cast of children will perform Seussical, the Musical at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road. Auditions May 17 and 24, 1 to 4 pm. Everyone gets a part. Performances July 24-27. $75 membership fee. Call Jo Anne Lamun at (303) 786-8727 or check out www.peanutbutterplayers.com for more information.

Peanut Butter Players Sum-Fun Workshops

Lafayette. Weeklong workshop for ages 7-16, M-F, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Full-day workshops enable students to study musical theatre while learning to sing, dance, and act. June 2-6: Sound of Music; June 9-13: High School Musical, and July 28-August 1: Annie. ($225) Advanced 2-week workshop: August 4-15: Godspell ($375) (public performances Aug. 15, 16). Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road. Call Jo Anne Lamun at (303) 786-8727 or online at www.peanutbutterplayers.com for more information and registration.

Lafayette. Ages 6-18. Day camp. 10 am to 4 pm or 9 am to noon. M-F. BEST OF BOULDER 2008. Colorado’s first and preferred teen music camp. Locally owned since 2003! Beginners and advanced players will enhance their skills on guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, and more. With the help of our professional staff of instructors, in our state-of-the-art rehearsal studios, students will play in a band, write original music, and perform a live, recorded gig at a local venue. Fees: $395 per week (teen) OR $250 per week (child). Location: 525 Courtney Way, 80026. Equipment provided: guitars, basses, cords, drumsticks, amps, or bring your own. Visit www.doghousemusic. com or call (303) 664-1600 for more information.

Rocky Mountain Anglers Fly-Fishing Camp

Boulder. Ages 7+, 10+ and 5-7. All Day Camp. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Session 1: T, W, TH—July 8-10; July 15-17; July 22-24. Session 2: M-TH—July 28- July 31, Aug 4-7. Midge Camp for Youngsters (ages 5-7): Aug 11, 12. A fly-fishing camp with an emphasis on fun and fishing. Tons of activities. Only four campers per guide for better instruction. Fly fishing, casting, knots, fly tying, bug collection, awards, FUN! All fly fishing equipment provided. Each session is limited to 16 campers. Location: 1904 Arapahoe Ave. Call Brian Harris or Randy Hicks at (303)


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Junior Rider, Ages 7-11 Advanced Junior Rider, Ages 9-12 All-Girls Camps and Team Ages 7-17 SMBA Team 7-17

Creating Champions in Sports and in Life Weekly & Overnight Mountain Bike Camps • June – August Team & After-School Programs • March – October SMBA 303.447.8014 www.ridesmba.org

447-2400 or randy@rockymtanglers.com or check out rockymtanglers.com for more information.

Rocky Mountain Day Camp

Superior and Boulder. Coed ages 4-14. Day camp. M-F, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Fully licensed by the State of Colorado. We divide our campers by age and gender. Our program includes: sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music, drama, archery, rocketry, games, tennis, golf, color war, special events, rock wall, and more! We are Boulder County’s best summer day camp for boys and girls! $325 to $345 per week. Locations: 3351 Indiana St., Superior and 2205 Norwood Ave., Boulder. Call Tyler Fravel at (720) 369-8042 or e-mail tyler@rockymtndaycamp.com or check out www.rockymtndaycamp.com for information and to register your campers.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camp Older Company

Boulder. For ages 8-16. Day camp. Join us for Oliver, Into the Woods Jr., Little Mermaid Jr., and more. One-, two-, three- and fourweek camps, starting June 2. M-F, 9 am to 4 pm. Pre-care and aftercare available. Program includes dance, voice, music, makeup, performance, character building, musical theatre, improvisation, mime, creative movement, and stage combat. A nurturing, noncompetitive program that merges the creative process with professional product. Location: 5311 Western Avenue (near 55th/Arapahoe). Call (303) 245-8150, or please go online to www.theaterforkids.net to register. See ad.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camp Younger Company

Boulder. For ages 5-8. Join us for The Wizard of Oz, Jungle Book, Cinderella and MUCH MORE. Three-week camps, starting June 2. M-F. AM session: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. PM session: 1 to 5 pm. 10:1 student-teacher ratio. Program includes music, dance, acting, performance, musical theatre, imaginative play, and creative movement. Each session culminates with a final performance in our theater. Location: 5311 Western Avenue, (near 55th/ Arapahoe). Call (303) 245-8150, or please go online to www.theaterforkids.net to register. See ad.

Rocky Ridge Music Camp

Estes Park. Ages 10 and up. Residential camp. Junior Student Seminars. $1800, includes room and board. Two sessions June 10 to 22 and July 29 to August 10. Junior Student Seminars are for young musicians who want to advance their musical skills in an intense, creative, and nurturing environment. Young Artist Seminar (ages 15-24) and Adult Piano. Early Music and Chamber Music Seminars also available. Contact Karen Dusek at (970) 586-4031 or RRMC@ RockyRidge.org or visit www.rockyridge. org for more information.

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C a m p Di rec tory 6KHSKHUG9DOOH\  Success Strategies 4 :DOGRUI6FKRRO Kids: Friendship Skills &

Alternatives to Anger Shepherd&EVDBUJOH$IJMESFOt$VMUJWBUJOH$PNNVOJUZt&OWJSPONFOUBM4UFXBSETIJQ Valley Boulder. Ages 5-15: Secrets of Friendship: Waldorf School What makes kids like other kids? Find out!

Niwot. For ages 3-12 years. June through August. A 38-acre school site offering partday/full-day activities only 5 minutes from Boulder! M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Each day unfolds in a rhythmic way, alternating group activities with opportunities for free play. Children will enjoy homelike classrooms and exploring our 38-acre campus during their daily walk to interact with the farmer and gather food for morning snacks, stories, songs and circle games, outdoor play with sand and water, crafts such as felting and finger painting. Call (303) 652-0130 or check out www.shepherdvalley.org

Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures

Boulder. For ages 7-17. After school, weekend, and summer camp programs. Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures, summer, from 8 am to 3:30 pm, M-TH. Offering fun for all skill levels and includes a variety of mountain bike riding styles. Camps include girls-only camps, Junior Camps, Advanced Jr. Camps, Team Programs and more. SMBA is celebrating its 21st year of riding excellence in Boulder County. Contact Jessie Vogt/Jenell Archer at (303) 447-8014 or jessie@lertprograms.com or check out www.ridesmba.org for more information. See ad.

Six secrets of making & keeping friends! Ages 8-15: Alternatives to Anger: Does your child need strategies to deal with anger? Practical skills to manage behavior, accept no, and problem solve. FUN workshops that kids enjoy. $165 for early registration. Five sessions, 90 minutes each. For more information: Call (303) 915-4421, e-mail: slewis.consulting@gmail.com, check out www.SS4k.com, Facebook.com/ sLewisCounselor

Summer Camp and Summer SproutHouse Program

Longmont. 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 our website to see a more detailed curriculum for the camp for older kids. Sign up for multiple-sessions and get a discount— no two weeks of camp are ever the same. Location: 11150 Prospect Rd. 80501. To view our schedule and register online, go to www.sunflowerfarminfo.com or call (303) 774-8001.

Sunflower Preschool Summer Camp

Stir It up Cooking School

Boulder. Ages 5-16. Weekly summer cooking camps. M-F. Half-day and full-day. June to August. Join us on a cooking adventure with flavors from around the world, using herbs and vegetables from our backyard garden. Learn new skills, build confidence, and have fun in the kitchen. Menus for 2014 will include American, Asian, Mexican, European, Mediterranean, or Caribbean. We eat what we make, so bring your appetite. Location: 1140 S. Lashley Lane, 80305. Phone: (303) 494-2665 or e-mail Carol@ stiritupcooking.com or please check out www.stiritupcooking.com for more information.

Ave #6, 80302. You can also give us a call at (720) 939-7545 or please e-mail us at lika@artsunflower.com or visit our website at www.artsunflower.com for more information, exact dates and camp rates.

Sunflower Kids Art Studio

Boulder. For ages 5-15. Day Camps. M-F. Small group classes. New interesting themes every week: Impressionists, Portraits, African Art, Drawing and Sketching, Famous Folk Tales, Painting Landscapes, and much more. At the end of each camp all students will create a complete and beautiful artwork that they will want to keep forever. To register, please go online and fill out the short form. Location: 5345 Arapahoe

Boulder. Ages 2 1/2-6. Day camp. M-F, 8 am to 4 pm. Part-time schedules available. The Summer Camp emphasis at Sunflower is on outdoor activities and connecting children with nature. Sunflower is now a Certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat, as well as PACE certified since 2008. We enjoy taking walks to Martin Park, gardening, water play, arts and crafts, and learning about native plants and animals. Please bring your own lunch, bathing suits, and towels. Location. 3340 Dartmouth, 80305. Call Debbie Ellman at (303) 4942012, or e-mail us at sunflowerpreschool@

yahoo.com or please do check out www. sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com for more information.

Sunrise Anglers, LLC Kids Fly-Fishing Camps

Boulder. For ages 7-16. Day camp and overnight camps. Spring Break Camps now available. Summer Camps start in June. Sunrise Anglers offers your child the adventure of their break. Three different age groups with a 2-to-1 instructor ratio. Learn to not only fly-fish but respect the outdoors in a safe and fun environment. Fly tying, entomology, photography, reading/wading water. Overnight in RMNP. ALL equipment provided. Call Thomas Schneider at (303) 532-9111, or kingfisher@sunriseanglers. com. Please visit us at www.sunriseanglers. com for more information.

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C a m p Di rec tory Summer Camps of 2014 at

Come play in the clay! The Patchwork School Summer Camps

Louisville. Ages 1-16. Once again, The Patchwork School will be offering various weeks of summer camp fun! Join us for outdoor exploration, gardening, water, mud, and more. Location: 1428 Main Street, 80027. Call (720) 271-6729, e-mail info@ thepatchworkschool.com, or check out our website at www.thepatchworkschool.com for more information.

...sit in child the teepee, pet the horses, If your loves clay (hand climb the on the building androcks, wheeljump throwing), trampoline enjoy this 5-acre stories in theand tepee, music and mountain property. This is the the outdoors, this is the place. place to be this summer!

Come check out our web site for Check out our website for our camp all of the different camp sessions sessions and classes including early and classes to choose from. drop-offs at 8:30 am.

www.SunshinePotteryStudio.com www.SunshinePotteryStudio.com Or call Mira at 303-517-5436 Or call Mira at 303-517-5436

Thorne Nature Experience Summer Camp

Boulder & Littleton. Ages 3-15. Day camp. Spend the summer catching frogs, getting muddy, biking down mountain trails, and exploring Colorado’s wild places with Thorne Summer Camp! Our experienced, CPR and first-aid trained instructors help facilitate student learning and appreciation for the outdoors while keeping them safe. Students complete the program with a newfound respect and awe for nature, increased understanding of the environment, and a desire to get back outside. For more information about Thorne summer camps, visit www.thornenature.org, call (303) 499-3647, or please e-mail us at info@thornenature.org

YMCA Camp Santa Maria Overnight Camp

Near Bailey, Colo. Ages 6-16. One- and two-week sessions. An overnight camp experience created with a focus on youth development. Campers have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities, including hiking, backpacking, climbing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, swimming, art, drama, and sports. We provide campers with experiences that support their growth and help them develop relationships, leadership, and decision-making skills. ACA accredited and licensed by the State of Colorado. Location: 51321 US Hwy 285 (45 minutes west of Denver). Visit www. ymcabv.org or call (303) 443-4474 ext. 4450 for more information. See ad.

The Spot Bouldering Gym

Boulder. Ages 6-12. Day camp. Summer Indoor Climbing Camp. M-F. 9 am to noon and/or 1 to 4 pm. Learn to climb, or improve your skills, with The Spot’s experienced and encouraging instructors. Focus is on FUN and SAFETY. Ten percent% discount for BCK readers, mention this ad. Location: 3240 Prairie Ave, 80301. Call Josh Paton at (303) 379-8806 or e-mail coaching@thespotgym.com or check out www.thespotgym. com/campsbck for more information.

Sunshine Pottery Studio

Boulder. Ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-16 girls. Day camp. Open 10 am to 3 pm. Early morning drop-offs for small fee. 5-8-year-olds: Younger age children’s programs are being created with involved mothers and work trade. Please contact us if you are interested. 9-12-year-olds: Hand-building and wheel-throwing instruction. Outdoor play, circling up in the tee pee, bonding with the horses. 13-to 16-year-olds/girls only: Handbuilding and wheel-throwing instruction. Self-assertiveness and confidence-building exercises, sit spots on the land, bonding time with other girls. “If you need peace of mind from the city vibe and your kids thrive in the outdoors, this is the place to be!” Maximum campers 15. Only 12 minutes from downtown Boulder. Well worth the drive. Call Mira (303) 517-5436 or e-mail mirahatland@gmail.com or visit www. SunshinePotteryStudio.com for more information.

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Treehouse Learning

Lafayette/Louisville area. Day camp. Ages 3-6. Treehouse Learning Summer Camp 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or 7 am to 6 pm. Fun, physical summer nature program for children preschool through 1st grade. Sign up for one or multiple sessions. We offer flexible scheduling. Location: 175 N 96th Street, 80027. Call (303) 666-1950 or please e-mail director@treehouselearning.com or see our website at www.treehouselearning.com for more details. See ad.

YMCA of Boulder Valley Adventure Camp

Throughout the Boulder Valley. For children entering 4th–6th grade. Campers will progress from basic to advanced skills in rock climbing, white water paddleboarding, mountain biking and outdoor stewardship. Our progressive curricula inspires campers to challenge themselves, develop positive relationships and build leadership skills all while learning the importance of public lands and healthy, active lifestyles. Contact Adventure Camp at (303) 443-4474 ext. 4614 or visit www.ymcabv.org for more information See ad.


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YMCA of Boulder Valley Fun in the Sun Day Camp

Throughout the Boulder Valley. For children entering kindergartenâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6th grade. YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fun in the Sun programs focus on outdoor summer fun and games. Children develop new skills and make friends while enjoying group activities, themed projects, a variety of games and crafts, swimming, outdoor adventure, and exciting field trips. Camp is held in various BVSD elementary schools. Contact Fun in the Sun programs at (303) 443-4474 ext. 4614 or visit www.ymcabv. org for more information. See ad

YMCA of Boulder Valley Sports Camps

Throughout the Boulder Valley. For children entering 1stâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;6th grade. Campers will be broken up into groups based on age and ability and will participate in a variety of skills clinics and games in a specific sport each week. Participants will learn the Y Way to Playâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;fun, sportsmanship, opportunity, progressive competition, and communityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; through healthy competition and mini scrimmages. Skateboarding camp and Y Riders cycling camp also available. Contact YMCA Sports Camps at (303) 443-4474 ext. 4614 or visit www.ymcabv.org for more information. See ad.

YMCA of Boulder Valley Teen Camps

Throughout the Boulder Valley. For teens entering 6thâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;9th grade. The Y offers two teen camps: Outdoor Living Skills Camp and The Ultimate Week Camp. Outdoor Living Skills helps campers enjoy the Colorado outdoors. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn fire making, outdoor cooking, shelter building, weather safety, orienteering, and basic equipment needs. During the Ultimate Week Camp, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll head to Elitch Gardens, Water World, Boondocks, YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, and a local pool. Contact Teen Camps at (303) 443-4474 ext. 4614 or visit www.ymcabv.org for more information. See ad.

Boulder. For ages 5-8, 9-12, and 13-18. Half-day and full-day art-making workshops offered June 2 to August 15. M-F. 9 am-4 pm, Lunch Bunch, from 12 to 1 pm. Immersive art-making camps, featuring small, individualized workshops, designed by visiting artists around inspired themes and the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibitions. With a different theme each week, workshops explore multiple mediums and concepts, including collage, painting, sculpture, photography, fiber art, jewelry, and digital art & design. Each week culminates in an exhibition for families in the museum. Cost: $140, $120 for Members, $25 for Lunch Bunch. Receive a 5% discount when you enroll more than one child from the same family in camp together. Contact the museum at (303) 443-2122 or info@bmoca.org. Location: 1750 13th Street, 80302. Visit www. bmoca.org for specific dates, themes, and more information.

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BOULDER County Kids CHILD CARE/preschool Directory 

Acorn School for Early Childhood Development—Boulder 2845 Wilderness Place (303) 938-8233 Contact - Kathy Azevedo Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Acorn School is a full-day program, serving a diverse population from 6 weeks to 6 years old. Our small group sizes, low ratios, and our primary caregiving philosophy make us a high-quality early care and education program. Two meals & snacks served daily. NAEYC accredited. Now enrolling all ages. www.facebook.com/theacornschool W: www.theacornschool.org E: kathy@theacornschool.org

Active Boulder Kids Preschool & After-School Care—Boulder 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. (303) 499-9854 Contact - Kristen Argow Ages: 2 1/2 - 9 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm A world of creative and fun discoveries and adventures! We provide imaginative programs and activities that promote social/emotional growth. We teach life skills and encourage the child’s learning through active play and exploration. Small classroom sizes, caring, qualified teachers, nature/play-based/learning centers. W: www.activeboulderkids.com E: ka@activeboulderkids.com

Autana Bilingual Montessori Preschool—Boulder 4732 Greylock St. (720) 935-9740 Contact - Raquel or Patricia Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 yrs Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 8 am to 4 pm Autana Preschool is a bilingual Montessori home-based preschool and kindergarten. We offer a warm and loving home atmosphere, Montessori learning areas and quality materials, joy of learning, Spanish (bilingual staff), nature-oriented activities, peace education curriculum, a strong sense of community, and a vegetable garden. W: www.autanaschool.com E: info@autanaschool.com

Bixby School—Boulder 4760 Table Mesa (303) 494-7505 Contact - Emily Armiak Ages: 2 yrs 9 mos - 5 yrs Licensed Year-round Hours: 5 1/2-hour program. Extended Hours: 7:15 am to 5:45 pm Children experience exploratory learning and participate in a wide variety of developmental activities, including art, music, science, dramatic play, and small and gross motor. W: www.bixbyschool.org E: preschool@bixbyschool.org

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Blue Sky Kindergarten/Preschool—Boulder 3046 11th St. (303) 443-4965 Contact - Staff Ages: 21/2 - 6 yrs. Licensed Year-round/summer camp program. Program Days: M-F, Hours 8:30 am to 1 pm, + aftercare to 3:30 pm. Our rich curriculum embraces the arts and honors the seasons: gardening, handwork, music, puppetry, crafts, movement, baking, and storytelling. After-school art program. Morning Glory Program for parents & toddlers 6 months to age 3. Summer Camps June and July. W: blueskykindergarten.com

Boulder Country Day School—Boulder 4820 Nautilus Court N. (303) 527-4931 x248 Contact- Susan Boyle Ages: Preschool - 8th Grade Licensed August - May/Camp Program Days: M-F Preschool Hours: 8 am to 1 pm or 3 pm Before- & after-school care and enrichment classes available. Accreditations: NAIS and ACIS. Small class size, one-on-one attention and a welcoming and caring environment distinguishes the preschool program at BCD. Inviting classrooms and creative outdoor spaces encourage active participation in a mix of activities and materials designed to enhance children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. The academically based curriculum is a mix of teacher-directed/childinitiated activity. Summer camp available in June and July. W: bouldercountryday.org E: info@bouldercountryday.org

Boulder County Head Start—Boulder/Lafayette 135 Cimarron Drive (702) 564-2210 Contact – Susi Gritton Ages: 3-5 Licensed September – May Program Days: M-F (full day) T-F (half day) Boulder County Head Start is a FREE, comprehensive preschool with sites in Boulder and Lafayette. We provide a quality experience that supports school readiness skills for your child. We believe our job is to help families connect with resources and support families’ engagement in their child’s education. Income guidelines for eligibility apply. Se habla Español. W: www.bouldercounty.org E: sgritton@bouldercounty.org


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Boulder Journey School—Boulder 1919 Yarmouth Ave (303) 443-8909 Contact - Christi Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years Licensed Year-round Hours: M-F/MWF/TuTh. 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Experience based learning for 21st century skills. W: www.boulderjourneyschool.com E. christi.ogrodnick@boulderjourneyschool.com

Broomfield Academy—Broomfield 7203 W. 120th Ave. (303) 469-6449 Contact - Pat Garner Ages: 2 1/2+ Licensed Year-round, including summer Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm before/after-school option (7 am to 6 pm). Days: M-F. 2, 3, or 5 days/week. 1/2-day & full-day options. Academic preschool and jr. kindergarten. Nationally accredited (NIPSA). An individualized education, helping children be exceptional, accelerated, and creative. Individual student learning plans, small class sizes, advanced curriculum, character education, and service learning programs, monthly field trips related to curriculum, before- and after-school programming, specialty classes in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, art, swimming, music, technology, and physical education. Five-acre campus, with creative outdoor spaces, a swimming pool, and a teaching garden for ages 2 1/2 -7. W: www.broomfieldacademy.com E: principal@broomfieldacademy.com

Children’s Alley—Boulder 2222 14th Street (303) 449-1951 Contact - Staff Ages: 6 weeks - 12 yrs Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-Th 7:30 am to 8 pm, Friday 7:30 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Drop-in, temporary child care center. Children are scheduled one day at a time, and fees are based on a sliding scale. Call at 2 pm to reserve child care for the following day. You may reserve ahead for Saturdays. Center features caring, experienced teachers, and nutritious meals and snacks are included. Please call or visit our website for more information. W: www.ywcaboulder.org E: childrensalley@ywcaboulder.org

Children’s House Preschool—Boulder 3370 Iris Walk Court (303) 444-6432 Contact - Michael Knuckey Ages: 21/2 - 51/2 yrs Licensed September through May Program Days: M-F morning sessions, 8:30 am-11 am or 12 noon, M-TH. Afternoon sessions 12:30 pm to 3 pm. Full-time option is available. Bringing books to life through the Storybook Journey since 1970. Our preschoolers explore and experience themes from children’s literature in a fully integrated way through dramatic play, art projects, cooking, science experiments, planting, block building, tactile play, music, and movement. Children discover the joys of becoming authors when their dictated stories are read to the class. Director Elaine McCarthy BCAEYC’s “Educator of the Year 2010” has been with the school since 1992. W: www.childrenshousepreschool.org E: info@childrenshousepreschool.org

Dream Makers Preschool—Boulder Boulder (720) 274-0101 Contact - Deb Gedenberg Ages: 2 1/2 - 5 yrs Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 9 am to 1 pm, with optional extended day program until 3:15 pm (choose any two, three, four, or five days). The enriched learning environment at the enchanting Dream Makers cottage promotes a natural ongoing process that empowers children to make positive choices throughout their lives. By nurturing both intellect and spirit using the Reggio Emilia approach, your child’s capabilities are unearthed while playing, exploring, and making friends in a safe setting, among sensitive, loving teachers. Get ready for kindergarten! Our extended day pre-K program on Thursdays from 1 to 3:15 pm enhances your child’s elementary school knowledge & experience for easy transitioning into kindergarten. Summer programs available for ages 2 1/2 - 8 yrs. Maximum enrollment of 15 children. Ratio 1:5.

First Presbyterian Cooperative Preschool—Boulder 1820 15th Street (303) 402-6386 Contact - Amy Hanson, Dir. Ages: 2 1/2 - 5 yrs Licensed September - May Program Days: M-F Hours: 9 am-noon/1:30. Optional after-school program. Currently at capacity for the 2013-2014 school year. Please contact if you are interested in being added to the waiting list for information on registration for fall 2014. Fully licensed by Colorado Department of Social Services. Safe, nurturing environment in the context of a Christian cooperative preschool. W: www.boulderpreschool.org E: preschool@fpcboulder.org

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Forest Park Montessori School—Lafayette 2687 North Park Dr. (720) 260-0519 Contact – Adena M. Boyd,M.Ed. Ages: 21/2 - 6 Licensed August through May/Summer Camp Program Days and Hours: M-F, 8:30 am-12 pm with an option for 3 or 5 afternoons 12 pm-3:30 pm. Before and aftercare available. Afternoon special offerings include baking, natural history, gardening, and art. FPMS is an authentic Montessori school and a full member of the American Montessori Society with fully credentialed lead teachers. The curriculum and environment nurtures creative thinking, peaceful social interactions, and individualized instruction that gives each child the opportunity to learn and develop at his or her own pace. FPMS has an active parent community with parent development workshops, many volunteer opportunities, and a parent board of directors. Call today to schedule an individual tour of our beautiful school. W: www.forestparkmontessori.org E: info@forestparkmontessori.net

Friends’ School—Boulder 5465 Pennsylvania (303) 499-1999 Contact - Mari Engle Friedman Ages: 3-5 yrs Licensed & Accredited August - May/Summer Camp Program Days and Hours: Call for days and times. A supportive community, committed to educating the whole child—head, hands, and heart. Play and exploration-based preschool with a focus on relationships, communication, art, and a foundation for pre-academic skills. Small classes, low student/teacher ratios, wide variety of high-quality materials and experiences. Sliding-scale tuition based on family income and additional financial aid available. ACIS accredited, NAIS member. W: www.friendsschoolboulder.org E: info@friendsschoolboulder.org

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Gateway Montessori School—Longmont 1500 9th Avenue (303) 772-3864 Contact - Reyn Hedger Ages: 2.5 to 6 State Licensed & Eco-Healthy designation September - May Program Days: M-F . Hours: 8 am-12:30 pm possible for Preschool & 8 am-1:45 possible for Kindergarten 4 or 5 half-day programs. M-Th or M-F. Offering an authentic Montessori preschool & kindergarten program. Also offering a parent-child program for infants and toddlers. We Nurture the Love of Learning! W: www.gatewaymontessorischool.net E: office@gatewaymontessorischool.net

Miss Catherine’s Creative Learning Center—Boulder Miss Catherine’s Infant Center—Boulder 6525 Gunpark Drive, Suite 340 (303) 530-1820 5280 Spine Road, Suite 104 Contact - Catherine Médal Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years Licensed, NAEYC accredited Year-round Toddlers/Preschool/:Pre-K: M-F, MWF or T/TH full day 7 am - 6 pm. Infant Center: M-F, 7 am to 5:30 pm. Creative Curriculum, Music, Spanish, and Art Teacher, breakfast, lunch, snack. Infant Center has a 1 to 4 ratio of teachers to students, newly renovated! Three developmental rooms—newborns, crawlers, and walkers. “Nurturing the whole child through creative learning.” Each child moves at his own pace to each developmentally appropriate group. Call us for a personal tour.

Montessori Academy—Lafayette 801 N 111th Street (303) 926-8321 Contact - Jean Chorbajian Ages 1-6 years Licensed August - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Full- and half-day programs, with before- & after-school care. Montessori Academy provides a challenging and nurturing environment that leads children toward confidence, independence, and a life of learning through discovery, observation, and positive, helpful friendships. We offer toddler, preschool, and kindergarten programs in a nurturing environment that respects each individual child. Montessori Academy has been an American Montessori Society full-member school since 2002. Our lead teachers are certified. Music is offered 2 days a week and Spanish is offered 2 days a week. Schedule a tour today! W: www.montessoriacademylafayette.com E: montessori.academy@mac.com


BOULDER County Kids CHILD CARE/preschool Directory

Mountain Shadows Montessori School—Boulder 4154 63rd Street (303) 530-5353 Contact - Ann Kasunich Ages: 12 months to 6th grade Toddler ~ Primary ~ Elementary ~ AMI-Accredited & Licensed Program Days: M-F, 9-month program for ages 12 months to 6th grade and 9- or 12-month programs for ages 12 months-3 years and 3-5 years. Hours: Full day: 8:15 am to 3 pm, half day: 8:15 pm to 12 noon, extended hours program 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Mountain Shadows Montessori School is the only accredited AMI (Association Montessori International) school in Colorado. Located on a beautiful 12-acre country campus in Boulder, MSMS has continuously provided excellence in Montessori education since 1976. At Mountain Shadows, children joyfully learn to reach their full potential while developing skills for living a successful life. Call today to schedule your personal tour of our campus. W: www.mountainshadows.org E: admissions@mountainshadows.org

Early Childhood Music—Boulder 1237 Pine Street (720) 244-8760 Contact - Cathy Compton Ages: 6 weeks - 3 years Licensed Year-round Program Days: Do Re Mi and You: Early Childhood Music 10:15-11 am on Mondays and Wednesdays $15 drop ins/ $100 punch card/10 classes. An innovative blend of singing, dancing, creative movement, instrument exploration, and personal expression in a beautiful, state-ofthe-art classroom. Our classes are rooted in quality LIVE MUSIC of American folk, world, and popular genres. The instructor accompanies the singing with guitar, banjo, drums, or piano. W: offbroadwayfinearts.org E: info@offbroadwayfinearts.org

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&EVDBUJOH$IJMESFOt$VMUJWBUJOH$PNNV Shepherd Valley Waldorf School—Niwot Hwy. 119/Hwy. 52 (303) 652-0130 Contact - Ruth Godberfforde Ages: 3-14 Licensed August - June and Summer Camp Hours: M-F, 8:30 am to 3:20 pm, with aftercare to 5:30 pm Shepherd Valley Waldorf School is only 5 minutes from Boulder and offers a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that integrates the arts and rigorous academics for children from preschool/kindergarten through eighth grade. It encourages the development of each child’s sense of truth, beauty, and goodness. The aim of the education is to inspire in each student a lifelong love of learning and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. Call for a personal school tour. www.shepherdvalley.org enrollment@shepherdvalley.org W: www.shepherdvalley.org E: enrollment@shepherdvalley.org

StarSong LifeWays Child Care & Preschool—Boulder N. Boulder (303) 442-0998/(720) 203-9694 Contact - Julie Zacharias Ages: 1-5 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F: 8:30 am -12:30 pm or 8:30 am -3:30 pm. (2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day options). Waldorf-inspired, relationship-based care in a home environment, where “life” is the curriculum. LifeWays focuses on nurturing, social, and creative arts, letting childhood unfold through imaginative play, storytelling, gardening, and plenty of time outside. Organic lunch provided. W: www.starsong-lifeways.com E: julie@starsong-lifeways.com

Patience Montessori School—Boulder 3600 Hazelwood Court (303) 449-5214 Contact - Patience Schutrumpf Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F. Hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm Patience Montessori is a private multicultural Montessori school for children from the ages of six weeks though six years; we accept children who are not potty trained. Patience Montessori offers a child care program as a service to working parents; we are open yearround. Our teachers are Montessori-accredited and group-leader qualified. W: patiencemontessori.com E: patience@patiencemontessori.com

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Sunflower Farm Sprout House/Sprout House Extension Program—Longmont 11150 Prospect Road (303) 774-8001 Contact - Colette Ages: 3 to 5 yrs/5 to 7 yrs Program Days and Hours: M-F. Choose 1 class per week or several. Mornings: 9 am to 1 pm. Afternoons: 1:30 to 4 pm. Outdoor, early-childhood, and nature program. It’s simple—kid’s just need to play. This program is as much outdoor time as we can possibly pack in. Even on cold days, we bundle up and walk the farm, feed animals, build snowmen, collect eggs, climb the giant tree house, catch toads, or follow bugs. Activities include participating in daily farm routines, feeding and caring for animals, gardening and harvesting. Inside activities include a recycled creative art building, where children choose from painting, woodworking, sculpting, fabric art, and sensory materials. By popular demand, we have now added a SproutHouse extension program for children, ages 5 to 7. Children will have the opportunity to explore more in-depth, handson interest in farm lifestyle. This drop-off program is a great supplement or alternative to traditional preschool or kindergarten. W: www.sunflowerfarminfo.com E: sunflowerfarmmail@gmail.com

Sunflower Preschool—Boulder 3340 Dartmouth (303) 494-2012 Contact-Debbie Ellman Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 8 am to 4 pm. Part-time schedules available. Sunflower Preschool is now a certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat, as well as PACE certified since 2008. Sunflower Preschool, which opened its doors in 1981, offers a small, eco-friendly, play-based, hands-on, nurturing environment where children learn through exploration and discovery. At Sunflower our classrooms are Montessori-based with a science and nature emphasis. The teachers are well-paid professional ECE teachers who have been a part of the Sunflower staff for years. Please come and take a look at our unique children’s science museum as well as the multisensory outdoor environment. W: www.sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com E: sunflowerpreschool@yahoo.com

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TLC Learning Center—Longmont 611 Korte Pkwy (303) 776-7417 Contact - Cindy Wickham Ages: birth to 6 Qualistar accreditation Year-round Hours: M-F, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Half- and full-day options available. High-quality child care and early education that prepares children for success by nurturing the individual learning styles of all children. W: www.LearningWithTLC.org E: cwickham@LearningWithTLC.org

Treehouse Learning—Louisville 175 North 96th St. (303) 666-1950 Contact - Patti Gee-Head of School Ages: Infants - Kindergarten Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F, 3 - 5 full days. Hours: 7 am to 6 pm or 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Treehouse Learning offers early education and child care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and full-day kindergarten. Our curriculum is comprehensive, integrating social skills with academics, Spanish, art, music, movement. Professional staff, small groups, secure environment, nutritious snacks and lunches, beautiful facility, and naturally landscaped grounds. Located in the Indian Peaks area, near 95th & Baseline; independent school, local family-owned since 1997. Limited availability in all groups. W: www.treehouselearning.com


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Private o Alexander Dawson School—Lafayette 10455 Dawson Drive (303) 665-6679 Contact - Admissions Office Ages: K - 12th grade Licensed & Accredited September - June/Camp Program Days: M-F, 175 days. Hours: 8 am to 3:25 pm, plus AfterSchool Academy. A well-rounded, Renaissance approach. Student/teacher ratio of 7/1, daily enrichment (art, music, computers, library, foreign language, sports), stimulating academics, superb teachers. W: www.dawsonschool.org E: admissions@dawonschool.org

Bixby School—Boulder 4760 Table Mesa (303) 494-7508 Contact - Pat Baker Ages: K - 5th Grade Licensed 9-month & year-round Hours: 8:30 am to 3:15 pm (7:15 am to 5:45 pm extended day) Small group instruction in language arts, mathematics, geography, science, music, art, and history, with curriculum geared to challenging each student’s needs. We teach to individual strengths, so every child thrives. W: www.bixbyschool.org E: office@bixbyschool.org

Boulder Country Day School—Boulder 4820 Nautilus Ct. North (303) 527-4931 x 248 Contact - Susan Boyle Ages: Preschool - 8th Grade Licensed August - May/Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 8 am to 3 pm, middle school until 3:15. Before- & after-school care and enrichment classes available. Accreditations: NAIS, ACIS, and Approved Middle Years International Baccalaureate School. Situated on a picturesque, safe, and private 5.5acre campus, Boulder Country Day School provides a balanced, classical education distinguished by academic excellence and social development in a caring and supportive learning environment. Preparing all students to reach their potential. Summer camp in June and July. W: bouldercountryday.org E: info@bouldercountryday.org

SCHOOL

Schools

Broomfield Academy—Broomfield 7203 W. 120th Ave. (303) 469-6449 Contact - Pat Garner, principal Ages: 2 1/2 - 14 yrs Licensed Year-round, including summer Program Days: M-F. Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Before- and afterschool programs. Academic preschool through middle school. Nationally accredited (NIPSA). An individualized education helping children be exceptional, accelerated, and creative. Individual student learning plans, small class sizes, advanced curriculum, character education, and service learning programs, monthly field trips related to curriculum, before- and afterschool programming, specialty classes in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, art, swimming, music, technology, and physical education. Five-acre campus with creative outdoor spaces, a swimming pool, and a teaching garden. Year-round enrollment. W: www.broomfieldacademy.com E: principal@broomfieldacademy.com

Friends’ School—Boulder 5465 Pennsylvania (303) 499-1999 Contact - Mari Engle Friedman Ages: K-5th grade Licensed & Accredited Aug - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 3:15 pm Aftercare and enrichment classes 3:15 to 5:30 pm A supportive community committed to educating the whole child—head, hands, and heart. Experiential and integrated curriculum, emphasizing academics, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and social responsibility. Small classes, low student/teacher ratios. Sliding-scale tuition based on family income and additional financial aid available. ACIS accredited, NAIS member. W: www.friendsschoolboulder.org E: info@friendsschoolboulder.org

Hillside School—Boulder 6717 S. Boulder Road (303) 494-1468 Contact - Kathy Sherman Ages: 1 - 9th grade Licensed August - May/Summer program Program Days: M-F Hours: 8 to 11 am and 12 to 3 pm Hillside provides specialized, research-based instruction for students with learning differences such as dyslexia in grades 1-9, in a caring, supportive environment. Experiencing real academic growth allows our students to discover their full potential and become successful learners in all academic areas. W: www.hillsidelearning.org E: kathy@hillsidelearning.org

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SCHOOL

Mountain Peak School—Longmont 1833 Sunset Place (720) 494-1622 Contact - Tom Buckett Ages: 3 - 12 yrs (6th grade) Licensed August - June/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 7:15 am to 5:45 pm Mountain Peak is an independent, nonsectarian school that focuses on educating the whole child. Recognizing that each child is unique, teachers are entitled to individualize curriculum based on each child’s developmental stage. We offer learning experiences that reach beyond the core academic areas beginning at the preschool level. We strive for excellence by nurturing each child’s intellect, curiosity, and social growth. And because studies have shown that large class sizes adversely affect learning, we are committed to keeping our classes small (15-16 for K-6th grades, 10-12 for preschool). Before/after-school care, daily PE, art, music, foreign language. W: www.mountainpeakschool.com E: mountainpeak@comcast.net

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Schools Mountain Shadows Montessori School—Boulder 4154 63rd Street (303) 530-5353 Contact - Ann Kasunich Ages: 12 months to 6th grade Toddler ~ Primary ~ Elementary ~ AMI-Accredited & Licensed Program Days: M-F, 9-month program for ages 12 months to 6th grade and 9- or 12-month programs for ages 12 months-3 years and 3-5 years. Hours: Full day: 8:15 am to 2:50 pm, half day: 8:15 pm to 12 noon, extended hours program 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Mountain Shadows Montessori School is the only accredited AMI (Association Montessori International) school in Colorado. Located on a beautiful 12-acre country campus in Boulder, MSMS has continuously provided excellence in Montessori education since 1976. At Mountain Shadows, children joyfully learn to reach their full potential while developing skills for living a successful life. Call today to schedule your personal tour of our campus. W: www.mountainshadows.org E: admissions@mountainshadows.org

The Patchwork School—Louisville 1428 Main St. (720) 271-6729 Contact - Michele Beach Ages: K-12, Preschool and Toddlers August - May & Summer Camps Program Days: M-F Hours: 9 am to 3 pm. Before and aftercare, from 8 to 9 am and 3 to 4 pm. The Patchwork School is a nonprofit, democratic school in Louisville, Colorado, with full-time and part-time programs for children ages 1 and up, as well as homeschooler programs. Our philosophy is composed of principles from Democratic Education, Reggio Emilia, and Humane Education. We are committed to preserving every person’s right to a life of self-direction, meaning, and joy. W: www.thepatchworkschool.com E: info@thepatchworkschool.com


BOULDER County Kids

Health Care Directory TRAVELHealth Tips

Boulder

From JoHannah Reilly ND, LAc, Boulder

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raveling with children can be great fun when you are prepared. Hope for the best but plan for the unexpected.

Food.

Always bring snacks that can double for a meal. Crackers and refined carb snacks may fill them up, but blood sugar crashes will leave you with some grumpy elves. Bring protein that your kids enjoy­­—a boiled egg, hot dogs, turkey / chicken wraps, and jerky will keep blood sugar stable, helping little ones stay strong. Carrots and celery with nut butters are yummy. Pack snacks in a location that is easy to get to.

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Hydration.

Water alone is not enough to stay hydrated, especially when flying. Bring vitamin C packets with electrolytes, they are so convenient to carry, and you can refill your empty water bottle after you are through security. Try to avoid drinking airplane water. I have been warned by commercial pilots that the quality is questionable. I also recommend a clear, sweet, non-caffeine drink, like ginger ale, which is yin in Chinese medicine, to help off set the very yang and dehydrating effects of flying.

What to do?

Your children need activities that can keep them occupied on long trips and during unexpected delays. A good book to read for older children, coloring books and books of puzzles or mazes are great, and my daughter’s favorite—Rainbow loom is the best! The trick is to have these things collected in small containers that are easily available—a ziplock bag with crayon and coloring book together and packed where you can grab them. If your child is old enough to pack their own carry on, they can decide where things go when they want to grab them.

Clothes.

You may want to arrive with your children wearing their holiday best, but comfort and the weather need to be considered. Remember to check the weather of your destination so that you are prepared. Too many layers can be complicated for airplanes but a comfy jacket and a warm hat are great when the AC is on. I usually wear a ski hat on the plane to Hawaii! Having an extra outfit in case of accidents is always a good idea, even with older children, since things may get spilled.

Boulder Nutrition Sue Van Raes 1120 Alpine Avenue

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www.bouldernutrition.com sue@bouldernutrition.com Ages: All Boulder Nutrition is both a science- and psychology-based health care practice where you can learn the ins and outs of a healthy lifestyle, improve your relationship to food and your body, and feel better than ever. Visit us at www. BoulderNutrition.com for programs, groups and events to fit your holistic health care. Hours: Call or use our online system at boulder-nutrition.genbook.com to make your appointment today. See ad.

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(303) 995-9266

Ages: prenatal, children, teens and adults. Acupuncture and massage services. Working with families in Boulder and surrounding areas for 25 years. Specializing in treatment of pain, pregnancy, infertility and children’s health. Master’s degree in Oriental medicine, including Chinese herbal medicine and Japanese needling techniques. Structural Integration as well as many other treatment-oriented bodywork methods are included in 25 years of training. Hours: Call for an appointment. Flexible hours. See ad.

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neuroAgility, PC Kerri Honaker, M.S., M.A., LPC 2501 Walnut St. Suite 205 (Boulder) 3773 Cherry Creek No. Drive, Suite 690W - (Denver)

(303) 417-1797

www.neuroAgility.com Ages: children, teens, young adults, adults, full range care. We specialize in ADD/ADHD, Brain Injury, Anxiety, Sleep, Aspergers. neuroAgility is a nonmedicated way to train your brain. Full evaluation, qEEG and neurofeedback is our area of expertise. We offer an accelerated summer program. Hours: M-F: 9 am to 7 pm. See ad.

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Birthday Party Directory Boulder

ABC Birthday Parties Ages: 3 - 18 1960 32nd Street Climbing Parties! Fun, low-stress, quality parties with ABC Kids Climbing. Includes party room, games, activities, pizza, cake, and climbing for kids of all ages and abilities. Hours: Call for times. Contact: Staff 303-443-5437 info@abckidsclimbing.com www.abckidsclimbing.com

Elite Dance Academy Ages: All 3005 Sterling Circle-Boulder 8820 W. 116th Circle-Broomfield Are you looking for something different for your child’s next Birthday Bash? Come to Elite where the kids can dance, create a craft, and jump into a themed world—Princess, Jungle, RockStar, 80s, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and many more. We host parties for ages 2 and up. We can take care of anything and everything! Call to book your party today! Contact: Brittney Smith 303-466-8626 info@elitedanceacademy.net www.EliteDanceAcademy.net

KidzArt

Clementine Birthday Parties Ages: 3 - 10 1237 Pine Street. New location! Parties designed with your child in mind. Art parties with high-quality materials and lots of fun for all for 11/2 hours. Minimum of 8 and maximum of 30 children. Optional extras of cakes, invitations, and gluten-free treats. Bright and spacious facility. Hours: Saturday morning and afternoon slots available. Contact: Staff 303-443-2520 lisa@openartsclementine.org www.openartsclementine.org

Ages: 4 - 18 Looking for a fun, unique, no mess idea? Let our party specialists WOW your young guests as they are guided through an exciting art extravaganza! Everybody takes home a masterpiece! To add sparkle to your party, you can choose from a menu of cool projects and mediums. Contact: Michelle Goffin 303-530-1368 michelle@kidzart.com www.KidzArtboco.com

Musical Birthdays Boulder

Ages: 1-12 1237 Pine Street A “Musical Birthday” at the Off Broadway School of Fine Arts! Children and parents will explore music and movement together in a fun and creative environment. We’ll sing songs, play instruments, and even try some yoga stories for kids! Activities are led by our experienced staff, all of whom hold degrees in music education.

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Hours: Call for reservations. For parties of up to 15 children. Contact: Staff 720-244-8760 info@offbroadwayfinearts.org offbroadwayfinearts.org

Birthday Parties play! at Grandrabbit’s

Boulder

Ages: 1-9 2525 Arapahoe Ave H-7 The birthday child and guests will have an incredible experience being creative, experimenting, and engaging in activities designed with plenty of play! in mind! Parents can relax; enjoy the guests and the wide-eyed wonder of the birthday crowd! Contact: Betty Quigley 303-443-8675 www.playatgrandrabbits.com

Broomfield Broomfield Academy Splash Parties Ages: 3 - 18 7203 W 120th Avenue Birthday parties in Broomfield Academy’s very warm indoor saltwater pool are a blast. And very affordable! Pool rental and lifeguard fee is $60 per hour (2-hour minimum). Heated and fully enclosed pool building is perfect for the kids to play games in the pool, in any kind of outside weather, including snow! Bring your own birthday cake. Or, have pizza delivered! Or, bring your own food. It is an easy way to have a party. This pool is great for kids—and our lifeguards are fun to have in the pool during your party! Call to reserve your pool party today! Private, semiprivate, and group swim lessons are also available after school and on weekends. Parent-tot class on Saturdays. Contact: Anica 303-469-6449 www.broomfieldacademy.com

Countywide Adventure Quest or Sword Games Birthdays

Boulder/Denver

Ages: 6 - 16 Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! Choose from swasher team games, Treasure Quest, or Adventure Quest. We come in costume, bring foam swasher swords, and lead the participants on an amazing adventure filled with riddles, dueling, interesting characters, and challenging games. Offering summer quests and birthday parties since 1995. Serving Boulder, Denver, and Surrounding Realms. For more information, please visit us online or call. 303-786-9216 RenaissanceAdventures.com

Challenge Island Ages: 5 - 12 Why just throw a party when you can throw a Challenge Island party! Choose from a whole slew of celebratory challenges (like our Ice Cream Stream Extravaganza and our Angry Birds Challenge at Catapult Cay) to create your own unique tribal birthday celebration! We supply all the Island party gear and giveaways (and even the cake if you like) and your guests supply the creativity. All challenges are based on the STEM Principles (Science,Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics). Your birthday boy or girl and all of their friends will have a wild time trying to Outthink, Out-play, and Out-PARTY on Challenge Island! Please visit our website for more details. Days: Seven days a week. Contact: Megan Johnson 303-776-0969 challengeislandco@gmail.com www.challenge-island.com/ colorado-longmont


BOULDER County Kids Longmont Louisville Nederland Fun in a Bubble Ages: 4 and up Wiggle and giggle with your kids! Fun for family members of all ages! Have a party where your family can learn the art of bubblology. Your child will experience and learn how to make “unbreakable” bubbles, make wands out of household items, stand in a bubble, make a smiley face and exotic shape bubbles, and many more activities. Children have had so much fun they ask, “Do we have to go eat cake?” Nancy will travel to your party site in Boulder County and surrounding areas. Call for fees. Contact: Nancy Winkler 303-709-4767 nancy@funinabubble.com www.funinabubble.com

Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center Birthday Parties Ages: 3 - 10 111 W. Baseline Road Birthday parties at the Lafayette Recreation Center. Choose from tree climbing, skateboarding, swimming, or gymnastics! Price includes party room/skatepark shelter, cake, candles, tablecloth, paper goods, and one of 12 special party “themes.” Contact: Heide Barrowman 303-665-0469 heideb@cityoflafayette.com www.cityoflafayette.com/parties

Triple Creek Ranch Horse Birthday Parties Ages: 4 -12 4255 Nelson Road 2.5 Hours Party: “Paint-A-Dandy” for up to 10 children, ages 4 and up. Join the fun of games, playing with the mini horses and painting the special B-day horse, Dandy, along with a lead line ride! Of course it’s washable paint! $350. 2-Hour Party: “Cowgirl Up” for girls ages 12 and up. For those too old for painting ponies, 6 girls team up for games on horseback with 3 horses! Fun and upbeat memories with friends that they continue to talk about over and over! $300. All the information and pictures you need on the Web page! Kids and parents leave saying it’s the best parties and setting they have ever been to! Fast moving, FUN, lasting memories and smiles! With years of experience, TCR takes great pride in our parties, to make sure all the extra touches are there for your guest!$100 deposit required. Everyone will enjoy being at Triple Creek Ranch! Contact: Lynn McChesney   303-444-4291 lynntriplecreek@gmail.com  www.triplecreek-ranch.com

Mountain Kids Gymnastic-Themed Parties Ages: 2-10 yrs 474 S. Taylor Ave. (in the Colorado Technology Center) Gymnastics-themed birthday parties include 1 hour of gymnastics time with our enthusiastic birthday party staff. Activities include a gigantic obstacle course, trampoline, games, relays, parachute play, and 30 minutes of party time for cake, presents, and other party activities. We provide the party host, invitations, thank-you notes, and party favors, and of course take care of all the cleanup! Great parties for kids of all ages! Call for fees. Contact: Anna Narvaes 303-665-8287 anna@mountain-kids.com www.mountain-kids.com

Birthday Party at The Carousel Ages: all 20 Lakeview Drive Rent the entire carousel or our upstairs party room. Party givers are welcome to bring their own treats; many local restaurants are able to provide food and drink.  Fees: Party Room $40 per hour (includes 10 ride tickets). Entire carousel (available when we are not open) $125 per hour, which includes unlimited rides during your event. Call for more details. Days and Hours: we are always open Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm; please call for additional days and hours. Contact: Carousel Director 303-258-3457

Mudslingers Birthday Parties 920 Main Street Ages: 5 and up Mudslinger’s Pottery is happy to provide a fun and unique birthday party experience. Each party attendee will learn to glaze a professionally hand-crafted piece of pottery. Learn more about how the pieces were made with a demonstration/mini lesson on the potter’s wheel for an additional cost of $25.00. Call today to set up your party! Fees: $18.00 per child. Hours: By appointment. Contact: John Hansen 303-926-0996 mudslingerspotteryinc@gmail.com www.mudslingerspottery.com

Dog House Music Ages: 5 to adult 525 Courtney Way Rock & Roll Birthday Parties! Authentic rock & roll birthday parties for kids, teens, and adults. Rock & roll makeover, interactive music video games on our giant flat screen, live performance by teen band. Hours: By appointment. Contact: Gary Lennox 303-664-1600 Contact@doghousemusic.com www.rockandrollbirthday.com

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After-School Programs Arts & Science

Dance Boulder/Broomfield

Boulder Valley School District Boulder Valley

Clementine Art Classes Boulder

Ages: Children to adults 1237 Pine Street. NEW LOCATION! Clementine Studio™ is a full-time, art enrichment program with hands-on, multimedia programs that encourage independent exploration of age-appropriate art materials in a nurturing and inspiring environment. Weekly classes, workshops, camps, parties, and more. Drop-in classes available and now offering BVSD in-service day camps—full- and half-day options. For a complete listing, please visit our website. Hours: Call for times and days. C: Lisa Holub lisa@openartsclementine.org www.openartsclementine.org P: 303-443-2520

CU Science Discovery Boulder

Ages: 5-13 3400 Marine Street Are you looking for an enriching experience that is so much fun your kids won’t even realize how much they are learning? CU Science Discovery offers a variety of after-school and student-day-off/holiday programs designed to inspire budding science enthusiasts. Programs explore technology and science using hands-on activities that are sure to delight. Please register online or by phone. C: Anjali Maus sciencediscovery.colorado.edu P: 303-735-2230

Grades K-5 Offering high-quality enrichment classes/camps after school and on no-school days. Instruction provided in visual arts, science, theater, cooking, LEGOS™, sports, and language. Classes meet at BVSD schools and other locations in Boulder County. Please visit our website for complete class listings. Registration is available online or by phone. Program Days: M-S C: Lifelong Learning lifelong.learning@bvsd.org www.bvsd.org/LLL P: 720-561-5968

Boulder Ballet School Boulder

Ages: 3-Adult The official school of Boulder Ballet, under the direction of Ana Claire. Rigorous training in an atmosphere of playful professionalism. Recipient of the Florence Ruston Award for Overall Excellence, Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher Award, and Best of Boulder Award. Program Days: M-F, Sat. Hours: 9 am-7 pm+ For information on classes please visit boulderballet.org or call registrar. C: Nan Streicker P: 303-443-0028.

Sunflower Kids Art Studio Boulder

Ages: 3.5-15 5345 Arapahoe Avenue #6 Our children are taught in small, cozy groups, which allows each child to explore at their own pace and receive individual attention from the instructor. Sunflower Kids teaches children everything they need to know to create paintings that both kids and parents will be proud of. Hours: Classes held every day. Please see our schedule and online gallery for more information. C: Lika Gitis lika@artsunflower.com www.artsunflower.com P: 720-939-7545

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Ages: All Join our dance family, where EVERYONE is a star! Dance with our expertly trained staff. Watch your dancer grow through our live video observation! All ages and abilities! Class types include jazz, ballet, hip-hop, pom, and more. Others include preschool ages, boys only, all-star poms, “GLEE” boot camp, as well as opportunities for competitive and performing teams. Your dancer will receive personalized evaluations and recommendations for continual development. Plenty of offerings to work for tight family schedules. Monthly packages and singleclass pricing available! Check out our state-of-the-art facilities today and schedule your studio tour with a one-on-one meeting. info@elitedanceacademy.net www.elitedanceacademy.net/bck P: 303-466-8626

Empowerment

Success Strategies 4 Kids Boulder

Grades: 6-8 Secrets of Friendship. What makes kids like other kids? Students will learn and practice six most important friendship skills, what makes kids avoid other kids, how to NOT lose your friends. Small class size, individual attention, student workbook, parent handout, and snacks. Early registration $165, week of class $185. Days and Hours: Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 pm. C: Sherry Lewis, MS, LPC successstrategies4kids@gmail.com www.ss4k.com Facebook.com/sLewisCounselor LinkedIn.com/in/SherryLewisCounselor Twitter.com/sLewisCounselor P: 303-915-4421


BOULDER County Kids Guitar

Gymnastics Cheerleading

Language

Boulder Guitar Coach Boulder

Ages: 8 and up Guitar Lessons for Kids. Colorado certified elementary teacher. I can help your child to express themselves musically, while getting a solid music education and having Fun! Students will learn songs they are excited to play and make music from the very beginning. Days and Hours: M-Sat. 10 am-7 pm. C: Wayne Daniels info@boulderguitarcoach.com www.BoulderGuitarCoach.com P: 720-323-6424

Boulder Guitar Studio Boulder

Ages: 6 and up Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Lap Steel and Ukulele lessons for all styles and levels. Learn your favorite songs & the fundamentals, techniques, theory, & reading skills behind them. Custom approach determining your interests & focus on having fun while reaching goals. Fees: $30 per 30 minutes, $40 per 45 minutes, $50 per hour. Days and Hours: M-F, 10 am-7 pm. C: Lee Johnson lee@boulderguitar.com www.boulderguitar.com P: 303-442-2379

nourish your child’s spiritual growth. Program Days: Sun-Th. Hours: afternoons/eve. C: Sue Salinger school@neveikodesh.org www.NeveiKodesh.org P: 303-443-4567

Mountain Kids Gymnastics & Dance Louisville

Ages: Walking and up 474 S. Taylor Avenue At Mountain Kids there are mountains to climb, rivers to cross, jungles to conquer, and fun to be had. Also, strength, flexibility, coordination, confidence, and new skills are acquired every day. Students discover their amazing movement potential through GYMNASTICS & DANCE classes in a safe, creative, and nurturing environment! We make moving and learning fun! Transportation available from select schools. Programs & times vary. Please call or visit our website for more information. C: Anna Narvaes anna@mountain-kids.com www.mountain-kids.com/louisville P: 303-665-8287

Bilingual Tots Boulder County/Denver

Ages: 0-10 Bilingual Tots, a language school for children 0-10, total immersion language courses in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese, with native teachers in several locations. Small classes! Hours: Mornings and late afternoon sessions. C: Steven Roszell www.BilingualTots.com P: 303-351-1721

Music

Jewish Studies

International School Of Music Boulder/Westminster

Ages: 4 and up Formerly known as Harmonious Music. Piano and accordion instruction in Russian or English, with a European flair. For children and adults. Master’s degree in piano, accordion, and musical performance. Fun and loving instruction in your home or ours, using traditional methods of reading and playing, coupled with the Russian school of piano/ accordion playing techniques. Lessons focus on music as an art form and how it has the ability to portray its different feelings, moods, and emotional experiences associated with everyday life. Multiple concerts held yearly. Hours: M-Sat. 10 am - 9 pm C: Nina www.intlschoolofmusic.com P: 303-502-8224

Music Together® of Boulder Ages: Birth-5 Small intimate parent/child programs. FREE demo classes offered throughout the year. Call for times and fees. Two Boulder locations—downtown and north. C: Jane Simms Roche www.musictogetherboulder.com P: 303-530-0434

Music Together® Big Kids Boulder

Congretaion Nevei Kodesh Boulder

Ages: 6-13 years 1925 Glenwood We provide Nevei Yeladim (Oasis for Children), a Jewish Renewal school with innovative programs in Hebrew, Jewish culture, and Torah study, designed to inspire, delight, and

Boulder Suzuki Strings Boulder

Ages: 4-18 Suzuki music instruction by registered faculty in violin, viola, & cello. Private & group lessons, note reading, theory, public performances, and more. Call for fees and times. Program Days: M-F C: Staff info@bouldersuzukistrings.org bouldersuzukistrings.org P: 303-499-2807

Ages: 5-7 Our curriculum includes solfège (ear training), solos and ensembles, folk dances, harmony singing, vocal development, and drumming. Limited to 6 children, and each child will have their own keyboard. Safe, fun environment, conducting and improvisation, story songs, and game songs. Beginning piano component where we will apply some of what we are learning specifically to the piano. C: Jane Smolens www.mountainsongmusic.com P: 303-413-1120

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After-School Programs Music

Sandy Burrell Music Studio Niwot

Cont’d

Music Together® Central Boulder

Ages: Mixed ages, birth - 5 years and their caregivers. Award-winning, research -based early childhood music & movement program celebrating 25 years of family musicmaking. Families have fun planting the seeds for musical growth through singing, movement, and instrument play. Siblings welcome. Free demo by appointment. Weekly 45minute classes. Hours: Weekday mornings, Saturday morning, and evening times. Register online. C: Jane Smolens www.mountainsongmusic.com P: 303-413-1120

Off Broadway School of Fine Arts Boulder

Ages: 6 weeks – 6 years accompanied by an adult 1237 Pine Street Do Re Mi and You: Mommy and Me Music Class with licensed music educator Emily L’Hommedieu is an innovative blend of singing, dancing, instrument exploration, and personal expression. The class is rooted in quality LIVE MUSIC of American folk, world, and popular genres. The instructor accompanies singing with guitar, banjo, drums, or piano. Creative movement with scarves and props, based on the Dalcroze/Eurhythmic method, is also central to the class. Fees: $15 drop-ins, $100 for a 10-class punch card. Try your first class free! Hours: M/W, 10:15 – 11 am C: Staff info@offbroadwayfinearts.org offbroadwayfinearts.org P: 720-244-8760

Parlando School for the Arts Boulder

Ages: All 2590 Walnut St. (Dairy Center) Parlando School for the Arts offers private instruction, group classes, and ensembles for students of all ages and abilities, on all musical instruments and in voice and musical theater. Our faculty of 50 of the region’s best teachers provide instruction to more than 700 students each week. More than half of our faculty have advanced degrees in music. C: Staff info@parlando.org www.parlando.org P: 303-442-0006

Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts Lafayette

Ages: All 200 E. Baseline Road Lessons, classes, and ensembles. Full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, RMCMA is committed to providing highquality musical experiences for people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and financial circumstances. We value excellence in arts education and access for all members of the community. Hours: M-F, 9 am - 9 pm C: Nancy Brace brace@comusic.org www.COmusic.org P: 303-665-0599

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a) Intro to Flute, 6 weeks. b) Intro to Violin, 8 weeks. c) Intro to Music, 1 semester – explore flute, violin, or piano. d) Penny Whistle Program – ideal class for ages 3 to 6. Fees:$10/class. Pay by session. Call for current class times. C: Sandy Burrell P: 303-652-3287

Piano

Mungo Music Boulder County

Ages: 5 and up. In-home piano and guitar lessons. Traditional classical piano, as well as jazz theory and improvisation. Blues, rock, whatever! Young, enthusiastic and upbeat, passionate teacher. Call Chase today! Days and Hours: Call to schedule. C: Chase Norris Norris.Chase@gmail.com www.mungomusic.net P: 720-839-0440

Group Piano/ Keyboard Class Boulder

Ages: 6 and up Children learn musical notation, theory, composition/improvisation music in a fun, supportive, creative environment. Weekly one-hour classes. Small groups of 6 children or fewer. Keyboards provided during lesson time. Jane Smolens has been a piano/music educator since 1986. C: Jane Smolens www.mountainsongmusic.com P: 303-413-1120

Rose Garden Music North Boulder

Ages: 4 to 84 Deep LOVE of teaching music in a joy-filled, humorous way that leads to success & musicality for each student. Individualized, customized program that focuses on intrinsic motivation. Performance opportunities, emotionally safe, nonjudgmental, supportive, and happy environment. Extensive background in piano performance, composition, pedagogy, psychology, & childhood development has proven invaluable with children of all ages as well as adult students! NPR endorsement. Hours: By appointment C: Jessica Dinsdale rosegardenmusic@aol.com P: 303-442-2690


BOULDER County Kids Swimming

Theater Tutoring

of intensive instruction. Hours: M-F, 9 am-6 pm C: Deborah Kratovil learningpathwayscolorado@comcast.net www.learningpathwayscolorado.com P: 303-499-1941

Mathnasium MATH ONLY Learning Center

Swim•Float•Swim! Home of Infant Aquatics Longmont

Ages: 6 months and up. Diagonal Trade Center 795 S. Sherman Street Boulder County’s best swim lessons are in Longmont! At Swim•Float•Swim! Your child will learn to swim safely in weeks, not years. Our two warm-water indoor pools and UV water purification system ensure your child the safest and most comfortable water experience. We are the swim lesson experts—stop by our childfriendly facility to Discover the Difference. Hours: 7 am-7 pm, M-F C: Judy Heumann judy@infantaquatics.com www.swimfloatswim.com P: 303-499-2229

Colorado Shakespeare Festival School of Theatre Boulder

Ages: 8-18. The CSF School of Theatre offers classes, workshops, and private coaching sessions for kids and teens year-round. Winter/Spring Classes include Directing, Costume Design, and Movement. One-day workshops (ranging from Gore Makeup to Stage Combat) are held every month in Boulder, and culminate in a short performance for friends and family. Space is limited! Call for schedule. C: Amanda Giguere csfedout@colorado.edu www.coloradoshakes.org/ education/csf-school-theatre P: 303-492-1973

Dreamcatcher Direct Instruction Centers Boulder

Ages: 5 to Adult 5440 Conestoga Court (at 55th and Arapahoe)

We promise at least one grade level increase in 30 hours of instruction, or we will teach your child for free! One-to-one supplemental educational services in reading, spelling, math, writing, critical thinking, and study skills. Research proven curriculum guarantees rapid progress. Also offering ACT/ SAT/GED prep, advanced math and writing, foreign languages, and homework help. Flexible payment plans. Refund policy.  Hours: M - Sat, 8 am-8 pm C: Staff  admin.dreamcatcher@gmail.com www.dreamcatcherlearning.com P: 303-444-8422

Do you have a bright child who is struggling with learning or focus?

Swim School of Boulder Boulder

Ages: 6 months and up 3015 Bluff Street The Swim School of Boulder is the county’s premier aquatic training facility. As underwater experts in both scuba and swim training, we teach swimming skills and aquatic safety to all ages in our private, indoor 88-degree pool. Programs Days: M-Th, 9 am to 6 pm. C: Callie Holcomb callie@swimschoolboulder.com www.swimschoolboulder.com P: 303-440-7946 (SWIM)

Is your child experiencing any or all of the following: • Behind in reading or math Rocky Mountain • Weak organizational skills Theatre for Kids • Difficulty paying attention in school Learning • Illegible writing or writing not at ability Boulder Pathways Ages: 5-16 • ADD/ADHD Boulder 5311 Western Ave., Ste. 135 Open the door to a permanent path of learning Ages: 7 and upthat goes (near Arapahoe & 55th) beyond tutoring or medication. We utilize the latest 1790 30th Street, #235 Boulder’s premiere youth brain research in our individualized, one-on-one program. Is your child struggling with theatre offersSee Boulder’s best why thousands have succeeded--your child can too! reading, diagnosed with dystheatrical training in musical lexia, behind in math, theatre, acting, voice, dance, LEARNING experiencing PATHWAYS PATHWAYS difficulty putimprovisation, & more. ting thoughts into words? After-school programs, BOULDER OFFICE - 303 303-499499-1941 We help where traditional Actors Academy Program, www.learningpathwayscolorado.com tutoring can’t. Our multiand summer camps. sensory methods get quick C: Stuart Motola results that last a lifetime. info@theaterforkids.net An average student will www.theaterforkids.net achieve a 2-grade-level www. ActorsAcademyCO.com increase in just a few weeks P: 303-245-8150

Lafayette

Grades: 1-College Calculus 2770 Arapahoe Rd. Ste 114 We make math make sense! Mathnasium’s affordable, proven, customized programs work with kids to build a solid MATH foundation that makes sense to them. Our programs increase confidence and help kids understand & do their homework. Catch-up and enrichment, private lessons, special summer camps & SAT/ ACT math prep programs. WARNING: Your child could become crazy about math! Hours: 3 to 7 pm, M-Th; Sundays, 1:30 to 5:30 pm C: Lisa & Alan Iguchi boulder@mathnasium.com www.mathnasium.com/boulder P: 720-890-9000

P roj e c t YOU Project Youth Boulder

Ages: Elementary School A nonprofit for increased student achievement. After-school literacy and math intervention program for fall and spring semesters. Intense intervention for a duration is the only way to increase achievement. Only four openings available. Must be behind in literacy or math. Hours: M-Th. After school until 5:15 pm. C: Kris Walton, director and CEO. krismiss6@gmail.com www.kris-list.com P: 303-717-7280

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Spring Calendar of Events ART/MUSEUMS

Feb 1, March 1, April 5—Denver Denver Art Museum Free First Saturdays for all ages, from 10 am to 5 pm, located at 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. On the first Saturday of each month, enjoy free general admission to enjoy the museum’s collections! Tickets available on sight starting at 10 am. Call Rose Beetem at (720) 913-0130 or please e-mail info@ denverartmuseum.org for more information or check out www. denverartmuseum.org Feb 12, Mar 12, April 9—Denver Denver Art Museum Create Playdates for ages 3-5, from 10 am to 1 pm, located at 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. Come meet up with other tots and their grown-ups to create art, read stories, and play art games in the galleries. Kids 5 and younger free! Call Jody Gorochow at (720) 913-0048 or familyprograms@ denverartmuseum.org for more information or check out www. denverartmuseum.org February 14—Denver Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. Through a combination of never-beforeseen artifacts, hands-on activities, including re-creations of an underworld cave, the starry night sky, and a vibrantly colored mural room—visitors will explore the rise and eventual decline of this fascinating culture’s ancient cities. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, check www.dmns.org, or call (303) 370-6000. Tu/W/F—Longmont Discovery Days from 9 to 10:15 am, 10:15 to 11:30 am, and 12:30 to 2 pm, runs from early September through late May at the Longmont Museum at 400 Quail Road. This interactive drop-in program encourages children ages 2-5, to engage in creative, and sometimes messy, arts & crafts projects with their parents. Call (303) 6518374 for more information. Saturdays—Broomfield The Broomfield Depot Museum, located at 2201 West 10th Avenue, is open to the public on Saturdays from 12 to 3 pm. Admission is FREE. Tours explain the station’s history and story of the Denver

& Interurban Railway (D & I), an electric railway that ran on the Kite Route from Denver to Boulder via Broomfield from 1908 to 1926. For more information or to schedule a weekday tour for four or more call (303) 460-6824. Ongoing—Boulder The CU History Museum is open year round for ages 6 and up. Seven rooms, chronicling CU’s history and alumni accomplishments and space exhibit with moon rock from NASA. FREE. Located on the CU Campus. Call (303) 492-6329 for more information.

BOOKS ’n’ STORYTELLING

February 2— Boulder George Reynolds Branch Library/ Meadows Branch Library Rabbits Take a Winter Break, for all ages, at 11 am and 3 pm, located at 3595 Table Mesa Drive/4800 Baseline Rd. Comedy Magician Connie Elstun and her hilarious costumed rabbits invade the library to take their annual break. They need your help as they search for good reading material on rabbits you may already know. Call Hannah Lackoff at (303) 441-3120 or e-mail lackoffh@boulderlibrary. org for more information or check out bplnow.boulderlibrary.org T/W/TH—Longmont Longmont Public Library story times for ages birth to 6, located at 409 4th Avenue. Lap-sit, toddler, and preschool story times 10:15 and 11 am T/W mornings; Spanish story time TH evenings at 6:30, bedtime story time TH nights at 7 pm. Call (303) 651-8477 or check out www.ci.longmont.co.us/library Every Sunday—Boulder Boulder Public Library Go Club for ages 5-16, located at 1000 Canyon. Call Melanie Howard at (303) 441-3099 or please e-mail howardm@boulderlibrary.org for more information or check out bplnow.boulderlibrary.org/event/ kids-family/storytime for more times and information.

CLASSES ’n’ WORKSHOPS

Through March 6—Boulder Success Strategies 4 Kids Secrets of Friendship for grades 6-9, from 5:30 to 7 pm, located at 1800 30th Street, Suite 306. What makes kids like other kids? Find out: 6 secrets of making & keeping friends! These workshops teach kids what does and doesn’t work

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in getting along with others, how to have conversations, non-verbal communication, and much more. It includes a workbook to enable continued practice. Class sizes are limited. Early Registration: $165. Regular Registration: $185 (week of class). Call Sherry Lewis at (303) 915-4421 or e-mail slewis. consulting@gmail.com for more information or check out ss4k.com February 4—Boulder Shalom Baby-JCC Parent/Child Yoga for ages 3-5 yrs, from 4:15 to 4:45 pm, located at 3800 Kalmia Ave. Join us for a free intro class. RSVP to beth@boulderjcc.org to attend. Class will include games, themed activities, storytelling, music, and art to engage the natural energy and enthusiasm of both parent and child. Classes explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and imaginative relaxation techniques. Call Beth Litz at (720) 364-1812 or e-mail beth@boulderjcc.org for more information or check out www. boulderjcc.org February 8—Louisville Boulder County Parks and Open Space Where the Wild Things Live! for elementary ages, from 2 to 3 pm, located at the Louisville Public Library. Come join volunteer naturalists and hike across a HUGE map of Boulder County, from the grassy plains to the highest peaks, looking for signs of wildlife. Everyone will help discover where different animals find the food, water, shelter, and space they need to survive. Call Larry Colbenson at (303) 678-6214 or e-mail lcolbenson@bouldercounty. org for more information or check out www.bouldercountyopenspace. org February 11-27—Boulder City of Boulder’s Children, Youth & Families Pre-licensing Training for adults from 6 to 9:30 pm, located at 2160 Spruce St. Pre-licensing training for new family child care providers for anyone wishing to obtain a family child care license in Colorado. Series of six classes (includes Universal Precautions). Call Robin Pennington at (303) 441-1912 or e-mail penningtonr@ bouldercolorado.gov for more information. February 14—Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center STEMgirls TSA Lab Program for ages 7-13 from 2 to 5 pm, located at 111 W. Baseline Rd. TSA (Take Stuff Apart) Lab is the most popular of all STEMgirls workshops. The activity is literal. STEMgirls take apart broken electronics with-

out the worry of having to put it back together again. Female STEMgirls mentors from a range of decades participate to promote girls to pursue jobs in technology. Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 6650469 or e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette.com for more information or check out www.cityoflafayette. com/recreation Through May 2014—Boulder Blue Sky Kindergarten The Living Craft School for adults, located at 3046 11th St. We will be travelling through the seasons with craft work using very traditional and productive techniques. We will transform materials from the earth such as wool, felt, wood, silk, cotton, and more, into your personal creations. Interweaving of song and story will accompany our seasonal handwork sessions together. Please call to join! Call Mindy Upton at (303) 443-4965 or e-mail blueskykindergarten@gmail.com for more information. Ongoing—Boulder The Language of Food presents French After-School, language, arts and crafts class for children in 1st through 5th grades, located in BVSD elementary schools, September through May. Please call Marie Nicoletti at (303) 819-4084 or please e-mail her at thelanguageoffood@gmail.com for more information. Ongoing—Boulder play!Time at Grandrabbit’s open M-F. for ages 1-9, located at 2525 Arapahoe, Ave H-7. Check website for times. Explore our interactive play!space with your children or sit back and relax while they have a blast. Call Betty Quigley at (303) 443-8675 or e-mail besquigley@ grtoys.com for more information. Please check out our website at www.playatgrandrabbits.com M/T/W/F—Longmont Playgroups for parents and children, on Mon: 10 am to noon, infant and toddlers: Wed: 10 am to 12 pm, mixed-ages: Fri: 10:30 am to noon, & bilingual (Spanish) 0-4 playgroup on the 1st and last Fridays. Also, Fatherhood Connection every Tues, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, support and education for dads. Children’s Services can also help with child care referrals. Call St. Vrain Valley Center at (303) 776-5348. 1st & 3rd Fridays—Boulder Mothers & Babies—Leaders’ support group, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, at 7100 S. Boulder Rd. Also offers support groups for new moms and babies under 6 months old for a nominal fee. Call (303) 530-0698 or visit our website at


www.momsandbabies.org for more information. 2nd and 4th Mondays—Boulder First Presbyterian Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9:15 to 11:15 am, at 1820 15th Street. Mornings include food, craft, or activity, speakers with subjects relating to moms and discussion time that deepens relationships with your group. Children are cared for in parallel program called MOPPETS. Call MOPS information line at (303) 402-6455. 1st Mondays—Boulder La Leche League of Longmont breast-feeding support group meeting for all ages from 10 to 11:30 am, located in the Community Room at Boulder Nurse Midwives, 4800 Riverbend Road, Suite 100. Dedicated to providing education, information, mother-to-mother support, and encouragement to women who are nursing their toddlers. Babies and children welcome. For more information call Diane at (303) 444-9849, Linda at (720) 3148839, or Kate at (303) 473-9918. 2nd Tuesdays—Longmont La Leche League of Longmont breast-feeding support group meeting for all ages, at 7 pm, located at First Lutheran Church at 803 3rd Avenue. Helping mothers worldwide to breast feed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. Babies and children welcome! Call Charlotte at (303) 747-6522 or Amanda at (303) 601-5689 or e-mail charlotte@longmontlll.org or check out longmontlll.org for more information. 3rd Thursdays—Longmont La Leche League of Longmont breast-feeding support group meeting for all ages, at 9:30 am, located at First Lutheran Church at 803 3rd Avenue. Helping mothers worldwide to breast feed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. Babies and children welcome! Call Charlotte at (303) 747-6522 or Amanda at (303) 601-5689 or e-mail charlotte@longmontlll.org or check out longmontlll.org for more information. Mondays—Westminster Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Play Days for ages 2-7, at 11 am, located at 14622 Orchard Parkway. Stories, music, art, and adventure... new theme every week. Free! Call Betty Quigley at (303) 443-0780 or e-mail besquigley@grtoys.com or check out grtoys.com for more information. 3rd Tuesdays—Boulder Local mothers are invited to a free meeting of the Boulder County chapter of Mothers & More. We connect moms through evening meetings, speakers, moms’ night out, book discussions, children’s activities, and MORE. Come and

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meet us! Check online at www. meetup.com/Mothers-MoreBoulder-County for more up-todate information.

3rd Tuesdays—Boulder La Leche League of Boulder monthly breast-feeding support group from 10 to 11:30 am. An international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breast-feed. Babies and children welcome. Call Molly (720) 9223549 or Diane (303) 444-9849 for information and meeting location. 1st & 3rd Saturdays—Boulder The Language of Food presents The French Cooking Club, a French cooking and Language class for children ages 7 to 12, from 2 to 5 pm, located at Stir-ItUp Cooking School, 1140 South Lashley Lane. Runs September to May. Please call Marie Nicoletti at (303) 819-4084 or e-mail her at thelanguageoffood@gmail.com or www.thelanguageoffood.com for more information. Daily—Countywide Boulder County WIC Program. Supplemental foods and nutritional health education for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women with children up to 5 years. Ongoing enrollment at 5 clinic sites. Boulder Office: 3305 Broadway; San Juan Office: 3100 34th St. in Boulder; Longmont Office: 529 Coffman, Suite 200; Salud Clinic: 231 East 9th in Longmont; Tri-cities Office: 1345 Plaza Court North, 3A in Lafayette. FREE. Call (303) 441-1451. Monday-Thursdays—Longmont Sunflower Farm now has an enrichment program for ages 5 to 8, from 9 am to 1 pm. This is a great program for home-school kids or as a supplement to your child’s kindergarten program. We provide a broad overview of everyday farm lifestyle and sustainable living involved in the care and feeding of animals, gardening, farm trades and skills, and, of course, we will always make time for good, old-fashioned, outdoor play. One day per week or more. Call (303) 774-8001 or please e-mail sunflowerfarmmail@gmail.com for more information or check out www. sunflowerfarminfo.com Tuesdays—Boulder Boulder Zumba. Zumba dance fitness for Kids for ages 7-13, from 4 to 5 pm, located at 6185 Arapahoe Road. Rockin’ fitness parties for kids with kid-friendly routines & music. $5 drop-in or $40 for 10-punch card. Call Donna Shonle at (303) 604-9098 or e-mail donna@shonle.net for more information or www.boulderzumba.com Thursdays—Boulder Beyond MOPS...the next step. Join us for SAMS (School-Age Moms). New group for mothers of schoolage children (kindergarten-12th

grade) to share their joys and challenges. Includes guest speakers, child care, and refreshments. 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Cost: $5. Boulder Valley Christian Church, 7100 S. Boulder Rd. Call Jan at (303) 494-4248 or Darcy at (303) 9261590 for more information. Thursdays—Broomfield Tough Love Parent Support Group will meet at the United Church of Broomfield at 825 Kohl Street, from 7 to 9:30 pm. Call Jerry Hart at (303) 494-4598 for more information. Friday Evenings—Lafayette City of Lafayette Bob Burger Recreation Center Friday Night Fun Club for ages 7-13, from 7 to 10 pm, located at 111 West Baseline Rd. A structured, supervised program that offers a safe, social, and recreational atmosphere. Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or debbiew@ cityoflafayette.com for more information or www.cityoflafayette.com Ongoing—Boulder M u s i c To g e t h e r w i t h J a n e Smolens/Mountain Song Music free preview classes for ages 0-5, located at 3111 Walnut for families who are interested in visiting a class before registering for one of our upcoming semesters. We will be having specific demo dates ongoing by appointment throughout the year. Call Jane Smolens at (303) 413-1120 or e-mail jsmolens@mountainsongmusic.com for more information or check out www.mountainsongmusic.com Ongoing—Boulder Sunflower Kids Art Studio offers year-round classes for ages 3.5 to 15, at 5345 Arapahoe Ave. Call Lika Gitis at (720) 939-7545 or e-mail lika@artsunflower.com or visit us at www.artsunflower.com Ongoing—Boulder/Longmont Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) for children ages 0-12, with drop-in open hours for application, redetermination assistance, and questions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm at 3460 N. Broadway in Boulder and 1921 Corporate Center Circle, Suite 3F in Longmont. Stop by for a CCAP application. Income and activity eligibility required. Information (303) 441-1000 or the bilingual outreach coordinator at (303) 9280821 or please check us out at www.bouldercountychildcare.org Ongoing—Countywide Boulder County Healthy Kids. Did you know that more people are now eligible for free or lowcost public health insurance programs? Boulder County Healthy Kids helps families enroll in the Child Health Plan (CHP+) and Family Medicaid. These programs include coverage for kids, parents, and pregnant women. For more

information call (303) 441-1589 or check out www.bchealthykids.org Ongoing—Longmont Swim•Float•Swim! Aquatic Academy—The ultimate swim lesson experience for ages 6 months and up. Boulder County’s only dedicated warm-water swim lesson facility where children learn to swim and float independently in weeks, not years. The Diagonal Trade Center, 795 S. Sherman St. Visit www.swimfloatswim.com to discover the difference. Contact Judy Heumann (303) 499-2229 or e-mail judy@infantaquatics.com Ongoing—Longmont Longmont Indoor Soccer Soccer Tots for ages 18 month-6 years, M-Sat, from 9 am to 5 pm, located at 795 South Sherman #8. Programs designed to use a series of fun games to encourage kids to develop motor skills and physical fitness. It is proven that kids will participate with more confidence and gusto if the objectives are pure fun. The objectives for each game will always be noncompetitive and fun, like kick the ball at the space alien or jump to the lily pads like a frog. The program has received rave reviews from parents and coaches all over the country. Call Peter Ambrose at (303) 678-8878 or please e-mail Peter@longmontindoorsoccer.com or www.longmontindoorsoccer. com for more information. Weekdays—Boulder/Lafayette Boulder County Head Start Enrollment drive for ages 3-5 years, from 8 am to 4 pm, located at 3482 N. Broadway. Boulder County Head Start is recruiting for its free, comprehensive preschool with full- and part-day classes. Income guidelines apply. Call Susi Gritton at (720) 564-2210 or e-mail sgritton@bouldercounty.org for more information.

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Through March 2—Regional Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Cookie Time. Girl Scouts are selling all your favorites. Cost is $4/ package. Check us out online at www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call (303) 778-8774 for more information. Now to April 15—Boulder Compass USA Japanese Program for all ages. We NEED HOST FAMILIES from July 13-August 2. This Japanese program has been coming to the Boulder area for 35 years! Contact Kristy Shine (303) 661-9170 or e-mail: richardkristyshine@q.com or for more information or please check out compass-usa.net February 2—Denver Community Free Days at the Denver Museum of Natural History made possible by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities

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District. Also on March 2nd, April 13 and on April 26 (Día de los Niños). The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, check www.dmns.org or call (303) 370-6000. February 13-16—Boulder Boulder’s 10th International Film Festival for all ages, in downtown Boulder. Named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine, BIFF brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder every President’s Day weekend for a celebration of the art of cinema for the whole family and children of all ages. Call Kevin Smith at (303) 449 2283 or e-mail kevin@ biff1.com or check out biff1.com for more information. February 14—Boulder play! Parents Night Out for ages 3-9, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. Drop the kiddos off with us! Your kids will be excited and engaged by the FUN games and activities we offer! Plus kids get dinner! Call about special Valentines Day surprise! Call Emily Faircloth at (303) 4438675 or e-mail play@grtoys.com for more information or check out play@grandrabbits.com February 14—Everywhere Valentine’s Day. February 14—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m Construction Production Event for all ages from 9 am to noon, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. Want to see what 20,000 LEGO bricks looks like? February’s Build it WOW! Construction Production will feature BrixBrothers, a kid-run LEGO brick rental business. WOW! will have 20,000 LEGO bricks for kids (and adults) to use to make fantastic creations. Included with Museum admission. Call (303) 604-2424 or check us out at www. wowchildrensmuseum.org for more information. February 15—Erie Night of the Stars Talent Show for all ages, at 5 pm, at the Erie Community Center. Singers, musicians, dancers, and more—we’re looking for performers in grades K-12th! Performers will be judged and prizes awarded for 1st to 3rd place in the following categories: voice, music, and variety. Three age categories: K - 4th, 5th - 8th, and 9th - 12th. First Prize winners will move on to compete in a multicity competition with other cities around the Denver metro area. February 22—Denver Colorado Baby & Kidz Expo. Filled with nonstop family entertainment, vendors, interactive exhibits, stage presentations, kids pavilions, and parent resources. The Colorado Baby & Kidz Expos showcase the latest products, ser-

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vices, info, & advice for parents and offers a one-stop-shopping experience for Colorado families located at the National Western Complex 4655 Humboldt Street.

February 20—Centennial IKEA Centennial Light Up your Life with IKEA! for all ages at 6 om, located at 9800 E. IKEA Way. Our lighting experts light up your life and find the lighting solution that fits your specific need. Also make sure to attend to win FREE tickets to the Denver Home Show March 14-16th! If you have kids with you, no problem! Small-land located downstairs on our first floor accepts kids to come play in our ball pit, watching movies, color, draw and have a great time at IKEA! Call Megan Thompson at (303) 768-9064 or e-mail megan. thompson@ikea.com for more information or check out www. ikea.com/us/en February 23—Longmont Gateway Montessori School Open House for ages 2 to 4, from 1 to 3 pm, located at 1500 9th Ave. Parents are invited to bring their child for hands-on lessons with our caring staff in our educational environment. Call Reyn Hedger at (303) 772-3864 or e-mail office@ gatewaymontessorischool.net for more information or check out www.gatewaymontessorischool.net Saturdays—Longmont Boulder County Parks and Open Space Agricultural Heritage Center for all ages, from 10 to 5 pm, located at 8348 Ute Highway 66. Learn about the rich agricultural history of Boulder County. The farm includes two barns, an outhouse, a milk house, a blacksmith shop, and a 1909 farmhouse. The big red barn contains interactive exhibits for all ages to enjoy—including a real tractor cab! Call Jim Drew at (303)776-8688 or e-mail jdrew@ bouldercounty.org for more information or please do check out www.bouldercountyopenspace.org Ongoing—Boulder Monthly art exhibits from Boulder Valley schools, at Boulder Valley Credit Union, at 5505 Arapahoe Avenue. Check out children’s artwork during our open hours. Call LeAnn at (303) 415-3514 for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Fiske Planetarium presents Public Astronomy Shows for ages K-20. $4 for adults, $3 for children/ seniors. Call (303) 492-5001 or (303) 492-5001 or www.colorado. edu/fiske for more information. Ongoing—Boulder The Business Women’s Connection currently has a few openings in their weekly group of women professionals from the Boulder County area. We are a weekly group supporting one another both professionally and personally. Check

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www.businesswomensconnection. com for more information and to see how to visit our group. Ongoing—Boulder Many individuals may now qualify for reduced-cost health insurance! The Boulder County Housing and Human Services Assistance Site can help individuals and families navigate the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, to shop and enroll in plans. For more information, call (303) 441-1000 and ask to speak with a certified health coverage guide. Do check online at www. bouldercountyhealthcoverage. org for regular updates regarding upcoming education and enrollment events in the community.

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Through February 9—Parker Peter Pan will be at the PACE Center. Tickets are $16-$25 at PACEcenteronline.org or call (303) 805-6800 or at the PACE Center Box Office located at 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, in downtown Parker. The PACE Center provides a wide variety of local, regional, national and international cultural, arts, scientific and educational programming to the region and serves as a rental venue for community, business, and social events. For more information about Parker’s NEW Center for the Arts, visit www. PACEcenteronline.org

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March 1—Boulder Boulder County Parks and Open Space Junior Ranger Adventure for ages 5-12, from 1 am to 1 pm, located at Mud Lake Open Space. They have discovered evidence that Bigfoot is living at Mud Lake! Bigfoot wants you to be safe and prepared for winter weather. Help the rangers follow his footprints and become an expert at winter survival just like him! Call Erin O’Leary at (720) 352-7041 or e-mail ehartnett@bouldercounty. org for more information or check www.bouldercountyopenspace.org March 3-8—Boulder Music Together(R) with Mountain Song Music Studio. Free Music Together demo classes for ages 0-4 years, at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 am, located at 3111 Walnut Street. FREE DEMO WEEK with Jane Smolens. Additional times available by appointment. For new families interested in visiting a class before registering for spring class-

es starting 3/31. Have fun planting the seeds for musical development through research-based singing/movement/instrument play. Mixed age classes with caregivers. Siblings welcome. RSVP online required! Call Jane Smolens at (303) 413-1120 or please e-mail jsmolens@mountainsongmusic. com for more information or check out www.mountainsongmusic.com March 8—Boulder George Reynolds Branch Library/ Meadows Branch Library Neo Martial Arts: Alchemy in Action for ages 6 and up, at 11 am and 3 pm, located at 3595 Table Mesa Drive/4800 Baseline Rd. Join Alchemy in Action International Academy for martial arts games, partner exercises, and basic kicks and punches done for coordination and flexibility. Call Hannah Lackoff at (303) 441-3120 or e-mail lackoffh@boulderlibrary.org for more information or check out bplnow.boulderlibrary.org/calendar March 12—Lafayette Urbonas Productions presents Boulder County Preschool Open House for all ages, from 4 to 6:30 pm, located at 2800 Dagny Way. Sixty-five preschools have been invited to share information about their schools and to answer any questions. Free to attend. Call Jennifer Urbonas at (415) 308-8244 or e-mail jenurbonas@yahoo.com for more information. March 15—Boulder Urbonas Productions presents Boulder County Preschool Open House for all ages, from 10 am to 12:30 pm, located at 2850 Mapleton Avenue. Annual Boulder County preschool open house. Sixty-five preschools have been invited to share information about their schools and to answer any questions. Free to attend. Call Jennifer Urbonas at (415) 308-8244 or e-mail jenurbonas@yahoo.com for more information. March 18—Boulder The 3rd Annual Benefit for Legacy of Learning for all ages, from 6 to 9 pm at the Elks Club on 28th Street. Presented by Kutandara, Boulder’s school celebrating the music, culture and community of Africa. Entertainment, food and drink, and a huge silent auction! $10 for single, $20 for family. Call (303) 444-8422 for more information or e-mail admin. dreamcatcher@gmail.com March 24-28—Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center Spring Break Camps for ages 3-11, from 7:30 am to 6 pm, located at 111 W. Baseline Rd. Enjoy spring break by enrolling your child in our fun and active camp! Our preschool camps will run from 8 am to 12 pm, for ages 3-5, and will include arts, games, stories, and much


more! Our school-aged camps for ages 5-11, will run from 7:30 am to 6 pm, and include arts and crafts, high- and low-energy games, science experiments, field trips, or swimming! Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette.com for more information or check out www. cityoflafayette.com/recreation March 25-27—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m NanoDays Celebration for ages from 10 am to 1 pm, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. Join us for NanoDays, celebrating the science of the small! Explore how to make things invisible, investigate new nano products and materials, make nano crafts to keep, and launch nano particles with an air cannon! Organized by NISE Net, NanoDays is a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering. Call (303) 604-2424 or check out www.wowchildrensmuseum.org for more information. March 31 to April 4—Boulder Sunflower Farm Sunflower Farm Spring Break Camp for ages 3-10, from 1 to 4 pm, located at 11150 Prospect Road. Join us for an early peek of this waking season. Join us for sledding, skating, bonfire, hot chocolate, frolicking with newborn sheep, and holding baby chicks. We will explore tree houses, play group games, soar down the zipline, pony rides, feed and care for the animals. Call Colette at (303) 774-8001 or e-mail sunflowerfarmmail@gmail. com for more information or check out www.sunflowerfarminfo.com

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March 7—Erie Citizens’ Police Academy for adults, from 7 to 10 pm, at the Erie Community Center. Designed to foster better understanding between law enforcement personnel and the public while educating the participants about police procedures, motivations, and decision making. Deadline for applications is February 28. This is an adult-oriented program preferred minimum age of 18. Ages 16-17 may attend with a parent/guardian. March 27—Boulder Seller deadline for Shalom BabyJCC Sellers for JCC’s Kid Stuff Sale, on April 6, for adults from 9 am to noon, located at 3800 Kalmia Avenue in the JCC gym. This is a great opportunity to sell new and gently used maternity, baby and kid clothing, gear, and toys that you no longer need. You’ll also have a chance to shop for items that you do need and meet other moms in our community. In order to sell, go online at www.boulderjcc.org preregister. Six-foot tables will be provided at a cost of $12 per table. You keep 100% of the money from the items you sell. No admission

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cost. Call Beth Litz at (720) 3641812 or e-mail beth@boulderjcc. org for more information or check out www.boulderjcc.org

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April 1 to May 20—Boulder Shalom Baby-JCC Gymnastics at the JCC for ages 15 months to 3 years, at 9:30 and 10:30 am, located at 3800 Kalmia Ave. Climbing, rolling, balancing, and jumping all in a fun and safe environment. This class helps your child channel their energy while increasing their flexibility and coordination. Call Beth Litz at (720) 364-1812 or e-mail beth@boulderjcc.org for more information or check out www. boulderjcc.org

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April 4—Boulder George Reynolds Branch Library/ Meadows Branch Library Wild Wonders for all ages, at 11 am and 3 pm, located at 3595 Table Mesa Drive/4800 Baseline Rd. Meet live animals from the Denver Zoo and learn about animal adaptations, habitats, survival strategies and conservation information. Call Hannah Lackoff at (303) 441-3120 or e-mail lackoffh@boulderlibrary. org for more information or check us out at bplnow.boulderlibrary.org/ calendar April 5—Lafayette Patti Ashley Book Release Dance Party for all ages, from 4 to 7 pm, at 95a Bistro located at 1381 Forest Park Circle. Come celebrate the release of Dr. Patti Ashley’s book Living in the Shadow of the TooGood Mother Archetype. Meet the author, enjoy drinks and tapas. Call Patti Ashley at (720) 565-3388 or e-mail pattiashley@icloud.com for more information or check out www.pattiashley.com April 5—Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt for ages 1-8, at 10 and 11 am, located at 1600 Caria Dr. and 311 S. Public Road. free. Arrive early to get your spot and bring a basket or containers. The Easter Bunny will make his annual visit as well. Ages 3-8 years will find their eggs at Waneka Lake Park at 10 am SHARP. Ages 1-2 will have their hunt at Festival Plaza starting at 11 am. Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette.com or check out www.cityoflafayette. com/recreation April 13—Boulder Taste of Pearl for all ages, from

2 to 6 pm. An unforgettable afternoon exploring Boulder’s tantalizing culinary arts scene, celebrating Colorado’s distinctive wines while strolling through some of downtown Boulder’s most vibrant galleries and retail stores. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit Boulder’s Emergency Family Assistance Association (efaa). April 13—Broomfield Healthy Learning Paths Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K for all ages, from 8 am to noon, located at 11450 Broomfield Lane. Fun for the whole family! 5K BolderBoulder qualifier, Alex’s 1K, BUZZ for ages 3-5, Diaper DASH for ages 2 & under, and 2014 Health Odyssey. Where science, engineering, & health collide for kids. Call Chris Marchioni at (303) 464-7191 or e-mail info@ healthylearningpaths.org for more information or check out www. healthylearningpaths.org April 15-22—Everywhere Passover. April 15, 16—Lafayette WOW! Children’s Museum April Discovery Days for ages from 10 to 1 pm, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. This month’s topic: Energy and Earth Day. Discover your inner scientist! Drop in and explore our monthly informal hands-on science sessions. Activities are included with Museum admission. Call (303) 604-2424 or check out www. wowchildrensmuseum.org for more information. April 19—Boulder Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Easter Egg Hunt for ages 0-10, from 10 am to 2 pm, located at 2525 Arapahoe Avenue. Pictures with Grandrabbit and gather eggs with coupons and prizes. Races every 20 minutes by age. Bring your baskets! Call Cristal King at (303) 443-0780 or bouldermanager@ grtoys.com for more information or check out grtoys.com

April 26—Erie Arbor Day & Earth Day for all ages, from 10 am to 12 pm, at the Erie Community Park. April 27—Boulder Boulder County Parks and Open Space Heritage Day at Walker Ranch for all ages, from 10 to 3 pm, located at 8999 Flagstaff Mountain Road. Spring brings many new things—garden planting, repairing buildings, and baby animals. That was true for ranch families in the Victorian days, too. Join us at the Walker Ranch homestead for a peek into pioneer living in springtime. Smell what’s cooking in the log house, chat with the blacksmith, and do hands-on oldfashioned activities with costumed volunteers. Call Sheryl Kippen at (303) 776-8848 or please e-mail skippen@bouldercounty.org for more information or check out www.bouldercountyopenspace.org April 27—Boulder Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival for all ages, from 1 to 5 pm, at the 1300 block of Pearl Street. Spring officially arrives in downtown Boulder when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall welcoming the tulips. This much beloved springtime tradition features performances and activities for girls and boys and more than 15,000 tulips that adorn the world-renowned Pearl Street Mall throughout the spring season.

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April 20—Everywhere Easter Sunday. April 24—Lafayette Wine, Women and Chocolate at The Dove House. Join us for a fun evening of wine tastings, chocolate samplings, cheese, appetizers & networking while browsing through slightly used scarves, jewelry, and purses for sale. April 25, 26—Longmont Spring 2014 Tagalong Tots Kids & Baby Show at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. Check us out at www. tagalongtots.com for more information. April 26—Boulder Children’s Bee Earth Day! For all ages, from 10 am to 2 pm, (rain date Sat. May 3rd). Please check out www.growinggardens.org for more information.

If you have a dated calendar event in May, June or July, please let us know by April 10th! One-listing-per-month limit on a space-available basis, with nonprofit and free dated events prioritized. Sorry, no summer camps in our summer issue calendar. Please check out our CAMP DIRECTORY for listing your summer program. Please go online to www.bouldercountykids. com click on the calendar button and fill out the automated calendar form. To be on our e-mail reminder list, e-mail calendar@bouldercountykids. com with an E-mail Reminder Request in the subject line or use our online form on our website. We will send you back a receipt on all submissions and requests so you know they came in.

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BOULDER County Kids Realities for Children Boulder County Making a Difference - Together

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MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER. Come spend time with your kids in our exciting family classesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a rich musical environment that encourages your child to explore the joy of music. Join infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them in the fun of moving, singing, and playing instruments. Find out what beautiful music you and your family can make together.

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Ask about our class for children ages five through seven.

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