Boulder County Kids Spring 2021

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Volume XXV11 No. 1 • SPRING 2021

“ Infinity Cats ” by Jane Peacock, age 7



BOULDER COUNTY KIDS Boulder County Head Start’s

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BOUL DER COUNTY K IDS Serving Boulder County, Broomfield, & Surrounding Areas Spring 2021




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

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Reaching families in Boulder County, and surrounding areas!

From the Publisher......................................................... 5 Cover Story—Jane Peacock................................ 5

Virtual Directory................................................... 6-7 READING ...........................................................10-14

Suggested Resources Online......................................... 13

Cover Contest

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Online Learning/Public Schools.... 16-17

Kids’ Planet.............................................. 18-19

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News About Town....................................... 26 VIDEO PAGES................................................................. 27 BLACK HISTORY MONTH........... 28-29

What Do I Do Now, Romona?............ 30 HEALTH CARE DIRECTORY..................... 30

SENSORY CHALLENGES............ 32-33

Cool Apps and Sites Taylor’s Blog

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Just click on web links and email links and there you are! Also check out our videos on the video pages and when ever you see a video link posted.

Resilience and Grit.................................. 36

Helping To End Sexual Abuse FOOD DIRECTORY Museum and Music Links

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CAMP DIRECTORY......... 44–57 BOULDER COUNTY KIDS is a division of Martin

House Publications, Inc. Published quarterly in February, May, August, and November. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 17114, Boulder, CO, 80308. Phone number: (303) 939-8767. Copyright 1995 to 2021 by Boulder County Kids. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission prohibited. Boulder County Kids encourages your submission of articles, photographs, and ideas. We reserve the right to edit all submitted material. All submissions will be considered for publication. Viewpoints of the articles are not necessarily the viewpoints of Boulder County Kids. Materials will not be returned. Advertising is accepted at the discretion of the publisher. Printed with soy-based ink. Please go to www. for more information.

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Birthday Party Directory.......... 66–67 AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS..................... 68–70 SPRING CALENDAR OF EVENTS.......... 71–75 Editor in Chief - Jennifer Martin Social Media Gurus - Isabella Schutz and Annie Geiser Purrrfect Cover Art -Jane Peacock Proofing to Perfection - Darlene Mueller Morse Mascot - Indie Most Awesome Web Designer - Joshua Thorne • (303) 939-8767

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Cover Artist: Jane Peacock

From the Publisher: Sometimes you have to make lemonade from lemons. I am truly excited about being online-only with our links, video pages, virtual programs and digital capabilities. We hope you will check out the book section and our summer camp programs Please be in touch. Best to you all and stay safe! We will get through this together!

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ur cover artist is Jane Peacock. She is in 2nd grade, and enjoys art, recess and math. She has four Maine Coon cats at home: Otis Redding (shown in the photo above), Harold Lloyd, Louis Armstrong, and Huckleberry Finn. Jane is currently writing a musical comedy called The Independent Cat Queen. She loves to run, bike, swim in the ocean, and plays a little ukulele. Jane likes to listen to soundtracks like Hamilton, The Aristocats, and The Greatest Showman. Her favorite movie is The Aristocats and favorite TV show is Golden Girls. Jane loves to eat quesadillas and black beans, especially at Harry’s Roadhouse in Santa Fe. Jane wants to be a veterinarian and Maine Coon cat breeder. Her favorite things about Spring are going to The Daffodil Festival at Wye Mountain in Arkansas and celebrating Easter. She describes herself as joyful, happy, and independent. Jane said, “I love all kinds of people and cats.” She also loves to design and decorate, especially for parties.


he cover sponsor, Premier Members Credit Union, pays competitive dividends on federally insured savings accounts. Your family can also enjoy low-cost loans and the credit union gives money to the school of your choice at no cost to you. For more information and to find a location near you visit or call (303) 657-4558.


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Online. Ages 7-17. Join our online role-playing (R PG) adventures where everyone gets to be a hero! Outwit a dragon, solve mysteries a nd r id d les, bat t le fo es, a nd negotiate for freedom in an effort to save the kingdom of a mythical la nd. Choose f rom Advent u re Quest or Dungeon Delvers for an unforgettable game live on Zoom led by our talented quest leaders. From after school and homeschool enrichment, summer camps, and day off school / holiday camps, to bi r t hd ay pa r t ies a nd ga me nights, we keep youth engaged a nd con ne ct i ng t h roug h play. Look for our Free Intro to Online Classes! L ea r n more at w w w. Contact us at info@RenaissanceAdventures. com or call (303) 786-9216.


Boulder. Ages 0-5 with caregivers. Celebrating over 20 years of serving Boulder area families! Have fun with us online via Zoom and pre-recorded Classes available for the cur rent semester. Also resuming outdoor classes in the Spring. Nurture your child’s musical development through an interactive program of singing, dancing, instrument play all from the comfort and safety of your home. Online format includes weekly live Zoom class plus weekly mini pre-recorded classes (via private Facebook group or private website por tal). Tuition includes materials (CD, song book, Hello Everybody App, Online Resources). Siblings FREE for online class! Also, Zoom private piano lessons available (with 1st lesson free). Call Jane Smolens at (303) 413-1120 or email jsmolens@ or check out for more information.

Composition (ages 12-18), Songwriting (ages 18+), and Japanese Music (all ages welcome). We will begin to offer in-person lessons as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. Location: 1128 Pine Street. Call Megan Quilliam at (303) 449-1106 or email megan@ or please check out for more information and daily schedules.

Check out Parlando School of Musical Arts!


BackStory has offered high-quality theatre education, exploration, and community performances for over 10 years! Kids 3-18 will find something fun for all ages and abilities this season. BackStory classes are offered year-round in a combination of online and in-person for mats with small class sizes and close observation of COVID19 best practices for safety and health. For the most up-to-date offerings, please visit our “Classes and Camps” page online at www. or email us at info@backstorytheatre. org to see if we can create a custom theatre program for your small group. Call (720) 263- 0836 for more information.

Music Together and Jane Smolens in South/Central Boulder.


Boulder. Parlando School of Musical Arts offers private instruction, group classes and ensembles for students of all ages and abilities, on all musical instruments and in voice/singing, acting and musical theater. Our faculty of 50 of the region’s best teachers provide instruction to more than 700 students each week. More than two-thirds of our faculty have advanced degrees in music. For all ages. NOTE: During the ongoing pandemic almost all of our lessons/classes are ONLINE. Located at 2590 Walnut St. in the Dairy Center. Email or call (303) 442-0006 or check out www.parlando. org for more information.

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Boulder and online. Rocky Ridge Music Academy offers flexible yearround online individual and group music lessons, giving students of all ages and skill levels a variety of opportunities to work with exceptional music teachers. Rocky Ridge has been providing transformative music education since 1942. In addition to all orchestral instruments, we also offer instruction in voice, guitar, and music theory. New online group classes include Explorations With Music


Creativity, delivered to your door with Studio Box from Tinker Art St ud io! Fou r new proje ct s each month. Endless imagination. Our new monthly art subscription box for children ages 4-8 is packed full of process a r t projects, exciting materials, and tips for creating as well as a pre-recorded video to greet kids each month. Studio Box is a lot more than a box of crafts. We’ve replicated the feeling of being in the studio, and have packaged it up in a gorgeous little box that arrives right on kids’ doorsteps. Join our fast-growing community of Studio Box kids! Follow us on Instagram (@TinkerArtStudio) to stay in the loop, and visit us online at www. to view all of our current virtual programming options; email us at tinker@tinkerartstudio. com or call (303) 503-1902 for more information.



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Catch up on the newest video from the Twirling Tech Goddess each Friday on YouTube. Watch and learn as she creates, dances, and twirls with tech while encouraging radical diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Offered by BLDG 61 and the Boulder Library Foundation.

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rtistic inspiration, civic engagement and safe outdoor fun for all ages with a spectacular Flatirons backdrop. Kids of all ages will love playing the accompanying cell-phone scavenger hunt! Open until May 1st, 2021! “These 15 whimsical bear cub statues featuring various partners, are a chance to showcase the talents of local artists, promote the admirable work of local nonprofits, and acknowledge the philanthropy of local sponsors.” – Debbie Stewart, Chautauqua Director of Development. Call (303) 442-3282 or email for more information.

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BOULDER COUNTY KIDS More fun in the sun with an au pair! This summer, welcome an au pair into your home and your heart. What is an au pair? An au pair is an educated young person from abroad who lives with you in your home for up to two years, cares for your children and becomes a special part of your family. Welcoming an au pair is a chance to bring a piece of the world into your home and heart—and to breathe new life into your family’s routine.

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by Sophie Speirs, age 3 1/2, Jarrow Montessori School.

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March 2 is Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Birthday)

It celebrates both the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel and the National Education Association to endorse the importance of reading. A lesser-known fact about Dr. Seuss is that he created the word nerd.

Building a Library For Your Children by Ann Nye


BOOK LIST AGES 0-3 Babies love to look at pictures of other babies.

here ever you are, put in your zip code and you can order from independent book stores all over the country!

A rhythm and rhyme for fun and silliness. Every child should have a MOTHER GOOSE collection. Here are two wonderful options.

BUY LOCAL! An interactive book.

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BOOK LIST AGES 4-8 Read alouds are the way to go.

BOOK LIST AGES 9-12 Quality fiction builds empathy, tolerance and understanding.

BOOK LIST AGES 13-17 Broadening horizons, thinking critically, looking for adventure. Note: “Eleanor & Park” and “Looking for Alaska” are recommended for ages 14+ due to sexual and language content.

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Picture Book Trends Highlight Lessons in Compassion How one store owner in Boulder is making choices to help foster wellgrounded, empathic citizens of the world by Pam Martin


ith forty-three years in the business of nurturing young minds and hearts, Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe owner, Lynne Milot, has a particular soft spot for children’s literature. “I want our book selection to reflect the store’s mission to help develop passionate, collaborative-minded future citizens,” Milot said. “We want to encourage children to keep asking the question, ‘What else is possible?’” And that includes young readers from all corners of the globe. To that end, the current publishing climate has taken strides to showcase these diverse experiences of childhood, which excites Milot. “Right now, there are so many books to choose from, and each is another example of how the world is only made richer by our different backgrounds and experiences.” What follows is a selection of some of Grandrabbit’s newer picture books, which offer lessons in how compassion for others, who might look different from ourselves, builds a more solid footing for all of us to stand on. Consider Olympic gold medalist and NBA champion, LeBron James’s new picture book, I Promise, a vibrantly illustrated call to action, encouraging young readers to be the very best version of themselves they can be.

The book is inspired by the kids impacted by the author’s educational foundation in Akron, Ohio, which aims to develop the whole child, encouraging hard work, a respect for the game plan, and remaining strong yet humble in the face of every win and defeat. Lesson: Success in life is determined by the choices we make every day. Share Some Kindness Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott is a wintery tale of hope for a lonely bear. None of the animals in the forest feel they can trust him—he’s a huge, scary bear (with big, sharp teeth)! It’s not until Bear, with the help of his human friend, Coco, rescues Baby Deer from a snow drift, that Badger, Skunk and the rest of his neighbors realize that Bear is truly kind after all. Lesson: No matter your size, you can make the world a better, friendlier place by offering help to someone in need.

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Kind by Alison Green, with a foreword by Axel Scheffler (the illustrator of the newer classic, Room on a Broom), includes illustrations from 38 talented artists. The book shows, by its own example, how a more open policy toward others can create its own kind of magic and synergy. To promote a kinder, gentler world, readers can start by giving someone a smile. They can hug a friend who’s feeling blue, or make sure no one’s left out when playing a game. Lesson: Small acts of kindness can uplift others as well as ourselves. Inspired by the thousands of children she’s met through her work for UNICEF and Save the Children, Sophie Blackall’s If You Come to Earth, offers sweeping ideas brought down to earth by pithy, child-friendly text. A picture book to get lost in— Blackall embodies the idea of scale with a double-paged spread of a lone boat on an empty sea (“The sea looks empty,” the book’s young narrator writes), followed by

a lushly contrasting spread of an ocean teeming with life (“but it’s actually full”)— along with numerous other examples of the colorful diversity found here on earth. Lesson: No matter where we live, or what kind of family we come from, we all have gifts to share with the world. Addy’s Cup of Sugar by Jon Muth continues his series featuring the wise panda, Stillwater. Addy’s kitten, Trumpet, has died in a car accident, and her grief sends her to Stillwater for medicine to help bring him back to life. Taking a page from the Buddhist legend, The Mustard Seed, Stillwater’s remedy requires Addy to borrow a cup of sugar from a home “where death is a stranger.” But each person she visits has lost someone dear to them, and in the process, Addy feels less alone in her sadness. In the end, she realizes Stillwater’s “medicine” was meant for her all along. The charming watercolor illustrations hit just the right note.



Lesson: There’s no cure-all for grief, and the most any of us can do to comfort someone who’s lost a loved one is to be there with them, to hear them, and to acknowledge their pain. One Little Bag by Henry Cole is a story inspired by an Earth Day celebrated by the author when he was a boy. His book opens like a movie, with a series of images following a paper bag’s journey from tree, to log, to paper mill, to store, where it eventually carries the lunch of a boy on his first day of school. In an effort to conserve the earth’s precious resources, Cole carried the same bag to school every day for three years (as told in the author’s note), and in that time, it came to reflect the story of

his life—filled with doodles and phone numbers, homework assignments and scribbled notes. His book has a similar theme, providing the backdrop for the boy’s journey from childhood to manhood. Evocative and deep, this wordless picture book will hum in the memory of readers long after the final page is read. Lesson: In addition to protecting our planet’s precious resources, living sustainably can help connect us with others. Check out Grandrabbits for a complete list of books or to order the ones above.

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Free Audiobooks for Kids Scholastic and Scholastic Kids Epic After-school reading with Epic Free. They also have a subsciption plan which has a monthly fee. Epic is also free for educators.

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Books to Empower Kids’ Self-Reliance



his time of year, many of us are considering how to tackle those areas that have gotten out of hand in recent months, like our closets, or screen time, or self-care routines. In addition to our bursting in-boxes, there may be whole skill sets we want to improve in order to step more fully into our lives with greater confidence. This is particularly important for kids getting ready to leave home for the first time. It’s for them that owner of Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe, Lynne Milot, makes buying choices with the goal of turning out the next crop of “cultural creatives”—kids who’ll eventually become society’s next change agents. Nurturing them requires plenty of unstructured time, according to Milot, as well as exposure to books, games and toys that inspire big thoughts, creativity and openended role play. The following books may help ease the process toward adulthood: How to Be a Person by Catherine Newman tackles a laundry list of tools youngsters can take with them into the wider world (including laundry itself). Newman’s advice includes some basic

rules of etiquette (such as how to write a thank you note, with helpful prompts). And college-worthy survival skills teach readers how to tie a necktie, how to save money (and spend it wisely), and for the cook on a budget, how to turn a 33-cent package of ramen into dinner (just add a beaten egg, some veggies, and several cubes of tofu). For any child looking to learn their way around the kitchen, Grandrabbit’s offers a host of resources, including Willia ms Sonoma ’s The Healthy Junior Chef Cookbook. Inside are more than 70 recipes to tempt most taste buds (young and old(er)), and helpful techniques such as a handy knifeskills reference page. Hungry readers will find a smorgasbord of enticing breakfast, snack, entrée, and dessert recipes, including sophisticated (but still simple-to-prepare) acai smoothie bowls, and a pesto drizzled vegetable-pasta soup. Recipes range from the more basic (think pumpkin bread, smoothies, and muffins) to the more advanced, such as a gooey-cheesy zucchini lasagna, which requires both a Béchamel and a Bolognese sauce. To finish the meal, there’s plenty of kid-friendly desserts, from fruit roll-ups to a refreshing kiwi sorbet. In The Art of Showing Up,

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author Rachel Wilkerson Miller outlines another recipe of sorts—one for creating strong and meaningful bonds with family members and friends. In today’s world, or what Miller describes as the Age of Flakiness, showing up doesn’t simply happen by itself. Showing up requires effort. “Becoming masterful at creating support networks is often hit or miss,” Milot said. “It’s an intentionally developed skill, and while adolescence emerging into adulthood can pose a jungle full of obstacles, filled with fear and trepidation—this book can be a map to help them find their way.” Last but certainly not least, The Girls Garage is a book inspired by a 3,600-squarefoot workshop space in Berkeley, California with the same name—a place where teens and tweens come together to weld, frame walls, pick locks, and otherwise build stuff. Founded by the author Emily Pilloton, the book is a warehouse of information that provides context and useful vocabulary for the detailed lessons inside. When asked, “Why a ‘girls’ garage and not a ‘boys’ [or simply a ‘kids’] garage?” Pilloton notes in the introduction that building “is a powerful experience for all people…[but] access to certain

spaces has been historically limited for women.” As a result, she urges girls and women to create these spaces for themselves. It’s with them in mind that she’s put together this cornucopia of valuable life skills, such as how to fix a toilet, patch a hole in the wall, and jump start a car. Women who work as designers, builders, and engineers are showcased in mini, one-page autobiographies throughout the book whose lives share common themes. They started out knowing very little, and with little more than curiosity and determination, eventually grew to become experts in their fields. For Miriam Gee, for example, a pedestrian bridge in Asheville, North Carolina, is the building project she feels most proud of as it represents the work of dozens of artists, designers, volunteers, and kids. Gee and Pilloton both hope to encourage girls to pick up a hammer or grab a T-square and start building something new because, chances are, others will want to share in the fun.

Special thanks to Grandrabbits for providing this list for us.




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Boulder County Kids is always looking for artwork for our Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter covers.

Picture Perfect $50 Award!

Colorful, vertical pieces work best for our covers. Please submit to

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Online Learning Resources

350+ Amazing Online Learning Resources

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Elementary Online Learning Resources Middle and High School Online Learning Resources K-12 Online Learning Resources Remote Learning and Virtual Classroom Platforms Professional Development & Training


K-12 School Verification Form

OPEN CULTURE This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. This page is being updated and cleaned up during the COVID-19 crisis. 200 Free Kids Educational Resources:

Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More.

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BOULDER COUNTY KIDS The Boulder Valley School District has updated its #BackTogetherBVSD Reintroduction Plan. All students will now have the opportunity to return to in-person learning.

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Kids’ Planet... with Thorne Nature Experience


Drawing by Kara Priest

by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II


t 92, I feel it is a good time to write about a few people who helped to change the direction and focus of my life: my mentors. Besides my parents, siblings, and other members of my family, these others were most important in making me who I am and what I do today. The first was Frank Trevor, my biology teacher at Millbrook School in Millbrook, New York. He had me banding birds when I was 13! This is a Federal program under the U. S. Department of the Interior where wild birds are captured, banded on the leg with serial numbered aluminum bands, then released. Mr. Trevor had a Federal Bird Banding Permit for this purpose and he thoroughly involved his students in the program. Wow, I certainly learned a lot about birds from him over the five years under his mentorship! When I was 18 and ready to go to college, he helped me get my own Master Bird Banding Permit, which I have had for 74 years! Now I teach students age 12-16 how to band birds through the Summer Camp program at Thorne Nature Experience (formerly Thorne Ecological Institute),

Dr. Paul B Sears (left) and Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II. (right), Taos, New Mexico, June 1986. At A reunion of M.S. degree students of the Yale Conservation Programs of 1952-1953.

the nonprofit organization that I founded 67 years ago in Boulder. I went from Millbrook School to Yale University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a Master’s degree in conservation (now called environmental studies). My mentor there was Dr. Paul B. Sears who founded and was head of the Yale Conservation Program where over a two year period I did my Master’s studies. It was here that I learned the importance of nonprofit organizations and vowed to start one of my own soon. Dr. Sears and his unique program was 40 years ahead of its time and it opened my eyes to a whole new life’s work in environmental education. For example, he felt it was

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important for his students to have broad knowledge in many different areas, what we now call interdisciplinary thinking. Dr. Sears was the one who brought this kind of thinking to Yale in 1950, thanks to the support of The Conservation Foundation and its director, Fairfield Osborne. During our weekly seminars with Dr. Sears we learned much about the philosophy and ethics of the environment, environmental education, and ecology in general. In 1960, due to his age and strict Yale requirements, Dr. Sears was forced to retire. So he moved to Taos, New Mexico for the rest of his life. With his retirement, the Conservation Program came to an end, but its con-

cept was soon taken up by the Yale School of Forestry, which had been founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, who also founded the U. S. Forest Service. So that school became the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). Whew, that’s a long name isn’t it? It was just changed in July 2020 to the Yale School of the Environment, a bit shorter! Many years later, in the late 1980s, I visited Dr. Sears in Taos. He was then in his late 90s. I asked him: “What was the most important thing to teach children?” Without hesitation he said, “to see.” He meant to see with all senses: sight, smell, touch, and hearing. He was indeed very wise! In the summer of 1947, right between my years at Millbrook and my years at Yale, I traveled west for the first time in my life by train from New York to Cody, Wyoming to spend eight weeks at Valley Ranch, the oldest guest ranch in Wyoming. There I met Roy Glasgow, a cowboy, wrangler, and “mountain man.” He was part Shoshone and had great indigenous knowledge of nature and the environment. He took me “under

his wing” and taught me about living and surviving in the wilderness, which surrounded Valley. I gained a deep love of nature and wild places from Roy’s caring mentorship. I swore to myself that I would someday live in the Rocky Mountain area, and indeed in 1954 I moved to Boulder! In 1969 my family and I purchased Valley Ranch, which was a “dream come true” to me. Our guests came from all over the country and world. I enjoyed connecting them to nature and the wilderness. I wanted to live there for the rest of my life, but it did not work out financially, so I returned to Boulder in 1987 where I love being a teacher and mentor to young people. I hope as you grow up that you will be as lucky as I was and have important mentors in your life. Be aware of their importance to you. Learn from them and honor them!

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS Dr. Thorne is founder and president of Thorne Nature Experience (formerly Thorne Ecological Institute), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Boulder. For 67 years they have helped “connect youth to nature!” For information about their programs, please check their website at www. or email info@ or call (303) 4993647, ext. 100.

Recommended Reading from Oak Thorne

Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” is a classic that kids can read starting in 4th or 5th grade. It is the environmentalist’s bible!




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Resources Boulder Valley School District

The only BVSD Youth and Family Resource Guide. Find services and activities your family needs. Tutoring, counseling, the arts, childcare, support services, college planning, cooking, birthday parties and more. 720.561.5977

Banking Premier Members Credit Union

Banking and savings. For all your banking needs. 5505 Arapahoe, Boulder 303-442-8850

Our library has many resources available to us even though the doors are closed. If you aren’t familiar with our library’s digital resources, here are things to check out that are free!

Homework help for students Elementary school homework resources


Domestic Violence Shelter and Advocacy. Open 24 Hours. SPAN provides shelter and advocacy programs to adults, youth, and children experiencing domestic abuse. 835 North Street. Boulder Crisis Line (303) 444-2424

FREE Online Resources Through Our Libraries

Middle and high school homework resources Academic research

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Au Pair Cultural Care au Pair

Jen Rodehaver, Local Childcare Consultant in Boulder County. Affordable, flexible childcare with the added element of a cultural exchange. These young foreigners have childcare backgrounds and are eager to be a part of your family. They care for your children in exchange for the opportunity to live with an American family and have a unique experience. These relationships can last for years and bring depth to your child’s vision of the world. Up to 45 hours per week of childcare. 303-956-6189

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books, music, or videos

Teach Yourself Tech

Online instructor-led classes Gale Courses

Parent online tools Current COVID-19 Statistics for Colorado Tax Forms Business Research Job Search

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS Consumer, health & legal help & DIY auto repair Investments & Stocks Genealogy Research Carnegie Library for Local History Digital Collection Non-Profit Grant Writing

Other Important Online Resources Current COVID-19 Statistics for Colorado Boulder County Resources Nurse Advice Line Available free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. School Districts Boulder Valley School District St. Vrain School District FOOD BANKS: BOULDER Harvest of Hope Pantry Emergency Family Assistance Association BROOMFIELD North Denver Cares Food Panty ERIE Erie Community Food Bank LOUISVILLE Community Food Share LONGMONT St. John Community Food Bank LAFAYETTE Sister Carmen Community Center Food Bank LOUISVILLE Our Center NEDERLAND Nederland Food Pantry

Suggested Resources: Resources to offer help: 1. Send equipment to health care workers. Go online to use to send spare N95 masks and surgical masks to individual health care workers, or you can also use to see what health care centers in your community need and how to donate. 2. Guide on taking care of disabled and immuno-compromised friends: Notes on equitable care from a chronically ill person. 3. Learn to disrupt racism: This is a skill we all need to have all the time, and developing it now will help address the rising rate of hate crimes against Asian communities we’re seeing in response to the coronavirus. 4. How to make masks, hand sanitizer: Several clear, step-by-step, practical guides at 5. Donate to relief funds: Millions have been hit with joblessness, with vulnerable communities often receiving the hardest hit or being excluded from stimulus efforts. There are countless ways to contribute—like the linked fund to provide rent relief to undocumented communities in Seattle, this Twitter thread of queer/trans artists in the gig economy, or the One Fair Wage relief fund for tipped and service industry workers, a fund to which MoveOn members have already donated more than $100,000. 6. Consider creating your own mutual aid network: Here’s a great guide to getting started, with more resources linked, and join the Mutual Aid Slack Network for more resources and community. Have a COVID-19 question? At you can ask a scientist. The Federation of American Scientists has an online portal of frequently asked questions and an opportunity to submit your questions to scientists for an answer. We’ve all seen bad information on coronavirus floating around on the Internet. When in doubt, don’t reference a meme. Ask a scientist! Everywhere we look, people are working together—city by city and block by block—to develop teams and resources to meet the needs of our most vulnerable loved ones and face this pandemic together. These are mutual aid networks. Small groups of neighbors asking for and offering help. Click here to find a mutual aid network near you. This will take you to a map of local groups that’s been compiled by Town Hall Project and AARP. Great mental health tips from a psychologist.

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Local Trauma Services

Online Resources SAFEHOUSE PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE FOR NONVIOLENCE SPAN is #BoulderStrong, helping as best we can to pick up the pieces. We are still here. If you need someone to talk to about violence happening in your life, call our Crisis Line at 303-444-2424. BOULDER OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Call Mental Health Partners at 303-443-8500 or 1-844-493-TALK (8255) 24/7 or visit Mental Health Partners on Facebook for virtual help. For immediate crisis support, community members can call the 24/7 Statewide Crisis Line at 1-844-493-TALK (or text TALK to 38255) or visit the 24/7 Walk-in Crisis Center & Addiction Walk-In Services at 3180 Airport Road, Boulder CO. Community members who need support can access mental health services via our main line at (303) 443-8500. Our social media sites (Facebook: @MentalHealthPartnersCO | Twitter: @MentalHealthCO | Instagram: @mentalhealthpartnersco) are also posting support and resources for the aftermath of a traumatic, mass violence event. MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS Resources for mental wellness in times of mourning. Visit us online or call our number below for resources and support regarding grief, processing this event, moving through trauma, and more. 24/7 Crisis Line: 844-493-TALK (8255).

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Where To Donate

Online Resources COLORADO HEALING FUND A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the victims, families and surrounding community. COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The foundation has created the Boulder County Crisis Fund in response to Monday’s mass shooting. The fund is in partnership with the City of Boulder, Rose Community Foundation, Longmont Community Foundation, Together Colorado (a faith coalition including Westview Church, Congregation Har Hashem, Congregation Bonai Shalom, First Congregational Church and Boulder Mennonite Church), and the Colorado Healing Fund. The Denver Foundation has committed $25,000. You will be sent of a PayPal page. BOULDER COUNTY INJURED AND FALLEN OFFICER FUND Boulder County Injured & Fallen Officer Fund: A 501(c)(3) charitable organization benefits law enforcement members who become seriously injured or killed in the line of duty The Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation: The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that accepts donations to provide line-of-duty death response and memorial planning. To support. GOFUNDME CAMPAIGNS The fundraising website has a list of verified campaigns that have been checked by its trust and safety team. Supporters may select a campaign of their choice or choice to contribute to the general fund. THE BOULDER ORGANIZATION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT List of Boulder organizations: The Boulder Organization of Emergency Management has a list of groups accepting donations.

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Grief By Jessica Dancingheart

ife as the Boulder community knew it has changed. The recent shooting at King Soopers left 10 people dead, bystanders filled with trauma and survivors-guilt, the loved ones of shooting survivors in shock and grief, and the larger community filled with a spectrum of grief-related feelings. In a nutshell, we are a community that has experienced a significant loss of life, peace, and security. As parents, we naturally want to protect and help our children in the aftermath of the South Boulder mass shooting. We want to help them cope with their losses and experiences. As the trite saying goes, we need to put on our proverbial oxygen mask first. In this instance, the oxygen mask is holding compassion towards ourselves and each other. Compassion is vital as we do not want to exacerbate the hurts by fixing and blaming one another when we need love and understanding. We can extend compassion by acknowledging we are all working towards healing in our unique ways. We can offer greater grace to one another by understanding that our underlying needs are the same, even as we express our grief differently and are in different stages of grief. In a nutshell, we all want to make sense of this senseless act, honor the people and


community we lost, restore “normalcy,” regain power in our world, and protect ourselves and our loved ones from further pain. Rather than react to each other’s different stages and styles of grieving, I suggest that we co-create empathic spaces to “walk through” the grief. Doing so will most effectively land us on the other side— a peaceful space where we can once again participate fully in life while honoring our losses. Feeling the pain of our grief, instead of overriding it, will help us be more available for our children. It is no different than giving ourselves

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the care we need when we have injured a body part. Attention, time, and support go a long way. Empathic spaces are ones in which we listen deeply to one another without judgment, correction, on-upping, problem-solving, lecturing, or shaming, blaming, and fixing each other. In those spaces, in each other’s words and actions, we recognize and acknowledge our universal human needs for safety, belonging, meaning, purpose, and connection to a comforting force that is bigger than ourselves. To create empathic spaces, three steps are helpful. The

first is to relax our nervous system. The second is to create the intention to connect as we related to one another. And the third is to understand that every action is in service of a universal human need. Even if we disagree with each other’s actions and word choices, we all benefit from recognizing our common humanity. For those of us who are experiencing agitation, nervousness, poor sleep, changes in our appetite, and/or hypersensitivity, it helps to double down on physical care - engaging in good sleep hygiene, eating nutritious foods, exercising, having rhythmic activities, creating a routine, and surrounding ourselves with loving and supportive people. When those are not enough, and we notice that we are “crawling out of our skins” with agitation, stress, and anxiety, we can invoke our senses as a way to calm ourselves down. We can do this by noticing sounds, smells, sensations, flavors, and the details of what we see—all while paying attention to our breath so it can be as deep as possible. Healing tears or sobs may flow as we release the tension in our bodies. One way to ground into the intention to connect is to remember when you listened to somebody or were listened to with pure interest and no agenda. You likely felt

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS magical shifts as the “weight of the world” was lifted, and you gained clarity and opened to possibilities. Try to recreate that intention and take it into any connections you have. To connect to universal human needs, it helps to remember that to thrive, we all need food, shelter, physical and emotional safety, belonging, mastery, purpose, and rituals that support our spirits. There are as many ways to meet those needs as there are people. Yet, at the core, they are universal. As a guide to connect to needs, it helps to know how the different grief stages all serve a powerful purpose. The stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We don’t always go through them linearly. Denial helps us titrate our feelings - dealing with what we can as we can. My favorite description of denial is that it is the shock absorber to the soul. For those of us in denial, a silent or spoken reflection on the overwhelming depth of pain and sorrow underlying our strong need for physical and emotional safety, support, care, and/or to make sense of the world would go further than a rational argument pointing to “reality.” Anger arises when there is great fear and hurt. Instead of telling ourselves and each other to calm down, it may be helpful to acknowledge that we are scared and hurting and want to restore predictability, security, and a sense of normalcy. Bargaining helps us regain a sense of power in our world. We bargain when we feel powerless after the rug was pulled from under us because we need to empower ourselves. The way we bargain does not have to be rational, as long as it empowers us to regain a sense of

control. As a side note, those who can regain their autonomy and power during or after a tragedy don’t live with PTSD symptoms. So, finding a way to restore power is critical. Depression happens when we are finally able to feel our loss. It reflects a need for honoring the people and routines we lost. Talking people out of depression rarely works. Paradoxically, deeply listening helps relieve the pain. When we are in this state, we need extra tenderness, care, and attention, almost as tender as we would extend to an infant. Acceptance reflects the moment when we say we are ready to honor the people and community we lost. Acceptance comes with a strong need to make meaning. Often, we see people

engaging in projects to honor the people lost. The formation of causes, memorials, art, etc., coming out of acceptance has a different energy than anger-motivated actions do. Honoring actions coming out of acceptance are generally constructive rather than destructive. In sum, I offer that we show compassion towards ourselves and each other as a community—taking extra time to take care of our physical, social, and emotional needs as we heal from a huge trauma. This will help our children directly and indirectly. They will learn how to go through grief. They will also have better-resourced parents who can support them in their grief processes. As always, please reach out with any questions or comments. As well as creat-

ing empathic spaces to process the grief, you may want to reach out to crisis centers, hotlines, therapists, or a coach such as myself. Jessica Dancingheart

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News About Town... J

ust published in January! Written by Karen Lynn Williams and Kahdra Mohammed with illustrations by Julia Cairns. Young Roblay runs through his Somali village practicing for the big race, where only the fastest runners will be declared men. Inspired by her father’s storytelling, Khadra Mohammed joins Karen Lynn Williams in retelling this Somali coming-of-age tale, beautifully illustrated by artist Julia Cairns. The story of a proud people who once lived together peacefully and drew wisdom from the animals, it is sure to generate enthusiastic discussion in the classroom. An appendix provides further information on the cheetah—the fastest land animal on earth and now an endangered species. ISBN: 978-1-937786-85-4 Pub. Published Hardback. Price: $16.95. Available through w w w. i n d i e b o u n d . o rg o r


LC Learning Center (formerly Tiny Tim Center) turns 65 in

2021! This Longmont preschool and therapy center has been providing therapeutic ser-

vices to children with special needs since 1956. TLC Learning Center is an inclusive child care, preschool, and pediatric therapy center for children ages birth to 12 years. The Center was founded by four Longmont families in 1956. At that time, children with cerebral palsy and other developmental delays were either kept at home or institutionalized, as special education was not widespread. Those four families sought therapeutic services for their children with cerebral palsy, often against the wishes of their own families, so that they might raise them at home and give their children the same start in life as typically developing children. Originally named the Longmont Cerebral Palsy Center, and operating on a budget of just $200 annually, the Center’s name went through a number of iterations over the years (most notably the Tiny Tim Center) and eventually became the TLC Learning Center in 2013.

make flashcards, create a whiteboard, or make a virtual study room for you and your friends. You can even get help completing your FASFA online! FREE with your library card. Check out for more information or call (303) 4413100 for more information.


020 marks the secondhighest year for adding homes to the city’s Permanently Affordable Housing Program. 277 new additions provide a variety of rental and ownership opportunities for those seeking apartments, condos and townhomes. The acquisition of existing homes and construction of new homes this year is credited to both public and private development partners such as Allison Holdings, Boulder Housing Partners, Element

nline Homework Help is now available through the Boulder Libraries. Learning at home? They can help! Whether you or your student needs help with math, the SAT, finals, or an essay, Online Homework Help is now here for you! Get one-on-one tutoring and assistance in any subject at all levels from elementary to college and beyond. You can also use the tool to

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inter Reading Challenge is still on through February 28th. Don’t forget to track your minutes reading! It’s not too late to join the fun, cozy up with books, and maybe win a great prize pack! Signup on Beanstack to easily track your minutes and complete activities. Check out boulderlibrary. org for more information or call (303) 441-3100 for more information.


Properties, Flatirons Habitat for Humanity, Koelbel and Thistle. As of December 2020, affordable homes make up 8.4% (3,767) of city homes. The city aims to make 15% of its homes permanently affordable by 2035, including 1,000 middleincome homes. Data shows a 2 to 3 times higher proportion of black and Hispanic community members living in affordable housing compared to the overall population. For more information on affordable housing in Boulder visit


new report placed Boulder in fourth for economic performance out of hundreds of cities nationwide. Boulder ranked fourth out of almost 400 cities for economic performance as measured by metrics for job growth, average annual earnings, gross domestic product (GDP) gains and total jobs at new businesses. The report was created by the nonprofit economic group Heartland Forward.

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Video Pages Fun video picks!

Gratitude: The Short Film by Louie Schwartzberg

This a great video for parents....You will laugh out loud on these videos. You might not want to give you little ones any ideas. Check it out on Facebook.

This is a backyard production and young kids really love this. NINJA KIDZ TV is an Awesome family friendly channel found on Youtube. They do make action skits, have adventures, challenges, and teach cool skills. Their videos share valuable character building messages and powerful life skills. We recommend it highly.

Experience Tread of Pioneers Museum’s black and white photography exhibit “Lens to the Landscape: The Photography of John Lanterman” in this artist-narrated video.

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As Black History Month comes to an end, continue to support local Black business owners, restaurateurs, artists, chefs and more from the Boulder area and beyond!

Maker General is where you’ll find your favorite plant hangers, textiles, and quirky cards. Located at 381 Main Street in Longmont is this dreamy, plant-laden general store owned by Stephanie Sterling and Julie Benoit. The shop doubles as a creative space for numerous workshops and a platform for selling unique, handpicked goods and supplies.

Big Daddy’s Texas BBQ is not only a mobile food truck, but a fan favorite at Rayback Collective. Owned by Megill Stewart, who has perfected the art of BBQ over the last 20 years, Big Daddy’s food truck caters events and brings Texas BBQ to the Boulder area. Check the Rayback calendar to see when Big Daddy’s will be stationed there next 2775 Valmont Road in Boulder—or schedule them for catering services by calling 303.578.6934.

Julie Benoit and Stephanie Sterling. Owners of Marker General.

Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a newbie to Ethiopian cuisine, Ras Kassa’s gives you the whole experience. The Lafayette restaurant, located at 802 S. Public Road, Ras Kassa’s offers classic entrees like doro tibs, doro wat, and gomen stew. Order online or call 303.447.2919 to pick up a meal!


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Mateo has been a popular Boulder asset for quite some time. Owner and chef, Matthew Jensen, and his team at 1837 Pearl Street, serve up trendy, French dishes and are rumored to have an outstanding brunch experience. Mateo has been adamant about updating their information throughout COVID and is now currently open from 4-8 pm, MondayFriday.

Alchemy Creative

Brittany is Alechemy Creative Photo + Film. This Colorado mama describes herself as a “moment junkie”, as she produces and captures special life events with her photography, filmmaking, and makeup artistry. Brittany’s portfolio speaks for itself, with images of beautiful couples in equally gorgeous settings all over the country. Visit for more information.



Support Black content creators, too! Here are some of our favorite friends to follow on Instagram, along with a must-watch, Academy Award-winning short film that makes us melt every time.

Hair Love, the 2019 animated short film by Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert, high-

lights the relationship between a Black father, his daughter, and navigating the first time doing her hair without mom’s help. The short won the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, and is worthy of everyone’s attention. Cherry explains that, “This short was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of color”, bringing joy and inspiration to viewers everywhere (

@beleafmel In 2015, Glen Henry created his web-series on the character Beleaf Melanin. “Beleaf in Fatherhood” loosely reflects life in the Henry house, navigating parenting of young kids. Most importantly, the series portrays Black Fatherhood, which has very little representation in entertainment and social media.

@hereweeread Charnaie started “Here Wee Read” for two simple reasons, she loves reading and loves reading to her kiddos. Here Wee Read connects families with kid-friendly books on diversity and inclusion, and the Instagram page is always showcasing great new finds! Check it out!



Lizzy Mathis shows up on Instagram. Between effortlessly displaying her style, recipes, and content with her kids, it’s evident why Mathis has a 95K following. Not to mention, she’s the founder of “The Cool Mom Co.” blog. Give Lizzy a follow for some serious motivation and adorable content.

Founded by Sean Williams in 2016, The Dad Gang has boomed into a huge community working to defy stereotypes and reshape the image of Black Fatherhood. With 130K followers on Instagram, The Dad Gang outputs positive content, showing the world what Black Fatherhood looks like. Spring 2021 • Page 29


Drawing by Fritz Scholder


Romona Scholder, M.A., RNCS Psychotherapist


My cousin is into conspiracy theories. It is driving the rest of the family nuts. Is there a personality trait or development issue that makes some people more susceptible to conspiracy theories? Signed Cousin J.


As our country is divided, so are our families. While we can all be manipulated, some people are more susceptible. If you don’t trust the government or science or western medicine, you’re more likely to believe conspiracy theories. It’s hard to trust when you feel disenfranchised and ignored, left out of the bargain by people who you think feel they’re better than you. There are many people who feel this way as the world around them is changing faster than they can or want to change. It feels as though everyone wants a piece of your pie and there won’t be any left for you. You become willing to believe that there’s a secret plan to take over the country for the benefit of everyone except you. And so you believe QAnon, which provides answers of a sort and membership in a

large family of folks who are searching for the truth about what’s really going on. It’s seductive. It becomes a big part of your identity and very few people are willing to give it up. Conspiracy theories and political beliefs now seem to be interchangeable. People want validation and sadly they are finding it in the angry world of distrust and dissent that they feel proves their intellectual and moral superiority. A few good articles to read up on the subject. Curiouserinstitute: A G a m e D e s i g n e r ’s Analysis of QAnon New York Times: Is QAnon the Most Dangerous Conspiracy Theory of the 21st Century?


M y b o y f r i e n d ’s 2 2 - y e a r - o l d granddaughter just took her life. Both the grandfather and dad think they could have done more to save her, even though they really gave her enormous amounts of assistance. We think she was schizophrenic or had some sort of personality disorder. I can see their pain and their sense of guilt. How can we help them as a family? I know they did everything they could for her. Signed sad family friend.


When someone chooses to leave our company through suicide, we are left with feelings of pain

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and guilt. We wonder if in any way we contributed to this person’s despair. Could we have done more? A suicide is always a tragedy especially when the person is young. I think we recognize the despair as something we may have once felt but overcame and went o n w i t h o u r l i v e s . We believed that things would improve and they did. This young woman no longer believed that things would get better. We will never know the weight of her despair. But you asked how to help the family, how to help them in their time of grief. Maintain contact, visit frequently, spend quiet time with them, and use his granddaughter’s name. Encourage them to talk about her in any way they wish, old childhood stories as well as recent events. They have a lot to process and people are often uncomfortable discussing a suicide for fear that others may judge them. The family is often shocked by their own feelings of shame and anger. Try to provide a place of emotional safety for them in an effort to help them.


Our 4 1/2 year old son has a wild imagination and often incorporates words dealing with death and dying. Words like kill, coffin, etc. Is this anything to be concerned about? Signed concerned parent.


There was a great article last year in the New York Times* called, “Why do 4-year-olds love talking about death?” The answer was partially that this is when they begin to wrap their heads around the concept of death. The first concept they confront is Nonfunctionality; the body doesn’t work any more. The next three concepts are Universality; everyone must die, and Irreversibility; once you’re dead you don’t come back, and Inevitability; you can’t avoid death. T h i s p r o c e s s d o e s n ’t happen all at once but by degrees. Concept layered upon concept, reinforced by life circumstances such as the death of a family pet or a bird in the backyard. Looking at the bird that no longer flies can help a child begin to form these ideas. Burying the bird with ceremony is also very helpful. The parents’ reaction to a child’s questions can be a determining factor in a child’s repeated questions. Children love attention so if conversation about death enlists a too enthusiastic response, you will get more questions. Answer only the questions asked, embellish at your own peril and remember this is the age of “Why, Why Why.” The idea of death is conceptualized slowly, bitby-bit, and it starts at the age of four. Most of the concepts are understood by age seven, although I think struggle with the idea of death is lifelong. *New York Times article by Jessica Grose, April 16, 2019. C h e c k o u t w w w. n y t i m e s . com/2019/12/26/books/review/kidspicture-books-about-death.html for further reading.


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Sensory Challenges

Help Your Child Find Balance, Reduce Power Struggles, and Find More Ease

hands, helps a child process sensations and use them as support for learning. Helps a child learn to feel weight and pressure, and pleasure with pushing. They must learn the “right amount of push” so it is not too much or too little. This teaches cooperation as well.

by Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC


r e y o u r c h i l d ’s behavior struggles due to sensory challenges? For over 35 years I have helped children and families build skills. Protective behaviors are at the base of sensory issues; start as early as birth, and show up in behaviors like skin sensitivities, struggles due to taste or sounds, inability to settle until exhausted and cranky; even struggles to sit upright, often appearing “lazy.” These are signals that some kind of body support is missing. What are sensory issues and how do they start? We all record experience in our bodies and create responses to feel safe, like protective numbing, distractions, escalations. Sensory issues show up as controlling, fearful, anxious, or aggressive, even a “gifted child” with emotional meltdowns. They might use “sneaky power,” be manipulative or take every interaction into a power struggle and create fights with you. They may struggle with transition moments; getting ready for bed, to the store, or to school. Anytime your child felt unsafe, overly stimulated, invaded, or fought back in anger against invasive forces,

• Stand back to back. One child is the cow. The other is the tree. (An adult working with a child will need to get down on their knees).

(even a C-section that saved their life), they created a neural/behavior pathway. Who would have guessed that a c-section birth, vacuum suction, infant or child surgery, even circumcision, could be at the root of sensory issues. What to do about Sensory Processing issues. The good news is that you can help your child, right at the brain-body level, to be more flexible and resilient. I’ve compiled games parents can play and teach their children in my book ​Help for Sensory Challenges​, that fills in the gaps in a child’s sensory abilities. Parents who understand the anatomy alphabet and movement building blocks

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can help their child “change the brain, to change the pain.” This means giving new input to the bodymind, interrupting an old response pattern. Here is an example that helps with proprioception.

Cow Against a Tree

Idea: ​ P roprioception, the ability to feel weight and pressure, helps a child feel inside their body, tolerate sensation, and withstand pressure in life. Benefits: ​U sing their own ​body​to feel, not just the

• “Cow” uses partner’s pressure against your back for finding pleasure, just like a cow scratches against a tree. • “Tree” is not rigid, but it moves a bit so it is fun for you too!

Tight as a Rock, Loose as Water

(Teaches Relaxation: Tonic Labrynthine Reflex) Idea: ​Tone is the quality of body tissue; it’s the texture and sensation. Tone can be

too low, like “loose as water,” or too high or tense, like “tight as a rock.” When tone is too high or low, feedback to self and integrated movements are impaired. Benefits: ​ B alances tone so the body responds congruently. Babies born premature often have tissue tone difficulties and need extra help to develop tone. • Rest on the floor on your belly. Let your weight sink into the floor. Breathe and feel how the floor supports you. • Now become “loose as water” and make yourself overly loose or collapsed into the floor. This is different than relaxing. It is a feeling of being lethargic or not motivated. • Now become “tight as a rock.” Tense your whole body, all your bones, organs, muscles, and tissues. Feel how a rock can’t move or respond. • Ask the child to look out at others through eyes that are too tight or too loose. How do they feel when their eyes are this way? Are they friendly or suspicious or bored? • Place your hands on your child so they can feel how they respond to pressure. You can ask them “do you feel too tight or too loose?” • Now go back and forth between tight and loose until you find a balance. See how you can feel sensation and be more present when you have a balanced tone.

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS HEALTH loose! Practice finding balance and playful responses in the body.

Where to go from here? Once you understand sensory issues, you really can help your child. The basics of weight, skin, pressure, and balance are the foundation. We also look at auditory processing and ease for the eyes. My book was written exactly for parents wanting to help their child. Enjoy the fun of interacting in a playful manner with your child and helping them feel more relaxed and alert.

Annie Brook, Ph.D., LPC is a specialtist is birth trauma, who can help your child “tell that story” in a child-friendly manner. Parents learn how to recognize birth trauma behavior as a story needing to be told, and she teaches them how to play out the story in child-friendly language bringing great relief to sensory issues, which is often the hidden story behind difficult behavior. Colorado Therapies, (off Lookout Rd in Gunbarrel), has therapists who know about sensory processing issues and can work with your children to give them help. Please contact Joanne Graham or Annie Brook at (720) 839-4332 and visit their website at Coloradotherapies. com for more information.

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Which was more familiar, tight or loose? Not too tight, not too


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Taylor’s Blog Being Decisive

by Taylor Cannon


’ve always struggled with decisiveness. I like to think that this is a side effect of my commitment to seeing and understanding every possible aspect of an issue before making a verdict on it. But, it’s just as likely that this crippling shortcoming is closely related to my tendency towards self doubt and regret. My method of dealing with this is often to skip the deliberation process and jump to a decision before I can fall down a rabbit hole of over-thinking. As you might imagine, that doesn’t always work out in my favor, and it’s not a trait I’d like to pass onto future generations. Our world is propelled forward each day by big and small decisions, made as individuals or in collaboration with others. In the midst of a global pandemic, a quickly impending climate crisis and rising political tensions, making cleareyed, informed choices on an appropriate timeline is a serious challenge. A recent Invisibilia podcast episode on NPR explored the import of size and scale in relation to problem prioritization, and the message was incredibly poignant to me. The human brain is designed to react to threats once they are close enough

to register with the senses. Unfortunately, this often means that a problem must be imminent before we take it seriously—and by then, it may be too late. Many of the difficulties that we’re collectively facing today are great examples of this. I can remember hearing about the Novel Coronavirus spreading through Asia back in early February of 2020. There were rumors of the sometimes-deadly virus making its way through the rest of the world, and murmurs about the disastrous impact that this event could have on the daily lives of Americans. But it didn’t register as a real threat until that first case appeared in Washington state, sending swaths of the nation into a panic over a micro-

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scopic organism that we knew very little about. When people in our own communities began to get sick, we were finally provoked to react. The same can be said for the problem of climate change, or humanitarian atrocities in foreign countries. These disasters seem far away, practically existing within a different reality from our own, until we’re faced with their impacts directly. They are too large for us as individuals to be able to examine and appreciate proactively...unless we make a conscious, collective effort to initiate change before a problem becomes wholly unavoidable. To start, it’s helpful to center our priorities on our

core values. This ensures that our choices come from the essence of ourselves and keeps us on track to be successful in what matters most to us. Some of your values might be to keep your children as physically and mentally healthy as possible, so that they’re given the very best shot at a meaningful, joyful life. You can incorporate that big goal into the small choices that must be made, like how much of your daily budget is allocated to buying healthy groceries, or how much time is given to spending time outside as a family. Your kids will passively notice what your priorities are, and follow your lead in mindfully planning for what’s truly important to them in their own lives.

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS HEALTH Conversations with our kids around the decisionmaking process can be as simple as urging them to consider their sources of information in casual conversation. Rumors are not truths unless they have been verified, and it’s important to show children that fact in action. Effective decision makers are able to consider a variety of viewpoints before passing judgement; the ability to hold consider multiple ideas in one’s mind prior to taking a side is invaluable. It’s possible for multiple truths to coexist, and we must remember that when deciding how to proceed. As we raise the next generation of adults who will inevitably need to cope with and solve some of our greatest threats to humanity yet, it’s essential that we give them the skills to deal with impending issues decisively and thoughtfully. To do this,

the first step is to demonstrate this kind of decision making ourselves—first by rooting our choices in our core values as often as possible, and then by finding trusted sources of information on which to base our choices.

Taylor Cannon writes a blog for Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppes. This piece was originally posted on Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe’s blog, Play Matters which is located at www.playmattersgrandrabbits. com. Play Matters is an outlet for Grandrabbit’s to further its mission of nurturing the hearts, minds and bodies of children. The blog aims to cultivate a thoughtful community in which to discuss ideas and perspectives with the goal of bringing up healthy, happy, confident and engaged kids.




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Resilence and Grit by Jessica Dancingheart


esilience and grit are touted qualities. They speak to our ability to “roll with the punches” and get back on to the proverbial horse after having difficulties and setbacks. We know they are valuable qualities, yet we may not know how to gain them and teach them to our children. I posit that strong social networks fuel resilience and grit. Studies prove that people with strong and healthy relationships enjoy greater success and health regardless of their life circumstances. Their solid connections provide refuge during life’s storms, a sense of belonging, a safety net for taking risks that lead to advancement, an avenue for meaningful contribution, support during difficult times, and caring people with whom to celebrate life. These guidelines and suggestions may help you evaluate and nurture a high-quality community life for yourself and your children, so you and your children can cultivate resilience and grit.


Be selective about your circle of support. We all have people who drain our energy and those who uplift us. Unfortunately, as people, we spend a lot of energy trying to understand or fix difficult situations—not knowing when to walk away. And, we tend to take for granted relationships that are life-

whether it is a service provider, a friend, a family member, or a colleague. When we do, we rob them of the joy of knowing that they are making a difference. It behooves us to honor their intentions and express how their actions and way-of-being impact us. After all, it is in giving that we receive, and in receiving that we give.

enhancing. An antidote to this propensity is to invest energy and time into people with whom we share mutual care, respect, admiration, trust, and value. This will add to our joy and give us the energy we need to soar in life, even as life throws us curve balls.

2. Connect with people who have the qualities you want. We are imitative as humans. When we surround ourselves with encouraging people who have the skills and qualities we want, we are more likely to acquire them and consequently be happy and excel. 3.

Share your sorrows and joys with respectful people who don’t gossip and judge. We all need people with whom we can celebrate our successes and cry our tears. As a dear friend of mine told me, “a sorrow

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shared is a sorrow divided, and a joy shared is a joy multiplied.” As we struggle, we gain perspective, expansiveness, and strength when trustworthy, non-judgmental, respectful, and caring people listen to us. When we are proud and happy, these same people celebrate us.


Contribute to the well-being of the members of your circle of support. A basic need that almost all people share is to make a positive difference in the world. When we palpably make the lives of others richer, we feel satisfaction and joy. We also have a greater sense of belonging and investment.

5. Receive your commu-

nity’s gifts with graciousness. Sometimes, we take people who make our lives more wonderful for granted—

All these qualities are qualities you can extend to your children and teach your children, so they cellularly experience what Hodding Carter attributed to a wise woman: “Two of the greatest gifts we can give our children are roots and wings” which can spread with the growth of resilience and grit.

Jessica Dancingheart is a personal and organizational consultant working to build healthier and stronger relationships at work, at home, and in your communities. Please check out or call (303) 589-8420 or email at for more information.

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS HEALTH Helping to End Sexual Abuse in a Pandemic by Gina Maione Earles, Executive Director, Blue Sky Bridge

environment to keep children safe.


Once you become a trusted adult in a child’s life, it is important to use the Three R’s: Recognize the abuse through training, Respond appropriately when a child opens up, and then Report it as needed.

ne in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old. This statistic becomes even more concerning when children are in unsafe situations at home. National data tells us that 88% of all child abuse is perpetrated by a parent, parent’s partner, or a relative. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many children to stay at home, even for school, taking away their access to trusted adults. A teacher, counselor, doctor or other trusted adult in a child’s life, makes more than two-thirds of child abuse reports. Throughout 2020, calls to Colorado’s Child Abuse Hotline have dropped by 45 percent, a statistic that sounds promising, but is in fact extremely dangerous. The pandemic has increased high stress situations at home, potentially leading to higher cases of child abuse. While reports of abuse are down, we know that incident rates are not. Blue Sky Bridge is Boulder County’s child advocacy center and believes strongly that it is an adult’s job to keep kids safe. “Our first step in making this a reality is helping adults learn how to become a trusted adult and have conversations with children naturally and frequently.” Education is a tool to ending the cycle of abuse. Below are a few things we encourage trusted adults to do and say to protect the children in their lives:

If you are worried about a child you know, please call Blue Sky Bridge and we can get you to the right place to report an issue: (303) 444-1388. For additional resources on becoming a trusted adult, visit

• Get trained to recognize grooming, the warning signs of abuse, and how to respond appropriately. Blue Sky Bridge offers free Stewards of Children® training sessions, which can be completed virtually. • Let children know you are a trusted adult. You can say, “it is my job to help keep you safe. You can always talk to me if anyone ever makes you feel hurt, sad, confused or uncomfortable. Even if it’s someone that I like or you like.” • Pay attention to the child and their behavior and take notice of changes.

• Ask questions and show an interest in children’s lives. You can simply check in by asking, “Is everything okay? I’ve noticed…” and share whatever concerns you may have noticed. • Model good boundaries and help children understand that their bodies belong to them. An example might be “I respect what you are saying and I will stop tickling because you asked me to.”

Blue Sky Bridge is committed to serving both the children who enter the abuse investigation process and those children who have not yet found a way to tell their story. Our School-based Education and Training Programs help ensure that kids know they are the boss of their own bodies and that they, and the adults around them, know where to turn for help. Blue Sky Bridge is an Accredited Member of the National Children’s Alliance.

• Talk to other adults about the way someone, a friend, family member, or other adult, acts with children if you are concerned. This helps to bring more attention to the

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Restaurants Open for Take Out or Delivery

DELIVERY SERVICES Check their sites for many more options. Grub Hub Hungry Buffs Door Dash Uber Eats

Boulder Ali Baba Grill 3033 28th Street 303-440-1393 Call the Middle Eastern spot to order takeout, or opt for delivery through Hungry Buffs or DoorDash. Arcana 909 Walnut Street 303-444-3885 You can call the restaurant to order a pay-what-you-can meal (suggested price $20) for pick-up or delivery. Find details on the restaurant’s Instagram page. Here’s a message from the restaurant: “At 4 p.m. Arcana will no longer be a ‘restaurant.’ Arcana is now an isolated community service and resource center. We will be providing meals on a pay-what-you-can basis, for pick-up or delivery. We are here to help. It is our only purpose. We are operating in isolation, we are healthy, we are stopping any interaction with the public within our walls.”

Attic Bar & Bistro 949 Walnut Street 303-415-1300 Call to order pick-up or choose delivery from Grubhub, Hungry Buffs or DoorDash; updates are being made on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Bartaco 1048 Pearl Street 719-249-8226 The Boulder outpost of this national chain is offering takeout and delivery; call or visit Bartaco’s website to order. In addition, 100 percent of gift card sales go to the restaurant’s employee fund. Basta 3601 Arapahoe Avenue 303-997-8775 Call the restaurant from 4 to 9 p.m. to order takeout or delivery; you can also order on the eatery’s website. Blackbelly 1606 Conestoga Street 303-247-1000 Call ahead to 720-479-8296 for breakfast and lunch orders between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 303-247-1000 for dinner takeout from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The restaurant is exploring thirdparty delivery options; stay up to date on its Facebook page. Blackjack Pizza Multiple Boulder-area locations. Call your local franchise or order online for takeout and delivery.

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Boss Lady Pizza 1129 13th Street 303-449-0909 The restaurant is currently offering takeout and free delivery from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 am to 2:30 am. Thursday through Saturday. Order on the joint’s website (not by phone) and be prepared to pay with a credit card in advance. While there, you can nominate a needy family to receive a free meal. Stay up to date on Boss Lady’s Facebook page. Cafe Aion 1235 Pennsylvania Avenue 303-993-8131 The eatery is offering a limited pick-up and delivery menu from 4 to 7 p.m. with great deals on wine (currently $20 per bottle). Call to place your takeout order or request delivery through Uber Eats. Chipotle Mexican Grill Multiple Boulder-area locations www. Order a giant burrito for pickup on the chain’s restaurant; delivery is also available through Uber Eats. Dagabi Tapas Bar 3970 North Broadway 303-786-9004 Dagabi is offering free delivery and takeout of its full menu; visit its Facebook page for nightly specials and call to place your order. Dry Storage 3601 Arapahoe Avenue 720-420-0918

Call ahead or walk up to the window to order bread and ingredients from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, or from the full menu from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 am to 3 pm; you can also order on the eatery’s website. Saturday and Sunday. Details are up on the bakery’s Facebook page. Efrain’s 1630 63rd Street 303-440-4045 Call the Mexican restaurant with your order from its abbreviated to-go menu; see details on its Facebook page. Eureka! 1048 Pearl Street 720-259-3636 Call with your to-go order, or opt for delivery with Uber Eats, Hungry Buffs, DoorDash or Postmates. See updates on its Instagram page. Firehouse Subs 534 West South Boulder Road, 303-665-9363 1695 29th Street, Boulder, 303-440-7827 The sandwich shop is accepting phone orders for takeout. In addition, online order and delivery from third-party services are available at some locations; visit the website for more info. Five Guys Multiple Boulder-area locations Select locations of the burger chain are open for takeout and delivery.



Restaurants Open for Take Out or Delivery

Flower Child 2580 Arapahoe Avenue 303-386-8090 Flower Child is offering takeout (call or order on the restaurant’s website) and delivery via DoorDash. It will be donating all tips on to-go orders to its furloughed employees and has also started a GoFundMe page for its Team Relief Fund. Folsom Thai 1575 Folsom Street 303-955-4437 www.folsomthaiatboulder. com Call the restaurant to order pick-up, or order delivery through Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub or Hungry Buffs. Foolish Craig’s 1611 Pearl Street 303-247-9383 Order takeout or delivery via Hungry Buffs on the eatery’s website. The Front Range Catering Co. 5741 Arapahoe Avenue 303-449-1981 Order online or by phone by 10 a.m. to pick up your meal between 3 to 6 pm daily. Credit cards only. Hapa 1117 Pearl Street Call the restaurant to order takeout, or order online for third-party delivery. Hotel Boulderado/Spruce Farm & Fish 2115 13th Street 303-442-4880 Call to order food from a limited to-go menu as well as drinks from the bar. Japango 1136 Pearl Street 303-938-0330 Call or visit the sushi spot’s website to order takeout; delivery is available through Uber Eats. Jill’s 900 Walnut Street 720-406-7399 A limited menu is available for takeout from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; call the restaurant directly to order. The Kitchen 1039 Pearl Street 303-544-5973 The Kitchen is offering family meals for takeout; orders must be placed by phone and pre-paid for the next day. See its website for details. Le Peep Multiple Boulder-area locations Select locations of the breakfast and lunch restaurant are offering takeout; visit Le Peep’s website for details.

303-443-7766 Call to order takeout from a shortened menu. The eatery will also be offering delivery through DoorDash soon. Diners can call individual locations or order on the restaurant’s website or mobile app for takeout; delivery is available via DoorDash.

Modern Market Eatery Multiple Boulder and Longmont locations. The cafe chain is offering free delivery from all its locations for orders over $15 (order via its website); in addition, diners can order on site and carry out their meal.

Oak at Fourteenth 1400 Pearl Street 303-444-3622 A limited menu is available for takeout from 11:30 am to 8 pm, M-Sat, and 5:30 to 8 pm, Sunday; call the restaurant to order. Oak expects to offer delivery shortly and anticipates providing staff meals several times per week to all employees.

Motomaki 1600 28th Street All locations are currently open for pick-up and delivery; place your order on the mini-chain’s website. Mustard’s Last Stand 1719 Broadway 303-444-5841 Get your Chicago-style dogs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call to order takeout or do delivery via Grubhub or DoorDash (Denver) and Hungry Buffs or Grubhub (Boulder). Stay up to date with Mustard’s Instagram page.

Marco’s Pizza Multiple Boulder-area locations All of the pizza place’s locations are offering takeout and delivery; visit its website for details.

Next Door American Eatery 1035 Pearl Street 720-542-8159 1232 South Hover Street, Longmont, 303-325-9690 Takeout and delivery via a variety of third-party services is available. Visit the chain’s website for details and to place your order.

Mateo 1837 Pearl Street

Noodles & Company Multiple Boulder locations

Papa John’s Pizza Multiple Boulder-area locations The pizza chain is offering takeout and no-contact delivery; visit its website for individual location info and to place online orders. Papa Murphy’s Multiple Boulder-area locations Order on Papa Murphy’s website to get takeout (or delivery) of take-and-bake pizza. The Post Brewing Co. All locations All three outposts (Lafayette, Longmont, and Boulder) will be filling delivery and to-go orders from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm. Call for curbside pick-up or DoorDash for delivery. Potbelly Sandwich Shop 1685 29th Street 720-213-7266

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Restaurants Open for Take Out or Delivery Call or order online for pickup and delivery. Proto’s Pizza Multiple Boulder-area locations The local Neapolitan-style pizza chain. Takeout from 11 am to 8 pm daily. Call your closest location to place an order. Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant 1101 Walnut Street, Boulder 303-444-3690 www.riograndemexican. com Limited takeout menu from noon until 8 am; you can also donate to a staff support fund on GoFundMe. River and Woods 2328 Pearl Street 303-993-6301 Call or email order@ from 11 am to 7 pm. “Eat at home” menu for take-andbake options or an abbreviated version of its regular menu. Takeout and delivery are available. Roadhouse Boulder Depot 2366 Junction Place 303-443-2167 Call the restaurant directly for takeout orders, or get delivery via Grubhub or Uber Eats. Roxie’s Tacos 1325 Broadway, Boulder 303-444-4465 Get a fix of two great cuisines

— Indian and Mexican — by calling the taco shop or ordering on its website for takeout and free delivery. Salt 1047 Pearl Street 303-444-7258 Takeout and delivery are both available by calling the restaurant directly; in addition, you can order delivery through DoorDash. Santo 1265 Alpine Avenue 303-442-6100 Curbside pick-up between 7 am and 8 pm. M-F. Thirdparty delivery options; stay up to date on its Facebook page.

Snarfburger 2000 Arapahoe Road,303444-7711 Call ahead for takeout now. Snarf’s Sandwiches Multiple Boulder locations Order takeout by phone, Snarf’s website or mobile app. You can also order delivery via DoorDash. Snooze 1617 Pearl Street 303-225-7344 All locations are offering delivery. Find details and order online at the breakfast joint’s website.

Call the Indian restaurant to order takeout or delivery. Texas Roadhouse Multiple Boulder-area locations Place your takeout order by phone, online or via mobile app. Torchy’s 2805 Pearl Street 720-617-4462 Order on the taco shop’s website for takeout or delivery. Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 3201 Walnut Street 303-786-9270 The brewery is offering curbside pick-up of food and beer, and delivers food via DoorDash. Details are up on its Facebook and Instagram pages.

Sforno Trattoria 1308 Pearl Street 303-449-1787 Call to place takeaway orders; you can also order delivery through DoorDash.

A Spice of Life 5541 Central Avenue 303-443-4049 Order (by phone or on Spice’s website) at least 24 hours in advance for delivery or pick-up of the catering company’s individual meals.

Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar 2480 Canyon Boulevard, 303-449-0120 Call in your to-go order, or visit Shine’s website to order delivery.

Steak House No. 316 1922 13th Street 720-729-1922 The steakhouse is offering takeaway and curbside pick-up; place your order by phone.

The Sink 1165 13th Street 303-444-7465 Call to order from its full menu (hours are noon to 8 pm daily.) Available through Hungry Buffs, Grubhub and DoorDash. Stay up-to-date on promotions and specials on the eatery’s Facebook page.

Sweet Cow Three Boulder-area locations All of the ice cream shop’s locations are offering pick-up and delivery; order on Sweet Cow’s website.

Village Coffee Shop 1605 Folsom Street, Boulder 303-442-9689 The long-standing diner is offering takeout and delivery; call to order.

The Taj 2630 Baseline Road 303-494-5216

Wahoo’s Tacos and More 2790 Pearl Street, Boulder, 303-473-9072 1087 South Hover Road,

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Verde 3070 28th Street, Boulder, 720-470-4348 640 Main Street, Louisville, 720-746-9471 Website for takeout orders, or order delivery through Hungry Buffs and Chow Now (Boulder) or Uber Eats and DoorDash (Louisville).



Restaurants Open for Take Out or Delivery

Longmont, 303-776-5625 The seafood shack/taqueria mashup is open for takeout and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub. Visit website for locations. West End Tavern 926 Pearl Street 303-444-3535 www.thewestendtavern Boulder can get its barbecue fix by calling the West End for curbside takeout from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm; if you want delivery, order on DoorDash. West Flanders Brewing Co. 1125 Pearl Street, Boulder 303-447-2739 Call to place a takeout order from its full menu (hours are 2 to 8 pm daily.) Through Hungry Buffs, Grubhub and DoorDash. Stay up-to-date on promotions and specials on the eatery’s Facebook page. Whole Sol 1420 Pearl Street 720-475-1355 The juice bar is offering takeout and delivery. Order on its website.


Blake’s Taphouse 16860 Sheridan Parkway 720-583-2920 The full menu is available for takeout from 11 am to 7 pm daily. The Gourmet Kitchen 1200 Miramonte Street 303-768-8970 The caterer is offering delivery and curbside pick-up.

Call to order; online ordering on the website. Go Fish 2055 West 136th Avenue 720-593-1888 The sushi bar is open for takeout orders and delivery via DoorDash, Uber Eats and Postmates. See updates on the Instagram pages @pokeconceptco and @gofishsushi.


Community 206 South Public Road 720-890-3793 Takeout and free delivery within a five-mile radius (with orders of over $20). Place an order by phone or on its website and keep up on its Facebook page. Reelfish 2770 Arapahoe Road 720-630-8053 Order on the chippie’s website for takeout from 11 am to 8 pm. Eats & Sweets 401 S Public Rd (303) 665-3287 Dine-in, take-out and delivery. Liquid Mechanics Family-friendly brewery with a food truck. Now offering sit-down service. 297 US-287 #100 (720) 550-7813 The Post 105 West Emma Street

303-593-2066 M-Th. Curbside pick up now also offering sit down service with reservations.


Caprese Trattoria 1067 South Hover Road 303-485-6240 Call the restaurant directly from noon to 8 p.m. for takeout and delivery; it’s also offering delivery via DoorDash. Visit its Facebook page for more information. Cheba Hut 635 Main Street 720-600-4949 Order takeout on the sandwich shop’s website, by phone or mobile app, or use DoorDash for delivery. Jefes Tacos & Tequila 246 Main Street 303-827-3790 The taqueria offering takeout from 4 to 8 pm daily; call to order, and find updates on its Facebook page.


740 Front 740 Front Street 720-519-1972 Curbside pick-up on Wed noon to 7 pm. (for pick-up F/Sat 5 to 7 pm.) and Thurs noon to 7 pm. Hours may expand; updates will be made on the steakhouse’s website. The Melting Pot 732 Main Street 303-666-7777

Get sweet or savory fondue to go-call to order pick-up. LaMar’s Donuts 133 McCaslin Boulevard 720-890-3875 All locations are providing takeout and delivery; visit the La Mar’s website for contact info and delivery options. Moxie Bread Co. 641 Main Street, Louisville 720-420-9616 Offering online and walk-up ordering from 8 am to 4 pm daily (no cash transactions). Updates are being posted on its Instagram page. Waterloo 817 Main Street (303) 993-2094 Dine-in service now open! Daily 11 am to close! We can’t wait to serve you again!


Pizza Bar 66 430 Main Street 303-823-6262 Order takeout by phone or on Pizza Bar’s website; updated hours and info are on its Facebook page.


Chuck E. Cheese 305 Marshall Road 720-304-3107 If your kid can’t live without the chain’s pizza for another day, call your local joint for pick-up orders or choose delivery via Grubhub, DoorDash or Uber Eats.

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BOULDER COUNTY KIDS AT AT HOME Virtual Art Journeys THE Whole FAMILY Will Enjoy Online Museums Local & International

MUSEUMS: Denver Art Museum Check out their collection online and visit your favorite artists any time of the day. You can also view videos and more learning about cultures, take art classes and learn about contemporary artists. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit on now! Kirkland Art Museum You can visit the museum with a 360 degree virtual tour. Check it out and have fun walking through the museum. Clyfford Still Museum The nation’s only museum dedicated to abstract expressionist legend Clyfford Still has made 2,533 works available digitally on its website. Museum of Boulder The Museum of Boulder provides engaging educational experiences for people to explore the continuing history of the Boulder region. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Founded in 1972 by a group of local artists, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is one of Colorado’s premier venues for the exploration of contemporary art.

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Broomfield. Ages 3-18 years. Day camp. BackStory has offered high-quality theatre education, exploration, and community performances for over 10 years! We offer unique summer camps/ activities for beginning to intermediate students. Camps that do not run will receive a 100% class credit or 94% refund. Virtual options may also be available! See schedules online. Fees vary. For more information and updates, please email or call (720) 263-0836, or check us out at


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Boulder. Entering grades K-9th. 8:30 am to 3 pm; Extended care available. We have continued to provide safe i n-p erson lea r n i ng last su m mer 2020-present. Social Distancing does not preclude joy and fun! Variety of activities including local field trips, arts and crafts, sports, science, water games, gardening, and free time. Private swimming lessons available for an additional fee. Bixby offers over three shady acres with a large sandbox and unique play structures. Please go to for more information. See ad and video.

Boulder. Camp is open! Camp is dependent and based on local and state guidelines in partnership with the Boulder County Health Department and State Licensing. Ages entering Kindergarten-7th graders. M-F, 9 am to 4 pm. Building resilience, grit, teamwork, independence, creativity, friendships, problem-solving, and personal growth. Location: 6007 Oreg Ave, 80303. Contact (303) 998-1900 or email Julia.Paeglis@boulderjcc. org with any questions. Visit www. b o u ld e r j c c. o r g /c a m p s fo r m o r e information.

SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING CLINIC Blossom French Bilingual Preschool

Financial assistance available!

Boulder. Ages 4 to 8 years. M-F. June 1st to July 16th. 8:30 am to 5 pm. (Est. 2000). Blossom French Bilingual Preschool offers a Waldorfinspired curriculum blended with French language and culture. Camp activities involve language, music, arts, and culinary experiences. All activities are taught in French and English: cooking, sewing, arts and crafts, jewelry design, music, singing, and storytelling. Blossom is fully licensed. Daily maximum capacity is 12 children per day. $425/week. Call Marie-Pierre Nicoletti at (303) 819-4084 or you can email info@

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Boulder Performing Arts Musical Theater Camps

Boulder. Ages 5-16. M-F. 8:30 am to 3 pm. Camps that teach your children to have self-confidence, be assertive, be creative, work as a team and star as an individual. Friday performance on stage. Developing skills in singing, acting, dancing, painting & story telling. Everyone gets a challenging part in Peter Pan, Sponge Bob the Musical, Mar y Poppins, Mula n, The Mandalorian and The Lorax scenes and songs from your favorite Broadway shows. Over 37 years in Boulder. $395-$1585. Call Pollyanna Demitro at (303) 859-4195 or email or check out www.boulderperformingarts. com for more information. If Covid restrictions continue we will run our camps outdoors.

Boulder JCC Early Childhood Summer Camp

Boulder. Our early childhood camp is open! Ages infants - entering PreK. Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. The Boulder JCC early childhood summer camps explore nature through our farm and extensive outside spaces, art, science, music, and, of course, friendships. Location: 6007 Oreg Ave, 80303. Contact Emma Lewallen at for camp availability or with any questions.

BVSD Lifelong Learning Summer Camps!

Seven locations from Boulder to Erie. Ages 5-18. Half-day, one-week summer camps run from June 1-August 6 with both morning and afternoon offerings. Both in-person and virtual, indoor and outdoor options available. Kid favorite camps will return along with new offerings including a tech hub at Monarch for coding and robotics. Please visit our website for complete class listings, locations and times. Register at or (720) 561-5968. See ad.

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS CAMPS COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, and staff are trained and certified within the CDHS rules and regulations. Call Becca Mack at (303) 661-1467 or with questions. Visit www.lafayetteco. gov/1948/Summer-Camps for more information and to register.

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha Early Childhood Music, Art and Science Camp

Boulder. Ages 4-9. M-F. 9 am to 12:30 pm. Oonie Koonie Cha is an actionpacked music camp that blends a variety of musical experiences with a r tistic inst r ument const r uction, science, dramatic play, a xylophone orchestra, and a final performance into one unforgettable week. Music will transport the children around the world returning home with their own handmade instruments to play with a digital CD included. Toe-tapping transportation songs will keep your family jammin’ all year long. Wellorganized, creative hands-on activities are designed to engage the whole child. Lunch bunch available. Special need kids welcome w/shadow. Registration begins January 15. Full refund minus $25 if camp is cancelled. Covid safety protocols are on the website. Bon Voyage! Call Laura Nordson at (303) 880-9494 or email bouldercampokc@ Check out www.campokc. comm for more information.

City of Longmont Summer Recreation

Longmont. Ages preschool and youth. Daily, weekly, and summer camp & child care options. Programs vary on times, dates and locations. Longmont Recreation and Golf offers camps and programs for preschool and youth. Full-day, half-day, specialty and onetime options available. Select from sports camps, swim programs, general interest camps and a full-day summer camp. Check us out! Call Recreation Services at (303) 651-8404, or email us at or visit for more information.

Colorado Mountain Ranch Center for Musical Arts Summer Music Camps

Lafayette. All ages. Lessons, classes, camps. We have online and in-person music programs for all ages including su m mer ca mps, Music Toget her for toddlers and their caregivers, instrument lessons, and more! Center for Musical Arts, 200 East Baseline Road. For more information please visit www.

City of Lafayette

Lafayette. Ages 5-12. Summer Day Camps. Runs from June through August. M-F, from 7:30 am to 6 pm, with half-day options. School is out and summer fun is in! Wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, STEM, active play, sports and games, swimming, and more. Children will have time to tap into their creativity during free play and choice activity times. Camp Pioneer and Full STEAM A head Camps. All cur rent level

Boulder. Summer Day Camp. New redesigned smaller programs with precautions for Covid, so sign up now! R isi ng G rades 2-11. M-F, June 1 to August 13. 8 am to 5 pm. Vo t e d B o u l d e r’s B e s t S u m m e r Camp year after year! Since 1947, campers sing “You’re the Best in all the World!” for our amazing people, place, and programs. HORSES are a favorite! Also, mountainboarding, gymnastics and trampoline, archery, teambuilding experiences, and many more outdoor activities. Excursions for olders. Upbeat staff in residence, k i d s’ ow n c o m m u n i t y i n t h e mountains, transportation and long day included. Bring a backpack with long pants, socks, close-toe shoes (a must for horseback-riding and mountainboarding), lunch, waterbottle, and jacket every day! Check us out at www.coloradomountain Call Lynn or Gail at (303) 442-4557 or for more information.

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BOULDER COUNTY KIDS CAMPS Dawson School Summer Camps and Programs


K-8 Summer Camps and High School Classes CU Boulder and CU Anschutz

June 1 - July 30

• Outdoor ecology, fossils and geology • Minecraft, video game design and Bloxels arcade • Escape room design, pinball design challenges • Video production, stop-motion animation and digital art • Junior rockets, space science and aerospace • Science of toys, origami and Sphero Mini Golf • Medical research, neuroscience, immunology and more!

Lafayette. Ages 5-15. Week-long day camps. M-F. 8:30 am to 4 pm. June 7-August 6. Sports*Arts*Tech*and More. Exciting NEW camps being offered in 2021! Over 70+ camps to choose from. Full hot/cold lunch in our dining hall. Take a break and cool off in the pool daily. Experienced adult director for every camp. 5:1 camper/ staff ratio. Voted one of the top camps in Boulder County. Location: 10455 Dawson Drive, 80026. Cost range: $330 to $450 per week. Please visit us online at www.dawsonschool. org/summercamps or you can email us directly at summercamps@ for questions. See ad.

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Summer at CU Science Discovery

Boulder/Anschutz. Ages 5-18. We offer summer camps and high school classes covering a range of science, technology, engineering and math topics. Our programs provide an eclectic mix of engaging, experiential learning activities that are sure to ignite a passion for project-based learning, exploration and summer fun! Instructors include CU faculty and graduate scientists who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. From escape room and Sphero mini golf, to Scratch, robotics, aerospace engineering, digital art and media, medical research, immunology and neuroscience—we have something for everyone! Visit us at for complete program offerings and descriptions. See ad.

Teen Stuttering Camp

Boulder. Ages 11-18. Day Camp. Dates and time TBD. This intensive therapy program helps build communication skills in adolescents who stutter. Individual and group therapy sessions, as well as off-campus excursions are used to provide a supportive camper environment. The activities help ca mp ers bu i ld con f idence, better manage their stuttering, and c o m mu n ic a t e m o r e ef fe c t ively. Campers will develop individualized communication goals that will be taken with them into the new school year. For more information, contact Julie Breidenstein at (303) 492-3066 or at See ad.

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Summer Camps

Boulder. Ages 6 and up. Cooking camps all summer long. Starting June 1st, ending the first week of August. 9 am to 12 pm, and 1 to 4 pm. Camp themes: Latin, Baking, Asia, Italy. $310/week. (see site for current safety precautions). Call (303) 953-8364 or email events@ or check us out online at www.foodlabboulder. com/kids-summer-camp for more information.

EVO Rock + Fitness

Louisville. Ages 6-12. M-F, 9 am to 3 pm & 9 am to 12 pm. EVO Rock + Fitness has a fantastic full- and halfday summer camps planned for your kiddo. Starting June 7, our enthusiastic, k nowle dge a ble i n st r uc t o r s w i l l teach campers the basics of toprope climbing, bouldering, and climbing technique with fun climbing games and other surprise activities. $395/wk per child full-day; $260/wk per child half-day. Early drop off and late pick up available. We provide rental gear for the week but feel free to bring your own shoes and harness along with a bag lunch, snacks, and water. Due to severe allergies, we do not allow peanut or tree nut products. Masks are required for all camps. Call (303) 317-3770 or you can email nicholas@ with any questions or go online for more information or to sign up online at louisville-co/.

Boulder. Ages 3-14. Day camp. Weeklong, morning, & afternoon sessions. June 7-July 29. Preschool, elementary, and middle school programs. Preschool Backyard Camp, science, cooking, performing arts, art, music, sports and more. Licensed and accredited. D i s c o u n t s av a i l a b l e fo r e a r l y registration. View complete details and you can register online at www. or call (303) 499-1999.

Front Range Anglers on Pearl Street

Boulder. Ages 9 -14. Day camps. Kids Fly Fishing Camp, June 7-11, June 21-25, July 12-16 & July 26-30. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. Guides hand-picked, CBI background, & CPR certified. Hosted on local Boulder waters, our co-ed kid’s camp will build a foundation for a lifetime of learning about fly fishing. Safety and a quality fishing experience is our #1 goal of our camp as we work with a 3:1 guide to angler ratio. Price: $650.00 for the week or $750.00 w/ Orvis Encounter Rod/Reel Kit. All campers will receive a complimentary 1 year Trout Unlimited membership! Location: 2344 Pearl Street, 80302. Call (303) 494-1375 or please email or please check www.frontrangeanglers. com for more information.

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Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls Boulder

Boulder. Grades K-8th. Multi-Sport Day Camp. M-F. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. June 1-July 30. After-camp care available until 6 pm. Half-day option for Kindergarten campers. Optional A f t e r- c a m p S p o r t s L e a d e r s h i p Program for 6th-8th grade campers. Empower ment, Confidence, SelfEsteem, Teamwork, Sportsmanship. Learn and play multiple sports daily, which may include lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, tennis, volleyball, softball, basketball, fitness, and more in a warm and spirited environment. Staffed by highly qualified coaches, teachers, and athletes, Game On! is more than your average summer camp. Location: Douglass Elementary School 840 N 75th St,, Boulder. Call (720) 8 9 3 -2 3 8 6 o r e m a i l b o u l d e r @ or check out for more information.

Children’s Peace Garden

Boulder. Ages 5-11. Full-day, in-person summer camps, M-F. Join us for an active week of summer camp and experience the wonders of our urban farm. Camp themes include Field to Fork Cooking, Survival Skills, Farming in the City, and Garden DIY. We’ll tend to the garden, explore through the lens of art and science, and make tasty snacks from the bounty of our harvests. Register to save your spot by calling (303)443-9952 or online at

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Compositive Primary

Louisville. Ages 3 - 7. CLOSED. Preregister to join in the fun! July 5th through July 30th. Summer enrichment programs for Compositive Primary students and friends will return this year from July 5th to July 30th! We will be announcing our range of interesting programs very soon and once again you will have the option to register for one week or all four! Stay tuned for more information! Call (720) 577-5441 or visit www.integralsteps. org/compositivesummer2021.

Flight of the Bumblebee: A Buzzing Instrumental Music Camp

Old Town Louisville. Ages 3–17. June 28–July 2. 9 am to 3:30 pm. Half- and full-day options. Give your child a musical boost and joy in their instrumental journey! This program will offer not only the joy of learning socially, but give individualized attention for the in-depth growth of your child. Each day will explore music from a different part of the world including group warmups and movement for each instrument, small group masterclass and lesson sessions, as well as enrichment electives that include art, composition, improvisation, note reading, music theory, & jam sessions. $180–$325 based on registration. Aftercare available till 4:30 pm. Call (720) 577-5441 or visit

artistic environment, through STEAM lea r n i ng. Expa nd you r hor izons through song, art, Spanish, and creative thinking. In the afternoon, you will create your own fairy tales, explore fantasy worlds, design your own sets, and develop awareness through theater and film. Express yourself through music and movement, and don’t forget to pack your imagination! $180–$325 based on registration. Call (720) 5775441 or visit

Kids Climbing Camp

Longmont. Ages 4-13. M-F. 9 am to 12 pm, and 9 am to 3 pm. Summer Fun is Back! June 7-August 13. The LCC program kicks into high gear! We have refined our camp offerings to accommodate the changes and restrictions surrounding the COVID Pandemic. This includes being one of the first 5-Star Certified businesses here in Boulder Count y. I ndoor exercise and activity in a fun safe environment. Climbing technique a nd ter m i nology. Tea m-bui ldi ng oriented games. Physical & mental challenges. Games & obstacle course programming. Strength, f lexibility and conditioning sessions. 15,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor facility with 4 climbing areas, workout space, outdoor patio, upstairs mezzanine for hang-out time and a spacious yoga studio equipped wit h auto -belays a nd adjust able climbing boards to accommodate climbers of all levels. 3-day and 5-day options. $189-$375. Call Shauna Hylenski at (720) 340-3640 or email info@longmontclimbingcollective. c om or che ck on l i ne at www. for more information.

Stories of the World

Learning Pathways Reading Camps

Boulder. For ages 6 and up. Day camp. M-F. June 6-27 and July 12-30. Summer reading camps and reading intensives for emerging or struggling reader s. Use of evidenc e -ba se d structured literacy employing trained Orton-Gillingham instructors. The methodology proven to help any child learn to read. Location: 1790 30th Street, 80301. Call Deborah Kratovil at (303) 499-1941 or please visit us at or email for more information.

Boulder. Ages 4 - 14. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm (pre- ca re & a f ter- ca re offered). Explore, learn and thrive at KidzToPros on-site STEM, Arts and Sports Summer Camps in Boulder and Denver! From coding and robotics to digital arts, film studio, music production, tennis, basketball and more, KidzToPros will ignite your child’s creativity and passions. One and two-week camps; full-day and halfday options. KidzToPros provides all equipment, including computers, art supplies and sports equipment, for usage in camp. $389 to $1,180. Early Bird Registration: Save $100 using

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Miss Joanie Drama

Boulder. Ages 4-11. M-F. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Using a theme specific to each week, children are guided to create adaptations of plays from favorite story books. From Dr. Seuss and Fairy tales to Fancy Nancy and animal stories, imaginations run wild as we write and perform plays with these themes. Free performances each Friday for friends and family. Laugh, play, explore and perform! Summer sessions $350/week. Spring Break Camp is March 22-26. $350/ wk. Equipment needed: water bottle, lunch/snacks, sunscreen Contact Joanie Rubald by emailing her at joanie@ or check out for more information. See ad.

Longmont Museum

L o n g m o n t . A g e s 3 – 16. D ay ca mps. June-July, M-F. Discover h istor y, a r t, music, cult u re, a nd technology in these hands-on camps. Learn from artists and musicians. Paint a masterpiece or become an archeologist. Camps held outdoors, online, or at the Longmont Museum, 4 0 0 Q u a i l R o a d , 8 0 5 01. F o r requirements, fees, and details call the Museum at (303) 651-8374 or visit for more information.

Marine Science & Summer Camps In-Person & Virtual


Louisville. Ages 4–7 and 8-12. August 2–6, 9 am to 4 pm, Half- and fullday options. Using music, art, yoga and Spanish as our guides, come along on a journey around the world! Wit h I nteg ra l Steps’ integ rative programming, your morning will be spent exploring a multi-medium

code BCK-100. Call (877) 202-1554 or email or check out summer-camps for more information.

Boulder/Virtual. Looking for safe and fun activities for your kids? Join us this summer for one of our marine science-focused programs, offered both in-person or virtually. We are running outdoor education camps at our Flagstaff satellite site, swim camps at our Boulder facility, and virtual marine science courses you can complete in the comfort of your own home. Taught through hands-on activities, crafts and experiments, all of our summer offerings will have your kids exploring and discovering the magic of our oceans! Location: 3015 Bluff Street, 80301. Call us at (303) 444-7234 or email or check out for more information.

Montessori Academy

Lafayette. Zoom sessions with the teachers throughout the summer! Ages 1-7. M/W. 9 am Toddler zoom, 10 am Preschool zoom. Montessori Academy provides a challenging a nd nu r t u r i ng envi ron ment t hat 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 fullmember school since 2002. Our lead teachers are certified. Schedule a tour today! Music and Spanish offered after the pandemic. Multiple Covid-safety precautions. Please see our website for more details and our FaceBook page, for a short virtual tour. Please email if you would like more information or to enroll. Facebook: https://www. fayet te- CO -26588754346 0272/ Please call Beth Weekley at (303) 926-8321 or email us at Montessori. or check online at www.MontessoriAcademyLafayette@ for more information.

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS CAMPS Does your child love to Laugh? Play? Make Believe?

Music, Art, Language and Science classes for ages 4–9 INTEGRALSTEPS.ORG/SUMMER


NOW REGISTERING! Create and adapt plays from storybooks.

Learn about the world through science!

Learn a new language with SAMM! Learn creative expression through art and music!

Learn instruments, musicianship and more!

Learn mindfulness through yoga!

Laugh. Play. Create. Make believe. Perform.


SPRING & SUMMER 202 Week-long, all-day camps at beautiful Salberg Park facility, 3045 19th St. Boulder

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Summer Clay Camp

Louisville. Ages 8 and up. Day camp M-F. Summer Clay Camps. Our 24th year! Morning sessions from 10 am to 12 pm, and afternoon sessions from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. One-week classes, $150 per week, per child. Fun, professionally taught clay camp in fullservice studio. Children receive handson instruction on potters’ wheel, slab, and sculpture methods, creating pieces to be proud of in stoneware clays and high-fire glazes. Call (303) 926-0996 or please email mudslingerspotteryinc@ or check online at www. for more information.

Comic Book and Board Game Camps

Boulder. Comic Book Camp: June 14-18, ages 8-11. Board Game Camp: July 19-23, ages 9-12. 9 am to 3 pm, or half-day with noon pickup. Get creative and dream up your own superheroes and fantasy creatures. Create a comic book or board game from your own imagination with the help of real comic book illustrators and writers and leave with a masterpiece to take home! We’ll play lots of games and read lots of comics during the week. Location: Museum of Boulder at Tebo Center, 2205 Broadway. $225 half day 9 am to 12 pm, $285 full day 9 am to 3 pm. Please contact Emily Zinn at emily@ or (303) 4493464 x3 for more information or check camps/.

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BOULDER COUNTY KIDS CAMPS Northern Colorado Fencers Summer Camp

Boulder. For beginners ages 7-13. Day camp. 9 am to noon (1 to 4 pm, on selected weeks). M-F. USFA coaches. 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 g reat club activities! $195/week (multiple weeks/sibling discounts). Location: 1949 33rd Street, 80301. Call Gary Copeland at (303) 4436557 for registration or please check online at for more information. See ad.

Zen Kids Ninja Academy: Ninja Camp

Pedalheads Bike Camps

Off Broadway Preschool Summer Camp 2021

Boulder. Ages 2 ½ - 5. June to August. M-F. 8 am to 5:30 pm. Summer camp at Off Broadway Preschool means lots of outdoor FUN and ADVENTURE. Each week is a different theme with activities, field trips to local attractions and in-house challenges to entertain and educate your child. Splash days twice a week. Healthy snacks provided. Half-day, full-day and extended-day schedules. Choose your weeks or sign up for the whole summer for a discount. Location: 1235 Pine Street. Contact Bethany at (303) 800-0324 or or check out www.offbroadwaypreschool. org for more information and the weekly themes.

Lafayette. Ages 6-12. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. Summer camp: June 7-11, June 21-25, July 5-9, July 19-23. (Spring Break Camp: March 22-26, 10 am to 3 pm, ages 5+, $275 for the week or $65 drop-in day rate.) Campers learn REAL ninja skills from experienced Martial Artists, including: agility, stealth and hand-eye coordination and even some arts and crafts like Origami. There is a major emphasis on teamwork and social skills. Also, did you know that Ninjas meditate? To gain access to the hidden wisdom and calm mind of the true ninja, our campers practice meditation and breath work to obtain inner peace. $315 with sibling discounts. Check out our Covid safety & responsibility procedures on our website. Sack lunch & water bottle. Call (720) 775-2839 or email email Register at summer-ninja-camp.

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Parlando School of Musical Arts

Boulder. All ages. Day camp. Days and hours: M-F. 9 am to 5 pm. Parlando School of Musical 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. (Also, some camps also include supplemental/ complementary music-oriented films in the Dairy’s Boedecker Theater!) Location: 2590 Walnut Street (Dairy Center for the Arts). Call (303) 4420006, email or check for more information.

Boulder/Cher r y H ills Village/ Denver/Littleton. Ages 2-12. M-F. 9 am to 12 pm, 1 to 4 pm, or 9 am to 4 pm. Pedalheads is a learn-to-ride bike camp known for taking kids from training wheels to two wheels. We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling lessons, and incredible instructors to build confidence and get some of the most tentative kids biking on their own. We also offer advanced bike lessons that focus on road safety, including exciting trail riding camps. $189-$479/week. Equipment needed: Bicycle, properly fitted bike helmet, water bottle and snack (please NO NUTS, as we are a nut-aware camp), mosquito repellent, rain gear, and/or sunscreen (weather dependent), Small backpack to hold all belongings, appropriate footwear for cycling, and comfortable clothes for a day of physical activity All-day campers also need to bring a lunch, extra snacks, and a change of clothes. Call customer service at (888) 886-6464 or check out for more information.

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Adventure Quest with Renaissance Adventures

Boulder, Denver & Online. Ages 6-17. Be the hero of a mythical quest in an incredibly fun, award-winning roleplaying summer camp! Participants enter magical lands where they work together to solve mysteries and riddles, overcome intriguing challenges, and battle foes in an effort to save the kingdom. Our live-action and tabletop role-playing (R PG) camps foster social emotional learning, teamwork and creative problem solving in a non- comp et it ive envi ron ment. We have a full weekly schedule for in-person and online camps this summer, as well as opportunities for CIT training, and look forward to seeing you there! Check out www. Or, call (303) 786 -9216 or email info@ for more information. See ad.

Rocky Mountain Anglers Fly-Fishing Camp

Boulder. Ages 7+ and 9+. All-day Fly Fishing Camps for youngsters. Equipment provided for each young angler. Three-day sessions: Ages 7+, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, T/W/TH. Session I: June 1-3; Session II: June 15-17; Session IV: July 27-29. Four-Day Camps: Ages 9+ or experienced, 8 am to 4:30 pm, M-TH. Session III: July 1215; Session V: August 9-12. Fly Fishing Camp with emphasis on the “on the water” experience. Never more than four campers per counselor/instructor. Trips to private waters included. Fly fishing, fly tying, bug collecting, prizes, FUN!! All equipment is provided for each camper. Three-Day Camps $495; Four-Day Camps $650. Location: 1904 Arapahoe Avenue. Call us at (303) 4472400 for more details or to register. Email us at or check online at www.rockymtanglers. com for more information.

Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures

Boulder. Ages 7-17. M-F. Flexible schedule. SMBA has been creating champions on and off the bike through outdoor play, sk ill development, camaraderie, and fun in the Boulder County area for more than 25 years. Offering fun for all skill levels and mountain bike riding styles. Summer Camps include girls-only camps, junior camps, and explorer camps. Team programs include spring, summer and fall, after school and weekend programs, as well as, summer fulltime, part-time and adventure trip programs. For more information (303) 447-8014 or or call (303) 447-8014 or check online at for more information.


Niwot. Grades 1-7. M-F, Full days. Ci rcus a r t a nd su r v iva l sk i l ls. Children spend time in nature and bring stories to life through physical theater, art, animation, and puppetry. We adventure into the wild, practice aerial dance, juggling, acrobatics. We learn fire building, archery, plant identification and more! Located on BVWS campus, 38 acres of open space and forest for games and exploring. Field trips will be limited this year for the health and safety of campers and staff. Our instructors are experienced educators, engineers, and professional a r t ist s. C he ck us out at w w w. or call (603) 770-3358 for more information.

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Sunflower Preschool Summer Camp


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Boulder. Ages 21/2-6. Day camp. M-F. 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. Contact Marisa Ellman at (303) 494-2012 or email sunflowerpreschoolboulder@ or check online at www. for more information. See ad.

Thorne Nature Experience Summer Camp

Boulder & Lafayette. SOLD-OUT. Ages 3-15. Day camp. Spend the summer catching frogs, getting muddy, practicing outdoor skills, and exploring Colorado’s wild places with Thorne Summer Camp! Our new two-week model with reduced group sizes allows us to keep everyone healthy and safe —and to provide incredibly rich and joyful hands-on nature experiences where campers build deep relationships with the outdoors, fellow campers, and staff! For more information about Thorne summer camps please visit See ad.

Tinker Art Studio

TLC Learning Center

Small Group Pottery Camp

Boulder. Ages 6-16. June to August. 9 am to 12 pm, 1 to 4 pm. Small Group Pottery Camps at Studio Arts Boulder are packed with fun and safe social distancing. Campers of all skill-levels will learn new techniques and have lots of time to create. $195-$240. T-shirts will be provided but plan to get messy! Call (720) 379-6033 or check out for more information.

Sunflower Farm Preschool & School-Age Summer Camps

Longmont. 10-week preschool summer program session from 6/1-8/6, halfday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and full-day from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Choose from 2-, 3-, or 5-days or just-Friday options available. School-age summer camp, for ages 5-10, runs from 6/18/6, M-F. 9 am to 1 pm, or full-day from 9 am to 3 pm. These camps are designed to give each child a sense of rural, farm lifestyle. All campers will be divided into groups based on age and friend request. Outdoor activities include feeding and care of animals, gardening, art, and just old-fashioned play such as climbing hay bales, slackline, an old airplane and so much more! $325 for weekly half days, $425 for full days. Call (303) 774-8001 or email sunf or check for more information.

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Longmont. Ages 8 weeks-6 years. Preschool and early child care. TLC Learning Center (formerly Tiny Tim) M-F. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Colorado Sh i nes L evel 4 P rog ra m Rated. Preparing children for success by supporting the individual child has been our focus for over sixty years. Our Longmont center offers highquality infant, toddler, and preschool educational and pediatric therapy ser vices in a yea r-round setting to successfully prepare children for academic and life success. Location: 611 Korte Parkway, 80501. Call Lisa Stratton at (303) 776-7417 or check out for more information. See ad.

Boulder. Ages 3.5-16. Day camps. M-F. Half-day. 9 am to 12 pm or 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1 to 4 pm or 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Join us this summer and get some time out of the house! With camps in a variety of themes, including Sewing Softies, Clay Camp, Independent Artists, and more, we have great options for all artists! Every day includes an art lesson, open art exploration, movement and time outdoors—led by experienced teachers. Celebrating our 10th year of summer camps in our convenient South Boulder location. See you in the studio! Location: 693 S. Broadway, Suite B, 80305. Please visit www. to view all of our summer camp offerings and to register online or email tinker@tinkerartstudio. com or call (303) 503-1902 for more information.

BOULDER COUNTY KIDS CAMPS Studio Pottery Arts Boulder Camps Mornings & Afternoons Hand-building


Monday - Friday June 7 - August 13 Ages: 6 - 16 | (720) 379-6033

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BOULDER COUNTY KIDS CAMPS Triple Creek Ranch Horsemanship Camps

Longmont. SOLD - OUT. Waitlist available Day Camp. Ages 5.5-12. M-Th. 9 am to 2 pm. Horsemanship Camp: June 14-17, June 21-24, July 12-15, July 26-29, August 9-12. TCR has been teaching children how to ride and horse education in Boulder County for 30 years! Your horse-crazy child will experience all the different fun activities in our intro to horses summer camp. Western and English riding. Full days of riding horses, grooming, vet care, farrier, feeding, chores and more! Every year we offer different things in our camps so they are never the same year to year for our campers. We always have those campers that keep coming back! Thursday is game day for the parents/family to come watch campers ride! So much to learn about horses! Cost: $500, deposit $200. Location: 4255 Nelson Rd., 80503. Contact Triple Creek Ranch at (303) 444-4291 or please check us out online at for bookings. TCR camps fill quickly! See ad.

Wild Bear Nature Center

Nederland. Ages 3-12. June 7-August 12. M-Th. 8 am to 4 pm. Join Wild Bea r Nat u re Center in the cool mountain air this summer! Hike the mountain forests, play in the woods, discover the mountain water creatures, create art to take home and more! For ages 5-12, choose any combo of Mon/Tues, Wed/Thurs, or all four days for each two-week session or all summer long. Shuttle service from/ to Boulder available. $70/day, $20/ day Bear Cubs. Transportation: Yes. Appropriate outdoor clothing, lunch & snacks, water, and program-specific gear needed. Call (303) 258-0495 or email and check online at for more information.


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Triple Creek Ranch Serving Boulder County for 30 Years!

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Alaya Preschool—Boulder 3340 19th Street (303) 449-5248 Contact : Steve or Juliet Ages: 2 1/2 yrs - Pre-K Licensed Year-round w/camp Days: M-F. Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Part-time and full-time. A division of Naropa University emphasizing creative arts, social play, exploration, and self-discovery. Alaya is a place where children unfold. They learn about themselves, about friendships, and about their world. Monthly open houses. Check our website, the BCK calendar, or sign-up online to RSVP for tour dates. W: E:

Blossom-French-Bilingual Preschool—Boulder 4700 Sioux Drive (303) 819-4084 Contact – Marie-Pierre Nicoletti Ages: 2-5 Blossom Bilingual Preschool is a member of WECAN, CAEYC and CAFCC. We are a FARM to ECE preschool and the recipient of a 2020 Grant from Early Childhood Council of Boulder County (ECCBC). Year Round Hours and Days: 8 am to 5 pm. M- F Description: Blossom French Bilingual Preschool is a Waldorfinspired, play- and nature-based Licensed Large Home Child Care in operation since Fall 2015. We follow a Waldorf curriculum all year round and French language is integrated into our daily rhythm and circle/songs. We create a nurturing and supportive environment, empowering children to explore and expand during their early years. We celebrate U.S. and French festivals and holidays. We host a mixed-age classroom of 12 children per day in a beautiful Waldorf-inspired classroom environment. At Blossom, we celebrate diversity and we welcome families with children ages 2 to 5 years old. W: E:

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Boulder County Head Start—Boulder/Lafayette Three locations (720) 564-2206 Contact - Enrollment Line Ages: 3 - 5 Licensed Late August – May Program Days: M-F (full-day). Boulder County Head Start (BCHS) is a comprehensive preschool program currently operating at three school locations in both Boulder and Lafayette. BCHS provides a high-quality early childhood experience that promotes school readiness for children with lowincome by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services including wrap-around support service to all families. We believe our job is to support families’ engagement in a child’s education and help families connect with the resources needed to succeed. CCAP Accepted, Se habla Español. Facebook: W: E:

Boulder Country Day School—Boulder 4820 Nautilus Ct. North (303) 527-4931 x 248 Contact: Susan Boyle Ages: 2 1/2 to 8th Grade. Licensed June – August/Camp Program Days: M-F. 3-day and 5-day options for Preschool. Hours: 8 am to 3 pm, middle school until 3:15 pm. Before- & after-school care and enrichment classes available. Accreditations: NAIS, ACIS, and Approved Middle Years International Baccalaureate School. At Boulder Country Day School, students love school. BCD is a top-rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and differentiated and engaging academics, our preschool, elementary and International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school, teachers seek to develop active learners who strive to be their best selves. Offering a well-rounded education in a community environment, BCD graduates are kind, empowered, well-rounded, resourceful, and academically prepared. W: E:


Community Montessori—Boulder 805 Gillaspsie Dr. (720) 562-3700 Contact: Shannon Minch Ages: 3-5 Montessori/Colorado State Certified August-May Hours and Days: 8 am to 2:30 pm. 5 days a week Our Children’s House program for students ages 3-6, offers development in all areas of Montessori pedagogy including language, math, sensorial, cultural, science, practical life, and grace and courtesy. T ​ he Montessori classroom is a children’s house. Children choose their activities from materials displayed on open shelves. The classroom materials are divided into five specific content areas. Through repeated work with materials that capture the child’s attention, they develop the capacity for concentration, order, coordination, and independence. A self-disciplined, orderly, and focused community gradually develops. W:

In your home (303) 956-6189 Contact : Jennifer Rodehaver Ages: 3 months to teens. Year-round Program Days: up to 45 flexible hours of affordable childcare per week including weekends and holidays. Government sponsored cultural exchange program. Affordable, flexible childcare with the added element of a cultural exchange. International students ages 18 - 26 stay in your home as a part of your family. Most have a drivers license and are skilled swimmers. Au Pairs have childcare experience and are eager to bond with you and your children. These relationships can last for years beyond the program dates and bring depth to your child’s experience of the world. E: W:

Dream Makers Preschool—Boulder Ages: 2-6 yrs ( 720) 274-0101 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F. Hours: 9 am to 1 pm, with optional extended day program until 3:15 pm. The enriched learning environment at the enchanting Dream Makers cottage located beside Boulder Creek 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 Tuesdays and 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 - 8 yrs. Maximum enrollment of 15 children. Ratio 1:5. W:

Fairy Ring Garden—Longmont 9147 Fleetwood Ave. (303) 507-7331 Contact: Ginger Johnson, M.Ed. Ages: 1-5 years Licensed. Lifeways (Waldorf) Certified. Year-round Hours and Days: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Full-days and part-time. M-F A small, play-based, outdoor-oriented home school for children ages one to five in North Longmont. We see every child as unique and beautiful with unlimited potential. They are seeds to be nurtured with love, guidance, and grace so that they might blossom into the fullest expression of who they are meant to be. Outdoor learning with gardening and farm animals. Master’s degree teachers. Chemical free, eco-friendly environment. Waldorf/Lifeways curriculum. Organic, all natural foods, many taken from our own garden. Natural, wood and sustainable toys. Non-profit school welcoming of diverse families, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or gender orientation. CCAP families welcome! W: E:

Flagstaff Academy Preschool—Longmont 2040 Miller Drive (303) 651-7900 Contact: Patty Quinn Ages: 3 - 5 Licensed - Colorado Shines Level 5 August - May Program Days and Hours: M-F, 8:30 to 11:20 am & 12:20 to 3:10 pm. Learning is fun for students and teachers at Flagstaff Academy’s preschool. Spanish, Music, Nutrition, Gardening, and Wellness are taught in pre-K classes. Students meet new friends as they are given ample opportunities to practice their social skills and build selfesteem. W: E:

Friends School—Boulder 5465 Pennsylvania (303) 499-1999 Contact: Melanie Leggett Ages: 3 - 5 yrs Licensed & Accredited August - May/Summer Camp Days and Hours: Full-day: 9 am to 3 pm M-Th; 9 am to 1 pm F; Halfday: 9 am to 12 pm M-F. Preschool/Pre-K 3-5 year olds. Full- and half-day programs M-F. A supportive community, committed to educating the whole child—head, hand, and heart. Outdoor classrooms connected to nature encourage learning through play and exploration with a focus on relationships, communication, art, nature immersion, and a foundation for pre-academic skills. Small classes, low student/teacher ratios, wide variety of high-quality materials and experiences. Specials including music, and PE. Award-winning, master-level teachers with over 20 years of experience in each classroom. Personalized Affordable Tuition. ACIS accredited, NAIS member. W: E:

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Lavender Hill Preschool—Longmont 2115 Mallard Pl (720) 438-8747 Contact: Kai Miller Ages: 2-6 years Licensed September - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. M-F. Lavender Hill is a Waldorf-Inspired Preschool/Kindergarten. We emphasize imaginative play, art and creative activities, music, storytelling, nature and seasonal festivals. W: E:

Montessori Academy—Lafayette 801 N 111th Street (303) 926-8321 Contact: Beth Weekley Ages: 1-6 years Licensed August - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 3 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 and Spanish offered after the pandemic. Multiple Covid-safety precautions. See our Facebook page for a short virtual tour! Please call if you would like more information or to enroll. Facebook: W: E:

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School—Boulder 4154 63rd Street (303) 530-5353 Contact: Ciara Wentworth, Director of Admissions Ages: 12 months through 6th grade Toddler/Primary/Elementary Internationally Accredited and State Licensed Program Days: M-F. Toddler/Primary: 9-month and 12-month programs, Elementary: 9-month program Hours: 8 am to 3 pm (extended hours available before and after school) ONGOING ENROLLMENT openings for this year.... At Mountain Shadows, art, science, field-trips, math, gardening, drama, writing, and music are all woven into a student’s day. Our dedicated, highly experienced Montessori teachers create a learning environment where each child can develop a love of learning while becoming capable, compassionate, and contributing members of society. Mixed-age level classes afford the children an opportunity to learn from one another, grapple with challenging problems in a safe and caring environment, and become their best selves in a beautiful rural setting minutes from Boulder. Please visit our website to arrange a personal tour of our campus. W: E:

Off Broadway Preschool of Fine Arts—Boulder 1235 Pine Street (303) 800-0324 Contact - Emily Ages: 3-5 years Year-round Program Days: M-F. Full- or half-days from 8:30 am to 12:30 or 3:30 pm. Extended care 8 am to 5:30 pm. At Off Broadway Preschool, we aim to inspire curiosity, creativity, and compassion in children and families through the arts. Our daily schedule balances child-directed play experiences with structured group classes in music, yoga, visual art, and integrated arts. We employ professional educators to guide children through the school day, and keep low teacher to student ratios (1:5) to ensure that children and families are given personalized attention. Meals are prepared in-house using high quality organic ingredients. Our recently updated facility is conveniently located in downtown Boulder which allows us to take walking field trips to the Farmers Market, library and Museum of Boulder. Adjustments have been made to the facility and daily program to adhere to state, city and Early Childhood Council COVID-19 guidelines. W: E:


Sunflower Farm SproutHouse Farm Preschool–Longmont 11150 Prospect Rd (303) 774-8001 Contact: Liz Napp Ages: 3-6 State licensed Year-round Hours and Days: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:30 to 4 pm, or full-day options. M-F. For sixteen years, Sunflower Farm’s SproutHouse Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten program has provided a quality early childhood, farm-based, education. This licensed program is child-directed and based on experiential learning. Our teachers focus on developing relationships with others and the world around us. Curiosity, creativity and compassion are everyday concepts along this journey. Daily schedule includes hands on animal time, free play, gardening and nature, reading and writing together, art, music, movement, science and math concepts—all as it pertains to the outdoors. Open houses available monthly. Please visit our website for details. W:

Sunflower Preschool—Boulder 3340 Dartmouth (303) 494-2012 Contact: Marisa Ellman Ages: 21/2 - 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: Call for hours. 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: E:

Thorne Nature Preschool—Boulder/Lafayette 1466 N. 63rd Street (303) 499-3647 Contact: Mattie Schuler Ages: 3-6 years. Licensed September to May+Camp Hours: M-F. 9 am to 1 pm, 2-/3-/5-day options, extended care available. Thorne Nature Preschool is built on the simple belief that kids grow better in nature. Our preschool offers a unique early childhood education experience where young children go to learn, grow, and reach their full potential through daily immersion in nature with caring, attentive mentors. With dual goals of nature connection and fostering the development of the whole-child, Thorne Nature Preschool prepares young children to succeed in school and in life. W:

TLC Learning Center—Longmont 611 Korte Pkwy. (303) 776-7417 Contact: Lisa Stratton Ages: 8 weeks-6 years. Colorado Shines Level-4 rating. Year-round Hours: M-F, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Half- and full-day options available. High-quality early education and child care that prepares children for lifelong success by nurturing the individual learning styles of all children. W: E:

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:

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Boulder Country Day School—Boulder 4820 Nautilus Ct. North (303) 527-4931 x 248 Contact: Susan Boyle Ages: Preschool (starting at 2.5 years old) - 8th Grade Licensed June – August/Camp Program Days: M-F. Hours: 8 am to 3 pm, middle school until 3:15 pm. Before- & after-school care and enrichment classes available. Accreditations: NAIS, ACIS, and Approved Middle Years International Baccalaureate School. At Boulder Country Day School, students love school. BCD is a toprated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, and differentiated and engaging academics, our preschool, elementary and International Baccalaureate (IB) middle school teachers seek to develop active learners who strive to be their best selves. Offering a well-rounded education in a community environment, BCD graduates are kind, empowered, well-rounded, resourceful, and academically prepared. W: E:

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 3:30 pm, plus free afterschool care. Boulder County region’s leading independent, college-preparatory school, Dawson offers challenging academics, robust arts and athletics programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education. The school is committed to the development of character, emphasizing respect, compassion, courage, and integrity, and to the social-emotional well-being of our community. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world. Academic excellence, individual attention. Student/teacher ratio of 7/1; daily enrichment (art, music, PE, technology, language, library). Renowned outdoor and experiential learning. After-school care and daily hot lunch no charge. Celebrating 50 years! W: E:

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Schools Friends School—Boulder South Campus: 5465 Pennsylvania (Preschool and Elementary), North Campus: 3800 Kalmia Ave. (Middle School/Teacher Prep Program) (303) 499-1999 Contact: Melanie Leggett Ages: Preschool-8th Grade Licensed/Accredited August-May/Camp Program Days: M-F. Hours: Elementary 8:30 am to 3:15 pm, Middle School 8:45-3:45 pm. Virtual AfterCare and enrichment classes. A supportive community committed to educating the whole child—head, hand, and heart. Social-emotional curriculum catered to each individual grade level. Experiential and integrated curriculum, emphasizing academics, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and social responsibility. Exceptional specials including art, music, Spanish, library, technology, and PE programs. Small classes, low student/teacher ratios. Personalized Affordable Tuition. ACIS accredited, NAIS member. W: E:

Mackintosh Academy—Boulder 6717 South Boulder Road (303) 554-2011 Contact: Jenny Strode Ages: K-8th Grade For over 40 years Mackintosh Academy has been pioneering next generation gifted education. Mackintosh Academy nurtures the keen minds and compassionate hearts of gifted and creative students in a caring community of learners so that they contribute to a world that needs them. Authorized IB World School, social-emotional learning, gifted and creative students, design/innovation, service & global action, $23,140 (LS) and $23,830 (MS) with tuition assistance available. Maximum 12:1 student to teacher ratio. W: E:





Mountain Shadows Montessori School—Boulder 4154 63rd Street (303) 530-5353 Contact: Ciara Wentworth, Director of Admissions Ages: 12 months through 6th grade Toddler/Primary/Elementary Internationally Accredited and State Licensed Program Days: M-F. Toddler/Primary: 9-month and 12-month programs, Elementary: 9-month program. Hours: 8 am to 3 pm (extended hours available before and after school) ONGOING ENROLLMENT openings for this year.... At Mountain Shadows, art, science, field-trips, math, gardening, drama, writing, and music are all woven into a student’s day. Our dedicated, highly experienced Montessori teachers create a learning environment where each child can develop a love of learning while becoming capable, compassionate, and contributing members of society. Mixed-age level classes afford the children an opportunity to learn from one another, grapple with challenging problems in a safe and caring environment, and become their best selves in a beautiful rural setting minutes from Boulder. Please visit our website to arrange a personal tour of our campus. W: E:

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Boulder Birthday Party at Thorne Nature Experience

ABC Birthday Parties Ages: 3 - 18 1960 32nd Street Celebrate your climber’s birthday with a Private Lesson or small-group Open Gym! Lessons or Open Gym may include bouldering, top roping, games, and more! Hours: Monday-Sunday. Call to make a reservation. Contact: Staff 303-443-5437

Ages: 3-10 Sombrero Marsh, 1466 N. 63rd St. In response to COVID-19 Thorne has shifted all programs and events to meet the emergent needs of families in our community. We are sorry that we are not able to offer birthday parties at this time. Please follow Thorne on Facebook and Instagram for news and check our website for updates in summer/fall 2021. Birthday parties include two hours of hands-on activities and nature exploration led by one of Thorne’s experienced environmental educators, with an additional 30 minutes to enjoy cake and refreshments. 1-12 children or 12-24 children. Contact: Maggie at 303-499-3647. ThorneNatureExperience

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BIRTHDAY QUESTS WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Ages: 6-17 Renaissance Adventures offers unforgettable birthday parties in-person and online throughout the year. Children and teens play unique characters in mythical quests & tabletop roleplaying games, solve riddles on an enthralling treasure hunt, or swashbuckle with safe (foam) swords in non-competitive sword games. All activities are designed for empowerment and teamwork. Choose one of our unique story-based adventures, or customize your theme for an unforgettable good time. Learn more on our webiste.



Available outside of Carousel business hours, with advanced reservation. Contact: Staff 303-258-3457


Birthday Party at The Carousel of Happiness Ages: all Celebrate your birthday at the Carousel of Happiness! Due to the pandemic, parties are limited to availability outside of normal business hours and no more than small groups of up to 9 riders. The upstairs area and party room are currently closed, but you are welcome to use the picnic tables located outside the Carousel for your party food and drinks. Please keep in mind masks are required for all riders ages 3 and up in accordance with health and safety guidelines. Fees: $75 per hour (includes unlimited rides for up to 9 people) Call for more details and a party planning consultation! Entire Carousel:


Wearing masks at the Carousel can still be fun!


Valentine’s Day

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. It originated as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world. It also happens to be the publisher’s birthday. Happy Birthday to Jennifer Martin. She turns 62 years old! Spring 2021 • Page 67


After-School Programs Adventure ADVENTURE QUEST WITH RENAISSANCE ADVENTURES Boulder/Denver/Online

Ages 7-17 Outdoor (LARP) and online role-playing (RPG) adventures where everyone gets to be a hero! Children and teens choose to play an archetypal character with special powers in a mythical quest. Create your own small group for our Home Quest program, or join us for Weekly Enrichment Classes while school is in session. These Award-winning experiential education programs foster empowerment, imagination, social-emotional learning, and team building skills as participants try on new perspectives, exercise discernment, and decipher riddles in small groups with a common goal. Learn more on our website. P: (303) 786-9216

Arts & Science


smart with classes in video production, music, cooking, engaging science, LEGOS™, sports, and Spanish. Classes meet at BVSD schools and other locations in Boulder County and are open to BVSD and non-BVSD kids. Please visit our website for complete class listings. Registration is available online or by phone. Program Days: M-Sat. C: Lifelong Learning P: 720-561-5968

“ To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage. “


Georgia O’Keeffe



Ages: All 693B S Broadway Street We’ve heard over and over that our small-group in-person art classes for elementary, middle, and high school students have been the highlight of their week. Join us for a semester of art making and community. Rather make art at home? Our online Shop is packed full of awesome art kits & materials. Art kits are perfect for parties, snowy weekends, or gifts + you’ll be shopping small and supporting local when it’s more important than ever. M-F, Daytime and afterschool programs available. C: Staff P: 303-503-1902

Grades K-5 Offering high-quality enrichment classes after school and on no-school days. Let your kids get creative, get active and get

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“ Be yourself; everyone else is taken.” Oscar Wilde

Ages: All 1960 32nd Street ABC Kids Climbing offers classes, teams, clubs, open gyms, private lessons, indoor and outdoor camps for climbers of all ages and abilities. Our programs thoughtfully designed by experienced climbers. Hours: M-Sun. Hours varied. C: Staff P: (303) 443-5437


After-School Programs Music PARLANDO School of Musical Arts MUSIC TOGETHER® MOUNTAIN SONG MUSIC STUDIO, INC.


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 P: 720-295-5647

Ages: Birth and up Offering the Music Together ® Program (0-4) and Private Piano Lessons for Children (5 and up). Music Together outdoors or online for spring/summer/fall. Interactive music and movement classes for children and caregivers which plant the important seeds for musical development. Siblings free for online classes; reduced sibling tuition for outdoor. Private Piano Lessons on Zoom during COVID. Have fun learning note reading, improvisation, playing piano by ear in a supportive environment. Jane Smolens, Director, is an experienced music educator since 1986. Contact her for free trial class/ lesson. C: Jane Smolens, M.Ed P: 303-413-1120


Ages: Birth to age 6 Online classes available. C: Alexandra Fischer/Jodi Parker P: 720-773-0742

MUSIC TOGETHER® Northeast Boulder

Ages: Birth to age 8. Boulder’s premier early childhood music & movement program. Celebrating over 20 years! Offering family classes and babies-only music classes. Music enrichment through intimate experiential classes. Learn how to support your child’s musical growth in a rich, fun, nurturing environment. FREE demo classes offered. Offering outdoor, pod and online classes Hours: Call for times and days. Offering outdoor, pod and online classes. C: Laura Nordson/Jane Roche P: 720-440-2775


Ages: All 2590 Walnut St. (Dairy Center) Parlando School of Musical Arts offers private instruction, group classes and ensembles for students of all ages and abilities, on all musical instruments and in voice/singing, acting and musical theater. Our faculty of 50 of the region’s best teachers provide instruction to more than 700 students each week. More than two-thirds of our faculty have advanced degrees in music. NOTE: During the ongoing pandemic almost all of our lessons/classes are ONLINE. C: Staff P: 303-442-0006

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After-School Programs Music Cont’d

Music Sports and more!



Ages: All 1128 Pine Street Rocky Ridge Music Academy offers individual and group lessons, giving students of all ages and levels a variety of opportunities to work with exceptional artists, teachers, and colleagues within the vibrant NoBo Arts District. Rocky Ridge has been providing transformative music education since 1942. In addition to instruction on all orchestral instruments, we offer lessons in voice, composition & theory, and traditional & folk music from all over the world. Hours: 30-, 45- and 60-minute lessons available 7 days a week. C: Megan Quilliam P: 303-449-1106


Ages: 6 months to 10 years Integrative programming for all! Classes include Biology•Art• Music•Movement; Spanish• Art•Music•Movement; Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Rhythmic Solfege. Community Events with Moxie Bread Co. Partnerships with Reel Kids, Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, Louisville Recreation Center, Rocky Ridge Music and The Dalcroze School of the Rockies. C: Emma Shubin P: 720-577-5441

Ages: 5-18 3240 Prairie Avenue Kids love climbing! It’s a healthy way to stay active and make friends. The Spot Youth Program offers your child an encouraging environment to learn and have fun. We also offer a FREE trial session, contact us to schedule yours! Hours: M-F: 4 to 8 pm. C: Head Coach P: (303) 379-8806


Ages: All Individual private lessons in flute, violin, and piano. Group Lessons: a) Intro to Music, 1 semester- explore flute, violin or piano, b) Penny Whistle Program—ideal class for ages 3 to 6. Fees: Pay by semester/session. Call for current class times. C: Sandy Burrell P: 303-652-3287

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Infant Aquatics with Briggs, at 8 months!


After-School Programs Swimming

SWIM•FLOAT•SWIM! Home of Infant Aquatics Longmont

Ages: 2 mos through 5 yrs 795 S. Sherman Street WE ARE OPEN! At Swim•Float•Swim! Your child will learn to swim safely in weeks, not years. We have decades of experience teaching aquatic survival and swimming skills. Our aquatic academy features two 90-degree indoor pools with a UV water purification system which ensures the safest and most comfortable water experience. Stop by our child-friendly facility and discover the difference. Hours: M-Th: 7 am to 7 pm, F: 8 am to 1 pm. C: Judy Heumann P: 303-499-2229


5280 Synchro is a private, non-profit, artistic swimming team based in Boulder, offering recreational and competitive programs. Member of Rocky Mountain Synchronized Swimming

Association and USA Synchro. Competing in local, regional, and national competitions. Learn and practice artistic swimming skills, routines, maintaining strong commitments to teammates, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic in an atmosphere of dedication and fun. Sept.May (June for Junior Olympic athletes) at the DoSouth you have a bright child Boulder Recreation Center who is struggling with and CU Boulder pools. learning We warmly welcome new or focus? members to join us at any Is your child experiencing any or time throughout the season! all of the following: Visit our website for more • Behind in reading or math information. • Weak organizational skills • Difficulty paying attention in school LEARNING • Illegible writing or writing not at ability PATHWAYS • ADD/ADHD



Open the door to a permanent path 7 ofand learning Ages: upthat goes beyond tutoring or medication. We utilize the latest 1790 30th Street, #235 brain research in our individualized, one-on-one program. What, Is your child struggling See why thousands have succeeded--your child can too! I studied!

with reading, diagnosed with dyslexia, behind in math, LEARNING experiencing PATHWAYS PATHWAYS difficulty putting thoughts into words? BOULDER OFFICE - 303 303-499499-1941 We help where traditional tutoring can’t. Our multisensory methods get quick results that last a lifetime. An average student will achieve a 2-grade-level increase in just a few weeks of intensive instruction. Hours: M-F: 9 am to 6 pm C: Deborah Kratovil P: 303-499-1941 STUDY


Ages 6-17 Home Study Mentoring offers your student and/or pod more connection and motivation along with enlivening breaks outdoors. We provide home study and homeschooling activities in your yard and/ or home. What better way to motivate youth with their school work than to have our creative and professional staff coaching and encouraging them with their work, then rewarding them with outdoor questing and sword games with our safe foam boffers? Learn more on our website. P: (303) 786-9216



Ages 3-18. BackStory Theatre offers theatre education, exploration, and community performances including physicallydistanced in person, and virtual programs. Classes and audition-based performances available throughout the year for beginning to advanced students. Check our website for schedule and registration information. Schedules vary. C: Mary Wilkie P: 720-263-0836

BOULDER PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY Ages: 3-16 Join us for online and live distanced classes in musical theater, film and music lessons. Classes for everyone 6-16 yrs. Over 37 years teaching drama, dance, and music in Boulder. Our studio is about fun. We meet each student at their ability level to help them grow with self-confidence, creativity & friendship. Once-a-week classes, weekend workshops and holiday workshops. Sliding fees & scholarships. Please check our website for class times and days. Show themes change each semester. Join us for fun!!!! Spring shows “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Into the Woods”. C: Pollyanna Demitro P: 303-859-4195

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elcome to our Spring Calendar! We have a lot of great events that are on Zoom, YouTube and virtual formats for you. We did our best to update everything for you, but please do check online or call to make sure some of the events are still happening, or if dates have changed. There is a lot going on, so don’t miss out! Have a great spring!


Through March 1—Boulder Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020 through the Museum of Boulder. Check out for more information. Through March 23—Virtual Museum from Home open every day, for ages preschool through high school, all hours, located at 1030 Broadway, Boulder. New! Now you can explore the CU Museum from your computer, laptop or phone! Visit our Museum From Home page to download free bee identification guides, fact sheets, a nature bingo game, virtual experience in Paleontology Hall, plus nature-themed crafts to do with the family! New content is added weekly and many offerings are available in Spanish. Contact Suzanne Balog at (303) 492-6892 or check out cumuseum/museum-home for more information. First Tuesdays—Denver Target First Tuesday Nights from 4 to 8 pm, for all ages at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship to the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play FREE the first Tuesday of each month. 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 dropin program encourages children ages 2-5 to engage in creative, and sometimes messy, arts & crafts projects with their parents. Call (303) 651-8374 for more information. Saturdays—Broomfield The Broomfield Depot Museum, located at 2201 West 10th Avenue, open Saturdays from 12 to 3 pm. 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. 2nd/4th Saturday—Longmont Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience (SAE) 12 to 12:45 pm, for ages 5-8 and 1 to 2 pm, for ages 9-12, located at 667 4th Ave. Free with family membership. $10 drop-in. Your children will learn about contemporary art, create artwork and bring it home. Preregistration is encouraged. Call Mary Chapin Durling at (303) 6512787 or email info@firehouseart. org or check for more information. 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.


Through February 28—Boulder Winter Reading Challenge is still on through February 28th. Don’t forget to track your minutes reading! It’s not too late to join the fun, cozy up with books, and maybe win a great prize pack! Sign up on Beanstack to easily track your minutes and complete activities. Check out for more information or call (303) 441-3100 for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Browse and borrow children’s materials at Main Library. Limited weekend access to the Main Library children’s collection. Browse and borrow materials from

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your favorite children’s authors on Saturdays and Sundays. Building and room capacity limits will be in effect, and face coverings are required. Learn more about our onsite library hours and services and COVID-19 safety information. Weekly—Podcast Julie’s Library is a where books bring us together. Every week, Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton will settle into the reading nook for new story. Check it out at M/W/F—Virtual The Library may be closed due to COVID-19, but the storytime fun continues on the Library’s Facebook page or Twitter feed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday: La Biblioteca ofrece cuentos bilingües para niños mientras que esté cerrado. Virtual Bilingual Storytime, 11 to 11:30 am. Stories and songs in English and Spanish for children of all ages. Cuentos Bilingües Virtuales, de 11 a 11:30 am. Cuentos y canciones en inglés y español para niños de todas edades, en la página Facebook de la Biblioteca, en Twitter o el canal YouTube. Wednesday: The library offers storytime for babies and their caregivers each week. Virtual Baby Storytime, 11 to 11:20 am. An interactive storytime designed for infants to age 2 and their grownup. Enjoy 20 minutes of short stories, lots of songs, rhymes, bouncing, and fun for child and grownup to build language and pre-literacy skills! Friday: The library offers a storytime for kids 3 and older and their caregivers each week. Virtual Family Storytime, 11 to 11:30 am. A 30-minute Friday fun storytime designed for children of all ages and their grown ups. Lots of fun picture books will be shared along with movement. Age-appropriate stories and games to help your children become ready to read. Checkout for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Storytimes at the Main Library for ages birth to 36 months. Ageappropriate storytime posters will be posted by the doors to the Mt. Sanitas room by 9 am and direct patrons to take a token for each person in their group. Limit of 40 to each storytime. Times are: Lap Babies (birth to 15 months) on Tuesdays, at 9:15 am; Cruisers & Crawlers (15-24 months) on Wednesdays, at 9:15

am, Younger Toddler Time (2430 months) on Mondays, at 9:15 am; Older Toddler Time (30-36 months) on Thursdays, at 9:15 am. Contact or call (303) 441-3100 for more information. Ongoing—Boulder County/Denver Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Story Time for ages 1-6, located at 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, 14644 Orchard Pkwy #1000 in Westminster, and 8340 Northfield Blvd. in Denver. Weekly Story Time with a craft or activity for preschoolers. It’s Free and lots of fun. Check our website for times and directions. Call Lynne Milot at (303) 443-0780 or email lynne@ or you can check out for more information. 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 Every Sunday—Boulder Boulder Public Library Online Go Club for ages 5-16. Learn to play the ancient and mysterious board game known as Go. Call Melanie Howard at (303) 4413099 or please email howardm@ for more information or check out www.


February 23-May—Boulder The Center for Musical Arts starts their Winter and Spring classes for ages 0-High School. Check out their website for more information. February 1—Virtual Mindful Monday: Self Gratitude workshop. Virtual. Learn how to honor your relationship with yourself through a mindfulness activity. 2 to 3 pm. Registration required. February 4—Virtual German Cooking Session. Do you need a sweet note at the end of your week? Come join the German Club in a simple cooking session! We will make Kaisershmarrn, a popular egg dish in South Germany and Austria. For more information and zoom link, please contact

February 18—Online Chaos Coordinator: A Conversation about Surviving Motherhood in a Pandemic, from 2 to 3 pm, located at Online Zoom Event. Take a minute out of the chaos (or bring the chaos with you, we won’t judge) to have a laugh and connect with other moms who are making it through day by day, just like you. Register: Contact Christian at (720) 724-1392 or for more information. Weekly—Boulder Twirling Tech Goddess. Build STEAM skills with new videos weekly. Catch up on the newest video from the Twirling Tech Goddess each Friday. Watch and learn as she creates, dances, and twirls with tech while encouraging radical diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Offered by BLDG 61, Boulder Public Library’s makerspace, and the Boulder Library Foundation. 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 Tuesday, from 7 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. 2 Mondays a month—Lafayette MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Immaculate Conception Church, 715 Cabrini Drive. Includes food, craft, or activity, speakers with subjects relating to moms, and discussion time that deepens relationships with your group. Children are cared for in a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out immaculateconceptionchurchmops. com for more information. Every Wednesday—Virtual Finding Gratitude from 1:25 pm to 2:20 pm MST. At the end of each call participants talk about feeling uplifted. Have more energy and feel empowered to do the work you love to do to make this a world you want for current and future generations. Please email jessica@ saying you will be there. To attend the meeting, call (425) 436-6306 in the US. And when you are prompted for the meeting access code press: 845302#. After introductions, we will talk about the logistics of the call and behavioral norms to keep members of our community safe and comfortable. Then there will be a gratitude meditation. After the meditation, we will all have the opportunity to share about what brings us joy, a smile, delight and/


or gratitude. We will then close with parting thoughts. If you have questions, please feel free to call (303) 589-8420 before 5 pm on Tuesday. Jessica Dancingheart. Check out for more information.

1st and 3rd Wednesday—Erie MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9:15 to 11:30 am, beginning September, at 722 Austin Ave. 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 a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out org or or call (720) 771-8951 for more information. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays—Erie MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9 to 11 am, at 615 Evans St. 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 a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out www. for more information. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays—Erie MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9:15 to 11:30 am, September to May, at 615 Evans St. 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 a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out erie for more information. 2x month on Wed—Berthoud MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9 to 11 am, at 550 S McCaslin Blvd. 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 a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out for more information. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays—Niwot MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9 am to 11:15 am or from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at 9447 Niwot Rd. Includes food, craft, or activity, speakers with subjects relating to moms, and discussion time that deepens relationships with your group. Children are cared for in a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out RockyMOMSnext.wordpress. com or rockymomsnext or rockymops. for more information.

Every other Tuesday—Longmont MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 6:30 to 8 pm, or every Wednesday at 9:15 to 11:15 am, at Lifebridge Christian Church at 10345 Ute Hwy Room 121. Includes food, craft, or activity, speakers with subjects relating to moms, and discussion time that deepens relationships with your group. Children are cared for in a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out lbcc. org for more information. 1st and 3rd Thursdays—Longmont MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9 to 11:30 am, at 2101 Gay St. 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 a parallel program called MOPPETS. Check out wp for more information. 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-tomother 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) 314-8839, or Kate at (303) 473-9918. Tuesdays—Boulder FIRST LEGO® Robotics Workshops for ages 9-13, from 6:30-7:30 pm, located at George Reynolds Branch Boulder Public Library at 3595 Table Mesa Drive. For kids interested in all things STEAM, robotics, community service, public speaking and leadership. Weekly workshop will support robotics 4-H project and help students prepare for membership on FIRST LEGO® team attending tournament. Please email for more information. Contact Candice Brown at (720) 938-0307 or steam.4h. or www. for more information. 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-tomother support, encouragement, information, and education. Babies and children welcome! Call Amanda at (303) 772-9312 or check out for more info. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays—Boulder Renaissance Adventures Drop-

in Hike using Pokemon GO App for ages 6 to adult, from 6:15 to 8:15 pm. Adventure League Go! is a safe and fun event for all ages oriented around hiking and interactive trainer challenges. Participants also engage in a variety of live-action role playing challenges, such as beanbag games of agility, performances and social encounters, and a costume contest. Call (303) 786-9216 to pre-register or please check us out online at for more 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. 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. Tuesdays–Boulder Teen Girl Yoga for ages 13 to 16, from 4:30 to 5:25, located at 1676 30th Street. A safe place for teen girls to reconnect to their inner wisdom and knowledge, through mindful breath and yoga. Contact Teri Jacobson, MA CYI at (303) 588-4092 or boulderyogakids14@ or check out their Facebook page at Boulder Yoga Kids for more information. Thursdays—Boulder Beyond MOPS...the next step. Join us for SAMS (School-Age Moms). New group for mothers of school-age 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. Saturdays—Boulder Teen Art Therapy Groups, for ages 13-17, from 12 to 2 pm, located at 5378 Sterling Drive,

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Studio 6. Express Yourself! No art experience necessary. Teens can make a mess and get real together about issues that concern them. Contact Catherine M. Houston, LPC at (720) 628-0158 or catherine@catherinemhoustonlpc. com or check us out online at www. for more information. Every Wednesday–Online 50 Minute Wednesday Community Gratitude Call for ages 8 to adult, from 1:30 to 2:20 pm, by phone: In the US, dial (425) 436-6306 and use access code 845302. Outside the US, go to FreeConferenceCall. com. Exercise your spirit like you exercise your body for what promises to be a great emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and physical health boost. Join Jessica Dancingheart by phone, as she leads you in a gratitude meditation followed by time to talk about what brings you happiness. Jessica will lead the group in a different gratitude theme each week. Contact Jessica Dancingheart at (303) 589-8420 or or please check online at events/197919447941963 for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Pregnancy and parenting resources in Boulder County at Nurse-familyh partnership, teen pregancy support, special needs, fostering programs, health, childcare assistance, Boulder County Head Start and more. Check out their website for resource and ongoing programs. Ongoing—Boulder Wonder Wonder for all ages, located at 1685 29th Street, Suite 1268, open 7 days a week, is a new form of experiential entertainment that intends to bring out the weird, wild, and wonderful in ways you’ve never seen before. Our mission is to create an immersive one-of-a-kind experience that is as engaging as it is inspiring. Part art exhibit, part photography opportunity—each room is meant to tap into people’s creativity and curiosity while providing a welcoming environment for all experience-goers. Call (720) 429-1895 for hours and more information. Ongoing—Boulder Sunflower Kids Art Studio offers year-round classes for ages 3.5 to 15, at 6545 Gunpark Dr. #200. Call Lika Gitis at (720) 939-7545 or email or visit us at Ongoing—Boulder/Longmont Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)subsidized child care for children 0-12. Apply for our CCAP wait list. Application on our website


www.bouldercountychildcare. org and clock on forms for the CCAP application. Must be county resident, income and activity requirements. Other requirements apply. For more information check out

Ongoing—Countywide Boulder County Healthy Kids and Adults! helps families and individuals enroll in Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Medicaid and CHP+ are free and low-cost public health insurance plans that provide dental, medical, prescription and vision benefits. There are no monthly premiums and co-pays range from $0 to $50 depending on family income. Healthy Kids and Adults! can also connect families to Connect for Health Colorado, a new health insurance marketplace where people can shop for health insurance and access tax credits to reduce monthly health insurance premiums. For more information, call (720) 515-1454. 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 to discover the difference. Contact Judy Heumann at (303) 499-2229 or email 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 email for more information. Ongoing–Boulder Mountain Song Music Studio, Inc., offering FREE DEMO CLASS/ TRIAL LESSON for the Music Together® Program (birth-5 years). Online for winter; outdoor for spring/summer/fall. Private piano lessons (5 years and up). Online during COVID (in-person when safe). Contact Jane Smolens, director at (303) 413-1120 or jsmolens@ or please do check online at for more information. Ongoing—Boulder School Day Off Workshops. These 3-hour workshops are great for the days the kids have off of school! We try to follow the BVSD calendar. These classes are great one day commitments that get the kids out

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of your house and into our kitchen! *Ages 5 and up, virtual can be any age. Please contact us if you have questions about what class would best suit your kids’ age and ability *We are not an allergen-free kitchen, yet we try our best to accommodate allergies, please contact us to discuss. Check out for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Online classes available in painting and drawing, paper and book arts, writing and visual journaling, and mixed media. Check out for more information. Ongoing—Virtual Join us as we bring the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre online. Below you will find original content from the Cottage and program partners, including: A free digital program from Open House New York and our first ever familyfriendly Puppet Slam. Full puppet shows from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Fun educational activities for kids to learn more about the Cottage and marionette puppetry. DIY Puppet tutorials using household objects. Crafty coloring pages courtesy of the Cottage. Although we usually offer our programs outdoors in parks, we are happy to also share our programming directly to you online, wherever you may be. Check out for more information. Ongoing—Virtual Broadway stars, historical women, and family-friendly showstoppers. Musical theatre writing team Bird & Mirabella present a musical podcast focused on key, decision-making moments in the lives of history’s greatest women. Through interactive storytelling and Broadwaystyle song, What Will She Do Next? keeps children searching for an answer, while ultimately learning a lesson in perseverance. Check out for more information. Ongoing—Virtual Check out Lincoln Park Zoo videos every week. See the animal, learn new things, see what cool things are going on in Chicago’s famous Lincoln Park Zoo. Check out www. for more information.


Through February 5—Virtual Flatirons Food Film FestivalVirtual Festival. Love food? Love film? 8 days of virtual fun! Watch films about chefs, Black American/ indigenous people’s food ways, food waste, and more. Events include a food trivia game night with prizes, free children’s puppetmaking class, and movie nights with takeout restaurant and meal kit

dinners from top Boulder/Denver restaurants. Check out for more information and tickets. Through May 1—Boulder Art in the Park Chautauqua. Stroll through an exhibit that features 15 bear cubs along with their mama! Kids of all ages will love playing the accompanying cell-phone scavenger hunt! See page 8 for a map. Call (303) 442-3282 or email for more information. February 1—Boulder Hansel and Gretel: An opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. Ongoing throughout February. The Eklund Opera Program brings the Brothers Grimm to Macky with Humperdinck’s decadent opera “Hansel and Gretel.” Indulge your imagination as you join two children venturing into the woods in search of something sweet to eat. With deliciously rich orchestration, simmering wit, and a sumptuous witch hiding out in a candy-coated cottage, this famous fairy tale is delightful at any age. Virtually stream this event at performance/11799/cu-opera/hansel-and-gretel Feb. to March 1—Everywhere Black History Month. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2021 theme, “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” explores the African diaspora, and the spread of Black families across the United States. February 1—USA National Freedom Day. Wright gathered national and local leaders together to write a bill declaring February 1 “National Freedom Day” and President Harry Truman signed the bill in 1948 making it official. February 2—Everywhere Groundhog Day. This curious holiday comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It’s so much more than a wacky weather prediction from a plump marmot! February 12—Everywhere Chinese New Year. Celebrations last up to 16 days, but only the first 7 days are considered a public holiday (February 11th–17th). Chinese New Year marks the transition between zodiac signs: 2021 is the year of the Ox. February 12—Virtual Celebrate Chinese New Year with a Virtual Dragon & Lion Parade at 6 pm Mountain Time. Watch our celebration with a spectacular performance with the Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy & International Lion Dance Martial Art Team.

Check out for more information. February 13—Boulder Boulder Philharmonic presents Mozart & Mendelssohn with Pianist Simone Dinnerstein. February 14—Everywhere Valentine’s Day. Snuggle up with the one you love. May still want to stay in rather than a romantic dinner but remember you can get food delivered! February 15—USA President’s Day. Presidents’ Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. February 16—USA Mardi Gras. February 17—Everywhere Ash Wednesday. Marks the beginning of Lent starting approximately 6 weeks of fasting and pennance. February 19—Online Finding Fun with the Family during a Safer-At-Home Winter, for all ages, from 1 to 2 pm,. Online Zoom event. Learn ways to entertain your family during COVID-19. Contact Christian at (720) 724-1392 or for more information. Feb. 23, 25, March 3—Boulder Friends School OPEN HOUSES for preschool through 8th grade, for parents. Middle School students welcome to attend middle school open house. Preschool (2/23, 1:45 pm). Elementary (3/3 5 pm), Middle School (2/25 5 pm), located at Virtual events. Please RSVP to admissions@friendsschoolboulder. org for link. Come see why our students LOVE school. Friends offers an exceptional education for students in preschool through 8th grade on two spacious campuses with lots of outdoor time. NEW for Fall 2021: Full-day preschool option! RSVP to admissions@ friendsschoolboulder Contact Melanie Leggett at (303) 499-1999 or or check out for more information. Weekly—Online Check out weekly concerts with the Boulder Philharmonic. Free concerts on FaceBook at #playhome,


March 1-31—Everywhere Women’s History Month. A celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annu-


ally. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

March 2—Everywhere Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Birthday). It celebrates both the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel and the National Education Association to endorse the importance of reading. A lesser-known fact about Dr. Seuss is that he created the word “nerd.” March 2—Everywhere Saint Patrick’s Day. Feast day (March 17) of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. March 14—Everywhere Pi Day. It is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant pi (π) and to eat lots of pie. ... It is celebrated in countries that follow the month/ day (m/dd) date format, because the digits in the date, March 14 or 3/14, are the first three digits of π (3.14). Pi Day was founded by Physicist Larry Shaw in 1988. March 14—USA/Canada Daylight Saving Day. Hawaii and Arizona do not observe DST. Arkansas, Nevada and Tennessee have also passed laws to ditch the time change, but they have not yet been enacted. The state of Massachusetts is considering ditching daylight saving time altogether for the Atlantic Standard Time, joining places like Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico the policy started in the early 1900s as a way to cut energy use.

JUST FOR FUN April—All month Poetry Month. National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives.

April 1—Everywhere April Fools’ Day. Many historians believe that this day can be traced directly to the Hilaria Festivals that were celebrated during the Vernal Equinox in Rome. However, since this festival occurred in March, many people believe that the earliest recording of this day came from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in 1392. In this edition is a story about a vain cock being tricked by a crafty fox on April 1st. Hence, spawning the practice of playing practical jokes on this day. April 2 , 3—Boulder Boulder Opera presents: Gato Con Botas (Puss in Boots), for ages 3 and up, at 6 pm, located at The Spark, at 4847 Pearl Street, Suite B4 . A perfect introduction to Opera with this beloved fairy tale. A take on the classic story of an ingenious and quick-witted feline with magical talents is sure to entertain the whole family. Can Puss win the princess’ hand for his master? Will he outwit the evil ogre? It will be a one hour performance, followed by a Q&A with the cast. Sung in Spanish with English subtitles. Contact Dianela Acosta at (646) 438-0110 or info@ or check out for more information. April 2—Everywhere Autism Awareness Day. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/ RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. April 4—Everywhere Easter. Easter and the many church holidays related to it—such as Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday—are called “moveable feasts,” because they do not fall on a fixed date on the Gregorian calendar, which follows the cycle of the Sun and the seasons. Instead, these days follow a lunisolar calendar, similar to Jewish holidays. April 22—The Planet Earth Day. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked!




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If you have a dated calendar event in May, June and July, please do let us know by April 10th. Onelisting-per-month limit on a spaceavailable basis, with nonprofit and free dated events prioritized. No camp programs for the summer calendar—see our camp directory. Please check out our website at, click on the calendar button and fill out the Calendar Submission Form. To be included in our email reminder list, please do email us at calendar@bouldercountykids. com with an Email 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 you are on our list.

April 30—USA Arbor Day. A special day that is set aside throughout the world to raise awareness of trees and the important role that they play in our environment. The day is celebrated on different dates around the world, depending on local seasons and temperature.

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