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Boulder County Kids Summer 2011

CAMP ISSUE! Volume XVII No. 2

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

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

Cover Story-Ethan Anderson............................. 5 Boulder Art Talk ..................................................... 6

Kids’ Planet.................................................... 8 How To Reconnect Children with Nature...... 10

Izzy’s Garden.......................................................... 14

U.S. Currency Trivia . ................ 16

Health care Directory.......................................... 17

Environmental Health Tips...................... 17

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

Protecting our Children........................................... 19 Take A Dose of Nature’s Medicine. ..................................... 20

Summer Fun and Keeping Kids Safe...... 22

What Do I Do Now, Romona?......................... 24

CAMP DIRECTORY....................... 26–35

When Current Events Are Frightening........... 36

Avery’s Avid Reader Corner.............. 37

Child Care/Preschool DIRECTORY....... 38–42 Private school DIRECTORY............................ 42–43

Birthday Party Directory...................................................44-45 AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS................................. 46–49

Summer Calendar of Events. ................................... 50–53 Editor in Chief - Jennifer Martin Cool Cover Art - Ethan Anderson Official Mascot - Luna Best in the World Printers - Longmont Daily Times-Call Distribution Gurus - CircServ To Perfection Editing & Proofing (really the gal is so good!) - Linda Carlson The Most Awesome Web Designer - Bolderwomen: www.bolderwomen.com

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BOULDER County Kids Photo courtesy of Raye Harris Photography Studio in Erie.

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ow, ten pages of camp programs this year. You have some great choices out there on how to spend your summer. We are all the luckiest people to be able to live in such a beautiful place with so many resources. Have a great summer and get outside and have a blast! Jennifer Martin and Luna

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ur cover artist is Ethan Anderson who is 8 years old and attends the 2nd grade at Broomfield A c a d e m y. H e has one younger brother, who is age 6 and a younger sister who is age 5. He likes math and art and plays golf at the Legacy Ridge course near his house. Ethan loves to listen to rock & roll. He must really like Harrison Ford, because his favorite movies are Star Wars and Indiana Jones. His television pick is Avitar, the animated series on Nickelodeon. If it is a night out on the town, he likes to go to Chipotle Restaurant, but if he is dining at home, he loves his mother’s scrambled eggs, and his father apparently makes really awesome tacos. Ethan’s favorite thing about summer is swimming, and since they have a neighborhood pool, he is planning on going a lot. This summer, he plans on going to academic camp at Broomfield Academy and may go the Germany as well. His dad works quite a bit in Germany and may take the family for a trip.

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Jennifer Martin, Publisher

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Boulder Art Talk Colorado Art and Music Festivals To Know About

First Friday Art Walk May 6, June 3, July 1 Denver-Santa Fe Drive

Greenhorn Valley Arts & The Front Range Birding Company Open House Littleton May 7

First Friday Art Walk May 6, June 3, July 1 Fort Collins-Old Town

Boulder Springfest May 14–15 1400 Pearl St Mall

First Friday Art Walk May 6, June 3, July 1 Louisville-Old Town

Strawberry Festival Antique Show May 14–15 Boulder County Fairgrounds Longmont

Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival May 6–8 Longmont Farmer’s Market Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair May 7 Boulder County Fairgrounds Boulder Farmer’s Market Fine Arts & Crafts Fair May 7 Central Park Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market May 7 46th & Tennyson Denver

ArtWalk Longmont May 20 & July 15 Main Street 6:30–9 pm Erie Town Fair May 21 Downtown Lyons Art Walk May 21–22 Tactile Art Challenge Show May 21–29 Louisville Center for the Arts Boulder Creek Festival May 28–30

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Art Market May 28–30 Bond Park Estes Park Federal Heights Day May 15 City Hall Downtown Denver Arts Festival May 27–30 Momentum: Images of Dance Photography Competition June 1 Avon Cherry Creek Arts Festival-Denver June 2–4 Chun Capitol Hill Peoples Fair Denver June 4–5 Colorado College Summer Music Festival Colorado Springs June 6–26 Music Festival Colorado City June 9–10 Breckenridge Festival of Film June 9–12 Shimmy 2B Free! June 9–12 Denver Viggio Theater Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series Thursdays June 9–Sept. 8 5:45–8:45 pm Niwot Bandstand

Whistle Stop Park Twenty-Ninth St. Live! Summer Concert Series June 11–Aug. 13, 6–9pm Boulder Jewish Festival June 12 Greeley Blues Fest June 10–11 Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 16–19 Country Jam USA Grand Junction June 23–26 Salida ArtWalk June 24–26 Historic Downtown Colorado Music Festival June 26–Aug 5th Boulder-Chautauqua Pikes Peak Arts Fest July 2–4 America the Beautiful Park-Colorado Springs Women’s Expo Loveland July 9–10 Larimer County Fair Grounds Women’s Expo Colorado Springs July 16–17 Event Center at Rustic Hills Open Arts Fest July 16–17, Pearl Street Mall Boulder Carbondale Mountain Fair July 29–31 Sopris Park


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BOULDER County Kids Kids’ Planet... with Thorne Ecological Institute Drawing by Kara Priest

Your Life Career

by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II

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o you know what we mean by “career?” It is usually what you do when you grow up to make a living, like being a doctor, teacher, engineer, plumber, electrician, fireman, policeman, or bus driver. You can see that there are many kinds of careers. I met an amazing woman at the World Wilderness Conference in Estes Park back in 1987. Her name was Anna Miller-Tiederman and she and her husband, had been good friends with a famous man named Buckminster Fuller, one of the great future thinkers. Anna was the founder of a nonprofit organization called the Lifecareer Foundation. She had spent many years as a high school counselor, but after meeting Fuller and thinking about her life’s work, she decided •

that her life was her career. So she started her foundation to spread the word. She told me that she was in her career at all times. She was in her career talking to me right then, and I was in my career talking to her. That made good sense to me. I used to meet students who were finishing college and were upset because they didn’t know what career to choose. Since meeting Anna, I tell these young people not to worry. Their life is their career. They usually say, “Wow! I never thought of it that way!” I explain to them that their life is a wonderful journey, so enjoy it. Don’t

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get “hung up” on what your job might be someday. What about your life? Do you ever dream that one day you might be a great teacher,

astronaut, doctor, artist, or president? Even at eight years old, I’ll bet you think about what you might grow up to be. It’s fun to dream about all the things you could do. That’s OK! It’s how you discover what your real interests are. It’s important to have interests and hobbies, and to develop talents. That’s how you “grow” as a person.

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But it’s most important to have dreams. For example, if one of your dreams is to be a great musician, you will take steps, little by little, in that direction. You will practice and get better and better at what you do. Know that your dreams take you in the direction that you want to go in your life. They are like your guide. They help you to work hard, stay focused, and learn as much as you can along the way. Remember that when you are born you are the only one of your kind in the world (unless you are an identical twin). Isn’t that amazing? No one else looks like you. That’s how your family and friends know that it’s you. As you live and grow, all the experiences you have are yours to keep in your own way. Nobody else has had the same exact experiences in the same order as you have. So each day of your life

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you become more and more unique and special. Pat yourself on the back and say, “I am special!� Isn’t that a good feeling? I’ve shared my philosophy with you and hope that it will be helpful. My advice to you is, “It’s your life; go for it!�

Dr. Thorne is founder and honorary president of Thorne Ecological Institute in Boulder, now in its 56th year connecting kids to nature! For more information about hands-on classes for children, please check www.thorne-eco.org or e-mail info@thorne-eco.org or call (303) 499-3647.

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How to reconnect children with nature by Simon Harrison

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he most effective path we have to support children in developing a deep and meaningful relationship with the Earth is the power of personal experience. This leads to something that no amount of legislation or money can bring—love. We love the things we have a relationship with, and the natural world is no different. Unfortunately, this connection does not just automatically appear because we wish it to, especially as we have neglected it for so long. The good news is, the Earth is always there, ready and waiting to share her secrets and

beauty with us. It doesn’t matter to the Earth how much money you have, the color of your skin, or where you come from. She is just waiting patiently until we make the choice to let that into our lives.

So how do we guide children back to experiencing a personal connection? There are a number of remarkably simple, yet powerful activities with which we can support children. These are two of the best!

The first is so easy that all you and your child have to do is sit still. Here’s how it can be a life changer. Choose somewhere in nature that is easily accessible to you on a daily basis, and where you and/or your child can sit. It could even be in your back yard, so long as you aren’t going to be distracted by modern society. Then, just sit back and watch the show that nature puts on. It’s important not to create expectations. Nature is not Hollywood! It’s far more spectacular than that, but if you go and sit in order to see the eight-point buck, or the

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and taste will change greatly depending on the weather, and the environment you are in. Now to your sense of touch. Find something that you can explore with your fingers. It could be the wet grass in the morning, or each other’s faces! Let your fingers explore, and see if you can build up a picture in your mind. Lastly, as you open your eyes, let them come to rest on something and imagine you are seeing it for the first time in your life. Don’t analyze it, just enjoy. Even just a few times a day, if only for thirty seconds, helps to bring about a huge change in the way we relate to nature. The quantity of time with these activities is not really important. The quality is. It’s especially important for the child to view the experience as positive. Setting time expectations is unlikely to help this. If it’s enjoyable, the child will want to repeat the activity tomorrow. Above all, both of these activities are intended to be fun! Turn them into games and play with them. All these personal experiences will soon add up to a deep, meaningful relationship with the Earth.

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Walnut helps people in making transitions. Cosmos help people to speak their truth. All of these flower essences are beneficial. Christina said, “A great way to become a believer is to use flower essences yourself or try them on a pet. Animals respond amazingly well to remedies.� Another vibrant herbalist I interviewed was Marisa Buchsbaum. She feels that flower essences help to restore emotions that might be out of balance. Marisa likes to suggest flower remedies to customers. She said, “My reliable flower essence is Rescue Remedy for times when life events become overwhelming and challenging. It can help ground a person to face a situation.� Rescue Remedy, also known as Five Flower Remedy, comes in the forms of a tincture, lotion, or a gummy. Flower essences are a great way to help acute physical and mental trama. The magical Brigitte Mars said, “Flower essences are made by soaking fresh flowers in spring water to capture the energy patterns of the flowers.� Together, we made a flower essence of violet, this helps with shyness. This herbalist also stated that flower essences are medicine for the emotional body. Overall flower remedies are an excellent way for people and animals to heal from emotional discomfort. They also support people in finding a better balance within them. Life can be hard, but it always moves on. The earth provides us with natural medicines that help us with our healing.


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reenback. The term greenback came from non-interestbearing notes called Demand Notes, issued by the U.S. in 1861. These notes, with their green backs, were used to finance the Civil War. Washington As Popular As Ever—Think the $1 bill is insignificant? Think again. One dollar bills account for 45% of all notes printed, making the $1 bill the most commonly printed. Domestic vs. International—The U.S. dollar is popular around the globe. In the U.S., the $1 and $20 bills are the most common. Around the globe, the $100 bill is the most common. First Lady Martha Washington has the distinction of being the only woman whose portrait has ever graced U.S. currency. Martha made an appearance on $1 Silver Certificates in 1886, 1891, and 1896. Major Case of Writer’s Cramp—In 1861, when the U.S. issued its first major issue of paper currency, each

note had to be signed by hand by representatives of the Register of the Treasury of the Treasurer. One year later, new legislation allowed the signature to be engraved and printed right on the currency. The Weight of the Bill— Every note, regardless of value, weighs 1 gram. That means 454 bills will equal one pound. Say, “No” to Recall— Every piece of U.S. paper currency ever issued since 1861 is valid and legal tender. The U.S. has never devalued or recalled currency.

Till Death Do Us Print— The U.S. has not changed the historic figures on paper currency since 1929. Should a vacancy open, deceased applicants need only apply. U.S. law, passed in 1866, prohibits portraits of any living person on currency. Talk About Circulation —The government prints roughly 8 billion notes each and every year, enough to stretch around the equator... 30 times. Now For Some Perspective —If you could stack 14.5 million dollars, in $1 notes, that pile of currency would reach a mile high. Sky High—The Federal Budget Deficit for 2005 of $521 billion is enough to build a stack of $1 bills stretching for 35,931 miles high. Biggest Bang for the Buck—The highest value paper currency was the $100,000 Gold Certificate. Issued in 1934, these notes

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The days are getting longer, land is beginning to warm up in the Rockies, snow has turned to rain, birds are singing at dawn and life is good! Right! What about those irritating, flu like symptoms: sneezing upon waking up, an itchy runny nose, headaches, scratchy eyes and fatigue. It’s the start of spring allergy season. Both of my parents have a history of allergies, making my predisposition to spring allergies 67% and my daughter’s 33%. We both suffer in the spring. Finding a way to reduce allergy symptoms in the spring has been a dinnertime top for as long as I can remember. What I give to you is “expert advice” from a lifetime of Spring and Pollen.

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eather Berkower and Sandy Wurtele have published a new book, Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse. This book helps makes it easy for you to talk with kids about body safety and screen caregivers, so you can keep your kids off limits to sexual abusers. The book empowers parents with “off-limits kids” parenting tips, information on age-appropriate sexual development, body-safety rules, sample language for talking with children and teens, screening questions for caregivers, and even includes information on how to handle a disclosure when a child has been sexually abused or is abusing another child. Written by two child sexual abuse prevention experts, Sandy K. Wurtele, Ph.D., and Feather Berkower, MSW, Off Limits was published by Safer Society in 2010 and is available for $20 at www. Parentingsafechildren.com or the Boulder Bookstore!

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r a n d r a b b i t ’s To y Shoppe signed a new lease to open their new store in The Orchard Town Center in Westminster in April. The

6,200 square foot space, formerly the site of American Eagle and the temporary Toys R’ Us Christmas store, is located across from the AMC Imax Theater. “We are looking forward to serving the Westminster community with the same socially conscious values, unique merchandise and attention to customer service that our customers in the Boulder area have come to appreciate”, says Lynn Millot. Make Sure Your School is Signed Up for Bunny Bucks! Last year, Grandrabbit’s donated $25,000 to area schools. We are extending this program to schools in the Westminster area—make sure your school is on board! Find out more details at www.grtoys.com.

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ipple, a hand-crafted, premium frozen yogurt store located at 30th and Arapahoe, had its grand opening on April 1–3 with a percentage of proceeds from the opening’s sales going to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. The store is owned by long time Boulder residents, husband-and-wife team Jamie Gardner and David Humphrey. The couple is committed to sustainability and Ripple gets 100% of its electricity from wind power and uses LED lighting almost exclusively. Spoons, water cups, bags, and, sample cups are all compostable. For more information, contact Ripple at (303) 444-0690 or at info@ rippleyogurt.com.

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lue Sky Bridge is pleased to invite members of our communities to the 14th annual A Moveable Feast™; an event that benefits abused children and their families in Boulder County. Cochaired by Nanette Schunk and Blue Sky Bridge board member, Amy Britton, this year ’s event promises to be a night to remember, featuring fabulous homes and fun company. To be held Saturday, June 11th, A Moveable Feast™ combines three concepts: the intimacy of a private dinner party, the excitement of a large scale gala and the fascination of private home tours. The event truly does “move.” The evening begins at a lovely cocktail soiree, followed by an intimate dinner party at a selection of Boulder ’s most beautiful homes, and concludes with a delicious dessert party. Renee & Jeff White have graciously offered their home for cocktails this year, while Rebecca DiDomenico & Stephen Perry will be hosting dessert. Thirteen members of the community are opening their homes from North Boulder to Chautauqua for dinners in between. This is a major source of revenue for Blue Sky Bridge, a Children’s Advocacy Center, serving abused children and their non-offending family members in Boulder County. The agency has served more than 580 abused children and their families in 2010. Proceeds from the event will allow Blue Sky Bridge to continue helping abused children in our community, as well as expand our educational offerings, such as providing abuse prevention education to 3rd

grade students, their parents and teachers in the Boulder Valley School District. For more information, to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please contact Nanette Schunk, event coordinator, at (303) 666-8338 or nanetteschunk@msn.com or Pamela Hooley, Blue Sky Bridge Office Manager, at (303) 444-1388 or phooley@ blueskybridge.org Business Women’s

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ife has its inevitable trials and tribulations, as we all know. As a mother, I sometimes find myself wanting to protect my son from experiencing pain and disappointment. I see this protective instinct show up in my clients as well. If all parents could protect their children from pain, they would deny their children many opportunities. Among these are opportunities to learn their own ways of handling difficulties, self-care, and the ability to discern safe from dangerous situations. The fact is that we can’t always be there to protect our children, and we don’t always know what is best for them. Also, if we are busy protecting our children, they don’t get the joy of overcoming an obstacle and the value of learning from difficulties. We also prevent them from having beautiful moments. A friend recently reported how relieved she was that she did not stop her son from choosing a travel itinerary that she thought would be disastrous because she was concerned he would not get enough rest. After the trip, he came home proud because he planned and executed his own trip. As a bonus, he said that he had the best experience of his life. The trials and tribulations can bring with them joys and victories, especially if we stand by the side, trusting our children’s path and loving and supporting them when they ask for our help.

Also, if we try to keep children safe, they don’t get to experience things for themselves. There is no better teacher than experience. While I was practicing Aikido, a martial art, my instructor warned me to lift my foot when I was doing a certain move. I heard her words. Yet, they were not nearly as strong a teacher as when I gave myself a mat burn by not lifting my foot high enough as I spun on the mat. Protectiveness as well as denying our children growth opportunities and the delight of accomplishment and victory over difficult situations can cause harm. Did you know that there are more severe football injuries today than there were before all the advances made in protective football paraphernalia? Before, they got a false sense of safety from the “advanced” gear, football players learned through small experiences the limitations of their protective gear. They were not recklessly reliant on the gear to keep them from

being injured. I posit that when we protect our children from the pains that come with life, we may be putting them at greater risk because they don’t learn their own limits. So, what can you do as a parent when you have an urge to protect your child? Ask yourself, is this truly a situation that is life or limb threatening? If so, then take precautions. If not, ask, “Do my child and I have the resources to handle the situation?” In an age-appropriate way, you can also check in with your child to gauge their confidence level. If the resources and confidence are there, be grateful and lovingly trust your child to tap into his or her resources to meet the potentially painful situation. Who knows, it could be a wonderful experience. If you or your child don’t have the resources, seek them out. Alternatively, find your child similar opportunities that might be less daunting so your child can have the joy of mastery. Above all, be available to your child, serving large doses of love, sup-

Jessica Dancingheart is a mother, communication coach, and the founder of Opening to Possibilities. She gets a thrill out of watching her clients become empowered. She enjoys facilitating the “aha” moment, as her clients realize that they have many choices, as they employ her tools to tap into their own strength and values. To learn more about her and her services, call (303) 589-8420 or visit www. OpeningToPossibilities.com.

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Bryn Redal and her cousin Jordyn Worrall on a rainforest nature trail in Olympic National Park, Washington.

Woods, kids spend just half the time outdoors as they did when I was growing up in the 1960s and 70s. He’s

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coined a term to describe the problems that ensue when a whole generation is cut off from centuries of connection to the natural world—Nature Deficit Disorder. Kids now are more sedentary, experiencing obesity and type-II diabetes in everincreasing numbers. They are less able to relax, reflect and focus. Louv’s book tracks the growing disconnect between children and nature and the concomitant rise in health problems, depression and attention disorders. It’s partly a function of more indoor distractions—XBox, YouTube and 200 channels of television versus the handful I remember—but we parents are to blame, too, for over-scheduling our kids. It’s a tough cultural trend to resist. My daughter doesn’t have time for long walks with our dog because she’s busy with after-school activities like dance and piano lessons. Her brother may be outside more with soccer and track practices, but he has little room for unscripted time in nature, even though we

are fortunate to have public open space and the Rocky Mountain foothills nearby. Parents are also more beholden to irrational fears when it comes to letting their kids roam outdoors without supervision. Although government figures shows that crime against children is actually decreasing in the U.S., parental fears of abduction or harm continue to rise, fueled by sensationalist, ratings-driven media. Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids and mother to two boys, shares data that show that children are no less safe outside now than they were in the 1970s—and they were pretty safe then. While Skenazy allowed her 9-yearold son to ride the New York subway on his own, many Boulder-area parents are nervous about letting their children walk two blocks to the school bus stop, let alone play on their own at a park near their home. There are good health reasons to loosen the reins a bit and shoo your kids outside. Ironically, you may even need to schedule in more unscripted time in the outdoors—even the backyard. A host of studies shows that time in nature enhances our mental functioning, helping kids focus and remember better. Other studies suggest that the mental health of 21stcentury children is at risk


el far to immerse kids in nature’s wonders. We have wild lands and scenic spectacles on our very doorstep in Boulder County. Take a walk along the Boulder Creek Path, check out the prairie dog colony at Dry Creek Open Space, hike to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain for a 360-degree view, stroll amid wildflowers to Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. We are fortunate to have so much beautiful outdoor space within walking and biking distance—help your kids take advantage of it! While you’re at it, do take the time to check out the Children and Nature Network at www.childrenandnature. org for more ideas on how you can join the growing trend to reconnect our kids with the natural world that sustains us all in so many ways. Leif Redal, M.D., is a boardcertified family physician with Northwest Family Medicine in Superior, dedicated to personalized, preventive health care for the entire family. For more discussion of current issues in family health, visit Dr. Redal’s blog on his medical practice website at www.nwfm. net

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because they are missing out on the exposure to the natural world enjoyed by past generations. Dr. William Bird, health adviser to Natural England, (advisor to England on the natural environment), has compiled evidence that people are healthier and better adjusted if they get out into the countryside, parks or gardens. Bird says studies show that people deprived of contact with nature are at greater risk of depression and anxiety, and stress levels fall within minutes of seeing green spaces. It thus becomes all the more important to make sure that our rare family downtime—especially our summer vacation—is spent in natural settings. An active family nature vacation (ideally without the distractions of mobile electronica) can reconnect parents and children, soothe frayed nerves and help everyone relax. When we escape to nature, we slow down and enjoy each other’s company more, just like we did when our family camped and hiked in the Cascade Mountains when I was a kid. I’ve watched the enchantment on my kids’ faces when they come face-to-face with wildlife. They don’t seem to miss their iPods or texting their friends when there is so much to distract them in the form of rushing streams, rock piles, meadows full of wildflowers and hawks wheeling overhead. From the grandest vista, like the yawning chasm of the Grand Canyon or the backbone of the Grand Tetons rising from the Snake River Valley, to the small phenomena that elude a rushed eye, like lime-green lichen on talus, the natural world offers beauty, learning and a sense of awe too often missing in our frenetic 21stcentury lives. You don’t have to trav-

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Summer Fun & Keeping Kids Safe By Feather Berkower “When parents are willing to talk about body safety, children are safer!”

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ou’re gearing up for summer activities—perhaps you’ve enrolled your kids in a day camp, swim lessons, or an art program. You’re excited’ and your kids are excited, but have you done your due diligence to make sure that your child will have the safest, most memorable summer possible? As a child sexual abuse prevention expert, at this time of year, parents often ask me how they can keep their kids safe at summer camp. While you can never be 100 percent certain that your child is safe, you can reduce your child’s vulnerability by screening caregivers and teaching kids body-safety rules. The following scenarios highlight prevention practices and sample language. Bottom line, when parents are willing

to talk about body safety with children and caregivers, their kids are safer. I’ve enrolled my 6-yearold daughter, Sarah, in swim lessons. How can I talk to the instructor about her safety? The goal of any screening conversation is to invite caregivers onto your prevention team and, in doing so, let everyone know that your child is off limits! Initiate the conversation in an inviting, nonthreatening manner.

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My daughter, Sarah, is so excited about her swim lessons. Do you have a couple of minutes? I’d like to talk about safety. Can you tell me about your safety rules for swimming? After the instructor responds, let him or her know that you have additional rules you want to share. I will ask Sarah to follow the safety rules you just mentioned. I also want to let you know about the safety rules in our home, which we share with all of our daughter’s caregivers. We have four rules: 1) Sarah does not keep secrets from her parents, 2) She has permission to talk to trusted adults if she feels scared, 3) She is allowed to refuse unsafe requests and 4) She has body-safety rules for keeping her physical body safe. If it’s your first time screening, you might be more comfortable including your

spouse or another parent. Either way, this conversation makes it clear that your child is off limits. Our 10-year-old twins are going to day camp. I want some assurance that the camp is adequately protecting them. How can I screen the staff once I’ve already enrolled my kids? It’s never too late to screen for safety. I encourage you to set up a meeting with the camp director and the counselor(s). Ask questions that elicit what the camp is doing to minimize safety risks—including the risk of child sexual abuse. For instance, you might ask: What are your safety practices around preventing child sexual abuse? How do you educate your counselors about appropriate touch with children? What is your adult-to-kid ratio for different activities? You want the summer


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camp director to welcome your questions and converse in an open and supportive way. Ask about background check procedures and other safety measures, such as guidelines for bathroom use (e.g., kids go to the bathroom in pairs; no counselor is alone with a child). While summer camps don’t typically have the funds to offer a full in-service on child sexual abuse prevention, look for camps that are at least talking with their staff about appropriate physical contact between teen or adult counselors and children. When you pick your child up from day camp, ask questions and listen carefully. If something is awry, kids may be subtle or indirect in communicating about it. For instance, if a child says, “I don’t want to go back to camp,� ask why. He may be missing you, he may not like the activities, he may not be

tect children, parents can’t be with their kids at all times. In addition to screening caregivers, parents can also teach kids body-safety rules so they have prevention tools. Here are four rules for kids heading off to summer camp: No one has the right to touch the private areas of your body. If someone tries to touch your private areas, say “No,� try to get away, and tell a trusted adult. No one is allowed to take photos of your private body parts or show you pictures of naked people. If anyone tries to show you this kind of material, refuse and tell a trusted adult. If someone tells you to keep a secret about touching private parts or anything that worries, frightens, or upsets you, don’t keep the secret. Talk about it with a trusted adult. Camp policies about e-mailing and calling home

vary, but a child needs to know that if someone breaks a body safety rule, the child can tell a trusted adult—and keep telling until he or she is believed. Here’s to making your child’s summer fun—and safe! Feather Berkower educates parents around the country on keeping kids safe from sexual abuse. To register or host a Parenting Safe Children workshop, schedule a phone consultation, or buy her book, Off Limits: A Parent’s Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse, please visit her website at www.parentingsafechildren.com





making friends, or someone might be hurting him. Dig deeper and gently press on even if the child clams up. Here are three questions to stimulate discussion: What did you do at camp? What was your favorite part of camp today? Did you have a least favorite part? Our 13-year-old daughter is going to sleep away camp this year. I feel good about the camp director, but I can’t possibly talk with all of the people who will interact with her. Any suggestions? In addition to the screening questions above, you might also ask the camp director (and bunk counselors, if possible) about sleeping and bathing arrangements. Ideally, the camp has policies in place that prevent a teen or adult counselor from being alone with a camper. While it’s ultimately an adult’s responsibility to pro-

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

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My child is age six and getting to the age where the kids are asking to do sleepovers. Do you have any advice on preparing a child for overnights. I don’t want him to be scared or homesick if I can avoid it. Signed concerned parents.

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Here I am in the last part of my life and I still remember my first sleepover. I had been invited to spend the night with my best friend, Corrine, at her farm next to ours. During the evening I could see my family’s farm houselights glowing across the fields and you can guess what happened next. My dad had to come and pick me up. I was ashamed and embarrassed. That was in 1949, and

sleepovers haven’t changed much since then.

Sometimes negative experiences can have a positive effect. I eventually grew up to be an intrepid traveler and moved across the country as an adult. Although I think it was important that I went on the sleepover in the first place, it was equally important that my dad “rescued” me. Sleepovers should be part of a continuum in a child’s life. Play dates, having friends over to their house, practicing detachment from their nuclear family are all levels of separation and individuation. You can assist your child in weathering this first experience by including a “transitional object” such as a favorite stuffed toy, in his backpack. You might also find out if the host family has any plans like dinner out or miniature gulf so that you can prepare your child a bit. The other important issue is that of safety. Is the host’s house safe? That’s why it’s important to know the parents of your child’s friend. Are there guns in the house or dangerous dogs or a swim-

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ming pool, for that matter? Familiarize yourself with the environment in which your child will be spend the night. There are rules at your house that should be followed at the host’s house, such as no Internet access or violent movies. If you decide to take the evening off, be sure your coparents have your cell phone number. Your child should also feel free to call you in an emergency or to say goodnight but they should also be encouraged to be independent and to have fun on their own.

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My middle-school child is not doing well in school. He is very bright, has always done well in school and this year he is in the ninth grade. He studies all the time. His grades are falling, his teacher says he just does not apply himself and that he is bright. He seems to have a lot of friends and is socially doing well. I am concerned about his state of mind and his academics. Could this be a psychological issue? Signed concerned mother.

son may have done well academically up to this point, but something is affecting his motivation and ability to do well. The 9th grade is pivotal to your son’s future success. I suggest that you have him tested, as he might be gifted and needs to be in different classes. He might need a change of school or oneon-one tutoring. Contact the school counselor to see if he might have any suggestions. Arrange for psychological testing as well. It’s good that you’re seeing your son’s problem so promptly and that you are concerned. Your nonjudgmental involvement is very important. You might do some research on the Internet about 9th grade boys. Finally, have you thought about suggesting a part-time job doing something he really loves? Perhaps working in a music store or in a garage, if he loves cars. Navigating through the 9th grade calls for study skills and personal maturity for which your son might need support.

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Sometimes I think that everything in life is a psychological issue. How we meet with and adapt to the changes and expectation in each new day and at each new stage in our lives determine the state of our mental health. Your son is now in the 9th grade, and things are rapidly changing for him psychologically as well as physically. Did you know that 9th grade is particularly hard on boys? Your

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C a m p Di rec tory Active Kids

Boulder. Ages 2½-9. Day camp. M-F, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Full- and part-day and dropin preschool programs offered for ages 2 ½-6. Early Childhood Education State License #1552814 Licensed Play-based, creative curriculum, learning centers, and outdoor play. Creative fun programs, small classroom sizes, caring teachers. Active Play, Exploration, and Learning. Call Kristen Argow at (303) 499-9854 or e-mail ka@activeboulderkids.com or check out www.activeboulderkids.com for more information.

Adventure Quest Day Programs

Boulder. Ages 6-16. June to August. Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! Active outdoor Renaissance-themed questing games. Solve mysteries and riddles, brainstorm creative solutions to puzzling dilemmas, swashbuckle with foam swords, and negotiate peace treaties. Offering summer quests and birthday parties since 1995. Summer location: 302 Pearl Street, 80302 (and outdoors in parks). For more information, visit RenaissanceAdventures.com or call (303) 786-9216.

foam swords, and negotiate peace treaties. Offering summer camps and birthday parties since 1995. For more information, visit RenaissanceAdventures.com, or call (303) 786-9216.

Alaya Preschool Summer Camp

Afterbeat Drum School

Louisville. Ages 13 and up. Day camp. Groove Camp for Drummers! Three oneweek sessions offered during June and July. M-F, 10 am to 2 pm. $250. Five students max. A weeklong drumming intensive geared toward intermediate/advanced high school drummers. Styles include: samba, second line, funk, drum & bass, Latin, blues, reggae, Afro-Cuban, salsa rhythm section; we will also focus on working the weak side, hands and/feet focus, abstract drumming, and group syncopation studies. Location: 901 Front Street (next to The Art Underground) Louisville. To register contact: Christopher Beers at (720) 837-5410 or check out our website at www.afterbeatdrumschool.com for more information.

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At Cal-Wood in Jamestown. Ages 9-16. July 12 to 15. Be the hero of a mythic quest! Active outdoor Renaissancethemed questing games. Solve mysteries and riddles, brainstorm creative solutions to puzzling dilemmas, swashbuckle with

Longmont. For ages and up (varies by program). Call for days and hours. We offer a variety of full- and half-day programs for dance, gymnastics, fitness, and rock climbing. Ask about our Olympic guest this summer. See our website for details. Fees: vary by program. Address: 1816 Boston Avenue. Contact: Staff at (303) 651-1456 or e-mail frontdesk@airbornegym.com or check out our website at www.airbornegym.com for more information. See ad.

Tell Your Story! ART CAMP

Visual arts and writing workshops Teachers and artists from the University of Colorado and Boulder Valley School District are excited to offer this opportunity rich in expressive arts and community building to middle school students.

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

Alexander Dawson School Summer Camps and Programs

Lafayette. Ages 5-18. Weeklong day camps. 8:30 am to 4 pm, M-F. June 6 - August 12th. Come join us for 8 weeks of Dawson’s exciting new summer camps with 40 various camps in academics, arts, music & drama, language & culture, sports, as well as specialty day camps. Kids receive a full hot/cold lunch in our dining hall every day, and take a break to cool off in the pool. Location: 10455 Dawson Drive, 80026. Cost range: $199 to $368 per week. Call us at (303) 665-6679, ext. 515 or e-mail tbrooks@dawsonschool. org or please check out our website at www. dawsonschool.org/summercamps for more information. See ad.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Eldorado Canyon

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Boulder. Ages 6-11. Day camp. 2-week & 1-week sessions, M-F. 8:15 am to 4:15 pm w/extended care options. $340/week. Camperships & discounts available. American Camp Association Accredited Camp, licensed child care by State of Colorado. Eldorado Canyon helps kids take summer outside, all day long. We create genuine connections between campers & staff & nature. Great staff & ratios; hiking, climbing, kites, crafts, music, environmental education programs and more. Transportation provided. Equipment needed: Campers must bring their own lunch and closed-toe shoes. We provide everything else— even a water bottle! Call Tommy Feldman at (720) 249-2997 or e-mail info@aocamps.com or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Jr. Leaders & AO Intro to Backpacking

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Boulder. Ages 11-16. Day camp. 2-week & 1-week sessions, M-F. 8:15 am to 4:15 pm w/extended care options. $100-$450/week. Camperships & discounts available. American Camp Association Accredited Camp, licensed child care by State of Colorado. Junior Leaders gives training & experience working with younger children and alongside our staff in AO’s Junior Program. Intro to Backpacking is 2 days of day camp and a 3-day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. For beginners & up! Transportation provided. Equipment needed: Campers bring lunches to day camp. All food & equipment—except clothes & shoes is supplied for backpacking trips. Call Tommy Feldman at (720) 249-2997 or e-mail info@ aocamps.com or check out aocamps.com for more information.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Junior Program

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Boulder. Ages 4 ½-6. Day camp. 1-week sessions, M-F or MWF. 8:30 am to 2:30 pm w/extended care options. $325/week. Camperships & discounts available. American Camp Association Accredited Camp, Licensed child care by State of Colorado. Connect with nature, other campers & staff in this premium day camp program. AO Junior features include: great staff & ratios; outdoor experiences in Boulder’s natural spaces; hiking, climbing, crafts, music, and environmental themes. Transportation provided. Equipment needed: We supply everything but lunch, rain gear, and closed-toe shoes—we even give campers a water bottle! Call Tommy Feldman at (720) 249-2997 or e-mail info@aocamps.com or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Sleep Away Camp

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Boulder. Ages 9-15. Residential Camp. 6- & 12-day sessions. $800/week. Discounts & camperships available. American Camp Association Accredited Camp, Licensed child care by State of Colorado. AO is taking its day camp to the next level with a sleep-away camp!


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C a m p Di rec tory For 2 weeks campers head to a beautiful mountain setting to hike, climb, kayak, horseback ride, backpack & more! Transportation provided. Call Tommy Feldman at (720) 249-2997 or e-mail info@aocamps.com or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

Ann Turbin’s Cultural Crafts Camp

Boulder County. Day camp for girls who love to do handwork (sew, knit, bead), dress up, and learn about life long ago. These popular classes will be offered in June, July, and August. First program each week is 9 am to noon, and the second program 1 to 4 pm. Classes offered will be 1) American Indian Girl’s Life in the 1700s, 2) Girl’s Life in Colonial Times, 3) Pioneer Girl’s Life in Colorado, 4) Fairies, Flowers, and Photography. The classes have a variety of crafts, games, music, dress up, and artifacts. Some field trips. Small class size. Fees $125-$145 for 5 days am or pm in Boulder and Longmont. For exact dates, locations, and classes, please request a brochure by calling Ann Turbin at (303) 501-6352 or please e-mail at touchthepast@gmail.com

Arvada Center Summer Camps

Arvada. Ages 1½-18. M-F. These inspiring and creative camps offer experiences in ceramics, dance, drama, humanities, music, photography, & visual arts. Programs are designed for kids to learn new skills, discover new interests, and most importantly, have fun! Camps start June 6 and fill fast. Registration begins March 2, 2011. Location: 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 80003. Call (720) 898-7200 or please do check out www. arvadacenter.org for more information.

Avid4Adventure

Boulder, Golden, Denver & Highlands Ranch. Ages 5-16. Avid4Adventure Day Camp offers fun, diverse, age-appropriate, & safety-focused outdoor pursuits for kids aged 5+. Each week kids rock climb, mountain bike, hike, kayak, & canoe! Day camp 1-week sessions run M-F, 8:45 am-2:30 pm, for ages 5-12, $365, 6/6-8/19. (see website for other location dates). Lunches & extended care available. Also check out our sleep-away camp for kids 7-14, or leadership program for kids 13-17. Call (720) 249-2412, e-mail info@Avid4.com or please visit www.Avid4.com for information. Save $20! Enter coupon code “bck” when registering online. See ad.

Ballet Nouveau Colorado

Broomfield. Day Camps. Ages 3 and up. The School of BNC offers a variety of summer programs for dancers of all ages, abilities and aspirations. Level: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced. Certified Community School of the Arts for Dance. Call us at (303) 466-5685 or please check www.bncdance.com/school for details of our summer programs.

Bits, Bytes & Bots

Boulder. Ages 6-14. June-August. M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Colorado’s best computer camps since 2002. Build and program robots, create computer games, & make movies. All skill levels. Fee: $285/half-day, weeklong session. Register soon; classes sell out. Call (303) 494-2687 x 703 or please visit www.bitsbytesbots.com for more information.

Academy Summer Drama Camps. Middle/ high school camps include instruction, auditioning, rehearsing, and performing on the BDT stage. For elementary ages, we collaborate with the City of Boulder and offer ten 1-week playmaking camps. Contact Carrie Hausfather at (303) 449-6000 x193 or bdtacademy@gmail.com or check out www. bdtacademy.org for more information.

Boulder Country Day School Summer Camps and Enrichment Classes

Boulder. Ages 3-13. Offering summer camps for preschool and school-age children from June 6 to August 12. M-F, 8 am to 4 pm. State of Colorado Licensed and Accredited by ACIS and NAIS. Also offering a wide range of specialty camps and classes for every child’s interest throughout the summer. Science, music, theater, and more. For more information, visit Boulder Country Day’s website www.bouldercountryday.org or call Kath Courter at (303) 527-4931 x230 or kcourter@bouldercountryday.org. See ad.

Boulder Rock Club

Boulder/Estes Park. Ages 6-12+. Day Camp. Daily Summer Climbing Camps. M-F, 9 am to 4 pm (6 to 8-year-olds end at 3 pm). American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) certificated instructors. Our climbing camps are designed to challenge both the beginner and the experienced climber. Camps start in our indoor facility to practice safety then head outdoors in Boulder or Estes Park to sample the famous climbing in

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Bixby Summer Camp

Boulder. Ages 5-10. Day Camp. M-F. 7:30 am-5:30 pm. M-F. State of Colorado Dept. of Human Services, #46939. The typical day offers art/crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, games, gardening, drama, free swim, water play, cooking, story/reading time. Special activities can include visits to areas outside of Bixby, Avid4 Adventure, swimming lessons, and Adventure Quest. Bixby boasts 3 shady acres with a huge sandbox, unusual play structures, a large swimming pool, and a ropes course. A wonderful environment. Call Cindy at (303) 494-7508 or e-mail office@bixbyschool.org or check out www.bixbyschool.org for more info. See ad.

Blue Sky Kindergarten/Preschool Children’s Peace Gardens

Boulder. For ages 21/2-6. A Waldorf-inspired preschool/kindergarten, focusing on the spirit of the season with story, song, movement, artistic, and outdoor activities. Various programs available, including summer camp, which is filled with water fun, carpentry, storytelling, puppetry, singing, and making long-lasting friends! New this summer! Children’s Peace Garden Summer Camps for ages 4-10. Spend an active week playing garden games, investigating insects and exploring plants and planting. Call for more information: (303) 443-4965 or check out our website at blueskykindergarten.com. See ad.

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C a m p Di rec tory the area. Our climbing camps focus on fun, climbing skills, leave no-trace and outdoor leadership development. Location: 2829 Mapleton Ave. Call Jen Herling at (303) 865-3557 or e-mail jherling@totalclimbing. com or check out www.totalclimbing.com for more information.

Boulder Valley Community Open School

Boulder. Ages 8 - 13. Day Camp. M-F, 9 am to 3 pm with extended care optional. Visual Art Explorations. Experience a variety of art mediums with a certified art teacher. Explore clay, papermaking, printmaking, puppetry, painting, weaving, stitchery, paper mache, garden art, birdhouse building, scrap wood construction, and more. Low staff/ child ratio. Call Dawn Maggio at (303) 5884971 or e-mail info@bvcoschool.org or check out www.bvcoschool.org/Home.html for more information.

Boulder Valley School District—Tell Your Story

Boulder. Ages 10-14. Day Camp. M-Th, July 18 to July 28 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Writing and art workshop. Tell your story through visual arts: ceramics, imovie, sculpture, book arts, and painting. Write your story in poetry and prose. Display your work through gallery, spoken-word, and anthology collections. Make new friends through fun community building activities. Teachers and artists from CU and BVSD are excited to offer this opportunity rich in expressive arts and community building to middle school students, including students who will start middle school in the fall. Location: CU Fine Arts Complex. Tuition: $295 (lunch included). Materials fee is $10. Call Kathryn Singey at (303) 587-5211 or e-mail a note of interest and address it to kathryn.singey@ bvsd.org or Val Wheeler at val.wheeler@ bvsd.org, and we will send you a registration packet.

Broomfield Academy

Broomfield. Ages 5-12. Summer enrichment day camp. M-F, 7 am to 6 pm, June 2 to August 5. Open to all area children! Sibling discounts. One- and two-week camp sessions, including environmental science, athletics, robotics/tech, leadership, archeology, astronomy, journalism, & film. Swimming, age-appropriate arts & crafts, music, outdoor

play and sports, and other fun activities, including educational field trips. Electives include the basics of volleyball, Broadway musicals, cheerleading, jewelry making, creative writing, drawing, mastering the art of (kid) cooking, tumbling, dance and tap, the science of Star Wars, soccer, snorkeling, chess, photography, challenge the mind, and magic. Children in the Prep programs will focus on enriching and sharpening their academic skills for the fall. Location: 7203 W. 120th Avenue. (303) 469-6449, principal@ broomfieldacademy.com or please check out www.broomfieldacademy.com. See ad.

Classically Kids Workshop Series

Center Stage Theater

Louisville. Grades 4th-9th. Day camp. M-F. (June 13-25) and Boulder (July 11-22). Have a musical summer and join CenterStage’s production of Annie Jr., the youth version of the Tony Award winning Broadway show. This two-week, full-day camp is for kids entering 4th to 9th grades in the fall and will end with a complete musical production. Don’t wait until tomorrow, register today. Call Ileane Olson at (303) 673-0744 or www.centerstagetheatercompany.org for more information.

BVSD Lifelong Learning Program

Boulder. Ages 6-12. June through August. Morning or afternoon, M-Th. Lifelong Learning offers half- and full-day camps. Visual arts, science, literacy, math, horseplay, rock climbing, theater, fencing, cooking and more. New this summer, College4Kids, academically challenging camps for Talented and Gifted students. Visit www.bvsd.org/LLL for more information or call (720) 561-3768 to request a catalog.

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha Early Childhood Music Camp

Ages 4-8. Day Camp. 9 am to 12:30 pm. June 6-10. M-F. Registration fee: $40 Camp fee $195. Pull on your boots and polish your spurs for an action-packed Wild West music camp. Ride the range, with barrel racing on handmade painted horses, telling coyote tales, exploring the wisdom of Native Americans, and making handmade instruments to sing with the old cowboy songs and more. Every child will make his or her own instruments, learn songs and stories, collecting magical memories of an unforgettable week, with a T-shirt and a CD of our camp songs. Low 8:1 student/teacher ratio. Teachers and guides are experienced educators in early childhood. This year’s camp runs for one week only. Register soon before the ride is full! Call Amy Haywood at (303) 413-1711 or missamyh@gmail.com or check out MusicareBoulder.com for more information.

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Boulder. Day camp. Ages 7-11. A series of fun, interactive workshops designed to engage kids in the excitement of classical music. Participants meet international guest artists, engage in hands-on activities and attend a Colorado Music Festival concert. $12/participant. Held at the Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Rd., in Chautauqua Park. For information visit www.coloradomusicfest.org or call (303) 449-1397 for dates and times. See ad.

Clementine Art Studios Summer Camp

Circus Arts Camp

Boulder. Ages 8-16. Day camp 9 am to 3 pm. Two sessions: July 18-22 & July 25-29. Get your feet off the ground with all kinds of aerial equipment like trapeze, aerial net, fabric, and web, as well as ground skills like Chinese pole, circus bike, acro-stunting, and much more! Focus on performance and an acro finale! Bring lunch, a water bottle, and clothes you can move in. Fees: $285 per session. Presented by Imagination! Circus Arts. Held at Boulder Circus Center 4747 N 26th St., 80301. Please visit us online at www. imaginationcircusarts.com or call (303) 5489340. For more detailed information, e-mail us at marcy@imaginationcircusarts.com

City of Lafayette

Lafayette. Ages 1st to 6th grades. May 31-August 5. Daily, 7 am to 6 pm. State of Colorado licensed program. We keep kids moving in a learning atmosphere. Affordable, thematic program includes swimming, games, arts, sports, cooking, and field trips. Register for 1 week or 10 weeks. Pay in full (for 6 or more weeks) by April 30th and receive a 10% discount. Call Kathy Apjoke at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail kathya@cityoflafayette.com or you can also visit www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation for more information.

Boulder. Day camp. Ages 4-9. M-F, 1 to 4 pm. Clementine Studio offers weekly summer camps focused on creative explorations using a wide range of materials, techniques and mediums in an inspiring and nurturing environment! Location: 2775 Valmont. Please call Lisa Holub at (303) 443-2520 or e-mail lisa@openartsclementine.org or check out www.openartsclementine.org for more information. See ad.

Colorado Mountain Ranch

Boulder. Ages 7-16. M-F, 7:45 am to 5:15 pm. As campers have sung since 1947, CMR is the best in all the world! Remember your camp? We’ve got the same spirit and the winning place, people, and programs! Build confidence & connections—community, friendships, nature, animals & FUN! Gentle Western horses, animal care, & relationship w/horses, mountainboarding, Native American Indian lore, teambuilding ropes course challenges, arts & crafts, archery, gymnastics & trampoline, disc golf, outdoor living skills, options for hiking, camping and outings for swimming and boating. Since the 4-mile fire took our old barn, we’re putting up a new one! Our spirit is fireproof! Location: 10063 Gold Hill Rd., 80302. Transportation provided to/from North Boulder Park. Equipment needed: Backpack, long pants for horseback riding & mountainboarding, sweatshirt or jacket, water bottle, & lunch. Licensed by the CO State Dept. of Human


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$2,060. Mailing: 9665 Florida Rd, Durango, CO 81301. Call Clay Colvig at (800) 8582850 for registration and more information or e-mail office@colvigsilvercamps.com or visit www.colvigsilvercamps.com

Cottage Excursion Day Camp

Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Camp 2011

Boulder. Ages 6-18. Unlock the magic of Shakespeare’s language with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s summer acting program, Camp Shakespeare. In this 3-week intensive for ages 10-18, campers rehearse and perform Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet. Camp Shakespeare runs July 18-August 5, from 1 to 5 pm. New this summer: Shakespeare’s Sprites, a weeklong “mini camp” for 6- to 9-year-olds, held from 9 am to 12 pm! Call (303) 492-1973 or e-mail csfedout@colorado.edu to sign up. Visit our website at www.coloradoshakes. org/campshakespeare for more information.

Common Threads Summer Sewing Camps

Boulder. Ages 7-10 and 11-16. Day Camp. M-F. Half-day programs: 10 am to 1 pm or 2:00 to 5:30 pm. June 6 to August 8. Each week project-centered, multiple registrations welcome. Age-appropriate camps. Projects include machine and hand sewing, drawing, design, and mixed media. Make new friends while crafting inspired designs and gaining skills to last for years! Equipment needed: Daily snack. All other materials included, but kids are welcome to bring their own fabric and participants in the 11-16 age group are encouraged to do so. Location: 2707 Spruce Street, 80303. Call Libby Alexander or Sarah Tracy at (303) 449-5431 or please check out www.commonthreadsboulder.com

Colorado Youth Program

Boulder. Ages 11-18. Mountain Summer Camp is a 10-day coed backcountry tent camp for youth ages 11-15 that focuses on environmental education, conservation, friendships and FUN! Enjoy white water rafting, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, playing in the snow, campfires & much more! Scholarships available. Teen Adventure Camp is tailored for older teens, ages 15-18, seeking to increase their level of adventure and outdoor skills. Embark on a 6-day adventure backpacking along the Continental Divide while enjoying alpine lakes, waterfalls, and breathtaking views. Scholarships available. Call Mike at (303) 402-9656 at or please e-mail us at mike@ coloradoyouthprogram.org or check out www.coloradoyouthprogram.org for more information.

Colvig Silver Camps

Durango. Residential Camp. Four-week terms (June 9-July 7, July 11-August 8) for ages, 11-17, and two-week terms (June 9-June 22, June 24-July 7, July 11-July 24, July 26-August 8) for ages 7-10. Residential wilderness program combines individualized in-camp programming with a variety of exciting wilderness expeditions. 40 years of fun! Fee: Four-week: $4,120, two-week:

Boulder/Longmont. Ages 5-12. Children are grouped by age and can attend all summer or by the week, full or part time and 2 to 5 days per week. What is more exciting and encourages social development, more than “field trips.” School-age children have a lot of structure and few opportunities for social development during the school year. Our program is designed to provide a welcomed balance. We provide safe summer fun through our activity and outing-packed camp program. Excursions include amusement and water parks, museums, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, mini-golf, and bowling. Between outings, children can enjoy cooking, crafts, science, sports, and more. Call for more information. Boulder: (303) 449-4380, Longmont: (303) 651-3780.

Creative Adventure Camp YWCA

Boulder County. For ages 8-12. Day camp. YWCA’s EDGE summer day camps from 9 am to 12 pm, M-Th. $95-$150. Stretch your imagination through the YWCA’s day camps (visit our website for specific weeks). Write stories, enjoy digital photography, create movies, and more. We provide all equipment, including digital cameras and computer access. Location: 2222 14th Street. Call Jennifer Klimowicz at (303) 443-0419 or e-mail jenniferk@ywcaboulder.org or visit www.ywcaboulder.org for more information.

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Cornerstone Farm Summer Horsemanship Camp

Longmont. For ages 8 and up. Day Camp. M-F, 9 am to 2 pm. Three types of camps are offered: Introductory for those with little to no experience, Beginner 2 for those who can already trot, and Advanced. For advanced camp sessions, riders will participate in a formal horse show on the Saturday following camp. Advanced campers must be able to walk, trot, and canter. June 6-10: Intro level; June 13-18:Advanced level, show on the 18th; June 20-24: Beginner 2 level; June 27- July 1: Beginner 2 level; July 11-15: Intro level; July 25-29: Beginner 2 level; August 1-5. All levels. Long pants, sunscreen, and sack lunch needed. Year-round riding lessons as well. Cost is $400/week. Cost for advanced camp is $400 plus horse show fees. Located at Triple Creek Ranch, 4255 Nelson Rd, 80501. Contact Jen Shannon at (303) 828-9040 or please e-mail jennikay@frii.com or for more information please visit our website at www.cornerstonefarminc.com

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Dream Makers Super Summer Fun

CU Science Discovery Classes & Overnight Wilderness Camps

Boulder/Front Range and out-of-state. Advanced Astronomy, Kids Chemistry, Digital Photography, Life in Ponds/ Streams, Solar Racers, Science Adventures, Physics for Fun, Fossils/Crystals/Rocks, Advanced Lego Mechanics, and much more! Overnight wilderness camps for grades 4-10. Yellowstone, Olympic, Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Bandelier, Great Sand Dunes, Mission: Wolf. Wolf ecology, wildlife biology, geology, archaeology, paleontology, marine science, and environmental education are complemented by a variety of outdoor adventures, such as rafting, lake kayaking, climbing, camping, and wilderness skills! Science enrichment from CU Boulder since 1983. Please e-mail scidisc@ colorado.edu or check out our website at www.colorado.edu/sciencediscovery.

Boulder. For ages 2 1/2 to 8. Day Camp. June 13 - August 19. M-F, 9 am to 1 pm ($40 per day) or 9 am to 3:15 pm ($65 per day). Enroll for the whole week 9-1 and save $50. Only $150 per week, or choose any two, three, or four days throughout the summer. It is not necessary to sign up for a full week, or for the entire summer. Work us in around YOUR vacations! Enriching curriculum of summertime fun, including art, water play, sports sampler, fossils study at CU Museum, Butterfly Pavilion’s Bugmobile, organic cooking creations, kid’s chemistry, unusual pets, & other enjoyable educational activities. Weekly themes. Call for a brochure. Knowing that your child is enjoying every moment of summer camp in our invigorating, safe setting is a wonderful feeling for all! Dropins are welcome on a space-available basis. Location: 1345 28th St., 80302. Contact Deb Gedenberg at (720) 274-0101 or gedenbed@ comcast.net for more information.

Eldorado Dana V. Music Musical Theatre Camp

Louisville. For ages 10 to adult. Daily Workshops. Bring It to Broadway-Summer Intensive: Workshops with Masters begins July 23-29th, call for times. Broadway artists, Lawrence Street (Urinetown) and others will lead special classes in dancing, acting and singing, ending in presentations. Take one class or all! Call Dana Vachharajani at (720) 240-1658 or e-mail danav@danavmusic.com or please check www.danavmusic.com for more information.

Denver Firefighters Museum

Denver. Ages 5-7 (July 11 to 15) and 8-12 (July 18-22). Junior Firefighter Mini-Camp. M-F, 12:30 to 3:30 pm. $55. The Denver Firefighters Museum helps kids experience real-life superheroes at this weeklong minicamp. From a kid-sized obstacle course to the basics of first aid, kids even learn how to cook a meal at the firehouse. Special visits include real animal helpers and professionals within the firefighting community. Mailing: 1326 Tremont Place, Denver, CO 80204. Call Tara Sikora at (303) 892-1436 or tara@denverfirefightersmuseum.org or check out www.denverfirefightersmuseum. org for more information.

Eldorado Mountain Yoga Camp

Eldorado Springs. For ages 5-15. Day camp. 9 am-3 pm, M-F. $250 per week with 50% discount for siblings. Kids and teens will have a blast at our fun-filled camps, which run 7 weeks through June and July. In a beautiful natural setting they will enjoy a free-spirited yoga arts and nature camp that integrates the wonderful body/mind/heart benefits of yoga with traditional summer camp activities such as swimming and hiking. Kids come home feeling nourished & balanced. Location: 2875 County Road 67, 80303. Call Mukti Miller at (303) 2491671 regarding registration. Check out www. eldoradoyoga.org for more information. See ad.

Summer Dance Camps & Classes

Boulder/Broomfield. Summer is time for great memories, new friends and fun fitness! No dance experience required. Oneday camps, one-week camps, and fourweek dance sampler classes are available for ages 3 and up. One day camp themes include: Shake It Up, Dora—The Explorer, Fairy Princess, Yo Gabba Gabba, a Teen Dance Day or create your own Personalized Camp! Dance sampler classes will include instruction for a different style of dance each week incorporating jazz, ballet, hip

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hop and jazz/hip hop. Call today to reserve your spot! Call Boulder: (303) 442-3745, Broomfield: (303) 466-8626, e-mail us at info@elitedanceacademy.net or visit www. elitedanceacademy.net/camps

Exploring Minds Academy

Erie. Ages 5-11 yrs (& completed kindergarten). Hours and days: 6 am to 6 pm, M-F. Super Funtastic Camp. $175/wk includes field trip fees. Qualistar rated program. Summer fun includes field trips galore, sports camp with physical fitness and coordination activities, weekly gymnastic lessons, and much more. Participate in a camp that combines science, math, reading, music, and art with the great outdoors. Call (303) 828-3452 for more information or check out www.exploringmindsacademy.com

FatCats Kids Bowling Camp

Westminster. Ages 8 and up. Day Camp. Two four-week sessions. June 7-June 30 and July 12-August 4. T/TH. 10 am-1 pm. Includes: instruction, lunch, laser maze, arcade, a tournament with trophies and their own bowling ball. All for only $250 plus tax. Kid’s Lunch Bunch League: 10 weeks of bowling and lunch Weds. 11 am to 1 pm. June 8 to Aug 10. $12 per week. Includes bowling, shoes, lunch and a party with trophies. Location: 10685 Westminster Blvd. Register soon—don’t miss out! Call (303) 466-7515 or check out our website at www.fatcatsfun.com for Kids Bowl Free all Summer!

Flatirons Strings Academy

Boulder. Ages 5 to 105. Day Camp. July 25-30. A Midsummer Day’s Dream String Camp. M-F with 2 pm Saturday student concert and 7 pm Friday faculty concert. Budding program for beginners 10 am to 12 pm. Violin, viola, cello, & string quartet. Featuring renowned, award-winning teachers, we offer composition, music appreciation, theory, sight-reading, master classes, chamber and orchestral training, jazz, fiddle, and more. String quartet seminar for advanced quartet training. Please refer to our website at www.FSAmusic.org for details & on-line registration. Contact us by e-mail at info@fsamusic.org or call us at (303) 908-6784.

French Immersion Summer Camp The Language of Food

Boulder. Ages 5-12. Day camp. 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. M-F. Weekly sessions. June 6th to July 29th. Cooking and Art program, where children are immersed in a French environment in which all activities are taught in French, including cooking and gardening, sewing, arts and crafts, theater, mask making, jewelry design, music, singing, and storytelling. $310 per session. Call MariePierre Nicoletti at (303) 819-4084 or e-mail marie@thelanguageoffood.com or check out http://thelanguageoffood.com

Friends’ School Summer Programs 2011

Boulder. Ages 3-15. Day camp. Weeklong, morning & afternoon sessions. June 6 to July 29. Preschool, elementary, and middle school ages. Backyard camp, cooking, Spanish and art, circus, creative writing, computer & robotics, biking & hiking, beach volleyball and more. Licensed and accredited. Discounts available for early registration. Visit www. friendsschoolboulder.org for details and registration materials or call (303) 499-1999 ext. 223, or please e-mail us at ksherwood@ friendsschoolboulder.org for more information. See ad.

Girls Empowerment Horse Camp

Boulder. Ages 8-11, June 13-17. Ages 12-15, July 11-15. Day Camp, M-F, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Instructor is a licensed professional counselor and certified in equine-assisted growth and learning. Participants will gain riding and horsemanship skills and leave with a greater foundation for being a strong and confident girl. Contact with horses changes lives! Horses, helmets, and snack provided. Please have your girls wear pants, boots, and bring sun hat and water. Contact Calyn Acebes at (303) 845-0327 or e-mail info@ contactwithhorses.com. For more information go online and check out our website at www. contactwithhorses.com


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Colorado and Wyoming. Fun, creative, girlpositive wilderness courses specifically created for girls, ages 8-18. Have a blast backpacking, rock climbing, learning outdoor skills, and expressive arts while building the confidence to rock your world. Four- to 12-day overnight and day-camp sessions. Tuition $495-$1,595; includes food, gear, clothing. Generous scholarships available. June-August. AEE accredited. Please call us at (303) 938-9191 or please e-mail us at moreinfo@womenswilderness.org or check out www.womenswilderness.org for dates and details.

Happy Trails Riding Center Summer Horse Camp

Lafayette. All levels. Weekly Camps. 8 am to 4 pm. M-F. We offer a fully comprehensive horse riding, beginner jumping, horse care, and farm curriculum for all levels and styles of riders of all interests and resources, in a fun and well-structured learning environment at our premier facility. Indoor arena, 3 outdoor arenas, inside break and lunchroom area with ALL the amenities. See website or call for pricing on specific camp programs, required equipment, and availability. Early registration with 10% discount before May 20th. Location: 11051 Jasper Road, 80026. Call Rhonda Stevenson at (720) 327-9051 or please e-mail admin@ happytrailsridingcenter.com or check out www.happytrailsridingcenter.com

Kids and Critters

Longmont. WANTED: Children in grades 2-6 who enjoy learning about animals. M-F, 9 am to 5 pm. Enjoy a PAWS-itive summer at Longmont Humane Society performing a pet-related job every day, learning proper dog walking, animal body language, cat handling, interactive animal-themed games & activities, 4th-6th graders view a feline neuter surgery in our clinic, talk with our veterinarian & vet-tech and perform CSI techniques to solve a fictional pet theft. $250. per child/per week. Check our website for application forms and schedules at www. longmonthumane.org under Education, or call (303) 772-1232 Ext. 264.

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Boulder. Ages 4-12. Day Camp. M-F. 9 to 11:30 am for 4-5 yrs; and 9 am-1 pm for 6-12 yrs. Session 1: June 6-June 17, Session 2: June 20-July 1. Summer camp with a cross-cultural twist! Explore a wide range of music and dance. Two-week program. Give your child an experience to remember this summer! Two weeks of African drumming and percussion, Zimbabwean marimba (ages 6-12), African crafts & dance, new friends, & great fun! Nonperishable snack, lunch (if staying until 1 pm), & water bottle needed. No prior musical experience necessary. Family discounts available. Call Kutandara

Guitar Summer Camp

Boulder. Day camp for ages 7 and up. Four 1-week sessions: June 6th-July 1st. M-F, 9 am-12 pm. GUITAR KIDS WANTED. Make your own CD! Rock out, play the blues, or hit a reggae groove. Guitar is a fun way for kids to learn self-confidence, creativity, and focus. Students earn a certificate of achievement upon completion. Includes opportunity to perform. $199/week. Beginners welcome! For more information please go to www.paulrobertsguitar.com or contact Paul Roberts at (720) 479-9697 or paul@paulrobertsguitar.com

Gymboree Play & Music of Boulder

Boulder. Day camp. Ages 3-5. Fun and exciting weekly camp themes geared specifically to ages 3 to 5, or potty trained children. $20 deposit holds your camp space (Drop-off)! 9 am to noon, Tue and Thu, $60 a week. Call for details! Location: 2525 Arapahoe Ave, H-7. Call Kristin Hawley at (303) 546-0081 or please e-mail us at boulderco@gymboreeclasses.com for more information.

Harmony Music House Summer Music Camp

Boulder. Ages 6 - 16. Day Camp. M-F with 4-hour sessions. Our camp is split into two age groups: 6-9 and 10-16. This half-day program will include: individual instruction, group playing, music history, basic music theory, and more. Our intent is to make sure that our students are having a good time learning about and playing music. Some of our camps will focus on the music of the Beatles, and other camps will be a mix of popular music. Your child can choose to play: guitar, bass, drums, piano/keys. Location: 2525 1/2 Broadway St., 80304. Call Robby Loeb at (303) 444-7444 or e-mail info@harmonymusichouse.com or check out www.harmonymusichouse.com for more information.

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C a m p Di rec tory Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet School

Boulder. For ages 3-18. Day camp. Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet School summer session identifies and nurtures individual strengths to further the freedom of expression. It offers a sound Classical Ballet training in conjunction with Contemporary Movement classes to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding, and passion for dance. We educate, encourage, and support the needs of each and every individual student. Location: 2590 Walnut Street, (Dairy Center for the Arts), 80302. Call Jenifer Sher at (303) 5452298 or dance@lemonspongecake.org or check out www.lemonspongecake.org for more information.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Longmont. Ages 4-14. Day camps. JuneAugust, M-F. Discover history, art, and science in these hands-on camps. Learn from professional artists, a real blacksmith, a mountain man, and dedicated science instructors. Camps held outdoors in historic buildings or at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, 80501. Call for equipment requirements and fees. Call Jill Overlie, curator of education at (303) 651-8374 or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/ museum for more information.

Manifest Art Gallery Summer Art Camp

Niwot. Ages 6 - 11. Day Camp. M-F, 9 to 1 pm. $40/day includes materials & snacks. Daily art play-shops for elementary children taught by Boulder County school art teachers & artists in a working art gallery. Enrollment is online on a first-come, firstserved basis and is limited to 8 to 10 campers. Location: 108 2nd Ave., 80544-0881. Please bring a sack lunch. Call Karen Adler at (303) 652-0952 or please e-mail her at karen@manifestartgallery.com or please do check out manifestartgallery.com for more information.

Mathnasium

Lafayette. Summer Math Fun! Four Affordable Programs: 1) Grades 1-12: Summer only & year-round programs. Summer hours begin June 1st M-Th: 2 to 6 pm. Mathnasium’s proven, customized program continues all summer, helping kids build a solid math foundation and confidence while having fun building their math skills! 2) Grades 4-12: Weeklong intensives help kids solidify their math foundations and get ahead in a variety of areas. 3) Grades 1-3: Summer Math Maniac Fun 3-week sessions (90 min/2x-week on Tu/Th. 12:302 pm). Offers younger children a fun and effective way to learn problem-solving skills through math puzzles, crafts, and activities. 4) BRAND-NEW: Grades 2-5: Money Counts & Time Flies 3-week sessions (90 min/2x-week on M/W, 12:30-2 pm). A fun and effective way for kids to master their time and money skills through math puzzles, crafts, and activities. Limited program enrollments, so sign up early! Contact Alan Iguchi at (720) 890-9000 or for further information e-mail boulder@mathnasium. com. Please visit www.mathnasium.com/ boulder for details.

Mountain Kids Summer Day Camp

Louisville. For ages 5-13. M-F, 7:30 am to 5:45 pm. Mountains of fun! May 31st thru August 12th. Mature, experienced staff, low camper to counselor ratio. Activities include gymnastics twice a week, swimming lessons, open swim, rock climbing, local field trips, ice skating, hiking, open gym, picnics, special guests, and much, much more! Lunch, swimsuit, sunscreen, H 2O bottle, and lots of energy required. 474 S. Taylor Ave., 80027. Call (303) 665-8287 or e-mail anna@mountain-kids.com or visit www. mountain-kids.com for more information. See ads.

Mountain Peak Summer Camp

Longmont. For ages 5-12. Day camp. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, M-F. (June 6-August 12). Camp is for children entering kindergarten through age 12. Tired of summer camp programs with too many kids? We offer a small setting with low staff/child ratio. Field trips (including swimming), academics, craft

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projects, games, etc. Full or part time. Location: 1833 Sunset Place, Longmont, 80501. Contact Tom Buckett at (720) 494-1622 or mountainpeak@comcast.net or please check out www.mountainpeakschool.com for more information.

Mountain SongTM Rhythmic Rainbows

Boulder. For ages 4-6. Explore music fundamentals as they relate to movement and painting! Thematic units will integrate dynamics, shape, form and feeling as they relate to different art forms. Plenty of opportunity for creative expression, improvisation, friendship and fun! One weeklong summer sessions in a small, intimate setting. Contact Jane Smolens at Mountain Song Music Studio, Inc. at (303) 413-1120 or check out our website at www. mountainsongmusic.com

Summer Clay Camp

Louisville. Ages 8 and up. Day camp. M-F. Summer Clay Camps 10 to noon. One-week sessions. $125. includes everything. Fun, professionally taught classes in our new fullservice studio. Children receive hands-on instruction on potters’ wheel, slab, and sculpture methods, creating pieces to be proud of. Small class size. Our 14th summer program. Afternoon- and half-day sessions available. Location: 920 Main St. Suite B. Call John Hansen or Echo Zoyiopoulos at (303) 9260996 or e-mail mudslingerspotteryinc@ gmail.com or please check out us out at www.mudslingerspottery.com

Niwot Grassroots Teen Theatre on the Green

Niwot. For ages 8-18. Creating theatrical magic since 1999. Indoor/outdoor day camp. One-, two-, and three-week programs, June 6-July 28. Weekdays with varying hours. Elite, mixed, and junior production camps. Original productions created together. Cooperative theatrical creation in a fun, supportive, hometown environment. Fees: $275-$695. Discounts available. Mailing address: P.O. Box 381, 80544. Call Kathy Raczkowski at (303) 652-6523 for registration and more information.

Northern Colorado Fencers Summer Camp

Boulder. For ages 8-13. Day camp. 9 am to noon, (1 to 4 pm on selected weeks). M-F. USFA Coaches Beginning Fencing. All the instruction/equipment needed for a safe and exciting experience. Runs most weeks throughout the summer. Check out our website for camp/registration details and other great club activities! $170/week (multiple weeks/sibling discounts). Mailing address: 1949 33rd Street, 80301. Call Gary Copeland at (303) 443-6557 for registration or check out www.ncfencers.org for more information.

Parlando School for the Arts

Boulder. All ages. Day camp. Days and hours: M-F, 9 am to 6 pm. Parlando School for the Arts offers a variety of music camps and summer programs for all ages and abilities, from early childhood to adulthood, on all instruments and across all musical interests, including voice and musical theater. Location: 2590 Walnut Street (Dairy Center for the Arts). Contact Travis LaBerge at (303) 442-0006 or please e-mail info@parlando. org or check out www.parlando.org for more information.

Peanut Butter Players Sum-Fun Musical

Lafayette. Theater experience for ages 5 and up, M-F, afternoon rehearsals in July. Own costume required. A large cast of both children and adults will perform Hans Christian Anderson in a family musical theater presentation at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road. July 21-24. Everyone gets a part. Fees: $65. Call Jo Anne Lamun at (303) 786-8727 or check out www.peanutbutterplayers.com for more information and registration.

Peanut Butter Players Sum-Fun Workshops

Lafayette. Weeklong workshop for ages 7-16, M-F, 9:30 am to 4 pm. Full-day workshops enable students to study Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Hello, Dolly while learning to sing, dance, and act. $210 a session. Two-week advanced workshop


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Project Grow Children’s Gardening

Niwot. Ages 5-12. Day camp. Children’s Gardening and outdoor skills at Willow Way Herb Farm. Session I: June 13-17. Session II: July 11-15. Classes M-F, 9 am to 2 pm. $250 per week. Enlivened organic gardening, nature attunement, soil and plant development, fundamentals of sustainability, traditional wisdom ways, learning to grow our food, fun movement games and skills. Equipment needed: Sun hat, working/running shoes, work gloves. The leaders are trained in permaculture, biodynamics and spacial dynamics. Maximum enrollment: 12, not more than 4 students per instructor. To register, call Robert-David at (303) 5301415 or e-mail robertdavid@warmlava.com or check out willowwaywellness.com for more information.

RoanOake Farm Horse Camp

Longmont. All ages. Day camp. Call for days and hours. Summer Youth Program at the Farm. Internationally certified instructor. Lessons, camps and “Mommy and Me” programs available for all ages. We offer a safe, fun & peaceful environment, with well trained, gentle horses and ponies. Variety of programs with flexible scheduling. Equipment needed: ASTM/SEI Helmets (bike fine), closed toe shoes, water bottle, sunscreen Call Stephanie Wendorf at (303) 359-2273 or e-mail roanoakefarm@aol.com or check out www.RoanOakeFarm.com for more information.

Rocky Mountain Day Camp

Superior. For ages 4-14. Day camp. M-F, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Fully licensed by State of Colorado. We divide our campers by age and gender. Our program includes: sports, swimming, arts and crafts, music, drama, archery, rocketry, games, tennis, golf, color war, special events, rock wall and more! We are Boulder County’s best summer day camp for boys and girls! $320 to $335 per week. Location: 3351 Indiana St , 80027. Call David Hansburg at (303) 495-5204 or e-mail david@rockymtndaycamp.com or check out www.rockymtndaycamp.com for more information.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camp Older Company

Boulder. For ages 8-16. Day camp. Join us for Willy Wonka, The Lightning Thief, and Alice in Wonderland, 1-, 2- and 4-week camps, starting May 31. M-F, 9 am to 4 pm. Pre-care and aftercare available. Program includes dance, voice, music, makeup, performance, character building, musical theatre, improvisation, mime, creative movement, and stage combat. A nurturing, noncompetitive program that merges the creative process with professional product. Location: 5311 Western Ave. (near 55th/Arapahoe). Call (303) 245-8150, or register at www.theaterforkids. net. See ad.

Rock & Roll Camp for Teens and Kids

Reel Kids

Boulder/Superior. Ages 7-16. Day camp. M-F, 11 am to 4 pm. Film/acting summer camp. $250. Member of Town of Superior, Boulder Chamber of Commerce and BVSD/ LLL Star in a Short Film!! At REEL KIDS we use fun, creative improvisation games to help kids learn to create honest, real and interesting characters. All students receive a DVD copy of their film. Location: Superior Marketplace, 602 Center Dr. #E, 80027. Call Tracey Hinkley at (303) 530-7600 or e-mail traceyhinkley@gmail.com or check out www.myreelkids.com for more information.

Lafayette. Ages 6-17. Day camp. 10 am to 4 pm or 9 am to noon. M-F. BEST OF BOULDER 2008, Colorado’s first and preferred teen music camp! Beginners and advanced players will enhance their skills on guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, and more. With the help of our professional staff of instructors, in our state-of-the-art rehearsal studios, students will play in a band, write original music, and perform a live, recorded gig at a local venue. Fees: $425 per week (teen) OR $250 per week (child). Location: 525 Courtney Way, 80026. Equipment needed: Guitars, basses, cords, and drumsticks. Visit www.doghousemusic.com or call (303) 664-1600 for more information.

Restoration Fitness Tween2Queen

Boulder. Ages 10-13. Day camp. Saturday, June 11th or July 23, 9:30 am to 3 pm. Five certified, highly experienced instructors teach yoga, fitness, belly dancing, kick-boxing, and nutrition. We combine movement, creative arts, and open dialogue to enhance positive body image and bonding between tweens and their moms/mentors. Location: 5603 Arapahoe Ave. Ste #5. Call Nicole at (303) 482-6290 or please e-mail us at nicole@restorationfitness.net or check out www.tween2queen.com for more information.

Rocky Mountain Anglers Fly Fishing Camp

Boulder. Ages 7 - 14. Day Camp. T/W/Th, 8 am to 4 pm. Session 1: July 12-14; July 1921; July 26-28; Session 2: July 25-28; Aug 1-4 and Aug 8-11. A fly fishing camp with an emphasis on fun and fishing. Tons of activities. Only four campers per guide for better instruction. Fishing, fly tying, bug collection, awards ceremony. Fishing equipment provided. Location: 1904 Arapahoe Ave. Call Brian Harris or Randy Hicks at (303) 447-2400 or randymhicks@gmail.com or do check our website at rockymtanglers.com for more information.

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

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Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camp Younger Company

Boulder. For ages 5-8. Join us for The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Annie, and more. 8:1 student-teacher ratio. Three-week camps starting May 31. M-F AM session: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. PM session: 1 to 5 pm. Program includes music, dance, acting, performance, musical theatre, imaginative play, and creative movement. Each session culminates with a final performance in our theater. Location: 5311 Western Avenue, (near 55th/ Arapahoe). Call (303) 245-8150 or register online at www.theaterforkids.net. See ad.

Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures

Boulder. For ages 7-17. Weekly camps & weekends for Team SMBA. Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Offering fun for all skill levels and includes a variety of mountain bike riding styles. Camps include girls-only camps, juniors, downhill days and more. SMBA is celebrating its 18th year of riding excellence in Boulder County. Contact Jessie Vogt/Sage Porter at (303) 447-8014 or please e-mail us at info@lertprograms.com or check out www.ridesmba.org for more information. See ad.

Stir It up Cooking School

Rocky Ridge Music Camp

Estes Park. Ages 10 and up. Residential camp. Junior Student Seminars. $1650 includes room and board. Junior Student Seminars are for young musicians who want to advance their musical skills in an intense, creative, and nurturing environment. Young Artist Seminar (ages 15-24) and Adult Piano and Chamber Music Seminars also available. Call Karen Dusek at (970) 443-3333 or rrmc@rockyridge.org or check out www. rockyridge.org for more information.

Boulder. For ages 5-16. Day camps. Summer Cooking Camps. Half-day and full-day, M-F, June 1 - August 25. Weekly cooking camps. Join us on a cooking adventure with flavors from around the world. Our pantry is full of options that are sure to excite cooks of all levels. Menus include Mexican, Asian, American, Mediterranean, and European. Bring your appetite. 1140 S. Lashley Lane, 80305. Call Carol Wiggins at (303) 494-2665 or Carol@stiritupcooking. com or check out www.stiritupcooking.com

Strawberry Farm

Success Strategies 4 Kids: Friendship Skills & Alternatives to Anger

Boulder. For ages 2 1/ 2-6 yrs. From 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. M-F. Sunflower, est. 1981, offers hands-on, child-directed activities. Summer is outdoor oriented with extensive gardens and a science emphasis. BYO play clothes, swimsuits, towels, and lunch. We offer M-F, MWF, and TTH schedules. We are closed for the first 2 weeks of July. 3340 Dartmouth, 80305. Call Debbie Ellman at (303) 494-2012, or you can also e-mail us at info@sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com to register.

Sunflower Farm Summer Camps

Sunflower Preschool Summer Camp

Longmont. For ages 3-10. (June 1-August 12). Step back into an old-fashioned rural summer! Giant tree houses, pony rides, popsicles, baby animals! Explore the magical forest off the beaten path. Feed animals, groom horses, collect eggs. Gardening and building projects, plus a barn full of unusual nature/recycled materials to create art. Let your imagination soar! Campers break into groups, based on age. Camp counselor staff will range from older teens with an interest in children’s education paired with experienced women/teachers in the community. Swimsuits (for sprinkler play) under clothes please. Every session is different, so sign up for several! Location: 11150 Prospect Rd. 80501. To view schedule and register online, go to www.sunflowerfarminfo.com or call (303) 774-8001.

Strawberry Farm Summer Camp

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Sunflower Preschool

Boulder. Ages 5-15: Secrets of Friendship: What makes kids like other kids? Find out! Six secrets of making & keeping friends! Ages 8-15: Alternatives to Anger: Does your child need strategies to deal with anger? Practical skills to manage behavior, accept no, and problem solve. FUN workshops that kids enjoy. $150 for early registration. Tuesdays. 5 sessions, 90 minutes each. For more information: Call (303) 9154421, e-mail: slewis.consulting@gmail.com, check out www.SS4k.com, Facebook.com/ sLewisCounselor

Sunflower Kids Art Studio

Boulder. For ages 5-12. Day camp. M-F, 9 am to 12 pm. Come join us for ten weeks of inspiration, creation, and fun! Each week we will focus on a new interesting subject and create an art work based on that theme. Equipment needed: Lunch, water bottle, smock. Location: 5440 Conestoga Ct., 80301. Call Lika Maldutis at (720) 939 7545 or e-mail lika@artsunflower.com or check out www.artsunflower.com

Boulder. Ages 2 1/2-6. Day camp. M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. $15/week materials fee. The summer program emphasis at Sunflower is on outdoor activities. We enjoy taking walks, gardening, water play, and learning about native plants and animals, as well as many arts/crafts projects. Bring your own lunch, bathing suits, and towels. 3340 Dartmouth, 80305. Call Debbie Ellman at (303) 494-2012, or you can also e-mail us at info@sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com to register.

The Art Underground

Louisville. Ages 3-12. Day camp. M-F with various hours. Join The Art Underground for a summer of our popular Fanciful Fairies, Playwell Tek Legos, and Jungle Animal Mania camps. Discover fairy tea parties, fairy games and crafts, build amazing Lego figures and create your favorite jungle animals. Or, be a star in our fully produced, age-appropriate musical. Please check out www.theartunderground.org for camp and registration details.

The Little Gym

Boulder/Broomfield/Westminster. Ages 3-10. Day camps. 9 am to 12 pm or 1 to 4 pm. M-F. Our children’s summer camps offer three hours chock-full of fun activities. Designed for kids ages three to eight, each camp day combines physical fit-


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C a m p Di rec tory ness and play, including obstacle courses, group activities, and movement challenges along with arts and crafts, snacks, and special events—which all add up to the perfect camp day for kids. Contact the Boulder location at www.tlgboulderco.com or the Broomfield/Westminster location at www. tlgwestminsterco.com .

understanding of the environment, and a desire to get back outside. For more information about TNSS summer camps visit www.thorne-eco.org/summercourses.htm, call (303) 499-3647, or please e-mail us at info@thorne-eco.org

Treehouse Learning

The Patchwork School Summer Camps

Louisville. Ages 2 1/2 to 8. Day camp. M-F, 9 am to 12:30 pm. For the first time, The Patchwork School will be offering two weeks of summer camp fun! Join us for a week or two of outdoor exploration, gardening and more. Location: 1428 Main Street, 80027. Call Christy Lochary at (720) 2716729 or info@thepatchworkschool.com or check out www.thepatchworkschool.com for more information.

The Spot Bouldering Gym and Climbing School

Boulder. Ages 6-15. Day camps. June to August. Summer climbing camps for all ages and levels. The Spot is Boulder’s premier bouldering gym. Enjoy amazing freestanding boulders modeled after some of the world’s most famous destinations. The Climbing School provides incredible climbing experience, both indoor and outdoor. Our staff will provide you with the climbing experience you are looking for. Summer camps are a great experience for young climbers both beginner and experienced. $250 to $450 per week. For more information and registration please visit our website at www.thespotgym.com or call (303) 3798806.

Lafayette/Louisville area. Day camp. Ages 4-6. Treehouse Learning Summer Camp 7:30 am to 6 pm. M-F. Fun, physical summer program for children entering kindergarten and 1st grade. Sign up for one or multiple sessions. Location: 175 N 96th Street, 80027. Call Nancy or Charlene (303) 666-1950 or please e-mail us at director@ treehouselearning.com or see our website at www.treehouselearning.com for more details. See ad.

Wild Earth’s Children

Boulder. Ages 7-12, 13-17. Day camp. M-F, 9 am to 2:30 pm. This class is designed for children to explore the natural world as never before. Through primitive living skills your children will be discovering a deep connection with the Earth. We’ll be telling stories, playing games, but most of all enjoying adventures! We’ll be making fire by friction, tracking, making bows and arrows, discovering bird language and many other awesome skills. Equipment needed: Outdoor clothing, warm clothing, water bottle, food. Call Simon Harrison at (303) 823-0875 or please email us at simon@wildearthschildren.org or check out www.wildearthschildren.org

YMCA of Boulder Valley Camp Chief Niwot

Thorne Natural Science School

Boulder & Littleton. Ages 3 - 15. Spend the summer catching frogs, getting muddy, biking down mountain trails, and exploring Colorado’s wild places with the Thorne Natural Science School! Our experienced, CPR and first-aid trained instructors help facilitate student learning and appreciation for the outdoors while keeping them safe. Students complete the program with a newfound respect and awe of nature, increased

Boulder Valley area. For children entering 1st grade through 8th grade. This summer, YMCA Camp Chief Niwot will be held at the Arapahoe YMCA in Lafayette. With the addition of our outdoor family fun pool at the YMCA, camp at the Y location will offer many more fun opportunities for the campers. Camp Chief Niwot has a rich history, serving youth in Boulder County for more than 11 summers, providing youth with a traditional day camp experience. Opportunities for friendship, adventure, and exploration of the natural world await campers every day. Each day at camp begins with an opening ceremony, where stories, music, and funny anecdotes will get everyone ready for the events of the day. Days in camp are

spent cooling off at our on-site pool, exploring arts, crafts, and drama, playing sports and nontraditional games, and making new friends. Visit www.ymcabv.org for more information. See ad.

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YMCA of Boulder Valley Camp Santa Maria

Longmont/Frederick. Locations: Longmont YMCA, Heritage Middle School, Frederick Elementary, Eagle Crest Elementary, and First Lutheran Church. Preschool-8th grades. Summer Y-Camp promises an action-packed summer. All programming highlights the Four Core Values of the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility. Activities: swimming, sports, games, arts and crafts, cooking, science, and field trips. Sports camps, too: swimming basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and soccer. Fulland half-day camps for preschoolers. Preregistration required for all camps. Call (303) 776-0370 or please visit our website at www.longmontymca.org for more information.

Grant, CO. Ages 6-16. Overnight resident camp. One-week and two-week in-camp and adventure trip sessions. ACA accredited and licensed by the State of Colorado. An overnight camp experience created with a focus on youth development. Campers will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including hiking, backpacking, climbing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, swimming, art, drama, and sports. Our goal is to provide campers with experiences that support their growth and help them develop relationship, leadership, and decision-making skills. Location: 51321 US HWY 285, GRANT, CO 80448 (45 minutes west of Denver.) For more information e-mail SantaMaria@ymcabv.org or call (303) 413-9622 x4450. Check out www. ymcabv.org for more information.

YMCA of Boulder Valley Fun in the Sun

Boulder Valley area. For children entering kindergarten through 6th grade. At YMCA “Fun in the Sun” programs we focus on lots of outdoor summer fun and games, where children learn and develop new skills through special activities, a variety of games and crafts, and exciting field trips. Camp is held in various elementary school locations throughout Boulder County. Weekly themes, field trips, swimming, outdoor fun, arts and crafts, science. Three age-appropriate groups. For more information about Fun in the Sun programs call (303) 443-4474 x2001 or visit www.ymcabv.org. See ad.

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Young Artists at Work Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Boulder. For ages 5-10. Half- or full-day Art Adventures. 9 am-noon/1 pm-4 pm, M-F. Stay all day! Get ready for an exciting summer! Young Artists at Work is an interdisciplinary art program, featuring workshops designed to jump-start young peoples’ inherent creativity. Art exhibits in the museum’s galleries inspire students, while visiting artists provide handson instruction. Explore new techniques and incorporate unique art materials. Each weeklong workshop is taught by a visiting artist with demonstrated flair in the chosen theme, as well as a specialized art educator and 4-5 education interns. The classes are intentionally kept small in order to provide each student with plenty of individualized attention. Each week culminates in a student exhibit and reception at the museum. Contact the museum at (303) 443-2122 or info@bmoca.org. Location: 1750 13th Street, 80302. Visit www.bmoca.org for specific dates, themes, and more information.

YMCA of Boulder Valley Specialty Summer Day Camps

Boulder Valley area. Day camps. We have a variety of specialty summer day camps for all ages. Arapahoe Sports Camp, Fine Arts Camp, Lego Robotics Camp, Skateboarding Camp, Y-Riders Cycling Camp, and many Teen-specific camps, including Leaders in Training and Girl Power. Call (303) 443-

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BOULDER County Kids Porsche’s Educational Tips

Suggestions today to increase your child’s success tomorrow!

When Current Events Are Frightening

by Porsche Young

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t is often difficult to protect our children from the devastation of current events. The front pages of newspapers and magazines can include words and pictures that can be frightening. Television programs can drone on continually about one tragedy after another. How can we protect our children? First, it is important that our children feel they are safe. This could be a difficult task if they are inundated with exposure to media. Thus, an initial step might be to limit this exposure. If we choose to watch the news, we might wait until after our children are in bed. We can be mindful, when discussing the current catastrophes, of whether our children are listening to our words. Of course, even the most diligent parents cannot, and might not even choose, to protect their children from all media. Thus, parents can have discussions with their

children about wars or other disasters that are happening in other countries, while at the same time reassuring them that they are safe. Strong families create a feeling of safety. Children who live in stable families usually have a greater sense of security. This might be a nice time to analyze our families. Do we have some degree of order in our physical space? Could we increase our innate sense of order by creating special play areas or by picking up toys? Could we assign jobs to each member of the family, in hopes of increasing the feeling of pride in tasks well done?

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This might be a perfect time to also look at our family’s emotional health. Do we find a variety of reasons to thank each other? Do we smile when we greet one another? Do we make our best effort to see the special spark in each person in our family? Generally, families that manage to forgive and to appreciate one another seem to create units that can withstand the stress of disasters. They have the security of knowing that, even if the world is totally crazy, there is stability within the safety of the home. We can also focus on the beauty in the world. Another way to create a feeling of safety and stability is to spend time in nature. We can take a walk with our children and notice a bird’s beautiful feathers or a squirrel’s silly antics. We can be amazed by the orderliness in a spider’s web. We can watch a particular tree and marvel at how it changes from one month to the next. We can plant a few seeds and play in the dirt. Many parents notice that their children are much more

settled after spending time outdoors. Perhaps each child could be given a small portion of the yard to weed, or a particular plant to water. We can increase our joy by volunteering Sometimes, volunteering with our children can increase their sense of worth and stability. It does not matter if we assist an already existing organization or if we make cookies for the lady next door. By helping others, our children will probably help themselves to feel more secure. It is this security that will assist children in finding a sense of peacefulness, even when the current events seem to be preoccupied with reporting turmoil. We might not be able to change the world’s events, but helping our children find joy and stability in their world will help them create their own perspective amidst the mediareported catastrophes. Porsche Young is owner of Learning Power, a learning system that is a step above tutoring® (for PreK-12th grade), located in Boulder. Porsche has received international acclaim for her ability to combine learning with biofeedback, puzzles, games and educational software. Porsche resides in Boulder and has five children and twelve grandchildren. For more information about this article, to register for upcoming workshops or to schedule her to speak to your group, call her at (303) 938-0136 or please e-mail her at porsche@ learningpower.us


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Avery’s Avid-Reader Corner

Review by Avery Katz, age 13 Ages: 10-15 Author: Carl Hiaasen Publisher: Penguin Publishers Price: $8.99 (Barnes and Noble) Summary:

During the course of the story, Scat, by Carl Hiaasen, a teenage boy named Nick Waters has the experience of a lifetime. When on a field trip to the Everglades with his biology teacher, Ms. Starch, he sees something truly shocking as he is looking at samples of organisms in the woods. What he sees appears to be a panther but he can’t be sure, so that night when he gets home, he analyzes the footage and is shocked. It is in fact a creature that he has never seen before and can’t identify. While trying to solve this mystery, Nick encounters many things, involving more information about Ms. Starch than he could ever want to know, along with the plot of a crazed ecologist. This book is a great, action-packed read, for all teens and pre-teens.

What I liked about the Book: I liked this book for three main reasons. First of all, I loved the action and the cliffhangers that Carl Hiaasen carefully laid out throughout the book. Secondly, I love ecology along with wildlife and the state of Florida, which are the main things that Carl Hiaasen writes about. Lastly, I enjoy all of Carl Hiaasen’s works along with his style of writing.

Interesting Fact: Carl Hiaasen also wrote two other award-winning books, one was called HOOT, and the other was called, HOLES. Both of these stories have been made into movies.

Comic strip by Jonah Weil

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BOULDER County Kids CHILD CARE/preschool Directory 

Acorn School for Early Childhood Development—Boulder 2580 Iris Avenue (303) 938-8233 Contact - Kathy Azevedo Ages: 6 weeks - 6 years Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Acorn School is a full-day program serving a diverse population from 6 weeks to 6 years old. Our small group sizes, low ratios, and our primary care giving philosophy make us a high-quality early care and education program. Two meals & snacks served daily. 4-star Qualistar rated center. NAEYC accredited. Now enrolling all ages. www.facebook.com/theacornschool W: www.theacornschool.org E: kathy@theacornschool.org

Active Boulder Kids Preschool—Boulder 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. (303) 499-9854 Contact - Kristen Argow Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm A world of creative and fun discoveries and adventures! We provide imaginative programs and activities that promote social/emotional growth. We teach life skills and encourage the child’s learning through active play and exploration. Small classroom sizes, caring qualified teachers, nature/play-based/learning centers. W: www.activeboulderkids.com E: ka@activeboulderkids.com

Autana Bilingual Montessori Preschool—Boulder 4732 Greylock St. (720) 935-9740 Contact - Raquel or Patricia Ages: 21/2 - 6 yrs Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 8 am to 4 pm. Autana Preschool is a bilingual Montessori home-based preschool. We offer a warm and loving home atmosphere, Montessori learning areas, education for peace, joy of learning, full immersion Spanish (bilingual staff), nature-oriented activities, a strong sense of community, and a vegetable and flower garden. W: www.autanaschool.com E: info@autanaschool.com

Bixby School—Boulder 4760 Table Mesa (303) 494-7505 Contact - Jack Kim Ages: 2 yrs 9 mos - 6 yrs Licensed Year-round Hours: 5 1/2-hour program. Extended Hours: 7:15 am to 5:45 pm. Children participate in a wide variety of developmental activities, including art, music, science, dramatic play, and small and gross motor. W: www.bixbyschool.org E: preschool@bixbyschool.org

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Blue Sky Kindergarten/Preschool—Boulder 3046 11th St. (303) 443-4965 Contact - Staff Ages: 21/2 - 6 yrs. Licensed Year-round plus summer camp program. Program Days: M-F, Hours 8:30 am to 1 pm, plus aftercare to 3:30 pm. Our rich curriculum embraces the arts and honors the seasons: gardening, handwork, music, puppetry, crafts, movement, baking, and storytelling. NEW Sky Bridge Afterschool Art Program and Growing Gardens Club, 3:30-5 pm for ages 4-10 years. Morning Glory Program for parents & toddlers 6 months to age 3. W: blueskykindergarten.com

Bookworms Early Learning Preschool—Lafayette 401 West Baseline Rd. (303) 666-4449 Contact - Stefani DiAnne Ages: 3 - 5 yrs State License #1601514 Year-round Program Days: M-F. 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Our teachers empower students through creative exploration. Children learn best through play in a relaxed, small group, in home climate. Familiarizing children to social concepts such as respect, pride, and a love of learning is equally important as lessons in math, language, and science concepts. We believe in developing literacy in both English and Spanish simultaneously through a proven dual language curriculum. Our bilingual immersion program introduces early learning concepts equally in both languages and encourages “multiculturism” and diversity. Eco-healthy environment and serve vegan/ vegetarian organic lunches and morning/afternoon snacks. W: www.bookwormspreschool.com E: info@bookwormspreschool.com

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

Boulder County Head Start—Boulder 3482 N. Broadway (720) 564-2210 Contact - Susi Gritton Ages: 3-5 Licensed September - May Program Days: M-F (full-day) or Tu-F (half-day). Boulder County Head Start is a FREE, comprehensive (health, nutrition, family supports, social/ emotional and physical development) preschool. In addition to a quality experience that supports school readiness skills for your child, we believe our job is to help families


BOULDER County Kids connect with resources and support families’ engagement in their child’s education. Income guidelines for eligibility apply. W: www.bouldercounty.org E: sgritton@bouldercounty.org

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

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

Children’s Garden Learning Center—Broomfield 7085 W. 119th Place (303) 466-8801 Contact - Karen Rossmann Ages: 6 weeks - 6 yrs Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F, 6:30 am to 6 pm We offer developmentally appropriate, engaging activities for children in a warm, home-like atmosphere. W: www.childrensgardenlc.com E: childrensgardenlc@yahoo.com

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

Cottage Schools Preschool & Childcare—Boulder/Longmont 805 30th Street/1301 North St (Boulder) 1941 Terry St.(Longmont) Boulder (303) 449-4380/(303) 546-6814/Longmont (303) 651-3780 Ages: 6 weeks - 12 yrs Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: A variety of schedules available. Known in Boulder and Longmont for their “home away from home” atmosphere combined with their balanced learning programs, the Cottage Schools offer quality education and nurturing childcare. Whether in their Montessori program in Longmont or their creative curriculum program in Boulder, the children enjoy a happy and relaxing environment where they develop their potentials and their natural enthusiasm for learning. The dedicated and enthusiastic teachers and caretakers are committed to guiding the children’s exploration, creative expression, social and emotional growth and early academic learning in a way that leads to children’s feelings of success and self confidence.

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

Exploring Minds Academy—Erie 4051 E. County Line Rd (303) 828-3452 Contact: Katie Ages: 6 wks -6 yrs. Licensed Year-round Programs Days: M-F Hours: 6 am to 6 pm. Quality early learning programs below market rate, accept Colorado’s Childcare Assistance Program. Qualistar Rated Program. Highly trained teachers in early childhood education work as partners with our parents to create a learning environment that is appropriate for each child. Specially designed classrooms filled with activities that encourage learning through discovery. Flexible full- & part-time programs. W: www.exploringmindsacademy.com

Forest Park Montessori School—Lafayette 2687 North Park Dr. (303) 928-9990 Contact: Christine Lowry Ages: 21/2 - 6 Licensed August through May Program Days and Hours: M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Half-day, full-day, including full-day kindergarten. Extended before- & afterschool day care available. Afternoon enrichment classes include yoga, art, cooking, Spanish, fitness, & gardening. Traditional Montessori program, where every child is nurtured in an environment of peace & respect. Curriculum & educational standards emphasize peace, respect, creative thinking, & problem solving, all of which instill in children a lifetime love of learning & our world. Fullmember SAMS. Active parent/teacher organization, monthly parent education meetings/potlucks, numerous volunteer opportunities, & parent board of directors. School director and lead teacher AMS certified w/20+ years w/MA in special ed. Observations encouraged. Call or visit website for more info. W: www.forestparkmontessori.org

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

Jarrow Montessori School—Boulder 3900 Orange Court (303) 443-0511 x113 Contact - Cindy Grace Ages: 18 mos to 12 yrs Licensed August - June Program Days: M-F, Hours: 8:30 am to 11:30 or 3:30. Before care starts at 7:30 am for students 3 and up. Aftercare until 6 pm. Established in 1964 Jarrow Montessori School is the oldest Montessori school in Colorado. We offer a child-centered program, focusing on the whole child. Our curriculum emphasizes a balanced approach to the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each child. Jarrow provides a multiage-level learning environment prepared by knowledgeable & dedicated teachers. Call for a private tour of our beautiful 3-acre campus. W: www.jarrow.org E: cindy.grace@jarrow.org

McGregor’s Garden Preschool—South Boulder 3535 Eastman Ave. (303) 499-9341 Contact - Barbara or Don McGregor Ages: 2 - 5 years, (must be age two by Sept. 30, please). Licensed for 12. Program Days: M-F, Hours: 7:15 am to 5 pm. Very active, loving child care in our happy home near Martin Park. Husband and wife team (both former elementary teachers). Full preschool program. Lots of field trips in the big blue van (we provide 12 car seats). Healthy, homemade meals, including cooking lessons. Arts and crafts, science, gardening, music, dance, games, puzzles, building, digging, hiking, and fishing. We climb trees and play in creeks. Plenty of creative free-play in our interesting home and in our shady backyard. We emphasize social skills. Fun for your child; peace of mind for you. Closed during BVSD Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Breaks, with no charge when closed. Celebrating our 21st year. E: barbara_don_mcgregor@msn.com

Meadowdale Kinderhaus—Niwot 7378 Meadowdale Drive (303) 827-6292 Contact - Stacie Schaefer Ages: 2 - 5 yrs Licensed Year-round Hours: M-W, 9 am to 1 pm (extended care available till 3 pm)

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Waldorf-Inspired home preschool located in Niwot. Nurturing and protecting childhood in a small group setting is a key element to our Kinderhaus. Play is the heart of the program, and life is the curriculum. Offering a mixed-age program in a beautiful nurturing environment. Children experience baking, painting, finger plays, stories, gardening, and tending to gentle farm animals. Media-free and wholesome organic snack and lunch are provided.

Miss Catherine’s Creative Learning Center—Boulder Miss Catherine’s Infant Center—Boulder 6525 Gunpark Drive, Suite 340 (303) 530-1820 5280 Spine Road, Suite 104 Contact - Catherine Médal Ages: 6 weeks - 6 yrs Licensed, NAEYC accredited Year-round Toddlers/preschool/pre-K: M-F, MWF or T/TH full day 7 am - 6 pm. Infant Center: M-F, 7 am to- 5:30 pm. “Nurturing the whole child through creative learning.” Children learn best through the arts and music. Each child moves at his/her own pace to each developmentally appropriate group. Music teacher. Classical music during rest time. Creative curriculum. Limited space. Infant Center has 1 to 4 ratio of teachers to students.

Montessori Academy—Lafayette 801 N 111th Street (303) 926-8321 Contact - Jean Chorbajian Ages 21/2-6 years Licensed August - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 7:45 am to 5:30 pm. Full- and half-day programs, with before- & after-school care. Montessori Academy provides a challenging and nurturing environment that leads children toward confidence, independence, and a life of learning through discovery, observation, and positive, helpful friendships. We offer preschool and kindergarten programs in a nurturing environment that respects each individual child. Montessori Academy has been an American Montessori Society member school since 2002. Our lead teachers are certified and have extensive classroom experience. Music and Spanish are each offered 2 afternoons a week. Schedule a tour today and see plans for a new, specially designed building. W: www.montessoriacademylafayette.com E: montessori.academy@mac.com

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


BOULDER County Kids My Second Home Bilingual Child Care Center—Lafayette Lafayette (303) 664-1098 Contact: Denise Oliver Ages: 21/2 - 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F. Hours: 7:15 am to 5:30 pm Bilingual child care with bilingual preschool curriculum. We provide a variety of high-quality activities for children in Spanish & English. We also incorporate art, crafts, music, dance, cooking, indoor & outdoor games, & many more activities to enrich our learning program & make it fun for children. Ask about our summer camp programs! W: mysecondhomechildcare.com E: Denise@mysecondhomechildcare.com

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

Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program—Boulder Broadway & Linden (303) 440-1459 Contact - Rahima Baldwin Dancy Ages: 1 - 5 years Licensed Year-round Program Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 12:30, or 3:30 pm; 2-, 3- and 5-day programs. Rahima Baldwin Dancy, Waldorf educator and author of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher, offers mixed-age, relationship-based care as a creative bridge between home and kindergarten. LifeWays emphasizes nurturing, social, and creative arts, imaginative play, gardening, and lots of time outside. Special activities for toddlers and Waldorf preschool/kindergarten. Organic lunches and snacks. W: www.rainbowbridgelifeways.org E: Rahima@informedfamilylife.org

Sandpiper Montessori—Boulder Gunbarrel area (303) 516-1786 Contact - Lyn Mead Licensed Year-round Ages: 3 - 5 Program Days: M-F, 7:30 am to 5:45 pm. Sandpiper Montessori is a personalized, home-based educational environment where children attend either three, four, or five days a week with Lyn Mead, MA Ed., a certified Montessori teacher with over thirty years of experience. Spanish classes, ASL experiences, and music and movement opportunities augment offerings in the practical life, cultural study, language, math, and sensorial areas. Children learn to become responsible members of a childsized school community. W: sites.google.com/site/sandpipermontessori E: sandpiper.montessori@gmail.com

Shepherd Valley Waldorf School—Niwot Hwy. 119/Hwy. 52 (303) 652-0130 Contact - Laurie Bayless Ages: Pre-K/KG/Parent Licensed   September - June/Summer Camp Program Days: 2-, 3- and 5-day Pre-K/KG programs & parent/child classes. Hours: PreK-K, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  After-school care available to 5:30 pm.  The mixed-age Waldorf kindergarten is a world of play, makebelieve, imitation, expression. Learning at this time is best fostered through imaginative activity, stories, songs, crafts, free play, circle time, and outdoor play. The preschool kindergarten teachers create an environment where beauty, love, and security radiate from a homelike setting that gently helps children adjust to the social world of the classroom. W: www.shepherdvalley.org     E: enrollment@shepherdvalley.org

St. Stephen’s Christian School—Longmont 1303 S. Bross Ln. Contact - Melody Alme (303) 579-6496 for Pre-K and Jennifer Arndt (303) 702-1812 for the preschool. Ages: 3-6 yrs Licensed September - May Program Days: T/W/TH (3- to 4-yr-olds), T/W/TH (4- to 5-yr-olds) Hours: 8:45 to 11:15 am. After school enrichment classes T/W from 11:15 am -2:15 pm now available. The goal of St. Stephen’s is to develop each child’s mind, body, and spirit, while establishing strong foundations of knowledge and positive self-image in a creative, loving, Christian environment. We offer small class sizes with experienced certified teachers and a student/ teacher ratio of 6:1 W: www.ststephenslongmont.com

Strawberry Farm Strawberry Farm School—Boulder 1020 Portland Pl. (303) 709-0549 Contact-Rita Batiste or Carolee Corey (720) 289-5911 Ages: 0-6+ State Licensed. Mid-August/Sept-May, +summer camp Program Days: M-F (2-, 3- and 5-day options). Flexible hours for the working parent: Drop-off as early as 7:30 am and pick-up as late as 5:30 PM. Children must arrive no later than 9 am and can be picked up as early as 3:30 pm. Nature & community based program with experiential learning as the touchstone. All natural/ organic snacks, lunch and breakfast included for the early drop-offs. Student/teacher Ratio 3:1. W: www.strawberryfarmboulder.com E: admin@strawberryfarmboulder.com

Sunflower Farm Sprouthouse Program—Longmont 11150 Prospect Road (303) 774-8001 Contact - Bren Ages: 2-5+ Year-round Program Days and Hours: M-F. Choose 1 class per week or several. Mornings: 9 am to 1 pm, Afternoons: 1:30 to 4 pm. This is an early childhood outdoor nature program. We connect children to nature and animals through synergy, while cultivating creativity and risk-taking in a small-group setting. Even on cold days, we bundle up and walk the farm, feed animals, build snowmen, collect eggs, climb the giant tree house, catch toads, or follow bugs. Inside activities include books, puzzles, blocks, and our large recycled creative art building, where children choose from painting, woodworking, sculpting, fabric art, sensory materials, and more! Parents are welcome to stay or drop off their children. W: www.sunflowerfarminfo.com E: bren@ecentral.com

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BOULDER County Kids preschools... Sunflower Preschool—Boulder 3340 Dartmouth (303) 494-2012 Contact-Debbie Ellman Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Part-time schedules available. Sunflower Preschool is a small, well-established preschool in south Boulder, founded in 1981. Sunflower features a child-directed, handson environment, with a science-based curriculum, varied learning centers, and a nature-oriented outdoor play area with multiple gardens. The outdoor environment is stressed as an additional learning center, with an emphasis on hands-on exploration of the natural world. Open all year, following BVSD vacation schedule. Limited part-time openings for the 2010-2011 school year W: www.sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com E: info@sunflowerpreschoolboulder.com

Treehouse Learning—Louisville 175 North 96th St. (303) 666-1950 Contact - Nancy Benson, Ph.D. Ages: Infants - Kindergarten Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F, 3 - 5 full days Hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm Treehouse Learning offers early education and child care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, plus full-day kindergarten. Our curriculum is comprehensive, including social skills, sign language, Spanish, art, music, movement. Professional staff, small groups, low ratios, top-quality snacks and lunches, beautiful facility and grounds. Located in the Indian Peaks area, near 95th & Baseline; founded and locally owned by Dr. Nancy Benson. Limited availability in all groups. W: www.treehouselearning.com

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

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

Boulder Valley Community Open School—Boulder 6717 S. Boulder Rd. (303) 588-4971 Contact - Dawn Maggio Ages: 5-18 August - May Program Days: M-F Hours: 8 am to 3 pm. BVCOS is a new independent school, that opened fall 2010! Our model is based on democratic decision making, multiage groupings, and student-directed learning. We offer an Earned Discount Program, which can discount tuition by 10%. Homeschool programs are also available! W: www.bvcoschool.org E: info@bvcoschool.org

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

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


BOULDER County Kids Colorado Virtual Academy Statewide Online Public School Web: K12.com/CO (866) 339-6818 (toll free) Contact - Jennifer Ingalls Ages: K-12th grade Cost: Free School year Colorado Virtual Academy is a tuition-free, full-time online public school serving Colorado students statewide in grades K–12. Our individualized, award-winning curriculum is from K12—the country’s leading provider of online education for grades K–12—and lets kids learn at the pace that’s right for them. Families receive all necessary instructional materials—including beautifully illustrated books, microscopes, and art supplies—delivered right to their door. Colorado Virtual Academy also offers students support from Colorado-licensed teachers, a robust Advanced Learner Program, and the ability to participate in their school districts’ athletics and activities. Are you looking for a choice in the way your kids learn? Colorado Virtual Academy and K12 give students the chance to learn in the ways that are right for them—tuition-free.

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

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

Jarrow Montessori School—Boulder 3900 Orange Ct. (303) 443-0511 x 113 Contact - Cindy Grace Ages: 18 mos to 12 yrs Licensed August - June Program Days: M-F, Hours: 8:30 am to 11:30 am or 3:30 pm. Before care starts at 7:30 am for students 3 and up. Aftercare until 6 pm. Established in 1964, Jarrow Montessori School is the oldest Montessori school in Colorado. We offer a child-centered program focusing on the whole child. Our curriculum emphasizes a balanced approach to the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of each child. Jarrow provides a multiage-level learning environment prepared by knowledgeable and dedicated teachers. Call for a private tour of our beautiful threeacre campus. W: www.jarrow.org E: cindy.grace@jarrow.org

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

The Patchwork Elementary School—Louisville 1428 Main St. (720) 271-6729 Contact - Michele Beach/Elizabeth Baker Ages: K-5, Preschool and Toddlers August - May Program Days: M-F Hours: 9 am to 3 pm. Before and aftercare, from 8 to 9 am and 3 to 5:30 pm. The Patchwork School is a nonprofit, democratic school in Louisville, Colorado. We offer full-time and part-time programs for children ages 1 1/2 to 5 years old and kindergarten through 5th grade, as well as an After School Program. Our philosophy is composed of principles from Democratic Education, Reggio Emilia, and Humane Education. We are committed to preserving every person’s right to a life of self-direction, meaning, and joy. W: www.thepatchworkschool.com E: info@thepatchworkschool.com

Shepherd Valley Waldorf School—Niwot Hwy. 119/Hwy. 52 (303) 652-0130 Contact - Laurie Bayless Ages: 7-14 Licensed September - June/Summer Camp Hours: M-F, 8:30 am to 3:20 pm, with after hours to 5:30 pm Shepherd Valley Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through eighth grade. It encourages the development of each child’s sense of truth, beauty, and goodness and provides an antidote to violence, alienation, and cynicism. The aim of the education is to inspire in each student a lifelong love of learning and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. Call for a personal school tour. W: www.shepherdvalley.org E: enrollment@shepherdvalley.org

Tiny Tim Center—Longmont 611 Korte Pkwy (303) 776-7417 Contact - LJ Ferebee Ages: 2.5 to 4 NAEYC Accreditation Hours: M-Th. Half- and full-day options. Preschool offering an inclusive classroom environment for both special needs and typical children. Low teacher to student ratios. Scholarships available to families who qualify. W: www.tinytimcenter.org E: LJFerebee@tinytimcenter.org

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Birthday Party Directory Countywide

Boulder Clementine Birthday Parties Boulder Rock Club Indoor Rock Climbing Ages: 6 and up 2829 Mapleton Ave Looking for a fun place to have your child’s birthday party? Have them climb our walls, not yours. Kids love to climb and parents love to watch them. You’ll be the hero of the neighborhood when you host your child’s party at the Boulder Rock Club. We’ll take care of the climbing: you provide the food and decorations. Our birthday party room will be yours for the duration of the party as well. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1 to 3 pm, and 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Contact: Jen Herling 303-865-3557 jherling@totalclimbing.com www.totalclimbing.com

ERXOGHUVFKRRORIPHDOVLLC discover your inner jeweler

Boulder School of Metals Ages: 6 and up 1634 N. 63rd St. #5 Jewelry making. Offering a unique opportunity for kids to experience working in a jeweler’s studio. Using hammers, alphabet/number stamps, forming blocks, and more, participants can create a one-of-a-kind pendant in sterling silver. Contact: Shelly Bohin 303-448-9358 info@boulderschoolofmetals.com www.boulderschoolofmetals.com

Ages: 3 - 10 2775 Valmont. New larger location! Parties designed with your child in mind. Art parties with high-quality materials and lots of fun for all for 11/2 hours. Minimum of 8 and maximum of 20 children. Optional extras of cakes, invitations, and gluten-free treats. Hours: Saturday morning and afternoon slots available. Contact: Staff 303-443-2520 lisa@openartsclementine.org www.openartsclementine.org

Studio D Academy of Dance Birthday Parties Ages: 3 and up. 2691 30th Street Studio D offers exciting dance parties for special occasions like birthdays, special achievements, good grades, or any other reason for positive reinforcement for your child. Parties include dance instruction of any type of dance that we offer and studio space for party activities. Days and hours: As requested. Contact: Diana Tepe 303-444-1120 info@studioDdance.com www.studioDdance.com

Broomfield Gymboree Play & Music of Boulder Ages: 1 - 5 2525 Arapahoe Ave, H-7 Fun Birthday Parties! Flexible Sundays (Saturdays from 2pm). Have your child’s birthday party at Gymboree, and we do all the work! Customized parties and age-specific birthday activities. Call for all the details. Contact: Kristin Hawley 303-546-0081 boulderco@gymboreeclasses.com www.gymboreeclasses.com

Imagination Circus Arts Ages: 7 and up. 4747 N 26th Street Circus Birthday Parties! $230, 2 hours, 2 instructors, 10 kids. Bring your party to the circus for a birthday adventure with a big top theme! Including circus games, trapeze, Spanish web, face painting and more! Hours: Call for your reservation. Contact: Marcy Gallardo 303-548-9340 marcy@imaginationcircusarts.com www.imaginationcircusarts.com

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Adventure Quest, Storytelling & Swashbuckling with

Renaissance Adventures Ages: 5-16 Boulder/Denver Be the hero of a mythic quest! Choose from storytelling, sworddueling, or Adventure Quest, an active Renaissance-themed game, where the kids are the heroes of a mythic quest! Solve mysteries and riddles, swashbuckle with foam swords, or cast magic spells, and negotiate peace treaties. Offering summer camps and birthday parties since 1995. Contact: Staff 303-786-9216 www.RenaissanceAdventures.com

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

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

The Little Gym of Boulder Ages: 1-10 4800 Baseline Road, Suites C 106108 Awesome Birthday Bash at The Little Gym. Kids love ’em. So do parents! Fully supervised parties are held one at a time, so your child’s party has the entire gym to themselves. A party at The Little Gym is a “no-stress” birthday party for parents, because we handle everything from invitations to cleanup. Kids have a blast and par-


BOULDER County Kids ents rest easy. 1 1/2-hour parties. Hours: Saturdays 1:30 & 3:30 pm and Sundays 10 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Contact: Brooks Crosby 303-444-4742 tlgboulderco@thelittlegym.com www.tlgboulderco.com

Lafayette Bob L. Burger Birthday Parties Ages: 3 - 10 111 W. Baseline Road Birthday Parties at the Recreation Center on Saturdays or Sundays. Choose from swimming or gymnastics! Price includes 10 kids’ admissions to the facility, 1-1/2 hours in the party room, cake, candles, tablecloth, paper goods, and one of 16 special party “themes.” Fees: $100-150. Additional children can be added for $3/child with a limit of 20 children. Contact: Kathy Apjoke 303-665-0469 kathya@cityoflafayette.com www.cityoflafayette.com/recreation

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

Longmont Airborne Gymnastics & Dance Ages: 3 and up 1816 Boston Avenue One hour of gymnastics fun, 45 minutes in the party room!! Trapeze, ropes, trampolines, foam pit! Rock climbing and dance parties also available. Fees: Prices start at $130. Contact: Staff 303-651-1456 pam@airbornegym.com www.airbornegym.com

Birthday Parties at The Longmont Humane Society Ages: 5-11 9595 Nelson Road Birthday memories abound when you spend your special day with the animals at Longmont Humane Society. Play games, tour our stateof-the-art shelter, play AnimalBingo, visit with a special pet, receive an autograph dog & goodie bags. All proceeds go to the care & comfort of our homeless animals. 501(c)3 Nonprofit. Check our website for info & party invitations. Fees: $150.00 for a 2-hour party. Contact: Brianna 303-772-1232 X 264 brianna@longmonthumane.org www.longmonthumane.org

Triple Creek Ranch Paint Famous “Dandy” the Palomino Horse Ages: 4 and up 4255 Nelson Road 2 hours. Birthday star and guest paint and decorate “Dandy” the famous beautiful palomino horse. Yep, its washable! Decorated clubhouse, face paint, games, horse rides, crafts, open gifts in the magical tee pee, and catch your b-day wishes in your dream catcher! Nonstop creative touches & entertainment, on a beautiful 64-acre horse ranch. Kids and adults leave saying it was the best party they’ve ever been to! There’s not another party in town like this one for your horse-crazy b-day star! We also have a smaller one-on-one party for your B-day star with Dandy, call for more information. Fees: $350. Contact: Lynn McChesney 303-444-4291 lynntriplecreek@gmail.com www.triplecreek-ranch.com

Louisville le Mountain Kids Gymnastic-Themed Parties

utes of party time for cake, presents, and other party activities. We provide the party host, invitations, thank-you notes, and party favors, and of course take care of all the cleanup! Great parties for kids of all ages! Call for fees. Contact: Anna Narvaes 303-665-8287 anna@mountain-kids.com www.mountain-kids.com

Nederland Birthday Party at The Carousel Ages: all 20 Lakeview Drive Rent the entire Carousel or our party room and purchase unlimited rides for your guests. Party givers are welcome to bring their own treats. Many local restaurants are also able to provide food and beverage. Fees: $5.00 per person for unlimited ride stamp, rental of the party room, or rental of the entire Carousel. Call for details. Days and Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, every day from 10 am-8 pm. Off-Season M/Th/F 12-6 pm, Sat/Sun 11-6pm. Private events are possible before or after our normal hours, and during the off-season anytime on Tues/ Weds. Contact: Carousel Director 303-258-3457 info@carouselofhappiness.org

Westminster

FatCats Birthday Parties Ages: all 10685 Westminster Blvd. Best Package includes: A two-hour celebration with bowling, shoes, two slices of pizza per child, unlimited soft drinks, balloons, party decorations, 10 arcade tokens and a free game pass per child, a personal party host, group photo, a tour of the pinsetters, a souvenir bowling pin and FatCats T-shirt for the Birthday child. All for $18.99. Good Package includes: Everything in the “Best” package except food and 4 instead of 10 tokens per child. All for $15.99. Minimum of 10 bowlers for each package. Plus tax and 15% gratuity. Call to book your special party! Contact: Irene or Danielle 303-466-7515 www.fatcatsfun.com

Superior Reel Kids Birthday Parties Ages: 5 and over Superior Marketplace, 602 Center Dr. # E A one-of-a-kind experience to star in a short film. Action-packed party comes complete with costumes, high energy improv games, and a professionally edited DVD for each party guest. 2 1/2 hours. Member of Town of Superior, Boulder Chamber of Commerce and BVSD/LLL. Hours: Subject to availability. Contact: Tracey Hinkley 303-530-7600 traceyhinkley@gmail.com myreelkids.com

Ages: 2-10 yrs 474 S. Taylor Avenue (in the Colorado Technology Center). Gymnastics-themed birthday parties include 1 hour of gymnastics time with our enthusiastic birthday party staff. Activities include a gigantic obstacle course, trampoline, games, relays, parachute play, and 30 min-

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After-School Programs Adventure Wild Earth’s Children Boulder County

Ages: 4-17, plus family outings Primitive Skills & Nature Awareness. Reconnect with the earth through primitive skills & nature awareness. Experience the natural world as never before. Fire by friction, wild edibles, tracking, adventures, and more. Hours: Ongoing programs, check our website for details. C: Simon Harrison simon@wildearthschildren.org www.wildearthschildren.org P: 303-823-0875

Arts & Science

BVSD Lifelong Learning Boulder

Ages: 6-12 Offering high-quality, affordable after-school classes, spring break camps, and no-school day classes. We provide instruction in the arts, languages, science, and collaborative classes with the YWCA, The Spot Bouldering Gym, and various local organizations. Classes meet at BVSD schools and other locations in Boulder County. Please visit our website for complete class listings, hours, and to register for classes. Program Days: M-F C: Lifelong Learning Registrar lifelong.learning@bvsd.org www.bvsd.org/LLL P: 720-561-3768

Clementine Art Classes

Boulder

Ages: Children to adults 2775 Valmont Clementine Studio™ is a fulltime, art enrichment program with hands-on, multimedia programs that encourage independent exploration of age-appropriate art materials in a nurturing and inspiring environment. Weekly classes, workshops, camps, parties, and more. For a complete listing, please visit our website. Hours: Call for times and days. lisa@openartsclementine.org www.openartsclementine.org P: 303-443-2520

CU Science Discovery Boulder

Ages: 5-14 3400 Marine Street After-school classes. Afterschool science, math, & technology classes. Fun and informative hands-on activities, use of CU resources. Once a week for 5 weeks. At Science Learning Lab and Fiske Planetarium. Please call if you’d like us to offer classes at your school. C: Anjali Maus anjali.maus@colorado.edu www.colorado.edu/sciencediscovery/ P: 303-735-2230

Circus Arts

Imagination Circus Arts Boulder

Ages: 8 and up 4747 N. 26th Street $85 per 4-week session ICA is now accepting new students. All classes are MIXED AERIAL ARTS, giving each participant the unique opportunity to cross-train and build a solid and safe repertoire of aerial knowledge, technique, and strength. Classes are organized based on age and ability level. Limited spots are available, so call soon to register. Days: M/W/F C: Marcy Gallardo marcy@imaginationcircusarts.com www.imaginationcircusarts.com P: 303-548-9340

Counseling

Sunflower Kids Art Studio Boulder

Ages: 3 - 15 5440 Conestoga Court Our children are taught in small, cozy groups, allowing each child to explore at their own pace, receiving individual attention from our instructors. Sunflower Kids teaches children everything they need to know to create paintings that both kids and parents will be proud of. Hours: Classes held every day, please check our schedule and online gallery. C: Lika Maldutis www.artsunflower.com lika@artsunflower.com P: 720-939-7545

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Rocky Mountain Counseling Services Louisville

Ages: 6-17 Therapy groups for Kids. LPC, Registered play therapist. We offer a Girls Empowerment Group, Teen Support Group, and My Two Homes Group. C: Monica Ramunda, MA, LPC, RPT mramunda777@yahoo.com www.rockymountain counselingservices.com P: 720-304-7611

Dance Boulder Ballet School Boulder

Ages: 3-Adult The official school of Boulder Ballet, under the direction of Ana Claire. Recipient of the Florence Ruston Award for Overall Excellence, Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher Award, and Best of Boulder Award. Program Days: M-F, Sat. Hours: 9 am-7 pm+ C: Kendra Motsinger P: 303-443-0028

Boulder/Broomfield

Ages: All Join our dance family, where positive lifetime memories are made! We offer more than 30 different types of dance and fitness classes for all ages and abilities. Special programs include those for preschool age, boys only, all-star poms as well as opportunities for competition and performing teams. Monthly packages and dropins available! Check out our state-of-the-art facilities today, which include live video feed in lobby for parental observation, floating floors, and more! info@elitedanceacademy.net www.elitedanceacademy.net/asp2 P: 303-442-3745 - Boulder P: 303-466-8626 - Broomfield

Ballet School Boulder

Ages: 3-18 2590 Walnut Street Treat your child to an opportunity to study with the experts at the Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet School. We offer classes to students ages 3 though 18. Classes range from creative movement, pre-ballet, ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to the unique, exciting Lemon Sponge Cake Youth Programs, learning unique cho-


BOULDER County Kids reography and on-stage performances. Days/Hours: M-Sat with afterschool hours. C: Jenifer Sher jenifer@lemonspongecake.org www.lemonspongecake.org P: 303-545-2298

Studio D Academy of Dance Boulder

Ages: 3 and up 2691 30th Street Studio D is Boulder’s only dance studio just for kids. We provide a healthy environment for kids to explore all types of dance that encourages a holistic balance of mind, body, and spirit. Program Days: M-Th Hours: 3 to 9 pm. (Additional hours available) C: Diana Tepe info@studioDdance.com www.studioDdance.com P: 303-444-1120

DRUMS

Empowerment

The Little Gym of Boulder Boulder

Friendship Skills & Alternatives to Anger Boulder

For ages 6-15/8-15. Success Strategies 4 Kids. *Secrets of Friendship: What makes kids like other kids? Find out! Six secrets of making & keeping friends! For ages 6-15: *Alternatives to Anger: Does your child need strategies to deal with anger? For ages 8-15. Days and Hours: T/TH, 4-5:30 pm, 6-7:30 pm. 5 sessions. Fees: $125 for early registration C: Sherry Lewis slewis.consulting@gmail.com www.ss4k.com Facebook.com/sLewisCounselor LinkedIn.com/in/SherryLewisCounselor Twitter.com/sLewisCounselor P: 303-915-4421

Boulder Guitar Studio Boulder

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

Gymnastics

Enrichment

Afterbeat Drum School Louisville

Ages: 8 and up Private lessons in a creative environment, tailored to your child’s unique learning style. All levels and abilities welcome. Berklee College of Music graduate with 20 years of teaching experience. Ask about Summer Camp and Group Lessons! Located in downtown Louisville next to The Art Underground. Hours: Weekday afternoons/ evenings & Saturdays C: Christopher Beers info@afterbeatdrumschool.com www.afterbeatdrumschool.com P: 720-837-5410

Guitar

The Patchwork School Louisville

Ages 5-12. 1428 Main Street The Patchwork School is now offering after school hours! Join us for gardening, art, music, animals and more. Program Days: M-F Hours: 3-5:30 pm. C: Christy Lochary info@thepatchworkschool.com www.thepatchworkschool.com P: 720-271-6729

Cheerleading

AIRBORNE GYMNASTICS & DANCE Longmont

Ages: All 1816 Boston Avenue Dance, gymnastics, cheer tumbling, and rock climbing classes for children. After-school and Saturday classes available. C: Staff pam@airbornegym.com www.airbornegym.com P: 303-651-1456

Ages: 4 months-12 years 4800 Baseline Rd, Ste. C106-108 Grade School programs in beginning, intermediate, and advanced tumbling, as well as vaulting, bar, and beam techniques. Preschool/kindergarten classes in gymnastics skills, tumbling, vaulting, bars, and beam, with group games and music. Parent /child classes for 4 months to 3 years old. Family memberships. Parent Survival Nights! Hours: M-Sat, 8 am-8 pm C: Brooks Crosby tlgboulderco@thelittlegym.com www.tlgboulderco.com P: 303-444-4742

Mountain Kids Gymnastics & Dance Louisville

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

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After-School Programs Language

Music Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts Lafayette

Bilingual Tots Boulder County/Denver

Ages: 0-5 Bilingual Tots, a language school for children 0-5, offers total immersion language courses in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese with native teachers in several locations. Small classes! Hours: Mornings and late afternoon sessions. C: Agnes Farkas-Roszell agnes@bilingualtots.com www.bilingualtots.com P: 303-561-1900

Martial Arts

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

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

Music Together® Boulder/Fort Collins

Ages: Birth-4 Research-based early childhood music & movement program, incorporating singing, movement, and instrument play for children & caregivers. Mixedaged classes/siblings welcome. Free demo/brochure. Weekly 45-minute classes. Call for fees. C: Jane Smolens www.mountainsongmusic.com P: 303-413-1120

Sandy Burrell Music Studio Niwot

Ages: 4 and up Flute and violin lessons. Group classes for parent & child: a) Intro to Flute, b) Intro to Violin, c) Penny Whistle Program. Hours: Call for times and fees. C: Sandy Burrell sisb1358@comcast.net P: 303-652-3287

Piano Boulder Tae Kwon-Do Boulder

Ages: 5–15 Classes are taught by KyosahNim David J. Coon. Noncontact classes that are dynamic, challenging, and fun. Children love taking class with David. They learn skills, respect, flexibility, and strength. $45/month. Program Days: T/TH Hours: 4 & 5 pm. C: Tanya Coon tanyacoon@hotmail.com www.bouldertaekwondo.com P: 303-233-3103

Parlando School for the Arts Boulder

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

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Group Piano/ Keyboard Class Boulder

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

Harmonious Music Piano and Accordion Louisville/Westminster

Ages: 4 and up. First lesson free! Master’s degree in piano, accordion and musical performance. Fun and loving instruction in your home, using traditional methods of reading and playing coupled with The Russian school of piano/accordion playing Techniques: Lessons focus on music as an art form and how it has the ability to portray its different feelings, moods and emotional experiences associated with everyday life. Hours: Monday-Saturday C: Nina Soloviova www.harmoniousmusic.webs.com P: 303-502-8224

Rose Garden Music North Boulder

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


BOULDER County Kids The Brain Connection Lafayette

Swimming Tutoring Mathnasium MATH ONLY Learning Center

Swim•Float•Swim! Home of Infant Aquatics Longmont

Ages: 6 months and up. Diagonal Trade Center, 795 S. Sherman Street Boulder County’s best swim lessons are in Longmont! At Swim•Float•Swim! your child will learn to swim safely in weeks, not years. Our brand new, child-friendly, indoor, warm-water saline pool means no more shivers for little ones. We are swim lesson experts— certified, professional, mature instructors teaching survival skills & stroke development. Hours: 7 am-7 pm, M-F C: Judy Heumann judy@infantaquatics.com www.swimfloatswim.com P: 303-499-2229

Theater

Lafayette

Dreamcatcher Direct Instruction Centers Boulder

Ages: 5 to Adult 5440 Conestoga Court We promise one grade level increase in 30 hours of instruction, or we will teach your child for free! Oneon-one supplemental educational services in reading, spelling, math, writing, critical thinking, and study skills. Research proven curriculum guarantees one grade level in only 30 hours! Also: ACT/ SAT/GED prep, homework help, advanced math, and creative writing. Flexible payment plans. Refund policy. Hours: M - Sat, 8 am-8 pm C: Staff www.dreamcatcherlearning.com P: 303-444-8422

Grades: 1-College Calculus 2770 Arapahoe Rd. Ste 114 Math Is Important! Mathnasium’s affordable, proven, customized programs work with kids to build a solid MATH foundation that makes sense to them. Our programs increase confidence and help kids understand & do their homework. Catch-up and enrichment, private lessons, special summer camps & SAT/ ACT math prep programs. WARNING: Your child could become crazy about math! Hours: 3 to 7 pm, M-Th; Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 pm C: Lisa & Alan Iguchi boulder@mathnasium.com www.mathnasium.com/boulder P: 720-890-9000

Ages: 7-Adult BRAIN WARE SAFARI: Challenge gifted children, improve attention, memory, reading, math, thinking, and learning skills. Boost intelligence. Accelerate academic performance. Brain-based Parents’ Choice award-winning software. Use at home or in clinic. Average 4 years intelligence increase in 12 weeks; control group averaged 4 months. For all types of learners. Free Evaluation. Software only $249 for each user. Hours: M-F, 9 am-5 pm C: Mary Hill connectedbrain@aol.com P: 303-808-7796

Violin

Do you have a bright child who is struggling with learning or focus? Is your child experiencing any or all of the following: • Behind in reading or math • Weak organizational skills • Difficulty paying attention in school Learning • Illegible writing or writing not at ability Pathways • ADD/ADHD

Boulder

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Ages: 5-15 One-on-one, tailored prowww.learningpathwayscolorado.com 5311 Western Ave., Ste. D grams. We utilize the latest (near Arapahoe & 55th) in brain research to help the Boulder’s premiere children’s struggling student achieve theatre offers Boulder’s best full potential without tutortheatrical training in acting & ing or medication. Unique & auditioning, musical theatre, permanent solution. improvisation, voice, dance, Hours: M-F, 9 am-6 pm & more. After-school proC: Deborah Kratovil learningpathwayscolorado@comcast.net grams, school-day-off camps, www.learningpathwayscolorado.com and summer camps. P: 303-499-1941 C: Stuart Motola info@theaterforkids.net www.theaterforkids.net P: 303-245-8150

Sage Educational Enrichment Boulder County

Ages: K-12 PO Box 20744 Sage Educational Enrichment helps link K-12 students with academic opportunities in Boulder County. Whether you are seeking a tutor, looking for homeschool support, or would like more information about summer opportunities, Sage is available to help you connect with the right person or program. Hours: Call to schedule. C: Mary Kathryn Wood mk@sageenrichment.com www.sageenrichment.com P: 303-859-2766

Boulder Suzuki Strings Boulder

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

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Summer Calendar of Events May ART/MUSEUMS

2nd Wednesdays—Denver Create Playdates every second Wednesday from 11 am to 1 pm. Parents and their little ones (ages 3-5) are invited to drop in and smudge, squiggle, and splatter at the Denver Art Museum. Included with general admission; kids five and younger are free, and no reservations are needed. E-mail rlevy@ denverartmuseum.org or call (720) 913-0073 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) 4926329 for more information. Ongoing—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m drop-in Science & Art Programs for ages 18 mos to 6 yrs, from 10 am to 1 pm, located at 110 North Harrison Ave. Two days each month, included w/regular admission. Please stay with children under age 5 yrs. Check our website for dates and times. Call Nikki Delaney at (303) 604-2424 or e-mail nikki@alum.mit.edu or check out www.wowmuseum.com Ongoing—Louisville Louisville Historical Museum at 1001 Main Street. Museum Hours: T/W/Th, & 1st Sat of every month, 10 am-3 pm. Free. Tours available. Call Carol Gleeson at (303) 665-9048 or e-mail gleesoc@ c i . l o u i s v i l l e . c o . u s o r w w w. ci.louisville.co.us/museum.htm for more information.

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M/TH/SAT—Boulder Boulder Public Library story times at 10:15 am, located at Main, Reynolds, & Meadows Branches. For all ages, but designed for ages 5 & under. Sat. Stories in Spanish/ English. Main Library, Marcelee Gralapp Children’s Library: M, Th, Sat, at 10:15 am, Reynolds Branch Library: Tues at 10:15 am, Meadows Branch Library. Call Melanie Borski-Howar at (303) 441-3099 or e-mail howardm@ boulder.lib.co.us or www.boulder. lib.co.us/youth for more info.

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 children’s and teen services at (303) 651-8477 or check out www.ci.longmont.co.us/library TU/W/TH—Louisville Louisville Public Library preschool story time on T/W for ages 3-6, at 10:30 am and 1 pm, located at 951 Spruce. 30-minute sessions with theme-based stories, including fingerplays, feltboard, and songs. Also, for ages 12 mos-3 yrs, at 10:30 am on Th, twenty minutes of brief stories, songs, fingerplays, or feltboard. Call Michele KolmanWeber at (303)-335-4821 or e-mail kolmanm@ci.louisville.co.us or check out www.ci.louisville.co.us for more information. Wednesdays—Thornton Rangeview Library—Thornton Branch story time for ages 3 to 6 at 10:30 am & 1 pm, located at 8992 Washington St. Children’s librarian reads a story, and then the children do a craft with a related theme. Call Ann Myers at (303) 288-2001 or e-mail amyers@rangeviewld.org or www.rangeviewld.org Every Sunday—Boulder Boulder Public Library Go Club for ages 5-16, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, located at 1000 Canyon. Call Melanie Borski-Howar at (303) 441-3099 or e-mail howardm@ boulder.lib.co.us for more information or check out www.boulder.lib. co.us/youth/ for more info.

CLASSES ‘& WORKSHOPS

May 1, June 5, July 3—Boulder Normalizing Homebirth Project presents Boulder Homebirth Circle, from 5 to 6:30 pm, located at 737 29th Street. For families who are considering homebirth, planning a homebirth or have homebirthed. Learn from one another and share your experience. Call Helene Rose at (303) 656-1982 or e-mail helene.rose@ me.com for more information or check out our website online at thenormalizinghomebirthproject. org May 3 to June 7—Boulder Shalom Baby-Boulder JCC Let’s Get Movin’! for ages 12 -18 months, from 9:30 to 10:15 am, located at 3800 Kalmia Avenue.

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Come explore new movement adventures with your child in the JCC’s tumbling room. Help your little one understand in, under, on and upside-down by doing it! This class is run by Mountain Kids Gymnastics and includes 35 minutes of class instruction followed by 10 minutes of open play time. Call Beth Litz at (720) 364-1812 or e-mail beth@boulderjcc.org for more information or check out www.boulderjcc.org

May 7—Lafayette CMF & RMCMA Classically Kids Workshop for ages 9-13, at 2 pm, located at 200 E Baseline Road. Fun, interactive workshop to introduce kids ages 9-13 to the excitement of live classical music. The class is based on music performed at the Woodwind Chamber Concert at 7:30 pm and includes a visit by the guests artists. Call Pris Walker at (303) 665-0599 or e-mail walker@COmusic.org for more information or check out www.COmusic.org May 15—Lyons Wild Earth’s Children Family Earth Adventures for ages 7-12+ Family, from 10 am to 2:30 pm, located at Lions Gulch, Hwy 36. Join us for a day discovering the amazing gifts the Earth has to offer. sharing awesome primitive living skills and nature awareness techniques. Tracking animals, finding wild edibles, going on adventures, playing games and much more. You and your children will experience the natural world as never before. Call Simon Harrison at (303) 823-0875 or e-mail simon@wildearthschildren.org or check out www.wildearthschildren. org May 15—Thornton/Northglenn Elite Dance Academy presents “Undivided” for all ages, at 6 pm, located at 1001 W. 84th Avenue Federal Heights. An exclusive event showcasing the Elite Company dancers. Enjoy the art, talent and artistic movement of this talented group of dancers. A fun evening for the whole family, or a perfect event for true dance appreciation. Call (303) 466-8626 or e-mail info@elitedanceacademy. net for more information or check out www.elitedanceacademy.net/ undivided May 17, 18—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m Drop-In Science Explorations for all ages, from 10 am to 2 pm, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. This Month’s Topic: Plants & Gardening. Curious about how to

approach science with your kids? Drop-in science explorations are informal hands-on science sessions that are included with your Museum admission. These sessions are appropriate for children 18 months and older. Call at (303) 604-2424 or please check out www.wowchildrensmuseum.org M/TU/W/F—Longmont Playgroups for parents and children, on Mon: from 10 am to noon, infant and toddler group, Wed: 10 am to 12 pm, mixed-ages group, Fri: 10:30 am to noon, & bilingual (Spanish) 0-4 play group on the 1st and last Fridays. Also, Fatherhood Connection every Tues, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, support and education for dads. Children’s Services can also help with child care referrals. Call St. Vrain Valley Center at (303) 776-5348. M/TU/W—Boulder/Longmont HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties Healing Circles Grief Groups for ages 6-18, evenings. Healing Circles provides grief-support groups for children, teens, and parents. Donation requested. Call (303) 604-5300 or e-mail griefcenter@ hospicecareonline.org or check out www.hospicecareonline.org for more information. W/Th—Boulder A PLACE TO B studio So Rim Kung Fu for ages 6 and up, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, located at 1750 30th St. Call Sa Bom Nim at (303) 440-8007 or e-mail reikiwave@ comcast.net for more information or www.boulderdancestudio.com M/F—Boulder Japanese Masters Kata for ages 10 and up, at 5:30 pm, located at 1750 30th St. #64. Learn the true way of a Samurai. Call Gebe Starkey at (303) 994-4765 or genestarkey@ msn.com for more information or www.newsamuraiart.com 1st/3rd Thursdays—Longmont Calvary MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), Bimonthly meetings for moms of children ages 0-5, from 9 to 11:30 am, at 2101 Gay Street. MOPS is dedicated to encouraging moms of young children. Find friendship and acceptance where we understand that “mothering matters.” Child care provided. Call Rene or Lauren at (303) 776-2400 or please e-mail maclemensen@mesanetworks.net 1st & 3rd Fridays—Boulder Mothers & Babies—Leaders’ support group, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, at 7100 S. Boulder Rd. Also offers support groups for new


moms and babies under 6 months old for a nominal fee. Call (303) 530-0698 or visit our website at www.momsandbabies.org for more information. 1st Tuesdays—North Denver ICAN of Colorado—monthly meetings for adults, from 7 pm to 10 pm. at 3131 Osceola Street. Safe forum in which we provide information on pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Women who have experienced a cesarean can share their feelings, and expectant parents can discuss birth options, with the latest research relating to cesarean and VBAC. Call Kristi R. Conroy at (303) 477-6243 or e-mail icanofcolorado@hotmail. com 2nd and 4th Mondays—Boulder First Presbyterian Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for ages infant to 5, from 9:15 to 11:15 am. Located at 1820 15th Street. MOPS mornings include food, craft, or activity, speakers with subjects relating to moms, and discussion time that deepens relationships with your group. Children are cared for in parallel program called MOPPETS. Call MOPS info line at (303) 402-6455. 2nd Tuesdays—Lafayette La Leche League of Lafayette holds monthly breast-feeding support meetings for all ages at 9:30 am, at 100 West S. Boulder Rd. Helping mothers worldwide to breast-feed through mother-tomother support, encouragement, information, and education. Babies and children welcome! Call Linda Peirce at (303) 499-0680 or check out lafayettelll.wordpress.com 2nd Wednesdays—Boulder La Leche League of Boulder monthly breast-feeding support group meets from 6:30 to 8 pm, located at 4394 Apple Court. Dedicated to providing education, information, mother-to-mother support, and encouragement to women who want to breast-feed. Babies and children welcome. Call Amanda at (303) 666-6850 or e-mail Afrederick@ live.com for more information. 3rd Mondays—Longmont Connect, relate...rejuvenate with other moms, from 7 to 9 pm, at the community meeting room at Panera Bread with Boulder County Mothers & More. Guest speakers, nonmobile infants welcome, variety of activities, flexible schedules, playgroups, children’s activities, social & craft nights, book club, chat loops, couples nights, dinner club, seasoned moms, and community outreach. For more information check out www.meetup.com/ Mothers-More-Boulder-County 3rd Tuesdays—Boulder La Leche League of Boulder monthly breast-feeding support group from 10 to 11:30 am. An international, nonprofit, nonsectarian

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organization, dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breast-feed. Babies and children welcome. Call Molly (720) 9223549 or Diane (303) 444-9849 for information and meeting location. 1st & 3rd Saturdays—Boulder The Language of Food presents The French Cooking Club for ages 6 to 12, from 1 to 4 pm, located at 1140 South Lashley Lane. “Le Club de Cuisine Française”, Practice the French language and exchange ideas and information about France with recipes, vocabulary, cultural information, maps, and drawings relating to the gastronomic and cultural elements of French life. Call Marie Nicoletti at (303) 819-4084 or e-mail thelanguageoffood@gmail.com for more information or check out www. thelanguageoffood.com 2nd & 4th Sat—Longmont Old Firehouse Art Center Saturday Art Experience (SAE) for ages 5-12, at 2:45-4 pm, located at 667 4th Ave. Free to members. Membership starts at $35/year and is good for the whole family. Limited space. Call (303) 651-2787 to register or e-mail firehouseart@mac.com for more information or check out www. firehouseart.org Daily—Countywide Boulder County WIC Program. Supplemental foods and nutritional health education for pregnant, breast-feeding, 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. Mondays—Boulder Gypsy Theater Flamenco for ages 10 and up, at 8:30 pm, located at 1750 30th St. Learn how to play true gypsy guitar with a Maestro. Learn how to dance true Gypsy Flamenco and be passionate about the sounds of music and dance. Call Rene Heredia at (303) 7220054 or gypsyproductionsinc@ comcast.net for more information or check out www.reneheredia.com Tuesdays—Boulder Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Play Days, for ages 3-9, at 10:30 am, located at 2525 Arapahoe Ave. Play Days are free with stories, crafts, science, and games! The schedule and details are on our website. Call Betty Quigly at (303) 443-0780 or please e-mail support@grtoys.com for more information or www.grtoys.com Tuesdays—Boulder Stepmother Support Group for adults, from 6 to 7 pm, at 255

Canyon, Suite 201. A safe, supportive environment for sharing your feelings and finding solutions to challenges facing you and your stepfamily. Call Paula Schild at (303) 908-6557 or e-mail prschild@sugarloaf.net or check out www.paulaschild.com for more information. Tuesdays—Boulder Boulder Tae Kwon-Do Mighty Mites (Non-Contact), weekly classes for ages 5-8, from 5 to 5:40 pm, located, at 3213 Walnut Street. Learn skills, respect, flexibility, and the martial art of Tae KwonDo. Call Tanya Coon at (303) 2333103 or e-mail her at tanyacoon@ hotmail.com for more information or www.bouldertaekwondo.com Tuesdays —Boulder Satorido Lifeline for ages 7 & up, at 5:30, located at 1750 30th St. #64. Instructs one in how to live life on the heroic path, meeting all obstacles with an open heart and surrendering to what is. Call Ryan C. Lane at (720) 220-9693 or e-mail horsefiend@hotmail.com for more information. Tuesdays—Longmont New Leaf Wellness Mom’s Group for all ages, from 9 to 10:30 am, located at 600 S. Airport Road. Active moms who meet weekly with our kids at various locations and trailheads for fitness and fun. Once-a-month health topics with doctors. Call Cecilia at (720) 8773671 or cecilia@nlcwellness.com or www.nlcwellness.com Thursdays—Boulder Beyond MOPS...the next step. Join us for SAMS (School-Age Moms). New group for mothers of schoolage children (kindergarten-12th grade) to share their joys and challenges. Includes guest speakers, child care, and refreshments. 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Cost: $5. Boulder Valley Christian Church, 7100 S. Boulder Rd. Call Jan at (303) 494-4248 or Darcy at (303) 9261590 for more information. Thursdays—Broomfield Tough Love Parent Support Group will meet at the United Church of Broomfield at 825 Kohl Street, from 7 to 9:30 pm. Call Jerry Hart at (303) 494-4598 for more information. Saturdays—Boulder Boulder Public Library, Main Children’s Library Young Creative Writers for ages 8-12, from 10 to 11 am, located at 1000 Canyon Blvd. Writing is fun in this popular and free class for kids in 3rd through 6th grades! Call Melanie Howard at (303) 441-3099 or check out www.boulder.lib.co.us/ youth Weekdays—Boulder/Lafayette Boulder County Head Start Enrollment drive for ages 3-5 years, from 8 am to 4 pm, locat-

ed at 3482 N. Broadway. Boulder County Head Start is recruiting for its free, comprehensive preschool with full- and part-day classes. Income guidelines apply. Call Susi Gritton at (720) 564-2210 or e-mail sgritton@bouldercounty.org for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Sunflower Kids Art Studio yearround classes for ages 3-16, located at 5440 Conestoga Court. We experiment with ideas, forms, shapes, and colors, with support from the very first sketch to a wellestablished art piece. Small group sessions + individual attention. Call Lika Maldutis at (720) 9397545 or please e-mail lmaldutis@ gmail.com for more information or check out our website at www. artsunflower.com Ongoing—Boulder The Little Gym of Boulder open enrollment at 4800 Baseline Road, Suites C106-108. Year-round open enrollment for all our classes, free trial class! Call Brooks Crosby at (303) 444-4742 or please e-mail tlgboulderco@thelittlegym.com or www.tlgboulderco.com Ongoing—Boulder Bilingual Tots offers full immersion Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Russian, Italian, and ESL classes, for ages 0-5 at several locations in Boulder and vicinity. For schedules and to register, visit www. bilingualtots.com or with questions call Agnes Farkas-Roszell at (303) 561-1900 or please e-mail her at agnes@bilingualtots.com Ongoing—Boulder County Infant Aquatics—Swim instruction for ages 6 months to 6 years. Teaching children to swim and back float independently in weeks, not years, at the warm water indoor water park at the Holiday Inn Express in southwest Longmont. Visit www.infantaquatics.com to see how skilled your child can become. Contact Judy Heumann (303) 499-2229 or e-mail judy@ infantaquatics.com Ongoing—Countywide Parenting Support. Customized classes and individual consultation. Contact Barbara Raines at (303) 447-8060 or barbararaines@yahoo. com for more information. Ongoing—Countywide People Project to benefit K-12 schools. The People Project matches community volunteers (businesses, groups, individuals, etc.) with school and classroom needs. Located at the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley School Districts and educational nonprofits. Contact Gretchen Minekime for more information at (303) 823-9460. Ongoing—Longmont MOMS Club of Longmont West for preschool ages. Support group designed just for you, the at-home

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mother of today! Call Jen Dickhans at (303) 827-3400 or e-mail at membership@longmontwestmoms. com or jen_bill03@msn.com for more information or check out longmontwestmoms.com Ongoing—Longmont/Firestone Stroller Strides of Longmont Fitness for Moms. Fun for ages 6 weeks-5yrs. M-Sat classes. Great workout for moms and a fun time for kids! Call Elaine Waterman at (303) 775-2289 or please e-mail prebabyjeans@strollerstrides.net for more information or check out strollerstrides.net/longmont for times and locations.

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May 7—Boulder 10th Annual Legacy of Learning fundraiser for all ages, from 4-10 pm at 5440 Conestoga Court. All proceeds benefit an educational non-profit organization that serves at-risk families in Boulder County. Featuring hip-hop sensation, Motion Underground, a Party of Gold, a silent auction, complimentary massages, food, beverages and wine. Great fun for the whole family supporting a great resource for Boulder! Please call (303) 4448422 for more information or check out www.thelegacyoflearning.com May 7—Estes Park Rotary Club of Estes Park Duck Race for all ages, starting at 1 pm, located downtown. An annual event with face painting, Bruiser, the larger than life-sized puppet dog, music and ducks floating down Fall River for prizes. Begins at Nickys Resort on Fall River Road. Ends in Riverside Plaza Call Suzy Blackhurst at (970) 577-9900 or check out www.VisitEstesPark.com May 14-15, 21-22, 28—Boulder The 11th Annual Growing Gardens Community Plant Sale! Located at 1630 Hawthorn Ave., from 8 am to 4 pm. Loads of organic heirloom tomatoes, lots of various veggie starts plus natives, baskets, perennials, water-wise plants, vines and berries! All proceeds benefit Growing Gardens. Visit website us at www.growinggardens.org or call (303) 443-9952 for more information. May 22—Denver Family Bike Swap! Open to the public and geared to families of children from newborn to age 8. Give and to receive a child’s bicycle from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC), 350 S. Dahlia. Bicycle donations are being accepted until Friday, May 20 at the JCC Sports and Fitness Center. For more information contact Jason McKendrick, Sports and Fitness director at (303) 316-6300. May 28-30—Boulder Boulder Creek Events Productions presents the 24th Boulder Creek

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Festival for all ages, located at Arapahoe and Canyon. Join us over Memorial Day weekend for three days of festivities, featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the Boulder community. Call Sara Wells at (303) 449-3137 or e-mail saramarie39@gmail.com for more information or please check out www.bceproductions.com Every Tuesday—Boulder Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Playday Program for ages 2 - 7, at 10:30 am, located at 2525 Arapahoe. One-hour programs full of stories, science, arts, and imagination. Each week has a new theme and experiences designed with fun and learning in mind! Call Betty Quigley at (303) 443-0780 or check out www. grtoys.com 2nd & 4th Weds—Lafayette Flatirons MOPS—Meeting for mothers of children ages 0 to preK, from 9 am to 11:30 am, at 400 W. South Boulder Rd. Fellowship, Fun, & Food for moms. Child care provided. Call (303) 665-5021 x 264, or mops@flatironschurch.com for more information.

4th Mondays—Boulder Boulder Senior Services Grandparents Raising Grandkids Group for ages 45+, from 10 to 11:30 am, located at 909 Arapahoe Ave. Connect and get emotional support plus meet others in similar situations. Free child care. Call Sandy Hollingsworth at (303) 4414388 or e-mail hollingsworths@ ci.boulder.co.us or please check out boulderseniorservices.com Fridays—Boulder Unspoken Word Art Night Out for ages 3-12. From 6 to 8 pm, located at the Dairy Center, V-Room at 2590 Walnut St. Art classes for children and restaurant discounts for parents. $15/member, $20/nonmember. Register at (303) 444SEAT. Call Kent Nowlin at (303) 819-4108 or please e-mail info@ unspokenword.org or check out www.unspokenword.org 4th Tuesdays—Erie La Leche League of Erie monthly breast-feeding support group for all ages, at 10 am, located at Erie Community Library meeting room. The world’s foremost authority on breast-feeding offers information, education, and support to all women who are interested in breast-feeding. Babies and children always welcome! Call Linda at (303) 499-0680, or e-mail linda@peircefamily.net for more information or check out our website at erielll.wordpress.com Ongoing—Boulder Monthly art exhibits from Boulder Valley schools, at Boulder Valley Credit Union, at 5505 Arapahoe Avenue. Call LeAnn at (303) 4153514 for more information.

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Ongoing—Boulder Fiske Planetarium presents Public Astronomy Shows for ages K-20. $4 for adults, $3 for children/ seniors. Call (303) 492-5001 or (303) 492-5001 or www.colorado. edu/fiske for more information. Ongoing—Boulder The Business Women’s Connection currently has a few openings in their weekly group of women professionals from the Boulder County area. Please do check out www. businesswomensconnection.com for more information. Ongoing—Longmont MOM’S Club of Longmont East. Mothers with children of all ages who offer support and fun activities for moms and their children. Weekly park days, all ages and infant/toddler playgroups, field trips, moms-night-out get-togethers, monthly meetings w/speakers & discussions, lasting friendships. Call Elizabeth Johnson at (303) 678-1573 or e-mail us at momsclub.longmonteast@gmail.com or check out momsclub.longmonteast. googlepages.com/home

Music, Dance ‘& Theater

May 1—Cherry Hills Village Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra Discovery Concert for all ages, at 3 pm, located at 4500 East Hampden Ave. (Bethany Lutheran Church), is a family concert suitable for children of all ages. The program is called “Musically Speaking” and will draw connections between music and our spoken language. This concert will also feature our Young Artist Concerto Competition winner! Call Meredith Allen at (303) 449-1343 or please e-mail mallen@boulderphil.org for more information or check us out online at www.boulderphil.org May 15—Boulder Boulder Public Library Concert Series Bach 4 Kids! for all ages, at 2 pm, located at 1000 Canyon Blvd. FREE in the Canyon Theater. Call Juliette Leon Bartsc at (303) 441-4492 or e-mail bartschj@boulderlibrary.org for more information or check out www.boulderlibrary. org May 28—Boulder Boulder Suzuki Strings Boulder Creek Festival concert for ages 3 and up. Call or see our website for locations. Violin students from 4 through high school perform classical and popular favorites. Please call BSS at (303) 499-2807 or e-mail info@bouldersuzukistrings. org for more information or check out www.bouldersuzukistrings.org

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June 1—Boulder Children, Youth & Families-City of Boulder Orientation to Family Child Care for adults, from 6 to 8:30 pm, located at 2160 Spruce St. Would you like to provide care for young children in your home? Learn about the rules in Colorado. Call Eric Swanson at (303) 4411912 or e-mail us at childcarert@ bouldercolorado.gov for more information or check out www. bouldercolorado.gov/cyfhhs/rt June 3—Denver Children’s Museum of Denver presents An Evening in Magical Madrid for adults, from 6 to 10:30 pm, located at 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. An elegant evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and dance the night away with your amigos during this adults-only gala. All proceeds directly benefit the Museum’s educational programs, exhibits and outreach initiatives. Call Heather Reider at (303) 4337444 or e-mail us at heatherr@ cmdenver.org for more information or purchase tickets at www. mychildsmuseum.org June 3 thru Aug. 12—Longmont Sunflower Farm Junkfest on Friday nights, for ages 5-12, from 6-8 pm, located at 11150 Prospect Road. Create art using found objects from nature, construction materials and old, recycled junk. You will also find plenty of paint, wood, scissors, hammers and nails, glue, a vice or two, tons of fabric—basically anything you can dream up can be found. Drop-off program. $30. Call Bren at (303) 774-8001 or e-mail bren@ecentral.com for more information or check out us out at sunflowerfarminfo.com June 6-27—Boulder Shalom Baby-Boulder JCC Senseational Story Time for ages 2-4 yrs, from 9:30-10:15 am, located at 3800 Kalmia Avenue. Join us for story time with award winning authors, engaging art projects, stimulating sensory learning stations, song and sign language. Your child’s favorite books come alive with a 4-week series focusing on fanciful flowers, fruits and vegetables, and our favorite garden friends! Free demo on 5/23. Check website for details. Call Beth Litz at (720) 364-1812 or e-mail beth@ boulderjcc.org for more information or check out www.boulderjcc. org June 11—Louisville Elite Dance Academy “Take-Off” Dance Recital 2011, for all ages, at 12 pm, 2:30 and 5 pm, located at 329 Campus Drive with dancers around the world! A fun outing for the whole family! Call at (303) 442-3745 or e-mail info@


elitedanceacademy.net for more information or check out www. elitedanceacademy.net/list

JUST FOR FUN

June 3 thru Aug. 12—Longmont Sunflower Farm Friday Night Tours for all ages, from 6 to 8 pm, located at 11150 Prospect Road. Every Friday night during the summer, the community is invited to have a closer, more in-depth look at Sunflower Farm. Tour begins promptly at 6:30 pm, with ample time to explore and play from 7 to 8 pm. Reservations required. $10/ person Call Bren Frisch at (303) 774-8001 or e-mail bren@ecentral. com for more information or check out sunflowerfarminfo.com June 4—Broomfield Journeys Backyard BBQ Tour for all ages, from noon to 7 pm, located at One West Flatiron Crossing. Free alternative sports & music tour. Top extreme sport athletes, XGames and MTV stars, including Rob Dyrdek, will fly through the air in gravity-defying demonstrations of the best of skateboard, BMX and freestyle motocross in a 60,000 square-foot alternative sports playground. Free headliner concert and Battle of the Bands for local acts. Interactive Fun Zone with free giveaways. Call Journeys Store at (720) 887-3437 or check out www.journeysbbq.com June 11—Boulder Blue Sky Bridge presents 14th Annual A Moveable Feast for ages +18, at 5 pm, benefiting abused children and their families in Boulder County. Features fabulous homes and fun combines the intimacy of a private dinner party, the excitement of a large scale gala and the fascination of private home tours from North Boulder to Chautauqua. Call Pam Hooley at (303) 444-1388 or e-mail phooley@blueskybridge.org or more information or check out www. blueskybridge.org June 11—Lafayette WOW! Children’s Museum Eat Well Play Well Grand Opening for all ages, from 10 to 5 pm, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. (Come Bien, Juega Bien) exhibit teaches kids the importance of healthy eating and being physically active! Learn about ways to stay fit and active. Games for kids, activities ranging from martial arts to children’s yoga, and healthy food demonstrations. A drawing will take place, and winners will take home a year’s supply of milk, courtesy of exhibit sponsor White Wave, and other prizes! Call at (303) 604-2424 or check out www.wowchildrensmuseum.org June 11—Estes Park Estes Park Marathon’s Kids Fun Run, for ages 6-12, at 1 pm, located at Bond Park in downtown Estes Park. Fun Run is for children 6-12

BOULDER County Kids

years old, and will feature a festival and post-race party in Bond Park, with games, crafts, face-painting and Rocky Mountain National Park demonstration. Call (970) 586-8191 or e-mail team@epmarathon.org for more information or check out epmarathon.org

June 11—Fort Collins NCYH Jr. Eagles Power Play 5k & Free Kids Fun Run, for all ages, from 8 to 10 am, located, at 7900 Fairgrounds Ave. Prizes and Raffles with an open house at the ice rink afterward with food, drink, activities and free ice skating for all. Benefits youth hockey in Northern Colorado. Call Luke Cyphers at (970) 206-4423 or e-mail us at strengthandconditioning@ncyh.org for more information or check out www.NCYH.org June 11 - September 6—Denver Children’s Museum of Denver 3,2,1...Blast Off! for ages 4-8, daily at 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. Kids will build, launch and test their own hovercrafts, ROCKETS and other flying, floating creations to learn about aerodynamics, physics, technology and engineering. Call Heather Reider at (303) 4337444 or heatherr@cmdenver.org for more information or check out www.mychildsmuseum.org

Music, Dance ‘& Theater

June 25 & 27—Boulder Boulder Suzuki Strings CMF Young People’s Concert for ages 3 and up, located at in front of lawn of the Chautauqua auditorium. Violin students of all ages and levels performing well-known pieces before the Young People’s Concert. Please call BSS at (303) 499-2807 or e-mail info@bouldersuzukistrings.org for more information or please check us out online at www. bouldersuzukistrings.org June 25 & 27—Boulder CMF & RMCMA Beethoven Lives Upstairs for ages 4+, at 10 am, located at 900 Baseline Road. Introduce young children to the excitement of live orchestral music with a semi-staged concert featuring selections from Beethoven’s greatest compositions. Tickets $8. Call Pris Walker at (303) 665-0599 or e-mail walker@COmusic.org for more information or check out www.COmusic.org

July

JUST FOR FUN

July 12 - 17—Estes Park Estes Park Rooftop Rodeo for all ages, beginning at 5:30 pm, located at Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. Named the Outstanding Small Rodeo in the nation 3 years

in a row, will kick off with a colorful parade on July 12 at 10:30 am. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) cowboys compete in saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, bareback bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding. Midway activities begin at 5:30 pm, with the rodeo starting at 7:30 pm. Call (970) 686-6104 or e-mail cvbinfo@estes.org for more information or check out www. VisitEstesPark.com July 13—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m Science of Bubbles class for ages 3-8 years, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. We will explore the nature of water, air, and soap. Everyone will experiment with different tools for blowing bubbles. You will get to take home what you make! Classes available for Pre-K and Grades K-2nd. Advanced registration required. Call (303) 6042424 or check us out online at www.wowchildrensmuseum.org for cost and registration information. July 23—Broomfield Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s Open House Community Fest for all ages, from 12 to 5 pm, at 3001 Industrial Ln. #12. This family & community fun event is free event! There will be food, games, crafts, dance demos, balloon, face painting and so much more. Go to www.bncdance.com to learn more. If your organization would like to participate and have a booth please contact us at info@bncdance.com or call (303) 466-5685.

Music, Dance ‘& Theater

July 1-3—Boulder Alice In Wonderland, for all ages. Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 11 am and 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, at The Magic Playhouse, 5311 Western Ave, Ste. D. Join Alice and the large cast of eccentric characters in this extraordinary tale that has mystified generations. Enter an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties, where playing cards hold court and nothing is as it seems. Whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day in our imaginative musical adaptation of a favorite classic. Tickets: $10 kids 12 & under/$12 adults. Call (303) 2458150 or www.theaterforkids.net for more information. July 1, 15, 29—Boulder CMF & RMCMA Family Fun Concerts for ages 4-7, at 2 pm, located at 900 Baseline Rd. July 1: Woodwinds; July 15: Brass; July 29: Strings Tickets: $5 Call Pris Walker at (303) 665-0599 or e-mail walker@COmusic.org for more information or check out www. COmusic.org

July 15 -24—Louisville The Art Underground The Wizard of Oz for all ages, at 2 & 7 pm, located at 1341 Main St. The Colorado Repertory Theatre, professional company of The Art Underground, is staffed by Broadway stars and featuring a professional flying system and live Toto, too. This is a “must see” summer event. Call Lori Jones at (720) 879-2290 or e-mail info@theartunderground.org for more information or please check us out online at www.theartunderground.org July 16 - Boulder Boulder Public Library Concert Series, Journey Around the World for all ages, from 2-5 pm, located at 1000 Canyon Blvd. Song writing workshopa anc concert. Learn to play the Didgeridoo! FREE. Call Juliette Leon Bartsc at (303) 4414492 or e-mail bartschj@boulderlibrary.org for more information or check out www.boulderlibrary.org July 20 to Aug. 24—Boulder Shalom Baby-Boulder JCC Magical Music with Kristin McLean, for ages 5 mo-5 yrs, from 10:30-11:15 am, located at 3800 Kalmia Avenue. A fun-filled, hands-on music program for young children that includes singing, movement, instruments, a parachute, and more! Call Beth Litz at (720) 364-1812 or e-mail beth@ boulderjcc.org for more information or check us out online at www. boulderjcc.org

Submitting Events Boulder County Kids

• If you have a dated calendar event in August, September or October, please let us know by July 5th! One-listing per-month limit on a space-available basis, with nonprofit and free dated events prioritized. Please go to our website at www.bouldercountykids. com, click on the calendar button and fill out the automated calendar form. To be on our e-mail reminder list, e-mail to calendar@bouldercountykids.com with an E-mail Reminder Request in the subject line. We will send you back a receipt on all submissions and requests.

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BOULDER County Kids COTTAGE DAYCAMP

2011 BCD SUMMER CAMPs & ENrichment classes

EXCURSIONS INCLUDE

• Horseback Riding • Amusement Parks • Water Parks • Bowling • Mini-Golf • Roller Skating • Waterslide Pools • Laser Tag • Museums and more! Base Camp Activities: Art, Pottery, Carpentry, Science, Cooking, Sports, Games and more! Ages 5 to 12 (Jr. Camp for ages 5 to 6) Divided by age • Flexible scheduling References available

Offering Summer Camps for preschool and school age children June 6- August 12th. Also offering a wide range of specialty camps and classes for every child’s interest throughout the summer. Science, Music, Theater, and more...

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For more information and registration forms visit us at

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PART- AND FULL-DAY PROGRAMS • Preschool and Kindergarten

• Infant/Toddler Nursery • School Age Programs • Camp (See Above)

BOULDER 805 30th St. (303) 449-4380 1301 North St. (303) 546-6814

LONGMONT 1941 Terry St. (303) 651-3780 651

Owner/Director: Lisa Miracle Owner/Director: Kayleen Stratton

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Camp Quantity Discounts Apply! Space is limited, enroll early to guarantee your spot. Activities will vary from week to week.

*<01$67,&6²&DPSVUXQZHHNO\0D\VW²$XJWK Half Day Sports Readiness Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ages 7 - 12, Tues & Thurs, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm We will be working on power, speed, agility, plyometrics, core stability, and flexibility, mixed in with gymnastics, eye-hand and eye-foot coordination, rock climbing, basic ball-handling skills and trampoline. Half Day Combo Camp â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ages 4 - 7, Tues & Thurs, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Campers will participate in gymnastics, dance, rock climbing, crafts, and other fitness-related activities, games, creative movement, and outdoor play on our play field. Full-Day Gymnastics Camp, August 8-12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ages 7 & up, Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Week long gymnastics camp consisting of four hours of gymnastics training daily. In addition to gymnastics (vault, bars, balance beam, floor exercise) and trampoline, campers will do dance, outdoor games, stretching and strength work, team building activities, even a day at the pool! Learn from special guest NCAA Athletes and Coaches.

'$1&(²&DPSVUXQZHHNO\-XQHWK²$XJWK Princess Camps â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ages 2 1/2 - 4, Tues & Thurs, 9:45-11:45 am Ages 5-6, Mon & Wed, 9:45-11:45 am Dancers will learn the vocabulary and movement of both ballet and jazz dance along with fun crafts, movement activities, and stories. Airborneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ballet Intensive, August 8-12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ages 10 & up, Monâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thur, 3:00-6:00 pm & Fri 12:00-3:00 pm Week long Intermediate/Advanced level Ballet Intensive. Classes will include ballet, pre-pointe/pointe work, classical character dancing, ballet history and video studies, and more. *Must be at least 10 years old and have completed two consecutive years of ballet training above the pre-ballet level.

 Come visit and observe

our child-centered, balanced approach to teaching that has fulfilled so many families for over forty years. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see how you can give your child a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

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Boulder County Kids Summer 2011  

Summer issue covering 10 pages of camps, birthday party directory, preschools, privatee schools, health tips, outdoor activities, summer eve...

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