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Volume XVIII No. 1

Spring 2012

SPRING ISSUE! Cover by Joselin Mosqueda


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Contents

Volume 18 No. 1

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

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

Cover Story-Joselin Masqueda......................... 5 Special Needs Toys .............................................................. 6

Kids’ Planet.......................................................... 8 Helping Our Children To Learn. ............................ 10

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

Gain Control over your personal finances............ 16

Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There!. ..... 17 News about Town. ............................................. 18 HELPFUL SERVICES DIRECTORY. ........................... 19

10 Household Cleaning Tips................................. 20 Help, Do I Need a Doula?.................................. 21

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

The Tiny Tim Center

2012 Tax Changes with Betty Ann............... 24

Now Enrolling Preschool & Kindergarten Summer & School Year 2012/2013

To iPad or Not to iPad, That is the Question. ............. 28 Avery’s Avid-Reader Corner. ........................... 31 CAMP DIRECTORY.......................................................... 32–42 Choosing a Summer Camp................ 43 Child Care/Preschool DIRECTORY....... 44–48 Private school DIRECTORY............................ 49–50 Health care Directory.......................................... 51

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Boulder Art Talk ................................................... 26

Is Your House Green?....................... 28

HomeMade Shampoo. ............................................. 29

Health Tip...................................................................................... 51

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

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS................................. 54–57 Spring Calendar of Events......................................... 58–61 Editor in Chief - Jennifer Martin Cool Cover Art - Joselin Mosqueda Best in the World Printers - Longmont Daily Times-Call Distribution Gurus - CircServ Official Mascot - Luna To Perfection Editing & Proofing (really the gal is so good!) - Linda Carlson Cover Art Photography - Greig Robertson The Most Awesome Web Designer - Bolderwomen: www.bolderwomen.com

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ow, we are 64 pages this issue, the biggest we have ever been over the last 17 years! Our CAMP DIRECTORY is up to 11 pages now. We hope you can find the perfect camp programs to make next summer better than ever. We hope you had a great break and are really to get back to school and learn lots of wonderful new things. We love to hear from you, so be in touch and be well!

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Special Needs Toys by Sarah Hagerman

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inding toys for special needs children, particularly those on the Autism spectrum, can be a challenge. But there are many great options for children with developmental needs, and new research is leading to more options and products than ever before. Some toys are specifically designed to provide therapeutic benefits, while others are popular, often basic, toys that can be used in play therapy. These are some of our favorite options at Grandrabbitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, based on both our own research and the recommendations of our customers.

To encourage tactile and sensory development, clay

and dough are simple tools that provide endless possibilities. There are many options to choose from among our art supplies, but a great choice for conscious consumers is Clementine Art Modeling Dough. The clays in this three-pack each come in an energizing fruit scent, and the all-natural ingredients, with no chemical dyes or additives, ensure a safe play experience. Best of all, Clementine is a Boulderbased company, started by a local art teacher!

Fidget Toys can help with attention, calming and focus. Although there are many fidget toys to choose from, sometimes the most

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basic options work the best. Squeeze balls, such as the popular foam stress balls, and basic rubbery squishy balls are inexpensive, but effective fidget toys. A popular item weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen among special ed teachers who shop at Grandrabbitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is the IsoFlex Stress Ball. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rubbery balloon style latex sack filled with microbeads, so it has tangible weight and resistance when held in the hand.

Sensory balls, which are balls covered in rubbery points, are a simple, yet versatile and valuable therapeutic toy. Besides improving dexterity and coordination if used for active play, the knobby surface can be used as a relaxing massage tool. Edushape makes an affordable four-pack in bright primary colors, and Gertie makes both softer Nobbie and firmer Bumpie balls â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they even make a Nobbie Football!

The Fun and Function Weighted Vest is a wonderful tool to help calm and create sensory input for children, mimicking a deep embrace. Cute and stylish, these smartly designed vests feature weights safely tucked in pockets inside the vest. The weights can be added and removed, and the vest comes with two ½-pound weights and four Ÿ-pound weights for a total of 2 pounds. Another weighted option is large sand animals. The lizards and snakes especially can drape easily over a shoulder or around the back of the neck to provide the calming feeling of a hug.

Another great product by Fun and Function is their Peanut Ball. As the name suggests, it is a large ball shaped like a peanut. This shape creates a saddle seat for children who need more stability than a traditional therapy ball. The ball can be used instead of a regular chair, it can be sat on like a bench, or straddled to provide a stable position to bounce. It can also be tossed and bounced during active play. This product provides much needed core stabilization and balance, in a fun, colorful ball that will quickly become a family favorite.


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Wakiyama, are adorable in their own right, but each character comes with a story and three plush â&#x20AC;&#x153;feelings.â&#x20AC;? Parents, educators and therapists can then use these emotional plush toys with the character to encourage conversations about emotions and positive expression. A how-to Kimochis Feel Guide is included with each toy, which features instructions on how to use the Kimochi and a back story on the characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality. This is just scratching the surface of the many fantastic play therapy toys and tools available to parents, therapists and educators.

Finally, two products that we explored in our Fall 2011 article on back-to-school products are worth mentioning again, because they are fantastic tools for teaching emotional development. Emotional development and socialization can be trickier and less concrete to encourage than language skills or motor development, so finding tools to assist in this process is key. Todd Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feeling Flashcards feature artist Parrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s distinctive, colorful illustrations. The set contains 20 sturdy flash cards, which are printed with two opposite feelings, one on each side, such as happy and sad, silly and serious, or brave and scared. Another fantastic toy to encourage emotional development and communication is Kimochis. The charming stuffed characters, designed by famed childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrator Hanako

We are always looking for suggestions at Grandrabbitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, as well as insights into how products we currently carry can be used in play therapy. If you have any questions or would like to make a suggestion, just talk to a friendly Grandrabbitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s associate at any of our three locations! You can stop into any of our Grandrabbitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locations and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable staff or check out www.grtoys.com.

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BOULDER County Kids Kids’ Planet... with Thorne Nature Experience Drawing by Kara Priest

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erendipity is a great word. It was coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole after characters in the fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, who had a gift for finding good things accidentally. Put another way, it is the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accident, according to the dictionary. I like to say that it is being in the right place at the right time. This applies especially to being out in nature because you never know what surprise you will accidentally stumble upon or what discovery you might make. That’s why I call it the “serendipity of nature.” Let me give you some examples. In June of my sophomore year in college I was asked to do a breeding bird census of the Audubon Center in Greenwich, Connecticut. •

Ruffed Grouse Since it was an area of about 350 acres, I usually did 20 acres a day. I was out at 4:30 am each morning to hear the first bird songs. Only the male bird sings to stake out his territory, so a singing male means a breeding pair most of the time. One morning at dawn’s first light, I was standing at my starting post. There was a big log in front of me. Suddenly a Ruffed Grouse, a large pheasant-like bird, flew in and landed on the log and started to “drum.” A grouse makes this drumming noise by beating its wings. The old-timers used to say that it sounded like cranking up a Model T Ford. The drumming sound will carry

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for a mile, and it is the way a male grouse attracts a female or challenges another male if it gets too near his territory. I had often heard this drumming at a distance, but here was a grouse only three feet in front of me, and I could watch the whole process. The bird obviously did not notice me because of the low dawn light. He kept right on drumming until I finally had to sneeze and he flew away. That experience was indeed serendipity! Nature surprised me that morning. Two other good examples were when I was leading a Field Ecology field trip at Naropa University and we had stopped by Boulder Creek to observe some ducks. Suddenly a beautiful Peregrine Falcon flew right past us, close up! We could have been there a hundred times and not had that particular opportunity. But just a few minutes later we were walking on the Bobolink Trail off of Baseline Road when we spotted a big raptor sitting on a tree in the distance. We were able to walk right under the tree where this bird was roosting, and it didn’t fly away. It was

an adult Prairie Falcon. We looked up at it, and it looked down at us, but it didn’t fly. Then after a while, it dove into the meadow right in front of us, caught a vole and flew away with it. This was exciting for the students to see. Again, we could have been on that trail many times and not seen such a dramatic event. If you go out into nature enough times, you will also discover its serendipity, because it is always springing surprises on you, such as a beautiful sunset, a flock of honking geese or Sandhill Cranes overhead, an amazing cloud pattern, a hummingbird at a flower, or the lovely autumn color of a nearby tree. Leave your iPods and computer games behind, and turn on all your senses as you go outside and look for nature’s serendipity.

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Suggestions today to increase your child’s success tomorrow!

Helping Our Children To Learn by Porsche Young

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egardless of whether they are located in a struggling inner city or in a wealthy suburb, schools are generally organized into classrooms where students receive units of information. As parents, we send our children to school with the hope that they will be taught the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic. Teachers, who already have mastered these skills, employ a variety of techniques as they pass their knowledge on to the students in their classes.

Some students enjoy this flood of new information. They thrive on paying attention in class, and memorize the data required to perform well on subsequent tests. It is as if they are sponges eager to soak up knowledge and motivated to share how well they understand. Traditional classrooms are designed for such students who are ready to listen and learn. In fact, with classrooms as large as they must be, it is difficult to design schools in any other way. Unfortunately, not all children are receptive to such classes. Or, a student who does well in a math classroom may struggle when asked to read. Or, a person

who excels in reading may be challenged with learning math facts. Some students decide that they would rather be labeled “forgetful” than “slow” or “dumb”, so they “forget” to turn in homework or they don’t bother to study for tests. HOW DO WE HELP OUR CHILDREN LEARN? Sometimes, parents seek the help of tutors. Such parents figure that with a bit more assistance, their child will regain academic success. However, will working with a tutor bring any more success than the traditional classroom?

That, of course, depends on your child’s learning style. Most tutors were trained to teach in large classrooms. They are skilled at imparting information and are concerned with arriving at the correct answer. Thus, even though tutoring may assist a student in completing daily homework, such help is often not reflected in higher scores when the student is given a test that covers several weeks of assignments. WHAT HAPPENED? Usually, students who are experiencing difficulty in school need more than a traditional tutor. Children who

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are not successful in school need a different approach. STUDENTS THRIVE WHEN THEY ARE INSPIRED TO THINK Children might enjoy dissecting words or manipulating numbers until they understand WHY certain letters are grouped to make particular sounds or HOW numbers are related to one another. Teachers and tutors who serve as coaches encourage students to THINK. Efficiency is not as important as determining whether a student UNDERSTANDS. For example, when solving the math problem “20+10=30” it is helpful for a child to understand that 20 is a way of writing 2 groups of ten. When adding another group of 10, it then may be immediately obvious that there are now 3 groups of ten and that the answer is written “30.” This process takes a bit more time than merely asking children for the correct answer to “20+10=30”. However, it results in more understanding about numbers than when students count on their fingers or use a calculator to solve the problem. Children who understand numbers discover that they enjoy math because it is no longer an intimidating mystery. They are more inclined to know whether it is more appropriate to add or to subtract (as opposed to randomly choosing addition, and then quickly changing to subtraction if their answer is incorrect.) As students become more comfortable with numbers, they generally raise their hands more often in class and become more diligent about turning in assignments. STUDENTS THRIVE WHEN THEY USE WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW

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Children who are encouraged to incorporate what they already know about a subject will more easily remember what they are learning. For example, it may be difficult to identify the names of individual states unless students can tie a particular state to a personal experience. Thus, it is easier to remember that Nebraska is where Grandma lives or California is where Disneyland is located, than to just remember that Nebraska and California are states. When students can tie new facts to information they already know, they usually have a greater interest in learning. When children are encouraged to think, they often more easily remember new data, even weeks after a test. Students who experience difficulty in traditional classrooms may indeed be more intelligent than is reflected in their grades. Such children may thrive when placed in a situation that is less concerned with teaching and more inspired to motivate students to actually learn..

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, or to schedule Porsche to speak to your group, call her at (303) 9380136 or please e-mail, porsche@ learningpower.us

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choice in your spray bottle so that it is not too much. 4. Add water and spray around your body to create a sweet environment. One other thing I like to do during the cold months is to make decorations, with natural ingredients such as cinnamon sticks and star anise. It is a simple way to celebrate and to explore your own creativity. To make a natural ornament, you will need glue and some cinnamon sticks. You can arrange them to make a perfect star. You may put a star anise in the middle witch is a seed that looks like a small star. This will have to dry for a while, but afterward, you will have a beautiful little piece of art. I also enjoy making eye pillows with flax seeds and bits of lavender. This is an easy thing to do. I recommend soft velvety fabric, because it feels lush on your eyes. For this creation, you will have to sew a piece of fabric so that only one side is still open. You then fill it with herbs until it is about full. Sew up the last side and lay the pillow over your eyes. This can help to relax you and lead you into a mystical sleep. Our world is filled with so much creativity. It is important to observe our surroundings and to take time to delight in our worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beauty. I feel that it is fun to create beautiful objects that share delight among family and friends.


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Gain Control Over by Steve Carr

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he cornerstone of healthy personal finance is saving money—something many people struggle with their entire lives. However, if you begin to teach your children about saving for the things they want when they are old enough to ask for toys, books, entertainment items, and so on, they will start to learn about the benefits of savings.

Work hard for your money

Help your children make the connection early in life that money isn’t something freely given, but is earned through work. This isn’t to say that you should put your children through hard labor. Instead, simply let them know that nothing comes free and that you work hard for your money, have a budget, and plan to spend it wisely.

Allowance

Consider providing an age-appropriate allowance to your children. Despite all the allowance controversies, age-appropriate chores and

rewards are key. Tie their allowance to the successful completion of certain jobs/ chores throughout the week. You may also choose to set dollar amounts for various nonroutine tasks, such as cleaning the basement or the garage for older children. Younger kids can perform simple tasks like setting the table and keeping their room clean, where the focus is doing their best and learning follow-through. Older kids can take on more lengthy jobs, like mowing the lawn or helping with cooking dinner in exchange for greater compensation. An allowance is an excellent tool for children to learn to manage their money responsibly. For example, your child may want a digital camera that costs $50. If they receive an allowance of $5 a week, it’s their choice if they want to buy candy or go to a movie today for example, or forgo that and save for the digital camera for several months. Experts agree that budgeting and spending wisely is best learned

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Your Personal Finances their money and to stay on top of their finances.

through experience. You can help encourage your children to save more by offering to “pay interest” or matching part of their deposit into their own account. Typically savings begin to add up when they can immediately see the benefits of not spending their money. Many times, the momentary desire of spending passes, but the satisfaction that comes from saving money lasts indefinitely.

Budget

To most kids (and many adults for that matter), “budget” is a foreign concept. Children don’t realize that their parents don’t have an unlimited amount of money to spend unless it’s explained to them. Letting them know that you have a budget and that your income is allocated to all the various expenses each month will provide them with the foundation of wise money management skills. Helping your children identify what they truly value and assisting them in developing a savings plan to reach those goals can be invaluable to their financial future. Most teenagers are sent off to college without any preparation on how to budget their money. While many expenses are taken care of, such as tuition, housing, and food, setting up a budget for their other expenses will help set them on the road to success and avoid many surprises. The important part is developing a conscious plan for

Lead by example

Children acquire many of their parents’ habits, which typically influences their lifestyles as they grow up. As you shop for groceries, share your thought process with them on how you make the most of your money and explain that generic brands, buying larger sizes, using coupons, and seeking sale items are different ways to save money. Consider opening a savings and other accounts at a credit union. Bank fees and financing rates are expected to continually escalate. Opening an account is a perfect way to ensure your savings won’t unnecessarily be dwindling away. Also taking your children in to open their own savings account at a credit union is important. The physical act gives them ownership and makes savings real. Later, review the monthly statements with them to help them learn about earning interest and growing their savings.

Money doesn’t grow on trees

While money doesn’t grow on trees, your children’s savings can grow substantially if you take the time today to plant the seeds. And like trees, savings can grow with proper nurturing. Steve Carr is a vice president at the Boulder Valley Credit Union at 55th and Arapahoe in Boulder. Call (303) 442-8850 or visit www.bvcu. org for more information, if you have any questions or would like to share a financial myth that we can expose.


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Don’t Just Do Something—Sit There! I

by Jessica Dancingheart

remember a college friend had become so cynical about the quality of human connection, that when somebody asked her how she was doing, her response would sometimes be, “Suicidal thank you” juxtaposed with a big smile on her face. Sadly, most people walked by or continued on their merry way, without really listening to her words. As humans, we all need to know that we matter, that we are understood, that people care enough to stop and know what is going on in us. We rush ourselves to accumulate, to accomplish, to give the best we can to our children. Sadly, in our rushed culture, children are taken from one activity to the next in school and after school, and they get very little time to connect with their parents, siblings, and friends. There is such a great focus on accomplishing and learning and mastering that the individuals behind all these activities get lost. The goal becomes more important than the individuals on the journey. There is a great documentary, The Race to Nowhere, that talks about the toll a hurried life has on children — high stress levels, exhaustion, burnout. The impact is the same on the parents. I personally believe that because

getting to know him/her. Our children are precious, and I posit that our connections with them are great gifts.

of this race we put ourselves and our children through, we increase the odds for alienation, misunderstanding, and loneliness—hence the high rate of depression in this country. I also believe there is an antidote—redefining accomplishment by moments of connection rather than the easily measured acquisition of material goods and skills. So how do you begin to increase moments of connection? Look at your calendar, see if everything on it is truly more important than connecting with your child. Instead of rushing through a meal, listen to the ideas and thoughts your child brings home—taking a genuine interest in his/her perspective. Make time to play games. One of the great paradoxes of life is that playtime actually increases productivity and builds bonds. Ask yourself, in five years or ten years when my child is grown up, will it really matter that she/he

got a certain popular toy as a gift? Or, that I live in a large house that requires much of my time and energy to maintain? Or, that I got a certain promotion? Or, that I rushed him from one activity to the other? When you feel the urge to do something, stop and just sit there and take the time to share yourself with your child without bringing in a teaching point, just with the pure goal of letting him/ her get to know you and you

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.

Dying Eggs this Easter? Use natural dyes:

red cabbage — pink beet juice — pinkish purple or light red wheat grass— light yellowish green yarrow — yellow blueberries — blue and purple red onion skin — pink

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News about Town...

Announcements:

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ob L. Burger Recreation Center in Lafayette will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 3rd, for ages 3-8, years at 10 am, located at 1600 Caria Drive. Avid egg hunters 8 years and younger, grab your baskets and join the Lafayette Recreation D e p a r t m e n t a t Wa n e k a Lake Park, and for younger children ages 1-2 at 11 am at Festival Plaza (309 S. Public Rd. Rain/Snow date is Saturday, April 7. This is a free event, so please arrive early! Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette. com for more information or you can also check out www. cityoflafayette.com

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he 13th Annual R MCC MO P S Kids Consignment Sale at the Boulder County Fairgrounds is February 17-18, from 9 am to 8 pm and to 4 pm on Saturday. Huge selection of gently used baby and children’s clothing, shoes, bikes, toys, videos, baby equipment, furniture and maternity clothing. If you would you like to be a seller e-mail rmccmops@gmail. com or call (702) 938-5175 for more information.

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hining Mountain Waldorf School and the installation of solar panels on the High School. This system will offset about 30% of the High School’s electric use, and Shining Mountain was recently certified as the first private school in Boulder as a Green Star School by EcoCycle.

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he Children’s Museum of Denver reopened their Fire Station No. 1 after several months of a floor-to-ceiling renovation. This iconic exhibit will return, better than ever. The Children’s Museum of Denver is located at I-25 and 23rd Avenue (exit 211), in the Platte River Valley. For more details about the museum and its programs and events, please visit www. mychildsmuseum.org

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emple Grandin School opened last fall. It is a school serving grades 6-12 and specializing in students with Asperger’s

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Syndrome and similar learning disorders. The independent school, named for the Colorado State University professor, animal scientist and autism advocate, features a student-teacher ratio of 6-to-1 and combine social and educational supports with challenging academics. Consequently, organizers are planning to start small —about 20 to 40 students in this first year of operation. Tuition will be about $20,000 per year, which includes core instruction condensed into four days with a fifth day devoted to directing students to pursue their individual interests. The school is located in Boulder at 6446 Jay Street. For more information call (303) 554-7363 or e-mail info@templegrandinschool. org or please check out www. templegrandinschool.org

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he 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair hosted by Lockheed Martin with be held April 27-29 in Washington, DC, at the Walter E. Washington Center. The nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering, and it is FREE! “The goal of the Festival is to inspire the next generation of science and technology innovators through a fun and exciting weekend that allows kids and their families to participate in over 2,000 hands-on activities and see more than 100 live performances by science celebrities, explorers, best-selling

authors, entrepreneurs and world-renowned experts,” said Larry Bock, executive director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Meet Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, space explorers, scientists and authors. A very cool event for any family, with hands-on activities and entertainment for every age. Please check online at www.usasciencefestival. org for more information. Remember, it is free, so all you have to do is get there.

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hristmas came early to Attention Homes and to the homeless teens it serves in Boulder. The non-profit received nearly $500,000 to renovate its homeless and runaway teen shelter at 3080 Broadway. Funding in the amount of $397,000 was provided by Jackie Long and The Wyss Foundation, created by Hansjörg Wyss. The City of Boulder’s Affordable Housing Fund is providing an additional $75,000 for the renovation. Attention Homes’ 3080 Broadway facility is home to its Runaway & Homeless Youth program as well as administrative offices.

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r a n d r a b b i t ’s To y Shoppe celebrates its 36th Annual Easter Egg Race on April 7th, for ages 1-10, from 10 am to 1 pm, located at 2525 Arapahoe. Call Betty Quigley at (303) 443-0780 or please e-mail besquigley@grtoys. com for more information.


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HELPFUL SERVICES Accounting

Discounts

Toys

Moxie Moms

Betty Ann Castleberry, CPA Accounting and Tax Services 303-444-6690 betty@xantari.com

Banking

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

Counseling Play Therapy Institute of Colorado Ages 2-11 303-517-6656 Contact: Staff info@playtherapycolorado.com www.playtherapycolorado.com Providing play therapy and counseling services for children struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, school difficulties, trauma, adoption, dysregulation and more. Hours: Call for an appointment.

Carefree Travel

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

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

Greig Robertson Informal outdoor photography andexpert garden consultations. greig241@gmail.com (303) 241-5150.

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Women-Owned Businesses

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6400 Arapahoe Rd. 303-419-5418 www.Boulderresourceyard.org We provide the community with a unique opportunity to buy or donate reusable building materials. Our stores make it easy to make smart environmental decisions, save money and find many beautiful, functional and historical items that otherwise would be in a landfill.

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BOULDER County Kids House Hold Cleaning Tiips

by Katie Sauer

Remove Wax:

Deodorize carpet or u p h o l s t e re d f u r n i t u re : sprinkle on let stand for an hour, then vacuum.

For a glass candleholder: Put in the freezer for a few hours, the wax will come right off. For carpets, tablecloths, etc: put a paper towel over wax and iron it out. The wax will absorb into the paper.

Uses for Lemon:

Furniture polish: mix two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice. Just a few drops on a soft cloth will make your wooden furniture shine. Buff with dry cloth to remove any excess oil. Store in a glass jar. Rust remover for tools and chrome: use salt and lemon juice to create a paste. Rub it into the rusted area with a dry cloth.

Crayon/Ink on Walls/Appliances/ Countertops:

Apply Colgate toothpaste and soft brush (use gently) or use a damp rag dipped in baking soda and scrub. Or use rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. You can also try using lemon juice directly on the spot. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls.

Stains on Clothes:

Apply Colgate toothpaste directly on the stain. Karo Syrup, for grass stains. Coca Cola, on grease stains. (Coca Cola will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight.)

Wine Stains:

Pour Morton Salt on the stain, it will absorb into the salt.

Grout:

Use Listerine or make a paste out of bleach and baking soda, smear on grout, let it dry 1 to 2 hours; scrub off with a toothbrush and clean water. DO NOT USE AMMONIA-BASED CLEANER AFTER!

Uses for White Vinegar:

Artificial Flowers:

Pour salt into a paper bag, add flowers, shake vigorously. The salt will absorb the dust and dirt.

Uses for Alka Seltzer Tablets:

Clean a toilet: drop tablets in, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. Clean a vase: fill with water, drop in tablets. Polish Jewelry: drop tablets into a glass of water and immerse jewelry for two minutes. Clean a thermos bottle: fill bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets and

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let soak for an hour or more if needed. Unclog a drain: drop three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain, follow with a cup of white vinegar, wait a few minutes, then run hot water down the drain.

Uses for Baking Soda:

Oven cleaner: sprinkle oven with baking soda, spray with water. Let it sit for several hours or overnight. Rinse with water. Drain cleaner: add one cup baking soda and one cup vinegar to a large pot of boiling water and pour it down the drain. Flush with tap water until drain is clear.

Polish patent leather with a cloth dampened with white vinegar. Reduce odor from cat or dog urine in carpeting. Dilute a cup of vinegar with a cup of room-temperature water. Apply and blot with a clean rag. Remove odor by placing a bowl of vinegar in the area that smells, leave 24 hours.

Katie the Cleaning Lady is at your service, with 25 years experience. “I started this business six years ago and still take care of the original clients that started with me.” Call (970) 222-2577 or e-mail her at katiesauer@comcast.net for a free estimate appointment.


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HELP! Do I Need a Doula?

…um, what’s a doula?

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by Jen Rodehaver

ou might need a doula if you are expecting a baby or have just welcomed a new baby into your home or perhaps a grandchild or niece or nephew or both! A doula is more than a childbirth or newborn specialist; she is an advocate for parents and babies and offers emotional support as well as practical assistance. The first few weeks at home with a newborn are challenging. Ideally, both baby and mom acquire a round-the-clock entourage of extended family and friends ready to meet their many needs. The reality for most families is those closest to the new mom are working and taking care of their own families. Grandma may have a full-time job! Sister lives across the country! And what about multiples? Boulder County has a remarkable number of twins and other multiples that require extra helping hands. A postpartum doula’s responsibilities include expert newborn care, laundry and baby-related tasks, cooking and caring for mother, and tending to the unique needs of each family. Parents may feel more comfortable making requests of a hired professional rather than the familiar “volunteer.” Doulas have been asked to walk dogs, run errands, enter-

tain siblings, and run interference with well-meaning in-laws. One of the most common requests, however, is “Could you hold the baby while I take a shower?” Some doulas offer massage for mother and infant, lactation support as well as commonsense advice and moral support to partners. Sometimes the arrival of a baby intensifies existing family drama. It can be quite a relief to a nervous new parent to have the ear of a neutral party. Whatever the circumstances of the birth, a postpartum mom has important physical and psychological needs. Research indicates lower risk of postpartum depression with the presence of a doula. It’s easy to find a local doula for yourself or as a gift. Certified doulas have special training and can be found through the Colorado Doula Association. Some doulas are strictly birth doulas and develop a close relationship prior to delivery. Postpartum doulas are used to fielding the frantic phone call exclaiming, “ We haven’t

met, but can you come over so I can sleep?” Whatever the need, everyone can agree that reducing stress promotes a more positive birth and postpartum experience. For more information, check out these websites:

CAPPA (Childbirth & Postpartum Professional Association): www.cappa.net DONA I n t e r n a t i o n a l : www.dona.org CDA (Colorado Doula Association): www.coloradodoulas.com Jen Rodehaver is a certified postpartum doula and night nanny. She resides in Boulder County and can be reached by e-mail at JRodehaver@hotmail.com or (303) 956 6189.

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Drawing by Fritz Scholder

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

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. I feel abandoned when my children come to visit me. I live in a retirement home and when they come to visit me from out of town, they sleep here and then leave all day. I just feel like they are on a vacation and using my place as a free place to stay. I am so grateful to see them at all, I am afraid to say anything. What can I do? I do want them to visit.

Signed 81-year-old mother.

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. I saw a painting recently of an elderly woman holding a beautifully roasted turkey on a platter. She was standing in the doorway of her kitchen,

looking into the living room with a forlorn look on her face. In the living room, her children and grandchildren had their noses in their iPads, laptops, and smart phones and appeared to have no interest in each other or even in her. Time marches on, and things change. How to cross these generational boundaries will involve some reaching and compromise. They need to know, and you need to tell them that you want to spend more real times with them on their visits. Do not sit quietly by waiting for them to notice your sadness. Remember, you may need to compromise on how the time will be spent. Your children and grandchildren are naturally going to be more active and energetic than you. Their interests are different. They may not want to stay at home to visit. This generation is not big on sitting in the living room and visiting. You’ll lose them to cyberspace. They may not want to visit a museum or go to a concert, but make the effort to join them on an outing of their choosing. Some years back I read an article on The 10 Rules of Aging. The first rule was, “Rant, don’t whine.” I’m not necessarily

in favor of ranting, but I surely don’t approve of whining. Speaking up will do just as well.

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. My grandmother used to tell me when I was little, if I was a little down, I should read Mark Twain. Can reaching books on humor actually help us be happier and less depressed? Signed curious parent.

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. I have a friend who often borrows movies from me. Lately she’s been asking for comedies instead of dramas because she says she needs her spirits lifted. They say “Laughter is the best medicine,” and it is a way to offset sadness in our society. One of the latest applications using humor involves our soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. These men and women are often having to contend with limb loss and the use of prosthetics. Humor is used among these patients to normalize the situation and help put things in perspective. It is an indication of acceptance and the decision to move forward in their lives. Humor is both a way in which to battle pain and an indication that we are succeeding.

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. For women, how significant are girlfriends to our mental health? I hear more and more

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about how important they are as I get older. Signed middle-aged woman.

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. There are many reasons female friendships are important in our lives. Friends help us live longer by lowering our blood pressure and heart rate. They bring joy to our lives and solace to our souls. Women understand the balm of commiseration and the comfort of dependability. “If you need me, I’ll be there.” But the question is why women’s bodies have a reduction in stress when they visit with their girlsfriends. According to the UCLA Study on Friendship Among Women, female friendship raises our bodies level of oxytocin. Oxytocin in the presence of estrogen lowers the level of cortisol, the stress hormone. It doesn’t work in men, as testosterone counteracts oxytocin. Our body’s chemistry can be shown to underlie our life’s experience.

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2012 Tax Change $

TAX CREDITS AND DEDUCTIONS FOR EDUCATION The tax law provides for savings vehicles and tax credits and deductions for expenses that qualify under the specific provisions for education. To assist with primary and secondary education, there are the Coverdell education savings accounts. The contributions into these accounts are not deductible, but the dollars grow tax-free and the distributions are tax-free to the extent that they are used for qualified expenses. You can also fund 529 plans with contributions that enjoy an exception to the general rules regarding the annual exclusion for gift tax purposes. The amounts grow tax-free, and the distributions are also tax-free, to the extent used for qualified postsecondary education expenses. These expenses include tuition and a modest amount of room, board and supplies. These plans are set up by each state and, therefore, careful planning is necessary to ensure that you select the best plan for your needs.

The Hope credit can reduce your tax for expenses associated with the first two years of college. The amount of the Hope credit is a maximum of $1,800 for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The American Opportunity Tax credit modifies the Hope credit for tax years 2009 and 2010. The allowable modified credit is a maximum of $2,500 per eligible student per year for qualified tuition and related expenses paid for each of the first four years, instead of just the first two years, of the student’s postsecondary education. Under the modified rules, the defini-

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tion of qualified tuition and related expenses is expanded to include related course materials. The Lifetime Learning credit is available for ongoing postsecondary expenses. The Lifetime Learning credit is allowed against the first $10,000 ($5,000 before 2003) of expenses for tuition and related costs for any course of postsecondary instruction. The maximum credit amount is 20% of all qualifying expenses ($2,000), or 40% of all qualifying expenses ($4,000) if they were incurred in certain disaster areas. Only one of the following can be claimed per student per year: American Opportunity credit, Lifetime Learning credit, or tuition and fees deduction. If expenses are paid for more than one student, all three benefits can be claimed in the same year by the same taxpayer as long as expenses for each student are used to claim only one benefit and the requirements for each benefit are met.

No credit is allowed if the return filing status is married filing single, if the taxpayer is claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return, or the taxpayer or spouse was a nonresident alien for any part of the year who did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. The Hope and Lifetime Learning credits have overlap between the type of expenses that qualify and the application of income limitations, so they should be evaluated carefully. Expenses that are used for the credits cannot have been paid for by scholarships or other tax-free distributions. Finally, to the extent that your educational expenses are incurred to improve or maintain your existing skills, they are deductible as trade or business expenses or as miscellaneous itemized deductions. However, it is important to note that the same expenses cannot be claimed for both a deduction and a credit. Betty Ann Castleberry has a master’s degree with an emphasis in finance and has been a CPA going on 29 years. She can be reached at (303) 444-6690 or e-mailed at betty@xantari.com if you have any questions.


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Boulder Art Talk On the Art Museum Trail

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by Brenda Niemand

he days are getting longer, but the cold reality is that spring is months away. A good way to dispel the winter doldrums is to visit an art museum. These winter havens are bursting with colors and shapes and exciting visual experiences that can provide the delights of a mini-vacation. Exploring them with children can be a special joy, since kids look at artworks with a directness and intensity that adults, with their preconceptions and art historical filters, can only envy. A few tips can make your museum visit a success. Most important, don’t set out to “do” the entire museum. Decide on one exhibition or department to focus on, and let the kids set the pace. Better to spend quality time with a few pieces than to charge through a spate of galleries. The experience is more stimulating for youngsters than you realize, so an hour will be more than enough. And don’t assume that your youngsters will relate to the cowboys of Western art but NOT to the impressionists—because they will surprise you. There’s no need to dispense lots of facts and information; youngsters don’t need to know about the artist or the period or the style. Your job is to foster the art of looking, and kids are really good at that! Depending on the age of the child, you might ask him/her to identify colors or to find in a blue sea the unexpected dabs of colors that can only be seen up close; to look for shapes

(circles, triangles); to discover an object that is suggested but not represented realistically. Ask what feelings the artwork communicates—joy, anger, fear, despair—and how the artist has achieved that effect. Does the work tell a story? Do you like the piece, and why? If you don’t like it, was it the artist’s intention to repel you or make you uncomfortable, and why might an artist do that? You will be amazed at how youngsters grasp what art is all about and how little they miss. They can stand before an abstract expressionist painting and tell you they “feel the yellow.” They will get the humor in a sculpture assembled from found objects. They can be brought to tears by a tragic scene. All with no help or prodding from adults. We should all be so lucky as to see art through a child’s eyes. The Front Range from Denver to Fort Collins is blessed with choices. Many of the museums and art centers on this list have interactive activities or exhibitionrelated programs for children, so inquire at the information desk, or check the website ahead of time for scheduled events your children might enjoy.

DENVER

Denver Art Museum 100 W 14th Avenue Pkwy Denver, CO 80204 720-865-5000 www.denverartmuseum.org Hours: Monday, closed.

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Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5 pm (Friday till 8pm); Saturday– Sunday, 10 am–5 pm. Cafe´, giftshop. Kids 12 and under are free.

DAM has worked hard to make the museum a fun destination for parents and kids. You can pick up a welcoming brochure, Free Things for Kids to Do Today, at the ticket counter. The family programs’ monkey mascot, Seymour, can be found throughout the museum, designating favorite stops for kids.

Clyfford Still Museum 1250 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80204 720-354-4880 www.clyffordstillmuseum. org Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm (Friday till 8pm); Saturday– Sunday, 10am–5pm. Kids under 6 admitted free.

This brand-new museum (next door to DAM) celebrates the legacy of Clyfford Still (1904–1980), an important Abstract Impressionist painter whose highly esteemed work is little known by the public, owing to the fact that he parted with very few of his paintings in his lifetime. The inaugural exhibition is a chronological survey of his life’s work, showcasing a small percentage of the approximately 2,400 works in the museum’s collection.

Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (MCA Denver) 1485 Delgany Street Denver, CO 80202 303-298-7554 www.mcadenver.org Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm (Friday till 10pm). Cafe´, giftshop. Kids under 6 admitted free.

A current exhibition (through April), Thinking About Flying, involves homing pigeons dwelling in a loft on the museum’s roof. Visitors wishing to participate in the pigeons’ training may take one home in a carrying case and release it from their home! Pigeons are available for loan Friday– Sunday, 2–5 pm, to those living within 30 miles of the museum.

BOULDER

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) 1750 13th Street Boulder, CO 80302 303-443-2122 www.bmoca.org Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Friday, 11am– 5pm; Saturday, 9am– 4pm; Sunday, 11am–4pm. Giftshop. Kids under 12 free.


BOULDER County Kids Every child should experience art made by artists working today, and BMoCA is a great place for that. Kids who love making collages and assemblages will be intrigued by two spring exhibitions (February 23– June 17). One, Edible? by Viviane Le Courtois, considers food in all aspects— preparation, consumption, rituals, social implications, and so on; it will include an interactive installation, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Concurrently showing is SP4C3CR4FT, by Jason Rogenes, who creates complex structures using Styrofoam and cardboard.

CU Art Museum On the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado, immediately north of the Euclid parking structure (1085 18th Street, Boulder, CO 80309). 303-492-1320 cuartmuseum.colorado.edu Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm (Tuesday till 7pm); Saturday, noon–4pm; Sunday, closed. Giftshop. Free.

In its handsome new home, CUAM mounts unique exhibitions as well as student and faculty shows, and presents rotating displays of its diverse permanent collections, which range from ancient Roman coins and Iranian pottery to Latin American santos and 19thcentury photography to a significant collection of contemporary art.

LONGMONT The Dairy Center for the Arts 2590 Walnut Street Boulder, CO 80302 303-440-7826 www.thedairy.org Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm, and during performances or screenings in Boedecker Theater. Free .

Boulder’s community arts center has three art exhibition areas devoted to the visual arts. Curated exhibitions feature local and regional artists and change every 5 to 6 weeks. Children will feel right at home here, since The Dairy is a locus for performing arts instruction and is often swarming with youngsters coming and going from their lessons.

Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western Art 6055 Longbow Drive Boulder, CO 80301 303-581-2100 www.leanintreemuseum. com Hours: Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm; Saturday, Sunday, holidays, 10am– 5pm. Gift Shop. Free.

This popular corporate museum began as the private collection of Ed Trumble, who accumulated art as he built his business of greeting cards, featuring original art by Western artists. The hundreds of paintings and bronzes on view in the museum have recently been augmented by an outdoor sculpture park. The museum is structured for self-guided tours.

LOVELAND

Longmont Museum and Cultural Center 400 Quail Road Longmont, CO 80501 303-651-8374 www.longmontmuseum.org Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9am–5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. Free admission to permanent exhibitions, but special exhibitions charge a fee. Gift shop.

This city museum showcases local and regional history and culture as well as changing art exhibitions, which range from Frederic Remington and John J. Audubon to Edward Weston and contemporary graffiti artists.

Loveland Museum/Gallery 503 North Lincoln Avenue Loveland, CO 80537 970-962-2410 www.ci.loveland.co.us Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday–Friday, 10am– 5pm (till 7pm Thursday); Saturday, 10am–4pm; Sunday, noon–4pm. Gift shop. Free.

The Loveland Museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year. Three galleries change exhibitions every 8 to 12 weeks. Jon Rietfors: Value Added, through March 25, presents a neo-pop contrast between the environment and the things we create from it. Portraits of the Prairie: Nebraska Landscapes that Inspired Willa Cather will be on display January 14–April 15.

FORT COLLINS

Firehouse Art Center 667 Fourth Avenue Longmont, CO 80501 303-651-2787 www.firehouseart.org Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5pm. Giftshop. Free.

Longmont’s community art center offers classes, programs, and outreach, but it also has an art gallery that mounts six curated art exhibitions a year. The art spans a wide spectrum of media and styles and features local and regional artists.

Fort Collins Museum of Art 201 South College Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80524 970-482-2787 www.ftcma.org Hours: Monday–Tuesday, closed; Wednesday–Friday, 10am–5pm; Saturday– Sunday, noon–5pm. Kids under 6 free.

Located in the landmark 1912 post office in Old Town, the museum is featuring (now through March 16) An exhibition of the innovative glass artist Dale Chihuly. The artworks will dazzle and amaze visitors of all ages.

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BOULDER County Kids Is your house Green?

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by Julia Wrapp

ccording to statistics for the U.S. E n e rg y i n f o r m a tion Administration, the largest single contributor to global warming is the building industry. All together the energy necessary to operate industrial, commercial and residential buildings, as well as the energy needed to produce all the materials that go into the creation of these buildings, is 48% of all the energy consumed in the United States. A large part of this energy consumption is in the production of virgin building materials. In addition, building materials make up 30% of an average U.S. landfill. Locally, demolishing a typical 2,000-square-foot house generates 150 tons of waste. We know that it’s easy to recycle or salvage at least 75% of that same house, and in some cases recycling/salvage rates of 95% have been achieved. So, deconstructing a home could prevent 110 to 140 tons of material from entering the landfill and return a large portion of that material to the building material stock. Using reclaimed and recycled materials saves enormous amounts of energy. “Embodied energy” is the total expenditure of energy involved in the creation of a structure and the materials in it. The average home

contains 892 million BTUs of embodied energy, an amount of energy equivalent to 7,826 gallons of gasoline, or enough to drive an SUV 5 1/2 times around the earth. The reuse of building materials results in the maximum possible preservation of embodied energy. With only a minimal expenditure of energy to clean and transport the materials to a new building site, their lifespan (and therefore the original investment of energy to create the materials) can be extended. The Island of Hawaii does not have the room for a landfill, and, therefore, when a neighbor wants to get rid of something, it is simply placed on the street in front of the house until someone who can use it takes it away. ReSource provides this service in a more orderly and organized fashion. Our island earth is finite. We really do not need to keep utilizing our valuable resources to create new as we are exiting an era of overconsumption and waste. Hopefully, the new era will provide for more conscious consumption, utilizing what has been created for a multitude of uses, into more creative uses recycling and repurposing. ReSource is a division of the Center for ReSource

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Conservation, which operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. (conservationcenter. org). ReSource promotes building material reuse, energy conservation, and deconstruction through innovative landfill diversion programming. Revenue generated from the ReSource Yard is reinvested into the community. Proceeds support our own operations and help to support and develop the new environmental programming of the Center for ReSource Conservation, including our Water Divisions, Slow the Flow Irrigation Inspection Program, Garden in a Box, and Trees Across Boulder. This energy division serves the community through the REAP Energy Action Program and Boulder Solar Week. ReSource basically diverts recycled materials for a landfill, to be reused or recreated within the community. ReSource serves the greater Front Range community, collecting materials that would otherwise be thrown into a landfill, discarded or disposed of. ReSource’s main inventory includes beautiful doors of all kinds, windows, window coverings, floor coverings, cabinets, counters, tile, light-

ing, sinks, tubs, and toilets and much, much more. If you are remodeling a room in your house, you might consider using recycled materials at a fraction of the cost of new materials and donating the materials you are pulling out for a tax deduction. The goal is to create a zero waste environment, whereby everyone uses and repurposes all materials. Julia Wrapp is the public relations and customer service representative for ReSource Boulder. Julia has a degree from the University of Colorado in International Business and Marketing, is a Colorado realtor and a native of Boulder. She is happy to provide a tour of the yard and welcomes the opportunity to share the value of ReSource with the greater Boulder community. Julia can be reached at (303) 4195418 for more information.

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BOULDER County Kids Home Made Shampoos

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SHAMPOO CONDITIONER Use one tablespoon of baking soda mixed well with one cup of warm water for washing hair. It’s clean afterwards, and no residual smell. One bonus of this is helps with eczema on the scalp and is gentle on the skin and really great for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Buy baking soda in large boxes from the supermarket. Optional: For normal hair 30 drops Peru-balsam essential oil 30 drops bay-laurel essential oil* For fine hair Add 30 drops Peru-balsam essential oil or 30 drops baylaurel essential oil.

Apple cider vinegar works very well. You can buy it at any supermarket. Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of water. Or, add 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of baby oil and a little more water.

Toothpaste 3 tbs baking soda (bi-carb soda) 1/4 tsp salt 2 tbs glycerine 15 drops peppermint extract or peppermint essence.

Method: Mix the baking soda and salt together, then For oily hair add the glycerine and form a Add 12 drops rosemary stiff paste. Finally, when all oil or 8 drops lavender oil ingredients are well-mixed, add the peppermint essence and mix thoroughly. Store in * (not recommended for an airtight container. pregnant women) Optional 1/8 tsp tea tree essential oil. This is very good for your gums.

Dog Dog SHAMPOO Conditioner There aren’t many ingredients, and they’re all cheap and easy to get hold of.

Conditioner helps in making your dog’s fur soft and shiny. The ingredients are even simpler than those for 1 cup of white vinegar (or the shampoo. apple cider vinegar) 1 cup of antibacterial 2-3 tablespoons of rosesoap. Ivory clear liquid is mary seeds a good option and can be 2 1/2 cups of water found almost anywhere. 1 quart water Start boiling the water 1/3 cup of Glycerin and then add the rosemary seeds. You should then let it Add the water into any boil for around 2 minutes. bowl or container appropri- After that duration, take it ate for mixing. Add all of off the boil and leave it to the ingredients: the vinegar, cool down so that it is warm soap and Glycerin. Stir well (not hot). Use a strainer to or shake in lidded jar. This eliminate the rosemary seeds is all it takes. Once stirred, from the water. Once you are your homemade dog sham- done shampooing your dog, poo is ready for use! It is pour the rosemary-water great for killing bacteria and solution over your dog, rubwashing off unwelcome dust bing it into his or her fur vigmites. Be sure to avoid your orously. Rinse your dog one dog’s eyes and ears when last time and towel-dry. applying this shampoo. The That is really all it takes white vinegar in this sham- for keeping your dog’s skin poo recipe will bring the pH and fur clean, soft and shiny, of the soap down and more without the use of chemicalclosely match your dogs skin filled commercial products. pH of between 6 and 7. Always do it the natural way for your dog’s well-being!

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To iPad, or not to iPad, that is the question by Karelle Sharf

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anna start a b r a wl? A t the next gathering of parents you attend, ask what they think of giving an iPad to a child, step back and watch the fur fly. One side is sure that by setting Junior up with the latest swell electronics they are paving the way to increased productivity, enhanced creativity, and a lifetime of super visual acuity. There’s a lot of research to support the idea that the wise use of an iPad or iPod Touch (same idea, just smaller and less expensive) can engage children in brain-stimulating activity, using puzzles, logic games and highly interactive multimedia entertainment that encourages reading and vocabulary development. These parents might also tout the increase in brain activity of a child engaging with

an iPad versus one planted in front of a TV. They might even note with relief that the iPad takes some of the pressure from them so they can have an adult conversation with a friend or get some work done in peace, often on their own electronic gadget of choice. The other side is equally convinced that the iPad is just another road marker on the highway to an electronic

hell devoid of human connection, healthy outdoor exercise, the ability to focus on a nonelectronic task or process and store information effectively. Not to mention lost childhood and actual physical injury. These opponents often direct their anger at what they see as a stunning lack of responsibility on the part of parents who have substituted gadget-time for facetime. And they, too, can cite

research to support their positions, some of which shows that kids that engage excessively with electronics may not be giving their brains enough downtime to process and store information, diminishing retention and learning, and that the task-switching inherent to these kinds of devices diminishes the ability to concentrate on an activity, oh, say, like homework. No one disputes that sitting still with an iPad in one’s lap does not encourage healthy outdoor exercise. Given the often heated nature of this debate it might be dangerous to jump into the fray and try to suggest that at least in some aspects, they’re both right. There are numerous ways that the iPad can enhance education, in the classroom and out of it. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of fun apps that

Did you know?...The Boulder Public Library has hundreds of children’s ebooks that work on iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and lots of other devices. Take a look at http://overdrive.boulderlibrary.org and click on “My Help!” to get started. Also check out the new iPad-compatible collection of Tumble Books--animated, talking picture books; get started at http://boulderlibrary.org/youth/ Have questions? Call (303) 441-3194 for more information and help from a friendly librarian. Oh, and you’ll need an active library card. If you don’t have one yet, just stop by and they will set you up. Happy reading!

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BOULDER County Kids promote logical thinking, problem solving, vocabulary development, reading and comprehension for all ages. That said, early childhood education experts are quite clear: there is NO substitute for engaged parenting. All the iPad apps in the world can’t replace talking with and explaining things to children, responding to their questions and guiding their explorations. And while learning to problem solve and think critically in computer environments has merit, spending downtime in the great out-ofdoors, electronics-less, hiking and exploring, building forts and jumping in leaf piles may actually do more for the processing and storing parts of learning than more playtime on the iPad. And while more and more books, from children’s board books to the classics to the latest New York Times best-sellers are available as ebooks, there’s noth-

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ing like a book made of paper and a flashlight under the covers. There is a place for technology in our lives and the lives of our children. It’s our job as adults and as parents to ensure that we and our children practice moderation in this, as in all things. Karelle Scharff is an information technologist and the owner of Best MacSolutions, is an Applecertified help-desk specialist, and a member of the Apple Consultants Network (www.bestmacsolutions. com), based in Ward. She provides training, service, and support to small businesses, home-based businesses, and individuals. Call her at (303) 459-3363. For an online version, please check out www.bouldercountykids. com and go to contents for direct links to the websites listed.

I’m Gonna Like Me

Grades: 4-8 Author: Jamie Lee Curtis Illustrator: Laura Cornell Publisher: Harper Collins Price: $10.36 (Hardcover/Barnes and Noble) Summary:

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I’m Gonna Like Me, tells the story of a young boy’s and girl’s daily life and all of the things that they’re going to like about it, whether that is the space in the boy’s mouth where his two teeth used to be, or whether it be the girl’s flowers and plaid, which she will wear that day. The bottom line is the story talks about how the kids do what they like, even if it is something that others don’t normally do.

What I liked about the Book: I thought that this was a great book, because it really begins to teach children at a young age to have self-esteem. Also, if you read between the lines, it also talks about not giving in to peer pressure, since the book specifically talks about not always going along with the crowd.

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C a m p Di rec tory to day camp. All food & equipment—except clothes & shoes is supplied for backpacking trips. Call Tommy Feldman at (720) 249-2997 or e-mail camp2012@aocamps.com or check out aocamps.com for more information.

ABC Kids Climbing

Boulder. All ages. Day camp. M-F. Call for hours. New Kids Only Climbing/Athletic facility! Build agility, balance and coordination, the cornerstones of athletics with ABC! Camps feature climbing, challenge courses, art, coopertive games, special events, supportive quality instruction. All ages and abilities. For registration and more information please call (303) 443-5437 (KIDS) or e-mail info@abckidsboulder.com or check out www.abckidsboulder.com

Active Boulder Kids

Boulder. Ages 2½-9. Day camp. M-F, 8:303:30 and extended stay 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Full- and part-day and drop-in 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. Active Bodies, Active Minds.

Adventure Quest

Boulder/Longmont. Ages 6-16. June to August. Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! This incredibly fun outdoor adventure invites kids to playact as the heroes of a dynamic adventure, solving mysteries, dilemmas, maps and riddles, swashbuckling foes using foam swords, and negotiating with interesting characters and monsters. 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.

Adventure Montessori Great Exploration 2012

Lafayette. Ages 3-10. Day camp. M-F. 7 am to 6 pm. Explore the summer with adventure! Tuition paid for each session. Offering hands-on arts and science summer camp. Starting June 4th. Great Exploration 2012 consists of six 2-week sessions full of discoveries for children. Campers will be placed in appropriate age groups. You can select the sessions of your choice. We offer part-time and full-time sessions. Weekly activities; campers will enjoy field trips to various places. We have wisely integrated in the program a review of reading, writing, and math; always keeping in mind that children are on vacation and fun is a must. Location: 250 South Cherrywood Dr., 80026. Call Eva Boyd at (303) 665-6789 or check out www.adventuremontessori.com for more information.

Afterbeat Drum School

Louisville. Drumming Exploration Camp! Age groups 7-9 and 10-12. Day camp. Oneweek sessions throughout the summer. M-F, 9 am to 12 pm. $200. A weeklong exploration and introduction of world rhythms on hand drums and drum set. We will focus on building a foundation of rhythm using Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, African, and Western music (rock and roll!). Kids will play in a group setting, make their own percussion instrument and perform live! Location: 901 Front Street (next to The Art Underground in downtown). To register or for questions, contact Christopher Beers at (720) 837-5410 or please visit www.afterbeatdrumschool.com for more information.

Airborne Gymnastics & Dance

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. We also offer weekly classes. See our website for details. Fees: vary by program. Address: 1816 Boston Avenue. Call (303) 651-1456 or e-mail frontdesk@airbornegym. com or check out www.airbornegym.com for more information. See ad.

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Alaya Preschool Summer Camp

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

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps Eldorado Canyon

(Formerly Mountain Day Camp)

Boulder. Ages 6-11. Day camp. 2-week & 1-week sessions, M-F. 8:15 am to 4:15 pm w/extended care options. $345/week. Camperships & discounts available. American Camp Association Accredited Camp, licensed child care by State of Colorado. Get away from the school building and into nature! Eldorado Canyon helps kids take summer outside, all day long. We create genuine connections between campers & staff & nature. Great staff & ratios; hiking, climbing, kites, crafts, music, environmental education programs and more. Transportation provided. Equipment needed: Campers must bring their own lunch, rain gear, and closed-toe shoes. We provide everything else—even a water bottle! Call Tommy Feldman at (720) 249-2997 or e-mail camp2012@aocamps.com or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

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

(Formerly Mountain Day Camp)

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

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Junior Program

(Formerly Mountain Day Camp)

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 camp2012@aocamps.com or please check out aocamps.com for more information.

Altogether Outdoors Summer Camps AO Sleep Away Camp

(Formerly Mountain Day Camp)

Boulder. Ages 9-15. Residential Camp. 6- & 13-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! 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 camp2012@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 and July, 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) Pioneer Girl’s Life in Colorado, 3) Fairies, Flowers, and Photography (2-day class only). The classes have a variety of crafts, games, music, dress up, and artifacts. Some field trips. Small class size. Fees $145/5 days, $60/2 days,


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C a m p Di rec tory am or pm in Boulder and Longmont. For exact dates, locations, and classes, please request a brochure by calling Ann Turbin at (303) 5016352 or please e-mail at touchthepast@gmail. com

Arvada Center Summer Camps

Arvada. Ages 1½-18. Mon-Fri. 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 4 and fill fast. Registration begins March 1, 2012. Location: 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., 80003. Call (720) 898-7200 or e-mail us at ac_cust_serv@arvada.org or check out www. arvadacenter.org for more information.

win your game. And much, much more! Everything we teach focuses on developing critical skills kids need to become literate in technology. All skill levels are welcome. Learn more at www.kidstec.com or call Carol Brackman at (303) 494-2687 today!

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, unique play structures, a large swimming pool, and a ropes course. A wonderful environment. Call Cindy at (303) 494-7508 or e-mail office@bixbyschool.org or check out www.bixbyschool.org for more info. See ad.

Boulder Dinner Theater Academy

Boulder. Ages 5-17. Day Camps. BDT Academy Summer Drama Camps. Middle/ high school camps include instruction, auditioning, rehearsing, and performing on the BDT stage. For elementary ages, we collaborate with the City of Boulder and offer ten 1-week playmaking camps. Contact Carrie Hausfather at (303) 449-6000 x193 or bdtacademy@gmail.com or check out www. bdtacademy.org for more information.

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 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.

Avid4Adventure

Boulder, Golden, Denver & Highlands Ranch. Ages 5-16. Avid4 Adventure day & sleep-away offer age-appropriate & safety-focused outdoor pursuits. In day camp, each week kids rock climb, mountain bike, hike, kayak, & canoe (plus backpack, raft & ropes course at sleep-away camp). American Camp Association Accredited and Licensed by the State of Colorado. Day Camp: M-F 8:45-2:30 ages 5-12 ($365/wk) in Boulder 6/4-8/17; Sleep-away: 7/15-28 ages 7-14 ($975-$1950). NEW Valmont Bike Park Skills Camp 5/28–8/17 for ages 7-14, ($395/ wk). Call (720) 249-2412, e-mail info@ Avid4.com or please visit www.Avid4.com for information. Save $15! Enter coupon code “bck” when registering online.

Technology Camp

North Denver metro area. Ages 6-16. JuneAugust. M-F. Our camps make learning technology fun and exciting! We explore great topics including LEGO® Robotics, Movie Making and Video Game Creation. Build a Crocodile Model Bot that snaps it mouth shut when its motion sensor detects movement. Win a Battling Bot contest with our LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots. Dig into our huge tubs of LEGO® and create a stop motion movie adventure. Create video games with imaginative characters and animation and see if your friends can

Blue Sky Kindergarten/Preschool

Boulder. For 21/2-6-year-olds. A neighborhood preschool/kindergarten, embracing the spirit of the seasons with storytelling, play, song, movement, carpentry, sculpture, play, music and outdoor explorations. Year-round programs, including summer camps. Rich and engaging programs available, including morning and afternoon daily programs and our lovely parent/child morning groups. Call (303) 443-4965 for more information or check out www.blueskykindergarten.com. See ad.

Boulder Country Day School Summer Camps and Enrichment Classes

Boulder. Ages 3-13. Offering summer camps for preschool and school-age children from June 4th to August 10th. 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.

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C a m p Di rec tory CampOonieKoonieCha.com or call Amy Haywood at (303) 413-1711 for more information.

Classically Kids Workshop Series

Broomfield Academy

Broomfield. Ages 5-12. Summer enrichment day camp: “The Journey to Other Worlds.” M-F, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, June 4 to August 3. Before & after care available from 7 am to 6 pm. Open to all area children! Sibling discounts. Two-week camp sessions, including space exploration, musical theater, robotics/tech, world music, art design, athletics, environmental science & paleontology. Swim every day and enjoy educational field trips. Age-appropriate arts & crafts, outdoor play and sports, and other fun activities. Electives include “cooking around the world,” snorkeling, photography, jewelry making, tumbling, dance and poms, the science of Star Wars, outdoor gardening, volleyball and magic. Children in the summer preschool and Prep programs (ages 3-14) will focus on enriching and sharpening their academic skills for the fall. Location: 7203 W. 120th Avenue. Call (303) 469-6449 or principal@broomfieldacademy.com or check out www.broomfieldacademy.com for more information. See ad.

Camp Muddy Paws

Boulder. Ages 6-10. Day camp. M-F. 9 am to 4 pm. June 4 - August 10. $525 for two-week session. Calling all animalloving kids! Campers will focus on making a difference in the day-to-day lives of shelter animals dogs, cats and small mammals. Learn how to be an Animal Adoption Friend, a Junior Animal Trainer and Junior Veterinarian. Offers a unique, hands-on experience with lessons on responsible pet guardianship, health and training and community volunteerism. Location: 2323 55th Street. Call (303) 442-4030 or e-mail camp@boulderhumane.org or check out www.boulderhumane.org/camp for more information.

Boulder, Louisville, Broomfield, Lafayette. Ages 6-12. June through August. Lifelong Learning offers full-day and half-day camps, M-Th. Visual arts, science, horseplay, intro to bouldering, theater, fencing, cooking, multi-themed camps and more. Visit us at www.bvsd.org/LLL for more information or call (720) 561-5968 to request a catalog.

Clementine Art Studios Summer Camp

Circus Arts Camp

Camp Oonie Koonie Cha Early Childhood Music Camp

BVSD Lifelong Learning Summer Camp Program

Children’s Peace Garden

Boulder. Day camp. Ages 4-10. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. Spend an active week in the garden investigating insects, creating art and exploring plants. We’ll grow and taste from the salsa garden and cook pizza using the power of the sun! All equipment provided. $160-$260 per week. Call Annie Sweeney at (720) 271-8453 or do check out our website at www.growinggardens.org for more information. .

Boulder. Ages 4-8. Day Camp. M-F. 9 am to 12:30 pm. June 4-8 or June 11-15. Registration fee: $45 Tuition: $195. Join us this year for “Jungle Jive,” a magical, musical safari! Rumble through the jungle dancing like wild animals. Practice African drumming and make your own masks and instruments. Jeff Kagan joins us fulltime this year to lead Science and Sound with his interactive explorations and a live critter or two. Music integrated with art, science, dramatic play, storytelling and Orff orchestra. Your kids will be singing along with their CD all year long! Location: 7520 S. Boulder Road, 80303. Visit us at www.

Boulder. Ages 8-16. Day camp 9 am to 3 pm. Two sessions: July 16-20 & July 23-27. Get your feet off the ground with all kinds of aerial equipment like trapeze, aerial net, fabric, and web, as well as ground skills like Chinese pole, circus bike, acro-stunting, and teeterboard! Focus on performance and an acro finale! End of week show! Bring lunch, a water bottle, and clothes you can move in. 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) 548-9340. For more detailed information, e-mail us at marcy@imaginationcircusarts.com

City of Lafayette

Lafayette. Ages 1st to 6th grades. May 29-August 3. 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 23rd 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.

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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.

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. Boulder’s original day camp. Ages 7-16. M-F, 7:45 am to 5:15 pm. As campers have sung since 1947, CMR is the best in all the world! Remember your camp? We’ve got the same spirit and the winning place, people, and programs! Build confidence & connections, community, friendships, nature, animals & FUN! Gentle Western horses, animal care, & relationship w/horses, mountainboarding, Native American Indian lore, team-building ropes course challenges, arts & crafts, archery, gymnastics & trampoline, disc golf, outdoor living skills, options for hiking, camping and outings for swimming and boating. Our awesome new barn was built since the 4-mile fire took our old barn! Location: 10063 Gold Hill Rd., 80302. Transportation provided to/from North Boulder Park. Equipment needed: Backpack, long pants for horseback riding & mountainboarding, sweatshirt or jacket, water bottle, & lunch. Licensed by the CO State Dept. of Human Services & Child Care. Call Lynn or Gail at (303) 442-4557 or e-mail office@ ColoradoMountainRanch.com and check out www.ColoradoMountainRanch.com


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Colorado Shakespeare Festival Summer Camp

Boulder. Day camp. Ages 6-18. Unlock the magic of Shakespeare’s language with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s wildly popular summer acting programs. Camp Shakespeare is a 3-week intensive for ages 10-18, in which campers rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s plays on the Mary Rippon stage! Camp Shakespeare runs July 16-August 3 from 1 to 5 pm. Shakespeare’s Sprites, now in its 2nd year, is 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. Please visit our website at www.coloradoshakes.org/education-outreach/camps for more information. See ad.

Colvig Silver Camps

Durango. Residential Camp. Ages 11-17: Four-week terms (6/11, 7/13), $4,220. Ages 7-10: two-week terms (6/11, 6/26, 7/13, 7/28), $2,110. More than 40 years of tradition and innovation in outdoor ADVENTURE and FUN allow us to provide each camper the opportunity to create their own summer experience in a positive, supportive community of camper and adult friends. Creative and diverse in-camp programming combine with exciting wilderness expeditions to meet your family’s goals for a summer, and a life, experience. Mailing: 9665 Florida Rd, 81301. Director Clay Colvig looks forward to speaking with you at (800) 858-2850 or e-mail us at office@ colvigsilvercamps.com. For more information visit www.colvigsilvercamps.com

Common Threads Summer Sewing Camps

Boulder. Ages 7-10 and 11-16. Day Camp. M-F. Half-day programs: 10 am to 1 pm or 2 to 5:30 pm. June 4 to August 10. Our fifth exciting summer! Each week projectcentered, multiple registrations welcome. Age-appropriate camps. Projects include machine and hand sewing, patternmaking, 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

Cornerstone Farm Summer Horsemanship Camp

Longmont. For ages 7 and up. Day Camp. 9 am to 2 pm. Introduction to Horses and Riding: M-F, June 11-15, July 9-13. For riders age 7 and up with little or no riding experience. Cost $400. Horse Show Camp: M-Sat, June 4-9, July 23-28, August 6-11. For all level of riders age 7 and up. Focus of daily riding lessons will prepare campers for a real horse show on Saturday. Cost $400 plus show fees. Your horse or ours. Dressage Camp, M-F: June 25-29, For riders age 7 and up. Minimum riding requirement of walk and trot. Guest instruction from Dressage trainer, Hallie Calliham. Cost $400. Your horse or ours. Ponies for Preschoolers Pony Camp: M-W. 10 am to 1 pm, June 18-20, July 30-August 1, August 13-15, for riders age 3-6. Campers will enjoy riding along with other horse-related activities. Cost $250. Equipment needed: Long pants, sunscreen, and sack lunch needed. Year-round riding lessons as well. Located at Triple Creek Ranch, 4255 Nelson Rd, 80501. Contact Jen Shannon at (303) 828-9040 or please e-mail Jen@cornerstonefarmllc.com or for more information visit us at www.cornerstonefarmllc.com

Math, science and technology are taught with hands-on activities that are engaging and informative. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced CU Boulder teachers utilize university and community resources to produce a stimulating environment, both indoors and out. New classes are offered year round, so your budding science enthusiast will have an opportunity to join us season after season! Please visit www. colorado.edu/sciencediscovery for more information.

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 28-August 3rd. Call for times. Broadway artist Nancy Anderson and others will lead special classes in dancing, acting and singing, ending in presentations. Adult Master Class as well! Call Dana V. Music at (303) 9745586 or e-mail danav@danavmusic.com. Please check www.danavmusic.com for more information.

Dream Makers Super Summer Fun

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.

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2012 Summer Horsemanship Camps

Introduction to horses and riding For riders age 7 and up with little or no riding experience.

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 for girls and boys. (Visit our website for specific weeks). Camp options include making your own movie, digital storytelling, writing stories/poetry, digital photography, 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.

horse show on Saturday. June 4-9, July

Camps run M-F and Horse Show Camp runs M-Sat from 9am to 2pm, for children ages 7 and up. Cost is $400 for the week

23-28, August 6-11

($400 + show fees for Show Camp).

June 11-15, July 9-13 Horse Show Camp For all level of riders age 7 and up. Campers will participate in a real

Dressage Camp Minimum riding requirement of walk and trot. Guest instruction from Dressage trainer, Hallie Calliham. June 25-29 Ponies for Preschoolers Pony Camp Ages 3-6 years June 18-20, July 30-August 1,

Pony camps run Monday through Wednesday from 10am-1pm, for children ages 3 to 6. Cost is $250.

and August 13-15

CU Science Discovery Classes & Camps

Boulder/Front Range. Ages 5-18. Science Discovery offers a wide variety of summer, day-off, holiday and after-school classes.

Contact: Jen Shannon 303.828.9040

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Jen@cornerstonefarmllc.com

Year-round riding lessons as well.

www.cornerstonefarmllc.com

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C a m p Di rec tory 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. Register online at www.eldoradoyoga.org or call 303249-1671 to register or 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. One-day camps, and four-week dance sampler classes are available for ages 3 and up. Dance sampler classes will include instruction for a different style of dance each week. Camp themes include Rock-Star, Teen Dance Day, Disney Princess, Spy Kids, and a National Dance Day Party! Call today to reserve your spot! Call Boulder: (303) 442-3745, Broomfield: (303) 466-8626 or e-mail us at info@elitedanceacademy.net and check out www.elitedanceacademy.net/camps for more information. See ad.

Exploring Minds Academy

Erie. Ages 5-11 yrs (completed kindergarten). Hours and days: 6 am to 6 pm, M-F. Super Funtastic Camp program that is designed to encourage learning with fun. Summer fun includes field trips galore, sports camp with physical fitness and coordination activities, 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 please check out www. exploringmindsacademy.com

Family HEART Camp of the Rockies

Regional. Residential camp for all ages, July 11-18 in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Family HEART Camp is a unique community experience for parents and children who want more harmony, ease, authenticity, respect and trust in their families and in the world. Please e-mail us at contact@ familyheartcamp-rockies.org or check out www.familyheartcamp-rockies.org for more information and pricing.

Friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; School Summer Programs 2012

Boulder. Ages 3-14. Day camp. Weeklong, morning & afternoon sessions. June 11 to July 27. Preschool, elementary, and middle school ages. Preschool backyard camps, cooking classes, fashion art, improv theater, circus, creative writing & paper-making, computer & robotics, hiking & journaling, experiential music, 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 SummerCamp@ friendsschoolboulder.org for more information. Registration starts February 1st.

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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.

ICPonies Summer Horse and Pony Day Camp

Longmont. Ages 6-11. Day Camp. June, July and August. M-TH. 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. See website for fees. Fun-filled days that include riding, crafts, games, lessons and water activity on the last day of week. Equipment needed: Closed in shoes, pants are required. Helmets provided. Call Isabel or Robin at (720) 445-1006 or e-mail ponies@icponies.com or check out icponies. com for more information. .

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Kamp Kutandara

Boulder. Ages 4-14. M-F, 9 am to 1 pm. Three sessions: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22. Our unique program gives children an in-depth opportunity to explore a wide range of music, dance, drumming and games from Africa. Kids play by ear and build their musical confidence on all levels. Held at air-conditioned Boulder Mennonite church in SW Boulder (not affiliated with Church).  Nonperishable snack, lunch and water bottle needed. No prior musical experience necessary; family and multisession discounts are available. Call Kutandara Center at (303) 443-2969, e-mail info@kutandara.com or visit www.kutandara.com for more information or to register.

Kindermusik at Longmont Suzuki Strings

Longmont. For ages 0 - 7 (accompanied by caregiver.) Day camps. M-F. 60 - 90 minutes per class. The Kindermusik Adventures summer camp series was created by the musical learning experts at Kindermusik International. Every activity helps children learn how they learn best by inspiring their natural sense of wonder and imagination in a developmentally appropriate, musical way. Location: 356 1/2 Main St, #2. Call Lisa Hollis at (720) 684-7684 or e-mail lisa_hollis@hotmail.com or check out www.lisahollis.musicteachershelper.com/kindermusik for more information.

Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet School

Kelly’s Kids’ Art Art Camp and Classes

Louisville. For all ages. Day camps. M-F. 9 am -to 3 pm. Weeklong art camps for kids. We will do fine arts and quality crafts, paint, learn art history and color theory and have a lot of fun! Full- and half-days available. Call Kelly at (303) 902-2451 or please e-mail kellywdesign@comcast.net or you can check out kellyskidsart.webs.com for more information.

Manifest Art Gallery Summer Art Camp

Niwot. Ages 7 to 13. Day Camp. M-F, Morning session 9 to 1 pm, afternoon session 1 to 4 pm, all day 9 am to 4 pm. Price includes all art materials and snacks. Children in the morning session or staying all day can bring a sack lunch or for an additional cost we can supply lunch. Summer camp sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis with 12 spaces in each session. NEW THIS YEAR... Student Art show and SALE! Every Thursday night from June 7th to August 16th we will have an exhibit of art work done by students attending the summer camps. Students are encourage to help show and sell their works. Location: 108 2nd Ave., 80544-0881. Call Karen Adler at (303) 6520952 or e-mail gallery@manifestartgallery. com check out www.manifestartgallery.com for more information.

Mountain Kids Summer Day Camp

Louisville. For ages 5-13. M-F, 7:30 am to 5:45 pm. Mountains of fun! May 29th thru August 10th. Mature, experienced staff, low camper to counselor ratio. Activities include gymnastics twice a week, optional swimming lessons, open swim, rock climbing, local field trips, hiking, open gym, picnics, special guests, and much, much more! Lunch, swimsuit, sunscreen, H2O bottle, and lots of energy required. 474 S. Taylor Ave., 80027. Call (303) 665-8287 or e-mail anna@mountain-kids.com or visit www. mountain-kids.com/louisville for more information. See ads.

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.

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-techs 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.

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 the Museum at (303) 651-8374 or visit www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum for more information.

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Mountain Peak Summer Camp

Longmont. For ages 5-12. Day camp. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, M-F. (June 4-August 10). 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 projects, games, etc. Full or part time. Location: 1833 Sunset Place, 80501. Contact Tom Buckett at (720) 494-1622 or e-mail mountainpeak@comcast.net or please check out www.mountainpeakschool.com for more information.

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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-week long 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 pottersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wheel, slab, and sculpture methods, creating pieces to be proud of.

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Boulder. Ages 8-11. Day camp. M-F. 9 am to 12 pm. $220 ($200 early registration) A super-fun intensive music program taught by local favorite Lisa Harrington, where campers will learn keyboard harmony, swing with the 12-bar blues, jam on African and Latin percussion, and dive into classical masterpieces with stories and art projects. An ideal supplement to piano lessons. Small class size means lots of individual attention, friendship and great music-making! Location: Mapleton Hill studio near downtown. Call Lisa Harrington at (303) 4490662 or e-mail lisaharrington@me.com or please check out www.lisaharringtonmusic. com for more information.

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.

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Northern Colorado Fencers Summer Camp

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

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 while learning to sing, dance, and act. June 4-8: Snoopy, June 11-15: Jungle Book and July 23-27: Wizard of Oz. Advanced 2 week workshop: July 30-August 10, Kiss Me Kate, (public performances Aug. 10, 11) while learning to sing, dance, and act. Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road. Call Jo Anne Lamun at (303) 786-8727 or check us out online at www.peanutbutterplayers. com for more information and registration.

        

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 June 18. Own costume required. A large cast of both children and adults will perform Narnia. The musical version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. A family musical theater presentation at the Harlequin Center for the Performing Arts, 990 Public Road. Auditions May 19 and 26, 1-4 p.m. Everyone gets a part. Performances July 19-22. $75 membership fee. Call Jo Anne Lamun at (303) 786-8727 or check out www.peanutbutterplayers.com for more information and registration.

Red Ball Kids!

Lafayette. Ages 9-14. Day camp. Summer Theatre Camp! M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. June 11-22. Red Ball Kids is a unique and funfilled conservatory-style theatre camp. Your children work collaboratively with each other and professional teaching artists to create original work. Throughout our two-week camp, kids learn skills in acting, clowning, improvisation, music, movement, and play writing. $550.00. Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1241 Ceres Drive with the final performance at the Mary Miller Theatre at 300 E. Simpson Street. Call Meridith Grundei at (720) 375-3742 or please e-mail inquire@redballkids.com or check out www.redballkids.com for more information. .

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.


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Longmont. All ages. Day camp. Call for days and hours. Summer Youth Program at the Farm. Internationally certified instructor. Lessons, camps and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mommy and Meâ&#x20AC;? 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.

Rock & Roll Camp for Teens and Kids

Lafayette. Ages 6-17. Day camp. 10 am to 4 pm or 9 am to noon. M-F. BEST OF BOULDER 2008, Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Rocky Mountain Anglers Fly Fishing Camp

Boulder. Ages 7 - 14. Day Camp. T/W/Th, 8 am to 4 pm. Session 1: July 10-12; July 1719; July 24-26. Session 2: July 30-August 2; Aug 6-9. 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.

Rocky Mountain Day Camp

Superior and Boulder. Co-ed 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 Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best summer day camp for boys and girls! $320 to $335 per week. Locations: 3351 Indiana St., Superior and 1301 High St., Boulder. Call David Hansburg at (303) 495-5204 or e-mail david@rockymtndaycamp.com or check out www.rockymtndaycamp.com for information and to register your campers.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camp Older Company

Boulder. For ages 8-16. Day camp. Join us for Narnia, Aladdin, Gleeful 2, and more. One-, two- and four-week camps, starting May 29. M-F, 9 am to 4 pm. Pre-care and aftercare available. Program includes dance, voice, music, makeup, performance, character building, musical theatre, improvisation, mime, creative movement, and stage combat. A nurturing, noncompetitive program that merges the creative process with professional product. Location: 5311 Western Avenue (near 55th/Arapahoe). Call (303) 245-8150, or register at www.theaterforkids.net. See ad.

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Summer Performing Arts Camp Younger Company

Boulder. For ages 5-8. Join us for Peter Pan, Beauty & The Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Three-week camps starting May 29. M-F. AM session: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. PM session: 1 to 5 pm. 8:1 student-teacher ratio. Program includes music, dance, acting, performance, musical theatre, imaginative play, and creative movement. Each session culminates with a final performance in our theater. Location: 5311 Western Avenue, (near 55th/ Arapahoe). Call (303) 245-8150 or register online at www.theaterforkids.net. See ad.

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Estes Park. Ages 10 and up. Residential camp. Junior Student Seminars. $1,700 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) 586-4031 or rrmc@rockyridge.org or check out www. rockyridge.org for more information.

Niwot. For ages 3-12 yrs. June through August. A 38-acre school site offering part-day/full-day activities M-F, 8:30 am-3:30 pm. Daily rhythm of outside/ inside play, games, crafts, water play, baking, storytelling, nature walks, picnics, and song. Centrally located minutes from both Longmont and Boulder in Niwot, east of the Diagonal Hwy 119. (303) 652-0130 or check out www.shepherdvalley.org for more information. See ad.

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C a m p Di rec tory 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 19th 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

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

Strawberry Farm Summer Camp

Central Boulder. Ages 0-6+ yrs. Day camp. M-F, 9 am to 5 am. (2-, 3- & 5-day options). All natural/organic snacks and lunch provided. State licensed. Nature-based, experiential learning at its best...from our own backyard to local organic farms to hiking the trails nearby; swimming, Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Zoo and more. Student/Teacher ratio 3:1. Location: 1020 Portland Pl, 80304. Call Rita Batiste at (303) 709-0549 or Carolee Corey (720) 289-5911. Please e-mail us at admin@strawberryfarmboulder.com or go to www.strawberryfarmboulder.com for more information.

Success Strategies 4 Kids: Friendship Skills & Alternatives to Anger

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. 5 sessions, 90 minutes each. For more information: Call (303) 915-4421, e-mail: slewis.consulting@gmail.com, check out www.SS4k.com, Facebook.com/ sLewisCounselor

Sunflower Kids Art Studio

Boulder. For ages 5-12. Day camp. M-F, 9 am to 12 pm. Come join us for the summer of inspiration, creation, and fun at our new, bright and spacious studio space! Each week we will focus on one of the ten interesting subjects and create an art work based on that theme. Equipment needed: Lunch, water bottle, smock. Location: 5345 Arapahoe Ave. 80303. Call (720) 939 7545 or e-mail lika@artsunflower.com or check out www. artsunflower.com for more information.

Sunflower Preschool

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.

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Sunflower Farm Summer Camps

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.

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.

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The Patchwork School Summer Camps

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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.

Thorne Nature Experience Summer Camp

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

Treehouse Learning

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

Triple Creek Ranch Drill Team Horse Camp

Longmont. Day camp. Ages 10-15. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. July 23-27. Drill team is a choreographed ride to music between a group of riders. Riders are challenged to ride in sync and complete moves as a group on horseback. This camp will focus on and sharpen rider’s control of the horses speed and movement while working as a team. Friday afternoon performance for family and friends on July 27th at 6 pm. Cost: $500 with a non refundable deposit of $200. All materials for costumes provided, Camp t-shirt made by campers. Campers bring sack lunches and water bottles. Location: 4255 Nelson Rd, 80503. Maximum 8 children per camp. Must be able to walk/trot/ canter. Call Tami Stockwell at (720) 3083113 or e-mail tamrastockwell@comcast.net or call TCR at (303) 444-4291 or check out triplecreek-ranch.com for bookings.

Triple Creek Ranch Fantasy Horse Camp

Longmont. Day camp. Ages 8-14. M-F. 9 am to 3 pm. Camp 1: June 11-15, and Camp 2: June 25-29. Discover the magic of learning about each fantasy horse, their magic, enchantments, & powers by riding real horses! Create stories on horseback as campers create new identities transforming into enchanted riders on their assigned fantasy horse. Perform a beautiful riding demonstration for family and friends (on June 15th or 29th) to show their riding skills, creative costumes and the magic they learned in the world of fantasy horses! Ride, design, learn and create during the magical week. Cost: $500 with a non refundable deposit of $200. All materials for costumes provided, Camp t-shirt made by campers. Campers bring sack lunches and water bottles. Location: 4255 Nelson Rd, 80503. Maximum 8 children per camp. For beginner to advance. Call Tami Stockwell at (720) 308-3113 or e-mail tamrastockwell@comcast.net or call TCR at (303) 444-4291 or check out triplecreek-ranch.com for bookings.

July 16-20. Explore the history of the old West. Ride and learn western riding skills, gymkhana games, trail riding, care for the horses, roping skills. Play group games on horseback rodeo style. Create personal brands with leather crafts. Storytelling about famous cowpokes and outlaws. Cook dinner on the campfire, guitar playing/singing, hayride, with friends and family on Friday evening ending a week of camp; the perfect way to make lasting memories! So bring our boots and hat and get ready for a ropin’wrangling-rustlin’ good time. YEE-HAW! Cost: $550 with a non refundable deposit of $200. Campers bring sack lunches and water bottles. Location: 4255 Nelson Rd, 80503. Maximum 8 children per camp. Call Tami Stockwell at (720) 308-3113 or e-mail tamrastockwell@comcast.net or call TCR at (303) 444-4291 or you can also check out triplecreek-ranch.com for bookings.

Wild Earth’s Children

Boulder. Ages 7-12. Day camp. M-F, 9 am to 2:30 pm. This is for children to explore the natural world as never before. Through primitive living skills your children will discover a deep connection with the earth. We’ll be telling stories, playing games and 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 check out www.wildearthschildren.org

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YMCA of Boulder Valley Camp Santa Maria

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, 80448 (45 minutes west of Denver.) E-mail SantaMaria@ymcabv.org or call (303) 413-9622 x4450 or check out www.ymcabv.org for more information. See ad.

YMCA of Boulder Valley Fun in the Sun Day Camp

Boulder Valley area. For children entering kindergarten through 6th grade. At YMCA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun in the Sunâ&#x20AC;? 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.

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) 4434474 x4490, or visit www.ymcabv.org for more information. See ad.

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Boulder Valley area. For ages entering 1st grade to entering 7th grade. A new outdoor education experience! Explore, Create, Educate! The art of questioning comes naturally to children when exploring the great outdoors, campers will be encouraged to ask when, where, how, and why. Campers will be divided into three age-appropriate groups and focus on a different subject each week; air, water, the earth, insects and creatures using nature. Campers will develop skills and self-confidence in a fun, handson, educationally rich environment while learning about nature in the world around us. A weekly swim trip and an age-appropriate hike will be included for each age group. Groups may combine to share hiking destinations when appropriate. Special guests from the community will be a part of each weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. Wear clothes you can get

YMCA Longmont

Longmont/Frederick. 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. Full- and 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.

Young Artists at Work

Boulder. For ages 5-8, 9-12. Half- and fullday art-making workshops offered during the weeks of June 4 to August 3. M-F. 9 am to noon and 1 to 4 pm, Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 pm. Hands-on art-making camp, featuring small individualized workshops designed by visiting artists around inspired themes and the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibitions. Workshops include: Paper Passion, From Sumi to Sharpie, Art Adventurer, and Wearable Shareable. Weekly student exhibition and reception for families in the museum. $140, $120 Members, $25 Lunch Bunch. Receive a 5% discount when you enroll more than one child in the same family in camp together. Contact the museum at (303) 443-2122 or info@bmoca. org. Location: 1750 13th Street, 80302. Visit www.bmoca.org for specific dates, themes, and more information.


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BOULDER County Kids Choosing a Summer Camp for your Child

by Susan Coker

ong before you decide where your child is going to go to college you will have to choose a summer camp. College is easy as you have a ton of statistics and guides to help you. Camps have only a few arcane clues to guide you in your selection. Question #1 Is your child ready? Don’t force a child to go to summer camp when they are not ready. If they have a friend to go with, that is great, it will help a first-time camper. But over half of the kids that go to camp are on their own, so don’t worry if your campers say they want to go without a friend. Summer camp is one of the best growing experiences a child can have. Question #2 Is the camp accredited? The main body that accredits camps is the American Camping Association (ACA). This is not a mandatory certification, but shows that a camp has not only met all local and state regulations but has gone (and paid) the extra mile to gain this certification. This is not to imply that to be a good camp you have to be an ACA camp, but it is a sign that is worth looking at. Question #3 Do history and tradition count for something in camp? Most camps have their own songs, skits, opening and closing ceremonies and unique brand of activities. Ask about this as it will give you a feel for what is going on and if the tone of the traditions will fit for your camper. Question #4 What setting do you want

for your child? Woods, water, sea, mountains, rural, suburban or city? Camps are in every venue imaginable. Pick a place, and it will help narrow your choices. Question #5 Is staff training is very important? Most camp staff are college-age kids, not parents, and they will have your kids every single day, so they need training and the more the better. The best camps will have two weeks of staff training. This gives them time to open the camp and see how the staff work as a team as well as receive all the certifications and child behavior training necessary. Question #6 What are the required staff certifications? CPR, first aid, lifeguarding are all very important. The more certifications required is a good sign of a camp that likes comprehensive and complete training. Question #7 What are return rates? The return rate is basically the number of campers that return each year to a camp. The higher the number, the more the kids and parents apparently value the camp. The national average is between 50% and 60%, depending on the type of camp you are looking at. However, there is another return rate you should ask about, and that is the staff. The higher the return rate on

staff, the better trained and experienced they are as a group. They will have seen homesickness, storms, rainy days, and other child care issues already. They know what to do. Question #8 Do age and background of the staff matter? The best camp directors will have come up through the ranks, have a related degree (or a ton of experience) and done a stint as a camp program director or assistant director. See what the management structure is at the camp. College-age kids make the best counselors, but who is keeping a handle on them? You need a sprinkling of adults on that management team. Many times you will find schoolteachers spending their summers at camp. Teachers are a great resource for a camp to have. Question #9 Surveys say that a parent’s #1 fear for a camper is safety, should you check? A camp that has a culture of safety will talk about how they deal with medical emergencies, fire drills, lost swimmer drills, weather issue responses, safety equipment, and so on. Also, does every staff member had a criminal background check? A good camp has a culture of safety that every staff member buys into. Question #10 Should we choose a specialty camp? If you attend

a specialty camp, then you know what you are signing up for like waterskiing, horse camp, or extreme sports. But, most camps are general in nature. Make sure there are a lot of choices so no one gets bored. Question #11 Should we tell the camp if we have any issues? Be honest. If your child has an issue let the camp know so they can deal with it. Most camps are great places that will make accommodations. Give them a chance to work successfully with your camper. Question #12 Should we ask for references? You want to speak to current and past camper parents from your area. Take time and call them. You wouldn’t hire a babysitter without references. We take a chance with our children every day. Choosing a camp can seem like a daunting task, but if you use these questions and common sense you should be able to find the right camp for your family.

Chris Coker is the CEO of the YMCA of Boulder Valley. He has been with the YMCA for over 20 years and in several states and capacities of employment. His Y career began with 14 years of living on Y Overnight Camps in Michigan, Massachusetts and Missouri. He is a leading expert and trainer on water safety at both day and overnight camps. You can contact Chris at chris.coker@ ymcabv.org

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

Autana Bilingual Montessori Preschool—Boulder 4732 Greylock St. (720) 935-9740 Contact - Raquel or Patricia Ages: 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, + aftercare to 3:30 pm. Our rich curriculum embraces the arts and honors the seasons: gardening, handwork, music, puppetry, crafts, movement, baking, and storytelling. Afterschool Art Program. Morning Glory Program for parents & toddlers 6 months to age 3. Summer Camp June and July. W: blueskykindergarten.com

Bookworms Early Learning Preschool—Lafayette 401 West Baseline Rd. (303) 666-4449 Contact - Stefani DiAnne Ages: infant - pre-K State License #1601514 Year-round Program Days: M-F. Hours: Based on need, call to schedule. Welcome. Our philosophy focuses on the whole child through a combination of self-directed and teacher-guided activities. We believe familiarizing children with social concepts is equally as important as teaching lessons in math, language, and science. Our bilingual immersion program introduces early learning concepts equally in both languages and encourages multiculturalism. Our environment is eco-healthy, and our vegan/vegetarian recipes use organic, natural whole foods from local growers when available. Menus accommodate allergies and food restrictions. CCCAP approved and separate infant/toddler room. Curriculum provides for twin/close-age siblings and other special behavioral situations that arise for parents. 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 Kids 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 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, homelike atmosphere. W: www.childrensgardenlc.com E: directorcglc@childrensgardenlc.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 & Child Care—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 child care. 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.

Children’s Creative Learning Center—Boulder 3050 34th Street (303) 443-5595 Contact - Cortney Kraham Ages: 6 wks-6yrs Licensed & NAEYC Accredited Year-round Program Days: M-F. 7:30 am to 6 pm CCLC provides a stimulating and caring environment designed to promote social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. We strive to create programs that develop positive self-images for children and respect their individuality, intelligence, and creativity. The teachers at our center are all highly trained, committed, and dedicated people who truly enjoy working in the field of early childhood education. W: www.cclc.com/ucarcclc E: ckraham@cclc.com

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.

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Exploring Minds Academy—Erie 4051 E. County Line Rd (303) 828-3452 Contact: Linda Ages: 6 wks -6 yrs. Licensed Year-round Programs Days: M-F Hours: 6 am to 6 pm Quality early learning programs taught by loving and nurturing teachers. Warm nutritious meals served. To ensure that your child is ready for school all teachers are highly trained in early childhood education and work as partners with you 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. Accept Colorado Child Care Assistance program. W: www.exploringmindsacademy.com

Friends’ School—Boulder 5465 Pennsylvania (303) 499-1999 Contact - Mari Engle Friedman Ages: 3-5 yrs Licensed & Accredited August - May/Summer Camp Program Days and Hours: Call for days and times. A supportive community committed to educating the whole child— head, 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

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McGregor’s Garden Preschool—South Boulder 3535 Eastman Ave, (Martin Acres) (303) 499-9341 Contact - Barbara or Don McGregor Ages: 2 - 5 years. Licensed for only 12 children. Program Days: M-F, Hours: 7:30 am to 5 pm. $60 per day. 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 rocks 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. Priority given to children of BVSD teachers. Celebrating our 22nd 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) 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 years Licensed, NAEYC accredited Year-round Toddlers/preschool/pre-K: M-F, MWF or T/TH full day 7 am - 6 pm. Infant Center: M-F, 7 am to- 5:30 pm. “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 environ-


BOULDER County Kids CHILD CARE/preschool Directory ment 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

Morning Glory Playgroup—Lafayette 210 S. Carr Avenue (303) 926-0224 Contact - Charlotte Ages: 2-5 years Licensed August - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 1/2 day 9 am to 12:30 pm and full day from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Morning Glory Playgroup is a home-based child care program. We offer a nurturing environment while educating your child through imaginative play, music, movement, games, crafts and arts, nature walks, and activities that support everyday living. Licensed family child care training/LifeWays training and certification in progress. W: www.morninggloryplaygroup.com E: wingold@frii.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

My Second Home Bilingual Child Care Center—Lafayette Lafayette (303) 664-1098 Contact: Denise Oliver Ages: 21/2 - 6 years 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 years Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F. Hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm Patience Montessori is a private multicultural Montessori school for children from the ages of six weeks though six years; we accept children who are not potty trained. Patience Montessori offers a child care program as a service to working parents; we are open yearround. Our teachers are Montessori-accredited and group-leader qualified. W: patiencemontessori.com E: patience@patiencemontessori.com

Sandpiper Montessori—Boulder Gunbarrel area (303) 516-1786 Contact - Lyn Mead Ages: 3 - 5 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F. Hours: 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

Mt. View Preschool—Boulder 355 Ponca Place (303) 494-3557 Contact: Donna McNellis Ages: 3 - 5 Days and hours: M-F. Full-day options. Preschool is a play based preschool for children 3-5 offering preschool classes and options for extension of care. www.mvpreschool.org mtviewenroll@yahoo.com

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Shepherd Valley Waldorf School—Niwot Hwy. 119/Hwy. 52 (303) 652-0130 Contact - Melanie Reiser 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: Pre-K-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

Strawberry Farm Strawberry Farm PreSchool—Boulder 1020 Portland Pl. Contact - Rita Batiste (303) 709-0549 or Carolee Corey (720) 289-5911. Ages: 0-6+ Licensed August - May, plus camp Program Days: M-F, 9 am to 5 pm. (2-, 3- and 5-day options). August 15th - May 31st, Summer camp: June 1st - August 15th. Nature, & community-based program with experiential learning as the touchstone. All natural/organic snacks and lunch provided. Student/Teacher Ratio 3:1. W: www.strawberryfarmboulder.com E: admin@strawberryfarmboulder.com

St. Stephen’s Christian School—Longmont 1303 S. Bross Ln. Contact - Janet Bearden (303) 776-1072 ext. 5 Ages: 3-6 yrs Licensed September - May Program Days: T/W or T/TH (3-yr olds), T/W/TH (Pre-K class) Hours: 8:45 to 11:15 am. After-school enrichment classes Weds from 11:15 am to 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 7:1. Now scheduling tours. W: www.ststephenslongmont.com E: Preschool@SaintSt.org

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Sunflower Farm Sprouthouse Program—Longmont 11150 Prospect Road (303) 774-8001 Contact - Bren Ages: 2.5 to 5 yrs 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. 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, blocks, and our large recycled creative art building, where children choose from painting, woodworking, sculpting, fabric art, sensory materials, and more! This is a drop-off program, however, parents are welcome to stay anytime. W: www.sunflowerfarminfo.com E: bren@ecentral.com

Sunflower Preschool—Boulder 3340 Dartmouth (303) 494-2012 Contact-Debbie Ellman Ages: 2 1/2 - 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Part-time schedules available. Sunflower Preschool, which opened its doors 30 years ago, offers a small, eco-friendly, play-based, hands-on nurturing environment where children learn through exploration and discovery. At Sunflower Preschool our classrooms are Montessori-based with a science and nature emphasis. The teachers are all well-paid professional ECE teachers who have been a part of the Sunflower staff for years. Please come take a look at our unique children’s science museum as well as the multisensory outdoor environment*. *PACE certified since 2008, *Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Limited openings for 2012–2013 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


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

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

Boulder Country Day School—Boulder 4820 Nautilus Ct. North (303) 527-4931 x 248 Contact - 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

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

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Schools

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

Colorado Virtual Academy Statewide Online Public School Web: K12.com/CO (866) 339-6818 (toll free) Contact - Amy Valentine Ages: K-12th grade Cost: Free School year With Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA), your child can thrive in school. We’re a tuition-free, online public school serving Colorado students in grades K–12 with award-winning courses from the comprehensive K12 curriculum, ongoing support from Colorado-licensed teachers, an active, vibrant school community, and extracurricular activities. A program of Adams 12 Five Star school district, COVA is the only statewide virtual public school program in the state offering the complete K–12 experience. Also, even though they are enrolled in an online school, COVA students can still participate in their school district’s extracurricular athletics and activities.

Friends’ School—Boulder 5465 Pennsylvania (303) 499-1999 Contact - Mari Engle Friedman Ages: K-5th grade Licensed & Accredited Aug - May/Summer Camp Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 am to 3:15 pm Aftercare and enrichment classes 3:15 to 5:30 pm A supportive community committed to educating the whole child—head, 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

Gateway Montessori School—Longmont 1500 9th Avenue (303) 772-3864 Contact - Linda Gottschalk Ages: 2.5 to 6 Licensed Year-round Program Days: M-F Hours: 8:30 to 11:30 am and 12:45 to 3:45 pm 4 or 5 half-day programs. Full member of AMS. State licensed. Offering an authentic Montessori morning or afternoon part-day program, plus an extended day kindergarten for 5 yr olds in their 2nd or 3rd year at Gateway. W: www.gatewaymontessorischool.net E: gmschool1002@qwestoffice.net

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SCHOOL

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 (15-16 for K-6th grades, 10-12 for preschool). Before/after-school care, daily PE, art, music, foreign language. W: www.mountainpeakschool.com E: mountainpeak@comcast.net

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

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Schools 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

The Patchwork 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 - Melanie Reiser Ages: 3-14 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 School offers 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 - L. J. Ferebee Ages: 2.5 to 6 NAEYC Accreditation Hours: M-F: 7:30 am to 6 pm. Half- and full-day options & kindergarten. 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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Health Care Directory Boulder s

Advantage Electrolysis Rebecca Feldman, C.E. 2885 Aurora, Suite 15 D

(303) 444-6861

www.advantageelectrolysis.com Electrolysis and laser hair removal. Fifteen-minute to one-hour treatments with 20 years experience. $10 off first visit. Hours: Mon-Th: 10 am-5 pm. Call for appointment. See ad.

roAgility is a nonmedicated way to train your brain. Full evaluation, qEEG and neurofeedback is our area of expertise. We offer an accelerated summer program. Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 am to 7 pm. See ad.

Towards Wholeness and Balance Deborah Hoff, B.S., R.N.

(303) 579-0849

Kott Pediatric Dentistry Ian M Kott DDS PC 1440 28th St, Suite 1

(303) 938-1000

www.kottpediatricdentistry.com drkott@kottpediatricdentistry.com Ages: 0-16 We believe in providing children with the highest quality dental care through positive experiences that put them on the path to excellent oral health for life. Special needs welcome. Hours: M, T, TH, F. 8 am to 5 pm. See ad.

www.towardswholenessandbalance.com deb_hoff@hotmail.com Ages: All Energy Medicine for Body/Mind/Spirit, You don’t have to believe anything, it works anyway! Experience improved health and a new sense of well-being. Tools include the BodyTalk System, medical intuition, Reiki, flower essences. Locations in Boulder and Lafayette. Hours: Call for appointment.

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The Brain Connection Colorado Mary Hill

(303) 808-7796

www.BrainConnectionColorado.com info@BrainConnectionColorado.com Ages: 7-97 Spend more TIME with your children. Improve your CREATIVE THINKING. Become INDISPENSABLE at work. Go on a BRAIN-Ware SAFARI Now! Be more PRODUCTIVE in 10 weeks. Video Game Format, Internet Delivery. 45% off regular price thru 2/28/2012. A REVITALIZING Brain TUNE-UP. Your CAR gets regular Tune-Ups; Get Your BRAIN Tuned when you go on a BRAIN-Ware SAFARI. Order NOW!!

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

(303) 417-1797

www.neuroAgility.com Ages: children, teens, young adults, adults—full range care. We specialize in ADD/ADHD, Brain Injury, Anxiety, Sleep, Aspergers. neu-

When you brush your teeth in the morning, try standing on one leg, brush your teeth for one minute and then stand on the other leg for a second minute of brushing. You will get your teeth nice and clean and strengthen your core muscles in your belly at the same time. Good for balance and an easy exercise for the whole family.

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BOULDER County Kids

Birthday Party Directory Boulder

treats. Hours: Saturday morning and afternoon slots available. Contact: Staff 303-443-2520 lisa@openartsclementine.org www.openartsclementine.org

ABC For Kids Birthday Parties Ages: 3-7 Climbing Parties! Small, low-stress, quality parties with ABC Kids Climbing. Includes party room, games, activities and climbing for all ages and abilities in our kids-only climbing facility. Hours: Call for times. Contact: Staff 303-443-5437 info@abckidsboulder.com www.abckidsboulder.com

Gymboree Play & Music of Boulder Ages: 1 - 5 2525 Arapahoe Ave., H-7 Fun Birthday Parties! Flexible Sundays (Saturdays, from 2pm). Have your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday party at Gymboree, and we do all the work! Customized parties and agespecific birthday activities. Call for all the details. Contact: Kristin Hawley 303-546-0081 boulderco@gymboreeclasses.com www.gymboreeclasses.com

Boulder Rock Club Indoor Rock Climbing Ages: 6 and up 2829 Mapleton Ave. Looking for a fun place to have your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday party? Have them climb our walls, not yours. Kids love to climb, and parents love to watch them. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the hero of the neighborhood when you host your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party at the Boulder Rock Club. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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

ments and the fun! We also offer art classes and camps. Located 1/2 block west of Foothill Elementary School. Days and Hours: Afternoons on weekends. Contact: Pam Porter 303-402-9556 pamporter@me.com www.irisstudioart.com

Broomfield Broomfield Academy Splash Parties Ages: 3 - 18 7203 W 120th Avenue Birthday parties in Broomfield Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and our lifeguards are fun to have in the pool during your party! Call to reserve your pool party today! Private, semiprivate, and group swim lessons are also available after school and on weekends. Parent-tot class on Saturdays. Contact: Anica 303-469-6449 www.broomfieldacademy.com

Countywide Adventure Quest or Sword Games Birthdays

Boulder/Denver

Clementine Birthday Parties 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

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Ages: 6-16 Be the Hero of a Mythic Quest! Choose from swasher team games, Treasure Quest, or Adventure Quest. We come in costume, bring foam swasher swords, and lead the participants on an amazing adventure filled with riddles, dueling, interesting characters, and challenging games. Offering summer quests and birthday par-

ties since 1995. Serving Boulder, Denver, and Surrounding Realms. For more information, visit RenaissanceAdventures.com or call (303) 786-9216.

Bits, Bytes & Bots Birthday Parties Ages: 6 - 13 Let us bring our LEGOÂŽ Model Bots or Battling Bots to you for a birthday party sure to engage and amaze your kids. Our Model Bots birthday parties are great for younger kids ages 6-8. We explore Amazing Mechanisms LEGOÂŽ model robots with working motors and sensors and great themes such as Wild Animals or Sleeping Giants. Our Battling Bots are perfect for older kids ages 8 and up. We explore the LEGOÂŽ MindstormsÂŽ NXT robots and have a great time programming them to do fun tasks, ending with the ultimate Battling Bots contest. All you need to do is add a great group of kids, a little cake, and we will take care of the rest. Call for pricing and availability. Contact: Carol Brackman 303-494-2687 carol@kidstec.com www.kidstec.com

Eco-Cycle Party with the Planet! Eco-Inspired Birthday Parties from Eco-Cycle Ages: 4-12 On sale now! Eco-Cycleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;b-earthdayâ&#x20AC;? parties combine fun activities and crafts with green values. Party themes include: Eco-Art, Green Thumbs Garden Party, Jungle Jam, Papermaking with Pizzazz, and the Green Teams. We travel to your party venue. See our website for more details and information about sale pricing. Proceeds support Eco-Cycleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School Environmental Education Programs and are a taxdeductible contribution. Flexible times. Contact: Kate Nelson 303-444-6634, x 103 schools2@ecocycle.org www.ecocycle.org/kids/parties


BOULDER County Kids

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

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.airb ornegym.com

Lafayette

Ages: 3 - 10 111 W. Baseline Road Birthday Parties at the Recreation Center on Saturdays or Sundays. Choose from skateboarding at the new skatepark, swimming, or gymnastics! Price includes 1-1/2 hours in the party room/skatepark, cake, candles, tablecloth, paper goods, and one of 14 special party “themes.” Fees: $100-185. 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

Ages: 4 and up 4255 Nelson Road 2 to 2.5 hours. Three parties to choose from. Paint-A-Dandy for up to 10 children ags 4 and up. Cowgirl Up for up to 6 girls age 12 and up. Me, My Family and My Best Friend for ages 4 and up. Call for extras and to schedule a time. Everyone says its the best party in town! Fees: $250-350. $100 deposit required. Everyone will enjoy being at Triple Creek!. Contact: Lynn McChesney 303-444-4291 lynntriplecreek@gmail.com www.triplecreek-ranch.com

Louisville ICPonies

Bob L. Burger Recreation Center Birthday Parties

Triple Creek Ranch Horse Birthday Parties

Ages: 5-11 8590 N 87th Street Parties include pony rides, barrel train ride, craft, and many more fun activities. Check out our website for more information and testimonials and fees. Contact: Isabel or Robin 720-445-1006 ponies@icponies.com icponies.com

ShopKids Birthday Parties Ages: 0 - 14 900 S. Hover St., Suite D Let’s Create Birthday Parties hosted at ShopKids—the most creative way to celebrate in Boulder County! Themes include: Cake Boss, Candyland, Fancy Nancy, Horse Love, Zappy Dots, Princess, or Pirates. All parties feature dressup, storytelling, activities and a creative craft for kids to take home. Projects range from decorating a treasure box, frame or horseshoe, to jewelry making including necklaces, bracelets or tiaras. Let us make your next birthday party an easy, fun and memorable experience at ShopKids! Party Packages begin at $125. Contact: Kim 303-776-0510 shopkidsco@gmail.com www.shopkidsconsignment.com

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

Nederland Birthday Party at The Carousel Ages: all 20 Lakeview Drive Rent the entire carousel or our upstairs party room. Party givers are welcome to bring their own treats; many local restaurants are able to provide food and drink.  Fees: Party Room $40 per hour (includes 10 ride tickets). Entire carousel (available when we are not open) $125 per hour, which includes unlimited rides during your event. Call for more details.

Days and Hours: we are always open Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm; please call for additional days and hours. Contact: Carousel Director 303-258-3457

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

Westminster

FatCats Birthday Parties Ages: all 10685 Westminster Blvd. FatCat Package ($12.99/person): 2 hours of bowling, shoes, 4 tokens and goodie bag for each guest, party host, balloons, available M-Th before 5 pm. AlleyCat Package ($16.99/person): FatCat Package plus 6 more tokens per guest, party decorations, souvenir bowling pin, 1 souvenir T-shirt, tour of pinsetters, group photo, 2 slices of pizza per person, unlimited soft drinks, TopCat Package ($21.99/person): AlleyCat Package plus Laser Maze (1/2 hour), Glow Golf (1/2 hour), white sipper pin for birthday child, Call for add-on prices. 8 person min. for all packages. Tax and gratuity will be added. Contact: Irene or Danielle 303-466-7515 www.fatcatsfun.com

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After-School Programs Adventure Wild Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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

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, science, and have 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. C: Lifelong Learning Registrar lifelong.learning@bvsd.org www.bvsd.org/LLL P: 720-561-5968

Arts & Science Clementine Art Classes Boulder

Fun Technology Education for Kids Countywide

Age: 6-11 Connect your kids to LEGOÂŽ Robotics, Stop-Motion Moving Making, and Video Game Creation. Our classes engage kids in age-appropriate, project-based activities that are fun, creative and imaginative. We teach critical thinking, communication and foundational STEM skills to kids at all ability levels. Small class sizes and highly educated, background-checked teachers set us apart from other enrichment programs. C: Carol Brackman carol@kidstec.com www.kidstec.com P: 303-494-2687

Ages: Children to adults 2775 Valmont Clementine Studioâ&#x201E;˘ 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. C: Lisa Holub lisa@openartsclementine.org www.openartsclementine.org P: 303-443-2520

CU Science Discovery Boulder

Ages: 5-13 3400 Marine Street Are you looking for an enriching experience that is so much

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fun your kids wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even realize how much they are learning? CU Science Discovery offers a variety of after-school and student day off/holiday programs designed to inspire budding science enthusiasts. Programs explore technology and science using hands-on activities that are sure to delight. Please register online or by phone. C: Anjali Maus www.colorado.edu/sciencediscovery/ P: 303-735-2230

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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

Sunflower Kids Art Studio Boulder

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

Ages: All Join our dance family, where EVERYONE is a star! Dance with our expertly trained staff, receive personalized evaluations and recommendations for continual development and watch your dancer grow. Live video observation! All ages and abilities! Includes preschool ages, boys only, all-star poms, â&#x20AC;&#x153;GLEEâ&#x20AC;? boot camp as well as opportunities for competition and performing teams. Monthly packages and drop-ins available! Check out our stateof-the-art facilities today and schedule your studio tour wtih a one-on-one meeting. info@elitedanceacademy.net  www.elitedanceacademy.net/bck P: 303-442-3745 - Boulder P: 303-466-8626 - Broomfield


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

DRUMS

Empowerment

Success Strategies 4 Kids Boulder

Ages 6-16. Interactive, fun workshops for kids. Helping kids gain communication skills, reduce aggression, decrease behavior issues, and build friendships. SECRETS OF FRIENDSHIP: Six Skills to Make and Keep Friends. ALTERNATIVES TO ANGER: Strategies to Deal with Anger. Days & Hours: Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 pm, 5 sessions. Fees: $175. ($150 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

Guitar

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 Cheerleading

Enrichment

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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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

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

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

Congregation Nevei Kodesh—Boulder 3269 28th Street Ages: 6-13 years We provide Nevei Yeladim (Oasis for Children), a Jewish Renewal school with innovative programs in Hebrew, Jewish culture, and Torah study, designed to inspire, delight, and nourish your child’s spiritual growth. Program Days: Sun-Th. Hours: afternoons/eve. C: Sue Salinger W: www.NeveiKodesh.org E: school@neveikodesh.org P: 303-443-4567

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After-School Programs Music Longmont Suzuki Strings Longmont

Ages: 0-adult Suzuki Association of the Americas, Kindermusik International Longmont Suzuki Strings offers violin, viola, and cello lessons for ages 3 and up, using the Suzuki approach to music education, as well as Kindermusik classes for new borns - age 7. C: Lisa Hollis info@longmontsuzukistrings.org www.longmontsuzukistrings.org P: 720-684-7684

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

Music Together® Central Boulder

Ages: Mixed ages birth through 4 years. Research-based early childhood music & movement program, incorporating singing, movement, and instrument play for children & caregivers. Siblings welcome. Free demo by appointment. Weekly 45 minute classes. Weekday mornings, Saturday morning and evening times. Register online. C: Jane Smolens www.mountainsongmusic.com P: 303-413-1120

Music Together® Big Kids Boulder

Ages: 5-7 The next musical step for your 5-, 6- or 7-year-old. The Big Kids class blends elements of the beloved Music Together® curriculum with new musical activities perfect for older children. C: Jane Smolens www.mountainsongmusic.com P. 303-413-1120

Parlando School for the Arts Boulder

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

Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts Lafayette

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

Sandy Burrell Music Studio Niwot

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

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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

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

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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. Days: Monday-Saturday C: Nina Soloviova www.harmoniousmusic.webs.com P: 303-502-8224

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


BOULDER County Kids Theater

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lexia, behind in math, experiencing difficulty putting thoughts into words? We help where traditional tutoring can’t. Our multisensory methods get results quickly that last a lifetime. An average student will achieve a 2 grade-level increase in just a few weeks of intensive instruction. Hours: M-F, 9 am-6 pm C: Deborah Kratovil learningpathwayscolorado@comcast.net www.learningpathwayscolorado.com P: 303-499-1941

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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Boulder’s premiere children’s theater offers Boulder’s best theatrical training in acting & auditioning, musical theater, improvisation, voice, dance, & more. After-school programs, school-day-off camps, and summer camps. C: Stuart Motola info@theaterforkids.net www.theaterforkids.net P: 303-245-8150

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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/

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Spring Calendar of Events ART/MUSEUMS

Through May 12—Boulder Keeping It Real: Contemporary Korean Artists in the Age of Multi Media Representation, including some of the most important Korean artists working all over the world. Opening is Thursday, February 2nd from 6-8. CU Art Museum, please check out cuartmuseum.colorado. edu or call (303) 492-1320 for more information. February-May—Denver The Museum of Natural History is offering free exhibition admission and free self-guided tours to all school groups and organized youth groups this school year. Additionally, the Museum is offering scholarships to cover bus fuel costs and to reduce fees for onsite labs and classes. As the region’s leading resource for informal science education, the Museum hosts more than 300,000 students and their chaperones each year. The organization is committed to making science affordable, fun, exciting, and engaging. The museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., 80205. Learn more at www.dmns. org/teachers or call (303) 3706000. February 3—Denver Lizards & Snakes. FREE with admission. See 60 live animals at the Denver Museum of Natural Science. The Burmese python, Gila monster, komodo dragon, green basilisk, and more star in this fascinating exhibition. Featuring an impressive lineup of lizards and snakes from five continents, Lizards & Snakes introduces visitors to these adaptable, colorful, and sometimes dangerous creatures. The engaging combination of live animals, real and cast fossils, extensive multimedia, handson interactives, and an activity area specifically for children offers a fascinating look into the wild world of lizards and snakes that will enthrall and educate visitors of all ages. The museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., 80205. To learn more about the museum, check out www.dmns.org or call (303) 370-6000. February 11—Boulder Boulder History Museum FAM. Day: At the Movies for all ages from noon to 4 pm, located at 1206 Euclid Ave. Inspired by the Museum’s exhibit Hollywood, Colorado on display through April

8th. Families will have an opportunity to try their hand at acting, adlib, create a movie poster, make a camera obscura and watch the silent film, Cinderella. Call Emilie Kintner at (303) 449-3464 or e-mail ekintner@boulderhistory. org for more information or check out www.boulderhistory.org February 13—Denver Darwin Day with Sean B. Carroll at 7 pm, at 2001 Colorado Blvd. $12 member, $15 nonmember. Celebrate Charles Darwin’s birthday with award-winning biologist and author Sean B. Carroll. His research focuses on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. Thanks to modern science, Carroll has discovered biological causes for evolution using technology that didn’t exist in Darwin’s day, providing the missing link to Darwin’s history-changing research. To learn more about the museum, check out www.dmns.org or call (303) 370-6000. February 27—Denver SCFD Community FREE Day at the Museum of Natural History from 9 am to 5 pm. Visit Lizards & Snakes; enjoy outstanding permanent exhibitions, including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey, and Egyptian Mummies; and participate in games and activities for the whole family. The museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., 80205. Learn more at www.dmns.org/ teachers or call (303) 370-6000. February 20-22—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m February Discovery Days from 10 to 1 pm, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. This month’s topic: Energy for Every Day, Discover Your Inner Scientist! Drop in and explore our monthly informal hands-on science sessions. This month, we’re learning about all kinds of energy, including solar! Activities are open for exploration and are included with your Museum admission. Call Katie MacDonald at (303) 604-2424 or www.wowchildrensmuseum.org 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—Louisville Louisville Historical Museum at 1001 Main Street. Museum Hours:

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T/W/Th, & 1st Saturday of every month, 10 am-3 pm. Free. Tours available. Call Carol Gleeson at (303) 665-9048 or e-mail gleesoc@ci.louisville.co.us or www.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 Howard at (303) 441-3099 or e-mail howardm@boulderlibrary. org or boulderlibrary.org/youth/for more information. T/W/TH—Longmont Longmont Public Library story times for ages birth to 6, located at 409 4th Avenue. Lap-sit, toddler, and preschool story times 10:15 and 11 am T/W mornings; Spanish story time Th evenings at 6:30, bedtime story time Th nights at 7 pm. Call children’s and teen services at (303) 651-8477 or check out www.ci.longmont.co.us/library T/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 Howard at (303) 4413099 or please e-mail howardm@ boulderlibrary.org for more information or check out boulderlibrary. org/youth/ for more information.

CLASSES ’n’ WORKSHOPS

Feb 6, 9, 13, 16, 21, 23—Boulder City of Boulder, Children, Youth & Families Pre-licensing Training for adults, from 6 to 9:30 pm, located at 2160 Spruce Street. Required training that meets state licensing regulations to obtain a family child care license. Preregistration is required. Call Annette Crawford at (303) 4414411 or e-mail ChildCareRT@ bouldercolorado.gov for more information or check out www. bouldercolorado.gov/cyfhhs/rt Feb 6, 13, 20, 27—Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center Zumbatomic! Zumba for kids ages 4 - 12 yrs, on Mondays, from 3:30 to 4:20 pm, located at 111 W. Baseline Road. This course teaches Zumba’s exciting formula with the psychology and physiology relevant to kids. Basic Zumba steps like Salsa, Merengue, Raggaeton and Hip Hop are modified to the appropriate age level. Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette. com for more information or check out www.cityoflafayette.com M/T/W/F—Longmont Playgroups for parents and children, on M: 10 am to noon, infant and toddlers: W: 10 am to 12 pm, mixed-ages, F: 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/T/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. All Spring—Boulder Reconnect with nature through our Earth Adventures series. Young Foxwalkers for 4- to 6-year-olds and their families. Earth Adventures for 7-12 years and their families, and Survival Skills for teens. All in and around the Boulder area. Please call (303) 823-0875 or check out www.wildearthschildren.org for more details.


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. A safe forum for 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 please 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, at 1820 15th Street. Mornings include food, craft, or activity, speakers with subjects relating to moms and discussion time that deepens relationships with your group. Children are cared for in parallel program called MOPPETS. Call MOPS information line at (303) 402-6455. 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 Tuesdays—Boulder Local mothers are invited to a free meeting of the Boulder County

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chapter of Mothers & More. We connect moms through evening meetings, speakers, moms’ night out, book discussions, children’s activities, and MORE. Come and meet us! 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 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, exchange ideas and information with recipes, vocabulary, cultural information, maps, and drawings. Call Marie Nicoletti at (303) 819-4084 or please e-mail her at 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, breastfeeding, and postpartum women with children up to 5 years. Ongoing enrollment at 5 clinic sites. Boulder Office: 3305 Broadway; San Juan Office: 3100 34th St. in Boulder; Longmont Office: 529 Coffman, Suite 200; Salud Clinic: 231 East 9th in Longmont; Tri-cities Office: 1345 Plaza Court North 3A in Lafayette. FREE. Call (303) 441-1451. Monday/Wednesday—Boulder A Place To B studio presents Tribal Fusion for ages 10 and up, at 5:30 pm, located at 1750 30th St. #64. Fusion dance; belly dance, jazz, modern, Egyptian, Indian temple, Hawaiian, classical, creative. Call Shahalazar at (303) 440-8007 or e-mail reikiwave@comcast.net for more information or check out www.boulderdancestudio.com Monday/Thursdays—Longmont Sunflower Farm homeschool enrichment program for ages 5 to 9, from 1 to 4 pm, located at 11150 Prospect Rd. This program will

provide a broad overview of everyday farm lifestyle and sustainable living. We will actively participate in the everyday routines of a working farm as well as seasonally appropriate gardening. Call Bren at (303) 246-1127 or e-mail bren@ ecentral.com for more information or www.sunflowerfarminfo.com

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.

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.

Friday Evenings—Lafayette City of Lafayette Bob Burger Recreation Center Friday Night Fun Club for ages 7-13, from 7 to 10 pm, located at 111 West Baseline Rd. A structured, supervised program that offers a safe, social, and recreational atmosphere. Held every Friday night during the school year. Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette. com for more information or check out www.cityoflafayette.com

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

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.boulderlibrary.org/ youth

Tu/W/Th—Denver Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street presents children’s classes and Spring camps for toddlers and preschoolers ages 18 months to 6 years. Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks and stories for children and their caregivers. Seedlings programs are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. For more information, visit us online at www.botanicgardens. org

Sundays—Boulder A Place To B studio presents REIKI for kids for ages 5 and up, at 12:00 pm, located at 1750 30th St. Children learn how to find inner peace at their own pace, discovering the essence of purity and calm without the aid of rules, regulations, medication or discipline Call Mari at (303) 440-8007 or e-mail reikiwave@comcast.net for more information or check out www.boulderdancestudio.com

Wednesday/Thursday—Boulder A PLACE TO B studio presents So Rim Kung Fu for ages 7 and up, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, located at 1750 30th St. #64. Mind, body and spirit So Rim Kung Fu guidance and training. Call Sa Bom Nim at (303) 440-8007 or e-mail reikiwave@comcast.net for more information or check out www. boulderdancestudio.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.

Weekdays—Boulder/Lafayette Boulder County Head Start Enrollment drive for ages 3-5 years, from 8 am to 4 pm, located at 3482 N. Broadway. Boulder County Head Start is recruiting for its free, comprehensive preschool with full- and part-day classes. Income guidelines apply. Call Susi Gritton at (720) 564-2210 or e-mail sgritton@bouldercounty.org for more information. Ongoing—Boulder Sunflower Kids Art Studio offers year-round classes for ages 3.5 to 15, new location at 5345 Arapahoe Ave. Call Lika Maldutis at  (720) 939-7545  or e-mail  lmaldutis@ gmail.com or visit 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 immer-

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sion 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 Need health insurance for your family? Boulder County Healthy Kids enrolls families in Medicaid and CHP+ (the Child Health Plan). Call (303) 441-1589 or visit www. bchealthykids.org or call Joan Nagel at (303) 594-5847 or e-mail jnagel@bouldercounty.org for more information or check out www. bchealthykids.org Ongoing—Boulder County Boulder County Housing and Human Services provide Child Care Assistance Program, (CCAP), for ages 0-12, located at 450 Courtney Way. Help with childcare expenses for Boulder County children for qualified families. Contact Aspen Family Services at (303) 604-1043 x 2828 for eligibility requirements and prescreening. Se Habla Espanol. Call Elizabeth Groneberg at (303) 928-0821 or e-mail egroneberg@bouldercounty. org for more information or check out www.bouldercounty.org/help/ family/pages/ccap.aspx Ongoing—Longmont Swim•Float•Swim! Aquatic Academy—The ultimate swim lesson experience for ages 6 months and up. Boulder County’s only dedicated warm water swim lesson facility where children learn to swim and float independently in weeks, not years. The Diagonal Trade Center, 795 S. Sherman St. Visit www.swimfloatswim.com to discover the difference. Contact Judy Heumann (303) 499-2229 or e-mail judy@infantaquatics.com Ongoing—Longmont MOMS Club of Longmont West for preschool ages. Support group designed just for you, the at-home mother of today! Call Jen Dickhans at (303) 827-3400 or e-mail at membership@longmontwestmoms. com or e-mail jen_bill03@msn. com for more information or check out longmontwestmoms.com

JUST FOR FUN

Through March 4 —Countywide Girl Scouts of Colorado Girl Scout Cookie Time for all ages. This year Girl Scouts will sell cookies on the spot to their eager customers during door-to-door sales instead of the traditional order now, get your cookies later system of the past. And better yet, credit cards will be accepted by many of the Girl Scouts as a form of payment for your Girl Scout Cookies! Booth Sales in front of retail locations

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will run from Feb. 10 to March 4. The cost of cookies is $3.50/package, and all proceeds go to support Colorado’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Call (303) 778-8774 or www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org for more information.

February 6-11—Boulder Mountain Shadows Montessori Independent School Week Tours for all ages, from 9 to 10 am DAILY, located at 4154 63rd Street. Please call Abigale at (303) 530-5353 or abigale.grace@mountainshadows. org for more information or go to www.mountainshadows.org to register.

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.

February 9—Boulder Ziji Early Elementary The World is Alive and Speaking for parents, from 5:30 to 7 pm, located at 6390 Jay Road. Using stories to cultivate an inner listening, join us in learning to speak the eternal language of childhood. Call Marti Holley at (303) 530-0844 or e-mail info@ zijiearlyelementary.org for more information or check out www. zijiearlyelementary.org

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

February 10—Longmont Longmont United Hospital Vo l u n t e e r s A p e x E s s e n t i a l s Fundraiser for all ages, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, located at 1950 Mountain View Avenue. Sales of rings, necklaces, purses, watches, all for $6.00 each. Call out volunteer Office at (303) 651-5205 or e-mail lkinder@luhoares.org for more information.

4th Tuesdays—Erie La Leche League of Erie monthly breast-feeding support group for all ages, at 10 am, located at the Community Library meeting room. 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 linda@peircefamily.net or erielll.wordpress.com

February 11—Lafayette Montessori Academy OPEN HOUSE for ages 2 1/2-5yrs, from 11 am to 1 pm, located at 801 N 111th Street. Call Jean Chorbajian at (303) 931 6089 or please e-mail jeanchorbajian@gmail.com for more information.

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.

February 17, 18—Longmont 13th Annual RMCC MOPS Kids Consignment Sale at the Boulder County Fairgrounds from 9 am to 8 pm and to 4 pm on Saturday. Huge selection of gently used baby and children’s clothing, shoes, bikes, toys, videos, baby equipment, furniture and maternity clothing. Would you like to be a seller? Send us an e-mail at rmccmops@gmail. com. Call (702) 938-5175 for more information. To Mid-February—Boulder The Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza is open through mid-February. They are expecting 40,000 skaters and spectators over the course of the season and will once again offer public ice-skating, kid’s and adult’s lessons, and broomball leagues. Call Cindi Indermill at (303) 2093732 or please e-mail her at cindi@ oneboulderplaza.com for more information. Every Tuesday—Boulder Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe Playday Program for ages 2 - 7, at 10:30

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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. We are a weekly group supporting one other both professionally and personally. Please check www.businesswomensconnection. com for more information and to see how to visit our group. 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 please e-mail us at

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MUSIC ’n’ THEATER

Feb 3-5, 10-12 —Lakewood/Denver Ballet Nouveau Colorado Love in the Digital Age for all ages, at Sat 8 pm and Sun at 2 pm, located at Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy. From Garrett Ammon, the creator of Carry On, and Kris Collins, the architect of digital spectaculars for major acts including the Black Eyed Peas, Ballet Nouveau Colorado presents a wickedly passionate collision of dance and multimedia reveling in the most irresistible, intoxicating force on the planet: LOVE. Also playing from Feb. 10-12 at Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave. $17$44, Student/Senior & Group rates also available, starting at $11.90. Order tickets Online at www. bncdance.com or by phone at (303) 466-5685 or check out www. bncdance.com February 9-25—Boulder Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company BETC presents Shipwrecked!, for ages 5+, located at 2590 Walnut Street. The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) by Donald Margulies. Special family matinee on Saturday, February 25 at 10:30 am, performed at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street. Tickets on sale now at thedairy.org. This wonderful story of adventure and discovery is part Robinson Crusoe, part reality show. A fun ride for patrons of all ages! Call BETC at (303) 665-1841 or e-mail heather@boulderensembletheatre. org and other performance dates and times please check out www. boulderensembletheatre.org

JUST FOR FUN

March—Everywhere Girl Scouts is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. A new lemon cookie, called Savannah Smiles, will be part of the cookie lineup to help mark this historic occasion in 2012. For more information check out www. girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call (303) 778-8774. March 10—Lafayette Montessori Academy OPEN HOUSE for ages 2 1/2-5yrs, from


12 to 2 pm, located at 801 N 111th Street. Call Jean Chorbajian at (303) 931 6089 or please e-mail jeanchorbajian@gmail.com for more information. March 16—Longmont Longmont United Hospital Volunteers Pearl Connection Fundraiser for all ages, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, located at 1950 Mountain View Avenue. Sale of high-quality jewelry, scarves, purses, jackets and bathrobes. Call out volunteer Office at (303) 651-5205 or e-mail lkinder@luhoares.org for more information. March 17—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m M c Te g g a r t I r i s h D a n c e r s Performance at 11 am, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with this special dance performance. Included with your Museum admission. St. Patrick’s Day crafts available in WOW!’s art room while supplies last. Call Katie MacDonald at (303) 604-2424 or www.wowchildrensmuseum.org for more information. March 26-30—Denver Rainforest Adventures at the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street from 9 am to 4 pm. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you explore the world’s most diverse ecosystem. Discover the many products the rainforest provides, including chocolate and bananas, plant your own miniature rainforest and build a rainforest in Mordecai Children’s Garden. Cost: $229 members, $269 nonmembers. Scholarships are available, visit us at www.botanicgardens.org Begins March 26—Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center Spring Soccer for ages 3-5 (starting April 9) and 6-13 yrs., located at 111 W. Baseline Rd. One of the best recreational soccer programs in the state allowing kids to play with those more compatible in age. Stressing participation, development of skills and enjoyment, boys and girls are encouraged to get involved. Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or please e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette.com or check out www.cityoflafayette.com March 27, 29—Westminster Butterfly Pavilion Out of School Day Camps for ages 5-9, from 9 am to 4 pm, located at 6252 West 104th Ave. Join us on Tuesday for A Trip to the Tropics, and explore Bugs Around the World on Thursday. Both days will include hands-on time with live animals, tours of the Pavilion, art, and games. See our website for more information, or to register for one or both days. Call Becky Campbell-Howe at (720) 974-1861 or please do e-mail us at registrar@butterflies.org for more information or www.butterflies.org

BOULDER County Kids MUSIC ’n’ THEATER

March 10-18—Boulder Peter Pan The Musical with Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids. Peter Pan flies again! Join Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, and Tinkerbell on their magical flight to Never Land. Performed by our Youth Actors Conservatory, A captivating crowdpleaser, for sure! March 10, 17 at 2 pm & 7 pm. March 11 at 11 am & 4 pm, March 16 at 7 pm, March 18 at 2 pm. Tickets: $12-$15. Located at 5311 Western Avenue. Call (303) 245-8150 or www.theaterforkids. net for more information.

CLASSES ’n’ WORKSHOPS

April 4—Boulder City of Boulder, Children, Youth & Families Orientation to Family Child Care for adults, from 6 to 8:30 pm, located at 2160 Spruce Street. A workshop for adults interested in becoming licensed family child care providers. Orientation includes information about costs, benefits, training and the licensing process. State of Colorado application packet provided. Preregistration required. Call Annette Crawford at (303) 441-4411 or please do e-mail ChildCareRT@ bouldercolorado.gov for more information or check out www. bouldercolorado.gov/cyfhhs/rt April 30 to May 6—Lafayette Bob L. Burger Recreation Center TV Turn Off Week for ages 5-18, located at 111 W. Baseline Rd. All youths in grades K-12 who register in person or online by April 29 will receive a FREE weeklong pass Call Debbie Wilmot at (303) 665-0469 or please e-mail debbiew@cityoflafayette.com for more information or www.cityoflafayette.com

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April—Lyons Wild Earth’s Children Young Fox Walkers for ages 4-6, from 10 am to 12 pm, located on Apple Valley Rd. For young children (and their parents!) to enjoy the Earth and all she has to offer. We’ll be learning new skills like tracking and shelter making, but most of all, we’ll be having fun! We’ll be going on adventures, playing games, telling stories and strengthening our connection to the Earth. Call Simon Harrison at (303) 823-0875 or e-mail simon@wildearthschildren. org for more information or check out www.wildearthschildren.org

April 2, 3—Lafayette W O W ! C h i l d r e n ’s M u s e u m NanoDays at WOW! From 10 am to 1 pm, located at 110 N. Harrison Ave. What is a nano? Find out the answer to this and more! Nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future. All NanoDays activities are available for exploration and are included with your museum admission. Call Katie MacDonald at (303) 604-2424 or www.wowchildrensmuseum.org for more information. April 6, 22—Denver FREE DAYS. Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at the Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, thanks to funding from the SCFD. Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street location) on Sunday, April 22 Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on Friday, April 6. April 7—Boulder Grandrabbit’s Toy Shoppe celebrates its 36th Annual Easter Egg Race for ages 1-10, from 10 am to 1 pm, located at 2525 Arapahoe. Race times are: Ages 1-3 years, at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, and at 1 pm; Ages 4-6 years at 10:20 am, 11:20 am, 12:20 pm, and 1:20 pm; Ages 7-10 years at 10:40 am, 11:40 am, 12:40 pm, and 1:40 pm. Call Betty Quigley at (303) 443-0780 or please e-mail besquigley@grtoys. com for more information. April 14—Lafayette Montessori Academy OPEN HOUSE for ages 2 1/2 to 5yrs, from 11 am to 1 pm, located at 801 N 111th Street. Call Jean Chorbajian at (303) 931 6089 or please e-mail jeanchorbajian@ gmail.com for more information. April 15—Broomfield Healthy Learning Paths Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health for all ages, from 9 to 12 pm, located at 11450 Broomfield lane. The 5K race honors Olympic gold medalist, Frank Shorter for his commitment to children’s wellness and learning. Proceeds benefit Healthy Learning Paths, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership of medical and educational professionals, who recognize and teach the critical connections between health and learning for children’s success. Children must be well, so they can learn well. Call Chris Marchioni at (303) 464-7191 or please e-mail info@ healthylearningpaths.org for more information or check out www. healthylearningpaths.org

and how to nurture the joy of learning. Parents can RSVP to info@ zijiearlyelementary.org or by calling (303) 530-0844 or check out www.zijiearlyelementary.org April 28-29—Washington, D.C. USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo and Book Fair hosted by Lockheed Martin. The nation’s largest celebration of science and engineering. “The goal of the Festival is to inspire the next generation of science and technology innovators through a fun and exciting weekend that allows kids and their families to participate in over 2,000 hands-on activities and see more than 100 live performances by science celebrities, explorers, best-selling authors entrepreneurs and world-renowned experts,” said Larry Bock, executive director of the USA Science & Engineering Festival. Please check out www. usasciencefestival.org for more information.

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• If you have a dated calendar event in May, June or July, please let us know by April 10th! No camp listings please, we have our CAMP DIRECTORY section reserved for camp listings. One-listing per-month limit on a space-available basis, with nonprofit and free dated events prioritized. Please go to www.bouldercountykids.com, click on the calendar button and fill out the automated calendar form. To be on our e-mail reminder list, e-mail to calendar@ bouldercountykids.com with an E-mail Reminder Request in the subject line. We will send you a receipt on all submissions and requests so you know it came in.

April 22—Boulder Ziji Early Elementary Nurturing Joy in Learning Open House for parents, from 1 to 2:30 pm, located at 6390 Jay Road. An open house and conversation about what truly serves the young child at the beginning of their educational journey

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