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Events: Colorado Renaissance Festival, Indepence Day and More!

Colorado Renaissance Festival. June 15-August 4, 2013 (weekends only), flash back to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans. The Colorado Renaissance Festival goes from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., tickets are $8-18.95. 650 W. Perry Park Ave.,Larkspur, CO 80118. http://coloradorenaissance.com/

Looking for ideas for the 4th of July? Don’t miss Fourth of July shows, events in Colorado and cancellations as well as these 10 ways to celebrate as well as the following:

Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. July 3, Civic Center Park (Broadway and Colfax), Denver, 8 p.m. The fourth annual Independence Eve Celebration will feature a free patriotic concert by The Colorado Symphony, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or the 16th Street FREE MallRide and use of public transportation is encouraged. Parking is available at nearby surface lots and parking garages as well. www.civiccenterconservancy.org

The Rockies, The Rapids, The Outlaws — and FIREWORKS! At Coors Field, catch The Colorado Rockies taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers during a three-game homestand, July 2-4. There will be a spectacular fireworks show following the July 3 and 4 games. Denver’s hometown heroes the Colorado Rapids are taking on the New York Red Bulls at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on July 4 – stick around for the fireworks display after the game. There’s another match on Sunday, July 7 against the D.C. United. Over at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on July 4, Denver’s professional lacrosse team the Outlaws are battling it out with the New York Lizards. After the game, enjoy fireworks within the bowl at Sports Authority Field — pyrotechnics paired with visuals on a 220-foot wide, hi-definition screen.

Golden’s First Friday Street Fair on July 5. Year round, Golden’s downtown merchants offer extended hours and special deals and events on the first Friday of each month, but during the months of June through October (June 7, July 5, August 2, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4), First Fridays include a lively Street Fair from 5-8 p.m. on Washington Avenue.  There will be entertainment, music, specialty foods from Golden restaurants, and more.  A Golden favorite, free horse-drawn carriage rides, are available. Pick up your ride on 12th Street between Washington and Arapahoe.  visitgolden.com

Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The annual festival July 5-7 is a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts and enjoys an annual attendance of over 350,000 visitors. Special exhibits, art and culinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on “Artivity Avenue” complement the free festival experience.   Hours: 10 a.m-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. CherryArts.org

Cirque du Soleil. After its last visit over three years ago with KOOZA, Cirque du Soleil returns to Denver July 18-Aug. 25 with its signature blue-and-yellow Big Top! The company’s latest big top production, Amaluna will be at the Pepsi Center Grounds. Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon,” a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where the story unfolds. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com.

Through Aug. 21. Beat the heat and give your brain a boost: “Just Add Water” is back at the Children’s Museum of Denver. The outdoor exhibit is all about H2O and the many ways it moves and travels: splashing, sprinkling, shooting and swirling. It’s a hands-on experience, so prepare the kids to get a little wet along the way — and it couldn’t hurt to have a towel handy. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday (open until 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. $9 for guests ages 2-59, $7 for seniors and 1-year-olds. mychildsmuseum.org.

The Heritage Square Music Hall Children’s Theatre presents “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Emperor Mullinium is the original “Fashionista” and thinks more of his clothes than his own people!  Is that any way for an Emperor to behave?  We think not!  It’s up to the audience to help him get his priorities straight.  “The Emperor’s New Clothes” runs through August 31, 2013 with performances every Saturday at 1:30 PM. Tickets: $8 for children and adults, $7 for seniors (62 and up). Special rates for groups of ten or more children apply. Weekday performances are available, but vary, so call for information. For reservations, call 303-279-7800. Heritage Square Music Hall Children’s Theatre is located at 18301 W. Colfax D-103, Golden, CO 80401. More information at www.hsmusichall.com

Oz with Orchestra. On Friday, July 5 7:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder the Colorado Music Festival presents one of the most beloved films of all time, The Wizard of Oz, in this magical new production. Hearing Judy Garland’s original 1939 studio recordings backed by lush, live orchestration will transport children and adults alike. Come dressed as your favorite Wizard of Oz character and you might just win the costume contest! Tickets $12-$48.

Arvada’s 2nd Saturday Street Festival. Summer evenings in Olde Town Arvada will again come to life at the upcoming 2nd Saturday Street Festivals, presented by Historic Olde Town Arvada.  The music of top-notch local favorites Chris Daniels and the Kings, The Wendy Woo Band, and The Indulgers will echo down Grandview Avenue on July 13, and August 10 from 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. The best way to enjoy live music in a charming historic shopping district is with a plate of tasty street food and an ice cold beer (be sure to try some ice cream and candy from Scrumptious, authentic Belgian fries from Manneken Frites,  or any number of dining choices such as Udi’s Pizza Cafe Bar, Archive Room, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop or  live music and eats at the D Note).  Visitors will find plenty of food choices, beer and wine, and shopping options from vendor booths lining the street.  A wide array of kids’ activities will create a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for guests of all ages. www.oldetownarvada.org

Colorado Irish Festival. July 12-July 14.Experience the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains with traditional Irish music performances and dancing, Irish drama and storytelling, crafts, games and food and drinks at Clement Park. Friday: 5-10 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 7306 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton. http://www.coloradoirishfestival.org

Colorado Black Arts Festival. July 12-14, celebrate the 27th annual Colorado Black Art Festival showcasing the rich and creative talents of local, regional, and national African Americans in art and culture at City Park. The three-day event will feature three stages filled with jazz, blues, reggae, gospel, traditional African drum and dance. This is a FREE family friendly event with programming and activities for the entire family. The Saturday morning Boogaloo Celebration Parade is a crowd favorite as it is a colorful and exciting street celebration. City Park, 17th Ave. & Colorado Blvd., Denver. http://www.colbaf.org/

Buffalo Bill Days, July 26-28, Friday, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.;   Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Thousands of people fill the streets of Golden every summer for this popular three-day celebration. The original event dates back to the 1950’s when the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club gave trail rides to Buffalo Bill’s grave at the top of Lookout Mountain.  One year the local Chamber of Commerce decided to expand the trail ride into a full-scale event to promote the city. That summer, a large contingent of trail riders rode up the mountain. But when they rode back down, they circled through the town, and a crowd of people lined the streets to greet them.  Thus, the first Buffalo Bill Days parade was born. Over the years, this has become the biggest annual event in Golden with the addition of a Cody’s Wild West event, a car show, the ever popular Muttin Bustin’ competition, a golf tournament, live entertainment, free kiddie train rides, a duck race and other children’s activities, an arts and crafts fair, and more.  You’ll find most of the events at these locations:  downtown Golden, Parfet Park, and various historical museums and parks around town.  For a complete schedule of events, visit www.buffalobilldays.com.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. July 27-28, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) is a free family-friendly festival highlighting Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage at Sloan’s Lake Park in northwest Denver. A window to the Pan Asian world, this diverse festival is the only one of its kind in the United States. It showcases an array of traditional and contemporary performing arts, cultural customs, cuisine and a marketplace of unique and hard-to-find arts, crafts and vendors, in addition to two days of action packed dragon boat racing. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sloan’s Lake Park, 4500 West 17th Avenue, Denver. http://www.cdbf.org/

Change Your Altitude at Hike MS Copper Mountain. On July 27, the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis (MS)  Society’s annual fundraising hike features spectacular views along three routes varying from two to 10 miles, which are supported by route marshals, rest stops and medical support.  Special lodging rates available through Copper Mountain reservations center at 1-866-837-2996, mention “Hike MS.” Time:  7:30 a.m., on-site registration opens; 8 a.m. – hike starts at 105 Wheeler Circle, Copper Mountain. FEE:  $30, includes continental breakfast, lunch and custom T-shirt, and minimum fundraising of $50. www.hikeMScolorado.org

Nick Cave: Soundsuits at the Denver Art Museum. Through September 22, renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave will debut a new body of work at the Denver Art Museum in the summer of 2013. The exhibition features a combination of multimedia elements and performances along with a selection of figurative sculptures the artist dubbed “Soundsuits.”
More Info: www.denverartmuseum.org 

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Nature Programs

Also, don’t miss this event from Jeffco parks. LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling 720-497-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit their website or call to learn about group programs.

Lair o’ the Bear Campfire: Oh Deer!6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 (Lair o’ the Bear Park)

Deer and elk are two of the most common large mammals seen out in the parks. Discover how these antlered animals are adapted for survival through stories, songs and other fun campfire activities. (All ages.)

 Summer Triangle

9-10:30 p.m. Friday, July 5 (Pine Valley Ranch Park)

Join astronomy team members for a tour of the 1937 William Baehr Observatory and an engaging look at the constellations and deep space objects. Weather permitting, peer through historic and modern telescopes. (Ages 10+.)

 Preschool Nature Nuts: Summer Sun (3-5 year-olds)

10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Saturday, July 6 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Summertime sunshine! Learn about Earth’s nearest star and find out why the sun is so important. (Ages 3-5, with an adult.) A Toddler Nature Nuts program will be offered on the same topic for 2-year-olds on Thursday, July 18 at 10:15 or 11:15 a.m. at Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

 Dig it! Archaeology for Kids

Tuesday, July 9 (Hiwan Homestead)
Join us as we delve into the past and learn how archaeologists uncover its secrets. Practice excavation skills and use real archaeology techniques and tools to discover what archaeologists really do. Make a fossil craft to take home.

Preschool Nature Nuts: Summer Sun (3-5 year-olds)

10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Thursday, July 11 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Summertime sunshine! Learn about Earth’s nearest star and find out why the sun is so important. (Kids ages 3-5 with an adult.) A Toddler Nature Nuts program will be offered on the same topic for 2-year-olds on Thursday, July 18 at 10:15 or 11:15 a.m. at Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday, July 12 (Mount Falcon Park – East)

Why are some plants poisonous? Learn to identify dangerous species. Important treatment methods will also be discussed. (Ages 6-10, with an adult.)

Suminagashi! Japanese Paper Crafts

Thursday, July 12 (Hiwan Homestead)
Suminagashi is the ancient Japanese art of paper marbling. Learn the history and techniques of this beautiful art. Make your own unique marbled paper to cover a favorite book or diary, and learn more about traditional Japanese crafts.

 Midsummer Wildflowers

9-11 a.m. Saturday, July 13 (Meyer Ranch Park)

Walk with a Native Plant Master and discover the importance of our native plants to wildlife and humans. (Ages 10+.)

 Jr. Naturalists: Hands Off – Indentifying Dangerous Plants

10 a.m. – 12p.m. Sunday, July 14 (Mount Falcon Park – East)

Why are some plants poisonous? Learn to identify dangerous plants. Important treatment methods will also be discussed. (Ages 6-10, with an adult.)

 40th Anniversary Exhibit   
March 19 to November 17 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson County Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space, which was voted into existence in 1972 and began receiving funds in 1973. Displays will center on important points in history, interesting facts about the development of Open Space and a variety of memorabilia.

40th Anniversary Exhibit   
March 19 to November 17 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson County Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space, which was voted into existence in 1972 and began receiving funds in 1973. Displays will center on important points in history, interesting facts about the development of Open Space and a variety of memorabilia.
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Ongoing Fun for the Whole Family

Everything from roller coasters to rhinos.

Daily. After a popular run in 2012, the Children’s Museum of Denver relaunches its “3, 2, 1 … Blast Off!” exhibit. Created in conjunction with United Launch Alliance, “Blast Off!” teaches kids about the basics of rocket science by letting them build and launch their own rockets. The new version of “Blast Off!” includes two giant-size models of real-life rockets, plus a vaulted ceiling for vertical rocket launches — the previous space allowed only for horizontal flights. Museum members are invited to arrive at 9 a.m. Saturday for a special members-only hour before the museum opens. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. $9 for guests ages 2 to 59; $7 for 1-year-olds and seniors age 60 and older. mychildsmuseum.org.

NEW! Flight of the Butterflies 3D at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. A scientific adventure. A compelling detective story. A stunning sight to see. Flight of the Butterflies 3D is all this and more. Dr. Fred Urquhart spent nearly 40 years working to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and solve the mystery of their unique migration path. In this dazzling 3D film, you will experience the inspiring story of this scientist’s passion and see up close the lifecycle of these beautiful creatures. Get a butterfly’s-view of the world as you fly over North America and into the isolated mountaintops in Mexico where you will encounter hundreds of millions of fluttering monarchs. www.dmns.org

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

May – October

The nation’s ONLY downtown theme and water park opens for the season on May 4. With more than 45 thrilling rides, plus a splash-filled, 10-acre Water Park, musical stages, stunt shows, arcades and the StarToon Studios (a kiddie area with pint-sized fun), there’s something at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park for just about everyone. New additions this year include a new family-friendly rollercoaster Blazin’ Buckaroo and seven new shows including the must-see Cirque Conjure in the Trocadero Theater, a sophisticated combination of illusions, music, dance and comedy parents and kids will enjoy.   elitchgardens.com

Spun: Adventures in Textiles
Through September 22, Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) takes a wide-ranging look at textiles from pre-Columbian weavings to modern fiber art, Navajo blankets to an examination of clothing in art and photography.
More Info: www.denverartmuseum.org

Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture
Through January 12, 2014, Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in this astonishing outdoor group exhibition. Twelve artists view the garden spaces differently, altering the landscape with amazing 3-D work.
More Info: www.botanicgardens.org

Denver B-cycle

Through November

Explore the city on two wheels! Denver B-cycle is an automated bike sharing system designed for short trips around The Mile High City. It’s easy and fun. You can check out one of more than 500 bikes from any one of 50-plus stations (conveniently located near major attractions and neighborhoods) and return it to any other station. denver.bcycle.com

Colorado Rockies

April 5-September 25

Major league baseball returns to downtown Denver’s Coors Field on April 5, as the Rockies square off against the San Diego Padres. The fun continues all spring and summer long. For an affordable option, buy tickets in the Rockpile, where seats are just $4 for adults and $1 for kids under 12. coloradorockies.com

Toyota Elephant Passage

Year-round

Say hello to Denver’s new, five-ton locals. At 10 acres, this landmark $50 million exhibit at Denver Zoo is North America’s largest bull elephant habitat. You’ll see majestic Asian elephants cooling off in a shallow stream, Malaysian tapirs care for their young, acrobatic gibbons swinging overhead from tree to tree, fishing cats diving for their next meal and the piercing stare of a black leopard, all from the center of an Asian village. denverzoo.org

GPS Adventures at the Wildlife Museum. The Wildlife Experience recently opened its newest exhibit, which sets you on a course for hidden treasure… all you need is a GPS unit and a sense of adventure. This life-sized maze exhibition introduces visitors to cutting-edge Global Positioning Systems (GPS) through Geocaching – a family friendly treasure hunting game.  More than four million people around the world are on the hunt for over a million hidden treasures.  In addition to hidden booty, these geocachers are finding the real treasure: reconnecting with family, community and nature in a meaningful way.

– See more at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2013/06/23/events-just-add-water-young-peoples-concerts-and-more/#sthash.mUyLK0wX.dpuf

Win two tickets to see Kenny Chesney in Denver!

Kenny Chesney brings his ‘already million-ticket-selling’ NO SHOES NATION 2013 Tour to the SPORTS AUTHORTIY FIELD AT MILE HIGH in DENVER on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Joining the 8-time CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year for this year’s tour will be a powerhouse trio of artists including this year’s ACM Album of the Year winner Eric Church, the 2011 ACM Song of the Year winner (“Crazy Girl”) and this year’s ACM Group, Single and Song of the Year nominee (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”) the Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves who received her first two ACM Award nominations this year including the prestigious ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

To purchase tickets and get more information go to https://tickets.kennychesney.com

“We are doing a whole lot of different shows this year,” says the singer/songwriter who has sold out his 2-night stand at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium in minutes for the past three tours. “We’ve worked up almost 40 songs. We’re gonna play 25 or more songs every night where the ordinances allow. And there is some amazing talent joining us this year on the road! After Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Grace Potter and Miranda Lambert, we’ve set a pretty high bar… But I think Kasey Musgraves is breaking a lot of ground, Eli Young’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” kills me and Eric Church is the most dynamic male that’s out there. It’s gonna be a great day and night of music!”

Fourth of July shows, events in Colorado (and fireworks cancellations)

Fourth of July celebrations around Colorado will have all the traditional features such as hot dogs, parades, American flags and apple pies, but many will lack the holiday’s staple fireworks.

That’s because several cities and counties have enacted fire bans making fireworks illegal, as well as, canceled their public shows.

Most cities in Alamosa County, Douglas County, El Paso County and Jefferson County are adhering to bans and not allowing residents to part take in private use of fireworks.

Other municipalities like Boulder, Denver and Pueblo will keep the same public restrictions but have pyrotechnicians host shows.

Below is a partial list of where and when firework displays around Colorado are taking place and public restrictions:

Summer Fun at The Beaver Creek Rodeo

My kids were convulsing with laughter. We were at a rodeo on a cool, Colorado mountain night and a big ornery bull was misbehaving. Circling the arena, the bull avoided the cowboys trying to lead him back to his stall. Instead, he was bucking and jiving, kicking and snorting and doing all those bad bull things. Then the rodeo clown let him have it.

“Hey bull,” he yelled. “Did you know your mama is a cow and your sister is a heifer?”

The crowd roared.

Cowboys and Greenhorns 

Bull riding was the last event of the night at the Beaver Creek rodeo and we were primed after a hour or so of good old-fashioned entertainment. The evening’s first event was Bronc Busting, where cowboys try to ride an impossibly agile horse for 8 seconds. No cowboy stayed on, but the event got the crowd warmed up.

All in a Lemonade Stand: How to Teach Philanthropy

Ice cold lemonade on a hot day.

Smiling children standing on the curb waving posters they made themselves.

Maybe a chocolate chip cookie or a popsicle.

A Normal Rockwell moment.

“Lemonade for sale!”

Your own slice of summer for less than a dollar.

Yet the lemonade stand is much more than that. It is an opportunity for parents to teach their young children lessons in philanthropy, math, art, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Every lemonade stand my children host to earn money for the latest must-have toy must be preceded by one held for a philanthropic purpose. It’s our family rule. They want a new video game? First they have to earn $25 for their next Kiva loan.

Colorado’s Nearly Perfect Playgrounds

We are lucky to have several stellar playgrounds and parks in Colorado. It seems like every city or suburb wants to out-do each other. With each new playground opening, families are the winners in this fierce competition.

But still, I dream of the Ultimate Playground, with all the best features brought together in one astonishing configuration of fun. Here are the best features of the best playgrounds in Colorado. If recreation planners took each element, they could build a super-playground. It may even be able to fold itself into a massive crime-fighting robot given the right conditions.

The Perfect Playground has Water Features:

It seems like every new playground includes fountains. They go by different names, including splash pads, spray-grounds, band-aid looseners, and place-to-get-your-sandwich-soaking-wet. Everyone appreciates these spots to cool off. Some cities are debuting parks dedicated to just water features. Late last summer, Lakewood opened Surfside Park. It’s only $1 per person, walking age and over. Thoughtful features include covered picnic tables, bathrooms, and a splashy play area for just babies and toddlers.

The Perfect Playground Realizes Not Every Kid is Aged 5-12:

One of the biggest frustrations is finding playgrounds with equipment suitable for all age groups. We’ve been to playgrounds perfect for preschoolers, but boring for everyone else. We’ve also been to playgrounds that only seem to have big kids in mind. Teenagers are often left out completely. Contrary to popular thought, playgrounds aren’t just make-out spots for shiftless teens. Many still want to play! One of the best playgrounds for families with kids in multiple age groups is Louisville’s Community Park. There’s everything from a sandbox for little ones to a climbing boulder for big kids. My teenage son actually fell asleep on top of it one day. Bonus features: A small splash pad, a large covered pavilion with a lot of picnic tables, drinking fountain, and bathrooms. Also, a dog park! Runner up: Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.

The Perfect Playground is Whimsical:

Hidden behind the Arvada Center is an almost-secret gem of a play area. A massive stone dragon snakes around on a padded play area. This playground is all-about climbing and imaginative play, although there is a sandy play area with a few smaller climbing features. In the summer, water misters turn on and cool down the stones—and you. Bonus features: picnic tables and benches under shady trees.

The Perfect Playground is Accessible:

Kids of all abilities deserve a safe, bright, clean, fun place to play. Northglenn has one of the best sensory parks in the metro area, engaging kids with all needs. This very popular park has everything, from a lake with paddleboat rental, paved trails, climbing boulders, sound toys, and typical playground equipment—with a twist. It’s nearly 100% wheelchair accessible.

The Perfect Playground is Beautiful:

Colorado is rich in beautiful play spots. It’s our thing. But someone’s got to occupy the top. If it’s not the cherry, it’s at least the whipped cream. Centennial’s Center Park is a beautiful, award-winning hunk of heaven. From the hilltop parking lot view of the Front Range to the snaking trail down to the play area to the art work…to the bathrooms themselves…is one eye-candy moment after another. Yep, even the bathroom building is pretty. I’m thinking about doing our family Christmas photo in front of it. The playground is multi-leveled. It has splash fountains, little kid areas, and big kid areas. During one of our visits, a family claimed the picnic table next to us. They pulled out a tablecloth, dishes, and served dinner replete with wine served in goblets for mom and dad. (not sure on the legality of that) Bonus: Throughout the park, visitors can learn tidbits about Colorado history, geography, and wildlife. Educational!

The Perfect Playground has a Choo-Choo Train:

My toddler demanded I include this. Choo-Choos can be the belt of the giant playground/robot transformer. Parks with little trains include Englewood’s Belleview Park and Loveland’s North Lake Park. They run seasonally and charge small ticket fees. Bonus: Belleview Park also has a petting zoo.

Combine the elements of water, accessibility, beauty, multi-age, whimsy, and choo-choo trains and you get The Perfect Playground. Activate! I can see it now, folding into a giant robot spreading love, fighting boredom, encouraging exercise, and promoting Vitamin D levels. Also handy when aliens invade.

More Colorado children living in poverty

National rankings that gauge the well-being of children show the number of Colorado youngsters living in high-poverty neighborhoods is growing faster than in any other state.

Overall, Colorado placed 21st out of 50 states in the 2013 Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that examines economic, education, health and family data.

The ranking is a bump of one spot from last year, when the state was 22nd in the country.

The study cited four areas where the state worsened.

Denver Deal: CorePower Yoga, Bike to Work Day, Rockies Deal and more

With all the crazy fires that we have had already this summer, some cities have already canceled their fireworks displays. I have always wondered though, why we get 4th of July off and not the 5th – because everyone stays out so darn late to see the fireworks – it may not be a problem this year. Enjoy the picnics with the family. Then go to bed at a normal hour. In any case, please let me know about fireworks presentations and we will put together a list for you to pick and choose.

CorePower Yoga

The South metro area CorePower Yoga studios (including Aurora, Park Meadows, Highlands Ranch & Ken Caryl) are offering MileHighMamas readers a special $52.80 for 10 classes. (PLUS, you get a FREE week as a new student and will get another TWO FREE weeks if you purchase a yoga mat or anything over $40 there like towels etc).  There are some restrictions on the deal (like you have to be a NEW student).

Fitness on the Rocks

You may have been to Red Rocks to work out – but this is no ordinary workout. On July 20th is FITNESS ON THE ROCKS. Yes, free classes like Zumba, Total Body workout, Body Combat, Yoga and more. Sign up at FitnessOnTheRocksColorado.com

Bike To Work Day

Bike to Work Day is this Wednesday, June 26 in Denver. Several locations will have free breakfasts and afternoon snacks for bike commuters that day. To see all the details and locations visit their website: biketowork2013.org/stations

Boston Market

All Family meals are 50% off on 4th of July. Use Coupon found at their website

GoldStar

Goldstar is a new discount ticket broker in Denver. You can sign up for free (you will need to give them an email and password) to gain access to free and discounted event tickets.

Rockies Promotions

The Colorado Rockies will have a Coca-Cola Value pack day on Thursday, June 27. For as little as $59 you get four upper level tickets, four hot-dogs, four cokes, one parking ticket and one Rockies Magazine.  (You can upgrade to Lower Level for $79).

Denver Library & Elitch Gardens

On Friday, June 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Denver Public Library and Elitch Gardens celebrate Summer of Reading with a book drive and special discounted park admission. Bring a donation of a new children’s book to the  Bookmobile at Elitch Gardens will receive $12 off Main Gate admission.

Free Concerts and Movies

There are several free concerts and movies this week hosted by metro area cities or shopping centers.

A hot tip

South Suburban Parks and Recreation offers its annual Firecracker Sale Sunday through July 7 with 10 percent discounts on monthly and annual passes and personal training sessions. These savings include access to outdoors pools and beauty treatments such as massages and facials. Discounted passes can be purchased at Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle in Lone Tree, Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd. in Centennial and Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave. in Littleton. 303-347-5999, sspr.org

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Win Colorado Rapids Tickets for your Family!

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO ZOE M.!

I am a soccer mom and my soon-to-be second grader has played for several years. We’ve braved rain, wind and snow for our games and practices but there is one thing we’ve never done: attended a Colorado Rapids game. #SoccerMomFail

Having a professional club who plays nearby at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City is something we’ve taken for granted…before now and we’ve recently become big fans. Colorado won the MLS Cup for the first time in 2010 and we’re cheering them on for another.

But here’s the great thing: Rapids games are awesome for families, too. Some of our good friends have had season tickets for years and rotate every game so each of their six kids has a chance to go (it’s the highlight of their year). 

Colorado transgender first-grader Coy Mathis wins civil rights case

The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of Coy Mathis, a transgender 6-year-old boy who was was barred from using the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund said Sunday it would a hold a news conference on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol at noon Monday to explain the decision.

“Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” Kathryn Mathis, Coy’s mother, said in a statement. “All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally.

The Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 told Coy’s parents in December that the first-grader would not be able to continue to use the girls’ restroom after the holiday break.

The family filed a civil rights complaint in February.

“This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school,” said the funds’ executive director Michael Silverman stated. “It is a victory for Coy and a triumph for fairness.”

Joey Bunch