Month: June 2013

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. 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 Sy...

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 “We are doing a whole lot of different shows this year,” sa...

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 warm...

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-you...

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 o...

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 th...

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 p...

Events: Just Add Water, Young People’s Concerts and More

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. Young People’s Concerts “The Animated Orchestra.” On Saturday, June 29 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. at the Chautauqua Auditorium. The Ani...

10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July Weekend in Denver

Celebrate 4th of July weekend in Denver this year! Here are ten ideas to get you started and be sure to double-check websites in the event of a fireworks ban. 1.    Celebrate Independence Eve with a Free Concert and Fireworks July 3, Civic Center Park 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.

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