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Back to School: Adjusting to an earlier bedtime at summer’s end

Parents, you can already picture those first mornings of the school year: the challenge of dragging cranky kids out of their beds at dawn after two months of mellow summer mornings.

Each year, many of us swear we’ll do it differently. We will listen to the experts. We will adjust our children’s bedtimes back to a school-year schedule as soon as August arrives. We will work with biology, not against it, by dimming the lights and drawing the curtains in the evenings. We will remember the power of a good bedtime routine.

It does sound wonderful.

But each year, many families embrace the spontaneity of summer and the long, light evenings, ditching routines and enjoying late nights with the kids. Or maybe we really do try o get them to bed early, but Little League baseball games run late and vacations to other time zones make it impossible.

Then we try to get our kids up early for the first day of school and their bodies naturally rebel.

Join LiveWell Colorado’s Challenge Aug. 1 (+ Prizes!)

I have been watching far too much television – when I believe that all personal trainers are mean and are going to yell at me (yes, Jillian I’m talking about you). But when I have an opportunity to speak with Jamie Atlas, AKA Rally Man with Live Well Colorado – I just plain feel inspired! He makes me believe that every little step is enough to keep pushing toward the next! He really is a great inspiration.

I understand why Live Well chose him to represent what they stand for – Live Well Colorado’s whole purpose is to get us moving. Yes, Colorado is one of the healthiest states in the nation. But, that doesn’t say much when the number of people who are considered obese continues to rise each year. Furthermore, more than half our state is obese! YIKES!

I love Rally Man’s analogy of a healthy person and a car. If you have a pretty car but the car has no engine – it still isn’t going to drive well is it? If you have an average car with a souped up engine that baby’s totally gonna run! What are you doing to get your “engine” in working order?

Join Live Well Colorado, Mayor Hickenlooper, Rally Man and MapMyFitness and join the Get Moving Challenge. For 30 days (starting August 1st) log 30 minutes a day of movement (this can be ANYTHING – walk, play on the playground with your kids, go on a hike, wash the car) and you will get a free t-shirt. If you log 15-29 days of 30 minutes of activity you will get a free hat. There are other really great prizes as well like an EPIC pass from Vail Resorts!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.  VRRROOOOMMMM!

Events: History Colorado Center’s FREE celebration, kids learn to golf and more

History Colorado Center. Celebrate Colorado’s 137th birthday on Aug. 1 at the History Colorado Center with free admission to exhibits, including live performances, make-and-take crafts, library “pop in” sessions, $1 hot dogs and more. See special temporary exhibits like Gold!, All Aboard Colorado, and The American Soldier. Visit their website for complete Aug. 1 – Colorado Day information and schedule. Colorado Day celebration includes FREE admission to History Colorado Center and statewide History Colorado museums; starting Aug. 2, children 12 and under receive FREE admission to the History Colorado Center through Sept. 30! Offer includes two children per each paid accompanying adult; adults must register in History Colorado’s free History Buff program to redeem offer. For complete offer terms, visit

Kids for Charity Ronald McDonald House Golf Event.  On Friday, August 2, join Ronald McDonald for a fun-filled day of Kids helping Kids! Besides learning to play golf, kids will learn the value of giving back. The day is open to all kids ages 6-16. No golf experience is required, but each child must be accompanied by one grown-up caddy. The day begins with a clinic designed JUST FOR KIDS! After that, the par-3 course will be open for anyone who wants to play. 8:30 a.m.: Registration; 9 a.m.: Breakfast and Program 9:30 a.m.: Kid-Friendly Instructional Clinic; 10:30 a.m.; Shotgun start on the par-3. Common Ground Golf Course, 10300 E. Golfers Way, Aurora, Colo. Players are strongly encouraged to bring their own clubs. If that’s not possible, please contact Jonna Busack at 303-832-6641 to arrange to borrow a set.

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

Free Days:

Friday, August 2 – Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Friday, August 2 – Four Mile Historic Park

Friday, August 2 – Museo de las Americas

Friday, August 2 – Arts Street Movie

Saturday, August 3 – Denver Art Museum

Saturday, August 3 – Denver Firefighter’s Museum

Sunday, August 4 – Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys

Monday, August 5 – Colorado State Parks (Celebrating Colorado Day)

Golden’s First Friday Street Fair on Aug. 2. 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 (Aug. 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.

Family fun in Pagosa Springs. The Archuleta County Fair takes place Friday-Aug. 4 in Pagosa Springs. This family-friendly weekend includes a craft show, kids activities, a tractor show, a beer garden, a rodeo and more.

Leadville Boom Days and burro race. Leadville’s Boom Days and International Pack Burro Race takes place Friday-Aug. 4. The weekend celebrates the area’s mining heritage with mining competitions, a craft fair, an auto show, a parade, kids activities, live entertainment and a 21-mile pack burro race.

Crestone Music fest. The Crestone Music Festival is Friday-Aug. 4 at the Crestone Challenger Golf Course, with two live music stages, food and drink vendors, contests and family acitivities.

Arts and crafts in Beaver Creek. The 26th annual Beaver Creek Art Festival takes place Saturday-Aug. 4. Hundreds of artists and crafters will showcase sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics and more. – Compiled by Francie Swidler

Jefferson County Fair. August 9-11, the Jefferson County Fair includes carnival rides and attractions, Mutton Bustin’, the Jefferson County Rodeo, Draft Horse Show, Evening of Horses, stage entertainment, Stick Horse Rodeo and more. Admission is free at the Jefferson Count Fairgrounds 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden, Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Be sure to check the website for specific event times.

Heroes Against Hunger Summer Block Party. Help fight child hunger On Saturday, August 17th from noon-5 p.m. at the University of Denver Campus Green. Admission is FREE and kids can enjoy carnival games, a bounce castle, and great food, which will cost less than $4. Currently, one in five kids in Colorado struggles with hunger. Chefs Daniel Asher of Linger, Brandon Foster of Vesta Dipping Grill, Jeff Osaka of Twelve, Matt Selby of Corner House and Tyler Wiard of Elway’s will join Cummings to create and serve their favorite dishes. Local farmers, Denver Urban Gardens, MM Local, Source Local Foods, and Whole Foods will set up a farmers market to show off local produce. Community organizations like Cooking Matters Colorado, Produce for Pantries, and Slow Food will give cooking demonstrations.

Cultivate Festival. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Cultivate Festival will return to Denver’s City Park, bringing together food, farmers, chefs (local and nationally renowned), brewers, wine makers, artisans and musicians to get people thinking and talking about food and food-related issues. The festival is FREE and brought to Coloradans by locally-grown Chipotle Mexican Grill. The event will feature a Kids Zone, filled with fun, educational activities to help families learn about where their food comes from and why it’s important. Free activities and events include         Plant the Seed: Get kids gardening by decorating biodegradable pots and planting seeds to start their very own salsa garden at home,        Applegate Art Yard, and the Kitchen Community: See how a Learning Garden helps to connect your kids to nutritious food by creating an outdoor classroom and experiential play space with edible vegetables.

Don’t worry about the sunscreen at “Toddler Beach” — the newest exhibit at WOW! Children’s Museum is indoors, water-free and hosting its grand opening Saturday. Aimed at the youngest museumgoers, “Toddler Beach” lets 1- to 5-year-olds play, climb and explore the cute seaside theme. Regular hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette; 303-604-2424. Admission is $8 per child; adults are admitted free.

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.

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 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.

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

Denver’s Annual Rocky Mountain PBS KIDS Fun Fest. On Sept. 7, Rocky Mountain PBS is hosting a fantastic FREE party for families. Ideal for kids preschool age through sixth grade, the event will host PBS characters such as Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Word Girl and Sid the Science Kid. Entertainment from the stage includes performances by outstanding local talent guaranteed to get everyone moving. Healthy refreshments will be offered and kids will enjoy moving around to different activity areas featuring Discovery Street, PBS Healthy Kids Go, PBS Science KIDS, PBS KIDS Create and PBS ABCs & 123s KIDS. The event will be held at Rocky Mountain PBS, 1089 Bannock Street, Denver from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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.”
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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.

Preschool Nature Nuts: Beetle Brigade

10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Thursday, August 1 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Most bugs are beetles. So what are beetles? Learn what they are, hear a beetle story, and do a craft about the largest insect group in the world. (Ages 3-5, with an adult.)

GO Club – Earth Stewards

6:30 p.m. Friday, August 2 (Crown Hill Park)

Pack your picnic supper and join a naturalist for an evening of outdoor adventure.  Being an earth steward is easy.  Kids & grown-ups will learn simple ways to connect with the natural world to promote stewardship of our home…EARTH! (All ages.)

Preschool Nature Nuts: Beetle Brigade

10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Saturday, August 3 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Most bugs are beetles. So what are beetles? Learn what they are, hear a beetle story, and do a craft about the largest insect group in the world. (Ages 3-5, with an adult.)

Movie in the Grove: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

8:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)

Children of all ages will enjoy this classic 1973 version of the Roald Dahl book, starring Gene Wilder. Free event.

 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo

Friday through Sunday, August 9-11 (Fairgrounds)

 Star Party at William F. Hayden Park

8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 8 (William F. Hayden Park on Green Mountain)

Astronomy Team members join Bear Creek Lake Park naturalists for a star party on William Frederick Hayden Park. Learn stargazing tips, view through telescopes and much more. Call 303-697-6159 for more information. (Ages 10+.)

 The Magic of Night Flight – Colorado’s Bats

7:15 p.m. Friday, August 9 (Lair o’ the Bear Park)

Come learn about the incredible bats of Colorado and how they enhance our lives. Following a discussion, we’ll take a short hike ending at a place where we’ll, hopefully, see bats at work. (Ages 10+.)

Beginning Fly Fishing

9 a.m. Saturday, August 10 (Pine Valley Ranch Park)

Beginning Fly Fishing is a class designed to introduce the neophyte to the science, art, and sport of fly fishing. It’s a full day of activities, including an afternoon of tutored fishing. Participants over the age of 16 must have a fishing license. (Ages 13+.)

 Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Day: Reptiles and Amphibians

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10 (Dinosaur Ridge)

Nature Center naturalists will be at one of the stops on this walking tour of Dinosaur Ridge. Bring family, friends and plenty of water for the hike and spend the day exploring. Drop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit for more information. (All ages.)

 Summer Wildflowers

9 a.m. Sunday, August 11 (Flying J Ranch Park)

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

 Nature… Stranger than Fiction

2 p.m. Sunday, August 11 (Lookout Mountain Nature Center)

Plants and animals found in nature have developed strange and unique ways to adapt to our outdoor environment. Come and discover how nature can truly be stranger than fiction! (All ages.)

 Summer Wildflowers

9 a.m. Sunday, August 11 (Flying J Ranch Park)

Walk with a Native Plant Master and discover the importance of our native plants to wildlife and humans.

(Ages 10+.)

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 (Lair o’ the Bear Park)

View beaver activity along the creek then head to the education shelter to learn more about these amazing creatures through campfire activities and stories. Enjoy roasting marshmallows afterward. (All ages.)

 Lair o’ the Bear Campfire: Beaver Tales

7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15 (Lair o’ the Bear Park)

View beaver activity along the creek then head to the education shelter to learn more about these amazing creatures through campfire activities and stories. Enjoy roasting marshmallows afterward. (All ages.)

 Toddler Nature Nuts: Beetle Brigade

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

Most bugs are beetles. So what are beetles? Learn what they are, hear a beetle story, and do a craft about the largest insect group in the world. (2-year-olds, with an adult.)

 Jr. Naturalists: Animals Underfoot

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Friday, August 16 (Hildebrand Ranch Park)

Unearth some of the amazing stories about the wildlife under our feet. What fast-flying bird of prey nests exclusively underground? Who are the tunnel makers? There is more life under the soil than above it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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.

Toyota Elephant Passage


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.

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.

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Deals: Having Fun in Denver on a Cheap Budget

Creative budget

The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Denver is now free for anyone age 18 and under, becoming the city’s first museum to offer children and teens free admission every day. The museum is open until 9 p.m. weekdays all summer. With five galleries and rotating exhibits by regional, national and international artists, you never know what you’ll find at MCA. Our suggestion: Give kids a chance to “recharge their batteries” experiencing the “Electrical Room” exhibit through Sept. 29. 1485 Delgany St.,

Say “cheese”

The Cheesecake Factory knocks 50 percent off any slice of cheesecake on Tuesday. This deal is limited to one slice per guest for dine-in only. There are locations in Boulder, Denver and Littleton. thecheesecake

Friday freebie

If you appreciate a good grocery store freebie, mark Fridays on your calendar. King Soopers now offers a free product coupon every week. It’s a bit of a mystery what the weekly item will be, but patience and organization pay. On Fridays, you have 24 hours to download the digital coupon for the free product to your King Soopers loyalty card. The coupon is available on Friday, but you have two weeks to get the freebie. Just pick up the product at your local King Soopers and the discount is automatically applied at checkout. So far, we’ve seen free chips, salsa, toothpaste, granola bars and shampoo. What’s next? freefridaydownload

Golden nights

A summer night under the stars with loved ones is always golden. In August, the city of Golden hosts a free “Movies & Music In The Park” series at Parfet Park (10th Street and Washington Avenue), with music and a family-friendly movie each Friday night. Bands begin performing at 7 p.m., and the featured movie starts flickering at dusk. Here’s the lineup: Saturday: “Madagascar 3”; Aug. 9: “The Sandlot”; Aug. 16: “The Pirates!”; and Aug. 23: “We Bought A Zoo.” Bring a picnic dinner or enjoy food and drinks from local vendors.

-Cheap Checklist by Laura Daily and Bryan K. Chavez,

Free Days:

Friday, August 2 – Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Friday, August 2 – Four Mile Historic Park

Friday, August 2 – Museo de las Americas

Friday, August 2 – Arts Street Movie

Saturday, August 3 – Denver Art Museum

Saturday, August 3 – Denver Firefighter’s Museum

Sunday, August 4 – Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys

Monday, August 5 – Colorado State Parks (Celebrating Colorado Day)

Go Back to School at Gordman’s

Going shopping for back-to-school doesn’t have to be a total headache! Gordman’s has a great gRewards program where you get rewarded for every dollar you spend! Get brand-name apparel or shoes for your kids or save so much that you can buy something for yourself!

Mile High Mamas is giving away one $25 certificate to Gordman’s. Please go here to enter. Contest deadline is August 15, 2013.

Real vs. Royal: A Tale of Two Births

While I’m not much of a follower of the royal family, you’d have to be living under a rock to not know that they finally popped that baby out last week (I can hear the collective sigh from people around the United States who are still wondering why in the world we care so much).  But since every detail of the royal birth has been shoved under our noses for the last nine months, I can’t help but think about the differences between a royal baby birth and what happens when a regular kid comes into this world.

And, in my opinion, regular beats royal any day.

Summer essential: Survival kit for home disasters

Summer may be winding down but between the backyard barbecues, family reunions and dips in the pool, danger could be one spark or one bad forecast away.

Do you know where your flashlights are?

Preparing for disaster, whether it’s fire, flood, wind or power outage, isn’t as much fun as planning a float trip. But major disasters can devastate a community despite the most elaborate of preparations. Even minor ones can be personally disruptive.

So: You gotta do it. Here are ways to prepare for some of the most common summer emergencies.

Curating for the curious: Big fun at Colorado’s small museums

Colorado may boast 300-plus days of sunshine a year — even TV weathercasters know that — but there are also fine reasons to stay indoors, especially when it comes to the state’s myriad museums.

We’re not talking about the big cultural draws such as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science or the Denver Art Museum. Both are fine institutions, but really, do either of them offer a gander at a Cold War-era B-1 Lancer bomber or the goosebump-inducing noose used on the last prisoner hanged in Colorado?


This is where a variety of small museums take center stage.

Ranging from the unique to the downright offbeat, here’s a roundup of off-the-beaten-path slices of history that are worth a visit.

Tips for getting those picky vegetable eaters to eat!

If chicken nuggets and mac ‘n cheese are the only foods your kids will even think about eating, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

In today’s world, with all the tempting cartoon-endorsed processed foods, it can seem like a daunting challenge to get your little ones excited about a vegetable that is not loaded with sugar and branded with their favorite Saturday morning friend. But eating veggies doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation or seem like a pain-staking chore! Every meal can be an opportunity to introduce your children’s taste buds to good, healthy foods while still allowing them to eat the foods they enjoy.

Here are a few easy ways to get your kiddos to try, and even LIKE veggies!

3 Easy Steps For A Greener Baby Nursery

A 2012 article by ABC News found 300 chemicals in the air of a newly decorated baby nursery. And today we know that children’s rapidly growing bodies are uniquely susceptible to the potentially harmful effects of these chemicals.

Here are three simple ways to limit chemicals and design a greener nursery for baby: