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A Taste of Colorado: Win a $50 gift certificate!

Take a bite out of Labor Day by hitting the 30th annual A Taste of Colorado Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2013 at Civic Center Park.

More than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments will be selling a wide variety of small portions to full meals, ensuring that there will be something for every palate. There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns, and puppets on the Comfort Dental KidzStage, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting, and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration. At the Raptor Education Foundation (REF) exhibit, children can learn about birds, their environment, and their interactions with humans.

Mama Drama: Transforming A Helicopter Mom

Dear Mama Drama:

I am the mother of two girls and enjoy being active in their school. I volunteer in a variety of ways in the classroom and in the school in general.

I stay on top of the girls’ academics and social issues and step in whenever I or they have concerns. My husband has recently said that I am being a “helicopter mom.” He says I need to let the girls speak up for themselves and solve some of their issues without me stepping in. I just want to do what is best for them, but don’t want to hinder them.

How can I support them without interfering or rescuing?

~ Hovering Mama

What You Need to Know to Overcome the Back-to-school Blues

It’s just like “vacation hangover” for adults. I don’t know any adults that love being back at work after a nice, long and relaxing vacation. So, it’s not surprising that after three months of summer vacation, getting back into the school year routine can be difficult for both kids and adults!

Two major challenges stand in the way of a smooth back-to-school transition. The first challenge is developing and getting comfortable in the new school year routine as a family.  Creating a smooth transition will help every family start the school year off right. The second challenge is not losing that positive, fun, relaxed and happy attitude that accompanies summer! It’s easy to fall victim to the harder parts of going back to school: waking up early, homework and busier schedules. Try making the transition as fun as possible and keep that happy summer spirit alive and beat the back to school blues!

Challenge #1: Easing Transition

The Widowed Parent and the Back-to-School Blues

Back-to-school time is here and like many parents, I am greeting the first day with a sigh and a, “Whew.  I made it.”  While my three kids and I had a great summer together and it seemed to fly by, I couldn’t help but feel relieved to know that a break from hearing “Mom!  He just destroyed my house on Minecraft!” (something I have had a hard time finding sympathy for because the magic of that game completely escapes me) was within my reach.

Lunch boxes 101: Back-to-school checklist makes lunch fun again (with recipes)

Selecting lunch gear used to be simple. Stuff your lunch into a paper bag or pick the box decorated with whichever movie, television or toy character your kid was most smitten with. Done.

Things are a bit more complicated today. Lunch-box styles vary from soft-sided cooler bags to Japanese-inspired bento boxes, even Indian tiffin canisters. They can have built-in ice packs. They can be microwaved. They can be made from recycled bisphenol-A-free, lead-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free plastic. They can be forged from 18-gauge stainless steel. Some adult versions even come with their own cheese boards and wine glasses.

So how do you choose? Much depends on the types of foods you pack and how you pack them, as well as when and where you eat them. But there are some general tips that can help you sort it all out regardless.

The gear

A Parent’s Guide to Playground Games

This summer, we spent many mornings touring playgrounds all over the metro area. It’s challenging to find playgrounds that are fun for all my kids, so they often play classic playground games to make the experience more fun. The best part about playground games is it’s a great way to meet other kids. I find it odd and miraculous no matter where we’ve been, kids seem to know the same games. There aren’t lengthy explanations of the rules. One kid will shout, “Who wants to play Groundies?” and before you can scamper up the big slide, kids are introducing themselves to each other.

Often, I’d sit on my bench and watch them tear around and wonder what they were doing. After consulting with kids, I’ve developed a guide for other parents so they too can know the rules of Groundies, the nuances of Infection, the joys of clogging the toilet.

Groundies: To play Groundies, you need a minimum of three people, a maximum of about a million. Mostly, according to my nine-year-old, you want to make sure everyone can fit on the play equipment. The group decides one person to be It. The rest climb up on the play equipment. The person who is It counts to ten while everyone gets into place. She can keep her eyes open while on the ground. Once she reaches ten, she has to find the other kids. If she climbs up onto the play equipment, she must close her eyes while she searches for a kid to tag. The kids must be quiet so she won’t find them. If she comes near, they might move off the play equipment. If they touch the ground, she can yell “Groundies!” which makes the ground-toucher automatically It. If she tags someone while on the equipment, they become It. Obvious dangers of this game include running around on playground equipment with one’s eyes closed. I suspect a bit of cheating occurs because it it didn’t, our family would probably have a fleet of wheelchairs and a wing named after us at the local hospital.

Events: Cultimate Festival, Heroes Against Hunger and More!

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. http://www.heroesblockparty.com/

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.

Be one of the first to see Peter and the Starcatcher Aug. 15 through Sept. 1 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. A grownup’s prequel to the beloved story of Peter Pan, Broadway’s most mayhem-filled evening of madcap fun launches its national tour in Denver. With enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination, experience the story of a nameless boy who becomes Peter Pan.

Central City Wild Bunch. Now through Aug. 17, bring back a bit of the Wild West with old fashion shoot-outs which feature comedy and different stories each hour. Talk to the cowboys about what life would have been like in Central City during Colorado’s Gold Rush. Affiliated with Gilpin Historical Society and Central City. Shows start at High Noon and are on the hour until 4:00 PM and are held on Main Street in Central City. http://www.denver.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.
Air Force Football’s Kid’s Day. The Air Force football team will host its annual Kid’s Day on Saturday, Aug. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. in Falcon Stadium. The day begins with a live practice at 10 a.m. followed by the performance from the Air Force cheerleaders/dance team. The autograph/photo session begins approximately at 11:45 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. Fans can sign up for Kid Force and will have an opportunity to wear and be photographed in an Air Force uniform and helmet between 10 a.m. and the start of the autograph session. In addition to the on-field activities, the Air Force athletic department will also be offering an exclusive, one day only pre-sale of Notre Dame game tickets for those in attendance at Kid’s Day. www.goairforcefalcons.com
2013 Denver Pet Expo. On Aug. 17, check out 165 + pet-friendly exhibitors, live demos, low-cost vaccinations, a special appearance by Shorty Rossi (and his pit bull, Hercules), star of ‘Pit Boss’ on Animal Planet, giveaways, discounts on your favorite pet products, contests, retailers and much more for the whole family! Plus a mega-adoption event with 300+ pets available at this Denver Merchandise Mart event. http://www.denvermart.com/
Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival. On Aug 23rd will kick off the event with the annual Corn Shucking Contest, lots of food, fun and entertainment with the New Sensation, 80’s Band. Saturday the 24th starts with the Annual Corn Roast Parade, Corn Eating Contest, Loveland’s Got Talent, Kid Zone activities, with lots more food, fund and entertainment and bands playing all throughout the day in downtown Loveland at 152 East 5th Street.  http://www.denver.orgThrough 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

Taste of Colorado. A Labor Day tradition in Denver, Taste of Colorado not only has more than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments and 280 Marketplace booths but loads of family-friend events. Featured acts, including Wayne and Wingnut’s “Red Hot Chili Puppets” Comedy Ventriloquist, Bekah Smith’s One-Woman Circus Adventure, and Mr. Kneeel’s Hip Hop for Families, are set to appear on the Comfort Dental KidzStage. Children and adults can stay busy for hours with carnival rides, games, educational exhibits, and more.  The KidZone presented by MIX 100 is a family-friendly area offering play equipment and table tennis. There will also be a great variety of free, hands-on craft activities for children of all ages, presented by 101.9 WAY-FM. KidZone hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 30; and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 31 through Mon., Sept. 2. The four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment festival will take place in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. www.atasteofcolorado.com

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. http://www.rmpbs.org/funfest

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: Beaver Tales

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.
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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.

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.

Denver Deal: Cultivate, Cabela’s, Goldstar and More

Cabela’s brings TWO locations to the Denver area (one in Thornton and one in Lone Tree) on Thursday, August 15th. Even if your family has not yet gotten into doing a ton of stuff outdoors – you should visit the store anyway. It is like a museum inside a store complete with a built-in aquarium and wildlife displays. Try your hand at the Indoor Archery Range (my first one actually got on the paper target – I’m still not taking on Katniss) or take a bit of Fudge Home. Any way you slice it – it is a free field trip you should take. Grand Opening Celebrations being at 11 a.m. on August 15th.

Kids/Teen Night on Broadway

Denver Center participates in the Kids Night on Broadway, an audience development program of The Broadway League, the national trade association of the Broadway industry. Kids ages 10-18 see PETER AND THE STARCATCHER free with a full paying adult and eat free at the Hard Rock Cafe on August 20, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m. Family activities begin at 6:00pm in The Ellie lobby with a cast appearance from 6:15-6:35pm. Use the promo code KNOB when ordering. Some restrictions apply.

Goldstar comes to Denver

Goldstar is a half-price ticket outlet with great tickets. I have seen tickets to theatrical shows from Cirque Du’Soliel Amaluna to smaller venues like the Fox Theater to sporting events like the Colorado Rapids. What I love about this site is you still are in full control of what day/time you go – and tickets run anywhere from Comp (FREE) passes to just over 1/2 price. They are all GREAT deals to the shows we really want to go to! Membership is FREE  – you just have to add your email address.

Chipotle Cultivate

Chipotle is at it again with the Cultivate Festival. The Festival brings together farmers, chefs, thought leaders, artists, musicians, and participants (like you), on a journey towards a world of more sustainable, wholesome and delicious food. The event is at Denver City Park on Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CorePower Yoga

CorePower Yoga is extending the MileHighMamas deal through this month. Go to any of the southern locations (Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Aurora) of CorePower and ask for the MileHighMamas deal. It is just $52.80 for a 10 punch pass. (Normally well over that!)  You can then use the punch pass at ANY of the CorePower locations.

Chasing Ice Free Movie Screening

Chasing Ice is a film about acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog and his revolutionary time-lapse cameras used to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His videos compress years into seconds and capture mountains of ice in motion as they disappear. There will be a quick survey before and after the movie. The screenings will take place on August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oriental Theater ( 4335 W 44th Ave. Denver Co 80212) and August 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe (2199 California St. Denver CO, 80205)

Fall Consignments

We have found all the fall consignment sales in one handy spot. Visit often! Sales this week are Just Between Friends of Aurora and Mothers of Multiples.

Jamba Juice

Drop the kids off at school then enjoy a sixteen smoothie at Jamba Juice for just $2 (from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) through August 16th.

Free concerts/Events this week:

  • Colorado History Center is free for kids through Sept. 30
  • Monday, August 19 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • August 8-19 – Western Welcome Week in Downtown Littleton
  • August 16 – Hot Lunch at Southlands
  • August 15 – New Sensation at FlatIron Crossing
  • August 16 – Bike in movie at Civic Center Park featuring E.T.
  • August 17 – Hotel Transylvania at Skyline Park Movie
  • August 16 – Heartbeat at  Orchard Town Center
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Estes Park

Summer isn’t quite over…there’s still time for a hassle-free, wildlife-filled, last-minute mountain escape with the whole family – featuring nearly zero traffic compared to dreaded I-70, a location just minutes from the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park, and several high-profile events and lodging deals, Estes Park is a perfect destination. Don’t miss the US Pro Cycling Challenge, John Denver Tribute Concert or the Labor Day Arts & Craft Show. Get 15% off at The Stanley Hotel or Rocky Mountain Resorts.

Snow deals

Get some great deals before the snow begins even falling!

Vail Resorts will start their School of Shred (free for both 5th and 6th graders) on Labor Day Weekend. Visit any Colorado Ski & Golf location or the Colorado Ski & Sport near Park Meadows. (Yes, their deal is different from the 5th Grade Passport and you CAN get both!)

Crested Butte rolls out their Book Early, Save Big promotion. Get up to 30% off lodging*or up to $400 toward airline credit when you fly into Gunnison-Crested Butte. Book by August 15th for this deal. For more details or book your trip visit www.skicb.com.

The Mountain Collective™ Pass will go back on sale on Aug. 13, 2013, at just $379 USD (children 12 and under at $239). The pass includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations (AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb), plus unlimited 50% off all additional days with no blackout dates. Passholders also receive exclusive lodging deals throughout the season.

*details and restrictions apply.

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Cabela’s Grand Openings Aug. 15-18: Win a Starter Fishing Rod Every Day This Week

If you have been living under a rock for the last couple months, then it’s possible you have missed all the hype surrounding the exciting dual opening of Cabela’s—Thornton and Lone Tree. Well, we here at Mile High Mamas wanted to get in on the fun and enthusiasm bubbling over for the grand opening of both locations on August 15th! And, we didn’t want you mamas to miss out either! We partnered with Cabela’s to give-a-way a spectacular prize each day this week.

All week, Mile High Mamas will be picking one lucky mom each day to win a Zebco 202/404 Spincast Combo ($29.99) for her son or daughter. This well-known starter rod might be the most popular choice for first casts for kids nationwide. Retailing at ($29.95), the fishing kit includes two combos—a medium-light rod and one 404 with a medium-action rod. Reels feature long-lasting stainless-steel pick-up pins, durable ABS housings, sturdy 2.7:1 gear ratios and built-in hook keepers. Both come pre-spooled with 75 yards of monofilament line (202,10-lb. test; 404, 15-lb. test) The rods are crafted from 5’6″ two-piece graphite blanks with comfortable EVA grips and ceramic insert guides. And, the best part, these fishing kits aren’t even available yet in Cabela’s Colorado stores, nothing like having something you can’t find out there right now!

Moving On Up: Helping Your Child Transition to a New Grade or School

When it comes to the first day of a new grade level or new school, some children may have fears to overcome. We asked the pediatric experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado how parents can help facilitate a smooth transition.

Kindergarten to elementary school

Your child has already experienced leaving the comforts of home while attending daycare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. However, accepting more responsibilities, learning in a more structured environment and making the transition to being a full-fledged “student” can be an emotional time for young children. The best way to prepare your child for elementary school while avoiding separation anxiety is through “behavior rehearsal.”