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23 New Family-friendly Winter Events & Attractions in Colorado
Exciting New Events, Festivals & Anniversaries:
Loveland’s new Winter Wonderlights: This walkable lighting attraction situated in the award-winning Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra will launch the weekend before Thanksgiving. The attraction is set to kickoff Saturday, November 18, 2017, and runs through Sunday, January 7, 2018, from 5 – 9 p.m. daily. Each night, visitors will revel in holiday string lights, twinkling bulbs, LED mappable snowflakes, illuminated African stone sculptures, the only 20’ LED mappable Christmas Tree in the state and 30-minute music and light shows each evening starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to nightly lighting attractions, special weekend programming at the winter event includes: Colorado’s largest inflatable igloo, weekend food and retail vendors, and exceptional performances sprinkled throughout the event calendar.visitlovelandco.org/winterwonderlights
Enticing New Attractions, Activities & Adventures:
Winter Park Express Train Expands Service: The Winter Park Express, which reopened in January 2017, will expand service to select “First Fridays” of every month. In 2018, the train will run every weekend from January 5 to March 25 with additional Friday service on January 5, February 2, and March 2- 27 total days, which is four more days than last season. Ticket prices have been lowered to $29 one way on select departures.
Denver Veteran’s Day Parade and Festival
Denver Veterans Day is a family-friendly event on Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. that offers FREE admission to the Parade & Festival! There will be a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. The Parade & Festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.
The Denver Veterans Day Parade is comprised of local Veterans organizations and supporters. Thousands of spectators line Civic Center Park and nearby streets to show respect and honor for our local Veterans. Please join the community in the appreciation of our Veterans and support this important cause.
The Parade is broken down into serials that represent a different conflict in American military history: Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. This will allow our spectators to brush up on their military history as well as add a sense of excitement to the event. Each serial representation will feature military memorabilia from that era – i.e. old uniforms, vehicles, and weapons. The Veterans organizations have agreed to march together to showcase their organization’s historical roots in these eras. Spectators will also enjoy corporate floats, car clubs, marching units, bands, and more.
Immediately following the Parade, participants and spectators are encouraged to join us in Civic Center Park for the Denver Veterans Day Festival. This family-friendly event offers FREE admission, a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. Static displays of both vintage and modern military vehicles will be featured for spectators to engage and take photos with. The festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.
Weirdly awesome anti-bullying Burger King ad goes viral
Scrawny. Short. Ugly. Fat. Weird. Thirty percent of school kids worldwide are bullied each year and bullying is the #1 act of violence against young people in America today (Source: nobully.org).
October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Burger King put out an anti-bullying PSA that’s surprisingly moving and effective. And, let’s be frank, this is a serious issue. So if it takes Burger King of all places to shame more adults into intervening, we’ll take it.
10 delicious and healthful fall recipes
That chill in the air doesn’t have to be in your stomach, too. The autumn harvest brings a variety of healthful and delicious produce, from squash and sweet potatoes to apples and pears. And these products offer essential vitamins and antioxidants that are good for you in this fall season.
Your whole family will love these delicious, healthy and fun fall recipes.
Sweet Potato, Corn, And Black Bean Enchiladas
Cozy soups are the best when it comes to getting us through these chilly nights. And this chowder recipe is a hearty soup that the whole family will gobble up! Found from Damn Delicious
Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta
This delicious and nutritious pasta is really good for you. It’s gluten free, tasty, and takes only 30 minutes to make. This will definitely satisfy your cravings and taste buds. Found from Joyful Healthy Eats
Autumn Cobb Salad
Whether you want this for lunch or dinner, this recipe will surely fill you up. Make sure to make a batch so you’ll have extra for the busy days.Found from Foodie Crush
Butternut Squash and Cider Soup
Another cozy autumn soup recipe that can be made in a flash. Serve with flatbread topped with olive oil, sea salt, minced sage, and rosemary; this is the best addition for the soup. Found from Alexandra Cooks
Butternut Squash Veggie Pizza
I really love how smart and different this recipe is. It looks so fresh, healthy and tasty. Found from Minimalist Baker
Skillet Apple Pork Chops
Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Chicken
Here’s another super easy and great tasting recipe. All you have to do is assemble the ingredients in the sheet pan, season and leave all the work to your oven. After a little time, you’ll have a nice and hot meal. Found from The Chunky Chef
Fall Harvest Power Bowl
So this bowl has got all your favorite fall ingredients. Grain, kale, squash, Brussel sprouts, apples and tomatoes. Add some dressing for a completely healthy power meal. Found from Fit Mitten Kitchen
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Healthy Living, Healthy Learning: What These Schools Are Doing to Encourage Healthier Kids
As the Director at La Petite Academy in Westminster, I have the pleasure of working regularly with children during their crucial early learning years. We work hard to teach children in our schools about the importance of nutrition and physical activity, encouraging them to make healthier choices. Recently our schools were awarded the 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America “Partner of the Year Award.” This past August at our La Petite Academy school in Westminster, we were proud to receive an award from the mayor of Westminster to honor our successful years within the city.
Our curriculum and classroom environment promote healthy living, from the pictures of nutritious food on the walls, to healthy cooking activities, to books that encourage children to eat their fruits and vegetables along with playing outside and being physically active.
Within each classroom, we implement our Grow Fit program throughout the day with curricular activities that support movement indoors as well as outside. These everyday activities not only encourage and promote learning, but they also keep children healthy.
Many of our healthy practices can be carried over to home life:
Stretch – At La Petite Academy, we start the day with three-minute stretches in the morning during circle time to warm up joints and muscles for a safe, fun, and active day. Try it at home!
Participate in organized activities – Engage children in physical activities, such as yoga, soccer, basketball, and baseball. These activities will keep children active and introduce them to the benefits of movement.
Keep toys and gear handy – Fun toys and equipment, such as hula hoops, balls, cones, and bikes will encourage children to play and be physically active instead of being stuck to a screen. Indoors, make tidying rooms into a game. See how many toys can be put away before the buzzer sounds. Tools like a short-handled broom or hand vacuum make tasks more appealing.
Make healthy food choices throughout the day – Healthy foods fuel our bodies and brains. At La Petite Academy, we’re expanding children’s palates as we introduce them to a wide range of healthy foods – teaching them about appropriate portion sizes along the way.
Our school in Westminster has been in business for over 35 years, with over 90 children currently enrolled. We have a total of six classrooms with three playgrounds, all headed up by a wonderful staff of 16 employees. Together, the team’s experience adds up to over 110 years.
Our newly refurbished school features an enhanced environment inside and out that encourages children to stay active and Grow Fit. Families are invited to tour the school and see our Grow Fit program in action! Feel free to call me (303) 469-3818 or visit www.lapetite.com
Andrea Datte is the Academy Director at the La Petite Academy school in Westminster. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.
30 fun things to do in Denver this weekend
With Halloween behind us, the holiday season is in full swing with a number of holiday craft markets and a special play date with Santa. Don’t miss several free days at area museums including Denver Arts Week’s FREE museums on Nov. 4 from 5-10 p.m. For full listings, be sure to go our event calendar!
Santa Play Date at The Sanctuary Studio
Nov 4 – Nov 5
PLAY DATE WITH SANTA! We are very happy to offer this festive and heartwarming Santa Play Date event to our clients and community. You will receive 20 minute Play Date with Santa Claus, just you and Santa! We are honored to be donating a portion of all proceeds to Hope Kids charity. We will be creating beautiful family portraits for your holiday cards, gifts, walls, profiles, etc., and then, the best part, the kids will get a play date with Santa Claus, and we will photograph the whole experience for you. Show up, and let us take care of the rest for you. You’ll end up with a fun memory, great gifts, and a full heart that you helped our community. Go here for more information.
Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Through Nov 11
Hop on the Polar Express with the Colorado Children’s Chorale! From winter songs and lullabies at the stable to Santa and Willie, the Christmas Elf, this concert will kick off your holiday season with a song in your heart and a SparkleJollyTwinkleJingle in your step! Tickets to this magical concert are only $26.40 when purchased during Denver ArtsWeek. See our event calendar for more information.
Denver Film Festival
Nov 1 – 12
Denver Film Festival is the city’s premier cultural event of the fall, selling more than 55,000 tickets to more than 250 films: Blockbusters, docs, shorts and indies.
Wolfpack Ninja Tour at Budweiser Events Center
Nov 3 – 5
Wolfpack Ninja Tour is a Ninja Competition Spectacular for all divisions of ninja athletes – youth, amateur and pro will have a chance to run a state-of-the art professional ninja course and compete for over $50K in cash prizes. Top level ninjas, such as: Jessie Graff, Joe Moravsky, Flip Rodriguez, Jake Murray, Kevin Bull, Ian Dory, Meagan Martin, and many more fan-favorite athletes.
Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show
Nov 3 – 5
Shop from 400 booths of art, crafts, specialty foods & unique items within the 3 Exposition Halls. In the Plaza you will find 50 specialty food vendors, a cafe-style concession stand and the Cooking For The Holidays culinary demonstration program. Children will love browsing through Hammond’s Candy Land, visiting with Santa and watching model trains running down tracks at ground level. Holiday music and displays help ring in the holidays.
Free Day at the Denver Zoo
Nov 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free!
MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibitions
Nov 3 – 17
MSU Denver’s BFA Thesis students will showcase two two-week-long exhibitions that are a culmination of their study and work in studio art and communication design. These exhibitions will feature a broad range of artwork including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, ceramic, photography, multi-media and interactive.
Denver Arts Week
Nov 3 – 11
Denver Arts Week is an nine-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted.
Early Release Day Adventure at Colorado Adventure Point
Nov 3, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Throughout the year our various schools have several early release days. Colorado Adventure Point is available to make these days off more exciting by offering half day classes in various fun skills. Some of these classes include archery, rock climbing, art, cooking and robotics.
Supernova at Denver Pavilions
Nov 3 – 11
SUPERNOVA Digital Animaion Festival and the Denver Pavilions team up for a special, free encore presentation of works from the 2017 edition of the festival. Taking place on the Pavilion’s LED screen besides the UA Cinemas, each day will present looping animations from this innovative program, coinciding with Denver Arts Week and the 40th Edition of the Denver Film Festival.
First Friday: Dia de Los Muertos at Museo de las Americas
Nov 3, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
November’s First Friday Santa Fe Art walk at Museo will celebrate Día de los Muertos. Join us as we remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the eternal journey of death. Special treats like pan de muerto, music, food, and drinks will be served.
Lakewood Arts Gallery Holiday Craft Market
Nov 3, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Join Lakewood Arts Gallery for an opening reception to celebrate the arts on ‘Know Your Arts First Friday.’ With live music, demos, and tons of artwork available for purchase or sale, Lakewood Arts Gallery is always a party on First Fridays. This show in particular is geared toward holidays gifts, with tons of reasonably priced art, jewelry, crafts and more that are perfect for giving to someone else, or yourself.
Healing Power of Art at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Nov 3 – 10
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Children’s Hospital Colorado are celebrating the healing power of art during Denver Arts Week through two exhibits that will be on display at the hotel. The transformational powers of art therapy will tower 18 feet tall outside the entrance to Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The iconic ballerina sculptures will be adorned with dresses decorated by Children’s Colorado patients as part of therapy.
25th Anniversary Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire at Douglas County Events Center
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss the annual kick-off to the holiday shopping season at the biggest craft event in the area. The first 1000 families through the doors will receive a 25th anniversary shopping bag. This free and even better-than-ever show features 150+ vendors, bake sale, book sale, silent auction, decorated wreath auction, “Grandma’s Attic,” free door prizes, and raffles for a quilt and an Apple Watch.
34th Annual Craft Fair at Smoky Hill High School
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This popular event is celebrating 34 years with 211 vendors showing hand-crafted items. The craft fair is a great place to purchase decorations, unique clothing, jewelry and gifts for the holidays. Funds raised are used to award scholarships to senior students who plan on becoming teachers, and to support clubs and activities. Food is available.
Englewood Holiday Bazaar
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Over 100 artisans are available to choose from in your search for wonderful handmade crafts and fine art. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. Invite your friends and neighbors along as you enjoy this annual Englewood tradition! Concessions are available for lunch or snacking.
Kids Clothes Swap: Evergreen at Bergen Park Church
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Have you guys heard about the kids clothes swap? It happens twice a year in the spring and fall. The swap is coming to Evergreen! This is a great opportunity to swap out your gently worn kids clothes and equipment and find what you need. Bring your stuff in a container that is labeled with your name and number on Friday and come on Saturday from 9-12 to swap. Come early and see website for more details!!!
Free Day at the Denver Art Museum
Nov 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Home(made) for the Holidays
Nov 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join Washington Street Community Center for the annual Home(made) for the Holidays craft fair and bake sale! Engage with your neighborhood community by shopping handmade crafts and items, supporting the WSCC children’s program bake sale, and buying a breakfast burrito or a bowl of homemade chili.
Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum
Nov 4, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children ages 5 through 10 and their adults, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Discover a new and different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, and architecture–in every tour.
Day of the Dead Family Celebration
Nov 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is the Longmont Museum’s signature event and the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 6,000 people to the exhibit, family event, and related programming.
Ice Age Discovery Youth Program at Walking Mountains Science Center
Nov 4, 2:00 pm
Join Walking Mountains Science Center with paleontologists from the Ice Age Discovery Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado for an afternoon of interactive investigation. Participants in 2nd through 5th grade have the opportunity to learn the story of the Ice Age first hand. Touch mammoth and mastodon teeth, wonder at the full size fossils of the American mastodon, giant bison, Jefferson’s ground sloth, Columbian mammoth, Ice Age deer, horse, camel, Black bear, Bighorn sheep, coyote, and beaver. At the end of the program, take home a hand-made fossil replica from a real Ice Age fossil!
Dioramart: Transforming the Wildlife Halls Through Art at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
Nov 4, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s wildlife halls become activated spaces through the passion of creative Colorado artists during Night at the Museum. These local artists will use light, sound, movement, color, and anything else that inspires them to unify the arts with nature and science. Choose your favorite and vote for the artist’s creation that best transforms our wildlife dioramas into unforgettable experiences.
Magic – Beyond Belief XII
Nov 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mile High Magicians Society presents the 12th Annual Magic – Beyond Belief!, a magical event not to be missed. There will be close-up magic in the lobby followed by two solid hours of exciting magic and amazing feats.
$5 Day at the Butterfly Pavilion
Nov 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
See bees hard at work in their hive, touch live starfish and crabs, and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies! This, and much more, await you in Butterfly Pavilion’s interactive exhibits for only $5.
Kalama Polynesian Dancers at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Nov 5, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Kalama Polynesian Dancers specialize in authentic dances from the islands of Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand. Prepare to be mesmerized as they tell the stories of the islands through dance.
Decades Rewind – Denver
Nov 5, 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Decades Rewind is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Come celebrate the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60s songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video.
Free Day at the Denver Zoo
Nov 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free!
Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Nov 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.
Target Tuesday Free Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Nov 7, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday* of each month from 4 – 8 pm.
I have been a fan of Melissa Bradford since I read her book, Global Mom, a few years ago. She is an American expat living in Germany and has been a powerful voice for refuges. With her permission, I am sharing her recent Facebook post.
She is about the age of my daughter, mid-twenties. Soft-spoken, graceful, eyes steely containers with flickering flames. She was kidnapped in broad daylight by Taliban hoodlums and gang raped for several days straight, then dumped onto a patch of stand to crawl home. Knowing she had thus “dishonored” her family, she fled Afghanistan on foot to avoid being stoned to death by her village.
She is about the age of my daughter, and already mother of three. On her forehead is a minuscule, charcoal-tinted, nearly imperceptible tattoo of a crucifix. In her area of Ethiopia, she explained through a translator, they beat, torture, rape, and execute Christians. Behind eyes of an ever-alert protectress, cowers one who has been violated many times in front of her children.
She is about the age of my daughter, but who really knows? She certainly doesn’t, because she’s been on the run since she was orphaned at 14, she thinks. She has a son, and with him she crossed Libya, or what all African refugee women know is an inescapable sentence to unspeakable iterations of exploitation and serial rape. Did she have to sell herself on the burgeoning sex trade market just to stay alive, to keep her son alive? I did not ask.
She has no age. Where she comes from — the borderlands where Eritrea and Ethiopia meet — women do not mark their birthdays, neither are they schooled. Neither are they given the choice as to whether they undergo genital mutilation. All this she whispered, her head hung, to the translator. I asked if the threat of mutilation was why she fled her homeland with her daughter and braved the infamous Mediterranean death voyage in an overcrowded vessel where some died. Her black rimmed eyes flared, “No,” the translator said, “that was too late for me. But not too late for my daughter. *She* is why I fled.”
The level of abuse among refugee women is often beyond that which we in the west are accustomed to hearing. Westerners speaking out can give courage and even voice to refugees for whom speaking out has literally come at the peril of their lives. We are like adoptive mothers to these women; they are like daughters to us. We role model for them that it is not only safe, but imperative, that we use our first world voices to help everyone–women, men, adult or child –rise above their own horrific sagas of abuse. *They* are why we say #hertoo.
(Getty Image: Dan Kitwood and Win McNamee)