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Summer Camps: Jump Start Your Child’s Love of STEM With LEGO

STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math has become a common term in most family households. The STEM initiative is taking over America inspiring young minds everywhere. With summer camp season quickly approaching there’s a great way to jump-start your child’s love of STEM as early as age 5! Hands-on learning is an amazing way for kids to delve into STEM concepts. According to a study done by the National Training Laboratories, we retain 75% of what we do compared to only 5% of what we hear! It’s no surprise then that experiential learning allows us to absorb way more information.
 
At Play-Well TEKnologies LEGO-inspired STEM summer camps our main focus is learning through play. We explore, solve problems, and express ourselves through LEGO. Our curriculum is designed by engineers and refined by teachers, but the kids just think it’s fun! Each camp includes a circle time before building and after building. Our instructors use this time to explain STEM concepts while illustrating how these principles apply to our LEGO engineering. Kids are able to build and experience these aspects of STEM through LEGO. 
 
Children as young as age 5 learn how a pulley works, what friction is, how and why interlocking patterns are stronger and so much more! Our higher level camps include more complicated curriculum like robotics and real-life engineering challenges. At Play-Well TEKnologies we strive to build problem-solving skills and provide an opportunity for creative expression. We aim to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists by fostering a greater appreciation of how things work. Our camps encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in children. 
 
Play-Well camps offer several types of programs and themes in the Denver metro area including Denver Jewish Day School, Bill Robert’s K – 8 School, Denver Parks and Rec, International School of Denver and more. We also host camps all across the state of Colorado. We offer many of our basic Intro to STEM and STEM Challenge courses but the fun doesn’t stop there. Our LEGO-inspired camps include Super Hero Engineering, Robotics, Star Wars Jedi Engineering, Mine Craft Adventure Games, Bash’em Bots and more. Themed classes add that extra level of engagement, allowing kids to explore their favorite worlds through play.
 
 To find a camp location near you please visit our website.

May Family Volunteer Project: Plant Flowers

 
Spring has sprung! Come as a family and volunteer to help plant flowers at the Volunteers of America Mission and Administration Building. Help make their buildings look beautiful for their clients and guests. The best news of all? All ages are welcome. Just come prepared to work outside and get dirty.
 
When:Saturday, May 5th,  10 a.m. – noon
 
 
Bring: Clothes that you are OK with getting dirty, water, sunscreen and a hat.
 
RSVP here.

Time to Talk it Out: Developing speech with your babies and toddlers

As the blossoms begin to bloom and buds begin to open, we find fresh sights and sounds to talk about with our children. It’s a wonderful time to point out new colors, shapes and smells. This  helps them learn new words too. What better way for your child to grow into a chatter than getting excited about the world as it changes.

One of the most important things you can do with your child is talk out loud to fill their brains with language, and help them learn how to use it. Let’s seize this springtime opportunity!

April is National English Language Month and we’ve gathered some awesome tips to encourage you and your child to have conversations.

Language development is super important in the first year of babies lives and even before they are born!

  1. Believe it or not, you should start talking to your baby before he is born, so go ahead moms, talk to your tummy.
  2. Once baby is born, try talking to your baby close-up so she can watch your lips move and connect that to sound. Eventually she will imitate those movements and form her first sounds. Take a peek at this video to find out how!
  3. Show your young child how to tell you he is feeling hungry by putting his hand on his mouth or rubbing his belly. If you do this over and over and then give him food while saying the word “hungry,” your child will pick up the symbol and learn to talk to you with his hands.
  4. When you’re having a snack, talk with your baby about what you’re doing. “When I bite an apple, it makes a crunch sound. When you have teeth, you’ll eat apples too.”

In your child’s second year, you’ll start to hear them form real words!

  1. Talk about things you use every day, such as utensils, food and toys. Ask your child to name familiar objects and give him time to think and respond.
  2. When reading with your child, make sure to talk about the images your child touches. Later ask him to show you the image and see if he can point it out.
  3. As a baby gets better at talking, it is important to learn the rhythm of taking turns in a conversation.

As your child toddles, their babble becomes clear and direct, but you still need to make learning to talk fun!

  1. Let your child explore her reflection while you talk about what she is doing. This helpful video can show you how.
  2. Instead of speaking as usual, try singing in a different voice. When you put new words into tunes and describe what you are doing, you help your child make new and unusual connections.
  3. Give your preschooler your full attention. Even a quick but focused connection may fill your child’s need for communication. If she says “Play with me,” and you are not available, you might explain why or say, “I had a hard day at work today. I need three minutes to change then I can play with you.”

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Colorado teachers rally to demand education funding increase

Thousands of teachers from around the state marched on the Colorado State Capitol on Thursday and Friday to call for more funding for education, better pay for educators, and secure retirement benefits. We support the teachers and others calling for more adequate and equitable funding.

Many analyses place Colorado in the bottom tier for education funding, depending on the measures and methodology used. We know that because of our inadequate and inequitable revenue system and outdated funding formula, funding per pupil varies widely among districts. More than half of the state’s school districts are now operating on four days a week–in many cases to save money.

One study released this month ranks Colorado dead last in a comparison teacher compensation in Colorado with the salaries of other professionals in the same labor market and of similar age, degree level and hours worked.

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Photo: Colorado Children’s Campaign

Mother’s Day Brunches Denver Moms Will Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th and there is no better way to celebrate mom with food…that she does not have to cook! Don’t miss these fabulous brunches in the Denver-area and be sure to reserve early. 

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hotel Boulderado 
Say thank you to the mother figures in your life by joining Hotel Boulderado for their annual Mother’s Day celebrations at Hotel Boulderado on Sunday, May 13th from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM. Every mother who attends can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa to pair with the plentiful buffet choices. To make your reservation, please call 303-440-2882 or visit visit their website. boulderado.com/
 
2018 Annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Join us in downtown Denver for our annual Mother’s Day Brunch experience where children can build Mom her very own flower bouquet, decorate and plant a fresh herb keepsake, and craft a special Mother’s Day card. Adults can enjoy a mimosa bar and families will receive a family portrait to take home.  $89 per person/adults; $39 per person/ages 5 to 12 years old; under 5 years of age are complimentary. For reservations, please dial 303-312-3133.  1881 Curtis Street,  ritzcarlton.com

Mother’s Day Brunch at Elway’s Downtown 
Join us at ELWAY’S Downtown for Mother’s Day, where you can choose from our tasty brunch menu or select one of our scrumptious specials crafted by Chef Marco and his team. Specials include Lobster Quiche, Nutella Crepes, and Chicken & Waffle Benedict. Brunch offerings are offered a la carte, and specials begin at $16.00 USD each, excluding tax and gratuity. 1881 Curtis St., elways.com/downtown

Wild Standard

Tall ceilings, striking chandeliers and reclaimed, eclectic décor provide an elegant yet comforting dining environment at Wild Standard in Boulder. The menu focuses on sustainable seafood with additional emphasis on seasonal, organic fruits and vegetables. Chef Bradford Heap takes pride in utilizing fishermen and farmers with sustainable and responsible practices. The Say Your Pisco (Pisco, Pimms #1, Pamplemousse Grapefruit Liqueur and lemon juice) and Love Potion #8 (Spring 44 Vodka, apricot liqueur, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and grenadine) provide a welcomed upgrade from the traditional mimosa.

Ace Eat Serve

Pop by Ace Eat Serve  in Uptown starting at 4 pm on Sunday May, 13 to celebrate mom. Bonus for all moms visiting Ace; one hour of free ping pong. Ace offers indoor and outdoor ping-pong tables and multiple seating options on the expansive patio including a heated covered space. Treat mom to a few tasty dishes from the Asian-inspired menu including the all-time favorite Tiger Wings and new Crazy Sichuan Shrimp Wontons. The younger set always eats well at Ace with a top kids menu featuring PB&J Bao Buns, noodle bowls and on-the-house shaved ice. 501 E 17th Avehttp://www.aceeatserve.com 

Del Frisco’s Grille

Treat mom like a queen at Del Frisco’s Grille  in Cherry Creek North as brunch is expanded to both Saturday and Sunday in mom’s honor. All weekend long, the Grille is featuring dishes for mom that are proven favorites, as well as something new just for mom this weekend: Nonna’s Cinnamon Roll, an ooey, gooey, supremely satisfying concoction of six cinnamon rolls stuffed into one large baking dish, baked together and coming out all melted together. It’s served upside down and covered with house-made bourbon espresso caramel and toasted candied walnuts. Wash everything down with a selection from the Grille’s 3,000 bottle wine cellar, such as a glass of Miraval Rosé or a Grille Build-Your-Own Bloody Maryarriving table side with a “Plate of Fixin’s.”100 St. Paul St www.delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek

 Deal Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

On Sunday, May 13, families can celebrate Mom with an elevated brunch experience at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. Executive Chef Mario Hernandez will be featuring items including the Prime Rib, a Lobster Benedict and Filet Benedict, and the full menu will also be available for those interested in dining on signature dishes and award-winning wine selections. Del’s will open its doors at 11 a.m. Limited seating is available for this event and reservations are required, 303-796-0100.  8100 E. Orchard Road, Denver www.delfriscos.com

Max’s Wine Dive

Mother’s Day and Max’s Wine Dive  is just what your mom needs to take the edge off. Max’s will be serving up their full-service brunch, let her indulge in decadent dishes from sweet to savory including the Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast and a Croque Madame Sandwich. Pair this with Max’s Bottomless Mimosas ($15) or Max’s Bloody Mary, a house-infused vegetable vodka, Max’s Bloody Mary mix rimmed with jalapeno seasoning. For more information, call (303) 593-2554. 696 Sherman St, Denver, CO www.maxswinedive.com

 Olive & Finch

 As an extremely busy mother of two toddlers, Olive & FinchExecutive Chef/Owner Mary Nguyen knows a thing or two about what moms really want. She knows families want a place to take mom that’s healthy, affordable, delicious and still casually elegant. Olive & Finch fits all these bills, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner for families all day on Mother’s Day. At breakfast, urban moms might like the City French breakfast sandwich, the Bun Me, Mary’s version of a traditional banh mi sandwich, or the Farro Salad, a mom-friendly version of an ancient grain bowl. O&F offers a wide variety of affordably priced cocktails, wines, and beers, including a a leisurely glass of wine or sangria, only $3 during happy hour (daily from 3-6 p.m.), so mom can kick back, relax, and let others take care of her  3390 E. 1st Ave. and 1552 E. 17th Ave. – www.oliveandfincheatery.com

 Postino

On Mother’s Day, treat your mom (or the moms in your life) to a sophisticated brunch, lunch or glass of wine at Postino LoHi . After all, most moms out there could probably use a little less “whine” and a little more wine! On Sunday, May 13, treat her to a beautiful brunch on the sunny patio, with dishes like French Toast with fresh strawberries, house-made berry preserves, almonds and vanilla crème fraiche, or the hearty Country Toast with Italian ham, Gruyère, Dijonnaise, and sunny side up eggs. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., all mimosas and bellinis are just $5. For lunch or dinner, consider a signature bruschetta board, salad, or panini paired with a glass of wine, such as the Saint Cosme Sauvignon-Viognier blend or the Wander Merlot, each just $5 until 5 p.m. 2715 17th Street – www.postinowinecafe.com

 Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social’s good times begin the moment Mom walks in the door, when every Mom will be greeted with a complimentary mimosa (boozy and non-alcoholic versions available). Next up, Punch Bowl Social’s super decadent, made-from-scratch Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet is sure to impress with an Omelette Station, Taco Station, and Salad Station, plus fruit platters, Mini Alabama Sliders, Biscuit Mushroom Gravy, eggs, sausage and a selection of cheesecake and pastries. Every mom gets one shot at bowling a strike. If she succeeds, her brunch is on the house. Continue the fun while working off those carbs with Skee-Ball, bowling, ping-pong, private karaoke room and numerous other social activities. Punch Bowl Social’s Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under. Kids five and under eat free. Reservations highly recommended by visiting. S. Broadway & Stapleton locations www.punchbowlsocial.com

 Steuben’s

You can’t go wrong with bringing mom to Steuben’s anytime on Mother’s Day (both Uptown and Arvada locations ). Try the sweet Cast Iron French Toast featuring fresh berries, granola and caramel sauce or the popular and savory Traffic Jam with 2 eggs any style, green chili cheese fries, Farmer John bacon and sausage gravy. On the lunch side check out the Steuben’s Burger with Gold Canyon Angus beef, Hinman’s brioche bun and the traditional toppings. Treat mom to the famous Lemon Icebox Bar dessert with frozen lemon mousse, ginger crumble and blackberry sauce. Steuben’s Uptown opens at 10 a.m. (make your reservations using the Reserve App) and Steuben’s Arvada opens at 8 a.m. on Sundays. www.steubens.com

 Hilton Denver Inverness

The Inverness will be offering its annual Mother’s Day Brunch in the award-winning Garden Terrace restaurant from 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The cost is:  $59.95/adult, $69.95/adult for the Champagne Brunch; $29.95/children 6 – 10 years of age, and FREE for children 5 years of age and under. The complete menu is available online, and reservations can be made by calling: (303) 397-6411. 200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood.

 Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime will open early for a special brunch and dinner beginning at 11:00 A.M. on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 13, 2018). The restaurant has partnered with award-winning local chocolatier Robin Chocolates to offer all moms a special parting gift of gourmet chocolates. Reservations are required and can be made by calling: (303) 825-3663. ocean-prime.com 1465 Larimer St., Denver.

Vesta 

It’s bold flavors with global influences on the menu at LoDo mainstay Vesta, where moms are encouraged to step up the wine game on their special day. Mothers at Vesta on May 13 will receive a complimentary White Sangria, brand new on the seasonal cocktail menu and a spring-forward take on the Spanish rooted warm-weather sipper. This version is a heady concoction of white wine, Leopold Bros. orange liqueur, floral St. Germain and seasonal fruits, perfect for enjoying with dinner. 1822 Blake St. – www.vestadenver.com 

La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

If Mom needs a break from the traditional (ahem: fancy-schmancy) fine dining experience, she’ll love the comforting Mexican fare at La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar in Lone Tree. The tables are rustic, the music is loud and the entire family (toddlers included) will feel welcome. Each mom will receive the bubbly mom-osa with her order. If Mom is ready to party, she’ll love the bottomless brunch bar. For $15 dollars, she’ll receive free-flowing cocktails including mimosas, Bloody Marias and strawberry margaritas. Must try dishes include the breakfast iron skillet (scrambled eggs, shredded beef, charros, potatoes and guacamole), Mexican chocolate waffles (cajeta, fried plantains, whipped crema and strawberry sauce), and the breakfast relleno de tamal (poblano stuffed with chicken tinga, fried egg, Jalisco sauce, charros and crema). 

Tamayo

 If mom is needing a little indulgence this Mother’s Day, Tamayo on Larimar Square has just the thing. Their bottomless margarita brunch includes an unlimited number of brunch drinks and small plates. Start with papaya salad (Mexican papaya, grilled pineapple, jicama, spicy peanuts and chili lime vinaigrette), move on to mushroom huarache flatbread, enjoy an order of migas nortenas (tortilla chips, scrambled eggs, tomatillo-pasilla sauce, smoked brisket and crema fresca) and finish with pan dulce (Mexican French toast, chipotle-cajeta sauce, Nutella, bananas and crema fresca). Tamayo has teamed up with their neighbor, Wax and Lash, to give each mom 15% off any service at the neighboring salon. Simply show the Tamayo Mother’s Day brunch receipt to redeem. 1400 Larimer Street, www.eattamayo.com.

For the Foodie: Culinary Walking Tour

Local Table Tours gives mom the perfect opportunity to experience a variety of dining destinations with someone else doing all the legwork. Offering culinary walking tours in Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins, Local Table Tours brings groups of food enthusiasts together for an exclusive taste of each town. The dining, cocktail, coffee & chocolate, farm to table and private tours offer unique behind-the-scenes experiences in the top restaurants and bars in each locale, all with the help of an expert guide. Each stop includes generous samples of each venue’s fare, as well as one-on-one time with the people behind the food. Mom just might meet her chef crush! Visit www.localtabletours.com or call 303.909.5747 to book a tour.

JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek

Celebrate your amazing mom with a special Mother’s Day Brunch at Social Fare Denver Dining + Drinks at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The price is $48 for adults and $24 for children ages 7-12. Kids age 6 and under can join for free! Families can enjoy a delicious brunch either indoors or outside, weather depending. Mom & Grandma can indulge in Bottomless Mimosa, Belvedere Spritzers and  “Rosé All Day.”The kids will love the dedicated playroom where they enjoy movies, games and crafts, including a special Kids Decorating Station where they can create a special gift for mom.

Featured image: Tamayo

April’s Move More Month: How to Hit Your Stride

As winter gives way to spring, some of us Colorado residents may be emerging from a state of “seasonal sedentary syndrome.” With National Walking Day and April’s Move More Month, it’s time to lace-up those sneakers and start finding your stride.

Studies have shown walking more and sitting less may help people maintain a healthier weight, ward off depression and prevent serious health issues like heart disease. And a report from Harvard Medical School concluded that walking can help curb sweet cravings, boost the immune system and ease joint pain.

If you see runners while you’re out moving and wonder if walking is a cop-out, rest assured that studies say no. Maintaining a quick walking pace has been shown to be on par with running when it comes to lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.  

With that in mind, here are tips to consider to help you get out and walk more during April and year-round:

  • Get a wearable device to track progress. They’ve been shown to help people remain diligent in achieving those daily step goals.
  • Think FIT, which stands for frequency (500 steps within seven minutes six times per day), intensity (3,000 steps within 30 minutes each day) and tenacity (at least 10,000 total steps per day).
  • Pair up with a walking pal. There are several advantages to recruiting a new workout friend, likely because that person can hold you accountable and offer support.
  • Enlist a walking group at work or in your neighborhood. Working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and improves quality of life, as compared to working out alone.
  • Check if your employer offers incentive-based wellness programs, as some plans may enable people to earn financial incentives by meeting walking goals.
  • Keep your walks from getting boring by exploring a neighborhood trail or scenic pathway.
  • Pledge to walk more at uhcwalkingmaps.om, and become eligible for a chance to win one of hundreds of walking-related prizes, including Apple Watch®. As part of the sweepstakes, UnitedHealthcare will donate a total of $25,000 on behalf of the first 25,000 people to sign the pledge to Boys & Girls Clubs to help reduce childhood obesity.

The American Heart Association established Move More Month to encourage people, schools, workplaces and communities to walk at least 30 minutes per day and take a step toward better health. Following these tips can help you do just that.

By Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.

34 top things to do in Denver this week

It’s opening day at Elitch Gardens and SIX Denver-area museums are free this weekend for Dia del Nino (Day of the Child). See our event calendar for additional information.

Opening Day at Elitch Gardens
April 28, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Today. We Play.

Spring Clean Sale at the DFS Denver Boutique
April 27, 9:00 am – Apr 29, 5:00 pm
Designer clothes, shoes and accessories for 75% to 90% off? Sign us up! Dress for Success Denver hosts a huge Spring Clean Sale April 27-29 with new and donated clothes, shoes and accessories from some of the city’s top boutiques and designers. See website for times.

Petite Musique: The Ugly Duckling (Englewood)
April 27, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
This specially designed program introduces the instruments of the orchestra to very young children in venues throughout the metro area. Our 16 piece orchestra and narrator perform an interactive program which incorporates storytelling, singing, and movement with music. This year’s program, The Ugly Duckling, will delight young children, teachers, and parents.

Early Release Day Adventure at Colorado Adventure Point
April 27, 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. Each day will cover two separate classes, please refer to our website for more details!

Les Petits Penseurs
April 27, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
This month’s theme will be on La Gentillesse (Kindness).
Les Petits Penseurs is a friendly and fun venue for children to discuss the philosophical questions of their daily lives such as anger, love, fear, truth and friendship. Children will learn to think about their world, to express their ideas, and to develop and maintain their French language skills. A story and a game will be followed by a discussion around the selected topic. Light refreshments will be served. Led by Anne Timmerman in French.

Cars and Coffee
April 28, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cruise in to Gateway Classic Cars every last Saturday of the month for Cars & Coffee with 250+ classic & exotic cars. Enjoy delicious donuts, coffee and all of our sweet rides.  No admission fee and everyone is welcome.

Sink or Swim
April 28, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Join Professor Mathias Weber for a dive into Archimedes Principle to better understand why icebergs float and bubbles always travel up. For over 30 years, CU Wizards free STEAM shows have welcomed kids of all ages to attend college for a Saturday morning to learn more about scientific wonders of our world.

Nature Walk & Talk
April 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Share your knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm with other Barr Lake visitors and volunteers as we discover and rediscover the park’s hidden treasures. No RSVP required. Meet at the Nature Center, dress for the weather.

Rocky Mountain Bead Society’s Annual Bead Bazaar
April 28 – 29
Please join us this year’s 26th Annual RMBS Bead Bazaar. The Rocky Mountain Bead Society hosts this 2 day event to celebrate everything Beady! This year we have more than 40 classes being taught by national instructors, in everything from bead stitching, to wire wrapping, and even metal smithing and soldering. With nearly 70 vendors from around the country, you are guaranteed to find a fabulous variety of beads, components, and supplies.

Peace Day at The Conflict Center
April 28, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Let’s celebrate community together! Reading for Peace Day celebrates the power of community and how books can bind us together to promote nonviolence. Join us for the grand opening of our Little Free Library with a family-fun afternoon of activities, book giveaways and reading for peace circles. This day will empower children and families to actively engage in the lifelong learning process of problem solving, peacemaking and community building.

Boone Family Mountain Center at the Estes Park Center
April 28, 3:35 – 8:00 pm

The new Boone Family Mountain Center will have its Grand Opening from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on April 28, 2018. The center provides a base camp for nature, environmental and high-adventure activities at YMCA of the Rockies, as well as a hands-on educational nature center and two-story climbing wall. It’s a gorgeous building and tons of great activities will be based from there.

Appalachian Spring and Ballerinas by Degas
April 28 – 29
Ballet Ariel’s original ballet set to Aaron Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring is the perfect end to a season of perfection. Paired with the debut of another Ballet Ariel original, Ballerinas by Degas, this season finale epitomizes the grace and elegance of classical, narrative ballet.

Free Day Día del Niño at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
April 29, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free day at DMNS! A fee still applies to IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and temporary exhibitions. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.

Día del Niño at the History Colorado Center
April 29, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Día del Niño (Day of the Childen) festival is celebrated on April 29, 2018. Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dances that celebrate children from around the world. The day’s events include: Danza Matachina Guadalupana0, Montbello Drumline (10 minutes, )Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico and Free Range Marimba.

Family Day: Día del Niño 2018 at the Clyfford Still Museum
April 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 Join us to celebrate children around the world during Día del Niño (Day of the Child), in partnership with the Denver Art Museum and other cultural organizations in the Civic Center Cultural Complex. Participate in art-making activities and enjoy live performances in the Museum’s forecourt and explore the Museum’s galleries. All ages welcome.

Free Day Día del Niño at tje Denver Art Museum
April 29. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Día del Niño (Day of the Child) festival is celebrated at the Denver Art Museum on April 29, 2018, with free general admission and a variety of artmaking activities and performances for the whole family. This event at the DAM is part of a weekend-long celebration hosted by multiple organizations in Denver and Boulder. Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dances that celebrates children from around the world at the Denver Art Museum.

Dia del Nino Celebration at the WOW! Children’s Museum
April 29, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our 1st Día del Niño (Day of the Child) celebration will include stories, dances, and activities that honor the Mexican origins of this special holiday including a dance performance by El Latir de Mexico, Share Your Dreams craft activity and Children’s Stories in Spanish with Boulder Valley Family Literacy Program.

Taste of Pearl at Pearl Street Mall
April 29, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Taste of Pearl marks a unique collaboration between downtown Boulder boutiques & galleries, some of Boulder’s most celebrated chefs and the state’s thriving wine and spirits industries.  The event features a delectable array of offerings from 15 local restaurants paired with 15 Colorado wineries or distilleries. On Sunday, April 29 attendees will stroll along Pearl Street – in and out of well-known businesses that will serve as host stops for this one-of-a-kind event between 2 – 5 p.m.   Taste of Pearl is designed to accommodate 550 attendees to ensure an intimate experience with restaurateurs and wine & spirit makers.

Appalachian Spring and Ballerinas by Degas
April 29, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Ballet Ariel’s original ballet set to Aaron Copland’s iconic Appalachian Spring is the perfect end to a season of perfection. Paired with the debut of another Ballet Ariel original, Ballerinas by Degas, this season finale epitomizes the grace and elegance of classical, narrative ballet.

Dia de los Libros at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
April 30, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
  Día de los Libros is a celebration of children, families, culture and literacy. Join us for a day full of bilingual StoryTimes and crafts inspired by books and our diverse world.

Free Target Tuesday Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
May 1, 4:00 – 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.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe.  historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball

Robonology at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
May 1 – September 9, 2018
From a robotic arm on the International Space Station to a Mars Rover Challenge, Robonology presents a fascinating and challenging look into the world of robotics. Beginning Tuesday, May 1st, explore the fantastic reality of robotic technology as it applies to space exploration, ocean exploration, planetary exploration, industrial applications and more. An exhibition that is as visually stunning as it is educationally relevant, Robonology showcases real technological devices that are fully interactive and usable by the public. An exhibition that speaks powerfully to all ages, Robonology is a fun and challenging experience that tests visitors skills, while inspiring and encouraging a new generation of innovators.  https://wingsmuseum.org/portfolio/robonology/

Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls

Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
Now through June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/

Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com

Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie

Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present

Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org

Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/

Animals in Art
 Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede

AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center

Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting

Contest: Vail’s Skipper + Scout expands to Cherry Creek North

Tweens, teens, toddlers, tykes—REJOICE! One of Colorado’s only signature retail stores dedicated solely to children age fifteen and under has arrived on the Front Range. AND, enter now to win and start shopping.

Skipper & Scout is the newest addition to the Cherry Creek North Shopping Gallery of boutique, niche and world-recognized stores. The expansion of the Vail brand carries everything from sporty and casual, to dress and seasonal, for baby, toddler, kid and tween. A variation of Colorado brands combined with both unique and popular national lines sets the store apart from typical offerings throughout the Rocky Mountain retail market.

The mama behind Skipper + Scout is Vail-based Kerry Roach, mother to boys, Hunter 13 and Logan 9. Kerry opened up the premiere Skipper + Scout in Vail’s Solaris four years ago and was anxious to expand to Denver. She has been working with thousands of families from ski, hockey, and soccer teams across the State as she travels with her boys to getting to know a crazy-awesome International crowd from the Vail Valley—Kerry absolutely has her finger on awesome clothing and accessories for the Colorado kid.

Skipper & Scout’s dual locations are also the Colorado flag ship stores for ivivva, the active line for girls by lululemon, popular for team sports and activities such as Lacrosse, tennis, skiing, skating, soccer and so much more. The large selection of boys clothing, gifts and accessories is one of the largest in the region for a single store including brands such as Ivivva, Scotch n Soda, Imoga, Rails, Sol angeles, Egg, Petit Bateau, and Stella McCartney.

Speaking of accessories, the store is well known for its large assortment of incredible accessories and gifts that are impossible to find all in other place! Think candy bar, now replace the Jelly Beans with oodles of pouches, travel games and hacks, stationary, sticker and nearly a hundred other items. Have fun peeps! PS – There’s a VIP club as well.

Come in during the month of May to get ready for summer camp. Skipper & Scout will carry the necessities, along with unique and fun items to send in care packages to your kids! Our new spring and summer lines will keep your kids both looking and feeling cool. From rain coats to swim suits, and twirly dresses to trendy tees, Skipper & Scout has got you covered from baby-tween!

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Best Skiing Deal in Colorado: Epic SchoolKids + Epic Pass Combo for Families

Colorado’s ski and snowboard season maybe have [mostly] wrapped up but the time is now to save big for next season!

If your kids are grades kindergarten through fifth grader, don’t delay on registering them for the best deal in town: the  2018-19 Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack. A family of four, for example, can lock in 16 days of skiing and riding together during the 2018-19 season for less than $30 per person, per day or just over $20 per person, per day at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.  

  • Ski 16 days together for less than $30 per day with 2 Epic Passes and 2 Epic SchoolKids Colorado Packs
    Two parents can place $49 down now to lock in the best rate for the 2018-19 Epic Pass. And if they have two children that are registered for Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, the family of four receives 16 days of skiing and riding together throughout Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone for less than $30 per person, per day during the 2018-19 ski season.
  • Ski 16 days together for just over $20 per day with 2 Epic Local Passes and 2 Epic SchoolKids Colorado Packs
    Two parents can place $49 down now to lock in the best rate for the 2018-19 Epic Local Pass. And if they have two children that are registered for Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, the family of four receives 16 days of skiing and riding together throughout Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone for just over $20 per person, per day during the 2018-19 ski season.

What is the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack?
This free program provides Colorado elementary school children (kindergarten through fifth grade) with 16 free days of skiing and riding, four days each at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, and one free first-timer ski or snowboard lesson with free equipment rental. Registration began March 6 and is available for a limited time at Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sport and Epic Mountain Gear locations throughout the Front Range. Epic SchoolKids does not require any purchase. 

More information about the Epic and Epic Local Passes:

  • Epic Pass™: Ski unlimited and unrestricted from opening day to closing day for only $899. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over four days of skiing or snowboarding. Enjoy full access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; and Perisher in Australia for the 2019 season. New for the 2018-19 season, Epic Pass holders will receive seven days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at Telluride in Colorado and at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (Fernie Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort in British Columbia, Nakiska in Alberta, and Mont Sainte Anne and Stoneham in Quebec), and five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts in Japan. The Epic Pass also grants limited access to Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val D’Isere in France; 4 Vallées in Switzerland; Arlberg in Austria and Skirama Dolomiti in Italy. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $469.
  • Epic Local Pass™: For $669, receive unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Wilmot, Afton Alps and Mt. Brighton with limited restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Stowe, plus a combined total of 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb with holiday restrictions. New for the 2018-19 season, Epic Local Pass holders will receive five total consecutive days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts in Japan. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over three days. A child pass (ages five to 12) is $359.
  • $49 Down Now, Pay the Rest Later. For a limited time only, a $49 down payment now guarantees the lowest price for Vail Resorts’ Epic pass products, including the Epic and Epic Local Pass options, with the remainder due in the fall.

We’ll see you on the slopes!

Photos: Jack Affleck 

Tips to Avoid What Will Soon Become the Summer Scramble for Many Parents (camp discount!)

Don’t be alarmed, but if I don’t tell you now, you might not realize it until much later—summer will soon be upon us. While kids will soon be jumping for joy, parents everywhere are close to encountering the dreaded last-minute summer scramble.

That’s not to say you should rush into a summer camp decision; there is still a bit of time to research and make an informed choice.

To help you get the selection process started, here are three big points to consider, brought to you by iD Tech, the world’s #1 summer STEM program for kids and teens.

Think about a camp that aligns with your child’s interests.

 These days, there is a summer camp for everything—which is good and bad! It’s great to have options, but also easy to get bogged down in the details. So, start here…what is your son or daughter interested in?

At iD Tech, students with an existing interest in apps, video games, social media, and more, go from consumers of such technologies to creators and producers of those very same things.

Think about what you want your child to get out of their summer.

Unfortunately, summer “brain drain” (also called the “summer slide”) is real, leaving many parents searching for summer activities that keep young minds active. Not to mention that there are some subjects kids don’t even have a chance to let slide because they aren’t being taught in school.

Thus, STEM summer programs like iD Tech keep brains stimulated while kids are out of school, and introduce brand new – yet wildly important – skills for kids to build. It is projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled in 2018.  Those who start young in STEM disciplines have much greater odds of securing the most well-paying opportunities in the future.

In addition to skill-building, think about relationship-building.

What is the best atmosphere for cultivating a lasting friendship? It almost always starts with being among those who have similar interests.

In fact, we hear the same thing summer after summer — “I’ve found my people.”

Students at iD Tech have the uncanny ability to bond with their like-minded peers, thanks to the opportunity to sign-up in a particular course area – whether it’s coding, game development, robotics, or design – and be surrounded by other students just as eager to learn a new craft.

Next Steps and Discount!

Now equipped with the info you need to decide on the perfect camp, what are you waiting for?

Exclusive to Mile High Mamas readers, receive $75 off when you register with code MILEHIGH18 through 5/31/18. Courses sell-out quickly, so get started today at iD Tech or call (888) 709-8324 for personalized course recommendations. Make unlimited updates to your registration up to 3 weeks before your session.

More About iD Tech

At iD Tech, students ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI, design Fortnite-inspired games, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Held at 150+ locations nationwide, including University of Denver, Mile High Academy, Stanford, MIT, and others.

Programs held at DU include:

iD Tech Camps: For ages 7-17; our flagship program offering courses for every interest—coding, game development, robotics, and design. Weeklong camps, with day and overnight options.

Alexa Café: An all-girls program for ages 10-15. Alexa Café offers a unique blend of tech, entrepreneurship, and social activism—all set in a stylish setting! Code an app for charity, design a mobile game, engineer wearable electronics, and more. Weeklong camps with day and overnight sessions.