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4th of July delicious recipe and craft ideas!

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and what could be more fun than throwing a red-, white- and blue-themed bash!? There are so many fantastically creative ideas out there and we’ve rounded up 15 of our favorites.

These popcorn lollipops are adorable.

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Kids could make these Oreo pops at your party.

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It’s an oldie but a goodie: patriotic Jell-o.28

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Easy and cute mini banana splits.banana splits=====

Marshmallow and fruit kabobs. kabobsFruit pizza. If there is fruit in it, it’s gotta be healthy, right?

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Antipasto kabobs for that picnic.antipasto=====

Who knew Red Vines could be so patriotic! Great to handout before the fireworks.

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For a great beverage, get some shaved ice and flavored liquid. Put a strawberry on top and you’re good to go!drink

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Who says holidays need to be unhealthy?! Here’s a creative option.veggie====

Here’s another light and fresh idea.watermelon=====

Make your own 4th of July slime? Now that’s a holiday!slime===== 

How about this easy craft: patriotic wands?

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Talk about a cute Q-tip firework craft.

qtipWhat ideas do you have for Independence Day?

Top Events for Fourth of July Week!

With Independence Day upon us, there are plenty of fun events to keep us busy! Here are our top picks and be sure to see our event calendar for additional details and also our free concert and movie guide.

July 4th Events

Independence Eve at Civic Center Park
July 3, 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Join us for Independence Eve presented by Anadarko, the seventh-annual free community celebration featuring a concert, light show and fireworks display on Monday, July 3, 2018, in Denver’s Civic Center Park (Colfax & Broadway) beginning at 8:00 p.m.

4th of July Spectacular at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn
The city of Aurora, Colorado will celebrate the 4th of July Spectacular and Independence Day with a fireworks show that will lit up the night sky. The Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn will feature dance worthy live music, delicious food and a fireworks display revered as one of the best in Colorado. The event opens to the public at 6:00PM with live entertainment. Fireworks start at 9:30PM.

Evergreen Music Festival 2018
July 4, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
The 2018 Evergreen Music Festival presents 15 performing groups including FACE Vocal Band and soul band The Burroughs! In addition to the performing artists on Independence Stage, the Evergreen Scene stage will feature some of Evergreen’s most popular bands. Honoring military personnel, the festival includes free children’s activities, a Civil War cannon, and a British car shine and show! Free admission for children, active military and veterans.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade
July 4, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The Park Hill 4th of July Parade is Denver’s largest Independence Day march.  It’s a traditional parade with everything you’d expect, including marching bands, floats, classic cars, costumed characters and much more!

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
July 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Come and see the exciting match between the Colorado Rapids and the Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Denver Outlaws vs. Boston Cannons at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat.
July 4th is our annual Mile High 4th of July celebration featuring the best post-game fireworks in Denver!

Colorado Symphony’s Family friendly Fourth of July at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 4, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the stars and stripes of the good ol’ U.S. of A with your Colorado Symphony this Independence Day! It’s the return of the Family Friendly Fourth of July with even more surprises and star-studded talent. This family-friendly program features your favorite contemporary scores and the best fireworks the Front Range has to offer! Celebrate America with the Armed Forces Salute, Stars and Stripes Forever, the Overture of 1812, God Bless America and a slew of your favorite hits from stage and screen.

Fireworks – Independence Day at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
July 4, 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Don’t miss as we light up the Downtown Denver skyline with our fireworks extravaganza! Shows start at park closing time.

Other Events

Final Friday 2018 Summer Series at 31st and Blake in RiNo
June 29, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Final Friday 2018 Summer Series returns for its sixth consecutive year, with live music acts and local businesses creating an urban block party in the RiNo Arts District. Dozens of breweries, restaurants and businesses will also be offering great deals on food and drinks.

Dive-In Movie – Despicable Me 3 at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
June 29, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 29 – August 3. The Water Park closes at 6 p.m. with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30 p.m. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass.

Colorado Renaissance Festival
June 30– July 1
Flash back to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

Colorado Music Festival: Family Fun Concert “Meet the Strings”
June 30, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Family Fun Concerts give younger children a chance to meet different sections of the orchestra. Small ensemble perform short, informal, musical programs. Meet the musicians and their instruments following each performance.

The Colorado Horse Park Grand Prix Series at the Colorado Horse Park
June 30, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Looking for something new to do with your family this summer?  Come on down to the Colorado Horse Park, Colorado’s premier equestrian facility, located in Parker, Colorado.   Watch the nation’s top equestrians compete in the weekly Summer in the Rockies Grand Prix. Gates open at 4, with competition commencing at 5 PM each Saturday, June 9 – July 21.  Parking and general admission are free. Bring a blanket to sit on the grass and enjoy our cash bar, hospitality, vendors, and views

The Ninjago Movie
June 30, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Athmar Park Neighborhood Association (APNA) is excited to announce the Fourth Annual APNA Movies in the Park series, a free summer activity for families and friends. During three evenings in the summer, APNA will set up the big screen in Huston Lake Park and invite the community to enjoy great films under the stars.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
July 3, 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 Night at Children’s Museum of Denver
July 3, 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.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Summer in the City
June 1-August 1
The city of Aurora, Colorado invites you to join us this summer for some FREE, fun entertainment. It’s a great way to get the kids outside this summer. This event just for kids offers fun throughout the summer. There will be free, healthy snacks, inflatables, board and field games, an opportunity to try your hand at golf and the gymnastics team will be onsite as well. The library will be there with fun crafts as well as the Aurora History Museum. Come discover all the other programs that the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department offers.

Happy City: Art for the People” is a six-week (May 18-June 30) citywide art intervention produced by The Denver Theatre District at Denver Union Station’s Plaza and Great Hall. The art instillation sites are located throughout Denver and includes streets, alleyways, billboards, video screens and Union Station, among other locations.

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

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

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/

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

Peak-A-Boo Play
Peak-A-Boo Play launched in spring 2018 in The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. The space is a clean, safe, pop-up experience offering drop-in, open play for kiddos three years of age and under. Parents/caretakers must be present and will have opportunities to socialize, grab coffee and take a breather while kids explore over 500-square-feet of mats, plush tumbling gear, sensory toys, bubbles, music and more. Summer admission is $10 per child with sibling discounts available. Hours of operation are Monday and Thursday mornings, 9 to noon; however, schedule is subject to change/expand and will be regularly posted to website and social channels.

When should babies sleep in their own rooms?

When we brought our first baby home from the hospital, our pediatrician advised us to have her sleep in our room. We put our tiny new roommate in a crib near our bed (though other containers that were flat, firm and free of blankets, pillows or stuffed animals would have worked, too).

The advice aims to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Studies suggest that in their first year of life, babies who bunk with their parents (but not in the same bed) are less likely to die from SIDS than babies who sleep in their own room. The reasons aren’t clear, but scientists suspect it has to do with lighter sleep: Babies who sleep near parents might more readily wake themselves up and avoid the deep sleep that’s a risk factor for SIDS.

That’s an important reason to keep babies close. Room sharing also makes sense from a logistical standpoint. Middle of the night feedings and diaper changes are easier when there’s less distance between you and the babe.

But babies get older. They start snoring a little louder and eating less frequently, and it’s quite natural to wonder how long this room sharing should last. That’s a question without a great answer. In November 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics task force on SIDS updated its sleep guidelines. The earlier recommendation was that babies ought to sleep in parents’ bedrooms for an entire year. The new suggestion softens that a bit to say infants should be there for “ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.”

Rachel Moon, a SIDS expert at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville who helped write the revised AAP guidelines, says that the update “gives parents a little more latitude after the first 6 months.” The vast majority of SIDS deaths happen in the first six months of life, but the studies that have found benefits for room sharing lumped together data from the entire first year. That makes it hard to say how protective room sharing is for babies between 6 and 12 months of age.

But a new study raises a reason why babies ought to get evicted before their first birthday: They may get more sleep at night in their own rooms. Babies who were sleeping in their own rooms at ages 4 or 9 months got more nighttime sleep than babies the same ages who roomed with parents, researchers reported online June 5 in Pediatrics.

The team asked hundreds of mothers to take sleep surveys when their children were 4, 9, 12 and 30 months old. Some of the 230 children slept in their own rooms when they were younger than 4 months, others moved to their own rooms between 4 and 9 months, and the rest were still sharing their parents’ rooms at 9 months.

At 9 months, babies who had been sleeping alone since 4 months of age slept an average of 40 minutes more than room sharers. The researchers found no differences in sleep duration between the groups of babies at age 12 months. By 30 months of age, though, children who had been sleeping in their own rooms by either 4 or 9 months of age slept on average 45 minutes longer at night than children who had been sharing their parents’ rooms at 9 months. (Important caveat: At 30 months, total daily sleep time didn’t differ between the groups. The former room sharers were making up for missed nighttime sleep with naps.)

Parents who want their babies age 6 months and older to sleep in their own room ought to be encouraged to make the move, says study coauthor Ian Paul, a pediatrician at Penn State. “The guidelines should reflect data, not opinion,” Paul says.

He suspects that sharing a bedroom with babies interferes with everyone’s sleep because normal nocturnal rustlings turn into full-blown wake-ups. Babies and adults alike experience brief arousals during sleep. But when parents are right next to babies, they’re more likely to respond to their children’s brief arousals, which then wakes the baby up more. “This then sets up the expectation from the baby that these arousals will be met with a parent reaction, causing a bad cycle to develop,” he says.

There was another difference that turned up between the two groups of babies. Babies who roomed with parents were four times more likely to be moved into their parents’ beds at some point during the night than babies who slept in their own rooms. Bed sharing is a big risk factor for sleep-related infant deaths.

But Moon cautions that the Pediatrics study is preliminary, and doesn’t warrant a change in the AAP guidelines. She and coauthors point out in an accompanying commentary that other factors might be behind the difference in sleep between the two groups of babies. For instance, babies who slept in their own room were more likely to have consistent bedtime routines, be put to bed drowsy but awake, and have bedtimes of 8 p.m. or earlier. Those are all signs of good “sleep hygiene” for babies, and might be contributing to the longer sleep times. “We know that consistent bedtime routine and consistent bedtime are very important in terms of sleep quality in children,” Moon says. “They could very well make a difference.”

So that’s where we are. Some things are clear, like putting your baby to sleep on her back on a flat, firm surface clear of objects and having your baby nearby during the first six months. But other decisions come with skimpier science, and whether to evict your 6-month-old is one of them. Because science can take you only so far, it may just come down to the snoring, stirring and sleep deprivation.

Science journalist and Growth Curve blogger Laura Sanders digs into the latest research about children and parents. She has a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and her 2012 series on consciousness and her 2013 article on the dearth of psychiatric drugs — as well as her writing on the Growth Curve blog — have received awards recognizing editorial excellence. As the mother of two young kids, she’s always on the lookout for data that can help parents find their footing — and joy — in the wilderness of raising children.

Contest and Deal: Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge for Kids and Parents

Let’s be real…muddy memories are more fun than clean memories! Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is the ultimate family adventure and the only obstacle course designed for kids ages 5-16, where both kids and parents get to run together! If you are looking for a family-friendly kids event in the Denver area – look no further! With a competitive wave in the morning and family fun waves throughout the day, this adventure course is 1.5-2 miles long with mud, water, and 13-15 fun and challenging obstacles. Register your child and you – parents/legal guardians – participate for FREE! It’s like getting 3 for the price of 1!

Parents, get off the sidelines and get active with your kids. Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge is the most fun parents will have at a kids event because you get to run, complete challenging obstacles, and get muddy too. Become a hero instantly! Parents are always free in family waves. And kids who register for the competitive wave can participate with their parents in a family wave afterward for free!

The mission of Kids Obstacle Challenge is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through adventure and obstacles. They proclaim, “Brave Your Adventure!” to encourage kids to courageously face the obstacles they will encounter on the adventure course and carry that courageousness over to obstacles they will encounter in life.

The Denver Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th will be held at Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock, CO. Participants can traverse rock walls, army crawl through mud pits, rope swing over water, scale up rugged cargo nets, dodge floating cannonballs, and more. Give your kids the chance to release their inner beast and push themselves, all while getting covered in mud together as a family! Prepare to Brave Your Adventure and have some family fun!

Contest and Deal

Now is your chance to Brave Your Adventure with your family for FREE in Denver on July 7-8! Mile High Mamas is excited to partner with Kids Obstacle Challenge to offer free tickets to Mile High Mamas followers. The first 25 people to use promo code MILEHIGHMAMAS25 will receive a free ticket! Once all the free tickets are claimed, enjoy 25% off with code SAVE25.

Winning Wednesday: Win American Idol Live! 2018 Tickets

After a monumental return to television in 2018, “American Idol announces it’s taking the show on the road with the American Idol Live! 2018 tour, spanning three months this summer. The shows will feature this season’s talented Top 7 finalists: Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe (your new American Idol!) and Michael J. Woodard with special guest, Season 8 “American Idolwinner, Kris Allen.

The details:

Monday, July 16, 2018, 7 p.m. at Paramount Theatre

1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Tickets are $45-65 + additional fees

Joining the tour is In Real Life, winner of ABC’s 2017 summer reality competition show “Boy Band.In Real Life has released three singles: “Eyes Closed,” their current top 40 hit, “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” and “How Badly,” marking their first foray into singing in Spanish. 

VIP packages will be available through VIPNation.com giving fans the chance to purchase prime seats and meet and greets with the cast.

Produced by Faculty Productions in conjunction with CORE Media Group, American Idol Live! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with this season’s Top 7 finalists, including this year’s newly crowned Idol, and brings your favorite television competition directly to you in performances you can’t miss.

Contest

Mile High Mamas is giving away a 4-pack of tickets (retail value: $220). You may enter as many as five times below.

1 Newborn + 1 Toddler = No Party

At the checkout stand recently, a young cashier took notice of my newborn and exclaimed, “Only one month old; you must be having so much fun!”

Honesty is important when speaking with people you will never see again, so I let her know that she has it all wrong – newborns aren’t “fun.” The cashier seemed receptive to this correction though the pregnant woman standing nearby looked pretty freaked out. I could actually feel her eyes burning into the side of my head while she waited for an explanation or a take-back. I offered neither. As mom to two kids under the age of two, I ain’t got time to explain. She’ll find out for herself soon enough. 

In the meantime, I’m busy learning just how challenging it can be to juggle two little sleep suckers – both under the age of two.

Plan, Pack, Go

That lack of preparedness that used to fly — leaving the house with a kid in one arm and a nearly empty purse in the other — no longer suffices. Today I rely on super thorough todo lists with reminders like:

  • brush teeth
  • change shirt
  • take shirt off and try again — backward and inside out is neither comfortable nor cool

I also carry fully stocked diaper bags now-a-days. I trust myself to remember nothing and I’m fully aware that anything could happen any time.

Safety Is A Luxury

I sacrificed personal hygiene following the birth of my firstborn. This go round, in addition to failed personal hygiene, I’ve decided there is zero time to employ the abundance of safety measures recommended for child rearing. Safety schmafety. Who has time to abide by age limit recommendations, step carefully over baby gates or fiddle with cabinet locks? In all reality, one of us is bound to trip on a toy car, chug a swig of gasoline, or fall down the stairs sooner than later, right? We’ll consider it a success if all three don’t happen in the same day.

Gift Registries Serve A Purpose… And I’m An Ungrateful Gift Recipient

A gift registry is imperative if you want to avoid being up to your ears in baby blankets. I can’t change a diaper with baby blankets, people! 

Yours,

 Ungrateful and lacking sleep.

Effective Parenting Techniques Include Distraction… In Any Form

Distraction techniques are invaluable for parents and children. For that reason, I’ve befriended the mysteriously captivating and annoying YouTube sensation, Blippi. Not only is my son completely enthralled by this corny and, did I mention, annoying human clown, Blippy appeals to me (sexually) when I am practicing my selective listening skills.

Mom Friends Are A Must

As the mom of an increasingly self-sufficient toddler, I was convinced that mom friends were a commodity not a necessity. As the mom of two under two, I realize that mom friends are, in fact, saviors dressed in yoga pants.  I may not know your first name, mom friend, but I know the name of your kid, and I know I couldn’t sit through another story time at the library without you. 

A Little Poo On The Wall Never Hurt Anyone (Unless Your Toddler Licks It Or Something)

Nearly every nook and cranny in the house can (and probably will) double as a changing table. Now that we have two in diapers plus a new mommy with a wrecked pelvic floor, any clutter-free flat surface is fair game. Whether the flat surface is or is not horizontal is a non-issue. I suspect mom’s were placed on this earth to pick up poo and to problem solve.

Breastfeeding is For the Birds

The rhythm produced by the breast pump is equally catchy when pumping for kid number two.  Despite this, breastfeeding still sucks (no pun intended). Whether or not breastfeeding is a newly acquired skill, it’s stressful and anxiety provoking. No amount of lactation boosters — I’ve  tried pills, teas, smoothies and strums —have given me the mental freedom needed to simply enjoy being a mom to a newborn. And having a newborn truly is a gift for which I am (or eventually will be) grateful. 

True, newborns can be incredibly challenging especially when you already have a toddler on the loose. For the most part, however, having both a 2T and a NB is an undeniably rewarding experience. As long as the diaper bag is fully stocked all the time and never left behind, it is possible to maintain sanity and have a little, dare i say, fun.

Robin is a Colorado native living in Denver with her her husband and son.  For the past several months, Robin has been consumed by fear and excitement as she prepares for the arrival of her second child, due at the end of March.  Her go-to coping mechanisms are sarcasm, sleep and sweets, in no particular order.

Deals: Bike to Work Day, Play Date at Public Works and More!

Have I mentioned that I love food? This is my foodie week. Not only will I get to try Chuy’s newest location in DTC but I am also going to try the new menu at Alamo Draft House (yeah, the movie place). I am also excited to try the offerings of Dinnerly. Dinnerly is the most affordable meal delivery (make at home) kit on the market. Za’atar Chicken, Steakhouse Burger and Chinese BBQ Chicken are on my menu.   

Play Date at Public WorksArapahoe County has a fun way to celebrate Public Works and Development. On Friday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the whole family is invited for the fun at 6954 S. Lima Street where you can touch the trucks, learn about crosswalk safety, fill potholes and plan a city and even microchip your stuffed animal!

 Bike to Work Day. As if the benefits of being healthy (working out), the better of the environment and comradery with other bikers isn’t enough, there are other great deals along with Bike to Work Day (June 27). When you register you can win awesome prizes! Chipotle is offering a Buy One Get One Free promotion between 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. – just show your helmet at the register. There will be over 250 stations to stop on your way to work – including food, bike tune ups, and happy hours.

Arapahoe County Fair. Brief description Find Fair Fun for Everyone at the Arapahoe County Fair, July 26-29. Get online DISCOUNT tickets now for only $10. It is fun the whole herd with UNLIMITED carnival rides, two nights of fireworks, two rodeos, concerts, barnyard friends, truck and tractor pulls, high-flying dog shows, heritage activities and more. $10 discount tickets are available online NOW through July 26. Join the fun. BUY your tickets today at arapahoecountyfair.com.

 The Pedal for Pancakes breakfast station in Skyline Park on June 27th, presented by the Downtown Denver Partnership, features a free hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit and coffee, bike tune-ups, a donut wall, music and other fitness and wellness programs. With 8.3 percent of Downtown Denver commuters choosing to commute by bike each day, Skyline Park is historically one of the largest Bike to Work Day stations in the metro area, attracting an average of more than 600 people. 

Buy a Coke, Share a Coke Happy Hour. Every Wednesday – Friday4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Buy one Coca-Cola 20 oz drink get one free to share at Walgreens. Yes, I’ll meet you with a free coke on the corner of happy and healthy. 

 Colorado Renaissance Festival. The age old (see what I did there?) festival celebrating the fun, frivolity and food (Hello Turkey Legs!) of the Renaissance is now open in Larkspur. Get your Buy One Adult Get One Child (or you can use it for $3 off an adult ticket) coupon at participating Subway stores. 

 High Point Creamery. Celebrate the first day of summer on June 21 with all of High Point Creamery scoops (including ice cream flights!). They will be “buy one, get one” all day long at each of the three retail locations. Plus, check out these amazing new summer flavors: Cherry Miso w/ Chocolate Chips, Rose Gold, Peach Cobbler, Mango Sorbet, Cucumber Lime Sorbet and of course, Cookies (3 ways) & Cream.

Newk’s. For a limited time, everyday after 4 p.m., kids 12 and under dine for just 99 cents at Newk’s. Busy weeknights or hectic weekends can be fun and a little bit less expensive. (Up to two kids per adult purchase of entrée and drink. Dine in only. Offer expires July 31).  

Champions of Magic. Five World-class illusionists that are part of this theatrical production come from London’s West End will be at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House from July 25-28. Get your tickets now for 20% off when you use the code MAGIC20.  axs.com/events/351503/champions-of-magic-tickets.   

Punchbowl Social. School’s out and bowling is in! Punch Bowl Social’s popular Kids Bowl Free program returns June 15 and runs through August 31 at both the S. Broadway (65 Broadway) and Stapleton (3120 N. Unita St) locations. Every MondayTuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids 15 and younger (accompanied by an adult) get one hour of free bowling and complimentary bowling shoes. While you’re there try out the amazing new Kid’s Menu!

 Summer Kids’ Flicks. The Summer Kids’ Flicks series at the Movie Tavern Theater in Aurora is back on this summer! This series is a great opportunity for moms to take their kids to see their favorite movies for only $4! This ticket includes the movie and $4 food and beverage orders. This week’s movie is KungFu Panda https://www.movietavern.com/ skf/

 AMC Stubs. Tuesday is now my favorite day of the week to see movies at AMC. You can now purchase $5 Tuesday tickets online – the deal is available for AMC Stubs members and is available all year long!

 AMF Bowling. Let the Summer Games Begin. Get your Summer Games Season pass now and bowl at AMF lanes every day for one low price! The Summer Games pass lets you bowl three tames every weekday (Mon-Fri) from open until 8 p.m. and weekends (Sat & Sun) from open until 4 p.m. through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2019). The Summer Pass is location specific but also includes shoe rental! Kids pass (15 and under) is just $31.95 and Adult Pass is $47.95.

 Water World. My family LOVES Water World. We have to go each summer! There are a couple ways to get deals: Buy tickets at King Soopers for $5 off gate price or get a Family 4-Pack which includes 4 admissions, one 16” pizza and 4 drinks for only $149.96; Bring a specially marked Mountain Dew Can for $8 off; Stoby by local Denver Subway stores to get an $8 off coupon. 

Summer Concerts and Movies outside. We pulled together a list of some of the best of free concerts and outdoor movie showings. There is something for everyone – all across town. 

Glenwood Caverns. Get a 50% OFF Tram Ride Admission to experience America’s only mountain-top theme park…Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs.  It’s a full day of family fun and adventure for everyone, with great kid-friendly rides and attractions along with awesome thrill rides and amazine cave tours. Go to glenwoodcaverns.com for hours and info. Buy online and enter promo code MHMAMA for discount.

 Urban Walk & Block PartyFinal Friday 2018 Summer Series is in full swing, and will be returning to Denver on Friday, June 29, 2018 (7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.). The event will take place in the RiNo Arts District and will feature Live music acts and local businesses. Dozens of local breweries, restaurants and businesses will also be offering great deals on food and drinks during the event. Admission wristbands for each event cost $5, with proceeds benefiting Dream Cu

How this Denver boy “donated” his birthday to help save the wildlife

Dreading another birthday party where your kid will receive 20 more plastic toys?  With that in mind, we were trying to come up with an alternative for my son’s 7th birthday.  We talked about options with our son and together we came up with the idea to collect donations for the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg, Colo. in lieu of birthday gifts at his party. His parents and grandparents would still get him a couple of special gifts. 

The whole experience turned out better than we ever expected. Even from the beginning, Xander was super excited to “help save the wildlife.”

Xander made and decorated a collection box.  At his birthday party he collected $370 …when neighbors and close friends found out what he was doing, they voluntarily handed over another $140.  My son added $30 from his allowance that he had been saving for a year and my husband’s company has a match program and gave him an additional $300…bringing his donation collection to $840.

Wow, with that much money, my son had choices to make…what animals should he sponsor? 

They offer such a cool program at the Wild Animal Sanctuary , whereby You can sponsor various animals at the Wild Animal Sanctuary. Small animals can be sponsored for $120 a year (serval, bobcat, lynx, fox, coyote, coati mundi, raccoon, emu or alpaca); medium animals can be sponsored for $240/year (leopard, jaguar, mountain lion, camel, horse, ostrich or wolf) and large animal sponsorships are $360/year (lion, tiger, bear). The program offers sponsors a photo and information on your chosen animal; medium and large animal sponsors also receive a one-year membership to the Wild Animal Sanctuary (and you can bring up to five guests each visit for no charge).   The nearly 500 animals have bios listed on their site to help you decide whom to sponsor.  https://www.wildanimalsanctuary.org/rescues

Xander decided to sponsor Zimba a beautiful male lion, Diego a stunning white Tiger and Shaka a male African Serval.  Zimba was a Mexican zoo performer who was surrendered to the Sanctuary because he was too aggressive for performances. Diego is a male White Tiger that was confiscated by the Mexican Government agency due to a history of severe abuse and neglect.  He was rescued from a roadside Zoo where he used to be sedated regularly so people could take pictures with him.  Shaka is a Male African Serval that was being kept in a small cage located in a junk-ridden back yard of a couple living in New York State. Zimba, Diego, Shaka and the nearly 500 animals at the Sanctuary now live a better life thanks to the amazing workers, volunteers and donors.

As parents, we wanted to share this story to help inspire other kids. This has been such a great experience for Xander.  He is genuinely joyful about how he was able to help the animals, he humbly appreciated being spotlighted in the Wild Animal Sanctuary Summer Newsletter (see pages 32 &33), he also loves the human friends he has made at the Sanctuary, and we don’t miss any of the toys he would have received.

“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.”

Our son is an amazing person and we look forward to all the ways he will continue to make the world a better place.

-Karen Drobish

Drug prevention summit to push effective drug education in schools

The marijuana industry continues to grow. We need to counter it–and can do it stronger, together. Drug prevention starts with moms and dads. Then it moves into communities.
 
You are invited to attend a coalition building event June 27 at 6 p.m. The following speakers will be in attendance: 

-Lynn Riemer, ACT on Drugs, is talking to us about the current drug scene in our schools.

-Courtney Reanier, Marijuana Accountability Coalition is enlightening us on the current state of the marijuana industry in Colorado. 

-Diane Carlson, Co-Founder, SMART Colorado is giving us the latest on what’s happening in the legislature.

-Aubree Adams, Mom’s Strong Pueblo, is running ending the event with a planning session on how we can push for stronger drug education in our schools.
 
Hosted by Foundation for a Drug Free World, and held at the Church of Scientology, 2340 Blake Street, Denver. RSVP: Dr. Patricia Ross, Drug Free World coordinator. (303) 204-439. PatriciaRoss65@gmail.com.

Viral video that parents are madly sharing proves some buoyancy jackets are ‘dangerous’

A grandmother in Washington state is warning people about a “dangerous” life jacket that she says almost caused her granddaughter to drown.

Holly Mueller shared a video on Facebook that’s now been viewed more than 21 million times that shows her granddaughter Marissa wearing a life jacket in the pool with Mueller’s husband, Daniel. When Daniel placed Marissa in the pool, she immediately rolled onto her stomach and her face was submerged in the water. He demonstrated this several times with the same result.

Since the video has gone viral, people have pointed out that Mueller was teaching the toddler to swim in a personal safety device (PDF), or buoyancy jacket, and they work differently than a life jacket. 

According to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit a life jacket and a PFD serve different purposes, though they do “in many cases look very similar”: 

A life jacket is designed to turn an unconscious person from face down to face up in the water, allowing them to breathe. A PFD is designed to keep a conscious person afloat in calm conditions.

The Red Cross said that life jackets are used “to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position that allows you to breathe.” 

Parents, please educate yourselves on the difference. It may save a life.