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We’re not perfect but we’re brave

Have you ever been judged for something on this list?

Parenting is hard. Good thing we have friends who support our choices and remind us that parenting is a spectator sport.  “Mother Judger” is a new series by Scary Mommy and really hits home.

Free Money Museum Reopens Downtown With These Family-friendly Features!

The Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Branch of Kansas City reopened its Money Museum. Conveniently located on the 16th Street Mall, this free, educational and fun attraction is great for all ages.

Parents can introduce money concepts, like spending, smart saving and earning an income to children in a captivating environment.

Brightly colored and interactive wall exhibits simplify complex financial terms for young learners. Children can understand the process of money management, like the difference between a need and want.

Touch screens and engraving plates let kids create their own dollar bill with their picture, a special design or their own choice of colors.

Older kids can enjoy the redesigned counterfeit exhibit, where they can touch and smell currency. There’s also an entire wall of historical currency, with rare bank notes and coins on display.

Many think the most impressive display is the wall of $30 million in cash. At the end of the visit, all guests are welcome to take a bag of shredded cash as a souvenir.

The Denver Money Museum is a self-guided experience with no scheduled tours. This is another advantage for families, since the visit can fit your schedule – as long as it’s during the museum hours. It’s located at 1020 16th St., M – F, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and is closed on bank holidays. 

For more information visit Kansascityfed.org.

Photos: Matthew Staver

19 family-friendly events in Denver this week

Halloween events are in full swing with Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens, Haunted Field of Screams and corn mazes. See our event calendar for the full listings.

Free night at Clyfford Still Museum
Sept 28. 5:00 – 8:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year.

Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Sept 28– Oct. 28
In October, Elitch Gardens transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night, plus all your favorite Theme Park rides. Don’t miss out on five weekends of scary fun at Colorado’s largest Halloween event!

Family Discovery Series: Central City Opera – Eureka Street
Sept 29, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Take a journey of discovery on Eureka Street where you’ll mingle with funny and fascinating opera characters: prospectors, divas, lumberjacks, and more as they bring history, music, and stories to life.

Family Fun Night: Stories and S’mores at Denver Botanic Gardens
Sept 29, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons! Make s’mores, explore and play in Mordecai Children’s Garden, and engage your creative and curious side as you participate in nature-themed activities. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.

YWCA Boulder County Announces Dash and Bash 2018 at the Boulder Reservoir
Sept 30, 7:00 – 9:00 am
YWCA Boulder County has announced the inaugural Dash and Bash, a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer walk/run and 1-mile dash fundraising event, which will take place on September 30, 2018 at the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado.

Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Sept 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply.

Woofstock – Sun & Fun for the entire family!at Mount Vernon Canyon Club
Sept 30, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Woofstock returns to Mount Vernon Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., giving all ages and their furry friends a chance to soak up some sun and fun before the end of the season! This is the last day that the Club’s pool will be open and a special doggy swim session will commence at 3 p.m.

Free day at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Oct 2, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Play for free the first Tuesday of every month from 4 – 8 pm!

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference at the Downtown Sheraton Denver
Oct 3 – 5
The early childhood field is evolving – every day there are NEW things to learn, NEW people to meet, NEW perspectives to consider, NEW opportunities to discover. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2018 is your destination for professional and personal growth. With a vast array of outstanding speakers and sessions, this exceptional event will expand your horizons and raise your expectations.

Oktoberfest Denver
Sept 21 – 29
Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood welcomes back one of the city’s longest running festivals and one of the largest of its kind in the nation! Oktoberfest Denver is set to once again commemorate this world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage by combining dynamic performance of music and dance, bier-based activities, Long Dog Derby and entertainment for all ages.

Haunted Field of Screams
Sept 21 – Oct 31
On Friday, September 21, the Haunted Field of Screams (HFOS) opens as an all-new scream park for the 2018 season. Built into a 40-acre corn field, HFOS will deliver a daunting indoor/outdoor haunt experience only 15 minutes from downtown Denver at 10451 McKay Road, Thornton, CO.

Corn Maze, Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Sept 21 – Oct 28
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze. In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at the mazes.

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

BUGTOBER at the Butterfly Pavilion
October 1-31
Overwhelming pain, paralysis and death in a matter of minutes – real peril lurks with the fangs, barbs and stingers of the spineless. Move over sharks – these animals and plants give danger a whole new meaning! Safely see these toxic terrors at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion during BUGTOBER, a Halloween-themed event where their most intimidating invertebrates take center stage.

Mindbender Mansion
July 20 – January 6, 2019
Love brainteasers? Enter “Mindbender Mansion,” a quirky place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges that put minds of all ages to the test. This unique, high-energy experience opened at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 20.

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. historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball

Denver Art Museum
There are several family-friendly exhibits at the DAM including Stampede: Animals in Art on view at the museum through May 19, 2019.  A Walk in the Woods is still on view, which coincides with Stampede, and includes animal-themed artmaking activities and after their summer break, Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives, are back.  Children have been really loving the gallery games and book in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Their Learning & Engagment department created a children’s book specially to be used while visiting this exhibition with children, and don’t miss Past the Tangled Present. Go to   https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.

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

 

Suicide Prevention and the Quest for Happiness

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month. All month long, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is publishing submissions.

The Quest For Happiness 

I knew I needed to make a change in my life. I no longer wanted to live behind the mask that portrayed an infrangible false happiness. I wanted the smile on my face to be genuine. I asked myself, what can I do to make a change? The only answer I could come up with; start doing things that make you happy. Sounds easy enough, right? Much to my surprise, it was that easy. I just hadn’t been making an effort.

We spend hours dwelling on anger and resentment. We seek therapy and advice when trying to understand our sadness. What if we devoted the same amount of time and energy to our happiness?

I have battled with depression, agoraphobia, and self-harm for several years. I’ve had a few unsuccessful suicide attempts and I’ve been in and out of psych wards.  But one day I decided that I wanted to be here. I didn’t want to end my life. So I made a list of all the things that I felt would bring me some joy. The list was much longer than I had predicted it would be. One by one, I started doing things on that list. I made my happiness a priority. 

I created The Quest For Happiness in an attempt to understand what makes people happy. It is my hope that it will lead to a better understanding of my own happiness. I hope that by sharing my journey, others will be inspired to make happiness a priority in their own life.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.

Win Tickets to Nitro Circus: You Got This

Nitro Circus, the world’s biggest action sports entertainment brand, creates electrifying live events and unbelievable original content that at once exhilarates, captivates and inspires thrill-seeking fans worldwide. 

Nitro Circus: You Got This is coming to Denver for an October 16 Pepsi Center show. Fans can get a jump on the action, though, with tickets on sale  at nitrocircus.com.     

Nitro Circus’ biggest moments, and some of its most notorious crashes, have come from the mind of Travis Pastrana. For the action sports icon, pushing the envelope is just another day at the office. But Pastrana also has the uncanny ability to encourage his fellow riders to go big or go home as well… In some cases despite their better judgment! Now with the 2018 You Got This tour, Travis and company will ramp up the shenanigans with the greatest, craziest, funniest show in Nitro Circus history.

“Nitro Circus is turning me loose! With the You Got This Tour, I’m putting all of my best – and worst – ideas into one huge show. Everything I’ve ever wanted to see live, we’re taking on the road,” Pastrana says. “Expect bigger, brand-new ramps and even more ridiculous stunts. It’s going to be unreal! Look out, though. There may be a few rough landings.”  

Nitro Circus: You Got This will feature Travis Pastrana along with Nitro Circus’ best athletes in FMX, BMX, Scooter and Inline, including multiple X Games medalists and several Nitro World Games champions. Pastrana will lead this all-star roster as they attempt both never before seen tricks and completely ill-advised stunts. This tour will debut an audacious production complete with new huge ramps and crazy contraptions. Expect some sketchy challenges to be thrown down. Who will take them up? With this crew, you never know what will happen, but without a doubt You Got This will be totally wide open, with more thrills, more excitement and more irreverence than ever before.

For more Nitro Circus news, including tour updates, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and more, go to http://www.nitrocircus.com and follow Nitro Circus on Instagram and Facebook.

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Deals: National Coffee and Taco Days, Fall Flea and More

I love seeing shows at the Denver Center. Some of them are smaller known shows (which usually surprisingly blow me away – if Peter and the Starcatcher comes back I’m going again) and some of them are the bigger, better-known Broadway shows. But rarely do I get as excited for a show as I am about Dear Evan Hansen. I am trying my darndest to win the Lottery for tickets to Dear Evan Hansen. The lottery allows you to buy great seats for just $25 each. Wish me (and my daughter) luck. The show is about a high school senior with social anxiety who, through a misunderstanding, becomes enmeshed in the aftermath of a classmate’s suicide. Although the plot of musical centers around the protagonist and his high-school world, the theme of parenthood is also a major part of the plot.

Cordoury at Denver Center. Join Cordoury the teddy bear on his chase through the department store in search of his missing button. Tuesday, September 25 get Buy one Get One Free tickets to Courdoury at the Denver Center. Thanks to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) you can take advantage of the awesome deal. It is for specific dates so make sure you go to their website.

Consignment sales. Just a few more consignment sales left this season. Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. 

National Coffee Day. Have you ever noticed that when someone gets a cup of coffee most don’t typically just start drinking it right away. They sort of hug it. I feel like I want to hug it just a little tighter when I get it as a great deal and there are deals for National Coffee Day.

·         Boyers. Denver’s own, Boyer’s coffee is having a celebration on Friday, Sept 28 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. the event includes free drip coffee, discount on other coffee drinks, discount on coffee beans, entertainment and more.

·         McDonalds. While not free, McCafe drinks are just $1.

·         Krispy Kreme. Get one free. Plus, while you’re there try a coffee glazed donut (the donut’s not free)

·         Dunkin’ Donuts. My friend claims this is the best drip coffee ever. I guess I will need him to take me there, their promo is buy one get one free.

 All the Fall Feels. If leaf peeping (and the traffic that goes with it) isn’t your deal, but you want all the cozy fall weather fun. Visit the Fall Flea on Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept 30 at the Rock Drill in RiNo. The Flea features vendor and fall festivities.

 Dairy Queen. Download the new DQ App and register to get a FREE small BLIZZARD®Treat! Plus, get access to exclusive weekly deals, browse the menu, and find a location near you. 

 Earth Treks. North America’s largest climbing gym, Earth Treks is now open and readers of MileHighMamas.com get a super awesome deal: Visit the gym in September and receive 50% off member initiation fee AND try climbing for the first time by registering for limited-time $5 belay lessons – visit EarthTreksClimbing.com/Englewood and use promo code BELAY5.

 Ski Deals. Now is the time to get your season passes – so you can save the whole ski season! Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Breckenridge) are once again offering Epic SchoolKids a FREE pass for kids Kindergarten through 5th grade. (Available for Colorado, Utah and Whistler/Blackcomb). And Colorado Ski Country is once again offering the Free 5th Grade Passport (and nominal fee 6th Grade). If you happen to have a 5th Grader – take advantage of both programs! Epic Mountain Gear has the awesome Jr. Trade program – where you buy used equipment for really cheap. It is yours to keep or trade back in at the end of the year. When you trade it in – your equipment costs less than two days of renting equipment would!

 Rockies Tacos. Don’t forget that through October 1, you can still take advantage of the Colorado Rockies deal at Taco Bell. The deal is that you can get four tacos for just $2 after the Rockies score 7 or more runs. The promotion is only between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

National Taco Day. This year for National Taco Day, on October 4, Chuy’s is celebrating one of America’s favorite foods, the taco, with specials worthy of even the biggest Tacoholics. Add a crispy beef taco to any order for $1.00, enjoy $1.00 Patrón floaters on your favorite margarita and $1.00 off Modelo beers. Buy any Chuy’s t-shirt with a taco on it for $10.00.

 *If we find additional deals through the week, follow me at @GeeWhy93. I will do my best to tweet out as soon as I hear of them.

 

Child Passenger Safety Week: Get Your Car Seat Adjusted for FREE

Last October, Laura Henderson was driving through Cherry Creek – her two young children in the back seat – on their way to parent-teacher conferences. It was a typical fall day, and a drive she had done countless times before. As she traveled along 1st Avenue, another driver ran a stop sign and collided with Laura’s vehicle, crushing the side of her car – right where her 2-year-old sat in the back seat.

Laura rushed to get her two children out of the car as their cries and the concerning smell of smoke grew thicker. She pulled her 2-year-old son out of his car seat through the window, as the impact of the crash prevented her from opening the car door. All three were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Laura suffered from severe whiplash and her car was totaled. Her 2-year-old and 3-year-old sons were completely unharmed — and it’s by no coincidence that they had been securely strapped in their car seats at the time of the crash.

Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of 75 percent of children – who the National Highway Transportation Authority (NHTSA) estimates are not properly secured in car seats. That’s a startling statistic. Why would so many parents neglect to protect their children?

The problem is not usually negligence – it’s that many parents don’t know they have an improperly installed car seat, have their child in the wrong car seat for their size, or have not correctly secured the harness or seat belt, among other contributing factors.

This week is national Child Passenger Safety Week and Car Seats Colorado is shining a light on car seat safety – encouraging parents to be extra vigilant when it comes to protecting their children in the car. Every 33 seconds, a child is involved in a car seat. A properly secured car seat is your first line of defense in the event of a crash – which can happen at any time and when you least expect it.

Parents and caregivers interested in having their car seat inspected to ensure proper fit by a certified technician can attend these events taking place across the Denver metro area during Child Passenger Safety Week:

  • South Metro Safety Foundation (by appointment)
    Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12–5 p.m.
    South Metro Fire Station 34 — 8871 Maximus Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124
  • Jefferson County Safety Fair
    Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – noon
    Arvada Fire Training Center — 6651 Indiana St., Arvada, CO 80007
  • Health and Safety Fair at the Medical Center of Aurora
    Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    The Medical Center of Aurora — 1501 S Potomac St, Aurora, Colorado 80012
  • West Metro Fire CPS Fit Station (by appointment)
    Tuesday, Sept. 25 — West Metro Fire Station 16, 3880 Upham Street, Wheat Ridge 80033
    Friday, Sept. 28 — West Metro Fire Station 10, corner of Hampden & Kipling, Lakewood 80235You can also have your car seat inspected year-round by visiting a Car Seats Colorado inspection station. See a list of locations in your area here. In addition, you can contact your local fire station or law enforcement agency to see if they offer car seat inspections.

If you’re unsure whether your child is in the right car seat for their size, Car Seats Colorado recommends checking NHTSA’s safety guidelines here.

By Colorado State Patrol Trooper Tim Sutherland, Program Coordinator for Car Seats Colorado

 

 

Colorado’s child poverty rate reaches lowest level since 2002, progress on health coverage stalls

Data released last week from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that Colorado’s child poverty rate fell to 12 percent in 2017, down from 13 percent in 2016 and the lowest level in more than a decade. Approximately 149,000 Colorado children experienced poverty in 2017, down from a high of 224,000 children in 2012 when our state’s child poverty rate peaked in the midst of a slow economic recovery. The child poverty rate fell nationally as well, dropping to 18.4 percent in 2017 from 19.5 percent in 2016.

Asian children and African-American children in Colorado saw the largest declines in child poverty rates between 2016 and 2017, and poverty rates declined for Hispanic children as well. Despite these declines, children of color in Colorado and across the U.S. continue to be more likely to experience poverty than their white peers due to historical and current-day policies and practices that have created barriers to economic opportunity for people of color. Click to keep reading at Colorado Children’s Campaign.

-Sarah Hughes

Children’s Museum’s ‘Adventure Forest’ Completion Delayed

Good things come to those who wait…right?

In June, the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus broke ground on a major new exhibit. Adventure Forest is an outdoor aerial adventure course and immersive, exploratory sculpture.

Construction is well underway, but is taking longer than estimated. Adventure Forest opening dates, originally slated for September, have shifted to later this year.  

“Building and constructing Adventure Forest – something so incredibly unique – is taking longer than our original estimated timeline,” said Mike Yankovich, Museum president. “Adventure Forest is coming, and it will be extraordinary! We want to give it the time and care it needs to be the absolute best it can be.”

Adventure Forest is designed for confident climbers and their grown-ups, featuring elements like rope swings, a glass bridge, slinky climb, a lookout that sits over 55 ft in the air, and dueling 70 ft slides with rainbow prisms to return you to earth. And, sitting 90 feet above the banks of the South Platte River and I-25, the sculpture will be a new landmark in Denver’s skyline.

A letter to my OCD

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month. All month long, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is publishing submissions.

A letter to my OCD,

You changed me, you took me prisoner in my own body. You were power hungry, and I was powerless. You affected me from the age of 8 on; you would come and go when you pleased. You started off invasive but  tolerable; then as you came back, each time you stayed longer and longer, becoming more and more invasive – you were the epitome of an unwanted guest. 

I write this at age 22, just about a year after I checked myself into the emergency room and was admitted into the psychiatric ward. Last year you took everything I had: my health, my happiness and the things that made me, me. I constantly questioned everything I had ever done, and everything I was presently doing. 

You took away simple things like driving down the street because every time I hit a bump I thought I had run someone over. I would give into your command and turn around and go back to the bump, then I would do it again, and again, and again. I would get out and search for bodies on the side of the road. As I walked up and down the road looking, I’d cry, knowing that I’d given into you again. 

You made me late countless times, and I hate being late. I couldn’t leave my house without checking all the appliances, over and over. I couldn’t sleep at night because I felt as though we were all in danger, so I checked everything in the house, making sure there was nothing that could potentially cause harm. I would barely sleep because of you; I was checking everything several times a night.

You convinced me that I had hurt someone, somewhere, doing something. I didn’t know any of the details and yet you made me sick, thinking I was a danger to society and to my loved ones. I woke up day after day with a pit in my stomach and tears in my eyes because of you, because you put these thoughts in my head I couldn’t shake.

The worst part is I know you so well. I have beaten you before, several times actually. But this past time you came with a vengeance. You battled me from the moment I woke up till the moment I fell asleep. And I lost every single battle, every day, every hour. After so many months of losing to you, I decided I was going to get help: I got a therapist. But even still you seemed to beat me. 

It was the first week of my senior year in college, and I spent it at home because I was so afraid of myself that I felt I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything. I had lost 15 pounds by then because not only had you beaten me up mentally, but now you were affecting me physically, too. 

I sat in my living room, and I watched as my parents broke down, as my boyfriend stepped out of the room to catch his breath and wipe his tears, as my sister sank to her knees and cried at my feet, all because they had never seen me so ill. They felt helpless too.

I called my best friend, who is one of the few who can calm me down. I asked her, “They all want me to go to the hospital, what do I do?” She told me that the decision was up to me, but going to the hospital would help me. 

As I sat there on the phone, a million things raced through my head. The loudest thought was the fact that in the hospital, I would be alone, without the support of those who made me feel less sick.

I decided to face my fears of going to the ER because I was less afraid of that then I was of myself and of you.

In the emergency room I was eventually spoken to by a crisis worker. I told her the full extent of my OCD, I told her about you. She then looked at my mother and said “She has the worst case of OCD I have ever seen.” Do you hear that? You are the most powerful she’s seen.

I was transported to a psychiatric wing, where I would stay for the next nine days. While in the hospital, I experienced a lot, some good, some not so good. I walked out of the hospital a healthier person. 

I have since kicked you to the curb. You no longer control me. I am grateful you chose to antagonize me because it made me stronger.

Now when you creep in, I destroy you. The roles have reversed, and I win every battle.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. NAMI is here to help.