Month: September 2018

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 ...

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...

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 depress...

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 ...

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 De...

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...

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. co...

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 g...

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 ha...

30 family-friendly events in Denver this week

It is a busy fall weekend–between the 2018 Energy Day Festival to the Fall Flannel Festival to Day Out with Thomas. For full listings, be sure to go to our event calendar. 2018 Energy Day Festival Sept 22, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Energy Day is Colorado’s first FREE family festival showcasing exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Energy Day will feature exciting exhibits and interactive demonstrations that will teach students and their families about various forms of energy and how through STEM education, they can find an exciting career in the energy industry. Come down and support our local schools, energy experts, and the amazing kids out there looking to learn and develop their skills in STEM education! Just Between Friends of Denver Sale at Nati...

Training next generation of workers begins with STEM and Energy Day

Energy Day started in Houston to show the children of the Houston Independent School District how studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) could lead to really cool job with fun companies in the energy industry. With a national laboratory, various types of energy production along with colleges and universities focused on STEM subjects and energy, Colorado seemed the next natural fit as we looked to expand Energy Day. It also seemed the state and different players thought so too.  Last fall, The Denver Post quoted a New American Economy study that said there were about 15 job openings for every unemployed STEM worker in Colorado in 2016. Those are candidates educated or experienced in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing. Thus, STEM. This means every STEM...