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One Family’s Journey to Find Respite Care for their Son

Marie Janson faced one of every parent’s biggest fears when her son, Gabriel, was born with Down Syndrome in 2016. New to Colorado and without a strong support network at the time, Gabriel and his family struggled immensely as he was in and out of the hospital for the early part of his life.

“Early on, we really just felt shocked,” said Janson. “We never expected to be in this situation. You try to take it all on as a family and quickly realize you just can’t.”

According to AARP, there are an estimated 584,000 caregivers in Colorado who provide physical and/or emotional care for a loved one with special healthcare needs. Caregivers are highly likely to put the needs of the individual they care for before their own well-being, taking a toll on their health both emotionally and physically. An overwhelming majority of caregivers say they would like more information to help them personally with their caregiving duties, but they don’t always know where to begin.

“I didn’t even know what respite care was until someone suggested it,” said Janson. “When I first applied, I was so nervous because no one had ever watched Gabriel before. Being away from our son for even two hours felt impossible.”

Like many parents, Janson was hesitant to put the care of her child into the hands of someone else. Today, after years of living with the stress of being a mother of three and juggling the challenges of caring for a baby with Down Syndrome, Janson is finally getting some relief. Her family received a respite voucher from the Colorado Respite Coalition, a program of Easterseals Colorado, and they now participate in a variety of community programs focused on respite and support. These programs are invaluable for parents who need a break, but also want to know their children are being cared for in a nurturing and fun environment.

“The time away allows us to get healthy, recharge and reenergize ourselves for our family,” said Janson. She and her husband often use respite to attend marriage counseling and enjoy a meal together. “Caring for a child with special needs can be really difficult on any marriage. Having time to reconnect makes us stronger, better parents to our kids.”

Many Colorado families have a similar story to the Janson family. Whether it’s caring for a child with special needs or a family member with a debilitating illness, caregivers are not always aware of the support available to them. That’s why the Colorado Respite Coalition, Easterseals Colorado and the Colorado Office of Community Access & Independence have teamed up with community partners statewide to spread awareness about caregiving and connect families to resources.

“What we often see is many individuals don’t actually identify as a caregiver, so they don’t know they can ask for help,” said Meghan Kluth, the Vice President of Respite Initiatives at Easterseals Colorado. “Caregivers come from all walks of life and care for loved ones of all different ages. The most important thing for them to know is that they aren’t alone and resources are available.”

Kluth urges families needing support to visit coloradocaregiving.org or call 1-844-265-2372. Each caregiving situation is unique, and different caregivers may need different resources, such as training and education, stress management techniques, access to respite care professionals, support groups or financial compensation for caregiving.

As Janson shared, “Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We can’t control how we became caregivers, but we can seek resources in our communities to make life better.”

32 things to do in Denver this week

It’s Denver Restaurant Week, free days at area museums, Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and the Dairy Block Mardi Gras Petite Parade at the Dairy Block. See our event calendar for additional information.

Denver Restaurant Week, Denver Metro
Feb 22 – March 2
The 14th annual Denver Restaurant Week will take place from Feb. 22- March 3. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for tasty prices.

New to You Sale
Feb 28, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
It’s finally here! Twice a year, 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.

Boulder International Film Festival
Feb 28 – March 3
The 15th anniversary Boulder International Film Festival, one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, will be held February 28 – March 3, 2019. Each year, BIFF features 60 to 70 acclaimed, new films for every taste—shorts, comedies, documentaries and features—along with parties, special events, celebrity interviews, filmmaker talkbacks, live music, free programming for students and seniors, our amazing CineCHEF culinary competition, and much more!

Ballet Ariel: Ballerina by Degas (PACE) at the PACE Center
Feb 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ballet Ariel is bringing its original Ballerina by Degas back to the Denver Metro area. Inspired by the great Impressionist, Edgar Degas, Ballet Ariel’s creative team has captured not only the beauty and grace of his work but the vibrancy of the Paris art world during the 19th century.

Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center
Feb 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Utah Jazz.

University of Denver Men’s Basketball vs Western Illinois at the University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
Feb 28, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
The University of Denver Men’s Basketball team takes on Western Illinois on Thursday, February 28 at Magness Arena.

2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel
March 1 – 2
Calling all champions for early childhood education and development! Learn, share, and connect with teachers, practitioners and more at one of the nation’s premier early childhood conferences – the 2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC2019) on March 1st and 2nd in Denver.  Take advantage of over 150 sessions, covering 10 different tracks in early childhood.

Free Day at Museo de las Americas
March 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Day!

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex
March 1 –2
More than 300 vendors will fill the trade show floor with the most innovative and exciting equine-related products and services. ‘Ride with our Experts’ and learn from renowned horse clinicians on your own horse.
Bring the entire family to ‘The Mane Event’ – a spectacular performance focusing on the beauty and incredible capabilities of horses set to music and lights.

Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville
March 1 – 2
A fearless skier navigates an obstacle course connected by towrope to a horse and rider galloping at top speed, and it all takes place in the middle of town, in addition to a winter carnival with other snowy activities.

Off the Clock: Secret Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens
March 1, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Step into a whimsical wonderland and let your imagination come to life! Enjoy the warmth and color of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Marnie’s Pavilion and the Orangery after dark and savor themed food and beverages for purchase. Great for singles, couples and friends!

Banff Mountain Film Festival at Paramount Theatre
March 1–2
Get stoked for the 2019 presentation of the most outrageous, adventure-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Follow along as some of the world’s best adventurers and film makers hike tough trails, paddle wild waters, ski steep slopes.

Colorado Children’s Chorale at St Johns Episcopal Cathedral
March 1, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit.

UNCo Performing Arts Series: Beauty and the Beast at Union Colony Civic Center
March 1, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

Free Day at Denver Art Museum
March 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Day!

Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts at The Falls Event Center
March 2, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. The experience is one-of-a-kind!

Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest at Boulder County Fairgrounds
March 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrating hands-on, interactive experiences, Maker Bolder’s 6th annual Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest gives kids of all ages the chance to hack, build, tinker, learn, and explore.
Over 100 exhibits covering every awesome letter of STEAM – science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts, making! We’re also fans of imagining and inventing.

Rocky Mountain Train Show at Denver Mart
March 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Visit the largest model train show west of the Mississippi River at the Denver Mart. Make it a day or a weekend of Family Fun with 2-1/2 acres of model, toy trains of all scales, with 30 operating train layouts and two Large LEGO displays.

PJ Masks at Bellco Theatre
March 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
PJ MASKS LIVE: is back with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ MASKS! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe! Leaping, flipping and climbing – live on stage! Complete with your favorite music and brand new songs you’ve never heard before! Don’t sleep through it – watch the PJ Masks save the day, live on stage!

University of Denver Men’s Basketball vs Omaha at the University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
March 2, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
The University of Denver Men’s Basketball team takes on Omaha on Saturday, March 2 at Magness Arena.

Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dance at Lakewood Cultural Center
March 2, 2:00 – 7:30 pm
As seen on television shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” CATAPULT is the top company of its kind. Talented dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible shadow silhouettes – a theatrical art form that combines dance, storytelling and sculpture.

Così fan tutte for Kids at Loveland Opera Theatre
March 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Loveland Opera Theatre brings Così fan tutte – “A School for Lovers” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – to the Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland Feb. 22 – March 3, 2019. The opera pairs comedy and commentary at its best, set to some of the most extraordinary music Mozart ever wrote.

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center
March 2, 7:00– 9:30 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Harlem Globetrotters at 1STBANK Center
March 2, 7:30–10:00 pm
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed World Tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. New this season, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. You won’t want your family to miss it – buy your tickets today!

Dairy Block Mardi Gras Petite Parade at the Dairy Block
Marchh 3, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mardi Gras is famous for elaborate parades with incredible floats – that’s why Dairy Block is throwing LoDo’s inaugural Petite Parade! Be part of the action by signing up and building your own creative float starting with a shoebox base.

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
March 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Day!

Free Day at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
March 5, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Free Day!

Ongoing General Events

The Crystal Ice Festival at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
Dec. 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019
Deep in the winter covered forest atop a high mountain is the magical Crystal Ice Castle. Where winter wishes are sent to be considered by the Frost Queen Andorra. Your wish may be granted by the Frost Queen, but those that are not are buried deep within the ice of the castle for future consideration. A found object installation of old glass, cut crystal and acrylic. Including objects such as vases, candlesticks, goblets, bowls and more. Embellished with crystals, beads, rhinestones and silver filigree. http://moaonline.org/winter2018diorama/

Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.

Denver Art Museum
During Spring Break at the DAM (March 1631), The Print Studio, Create-n-Takes and gallery games and activities will be available every day. Art Emergency: Sculpture Edition, an original family-friendly play, will be presented March 2529 at 11 a.m.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.  Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection will be opening March 3, Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is also on view, and don’t miss the fun new interactive installation by local artist Nicole Banowetz, The Incubation Effect. Go to  https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Contest: Win tickets to American Girl Live at the Paramount Theatre

Do you want an awesome girl’s night out?

In American Girl Live, a new, original, 90-minute musical that celebrates the power of girls and strength of friendship, audiences join five spunky campers and their fearless counselor at Camp American Girl, an overnight camp in the North Woods.  Overcoming fears and obstacles along the way to having the summer of their lives, these brave campers rely on wisdom and advice delivered by Rebecca, Maryellen, Julie, Nanea, Luciana, and Melody – the beloved American Girl dolls they’ve brought along to camp – who inspire audiences in surprising and delightful-musical numbers, each reflecting their historical eras.  Empowered by the stories and conviction of their American Girls, the campers learn that they can overcome anything and achieve their dreams, so long as they stay true to themselves and support one another.

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE

Paramount Theatre

Saturday, April 13 at 7PM

Sunday, April 14 at 3PM

 Tickets: $29.50-$69.50 https://www.altitudetickets.com/events/detail/american-girl-doll-live

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Huge Spring Break Getaway 96-Hour Sale on Lodging

Beginning 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 through 11:59 p.m. MDT on Friday, March 1, the Snow.com 96-Hour Sale is the last chance of the season to receive the best available rates on lodging, plus everything skiers and snowboarders need for a spring getaway, across Vail Resorts destinations, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia; and Stowe and Okemo in Vermont. Early birds can even plan their summer trips to Grand Teton National Park. From lodging to transportation, Vail Resorts has spring vacations covered. https://snow.com/info/96-hour-sale.aspx

 After early starts to the 2018-19 ski and snowboard season and record-breaking snowfall across Vail Resorts’ mountain destinations, there is no better time to plan a spring getaway to the mountains of Colorado, Utah, California, Canada or Vermont. 

Are you planning to stay in Denver? Don’t miss Spring Break in Denver 2019: Over 50 activities listed!

COLORADO

Vail

Enjoy all that spring in Vail has to offer, including phenomenal snow conditions, après outdoors on sunny afternoons, and a fantastic lineup of events like the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Spring Back to Vail and Taste of Vail. With rates starting at $231 per night or up to 20 percent off at Austria Haus, discover spring in Vail.

Beaver Creek

Extraordinary spring skiing and savings await at Beaver Creek. Those who take advantage of the 96-hour sale can book accommodations to make them feel right at home, like The Pines Lodge, A RockResort starting at $99 per night or up to 45 percent off.

Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, The Westin Riverfront offers spacious guestrooms ranging from Studio Suites to 3-bedroom condos, each with a kitchen, fireplace and luxurious 5-piece bath. Guests can check out a variety of items to use for free, including GoPro Video Cameras, Thule Backpacks and kids snowshoes. Mom can indulge in relaxation with the amazing menu of healing mountain-inspired treatments at Spa Anjali. Colorado residents can take 15% off now through the end of the season. To book, please visit www.westinriverfront.com or call 970-790-6000 and ask for rate plan L9Z.

Breckenridge

Record early snowfall and a recently announced season extension are making for an epic season in Breckenridge. Experience incredible high-alpine snow, abundant sunshine and big savings this spring in Breck during the 96-Hour Sale. Rates start at $96 per night or up to 30 percent off at the Village at Breck.

Keystone

Grins are guaranteed under the sunny skies and snowy slopes of Keystone Resort. Whether it’s the family that loves to make turns all day and all night, or the crew that is spinning circles down the tubing hill in the morning and backstroking in the pool by afternoon, Keystone is the perfect home base. Rates start as low as $119 per night or up to 40 percent off at Lakeside Village.

Crested Butte

Mother Nature has been particularly kind to Crested Butte this year, dropping 51 inches of snow in February making spring conditions something skiers and snowboarders won’t want to miss. Room rates start at $129 per night at the Grand Lodge.

Epic Mountain Express

Traveling through the Rocky Mountains becomes easier when Epic Mountain Express is part of the plan, and planning during the 96 Hour Sale saves riders 20 percent on all transportation offerings.

UTAH

Park City is winter’s favorite town and the spring conditions are promising to be exceptional after receiving nearly 100 inches of snow in February alone. Visitors to Park City should plan on staying longer to experience every last inch of the resort’s 7,300 acres of skiable terrain, especially with rates starting at $155 per night or up to 30 percent off at the Silverado Lodge.

CALIFORNIA / NEVADA

Heavenly

Between the incredible mountain activities, authentic atmosphere, vibrant social scene, and 250 inches of snow in February, a trip to Heavenly means a vacation that won’t soon be forgotten. Rates start at $96 per night at Lakeland Village.

Northstar

Northstar  is California’s premier family resort in Lake Tahoe, and has the snow to prove it. Having received more than 230 inches in February, the spring conditions can’t be missed. Rates start at $96 per night at the Mountain Condos.

Kirkwood

With more than 230 inches of snow falling in February, Kirkwood  offers the deepest, driest snow around and some of North America’s most diverse and challenging terrain. Rates start at $96 per night at The Sun Meadows Hotel.

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB
No place offers more mind-boggling choices than North America’s largest and most celebrated ski resort. Whistler Blackcomb has a different energy in spring. On the mountain, long, sunny days, and plenty of soft snow make for endless laps and easy smiles for all ages. When the mood strikes, skiers and snowboarders can head down to a world-renowned pedestrian-only village and indulge in legendary après, shopping, dining, and nightlife, then relax in their choice of accommodation options to fit any style or budget. As the warmer days of spring arrive, guests can make the most of one of the longest ski seasons in North America – well into May! – and spoil themselves with the ultimate Spring Break, a family-friendly Easter getaway, or spring’s biggest party, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival. Rates starting at $141 CAD/ $109 USD or up to 40 percent off at Cascade Lodge.

VERMONT

Stowe and Okemo

Guests can save up to 40 percent this winter on a spring getaway to New England. Stowe and Okemo feature a variety of lodging options for every taste and budget. From cozy B&Bs to luxurious slopeside accommodations, rates are available for as low as $125 per night at Stowe and $199 per night at Okemo.

WYOMING

Grand Teton National Park

Located in the heart of Grand Teton National Park, historic Jackson Lake Lodge and Jenny Lake Lodge offer the perfect setting for your spring, summer, or fall adventure. Visitors can enjoy on-site dining and activities, including scenic rafting, horseback riding, lake cruises, hiking trails, and more, all with stunning mountain views at every turn. For those venturing to Yellowstone as well, Headwaters Lodge & Cabins is located conveniently in between both parks, making it the perfect basecamp for a national park vacation. Lodges are open seasonally May through October with rates starting at $199 per night or up to 40 percent off at Jackson Lake Lodge.

Deals: Consignment Sales, Denver Zoo, Spring Break and More

Maybe I am the only person who really studies when to buy when. Apparently as we round the corner into March – you should be thinking of buying frozen foods – March is Frozen Foods Month and luggage. Luggage goes on sale as people are starting to make their summer travel plans. I think this is also still a great month to pick up some great buys at consignment sales and if you want to score some deals on workout equipment – maybe people have given up on those New Years resolutions.
 

(Beaver Creek)

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, The Westin Riverfront is the perfect family Spring Break destination. The Westin Riverfront offers spacious guestrooms ranging from Studio Suites to 3-bedroom condos, each with a kitchen, fireplace and luxurious 5-piece bath. Families love the easy access to Beaver Creek’s ski terrain via the Riverfront Express Gondola, along with on-site rentals and Ski Valet service.  Guests can check out a variety of items to use for free, including GoPro Video Cameras, Thule Backpacks and kids snowshoes. Mom can indulge in relaxation with the amazing menu of healing mountain-inspired treatments at Spa Anjali. Unwind after a day on the slopes in The Westin’s outdoor pool and three infinity hot tubs and enjoy live music nightly in the lobby. Dining options include Maya, a modern Mexican kitchen, Starbucks and the casual Lift Café. Colorado residents can take 15% off now through the end of the season. To book, please visit www.westinriverfront.com or call 970-790-6000 and ask for rate plan L9Z.

Summer Camp. At Keystone Science School, there is the belief that every child deserves camp. Everything within their summer camp is carefully planned no matter if it is part of the day camp, overnight camp, or wilderness adventure program.  You can receive a $15 off on any day camp program with the coupon code MHM15 or $25 off on an overnight or wilderness adventure program using coupon code MHM25.

Consignment Sales. Once again, Mile High Mamas has rounded-up the best of the best of consignment sales. Thanks to the popularity of Marie Kondo’s Netflix hit – we have a feeling that this will be one of the best years to get some great stuff at these sales! The next one is February 28 in Highlands Ranch. But check out the list and find one closest to you (or go to a bunch of them). 
 
Hallmark. Free Card Friday is back at your favorite Hallmark store. On Fridays through March 22, select one card from the Just Because line and you get it for free! Yes Free. When you are in the store though, you may want to get 3 Just Because Minis for just $5. These cute little cards can hand deliver (not mailable) a big smile. To get the free card you need to be a Crown Rewards Member – membership is free.
 
Denver Zoo. The zoo rarely gives discounts so don’t miss the chance to get half-price tickets through February 28. (The tickets are only valid for February 2019.) The discounted tickets are only available online and you may click here to purchase.
 
Motomaki. If you bought a ski/snowboard pass – show it at Motomaki fast casual sushi and Japanese, for a 25% discount (through April 30). Also, if you are attending a CU Basketball game, show your ticket at Motomaki the day of the game, and get a free MISO soup.
   
Denver Museum of Nature & Science Girls Event. March 2 is Girls & Science day at the Museum of Nature & Science. Girls (and boys) can meet real life scientists who will help them explore clubhouses, and all the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math! The event is free with museum admission ($17.95 for adults; $4 for kids – museum members, those on SNAP or military are free).
 
Elitch Gardens. Parents with little ones (children three to five years of age), you have until May 19 to register your child online for the Pre-K Pass. Adult guests can purchase their 2019 Season Pass for just $69.99 which includes unlimited visits, free parking, free tickets for friends, free concerts and more. Available at ElitchGardens.com or at King Soopers.
 
Mountain Getaways. Now is the time to score a deal on some great Mountain getaways. There is still plenty of snow to use those ski passes! See some of the great deals here: Huge Spring Break Getaway 96-Hour Sale on Lodging | Mile High Mamas

10 reasons to spend your spring break in Beaver Creek

Did you know Beaver Creek Resort is the number one luxury family resort in the world? From a new mountaintop family adventure area to the long-standing tradition of warm chocolate chip cookies served at 3 p.m., Beaver Creek is built around a European-style village with an outdoor ice-skating rink, the pedestrian village is bustling with boutique shops, gourmet restaurants and fine galleries. And because Beaver Creek is all about luxury, the village is linked by heated walkways and escalators to keep your little ones warm.

Here are 10 reasons to spend your Spring Break in Beaver Creek.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, The Westin Riverfront is the perfect family Spring Break destination. The Westin Riverfront offers spacious guestrooms ranging from Studio Suites to 3-bedroom condos, each with a kitchen, fireplace and luxurious 5-piece bath. Families love the easy access to Beaver Creek’s ski terrain via the Riverfront Express Gondola, along with on-site rentals and Ski Valet service.  Guests can check out a variety of items to use for free, including GoPro Video Cameras, Thule Backpacks and kids snowshoes. Mom can indulge in relaxation with the amazing menu of healing mountain-inspired treatments at Spa Anjali. Their Athletic Club offers more than 60 group exercise classes each week, including aerial yoga and Pilates Reformer. Unwind after a day on the slopes in The Westin’s outdoor pool and three infinity hot tubs and enjoy live music nightly in the lobby. Dining options include Maya, a modern Mexican kitchen, Starbucks and the casual Lift Café. Colorado residents can take 15% off now through the end of the season. To book, please visit www.westinriverfront.com or call 970-790-6000 and ask for rate plan L9Z.

Beaver Creek Funfest
As the ski day winds down, the Village lights up with family fun! Every Saturday, Dec. 8 – Apr. 13, Beaver Creek Village buzzes with the Beaver Creek FunFest. Kids delight in running from one game tent to the next, collecting tokens to earn toward Beaver Creek themed prizes. Learn about the dinosaur’s that roamed the Vail Valley through our kid friendly paleontology show, jump around in the bounce house, or get your caricature drawn. All activities are complimentary, so make sure to stop by!

Beaver Creek Skate & Social
On Monday evenings January 28 – April 8, Complimentary Skate & Social returns with complimentary ice skating with glow sticks and music every Monday evening from 6-9 p.m.  

Performances at the Villary Performing Arts Center
The Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Beaver Creek is an intimate 530-seat theater inspired by the Littman’s Kunstler Theater in Munich, is a facility of unparalleled grandeur, breathtaking architectural design with the highest quality finish work and acoustics available. A year-round schedule of theater, music, comedy, dance and family performances grace Beaver Creek and its guests with renowned performers on par with programming at sophisticated venues in the largest, most cosmopolitan cities around the world. On March 17, see the Underwater Bubble Show. Inspired by childhood standards like Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan, B-The Underwater Bubble Show is a modern fairy tale with one major twist. On March 24, the star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller Fool Us performs in PIFF the Magic Dragon; think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track.

Beaver Creek Candy Cabin
The Beaver Creek Candy Cabin gained fast fame among guests when it opened its doors during winter 2014-2015. Located at the top of Strawberry Park Express and Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts, the Cabin’s vintage candy store design of yesteryear invites kids and kids-at-heart to explore myriad palate-pleasing sweets – and to discover artisan craft chocolates found exclusively at the Candy Cabin. Other popular selections include bulk candy sold by the pound and classic Pepsi products made with real cane sugar. It’s the sweetest place at 9840’.

Beaver Creek Opens New Haymeadow Park Learning Area
With the reimagined Haymeadow Park, Beaver Creek has some of the most dedicated learning terrain in the state of Colorado. At the heart of Haymeadow Park are a beginner gondola and lift, Haymeadow Express Gondola  and Highlands Lift, plus adjacent magic carpets designed for beginner skiers and riders of all ages. Beaver Creek’s innovative learning terrain is designed around creating the most enjoyable beginner experience with snow terrain features perfectly sculpted to ensure a guests’ first skiing and riding experience is positive. Terrain improvements include a learning area with a beginner race course, Buffalo Bumps and Berms, and Ske-Cology environmental learning.

A kid-designed Restaurant
Haymeadow Park amenities  include culinary delights such as the new Ice Cream Parlour located at The Ranch offering nostalgic ice cream novelties or a quick soup and sandwich lunch. An exclusive specialty kid-designed restaurant lunch area is also provided at The Ranch for kids enrolled in Ski School. For more discerning palates, guests can enjoy gourmet, ski-in lunch service at SaddleRidge Restaurant, renowned for its gourmet Colorado regional cuisine.

Willy the Mountain Safety Dog
Beaver Creek’s newest ambassador can’t give you directions or carry your skis. But if you stop by and shake his paw, he’ll share some safety tips on the mountain! Willy, Beaver Creek’s first-ever Mountain Safety dog, will be accompanying Beaver Creek’s Mountain Safety team to spread the word about safety on the hill. While Willy is not a certified avalanche rescue dog, he and his handler, Mark Carll, have an equally important mission of educating Beaver Creek guests about safely skiing and riding in the mountains. Willy, a golden retriever, joined the Beaver Creek team in the summer of 2018, and is most definitely the cutest new member of the team. Be sure to follow Willy’s travels around Beaver Creek this winter using the hashtag #WillyBeSafe.’

Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners via Open Sleigh
Allie’s Cabin Family Dinners welcome guests to savor gourmet fare catered exclusively to children and families. Guests are whisked from the Beaver Creek Village to the cabin via an open-air sleigh, welcomed with warm, cozy lodge slippers and treated to a three-course buffet dinner – complete with kids’ favorites. Families dine aside the glowing floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; enjoy sweeping views of the Beaver Creek Village below, as well as time together in the intimate space of one of Beaver Creek’s three private on-mountain restaurants. Traditionally renowned for an atmosphere of rustic, intimate elegance, reputed five-course wine dinners, and White Glove First Tracks gourmet breakfasts, Allie’s Cabin pours forth a refined, yet family-centric, theme for its new Family Dinners – to be cherished by kids and kids at heart. Twice per week during the winter.

Summer Camp: Campfires Are No Laughing Matter at Keystone Science School (discount)

At Keystone Science School, there is the belief that every child deserves camp. Everything within their summer camp is carefully planned no matter if it is part of the day camp, overnight camp, or wilderness adventure program. A perfect example of the careful planning of each camp program is the opening campfire. On the first night of every overnight camp session there is a counselor facilitated campfire with the typical repeat-after-me songs, skits, and s’mores! As an outside observer, a parent might think that it’s just complete silliness and has no purpose. The reality is that the opening campfire is very structured and has many goals. Of all the structured goals the central theme of the camp fire and each camp session is to make new friends.

At KSS, one of the core values is to foster open and honest relationships. This includes friendship and teaching campers how to make new friends. This can’t be accomplished without children being willing to be open with each other. Making friends can sometimes be a challenge. It’s not always easy to start a conversation or just be yourself in a new setting. That’s where the campfire comes in as an amazing experience to kick off every summer camp experience.

Through that opening campfire, campers are encouraged to sing, laugh, and be silly. At the start of every campfire campers typically act reserved and often scan the audience to see if it’s acceptable to sing and laugh. Once first-time campers see that their counselors and CAPs (teen leaders) are joining in the fun, they see that’s it’s okay to sing-a-long and be a kid. By the middle of the campfire all summer campers are screaming at the top of their lungs and laughing together.

Laughing can be a unifying experience and it’s this beginning experience which allows campers to then be comfortable introducing themselves to each other and making conversation, which can last a week or a lifetime. Throughout the summer camp season, we challenge our campers emotionally and physically. It’s these introductory experiences, such as a campfire, which allows campers to take on that next challenge.

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Keystone Science School has day, overnight and wilderness adventure camps. You can receive a $15 off on any day camp program with the coupon code MHM15 or $25 off on an overnight or wilderness adventure program using coupon code MHM25.

Momoas’: Girl Scout Rebrands Samoa Cookies With Picture Of ‘Aquaman’ Star

Now, this is great marketing!

A Girl Scout in Colorado came up with a creative marketing technique to sell some Samoa cookies. She transformed the treats into “Momoas,” after actor Jason Momoa of “Aquaman” fame. Charlotte pasted an image of a shirtless Momoa she found online onto 35 Samoa cookie boxes “as an inside joke with her friends and family,” Girl Scouts of the USA said.

The caramel, chocolate and coconut-covered cookies are already delicious, but adding a superhero made them irresistible — Charlotte’s supply of Momoa cookies quickly sold out.


(Photo: Courtesy of Girl Scouts of Colorado)

Inspirational Model Making Denver Fashion Week History

This year’s Denver Fashion Week is making history thanks to a model with a lot of courage. And chances are, the runway will never be the same.

“What girl doesn’t want to be in a fashion show?” Kate Nelson said with a big smile.

Photo: CBS

Summer Camp: Have fun and develop life-long skills at Lake Dillon Theatre Company Youth Camps

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is known for it’s intimate and high-quality productions. These productions are known to challenge, inspire and entertain audiences from all sorts of backgrounds. When you attend any Lake Dillon Theatre production, you can guarantee it will be a high-quality experience, the same can be said for their youth education programs. 

Culturally engaging programs have long term impacts on youth that follow them through their adult years. According to a recent study by the Colorado Arts Evaluation Group, programs like the LDTC Youth Camps and Classes enhance youth’s social acuity and cognitive engagement skills. 

This impact is reflected through the parents and students who are a part of the programs. “I have three children who have been involved in the Lake Dillon Theatre Youth Programs, and all three of them have had great experiences. The focus is on having fun while developing skills and respecting each other. I have seen them considering responsibility and cooperation while at the same time rejoicing in a sense of individuality and creativity. Things don’t always go exactly the way they imagine, but it has really taught them that with perseverance and working together, wonderful things are possible,” said Jennifer Riberdy of Silverthorne. 

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company recognizes that today’s youth have limited access to arts education and cultural enrichment programs, which provide young people with increased exposure to concepts in arts-based critical thinking, self-identity building, and empathetic listening. 

In 2019, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company will feature the most extensive variety of youth camps and classes than ever before. Camps include the Spring Class Dance Class Kick Ball Change, nine summer camps including week-long camps for children ranging from elementary aged students to teens. For more information about Lake Dillon Theatre Youth Camps and Classes please contact Colt Neidhardt at 970.513.1151 or by email colt@lakedillontheatre.org