Month: February 2020

How Colorado school districts are preparing for the coronavirus threat

Colorado school districts have pledged to work closely with local public health authorities to keep students safe as federal health officials expressed mounting concern about the spread of coronavirus cases. In general, districts plan to keep schools open unless public health authorities tell them to close. Some districts said they’re working on ways to continue instruction if schools close, but it’s not clear yet what that would look like — or if it will ever be necessary. Centers for Disease Control officials said in a news briefing Tuesday that spread of the virus in the United States is inevitable and urged agencies, including school districts, to prepare plans to help slow the spread. Those could include dividing classes into smaller groups or closing school altogether. Those steps ar...

Why Unpaid Leave Means ‘No Leave’ For Many New Parents In Colorado

The last weeks of Jenna Riley’s pregnancy were painful — extremely painful.  She felt it every time she struggled up the stairs of her second-floor condo in Aurora and all through the hours she worked on her feet each day. She was carrying twins and suffering from preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous pregnancy condition. But she didn’t want to give birth a day before it was necessary. “As physically exhausted and miserable as I was, I needed the pregnancy to last longer,” explained Riley, a 38-year-old who manages programs for adults with disabilities. She wasn’t just worried about complications from a preterm delivery, which is common for twins. She simply couldn’t afford it. Her job didn’t offer paid maternity leave and she needed to work as long as possible to build up a cushion f...

Denver Zoo Welcomes First-Ever Greater One-Horned Rhino Calf

A rhino-sized effort led to a rhino-sized reward when Denver Zoo’s resident female greater one-horned rhino, Tensing, 13, welcomed her first calf on Saturday morning. Initial reports from the Zoo’s Animal Care team indicate that both Tensing and her calf are doing very well, and Tensing immediately started showing appropriate maternal behaviors, including nursing and grooming. The calf, whose name has not yet been determined, will remain behind the scenes in Toyota Elephant Passage for at least six to eight weeks to give her ample time to bond with Tensing under the watchful eye of their care team. “The birth of this calf is the result of a truly heroic effort by our animal care, health and science teams and partners from other zoos to support the species,” said Brian Aucone, Senior V...

18 family events in Denver this week

Fun events in Denver this week include Buffalo Bill Birthday Celebration, Denver Restaurant Week, THe Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and more. See our event calendar for full listings and be sure to check-out Spring Break in Denver: Over 50 activities listed.  Denver Restaurant Week at Denver Metro  Feb 21  –  29  The 16th annual Denver Restaurant Week takes place Feb. 21 – March 1, 2020. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for three tasty prices: $25, $35 or $45. Colorado Garden & Home Show at Colorado Convention Center  Feb 22  – March 1 Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and tr...

NICU Moms: It is OK to Grieve

NICU moms are strong. They are warriors. They hold it together and fight for their baby, keeping watch over them as often as possible.  But NICU moms are in pain. The pain comes not just from delivery, both vaginal and C-section. The pain comes not just from swollen ankles and swollen, well, other bits.  The pain comes not just from the headache you get from Pre-eclampsia or Magnesium infusions and the pain of an empty heart because your baby is not in the same room as you. The pain comes, in part, from grief. Being pregnant and having a baby is a miraculous process. I never knew how much I could love someone I had never met until I had a miscarriage. We had been trying to get pregnant for about a year and I remember crying tears of joy when I saw the positive pregnancy test. I f...

This Teen Has Been Through Hell. Now She’s Helping Her Peers

Eighteen-year-old Alex flips through journal entries in her mom’s living room in Denver. They trace a three-year period in her life, beginning in one of her blackest periods. In ink that switches from blue to green to red to pink, she documented her struggles with mental health. “I’ll look back at journal entries from a year ago and I can’t even recognize the person who was writing that and I was just in such a dark place,” she says.  As a child, Alex loved her life. She, her mom and her dad were super close, the kind of family other kids liked being around. Her dad was her best friend. But by her teen years, when her dad’s business began to spiral downward, so did he, drinking heavily. He became physically and verbally abusive. Alex got so frustrated with her dad’s drinki...

Deals: Leap Year, Free Days & More

Last week I was invited to a media event that included a couple of brands that are based right here in Colorado. Although, not necessarily cheap, Krimson Klover had some great clothes (I may have fallen in love with a swimsuit that I think I NEED). But, if you sign up for their email, you can get a 20% discount. I also learned about these totally cute EcoVessel kids waterbottles. I’m talking super cute, way better for the environment and keeps hot things hot, cold things cold! (moms they also have triple-insulated wine tumblers – keep that chardonnay cold). The straws have silicone so it is easy to drink but not need to get your teeth cold with metal straws! YMCA of the Rockies. Celebrate Leap year and Spring Break at YMCA of the Rockies with Frozen Worlds Weekends March 13-April 2 includi...

Spring Break in Denver 2020: Over 50 activities listed!

The countdown is on for Spring Break 2020! If you’re staying in Denver, no need to dismay as we have updated last year’s popular Spring Break guide. Whether you want to hunker down indoors, get outside or explore something new, we have you covered with these fabulous Spring Break offerings, categorized by geographic area.   Don’t miss: Family Vacation: Your Guide to Spring Break in Colorado 2020 30+ Spring Break Getaways in Colorado. 15 Affordable Family Spring Break Adventures in Colorado 20 Best Places to Go Sledding in Colorado Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Skating in Colorado CENTRAL DENVER Denver Museum of Nature & Science— Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. Don’t mis...

Family Vacation: Your Guide to Spring Break in Colorado 2020

Believe it or not, Spring is right around the corner! While springtime in the Rockies brings plenty of snow, temperatures across the state begin to warm, and unique experiences beckon travelers to break away from the ordinary. Don’t miss: Spring break in Denver 2020: Over 50 activities listed! 30+ Spring Break Getaways in Colorado 15 Affordable Family Spring Break Adventures in Colorado 20 Best Places to Go Sledding in Colorado Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Skating in Colorado === Colorado.com has also compiled an awesome list of lodging packages, seasonal events and springtime experiences that families will love! Spring Lodging Deals and Packages Frozen Worlds Weekends at YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park: YMCA of the Rockies is offering specially-themed Frozen Worlds&...

When Teachers Are Stressed, Students Are Stressed. This Program Is Trying To Help Teachers Cope

So you’ve got 30 seventh graders in front of you. But something’s off today. One announces that today’s lesson “sucks.” Two shut their hoodies so tight only their noses show. One kid has her head on the desk. Another two are playing Fortnite on the sly. One just gets up and walks out of the room.  Here’s a little known secret: There are times when teachers are so angry or frustrated or bewildered by their hormonally-charged students, the only thing they want to do is act the age of their students. Maybe roll their eyes, raise their voice, say something sarcastic. And when a teacher loses it, the stress in the whole classroom goes up. Chronically stressed teachers mean stressed kids — classrooms full of kids with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to one study...

Fun Leap Year Facts and Activities for 2020

Centuries ago, the Romans figured out that it takes roughly 365¼ days for Earth to orbit the sun and devised a calendar that adds an extra day every four years to keep everything in sync. We are technically under the Gregorian calendar, which continues with leap days every four years except on years ending in 00 that are not divisible by 400. For example, 1900 had no Feb. 29, and neither will 2100. Four years ago, our family made a time capsule that we will open on February 29, 2020. So much has changed in those four years, including a big move and two elementary-school-aged kids who are now teenagers. Fast-forward another four years? Our daughter will be in college and our son will be enjoying his senior year of high school.  Mind blown! Here are some fun ideas for celebrating L...

23 family fun events this weekend

Don’t miss Denver Restaurant Week, Sloth Weekend, Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Bumblebee Jamboree and more. See our event calendar for full updates. Sloth Weekend at the Downtown Denver Aquarium Feb. 22-23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. W-A-L-K, don’t run to the Downtown Denver Aquarium for their annual Sloth Weekend. For two days, the Aquarium will be dedicated to all-things sloth–from private meet-and-greets to viewings to conversation panels. Because the sloths are, well, slothful, they won’t be constantly on display so you need to snag a spot.  Ales, Apps & Barrels of Fun at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus  Feb 20, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Release your inner child at the Children’s Museum during our adults-only extravaganza! Taste craft beers from local brewe...