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Black History Month + Denver’s ‘Black Girls Hike’

February is Black History Month. Visit Denver has these ideas for celebrating. 

It would be the last hike of the season, Jessica Newton posted on her social media platforms. With mild weather forecast and Colorado’s breathtaking fall foliage as a backdrop, she was excited — convinced an excursion at Beaver Ranch Park would be the quintessential way to close out months of warm-weather hikes with her “sister friends.”

Still, when that Sunday morning arrived in 2018, Newton was shocked when her usual crew of about 15 had mushroomed to include about 70 Black women. There’s a first time for everything, she thought, as they broke into smaller groups and headed toward the nature trail. What a sight they were, she recalls, as the women — in sneakers and hiking boots, a virtual sea of colorful head wraps, flowy braids and dreadlocks, poufy twists and long, flowy locks — trekked peacefully across the craggy terrain in the crisp mountain air.

It. Was. Perfect. Exactly what Newton had envisioned when in 2017 she founded Black Girls Hike to connect with other Black women who share her affinity for outdoor activities. She also wanted to recruit others who had yet to experience the serenity of spending time with friends in nature, which she fell for as a child attending an affluent, predominately white private school.

But their peaceful exploration of nature and casual chatter — about everything from food and family to hair care and child care — was abruptly interrupted, she says, by the ugly face of racism.

“We had the sheriff called on us, park rangers called on us,” recalls Newton, now 37, who owns a construction industry project development firm in Denver.

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By Chandra Thomas Whitfield; photo: Kevin Mohatt for KHN

25 Fun Activity Ideas for Getting Unplugged on National Day of Unplugging

In the non-stop age of technology and Zoom, who else is in desperate need of disconnecting so you can reconnect? National Day of Unplugging is from sundown-to-sundown March 5-6, 2021 and there’s no better time than now to unplug. 

Interesting facts:

75% of Americans spend anywhere from 3 to 10+ hours a day on a device. 48% of Americans spend 5 hours or more per day looking at a screen, while 13% spend 10 hours or more and we’re sure those numbers have gone up during the pandemic. 

77% of women spend  3 hours or more per day on their computer, phone, or tablet, compared to 68% who say the same.

Anyone else called to repentance with these statistics? Let’s do better, Mamas, and model great behavior for ourselves and for our families!

Ideas for Unplugging and Exploring Denver:

  • Do a Little Free Library Scavenger Hunt.  
  • Since it’s pretty cold in Colorado, do a “Camp-In.” National day of Unplugging will be giving away prizes for the most creative forts! 
  • Go letterboxing or geocaching. Read our Dos (and mostly don’ts) of Letterboxing in Colorado.
  • Call your elderly neighbors and see what you can do to help. Make happy notes and leave them on their door.
  • Make giant bubbles. There are plenty of great recipes on Pinterest or check out this WOWMAZING Giant Bubble Bubble Wand Kit
  • Dine in the Dark. We recently wrote about a new Denver dining experience in the dark. You don’t have to go to this restaurant; create your own “dark” dining experience that heightens your senses for a more pleasurable experience. 
  • Start a gardenSquare Foot Gardening with Kids helps kids learn gardening basics and also water conservation, science and math and healthy eating. 
  • Recreate. Our guide to Spring Break in Denver has 100+ ideas divided by geographic area for indoor and outdoor fun including our favorite hikes. 
  • Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Here are the 10 Best Snowshoeing or Cross-country skiing trails in Colorado. 
  • Two words: Pogo Stick. What could go wrong? P.S. They make them a lot safer than when we were kids. 
  • Channel a T-Rex and go on a dinosaur quest with these 10 Dinosaur Destinations in Colorado for Dino-loving Kids
  • Throw a dance party with your family. 
  • Go sledding. We’ve rounded up the 20 best places to sled in Colorado
  • Get a chicken. Sure, everyone is getting a dog but why not get chickens (check with your HOA first). A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens is a great place to start and kids can start their own business selling eggs.
  • Make your own scavenger hunt in your house, neighborhood or all over Denver. 
  • Go skiing. Don’t miss our ski guide that gives information on pricing and lessons. 
  • Make bird feeders. 
  • Slacklines suck (from someone who can’t do them). Except for Joymor’s easy-peasy kid slackline that gives them a way to balance. 
  • Do shadow puppets in the dark. If you want the real thing, Melissa & Doug Safari Buddies Hand Puppets are darling. 
  • Volunteer to help others. Ask your friends and neighbors who needs help. Go to sites like JustServe.org or unitedwaydenver.org/volunteer if you need ideas. 
  • Ziplining. Set up a backyard Zip Line with this affordable and safe kit.
  • Family game night. Dust off those board games and have some fun! Our family favorites include Clue, Dominoes and Settlers of Catan. 
  • We love Denver-based Steve Spangler Science. Check-out his 10-minute Science Experiments (50 of them) that are guaranteed to not blow up your house. 
  • Put on your fanciest dress-up clothes, evening dress and jewelry and pretend you’re in an old movie. 
  • Science Continued. Encourage young minds to be curious about the natural world and be interested in Science by getting a kids microscope. You can easily get samples to observe from your backyard or kitchen.
  • Spa night. Do a mani-pedi, scrub or mask, deep condition or do a makeover on the boys and girls (because we ALL need pampering right now).  
  • Take a road trip! We have so many fun ideas for adventure including Sun Valley or our National Parks (remember that 4th and 5th graders are free this year. 

Bottom line? Just have fun together! Over the last decade, National Day of Unplugging has helped thousands of parents, community hosts, schools, religious organizations and businesses celebrate the day with tech-free events across the country from Los Angeles to New York, and internationally from Milan to Dubai. Unplug Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that supports educators, leaders and organizers who want to see their communities elevate human connection over digital engagement.

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Your Guide To Denver’s Best Summer Camps for 2021

Denver summer camp season 2021 is almost here!

After the train-wreck-of-a-summer-camp-season last year, we are encouraged that most summer camps are returning stronger than ever…with COVID precautions in place. We will be updating our summer camp guide regularly so be sure to check back often. 

To help you navigate the many wonderful camps in Denver, we have compiled a Colorado Summer Camp Guide for 2021.  In addition to this directory, we will be featuring a variety of Denver camps over the next few months that give a more in-depth glimpse of camp life so keep checking in.  Also, don’t procrastinate–many spots are filling up quickly! 

Do you have a summer camp to add to our guide? Be sure to go here to add your listing.

Denver Summer Camp Guide 2021

Arts Camps (music, dance, etc.)

Academic Camps

Outdoor Camps

General Camps

Sports Camps

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Featured Summer Camps

Renaissance Adventures

An adventure they will never forget! Girls and boys ages 6-17 explore compelling tales and solve riddles and mysteries as they play the heroes in a mythic quest, roleplaying outdoors in small groups of 6. Every decision counts as they co-create an adventure filled with fascinating characters, intriguing plots and diverse challenges! Adventure Quest is an award-winning experiential education summer camp designed to develop teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, communication, and other leadership skills. Learn more here. 

Camp Telaphiba

Camp Telaphiba is an overnight summer dance camp in Copper Mountain, Colorado welcoming girls and boys ages 10-18 of all dance levels! During a week- long session at camp, campers participate in 4-6 dance classes per day in all different styles,  intermixed with FUN outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, campfire with s’mores and more! Campers also participate in life development workshops with peers their age to discuss relevant topics. All classes and life development workshops are led by professional dance teachers from across the country with all different backgrounds. Campers get the chance to make friends with kids from across the country and world, do what they love and most importantly enjoy their Summer just being kids! camptelaphiba.com
 

LEGO® Masters Group

 Summit Pediatric Therapy is excited to introduce our newest summer group, Junior LEGO® Masters! Our Junior LEGO® Masters group will target fine motor and cognitive skills in a peer group setting with a focus on teamwork, competition, problem-solving, and following directions. Our LEGO® group will use group rules, roles, and collaboration in a supportive and rewarding environment thus allowing the development of a child’s social interaction skills that are required for everyday situations; such as, turn-taking, collaborating, sharing, social problem solving, following social rules and communication. This engaging group can be used as a platform for developing and building upon foundational occupational therapy skills; such as fine motor, bilateral integration, visual and core stability.

LEGO® Masters will be offered for children ages 6-10, at our Aurora, Centennial, Denver, and Littleton locations. If you have questions on whether your child would benefit from LEGO® Masters, please give us a call (720-542-8737)  or register through our website, www.summitpedstherapy.com.

Pedalheads’ Fun Learn-to-Ride Bike Camps for Kids 3 and Up!

Pedalheads is a learn-to-ride bike camp known for taking kids from training wheels to two wheels. We combine a fun group setting with specialized equipment, tailored cycling lessons, and incredible instructors to build confidence and get some of the most tentative kids biking on their own. We also offer advanced bike lessons that focus on road safety, including exciting trail riding camps. Camps will be running throughout Colorado from June to August. Offering week-long half-day, all-day, or shortened 1- or 1.5-hour toddler camps. Camp Locations: Boulder, Cherry Hills Village, Denver Broomfield, Denver Central Park, Denver Cherry Creek and Littleton Highlands Ranch. Their awesome Pedalheads Bike instructors will keep kids engaged as they learn the skills to ride independently so don’t miss this camp that can develop a life-long passion. pedalheads.com/bike/colorado

Keystone Science School

Celebrating their 45th year, Keystone Science School is a traditional summer camp combining adventure and hands-on science. Campers can experience the Rocky Mountains of Colorado through traditional Overnight and Day Camps or the excitement and adventure of traveling Expeditions. Keystone Science School offers a variety of adventure and traditional camp activities within a structured environment designed to allow each camper understand their potential. No matter the program, campers will create lifelong friendships, explore and learn about the natural world, and gain leadership and wilderness skills. For the summer of 2021, programs are modified to meet health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, but there will be plenty of opportunity for much needed connection among all campers. All Keystone Science School programs are licensed by the State of Colorado and accredited by the American Camp Association.  keystonescienceschool.org

Camp Gardner at the Gardner School of DTC

Every day is an adventure at Camp Gardner! An extension of its fun, educational programs past the traditional school year, The Gardner School of DTC offers Camp Gardner for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. This 10-week program continues the preschool year’s academically-focused lessons with a more relaxed, summer camp environment. With creative weekly themes, fun visitors from the community, and exciting outdoor activities, Camp Gardner gives our students the opportunity for fun-filled learning all year round. A few of Camp Gardner’s highlights include:

  • Casual Dress with Camp Gardner T-shirts on Fridays
  • Special Dress-Up Days and Events
  • Weekly Water Days
  • Themed Snacks, Snow Cones, and Cotton Candy
  • S.T.E.A.M. activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)

We also follow additional health and safety procedures related to COVID-19 to help keep our campers and teachers safe. Learn more here

Avid4 Adventure

Get your kids back outside this summer! Using time-tested curriculum, our experienced instructors empower your campers of all ages and skill levels to bike, hike, rock climb and paddle in awesome outdoor recreation areas. Kids gain a deeper appreciation for the outdoors and the confidence and technical skills they need to choose active, outdoor lifestyles. Day and overnight camp are located across the Bay Area of CA, the Front Range in CO, and in Portland and Bend, OR. We practice safe and effective COVID-19 protocols and have flexible cancellation policies. Spots for 2021 are filling fast! Visit our website today for more details at Avid4 Adventure.

Kindergarten Prep Group

The intent of the Kindergarten Prep Group is to provide classroom-like experiences for children who may or may not have had any preschool experiences or who need more support as they prepare for the transition to kindergarten. The expected result is that children are more prepared for the school-based environment and learning activities as they enter kindergarten. The transition to kindergarten is meant to be one of the most important milestones a child will experience. Children with few group experiences may find adjusting to the kindergarten setting more challenging than children who have attended early childhood education programs. In response, Summit’s Kindergarten Prep Group is based primarily on social-emotional development, along with early literacy preparation.  Kinder Prep helps children become familiar with a classroom setting while engaging in a learning environment that is supportive of their comprehensive development.

Kindergarten Prep Group will be offered at Summit Pediatric Therapy’s Aurora, Centennial, Denver, and Littleton locations. If you have questions on whether your child would benefit from our Kindergarten Prep group, please give us a call (720-542-8737) or register through our website, www.summitpedstherapy.com.

Cheley Colorado Camps

Cheley Colorado Camps is a family-owned and operated (four generations) camp located in Estes Park, Colorado. Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this summer, Cheley has been introducing 9-18-year-old campers to the outdoors by “building lasting character and resiliency of young people, creating unique life experiences in a challenging and nurturing natural environment.” We believe that every summer in a young person’s life is a window of opportunity. Cheley truly gives its campers formative experiences that nourish body, mind, and spirit. In today’s world, school is often synonymous with competition and stress. Students are pushed harder to achieve more. Cheley gives young people time to slow down, to open up and explore. They find out more about themselves and come to like themselves more fully each day. For more information visit Cheley.com.

ACC’s Summer Youth Camps

Arapahoe Community College’s Yout Camps are fun and educational hands-on morning and/or afternoon classes for campers ages 8-18.  Our week-long project-based classes provide an in-depth exploration into Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.  Our classes are powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.  Whether they want to build with us in our state-of-the-art HIVE Makerspace, explore career options, craft something beautiful, participate in a Disc Golf match, create their own app or earn a CPR certification, we’ve got something for everyone! We have fun, educational classes to improve study skills, teach public speaking skills, prepare for the SAT, or refresh their skills in language arts and math.  ACC Summer Youth Camps are being offered virtually, in-person and online for summer 2021 and we’re excited to have your children join us! Go here to learn more. 

History Colorado Center

Camp at the Museum?! History Colorado Center brings the past to life for campers ages 6 to 12 years old, through hands-on activities, games, special guests, and exhibit exploration. Each week features a different fun and exciting theme, ranging from superheroes to archaeology to space! Join them all summer long, June 14 – August 6, 2021. They know that safety is one of the top considerations when choosing care for your child, and never more so than during a public health crisis. Learn how they plan to keep students and staff safe. Space is limited. Following guidance from state and local health officials, Their cohorts will be limited to 10 children. Their summer camps are $250 per camper per week, with automatic tuition reductions available.

Denver Kent School

Summer at Kent Denver School offers all children ages 3–18 the opportunity to experience innovative, creative, hands-on learning in the arts, athletics, academics, and technology and design. Using COVID-related protocols developed during the school year, our summer team will focus on full-day, in-person offerings, including:

  • Tiny Farm Day Camp w/extended hours: hands-on science, baby animals, gardening, canoeing, crafts, and outdoor fun;
  • Sports camps: basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, football, volleyball, tennis and cycling;
  • Arts camps: ceramics, cooking/baking, photography, drawing and painting, etc.;
  • Theater camps: Disney’s The Lion King, High School Musical, Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast and Scooby Doo;
  • Tech and Design Academy in our state-of-the-art Impact Studio maker spaces;
  • Entrepreneurial camps for budding CEOs;
  • STEAM camps with Eurekus and creative writing with Lighthouse Writers
  • So You Want to be a Doctor, Wizarding atf Hog…warts; and much, much more!

It’s going to be an amazing Summer at Kent Denver!

Summit Sensory Ninja Group

Does your child crave sensory-seeking activities or enjoy continuous movement? Summit Pediatric Therapy is excited to introduce our newest summer group, Summit Sensory Ninjas. As a Sensory Ninja, your child will enjoy the fun and challenging courses designed by our own sensory-seeking occupational therapists!  This group is specifically tailored to meet the needs of children aged 5-9, but we will also run a “mini” Ninja group for children who are 3-5 years of age. Our obstacles, climbing wall, zip line and vestibular swings will help motivate your child to explore and play while gaining strength, coordination and friendships.  This spectacular group combines sensory integration and a motivating environment that will inspire your child to participate, and progress quickly as we provide a “just-right challenge” to push your child beyond their current abilities.

Sensory Ninja Group will be offered at our Aurora, Centennial and Denver locations. If you have questions about whether your child would benefit from our Sensory Ninja group, please give us a call (720-542-8737) or register through our website, www.summitpedstherapy.com to learn more.

Summer at Ricks

Summer at Ricks blends fun summer activities with rich learning experiences while enjoying the benefits of the DU campus.  Campers entering preschool – 6th grade will enjoy weekly themes ranging from Inventors Workshop to Art in Motion and more. 

Preschool– Kindergarten camps will be play-based with a focus on learning and fun. Campers will enjoy themes including A Bug’s Life, The Secret Life of Pets, Dig In, STEAM Adventure and much more.

1st – 6th grade summer programming is centered around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Campers will enjoy themes including Inventor’s Workshop, Art in Motion, Silly Science, Clue Camp, Chess Wizards, Coding w/ Kids, Play-Well Legos, and much more.

The Ricks Center is located in the heart of the University of Denver’s campus. Campers enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Ritchie Center, the peaceful Koi ponds, and more while on campus. This summer marks the fifth year since our camp first opened, and this year is going to be better than ever! Learn more here

Blue Mountain Ranch

Blue Mountain Ranch is a third-generation owned and operated summer camp that is located just outside Florissant, CO. For the past 75 years, BMR has been enriching the lives of children from across the country and globe. BMR is a co-educational camp for children ages 7-15 years old who are placed in cabins based on their age. Our campers gain independence and confidence through the ability to choose their daily activities. We encourage our campers to try as many activities as possible, including an activity they have never tried before. Campers should leave camp having learned a new skill. With our emphasis being participation over competition we provide a welcoming environment for all children. Blue Mountain Ranch is a fun safe place for kids to be kids and disconnect from technology and reconnect with childhood in the great Colorado outdoors. Learn more at bluemountainranch.com.

SkyHawks and SuperTots

Skyhawks provides a safe, fun, non-competitive environment to teach sports to children ages 4 to 14. Our goal is to give each child a positive introduction into sports and ensure they walk away with a smile on their face wanting to learn more. Our engaging staff use games and activities to give each athlete an overview of the sport while building valuable skills. Since 1979, Skyhawks has taught over two million boys and girls Life Skills through Sports like Respect, Responsibility and Teamwork! skyhawks.com/colorado

SuperTots engages kids, ages 2 to 5, in physical activity in a non-competitive environment that is safe and fun above all else. SuperTots knows kids are hardwired to learn through play. For that reason, we’ve designed an engaging, skill-building curriculum in which “tots” learn through a series of fun games. They will acquire athletic skills and fitness but also develop an interest and love of sports. supertotsports.com/colorado

Steve & Kate’s

Steve & Kate’s is a camp where kids take charge, learning to trust their instincts and create amazing experiences. We are a self-directed day camp for ages 5-12. Campers can choose from pods with activities such as coding, fashion, music and film, and Sports. Purchase days in 1-week blocks, and any unused days will be refunded at the end of summer. Prompting kids to act on their own judgment and trust their instincts, Camp is where kids are guaranteed to choose for themselves; to fuel their sense of self; to fail and try again. It’s messy, unexpected, and totally theirs.

Summer 2021 will still feature fan-favorite activities from classic Camp, now experienced through pod-like “squads” that meet currently required mandates and guidelines for safe gathering amid the pandemic. And for forty years, we’ve been upfront and outright when it comes to our value for families and their dollars. With us, parents never lose what they don’t use—we issue refunds with no questions asked. The unknown or unforeseen doesn’t compromise what’s right. Go to steveandkatescamp.com for more information. 

Camp: Pedalheads helps kids develop a life-long passion for biking

The benefits of biking for kids!

Exercise and activity are super important for kids’ health and well-being, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Finding the right activities to get them moving isn’t the easiest in the time of Covid, but Pedalheads bike and trail camps have got you covered. Biking is the perfect activity to keep your kids active, exploring, and learning new skills! Here are some benefits biking provides children.

Boosts confidence and independence

As kids develop more biking skills, they increase confidence in themselves. They feel great when they can move around more independently. The awesome instructors at Pedalheads are committed to helping your child gain their confidence! By keeping our instructor-to-children ratios low, we’re able to give each child the attention they need to succeed.

Strengthens the body

Biking is a fun way for kids to get their minimum amount of exercise in a day while strengthening their entire body. Participating in bike camp sets them up to enjoy a hobby that can keep them active and healthy into adulthood!

Relieves stress

If your child is in school, cycling will help relieve their stress as they pedal. Biking can help calm their worries and make them feel refreshed! 

Why take Pedalheads Bike Camps?

Our learn-to-ride bike program for kids 3-12 is best known for helping kids get off training wheels! Once they can ride comfortably on two wheels, they can progress to our advanced levels where they will learn how to ride safely on the road. Our program has taught over 500,000 kids all over North America how to ride with confidence!

The adventure continues with Pedalheads Trail!

Are your kids riding without training wheels, but not yet ready or interested to go on the road? Build a sense of fun and exploration in one of our Trail riding camps! Have them ride on various surfaces and develop their riding skills in either of our Level 1 or 2 trail camps. This is a great option for kids looking for more riding space and a bit more adventure.

 Our response to Covid-19

We understand the hesitancy around putting kids in any programs this summer. To ensure the health and safety of all camp participants, we’ve implemented a Covid-19 plan which includes physical distancing, small & stable classes with the same instructor, enhanced cleaning procedures, health checks, and more. Additionally, we believe our camps to be inherently safe in nature as they are held outdoors where kids mostly stay on their bikes, creating additional social distancing between kids and groups.

Colorado bike camps

Pedalheads is planning to run within Highlands Ranch among other locations in Colorado this summer with registration available online. Our camps will look different, but we are putting safety at the forefront with several camp changes prepared for this summer!

Camps will be offered weekly throughout the summer, so if you are not yet ready to register, we will still be here if you change your mind!

Locations

Denver – Cherry Creek

Denver – Central Park

Highlands Ranch – Connections Church – 2121 Dad Clark Dr. Littleton, CO 80126

Broomfield

Cherry Hills Village

Boulder

To learn more, call 1.888.886.6464 or find them at www.pedalheads.com, Instagram or Facebook.

In partnership with Mile High Mamas. 

12 Fun Facts About ‘Sue: The T.rex Encounter’ at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

No, it’s not A Boy named Sue like Johnny Cash’s famous song but rather, a dinosaur that is making waves in Denver! 

SUE the T. rex is the most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered and SUE is currently on display at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The traveling exhibition SUE: The T. rex Experience features the latest scientific discoveries about this incredible fossil. 

Do you want to learn even more about dinosaurs? Don’t miss 10 Dinosaur Destinations in Denver for Dino-loving Kids and be sure to check-out some fun dinosaur toys below! 

SUE: The T. rex Experience 

SUE’s fossils are on permanent display at the Field Museum in Chicago, so the traveling exhibition gives you a chance to experience SUE through:

  • An exact cast of SUE’s skeleton, measuring in at 40 feet from snout to tail and 13 feet tall at the hip.
  • A full size, fleshed-out replica of a T. rex preying on the duck-billed herbivore, Edmontosaurus.
  •  Floor-to-ceiling animations of SUE tromping through their world, encountering other
    animals and occasionally letting loose an intimidating growl.
  • Touchable bronze casts of SUE’s bones.
  • A multimedia light show that highlights the details of SUE’s skeleton.

Scientists are learning new things about T. rex every day, due in large part to SUE’s incredibly well-preserved bones. In this new traveling exhibition, SUE’s skeleton features all the latest scientific updates, including new “belly ribs” called gastralia that stretched across T. rex’s
abdomen and helped it breathe. They make SUE look bigger and more ferocious than ever before.

Colorado Discoveries Featured

“Most of the metro area is situated on top of rocks deposited during SUE’s time, so not only are we excited for SUE to visit Colorado, but we also have some incredible recent discoveries closer to home that guests will get to explore as part of the exhibition,” Museum Curator of Dinosaurs Joe Sertich adds.

Guests who experience the exhibition in Denver will also get to see more than 20 specimens from the collections of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, including:

  • The femur and a vertebra of the only T. rex skeleton ever found in Colorado.
  • Part of the Triceratops that was found at a construction site in Highlands Ranch, Colo., in 2019.
  • The jaw from the Torosaurus that was found in Thornton, Colo., in 2017.
  • The jaw of a mystery horned dinosaur collected from Leyden, Colo. in 1975.
  •  Rare skulls of armored and dome-headed dinosaurs never before displayed in the Museum.
  • Crocodile, turtle and mammal specimens discovered outside of Colorado Springs, Colo., from 2017-2019.

Please note that a timed ticket for Museum entry and a separate timed ticket for entry into SUE: The T. rex Experience is required. The exhibit run now through April 25, 2021. For more information and ticketing, visit dmns.org.

FUN GIFT IDEAS FOR DINOSAUR LOVERS

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? This was one of my kids’ favorite books when they were little as they loved hearing about dinosaur shenanigans at bedtime! 

DINO Projection. This seriously awesome creative LED projector projects realistic Triceratops Pterosaur, T-Rex and more designs on your child’s ceiling and wall. The LED night light comes with 16 fun color combinations. 

Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs Dig Kit. With Easter around the corner, hide these 12 dinosaur eggs and let your kids dig to find these unique eggs  with fun surprises. Each kit comes with 2 Dino Eggs (with a unique toy dinosaur in each), 12 Chisel/Brushes, 12 Instruction Guides, and 12 full-colored beautiful learning cards – one for each dino.

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10 Dinosaur Destinations in Denver for Dino-loving Kids

If you love dinosaurs, Denver is the place to be. The city lies on some of the most fossil-rich land in the world, which means finding a piece of prehistoric history is as easy as walking your dog. Just ask a guy in Littleton—that’s how he found parts of a T-rex. Visit Denver shares these Denver-area dinosaur attractions. 

Note: COVID closures may be in place. Call prior to confirm. 

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

One of the best places in Denver to find dinosaurs is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, one of the premier natural history museums in the country. The Museum has close to 115,000 dinosaur, plant, and mammal fossils in its collections. You can visit the award-winning Prehistoric Journey exhibition, which features a Stegosaurus fossil discovered near Cañon City by a high school teacher, and an Allosaurus skeleton found by a 13-year-old girl in Moffat County. Currently on display: Sue the R. rex Encounter.

DINOSAUR RIDGE

Dinosaur Ridge is a famous natural landmark, located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, near Morrison, Colo. It features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours. Guided tours can be arranged through the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge. Dinosaur Discovery Days are free outdoor events open to the public. They are held monthly (May through October) at Dinosaur Ridge on either the second or third Saturday of the month. Guides are stationed along the Dinosaur Ridge Trail at the most significant interpretive sites. Visitors hike at their own pace or take the Shuttle Bus (one way) at $4 per person (3 and under ride free). At the Visitor Center, Hands-on Dinos for kids includes the Backyard Bones Dinosaur Dig, the Cretaceous Crossroads Dinosaur Track Site, the Grallator Track Painting (paint a fossil and take it home), puppet shows performed by the Deep Time Players, and other activities depending on the theme for the day. The indoor exhibit, Trek Through Time, has free admission all day. The shuttle buses operate continuously between the East Gate and the Dinosaur Bone Site during the event. The Shuttle Bus Tour resumes its normal schedule between the Visitor Center and the Dinosaur Bone Site after 3 p.m.

1301 19th St., Golden. Stand exactly where a dinosaur stood 68 million years before you! This half-mile hiking trail is full of trace fossils, which are the footprints and marks made by animals walking or crawling. To get to the trail, park in the lot west of the Ford dealership on 19th Street, just east of U.S. Highway 6 in Golden, then take the bike path west and follow the trail south for about a quarter-mile.

RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE

A picture-perfect setting with flawless all-natural acoustics, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a Colorado original. While it may be known first and foremost as a music venue, Red Rocks also has a prehistoric connection. In 1877, Stegosaurus, the Colorado state fossil, was found near Morrison, Colorado, which is the home of Red Rocks, while nearby dinosaur tracks also tell of the Jurassic Period. Also, fossil fragments of the giant 40-foot plesiosaur, the marine reptile mossaur, and flying reptiles captivate both students and scientists. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is located in the 816-acre Red Rocks Park, which is open to visitors daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. On event days, tourists can visit the park until 5 p.m.

FOSSIL TRACE GOLF CLUB

3050 Illinois St., Golden. Owned by the City of Golden, Fossil Trace Golf Club is not only a great place to get in a challenging round, but also a unique way to spot prehistoric history. Triceratops footprints, as well as other fossils, can be seen adjacent to the 12th green. Also, inside the main doors of the clubhouse, there is an exhibit that gives information about the tracks and fossils uncovered on the site. For the non-golfing crowd, the footprints can be accessed at the corner of 6th Avenue and 19th Street.

COORS FIELD

There’s a story behind everything — including the mascot for the Colorado Rockies. In 1994, construction crews turned up an unidentifiable rib fragment of a dinosaur near home plate during excavation for Coors Field. The discovery led to the invention of the world’s second purple dinosaur, Dinger, the beloved mascot for the Rockies.

DENVER TROLLEY

On the Denver Trolley, enjoy a trip back in time — one that could be further than you expected. Lakewood Gulch, which is part of the Platte Valley Trolley route, is also home to the site of the first Triceratops fossil ever found. In 1887 it was misidentified as an extinct bison, but it was later discovered to be the horns of one of the world’s most popular dinosaurs. The trolley runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from early spring to around Oct. 31. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Pickup is right next to the REI Flagship Store. 

COORS BREWERY

How about a cold one (or three)? And while you’re enjoying those frosty beverages, take a look out the window of Coors Brewery and you’ll see the spot where parts of a Triceratops skeleton were excavated on North Table Mountain. Coors provides self-guided tours for guests 21+ with a valid ID. 

MORRISON NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

501 Colorado 8, Morrison. Get a glimpse of early dinosaur discoveries from Colorado, including fossils from the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus ever found. Located 25 minutes west of Downtown Denver, the 3,000-square-foot exhibition offers a relaxed environment that is perfect for kids of all ages to explore rocks and fossils. The exhibits and guides connect visitors with the ancient story of the Front Range. Recent local excavations have yielded famous baby dinosaur footprints that were featured in Smithsonian magazine and media outlets around the world.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

1035 Broadway, Boulder.  The CU Museum of Natural History is just another way the state embraces its fossil-rich land. This museum boasts a collection of about 95,000 cataloged fossil specimens gathered from around the world. Visitors can check out the paleontology hall as well as the exhibit Fossils: Clues to the Past, which features fossils from the Rocky Mountain Region. The museum is open seven days a week, but closed on major university holidays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.

FUN GIFT IDEAS FOR DINOSAUR LOVERS

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? This was one of my kids’ favorite books when they were little as they loved hearing about dinosaur shenanigans at bedtime! 

DINO Projection. This seriously awesome creative LED projector projects realistic Triceratops Pterosaur, T-Rex and more designs on your child’s ceiling and wall. The LED night light comes with 16 fun color combinations. 

Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs Dig Kit. With Easter around the corner, hide these dinosaur eggs and let your kids dig to find these 12 unique eggs  with fun surprises. Each kit comes with 2 Dino Eggs (with a unique toy dinosaur in each), 12 Chisel/Brushes, 12 Instruction Guides, and 12 full-colored beautiful learning cards – one for each dino.

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Red Rocks Summer Concert Schedule for 2021!

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In our cancel culture world, we are sure happy that Red Rocks is not canceled and will be back better than ever with their 2021 concert lineup…and COVID precautions in place!

Concerts are subject to change but the current 2021 schedule spans from April 16 with Ganja White Night through October 12 with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (anyone else sensing a pattern here?) Add some pretty equally awesome bands including Goo Goo Dolls with Lifehouse, Journey, An Evening with Chicago and Their Greatest Hits, Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Of course, there is no concert venue in the world like Red Rocks Amphitheater but does anyone’s back start hurting from the bench seats after a couple of hours?  We had a good chuckle over this heated stadium bleacher seat with a folder portable chair and 5 reclining positions (it costs less than you might think; perhaps the perfect gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day, along with an awesome date night to see your favorite band?)

Red Rocks concert schedule for 2021

April 16-18 – Ganja White Night

April 23 – Galantis and 3Lau, with Mat Zo, KLO

April 30 – Trevor Hall/Citizen Cope, with Rising Appalachia

May 6 – Hippie Sabotage, with Two Feet, Sebastian Paul

May 7-8 – Brantley Gilbert, with Chase Rice, Brandon Lay

May 9 – Die Antwoord 2021

May 11 – Russ, with Benny The Butcher, Bia, and Bugus

May 15 – Global Dub Festival, with Liquid Stranger, Subtronics and special guest Herobust

May 30 – Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

June 2-3 – Lord Huron with Black Pumas

June 4 – Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

June 5 – Michael Franti & Spearhead

June 6 – Stick Figure with very special guests

June 10 – Brit Floyd

June 11 – The Revivalists with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Neal Francis

June 12 – Big Head Todd and The Monsters with Violent Femmes

June 15-16 – Glass Animals with Denzel Curry

June 17 – An Evening with Chicago and Their Greatest Hits

June 22 – Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms, Toad the Wet Sprocket

June 23 – Andrew Bird and Calexico and Iron & Wine with special guest Neko Case

July 1 – Dirty Heads with G. Love & Special Sauce

July 2-3 – Zeds Dead

July 7 – Lindsey Stirling, with Kiesza, MAKO

July 9-11 – The Avett Brothers with G. Love & Special Sauce, Rachael & Vilray, and Mark Lanegan

July 12-13 – Rainbow Kitten Surprise, with Mt. Joy

July 15 – Trampled by Turtles/CAAMP with Erin Rae

July 19 – Kaleo with Matt Maeson and Belle Mt.

July 21 – Foreigner

July 22 – David Gray

July 23-24 – STS9 with Shpongle, MIZE, Tycho DJ Set, Chrome Sparks

July 25 – Colorado Symphony & Chorus Perform Beethoven 9

July 26-27 – Halsey with blackbear and PVRIS

July 28 – Goo Goo Dolls with Lifehouse, Forest Blakk

July 30-31 – Tedeschi Trucks Band, with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Gabe Dixon

August 1 – Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, with Lucinda Williams

August 5 – Dermot Kennedy: Without Fear Tour, with Bishop Briggs, Mallrat

August 8-9 – Joe Bonamassa

August 10 – Wilco & Sleater, Kinney (Rescheduled from 2020)

August 11-12 – Rufus Du Sol

August 14-15 – Slightly Stoopid, with Pepper, Common Kings, Don Carlos, Citizen Cope, Fortunate Youth, The Hip Abduction

August 19 – “1964” Tribute

August 20 – Big Wild, with Bob Moses, Crooked Colours, Mild Minds

August 21-22 – Reggae on the Rocks, with Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Inner Circle, The Green, Israel Vibration, Keznamdi, Judge Roughneck, DJ Mackle

August 23-24 – A Special Evening of Music with Nathaniel Rateliff

August 26-27 – Louis the Child, with What So Not, Elderbrook, MEMBA

August 29-30 – The Black Crowes

September 2-3 – REZZ with Rusko, Lucii, Champagne Drip, Meso, sfam, I_o, Golden Features, Ivy Lab, X&G, Sara Landry

September 5 – KIDZ Bop World Tour 2021

September 6 – Maren Morris

September 7 and 9 – Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band

September 11-12 – Brandi Carlile with the Colorado Symphony, with Tanya Tucker

September 15 – Alison Wonderland

September 17-19 – Greensky Bluegrass with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Circles Around the Sun, and Railroad Earth

September 23 – Get the Led Out

September 24-25 – Rowdytown IX: Big Gigantic Nghtmre with Goldfish, Covex, Peekaboo, slenderbodies, Dreamers Delight

September 26 – Lake Street Drive

September 27 – Lynyrd Skynyrd

October 3 – Mandolin Orange with The Tallest Man on Earth, Bonny Light Horseman

October 5 – Heilung

October 10 – Opiuo and Clozee with LSDREAM, Of the Trees, K+Lab

October 11-12 – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard with Leah Senior

Go to Red Rocks Online for more information. Film on the Rocks and Yoga of the Rocks information has not yet been released. 

Denver Deals: Consignment Sales, Spring Break and the new must-have car accessory you didn’t know you needed!

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I fully admit that I am a bit of a news junkie. I like watching the local news. I like knowing what is going on in my community. But the heartbreaking thing is when the news crawls its way into your own group of close friends or family. If you have noticed, the news has been talking about the mental toll that the COVID shutdowns have had on our kids has been dire. There is an increasing occurrence of suicide attempts, increased stress, and anxiety.  If you have the ability, reach out. Tell someone you care and that you are there.

 Spring Break in Denver. Our guide is here…and it’s bigger and better than ever with 100+ activities for Spring Break divided by geographic area. From hiking to attractions to socially-distanced indoor fun, new exhibits and so much more!  

Consignment Sales. Seasonal consignment sales are back! Just in time for spring, you can get some awesome deals. Check out our full list and then mark your calendars! 

 Free Days. Free days are back at some of the best museums in town. Check our list and mark your calendar.

Deal of the Day. Seat Gap Filler. Does anyone else get frustrated when you drop your cell phone or food and they get caught between your car seat the middle console? The Drop Stop is the original patented car seat cap filler (as seen on Shark Tank) and provides 100% Gap Coverage in front of, surrounding and behind the seat belt catch.  Each package comes with 2 Drop Stops.

Celebrate Purim. The Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim with a family friendly “Drag Story Hour” and baking demo featuring Laura Menorah. The event is free and can be found at this link after February 26. While you’re on the site, sign up to get one of the free Purim Activity Kids.

Red Rocks Summer Concert Schedule. We’re thrilled to announce Red Rocks’ summer concerts are back and  the current 2021 schedule spans from April 16 through October 12 with some awesome bands including Goo Goo Dolls with Lifehouse, Journey, An Evening with Chicago and Their Greatest Hits, Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

 February in Golden. This is the last week for the Golden celebrations. Find a Golden Glass Orb, hidden one-of-a-kind glass orb from the Foothills Art Center. Celebrate Goldens [Golden Retrievers]  in Golden on your own this year with dog friendly treats, giveaways, selfie stations and more. Or just meander the streets and creek walk and still take in the awesome holiday lights. For details visit  visitgolden.com.

 Free Irish Dance Class. Let your kids get their Irish on at the free classes at the Wick School of Irish Dance on Saturday, March 13. They do have to sign-up but it is free. Classes are at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. and limited number of participants.

 Black History Month Family Puzzle Hunt. If you are looking for a way to discuss Black History Month and have some fun with your family. To play, Visit the Five Points website to familiarize yourself with the walking tour; Download and print the Five Points Puzzles puzzle sheet OR pick up a free printout at our store in the Flatiron Crossing Mall in Broomfield; Plan a visit to the Five Points district to take the walking tour beginning at the Blair-Caldwell Library at 2401 Welton St. The full tour is just under a mile in length and takes one to one-and-a-half hours to complete. Then solve the Five Point Puzzles as you walk the tour. You can check your answers at the bottom of this page.

 Hallmark. When you are a member of Crown Rewards (it is free), you get a free card every month! Plus, $5 off your purchase of $10 or more. Join now for free.

 Krispy Kreme. I have a totally awesome realtor. She leaves donuts on my doorstep for Valentine’s Day. The problem is that sweet act unleashed the donut-eating monster in me. Good thing Krispy Kreme has a deal through the end of February. Get an Original Glazed Dozen donuts for just $5 when you purchase when the hot light is on! (you can do this up to four dozen).

 Wendy’s Double Burger DealWendy’s has partnered with the Denver Nuggets. When a Nuggets player gets a double-double at home this season, you can get a free double stack burger with any purchase at Wendy’s.

 Arby’sArby’s is having a two for $6 promotion. Get two of their great entrees for just $6 (Crispy Fish, Roast Turkey & Swiss; Buffalo Chicken, or The Classic Beef n’ Cheddar). Their fish sandwiches look amazing! You can also get their classic roast beef sandwiches – five for $10.

 Elmer’s Glue. Are your kids still making slime? If so, this deal is for you! Ace Hardware has a 1-gallon Elmer’s Glue on sale for just $2.99!

 Free WiFi. Comcast equipped more than 20 different locations in the Denver Metro Area with free WiFi-connected “Lift Zones.” Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast is providing robust WiFi coverage at safe spaces like parks and recreation centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and other non-profit and community centers that are expected to help thousands of low-income students get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework in a socially distanced manner. These Lift Zone sites have been strategically installed in communities throughout the Front Range, as well as statewide. Learn more

2021 Denver Spring Consignment Sale Guide

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.

Be sure to check out the following fabulous sales. Always double-check the website for times and details.

Children’s Consignment Sales in Denver for 2021

February 18-21
Just Between Friends of Longmont
Times: Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat. 50% off); Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (75% off)
Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 711 S Bowen Street, Longmont
longmont.jbfsale.com

March 4-7
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off), 5:30-7 p.m. (50% off); Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)
Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, Brighton
broomfield.jbfsale.com

March 25-28
Just Between Friends of Aurora
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $2 admission; Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off sale), 6-7:30 p.m. (50% off); Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off)
Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016
aurora.jbfsale.com

April 15-18
Just Between Friends of Loveland
Times: Thurs.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. -2 p.m. (50% off)
Where: The Outlets at Loveland – I-25 & Hwy 34
loveland.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

April 2-3
Just Between Friends of Douglas County
 Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.($2 admission) ; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (half-price sale)
Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, CO 80104
douglascounty.jbfsale.com

April 8-10
Just Between Friends of Denver (featured photo)
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., ($3 admission); Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($3 admission); Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ($1 admission)
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver
denver.jbfsale.com

April 23-24
St. Philip Early Learning Center Sale
Friday 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Where: St. Philip Early Learning Center, 7531 S. Kendall Blvd., Littleton
stphilipelc.org

June 3-6
Just Between Friends of Arvada
Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (50% off day); Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (50% off day)
Where: Flatiron Marketplace
arvada.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

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Denver Consignment Sale Updates:

Bear Valley MOPS: Discontinued
Boulder County Kids Sale: Pending
Haute Tots: Spring Sale Postponed
Mothers of Multiples Society Sale (fall sale only)
New to You: Pending
Rhea Lana’s
Supertwins of Colorado: Discontinued

Chaos and Dead Air: A Glimpse into What Zoom School is Like for Kids

Middle school is the last place most of us want to return, but I voluntarily went back last month.

My niece was struggling mightily with seventh grade. Her parents asked if I, a former teacher and an educational consultant, could help her tackle Zoom School. So I converted my kitchen table into a classroom and spent eight hours each day attending online classes with her and coaching her through homework.

I was getting an inside view, not only of my niece’s development but of online learning at one of the most highly sought-after public middle schools in Brooklyn.

What I saw was alarming.

Middle school is the time for children to build a foundation for success in high school and beyond. It’s the time to hone the executive functioning skills essential to organizing their writing, their reasoning, and their backpacks. But in Zoom school, my niece did not have a single notebook. All of her work was done on a laptop she had borrowed from her mother. (At least she had a device and a keyboard — plenty of other kids were on phones or iPads, or absent.) Yet my niece, like many others, had always used pencils and paper in school. She had not yet learned to type.

In many classes, the only way for students to participate was by putting answers into a chatbox. My niece struggled to type fast enough to join conversations. Her inability to keep up led her to provide one-word responses or simply stop participating.

We know how difficult it is to conduct an engaging and productive online meeting. Unfortunately, the forays into group conversation I saw with middle schoolers alternated between dead air and chaos.

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-Chalkbeat, Elana Sigall