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How To Convert Your Garage Into A Playroom

If you have an unused garage, you may be wondering how you can better utilize the space. One great option is to convert it into a playroom for your children. This can provide them with their own dedicated space to play and explore, and it can be a great way to keep them entertained during inclement weather. Plus, it can be a great way to declutter your home if your kids have too many toys! A few easy changes to your garage can turn it into a play area that will keep your kids entertained all year long.

Step 1 – Checking Your Garage Door

The first thing you’ll want to do before converting your garage into a playroom is to check the condition of your garage door. If it’s in good condition, you can call a garage door service and simply have some insulation added to make sure that the space stays warm during winter. This will help to keep the temperature inside the garage consistent, regardless of what the weather is like outside. However, if your garage door is old or damaged, it’s essential to replace it or have it repaired. Contact a professional garage door repair in Aurora CO to take a look at your door and make sure it’s safe to use.

Step 2 – Prepare the Garage Space

Once you know your garage door is in good working order, you can start preparing the garage space for your playroom. Start by giving the area a good cleaning. Move any old boxes or storage items out of the way, and sweep and mop the floor. Then, you can begin painting the walls or adding wall decals to create a fun and inviting space for your children. Make it a point to add some bright and cheery colors to the room, as this will help to create a happy and playful atmosphere.

Step 3 – Add Playroom Furniture and Toys

Now that the garage space is prepared, it’s time to add furniture and toys. If you have old furniture that you no longer use, consider repurposing it for the playroom. For example, an old dresser can be used to store toys, and an old coffee table can be used as a Lego table. You can also add some bean bag chairs or floor cushions for lounging, and hang some fun artwork on the walls. Lastly, don’t forget to add plenty of toys! Stock the playroom with your child’s favorite games, dolls, and puzzles to keep them entertained for hours.

Converting your garage into a playroom is a great way to add extra living space to your home. Plus, it can provide your children with their own dedicated space to play and explore. With a few simple changes, you can transform your garage into a fun and inviting play area that the whole family will enjoy.

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World’s first indoor slide park Slick City Denver West debuts in Denver!

Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime at the world’s first-ever indoor slide park, Slick City Denver West, right here in the Mile High City. Featuring a 40,000-square-foot facility equipped with slides reaching heights up to 25 feet tall, this new attraction is conveniently located at Colorado Mills Mall. Slick City Denver

Members of HopeKids, a non-profit that works to restore hope and transform the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions, will be some of the first families to experience this one-of-a-kind park.  Slick City is honored to host these special guests at the debut of their brand new action park!

Designed for all ages, Slick City Denver West is a thrilling experience featuring eleven large slides (with no water), two sports air courts, a soft play area, an events deck for parties, a tumbling air track, City Café and much more. Guests can look forward to fast fun while propelling down Launch, the park’s tallest slide, or by enjoying the tower-built, soft play system made for Junior ticket holders (ages 0-7). Open play air court is available for bouncing, tumbling, & tricks. High flying dunks are made possible by air-loaded courts. 

Slick City Action Park is the best new hangout in town! This indoor slide concept is the first of its kind with 3 additional locations currently in development, and the perfect spot for birthday parties, corporate events, field trips, date nights, or even just a family outing!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Visit Slick City Denver West and see a full list of attractions here: https://slickcity.com/denverwest/attractions/.

14500 W Colfax Avenue Unit 610 Lakewood, CO 80401 (Located at Colorado Mills Mall)

Glenwood Adventure Company: Your one-stop shop for fun in Glenwood Springs

Mamas, it’s not too late to schedule the ultimate Colorado summer vacation in Glenwood Springs (or to start dreaming about next year!) 

In two short weeks, my family will be adventuring with the Glenwood Adventure Company, an outfitter that has offering adventures in Colorado for over 30 years. Not only do they offer whitewater rafting adventures but they are literally a one-stop shop for family fun in Vail Valley, Glenwood Springs and Buena Vista. Go horseback riding or offroading, do an escape room, rent river toys, test out your firing power with Sporting Clays and enjoy a guided hiking or biking excursions (and be sure to tap into their fleet of regular and E-bikes!)

Here are a few highlights of what they offer:Best rafting Colorado

Whitewater Rafting in Colorado

Glenwood Canyon -Shoshone Rapids Half-day Adventure. Touted as one of their most popular trips, this rafting adventure is fantastic for families while still packing a great punch. Located in Glenwood Canyon, this trip offers Class II-IV whitewater and no rafting experience is necessary. The Shoshone Class III rapids boast a  2-mile stretch of exciting but not intimidating rapids while enjoying the scenery. And, depending upon water levels, there are plenty of opportunities for a swim. Minimum 30 pounds

Does that sound too much or not enough? They also offer family-friendly floats down the river, as well as full-day wilderness adventures including the action-packed Dowd Chute, a CLass IV+ section of the Eagle River near Vail. Or head over to Browns Canyon National Monument and revel in the challenge and the beauty of this region accented by the towering Collegiate Peaks. 

Duckies ColoradoRent River Toys in Colorado

Do you want to explore on your own? Rent river toys like duckies (inflatable kayaks) or stand-up paddleboards from Glenwood Adventure Company and explore scenic lakes such as Harvey Gap or Ruedi Reservoir. Or take a Guided Half Day Duckie Adventure! No previous river experience is needed for these Class II-III rapids but you’ll learn to master these rapids under the careful tutelage of your guide. Children as young as 7 can be in a double kayak; 13 and older can be in a single kayak. 

Horseback Riding

Glenwood Adventure Company offers family adventures where kids as young as 7 can ride through their six-generation family ranchland. There are also options for longer rides, evening horseback rides in Glenwood Canyon and even a Horseback Dinner Ribeye Ride! ATV Tours Colorado

Offroad Tours

Bair Ranch is one of the oldest family-owned and operated working ranches in Colorado.  You’ll be riding on terrain such as tight forest trails, gravel roads, mud puddles, crossing shallow streams and climbing steep hills. You need a driver’s license and must be over 16 to drive an ATV; passengers must be at least 5 years old. Other guided tours include an offroad tour of Glenwood Canyon and an Offroad Dinner Adventure with a family-style meal of ribeye, baked potatoe and more.

From mild to wild, Adventure Outdoors LLC provides incredible adventures with your safety in mind to build forever memories with your family.

Go to GlenwoodAdventure.com to learn more! 

Hotel ColoradoWhere to Stay in Glenwood Springs

After a delay caused by the pandemic, the Melville family’s multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration of the iconic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs has resumed. All guest rooms, along with corridors and the main stairway, are receiving comprehensive floor-to-ceiling makeovers.

Located at 526 Pine Street in historic Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Hotel Colorado first opened its doors in 1893. The hotel has been used as a temporary White House, as a place of healing for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and a community focal point from its inception. Today, Hotel Colorado is a beautiful step back in time, inviting guests to enjoy the cool mountain air, exceptional service and legendary hospitality. It’s an ideal venue for meetings and events with 10,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting and banquet space. Hotel Colorado is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America. www.hotelcolorado.com

Day Out with Thomas is Pulling into the Colorado Railroad Museum this September!

Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town for three weekends of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Join us at Day Out With Thomas™, where families can join the outdoor fun and Dream Big when the #1 Engine pulls into the Colorado Railroad Museum on the weekends of September 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25, 2022!

Day Out With Thomas™ offers families and friends the opportunity to hang out with one of The Biggest Friends of All, Thomas the Tank Engine! Every ticket includes an interactive train ride with a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine. You’ll also enjoy access to hands-free activities including live entertainment, scavenger hunt, hay bale maze, stage shows, sing-a-longs and much more! This year, we are encouraging friends of all ages to Dream BIG! So, we created the Dream BIG! Corner, where kids can go for fun photo opps, games, bubbles, and more. We also created the Dream Pass for kids to track their journey at the Railway and pick up a special giveaway at the end of the day. But before kids leave, we’d love for them to say hello to Sir Topham Hatt, the Railway Controller from The Island of Sodor, and stop in the pop-up gift shop for exclusive Thomas swag. Spending a “Day Out With Thomas™” will remind kids to Dream BIG! and imagine how far they can go! Capacity will be limited, and advanced tickets are required.

WHO: Day Out With Thomas™

WHAT: Family Fun in an outdoor environment. Highlights include:

Approximately 20-minute Train Ride led by a full-sized, talking Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive. This year’s train ride features an all-new interactive story where you’ll earn your official Travel Badge by helping Thomas.

Admission to select portions of the Colorado Railroad Museum with outdoor offerings and activities included.

Hands-free activities and entertainment featuring:

  • Live Theatrical Entertainment including the Train Yard Challenge Gameshow, a Stilt-Walking Semaphore, circus performers, sing-alongs, storytelling and more in spacious outdoor stage settingsday out with thomas denver
  • Hay Bale Maze offers plenty of room for kids to explore and play
  • Scavenger Hunt features family fun as you work together to find answers & items—and collect a few special mementos to take home for more fun later.
  • Outdoor Scale Model Trains operating all day long on the Denver Garden Railway Society’s permanent on-site, landscaped G-gauge railroad
  • Push a Locomotive Around aboard a 120-year-old, “Armstrong”-powered railroad turntable
  • Special appearances by Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • Photo Opportunities throughout the event, including with Thomas himself!
  • Step-On Access to selected historic railroad cars and locomotives
  • Antique Engine Display with farm tractors plus hit-and-miss engines
  • Snap some photos and enjoy lawn game and bubble fun in the Dream BIG! Corner.
  • Dream Pass keepsake booklet for every child to track their journey at the event and collect a special prize at the exit.
  • Food, snacks, drinks and treats available on-site for purchase.
  • Gift shop on-site with exclusive Thomas & Friends™ products only available at Day Out With Thomas™.

Tickets for this Day Out With Thomas™ event go on sale to the public beginning Tuesday, August 2, and are available at www.dayoutwiththomas.com. Ticket prices are $25 for ages 1 and up (service charges and fees may apply). Advanced tickets are required. Walk-up sales will not be available.

For more information about Day Out With Thomas™ at the Colorado Railroad Museum, visit www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org/day-out-with-thomas or call 303-279-4591.

Deals: Colorado Day, Free Tacos, Back-to-School

My birthday, just like Colorado’s is in August. I love signing up for the loyalty clubs of the places I love the most and frequent – because they send me coupons on my birthday! It may be a bowl of noodles at Noodles & Company or a burrito at Qdoba! But I can eat on deals for the weeks surrounding my birthday.  Go register now for the loyalty clubs – so that when your birthday rolls around you will get the emails for free meals too! 

Colorado Day. Colorado is having a birthday…and the birthday deserves a celebration! Here are some fun ways to celebrate our state!

·         History Colorado Center is offering a FREE day on August 1 to celebrate. Enjoy a full day of fun with the kids including arts and crafts, live music, popcorn, alpacas, snow cones and more! See our full list of Denver free days here

·         Colorado State Parks. Enjoy Free Entry to any of the state parks on Monday, August 1.

·         Stranahan’s. Enjoy some adult fun at [Colorado’s own] Stranahan’s with free tours and concerts on Sunday, July 31.

Free Tacos. Respect the Taco on taco Tuesday, July 26 thanks to Jarritos Mexican Soda! Jarritos Mexican Soda is paying for tacos and Jarritos for guests in support of taquerias/small businesses. Kike’s Red Tacos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (3640 W 38th Ave) and Carrera’s Tacos from 5 p. m. to 8 p.m (7939 East Arapahoe Road), get three tacos and one Jarritos per person. The offer is limited to first-come-first-served, while supplies last.

DC Leagues of Super Pets. Another great family film comes to the big screen this weekend. DC League of Super Pets have a lot of fun that your kids can participate in outside of the theater. IT starts on their website with activities; kids activity book; “turn your pet into a DC Super Pet” generator; and fun ar media filters!

Denver Broncos. Denver Broncos Training camp is a fun place to go see the team – even if you can’t afford a ticket to a regular game. All the Players are there, you can see them working out and maybe even get an autograph. Starting this Wednesday, July 27 there will be fourteen practices at the UC Health Training Center (13403 Broncos Parkway) open to the public, including practice with the Cowboys on August 11.

Target Deals. Target may be one of my favorite places to shop and this week they are running some great deals! Get 20% off outdoor furniture & décor; 20% off kids’ shoes; up to 30% off laptops, calculators, tablets and more; plus, get school supplies for as little as 25 cents!

Urban Outfitters. Do your kids like this store as much as mine do? I love this time of year because you can get an extra 50% off sale styles – and the kids can go to school with some awesome new duds and your wallet won’t hurt too much for back-to-school clothes!

Free Concerts and Movies. Have you checked out our lists for this summer? They are chock-full of events in nearly every corner of the city on almost any night of the summer, you can find free Denver outdoor concerts or outdoor movies to enjoy with the whole family outside!

Celebrate Colorado Day with these fun and free events

The Centennial State Celebrates its 146th Birthday on Monday, August 1. More than 20 attractions come together at the History Colorado Center (1200 N. Broadway) in Denver to create an epic free-day worthy of this momentous occasion. This free event highlights some of the animals, experiences, cultures and items that help make our state so special. Visitor hours and more information can be found at historycolorado.org/colorado-day.  

At the History Colorado Center, a historic day of entertainment awaits guests throughout four floors of interactive exhibits:

  • Gold panning and face painting takes place all day
  • Chalk artists join an alpaca petting zoo outside, along with mini-horses
  • Bernie the Avs mascot, Dinger the Rockies mascot, and Miles the Broncos mascot are all scheduled to entertain guests
  • Musical guests include taiko drummers, classical guitarist Flint Datino, and Colorado favorite Brothers of Brass   
  • Varua Motu Polynesia performs Tahitian dance
  • Angel Vigil as El Vaquero demonstrates bullwhip cracking and trick roping

Guest also have free access to exhibits throughout the museum such as:

  • Colorado Stories – From the mountains to the plains to the plateaus, Colorado’s people are as diverse as the places they call home.  Colorado Stories is a community based suite of exhibits with media- and artifact-rich galleries exploring the many ways Coloradans have created community.
  • Denver A-Z  – Discover the heart, the art, the whimsy, and the energy of Denver’s people, places, and moments in this lighthearted and immersive exhibit. 
  • Living West – This highly interactive exhibit explores how Colorado’s environment has shaped human history, while at the same time, people’s choices have shaped the land. 

RSVP for this free event here.  Parking meters are available along Broadway, and covered parking is available at the Art Garage (1268 Lincoln St.) and the Cultural Center Complex Garage (65 W. 12th Ave.). Several RTD transit routes also serve the museum. The History Colorado Center is located at 1200 North Broadway in the heart of downtown Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District.

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Family storytime at Snooze with Reach Out and Read Colorado!

Reach Out and Read Colorado invites you to family storytime and breakfast for dinner at Snooze!

On July 28th from 6-8 p.m., join Reach Out and Read Colorado for a breakfast buffet generously provided by Snooze, an A.M. Eatery and a read-aloud with local children’s book author Lauren Kerstein. 

Lauren is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who lives in Colorado with her husband, their two dragons…er, daughters, and their rescue dogs. Lauren is the author of the Rosie the Dragon and Charlie picture book series (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions), and she will be reading Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night on July 28 with accompanying activities for the kiddos.

The event will also feature book giveaways!

Proceeds from the event will benefit Reach Out and Read Colorado, a Denver-based nonprofit that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

Reach Out and Read Colorado provides a new language- and developmentally-appropriate book and empowers pediatricians to talk with parents of young children about the importance of reading aloud at regular check-ups, with a special focus on children growing up in poverty. By building on the unique relationship between parents and healthcare providers, Reach Out and Read Colorado helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills and healthy family connections from birth, so children enter school prepared for success.

“Books not only promote early childhood literacy, but they also build and strengthen family connections. It is so uplifting to hear our families talk about their dedicated reading time. I have seen so many children excited to spend time reading with their parents or grandparents. Reach Out and Read Colorado is such a blessing for our families, many of which wouldn’t have regular access to books, especially in their native language, without the program. Thank you!” – Reach Out and Read Colorado Pediatrician

Reach Out and Read Colorado currently partners with 326 healthcare clinics to serve children from all of Colorado’s 64 counties and provide over 230,000 new books each year.Snooze

ALL ARE WELCOME!

July 28, 2022, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Snooze (700 N Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO)

Purchase tickets here: https://reachoutandreadco.org/breakfast-for-dinner/

Can’t make it to Breakfast for Dinner, but still want to eat pancakes and support early literacy in our community? Stop into the seven Colorado Snooze locations for brunch any time on July 28th, and 10% of sales will be donated back to Reach Out and Read Colorado.

Cheyenne Frontier Days: Instagrammable carnival food and rodeo fun!

Cheyenne Frontier Days are upon us Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 31, 2022, and tickets are selling fast for the “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration. “The Daddy of ’em All” is a leader in rodeo action and is a favorite rodeo for most PRCA contestants and rodeo fans alike. 

A few fun things you can expect: 

  • Bucking Horse Roundup
  • PRCA Pro Rodeo
  • A family-friendly Carnival Midway
  • Professional Bull Rides
  • Country music star performances like Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Parker McCollum

Fun Biz Fair Food, the famous award-winning culinary creator of fair food across the country, will be showcasing unique rodeo eats at this year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days, one of the largest rodeo and western festival in the country. Fun Biz is known for its unique take on classic fair foods. This year, these items will include:

  • Fruity Pebble Shrimp Po’Boi – A classic shrimp po’boi mixed in with the classic nostalgic cereal.
  • Chicken Donut Sandwich – Crispy golden fried chicken put between two glazed donuts, complete with lettuce, tomato and, of course, the special sauce.
  • Cucumber Mint Lemonade – Fresh squeezed lemonade with fresh cucumber and mint infused into the beverage.
  • The Smokestack – A seasoned waffle hashbrown that holds pulled pork, elote, Oaxaca cheese, spices and peppery goodness good, freshly made crunch slaw, French fried onion crisps and jalapeños and a sweet and tangy bbq sauce.
  • Fried Pickles – The best-fried pickles in the state.
  • Fried Oreos – Because what trip to the fair would be complete without fried Oreos.
    And more!

Cheyenne Frontier Days are the sounds, the lights, the competition or the experience of a lifetime. Everyone comes for a different reason but leaves a modern cowboy. Bringing western culture to your life with Professional Bull Riding, an unforgettable night show and an overall event you are not soon to forget.cfdrodeo.com

Denver Deals? Frontier Days, Elitch Gardens, Denver Aquarium and More!

 
I am so excited to try all the food that is available at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. Fun Biz is the food there (yeah, that is their name. How cool is that?). They have told me to Come Hungry as we will get to try all the food…and then let it digest while we watch the rodeo. Follow me on my Insta next Sunday, July 24 for all the food pics. All things fried here I come!

 History Colorado Center. Colorado is having a birthday…and the birthday deserves a celebration. History Colorado Center is offering a FREE day on August 1 to celebrate. Enjoy a full day of fun with the kids including arts and crafts, live music, popcorn, alpacas, snow cones and more! See our full list of Denver free days here

 Amazon Prime Members Get Grub Hub. Amazon Prime members got more than just deals on the site last week – they also get a free year of Grub Hub Delivery. The one-year trial membership covers the $9.99 monthly Grub Hub fee.

Elitch’s Free Admission. Tickets purchased between Monday, July 18 and Sunday, July 24 at midnight will get one free child 5 and under admission for free with an adult ticket. Pint-sized adventures in KiddieLand, and Splashin’ water park as well as the free Dive In Move on Friday, July 22 – it is sure to be fun for everyone! Tickets are available only at ElitchGardens.com.

Downtown Aquarium. The Downtown Aquarium is having Summer Family Nights through July 21. From 3 p.m. to close, you can get discounted tickets $10 for kids, $16 for adults with a restaurant receipt. Plus, the kids can get a kids meal for just $4.99. Also enjoy free activities like animal appearances, scavenger hunts and carousel rides and retail discounts.

Boulder Sidewalk Sale. Score some awesome deals along Boulder’s Pearl Street Sidewalk Sale this Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24 where the saving can be from 10% off to 75% off!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Finally, we “normal” people (those who don’t have Nordstrom Credit Cards) can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and get great deals on cute dresses, clothes, shoes and more – all at a big discount.

Cheeseman Park Art Fest. This Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 visit more than 140 artists at the Cheeseman Park Art Fest. You will also get to enjoy music, local food trucks, demonstrations and kid’s activities.

Christmas Trees. While Halmark Channel is showing Christmas movies all month long – Walmart.com is getting in the spirit too. You can get an Artificial Christmas tree for as little as $10!  

 Free Concerts and Movies. Have you checked out our lists for this summer? They are chock-full of events in nearly every corner of the city on almost any night of the summer, you can find free Denver outdoor concerts or outdoor movies to enjoy with the whole family outside!

How you know you’re a Colorado mom

“There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.”

We generally bristle at stereotypes but Dude Dad, a Colorado-based actor/comedian. has some funny Colorado mom-isms that make us proud to be Mile High Mamas!