Month: September 2023

Denver’s top fall events and festivals for families

Fall is arguably the best season of the year in Denver and we have rounded up Denver’s best festivals and events for families.  But first, don’t miss:  Ultimate guide to fall in Colorado: best drives, hikes and colors Colorado’s Best Fall Colors: Best Drives, hikes, ghost towns and farms  Guide to Colorado’s best pumpkin patches and corn mazes Colorado Family Outdoor Adventure: An All-ages Guide to Hiking, Camping and Getting Outside!  Denver’s Best Fall Festivals for Families Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms WHEN: Thru Oct. 28, 2023 WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms Get lost in Chatfield Farms’ seven-acre Corn Maze, or simply watch the fun from one of two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Smaller...

Wild Fall and Trick-or-Treat Trail are back at Denver Zoo

It’s going to be a wild–and sweet–fall in more ways than one!  Starting Sept. 29, Denver Zoo will transform into pure “falloween” fun and celebrate ALL wildlife, even those that inhabit our wildest dreams—from mysterious beasts of lore like Bigfoot to dragons, sea monsters and more. What you’ll see at Denver Zoo’s Wild Fall As guests explore the Zoo’s 84-acre campus during Wild Fall, they’ll discover: roaming costumed characters creature-themed professional pumpkin carvings festive autumnal food and spooky drinks special animal demonstrations that connect these supernatural beings to the real-life natural world All Wild Fall activities are free with daytime admission and take place during regular Zoo hours starting at 8:30 a.m. for members and 1...

Meet this quadriplegic mom raising twins

Dani Izzie and her husband, Rudy, insist there’s nothing really extraordinary about how they’re raising their twin girls, Lavinia and Giorgiana. Double the fun always means double the chaos.  “I’ve had periods over the past two-and-a-half years where I’ve been very tired, just like any other new mom, you know?” Dani said. Rudy laughed, “We’re just two normal people raising twins!” But alongside their parenting challenges, are their personal challenges, Dani’s especially. She is a quadriplegic, with paralysis in both her lower and upper limbs. But thankfully her paralysis isn’t complete. “My hands are paralyzed, so my fingers, I can’t move them individually,” she said. “And my triceps specifically...

Deals: National Cofee Day, Ciderfest, Fall Bazaar

The Museum of Illusion is coming to 16th Street in downtown Denver. Nothing is quite what it seems. I‘m so excited to see this in person. When I first was invited (I’m going next week), I looked it up on TikTok. Now every time I look at the app, I get it served up to me.  I watch the show Brain Games (on Disney+) and I love this. So I am super excited to see some of these in person. National Coffee Day. If you are anything like the people in my house, we celebrate coffee every morning. But National Coffee Day is sure to get us buzz’d from more than just caffeine. –       Atlas Coffee will give new customers a free bag of single-origin coffee with any subscription (you cover the shipping costs). Use promo code AtlasCoffeeDay2...

Cell phone power struggles with your kids? What EVERY parent needs to do

Warning: Public Education Rant to Parents Parents. I am an assistant principal in a middle school (grades 6-8). My number one job is to create and sustain a school environment where both students and teachers feel safe (physically, emotionally, and mentally) to teach, learn, innovate, and socialize. I take my job very seriously, as do my colleagues, and we work very hard to grow in our capacity to do our job on a daily basis. I can’t begin to describe how much time I spend every day dealing with issues that stem from unsupervised cell phone usage by our students. In situations where I have to search a student’s cell phone, I often get sick to my stomach at what I find (highly inappropriate photos, videos, messages, social media usage, etc). The things our students are willing to try ...

Top 10 weirdest world records in Colorado include biggest snow fort and ice cream cone

Look, we know we’re a bunch of overachievers in Colorado but we have some pretty impressive (and weird) World Record holders that include the World’s Largest Ice Cream Cone and the World’s Largest venus flytrap. Quirky Colorado World Records World’s Largest Ice Cream Cone: world record in Englewood, Colorado Youngest person to ski on all seven continents: Maddock Lipp sets world record World’s Largest Venus Flytrap: world record in Colorado Springs, Colorado World’s Largest Mountaintop Snow Fort: world record in Keystone Resort, Colorado World’s Largest Dark Sky Reserve: world record in Alamosa, Colorado World’s Largest Mineral Hot Springs Pool: world record in Glenwood Springs, Colorado World’s Largest Carnivore Sanctuary: world record in Ke...

Divorced mom hikes Appalachian Trail with 15 kids

After a divorce, Nikki Bettis saw her family starting to struggle. So, she decided to take her 15 kids, ranging in ages from 25 to 4, to hike the 2,198.4-mile Appalachian Trail. See full video here. 

KIDS Count in Colorado: Surprising Colorado trends in mental health, poverty and more

The Colorado Children’s Campaign released its thirtieth annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report on August 29, 2023.  The report tracks child well-being at both the state and county levels in the areas of family economic prosperity, child and family health, early childhood learning and development, and youth success. Building Understanding: Youth Mental Health and Well-Being in Colorado, the 2023 edition of KIDS COUNT in Colorado!, spotlights trends in youth mental health and access to care. It includes an overview of the most recent data on the topic and offers recommendations for policy action to promote youth mental health in the years ahead. The report finds that nearly every source of data on youth has identified concerning increases in mental health struggles in...

Win tickets to Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns Come to Light at Hudson Gardens!

Magic of the Jack O’ Lanterns delights all ages on a glowing trail of more than 7,000 magnificent, hand-carved pumpkins. A magical light show illuminates larger-than-life displays. A nautical sea-scape, a pirate ship, dinosaurs, dragons, and much more, all softly aglow throughout the event. You’ll find magic around every corner! Strolling along the trail, attendees will find that these pumpkins are far more intricate than the classic jack o’lanterns they are used to seeing. These one-of-a-kind pumpkins feature art works, favorite characters, celebrities, athletic stars and unique designs.  WHEN: Friday, Sept. 22 – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023 Thirteenth Floor Entertainment will partner with STAR Institute to provide a Low Sensory Night for families on Sunday, October 8, 202...

Deals: Energy Day, An Evening with Hazel Miller

I love seasonal fruit. It starts in August with our Palisade peaches. But my favorite is a crunchy fall apple. I don’t love cooked apples – but give me a Jonathan any day (they aren’t easy to find). Are there some things you like one way (like a fresh apple) but you really don’t like another way (like an apple pie or cooked apples). Speaking of liking things one way or another – I sure do like things better when they are on sale or free. Energy Day Energy Day is a free family festival event on Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that consists of numerous interactive demonstrations that familiarize young students with the different types of energy and get them excited to see how a pathway in STEM could be their future career. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of energy in our wo...

The STEM Gender Gap: Gender Stereotypes and Effects on Children’s Career Aspirations

 Energy Day is a free, family-focused event attracting students, educators, and families, showcasing interactive exhibits to highlight the fun students can have in their future careers if they used their classroom skills to pursue STEM education.  This year’s Energy Day Festival is Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 AM – 2 PM, at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade, where you can learn, eat great food, and enjoy time with your family and friends. What is the STEM Gender Gap? The gender gap within STEM fields refers to the lack of women within science, technology, engineering, and math career fields. Studies show that although women make up about half of the U.S. college educated work force, only 27% of women work within STEM related fields post-graduation. The stereotype of STEM b...

Denver Children’s Consignment Sales Fall 2023

Denver’s Fall Children’s consignment sale schedule is 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, admission price and any changes. Denver Children’s Consignment Sales Fall 2023 August 17-20 Just Between Friends of Aurora Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (25% off sale); Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (50% off) Where: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO 80016  aurora.jbfsa...