Month: October 2023

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos cultural celebration

Halloween may be almost behind us but the the 7th annual Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos cultural celebration is Saturday, November 4, 12-5 p.m., at McAllister Park Center, 750 W. 96th Ave., in Thornton. This popular Mexican holiday celebration is a family-friendly event to remember and honor deceased loved ones with food, flowers, music, and mementos. It’s presented by Thornton’s Arts & Culture Division and Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO). “TASHCO and Thornton have partnered again with the Mexican Cultural Center, as well as with various local artists and small businesses so the community can gather and celebrate this festive holiday,” says Thornton Arts & Culture Manager Alisa Zimmerman. “We are looking forward to another year of reco...

Denver middle schoolers can receive $1,000 for afterschool programs

 In a kids town hall meeting, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced My Spark Denver, a new pilot program that will provide 4,000 Denver Public Schools (DPS) middle school students with $1,000 to enroll in afterschool programs. As students enroll in participating programs, My Spark Denver will invest $4 million in after-school activities.  “Many of us have a story about the activities we loved as kids. For me, my spark was soccer and theater. I didn’t become a professional athlete or actor, but the lessons of teamwork and collaboration have stayed with me,” said Mayor Mike Johnston. “While my administration takes on the urgent issues of ending homelessness and ensuring public safety, My Spark Denver addresses many of the underlying causes of these issues by investing in the wellbei...

Watch this live carving of a giant pumpkin at Botanic Gardens!

Do you want an extra memorable Halloween?  Sweet Love, one of the largest pumpkins grown in Colorado, will be carved at Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location by professional carver Willy Tuz on Halloween day. The pumpkin weighs 1,687 pounds and was grown in Parker, Colorado by Chad New. Tuz, who carved many of the pumpkins on display at the recent Glow at the Gardens, will create an etched botanical design. Visitors are invited to watch the live carving and access to the pumpkin is included with general admission. Advance tickets are encouraged.  WHEN: Tuesday, October 31, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., weather dependent.   WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, 80206. The pumpkin is on the concrete pad at the top of the UMB Amphitheater....

Our favorite family finds in Littleton, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado offers a variety of family-friendly activities and attractions that are perfect for a fun day out with your loved ones. Here are some ideas for year-round family fun in Littleton. Family fun in Littleton, Colorado Hudson Gardens: This beautiful botanical garden is a great place for families to explore nature. You can take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, have a picnic, or attend one of their special events like Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns. Chatfield State Park: Located just southwest of Littleton, Chatfield State Park offers opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, and water sports. You can also visit the Chatfield Farms area, which features a working farm, historic cabins, and a children’s play area. Don’t miss all the fun fall pumpkin fe...

Deals: Free uber, Chipotle, pumpkin discount and more

How much do you decorate for Halloween? Does it matter if it falls in the middle of the week? While chatting with some friends – some said they only decorate a little – like a pumpkin or two and that’s it. While the other goes all out and sets up a whole skeletal scene in the front yard. But the one that said she only is doing the pumpkin says she is only doing it that way because it falls on a Tuesday. Does the day of week matter to you? King Soopers Pumpkin. King Soopers is offering Large Pumpkins for just $2.99. So if you have not gotten yours yet – get one now! Firehouse Subs. October 28 is National First Responders Day – but all week long Firehouse Subs will offer a buy one get one deal to first responders starting on October 29 who are in uniform and show their valid ID. Ou...

13 best tips for new moms: from routines to self-care to delegation

Adjusting to life with a new baby can be both incredibly rewarding and challenging. It’s a major life transition that requires physical, emotional, and logistical adjustments. Here are some tips to help you navigate this exciting but often demanding time: Tips for New Moms Accept Help: Don’t hesitate to accept help from family and friends. They can assist with tasks like cooking, cleaning, or running errands, allowing you to focus on your baby and yourself. Prioritize Self-Care: Taking care of yourself is essential. Get enough rest, eat well, and make time for relaxation when possible. Nap when your baby naps, and don’t be too hard on yourself if the house isn’t perfectly clean. Create a Routine: Babies thrive on routines. Establish a consistent daily schedule for f...

What should I do when my kids talk back to me?

It seems almost as soon as kids start talking (and even long before) they start forming strong opinions. But what should you do when those opinions turn to sass? Dealing with children who talk back can be a challenging aspect of parenting, but it’s important to handle it in a constructive and supportive way.  Be sure to check out How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk and also these helpful steps.  Stay Calm: It’s essential to remain calm when your child talks back. Responding with anger or frustration can escalate the situation and make it harder to resolve. Listen Actively: Try to understand why your child is talking back. Are they feeling frustrated, misunderstood, or upset? Listen to their perspective before responding. Set Clear Expectatio...

Is your child anxious? Help them manage it effectively

Dealing with anxious children requires patience, understanding, and a supportive approach. Anxiety in children is a common issue, but with the right strategies, you can help them manage their anxiety effectively. Here are some steps to consider: Educate Yourself: Learn about childhood anxiety, its common signs, and symptoms. Understanding what your child is going through will help you provide better support. A great book for kids is Anxiety Relief Workbook for Kids: 40 Mindfulness, CBT, and ACT Activities to Find Peace from Anxiety and Worry.  Open Communication: Create an environment where your child feels comfortable talking about their feelings. Encourage them to express their worries and fears without judgment. Listen attentively and validate their emotions. Maintain Routine: Cons...

Invent your own treats at this Denver dessert shop

Ice creams! Candies! Composed desserts! Hip, colorful shop! All those sugarplums no longer need to just dance in your mouth–now, your imagination can run wild straight into your mouth. There’s always something fantastically wacky and wonderful to try at this bewitching West Highland dessert emporium from Ian Kleinman, a molecular magician and science lab conjurer who schooled Denver in crazy-cool things like Twizzler space foam, exploding whipped cream, spun sugar, candy corn powder, clouds of smoke and pomegranate fizz pop-rocks — tricks that reach way beyond Willy Wonka’s fictional candy factory. Reserved tickets, available on the Inventing Room website, are required to enter the dessert wonderland, which plays host to themed cooking demonstrations and small group tasting...

Our favorite family adventures in Evergreen, Colorado

Just a stone’s throw away from Denver, Evergreen, Colorado is a beautiful mountain town tucked in the foothills. It offers a wide range of fun activities and attractions for visitors and residents alike. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Evergreen. Family fun in Evergreen, Colorado Evergreen Lake: Evergreen Lake is a popular spot for outdoor recreation. You can go fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, or ice skating, depending on the season. The lake is surrounded by picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains. Favorite tip: Be sure to check out the lake’s popular New Year’s Eve celebrations with ice skating, fireworks and more.  Elk Meadow Park: This park offers hiking and mountain biking trails, making it a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of the area....

Solve a Mystery at ‘Boo on the Bluff’ Scavenger Hunt

Spooky season is upon us, and the Bluff Lake Nature Center (BLNC) is once again inviting Denver families to explore its spine-tinglingly delightful outdoor Halloween trail. As visitors to BLNC continue to rise (increasing by 47% since 2019!), Boo on the Bluff is becoming a Fall fixture and firm favorite for nearby neighborhoods (Central Park, Montbello, Northwest Aurora, Park Hill, and Commerce City) and beyond! Taking place between Friday, October 27 and Sunday, October 29, visitors can participate in the spook-tackular self-guided scavenger hunt, including new challenges and upgrades for 2023. Families are encouraged to wear costumes, use the selfie station, explore Bluff Lake’s mysterious woodland paths, be on the lookout for wildlife, and solve clues. As always, lit...

Denver Deals: Target, Shake Shack, Wings Over Rockies

Halloween fun is all around the city. From great pumpkins like the Magic of Pumpkins at Hudson Gardens or the Giant pumpkin at Outlets of Castle Rock to trick or treating and loads of costume contests. The one I’m excited about? BooUnion Halloween at Union Station! There will be a fun costume parade on October 25 (along with other fun activities that day). Plus, I will get to be a judge for the costume contest. Plan your costumes and trip there. Target. Get $5 gift card when you purchase two household items. (Target Red Card holders get an additional 5% off too). Plus, you can stack coupons and use manufacturer digital coupons like the $2 off Bounty Paper towels! McDonald’s.  McDonalds is getting in the Halloween fun too with the pails for the kids meals returning! Plus, yo...