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Don’t Miss Denver Zoo’s Wild Fall and Trick-or-Treat Trail

The Denver Zoo’s longstanding tradition “Boo at the Zoo” was replaced by “Wild Fall” last year and it looks like the new event is still going strong in 2022. Trick-or-Treat Trail will return as well on select evenings in October. 

For the entire month of October, Denver Zoo will transform into Colorado’s wildest destination for fall adventure and exploration. As guests wander around the Zoo throughout the day, they’ll discover the creatures that inhabit their imaginations come to life—from mysterious beasts of lore like Bigfoot to dragons, sea monsters and more.

The experience continues with roaming costumed characters, creature-carved pumpkins, festive food and drink, and special animal demos that connect these supernatural beings to the real-life natural world. All Wild Fall activities are part of regular daytime admission and take place throughout normal daytime hours starting at 8:30 a.m. for members and 10 a.m. for the general public. Tickets are available at DenverZoo.org/Events.

Trick-or-Treat Trail

And on select evenings (Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28-31), trick-or-treating is back and better than ever with Trick-or-Treat Trail, a limited-admission event with spooky surprises and eight stations serving up wildlife-friendly candy from companies that have committed to using only sustainably-sourced palm oil in their products. An additional $20 ticket provides access to a reusable trick-or-treat bag and 30˜40 pieces of candy; a Monster Mash dance party; festive photo opportunities with characters and sets; special spooky cocktails and festive autumnal eats; and exclusive animal demos with creepy-crawly critters.

Denver Zoo’s Adulting with the Animals

Finally, for the 18 and up crowd, the Zoo is offering two fall-themed events as part of its popular Adulting with the Animals series. Oktoberfest (Thursday, Oct. 6), features Bavarian dishes, live music from the Polkanauts, a yodeling contest, and more; and Monster Masquerade (Thursday, Oct. 27) includes special Animal Ambassador appearances, a costume contest and a live DJ. Tickets for both events are $35 per person and only available in advance.

Members and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance due to the popularity of all fall events and likelihood that many days and timeslots will sell out. For more information about Wild Fall and Adulting with the Animals, and to purchase tickets, visit DenverZoo.org/Events.

Fall Family Fun: Denver’s Best Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Fall is FUN in Denver and we have rounded up Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fall colors, petting zoos, hayrides and so much more. 

Also, while you’re enjoying fall in Colorado, be sure to check out our guide to Colorado’s Best Fall Colors: Best drives, hikes, ghost towns and farms and Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado

Denver’s Best Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

  • Anderson Farms, Erie: One of Colorado’s longest-running corn mazes and U-pick pumpkin patches also features a zombie paintball hunt, gourd launching and much more. September 21- October 31, 2022.
  • Colorado Pumpkin Patch, Monument. This 41-acre farm is filled with fun that includes jumping pillows, 80-foot straw slides, steer head roping, a straw maze, duck races, large tube swings, outdoor laser tag, tractor hayrides, gourd target practice, farm animals and much more. September 17- October 31, 2022.
  • Cottonwood Farm, Boulder: Tackle straw-bale and corn mazes, take a wagon ride on Saturdays and Sundays, see farm animals and tractors, decorate a gourd and pick a perfect pumpkin. September 24- October 31, 2022.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton: The gardens’ massive corn maze twists and turns across 7 acres, with a mini-maze for smaller kids and great bird-watching opportunities. Pumpkins in the patch are available for purchase.
  • Diana’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze (Canon City): Family-owned and operated, kids will love the corn maze, pumpkin field, corn bin, hay slide, climbing rope and duck races. Opening September 23, 2022.Diana's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
  • Flat Acres Farm, Parker: This Parker pumpkin patch has it all: a petting zoo, corn maze, giant jump pillow, climbing wall, petting zoo, duck races, Euro Bungy, pony rides, Murf Turf Battles, Fright Acres haunted attraction and so much more.Flat acres farm
  • Fritzler’s Corn Maize, near Greeley: More than just a maze, Fritzler’s delights with more than 20 attractions including a mini-rollercoaster ride, pillow jump, duck races, Slide Mountain, pumpkin canons, go-carts and a haunted maze at night. September 18-October 31, 2022. (Featured Photo.)
  • Maize in the City, Thornton. The whole family will love the 20-acre “Crazed Corn” maze, pumpkin patch, air slide, kids activities, jumping castle and more. Opening September 24, 2022.
  • Mazzoti Farms,  Hudson: Open weekends in October, this working family form boasts a Scare-free Corn Maze, pumpkin fields, farm animals, create your own scarecrow and more.
  • Mile High Farms, Bennett: The family fun includes two corn mazes over 11 acres, corn pits, barrel cart rides, a petting zoo, antique tractor hayride, playground and more.Mile High Farms
  • Miller Farms, Platteville: Harvest potatoes, carrots and other vegetables, take a hayride through 180 acres of field, visit “Antique Alley,” have a picnic, pick a pumpkin and taste some delicious snacks. Their fall festival gives everyone the opportunity to not only explore the farm, but to also harvest your own vegetables.
  • Munson Farms, Boulder: This 100-acre farm specializes in Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Pumpkins. Pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride or lose yourself in the corn maze.
  • Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield. This 100-acre U-Pick-Em pumpkin patch was my kids’ annual tradition when they were younger. Additionally, they have awesome farm animals, a hay bail maze, six miles of Corn Mazes and the best pumpkin bread around.
  • Studts Pumpkin Patch, Grand Junction: Day and night mazes, pumpkin jumps, haunted house and many other family activities including Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Fairytale Trail and Pedal Carts. October 1-31 ,2022.
  • The Bee Hugger, Longmont: If you’re a sucker for huge sunflowers (and picking them), a visit to The Bee Hugger is an Instagram lover’s dream. The sunflower fields have a decorated maze, old tractors, vintage camps and VWs to explore. You may purchase pumpkins in October.Weathers Family Farms: Weekends in October, this farm in Yuma has a corn maze with a different theme and layout each year. There are also photo opportunities, a pumpkin patch and plenty of cattle wandering around.

Canceled or Pending events:

Denver Rescue Mission’s Harvest Farm Fall Festival, Wellington (canceled)

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When a child loses a special person: how this Denver non-profit turns pain into hope

Sydney was only seven years old when he lost his father suddenly in a car accident. A bright, happy-go-lucky kid at home and at school, Sydney was cheerful and friendly with classmates and adults alike. After losing his father, Sydney became withdrawn and quiet, as though his spirit had dimmed. He was no longer interested in playing with friends, became disengaged at school, and stopped showing interest in the toys, books and games that he once approached with enthusiasm and joy. He began lashing out at his mom and showing other signs of anger that were uncharacteristic of his personality. 

Without intervention, childhood bereavement can have lasting detrimental effects

Sydney’s story represents the pain and suffering children can encounter following a significant loss.  As the Chief Clinical Officer for Judi’s House, a Denver-based nonprofit that provides resources and therapeutic support for children and families coping with death-related losses, I see children like Sydney every day. 

Children who experience a significant death loss often show behavioral struggles that differ based on their age and developmental level. Younger children may showcase more meltdowns, acting out, or withdrawing from others. Their grief may come through as disrupted sleep or eating patterns along with more irritability and lower frustration tolerance. Tweens and teens may show decreased interest in things they used to enjoy. 

They may start to use negative coping strategies such as self-harm, drinking, or engaging in reckless behavior. On the other end of the spectrum, some children may begin to thrive, which may become a tendency to overachieve or attempt to be perfect. Behavioral changes can occur in both directions, but regardless of the way they manifest themselves, they indicate that a child is grieving.

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Hope for bereaved children is found through healthy interventions

Conversely, healthy interventions such as access to therapy or informed teachers and communities, can help keep kids who have experienced loss on track. The death of an important person–regardless of the relationship–will cause disruption for a child, but helpful interventions and grief protective factors can help. 

Sydney was fortunate to be supported by his mother, school counselors, and teachers who recommended he join the Pathfinders programs at Judi’s House. At Judi’s House, Sydney met other kids his age who had lost a special person and learned that he was not alone in his grief.  

With the other kids, Sydney finally felt like he had someone to talk to who understood what he was going through. Judi’s House was a safe space for healing and he learned how to process his grief and talk about the loss of his father without feeling shame.

At Judi’s House we work towards a vision that no child should be alone in grief. When a child experiences a significant death loss, it is our goal to make sure they are truly seen and heard–that others will journey with them. By building a nationwide network of grief-informed communities, children everywhere will have access to the resources they need to integrate loss in their life, to manage their grief reaction, and emerge hopeful for a healthy future. 

By Micki Burns, PhD, LP, Chief Clinical Officer for Judi’s House

Oktoberfest in Denver: Family-friendly Events with Bavarian Fun

Denver has several Oktoberfests around town so you can get your fill of pretzels and Bavarian fun. Plus, most are kid-friendly!

The Denver Oktoberfest

September 16-18; September 23-25

Long Dog Derby DenverThe Denver Oktoberfest has been a staple two-weekend festival in Downtown Denver since 1969. From keg bowling to stein hoisting,  a costume contest, long dog derby, live music and more, there’s something here for Oktoberfest pros and first-timers. So grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen and join them. Larimer and 21st in the Ballpark District. thedenveroktoberfest.com

Castle Rock Oktoberfest

September 17, 1-9 p.m.

Downtown Castle Rock will celebrate the Castle Rock Oktoberfest on September 17 from 1-9 pm. Enjoy Colorado’s finest breweries, food trucks and family fun including an 18 ft. Backyard Slide Bounce House, Giant Velcro Wall, 30 ft. Backyard Obstacle Course, Gunsmoke Shooting Gallery, 24-foot Climbing Wall, Face Painter and Balloon Artist. 400 Wilcox St, Castle Rock. www.facebook.com

Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest

September 17, 1-9 p.m. 

Gather your family and friends for this cultural event with German food, music, Poka Folka, and, of course, great beers from Paulaner. They will have live music and non-stop entertainment for the kids, too. Children will enjoy balloons, face painters, and games until their hearts are content.  Don’t miss the Annual Dachshund Races. Enter your Dachshund or just come to watch the fun! Town Center South; 9288 Dorchester Street Highlands Ranch. https://hrcaonline.org

Gluten-free Oktoberfest

September 17

· Gluten-Free Oktoberfest. There is still a way to celebrate all things Oktoberfest if you are gluten-free September 17  from 12 noon to 10 p.m. at the Holidaily Golden Taproom oktoberfest. Beer tapping, food trucks (with Gluten-free offerings), cornhole, music, stein holding and games. holidailybrewing.com

Win tickets to pop-up mini golf ‘Pixar Putt’

 PIXAR PUTT, the ultimate pop-up, open-air mini-golf experience, is now in Denver in partnership with the Colorado Rockies. Made up of 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Disney and Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out, Pixar Putt is set to take guests to infinity… and beyond!  

Pixar Putt, co-presented by Rockefeller Productions and TEG Life Like Touring, is staged at McGregor Square’s Rally Hotel, 1600 20th Street, beginning September 3, 2022, and running through November 27, 2022. The course will be open seven days a week, Monday-Friday from 3-10 pm (last entry 8:30 pm) and Saturday-Sunday from 10 am-10 pm (last entry 8:30 pm); PIXAR PUTT AFTER DARK, evening sessions for 18+, will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 7 – 10 pm. Pixar Putt is also available to Private Groups and Corporate Groups. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.pixarputt.com

Advance Booking Recommended  

Tickets are expected to sell out fast, and advance booking is highly encouraged. Tickets will only be available digitally through Pixarputt.com. and start $25.50. This online, contactless purchase process helps keep customers and staff COVID safe.  

Directions and Parking:

Our location right next to Coors Field is just two blocks away from Denver Union Station, providing easy access to RTD bus routes, light rail lines and Amtrak. On-property valet parking is available for $49.00 per car, per day. Valet is located at 1950 Wazee Street.

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Golden, Colorado: 12 fun family activities for fall

Autumn in Golden isn’t just about leaves and pumpkin spice lattes.  Denver’s closest mountain town offers family events, arts and fun adventures. Check-out these fun fall finds in Golden, Colorado. 

Golden Farmers Market

The Golden Farmers Market runs through October 8, 2022, and fall is one of the best times in Colorado to stock up on local produce and flowers.

Movies & Music in the Park, September 9, 2022

Enjoy a night out under the stars in beautiful Parfet Park located in downtown Golden right next to Clear Creek. This event is a great place to meet friends and neighbors and enjoy live music by Ghost Town Drifters. The movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will follow at dusk!

Golden Sidewalk Sale, September 10, 2022

Bargain hunters and shoppers, take note, the Golden Sidewalk Sale returns with an expanded focus to Shop Golden and support local. Pick up some bargains and support your favorite local merchants – it’s a win-win! 

Day Out with Thomas™at the Colorado Railroad Museum, September 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25, 2022

Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town for three weekends of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Get tickets now for Day Out With Thomas™, a sell-out event. Families can join the outdoor fun and Dream Big when the #1 Engine pulls into the Colorado Railroad Museum! NOTE: WE HAVE A LIMITED # of MEDIA TICKETS IF YOU’D LIKE TO GET ONBOARD!

Tour Golden by Foot, Haywagon, e-Bike and More

There are so many ways to check out Golden in the fall. Golden History Tours offers a variety of guided walking tours – even Haunted Ghost Tours in the fall – where you’ll hear amazing stories of Golden’s storied past. If you’re more focused on getting to know Golden’s bar scene, Golden History Tours offers a Wild West Pub Crawl or you can reserve a spot with the Golden Hayride and ride along in a haywagon as you check out the beer scene. Or, if you prefer to tour on your own, you can check out the self-paced History Tour and Public Art Tour or Itty Bitty Art Tour of Golden or check out an e-Bike from Adventure West or Golden Goods and pedal (or pedal-assist!) your way through town. 

Visit Golden Offers Savings on Your Perfect Golden Fall Day

With inflation and high gas prices, many of us are looking for ways to save this fall while still enjoying fun with friends and family; the new and FREE Golden Savings Pass will allow visitors to do exactly that. Shop, dine and explore Golden with discounts from over 50 local attractions, retailers and restaurants. What a great way to get out and support local businesses! 

 Fall Foliage by Foot

Denverites love to “go for the gold” in the fall, setting out on day trips as the aspens put on their annual color show. But the gold rush from Denver can mean bumper-to-bumper traffic. A better idea? Golden, Colorado. Avoid crowded highways and chart a gorgeous drive – or hike – through splendid fall colors around Golden and in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. You’ll miss the crowds, save time and can even enjoy leisurely post-fall foliage fun at Golden’s acclaimed restaurants, beer gardens and outdoor patios. 

Colorado Mountain Fest, September 23 & 24, 2022

The Colorado Mountain Club takes over the American Mountaineering Center in Golden for Colorado’s premier mountain festival featuring a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of multi-sport adventuring, educational programming and celebration of all things Mountain! The festival will feature a variety of clinics, competitions, gear demos, swag, entertainment and local food and libations.

Golden Glass Orb Hunt, October, 2022

Calling all art lovers and adventurers! Throughout October, a one-of-a-kind glass orb will be hidden daily somewhere in Golden for visitors and locals to find and keep. Finding the orbs is about wit and the willingness to learn about Golden, along with some luck and good timing. This is a great way to enjoy Golden and perhaps find a treasure that you’ll keep forever. 

Knock Your Boots Off Chili & Beer Tasting, October 1, 2022

Spice up your fall with Golden’s beloved annual autumn salute to chili and beer. The event will be held in Parfet Park at 10th and Washington and is sure to “knock your boots off!” More info will soon be posted at VisitGolden.com.

Autumn Fest, October 2, 2022

The Golden History Museum (923 10th St.) and Golden History Park present Autumn Fest, a packed afternoon of fun with free family activities, including incredible chalk art, hourly puppet shows (plus hands-on stations to make your own show), 4-H petting zoo, craft stations, BIG TRUCK demo (Streets, Fire, and Police Departments), costumed Civil War interpretation, karate demonstrations and a hands-on paper-making station.

Colorado Railroad Museum’s Harvest Haunt, October 22, 2022

Come in costume to enjoy this annual Halloween-themed steam-up featuring the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard, “not-so-spooky” Haunted Railcars, a hay bale maze, and musical ensembles performing throughout the day in the outdoor pavilion. An authentic, coal-burning Colorado steam locomotive will pull trains for this event. 

Stay updated on Golden’s fall fun at visitgolden.com.

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Commemorate 9/11 with a flag-waving remembrance on Sunday

On Sunday, September 11, 2022, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) is calling on all Americans to join them in waving the American flag in their own communities to commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11.

Members of the WAA family, including staff, volunteers, Gold Star and Blue Star Families, and veterans, will join to share in the patriotic act of waving the flag, and sharing the stories of those who raised their hand to serve following the events of that fateful day. The flag waving will start at 8:46 am ET, when on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, five hijackers took control of American Airlines Flight 11 and flew it into the heart of New York City and the northern facade of the World Trade Center’s North Tower (1 WTC) and end at 10:03 am ET when four hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight 93 into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Penn., on the same day.flagwaving

You too can join by tuning in to the organization’s Official Facebook page, to share pictures and videos from your own community flag waving. Participants are encouraged to take video and pictures of their participation in the national flag waving and share them with WAA, their family, and their friends to help REMEMBER, HONOR and TEACH the generation born after 9/11, how hard times can strengthen us as a nation. 

Following the events of 9/11, three patriotic women (Elaine Greene, Joann Miller and Carmen Foote) were moved to find an old American flag they had stored at home and stand on a hill in Freeport, Maine, waving that flag to honor victims.

These women became nationally known as “The Freeport Flag Ladies,” and proudly hoisted the Stars and Stripes every Tuesday morning for the following 18 years. After they retired on September 11, 2019, (their last 9/11 remembrance) the following Tuesday, September 17, 2019, Wreaths Across America took the helm and continued the weekly flag-waving tradition along US Route 1 in Jonesboro, Maine.

Little Kitchen Academy Opening First Colorado Location in 9+CO in Fall of 2022

First-of-its-kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy will be changing lives from scratch throughout Colorado. ENTER TO WIN A FREE SESSION AT LITTLE KITCHEN ACADEMY 9+CO below!  

Little Kitchen Academy Denver 9+CO will be welcoming students into their first-of-its-kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy for children ages three through teen in the fall of 2022. Little Kitchen Academy (LKA) is the key ingredient for an independent child; providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop, and refine their senses. Through joy, mindfulness, and learning, the LKA experience creates a foundation for a healthy lifespan through responsible eating choices: from scratch to consumption.

Cooking Classes for Kids in Denver

Located at 4064 E. 8th Place, in the Denver 9+CO community, Little Kitchen Academy Denver provides local families with seasonal, year-round cooking class sessions organized by age group (ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and 13+ years old). Students experience a three-hour class once a week during the school year or over fiveKids cooking classes Denver consecutive days during Summer, Winter, & Spring breaks. Students learn how to make healthy, delicious, and seasonal meals from scratch to consumption—all while experimenting with math and science concepts, working on their reading skills, and polishing up their table manners by sharing meals around the LKA community table (made with more than 33,000 recycled chopsticks).

Sessions are limited to just 10 students and are overseen by three instructors. The curriculum focuses on seasonal, locally grown, organic produce and ingredients, and students enjoy the fruits of their labor for a “scratch to consumption” experience at the end of each lesson. The program, which is nut, meat, poultry, and seafood free, also can accommodate those with gluten, dairy, or other allergies.

What is LKA’s Montessori Approach?

LKA’s Montessori-inspired environment is organized to support the growth and development of each child. Instructors show the students how to safely use tools, but step back to closely observe the independent work, only stepping in when deemed appropriate. This approach enables students to learn at their own pace while they acquire practical life skills that foster independence, confidence, and socialization. 

“Denver families value healthy living at all ages. We provide students with the opportunity to learn the critical life skill of preparing healthy meals for themselves and others,” said LKA 9+CO Denver Director Lindsay Joyce. “Our tagline is ‘changing lives from scratch,’ and that’s truly what we get to do at LKA. Students participate in every step of the process from selecting their tools, measuring their ingredients, tasting and making adjustments to recipes as needed. Our team meets each student where they are as an individual.” This first Denver location is just the beginning. Little Kitchen Academy plans to open 20 locations throughout Colorado in the coming years as part of its expansion throughout markets in the United States. 

For the latest updates about Little Kitchen Academy 9+CO and for more information on upcoming class registration opportunities, please join our email list and connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. 

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Anxiety and Children: how to help your children through the school year

Do you have an anxious child? I remember being nervous about important tests or athletic tryouts. It wasn’t until COVID and lockdowns hit that I had even a small inkling of what anxiety and panic attacks can feel like.

I have a child who has struggled with depression and the occasional anxiety attack but never something to the level that a friend is experiencing with their middle schooler. This child was anxious in her younger years–I remember she couldn’t leave her mother’s side for any reason. Play therapy helped significantly guide her for a long time.

But now, the mixture of middle school and hormones has elevated this anxiety to a whole new level, to the point where she can’t stay overnight anywhere other than her home (even if her family is with her) and the first day of school was traumatic. After refusing to go to school, she eventually made it out the door because her friends were waiting but then she called multiple times for her parents to bring her home because her stomach hurt. She managed to stay the entire day but her father told us, “Day 1 done, 200 to go.” It feels like such a long journey.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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So, what can we do to help kids who struggle with anxiety? The Child Mind Institute is a tremendous learning resource. 

What are the symptoms of anxiety in children?

Anxiety has many symptoms and can look very different from child to child. Here are some common signs that a child might have an anxiety disorder: 

  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Complaining about stomachaches or other physical problems 
  • Avoiding certain situations 
  • Being clingy around parents or caregivers 
  • Trouble concentrating in class or being very fidgety 
  • Tantrums (this was very regular when this child was younger)
  • Being very self-conscious 

Children can be diagnosed with different kinds of anxiety depending on what they are most worried about.

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

There are a few different anxiety disorders that children can experience. 

Separation anxiety disorder: Children feel extremely upset when they have to be away from parents or caregivers. This anxiety goes beyond what other kids their age normally feel. 

Social anxiety disorder: Children with social anxiety disorder feel extremely self-conscious around other people. They are so afraid of being embarrassed that they avoid social situations and even speaking in class.

Selective mutism: Children with selective mutism have a hard time speaking in some situations, like at school. These kids aren’t just shy. Their anxiety is so bad that they feel frozen and are not able to speak.  

Generalized anxiety disorder: Children with generalized anxiety disorder worry about a lot of everyday things. Their worry is not caused by anything specific and it is bad enough to get in the way of daily life.  

Panic disorder: Children with panic disorder have frequent, unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks cause physical feelings that can make kids think they are dying or having a heart attack.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Children withOCD have thoughts and worries that make them very anxious. They develop rules for themselves that they feel they must follow to control the anxiety.

Specific phobia: Kids with specific phobias are very afraid of one or more specific things. This fear is of something that isn’t normally considered dangerous. 

Almost all types of anxiety are best treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is based on the idea that how we think and act both affect how we feel. By learning to change negative thoughts and unhealthy actions, kids can change their bad feelings.  

Helpful Resources About Anxiety

This is just a very small sampling of the tremendous resources at Child Mind Institute. A few of their other helpful articles:

Quick Guide to Anxiety in Children

Behavioral Treatment for Kids with Anxiety

What to Do (and Not DO) When Children Are Anxious

Books on anxiety for children and teens

Anxiety Relief Workbook for Kids: 40 Mindfulness, CBT, and ACT Activities to Find Peace from Anxiety and Worry

The Anxiety Toolkit for Teens: Easy and Practical CT and DT Tools to Manager Your Stress, Anxiety, Worry and Panic

Light the Fight is an award-winning parenting podcast that focuses on family relationships, mental health and giving you the tools to build, maintain, and improve family relationships. Started by Heidi Swapp who lost her son to suicide. 

Remember, the goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety but to help them learn to manage it. Most importantly, try to model healthy ways of managing anxiety.

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Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado: Best Fall Colors, Hikes and Drives

Colorado has the most incredible fall colors and Mile High Mamas is your resource for enjoying Colorado’s fall splendor! From shimmering reds, golds and oranges to pumpkin patches to ghost towns and farms, we are your resource for fall. Don’t miss:

Scroll to the bottom for even more resources for enjoying fall in Denver and enjoy Colorado.com’s top picks below.

1. TRAIL RIDGE ROAD

The highest continuous paved road in North America winds through Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park in the east to Grand Lake in the west. With more than eight miles above 11,000 feet and a maximum elevation of 12,183 feet, Trail Ridge Road is an amazing vantage point for leaf peepers and is a favored spot for photographers. It’s also electric-vehicle ready, so charge up and get ready to roll. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy offers guided hikes and tours and volunteer opportunities in the park.

2. PHOTOGRAPHER’S FAVORITE: KEBLER PASS

Gunnison is home to Kebler Pass, which boasts the largest aspen grove in North America and is one of renowned photographer John Fielder’s favorite places. Ohio Creek Road is a great starting point, as it passes some unique natural landscapes, including a series of ranch buildings marking the abandoned site of Castleton and the spires of “The Castles” — remnants of volcanic ash and mud that erupted from the West Elk Volcano some 30 million years ago. Note: The pass is unpaved and closed in winter. Don’t miss our recent article on Crested Butte, our family’s favorite mountain playground in Colorado

3. THE SAN JUAN SKYWAY

San Juan Skyway, a breathtaking 236-mile loop through the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, offers visitors an amazing array of fall colors and includes a 70-mile stretch known simply as the Million Dollar Highway. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad offers rides that coincide with optimal fall foliage. Another unique way to experience Colorado’s fall colors is with Soaring® Tree Top Adventures, home to 27 zip lines that pass by brilliant aspens.

4. MAROON BELLS

The iconic Maroon Bells, two towering 14,000-foot mountains nestled in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, are the most photographed peaks in North America. Located in the 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest, the Maroon Bells tower over numerous hiking trails that offer unbeatable views of golden aspen trees. To see this magnificent site you must have a reservation.

5. WESTERN SLOPE COLORS

Colorado’s Western Slope is home to the Grand Mesa, the world’s largest flat-top mountain, and Colorado wine country. In addition to the reds, whites and rosés made in Grand Junction and Palisade, fall brings with it glorious colors. Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s vibrant scrub oaks contrast with golden shimmering aspens along Grand Mesa scenic and historic byway, which is one of the state’s electric-vehicle-friendly byways. 

6. BUFFALO PASS

This dirt road just west of Steamboat Springs, is lined with rows of glowing aspen groves. The pass winds 8 miles up toward the Continental Divide and Summit Lake, offering stunning views of the surrounding foliage. As the fall colors become more robust, locals recommend a hike to the pristine Zirkel Wilderness Area’s Three Island Lake Trail, which takes hikers through coniferous forests and high meadows, past glacial lakes and vistas. The 6.1-mile (round-trip) trail is moderate in difficulty.

7. LA VETA PASS

Peaking at an altitude of more than 9,400 feet, the La Veta Pass on U.S. Route 160 in southern Colorado (west of the town of La Veta) is one of the most scenic drives in the state during the fall season. Gold aspen trees mixed with dark green pines line the pass, while the magnificent Spanish Peaks and Sangre de Cristo Mountains tower over the foliage of the San Luis Valley.Fall in Telluride

8. FREE GONDOLA RIDE

The Telluride Free Gondola is one of the most popular ways to view Telluride’s amazing fall colors. The aerial views include the town of Telluride, its box canyon and colorful valleys lined with aspens and evergreens. For yet another way to see Telluride’s foliage, several trailheads are located right in town. Locals suggest the Jud Wiebe Trail, a 3-mile loop that winds through large aspen groves and passes by Comet Falls.

9. DALLAS DIVIDE

Colorado Hwy. 62 over the Dallas Divide represents an epic fall Colorado drive. Starting near Ridgway, visitors can get an amazing view of Mount Sneffels, one of Colorado’s 58 fourteeners, and the expansive Sneffels Wilderness Area, which offers several hiking trails for those wishing to venture out farther. The route eventually connects with Hwy. 45 and Lizard Head Pass, which offers views of Wilson Peak, the very mountain that inspired the iconic Coors logo. Read about other famous Colorado mountains.

10. FRONT RANGE FOLIAGE

Peak to Peak scenic and historic byway is Colorado’s oldest, having been established in 1918. The byway starts in Boulder and offers unmatched views of the Continental Divide and its dramatic fall colors. Though the byway is less than 60 miles in length, there are numerous stop off points along the route, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, all of which offer their own unique vantage points for leaf peepers.

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