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The Best Urban Hikes in Denver

Whether you need some girlfriend time, some partner time, or even some alone time, an urban hike may be just the thing to renew and refresh, says Chris Englert, author of the soon-to-be-released book, Best Urban Hikes: Denver (available September 1, now on preorder).​

Urban Hikes for Women

Difficulty in finding a good safe place to hike in Denver that doesn’t require special gear, an oxygen pack, or an adrenaline-junky guide was what prompted Chris Englert to write her book, published by Colorado Mountain Club. After leading walks all over Denver as a member/owner of Walk2Connect, Chris realized that there was a surprising demand to help people, especially women, find the perfect urban hike for their needs. She decided that a guide was a good way to respond to the queries she frequently received.

So Chris spent a year walking Denver. Every neighborhood. Every trail. Every day. From that experience, she wrote Urban Hikes.

“Women have particular needs when out with their girlfriends.” Chris says. “Restrooms are a must, followed by safe conditions where they feel comfortable. From that comfort comes connection, friendship and adventure. It doesn’t hurt for the walking adventure to also have a good eating and drinking place along the way,” she says with a grin.

4 Urban Hikes in Metro Denver

  • The Norfolk Glen Loop (Aurora): Starting at Star K Ranch, this 5-mile urban hike follows the Sand Creek Greenway and returns on the High Line Canal. Afterward, drop into one of the great new restaurants at the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora or at Eastbridge Town Center in Stapleton.
  • Brighton: Take a wonderful 4.5-mile urban hike in Adams County along the Platte River, around a nature preserve, and next to a disc golf course. Maybe you’ll even throw a disc or two while laughing your way to the Platte! Stop by Berry Patch Farms just up the road and pick your own produce (in season.)
  • The Belmar Loop (Lakewood): Starting at the Belmar Library, do a 3-mile loop around Kuntze Lake and the Belmar Heritage Center. Once you’ve finished, grab a great cuppa at French Press across Wadsworth in the Commons. By the way, this is a super walk with kids, too. The historic neon signs will dazzle them and remind you times past.
  • Mt Carbon Loop (Morrison): Need a bit more “get-away” with a bit of a sweat? Try the 6.5-mile Mt Carbon Loop in Lakewood that takes you to perhaps the tallest “mountain” in Denver, with great views of downtown Denver. Bring a backpack filled with drinks and a picnic, and enjoy a nice respite with your friends with a 360 degree view of Denver.

You can find exact turn-by-turn directions with maps in Best Urban Hikes: Denver, available on Amazon and Tattered Cover. You’ll also find 27 more great hikes for you, your girlfriends, and your family.​

 Escape to the Belmar Loop with your girlfriends and you’ll find lake views, native grasses, old barns and neon signs of yesteryear.

You can find exact turn-by-turn directions with maps in Best Urban Hikes: Denver, available on Amazon and Tattered Cover. You’ll also find 27 more great hikes for you, your girlfriends, and your family.​

Chris Englert, Denver’s Urban Hiker, has always been a walker. But it wasn’t until three years ago after returning from a round-the-world trip with her family that she realized that walking is the platform for life. Leading walks weekly in Denver and around the globe annually, Chris invites you to join her in Denver or on her global walking vacations in Scotland, Ireland, and Mexico. Find Chris at EatWalkLearn.com, and on Twitter, Facebook Instagram and Pinterest as @urbanhikingDEN.

Jet Boat Colorado: Racing the Colorado River

I wouldn’t say I “feel the need for speed” but as we raced across the Colorado River with Jet Boat Colorado, I sure did like it. A lot. 

I had never heard of jet boating until a friend went to New Zealand last year and posted a video of her 45 mph adventure through narrow canyons as their boat barely skirted the banks of the river. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to try it out myself until I learned Jet Boat Colorado offers Coloradoans the same adrenaline-charged adventure as our Kiwi counterparts on a slice of the Colorado River outside of De Beque, a historic community nestled near the Roan Plateau and Grand Junction. 

“Location is key here,” says owner and operator Joe Keys and after barreling down the river at top speeds, I could see why. This stretch of the Colorado River is seldom used due to its remote location and lack of public access. “We wanted an area where we could go fast without bothering our neighbors or worrying about tubers or fishermen.”  

Jet Boat Colorado offers two different tours:  Thrilling or Scenic and there wasn’t a question which tour we would do. As we loaded into our florescent green speed boat, we were given a safety debriefing and a preliminary “test” to see how we would handle the adventure.  As we flew across the water, Joe waved his hand in the air in a circular motion like a cowboy drawing his lasso before he launched the boat into a 360-degree spin. Enveloped in the splash and sunshine, we enthusiastically gave him the thumb’s up and declared ourselves ALL IN!

Jet Boat Colorado’s boat, Wild Mustang, is 20 feet long and holds 11 passengers. It is powered by a GM V8 truck engine with 420 horse power and 450-foot pounds of torque. Even though the boat is fast, it is built for more maneuverability than speed. As we experienced cowboy spins, fishtails, power slides and speed runs, Joe seemed to have every nuance of the Colorado River memorized. 

With a background in the tourism/recreation business, Joe has spent three decades guiding backcountry hunting, fishing, hiking and river trips. As a Northern California native, Jet Boats were extremely popular and he never understood why so few people were doing it in Colorado. In 1997, he was river guiding in New Zealand and saw the Kiwi Jet Boat design that was perfect for the Colorado River. Fast-forward to 2015 and he started the process of securing permits and the boat design to launch his Jet Boat business. “Our trips are patterned after a New Zealand-style Jet Boat tour but with Western Colorado flair,” he says. 

I’ve driven through this part of Colorado many times and had written it off as a barren wasteland but was fascinated to learn De Beque’s rich old west history with ferry sites, homestead stories and fascinating geology. At one point, as he pointed out two eagles’ nests with Mama Eagle and her very large “baby” standing sentry, it was confirmed to me this was an experience like no other. 

Taking pictures during our thrill ride was pretty impossible because we were holding onto our bar for dear life but Jet Boat Colorado has a GoPro attached to the boat and they pull 8-12 video clips of the trip, as well as about 40 still photos that can be purchased as a package.

I have yet to see our pictures but two things are for sure: there will be a lot of drenched water moments and just as much laughter. 

Need to Know

Jet Boat Colorado operates every day from mid-May through mid-September. Children should be at least 40-inches tall and 50 pounds to participate. For additional information, be sure to read their Frequently Asked Questions

Winning Wednesday: Win tickets to the Denver Art Museum

Located in the Golden Triangle Creative District, the Denver Art Museum is a must-see Denver landmark and educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. With an encyclopedic collection of more than 70,000 works of art, including American Indian, Spanish Colonial and western American art, as well as special exhibitions like The Western and Mi Tierra, the museum offers something for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

The DAM also has regularly scheduled programming for kids and families as well as a variety of options for exploring on your own. Stop by Creative Corners throughout the museum for imaginative play and discovery, trek through the galleries with a Family Backpack full with artmaking, games and puzzles, have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy and memory matching and try on costumes or make an art activity in the Costume Studio, Kids Corner and Just for Fun Family Center.

What’s fun, new or fabulous this summer?

Get your #SummerintheWest started by visiting The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. Immerse yourself in Western landscapes as portrayed by famous painters, photographers and filmmakers, and get to know the cast of characters they created to help construct nostalgic ideas of the American West that have carried on through fine art and film throughout history. Kids and families are invited to play a new gallery game as you explore the exhibition. The game will have you searching for different imagery of key aspects of the Western genre: people, places and stories. 

Beginning on June 30, take your museum experience outside and play on a new, interactive musical installation on our plaza titled La Musidora. The usable 90-foot artwork, seating a total of 20 individuals at a time, will generate musical notes and provide a unique place to relax before and after your visit.

What are the ticket prices?

Tickets for The Western are just $5 for member adults and free for youth 18 and younger. Tickets for nonmember adults are $15 for Colorado residents and $18 for non-residents. *General admission is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.

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Keep the Summer Fun Going: 10 Hidden Gem Day Trips Near Denver

It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Summer may be winding down but to help you power through your final moments of entertaining, camping and exploring, we’ve partnered with Energizer® to bring you 10 Hidden Gem Day Trips Near Denver. 

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Whether you’re using Energizer’s LED headlight for nighttime explorations, or you’re throwing a simple barbecue and lighting the night with Energizer Fusion All-in-One Lights, we’ve got summer fun covered and here’s why:

·         The 3-in-1 flashlight is portable and powerful, making it the perfect accessory for your trips near and far.

·         With the headlamp, you can keep both hands free whether you’re playing a game of a flashlight tag or starting a campfire.

Energizer products can help make summer a breeze as you discover great attractions, authentic Old West experiences, sightseeing opportunities and quaint mountain towns just a short drive from The Mile High City.

Because don’t we all wish we had the longevity of the Energizer Bunny to pack in all this fun before returning to school!?

Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve

Get up close and personal with a herd of buffalo just a short, 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. The Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve is maintained by the city in a natural setting, and the buffalo are direct descendants of the last wild herd in America. It’s also a perfect spot for picnics. Swing by nearby Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave for some fantastic views overlooking the city as well as education.

Mount Goliath 

Maintained by Denver Botanic GardensMount Goliath is a mountain peak section of the Mount Evans area, offering a trail that winds through subalpine and alpine areas. This is a trail of contrasts — awesome Rocky Mountain vistas of Great Divide peaks; delicate floral treasures; wind-sculpted, ancient bristlecone pines; cold summit winds and gentle summer breezes. Be sure to also stroll around nearby Echo Lake Park and grab a slice of pie of a souvenir from the charming Echo Lake Lodge Restaurant. 

NREL

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Speaking of energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab Visitors Center in Golden showcases technologies that can save energy, improve the environment and lower the cost of energy bills. Take a self-guided tour through the interactive exhibit hall and learn about energy from the sun, wind, biomass and other sources of renewable energy.

Georgetown

Georgetown is a delightful Victorian village set in a spectacular mountain valley with 200 restored buildings from the 1870s. The main street is lined with shops and restaurants, and many of the old homes have been turned into antique stores. The Georgetown Loop Railroad takes riders on narrow-gauge steam locomotives curling down a mountain ledge, at one point crossing over a 90-foot-high trestle.

Evergreen

In an easy, 40-minute-or-so drive, you can escape to the pine-scented mountain hamlet of Evergreen. A lovely, trail-ringed alpine lake is located right in town, with excellent paddleboarding and kayaking in the summer and ice skating in the winter. The picturesque downtown is tucked between rocky canyon walls, and offers a promenade of shops, galleries and eateries. Spend the day golfing, hiking beautiful nature trails (our favorites are Alderfer/Three Sisters or Chief Mountain), touring small local museums, relaxing at day spas or catching a local theater performance with Evergreen Players. 

Colorado Railroad Museum

Housed in a replica of a 1880s-style depot, the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden is a delight for train-lovers of all ages. Enjoy thousands of rare photographs, artifacts and documents illustrating the colorful histories of the railroads that have served the state for more than 125 years. Then head outside to explore 15 acres of sprawling grounds with more than 100 narrow- and standard-gauge locomotives, cars and other rolling stock.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most fascinating ecological sites in the country, has made a remarkable transformation from a former site of chemical weapon manufacturing into one of the premier urban national wildlife refuges in the United States. Since the 1990s the site has welcomed visitors who now come to spot 330 species of migratory and resident wildlife and enjoy activities such as wildlife watching, photography, nature programs and fishing.

Lyons/Estes Park

The gateway town to Rocky Mountain National ParkEstes Park is worth a visit on your way to or from the park, thanks to its charming mountain-town Main Street (with dozens of shops and restaurants) and the historic Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the haunted Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s The Shining. When you’re en route to Estes Park, don’t forget to stop in Lyons where you’ll find delicious pies, jams and ciders at Colorado Cherry Company and the Lyons Soda Fountain and Bakery serves up authentic phosphates and malts. 

Boulder

Boulder is one of the best staycations on the Front Range because you feel like you’ve landed on another planet! Take a free tour at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and be sure to follow the adjacent nature trail that will connect with an extensive network leading to the Colorado Chautauqua where you’ll find gorgeous outdoor eating at the Dining Hall and fabulous concerts at the Chautauqua Auditorium, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Don’t forget to take your Energizer handheld light for the walk!) Pearl Street in downtown Boulder is renowned for its eclectic mix of boutiques and people. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, the Boulder Saturday Farmer’s Market is not to be missed. 

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a picturesque nature preserve among the grasslands, ponds and cottonwood banks of Deer Creek. Highlights include nature trails, a wildlife observation area, display gardens, educational exhibits, a historical farm, a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, working beehives and picnic areas. 

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Winning Wednesday: Win tickets to the Denver Botanic Gardens!

Denver Botanic Gardens strives to entertain and delight while spreading the collective wisdom of the Gardens through outreach, collaboration and education. Our conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations. We have two locations: 24-acre York St. location in Denver and a 200-acre working farm at Chatfield Farms in Littleton. We also curate a garden and hiking trail at Mt. Goliath on Mt. Evans.
 
What’s fun, new or fabulous this summer?
 
The Gardens’ annual outdoor art exhibition is Calder: Monumental, featuring nine massive sculptures by iconic American artist, Alexander Calder. The exhibition is not traveling so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this collection of sculptures in one place. The abstract metal sculptures are beautiful against the Gardens’ flowers and plants. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 24. The Summer Concert Series takes place June 1 – August 31 and features a dynamic variety of performances by renown musicians including the Gipsy Kings, TajMo, Jose Gonzalez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Buddy Guy and more. 
 
What are the ticket prices? 

General admission to the Gardens’ York St. location is 

  • Members Free
  • $12.50 Adult
  • $9.50 Seniors (65+), Military & Veterans (w/ID)
  • $9 Students (w/ID)
  • $9 Children 3-15
  • Children 2 & Under Free
The Calder: Monumental exhibition is included with admission but concerts and other programs have a separate charge.
 

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Win tickets to the New Becoming Butterflies Exhibit at CU South Denver!

Who else is awed by whimsical, magical butterflies? 

Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle at the CU South Denver in Lone Tree. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to a delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival.

See brilliant images of Colorado butterflies and specimens from the collection. Immerse yourself in the role of butterfly biologist studying four species through hands-on activities. Discover how some of our favorite foods are a result of the relationship between caterpillars and plants.

The Becoming Butterflies exhibit is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., located at 10035 S. Peoria St., Lone Tree, CO 80134. This exhibit is included with your Museum Admission, ages 13 – 59 are $12, ages 3 – 12 are $8 and seniors 60+ are $10. 

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Parents: Gain Peace of Mind at the Pool

It’s summertime. Time to get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine, and finally get to the pool.

For parents, the pool is a fantastic way to get the kids outside, keep them entertained, and really soak up the summer months. But, if your kids haven’t yet learned to swim or swim proficiently, the pool can be a stressful, even scary, place. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), there is an average of about 10 unintentional drownings* each year in the United States, and about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.

Maybe you’ve tried lessons, but they haven’t quite “worked.” Perhaps the pool was too loud, too cold, or the class was too crowded for your children to get the one-on-one attention they needed. If so, you don’t have to give up on helping your children learn to swim well and enjoying peace of mind at the pool. 

Lessons That Really Work

SwimLabs swim school combines indoor, warm-water pools, highly-trained instructors, and the same training video-feedback technology used by Olympians including Missy Franklin, Kara Lynn Joyce, and Chloe Sutton to help swimmers of all ages and skill levels be safer, faster, and more efficient in the water. Each of SwimLabs’ warm-water pools includes multiple in-pool cameras and pool-length mirrors positioned to capture a 360-degree view of the swimmer’s stroke. The facilities feature video-analysis software and large screen monitors to provide instant feedback to swimmers, and a comprehensive video library of elite swimmers to allow any student to compare her stroke with the best in the world.

“The great thing about our approach is that we can service the entire lifecycle of a swimmer from toddlers to triathletes and elite swimmers,” said Laurie Abplanalp, director of franchise operations for SwimLabs. “We utilize all of our tools with every swimmer – mirrors on the bottom of the pool and video technology in addition to our instruction. As they get more competitive, we do a lot of stroke analysis, show them what they are doing wrong or right, and compare their stroke side by side with Olympic-caliber athletes.”

When Founder Michael Mann started SwimLabs in 2006, the original idea was to focus on competitive swimmers. But, SwimLabs quickly realized that the environment was very effective for kids as well.

“Using technology (cameras) for the learn-to-swim program is an invaluable tool for children who are visual learners,” said Mann. “We can accelerate the learning process with experienced coaches who are trained to use the technology in the lessons.”

“Our environment is really conducive to those just learning to swim. It’s smaller, quieter, and kids learn one-on-one with an instructor. Small pools mean we’re never more than an arm’s length away, and the warm water allows kids to focus on learning rather than shivering,” Abplanalp added.

SwimLabs Lands in Littleton

SwimLabs operates 10 swim schools in six states and internationally in Istanbul, Turkey, with its newest opening this July 10 in Littleton, Colo. SwimLabs Littleton will host a grand opening event on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Olympic swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce, facility tours, face painting, food trucks, and the chance to be the first to swim in the facility’s new pools. For more information, visit www.swimlabs.com/littleton or call (720) 699-0001. In partnership with Mile High Mamas. 

 

Family Travel: 7 lucky reasons to visit Keystone this summer

Since Keystone Resort’s inception of Kidtopia (a.k.a. the coolest free kids programming in Colorado), I’ve become a huge fan of the ski area. With easy access to Denver–just 75 miles away– and surrounded by the 2.3-million acre White River National Fore, Dillon Reservoir, a fabulous network of trails, popular mountain towns Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon, you will never lack for entertainment. Here are our favorite summer finds.

Kidtopia. From June 9 to Sept. 3, Kidtopia offerings such as nature hikes, kite building workshops and Wild West nights allow families to enjoy creative experiences that provide added ways to enjoy the resort. The summer Kidtopia schedule can be found at www.keystoneresort.com/activities/kidtopia-summer.aspx. There are plenty of freebies, too, including a free scenic ride for kids 12 and under and if you’re staying at the resort and the Kidtopia Children’s Theatre in the Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre is free on Fridays. 

Friday Afternoon Club.  Who says entertainment has to be expensive? The whole family will enjoy Friday Afternoon Club from 1-7 p.m. atop Dercum Mountain. Friday foot passenger lift tickets up the River Run Gondola are free, and there are complimentary outdoor games like cornhole, slacklines and horseshoes, food and drink specials and live music (4-7 p.m.). And the views? They speak for themselves. 

Photo: Sean Boggs

Keystone Science School.  Did you know one of Colorado’s top outdoor education programs is located nearby?  Keystone Science School offers fabulous overnight and day camp options for kids that offer multiple adventure days, community service opportunities, and specially-designed curricula geared toward campers of all ages. We opted for the overnight Discovery Camp for my son. While he had the time of his life learning, making friends and having adventures, Mom and Dad had a grand time on our first kid-less vacation in years. 

Adventure Point Summer SNOW Tubing Hill. Is all this heat getting you down?  Get a taste of winter atop Dercum Mountain for summer snow tubing. This is Colorado’s only summer tubing operation on real snow, and it’s truly a can’t-miss experience. Coupled with fantastic views from 11,640 feet and complete with a conveyer lift to bring you back to the top of the hill for run after run, whether you’re a kid, or just a kid at heart, this is a memory-making experience.

Outdoor Recreation. Where do I even start? Apparently, right outside the door of our SummitCove condo because that is where we accessed the Summit County Paved Recreation Path System, a paved network of 70+ miles of trails that connect Keystone, Dillon, Frisco, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Vail.  You could spend a lifetime exploring the hiking and biking trails in White River National Forest. Sapphire Point is a 1.5-mile round-trip stroll to an overlook of Dillon Reservoir, hemmed in by the Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges  (along with several tipi structures for kids to explore along the way). Another favorite for families is Lily Pad Lake near Silverthorne and for stupendous views of high-altitude peaks, park atop Loveland Pass (11,990 feet) and follow the spine of the Continental Divide. 

Sapphire Point

The Others. If you still need a reason to visit Keystone this summer, here are several: Cupcakes and Canvases, Bike-In Movies, Kidtopia Kids Theatre, festivals such as Snake River Festival and Cirque D’Wheels, Model Boat Regata. If those don’t keep you busy, try Lakeside SUP, paddle boating, kayaking, GPS Geo-Cache Adventure, miniature golf, sail boat rentals, a water taxi to Frisco and dinner wagon rides. 

Lodging. We have overnighted in a variety of places in Keystone but no one has  a more well-rounded selection than booking through SummitCove Vacation Rentals. On our recent trip, we stayed in two very different properties and locations: Lakeshore, an older property with gorgeous views of Keystone Lake, and The Springs near the base of River Run Condo.

Lazy parenting at The Springs

When you request a property for many vacation rentals, you are assigned the unit but with SummitCove, their website shows each individual property, with the bedding set-up as well as amenities.  For a family, this is a dream because you can be can be very specific about needing king-sized beds, kid-friendly amenities or even certain views–it’s all there on the website.   I highly recommend The Springs, which was not only elegant with a soothing fountain in the entryway but also has a killer pool area with a small waterslide, hot tubs, a playroom and even a home theater room. Allegedly. When I tried to peek in, I got shut down by a group of 6-year-old girls who were very committed to their viewing of Moana. Good thing there were several other areas to keep me entertained. 

For additional information about Keystone, including their many summer festivals, go to keystoneresort.com. SummitCove offers many ways to save on your next stay so be sure to check-out their Deals page. 

New Dinos! Live Roars into the Denver Zoo

After a day full of little people bickering that I was reduced to literally tying my children together with a scarf to work it out, we loaded up into the minivan and headed to the temporary exhibit, Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo, supported by Your Hometown Toyota Stores.  Our 10 year old is an accomplished dino expert, so meeting these giant creatures face-to-face would be right up his alley.  Not to mention it’s the ZOO, so there’s that.

The Exhibit

 The exhibit features 21 of the “terrible lizard” sculptures, 18 of which are animatronic. Perfect for all ages, this exhibit offers the chance for guests to see these prehistoric creatures brought to life among the Zoo’s living animals. 

The sculptures are positioned throughout the Zoo, located near Zoo residents they share something in common with. For example, an Edmontonia, a leaf-eating dinosaur, is positioned in a garden near other plant-eating animals, while a Utahraptor, a feathered species, is outside Bird World. From the familiar Tyrannosaurus rex to the lesser known Carnotaurus, guests will “ooh” and “aah” as they watch the dinosaurs move and roar. One dinosaur, a Dilophosaurus, even sprays water! A fossil dig will give budding paleontologists the chance to get their hands dirty while discovering dinosaur bones. Additionally, a non-robotic dinosaur—or a “Selfie-saurus”— is a photo-opportunity for guests to sit on and pose for photos.

Our Experience

The second our kids’ feet hit the parking lot pavement, they were off in search of where the dino noises were stemming from.  The first extinct creatures greeted us within feet of our arrival in the gates.  A massive herbivore guards the lion exhibit while his high-speed little companion squawks at guests.  A zoo worker took advantage of our son’s pure delight over the dino guests and the two of them had quite the time discussing facts and observations.  It was even more charming that my son is currently sporting a woodchuck footprint on the back of his little noggin.  Don’t ask why a woodchuck.  It’s where his brain was at when his tush hit the barber’s chair. 

While the actual live animals at the zoo were of some interest, our time was highlighted by “what dino is next!”  We hustled toward noises and lights and met each and every dino nestled into the greenery and rocks throughout the grounds.  It was magic for our littles and because of that, it was also magic for Tim and me.  After a day of wishing summer away as a Mama, THIS was a breath of fresh air.  Thank you #dinoslivewithtoyota.

More Fun

Dinos! Live at Denver Zoo runs through October 31, 2017 and is included with the price of regular admission. 

The fun also continues throughout July at DINOS! Prehistoric Party, where guests of all-ages can get an even deeper dinosaur experience. In addition to seeing the sculptures and Zoo’s animals after-hours, the event will include family-friendly entertainment, such as craft stations, games, animal demonstrations, fruit carving and more! DINOS! Prehistoric Party dates are July 8, 15, 22 and 29. To purchase tickets and get more information about this, and other events associated with the exhibit, please visit their events page.

Gwen is an infertile, adoptive Mama of two. And wife to one tall, handsome Dutchman. I coach people through adoption and raising kiddos who live outside the box. Read more at gwenvogelzang.com.

Winning Wednesday: Win tickets to Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

At the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, you can do it all. Whether you’re scrambling through a 3 ½ story climber, stepping inside a 6-foot bubble, sculpting a clay masterpiece or powering a hot air balloon, there is always something new to explore!

What’s fun, new or fabulous this summer?

Check out the latest and greatest, all new (and HUGE) Light Bright! Next time you visit the Children’s Museum, be sure to swing by the ENERGY exhibit and harness the power of light to create beautiful art!

Explore 30,000 square feet of outdoor adventure space for FREE during their Joy Park Free Nights. They are keeping the exhibit open after hours from 4 – 6:30 pm (dusk) on the third Friday of every month, May – September, thanks to a collaboration with Denver Parks and Recreation. Please note: These free nights include access to Joy Park only and are weather permitting. Except for the restrooms, the inside of the Museum will be closed. 

What are the ticket prices?

Under 1: Free
Ages 1 and 60+: $11
Ages 2 – 59: $13

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