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Activities

Check out Denver’s guide to activities, craft ideas, Steve Spangler Science experiments and so much more!

Child's play at the toy museum

Recently, we visited the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys. The kids were very skeptical because how can a museum about miniatures, dolls, and toys be very cool? Seriously? This is how we are spending our Sunday afternoon? I think they pictured a sterile, roped off environment and not a hands-on and up-close experience. […]

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Class acts for creative families: Fun Family Classes!

Theresa Nuber can’t sing. Fortunately, her duet partner hasn’t noticed. Every Thursday morning, Nuber and her 18-month-old daughter, Eva, attend The Music Train, a family music class in their neighborhood. From sign language to tumbling, family classes aren’t just for Type-A competitive parents. Some stay-at-home moms relish the social benefits of a scheduled group activity, […]

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Shadow Portraits

It’s sunny 300+ days a year here in Colorado. When my husband and I moved to this state in January of 1999, we covered our eyes and begged the locals to explain to us what this massive, bright ball in the sky was. I mean, it couldn’t be the sun! This was JANUARY. We’d just […]

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Snoopy Thanksgiving

Sometimes a beloved tradition has roots in sheer necessity. For small children, Thanksgiving Day can be very long. Adults are flurried with the feast. It’s difficult for kids to find their niche amongst long-lost relatives and the unceremonious sucking noise cranberry makes as it slides out of the can. We found a way to capture […]

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Nature's Decorations for Fall

  • 01 Nov, 2009
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I love, love, love fall.  And, I love bringing as much of the fall outside into my inside living space.  Here are my fall decorating ideas.  Let your kids help decorate your house with their favorite things from fall. Buy colorful gourds and small pumpkins.  Use in baskets, decorate with leaves and display throughout your […]

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6 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe Trick-or-Treating on Halloween

  • 27 Oct, 2009
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In Colorado, we have terrible weather on Halloween.  Last year was the only exception in my memory.  No matter the weather, it’s important to keep you kids safe when trick-or-treating.  Here are six important rules for Halloween safety, rain or snow! Costume Safety: Wear face paint, not masks so vision is not obstructed.  Make sure […]

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The Circus comes to Denver and front rooms near you

  • 30 Aug, 2009
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In honor of Cirque du Soleil’s Denver presentation of Kooza, I thought a little circus fun, of the Cirque kind, was in order.  (Don’t get me started on the other kind of circus — I’m not much of a fan.) But, I LOVE Cirque – the costumes, the music, the athleticism and the hilarious clowns.  […]

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Bubble experiments

  • 02 Aug, 2009
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Scientists are great observers. So are writers. Why not combine the two? Get out your bubbles, your thinking cap and a notebook! Experiment #1: Homemade bubbles vs. store bubbles Homemade bubble directions: 1 cup water 2 Tablespoons dish soap Test which make the longest, biggest, bubbles. Write down observations. Experiment #2: Best bubble wands store […]

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Wave your flags, it's the fourth of July

  • 01 Jul, 2009
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The 4th of July reminds us adults that we’re in free country! Kids, not so much . . . Look at the flag – get small ones if you can. Colors? Stars? All have meaning, did you know? The stripes = 13 = the number of original colonies The stars = 50 = the number […]

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Welcome to Imagination Soup!

  • 09 Jun, 2009
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Welcome to your vacation destination. If you’re anything like me, you’re not going to the Bahamas for three months, you don’t have the time to be crafty, you don’t read Martha Stewart Living, and you think kids might be able to live on Mac and Cheese, especially if it’s organic. What to do over the […]

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