Children

Boulder youth receive free bikes and skateboards

Nonprofit Can’d Aid donated 100 skateboards to Boulder youth in partnership with the Yasso Game On! Foundation. Both groups have worked together to donate 1,000 bikes throughout 2023 and this event will kick off their 2024 collaboration to donate another 1,200 bikes. For many of the children receiving a donation, this will be their very first skateboard or bicycle – providing a valuable opportunity to get outside and active.    Through Can’d Aid’s Treads + Trails program, more than 18,000 skateboards and bikes have been built and donated to children in disadvantaged communities nationwide with the help of purpose-based companies, like Yasso.   Looking for awesome trails? Be sure to checkout Denver’s best trails and bike paths.    About Can’d Aid Can’d Ai...

Denver Children’s Theatre Presents “Tomás and the Library Lady”

The Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Denver Children’s Theatre announces its upcoming performances of “Tomás and the Library Lady,” based on the beloved book by Pat Mora, and adapted by José Cruz González. The production tells the inspiring true story of Tomás Rivera, the son of migrant farm workers, who discovers the transformative power of books through the guidance of a kind librarian. The play is a bilingual story with a fully Hispanic/Latin(x) cast, including the play’s Director, Matthew Zambrano. Public performances will take place on February 11, 18, and 25 at 10 a.m. The performance on February 18 is an SCFD Free Day event and Accessibility Day. Performances for school groups will run from February 8-March 1. “One of our goals with the Denver Chil...

This petite Denver parade is a delight for kids!

Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez by creating a festive shoebox float! Enjoy a Mile High Mardi Gras celebration at Dairy Block, which is hosting the 6th annual Dairy Block Petite Parade on Sunday, Feb. 18th from  noon – 2 p.m.  Attendees are invited to “laissez les bons temps rouler” by building a creative float starting with a shoebox base. Each float must be no larger than 2 feet long by 2 feet wide and shorter than 3 feet tall. It also must be able to be pulled on wheels. Free & open to all, the 2024 Dairy Block Petite Parade will take place in The Maven’s Windsor Room and the heated Alley, with festive entertainment provided by Denver’s Handsome Little Devils, live music and more. Fantastic Dairy Block prizes will be awarded for Most Original Floa...

Finders and Keepers, Losers and Weepers

My children have yet to learn the value of money. They get a dollar every so often for chores or from the Tooth Fairy, but I usually find it a week later, wadded up on the bedroom floor. So, when the true owner of a ten dollar bill came into question, I looked at it as an opportunity to teach my kids a lesson. In the end, we all got a little more than we bargained for. Mini Me, my seven-year-old daughter, ran downstairs excited about something. She handed me a dictionary and said, “Look inside.” What I found was a ten dollar bill. She asked if she could keep it. I told her that it’s probably someone’s birthday money that they stashed and forgot about, but if nobody claimed it, she could have it. I called my ten-year-old twin boys down and showed them the dictionary....

I feel like a foreign language today

Kyra, my youngest child, has to go through a daycare evaluation every single day. This evaluation is good and necessary because it helps us in making future decisions. For example, we might decide that ice cream for after-dinner dessert is a bad idea. Or we might tolerate grouchiness a little more readily, depending on the all-important evaluation answers. The evaluation, which is titled “A Little Bit about My Day” goes like this: Name: Kyra 1. I enjoyed:_______________________ 2. I ate______________________ of my lunch. 3. I _____________ take a nap. 4. I felt _____________________ today. 5. I had _____________ manners today. I understand that most of these answers aren’t formally asked of her, but observed and then noted. If they were discussing dental hygiene today, the first line will ...

Help! My child struggles to fit in!

Does your child struggle to find friends? Feel connected?  We’ve all been there! Helping a child who struggles to make friends can be a sensitive and supportive process. Here are some pieces of advice for both parents and children: How to help a child fit in For Parents: Understand Their Needs: Take the time to understand your child’s personality, interests, and social challenges. Every child is unique, and it’s essential to tailor your approach to their specific needs. Build Self-Esteem: Encourage and reinforce your child’s self-esteem and self-worth. Let them know that they are valuable and loved just as they are. Be a Role Model: Children often learn social skills by observing their parents or caregivers. Model healthy social interactions and friendship...

Fun scavenger hunt with “Itty Bitty Art” installments in Golden

Are you looking for a fun fall activity that could turn into a scavenger hunt with your kid?  The second installation of the Golden Public Art Commission’s (PAC) Itty Bitty Art arrived in Golden in October, with 14 new ground level artworks that will delight kids and adults alike. The PAC selected 14 new, tiny art works to be installed in unexpected places in Golden’s oldest park, Parfet Park and on the Washington Avenue bridge over Clear Creek. The artworks might be in a hole in a tree, a crack in a sidewalk, near electrical boxes, or on top of a bike rack. Colorado artists created art pieces with names like, Fairies Gather Here, London Calling, Firefly Lantern and When Pigs Fly and installed them around Parfet Park to compliment the first round of Itty Bitty Art intro...

Adoption “Lingo” You Should Know

Adoption is all around us and I thought I’d share some “wisdom” regarding occurrences that have become the norm for us as adoptive parents. I would assume that many other adoptive families deal with the same “stuff.” When we went through adoption training a few years ago, we found ourselves educated far more than we expected to be. Unless you learn this stuff from people on the inside, you’d probably never think of it. What am I talking about? Language was a big one. Below are some examples. Our son WAS adopted. Not IS adopted. Seems like an insignificant little difference, but IS defines him. And so he WAS adopted. And our son is our OWN child. “Will we have our OWN children?” many people ask when they find out he was adopted. He is our...

Gorilla Trek: Denver Zoo’s new virtual reality experience

One moment you’re enjoying a leisurely stroll through Denver Zoo’s 80 acres, the next you’re surrounded by a troop of mountain gorillas in the lush forests of Rwanda’s remote Volcanoes National Park. This sudden change of scenery is made possible by Gorilla Trek—a new virtual reality experience that transports the Zoo’s guests and members to the native habitat of the endangered species. Guided by renowned primatologist Dr. Tara Stoinski, Gorilla Trek gives guests a 360-degree view of the troop’s fascinating family dynamics, from adorable infants to intimidating alpha silverbacks, through virtual reality headsets and motion platform seating. “Denver Zoo exists to connect people to nature and inspire action for wildlife, so the addition of Gorilla Trek to the experience we offer ou...

Family-friendly Christmas production ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Central City Opera invites you to experience the magic of the holiday season with Gian Carlo Menotti’s family-friendly opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” This heartwarming production will grace the stage at the Central Presbyterian Church in Denver for four captivating performances on December 23 and 24, combining enchanting storytelling, profound music, and a talented ensemble to bring the Christmas tale to life. Tickets are on sale now and start at just $12 for kids.   “Central City Opera warmly welcomes you to immerse yourself in a timeless tradition, brought to life by the exceptional talents of our cast and orchestra,” says director Daniela Guzmán- Égüez. “We promise an experience that will resonate deeply, filling your heart!”   A...

Volunteering with your family at Food Bank of the Rockies during the holidays

As we head into the holiday season, many families choose to spend time together giving back to their neighbors and embracing the values of kindness and compassion to help make other families’ holidays a little bit brighter. Volunteering as a family during the holidays can be a profoundly rewarding experience, as it not only helps people in our communities in need of extra support, but also strengthens the bonds within one’s own family. Volunteering as a family during the holidays can be an excellent opportunity to help children recognize the challenges that other people face and understand how much of an impact they can make by donating their time to support their community. Volunteering at a food bank can be a particularly rewarding experience for people of all ages. In addition to active...

Adventurous Denver family of six completes the Triple Crown

In 2019, the Bennett family (mom, dad, four children, and a trail dog) set out to accomplish a goal that would change the course of their lives. They sold their home, quit jobs, uprooted from their community, changed the way they educated their children, and turned their lives from civilized to feral in order to hike the Triple Crown together. Not everything went according to plan, and the family quickly learned they would be at the mercy of elements beyond their control. A plethora of trail angels came to their rescue throughout the course of their 584 days of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail (this one got thrown in because of COVID), Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail.   Collectively, the family would agree that the moments they shared with trail ...