Colorado Livin’

Colorado’s best family hikes with views within an hour of Denver

There’s no better way to explore our backyard than on foot!  Denver offers numerous hiking trails with stunning views, ranging from easy to challenging and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites with the best views. Be sure to scroll down for even more tips on hiking with kids near Denver and don’t miss Denver hikes the whole family will love and Best Easy Day Hikes Denver.  1. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre Distance: Varies (many short trails) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Highlights: Iconic red rock formations, panoramic views of Denver, and the amphitheater itself. 2. Mount Falcon Park Distance: 11 miles of trails (various loops and out-and-back options) Difficulty: Easy to difficult Highlights: Views of downtown Denver, the Front Range, and the ruins of the ...

Community Celebration: 10th anniversary at Denver Union Station

Denver Union Station is excited to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its epic revitalization with a 3-day community celebration ‘Denver Union Station:  Making History….Again’ held Friday, July 12th– Sunday, July 14th. The iconic Denver Union Station is widely recognized as the heart of the Mile High City, home to 10 chef-driven restaurants and two retail shops. More than 30,000 people pass through the historic building daily with 70+ RTD trains running daily to/from Denver International Airport.  The schedule of FREE community events for Denver Union Station Making History….Again includes:  Denver Union Station Neighborhood Night: Friday, July 12th from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Enjoy a fun LoDo evening with a vibrant celebration on the Union Station...

Eldorado Canyon: Swim, hike and climb this summer

Eldorado Canyon State Park is a stunning destination for outdoor enthusiasts, particularly rock climbers. Situated southwest of Boulder, it’s renowned for its rugged beauty, towering sandstone cliffs, and the meandering South Boulder Creek.  This day-use park offers technical rock climbing, stream-side picnic areas and trails with panoramic vistas, all encompassed in a magnificent canyon. Note: A timed vehicle-entry reservation system will be in place May 15–Sept. 15. Don’t miss Summer in Boulder: Top 25 fun activities for families.  Here are some of our favorite things to do in Eldorado Canyon State Park.  Eldorado Canyon State Park Family Fun Rock Climb. Rock climbers flock to Eldorado Canyon State Park for its world-class climbing routes, ranging from beg...

5 Tips for Camping with Kids this Summer

Camping is a great way to get kids unplugged and connected to nature, and summertime is prime camp season. We tapped Boulder-based Helen Olsson, author of The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids, which was just released in its second edition in April, to give us her top tips for taking the brood into the woods.  #1. Prep the Kids: Before you go camping with small children, read picture books about camping. Pitch a tent in the backyard to get used to sleeping outside. #2. Gear Up: For family camping, remember to bring kid-specific gear like little potties, portable high chairs, pack-and-plays, small backpacks, kid water bottles, and baby backpack carriers. Here’s a few key items of gear: Headlamps: They’re better than flashlights, because your hands are free to cook, cleanup, o...

Check-out these at-home science experiments & sign up for this kids club!

She might usually be wearing a bedazzled lab coat, a cowboy hat and an assortment of colorful bandanas, but make no mistake: Wiz Kid has a serious mission, and that’s to inspire and connect kids – regardless of where they live or their socioeconomic status – with the wonders of science.  While Wiz Kid’s physical “office” might be the Colorado State University Spur campus in Denver, thanks to YouTube, her lessons will extend much further – an extension of CSU’s land-grant mission to provide an accessible education for all generations. In six videos publicly available on YouTube, Wiz Kid walks through a variety of at-home science experiments, ranging from plantable wildflower seed spheres to bread in a bag.  Along the way, she showcases the real-life s...

4th of July in Denver: Ultimate fireworks and event guide 2024

Fourth of July in Denver means fireworks, friends, family and fun as we celebrate our nation’s independence.  Are you going to any 4th of July parades in Denver? Check out this awesome 9-piece patriotic bike decor set or these patriotic accessories for kids.  Do you want to do a deeper dive into Denver fun? Be sure to bookmark The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide (250+ Ideas). Scroll down to see 4th of July events in Denver. 4th of July Fireworks in Denver 2024 ARVADA Arvada Fireworks Display — Since 1979, the City of Arvada has celebrated Independence Day on July 4th with a spectacular fireworks display at the Stenger Sports Complex. Gates at the Stengler Sports Complex open to vehicles at 7 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. No personal fire...

Your Denver Summer Bucket List: 30 ideas to make summer magical

Summers go by incredibly sloooooow…and also fast if we spend our days creating, resting and dreaming. Creating a summer bucket list for kids can be a fantastic way to keep them entertained, active, and learning during the break. Here are 30 fun and engaging ideas: Go on a Nature Hike: Explore local trails and parks. Check out Best Hikes for Kids in the Denver area and 10 of Colorado’s most scenic waterfall hikes. Visit the Zoo or Aquarium: Learn about animals and marine life. Fun fact: did you know the Denver Zoo will have a new 570-acre preserve and conservation center? Build a Sandcastle: Head to the beach and get creative. Cool off this summer at Colorado’s best beaches.  Have a Movie Marathon: Pick a theme and watch related movies. Our friends at Xfinity shared 4 ways ...

Elitch Gardens: Summer fun with mermaids, dive-in movies & more

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer fun at Elitch Gardens as the park’s Island Kingdom Water Park splashes open and a fireworks extravaganza sets the stage for this season’s spectacular lineup of special events. Island Kingdom Water Park opens for the season this Saturday, May 25. The water park boasts an array of wet n’ wild attractions including exhilarating speed slides for thrill-seekers, exciting raft rides for families, a lazy river for laid-back sun bums, Barefootin’ Bay for little ones to splash around and relaxing cabana retreats perfect for taking it all in. The first of many special events this season will commence as Elitch Gardens paints the Downtown Denver skyline with bursts of color during the park’s annual Memorial Day Fi...

4 ways families can find afforable Internet in Denver

In today’s digital age, having fast and affordable internet is key to meeting our family’s needs, whether that’s joining a video call for work, tuning in to classes remotely, accessing healthcare or staying connected with loved ones. However, due to recent changes to a federally funded program, some families are finding it harder to afford internet that helps them meet these daily needs. Until recently, more than 23 million households received financial support from the federal government to ensure their families could access reliable internet and stay connected. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provided families a $30 monthly benefit, but this program expired in April. If your family was affected by this policy change and is having trouble paying for your current internet option,...

Rumors of Blooms: Explore the history of women’s underwear!

Rumors of Bloomers is an exhibit now through March 30, 2024 at the Center for Colorado Women’s History that explores women’s experiences as expressed through undergarments. Using rarely displayed objects – such as corsets, bloomers, swimming costumes, petticoats, and Mother Hubbard gowns – Rumors of Bloomers highlights the ways “unmentionables” have given form and shape to bodies, while also expressing identity, autonomy, agency, and protest. Visitors to Rumors of Bloomers will be tasked with considering how women’s undergarments have liberated or controlled, enhanced or concealed, supported or restricted, while also uncovering mysteries, myths, and facts that have been historically kept under covers. How to see Rumors of Bloomers: Visitors can independently experience a por...

Memorial Day in Denver 2024: Family Fun Events

Memorial Day weekend May 24-27, 2024 is the kick-off to summer and Mile High Mamas has you covered! From memorials to live music to family events to outdoor activities to blockbuster museum exhibits, don’t miss some of our favorite finds!  If you want to instill the true meaning of Memorial Day, check out Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by First Lady Jill Biden and A Day for Rememberin’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day. Memorial Day Family Fun in Denver 2024 Denver Festivals and Events Boulder Creek Festival  WHEN: May 24–27, 2024 WHERE: Boulder Central Park and Civic Center, Boulder Enjoy live music at the bandshell, a marketplace full of local vendors, delicious food trucks, refreshing bar stands and the Creekside Beer Fest. This sum...

Multisensory Exhibition ‘Biophilia: Nature Reimagined’ Opening at the DAM!

In summer 2024, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) will present Biophilia: Nature Reimagined, a multisensory exhibition that brings more than 70 imaginative works, including architectural models and photographs, objects, fashion, digital installations and immersive art experiences that coleively highlight the transformative power of nature. Dates: Biophilia will be on view May 5-Aug. 11, 2024 in the museum’s Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level 2 of the Hamiton Building. The exhibit features works by an international roster of designers and artists including Iris van Herpen, Studio Gang, teamLab, Joris Laarman and DRIFT, and others.  “Biophilia” is the term popularized by American biologist and author Edward O. Wilson to describe his theory that, as humans h...