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Mama’s Weekly Picks for Colorado’s Best Family-Friendly Events

Aaaahhhh. . . . can you smell it? I’m talking about Spring! There’s no snow on the grass. And it’s green! This week the kids and I spotted the first snake in the yard. I can hardly contain my joy. Pretty soon we’ll be visiting farmers markets and going to concerts in the park. . . .
[photopress:animal_grossology_1.jpg,thumb,pp_image] This is the last weekend to catch the Animal Grossology exhibit at the Wildlife Experience. Next month they’re opening up a new exhibit that looks to be over-the-top cool. If you haven’t headed down to the Wildlife Experience to see all the yucky stuff that animals do, this is your last chance. You might also consider a trip to see the Titanic Exhibit at the Flatirons Mall. 50 artifacts from a ship that sunk almost 100 years ago. That’s sure to impress.

Community Events

April 24, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colorado Children’s Day, 1300 Block of the Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. www.ccdbcfamilyweek.googlepages.com. This event kicks off Boulder County Family Week, and features all sorts of hands-on activities including art projects and programs on conservation and nature education. Boulder County Family Week is a week-long program featuring free, family-friendly activities across Boulder. If you live in the Boulder/Longmont area, check it out. The website has a list of day-by-day events, i.e., free classes and other events at various rec centers and the like.

April 29, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 31 Cent Scoop Night, Baskin Robbins, various locations. www.baskinrobbins.com. Small ice cream cones are just 31 cents! All to benefit America’s firefighters. Check the website for a location near you.

April 30, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Aurora’s 118th Birthday Party, The Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Pkwy, Aurora. www.auroragov.org or 303-739-6666. Family fun for the kids, including a magic show at 6:00 p.m., face painting, crafts, games (with prizes!) and, of course, cake.

Special Events

April 23 – April 25, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; April 26, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Titanic: Treasures from the Deep. Flatiron Crossing, 1 Flatiron Circle, Broomfield. www.countrytitanic.com. Sponsored by Country Financial, in partnership with RMS Titanic, Inc., this FREE (!) mobile museum features 50 artifacts from the Titanic,

Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Your Kids

It’s here. Earth Day. REALLY the start of Spring in Denver, giving the fact that most of the beginning of April is usually filled with a wild ride of snow, sleet and rain. [Case in point: THIS YEAR.]

And not only does Earth Day symbolize rebirth for us Denverites, it’s main focus is – of course – the EARTH.

Here are some simple ideas for celebrating the day of the earth with your kids, and instilling some environmentally sound principals in the process. [OH HECK. Have some fun while you’re at it.]

– Plan your summer garden – or container garden if your yard is too small. Have the kids do the drawings for you and really participate in the process. Talk about what plants will survive here in Colorado and why.

– Go through your recyclables together and pull out their favorites for a “Craft Box.” Start using THESE materials for all their art projects instead of buying new supplies.

– Have a race around the house to count all the fluorescent light bulbs in the house. For the older kids: have them calculate how much energy those bulbs are saving!

– Take a 1/2 hour and clean up trash in your alley. Have them take photos of the work they did to me at

Mama’s Weekly Picks for Colorado’s Best Events (and Mother’s Day Preview)

It looks like it’s going to be another stormy weekend. I’m not one to complain (who am I kidding? I may actually have a tendency to complain), but can we not catch a break on the weekends? My son has so many soccer make-ups scheduled, he’ll be playing until the Fourth of July!

Earth Day is this week. Go, Earth! There’s an Earth Day Fair in Evergreen, and the Museum of Nature and Science is free, also. There are a couple of interesting musical/theater options, as well as Doors Open Denver, an annual event. I’ve added a list of consignment sales going on around town. Because the economy. . . it’s not doing so well. In case you haven’t heard. I’ve also added a section for Mother’s Day events, so you can start planning now for that special day dedicated just to you Mamas.

As always, please check times, admission prices, and so on before you head out. I’ve checked this stuff pretty thoroughly, but you just never know.

Upcoming Free Days:

Sunday, April 19th, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver www.dmns.orgs 303-322-7009. In celebration of Earth Day, admission to the museum is free! Don’t forget they have that awesome new Expedition Health exhibition, along with the ongoing Natural Disasters exhibit, plus several others. Expedition Health is free with admission (so, free + free = totally free), but you need to make reservations.

Community Events:

Saturday, April 18th, and Sunday, April 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Doors Open Denver, 303-282-5073, www.denver.gov.org/doorsopendenver.

Celebrate local

Win a $25 Applebee’s Gift Card and “Bee a Sucker for Kids” to Prevent Child Abuse

Congratulations to Jane Munroe and Karen Sagert, winners of our Applebee’s gift cards! [photopress:childabuse.jpg,thumb,pp_image]If there is any cause that tugs at my heartstrings, it is child abuse prevention. And April just happens to be National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Applebee’s just kicked off its sixth annual “Bee a Sucker for Kids!” campaign to support Tennyson Center for Children, one of the Rocky Mountain region’s leading treatment and education centers for abused, neglected and at-risk youth.

Continuing through May 3, Applebee’s guests are invited to “Bee a Sucker for Kids!” and make a donation in the amount of their choice to Tennyson Center. Donors will receive a paper cut-out in the shape of a sucker that they can write their name on and hang on a wall in the restaurant.

Applebee’s has been

Mama’s Weekly Picks for Denver’s Best Events!

[photopress:bunny.jpg,full,pp_image]Just in case you have somehow missed the onslaught of rabbits and candy at the store, the Easter Bunny is coming to town this weekend! The following is a list of some Easter weekend highlights; check with your local chamber to see if there is an Easter egg hunt near you.

April 11, Arvada Kite Festival, Robby Ferrufino Park, 74th and Carr St
http://www.arvadafestivals.com
Kite flying competitions, exhibitions, activities for the kids and live music. Mary Poppins comes to mind, but haven’t kites gone hi-tech these days?
FREE

April 11th, Bunny Trail EggVenture, Children’s Museum of Denver
http://www.cmdenver.org/
It’s a basket making, egg dyeing Eggstravaganza! Kids can follow the Bunny Trail throughout the museum to discover “Eggs-ploration Stations,” go one-on-one with live animals and of course, what’s Easter without a photo op with the Easter Bunny himself?
Free with museum admission

April 11th, Bunny Express, Colorado Railroad Museum
http://www.coloradorailroadmuseum.org/sites/default/files/imce/2.pdf
The Easter Bunny has to get around somehow and this Easter celebration is powered by a Georgetown Loop Railroad diesel locomotive. Families can go for a ride on the narrow gauge train, participate in egg hunts, take a picture with the Easter Bunny and much more.
Free with museum admission

April 11th, Fish N Farm Grand Opening and Easter Celebration, Heritage Square
http://www.heritagesquare.info/
Heritage Square will offer all-day family fun to kick off the seasonal opening for their amusement park. Expect egg hunts, candy at every venue and meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny. Oh, and don’t forget all the newly opened rides!
Special events free; money required for rides and shops

April 12, Copper Mountain

http://www.coppercolorado.com/todo/events/2008-03/Easter_egg_Hunt.htm
It’s Colorado’s largest Easter egg hunt and 50,000 eggs

Win Tickets to Elmo’s Green Thumb!

***CONTEST CLOSED*** Congratulations to Michelle Marquez, winner of Elmo’s Green Thumb tickets. Thank you to all who entered!

There are three things that make my children irrefutably happy:

1) Junk food
2) Messing up the house to such a level that mommy’s eyes bug out
3) Elmo

It’s no stretch of the imagination to figure out which one I support and that’s why I’m thrilled to take them to Sesame Street Live’s Elmo’s Green Thumb. Our favorite furry monster is coming to the University of Denver’s Magness Arena April 16 – 19, 2009.

For the performance schedule and ticket information, go to Ticketmaster. Be sure to enter “ELMO” as the Promo Code for $3 off your ticket.

About Elmo’s Green Thumb
Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission.

Elmo’s sunflower, Sunny, outgrows his flower pot, Big Bird’s garden seems to be the perfect place for Sunny to flourish. An excited Abby Cadabby, Sesame Street’s fairy-in-training, casts a spell to make Sunny grow faster. The spell does just the opposite and, instead of growing, Elmo and his friends shrink! As Abby tries to reverse the spell, Elmo, Zoe, Telly and friends explore Big Bird’s garden from a smaller perspective and learn some big lessons about patience, overcoming fears and appreciation of nature. From dancing ladybugs to grouchy beetles, get ready for a fresh, original Sesame Street Live on a whole new scale!

We have four tickets up for grabs. To enter, simply email us at giveaways@milehighmamas.com with “Elmo’s Green Thumb” in the subject line. Be sure to include your mailing address and how many tickets you would need if you won. Contest deadline is April 11, 2009.

Mama’s Weekly Picks for Denver’s Best Events!

Mile High Mamas is thrilled to add Jennifer to our line-up! Jennifer has maintained a popular Yahoo group of the area’s best family-friendly activities and has established herself as one of Denver’s leading event gurus. Join us each Friday as she shares her favorite picks. Do you want Jennifer to consider one of your events for inclusion? Email her at jennifer@milehighmamas.com.

Recent weather aside, spring is in the air! The Arvada Kite Festival has been postponed until next week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do this week. First and foremost, it’s First Friday! Check out the art scene on Tennyson Street in North Denver, or head down to Santa Fe or the Golden Triangle in Central Denver.

As with everything, call before you go. Prices and hours are always subject to change, and you just can’t hold me responsible if that happens. Of course, I hope that it doesn’t, and that you have a great time this week, exploring all the great things the Denver area has to offer.

Next week: Easter Egg Hunts!

Upcoming Free Days, because who doesn’t want to save money in this economy?

Friday, April 3: Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Park, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton 303-973-3705 or www.botanicgardens.org. The weather looks like it will be warmer toward the end of the week–just bundle those little ones up, and enjoy the first signs of spring.

Saturday, April 4: Free First Saturdays at the Denver Art Museum (free for Colorado Residents), 100 W 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver (in the Civic Center Cultural Complex, on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock). 720-865-5000 or www.denverartmuseum.org. A new exhibit has just opened, featuring psychedelic art from San Francisco, dating back to before some of us were born. Far out, man.

Tuesday, April 7: Free First Tuesdays at the

Colorado Spring Consignment Sale Schedule

There are three things I love about living in Colorado:

1) The mountains
2) Grandparents who willingly babysit
3) Children’s consignment sales every spring and fall

Obviously, my love for these sales runneth deep and the spring sale season is upon us! For those not in the know, these consignment extravaganzas feature children’s clothing from newborn to size 12, maternity clothing, car seats, cribs, bedding, feeding supplies, high chairs, potty chairs, bouncy chairs, swings, strollers, toys, books, videos, etc. at a fraction of the cost. Most of the sales have a nominal entrance fee and have half-price deals on the final day.

Also, I will let you in on a little secret: these sales are not a secret to oodles of women. So come early loaded with a large bag or laundry basket, cash and extra sharp elbows err…the love for your fellow [wo]man.

Spring 2009 Consignment Sale Schedule

March 7
Twin Connection
Noon – 3 p.m.
Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden
http://www.orgsites.com/co/twinconnection/_pgg2.php3

March 13 – 14

When Mamas Go Wild–Mile High Mamas Night Out Revisited!

[photopress:Dnote.jpg,full,pp_image]Let’s face it: being a “mommy blogger” does not just entail writing about the kids. Sometimes we like to break out and have a Moms Gone Wild Mama’s Night Out. Because great eats + live music the offspring = good times.

Many of Colorado’s most prominent mommy bloggers gathered at the D Note in Arvada for food, drinks, mingling and live music last Wednesday night. Freebies were in abundance and giveaways came from Random House, a Potty Tots Potty Training Kit (which a few mamas fought over), BornFit, (our favorite activewear for moms that is also locally-based), a gift certificate for Menu of the Week, and the grand prize was a professional teeth whitening from Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics, a $350 value! I did the drawing and was delighted to select my own name for the grand prize.

It wasn’t rigged, promise.

And yes, I did award it to Jen of Laughing at Chaos. Bummer.

In an effort to maximize mingling, I visited everyone’s blogs and selected a few gems about each blogger. I then set them loose to try to discover who matched the descriptions. A little insight into the evening and those who attended:

*A relative unknown named Ellen Degeneres helped launch her career. Ask her about it! (Olivia of BabyCandy and Congrats from Colorado)

*Recently entitled a post—Blogs I’m Reading: Photography and Hemorrhoids but NOT Photography of Hemorrhoids. Known to wear flip flops, whatever the season. Claims to be from California but could be part Canuck. (Holly of What Was I Saying Again?)

*Is rumored to have said, “You haven’t seen me naked” during a 9News interview. (Lisa, owner of BornFit)

*Is such an optimist that she has coined

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