Teens/Tweens

Maestro Music Institute: Music Classes in Denver and Arvada

Not all music schools are created equally and Maestro Music Institute strives to make instrumental music lessons in Denver and Arvada exceptional for children and adults.  Maestro Music Institute’s Classes Maestro Music Institute teaches group classes, semi-private lessons and private lessons from age 3 all the way to 103. The Arvada and Denver music schools offer a variety of instruments: piano, voice, guitar (acoustic, bass and electric), ukulele, woodwinds (flute, clarinet), brass (trumpet & trombone), drums and strings.  They also started a master class series this year for their students that is open to the public.  Are you looking for singing lessons in Arvada? The music institute also offers in-depth classes in singing, composition, songwriting and music productio...

What Can You Expect at Energy Day Colorado?

Spark your child’s interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Energy Day Colorado! Energy Day is a free family festival event on Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that consists of numerous interactive demonstrations that familiarize young students with the different types of energy and get them excited to see how a pathway in STEM could be their future career. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of energy in our world, conservation and efficiency in our daily lives, in schools, and in the home. Exhibits featured at the event range from hands-on demonstrations where students and families can see how each energy process works, to small and even large-scale installations that all can observe. Events such as Energy Day “really drive the point (of the importa...

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Ideas for Switching your Mobile Phone Carrier

Fun fact: 51 percent of Americans say it’s easier to find a new romantic partner than a mobile carrier according to a new Comcast survey.  Breaking up is hard to do, especially when we don’t want to deal with the hassle of changing things up even though nearly half of Americans (48 percent) have had a negative experience with their current provider.   Parents: Is It Time to Break Up (with your carrier)? Parents have the hardest time most of all and are especially prone to be over their mobile provider. One-third of parents (33 percent) say they are done and ready for a change, more than double that of non-parents (14 percent). The biggest gripe for parents is pricing. In fact, parents report they are four times more likely than non-parents to be always looking for the next n...

Best audiobooks for teens and tweens

Let’s face it: sometimes our tweens and teens have way too much downtime. So while they’re playing video games, scrolling through social media or taking a roadtrip, here are some fantastic options for them that cover a wide range of genres and themes.  Best Audiobooks for teens and tweens “The Harry Potter Series” by J.K. Rowling (narrated by Jim Dale) “The Hunger Games Trilogy” by Suzanne Collins (narrated by Carolyn McCormick) “The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series” by Rick Riordan (narrated by Jesse Bernstein) “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (narrated by Kate Rudd) “The Maze Runner Trilogy” by James Dashner (narrated by Mark Deakins) “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak (narrated by Allan Co...

Is my child ready for a cell phone? What every parent should consider

How do I know when my child is ready for a cell phone? As the mom of two teenagers, I believe in delay, delay, delay. In fact, neither of my kids had phones until they were in eighth grade and I wish I had waited even longer. Now, with options like Gabb Wireless, there are better protections for parents and kids.  When considering if your child is ready for a cell phone, here are some important factors to consider.  Is My Child Ready for a Cell Phone? Age and Maturity: Consider your child’s age and level of responsibility. Younger children may not need a full-fledged cell phone plan and might be better suited to a basic phone or a device with limited functionality. Usage Limits: Look for plans that allow you to set usage limits on talk time, text messaging, and data. This h...

Hosting an Exchange Student Q&A: Saying good-bye to our bonus kids

We recently wrapped up two years of hosting two incredible exchange students: The truly lovely Maelle from Switzerland and the always-entertaining Pablo from Spain. I’m frequently asked how we came to host exchange students so here is a Q&A on what you need to know to host exchange students.  Q: How did you become a host family? A: I served an LDS mission in Geneva Switzerland and I was contacted about five years ago on a mission alumni Facebook page about hosting a young man from Switzerland. It was never something I had ever thought about but we had very positive interactions with our neighbor who hosted a young woman from Thailand. But at the time, we just didn’t have the space. Fast-forward to December 2019 and we were in the process of refinancing our house to finish our base...

Calling All Supermoms: Unleash the Power of Music for a Summer Full of Melodic Fun!

Hey, busy moms! Are you tired of the constant couch potato syndrome plaguing your kids this summer? Do you yearn for a magic formula that will boost their confidence, improve test scores, and pry them away from screens? Littleton School of Music and Parker Music Academy Well, have we got news for you! It’s time to embrace the symphonic solution: music lessons!  We would love to introduce you to the Littleton School of Music and Parker Music Academy, and reveal limited lesson time slots that you’ll want to snatch up ASAP.  Boosting Confidence: Did you know that wielding a musical instrument can transform your child into a confident maestro? Numerous studies have shown that learning to play an instrument boosts self-esteem and nurtures a sense of accomplishment. Just im...

GetOutPass Sale: Get HUGE discounts on Denver’s Best Attractions!

Summer is upon us in Denver and we are here to help you have the best summer ever…and to keep that fun going all year long.  WHAT IS GETOUTPASS? NOW is the time to secure your GetOutPass so you can enjoy oodles of free admissions to Denver’s best attractions like the Downtown Aquarium, Bandimere Speedway, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, ice rinks, bowling and more. Scroll down to redeem their INSANE Memorial Day $75 discount!  The GetOutPass is a 12-month membership to Denver’s best attractions making it affordable for everyone.  XCLUSIVE DISCOUNT If you use code MILEHIGHMAMAS at checkout you’ll get the $70 discount off the yearly price, making the pass just $29.95 per person! VENUES The list of venues is what got us excited about having the GetOutPass for our family. W...

Top 20 books for middle schoolers (from an English teacher)

A friend recently put out a query regarding what books his middle schooler would love…and a local English teacher responded with her favorites. And since we rather have our kids reading than the many other mischiefs they can get into with their phones, here are her top picks. Best Books for Middle School Kids Fablehaven. For centuries, mystical creatures of all descriptions were gathered in a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely! Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite. Series by Brandon Mull.  Harry Potter. is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a y...

Denver Summer Fun Guide 2023: Ultimate Family Activities (200+ ideas)

Mile High Mamas’ Summer Activity Guide is here and we have more than 200 ideas for your Denver staycation–from waterparks to local trips to hikes to indoor fun. Denver has all you need for summer fun with your family. Denver’s Best Summer Activities for Families 2023 Mile High Mamas has the best guide for family indoor activities in Denver, as well as the best outdoor fun. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article for our recommendations for Denver’s best hikes, splash parks, waterfall hikes, pools and more. We have included some of Denver’s best playgrounds below but be sure to also check out Denver Playgrounds & Parks: A guide to the best play areas in metro Denver.  We have also included businesses that have permanently closed during the pandemic; ot...

Colorado AMP Summer Camp: Get ready to rock ‘n roll!

Do you have a child who loves music? Guaranteed, this Denver summer camp will have your child rockin’ and rollin’ this summer! Colorado AMP Summer Camps are built so that kids can maximize their time learning the ins and outs of the music business. By the end of two weeks time, they’ll be able to perform as a band and have the skills to run sound for a show. For $199 per person, they’ll learn music fundamentals and build friendships as they create logos, arrange songs, and learn about bands. They’ll also get the opportunity to create a recording of their efforts. By the end of two weeks with Colorado AMP, you won’t believe what they will have accomplished. Colorado AMP Summer Camp Schedule Camp 1 will run from June 5th – June 16th. Students aged 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and ...

Summer Music Camp: Ditch technology and grow your kids’ self esteem

Summer music lessons are extremely popular, both on a conscious and an unconscious level, and recent data proves it. Last September, your friends at Littleton School of Music took a poll* of area youths, aged 7-17, and this is what we discovered they’d spent their time doing last summer:             82% – staring at their phones             7% – staring at their friends’ phones             3% – asking parents for money             5% – rolling their eyes when asked to perform the simplest of household chores        ...