Colorado kids

Weekend Out: Spend a family day down at Sunflower Farm

Most Coloradans aren’t too far removed from nature. Front Range cities boast great parks and access to vast wilderness areas. And while hiking or biking have their advantages, a trip to Sunflower Farm in Longmont offers families a chance to experience a truly rural lifestyle. “Our intention is to give the public a taste of farm life in a real country setting,” says owner Bren Frisch, who has lived on the farm with her husband and three kids since 2000. Beginning today and continuing every Saturday through November, Frisch and her family open the farm to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 55-acre property is used mainly to grow alfalfa, sunflowers and pumpkins. But Frisch has turned the farm into a kid-friendly smorgasbord of fun with simple play activities at every tur...

Explore Colorado With Fun Outdoor Events From Planet Explore

With Spring’s glorious temperatures, Colorado is a joy to explore. The North Face has made outdoor participation a priority with Planet Explore a portal to the outdoors for people of all ages to find outdoor events in their area. In Denver, Planet Explore has teamed up with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, the Blufflake Nature Center, Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder, Big City Mountaineers and Environmental Learning for Kids to help promote these fantastic events. 1) Bluff Lake Nature Center has planned several events that will help you celebrate Earth Day. Wednesday, April 21: STARGAZING. The Bluff Lake Nature Center will kick off Earth Day events on April 21 with a members-only event at dusk. An amateur Astronomer will bring his telescopes to Bluff Lake and share the wonders of ...

Helping students, one school and one teacher at a time

On an early February morning at Stedman Elementary School, the pressure was high. Two students vomited. A few cried at their desks. Another imagined goblins might get him if he failed. It was the day the third-graders took their first Colorado Student Assessment Program exams, and the 8- and 9-year-olds were all nerves. Students rubbed lucky “Zap CSAP” lapel pins. They repeated mantras of test-taking techniques and practiced positive self-talk taught to them by their teacher, Dawn Romero. The reading test — given to third-graders weeks before exams in math and writing so results can be used to help struggling kids before the end of the school year — was a stop on the long road to get most Stedman students performing at grade level or better by summer. Only six of Romero’s...