creativity

How can I navigate summer break boredom vs. overscheduling?

Dear Mama Drama: My kids are getting out for the summer and I’m dreading the constant running them here and there and that I’m never able to get anything done. If I don’t schlep them to play dates or other activities they complain that they’re bored. I feel exhausted after these crazy days and then end up staying up late to get the things I need done completed. (photo credit) I’d like a different summer experience this year. Any help you can offer would be great! ~Dreading Mama Dear Dreading: A change of pace sounds like it is definitely in order for your family this summer. Finding a balance between activities and down time is critical to create an enjoyable experience for all – including you! Are you doing too much? Start by looking at the activities you have the kids signed up for. Is i...

A brush with art colors kids happy

The Denver Art Museum on one of its dozen free days a year is about what you’d expect: wall-to-wall families and happy young faces. The difference between this kids’ scene and many others around town is that here, family fun involves making, or learning about, art. James and Becca Dwyer of Englewood recently visited the museum with their families two weekends in a row. While James, 7, was fiddling with shells matched to artwork in the museum, Becca, 3½, was gluing colors to a drawing of a camel. “Then I’m going to color some black on a teapot,” she explained, not looking up from her work. Here is a sampling of similar family destinations where kids can learn to make art — or simply revel in art- related fun. 1. The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities The...