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Girl World Tour for moms and tweens/teens

This post comes with a giveaway. Read to the bottom for info and to enter.

No parent wants to raise a mean girl.

The author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book on which the film Mean Girls was based, wants to help Denver-area moms and their daughters navigate more easily through the tween and teen years.

Rosalind Wiseman brings her Girl World Tour to Denver on Friday evening, April 16, from 6:30 -8:30 at Girl’s Inc. Mothers* of daughters aged 8-14 are invited for an evening of bonding, laughing, and an “interactive discussion about confidence, friendships, sweat-inducing moments and common mother-daughter challenges.”

The event is $41.50 for a mother-daughter pair, and includes a copy of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl Worlds for the adult and Rosalind’s debut young adult novel Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials for the daughter. In addition, attendees will receive a gift bag with swag from sponsors Dove Go Fresh deodorant and Family Circle magazine.

Info and tickets at Girls Inc.

Thanks to Dove Go Fresh deodorant, one lucky Mile High Mama and her daughter will receive complimentary tickets to this event. Please click here to enter by this Friday, April 9, and make sure we can reach you by email should you be selected the winner. The randomly selected commenter will be notified this weekend, with tickets available at Will Call.

I’ll be there with Tessa. Might I see you?

* This event is inclusive of parent-figures, including fathers, big sisters, Girl Scout troop leaders, aunts, etc.

What’s been your most challenging tween/teen issue so far?

Children’s Museum All About Animals Month – Win 4 Tickets!

The Children’s Museum struts, waddles, flaps, and soars into the month of March with new theme—All About Animals.

It’s nearly impossible to find a toddler or preschooler who doesn’t appreciate furry and feathery friends. I took my two youngest children to explore some of the animal-themed activities knowing none of us would leave disappointed. One of the first activities we joined was ARTS a la Carte’s Birds of a Feather. My 3-year-old, Beatrix, would get to hear a story and then make her very own bird with all sorts of cool, colorful art supplies.

We were warmly welcomed into the art room. Beatrix was given a large piece of paper and a pencil. The room quickly filled with kids and parents, eager to get crafty. Dana, the activity leader, read Sylvie, by Jennifer Sattler. It’s a book about a flamingo who tries being different colors but decides pink is pretty in the end.

The story served as creative inspiration for the kids, who were turned loose to make their own simple flamingos. It was easy for Beatrix’s little hands to glue and paste the paper parts together. She had a blast decorating her flamingo with crayon, feathers, and puffy balls.

Admit it. You want to make one too. Who can resist puffy balls and feathers?

I was a little worried the program would be too long to hold her attention, but it was perfectly timed and well-paced. If flamingos aren’t your child’s favorite bird, Birds of a Feather will be featuring other beaked friends to learn about, including peacocks and hummingbirds. When you attend, you should be aware you will have a new treasure to conspicuously hang in your home. Perhaps over your sofa? Your child will be seriously impressed with herself.

She may even want to sleep with her picture next to her in bed.

All About Animals will be the theme for the whole month of March. Fur, feathers and scales will be in style as we feature the world’s animal kingdom. Learn what we have in common with these amazing creatures and what makes us different.

Here is the schedule:

Weekly Event Round-up: Schoolhouse Rock Live, a Sock Hop and More!

Ongoing. Journey to the Middle East in “Arabia,” the latest IMAX spectacle at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Opening Friday, the film explores the region’s long human history and often-harsh geography. From a Bedouin tent in the desert to the millions of Muslims on their pilgrimage to Mecca, “Arabia” shows the diverse ways people live in the Middle East. Expect to be wowed by “Arabia”’s stunning landscapes — and seascapes — on the giant IMAX screen. 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. daily, with additional 7 p.m. shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-322-7009. IMAX-only tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors. Museum members receive a discount. For more information and to buy advance tickets, visit dmns.org.

(photo credit: Arabia – DMNS)

Ongoing. Youngsters and their parents will each have their own reasons for enjoying “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” opening at the Arvada Center on Thursday. Grownups will get a hit of nostalgia hearing songs from the 1970s kids’ TV show of the same name — songs like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill” and “Do the Circulation.” Meanwhile, the kids will just be enjoying a rockin’ good time while learning about music, history, math and more. The show runs through May 15. Noon Thursday. Future times and dates vary; all shows are matinees. The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; 720-898-7200. Weekday tickets are $8, weekend tickets are $10. Call or visit arvadacenter.org to buy tickets in advance.

Friday. Celebrate African-American History month with the Real African Music concert at Broomfield Auditorium. The RAM group performs traditional African music, dancing and drumming with a multimedia flair. The show is presented by the Kudzidza Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to send assistance to Africa, and promotes cultural exchanges between the U.S. and Zimbabwe. 7 p.m. Friday. Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road; 303-464-5835. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For more information, visit broomfieldauditorium.com or realafricanmusic.com

Saturday. It’s not too early to plan for summer at the Colorado Parent 2010 Summer Camp Fair and Expo. Watch demonstrations and seminars about different camps and summer activities, including sports-, science- and performing-arts-themed summer camps. More than 60 exhibitors are expected to be on-site. Kids can get an early taste of the camp life, too, with arts and crafts, a climbing wall, face painting and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.; 303-297-1166. Admission to the event is free; parking is $7 per car. For more information, visit colorado.parenthood.com.

Sunday. Bust out the poodle skirts and ponytails for the Sock Hop Band show at the Toad Tavern. This family-friendly concert features a 12-member band of local musicians playing hits from the 1950s and ‘60s. Slow-dance to songs by crooners like Dean Martin and Roy Orbison, and rock out to old-school jams from Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. A couple of Blues Brothers numbers will inject some Chicago flavor, too. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their best ‘50s gear for that authentic sock-hop feeling. 6-8 p.m. Sunday. The Toad Tavern, 5302 S. Federal Circle, Littleton; 303-795-6877. Admission is $5. For more information, visit toadtavern.com.

-Kathleen St. John