Denver Family Fun

Love in a Test Tube – Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Valentine’s Day celebrates love. Or maybe it celebrates all the kids in your child’s class with the big exchange of small paper postcards. If they’re lucky, they will get a lollipop attached to the paper card. Woo hoo. The holiday brings doilies, construction paper hearts, paper Valentines and don’t forget the candy. Come on people, Valentines can be more exciting than this. Last year I decided I was not going to phone in the Valentines. I wanted my daughters’ classmates to get excited when they received their Valentine. I even wanted them to take home the Valentine and learn something from it. Yes, sometimes I get carried away. How you ask? I made Valentines filled with science of course! I purchased Baby Soda Bottles (indestructible test tubes made from soda bottles before they are expan...

Top 5 Tips for the Dirty Dash (20% Off & ENTER to WIN!)

Um, just about the most epic, cool race to roll through the Rockies this summer…and it’s family friendly too!!! This 3.5 mile competition includes walls, pipes, nets, slip ‘n slides – YES, I said slip ‘n slides!!! – and all kinds of other dirty, muddy challenges to help you prove to yourself *and those around you* that age (and the nearing mid-life spare tire) is not going to deter you from being a champion at your sport!

It’s good to give to the YMCA

How can you support Colorado's children & families through the YMCA Community Support Campaign? A fitness instructor tells about giving to the Denver YMCA.

The sky’s not the limit: New IMAX and Planetarium shows unveiled

You think the wind was bad last month? Then you don’t know about the 1000 mph winds on Jupiter. You remember that below zero cold spell we had in 2011? That would be a heatwave on Uranus. Did that Superbowl pot of chili lead to some odiferous effects in your family last week? Think about living on Titan, Saturn’s moon, which has rivers of liquid methane. These are just a few of the factoids my children and I learned recently at a showing of The Wildest Weather in the Solar System. Three new IMAX and Planetarium shows opened recently at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, giving you three new chances to go geek with your kids.

Decorating with Science for the Holidays

Have you decorated your home for the holidays yet? They are coming up quickly and if you haven’t finished sprucing up the home, why not try decking the halls with a little science? First, you’ll need to head out to your local craft store, garden store or science supply store, like SteveSpanglerScience.com and purchase a few supplies. You’ll need some basic things like vases, candles, scented oils, holly branches and ornaments. To add in the science, you’ll need some fake or Insta-Snow, Jelly Marbles, Water Jelly Crystals and fizzy tub tints or color mixing tablets. You can also use food coloring. I prefer the tub tints, because they do not stain like food coloring. Hydrate the marbles or crystals for about 24 hours in water. The marbles and crystals are polymers and will grow 200 times the...

A Warm Weather Guide to Fun in Denver

Warmer weather is here! As the sun lingers in the sky longer before settling behind the mountains, how should we fill the time? What activities are sure to be a hit? Well, with the help of our readers (yes, that’s you!) Mile High Mamas has compiled a list of fun warm weather activities in the Denver area.  All of these places and activities in one handy list!?  Awesome! Need an idea for an inside activity? It’s here! Need a new outside activity to try? It’s here! See something that isn’t on the list? Let us know, and we’ll add it! Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often! It’s your Warm Weather Guide to Fun in Denver! So, get out there! Try something new! Explore your own backyard and beyond. Indoor Activities: Get in out of the sun (or rain) and have an i...

$10 Dinners: The Denver Post’s third annual economical recipe list

Save money at home. Looking for specials, clipping coupons, buying veggies in season (think asparagus) and being flexible are just a few ways to put your grocery bill on a diet. The top tips for saving money are the things you already know but might not follow: Buy what’s on special. Clip coupons (really). Shop for food at drugstores, discount grocery stores and big-box stores, where you may find a smaller selection, but cheaper goods (although we found all of our ingredients for these recipes at a Denver-area Safeway). Hit the bulk aisle; you can save half or more on staples like rice, beans and spices. Buy what’s in season — asparagus is cheap and beautiful right now for a reason; tomatoes are not. Most of all, be flexible: If you’re planning on grilled rib-eyes, but yo...

An Adventure in Every Bucket – Win a Bucket of Treasure Dough!

My 4-year old daughter loves playing with play-dough (homemade versions and the official store-bought brand of similar spelling). She loves making doughy objects, serving me food items, and creating her own creatures. She even loves mixing the colors together. Try as I might, this still makes me twitch…but that’s not what this review is about. (Photo credit: Treasure Dough) Recently, we had the opportunity to check out a new product called “Treasure Dough.” It’s made here in Colorado, and I love supporting our local businesses. Plus, I was intrigued by the concept and was excited to see what it was like. We went on to their website, and I let Claire choose the one she wanted to try. (This is not a paid review.  We were offered a free bucket of Treasure Dough in exchange for an honest...

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 Jennif...

Small Resort, Big Fun! Win a 4-pack of tickets to ski Powderhorn!

Guest blogger Sara’s writing can be found at Lunacy.  Here she is sledding with her son outside the condo at Powderhorn.  Check out her review and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets!  (**See details below.) I was so excited for our weekend trip to Powderhorn, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  We live in Evergreen, so we’re used to skiing Summit County resorts – miles of back bowls at Vail, crammed in the free shuttle bus at Breckenridge so that we don’t have pay to park, you get the idea. Big! Big mountains, big resorts, big crowds – big everything! Let me preface all of this by saying that my husband loves to ski.  He’s made it his goal to ski in every month of the calendar year.  He tacks two extra hours...

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...

Weekly Event Round-up: Monster Jam, Mardi Gras and More!

Saturday-Sunday. With grinding gears, squealing tires and growling motors, the “Monster Jam” truck show zooms into the Pepsi Center this weekend. The show features 12-foot-tall monster trucks competing in ferocious race and freestyle events. The huge vehicles are capable of flying 35 feet in the air and soaring over rows of cars, daredevil-style — it’ll be a hit with gearheads of all ages. Before Sunday’s show, ticketholders can join the “Party in the Pits” and get an up-close look at trucks like “El Toro Loco,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” and “Grave Digger.” The drivers will be hanging out, too, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Party in the Pits, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle; 303-405-1100. Ticket...