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15 fun family events for Father’s Day weekend

There are plenty of events in Denver for Father’s Day weekend including the Colorado BBQ Challenge, Greek Festival, Evergreen Rodeo, Denver Comic Con and more. See our event calendar for additional information

Evergreen Rodeo at El Pinal Rodeo Grounds 
June 17  – 19 
The Evergreen Rodeo is a Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) event that takes place in the beautiful mountain community of Evergreen, Colorado on Father’s Day weekend. The Rodeo Weekend includes a Friday family fun night, a fabulous Saturday morning parade through downtown Evergreen, and afternoon rodeo performances on Saturday and Sunday. 

Do At The Zoo 
June 16, 7:00 pm
Calling all party animals! On June 16, Do At The Zoo is the place to be for all who love food, lots of food, while sipping on cocktails and hanging out with the animals at Denver Zoo!

23rd Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, Frisco, Colorado
June 16 – 18 
2016 will feature 70+ BBQers, 7 bands, pig races, kids’ activities, the 2nd Annual Fire Fighter Cook Off, food sampling and demos, the Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour, the Bacon Burner 6k and the best BBQ you will have in Colorado this year.

Greek Festival at Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral 
June 17  – 19 
Come eat, drink and dance like a Greek at the 2016 Greek festival on the grounds of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral (the big gold dome). Whether you are nine or 99, there is something fun to do at the Greek festival. For the younger kids, there are fair rides, games and toys.

Joy Park Free Nights at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
June 17, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Explore 30,000 square feet of outdoor adventure for FREE during our Joy Park Free Nights. The exhibit will be open after hours from 4 – 8 pm (or until dusk) on the third Friday of every month, May – September, in collaboration with Denver Parks and Recreation.

Denver Comic Con 2016 at the Colorado Convention Center 
June 17 – 19 
Denver Comic Con (DCC) is a 3-day, family-friendly pop culture fan extravaganza, featuring the best in pop culture entertainment. DCC is a program of the Colorado nonprofit Pop Culture Classroom, whose mission is to inspire a love of learning, to increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through pop culture education.

Meet the Bee Keeper at Hudson Gardens
June 18, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Stop by the Apiary while Hudson Gardens’ beekeepers are working their hives, and observe live, active beehives and real-life management techniques

Fire Truck Parade and Muster
June 18, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Events at the muster will include: Water ball contest, Drafting and pumping, Water bucket contest, Auto extrication demonstration, Helicopter landing. Antique and modern fire trucks will be on display.

Denver Arts Festival at the Conservatory Green 
June 18 –  19 
Since 1999 the Denver Arts Festival (formerly the Downtown Denver Arts Festival) is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists.

Denver Kids Festival at the National Western Complex 
June 18  – 19
The indoor event is part fun fair, part expo, part fun family outing. Kid can let loose in Nerf wars, giant hamster balls, foam sword duels, human bubble bowling, balance board activities and more while parents check out local and national vendors with everything from baby and kid items to family services.

Arabian Horse Day at Arapahoe Park at Arapahoe Park 
June 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) in conjunction with Arapahoe Park, the Colorado Horse Council (CHC) and CANTER Colorado will host the first-ever, ‘Arabian Horse Day’ on Father’s Day Weekend, Saturday, June 18.

Dad and Me WildNight at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
June 18 – 19 
Come learn about our special animal dads during a night time tour of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! This fun Father’s Day event provides a great opportunity for dads and their children to spend quality time in a fun, welcoming environment.

Juneteenth Music Festival at Five Points
June 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Commemorated in cities across the nation and around the world, Juneteenth is a cultural event celebrated by diverse people of all colors, backgrounds, and nationalities.

Cherry Blossom Festival 
June 18 -19 
Japanese culture and heritage are showcased in this annual event, now in its 44th year. Dance, taiko drums, and martial arts are featured on the outdoor stage, while inside the Denver Buddhist Temple are food sales, exhibits, and demos.

Father’s Day Car Show and 5K at the Apex Center 
June 19,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The 12th annual Father’s Day Car Show takes place on Sunday, June 19 at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Ave., from 9 am to 3 pm. The show is free to spectators. 

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Because Dad can’t be Mom, he can’t sleep like a baby either

I don’t have a newborn baby in my house — if I did, I think I’d know. But my friend Tom is expecting a baby — or rather, he’s expecting his wife to give him a baby.

“What’s it like?” Tom asked. “Having a new baby.”

I think back to the sleeplessness surrounding the initial few weeks in the life of my first child. (I’ve always said that having a baby presents a great chance to catch up on your awake.) “Picture enemy artillery,” I advise.

My basic position on newborns is that they are like car alarms going off in the middle of the night, and only the mother knows the code to reset them. Look, I’ve spent most of my life observing women’s chests, and they are completely different from mine — I’m simply not equipped to get up in the wee hours of the morning to feed a baby! As far as I can see, my presence is utterly useless.

This very reasonable philosophy is rejected by people I’ll call “women.” If you stand on the corner and proclaim, “It makes no sense for me to get up with the crying baby in the middle of the night; at least one of us should get some sleep,” women you’ve never met before will come up and hit you over the head with their umbrellas. Some women carry umbrellas expressly for this purpose. Their husbands, who secretly agree with you, won’t even look you in the eye.

When the baby cries for the fourth time since 10 o’clock, the parents are supposed to drag themselves out of bed and have the following conversation:

Mother: You can go back to bed, if you want. Translation: If you go back to bed, I will not speak to you for three weeks.Father: That’s OK. I’m so tired I could sleep through a shark bite, but we’ve been through this before, and I know you are lying to me.Mother: No, really. Have you noticed that you and the dog are both just sitting there? That’s because you both think it’s my job to do everything. So quit looking like this is such a sacrifice — at least you get to leave during the day while I’m stuck at home.Father: Really? It’s OK if I go back to bed? Maybe this time you really do mean it!Mother: Of course. Of course not.

The baby believes Dad is worthless as well, having noticed the old man comes without a food supply. Whatever the parents are talking about, the baby’s on Mom’s side.

Clever men will play coma when the newborn starts wailing, and the next morning innocently insist they never heard a thing. This works once. After that, he’ll find his mother-in-law has bought him a “present”: an infant monitor, which is nothing more than a police scanner with the frequency set to “hungry baby.”

The mother will lean over to crank up the volume on the thing, saying she wants to “hear the baby breathe.” What she really wants is for the father to hear the baby shriek — it’s like trying to sleep with every fingernail in the world being dragged across a blackboard. He can try to ignore it, but his brain won’t let him.

Brain: Hey, can you hear that? You’d better get up.

Father: Ignore it. Play coma.

Brain: No way, there’s something really wrong here. I’m declaring a full alert. Open your eyes.

Father: Five minutes.

Brain: Now! And don’t expect to go right back to sleep, either. When you get back in bed, I want to do a financial review of how in the world we’re going to pay for college. I’ll get the sweat glands ready.

I explained to Tom that, some nights, everyone has to get up so often even the baby will look sleepy. Fatigue will feel like sand in your joints, and you’d be tossed out of a zombie movie for acting too lethargic. But then you’ll be sitting there holding your child at 4 a.m., you and your baby gazing into each other eyes.

And at that point, it will all seem worth it.

-Bruce Cameron, Photo: Morgue File

Gift Ideas For Tech-loving Dads

Scrambling last minute to find a good gift for the tech-loving dad in your life? Go through our list to learn about some great options (and where to find a free 4G phone for him)! He may have dropped a hint or two – be sure to pick out something he’ll appreciate (which may have nothing at all to do with the world of technology).

New dads as well as seasoned ones enjoy all things digital, so why not give him something extra special this year? Don’t be a cheapskate – dads deserve to be spoiled once in a while.

Books:

If your husband is the kind of dad who loves to do geeky experiments with your kids, then why not get him the Geek Dad book set so he’ll never be short on ideas. Wired’s Geek Dad extraordinaire Ken Denmead says this about the series, “Parents often want to spend that mythical ‘quality time’ with their kids, but the thing that often gets in the way is having an idea as to what to do. The Geek Dad books are meant to provide a wide range of interesting projects, experiments, and games that don’t take a lot of preparation, use materials you likely already have lying around, and offer hours of fun with a side order of education.

The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists ($11.69)

The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun ($12.24)

Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share ($6.80)

Phones:

T-mobile sale all 4G smartphones free! Today is the last day of this father’s day sale, so if you want to spoil dad with a fast phone, hurry over to your closest T-Mobile store! Remember, the “catch” is you must consent to a 2-year service agreement.

TV:

Check out this stellar combo sale: 6 Months of Hulu+ and Roku HD ($79.99). Hulu is running for this Father’s Day. Hulu + is a subscription service that allows users to watch tv shows the day after they air and hundreds of episodes of seasons and shows gone by. It’s great for families who can’t afford cable tv but still like to keep up with their favorite shows. Roku HD is a streaming option for HDTVs (as opposed to watching on the computer) that makes it easier for the whole family to enjoy TV shows in all their glory.

Smartphone Cases:

Defender Series with Realtree® Camo ($59.95) by Otterbox is a splendid option for the outdoorsy dad who cannot do without his smartphone in the wild. This Fort Collins based company has gained worldwide acclaim for their incredibly successful protection technology. Dad won’t have to worry about impact damage with this incredible case. I couldn’t be a bigger fan of Otterbox – they’ve saved my phone more times than I can count.

DualFlex 1Up for iPod Touch ($34.95) by Speck is perfect for the smartphone gaming dad. It’s comfortable grip fits into the hands like a gaming controller and is perfect for tilt-to-control games. If your kid’s daddy doesn’t want to wrack up the monthly bill an iPhone would come with, why not get him an iPod Touch and this amazing case so he can still get his gaming fix no matter where he’s at?

FabShell Luxe for iPhone 4/4S ($49.95) by Speck is a classy case made with genuine leather for the classy dads out there. It’s smooth, it’s sexy, and it’s appropriately durable. One thing’s for sure – Speck knows how to make beautiful cases. This phone  is for dads who don’t like bulk and most likely won’t be taking their phones on outdoor excursions and comes in a variety of colors so you can get just the right one to match his preference.

SmartFlex Card for iPhone 4/4S ($34.95) by Speck is great for the dad who doesn’t like toting around a wallet AND a phone. It’s the updated version to the hard shell card case and makes exit and entry of cards and cash much easier. My husband is a big fan of this case – it has almost made his wallet obsolete!

Rubber Band ($29.99) by Musubo is a new case on the market that doubles as a stand for movie watching. It’s really nice to look at, feels nice in the hand and the kickstand it comes with is great for when dad wants to share a fun movie with the kids. It’s also a great option for plane rides (placing the stand on the tray table works great). If the design won’t suit your man’s fancy, take a look at their other options: Ripple Case ($29.99), Eden ($34.99), Retro ($34.99 and my personal favorite), or the Matchbox Pro ($34.99).

What will you be spoiling your husband or father with this Father’s Day? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Hannah Camacho is an educator, mom to three wonderful children ages 3 and younger and proud wife of an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. She has been a BlogHer featured tech blogger and is very involved in the world of mobile app marketing and PR when she’s not chasing her three busy little ones.

Father’s Day: An Emotional Day When You’re Celebrating Without A Father

Father’s Day is not what it used to be.  I’ve gotten used to many of the milestones I have faced since I became a widow, almost 4 years ago.  I can jolly us through Christmas and be thankful on Thanksgiving.  I can even look at his birthday as a celebration of his life.  But Father’s Day is a day devoted to celebrating fathers.  And the fact that my kids have lost theirs…well…that can’t be glossed over.

7 Great Father’s Day Tradition Ideas and How Horton Had It Right

My son Bode is thoughtful, kind and beloved by everyone. I can count on one hand how many tantrums he’s ever thrown, and he prides himself on being responsible.

How many 5-year-olds do you know like that?

He is also analogous to an 8-ton pachyderm.

Case in point: We recently encountered another boy at the park whose constant barrage of insults quickly wore on me, but Bode continued playing with him. At one point, the kid demanded, “You need to watch my shark!” and without waiting for consent, he flitted off.

Bode simply placed the shark on a ledge and carefully cupped his hands over it.

When it appeared the kid wasn’t coming back from playing anytime soon, I told Bode, “You don’t need to do that, you know.”

Bode didn’t READ ON

Father’s Day GIVEAWAY worth over $500—one lucky dad wins a phil&teds carrier, watch, sports sandals, backpack, hiking guide and candy

Dad goods galore! Register to win your husband or significant other one heck of a prize package filled with outdoor products, cool packs and candy to sweeten the holiday: phil&teds, OG Sack, RumbaTime, Native Shoes, Sugarlicious, Guide to Camping with Kids

phil&teds FOR DAD—LET HIM ESCAPE . . WITH THE KIDS

Mmmm . . this might be more of a gift for mom than dad, but why not bestow the best child carrying backpack for dad; it will save you the backache! phil&teds has amazing products for family adventure, and their Escape will not disappoint. The Fort Collins-based company has loaded this pack with all the bells and whistles to help make hiking comfortable and enjoyable for the camel, i.e. dad. The Escape is a strong and compact carrier with extra padding and breathability. There is large storage capacity for any outdoor extravaganza, a pocket for a hydration bladder and a zip off daypack for sharing the load with mom or older sibling. Rain or shine, no problem, the sunhood has a removable wind and rain cover included! There is a padded change mat for the diaper stops, a child harness that both cradles and secures, integrated and moldable child head and neck support for children up to 40 pounds, fully adjustable child seat with 5-point padded safety cradle and full shoulder coverage and kiddie foot stirrups for improved blood circulation. The Escape is also lightweight and has a quick-fold system for stable set-down and easy child loading. Available at philandteds.com and retails for $229.99.

COMFORT FOR THE CAMEL
Dad’s probably manning the grill this Father’s Day and schlepping oodles of backpacks, pool bags and more—so make sure he does it in comfort! The Paolo is a reflexology-inspired sandal featuring Feet Peaks, hundreds of soft, cushioned mini hills to ensure comfort day in and day out. Thanks to EVA construction and with thought given to mom’s hectic and rigorous cleaning routine, the Paolo is washable, waterproof, free of animal bi-products, dual-density, shock absorbent and odor-resistant. Retails for $39.99 available at nativeshoes.com.

THE TIME IS RIGHT

RumbaTime is perfect for the style-savvy Dad who is always on the move. The Perry GO is equipped with a contactless payment NFC chip, providing a secure and seamless way to pay for everyday purchases. The Perry GO comes in four colors to suit any Dad’s style and features an updated nylon band. Additional features include: a 42 mm acrylic case, a Japanese Quartz movement, luminescent hands for low lighting and 5 ATM (50 meters) of water resistance. Retails for $50.00 available at rumbatime.com.


THE ULTIMATE FAMILY CAMPING GUIDE


Colorado mom Helen Olsson has created one heck of a camping guide for the family, The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids. Clever illustrations paired with smart tips and check lists, this book is the ultimate manual for outdoor summer fun—the old school way—sans phone, television and video games. From kitchen essentials to campsite boredom busters to general safety in the outdoors and everything in between, Helen hasn’t missed anything that you might encounter with the family in the great outdoors. Daily hygiene routines, bug bite cures and a chapter filled with recipes for camp grub including innovative ways to make s’mores will have you prepped for the next big adventure. Dad can study up at night and help plan and pack, what’s better? The book retails for ($17.95) and can be found at maddogmom.com.

 SWEETEN THE DEAL

Let dad treat the kids to one sugary afternoon of fun, and then make him watch the wee ones when that sugar rush sets in! Sugarlicious is giving the lucky dad a $25 gift certificate to its sweet spot in Cherry Creek North. The whimsical boutique is filled with well-known names like Lilly Pulitzer and Jonathan Adler, and niche celebrity favorites like Sisco Berluti bracelets, Brooklyn’s Nunu’s Chocolates and Swedish candy line Sockerbit. Whether it is gummy worms on the brain or retro favorites like Pop Rocks and jawbreakers, dad and kids will have a grand ole time at Sugarlicious. (sugarliciouscandy.com)

THE YOGA, TRAVEL AND DAD GEAR PACK

Created by two outdoor enthusiasts from Boulder, the OG Sack line has a Messenger Tote Bag that will have dad pleased with its unbelievable versatility and ability to carry everything for him and the kiddos while buzzing around town. The washable liner, wide body with slim profile and multiple strap integration speaks to men as they head from work to the gym to pick up groceries and then out with the wee ones. The pack retails for $65. (ogsack.com)

Also, if Dad is an intense open air lover, purchasing the best hanging chair is one of the most important things you can do for him to enjoy the fresh outdoors.

A shout-out to dads

Happy Father’s Day to all those Mile High Papas out there!

Love,

The Mamas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Sure, we may be Mile High Mamas but we’re all about the Papas in our lives. Disney’s FamilyFun magazine has some great Father’s Day ideas:

A Grate Gift for Dad. This clever trio is a tasty way to honor the King of the Grill on Father’s Day. And who doesn’t love dessert (they’re cupcakes!)?

Formal Greetings. Even if the dad in your house isn’t a shirt-and-tie kind of guy, he’s sure to love this stylish Father’s Day card.

Crafty Computer Frame. We’ve all seen decorative mouse pads, but what about the computer itself? This

Top 10: How you know your husband is obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin

With Mother’s Day behind us, let us turn our attention to the men in our lives. I adore mine. He is a doting husband, attentive father and brilliant businessman. The only weakness I’ve found in him happens to weigh 1,000 pounds* and consumes most of his spare time.

So in honor of him and fathers everywhere:

Top 10: How You Know Your Husband is Obsessed with Growing The Great Pumpkin

10) You sneak up on your husband on the computer and the only lurid sites you have to worry about him viewing are BigPumpkins.com and his pumpkin blog DenverPumpkins.com.

9) While most people are making their pilgrimage to the local garden center with the intention of planting food they can eat, your husband is prepping the soil for his inedible 1,000-pound fruit.

8) During the off-season, your husband has a grow room reminiscent of certain other sketchy growers.

7) a)Your family vacations are planned around The Great Pumpkin and you are banned from taking trips during the two-week pollination period. b) He refuses to join you on a family vacation to visit HIS family because it means too much time away from The Great Pumpkin.

6) Your husband builds hoop houses that contain heaters to shield The Great Pumpkin from the early-season weather.

5) Your husband carries around a digital temperature gauge and even sleeps next to it so he can constantly monitor the temperature in the hoop houses.

4) The only designer item you possess from Italy is his hail netting.

3) You become a widow for the duration of pumpkin season as your husband spends at least an hour a day and many weekends in the patch.

2) Your husband convinces you to invite all your friends to have a Pumpkin Party to commemorate the official vine cutting. And they like it.

1) You discover the most random things, in the most random places. From this in your guest bathroom window….

To your nice dinner plates covered in muck on the floor of your car. And when you confront him?

“Jamie, can you please explain why there were dirt-covered plates in my car?”

“Yeah, because I put dirt-covered plates in your car.”

At least he’s not in denial.

What is the father/husband/significant other in your life obsessed with?

*If you’re just tuning in to this saga, be sure to read Sordid Secrets and the Husbands Who Keep Them.