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Great Playgrounds In and Around Denver

Kids scale them. Parents covet them. Pop songs romanticize them. Playgrounds abound in and around Denver. Many of them incorporate whimsical public art works and state-of-the-art equipment. But it takes more than just those frills to make a great playground. It takes plenty of trees and shade and a little something intangible – a sense of community. Great playgrounds engage kids’ bodies and minds – often with an imaginative theme – and keep them coming back. The very best have these things and then that something. Maybe it’s a panoramic mountain view or other nearby amenities such as a petting zoo, water park, skate park and sports fields. With school out and kids looking for places to while away their summer, here are 11 Front Range playgrounds that consisten...

Great Playgrounds In and Around Denver

Kids scale them. Parents covet them. Pop songs romanticize them. Playgrounds abound in and around Denver. Many of them incorporate whimsical public art works and state-of-the-art equipment. But it takes more than just those frills to make a great playground. It takes plenty of trees and shade and a little something intangible – a sense of community. Great playgrounds engage kids’ bodies and minds – often with an imaginative theme – and keep them coming back. The very best have these things and then that something. Maybe it’s a panoramic mountain view or other nearby amenities such as a petting zoo, water park, skate park and sports fields. With school out and kids looking for places to while away their summer, here are 11 Front Range playgrounds that consisten...

Mama Drama: Sibling Rivalry and Playtime Struggles

Dear Mama Drama, I recently took my 6 and 8 year old daughters to a pumpkin carving contest. It is a wonderful family event that focuses more on community than competition, but the pumpkins are judged and there are winners. My 6 year old won and my 8 year old did not.  At first, the 8 year old was very supportive of her sister, but then she started crying. When we finally got to the root of the problem, she was upset that she had given her sister ideas and that her sister had won and she didn’t. This sibling competition expresses itself frequently in negative ways in our family and I am unsure how to react or what to do about it.  Growing up most of my life as an only child, I really don’t understand and am not very sympathetic to sibling rivalry. How can I encourage my childre...