summer activities

Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS is a Can’t-Miss Summer Spectacle

Here in Colorado, we are used to seeing peaks surrounding us. Most are rocky and snow-capped. Our major airport reflects this in it’s iconic white-tent roof. The newest and most colorful is located in the heart of Denver meaning one wonderful thing: Cirque du Soleil has returned to the city with yet another whimsical, jaw-dropping show. KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities is tumbling, flying, and bending in steampunk style until July 26, 2015. If you’ve seen a Cirque du Soleil show, you might think you know what to expect. Cirque experiences are always packed with humor, oddities, fearless feats, joyful music, and eye-candy costumes. KURIOS delivers all these treasured elements. I’ve seen other Cirque shows and was continually surprised by creative innovations in this new-to-De...

2014 Summer Activities Guide for Denver Fun (100+ Choices!)

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 activities in the Denver area this summer.  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 Summer 2014 Guide to Fun in Denver. If you’re looking to venture outside of Denver, don’t miss Colorado’s Top 20 Family Vacation Ideas for 2014. Indoo...

Preventing Summer Learning Loss – 3 Hands-on Activities to Keep Them Thinking

My kids have become addicted to screens this summer. They move from the television to the computer to the iPad to the Touch. It’s been tough to get them engaged with anything that doesn’t plug in. At Steve Spangler Science, we are dedicated to preventing the summer learning loss that occurs when kids are out for the long break. These days, parents don’t just need to get their kids to turn off the TV, but turn it all off. We are sharing many different science activities to get kids outside, engaged and learning. Here are three of my favorite activities to get those screens turned off. Bubble Snakes with a Bubble Blower Set the bubble blowers aside and make long, colorful snakes that cluster and grow out of a do-it-yourself blower.

All in a Lemonade Stand: How to Teach Philanthropy

Ice cold lemonade on a hot day. Smiling children standing on the curb waving posters they made themselves. Maybe a chocolate chip cookie or a popsicle. A Normal Rockwell moment. “Lemonade for sale!” Your own slice of summer for less than a dollar. Yet the lemonade stand is much more than that. It is an opportunity for parents to teach their young children lessons in philanthropy, math, art, marketing and entrepreneurship. Every lemonade stand my children host to earn money for the latest must-have toy must be preceded by one held for a philanthropic purpose. It’s our family rule. They want a new video game? First they have to earn $25 for their next Kiva loan.

Learn with your kids this summer with these Denver adventures

Most of the time, as parents, we encourage our children to do things we already know how to do. We help them with homework we did ourselves many years ago. If we are baseball fans, we sign them up for a team and smile when they first put on their uniform. If we play the piano, we help them read the notes as they learn an instrument. If we are multilingual, they learn a second language at home. If we like to read, they read along with us. Our kids also discover their own unique talents as they grow up. Rarely, then, do we have the opportunity to learn something entirely new together. And it is a surprisingly amazing experience. On a recent trip to the beach, my three boys and I all went snorkeling for the first time. So we got accustomed to breathing through the apparatus at the same time. ...