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Awesome events include Sesame Street Family Festival and Taping, Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Denver County Fair and more. See our event calendar for full listings and don’t miss our Denver summer activity guide with 150+ ideas.

Free Day at Plains Conservation Center 
July 18, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens. In cooperation with the City of Aurora.

Cheyenne Frontier Days 
July 19 – 28 
This year, the 123rd edition of the “Daddy of ‘em All®” returns on Friday, July 19. Nine days of rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) will run from Saturday, July 20, through CFD’s conclusion on Sunday, July 28. Rodeo events begin at 12:45 p.m. Nearly 1,500 contestants will be vying for a share of the more than $1 million in money and prizes, plus the prestige that comes from winning America’s best known rodeo. In the evenings, “Frontier Nights” will feature premier country and rock musical performers on the arena stage.

The Wienermobile at Denver County Fair 
July 19 – 20
The iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will make a stop at the Denver County Fair on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. Fans of vehicles and hot dogs can take a photo with the Wienermobile and grab a Wiener Whistle.

Mile High Global Bazaar at Skyline Park 
July 19 – 21
The Mile High Global Bazaar is a 3 day, annual celebration of international cultures, arts, crafts, merchandise, food, and music.
The event will consist of exhibitors from around the globe representing a vast array of cultures and goods. Denver is home to more than 2 million people representing a vast array of cultures and countries from around the world. This popular event is an international celebration of global art, crafts, music, food & dance right in the center of the Rocky Mountains.

Denver County Fair at National Western Complex 
July 19 – 21 
Join us for the Denver County Fair held at the National Western Complex! Carnival, competitions, goat yoga and more!

Slow Food Nations at Larimer Square 
July 19 – 21 
Historic Larimer Square and Denver’s sunny, bluebird skies are the backdrops for the third annual Slow Food Nations. The festival launches with a Colorado-themed block party and wraps up with the Zero Waste Community Supper made with tasty, unused food ingredients from the weekend. What’s in between is just as impressive, with more than 100 cooking demonstrations, food tastings, family activities, block parties and talks centered around food that is clean, fair and good for all.

Free Day at Joy Park at the Children’s Museum 
July 19, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Discover canyons, rivers, sand dunes and all the surprises Colorado’s wild outdoors has in store.

Dive-in Movie: The Little Mermaid at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
July 19, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 28 – August 2. The Water Park closes at 6pm with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30 pm. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass.

Lavendar Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
July 20, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
More than 2,000 lavender plants set the scene for this family-friendly celebration of Chatfield Farms’ Lavender Garden. Enjoy free demonstrations and live music. Enjoy a variety of food, dessert and drink vendors, including lavender beer.

Colorado Renaissance Festival 
July 20 – 21 
Flashback to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

First Steps Celebration at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
July 20, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Commemorate one giant leap in human spaceflight with special activities and presentations in the Museum’s “Space Odyssey” exhibition. Event included with Museum admission.

Sesame Street Family Festival and Taping at Arapahoe Community College 
July 20, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
To mark five decades since the premiere of the children’s-educational staple that got its start in public television (and now for HBO), “Sesame Street” will hold a free festival on July 20 at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. Producers will also record a new segment in Denver for the upcoming season, according to a press statement from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces the show.

2019 Latino Festival at Westminster Station 
July 20, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
This year the festival will be at the Westminster train Station. will be featuring special attractions, Latin live music bands, from reggae, to Cuban Fusion, R&B Soul, and Regional Mexican, and some of the most delicious Latino and American food in town. Food booths and trucks representing most Latin American countries, as well as traditional American food staples, will be offering their specialties.

Blues & BBQ Festival at Citizens Park 
July 20, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Join us for another great year of Blues N BBQ to help the metro area housing situation.

Orthodox Food Festival at Holy Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Cathedral 
July 20, 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
Tamales, latkes, and gyros, oh my! Stop by the 16th annual Globeville Orthodox Food Festival to sample food from Russia, Eritrea, Mexico, and more. Alcoholic beverages available as well. Cheers!

Water Lantern Festival at Carpenter Park 
July 20, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Water Lantern Festival is filled with fun, happiness, hope, and great memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone as people come together to create a beautiful and memorable experience.

Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park 
July 20, 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Come see the Colorado Rapids as they square off against New York City FC

5th Colombian Independence Cultural Festival at Parkfield Lake Park 
July 21 – 22 
Come and celebrate Colombian Independence Day this July 21st. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family. This celebration event will include great Latin music, delicious food, excellent entertainment, and prizes.

Denver Outlaws vs. Florida Launch at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
July 21, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!

Kids Film Series: Robin Hood at Longmont Museum 
July 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This summer, cool off in the Stewart Auditorium with a bag of popcorn in a place where your don’t have to worry if your kiddo cries in the middle of the movie. Your ticket gets you $1 off the hands-on rodeo exhibit too! Buy tickets ahead; these movies sell out!

Evergreen Jazz Festival at Evergreen Lake House
July 23 – 26
Welcome to the home of the Evergreen Jazz Festival, ‘the best jazz festival anywhere,’ according to national columnist Bob Lynn. Once you’ve experienced the Festival’s world-class talent, intimate venues and Rocky Mountain setting, we’re sure you’ll agree. So if you’re a fan of traditional jazz, check out Colorado’s jazz world gem, the Evergreen Jazz Festival.

Ongoing General Events

Summer@DEN Series
May 24-Sept. 2
Denver International Airport is brimming with free family-friendly activities all summer. DEN Park on the Plaza will include gardens featuring native Colorado trees and plants, live music, lunchtime fitness classes and family activities. Each Wednesday, join a free, weekly lunchtime workout. Fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga, Zumba and more! Each Friday, enjoy a variety of free, fun, cultural and family-friendly activities and performance and from June 14-July 14 you’ll find free 18-hole mini golf course! Test your putting skills while you wait for your flight or simply as a fun outing. www.flydenver.com/events

Summer of Play
June 21 – August 2
On Friday, June 21, the Art Students League of Denver will launch “Summer of Play,” an invitational exhibition featuring a commissioned piece by the Ladies Fancywork Society, displayed alongside artworks by ASLD’s KidART Camp and Teen Studio instructors. The exhibition, which will r27un through August 2, is focused on playfulness and interactivity.

Moon Month
July
Neil Armstrong said the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969. In honor of this achievement, get your space suits on and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery this July. The #MoonMonth at FCMoD celebrations continue with programs and events all month long! fcmod.org/

Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night at Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
June 7 – August 11, 2019
Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and her brother drowned (or so she thinks!), she begins to dress as a man named Cesario. Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included. cupresents.org

Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum
May 5 –August 25
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America presents the concept of playfulness in postwar American design as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. This exhibition explores how employing playfulness allowed designers to bring fresh ideas to the American home, children’s toys and play spaces, and corporate identities.  The cost is included in general admission which is free for kids 18 and under every day.

Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five. www.dmns.org

Denver Art Museum 
Visit the Denver Art Museum this summer where kids receive FREE general admission every day! There is plenty to do during #SummerofPlay2019 at the DAM including family-friendly artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio (opening June 1). Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space (opening June 1) and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition The Light Show. Don’t miss this summer’s main exhibition, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, opening May 5, where children are invited to play in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition where they can try on bold masks and bring them to life in a colorful theater, climb on a wavy playscape by sculptor Isamu Noguchi and creatively combine the pieces of the Tyng Toy.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more.  denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar

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I have been an avid podcast listener for the past 15 years. I primarily listen when I exercise or on car rides with the family. Long ago when I was in medical school, I would listen to audio tapes on medicine topics while running.

Summer is here and podcasts are perfect for road trips with the family. Who knows, maybe your family, or kids, or students will be inspired to create their own podcast this summer.

I realize that the best podcast suggestions give specific episodes, so for each of these podcast shows I have done just that.

PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO WITH YOUR FAMILY

-Delaney Ruston, Screenagers

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Wondering what makes these the best podcasts for kids Something that all of these podcasts have in common is that they speak to kids as the wonderful, creative, compassionate, intelligent people that they are. Each podcast inspires the imagination of the listeners in big, wonderful ways…and you’ll feel like you had a parenting win…even if no one liked the dinner you cooked.

Hot tip: I’ve only gotten into a rhythm of steady podcast listening in the last few years. And forgive me if I sound like a dope, but I didn’t really find the whole podcast listening thing to be very intuitive. Here’s a few quick tips if you want to dive into enjoying family friendly podcasts on the regular. I listen to podcasts primarily via Spotify or the Podcast app on my iPhone or iPad. You can “subscribe” on Apple Podcasts or “follow” on Spotify. This means that you won’t have to wander around through the app searching for your favorite podcasts for kids when you want to fire one up on a whim, or on the way to soccer practice. By subscribing or following, you’ll see new episodes as soon as they are published. 

PODCASTS FOR YOUNGER KIDS

-Erin Caserio, Todays Mama

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Ever argue or “fight” over the thermostat setting at home?! If so, you’ll relate to the NEW comical VIDEO from The Holderness Family!

Are there temperature wars in your house? Do you like it cool at 71 or more like the temperature of the sun?

Hot in Here! Thermostat Wars // Original Music - YouTube

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Sure, we’re in the throes of a toasty summer but now is the time to act to save BIG on the slopes for later. 

The Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack is a free program for Kindergarten through 5th graders that provides four days of skiing and riding at each of the state’s top-ranked resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone. New for the 2019/2020 season, now includes 4 days at Crested Butte!

The program also includes one free first-timer ski or ride lesson with equipment rental.

Visit your nearest Front Range Epic Mountain Gear store to enroll today!

Have Questions? Visit the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack FAQ for more information.

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Mom and Dad: who says kids get to have all the fun? While your little ones are skiing free, join them on the slopes with the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass!

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Let’s face it: outdoor movies sound like a great idea…until you actually watch the movie and getting comfortable on the ground or your camping chair is a never-ending battle.

Well, the good news is the world’s most comfortable “Bed Cinema” is coming to Denver August 15-18, 2019. 

The bed cinema will involve 150+ double beds complete with pillows, blankets and LED-lit bedside tables. Each bed can accommodate 2-4 people for a night of under-the-stars movie and chills with your best friends. Guests can also bring their own picnic blankets if lying in bed isn’t their preferred movie-viewing position.

Pricing: Starts at $50 for 2 people and $70 for up to 4.

Films: Anchorman, Mean Girls, Back to the Future and Captain Marvel.

This event will be in Denver for just 4 nights this August but will return next year, as this is the first year. Tickets now on sale at www.thebedcinema.

 
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My daughter and I are on a quest for the best ice cream in Denver. This Sunday, July 21 is National Ice Cream Day! We will be at the Havana Street celebration (happening from 12 – 4 p.m.) where we will get free frozen treat samples from six different merchants! For the record so far, our top two locations are Little Man Ice Cream and The Inventing Room.

Amazon Prime Day(s). This week starts off with Amazon Prime Day(s) on Monday and Tuesday! Two full days of awesome deals for Prime members (if you’re not a member yet, you can sign up for a FREE 30 day trial). Plus, if you need some items from the grocery store, head to Whole Foods [owned by Amazon] spend $10 or more, you get $10 credited to your Amazon account. Shop on!

Outlets at Castle Rock Back to School 20% Off Promotion. July 15th-August 31st. ROCK Your Back to School Savings with an additional 20% off, exclusively at participating stores at Outlets at Castle Rock! More than 50 stores will offer 20% off a single item OR 20% off an entire purchase, or both! Visit Customer Service in the Food Court for details and to pick up a list of participating stores. Do your kids want to be models? Sign up for the Rock the Runway model search on Saturday, July 27.

Plum Consignment. My favorite consignment store in all of Colorado is Plum Consignment in Stapleton. They are starting their progressive end of season sale this week with 30% off select seasonal merchandise. Next week [week of July 23] the discount will grow to 40% and the week [week of July 30)] following it will be a whopping 50% off!

Let’s Roam. A couple weeks ago, I got to participate in a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt. It is an app based hunt that lets you discover all kinds of great places in Denver and restaurants afterward (with the membership on the app you can download specials at different restaurants). It is great fun for the whole family to discover together (and you’re not locked in a room together). Give it a try and here’s a discount code you can use to make it cheaper!

Cirque du Soleil. Have you always wondered what the big deal is with Cirque shows? They are really something you have to experience. Even I have a hard time explaining what exactly a show is. Right now, you can save up to 25% off tickets for Corteo August 15-22 at the Pepsi Center.
Sweat in the City. Denver Milk Market announced their first ever Sweat in the City fitness festival in celebration of all things health and wellness. Fitness classes are $10 each but he education classes and vendor event is free. Sign up here www.denvermilkmarket.com.

Gigi’s CupcakesGigi’s Cupcakes has a special cupcake weekly on Tuesday for just $2.

Krispy Kreme. This Friday, July 19, help Krispy Kreme Donuts celebrate their birthday with $1 original glazed dozen donuts with the purchase of any dozen.
 
See’s Candy National Lollypop Day. On Saturday, July 20, head on over to See’s Candies (there’s one near me at Aspen Grove) to get a FREE lollypop – while supplies last. They are givin gout the Lollypops in celebration of National Lollypop Day.
 
Arc Summer SaleArc Thrift Stores is having a one day 99-cent summer clothing sale on July 19. All Summer wear including shorts, t-shirts, short sleeve tops, tanks, capris, and swimwear will be just 99 cents!
 
Go Broncos! Pre-season training camp are FREE for fans of all ages. Camp takes place mostly at the UC Health Training Center except one special featured practice at Mile High Stadium on Saturday, July 27.  

Downtown Aquarium. The Aquarium if offering an awesome summer special through July 25 with discounted tickets from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. During Summer Family Nights, exhibit tickets are $8 for kids and $14 for adults (making them about half off) plus, you get fun free activities.

Lavender Festival at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield. Celebrating the beautiful purple flower on Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms will host the Lavender Festival on July 20. Join the fun demonstrations, Music, kids rides, lavender food, desserts and drinks (including Lavender Beer).  Tours of the Lavender gardens are free (but capped at 25 participants – so registration is suggested).
Denver Union Station 5th Anniversary Party. Put July 26th on your calendar! Strange Americans will be in concert for FREE  from 7 p.m .to 9 p.m.

Free Summer Concerts and Movies. One of the best parts about summer is being outside in the warm evenings and what could be better than a picnic in a park and free live music or a movie? Nothing! We’ve rounded up some of the best of the best in town here: Summer Concerts.

 
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Yes, it’s true. A local mom named Nicole Bacon did, indeed, start a Denver-based company named FlapJacked which makes high-protein, macro-friendly indulgences that satisfy cravings and keep you on track with your fitness goals…and are easily available in King Soopers, Walmart, GNC and Safeway in Colorado. 

Their family is a melting pot full of challenges that they hurdle daily. Their five children are the inspiration, not only for FlapJacked but the passion and personality behind the FlapJacked brand. Josie and Ellie (freshly 16), are their artistic twins who love to dance on their high school varsity POM’s team and are avid downhill skiers. Jace (16) has Autism and can’t read or write but makes them smile and laugh every day and loves to swim. Jett (18), battles Epilepsy and deals with seizures every week but loves being around people and is a fantastic bowler. And finally, Owen (12), is a very active, vibrant boy who loves all things sports and participates in competitive basketball and football and fantastic skier.  Owen was recognized by the Nuggets and Eddies Kids Foundation last March as Jr. Nugget of the Year, a humanity and kindness award for constantly being there for his two special-needs brothers. Literally, their family turns full-circle.

Nicole and her husband, Dave, are mostly calendar managers and chauffeurs, but between managing their children’s school, sports, and social lives, they work full- time at FlapJacked and when they have time they love to simply relax and spend quality time with their family. Respectively, Dave is a pilot with American Airlines while he also is CEO of FlapJacked and Nicole is a photographer and designer at heart and in her pre-FlapJacked life had a career as an executive in a large CPG company now CBO of FlapJacked. We sat down to talk to Nicole about her family’s journey. 

What led you to start FlapJacked? 

Our five children inspire us to continue with our dream, but the initial inspiration spawned from a simple nourishment need for our son Jace, who has Autism.  If you know someone with Autism, they are typically very picky eaters. Jace was malnourished because of his dislike of texture with food. He would only eat 5-7 foods and did so for several years.  We tried everything. We started fortifying his meals where he wouldn’t notice and since pancakes were his favorite, we started there. We were fortifying our pancakes with protein and noticed he was open to slowly try new things.  We also noticed that our other children weren’t as hungry and were satiated much longer.  Seeing the physical differences in our children through more balanced eating continues to inspire and delight us every day. 

Our belief is simple: maintain the quality in our product that emerged from our kitchen.  With every product that we produce, we promise ourselves that the product is pure, thoughtful, delicious, and of course, good enough to feed our children.  We want to do for other families, what we have done for our own.

Tell us about your products and where they’re sold in Denver?

FlapJacked™ Protein Pancake & Baking Mix is a delicious, protein-packed and fiber-rich mix made with quality gluten-free ingredients such as whole oats and coconut flour. Naturally sweetened each mix boasts 20g of protein and just 200 calories per serving. Simply add water to make pancakes or use as a flour replacement in recipes.

FlapJacked™ Mighty Muffins are a delicious, protein-packed, high-fiber muffin developed with scrumptious flavor, balanced nutrition and convenience in mind. Mighty Muffin packs 20g of protein and under 240 calories in each serving (1 container). We’ve even added the benefit of probiotics to help support immune health as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Just add water, microwave for 35–55 seconds and enjoy a delicious meal or snack on-the-go.

FlapJacked™ Soft-Baked Cookie Bars (Just launched in May) are a grab-n-go soft-baked bar that tastes more like an ooey-gooey cookie than a protein bar. We’ve baked up an indulgent treat that rocks 10g of protein and added Prebiotics and 1 billion CFU Probiotics to support digestive health.

FlapJacked offers a various line of products in stores such as King Soopers, Walmart, GNC and Safeway in Colorado! Be sure to check out our store locator for locations. (Note that the Cookie Bars can only be found in Safeway in the Breakfast Bar aisle and won’t show up on the store locator yet!)

What obstacles have you overcome to get where you are today?

The biggest obstacle is learning about an industry we knew nothing about. Dave and I knew we had a great product and a great idea but knew NOTHING about putting a food product on the market. it’s not as simple as putting a widget on a website and selling instantly. The learning curve was real, but we found the right people and resources to learn from and caught on quickly.  There is nothing more rewarding than launching a new product that people love and talk about. 

Another obstacle is the competition.  They always say that the biggest form of flattery is being copied. After we launched our brand and started coming out with new products, the number of protein pancakes and muffins multiplied.  You must have a fantastic product with your own personality. Being a fit-food brand, we need to deliver on taste. Unfortunately, in the 6 years of business, we’ve seen dozens of products appear and disappear just as quickly because the product wasn’t delicious. As long as we stand ground on our brand promise and ring true with the message to our consumers, we continue to rise above the copycats. We welcome competition, but be yourself, don’t try to be someone else or it won’t work.

What advice would you give to your fellow mompreneurs?

Quitting a good job is like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane to skydive.  It’s a little scary and yet exhilarating. I would say that taking the initial leap to do what you love to do, whether is a new service or product is a key step and be prepared to take risks. Don’t be afraid to fail, and if you must, make sure you fail fast and cheap. By taking risks we challenge ourselves to think differently about our business.  There are a lot of levers to pull and without knowing the outcome of each, we must choose wisely which risks we are willing to take.  I know that’s harder said than done and requires planning, but you must dive in head first. Being an entrepreneur is not a 9-5 job, it’s a 24-hour job and requires dedication and hard work.  You can do it.

What are your favorite Denver activities to do as a family?

We love living in Colorado as there is always something new to see and do. Unfortunately, we need to split up our family activities as the kids get older, we can’t always bring all 5 of them but also don’t want to hold anyone back from their favorite activities.  For example, Jett has Epilepsy so can’t go on beach vacations, ski, backpack or do anything dangerous just in case he has a seizure. There are too many activities we enjoy to list, but here are a few of my favorites:

The Wild Animal Sanctuary – Our entire family enjoys visiting this place. We are animal lovers and admire that they have rescued so many wild animals and put them back into their habitat and given people to the chance to observe on their 1-mile catwalk. Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my! What a great cause!

We enjoy The Denver Art MuseumThe Denver Aquarium, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Most of my kids really don’t get tired of looking at fish or artifacts and love learning about things. I could browse all day long. Jace REALLY enjoys the aquarium.  They offer low-sensory days for people with sensory issues, which we appreciate.

Every Summer, I pick 1-2 new locations in the mountains for 4-5 of us to explore. Last week we accomplished a 19.3-mile trip in 3 days starting at Green Mountain Trailhead in RMNP.  This is an awesome experience for the kids (and us) to step away from technology and enjoy the scenery, the wildlife and each other. We reserve the Backcountry Wilderness Sites early (February) before they book up. Our favorite backwoods backpacking trip though, years ago before starting to take the kids, was a 3-day, 27-mile 4-pass loop of Maroon Bells, Colorado.

Absolutely beautiful!

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There is viral and then there is VIRAL and the “Baby Shark” dance video is the latter with over 3 billion views, making it the 8th most viewed video in the history of YouTube.

The music sensation is now a live concert experience, “Baby Shark Live!,” and will stop at Denver’s Paramount Theatre on Thursday, October 24. 

Take an adventure into the sea with Baby Shark as he joins his friend Pinkfong to sing and dance through some of your favorite new and classic songs! In this one of a kind live experience young fans will be dancing in the aisles as Baby Shark and his friends, go on fun adventures to learn about shapes, colors, numbers and so much more!

Baby Shark Dance | Sing and Dance! | Animal Songs | PINKFONG Songs for Children - YouTube

Tickets for “Baby Shark Live!” go on sale on Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at AltitudeTickets.comLiveNation.com and ParamountDenver.com

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Think about the things all kids deserve. A loving family. A warm, safe home. Caring adults to support them in school and teach them life skills. The chance to play sports, play music, do art and dream big. Opportunities to thrive and be successful in the future.

It’s easy to take these things for granted. But the unfortunate reality is many youth in foster care– through no fault of their own, but as unintended victims of poverty, parental incarceration, abuse, mental illness and substance abuse – don’t always have the safe, supportive and loving environment all kids need.

At Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of Colorado, we work 24/7, 365 days a year to strengthen families and communities. So when kids can’t be with their biological families, that’s where foster parents come in. Foster parents are what we call “agents of hope,” a mentoring bridge between youth and their biological or adoptive family, which secures a child’s future.

In Colorado, there are currently 5,700 foster youth who need caring foster parents to provide a stable, supportive home environment. And the ways in which people foster are as different as the kids we serve. Some foster placements are for a short time, while other times children are placed with a foster family for longer periods. Some foster parents choose to foster and eventually adopt. There is a critical need for foster families willing to care for sibling groups, teens, LGBTQ youth, and youth who need extra care for trauma or other special needs.

If you have a longing to make a difference for children and be that agent of hope for foster youth in Colorado, visit www.SAFY.org to learn more about the requirements and licensure process to become a foster parent.

And if now is not the right time for you to start fostering, there are many other ways you can support foster youth. Donating to SAFY means you help cover basic needs like clothing, school supplies and toiletries; everyday needs like child care costs, extracurricular activities and youth enrichment; and complex needs including therapies for trauma and mental health.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and for Colorado’s 5,700 foster youth, that village is needed now more than ever. We all have the opportunity to be that agent of hope.

 By Jenna Coleman, Colorado Executive Director, SAFY

 About SAFY

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is a national non-profit organization creating healthy youth and families through community-based solutions. Building upon our reputation as a leader in treatment foster care services, our comprehensive home- and community-based programs serve those with social service and behavioral health needs in seven states including Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio and South Carolina. To learn more about our programs and services, call 800.532.7239 or visit www.SAFY.org.

 

 

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It’s the Colorado Irish Festival! The Colorado Black Arts Festival! The Phantom Circus! The Colorado Renaissance Festival! See our event calendar for full listings and don’t miss our Denver summer activity guide with 150+ ideas.

Denver Outlaws vs. Atlanta Blaza at Broncos Stadium at Mile High 
July 11, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!

Family Program: To the Moon and Back: Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
July 11, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Come fly with us as we celebrate one of man kind’s greatest achievements, landing on the moon! At this out of this world event we will have dinner in the Museum, learn about the moon with interactive activities, take a look at our biggest satellite with high power telescopes (weather permitting), and enjoy Moon-themed Planetarium shows.

Free Movie at the Park: Incredibles 2 at Zuni Park 
July 11, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come and watch a FREE movie with the family. There will be prizes and lots of fun. Party starts at 7pm, movie starts at dusk.

Colorado Black Arts Festival at City Park
July 12– 14
Come celebrate the 32nd annual Colorado Black Art Festival showcasing the rich and creative talents of local, regional, and national African Americans in art and culture. The three day event will feature three performing stages filled with dance, jazz, blues, soul, reggae, gospel, traditional African drum and dance. This is a family friendly event with programming and activities for the entire family.

Colorado Irish Festival at Clement Park 
July 12 – 14 
Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. The 2019 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment.

Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park 
July 12, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Discover this tranquil, 12-acre historic oasis and the site of Denver’s oldest house. Tour the museum, stroll the gardens and grounds, pan for “gold”, and visit our farm animals. Exhibits, demonstrations, and special programming compliment cultural and natural history to enrich your park experience.

Colorado Rocks vs. Cinncinnati Reds at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies 
July 12  – 14 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the Cinncinnati Reds

Hi-Five Family Night at Hi-Five Sports Zone Southwest Plaza 
July 12, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Hi-Five is hosting a family night full of supervised sports activities where kids can win prizes, enjoy live entertainment, and meet new friends. In lieu of an admission fee, Hi-Five is asking attendees to donate to Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

Dive-in Movie: Ralph Breaks the Internet at Elitch Gardens
July 12, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 28 – August 2. The Water Park closes at 6pm with the exception of the Wave Pool, movies beginning around 7:30 pm.

Colorado Renaissance Festival at Colorado Renaissance Festival
July 13, 10:00 am – Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm
Flashback to the 16th Century and journey through a medieval city. Enjoy full-armor jousting, tasty turkey legs, music and a marketplace featuring more than 200 artisans.

Free Day at Longmont Museum
July 13, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region.

Phantom Circus at Seawell Ballroom 
July 13, 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Phantom Circus is back for thier first full length Denver performance in over a year. On July 13th you can see them perform at the Seawell Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The Denver-based professional super troupe ups the stakes in a two act variety format showcasing some of the best circus talent Colorado has to offer, including aerialists, acrobats, hoopers, handbalancers, and bellydancers. Showtimes! 2:00pm Matinee and 8:00pm

Second Saturdays in Olde Town Arvada at Historic Olde Town Arvada
July 13, 4:30  – 8:30 pm
Second Saturdays are back! The signature Olde Town Arvada summer concert series is hitting the streets again on the second Saturday of every month. Every Saturday of the summer will feature a different theme, and we start the party this year by bringing the funk with a Colorado favorite – Funkiphino.

Water Lantern Festival Colorado Springs @ Prospect Lake at Memorial Park 
July 13, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Water Lantern Festival was Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflect upon the water.

Drums Along the Rockies at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
July 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Drums Along The Rockies, Colorado’s premier marching music event, is annually one of the best and most popular events of its kind in the world. Held for years at Mile High Stadium, and now at beautiful Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Drums Along The Rockies has become a Denver institution and a thrilling summer event for families across Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region.

The Amazing Acro-Cats Dance Into Denver at Bug Theatre Company 
July 13 – 14 
Denver dances with the Amazing Acro-cats! The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of touring performing house cats. This one-of-a-kind, two hour long purrformance features talented domesticated house cats roll on balls, ride skateboards, jump through hoops, and more.

Johnny Orlando & Mackenzie Ziegler at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park 
July 13, 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Johnny Orlando & Mackenzie Ziegler live at Elitch Gardens!

Sensory Friendly Playtime at WOW! Children’s Museum 
July 14, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Sensory Friendly Playtime is a low sensory event for children with autism spectrum or sensory processing disorders. WOW! will limit admission to 20 families, turn down sounds and lights, and provide adaptive equipment to offer a safe and fun experience for all!

Low Sensory Morning at Downtown Aquarium 
July 14, 8:30 am – 9:45 am
For our guests that prefer a calmer and more sensory-friendly environment join us for a special morning. We will open early at 8:30am, turn up the lights and turn down the ambient sounds in the exhibits.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants at Coors Field – Home of the Colorado Rockies 
July 15 – 17 
Enjoy exciting major league baseball and come out to this series between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants.

Ongoing General Events

Summer@DEN Series
May 24-Sept. 2
Denver International Airport is brimming with free family-friendly activities all summer. DEN Park on the Plaza will include gardens featuring native Colorado trees and plants, live music, lunchtime fitness classes and family activities. Each Wednesday, join a free, weekly lunchtime workout. Fitness classes include yoga, Pilates, Krav Maga, Zumba and more! Each Friday, enjoy a variety of free, fun, cultural and family-friendly activities and performance and from June 14-July 14 you’ll find free 18-hole mini golf course! Test your putting skills while you wait for your flight or simply as a fun outing. www.flydenver.com/events

Summer of Play
June 21 – August 2
On Friday, June 21, the Art Students League of Denver will launch “Summer of Play,” an invitational exhibition featuring a commissioned piece by the Ladies Fancywork Society, displayed alongside artworks by ASLD’s KidART Camp and Teen Studio instructors. The exhibition, which will r27un through August 2, is focused on playfulness and interactivity.

Moon Month
July
Neil Armstrong said the famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” on July 20, 1969. In honor of this achievement, get your space suits on and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery this July. The #MoonMonth at FCMoD celebrations continue with programs and events all month long! fcmod.org/

Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night at Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
June 7 – August 11, 2019
Ring in the summer season with an uproarious comedy about thorny love triangles, mistaken identities … and a pair of twins lost at sea. When Viola finds herself shipwrecked and her brother drowned (or so she thinks!), she begins to dress as a man named Cesario. Since 1958, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with professional theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Complete your Colorado summer with Shakespeare under the stars in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre—complimentary seatbacks included. cupresents.org

Butterflies at Chatfield Farms
May 25 – September 2
$4, $2 Gardens or Butterfly Pavilion member, free for children 2 and under
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. The plants in this house are used as a nectar source for butterfly food and designed to create a whimsical atmosphere for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Learn what types of plants you can add to your garden to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Presented with Butterfly Pavilion.

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America at the Denver Art Museum
May 5 –August 25
Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America presents the concept of playfulness in postwar American design as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. This exhibition explores how employing playfulness allowed designers to bring fresh ideas to the American home, children’s toys and play spaces, and corporate identities.  The cost is included in general admission which is free for kids 18 and under every day.

Our Senses: Creating Your Reality at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
April 12 – August 4
When it comes to our senses, hasn’t the number five had enough time in the spotlight? Now other sensory heroes get some overdue attention in Our Senses: Creating Your Reality, a new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the whole family where you play with color, patterns, sounds, scents, and textures to discover there’s so much more to human senses than just the famous five. www.dmns.org

Denver Art Museum 
Visit the Denver Art Museum this summer where kids receive FREE general admission every day! There is plenty to do during #SummerofPlay2019 at the DAM including family-friendly artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio (opening June 1). Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space (opening June 1) and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition The Light Show. Don’t miss this summer’s main exhibition, Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, opening May 5, where children are invited to play in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition where they can try on bold masks and bring them to life in a colorful theater, climb on a wavy playscape by sculptor Isamu Noguchi and creatively combine the pieces of the Tyng Toy.

Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.

Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.

Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more.  denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar

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