Boulder’s Kids Eat FREE List Updated!

Calling foodie kids and families! Who said there is no such thing as a free lunch? Here is how you can get even – take your kids out for a free meal in Boulder! My families favorites include – Wahoo’s and Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse. Which of these great deals does your family enjoy most? 

Boulder Listing – Kids Eat Free! 

Monday

  • Larkburger invites kids ages 12 and under to eat FREE every Monday from 4 p.m. to close when an adult spends $9. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303.444.1487
  • Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse offers Kids Eat FREE opening to 6pm.
  • Spooners Frozen Yogurt offers 50% OFF for Kids after 6pm every Monday. They are located in 29th Street Mall.
  • Cafe Mexicali [Baseline just East of 28th] offers FREE kids meal with an adult meal purchase.
  • Boulder Beer offers Kids Eat FREE after 5pm off the kids menu.

Tuesday

  • 4580 offers Kids Eat FREE [10 & under] when family is seated in dining room by 6pm.
  • Oscar Blues in Lyons offers Kids Eat CHEAP on Tuesday. Kids eat for 99 cents off their kids’ menu. 303 Main Street, Lyons. 303.485.9400

Wednesday

  • 4580 offers Kids Eat FREE [10 & under] when family is seated in dining room by 6pm.
  • Wahoo’s Fish Tacos serves up to two FREE kids meals for every $10 adult meal purchased after 4pm on Weds. Kids must be 12 or younger. 2790 Pearl Street, Boulder. 303.473.9072

Thursday

Friday

  • What restaurant should go here?If you know of one I’m glad to include it on the list.

Saturday

  • What restaurant should go here? If you know of one I’m glad to include it on the list.

Sunday

  • Centro Latin Kitchen has Family Night each Sunday where Kids under 10 receive a FREE kid’s entrée (choice of any entrée from the Centro kids’ menu) with the purchase of an adult entrée after 5 p.m. 950 Pearl St., Boulder. 303.442.7771.
  • Under the Sun Eatery & Taphouse offers Kids Eat FREE opening to 6pm.

Everyday Discounts for Kids

  • Moe’s Original Bar B Que offers Kids Eat Cheap Every Day. Kids 10 and under pay $2 for their kids menu daily. They are new in town, but delicious!
  • St. Julien/Jill’s offers free meals for children 3 and under when they eat off the children’s menu. 900 Walnut St., Boulder. 720.406.9696
  • The Taj offers Kids Eat Free under 5. Between 5 and 10 years kids pay 1/2 price for meals. 2630 Baseline Rd., Boulder. 303.494.5216
  • Smiling Moose provides a Free Kids Meal with the purchase of any sandwich, chips, & a drink. Coupon is at the link above. 3223 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. 303.530.2700.
  • Wild Mountain Brewery offers Kids Eat Free on the first Tuesday of each month. For kids 12 and under with a paying adult. 70 East First Street, Nederland. 303.258.WILD.
  • Casa Alvarez offers Kids Eat Free every day with the purchase of an adult meal. Just join their club-it’s free, easy and you get the discount the same day. 3161 Walnut Street, Boulder. 303.546.0630.

Don’t forget to always call ahead to make sure these restaurants are still offering their Kids Eat Free deals as they are subject to change at any time.

Skiing Every Month in 2014 = Building Grit in this 12 Year Old!

My oldest son has a goal to ski every month this year. Good goal for a ski obsessed kid! [See this 12 year old's ski video] So this weekend my husband took him to St. Mary’s Glacier to get in his August skiing. It turns out skiing has become a great opportunity for father-son bonding. It’s also great overall family bonding, but this was of the father-son genre. The take home for our family – It’s the Process that Matter Most, Not the End Result!

The process is so much more than making the turns – but it includes the turns! The process is talking about open ended questions on the way up the mountain to the destination. The process is getting on the pack and loading it up with boots and skis and gear and stuff, then putting said pack on this 12 year olds back and hiking up about a mile to get a few turns. A mile up hill. A mile to find just enough snow to make those necessary turns that he committed to earlier this year.

Sometimes the skiing happens at #Vail or #Breckenridge or #CopperMountain, but in the summer it has happened by earning his turns. I’ve got to believe this process helps create grit in my son! Grit that will help him in get through the tough parts in his life. Grit that he will call upon when he needs to hike that last mile or finish that tough homework assignment. There is nothing as important as having grit, so when Kai tells me about his experience and how it was tough but he did it, I take a deep breath that fills me up inside. I know the process and these experiences will fill him up in the end.

Take Homes from this Adventure:

  • Follow your passion
  • Do it even when it’s tough
  • Enjoy the process
  • Find a way to bond – something you enjoy doing together!

Interested in what a 12 year old can do skiing? Check out this video Kai made of his skiing!

 

Great Boulder Family Hike – Forsythe Canyon

On the look out for a new hike? Check out Forsythe Canyon just up Magnolia Road. Our family went there on a hike recently and it was fantastic! What we liked most about it:

  • Easy access
  • 2 miles round trip
  • Terrain is good for all ages – even the little ones!
  • Waterfall – always good to have something you are heading towards to motivate!
  • Water along the way – including pools where the water cascades over smooth rock and kids can take a dip if they want!
  • Shady – in spots
  • Fun exploring a cave and other side attractions!

Get the full scoop on how to get there and more about the trail – here!

Hiking and Learning and Exploring – Oh My! Natural Selections Offers Family-Friendly Hikes and Educational Opportunities!

IMG_2813Love hiking? Enjoy learning? Want to connect your kids to nature? The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks department offers ongoing nature hikes and educational opportunities throughout the year. These are well run, engaging programs that offer something for everyone – some of their programs are even wheelchair accessible. These programs are family-friendly and so engaging for Boulder Families!

Here is a list of their upcoming August programs:

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These are always free and open to the public. Sometimes you do need to make a reservation, but that is the exception. I have seen many of those programs fill up, so if you like something you see reserve it! You can subscribe to Natural Selections and receive email updates on upcoming events weekly – here. Just go to the pull down menu and select – Natural Selections – and you will be in the know!

Read more about how Natural-Terrain Schoolyards Reduce Children’s Stress Levels – here. This is a great CU study!

Kid-Friendly Bicycle Classics Are Coming Our Way In Boulder!

Boulder is a cycling mecca. Yup, we love our two wheeled friends. If your kids are into cycling then here are two upcoming events you will want to know about- Kids Challenge and Little Buffs. These are both the kids’ version of larger cycling events in Boulder this summer. These both look super fun, so get your kids registered and psyched to get on their bikes! 

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1. Kids Challenge [part of the USA Boulder Pro Challenge] – This one is for kids 11 & under. They meet pros, eat Ben & Jerry’s, get t-shirts and other swag, and have a great time biking around East Pearl. $5 donation suggested. Register here!  Date: August 24, 2014

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2. Little Buffs [Buffalo Bicycle Challenge] – This one is longer. 14 miles around East Boulder. Not sure about swag options – the kids always love the stuff – but I’m sure there will be some! Take a look at the Little Buff course – here. Date: September 7, 2014

I am super excited about these two fun events. Any time we get our kids involved in the community, outdoors, and doing something positive it’s a good thing! Enjoy, Boulder Families!

Boulder Kids Are Being Rewarded For Reading!

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 10.00.48 PMThe Boulder Public Library Summer Reading Program is at it again – encouraging Boulder kids to read during the summer months. The fun has begun at Main Library, George Reynolds Branch Library, Meadows Branch Library, and (new this year!) the NoBo Corner Library.

Want to register your child? Head to any Boulder Public Library to register for Summer Reading, pick up your reading log and get more information about weekly events, including special performers, rewards, and much more. I just noticed that the Whole Foods on Baseline is offering a free cookie for kids [and a free coffee for parents] in the Summer Reading Program – once they read the appropriate number of books. So jump right in & get your kids reading!

This summer’s special performers include:

  • Two full Lego days with Curtis Monk at Main, with showings of Lego movies at three branches.
  • Storyteller Indiana Bones and Denise Gard.
  • Visit with live animals from Perry Conway and Canyon Critters
  • Learn about outer space with the Fiske Planetarium and SpaceTime Inc., and MORE!!

Summer Reading Program Dates:  June 9 – July 18, 2014

All Aboard The TEBO Train!

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Hop Aboard the TEBO Train to cruise along the Pearl Street Mall! Once again this year your child can enjoy the cutest train and best of all it’s FREE! So if you have a young one head over to 1232 Pearl [between Broadway and 11th in front of the Wells Fargo Bank] between 10am and 11:15am to find this notorious train offering rides Monday through Thursdays.

This is a must do for Boulder Families and those visiting Boulder!

Details

What: TEBO Train

Where: 1232 Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

When: Monday through Thursday – 10am to 11:15am

#free #Boulder #getoutside #boulderfamilies

Friday Nights = Free Family-Friendly Evening at the Boulder Elks Pool

ElksFriday nights during the summer are especially magical because of the pool party sponsored by the Elks Pool! If you haven’t been to the Elks you are really missing out! The City of Boulder [and surrounding towns] offer beautiful facilities that are well kept and I appreciate them. But the Elks offers a down to earth pool in their 70’s style space with a high dive and a low dive, kids playing and having fun, and their Friday Night Family-Friendly Pool Parties – after 5.

These Friday Night Family-Friendly Pool Parties are great for the whole gang, free, & they cook up a b.b.q. so you don’t really need to worry about bringing the food – it’s sort of heaven! So bring a blanket, some sun screen, your towel and get ready for a great night!

The Details

Elks Pool – located on the West side of 28th Avenue, North of Iris and South of Jay Rd.

Time – Fridays after 5pm [for the free fun] throughout the summer

See you there…

 

#Free #Boulder #Elks #swimming #getoutdoors #Families

Got Teens? Boulder Teen Film Nexus Offers Fun Teen Night Out!

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.08.21 PM“I’m Bored!” – Ever heard that from your teen? Well here is a great option for your teen Tuesday nights throughout the summer! The Boulder Teen Advisory Board presents a series of 10 films appropriate for teens in middle and high school. The evening includes pizza and snacks before the films. All the films are chosen by teens for teens, so this should be a good run! This is a free event happening every Tuesday night throughout the summer – starting June 3, 2014.

Here is the line up:

  • Frozen
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Ender’s Game
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Life of Pi
  • Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Flipped
  • Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Coraline

Of course if your teen doesn’t want to go to the films you can always use this as a guide to good teen films to watch together at home!

Want more detail on this film series line up click here. Or contact Crystal Niedzwiadek niedzwiadekc@boulderlibrary.org or 303-441-4398

#Boulder #Free #Film #Teens

Family-Friendly Summer Options – Museum Free Days

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 2.18.42 PMThe summer is upon us. Usually I recommend getting the kids outside, but sometimes a day trip to a museum can be just the ticket. Mix it up. Get out of the heat. The listings here are all for FREE Days to some of the big museums around – I know my kids always love going!

2014 Free Days at Local Museums & Events

June

Boulder History Museum: 6/1

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 6/2

Denver Botanic Gardens: 6/3

Denver Art Museum: 6/7

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 6/30

July 

Denver Art Museum: 7/5

Boulder History Museum: 7/6

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 7/20

August

Denver Art Museum: 8/2

Denver Firefighter Museum 8/2

Boulder History Museum: 8/3

Denver Botanic Gardens: 8/4

#boulder #free #freedays #outdoorfamilies #getoutside #whattodo