Love 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:
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!
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!
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!
The 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
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!
Friday 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!
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
“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:
Oz the Great and Powerful
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Life of Pi
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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!
The 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!
On May 17, 2014 there is an opportunity to help clean up Boulder by removing trash, waste and recyclables, restoring flood damaged underpasses, and pulling weeds from parks, greenways and trails. You pick the location and on-site project leaders will provide direction and supplies! The projects run from 8:30am to Noon.
A great opportunity for families!
The structure is provided so all you need to do is bring the kids and get them involved in enhancing our community!
You get to do a community service project together as a family
The kids get to feel a sense of pride and ownership of a park
Enjoy an ice cream social afterwards to celebrate!
Print the volunteer waiver, sign it and bring it with you on Community Cleanup Day!
In appreciation for your contribution, you are welcome to join us for a free ice cream social and a free pool day as well as fun activities for Kid’s to Parks Day at Scott Carpenter Park after the cleanup. All cleanup
participants will receive a one-day pass to the Boulder Reservoir and be entered into a prize drawing.
Register online or by phone, 303-413-7245 by Wednesday, May 14. Day of event registration is from
8 to 8:30 a.m. at Scott Carpenter Park.
Volunteers will choose from 11 locations around Boulder:
Bear Creek Greenway
Bear Creek Greenway at Martin Drive Underpass (Painting )
Boulder Creek at 28th Underpass (Painting)
Dry Creek (Dog-waste cleanup)
Goose Creek & Elmer’s Two Mile Creek Greenway
Harlow Platts Park
Skunk Creek Greenway
Valmont City Park
Para mayor información o ayuda en Español, o si usted necesita alguna parte de este documento traducida, por favor comuníquese al 303-441-1905.
We live in Boulder so most of us get out kids outside on a regular basis. But hey, May 17, 2014 is a National Kids to Park Day. So lets get outside and help support a great national effort to get outdoors more! Maybe think about heading to a park you have not been to. Or doing something you have not done. Or just making the time to go together as a family. Whatever your reason here are some ideas of where to go. what to do, and why do it.
The National Park Trust is asking people to pledge to get to a park on National Kids to Park Day: Take The Pledge Here!
Why Get Kids Outside?
Getting outdoors benefits the body, mind & spirit! When you are outdoors at a park you are moving your body and getting exercise, taking in some vitamin D, laughing, and enjoying time together. There is research showing that being outdoors can do everything from reducing ADHD symptoms, increasing test scores, etc… [You can find more details here at the National Wildlife Federation's website] But we know that being outside just increases our overall wellbeing. Get outside. You will get something from the experience!
There is always something to do at your local park or on a hike. Think about bringing a picnic and making sure you gage what you do to ensure your children have fun out there. There are a few things the City of Boulder’s Open Space & Mountain Parks is planning for National Kids to Parks Day on May 17, 2014, which sound really fun for the whole family! More details here.
What are you going to do for National Kids to Parks Day?