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! 


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!


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 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


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


Denver Art Museum: 7/5

Boulder History Museum: 7/6

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 7/20


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


Want To Get Your Kids Involved In Community Service? Boulder’s Community Clean-Up Day May Be Just What You’ve Been Looking For!

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 2.44.34 PMOn 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!

How to sign up

  1. Choose a location pdf
  2. Submit the online registration form
  3. Print the volunteer waiver pdf, 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
  • Boulder Creek at 28th Underpass (Painting)
  • Columbia Cemetery
  • Dry Creek (Dog-waste cleanup)
  • Goose Creek & Elmer’s Two Mile Creek Greenway
  • Harlow Platts Park
  • Scott Carpenter
  • 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.

National Kids to Parks Day is May 17, 2014 – What Are You Planning? Here are some great Boulder options…


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!

Where To Go?

What To Do?

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.

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What are you going to do for National Kids to Parks Day?

#getoutside #outdoorfamilies #nationalkidstoparksday #boulder #colorado