Enjoy Family Fun – All Summer Long With Meadow Music

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Hey Boulder Families – Don’t miss out on live, educational, engaging music at Chautauqua this summer! Meadow Music is an award winning environmental education program offered for free in Boulder, Colorado. Join Jeff & Paige for FREE concerts and a hike throughout the summer at Chautauqua. Meadow Music happens most Monday evenings in the summer from June-August.

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Meadow Music Details: Meet at 5:30pm to start a short hike that’s friendly to all ages – Map Here.  The hike takes about 30 minutes because of all the little legs that join it, but all ages should be able to accomplish the task. Along the way we’ll look for our color of the week and at the end our hike we’ll sing a song to bring out our animal of the week–Coyote Bob, Ranger Paula, or The Black Bear…

After the hike you will return to the Chautauqua Green for a concert full of Jeff & Paige’s original nature and science-based music. The concert starts around 6:00pm and ends by about 7:00. Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic and some silliness.

Read more about Meadow Music here.

For a full concert calendar and to plan your next visit to Meadow Music visit the calendar.

#Boulder #Colorado #Getoutdoors

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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!

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

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

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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

Boulder Family Events: December 6 to December 12, 2013

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Family-Friendly Boulder area events for the next week are right here!

Friday, November 6

Saturday, November 7

Sunday, December 8

Monday, December 9

Tuesday, December 10

Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 12

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #thanksgiving

Boulder Family Events: November 29 to December 5, 2013

IMG_3470Happy Day After Thanksgiving! Here are the Family-Friendly Boulder area events for the next week…

 

Friday, November 29

Saturday, November 30

Sunday, December 1

  • FREE Day at the Boulder History Museum

Monday, December 2

Tuesday, December 3

Wednesday, December 4

Thursday, December 5

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #thanksgiving

Boulder Family Events: November 22 to 28, 2013

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Looking for family-friendly events and happenings around Boulder? Check it out right here each Friday!

Friday, November 22

Saturday, November 23

  • Nature for Kids & Parents: Gobble, Gobble. Learn terrific facts about wild turkeys and why they are different from domesticated turkeys! Games and nature activities on this easy hike. Kids ages 5+. 1pm at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage.
  • Panicking Poultry Turkey Trot at the Boulder Reservoir. 5 mile, family-friendly run. 1 mile kids’ run.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Storytime in both English & French. 10:15am at the Main Boulder Library.
  • Boulder Folders. Informal origami workshops for people aged 10 and older or experienced younger folders accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own paper if you have it. 10:15am @ the Main Boulder Library AND 1pm @ George Reynolds Branch Library.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm. It’s still open. Head out to support these great farmers, bakers, and the rest!
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, November 24

  • Switch on the Lights. Head to Downtown Boulder for a holiday performance by the Boulder Chorale as Santa counts down to the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. 1300 Block of Pearl Street. 5pm. Stick around for FREE visits with Santa until 7:00 p.m.

Monday, November 25

  • No School for BVDS students
  • Take your kids on a bike ride at the Valmont Bike Park. This is a fantastic place to take kids of all ages and abilities! There is a play space, flat trails, pump tracks, and plenty to explore for all.
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, November 26

Wednesday, November 27

  • No School for BVDS students
  • Boulder Folders. Informal origami workshops for people aged 10 and older or experienced younger folders accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own paper if you have it. 1pm @ George Reynolds Branch Library.
  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, November 28

  • Happy Thanksgiving! 

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #thanksgiving

Boulder Family Events: November 15 to 21, 2013

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Looking for family-friendly events and happenings around Boulder? Check it out right here each Friday!

Friday, November 15

Saturday, November 16

  • FamilyDance Planet with Amazing DJ Rolf. FamilyDance Planet is transforming family time by offering your family a Saturday morning, active dance party with upbeat grooves that adults and kids can enjoy.  Our music is played live by different DJs each month!  We have a seasonal earth altar that kids help create, so ask your child to pick out an item from nature to put on the earth altar.  We throw in shakers, scarves and yoga mats to encourage creativity and movement.
  • Bilingual French/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Storytime in both English & French. 10:15am at the Main Boulder Library.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, November 17

  • CU Museum of Natural History Presents the Americas Latino Festival. The festival promotes environmental awareness and unites diverse communities for a sustainable future through dialogue on the environment, health, education, culture, and small business entrepreneurship. This will be the first environmental justice Latino themed festival in the United States with novel programming components bridging the gap between academia, K-12 education, arts, policy, business and Latino and non-Latino communities

Monday, November 18

Tuesday, November 19

  • Lap Babies at the Main Boulder LibraryBabies (birth-12 months) and their caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to babies up to 12 months of age; no older children please.

Wednesday, November 20

  • Cruisers & Crawlers at the Main Boulder LibraryCrawlers and beginning toddlers (9-24 months) explore language and books with their caregivers in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to crawlers and beginning toddlers up to 24 months of age; no older children please.
  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, November 21

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #halloween

Boulder Family Events: November 8 to 14, 2013

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Find a listing of fun family-friendly events and happenings around Boulder right here each Friday!

Friday, November 8

Saturday, November 9

  • FREE Day at the Longmont Museum
  • The Liquid Crystal Wizard’s Show. A great CU program teaching kids the love and magic of science! These are free presentations that are always fun. Aimed at kids 5th grade and up, but all welcome! CU’s Duane G1B30 at 9:30am.
  • Dance Bridge Showcase. Fun, free, family dance showcase! Boulder’s annual “Dance is for Every Body!” showcase is a rich harvest of regional dance. Equal parts entertainment and education, the showcases feature local dance groups participating in 5 – 15 minute, family-friendly presentations. The one hour showcase is FREE and open to the public. 3:00pm at the Meadows Branch Library.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Disfrute con sus hijos cuentos, rimas y canciones del segundo, cuarto y (cuando sea aplicable) del quinto sábado del mes. Enjoy stories, rhymes and songs with your children in English and Spanish. 10:15am at the Main Boulder Library.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, November 10

Monday, November 11

  • BVSD Day Off. What are you planning? A day at the Valmont Bike Park? A hike? Time with friends? An art project? 
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, November 12

  • Lap Babies at the Main Boulder LibraryBabies (birth-12 months) and their caregivers explore language and books in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to babies up to 12 months of age; no older children please.

Wednesday, November 13

  • Science Discovery Teen Cafe: Extreme Weather. Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Stimulating conversations with scientists, engineers, and inventors take place in an informal and relaxed setting. Free food is served! 6:00 to 7:30pm. RSVP at the link above.
  • Cruisers & Crawlers at the Main Boulder LibraryCrawlers and beginning toddlers (9-24 months) explore language and books with their caregivers in a fun and intimate setting. Programs include rhymes, songs and books as well as time for free play and informal discussion of early childhood development. Attendance limited to crawlers and beginning toddlers up to 24 months of age; no older children please.
  • Wednesday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Children enjoy stories, songs and more in the Children’s Area.
  • Kids Eat FREE tonight at Wahoo’s!

Thursday, November 14

  •  What’s happening today? 

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #halloween

Boulder Family Events: October 25 to 31, 2013

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Wondering what to do this week? Check out this list of fun family-friendly events and happenings around town!

Friday, October 25

  • Jeepers Creepers–Halloween Fun In Nature! Explore the mysterious worlds of our favorite Open Space and Mountain Parks Halloween creatures, the bat, the bear, the owl and lion. Naturalists will lead you on a short hike around a wild neighborhood from den to roost and perch, where we will share a moment with these costumed creatures of the night. Join in your own costume, with a flashlight for this short hike. You have to register for 1 of  3 hikes. 5:30pm, 6:00pm, or 6:30pm.
    Location provided with registration. Ages 6 and up.
  • Halloween Carnival at the South Boulder Recreation Center. Jumpy house, games, activities, etc. Kids 2-8 y.o. can join in this fun annual event. 3:00 to 5:00pm. Cost is $5. 
  • Pearl Street Stampedes are fun for the whole family. Come out and cheer on the CU Buffs, listen to band music, and get merry. Starts at 7pm in from of the Boulder County Court House. CU vs Arizona. Free.

Saturday, October 26

  • Super Science Saturday at NCAR. People look forward to this event all year long! Be entertained all day with weather balloon launches, science experiments, amazing activity tables, and engaging activities for the whole family. In one of the most amazing locations ever. Free event. All ages. 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Ghost Walk, Ghost Talk. Learn about the haunted happenings in the historic homes on north Mapleton Hill. This is a family-friendly spooky event. Children $8 [5 and under free] 5:30 to 9:00pm. Purchase tickets ahead of time. 
  • Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center’s Enchanted Forest. Meet mountain creatures, tell stories, make crafts, and more. 3:00 to 6:00pm. $6 advanced or $8 at the door. Great for children of all ages.
  • Louisville’s Monster Dash. 1k kid’s race, 5k/10k adult race.
  • Boulder High’s Kid Friendly Haunted House. They turn on the lights, turn down the scare factor and let kids enjoy a fun haunted house experience. 1:00 to 4:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. Meet your farmers, do some artwork, get some lunch. There is always so much going on at the market! 8:00am to 2:00pm.
  • FREE Day at BMoCA. Join them all day to delight in their exhibits or stop by during the Farmer’s Market for a fun kids craft.

Sunday, October 27

  • Ghost Walk, Ghost Talk. Learn about the haunted happenings in the historic homes on north Mapleton Hill. This is a family-friendly spooky event. Children $8 [5 and under free] 5:30 to 9:00pm. Purchase tickets ahead of time.

Monday, October 28

  • Bats, Spiders & Pumpkins–Halloween story time & hike. Celebrate the creepy creatures of Halloween as naturalist Ellen Orleans reads lively picture books at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. Kids join in the fun with foot stomping, arm-flapping, and the color of the week. 3 to 6-year-olds. Wear clothes to match the weather and bring a snack if you like. 10:00am start. 
  • Halloween at the Y. The Arapahoe Y is hosting their annual Halloween Hullabaloo. Venture into the haunted house (not for the timid), enjoy carnival games, explore the cookie forest and light up the night in our new glow-in-the-dark room. Oh, and don’t forget the bone-chilling fun of the ice rink with costumed performances from the Flatirons Figure Skating Club. Free for members and non-members. 5:30 to 7:30pm.
  • Kids Eat FREE: Larkburger & Cafe Mexicali 

Tuesday, October 29

Wednesday, October 30

Thursday, October 31

  • Munchkin Masquerade on the Pearl Street Mall. This is the classic Boulder Halloween event for kids! Join the masses as you walk along Pearl Street stopping into businesses that happily hand out treats. Dress up. Have fun. Great for young kids. 3:00 to 6:00pm.

#getoutside #free #parenting #boulder #colorado #halloween