Boulder Family Events: September 21 to 27, 2012

Boulder Family Events: September 21 to 27, 2012

 

Special Events This Week: Boulder’s Fall Festival, Day Out With Thomas, McGuckin’s Apprentice Series: Make a bird feeder, Touch-A-Truck Day, Family Day at the CU Natural History Museum, + Day Out With Thomas at the Colorado Train Museum.

Friday, September 21

Saturday, September 22

  • Downtown Boulder’s 25th Annual Fall Festival. Tons of events including music, children’s entertainment and carnival. 11:00am to 10:00pm. Free. All ages.
  • Junior Rangers Adventures. Free. Ages 6 to 12. 10:00am to 12:30pm. Register ahead of time here.
  • Colorado Touch-a-Truck Day. Touch and explore many different trucks. If you have a kid that loves vehicles this is a must see. Suggested donation. All ages. 10:00am to 1:00pm.
  • CU Museum of Natural History Family Day. Weather, clouds and cloud forests – water vapor is everywhere. Come explore the invisible form of water that surrounds us all, sustains life and controls the weather here on planet Earth! Create a cloud, Plant a terrarium, Dance your way to an understanding of greenhouse gases and Explore other science and art activities. Free. All ages. 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Saturday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. 10:15am.
  • Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Train Museum. Buy tickets ahead of time–it looks like they are still available. Last weekend.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market.  8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages
  • McGuckin’s Apprentice Series: Homemade Bird Feeders Stop in with your kids to make their very own bird feeder! We will supply the seed, peanut butter, pinecones, or other recycled goods (while supplies last) for you to create and take home your bird feeder. 1:00 to 4:00pm. All ages.

Sunday, September 23

  • Downtown Boulder’s 25th Annual Fall Festival. Tons of events including music, children’s entertainment and carnival. 11:00am to 5:00pm. Free. All ages.
  • Nature for Kids & Parents: Black Bear’s Autumn. Suddenly, summer passes into autumn, the days shorten, the temperature drops.  This is the season that the Black Bear consuming 20,000 calories per day, often feeding beyond the daylight hours, seeking more food than sleep. Meet for an easy hike on the McClintock trail. Free. Ages 6 and up. 1:00 to 3:00pm.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”
  • Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Train Museum. Buy tickets ahead of time–it looks like they are still available. Last weekend.

Monday, September 24

Tuesday, September 25

Wednesday, September 26

  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages.

Thursday, September 27

Upcoming Events:

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Boulder Family Events: September 14 to 20, 2012

Boulder Family Events: September 14 to 20, 2012

Special Events This Week: Movies at the Museum–Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs at CU Natural History Museum, CU Wizards, CU Science Discovery: Fur, Feathers & Fins, Monday Milk Club, Day Out With Thomas, Family Dance Planet, & Boulder Green Streets. 

Friday, September 14

Saturday, September 15

Sunday, September 16

  • Third Annual Boulder Green Streets Ciclovia. Three square blocks of Boulder are transformed into  car-free zones. Check out all the fun activities and events. Free. All ages! 10:00 to 4:00pm.
  • FREE Day at the North Boulder Recreation Center in conjunction with Boulder Green Streets.
  • Tallgrass Fireworks with The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks. Explore the botanical fireworks in a rare, isolated stand of tallgrass prairie with naturalist Dave Sutherland. Everyone welcome. 9:00 to 1:00pm.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”
  • Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Train Museum. Buy tickets ahead of time–it looks like they are still available. This weekend and the next two weekends.

Monday, September 17

  • Monday Milk & Cookies Club @ Becoming Mothers.  The Monday Morning Milk (& cookies). Join other nursing moms and their babies to discuss with Stephanie Moore, RN, BSN, IBCLC whatever questions or concerns you may have about breastfeeding, newborn/infant behavior and early parenting issues. Ongoing club. Free. 11:00 to Noon.
  • Rise and Shine Storytime @ Barnes & Noble. 9:30am. Don’t forget the fun train table!
  • Monday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. All ages. 10:00 to 10:45am.

Tuesday, September 18

  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. Free. 10:15am. Ongoing event.
  • English/Spanish Bilingual Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. 10:15am.
  • Lap Babies Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. Children birth to 12 months. 10:15 to 11:00am. LAP BABIES CANCELLED this week. 
  • Folk Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.

Wednesday, September 19

Thursday, September 20

  • Toddler Time at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Children 18 to 36 months & their caregiver.
Upcoming Events:

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Boulder Family Events: September 7 to 13, 2012

Boulder Family Events: September 7 to 13, 2012

Special Events This Week: Free Day at the Denver Art Museum, Firefly Handmade Market & Little Gypsy Market, Boulder Literacy Story-A-Thon at the Boulder Bookstore, Dinosaur Discovery Days, Day Out With Thomas, Bilingual Storytime at the BPL, &

Lego Club at the George Reynolds Branch Library

Friday, September 7

  • Children’s Storytime at the Main Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Free. Ongoing activity.
  • Family Game Night at Meadows Library. Play some old and some new games for the entire family. 4:30 to 6:30pm. All ages.

Saturday, September 8

  • FREE DAY at Denver Art Museum [Friendship Pow Wow]
  • WOW Museum: Helper Animal Demo with the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center and International Hearing Dog, Inc. Meet a miniature horse and learn how dogs help people who cannot hear. All ages. Free with paid admission. 11:00am.
  • Firefly Handmade Market & Little Gypsy Market [for kid makers]. All handmade, local items. Kid friendly. Free. 11:00 to 9:00pm.
  • Boulder Literacy Story-a-Thon @ The Boulder Bookstore. Featuring many local celebrities such as Jeff Kagen & Congressman Jared Polis who will share their love of reading with young children. This is a fundraiser for Reading Village. All ages. 10:30am.
  • Dinosaur Discovery Days at Dinosaur Ridge [Golden]. Natural Hazards Focus including wildfires, landslides and rockslides, radon gas, tornadoes, volcanoes and volcanic ash, uranium and fallout, swelling soils, and earthquakes. All ages. 10:00 to 2:00pm.
  • Saturday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. 10:15am.
  • Day Out with Thomas at the Colorado Train Museum. Buy tickets ahead of time–it looks like they are still available. This weekend and the next two weekends.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. [Date change due to bike race.] 8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages

Sunday, September 9

Monday, September 10

Tuesday, September 11

  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. Free. 10:15 to 11:00am. Ongoing event.
  • English/Spanish Bilingual Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • Lap Babies Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. Children birth to 12 months. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • Read to the Dog at Meadows Branch Library. Children can reserve a time to read to this friendliest therapy dog. Free. Please call to reserve a space. 3:30 to 5:30pm.
  • Folk Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.

Wednesday, September 12

  • Storytime and Kids Hike: The Secret Life of Leaves. Join OSMP to hear stories and take a kid-friendly hike at Chautauqua. Meet at Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. 9:30 to 10:30am. Free. 3 to 6 year olds and their caregivers.
  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Cruisers & Crawlers at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. 9 to 24 months.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages.

Thursday, September 13

  • Toddler Time at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Children 18 to 36 months & their caregiver.
  • Thursday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. A fun time with kids’ story, music and more. Free. All ages. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • Lego Club at the George Reynolds Library. If your child loves Legos or just wants to see if they do, stop in. No registration required. 4:00 to 6:00pm.
Upcoming Events:

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Hiking With Kids In Colorado

Tips for hiking with kids in Colorado

This originally came from a great blog post on Mile High Mamas by guest blogger, hiker and author, Maureen Keilty. Here is a portion of the content of that post. For the full post go here

After more than two decades of hiking with her own son and his friends and writing several guidebooks on hiking with kids in two states, Maureen Keilty has become a bit of an expert on the subject. Here are her suggestions for making the experience the best possible. For more, check out her guide, “Best Hikes with Kids Colorado” (The Mountaineers Books).

Be safe and pack smart. Start early, know what to do in a lightning storm and carry sunscreen. Bring the “10 essentials” — a list of which can be found in the guide as well as at the Colorado Mountain Club’s website at cmc.org — along with snacks, toilet paper and a plastic bag, a whistle for kids to carry in case they get separated and rain gear.

Bring a buddy. “Kids are naturally competitive, and you can use this to your advantage,” Keilty says. “They will try to outdo each other in terms of not getting tired or staying on the trail.” They also will keep each other motivated and interested in their surroundings.

Set small, easily obtainable goals. Things as simple as a reward for getting to the next switchback or going for 10 minutes before lunch. “Games such as, ‘Does anybody see anything pink that matches my shirt,’ things like that,” Keilty says. “It keeps them away from, ‘I’m getting tired, I hate this.’ The key is to keep them from starting to say that in the first place.”

Discourage sitting. “Once they start, it’s hard to get them back up again,” she says. “It’s energy-draining, and the more they’re going to start feeling lazy and think, ‘OK, I can just keep sitting here.” Motivate movement with games and rewards for meeting goals, and stand at rest stops and water breaks.

Stay enthusiastic. If you aren’t excited, they won’t be either. When your kid finds something they are interested in, respond in kind. “I was up on a trail recently and a little girl had found a banana slug,” Keilty said. “I think they’re really gross, but I was like, wow, look at that, can you find its ear, how does it move?”

Look for hiking areas with nature centers for younger kids. Nature centers are becoming “more sophisticated,” Keilty says. “They’re like going to cartoons these days, as an adult… we love them as much as they do.” When kids tire of the trail, they can cool off, mess around with interactive exhibits and use the restrooms.

Keilty also listed her top hikes in Colorado in the same blog:

TOP COLORADO HIKES WITH KIDS

METRO

Inner Canyon-Lake Gulch Loop, Castlewood Canyon State Park, Franktown

Why: It’s got year-round appeal, it’s a loop, and it’s close to both Colorado Springs and Denver. “It’s a boulder-scrambling, pond-probing, quiet canyon getaway,” Keilty says. “It’s got a little historic feature, an old dam, a great nature center, and this stream that pools, so it’s really fun to explore.” She adds that the canyon walls are warm in the winter and offer shade in the summer.parks.state.co.us/parks/castlewoodcanyon, 303-688-5242

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City

Why: Also year-round, this hiking oasis in the former chemical-manufacturing complex offers a wide variety of options, from the “incredible” nature center to multiple loop hiking options and a lake where kids can “walk” on water. “It’s a floating walkway that’s just amazing,” Keilty says. “Kids just love it.”fws.gov/rokymountainarsenal, 303-289-0930

Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan

Why: Still close to the metro area, this picturesque and unique area to the east of Colorado Springs is described by Keilty as looking like “rainbow sherbet melting into the prairie.” She explains that it’s called the Paint Mines because American Indians would use the rocks to make paint. “This is a place where hiking is time-sensitive,” she says. “In late May, right around dawn, pulling up here is just magical. The temperature, the colors, it’s so intense.” elpasoco.com/parks, 719-520-6375

CENTRAL
Rifle Falls State Park, Rifle Falls

Why: Located midway between Grand Junction and Eagle, the Coyote Trail here is a showcase of waterfalls. “You walk over this suspended walkway, and the kids can hang out over the waterfall and look down,” Keilty says. “It’s so cool.” She adds that this is an ideal destination for beginning campers, because the campground here is “very civilized,” and the nature center and fishing are top-notch. parks.state.co/us/riflefalls, 970-625-1607

NORTH

Bear Lake-Glacier Gorge Loop Trails, Rocky Mountain National Park

Why: Keilty calls these her answer to the question, “Hey, we’re going to Rocky Mountain National Park, so what should we do there?” She believes these are the best of the best in the park for kids: they offer waterfalls, ponds, a “Japanese-style view of trees over a foggy, misty pond.” nps.gov/romo, 970-586-1206

Chapungu Sculpture Park, Loveland

Why: It’s the most unusual of all the hikes in the book, and possibly the state — a mall-side trail lined with stone sculptures from Zimbabwe. “They’re really fun-looking, imagination-provoking statues,” Keilty says. “They placed them in different kinds of settings. I just figured, that’s kind of unusual, the kind of hike people can only do with their kids.” chapungusculpturepark.com, 970-461-8020

State Forest State Park, Gould

Why: One of her top favorites in the state, Keilty points out that this one is “way out there.” West of Fort Collins, it’s still a popular spot year-round, a 71,000-acre park with “so much going on there,” she says. “I was stunned. They have a great visitor center, where you can be nose-to-nose with a stuffed moose, then go out and spot a real one.” The park also offers fishing and camping (yurts, too), as well as an elaborate geocaching program. “Plus it’s a great winter destination,” she adds. parks.state.co.us/parks/stateforest, 970-723-8366

WEST/SOUTHWEST

Mica Mine, Grand Junction

Why: “We went to this desert canyon in the middle of July and lucked out on this one,” Keilty says. “It’s like diamonds. That’s isinglass, and it even looks like snow in some places.” There are stream crossings and a cave in this extremely kid-friendly place. blm.gov/co, 970-244-3000

Sharkstooth Trail to Centennial Peak, San Juan National Forest

Why: It’s hard to get to, but the name alone usually gets kids excited. The trail passes mini waterfalls and takes you to a mining camp; it also offers views of Mesa Verde National Park and Sleeping Ute Mountain at the summit. “The summit is pretty easy, and it’s got this grand panorama,” Keilty says. “It’s worth getting to, because there are so many options and so many appeals, and the trail is really well designed.”fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan, 970-882-7296

Highland Mary Lakes Trail, Weminuche Wilderness

Why: One of Keilty’s top picks for a family overnighter, Highland Mary Lakes can take one night or two, and it’s a toss-up as to whether you’ll see more elk or wildflowers. “You’re up on this broad tundra, and the lakes and streams and flowers, wow,” says Keilty. “This is an ‘oh, I just love it up there’ kind of place.” fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan, 970-247-4874

Boulder Family Events: August 31 to September 6, 2012

Boulder Family Events: August 31 to September 6, 2012

Special Events This Week: Blue Moon Night Walk, Pearl Street Stampede, Free Day at the Denver Art Museum, Boulder Hometown Fair, Free Day at Boulder History Museum, Free Day at Denver Children’s Museum

Friday, August 31

  • Children’s Storytime at the Main Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Free. Ongoing activity.
  • Family Game Night at Meadows Library. Play some old and some new games for the entire family. 4:30 to 6:30pm. All ages.
  • Blue Moon Night Walk with OSMP. 7:30 to 9:00pm. Free. Ages 6+
  • Pearl Street Stampede. Join in the fun and support CU by bringing the whole family out to cheer on the CU Buffs, listen to the marching band, and have just enjoy a night out on Pearl Street. CU vs. CSU. Free. All ages. Starts at 7:00pm in front of the Boulder County Court House.

Saturday, September 1

  • FREE DAY at Denver Art Museum
  • French/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Free. All ages.
  • Boulder Hometown Fair. This eclectic event is mellower than Boulder Creek Fest, so in many ways better for families. There are kids’ activities, a fun run, music & performances, food, vendors and much more. 9/1 through 9/3. Free. All ages.
  • Home Depot Children’s Builders Workshop. Drop by the Boulder store and your kids can create something of their own. These are fun workshops that kids love! Free. 9:00 to Noon.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. [Date change due to bike race.] 8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages
  • Bats under the Moon Join OSMP naturalists for a full moon hike to look for bats and hear about how bats live, feed, fly and more. Hike location will be given when you register.  Call 303-441-3440 with number in your group, & your contact information before Friday at 5 pm to pre-register.
  • Twenty Ninth Street Live! Free, outdoor venue. 6:15 to 10:00pm.

Sunday, September 2

  • FREE Day at the Boulder History Museum.
  • Boulder Hometown Fair. This eclectic event is mellower than Boulder Creek Fest, so in many ways better for families. There are kids’ activities, a fun run, music & performances, food, vendors and much more. 9/1 through 9/3. Free. All ages.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”

Monday, September 3

Tuesday, September 4

Wednesday, September 5

  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Cruisers & Crawlers at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. 9 to 24 months.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Valmont Bike Park Family Rides. Bring the bikes and the family for fun rides on the amazing terrain at Boulder’s coolest bike park. All ages. 4:00 to 6:00pm. Free.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages.

Thursday, September 6

  • Storytime and Kids Hike. Join OSMP to hear stories and take a kid-friendly hike at Chautauqua. Meet at Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. 9:30 to 10:30am. Free. 3 to 6 year olds and their caregivers.
  • Toddler Time at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Children 18 to 36 months & their caregiver.
  • Thursday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. A fun time with kids’ story, music and more. Free. All ages. 10:15 to 11:00am.
Upcoming Events:

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Boulder Family Events: August 24 to 30, 2012

Boulder Family Events: August 24 to 30, 2012

Special Events This Week: Festival On Main, FREE Day at the Botanic Gardens, Boulder JCC free demos, & the East End 2k race.

Friday, August 24

  • Children’s Storytime at the Main Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Free. Ongoing activity.
  • Just Between Friends Sale. Consign or buy used kids’ gear and maternity clothing at this huge sale. Get rid of some of the things you don’t use and pick up with you need. 8/22 to 28.
  • Festival On Main. Head to Longmont’s signature summer event. Food, drink, performers, and much more. Free. All ages. 6:00 to 9:00pm.
  • Family Game Night at Meadows Library. Play some old and some new games for the entire family. 4:30 to 6:30pm. All ages.

Saturday, August 25

  • Boulder Main Library is closed today. 
  • USAPro Challenge Bike Race is in town today.
  • Twenty Ninth Street Live! brings Great American Taxi to the mall. Free, outdoor venue. 6:15 to 10:00pm.

Sunday, August 26

  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. [Date change due to bike race.] 8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”

Monday, August 27

Tuesday, August 28

  • FREE DAY at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Free. All ages.
  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. Free. 10:15 to 11:00am. Ongoing event.
  • Folk Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.

Wednesday, August 29

  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Valmont Bike Park Family Rides. Bring the bikes and the family for fun rides on the amazing terrain at Boulder’s coolest bike park. All ages. 4:00 to 6:00pm. Free.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages.
  • Try a Free FamilySong Class with Kristin McLean of FamilyDance Planet. This is a trial at the Boulder Jewish Community Center. Birth to 5yrs. 10:30 to 11:00am. RSVP to beth@boulderjcc.org to reserve a spot.

Thursday, August 30

  • Storytime and Kids Hike. Join OSMP to hear stories and take a kid-friendly hike at Chautauqua. Meet at Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. 9:30 to 10:30am. Free. 3 to 6 year olds and their caregivers.
  • Thursday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. A fun time with kids’ story, music and more. Free. All ages. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • Signing Smart Baby Sign Language Demo class at the Boulder JCC. 6mo to 2yrs. Free. 11:45 to 12:15pm. RSVP to Beth@boulderjcc.org.
  • East End 2k. Non-competitive 1k fun run for kids under 11. Don’t forget to register.
Upcoming Events:

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Boulder Family Events: August 17 to August 23, 2012

Pearl Street Mall Kids’ Rock Area

August 17 to August 23, 2012

Listed here are some great family events. Most are free. They are all opportunities to be together as a family and engage your kids of all ages. HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

Special Events This Week: Flick & Float, Lafayette Peach Festival, FREE Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Kids Gone Fishing, All That Glistens Is Not Gold, & Princess Bride at Boulder Outdoor Cinema.

Friday, August 17

Saturday, August 18

  • French/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Join Marie for delightful stories in French. Free. All ages. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • Flick & Float: The Lorax. Join the City of Boulder to float lazily in the pool and watch The Lorax. Entry at 7pm. Movie starts at dusk. $10/family of 4. All ages.
  • Kids Gone Fishing. Join Boulder County Open Space to teach your kid[s] how to fish. Kids will run through different learning stations and leave with confidence and experience to continue fishing. Registration required–link on site. Free. Ages 5 to 15. 9:00 to Noon.
  • All That Glistens Is Not Gold. Try your hand at gold panning with Boulder County Open Space. Registration required–link on site. Free. All ages. 11:00 to Noon.
  • Lafayette Peach Festival. Enjoy everything peach at this fun family-friendly event. Includes concerts, food, face painting, activities, etc. Free. All ages. 9:00 to 4:00pm.
  • Boulder Outdoor Cinema presents Princess Bride. This is such a fun, outdoor, evening event for the whole family.
  • Children’s Saturday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. Ongoing activity.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages
  • Home Depot: Kids Building Project. Join the folks at Home Depot to create a new craft. Always hands on and the kids keep their project. Free. 9:00 to Noon.

Sunday, August 19

  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”

Monday, August 20

Tuesday, August 21

  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. Free. 10:15 to 11:00am. Ongoing event.
  • Folk Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.

Wednesday, August 22

  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Storytime and Kids Hike. Join OSMP to hear stories and take a kid-friendly hike at Chautauqua. 9:30 to 10:30am. Free. 3 to 6 year olds and their caregivers.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Valmont Bike Park Family Rides. Bring the bikes and the family for fun rides on the amazing terrain at Boulder’s coolest bike park. All ages. 4:00 to 6:00pm. Free.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages.
  • Just Between Friends Sale. Consign or buy used kids’ gear and maternity clothing at this huge sale. Get rid of some of the things you don’t use and pick up with you need. 8/22 to 28.

Thursday, August 23

Upcoming Events:
  • Kids Races in Boulder: August 30. Lengths vary, but these are just pure fun for families! Click the link to find out how to register and more information.

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Boulder Family Events: August 10 to August 16, 2012

August 10 to August 16, 2012

Listed here are some great family events. Most are free. They are all opportunities to be together as a family and engage your kids of all ages. HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

Special Events: Aladdin performed at Rocky Mtn Theater for Kids, Asian Aloha Festival, Dr. Noize in Concert, Fairy Tale Festival, & FREE Day at Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Friday, August 10

Saturday, August 11

Sunday, August 12

Monday, August 13

  • Rise and Shine Storytime @ Barnes & Noble. 9:30am. Don’t forget the fun train table!
  • Children’s Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • International Summer Celebration at the Main Boulder Library. This is an international celebration with storytelling, dance performances, and music from a variety of countries. 11:00am.
  • Meadow Music. This is a treat for families and includes live music and nature education. Consider bringing a picnic and enjoy the show. Ages 2 to 8 [but all ages are welcome!]. 5:30 to 6:45pm at Chautauqua

Tuesday, August 14

  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Ongoing event.
  • Read to the Dog at Meadows Branch Library. Please call ahead to reserve a time to read to this gentle dog [15 minute blocks]. Kids love it! 3:30 to 5:30pm.
  • Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.
  • Walker Ranch Family-Friendly Sunset Hike. Join Boulder County Parks & Open Space for a beautiful  hike. Volunteer naturalists will interpret each park’s history, geology, ecosystems, wildlife, and plants. Bring your family and friends to enjoy an evening exploring your local parks. 6:30 to 8:30pm. Free. All ages.

Wednesday, August 15

  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Storytime and Kids Hike. Join OSMP to hear stories and take a kid-friendly hike at Chautauqua. 9:30 to 10:30am. Free. 3 to 6 year olds and their caregivers.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Valmont Bike Park Family Rides. Bring the bikes and the family for fun rides on the amazing terrain at Boulder’s coolest bike park. All ages. 4:00 to 6:00pm. Free.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages
  • Band on the Bricks on Pearl: A different band each week will rock Pearl Street! This is an ongoing event each Weds night throughout the summer. All ages. 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Thursday, August 16

Upcoming Events:
  • Kids Races in Boulder: August 30. Lengths vary, but these are just pure fun for families! Click the link to find out how to register and more information.

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

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Boulder Family Events: August 3 to August 9, 2012

This Weeks Special Events: Free Days at Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum, Boulder History Museum, & Children’s Museum of Denver; Boulder Historic Train Unveiling; Boulder County Fair; Boulder Outdoor Cinema–The Muppets; Pearl Street Mile Race; & The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

Friday, August 3

Saturday, August 4

  • City of Boulder’s Historic Train Unveiling at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Come see Boulder’s restored locomotive, coach & caboose. FREE admission to the museum for Boulder residents. 10:00 to Noon. All ages.
  • FREE Day at the Denver Art Museum. Free. All ages. All day.
  • Bears, Bears, Bears! It’s black bear season! Join OSMP for a moderate hike to learn what bears are up to this time of year? Are they dangerous? How do I know if one is close by? Learn all about these fascinating animals, including what motivates them, what we can learn from them, and how to behave around them.  Meet at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage. Free. All ages. 8:00 to 10:30am.
  • French/English Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free.
  • Home Depot Kids Club. Kids can stop by the stores to build something of their own. The themes change every week. 1st/3rd Saturday each month. Free. All ages. 9 to Noon.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages
  • Twenty Ninth Street Live! Opening band at 6:15pm. Main band at 7:30pm. This is a fun family-friendly event!
  • Boulder County Fair runs through Sunday, August 4. There are many free events for families. More information here.
  • Boulder Outdoor Cinema bring The Muppets to Boulder tonight.

Sunday, August 5

  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”
  • Boulder County Fair‘s final day. There are many free events for families. More information here.
  • FREE Day at Boulder History Museum. All ages.
  • The Gustafer Yellowgold Show at the Main Boulder Library. International phenomenon and acclaimed by The New York Times, which described Gustafer as “A cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations,and storytelling. Free. All ages. 1:00pm & 3:00pm shows.

Monday, August 6

Tuesday, August 7

  • FREE Day at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Free. All ages. 4:00 to 8:00pm.
  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Ongoing event.
  • Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.

Wednesday, August 8

  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Valmont Bike Park Family Rides. Bring the bikes and the family for fun rides on the amazing terrain at Boulder’s coolest bike park. All ages. 4:00 to 6:00pm. Free.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages
  • Band on the Bricks on Pearl: A different band each week will rock Pearl Street! This is an ongoing event each Weds night throughout the summer. All ages. 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Thursday, August 9

Upcoming Events:
  • Kids Race August 30. Lengths vary, but these are just pure fun for families! Click the link to find out how to register and more information.
  • Fairy Tale Festival at Kids Row August 11. Fairy parade, face painting, & other fun for the kids.

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

#families, #free, #boulder, #events, #boulderfamilies #August

Boulder Family Events: July 27 to August 2, 2012

Summer Feet!

July 27 to August 2, 2012

Listed here are some great family events. Most are free. They are all opportunities to be together as a family and engage your kids of all ages. HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

This Weeks Special Events: Walker Ranch Summer Heritage Day, Noon Tunes Puppet Show, Sketch & Stroll with OSMP, & The Boulder County Fair Opens

Friday, July 27

Saturday, July 28

  • Children’s Saturday Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. Free. Ongoing activity.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 8:00 to 2:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 8:00am to 2:00pm. All ages
  • Twenty Ninth Street Live! presents Chris Daniels & The Kings at 29th Street Mall. Opening band at 6:15pm. Main band at 7:30pm. This is a fun family-friendly event!

Sunday, July 29

  • Walker Ranch Summer Heritage Day. See costumed volunteers demonstrating chores and activities of ranch life. Your family can participate in many old fashioned chores and activities. Free. 10:00 to 4:00pm.
  • Go Club for Kids & Teens at the Main Boulder Library. 2:00 to 5:30pm. Ages 5 and up. Free. “Learn to play the ancient and mysterious game of Go.”
  • The Taming of the Shrew is brought into the modern day by the Longmont Theater and presented at the Community Park in Louisville, so bring a picnic and pull up some grass for the whole family to watch a fun performance. Free. All ages. 4:00pm.

Monday, July 30

  • Rise and Shine Storytime @ Barnes & Noble. 9:30am. Don’t forget the fun train table!
  • Children’s Storytime at the Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:00am.
  • No Meadow Music this week. This is a treat for families and includes live music and nature education. Consider bringing a picnic and enjoy the show. Ages 2 to 8 [but all ages are welcome!]. 5:30 to 6:45pm at Chautauqua

Tuesday, July 31

  • Children’s Storytime at George Reynolds Branch Library. 10:15 to 11:00am. Ongoing event.
  • Sketch and Stroll with OSMP. Take a stroll and sketch nature on this easy hike, suitable for families. Free. Ages 7+.
  • Dance for Children [and the Whole Family]! Participatory dance program for children of all ages and their parents! A fun way to learn dances from around the world, find out what young folks like in other countries. Outside on the Plaza beside the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th (between Arapahoe & Canyon) in Boulder. Free. All ages. 6:15 to 7:00pm. Ongoing activity.

Wednesday, August 1

  • Boulder County Fair opens today and runs through Sunday, August 4. There are many free events for families. More information here.
  • Wednesday Storytime @ Main Boulder Library. 10:15 to 11:30am. Free. Ongoing.
  • Family Garden Story and Song Time with Kristin at Barnes and Nobles. Free. All ages. 1:00pm.
  • Boulder Farmer’s Market. 4:00 to 8:00pm. 13th Street between Arapahoe & Canyon Blvd. Great opportunity for families to purchase locally grown produce, eat delicious food, listen to live music and so much more! A Boulder kids’ favorite.
  • Valmont Bike Park Family Rides. Bring the bikes and the family for fun rides on the amazing terrain at Boulder’s coolest bike park. All ages. 4:00 to 6:00pm. Free.
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts [BMOCA] Check out Art Stop which provides FREE guided art activities for kids on Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market. I have heard that they have a space where you can throw a cup at the wall. Kids love it! 4:00 to 8:00pm. All ages
  • Band on the Bricks on Pearl: A different band each week will rock Pearl Street! This is an ongoing event each Weds night throughout the summer. All ages. 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Thursday, August 2

  • Children’s Storytime at Boulder Public Library. 10:15 to 11:00. Free. Ongoing activity.
  • Grand Rabbits Playdate. Ages 2 to 6 join with their peers for a playdate replete with a different theme each week. Free. 10:30 to 11:15am. Caregivers required to stay.
  • Boulder County Fair’s Young Guns Kids’ Rodeo. Kids enjoy the fun atmosphere of this kid oriented rodeo. They can enter the stick pony pull or the goat tail pull for a small entry fee. Kids under 5 are free, the rest need tickets [$5 to $15]. 6:00pm.
Upcoming Events:
  • Kids Races in Boulder: August 9, August 30. Lengths vary, but these are just pure fun for families! Click the link to find out how to register and more information.

Please let me know of any upcoming events that should be listed here. I am happy to include your free, low cost or unusual event in Boulder Family listing of weekly events. You can reach me at Boulder4Families@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

#families, #free, #boulder, #events, #boulderfamilies #July #August