Stapleton Moms recently learned about the Hand-Up HandBags Drive during the month of May that collects stuffed purses and handbags for women who are victims of domestic abuse or homeless, mostly mothers, to help give them a hand up. Please help with this marvelous effort! [ read more ]
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Summer Camp for Kids who Code

[ Friday, May 27, 2016 | 0 comments ]
Is your kiddo a budding coder? CodeSpire is offering summer camps in Lowry during July and August for 6th-9th graders. Early bird discounts still available!

Be more than a consumer - be a creator and a maker! Kids will code and create:
  • Apps
  • Games
  • Robot controllers
  • Circuitry
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

2016 Summer Camps:

Intro to Coding— Week 1
We will explore multiple computer coding languages, creating unique projects as we learn.

We will explore the similarities and differences between different coding languages, learn elements of coding design, and discover which applications to use for best uses. Some that we will explore: AppShed, Arduino, JavaScript, Mindstorms, Python, Scratch. Students will also engage in off computer physical activities and hands-on peripherals to explore coding concepts.

July 18-22, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Activity #CS101
Aug 1-5, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Activity #CS201

Coding— Deep Dive —Week 2
Students will move deeper into different languages explored in Week 1, and develop more sophisticated applications uniquely suited to different program languages.

Students will work on unique student projects, with presentations at completion of the class. Completed projects will be posted on the website at the completion of class.

July 25-29, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Activity #CS102
Aug 8-12, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Activity #CS202

Camps will focus on coding – with lots of time for hands-on activities away from the computer screen. Campers will work with robots, circuit boards, apps for phones – all ways to put coding into practice! We’ll get a little time outdoors each day weather permitting – and do physical games that promote coding while burning off a little energy! Breaks for snacks and stretching will be interspersed throughout the day.

More Details

Ages: 10-15 / Grades: 6th-9th
Tuition: $795/student each week full days OR $395/student half days
Act Now: $200 Special Discount (to May 31) = $595/student per week

2 Week Package Price = $1,110 for both weeks ($555/week)
#CS401—July 18-29 or #CS402—Aug 1-12

July at Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver, CO 80220
August at Center for Urban Education, 1059 Alton Way, #758, Denver, CO 80230

Learn more or register online at
3401 Quebec St, #5010
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See Broadway musical Once this week at the Denver Center

[ Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 0 comments ]
The Broadway musical Once is playing at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts this week at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Haven't heard of Once yet? You will. Check out this great review from the In Good Taste Denver blog.

View more photos from the show here.

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights...but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

What:  Once
When:  May 24–29, 2016
Where:  Denver Center for the Performing Arts – The Ellie (1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204)
Cost:  Tickets start at $30 at
Run Time:  Approx. 2 hours plus 20 minute intermission
Age Recommendation:  Contains some adult language; recommended for 10+

Check out this montage from the show - so fun! I wish I could dance, sing, AND play an instrument at the same time like this cast can...

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Bigger Better Bladium!

[ Monday, May 23, 2016 | 0 comments ]
We've all been wondering what's happening with all the construction over at Bladium, and now we have answers!

Bladium Sports & Fitness club just announced a major expansion of its facilities, and now offers more than 83,000 square feet of fitness and fun for the whole family!

For kids, there is a NEW dedicated Inflatable Fun Zone., which has more than 5,000 sq.ft. of bouncy fun, including eight jumpees, a soft play area for the little ones, and a parents’ relaxation zone. The Fun Zone is open daily, and is also available for exclusive bookings for birthday parties. Birthday party options have also expanded, with a new dedicated turfed outdoor area perfect for summer water slide birthday parties.

For adults, Bladium CrossFit now boasts a dedicated indoor workout space of 5,500 square feet, plus another 10,000 square feet of outdoor space. The generous workout area features a new weight lifting area, spacious WOD (Workout Of the Day) area, and plenty of open mobility space. Members have plenty of area to push themselves to the fullest during their workout, both indoors and out. New equipment also continues to be added.  Bladium CrossFit not only offers more space, but more options including 60+ yoga, spin, and other group exercise classes in the club Fitness Center. The facilities also include a newly opened a bar & cafe, and offer endless fun for kids with childcare options while you work out!

On the sports side, a third indoor soccer field has also been added, which means greater capacity for kids' summer camps, kids' sports classes, and adult soccer leagues. For basketball and volleyball lovers, the newly minted dual-purpose basketball/ volleyball court is now available for open use (when not reserved) or can be booked for exclusive rental.

Club hours are 5:00 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, and 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. Bladium Sports & Fitness club is located at 2400 Central Park Blvd, Denver, CO 80238.  For more information on kids programs or fitness memberships, contact Todd O’Hair at

See you at Bladium!

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Support Women in Crisis through the Hand-Up HandBags Drive this month

[ Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Stapleton Moms recently learned about the Hand-Up HandBags Drive during the month of May that collects stuffed purses and handbags for women who are victims of domestic abuse or homeless, mostly mothers, to help give them a hand up. To learn more about this fantastic program, visit the event page or check out their press release below.

Please help with this marvelous effort!

Local organizations The Family Tree and The Family Room announced the launch of Hand-Up HandBags: Purses With a Purpose to collect gently used or new purses and handbags stuffed with toiletries, books and personal items. The bags will be donated to The Family Tree program participants, typically mothers homeless due to domestic violence.

The program runs through the end of May to celebrate mothers throughout the month and in honor of Mother’s Day. Most needed and desired items include:
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap/Lotion
  • Brushes/Combs/Hair Ties
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Razors/Shaving Cream
  • Makeup/Jewelry (everyone deserves something fun too!)
  • Toys/Diapers
  • Gift cards to Office Depot (to make copies for resumes, etc.)
  • Gift cards in General (food, especially)
  • Band Aids/First Aid Items/Cough Drops/Ibuprofen
  • Diva cups/Feminine Products
  • Books/Pens/Magazines

Purses can be dropped off at several locations:

Drop-Off Times
The Family Room (Patience Bleskan)
6279 W 38th Ave #1
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
10am - 2pm
Monday - Saturday
The Sol Shine
(Dannie Huggins)
1501 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211
11am - 5pm
Every Day, Monday - Sunday
Second Star to the Right
4353 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
10am - 4:30pm
Every Day, Monday - Sunday
Treasure Trunk Thrift Store
5892 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80212
Every Day, Monday - Sunday
Bon Bon Salon (in Phenix Suites)
10160 W. 50th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO
Call Ahead
Essence Laser & Wellness Center
4855 Ward Road. #300
Wheat Ridge, CO
Call Ahead
Carly's Boutique
7401 Grandview Ave
Arvada, CO
Call Ahead
The Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center of Arvada
7401 Grandview Ave
Arvada, CO
Call Ahead

About The Family Room:
The Family Room is located at 6279 West 38th Avenue, Suite 1 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The community hub is a spot for parents and parental figures to gather, learn and meet new friends. They offer groups, classes and workshops to support parents from conception to kindergarten, professional development for entrepreneurs in the family industry, wellness classes such as yoga, massage and meditation, and more. Their entire class and workshop roster can be found here.

The Family Room also houses The Family Room Access Organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to extend inclusivity to all families, no matter their color, size, shape or sex. The nonprofit side is established to bring educational programs to the center and provide low-cost and pro bono services based on availability. Various events and philanthropic activities are announced throughout the year. For more information:

About The Family Tree:
The Family Tree is the only non-profit organization in the Denver metro area working to address the interconnectedness among child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and homelessness.  
Within the last year, Family Tree provided services to nearly 24,000 people in the Denver metro area. Family Tree administers an array of direct services to those affected by these issues including: in-depth and comprehensive case management, emergency residential care, housing and rental assistance, education and employment guidance, crisis hotlines, along with ancillary support to connect clients with vital community-based resources to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Family Tree also operates both a domestic violence crisis line and homelessness hotline.
The Hand Up Bag program supports Family Tree’s Women in Crisis residential facility.  If you or someone you know needs help call the Family Tree Domestic Violence Crisis Line 303-420-6752.
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Help Cure Kids' Cancer with Brent's Place on July 30 with a Family Fun Walk!

[ Monday, May 16, 2016 | 0 comments ]

Having a kid get cancer is a parent's worst nightmare. Join more then 1,000 participants for the 28th annual Kid's Cure for Cancer Family Fun Walk to help find a cure.

This family friendly event is the signature event of Brent's Place and includes a fun walk through the gorgeous Anschutz Medical Campus complete with an obstacle course, a DJ zone with music and dancing, a water zone with sprinklers and water slides, and a ball house! Finish the walk at the perfectly sized General's Park with a live band, free pancake breakfast, and kid's village of activities and games.

          What:  A fun family event to benefit the families of Brent's Place
          When:  Saturday, July 30th
          Where:  General's Park, 1561 N Quentin Street, Aurora, CO

Donn and Linda Eley started Brent's Place in 1998 as a tribute to their son, Brent, who was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with a fast-growing malignant cancer and had nowhere to stay while undergoing six months of bone marrow transplants. Brent's Place is a non-profit organization that provides clean, free housing to families with children undergoing similar immune-compromising treatments at Children's Hospital.

While this event is a fundraiser, there is no registration or participation fee and all are encouraged to come even without donating or fundraising to get to know more about Brent's Place and the families staying there. Come join the fun and help eradicate cancer! Read the full story »