Guest author Mindee Forman tells us about her family's spring break road trip to New Mexico on a quest to find art. As a bonus, the gallery she visited is offering a free poster valued at $50-60 to Stapleton Moms readers! [ read more ]
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Doors Open Denver Offers Free Events/Activities April 29-30

[ Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 0 comments ]
The 13th annual Doors Open Denver, the premier event showcasing the richness and history of Denver’s built environment and promoting quality design, will take place on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30. Presented by the Denver Architectural Foundation, the event offers more family-friendly events and activities for kids of all ages throughout the weekend than ever before.

Children will have the opportunity to create buildings from their imaginations at "Box City," tour the Denver Animal Shelter, participate in children's activities at many of the Denver Fire Stations, and more.

The Denver Smiley Branch Library, Athmar Park Branch Library, and other libraries will be hosting crafts and history lessons, where all families are welcome.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2pv73BQ. Read the full story »
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Come to the Pedalheads Mini-Camp / Denver Launch Party April 22!

[ Monday, April 17, 2017 | 0 comments ]

Are you like me? Does your kiddo still not know how to ride a bike because there's no safe space to ride near your home? Or because she just doesn't want her Mom or Dad teaching her? Or can he ride, but would like to do so better or learn some advanced skills? Kids and parents rejoice! Pedalheads® bike camps are now available in Denver!

Pedalheads®, a children’s learn to ride summer camp, is offering local Denver children an opportunity to learn to ride this summer with both half-day and full-day camp opportunities. Pedalheads has more than 75 locations across North America! In Denver location include: Stapleton (Denver Discovery School), Belcaro (Knight Center for Early Education), and Denver Hampden South (Southmoor Elementary School). See pedalheads.com for a complete list of locations in your neighborhood.

You’re invited to join in the fun and experience what Pedalheads has to offer at their mini-camp and launch party being held at the Just Between Friends Denver Spring/Summer Consignment Sale.

What:  Pedalheads® welcomes you to its mini-camp! They want you and your kids (ages 3-8) to  have the complete Pedalheads camp experience. Come and partake in the Pedalheads® mini-camp and see children developing their skills in just one morning. Children will partake in drills, games, obstacles, ramps, rough terrain, safety lessons, and learn the rules of the road. Some may even learn to ride without training wheels. Please bring a bike and helmet to participate.

There are only 60 spots available (ages 3-8) so please RSVP.

When:  Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Where:  Just Between Friends Denver Spring/Summer Consignment Sale
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216

Who:  Pedalheads instructors, local Denver kids and select media

RSVP:  RSVP at https://www.pedalheads.com/launchparty/rsvp-denver.

About Atlantis Programs
Atlantis Programs and Pedalheads provides innovative and effective programs that are safe, fun and challenging. Their delivery of camps and lessons that promote kids’ health and development has earned a reputation of excellence in the communities that they serve. During the last 30 years they have taught more than 200,000 children to bike, swim and develop physical skills, using their own teaching methods combined with small classes and exceptional instructors. Their comprehensive programs open up a world of opportunities for a lifetime of cycling, swimming and physical activities.

About Pedalheads
Traffic and densely populated urban areas make it difficult for parents to teach their kids to ride bikes. Kids need the confidence to ride safely on the road, in parks, and around the neighborhood. The Pedalheads® bike camp experience provides children with the right environment, trained instructors, and small groups preparing them for the road - some as young as three can learn to ride without training wheels upon completion of camp. For more information about the program, visit pedalheads.com. Pedalheads® is a learn-to-ride bike safety and skills program for kids aged 3-10. Read the full story »
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Easter Weekend Activities at YMCA of the Rockies

[ Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 0 comments ]
No plans yet for this weekend? YMCA of the Rockies im Estes Park is hosting great activities for Easter! Family fun in a gorgeous mountain setting with beautiful spring weather? Can't beat it!

On Saturday, April 15, an Easter Egg Hunt will kick off at 9:00 a.m., followed by photos with the Easter Bunny. Bring your family out and take your own photos to create memories to last a lifetime! At 1:00 p.m., use organic materials to dye Easter Eggs, then play lawn games at 2:00 p.m. (including an Egg & Spoon Race and Egg Toss) and end the day with the Egg Drop Contest at 3:00 p.m.

On Sunday, April 16, Easter service will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by a traditional Easter Brunch​ from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ($35/adult, $15/children ages 6-12, free for children under 5). For reservations, please call 970-586-3341 x1378 or email HDennerline@ymcarockies.org. Read the full story »
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Mamma Mia! Comes to Denver One Last Time this Week!

[ Monday, April 10, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!

Show Information:

  • What:  Mamma Mia! The Farewell Tour
     
  • When:  April 11-16, 2017
     
  • Where:  Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buell Theatre
     
  • Age Recommendation:  12+
     
  • Run Time:  Approx 2 hours and 30 minutes plus a 15 minute intermission.
     
  • Advisory:  Haze, fog and strobe like effects
     
  • Ticket Price: Starts at $30 at denvercenter.org
    Please be advised that the Denver Center for the Performing Arts – denvercenter.org – is the ONLY authorized ticket provider for this productions in Denver.

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Spring Break Road Trip to New Mexico

[ Friday, April 7, 2017 | 0 comments ]
Guest post by Mindee Forman

We've been in our house for about three years now and still have pretty bare walls. To remedy the situation, we decided to spend our spring break this year in New Mexico, and the art centers of Taos and Santa Fe are only a 5- to 6-hour scenic drive from Stapleton. It made for a great family road trip, so I wanted to share our experiences with you:

The incredibly stunning Spanish Peaks on the road to New Mexico

We stopped in Taos on our way to stay in Santa Fe, and visited the old Plaza area and a couple of galleries. We really liked an artist at gallery in Taos, but since we were just getting started, we filed it away for on our way home if we still liked his work best. (Spoiler: we did end up liking it best - see below for details and a special Stapleton Moms' promotion from the gallery!)

Hanging out with Padre Antonio Jose Martinez in the Taos Plaza

In addition to all the art and natural beauty, New Mexico is filled with a ton of history. We visited the oldest house in the U.S. (c. 1200) and the oldest church, which happen to be right next door to each other in Santa Fe. We also spent quite a bit of time in the old Plaza area in Santa Fe, which is larger than the one in Taos but very similar. Lots of great shops, restaurants, and galleries. We ate a lot of tasty New Mexican food (different than Mexican!) and had our fill of delicious sopaipillas.

Inside the San Miguel Mission (the under-floor dates from 1300) and in the center of the Plaza

My daughter's favorite O'Keeffe painting
Our first full day in Santa Fe it rained and snowed, so we opted for a couple of the area's incredible museums. In addition to the oldest house and church, we visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Museum of International Folk Art. At the O'Keeffe Museum they gave the kids sketch pads and pencils and encouraged them to make their own art as they walked, which I thought was a nice touch.

The Folk Art Museum is filled with dolls from around the world and other pieces of folk art, which the kids found fascinating (and slightly creepy at times). They also had an exhibit on the flamenco - my four-year-old son loved watching this clip of José Greco's dancing over and over again. In Lloyd's Treasure Chest we made origami swans and small, Japanese kites. It was a great mixture of look, listen, and feel for the kids.

A cold, wet day is perfect for visiting museums

We learned why so many artists flock to New Mexico - the natural beauty is breathtaking!

The kids with their magnetic kitties
The next day we checked out the Santa Fe Children's Museum, which was half inside and half outside, and full of fun family creative activities. We played with giant bubbles, conducted science experiments with ice, lifted ourselves with pulleys, built a domino creation to knock down, created sculptures with magnetic shapes, played giant musical instruments, made paper helicopters to launch, climbed, and more - it was marvelous!
Creating giant bubbles and taking a whack at a giant xylophone

The weather was gorgeous in the afternoon, so we visited the famous Canyon Road, which has more than a hundred galleries on a relatively short strip. We visited 20-30 and got a better feel for the type of art we like and what we might want in our home. The kids looked at art and played a little Pokémon Go, so they were happy, too.

Getting up close and personal with some of the art on Canyon Road

Our final day in Santa Fe we visited Meow Wolf, which is an interactive art installation in an old bowling alley primarily funded by Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin. Called "The House of Eternal Return," the installation is part theatre, part haunted house (without the scares but definitely with some creepy), part art installation, and part jungle gym. Our 4-year-old was rather nervous for the first 10 minutes, but then he really got into exploring. Both kids loved climbing through things like the fridge and the dryer and discovering other secret passages. We hear it actually might be coming to Denver!

Flying some kind of ship in an alternate dimension and
taking a break to listen to nature sounds in the eyeball room


We ended our time in Santa Fe with a hike on the Black Canyon Trail just outside of town - it was cool enough at elevation that there was still a bit of snow on the ground. In a couple of weeks the area will be bursting with color!

Drumming on a downed tree

At the end of the hike with my boy...

On our way home we stopped in Taos again, because we couldn't stop thinking about the art we saw on our first day. The artist's name is Roberto Ugalde, who lives in Texas but is originally from Mexico. He has a unique way of using a palette knife and drip-painting with industrial oils to get really vivid colors and interesting shapes in his landscapes. We ended up commissioning a 48x48 painting from him (similar to the square one above my son's head to the right below) and are also purchasing a 24x48 or a set of 24x24 paintings as a diptych. Our house is about to be much more colorful - so excited!!


I just love his work!

Roberto is exclusively in the U.S. at the Michael McCormick and Sons Gallery in Taos, so we feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon this talented artist. We worked with Michael and Jamie on the best fit for our home - they were incredibly helpful and friendly. They even offered a promotion for Stapleton Moms readers - if you email them through their website and either like their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram, they will send you a free poster worth $50-60. You only need to cover shipping, which is roughly $12. Big thanks to Michael McCormick for this generous offer!

A few examples of their posters - they have dozens of different options if you have a request based on the art on their site

We had an amazing time and would absolutely visit again - gracias, New Mexico!
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