For our locally-owned restaurants, this is an incredibly tough time. They're not allowed to have people stay and eat, so they now have to offer just delivery/carry-out or close. Some have had to lay off the gross majority of their workers.

If you can, please support our local restaurants and breweries! Here's a list of where you can find delivery/carryout/curbsite pickup options.
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UPDATED: Acclaimed Parenting Safe Children Workshop available ONLINE

[ Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 1 comments ]

Update as of March 24, 2020:

With the social distancing and stay-at-home order stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, this workshop will now be offered online only. Once you register, you have 60 days to watch the workshop in sections or all at once. It's the exact same workshop as the live version, just watched from the comfort of your own home.

If you have extra time on your hands while you're staying safe at home, why not learn how to keep your kids safe once they're out in the world again?

During a time of crisis, this topic is particularly important. USA Today released an article on March 21st titled, "Children more at risk for abuse and neglect amid coronavirus pandemic, experts say." With stressed-out adults, cases of child abuse rise. Let's keep that from happening!

This is not just for people in the Denver area, but globally! Register now through the Parenting Safe Children websiteFeel free to invite friends and family who might also like to learn about this important topic to register as well.

See below for more information on the workshop, and stay safe out there!

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As we plan for our kids' busy summers - camps, swimming, playdates, travel - how can we be sure we're keeping them safe? How can we protect them so they aren’t in a position where they need to protect themselves? How do we give them the tools they need to protect their own bodies?

Local taekwondo school Venture Martial Arts, a long-time instructor of bully self-defense and stranger danger for kids, will host Feather Berkower's acclaimed workshop, Parenting Safe Children,
on Sunday, May 17th up at the Shops at Northfieldonline to help educate parents about sexual abuse and what we can do to keep our kids safe.

If you haven't yet attended Feather's workshop and you're a parent, teacher, aunt/uncle, grandparent, or work with kids in any way, do. It's absolutely worth your time and money. One of our guest bloggers attended a couple of years ago and wrote about her experiences. She left feeling educated and empowered.

Feather was also recently interviewed by CPR's Ryan Warner for Colorado Matters' story about preventing childhood sexual abuse if you would like to hear more directly from her.

This is a difficult topic, but if we're all talking about it together, we can make a difference for all kids in our community.

What:  Parenting Safe Children Workshop Online

When: 
Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:00-5:00 p.m.At your convenience

Where: 
Venture Martial Arts, The Shops at Northfield (across from Claire's)Online from the comfort and safety of your home

Cost: 
$53.75$44.99

Registration:  Parenting Safe Children Online Workshop

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More about the Workshop
The Parenting Safe Children workshop offers valuable information, ideas, and tools to help you prevent child sexual assault in your home and community! The workshop covers three prevention areas and empowers you to discuss body-safety with children and caregivers in a positive and effective manner. This 4-hour workshop is for parents, relatives, educators, therapists—anyone who cares about children!

Objectives
  • Identify what makes children vulnerable to sexual assault, so you are empowered with the facts.
  • Learn body-safety rules, so you can teach your children about personal body safety, in an age-appropriate, positive, and non-threatening manner.
  • Develop screening techniques, so you can decide more confidently which caregivers you want to entrust with your children.
It’s never too early to start talking with children about keeping their bodies safe. By starting early, you can create an environment that fosters safety and open communication.

Please feel free to invite other interested friends and family as the information is invaluable to all with children in their lives.

Topics

Specifically, the Parenting Safe Children workshop will cover the following topics:
  • Creating a communication-rich environment for children
  • Empowering children to set and maintain boundaries
  • Body-safety rules
  • Characteristics of safe homes & schools
  • Secrets
  • Age-appropriate sexual behavior
  • “Teachable Moments”
  • Tips for screening childcare providers
  • Teaching manners while also teaching kids to say, “NO” if they are un-safe
Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parenting-safe-children-may-17-2020-tickets-81636459849. Read the full story »
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Support Local Restaurants During this Difficult Time

[ Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 1 comments ]
How are you handling social distancing and having kids home from school?

For our locally-owned restaurants, this is an incredibly tough time. They're not allowed to have people stay and eat, so they now have to offer just delivery/carry-out or close. Some have had to lay off the gross majority of their workers.

If you can, support our local restaurants and breweries!

Several outlets have already prepared lists, some that will be continually updated, so we won't reinvent the wheel. Instead, here are some places you can find great restaurants to support:

     5280 Magazine: Where You Can Find Takeout and Delivery During the Coronavirus Shutdown

9News: Here are Colorado restaurants offering takeout and delivery — that aren't on the apps

     Denver Post: These Denver restaurants will offer delivery, takeout during coronavirus shutdown

     In Good Taste Denver: What now? Denver Area Restaurants Offer Carry-Out and Delivery
     (many of these are Stapleton-specific)

     KDVR (Fox 31): Restaurants open for takeout, delivery in Denver metro area: Add to our list

     Westword: Denver Restaurants and Bars Open for Takeout, Drive-Thru or Delivery &
          Some Breweries Switch to Delivery, To-Go Options As Others Close Doors

Uber EatsGrubhub, and DoorDash are helping by waiving their fees for hundreds of thousands of small restaurants, so you can also find options there.

And from our friends in In Good Taste Denver:
Check with your favorite restaurant to see what they are doing. Most are coming up with a plan on the fly. We’ve noticed that a lot of restaurant websites aren’t being updated but their social media pages are, so check there. Also, consider purchasing a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant or culinary school (for yourself or others), a great suggestion from Cook Street.
Know of others? Please add them to the comments, and stay safe out there! Read the full story »
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Get off your couch and get your game on this winter at the PBS!

[ Friday, February 28, 2020 | 1 comments ]
Punch Bowl Social Stapleton is giving us every reason to leave the comforts of our own couches and beat the winter (and windy!) blues with two new options:

50% off games:

50% off games Mondays – Wednesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m. and again from 10:00 p.m.–close. Plus 50% off games all day on Thursdays gearing up for weekend fun.

Work up an appetite during an epic game of Ping Pong and enjoy sharable dishes like the Green Chorizo Fries or the Cauliflower Nachos. Tune-up your voice before belting it out in Punch Bowl Social’s private Karaoke rooms with a sharable punch or order up a craft cocktail like the Edith & Ricky or Lavender Sour to keep your vocal cords feeling fresh.

Whether you’re a champion bowler or you’ve got a reputation for owning the “field” during a game of Bonzini, weekdays at Punch Bowl Social are the place to be for 50% off games and activities to keep you social this season.

* This offer is limited time only and is not valid on arcade games, is first come first serve and subject to availability.

Friday and Saturday Night DJ:

Vibe up your night on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 9:00 p.m. with a DJ on the turntable, social games to play, and a late-night happy hour for select food items.

Ditch the couch and visit the Punch Bowl Social Stapleton at 3120 Uinta St, Denver, CO 80238 (in the old air tower), online at punchbowlsocial.com/location/stapleton, and on Facebook at facebook.com/PunchBowlSocialStapleton Read the full story »
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Special Leap Year Discount for Spring Break at YMCA of the Rockies

[ Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 2 comments ]
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park will offer a special Leap Year discount that's perfect for families planning Spring Break getaways.

On Saturday, February 29, guests can book three full-price nights in a lodge room for visits during the month of March and additional nights are only $29 each. Reservations are available online at ymcarockies.org with code LEAP29 or by calling 888-613-9622.

Spring Break at YMCA of the Rockies features "Frozen Worlds" weekends from March 13–April 2 with special programming for all ages including snow fort building, snowflake crafts, educational polar bear & deer talks, penguin egg races (practice carrying eggs like penguins!), winter science experiments, and more!

Located on 860 acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies offers families an unplugged mountain vacation with a myriad of activities located on-site such as ice skating on a natural pond, archery, indoor swimming, and making tie-dyes or mosaics in the craft & design center, plus three meals a day served buffet-style in the dining hall (no meal planning for mom & dad!). Lodge rooms start at $89/night. Read the full story »
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Free Hotel Stay for Leap Day Birthdays

[ Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 1 comments ]
Celebrate your Leap Day birthday with a free night stay at Hyatt Place Peña Station! If you were born on February 29, enjoy complimentary overnight accommodations at their hotel near the Denver International Airport on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Call Hyatt Place Peña Station at 720.405.4321 to book directly and mention this special Leap Day Celebration offer. Promotion cannot be combined with additional offers. Must be 21+ to book and present a photo ID and valid credit card at the time of arrival.

Denver loves to greet guests!
Hyatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport recently opened its doors and welcomed its first guests at 6110 North Panasonic Way in Denver. The new hotel features unexpected and experiential elements, including a curated Colorado-centric art program; a lively bar showcasing top local beers, wine, and spirits; a resident Golden Retriever puppy named Denver greeting guests at check-in; and an ultra-convenient location just one stop away from Denver International Airport (DIA) on the RTD University of Colorado A-line train.

Families are welcome at Hyatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport with a check-in package designed for children, an invitation to choose a trinket from the lobby Radio Flyer Wagon, and a designated kid-friendly hotel key presented on a personal lanyard. Younger children can enjoy the Pajama Pancake Party on weekends and a dedicated kid-friendly ice cream sundae bar in the warmer months.

The hotel's thoughtful and intuitive interior design ensures that guests move seamlessly from work to relaxation. Hyatt Place Peña Station/Denver Airport offers:
  • 226 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
  • Top-floor suites with balconies and unobstructed mountain views
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms
  • Breakfast Bar with hot breakfast available daily in the Gallery Kitchen features a variety of breakfast items, including cage-free eggs, all-natural bacon and sausage, fresh-cut fruit, steel-cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, artisanal bread, and more
  • The Market serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night and perfectly packaged sandwiches and salads
  • Full-Service Starbucks serving everyone’s favorite specialty coffees, teas, snacks and more
  • The Bar featuring spectacular mountain views and ample indoor/outdoor seating as well as local craft beers, premium wines and cocktails
  • Necessities program for forgotten items guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
  • Event Spaces offer more than 4,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space with light-filled conference rooms
  • Fitness Center featuring a Peloton bike and other cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens and free earbuds
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Entertainment area with board games and a Sony Play Station, along with a library with digital options for borrowing books
Happy birthday, Leap Day babies!
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