Mountaineering Weekend at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park features three days of inspiration and fun for all ages over President's Day weekend!

The 4th Annual Mountaineering Weekend, February 14-17, 2020, features two special guests: professional rock climber Tommy Caldwell and the incredible adaptive alpine climber, Quinn Brett. Weekend activities include guided snowshoe hikes through Rocky Mountain National Park, dog sled presentations, ice climbing demonstrations, glow-in-the-dark rock climbing, sledding, and more!

Located on 860 acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies is an easy, unplugged mountain getaway for families, away from I-70 traffic. Register today! [ learn more ]
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Acclaimed Parenting Safe Children Workshop comes to Stapleton

[ Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 0 comments ]
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 Northfield 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
When:  Sunday, May 17, 2020, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Venture Martial Arts, The Shops at Northfield (across from Claire's)
               8270 Northfield Blvd #1450, Denver, CO 80238
Cost:  $50
Registration:  Online through Eventbrite

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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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Join YMCA of the Rockies for Mountaineering Weekend this President's Day Weekend

[ Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 0 comments ]
Mountaineering Weekend at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park features three days of inspiration and fun for all ages over President's Day weekend!

The 4th Annual Mountaineering Weekend, February 14-17, 2020, features two special guests:  professional rock climber Tommy Caldwell, also the star of "The Dawn Wall" movie and author of The Push, will discuss the importance of embracing fear in an inspiring keynote presentation on Saturday night. The incredible adaptive alpine climber, Quinn Brett, will give a second motivational keynote on Sunday evening.

Located on 860 acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, YMCA of the Rockies is an easy, unplugged mountain getaway for families, away from I-70 traffic.

Mountaineering Weekend activities include guided snowshoe hikes through Rocky Mountain National Park, dog sled presentations, ice climbing demonstrations, glow-in-the-dark rock climbing, sledding, and more.


All activities are free for guests staying in lodge rooms (starting at $89/night) or pet-friendly cabins(starting at $109/night). Three meals a day are served buffet-style in a dining hall (no meal planning for mom & dad!) and regularly-scheduled programming will be available throughout the long weekend, such as ice skating on a natural pond, archery, and making tie-dyes or mosaics in the craft & design center.

Visit ymcarockies.org/mountaineeringweekend to view the full schedule and to register.

Registration is available online or by calling 888-613-9622.​ Day passes are also available for $25/person ages 13 and up.​ and $10/person ages 6-12. Read the full story »
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Be the Good

[ Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | 0 comments ]
We are all granted the ability to make choices in our own lives that can echo in the lives of others. As a mother, I have tried to instill in my children the capacity to view the world outside of themselves - it is truly what I care most about in who they eventually become. And one of the greatest legacies of being alive during this time in our country is standing up in the face of injustice and speaking and acting when you witness something profoundly wrong.

I have had the great honor to participate in the formation and serve on the Board of a tremendous non-profit, Border Kindness, working on the boundary of our country and Mexico aiding the masses of refugees huddled along its border.

I have traveled there and worked with the women and children and families seeking help and guidance in navigating the asylum process. I held babies and hugged mothers and cried and laughed and witnessed their most profound struggles. You can see images and read stories of these beautiful people on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Regardless of how you fall politically, these people are seeking what we all seek:  safety, health, happiness, and a future. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle selected Border Kindness as one of their 17 charities to follow on Instagram in October, highlighting causes close to their heart. In October they focused on "community" after a trip to Africa. I'm grateful for the attention the royal couple has brought to Border Kindness, as it's a cause near and dear to my heart, too.

Please consider donating to Border Kindness this holiday season. 

Monetary donations of any amount are truly life-changing for so many. Donations can be made through: 

     VENMO @Border-Kindness
     ZELLE info@borderkindness.org
     CASH APP $borderkindness
     PAYPAL info@borderkindness.org

We also have a holiday list here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/318SNZ5T75O7P featuring mostly toys for the children. I will be traveling down again in early December and would be beyond thrilled to deliver any donations as well.

Happiest of Holidays to you Stapleton (and beyond) Moms.

 xx

-Jaime Read the full story »
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Shop local at TWO fabulous Holiday Bazaars!

[ Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Gum Pop Presents is back with their famous Holiday Bazaars - this time with 2 different locations and spanning 4 weekends! They'll have new vendors for you each weekend so you can shop locally to find your holiday gifts for friends, family, co-workers, and more.  From clothes, to home goods, to ski gear, custom gifts, and everything in between.

Options for entry are free or paid, and the paid Shop & Sip tickets are bigger than ever in value with the addition of their BOGO Breweries First Edition Book with every purchase.

Get your Holiday Shopping lists ready because the Stapleton Holiday Bazaar is returning to The Shops at Northfield Stapleton for a full weekend this year, and Stapleton Moms readers can win tickets! 

To enter to win a pair of tickets, simply like and share the post about this blog on Facebook.
Two winners will each receive their choice of a pair of Friday or Saturday night Shop & Sip tickets ($100 value) to the Stapleton Holiday Bazaar, which includes: 
- All-inclusive sampling of local wine & craft brews alongside the shopping experience from 5-8pm
- A commemorative Bazaar glass
- A copy of the BOGO Breweries book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value) 
Entrants/Winners must be 21+. Winners will be randomly drawn from eligible entries on Tuesday, November 27th at noon and must provide a full name and email address to receive tickets.

When:
Friday, Nov. 29: Black Friday | 12PM - 8PM
Saturday, Nov. 30: Small Business Saturday  | 12PM - 8PM
Sunday, Dec. 1: Sunday Shopping & Sipping | 11AM - 5PM

Where:
The Main Street shops at Northfield, on the corner of 47th Street and Main Street

Featuring: 
  • 60+ Innovative Craft Vendors
  • Fashion Trucks
  • Food Trucks
  • Live Entertainment 
  • Holiday Themed Cocktails 
  • Local Craft Beer & Wine Tastings 
  • & Much More!

Admission:
General Admission is FREE to holiday shop! Be sure to RSVP for event announcements and promotions.

Shop & Sip:

On Friday & Saturday night from 5PM - 8PM, enjoy unlimited craft beer & wine tastings while you get your shopping done. Early Bird tickets are on sale now for $25!

Includes:
- Commemorative Denver Bazaar Cup
- Holiday Shopping Party featuring Live Entertainment
- BOGO Breweries First Edition Book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value)

$50 Total Value for just $25 Early Bird!

Shop & Sip at RiNo Holiday Bazaar, taking over EXDO Event Center for three consecutive Sundays this December!

When:
Sundays, December 8, 15, 22 | 11AM - 6PM

Where:
EXDO Event Center | RiNo Art District
1399 35th St, Denver, Colorado 80205

Featuring: 
  • 70+ Local Vendors Weekly
  • Food & Fashion Trucks
  • Beer & Cider Tastings
  • Bottomless Mimosas
  • Live Music
  • & Much More!

Weekly Themed Activities:
Dec 8:  Exclusive Holiday Beer Tastings
Dec 15: 80's Apr├Ęs Ski Party + Bonfire Vintage Pop-Up
Dec 22:  3rd Annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Party

Admission:

- Early Birds, arrive between 11AM - 12PM each Sunday and get in FREE!
- A Limited Number of Free RSVP Tickets are now available and can be used any time, any Sunday. RSVP to snag yours now!
- General Admission is $5 once the free allotment is all gone & tickets will be sold online and at the door.

Shop & Sip:

Brunch Session (11AM - 2PM)
- 3 Hours of Bottomless Mimosas
- Unlimited tastings of Local Holiday Beer & Cider
- $5 General Admission Included
- Commemorative Denver Bazaar Glass
- Holiday Shopping Party featuring Live Entertainment
- Includes BOGO Breweries First Edition Book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value)

$60+ Value for just $30 Early Bird Ticket!

Afternoon Session (2PM-6PM)
- 4 Hours of Unlimited Holiday Beer & Cider Tastings
- $5 General Admission Included
- Commemorative Denver Bazaar Glass
- Holiday Shopping Party featuring Live Entertainment
- Includes BOGO Breweries First Edition Book featuring Buy One, Get One Free Beers at 40+ Denver Breweries ($25 Value)

$60+ Value for just $30 Early Bird Ticket!


Learn more about both events, RSVP, or buy tickets at denverbazaar.com. Read the full story »
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Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday Deals from the YMCA of the Rockies

[ Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 0 comments ]

The YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch are offering fun activities and discount packages for Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Check out these fun family local vacations!



Thanksgiving
YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park provides a nice retreat from the crowded ski towns (and I-70 traffic) over Thanksgiving break, featuring daily activities such as archery, arts & crafts, indoor swimming, and more, as well as holiday-themed programming including family football games, roller skating parties, make-your-own ice cream and pumpkin pie, and more. Don't miss the 12th-annual FREE Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run/Walk, which kicks off on-site at 8:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day (dogs are welcome!).

At Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Thanksgiving weekend begins Wednesday night with a movie night showing Free Birds, followed by the Turkey Trot and Turkey Tournament on Thursday. Families enjoy games of Turkey Tag, Turkey Hunting, and pin-the-feather-on-the-turkey, as well as Thanksgiving dinner, holiday cookie decorating, Moose on the Loose (hike or snowshoe), snow painting, Human Hungry Hungry Hippos, and ornament decorating. Other activities include Nordic skiing, fat biking, sledding, archery, indoor rock climbing, and more.


Cyber Monday
On December 2, families can book a winter or spring trip to YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park or Snow Mountain Ranch​ ​(near Winter Park) and receive *25% off lodging from December 3, 2019 - March 31, 2020.

Guests enjoy activities for all ages located on-site such as arts and crafts, roller skating, indoor swimming, guided snowshoe hikes through Rocky Mountain National Park, and Nordic skiing and the winter tubing hill at Snow Mountain Ranch. Accommodations include hotel-style lodge rooms and pet-friendly private cabins, and three meals a day are served buffet-style dining hall (no meal planning for mom & dad!)

For more details on the Cyber Monday special, visit the Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch's websites.

*Minimum three-night stay required. Not valid for lodging between December 22-January 4. Reservations must be made online at http://www.ymcarockies.org with code CYBER. ​ Read the full story »