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Places to Have a Birthday Party in Boulder in the Winter

November 28, 2017

Looking for something different to do for your child’s birthday this year? If you aren’t prepared to have a gaggle of kids running around your house there are a ton of great local alternatives. Everything from gymnastics and climbing parties to art and ninja parties! Here is a complete guide to 37 places to have a birthday party in and around Boulder in the Winter. To find the venues closest to home, the guide is organized by city. Here are some quick links:

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BOULDER

 

ABC Climbing

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Want to have an energetic party in the Winter? ABC Kids Climbing offers space for the birthday kid and friends to run, jump, play and climb indoors! Skilled instructors will lead children through an hour and a half of climbing, games, and activities. Children are encouraged to explore the different areas of our gym, including the top rope walls.  After climbing, the group will move into a party room for half an hour, to enjoy food, cake, and gifts. ABC Climbing offers a variety of birthday packages, including deluxe packages with food and cake included.

ABC Climbing is located at 1960 32nd St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Rock Club

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Boulder Rock Club‘s two hour birthday party package includes a private party room, all the safety equipment, and skilled instructors.  Participants will get to rope climb, boulder, and play team building games. Kids love to climb and parents love to watch ‘em. Boulder Rock Club will take care of the climbing details and the space: you provide the food. For more details, click here.

Boulder Rock Club is located at 2829 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Indoor Soccer

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Boulder Indoor Soccer offers a variety of birthday party packages including time for kids to play on the field and even an option for an inflatable or bubble balls! The facility also offers party rooms and coaches as needed. For all the details, click here.

Boulder Indoor Soccer is located at 3203 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Karate

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Boulder Karate‘s parties are full of Ninja action! You may leave it to us, or pick a few of your favorite games including ninja dodgeball, relay races, suction cup ninja star throwing and more. The birthday kid also has the chance to break a real board, karate-style as well as cut the cake with a real sword. Click here for all the ninja-inspired party details.

Boulder Karate is located at 1672 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Boulder Quest Center

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Boulder Quest Center‘s highly trained staff provides an unforgettable experience, the birthday child gets a special role in the games, and you have the easiest birthday party ever. Boulder Quest does the work so you can enjoy the party–just bring the kids and the cake! For all the details, click here.

Boulder Quest Center is located at 1501 Lee Hill Dr #18, Boulder, CO 80304.

CATS Gym

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CATS Gym offers birthday parties with fun, lively, physical activity and making the event stress-free for hosts. CATS provides the location, Birthday Party Pro (instructor), set up, entertainment, games, clean up. Parties include 90 minutes of playtime lead by a CATS Party Pro, and an additional 30 minutes of time in the CATS Hospitality Loft to enjoy refreshments and gifts. Shorter parties are available for preschool ages. Energetic and fun playtime activities include: obstacle courses, trampolines, rope swing, games, open gym, and more. CATS Gym has two different birthday party packages, for more information, click here.

CATS Gym is located at 2400 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

Color Me Mine

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Color Me Mine offers a variety of birthday party options, at the studio or in your own home! Options include Paint Me a Story, Kidz Canvas Parties, Ceramics Painting Parties and more. Click here for all the options and details.

Color Me Mine is located at 1938 Pearl St Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302

The Connection Bowling, Billiards and Games

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The Connection at the UMC is the ONLY bowling center in Boulder. The Connection features 10 bowling lanes, eight 9-foot billiards tables, video game consoles (XBOX ONE, PS4, Wii), pinball and arcade games, and a foosball table. The venue is available for birthday parties and offers several birthday packages. For details, click here.

The Connection at the UMC is located at 1669 Euclid Ave, Boulder, CO 80302.

Elite Dance Academy

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Elite Dance Academy offers several birthday party packages, featuring dancing, games, and a craft as well as a handful of themes. They will also take care of all the paper materials and can offer packages with cake as well as food. For all the details and choices, click here.

Elite Dance Academy is located at 

Food Lab Boulder

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Need a place to celebrate your child’s birthday? Food Lab will make all the mess, all the food and all the fun. Kids will participate in a hands-on cooking class and make the food they will eat, cake included! A variety of menu options are available, including gluten free and vegan. Birthday package includes all food, time in the food lab, snacks, drinks and more! All the details can be found here.

Food Lab Boulder is located at 1825 Pearl St A, Boulder, CO 80302.

Gateway Park Fun Center

There is something for everyone at Boulder’s favorite amusement park, Gateway Park Fun Center. Kids will love the retro feel of the two miniature golf courses, bumper cars and go carts. The park also offers batting cages, inline hockey rink, human maze and more. Gateway has several birthday party packages, with indoor party rooms as well as an arcade. The best part is that although most of the attractions are outdoors, the park is open all year long, so you can take advantage of those warm, sunny days in the winter.

Gateway Park Fun Center is located at 4800 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

PoshSplat

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PoshSplat will supply all the materials and lots of fun with age-appropriate painting projects. Art teachers will guide the kids to making their very own masterpiece. PoshSplat provides the table, and paperware, you will just need to bring the cake and ice cream! For more details, click here.

PoshSplat is located at 2035 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park

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Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park is an indoor/outdoor, year-round ski and snowboard school that provides an alternative to the traditional slope. Birthday party packages offer a range of activities from sledding and air track to skiing and snowboarding, depending on the age and skill levels of participants.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park is located at 6655 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Tinker Art Studio

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Tinker Art Studio offers a fun and creative birthday package to help celebrate your child’s birthday. The birthday child and their guests will have a great time being creative and making a unique art project while parents can sit back and enjoy watching their young artists at work. For more information, click here.

Tinker Art Studio is located at 1300 Yellow Pine Ave, #B, Boulder, CO 80304.

BROOMFIELD

 

Build-A-Bear Workshop

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Build-A-Bear offers custom birthday parties for kids at its Flatiron Crossing location. Each party is hosted by an official party leader and is customized by your budget! Each guest gets to make and take home their own furry friend. For more details, click here.

Build-A-Bear is located at 1 W Flatiron Crossing Dr #2080, Broomfield, CO 80021.

Chipper’s Lanes

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Chipper’s Lanes has been hosting fun birthday parties in Broomfield for years! Chipper’s Lanes centers offer a variety of activities including laser tag, arcade, bowling, and so much more. Click here to view available birthday packages.

Chipper’s Lanes is located at 100 Nickel St, Broomfield, CO 80020.

GlobalSound Studio

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Globalsound Studio features dance and karaoke parties in its 2000 square-foot party hall. The studio is complete with a dance floor, large stage, DJ, karaoke, dance music, and refreshments. Find the complete details here.

Globalsound Studio is located at 

Iluminar Aerial

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Iluminar Aerial features parties under its big top for a high flying adventure! Parties include one hour of structured activities including dance, songs, games, relays, aerial instruction and swing time! A space will be available for refreshments after the fun. For all the details including party theme ideas, click here.

Iluminar Aerial is located at 2655 Industrial Ln, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Warrior Challenge Arena

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Warrior Challenge Arena offers birthday parties full of hilarious physical fun through team and personal challenges catered to specific ages and interests. Coaches will facilitate each activity and monitor the floor at all times to insure safe play for you and the kids. For birthday party options and details, click here.

Warrior Challenge Arena is located at 3400 Industrial Ln #12a, Broomfield, CO 80020.

ERIE

 

Erie Community Center

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Erie Community Center offers three different birthday party options: Mini-Miners Indoor Playground Party, Swimming Pool Party, and Climbing Wall Party. Parties include cake and paper materials, with an option for pizza. For all the details, click here.

Erie Community Center is located at 450 Powers St, Erie, CO 80516.

LAFAYETTE

 

Dog House Music

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Dog House Music offers authentic rock & roll birthday parties for kids, teens and adults. Party packages are flexible and based on the age and preferences of the partiers, but packages may include: rock and roll makeover, party favors, interactive music video games, live performances and more! For all the details, click here.

Dog House Music is located at 525 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO 80026.

W.O.W. Museum

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Just a short drive out of Boulder, the World of Wonder Children’s Museum in downtown Lafayette is a favorite for young children. Designed for interactive learning and play, WOW! features a light & music room, an art room, a little clinic, a sandbox, a theatre area complete with costumes and stage and so much more! Birthday party packages include admission to the museum for all attendees, 1 hour in a private party room, as well as plates, cups and napkins for everyone. For all the details, click here.

WOW! Children’s Museum is located at 110 N Harrison Ave, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics

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Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics provides a fun-filled space, enthusiastic coaches and all the set up and clean up for a great birthday party. Parties include a personal birthday party attendant, one hour in the gym, 30 minutes in the party area, as well as a goodie bag for each guest. For all the details, click here.

Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics is located at 1405 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

LONGMONT

 

Airborne Gymnastics

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Airborne Gymnastics offers birthday parties complete with a birthday party attendant, private party room and use of the gymnastics facility. You bring refreshments and party goods, a signed waiver for each guest, and children who want to have fun! Parties rotate through the gym with the party leaders, utilizing a variety of gymnastics equipment including trampolines, rope swings, balance beams, bars, trapeze, and the foam pit. For all the details, click here.

Airborne Gymnastics is located at 1816 Boston Ave, Longmont, CO 80501.

Crackpots Pottery Studio

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Crackpots Pottery Studio offers private party rooms where kids can paint their choice of ceramics from popular kids items. A freindly staff member will be there to help. There are a variety of party options – for all the details click here.

Crackpots Pottery Studio is located at 505 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Dabble Paint and Sip

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Dabble Paint and Sip features birthday parties with step by step painting instruction, all while jamming to some great tunes. The art instructor will start the painting, then break midway for cake or any other treats you would like to bring in and finish up the painting. For all the details, click here.

Dabble Paint and Sip is located at 2330 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Dizzy Family Fun Center

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Dizzy Family Fun Center birthday parties are designed to be stress free and full of fun.  When you host your party at Dizzy, all guests are invited to stay and play all day long.  Every party comes with a party host as well as 50 minutes in the party area for pizza and cake. For more details, click here.

Dizzy Family Fun Center is located at 455 Weaver Park Rd #100, Longmont, CO 80501.

Warrior Playground

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Warrior Playground is a full scale American Ninja Warrior and Obstacle Course Race training facility for kids & adults to experience the thrill of tackling the obstacles they see on the TV show. Warrior Playground offers birthday parties that include an introduction to the obstacles, a run through the course and some free time to play on the course. For more details, click here.

Warrior Playground is located at 2415 Wedgewood Ave B, Longmont, CO 80503.

The Wild Game

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The Wild Game has over 50 video and prize games, as well as eight VIP bowling lanes. The Wild Game offers a variety of birthday party packages that include pizza, giant cookie, drinks, and more! For all the details, click here.

The Wild Game is located at 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd, Longmont, CO 80501.

LOUISVILLE

 

APEX School of Movement

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APEX School of Movement provides a space for kids to learn and practice parkour, an activity of moving rapidly through an area, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. APEX hosts kids birthday parties complete with a certified coach, mini-lessons and lots of open gym time. For all the party details, click here.

APEX School of Movement 1772 Prairie Way Unit G, Louisville, CO 80027.

Coal Creek Bowling Center

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At Coal Creek Bowling Center, all parties include two hours of bowling including shoes for eight children, one free game for each child to use on a future occasion, a balloon bouquet, all paper products, a special gift for the birthday kid, two pitchers of soda and a dedicated party host. There are three different party packages to choose from – details here.

Coal Creek Bowling Center is located at 1455 Coal Creek Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.

EVO Rock + Fitness

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EVO Rock + Fitness is a spacious, exciting facility that provides the perfect venue for your child’s birthday. Enthusiastic staff members belay young climbers and cheer them on with words of encouragement as they reach the top of our walls, up to 45′ high!  For all the details, click here.

EVO Rock + Fitness is located at 1754 Dogwood St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Mountain Kids

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Mountain Kids offers gymnastics or dance-themed birthday parties for ages 3-12. Parties include 1 hour of gymnastics or dance with our enthusiastic birthday party host, a gigantic obstacle course, trampoline, games, relays, parachute play or dance activities and 1⁄2 hour of party time for cake and other party activities. Mountain Kids will act as host, provide thank-you notes, and party favors, and of course take care of the entire cleanup!

Mountain Kids is located at 474 S Taylor Ave, Louisville, CO 80027.

Yoga Junction

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Looking for a creative and mindful way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Join Yoga Junction for a private yoga birthday party, catered to your group size and birthday wishes. Yoga parties offer a fun way for children to be introduced to the concepts of yoga in a comfortable atmosphere where they can balance, cultivate strength and compassion. The class can include games, yoga postures, breathing, art, and more.

Yoga Junction is located at 927 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

NEDERLAND

 

Carousel of Happiness

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Carousel of Happiness hosts birthday parties in its party room for up to 10 kids with accompanying adults circulating through. The Carousel features a magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. Party Room rental includes 10 carousel ride tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased. For details, click here.

Carousel of Happiness is located at 20 Lakeview Dr, Nederland, CO 80466.

SUPERIOR

 

Chuck E. Cheese

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Chuck E. Cheese’s features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages from toddlers to big kids will love. There are a variety of birthday package options to choose from, including entertainment, food and goodie bags.

Chuck E. Cheese’s is located at 305 Marshall Rd, Superior, CO 80027.

Great Play

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At Great Play‘s award-winning, high-energy parties, your guests will have a blast in the interactive gym! Choose from six different themes, from super hero party to dance party, and Great Play will customize your child’s party with interactive arena software. For all the details, click here.

Great Play is located at 502 Center Dr J&K, Superior, CO 80027.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Where to Buy Thanksgiving Pie (and Cake!) in Boulder

November 15, 2017
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Thanksgiving is almost here! If you aren’t much of a baker, or if you prefer to leave the dessert up to the professionals, check out this comprehensive list of small local bakeries that are serving up delicious Thanksgiving desserts in and around Boulder. Your family will thank you!

Beehold Cakes

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Beehold Cakes delivers cakes right to your door! For the holidays, Beehold Cakes is offering Gingersnap Cake and Chocolate Peppermint Bliss, in addition to the bakery’s classic favorites, Bananas Foster, Snickerdoodle and Salted Caramel Chocolate.

Allow 24 – 48 hours for order processing. Order your Thanksgiving dessert from Beehold Cakes here. Beehold Cakes delivers to the Denver/Boulder/Longmont area for FREE.

Boulder Baked

Boulder Baked offers a variety of pies, including Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Cherry Pie. In addition to traditional Thanksgiving pies, Boulder Baked offers cream pies, as well as crisps, cakes and cookies, including vegan and gluten free recipes.

Allow 24 – 48 hours notice for full pies. Boulder Baked is located at 1911 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302, but also offers delivery service. Order your Thanksgiving pies and desserts from Boulder Bakes here.

Button Rock Bakery

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Button Rock Bakery in Lafayette is offering Thanksgiving Pies as well as breakfast boxes to make your Thanksgiving day extra delicious. Button Rock has all the traditional flavors, including cherry, apple, peach and pumpkin, as well as key lime, lemon meringue, and strawberry rhubarb.

Call Button Rock Bakery by November 19 (Sunday) at (303) 926-1676 to order your Thanksgiving dessert! Button Rock Bakery is located at 1377 Forest Park Cir Suite 102, Lafayette, CO 80026,

Eats and Sweets

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Eats and Sweets in Lafayette features a Thanksgiving menu including apple, pumpkin and pear pie, as well as cheesecakes and gluten free options. The bakery is also offering Thanksgiving quiche.

Order your Thanksgiving pies from Eats and Sweets by Monday, November 20 by calling (303) 665-3287. Eats and Sweets is located at 401 S Public Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

The Huckleberry

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The Huckleberry in Louisville is offering its Thanksgiving holiday pies, including cherry, pumpkin and apple, as well as gluten free and vegan options.

Order your holiday pies from the Huckleberry by Monday, November 20 by calling (303) 666-8020. The Huckleberry is located at 700 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Kim and Jake’s Cakes

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Kim and Jake’s Cakes of Boulder is offering a Thanksgiving menu including fall cake flavors like ginger molasses, pumpkin and orange cake, as well as bread pudding, cinnamon rolls and pumpkin cake bars.

Order your Thanksgiving cakes and sweets by Saturday, November 18 by phone at (303) 499-9126. Kim and Jake’s Cakes is located at 641 S Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.

La Momo Maes Bakery

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La Momo Maes Bakery in Longmont is offering a variety of Thanksgiving pies, including apple, cherry, blueberry, pecan and more! Gluten free options, as well as many other dessert options are available.

Order Thanksgiving pies by Friday, November 17 by calling (303) 834-8502. La Momo Maes Bakery is located at 624 Kimbark St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery

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Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery is featuring a variety of Thanksgiving desserts, including gingersnap pumpkin pie, salted caramel apple pie, lemon almond ricotta cake and more.

Order from the Thanksgiving menu by Friday, November 17 by calling (720) 596-4905. Lucky’s Bakehouse & Creamery is located at 3960 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304.

 

My Mom’s Pie

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My Mom’s Pie in Niwot is taking orders for Thanksgiving desserts, including pumpkin praline, bourbon pecan, wild blueberry, raspberry rhubarb pie and so many more!

Order your pie today by phone at (303) 652-6667. My Mom’s Pie is located at 201 Murray St C, Niwot, CO 80503.

Romana Cake House

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Romana Cake House in Longmont is offering a wide array of Thanksgiving pies and sweet breads. Varieties include fruit pies, cream pies and cheesecakes, as well as morning pastries, cakes and cookies.

Romana Cake House is taking orders now by phone at (720) 684-6884. Romana Cake House is located at 900 Hover St, Longmont, CO 80501.

Shamane’s Bake Shoppe

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Shamane’s Bake Shoppe offers a variety of fruit and cream pies, from cherry vanilla bean and chocolate pecan to classic pumpkin. Shamane’s Thanksgiving menu also includes savory pot pies, quiche, brioche rolls and more!

Shamane’s Bake Shoppe is accepting Thanksgiving pie orders through Saturday, November 18 by phone at (303) 417-9338. Shamane’s Bake Shoppe is located at 2825 Wilderness Pl #800, Boulder, CO 80301.

T&Cakes

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T&Cakes in Boulder is offering a variety Thanksgiving pies and cakes, including pumpkin custard, chocolate bourbon pecan pie, apple spice cake and pumpkin salted caramel cake.

T&Cakes is accepting Thanksgiving orders through November 20 by phone at (720) 406-7548. T&Cakes is located at 1932 14th St, Boulder, CO 80302.

Walnut Cafe

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Walnut Cafe in Boulder is known for its delicious pie by the slice. For Thanksgiving, Walnut Cafe offers a limited number of whole pie orders.

Order your whole pie from Walnut Cafe before they are gone by phone at (720) 406-7548. Walnut Cafe is located at 3073 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80301.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Fall Seasonal Beers in Boulder

October 5, 2017
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It’s that time of year! The summer beers are gone and the fall beers have been put on tap. Pumpkin is the go-to for fall flavor, and this list will not disappoint. Many of the breweries in and around Boulder are serving up a range of seasonal favorites — from Pumpkin spiced ales to Oktoberfest lagers to strong ales. Here are a handful of the best fall seasonal beers to enjoy in and around Boulder.

Avery Brewing Company – Chai High Ale

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Check out Avery‘s delicious, limited release Chai High, a seasonal ale brewed with Chai spices, available through October at the Avery Tap Room or a liquor store near you (beer finder here). If Chai isn’t your flavor, Avery is pouring Fall Day IPA, an India Pale Ale spiced with fresh Colorado spruce tips to make the perfect fall pale ale, available in the tap room only.

Boulder Beer – Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest

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Boulder Beer‘s Dragonhosen Imperial Oktoberfest is a traditional Oktoberfest Lager that is sure to give you a buzz with a 9% alcohol by volume. This strong lager is full-bodied and malty, with a satisfying bitterness. Find Dragonhosen on tap at Boulder Beer’s Pub on Wilderness or at Boulder Beer at Walnut, or bottled at a liquor store near you.

Finkel and Garf – Rye Strong Ale

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To welcome the cool fall air, Finkel and Garf is releasing a limited edition Rye Strong Ale. This ale is aged in whiskey barrels and is particularly strong, coming in at a whopping 11.3% alcohol by volume. Available in the Finkel and Garf tap room.

Four Noses Brewing Company – Pump Action

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Four Noses Brewing Company‘s award-winning seasonal ale, Pump Action is packed with a bold pumpkin flavor, paired with fall spices and brown sugar. This delicious seasonal brew can be found at Four Noses’ tap room in Broomfield and at many local liquor stores.

Left Hand Brewing Company – Oktoberfest Märzen Lager

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Left Hand Brewing Company‘s fall staple, Oktoberfest Märzen Lager is a crisp, medium-bodied brew, full of malty goodness. This Oktoberfest lager can be found at Left Hand’s tasting room in Longmont or at most local liquor stores (beer finder here).

Gravity Brewing – Pumpkin Spice Lager

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Gravity Brewing is now pouring its seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lager, a German lager brewed with delicious pumpkin pie spices. If you aren’t in the mood for a spiced pumpkin beer, Gravity is also featuring its dark fall seasonal, Desertas, a chocolate raspberry Baltic porter. These brews are available on tap at Gravity Brewing in Louisville, and around town at participating restaurants and liquor stores (beer finder here).

Twelve Degree Brewing – Foxx Rougge

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Twelve Degree Brewing has its Foxx Rougge back on tap, a dark strong ale with notes of caramel, fig, raisin and plum. This deep amber ale is bold and complex, and strong coming in at 8.5% alcohol by volume. Twelve Degree brews can be enjoyed at the tap room in Louisville.

Upslope Brewing Company – Pumpkin Ale

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Upslope Brewing is giving the people what they want with this classic, limited release Pumpkin Ale, brewed with organic baby bear pumpkins and a custom blend of spices for that perfect fall flavor. Pumpkin not your thing? Try Upslope’s Blood Orange Saison, a limited release bright and citrusy brew with a natural sweetness and dry finish. These beers available in the Upslope Tap Rooms and at many local liquor stores.

Vindication Brewing – Freedom Stout

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What could be more satisfying on a cool autumn day than a robust, chocolate stout? Vindication Brewing Company has its Freedom Stout on tap in the tap room, and also in bottles at many local liquor stores (beer finder here).

West Flanders Brewing – Deutsch Klingen

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Deutsch Klingen is West Flanders Brewing Company‘s Oktoberfest brew, a gluten-reduced lager that is crafted for a crisp fall day. West Flanders brews can be found at the tap room or at a local liquor store (beer finder here).

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Pumpkin Patches Near Boulder 2017 [Interactive Map]

September 24, 2017

Fall is here and the pumpkins are ready! Below is a list (and an interactive map!) of nine pumpkin patches in and around Boulder to visit this season. Each one has its own unique pumpkin assortment and fall festival activities! Scroll down for all the details.

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Anderson Farms Fall Festival

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Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.

The Fall Festival runs from September 20 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10AM – 6PM, Friday 10AM – 11PM, Saturday 9AM – 11PM, Sunday 9AM – 10PM

Pricing: Admission to Fall Festival – Monday – Thursday, $10, Friday, Saturday & Sunday $16. Kids 3 & Under are FREE. Tickets available here.

Pricing: Zombie Paintball Hunt or Terror in the Corn Haunted Hayride and Maze (Includes Fall Festival admission) Friday & Saturday $25 ($45 for both events), Thursday (beginning October 12) & Sunday $22 ($40 for both events). Tickets available here.

Pumpkin Pricing: Small Pumpkins $4 & Under, Medium $6, Large $8, Extra Large $10

Anderson Farms is hosting its annual Fall Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more! Admission includes a ton of fun activities such as Colorado’s longest-running 30 acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, farm lights and so much more! Click here for a full list of activities. For those who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience.

Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival

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Photo Courtesy Cottonwood Farms

Cottonwood Farm is located at 1535 N 75th St, Boulder, CO 80303.

The Pumpkin Patch & Fall Festival runs from September 23 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Daily 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: FREE Admission. Wagon Hayrides (Saturdays and Sundays) $3/person.

Pumpkin Pricing: Most pumpkins $3 – $10, Specialty pumpkins $8 – $15.

Cottonwood Farms hosts a classic Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival in East Boulder. The farm offers a pumpkin patch as well as fall produce for purchase. Explore the hand-cut corn maze, with narrow paths for a fun and personal experience. The farm also offers a straw bale maze, farm animals to view, and vintage farm equipment display! Don’t miss the hayride, available on Saturdays and Sundays for $3/person.

Isabelle Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Isabelle Farm is located at the SW corner of Isabelle Road & Highway 287, Isabelle Farm Farmstand is located at 1640 Baseline Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026.

The Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze runs every weekend, September 30 – October 29, 2017.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: FREE Admission. Hayrides $3/person, Family of 4: $10.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $2 – $15, Large pumpkins $7.

Isabelle Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze every weekend just north of Lafayette at Hwy 287 & Isabelle Road. After you pick out the perfect pumpkin in the you-pick patch, check out the hayrides (starting October 7), barrel rides, farm animals, straw bale maze and corn maze! Fall produce, local honey and jams will also be available to purchase. Isabelle Farm also hosts a small pumpkin patch, with a lovely spot for taking pictures at its beautiful farmstand located on Baseline Rd. The farmstand is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10AM – 6PM.

Miller Farms Fall Harvest Festival

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Miller Farms is located at 13912 Co Rd 19, Platteville, CO 80651.

The Fall Harvest Festival runs from Labor Day to Mid-November.

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 6PM

Pricing: Admission $2/person. Harvest Rides $20/adult, $15/kid, 3 & Under are FREE, Family of 4 $65, additional family members $15.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $5 & up.

Miller Farms hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival every day throughout the fall season. Admission includes the farm’s petting zoo, corn maze and the Antique Alley, a collection of antique airplanes, trucks and tractors. Pick your own pumpkins and fall produce (fill a wagon for $35!) and take the harvest ride (prices listed above). The farm offers snacks, drinks and treats, and has dozens of covered picnic tables. Pack a lunch and spend a day at the farm!

Munson Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Munson Farm is located at 7355 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301.

The pumpkin patch runs through November 1.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9AM – 6:30PM, Sunday 9AM – 6PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Hayrides $3/person, $5/family.

Pumpkin Pricing: Pumpkins range from $2 – $25.

Munson Farm is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch at its farmstand in East Boulder. Activities include hayrides, a corn maze as well as a pumpkin patch. Munson Farm is known for its amazing selection of unique heirloom pumpkins including cinderella pumpkins, pink pumpkins, and many more!

Red Wagon Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Red Wagon Farm is located at 7694 N 63rd St, Longmont, CO 80503.

The pumpkin patch runs early October through Halloween.

Hours: Daily, 10AM – 6PM

Pricing: Free Admission.

Red Wagon Farm is offering a pumpkin patch at its farm in Longmont. Spend some time wandering the beautiful pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin, see the farm animals including alpacas, llamas, goats, chickens and geese, and play in the straw bale maze!

Rock Creek Farm U-Pick-Em Pumpkins and Corn Maze

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Rock Creek Farm is located at 2005 S 112th St, Broomfield, CO 80020.

The Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze runs September 30 – October 31.

Hours: Daily, 9AM – 6:30PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Corn Maze $6/Kids Ages 4-11, $9/Person 12 & Up, Kids under 4 are FREE.

Pumpkin Pricing: $8/Field Pumpkin, $15/2 Pumpkins, $20/3 Pumpkins, $25/4 Pumpkins, more pricing here.

Rock Creek Farm hosts its annual U-Pick-Em Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Broomfield. Free admission includes access to family fun play area, hay bale maze, farm animals and comic foregrounds for photos. Tour the farm’s 120 acre pumpkin patch, with its beautiful mountain backdrop to find and pick your very own pumpkin. The farm also offers four different corn mazes ranging from .3 miles to 5 miles (pricing above).

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

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Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is located at 9059 Ute Hwy, Longmont, CO 80503.

The October Pumpkin Carnival & Pumpkin Patch runs October 1 – October 31, 2017.

Hours: Pumpkin Carnival every weekend, 9AM – 6PM, Pumpkin Patch & activities open weekdays, 9AM – 5:30PM.

Pricing: Free Admission. Weekend activities are pay per activity, tickets $1/each (each activity varies from 1-5 tickets/child). Weekday self-guided tours & activities $8/child.

Pumpkin Pricing: 55¢ per pound

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is hosting its annual October Pumpkin Carnival in Longmont. The weekend pumpkin carnival features a kids corner, pumpkin patch, food vendors as well as activities (prices vary) such as: pony rides, carousel rides, painting pumpkins, petting zoo, hay maze, bouncy castle and so much more! Weekdays, the pumpkin patch is open to the public, with self-guided activities available such as: pumpkin painting, inflatable obstacle course, hay maze and viewing zoo.

Seventh Generation Farm

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7th Generation Farm is located at 100 S 96th Street, Louisville, CO 80027.

The Pumpkin Patch runs from September 29 – October 31.

Hours: Friday 12PM- 6PM, Saturday 9AM – 4PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM

Pricing: Free Admission. Kids Corn Maze $6/person, Adult Corn Maze $12/person

Pumpkin Pricing: $2 – $25

The 7th Generation Farm is celebrating Fall with a pumpkin patch & fall activities in Louisville. Activities included in admission: hay bale maze, huge hay bale mountain for climbing, pumpkin smash games, pumpkin painting station, farm animals, hayrides and so much more! The farm also offers a short, kid-friendly corn maze, as well as a large adult maze that takes about 1 hour – 1.5 hours to walk through (prices listed above).  Take a hayride to the farm’s pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin!

 

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Take Your Work Outside: 3 free, wifi-enabled places to work outdoors in Boulder

September 14, 2017

Boulder is a beautiful place to live and work, it seems a shame to spend so many hours indoors! Spending time outdoors in the fresh air and natural light has been proven to reduce stress and improve cognitive function. For me, changing my surroundings can help me feel more creative and energized. Below, I’ve put together a list of my favorite places around Boulder that offer all the benefits of an outdoor escape as well as fast, reliable wireless internet.

Best Places to Work Outdoors in Boulder

#1 NCAR

NCAR’s Mesa Lab (DI02484)

Photograph courtesy of ©UCAR

I have to choose the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) as #1 because of its amazing location and breathtaking views of both the flatirons and the front range. NCAR offers public wifi and has seating areas both indoors and outdoors and it is absolutely FREE. NCAR is a good distance from any restaurants or coffeehouses, but it does offer a cafeteria that is open weekdays (except holidays) for breakfast, 8:00 am – 9:30 am and lunch, 11:30 – 1:30 pm (Cafeteria accepts only cash).

It’s also the perfect spot to take a break for a short (or long!) hike in the fresh mountain air. NCAR packs the perfect vibe of research and learning, the perfect atmosphere to promote both hard work and reflection.

#2 Pearl Street

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Photo courtesy of Downtown Boulder

The City of Boulder provides a free, reliable high speed wifi internet connection throughout Pearl Street‘s famous walking mall. Bring a blanket and stretch out on the green lawn of the courthouse, or settle down on a comfy bench. Multiple coffee spots to keep you going, and plenty of choices for great food and entertainment when it’s time to take a break. Pearl Street is always a fun spot for people watching and provides a lovely view of the flatirons.

#3 Central Park & Civic Area (Along Boulder Creek Path)

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Photo courtesy of City of Boulder

The City offers free outdoor wifi in the downtown Civic Area, an outdoors space that includes plenty of seating as well as large, comfortable green spaces to work. Set yourself up along Boulder Creek or near the public library, either way you will receive strong access to high speed internet while enjoying Boulder’s best outdoor features! Located close to local businesses, you are walking distance from lunch and coffee. Here is a map of the Civic Area’s free wifi zone:

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Dog-Friendly Things to Do in Boulder

August 26, 2017
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It’s pretty great to be a dog in Boulder. Colorado canines enjoy everything that life could possibly offer — access to super fun dog parks, the very best hiking, great swimming spots, as well as more relaxing activities like hanging with their human pals at the local brewery. I don’t know about your dog, but mine assumes he is invited everywhere I’m going, and he is almost always right! For National Dog Day, I put together a list of my favorite things to do in and around Boulder with my best furry friend.

#1 Hike One of Boulder’s Beautiful Trails

Dogs are at their happiest outside, exploring the world. Boulder has a ton of amazing options for hikes — here are two of my favorites. The Tenderfoot Trail, a meandering, easy Boulder hike, perfect for enjoying some time outdoors with your dog of any age or ability. Totaling just a little under 2 miles there and back, this trail gains only 345 feet of elevation, and boasts amazing mountain views, as well as beautiful wildflowers. If your dog craves more of a challenge, Kohler Mesa Trail is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Boulder, Colorado. A moderately difficult hike, this trail starts with a steep elevation climb, then backs off with an easier trail. With any hiking, be sure to bring plenty of water and a bowl to keep your pup hydrated and happy!

#2 Take Your Best Friend to the Park

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Boulder offers four dog parks around town, there is sure to be one near you! East Boulder Dog ParkFoothills Dog Park & Valmont Dog Park all have separate areas for small and large breed dogs to meet up, play and have a fantastic time! There is also a fourth park, Howard Heuston Dog Park that is available to dogs with voice and sight control tags. For more information on the dog parks, click here. For information regarding voice and sight control tags, click here.

#3 Bring Your Furry Buddy to a Brewery

Photo Courtesy Boulder Beer Company

Many breweries in and around Boulder are dog-friendly! Avery Brewing is known for it’s dog-friendly patio seating, great service (wait staff will bring your dog a bowl of water!), as well as world-class craft brews. Boulder Beer offers outdoor seating for patrons with furry friends as well as a “dog door” to access the outdoor area. They are known for taking care of furry customers with a nice bowl of water, as well as offering their human friends delicious food and fresh beer. Outside of Boulder, 4 Noses Brewing in Broomfield is known for it’s dog-friendly tasting room. Since no food is served at the brewery, dogs are allowed inside! Not to worry, if you get hungry, there is almost always a food truck available (food truck schedule here). The brewery also offers incredible craft brews, spacious outdoor seating and close proximity to a public indoor dog pool, pet spa, pet supply shop and animal hospital.

#4 Take Your Dog Swimming

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My dog hates the water, but for some dogs — water is absolute heaven! There are a handful of places to take your pup for a swim in and around Boulder. At the East Boulder Dog Park, there is a small pond where dogs are permitted to take a dip. West Lake at Twin Lakes in Gunbarrel (right across the street from Avery Brewing!) is a local favorite, a nice spot for both a hike and a swim. After Labor Day during the off season, Boulder Reservoir allows dogs to swim at the South Shore. Until then, check out nearby Coot Lake, which always allows dogs.

Happy National Dog Day!

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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Free Yoga Classes in Boulder – International Day of Yoga

June 20, 2017
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Take a yoga class for FREE in (and around) Boulder today! To celebrate International Day of Yoga, I have put together a list of free (and donation-based) classes this week to get you started (or re-started!) on your yoga practice. Yoga transforms both body and mind and has been so effective for so many that this physical, mental and spiritual practice is over 5,000 years old. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.

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Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru notes the importance of June 21 in the yogic tradition: “On the day of the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of humanity.”

Free Yoga In and Around Boulder this Week

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Wednesday, June 21 (International Day of Yoga!)

Community Yoga with Tania
12 – 1PM @PrAna Boulder 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Yoga for Smiles with Raj Seymour
5:30 – 6:30PM @Core Power Yoga – South Boulder 645 27th Way, Boulder, CO 80305
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Yoga Day! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation is $10. Enjoy free samples from Blue Moose of Boulder and Bobo’s Oat Bars after class!

Yoga for Smiles with Noëlle de Boulder
5 – 6PM @Core Power Yoga – Boulder on The Hill
1129 13th St, 2nd Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Day of Yoga! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation $10.

Yoga for Smiles with Laura
5 – 6PM @Core Power Yoga – North Boulder 
3280 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301
Practice with purpose to celebrate International Day of Yoga! All proceeds go to support Smile Train – providing free cleft surgeries for children in developing countries. Suggested donation $10.

Thursday, June 22

Community Yoga with Alec
12 – 1PM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Neighborhood Yoga Series with Jenna Bee Yoga & Olivia Hsu
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM @North Boulder Park,
 2848 9th St, Boulder, CO 80304
This free series is sponsored by WonderPress, prAna, Topo Designs, and Zeal Optics. Open to the public, donations encouraged.

Outlaw Yoga with Mark Stefanowski
7PM @The Village at the Peaks Mall in Longmont – Village Green, 1250 S Hover Rd, Longmont, CO 80501
This free all levels community class hosted by Outlaw Yoga is sponsored by The Village at the Peaks Mall in Longmont along with Whole Foods and Hiball Energy Founding. Come for class and hang around for fun after.

Qoya Yoga & Dance with Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
7:15- 8:15PM @Earth Yoga Boulder3000 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Qoya classes, which are a blend of yoga,dance, and community connection, are based on the idea that through movement we remember. This class is donation-based. Sign up here.

Friday, June 23

Community Yoga with Maggie
12 – 1PM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Community Yoga at Odyssey Yoga in Longmont
5 – 6PM @Odyssey Yoga340 Lashley St, Longmont, CO 80504
Join us for an all-levels Flow led by graduates of Odyssey’s Teacher Training! This FREE class will be accepting donations for local and national charities and organizations.

Saturday, June 24

Community Yoga with Lynsay
10:30 – 11:30AM @PrAna Boulder, 
1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 
PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Summer Solstice Yoga with Terese Shanley
9-10AM @Athleta Boulder, 1133 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Unite with the power of breath, light and movement within your own body! Through a focused series or breath-work and holds, Terese will guide us to connect with our own life force to change our energy and set our intentions as we celebrate the Summer Solstice. Arrive at Athleta Boulder 10 minutes before the start of class to register, meet the instructor and relax with your mat. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one! This event is sponsored by Eldorado Springs Water. Free Parking in the Spruce Street Garage on Saturdays, 1 block North of Athleta

Heated CorePower C1 Class with Katarina
4:30 – 5:30PM @CorePower Yoga – Westminster, 11940 Bradburn Blvd #600, Westminster, CO 80031
Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Westminster. Our C1 class is set to inspiring tunes, and is a foundation-building yoga class that will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace. This class will be heated.

Heated CorePower C1 Class with Stephanie
5:30 – 6:30PM @CorePower Yoga – Broomfield Flatirons, 549 Flatiron Blvd, Broomfield, CO 80021
Unroll your yoga mat for an invigorating full-body flow where you’ll explore the yoga postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield. Our C1 class is set to inspiring tunes, and is a foundation-building yoga class that will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate, but intuitive pace. This class will be heated.

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Sunday, June 25

Community Yoga with Devon
2 -3PM @PrAna Boulder 1147 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 

PrAna provides everything you need – mats, bolsters, blocks straps and more at this free community yoga class.

Community Kundalini and LIVE Gong
8 – 9AM @The Little Yoga Studio, 
2525 Arapahoe Ave, E-42, Boulder, CO 80302
Practice Kundalini Yoga at The Little Yoga Studio as taught by yogi Bhajan, is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline for developing strength, awareness, character, and consciousness. Practitioners call Kundalini Yoga the yoga of awareness because it focuses on the expansion of sensory awareness and intuition in order to raise individual consciousness and merge it with the Infinite consciousness. 

Summer Sundays on the Hill – CorePower Yoga with Daniel
9 – 10AM @The Hill, 
1325 Broadway Suite 214, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Lululemon is teaming up with CorePower Yoga on The Hill for the first month of “Summer Sundays on the Hill.” This summer, the city will be closing 13th street on Sunday mornings and will celebrate summer with FREE outside CorePower yoga.

OUTLAW Yoga with Mark Stefanowski
10:30 – 11:30AM @Rails End Beer Company – Broomfield, 11625 Reed Ct B, Broomfield, CO 80020
Join Founding OUTLAW Mark Stefanowski for a donation-based all levels OUTLAW Yoga Class in Broomfield, CO at Rails End Beer Company.

Free Community Class at Yoga Loft
11AM – 12PM @Yoga Loft of Boulder, 633 S Broadway n, Boulder, CO 80305
This is a spirited and spontaneous yoga class inspired by recent graduates of Yoga Loft‘s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. These non-heated yoga classes are structured with all levels in mind. Come join in the fun and support these new teachers as they practice sharing their passion for yoga.

Yoga Sculpt: CorePower FREE Teacher-in-Training Class
12 – 1PM @Core Power Yoga – Boulder on The Hill 1129 13th St, 2nd Floor, Boulder, CO 80302 
CorePower‘s Yoga Sculpt combines muscle and yoga. Boost metabolism and build lean muscle mass as you move to upbeat tracks. You’ll combine free weights with CorePower Yoga 2 sequencing and cardio to intensify each yoga pose while mixing in strength-training moves like squats, lunges and bicep curls.

Qoya Yoga & Dance with Sarah Silvas-Bernstein
12:30 – 1:30PM @Earth Yoga Boulder, 3000 Folsom St, Boulder, CO 80304
Qoya classes, which are a blend of yoga,dance, and community connection, are based on the idea that through movement we remember. This class is donation-based. Sign up here.

Free Community Yoga with Out Boulder County
1 – 2PM @Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St, Boulder, Colorado 80301
Bring your mat and enjoy a bendy, fun, relaxing, and body-affirming hour of yoga! All abilities and flexibilities (gender, sexuality, limbs) are welcome. No mat? No worries. . . there will be mats available to use. Cost: Donation based, all proceeds benefit Out Boulder County. All inquires contact Out Boulder County.

Free Beginner’s Class with Kelse
2:30 – 3:30PM @CorePower Yoga – Broomfield East, 3700 W 144th Ave c100, Broomfield, CO 80020
Try out this free beginner’s yoga class at CorePower Yoga in Broomfield (East).

Seva Teacher Training Graduates Give Back Donation Class
3 – 4PM @Yoga Pod Boulder, Yoga Pod‘s recent Seva Teacher Training graduates are inspired to give back by offering a donation class, benefiting the Give Back Yoga Foundation. This energetic vinyasa class is suitable for all levels of practitioner. Modifications will be offered for beginner level students while more advanced students can also expect a good challenge. Classes are diverse, as the specific teacher will bring their own creative element, however all classes will focus on proper alignment techniques and safe and intelligent sequencing progressions. Some previous yoga experience is suggested. Classes are 60 minutes long.

Can’t make it this week? Check out this awesome resource for free yoga classes in Boulder here.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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5 Fun Things to Do with Dad for Father’s Day in Boulder

June 16, 2017

Having a hard time deciding what to do with the dad in your life on Father’s Day? I’ve put together a list of unique, fun things to do this Sunday for Father’s Day in Boulder. Whether he loves brews, BBQ, classic cars, go karts or music, there are a ton of fun places to take Dad this weekend, in and around Boulder!

Go Kart with Dad at Gateway Park Fun Center

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Photo Courtesy Trip Advisor

Where: Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: 10AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary based on activity (admission is free) – view full pricing here.

Gateway Park Fun Center is a dad’s dream come true (and so fun for kids too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses — choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!! The park also offers a full-size driving range for avid golfers.

The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. Gateway offers a snack bar as well as a picnic area.

Take Dad for a Beer at a Local Brewery

Photo Courtesy of FATE Brewing Company

There are so many amazing local breweries, I couldn’t choose just one! Many breweries in and around town are offering awesome deals for dads this Sunday for Father’s Day.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons is featuring BBQ shrimp, salmon, and andouille sausage with cheesy mac and coleslaw. Cans of Dale’s Pale Ale will be $2 all day. For the little ones, there will be plenty of delicious kid-friendly options as well as a bouncy castle!

Boulder Beer is hosting a Pig Roast at the Pub to honor dad for Father’s Day! $14/ plate includes smoked pork, two sides, BBQ black beans, macaroni salad and Chef Logan Wolff‘s homemade biscuits!

FATE Brewing Company is celebrating father’s day by offering every dad one free core beer pint. Every father. All day.

Wonderland Brewing in Broomfield is offering a free beer to all dads on Father’s Day.

Deals or no, Boulder has a long list of amazing breweries. Click here for the full list.

Take Dad to a Car Show

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Photo Courtesy Hazel’s Beverage World

Where: Hazel Parking Lot, 1955 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

When: 10AM – 3PM

Cost: FREE

Hazel’s Beverage World is hosting the Show & Shine Car Show in the parking lot this Sunday for Father’s Day. This is a family friendly event, open to the public with free food provided by MillerCoors. Have a car that you want to show? Classic, muscle, custom, new performance, and special interest cars welcome, no registration required. Participants are asked to display for a minimum of 2 hours. As a thank you for showing your car, show participants will receive a Hazel’s gift card.

Take Dad to See Drive-By Truckers & Rose Hill Drive at Chautauqua Auditorium

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Photo Courtesy Rose Hill Drive Facebook Page

Where: Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80302

When: June 17, 7:30PM

Cost: $35 – $50

Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with “American Band,” they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. On Saturday night, Drive-By truckers will be performing with Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive at Chautauqua Auditorium.

Take Dad Out for Some Amazing BBQ

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Photo Courtesy LuLu’s BBQ

Every dad I know loves some great BBQ… If you and dad aren’t up to grilling this Father’s Day, don’t worry — there are plenty of amazing BBQ spots in and around Boulder! Here are some of our favorites, listed by city.

Boulder: 

A Colorado original and a Boulder favorite for over 20 years, KT’s BBQ serves Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides. Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!). My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Boulder at 2660 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80304 & 7464 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Moe’s Original BBQ serves quick Southern-style BBQ with rotating sides, so you can try something new every time. Located near campus at 675 30th St, Boulder, CO 80303.

Louisville:

LuLu’s BBQ in Louisville is a casual sit-down restaurant, serving Texas-style BBQ with a TON of amazing sides to choose from including fried okra, potato salad, corn bread and so much more. Lulu’s also has a full bar – ask for the amazing Texas slush! Great spot for bringing the kids, Lulu’s has a kids menu that includes kids favorites like hot dogs, mac and cheese and pb&j as well as a BBQ option. Located at 701 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.

Superior:

If you want some Wayne’s Smoke Shack – True Texas BBQ this weekend, you’ll need to take Dad for an early Father’s Day lunch as Wayne’s isn’t open Sundays. This lunch-only chain is hugely popular for its Texas-style sold-by-the-pound meat. Located at 406 Center Dr, Superior, CO 80027.

Lafayette:

My husband recently tried the new UTurn BBQ in Lafayette, and was blown away by the taste as well as the amazing portions and sides that come along with a meal. UTurn offers a selection of American BBQ styles, try their Texas Brisket, Carolina Pork, Southern Chicken, or Kansas Rib. While you are there, treat Dad to a fresh brew from UTurn’s own in-house brewery. Did I mention they have a drive-thru?? Located at 599 Crossing Dr, Lafayette, CO 80026.

Longmont:

The Rib House has been serving mouth-watering Kansas City-style BBQ in Colorado for over 16 years. Try the award-winning Tracy’s Illegal Pork Babyback Ribs, and don’t forget my favorite specialty, the mac and cheese wedges. The Rib House also has a ton of amazing desert options. Located at .

Broomfield:

Take Dad for an early Father’s Day meal this Saturday (KT’s is closed on Sundays!) at the Broomfield KT’s BBQ,serving the same Memphis-style BBQ with peppery vinegary sauce and amazing homestyle sides as the original restaurant in Boulder. My dad’s favorite is the hot link sandwich! KT’s BBQ is located in Broomfield at KT’s BBQ799 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

Another Colorado original, brothers Chris and Nick O’Sullivan run Brother’s BBQ featuring a variety of American BBQ styles. Try the pulled pork or hot link sandwich paired with your choice of BBQ sauce. Kids will love the mac and cheese. There is even a vegetarian option! Tofu BBQ sandwich.And the fries are incredible. Located in Broomfield at 565 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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School’s Out! What to Do with Kids in Boulder this Summer

June 4, 2017
What to do with kids in boulder this summer

School is over, the kids are home and you’re left wondering – what should we do this summer? Boulder has a TON of fun opportunities for kids and families. Whether your kid loves biking, reading, skiing, go kart racing or music, there is something for everyone in our guide to summer for kids in Boulder.

Gateway Park Fun Center

What to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: 4800 North 28th St, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Every day from 10AM – 10PM

Cost: Prices vary based on activity – view full pricing here.

Gateway Park Fun Center is a kid’s dream come true (and so fun for adults too!). Opened in the 1980s, this park has maintained tons of original features, giving it an eclectic, old school feel that will bring you back to your childhood. Many activities include 18-hole mini golf courses — choose from the Windmill Course or the Castle Course, or play both!!

The park also offers bumper cars, as well as single-seat and double-seat go carts. Gateway is home to Boulder’s only batting cages, with a variety of pitch speeds for softball and baseball. The arcade is filled with different kinds of video and interactive games. Many of the games spit out tickets which can be traded in for fun prizes at the end of your visit. A snack bar is located inside. If that isn’t enough, Gateway also has a full golf driving range as well as a human maze.

Beach Time at the Boulder Reservoir

Things to do in Boulder in June

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Where: Boulder Reservoir, 5565 N 51st St., Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily unless otherwise posted

Cost: Kids ages 3-18 $4, Adults 19-59 $7, Seniors 60+ $5, 2 and under are FREE

Boulder Reservoir offers one of the largest, seasonally lifeguard attended swimming beaches in Colorado. It features a marked swim area with rafts. The shallow roped off area is great for small children. Children 12 and under must pass a lifeguard administered swim test to go beyond the first rope. Children under 3 years old must wear swim diapers.Children 5 years old and under must be within arm’s reach of an adult when in the water or near the water’s edge. Flotation devices are allowed only at the discretion of the lifeguards/beach staff. To view all the safety rules, click here.

Don’t have time to pack a lunch? Visit the Beachside Cafe, featuring an extensive lunch menu as well as snacks, kids meals and coffee and tea.

Spruce Outdoor Pool

what to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: 2102 Spruce St., Boulder, Colorado 80302

Hours: Open Swim Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15AM-8PM, Tuesday & Thursday 10AM-8PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-6PM

Cost: Kids ages 3-18 $4, Adults 19-59 $7, Seniors 60+ $5, 2 and under are FREE. Summer passes available, click here for details.

Spruce Pool is Boulder’s premier family oriented outdoor pool. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, cool off in the water features and leisure pool, then swim a few laps in our 25 yard lap pool. Eight lane, 25-yard pool with temperatures between 80° and 82°, leisure pool with accessible ramp, accessible play features including jets, fountains and a duck slide.

Scott Carpenter Outdoor Pool

what to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: 1505 30th St, Boulder, Colorado 80303

Hours: Open Swim Monday-Friday 1-4PM, Saturday & Sunday 12-5PM

Cost: Kids ages 3-18 $4, Adults 19-59 $7, Seniors 60+ $5, 2 and under are FREE. Summer passes available, click here for details.

 

Boulder’s only 50 meter pool — great for both elite athletes and recreational swimmers. Take a ride down the slide or jump from the springboard. Six lane 50 meter pool with temperatures between 80° and 82°, two one-meter spring boards operated during open swim hours, large slide operated during open swim hours.

ABC Kids Climbing

What to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: 1960 32nd Street, Boulder, Colorado 80301

Hours: All Ages Tuesday 7PM – 9PM, Friday 7PM – 10PM, Sunday 12PM  – 6PM. Young Kids only (6 & Under) Saturdays 2PM – 5PM

Cost: Individuals $12, Family (4 or more) $40

Open Gym is a great opportunity for families to try ABC Kids Climbing for their first time.  Kids are welcome to explore our facility, with parent supervision, to find the area in which they will have the most fun.  ABC has top ropes, auto-belays, ziplines, slides, and bouldering for kids of all ages to enjoy! No climbing experience?  No need to worry!  ABC’s expert staff will give all new families a tour complete with rules and basic climbing guidelines to get you started in the right direction. ABC also offers summer day camps for kids – details here.

CU Museum of Natural History

what to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309

Hours: Monday – Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 10-4

Cost: FREE

The University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History is fun, educational, interactive AND parent-friendly! The museum offers kid-inspired exhibits (right now — butterflies and dinosaurs!) and a cute gift shop on the main level. In the lower level, kids will have a great time in the interactive play and learning area. Right outside the play area parents can enjoy a nice, FREE cup of coffee or tea in the museum’s BioLounge with comfortable seats and inviting atmosphere. Family-friendly bathrooms are located upstairs. While there are beautiful staircases in this beautiful, old building, there is also a centrally-located elevator making the museum handicapped and stroller-friendly. Admission is free, donations are accepted. The gift shop offers a fun array of science-inspired items. Paid parking is located South of the museum.

Hike & Learn at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)

what to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305

Hours: Visitors Center is Open Monday – Friday 8-5, Weekends 9-4

Cost: FREE

NCAR’s beautiful outdoor spaces and Visitor Center are perfect for a summer outing with the kids! Take a hike at the base of Boulder’s amazing flatirons with gorgeous views. At the Visitor’s Center, kids can learn about weather and climate with interactive displays. Kids can play with clouds and even create their own tornado! Other exhibits include Sun-Earth Connections, Layers of the Atmosphere, Climate Discovery and more. Guided tours are available from 12-1 on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, or you can opt to move through the exhibits on your own. NCAR offers a cafeteria that is open weekdays (except holidays) for breakfast, 8:00 am – 9:30 am and lunch, 11:30 – 1:30 pm (Cafeteria accepts only cash). Admission is always FREE to the public! Parking is also free.

Summer Reading Program at Boulder Public Library

NoBo Branch Boulder Public Library

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Where: Main Library, George Reynolds Branch, Carnegie Branch, Meadows Branch, NoBo Corner Library

Hours: Hours vary, click here for detailed info on each library.

Cost: FREE

Boulder offers five public libraries in different areas around town, all of which are offering the summer reading program.You can sign up in person or  sign up online and pick up your reading log or teen card deck the next time you’re at your local library.

The main library is awesome for families with its children’s area as well as the Seeds Library Cafe, a full-service coffee shop right inside the library! The Children’s area is glass-enclosed, allowing kids to make some noise without disturbing other patrons and offers a vast collection of books as well as  hands-on activities, a story time meeting area, and kid-sized computer desks and seating. The area has its own private bathrooms for kids & caregivers. Parents will enjoy the Seeds Library Cafe, located on the bridge overlooking Boulder Creek between the main library and the arts & media area. The cafe is operated by the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets and offers not only coffee and espresso drinks but breakfast and lunch as well. The cafe is open Monday-Thursday from 9-5, Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

Valmont Bike Park

things to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: 3160 Airport Rd, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Dawn to dusk daily

Cost: FREE

North America’s most state-of-the-art public bike park, Valmont Bike Park is located in Boulder, Colorado on 40 acres of awesome. Bike Park amenities include family trails, cross country trails, cyclocross courses, a slopestyle terrain park, dirt jumps, a dual slalom race course, 2 pump parks, and kids bike play areas. Progression is the name of the game at this park, with “small” through “extra-large” trails and features that cater to everyone, from the beginning mountain biker to professional rider. Check out the bike park’s trail map here.

Fiske Planetarium

what to do with kids in boulder this summer

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Where: 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309

Hours: Shows vary daily, see full schedule here.

Cost: Tickets are generally $7 for kids, seniors & veterens/ $10 for adults

Fiske Planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Colorado. The Planetarium hosts a diverse range of shows, star talks, LASER shows, and special live events in it’s 65-foot diameter dome (the largest between Chicago and Los Angeles!). In 2013, Fiske completed a major systems upgrade with an 8K Sky-Skan projection system that allows us to show the most cutting-edge content in a truly immersive environment that fully surrounds audiences with a huge screen, dazzling visuals, and fantastic sound.  The new star machine, which looks like R2-D2, shows 10 million stars and the Milky Way, the most beautiful indoor sky ever.

The planetarium hosts special talks and educational events, and often host large crowds during astronomical and NASA-related events. Fiske is open weekdays for select shows and events, and hosts weekend shows and matinées. For the Planetarium’s show schedule, click here.

Meadow Music with Jeff and Paige

Things to do in Boulder in June

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Where: Chautauqua Green, Baseline Rd & 9th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Time: Mondays throughout the summer, 5:30 – 7PM

Cost: FREE

A kid favorite. Join the musical duo Jeff and Paige for evenings of children’s music and nature education. The evening consists of a short hike, followed by 45 minutes of nature music at the foot of the Flatirons. Sponsored by City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Division Meadow Music is an award-winning environmental education program at Chautauqua Green in Boulder, Colorado.! Meet us at 5:30 to start a short hike that’s friendly to all ages (we recommend arriving early to find a place to put your picnic blanket before the hike). After our hike we return to Chautauqua Green for a concert full of our original nature and science-based music. The concert starts around 6:00pm and ends by about 7:00. Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic and some silliness.

Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park

what to do with kids this summer in boulder

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Where: 6655 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

Hours: Saturdays 8-9AM

Cost: $15 for non-members

Disappointed that ski season is over? Shredder Urban Ski & Snowboard Park has got you covered! Shredder is an amazing indoor ski and snowboarding facility for ages 10 months to adult. Open Gym is a time to practice and reinforce the fundamentals of skiing and snowboarding. Parents or adults will interact and/or ski/board with their child. Skis and boots are available to rent. For safety purposes, please call ahead of time to reserve your time slot to use the Slope.  By reserving your time slot, your kids will be safe and able to focus on the fundamentals. Shredder also offers ski and snowboard school classes to all ages, including freestyle fundamental classes (starting at age 8), Yeti School (10 months to 3 years), and beginning adult skiers/boarders. Join us for Open Gym times, Birthday Parties, Summer Camps, Parents’ Nights Out, and so much more!

Boulder Farmer’s Market

What to Do with Kids in Boulder this weekend

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I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.

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A Guide to Boulder’s Public Libraries

April 11, 2017
Boulder's Public Libraries

Did you know that Boulder offers five public libraries in different areas around town? Each library offers unique programming and convenient location. In honor of National Library Week, here is a guide to all five of Boulder’s public libraries.

Boulder Public Libraries [Interactive Map]

#1 Boulder Public Library – Main Library

Boulders Public Libraries

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Boulder’s Main Branch, located in central Boulder, features a fun Children’s area, a Teen Space as well as the Seeds Library Cafe, a full-service coffee shop right inside the library! The Children’s area is glass-enclosed, allowing kids to make some noise without disturbing other patrons and offers a vast collection of books as well as  hands-on activities, a story time meeting area, and kid-sized computer desks and seating. The area has its own private bathrooms for kids & caregivers. The Teen Space is located on the second floor for teens in 6th-12th grade (AND ages 11-18). Teens enjoy the comfy chairs, music, iPads, technology lab, computers, games, crafts, coffee, tea as well as people to answer questions. The calendar for children’s and adult programming at the main library is available here.

The Seeds Library Cafe, located on the bridge overlooking Boulder Creek between the main library and the arts & media area. The cafe is operated by the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets and offers not only coffee and espresso drinks but breakfast and lunch as well. The cafe is open Monday-Thursday from 9-5, Friday & Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

The Main Branch is open Monday – Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday & Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6. Monday – Friday the parking for the first 90 minutes is free, additional time can be purchased for $1.25/hr. Saturdays and Sundays parking is always free.

#2 George Reynolds Branch Library

George Reynolds Library Boulder's Public Libraries

Named for George Reynolds, a retired professor of English at the University of Colorado, the George Reynolds Branch  was built in 1968 and then expanded in the mid 80s, serving the South end of Boulder. Reynolds left the city of Boulder $32,000 from his estate in 1965 to construct the city’s first library. Reynolds left the money with no strings attached, but the city decided to name the library after him anyway.

Located near the Table Mesa Shopping Center the George Reynolds branch great community resource with a wide selection of books, children’s programming, a Teen Space, and meeting spaces. The library’s Teen Space is a place to socialize, browse books, play games, and study with tables, computers, and comfy chairs. Open to grades 6-12. Teen Space hours: Tues-Thur: 2-9, Friday: 2-6, Sat: 10-6, Sun: 1-5. The branch offers a wide range of children’s programming, click here for the calendar.

The library is open Monday – Wednesday 9-8, Thursday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

#3 Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

Carnegie Branch Boulder's Public Libraries

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The Carnegie Branch Library for Local History collects and preserves Boulder’s rich history for future generations of researchers. Written, visual and audible materials created by and about Boulder-area residents are housed in our documents room, and are available to the public and scholars for research. Collections documenting early geographic, cultural and social regions of Boulder County including documents, photographsoral history interviews as well as historic Boulder and Boulder County newspapers in microfilm ranging from 1869-present as well as the Boulder Daily Camera archives.

The Carnegie Branch Library also holds the Boulder Genealogical Society’s collection. This collection consists of a wide range of materials including obituary indexes (1859-1925 and 1960-present), mortuary and burial records as well as histories and directories for various Boulder churches. This collection is in the process of being cataloged and is searchable online.

The Carnegie Branch is open Monday – Friday 1-5 and Saturday 10-3.

#4 Meadows Branch Library

Boulder PUblic Library Meadows Branch

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Recently updated in 2016, the Meadows Branch has a fresh, modern style. The branch is designed to look like a bookstore and is located inside a shopping complex. Meadows Branch has a nice sized meeting room, computer stations, children’s programming and a great selection of books and periodicals. The Teen Zone caters to kids ages 12-18 to hang out, study, and play. Click here to view a calendar for kid’s and adult programming!

The library is open Monday – Wednesday 9-8, Thursday – Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

#5 NoBo Corner Library

NoBo Branch Boulder Public Library

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Th NoBo Corner Library is Boulder’s newest branch, packing all the amazing services of the Boulder Public Library into a small space. The shelves are stocked with 900 books for children and adults, including a small Spanish language collection, as well as 200 DVDs. The book collection includes board books for very young readers, chapter books for mid-level readers and adult fiction and non-fiction options. Although the collection is relatively small, patrons are able to order books from larger libraries through the inter-library loan system available in the library or through an online account.

The branch is a place for patrons to stop in quickly, pick up books they ordered from other branches, return books or use the handful of computers that sit along the library’s west wall. The library also offers children’s programming. Click here to view the storytime calendar for kids of all ages!

The NoBo Library is open Monday & Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-8, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-6.

I am Rachel, Boulder writer and mother. I started this blog as a resource for Boulder newcomers and those considering relocating to this amazing, unique city. It has become my passion to explore Boulder and to share what I’ve learned with you! My husband, Jeremiah Daly, is a local Realtor and neighborhood expert. We live in the Boulder foothills with our two young daughters.