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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.

Pumpkin Patches Near Boulder

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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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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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.
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12 Boulder Schools Named in Top 25 Best Public Elementary Schools Denver Metro Area

February 19, 2017
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According to an analysis done by Niche, Boulder public elementary schools made up 12 of the 25 best public elementary schools in the Denver Metro area. The ranking is based on a study of key statistics (like state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings and overall quality of the school district) as well as millions of reviews from students and parents. Scroll down to view the best public elementary schools in Boulder.

Top 25 Best Public Elementary Schools in the Denver Metro Area

#1 Challenge School Denver, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade A-

#2 Cherry Creek Charter Academy Greenwood Village, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#3 High Peaks Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#4 Fireside Elementary School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#5 Superior Elementary School Superior, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#7 Mesa Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C

#8 Bear Creek Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#9 Bear Creek Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A+
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#10 Foothill Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#11 Coal Creek Elementary School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

# 12 Louisville Elementary School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#13 Dry Creek Elementary School Englewood, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#14 Crest View Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+
Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade A-

# 16 Douglass Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#17 Eldorado K-8 School Superior, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B-

#18 Community Montessori School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#19 Whittier Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#20 Lafayette Elementary School Lafayette, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#21 Whittier Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#22 Belleview Elementary School Greenwood Village, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B+

#23 Monarch K-8 School Louisville, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade B

#24 Heatherwood Elementary School Boulder, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A
Culture & Diversity Grade C+

#25 Cherry Hills Village Elementary School Cherry Hills Village, CO

Academics Grade A
District Overall Niche Grade A+
Teachers Grade A+
Culture & Diversity Grade C

To view data sources and factor details, visit Niche 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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Top 5 BEST Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Boulder that Adults will LOVE!

February 14, 2017

This was a hard list to pare down – Boulder’s restaurant scene is diverse and extensive! These 5 restaurants stand out as both kid-friendly and enjoyable for adults.

The Southern Sun

Photo courtesy of Southern Sun

The Southern Sun Restaurant and Brewery has got to be the most family-friendly restaurant EVER. Seating is perfect to meet up with family or friends, with long picnic-like tables as well as booths so that everyone can gather ‘round. The atmosphere is down-to-earth with a super-friendly staff that is helpful and quick! Kids can choose from a variety of options that will please the pickiest of eaters. For the adults, the options range from vegetarian-friendly dishes to burgers and chili. Delicious comfort food paired perfectly with a long list of Colorado craft brews. To top it all off, the Table Mesa location is perfect after a hike at Chautauqua or NCAR, with breathtaking views of the flatirons.

Pro Tip: Get some cash on the way! Southern Sun does not accept credit cards. But trust me… Worth it!

The Med

Photo courtesy of The Med

The Boulder Med is a perfect place for families enjoying a day on the Pearl Street Mall to take a quick break for great food and a vibrant atmosphere. Located on Walnut Street just South of Pearl, the Med offers a ton of great food including kid favorites like pizza. If you’re lucky enough to stop in during happy hour (3 pm – 6:30 pm) the family can take advantage of special pricing on their extensive tapas menu as well as low prices on beer and wine for mom and dad. Kids can sample Mediterranean classics in a lively, fun atmosphere. Adults will enjoy the delicious food and fast, friendly service!

The Buff

Photo courtesy of The Buff

For families seeking a great breakfast and lunch restaurant, The Buff is a great option. The Buff is family owned and renowned not only for its legendary breakfast, but for its zero-waste initiative. The Buff’s cozy atmosphere as well as delicious, home-style breakfasts and lunch make this restaurant kid and family friendly! Adults will love the 99 cent breakfast drinks – mimosas, bloody marys and tequila sunrises right out of the tap.

Verde

Photo courtesy of Tyra Sutak

Looking for outstanding Mexican food at an affordable price? Try Verde, this new-ish restaurant is just waiting to be discovered by Boulder families! Originally started as a food truck, Verde’s delicious mexican food can now be enjoyed at a brick and mortar restaurant. Eat in for a relaxed vibe with plenty of options for picky kids like nachos and burritos. My favorite is the oh-so-decadent grilled vegetables nachos piled high with cheese, tomatoes, onions, grilled peppers with a side of sour cream and fresh guacamole! Also a great place to stop by for carry-out to eat at home.

Murphy’s

My pick for North Boulder is Murphy’s (which also has a South Boulder location) for it’s great menu selection and family-friendly feel. If you stop in for Thursday night dinner, prepare to have your minds blown by local magician, the Amazing Lamont!  (Lamont also entertains the South Boulder location every Tuesday night.) Your kids will enjoy an amazing selection from burgers and hot dogs to pasta and pizza, along with their choice of side and a drink. For the grown-ups, Murphy’s has brewpub staples like burgers and IPA battered fish & chips as well as comfort plates, salads and so much more! A full bar is available, featuring local craft brews and creative cocktails.

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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Boulder Embraces Winter Storms and Freezing Temps

January 7, 2017
Boulder in Winter

It’s early January and the temps are are in the frigid negatives, but Boulder people don’t cower — they go outside. When we had our first snowstorm here in Boulder, I was more than a little charmed to discover people skiing through North Boulder Park.

Just yesterday, Boulder experienced a major snowstorm, heavy enough to close schools as well as city government buildings. Although Boulder receives snowfall regularly in the winter, these types of closures are a rare occurrence. Today the kids went back to school and as I drove through the streets, here is what I noticed:

Boulder in Winter

Boulder’s Chautauqua Park with Sledding Hill in View

Boulder people bike in the snow — they are cautious but undeterred.

 

At the park you’ll see kids playing in the snow as cross-country skiers glide past.  And it is awesome.

At Boulder’s scenic Chautauqua Park, people are enjoying themselves —  all bundled up they are hiking, running, walking their dogs and of course — sledding!!

chautauqua sledding

The blanket of snow and the freezing temps will give way to warmer days and sunshine throughout January and February. The snow sticks around only for a couple of days, melting in the Chinook winds. It’s all in the ebb and flow of a Colorado winter — freezing and thawing, the dark and the light.

 

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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Boulder, CO Indoor Activities: 3 FREE Things to Do With Kids in Boulder this Winter

January 4, 2017

The coldest part of the year is here, but the kids are restless! Boulder is known for its amazing outdoor activities for families in the warmer seasons, but it also offers some great, warm indoor activities that families can enjoy when the air is too cold for comfort. I’ve compiled three fun and FREE! Boulder, CO indoor activities for kids.

#1 CU Museum of Natural History

Photo Courtesy CU Museum of Natural History

The University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History earned the #1 spot by being 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. The museum is open Monday – Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 10-4. Paid parking is located South of the museum.

#2 NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research)

Photo Courtesy of UCAR

NCAR’s Visitor Center is an excellent spot to take the kids on a cold winter’s day. Here, they 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. The visitor center is open on weekdays from 8-5 and weekends from 9-4. 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 free.

#3 Boulder Public Library (Main Library)

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Boulder offers five public libraries in different areas around town, but my favorite for families is the Main Library location on Arapahoe Avenue in Central Boulder. I’m focusing on this location for it’s fun 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. The Library 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.

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.

 

 

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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Radon Levels in Boulder: January is National Radon Action Month

January 4, 2017

January is National Radon Action Month and for Coloradans it is an important time to educate yourself, test your home, and mitigate if there is an issue. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is an odorless gas, and is undetectable without testing. Bottom line: if you are buying a home in Colorado, be sure to have it tested for radon during the inspection process. If you are building in Colorado, ask your home builder if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested. Radon levels in Boulder may vary from house to house, so be sure to test your home every couple of years.

Radon Levels

Photo Courtesy of the US Environmental Protection Agency

How Does Radon Enter the Home?

Before I continue, I want to point out that radon is mitigatable. If you detect high radon in your home it is important to solve the issue, but it does not constitute an emergency. Radon is dangerous if you are exposed to it over long periods of time. So while it isn’t something to panic over, mitigating as quickly as possible is important. How does radon enter your home? Here is the EPA’s explanation:

Testing for Radon Levels

There are a couple of different ways to detect radon to see if your home is at risk. You can purchase a one-time radon test kit online or in home improvement stores for as little as $15. These tests will have to be mailed into a lab for testing and results. Continuous radon detectors are also available online for $100+. This could be a good investment for keeping an active eye on your home’s radon levels as they can shift over time. There are also professionals who can come into your home and test the levels for you.

Mitigating the Problem

Any reading over 4 picocuries per liter, or pCi/L is cause for mitigation. Readings between 2-4 pcl/L should be considered for mitigation. Mitigation is relatively inexpensive as far as home repair issues go – usually between $800-1200. Here’s what it generally entails: a hole will be drilled through the foundation of the home and a pipe inserted. The pipe will be connected to a fan and will run up through the house out the roof where it will exhaust the radon. Click here for the EPA’s detailed guide for radon mitigation.

Even with mitigation, or in the case of a “safe” level of radon, it is important to test your home every couple of years to see if the levels rise. Keep your home and your family safe!

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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Snow Removal: What You Need to Know Living in Boulder’s Foothills

December 24, 2016
living in Boulder's foothills

We’ve lived in Colorado for most of our lives, always in the suburbs of Colorado’s Front Range. The first snow we experienced living in Boulder’s foothills took us by surprise. The weather reports predicted the front range would receive a couple of inches so we thought we would get more, maybe 4 or 5 inches. But it turned out to be a full foot of snow! We were completely caught off guard. Don’t be fooled by the Denver/Boulder weather forecast – it doesn’t necessarily apply to you! Expect more snow because you will probably get it.

Living in Boulder’s Foothills: Snow Removal

There are a few options for snow removal – you can hire someone to come clear your driveway. You can buy a snow blower. You can buy an ATV with a snow blade or if you have a truck, you can attach one to your truck. Having a plan is crucial because you could end up stuck – even with our 4×4 Jeep we could not get out of our steep mountain driveway until we cleared the snow.

living in Boulder's foothills

Photo courtesy of Kim Williford

We have a snow blower – I would recommend it if your drive isn’t too large. They are efficient and relatively easy to use. If you have a long driveway or have any trouble dealing with large equipment, hiring the work out or investing in an ATV might be a better option. It’s not a bad idea to have gravel or ice melt on hand for inevitable ice.

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.