Generation Wild's new campaign to reconnect kids with nature by increasing the amount of time they spend outside in unstructured play, 99 Days Outdoors: A Wilder Summer, celebrates its Generation Wild Day on Tuesday, June 21! The campaign aims to inspire parents across Colorado to get their kids outdoors this summer by providing accessible, achievable ideas for spending time outside.
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Take advantage of special Cirque du Soleil tickets during Cirque week!

[ Wednesday, June 22, 2022 | 1 comments ]

Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 38th anniversary with a special ticket price promotion on ALL touring shows during Cirque Week, now through June 26th! Tickets are starting at $39 and $29 for children on select price levels. 


Cirque du Soleil's OVO will perform in Colorado in three nearby locations: 

  • Budweiser Events Center in Loveland from August 26th to 28th, 2022
  • Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs from September 1st to 4th, 2022
  • Ball Arena in Denver from September 8th to 11th, 2022

For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com



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Get Kids to Play Outside this Summer with Generation Wild!

[ Saturday, May 28, 2022 | 0 comments ]

Generation Wild's new campaign to reconnect kids with nature by increasing the amount of time they spend outside in unstructured play, 99 Days Outdoors: A Wilder Summer, kicks off Sunday, May 30th! The campaign aims to inspire parents across Colorado to get their kids outdoors this summer by providing accessible, achievable ideas for spending time outside. Generation Wild’s popular part goat, part yeti, all friend mascot, Wilder, will return for an epic 99-day adventure across the state making appearances in Colorado communities and showcasing different ways to spend time outdoors.


“Kids are spending less time outdoors – and more time on screens and in structured activities – than ever before, and Generation Wild is on a mission to change that,” said GOCO Executive Director Jackie Miller. “Parents are busy! The goal for this year’s campaign is to provide 99 days of ideas that help them find inspiration for unstructured outdoor play so their kids can get outside every single day and have a blast doing it.”



Generation Wild will share daily inspiration with parents and a ton of ideas that will help kids and their families have “A Wilder Summer.” Examples of activities stem from the 100 Things To Do Before You’re 12 list and include:

  • Build a fort  
  • See what’s hiding under a rock
  • Tightrope walk on a log
  • Find shapes in the clouds


The campaign begins on May 30 with an official send-off as Wilder heads out on his 99-day tour across the amazing land known as Colorado. Wilder will showcase our state's magical outdoor activities from the Eastern Plains to the Western Slope, with stops in cities and mountain towns along the way. He will make appearances in communities at special Generation Wild events including:

  • June 4: Get Outdoors Day (Colorado Springs)

  • June 21: Generation Wild Day (Grand Junction) - To encourage kids to get outdoors, Wilder has set up a scavenger hunt and has hidden 32 golden water bottles across every region of Colorado. Beginning on Monday, June 20, Generation Wild will be posting clues on social media for the scavenger hunt that begins on June 21. Messaging inside the bottle will reveal the prize won. Prizes include stickers, pencils, CPW park passes, zoo tickets and more. To help track winners, each water bottle will include an Apple Air Tag that can be disconnected and discarded after it is found. Winners are encouraged to post a photo with the prize to Facebook or Instagram @GenerationWildColorado and to be entered to win a grand prize.

  • July 30: World Record Hopscotch Event (Denver/Aurora)
    • Generation Wild will attempt to beat the record for the world’s largest hopscotch, which currently stands at 4.2 miles. With the help of the community, Generation Wild will seek to create the longest contiguous hopscotch as well as the most people hopscotching at one time along Denver’s High Line Canal. 


Families are encouraged to follow along on social media to see what Wilder is up to as he explores destinations that are off the beaten path and shares treasures from every corner of the state. 


“99 Days Outdoors will take families through every nook and cranny of Colorado,” said Miller. “From rural to urban, we’re highlighting unique aspects of Colorado that will inspire ideas for getting outdoors anywhere and everywhere.”


Generation Wild was created by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to reconnect kids with nature by increasing the amount of time they spend outside in unstructured play – the kind of play that used to be way more common. The program is an integrated, statewide effort supported by a statewide network of non-profit, public, and private partner organizations. In 12 Colorado communities, diverse, locally based Generation Wild coalitions are creating equitable access to the outdoors with new places to play, outdoor programs, and pathways to leadership opportunities and jobs in the outdoors.


For more information, follow Generation Wild on Facebook and Instagram. #GenerationWild #99DaysOutdoors 


ABOUT GREAT OUTDOORS COLORADO 

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,500 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information. 

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Local Recycling Resources for Earth Day

[ Friday, April 22, 2022 | 0 comments ]

This Earth Day, we're once again reminded how essential it is—more so now than ever—to take care of our planet. Today we share some recycling resources to keep our community green and help the Earth.


Ridwell and The Happy Beetle

Do you want to recycle everything but can't put it all in the bin? Recycling services Ridwell (Seattle-based) and The Happy Beetle (Denver-based) not only recycle difficult items for you, they also pick everything up right from your front door! Styrofoam, damaged clothing, batteries, plastic film, electronics, wine corks, baby food pouches, and even seasonal items such as Christmas lights - both services keep these items out of the landfill.
 

They're both subscription-based and you can choose your pickup frequency. See what Ridwell takes as opposed to what The Happy Beetle takes. Ridwell's prices are location-based, so enter your ZIP code to learn more - they pick up every other week. The Happy Beetle picks up either monthly or quarterly, so which you choose may depend on how much stuff your household generates that could be recycled.


The Front Porch did a nice article on these two companies in 2021 if you'd like to know more.


The City of Denver

Denver does a fantastic job of picking up our big purple recycling bins every other week. Use of these bins is not what the city would like it to be, so the city has a new plan that's currently being considered that would charge residents for regular trash but make recycling pick up a weekly occurrence and would make composting bins free and give one to every household (right now this service costs about $100/year and is only by request). They hope to make this happen by 2027, which gives us time to adjust our habits. About 30,000 households currently have compost bins - learn more and sign up for composting here.

For now, we can make sure everything that can go in our purple bins gets recycled. Do you know what can and can't go in the bins? The full list is here, and the Denver Post put together solutions to some common recycling mistakes that we make. We can do better!


The city also offers seasonal services such as LeafDrop in the fall, Treecycling and Holiday Light Recycling during the holidays, and GrassCycling and a free Mulch Giveaway in the spring. They also work with Denver Public Schools to recycle and compost at 170 schools, serving more than 90,000 students.


Retail Stores

Most grocery stores have bins for clean plastic bags, including King Soopers, Safeway, Target, Walmart, and others. King Soopers even has a new Terracycling plan for its hard-to-recycle packaging.

Several stores have mini-recycling centers that accept other non-purple-bin items, so dropping off your recycling is easy and convenient. Here are a few we know of:


Target:  plastic bags, glass, plastic bottles, aluminum, MP3 players, cellphones, and ink cartridges


Walmart:  plastic bags and bottles


Home Depot:  rechargeable batteries, cardboard, CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs), and lead acid battery cores


Lowe's:  plastic bags, CFL bulbs, rechargeable batteries, and cellphones; also plastic planter pots and cases in the garden center


Best Buy:  TVs (some have a small fee), cables, DVD players/VCRs, headphones, computers and peripherals, tablets/ereaders, monitors (for a small fee), ink cartridges, phones (any kind), calculators, chargers, shredders, fans, vacuums, and more


Ace Hardware:  batteries, paint, light bulbs (varies by store - call to check)



Other Recycling Resources

You can always drop off other recycling as you're out and about. Sometimes people will let their neighbors know when they're going to a recycling center in local Facebook groups and offer to take things for others (holiday lights, for example). These are the centers closest to Central Park:


     Metal:  Denver Metal Recycling, 820 S. Monaco Pkwy Suite 276, Denver, CO 80224


     Electronics:  Genesis Electronics Recycling of Colorado, 2045 S Valentia St. Unit 15, Denver, CO  80231


     Computers with life left:  PCs for People, 6035 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207



Know of other great local resources? Let us know in the comments!

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Westword’s Tacolandia is back!

[ Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 0 comments ]

The first round of restaurants has been announced for Tacolandia, the taco festival of the year! 

Join them on Saturday, June 4, at Civic Center Park in the heart of downtown Denver for unlimited tacos from 40 plus taquerias and Mexican restaurants, live mariachi, lucha libre, beverage sampling, and more! 

The first participating restaurants include: 
  • 3 Margaritas
  • Bellota
  • Cabrón Carbón
  • Casa Cortés
  • Chile con Quesadilla
  • Dee Tacko
  • El Jefe
  • El Reparo Mexican Grill
  • La Diabla
  • Las Delicias
  • Los Molinos
  • Migrante Concept
  • Moya’s Tacos
  • Necio
  • Que Bueno Suerte!
  • Street Side Eats
  • Taco Block
  • Tacos Tequila Whiskey
  • Teocali Cantina
  • Work & Class
  • XATRUCHO
With more to come! Check out the current lineup.

Ticket prices start at $30 during presale through Saturday, March 19! After that, general admission prices apply.

WHERE:
Civic Center Park, 1480 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80202

TICKETS:
Presales Start: March 15 @ 10 a.m.
Presales End: March 18 @ 11:59 p.m.
Public Sales Start: 3/19 @ 10 a.m.

Get your tickets at etix.com

TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE:
VIP - Presale/Early Bird ($55): Includes early access to the event at 3 p.m., unlimited taco samples from 40 plus taquerias and Mexican restaurants, a special VIP area featuring exclusive food samples from VIP restaurants, and two drink tickets redeemable at VIP bars.

GA - Presale/Early Bird ($30): Includes entry into the event at 4 p.m., unlimited taco samples from 40 plus taquerias and Mexican restaurants, drink samples from beverage partners, live entertainment, and full cocktails for purchase.

More information is available at westwordtacolandia.com

Guests must be 21+, with valid ID

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Civic Center Conservancy

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Spring Break unplugged at YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch

[ Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 0 comments ]
YMCA of the Rockies cabin

YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park and Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby offer affordable Spring Break vacations in the mountains this month. Both properties feature beautiful views, private pet-friendly cabins and lodge rooms with family-friendly floor plans, and fun activities for all ages in walking distance from your room or cabin. 


YMCA of the Rockies natural pond ice skating

YMCA of the Rockies​ - Estes Park, Colorado
Join YMCA of the Rockies for an "Out-of-this-World Spring Break!​" From March 12 - April 1, Spring Break activities include a space-themed escape room, an indoor star lab, arts and crafts with cosmic slime, astronomy presentations, and counselor-led events, in addition to ongoing activities such as ice skating on a natural pond, guided snowshoe hikes, archery, rock climbing and more. 

Located on 860 acres with three sides bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, just a 10-minute drive from Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies provides the unplugged mountain vacation your family needs - at an affordable price. Pet-friendly cabins start at $109/night and hotel-style lodge room start at $89/night. 


YMCA of the Rockies fat tire biking

Snow Mountain Ranch - Granby, Colorado
Tucked in Granby, Colo., between Winter Park Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park, Snow Mountain Ranch is the ultimate year-round destination to bring families together and enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy warm Spring Break days while still on the snow at the 5,100-acre resort. Snow Mountain Ranch offers plenty of outdoor activities including the treasured Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center led by former Olympic Silver Medalist Todd Lodwick, an incredible dog sledding experience, meet and greets with the adorable dog sled team of Huskies, snowshoeing, ice skating, fat biking, the craft shop and indoor activities at the Kiva Center including, roller skating, rock climbing, archery, swimming and much more. 

Accommodations include hotel-style lodge rooms starting at $84 per night and pet-friendly cabins starting at $179 for a 2 bedroom. Reservations for both properties are available online at https://ymcarockies.org/ or by calling 888-613-9622. 
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