Monday, December 20, 2010

Weather in Denver Colorado

The weather in Denver Colorado is generally mild, but can be unpredictable with the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east. There are four distinct seasons of Denver weather: The summers generally bring highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s with frequent afternoon showers which cool things back down. The Rocky Mountains due west, while receiving lots of snow themselves, often act as a shield keeping the winters fairly mild in town. Winter snow storms do occur but usually melt before nightfall. March is Denver's snowiest month. November comes in second.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Denver Airport's "Hell Horse"

One of the first things you see as you exit the Denver International Airport, welcoming you to town, is a 32 foot freakishly scary blue ‘Mustang’ statue—complete with glowing red eyes. It is strategically positioned so that everyone leaving or coming to the airport must pass by this disturbing piece of art. I took someone to the airport today who had never flown out of Denver and their response was "that is the stuff of nightmares". I don't know why the City of Denver would want to greet people this way or have them leave with that as their last impression of our town. My guess is: it didn't turn out the way they imagined and now are stuck with it. It is blue—one of the Denver Broncos colors, so maybe they thought it would fit in. But the horse on the Denver Broncos logo is actually white (outlined in blue), and as tough as that horse looks (you want a tough mascot for a football team) at least it doesn't look satanic.

To make matters worse, this gigantic statue has a sordid past. It killed a man. Yes, a piece of its torso fell off and killed the artist, Luis Jimenez, while creating it. His family later finished it, and the City of Denver paid $650,000 in municipal bonds for it.

It has been hotly debated.

According to UsaToday "any petition to move the sculpture would not be considered until 2013, [because of] a city policy designed to give people a chance to get used to new public art."

Some people have called for it to be moved somewhere else, some want to at least turn the red eyes off, and others want to paint it a different color. I don't think someone's art should be altered by anyone other than the artist. And since he is dead, that makes it a little trickier. Many people have said to give it some time—that art grows on you. But the problem as I see it is that this work of art is intended for people arriving for the first time in Denver. It is the first impression of the city they get, and as it is along the road they won't have time to study it or learn to appreciate it. It just gives them a weird first impression and makes them have second thoughts about the town they are entering.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop

Christmas is everywhere, even the Bass Pro Shop. They have set up Santa's Wonderland. I've been exploring their website and I'm excited to go visit. They offer free pictures with Santa, crafts, fun games, etc. They have a full schedule go to and click on Santa's Wonderland.

I'm going to take my kids to get a picture taken with Santa and make a fun craft, maybe the "Santa Bobber Ornament" or "Snowman Sun Catcher". They have a different craft each week and give away a different Santa Bandz to the first 150 children to visit Santa's Wonderland each week (maybe day, not sure).

They are located at:
7970 Northfield Blvd
Denver Co, 80238

Monday, November 15, 2010

Denver Zoo (Follow Up)

As a family we journeyed to the Denver Zoo on a very cold Saturday afternoon. As I mentioned in my previous post, it was a free day. I also mentioned that it didn't feel crowded the week day I went. Well, Saturday felt crowded. I'm not sure whether it was because it was a Saturday or because it was cold, so we spent a lot of the time indoors viewing the animals(with everyone else). Not many animals to see outside.  Maybe it was a bit of both. Anyway, I was a little disappointed. My kids on the other hand had a great time and can't wait to go back. I'm anxiously awaiting for the free dates for 2011 to be posted. If the free dates are only scheduled for the colder parts of the year I may have to get an annual pass.

Go to to check out the current prices, upcoming events, and free days (hopefully posted soon). To find free days: click on the quick links drop down menu and click Free Days.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Day at the Zoo

One of the things I've come to love about Denver is the free days. This Saturday, November 13, 2010 the Denver Zoo is free. You just walk right in.

I went to the zoo on a free day recently and it really didn't feel crowded. I had to park pretty far away and walk in, but I don't really mind the extra exercise. Once in the zoo I felt like I had plenty of room to observe the animals. I've never paid to go to the zoo, so I don't know how it compares to those days, but for free you'll hear no complaining from me.

Many of the people I have met since moving here have a membership to go to the zoo. I see that as a definite possibility for my family as well. My kids are hungry to learn and the zoo is an incredible place for them to learn about all the unique animals that are found all over the world.

Go to to check out the current prices, upcoming events, and free days. To find free days click on the quick links drop down menu and click Free Days.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Belmar Park

I was absolutely shocked when I walked back behind the Belmar Library to check out Belmar park and discovered Kountze Lake. The kids and I immediately took off to explore. Each child would yell out in delight when they spotted a duck, goose, turtle, or fish.

This quickly became a family favorite as it took us a few trips to discover the variety of trails as well as find the playground. We now go prepared with a picnic and plenty of water as the children explore.  At each crossroad they take turns deciding which way we go.

I've found a map online showing the three trails (1.1 miles, 1.4 miles, and 1.8 miles). Whenever I get a chance I take a brisk walk around the lake pushing my daughter in her stroller before the library opens and we go to story time. A concrete trail goes around the park’s perimeter, and the area is divided by intersecting gravel paths and horse trails. I've had very little trouble pushing the stroller on the concrete as well as the gravel paths. Every once an a while there will be a spot where the gravel is a little deeper and I have to push the stroller a little harder, but I figure that just gives me an added workout.

One trail even takes you to Lakewood's Heritage Center. We've yet to take a tour. Currently we've just walked by the many historic buildings and we've been to the amphitheater for a movie after dark.

801 South Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80228

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rock Creek Farm

My son's kindergarten class went to Rock Creek Farms for their fall field trip. We, as parents, were allowed to come as well. We arrived at the farm after the school bus had already headed out to the pumpkin patch. We were given directions at the front and sent out to find them. I was shocked by the hills of pumpkins that went on and on. You would think it would be easy to spot a big yellow school bus in a pumpkin patch—not so. Finally we got up on a hill high enough we could see it in the distance.

The kids were already out and having a great time picking out pumpkins. Parents and children were soon spread out all over the nearest hillside. There were tools to cut the vines if needed.

After the kids picked their pumpkins we went to eat our lunch. They had a big tent set up with tables, a petting zoo off to one side, a hay maze (many of the kids could hardly see over the large bales), inflatable slides and bounce houses. The kids had so much fun. There was also a corn maze, which we didn't do—not the best place to let over 60 five year old children run loose.

Rock Creek Farm is free to get in. You just pay for what you take home.  Besides pumpkins, they have wonderful goodies: caramel apples, cider, pumpkin bread, etc.  They also have things to decorate with for fall like Indian corn, straw bales, gourds, etc. The corn maze is an additional charge.  Check here for current prices.

Rock Creek Farm is located at:
2005 South 112th Street
Broomfield, CO 80020 

To get all the latest information go to

Just a note: they only accept cash and checks.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Children's Museum of Denver

The Children's Museum of Denver is a fantastic place to take your children! We don't have a membership, but on the first Tuesday of each month you can go for FREE from 4-8pm. They have such a variety of things for the kids to explore. The museum makes learning fun.

We spent a large portion of our time playing with the bubbles. The picture on the right is not blurry they are actually in a bubble.

Creative play is around every corner: shopping, cooking, puppet shows, trains, an actual fire truck, a veterinarian room, painting, and dress up—just to name a few. 

One area we've yet to check out is the The Center for the Young Child. This is geared towards infants and children up to about four years old. My two year old daughter was set on following her brothers (five and six) around the museum and enjoyed herself, but I would like to go back and explore the area designed for her age.

My biggest concern when going was that it would be packed because it was FREE. There were a lot of people, but my kids still had a chance to do whatever they wanted. Sometimes they had to wait a little, but I feel that is good for children to take turns and learn patience. If crowding is an issue you can buy a membership or pay to go the one time. I recommend Mondays as a great time to go because it is a school-group free day (no large groups).

To check out all the latest info on upcoming events, prices, and location go to


Friday, October 8, 2010

Miller Farms Fall Harvest Festival

I recently went to Miller Farms located in Platteville, Co and had a fantastic time. I've never done anything like this before. You go on a hayride to harvest  your own vegetables. The produce varies depending on what they are currently harvesting. When I went I was able to get potatoes, carrots, onions, beets, sweet corn, Indian corn, and corn for making popcorn. Because I went with a group I only had to pay $10 to get in and that includes the six bags of produce and a pumpkin. It is normally $15 per person. Three and under is free and they are allowed to pick a pumpkin. This is an incredible deal—you get the experience and the food. The Fall Harvest goes until November 15th.

 They also have a petting zoo, a big jumping pad, playground, pyramid made from hay, train, firetruck, etc. Sadly, I didn't give myself enough time to enjoy the fun kids area, but will next year (and will bring my older kids). That would be a lot of food, but I have learned a lot about preserving food over the last week and think it would be great to teach my children. It is much easier to preserve the food then I thought and it feels good to have the extra food in the freezer. To read more about preserving the food go to

Go to to check on current prices and for directions

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Discovering Denver

When I found out I was moving away from the place I was born and raised and moving to Colorado, I was, to say the least—nervous. I knew very little about this place. I spent hours on the internet. I began researching to find out about my future home, and was immediately impressed by the variety of things to do. I found info about wonderful parks and hiking trails, theaters, museums, a zoo, gardens, etc. I became excited about all that Denver and the surrounding areas had to offer.

Now that my family and I have actually moved here (We settled in the adjoining town of Lakewood).  I can officially say I'm in love with the Denver area! I have been amazed by everything there is to do here. Since moving here I have found more and more to love. I'm constantly learning about new things for me and my family to do. I was concerned I would be limited by our income, but have found no matter what your budget is there is something for you to do.

The coming posts are going to document the wonderful places, events, food, activities, and deals that I find as we explore and discover Denver and the surrounding areas.