Nest Moms Know: Fun 4th of July Activities

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Our question:

We are looking for suggestions for fun 4th of July activities!

Your answers:

1. Washington Park has a great parade with music and (most important) ice cream.

2. Create your own paper flags.

3. Firework Art

4. Go to Downtown Denver to watch the fireworks.

5. Congress Park has a kids “parade” with a real FIRE TRUCK and real FIREMEN! The kids get to play on the truck, then parade around the 7th Avenue Parkway, led by the firetruck, and then everyone enjoys Popsicles. MMMM!

6. Take a road trip to the mountains.  Steamboat and Keystone are really fun!

7. There is a great bike parade through Cheesman Park.

8. Get out the sidewalk chalk, water balloons and squirt guns.  Good ole’ fashioned summer fun!

9. Lohi has a great early fireworks show.

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Nest Moms Know: Great Father’s Day Gifts

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Our question:

We are looking for suggestions for the perfect Father’s Day gift!

Your answers:

1. Spike Ball

2. Concert tickets

3. Vitamix

4. A complete night of sleep!

5. Apple TV

6. Ping pong table

7. Vape pen

8. A family hike

9. Books

10. Bike accessories

11. New bike

12. Rock salt spa session (supposed to be good for allergies)

13. GOLF!

14. Baseball tickets

15. A new grill

16. A giant tool chest

17. Guitar accessories

18. A photo album which includes pictures of his kids

19. Travel coffee mug

20. A day to do whatever he wants

21. Breakfast in bed

22. Homemade art

23. Go out for a meal

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Nest Moms Know: Great I Pad Apps

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Our question:

We are looking for suggestions for I Pad Apps!

Your answers:

1. “Little Bella’s – I close my eyes.”  Sweet little ebook for ages 2-99.

2. “Crackers and Goo!” Funny name, but children and educators love it!

3. “Monkey Lunch Box.” For pre-schoolers.

4. “Endless Alphabet”

5. “Plants vs. Zombies.” For ages 4 and up.

6. All the “Crayola” apps are great for preschoolers.

7. “Toca Boca”

8. “Goodnight Safari.” For ages 2 and up.

9. “Play Lab.”  For 2-3 year olds.

10. “Starfall.” For ages 3 and up.

11. “Hooked on Phonics.”  For early readers.

12. “Bob Books and Reading Raven.”  For early readers.

13. “Reading Rainbow” for endless books and great video field trips.  Any age.

14. “Sparkabilities.” For ages 6 months-5 years.

15. “Endless Readers.”  For ages 2-6.

16. “Endless Numbers.”  For ages 2-6.

17. All the “Fisher Price” apps.  For toddlers.

18. Sesame Street “Monster” apps.  For toddlers.

19. “Small World”.  For toddlers.

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Nest Moms Know: Great Summer Reading

Nest hosts a Tea Collection give-away on our Facebook page most Tuesdays. We try to ask questions that will enrich our community. We always appreciate your input! If you would like to suggest a question, please email us at info@nestdenver.com.

Our question:

We are looking for suggestions for summer reading lists – for kids or adults!

Your answers:

1. Check out the list: Books to Read Before they hit Theaters in 2014 (adults)

2. Anything by Roald Dhal.  Some favorites include James and the Giant Peach,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Danny the Champion of the World , The BFG (kids 2nd and 3rd graders)

3. Anything by Mo Willems.  Some  favorites include: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late and the Knuffle Bunny (kids)

4.  Anything by Barbara Kingsolver (adults)

5. Little Bee (adults)

6. The Tale of Edgar Sawtell (adults)

7. The Cam Jamsen series (1st graders)

8. Junie B. Jones series (1st graders)

9. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a great family read about acceptance and being strong!

10.   Anything by Jasper Tomkins (kids)

11. Any book suggested by the wonderful kid’s librarians at the Denver Central library. Gigi, Rachel, Ann and others!!!

12. Parenting book: Off Limits (adults)

13. Life After Life (adults)

14. The Goldfinch (adults)

15. The Interestings (adults)

16. The Language of Flowers (adults)

17. You Know What I Love (kids)

18. Hands Free Mama (adults)

19. Snow White and Rose Red (an alternative to typical princess books for kids)

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Nest Moms Know: Great Gardening, Farmer’s Markets and CSAs

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Our question:

We are looking for your favorite Farmer’s markets, CSAs, or suggestions/tips for gardening with kids!

Your answers:

1. Cherry Creek Fresh Market

2. Parker Farmer’s Market

3. Grant Family Farm’s CSA

4. Get a wheel barrel.  The kids love to push it!

5. Put hand painted stones (you can paint them yourselves) in the garden and create a story with them as you plant.

6. Take your kids to the children’s garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

7. Buy a small watering can for your child and let him/her help with the watering.

8. Highlands Square Farmer’s Market (NEW !)

9. Take a look at Agriburbia.

10. Old South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market

11. UrbiCulture Community Farms is a multi-plot farm committed to providing food to people of all income levels by sustainably growing affordable, local food.

12. Stapleton Farmer’s Market

13. Make Cress Egg Heads (hilarious activity)

14.  Place a carrot top on water and watch what it does over time.

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Nest Moms Know: Summer Adventures with Kids

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Our question:

We are looking for ideas for kid-friendly, summer roadtrips – daytrips or weekends!

Your answers:

1. Berry Patch Farm to pick fresh fruits and veggies (day trip)

2. Mount Rushmore (weekend or longer)

3. Glenwood Springs, CO (weekend or longer)

4. Leadville, CO (weekend or longer)

5. Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO (day trip)

6. Durango, CO (weekend or longer)

7. Steamboat Springs (weekend or longer)

8. Breckenridge, CO (day trip or longer)

9. Dinosaur Ridge (day trip)

10. A day trip to Colorado Springs.  Have lunch at Bristol Brewing Company, then head to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

11. Sunflower Farm in Longmont, CO (day trip)

12. The Sand Dunes (weekend or longer)

13. Lair O’ the Bear Park (day trip)

14. Walking Mountains Science Museum in Avon, CO (weekend or longer)

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Nest Moms Know: Great Mother’s Day Traditions

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Our question:

We are looking for Mother’s Day inspiration – any special traditions or activities you have with your children?

Your answers:

1. Make a family painting.

2. Plant a garden- flowers and herbs and vegetables.  Though this one could be iffy here in CO! April showers bring May…..SNOW?

3. Watch the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls.

4. Have an outdoor picnic adventure.

5. Brunch out.  Anything you don’t have to cook!

6. Try Geocaching

7. Have a crepe bar.

8. Make Dad cook!

9. Make 8 x 10 canvases with each of the kids handprints, their name, and the year. They choose the color to paint the canvas. Over the years you will develop quite a collection.

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Nest Moms Know: Eating Out with Kids

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Our question:

We are looking for Denver/Boulder area restaurants that are very child friendly, or where kids eat for free! Independent or local chains are preferred (no fast food – that’s cheating!)Your answers:

1. Sam’s No. 3  in Denver is a great spot to eat breakfast for dinner.

2. Steuben’s (American- comfort) has great food that appeals to all ages.  They provide crayons and coloring sheets.  It’s loud, so it doesn’t matter if the kids make a noise or 3.  Plus, you can get a cocktail! Near downtown Denver.

3. Kids can eat for free at tons of Denver/Boulder area restaurants on certain days of the week.  Click here to check out this list from Mile High Mamas.

4. The Kitchen (American) Next Door in Glendale.

5. Tag Burger Bar (American)in Congress Park.

6. Hapa Sushi (Japanese) in Cherry Creek.

7. Yak & Yeti (Indian) in Arvada.

8. Pizzeria Locale (pizza) gives the kids dough to play with while you wait.  Near downtown Denver and in Boulder.

9. Swing Thai (Thai), multiple Denver locations.

10. Lou’s Food Bar (American-comfort) in Denver.

11. The Saucy Noodle (Italian) in Washington Park.

12. Mici (Italian), a family owned restaurant with 3 locations is quick and easy.  They also give the kids dough to play with and then they will bake it for you.  Fab gelato for desert.  Multiple Denver locations.

13. The Lowry Beer Garden (American) in Lowry.

14. Wahoo’s Fish Tacos (Mexican), multiple Denver and Boulder locations.

15. Watercourse has a delicious vegan menu.  Near downtown Denver.

16. The Mercury Cafe serves a wide variety of local and organic foods. Near downtown Denver.

17. Merle’s of Littleton (American) in Littleton.

18. Vine Street Pub (American) has board games and fabulous food in Congress Park.

19. Lucky Pie (pizza) in Louisville.  They have a great fenced in play area with bouncy animals that kids love.

20. Paxti’s (pizza) has multiple Denver locations.

21. Kachina (Southwestern) in Westminster provides coloring sheets and crayons, a street taco maker, a great kids menu, coupons for kids to eat free and delicious, healthy food.

22. Nordstrom’s Cafe Bistro in Cherry Creek.

23. Big Bill’s New York Pizza (pizza) in Centennial has great New York Style pizza and they provide dough for playing as well. In Centennial.

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Nest Moms Know: How to Live Green

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These are questions we ask every year and update with new content. This was updated on 04/29/2015. We organize all the responses on our directory page here.

Our question:

Any good and/or easy ideas for living green, especially with kids?

Your answers:

  1. Walk! Everywhere! Many times walking (or biking) is easier than loading kids in the car and finding parking. A stroller with a large basket is particularly helpful, as is a Burley trailer for a bike. (2015)
  2. Anytime I am running the water waiting for it to get hot, I save it to water my plants! (2015)
  3. Switch to reusable rags/kitchen cloths/microfiber cloths instead of paper towel. (2015)
  4. Recycle!!!! So much is recyclable if you put a little effort in. (2015)
  5. Use a cloth diaper service. (2014)
  6. Go to thrift stores. (2014)
  7. Plant a garden with your kids. (2014)
  8. Use vinegar and baking soda to clean pretty much everything.  Vinegar is amazing for your glassware when it starts to look a little foggy. (2014)
  9. Use reusable packages and containers for lunches and snacks. (2014)
  10. Use recyclables and found objects for art projects.  For example, you can make fabulous bracelets from cardboard paper towel rolls and magazines. (2014)
  11. Don’t waste water.  If you have a glass that you are finished with, instead of pouring it down the drain, use it to water plants or your garden. (2014)
  12. Hand down your clothes and toys when you are finished with them.  We love WeeCycle. (2014)
  13. Watch films with your kids that educate them about environmental issues.  A great one is Plastic Oceans. (2014)
  14. Read books with your kids that address environmental issues.  The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is fun and has a great message. (2014)
  15. Instead of regular candles, use flameless. (2014)
  16. Help eliminate waste by using TerraCycle. (2014)
  17. Compost! (2014)
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Nest Moms Know: Birthday Parties

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These are questions we ask every year and update with new content. We organize all the responses on our directory page here.

 

Our question:
We alway get asked for birthday party recommendations – bakeries, venues, themes – do you have any suggestions?

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Your answers:

For cake:

1. Mulberries

2. Happy Cakes

For venues:

1. University of Denver facilities like floor hockey, gymnastics and pool.

2. Monkey Bizness

3. Greenwood Athletic Club

4. Monster Mini Golf

5. Carousel House of Happiness

6. Gymboree Play & Music

7.The Gnome’s Nook Confectioners

8.Gymnastics Plus

9.Home Depot

10.Art Garage

11.Great Play

12.  Public Parks including: Belleview Park, Civic Green Park, Four Mile Historic Park

13.Denver Zoo

14.Bladium

15.Wings Over the Rockies Museum

16.Denver Children’s Museum

17.Denver Aquarium

18.Denver Museum of Nature and Science

19.Hammond’s Candies

20. Chuck E. Cheese

21.Sweet & Sassy Salon

22.Denver Botanic Gardens

 

Themes:

1. Wands and Wishes

2. Dr Seuss, like Thing 1 and Thing 2 for twins!

 

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