Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens

America's only downtown amusement park, Elitch Gardens is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.  For one admission price, you'll gain entrance to both this historical amusement park full of fun rides, and also an entire water park. My family recently enjoyed our very first visit to Elitch Gardens!  We stuck to the rides on the theme park side on this particular day, but would love to go back some time and also check out the water park.  Here were some of our favorite moments! Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens #5 ~ Kids Roller Coaster Blazin' Buckaroo My 4 year old son is by far the wildest rider in our family.  The boy is fearless. Unfortunately for him... he's just not quite tall enough to go on the biggest and most thrilling rides yet.  [Mom sighs in relief.] So the biggest highlight for him at Elitch's was Blazin' Buckaroo, the family roller coaster.   Actually, we all liked it and rode it several times!  Every time we got off, he'd say, "Now I want to go on the … [Read more...]

Colorado Road Trip in the Legacy

Last weekend my family attended a convention in Denver.  Living on the "Western Slope" (west side of the Rocky Mountains), this meant a scenic road trip across the state of Colorado to reach the "Front Range" (the more populated east side of the Rocky Mountains, where Denver is located).  Plus, we had the exciting opportunity to borrow a 2015 Subaru Legacy for our mini vacation.   Among other things, this meant a sunroof. Sunroof's are always a good time! I love traveling on I-70 for a Colorado road trip, and think it's one of the prettiest and most impressive stretches of  US interstate in the country.  In many places, it hugs the Colorado River. Where the mountain passes were too steep, or geography just didn't lend itself well, they've built a tunnel or two through which you'll traverse.   Terrain through a few stretches (just east of Glenwood Springs is my favorite) will wind you through breathtaking canyons.  This was my first time doing so in a car with a … [Read more...]

Easy Family Hike in Vail, Colorado

Nestled in a valley, conveniently located right along Colorado's I-70, is the high altitude mountain town of Vail. In the winter, people flock here from all over the world for the epic skiing. But summer in Vail has it's charms too, including numerous hiking trails which offer the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking alpine beauty in a warm weather season (my personal preference over cold and snow!) Vail has done an excellent job of offering hiking information for the area - including trail maps, hiking trail descriptions, and directions on how to find the trailheads.  You can even download a copy of the Vail Hiking Guide, which is what my family used on our recent hiking expedition in the area. Easy Family Hike in Vail, Colorado We had a late start, so selected a shorter trail.  I loved how easy it was to find (literally 2 minutes from the interstate exit), and it turned out to be a fun and easy family hike:  Trapper's Run. This spring and summer Colorado has … [Read more...]

Top 5 Experiences at the Denver Zoo

Every visit to the zoo is a new and exciting experience.  Unlike other tourist attractions with established rides and consistent entertainment performances... you just never know what antics the zoo animals will be up to when you visit!  That's one of the reasons my family loves visiting the Denver Zoo. Top 5 Experiences at the Denver Zoo Everyone's mileage will vary, and I'm sure your family has their own personal favorites at the zoo that they enjoy taking in.  But here's a quick look at my family's favorite moments on our recent trip to the Denver Zoo... Which of these would *you* most like to see? #5: Exploring the Rain Forest at Bird World I know what you're thinking.  BIRDS are not exactly the most exciting this to see at a zoo.  How wrong you would be...! We absolutely loved Bird World.  Who knows, maybe it's my growing affection for anything with feathers, since we recently became backyard chicken owners.  But I think this exhibit is underrated, and very nicely … [Read more...]

Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons

Today I saw a fun mom post on Facebook, a photo of her adorable daughter eating pancakes at IHOP.  It was obviously the little girl's idea of how to kick off their day.  The cool mom (Brandi of Mama Knows It All, my fellow Aventura Ambassador) hashtagged the photo #SummerOfYes. I love it. In that same spirit of living this summer to the full, and going out there to get after some serious fun... how about a few awesome links to Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons, from ColoradoKids.com?  There are all kinds of adventures to be had here in Colorado - may as well get them at a discount. Colorado Summer Fun 2015 Coupons Copper Mountain Resort Association Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park Water World Pirates Cove The Splash at Fossil Trace Boondocks Fun Center Dinosaur Resource Center Children's Museum of Denver Butterfly Pavilion Downtown Aquarium Evolve Action Sports Park A+ Athletics Adventure Golf and Raceway RaftColorado.net Earth … [Read more...]

One Word That’ll Get Kids Excited To Hike

As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking whenever we can. We've been "all systems go" on this activity for years now... until this season when my son no longer rides in the child carrier backpack.  Alas, as full of boundless energy as this kid is - he doesn't get that excited about HIKING.  Little stinker. Five minutes in to the trail:  "My legs hurt!  Carry me, mommy!" He's just not the trooper that his big sister has always been, when it comes to hiking. She used to cover miles, starting at age 3, sporting her own little mini Camelbak.  Aaaah.... good times. It's all a bit frustrating, and rather ironic, as my son is one of the most active and adventurous kids I've ever met.  What a minute.  Adventurous.  Hmmm... let's tap into some of that... So on our camping trip a week ago, I wanted to take one last hike with the kids before returning to civilization.  I find a pulloff area near a pretty red mountain and rather than ask, "Do you guys want to hike?", I say, … [Read more...]

Elitch Gardens Coupon Code

Summertime is here, and it's time to visit Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park!  Elitch Gardens is is a 70 acre amusement and water park located in the heart of downtown Denver, Colorado. Celebrating 125 years of fun, Elitch Gardens is America's only Downtown Theme and Water Park.   The park is now open through November 1st with 53 rides and attractions, live entertainment, thrilling roller coasters, and an entire water park. The Water Park will have water slides open to enjoy daily through Labor Day.  Island Kingdom Water Park boasts numerous attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can take a plunge on Splashdown, float down the Castaway Creek Lazy River, or lounge in the full-service cabanas while the kids play in Hook's Lagoon. Plus, coming soon is the monstrous addition SlideZilla, the all-new six-story Hydro-Beast. In addition to Water Park fun, the park features rides for all ages.  Family entertainment includes fun events such as "Dive-In Movies", where … [Read more...]

Register for the Colorado Mudderella and #OwnYourStrong

The first and only full-day athletic event designed for women by women, Mudderella is an experience that promises to both challenge and uplift you.  Joining the movement to help make fitness more fun and social, this event encourages women to #OwnYourStrong, and come enjoy an amazing day with a team of friends. What an awesome way to infuse a little motivation into your fitness routine!  Mudderella focuses on helping women feel empowered, and strengthening bonds with a group of your closest friends.  I love the 3 "truths" they feature on their About page: Truth #1:  you’re stronger than you think you are. Truth #2:  there’s more to life than going to the gym. Truth #3:  you deserve an awesome experience. I want to do this SO BADLY!!  I was really, really bummed when I realized I have a convention date conflict with the Colorado Mudderella event taking place August 22, 2015 in Snowmass Village.  Here's the glimpse that got me so hooked, and super excited about trying a … [Read more...]

Family Travel in the Colorado Rockies

There is nothing quite as charming as a Colorado mountain town.  Here the heritage of the Wild West combines with impressive Rocky Mountain scenery, to engulf you in breathtaking and stimulating surroundings.  And then there's all that outdoor adventure to be had!  You truly can't go wrong with family travel in the Colorado Rockies. Whether your family's preference is a snowy destination, seeking out the world famous Colorado Rockies ski areas during the winter months, or enjoying a warm and sunny alpine hike... this area has so much to offer, year round. Family Travel in the Colorado Rockies Let's start with the legendary skiing and snowboarding opportunities.  There's a reason people travel from all over the globe in order to ski at places such as Vail, Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge in the Colorado Rockies.   These "ski towns" have a culture all their own, offering excellent restaurants and shopping to contribute once you're done for the day on those slopes. Some luxury … [Read more...]

Family’s First Colorado Snowshoeing Adventure

Living in a valley in Western Colorado has it's definite advantages.  Take the Spring weather, for instance, where days can be sunny and 60+ degrees... yet snowshoeing in 6 feet deep fluffy snow is just an hour away.  We recently headed up to the Grand Mesa, to try my family's first Colorado snowshoeing adventure. Although I've snowshoed a couple of times in the past, and my daughter's grade school class has taken two snowshoe field trips, this was our first outing as a family.  How would my 4 yr old son do, who although in possession of boundless amounts of energy, often proves to be a lazy hiker? Family's First Colorado Snowshoeing Adventure We drove up to the top of the 10,800' Colorado Grand Mesa on a Saturday in late February, and conditions were great. Temperature in the high 20's Fahrenheit, with no wind.  Having some gorgeous high-altitude sun beating down would have been even better, but we still weren't cold.  We dressed in layers, and brought snacks and water.  And of … [Read more...]