A three-month break from school can quickly become boring without engaging activities. Investigate Denver Botanic Gardens’ Summer Teen Volunteer Program, at an informational session, 1007 York St., …
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A three-month break from school can quickly become boring without engaging activities. Investigate Denver Botanic Gardens’ Summer Teen Volunteer Program, at an informational session, 1007 York St., Sun., March 8, 1-2p.m. For social, curious teens ages 9-17 who want to learn about plants and science. For info/RSVP: 720-865-3565 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Teen Tech Week touts teens and technology at ideaLAB in the Community Technology Center of DPL Central library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Level 4, Tues.-Fri., 4-6p.m.: March 10, Processing: Code as Art; 11, Sewable Circuits; 12, 3D Scanner Modeling Mashup; 13, Soldering for Fun and Fumes. Free, ages 12-19.
Family ideaLAB: 3D Printed Children's Books Parts I & II, Saturdays, March 14 & 28; from 11a.m.-1p.m., the whole family can join the team from Tactile Picture Books for workshops with the end goal of creating 3D printed tactile picture books for children with visual impairment. RSVP required, no unaccompanied adults or children, please.
Also, Girls Only ideaLAB, free programs/projects fourth Saturdays (March 28), 11a.m.-1p.m. Ages 10-19.
ideaLAB is a free digital media lab for teens, open Mon.-Fri., 3-6p.m. and Sat., 11a.m.-4p.m. Info: 720-865-1706 or teens.denverlibrary.org.
Ahoy, ye landlubbers! Join DPL for a swashbuckling day of buccaneers and treasure in the Children’s Pavilion at Denver Public Library Central branch, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Here Be Pirates!, Sat., March 14, stop in between 10a.m.-4p.m.: pick up pirate vocabulary; learn about famous pirates; search for buried treasure!
(Note: all DPL branches will be closed Mon., March 30, for César E. Chávez Day, and Sun., April 5, for Easter.)
Central, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., weekly storytimes for kids, parents and caregivers in the Children’s Pavilion; all at 10:30a.m.: Mondays & Wednesdays, Tales for Twos; Tuesdays, Book Babies I: Pre-Walkers (lap babies); Thursdays, Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.); Fridays, Book Babies II: Early Walkers (up to 23 months).
Saturday kids programs: 10a.m.-4p.m.: Rad Science, 7; Paper Airplane Challenge, 21; Craft Bonanza, 28. Teens: The (Probably) Awesome Book Club, Sat., March 7 & April 4, 10a.m. Info: 720-865-1111.
Byers, 675 Santa Fe Dr.: Storytime, Tuesdays, 10:30a.m. Kids & Teens, Tuesdays at 4p.m.: Ceramic Mugs, 10; Sculptures!, 17. Also, Teen/Tween Hangout, Wed., 11 & 18, and April 1, 3-5p.m. Info: 720-865-0160.
Decker, 1501 S. Logan St.: Storytime with Craft, Wednesdays, 10:15a.m.; Book Babies, on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11:15a.m.; Tales for Twos with Craft, Thursdays, at 10:15a.m. Info: 720-865-0220.
Eugene Field, 810 S. University Blvd.: Storytime with Craft, Mondays & Tuesdays, 10:15a.m.; Book Babies I: Pre-Walkers, Mondays & Tuesdays, 11:15a.m. Kids: Family Craft Club, Thursdays at 3:30p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day Craft, 12; Salt Dough Egg Garland, 26. Info: 720-865-0240.
Ross-Cherry Creek, 305 Milwaukee St., Book Babies, Thursdays, 10:30a.m. & 11:30a.m.; Tales for Twos, on Fridays, 10:30a.m. Info: 720-865-0120.
Ross-University Hills, 4310 E. Amherst Ave., offerings at 10:30a.m.: Book Babies, Mondays; Art Works! Preschool Crafts, Wednesdays; Tales for Twos, Fridays. Kids: LEGO Time!, Thursdays, 4-6p.m. Information: 720-865-0955.
Schlessman, 100 Poplar St., offerings at 10:30a.m.: Tales for Twos, Tuesdays; Preschool Storytime, Thursdays; Little University all ages storytime, Saturdays. Kids: Pajama Storytime, Mondays, 6:30p.m.; Chess Club for Kids (K-6th grade), fourth Sunday, 22, 1:30p.m. Info: 720-865-0000.
Virginia Village, 1500 S. Dahlia St.: Book Babies II: Walkers, Tuesdays, 10:30a.m.; Book Babies I: Pre-Walkers, Thursdays, 11:30a.m.; All Ages Storytime, Thursdays & Fridays, 10:30a.m. Information: 720-865-0940.
Info for all DPL programs and times: denverlibrary.org.
Release your inner artist at a free 3rd Saturday family art class: Amate Paper Paintings at Byers branch library, 675 Santa Fe Dr., Sat., March 21, 2p.m. a hands-on bilingual workshop that explores the Mexican painting style typical to amate (bark paper) art. All ages. Info: 720-865-0160 chacweb.org.
Learn how to be an active and engaged citizen at Boy Scouts of America National Merit Badge clinic at The Cell, 99 W. 12th Ave., Sat., March 28, Emergency Preparedness, 9a.m.-noon and Crime Prevention & Safety, 1-3p.m., free. Information: 303-844-4000 or thecell.org/events.
Enter into Miró’s artistic journey through an engaging, family-friendly play at Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Miró, Magic & the Night, Sat., March 28, 10:30a.m., with Buntport Theater. Included in museum admission, advance tickets suggested. In conjunction with Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination exhibition.
Other family fun: CelebrARTE, Sat., March 7, 10a.m.-5p.m., bilingual fun at a collection highlights tour in Spanish (2p.m.), plus Create-n-Takes and a new storytelling program. Fox Tale Sunday, 8, 10a.m.-noon, with Buntport Theater.
Also, Create Playdate: Rawr, ages 3-5, create art, read stories and play art games in the galleries, Wed., 11, 10a.m.-1p.m.
All free with general admission, kids 5 and under are free (closed Mondays). Free admission first Saturdays for Denver residents (March 7 & April 4).
Info: 720-913-0130 or denverart museum.org.
Young naturalists and their families can embrace spring and the natural world’s many changes at Mordecai Children’s Garden, atop Denver Botanic Gardens’ parking structure, 1007 York St. Learn about plants and animals, hunt for bugs, hear stories and take informative walks.
Other DBG offerings: Family Workshop: Cool-Season Veggies, Sun., March 29 or Mon., 30, 1:30-4p.m. Adults and young ones dig into tasty roots and leaves and cook up some yummy fun; $29, adult/child combo.
Also, Homeschool Day: Starting a Garden, Mon., 16, 10a.m.-2p.m. Learn basics of garden design and gardening styles at the Gardens, $11, adult/child combo.
Information/register: 720-865-3580 or botanicgardens.org/calendar.
The Denver Waldorf School, 2100 S. Pennsylvania St., offers a Waldorf-inspired camp experience for kids ages 3-1/2 to 12 years on the DWS campus during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks, with half ($30/day) and full-day ($45/day) options. Upcoming camps are: March 30-31; April 1-3 & 6-10. Info: denver waldorf.org, click on “Life At Waldorf.”
Info: Carla Abate, 303-261-6353 or email@example.com.
Believe in the power of your voice! Get comfortable on a mic and perform poetry live at Art From Ashes, 853 Inca St., Phoenix Rising, first Fridays (April 3). First a poetry workshop, 4:30-5:30p.m., performance workshop, 5:30-6:30p.m. Then ... a community performance, 7p.m. For ages 14-24, free. Info: artfromashes.org, 303-837-1550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids, grab your Easter baskets! It’s time for the 10th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Platt Park, 1501 S. Logan St., Sun., April 4, 10a.m. Fun for kids and a great chance for the whole family to get outside to enjoy spring weather and spend time with neighbors. Find a golden egg and get a prize! Sponsored by Hope Community Church. Pastries and coffee provided. In case of snow or rain, or questions, call Anna McMichael at 303-744-1026, ext. 304.
Wondering what to do when school’s out but work’s not? Come to SPREE’s (South Platte River Environmental Education) day camp, Reptiles and Amphibians of the River, April 13, $40. Also, Summer Camp registration is open, $200/week. Camps fill up fast! Go to thegreenwayfoundation.org, select “Programs” then “SPREE.” Info: 303-743-9720. Greenway Leadership Corps is recruiting high school students – gain valuable work experience while caring for the South Platte River. Details: contact Ramsey Bernard, 303-743-9720, ext. 840 or Ramsey@greenwayfoundation.org.
Eagle Lake Camp is coming to the Platt Park Neighborhood! – at Hope Community Church, 1801 S. Logan St., Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3-7, 9a.m.-4p.m. Kids experience camp while learning about the love of God; includes a climbing wall, bungee trampoline and inflatable water slide. Sponsored by Platt Park Church, First Christian Reformed Church and Hope Community Church. For children ages 6-12, $150. Scholarships are available; registration opens March 1. Info: 303-744-1026 ext. 304 or eaglelake camps.com/hope
The best Kindergartens are filled with abundant materials where real-life problem solving among peers occurs. Find this and more at Iliff Preschool, 4140 E. Iliff Ave. – a Kindergarten classroom in a real DC7 airplane! Register now for 2015-16 academic half- and full-day kindergarten programs with enrichment classes in art, dance, music, STEM and foreign language. Begin application process at iliffpreschool.com; or call 303-757-3551.
Summer Camp applications for post-kindergarteners and school-age children also available for download.
Looking for a preschool with a loving environment where children learn through hands-on experience? Qualistar 3-rated Washington Street Community Center Preschool, 809 S. Washington St., Children’s Program has just opened a new Denver preschool program classroom for children 2-1/2 to 5 years, with many wonders for children to explore and a challenging curriculum. Program has part-day, full-day and extended care options.
Each week children are engaged within the community through service projects and giving, and the program also hosts a wide variety of enrichment programs such as yoga, soccer and Hola Amigos (a Meso-American cultural experience). For details or to schedule tour, call 303-733-4643. Info: wscc-denver.org.
Searching for a preschool with small classes, nurturing and caring teachers? Emmanuel Methodist Preschool, at New City Church, 2700 S. Downing St., has been offering quality early childhood education to the community for 42 years.
Classes, 9a.m.-1p.m., include hands-on experiences through play, music, literacy, art, dramatics, science, cooking, outdoor play, special events and global learning for ages 2-1/2 (potty trained) to 5 years.
EMP is a 4-star Qualistar rated preschool and participates in the Denver Preschool Program which allows Denver residents with four-year-olds to apply for tuition credits.
Open enrollment is now underway for fall classes. Info/tour: 303-758-1697 or empdenver.com.
For all single parents – Families First offers a free ongoing Circle of Parents support group just for you. Discover proven methods for reducing frustrations of single parenting in today’s challenging world. Unlock knowledge you already hold and share your wisdom, create a support network and rebuild your self-esteem. Circle of Parents meets first, third and fifth Thursdays, 6:30-8p.m., at Evanston Center for Spiritual Wholeness & Healing, 2122 S. Lafayette St. Free children’s group provided. Come build upon your strengths in a safe and nurturing environment. Do you need immediate help? Call 1-800-CHILDREN. For other assistance and info, call the Family Support Line: 303-695-7996 for English speakers; 866-527-3264 for Spanish speakers. Visit the website: familiesfirstcolorado.org for quick links to parenting classes, other Circle of Parents groups and more.
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