Local Biz Spotlight: The Mama’hood

Do you need a place to just chill, relax, remember the joy of motherhood? Would you love to do yoga with a few other mamas, or even with your little ones? Could you use some breastfeeding support?

Well, there’s a new space in town, and it’s tailor-made for mamas and mamas-to be. Featuring three yoga studios, a play space for kiddos, practitioner rooms for massage and lactation consultations, as well as a beautiful retail section, The Mama’hood in Boulder is ready to welcome us all into their serene “village”.

CEO and co-founder Linda Appel Lipsius sees the Mama’hood as a holistic resource center for expectant moms and families. As a mom-preneur, she recognizes the importance of community while juggling parenthood.

“The Mama’hood Vision: We are a sanctuary where every woman can find warmth, wisdom and inspiration.  The mama‘hood promotes: Physical and mental health during motherhood. Empowerment through education about Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum and early family choices. Connection through classes, support groups and resources. A ’hood quite literally has you covered.”

True to the mission, The Mama’hood is comprised of a talented team of supportive women including several lactation specialists. Katie Wise, of Yo Mama Yoga, will serve as the new Director of Yoga, Trainings and Childbirth Education.

I visited the space with my little guy a couple of weeks ago. The carpenters were busy tightening the last screws, yet I felt an immediate sense of calm. The Mama’hood team has completely transformed the former Grandrabbits Play! spot into an oasis of tranquility. I got a first-hand look at the gorgeous maternity/post-natal/breast-feeding clothing, and fell in love with the cute stash of toddler eating supplies.

Personally, I can’t wait for the family-friendly music classes to start. And, I can offer my own kudos for Katie Wise’s prenatal yoga classes. If you get a chance, stop by this new spot and tell them MOD Moms sent you.

If you’re in the neighborhood, check out Mama’hood’s Grand Opening Party: July 17, 2015, 4pm-8pm. There will be family-friendly food, drink, & entertainment (including a petting zoo!). There will be prizes raffled with proceeds to benefit Mother House – www.mother-house.org

The Mama’hood (2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, 80302)

Parks and Playgrounds

Love finding new spots to play? Check out the fun spots on our list — and add some of your own in the comments!

Arvada

Fire Fighter’s Park 
Have a flame-fighting super hero in your care? Well, put this park on your list! Your little ones will love the fire engine-themed play structures.

Discovery Park
Wheat Ridge, (southern Arvada) Featuring fun playground equipment, a skate park and a splash pad, this park is sure to be a solid hit. (seasonal bathroom)

Ralston Central Park
5850 Garrison Street, Arvada, CO. A beautiful, newly-developed park filled with green space, great play structures, picnic tables, and a fun splash pad! (Bathrooms available)

Boulder

Scott Carpenter Park
Kind of dated, but fun. My little guy can’t get enough of the rickety rocket ship. Dedicated to Boulder’s own astronaut, Scott Carpenter.

Wonderland Lake Park
Great for a nature walk, picnic, bit of play, or walk around the lake. (No bathrooms)

Foothills Community Park
Located in North Boulder (just north of Wonderland Lake) this park has a fun playground, picnic shelters, soccer fields, a basketball court and bathrooms.

Harlow Platts Park
Nestled behind Fairview High School, this park has a nice little lake with walking path (great for bike riding), cute play area with sandbox, no bathrooms (there is a port potty if you are feeling brave, though).

Broomfield

Broomfield Commons Park
Expansive park with fun play equipment, picnic shelters and bathrooms.

North Midway Park, ACCESSIBLE
A hidden gem. This park is a favorite for us. I love the accessibility for wheel chairs and walkers. My little guy loves all the fun equipment. Aside from the fun play area, you’ll find plenty of green space, a shelter, seasonal bathrooms. And, if you like tossing a disc, there’s even a disc course available.

Denver area

Bellevue Park
This park features a tiny train ($1.75/person), petting zoo ($1.75/person), and playground. A fun adventure.

Westlands Park
5701 S. Quebec St., 25.30 acre site. Located in SE Denver, this oasis is filled with fun climbing structures, great new equipment, pavilions, restrooms and lots of green space!

Surfside Spray Park
Lakewood, CO. For $1/person splash splash your way to some serious summer fun!

Erie

Erie Community Park
This beautiful new park is filled with vibrant play and climbing structures and beautiful ball fields. Bathrooms available. Coming soon? Water play area (Date TBD).

Golden

Lions Park
Next to Golden Community Center, this park features two nice play structures, sand volleyball, and great views. (No bathrooms)

Lafayette

Waneka Park
This park is one of my all-time favorite spots. With walking trail around the lake, shady in the summer, bathrooms, plus … cool paddle boats, the kids are going to be busy!

Louisville

Louisville Community Park (splash pad!)
This park is one of our staples. Roughly a mile from downtown Louisville, Community Park features a fun splash pad, great play structures, a shady pavilion, and plenty of field space to kick around a ball. Oh — and bathrooms! It’s a great spot to play before grabbing some ice cream from Sweet Cow or playing a bit of pinball at Tilt!

Cottonwood Park
A cute shady park with a small basketball area and a lovely little soccer field and fun play structure. Near bike trails. South Boulder Road and Via Appia. Seasonal bathroom.

Pirates Park
Nice play structures, sand, close to downtown/ Main Street Louisville. Tennis courts and soccer fields. (No bathrooms)

Memory Square Park
Adjacent to Memory Square Pool, this lovely shady park has a fun sandpit, play structures and plenty of grass for picnics. (No bathrooms)

Longmont

Collyer Park 
Any train aficionados in your house? Check out this cute little neighborhood park with a train play structure! How fun!

Dawson Park  and nearby Flanders Park
These nice little parks border scenic McIntosh Lake and make for a nice picnic spot on a beautiful day.

Kanemoto Park UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Unfortunately, this neat park was severely damaged by the 2013 floods, the park is slated to reopen soon. Here’s a recent article on the plans for Kanemoto Park.
A unique area park with a beautiful pagoda, donated in 1966 by the Kanemoto family, playground and splash pool.

Willow Farm Park
901 S. Fordham St., Longmont. Farm lovers take note. This park features a big red barn that serves as a shelter (with restrooms!) and a fun playground that incorporates farm themes as well!

Union Reservoir
Need a place to hunker down, drop in the kayak and play all day? Union Reservoir might be your spot. (Fees)

Stephen Day Park (Splash pad!)
A wonderful neighborhood park complete with fields, playground, skate park, mini bike paths and restrooms!

Sandstone Ranch Park
A really beautiful park filled with fun play equipment, ball fields, trails and seasonal restrooms and concession stands. Add to that, lots of green space and great views — and you have a really lovely day. But get hopelessly lost on your way there like I did. My GPS took me way out east to St Vrain State Park, then a series of empty farm fields. Tip: Sandstone Ranch isn’t in the middle of nowhere. It’s located off of 119/ Ken Pratt just past Zlaten Drive.

Quail Campus Park
Just outside the Longmont Museum is a lovely green space dotted with sculptures. No playground equipment, but it does make for a nice picnic spot.

Nederland

Chipeta Park
Just down the street from the fun Carousel of Happiness and the Mountain Bear Ecology Center, you can run off a little more steam at Chipeta Park. There the kiddos will find some play equipment, picnic tables (no bathrooms), and, of course, the creek. There’s a little fishing pond, too, if you’re up for casting a line.

Northglenn

EB Rains Junior Memorial Park/ Northglenn Sensory Park
11700 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO. EB Rains Jr / Northglenn Sensory Park is an inclusive, expansive park that has something for everyone including a bit of paddle boating and fishing.

Superior

Founders Park
7725 W Coal Creek Dr, Superior, CO. Across from the Target shopping complex, Founders Park is the perfect spot to run off a bit of steam. Great play structures, some walking paths, a basketball court and a soccer field, this park is on the “to do list”. Seasonal bathrooms. The con? Very little shade.

Community Park
Nestled between part of the Rock Creek neighborhood, Coalton Road and the Safeway shopping complex, this park is filled with ball fields, play areas and bike paths. A seasonal bathroom is available.

Purple Park
Looking for a great grassy picnic spot? Purple Park might just fit the bill. A little play structure, a small pond and a big hill equal some serious fun. (Has a small, seasonal bathroom).

Thornton

Carpenter Park
Get ready for some fun. This park is something special.

Westminster

Peter Pan Park, aka Westminster Center Park
Features fun playscapes, a little splash “river” (a few inches deep), covered picnic tables, and restrooms.

Westminster City Park
(Just outside of the Rec Center). Great location, tons of green space, and fun equipment. (No bathrooms)

Sensory Park
(Tucked behind an office complex near the Target off of Church Ranch)  I love this little park. It’s hidden behind an office complex just past the Target. But don’t let the out-of-the-way location fool you, this is worth the hunt for a fun, inclusive spot to play. Wheel chair accessible ramps are fun for rollers and runners, and the sandbox is one of my kiddo’s favorite spots. (No bathrooms)

Rainy Day Fun

This year’s frequent bad weather got you down? Tired of stomping puddles? Here are a few fun indoor ideas for keeping the kids busy and yourself sane!

Puddle stomping
Puddle stomping

Around the House

  • Great Excavations (Excavating critters from ice blocks) — with a little advanced preparation, you can create a fun and educational learning experience that will keep your little ones busy for a while.

Our take: We filled a tupperware dish a little less than halfway with blue colored water and a handful of dinosaurs. After a couple of hours, we added some red colored water and another batch of dinosaurs. We flipped the “glacier” out on a big cookie sheet, and my little guy had a blast using a variety of “tools” to free his dinosaurs from the ice. We tried table salt, rock salt, water (cold and hot), spoons … so much fun!

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Excavating dinosaurs from a “glacier”!
  • Have a ‘Frozen” fanatic in the house? Make and melt some Frozen Elsa” hands. Fill them with fake jewels, or Frozen-themed tiny toys, and let your little one work some magic.
  • Tents and Forts: Indoor Camping: Grab the tent or some blankets and help the kiddos construct a hideout. Bonus points if you can do it in a place that’s just out-of-the-way enough to keep the thing standing for a couple of days.

Our Take: We filled our tent with pillows, books and games … had breakfast and lunch and even an iTunes-fueled movie night.

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Camping indoors (with some favorite toys and friends).
  • Have an obstacle course competition or a hot lava show down. My little guy loves to make “maps” to plan out his routes. To prevent our house from succumbing to total destruction I cordon off one room for the fun.

Make some stuff:

  • Whip up a batch of Oobleck — the gooey, category-defying substance that hooks kids on science. Just be sure to cover your table. Our rule is that it stays in the bowl, which stays on a cookie sheet.
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Exploring the awesome disgusting-ness of oobleck.

 

  • Try your hand at Cloud Dough. Helpful tip: Cover your workspace with a towel first!
  • Get crafty. Pull out some old paper, recyclables, or household goods and make a toilet paper roll monster, a birdhouse, or even better, one of these cute birdies.
  • Make it musical. Build your own rainstick with some paper towel tubes and pebbles or dried beans.
  • Make a duct tape treasure box and stage an indoor treasure hunt.
  • Pull out some painter’s tape or masking tape and create a roadway, a line jump, a mini maze or a fun hopscotch! Works well in an unfinished basement or even the garage!
  • Stave off hunger with a fabulous fruit rainbow.
  • Is your kiddo a questioner like mine? Get sciencey — make your own rain gauge, then explore a bit more about the water cycle.

Out and About

Local museums are always fun when it’s rainy, and the Boulder/Denver area has quite a few: the nearby Butterfly Pavillion, the WOW Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum (kids under 18 are FREE everyday!), the Children’s Museum, the Aquarium, the Colorado History Museum, the Longmont Museum, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Little museums like the Weather Station/ Visitor Center at NCAR, or the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum or the Natural History Museum on the CU-Boulder campus can be a fun, quick diversion if you’re near campus (both have a small area for kids on the bottom floors).

Tired of the museum route? Here are a few other ideas around town

Just need a place to jump around and get the crazies out?

  • Dizzy in Longmont is always a big hit with my little one. It has a fun climbing structure, bouncy house and inflatable slide for the 10 and under crowd. Laser tag and loads of games round out the fun.
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Getting a little wild at Dizzy

 

  • ABC Climbing offers family climbing nights and open gym times:
  • Jump City (Arvada) offers MOD Moms a great Buy One Hour Get One Free deal if you show your MOD Moms card!
  • Great Play of Superior offers punch card style camps (starting at 5 punches) which can come in handy for bad weather days! (MOD Moms get 10% off camp punch cards, MUST show valid MOD Moms card.)
  • Playscapes at Flatirons Mall and Cherry Creek Mall are good for a quick bit of free fun
  • Don’t forget about the FREE play areas at many local rec centers such as Apex (we love the clubhouse!), Paul Derda, and Erie.
  • And of course, don’t forget about the awesome indoor water centers at these great rec centers as well!

Have any other great tips? Leave your ideas in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Summer Camps, Activities and More!

IMG_2601Summer is just around the corner. Luckily, the Front Range is filled with fun for the whole family. From adventure camps to nature hikes to concerts in the square and movies in the park, this area is a haven for family-friendly frolicking.

MOD Moms get great discounts for many area camps and super-fun summer activities! Check out our current list, and stay tuned for updates. (Be sure to show your current MOD Moms card!)

Boulder Indoor Sports (15% discount off of camps, birthday parties and classes)
Boulder Indoor Soccer (15% discount off Soccer Tykes program), other great programs available (no current MOD Moms discount on these: indoor soccer camp, outdoor soccer camp)
Flatirons Gymnastics ($25 discount off of camps)
Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics ($25 discount for camps)
Thorne Nature Experience (10% discount) 
Mountain Kids (15% discount for camps, classes and parties)
Great Play of Superior (10% discount)
Whole Body Singing ($125 discount off a cappella camps, taught by a team of national caliber clinicians — regular price $550, MOD Moms price $425, $80 off summer classes) 
Colorado Conservatory of Dance (Free Registration, a $35 savings) Summer Dance Kids, June 22 – Aug 1
Once Upon a Ballet (10% discount) Theme: Sleeping Beauty, July 6 – August 1

Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls (10% off camp registration) http://www.gameonsports4girls.com

More great summer activities

ABC Climbing
Apex Movement (parkour)
Art Underground
Boulder County Agricultural Heritage Center (Free, Open Fri, Sat, Sun 10am – 5pm). Step into Boulder County of yesteryear with a tour of an old farmstead
Chatauqua Meadow Music with Jeff & Paige (Fun family friendly hike followed by great nature-themed kid music. Monday evenings from 5:30-7pm. Meet by the Ranger Station for the short hike).
Clementine Studio
Louisville Community Park Movies in the Park (with food trucks!)
MidAir Adventures (Thornton)
Sunflower Farm
Tinkermill For the builders, the makers and the creators
Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center

Some fun area museums

Butterfly Pavillion (Westminster)
Denver Aquarium
Denver Art Museum (Kids under 18 are free everyday!)
Denver Botanic Gardens (upcoming free days)
Denver Children’s Museum (Denver)
Denver Museum of Nature and Science (upcoming free days: Sunday, May 31, Monday, June 29, Sunday, July 26, Monday, August 17)
Denver Zoo
Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Longmont Museum
Railroad Museum
WOW Museum (Lafayette)

Bowling, mini golf and family fun centers

Boondocks (Northglenn)
Carousel of Happiness (Nederland) $1/ride!
Chippers (Broomfield) 
Coal Creek Bowling (Lafayette) 
Dizzy (Longmont) 
Fat Cats (Westminster)
Gateway Park Fun Center (Boulder)

Water Fun

Apex Recreation Center (Arvada)
Bob Burger Recreation Center
Broomfield Bay
City Park Recreation Center (Westminster)
Erie Community Center
Memory Square
Paul Derda Recreation Center (Broomfield)
Scott Carpenter Park (Boulder)

Do you own a camp? Want to partner or sponsor with MOD Moms for your camp? Do you have a favorite camp or activity? Tell us about it.

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