Child's Play: Adventure Playground changes the landscape for play

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

With warm weather settling in, it's time to let the kids burn off months of pent-up energy at one of the many playgrounds 'round town. If you haven't tried the one-of-a-kind (and Westword 2014 Best Of winner) Adventure Playground at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont, there's not a minute to waste.

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The four most cannabis-unfriendly events this 4/20 weekend

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Ludlow photograph from the Pueblo History Museum
While 4/20 is celebrated by stoners worldwide, Coloradans do it better than anybody else: A day of unity and political activism where participants can spend their every waking moment consuming cannabis is hard to beat, holiday-wise. But April 20 this year also happens to be Easter Sunday and the fifth night of Passover. While kicking off your private seder with a kush Kiddush, or hunting for medible-stuffed Easter eggs while gorging on Peeps and Cadbury cremes with a group of fellow adult stoners, are both fine ways to celebrate this unique confluence of holidays, most official celebrations this weekend are either religious or kid-centric in nature. As such, there will be no kind of any kind encouraged. While no one can prevent you from attending any of these events under the influence, if you show up red-eyed and reeking, be prepared for askance glances from concerned parents and clergy -- particularly if you keep giggling at the phrase "askance glances."

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Child's Play: Storybooks on Stage will tell tales for kids -- and their parents -- on Saturday

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John Jurcheck performs with Stories on Stage.

So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Denver's a great town for parents who want to introduce their children to the arts, and kid-crafted plays are certainly nothing new. But in an interesting spin on childhood theatrics, on April 12 Stories on Stage will present Storybooks on Stage, 75-minute-long adaptations of personal and short stories specifically geared toward children -- and totally suitable for adults, too.

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Child's Play: Rina Coury teaches babies how to talk before they can speak

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Baby sign language is one of those super trendy things that screams, "Gimmick." Or, is it? "Many parents start classes a bit skeptical about the concept," admits local guru Rina Coury. "The joy and wonder on their faces when they realize their child is signing for the first time is priceless," she says.

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Child's Play: It's two for the money at the Denver Mint

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Outside the Denver Mint
So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Money's sort of cool, right? There are just four United States mints in operation today, located in Philadelphia, San Francisco, West Point and, yup, sunny Denver. True, the Denver Mint might not have the raw sex appeal of, say, the Children's Museum, but the historic building is rightly treasured for being one of Colorado's oldest institutions and for its listing on the National Historic Register. What Coloradans may not know, though, is that this stately facility offers free daily public tours that'll amuse preschoolers, adolescents -- maybe even fickle teens, too.

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Child's Play: Climb your way to an afternoon of family bliss

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Forget all the jumping, climbing, kids-only spots where parents are relegated to holding coats while sitting on greasy chairs. Both locations of ROCK'n & JAM'n feature a playful and safe environment where kids can bounce around while parents and caregivers get a killer workout. Plus, it's never cold, dark or raining at these rock-climbing gyms, which means you and your kids can enjoy ROCK'n & JAM'n 1 or ROCK'n & JAM'n 2 no matter what the weather is outside.

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Child's play: Local yogi Casey Feicht is changing the world one down-dog at a time

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

"Kids' yoga is a huge part of bringing more peace into our world," says local yogi Casey Feicht, whose kid yoga classes have become somewhat notorious over the past few years as her business continues to grow. Many Colorado parents already laud yoga for its physical, emotional and spiritual benefits -- so it's no wonder that we want to instill that love in our youngsters, who just might have the power to change the world someday.

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Mile High Montessori brings early education to all Colorado kids, regardless of income

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Few things are more coveted by some Colorado parents than a Montessori education for their preschoolers. Heck, the private Montessori in my neighborhood has a two-year wait list for new students. But tuition can be expensive. Which is why Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, one of Denver's oldest and largest providers of subsidized early childhood education, is trying to bring Montessori to everyone.

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Child's Play: Janet Casson helps grownups make music with their kiddos

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

If the thought of sitting through an hour-long music class for toddlers makes you want to have your eardrums forcefully expunged with an old hanger, then you probably haven't been to a Rocky Mountain Aardvarks class with the talented and funky Janet Casson, a New York expat who brought some pretty unique Brooklyn-bred music classes to Denver.

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Child's Play: An authentic -- and free! -- nature experience awaits at Denver's flagship REI

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly.

Don't get me wrong: I'll grin-and-bear my way through all of the runny-nosed kids (seriously -- Can somebody get these kids some fucking tissues?) at the Children's Museum when somebody else is covering my admissions costs. The Bubble Room's so cool that I'm willing to risk the inevitable parade of snot, tears, and tantrums. But, the savvy Colorado parent knows there are plenty of other great kid spots, ones with a little more local flare. First up: the third floor of the flagship REI.

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