1. My family staycationed in nearby Colorado Springs. Daughter and I got tattoos (henna), I rode the zipline across the Royal Gorge (zomg), and we drove to the top of Pikes Peak. If you ever decide to go to Colorado Springs, check out our 1 2, or 3 day itineraries on the full post, which includes more photos.
What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders? — KURIOS, Cabinet of Curiosities
Summer brings space for family activities. There are SO many other people and happenings vying for our tween’s and teen’s attention; it’s nice when we can entice them to be with us. Willingly. Even excitedly. My husband and I thought that would be the case when we were invited to see KURIOS, the Cirque du Soleil show currently playing in Denver through July 26.
Disclosure: we were guests of Cirque du Soleil.
I’d taken a curiosity quiz prior to the show that predicted I am most like Klara (left, below) because I am “quirky, stylish, eloquent and friendly.” Which KURIOS character are you?
My son complained during the entire drive to the Big Top. “Booorrrringg!!” he’d repeatedly whined, protesting that he had to attend (oh! the ways we torture him!). I tolerated his snottiness because I knew he was going to end up eating that word and I would have my own sweet and secret I-told-you-so moment.
Maybe I didn’t keep it so secret.
Of course, from the moment the lights went down, both he and his sister were rapt. All four of us loved each of the amazing feats we witnessed, things that can’t possibly happen but do happen right in front of your eyes.
Check out a sample yourself in this 15 second overview.
KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™ performs at Pepsi Center in Denver June 11th – July 26th, 2015. Tickets range from $40 – $130 and can be purchased online or by calling 1.800.450.1480. See website for other cities.
The other day I took the kids and a friend each to Water World, a HUUUUGE water park just north of Denver that’s been serving families since I was a kid.
It’s nice once in awhile to be the Cool Mom. Often I’m the task master, making sure that each summer day has a bit of care and attention to the kids’ minds, their bodies, and our house/yard (translation: not on screens all day). When Water World invited us to come for Blogger Week, all of us were excited.
We parked (free!) and lugged our stuff in. We were allowed to bring in our own picnic, though the water in my bottle was dumped out at a security check point (apparently, people have tried to sneak in vodka.)
In past years, my kids have gravitated toward the milder rides. But now, as a tween and a teen, they headed right for the steep, whirly, swirly, wavy, deep, action-packed water rides that exceed my meager level of courage. Both Tessa and Reed recommend the Mile High Flyer, which you can experience via video by clicking.
A storm moved through mid-afternoon, so we took cover under one of the many sheltered areas. We looked at empty Thunder Bay wave pool and the dark storm clouds and joked about being caught in a sharknado.
True to Colorado, though — if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 (or 30) minutes, which I’ve heard said about dozens of other places — the sun came and we continued having fun. If the sun hadn’t reappeared, Water World would have issued us rain checks to come again another day.
We finished up tired and happy. Can’t ask for a better way to spend a summer day. As for being a Cool Mom the rest of the summer?