Traveling exhibits are at the core of our local culture, drawing crowds from the region and perhaps farther away. They are family friendly and a No. 1 on the list of must see experiences.
At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Poison exhibit is a stunning example and its nearby Mythology exhibit is a natural connection.
For small kids who usually get easily spooked, prepare them by noting that the giant forest life, complete with gigantic and small snakes and a unicorn, are just models. The museum’s staff and volunteers offer live demonstrations and a chance to sit down and maybe participate and help with the presentation. What’s not to love here?
The Denver Zoo now has “Nature Connects Art, With LEGO Bricks,” brought to the zoo by the Goddard Schools. This marks the zoo’s first traveling exhibit, which opened Aug. 7 and runs through Nov. 1.
This is not your ordinary LEGO setup, as it features 38 life-size, and even larger, animal and plant sculptures located all over the zoo and there’s no added cost to enjoy it.
Denver is now drawing such special exhibits regularly, putting us on a par with other large cities’ special experiences.
The zoo paid $200,000 to lease the LEGO exhibit, which took seven months to build!
And as an extra special, pre-Halloween treat, it will include bats and a “giant” spider. On Halloween, Oct. 31, there’s the traditional Boo at the Zoo.
From bison to a bumblebee, there’s a size for everyone to gawk at.
After dark, there’s a Block City Beer Garden for adults, including two of the zoo’s restaurants.
When lining up to get into the zoo a few years back, one little girl, in line asked, “Where’s your little child? You can’t go to the zoo without a child.” Replying to this adorable questioner we asked her if we could borrow her. She declined.
Visit www.denverzoo.org for more information on the LEGO exhibit and other details.
HOOTenanny Owl & Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 26
The Audubon Society of Greater Denver has its HOOTenanny Owl & Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 26, at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield. This owl-centered gathering explores the “secret life of owls through live owl encounters, crafts, educational activities and informational displays presented by local nonprofits and government organizations.” It is designed for families of all ages, involving guests in crafts, custom face painting, lots of gifts for kids to nag their parents to buy them just as they do at other such facilities.
I could not have made this up: “Delicious local eats will be available for purchase from the Chibby Wibbitz food truck.” This is a daytime event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.
For more details, visit www.denveraudubon.org or call 303-973-9530.
RMPAT added to Families First
Rocky Mountain Parents as Teachers was added to the Families First community. RMPAT, as it’s often referred to in print, is a home visitation program serving the seven-county metro area in English and Spanish. The RMPAT Home Visitors effort is now part of Families First and the match is already going well for both. For more interesting details, visit www.familiesfirstcolorado.org or call 303-745-0327.
Project Bully Buster
While visiting San Diego recently, we picked up a “Visitor’s Guide, Ocean Beach,” which has a website, www.oceanbeachsandiego.com. One page has information on Project Bully Buster of San Diego. Its mission is to “End Public Acceptance of Bullying.”
It goes on interestingly to state, “The future we are committed to is one where bullying is no longer viewed as acceptable or legal. The future we see is one where young people attend school free from fear and anxiety knowing they are supported by the institutions and people they trust most.”
Quite an ambition. They have a list of eight things to do about it. The page was purchased by a local real estate broker, Ronald Fineman.
Those already fighting the bullying problem here in Colorado may want to get in contact with this anti-bullying effort. To reach them, call 858-333-6480 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/projectbullybuster.
While on vacation, we eat out a lot and one etiquette problem comes up often, that of how to eat pasta. Especially troubling is how to get long spaghetti strands from the plate to the mouth and no, it’s not OK to dive into the dish, letting strands wiggle in the air. One acceptable way to eat such long noodles is to use your fork to just reach the edge of the plate in a small cluster that neatly gets to the mouth.
But there is another way to eat long pasta. If the restaurant doesn’t provide a fork and large spoon ask for one. Use the fork to scoop up a reasonable amount and twist it, using the opposite hand with the spoon to keep the strands together and organized. Yet another acceptable way of eating such pasta is to use the knife and fork to cut a small portion of the dish as you do when eating other foods.
It’s easiest to show a young child to manage mac and cheese when they first begin eating it by themselves. Teach them to hold the spoon as they would a crayon or pencil, not with a closed fist. Of course, this is also the time to address the habit of chewing with the mouth open. That is to be avoided at any age and of course, readers, no one should talk with a mouth full of food.
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