Hey Denver! Here come Pedalheads bike camps.

Pedalheads Bike Camps have been teaching kids to safely rides bikes for over 25 years. With over 70 sites in Canada and Washington State, over 200,000 kids have gone through the fantastic play-based learning programs. Specializing in getting kids off training wheels in one-week, “from training wheels to trails” is the message and people of Denver can now hear it!

Denver is fortunate to have been selected for the latest expansion of Pedalheads, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Registration is now open for the four locations throughout metro Denver. All of the camps will provide ample opportunity for parents to take advantage of the fun that Pedalheads Bike Camps provide. Week long programing will include 1 hour classes for balance bikers and tricycle riders, as well as, both half-day and full-day camps for new riders ready to say goodbye to their training wheels to those preparing to safely take to the streets.

Pedalheads has been busy in their short time in Denver. Expos and obstacle courses – bike rodeos and helmet safety presentations have been a great way to introduce programs and philosophies. Keep an eye out and don’t miss the opportunity for your little ones to conquer the “blue mountain”. Summer camps at all Denver locations will run June through August. Registration can be done at www.pedalheads.com and any questions may be answered at 888.886.6464.

A fantastic spot on KVDR’s Colorado’s Best for the Baby & Kids Experience can be seen here.

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Avid4 Adventure is the place for summer camp fun!

Avid4 Adventure is growing fast and continues to provide kids in both the Colorado Front Range & now Northern California opportunities to get outside, experience, learn to be safe and have a ball!  With a crew of instructors who are caring, attentive, well trained and fun, Avid gives parents a great option to send their young adventurers for summer camps. More locations, more offering means more lids learning the skills to enjoy the outdoors!

The philosophy is simple: Create programming where parents feel comfortable, kids have a blast and instructors are proud team members. Avid 4 has done just that and it is obviously working. From the moment at drop off, when met with smiles by each attentive staff-member, to the car ride home, listening to the stories, riddles and experiences of your truly “happy camper” Avid 4 Adventure is great.

The 2015 season is winding down but stay tuned. Summer 2016 camps fill up quickly. Also, check out the Avid gear sales, happening this fall, where some super deals on lightly used equipment can be had.

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Progressive Martial Arts, mixing the old and the new with great success!

Progressive Martial Arts or PMA is a Denver establishment in the martial arts world. Established in 1985 to teach a fantastic blend of traditional methods in a contemporary environment, PMA has something for the young and the old. PMA creates a fun, healthy yet disciplined philosophy in all that they offer.

At almost any time on any given day, the facility is a buzzing hive of dedicated practitioners, preparing for or completing age-appropriate classes or working on individual skills. The rules are simple: work hard, show respect for the study and others, protect your opponent at all times and of course, have fun. With participants ranging in age and ability from 2 1/2 to 82 years old, it is testament to the fact that the dedicated study of martial arts and the PMA methodology is for anyone who is willing to put in the work.

The guiding principles of PMA are summed up well by founder, Mr. Stewart Lauper, in describing the goals for the youngest participants:

“We’re not trying to make them ‘Kings of the Ring,’ just excellent humans. And skill in martial arts increases that chance exponentially.”

On a personal note: We have exposed our 8-year-old daughter to the entire gamut of childhood activities and classes with mixed results. Almost immediately upon our start with PMA it became evident that we had found a winner. Our daughter showed an intrinsic dedication to not only participating in the classes and exercises but also the principles of training and positive lessons followed in the practices at Progressive Martial Arts.

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EdFest 2015 working hard to keep Edison Elementary great!

EdFest is the biggest and baddest fundraiser held to benefit the students of Edison Elementary School in Northwest Denver. The focus for this year’s funds will go towards PTA-funded projects and programs, with a special appeal for raising money for musical instruments. The crowd was huge and very willing to support our local elementary school.

EdFest 2015 was held at one of Northwest Denver’s finest watering-holes, Local 46. The back-yard beer garden was the perfect spot for a Cajun Crawfish Boil and “Corn-hole” tournament. Inside attendees had loads of goodies and opportunities to bid on in a silent auction. The “Step-and-Repeat” drew lots of camera-shy models hamming it up as the evening progressed. The final event of the Fest was a live auction led by PTA President and DPS School Board candidate Michael Kiley II.

A special thanks goes out to the gracious sponsors of the event: Local 46, Speaks Orthodontics, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Tennyson Pediatric DentistrySnarf’sPaneraSushi HaiNY Pizza Pub, Orthodontics in the Highlands and more….

And of course, thanks to the event organizers who do such a good job of making giving money fun!

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Like the lovely sounds of little birds…..Big Kids Music Tour, Voice.

Big Kids Music Tour, a great opportunity for your older kids, is a fantastic four-course series hosted by Mile High Music Together in Denver’s historic Tennyson business district. The culmination of weeks of hard work featured a wonderful recital where the young songbirds described skills they had learned, sang solos on the mic and finally blasted out a powerful rendition of “Rock Around the Clock”. Accompanied by incredible instructor, Melissa Monforti, the class wowed parents and entertained all.

Big Kids Music Tour is made up of four separate classes: Drums, Keyboards, Guitar and finally Voice. Each of the classes teach respect, fundamental skills, interactive movement and story-telling and of course performance. Melissa is a patient and caring teacher and the classes are a real gift.

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A spring in your step……Highlands Dance Studio dance classes rule.

The Highlands Dance Studio, in Denver’s Tennyson business district, hosts an amazing array of dance classes to suit anyone’s fancy. The classes run on a semester schedule, with the 2013 Spring Semester ending this Sunday June 2nd. Hip-Hop and Tap/Jazz was the focus of this spring semester and the dancers have been working diligently to perfect their routines for their recital at the historic Oriental Theater on 44th Ave. Each class from the studio will perform a well rehearsed number in their chosen genre.

Next up at the Highlands Dance Studio are summer camps. Options include Hip-Hop, theatrical, contemporary and lyrical dance disciplines. Young and old can experience the wonders of dance through the Highlands Dance Studio and their fantastic instructors.

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EvolveYourSelf…..Skills camps at Evolve Action Sports Park

Want to get your kids involved in action sports: skateboard, scooters, bikes or blades in a safe and fun environment? Then come and check out Evolve Action Sports Park. Evolve ASP works hard to create a “vibe” where everyone can learn, have fun and get better. They offer super lessons, parties and events. Spring Break camps are just around the corner.

Are you looking for summer camp opportunities? Well, Evolve Action Sports Park has a number of great options, all staffed with unbelievable coaches. All-day, 1/2 day or just a day are all possible for your little shredder. Evolve focuses on fundamental skill development all the way to big banger tricks, all revolving around three simple words….Safety, Etiquette and Skill.

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Strumming away…..Big Kids Music Tour takes on the guitar.

Big Kids Music Tour, part of Mile High Music on Tennyson Street in northwest Denver, is featuring guitar. Ms. Melissa leads a group of eager pickers in exploration of musical timing, strumming and of course dancing. Participants each have their own guitar and learn through story, song and example. A highlight for the class is the “electric” guitar and amp which of course features DISTORTION!! As always the class will end with a season finale for parents and family.

Big Kids Music Tour is a four-part adventure through music and song. The classes follow a rotating schedule of drums, keyboards, guitar and voice.

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Summer camp rules…..Avid4 Adventure adds a residence camp.

Avid4 Adventure, based out of Boulder, Colorado, provides age-appropriate outdoor experiences for very fortunate participants. Their mission:

To inspire life-long active outdoor lifestyles and environmental stewardship through experiences that provide personal development and memorable family adventures, while addressing the logistical needs of parents.”

Avid4 Adventure offers year-round opportunities for young people to explore new and  favorite activities. Instruction includes rock, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and outdoor education. Each activity is experienced in safe and fabulous surroundings.

The newest addition to Avid4’s incredible offerings will now include an unbelievable residence camp in conjunction with Windy Peaks Outdoor Education Laboratory School. One and two week sessions beginning in the summer of 2013 will provide campers education, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. The camp is located at 8,00 feet near Bailey, Colorado.

Bring on the kids!

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Get up off of your seat…..Highlands Dance Studio tap/jazz class really move their feet!

Highlands Dance Studio, located on Tennyson Street in Northwest Denver is The place to go for girls and boys, young and old to learn how to better get their dancing groove on. Classes include a variety of different focuses with wonderful instructors providing all involved the opportunity to reach their dancing dreams. Participants learn what it takes to master skills, work together and perform.

Our highly trained and qualified instructors use their talent and creativity to make it fun to learn, while at the same time teach the technical skills required to dance. We strive to create a fun, safe atmosphere to instill the love of dance, as well as provide the challenge to excel and the opportunity to perform. We also offer adult classes as an outlet for the “rusty” dancer to stir their passion once again as well as for those who just never stopped dancing.” -Heather Lee, Owner.

The Beginning Tap/Jazz students are busy preparing for their Holiday recital to be held at Denver’s historic Oriental Theater on December 16th.