Places

Diving and Snorkeling the Denver Aquarium

Denver might not seem like a hot spot for scuba diving, especially in mid-winter. But no one told that to A1 Scuba, whose dive and snorkeling programs at the Denver Aquarium are perfect for families of all walks… It was an odd time for us to sandwich it in. We were in town for my … Read more →

An Olympian Shares Secrets on When to Start Your Kids Paddling

“At what age can I start my child paddling?” That’s a question I get asked many times…especially from parents who dream of paddling the rivers with their own kids. Adult paddlers often feel they started the sport late in life, a disadvantage they don’t want to pass on to their own youngsters. Age is quite … Read more →

Steamboat Powdercats Family Kids Powder Pups Adventure

Who says kids skiing has to be confined to chairlifts at resorts? Certainly not Steamboat Powder Cats, which recently ran its first ever kids cat skiing trip atop Buff Pass in Steamboat Springs, Co. Joining our two daughters, Casey, 7, and Brooke, 12, piling in snowcat named “Tigger” were five other kids aged 2-7, all … Read more →

Steamboat’s Winter Carnival: Fun for All Ages

Two years shy of its 100th anniversary, Steamboat’s annual Winter Carnival is the longest-running winter carnival west of the Mississippi. While them could certainly be braggin’ words, that goes against the whole concept of the event, whose purpose is to bring kids and the community together to have good old fashioned fun while raising money … Read more →

Teva Games Perfect for Toddlers and Teens

With summer underway, our Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids family took the past weekend to head to Vail, Colo., to visit the Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music. While I (ahem) competed in the Stand-up Paddleboard race down Gore Creek against a wave of big-wave-riding Hawaiians (don’t ask how … Read more →

National Park Week April 17-25

If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to get to one our 392 national parks, now’s your chance. Coinciding with the exciting release this week of Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids, from April 17 through 25 all 392 national parks will offer free admission in celebration of National Park Week. And I’ll be at one of them, Arches, … Read more →

A Visit to Keystone’s Kidtopia

Sometimes, when winter’s clutch leaves you stir-crazy with the kids, it’s time for a road trip. In Colorado, it doesn’t get much better for families than Keystone, especially during one of its new Kidtopia celebrations, a series of events over holiday weeks that celebrates kids and families.               For us, it started with one … Read more →

Sea Kayaking the Pacific Northwest

What an end to the summer. The trip started with a two-week trip to Alaska, visiting  my wife’s twin in a cabin on the Kenai), and ended taking the kids sea kayaking in the San Juan islands. With our daughters Brooke, 10, and Casey, 7, Colorado-bred, the chance to visit northern oceans doesn’t come often, … Read more →