Meet the Mom Star: Megan Booth of Ball Aerospace

Name: Megan Booth

Kids’ Ages: 2 boys, ages 5 and 2

Occupation: Business Analyst

Business: Ball Aerospace


What is your favorite thing about your work?

Being around adults and challenging my mind in different ways than being around my kids.

What is your least favorite thing about your work?

Being away from my kids and being tired at the end of the day.

Imagine you have some free time… what do you like to do?

I like running/mountain biking and reading.

What are your favorite stores/restaurants/places in the Boulder-area?

Love Brasserie Ten Ten and the Cork Happy Hour. During summer, we love taking the kids to Broomfield Bay to swim.

What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

I love the show Younger. I need a new book!

What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Skydiving. I don’t need to do that again.

Do you have any advice for other moms and/or working moms?

Try to find a good work/life balance, especially moms who have their own businesses, whom I think tend to work longer hours because it’s kind of another baby for them. But, in the end, work is work, so make time for your kids and significant other if you have one. In the end, they are the most important.

What is important for you to teach your kids?

Kindness and compassion for all types of people. I want my kids to be friends with the kids who need friends.

What have your kids taught you?

Patience and a greater love than I thought was possible.

Thanks to Megan for taking the time to share her feelings on work and motherhood with us. If you know a mom that we should feature (maybe you?) send me an email at alicia@campanizer.com!

Boulder-Area Drop-In Summer Day Camps

One of the questions we often hear from parents is “Are there any camps where I can take my kids for just a day?” Whether your schedule doesn’t have room for a full week of camp, or maybe your kids would rather get a taste of an activity before committing, drop-in day camps are a great option that allow maximum flexibility. Here are the Boulder-area summer camps that offer drop-ins:

  • Shredder Ski
    Ages 3 – 10
    May 29 – August 8
    Full-Day and Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon)
    Learning to ski and snowboard is a process and similar to other sports, practice is essential to short and long term success. Our professionally developed curriculum   incorporates many leading practices into an innovative indoor experience that will maximize your outdoor snow and sport adventures. This total snow experience also provides crossover benefits, so you’ll develop the skills needed both to shred on the slopes and in life. Online signup available at shredderski.com
  • Posh Splat
    Ages 4 – 14
    June 4 – August 14
    Full-Day or Half-Day (Morning)
    All Summer long! Step by step painting classes. Each class kids complete an acrylic painting on a 16″x20″ canvas. They learn technique, color mixing, and most importantly have fun! Each class is independent so come to one or come to them all!

    Register for one day or all week, 3 hours or 5 Hours! Whichever is convenient for you! Lunch is available during kid’s camps for an additional $6.00 for pizza, dessert, and a drink. Or pack your child something from home!
  • Great Play 
    Ages 3 – 10
    June 18 – August 16
    Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon, depending on the day)
    Our Camps are the perfect vacation activity – combining hours of fun and play with significant developmental value! We have developed unique curriculum for more than 50 different Camp Junior sessions, drawing from our extensive collection of fun, educational activities. Each Camp Junior session is 2-3 hours long (see schedule for for details), and includes at least a dozen carefully planned games and activities per session. Activities include instruction in a wide variety of age-appropriate motor skills and sport skills, plus tumbling, balancing, rhythm, obstacle courses, climbing, and plenty of free play time, running around and being silly!
  • Boulder Rock Club
    Ages 6 – 14
    June 4 – August 3
    Full-Day (1, 2 and 3 day sessions, depending on date)

    Our climbing camps are designed to challenge both the beginner and the experienced climber. We offer both indoor and outdoor options. Campers practice safety skills, belaying, and climbing technique in a fun, challenging and supportive atmosphere. In addition, campers practice Leave No Trace, and outdoor leadership development, all while having a blast!
  • Impact Sports Performance
    Ages 5 – 12
    May 29 – August 10
    Full-Day
    At Impact, we have a unique opportunity to provide your child with an introduction to a variety of sports, with highly qualified instructors, in a state of the art facility.  Each week of camp will have a two sports themes we are featuring.  During that week, campers will learn the basic skills and rules of various sports, while making friends and working on team building skills.  Campers will have the opportunity for “free time”, chances for arts and crafts, enjoying downtime playing board games and watching movies and participating in organized activities.  Campers will also enjoy off site field trips and weekly swimming.  The staff at Impact’s main goal is for each camper to have a fun, active and safe summer vacation!
  • Inspiration Art Academy
    Ages 6+
    May 25 – August 22
    Full-Day and Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon)
    Let’s have fun creating art!  Art Campers will learn and practice many different art materials both 2-D and 3-D.   We will explore our creativity using critical thinking, problem solving and have fun making art!  Students will explore many different art centers:  Drawing, painting, collage, textile, printmaking, mural and sculpture centers are all available.  Both structured projects and “choice time” will be available for artists to explore their creativity.

Don’t forget you can search through hundreds of summer camp options anytime on Campanizer!

Around Boulder – Weekend of June 2-3, 2018

It’s the second weekend of summer, the forecast looks lovely and there is a TON going on this weekend.

  • Whittier Garden Tour – Campanizer is proud to be sponsoring this favorite Boulder tradition – Boulder’s premier Garden Tour! Join us for the 16th annual Whittier-Mapleton Garden Tour showcasing outstanding gardens in the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood. All proceeds to Whittier International Elementary School. For more details, check out our blog post here.
  • Jeff + Paige at Longmont Museum Treehouse Exhibit Opening – Saturday 1p – 4p – The event will include: family-friendly activities, live music from Jeff & Paige, live animals and bugs and free food. Wildlife organizations will be on hand educating visitors about how they support and protect local plants and animals. Visitors can also learn about Longmont’s new sustainability plan and becoming an environmental steward yourself. Admission to the event is $8/Adults, $5/Students and Seniors and Children 3 and under, as well as Museum members, are FREE.
  • Boulder Public Library Used Book Sale – Saturday and Sunday – Library Tons of children’s books as well as adult fiction, history, self-help, art books, cookbooks, and more. Books $1 to $2. Children’s books special – two for for $1. In the Boulder Creek Meeting Room, Main Branch, Boulder Public.
  • Boulder Rural Fire Rescue Open House – Saturday 10a – 2p – Fire engines, hoses, bouncy castle, face painting, balloons, food, lemonade + more!
  • Touch A Truck at the Louisville Rec Center – Saturday 9a – 11a -Hey kids come and climb on the big trucks, ride the train, and see Dr. Howe from Young Dentistry for Children
  • Oh Gnome You Didn’t at Whitetail Park in Lafayette – Saturday and Sunday 10a – Pack a picnic and head over to Whitetail Park for “Oh Gnome You Don’t.” An unruly band of traveling clowns seeks an audience to tell their gnome-tale. In this rollicking outdoor adventure for all ages, a long-lived relationship between a gnome and his tree gets upended when a villainous, hungry mushroom pops up in the forest. Oh Gnome You Don’t is performed by Sondra Blanchard, Buba Basishvili, and Claire Patton. Admission is Pay What You Think It’s Worth after the show and no reservations are required.
  • And, since it’s the first Saturday of the month, stop by Home Depot for the free kids DIY event.

It’s not too late to grab your last minute camp reservations! Take a look at the listings on Campanizer.

Boulder-Area Camps for the Ninth Week of Summer: July 23 – 27 2018

Yoga? Tennis? Kayaking? On to be a kid again and have a chance to spend the summer at these awesome camps! Here’s a small selection, there are lots more camps for the ninth week of summer (July 23, 2018 – July 27, 2018) on Campanizer here. 

  • Kayaking Skills Camp with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 10 – 16
    July 23 – 27
    Our Kayaking Day Camp gets campers out on both flat-water and whitewater, experiencing the joy of paddling independently and working and as a team to hone their kayaking skills. Under the guidance of our able instructors, campers will learn basic strokes, rescue techniques, river reading and water safety as they navigate some of the most spectacular lakes and waterways in Colorado’s Front Range. Campers take on challenges tailored to their ability level, progressing as they build proficiency and comfort. We group them by grade—2nd – 4th graders join the Skills Camp, while 5th – 7th graders make up our Adventure Team—and give them plenty of individualized support as they develop confidence and deepen their technical skills, stroke by stroke. Kayaking Day Camp campers should have some previous experience paddling in standing or moving water. Although they’ll be wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) at all times, they should be competent swimmers and feel comfortable momentarily submerged below water.
  • Survival Skills Camp with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 7 – 14
    July 23 – 27
    Our Survival Skills Day Camp introduces campers to the power and practical value of the natural world as they learn to survive and thrive outdoors. Alongside our accomplished instructors, campers spend a full week exploring Boulder’s Front Range, hiking, canoeing and learning essential survival skills—navigation, animal tracking, tool making, fire safety—to keep them safe and self-reliant in the wilderness. Campers tackle challenges suited to their age and skill level, advancing as their proficiency and comfort grow. We also group the kids by grade—2nd – 4th graders in Skills Camp, 5th – 7th graders on our Adventure Team—giving them the individual attention they need to deepen their survival skills and build confidence outdoors.
  • Mythbusting with CU Science Discovery
    Ages 9 – 11
    July 23 – 27
    This camp will introduce us to the scientific method through the development, creation and execution of various experiments. We will examine basic scientific principles of Aerospace, Physics, Chemistry, Neurobiology and Engineering. We will question why certain shapes are able to fly and others are not through constructing various paper flight crafts. Another myth we plan to test is whether it is possible to pull a tablecloth off a set table without breaking anything. Other myths include whether the angle of rain impacts the volume of rain accumulated, whether the shape of a structure correlates to strength, whether our senses get stronger when missing sight and whether or not egg drops really work. In discussing these experiments, scientific concepts will be taught before, during and after the experiments. We will also create our own experiment, thus learning about hypothesis, data collection and observation and conclusions.
  • Grossology with CU Science Discovery
    Ages 6 – 8
    July 23 – 27

    What better way to spend a week than creating the ickiest, grossest, and slimiest of body secretions in the classroom! We’ll concoct fake blood, gooey snot, vile vomit, and boogers on a stick, all while learning about why and how our bodies produce these gross but oh-so-important substances. This camp is hands-on fun that is sure to give you the heebie-jeebies. Come and get grossed out with us!
  • Eldorado Mountain Yoga Camp
    Ages 5 – 12
    July 23 – 27
    In our beautiful, natural setting at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram (just 10 minutes from Boulder) kids will enjoy a free-spirited yoga, crafts and nature camp that integrates the wonderful body/mind/heart benefits of yoga with traditional summer camp activities including music, theater, hiking, arts and crafts, swimming, and games.
  • Tennis at Dawson School
    Ages 7 – 14
    July 23 – 27
    Dawson tennis camps provide an exciting and challenging environment for all ages and levels of participants. The program incorporates an effective balance between stroke fundamentals, drills, competitive strategies, fun and games, and team spirit. Through structured practices, matches, and physical and mental conditioning, campers will learn the value of performing at their highest level. Campers will be grouped according to age and ability with a low student-to-coach ratio. All ages of advanced players will be grouped together. The morning session will consist of drills and court positioning tactics, with the afternoon devoted to match play (or a version of match play for younger, less experienced players). Both serve as a nice balance to acquiring and nurturing a passion and appreciation for the sport while developing the skills to last a lifetime.
  • Apex Parkour Summer Camp (Intermediate + Advanced)
    Ages 5 – 17
    July 23 – 27
    Tree Band+ Camp (must have tree band or above) Parkour was in every single one of us as a kid; jumping off swings, climbing trees, and hopping over cracks in the sidewalk. Parkour is a great way for youth to focus their energy into fun and functional movements. Training with us is fun and feels more like playing than exercising. Because of this, your kids will keep coming back for more, moving their body in challenging new ways, and gaining valuable strength and mobility needed to live a safe and healthy life.
  • Farm to Fork Cooking at Boulder JCC
    Ages 4 – 18
    July 23 – 27

    Learn to produce and cook using Milk and Honey Farm’s bounty. Campers work in the garden and prepare delicious dishes with fresh vegetables and herbs that grow at Milk and Honey Farm.

Coming Up: Whittier Garden Tour

Campanizer is proud to be sponsoring the 16th Annual Whittier Garden Tour coming up this Saturday, June 2nd. This is a fun self-guided walking tour of some of the incredible gardens in the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood. It’s also planned to coincide with the popular Mapleton Rummage Sale, so we hope you’ll come out and enjoy a lovely Boulder day while supporting a great cause.

There’s lots of fun activities for kids, too. Stop by The Hive at 8th and Mapleton for live music, food trucks (including Sweet Cow!) and DIY flower crown making with Brighter Day Floral Design, games with Clothes Pony Dandelion Toys and a selection of garden and nature books to enjoy. And don’t miss the floral selfie station!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event and all ticket sales benefit Whittier Elementary. (Kids 12 and under are free.) The first 500 attendees will receive a swag bag. Tickets, swag bags and maps can be picked up on the morning of the event at 840 Mapleton.

Memorial Weekend Activities for Boulder Families

It’s Memorial Weekend – hurray! Time to kick off the summer. Here’s just a few of the fun happening around town this weekend:

  • Bolder Boulder – Monday – The BolderBOULDER 10k is the biggest Memorial Day celebration on earth. It attracts over 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers. It also draws professional athletes from around the world to compete for one of the largest non-marathon prize purses in running. The course winds through the neighborhoods of Boulder, CO with live music and entertainment around every corner. The famous finish and tribute is at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field with over 100,000 spectators. The BolderBOULDER was named America’s All-Time Best 10K by Runner’s World, is the 4th largest running race in the United States and the 7th largest in the world.
  • 31st Annual Boulder Creek Festival – Saturday through Monday – For over thirty years, the Boulder Creek Festival® has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. Widely considered Boulder County’s favorite event, the Festival includes three days of festivities featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the Boulder community. The Festival is free to the public and features something for everyone: 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology while 3 performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance. The festival also features carnival rides and food and beverage vendors.
  • Cult Classics & Cocktails: The Muppet Movie – Thursday – In May and June, be a kid again as you watch favorite cult classic films from days of yore at the Longmont Museum while sipping a specially paired signature cocktail. New this season, we will start each night with movie-themed trivia! Fabulous prizes for the winning team.
  • Carousel of Happiness 8th Birthday Party – Saturday – The Carousel of Happiness is turning 8 and to celebrate we’re giving away mini cupcakes, wearing party hats and playing games. Join us for a fun day of celebration!

It’s not too late to grab your last minute camp reservations! Take a look at the listings on Campanizer.

*Image courtesy Bolder Boulder.

Seven Best Year-End Gifts for Boulder Teachers

There’s just a couple days left in the school year, so it’s time to say thanks to your child’s teachers for all of the hard work they’ve done this year. If you’re looking for ideas, here are some popular ways to show your appreciation:

Personal Cards & Letters

A thoughtful note sharing how the teacher has impacted your child’s life is a lovely way to thank them for their hard work. Visit Two Hands Paperie for lovely cards and stationery.

Gift Cards

One of the most-recommended and, according to many teachers, most-appreciated choice is a gift card. Amazon is a popular choice along with Target, Whole Foods and Starbucks (or other coffee shop).

Books

Include a personal note inside the cover to make it extra-special! Swing by the Publisher’s Weekly 2018 Bookstore of the Year Boulder Book Store to find the perfect tome.

Self-Care Gift Certificates

Mani/pedi, massage and other gift certificates are popular choices. The St. Julien is a wonderful choice for a group gift. Bodywork Bistro and jlounge are also

Wine

No explanation required. (Best if you know they don’t abstain!) The pros at Hazel or Boulder Wine Merchant can help with your selection.

Chocolate

Consider local Boulder chocolates like Chocolove or Lift Chocolates.

Cash

Always appreciated! You may also want to keep in mind that some districts and schools have a gift policy. (At BVSD it’s a $25 limit.)

Boulder-Area Camps for the Eighth Week of Summer: July 16 – 20 2018

We are on to camps happening during the eighth week of summer. Here’s a small selection, you can find a much longer list of camps for the eighth week of summer (July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018) on Campanizer here. 

  • Frisbee Golf! Focus with Colorado Mountain Ranch
    Ages 10 – 16
    July 16 – 20
    Our own dedicated staff members designed and landscaped our 18-hole Frisbee Golf (Frolf!) course. Some fans of the sport prefer the name Disc Golf. Whatever you call it, the game requires strategy and skill. The Frolf course is unique in its setting among the pine and aspen forests and the wildflower meadows of The Ranch. Each of the nine baskets has two separate tee-offs, so they can be approached from two different directions. Develop aim and coordination while outdoing your own earlier scores. Form teams for intramurals! Round out days with team-building ropes course challenges and choices from all the other activities.
  • SMBA Cycling Sisters Camp
    Ages 7 – 14
    July 16 – 20
    Cycling Sisters Camp gives female riders the opportunity to explore the fun and adventure of mountain biking in a supportive environment. Riders will increase confidence while guided by experienced and encouraging female coaches. All abilities are welcome.
  • Spellbinders: Spell Writing, Binding & Other Enchantments at Living Arts School
    Ages 4 – 18
    July 16 – 20
    A week for wizards and witches! Join us as we write our own spells, and learn about other enchantments and magic tricks with which to wow your friends and family… We’ll be marbling our endpapers and binding our spellbooks, so you can take them home at the end of the week and keep them close at hand for future spell casting practice.
  • Adventure Camp Boulder with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 6 – 13
    July 16 – 20

    Our Adventure Camp transports kids entering 2nd – 7th grades out to authentic local settings for thrilling, fulfilling outdoor experiences. Whether they’re returning or first-time campers, every day is a different adventure—mastering mountain biking, climbing a local crag, hiking a trail, paddling a canoe or kayak—and every challenge is calibrated to their age and ability. Grouped by grade, campers build skills and confidence as they return to our program year after year. 2nd – 4th graders concentrate on getting comfortable with new activities, with plenty of support and inspiration from our staff and returning campers. Once they reach 5th – 7th grade, campers shift their focus to teamwork, mentorship and deepening their technical competence. Led by the best outdoor instructors around, campers develop the know-how and lasting self-assuredness that propel them toward a lifetime of exciting and nourishing outdoor adventure.
  • Stitch Camp at Friends School
    Ages 10 – 13
    July 16 – 19

    Build basic sewing skills and confidence by using sewing machines to make fun, easy, and beautiful projects.

Around Boulder – Weekend of May 19-20, 2018

It’s the last weekend before school’s out for the year. Unfortunately it looks like there’s some rain on tap, but there’s also plenty of fun events scheduled around town. Let’s get this summer started!

  • Erie Balloon Festival and Town Fair – Friday, Saturday + Sunday – The Historic Downtown hosts over 200 craft and food vendors; performances on stage at Coal Creek Ball Park offer a variety of entertainment by local groups. carnival games; hot air balloons launch at 6:15 am on Friday May 18, Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20  WEATHER PERMITTING.
  • Museum of Boulder Dedication and Block Party – Saturday 1p – 5p – Block Party in the parking lot: 1-3pm | musical performances, kids activities, historical photo booth, community art projects + more. Building opens: 2:30pm . Check out our exhibits for free: Da Vinci Machines, Sportsology, Discover NASA + the view from our rooftop patio. Free + open to the public.
  • Festival of Faerie – Saturday 8a – 4:30p – A fairy-tale festival that promotes, encourages, and develops storytelling skills by offering a community event that spans both Eastern and Western cultures. The festival provides activities for adults and children of all ages; this is a celebration of art and imagination with an eclectic mix of theatrical performances.
  • 5th Annual Upslope Get Down – Saturday 2p – 10p – Join us for the 5th annual Upslope Get Down Presented by Flatirons Subaru, a FREE music fest with Upslope beer, food trucks, games, art, vendors and more on Saturday, May 19th from 2:00-10:00 pm at our Flatiron Park brewery.

It’s not too late to grab your last minute camp reservations! Take a look at the listings on Campanizer.

Boulder-Area Camps for the Seventh Week of Summer: July 9 – 13 2018

🎵 And on the seventh week of summer, Boulder brought to us… Stand Up Paddleboard Adventures! Mythical Creatures! Cooking Camps! And a summer spent in the pool.🎵  You can find a full list of camps for the seventh week of summer (July 9, 2018 – July 13, 2018) on Campanizer here.

  • Stand Up Paddleboard Adventure Team with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 9 – 13
    July 9 – 13
    Gaining rapidly in popularity, stand up paddleboarding is loved by many for its convenience, overall strength building, and incredible views. Our Stand Up Paddleboarding Camp gets campers out on both flat-water and whitewater, experiencing the joy of paddling with scenic perspective while building core strength. Under the guidance of our able instructors, campers will learn basic strokes, rescue techniques, river reading and water safety as they navigate beautiful bodies of water in Colorado’s Front Range. Campers take on challenges tailored to their ability level, progressing as they build proficiency and comfort. We group the kids by grade—2nd – 4th graders join the Skills Camp, while 5th – 7th graders make up our Adventure Team—and give them plenty of individualized support as they develop confidence and deepen their technical skills, stroke by stroke.
  • Chef Level 2 at Stir It Up Cooking School
    Ages 12 – 14
    July 9 – 12
    A great experience for future chefs or anyone interested in the culinary field. Kitchen safety and knife skills will be reviewed the first day with lots of opportunity to cut and chop the rest of the week. We will cook a three course meal each day, experimenting with new flavors whenever possible. At the end of each class, kids will sample their creations and/or bring them home.
  • Outdoor Cooking with Avid4Adventure
    Ages 3 – 7
    July 9 – 13
    Our nourishing half-day camp gives pre-K – 1st graders a taste of the foods that keep their bodies adventure-ready. Combine this camp with Biking for Tykes for a perfect full-day experience. Developed in partnership with Sticky Fingers Cooking, our Healthy Cooking Camp teaches campers how healthy foods contribute to a healthy lifestyle, fueling a future of nutritious eating and fulfilling outdoor activity.
  • Wooly Tails: Mythical Creatures & How To Make Them at The Living Arts School
    Ages 4 – 18
    July 9 – 13

    Dragons, unicorns, jackalopes and centaurs? Bring your imagination to this camp for a week of mythical creature making and story-telling. We’ll be felting our creatures, writing a story about them, and using the magic of a shadow puppet theater to bring our imaginings to life!
  • Water! Focus with Colorado Mountain Ranch
    Ages 7 – 16
    July 9 – 13

    Swim every day!…Each day includes a half-day outing to a local Boulder swimming pool or nearby reservoir, lake or stream.
  • Mud Muckers at Thorne Nature Experience
    Ages 6 – 8
    July 9 – 13
    Campers will strap on their sturdy sandals as they venture into the wet-n-wild of Front Range ecosystems search for all the critters that live in the mud. As they find amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, and birds, they will learn why such creatures live near water and how they survive all year long. Campers will explore, play, investigate tracks, and make crafts using mud. Campers should get ready to get MUDDY
  • Fancy Nancy at Boulder Dinner Theatre
    Ages 5 – 10
    July 9 – 12
    BDT Academy has weekly drama camps in cooperation with the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department. Our technique of “playmaking” lets the children use their imagination to adapt a familiar story or write their own script… so the children’s plays are always ORIGINAL and UNIQUE! The week culminates in a free Friday afternoon performance for friends and family! Each week is different and fun so don’t miss it.