KidStuff

Some Parts are Not for Sharing author Julie Federico hosts a book signing at Dazbog Coffee, 2450 S. Downing St., Sat., June 11, 1-3p.m.

The small, short book for ages 0-7 delivers a strong message on how children can recognize and avoid being molested, by explaining inappropriate kinds of touching, by strangers, friends or relatives. Info: juliefederico.com.

Attention: youthful entrepreneurs! Business persons ages 6 to 21 can vie for $250 to $1,000 in prizes in the Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs business competition, presented by Young Americans Center for Financial Education, 3550 E. 1st Ave. Get applications online and submit by June 17. Winners and finalists will be announced in September. Info: Cheryl, 303-320-3213, yacenter.org.

Joy Weinstein is URGENTLY looking for host families for a group of French boys who will arrive July 5 to participate in a 3 week sports camp in the Harvard Gulch area. The students, aged 15-17, have activities planned almost every day for either a half or whole day. Call Joy Weinstein at 303-442-3112 or email joyweinstein@gmai l.com, if you are interested.

Work with local film industry professionals and other young filmmakers and learn the art of filmmaking in the Denver Film Society’s Young Filmmakers Workshops, for teens.
        Introductory Workshop (June 27-July 8) teaches students to create their own short, narrative film.
        The new Animation Course (July 11-22) teaches the basics of two-dimensional animation, focusing on essential narrative elements like character development and storytelling.
        Masters Class (Aug. 1-12) teaches non-narrative story development and advanced audio, lighting, editing; and presents an overview of careers in film production.
        All camps conclude with screenings of students’ work at the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. Scholarships available.
        Info: denverfilm.org or 303-595-3456.

Kids learn the principles of flight & fundamentals of rocket science in 3, 2, 1...Blast Off!, an interactive exhibit opening June 11 at Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. (off Exit 211 on I-25). Kids explore the elements of aerodynamics, physics, technology and engineering by building, launching and testing their own rockets, planes and other flying devices, both indoors in The Engineering Lab and outside on the plaza’s Lunar Outpost and Launch Pad. Included with admission ($6-8). Info: 303-433-7444, mychildsmuseum.org.

Explore the high-flying world of aviation & space at Wings Over the Rockies’ summer camps, for kids 8-12, with sessions June 20-24 and July 11-15. In Science of Flight, children learn the basics of flight, build and fly model airplanes, complete a flight plan and pilot a flight simulator. In Space Adventures, kids build and fly model rockets, plan a mission to Mars, learn about the solar system and sample the physical challenges of working in space. Info: 303-360-5360, ext. 115, wingsmuseum.org.

PandaMania’s the theme of this summer’s Kirk Kamp, Vacation Bible School at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae, 1201 S. Steele St., held Mon.-Fri., June 20-24, for kids age 3 through 5th grade. VBS only, 9a.m.-noon, $25; VBS plus enrichment activities, 9a.m.-3:30p.m., $75. Info/reservations: 303-777-0343.

Wellshire Presbyterian Church offers Go, Go, Go Jonah music camp, June 20-24, for kids entering grades 3-8. Shake It Up Vacation Bible School is offered mornings, July 12-14 and July 19-21, for children age 3 through those entering second grade this fall. Wellshire is located at 2999 S. Colorado Blvd. Details on the “Children & Family Program” link at wpcdenver.org. Info: 303-758-2233.

Hope Community Church, 1801 S. Logan St., offers PandaManiaKids’ Camp 2011 – Mon.-Fri., June 20-24, 8:45a.m.-noon, for kids age 3 through 5th grade. Fee: $20 per child (includes t-shirt), $15 second, $10 additional; scholarships available. Register at hopefordenver.com, “Kids Camp 2011” tab. Questions? Call Susie, 303-744-1026.

This fall Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., will launch a new Parents Day Out program for children ages 18 months through 2-1/2 years, Mon.-Thur., 8:30a.m.-1p.m., through its Early Childhood Center, which also offers preschool and child care. Info: Susan Swank, 303-758-0266, or becc-denver.org.

Look at moonflowers, June bugs and other creepy crawlies in Family Fun Night: Nighttime Bloomers, Fri., June 24, 5:30-8:30p.m., in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Mordecai Children’s Garden, 1007 York St. Live environmental music performed on the Sagebrush Stage all evening. $25 family of four, $4 additional person; children 2 and younger free. Info: botanicgardens.org or 303-765-3500.

St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, 700 S. Franklin St., offers summer day camp for children entering first grade this fall through age 12, each weekday, 7:30a.m.-6p.m., through Aug. 5. Day destinations include Pirate’s Cove, the Wildlife Experience and Skate City. Flexible scheduling available. Registration: 303-733-3777, ext. 129, or stjohnslutheranschool.com.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, at 774 Santa Fe Dr., offers summer kids classes, replete with artmaking, stories and refreshments every Thursday morning through Aug. 11, 10:30a.m.-noon. Fee: $6 walk-ins, $5 advance, $12 for three.
        Learn about the art of Frida Kahlo and make a self-expressive collage at Kids Art Saturday, June 18, 2-4p.m. All ages welcome, $2 donation for materials.
        Registration/info: ChacWeb.org or 303-571-0440.

Summer of Reading is in full swing at all 23 Denver Public Library branches and two bookmobiles. Through free activities, reading suggestions and incentives, the program encourages youth to read during break to avoid “summer learning loss,” a seasonal skills-slump affecting many children. Registration ends July 30. Visit summerofreading.org, call 720-865-0975, or stop at your nearest branch for details.
        Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., presents: Weekly storytimes in the Children’s Pavilion, 10:30a.m., with craft activities in the Baron Project Room immediately afterward. No preregistration required: Mon. & Wed., Tales for Twos (24-35 mo.); Tues., Book Babies I (0-6 mo.); Thur., Preschool Storytime & Craft (3-5 yrs.); Fri., Book Babies II (early walkers).
        Summer of Reading performances Wed., 2-3p.m.: June 8, Hawkquest’s Birds of Prey; 15, Suzalloonz’s Around the World with the Three Best Friends; 22, Professor Klutzo; 29, Mr. Shine’s Musical World. The original wizard rock band Harry and the Potters play Thur., June 30, 4-5p.m.
        Info: kids.denverlibrary.org or 720-865-1306.
        Byers, 675 Santa Fe Dr. Summer of Reading offerings for kids and teens, Tues. & Thur., 2-3p.m.: June 7, Professor Klutzo; 9, Make an Aboriginal Dot Painting (registration required); 14, Black Hands Drum Ensemble; 16, Tribal Mask craft (registration required); 28, Safari Sally’s Through the Eyes of Animals; 30, Decorate Treasure Boxes (registration required). Information: 720-865-0160.
        Decker, 1501 S. Logan St.: Book Babies (babies and caregivers/parents), offered Wed. & Thur., 11:15a.m.; Storytime with Craft (preschoolers), Wed., 10:15a.m. Thursday morning (10:15a.m.) Summer of Reading arts & crafts: June 9, Peace People Paper Cutting; 23, Tribal Mask. Saturday Summer of Fun offerings (10:30a.m.): June 4, Pete the Pirate; 18, Clown Makeup Show & Tell; July 2, Make a Chinese Egg Carton Dragon. Information: 720-865-0220.
        Eugene Field, 810 S. University Blvd.: Book Babies, Mon. & Tues., 11:15a.m.; Storytime with Craft, Mon. and Tues., 10:15a.m. Summer of Reading offerings, Tues., 10:30a.m.: June 7, Puppets & Things on Strings’ Adventure in Reading; 14, The Mystery of the Mummy’s Treasure; 21, Pete The Pirate. Info: 720-865-0240.
        Schlessman, 100 Poplar St.: Tuesday kids programs, 10:30a.m.: June 7, Professor Klutzo and Make a One World, Many Stories Craft (plus 11:30a.m.); 21, Mr. Bones and Friends.
        Children’s Activity,
Tues., June 21 & 28 at 2p.m.; call to register.
        Baby Activity, Thur., June 2, 16 & 30 at 3p.m.; visit reference desk for details.
        Special baby & toddler programs – no registration required – Thur., 3p.m.: June 9, Infant Massage class; 23, Parachute Fun!
        Programs for teens, Mondays, 2p.m.: June 6 & 13, TBA; 20, Books ‘N Bites book club (call to register); 27, Henna Tattoos with Hummingbird Henna (noon); 27, European Hand Bag craft.
        Info: 720-865-0000.
        Virginia Village, 1500 S. Dahlia St.: Book Babies, Tues., 10:30a.m.; Tot Tales, Fri., 10:30a.m. Saturday Summer of Reading shows, 11a.m.: June 4, Around the World Magic and Juggling Show; 11, Puppets & Things on Strings’ Adventure in Reading; 18, Professor Klutzo; 25, Mr. Shine’s Musical World; July 2, Bunnies on Vacation. Info: 720-865-0940.

Discover art which explores the world and lets the imagination soar with classes at the Children’s Art School.
        Saturdays, June 18 and 25:Stories of Colored Threads (10a.m.-noon), learn about the Bayeux Tapestry and create your own, ages 6+; Art Big Band (1-3p.m.), create drums, flutes and guitars and meet musicians created by artists, ages 7+. $35 each.
        Weekdays, Mon.-Thur., 10a.m.-noon: June 6-9, Sketching Trip to Washington Park, using pastels, charcoal and colored pencils, ages 7+, $70; 13-16, Palette Paint Brushes, oil painting of summer light and sunshine, ages 8+, $85; 20-23, Art Garden And Clay Time Bird Houses, explore flowers of the imagination and build a clay bird house, ages 5+, $65; Art Magic, devise art tricks and secret hidden pictures, ages 7+, $70. All materials included. Preregistration required.
        Call for The Joy of Spring and Summer Art brochure and information on the school’s all-day camp partnership with St. John’s School. Located at 700 S. Franklin St. in St. John’s School. Info/costs/registration: 720-319-3813.

Looking for exciting new ways to engage your child with the environment? Become a parent leader for The Greenway Foundation’s new SPREE Squads program. Parent volunteers form a group with their child and friends to engage in monthly nature-focused activities. For details, email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 303-743-9720, ext. 840.

Benefit from 47 years of experience at Iliff Preschool’s Summer Adventure Day Camp for post kindergarteners through age 12. Campers spend their days with professionally trained staff who focus on fun and adventure through swimming, sports and field trips connected to weekly themes. Returning campers can find themes and registration packets on the website. First-time campers may pick up a registration packet at the office, 4140 E. Iliff Ave. Info: iliffpreschool.com, 303-757-3551.

Kids 3-5 with “grownups” are invited to artmaking, games & storytimes at Create Playdates, second Wednesdays, 11a.m.-1p.m., at the Duncan Pavilion in the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. New themes every month: Make a sun print in Smile, June 8. Free with general admission (5 and under free). Info: 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.

Would you like to learn to be more flexible with your children? Pearl Street Yoga can help! Try out the ongoing Toddler Class (crawling to 5 years old), Thursdays at 10a.m., or the Mommy & Me Infant Class at 11a.m., held at PSY, 1550 S. Pearl St. First class is always free! Info: pearlstreetyoga.com or 720-341-2233.

Enrollment is underway for a six-week summer camp at Emmanuel United Methodist Preschool, 2700 S. Downing St., offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to kids 3 (potty trained) to 5. Qualistar-rated EMP is a Denver Preschool Program provider, and has delivered quality preschool education to the community for 38 years. Interested in fall classes? A few spots are still open. Info: 303-758-1697; empdenver.com.

For all single parents – Families First offers a free on-going Circle of Parents support group just for you! Discover proven methods for cutting down on the frustration of being a single parent in today’s hectic world. Unlock the knowledge you already hold and share your wisdom, create a support network and rebuild your self-esteem.
        Group meets first, third and fifth Thursdays, 6:30-8p.m., at Evanston United Methodist Church, 2122 S. Lafayette St. Free children’s group provided. Come build upon your strengths in a safe and nurturing environment.
        Do you need immediate help? Visit FamiliesFirstColorado.org for quick links to parenting classes, Circle of Parents groups, the Family Support Line for English and Spanish callers, and a residential treatment center focused on the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Info: call the Family Support Line, 303-695-7996, or Families First, 303-745-0327.