On Nov 21, all three Ys will close at noon. On Nov 22, the Arapahoe and Mapleton Ys are closed. Some areas of the Longmont Y are open 9:00am-noon. There will be no Gym Ventures on Nov 23.

PARENT RESOURCES

HEALTHY LUNCH BOX IDEAS

All children need to bring a healthy, well-balanced lunch to school each day. A nutritious lunch includes protein, fruit, vegetable, grain and dairy. Leftovers from dinner are a great option. Please leave candy and cookies as well as sugary drinks at home. Nut products are not permitted.

Proteins

  • Meat and cheese sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Pita sandwiches with meat and/or cheese
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Soup
  • Pasta or mac and cheese
  • Shredded cheese
  • Scrambled eggs with bacon or sausage
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese/tortilla roll-ups
  • Black beans

Fruits/Vegetables

  • Carrots and celery with ranch
  • Cooked veggies in a thermos
  • Fresh fruits
  • Cucumbers and tomatoes
  • Salad

Grains

  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Tortillas
  • Whole grain waffles
  • Bagels
  • Pizza crust
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Nutrigrain bars
  • Pasta salad
  • Dinner rolls
  • Low-sugar muffins

Dairy

  • Slicked or string cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Cream cheese
  • Cottage cheese

LOCAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Child Find

888-777-4041

Child Find provides screening services to help identify developmental delays in young children. Their team of professionals will assist families with referrals and finding providers for an array of needs.

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood

This site provides state-wide information and resources on child care options, assistance programs, early intervention programs, social/emotional development, Head Start, and more.

Dental Aid

Dental Aid provides low-cost dental care for low-income families throughout Longmont and Boulder. Emergency services as well as preventative care services are provided.

Early Childhood Council of Boulder County (ECCBC)

The ECCBC supports early childhood education and development in Boulder County. The Parent Resources page offers information about local support services for child health, mental health, early education options, family support and more.

Our Center

Our Center assists families with basic needs such as finding shelter, childcare, meal services and clothing.

Zero to Three

Founded in 1977 by leading researchers and clinicians in diverse disciplines focused on child development. Topics include: parenting practices, discipline and challenging behaviors, trauma and stress, school readiness, and much more.

ACTIVITIES FOR PARENTS AND KIDS

Butterfly Pavilion

With tropical butterflies, thousands of insects, and many more exotic animals, the Butterfly Pavilion offers something for all ages. Classes and special events are offered monthly.

Children’s Museum of Denver

There is so much to see at the Children’s Museum you will want to go back again and again! Exhibits include: the Center for the Young Child, Joy Park, Bubbles, and the Art Studio, just to name a few.

Colorado Railroad Museum

Over 100 engines, cabooses, and coaches spread out over 15 acres makes for a full day of fun for the train lovers in the family. Ride the train loop, watch the miniature trains carve through a mini landscape, and best of all – explore the inside of trains new and old.

Denver Botanic Gardens

With a location in Denver and another at Chatfield Farms, families can view native plants of Colorado and beyond. Special events include: yoga at the gardens, a summer concert series, and workshops just for kids.

Denver Firefighters Museum

Colorado’s rich history of firefighters over the past century is displayed in pictures, uniforms, and equipment. There are plenty of educational and fun activities for kids including: dress up, learning about safe evacuations, and pretending to put out fires in a real fire truck.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Natural history exhibitions, IMAX and planetarium shows, activities, and lectures that explore the wonders of science, Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The Discovery Zone fosters learning through exploration and play – including an area for infants and toddlers!

Downtown Aquarium

The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium boasting more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits that highlight fascinating ecosystems around the world. Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.

Vroom

A mobile app that offers daily tips supporting child development based on brain science. Each tip offers suggestions for fun, quick activities to do with kids while at the grocery store, during bath time, or any time you want to support your child’s brain development.

WOW! Children’s Museum

With affordable daily admission, annual membership, and low-income membership options, the museum has fun for all ages. Once-per-month Sensory Friendly days specifically for children with sensory processing delays.