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DANG Soft Serve is now open in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. Photo by Heather Gaumer.

4 Things We’re Loving this October

From Little Man's newest ice cream concept to a costume contest for young designers, here are four things on our radar this month.

Photo by Heather Gott

Little Man Brings Soft Serve Ice Cream to Park Hill

Say hello to Little Man Ice Cream’s latest concept, DANG. The sixth spot in the Little Man family opened on September 20 in the Park Hill neighborhood, offering soft serve ice cream and french fries for the ultimate salty-sweet combo. DANG serves up eight flavors—available swirled or solo—including two vegan options and a collection of more than 30 toppings, or choose a Bomb Cycle, a blend of soft serve and toppings made to order.

Calling All Junior Costume Designers!

Here’s your child’s chance to design a costume for the stage. As part of the 2019 holiday lineup at Gaylord Rockies Resort, the new destination hotel is hosting Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a performance filled with elaborate sets, original music, and spectacular acts. To get in the holiday mood, the Gaylord is giving one Colorado child a chance to design a costume for the December 3 performance. The child who submits the winning entry will receive four tickets to the December 3 Cirque Dreams Holidaze performance to see their creation come to life on one of the performers. The costume will remain on display at the Gaylord throughout the holiday season. The contest is open to Colorado kids ages five to 12. Deadline for entry is noon on Friday, October 25. Visit to download the costume contest sheet and official rules.

Colorado Gets Two Kidcreate Studios

In September, Rod and Jen Arreola brought the first Colorado Kidcreate Studio location to Broomfield. The just-for-kids art studio specializes in classes, camps, and art-themed birthday parties. On October 5, fellow franchisee Dessy Abimbola will unveil a Parker location of the art studio that serves little artists ages 18 months to 12 years.

Aspen Academy garden learning
Photo courtesy Aspen Academy

Aspen Academy Honored by National Wildlife Federation

Aspen Academy has taken the classroom outside, and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) honored their move. The campus, located in Greenwood Village, added eight learning labs and more than 40 teaching gardens to inspire deep thinking, connect learning to real life, and encourage students to develop new passions.

In July, the NWF, America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, recognized Aspen Academy’s outdoor space as a Certified Schoolyard Habitat through its Garden for Wildlife program.

“We are thrilled to have outdoor learning labs where our students can grow, learn, and lead as citizens who understand the importance of what we can learn from nature,” says Kristina Scala, founder and head of school. “The years I spent growing up on a large walnut and plum orchard in northern California inspired an appreciation for good dirt, plants, trees, and bugs that I’m grateful to see coming to life at Aspen Academy.”

All Aspen Academy students—pre-K through eighth grade—learn in the garden. In kindergarten, students learn about sharing through planting and harvesting; third graders learn about reducing, repurposing, and recycling through projects focused on sustainability; fourth grade students become citizen scientists by researching, designing, and maintaining the outdoor space’s wetlands environment.

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