Lori Lavender Luz's Passport


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About Me & My Family

Me: I've lived in Japan and Syria, and traveled throughout the United States. My family: we introduced our children to travel while they were infants. We've taken them to Costa Rica, Hawaii, and a dozen or so states...so far.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, rowdy, disorganized, simple, independent, spontaneous
We Just Got Back From
New York City
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Too many to list
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Paris, Barcelona, Madrid
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Bath mishap in Costa Rica.
Websites I Like:

How to spend a day or weekend with kids in Denver

Got kids 10 or younger? Here are free and inexpensive ideas on how to spend a day or two in Denver with them so that you all get what you need.


9499 Washington St.
Thornton, Colorado

reviewed on: January 11 2010

The kids put on a harness and then get 90 minutes to swing from jungle platform to jungle platform, to climb rock walls, and to scamper through jungle trees. Parents have access to free wifi, and toddlers have a smaller area away from the big-kid activity.

Oh, grownups can harness up, too!

One of my kids' favorite activities.


16th Street
Denver, Colorado

reviewed on: January 11 2010

"16 blocks of walking/riding fun"
Explore downtown Denver with your kids by foot on this 16 block-long pedestrian mall. You'll find shops, hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries and public art right on the Mall.

And if you venture a block or two off the Mall, you'll see the State Capitol, the City and County Building, the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), and LoDo (Lower Downtown).

The free mall shuttle is also available and stops at every block frequently. It is stroller-friendly.

Great way to pass a sunny afternoon, which are plentiful in Denver.


2001 Colorado Boulevard
Denver, Colorado

reviewed on: January 11 2010

"Expedition Health"
Your elementary school and middle school kids will be enthralled by this exhibit that highlights the human body. See the various stages of digestion. Get a personal assessment of your height and wingspan, and an analysis of your gait.

Learn about the respiratory system by watching (and touching) a dissection of a sheep's lung.

Most interesting? See what you will look like as you age. What will your kids look like at 25?At 45? What will YOU look like at 70?

Children can also see the effects on their own faces of smoking, of sun damage, and of obesity.

My children were fascinated.


3000 East First Avenue
Denver, Colorado

reviewed on: January 11 2010

"Breakfast playground"
Kids from 9 months to 9 years will have fun climbing on the clever breakfast items in this huge indoor playground while their parents take a shopping break.

Slide down the strips of bacon. Hop on the strawberries and the fried eggs. Jump all over the huge bowl of shredded wheat with milk and blueberries.

And don't forget the pancakes and waffles!

Nice place for grownups to recharge and for kids to get the wiggles out.


6715 W Colfax
Lakewood, Colorado

reviewed on: January 11 2010

"Trip to Mexican village, no passport required"
Cliff divers? Check.

Sheriff chasing after Black Bart? Check.

Yummy sopaipillas for dessert? Check.

Big gorilla running around to live mariachi music? Check.

Delicious Mexican food? Hmmmm....

The food is passable but not excellent. However, people flock to Casa Bonita by the bus- and car-loads for the ambience. It's loud, it's garish, it's unique, and kids love it. School-age kids, anyway. Toddlers may be scared by the gorilla, if my children were any indication.