Love Where You Live: What Makes Boulder Special During the Holidays?

Boulder isn’t just a college town. During the holidays, the town turns into an event hub featuring live music, sports, food & drink, and annual festivals guaranteed to entertain the young and old.  Here is a brief list of things to do in and around Boulder this holiday season.

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Turkey Shoot (November 19th)

Not ready for Thanksgiving yet? Ages 6 to adult can bag a holiday turkey during this free-throw shooting contest at the Bob L. Burger Recreational Center. Turkeys will be awarded to the best shooters in both male and female age groups. We promise no turkeys will be harmed at the event.

Longmont’s Tree Lighting (November 25th)

Kick off the season with theatre and musical performances, special appearances by Santa and friends, and join in the annual tree lighting ceremony. At the corner of 6th Ave and Main Street in downtown Longmont.

Louisville Parade of Lights (December 2nd)

This annual festival is held in conjunction with the monthly art walk in downtown Louisville. There will also be caroling, visits with Santa, and other holiday-themed activities. Event starts with the art walk from 4-6:30, the parade commences soon after.

Erie County Christmas Parade of Lights (December 2nd)

This annual event includes holiday lessons from Santa’s workshop, caroling, complimentary s’mores, a living nativity scene, hayrides, and a parade. Festivities start at 5pm in downtown Erie.

Home for the Holidays (December 3rd, Lafayette)

Lafayette’s annual family event features visits from Santa, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, and live reindeer at Festival Plaza. There is caroling and tree lighting at dusk, along with a sing-a-long and potluck dinner.

Whether you’re with the entire family, or just the one you love, these events are sure to bring holiday cheer to everyone who attends. In true Boulder fashion, attendees are encouraged to come hungry and prepare to be sent home happy.

Top Ways to Get Your Classroom Ready

School is right around the corner and we know teachers are scrambling with their lesson plans, projects and classroom prep. Make this the best school year yet with updated decoration.

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Name TagsDitch the forever ripping, always scratching and messing with habit that kids have with name tags you place on their desk. With just a sharpie paint marker (and an expo marker for later) you can change up your seating chart as much as you want, no pain! Write the name directly on the desk and it will stay, no mess or tearing. When you are ready to move people around, just take an expo marker and color over the name and wipe clean with a kleenex and viola, it is gone!

Quiet Area – Although you may not need a “time out” area of the classroom, everyone could use a decompressing designated space to use. At Bullseye’s House we sell reused furniture that you could repurpose into a cushioned bench that is customized to your specific style.

Picture PostersThis is a great way to have each kid bring in a special moment they had from summer and connect and build friendships in the classroom. Our personal favorite is the ‘In a Snap’ collage.

It can be stressful and a bit of a downer to set aside your summer activities to plan out your academic year, but you can make it fun and innovative by using bright and interesting ways to engage the kids. Be sure to update your desk chair to avoid back, neck, and shoulder pains throughout the year! At Arrow, we have over 60,000 items in store to help you make your classroom as unique as you are. Remember, there is no limit to how much updated and personalization you can have, as long as you tackle it now.

Love Where You Live: Top 5 Family Friendly Hikes in Boulder

At Arrow Office Products, we get to gaze at the beautiful Flatirons every day, giving each of us the hiking itch. Boulder County is full of family friendly hikes whether you want to be out all day or just a couple hours.

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1. Coot Lake and Boulder Reservoir

One of our favorite hikes to take in Colorful Colorado is right outside our fair city. Are you looking for the perfect trail for the kids and the dog? Coot Lake is the place for you. The lake is basically just a big swimming pool for local dogs! There is a nice flat trail around Coot Lake the kids will enjoy, and it connects to the trails that skirt the Boulder Reservoir if you’re feeling like seeing two lakes in one day.

2. Woods Quarry Trail

Looking for adventure for older kids? The Woods Quarry Trail starts about 0.4 miles up the Mesa Trail, and ends in an abandoned quarry. How cool! Don’t worry about starting off on Mesa Trail, it is an easy hike that starts not far from the Chautauqua Trailhead and only gains about 400 feet in elevation.

2. Wonderland Lake

Wonderland Lake, just north of Boulder, is a great place to spend the day with the kids! The Wonderland Lake Loop Trail is 1.5 miles long, and encircles Wonderland Lake. Near the lake you will also find picnic facilities and the lake is open for fishing! Not to mention, the site can be accessed from all Boulder bus lines that run along north Broadway.

3. Settler’s Park

At the Settler’s Park Trailhead, you’ll find a myriad of smaller trails perfect for the kids. While some of the trails gain quite a bit of elevation, there are smaller, easier trails perfect for all ages. Most of the trails that start at the Settler’s Park Trailhead allow dogs on leashes, so bring your pup with you!

4. South Mesa

For a fun filled day of adventure, wildlife scouting and cookouts, head up to the South Mesa Trail. Located 1.7 miles west of Highway 93 on Eldorado Springs Drive, the South Mesa Trail connects to a wide range of other trails ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. Perfect for teenagers, small kids, and Mom and Dad, South Mesa Trail has a lot to offer. For an extra fun day, create a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt for the kids with animals they’ll see on the trail including: Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, songbirds, mule deer and coyotes.

When you’re itching to ditch the daily grind of your small business or entrepreneurship and take the kids out into nature, these 5 family friendly hikes are a great way to greet the outdoors in beautiful Boulder County.