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Bruce Springsteen and Apple Butter: Sharing with My Kids

With cooler mornings and evenings, I am starting to feel ready for the change of the season and autumn’s arrival. Fall brings shorter, crisper days, and the beautiful changing of the leaves, but at our house, it also means it’s time for pumpkin pancakes and toast loaded up with homemade apple butter. Each fall I set aside one day for my family to make apple butter together…that’s right, all of us sitting around the kitchen table, peeling, chopping, and gabbing while filling up a huge pot full of apples. It is a family affair, but honestly, canning and preserving food is my hobby, not my children’s. So how have I managed to get my three pre-teen children (and husband!) to participate in this fall activity?

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Pepper’s Ghost Illusion: A DIY Guide

It’s fun to look back on family vacations and explore the vivid images that stick in our minds. I have a memory of being about 9 years old and visiting a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Florida during a family vacation. Amidst taxidermied two-headed animals, a lifelike wax sculpture of the tallest man in the world, and rooms designed to play tricks on your eyes, there was one simple installation that I found completely mind-boggling. The installation looked like a normal bathroom, but as I walked past it objects appeared out of thin air! I took some steps backward and those same objects disappeared. It felt like magic…

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adults playing

Why You Need to Play, No Matter What Your Age Is

Our goal at The Hopper is to help people get hands-on with science and technology in a fun, creative, environment, discovering the wonders of S.T.E.A.M. through collaboration. Play is essential to our mission because a playful mindset is what leads to discovery. It’s something that comes natural to all of us when we’re young. To kids, playing is an innate drive. To adults, it’s seen as something we get to do when the work is done, a break from responsibilities and learning. But did you know that playing is actually how we learn?…

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Science & Innovation Scavenger Hunt: Boulder Colorado

Boulder has lots to offer for a teen like me. This blog is a hunt for some of the popular science and innovation hubs in town that offer great activities for teens and children. I wrote this blog because many parents and families around Boulder don’t know just how many fun, exciting places there are to learn and explore. Curiosity drives learning, and when a kid is curious, they want to learn. I have been curious about Boulder’s science, technology, and innovation offerings due to the array of knowledge you can learn from them….

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How to Spot your First Constellations!

Summer stargazing is a magical journey to faraway planets, stars, and even galaxies! There are thousands of stars visible to the naked eye and dozens of constellations! Some of these constellations are visible all year round, and some are only visible in the summer. Even with today’s light pollution in urban areas, you can still have fun spotting some large, bright constellations! Here’s our Top Three Stargazing Tips: Make sure that you go stargazing on a night where the moon will not interfere….

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Engaging all of your Senses: Museum of Senses

I’ve recently warmed up to the practice of referring to cities in the language of their particular country. I find that it’s the least I can do to show a graceful reciprocity to the locals. Munich is now “München”. Warsaw is now “Warszawa”. And Prague is now “Praha”. The little things, ya know?
Upon arriving in Praha (Prague), I was absolutely dumbstruck by the elegance of this very old, very refined, Old World treasure. Taking into consideration the swath of damage that was done to major European cities during World War I and II, it was refreshing to find a legit, in-tact castle…

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boxes of apples

Bruce Springsteen and Apple Butter: Sharing with My Kids

With cooler mornings and evenings, I am starting to feel ready for the change of the season and autumn’s arrival. Fall brings shorter, crisper days, and the beautiful changing of the leaves, but at our house, it also means it’s time for pumpkin pancakes and toast loaded up with homemade apple butter. Each fall I set aside one day for my family to make apple butter together…that’s right, all of us sitting around the kitchen table, peeling, chopping, and gabbing while filling up a huge pot full of apples. It is a family affair, but honestly, canning and preserving food is my hobby, not my children’s. So how have I managed to get my three pre-teen children (and husband!) to participate in this fall activity?

Read More »

Pepper’s Ghost Illusion: A DIY Guide

It’s fun to look back on family vacations and explore the vivid images that stick in our minds. I have a memory of being about 9 years old and visiting a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum in Florida during a family vacation. Amidst taxidermied two-headed animals, a lifelike wax sculpture of the tallest man in the world, and rooms designed to play tricks on your eyes, there was one simple installation that I found completely mind-boggling. The installation looked like a normal bathroom, but as I walked past it objects appeared out of thin air! I took some steps backward and those same objects disappeared. It felt like magic…

Read More »
adults playing

Why You Need to Play, No Matter What Your Age Is

Our goal at The Hopper is to help people get hands-on with science and technology in a fun, creative, environment, discovering the wonders of S.T.E.A.M. through collaboration. Play is essential to our mission because a playful mindset is what leads to discovery. It’s something that comes natural to all of us when we’re young. To kids, playing is an innate drive. To adults, it’s seen as something we get to do when the work is done, a break from responsibilities and learning. But did you know that playing is actually how we learn?…

Read More »

Science & Innovation Scavenger Hunt: Boulder Colorado

Boulder has lots to offer for a teen like me. This blog is a hunt for some of the popular science and innovation hubs in town that offer great activities for teens and children. I wrote this blog because many parents and families around Boulder don’t know just how many fun, exciting places there are to learn and explore. Curiosity drives learning, and when a kid is curious, they want to learn. I have been curious about Boulder’s science, technology, and innovation offerings due to the array of knowledge you can learn from them….

Read More »

How to Spot your First Constellations!

Summer stargazing is a magical journey to faraway planets, stars, and even galaxies! There are thousands of stars visible to the naked eye and dozens of constellations! Some of these constellations are visible all year round, and some are only visible in the summer. Even with today’s light pollution in urban areas, you can still have fun spotting some large, bright constellations! Here’s our Top Three Stargazing Tips: Make sure that you go stargazing on a night where the moon will not interfere….

Read More »

Engaging all of your Senses: Museum of Senses

I’ve recently warmed up to the practice of referring to cities in the language of their particular country. I find that it’s the least I can do to show a graceful reciprocity to the locals. Munich is now “München”. Warsaw is now “Warszawa”. And Prague is now “Praha”. The little things, ya know?
Upon arriving in Praha (Prague), I was absolutely dumbstruck by the elegance of this very old, very refined, Old World treasure. Taking into consideration the swath of damage that was done to major European cities during World War I and II, it was refreshing to find a legit, in-tact castle…

Read More »

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