Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas: Hunting for Memorable Experiences

It started with a childhood memory: My inventive father sinking a treasure chest in our garden pond in rural Bavaria. It was a truly communal affair. The excitement of my 12th birthday party guests; the onlooking neighbors filled with confusion over my father stepping into our pond equipped with rope and big rocks on a cold November day; and the joyous celebration when we retrieved the bounty with stiff, cold hands. My birthday guests and I still talk about this experience, as adults. But what makes experiences more memorable than others?

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Why Ask Why? The Curious Case for Curiosity

When my daughter turned two and a half, it was almost as if the “Why? switch” turned on in her brain. For well over a year and a half, she asked, “Why?” to just about anything that I did or said. I would respond with an explanation, and she would follow it up with another, “Why?” And then another and another. Typical toddler behavior? Perhaps. Even today, at seven years old, my daughter is incredibly curious. She has expanded her questioning vocabulary and syntax, but her hunger for understanding and her desire to know is often insatiable.

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Does a Baseball Really Travel Farther at Altitude?

If you’re a fan of Colorado’s professional sports teams, you often hear about the “altitude advantage” that exists due to Denver’s mile-high elevation. With regard to the Colorado Rockies, does a baseball really travel that much farther, or faster, just due to elevation? How much of an advantage does altitude provide? If a baseball stadium, like Coors Field, was built at even higher elevation could it make for an even greater advantage?

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How to Make a GIANT Lite Brite and Awaken your Inner 80’s Child

If you are a geeky child of the 80’s, like me, then you programmed your Logo turtle on your Apple 2E, you know exactly where you were during the Challenger launch, and you “just said no” a little longer than the rest of your friends. You also probably remember creating glowing masterpieces of unicorns and rainbows on your old school Lite Brite by sequestering yourself to the closet and hiding from the sunlight and your siblings. Ah, yes. Life was simple and grape cough syrup tasted like delicious, liquid candy.

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5 Reasons Why We Love Stranger Things

The Second Season of Stranger Things comes out today, at midnight. There is a lot of excitement, anticipation, and questions among fans within The Hopper office. Is the entire town of Hawkins a science experiment? In which episode will Will Byers embrace his inner Demogorgon? Also, where is Eleven?! We’ll all likely go home after work and binge-watch the whole season, but why is Stranger Things such a popular show? Why does it resonate so well with us? Below, we listed the “Top Five” reasons why The Hopper loves Stranger Things.

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A Gift Guide for Curious and Creative Kids

Well friends, it’s that time of year again. Time to hang the stockings and fill them with holiday cheer.  As much as we love our little sugar plums, we know that shopping for them can be a real pain in the fruitcake.  You track down the hottest must-haves, brave the mob at the mall, and empty your wallet. All to give that elusive (but jolly) old guy up North the credit.  Ah yes, ‘tis the season.

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Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas: Hunting for Memorable Experiences

It started with a childhood memory: My inventive father sinking a treasure chest in our garden pond in rural Bavaria. It was a truly communal affair. The excitement of my 12th birthday party guests; the onlooking neighbors filled with confusion over my father stepping into our pond equipped with rope and big rocks on a cold November day; and the joyous celebration when we retrieved the bounty with stiff, cold hands. My birthday guests and I still talk about this experience, as adults. But what makes experiences more memorable than others?

Read More »

Why Ask Why? The Curious Case for Curiosity

When my daughter turned two and a half, it was almost as if the “Why? switch” turned on in her brain. For well over a year and a half, she asked, “Why?” to just about anything that I did or said. I would respond with an explanation, and she would follow it up with another, “Why?” And then another and another. Typical toddler behavior? Perhaps. Even today, at seven years old, my daughter is incredibly curious. She has expanded her questioning vocabulary and syntax, but her hunger for understanding and her desire to know is often insatiable.

Read More »

Does a Baseball Really Travel Farther at Altitude?

If you’re a fan of Colorado’s professional sports teams, you often hear about the “altitude advantage” that exists due to Denver’s mile-high elevation. With regard to the Colorado Rockies, does a baseball really travel that much farther, or faster, just due to elevation? How much of an advantage does altitude provide? If a baseball stadium, like Coors Field, was built at even higher elevation could it make for an even greater advantage?

Read More »

How to Make a GIANT Lite Brite and Awaken your Inner 80’s Child

If you are a geeky child of the 80’s, like me, then you programmed your Logo turtle on your Apple 2E, you know exactly where you were during the Challenger launch, and you “just said no” a little longer than the rest of your friends. You also probably remember creating glowing masterpieces of unicorns and rainbows on your old school Lite Brite by sequestering yourself to the closet and hiding from the sunlight and your siblings. Ah, yes. Life was simple and grape cough syrup tasted like delicious, liquid candy.

Read More »

5 Reasons Why We Love Stranger Things

The Second Season of Stranger Things comes out today, at midnight. There is a lot of excitement, anticipation, and questions among fans within The Hopper office. Is the entire town of Hawkins a science experiment? In which episode will Will Byers embrace his inner Demogorgon? Also, where is Eleven?! We’ll all likely go home after work and binge-watch the whole season, but why is Stranger Things such a popular show? Why does it resonate so well with us? Below, we listed the “Top Five” reasons why The Hopper loves Stranger Things.

Read More »

A Gift Guide for Curious and Creative Kids

Well friends, it’s that time of year again. Time to hang the stockings and fill them with holiday cheer.  As much as we love our little sugar plums, we know that shopping for them can be a real pain in the fruitcake.  You track down the hottest must-haves, brave the mob at the mall, and empty your wallet. All to give that elusive (but jolly) old guy up North the credit.  Ah yes, ‘tis the season.

Read More »
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