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Friday 5 February 2021

Boulder Bear Statues

If you've been here a while you'll know that I love a good scavenger hunt and that I'm a big fan of street art. I'm an even bigger fan of these to things coming together!

So when a friend told me about the painted bear sculptures in Boulder's Chautauqua Park as part of the Art in the Park program, I knew we needed to check them out. 

Unlike other sculpture scavenger hunts that we've done, these painted bears are all contained in a relatively small area, making it an easy activity for kids of all ages. There are fifteen painted bear cubs along with one large mama bear sculpture located within just a few blocks from each other. In fact, some of them are so close to each other that you can often see multiple bears at any one time. 
Over the Winter break the kids and I headed to Chautauqua Park to search for the bears. I didn't think to download the map first (which you can find here), but we had no problem finding all the bears none the less. It was pretty chilly when we visited, which you can probably tell from the pics, and the combination of cold air and mask wearing made for pretty fogged up glasses for Mathilde. She totally had a Dr Bunsen look happening until I took her glasses off! There weren't other people around but the kids kept their masks on anyway to keep their faces warm. Last Winter Lola wished for a face warmer; this Winter she's got one!

Anyway, let's take a look at those painted bears...

Wondering about that Mama bear sculpture that I mentioned earlier? You can see her behind Mathilde in the pic above - and in the pic below! Lola wasn't convinced that she was allowed to sit on the Mama bear's lap, but Mathilde was more than happy to snuggle up for a bear hug.

Want to get a bear hug yourself? You can find all these bears around Chautauqua Park in Boulder through May 1st 2021. You'll find them dotted around the buildings between Clematis Drive, Primrose Road and Goldenrod Drive. 

For more information visit https://www.chautauqua.com/art-in-the-park/

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