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Denver’s Top Mama-Recommended Summer Activities

Looking for this year’s list?  Click here to check out the 2010 Warm Weather Guide to Fun in Denver!

Summer Break is here! As the summer sun lingers in the sky longer before settling behind the mountains, how should we fill the time? What summer activities are sure to be a hit?

We asked for fun summer activity recommendations, and an entire city of mamas responded! Amber, The Mile High Mamas’ fearless leader, and I have compiled this list of activities that you recommended.

It’s all mama-recommended, and it’s all right here! Need an idea for an inside activity? It’s here! Need a new outside activity to try? It’s here!

See something that isn’t on the list? Let us know, and we’ll add it! Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often! It’s your resource for Summer Fun!

So, get out there! Try something new! Explore your own backyard and beyond.

Indoor Activities:
Get in out of the sun (or rain) and have an indoor adventure!

  • Amazing Jake’s Food & Fun – Aurora’s Amazing Jake’s Food & Fun is a clean, cheerfully decorated indoor family activity center featuring go-karts, “lazer” tag, mini-golf, bumper cars, a rock-climbing wall, mini coaster, kiddie-sized indoor rides, a large (150-plus games) arcade area with air-hockey tables and an impressive prize counter.
  • American Paintball Coliseum – The coliseum is comprised of indoor and outdoor paintball fields. The indoor fields are split into two arenas, one with giant inflatable obstacles, the other with heaps of corrugated plastic tubing. The paint is water-soluble, and remnants of matches make floors sticky.
  • The Apex Center Treehouse Play Area – The kids love crawling through the tubes and sliding down the slides. This indoor play area is free and provides hours of fun, rain or shine!

  • Baby Boogie at the D-Note – Baby Boogie at the D-Note in Olde Town Arvada runs every Sunday from 3-6 pm. They clear their stage and put up kids’ instruments. The kids rule the restaurant and mom and dad can relax while the kiddos boogie.
  • Boondocks Fun Center – Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn is an 8-acre indoor-outdoor fun facility. Indoors you’ll find a futuristic laser-tag arena, a dual-seat Max Flight Simulator and a broad sweep of arcade games that run from Dance Dance Revolution (hilarious to watch) to a Panzer tank simulator. From tiny tots to older teens, there’s a game appropriate for every player.
  • Brown Palace – The Brown Palace is a luxury hotel in Denver, and it’s considered to be a national treasure. Take advantage of a one of the free tours, which are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm.
  • Buffalo Bill Museum – Check out the gorgeous views, nature programs and tee pees for your little natives.
  • Butterfly Pavilion – This small and cozy museum still boasts a lot of bang for the buck. When have you last held a tarantula? Or better yet, stood in a tropical enclosure while tons of butterflies flitted around you? Definitely worth the jump up Highway 36.
  • Celestial Seasonings – Head up to Boulder to explore “the world’s most advanced tea production plant.” (Children must be 5 years or older to go on the factory portion of the tour.) Enjoy the artwork and free tea samples!

  • Cherry Creek Mall Oversized Fruit – Great fun on indoor days, and/or super hot days, and/or when you need time to get some shopping done while the kids go nuts on huge breakfast foods like eggs and bananas!
  • Children’s Museum of Denver – This museum is the perfect place to explore and learn! From crawling around in the nature tunnels to building something in the workshop, there’s something for every child to enjoy. The Children’s Museum of Denver is free to the public on the first Tuesday of the month.
  • Climbing Walls – Are you or your kids climbing the walls? Take them to climb the walls…for real! Check out the climbing walls at Dick’s Sporting Goods or REI!
  • Colorado History Museum – Kids don’t need to go brain-dead in the summer, and this museum is a great way to keep their minds fresh!
  • Colorado Railroad Museum – All aboard! The Colorado Railroad Museum is a great destination for kids of all ages to learn about Colorado’s railroad history.
  • Colorado State Capitol building – Home of the Colorado Legislature and Governor. Give the kids a great history lesson and cross the street to Civic Center Park for a picnic.
  • Denver Art Museum – Don’t forget all the cool kid-friendly things the DAM has incorporated into the new building. Follow Seymour, the museum’s mascot, and he will guide you to all the museum’s best kid-friendly haunts, AND the first Saturday of every month is free!
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys – This museum “provides educational and cultural services to the greater Rocky Mountain region through the preservation, exhibition, collection and interpretation of the visual arts using miniatures, dolls and toys.”
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science – This museum has something for everyone! Be sure to explore the new Expedition Health exhibit while you’re there. The price of this exhibit is included with your admission, but you need to make reservations ahead of time!
  • Downtown Aquarium – So maybe we actually have a rainy day here and there this summer? Perfect! Head to the Aquarium and see the fish! Lots and LOTS of fish! Plus, they still have the tigers from when this museum was more about following the path of water around the world. AND you now have lots of extra kid-friendly activities, like touching some of the aquatics on display, or eating lunch surrounded by real fish tanks.
  • Globeology at The Wildlife Experience – Globeology is a new exhibit at The Wildlife Experience. Explore the eight different biomes: Rainforest, Temperate Forest, Tundra, Savanna, Asian Highlands, Coral Reef, Desert, and Wild Colorado.
  • Heritage Square – Heritage Square in Golden is a replica of a Western village. Check out the shops, alpine slide, dinner theater, and more!
  • Jump Street – These indoor trampoline parks in Thornton and Littleton offer an immense, elevated, platform-style trampoline field where participants, big and small, pay by the hour to spring around like rabbits. It’s fun — and it’s exercise!
  • Jungle Quest – Each budding-trapeze artist is then strapped into a harness and attached to either a swing or one of the three ziplines that adorn the “sky” in this 12,000-square-foot Thornton “jungle.” A four-route climbing set-up graces a side wall, and a rope-bridge climbing area for the faint of heart (or the very young) decorates another. Thatched huts and Mayan-style art carry the jungle theme throughout this well-lit building. Popular with the 5-12 set.
  • Koelbel Library – This library in Littleton is great because it has a great used book store and cafe! You can check out books and then read them over coffee, apple juice and cookies.
  • Littleton Historical Museum – This museum is free! Walk around the barn yard, and see the animals and blacksmith. Bring a picnic and make it a day.
  • Lyons Pinball Arcade – When it’s too hot to be outside, duck in for classic pinball and ’80s arcade games. Stop next door for a family-friendly lunch at Oscar Blues.
  • Mizel Museum – This museum in Denver “teaches awareness and respect through Jewish life and culture.” Check out the link for exhibits and workshops.
  • Monkey Bizness – Moms and dads can take advantage of a full-service cafe while the little kids monkey around!

  • MR. BIGGS (formerly Fat City) – This massive (144,000 square feet) family activity complex features just about every indoor activity imaginable: a hip, decorated 40-lane bowling alley, complete with full bar and pizza buffet; indoor carnival ride; three-story foam-ball arena for those under 5 feet tall; a massive laser tag room; 18-hole putt-putt course; and, coolest of all, a rare group of BattleTech virtual-reality combat simulator pods.
  • Museo de las Americas – The diversity of Latin American art and culture is the focus of this museum in Denver.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art – This museum is an ever-changing group of works. Experience culture in the making. This museum is good for older kids: pre-teens or teens…and above!
  • Plastic Chapel – A designer toy store and art gallery? Double the reason why you should pay this hip store a visit.
  • Pump It Up – Pump It Up is “the inflatable party zone,” with different obstacle courses, slides and jump-as-much-as-you-can fun! It’s not just a place for parties! Check out the website for the “pop-in playtimes” at a location near you!
  • Puppet Theater – The Puppet Theater has been ranked “the best children’s theater in Colorado” by The Denver Post and “the best kids’ outing” by 5280 Magazine. The shows are designed for kids 3 and up.
  • Splitz Bowling Center – Once home to a skatepark, this well-kept, cavernous building now houses a state-of-the-art, 29-lane bowling alley. Clean and hopping, this alley offers bowlers and bystanders, from tykes to teenagers, a friendly place to party.
  • Toy Library: Stop by the Toy Library and check out the toys…literally! (The above photo is from their website.)
  • U.S. Mint – Don’t miss out on visiting only one of two U.S. Mint facilities that offers tours. Great for older kids.
  • Wings Over the Rockies Aircraft & Space Museum – This museum is located in the former Lowry AFB on the east side of Denver, in a World War II-era Hangar. “Cockpit demo days” are the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Wizard’s Chest – Need some magic in your life? Take the kids to Wizard’s Chest in Cherry Creek. Check their calendar for upcoming events.
  • WOW! (World of Wonder) Children’s Museum – This Children’s Museum in Lafayette is a great place for children to explore and learn! There’s a pirate ship! There are costumes for dress-up! Check out the art center and interactive play areas! Pack a picnic lunch and eat on-site.

Food Fun:
Need a fun place for lunch or dinner or a snack? Check these out!

  • Aquarium Restaurant – Don’t have time to visit the Denver Aquarium, but want to have lunch with a great view of the big fish tanks? Eat at the Aquarium Restaurant! There is no admission charge for the restaurant, and it’s a great place to stop for lunch after walking along the river or visiting the Children’s Museum.

  • The Buckhorn Exchange – This is Denver’s oldest restaurant. The Buckhorn Exchange is a National Historic Landmark and Western Museum. It’s been “serving the finest in Old West fare since 1893.” Reservations recommended.
  • Casa Bonita – This restaurant is a feast for the senses (some may question the sense of taste) and more tolerable than a certain mouse’s pizza place.
  • Coney Island Hot Dog Stand – It used to be located in Conifer until about 4 years ago where it was relocated to Bailey. Their Dogs and Shakes are awesome, and there are outdoor tables (in fact that’s all there is). The building is in the shape of a big giant hot dog that the kids will love. There is some good hiking close by to walk off your lunch, and it’s cooler because it’s in the foothills, so it’s a nice escape from the heat.
  • Liks Ice Cream – This favorite ice cream parlor is a local family-owned creamery with retail locations in Denver and Centennial.
  • Little Man Ice Cream – Ummm, hello, the ice cream shop is in the shape of a giant creamery can. Doesn’t get any cooler than that!
  • Flapjacks and a Flick at the Movie Tavern – On Saturdays at 9 a.m., they have all-you-can-eat pancakes and a family movie!
  • Rheinlander Bakery – The Rheinlander Bakery in Arvada has awesome cookies! Some of them even come on a stick!
  • Red Trolley – Red Trolley is a great place to go for gelato, ice cream, sorbetto and ice cream cakes. It’s a fun little place with absolutely amazing food and drink. And the neighborhood is great for walking around with little kids.

Outdoor Activities: Explore the great outdoors! Enjoy the sun (but don’t forget the sunscreen!) and see what outdoor adventures you can find!

  • AllGolf at Kennedy – The Kennedy Golf Course in Aurora is home to three 18-hole Miniature Golf Courses! There is the Castle Course, the Windmill Course, and the Lighthouse Course!
  • Aspen Grove – They have summer movie nights on Wednesdays, with fun vendors/goodies for the kids. They also have “A Paris Street Market” on 1st Saturdays. Check out their website for a complete listing of events!
  • Belleview Park – Belleview park has a stream that is great for wading or catching crawfish, a train to ride, and a children’s farm with a petting zoo!
  • Berry Patch Farms – Berry Patch Farms opens in June for the season. It’s a pick-your-own fruit place! It’s free to get in, and you only pay for what you pick. Luckily, they don’t weigh you when you get there and when you leave, because it’s hard to resist eating strawberries and raspberries right off the vine! The kids love wandering around in the yard with the chickens, turkeys, and pot-bellied pig, and picking out wonderful fresh produce in the farmhouse for supper.
  • Bluff Lake Nature Center – This urban wildlife refuge and “outdoor classroom” is located on the eastern edge of Stapleton, and is open from sunrise to sunset. Be sure to check out their calendar for different events through the summer or venture out there any day of the week to find some quiet time away from the city!
  • Boulder Falls – A hike to Boulder Falls is the perfect activity for a summer day!
  • Carson Nature Center – The South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center in Littleton has hands-on activities focused on Colorado wildlife. Biking and hiking trails and close proximity to Aspen Grove shopping center located in Littleton.
  • Chautauqua Park – The Kids’ Park at Chautauqua in Boulder is another favorite spot. It has a slide built into the side of the mountain, a fun play house, and the best view around!
  • Chatfield State Park – This is the perfect park for boating, hiking, bicycling or riding horses. Chatfield Reservoir has many different types of activities to beat summer boredom!

  • Cherry Creek State Park – This park is great for hiking, swimming, or skipping rocks! One mile south of I-225 on Parker Road at Lehigh (a light). You can walk down by the Reservoir to skip stones and picnic at covered tables. If you’re a boater, there’s ramp access. Follow the wetlands trail (foot path only) to see some of the shyer wildlife, or use the longer paved trails that run as long at 6 miles, great for bikes. There is a walk-in entrance (free!) at the corner of Quincy and Parker.
  • City Park – Denver’s largest park has a lot to boast about. The Denver Zoo to the north, Museum of Nature & Science to the east, several playgrounds in the middle – including a large lake with paddle boats shaped like ducks! Not to mention City Park Jazz all summer long. What’s not to love?
  • Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch – Next to the Highlands Ranch Library, this park has fun interactive fountains, a wading stream, a playground and lots of great events, free yoga classes, and concerts all summer. The park is next to the Highlands Ranch Library, which has lots of great story times and kids’ activities.
  • Colorado Rapids Soccer – See the pros in action! Saturday mornings at the soccer field is a great way to start the weekend.
  • Colorado Rockies Game – Maybe they will recapture the magic of the 2007 season this year? Um, who cares. It’s all about the experience. The big, beautiful field, the crack of the ball, the COTTON CANDY. Get seats on the 3rd base side to avoid the intense afternoon sun. And yes, the line of purple chairs are exactly a mile high!
  • Confluence Park – Even though we are in a dry climate, we still have plenty of water. Head down to Confluence Park and watch the kayakers strut their stuff (on the river that is) and play along the shore to keep cool. Even better, bring a picnic lunch. On Saturday nights, check out the amazing energy of the drummers, fire dancers and jugglers!
  • Cure Organic Farm – Volunteer at this farm in Boulder. The farm has set volunteer hours each week, and they are seasonally based. It’s totally kid friendly (the owner has a toddler) and super fun! You and your kids can help, play and learn!
  • Dad Clark Park – This park in Highlands Ranch has a playground, picnic area, basketball court and a separate off-leash dog area.
  • Delaney Historic Farm – Show your kids a working farm, not that far from the city at 170 S Chambers Road in Aurora. They have guided tours, and there are also beekeeping tours!

  • Denver Botanic Gardens – Make your very own “photo day” outing by packing the camera gear and head over to the gardens with your budding photographer(s) in tow. Share some cinematic love through the viewfinder. Not only are the flowers amazing, so is the company. Be sure to check out the new Jurassic Gardens exhibit or enjoy your old favorites.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens Concerts – Food, flora and music keep kids and their parents happy! Tickets are still available to most shows – no membership required – and little kids are free.
  • Denver Municipal Band – Check out the band at a variety of local parks this summer. Bring the blanket and picnic and let the kids run around.
  • Denver Skatepark – We are really lucky in Denver. A variety of crazy fun things to do – even a very large and intricate skate park right near Millennium Bridge. But go early, when its cooler and it is the best time to bring little ones… before the professionals, I mean hipsters, take over the skate tricks. Feel free to bring scooters if your kids are not proficient on boards yet.
  • Denver Zoo – The summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Zoo! It’s the perfect place for you and your own little monkeys to check out the other animals!
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park – Located just five miles southwest of Boulder and 30 miles from Denver, this park is like a hidden treasure. It’s a great place for hiking, climbing and picnicking.
  • Elitch Gardens – Elitch Gardens is Denver’s own theme park! Check out the rides, shows and attractions!
  • Farmer’s Market – Check out this link to find a local farmer’s market in your area!
  • Film on the Rocks – There is always at least one beloved kid film in this series at Red Rocks. The kids will love climbing the stairs and a special night out under the stars.
  • First Friday’s Art Walk in Denver – On the first Friday of every month, you’ll get a chance to experience the work of artists from around the world and next door. Over 30 galleries on Santa Fe in Denver participate in this event!
  • Four Mile Historic Park – This park is just four miles from downtown Denver and features Denver’s oldest standing structure. This park is great for school-age kids and beyond. For a unique peek into Colorado’s frontier past, check it out!
  • FlatIron Crossing – Looking for a giant sandbox? Check out the play area in front of the FlatIron Crossing!

  • Harlow Park and Pool -This outdoor park and pool at Belleview and Federal has a fun baby pool and slides and is never very busy!
  • Heritage Square – Heritage Square in Golden is a replica of a Western village. Check out the shops, alpine slide, dinner theater, and more!
  • High Line Canal – This trail is a great for hiking, biking, jogging and horseback riding. There so much to see and it’s shady!!
  • Lair o’ the Bear Park – Open Space – This favorite park is near Evergreen. There’s a small hike that is good for kids but also a great picnic area and a spot to fish!! Three things to love!
  • Lakeside Amusement Park – Lakeside isn’t your typical amusement park, and that’s why we like it. The art-deco signs and original architecture are showing their age, but the place has character. The kiddie rides are old school and you can bring your own picnic.
  • Lion’s Park in Golden – Not only is there a great playground with a huge sandbox, picnic area and Farmer’s Market, the kids love to watch the kayakers on the Clear Creek Whitewater Park.
  • Majestic View Park – This park has fun play equipment, and the views are, well, majestic!
  • Matthew Winters Park – This is the perfect gentle hike for kids over age 4, and it’s close to Red Rocks.
  • Mother Cabrini Shrine – No matter your religious views, it can be spiritually uplifting to climb to the top and take in the breathtaking view of the city (no strollers).
  • Nottingham Park – This park in Westminster is awesome! It’s off the beaten path, so the traffic is light. The ground beneath the massive play structure is spongy, and there is equipment for all ages of kids. There are picnic tables under awnings, the perfect place for a shaded picnic. And, there’s a stream to explore!
  • Pearl Street Mall, Boulder – The Pearl Street Mall in Boulder is always a happenin‘ place! Stroll along the pedestrian mall, checking out the street performers, shops, shaded areas and great views!
  • Plains Conservation Center – Discover your local prairie! This conservation center is “an outdoor education facility and state-designated natural area consisting of two sites totaling approximately 8,894 acres.”
  • Platte Valley Trolley Ride – Experience a piece of history on this open-air trolley ride that takes you past REI, Confluence Park, the Children’s Museum and Invesco Field.

  • Red Rocks – We have one of the best concert venues in the whole country right in our back yard. Check out the schedule to see what concerts you may want to attend, or try to get up the hill to see a movie under the stars via Film On The Rocks.
  • Rocky Mountain Wildlife Refuge – This Wild Animal Sanctuary is America’s premier sanctuary for large carnivores. They have been rescuing exotic wildlife and endangered species since 1980, and are currently home to more than 200 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Jaguars, Leopards, Mountain Lions, Lynx, Bobcats, Servals, Wolves, and other wildlife.
  • Sensory Park – This park was built in cooperation with Children’s Hospital and is 100% accessible to children of all ages and abilities. It’s tucked away from view, nestled between Church Ranch Blvd and Olde Wadsworth Blvd, just down the embankment from the SuperTarget in the Walnut Creek shopping area.
  • Sixteenth Street Mall – This 16-block long pedestrian and transit mall in Downtown Denver is home to numerous cafes and retail merchants. Stroll along or take the free bus!
  • Stapleton’s Central Park – Stapleton was smart when they named this park after the famous New York park. Because it’s HUGE. It’s GINORMOUS. And the play area has some of the coolest equipment around!
  • Stapleton Under the Stars – Catch an outdoor movie on a summer evening at Founders’ Green in the East 29th Avenue Town Center.
  • Star K Ranch – Morrison Nature Center – This nature center is in northern Aurora, just south of I-70. Hands-on science, trails from 3/4 mile to 13 miles, program for up to age 5, and other programs for age 6 and up.

  • Tiny Town Railroad – Tiny Town is just west of Denver, about ½ mile from the intersection of 285 and South Turkey Creek. It’s a tiny town! And, there’s a train you can ride! They also have an awesome playground. The oldest kid-size village in the United States that will remind just how big you really are.
  • Washington Park – “Wash Park” is a great place to rent a paddleboat, play on one of the playgrounds, or pack a picnic. Don’t forget to stop by Bonnie Brae Ice Cream for a scoop (or two) of ice cream!
  • Westlands Park – This park in Greenwood Village has been ranked as one of the best parks in the metro area. The playgrounds include areas for kids of all ages and abilities. There is also an in-line hockey rink, playing fields, natural water sculpture and more!
  • White Ranch Park – This is a great spot to walk your dog and hike with the family, just off Highway 93 on the way to Boulder. It’s near Denver and has a great view of the City.

Water Fun: Whether they’re indoor or outdoor, these fun water parks and spraygrounds are sure to help you beat the heat!

  • The Apex Center Pool – The Apex Center in Arvada features a 23,000 square foot indoor water fun area, complete with water slides, zero-depth pool, and family hot tub.
  • Argo Park & Pool – Located in north Denver, this pool has a beach entrance for the little kids!
  • Bear Creek Lake – Bear Creek Lake near Morrison almost feels like a real beach! Pack a picnic lunch and spend a day at the beach without leaving Colorado!
  • Great Plains Park (Spray park & Playground) – East of Tower on the south side of Jewell, it feels a little like you’ve driven past civilization, but trust us it’s there! The spray park runs from 10 am to 8 pm, and the park itself is open 8 am to sunset. Unlike some parks we’ve been to, there IS a potty. The playground has the smaller scale toddler side and a big-kid side. There is access from Jewell, and also walking access from the neighborhood just south of there.
  • Harlow Park and Pool – This outdoor park and pool at Belleview and Federal has a fun baby pool and slides and is never very busy!
  • Lake Arbor Center & Outdoor Pool – This pool in Arvada is a great place to cool off in the summer heat! Play on the water slides, or the zero-depth pool or the pool geysers! Bring a picnic lunch and play at the adjacent park & playground.
  • Pirates Cove – Small kids can have a blast at this water park without getting rundown by teens.

  • Southlands Spray Park – This big spray park is right in front of the theater, with benches and grassy areas for picnicking. A very popular spot, especially on “Free Movie” days.
  • Splash at Fossil Trace in Golden is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and is the largest water park in Jefferson County. Come and enjoy the waterslides, fountains, and “beach” area. There is something fun for kids of all ages, from 1 to 100.
  • Stapleton Town Center Fountains – How much better does it get than to sip an iced coffee and dangle your toes while your kids splash happily in the side-by-side fountains in the Stapleton Town Center on 29th Ave. and Roslyn. One is sunken with wide, gentle stones and mere inches of water — great for wee ones. The other rises like a pyramid of slabs that invite ascension to the top and vigorous splashing in the moat below. Go on Sunday mornings when there is a fun farmers market across the street from the fountains.
  • Sunset Swimming Pool – This outdoor pool in Longmont is great for kids. What’s not to love about a great big curvy slide!
  • Water World – Sometimes we can forget what a gem we have in this awesome water park. just a hop & a skip up I-25 to 88th and Pecos. This LARGE water park has something for everyone from the littlest toddler to the largest teenager and everyone in between. AND you can STILL bring picnic lunches. Score!
  • Westminster Promenade Fountains – A favorite free activity is to run through the fountains at the Westminster Promenade. It’s a sure way to beat the heat!

So, which activity on the list are you going to check out first?

Looking for this year’s list? Click here to check out the 2010 Warm Weather Guide to Fun in Denver!


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  1. This came together so well. There are a lot of activities I had never heard of and can’t wait to delve into summer!

  2. what an amazing list! I need this in PRINT!

  3. What a great list to have for the summer! I thought I knew them all but there are many on the list I didn’t know about! Thank you.

  4. What a neat list!

    I actually love one that isn’t listed, Argo Pool in north Denver.It has a beach entrance for the little ones, we love it!

  5. Awesome compilation, no thanks to me!

    (I couldn’t think of anything to offer that I knew nobody else would mention…)

    Bookmarking now.

  6. I love this compilation of the tried and true.

    A definite bookmark — star, star, star! Thanks, JoAnn!

  7. Thanks, BestLight Lori, for telling me about this! Bookmarked for sure. Will be referred to often this summer. And I agree. I’ll also print it out to take it in my car.

  8. I had so much fun putting this list of ideas together! You ladies came up with a fabulous list. Some of them are our favorite haunts and some are brand new to us! I can’t wait to try them!

    BOOKMARK IT NOW! Or, better yet, PUT IT IN YOUR PHONE (if you have the Internet).

    If you see something missing, please leave a comment, and we’ll add it! Check back often.

    Summer Boredom doesn’t stand a chance!

    P.S. Here’s a short url for the list!:

  9. What a great list, I cant believe you have Coney Island Hot dog stand in there. I grew up with that Place, it was a shame they has to move it. Oh well they stay busy. I will have to check some of these places out! Thanks for working hard at making this list. You are appreciated!

  10. I was on the hunt for some new indoor outings to add to my personal list since we are all growing moss between our toes with the Seattle weather pattern. Thank you so much for sharing this list of resources! I feel like I just opened a “treasure box”. Well done!

  11. I’ll offer my thanks as well for the hard work put into this list! We live in an amazing area – it’s hard to believe all of this is all less than an hour away (many much closer!).

    I didn’t notice a listing for Aspen Grove. They have summer movie nights too – Wedensdays – with fun vendors/goodies for the kids. AND “A Paris Street Market” on 1st Saturdays. Check out: for a complete listing of goings on.

  12. Amazing! This is exactly what I needed as a new Denverite! We go to Great Plains Playground & Sprayground several days a week, since it’s just down the street. 😉 Best sprayground I’ve ever been to. Didn’t think to suggest it myself because I figured we are so far off the grid, it didn’t count. Silly me. It truly is worth the trip!

  13. Hi JoAnn,

    Thanks for mentioning Pearl Street Mall and linking up to We have a great Pop Jet Fountain that is on the 1300 block. Kids LOVE it. We also have the Tebo Train that runs (FREE) Monday through Thursday from from 10 a.m. to noon. Don’t forget to stop by Powell’s Sweet Shoppe – a favorite place for kids of all ages! On Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings the Boulder County Farmers’ Market is also a very fun and friendly kid event. One last suggestion, the Boulder Outdoor Cinema stars this Saturday and runs Saturdays throughout the summer. They have a great lineup of family friendly films! Details about all of this can be found on! Come up here and enjoy!

  14. Boondocks Fun Center is a great time. Right near Denver, you can also rent similar virtual reality games, such as Dance Dance Revolution, flight simulators
    and Nascar nascar racing simulators for your event if anyone’s interested.

  15. Thanks so much for the list! I noticed Cure Organic Farm on your list. I get a CSA crop share from them. They also have a kids farm camp in the summers, it’s sold out this year but would be a great activity to keep in mind for future summers.

  16. Great list! I plan to come back to this over the summer when I’m looking for things to do. Thank you!

  17. Hi and thanks so much for the awesome list! I’m so excited to try some new places out! I have a few suggestions that I didn’t see on the list: Perk-n-Play in Stapleton. Fun for the kids and moms too! Drink some coffee or coco while the kids play with the toys! Also, another hidden gem are the peaceful trails on Green Mountain. If you go early (before 1030am), you may have the whole place to yourself. My little Bella loved walking on the trails, sniffing the flowers and chasing the ants. The Hudson Gardens in Littleton is another fun place. BTW, Chataqua is definitely a hidden gem. My husband, Bella, me and our dog went for a hike there a few weeks ago and all I have to say is amazing! We also went to Eldorado last week and were in awe! Thanks again!!!

  18. This *is* a great list! Great job to everyone!

  19. What a great list. My son is <1 and there are some things on here that I know that I can take him to so that we are not stuck in the house all summer. I am excited to experience more on this list in the years to come with my little guy.

  20. Wow! Haven’t been to the site recently, so glad I stopped by! We have an adventurous ‘lil 16 month old, and I can’t wait to discover some of these fun places. What a great list, thank you so much!

  21. Wow! What a list! It’s sure that people from Denver will go to these places to partake on their summer events. Denver, as you’ve posted, have a lot of activities to go on to. From the free movies, free concerts, lush greens, and for the sports fans, sports club Glendale is for you. Summer events in Denver will bring families and friends together.

  22. Broken Tee Golf Course is offering a Par 3 Junior Golf League each Wednesday from July 13th to August 3rd. The juniors will play the Par 3 course from 9am-12 pm in a tournament format. This league offers a great opportunity to learn the game, make new friends, win prizes, and have an awesome time!
    The cost for the league is $42 for Englewood RESIDENTS, and $52 for NON-RESIDENTS.
    If you have any questions call 303-762-2670 or visit us at under INSTRUCTION.

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