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Beat Summer Boredom with These Adventures Including Joy Park and Spikeball!

Beat Summer Boredom with These Adventures Including Joy Park and Spikeball!
Mile High Mamas appeared on 9News talking about our top four adventure picks and toys for keeping your kids from vegging out with their video games all summer long!
 

Joy Park at the Children’s Museum of Denver

For those who want to stay close to home, adventure is right in your backyard. On June 13 (Saturday!), 30,000-square-foot Joy Park will debut at the Children’s Museum of Denver with caves and canyons, hills and valleys, ruins and forts, and bridges and streams. damMy kids had the chance to preview the fun and their favorites were racing on the mini zip line, building a dam in the stream, digging a volcano in the sand dune and filling it with water (whilst getting gloriously dirty and wet in the process; see picture above). Additionally, your little ones will love rolling down hills, cartwheeling through a meadow and spelunking through a tunnel. Kudos to the museum for acknowledging the importance of kids adventuring outside while learning about the environment through year-round unstructured outdoor play.  Joy Park is the first of six new Playscapes opening in conjunction with the Museum’s expansion project to double its size. The entire project will be completed in late 2015. My kids’ inaugural run on the zipline:

 

The Broadmoor’s Eco-Soaring Experience

You don’t need to stay at AAA Five-Diamond luxury resort The Broadmoor to live the high life (though why would you not?) Now, your family can experience their new Eco-Soaring Experience at Seven Falls that will open to the public August 11. This new attraction in Colorado Springs boasts a number of improvements and upgrades since Seven Falls’ 2013 closure due to devastating floods. The enhancements allow guests to safely explore the area from high above on an adrenaline-pumping series of zip lines and suspension bridges. You may choose the “full” tour (approximately five hours) or experience one of two distinct sections. According to The Broadmoor Magazine, “The Woods Course cruises over pines, creeks, valleys, a natural arch, Midnight Falls and the trails leading to the falls. The second section, The Fins Course, soars above steep drops, unique rock formations and jagged cliffs and across Cheyenne Cañon. Each course includes between six and 11 zip-lines that get progressively longer, giving guests time to ease into the experience, as well as several custom-built suspension bridges and an auto-rappel descent at the end”. If you’d like to stay more grounded, Seven Falls’ seven distinct cascades are a delight in themselves and leave little wonder as to why they are Colorado’s only entry on the National Geographic list of international waterfalls. Take the kids for a stroll up the canyon along the creek with a naturalist who will discuss local flora, fauna geology. Bring your own picnic or enjoy casual refreshments–including pulled pork and hot dogs–from a food truck at a rest area about half-way up the canyon. 

Broadmoor's Eco-Adventure

Broadmoor’s Eco-Soaring Experience

kidsKids Adventure Games

Do you want your kids to have a reason to stay active this summer? Have them train for Kids Adventure Games, where kiddos ages 6 through 14 have the opportunity to experience the thrill of adventure racing. This event for all ability levels on August 5-9 in Vail, Colo. emphasizes problem solving and fun as teams of two tackle a  variety of challenges that include a zipline, mountain biking, wall climb, tubing, a mud pit, slip ‘n slide and much more. There are beginner, intermediate and expert heats. Parents are also permitted to follow along the race course but are asked not to step in and help  kids; volunteers are available to assist when necessary. There are optional clinics August 5 and 6 to help kids hone the adventure-racing skills, with official race dates on August 7-9, depending upon the level and age of your child (see the schedule of events here).

Contest and Deal: Mile High Mamas is giving away a free team entry here. RockResorts’ Vail properties The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail are offering a 20% discount on lodging for you to make a weekend of it!

 Spikeball

I first heard about Spikeball from a friend who posted about it on Twitter and since appearing on Shark Tank last month, it is THE activity to play this summer.  This fast and furious game is a cross between volleyball and Four Square. You can play singles or doubles but it’s most popularly played as a 2 vs. 2 game that requires a small trampoline to bounce a small ball to the adversary. Believe me, this is the most fun you’ll ever have playing with a ball and a small trampoline!  

spikeballHow it’s played: Opposing teams line up across from each other with the Spikeball net in the center. The ball is put in play with a serve—a hit by the server from behind the service boundary into the net to an opposing player. Once the ball is served players can move anywhere they want. The object of the game is to hit the ball into the net so that the opposing team cannot return it.  A team is allowed up to three touches to return the ball. The rally continues until the ball is not returned properly. Games are played to 21 and you must win by 2. My kiddos are Spikeball Aficionados in Training so instead of spiking the ball, they catch and bounce it off the trampoline but they claim they’re going pro by summer’s end. They’ll be in good company; there are Spikeball leagues all over the nation. The Spikeball set starts at $53.

Spikeball. How To. from Spikeball on Vimeo.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

2 Comments

  1. We’re so lucky we live in Colorado. What awesome activities.

  2. So fun! wONDERING IF JOY PARK WILL BE OPEN YEAR ROUND? AND DO YOU HAVE TO BE A GUEST AT THE BROADMOOR TO DO THE ADVENTURE? TRIED SEARCHING ON THEIR WEBSITE BUT COUDLN’T FIND ANYTHING.

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