Contest: Town of Parker Offers Winter Activities Perfect for the Whole Family
posted by: Mile High Mamas
Known for its hometown charm, the Town of Parker offers visitors and residents a variety of fun activities for the entire family. From skating along the Ice Trail at Discovery Park, appreciating local art, catching a performance at the PACE Center, indulging in retail therapy, and more, this great community has everything needed for fun-seekers looking to escape for the day.
A perfect outdoor activity when opting to stay on the Front Range and not battle ski traffic, adults and kiddos alike can slip on their skates and glide along the Parker Ice Trail at Discovery Park – one of the only Ice Trails in the country! The 450-foot long Ice Trail is designed to loop through the landscape like a frozen river. Stay warm by taking a seat next to any of three nearby fire pits, or by purchasing hot chocolate at the on-site concession stand. Cost to skate is $6-10, excluding skate rental.
For families looking for a little art and culture, take in a performance at the PACE Center, a state-of-the-art facility located on Parker’s historic Mainstreet, offering the best of touring acts, as well as local performances, exhibits and educational programs. In 2018, some kiddo-friendly highlights include The Little Mermaid, Under the Sea Luncheon, Henry and Mudge, and the Family Discovery Series. In addition to the 536-seat Mainstage theater, the PACE Center is home to a 3,000 square foot event room, art gallery, dance studio, teaching culinary kitchen, four multi-use classrooms and a unique interactive musical outdoor playground called Harmony Park. View the calendar for a list of upcoming shows and events. The PACE Center is also a great destination for date night!
Families can also take a self-guided tour through the Town of Parker’s celebrated pieces of public art at any time with Otocast, the mobile audio app. The Parker Artists Guild (PAG) has taken advantage of the platform to help visitors hear from the artists themselves and learn more about their works. Simply download the app from Google Play or the Apple App Store and select “Parker Arts” to get started.
For the foodie families, visitors can savor their way through a selection of cozy, internationally inspired cuisine. And with more than 60 local restaurants, Parker has something to satisfy any craving. Take a mid-day break with delicious Swedish-American drinks from Fika Coffeehouse. Portofino Pizza and Pasta is a perfect spot that will leave every family member feeling satisfied, or for those feeling like a taste of Asia, visit Indochine, which is a local’s favorite and offers a variety of delicious gluten-free, soy-free and vegan-friendly options. Looking to satisfy that sweet tooth? The award-winning Posh Pastries serves up special baked treats with a French twist, or stop by Le Baugette de Normandy for breads, pastries, handmade chocolates and more.
In addition to all of this, the Town of Parker currently maintains approximately 250 acres of developed parkland, more than 1,200 acres of open space and over 30 miles of concrete and soft surface trails throughout Parker. The Town’s expansive parks and trails system provides endless opportunities to enjoy this beautiful region of Colorado, regardless of the time of year.
To learn more about the Town of Parker or to download a visitor’s guide, please visit www.ParkerOnline.org.
Mile High Mamas is giving away 4 Day Passes and 4 Skate Rentals to the Ice Trail at Discovery Park, a $20 Gift Certificate to the Concession Stand at the Ice Trail and a $100 Gift Certificate to the PAC Center. Total Value: $150. You may enter as many as five times below.
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