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Colorado Rockies Opening Day Events + Your Guide to a Successful Baseball Season

As soon as that first pitch is thrown, spring has sprung! Nothing says Happy Spring than the Colorado Rockies season opener. They will begin their 29th season with home games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on Friday, April 8th at 2:10 p.m., Saturday, April 9th at 6:10 p.m. and Sunday, April 10th at 1:10 p.m. 

Colorado Rockies Opening Day Events

 LoDo’s Dairy Block micro-district is excited to help celebrate the Colorado Rockies Opening Weekend with Game Day on the Block, a variety of fantastic baseball-themed activations offered Friday, April 8th – Sunday, April 10th. Dairy Block’s 2022 Game Day on the Block will include: Concerts by local musicians in the Alley,  Blanchard Family Wines will be serving purple wine, baseball macarons & cake pops, specialty popcorn and charcuterie cones, Colorado Rockies art installations in the Alley, Kachina Cantina Opening Day specials will include an Upslope Lager or IPA for $4, an Upslope Beer Bucket for $20 and a beer & a carnitas taco for $6. Also, Denver Milk Market will also be serving grab & go hot dogs from outdoor grills on its Wazee St. patio and Morning Jones, Cornicello & Bao will be serving food through their Alley windows.  https://dairyblock.com/events/game-day-on-the-block/2022-04-08/.

BEZEL. With its patio sitting on the 16th Street Mall as Downtown Denver’s headquarters, the newly opened BEZEL will be celebrating the Rockies Home Opener Friday, April 8th with a band, beer specials, and baseball-themed menu items. Specialty items include The Rock Pile, a purple drink in honor of the Rockies, and Three Strike Sliders. The celebrations will take place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, though games will be played all day in the lobby. Bezel will be offering $14 parking all day long for game-goers.
 
The Curtis Fans in the Stands. This package includes overnight accommodations on the Floor of Champions, one of the property’s 13 hyper-themed floors, $50 brunch credit to be used at The Corner Office, 50% discount towards self-parking amd a fully stocked Game Day Pack complete with refreshing ballgame brews!   
 
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Tips for Attending a Colorado Rockies Baseball Game 

They are celebrating their 28th season and your family can painlessly plan your day out at the ballgame. Here are some tips and tricks to maximize your good time at the game.

How do we get tickets? This is easy. You can purchase your tickets at Coors Field or any of their five Dugout Stores, which are sprinkled around the metro area. Or, you can go to www.mlb.com/rockies and click on tickets. For games against highly popular teams, like the Cubs, you’ll want to pounce early.

Where should we sit? There are no bad seats at Coors Field. It’s a gorgeous facility with stunning views of the field and beyond. However, there are sections that are better suited for families, especially with young kids. You might want to avoid foul ball zones in the lowest (100) level if you are concerned about being distracted during the game. The Rockies extended the safety netting but it’s something to consider if you can’t watch every swing of the bat and have the skills to react to a ball coming your way.

Lower section 342, along the third-base side, is a designated family section. No alcohol is allowed.

The sun can be brutal during afternoon games with little shade if you have seats along the first baseline, extending from right to center field. If sun is a concern, increasing shade through the afternoon into the evening is a savior on the third baseline.

Up on the Rooftop, which seems to be the section of choice for 20-somethings, they have a nice shady area with cushioned couches and a pool patio vibe. Unfortunately, you can’t see the actual field from your comfy spot but they do have the TV feed on several screens.

What should we eat? The food options are seemingly endless. Ballpark prices aren’t famous for thrift, however. One great option for kids is Buckaroos, located at section 149 where you can get a kids meal with different entree options, a side, a drink, and some cookies packed in a handy box.

You can bring your own food as well! Make sure you follow the security protocols.

What should we do and see while we are at Coors Field? Obviously, watch the game. But if your little one isn’t into studying the intricacies of a pitcher staring down a potential second-base stealer, there are plenty of entertainment options. Take them to the playground located next to Buckaroos in section 149. At Gate A, they can test their baseball skills with Pro Batter Jr., Tee Ball, or join the Rockies Rookies Fan Club to get season-long benefits with fun events.

A must is the meet and greet with Dinger, the Rockies’ very own triceratops. He hangs out behind the waterfall in centerfield every third inning. Start lining up during the second inning for the best chance to get your child’s photo snapped with him. You can get his autograph, too! Have him sign a shirt, hat, or program for a special souvenir.

Don’t forget to stand and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the Seventh Inning Stretch. If you don’t know the words, that is okay. They stream the storied lyrics on the brand-new 8400 square foot jumbo screen which is a sight to see in itself. That’s like 750 60-inch TVs sewn together like a big quilt of colorful awesomeness.

Odds and Ends to Make the Most of Your Family’s Ballpark Experience:

~ If you have a stroller, you can claim-check it outside the gates. They have people who watch a sea of strollers because you cannot take them into the ballpark.

~ Did you forget the sunscreen? Visit the First Aid stations at sections 133 or 330. They have giant pump bottles of sunscreen because it’s a very sunny place!

~ Watch the calendar for special events. The Rockies have some of the best fireworks shows around and they will sell out. They also have fun events including Star Wars Night, Bark at the Park and more. 

~ The @Rockies Twitter feed is widely considered to be the best in all of Major League Baseball. Not only is it informative and timely with updates about weather delays, conditions, and player reports, it is very funny and innovative. They love to engage with fans.

~ Take a tour! They have in-season and off-season times. You can even tour the field on a game day, but only if it’s an evening game. Book your tour time in advance online for the best chance of availability.

For more information, visit mlb.com/rockies

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The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide for Kids (250+ Ideas)

Mile High Mamas’ 2022 Summer Activity Guide is here! Don’t miss the ultimate kid-friendly guide to summer in Denver as well as our top Colorado family travel destinations. 

Denver’s Best Summer Activities for Families 2022

Mile High Mamas has the best guide for family indoor activities in Denver, as well as the best outdoor fun. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this article for our recommendations for Denver’s best hikes, splash parks, waterfall hikes, pools and more.Laugh & Learn® Servin' Up Fun Food Truck We have included some of Denver’s best playgrounds below but be sure to also check out Denver Playgrounds & Parks: A guide to the best play areas in metro Denver.  We have also included businesses that have permanently closed during the pandemic; others require reservations.

Don’t miss our Denver Free Days for 2022 for area museums and attractions, Denver Summer Camp Guide for 2022 and our Colorado Family Vacation Guide for Summer 2021  (stay tuned for our top picks for 2022).   

Fun Outdoor Toys for Denver Kids

Planning to chill at home most of the summer? This Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash Water Table will keep your littles entertained for hours, as will this Step2 Play & Shade Pool for Toddlers (yes, to shade!) and your little entrepreneurs will be inspired by this Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck. And, what is summer without a lemonade stand? Little Tikes to the rescue with their 2-in-1 Lemonade and Ice Cream Stand with 25 accessories and a chalkboard. 

Bring on summer in Denver! 

Family Indoor Activities in Denver

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

  • 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.
  • Apex Center (Arvada)–Perfect for a hot weather day, this recreation and entertainment center houses two ice rinks, an awesome indoor aquatic play area, climbing wall, gyms, indoor track, a FREE indoor playground and more. (Featured photo)
  • Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities – Whether you play on Squiggles, an Interactive Sculpture Park, or go inside to see a children’s play or class, there’s plenty to do at the Arvada Center. 
  • Boondocks Fun Center (Northglenn, Parker)– Boondocks Fun Center 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 (Downtown Denver)– The Brown Palace is a luxury hotel in Denver, and it’s considered to be a national treasure. Take advantage of one of the free tours, which are held every week.
  • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave (Golden) – The Buffalo Bill Museum’s exhibits include memorabilia from Buffalo Bill’s life and Wild West shows, Indian artifacts, antique firearms and more. The spectacular views overlooking Denver are a bonus.
  • Butterfly Pavilion (Westminster) – 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!
  • Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus – 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. Joy Park, a 30,000 sq ft outdoor experience is filled with outdoor activities designed to captivate children’s imaginations, including zip-lining, climbing, spelunking, splashing, digging and messy all-in-play. Adventure Forest is a brilliant, BOLD, 500 ft. long aerial adventure course. The museum is free to the public on the first Tuesday evening of the month.
    Adventure Forest

    (Adventure Forest)

  • 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 Model Railroad Museum (Greeley)–Examine Colorado’s 5,500-square-foot model railroad, a wooden caboose from the Colorado and Southern Railroad and more than 1,000 railroad artifacts. See actual trains come and go on nearby tracks.
  • Colorado Railroad Museum (Golden)–Lose track of time year-round at this 15-acre railyard featuring over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches, a garden railway, a renowned library and roundhouse restoration facility with a working turntable.
  • Colorado State Capitol building (downtown Denver)– 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.
  • Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum (downtown Denver)– Housed in Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, the museum honors the legacies of The Mile High City’s greatest sports heroes, and features the Gallery of Legends, a “Great Moments in Colorado Sports” exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.
     
  • Dart Arena (Denver)–Want an ultra-cool alternative to paintball or airsoft? Look no further than Dart Arena.Dart Arena
  • Denver Art Museum (Downtown Denver)– Visit the Denver Art Museum this summer where kids under 18 receive FREE general admission every day! They offer games and activities for kids and families to have fun together at the museum, sparking curiosity and conversation during your visit. Denver Art Museum from Home offers At-home Artmaking and downloadable activities. 
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (Lakewood)– 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 (Denver)–DMNS is one of the premier natural history and science museums in the western United States with Exhibitions, IMAX and planetarium shows, activities, and so much more. See the exhibit Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs now through September 5. 
  • Downtown Aquarium (Denver)– So maybe we actually have a rainy day here and there this summer? Perfect! Head to the Aquarium and see the 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 or their Shark Cage Experience. 
  • Family Sports Center – This 150,000 square foot facility in Centennial is full of attractions including ice skating, laser tag, eXerGame Zone, inflatables, climbing wall, bumper cars, an outdoor 18-hole miniature golf course, food concessions and a restaurant.
  • Fat Cats Fun Bowling (Westminster)– 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.
  • Defy Gravity (Thornton) –This park features over 35 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks, Ninja Obstacle Course, Extreme Dodgeball,  Aerial Silks, Trapeze, Battle Beams and so much more in a 36,000-square-foot facility.Defy Gravity
  • The Denver Firefighters Museum (downtown) – The Museum offers not only outstanding exhibits on the history of fire fighting in Denver focusing on the Denver Fire Department but innovative and exciting hands-on activities that allow visitors to interact with the traditional exhibits.

     

     

  • FTW | Lucky Strike. Smack in the middle of Downtown Denver you can find a Pac-Man game screen a screen with square footage that’s bigger than a bedroom, an upscale bowling alley and 100 other arcade, pinball, and carnival-style games that light up and lure kids of all ages.
  • The Denver Puppet Theater – Sad news: permanently closed.
  • GameWorks – Permanently closed.
  • Great Play  Permanently closed.
  • Hammonds Candy Factory Tour (Denver) – Hammond’s complimentary candy factory tours are fun and educational for candy lovers of all ages. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe have seen how our famous, handcrafted candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops are pulled, twisted, and shaped by hand. No reservations are required for small groups.Hammonds Candy Tour
  • History Colorado Center (Denver)–This $110 million experiential museum makes Colorado history fun and has exciting new workshops and exhibits.  Artifacts, stories, and art intermingle to tell the tale of Colorado and the American West. Designed for multi-generational audiences.
  • iFly Denver. This indoor flight facility in Lonetree offers free-fall adventures, with room for parties, meetings & lessons. Flight school is the most rewarding way for kids ages 4-16 to experience the power of flight.
  • Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park (Lakewood, Greenwood Village) – Permanently closed.
  • Jungle Quest (Littleton). Permanently closed.
  • 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 Museum. Located on 39 acres, this free museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), a small lake, a collections center, and a main exhibition and administration building.
  • Lollipop Park (Centennial)–Permanently closed. 
  • The Longmont Museum has hands-on education programs for all ages, an outdoor concert/performance series each summer and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs, and exhibit-related materials.
  • Lyons Classic Pinball and Video. 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 or the Colorado Cherry Company for the best pies and ciders around.
    Movement Gym

    (Movement Gym)

  • Molly Brown House Museum – Learn about the life and times of “Unsinkable” Molly Brown in her restored Victorian home in Denver, Colorado. This is one of the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story. Admission to the Molly Brown House Museum is by guided tour only.
  • Money Museum. (Temporarily closed for construction) The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Denver Branch’s Money Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the Federal Reserve Bank. And, best of all, it’s free! Walk-ins are welcome and groups can make advance reservations. On your way out, don’t forget to get your bag of shredded money.
  • Movement Gyms  (Baker, Boulder, Golden, Englewood, RiNo) – Formerly known as Earth Treks, these climbing centers offers indoor climbing, yoga, and fitness gym with a footprint of 53,000 square feet.
  • Mizel Museum. Rooted in Jewish values that have universal relevance, the Mizel Museum is a gem tucked away in a residential area in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood. Kids will love their interactive road map as they journey along the 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. They’ll learn about art, artifacts and digital media that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture.
  • Monkey Bizness (Parker, Westminster, Colorado Springs) -You’ll find interactive inflatables, play structures, climbing walls, and games of all shapes and sizes. There is a separate section just for toddlers with their own play equipment.

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  • 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!
  •  National Center for Atmospheric Research. Learn about global warming, the 21st century’s hottest topic, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. See a hailstone the size of a softball, watch as a miniature tornado is whipped up in front of your eyes, and get an up-close look at how lightning is created.
  • Punch Bowl Social. Social is the name of the game at this Baker kitchen and funhouse with bowling, a vintage arcade, table games and karaoke that’s family-friendly by day and party central after dark.
  • Smiley Library. The lower level of the Smiley Library has a toy library where you can actually check out toys to take home with you. 
  • StoryTime – Get in out of the heat and enjoy a StoryTime at your local library including Denver Public Library, Jefferson County Public Library, Boulder Public Library, and the Adams County (Rangeview) Public Library. Be sure to check out the Summer Reading Programs, too!
  • United States Mint Tour (downtown) – (Temporarily closed). Discover how our currency is made and take home a souvenir – FREE. Reservations are required for the 45-minute tours that are run every 90 minutes. Book early; these fill up several weeks in advance. 
  • Urban Air Adventure Park (Near I-70 and Havana Street)–This 37,000 square foot full-service adventure park features next-level award-winning attractions, including the Spin Zone Bumper Cars, the fan-favorite high-tech Virtual Reality, and their signature Sky Rider, which gives you a birds-eye view of the theme park.
  • VoiceBox (Denver RiNo)–This is not your average karaoke lounge. Yes, there’s a full bar for the adults and a great and highly-rated food menu that kids love…but that’s just the beginning of the fun. 
  • The Wild Game Entertainment Experience (Evergreen) – Get competitive and interactive with over 50 video and prize games, bowling, live bands, sporting events and more. Longmont location permanently closed. 
  • 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 a.m. 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 (Lafeyette)–This interactive museum educates children in the areas of arts, sciences and life. Wizard's Chest

Family Outdoor Activities in Denver 

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

  • Aspen Grove – They have summer movie nights with fun vendors/goodies for the kids. As the summer progresses, circle back to see if  “A Paris Street Market” will be running on first 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!
  • 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.
  • Centennial Center Park – This 11-acre park includes an awesome playground, water features, picnic facilities, the historical timeline of the Cherry Creek Basin and an amphitheater. Adjacent to the Centennial Civic Center.
    Chautauqua Dining Hall

    Chautauqua Dining Hall

     

  • 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 playhouse, a ranger’s station, great hikes, epic dining at the Dining Hall and the best view around!
  • Chatfield State Park – This is the perfect park for boating, swimming, 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 (footpath 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 (check out the new tiger exhibit), Denver Museum of Nature & Science to the east, several playgrounds in the middle – including a large lake with paddleboats shaped like ducks! Circle back to see the schedule for City Park Jazz this summer.
  • 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 storytimes and kids’ activities.
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    Clear Creek Valley Park. The 81-acre Clear Creek Valley Park is now open in Federal Heights with trails, fields, destination playground, water feature zip line, fishing pond & more!

  • Clement Park (Littleton)–Clement Park is set on a 60-acre lake with a 1.4-mile walking path around it, tennis course, baseball fields, batting cages, multi-purpose fields, horseshoe pits and three separate playgrounds
  • 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 is 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. 
  • 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 kids) 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. Two locations in Denver and at Chatfield. Circle back to see the status of their popular Summer Concert Series. 
  • 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 it’s 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. 
  • Dinosaur Ridge and Dakota Hogback – See some dinos – or what’s left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints.
  • The  Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center near Red Rocks is free to the public.
  • 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. The popular Eldorado Swimming Pool will be closed in 2022 for renovations. This outdoor pool is fed directly from the artisan spring and has been a popular resort since its opening in 1905.Eldorado Pool
  • Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park – Elitch Gardens is Denver’s own 70-acre amusement and water park located downtown! Check out the rides, shows and attractions and dive-in movies. 
  • 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 Fridays 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 while you shop.
  • Harlow Park and Pool -This outdoor park and pool at Belleview and Federal has a fun baby pool and slides.
  • High Line Canal – This trail is great for hiking, biking, jogging and horseback riding. There so much to see and much of it is shady.
  • Hudson Gardens (Littleton) – The Hudson Gardens’ 30 acres non-profit botanical gardens are located along the bank of the South Platte River. Admission is free every day.
  • 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!
  • Louisville Community Park is a park that has it all. There is a grassy area for the kids to run free in, spray grounds to cool off in the summer, a large sandbox, playground and even a dog park with swim beach to watch the pooches play.
  • Letterboxing – This hobby will get you out and about all over the Denver Metro! Letterboxing like a treasure hunt, but instead of hunting for buried treasure, you solve puzzles and decipher clues that lead to hidden boxes containing carvings. Collect these stamps and/or hide some of your own.
  • 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, but the kids also love to watch the kayakers on the Clear Creek Whitewater Park.
  • Majestic View Nature Center (Arvada)–Majestic View Nature Center and Community Park has more than majestic views–The 3,000- square foot Nature Center features hands-on nature and environmental displays, wildlife exhibits, a kid’s area, classrooms and meeting space.
  • Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch (Aurora). Star K Ranch “regulars” include mule deer, painted turtles, snapping turtles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, western meadowlarks, great horned owls, and blue jays. Costumes, blocks, puppets, kids’ books, and live animal exhibits make Morrison Nature Center a great place for kids.
  • Matthews Winters Park – This is the perfect gentle hike for young kids, and it’s close to Red Rocks. There is very little shade so be sure to go in the morning or evening on hot days.
  • 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! 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, spray fountain, 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.Denver Trolley
  • Red Rocks – We have one of the best concert venues in the whole country right in our backyard. 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. For a killer workout, brave the stairs or hike the Amphitheater Loop while rewarding yourself with fudge at the Trading Post.
  • Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge (Commerce City)–Located 10 minutes from downtown Denver, this 17,000-acre refuge is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. It consists of open lakes, wetlands, prairie grasslands, and woodlands and an excellent hands-on visitor’s center.
  • 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 shuttle!
  • 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!
  • 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 will remind you 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 with East and West access that both offer gorgeous city views.
  • The Wild Animal Sanctuary – The Wild Animal Sanctuary is a 720-acre refuge for more than 350 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other large carnivores.

Water Fun:

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

The following is a sampling of water fun. Be sure to check out Cool Off This Summer at Colorado’s Best Beaches and our extensive  Guide to Denver’s Splash Pads and Spray Fountains, divided by geographic area. 

  • 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 a 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. Explore the extensive network of hiking and horse trails.
  • Brighton Oasis Family Water Park. This family-friendly water park features a large tube slide and a body flume slide, a lazy river with zero-depth entry and a wave generator, a tot pool with zero-depth entry and interactive play features as well as a water basketball area.
    Brighton Oasis

    (Brighton Oasis)

  • Eldorado Swimming Pool– The surroundings are gorgeous in this historic swimming pool at the base of Eldorado State Park outside of Boulder. The pool is fed directly from the artesian spring. Note: Closed for renovations in 2022.
  • Great Plains Park (Spraypark & 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 a 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 rarely 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 Aquatic Center – Small kids can have a blast at this water park without getting rundown by teens. The aquatic center offers a leisure pool with a large play structure, a 25-meter, 6-lane pool, a 35-foot slide tower with three slides and a lazy river.
  • Southlands Lifestyle Center – The Town Square features a pop-jet fountain and lots of outdoor seating perfect for taking in the Colorado sunshine. It’s a very popular spot for families, especially during the many summer events hosted by the shopping center.
  • 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.
  • 29th Avenue Town Center (formerly 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 29th Avenue 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 farmer’s 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 – Featuring nearly 50 attractions for the entire family, Water World, located in Federal Heights is one of the country’s premier family water parks.
  • 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!

(At the time of publication, the above links and information were correct.  If you find something that needs to be changed, let us know!)

Colorado Summer Vacation Guide Additional Resources

Best Denver Fun for Families

The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide (250+ Ideas)

Guide to Denver’s Splash Parks and Spray Fountains

Cool Off This Summer at Colorado’s Best Beaches

25 great fishing ponds in Denver

South Platte River Trail’s 25+ best parks, trails, restaurants and museums

Borrow a Colorado State Parks Pass from Your Library

Best Family-friendly Hikes in Denver

Denver Mountain Parks: Family Fun for Denver Families

Best Hikes for Kids in the Denver area

Best Denver-area Parks for Beginner Trail Runners (and hikers)

Hiking with Kids Colorado

10 of Colorado’s most scenic waterfall hikes

 

(Hanging Lake)

Denver’s Best Biking Trails for Kids

Denver’s best biking trails for kids

Colorado’s Best Bike Paths and Trails

Fantastic Mountain Biking in the North Fruita Desert

Interested In Biking with Your Family, But Scared By Busy Streets? There’s A New Kind Of Map For You

Best Camping in Colorado for Families

10 Best Places to Camp in Colorado

Kids Guide to Camping in Colorado’s Mountain Towns

Colorado Family Travel: The Best Roadtrips

Colorado Road Trip: 26 Scenic Byways and Small Towns to Visit This Summer! 

The Ultimate Colorado Summer Vacation Guide

15 Fun and Quirky Roadside Attractions in Colorado

(Leadville, Colorado)

Best of Summer – Visit Leadville and Twin Lakes

Top 10 Summer Adventures for Colorado Families

2019 Summer Vacation in Colorado: 75+ ideas for families

Family travel: Top 8 Family Vacations

Frisco, Colorado: The Ultimate Summer Playground for Families (pedalboarding, biking, hiking and more)

10 Beautiful Places in Colorado You Didn’t Know About

Yurt Village at Snow Mountain Ranch is Star-lit Fun

Colorado’s Best Places to Stay for Families

Colorado’s Top Five Lodging Suggestions

25 Unique Lodging Spots That Take the Colorado Adventure Indoors

Grand Hyatt Vail and Vail Epic Discovery: A Colorado Mountain Vacation Families Will Love

Grand Colorado on Peak 8: Breckenridge’s Best Kid-friendly Resort

(Grand Colorado)

 

Colorado Resorts in the Summer: Where to Stay and Play

Crested Butte’s Mountain Paradise for Families

Royal Gorge: The Ultimate Colorado Escape for Denver Families (with the coolest lodge in Colorado)

Winter Park in the Summertime

Where to pull of I-70 when you’re stuck in traffic (fun activities and restaurants)

A Local’s Guide to Gunnison’s Magical Summers

(Crested Butte)

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A Child’s Day At Camp Gardner Exploring S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

Our summer camp activities are carefully chosen to provide a summer of fun and play that preschoolers love, while they are also learning new skills and exploring S.T.E.A.M. concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). This 10-week program continues the school year’s academically-focused lessons with a more relaxed summer camp environment. To introduce you to Camp Gardner, we thought you might like to see the program from a camper’s perspective. Here’s a typical day at Camp Gardner:Denver kids camp

A Preschooler Shares The Fun They Have at Camp Gardner

I wake up early to get ready for Camp Gardner because I’m so excited! In my backpack, I bring my favorite stuffed animal. Lambie loves summer at The Gardner School, just like me. Today is Bring Your Bike to School Day, so mom puts my green balance bike into the car. I can’t wait to show it off!

When we get to school, dad walks me to my classroom. I wave hello to Ms. Lisa and join a few of my friends already in the block center. They have on their Camp Gardner t-shirts, just like me! After a healthy breakfast with my favorite fruit (strawberries!), we have morning circle time. Ms. Lisa reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I love when the caterpillar turns into a big butterfly. Ms. Lisa tells us that we will see so many butterflies later this week when we meet visitors from the Butterfly Pavilion, and we might even see them on our Nature Scavenger Hunt. She also shares that we are going to meet friends from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science next week. I tell Ms. Lisa that my mom took me there last year and I saw big dinosaur bones. Maybe they will bring some of those to The Gardner School!

After circle time, we go outside to play at the water tables. They even set up a small pool with rubber duck races. My friend Jacob’s duck wins the race, and I gave him a big hug. We then get to ride our bikes. My friend Sarah has a yellow bike that looks just like mine!

During lunch, we have yummy chicken and rice. My mom says the organic food at The Gardner School is good for us. I’m so happy to eat with my friends and put food on my own plate like I do at home. After lunch is nap time, so I get to rest with Lambie. Ms. Lisa helps me get my blanket set up on my cot.Denver summer kids camp

Once our rest time is over, Ms. Lisa shows us a solar oven we are going to use to make our afternoon snack. The rays of the sun heat it up to cook our marshmallows for s’mores. Wow! When we talked about butterflies earlier, Ms. Lisa mentioned we might have a special art project later in the day. We cut out HUGE butterfly shapes and taped them on the easel at the Art Station. Then we get to paint our butterflies with a spray bottle! I chose blue, yellow, and orange, my favorite colors.

When Mom comes to pick me up, I show her my art. She loves all the colors I used! I wave goodbye to my classroom friends and to Ms. Lisa. In the car, I tell mom that I can’t wait to come back tomorrow for even more summer adventures. Yay!

Enroll Your Child In Camp Gardner For Spectacular Summer Fun

Preschoolers love The Gardner School for learning, meeting friends, and having fun. Our summer program is designed to expand your child’s knowledge while they’re having a blast with friends. Click here to learn more about Camp Gardner or enroll your child at The Gardner School.

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Deals: Free Avid4 Adventure Camp, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Rock the Runway and More!

I live by what I write. I am always looking for ways to have a great time or a great meal at a discount or get an amazing deal. That is why when I go out to eat I love to each lunch or breakfast! I recently got to try several different dishes at First Watch. First Watch is a breakfast location with several locations across town. We particularly loved the fresh-squeezed juices, the million-dollar bacon, the awesome pancakes with strawberries and lemon curd on them and the ham and gruyere melt! If you are looking for a great, healthy meal for the family, try First Watch.

Free Summer Camp. Avid4 Adventure is offering free day camp in Lafayette July 5-8 to kids directly impacted by the Marshall Fire. They are offering two Explorer groups (K-1st grade) three Adventure groups (2nd through 7th grade). Daily dropoff/pickup at First United Methodist Church. If those dates don’t work, they can also require financial assistance for Avid4’s other camps.  They have also arranged a partnership with Lousiville Cyclery where kids that lost their bikes can get a donated replacement bike. 

WeeCycle helps Ukrainian Families. Wondering what you and your family can do to help the Ukrainian refugees? WeeCyce is raising funds to purchase diapers to send to the refugee camps! To donate visit  www.weecycle.org/support-ukraine

Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Enter to win reserved seats at the advance screening of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 on Saturday, April 2nd at the Regal Continental at 10 am! Email [email protected]com with the subject line: “SONIC MHM.” Include in the body of the email your name and how many people are in your family. Winners will be notified via email no later than 3/31. #SonicMovie2 in theaters on April 8th!

 Smashburger. Every Friday through April 15 you can get a buy-one-get-one for a dollar beer-battered Pacific Cod Sandwich. Smashburger is opening its first full-bar restaurant in Lowry. Get a draft beer and ca Classic Smashburger for just $10 at the Grand Opening – Saturday, April 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be another fun giveaway at the Grand Opening as well!

Venardos Circus. The circus is coming back to town this April in Littleton at Aspen Grove on April 14 and Longmont (Collision Brewing Company) on April 27. (This summer they will loop back to Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs). Each Opening Night is half off! Enjoy 90 minutes of fun – part of the circus you may remember from your childhood (less the animals) and part of the show that had brought the fun and amazement of the circus to a new generation! Tickets normally start at $27 for adults and $16.50 for kids 12 and younger. On lap babes under 2 are free. Plus, you can get a 20% discount on ANY day by using the promo code MHMAMAS!

Ulta. Now is the time to snag some great deals on top brand’s beauty finds at Ulta as they have their 21 Days of Beauty Sale. Each day Ulta will announce what the sale items for the day are and they will be 50% off!

 Spring Consignment Sales. We have once again compiled a list of the best children’s consignments in town! Bookmark the page for all the details and put these dates on your calendars! This week’s sales are Just Between Friends of Douglas County (at the Douglas County Fairgrounds) and Boulder County Kids Sales (at Boulder Valley Christian Church)

Denver Fashion Week. The Outlets of Castle Rock will ROCK the runway at Denver Fashion Week at the Forney Museum of Transportation (4303 Brighton Blvd) on April 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Attendees will receive an Outlets at Castle Rock $25 voucher! Use promo code DFW22OCR to get 20% off your ticket.

Safeway Extreme Value Deal. Safeway has been doing the $5 Deal for quite some time now, my favorite deal has resurfaced! Get the makings for Philly Cheesesteaks (Cheesesteak meat, rolls, provolone cheese and green pepper) all for just $5. The deal usually lasts two weeks – so you have one more week to get it! Be sure to download the Extreme Value Deal coupon to your account.

 Spring Skiing. Many ski areas have been able to extend their season into April because of the great late-season snow and fun events including Copper Mountain’s Sunsation with bands and great skiing will be the weekend of April 22-24.

Marshall Fire. If you know of some kids that were affected by the fire, there are a couple of great ways these kids are being served by area companies. First, Avid4 is offering Free Day camp on July 5-8 (go to their website for more details) and they have worked with Louisville Cyclery where kids that lost their bikes in the fire can get a donated replacement bike.

Sensory-friendly Easter bunny and Easter egg hunt in Denver

Easter comes with many Easter traditions so why should all children not be able to participate, regardless of their circumstances? 

Listed below are a special needs Easter egg hunt and also a sensory-friendly bunny in Denver. Be sure to check out our guide to Easter egg hunts and brunches in Denver

Looking for something a bit different this year? Don’t miss these 10 fun alternatives to Easter egg hunts including a fun fitness hunt for kids and a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt (get your mini glow sticks here). Also, don’t forget to stock up on your plastic eggs and bunny potato sacks!

Castle Rock Special Egg Hunt (Quiet Hour)

Saturday, April 9, 4:30-7 p.m. 

This is an amazing community event at Philip S. Miller Park designed for kids of all ages, especially those with special needs. There will be egg hunts designed for the hearing, vision and mobility impaired, as well as age specific traditional egg hunts. eventbrite.com

Sensory-friendly Easter Bunny 

April 1-16

 Southlands, Southeast Aurora’s outdoor lifestyle shopping center, will welcome children and their parents to take their own complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny. Photos will be available from 2-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays on Sundays from April 1-16 at Guest Services at the Clock Tower. Reservations are required. Additionally, working with the Autism Society of Colorado, Southlands will host a special day of photos with the Easter Bunny in a sensory-friendly environment with less crowds and reduced noise. Visit https://www.shopsouthlands.com/eventprograms/easter-bunny-photos/ for more information and to make your reservation.

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Easter in Denver: Egg Hunts, the Easter Bunny, Easter Brunch and More!

Do you love battling it out for cheap candy? Posing with the creepy Easter bunny?

Denver’s Easter Egg hunts are back in full force so grab your running shoes and Easter baskets and head on over.  We’ve also rounded up some fantastic restaurants that offer Easter brunch in Denver.  NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change. Check before heading out the business website and see our event calendar for full listings. 

Looking for something a bit different this year? Don’t miss these 10 fun alternatives to Easter egg hunts including a fun fitness hunt for kids and a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt (get your mini glow sticks here). Also, don’t forget to stock up on your plastic eggs and bunny potato sacks!

Denver Easter Egg Hunts 2022

Saturday, April 2 

Arvada West High School’s Annual Eggstravangza
10 a.m.-noon
Eggstravaganza is an event in which we open Arvada West for an egg hunt. Children can find and eat candy, participate in games and get their faces painted while surrounded by chalk drawings and a lollipop garden. We are looking for donations to go towards Ralston House which is a non-profit organization that helps provide assistance for children in domestic abuse situations. facebook.com

Saturday, April 9

Castle Rock Special Egg Hunt (Quiet Hour)

4:30-7 pm. 

This is an amazing community event at Philip S. Miller Park designed for kids of all ages, especially those with special needs. There will be egg hunts designed for the hearing, vision and mobility impaired, as well as age specific traditional egg hunts. eventbrite.com

Easter Egg Painting a the Parker Recreation Center

1:30-3 p.m.

Gather your friends and get ready to kick off Easter and spring with this egg painting event hosted by Canvas N Cupcakes. eventbrite.com

EGG-STRA Special Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m.
Join in the fun at Panorama Park, Anderson Park and Discovery Park in Wheat Ridge for a fun new format to our annual Easter Egg Hunt! This new 3 park format allows families to enjoy the event without having to deal with large crowds, parking issues, and the craziness of a 10-second-long egg hunt! Spend the morning enjoying each park and its amenities and creating memories with your little ones! rootedinfun.com

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt at South Fellowship Church

10 a.m. -noon 

This free event in Littleton includes Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunts that will take place every 20 minutes. They’ll also have glow games, snacks and a glow-in-the-dark dance floor! southfellowship.org

Colorado Ladies of Lowriding 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

1 p.m.

Head over to Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver for hamburgers, hot dogs, and an egg hunt. Bring side dishes and beverages.www.facebook.com

Easter Egg Painting

1:30-3 p.m.

Gather your friends at the Parker Recreation Center and get ready to kick off Easter and spring with this egg painting event hosted by Canvas N Cupcakes! www.eventbrite.com

Friday, April 15

Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s (Thornton and Lone Tree)

11 a.m-6 p.m.
Check out the Easter bunny for a fun hunt on April 15 and free photos and crafts (April 9 and 10; Ap15 to 17). Learn more at www.basspro.com.

Saturday, April 16

Applewood Baptist Church Easter Extravaganza

10 a.m.-noon

FREE Easter Saturday fun for the whole family at this church in Wheat Ridge! Come enjoy a pancake breakfast, egg hunts, games, giveaways, an amazing ventriloquist & more. www.eventbrite.com

Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s (Thornton and Lone Tree)

11 a.m-6 p.m.

Check out the Easter bunny for a fun hunt on April 15 and free photos and crafts (April 9 and 10; April 15 to 17). Learn more at www.basspro.com.

Calvary Bible Church

 10 a.m. to noon

Join them in Boulder, Erie, or Thornton for this free, fun egg hunt for kids under 12! calvarybible.com/easter

Denver’s Best East Egg Hunt

10 a.m.

With a whopping 5,000 eggs, this fun and safe kids egg hunt at 5090 N Broadway in Denver Denver also includes games, prizes and free pictures with the Easter bunny. Reservations required

Downtown Aquarium Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

8:30-11 a.m.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and get your picture taken with our socially distant Easter Bunny. Get 50% off exhibit entry and retail discount. Reservations required

Evergreen Easter Egg Hunt

4-5:30 p.m. 

Head outside to the Buchanan Ponds area for Evergreen Parks & Rec’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt! Dog costume contest, Egg Toss games, Egg races and photos with the Easter Bunny. Fee: $5/child. Register online before April 13.  www.evergreenrecreation.com

Golden Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m.

The eggs, Easter Bunny. What more do you need? Check out this fun event at Maple Grove Park in Golden. prospectdistrict.org

Four Mile Historic Park Family Egg Hunt

9 a.m. and 1 p.m. 

Check-in with the animals while you search for thousands of eggs through the 12-acre Park. Little ones, 3 and under, can enjoy their own egg hunt in the kiddie corral. After the hunt, hop on the tractor for a hayride, grab a photo with the Easter bunny or make a craft together. Make sure to check out the bottomless Bloody Mary bar and grab some snacks from the food trucks. 9 a.m.-noon egg hunt at 10 a.m.; 1-4 p.m. egg hunt at 2 p.m. Price $16-25.  fourmilepark.orgEaster Egg Hunt Four Mile Historic Park

The Great Egg Roll Thru

10 a.m-noon

Broomfield families, hop in your car and roll through The Bay parking lot to see the Easter Bunny and Helpers handing out pre-stuffed Easter eggs and candy bags to each child.  Bring your Easter baskets, wear your bunny ears and have some fun. broomfield.org

Green Valley Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt

9:45 a.m. 

The Community Easter Egg Hunt will be in the fields across the street from Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden. Children of all ages are welcome and will be separated by age groups.  Following the hunt, they’ll head over to the Beer Garden for a pancake breakfast and Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials.  facebook.com

Easter EGGstravangaza at Marjorie Park in Greenwood Village

10 a.m.-noon
 
Come and enjoy springtime activities featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes from Flippin’ Flapjacks, complimentary face painting, Easter crafts, bottomless mimosas, and purchase flower bouquets from Pickletown Flower Co. Kids $5; general admission $10.  facebook.com

Highlands Ranch Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m.
 
Hop on over to Northridge Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Remember to bring your basket to collect all the goodies to take home. Bring your camera because there is even a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Ages 1-9. hrcaonline.org

House2Home Real Estate at Robby Ferrufino Park in Arvada

10 a.m.-noon
Refreshments, photos, bubbles and chalk art will be ongoing so come and enjoy Easter fun with friends and family! The Egg Hunt (with thousands of eggs) will start at 10 am sharp and includes children from infant to teen divided by age group with staggered start times. facebook.com

Hyland Hills Easter Egg Hunt at Carroll Butts Ballfield

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Exclusively for kids 8 and younger, this Easter egg hunt in Westminster includes music, entertainment and a chance to win 1 of 5 bicycles courtesy the Hyland Hills Foundation. This event is FREE and the hunt begins at 9:45 am sharp. facebook.com

Jared’s Nursery Easter Egg Hunt in Littleton

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Jared’s Garden Center is hosting its 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Hunts start every 15 minutes until all 21,000 eggs are gone. www.facebook.com

Littleton Church of Christ Spring Festival

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m 

Join them, with your Easter baskets, for a free Egg Hunt, Easter crafts, games, bounce houses, face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny and more. www.eventbrite.com

Mile High Flea Market

7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Enjoy a day of family fun, face painting, balloon artist, fire truck, candy, activities and of course, all the shopping and flea finds that you know and love at Mile High Flea Market. This is a free event within the market, standard admission fees into the market still apply. milehighfleamarket.com

Peace Arvada Easter Carnival

10 a.m-noon

Don’t miss the Easter Carnival from 10-10:45 a.m. with door prizes and balloons, family games and prizes, devotion and music and coffee and donuts. facebook.com

Summit Denver Church Easter Egg Hunt

10:30 a.m.-noon

Families and kids of all ages are invited to join the fun in this annual Easter Egg Hunt at Curtis Park. There will be free snacks, crafts, and eggs filled with candy available for everyone. summitdenver.org

University Park UMC Easter Celebration

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join University Park United Methodist Church to celebrate Easter! Meet in their parking lot on April 16th from 11-1 pm.  There will be a food truck, lawn games, music, prizes, and a GIANT Easter egg hunt. facebook.com

Valley View Family Easter Egg Hunt

5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Join them after their 4 pm service for a FUN family night.  Egg Hunts for toddlers through 5th grade, Egg Toss competitions for 6th grade and older, bounce houses, music, and lawn games. facebook.com

Easter Sunday, April 17

Applewood Valley United Methodist Church

9 a.m.

Join them on Sunday, April 17th, 2022 at 9:00 am on their church lawn for an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages up to 12.  facebook.com

Arvada United Methodist Church Egg Hunt

9:30 a.m.

Between worship services, they will have food and fellowship on our patio, with heaters placed around if it is cold. We will also have an Easter egg hunt for kids from 9:30-10 am! .facebook.com

Bass Pro Shop and Cabela’s (Thornton and Lone Tree)

11 a.m-6 p.m.

Check out the Easter bunny for a fun hunt on April 15 and free photos and crafts (April 9 and 10; April 15 to 17). Learn more at www.basspro.com.

Living Stone Church Egg Hunt in Broomfield

10 a.m.-noon

This Easter Experience includes age-specific Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, an Easter experience and food trucks. www.facebook.com

True Life Church Easter Party and Service at Lamar Street Center in Arvada

10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Enjoy an egg hunt, axe throwing, pony rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, food trucks, photo booth and dessert. truelifedenver.churchcenter.com

Sensory-friendly Easter Bunny 

April 1-16

 Southlands, Southeast Aurora’s outdoor lifestyle shopping center, will welcome children and their parents to take their own complimentary photos with the Easter Bunny. Photos will be available from 2-6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 12-4 p.m. on Saturdays on Sundays from April 1-16 at Guest Services at the Clock Tower. Reservations are required. Additionally, working with the Autism Society of Colorado, Southlands will host a special day of photos with the Easter Bunny in a sensory-friendly environment with less crowds and reduced noise. Visit https://www.shopsouthlands.com/eventprograms/easter-bunny-photos/ for more information and to make your reservation.

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Easter Brunches in Denver

Most Easter brunches in Denver require reservations so hop to it! 

The Bindery in LoHi, 1817 Central Street,  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Elegant dining accompanied by an urban marketplace with New American plates, pastries & pantry goods.

BRUTØ, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  BRUTØ  at Dairy Block will be serving a special 4-course Easter Brunch tasting menu created by Chef Michael Diaz de Leon.

Citizen Rail, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Delicious buffet features an Omelet Station, Seafood Platter, Charcuterie Station, Prime Rib Station, Smoked Salmon Benedict, Brown Butter Breakfast Potatoes, Chilaquiles, Sourdough French Toast, Fresh Fruit Parfaits, breakfast meats and assorted pastries. 

Denver Milk Market, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Denver Milk Market will be serving up its fun & festive Drag Bingo Brunch.  The Frank Bonanno food hall is also offering three different options for takeaway Easter dinners that feed 4-6.

Ellyngton’s in the Brown Palace, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Breakfast & Easter brunch served in a regal dining room at the 19th-century Brown Palace hotel.

Elways at Cherry Creek, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Brunch is served with buttermilk biscuits upon request and seasonal fresh fruit with every brunch selection

EDGE Restaurant & Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Easter Brunch for all! For the adults, a special cocktail menu has been crafted with house-made Mimosas, Bellinis, and Bloody Marys. For the little ones, an Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place including a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Humboldt Kitchen + Bar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join them Full Brunch menu or enjoy their dinner menu along with Easter specials!

Bistro Vendome, Larimer Square, 10 a.m. Traditional Left Bank-style cafe with a garden crafting slightly modern twists on French standards. Enjoy their brunch kits on weekends. 

Easter at Hotel Boulderado, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  Hop to the annual Easter celebration this year with seasonally prepared menus from three different locations.

Canceled/Pending for 2022

Hammond’s Easter Egg Hunt at Hammond’s Candies (Denver)

This day of family fun will include an Easter egg hunt, special Hammond’s lollipop, and a visit with the Easter Bunny! The participant fee is $5 per child, and reservations are required.

Outlets at Castle Rock Easter Bunny Breakfast

Annual breakfast at the Food Court pending. See website for updates.

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Celebrate the arrival of Spring with a 5-star rated mini photo shoot (discount included!)

Book a free 30-minute outdoor session with Shoott and capture gorgeous memories without breaking the bank! Sessions are perfect for family portraits, maternity, milestone birthdays, engagements, Mother’s Day, graduation, personal branding, or just treat yourself! 

Denver Family Photographer Discount

Shoott offers multiple locations in and around Denver including Centennial, Cheesman Park, Chautauqua, Golden, Union Station + lots of other locations available throughout the area! Check out Shoott’s full schedule HERE and grab a slot — use code MILEHIGH at booking or checkout to receive 15% off 5+ photos.Denver family photographer

How does it work? Shoott offers mini photo sessions that are FREE to book with top local professional photographers. You just:Denver family photographer

  • Choose a date, time, and location on our website depending on your schedule. Since we are in 60 US cities, we might also be nearby if you are traveling! 
  • Show up for your session – bring whatever props or outfit changes you want to incorporate.
  • Receive a digital gallery of 40+ high-res, lightly edited photos in just 3-5 business days – only pay for the photos you love! 
  • Shoott also now offers beautiful, affordable and convenient photo retouching services as well!

About Shoott

The AAPI female-run small business Shoott provides “Insta-worthy” mini photo sessions with photographers whose work has been featured in GQ, Elle, Vanity Fair, and the like. A 5-star rated experience on Google, Facebook, and Tripadvisor, you can trust that you’ll get amazing photos and a unique and fun experience. Book a session for your family and while you’re at it, capture a Linkedin photo and some content for your social media or website!

Shoott is also proud to empower people to give back to their community with its super easy and convenient fundraising options — great for PTAs/PTOs and other organizations!

In partnership with Mile High Mamas. 

Help the animals at Ukrainian Zoos with this emergency wildlife fund

Do you love animals and want to help provide emergency assistance to the zoos in Ukraine that have been impacted by the Russian invasion? 

The Denver Zoo is raising funds to support the organizations and personnel working in Ukraine and bordering nations that are providing food, transportation, veterinary care and evacuation for the animals, and support for the zookeepers and other staff that continue to care for their animals under extremely dangerous and difficult conditions. Donations can be made here: Denver Zoo Wildlife Emergency Fund 

 “We’ve all watched in horror as this crisis has unfolded in Ukraine, and our hearts go out to the Ukrainian people,” said Bert Vescolani, President and CEO of Denver Zoo and a council member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). “Our zoo professional colleagues in Ukraine have inspired us with their courage and dedication as they work to care for the animals, and we must do what we can to support them as a member of the global zoo and wildlife conservation community.” 

 As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and WAZA, the Zoo has been closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and staying in touch with other zoo leaders with WAZA and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) to ensure assistance will reach the people, animals and organizations most in need. Funds raised will be distributed in accordance with a plan developed by WAZA and EAZA that will first go to provide immediate needs for animals and staff at Ukrainian zoos, followed by recovery assistance for zoos and other wildlife organizations when the time comes.  

 “So much of what we do is giving the animals in our care everything they need to thrive and create a stress-free environment, and I can’t begin to imagine how you do that in a warzone,” said Maura Davis, assistant curator of pachyderms at Denver Zoo. “I’ve seen the reports that many of the zookeepers in Ukraine are sleeping at their zoos to care for their animals, but I’m sure they’re wondering where they’re going to get their next load of hay, vegetables and other supplies.”  

The zoo said the emergency fund will support Ukrainian zoos now and other global wildlife emergencies in the future. 

Also, don’t miss these many resources for helping Ukraine now, from refugees to life-saving equipment to healthcare. 

How to Teach Your Teen About Investing and Trading

Do you want to teach your kids how to manage their money while also learning about investing and trading? We’ve teamed up with ‘Teach Me Wall Street,’ which makes online learning fun with their Summer Finance Boot-Camps for middle and high school students that focus on Trading, Investing, the Stock Market,  Business and Personal Finance with their live instruction!Teens and investments Click here to read Part 1 of our series about how to raise money-smart kids and scroll down for our exclusive discount. 

Teach Me Wall Street has offered these ways to get your teens interested in investing. 

  • Talk about their future goals – where they would like to go to college and what they would like to buy if they had more money – and discuss investment choices in an interesting way, without lecturing. 
  • Use an age-appropriate vocabulary that they can understand.
  • Create a mock portfolio that’s tied to your teen’s interests. If they like PlayStation, they might want to invest in Sony – If they enjoy film, maybe purchase stock in Disney + or Netflix – Perhaps some Apple stock if they, like most kids, are always glued to their phone. 
  • Explain potential benefits of investing in stock – For example, Tesla stock was under $20 in 2010 and today, it’s worth over $600. Also, discuss the risks involved.
  • Follow the selected stock activity with them so you can discuss gains and losses.Bitcoin girl
  • Watch Shark Tank and other fun, business-related shows with your kids to open up discussion.
  • If money discussions are difficult for you, or your kids take advice more willingly from another adult, enlist the help of someone with whom you and your child feel comfortable.
  • Open a custodial or education account for your child, and with your guidance, and some practice, allow them to make investment decisions.
  •  Enroll them in a Teach Me Wall Street Summer Finance Boot Camp.

Teach Me Wall Street Summer Finance Boot Camps

The boot camps (one – four weeks in length) give kids who want to learn about Wall Street and money a chance to connect, work on exciting hands-on projects and gain valuable skills while having fun!

LIVE instruction is offered by seasoned professionals. Sessions can be accessed from home or any place where there’s a quiet space and a reliable internet connection.

Boot camps are offered 2 hours a day M-F at 8 am.-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Students select the time that best fits their schedule and can alternate times when necessary. There are several one-week boot camps and multiple-week packages to choose from!

Enroll before March 31 for early bird savings! Learn more here and save an additional 5% with code DENVERMOM. 

Denver Deals: Venardos Circus discount, Spring Consignment Sales and More!

I may be really late to the party, my kids have already returned to the movies when they went to watch Spiderman with their dad a couple of weeks back. I’m going to the sneak preview of Lost City on Tuesday and couldn’t be more excited (and Channing Tatum – does any more need be said?). There are several great movies coming this summer. It’s about time we actually go OUT to the movies again.

 

Spring Consignment Sales. We have once again compiled a list of the best children’s consignments in town! Bookmark the page and put these dates on your calendars! This week’s sale on March 24-27 is Just Between Friends of Aurora. Located at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds (25690 East Quincy Ave) Thursday 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. with a $2 admission; Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (25% off sale), 6-7:30 p.m. (50% off) and Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (50% off). 

Venardos Circus. The circus is coming back to town this April in Littleton at Aspen Grove on April 14 and Longmont (Collision Brewing Company) on April 27. (This summer they will loop back to Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs). Each Opening Night is half off! Enjoy 90 minutes of fun – part the circus you may remember from your childhood (less the animals) and part show that had brought the fun and amazement of the circus to a new generation! Tickets normally start at $27 for adults and $16.50 for kids 12 and younger. On lap babes under 2 are free. Plus, you can get a 20% discount on ANY day by using the promo code MHMAMAS!

 Oscar Movies. If watching the Oscars is more fun when you’ve actually seen some the movies, we have a deal for you! Regal Cinemas are showing the Oscar-nominated films for just $5 through March 27.

Starbucks at Safeway Friday Deal. Each Friday in March, swing by your Safeway Starbucks to get a Friday Love deal which is any Grande beverage and any pastry for only $5 (if you choose Venti it’s $6).  

Wendy’s March Madness. For the whole month of March, Wendy’s is offering half off an entire breakfast order when you order in app. Yes, 50% off your entire breakfast order (only available between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. each day). You can also score a Dave’s Single for just $1 when you order in the app.

Smashburger Fish. Every Friday through April 15 you can get a buy-one-get-one for a dollar beer-battered Pacific Cod Sandwich.

ACE Hardware. Ace Hardware is offering Buy One, Get one 50% off gallon paint cans.

 Free Craft Kit. Do you or your kids love to craft? March is National Craft Month and Annie’s Kit Clubs is offering 100% off (yep, free) your first kit – you pay for postage and processing. There are all kinds of kits – yarn, general crafts, sewing, paper, jewelry and more. I may have ordered one for someone’s Easter Basket. 

Spring Skiing. Many ski areas have been able to extend their season into April because of the great late-season snow and fun events including Copper Mountain’s Sunsation with bands and great skiing will be the weekend of April 22-24.