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Xfinity Brings the Best Kids Content to On-the-Go Families this Summer

Summer is in full swing! It’s sometimes tricky being a parent as we juggle playdates, camps, screen time and, let’s face it, sheer exhaustion. For those times we all need a break–and those rare rainy days in Denver–Xfinity On Demand is THE premier destination with thousands of hours of family-friendly TV shows and films available on TV, online and through the Xfinity Stream App.

And, unlike many streaming services that can sometimes feel like quantity over quality, Xfinity On Demand offers choices for all ages from every major kids network. Favorites like Nickelodeon, Disney, Sprout, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids and more, plus top shows including Dora the Explorer, Angry Birds, Sofia the First, Phineas and Ferb, Sid the Science Kid, the Chica Show and Pajanimals are staples of the Xfinity kids content library.  

Explore Kids Zone on Xfinity X1

We all worry about what our kids are watching. Kids Zone is a feature that offers a safe environment for children to browse, shuffle and watch live TV, Xfinity On Demand content and DVR recordings that are appropriate for kids ages 12 and under. Learn more about how to do that here.KidsZone Xfinity

Family-friendly kids TV and movies available on Peacock

Great summer programming isn’t just for the kids! Peacock, the streaming service from NBCUniversal, has thousands of hours of entertainment for kids big and small. From classic movies to current shows, Peacock has something every kid will like – and even some grown-ups, too! Learn more about Peacock’s family-friendly library here.

Watch full episodes of The Kids Tonight Show

Are you a fan of late-night TV? Now, your kids can enjoy The Kids Tonight Show, a Peacock original series where talented pre-teens anchor segments and sketches, give monologues, play games and interview the world’s biggest stars in the first late-night talk show for kids, by kids. Learn more here. The Kids Tonight Show

Stay informed with NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition

Am I the only one who is concerned that my kids’ main news source is TikTok? Thankfully, the NBC News family has put together content to explain current events in a kid-friendly way. Watch a digest of the top headlines, broken down for kids to best understand the world today: https://www.nbcnews.com/nightlykids

Time to get excited—Apple TV+ is now available on Xfinity.

There’s always a new movie to discover and hit shows to dive into with Apple TV+, now available on Xfinity. You’ll enjoy Apple Original series and films, from riveting dramas to hit comedies, and groundbreaking documentaries to kids’ favorites — with new originals added every month.

Check out these classic titles for kid-friendly viewing:Apple+ TV Kids Show

  • Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show (Season One): Jack McBrayer stars as the most thoughtful and caring resident of Clover Grove — follow his day-to-day adventures where he inspires everyone with compassion, creativity, and imagination.
  • Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Season One): Jim Henson’s fun-loving, musical Fraggles are back. Join Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober, and new Fraggle friends on hilarious, epic adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.
  • The Snoopy Show (Season One): The world’s most iconic dog is ready for his close-up. Dive into new adventures with the happy-dancing, high-flying, big-dreaming beagle, who’s joined by best friend Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang on Apple TV+.

In partnership with Mile High Mamas

Denver’s Darling BookBar Publishes Children’s Book: Signings This Weekend!

When Nicole Sullivan opened BookBar on northwest Denver’s Tennyson street in 2013, she couldn’t have anticipated what would follow: in 2020 the launch of BookGive, a nonprofit that distributes books in Denver, and then the founding of BookBar Press, an indie press to publish books, and, most recently, in late 2021, the purchase of the beloved children’s bookstore, The Bookies, after the passing of founder and owner Sue Lubeck.

And now another new direction for the BookBar brand: BookBar Press has just released its very first children’s book, a funny middle-grade read for ages 8-12 called Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian by Wendi Aarons.

Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian is the story of a 12-year-old girl comedian who is forced to retire from professional comedy and live a regular life for the first time only to discover her toughest audience yet: middle school.

“As an indie bookseller, I was motivated to launch an indie press to share the stories that aren’t being told by big publishers,” said Sullivan. “When I first met author and humorist Wendi Aarons she talked about how, as a kid, she was told girls couldn’t be funny. She’s heard similar comments from other women…but also from the kids she teaches in comedy-writing camp today.” 

“It really irked me when Wendi shared that her agent had heard feedback about Ginger repeated by many big publishers: ‘We’d love it if only the main character were a boy.’ I know very well that most of the funny books for this age feature a boy as the main character. All I could think was, ‘When are we going to stop telling girls they can’t be funny? Girls need to see themselves on the pages of funny books too.’”

And now they will…Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian debuted this week and can be purchased at BookBar, The Bookies and anywhere else books are sold. 

Denver kids will also have the opportunity to meet the author at both bookstores, and even to take a free comedy-writing class with her through local nonprofit, Denver Writes:

Sat, June 25, 10:30 am, The Bookies: Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian interactive event with author Wendi Aarons

Sun, June 26, 6 pm, BookBar: Conversation and Celebration with author Wendi Aarons

Mon, June 27, 4:30 pm Denver Writes at BookBar: Comedy-writing workshop with Wendi Aarons 

 RSVP at the BookBar or just show up…it’s the perfect opportunity to tickle your tween’s funny bone!

 

It’s a Summer of Adventure at the Denver Public Library!

A summer of adventure…and the library?
 
That’s right! The Denver Public Library has kicked off its annual Summer of Adventure program for youth. Summer of Adventure helps to improve children’s literacy and learning skills through activities, entertainment, and incentives all summer long. 
 
All youth from birth to 12th grade can participate in the program. Participants can read, make or explore and complete activities in an Adventure Guide to finish the program. Upon completion, participants receive a prize after July 1. Participants will also be entered to win gift cards to local businesses or family passes to local cultural institutions. 

Also, if you’re looking for other summer fun, don’t miss Denver’s best outdoor concerts, as well as The Ultimate Denver Summer Activity Guide (250+ ideas).

If inflation is hitting you hard, check out Denver Free Days for 2022. And a reminder that with the Denver Card, all youth, ages 5-18, can get free access to recreation centers, pools and cultural facilities. Experience what makes Denver great.

Summer of Adventure in Denver

This year, Summer of Adventure features four free family movie nights under the stars at several Denver parks. 
 
Movies in the Park
Fun at 7 p.m., Showtime at dusk
First come, first served
 
Thursday, June 30 
Encanto [Spanish subtitles]
Argo Park 
4700 Logan St. (near Washington St. and East 47th Ave.)
 
Thursday, July 14
Encanto (Spanish) [English subtitles]
Harvey Park 
2120 S. Tennyson Way (next to recreation center near W. Evans Ave.)
 
Thursday, July 28
Raya and the Last Dragon [Spanish subtitles]
Montbello Rec Center 
15555 E. 53rd Ave. (Amphitheater)
 
This year’s program runs from June 3 to August 13. Participants can register and pick up their adventure guide at any branch location or register at summerofadventure.org. Registration prizes along with the Adventure Guide are also available for pick up at all branch locations.
 
Denver Public Library’s annual Summer of Adventure is a great way to prevent what’s known as the “summer slide”. It is estimated that youth lose between one and three months in academic skills, when not engaged in summer learning opportunities. Summer of Adventure helps make summer vacations impactful for youth by keeping them engaged in activities that are of interest to them. 
 
“We’re thrilled to kick off our annual Summer of Adventure program,” said Yanira Duarte, program coordinator for Summer of Adventure. “We look forward to bringing the fun and adventure back in person to our library branches.  We are excited to reconnect with our community.” 

Denver Summer Activities

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

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Get free access to Denver’s pools, cultural facilities and rec centers with MY Denver Card

With the current (hopefully temporary) state of inflation in the nation, summer 2022 is shaping up to be really expensive.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! the MY Denver Card is your library and recreation card all in one!

Also, don’t miss Denver Free Days for 2022 and learn more about the library’s free Adventure and Exploration Passes and scroll to the bottom for even more ideas.

MY Denver Card

Youth, ages 5 – 18, can have a key to the city with a MY Denver Card in hand! Youth will get free access to recreation centers, swimming pools and various cultural facilities where they can participate in healthy, safe and fun activities afterschool, during school and summer breaks, and on the weekends.

Recreation Centers for Arts, Education, Sports and Swimming

Cardholders can access any of Denver’s 24 recreation centers, including 13 indoor swimming pools, and 16 outdoor pools, which are open during the summer months, all at no cost. The MY Denver Card also provides an awesome variety of “structured” programs led by qualified staff members at 24 recreation centers. Visit Denver Parks and Recreation for additional program and membership information.

Arts, Theater and Museums

Take a trip with friends or family to any of Denver’s cultural and seasonal facilities listed below. Our partners offer free admission to exhibits, programs, activities and events at no cost to MY Denver cardholders. Restrictions and limitations vary for each site.

MY Denver Card

Library Activities and Events

The MY Denver Card replaces any previously-issued card from Denver Public Library. To activate library privileges, present your MY Denver Card at any Denver Public Library location. The fun includes IdeaLAB (a state-of-the-art digital media center that provides teens access to professional-level equipment and software to create and record music and videos, explore digital art and create video games), Reading Rocket Bookmobiles, Summer of Reading and more. 

Go to DenverGov.org  for more information. 

Other Denver Museums and Attractions

Denver CurlingDenver’s best museums for kids.

 Keep exploring with the Essential Denver: Discovery and Exploration Guide (many attractions are free!)  

‘Snow Days’ debuts at the Denver Children’s Museum: 8 must-see attractions.

Check out a sewing machine, Colorado State Park pass, Go-Pro and more for FREE from the Denver Public Library.

Denver’s best new playgrounds and this guide to Denver Playgrounds & Parks. 

15 Quirky Roadside Attractions in Colorado and Secret Denver: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure.

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Throw a trampoline dance party with these disco lights and sprinkler!

Nothing says summertime quite like those long, fun days playing on the trampoline. Games, sprinklers, competitions–they’re all a part of our best childhood memories.

Best Trampoline Lights and Sound System

But once it gets dark outside, why not take your summer fun to the next level with Thrillzoo’s trampoline lights that play music so your kids can have a disco party on the trampoline?!

That’s right. Thrillzoo’s Trampoline Lights include a Bluetooth Speaker, Disco Ball, Music. Safe Trampoline Lights, Toys, Trampoline Accessories for Summer Fun. Trampoline Games. They fit 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16-foot trampolines and the inexpensive cost will surprise you! The extra-long, 40 ft cord gives you plenty of room to work with, fits any trampoline net height, and can be used for any size trampoline: trampoline accessories 14 ft, 12 ft, 15 ft, and 16 ft.

It even projects a light show with an attached disco ball!

Best Trampoline Sprinkler

Not really a party ’til you drop type and prefer to keep your playtime in the daytime? 

 

Best trampoline sprinkler

Cool down your trampoline with this heavy-duty trampoline sprinkler which is kind of like a water park in your own backyard! The sprinkler easily attaches to any trampoline. The white line on the hose indicates where to attach it to the outside of your net and it includes a dry zone so kids can join or safely exit with ease.

Easy Trampoline Hack

Trampoline safety hack

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. 

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!

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This Denver dad shares his love of Denver’s best playgrounds

Denver dad Chris Sekirnjak is a longtime contributor for Mile High Mamas and the author of Denver Playgrounds & Parks: A guide to the best play areas in metro Denver. In honor of Father’s Day, we asked him how he got started.

Tell us a bit about your family.

My wife and I met in California and moved to Denver in 2004 to be near the mountains. We have since moved closer to the foothills and have no plans of ever leaving Colorado! Our family has always preferred to spend our time outdoors rather than indoors. Oftentimes, you could find us hiking, skiing, trail running, swimming, boating, or gardening.

How did you get started on the playground project? What is your ‘why?’

My first book “Run, Stroll, Hike” (a guide to family-friendly trails in & around Denver) was born out of our need to find stroller-friendly routes among the hundreds of trails in the greater Denver area. During my research for that book, I stumbled upon many playgrounds at the beginning or end of trails. At that time, my own kids were outgrowing the toddler phase and had begun to truly appreciate the variety of play structures in our local parks. I started to wonder if someone had assembled a list of all Denver area playgrounds. It turned out that nobody had a comprehensive list; some municipalities I contacted had not even completed an inventory of their playgrounds in years. So I set out to compile an overview of all those play areas and rate each on specific criteria, my two kids in tow. And once we had started, we found it impossible to stop before we had visited every single playground at least once, a project that eventually included around 800 parks in over 15 metro Denver municipalities and districts.Denver playgrounds

What are some of your favorite memories you’ve made with your kids while touring these playgrounds?

Both kids have long gotten used to the idea of visiting playgrounds on most weekends. In the early phase of the project, we had a long list of parks to explore. I remember my kids complaining when there were “only” 5 or 6 parks to see during a single trip (“Where is the next one, dad?”) Nowadays I feel like I’m still spoiling them because we only get to visit the newest additions to the metro park system, all with shiny, brand-new, state-of-the-art play structures. Even though they are slowly outgrowing the typical playground age, I can always count on at least one of them to come along and test out new equipment or give ratings and review suggestions. Also, my son has struggled with motor coordination and has profited hugely from these 8 years of “playgrounding”: balance beams, climbing structures, boulders, and monkey bars make great tools for improving gross motor skills!

What are some of your other favorite places to play in Denver?

Season passes to Elitch Gardens are a must for the four of us, pretty much every year. In the summer we love to play in the water: kayaking and paddleboarding on a lake, visiting water slides and water parks, or tubing on a river. We also spend a lot of our time in our backyard, where I’ve built zip lines, a treehouse, a sledding hill, and a trampoline for the kids.

Denver’s Best Playgrounds & Family Fun

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Check out this popular scavenger hunt at Bluff Lake Nature Center

Summer is here and the Bluff Lake Nature Center team has been working on more ways to get families out and enjoy all that their urban nature sanctuary has to offer.

Enter: Their incredibly popular scavenger hunt, Bluff Lake Quest 3.0!

With new clues to get kids and grownups alike out there on our 1.5 miles of trails and discovering new nature facts, Bluff Lake Quest 3.0 is our refreshed version of the free scavenger hunt which can be downloaded via their website (https://www.blufflake.org/events/self-guided-tours-scavenger-hunts) or picked up at their kiosk at the site entrance. As you solve each clue, you’ll collect different colored beads found in canisters along the trail. 

“We did the Quest with all three of our after-school groups and they all loved it,” says Bluff Lake Americorps Environmental Educator Lauren Godfrey, who was involved in reworking the scavenger hunt. “The Quest is designed so that kids get to see the majority of Bluff Lake in a fun and engaging way. The kids all said it was their favorite day of after-school!”

Bluff Lake is owned by a nonprofit agency of the same name, and manages the property as a wildlife refuge and outdoor classroom. The refuge is home to many hundreds of species of native animals and plants which thrive in a variety of habitats. Bluff Lake is Denver’s largest open space managed as native habitat, and Denver’s only nonprofit nature center. Local families have enjoyed using the resource as a way to get their kids outside and connect with nature in an adventurous and active way.

“Of course, the secret is that the real treasures are everything that they do along the way while they are looking for the hidden canisters,” says parent Dan Lindberg. “Our sons love exploring Bluff Lake – we always see something new and natural every time we go. We so appreciate that everyone has worked to make the center so accessible to people of any age. Getting them started with a real appreciation of nature seems like starting them on the right path for the rest of their lives.” 

The scavenger hunt has been rising in popularity since its first edition, especially as families increasingly seek self-guided activities that they can participate in at their own pace. 

“I created the first scavenger hunt three years ago, and it has been growing since then,” says Heidi Pfeiffer, Bluff Lake Nature Center’s Director of Education & Summer Camp. “It’s so much fun to see excited kids running after clues, clutching their maps! We also have great volunteer translators, Ignacio Correa-Ortiz and Mariano Simone, who help us offer this activity (and others) in Spanish. We hope to create a place that is welcoming for everyone to enjoy and form their own connections with nature.”

So if you’ve already solved the last version of the Quest’s clues, here’s your chance to get back on the trail and collect another set of beads as you explore all Bluff Lake Nature Center has to offer. 

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Bluff Lake Nature Center is open 365 days per year. Address: 11255 E. MLK Jr Blvd, Denver, CO 80238. 

New tubing and riverfront park proposed in this Colorado city

An area of Colorado Springs may be getting a makeover that is perfect for families, fish and birds!

A group of community stakeholders wants to revitalize a seven-mile stretch of Monument and Fountain Creeks in Colorado Springs with spots for tubing and kayaking, as well as waterfronts and opportunities for neighborhood development. The vision presented to city council has five different segments, including a potential revamp of the north side of Monument Valley Park and the addition of a beach for water recreation near America the Beautiful Park. 

“Fountain and Monument creeks have adequate flows to support a variety of recreation activities including, but not limited to, float tubing, beginner kayaking, informal water play and fishing. The amount of water varies throughout the year, providing additional seasonal recreation opportunities,” the page reads. Other goals for the project include restoring the natural function of the creeks, creating a signature place for water play and being a catalyst for reinvestment and economic vitality.

The multi-million dollar proposal for the Colorado Springs waterways would seek funding from grants, philanthropists, and a potential bond issue by the city and the hope is it will be underway in one to three years.

A master plan would have to be reviewed by the city planning commission before any progress could be made on the vision, as dictated by city code. It would then go before the City Council for a vote. Residents would also be asked to weigh-in.

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-CPR, Abigail Beckman

Father’s Day in Denver: 30+ Activities for Denver Dads

We love our Denver dads but let’s face it: sometimes Father’s Day gets overlooked because we’re in the throes of summer. We’ve teamed up with Visit Denver to share some pretty awesome events and activities Dad will love.Denver Tshirt

Looking for gifts for Dad? Check out these customizable graphic tees by Black Lantern, screen printed in Estes Park or these cool Colorado trucker hats by YoColorado

Special Events & Festivals

Vail Craft Beer Classic 

WHEN: June 17-18, 2022
WHERE: Various locations, Vail

Colorado’s top breweries and beer enthusiasts come together at the Vail Craft Beer Classic for the most adventurous tasting event of the summer. Take in the scenic mountain views of Vail while you immerse yourself in hop culture. From stouts and lagers to pale ales and ciders, taste the best selection of craft brews the state has to offer. Gluten-free options are available with refreshing seltzers and bold ciders. vailcraftbeerclassic.com/

A Summer Celebration for Families 

WHEN: June 17, 2022
WHERE: Tinkergarten, Lakewood

Tinkergarten invites your family and everyone in the community to celebrate the official start of summer! Stop by for delightful family-friendly activities and a chance to connect with people in the neighborhood. /tinkergarten.com

Juneteenth Music Festival

WHEN: June 17–19, 2022
WHERE: Five Points

This historic street festival returns to Five Points with live performances, art, vendors and fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the interactive and educational programming at acclaimed African American cultural institutions and landmarks.www.juneteenthmusicfestival.com/

Denver Greek Festival

WHEN: June 17–19, 2022

WHERE: Five Points
Enjoy authentic, traditional Greek food, while immersing yourself in the sounds of live Greek music and traditional dance entertainment. Shop the boutique featuring Greek art, paintings, sculptures and amazing jewelry straight from Greece, and be mesmerized by one-of-a-kind church tours, choir performances and history.juneteenthmusicfestival.com/

The Denver BBQ Festival 

WHEN: June 17–19, 2022
WHERE: Empower Field at Mile High

The free Denver BBQ Festival brings together legendary pitmasters from Denver, Texas, Kansas City, St. Louis and around the nation to serve award-winning BBQ. In addition, attendees can enjoy cold beer and drinks, BBQ tutorials and demonstrations, games and activities for the whole family, and live music from bands like The Rick Lewis Project. https://denverbbqfest.com/Denver BBQ Festival

Arvada on Tap 

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Ralston Park Addition

Arvada on Tap is a fun outlet for craft beer and BBQ sampling featuring craft breweries, food trucks, vendors, live music, an amateur BBQ competition and more!  https://arvadafestivals.com/arvada-on-tap

Spiritual Reader and Healer Fair

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: 5808 S Rapp St, Suite 275, Littleton

Summer is a time of transformation, and this free fair is the perfect venue to ask questions about your purpose, your job, your relationship or your health and receive that message or healing you need. Come for connection, community, sacredness, empowerment and spiritual growth.eventbrite.com

The Rock and Roll Playhouse Plays Music of Bob Marley for Kids

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: The Bluebird Theater

This all-ages show featuring the music of Bob Marley is sure to please the whole family! https://www.brooklynbowl.com

Father’s Day Family Comedy Show

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Comedy Works South, Greenwood Village

Monty Franklin headlines a family-friendly Father’s Day with humor for all ages. Monty Franklin is an Australian-born stand-up comedian who tours all over the world.www.comedyworks.com/

Father’s Day Classic 1 Mile, 5K, 10K & 10 Miler

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: 
13150 W 72nd Ave., Arvada
Celebrate Father’s Day with a run/walk, a cornhole tournament, car show, and after-party at Elevated Seltzer with free hard seltzer! https://www.dads5k.com/

“All Things Engine” for Father’s Day Weekend

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

Check out antique tractors, diesel motorcars, hit-and-miss engines, Model A and Model T automobiles and even a fire truck! There will be food, family-friendly activities, behind-the-scenes tours and train rides every half-hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. coloradorailroadmuseum.org/event/all-things-engine/

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

WHEN: June 5–Aug. 7, 2022
WHERE: University of Colorado, Boulder

For more than 60 seasons, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has delighted audiences with classic theatre under the stars. This year’s season includes “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “All’s Well That Ends Well,” “The Book of Will,” “Coriolanus” and “The Alchemist.” https://cupresents.org/series/shakespeare-festival/

Colorado Renaissance Festival

WHEN: June 18–Aug. 7, 2022
WHERE: Larkspur

This season we will take you on a magical tour through time and legend. As you wander down the village streets and pathways of the Colorado Renaissance Festival, experience a 16th-century Renaissance amusement park! Ready thyself to revel with master revelers, watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft and be taken in by the tantalizing aromas of roast turkey legs, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods and much more. Featuring a cast of hundreds of authentically costumed merrymakers living and working throughout the village and performing, continuously, upon the Festival’s stages. https://coloradorenaissance.com/

Civic Center Eats

WHEN: Thru Oct. 20, 2022; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Every Thursday From May through October, Civic Center EATS transforms Civic Center Park into a lunchtime extravaganza with Denver’s best food and fashion trucks and live music. It’s your chance to savor a variety of cuisines while supporting our city’s small local business scene and the Civic Center Conservancy’s mission to restore and enhance Civic Center Park, Denver’s only National Historic Landmark.

Father’s Day Food & Drink Specials

Father’s Day Brunch feat. The Adam Bodine Trio

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Dazzle @ Baur’s

The Adam Bodine Trio returns for their classic brunch show at Dazzle. Performing blend of jazz with other genres and comedy, they never fail to deliver a fun, family-friendly show! The special Father’s Day menu includes choice of salmon and eggs, French toast and sausage, steak and eggs, or scrambled tofu, along with a small buffet of delicious offerings for before and after your entree. https://dazzledenver.com/fbevent/fathers-day-brunch-feat-the-adam-bodine-trio/

Father’s Day at Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

HEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

Celebrate Dad with a complimentary draft beer! Enjoy brunch or dinner, plus Father’s Day specials. You can also treat Dad to a gift card and receive a bonus gift certificate!

Father’s Day at Frank’s Chophouse

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Frank’s Chophouse, Boulder

Celebrate Father’s Day with brunch or dinner and get a complimentary beer for Dad with any food purchase (one per Dad).

Sports & Fitness

The Colorado Summit Ultimate Disc Home Games

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Peter Barton Stadium, 2240 Buchtel Blvd S.

Pro Ultimate Disc has come to Colorado! Join Colorado’s newest professional sports team, The Colorado Summit, for their inaugural season. All games will have pre-game tailgating activities with musical acts!

Yoga on the Rocks

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Morrison

Does Dad love yoga? Celebrate his special day with a yoga session in the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre!

Stretch & Sip Yoga

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station

Start your weekend with a Saturday morning Stretch & Sip yoga class. This is your invitation to unwind and relax with a 60-minute yoga session on the outdoor patio of the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station. This donation-based class will be supporting a local wellness nonprofit. Following class, attendees are invited for a complimentary mimosa with a purchase of an entrée at Woodie Fisher Kitchen & Bar!

Yoga on the Terrace

WHEN: June 18, 2022
WHERE: The ART Hotel Denver, Curio Collection by Hilton

Join Black Swan Yoga Denver on the 4th floor FIRE Terrace for complimentary Yoga every Saturday at 9 a.m.! Attendees will have access to complimentary valet parking during the event as well as $10 Bottomless Mimosas from the FIRE Restaurant & Lounge following the class. 

2022 State Summer Games

WHEN: June 17–29, 2022
WHERE: Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction

Join Special Olympics Colorado at the 2022 State Summer Games presented by Spectrum! After a two-year hiatus, Special Olympics Colorado is excited to welcome athletes back to Colorado Mesa University for State Summer Games for a full weekend of competition. 

Poses and Mimosas

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: 
First Draft Taproom
Grab your mat and join Third Space Yoga on the patio at First Draft Taproom this Father’s Day! This all-levels yoga class will be followed by a round of mimosas.

Summer Yoga at Western Sky

WHEN: June 19, 2022
WHERE: Western Sky Bar & Taproom, Englewood

Head to Western Sky Bar & Taproom for a morning yoga class taught by certified yoga instructor Elizabeth Capps in a relaxed and judgment-free environment. Stick around after class and enjoy a beverage included with your registration fee!

Skate City at Skyline Park

WHEN: Thru Oct. 2, 2022
WHERE: Skyline Park

Roll into summer like never before. CitySkate is your go-to spot for summer fun. Featuring downtown’s first-ever roller rink and the return of the Skyline Beer Garden, CitySkate is the place to be in Downtown Denver. With free mini golf, local food, beer and events throughout the summer, CitySkate is sure to let the good times “roll.”

Red Rocks Concerts

No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two, or five — trips to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre , just 15 miles from downtown Denver. More than 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule.

  • June 16, 2022: Chicago and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin 
  • June 17, 2022: Umphrey’s McGee with lespecial 
  • June 18, 2022: Umphrey’s McGee with Andy Frasco & The U.N. 
  • June 19, 2022: Sullivan King with Kai Wachi, Ray Volpe b2b Grabbitz, Benda, Decadon 
  • June 20, 2022: Bleachers with Wolf Alice 

Levitt Pavilion Concerts

The Levitt Pavilion   is a state-of-the-art amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park that was created as a gift to the community. This outdoor venue hosts a slew of free concerts every summer, and a few ticketed events, too. Bring a blanket and a picnic, kick back on the lawn and enjoy artists from a wide range of genres.

  • June 18, 2022: iZCALLi: REBIRTH Album Release Festival (Free)
  • June 19, 2022: Blitzen Trapper with Laney Jones (Free)

Concerts in Central Park

Central Park has not one but TWO outdoor concert venues! Dance ’til you drop or just sit back and relax as some of Denver’s most well-known brands hit the stage for Concerts on the Green at Founders Green and MoJaBlu Concerts at Conservatory Green. Either way, it’s a great way for the whole family to enjoy music under the stars. Concerts on the Green start at 6 p.m. and MoJaBlu concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and both are free to attend. Come early and buy some tasty treats from one of the many food trucks!

  • June 16, 2022: Soul X Band (Conservatory Green)
  • June 18, 2022: Thumpin’ (Founders Green)

OUTDOOR FUN 

Mile High Mamas is the ultimate source for outdoor fun for the entire family. Check-out these local offerings:

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10 of Colorado’s most scenic waterfall hikes

Colorado’s Best Bike Paths and Trails

10 Best Places to Camp in Colorado

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

15 Fun and Quirky Roadside Attractions in Colorado

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Contest: Win Tickets to The Dr. Seuss Experience (20 winners)!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go at The Dr. Seuss Experience at Denver’s Centennial Promenade! 

The Seuss-tacular immersive spectacle invites guests to journey through nine different Dr. Seuss books, bringing the magical worlds to life in creative ways that fans young and old will adore. After debuting in Toronto in 2019, the production has since visited Houston and Chicago where it was met with unprecedented success. 

The multisensory experience transports guests into the pages of the beloved stories and allows them to interact with their favorite characters. Visitors step inside the narratives of treasured Dr. Seuss books like The Cat in the HatHorton Hears a Who!The Lorax, as well as several other timeless classics. 

The attraction’s centerpiece is an interconnected maze of thousands of suspended balloons inspired by the artwork from Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Each room within the experience will represent a different Dr. Seuss book. These fantastically colorful and enchanting experiences bring the magic to life, all while exploring the social message at the heart of each featured story. The Denver run will also premiere new and noteworthy additions to the Experience including an augmented reality scavenger hunt companion app, available free to guests who wish to further enhance their visit.

The Dr. Seuss Experience kicked off in March at Denver’s Centennial Promenade. Tickets are $45 and kids under the age of 12 are free, however make sure you add a complimentary ‘infant under 12 ticket to your cart when purchasing for a group.

For more information about The Dr. Seuss Experience and to purchase advance tickets, visit www.experienceseuss.com and follow along on Facebook and Instagram @experienceseuss. #experienceseuss

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