Month: August 2016

Beyond the Theater: Fun Date Nights in Denver

If you’ve been dating for awhile all dates can start to look the same. And while dinner and a movie or dinner and a show can be fun, these options don’t create a lot of opportunity to spend quality time together. However, as Denver grows, the number of creative options for date nights has grown too. From active adventures to craftier pursuits, dating in Denver has never been better. Top Golf A fairly new addition to the Denver metro area, Top Golf is a year-round driving range where players hit golf balls containing microchips towards targets. Players can track how far they hit their balls, and points are awarded based on the achieved distance and whether or not a player hits the target. The rates vary throughout the day, and the bays are cheapest to rent in the hours before noon. Each bay is climate controlled, meaning that regardless of how hot or how cold it is outside, it will be a pleasant experience. Couples will enjoy lighthearted competition against each other in a fun …

Where the Locals Go: 4 Day Trips From Denver

If you live in Denver and work in Denver, there’s a pretty big chance that you don’t really leave the city during the week. Sometimes the urge to get out of town can be strong, and outside of ski season, it can be tough to come up with fun day trips from Denver. Our list of suggestions includes travel time—so no matter how many hours you want to spend out of town, you can get a little bit of your wanderlust satisfied. 2 Hours: Golden or Red Rocks If you want the feel of the mountains but you don’t want to actually head into the mountains, take the 25 minute drive to Golden for a short excursion. Golden is full of quaint shops, short hiking trips and it is the home of the Coors Brewery. Take the 30-minute brewery tour (including free beer at the end!) or just roam around town looking at the shops and restaurants. If you’re into hiking, Mount Galbraith is full of short hikes and Table Mountain has a short, but …

3 Things to Consider Before Renting In Denver

In a city where the rent is a mile high, finding the perfect apartment isn’t just a challenge—it’s almost impossible. Limited housing might make you feel like you can’t be picky, but that doesn’t mean you should wind up in a place that doesn’t suit your needs. Before jumping into the nearest $1,600 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, consider these three things. Commute & Transportation Denverites with cars can pretty much commute anywhere they need to, but if you are a car owner, you need to think of vital things like commute time and parking. As more and more people move to Denver, highways and interstates become more congested, increasing commute times. If you live in the heart of Denver and own a car, you’ll also need to consider parking. Street parking is common, but consider things like street sweeping (a $50 ticket!) and the potential for hit-and-runs (common in the winter). If you’ve got a vehicle you adore, you can probably find a place with off-street parking, but it definitely comes with a price, usually …

Where to Take your Kids for a Haircut

As an adult, getting a haircut becomes something of a treat or an escape for many (though others might view it as another item on the to do list). Few adults, though, will deny how positive the experience can be when it is good as well as how negative it can be when it is bad, and the same holds true for kids. Especially for young ones, getting their haircut can be a stressful experience. Having a stylist who is patient and knows how to cut little ones’ hair is key to making the process successful. Many Denver area salons offer or specialize in kids’ hair cuts, and many of them even do something special to commemorate the first haircut. Whether it’s a special occasion or a maintenance trim, rest assured that there is an option for you in the Denver area. Pigtails and Crewcuts Located in the Northfield-Stapleton area, Pigtails and Crewcuts, a dedicated salon for kids, provides haircuts to boys and girls alike. They have toys and books for kids while they wait, …

Best Coffee Shops in Denver for Work & Meetings

Denver is not only one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, it’s also one of the hippest and youngest. With plenty of millennials working in the Mile High City, it’s impossible to grab a coffee during the day and not see a shop filled with working twenty-somethings. With side hustles and work-from-home jobs growing in popularity, many people are seeking new ways to get their jobs done. When home doesn’t cut it, the coffee shop usually does. Some are better than others, and we’ve got the inside scoop on the best coffee shops in Denver for getting work done. Rooster & Moon Great for: downtown meetings, late night work, local pastries Rooster & Moon is one of those spaces that feels off-the-beaten-track but it’s actually nestled in the crook of Bannock and Speer, just below downtown. The location makes the shop good for meetings, but the local pastries, late hours and outdoor patio make it good for everything else. Crema Great for: meetings, work, sweet potato waffles Crema is loud, the windows are always …

Choosing the Right Preschool

Choosing a preschool can be quite difficult. Parents must consider a number of different factors, including the philosophy guiding the preschool as well as issues like cost and location. Thankfully, there are a number of great preschools located in the Denver Metro area, and while some are contingent on living in the right neighborhood, others require luck (or, rather, a lottery) and/or a waitlist. Luckily, there are enough options in Denver that everyone can find a preschool to suit their needs. Montessori Schools Montessori schools emphasize discovery and freedom of choice (within limits) for a child. One defining characteristic of Montessori schools is the aspect of mixed age classrooms, for instance 3-6 years old, where students interact and learn together. Montessori emphasizes the ability of students to discover materials on their own rather than via lecture, and students pick their activities. While there are some Montessori programs attached to school districts via charter programs, the Denver metro area boasts a number of private Montessori programs as well, including (but not limited to): Montessori School of …

Popular Denver Farmers’ Markets

Summer is a vibrant place in colorful Colorado, but nothing is more full of life than the local farmers’ markets in Denver. Ranging from small and simple to sprawling, you can’t spend a weekend in Denver without passing a market, and why would you want to? With treats like local honey, salsas and vegetables, Denver farmers’ markets have plenty of choices for every kind of eater. Check out each of the following markets on different weekends or all at once if you don’t mind filling up on free samples. Old South Pearl St Farmers’ Market May – November, Sundays 9-1 Old South Pearl isn’t your typical hipster market. The neighborhood of Platte Park provides a small-town atmosphere and the local shops that line the street give the pleasant air of a European market. Operating on Sundays from 9-1, from May through November, the Old South Pearl Farmers’ Market is small but packed with sophistication and local treats including green chilies and palisade peaches. The City Park Esplanade Fresh Market June – October, Sundays 9-1 Wedged …

Things for Kids to Do: Museums After Hours

Many of the attractions that would be fun for families to participate in together are only open during 9-5 hours or on weekends. Weekends can be a great time to explore, but for many families this means fighting with crowds or competing with athletic schedules. While this can limit a family’s ability to fully participate in all that Denver has to offer in the way of museums and other child-oriented attractions, a number of museums offer “after hours” type events or stay open late one day a week, which makes it more feasible for everyone to enjoy all that Denver has to offer. The Children’s Museum at the Marsico Campus The Children’s museum has something to offer kids of all ages, and it was recently renovated within the last year with even more exhibits. While the museum closes at 4 pm on weekdays and 5 pm on weekends, on Wednesday nights they stay open until 7:30 pm, which makes it possible for parents and kids to go after school or work. Downtown Aquarium The Downtown …