Author: Caitrin Blake

Must-See Scenery for Kids: 3 Spots South of Denver

Whenever visiting somewhere new, people tend to play tourist and see the sights iconic to that city. But when we move to a place, we are less likely to visit those same sights unless we have already done so or have visitors in town. While tourist spots are often underwhelming when seen in person, South of Denver near Colorado Springs, there are a number of natural wonders to wow your kids. Pikes Peak Cog Railway: On Top of the World Of course hiking a fourteener is on the bucket list of many Coloradans, but this accomplishment isn’t easy without kids and can be quite challenging with little legs in tow. Luckily, there are a number of options to get the view from the top without having to put in all the literal legwork. There are roads that go to the top of both Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, but parents and kids alike will enjoy the experience of rolling up to the top of the mountain via the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The ride costs …

Outdoor Movies for the Family This Summer

The warm summer nights provide the perfect opportunity for screening outdoor movies in Denver, and families living in the Denver metro area are not at a loss for options. Many parks throughout the area play movies for free during the summer months, and they often allow attendees to bring in their choice of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Other venues provide a more unique backdrop and experience, which results in a cost for attendance. Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park Throughout the summer months, Infinity Park, located in Glendale, screens free movies on select Monday nights. The gates open at 7 and the film starts at 8 pm, and while there are food vendors on sight, those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic, blankets and chairs to make the experience more enjoyable. During summer 2016, the park will show 5 films, all of which are relatively “family friendly.” Centennial Center Park Located off of Arapahoe Road, Centennial Center Park, renowned as one of the best park’s in the Denver metro area, has a few …

Things for Kids to Do: Summer Activities

While many children cheer the end of the school year, many parents find themselves at a loss of what to do during the long summer days. While it is ultimately good for children to be bored and learn to entertain themselves, it can add a bit of structure to the week to sign kids up for weekly classes or events while also enhancing their development. Throughout the Denver metro area there are a number of things for kids to do as daily or weekly events that are focused on promoting the development of young children. Story Time Throughout Denver and its surrounding suburbs, a number of bookstores and libraries provide story time focused on individual age groups. The Denver Public Library system offers story times for babies, toddlers, and all ages, sometimes with a bilingual focus. For a list of their times and locations, see their calendar here. Multiple libraries in the Arapahoe Library District also offer story time; however, many of the events are so well attended and popular that parents must sign up …

Summer Camps for Kids

Many adults have fond memories of attending sleep away camps in their youth. There they formed bonds with kids they had never met from a variety of places, immersed themselves in outdoor activities, and enjoyed some time away from mom and dad. For those lucky enough to live in Colorado, there are a number of camp options available in Denver’s Rocky Mountain backyard. Camps range in age level and specialties, but ultimately there is a camp out there to meet the needs of every camper and his or her parents. Girl Scouts of Colorado Overnight Camps If your daughter is a Girl Scout or you are looking for a camp for just girls, the Girl Scouts of Colorado offer two excellent overnight camps within a few hours of Denver, running between 3-12 days each. Tomahawk Ranch is situated just outside of Bailey, Colorado. Campers here have access to running water and showers, and typically sleep in cots or bunk beds housed within lodges, seasonal shelters or platform tents. Campers at Tomahawk participate in a variety …

Festivals for the Family to Enjoy this Summer

Summertime in Colorado means long days filled with sunshine, which provides ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy what Denver has to offer. During the summer months, Denver and the surrounding areas play host to a number of great festivals. While many of them are focused on adult entertainment, there are a number of options that are fun for the whole family, including parents. The Renaissance Festival Located about half an hour south of Denver in Larkspur, The Renaissance Festival runs on weekends throughout the summer from early June to early August. Kids will enjoy the musical entertainment, jousting and animal shows, and parents can get into the artisans and the variety of food provided. The whole family can enjoy the mirth and an experience only a day at the Renaissance Festival can provide. Adult tickets cost about $20, kids 5-12 are $12 and anyone under 5 gets in for free. However, coupons are often available at stores or restaurants in the Denver metro area. Denver Chalk Art Festival Early on during the month of …

Exploring Denver Museums with Kids

There are a number of great museums in the Denver metro area, and many of them offer exhibits, play areas, or other great opportunities for kids to learn, experience, and play. Museums offer a great activity when the weather gets too hot or cold, which in Denver weather can mean they can get crowded fast. So be sure to check for current popular exhibits and consider how crowded the museum might be before setting out for the day. Denver Museum of Nature and Science The Denver Museum of Nature and Science, is located on the perimeter of City Park and near the Denver Zoo. While there are a number of rotating exhibits, there are also a number of permanent exhibits that kids will love. The Discovery Zone and Expedition Health exhibits allow kids to interact while learning, and all children will enjoy the Wildlife exhibit and prehistoric journey, where they can learn more about animals and dinosaurs. Denver Art Museum While an art museum often seems more geared toward adults, the Denver Art Museum offers …

Best Neighborhoods: Washington Park

Located just over 4 miles south of downtown Denver between I-25 and Speer and Downing and University, the tree-lined streets and suburban yet urban feel make Washington Park one of Denver’s most coveted neighborhoods. The park gets its namesake from the 2.5 mile long park situated in the middle of the neighborhood, where historic, brick bungalows line the streets, many of which have been updated with a unique attributes. The area boasts a variety of home types, including traditional homes, duplexes, townhouses and condominiums. While the historic homes may draw many to this neighborhood, the easy access to transportation, shops, restaurants and grocery stores make this an ideal neighborhood to live in. About the Homes Made up of historic homes, the average house in the area is roughly 76 years old. Due to the  popularity of the neighborhood and the unique homes available, the average home in Washington Park is listed at roughly $750,000 and sells for around $729,940. The cost of homes in the area have been steadily rising with a list price up …

5 Popular Spots to Take Family Photos

Upon moving to Denver, you’re sure to spot family photos in friends’ homes that demonstrate a beautiful backdrop of trees, mountains, wooden bridges or interesting architectural angles. While some of these spots may seem like local secrets, there are a number of locations around Denver where you can shoot your family photos against beautiful backgrounds. Washington Park – Denver Not only is this park a favorite among locals, it offers a number of great opportunities to take beautiful family photos. During the spring and summer months, you’ll see newlyweds, infants, and quinceaneras being photographed throughout the lush property. Within the park you will find lakefront views, mountainous backgrounds, seasonal gardens with beautiful flowers, quaint bridges and even shaded spots that look like they are right out of the forest. Busy as the park is, it’s always possible to find a quiet nook to shoot some great photos. Jackass Hill Park – Littleton Don’t let the name fool you, this park is a well-known spot among photographers. The park itself may be small, but it opens …

Denver Public Pools

Summer days in Denver get hot, and there’s no better way to cool off than to escape to one of the many Denver public pools or aquatic centers. While neighborhood pools offer great options for families to play in the water, not everyone has a pool available nearby. Luckily, there are a number of great pools with amenities located throughout the Denver metro area. Cook Creek Pool Located in Lone Tree, Cook Creek Pool is one of many outdoor pools part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation. Cook Creek pool offers two pools. The larger pool is a typical lap pool complete with a diving board. The second pool is a zero entry pool with a slide, play area, and a fun water feature. There are numerous shade options and tables, and snacks are available at the snack bar. Adults get in for $6.50 while kids cost $5.50; however, those who live within the South Suburban residence area get approximately half priced tickets. Season passes are also available. Eldorado Springs Swimming Pool The Eldorado Springs …

Colorado Wildlife: Fun Places for Kids to Learn

One of the best things about living in Colorado is that there is wildlife right outside your backdoor. Deer, coyotes, owls and occasionally the stray mountain lion have been known to venture into neighborhoods. Luckily, there are a number of opportunities within Denver and the outlying areas where kids can see animals safely and learn how to protect Colorado wildlife as well. The Butterfly Pavilion No matter the time of year, its balmy and warm in the tropical rainforest housed at the butterfly pavilion, just 15 minutes north of Denver. Here children can interact with and watch 1600 butterflies in the encased area, but they can also explore a number of other exhibits where they can learn about invertebrates and insects. Brave little (or big) ones can even hold the resident tarantula, Rosie. The Denver Zoo Located nearby the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and City Park, the Denver Zoo offers a number of exhibits and shows sure to delight all children. The elephant and sea lion shows are popular among visitors, and families …