All posts tagged: Things to Do

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, …

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 …

Denver Restaurants: Dining Al Fresco Downtown

Denver’s sunny weather allows for outdoor dining during almost every season. Sure, a blizzard or two might throw Denverites off, but the 60-degree weather that always follows leads to outdoor cups of coffee and sidewalk snacking. If you’re looking for downtown Denver restaurants where you can dine outside, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to help you have an enjoyable meal. Where to Go Plenty of places along the 16th Street Mall have open-air dining, but if you’re looking for something a little quieter and calmer, avoid the stretch from Glenarm to Arapahoe. Union Station, recently completely renovated, has plenty of outdoor spaces for dining and also an outdoor water feature for playing if you need to cool down. Larimer Street is loaded with restaurants, and with such a short walk to Coors Field, it’s always a good option if you’re looking for something before or after a game. Higher End If you prefer sitting on a bit more of an upscale patio, try ChoLon at the corner of 16th and Blake. Known for …

Colorado Camping for Families

Camping in Colorado is one of the greatest pleasures about living in this state. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature, but it forces everyone to disconnect and take a break for the weekly monotony of to-do lists and chores. While there are a multitude of options for camping, when camping with kids, it’s wise to consider accessibility to bathrooms, proximity to towns and stores, as well as the amenities of the campground. The following are a list of “favorite” camping spots, though it is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list. Turquoise lake Located outside of Leadville, roughly 2 hours from Denver, Turquoise Lake is a favorite among Coloradans. With 8 campgrounds and over 300 campsites, there are ample opportunities to find a spot to pitch your tent. The lake itself provides a beautiful backdrop, as well as opportunities for boating and fishing. There are a number of trails nearby for hikers, with both easy and difficult paths. Be sure to prepare for high altitude weather and …

Hiking Near Denver: Advanced

For parents with kids who are used to hiking and have a fair bit of experience, there are a number of great opportunities for hiking near Denver in the front range mountains to delight and challenge them. As kids move from adolescence into their teen years, they are better able to sustain their energy for a longer hike and manage the elevation changes that come alongside that challenge. The hikes listed below are not the best for those with young children or who are not skilled or experienced hikers themselves, and parents should ensure all members of the family are acclimated to Denver’s altitude and up to the challenge. Mt. Bierstadt: Denver’s Most Popular Fourteener For many Coloradans, summiting a fourteener is a right of passage to becoming a true Colorado resident. While Bierstadt isn’t necessarily the easiest fourteener to ascend, it is located close to Denver, roughly 12 miles outside of Georgetown, which makes it fairly accessible. The hike itself is only 7 miles round trip, but it is a difficult 7 miles with …

An Exploration of Outdoor Art

Over the last few decades, Denver has become an even more interesting destination for art lovers. And as one of the sunniest cities in the country, Denver has a lot of great outdoor and public art, much of which is in a day’s good walk. A great way to spend a day getting to know Denver with the kids is to take a (long-ish) walk through Denver, checking out the art, and enjoying the scenes along the way. Start: Denver Public Library & Denver Art Museum The Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum (DAM) next door are pieces of art unto themselves. Just outside the Denver art museum you’ll find the sculpture “The Yearling,” a red chair with a life size horse on top. Next door, the DAM’s The Hamilton building juts out jaggedly along the sky scape. The building was completed in 2006, and the metallic exterior and unique shape are interesting viewed from the outside or within. While most of the art is housed indoors, there are a number of great …

Where the Locals Go: Denver Movie Theaters

Going to the movies might seem like an easy way to spend the day, but Denver has a wide range of options that might be confusing to a newcomer. From theaters that regularly show the Rocky Horror Picture Show to your average family-friendly cinema, Denver has options for any kind of moviegoer. If you’re indie and artsy… Head to The Mayan. Not only do they serve booze, but also this theater is located in the ultra-happening South Broadway area. The Mayan regularly shows avant-garde and indie flicks, as well as foreign films. With a unique interior, dramatic lighting and Mayan-inspired décor, the building is a historic site in Denver and makes for a great atmosphere. The Mayan only shows about three movies at once, so they come and go quickly. Make sure to check the monthly schedule so you don’t miss anything. Or maybe you’re edgy but not indie… Check out The Esquire on 6th and Downing. The Esquire regularly shows anime hits, including ultra-popular Miyazaki films, and throwback midnight movies like Jaws and The …

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 …