Denver schools have let out for the summer and the kids are ecstatic. However, the freedom of no more choir concerts and basketball practices for the parents will soon give way to endless rounds of “I’m bored.” Let’s face it, three months is a long time. Fear not! Denver has more than enough to entertain even the most lethargic teen or the most energetic little boy.
Summers can be hot, and playing in water is one of the funnest ways to cool off. Denver boasts of two amazing water parks. Water World covers 64 acres and even has a 500,000 gallon pool. Lest the parent of a toddle fear, within the grounds of Water World is Wally World. This is a miniature, toddler-safe water park so that every member of the family can partake in the wet fun.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is not just a place to ride some awesome roller coaster. After riding dozens of rides, families can cool off in such attractions as: Commotion Ocean, Castaway Creek, and Hook’s Lagoon. There is even a multi-story tree house that contains over 150 water “gadgets” to play to your heart’s content. . .or at least until your fingers are pruney.
Your kids are not the only wild creatures in Denver this summer. The Denver Zoo is the 4th most frequented zoo in the nation. Representing 750 species (over 4,000 animals), everyone in your tribe is bound to like what they see. While you are there, be sure to check out the new Toyota Elephant Passage and take a relaxing ride on the Pioneer Train.
Getting’ Artsy at the Denver Art Museum
Did you hear? Denver Art Museum is offering FREE admission for children under 18 for the next 5 years (until 2020). What’s holding you back? There is an entire floor dedicated to interactive exhibits that the more fidgety toddler can touch and feel and create. On Saturdays, there are even family packs you can pick up at the door to make ALL the exhibits somewhat more interactive. AND, since you are saving all the money on the entrance fees, you will have some left over for the snack and needless gift they will surely be whining for!
Stop and Smell the Roses
Denver Botanic Gardens is by far one of the most visited attractions in the Denver metro. There are unique and amazing plant displays. Mordecai’s Garden, within the Botanic Gardens, is a great place for the youngest of your family to explore and learn.
Denver is one of the best places to live in the country regardless of the season. Get out there and enjoy summer and all the great activities in our home town. Hopefully these suggestions will keep your restless children and you busy for a little while!