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What You Need:
- white drawing paper
- Crayons in all colors
- Take a handful of crayons outside and look at all the textures that surround where you live. You can discuss objects that are hard, soft, rough, bumpy and smooth. Kids also learn how to alter the pressure of their crayons to get different types of rubbings. If they press hard, it will create a strong image, and softer strokes create a soft, blurry image.
Outdoor Pools and Water Parks
Burgess Memorial Pool (22 N. Gilbert St., Castle Rock) Zero-depth (beach) entr
y, sprayers, a lazy river, a toddler slide, and a 20-foot water slide for older children.
- Weekday Hours: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Weekend Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:45 PM
- Admission: Kids (3-17): $4.25 R/$5 NR; Adults: $5.25 R/$6.25 NR
Cook Creek Pool (8711 Lone Tree Pkwy., Lone Tree) This pool features a water slide, lap pool, and a leisure pool with a large dumping bucket perched on top.
- Weekday Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Weekend Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Individual Admission: Kids (2-17): $3 R/$5.50 NR; Adult: $3.50 R/$6.50 NR
- Household Admission(2 adults & 3 children under 21): $10 R/$23.50 NR
H2O’Brien Pool (10795 Victorian Dr., Parker) Larger than a typical pool but not quite a water park, H2O’Brien Pool features an enormous play structure, dumping buckets, two 182-foot water slides, a lap pool, and more! Little ones under 48 inches tall can take advantage of Little Squirt Time from 9:00-10:00 AM weekdays to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere.
- Daily Hours: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (till 9:00 PM on Fridays)
- Closed during Parker Days Festival in June
- Admission: Kids (3-9): $4 R/$4.50 NR; Adults: $5 R/$5.50 NR
Pirates Cove (1225 W. Belleview Ave., Englewood) Pirates Cove is an affordable water park that is ideal for families with young children. The Lagoon has a HUGE play structure with a 750-gallon dumping bucket; The River uses a current to send you around in an inner tube and also features a 35-foot tower with three water slides; The Beach is a sand play area where kids can build castles; and The Bay is great for older kids and strong swimmers with a plunge slide, a diving board, and swimming lanes.
- Daily Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM May 27th through August 12th (then weekends only through Labor Day)
- Weekday Admission: Kids (2-17): $7 R/$10.75 NR; Adults: $8 R/$12 NR
- Weekend Admission: Kids (2-17): $8 R/$11.75 NR; Adults: $9 R/$13 NR
- Print and present our Buy One, Get One 50% Off coupon (valid now through June 30)
Water World (8801 Pecos St., Denver) This Denver legend has been named once again one of USA Today‘s Top 10 Water Parks in the nation. Water World has 39 attractions on 64 acres, making it one of the largest water parks in America. Every member of our family has a blast when we visit. ‘Nuff said.
- Daily Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Admission: Kids (40″-47″): $36.99 + tax; Adults (48″ & taller): $41.99 + tax
- Visit the Promotions page for special discounts
Centennial Center Park (13133 E. Arapahoe Rd., Centennial) Adjacent to the Civic Center on Arapahoe, Centennial Center Park has several playgrounds for children of all ages, educational and historical information about the state of Colorado, a large grassy field, two covered picnicking areas, and a really, really big sprayground. Since the park opened, it has been one of the most popular in the area and the different levels can make it a little hard to keep track of more than one child. Just play together and stay together and you will have a great time! This one made USA Today‘s 10 Best Splash Pads in the nation!
Civic Green Park (9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch) Located next to the James H. LaRue Library and steps away from the Highlands Ranch Town Center, Civic Green Park hosts a wide variety of events throughout the summer (which will always be listed on our events calendar). Features include a playground with a shallow creek, a large grassy open area, and a stage with fountains in front of it (which are usually turned off during the events).
Elk Ridge Park (6971 Mira Vista Ln., Castle Pines) This hidden gem has interactive water features, a climbing wall, and an awesome playground with some unusual structures, including a slide from the upper level into the playground. The 11-acre park also offers 360-degree views of the plains, foothills, and mountains and an ADA-accessible trail network with educational features teaching the early history of Colorado.
Great Plains Park (20100 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora) Great Plains is a 50-acre park with a baseball field, paved walking/biking trails, separate playgrounds for younger and older children, and a wonderful sprayground! The only drawback to this park is that the bathrooms are pit toilets but everything else is great!
Redstone Park (3280 Redstone Park Cir., Highlands Ranch) Redstone Park has an unusual playground, skate park, fields, and a small man-made lake with a fishing pier. The playground has a sand-and-water feature with an awning over a portion of it. Your kids will be dirty and happy after an afternoon here.
Westlands Park (5701 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village) One of our all-time favorite parks, Westlands Park has an amazing playground for kids of all sizes, a two-story treehouse, an inline skating rink, walking paths that are wide enough for two strollers side by side, and a good-sized sprayground (plus the cleanest bathrooms of any park we’ve visited).
Aurora Reservoir and AWQUA Lounge (5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora) This multi-use aquatic recreational facility with an interactive education building has a swim beach with great beach-y sand, volleyball nets, covered picnic tables, and a large playground. It also has lots of geese, so water shoes are recommended. Entry is $10 per vehicle or a season pass.
Bear Creek Lake Park (15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood) Bear Creek Lake has 2,600 acres of parkland, 15 miles of dirt trails for biking and hiking, yurts that can be rented for overnight camping, and a swim beach at Big Soda Lake. The swimming section is roped off from the rest of the lake and they don’t allow motorized watercraft in this body of water. The swim beach also has a loaner station with life jackets, a playground, picnic tables, and decent bathrooms. They test the water weekly to make sure it is safe for swimming so you may want to call ahead to make sure the beach is open. Entry is $10 per vehicle or a season pass.
Cherry Creek State Park (4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora) We took our first family camping trip here because it has plenty to keep kids busy and was close enough to get home quickly if our adventure didn’t quite work out. Cherry Creek offers campsites, trails for hiking and biking, fishing, and a swim beach with good sand-castle-building sand. Entry is $9 per vehicle or a State Parks Pass plus a one-time $3 Aspen Leaf Basin Water Quality Authority fee.
Enjoy your summer and have fun creating memories. It would be fun to create a photo album memory book of your summer together that you can give to your host children at the end. I know my kids and I really enjoy looking back on our prior summers. We enjoy our photo albums and find ourselves reminiscing over silly photos, friends, forgotten memories and relive them again with laughter.
To learn more about hosting an au pair and the amazing benefits that your family and children receive, please call me. I would love to answer any questions that you may have.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 8:32 PM