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Everything CULTURE

Places around town that inspire children with the beauty of the arts and sciences.


Everything NATURE




Everything BABY




Everything A to Z

Nature centers, animal encounters, and family hikes for every season.


Jumping, swimming, and skiing; here’s where to go for a day of play.

Sweet shopping spots and resources for the expecting or new parent. From advocacy groups to respite services, these organizations support local families.

An A-to-Z list of family-friendly Colorado businesses and resources.

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hat should we do today? How many times do families ask that question? Or perhaps you find yourself asking where you can buy unique baby gifts around town or who to call for special needs respite services. This Everything Family guide helps to answer all those questions and more. It’s a sort of tour through all the amazing activities, organizations, and businesses available to families in the Denver area. You will find this guide filled with everything from amusement parks and baby boutiques, to museums and special needs camps. We’ve included information about what you can typically find at these locations, but, as we’ve grown accustomed to saying, be sure to check in before you visit. We’ve also squeezed in four of our favorite family hikes—one for each season of the year. Keep this guide handy and you will always have pages of helpful family resources at your fingertips, no matter what questions 2022 brings your way. Deborah Mock Editor

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Art+Culture+Learning Explore Aurora’s vibrant cultural scene which offers multiple theaters, libraries, markets, public art, and more!

Shopping+ Dining Food and shopping enthusiasts have hundreds of independant businessesand eateries in Aurora to choose from!

Outdoor Activities Outdoor adventurists, look no further than Aurora for year-round activities.




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What inspires your child? Is it the beauty of a pirouette, the beat of a drum, or getting hands-on in a museum gallery? Whatever it is, the Denver metro area is full of cultural opportunities to support your child’s interests or spark something new.

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Family: Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.


Denver and the surrounding communities offer dozens of museums, allowing families to explore everything from history and nature to art and science. Art Denver Art Museum The DAM features a hands-on art making studio, gallery games, and activities. Free admission for age 18 and under. Free on the first Saturday of each month for all Colorado residents. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. denverartmuseum.org Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Children can explore diverse cultural viewpoints and visit the Upper Idea Box, a dedicated home for MCA Denver’s teen leadership programs. Free admission for age 18 and under. 1485 Delgany St., Denver. mcadenver.org Museum of Outdoor Art This multifaceted organization includes an indoor gallery, more than 150 pieces of art in a variety of public places (from office parks to traditional sculpture gardens), and educational programs for all ages. 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood. moaonline.org


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A short day trip from Denver, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery expands visitors’ knowledge of science, history, and culture.

Science and Nature Denver Museum of Nature & Science Learn about fossils, gems, and space exploration, plus view wildlife dioramas and explore hands-on science experiments. 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. dmns.org Fort Collins Museum of Discovery A mix of hands-on and collections-based exhibits cover the 16,000 square foot main gallery, inviting visitors to discover more about energy, music, wildlife, first peoples, the universe, and more. 408 Mason Ct., Fort Collins. fcmod.org Gates Planetarium Explore the cosmos, including 80,000-foot volcanoes, black holes, and astronomical wonders. Located at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Morrison Natural History Museum Young dinosaur enthusiasts will enjoy hands-on activities and fossil discoveries, plus a touchable Tyrannosaurus rex skull. 501 Colorado 8, Morrison. mnhm.org

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Paraolympic Museum: Jason O’Rear. Golden History Museum: Heather Gaumer.

TOP: U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum BOTTOM: Golden History Museum

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Laboratory and Visitor Center Learn about Earth science through hands-on exhibits and guided, self-guided, or cell phone audio tours. Watch Air Planet People in the NCAR theater and then head outside to hike the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail nestled against the Flatirons. Free admission. scied.ucar.edu/visit University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Visit the Paleontology Hall and see fossils or view one of the other halls filled with artifacts from Colorado, North America, and around the world. Head to the Discovery Corner for hands-on activities just for kids. Free admission. 1030 Broadway, Boulder. colorado.edu/cumuseum Sports Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Explore history and trivia about Colorado’s great athletes and sports teams at this museum. Don’t miss the interactive Kid’s Zone, where youngsters can dress up in team uniforms. Free admission. Empower Field at Mile High, Gate 1, Denver. coloradosports.org U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum Follow the centuries-old epic of elite athletes and experience the thrill of Olympic competition through memorabilia, event simulators, an exhibit dedicated to sports equipment innovations, and Q and A’s with Olympic athletes. 200 S. Sierra Madre St., Colorado Springs. usopm.org Children’s Hands-On Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Scramble through a three-and-a-half-story climber, step inside a six-foot bubble, sculpt a clay masterpiece, or power a hot air balloon. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver. mychildsmuseum.org

WOW! Children’s Museum Interactive programs and activities just for kids to explore art, banking, health, and more. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette. wowchildrensmuseum.org History Aurora History Museum Learn about the city’s history through permanent and special exhibits. Take part in ongoing classes, activities, and events. 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. auroragov.org/museum

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Denver Firefighters Museum Learn about fire safety in a fun environment. Check out special camps and classes. 1326 Tremont Pl., Denver. denverfirefightersmuseum.org Four Mile Historic Park Visit a living history homestead from the 19th century, featuring the oldest Victorian house in Denver. 715 S. Forest St., Denver. fourmilepark.org Golden History Museum See exhibits in the main museum. Then take to the three-acre living history facility with 19th-century buildings, a blacksmith shop, hay barns, costumed interpreters, and heritage breeds of livestock. 923 10th St., Golden. goldenhistory.org

History Colorado Center The Center offers a hightech, interactive view of the past with historical displays, hands-on games, crafts, and artifacts. 1200 Broadway, Denver. historycolorado.org Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park Walk through the history of Lakewood by viewing 15 historic structures and 40,000 artifacts that reflect the lifestyles of the 20th century. 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. lakewood.org/heritagecenter Littleton Museum See historical exhibits and two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), blacksmith shop, and schoolhouse all on 40 acres with wandering geese, sheep, and more. 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton. littletongov.org/museum Museo de las Americas Learn about the diversity of Latin American culture and art through

innovative exhibits and community-building programs. 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. museo.org Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum View historic and contemporary works of art made from fabric. 200 Violet St., Golden. rmqm.org Transportation Colorado Railroad Museum Historic locomotives, train rides, an annual “Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine” event, and more make this a fun stop for budding railroad buffs. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden. coloradorailroadmuseum.org Forney Museum of Transportation Learn about the history of transportation through an exhibit featuring antique cars, trolleys, bikes, and locomotives. 4303 Brighton Blvd., Denver. forneymuseum.org Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum The World War II hangar features military and civilian aircraft. Space and rocketry exhibits feature Apollo models and an X-Wing fighter from the movie Star Wars. 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver. wingsmuseum.org


Inspire an interest in a variety of dance styles through performances and classes. Aerial Cirque Over Denver This recreational studio offers classes, camps, and after-school programs, as well as professional training for aerial and circus-style performers. 4605 Quebec St., Denver. aerialcirqueoverdenver.com Ballet Ariel This professional dance company and school offers performances with a mix of classic tradition and contemporary culture. 2231 S. Platte River Dr., Denver. balletariel.org Cleo Parker Robinson Dance CPRD, a cultural giant in Denver, invites the community to watch compelling performances, attend dance and fitness classes, or sign up for camps. 119 Park Ave. W., Denver. cleoparkerdance.org Colorado Ballet This professional company puts on numerous performances throughout the year, plus student matinees, dance classes, education, and community outreach programs. 1075 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. coloradoballet.org Colorado Conservatory of Dance CCD creates educational performances for dancers across the Denver metro area, and offers classes, camps, and an adaptive dance program. 3001 Industrial Ln., Suite 12, Broomfield. ccdance.org


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Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave Hands-on activities and exhibits tell about Buffalo Bill Cody. 987 Lookout Mountain Rd., Golden. buffalobill.org

Bookstore: Heather Gaumer.

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Frequent Flyer Productions This group has been teaching and performing aerial dance for 32 years, and offers classes, workshops, and performances. 3022 E. Sterling Cir., Suite 150, Boulder. frequentflyers.org

Children’s Bookstores

Nurture a child’s love of reading at one of these outstanding Denver bookstores. Barnes & Noble With thousands of titles, an online storytime, Kids Club, seasonal events, crafts, and more, this retailer knows what kids want. Multiple locations. barnesandnoble.com BookBar Pull up a seat in the comfy kids section or stay for storytime or special programs. Don’t forget a visit to the backyard patio on nice days. 4280 Tennyson St., Denver. bookbardenver.com

Second Star to the Right specializes in books, toys, and events for young readers. Tattered Cover Bookstore This Denver-based icon of independent bookstores offers a wealth of titles, events for kids, and top-notch staff eager to help you find the perfect read. Multiple locations. tatteredcover.com The Bookies Offering books, a full line of teacher materials, games, and toys, this is a one-stop shop. 4315 E. Mississippi Ave., Denver. thebookies.com

Children’s Theater

Lights, camera, action! For kids who are fond of a little drama, a number of playhouses raise the curtain on shows designed just for young audiences.

Boulder Book Store Boulder’s largest independent bookstore hosts author signings, book clubs, and story hours. 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. boulderbookstore.net

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities This community favorite offers theater for children, kids classes, a dance academy, and a youth symphony orchestra. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. arvadacenter.org

Hearthfire Books This cozy Evergreen favorite offers special events year-round, plus frozen yogurt and baked treats. 1254 Bergen Pkwy., Suite D122, Evergreen. hearthfirebooksandtreats.com

Aurora Fox Arts Center Children can watch performances and get involved in workshops for young actors. 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. aurorafoxartscenter.org

Second Star to the Right Find author readings, crafts, daily storytimes, school outreach, and book clubs for all kinds of readers at this shop. 1545 S. Pearl St., Denver. secondstartotherightbooks.com

Colorado Shakespeare Festival Older children are sure to appreciate an outdoor show and preshow program. The popular Camp Shakespeare day camp, for ages six to 18, fills up quickly. 277 University Ave, Boulder. coloradoshakes.org

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D.L. Parsons Theatre This neighborhood theater features performances for all ages, with children’s theater and workshops. Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Dr., Northglenn. northglenn.org/theatre Denver Center for the Performing Arts Denver’s spot for professional and touring productions, the DCPA also hosts camps and classes to engage children in theater. A handy family-friendly category search helps parents decide if a particular performance is appropriate for kids of a certain age. 1101 13th St., Denver. denvercenter.org JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center The Mizel Arts and Culture Center explores history and culture, engages youth in workshops, screens films, and more. 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. jccdenver.org/arts-culture Lone Tree Arts Center LTAC hosts performing arts programs crafted for kids and families. 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree. lonetreeartscenter.org PACE Center Offers youth theater classes and camps, as well as family-friendly performances. 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker. parkerarts.org Peanut Butter Players Enjoy theater performances for kids put on by kids. 2572 Paintbrush Lane, Lafayette. peanutbutterplayers.com Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids RMTK and its sister company, the Actor’s Academy for the Performing Arts, offer intensive summer camps and classes for kids. Student performances are open to the public. 5311 Western Ave., Boulder. 3245 S. Broadway, Englewood. theaterforkids.net Town Hall Arts Center Educational theater programs, children’s theater where kids can go onstage, and workshops make this a great choice for a budding performer. 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. townhallartscenter.org


Children are never too young to be introduced to music. Colorado Children’s Chorale Enjoy vocal performances through concerts performed by some talented, hardworking kids. 2420 W. 26th Ave., Denver. childrenschorale.org Colorado Symphony Orchestra The Colorado Symphony Family Series is a great way to expose youngsters to the world of the orchestra. Presented at Boettcher Concert Hall, the series offers performances including the annual Halloween Spooktacular and Drums of the World. 1000 14th St., Denver. coloradosymphony.org Denver Brass Brassical Adventures, held at venues around Denver, introduces children to the wonder of music, with sing-alongs, dancing, and movement. denverbrass.org Swallow Hill Music Swallow Hill offers a full range of music classes, plus performances, outreach, and enrichment programs. 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver. swallowhillmusic.org

SCFD Free Days at Your Favorite Attractions Thanks to the voter-funded Science & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), families enjoy free or highly-reduced days at many excellent museums and attractions like the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Four


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Mile Historic Park. For a complete listing of participating organizations and 2022 dates, visit scfd.org or check the calendar in each issue of Colorado Parent.




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The name Colorado conjures up images of snowy mountains, breathtaking hiking trails, and days spent outside under the sun. Metro-area families have a wealth of natural resources, such as parks, zoos, and nature centers, to help them take advantage of the temperate Rocky Mountain days.

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Zoos & Animal Encounters Take your kids out and about to see real wild creatures—from butterflies to giraffes—at venues around town.

Buffalo Herd Nature Preserve See where the bison—direct descendants of the last wild buffalo in America—roam. Off I-70 at Genesee Park, Exit 254. Butterfly Pavilion Visit the tropical conservatory where more than 1,600 butterflies fly freely. Other exhibit areas feature insects and sea invertebrates. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. butterflies.org Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Head an hour and a half south of Denver to America’s mountain zoo, featuring expansive views and 750 animals. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs. cmzoo.org Denver Zoo Take a peek at everything from Amur tigers to Komodo dragons. Hand-feed giraffes in the Giraffe Encounter or walk under tigers at The Edge. City Park, 2300 Steele St., Denver. denverzoo.org Downtown Aquarium View sea life, hundreds of fish species, and more. Take a seat at the restaurant to extend the stay. 700 Water St., Denver. aquariumrestaurants.com


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Visit and learn about more than 3,000 resident animals at the Denver Zoo.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary Observe bears, wolves, leopards, lions, and more from a 1.5 milelong elevated walkway. The sanctuary provides a home to exotic carnivores that have been abused, abandoned, or kept illegally as pets. 1946 County

Rd. 53, Keenesburg. wildanimalsanctuary.org

State Parks

Blue skies, fresh air, and open space make Colorado a great place to play outdoors. Whether you lace up your boots or hop on a bike, pack some water and sunscreen for a day of exploring at one of Colorado’s nature parks. Hike, bike, swim, boat, or fish in the warm seasons or snowshoe and cross-country ski in the winter. The parks below are close to the Denver area. Visit cpw.state.co.us for a complete description of Colorado state parks, plus information on reservations and fees. Castlewood Canyon State Park Hiking and rock climbing, along with a variety of children’s

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programs, make this a fun day-trip getaway just outside of Castle Rock. Activity backpacks with discovery tools, a trail guide, and more for kids may be checked out at the visitor center to use while hiking. 2989 S. State Highway 83, Franktown. Chatfield State Park Nestled against the foothills, Chatfield offers hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and camping, along with a seasonal swim beach. 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton. Cherry Creek State Park Set near Denver Tech Center, families can enjoy camping, picnicking, bird-watching, boating, fishing, and seasonal swimming. 4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora. Roxborough State Park Hike among red rock formations or participate in an educational program at this Littleton gem. 4751 E. Roxborough Dr., Roxborough.

Nature Centers and Botanic Gardens

Enhance your experience in the great outdoors with a visit to one of these informative centers.

Cherry Creek State Park: Heather Gaumer.

Bear Creek Lake Park An indoor nature center features wildlife displays and information. Naturalist-led activities for all ages take place year-round. 15600 W. Morrison Rd., Lakewood. lakewood.org/bclp

Bluff Lake Nature Center Explore native habitats, waterfowl, and wildlife. Enjoy family days and after-school programs. 3400 Havana Way, Denver. blufflake.org Carson Nature Center This facility offers interactive displays and year-round programs about the history of South Platte River along with kid- and family-friendly programs. 3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton. ssprd.org/nature Denver Botanic Gardens Acres of specialty gardens, including the Mordecai Children’s Garden, kid-friendly events, and classes make this a favorite destination for families. 1007 York St., Denver. botanicgardens.org Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms This working farm, located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County, serves up plenty of fun for children and families. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. botanicgardens.org Hudson Gardens Get your daily dose of nature, and be sure to visit the miniature model garden railroad that crosses bridges and waterfalls at this expansive facility. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton. hudsongardens.org Lookout Mountain Nature Center Wildlife displays and areas for kids, along with numerous year-round activities, make for a special foothills trip. 910 Colorow Rd., Golden. jeffco.us/parks Majestic View Nature Center Visitors can enjoy exhibits, hands-on displays, classes for kids, and more than 80 acres of nature to explore. 7030 Garrison St., Arvada. arvada.org/nature Plains Conservation Center Discover the natural wonder of Colorado’s high plains. Events include full-moon walks, prairie preschool, and wagon rides. 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. aurora.plainsconservationcenter.org Thorne Nature Experience Kids connect with nature through various hands-on programs. Thorne’s summer camp is a fun way for kids to learn and adventure. 1466 N. 63rd St., Boulder. thornenature.org

Camp, boat, or swim at Cherry Creek State Park.

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Family Hikes for Every Season

Colorado is a hiking state. Sun, rain, or snow, families head out for a daily dose of nature. Thanks to countless trails for all skill levels— from easy walk to challenging climb—parents don’t have to look far to find kid-friendly hikes any time of the year. Check out our picks for the best seasonal hikes close to Denver.

Summer Chautauqua Park, Boulder Looking at the sea of families and hikers who regularly hit the trails at Chautauqua before brunch, one could easily mistake the Boulder spot for a place full of easy hikes. However, hiking Chautauqua can be less or more challenging, depending on your choices. Trails range from short meandering paths through the meadow to steep all-day hikes to the surrounding flatirons and peaks. Traffic and parking can be difficult, so get there early (as early as possible with kids) or watch for the Park to Park Chautauqua Shuttle on summer weekends. bouldercolorado.gov

Fall Kenosha Pass, near Grant The backdrop of many fall Instagram posts, Kenosha Pass is a popular hiking spot for family photo ops and a view of golden groves of changing aspen leaves. Just under an hour and a half southwest of Denver near Jefferson and Grant, Kenosha Pass is home to both easy hikes and a 10-plus-mile trail, making the trip customizable for families based on ability. The impressive views of the glimmering aspen leaves, and


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if you’re lucky, a light dusting of snow, make Kenosha Pass a classic fall hiking spot. fs.usda.gov

Winter Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park When temperatures linger below 30 degrees, snowshoes allow hikers to stay on the trails. Rocky Mountain National Park, just 10 minutes from Estes Park, takes families away from I-70 traffic and ski resort chaos with views of snow-covered mountains and a variety of trails. After snowshoeing at family-friendly Emerald Lake Trail, explore Estes Park. The popular town is filled with places to sip hot chocolate or eat a hearty meal. Entrance into the park is $25 per car and snowshoes are available to rent for $5 per day at Estes Park Mountain Shop. nps.gov/romo

Spring Dinosaur Ridge Trail, Morrison Dinosaur Ridge is known for its historically significant dinosaur tracks and bones—it’s the site of the first stegosaurus discovery, after all. With more than 15 fossil and geologic sites and a short, 2-mile round-trip trail, even the youngest hikers enjoy this dino-studded spot. When the spring thaw brings the return of warm days, inspire curiosity and wonder with a visit to this trail. After the hike, stop at the visitors center for a guided tour or head to the Morrison Natural History Museum, a short drive down the road, for more dinosaur learning. dinoridge.org

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On those days when you’re tired of the neighborhood park and ready for a day of fun, check here for ideas. It doesn’t matter if the sun is shining or snow is falling, there is always something fun to do with kids in and around the Mile High City.

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Elitch: Visit Denver.


Looking for a way to spend the day? These places offer rides, games, food, and fun. Adventure Golf and Raceway Three 18-hole miniature golf courses, electric go-kart track, and bumper cars. 9650 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster. adventuregolfandraceway.com Bandimere Speedway Drag racing and special racing events. 3051 S. Rooney Rd., Morrison. bandimere.com Boondocks Fun Center Miniature golf, go-karts, bumper boats, bowling, arcade games, and birthday parties. Two locations: 11425 Community Center Dr., Northglenn; 18706 Cottonwood Dr., Parker. boondocks.com Elitch Gardens Theme Park 58-acre amusement park in the heart of downtown Denver. 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver. elitchgardens.com


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Kids experience thrills—from mild to wild— at Elitch Gardens theme park. Gateway Park Fun Center Go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, human maze, and arcade games. 4800 N. 28th St., Boulder. gatewayfunpark.com Lakeside Amusement Park An old-fashioned amusement park, known for low prices and its location adjacent to a pretty lake. 4601 Sheridan Blvd., Denver. lakesideamusementpark.com Santa’s Workshop North Pole Christmas-themed amusement park with rides, shows, activities, arcade games, and visits with Santa. 5050 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade. northpolecolorado.com Tiny Town & Railroad Kid-size buildings and a tiny train to ride around the town. 6249 S. Turkey Creek Rd., Morrison. tinytownrailroad.com Top Golf Lessons, games, and climate-controlled bays to practice your golf drive. Two locations: Centennial and Thornton. topgolf.com

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Ski Resorts

Thanks to kid-friendly resorts complete with ski and ride programs, plus activities for the whole family, it’s easy to take your kids to the slopes here in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin arapahoebasin.com

Aspen Highlands aspensnowmass.com

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Winter Park Resort keeps families entertained with skiing, tubing, snowshoe tours, and more. Howelsen Hill steamboatsprings.net

Snowmass aspensnowmass.com

Kendall Mountain skikendall.com

Steamboat steamboat.com

Keystone keystoneresort.com

Sunlight Mountain sunlightmtn.com

Loveland skiloveland.com

Telluride tellurideskiresort.com

Monarch skimonarch.com

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Powderhorn powderhorn.com

Winter Park winterparkresort.com

Granby Ranch granbyranch.com

Purgatory purgatoryresort.com

Wolf Creek wolfcreekski.com


Cooper skicooper.com

Copper Mountain coppercolorado.com

Crested Butte skicb.com

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Indoor Play Spaces

Sometimes saying “go outside and play” just doesn’t work out and you have to take all that excess kid-energy somewhere. These indoor spots enable kids to let off some steam with fun activities any time of the year. Kids Wonder Pretend play rules at this center filled with ways to learn, make believe, and explore. Large inflatables encourage kids to climb, run, and jump. 7562 South University Blvd., Suite GG, Centennial. kidswonder.net

Monkey Bizness and Little Monkey Bizness Get active on inflatables, play structures, climbing walls, and games. Three locations: Colorado Springs, Parker, Westminster. monkeybizness.com Play Street Museum Imagine and pretend in the town square play space just perfect for littles. Kids can explore interactive exhibits and learn through play. 9370 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite A-2, Highlands Ranch. highlandsranch.playstreetmuseum.com

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Parks and Recreation

Whether you need swim lessons, an art class, or just a place for the family to run around and play, check out Colorado’s park and recreation areas. With some pretty amazing recreation centers, water parks, and special highlights around town, you may want to venture out to see what other districts have to offer. Apex Park & Recreation District Highlights: The Apex Center houses a rock-climbing wall, indoor Clubhouse Adventure Playground, an ice arena, and 23,000 square feet of water features, including an indoor slide, vortex pool, and a play pool. apexprd.org Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Highlights: Kids of all ages enjoy the sprayground at Great Plains Park and the award-winning Wheel Park, which features a skateboard bowl, BMX track, and in-line hockey rink. auroragov.org


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Washington Park is a favorite recreation spot for Denver families any day of the year. City of Englewood Parks & Recreation Highlights: Pirate’s Cove Water Park sits next to Belleview Park, home to a miniature train ride around the park and an animal petting farm (open seasonally). englewoodco.gov City of Golden Parks & Recreation Highlights: The Splash at Fossil Trace outdoor water park (open seasonally) includes water slides, an activity pool, a beach-like sand area, and a gentle spray fountain play area for all ages. cityofgolden.net City of Northglenn Parks & Recreation Highlights: E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park features an award-winning sensory park and Webster Lake for fishing and riding pedal boats. northglenn.org City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Highlights: The Wheat Ridge Skatepark has eight features including a half-pipe combo, quarter pipe, trick ramp, and launch ramp. ci.wheatridge.co.us

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Denver Parks & Recreation Highlights: Favorite spots in the Denver Parks & Recreation district include Ruby Hill Rail Yard urban snow-sport park with ten rails, Darlington Fountain in City Park, and Aqua Golf. denvergov.org Foothills Park & Recreation District Highlights: Ridge Recreation Center includes an indoor climbing wall and activity pool with floor geysers, body flume slide, bubble bench, and children’s play structure with tot slide. ifoothills.org Hyland Hills Parks & Recreation District Highlights: Hyland Hills Park & Recreation district is home to fun family attractions, including summer favorite, Water World. For

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Kids love to play in the pool on a hot summer day. These water parks and super pools elevate the watery fun. Apex Center An indoor aquatics area covers 23,000 square feet of features, including an indoor slide, vortex pool, and play pool. 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada. apexprd.org Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park Water rides and an amusement park can all be found in the same facility with water slides, thrill coasters, and rides just for kids. 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver. elitchgardens.com Great Wolf Lodge This resort offers a 50,000square-foot indoor aquatics center. Water park access is included with lodging. 9494 Federal Dr., Colorado Springs. greatwolf.com/colorado-springs

a day on the ice, the Ice Centre at the Promenade is open for skating lessons, hockey, and birthday parties throughout the year. Adventure Golf and Raceway features three miniature golf courses and an outdoor electric go-kart track. hylandhills.org Prospect Recreation & Park District Highlights: Maple Grove Park in Golden features three picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a baseball field, basketball court, and sand volleyball court. prospectdistrict.org South Suburban Parks & Recreation Highlights: SSPR is home to a free BMX racetrack, Hudson Gardens 30-acre display garden, and Colorado Journey Miniature Golf course where you can putt past the Garden of the Gods and into Mesa Verde. ssprd.org

H2O’Brien Pool Two 182-foot water slides flow into this pool, alongside a waterworks play structure, geysers, and lap pool. 10795 Victorian Dr., Parker. parkerrec.com Pirates Cove Water Park Mosey down the lazy river, get soaked under the dump bucket, or go down the 35-foot slide tower at this popular spot. 1225 W. Belleview, Englewood. piratescovecolorado.com Utah Pool Up to six lanes of swimming with a 140-foot waterslide in the leisure pool. 1800 S. Peoria St., Aurora. auroragov.org Water World Splash in 50 water-themed rides, plus enjoy food and rental cabanas on a hot day. 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights. waterworldcolorado.com

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Baby is on the way! There is so much to plan for and so much to learn. You will find Colorado a friendly place to welcome your new little one. With state-of-the-art birthing centers, boutiques filled with unique baby items, and resources to support you in everything from prenatal care to breastfeeding, you can relax and enjoy this special time.

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Birth Centers

The safety, health, and comfort of mom and baby are number one at metro-area birthing centers. Outstanding medical staff means your care, and that of your baby, is in the hands of the world’s best medical professionals. With unique amenities, such as birthing tubs, room service, birth-coach beds, and upscale décor, you will welcome baby in a comforting environment. Avista Adventist Hospital The New Life Birth Center 100 Health Park Dr., Louisville. 303-673-1100. avistahospital.org Birth Center of Boulder 2800 Folsom St., Boulder. 303-443-3993. birthcenterofboulder.com Birth Center of Denver 1830 Franklin St., Suite 330, Denver. 303-812-2363. sclhealth.org/locations/birth-center-of-denver

Colorado Institute for Maternal & Fetal Health Anschutz Medical Campus, 1635 Aurora Ct., Aurora. 720-848-1060. childrenscolorado.org Denver Center for Birth & Wellness 7261 S. Broadway, Suite 103, Littleton. 303-999-0234. denvercenterforbirth.com Denver Health Medical Center 790 Delaware St. Pav. C, Denver. 303-436-4949. denverhealth.org Good Samaritan Medical Center The Baby Place 200 Exempla Cir., Lafayette. 303-689-4701. goodsamaritancolorado.org Hygge Birth and Baby 8111 E. Lowry Blvd., Suite 230, Denver. 720-464-7599. hyggebirthandbaby.com

Boulder Community Health Family Birth Center 4747 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303-415-7350. bch.org

Littleton Adventist Hospital The BirthPlace 7700 S. Broadway, Littleton. 303-730-5810. centura.org/locations/littleton-adventist-hospital

Center for Midwifery University of Colorado Hospital, 1635 Aurora Ct., Aurora. 720-848-1700. nursing.cuanschutz.edu/ patient-care/nurse-midwifery-locations

Lutheran Medical Center Birth Center 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. 303-425-4500. lutheranmedicalcenter.org


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The Medical Center of Aurora Family Birth Center 1501 S. Potomac St., Aurora. 303-695-2600. auroramed.com North Suburban Medical Center Labor and Delivery Unit 9191 Grant St., Thornton. 303-451-7800. northsuburban.com Parker Adventist Hospital The BirthPlace 9395 Crown Crest Blvd., Parker. 303-269-4090. centura.org/locations/parker-adventist-hospital Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center 1719 E. 19th Ave., Denver. 303-839-6000. pslmc.com Rose Babies Birth Center 4567 E. Ninth Ave., Denver. 303-320-2001. rosemed.com/campaigns/rose-babies St. Anthony North Health Campus The Birth Center 14300 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster. 720-627-0222. centura.org/locations/st-anthony-north-healthcampus

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Saint Joseph Hospital Center for Women & Infants 1375 E. 19th Ave., Denver. 303-812-4640. sclhealth.org/locations/saint-joseph-hospital

Seasons Midwifery & Birth Center 2900 E. 136th Ave., Suite 110, Thornton, 303-999-3950. seasonsbirthcenter.com Sky Ridge Medical Center Birth Place 10101 RidgeGate Pkwy., Lone Tree. 720-225-1000. skyridgemedcenter.com Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., Englewood. 303-788-5000. swedishhospital.com UCHealth Women’s Care Center Birth Center 12605 E. 16th Ave., Aurora. 720-848-4111. uchealth.org

Boutiques for Mom and Baby

These shops stock stylish baby clothes and nursery décor for the modern baby. Many also offer classes and events to help you build your community of friends who are also in the parenting trenches. Belly Bliss 300 Josephine St., Suite 230, Denver. 303-399-1191. bellybliss.org Broomtail 1931 E. Kentucky Ave., Denver. 720-456-7425. broomtailkids.com The mama’hood 2902 Zuni St., Denver. 303-643-5662. themamahood.com Pitter Patter 720 Front St., Louisville. 720-485-3129. pitterpattershop.com Real Baby 4315 Tennyson St., Denver. 303-477-2229. realbabyinc.com Talulah Jones 1122 E. 17th Ave., Denver. 303-832-1230. talulahonline.com

Pregnancy Resources

When you have questions, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Reach out to friends, family, and these helpful parenting resources to find answers. Centura Health Advisor Referral and Information CHA provides a search engine to help

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families find the physician that is right for their needs, as well as ER and urgent care wait times, a description of services, and a location finder. 303-290-6500. centura.org Children’s Hospital Colorado Children’s Colorado provides families with a find-a-doctor search engine, convenient schedule-an-appointment page, location list, and more. The Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children’s Colorado provides support for pregnant and postpartum women and their families. 720-777-1234. childrenscolorado.org Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Prenatal Plus Program This program for pregnant women on Health First Colorado (Colorado’s medicaid program), links mothers to a case manager, dietitian, and a mental health provider to ensure a healthy pregnancy, as well as regular prenatal care like food assistance, housing assistance, and help with continuing education or finding a job. 303-692-2000. cdphe.state.co.us Family Healthline This agency of the Colorado Department of Health provides information and referral for health care, nutrition, immunizations, mental health, and dental health. English or Spanish. 303-692-2229. Toll-free within Colorado: 800-688-7777. cdphe.state.co.us


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ParentSmart Healthline Children’s Hospital Colorado provides a 24-hour phone line staffed by nurses. The line provides general health information, community resources, and physician recommendations. 720-777-0123 or toll-free at 1-855-543-4636. childrenscolorado.org Nutrition Services and Women, Infants and Children Food Program (WIC Program) WIC helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC also provides healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to health and other social services. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements. Those receiving TANF, Medicaid, or SNAP benefits automatically qualify. 303-692-2400. coloradowic.gov

Breastfeeding Supplies and Support You know breastfeeding is healthy, but it’s not always easy. These organizations can help you through the tough spots. A Mother’s Choice Midwifery Provides culturallycompetent, evidence based support to achieve

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satisfying and successful nursing immediately after birth. 719-425-2631. amcmbirth.com Breastfeeding Management Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado Children’s Hospital at Anschutz helps mothers reach their breastfeeding goals by offering lactation support services, including individualized breastfeeding information, consultation, and support. 860 N. Potomac Cir., Aurora. 720-7773605. childrenscolorado.org

International Lactation Consultant Association The ILCA helps advance the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant profession through advocacy, leadership, professional development, and research. 888-452-2478. ilca.org La Leche League of Colorado La Leche League seeks to build better understanding of the importance of breastfeeding through parent-to-parent support, encouragement, information, and education. Multiple locations. lllcoloradowyoming.org

Breastfeeding Support Services UCHealth UCH offers lactation support services that teach the best breastfeeding methods and offer personal support and counseling. Multiple locations. uchealth.org

Mothers’ Milk Bank MMB supports mothers who cannot provide the milk supply their baby needs, by safely screening, collecting, processing, and donating human milk. 303-869-1888. rmchildren.org

Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition This volunteer organization helps communities understand the importance of breastfeeding by offering practical tips to families and helpful information for employers and child/health care providers. Multiple locations. 844-262-3248. cobfc.org

Mothers’ Milk Bank Baby Cafe A safe and relaxed space to meet with other breastfeeding families, share experiences, and get free tips and guidance from a lactation specialist. Open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three locations in metro Denver. 303-869-1888. rmchildren.org/baby-cafe

Get more time with your doctor Dr. Susie Damon is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been a board certified pediatrician for over 25 years. Direct Primary Care is a different way of accessing primary care services.

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Aurora has something for everyone! The city’s vibrant cultural scene offers multiple theaters, libraries, markets, and public art to explore. Shopping and dining enthusiasts have hundreds of independent businesses and eatery options. And, outdoor adventurists can experience year-round activities all in Aurora! GoAurora.org 34

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Asperger’s & Autism

Alpine Autism Center Provides home therapy and consultations, plus support and training to families, teachers, therapists, and schools. Colorado Springs, 719-203-6903. alpineautismcenter.org

Garden, Inc. Offers a variety of therapeutic individual and community services for children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum. Littleton, 303-306-8259. gardenautism.org

Autism Community Store Offers toys, books, community events, and other resources for families, therapists, and teachers. Aurora, 303-309-3647. autismcommunitystore.com

REVEL Connects teens and adults on the autism spectrum to social and learning experiences. Denver, 720-534-0601. revelinlife.org

Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) Helps individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families develop a community, find training, and get scholarships for activities. Louisville, 720-272-8231. autismboulder.org Autism Society of Colorado Provides referrals, support groups, and sensory-friendly opportunities to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Denver, 720-214-0794. autismcolorado.org Autism Speaks Promotes solutions for the needs of people with autism and their families. Golden, 720-492-3731. autismspeaks.org Firefly Autism Provides center- and homebased services, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and parent training. Lakewood, 303-759-1192. fireflyautism.org


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STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder Conducts research on sensory processing disorder (SPD) and treats children and adults with sensory issues through play. Denver, 303-221-7827. spdstar.org


Ascendigo Adventures Program Engages campers on the autism spectrum in year-round outdoor sports and recreational activities in the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado. Carbondale, 970-927-3143. ascendigo.org Adam’s Camp Supports individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities through therapy, adventure, and socialization. Various locations. 303-563-8290. adamscamp.org Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Offers an adaptive ski and ride school, wilderness programs (on-site and mobile), professional teambuilding retreats, and a unique internship program. Breckenridge, 970-453-6422. boec.org

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Camp Paha Provides safe, challenging, and fun recreational and educational summer activities for youth with disabilities, ages six to 17. Lakewood, 303-987-4867. lakewood.org/paha Colorado Lions Camp Tailors summer experiences for age eight and up, no matter their challenges. Woodland Park, 719-687-2087. coloradolionscamp.org INSPIRE Offers summer adventures for youth ages five to 17 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Evergreen, 720-880-1219. evergreenrecreation.com/206/inspire Rocky Mountain Village Removes barriers to overnight camping, day trips, arts, sports, hiking, zip lining, and horseback riding. Empire, 303-569-2333. easterseals.com/co Roundup River Ranch Enables children with serious illnesses and their families to get a full camp experience for free. Gypsum, 970-524-2267. roundupriverranch.org

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Education & Therapies

Bal Swan Children’s Center Meets the developmental needs of children of all abilities, providing therapy and parenting classes. Broomfield, 303-466-6308. balswan.org Brain Highways Helps improve learning, focus, stress management, and behavior based on neuroplasticity. Online programs. brainhighways.com Child Find Colorado Department of Education Evaluates potential developmental delays and needs for intervention or special education. Denver, 303-866-6124. cde.state.co.us/early/childfind Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Serves students, birth to age 21, with CSDB-based and outreach programs. Colorado Springs, 719-578-2100. csdb.org Fletcher Miller School Provides interactive and interdisciplinary academics and meets individual needs in medical, physical, and social/emotional areas. Lakewood, 303-982-7200. fletchermiller. jeffcopublicschools.org GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Offers a space for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to socialize or work with their own tutors and therapists. Center-run programs are also available to support physical, mental, and social wellbeing for newborns to


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GiGi’s Playhouse offers children with Down syndrome, and their families, a social, supportive, and educational atmosphere. young adults. 610 Garrison St., Unit F, Lakewood. gigisplayhouse.org/denver/ Goldstar Learning Options Inc. Maximizes the strengths and abilities of individuals with developmental and intellectual differences. Denver, 303-327-9738. gsloinc.com Humanex Academy Provides a self-paced, individualized curriculum in a small, private, and accredited school for grades six to 12. Englewood, 303-783-0137. humanexacademy.com The Joshua School Helps people with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities attain the highest quality of life from early childhood to adulthood. Englewood, 303-758-7171. joshuaschool.org Laradon Provides educational and therapeutic services including early intervention and a specialized school for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Denver, 303-296-2400. laradon.org

Heath Care Programs

HCP for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Serves ages one to 21 with medical,

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developmental, behavioral, or emotional needs. Find resources, care coordination, and specialty care. 303-692-2370. colorado.gov/cdphe/hcp


Mental Illness

Empower Colorado Supports, informs, and advocates for the families of children who have social/emotional, mental, or behavioral challenges. 866-213-4631. abilityconnectioncolorado.org/empowercolorado Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Advocates for children and families impacted by mental health issues. Lakewood, 888-429-3369. coloradofederation.org Mental Health Colorado Advocates for mental illness and substance use prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Denver, 720-208-2220. mentalhealthcolorado.org National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado Offers free educational classes, support groups, and advocacy for mental health. Englewood, 303-321-3104. namicolorado.org


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Adaptive Sports Center Operates year-round outdoor adventures for people with disabilities. Crested Butte, 970-349-2296. adaptivesports.org Aurora Therapeutic Recreation Provides recreational programs for individuals with developmental/physical disabilities. Aurora, 303-326-8410. auroragov.org Challenge Aspen Engages individuals with cognitive or physical challenges in recreational, educational, and cultural experiences. Snowmass Village, 970-923-0578. challengeaspen.org Exploryst Provides travel information and assistance for individuals with disabilities. Notes on travel businesses, including ability levels, accessibility, terrain, vision and hearing assistance, and restrooms, assist with planning. exploryst.com Fishing Has No Boundaries Opens the great outdoor fishing world for people with disabilities. Colorado Springs, 719-873-3462. csfhnb.org Ignite Adaptive Sports Offers safe, fun instruction in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing for people with any disability. Nederland, 303-908-1551. igniteadaptivesports.org

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National Sports Center for the Disabled Adapts year-round sports and activities for individuals with almost any type of diagnosis. Denver metro, Front Range, and Winter Park, 970-726-1518. nscd.org

Colorado Respite Coalition Gives caregivers of extensive need individuals across Colorado a rest. Lakewood, 303-233-1666. coloradorespitecoalition.org

Paradox Sports Adapts indoor and outdoor climbing activities for people with physical disabilities, age 15 and older. Boulder, 720-638-5593. paradoxsports.org

Discovery Club Organizes recreational activities for kids ages six to 18 with any disability, and siblings. Lakewood, Lafayette, 303-233-1666. easterseals.com/co

Special Olympics Colorado Trains athletes with intellectual disabilities, age eight and up, in a variety of sports. Centennial, 720-359-3100. specialolympicsco.org

Megan’s Place Provides respite and daycare for kids ages three to 18 with developmental disabilities. Wheat Ridge, 303-881-4988. megansplacellc.org

Wilderness on Wheels Provides a wheelchairaccessible one-mile long boardwalk, fishing pond, campsites, huts, and cabins. Grant, 303-403-1110. wildernessonwheels.org

Pikes Peak Respite Services Serves individuals with special needs in-home and in the community through respite, personal and house care, community connections, and mentorship. Pikes Peak Region, 719-659-6344. pikespeakrespiteservices.com

Respite & Childcare

Angels of Colorado Home Care Gives respite, shortterm, and long-term care for families of those with physical/cognitive disabilities. Aurora, 720-747-8228. angelsofcolorado.com Break Time by The Resource Exchange Offers respite sessions on various Friday nights and Saturday afternoons through the year. Colorado Springs, 719-338-1718. tre.org/services/break-time Care.com Helps parents search for, vet, connect with, and select qualified caregivers and sitters. care.com/special-needs Care and Community Engages those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in after-school and summer skill building. Aurora, 303-955-1672. careandcommunity.org

PlayDate Behavioral Interventions Includes in-home and on-site respite care, plus parent education to help children gain key skills and manage behavior. Colorado Springs, 719-465-3989. myplaydate.org Respite Care Inc. Provides short-term, centerbased care for children with developmental disabilities. Fort Collins, 970-207-9435. respitecareinc.org YMCA Autism Respite Program Improves aquatic safety skills in a one-to-one exercise program. Denver, 720-524-2778. denverymca.org Zach’s Place Offers active, structured, and free play while teaching life skills and socialization skills. Colorado Springs, 719-447-8983. sksfcolorado.org

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Our goal is that Colorado youth grow up knowing how to earn, make, and manage their money wisely, regardless of background. Our keystone programs, Young Americans Bank, Young AmeriTowne, International Towne and YouthBiz, teach in a fun, hands-on way.

National Jewish Health for Kids offers dedicated care from the nation’s best pediatric specialists. Our pediatricians care for children and adolescents with asthma, atopic dermatitis, food allergies, respiratory troubles, immune problems, recurrent infections and other pulmonary illnesses in a setting designed to put you and your child at ease.

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Day Camps

Summer at Ricks 2040 S. York St., Denver | 303-871-3715 ricksctr@du.edu | du.edu/ricks

Summer at Ricks blends fun summer activities with rich learning experiences all while enjoying the benefits of the University of Denver campus. Campers entering preschool to sixth grade will enjoy weekly themes and specialty camps based on STEAM.


Kid’s Choice Dental, Vision & Braces 15159 E. Colfax, Unit B, Aurora 303-341-5437 All About Kids Dental, Vision, Braces 2020 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood 303-431-1221 Advanced Choice Dental, Vision, Braces 5375 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge 303-476-6292 All About Braces 2250 S. Monaco Pkwy., Denver 303-462-1462 | dentalvisionbraces.com

Dental, vision, and braces for kids and adults. We accept Medicaid, CHP+, and most other insurances. Parents welcome to accompany child to treatment area. Dental: $49 New Patient Special includes cleaning, fluoride, X-rays, and exam. Free orthodontics consult. We speak Spanish. Open 9am7pm, Sat 9am-4pm. One Stop for your Family!

National Jewish Health 1400 Jackson St., Denver 1-877-CALL NJH (877-225-5654) njhealth.org

Music Lessons

Young Voices of Colorado 99 Inverness Drive East, Suite 150, Englewood 303-797-7464 | margie@youngvoices.org youngvoices.org

Young Voices of Colorado, a premier children’s choir in the south metro area is holding friendly auditions for children who LOVE to SING. Age appropriate choirs (in-person and remote) are available for boys and girls ages five to 16. Call now!

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Janet Holmes, Realtor - HomeSmart 8300 E. Maplewood Ave., Suite 100, Greenwood Village 303-798-5251 | Janet@HomesbyHolmes.org HomesbyHolmes.org

A fellow Colorado parent offering you a first class experience when helping you buy and sell homes.

Schools Charter

Global Village Academy Aurora, Parker, Northglenn info@gvaschools.org | gvaschools.org

Global Village Academies are innovative language immersion charter schools in Aurora, Northglenn, and Douglas County. Students learn core content in English and language immersion instruction in their choice of Spanish, Mandarin, Russian or French.


Auraria Early Learning Center 950 9th Street Park, Denver | 303-556-3188 ahec.edu/earlylearning

The Auraria Early Learning Center, a five star Colorado Shines rated center, provides full time programs for children 12-months and walking to five-years-old. The center serves the Auraria Campus and Denver Community.

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In partnership with parents, we focus on providing a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for children ages one to 12. Play-based experiences connect to early standards with emphasis on educational experiences that develop social and pre-academic skills.

Ricks Center for Gifted Children 2040 S. York St., Denver | 303-871-3715 ricksctr@du.edu | du.edu/ricks

Ricks Center is a school, preschool to eighth grade, dedicated to gifted learners. Flexible, differentiated curriculum designed around the whole child. Teachers who know, understand, and care deeply about gifted education and each individual student.


Arma Dei Academy 341 Wildcat Reserve Pkwy., Highlands Ranch 303-346-4523 communications@armadeiacademy.com armadeiacademy.com

Arma Dei Academy is a classical Christian school in Douglas County serving students in Preschool, Kindergarten - 8th grade, High School, and Homeschool Collaborative families. We strive to build a legacy of intelligent and thoughtful leaders who will pursue a purposeful life marked by Truth.

Aspen Academy 5859 S. University Blvd., Greenwood Village 303-346-3500 admissions@aspenacademy.org aspenacademy.org

Aspen Academy is a pre-K through eighth grade independent school in Greenwood Village, Colorado that focuses on three primary areas: next-generation education, leadership and entrepreneurial development, and community strength and service.

Colorado Academy 3800 S. Pierce St., Denver 303-914-2513 | coloradoacademy.org

For more than a century, the promise of Colorado Academy has been the pursuit of academic excellence. CA provides the most relevant, preparative, and highest valueadded pre-K through 12 education possible.

Iliff Preschool 4140 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 303-757-3551 | info@iliffpreschool.com iliffpreschool.com

In partnership with parents, we focus on providing a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment for children ages one to 12. Play-based experiences connect to early standards with emphasis on educational experiences that develop social and pre-academic skills.

International School of Denver 7701 E. First Place, Denver | 303-340-3647 info@isdenver.org | isdenver.org

We are a kindergarten through eighth grade IB World School, developing thoughtful, compassionate, and curious world citizens through language and culture.

St. Elizabeth’s School 1800 N. Pontiac St., Denver | 303-322-3209, ext 15 dgrove@sesden.org | stelizabethsdenver.org

St. Elizabeth’s is an intentionally inclusive kindergarten through eighth grade Episcopal school. Our commitment to affordable access to a great education for all children is critical, today more than ever. We are preparing tomorrow’s change-makers, and our doors are open to you!

2022 | ColoradoParent.com


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Ascendigo Autism Services 818 Industry Pl., Carbondale 970-927-3143 | info@ascendigo.org ascendigo.org

Ascendigo Adventure Camps offer rewarding, challenging outdoor experiences with positive, autism-specific support for all levels of ability, behaviors, and functioning. Summer, fall, and winter camps are available.

Behavioral Innovations Greater Denver area | 720-642-7019 admissions@bi-aba.com | startABA.com

For more than 20 years, Behavioral Innovations has been a pioneer in providing ABA therapy to kids with autism. Our friendly and professional staff, and state-of-the-art treatment centers have been welcoming families and delivering remarkable results.

Developmental Pathways 14280 E. Jewell Ave., Ste. A, Aurora | 303-360-6600 admissions@behavioral-innovations.com dpcolo.org

Developmental Pathways is a nonprofit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities/delays and their families by connecting people to federal, state, county, and private funding.

PASCO 9197 W. Sixth Ave. Suite 1000, Lakewood 303-233-3122 info@pascohh.com | pascohh.com

PASCO services embrace a personalized approach for individuals with special needs to achieve independence and realize their potential. PASCO provides long-term services & supports in the home and the community with a focus on paid family caregiving.

Primitive Reflex Integration Plus 8370 W. Coal Mine Ave., Ste. 105, Littleton 720-295-5788 | info@pri-plus.com primitivereflexplus.com

PRI+ helps kids and families overcome the daily struggles of sensory, behavior, and social challenges so they feel comfortable and confident as they learn and grow.

REVEL Denver | 720-534-0601 info@revelinlife.org | revelinlife.org

REVEL is the bridge to adulthood for people with autism to live meaningful, enriched lives. We fight potential isolation, depression, unemployment, and risk factors related to quality of life.

T.A.C.T. 2733 W. Eighth Ave., Denver 303-295-0163 | tactinfo@buildwithtact.org buildwithtact.org

TACT (Teaching the Autism Community Trades) is a 501(c)3 organization designed to bring trade and technical skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Set in a comfortable small group environment, TACT aims to build upon strengths and have fun!


Gold Crown Foundation Lakewood | 303-233-6776 sports@goldcrownfoundation.com goldcrownfoundation.com

Preparing kids for the game of life through sports and STEAM programs, and health and wellness initiatives. Offerings include basketball, volleyball and golf camps/clinics/leagues/ tournaments; plus art, technology, design and more for ages six to 18.


Ocean First 3015 Bluff St., Boulder | 303-444-7234 swim@oceanfirst.blue oceanfirst.blue

We provide swim lessons in a fun, supportive, and comfortable environment for age six months and older, where swimmers learn water safety, develop new skills, and embody confidence in the water. Once kids reach ages 12 to 18, they can explore the underwater world with our TIDES programs through marine science and scuba diving.

Theater/Performing Arts

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids 5311 Western Ave.; Ste 135., Boulder 303-245-8150 | info@theaterforkids.net theaterforkids.net

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids/Actors Academy offers year round training programs and summer camps designed to give the committed and talented youth actor intensive and specialized training in the performing arts.


Clear Creek County Tourism Bureau P.O. Box 100, Idaho Springs 303-567-4660 | info@visitclearcreek.com visitclearcreek.com

Located 20 miles west of Denver, Clear Creek County includes the historic mountain communities of Idaho Springs, Empire, Georgetown, and Silver Plume. Choose from activities such as skiing, rafting, ziplining, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking & more!

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park | 970-586-3344 info@ymcarockies.org | ymcarockies.org

Where nature inspires the whole family! Our YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center is an ideal vacation, reunion, and conference destination.

YMCA of the Rockies - Snow Mountain Ranch 1101 County Road 53, Granby | 970-887-2152 info@ymcarockies.org snowmountainranch.org

Where quality time happens naturally. Snow Mountain Ranch is a wholesome environment to enjoy a tranquil setting with any size group.


Everything Family | 2022

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