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Father’s Day Activities 2014

Top Activities To Do With Dad In Denver


With all the hoopla and craziness surrounding Mother’s Day, it seems that fathers often get a bit left out. Make Father’s Day much more than just another brunch and a few lousy gifts. Instead, create a day to remember for the whole family and go out to enjoy the day together. Whether your father loves baseball or golf, or if he is more into music or science there is something for every dad and every family. Think outside the brunch-box and try one of these great activities for you and your Pop on Father’s Day.


Slammers Baseball & Softball
1878 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80232
(303) 988-7426

Nothing says “I love you dad” like a hard baseball flying at your face at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. Take your pop to the batting cages and enjoy a day together. Slammers Baseball has five automatic hitting stations with set speeds from 35 to 70 miles per hour for baseball. It also has two softball stations set at 40 and 60 miles per hour, plus one slow pitch station. This is a very affordable and fun way to spend some time with your pop, enjoy some sports activities and get some practice on that swing.


Kennedy Golf Course
10500 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80014
(720) 865-0720

Kennedy is one of the busier and more well-known golf courses in town with several courses to enjoy. The courses are long and the greens give you a good challenge, plus there are plenty of water hazards to keep you on your toes along the way. If you are beginners, then try the nine-hole par three course that requires no advance reservation to play. Or, if regular golf isn’t your thing, Kennedy also has a fun putt-putt course as well. Or just grab a bucket of balls and hit the driving range to practice your swings together. Once you have had enough, head over to the club to enjoy a nice lunch and a couple of beers. For any golf fan, there is plenty to do at Kennedy Golf course, so grab your clubs and bring your pop on down.


Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-3466

Spend the day with Dad exploring actual dinosaur fossils and learning about the amazing animals that once roamed Dinosaur Ridge. This is a true treasure in Colorado and it is a great place to spend some time with dad, enjoying the great Colorado weather and a bit of exercise along the way. There is a 1.5-mile long trail that has hundreds of actual dinosaur tracks, a dinosaur bone quarry and plenty of really interesting geologic features. Or check out the Triceratops Trail for another 1.5-mile long trail with tracks that are roughly 68 millions years old and have footprints of four different dinosaurs (believed to be the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Edmontosaurus and two Triceratops.)


City Park Jazz
17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 744-1004

If your father is a fan of jazz music, then this is a true treat for the whole family. Every Sunday night through August, the City Park Jazz Concert Series will rock City Park. The park pavilion jumps to life at 6 p.m. and attracts all the major local jazz talent. On Father’s Day, check out a tribute to local legend Neil Bridge. There are always great food trucks nearby or you are welcome to bring your own picnic food. Though, be mindful that glass bottles are not permitted in the park. These concerts happen rain or shine, so be sure to grab your father and head down to City Park for some great local music.

Father’s Day 5k and Car Show
Apex Center
13150 W. 72nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80005
(303) 424-2739

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014

If fitness is your thing, then check out the annual Father’s Day 5k and Fun Run at the Apex Center. This 5k and fun run will benefit community recreation and features a beautiful 5k course that winds through the tree-lined streets of the area. Make sure to grab your best ugly tie for the ugly tie contest and stick around for the annual Father’s Day Car Show to check out all the great classic cars, music and refreshments. This full day of entertainment benefits Apex Park and Recreation bringing lots of great community recreation to the area. Plus, it’s just a great way to spend some time with dad on a lovely summer day in Colorado.

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33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer

Because you don’t want to hear them whine all summer about being bored.

1. Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid’s toy cars.

Put colored tape on the carpet to make roads for your kid's toy cars.

The tape comes up easily when you’re done.

2. Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game.

Tape can also be used to create a fun outdoor board game. / Via

Learn more here.

3. A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull’s-eye target game.

A couple sponges and a box of chalk are all you need to turn your driveway into a bull's-eye target game.

4. You can also use chalk and some of your kid’s old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

You can also use chalk and some of your kid's old clothes for this bit of summer fun.

5. Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

Exploding Paint Bags turn your sidewalk into a work of art.

These are totally kid-friendly and can be made with items you likely already have in the kitchen.

6. Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

Paint on wet glue with food coloring.

Save lids to cottage cheese, butter, or Cool Whip for “canvases.” Learn more here.

7. Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings.

Use leftover bubble wrap to make Stomp Paintings .

Kids will get a good laugh while exploring their artistic side.

8. DIY a throwing tarp.

DIY a throwing tarp.

Tarp, rope, scissors, marker, tape… Play ball.

9. Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

Build a tower out of cut-up sponges.

It’s either a quiet indoor activity or wet outside game — you decide.

10. Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

Make a river in the backyard out of tinfoil.

11. Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

Tape a paper towel roll to the wall to keep toddlers busy.

Toddlers will drop the pom-poms into the bowl over and over, and develop their fine motor skills in the process.

12. Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

Some pipe cleaners and a colander will also keep toddlers occupied.

13. Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

Burlap (from a gardening center) can be used to make a preschooler-appropriate sewing station.

This one is great for developing fine motor skills too. Find the how-to here.

14. Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray.

Preschoolers can also continue to learn how to draw letters with this easy-to-make sugar-writing tray .

15. Have a campout indoors.

Have a campout indoors.

Kids will have fun crafting their “campfire” too.

16. Experiment with water marbles.

Experiment with water marbles .

17. Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

Make alien bubbles with this cool science experiment.

18. Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

Another super-cool science experiment lets kids extract DNA from strawberries.

19. Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

Super-fun balloon rockets also teach an important science lesson.

Kids learn the concept of “action and reaction” while having a blast.

20. Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

Pencil erasers and a marble make a surprisingly addictive at-home bowling game.

Find the how-to here.

21. Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

Well-placed yarn is all you need to let your kids get their Mission Impossible on.

22. Play “Escape the Volcano” to teach kids about color recognition, shape names, counting, and more.

Play "Escape the Volcano" to teach kids about color recognition, shape names, counting, and more.

23. Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds.

Put a bar of soap in the microwave to make soap clouds .

24. Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

Make a bowl of popcorn and challenge your kids to play the Popcorn Olympics.

Find a list of popcorn games, like “straw blow” and “distance throw,” here.

25. Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

Paper plates, Popsicle sticks, and a balloon are all you need to play Balloon Ping-Pong.

The best part is that this fun indoor activity can be enjoyed without breaking anything in your house. I should say, “Probably without breaking anything.”

26. Painter’s tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this “sticky spiderweb” activity.

Painter's tape and some balled up newspaper are all you need for this "sticky spiderweb" activity.

27. Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

Turn an old box into an indoor slide.

This one needs lots of parental supervision, obviously.

28. Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

Make a Rainbow Bubble Snake from materials you undoubtedly already have around your home.

29. DIY a giant bubble wand.

DIY a giant bubble wand.

Learn how here.

30. Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

Fill balloons with Play-Doh to create a brand-new toy experience.

31. Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

Crayons and sandpaper are all your kids need to add their own design to a white T-shirt.

32. Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

Cut a pool noodle in half to make a marble track race.

Find the tutorial here.

33. Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

Pool noodles can also be used to make a backyard obstacle course.

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Backyard Design Ideas

Hot Backyard Design Ideas to Try Now

The results are in! Backyards are back and better than ever. Check out these hot backyard design ideas and find out which trends homeowners are clamoring for right now.

Gardens: Totally Organic Experiences

Gardens among the most sought-after outdoor design elements overall, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2013 Residential Design Trends Survey. The ASLA asked residential landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of outdoor design elements for the year and gardens are a front-runner at 94%. Proof that the local food movement is gaining traction? The survey also predicts an increase in people opting for fruit and vegetable gardens (76.4% popularity) and that organic gardens are becoming more in-demand (up to 65.3% versus 61.2% in the 2011 survey). This organic garden, as seen on Going Yard, is a beautiful embodiment of all of those trends.

Fire Pits: Burning Up the Charts

The popularity of gardens may seem a bit predictable. The real breakout stars of the ASLA survey are fire pits (like this one built by Carter Oosterhouse) and fireplaces at 97% popularity. They’re so hot, they just edged out our next fiery feature…

Outdoor Kitchen GrillGrills: Your Backyard BBQ HQs

Grills may have been beaten by fire pits in this popularity contest, but they aren’t going anywhere. Sure, you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows over a pit, but for flame-broiled burgers? You gotta fire up that grill. This beauty from Going Yard has ample room for prep.


Outdoor Dining Areas and Decks: Alfresco, Elevated

Dining areas are must-have outdoor living features lately, at 96.3% popularity. This outdoor dining room from Going Yard creates ambiance with curtains and earns yet more popularity points with its deck structure (80.9%).

Arbors: Stylish Structures

Arbors are looking especially attractive right now at 83.5% popularity. They’re a romantic touch in gardens, and as this Going Yard example shows, excellent at providing transitions between two spaces.

Pergolas: Made In the ShadePergola Fire Pit Patio

Part of pergolas’ popularity (81.6%) is that they provide structure and shade yet still manage to feel open and airy. Going Yard offers a triple-threat here with a pergola, outdoor dining room and fire pit — in the same yard!

Raised Hot TubHot Tubs and Benches: Take a Dip or Take a Seat

Spa features, such as hot tubs, whirlpools and saunas, are among the most popular outdoor recreation amenities, at 81.5% popularity. This custom-built hot tub bench seen on Going Yard throws another current trend into the mix: Installed seating (90.3%).

Play Structures: Kid Tested, Mother ApprovedChalk Swings

Backyards are a kid’s best friend. Play structures like treehouses, swing sets or this seesaw from a backyard featured on Going Yard can provide hours of fun for children, which may explain their relatively high popularity rate (56.3%) amongst other outoor structures in the survey.

Yard FountainFountains: Water, Featured

Fountains (such as this pretty Going Yard example) and other ornamental water features are big trends in both gardens (84.7%) and backyards in general (84.2%). In addition to being striking focal points, they’re wonderfully musical — a delight for the senses.

TVs & Movie Theaters: Scenic ScreeningsOutdoor Theater Chairs

Miss the experience of seeing flicks at the drive-in? Bring movies to your backyard instead! A projector, screen and surround sound are all you need in the AV department. Theater seats (seen here from Going Yard) evoke the feeling of the multiplex. Just add popcorn.


Pergola Tiki BarBackyard Bars: Drink In Your Surroundings

Backyard bars, like this example from Going Yard, are a natural extension of the outdoor dining room trend. They’re great for entertaining, and the extra seating and counter space (74.4% popularity) are desirable features in backyards right now. Cheers to that!

Lighting: Get Your Glow OnSea Glass Lanterns

If you want to enjoy your yard into the evening hours, add your own illumination. At 95.1% popularity, getting your glow on is hot, hot, hot! LED and low-voltage lights are trendy now, though there are plenty of pretty options (like tiki torches, string lights and these lanterns from Going Yard) that don’t require major installation.



Bike Wall

Art: Adds Interest

Some statements can be purely decorative. These mounted vintage bikes from Going Yard dress up an otherwise bland wall for not much money. Art’s 61% popularity rating amongst other outdoor structures proves it’s not just an afterthought anymore.

Fencing: Good Fences Make Good NeighborsDog Area

The old saying that good fences make good neighbors may be true, if fencing’s popularity ranking against other outdoor structures in the survey (89.6%) is any indication. Many people use fences to border their backyard or section off space for a garden, but here’s another great idea from Going Yard: A backyard dog run!



Tea Room Gazebo

Gazebos: Sweet for a Seat

Gazebos currently rank as somewhat popular (44.8%), and while their looks add charm, they can also add function to your yard. This gazebo from Going Yard doubles as a tea room, thanks to the addition of some weatherized outdoor furniture (82.3% popularity).

Patios & Awnings: A Perfect PairCovered Patio

If you want to enjoy the outdoors, rain or shine, patios (97.6% popularity) and awnings (51.9%) make a perfect pair. You can opt for a fixed-frame awning like this one from Going Yard, or get a retractable awning for even more flexibility.

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Water Safety Tips for Summer

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Take Steps to Stay Safe Around Water

Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Contact the Training Support Center at 1-800-RED-CROSS or

Follow these safety tips whenever you are in, on or around water.

Make Water Safety Your Priority

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
  • Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of waterincluding ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water

  • Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
  • Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area, are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward, and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.

Maintain Constant Supervision

  • Actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach—designate a responsible adult to supervise.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
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Summer Concerts Denver 2014


Summer Concert Season

Summertime in Denver is all about the outdoors. Denverites spend these months doing their best to enjoy the plentiful sunshine and copious fresh air — hiking, biking, sunbathing, and of course, enjoying a host of live music extravaganzas. The city and surrounding areas are packed with places to see a wide array of musical talents under the sun and stars.

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WHEN: May through September
WHERE: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison 

No summer in Denver is complete without at least one — or two or five — trips out to the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Amphitheatre, just 15 miles from downtown Denver. 70 million years in the making, the 9,450-seat venue is flanked by enormous 300-foot red sandstone rock formations and always boasts a star-studded musical schedule.


WHEN: May 17
WHERE: 5 Points Neighborhood, Welton St.  
The 5 Points Jazz Festival celebrates the music, culture and history of Denver’s Historic Five Points neighborhood, with performances highlighting many of Denver’s finest jazz musicians, food and arts booths. Six stages and more than 100 performers!


WHEN: May 23-24
WHERE: Downtown Denver
Downtown Denver will be transformed into a massive free rock concert when 25 bands take to five stages for the annual Denver Day of Rock. The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, Denver’s mile-long pedestrian promenade, making it easy to roam from act to act. Food and beer booths will be set up throughout downtown for the event (which benefitsConcerts For Kids, a great local charity), with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. New this year, there will be a special evening concert featuring the Wallflowers (known for their smash hit “One Headlight”) on May 23 in Skyline Park.


WHEN: June – August
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is not only a great, family friendly attraction with roller coasters, water slides and more — it also offers an excellent concert series. All concerts are free with admission to the park.


WHEN: June 21
WHERE: Golden Triangle Museum District 
Spread across ten stages in the Golden Triangle Museum District, the Westword Music Showcase is a favorite among locals who want to dig dozens of the latest Denver rock stars, along with some of the hippest national acts. This year’s headliners on the outdoor stage include world famous DJ Diplo.


WHEN: June through August
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.  
The Denver Botanic Gardens is a lush oasis located in the heart of The Mile High City, with hundreds of rare and lovely species of plants populating the grounds. But it’s also home to a stellar Summer Concert Series. The lawns surrounding the stage are general admission — bring a blanket or lawn chair along with a bottle of wine and a picnic dinner and enjoy the great music in an unparalleled setting. Word to the wise: virtually all Botanic Gardens concerts sell out — so get your tickets early!


WHEN: Every Sunday night, June through July, starting at 6 p.m.
WHERE: City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd. 
Every Sunday night in June and July, the City Park Bandstand and Pavilion turns into a swinging, open-air jazz club as music lovers of all ages congregate for City Park Jazz. Bring a blanket or folding chair — but be prepared to spend plenty of time on your feet, too. City Park Jazz encourages dancing! Did we mention these concerts are free?


WHEN: June 6, July 11, August 1
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St.  

Clyfford Still Museum and the Swallow Hill Music Association are pleased to present three free summer lawn concerts in the Museum’s forecourt. Bring a blanket and picnic and celebrate summer in the city.The concerts begin at 5:30 p.m., and feature the Springdale Quartet (June 6), Jayme Stone (July 11) and Fierce Bad Rabbit (August 1).


WHEN: July 3
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax

The annual Independence Eve Celebration will feature a free patriotic concert by The Colorado Symphony, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Buildingand a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; concessions will also be present on-site. Civic Center Park is easily accessible by light rail, bus, bicycle or the 16th Street FREE MallRide and use of public transportation is encouraged.


WHEN: July 24-27
WHERE: 7 S. Broadway
It’s a block party that rocks. The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, Denver’s very own version of Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival, takes over the streets of S. Broadway for a multi-night extravaganza of the cream of Denver’s underground music scene. This year also features the extremely popular indie rock group Real Estate. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary this year, the UMS promises to be bigger, better and more fun than ever in 2014. Stroll from venue to venue, from stage to stage, knowing that you’re catching the city’s rising stars before the rest of the world hears about them.


WHEN: Fridays, May through August
WHERE: 1001 16th St. 
The Rock Bottom Brewery is located right on the 16th Street Mall (between Champa and Lawrence Sts.) and offers a weekly happy hour concert series on its sunny patio. Sit back with one of the brewery’s famed handcrafted ales and enjoy some great live music!


WHEN: Aug. 29-31
WHERE: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 8000 Victory Way, Commerce City 

Denver’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park has got one of the most popular jam bands in the world for three nights this summer. Phish have earned a wildly devoted following over the past 20 years, thanks to the guitar heroics of Trey Anastasio, an always-unpredictable live show and unparalleled instrumental interplay.

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