Sharing Summer Fun with Your Kids!
20 summer fun tips for parents with shared parenting time
If you and your co-parent are sharing parenting time with your young kids this summer, here are few fun and easy ideas for summer fun! You know that spending quality time with your small children during their school break can be the perfect time to create some wonderful memories. While overseas and long-distance travel are exciting options, they require planning and must adhere to your court ordered parenting plan. But you can have some great Colorado fun right here at home and on the days of your normal parenting schedule!
Here is a list of everyday summer activities that you can enjoy at home with your young children before school starts!
1. Go to a Baseball Game:
Take in a Colorado Rockies game at Coor's Field!
2. Spend an Afternoon at the Downtown Aquarium
The Downtown Aquarium houses over 500 species of animals, the interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom and amusements for the entire family.
3. Take a Hike!
Take a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park! The park's 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Enjoy Trail Ridge Road - which crests at over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds - along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times!
4. Cool Off at Water World!
Water World, one of America's largest family water parks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. The park, which opened in 1979, now has 46 water adventures, and has been rated as one of America's top ten water parks by the Travel Channel.
5. Spend a Day with the Animals!
The Denver Zoo is always a fun and exciting day for the entire family.
6. Smell the Flowers
The Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for families to enjoy the beauty of nature
7. Enjoy a Museum Experience
Introduce your kids to the great cultural experiences Denver has to offer:
· Museum of History and Science - http://www.dmns.org/
· Denver Art Museum - https://denverartmuseum.org/
· The Children's Museum - http://wowchildrensmuseum.org/
8. Go to an Amusement Park!
Enjoy a day of fun with your kids at Elitch Gardens:
9. Play Miniature Golf and Race Go-Karts!
Adventure Golf and Raceway
Adventure Golf & Raceway Denver's premier miniature golf and go-karts facility, located in Westminster, Colorado.
10. White Water Rafting
Have a downstream water adventure with your kids!
11. Go to an Outdoor Concert:
· Botanic Gardens - https://www.botanicgardens.org/
· Red Rocks Amphitheater - https://www.redrocksonline.com/
· Or go online and check out the free concerts near you: https://www.thedenverear.com/free-summer-concerts-denver/
Kids love water and if spending time at a neighborhood pool is not possible, get creative! A plastic pool and a hose can create enough water to splash around in your own back yard.
13. Summer Picnic:
Pack up your kids' favorite meal and go to your neighborhood park for a family picnic. Take a ball, a frisbee, and your dog and make it a family outing.
14. Camp-Out or Camp-In:
Camp out together in your backyard or create a camp in right in your living room.
15. Make Smores:
All you need is chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows. Nothing says "Summer" like smores!
Lay in the grass on a clear and cloudless night and look at the stars. This is a perfect time to marvel at the universe and teach your kids about the constellations
17. Have a Summer Cook Out:
Plan a meal where you can grill together: Include some fresh veggies
Create a shopping list for your summer cook out and go the grocery store with your kids
Prepare the meal together and enjoy!
18. Biking Together:
Take a family bike ride around your neighborhood or in a nearby park
19. Make Homemade Fresh Lemonade!
Create a lemon stand together to teach your kids about commerce. http://juniorbiz.com/lemonade-stand-guide
20. Nothing says "Summer" like Ice Cream!
Try this recipe and add fresh fruit to make it extra special!
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