Winters in Denver can be brutal, and there will be times when you need to get out of the house for some family-friendly fun but don’t feel like braving the elements. Luckily there are several great options in and around Stapleton. Keep these in mind when you just need to get out of the house for a few hours.
You can’t beat a good movie (or a bad one if you’re in a pinch) and Harkins 18 Northfield is almost always an option. If you kids are too young to sit through an entire movie, the theater also has a playcenter if you want to catch a grownup movie. Tuesday Classics offers a great way to experience favorites from when you were a kid, like Goonies, Elf, and Back to the Future!
A recent addition to the neighborhood is Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park. There are activities for kids of almost any age and they offer tiered memberships that makes frequent trips more affordable. For toddlers and kids who aren’t quite ready for the raucous atmosphere of Urban Air, Bounce Stapleton at Stanley Marketplace is a recreational gymnastics studio with daily classes and open gym times (ages 0-5) with trained instructors on hand to help your kid become comfortable and confident on the trampoline, balance beam or just bouncing off the numerous foam pads and pits. Bounce offers options for kids as young as 18 months, and Bounce Nights are for ages 5+.
If you’re kids are like mine, they love climbing. Stapleton is home to Ubergrippen, one of the best indoor climbing crags in all of Colorado. It may seem intimidating at first, but with some simple instructions from their professional climbing staff, your family will be quickly scaling up the 16,000 square feet of vertical climbing walls. For owners (and Stapleton residents) Jake and Kim Crines, it was important to create a climbing gym for the entire family. There are clubs, camps, classes and teams for kids of all ages. Insider tip: starting this October, there is a Parents Night Out the second Friday of the month through January. These fill up fast, so be sure to make reservations well in advance.
One of the perks of being a Denver resident is the My Denver Card, which offers kids ages 5-18 free access to recreation centers, pools and cultural facilities. Just stop into the Central Park Rec Center to register and then take advantage of the pool (complete with a lazy river, kids area and slide) and open gym throughout the week.
Last but not least, this Friday, November 1st is the Grand Opening of the new Stanley Arcade inside the old Infinite Monkey Theorem space at Stanley Marketplace. The arcade will feature classic arcade games, pinball machines and brand new games. The Grand Opening Celebration will take place Friday 11/1 from 6-9pm. Stay tuned for our Facebook Live update on Friday morning with more details!
What are your favorite places to get out of the house and entertain those stir-crazy kiddos during colder months? We’d love to hear from you!