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Stay Cool With Kids Play

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Hello Kids Play Families!

It is officially summer, and the heat is getting… warm out there. The summer heat is kicking into high gear, we've got the perfect plan to keep your kiddos cool and entertained. This week, we're focusing on the best indoor adventures that will have your children jumping for joy without breaking a sweat. From creative crafts to energetic play zones, we've got activities for everyone.

If you're looking for pools and splash pads to cool off, check out last week's newsletter.

Last Weekend's Father's Day Adventure: Bravo Bash by the Tutu School

Last weekend, we experienced a fun and heartwarming highlight at the Tutu School's bi-annual ballet recital. This time, it wasn't just the tiny ballerinas stealing the show – the dads got in on the action too! On Father's Day, I found myself on stage with my 3-year-old daughter, and let's just say, it was a performance for the ages.

Picture this: a group of dads, some of whom haven't stretched in years, attempting pirouettes and plies alongside our little ones. It was like a scene from a Seinfeld – dads trying to keep up with their 3-foot-tall ballerinas. I think I might have invented a new dance move called the "Dad Stumble." In all seriousness, one of the best parts of the Tutu School has been meeting these awesome dads. Who knew ballet class could double as a dad's club?

If you haven't checked out the Tutu School yet, they specialize in ballet for kiddos under 8 years old. There are locations in Cherry Creek, Highlands Ranch, and Parker. And you get a free trial class, so try out the Dad Stumble for yourself!


Indoor Adventures to Stay Cool

Twist and Tumble

About: Twist and Tumble opened THIS MONTH! They serve 0-12 year olds with gymnastics classes and open gym times.

Location: 760 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO 80246

Community review from this week: Getting your toddler into a gymnastics class in Denver as a working parent is no small feat. Especially a class during the week! But, Twist and Tumble answers the call with a class conveniently at 5:00 on Tuesdays. Our toddler loves the trampoline and balance beam. I love that the class is guided while still allowing the flexibility for wandering toddlers :)

Kickin' It Kids

About: Kickin' It Kids is an indoor playground that serves mostly 0-8 year olds and hosts active classes that burn energy.

Location: 1435 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80222

Community review from this week: Always love taking my daughter to Kickin' It. Lots for her to do and explore and burn some energy off. Number of slides, climbing structures, ball pits, trampolines and for a variety of ages. One section for less than 1 year olds with a small slide, ball pit and toys - that is great! Then some areas feel more geared to older kids - rock climbing wall, etc. Always clean - which is a big plus!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

About: The "Discovery Zone" is a part of the DMNS and is packed with activities that foster essential science skills in young children, encouraging them to look, ask, discover, create, and share.

Location: 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205

Community review from this week: My three year old loves going to what they call the "dinosaur museum". They love the discovery zone, space center, dinosaur exhibit, and the special exhibits that rotate. It's a great place to go for a few hours, get some energy out, and explore and learn. As a parent, I really appreciate how clean and welcoming the place is. They close the discovery zone regularly for cleanings, and every bathroom has been spotless (despite all the kids). There's also a good amount of space to just chill if your kid needs space or a snack. They have a food court, however we always bring our own snacks or lunch. Parking can be easy, as they have a garage there that is free. We tend to go early in the day and have not had an issue getting a spot, however it can get very busy and if you go at peak time you may need to wait for someone to leave a spot. Pro-tip: bring a few coins to put in the spiral coin spinning donation box out front. Kids (and us adults) love watching them go down.

Weekend Events

Low Sensory Morning at the Botanic Gardens

Date: Saturday, June 22 at 8:00AM

Location: 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Details: Experience Denver Botanic Gardens without the crowds. York Street gardens will open at 8:00 a.m. on select Saturday mornings for those who wish to connect with plants in a safe, restful location. This therapeutic horticulture program is intended to give individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less crowded environment a chance to experience the Gardens with limited attendance. On these mornings you are invited to explore on your own and learn more about other Sensory-based programming the Gardens offers that will inspire curiosity and awaken your senses.

Rainbow Fan Craft

Date: Saturday, June 22 at 12:30PM

Location: Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library

Details: Celebrate Pride and who you are with a fun fan craft! For ages 2 - 16. Limit 30.

Pro-tip for 5-8 year olds: Join the Primary Ballet Prep at the Tutu School in Cherry Creek across the street from 11:30-12:15PM before joining here.