Staycations can be perfect for spring break

Look no further than the Front Range area for great activities

Posted 2/26/19

For many families, spring break is a prime time to travel — the perfect week for an escape to the mountains, a road trip to another state or a flight to a beach destination. But for others — who …

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Staycations can be perfect for spring break

Look no further than the Front Range area for great activities

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For many families, spring break is a prime time to travel — the perfect week for an escape to the mountains, a road trip to another state or a flight to a beach destination.

But for others — who may be stuck at home because of work, schedule conflicts or the cost of traveling — spring break is just another week.

Luckily, your kids don’t have to suffer. The Denver metro area has a plethora of activities for all ages. Whether it’s an overnight stay at a historic hotel downtown, a day camp in Arvada or an outdoor adventure in Castle Rock, we’ve got what you need to plan the ultimate “staycation.”

Check out a new hotel

Downtown Denver and surrounding neighborhoods are home to some of the metro area’s oldest, most luxurious and unique hotels.

Looking for a mom-daughter spa day? The Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St, is a one-stop-shop for hair and nails, a massage and access to the hotel’s five-star spa facility, equipped with a steam room and whirlpool. Spa guests must be 18 years or older, but teens between the ages of 14 to 17 are allowed in with a signed waiver from a parent.

Historic hotel

For an option rich in history, try a night or two at Denver’s second longest operating hotel, the Brown Palace, 321 17th Street. Built in 1892, the hotel has seen nearly every president, the Beatles and a long list of famous socialites. The elegant interior and famous cigar lounge are reminiscent of another era, a flashback in time.

While you’re there: spend an afternoon in the tea room, complete with scones and finger sandwiches, or take a personally guided tour of the hotel.

Sign up for a camp

Keep the kids busy over spring break with one of the metro area’s many day camps.

“They’re designed for all ages and stages of ability and adventure,” Jamie Noebel, community relations manager at the Highlands Ranch Community Association, said of its day camps. “Some of the camps are just several hours a day, or you can drop your child off all day and have them be busy for the week.”

The HRCA offers a long list of options the week of March 18-22 —Douglas County School District’s spring break. Day camps have a number of themes, including jewelry making, cupcake baking and swimming. Also offered are one-day classes. For a full list of camps and prices, visit https://bit.ly/2TcjoxC.

After a successful round of summer camps, Arvada Center for the Arts asked its leaders to return the week of March 25-29 — JeffCo Public Schools’ spring break. The arts center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., hosts weeklong, morning and afternoon camps in drama, comedy, arts and more. For a full list, visit https://bit.ly/2GA0vyv.

For families at Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Westminster Public Schools, the city of Westminster offers a day camp to keep your kids busy the week of March 25-29. Each day has a different theme —Monday’s “Fins and Pins” includes a visit to the Denver Aquarium and bowling at Brunswick Zone. Tuesday’s “Jumping Dragons” features a movie followed by an afternoon at Jump City. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2BKB5ud.

Get outside

Outdoor lovers, there are family-friendly options for you, too.

Spend a day with 4,000 animals at the Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. Gates are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or check out a safari camp for kids in grades pre-K through third. The creature-themed day camp is offered the week of March 25-29 — Denver Public Schools’ spring break. For more information, visit denverzoo.org/spring-safari.

Touted by reviewers on TripAdvisor as a must for tourist and locals, Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours is a weekend experience. On Saturdays, a rickety-looking wooden school bus, filled with couches and recliners, takes guests on a 90-minute interactive tour of Denver’s rich history — ghost stories included. Children under 5 ride free with an adult. To register for the March 23 slot, visit banjobilly.com/buy-tickets.

Let it fly

And if you want the ultimate outdoor adventure, head down south.

At Castle Rock Zipline Tours, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway, soar along a 10-line zip course at speeds reaching 50 mph, over 1.5 miles of untouched land. While you’re there, check out a 42-foot climbing wall and a ninja warrior course.

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