Climbing in Cherry Creek North

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A seemingly insurmountable fin of sandstone protrudes 300 feet in the air, challenging all humans to dare conquer its peak. As groups look on in awe of this natural wonder, a Denver Mountain Guiding guide suits up and begins the ascent, leading students of all levels on a thrilling and challenging climb.

Denver Mountain Guiding’s coterie of guides is a motley mix, encompassing passionate climbers with decades of experience, expert weekend warriors, wilderness first responders, and first-aid- and CPR-certified guides. They lead beginners through elite-level climbers on recreational trips around local rock-climbing hot spots such as Clear Creek Canyon. Outings include full-day and half-day climbs of varying levels of difficulty, as well as lessons and camps that teach basics such as rope safety, knots, belaying, rappelling, and anchors.

1500 Pennsylvania Street
Denver,
CO
US

Hosted at a variety of local venues, Bottle and Bottega's public, private, corporate, and kids’ painting parties provide painting materials and expert guidance to foster participants’ creativity. With at least one artistic instructor per 15 students, themed session revolve around recreating an original artwork, featuring subject matter such as sunset skylines, floral still lifes, and portraits of Dorian Gray's cat. Bottle and Bottega's host of painting packages include add-ons such as catering, cooking lessons, wine tasting, live models, and personalized party decorations.

910 Santa Fe Drive
Denver,
CO
US

At X-Arena, the young and the young at heart never lack for things to do. There, the 5,000-sq.-ft. arena brims more than 75 games and activities conducted in ball pits, on climbing apparatuses, atop jousting platforms, on arcing swings, and within obstacle courses. Demonstrated and overseen by friendly staffers, these challenging activities beckon kids to have fun while simultaneously boosting their endurance, improving their balance, and building their coordination. Adults and teens can work out their own gladiatorial fantasies, too, throwing themselves into the high-energy activities during drop-in times or as part of larger parties or team-building events.

9499 Washington St.
Thornton,
CO
US

Who doesn't want to get from point "a" to point "b" as quickly as possible? That's the goal of parkour, but that task is not nearly as easy as it sounds. Urban environments present many challenges: stairs, walls, and annoying buildings that seem to pop up everywhere. Path Movement trains people to navigate these and other obstacles.

Inside this parkour gym, instructors hone not only physical techniques but also problem-solving skills. The gyms walls, boxes, bars, and other equipment allow for instructors and their students to jump, climb, vault, and practice all sorts of movements. Path Movement's classes accommodate all levels, from beginner to advanced.

8000 S Lincoln St.
Littleton,
CO
US

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered

Staff Size: 5?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 3?3.5 hours

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Swimming, games, contests, prizes, dance

Recommended Age Group: Kids

Though its programs have resonated with kids throughout the Denver area, Kids? Nite Out Across America was created with parents in mind. While kids supervised by staffers participate in fun activities?including swimming, sports, and music?guardians can enjoy a night off and take advantage of the time to go to dinner, see a movie, or eat all the ice cream they want. And to give them peace of mind, each Kids? Nite Out Across America staff member is vetted via a national background check every year.

8801 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch,
CO
US

You might be inclined to find the smallest pumpkin available at The Great Pumpkin Haul's patch. That's because you won't just be taking this pumpkin home to carve it into a ghoulish mascot; you'll also be lugging it through a 2-mile obstacle course. Racers balance their chosen gourd on their shoulders as they trundle through corn fields, orange- and red-hued woody trails, and open pasture, all while scrambling over hay bales and other autumnal obstacles. While the race is only 2 miles long, it can be challenging when balancing a 10–20 pound pumpkin. That's why the staff awards such perseverance with prizes for those carrying the heaviest pumpkin, those daring to carry two pumpkins, and those who complete the race fastest.

After competitors cross the finish line, they're rewarded with mugs of warm apple cider and glasses of pumpkin beer. They're also welcome to hang out for a few hours to tackle the corn maze, revel in the brisk autumn weather, and groove to local music. All of the day's proceeds go to The Children's Hospital Colorado.

When the festivities wind down, guests can take their once burdensome pumpkin home to carve it into a jack-o-lantern while feeling the sweet, sweet release of revenge.

8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton,
CO
US