Fun City's laser maze, go-kart racing, and other attractions are a siren's call to groups looking for safe, thrilling entertainment. At one of the Denver area's largest indoor entertainment centers, three and a half acres of attractions—including inflatables, laser tag, and a rock-climbing wall—invite kids to run wild. An in-house bowling alley with Crazy Cosmic Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights plays host to hundreds of frames nightly. The pinnacle of this mecca of fun is the three-story foam factory, which blasts, drops, and tosses foam balls for endless enjoyment. Once young ones tucker themselves out, an arcade with virtual driving games, air hockey, and skee-ball can grant a sedentary reprieve. Winnable arcade tickets can be redeemed for prizes such as bikes or stuffed animals. To help visitors refuel, Fun City's kitchen churns out specialty pizzas, burgers, and burritos as well as alcoholic drinks for adults, and their party packages combine it all with private rooms and discounts on game credits.
Originally built to paint racing stripes on zeppelins, the 4,200-square-foot studio is ample room for any desired form of expression. When you enter the spacious imagination conservatory, the friendly staff will guide you through the studio's selection of moldable and colorful materials. The mess-friendly studio lets artists frolic in their natural habitats of tie-dye, pottery, and clay, with a helpful staff at the ready to take care of the artistic aftermath. Play around with squishy yet sophisticated clay molding or form pottery with no extra kiln fees. Future starving artists can practice storing origami fruit in one of many hand-painted boxes or build a mosaic-tile portrait of the unflappable Mr. Peanut. Pottery, clay, wood, and tie-dying prices start at around $8 per project, while mosaic and stepping stones start at $15, which includes all necessary materials and instruction. My Art Workshop does not charge an hourly fee for time spent at the shop, so you're free to concentrate on your clay sculpture of Burton Gilliam for as long as you'd like. The creativity emporium also offers craft-party packages.
Denver Botanic Gardens houses vibrant flowers, lush vegetation, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Native and adapted plants flourish in the York Street campus, which also houses Mordecai Children’s Garden—a 3-acre lot with alpine gardens, mountain ranges, and cool bugs. The two-story waterfall at Marnie's Pavilion bursts with blooming orchids year-round, and a Japanese garden features Ponderosa pines sculpted to look like bonsai. Visitors stroll through water gardens inspired by Monet's estate at Giverny.
Denver Polo Club has proudly served the polo community both locally and abroad (hosting players from India, England, Australia, and more) for more than 25 years. With acres of practice and play areas, the club provides no shortage of riding real estate, trustworthy ponies, and patient instructors. Each lesson takes place indoors on the same sturdy arena grounds that have hosted countless polo practitioners. Whether you're new to the sport of riding, looking to mix up your typical riding experience, or just hoping to whisper into a horse's ear without having to go to the library, this one-hour polo lesson is an essential step in any quest for equestrian success. There is no set schedule for lessons, so feel free to call ahead to discuss scheduling options with the club.
With two NHL-size rinks, seating for 350, an on-site Italian restaurant, The Ice Ranch hosts myriad activities involving ice-skating and entertainment. The staff is experienced in teaching patrons how to excel in all manner of ice-centric sports, from hockey to curling to broomball. Besides competitive programs, the Ice Ranch hosts skate lessons, public-skating sessions, and Zam Camp, where attendees get to sit in the driver's seat of the Zamboni and test their theory to determine whether the machine is actually a transformer or not.
Having situated itself along the banks of Plum Creek more than 40 years ago, Stockton's Plum Creek Stables still makes good use of its prime spot next to Chatfield State Park by providing horseback jaunts through the park wilderness via its exclusive entrance. Trail rides allow riders to witness such wildlife as red-tailed hawks, coyotes, and possibly bear mingling among the park's trees and meadows. Novice riders may benefit from the stable’s lessons, which help them gain comfort around horses through participation in exciting activities as well as basic care such as grooming, saddling, and complimenting horses’ hair.