At Buckaroos, families romp and caper about a whimsical take on the Old West, chock-full of indoor merriment. A magnetic climbing wall draws double takes as guests use magnets to stick effortlessly to the surface as they scramble up it. On the Water Walkerz pool, watertight orbs with grinning youngsters inside roll across the water and happy shouts drift out.
Knuckles grow pale as patrons grip the saddle horn on the mechanical bull before tumbling onto the padded ground. Prospective prospectors can sidle up to the man-made stream to pan for glittering minerals and gems. To burn off excess energy, kids bound through the barn-shaped jump house or scurry about on the intricate ropes course, where they can conquer their fear of heights or sailor knots.
Amateur golfers of any age or skill level can test their mettle in their choice of three tournaments during the Golfweek Amateur Tour, which sorts hard-driving participants into different flights based on handicap, then awards Visa cards and trophies to top finishers (not included with this Groupon, prize eligibility must be earned with an additional $20 fee and a verifiable handicap). Face off against a gauntlet of club-wielding foes—each armed with their own special move and elemental weakness—on verdant, well-groomed lawns dotted with hidden slopes and devilish bunkers. Entry fees cover the green fee, range balls, cart rental, and purchase of shrieking novelty putters that you can slip into opponents' bags. Purchasers will also receive $10 off a Denver Golfweek Amateur Tour annual membership (discount valid through January 31).
With experienced instructors and its five-star PADI status, Underwater Phantaseas can turn nearly any student into a certified scuba diver. Whether swimmers are dipping a toe into their very first lesson or sharpening their skills in specialty classes, they learn under the seasoned tutelage of instructors who have explored waters throughout the world. An onsite pool filled with warm saltwater re-creates the feel of the ocean without its chilly temperatures or roving schools of Disney illustrators, and trips to area waterways, neighboring states, and tropic destinations such as Fiji and the Cayman Islands acquaint patrons with the challenges of real-world scuba diving. The fully stocked gear shop lavishes visitors with the equipment they need for dives to the bottom of local pools and faraway seas alike.
The visibility beneath the waters of Aurora Reservoir is between 5 and 12 feet in front of your face. The murkiness is less frustrating than it is suspenseful—you don't know exactly when the twin engines of an airplane will appear, allowing you to trace the rest of the sunken craft and greet its finned inhabitants. The remote, shadowy world of the downed plane is just one of many rendered accessible to students of Rocky Mountain Diving Center, where instructors can train their protégés up from first-time divers to certified teachers through a combination of classroom, pool, and outdoor sessions.
The center's educational programs include swimming and snorkeling classes in addition to open-water-diving-certification courses. These lessons enable graduated pupils to delve into several local lakes. The curriculum also covers specialty training on topics such as deep diving, night diving, and underwater photography—a career passion of the school's owner, Mark. With equipment for sale and rental as well as a dedicated service team, the center prepares its students for safe and comfortable excursions. Its tropical retreats afford rare opportunities to explore the reefs off of Fiji or swim alongside whale sharks or shark whales—extremely intimidating belugas.
Denver Bouldering Club supports and enhances the climbing community via instructional opportunities, top-notch facilities, and community support. Learn to scale mountains and properly high-five colored stones in an Introduction to Climbing workshop ($30) that teaches different styles of climbing. In two hours, rock mounters will learn the history and basics of climbing as they ascend to a new plateau of understanding and embrace the yeti of knowledge. Like the seating capacity of most clown cars, workshops are capped at 15 people. Students can use their guest passes during open-house hours Tuesday nights or at other prearranged times to practice what they learn on the club's more than 1,500 square feet of climbing space, featuring 15-foot bouldering and easy-, medium-, and hard-route settings designed with more than 100 problems.
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