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Top Activities To Do With Dad In Denver

June 14, 2013 6:00 AM

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With all the hoopla and craziness surrounding Mother’s Day, it seems that fathers often get a bit left out. Make Father’s Day much more than just another brunch and a few lousy gifts. Instead, create a day to remember for the whole family and go out to enjoy the day together. Whether your father loves baseball or golf, or if he is more into music or science there is something for every dad and every family. Think outside the brunch-box and try one of these great activities for you and your Pop on Father’s Day.

Slammers Baseball & Softball
1878 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80232
(303) 988-7426
www.slammersbaseball.com

Nothing says “I love you dad” like a hard baseball flying at your face at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. Take your pop to the batting cages and enjoy a day together. Slammers Baseball has five automatic hitting stations with set speeds from 35 to 70 miles per hour for baseball. It also has two softball stations set at 40 and 60 miles per hour, plus one slow pitch station. This is a very affordable and fun way to spend some time with your pop, enjoy some sports activities and get some practice on that swing.

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Kennedy Golf Course
10500 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO 80014
(720) 865-0720
www.denvergov.org

Kennedy is one of the busier and more well-known golf courses in town with several courses to enjoy. The courses are long and the greens give you a good challenge, plus there are plenty of water hazards to keep you on your toes along the way. If you are beginners, then try the nine-hole par three course that requires no advance reservation to play. Or, if regular golf isn’t your thing, Kennedy also has a fun putt-putt course as well. Or just grab a bucket of balls and hit the driving range to practice your swings together. Once you have had enough, head over to the club to enjoy a nice lunch and a couple of beers. For any golf fan, there is plenty to do at Kennedy Golf course, so grab your clubs and bring your pop on down.

Dinosaur Ridge
16831 W. Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 697-3466
www.dinoridge.org

Spend the day with Dad exploring actual dinosaur fossils and learning about the amazing animals that once roamed Dinosaur Ridge. This is a true treasure in Colorado and it is a great place to spend some time with dad, enjoying the great Colorado weather and a bit of exercise along the way. There is a 1.5-mile long trail that has hundreds of actual dinosaur tracks, a dinosaur bone quarry and plenty of really interesting geologic features. Or check out the Triceratops Trail for another 1.5-mile long trail with tracks that are roughly 68 millions years old and have footprints of four different dinosaurs (believed to be the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Edmontosaurus and two Triceratops.)

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City Park Jazz
17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238
(303) 744-1004
www.cityparkjazz.org

If your father is a fan of jazz music, then this is a true treat for the whole family. Every Sunday night through August, the City Park Jazz Concert Series will rock City Park. The park pavilion jumps to life at 6 p.m. and attracts all the major local jazz talent. On Father’s Day, check out a tribute to local legend Neil Bridge. There are always great food trucks nearby or you are welcome to bring your own picnic food. Though, be mindful that glass bottles are not permitted in the park. These concerts happen rain or shine, so be sure to grab your father and head down to City Park for some great local music.

Father’s Day 5k and Fun Run
Apex Center
13150 W. 72nd Ave.
Arvada, CO 80005
(303) 424-2739
www.apexprd.org/father-day-5k

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2013

If fitness is your thing, then check out the annual Father’s Day 5k and Fun Run at the Apex Center. This 5k and fun run will benefit community recreation and features a beautiful 5k course that winds through the tree-lined streets of the area. Make sure to grab your best ugly tie for the ugly tie contest and stick around for the annual Father’s Day Car Show to check out all the great classic cars, music and refreshments. This full day of entertainment benefits Apex Park and Recreation bringing lots of great community recreation to the area. Plus, it’s just a great way to spend some time with dad on a lovely summer day in Colorado.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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