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Top Places Where Kids Can Learn Cool Skills In Denver

April 12, 2013 12:20 AM

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(credit: Boulder YEP)

(credit: Boulder YEP)

juggle(credit: Boulder YEP)

Does your child have so much energy that you don’t know what to do with him or her? Forget the video games and try enrolling your kid in one of these great classes, where they will be learning a really cool new skill in no time. Check out tumbling and gymnastics, juggling, climbing, skating or acting – no matter what you choose, your kid will love making new friends and learning a cool new hobby. And who knows? This new skill may turn from a hobby into a future career.

Boulder YEP Juggling
Boulder Circus Center
4747 N. 26th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
(785) 341-4499
bekahjuggling.wix.com/boulderyep

If you are constantly asking your child to stop juggling, or attempting to juggle, breakable items in your home, then this spot is for you. The Boulder Youth Education Program (YEP) teaches children all the various types of juggling, including unicycle, flower sticks, spinning plates and a lot more. Classes are designed for ages seven through 18, and there are some limited scholarships for students based on need and merit. With several different classes available, your child will be a circus star in no time.

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Gymnastics Plus
6180 E. Warren Ave.
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 512-0799
www.coloradogymplus.com

Help your child discover a love of athletics through tumbling. Gymnastics Plus offers classes for every age and ability, with classes for children as young as 18 months. The youngest classes focus on the basics like coordination, motor skills and movement, while the beginner classes will introduce vault, balance beam, rings, trampoline, pommel horse and the uneven and parallel bars. There are also advanced classes and competitive team programs for those rising stars looking to make a career out of gymnastics.

Thrillseekers
1912 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 733-8810
www.thrillseekers.cc

Learn how to scale the biggest mountains in a completely safe, indoor environment. Children over the age of 12 will love scaling the walls while learning how to tie and belay. Plus, the introductory lessons include all the gear and admission, so it is an easy way get started. After just a short 90 minutes, your child will have a great time mastering their new skills and scaling the huge indoor walls. Parents must accompany their kids for this one, and it’s just for climbers over the age of 12.

Little Foxes
Aurora Fox Arts Center
9900 E. Colfax Ave.
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 739-1970
www.aurorafoxartscenter.org

Do you have a budding star on your hands? If you want to help foster that creative spark and get your child into acting, then check out the classes at the Aurora Fox Arts Center. Children as young as age four can enjoy acting out stories and performing for friends and family. For the younger kids, check out the Storybook Alive class, that has them performing a different story book every week. Or, the older kids can audition for the full Little Foxes Children’s Theatre production and get the full theatrical experience, from memorized auditions to performances on the Aurora Fox Main Stage.

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Ice Centre at the Promenade
10710 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 469-2100
www.icecentre.com

Take to the ice and learn how to skate with the best of them. The Ice Centre offers classes for skaters ages three and up with classes for every level and ability. From the beginners just learning to keep their balance on skates to synchronized skating and more, there are a lot of great classes to choose from. Classes are 30 minutes long, with an additional 30 minutes of practice offered before or after the class. If your child watches the winter Olympics and dreams of being on that ice, this is the place to start.

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

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