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Summer Camps and Gyms Are Back!

POSTED June 4, 2020

Gyms and summer day camps have reopened in the Crystal Valley vicinity! You can sign the kids up now for Day Camp in Lone Tree, Parker, and the South Suburban area. Camps for all ages are available in a wide range of interests. Gyms in Douglas County have also been given the go-ahead to open their doors, and Planet Fitness is even offering free workouts for teens all summer!

South Suburban Parks and Recreation is running hundreds of day camp programs this summer, including several at their Lone Tree location. Kids in different age groups can enroll in All-Day Camp: Club Lone Tree for K-9 and Camp X-plosion for ages 10-14.

little girl cooking Christmas biscuitsOther summer camps that are running for shorter classes on weekdays include specialized interests like robotics, cooking, art, acting, adventures in STEM with Legos, sports, and more. Facilities have been re-opened in accordance with the Safer at Home guidelines, including reduced facility capacities, limiting gatherings, enforcing social distancing guidelines, enhancing cleaning and sanitization efforts, using PPE and more. 

Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree
All-Day camps: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Shorter sessions: Times vary
Registration: All-Day camps: $31-$64/day; Shorter sessions: Fees vary
Phone: 303-347-5999

You can find a wide variety of ALL kinds of camps for kids—from art to science and  tech to theater to video and film to music and dance—there’s even a production of Guys and Dolls through the Youth Summer Musical program! Classes are held at various times over various weeks at the PACE Center in Parker.

If this sounds like a whole lot of fun, there are adult classes, too—art, culinary, and dance. Sign up today while there are still spaces left!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
Times and Dates: Various
Registration: Costs vary per program
Phone: 303-805-3374 


Kids ages 6-13 will be thrilled to learn the choreography from the hit number Arabian Nights from a past Aladdin cast member! Nathan Lucrezio has appeared in the Broadway productions of Aladdin and Cinderella, as well as the Broadway tour of A Chorus Line. In this easy and fun online class, your kids will learn how it’s done on Broadway!

Performing Arts Academy Online
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: $35

You’ve got all of those digital photos in your camera or smartphone, but how often do you really look at them? When you print out high-quality photos of your favorites and arrange them in meaningful ways in a scrapbook, you’ve got a family treasure you can share with others and enjoy yourself for years to come!

This virtual workshop shows you tools and methods for seeing pictures you can hold in your hands. You’ll learn about free software connected to professional printing of your finished projects so that your photos and memories will last for generations. No “creativity” or past scrapbooking experience required!

Parker Arts Online Zoom Virtual Seminar
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Cost: $10 per household
Phone: 303-805-6800

Since there’s no end to the number of drinks you can learn how to mix, Highlands Ranch Community Association has extended the popular Virtual Mixology course through June! Tune in weekly to learn how to make a new drink with others over Zoom!

This week’s class features Skrewball Whiskey—you’ll learn how to make the PB&J Old Fashioned and Island of Misfits all using Peanut Butter Skrewball Whiskey! Use the shopping list in advance so you can participate in the Zoom class as it’s going on. Pre-registration is required in order to get the Zoom link.

HRCA Online
6:00 p.m. online
Registration: Free

Thursday-Friday, June 4-5

For now, your favorite Douglas County Library branch is still online, so that’s where you need to “go” when it’s time for a story! The popular weekday Storytime series for pre-school kids continues, helping youngsters get a head start on the skills they need to be ready to read. Kids will do the same five simple activities this series has always emphasized—reading, talking, writing, singing and playing—only online!

Douglas County Libraries Online
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. via Zoom
Cost: FREE

Thursday-Sunday, June 4-7

Douglas County residents are among the first in the state to get back to the gym! What’s it look like? The Denver Channel reports that new guidelines include increased sanitation and every-other cardiac machine turned off to ensure social distancing. Gyms will also be operating at decreased capacity. Face masks are recommended but not required. Staff, however, will be wearing face masks and will have their temperatures taken prior to their shifts. 

Chuze Fitness in Highlands Ranch is now open with new safety protocols. Planet Fitness gyms in Castle Rock and Parker are also open—and they are offering teens the chance to work out for free all summer! LifeTime Fitness in Parker is back, too—including classes with a new reservations policy.

Various Local Gyms
Times: Vary per gym
Information: See individual gyms for more info and pricing

Club Pilates in Parker is now holding classes with reduced sizes and other COVID-19 precautions—or you can continue to join a class from home with their FREE live-streaming classes that meet every day at various times. 

Club Pilates, 11280 S. Twenty Mile Rd., Suite 104, Parker
Times: Vary per day
Cost: Call for in-person pricing
Phone: 303-578-4102

Friday, June 5

If you have been craving a Parents’ Night Out and want a safe and fun activity for the kids, too, Flour Power Cooking School in Highlands Ranch is just what you’ve been waiting for! 

This kids’ cooking school offers all kinds of cooking programs and camps this summer and is taking extra precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s event is Cake My Day where kids will get to decorate rainbow cupcakes, after enjoying a dinner of rainbow pasta!

Flour Power Cooking School, 2030 E County Line Rd., Highlands Ranch
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Register: $39/child
Phone: 720-656-9405

Saturday, June 6

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to attain a career in acting, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind virtual seminar with professional New York-based actor Jay Paranada for an exploration of life behind the curtain.

You may have seen Paranada when he appeared in the Broadway-touring production of Aladdin in Denver as the hilarious parrot, Lago. Now he’s online in a special live-streaming event that will walk you through the process of making it in show business. If you are an aspiring actor or the parent of a young performer with high hopes, you won’t want to miss this!

Parker Arts Online Zoom Virtual Seminar
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Cost: $20 per household
Phone: 303-805-6800

Sunday, June 7

Head to downtown Parker for the sweetest produce in town! With four local vegetable growers and three Western Slope fruit growers, you are guaranteed to get the pick of the crop! Dozens of vendors will be at this vibrant market, with tents and tables spaced out to accommodate social distancing.

19565 Mainstreet, Parker
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Phasing Back to Normal in Crystal Valley!

As we phase back to normal in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley, we’re finding more and more things to do for littles and adults! You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.


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