The dog days are (almost) over. Some Colorado schools are already back in session, and the rest are counting down the days!
We have two weeks left, and we still have a lot of items on our Summer Wish List that we’ve yet to check off. Here’s our top 5. Try to fit a few of these in to your kids’ last days of break, and go out with a bang!
1. Backyard Camp Out
Light a fire in the fire pit, or stoke up the grill for a cookout complete with s’mores. Tell scary or silly stories, curl up in your sleeping bags, and enjoy a good old fashioned camp out. Bonus points for leaving all electronics (phone, tablet, iPod, DS) inside the house. And yes Mom, that means no Instagramming!) Just enjoy the time spent together in nature, even if nature is a backyard in the ‘burbs. www.nwf.org for inspiration including how-tos, campfire recipes, story starters, nature observation, and more fun low-tech activities
We love Lakeside in all its art-deco kitschy glory. There are hardly any lines for the rides, and it’s dirt cheap. Coupons abound for savings on unlimited ride passes, (check your newspaper ads, Entertainment book, and those blue packets of coupons that come in the mail!) and they typically run a Labor Day special for 10 cent ride coupons or half price unlimited passes. e especially love it because you only have to pay $2.50 admission if you don’t want to ride, and you’re able to bring your own food. Although, food for sale in the park is decent and inexpensive–a large pizza to share and a few sodas runs less than $30. And the funnel cakes are huge and awesome for only a 5-spot! www.lakesideamusementpark.com for hours, prices, and more info
3. Summer Blockbuster Movie
Take advantage of the air conditioning and enjoy one of this summer’s many popular action flicks. Disney’s Maleficent, Pixar’s Planes: Fire and Rescue, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, or the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (opens August 8th). Many theaters offer discounted matinees early in the day, and discount passes for AMC theaters can be purchased at your local King Soopers, Costco, or AAA office. www.fandango.com for movies, showtimes, and online ticket purchases
4. Rockies Game
Our home team isn’t exactly knocking them out of the park this season, but that doesn’t stop thousands of fans from enjoying the game, the Rockies Dogs, the cold beer, and the Colorado sunshine at one of the finest ballparks in the country. It’s as American as apple pie! Tickets range from $6 in the south stands, to $30 and up for club level. rockies.mlb.com for schedule and single-game tickets
5. Scenic Drive
This time of year, the mountain wildflowers are going gangbusters, and at higher altitudes the aspens begin changing around the end of August. It’s an explosion of color, set against our beautiful blue skies. Pick any of Colorado’s designated Scenic Byways, hop in the car, and go! Find a picnicking spot or a tiny mountain town eatery for lunch, and maybe a trailhead to walk off some calories. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, jackets, sunscreen, a map/GPS, and a camera! coloradoDOT.info for interactive map and information on each of the 25 Scenic or Historic Byways
However you spend the remainder or your summer, we at Colorado Moms wish you lots of fun, and a happy start to your school year!
Photo credit: John Fowler