When you start with a state-of-the-art facility, the rest simply falls into place. The brand-new Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness more than qualifies, offering just about every sport under the sun beneath its shiny copper skin: youth hockey leagues, figure skating, basketball, gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, climbing for kids and more. There are also various summer camps, including overnight and day soccer camps, tennis and volleyball camps and all-inclusive sessions divided up by age groups. Plus, if it's a little R&R you're seeking for yourself, you can pack off the young ones at the center's Little Pioneer Place, which offers drop-off child care for up to two hours.

Best kid place that really lives up to its name

Funtastic Fun

Lollipop Park
Forget all of those overpriced, underwhelming entertainment warehouses and theme parks that cater mostly to the teenage crowd. The owners of Funtastic Fun know what kids -- and their parents -- like, and it shows. Just about everything here sets FF apart from most other play places in town. The indoor amusement park comes complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel and train -- and that's just the beginning of the fun. There are more than twenty different rides and attractions (including a giant air castle for bouncing, a roller-racing area, side-by-side slides, a shadow-making room and a slew of silly funhouse mirrors), and moms and dads are encouraged to join in the fun. (Bonus for parents: No blaring music, strobe lights or other sensory-overloading gimmicks included.) FF provides all of this for an incredibly reasonable rate (with free parking, to boot): The cash-only admission price of $7.99 per child (just $4.99 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; adults pay $2.99 every day) gives you unlimited rides and play for unlimited time. The family-friendly game machines take 25-cent tokens, but there is so much more to do here that kids hardly notice them.

Best kid place that really lives up to its name

Funtastic Fun

Forget all of those overpriced, underwhelming entertainment warehouses and theme parks that cater mostly to the teenage crowd. The owners of Funtastic Fun know what kids -- and their parents -- like, and it shows. Just about everything here sets FF apart from most other play places in town. The indoor amusement park comes complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel and train -- and that's just the beginning of the fun. There are more than twenty different rides and attractions (including a giant air castle for bouncing, a roller-racing area, side-by-side slides, a shadow-making room and a slew of silly funhouse mirrors), and moms and dads are encouraged to join in the fun. (Bonus for parents: No blaring music, strobe lights or other sensory-overloading gimmicks included.) FF provides all of this for an incredibly reasonable rate (with free parking, to boot): The cash-only admission price of $7.99 per child (just $4.99 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; adults pay $2.99 every day) gives you unlimited rides and play for unlimited time. The family-friendly game machines take 25-cent tokens, but there is so much more to do here that kids hardly notice them.

Kids will go head over heels for this one: For $65, you get one hour in the Meadowood gym for up to eight rowdy little gymnasts ($5 per additional child), followed by a half-hour in the party room indulging in bring-your-own cake and refreshments -- and this is one birthday party where they'll need some excess sugar to burn. Available Friday evenings or Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the parties are open to kids of all ages -- from just-walking to teens.

Kids will go head over heels for this one: For $65, you get one hour in the Meadowood gym for up to eight rowdy little gymnasts ($5 per additional child), followed by a half-hour in the party room indulging in bring-your-own cake and refreshments -- and this is one birthday party where they'll need some excess sugar to burn. Available Friday evenings or Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the parties are open to kids of all ages -- from just-walking to teens.

Best Broncos Super-Bowl coverage in a year the Broncos weren't in the Super Bowl

AM-950/The Fan

Prior to this year's Super Bowl, which didn't include the Broncos (the combatants were the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans), the Fan replayed last year's Super Bowl, which did. The main difference between this broadcast and Orson Welles's panic-inducing radio production of War of the Worlds was that Broncos fans didn't start rioting in Larimer Square after it was over.

Best Broncos Super-Bowl coverage in a year the Broncos weren't in the Super Bowl

AM-950/The Fan

Prior to this year's Super Bowl, which didn't include the Broncos (the combatants were the St. Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans), the Fan replayed last year's Super Bowl, which did. The main difference between this broadcast and Orson Welles's panic-inducing radio production of War of the Worlds was that Broncos fans didn't start rioting in Larimer Square after it was over.
What kid isn't hardwired to dig in the dirt? Unfortunately, today's canned urban society doesn't always allow for an available plot -- so what's a babe with a shovel to do? The Denver Botanic Gardens' Mr. McGregor's Garden is open -- free -- to little diggers and worm-hunters every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., throughout the summer. The pastoral gent himself is on hand then to help them pick and plant vegetables or flowers, providing your wee beasties with a growth experience they'll never forget.
What kid isn't hardwired to dig in the dirt? Unfortunately, today's canned urban society doesn't always allow for an available plot -- so what's a babe with a shovel to do? The Denver Botanic Gardens' Mr. McGregor's Garden is open -- free -- to little diggers and worm-hunters every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., throughout the summer. The pastoral gent himself is on hand then to help them pick and plant vegetables or flowers, providing your wee beasties with a growth experience they'll never forget.
We've all got a contrary little guy sitting on our brains, telling us to do things we know we shouldn't. But most of us have the willpower to keep him in check. Well, this was one event where folks could just let it all go: When their little guys saw a big, round pumpkin and wanted to smash it to smithereens, the ten teams participating last fall -- including the green-wigged youth division winners the Punkcelerators and recreation division winners It's a Bird, It's Plane, It's a...Splat! -- created catapults and let 'em fly, all for the benefit of Denver Urban Gardens and the DeLaney Urban Farm. And guess what? Next fall's gourds, though barely out of the ground, are already quaking in their vines: Heave-ho-ho! You can always say the devil made you do it.

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