At the Candle Light Tavern, bar games are taken seriously. And while the dart boards, pool tables, foosball and Golden Tee Golf games are always popular, the kick-ass shuffleboard table is where the serious action happens. The long wooden table is covered with plenty of smooth sand, and an electronic score board hangs above center court; fifty cents is the going rate per game. And while the Candle Light is revered for its laid-back atmosphere, shuffleboard challenges are battled to the last hanging puck. This West Washington Park dive packs 'em in nightly, so hit it early to stake your claim.


Monopoly is not a game of speed. And whether you prefer to be the cannon, the dog, the top hat or the thimble, there is a built-in Monopoly board in a booth at the Recovery Room that is just waiting for challengers to cover its Park Place and Marvin Gardens with houses and hotels. And this dark, narrow neighborhood tavern is the perfect place to waste an afternoon becoming a wealthy land baron or a pauper, as it opens daily at 2 p.m. and serves drinks at happy-hour prices until 8 p.m. Consider this your "get out of work free" card: Do not pass Go -- just head straight for the Recovery Room.
Monopoly is not a game of speed. And whether you prefer to be the cannon, the dog, the top hat or the thimble, there is a built-in Monopoly board in a booth at the Recovery Room that is just waiting for challengers to cover its Park Place and Marvin Gardens with houses and hotels. And this dark, narrow neighborhood tavern is the perfect place to waste an afternoon becoming a wealthy land baron or a pauper, as it opens daily at 2 p.m. and serves drinks at happy-hour prices until 8 p.m. Consider this your "get out of work free" card: Do not pass Go -- just head straight for the Recovery Room.
Now more than ever, people are traveling with their dogs. Leave it to someone in this hound-huggin' state to come up with a better way to do it. Boulder pet-supply retailer Alex Teller decided last year to organize adventure travel packages tailored especially for shared human/canine enjoyment. Trips range from winter skijoring clinics to summer tubing excursions and backpacking expeditions; particularly poochy perks include everything from doggie massages to all-natural goody bags provided by Teller's staff. The days of kennel confinement are over. Here, boy!
Now more than ever, people are traveling with their dogs. Leave it to someone in this hound-huggin' state to come up with a better way to do it. Boulder pet-supply retailer Alex Teller decided last year to organize adventure travel packages tailored especially for shared human/canine enjoyment. Trips range from winter skijoring clinics to summer tubing excursions and backpacking expeditions; particularly poochy perks include everything from doggie massages to all-natural goody bags provided by Teller's staff. The days of kennel confinement are over. Here, boy!


Littleton mother of two and former teacher Alison Weems noticed how hard it was to keep up with local children's events, despite the fact that there were plenty of them to choose from. Unfortunately, she found, you needed a stack of newspapers and magazines, a strong word-of-mouth network and a cast-iron memory to even know about them all, let alone remember their dates, times and places from week to week. So she did something about it: For a minimal annual fee, Weems sends subscribing parents weekly e-mails from her Cruisin' Kids website, which overflows with day-by-day information about everything from play groups to toy stores. And to say that Weems's listings are comprehensive would be an understatement: If you can't find an activity your kids like here, it simply doesn't exist.
Littleton mother of two and former teacher Alison Weems noticed how hard it was to keep up with local children's events, despite the fact that there were plenty of them to choose from. Unfortunately, she found, you needed a stack of newspapers and magazines, a strong word-of-mouth network and a cast-iron memory to even know about them all, let alone remember their dates, times and places from week to week. So she did something about it: For a minimal annual fee, Weems sends subscribing parents weekly e-mails from her Cruisin' Kids website, which overflows with day-by-day information about everything from play groups to toy stores. And to say that Weems's listings are comprehensive would be an understatement: If you can't find an activity your kids like here, it simply doesn't exist.


Aw, go take a hike! For a mournful pooch accustomed to being locked up all day with nothing to keep him company but destructible furniture, the context is anything but negative. After all, what hound wouldn't rather go for a walk? Save your sofa: Denver Hound Hikers provides various dog-walking services, from a standard midday fifteen-minute walk around the block or dog-park visit to the more rigorous two-hour "Hound Hike," a supervised outdoor excursion with everything provided (water, snack, towels, cleanup). And just so you know Fido's been having a great time, every Hound Hikers package includes a personalized, Internet-accessible Doggie Diary and digital photo of your four-legged friend having the time of his or her life. It's the paws that refreshes your pooch.
Aw, go take a hike! For a mournful pooch accustomed to being locked up all day with nothing to keep him company but destructible furniture, the context is anything but negative. After all, what hound wouldn't rather go for a walk? Save your sofa: Denver Hound Hikers provides various dog-walking services, from a standard midday fifteen-minute walk around the block or dog-park visit to the more rigorous two-hour "Hound Hike," a supervised outdoor excursion with everything provided (water, snack, towels, cleanup). And just so you know Fido's been having a great time, every Hound Hikers package includes a personalized, Internet-accessible Doggie Diary and digital photo of your four-legged friend having the time of his or her life. It's the paws that refreshes your pooch.
Altair playground, which opened nearly a year ago near Park Meadows mall, is out of this world, and that's all part of the plan: In addition to its picnic shelter and spanking-new toddler-friendly equipment geared to the two-to-five set, Altair's centerpiece is a literal wreck -- an alien ship crashed into a rock that beckons kids to come climb all over it. Well-placed for emergency pre- or post-shopping recreation, this playground's a blast!

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