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After School Programs & Summer Camps

Youth group at after school programming in a park

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After school programs, a part of DPR Community Recreation, offers a safe place for youth to get assistance with homework, have a snack, socialize, and exercise. Call 720.865.0840 for more information and registration.

Summer Camps & After School

The Denver Lightning Cross Country club is a structured recreational training program for youth ages 7-14 offered through Community Recreation, Denver Parks and Recreation. The Denver Lightning coaching staff have a mutual passion for developing youth in the areas of distance running and track and field. All coaches are experienced and they focus on helping each youth to mature as an athlete while building character, developing positive sportsmanship and self-discipline.

Registration is available online or in-person at the Denver Community Recreation Center on a first-come, first-served basis until the team is at capacity.

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, August 1st at 12:00PM

Ages: 7-14
Cost: $50 (Financial assistance available for Denver residents*)
Program dates: August 28 – October 18th
Days and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30PM
Location: Washington Park Recreation Center 701 S. Franklin St. (outside recreation center doors)

*Applications for financial assistance (see PLAY panel above) must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

Community Recreation's Teen Adventures program offers a wide-range of experiences that provide teens an opportunity to develop lifelong social skills. Field trips include learning to scuba dive at A-1 Scuba & Travel, X-Arena, paddle boarding, mountain biking and more.

Registration is available online or in-person at the Denver Community Recreation Center on a first-come, first-served basis until the activity is at capacity, or through Friday, June 16.

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 28 at 12:00PM
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 17 at 9:00AM

Ages: 13-16
Cost: $82.00 (Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*)
Field trips: $5-$50 depending on activity** (cash only)
Program Dates: June 15-August 4
Days and Times: Thursdays & Fridays - times and locations vary with details provided in program calendar.

Registration is limited to 40 participants.

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Pro-rated options not available for field trip fees

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

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Required registration documents

All must be provided to the Community Recreation office within one week of registration, or your spot will be forfeited:

  • Documentation of legal guardianship
  • Proof of residency
  • Child's original birth certificate
  • Child's current CDPHE approved immunization records
  • Three (3) emergency contacts, including phone numbers and addresses
  • Doctor, dentist and hospital information, including phone numbers and addresses
  • Medical insurance information
  • If applying for financial aid: documentation of income or free/reduced lunch letter

Summer in the Parks

Quality, licensed child care providers offer comprehensive recreational activities in Denver Parks including arts & crafts, active games & sports, aquatics, field trips & special events.

Activities are inclusive to people of all abilities. Call Community Recreation at 720.865.0840 for more information about additional accommodations.

Registration is available online or in-person at the Denver Community Recreation Center on a first-come, first-served basis until sites are at capacity, or through Friday, June 16.

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 28 at 12:00PM
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 17 at 9:00AM

Ages: 7-12
Cost: $450.00

  • Payments can be made in two installments: half upon registration and half on Friday, June 2
  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Field Trip Fee: $45.00** (cash only) - full amount is due by Friday, May 19
Program Dates: June 12 - August 4
Days and Times: Monday - Friday; 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Activity Locations:

City Park – (23rd & York St.; Picnic Area #2) cap.: 45 participants (Full)
Congress Park – (8th & Josephine St.; Pavilion) cap.: 60 participants (Full)
Fred Thomas Park – (26th & Quebec St.) capacity: 45 participants
Rosamond Park – (S. Tamarac & S. Uinta St.) capacity: 45 participants
Sloan’s Lake Park – (26th & Tennyson St.) capacity: 45 participants


*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

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Required registration documents

All must be provided to the Community Recreation office within one week of registration, or your spot will be forfeited:

  • Documentation of legal guardianship
  • Proof of residency
  • Child's original birth certificate
  • Child's current CDPHE approved immunization records
  • Three (3) emergency contacts, including phone numbers and addresses
  • Doctor, dentist and hospital information, including phone numbers and addresses
  • Medical insurance information
  • If applying for financial aid: documentation of income or free/reduced lunch letter

 

Quality, licensed child care providers offer comprehensive recreational activities including arts & crafts, active games & sports, aquatics, field trips & special events.

Activities are inclusive to people of all abilities. Call Community Recreation at 720.865.0840 for more information about additional accommodations.

Registration is available online or in-person at the Denver Community Recreation Center on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (60 participants), or through Friday, June 17.

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 28 at 12:00PM
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 17 at 9:00AM
Registration is limited to 60 participants. (FULL)

Ages: 5-12
Location: Barnum Recreation Center, 360 Hooker St. 
Cost: $1125.00

  • Payments be made in two installments: half upon registration and half on Friday, June 2
  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Before/After Care: $225 (no financial assistance available)
Field Trip Fee: $60.00** (cash only) - full amount due by Friday, May 19

Program Dates: June 12 - August 11
Days and Times: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Before/After Care: 7:30 - 9:00AM -and- 4:00 - 5:30PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

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Required registration documents

All must be provided to the Community Recreation office within one week of registration, or your spot will be forfeited:

  • Documentation of legal guardianship
  • Proof of residency
  • Child's original birth certificate
  • Child's current CDPHE approved immunization records
  • Three (3) emergency contacts, including phone numbers and addresses
  • Doctor, dentist and hospital information, including phone numbers and addresses
  • Medical insurance information
  • If applying for financial aid: documentation of income or free/reduced lunch letter

Quality licensed child care providers offer comprehensive recreational programming including arts & crafts, active games & sports, aquatics, field trips & special events. Our program is inclusive to people of all abilities. For more information about additional accommodations contact Melissa Franklin at 720-865-0847. Registration will be open for in-person registration only for youth who live in the 80216 zip code area, between February 28, 2017 - April 14, 2017. In-person registration must be done at Community Recreation (1849 Emerson St.). Beginning on April 17th, online registration will open for all Denver residents. All Denver residents who wish to participate in this activity must add themselves to the waitlist. Residents on the waitlist will be contacted on April 17th and enrolled in the program - depending on the number of available spots and their order on the waitlist.

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 28 at 12:00PM
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 17 at 9:00AM
Registration is limited to 45 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E 49th Ave
Cost: $20.00 per session

Program Dates: 
1st Session: June 12 – July 7
2nd Session: July 10 – August 4


Days and Times: Monday - Friday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Program Locations: 

  • Knapp Elementary School (500 S Utica St, 80219)
  • Samuels Elementary School (3985 S Vincennes Ct, 80237)
  • Schmitt Elementary School (1820 S Vallejo St, 80223)
  • University Prep School (2409 Arapahoe St, 80205)

Pre-registration opens Tuesday, August 1 and will remain open until programs are full. Register online or in-person at Denver Community Recreation Center.

Session Dates:
1st semester- August 28 - December 21, 2017
2nd semester- January 8 - May 18, 2018

Age: 5-12

Cost: $228 per child (financial assistance available)

Payment plan: 4 equal payments due on:

  • Day of registration
  • October 20
  • December 15
  • March 9


Locations/Days/Times:

Knapp Elementary
Monday-Friday, 3:40 - 5:45 p.m.

Samuels Elementary
Monday-Friday, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. 

Schmitt Elementary
Monday-Friday 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

University Prep
Monday-Thursday 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

University Prep Friday 1:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Registration is limited to 60 participants at Samuels Elementary; 45 participants at the rest of the locations.

Program Location: 

Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center

Registration: 
Limited to 45 participants.

Pre-registration opens Tuesday, May 9 and will remain open until programs are full (30 participants).
Register online or in-person at Denver Community Recreation Center.

Session Dates:
1st semester- August 28 - December 21, 2017
2nd semester- January 8 - May 18, 2018

Age: 5-12

Cost: $228 per child (financial assistance available)

Payment plan: 4 equal payments due on:

  • Day of registration
  • October 20
  • December 15
  • March 9

Please make sure to bring your child’s current CDPHE approved immunization record with you to registration.

For more information, call Community Recreation at 720.865.0840.

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Rec Kidz After School is a daily program (during the school week) at Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center providing youth with a safe, active place to spend time after the school day ends. Registration can be done online (we strongly recommend registering online in order to have the best chance of reserving a space for your child*). To help speed up the registration process, applicants can search for the program before it opens and place it on their “wish list”. This will save you time once registration opens. You can also register in person at Community Recreation Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 pm (1849 Emerson St, Denver, CO 80218).

Regardless of which option applicants choose, families must first create an account in our online registration system.

 

Applications and Program Information

The S.O.A.R. After School Program is a licensed child care program designed around four components of extended learning opportunities. Meaningful skill development is built around academics, sports and wellness, arts and culture, and community engagement. This safe and inclusive comprehensive program implemented by qualified youth developers, also incorporates healthy snacks daily. Students also have the opportunity to experience two field trips throughout the year. S.O.A.R. is committed to building a healthy after-school community; therefore we ask that students attend program daily.

Download S.O.A.R. Flyer

Parents/Guardians can register online or submit these forms in person to Community Recreation between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the below address. Registration will continue Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until programs are full.

Community Recreation
1849 Emerson St
Denver, CO  80218 

Application Form
Download Youth Application Form - English
Download Youth Application Form - Spanish
Financial Assistance is available for Denver residents who qualify.  You may download a P.L.A.Y. application on this web page to complete ahead of time or fill one out at Community Recreation.  Proof of need is required.
 

Please make sure you have the following items with you BEFORE coming to registration:

  • Documentation of legal guardianship
  • Proof of residency
  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Child’s current CDPHE approved immunization records
  • At least 3 emergency contacts including telephone numbers and addresses
  • Doctor, dentist, and hospital information including telephone numbers and addresses
  • Insurance information
  • All requests for financial assistance must be accompanied by documentation of income.  Please submit the financial assistance application with supporting documentation two weeks before registration.

Parks and Recreation Looking to Assist You (PLAY)

The PLAY program is designed to provide financial assistance to families and individuals who are in need. It is not the intent or desire of Denver Parks & Recreation to subsidize program fees or recreation center use over extended periods of time.

PLAY application and FAQs - English

PLAY application and FAQs - Espanol

Out of school time & special events

Parents night out, kids night in illustration

 

 

Parents Night Out, Kids Night In events are for parents to enjoy an evening out, while children ages 5-12 have a safe and fun evening in the recreation center. Participants are provided pizza, create crafts, and play games. 

 

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (100 participants).

Ages: 5-12
Cost: $5.00

Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, February 11
5:00PM-8:00PM

Harvey Park Recreation
Saturday, February 25
5:00PM-8:00PM

Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, March 11
5:00PM-8:00PM

Stapleton Recreation Center
Friday, March 17
6:00PM-9:00PM

Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
Friday, March 24
6:00PM-9:00PM

Ashland Recreation Center
Friday, April 7
6:00PM-9:00PM

Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, April 8
5:00PM-8:00PM

Aztlan Recreation Center
Friday, April 21
6:00PM-9:00PM

Harvey Park Recreation
Saturday, April 29
5:00PM-8:00PM

Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, May 13
5:00PM-8:00PM

Cook Park Recreation Center
Friday, May 19
6:00PM-9:00PM

St. Charles Recreation Center
Thursday, May 25
4:00PM-7:00PM

Party In the USA Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week celebrating a variety of states in the U.S.A. through arts & crafts, active games & sports.

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, June 9.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: June 12 – June 15
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancellation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Water, Water Everywhere Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week exploring water through arts & crafts, active games & sports.

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, June 16.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: June 19 – June 22
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancellation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Harry Potter Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week at Hogwarts creating magic through arts & crafts, active games & sports.

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, June 23.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: June 26 – June 29
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Games, Games and More Games Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week playing and creating games of all types through arts & crafts, active games & sports.   

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, July 7.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: July 10 – July 13
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Camping Chaos Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week with crazy and fun camping activities through arts & crafts, active games & sports.

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, July 14.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: July 17 – July 20
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Fear Factor Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week conquering your fears through arts & crafts, active games & sports.

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, July 21.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: July 24 – July 27
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

C.S.I. Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week investigating different mystery scenes through arts & crafts, active games & sports. 

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, July 28.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: July 31 – August 3
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Weird and Funky Art Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week creating various mediums of art through arts & crafts, active games & sports. 

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, August 4.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: August 7 – August 10
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Crazy Science Summer Theme Camp

Spend the week creating and testing many con-cations through arts & crafts, active games & sports.

Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants), or through Friday, August 11.

Registration: Tuesday, May 9 at 12:00PM

Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Cost: $50

  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: August 14 – August 17
Days and Times: Monday - Thursday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

*Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registering for activities.
**Flat fee, pro-rated options not available

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

Out of School Day Camps:

We offer a safe, fun environment for youth. Join us for arts and crafts, gym games, and much more!  All activities are facilitated by qualified and fun recreation instructors and can be adapted for an age. Various recreation center will host programs during the days the youth do not have school.  

Registration is available over the phone with Juanita at 720-865-0840 or in-person at the recreation center on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (30 participants.

Ages: 5-12

Cancelation Policy: Refunds may be issued until 7 days prior to start of program

 

Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center

Half Days:  12:00PM-6:00PM:

  • Thursday, February 16
  • Friday, March 24
  • Thursday, May 4

Full Days:  7:00AM-6:00PM:

  • Monday, March 27
  • Tuesday, March 28
  • Wednesday, March 29
  • Thursday, March 30
  • Friday, March 31
  • Monday, April 3

Eisenhower Recreation Center

Full Days:  9:00AM-4:00PM

  • Friday, February 3
  • Monday, March 27
  • Tuesday, March 28
  • Wednesday, March 29
  • Thursday, March 30
  • Friday, March 31
  • Monday, April 3

 

Easter Egg Hunts

Ages: 0-12
Cost: $5.00
Registration is available online or in-person at any of the Denver Recreation Centers on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (100 participants):

Harvey Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 1
10:00AM-11:00AM

Montclair Recreation Center
Saturday, April 8
9:30AM-10:30AM

Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
Saturday, April 8
12:00PM-1:00PM

Stapleton Recreation Center
Saturday, April 12
5:00PM-6:00PM

Cook Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15
9:30AM-10:30AM

Washington Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15
12:00PM-1:00PM

Scheitler Recreation Center
Saturday, April 15
2:30PM-3:30PM

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Brushes n' Brunch

Enjoy a morning of instructional painting and brunch.  Bring the woman that inspires you the most.  Youth and adults must register individually.  All painting materials are provided.  Finger foods and beverages are served. 

Ages: 10-15 (plus accompanying adult)
Cost: $15 per participant; $30 per pair

Central Park Recreation Center
Saturday, May 6
10:30AM-12:30PM