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After School Programs & Summer Camps

Youth group at after school programming in a park

View current activity guide

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

This program has moved to Youth Sports. Questions? Email Keely Sorensen at keely.sorensen@denvergov.org

Teen Adventures is a recreation program for youth that offers a wide-range of adventure-based activities 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 (1849 Emerson St.) on a first-come, first-served basis until the activity is at capacity, or through Friday, June 15. Applications for financial assistance must be completed two weeks prior to registration. 

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 27 at NOON
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 16 at 9:00AM

Ages: 13-16
Cost: $82.00 (Financial assistance is available for Denver residents)
Program Dates: June 14-August 3
Days and Times: Thursdays & Fridays - times and locations vary with details provided in program calendar.

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Required registration documents

All information must be input into ePACT (online registration process, instructions below) within two weeks 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 15.

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 27 at NOON
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 16 at 9:00AM

Ages: 7-12
Cost: $450.00

  • Payments can be made in two installments: half upon registration and half on Friday, June 1
  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Field Trip Fee: $45.00** (cash only) - full amount is due by Friday, May 18
Program Dates: June 11 - August 3 (will not meet on 7/4)
Days and Times: Monday - Friday; 10:00AM - 3:00PM

Activity Locations:

City Park – (23rd & York St.; Picnic Area #2) cap.: 45 participants
Congress Park – (8th & Josephine St.; Pavilion) cap.: 60 participants
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

This program will not meet on 7/4/18 in observance of Independence Day.

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Required registration documents

All must be input into ePACT (online registration process, instructions below) within two weeks 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 27 at NOON
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 16 at 9:00AM
Registration is limited to 60 participants.

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 1
  • 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 18

Program Dates: 
June 11 - August 10 (will not meet on 7/4)

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

This program will not meet on 7/4/18 in observance of Independence Day.

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Required registration documents

All information must be input into ePACT (online registration process, instructions below) within two weeks 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

Denver resident registration: Tuesday, February 27 at 12:00PM
Non-resident registration: Monday, April 16 at 9:00AM
Registration is limited to 45 participants.

Ages: 5-12
Location: Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E 49th Ave
Cost: $500.00 per session (two sessions = $1,000.00)

Field Trip Fee: $25.00** per session (two sessions=$50.00) (cash only) - full amount due by Friday, May 18

  • Payments be made in two installments: half upon registration and half on Friday, June 1
  • Financial assistance is available for Denver residents*

Program Dates: 
Session 1: June 11 – July 6* (will not meet on 7/4)
Session 2: July 9 – August 3

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

This program will not meet on 7/4/18 in observance of Independence Day.

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.

 

Parents/Guardians can register online.

Community Recreation
1849 Emerson St
Denver, CO  80218 

Application Form
Financial Assistance is available for Denver residents who qualify.  You may download a P.L.A.Y. application or fill one out at Community Recreation. 

This is an exciting new school year for Community Recreation and the families that have their children enrolled in our programs!  We will be introducing an online registration process using ePACT.  This will allow you to complete the registration process from your own computer and upload all of your important documents to keep us compliant with our licensing regulations.   

As always, please input all of the required information within two weeks of registration.  A great benefit of using ePACT is that it will retain your information and documents, so you only have to enter the information once and update it when information changes.  It is a secured, encrypted and HIPAA compliant system.

If you do not have access to a computer, please come to 1849 Emerson St, Denver CO 80218 and we can assist you.

After you register for our Summer programming, you will be receiving a welcome email from the ePACT team in the near future to input your information.  We hope you are excited as we are to implement this new process! 

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

Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
Friday, January 26
6:00-9:00PM
Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, April 14
5:00-8:00PM
   Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center   
Friday, February 9
6:00-9:00PM
   Washington Park Recreation Center   
Saturday, April 21
5:00-8:00PM
Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, February 10
5:00-8:00PM
Harvard Gulch Recreation Center
Friday, April 27
6:00-9:00PM
Washington Park Recreation Center
Saturday, January 17
5:00-8:00PM
Cook Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 28
5:00-8:00PM
Stapleton Recreation Center
Friday, March 9
6:00-9:00PM
Harvey Park Recreation Center
Saturday, April 28
5:00-8:00PM
Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, March 10
5:00-8:00PM
Eisenhower Recreation Center
Saturday, May 12
5:00-8:00PM
Cook Park Recreation Center
Friday, April 6
6:00-9:00PM
   Washington Park Recreation Center   
Saturday, May 19
5:00-8:00PM
La Familia Recreation Center
Friday, April 13
6:00-9:00PM
 

 

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

Full Days:  8:00AM-6:00PM:

  • Tuesday, February 20
  • Monday, March 26
  • Tuesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, March 28
  • Thursday, March 29
  • Friday, March 30
  • Monday, April 2

Eisenhower Recreation Center

Full Days:  9:00AM-4:00PM

  • Friday, February 2
  • Tuesday, February 20
  • Monday, March 26
  • Tuesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, March 28
  • Thursday, March 29
  • Friday, March 30
  • Monday, April 2

Bunny Eggstravagaza:

Join the Easter Bunny for photos, games, crafts, and an egg hunt! 

Registration is available online or in-person at the recreation center on a first-come, first-served basis until activity is at capacity (35 participants per age group). 

Ages: 0-12

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

Stapleton Recreation Center
Friday, March 23
6:00PM-7:30PM

Cook Park Recreation Center
Saturday, March 24
9:00AM-10:30AM

Scheitler Recreation Center
Saturday, March 24
12:30PM-2:00PM

Harvey Park Recreation Center
Saturday, March 24
3:30PM-5:00PM

Washington Park Recreation Center
Saturday, March 31
9:00AM-10:30AM

Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
Saturday, March 31
12:00PM-1:30PM

Montclair Recreation Center
Saturday, March 31
2:30PM-4:00PM

Family Cooking

Enjoy a few evenings learning to cook as a family. Youth and adult must register together. All cooking ingredients and supplies are provided. If you have any dietary restrictions, please email SocialEnrichment.Recreation@denvergov.org

Ages: 8-17: FREE with MY Denver Card
Ages: 18+: $15

Montbello Recreation Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays: April 3, 5, 10 & 12
6:00-7:30PM

Eisenhower Recreation Center
Mondays and Wednesdays: April 16, 18, 23 & 25
5:00-6:30PM

Stapleton Recreation Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays: April 17, 19, 24 & 26
5:30-7:00PM

 

Healthy Cooking

Cook. Learn. Eat. Come every week to learn how to prepare delicious food in the kitchen and take the recipes home to try out.  All cooking ingredients and supplies are provided.

Ages: 7-17, FREE with MY Denver Card

Aztlan Recreation Center
Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45PM

Glenarm Recreation Center
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00PM

Cook Park Recreation Center
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00PM

Montbello Recreation Center
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00PM

Harvey Park Recreation Center
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00PM

Central Park Recreation Center
Thursdays, 5:15-6:15PM

La Alma Recreation Center
Thursdays
5:30PM-6:30PM


Denver Made

This program allows teens to gather together to create Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) art and design projects.  Supplies, snacks, tutorials, and assistance will be provided.  All you have to do is add a little Denver flare to make your masterpiece spectacular!

Ages: 12-17, FREE with MY Denver Card

Carla Madison Recreation Center
Saturday, April 7
1:00-3:00PM

Montbello Recreation Center
Friday, April 13
6:00-8:00PM

Washington Park Recreation Center
Friday, April 20
6:00-8:00PM

Carla Madison Recreation Center
Saturday, April 21
1:00-3:00PM

Carla Madison Recreation Center
Saturday, May 5
1:00-3:00PM

Montbello Recreation Center
Friday, May 11
6:00-8:00PM

Washington Park Recreation Center
Friday, May 18
6:00-8:00PM

Carla Madison Recreation Center
Saturday, May 19
1:00-3:00PM


Creative Cooks Competition

Denver Parks & Recreation and Denver 4-H bring you this unique opportunity for youth interested in cooking and creating!

The Creative Cooks Competition is like a culinary science fair, where cooks ages 5 to 17 plan a theme, menu, and prepare a dish for the judges to try in a contest versus other youth. Competitors will explain their choices, show off their knowledge, and taste great food! Prizes are awarded to the top Creative Cooks in each age category, and champions have a chance to compete at the Colorado State Fair!

Want to brush up on your kitchen skills and knowledge? Check out the 4-H Healthy Cooking Classes in a recreation center near you!

For registration details, please email Denver4H@gmail.com and use the subject: COOKS 2018

For more information on 4-H Healthy Cooking, email SocialEnrichment.Recreation@denvergov.org.

Ages: 12-17, FREE with MY Denver Card

Cook Park Recreation Center
Saturday, May 19

Recreation Activity Guide

DPR offers a variety of classes, excursions and more in 8 different programming areas. Browse our comprehensive activity guide to learn more!

 
 

ONLINE SERVICE CENTER

Search activities, request permits
or buy memberships!

Contact Us

Community Recreation
1849 Emerson St. | Denver, CO 80218

Phone: 720.865.0840
Email: community.rec@denvergov.org

 

Applications & Program Info.

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

MY Denver Card

 

MY Denver collaborates with the Office of Children's Affairs to bring life to the activities in our centers while providing safe, supportive and quality environments in which young people can play, learn and grow.