Out of School Time & Special Events

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Featured Programs

Night Moves (Friday night activities for teens)

Tired from the week and need a place to escape and have some fun? On Friday evenings the recreation center is yours! Join Denver Parks and Recreation for our Night Moves program where you can unwind and be yourself! You can socialize, eat food, join an activity, and develop important life skills.

Night Moves provides teens a safe space to enjoy a variety of sports, wellness, arts, and cultural activities. Join us on Friday nights between January, 6 2023–May 26, 2023 from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at one of our six locations: 

Aztlan Recreation Center [paused at this location until March 2023]

Barnum Recreation Center

College View Recreation Center

La Alma Recreation Center

Montbello Recreation Center

St Charles Recreation Center


We are partnering with the following organizations to increase the diversity in activities:

New Cottage Arts believes in transforming lives through engagement in the arts. We provide year-round group classes, private lessons, workshops, and performances for all community members.
Classes include: piano, guitar, strings, voice, DJing, digital music production, student ensembles including jazz ensemble and rock band, all levels of visual art classes in painting, drawing, portraits, and mural design.
New Cottage Arts believes in bringing the arts to everyone, and is excited to be partnering with Denver Parks and Recreation for Night Moves.

Locations with New Cottage Arts programs:

  • Aztlan Recreation Center
  • St Charles Recreation Center

Struggle of Love Foundation (SOLF) is a 501c3 organization located in the Far Northeast, Montbello / Green Valley community. SOLF was created to provide community awareness, involvement, educational, and enrichment activities for at-risk children and youth. SOLF addresses academic gaps, youth mental health, youth violence prevention, gang intervention, and promotes healthy lifestyles. Our goal is to give back to the community in areas of struggle  |  “Showing Our Love to Save Our Lives.”

Locations with Struggle of Love Foundation programs:

  • Montbello Recreation Center

MY Denver Card

Your Library and Recreation Card All In One. Youth, ages 5 - 18, can have a key to the city!

Get free access to recreation centers, pools and cultural facilities.

MY Denver collaborates with community organizations and youth advocates 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.

Learn more about the MY Denver Card

Out of School Days

Out of School Day programming offers a safe place for kids to have fun participating in games, sports, and arts and crafts.  Please bring a lunch and wear closed toe shoes.  Snack will be provided – please provide a snack if your child has any food allergies.  If your child needs any accommodations, please contact us at least 10 business days before the start of program.

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Applications & Program Information

Events

Bunny Eggstravaganza

Come join us for an Easter egg scramble, spring craft, and a photo with the Easter Bunny!

Ages:  0-12

Cost:  Free

Location | Dates | Days | Times:

  • Eisenhower | 4/1/23 | Saturday | 9:00am – 10:50am
  • Harvard Gulch | 4/1/23 | Saturday | 12:00pm – 1:50pm
  • Cook Park | 4/2/23 | Sunday | 9:00am – 10:50am
  • Carla Madison | 4/8/23 | Saturday | 9:00am – 10:50am
  • Scheitler | 4/8/23 | Saturday | 12:00pm – 1:50pm

Family Cooking

Family Cooking

Enjoy a few evenings learning to cook as a family.  All cooking ingredients and supplies are provided.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please email Social.Enrichment.Recreation@denvergov.org.  Youth and adult must register together.  Registration will close 5 business days prior to the program.

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Family Trivia Night

Looking for some family friendly trivia fun? Then come to Family Trivia Night! Join us to test your family’s wit and your youth’s random knowledge. Youth are encouraged to work with their family to answer a series of questions from various topics. Topics may include, but are not limited to G/PG Films, E Rated Video Games, Youth Cartoons, Youth Television, Music, Geography, Animal Facts, Science, and more! This is the time for the youth to shine and show off what they know.

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Out of School Days

Out of School Day programming offers a safe place for kids to have fun participating in games, sports, and arts and crafts.  Please bring a lunch and wear closed toe shoes.  Snack will be provided – please provide a snack if your child has any food allergies.  If your child needs any accommodations, please contact us at least 10 business days before the start of program.

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Parents Night Out

Ready for a kid-free evening that won’t break the bank?  We’ll have fun with your kiddos…you enjoy the night out!  Each Parents Night Out, Kids Night In includes a delicious pizza dinner and a combination of action-packed games, sports, and art activities.  Please bring food or feed your child prior to the event if they have any food allergies.

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PLAY Financial Assistance

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(PDF, 236KB)

PLAY application and FAQs - Espanol(PDF, 303KB)

Summer Camps

Summer in the Parks Camps

Get ready for a summer filled with fun, memorable, and exciting opportunities! Your child will explore a variety of recreational activities through hands-on projects and experiences. Sign up your child today for a summer they won't forget. Field trips and open swim will be offered this summer. This program will not meet on 6/19/23, 7/3/23, or 7/4/23 in observance of the Juneteenth and 4th of July holidays. We will follow current childcare licensed COVID guidelines as they become available.

Registration:  begins Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at noon

Dates:  June 12, 2023 – August 4, 2023

Days:  Monday - Friday

Recreation Center Locations:

  • Barnum Recreation Center | 360 Hooker St.
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center | 2120 S. Tennyson Way
  • Montbello Recreation Center | 15555 E. 53rd Ave.
  • Swansea Recreation Center | 2650 E. 49th Ave.

    Times:  9:00am – 4:00pm 

    Ages:  5 – 12

    Cost:  $630

Park Locations:

  • City Park | 23rd & York St.

    Times:  9:00am – 3:00pm

    Ages:  7-12

    Cost:  $540

  • Garfield Park | 3600 W Mississippi Ave.

This program is supported by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) through a grant established for 80219 residents only. Therefore only residents of 80219 are allowed to register for this program. Proof of residency will be required. Due to the reduced fee for the Summer Camp at Garfield Park, financial assistance will not be available

    Times:  9:00am – 3:00pm

    Ages:  7-12

    Cost:  $54

For more program information, contact our main line at 720-865-0840.

Video Game Tournament

Think you have what it takes to be the best gamer? Participants will complete to earn bragging rights, the title of “Game Champion”, and a Free Game! Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place. Registration will close 5 business days prior to the program. To learn which games will be hosted please contact the recreation center or email SocialEnrichment.Recreation@denvergov.org

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