Fun in the Sun

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Summer is here!  The air is warm, and the sun is out past dinner time.  So what is one to do with all the extra daylight?  Enjoy it my friends because Fall is just around the corner.  Summer activities don’t have to be costly either.  There are many free or low cost activities that you can partake in.  Still need some suggestions?  Here is a short list of fun activities to do this summer:

  1. Festivals and Carnivals: They’re happening all summer long.  Some of the more popular include the Dragon Boat Festival and the Renaissance Festival, but also check out small festivals like the Greek festival and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
  2.  Play in the Park: There are so many to choose from.  Head to your local park, set up a volleyball net, play frisbee, or throw around the football.  Relax, kick off your shoes and chat with family and friends, or get into that great book you’ve been trying to read all year. 
  3. Swim: Whether at your home or apartment pool or at the local recreation center no summer is complete without putting in some good swimming pool time.
  4. Recreation Centers: Any child attending a Denver Public School can receive a MyDenver Card, which gives them free access to the recreation center. 
  5. Cherry Creek Reservoir: This is a fun local spot to hang out and get some sun, or wade in the water.  Just remember to wear your sun screen.
  6. Go Camping: Whether you’re pitching your tent in Rocky Mountain National Park or just out in your back yard, enjoy the summer by sky gazing and sleeping under the stars.  Make s’mores and tell scary stories around a campfire or a lantern.
  7. First Friday Art Walks: Take an evening stroll and view interesting art and goods.  Window shop, stop into a restaurant, or pick up a cool treat on a warm summer evening.
  8. Farmer’s Markets: Get outside for some fresh air and healthy food.  See and try interesting foods and goods and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables at very affordable prices while you’re there.
  9. Outdoor movies: A must do in Denver.  There are several locations that offer outdoor movies.  My favorites are Red Rocks and Infinity Park in Glendale.
  10. City Park Jazz: Head out to City Park for a relaxing afternoon of jazz.  Bring a blanket, your favorite snacks, and a ball or frisbee to toss around.  Get there early because parking can be challenging and prime picnicking locations will go fast.

Article Author

Ivy Donaldson, MS, Health Coach/Behavioral Health Clinician

Ivy has her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.  She is currently a doctoral candidate for psychology at the University of Denver.  Ivy works with many chronic health conditions with members and is a clinician in the telephonic counseling program.  Ivy has been with Denver health since 2013.