Yeah, so, this blog. I doubt anyone follows it but it comes up in searches occasionally so I thought I’d write something. A few local blogs are doing Summer Bucket Lists and my family has already come up with our list of things we want to do this summer with the boys, who are 6 and going on 10. In addition to CSU sports camps, Cub Scout camps and vacation (38 days to Disney!), the boys are doing CARA Track, so our days are already pretty full. And while they love to play with neighborhood friends during those unscheduled days, there are also a few family days we’d like to get in.
2. Catch a movie. Holiday Twin Drive-In would be ideal but not always realistic. Cinemark, Carmike and Metrolux are all doing summer movie series on different days of the week, plus The Promenade Shops at Centerra does a free Friday night movie.
3. There are lots of opportunities for free summer entertainment, whether it’s a show at Lincoln Center, Fun & Sun at the Plaza at the Promenade Shops at Centerra, or the many free concert series in both Fort Collins and Loveland.
4. The Kids Bowl Free program at Chipper’s is always a great deal, and my kids love to hurl that ball down the lane and munch on some fries.
5. Ice cream during the summer is always a must, and I really want to check out Chill Colorado Creamery, which just opened in Loveland. What’s more fun (or tasty) than ice cream flash frozen with liquid nitrogen?
6. Take in a ball game. The Fort Collins Foxes games are an inexpensive and fun way to spend an evening, and if your kids are tenacious, can even grab a home run or foul ball.
7. Go on a hike. I’m not sure my 6 year old can handle Horsetooth Rock just yet, but there are plenty of other natural areas to check out. Coyote Ridge is one we’ve been wanting to try.
8. Visit some parts of Colorado other than the Fort Collins/Loveland area. The aforementioned track meets will force this, as we travel to some Denver-area towns we’ve heard of but have never ventured to. But I’d also love a day trip to Colorado Springs, or take a drive over Trail Ridge Rd. to Grand Lake. Fires permitting, of course.
9. Head up the Poudre Canyon for something other than the drive to Steamboat. Maybe do some fishing, have lunch at the Mish, or just find a trail and go for a hike.
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