Denver Rec Centers – Where to Take the Kids

February 25, 2020

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The Denver area has some great kids activities and things to do with kids.  One thing we have loved as a family living here on the North side of Denver is all of the great Denver Rec Centers in the area.  We have explored many of them on days when my son was bored and they always give us a few hours of cheap entertainment.

I was actually asked by a local mom to put this list together so I reached out to some local moms too and asked them to contribute some photos of the rec centers.  These photos are included in this post!  Thanks to all the moms out there that send in their ideas and allow me to use their photos.

Denver Rec Centers – North Denver – Northern Colorado

Today I am focusing on the North side of Denver. If I were to cover the whole list of Denver Rec Centers it might just take me forever!

Thornton Rec Center

Margaret Carpenter Rec Center – This is the original Thornton Rec Center and still a good one if your kids like to swim or if you take advantage of the great playground outside. (Pool is currently closed until 2021)

  • Indoor Pool with a Wave Pool, Lazy River, Diving Boards, Slide, Smaller area for Tots
  • Amazing Outdoor Playground
  • Boats and Carousel in Summer Months
  • Exercise Classes
  • Gymnasium
  • Preschool and Child Care

Trail Winds Rec Center – This is a brand new facility for Thornton.  As Thornton grew so did the need for an additional rec center.

  • Indoor Pool – Lap Pool, Zero Entry Activity Pool with Slides, Lazy River, Spray Features and a Wellness Pool
  • Indoor Playground
  • Indoor Running/Walking Track
  • Climbing Wall
  • Child Care
  • Exercise Classes
  • Gymnasium

Picture Courtesy of Allyson Rosenbloom

Arvada Rec Center

Apex Center – Lots of families love the Apex Center, it has some of the best kid focused rec opportunities in the area.

  • Indoor Pool/Water Park – Body Slide, Tube Slide, Zero Depth Water Playground, Vortex Pool, Activity Pool, Lap Pool, Family Hot Tubs
  • Ice Arena – Ice Skating
  • Indoor Playground
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Child Care
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor Track
  • Fitness Classes

Picture Courtesy of Slides and Sunshine

Brighton Rec Center

Brighton Rec Center – Brighton has the one Rec Center. Outside you will find fishing and a playground

  • Indoor Pool – Slide and Lap Pool
  • Exercise Classes
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Gymnasium

Commerce City Rec Center 

Eagle Point Rec Center – One of two rec centers in Commerce City.

  • Indoor Pool – Lap Pool, Lazy River, Therapy Pool
  • Exercise Classes
  • Preschool
  • Gymnasium

Bison Ridge Rec Center – Newer, larger rec center in Commerce City

  • Indoor Pool – Slide, Lap Pool, Lazy River, Basketball Hoop, Spray Features
  • Walking/Jogging Track – Indoors
  • Gymnasium
  • Exercise Classes

Broomfield Rec Center

Paul Derda Rec Center – This rec centers pool makes you and the kids feel like you are on vacation, however it can get busy!

  • Indoor Pool – Zero Depth Entry, Tube Slide, Body Slide, Toddler Slide, Lazy River, Family Spa, outdoor spray ground, lap pool and family cabanas.
  • Indoor Track
  • Indoor Playground
  • Gymnasium
  • Child Care
  • Preschool
  • Exercise Classes
  • Climbing Wall

Picture Courtesy of Slides and Sunshine

 

Broomfield Community Center – This center is undergoing a complete remodel and will reopen in Summer of 2020.

 

Erie Rec Center

Erie Community Center – The great thing about this rec center is that there is a skate park and great outdoor playground right across the road.

  • Indoor Pool – Lap Pool, Lazy River, Slide, Leisure Pool with Play Area, Spray Features, Outdoor Water Features.
  • Climbing Wall
  • Indoor Track
  • Cycle Garage
  • Indoor Playground
  • Child Care
  • Gymnasium
  • Exercise Classes

Westminster Rec Center

City Park Rec Center – Lots of people forget about this great Westminster Rec Center (It’s because there are so many great choices)

  • Indoor Pool – Three Indoor Pools, Slides, Current Channels, Rope Swing, Jumping Platform, Rock Climbing Wall, Play Features.
  • Climbing Wall
  • Gymnasium
  • Child Care
  • Outside Playground

Picture Courtesy of Mary Carney

Frederick Rec Center

Carbon Valley Rec Center – This Rec Center covers Frederick, Firestone and Dacono

  • Indoor Pool – Lap Pool, Three Story Slide, Lazy River, Jumping Pads, Rope Swing, Climbing Wall, Diving Boards, Tot Slide and Play Area.
  • Gymnasium
  • Fitness Classes
  • Child Care
  • Indoor Track

Longmont Rec Center

Longmont Recreation Center – If you live up North the Longmont Rec Center can be a great option. You can also spend a couple of hours at the Museum just across the parking lot then let the kids go wild in the pool.

  • Indoor Pool – Lap Pool, Slide, Lazy River, Interactive Play Features.
  • Game Room
  • Climbing Wall
  • Child Care
  • Indoor Track
  • Gymnasium
  • Fitness Classes

 

List compiled by Haley Bartlett, Your Aussie Agent.  Haley is a realtor in the Denver – North Denver area and loves helping both buyers and sellers.  Be sure to follow this blog for other useful tips and lists.