Although we’re not quite there yet, it’s never to early to start planning for the summer (and to enjoy the occassional warmer weather this spring). From world-class ice cream to craft beer festivals galore, Denver is a great place to be during the summer. In fact, Denver’s summer fun extends far beyond the city’s limits. Here are 5 family-friendly hotspots to visit when you’re spending summer in the suburbs.

Rec Center and Pool in Broomfield

When you and your family need to cool off during the heat of summer, look no further than the Paul Derda Recreation Center pool. This suburban pool was specifically designed for families and children of all ages, featuring a leisure pool with zero-depth entry and a toddler-friendly octopus slide. This well-maintained swimming pool also includes three waterfalls and a professional-grade lap pool spanning 25 yards. If you’re ready to relax or just need a quick break, don’t forget about the two hot tubs at the Paul Derda center – one of which is reserved just for adults.

Film on the Rocks in Morrison

Courtesy of Denver Arts Venues. Photo by Stevie Crecelius

Located just a few minutes’ drive from the suburb of Lakewood, Red Rocks Amphitheater boasts an array of entertainment options for people in Morrison, Lakewood and surrounding towns. Perhaps the most family oriented (and overlooked) activity at Red Rocks is its Film on the Rocks series. This movie event lasts from May to September and boasts movies for both children and adults, depending on which night you go. Each movie also features a local opener, such as a comedian or band. Lineups have included films such as The Lego Movie, Dirty Dancing, Star Wars and more.

Imagirifik Ice Cream in Centennial

Tired of the same old ice cream shop? Those in search of an above average ice cream experience will jump for joy at Imagirifik. This creative and kid-friendly spot serves up 25 different flavors of Liks ice cream for cones and shakes. Plus, the fun doesn’t stop there. Imagirifik has indoor and outdoor play areas where children can explore their imaginations. These play areas can be reserved for parties and other occasions, offering a truly unique and relaxing experience for parents looking to enjoy themselves.

Fly’n B Park in Highlands Ranch

Nestled in the quiet suburb of Highlands Ranch, Fly’n B Park is one of Denver’s best kept secrets. This historic ranch-turned public park features sweeping mountain views, lush greenery, and low-key walking trails that people of all ages can enjoy. This park also differs from other parks because it has a tranquil pond filled with fish, making it a great place for kids and parents to try their hand at fishing. The park also features picnic tables and grills, so you should plan to bring some food and stick around for lunch.

Westminster Center Park

Ready for an outdoor adventure just a few steps from home? At Westminster Center park, you’ll find fun and entertainment all summer long. The enjoyment starts at the park’s outdoor performance stage and amphitheater, where you can catch live shows and performances featuring local acts. You can also check out the playground, picnic tables and picnic shelters for a day of sun in the fun. This park’s splash pad provides kid-friendly fun and play from Memorial Day to mid-September. From playing yard games with your friends to helping the little ones cool of, Westminster Center Park offers an enjoyable time for all.

Thanks for reading! Get out there and enjoy the great suburbs of the Denver metro area!