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 beginning in June from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at one of our five locations:

Athmar Recreation Center – June 3 – December 30, 2022

Aztlan Recreation Center – June 10 – December 30, 2022

La Alma Recreation Center – TBD

Montbello Recreation Center – June 3 – December 30, 2022

St Charles Recreation Center – June 3 – December 30, 2022

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:

  • Athmar Recreation Center
  • 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


Applications & Program Information

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 7/4/22 in observance of the 4th of July holiday. We will follow current childcare licensed COVID guidelines as they become available.

Registration:  begins February 22, 2022 at noon

Dates:  June 6, 2022 – July 29, 2022

Days:  Monday - Friday

Recreation Center Locations:

  • Aztlan Recreation Center | 4435 Navajo St.
  • 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.
  • Congress Park | 8th & Josephine St.
  • Garfield Park | 3600 W Mississippi Ave.
  • Great Lawn Park | 101 Yosemite St.

    Times:  9:00am – 3:00pm

    Ages:  7-12

    Cost:  $540

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

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.

Times:  5:00pm – 6:30pm

Ages:  6

Cost:  ages 6-17 (free with MY Denver card) & ages 18 ($15.50 per person)

Locations | Dates | Days:

  • Hiawatha Davis | 1/31/22-2/9/22 | Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Cook Park | 2/1/22-2/10/22 | Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Johnson | 2/28/22-3/9/22 | Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Athmar | 3/1/22-3/10/22 | Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • La Alma | 3/14/22-3/23/22 | Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Harvard Gulch | 3/15/22-3/24/22 | Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Cook Park | 4/11/22-4/20/22 | Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Barnum | 4/12/22-4/21/22 | Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Swansea | 4/25/22-5/4/22 | Mondays & Wednesdays
  • Aztlan | 4/26/22-5/5/22 | Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Harvey Park | 5/10/22-5/19/22 | Tuesdays & Thursdays

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.

Times:  8:00am – 4:30pm

Ages:  5-12

Location:  Eisenhower

Dates | Days | Cost:

1/3/22 | Monday | $22.50

 3/29/22-4/1/22 (Spring Break) | Tuesday-Friday | $90.00

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.

Days:  Saturday

Times:  5:00pm – 8:00pm

Ages:  5-13

Cost:  $5.00

Locations | Dates:

  • Eisenhower |  3/12/22, 4/9/22, 5/14/22
  • Montclair | 3/19/22
  • Barnum | 4/23/22
  • Scheitler | 4/30/22
  • Central Park | 5/21/22


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:

  • Hiawatha Davis | 4/9/22 | Saturday | 9:00am – 10:50am
  • Scheitler | 4/10/22 | Sunday | 12:00pm – 1:50pm
  • Cook Park | 4/16/22 | Saturday | 9:00 – 10:50am
  • Harvey Park | 4/16/22 | Saturday | 12:00pm – 1:50pm

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)