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2017 Family Favorites


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What Makes Something a Family Favorite?


- Family-friendly atmosphere

- Great value

- Fun for all ages

- A trusted resource

- Superior customer service


On the journey through parenting it takes time, money and a lot of trial and error to narrow down your list of go-to restaurants, playspaces, health experts, restaurants, and retailers. Our goal is to get you to that short list faster. With recommendations from peers—fellow parents who've been there, done that—Colorado Parents Family Favorites cut through the trial and error and gets you straight to the tried and true.


Don't forget to share this list with your friends. After all, it's by sharing information and insights that we make parenting just a little easier for each other and a lot more fun.


2017 Family Favorites

Family Favorites - Family Travel
Family outings are exciting, fun, and totally daunting to plan. To help, we’ve got the scoop on some of the best destinations for Coloradans, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Colorado Family Campground
Colorado Resort or Hotel
Colorado Weekend Road Trip
Destination Vacation
Family Day Trip
Summer Mountain Getaway
Winter Resort for Families


Family Favorites - Sports & Fitness
#FitFam! Ready to roll, run, and swing your way across Denver? When it’s time to get moving, we recommend these high-energy, reader-approved programs and classes.  

Baseball or T-ball Program
Basketball Program
Ice Arena
Martial Arts Studio
Ski Lessons for Kids
Soccer Program
Swim Lessons
Tumbling or Gymnastics


Family Favorites - Education
Talk about tough decisions! When it comes to early and primary education, parents want the very best for their children—and it’s stressful figuring out which institutions fit the bill. Here’s a look at the schools and educational services our readers trust the most. 

Childcare Center – Multiple Locations
Childcare Center – Single Location
Foreign Language School
Private School
Special Needs Resource or Organization
Tutor or Academic Enrichment


Family Favorites - Family Fun
If there’s one thing that unites Rocky Mountain families, it’s a mutual propensity for soaking up fun. Between Colorado’s parks, trails, world-famous attractions, resorts, events, and museums, there’s no shortage of activities to keep active clans busy. Here are a few of our readers’ favorite places to play. .

Annual Family Event
Family Fair or Festival
Hike or Bike Trail 
Indoor Playspace
Museum for Families
Nature Center
Parent-and-Tot Activity
Place for an Animal Encounter
Water Park or Swim Center


Family Favorites - Lessons & Camps
From acting to ziplining, extracurricular activities play an important role in whole child development. Here are a few of the standout programs our readers suggest. 

Children’s Art Studio or Craft Center
Children's Acting Lessons
Dance Studio 
Musical Instruction 
Overnight Camp 
Special Needs Camp or Class 
Sports Camp 
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Camp 


Family Favorites - Services & Shopping
Who has time to scour the internet looking for the best shops and services for their family? With these parent-approved picks, we take the guesswork out of everything as small as haircuts and as critical as estate planning. 

Birthday Parties
Children’s New Clothing Store
Children's Resale Clothing Shop or Event 
Estate Planning & Wills
Family or Child Photographer
Hair Salon for Kids
Home Furnishings
Kid-Friendly Shopping Center
Local Toy Store


Family Favorites - Food & Drink
Colorado is an epicenter of food innovation, and that culinary creativity is trickling over into kid and family fare, too. Whether you’re searching for allergy-friendly bakeries, wholesome takeout, or a great spot for the family to hang out, our readers know exactly where to go

Allergy-Friendly Bakery
Healthy Family Restaurant
Kid-Friendly Happy Hour 
Local Bakery for a Birthday Cake
Local Breakfast or Brunch Spot 
Local Burger Joint
Local Family-Friendly Restaurant
Local Frozen Yogurt
Local Ice Cream Shop
Local Kids Meal Menu 
Local Pizza 


Family Favorites - Pregnancy & Baby
Preparing for your bundle of joy can feel like a full-time job. To make things easier, we’ve asked our readers to weigh in on the services, people, and places that aid local parents in pregnancy, delivery, and beyond.

Breastfeeding Instruction and Support  
Hospital Birthing Center
Independent Birthing Center
Local Maternity and Baby Store
Prenatal Exercise Class



Family Favorites - Me Time
Our children are number one, true. But we can't be great caregivers if we don't carve out time for ourselves to rest and recharge. Here are some of the places our readers like to go to decompress, laugh, and pursue adult interests.

Adult Education and Classes 
Date Night
Girls Night Out
Kid-Friendly Local Coffee Shop
Mom Getaway
Workout for Mom


Family Favorites - Health & Wellness
Health and wellness decisions are too important to leave to chance. From influenza to a chipped tooth, and everything in between, you and your loved ones are in good hands with reader recommendations for pediatricians, hospitals, dental and vision specialists, and more.

Family Therapist
Hospital or Health Clinic
Natural/Homeopathic Health Care
Urgent Care