As a follow-up to last week’s blog on how to date people other than your partner (it’s less scandalous than it sounds), we thought we would give parents a quick run down on fun family dates to finish the end of summer on a high note.

New to Outdoor Adventures

In full disclosure, I’m writing this week’s blog but I fully relied on Gretchen’s mom skills to come up with these ideas. Her kids are four years older than my oldest who is still very small so she often drops some knowledge that inspires me to be more active with my little family.

Just yesterday I was complaining to Gretchen that my husband and I are city people so adventures to us (pre-parenthood) included traveling to new cities, exploring top restaurants and bars, shopping and walking around new cultural hot spots both at home and abroad.

Now that we are parents, we want to explore more nature and escape our day-to-day city life when we can. My friends laugh at me because I am a Colorado native and just now starting to appreciate the outdoors, but hey, better late than never right?

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or just dipping your toes in the water, here are some ideas to get your family outside for some fun this August.

5 Family Dates to Finish the Summer Strong

Here are five ways to get outside with the whole family (yes, even with your tiny tots):

  1. Kayak at Cherry Creek Reservoir: Okay, it’s not quite the Caribbean but you can still enjoy the water from our land-locked home sweet home. Make sure to park at The Warf for all rentals, snacks and ice cream breaks. And check this pro tip from Gretchen: you can fit a family of four in a tandem kayak! That or just take a bucket and shovel to the beach for water play at its finest.

  2. Walk through Chatfield Botanic Gardens. You can experience child-like wonder at the Butterfly Farm, sing your own rendition of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” when you meet the cow and pig at Hildebrand Ranch, or head to the children's area which has a treehouse and a pond. Sometimes it’s the simplest of activities that make the best memories.

  3. Hike Lair o' the Bear Park and pack a picnic to make a day of it. Pro tip: Make the hike early to enjoy the fresh air sans rainstorm, and after your picnic lunch, head to Downtown Morrison where there is a great ice cream stop called Ozzi’s. Refuel those busy bodies and head back home when you’re ready.

  4. Rent bikes and coast down Vail Pass for a fun and easy day outside. All gear is provided so once you get dropped off, you can make the trip down at your own pace with plenty of places to stop for bathroom breaks, snacks and spots for kids to run around. Check out the link for tips on how to make this trip like a pro.

  5. And if your kids are a bit older, floating the South Platte River is a blast. Shuttles will drop you off with tubes and life jackets and you can stop at Breckenridge Brewery for lunch and beers with the fam.

Last week’s blog noted that we are always dating, and whether it is our husband, wife, kids, parents or friends, new experiences help us make the best of memories and bond with our loved ones on a new level.

We hope you can take one of these quick trips with your fam and make a lifelong memory before it gets too cold for these simple yet fun activities.

Brooke Cheishvili