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Denver Halloween Events for Adults

Halloween Denver 2018

Who says the kids have all the fun on Halloween? Here’s a frightful listing of Denver Halloween Events for Adults… let the haunting begin!

Weekend of October 19-21 -- Denver Halloween Events for Adults

October 19:

  • Walking with the Dead: The Spirits Speak, Littleton Museum, 7-10 pm
  • Haunts of Littleton Walking Tour, Downtown Littleton Light Rail Station, 7 pm

October 20:

  • Beetlejuice Movie Party, Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 1:15 pm
  • Paint and Wine Party Tim Burtonesque Style, 2 pm
  • MonsterBash, The Curtis, 8-11 pm
  • Haunts of Littleton Walking Tour, Downtown Littleton Light Rail Station, 7 pm
  • Walking with the Dead: The Spirits Speak, Littleton Museum, 7-10 pm
  • Denver Halloween Bar Crawl, The Refinery, 4 pm

October 21:

  • Pumpkin Carving and Live Music, Station 26 Brewing Co., 11 am
  • BarkHappy Denver Halloween Costume Party for MaxFund, Bruz Beers, 1 pm

Weekend of October 26-28 -- Denver Halloween Events for Adults

October 26:

  • Spooky Speakeasy, Terminal Bar, 9 pm-1 am
  • Victorian Horrors, Molly Brown Museum, 6 pm
  • Deathly Dueling Pianos and Costume Party, ViewHouse Ballpark, 6 pm
  • Haunts of Littleton Walking Tour, Downtown Littleton Light Rail Station, 7 pm
  • Humphrey’s Haunted Mansion Party, Grant-Humphreys Museum, 11 am-12 pm

October 27:

  • Witches and Warlocks Costume Party, Punch Bowl Social, 9 pm
  • Nightmare on Broadway, Alternation Brewing Company, 12 am-12 pm
  • Great Gatsby Halloween Ball, Nocturne, 5:30 pm
  • Adult Trick or Treating, Antique Row, 12 pm
  • Costume Contest, McNichols Civic Center, 8 pm
  • ...

Denver Halloween Events for Kids

Halloween in Denver with Kid

Halloween is no longer a one night a year event. There are lots of spooky (not too spooky) Denver Halloween events for kids to keep your family feeling spooktacular for the rest of the month.

Below, Denver Halloween Events for kids that occur daily are listed first, followed by recurring events and concluding with a list of date-specific events.

Denver Halloween Events for Kids - Daily

Pumpkin Festival, Tagawa Gardens, 10 am-3 pm

Nick’s Fall Fest and Pumpkin Patch, Nick’s Garden Center, hours vary

Pumpkin Nights, Adams County Fairgrounds

Hole-O-Ween, Colorado Journey Miniature Golf, hours vary

Denver Halloween Events for Kids - Recurring

October 17, 18, 23, 25:

Glow at the Gardens at the Botanic Gardens, 5:30-9:30 pm

October 20, 21:
Bug A Boo, Butterfly Pavilion, 9 a.m.

October 20, 21, 27, 28:
Boo at the Zoo, Denver Zoo, Zoo hours  

October 20, 21, 26-31
Halloween Celebration, Bass Pro Shops Denver, hours vary

October 27-28:

  • Halloween Kids Fest, Denver Aquarium, 10 am-4 pm
  • Trick or Treat Street, Children’s Museum, museum hours 

Denver Halloween Events for Kids - Date Specific

October 19

  • Kids’ Night Out (pumpkin carving and movies), Dream Dance Studios, 5:30-8:30 pm

October 20:

  • Halloween Harvest Festival/Westy Fest and Balloon Glow, 12 pm-8 pm
  • Trick or Treat Street Harvest Festival, Eastbridge Town Center, 2 pm-5 pm
  • Fall Festival, Hector Flores Park (Baker Neighborhood, 10 am-12 pm
  • Broadway Halloween Parade, Wizard’s Chest, 6-7:30 pm

October 21:

  • BOOnion Station Kids Halloween...

Colorado Cider Takes Root

Colorado Hard Cider

Move over Palisade peaches, apple season is in full swing. Along with caramel covered treats and delectable pie, apples also yield cider. And, the Colorado hard cider business is starting to take off much like craft beer’s early days. If you haven’t hopped on the Colorado cider bandwagon yet, here’s where to board.

Haykin Family Cider
Run by a husband and wife team, Haykin Family Cider is the most recent to join the Denver cider scene. The Haykins compare their Colorado cider to sparkling wine because of the small bubbles and by “elevating the apple like wineries treat grapes.” The majority of their ciders are made from one apple variety, also known as single varietals. You can decide for yourself if you taste the connection to champagne, or if you can detect the featured apple with several great flight options served in their tasting room. It is located at 12001 E. 33rd Ave. in Aurora, near Fitzsimmons and the Stanley Marketplace. Or let the ciders come to you when you join their Core Club.

C Squared Ciders
This Colorado cider spot has one of the best tasting experiences not only because of the cider’s great taste, but also because of its unique location. C Squared Ciders is housed in a cool old warehouse building downtown. Better yet, C Squared shares its digs with a brewery and a restaurant. Talk about one-stop shopping! In its tasting room, you can try one or all of C Squared three series of ciders: The Siren, The Sailor and the Immortal (seasonal). The Sirens are said to be “beautiful” and “dangerous” like their namesake women of the sea. The Sailors are heritage ciders that mimic an “old-world” taste. Immortals are more experimental ciders that are only available on...

What to Do in Denver with the Family: September 2018

To do in Denver with Kids

Now that school’s back in session, you have to make the best of your weekends. And, for those with littles, there is plenty to fill the weekdays too. Here’s a look at what to do in Denver with the family in September. 

WHAT TO DO IN DENVER WITH THE FAMILY -- SEPTEMBER 4-9 

SEPTEMBER 4: Small Settlers, Four Mile Historic Park, 10 a.m.
History and nature activities for kiddos 2-5.

SEPTEMBER 5: Toddler Story Time with the Colorado Ballet, Ford Warren Library, 10:30 a.m.
The kiddos will learn dance concepts at this special library story time.

SEPTEMBER 6: “The Greatest Showman,” Denver Museum on Nature and Science, 7:30 p.m.
Love this movie.

SEPTEMBER 7: Highlands Ranch Days, Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Historical reenactments, hay rides, petting zoo and more.

SEPTEMBER 8: Kidtopia, Four Mile Historic Park, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
From science explosions to carriage rides, Kidtopia will be sure to please.

SEPTEMBER 9: Robonology, Wings Over the Rockies, museum hours
Last day to see the exhibit on all things robotics.

WHAT TO DO IN DENVER WITH THE FAMILY -- SEPTEMBER 10-16

SEPTEMBER 10: FREE Putt-Putt Golf, Skyline Park, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
There’s a great putt-putt course downtown featuring Denver landmarks. It is connected to the Skyline Park Beer Garden, but the putt-putt and other games are FREE to all ages.

SEPTEMBER 11: Drop-in Craft and Snack, Eugene Field Library, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
This is a FREE event for all ages. 

SEPTEMBER 12: Edgewater Market and Music, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Get the kids some fresh fruits and veggies, enjoy a stroll and dance to live music.

SEPTEMBER 13: Pixelated Sculpture...

What to Do in Denver: September 2018

What to do in Denver in September

There’s always something great going on in Denver. Here are our picks on what to do in Denver in September.

 WHAT TO DO IN DENVER -- SEPTEMBER 4-9

 SEPTEMBER 4: Denver Food + Wine Festival, Pepsi Center
The largest gathering of chefs, mixologists, and wine professionals.

SEPTEMBER 5: Dinner Under the Stars, Blanc, 6 p.m.
Six-course dinner by Denver’s hottest chefs served under the stars.

 SEPTEMBER 6: Lindy Hop Lessons: A Vintage Swing Dance, Mercury Cafe
Learn the granddaddy of all swing dances.

SEPTEMBER 7: 2018 Denver Tequila, Taco and Cerveza Fest, Mile High Station, 5 p.m.
You had us at tacos…

SEPTEMBER 8: Fall Home Show, Colorado Convention Center, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thinking of a home improvement? This is the place to get ideas, meet contractors and more.

SEPTEMBER 9: Colorado Symphony FREE Concert, Levitt Pavilion, 4 p.m.
Hear the wonderful sounds of the Colorado Symphony’s brass and percussion musicians at this FREE concert.

WHAT TO DO IN DENVER -- SEPTEMBER 10-16

 SEPTEMBER 10: Taste of the Broncos, Mile High Stadium
Tailgate with 30 great chef-inspired restaurant concepts!

SEPTEMBER 11: Build n’ Brews, Diebolt Brewing Company, 7 p.m.
Does anyone ever completely grow out of Legos? Build a Lego drone and enjoy a beer.

SEPTEMBER 12: Watering Hole: Fierce Femmes, Denver Zoo, 6:30-8 p.m.
Find out about girl power in the animal kingdom while enjoying light appetizers and drinks.

SEPTEMBER 13: 6th Annual Taste of the Highlands, Highlands Square, 5 p.m.
Fare from NW Denver restaurants and music too!

SEPTEMBER 14: Reading Club, Stanley Marketplace, 11 a.m.
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What to Do in Denver with Kids: July 2018

Family activities in Denver for July

It’s mid-summer and the kids are getting bored. Now that the 4th of July fun is over, what next? We’ve got the answer for what to do with kids in Denver daily for the rest of the month.

 What to Do in Denver with Kids July 7-8

JULY 7-8: SCFD Showcase at Denver Botanic Gardens. Special programming and half-priced admission.

What to Do in Denver with Kids the Week of July 9-15

JULY 9: French Storytime at the Children’s Museum, 11:30 a.m. Introduce your kids to this beautiful language then stay for all the fun the museum has to offer – inside and out.

 JULY 10: July Drum Circle at the Hudson Gardens, 6:15 p.m. Enjoy the Gardens and a drum circle at this family friendly event.

JULY 11: Scoop of Jazz, Little Man Ice Cream, 7 p.m. Kids like ice cream, you like jazz (and we’re sure the kids will be tappin’ their toes too!)

JULY 12: Eric West’s Music for Kids, Ross-University Hills Library. From unusual instruments to puppets, see what Eric will pull out of antique trunk to keep the whole family entertained. 

JULY 13: Denver County Fair at National Western, hours vary. Standard fair activities with a twist, it’s a “fun and furry, wacky and weird.” (through July 15).

JULY 14: Insectival at the Butterfly Pavilion, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Live entertainments, bounce houses, carnival games and of course incredible animals and beautiful butterflies.

JULY 15: LEGOrado at History Colorado Center, museum hours. See Colorado Lego-style and other fund hands-on museum exhibits – bonus, kids who wear a baseball jersey get in free (exhibit open through summer).

What to Do in Denver with Kids the Week of July 16-22...

What to Do in Denver: July 2018

This to do in Denver for Adults

Sometimes when it is date night, thinking of something different to do can be harder than finding a babysitter! Now that 4th of July festivities are done, you are due for a little adult time. We’ve got you covered on what to do in Denver through the end of the month.

WHAT TO DO IN DENVER JULY 5-8

JULY 5: Thursday Night Bazaar at Stanley Marketplace 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Wine, cider, beer and spirits sampling, plus live music – all while shopping (yes, please).

JULY 6: RiNo First Friday, 6-9 p.m. RiNo businesses will open to feature specials, live music and art.

JULY 7: Penny Admission at Museum of Contemporary Art, 10 a.m. See this great museum at a great price.

JULY 8: JazzerCider Colorado Cider Company, 11:30 a.m. Jazzercize meets cider in this first ever event.

WHAT TO DO IN DENVER JULY 9-15

JULY 9: Film on the Rocks (Red Rocks), 7 p.m. The Big Lebowski 20th anniversary!

JULY 10: Rockies Game at Coors Field, 6:40 p.m. Take me out to the ball game (vs. Arizona Diamondbacks).

 JULY 11: Railbenders at Elway’s Cherry Creek, 7 p.m. FREE outdoor concert.

JULY 12: Water Hole – Mating, Dating and Copulating at the Denver Zoo, 5:30 p.m. Yep, this is about how animals “get wild” plus, light appetizers and drinks for you. 

JULY 13-15: Slow Food Nations Festival at Larimer Square, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Workshops, demos, talks and of course tastes! 

WHAT TO DO IN DENVER JULY 16-22

JULY 16: All Day Happy Hour at D Bar Restaurant, 5 p.m. Great specials on drinks and confections.

JULY 17: Sip & Sushi at Dry Dock Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to roll sushi at home.

JULY 18: Free Poker Tournament,...

July 4th in Denver: What to Do Day or Night

July 4th in Denver

Break out the Stars and Stripes. The sparklers and the picnic baskets. July 4th in Denver 2018 will be here Wednesday and you don't want to miss the fun! See how to spend Independence Day below. 

Start Off with a Bang

Annual Highland 4th of July Parade

Have your kids (or you) ever wanted to be in a parade? This July 4th in Denver is your chance. Decorate the bikes, wagons, scooters and strollers and head over to the Highlands neighborhood for their annual parade. The route begins at 32nd and Clay St., heads past the great local businesses on 32nd and turns down the hill to the finale at Hirshorn Park (across the street from Little Man Ice Cream.) Speaking of Little Man, the iconic creamery will scoop a monstrous sundae – 200 feet to be exact. (That’s a lot of scoops.) You’ll also enjoy free hot dogs, live music, dance performances and other family fun. Staging begins at 9 a.m. with the official parade starting at 9:30 a.m. 

The Annual Highland 4th of July parade really showcases how the greater Highlands has grown into such a wonderful neighborhood for families.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

If you’d rather watch a parade than be in a parade this July 4th in Denver, head east to Park Hill (another great neighborhood for families) and take in their annual event. This parade runs down 23rd Avenue from Dexter to Kearney streets. There is also a post-parade party immediately following at 22nd Avenue and Kearney Street. This street-style fair will feature kids’ activities, music and food until around 3 p.m. There is free parking in neighboring streets and many of the mature trees...

Father’s Day Denver 2018 - What to do

What to do on Fathers Day

Dear Old Dad. What’s the best way to celebrate him? Here are our ideas for Father’s Day in Denver 2018. Here's what to do.

Horse Races
If dad hasn’t taken in the horse races at Arapahoe Park in Aurora – or even if he has – this is a perfect idea for Father’s Day in Denver 2018. Quarter horse and thorough bred races will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is a very reasonable $5 a person or $10 if you want a clubhouse table. Be sure though to watch at least one race outside by the track. It is thrilling to witness up close the strength and speed of these beautiful horses.

Father’s Day Race
For the dad who wants to race himself, sign him and the family up for the Father’s Day Race with lots of options for the whole crew: 1 mile, 5K, 10K, 10 mile or half marathon. Strollers and pets can take part too! This Father’s Day in Denver 2018 event takes place in Stapleton’s Central Park.

Dads Grilling Party
Does dad need to brush up on his grilling skills before summer kicks into high gear? Register him for The Seasoned Chef’s Cooking skills class on Friday, June 15. In three short hours, he’ll learn six recipes, have lunch and enjoy complimentary beers. Kids 11 and up can join (but not beers for them, of course). After the Friday training, dad can whip up the perfect family meal on Father’s Day in Denver 2018.   

America's Biggest Father's Day BBQ
If dad just wants to pig out on Father’s Day in Denver 2018, America’s Biggest Father’s Day BBQ is the answer. This festival at Sports Authority Field at Mile High features legendary grill masters and live music. Admission is free with food and drink...

Best Things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver

What to do for Mothers Day in Denver

Sunday is Mom’s Day and you want to make it special. If you are still looking for the perfect way to celebrate, here are the Neir Team’s top 5 picks of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver.

Pack Your Baskets
Our Mile High City is full of top-notch parks. Why not pack a basket of mom’s favorite treats and enjoy one of these amazing city amenities. While Washington Park, Sloan’s Lake and Central Park are all wonderful options, if you are truly going for one of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver, head to City Park where you can spend an entire day and never get bored.

Start off by working up an appetite on one of City Park’s great rental options. If mom is a landlubber, tour her around in a surrey built for two or four. You can see all the beautiful sights City Park offers including monuments, skyline views and beautiful greenery. For the seafaring, rent one of the many options for exploring the lake, including the water trike. 

When it is time to eat, settle in near the historic City Park Pavilion. From there you have views of the garden and the lake giving you a serene setting almost as beautiful as mom. Finish off your day at the Denver Zoo, where you can see the momma animals caring for their young during this spring season. 

With all these options, it is clear why picnicking in City Park is one of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver.

Take Her Out to the Ballgame
The Colorado Rockies will take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:10 p.m. For moms who are true fans, one of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver is to cheer on the home team. In addition to all the game’s exciting action, you can enjoy some great...

Denver’s Best Rooftops: Where Are They?

Denvers Best Rooftop Patios

Rain. Flowers. Baseball. These are all great signs of spring, but for us, the best one is the start of patio season. Better still are rooftop patios. Get your spring on by visiting our top picks for Denver’s best rooftops.

El Five, 2930 Umatilla St.
Breathtaking views are what you will find at El Five. The downtown skyline sprawls before you with views of the Highlands to the west. It is one Denver’s best rooftops at sunset and when it is dark in the summer, the lights from Elitch’s decorate the sky.

El Five also has indoor seating with floor to ceiling windows that offer the same magnificent views – perfect for those nights with spring showers. Inside you’ll also enjoy the open kitchen and the artwork.

Tapas de Gibraltar is the food focus at this one of Denver’s best rooftops, brought to you by Edible Beat, who also developed the Linger and Root Down concepts. In addition to old and new school tapas and paella, El Five has interesting signature drinks to try such as The Zombie with three rums, lime, falernum, passion fruit and absinthe. Limit two on this one!

Of note: El Five is only open at night so it is not a spot for weekend day relaxing.

54Thirty Rooftop, 1475 California Street
Even though 54Thirty Rooftop is new on the scene (it opened in April), it is already one of Denver’s best rooftops. It is actually above the Mile High City sitting at 5,430 feet up.

The mixologists here came up with a great cocktail: the #Thatviewthough. It has vodka, chamomile tea syrup, lemon, princess yum yum! The nonalcoholic blackberry lemonade is also delish.

On Thursdays, 54Thirty Rooftop is one of Denver’s best rooftops for music with the...

Kid Friendly Activities in Stapleton: What to Do

Kid Friendly Activities Stapleton

If you have kids, Stapleton is the place to be – whether you live in the neighborhood or are just visiting. Here’s the lowdown on kid friendly Stapleton.

Getting outdoors is at the heart of kid friendly Stapleton. Stapleton is home to 50 green spaces and parks, including Central Park, the third largest park in Denver. Stapleton also boasts six different outdoor pools that provide lessons, swim teams and a place to relax and cool off. Each pool has its own “personality,” including one with a splash pad geared toward younger children.

In addition to the parks and pools, kid friendly Stapleton also has several other great destinations. These include the Urban Farm, the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Sanctuary and Bluff Lake Nature Center.

The new(er) Stanley Marketplace is a mini version of kid friendly Stapleton. It houses:

  • Mindcraft Makerspace: This unique facility offers a laser lab, sewing lab, vinyl lab, 3-D printing lab and workshop that are available to the public. It offers afterschool programming and days off school/summer camps. There is also a drop-off tinker night just for kids, which is great for both little ones and parents, who can enjoy exploring the Stanley while their children learn and play.
  • Neighborhood Music Stapleton: This popular asset to kid friendly Stapleton provides private piano, guitar and music lessons. Kids also enjoy the theatre summer camps.
  • Bounce: Kids can get their energy our here with classes for all ages (including adults), parkour and open gym.
  • Sweet Treats: Finish off any activities you’ve done at the Stanley with Voodoo Doughnuts or ice cream at Sweet Cow.

Northfield Stapleton also...

Denver’s Best Neighborhoods: Where to Live Now

Best Denver Neighborhoods

It’s almost summer – the hottest season for real estate. As temperatures and inventory rise now is the time to consider which of Denver’s best neighborhoods is right for you.

Berkeley

Much of northwest Denver is lumped together as “The Highlands,” but the area is actually made up of several neighborhoods. Berkeley is just north of the Highland neighborhood and is bordered by Federal and Sheridan to the east and west and 38th Avenue and I-70 to the south and north.

We consider this one of Denver’s best neighborhoods because of the wide variety of housing styles. You’ll find ranches, bungalows, Victorians, and Tudors. Now, there is also a wide array of new housing including two-story single family homes and spacious duplexes, as well as pop tops.

Of course, to be one of Denver’s best neighborhoods, you need great parks. That is well covered with Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park. In addition to the open space and serenity, these parks include a recreation center, a charming library, and sizeable dog park.

For many though, what really makes Berkeley one of Denver’s best neighborhoods is Tennyson – the old school “main street” of Berkeley. Get eats at Block and Larder and Firenze a Tavola, the fine dining Italian experience below the more casual Parisi. Shop small at independent bookstores, jewelry stores, and boutiques and enjoy great events like First Friday.

Don’t...

Best Denver Breweries: Top Five to Visit Now

Best Breweries in Denver

With Colorado Craft Beer Week starting Saturday through April 7, now is the perfect time to visit a best Denver breweries pick. Read on to learn more about this fantastic week and get our recommendations for the best Denver breweries.

Colorado Craft Beer Week

Each day of Colorado Craft Beer Week has its own theme with bars and breweries around Denver taking part. Below are highlights and specific event information for best Denver breweries is available at coloradobeer.org.

  • Saturday, March 31 – This ticketed event features more than 100 beers brewed specifically for the festival. Tickets are available at collaborationfest.com and start at $65.
  • Monday, April 2 – Monday is all about education. Topics at different breweries include sensory analysis classes and craft beer 101.
  • Tuesday, April 3 – Food and beer from the best Denver breweries are on tap for Tuesday. You tend to hear more about wine pairings, but beer pairings are coming into their own. Some participating venues will also host top chefs and serve special menus.
  • Wednesday, April 4 – Today grab a pint and keep the commemorative glass.
  • Thursday, April 5 – Show love for your favorite brewery by wearing their gear. Don’t already have some? Visit your favorites to pick up a tee or hoodie and stay for a pint or two.
  • Friday, April 6 – New beers will be out on Friday. Be among the first to taste what is new!
  • Saturday, April 7 – All good things must come to end. Toast the last day of Colorado Craft Beer Week by touring a local brewery. Better yet ride the “Brewery Loop Tours” that will take you many of the best Denver breweries.

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Best Denver Easter Brunch: Where to Go

Best Brunch in Denver

If Denver Easter brunch is in your plans, hop to it! Places that do take reservations are filling fast. Our picks for Denver Easter brunch – both those that need reservations and those that don’t – are below.

  • Ellyngton’s – 321 17th St., (303) 297-3111The number one spot for Denver Easter brunch is undoubtedly Ellyngton’s. Its buffet will feature eggs, seafood, and sushi, as well as Easter themed meats and sweets. Holiday pricing for the Denver Easter brunch is $70.95 a person. For an additional cost you can chose to add your choice of champagne: Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and saving the best for last…Dom Perignon! As of March 21, reservations were available for groups of four to ten. 
  • Snooze – Multiple locations: There are no reservations accepted at the ever popular Snooze, but getting a table is possible. A friendly employee told us just avoid the hours of 9 to 1 p.m. when they expect the heaviest crowds. For those going to Easter services, the winning formula may be to head to breakfast before church. Snooze opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 2:30 p.m. For Denver Easter brunch, we are partial to the Union Station location because of the fun vibe inside and out. Snooze will be serving its regular top-notch menu.
  • HashTAG – 10155 E. 29th Dr., ...

Denver Kid Friendly Neighborhoods

Where to live with kids in Denver

Denver Kid Friendly Neighborhoods: Smart Kids Ahead

There was a time when people looked to suburbs to raise their children. Now with all of the Denver kid friendly neighborhoods, there are great experiences to be had for children growing up in the city.

If you have children and are looking to buy in Denver, the below highlights five Denver kid friendly neighborhoods you’ll want to consider.

Of note: Part of the reason all of these areas rank with us as top Denver kid friendly neighborhoods are because they are short drives from the city’s top cultural amenities. These include the Denver Zoo, Children’s Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Aquarium. Our inside tip is to buy memberships to your favorite spots as memberships usually pay for themselves in two visits, but provide unlimited admission for an entire year.  

Stapleton

Stapleton is often considered tops among Denver kid friendly neighborhoods. It starts with some of the best schools in the state. Current residents often compare the public schools to the quality you would expect from private schools so living in Stapleton offers a great value.

Parks and pools add to Stapleton’s position as one of Denver’s kid friendly neighborhoods. Stapleton is home to 50 green spaces and parks, including Central Park, the third largest park in Denver. Stapleton also boasts six different outdoor pools that provide lessons, swim teams and a place to relax and cool off. There is an indoor pool in the neighborhood recreation center.

Free community activities...

Restaurant Week: Neir Team top picks

Tasty Top Picks for Denver Restaurant Week

Denver Restaurant Week

For us as self-proclaimed foodies, Denver Restaurant Week is the most wonderful time of the year! In case you are not familiar with Denver Restaurant Week, it is happening from now through March 4 and offers special menus at the Mile High City’s top eateries. Multi-course meals are available at three price points: $25, $35 and $45. 

Among participating Denver Restaurant Week establishments, our favorites are listed below.

  • Atelier by Radex: Here you can enjoy French-inspired entrees including Canadian wapiti with black currant demi or roasted poulet with shallots and duxelles. The $45 menu also includes an asparagus and watercress parmentier served with a winter salad and choice of appetizer and dessert. Atelier by Radex follows Chef Cerny’s popular L’Atelier in Boulder – we’re so glad to have a location closer to home.
  • Bar Helix: This swanky bar features an amazing selection of beverages and delicious small plates. For its Denver Restaurant Week menu, Bar Helix is featuring three #soulmatepairing courses for $35. Tip: Consider going early as Bar Helix only accepts reservations for parties of eight or more.
  • Citizen Rail: What we love about Citizen Rail is it dry ages, smokes and cures its meats onsite. For Denver Restaurant Week, entrée selections include New York strip and smoked short rib. You’ll also enjoy two other courses for $35.
  • Colt & Gray: This restaurant also features meaty fare with its $35 menu including carbonara, quail, short rib and cod. Its included appetizers and dessert selection are also sure to hit the spot.
  • Concourse: New in our Stapleton neighborhood, Concourse Restaurant Moderne is known...

Stapleton Life: 10 reasons to live here

Central Park Stapleton

If you live anywhere near Denver, you probably know of Stapleton. But do you really know
Stapleton? For an inside look at Stapleton life, a resident shares her “Top 10 Reasons to Live in
Stapleton.”

Location, location, location: The old adage is true. Location matters. Just a 10 minute drive to
downtown Denver, Stapleton has easy access to I-70 and its connections to I-25 and I-225. There is
also an entrance to I-270 for travel to Boulder.

Grade A: Stapleton is home to some of the best schools in Denver and across the state. Residents
often comment that the public schools in Stapleton are on par with private schools – so Stapleton life
means a great education for your children without the high price tag.

The Great Outdoors: Open space and parks are at the heart of Stapleton life. Stapleton’s largest
park, Central Park, is also the third largest park in Denver. But that’s not all. There are 49 other
parks throughout Stapleton to choose from. There’s even a park just for Fido.

Put on Your Walkin’ Shoes: Walking is a big part of Stapleton life. Most of Stapleton’s amenities
can be reached on foot or by bike. You can also walk to Stapleton’s “A Line” station. Hop aboard and
you can head west to Union Station or east to Denver International Airport (DIA).

Fun for All: The Stapleton life includes great free community activities. Grab your blanket and picnic
and head to an outdoor movie, theater production or concert. Participate in the annual Easter Egg
Hunt or stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the summer Farmer’s Markets. A festive Winter
Welcome celebration kicks-off...

Why investment properties make so much cents!

How to succeed at real estate investment

I was fortunate enough to get into the real estate game early. Much earlier than becoming a broker. I had the good fortune of having Mike Jensen, the Ft Collins real estate mogul, as my roommate in college. Mike was in my ear a lot about investing in real estate. He encouraged me to secure a first-time home buyer loan through a local credit union. I had no credit so my father agreed to co-sign. I bought my first investment property in Fort Collins in 1995 with only $3600. 

This decision kicked off an incredible real estate education through the act of doing. I would like to share my lessons with you.

Lesson 1 - Other peoples monryThe purchase price for the Ft Collins Property was $120,000. The first-time homebuyer program allowed me to purchase the property with a 3% down payment. Therefore my investment came to $3,600 and I used $116,400 of the bank's money to get me into the game.

Investment property 1

I bought the Ft Collins Property to live in but quickly realized it would generate a great deal of cash flow (total rent - mortgage = cash flow). So, I moved out and it became my first investment property. I managed the property for a number of years then hired a management company.

When I graduated college my wife and I moved to Denver and decided to shift my investment property closer to home base. I was also tired of the management...

Road X: Finally, a solution for the I-70 congestion to the mountains

Road X CDOT partnership with Panasonic

Ah, the Rocky Mountains, probably one of the reasons you moved to Denver, love living in Denver or brag about Denver. Those beautiful mountains represent so much recreation year round, that it's hard not to love them. Although getting to them, especially on the weekends, has become a bit of a nightmare. I don't know about you, but every drive on I-70 to the mountains includes at least one conversation about - How are they going to fix the congestion?!?

Well, Road X might be the answer!

Smart freeways and interstates

Building new lanes and infrastructure within the I-70 corridor presents immense challenges and costs. What if adding additional lanes of Highway didn't require new asphalt but required data? Road X represents Colorado's investment in innovative technology that is the future of connected roadways. This concept envisions smart vehicles and infrastructure sharing data about road conditions instantaneously. This data share and intelligent analysis, combined with autonomous vehicles could result in the capacity of I-70 being increased 4X.

 Connected vehicle mandates

New connected vehicle mandates combined with the rapid development of autonomous vehicles means that Colorado could have up 1.2M connected vehicles on the road by 2025. In addition, many companies such as ...