Arts, drama, nature provide summer fun in south metro Denver area


For children’s summer fun, the trick is to hit a balance that fits each individual child — one that a parent can manage to provide. Running and playing ball and swimming fill the bill for many kids, but for some others, taking a crack at Shakespeare or a musical, working in clay or paint, or getting up close and personal with a frog or turtle may open new possibilities.

Each of our areas has a recreation district with a great variety of programs. See catalogs online for South Suburban, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Castle Rock.

We have a few additional suggestions that may fit a child’s interests:

• The Actor’s Playground at Town Hall Arts Center in Littleton offers a production of “Grease” (school version) for grades 6-12, running June 17 to July 12, with eight performances scheduled. For grades 1 to 5, there’s junior play production of “The Aristocats” June 17 to July 3. “On Camera Techniques” is for grades 4 to 9 and explores differences between live theater and on-camera performance. A Fairy Camp Theater Skills class for K-3 runs July 8 to 12. A Superhero camp for K-3 is July 22 to 26. Swashbuckling Sword Skills for Grades 6 to 12 is July 22 to 26. Instructors are Seth Maisel and Shelly Bordas. Visit 303-794-2787.

• The Greater Castle Rock Arts Guild has just released a long list of classes, with many for teens. See

• Front Range Theater Company in Castle Rock will hold its Triple Threat Summer Camp July 15 to 26, with performances July 26-27.

• Englewood’s annual summer musical will be “Oliver.” Rehearsals and performances will be held at Mullen High School, 3601 S. Lowell Blvd., while Englewood High School is under construction.

• Curtis Arts and Humanities Center, 2349 E. Orchard Road in Greenwood Village, offers two Mini Art Master programs on Mondays: on June 17 (Michelangelo and Mondrian); June 24 (Bourgeois and Lichtenstein); July 15 (Matisse and Munch); Aug. 5 (Hokusai and Marc). See or call 303-486-5773.

• Greenwood Village also offers hands-on projects with Art in the Park — 12 sessions at Silo Park, 9300 E. Orchard Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27, July 2, 11, 16 and 18, and Aug. 6 and 8. See or call 303-486-5773.

• South Platte Park offers Ranger Pam’s Nature Adventures for 4- and 5-year-olds; Kids’ Nature Clubhouse for 6- to 10-year-olds (several sessions); Junior Rangers for 10- to 12-year-olds, plus individual events, such as night hikes. See

We recognize this is just a sample of what is available out there, based on information we have received. Exploration is encouraged


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