At home in Parker this summer, Megan Mahnken, 19, struggles to find ways to keep her and her friends busy.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of things for people our age to do,” said Mahnken, a student at Metropolitan State University of …
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At home in Parker this summer, Megan Mahnken, 19, struggles to find ways to keep her and her friends busy.“I don’t think there’s a lot of things for people our age to do,” said Mahnken, a student at Metropolitan State University of Denver.“There seems to be plenty of parks and pools geared towards little kids, and then there are events like wine walks for people 21 and up,” she said. “But there seems to be a gap for us.”For those who relate to Mahnken’s experience, it can be a significant challenge to make memories before the summer comes to a close. With college classes starting for many in late August, the pressure is on for teens to enjoy their annual free time to the fullest.Mahnken works to stay socialized through jazzercise classes, but for those who lack rhythm, other opportunities are out there, too. These eight Douglas County activities allow teens to get out of the house, stick to a budget and make the most of the summer season.Inner Tubing at Confluence ParkConfluence Park, 2250 15th St., Denverwww.denvergov.org / 720-913-1311Bring your own inner tube to this family-friendly park in the heart of downtown Denver, where you can ride down the rapids of Cherry Creek or sit out and enjoy the sunlight. Boasting a path for runners and bikers, a shallow area for swimmers, and a downtown trolley ride for sightseers, this free attraction acts as an ideal daytrip location for all types of groups.Tubing, Kayaking and Rafting on Clear CreekClear Creek Whitewater Park, 1201 10th St., Goldenwww.cityofgolden.net / 303-384-8100The staff at Clear Creek Whitewater Park encourages teens ages 13 and older to ride down Clear Creek before the attraction closes at the end of August. Prospective tubers, kayakers, and rafters can access the creek from any area along the park’s bike path. Select parking structures near the park and the park itself are free and open to the public.Bowling at BoondocksBoondocks Food & Fun, 18706 Cottonwood Drive, Parkerwww.boondocks.com/parker / 720-842-1100You may think you know this classic game, but you’ve never seen bowling quite like this. Select from “Angry Birds” bowling, a competitive challenge based on the mobile app; the haunting five-frame “Creature Feature” game; or the classic shot-making game “Horse,” readapted for a bowling setting. Games start at $4 per player and are open to bowlers of all ages.Project Strong GirlsParker Fieldhouse, 18700 Plaza Drive, Parkerwww.parkerrec.com/348/Parker-Fieldhouse / 303-805-6300Project Strong Girls provides a unique chance for teenage girls to build friendships, confidence, and muscle mass all at the same time. Girls ages 13 to 15 can go to the Parker Fieldhouse on Wednesday evenings, where a certified personal trainer instructs groups of up to 12 young women during an hour-long session. Classes include time to warm up, practice core and stability training, and learn proper technique for an array of intensive exercises.Classes are available throughout the summer and into the school year and start at $35 for six sessionsCastle Rock Zip Line ToursPhilip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway, Castle Rockwww.castlerockziplinetours.com720-733-9477The 10 zip line cables at Philip S. Miller Park call you to adventure this summer. These 1.5-mile rides give visitors the ability to soar over the Colorado landscape at upwards of 50 mph. Participate in more than 100 “Epic Sky Trek” teambuilding exercises, climb the “Epic Adventure Tower” via a 45-degree zip line, or race a friend on the 1500-foot dual zip line to put your newly acquired skills to the test. A full-day pass is $99.High School Sport SocialsParker Recreation Center, 17301 Lincoln Ave., Parkerwww.parkerrec.com / 303-805-6300Designed to engage both boys and girls, High School Sport Socials give teens the opportunity to meet others their age over a free game of soccer, basketball or inline hockey. Participants are welcome to drop into the rec center to join up to 30 other players in the sport of their choice. Games are supervised by a referee and occur at the following times:• Soccer: Tuesdays through Aug. 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.• Basketball: Wednesdays through Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.• Inline Hockey: Thursdays through Aug. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.Intro to Wheel Pottery ClassSouthridge Cheyenne Pottery Studio, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranchwww.hrcaonline.org / 303-471-7020This introductory pottery class offers an excellent way to bond with friends, learn new things and maybe even create a masterpiece or two. Young adults can view weekly pottery demos and try their hand at a project. Students can choose to follow steps to create the project of the week or bring their own ideas to experiment with. Classes take place at 3:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons and start at $68 for four sessions.Pirate’s Cove Water ParkPirate’s Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center, 1225 W Belleview Ave., Englewoodwww.piratescovecolorado.com303-762-2683This pirate-themed water park inEnglewood is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day of the week. Complete with a leisure pool, a lazy river, a competitive pool and three water slides, Pirate’s Cove is an engaging all-day summer destination. Tickets are $12.
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