With zero chance of Denver’s recreation centers, pools, libraries or attractions opening anytime soon, the summer forecast for fun is a bit bleak. Still, the city hopes to help locals thrive, yet stay safe with an array of less traditional summer activities. There are options for youth and families to enjoy the summertime despite recreation centers, camps, park playgrounds and city swimming pools being closed through at least June 30. Below are some of the virtual programs everyone can participate in.
Denver Arts & Venues is partnering with Denver Public Library, Denver Office of Children’s Affairs, After School Alliance/ Extended Learning, Boys and Girls Clubs, Cherry Arts, Food for Thought and others to present a Youth One Book, One Denver “Blast from the Past.”
The 2020 program will feature one of the most popular program books, Upside Down Magic, published by Scholastic, Inc., from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Books and activity guides will be available for young readers and families this summer.
Learn about aviation
Denver International Airport (DEN) Academy will give students an inside look into the world of aviation through video presentations from DEN professionals and virtual tours, followed by weekly hands-on projects using household objects.
The free camp is open to students grades 7 to 10 who are interested in aviation, and will be held June 22 to July 16. Registration is required by June 15. Learn more here.
Explore Denver’s public art
Denver Arts & Venues will also be showcasing youth-focused online educational activities at DenverPublicArt.org. Each activity is aligned with Colorado Department of Education content standards, and encourages youth and families to virtually explore the Denver Public Art collection, diving deeper to learn more about the artworks through historical, cultural and personal observations, and interdisciplinary activities.
Explore the virtual Denver Public Library
From a site dedicated entirely to local music to streaming movies, e-books and audiobooks, hours of education and entertainment can be found via Denver Public Library’s digital offerings, including many Spanish language media.
Lions, tigers and bears
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is bringing scientists and educators to your living room via its Facebook page with multiple free, digital events throughout the week, in addition to its DMNS @ Home programming, which provides a comprehensive list of opportunities for families to watch, do and teach.
Meanwhile, the Denver Zoo has launched a new virtual learning hub with real-world life science activities featuring animals and staff.
Paid career experience
The 2020 Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), a partnership this year with Denver Public Schools, is offering a new, virtual 60-hour curriculum of career readiness and exploration for up to 350 disadvantaged youth who can earn a $1,000 stipend. Registration is now open online. Participation will be determined through a lottery.