A pesky thing like a pandemic can't stop Christmas! This year, the popular Camp Christmas immersive experience can be accessed from the comfort of your own home! Starting at $10, customers (otherwise known as “campers”) can access online content and receive up to five delivered packages that come with a wide variety of Christmas-themed activities. Tickets go on sale November 1!
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Camp Christmas returns - pandemic style!

[ Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 0 comments ]

A pesky thing like a pandemic can't stop Christmas!

This year, the popular Camp Christmas immersive experience can be accessed from the comfort of your own home! Starting at $10, customers (otherwise known as “campers”) can access online content and receive up to five delivered packages that come with a wide variety of Christmas-themed activities. 

The digital experience of Camp Christmas will take place starting November 12 on a web-based app where campers can explore an expansive fictional land, featuring fantastical places such as Sweetsville, Fairy Forest, and Treehouse Village. Each location will feature multimedia content about the stories, history, and traditions surrounding the season as well as in-home activities to complete. Campers can earn badges and track their progress as they complete activities in the app. Daily broadcasts counting down to Christmas will take place in the app starting in December.

The starter package, called “Base Camp,” includes access to the web app, special events, and a few materials mailed to homes to get participants started. Campers can also purchase more robust packages starting at $30, which unlock additional areas of the virtual map with more activities and bonus content, as well as materials to complete the activities.

Camp Christmas, presented by Hanzon Studios in association with DCPA Off-Center, made its debut in 2019 as an in-person experience in the 10,000 ft2 Hangar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. Nearly 70,000 people visited Camp Christmas, which featured two bars, visits with Santa, and 13 highly Instagrammable Christmas-themed areas.

“Christmas and the joy that comes with it is needed now more than ever,” said creator Lonnie Hanzon. “Following the success of the in-person Camp Christmas last year, I am excited to offer some of that same magic in a way that is totally safe and, hopefully, allows us all to escape from reality for a little while.”

Packages go on sale to the public November 1 and the experience begins November 12. For pre-sale access, including the best prices, sign up today for the Camp Newsletter at camp-christmas.com.

What:  Camp Christmas

Where:  100% online

When:  November 12, 2020 - January 5, 2021 (tickets go on sale November 1)

Cost:  $10 - $30, depending on package

Learn More:  camp-christmas.com


Lonnie Hanzon is a Colorado-based artist, best known in Denver for designing the Evolution of the Ball sculpture at Coors Field, The Wizard’s Chest, and the Clocktower Cabaret, as well as early Parade of Lights floats. Other major Colorado installations can be seen at Palazzo Verdi, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Marjorie Park, Red Rocks Community College, Denver Pride celebrations and throughout the Kenneth King Performing Arts Center. His national and international work includes large outdoor urban entertainment projects including Houston Zoo Lights, immersive visual merchandising displays and fine art for Neiman Marcus, and large-scale displays and events at Hong Kong’s Pacific Place. www.lonniehanzon.com 


Off-Center produces unexpected theatrical experiences that put the audience at the center of the story. What began in 2010 as a small theatrical test kitchen has grown into a signature line of programming for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, credited with bringing immersive theatre to Colorado and helping establish Denver as a national hub for immersive art. www.denvercenter.org

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Need a change of scenery for work/school?

[ Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 0 comments ]

To support families looking for a change of scenery while working or studying remotely this fall, YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch offer a variety of cabin options ranging in size from 2-, 3-, or 4- bedroom vacation homes, as well as expansive 6-8-bedroom group cabins for extended families, groups or a learning pod.

Both properties offer peaceful mountain getaways where social distancing comes easily and inspiring spots abound for learning and working remotely. Cabins feature stunning views, complimentary Wi-Fi, family-friendly floor plans, and large well-stocked kitchens.

  • Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park is an ideal autumn destination with pet-friendly private cabins and hotel-style lodge rooms. On-site activities include mountain biking, hiking, crafts shop, mini-golf, horseback riding, roller skating, and fishing. *New this season: Family Adventure Packs - a new experience for families to explore the outdoors at their own self-guided pace.
  • YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park offers wide-open spaces on over 800 acres bordering Rocky Mountain National Park. Bring your laptop to work or study from a wraparound porch and then take a break to enjoy the turning aspen leaves, huge herds of elk roaming the property, and fun fall activities such as horseback riding, hiking, miniature golf, and more. *New this season: Outdoor Education Curriculum - free easy-to-follow science and ecology kits with lessons on local wildlife, outdoor living skills, geocaching, and more - and special fall events such as Fall Photography Fridays, Spy Weeks, and the Halloween Spooktacular on October 31 featuring a haunted house and safe trick-or-treating throughout the property.

Lodging reservations are available online. Please call 800.777.9622 to learn more about 6-8 bedroom group cabins.

All scheduled activities are operated in a safe and healthy manner in alignment with public health ordinances from county and state officials.

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Like our new header?

[ Friday, October 9, 2020 | 0 comments ]

You are amazing! Thank you for helping us create our new look with your images - we love it and hope you do, too!

If you see your picture, we will contact you about a $25 gift card to the Stanley Marketplace, and congratulations!

We appreciate all of you - thank you for making our neighborhood a wonderful place to live!

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We have a new name - help us with our new look!

[ Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 0 comments ]

We are delighted to announce that our new official name is Central Park Parents! Thank you to all those who voted in the name-change process - we think our new name is much more inclusive all around.

With that, we're holding a contest to create our new look! You can see our temporary banner above, but we would love to feature your pictures that truly represent our neighborhood (bonus points for recognizable landmarks - the air tower, fountains, parks, etc.). We're also looking to represent the diverse nature of our community, so hope to feature everyone:
  • Kids, parents, and grandparents
  • All colors, shapes, and sizes
  • Families of all types - gay, straight, multi-generational, blended
Do you have awesome pics featuring your family in our neighborhood? Would you like to see them featured in our website and Facebook header?

Please send your original images to jaime@centralparkparents.com by EXTENDED: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Thursday, September 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. If we choose to feature your image, you will win a $25 gift card to Stanley Marketplace! Please see official rules and additional information below.

Thank you for your support during this time of transition - we're so excited to move forward with you!

Contest Rules 

  • All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person. 
  • Entries will be judged by Central Park Parents. All decisions are final. 
  • Central Park Parents reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules. 
  • By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by Central Park Parents for advertising purposes.  Winning photos will need to be accompanied by a photo release.
  • Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses. 
  • The winners will be contacted via the email address provided during entry. If no response is received after three business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize. 
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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Family Backpacking Trips through Camp Chief Ouray

[ Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 0 comments ]

Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) has reserved permits for backpacking trips in multiple scenic locations offering families a personalized adventure, custom-tailored to ability levels.

Trips cater to various skill levels with 2-day excursions on the Snow Mountain Ranch (Granby) property, 4-day backpacking trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, or 7-day trips in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.

  • Each adventure is guided by one or two experienced staff members who will lead the group, facilitate fun games, cook food for the group, and ensure overall health and safety.
  • Each trip is intended for one household. If you would like to go on a trip with another household that you know, contact CCO. The cost will decrease by $250 per family if there are 2 or more families on a trip.
  • Each trip must have a legal guardian for participants under 18 years old.
  • All food and equipment will be provided. However, if you’d prefer to use your own, you are welcome to bring camping equipment.
  • Stay at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby the night before and/or the night after your trip. Email Ian at iobrien@ymcarockies.org to arrange a discounted stay in a lodge room in addition to the cost of the trip.
  • Scholarships are available for these adventures:
    • Weekend adventure on Snow Mountain Ranch property click here.
    • Backpacking trip in Rocky Mountain National Park for your family, click here.
    • Flattops Wilderness of Colorado or Wind River Range of Wyoming, click here.

To reserve a trip or ask questions, contact Ian at iobrien@ymcarockies.org. If you are reserving a trip, please include the name, age, and hiking experience of each person in your group.
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