Photos: Summer Scream's Retro Rides and Neon Lights at Lakeside Amusement Park

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The Denver Film Society's Reel Social Club took over Lakeside Amusement Park last Thursday for an evening of kidstuff with a sophisticated edge, which included a live DJ and an open bar (oh, and no kids allowed...). But Lakeside's retro vibe, streamlined neon and old-school rides were the hits of the evening. Ken Hamblin shot these views of the old-fashioned fun, which you can enjoy for a few more days in September before Lakeside closes for the season.

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Ten best free fountains where you can get wet and wild on a hot Denver day

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Beat today's heat. Where? Keep reading.

No need to sweat the rising temperatures: Your next kid-tastic adventure is just a fountain away. That's right, the Denver metro area boasts some of the coolest, child-friendly fountains known to man, most adjacent to day-trip-worthy family attractions -- and all free. What are you waiting for? Grab the kids, suits and swim diapers, and start splashing.

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PlatteForum celebrates Hero Lab, a kid-created graphic novel, with free party Friday

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PlatteForum staff and students in action.

So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun and quirky local spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

This summer at PlatteForum, thirteen at-risk high-school students partnered with Colfax Community Network (CCN), an organization advocating for children and families residing in transient housing along Colfax Avenue, to collaborate with 25 kids, all ages six to eleven, and create a graphic novel. It was all part of PlatteForum's annual ArtLab summer literacy program. The result is a non-linear graphic adventure filled with goofy stories in various settings -- everything from prehistoric to outer space -- that challenge readers to consider what, exactly, makes somebody a hero.

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Rise of the Undead Redhead, the first tween roller-derby book, rolls out today

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Roller derby, the fastest-growing sport in the world, is not just for grownups anymore. In fact, thousands of young girls across the globe are playing roller derby, benefiting from the powerful messages of teamwork, body confidence and strength that derby delivers. As the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls celebrate ten years of rolling strong, teammate and debut author Meghan Dougherty, who goes by Undertaker's Daughter in the rink and works as a PR professional by day, is launching the first book in a young-adult (designed for ages nine to twelve) series that's all about the wild world of roller derby.

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Boulder's Meadow Music offers a fun way for families to connect with nature and each other

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

The award-winning Meadow Music officially kicked off its 2014 summer season with a show on June 2, when hundreds of adults and kiddos spent the evening rocking out, Colorado-style. Now in its tenth year, this free, interactive, evening-time children's program pairs lively, open-air concerts with kid-friendly hikes -- a beloved local tradition that's sponsored by Boulder's Open Space & Mountain Parks.

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Shelly Coffman's beauty line, Poppy Drops, helps kids grow up -- but not too quickly

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Spend an afternoon with my eight-year-old neighbor, and you'll quickly see that with some little ones, any attempts to ban glitz and glam are futile. Enter Poppy Drops, Creative Child Magazine 2013 Product of the Year, the cutesy new beauty brand that lets spunky kiddos be their wonderful, unique selves by indulging their affinity for grown-up accessories in a safe and age-appropriate fashion. The idea was born when Poppy Drops creator Shelly Coffman, class-action litigator turned mom-trepreneur, wanted to provide her daughter with a harmless alternative to that permanent -- and often painful! -- rite of passage known as pierced ears. Fashioning temporary tattoo earrings, Coffman paved the way for her current line of trendy, temporary and wonderfully glamorous gear.

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Golden History Museum's interactive history summer camp takes kids back in time

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

No DeLorean required for children ages six to eleven looking to learn about Colorado history on these hot, summer days. Golden's popular Hands-on History Summer Day Camp uses active lessons to help kids relate to their frontier past with five week-long, themed camp sessions.

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Child's Play: Adventure Playground changes the landscape for play

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So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

With warm weather settling in, it's time to let the kids burn off months of pent-up energy at one of the many playgrounds 'round town. If you haven't tried the one-of-a-kind (and Westword 2014 Best Of winner) Adventure Playground at Sandstone Ranch in Longmont, there's not a minute to waste.

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The four most cannabis-unfriendly events this 4/20 weekend

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While 4/20 is celebrated by stoners worldwide, Coloradans do it better than anybody else: A day of unity and political activism where participants can spend their every waking moment consuming cannabis is hard to beat, holiday-wise. But April 20 this year also happens to be Easter Sunday and the fifth night of Passover. While kicking off your private seder with a kush Kiddush, or hunting for medible-stuffed Easter eggs while gorging on Peeps and Cadbury cremes with a group of fellow adult stoners, are both fine ways to celebrate this unique confluence of holidays, most official celebrations this weekend are either religious or kid-centric in nature. As such, there will be no kind of any kind encouraged. While no one can prevent you from attending any of these events under the influence, if you show up red-eyed and reeking, be prepared for askance glances from concerned parents and clergy -- particularly if you keep giggling at the phrase "askance glances."

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Child's Play: Storybooks on Stage will tell tales for kids -- and their parents -- on Saturday

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John Jurcheck performs with Stories on Stage.

So, you've got a kid, huh? Whether it's your own rambunctious preschooler or the bratty nephew you've been charged with keeping alive for the next five hours, the most important thing is leaving your house where valuables are liable to be destroyed and seeking refuge on somebody else's property. In this series, we'll be exploring fun, local, and quirky spots that are kid-tastic and adult-friendly, too.

Denver's a great town for parents who want to introduce their children to the arts, and kid-crafted plays are certainly nothing new. But in an interesting spin on childhood theatrics, on April 12 Stories on Stage will present Storybooks on Stage, 75-minute-long adaptations of personal and short stories specifically geared toward children -- and totally suitable for adults, too.

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