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2017 Family Favorites: Me Time

Our children are number one, true. But we can’t be great caregivers if we don’t carve out time for ourselves to rest and recharge. Here are some of the places our readers like to go to decompress, laugh, and pursue adult interests.

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Adult Education and Classes

Top Five

Arapahoe Community College

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Colorado Free University

Front Range Community College

Red Rocks Community College

University of Denver

The Winner

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Red Rocks Community College

13300 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood and 5420 Miller St., Arvada | 303-914-6600 | rrcc.edu

Through certificate and degree programs, RRCC helps adult students meet their career and educational goals in a stimulating, collaborative academic environment. Traditional classroom offerings are supplemented with online, self-paced, and weekend classes for busy parents. Qualified faculty members teach a range of in-demand subjects, and RRCC’s education is one of the most affordable in the state.

Date Night

Top Five

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Littleton

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Comedy Works

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Sushi Den

Vesta

The Winners

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Littleton

7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton | 720-588-4107 drafthouse.com/denver/theater/littleton

At Alamo Drafthouse, it’s all about dinner at the movies. Craft cocktails and scratch-made creative bites are served up seat-side while new and classic films roll on the big screen. The theater house has seven screens for new releases, family movies, and independent flicks, along with repertory programming, too.

Vesta

1822 Blake St., Denver

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303-296-1970 | vestadenver.com

It’s no wonder that Vesta has won dozens of awards for its food, drinks, and hip ambiance. This intimate spot is a go-to destination for diners celebrating special occasions, and it’s also the perfect place for parents looking to reconnect over barrel-aged cocktails and dishes created with seasonal, fresh ingredients served alongside Vesta’s signature dipping sauces.

Girls Night Out

Top Five*

Canvas and Cocktails

Grizzly Rose

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Postino

Punch Bowl Social

Sipping n” Painting

Upstairs Circus

*Tie occurred in this category

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The Winner

Upstairs Circus

1500 Wynkoop St., Ste. 100, Denver and 5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Ste. 106, Greenwood Village | 720-722-2105 | upstairscircus.com

This funky makerspace is an ideal venue for friends who want to gather, drink, and create. Book a spot at a Project Social, and make a pre-set project from the Upstairs Circus project menu. Crafts vary in length and difficulty, and are twice as much fun with libations.

Kid-Friendly Local Coffee Shop

Top Five

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Atlas Coffee

Kaladi Coffee Roasters

Lost Coffee

Novo Coffee

Two Rivers Coffee

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The Winner

Two Rivers Coffee

7745 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada | tworiverscoffee.com

The baristas at Two Rivers know their stuff, and are standing by to make a killer cup. From nitro cold brew to breakfast burritos with house-made hot sauce and gluten-free baked goods, this cool coffee shop has everything parents are searching for—plus a few kid-friendly drinks, such as steamers with homemade syrups, including lavender honey and vanilla.

Mom Getaway

Top Five

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Breckenridge

Glenwood Springs

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The Broadmoor

The Woodhouse Day Spa

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The Winner

The Woodhouse Day Spa

Five metro locations | 303-813-8488 | woodhousespas.com

Relax with a complimentary mimosa or a cup of loose-leaf tea before trying one of the services on this spa’s expansive menu, which includes skin care offerings, massage therapy, foot treatments, sleep treatments, and more. Book a signature service; whether it’s a healing minkyti facial, four-handed massage, or extra-special pedicure, you”ll always leave feeling rejuvenated.

Workout for Mom

Top Five

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CorePower Yoga

Motion Fitness and Massage

Orangetheory Fitness

Pura Vida Fitness & Spa

StarCycle

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The Winner

Motion Fitness and Massage

2570 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver and 5455 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge

720-609-7033 | motionfitnessdenver.com

For killer workouts in a welcoming neighborhood gym, try Motion Fitness and Massage. Skilled trainers take a personalized approach to fitness. Whether you’re interested in yoga, cardio kickboxing, boot camp, or TRX, you”ll leave this comprehensive wellness center feeling every bit as good as you look. Children are welcome to spend time in a designated playroom while parents exercise.

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