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2016 Family Favorites – Sports & Fitness

Active families are happy families. Roll, run and swing your way around town with these reader-approved programs and classes.

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Baseball or T-ball Program

Top Five

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Colorado Ball Sports

Colorado Rockies Youth Baseball Camp at Coors Field

i9 Sports

Parker Youth Sports” Hawks Baseball

YMCA Baseball

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The Winner

YMCA Baseball

Seven metro locations

720-524-2700 | denverymca.org

Whether your all-star is a preschool-aged “little slugger,” a kindergarten t-ball champ or a school-aged player ready for player pitching, the Y’s co-ed offerings cater to all ability levels. Teams practice and play weekly, and instruction is centered on skill development and sportsmanship. YMCA baseball is held during three seasons – summer, fall and spring – and schedules vary by location

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Basketball Program

Top Five*

Apex Parks and Recreation

Denver Parks and Recreation

Elite Basketball Academy

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i9 Sports

Rev Up All Stars

YMCA Basketball

*Tie occurred in this category

The Winner

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Denver Parks and Recreation

303-698-4995 | denvergov.org/recreation

With thoughtful coaching, drills and games, participants learn fundamental basketball skills while simultaneously practicing teamwork and brushing up on sportsmanship. Most important of all, Denver Parks and Recreation makes basketball fun for all players, and its programming is designed to accommodate every ability level.

Golf Lessons

Top Five*

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MetaGolf Learning Center

PGA Instructor Kevin Carlson

Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course

Saddle Rock Golf Course

The First Tee of Denver at Wellshire Golf Course

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*Tie occurred in this category

The Winner

The First Tee of Denver at Wellshire Golf Course

3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver

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720-865-3415 | thefirstteeofdenver.com

For a swinging good time, head to Hogan’s Alley, a three-hole course made exclusively for kids. At The First Tee of Denver’s affordable golf lessons, players don’t just practice — they engage in active play, too. Our readers appreciate the low participant-to-staff ratio; newbies learn the ins and outs of the game and develop their stroke, while more seasoned students build on previously acquired skills under the guidance of experienced pros.

Ice Skating

Top Five

Big Bear Ice Arena

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Ice Centre at the Promenade

South Suburban Ice Arena

The Edge

University of Denver Ice Arena

The Winner

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South Suburban Ice Arena

6580 S. Vine St., Centennial

303-798-7881 | ssprd.org/South-Suburban-Ice-Arena

Sharpen your skills – or learn some new ones altogether – at this nationally recognized ice skating complex. Top-notch instructors are available for lessons in competitive figure skating and ice hockey. You don’t have to be a serious skater to enjoy the ice, stop by during public skate hours – held Mondays through Saturdays – or on a themed skate night.

Martial Arts Studio

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Top Five*

ATA Karate Denver Family Martial Arts

Colorado Taekwondo Institute

Kim & Cam’s Taekwondo Academy

Okinawa Dojo by Karate Brothers

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Tiger Kim’s Academy

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Lone Tree

*Tie occurred in this category

The Winner

Tiger Kim’s Academy

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1480 Steele St., Denver

303-388-1408 | tigerkim.com

For four decades, Grandmaster Tiger Kim’s award-winning studio has incorporated the three major Korean martial arts of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do and Hapkido into classes and camps that teach physical technique, along with age-old traditions of respect and discipline. Programming is custom-tailored to the individual child.

Soccer Program

Top Five

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Lil” Kickers in Stapleton

Real Colorado Soccer

Skyline Soccer Association

YMCA Soccer

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The Winner

Skyline Soccer Association

303-691-5662 | info@skylinesoccer.org

skylinesoccer.org

When it comes to soccer, this association offers a one-stop-shop for kids ages 2ó to 18. Specializing in non-competitive pee- wee classes, competitive tournaments and everything in between, Skyline is the largest Denver-based sports organization, serving all areas of Denver and surrounding suburbs. They utilize more than 25 field complexes every season to host practices, games, camps and clinics for all levels of players.

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Sporting Event for Families

Top Five

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rockies

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Denver Broncos

Denver Nuggets

The Winner

Colorado Rapids

6000 Victory Way, Commerce City

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303-727-3500 | coloradorapids.com

All spectator sports are exhilarating, but there’s something extra special about a Colorado Rapids game played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Grab your kids and root on the home team during spring season, which runs March through October.

Tumbling or Gymnastics

Top Five

5280 Gymnastics

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Apex Simms Street Center

Colorado School of Gymnastics

Denver School of Gymnastics

The Little Gym of Broomfield/Westminster

The Winner

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Denver School of Gymnastics

5840 Lamar St., Arvada

303-424-2910 | dsgym.com

Over the past 37 years, DSG has established itself as a center for excellence in gymnastics instruction for kids in preschool through high school. The recreational and competitive classes are fun, safe and nurturing, and they grow with students, becoming more focused with age. Don’t miss Moms Morning Out, a summer drop-off program for boys and girls ages 3 to 10.

Workout for Mom

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Top Five

Belly Bliss Yoga

Fit4Mom

Motion Fitness and Massage

Orangetheory Fitness

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Pure Barre

The Winner

Motion Fitness and Massage

2570 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver and

5455 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge

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720-609-7033 | motionfitnessdenver.com

Whether you’re interested in yoga, cardio kickboxing, bootcamp or TRX classes, you”ll leave this comprehensive wellness center feeling as good as you look. Coaches take a personalized approach to fitness and facilitate lasting friendships between clients. The gym is kid-friendly; children are welcome to spend time in a designated playroom while parents exercise.

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