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2019 Family Favorites: Sports & Fitness

Colorado kids are always on the move. Whether it’s shooting hoops or hitting the slopes, recreational activities make fitness fun and help kids build skills at the same time. Here are our readers’ top picks for active kids.

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Ski Lessons for Kids

Top Five

The Winner

Keystone Resort

Keystone’s multi-week Ski & Ride School lessons for kids are designed to build consistency with coaches and students in a camp-like atmosphere. Experienced pros teach ski skills through game-aided learning and make safety their number one priority, weaving it into every lesson. The resort offers family deals to get kids on the slopes; children 12 and under can ski free for a day when you book two nights at the resort. 1202 Jones Gulch Rd., Keystone


Martial Arts Studio

Top Five

The Winner

Tiger Kim’s Academy

Offering tae kwon do and other Korean martial arts, parents love that Tiger Kim’s blends fun with discipline. Patient instructors, aided by advanced students, lead the beginners classes. Kids learn respect and perseverance while advancing their martial arts skills. Enrichment classes are offered at select public schools throughout the school year. 1480 Steele St., Denver

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Baseball or T-Ball Program

Top Five

The Winner

YMCA

All Denver-area YMCA locations offer different divisions of baseball and T-ball for preschool on up, at an affordable fee. Sportsmanship and teamwork are prioritized as much as skill-development and fundamentals. Kids will learn hand-eye coordination and strength in a co-ed setting where everyone is given time to participate fully in the games, and you’ll probably run in to a neighbor or two while you’re there. Seven metro Denver locations


Basketball Program

Top Five*

The Winner

YMCA

Kids age three and up will have fun practicing skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting while learning teamwork and sportsmanship with the help of encouraging coaches. Basketball schedules vary by location and the cost is always affordable, offering additional discounts for Y members and scholarships as needed. Seven metro Denver locations

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Soccer Program

Top Five*

The Winner

Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club

Offering soccer club options in the north, central, and south metro areas, as well as Castle Rock and Fort Collins, Rapids is the only club in Colorado to offer soccer opportunities from age three to a professional level. Find recreational and competitive options for boys and girls, as well as opportunities for skills camps and tournaments throughout the year. Five Colorado locations

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Find recreational gymnastics classes for girls and boys at Ta Da Gymnastics. Photo courtesy Kelly Ferguson, Ferguson Avenue Photography

Tumbling or Gymnastics Program

Top Five

The Winner

Ta Da Gymnastics Studio

Ta Da Gymnastics’ new facility in the West Highland neighborhood was designed to give all children high-quality recreational gymnastics training and experiences. Instructors lead kids through a specific curriculum to ensure that they progress through gymnastics skills safely. Available classes for ages one to 12 include preschool, tumbling, recreational girls, and ninja boys. 4433 W. 29th Ave., Suite 103, Denver


Swim Lessons

Top Five*

The Winner

Waterworks Aquatics

Many parents with hesitant young swimmers report that after just a short time taking Waterworks Aquatics’ lessons, their children showed a vast improvement and a love for the water. Young swimmers gain confidence quickly under supervision of instructors hired for their qualifications, communication skills, patience, and love of children. Private and semi-private swim lessons, Parent and Me classes, and stroke clinics are available. 8980 Barrons Blvd., Highlands Ranch

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Other Sports Program

Top Five

The Winner

i9 Sports

i9 Sports leads a variety of affordable sports programs held at local schools and community parks all across the Denver metro area. They offer kids a positive introduction to sports such as lacrosse, flag football, soccer, baseball, cheerleading, and basketball, in a fun, less competitive environment, tailored by age group. Multiple metro Denver locations

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