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Be a Broomfield Spring Break Tourist

Mar 14, 2019 12:54PM
By Bette Erickson

We all have that friend:  She's so together. She's fit. She follows a low-fat, gluten-free, responsibly grown diet (from local farmers). She eats Artisan breads, meats, and cheese that come from free-range, grass-fed cows. You know what I mean. (And I eat Pop-Tarts for breakfast.)

But Broomfield: I know Broomfield.

So I'm here to share with you all the very best spots to tourist in Broomfield during Spring Break. My fit and fabulous friend loves me, not for the food I eat, but for the fun we have right here in the City and County of Broomfield.

Consider all there is to do.

Entertainment options abound. Our 1ST Bank Center offers concerts and more – go to  www.1stbankcenter.com for a list of upcoming events. And the 'Audi' packs in more events per year than there are days (that's right, it's not unusual for a turn-around of two events per day at the venue). Visit www.broomfield.org/242/Audi-Events for information.

 Few things compare to a leisurely stroll through a museum and Broomfield has two worth considering. The Veteran's Museum is centrally located on Midway Blvd. (www.broomfieldveterans.com) and the famed historical Depot Museum is located just blocks away (www.broomfield.org/120/Broomfield-Depot-Museum).

Broomfield Recreation offers a catalog full of opportunities for families with children. The catalog can be picked up at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library (3 Community Park Rd.), the Paul Derda Recreation Center (13201 Lowell Blvd.) or the George DiCiero City & County Bldg. (1 DesCombes Dr.), or may be accessed online via www.broomfield.org/345/Program-Guide.

Exciting day trips for Boulder Valley School District and Adams 12 students ages 7- to 15-years old are offered each day during Spring Break. Dubbed Spring Break Out, registration is now being taken. Call 303-460-6900 for more information.The recreation program guide also offers a list of parks throughout the city and the amenities each offers. McKay Park, located on the east side of Zuni St. between 136th Ave. and 144th Ave. is home to the metro areas most exclusive bike park for novice to expert cyclists and a one-mile groomed trail circling McKay Lake.

 Broomfield's skate park and batting cages (150 Spader Way) are open year round, weather permitting. March through October, Broomfield operates an outdoor, automated batting cage facility for all ages and abilities.

Offering a wide variety of entertainment options for preschool to middle-school age youngsters, a look through the catalog is time well spent. Preteen Palooza, for example, offers parents of middle schoolers supervised care for a couple hours each day during Spring Break. And Parents Night Out is another program that allows parents supervised childcare for three hours on a Saturday evening, every other month.

Broomfield Library's makerspace, inventHQ, is a place to learn, play, and build community. With programming for all ages, the facility appeals to a wide variety of interests, with tools including sewing machines and embroidery machines, a laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printers, and more. Located on the second floor at 6 Garden Center, visit www.broomfield.org/inventhq or call 303-460-6836 for programs and hours.

And let's not forget about bowling and theaters here in Broomfield. AMC Flatiron Crossing 14, at 61 W. Flatiron Crossing Dr., is a fun getaway during Spring Break week and it's sure to have family-friendly movies during that time. Visit www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/denver/amc-flatiron-crossing-14 for a list of current movies playing. Bowling at Chipper's Lanes (100 Nickel St.) has league bowling and youth programming, including an arcade and food. A Broomfielder magazine 2018 Talk of the Town Readers Choice, the venue has laser tag, live music, and takes party reservations as well. More information can be found at www.chipperslanes.com.

And no Spring Break would be complete without a picnic in the park. How about exploring Broomfield's very own public art Sculpture Trail? Go to www.Broomfield.org/2328/Broomfield-Sculpture-Trail, to be treated to a preview of the magnificent public art. The trail is in Broomfield's County Commons and is near a playground, a life-size gorilla statue and the Dog Park (www.broomfield.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/39). While you're at it, consider a hike along one of Broomfield's more than 250-miles of trails laced in and around the city. To get inspired, visit www.broomfield.org/1335/Broomfield-Trails-Map.

Whether you take a healthy snack out with you during your chosen adventure, or not-so-healthy snack, bring a friend, and enjoy all there is to love about Broomfield.

(Photo courtesy of the City and County of Broomfield)