Denver City Park & Frozen Matter Ice Cream
Last Tuesday was a HOT one! We packed up our swimsuit bag and lunches and set out for Denver City Park! The plan was to take them to the playground on the Western most side, closest to York, behind the zoo, because it's shady. but by the time we got dressed and fed and packed up and out the door, it was nearly 11 am and by the time we arrived at the park, it was pretty hot out. AS soon as we got out on the playground Remy exclaimed she had to "go potty," a toddler mama's least favorite word pairings to hear because somehow they always happen to pop up when you are, oh I don't know, in the middle of Target, about to chop an onion in the kitchen prepping for dinner, you name the most inconvenient time or place. So I grabbed Arlo and her and dashed to the grimiest most disgusting ports-potty at the park and that was the start of our day. Remy woke up early that day as well so my "shit this was a bad idea" radar was totally going off at this point.
Honestly, we didn't, couldn't, stay long at this playground that day because of the heat! Remy was tired, and turns out, this park isn't the greatest for their age yet as it has a lot of bigger kiddo stuff, high monkey bars, large drops and high tunnel slides. They do have baby swings and they enjoyed that. They were mostly fascinated and intrigued by a group of summer camp kids and interested in what they were up to on the tire swing. We hung out a little and plopped down for our lunch break and then decided to swing over to the splash pad area behind the Museum of Nature and Science to cool down.
This splash pad is a little intense for littles as the water shoots out of holes and makes a popping sound. Older kids referred to it as "fireworks." We went last year and they were into it, but not sure this time around. I think Remy was just hot and tired at this point, because she didn't even venture in to get wet. Remy is extremely social and made fast friends with a little girl but she left shortly after they had a meet-cute, so she was sort of waltzing around the outskirts like a lost puppy after that. Now that I am typing this all out, what amount of pressure on "having fun" am I placing on them here?! Jeepers! What does that even mean at 2 and 3? Fun for them is sitting in our back yard dropping rocks between fence boards. How do you gauge how much "fun" they had on any given day anyway and does it matter? Am I on this QUEST for adventure and fun for my own self, probably, but I am learning and getting better about making time for our pet rocks in the back yard as well as momma's love for getting out and about.
Oh poop! No really. All pressure aside on having fun, there was a ton of goose poop on this "splash pad," too. It was a problem last year too, and a hygienic one if you ask me. I felt like I kept shrieking at the girls to move over here, and scoot over there, and look out for that pile, and kept pulling or grabbing them away from large green piles of poo. Since this was a problem last year, and the water feature wasn't really a "splash" with them, I probably won't be heading back here for a while. We do have water shoes, but the girls ALWAYS like to take their shoes off and trying to chase them around and screw them on over and over just becomes ridiculous. If your kiddo keeps their footwear on and they aren't to timid of water spraying up randomly in there face, you might give it a try. We also noticed there was a playground MUCH closer, like directly next to this splash pad, which is more convenient than what we did having to pack up and drive over and park closer.
I wasn't sure we would make it, but the last thing I had on the agenda was a trip to Frozen Matter in Uptown. I had mentioned it to the girls earlier, but knowing how long of a day it already was, sometimes I leave things alone and if they forget we move on and head home but if they bring it up again we go. They brought it up so we went. I swear everything that could go wrong did on the way there! Traffic, a FUNERAL line of cars, detours... all the way west into downtown. I cried out loud, "SERIOUSLY?!" I rolled down the windows and told the girls to shoo out the bad energy! It must have worked because when we arrived at our destination, there was FREE, upfront parking!
The girls perked up and literally RAN into the shop which has huge garage door style doors which were lifted. Remy went for chocolate, Arlo had Strawberry Creme, and I had Butterscotch Pudding. It was pretty good, but the flavors weren't super unique and it was PRICEY! She gave me two HALF baby scoops and I think she gave me a small scoop and it was STILL $10. About normal I guess for ice cream shops around town, but I felt she should have charged less for HALF scoops, but didn't. I would have rather had the full amounts then. I sound like a massive complainer. I just try to share HONEST opinions. The Butterscotch Pudding flavor was my favorite of the three. Before heading home we stopped in Fluid Coffee right in front of where we found parking and momma splurged on an iced coffee.
This was our big adventure for the week. The rest of the week we pretty much stayed home as we still have Baba home for the summer one more week before he goes back to teaching. HUGE thank you to Baba who watched the girls this week so I could get a haircut, go to a baby shower, meet a friend for coffee, go to pilates and the countless things he does ALL DAY E'RY DAY, thanks my love.
Have a great weekend everyone!