Denver Union Station Splash Pad
We had a GREAT Saturday downtown over the weekend! We took the girls to Denver Union Station's splash pad for some water fun and ice cream at Milkbox Ice Creamery! We and intended on checking out this family art thing in Curtis Park, and we had planned to make forts in the park with the community, but we got a late start to the day. When we arrived, a half hour later than the start time of the art project, and saw nothing happening in the park, except for a group huddled together, possibly discussing fort building plans, we decided to go for plan B and head to Denver Union Station as they were kicking off a farmer's market. I couldn't see our girls listening to instructions or participating in any organized way, and since I didn't see much "action" happening, I though it best to go get wet!
I brought the swimming suits and I had already applied our sunscreen! We listened to "Shut Up and Dance" about five times in the car and our spirits were pretty high and ready to run free that morning. Baba found THE most perfect parking spot EVER, just two blocks away at a meter! You know my theory guys, GREAT parking spot, GREAT DAY!
We let the girls splash around for a while but we were all getting a little hungry and Mama and Baba were ready for a caffeinated beverage pronto! We let the girls get their energy out enough to convince them to take a break in the stroller- HARD to persuade them these days! We went inside Denver's Union Station where it was nice and cool, and did a potty break and for some hot coffees at the Pigtrain coffee kiosk. We headed back outside to the farmer's market side. It was a TIGHT fit with strollers, FYI, so if you plan to check it out with kiddos, maybe do the carrier or walk. It was only two to three rows of tents, and by the time we got there around noon, all of the baked goods were gone. We were so sad because we had got the kiddos all jazzed about chocolate croissants! I overheard some vendors chit chatting and they sounded surprised and overwhelmed by the crowd! I saw a lot of other vendors out of good and scratching out items that had sold out, so GET THERE EARLY if you go, and vendors- BRING MORE STUFF!
We were also a little disappointed that we didn't see nay typical farmer's market goods, like, um, FRESH PRODUCE???? I prefer the farmer's market in Cherry Creek to this so far. We saw pies for $28 and a pound of pasta for $9 and a package of grass fed beef for $35. It seemed to be catering to a higher clientele, which is wonderful that Colroado has all of these foodies, but it might be nice to have sprinkled in some vendors with attainable and ready-to-eat goods. We ended up heading back inside Union Station to Milkbox Ice Creamery for cones. Strawberry for Lolo, Chocolate Malted Ball for RemRem, Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip (my fave) for Mama, and Chocolate Cheesecake for Baba.
It's all about the exit strategy and getting home without a fuss guys. We mapped out to head out the main doors of Union Station rather than the side doors so the girls wouldn't see the splash pad again. Key. We headed out and ran into a live concert of a young girls singing and playing guitar out front. So cute!!! We got back to the car, loaded up and home and no screaming, tears or chaos! SMOOTH Saturday all around!
I have to hand it to Union Station and the urban planning and developing team. they really nailed it by creating a space for EVERYONE! We LOVE the splash pad, and it truly is one of the best water park areas around town! Why? Because it is LONG and somewhat confined, with cement seating all around. They are small enough for babies and toddlers and the girls can run and get wet and dry off on the sidelines. There's also a coffee shop AND an ice cream joint steps away and restaurants and Tattered Cover just across the street. Parking can be tricky, but worth the commute or a trip on the Light Rail. Oh, and FREE! We have been at night, on weekday mornings, and weekends and every time the girls have had such fun, and so have WE!