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South Suburban offers fun ways to celebrate the season


From holiday ice shows to winter break camps, South Suburban offers many ways to celebrate the season.

Children ages 5-12 can make gifts from nature for their friends and family. They will use materials from South Platte Park to create ornaments, frames and more during the Little Elves Holiday Workshop at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 9. South Platte Park is at 3000 W. Carson Drive, Littleton.

If you have a golfer on your holiday gift list, check out the golf appreciation sale at the Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel, 9808 Sunningdale Blvd., Lone Tree. Sale lasts from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 14. Admission is free, and food and drink specials are offered.

Ice skaters skate to traditional holiday music and Santa makes an appearance at the holiday ice shows at the South Suburban Ice Arena and Family Sports Ice Arena. Admission to the shows is free, and canned food donations for Food Bank of the Rockies are accepted. Show times are 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 3:15 p.m. Dec. 16 at South Suburban Ice Arena, 6580 S. Vine St., Centennial; and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Family Sports Ice Arena, 6901 S. Peoria St., Centennial.

Skate with Santa at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 after the ice show at the South Suburban Ice Arena. Public skate admission rates apply. Santa also will stop by for skating at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 16 at both ice arenas, and at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 17 at Family Sports Ice Arena.

Families can get into the spirit together with the Polar Party at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Lone Tree Recreation Center, 10249 Ridgegate Circle, Lone Tree. Activities include a family-friendly obstacle course, craft activities and an opportunity to take a photo with Santa. This is not a drop-off activity; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Students looking for something to do over their winter break have a number of options. A winter break gymnastics camp is offered Dec. 26 at the Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to ages 4-11. A second session open to ages 6-11 is offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Winter break adventure camp at Family Sports Center keeps kids busy with activities such as the eXerGame Zone, ice skating, climbing wall, laser tag and more. Morning and afternoon snacks and lunch are included in fee. Camp open to kids in kindergarten through age 10. Camp runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 26-29, and Jan. 2-5.

Those looking to explore the outdoors can check out the winter break nature camp at Carson Nature Center. Kids play games, take hikes and learn through nature-based activities. Open to ages 6-10, camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 26-29.

Artists can explore clay, drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media at the winter break art camp Dec. 27 at the Lone Tree Recreation Center. Camp open to ages 6-122, and is offered Dec. 27-29 — at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

For details about these and other South Suburban activities, go to www.sspr.org.


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