Sometimes it’s difficult to have a play date with a friend who has children at different ages then your own kids. For instance, my dear friend from back in high school recently had a son. He’s 6 months old and I have an 18 month old and a 6 year old. Obviously our kids can’t really play together, but we still want to get together for girl time. It’s also hard to have a play date when you live 45 minutes away from one another, yet if you’re truly friends you make it work.
This is what happens to me often with my friend who lives in Broomfield. We try to figure out who’s driving where. Sometimes we meet up in Loveland for shopping and lunch, or we all go up to the mountains in Dillon where my friend’s family has a home. It’s a compromise, but we’ve been friends for over a decade and it’s worth it.
Recently, I traveled the 45 minutes with my kiddos to her neck of the woods and we visited Broomfield’s Paul Derda Recreation Center. It was so much fun for all of the kids and for us as well.
How the Day Went
My friend has a punch card for Paul Derda and had arrived earlier than my crew so she checked us in. I noticed that there was a line every time I looked over at the check-in area so I was grateful she went ahead and got us situated. (The lines could have been because it was during the school’s winter break.)
We walked in and to our left there was an enclosed kids play area. This is a fun little area where parents can watch their kids run around. It reminded me of the how the Fort Collin’s mall play area used to be, but 10 times better because there was a little climbing wall and slides.
Paul Derda also has childcare, which is where we headed to drop the kids off. You have to make a reservation ahead of time, but luckily for us they allowed me to drop my kids off for 30 minutes which was enough time to get a nice cardio workout in.
Once we were done with our workout, we got the kids and took the elevator downstairs to the family dressing area right outside the pool. It took a while to get a room, but once we did it was nice to be able to get ready without worrying how my six year old was doing in the men’s locker room. The family room’s have a toilet, shower, sink, changing table, and little chair you can strap a baby into as well as lockers on the outside. (Bring your own lock.)
I realized I forgot towels for the kids, and the nice lifeguards let me know that they had towels we could use in their office when we were ready to go.
This pool was really warm. It has a wading area for the little kids as well as a fun butterfly slide. My 18 month old and the 6 year old were obsessed with this. They also have a lazy river which has tubes available for use. The water slide was something we didn’t go on, but my 6 year old kept daring me to go down it, I would have if there dad was there to watch the kids…but my girlfriend and I already had our hands full with the 3 kids. There are a number of hot tubs, and one is specifically for adults while the one by the pool was nice for the 6 year old to “take a dip in”. It also has an area for adults to swim laps.
I really enjoyed this pool and so did the kids. After about an hour the 18 month old started shivering and everyone was hungry so we decided to leave for lunch. You can bring your own lunch to the facility.
Paul Derda Rec Center also has a huge rock climbing wall that kids can use. My 6 year old really wanted to try it, but I wasn’t prepared for that so I told him next time we go he can climb the wall…also next time I go I want my husband there so I can enjoy the adult hot tub.
The Paul Derda Recreation Center (PDRC) is located at 13201 Lowell Blvd. in Broomfield, CO. You can reach them at 303.460.6916 or check them out on Facebook.
Where do you go?
As I mentioned before, I drove 45 minutes for a play date. How far do you go to hang with friends? Do you do things that are kid-centric? I’d like to hear from you readers because you know…community.