The 5280 Kids Guide
Whatever your kids want to do this fall—land a skateboard trick, become a jump rope champ, hold a tarantula—we've got you covered.
Don't be fooled: The dancing and trapeze-swinging at Denver Center Theatre Academy is serious performing—or at least it's getting there. Artists and actors from the Denver Center Theatre Company and the National Theatre Conservatory work with students as young as two and a half years old to beef up their acting chops. Newman Center for Theatre Education, 1101 13th St., third floor, 303-446-4892, www.denvercenter.org
Combine the endurance of a swimmer and the grace of a figure skater with the ability to hold your breath for three minutes, and you have a member of Denver's Rocky Mountain Splash Synchronized Swim Team. Swimmers ages seven to 17 compete on both local and national levels. Practices at Hinkley High School, 1250 Chambers Road, Aurora, 303-693-4330, rmsplash.org
To join the Jumping Eagles, a 65-strong competitive jump rope team in Littleton, kids have to master 26 tricks, such as the double under and Chinese wheel, plus learn choreographed routines set to music (think: Sean Paul, not elevator music). 303-982-4044, www.jumpingeagles.org
Sure, tutus and pointe shoes have a place at the Artistic Fusion Dance Academy, but with classes ranging from hip-hop to break dancing, your twinkle toes will move beyond the bar. 960 W. 124th Ave., #600, Westminster, 720-929-1820, www.artistic-fusion.com