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Shared Parenting Tips for the Summer

Dawn Gould

If you share custody of your children, summer break is one of the best times of the year to spend quality time with your children. As you’re making plans this summer, it is important to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that your children have the best time possible.

  • Understand the terms of your parenting plan: If you have a parenting plan, it may require that you give notice of your travel itinerary at least one month in advance and that your travel itinerary be mutually agreed upon. The parenting plan may also limit your vacation time to no longer than 2 weeks at a time. Meaning, you can take 2 weeks of vacation within a year, but it cannot be for 2 consecutive weeks. For those reasons and more, it is important to understand your parenting plan prior to booking your travel with your children.
  • COVID-19: Whether you have a parenting plan or not, COVID-19 has impacted travel plans for everyone. Prior to booking travel, it is very important for you to know and understand the guidelines, policies, and/or directives that each airline, state, county, hotel, car rental, etc. adheres to so that you can be well prepared prior to traveling. One of the best resources to help you prepare for travel during COVID-19 is the Center for Disease Control’s website that has a tab specifically geared towards travel, This site not only covers travel within the United States, but it also covers international travel and advises about any travel health notices. Another great feature within this site is that it has a “travel planner” tab that allows you to input a city, zip code, address, or national park name to learn more about COVID-19 restrictions and resources for your specific destination.
  • Put together a plan that best suits your children’s needs: No matter what, the most important thing to do is to make sure that your children’s needs are kept at the forefront of any plans. This is their summer vacation just as much as it is yours, but your children’s best interest needs to be the focus of your plans.
  • Keep everyone in the loop: The best way to keep everyone in the loop is to communicate. Make sure that you don’t surprise anyone with vacation plans even if a surprise opportunity comes up. Communication is key to preventing conflicts and unnecessary tension.
  • Don’t hide relevant information: If you’re planning on taking your children somewhere for an extended period of time, make sure that you provide a detailed travel itinerary to the other parent. Even if your parenting plan does not require that you advise the other parent of any travel arrangements, communicating such travel arrangements to the other parent will probably make co-parenting more successful. The safety of your children, knowing where your children are, and knowing when they will return are top concerns for parents. Some information that you may consider giving to the other parent may be your flight itinerary, hotel names and phone numbers, and contact information for any friends that you may be staying with while on vacation.

Deciding on summer activities that your whole family can enjoy isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but here in Colorado you’ll never be left wanting for options. We’ve put together a short list of fun options if you’re looking for some alternatives to hiking through the beautiful mountains and trails in the area – this is by no means a complete list, and your local community is sure to have even more great options available for you to enjoy.


  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Opening June 4, 2021, is “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze”. This exhibit is designed for everyone and will allow you to “create, manipulate, and experience patterns as you explore the ways nature organizes itself and inspires human designs”. If you’ve ever wondered “why a sunflower’s seeds are placed perfectly in nested spirals”, then this exhibit is for you!
  • Closing September 6, 2021, is “Stonehenge” where you can learn where, why, and how Stonehenge was built. Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England and is a monument made up of an outer ring of vertical stones about 13 feet high, 7 feet wide, has horizontal stone blocks on top of it, and weighs about 25 tons. Stonehenge took nearly 1,500 years to build, but it is still a mystery as to who built it, why they built it, and how they built it.
  • Union Station Buskerfest: The Plaza at Union Station will be transformed into one big busker festival, featuring jugglers, face painting, musicians, fire performers, and more! This free event runs from September 10 through September 12, 2021.
  • City Park Jazz Concerts: This year will mark the 35th anniversary of this event. There will be 9 concerts total, each concert is on a Sunday and is free, and they are held at the City Park Pavilion located at 2001 Steele Street in Denver. The first concert is on Sunday, June 13, 2021, from 6-8p.m. and you can see the concert schedule on the city park jazz website,


  • Pirates Cove Water Park: Opens May 29, 2021! This water park has a leisure pool, a 750-gallon dump bucket, a lazy river, water slides, competitive pool (with diving board and drop slide), a sand play area, and a spray garden (water sprays and squirts from various water sculptures). It has something for everyone so go find some sunscreen, put your water goggles on, and have some fun!
  • Museum of Outdoor Arts (“MOA”): This year marks the 40th anniversary of MOA!
    • On April 30th, 2021, the museum premiered “The Anniversary Exhibition: Selection from

the MOA Collection” and it will remain on exhibit through August 20, 2021. Though the MOA has more than 85 pieces of art displayed 365 days a year outside, this specific indoor exhibit displays one piece of work from each artist who has exhibited art at the MOA over the past 40 years.

  • Throughout 2021, guest artist Olive Moya will exhibit abstract paintings.
  • June 12, 2021, is the Grand Re-Opening of Marjorie Park where you can enjoy food trucks, drinks, live music, and of course fabulous art.


  • Evergreen Fine Arts Festival: This year marks the 55th anniversary of the festival! This festival will be held on August 28 & August 29, 2021, from 10a.m.-5p.m. at Buchanan Field located at Evergreen Parkway and Ellingwood Trail. There will be artists, musicians, food trucks and more!
  • Evergreen Rodeo: This rodeo is June 19 & June 20, 2021 (Father’s Day weekend) and is located at El Pinal Grounds, 9830 Stagecoach Blvd, Evergreen. To kick off the rodeo, there will be a parade through downtown Evergreen Saturday morning at 10a.m. The rodeo gates open at 3p.m. on Saturday with a rodeo performance at 5p.m. and then on Sunday the rodeo gates open at noon with a rodeo performance at 2p.m.
  • Kids Triathlon: Tentatively scheduled for August 15, 2021, kids participate in non-competitive swimming (Buchanan Pool), biking (Buchanan Trail), and running (Pioneer Trial). Distance and times of the triathlon vary depending upon the age of the child. This event is not only a great way for your kids to be active, but it also helps the INSPIRE program (a program for those 5 years old and older who have support needs related to intellectual and developmental disabilities).

Every one of us here at The Harris Law Firm is a proud supporter of our local communities, and we know just how special it can be to share in the local fun with your children and loved ones. If you’re looking for some support to help you through your legal issues, our Colorado family law attorneys are ready to hear your story and work with you to secure the legal outcome you need. Give us a call at (303) 622-5502 or send us your information through our online form to set up a private consultation with a member of our firm.


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