I read a story this morning about a mom celebrating her 5-year-old son Zander's birthday party at a Hooters restaurant.

After she posted it on TikTok, parents from all over blasted her for the choice of her party destination. I noticed after Watching the video, Zander seemed quite happy with the overall celebration location. Yes, a lot of jokes were made regarding this story. From, "Zander is living the dream", or "This is the day Zander realized just how lame video games can be." Even Zander's mom laughed out loud at that one.

But is Hooters really a proper place to celebrate a 5-year-old's birthday? I personally don't think so and I'll tell you why.  As a parent living in Colorado, I know for a fact there are many other wonderful and exciting places to take your kids and their friends.

Here are my 5 favorite places to take your child when it comes to running, jumping, bouncing, and playing.

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KIDS WONDER - 7562 South University Boulevard Suite GG, Centennial, CO

Open for Play Every Day, M-F 9a-5p, Sa-Su 9a-3p

Play reservations are recommended  Walk-ins are based on space availability.

Remember your socks.

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park - 8196 W Bowles Ave, Columbine, CO.

Large-scale indoor trampoline center hosting open jump, fitness classes, dodgeball & parties.

KidSpace by Kookalooz - 6805 W.88th AVE Broomfield, CO.

Over 9,00 square feet of indoor playground, ballistics area, and hands-on fun for kids up to 8 years of age to run, jump, crawl, slide and jump.

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus - 2121 Children's Museum Dr, Denver, CO

An old fire truck, bubble-blowing lab & other interactive exhibits help kids learn by participating.

WOW! Children's Museum - 110 N Harrison Ave, Lafayette, CO

Formally World of Wonder, an interactive children's museum located in Lafayette, Colorado geared toward children under 12.

This Inflatable Paradise In Colorado Is So Much Fun. Ever Been?

Northern Colorado's bounce house King, Jumpin', is fun for kids of all ages.

Host the Perfect Pool Party at this Two-Story Fruita Colorado Retreat

Fruita views are for sale on J 6/10 Road not far from Rim Rock Elementary. This property includes the main residence and a small guest house. Feed the ducks at your own duck pond, swim in the pool, or soak in the hot tub. Scroll on to tour the grounds:

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