Make some fun summer memories with your family when you Slide the City. Get all the scoop on our fun when we did Slide the City Boulder as well as some free printable Journaling cards for scrapbooking your memories.
With summer winding to a close, the chance to make fun summer memories is dwindiling. After all, I heard that some kids are actually starting school next week. Can you believe that? It just seems so wrong! I know as moms, about this time each year, we are anxiously awaiting for the stores to put out Back to School supplies and the regular schedules to kick back in.
But after spending most of the summer in Texas, I feel like we have some making up to do for summer memories. So when we were given unlimited sliding tickets to Slide the City Boulder through US Family Guide last weekend, the kids and I were super excited and thrilled.
If you havne't heard of Slide the City, it's a 1000 foot long slip 'n slide that goes through the streets of the city.
Boulder is about 2 hours away from us and we were told that the busiest time of the day was between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. We left, hoping to get there about 1:00 or so, but with the crazy Denver traffic we got there right at 2:00 pm. A storm was blowing in right then, so we got hit with a lot of rain and a little bit of lightening just as we found the registrations tent. (Just FIY, it was at the bottom of the hill.)
Since we walked down the hill to get the "layout of the land", we noticed the lines were REALLY long. They went a little more than half way down the 1000 foot slide on both sides of the street. I was a little concerned about the length of the lines, but the kids were super hyped.
The registration line was super short for us (probably because it was the middle of the day and the rain had just started.) I had to fill out some forms and pick up our goodie bags.
Our goodie bags had a drawstring bag with the Slide the City logo on it, a Slide the City t-shirt (available in Small, Medium and Large), a Slide the City Hat (available in blue and pink), a Mouth guard, a tattoo, and a Slide the City Inner tube.
Just a note of warning, the inner tube was not blown up. You have to blow them up yourselves. (For anyone that wants to make a 'killing' at the next Slide the City event in your area, bring a blow pump, and offer to blow up the inner tubes for people! I know I would have paid to have mine done.) I did see one guy later in the day have an air pump, and he got swarmed with people asking him to air their tubes up.
Just as we got all our paperwork and loot bags all set up, the storm passed by and they reopened the slide as we got in line. Thanks to the storm, the lines were A LOT shorter and we were able to get through our first round of slide in about a 1/2 hour.
Just a note of warning for some, my husband is a larger man. He's 6 foot 6 and over 300 pounds with back problems. Although he had been given a ticket too, he took one look at the slide and said "no." And after having gone through the slide a few times, that was a wise decision.
While the slide is a BLAST, it is also rough. The Boulder slide is on the side of a mountain, so we got some good speed going at times and would slam into the people in front of us. For the most part, it was all good natured and a lot of fun. But Mini Me did get slammed into and someone fell on his arm. He declined to have it looked at by the many EMTs around the slide, but it was super sore for the next few days. We all ended up going home with lots of bumps and bruises, and definitely needed my Mom's Emergency Kit on the way home for some asprin.
While we had a great time and the kids (and anyone else we talk to about the event) want to go again (Slide the City Colorado Springs anyone?) there were a few negatives specific (I'm assuming) to Slide the City Boulder.
The biggest down fall I felt about the whole day was the street that was chosen to have the slide on. It was on a street that had a lot of "frat" houses from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Most of the houses were okay but there was one that got a little out of control and there were a ton of college kids drinking and having fun. They stayed in their own yard for the most part, but while standing in line next to the house, my kids were entirely too entertained with the drinking games going on.
The cops were in pretty good attendance, especially around that house, so I wasn't too worried, but I just didn't feel like my kids needed to see that.
Another of the downsides of the street was that there wasn't really any place to eat when the kids got hungry. There was a few restraunts at the bottom of the hill, but I felt bad going into them while we were soaking wet and cold. (There wasn't a lot of sun.) I would have thought that this would have been a great place to allow food trucks and vendor stands.
Over all, we had a wonderful experience and it was a super fun family memory. I think we will defintily go again and have talked to lots of friends who want to go with us.
If you want to come too, check out the Slide the City website for the fun coming to your area. And if you go, here are some fun free printable Journaling Cards to help you enoy your Slide the City Memories for years to come.
What do you think? Would you go Slide the City?