Give the Gift of Play ~ Books, Games, Sports, & Toys

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher December 1, 2020

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~Fred Rogers

I love finding the perfect gift for everyone on our list — but especially the kids! Finding the perfect book, creative toy, or fun-for-all-ages game for each of our children, cousins or friends really makes my day!

Rather than focus on a specific gift from a specific store, we have uncovered a few local businesses that offer an abundant variety of different and unique options that those in your life will appreciate, love, and use! These neighborhood stores have fun gifts from tots to teens and everyone in between — there's a little something for everyone.

Our list is by no means complete and is just a sampling of the wonderful local businesses in and around Douglas County. We love the local businesses that make up our community and can not think of a better time and way to support them by stopping in and seeing what they have to offer. Shop and support local and family businesses this holiday season!


A Love of Reading Lasts a Lifetime

  • Books are Awesome (Parker) A locally-owned general bookstore offering Douglas County readers a great place to find their next amazing book.
  • Hall of Justice Comics and Collectibles (Parker) Carries a large selection of Trade Paperbacks, Graphic Novels, and Collectible Comics.
  • Poor Richard's Book Shoppe (Parker) Great used bookstore with a friendly owner and good selection. Bring in your own used books and receive a store credit.
  • Tattered Cover Book Store (Littleton) Home-grown, independent bookstore with awesome kids section.
  • Visit the Colorado Author Series section of our Business Directory for book suggestions by age, written by Coloradans!

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

  • CollectorMania (Parker) A gaming and hobby store that has board games galore and specialty items.
  • Enchanted Grounds Coffee Shop and Gameporium (Highlands Ranch, Littleton) A friendly neighborhood cafe and game shop all under one roof. Magic the Gathering, anyone?
  • It's Your Move (Lone Tree) From toddlers to teens to seniors, they've got games, puzzles, gags, magic, and more so you can fit more fun into your life!
  • Wonderland Toys (Lone Tree) The right toys can unlock a child’s creativity and mind to learn new and exciting things. Our neighborhood toy store focuses on good quality, earth-friendly toys and a welcoming, stress-free shopping environment.

Get Your Family Movin' and Groovin' Together

  • 7Twenty Board Shop (Centennial) Skateboards, snowboards, shoes, apparel, sunglasses, accessories, swim, and much more.
  • Bike Source (Highlands Ranch) The largest Specialized Dealer in the Rocky Mountain region with a wide range of bicycles for every type of rider from brands like Jamis, Santa Cruz, Nirve, Raleigh electric bikes, Haibike, and iZip.
  • Castle Rock Bike & Ski (Castle Rock) Ski/snowboard and bike and shop offering products and services for all your cycling and wintersport needs.
  • Elevation Cycles (Highlands Ranch, Parker) Bike shop supporting sales, service, and knowledge of all things bike. 
  • Minturn Anglers (Lone Tree) Fly fishing shop and guide service.
  • Play It Again Sports (Castle Rock) They buy, sell, and trade quality used sports gear.
  • Wanderwild (online) Give the gift of adventure this holiday season with personalized gear for kids.
  • Aqua-Tots Swim School (Lone Tree) Year-round indoor swim education program starting at 4 months old incorporate self-save and learn to swim strategies.
  • Castle Rock Adaptive Recreation Program (Castle Rock) These programs help expand participants' health and wellness, self-esteem, and independence. 
  • Chameleon Gymnastics & Parkour (Castle Rock) Family-owned with a very experienced coaching staff that teach basic FUNdamental gymnastic skills, as well as advanced gymnastics skills, coordination, team-building, patience, and achieving goals, all in a safe and clean environment.
  • Cheer Athletics Denver (Highlands Ranch) A wide variety of multi-day skills camps, custom camps, and workshops.
  • Colorado Soccer Buddies (Castle Rock, Lone Tree) The goals for this program are simple but important: enable fitness, fun, skill-building, and meaningful confidence in kids!
  • Grid Iron Flag Football (Highlands Ranch) Colorado’s largest NFL youth flag football league, offering competitive fun for kids ages 5-15.
  • HRCA Therapeutic Recreation Program (Highlands Ranch) Enhancing the quality of life of individuals with special needs. A quality and compassionate community-based environment for participants ages 3 through adult.
  • Momentum Athletic Center (Parker) Parker's #1 gymnastics facility and 2020 Daisy Award Winner, Momentum Athletic Center is locally owned and operated offering Gymnastics, Cheer, Tumbling, Ninja, and Preschool Programs!
  • Ninja Intensity (Castle Rock) Test yourself against replica obstacles as seen on American Ninja Warrior.
  • Parker Academy of Martial Arts (Parker) PAMA offers programs for all ages, flexible schedules, and no contracts so each student is provided with self-defense, confidence, respect, fitness, and fun!
  • Parker Recreation – Gymnastics & Cheer (Parker) Building strength, flexibility, rhythm, coordination, and body awareness for children ages 1 through 10.
  • Parker Recreation – Youth Sports (Parker) From Mini Mite and Kinder leagues to more advanced Youth leagues, there's something for everyone at Parker Recreation!
  • Peak Athletics (Highlands Ranch) For ages 18 months to 18 years, Peak is home to a variety of special events like camps, field trips, birthday parties, Parents Night Out, and more!
  • SafeSplash Swim School (Castle Rock, Lone Tree/Parker) Kids will learn life-saving safety skills while having fun in our state-of-the-art, warm-water, clean indoor facilities.
  • SwimLabs Swim School (Highlands Ranch) Kids will learn life-saving safety skills while having fun in our state-of-the-art, warm-water, clean indoor facilities.
  • TGA Premier Youth Tennis (Douglas County) TGA Premier Youth Tennis provides unique at-school, after-school enrichment programs, as well as camps and festivals, for elementary and middle school students in Douglas County.
  • Town of Castle Rock Co-Ed Youth Flag Football (Castle Rock) A fun way for young kids to learn flag football while developing basic motor skills! Learn how to play in multiple defensive/offensive positions: run, pass, catch, etc. 
  • Town of Castle Rock Parks and Recreation (Castle Rock) Youth sports programs for all ages which are fun, safe, and well supervised, meant to introduce kids to a sport — including soccer, indoor golf, baseball, softball, volleyball, and basketball — and allow them to practice and showcase their skill.
  • Waterworks Aquatics (Highlands Ranch) Learning it the right way, right from the beginning!
  • Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios (Castle Rock) Self-Defense and Martial Arts lessons for all ages.

➡️  Return to the Macaroni Kid Douglas County ULTIMATE Winter & Holiday FUN GUIDE

Holiday Gift Guide
Shop and Support Local Douglas County Businesses

Stocking Stuffers
for Everyone in the Family

Give the Gift of Play!
Books, Games, Sports, and Toys

Give the Gift of Memories
Entertainment and Experiences

Give the Gift of Dining
Restaurants, Wineries, & More

Give the Gift of Fashion
Clothing, Jewelry, and Accessories

Give the Gift of Pampering
Spas, Salons, and Body Products