When your child turns 10, it’s only natural to have a party – with balloons, prizes, food and festivity. That same spirit holds true for some shopping centers, as well.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Promenade Shops at Briargate will throw a huge party for the community from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, at 1885 Briargate Parkway, with plenty of activities for children, including balloon twisting, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and much more.
Families may participate in an upbeat Zumbatomic class, led by a YMCA instructor, or try out the photo booth to win prize packs donated by merchants. In addition, more than two dozen cheerleaders from Pine Creek High School and Cheyenne Mountain High School will offer face painting for children.
Since 2003, the Promenade Shops on the north end of Colorado Springs has been the largest outdoor lifestyle center in Southern Colorado. The pet-friendly center has 53 tenants, including nine restaurants, said Deanna DeLarge, general manager for the Shops.
The Shops has collaborated with Tri-Lakes YMCA and Briargate YMCA, to offer two obstacle courses for children of all ages to climb, crawl, jump or toddle through.
“We hope our customers join us for this celebration. We really want to say thank you to the Pikes Peak community that’s supported us over the last 10 years,” DeLarge said.
During the party, several restaurants will provide food samples, including Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, which will also donate free entrée gift cards to several families.
Gymboree Play & Music has planned a parachute Photo Courtesy of The Promenade Shops at Briargate playtime for children, plus song and dance sessions
with bubbles. For girls, Claire’s will have a mini-makeover cart with make-up and nail polish.
If you’re a child or just young at heart, the YGuy mascot will be there celebrating too, dancing around with Y-stickers to give away.
For adults, the YMCA will offer BMI measurements – an analysis that measures lean body mass – and a printout of the results. Staff members from the YMCA will be available to talk about the Y’s upcoming sports programs, memberships, day camps, fitness programs and scholarships.
YMCA employees really enjoy helping out at community events, such as this one, said Heather Steinman, executive director of Tri-Lakes YMCA.
“People who work for the Y aren’t doing it for the riches and the gold. They are doing it because they love being a part of leading the community into something healthy,” Steinman said.
A nonprofit, the YMCA offers scholarships for many families unable to pay for memberships. More than ten percent of members receive financial assistance to join.
The best part about the YMCA, Steinman said, is that it “Offers the ability for families to come and do something healthy together and engage in a positive manner.”
What better time to bond as a family than the community celebration at the Promenade Shops? After the party, Pictures on the Promenade will begin, as usual, at 8:30 p.m., with the last movie of the season, “The Croods.”
Merchants rave about the Shops; many say it’s a great place to own or manage a business because of the personalized service.
“Anything we need, they’ve been there alongside us. It’s a great environment to work in,” said Dee Gonzalez Mountain, store manager for Eddie Bauer. “They’ve also done a good job of bringing in stores that all of our customers want to shop at and be involved in,” said Mountain, who’s looking forward to the celebration.