Fall is in full swing in northern Colorado with family-friendly events taking place throughout October to get everyone immersed in the Halloween spirit. A variety of community engagements are being held in numerous locations within Centerra, a 3,000 acre master-planned community in Loveland, developed by McWhinney.

Loveland City-wide Scarecrow Hunt – The 2nd annual Loveland City-wide Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt runs through the end of the month. Centerra locations participating in this year’s hunt include The Marketplace, The Promenade Shops, Chapungu, Railway Flats and the Visitor’s Center, just to name a few locations. For complete details and to access the digital scavenger app and map visit: https://www.visitlovelandco.org/scarecrow/

Halloween Hullabaloo Drive-In – The 15th Annual Hullabaloo returns to The Marketplace at Centerra for two days when Halloween movie favorites come to life on the ginormous LED screen. Attendees are encouraged to get into the spirit, dress up and enjoy an outdoor drive-in movie experience from the comfort of their vehicles or pop-up chairs from the closed off parking lot. This is a FREE ticketed community event that has limited capacity. Visit for ticket information: https://www.centerra.com/event/halloween-hullabaloo-drive-in/

Spooktacular Halloween – The Promenade Shops at Centerra will host an outdoor Halloween Festival on Sunday, October 31, from noon – 3 p.m. Attendees can get into the Halloween spirit with games, prizes, a dog costume contest, pumpkin patch, crafts, haunted house and more!

Harrington HAAunted House – Local Loveland non-profit, Harrington Arts Alliance, is hosting their 11th Annual HAAunted House at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. Tickets are available onsite and attendees are in for the treat of a spooktacular experience, filled with Halloween surprises and delights.

 

Colorado abounds with seemingly unlimited outdoor fun but few residents have it as good as those of us at Centerra. With so much at our fingertips, it’s no wonder people all over Northern Colorado want to spend time here. And while we’re always happy to share our beautiful spaces with new friends, let’s not forget to also invite those furry companions who are with us day-in and day-out—our dogs!

With life opening back up across Colorado in the wake of the pandemic, we’re all jumping at reasons to get out of the house. Our four-legged companions, who’ve doubled as family therapists this past year, are ready too. If you’re one of the many who brought home a new dog during the pandemic, Centerra offers outdoor opportunities to work on socializing, training and exercise in a public atmosphere. If you’ve had your dog for a while, a little companion shopping or a stroll along the water with your old friend is just as rewarding.

Across Centerra, you’ll find a myriad of ways to spend the day with your buddy—whether that’s pondering existential insights from sculpture art, birdwatching along the water, snapping selfies in front of native Colorado flowers or treating yourselves to a few purchases along The Promenade Shops.

Grab your leash, pack a pocket full of high-value treats and take your dog out for an adventure at Centerra.

 

What to Know Before Heading Out

We love pups at Centerra, but we’re also mindful of the pawprint they leave behind. There are lots of places to bring your buddy throughout Centerra, but we do have a few rules to follow so everyone can have a great time while enjoying our lovely area. Here are a few things to remember:

 

Best Spots to Treat Your Pup

What is your dog into? Natural Music? Art? Retail therapy? Luckily, you two can indulge in all of that and more while soaking up the sun at Centerra. Here are some of the best spots to bond with your furry friend.

The Promenade Shops at Centerra

There are a variety of pet-friendly shops at our beautiful, outdoor Northern Colorado lifestyle shopping center. You probably need to swing by Famous Footwear to replace those slippers Fido chewed. After that, you may want to swap the idea of chewable slippers with tennis balls by swinging into Dick’s Sporting Goods. Here are a few more shops to take your pup:

Chapungu Sculpture Park

This one-of-a-kind outdoor exhibit displays 82 Zimbabwean stone sculptures illustrating a traditional African perspective of family across eight universal themes. Situated on 26 acres of native flora-rich lands, the poignant cultural experiences and endless photo opportunities may be highlights for you, but we’re betting the pet water fountain may be the highlight for your dog not to mention all the sights, sounds and smells for them to take in. Plus, admission is free!

Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake

Centerra’s two bodies of water—Houts Reservoir and Equalizer Lake—are huge draws for anglers, resident kayakers, birders andTwo people with dog near lake folks looking to get their steps in while gazing at the beautiful Colorado scenery. They’re also perfect spots to take your pup for a stroll (on a leash of course and never in the water).

The paths around the water are part of a four-mile walking/biking trail system that feeds into the greater Loveland trail network and serve as great spots to socialize your dog without worrying about sensory overload. Keep a handful of treats in your pocket for positive reinforcement and let the training commence.

The water is also a great spot to watch birds with your dog—a favorite subject for any pup. Just remember that our native and migratory bird populations are best viewed from a distance. Your dog might want to chase them into the water and beyond, so make sure you’re abiding by the strict leashed pets rule throughout Centerra.

Native Plants Demonstration Garden

Set against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and designed by the High Plains Environmental Center (HPEC) at Centerra, the Native Plants Demonstration Garden is a kaleidoscopic sensory experience that both you and your pup will love. Learn how regionally appropriate horticulture supports biodiversity and water efficiency while your dog takes in new smells and sounds. Plus, imagine the colorful selfies you two can take together.

This living experiment will also give you some great home landscaping ideas, so you can transform your backyard into an eco-friendly sanctuary that you and your pup will enjoy for years to come. Pro-Tip: Scoop some new plants up at the HPEC Native Plant Sale through July 31.

Movies On Main

Your dog loves to snuggle with the family while watching movies on the couch, so why not try it on a grassy lawn with lots of friendly neighbors? The Movies on Main series is a free outdoor movie series on the Main Plaza at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. If your dog is well-socialized and a movie buff, this might just be your new favorite summer tradition. Did we mention free popcorn and cotton candy while supplies last?

On top of the featured movie, this monthly event also showcases live music, Promenade pop-up shops and giveaways that begin at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at sundown, typically at 8:30 p.m. The last two events this summer are scheduled for Friday, June 25 and Friday, July 30, 2021.

 

Have Endless Fun with Your Buddy this Summer

The lifestyle at Centerra is all about getting out and enjoying our surroundings, and no one is as reliably up for doing that as the family dog. There are so many adventures, big and small, waiting to inspire new memories. Just remember to abide by the regulations at Centerra and you and your pup will have endless fun all summer long!

If you’ve felt a little lethargic these days, you’re not alone. The pandemic, combined with winter hibernation, has forced all of us to spend a bit more time on the couch binging Netflix and carbs than we normally would.

It comes as little surprise, then, that studies have shown most of us have been less physically active since the start of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. As it turns out, those active steps to and from the fridge don’t add up as quickly as the calories.

If that doesn’t cause a pause in your “new normal” routine, an article in the New York Times examined how the pandemic changed the way people workout. It showed that as things start to normalize, people may not resume their pre-pandemic physical activity.

But, just like realizing you have an extra pint of ice cream in the back of the freezer, there is some good news. As warm weather settles in and we venture outside to enjoy the longer days, Centerra is a premier outdoor destination built on promoting an active lifestyle for all who live and work in northern Colorado. If you’re looking to get back on track with your physical fitness, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Centerra has it all

Our entire community is designed with wellness and activity in mind. From the ten miles of walking and biking trails throughout Centerra to the additional 26 miles of recreation trails throughout the Loveland community you can access off of Highway 34, there are plenty of ways to get out and get moving safely.

You can join others in the pursuit of health and wellness at Genesis Health Clubs-Miramont Centerra, Barre Forte or the new SPENGA: Spin, Strength and Yoga club opening soon in the Marketplace at Centerra. Or maybe what you need is a post-workout recovery session with a massage at Massage Heights in the Marketplace —you’ve earned it.

Additionally, UCHealth-Medical Center of the Rockies has a variety of programs to help you achieve or maintain good health such as Bright by Three, the Healthy Kids Club and the Living Well series for example. There is also the family-friendly Loveland Classic, a fundraiser for early childhood education that benefits The Thompson Education Foundation. This event organizes a 5K, 10K, broken 15K (where you run both the 5K and 10K) and a kid’s one-mile walk/run each spring. This year, the event will be held Saturday, May 1, and will race around the trails of The Lakes at Centerra.

Regardless of what motivates you to get moving, you’ll find it here at Centerra. Even if it’s just walking around and doing a little retail therapy at the Marketplace or Promenade Shops – we have it all.

Get fit with SPENGA

SPENGA: Sprint, Strength and Yoga is the newest fitness option coming to Centerra. Slated to host a grand opening in late May (depending on construction), SPENGA is Loveland’s first high-intensity interval (HIIT) fitness studio.

Owners Jason and Cari Frink are excited to bring this new style of workout to Loveland and Centerra for the community to enjoy. SPENGA provides an equal focus on three core pillars of fitness:

Each class or session includes 20 minutes of spinning on a stationary bicycle, 20 minutes of HIIT and 20 minutes of yoga for a full-hour workout that’s accompanied by aromatherapy in an inviting atmosphere.

Classes start as early as 5 a.m. and are offered until 6 p.m. on weekdays with additional sessions on weekends. Childcare is offered to members, as well.

“The Centerra location is a home run for me,” co-owner Jason Frink said. “Having the space open at the right time and being near some great stores like Target helps bring customers in.”

Jason is also thrilled to be near the Interstate 25 and U.S. 34 intersection where he can draw people from Johnstown, Greeley, Windsor and other areas of the region easily.

For those concerned with health and safety in light of the pandemic, SPENGA has strict cleaning protocols that have only gotten stricter since COVID-19 began to spread. All of the equipment is thoroughly cleaned between each session so that each participant can focus on their exercise experience.

In addition to the workout, SPENGA’s studio offers an array of amenities to make sure that people can get the most out of their workouts. Extras include:

For those interested, SPENGA is currently offering founding memberships with an ongoing lifetime discount with no payments due until the grand opening. For more information and to sign up, visit lovelandco.spenga.com

 

Check it out(side)

If exercising indoors is not what you have in mind for spring and summer — no problem! Just take a jog or walk around Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra on Sky Pond Drive in Loveland.

This one-of-its-kind sculpture garden is a great place to exercise and get some fresh air and sunshine with the backdrop of unique art. Chapungu, pronounced CHA-poon-goo, is an ideal mix of city and sanctuary.

It’s a place where culture collides with nature to offer 26 amazing acres of natural and landscaped gardens to explore freely and unencumbered. Within that space, visitors can enjoy 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans.

Opened in 2007, the outdoor museum continues to entice and reward visitors with its cultural experience, tranquil paths for walks or runs and myriad quiet spots that are perfect for yoga.

The pristine landscape is sure to spur an inner sense of wellbeing that can transfer to outward health and exercise. The Chapungu Sculpture Garden has eight ways for you to move through the installations:

Whichever path you choose, you are sure to learn about traditional Zimbabwean art and culture. The park is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Grab your sneakers and check it out!

 

Centerra is open

Whatever you do, don’t let the pandemic stop you from getting in shape! Centerra is open and here to help. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll or a hardcore HIIT workout, you will find it here.