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Baskin-Robbins: Get Scoop For $1.31

ice cream coneBaskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, continues its cool “Celebrate 31” promotion to celebrate 70 years of scooping the sweet stuff. (We hope we’re still eating ice cream at 70!) On Monday, August 31, enjoy any 2.5- or 4-oz. scoop of ice cream (in a cup or cone) for $1.31 per scoop at participating locations. (Waffle cones and toppings are extra.) Additionally, the popular ice cream shop will offer other sweet deals on the 31st of each month through the end of the year. There are 14 Baskin-Robbins locations in the metro area: Aurora (3), Castle Rock, Denver, Evergreen, Highlands ranch, Littleton (2), Longmont, Loveland, Parker, Westminster and Wheat Ridge.

Little Tykes ‘Mom’s Night Out’ = Freebies Galore

Fun SmallFind a sitter! Little Tykes Trading Post, a children’s consignment store, hosts a “Moms Night Out” on Wednesday, September 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The “child-free” event features FREE food and beverages, FREE 10-minute chair massages, FREE paraffin wax hand dips and discounts on everything in the store. There will also be a number of door prizes. This is a great opportunity to network with other moms, while enjoying some pampering time. No children, please. You must RSVP to 720-870-7191 so they can plan accordingly. Little Tykes stocks clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, maternity clothes and more. 15250 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora.

Celebrate German Day in Colorado

GermanyAmidst the myriad of Oktoberfests being celebrated in America during the months of September and October, German American Day (Deutscher Tag) honors German-speaking immigrants for contributions they have made to our country and communities. German Day Colorado is Saturday, September 5 (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday, September 6 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at Centennial Center Park. The event features live bands, folk dance performances, food, and of course, the German beverage of choice, Warsteiner Beer. Children will also enjoy a variety of activities and games. Admission is $10 for adults and includes your first beverage. Children under 12 get in FREE. 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial.

Low-Cost Ongoing Fun at WOW! Children’s Museum

KIdsFunWOW! Children’s Museum (World of Wonder) flies under the radar when it comes to family-centric educational attractions. But the Lafayette-based museum has provided kids with an interactive experience that sparks imagination and inspired learning through play. What really caught our attention is its unique pricing. Adults (and members) get in for FREE. Children ages 1 to 11 cost $9, with museum admission valid all day in case you want to take a break and then return. Among upcoming events in SeptemberGet Growing Garden Program on Thursday, September 3 at 9:30 a.m. Lend a helping hand in WOW!’s outdoor veggie garden. Visit from Pirate Rosebud on Thursday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m. Captain rosebud will enchant you with magical and silly tales of wild pirates, stolen treasure and fairy gold. WOW! Monthly Craft Club on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. This month make and decorate monster-themed bookmarks. Discovery Days on Tuesday & Wednesday, September 15 & 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. An informal hands-on science program. This month learn all about pirate ships and water. Brackitz Build It on Tuesday, September 29 at 11 a.m. Create a structure as far as your imagination can reach. All activities are included with Museum admission. Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Closed on Monday. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424.

Affordable Entry to Affordable Arts Festival

art paletteThe annual Affordable Arts Festival, held outdoors on a grassy field, takes place on Sunday August 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College. The show features some 140 local and national artists who work in all mediums. The most intriguing part for thrifty art lovers is that all artwork is priced at $100 or less. Most artists will have a selection of great deals (some artists bring pieces that were originally over $1000 that will be selling for under $100), along with pieces that are normally priced under $100. Admission is just $5 and proceeds go to the ACC Scholarship program. Print out this coupon and receive $1 off when you buy two tickets at the gate. Parking is FREE on the campus of the Arapahoe Community College, 5900 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton.

Bagel Store Deli Grand Opening in Greenwood Village

bagelThe iconic Bagel Store is opening a new location as the Bagel Store Deli within Freestyle Pizza in Greenwood Village at 4668 S. Yosemite St. (near Cherry Creek High School at the intersection of E. Union and S. Yosemite.) The Bagel Store, which has been making house made bagels for more than 40 years, will now offer pizza, salads, sandwiches and breakfast items under one roof via the new deli. The grand opening celebration is on Sunday, August 30 and Monday, August 31 with festivities throughout the two days. Here’s the schedule of events: Sunday — 8 a.m. to noon – FREE Luna coffee; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m . – Samples of its house smoked salmon with bagels and house made cream cheese; noon to 2 p.m. – Painting with Pizza and Panini; 1 p.m.- Foosball tournament for chance to win a FREE 16” Freestyle pizza every month for a year (pre-register for $15); 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Deli samples; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Samples of dessert pizzas // Monday — 6:30am to 9 a.m. – Sample its house-smoked salmon with bagels and house made cream cheese; 6:30am to 9 a.m. – FREE Luna coffee;  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Deli samples; 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Meet and greet with Dr. Harry Bull, Superintendent of Cherry Creek School District; 5 p.m. – Submit your favorite pizza combination for the chance to win a FREE 16” Freestyle pizza every month for a year; and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Samples of dessert pizzas. The restaurant will serve bagels, pastries, coffee and espresso for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, they’ll serve pizza, calzones, salads, sandwiches and dessert, as well as beer, wine and ice cream.

Oral History Class For Seniors in Wheat Ridge

seniorsAre you interested in passing on a legacy to family and friends? Learn how to create an Oral History of your life in an interactive workshop on Thursday, September 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Ye Old Firehouse in Wheat Ridge. Sponsored by Colorado Senior Connections Wheat Ridge, the FREE workshop is a terrific way to start the process of telling your story. You are encouraged to bring two or three photos to share with others. 3232 N. Depew St., Wheat Ridge. For more information, call Elaine at 303-432-5715.

42 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

DenverSkylineBored on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans who want to live large for less. And our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, concerts, festivals, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. Let us do the work for you! Keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area by signing up for our daily e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (If you know of any upcoming weekend events, send them to info@milehighonthecheap.com.) Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: Click here to read more…

Sprouts Farmers Market: 3-Day Sale, Avocados 33¢

SaleRedSprouts Farmers Market is holding a 72-Hour Sale today, Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30. The sale items include: a ripe Hass avocado for 33¢, grape tomatoes for 88¢ (1 dry pint), coconut water for 99¢ (17.5-oz.), boneless, skinless chicken thighs for $1.49 (per pound), walnuts for $3.99 (per pound)extra large raw shrimp for $4.99 (per pound), Sprouts shredded cheese for $2.50 (8-oz.), Sprouts unrefined coconut oil for $4.99 (14-oz.), Sprouts kettle-style potato chips for 99¢ (5-oz.) and Green Superfoods at 25% off (all varieties and sizes.) There are 27 locations in Colorado.

Bass Pro Shops Free Kids Activities Weekend

KidsHikingDenver’s Bass Pro Shops invites kids to polish their outdoor skills for FREE this weekend Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30. Each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., youngsters can try out both the Daisy BB Shooting Range and archery challenge, enjoy two “Let’s Try Archery” workshops at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., plus get a FREE 4 x 6 photo. The first 100 kids that complete a punch card each day get a FREE drawstring backpack. And there will be craft projects for hands-on fun. Bass Pro Shops is in Northfield at Stapleton, north of I-70 at the Quebec/Northfield exit, 720-385-3600.

IKEA’s Swedish Crayfish Party for $14.99

IKEA in Centennial is celebrating one of the most important social events in Sweden — kräftskiva, a.k.a. a crayfish party. The annual party is usually held during the height of the crayfish season. Participants often wear funny hats and sing songs. This year, the kräftskiva is on Friday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $14.99 per adult and $2.99 for kids 12 and under, get your fill of traditional Swedish fare, including crayfish, salmon, meatballs, salads, dinner rolls and more — as well as desserts and beverages. (Yes, the price for adults increased by $5 from last year, but it’s still a great deal for those crazy for crayfish!) Tickets must be purchased in advance at the store. Don’t wait, this event sells out every year! (For non-IKEA Family members, it’s $18.99 for adults and $4.99 for kids. However, membership is FREE, so why pay more unnecessarily?)

Albertsons’ Quarter Sale…Ka-Ching!

Grocery CartGrab your change jar and head to Albertsons for some amazing deals! Through Tuesday, September 1, the grocery store is offering lots of items for a quarter or two. Now’s a good time to stock up on your family’s favorites. Remember, the deals are even better, if you use manufacturer’s coupons on top of the sale prices. Click here to read more…

$5 Rockies Tickets For 9/1 and 9/2

Rockies-logo2The beleaguered Rockies need some love as they face the Arizona Diamondbacks. Love comes cheap — cheap as in $5 — for the first 500 fans who claim lower-level tickets for each game. The HOT ROX deal is offered only online and applies to two games on Tuesday, September 1 (the 1:10 p.m. make-up game and the 6:40 p.m. regularly scheduled game) and the 6:40 p.m. game on Wednesday, September 2. Click here to purchase. Go Rockies!

Safeway’s Quarter Sale…Ka-Ching!

Safeway-logoGrab your change jar and head to Safeway for some amazing deals! Through Tuesday, September 1, the grocery store is offering lots of items for a few quarters. Now’s a good time to stock up on your family’s favorites. Remember, the deals are even better, if you use manufacturer’s coupons on top of the sale prices. What’s on sale? Read on… Click here to read more…

Loveland Season Passes on Sale Now

Loveland-logoLoveland starts its 2015-16 season pass sales today, August 22, online and by phone (303-371-5580, ext 136). Convenience plus great prices make the first ski area out of Denver on the I-70 corridor a perennial favorite for budget-conscious Front Range skiers and riders, especially with additional days at other Colorado areas. An unlimited new pass costs $389 (ages 23 to 69), $279 (ages 15 to 22) and $179 (ages 6 to 14). Renewals are $369, $259 and $169 respectively. Five and under, FREE, and 70+, $89. Unrestricted Loveland passes come with 3 days each at Monarch Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory and Powderhorn. The midweek pass ($269 new, $259 renewal) comes with 3 days at Monarch Mountain. A 4-pack of actual lift tickets is just $139. There will be a Loveland booth at Labor Day weekend sales (Christy Sports Powder Daze, Sports Authority’s SNIAGRAB and this year Larson’s Ski & Sport).