Bring pillows and settle in for a good time at Columbine Library’s FREE Saturday family matinee. The BFG will be shown on Saturday, March 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The film tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a lonely orphan and the “Big Friendly Giant.” Together they explore Giant Country and collect dreams. 7706 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton.
Greetings! We thought we knew about every factory tour in town, but you learn something new every day. You’ve definitely seen Leanin’ Tree Greeting Cards in gift shops, flower shops and drugstores in Colorado. Now, you can watch as flat sheets of blank paper are transformed into the beautiful, full-color cards. Feel the roar of printing presses, each the size of a school bus, as they crank out two sheets per second. Follow the production process through precise cutting equipment, the rush of automated batching, and super-fast machines folding 500,000 envelopes in a single shift.
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The factory is located in Boulder at 6055 Longbow Dr. The 45-minute tours are FREE and run Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Parking is complimentary, too. No reservations required. For bargain hunters, visit the Gift Shop at the end of the tour for discounted greeting cards and unique gifts. Even better, you can also visit the Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden of Western Art for FREE. The museum (located at the same address) displays the private art collection of Ed Trumble, founder of Leanin’ Tree Greeting Cards. The museum will close permanently on August 31, 2017. (Note: The factory, tours and gift shop will remain open.) For more tour details, read on… [Read more…] about Free Tours of Leanin’ Tree Greeting Cards & Sculpture Garden
It’s the most creative spring break ever at the Denver Art Museum. Saturday, March 18 through Sunday, April 2, kids 18 and younger receive FREE general admission (actually they get that every day at DAM). Kids and families can also take a unique journey into the Star Wars universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. A special exhibition ticket is required for Star Wars and the Power of Costume, and tickets are only $5 for youth 6-18 years old and free for youth 0-5 years old. Visitors can get inspired by a script or a story and sketch their own costume designs and character. Every weekend from noon to 3 p.m., local creatives will be on hand in the studio for demonstrations relating to costuming. The Paint Studio, Backpack Cart and Create-n-Takes are available every day. The museum is downtown at 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more info, call 720-865-5000.
All aboard! This freebie is on track to be fun day for the whole family. Wednesday, March 8 is a FREE Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum (17155 W. 44th Ave. in Golden) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., thanks to the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (or, as it’s better known, our tax dollars.) Admission is regularly $10 for adults and $5 for children. The museum showcases more than just lots of trains. The main building is a replica of an 1880’s depot. It houses thousands of rare photographs, artifacts and documents, which highlight the colorful history of the railroads in Colorado for more than 125 years. Note: Rides cost extra — $4 for adults and $2 for children. (Rides operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) If you miss the station on this one, there are two more FREE Days scheduled for 2017: May 10 and August 9.
If you bank at Wells Fargo (or know someone who does), take advantage of this home-run offer for Colorado Rockies tickets. From March 1 to October 1, the bank is offering 2-for-1 Club Level tickets to all Colorado Rockies 2017 regular season games, except for April 7, May 8 to 10 and July 3 & 4. Purchases must be made with a consumer or business Wells Fargo debit card. Buy your tickets early, as only up to 250 tickets are available per game on a first-come, first-served basis. The offer is only valid for tickets purchased online with promo code WELLSFARGO — click here. (Note: Service fees will apply.) Go, Rockies!
Spring is just around the corner. Now’s the time to get your “march-in’ orders” for fun! Frugal families looking for low-cost adventures in the Mile High City can start with this month’s FREE Days: Denver Art Museum (March 4), Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (March 7; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms (March 7), Colorado Railroad Museum (March 8), Four Mile Historic Park (March 10; noon to 4 p.m.), Denver Museum of Nature & Science (March 13), Denver Botanic Gardens (March 22) and Clyfford Still Museum (March 31; admission is FREE every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Check out our events calendar and click on “View Events By Month” for easy planning. [Read more…] about Free Days at Museums & More in March
The Betsy Stage is known around town for producing innovative Shakespearean adaptations and then staging them for free. Now those artists have a “little sister” company – The BiTSY Stage, which is adapting international folktales into rich, family-friendly live productions. This is a wonderful way to introduce the little ones to theater. Next up is “The Lass Who Went Out With The Cry Of Dawn: A Celtic Yarn” from Saturday, March 4 through Sunday, April 2. [Read more…] about Free BiTSY Stage Family Theater Performances
Believing is just the beginning when dreamers witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous ladies as Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget! Nine performances are scheduled at the Denver Coliseum from Thursday to Sunday, April 6 to 9. And we have a special code that will get you $5 off tickets. [Read more…] about Save $5 on Disney on Ice Presents ‘Dream Big’ Tickets
Monkey around with the family at the Denver Zoo for FREE in 2017. The world-class operation welcomes you to “talk to the animals” for FREE on January 12, 20 and 21; February 2, 12 and 13; and November 3, 6 and 16. Explore Predator Ridge populated with lions and other carnivores, the indoor rainforest Tropical Discovery, the Toyota Elephant Passage, Bear Mountain and Primate Panorama.
The zoo is on “winter hours” (during all of the FREE Days), which means they’re open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Denver’s City Park (on 23rd Ave. between Colorado Blvd. & York St.) The grounds officially shut down at 5 p.m., so be sure you’re through the gates by 4 p.m.
Be warned, parking can become a stampede, so consider using public transportation, carpooling, walking or biking. Trust us, you’ll be happier spending your time “talking to the animals” rather than circling (and circling) the parking lot searching for an open spot. To find more FREE days at Denver museums and attractions, download our FREE 2017 guide.
Ya gotta love a place whose address is on Sleepytime Drive. So no surprise Celestial Seasonings offers FREE tours of its Boulder-based tea production plant. After a 13-minute video intro to the history of tea and close-up view of tea processing, you’ll get to walk through the largest, most modern tea factory in the United States. The highlight: a whiff of the Mint Room — guaranteed to clear the sinuses or your money back… oh wait, you didn’t have to pay for this tour! Afterward visit a tea sampling bar with more than 100 kinds of tea. Do note that children must be age 5 or older to participate in the factory tour. Tours run year-round (except holidays) and depart hourly Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder; 303-581-1202.
Have you ever wondered what $30 million looks like? Well, you can take a peek at Denver’s own Money Museum. No, this is not part of the U.S. Mint on West Colfax Avenue. However, it is part of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City – Denver Branch’s community outreach efforts. The Denver Money Museum Experience offers a “wealth of opportunities” to explore the nation’s financial system and the functions of the Federal Reserve.
It’s not boring, as you can take a peek at millions of dollars, design your own one-of-a-kind currency, test your skills to see if you can tell a real $20 bill from a counterfeit and check out historical currency that dates back to 1775. On your way out, be sure to grab your FREE bag of shredded money.
The Money Museum is open for walk-in visitors and self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding bank holidays (of course.) Admission is FREE. All guests who are 18 years or older are required to present a valid government-issued photo I.D. 1020 16th St. (across from Rock Bottom Brewery), Denver, 303-572-2300.
Corn mazes, pumpkin patches and fall festivals are abundant in September and October. Here’s a list of what we know is happening, along with any coupons or discounts. We’ve also included a handy map below , which should help you easily locate the attractions. Just click on the corn icon for more details. Be sure to check out our Halloween Haunted Houses list for a more ghastly experience. All attractions are open through October 31, unless otherwise noted.
Cottonwood Farms Halloween Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, Boulder. Corn maze, straw-bale maze, farm animals, farm-equipment on display. Hay ride $3. FREE. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opens September 26. 1535 75th St. (75th St. & Arapahoe Rd.), 720-890-4766. Map
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Corn Maze, Littleton. Eight-acre corn maze. Mini maze for the little ones. View the design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Admission also includes unlimited jumps on jumping pillow, one hayride and one barrel train ride (for children 12 and younger). Pony rides, hamster balls and food available for additional fee. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some Thursdays – dates and times vary. Extended hours during Pumpkin Festival. Tickets: $13/adults, $12 seniors, military and students with ID, $11/adult members, $10/children (4-12), $8/child members. To save paper the Garden is not printing out a corn maze map. Get yours here. Opens September 16. Through October 30. 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon, 303-973-3705. Map
Fritzler Corn Maze, La Salle. Fifteen-acre corn maze – this year dedicated to the Denver Broncos and their Super Bowl victory, plus jumping pillow, slide mountain, Verti-scope, spider web to climb, pumpkin patch, paintball adventure. Family-friendly during the day. Scream Acres for adults only at night. Hours and days vary. Tickets individual or combo deals for all activities: $13 to $40. Opens September 17. 20861 CR 33, 970-737-2129. Map
Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze, Wellington. Ten-acre corn maze, hay bale maze, pig races, petting zoo, goat city, playground, corn cannons, barrel train and more. Open Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Tickets: $15/adults, $13/kids (4-12) & $10/seniors (60+). Opens October 1. Colorado Highway 1 & E. County Rd. 66. Map
Maze in the City, Thornton. 20-acre “Crazed Corn” maze, mini maze for young children, pumpkin patch, jumping castle, air slide, kids’ activities and more. Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $12/adults, $9 kids (6-12), $8/Seniors 55+ on Tuesdays, kids 5 and younger are FREE. Additional charge for some rides & activities. 104th Ave. & Riverdale Rd., Thornton, 720-408-0006. Opens September 24. Map
Mile High Farms, Bennett. Two corn mazes, a petting zoo, hayride, pumpkin patch, barrel cart rides, bounce castles, face painting, playground, entertainment and concessions. Open Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets: $14/adults, $10/kids (4-12), seniors (60+) & military. Extra $4 charge for horse-drawn wagon rides through cottonwood forest. 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett, 303-344-2676. Opens October 1. Map
Munson Farms, Boulder. Wander the huge pumpkin patch for FREE to pick your own, and pay by weight/size. Specializes in 10 varieties of heirloom pumpkins. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Valmont Rd. & 75th St., Boulder, 415-298-1500. Map
Nick’s Garden Center, Aurora. Straw maze, family tractor ride through the Tunnel of Terror (not too terrifying, in fact), kiddie train ride, three jumping castles (one just for tots 5 and under). Huge pumpkin patch – more than 100 tons in all shapes and sizes. Open rain or shine Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tokens needed for hayride, pedal kart, train & castles. Tokens $1 each or an all-activity wristband for $12. 2001 S. Chambers Rd. (2 blocks north of Iliff), Aurora, 303-696-6657. Opens October 1. Map
Rock Creek Farm, Broomfield. Four corns mazes of varying lengths and complexity, kids plays area with hay bale maze, inflatable slide and farm animals. U-Pick-Em pumpkins and concessions. Admission and parking are FREE. Fee of $6 to $9 to explore corn mazes. Extra charge for pumpkins or food & drink. Open daily 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 2005 S. 112th St., Broomfield. Opens September 24. Map
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, located on a 9-acre tract along the South Platte River, has something for every youngster from infancy to about age 8 – in fact, many “somethings” with learning and growth in a fun, enriching and nurturing atmosphere.The museum is designed for children and their parents or other caregivers to share the experience. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and no adults are admitted without accompanying children.
Families love the indoor areas and the wonderful outdoor environment with opportunities for kids to climb a hill, roll in the grass, splash in a little “river,” build a log fort, ride a safe little zipline and more beckon in warm or sunny weather. Exhibits are divided to four themes encouraging children to Explore, Investigate, Imagine and Create and thereby expand their world.
The museum undertook a $16.1 million expansion in 2015, doubling the exhibit space and adding such features as Altitude, The Art Studio, Energy, Joy Park, The Teaching Kitchen and Water.
In addition, the museum offers storytime for various ages and cooking, clay and art programs with guidance in building those skills. Target First Tuesdays allow for FREE play between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum, Dr., Denver, 303-433-7444
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.
Ages 2 – 59: $13
Seniors (60+): $11
Age 1: $11
Under age 1: Free
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys holds a Family Day the first Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is FREE, though a $1 donation per person is suggested, if you can afford it. The museum’s exhibits include giant teddy bears, Japanese dolls, fully furnished miniature houses, miniature trains, planes & cars, a miniature circus, antique dolls and much more. In addition, temporary exhibits change every three months. Nostalgia reigns, as does a glimpse at childhood diversions in the past. 1880 Gaylord St., Denver, 303-322-1053.
How many of Colorado’s 42 state parks have you visited? Now you and your family can visit any or all of them for FREE. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has teamed up with the Colorado State Library to offer the Check-Out Colorado program. Each of 287 libraries (including public, military and college/university libraries) has two seven-day hang-tag park passes good for entrance to all Colorado state parks, and they can be reserved and checked-out just as books can. The pass also includes a backpack a guide to Colorado’s state parks, a set of binoculars, a copy of Wildlife Viewing Guide Book and field guides to trees, wildflowers and wildlife. Each state park pass allows FREE entry (normally $7 to $9) into the parks for one carload of visitors. filled with park information and educational activities. Hike or bike the multi-use trails, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight. Visit your local library or check the Participating Libraries List to find a library near you.