We have always loved libraries, so we’re excited for this “new spin” on a library. The City of Golden’s Bike Library is back. What is a bike library, you ask? It’s a bike share program, where visitors, residents and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited-time period for local use in Golden. The “library” is stocked with Jamis bikes —24-speed Explorer 2 and the Laser 20, a lightweight and durable aluminum model with a coaster brake and a rear V-brake ideal for small children. Rides under two hours are FREE. [Read more…] about Golden Peddles Bike Library For Locals & Visitors
Did you ever notice that little kids seem to have more fun with the box and paper than the actual gift you spent months looking for? Now budding architects have permission to take a box and turn it into a building as part of Box City 2017. The FREE event for children (grades K-5) promotes an understanding of urban design by combining art, design, architecture, urban planning, engineering, creativity and construction into one fun, educational experience.
It’s set for Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wellington Webb Municipal Building. This is a fantastic event that is fun for both the participants and their parent/guardians. The event is also part of Doors Open Denver and is worth checking out, even if you don’t have any kids who want to build. [Read more…] about Kids Can Build Their Own Town During ‘Box City’ 2017
This is definitely a family affair, if there ever was one. The inaugural Mac & Cheese Cookoff at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas St., Aurora) is on Sunday, April 30. The cheesy affair runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Of course, in addition to highlighting the family-favorite dish, the event will host a Kids’ Macaroni Craft section — just think necklaces and picture frames! There will even be games for the big kids. Tickets are just $5 each and include unlimited mac & cheese. To purchase tickets, click here. (There is also a $10 ticket, which includes larger bowls, $1 off drinks and an entry to win a $25 bar tab.) Thanks to Jacqueline for sharing this cheesy event with us!
We know this summer tradition isn’t necessarily “cheap”, but it sure is lots of fun. (Actually, 15 bucks for a concert, comedian and flick isn’t so bad, right?) The Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues are once again hosting Film on the Rocks at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. (Could you ask for a better backdrop?) The 2017 season includes 9 movies throughout the summer, including cult-classics and past fan-favorites. Each film is preceded by a live concert and local comedian. Here’s the line-up for the 18th season: May 15 – Superbad, May 22 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, May 25 – Long Strange Trip, June 5 – Dirty Dancing, June 12 – TBA: Fan-Voted Wedding Film — Vote Here, June 19 – The Fifth Element, July 17 – The LEGO Movie, July 20 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and September 11 – Twister. Gates open 6:30 p.m., bands play at 7 p.m. and the movies start at dusk (around 8:30 p.m.) General admission tickets are $15 each. You can purchase tickets online. However, a $3 convenience fee per ticket applies. (Purchase tickets in advance, because they’re higher on the day of the show at the Red Rocks box office.) Parking is FREE.
If you have kids in your life, you know how much they love LEGOs. (And, more than likely, you’ve stepped on one or two, right? Ouch!) Families can experience American landmarks important to U.S. history handcrafted with LEGO bricks by LEGO Masters. These stunning, larger-than-life replicas will be on display at Park Meadows from April 22 to May 7, as part of the LEGO Americana Roadshow. At the FREE event, families can build their own LEGO creations, race LEGO cars, bring home a limited-edition collectible LEGO keepsake and learn fun facts about iconic U.S. monuments.
BONUS: On April 29 and 30, from noon to 4 p.m., kids can make and take home their very own mini LEGO Washington Monument for FREE. They’ll receive printed instructions and all the LEGO bricks needed to build their creation.
Know the best way to get a child to read? Give them their very own book, with the hope they will become passionate bookworms. One Book 4 Colorado does just that by providing a FREE book to preschoolers. Any four-year-old in the state can pick up his or her own copy of “Mouse Mess” by Linnea Riley in English or Spanish.
Again this year, 75,000 copies of the book will be available through May 1 at public and military libraries, as well as Denver Preschool Program classrooms. For a full list of pick-up locations, click here. Reading at a young age helps with so many skills, including vocabulary, spelling and writing. Reading rules!
Add this one to your “definitely worth the drive” list. Greeley’s Centennial Village Museum opens its season with Baby Animal Days from Thursday, April 20 to Sunday, April 30. Learn about and visit with the museum’s resident baby animals including a calf, baby pigs, lambs, chicks, ducks, goats and rabbits between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Admission is just $3 per person for those ages 3 and older and includes pony rides for small children on the weekends, weather permitting. 1475 A St., Greeley.
It’s one of the best times of year at the Aurora Reservoir (5800 S. Powhaton Rd.) — lots of fun in the sun! Celebrate the arrival of spring with 50% off day passes (regularly $10) through April 30. When purchasing the day pass, use the password “Reservoir.” Friends and family will get access to world-class fishing, biking/hiking trails, archery range, an updated playground and more. With the discount, it’s only $5 per family-sized vehicle, per day. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
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 into action! It’s time to get out and about for lots of fun around town. Frugal families looking for low-cost adventures in the Mile High City can start with this month’s FREE Days: Denver Art Museum (April 1 and 30), Denver Botanic Gardens (April 2), Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (April 4; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms (April 4), Denver Museum of Nature & Science (April 10 and 30), Four Mile Historic Park (April 14; noon to 4 p.m.) and Clyfford Still Museum (April 28; 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 April
Peter is afraid of everything, and when you’re afraid of your own shadow, a wolf can be terrifying! While Peter learns you can’t be brave if you are not afraid, the only question is: How brave will Peter be? Find out while while watching the play Peter and the Wolf at Miners Alley Playhouse (part of their Youth Education Theatre program) with performances every Saturday at 1 p.m. from April 1 to 29, with additional performances on April 22 & 29 at 11 a.m. During this production designed for children (ages 12 and younger), the audience becomes part of the story. Tickets are $10 and available online or by calling 303-935-3044. 1224 Washington Ave., Golden.
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.
For our “15 FREE and Cheap Tours in Denver” round-up, click here.
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
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.
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.