Bored on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans wanting to live large for less. Fortunately, our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, festivals, concerts, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. And we’ve done 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.) Be sure to check out our constantly-updated list of upcoming Mile High events, which you can view by day or by month. Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: [Read More…]
Kids’ Summer Fun
Red, White & Boom!
Okay, this isn’t exactly breaking news. The policy changed on April 30 this year. I just can’t believe it missed my radar! King Soopers no longer gives customers an item for FREE, when it scans incorrectly. As of now, the grocery store’s Scan Accuracy Guarantee states that they will simply give you the lower price. This is definitely bad news for eagle-eyed bargain hunters and receipt checkers, like me. (It was always a welcome surprise to get an item for free.) For me, it happens more often than you’d think and not just at King Soopers. I see price discrepancies all the time at most stores. It’s just that most people don’t review their receipt. The policy change should not discourage you from taking a quick glance at your receipt. Keep checking to ensure you’re charged correctly. For savers, every penny counts!
For our tips on how to find the best deals at King Soopers, click here.
Lights! Camera! Fun! If your kids are creative and tech-savvy, sign them up for an Apple Camp at one of the six Apple Stores in Colorado — Aspen Grove, Cherry Creek, FlatIron Crossing, Park Meadows, The Promenade Shops at Briargate and Twenty-Ninth Street. The FREE 3-day camps (in mid-July) are for kids ages 8 to 12. Creative kids can broaden their creative horizons by making movies, creating interactive books and more — all by using Apple products. Each workshop runs 90 minutes for three days in a row. There are three camps from which to choose: Creating Characters and Composing Music; Stories in Motion with iMovie; and Coding Games and Programming Robots. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly, so register now for a super-creative summertime adventure. (Note: Some are already full. However, you can add your child’s name to a waiting list for any cancellations.) For more information on the program, click here.
Head up the hill where it’s cool for the 17th annual High Peaks Art Festival, Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The art show is juried, admission is FREE and the music is live (but BYOC — bring your own chair). The little mountain town of Nederland west of Boulder puts on a surprisingly good little art show, which FestivalNet rates with 5 stars. Town Square, Nederland,
While many of us sit on our recyclable items, like a squirrel hoarding a winter nut stash, until we find a neighborhood or community recycling event, there is a year-round affordable alternative. Check out SustainAbility, a one-stop recycle site. SustainAbility recycles hard-to-recycle items including furniture, clothing, paint, vegetable oil, electronics (from cell phones to dishwashers and washers/dryers), as well as traditional recyclables that don’t have to be sorted. Here’s a guide to what they take. There are two hard-to-recycle (H2R) centers — one in Denver at 1270 S. Bannock and one in Arvada at 6240 W. 54th Ave. Maps and hours are here.
Although they accept the same materials at both of centers, fees differ for each site. It costs $3 per visit to access the H2R Denver Center, but most items are free to dispose. So bring as much as you can per visit. There is an additional charge for some that contain hazardous materials or require special processing. There is no entrance fee to access the H2R Arvada Center, but more fees on individual items apply. You’ll find a detailed pricing list here. Thanks to ichou for bringing this terrific resource to our attention!
The nonprofit RedLine Contemporary Art Center, which aims to connect art and community, has a project, called Play Space, just for the kiddos. Children and their families can take part in FREE artist-led creative play sessions at Fuller Park in the Five Points neighborhood on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon throughout the summer until September 7. Each session promises a fun-filled hands-on activity. The program is FREE and open to all. No registration required. And food & drinks are provided. Drop by and check it out. The kids will have a ball. 2801 N. Williams St., Denver.
Kids clothing consignment store A Wee Bit Worn turns four this month and celebrates on Saturday, July 24 with a party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy big savings with a $5 bag sale, 40% off items with colored tags. huge markdowns and yummy cookies. The store stocks apparel for children sizes 0 to 7. 17020 E. Quincy Ave. (by Target), Aurora, 720-870-1118.
Mmm…pie! KFC is serving its Chunky Chicken Pot Pie for $3.99 every Thursday. The classic comfort food is made with tender pieces of chicken, diced potatoes, green peas and carrots in a savory home-style sauce. Covered with a flaky, buttery crust and freshly baked to golden perfection. For a limited time, the promo price is valid at participating locations and only on Thursdays.
We just received notice from the Denver Film Society. The remainder of its Family Flicks series is cancelled. Movies can bring families together through the collective inspiration, education and imagination they generate on the big screen. There’s just something about discussing a movie (or sharing a laugh) afterward with friends and family on the ride home — each person having a unique perspective. And Saturday morning is the perfect time to soak it all in. Denver Film Society is hosting a summer Family Flicks series sponsored by KIND Snacks at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E. Colfax Ave.) The $5 admission (per person) includes a breakfast parfait bar and granola bars provided by (guess who?) KIND Snacks, as well as a sponsored activity following the screening. Kids (6 & under) are FREE. (If you purchase tickets online, there is a $1 service fee per ticket.) [Read More…]
Sophia Coppola just won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for The Beguiled. An injured Union soldier arrives at an all-female Southern boarding school during the Civil War. Soon, sexual tensions lead to dangerous rivalries as the women tend to his wounds and offer him shelter and companionship. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. MHOTC readers can attend an advance screening of the film on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at Landmark Greenwood Village.
For your chance at a pass, e-mail FocusFeaturesDenver@gmail.com with your full name (as seen on ID) and mailing address. Type BEGUILED in the subject line. Entry deadline is Friday, June 23 at noon. Winners will be notified by e-mail. If you’re a lucky winner, arrive early, as preview screenings are overbooked and seating is not guaranteed.
Confession time. During my college years I worked with a theatre company that produced a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every summer. Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore… we did them all, so I understand the silly and frolicking atmosphere they bring to the stage. In Denver, the Empire Lyric Players (ELPs) is the city’s premier Gilbert & Sullivan troupe, committed to keeping these productions before audiences. This summer’s selection is Iolante and ELPs is hosting an abbreviated, kid-sized version (for ages 4 and up) on Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m. This is a great way to beat the heat and expose youngsters to musical theatre in a fun fashion.
In Iolanthe, the fairies have taken over the government and the mortals have to decide whether to try and beat them, or join them! Children are encouraged to come to the show dressed as a fairy or lord, meet and take pictures with the cast after the show and learn what it takes to make an operetta. MHOTC readers can get FREE tickets (normally $10) by using the promo code milehigh on the ELPs Ticket Page. The show is at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, 119 Park Ave. West, Denver.
If you love anything and everything having to do with fruits and veggies, check out VegFest Colorado on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave.) in Golden. The “veg-friendly” event includes seminars, exhibits, cooking demos, kids’ activities, food samples and more. Parking is FREE. Admission is $10 for adults (per day) and FREE for kids (16 and younger.)
Early Bird Special: Buy tickets online for just $8 through June 30.
Join friends and neighbors for the Music @ Jefferson Park 2017 Concert Series. The grassy bowls of the park are the perfect place to picnic, socialize and listen to some great music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. FREE concerts are Sunday, June 25, with acclaimed bluegrass band The Highland Ramblers and Sunday, July 23, with the Max Mackey Band, featuring founding members of THUNK and Peak2Peak who mix blues, rock and folk music. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurants. 22nd & Decatur, Denver. For similar events, be sure to check out our Mile High Summer Concerts Guide.
A magical world is coming to Littleton’s Clement Park on Sunday, June 25. Princesses, fairies, mermaids, and, of course, real unicorns will be on hand for the Unicorn Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most activities, entertainment and events are included with admission — bounce castles, story telling and sing-a-longs, fairy parade, magic shows and much more. For an extra fee you can ride a unicorn, swim with mermaids and have an official Princess photo taken at the Princess Palace. Food trucks and vendors will be on hand selling treats. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/kids 2-12, if bought in advance online before noon on June 23. Otherwise, admission is $15/adults and $10/children at the gate. Play Tickets (which you need for the special activities) are $1 each. You need five for unicorn rides and mermaid swims. Thanks to Lyanna for bringing this event to our attention!