Enjoy a bit of the bard with Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Actors with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts perform a 45-minute abridged version of a classic play in and around a pickup truck “set” in a parking lot. Shows are FREE, but do bring a camp chair to sit on. The two plays are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Here’s the schedule: [Read more…] about ‘Shakespeare In The Parking Lot’ Performed Across Front Range
Unless someone on the block has backyard chickens, city and suburban youngsters don’t have many opportunities to see farm animals. Make a point of visiting some this spring, when all those cute babies are around. One nearby option for parents to bring their little ones to see wee ones is at CALF’s Lowell Ranch in Castle Rock. [Read more…] about See Baby Farm Animals on CALF Lowell Ranch Tours
For most kids, this coming week is Spring Break. In case you find yourself trapped with some rowdy young ‘uns, you may need some fun places for the kiddos to play. This list of indoor play areas around Denver should come in handy.
I’ve included all sorts of activities, some free and some with an admission fee. For some of the pricier attractions, I noted if there’s a Groupon available (and you should always check Groupon yourself for those not marked, as new Groupons pop up from time to time).
This list is by no means comprehensive as there are a gazillion spots across the metro area. Know of something that should be in the list? Just email email@example.com. [Read more…] about Indoor Play Areas For Kids Around Denver
Once a month, you can lob and smash and gracefully (okay, maybe not so gracefully) leap over the net after a winning match for FREE. The Gates Tennis Center holds a FREE tennis clinic every month for adults (15 and older) on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All levels are welcome and you can bring your own racquet or rent a demo. [Read more…] about Try Tennis For Free at Gates Tennis Center
The annual 9Health Fair is once again underway across Colorado, with more than 100 fairs scheduled through May. FREE screenings for adults (18+) include blood pressure, breast exams, prostate checks, bone density, oral, hearing, foot and skin checks. Select fairs also offer free screenings for children. You can search for a fair near you here.
Low-cost health tests include Blood Chemistry Screening ($35), PSA Screening for men ($35), Blood Cell Count ($25), Vitamin D ($50), Vitamin B12 ($25), Hemoglobin A1C ($35), Blood Type ($30) and the take-home Colon Cancer Screening kit ($30). [Read more…] about Low-Cost, No-Cost Screenings at 9Health Fair
While most farmers markets close down for the winter, Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market in Wheat Ridge never shutters. This indoor, year-round market features local farm and ranch products through the winter, including carrots, potatoes, beets, garlic, squash, onions, microgreens, mushrooms, fresh chicken and duck eggs, pork, lamb, and 100% grass fed beef and bison.
Take a trip back to the 1800s when the Plains Conservation Center offers Wagon Tours most Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Get to know the prairie in a whole new way. On a ride across the plains, participants watch for wildlife in the landscape, from prairie dogs to pronghorn antelope and birds of prey, beneath the great stretching sky while learning about the short grass prairie ecosystem along the way. [Read more…] about Fun, Yet Educational Wagon Tours at Plains Conservation Center
Hungry to learn more about…well everything? Check out Active Minds which offers 20 to 25 FREE classes each month across metro Denver, Boulder and Longmont. Topics run the gamut from Cuba: Past, Present & Future and The Music of Frank Sinatra to Aviation: From Kitty Hawk to Today and The Story of Beer. [Read more…] about Active Minds Offers 20+ Free Classes Every Month in Denver/Boulder
Boulder Opera presents a double bill: Cavalleria Rusticana and Signor Deluso — two short operas that will have you laughing and crying. These passionate operas reach the extremes of human feeling and will keep you on the edge of your seat! A comedy of misunderstood betrayals and a drama of revenge and heartbreak.
Performances are May 3, 4, 8, 11 & 12 at the Nomad Playhouse. Tickets are normally $20 to $40, but you can get them for $15. [Read more…] about $15 Tickets to See Boulder Opera’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ & ‘Signor Deluso’
A masked bandit roams Colorado. Actually, a number of them. See these desperados for yourself up-close and personal once a month at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge. This FREE event from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. is open to all.
Join a naturalist and meet the Refuge’s black-footed ferrets. Discover how this fragile species was brought back from the brink of extinction and why black-footed ferrets were released into the wild at the Refuge. You’ll also get a chance to see the ferrets have their mid-morning snack. Reservations are required. [Read more…] about See Live Black-Footed Ferrets at Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge
Westminster residents may know that its History Center tells the tale of how the city came to be through exhibits, archives, live programs and walking tours. But this repository of Westminster’s past also partners with The Friends of Westminster Library to distribute FREE books to children and teens. A variety of books are stocked, from picture books for tots to young adult novels. Some are even Spanish-language for bilingual readers. [Read more…] about Free Books For Children at Westminster History Center
Just a reminder that there is still time to get your passes and enjoy our national parks this spring and summer. If you have a fourth grade student in your family, you are in luck. The Every Kid in a Park initiative means all fourth grade students and their families get FREE admission to national parks and other federal lands and waters for a full year – September 2018 through August 31, 2019.
The pass is valid for the 2018-2019 school year and grants FREE entry for the student and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally managed sites. Fourth graders, including home-schooled students, can get a paper pass by visiting this website. [Read more…] about 4th Graders & Families: Free Entry To All National Parks
With our busy lives, it’s easy to lose track of the small things. A rebate check, that bank account you opened to get a free toaster or maybe a security deposit? According to the Colorado State Treasurer’s office, more than $600 million in cash and property has gone unclaimed by 3 million people.
The good news is money or property turned over to the State Treasury for safekeeping always belongs to the owner or heir of the account and there are no time limits for filing your claim. Are you on the list? [Read more…] about Does Colorado Owe You Money? Get It Now.
The Arapahoe Libraries offers FREE Exploration Passes good for admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Four Mile Historic Park, Morrison Natural History Museum, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, the Molly Brown House, Clyfford Still Museum and Dinosaur Ridge. Passes are available in limited quantities each day and allow different numbers of people to enter the attraction at no cost. [Read more…] about Free Attraction Passes Through Arapahoe Libraries
So it snowed… a lot more than the forecasters predicted. Despite the icy roads and slippery sidewalks, for many, a lovely snowfall is an excuse to go sledding, even if it is just down that tiny median in front of your home. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few with a store-bought sled and the envy of the sledding hill crowd.
If not, don’t despair. Coloradans are famous for their ingenuity when it comes to makeshift sleds. Our friend Jody Mace at Charlotte on the Cheap (a Southern gal, go figure) has come up with 17 DIY options. [Read more…] about 17 Easy Do-It-Yourself Sleds