Summer vacation has just started and already the kids are whining, “I’m bored.” Our advice: Give them a few household chores, if they can’t figure out ways to entertain themselves. Just kiddin’! We found lots of suggestions for Front Range fun for families on a budget. Summer in Denver-Boulder brings free or cheap kids’ movies, free swimming at many rec center pools, a chance for kids to bowl free, tons of tours, free days at museums and so much more. Plus, living in beautiful Colorado, we have the foothills and mountains, which are always free. Here are 27 FREE or cheap things for Denver-Boulder kids to do this summer: [Read more…] about 32+ Free & Cheap Things for Denver-Boulder Kids To Do This Summer
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As the temperatures start to sizzle, a day at Water World is a mighty tempting way to cool off. Its 2017 season kicks off May 27. Since opening in 1979 with the first two water slides in Colorado, they now boast nearly 50 water adventures. In fact, they feature the largest variety of attractions in America. (Did you know the park has been rated as one of America’s top ten water parks by the Travel Channel?)
As one of America’s largest family water parks, the watery wonderland is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver on 64 landscaped acres. However, it can get expensive, especially for families. Of course, we’re always looking to make a big splash on a budget. We found 9 ways you can make waves at the park without causing your budget to sink. Dive in for more details… [Read more…] about 9 Money-Saving Waves at Water World
Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release of Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 comes to Alamo Drafthouse (outside on the parking lot) at Aspen Grove in Littleton on Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28. Fans will take part in a host of activities and get a sneak peek of the movie. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into town. Among the FREE activities: a street art booth and a giant coloring mural (kids get a FREE color pencil pack souvenir), a racer “pit crew”, and an interactive play area. Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater and take photos with the life-size character cars. Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Honk! Honk! When we think of going to the movies, we often forget about the good ol’-fashioned drive-in. Mostly because they no longer exist. Luckily, the Denver metro area has one left, 88 Drive-In Theatre at 8780 Rosemary St. in Commerce City. (Did you know its been showing flicks for more than 40 years?)
And it not only offers a long-forgotten, unique movie-going experience, but great value, too. In 2015, they upgraded to a state-of-the-art digital projector — all on a 40′ by 70′ screen! [Read more…] about 88 Drive-In Theatre Offers Triple Feature For $8
There’s a new Groupon promo code. Groupon almost always saves you money, usually half off, which makes any offer, service or product you get from them more affordable. However, with this latest promotion, you can really save big. Here’s the inside scoop: through Friday, May 26 at 11:59 p.m. MT, get an extra 20% off up to three Groupon Local Deals, with promo code YES20. That’s anything from dinners and show tickets to spa treatments and fun things to do. To get the deal, use this link to take you to Groupon’s Top Deals in the Denver-Boulder area. You can get up to a $50 discount per deal. There are a few exclusions: Read the fine print here.
One of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation is held in Commerce City. More than 100 entries including antique and classic cars, motorcycles, floats, horses, bands and marching units will travel the 1.5 mile parade route on Monday, May 29. The parade begins at 10 a.m. rain or shine and last almost two hours. It starts at 64th Avenue and Newport Street, proceeding west on 64th Avenue, south on Holly Street west on 62nd Avenue and west on Parkway Drive ending at E. 60th and Colorado Blvd. Parade watchers are welcome to line the route with lawn chairs and blankets.
If you love drive-in theaters (and who doesn’t?), get revved up for the Denver Mart Drive-In at 451 E. 58th Ave. in Denver — now, in its third year! Featuring first run films, on the largest screen in the region, the drive-in theater incorporates a digital projection system, with FM transmissions, to provide the ultimate viewing experience in the comfort of your own car. Conveniently located in an urban setting, the drive-in has room for nearly 300 vehicles. [Read more…] about Denver Mart Drive-In: Double-Feature For $10
To underscore that game time for the Tuesday, May 30 battle against the Seattle Mariners is 5:10 p.m., the Hot Rox Deal for that day is a bargain $5.10 for online ticket purchases. Seats are all in the 300 sections, including seats behind home plate. Buy now, because Hot Rox tickets are limited and do sell out quickly. Click here to purchase. We can’t think of a better way to wait out the evening rush hour.
Douglas County Libraries will host New York Times bestselling author Stephen Coonts from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. Coonts’ numerous novels include the Jake Grafton series and Tommy Carmellini series. He’ll discuss his latest novel, “Liberty’s Last Stand,” which features both characters in an intense political thriller with drama ripped from today’s headlines. A book sale and signing will follow the presentation. Registration is required to attend the event. Sign up online or call 303-791-7323. 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock.
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 email@example.com.) 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…] about 47+ Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Holiday Weekend
Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (7301 S. Santa Fe Dr.) in Littleton, families have another option for low-cost family-friendly flicks this summer. From June to August, the cinema will open its Alamo Kids Camp and screen a kids flick every week. Admission is only $1, $3 or $5 per person — you decide how much you want to pay! (To be fair, we think adults should probably pay $3 or $5 each and kids just $1 each.) All of the ticket sales will be donated locally to HopeKids Colorado, Douglas County Libraries and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. [Read more…] about Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Summer Kids Camp: $1 Family Films
When school’s out, there’s nothing better than a morning at the movies to keep the kids entertained. Regal Entertainment Group has scheduled 9 weeks of family-friendly flicks at select theaters. During its Summer Movie Express, selected G- or PG-rated movies show every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. — starting June 6. (The series starts May 30 at select locations.) Tickets are just $1 each. (Even better, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute.)
Cinemark opens the doors on its Summer Movie Clubhouse with 10 flicks for $5 – when purchased in advance. $5 punch cards are available at the participating theater’s box office or online. (Note: Without a punch card, it’s still a great deal at $1 per film.) The 10-week film fest begins May 31 with screenings starting at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. The 2017 film line-up includes Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, The LEGO Batman Movie, Trolls, Shrek The Third, Goosebumps, The Iron Giant, Hotel Transylvania 2, Megamind and The Angry Birds Movie. Punch cards are only valid at theater where originally purchased and non-transferable. In Denver metro, there is now only one participating location: Century Aurora (14300 E. Alameda Ave.) The series ends August 2.
There are more participating locations in Colorado: Cinemark Fort Collins (Fort Collins), Cinemark Greeley Mall (Greeley) and Cinemark Tinseltown (Pueblo.) Dates and titles may vary by location.
Anglers alert: You can be paid to fish. Northern pike is an aggressive fish that was illegally introduced into Green Mountain Reservoir and has been gobbling up native species. Wildlife managers are so anxious to eliminate these finny pests that they are offering $20 for each fish that is caught. Anglers are encouraged to catch and keep as many northern pike (and also smallmouth bass) from the reservoir as they desire. To participate, bring the fish (only the head is required), driver’s license and fishing license to the Heeney Marina starting Thursday, May 26. For more information, call the Colorado Div. of Parks and Wildlife’s Hot Sulphur Springs office, 970-725-6200, or Heeney Marina, 970-724-9441.
Connecting with the natural world is easy in Colorado. All you have to do is head east to the plains or west into the mountains. FREE programs take place in a variety of Jefferson County Open Space parks including Lookout Mountain Nature Center (LMNC) and the Hiwan Homestead Museum, throughout the year. The Center offers a variety of nature programs with topics that explore the diversity and richness of the foothills. Discover wildlife, plants, geology, astronomy and more. [Read more…] about Free & Fun Nature and History Programs Through JeffCo Open Space