Parents will “take issue” with this freebie from LEGO. Kids always enjoy receiving mail and, if they’re LEGO fans, this offer will make them run even faster to the mailbox. LEGO Life Magazine is a FREE magazine created for kids between ages 5 and 9, mailed to your home five times a year. Every issue is packed full of LEGO news and behind-the-bricks interviews, comic adventures, games and puzzles, building challenges and Cool Creations built by LEGO fans, as well as sneak peeks at the latest sets and themes. Parents can subscribe here.
Wellington’s Harvest Farm epitomizes a working farm: crops, animals and tons of space. That makes it the perfect setting for a corn maze and fall festival. Families flock to the farm every year to celebrate the season and enjoy a full lineup of 30+ attractions, including a 10-acre corn maze with three separate trails ranging from easy to expert, hay-wagon rides, petting zoo, obstacle course (suspension bridge, tires, balance beams and tunnels), plus pig races, barrel train and a pumpkin patch. For a limited time you can buy single-day admission for two people for $15 or single-day admission for four people for $29. That’s 50% off! Harvest Farm opens September 30 and operates Saturdays and Sundays through October 29. For other area corn mazes and pumpkin patches check our 2017 list.
Ichabod Crane has come to Sleepy Hollow, but what he learns there frightens him nearly out of his wits! Watch as Ichabod tries to escape the clutches of the Headless Horseman in the play The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley with performances every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from September 16 through October 28. 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.
Summer may be over, but there’s lots of fall fun to be had 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 (September 2 and 9), Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (September 5; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Four Mile Historic Park (September 8; noon to 4 p.m.), Denver Museum of Nature & Science (September 17) and Clyfford Still Museum (September 29; admission is also FREE every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Check out our events calendar and click on “View Events By Month” for quick and easy planning. [Read more…] about Free Days at Museums & More in September
Corn mazes and pumpkin patches 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. Totally FREE except for wagon rides and pumpkins. Corn maze, straw-bale maze, farm animals including chickens, a goat and donkey, farm-equipment on display. Hay ride on Saturday and Sunday is $3. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opens September 23. 1535 75th St. (75th St. & Arapahoe Rd.), 720-890-4766. Map
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms Corn Maze, Littleton. Seven-acre corn maze. Mini maze for the little ones. View the design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Admission also includes unlimited jumping pillow, one hayride and one barrel train ride (for children 10 and younger). Pony rides, hamster balls and food available for additional fee. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $14/adults, $13 seniors, military and students with ID, $12/adult members, $11/children (4-12), $9/child members. Opens September 15. Through October 29. 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon, 303-973-3705. Map
Fritzler Corn Maze, La Salle. Fifteen-acre corn maze, 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 16. 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 September 30. Through October 29. 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. While visitors navigate their way through the cornfield, they are invited to engage in a one-of-a-kind smartphone trivia game. 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. 10451 McKay Rd., Thornton., Thornton, 720-408-0006. Opens September 29. 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 September 30. 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 Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 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, 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 $13. 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 30. Map
Have you ever wondered what $30 million looks like? Well, you can take a peek at Denver’s very 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. [Read more…] about Denver’s in the Money! Visit The Money Museum For Free
The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer ban organ. Rides are only $1. Visitors to the Carousel can also enjoy picnicking at Barker Reservoir, hiking the trails of the Mud Lake and Caribou Ranch open space areas and the Indian Peak Wilderness Area. In the winter, the carousel is a popular stop for families enjoying Eldora Mountain Resort. While the carousel is open year-round, days and hours vary depending on season. Check the website for details. 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland, 303-258-3457.
Dining out can be very expensive, especially with the whole family. That’s why frugal families stretch their dollars by eating at restaurants where kids eat FREE or at a discount. Recently, we spent hours (and hours) updating our “Kids Eat FREE” page for you, our dear readers. (You’re welcome!) You can review our updated Kids Eat FREE page here.
However, we still highly encourage you to check first, before loading up the kids — as offers often change. If you’re in doubt about any requirements or restrictions, ask first before ordering. Or, even better yet, call ahead. An unexpected large tab can be quite frustrating for parents, so don’t be shy about asking questions.
We’ve also included a list of the basic guidelines, so you’re better prepared to navigate the menu of offers. If you know of a KEF promo we missed, send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Looking for a low-key kids activity? Every week, Grandrabbit’s Toy Shop hosts a FREE story time for kids followed by a FREE themed craft afterward. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at two Grandrabbit’s locations. Locations are 14644 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster, 303-815-1500; and 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-443-0780.
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.
The Tesoro Cultural Center, a tireless keeper of Western traditions, introduces The Tesoro Living History Experience over 20 summer weekends beginning June 2-4 and wrapping up October 13-15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Opening weekend features demonstration powwows on Friday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a contest powwow on Saturday. The series launches with the 17th annual Powwow Re-enactors and storytellers bring traditions of the Old West to life. Artisans demonstrate such skills as flint-lock rifle shooting, buffalo hide scraping and more. [Read more…] about Step Back in Time with Living History at The Fort
Pro hockey and basketball season are winding down and baseball season is in high gear, but it’s never too early to think football. Enroll youngsters for the Broncos Bunch Kids Club, which includes a Broncos Bunch T-shirt, NFL trading cards and entry to such special events as movie night, junior training camp and next fall, a trick-or-treat party. It’s worth signing up now, in time for a special Summer Kickoff party in June where kids can play on the field, meet players, alumni and more. Also, members receive a ticket for a FREE kids’ admission to the Downtown Aquarium and a small DQ ice cream cone. A Broncos magazine just for kiddos will come by mail for no extra fee until the young fan reaches age 12. Sign up kids here and get $5 off their membership (you pay $15), which is normally $20, using the King Soopers promo code KINGSOOPERS5.
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
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!
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