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.
It’s time for turkey and there’s lots of fall fun to “gobble up” around town. Frugal families looking for low-cost adventures in the Mile High City can start with this month’s FREE Days: Denver Zoo (November 3, 6 and 16); Denver Art Museum (November 4); Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (November 7; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.); Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms (November 7); Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street (November 10 and 11); Four Mile Historic Park (November 10; noon to 4 p.m.); Denver Museum of Nature & Science (November 13); and Clyfford Still Museum (November 24; 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 Zoo, Museums & More in November
Does your child love all things having to do with airplanes? Now they can become junior birdmen on a FREE flight designed just for kids. For the past 25 years the EAA Young Eagles program has been giving children ages 8 to 17 the chance to fly for FREE. According to the website, “It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation.” This nationwide program has given more than two million children the chance to fly. [Read more…] about Free Young Eagles Flights For Kids In The Denver Area
If you’re an animal lover, here’s the perfect way to go wild on your birthday, courtesy of the Denver Zoo. The popular attraction offers complimentary admission on your birthday. The offer is only valid on your birthday and requires that you register in advance for the FREE ticket — click here. Plus, the birthday entry only applies to you, no family or guests. Given ticket prices range from $12 to $17, it’s quite the birthday present. Don’t think you can pull any tricks, as a photo ID with your birthdate is required to redeem the ticket.
When you register, receive an admission ticket for the date of your birthday via e-mail. Bring the ticket to the box office or Boettcher Welcome Center on your birthday to receive your celebratory coupons, including: FREE daytime admission, FREE souvenir button, FREE Jr. ice cream cone, a FREE spin on its Conservation Carousel and 10% off of a gift shop purchase.
If you’re new to its website, you will need to create an account — in order to take advantage of the offer.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, located on a 9-acre tract along the South Platte River, has something for every youngster from infancy to about age 8 – in fact, many “somethings” with learning and growth in a fun, enriching and nurturing atmosphere.The museum is designed for children and their parents or other caregivers to share the experience. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and no adults are admitted without accompanying children.
Families love the indoor areas and the wonderful outdoor environment with opportunities for kids to climb a hill, roll in the grass, splash in a little “river,” build a log fort, ride a safe little zipline and more beckon in warm or sunny weather. Exhibits are divided to four themes encouraging children to Explore, Investigate, Imagine and Create and thereby expand their world.
The museum undertook a $16.1 million expansion in 2015, doubling the exhibit space and adding such features as Altitude, The Art Studio, Energy, Joy Park, The Teaching Kitchen and Water.
In addition, the museum offers storytime for various ages and cooking, clay and art programs with guidance in building those skills. Target First Tuesdays allow for FREE play between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum, Dr., Denver, 303-433-7444
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.
Ages 2 – 59: $13
Seniors (60+): $11
Age 1: $11
Under age 1: Free
The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys holds a Family Day the first Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is FREE, though a $1 donation per person is suggested, if you can afford it. The museum’s exhibits include giant teddy bears, Japanese dolls, fully furnished miniature houses, miniature trains, planes & cars, a miniature circus, antique dolls and much more. In addition, temporary exhibits change every three months. Nostalgia reigns, as does a glimpse at childhood diversions in the past. 1880 Gaylord St., Denver, 303-322-1053.