Denver Free Days from June Through December 2015

It may have been years since you went to one of our great institutions like the Denver Zoo or a museum (or maybe you saw them as you were chaperoning your kiddo’s class – which means between figuring out if you still have the right number of kids with you or taking bathroom breaks). But now is the opportunity to visit one of these great places for FREE!

We do recommend that you reach out to the museum/location prior to going to ensure that nothing has changed in their calendar.

June

Tuesday, June 2 – Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Friday, June 5 – Four Mile Historic Park

Saturday, June 6 – Denver Art Museum

Monday, June 29 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

gardenJuly

Friday, July 3 – Four Mile Historic Park

Tuesday, July 7 – Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Saturday, July 11 – Denver Art Museum

Tuesday, July 21 – Denver Botanic Gardens

Sunday, July 26 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science

 August

Saturday, August 1 – Denver Art Museum

Sunday, August 2 – Mizel Museum and Denver Firefighter’s Museum

Monday, August 3 – Colorado State Parks

Tuesday, August 4 – Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Friday, August 7 – Four Mile Historic Park

Saturday, August 8 – Dinosaur Ridge Bird and Reptile Day (only $3 for anyone over 3)

Wednesday, August 12 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Tuesday, August 25 – National Park’s Entrance (Parks Service Day)

Monday, August 31 – Denver Botanic Gardens

September

Tuesday, September 1 – Molly Brown House and Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Friday, September 4 – Four Mile Historic Park

Saturday, September 5 – Denver Art Museum and Grandparents (with their grandkids) at the Denver Firefighter’s Museum

Wednesday, September 9 – Denver Botanic Gardens

Saturday, September 12 – Denver Art Museum

Saturday, September 19 – Dinosaur Ridge event Geohazards & Preparedness plus Geocaching (small fee)

Thursday, September 24 – National Parks Entrance is Free (National Public Lands Day)

October 

Friday, October 2 – Four Mile Historic Park

Saturday, October 3 – Denver Art Museum

Tuesday, October 6 – Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Saturday, October 10 – Firefighter’s Museum

Monday, October 19 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

November

Monday, November 2 – Denver Zoo

Tuesday, November 3 – Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Friday, November 6 –Four Mile Historic Park

Saturday, November 7 – Denver Art Museum

Monday, November 9 – Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Wednesday, November 11 – National Parks Entrance is Free (Veterans Day) and Molly Brown House

Friday, November 13 – Denver Zoo and Denver Botanic Gardens

Saturday, November 14 – Denver Botanic Gardens

Thursday, November 19 – Denver Zoo

December

Tuesday, December 1 – Children’s Museum of Denver (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Friday, December 4 – Four Mile Historic Park

Saturday, December 5 – Denver Art Museum

Sunday, December 6 – Mizel Museum

MONTHLY/DAILY

Each Tuesday at 10 a.m., The Denver Center for the Performing Arts will release a limited number of $10 tickets. Ten seats for every Denver Center Theatre Company performance in the coming week will qualify (up to 25 shows per week). Use code SCFD.

Hudson Gardens is open daily. NO ADMISSION Fees.

Aurora History Museum is also free daily.

Denver Art Museum is now free for kids 18 and under daily. Adult free days are denoted above.

Traveling Clothes

Sometimes remembering to pack everything is a trick for me. I tend to pack by day. Meaning, I put things into my suitcase based on what I will wear each day of my trip. I pack them together (which isn’t good if I’m going on a long trip – I’m not so good at the mix and match). But I often forget what to pack to wear on the plane or in the car. Until I recently put together a traveling outfit.

I have a maxi skirt that I bought last year. It is a blue tie-die looking thing. Not what I would normally have picked but when I tried it on it was just so darn comfortable! It is comfy as yoga pants but looks way more dressed up. (I wear it with a tank top and a light jacket). This has become my traveling outfit for the past several “big” trips where I am going to be sitting on a plane for any length of time. I wore it to Frankfurt, to D.C. (from Denver) and to Cancun. Also, it goes well with flip-flops so it is great for summer trips and easy to get my shoes on and off through TSA. (Although I did recently break down an purchase the TSA Pre which I’m super excited about).

Do you have something you wear to travel in?

Denver Deal: Haagen Dazs, Neighborhood Music Opening, and More

I was reintroduced to the streets that make up Cherry Creek North recently and discovered some fun finds of stores and I can’t wait to get back to visit again. While I was there I got to tour PrAna (They have weekly free Yoga classes),  Pura Vita (a cool gym where you can literally hang from the ceiling), Club Pilates (I want to try Pilates), Fitness Logic (a gym where you can get a full workout in just 30 minutes). I also tried pizza at Patxi’s (It was delicious!!). I tried a flight of cold-pressed juices at Aspen Juice – my favorite was the Casablanca. But there was a tour that did several other stores I didn’t get to go to including Aviano Coffee shop and  one of two consignment stores there (reason to go back).

Haagen Dazs.  Enjoy a free kiddie-sized scoop or cone on Tuesday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at any of the Haagen Dazs shops (there are five in the Denver area)

Neighborhood Music in Stapleton. Neighborhood Music (10255 E 25th Ave,  Aurora CO 80010) invites you to their Grand Opening on May 17th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. children aged three years and older can choose from piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, violin, mandolin, drums, banjo, flute, trumpet, trombone and more. The organization also offers additionally programming such as music therapy, summer camps, rock bands, school programs and other collaborative groups. For more information visit neighborhoodmusicstapleton.com.

CarSpa. Moms have enough things to clean, so let CarSpa auto detailers clean your car. Moms are a big deal,  that’s why for the month of May, Mile High Mamas get 30% off any detailing package (just mention the Mile High Mama’s discount when scheduling your appointment). Carspa is a Denver-based mobile car detailer that drives to your home or office and details your car, so you can take care of the more important things. Visit their denver auto detailing (Carspadenver.com) page.

Harkins Summer Movie Fun. Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids is back again this year. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family. All adults must be accompanied by children.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations. Movies this summer include: Boxtrolls, The Lorax, Rio 2, Dolphin Tale 2, Curious George, Nut Job, Puss in Boots, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids can earn a free book of their won from Barnes & Noble (one of my favorite stores) in three easy steps. Step 1: Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF). Step 2: Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. (Find a Store). then Step 3: choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

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Denver Deal: Mother’s Day, Carspa, Harkins Theaters and More

Happy Mother’s Day! I’m excited to have my mom visit for a Mother’s Day brunch – made by me and my kids. They are excited to make it as they are in cooking in school – so some of the recipes are what they’ve learned. We will have a berry lemonade; brioche french toast (made with heavy cream instead of regular milk); sausage and poached egg. I am certain that the Fitbit I recently got will get a workout later that day. I’ve been obsessed since getting it – to make sure that I’m getting in my steps – but I also try to log my food (feel free to request a Fitbit friendship – but warning: I’m a bit competitive). I may also make them play tennis with me – it’s a good chance for them to gang up on me. Two against one.

Free/Cheap Days. on Tuesday, May 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. admission at the Children’s Museum of Denver is free  (compliments of Target).

Mother’s Day Deals. There certainly are occasions to go out to eat.
  • Macaroni Grill offers an additional $5 when you spend $25 on a gift card.
  • Send mom flowers with FTD Flowers – coupons available for 1/2 off on Groupon site.
  • Motherhood Out Loud – show at Avenue Theater. Use the code MILEHIGH20 at checkout to get 20% off  ticket order.  Shows are 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from now through May 30, as well as a special 4 p.m. show on Mother’s Day. For tickets and more information about the show: http://avenuetheater.com/season/motherhood/index.html
  • Diavolo at the Newman Center if offering a 2-for-1 Mother’s Day Special for their final performance of the year.
  • Comedy Works South (at Landmark) is having a special all ages (12+ recommended but advertised as all ages) Mother’s Day show featuring Chris Voth. Tickets are just $6-12.

CarSpa. Moms have enough things to clean, so let CarSpa auto detailers clean your car. Moms are a big deal,  that’s why for the month of May, Mile High Mamas get 30% off any detailing package (just mention the Mile High Mama’s discount when scheduling your appointment). Carspa is a Denver-based mobile car detailer that drives to your home or office and details your car, so you can take care of the more important things. Visit their denver auto detailing (Carspadenver.com) page.

Harkins Summer Movie Fun. Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids is back again this year. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family. All adults must be accompanied by children.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations. Movies this summer include: Boxtrolls, The Lorax, Rio 2, Dolphin Tale 2, Curious George, Nut Job, Puss in Boots, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Castle Rock Outlets. The Outlets at Castle Rock are hosting a Fit and Fun Day on Saturday, May 9. They will have yoga in the courtyard, bootcamps, activities for kids and more. They will also have seminars and specials at many of their athletic shops including Nike, Adidas, Under Armor, Coleman, Converse, Lucy, Eddie Bauer, North Face, Reebok and Puma. Events are free and start at 11 a.m. A full schedule can be found on their website.

Consignment Sales. MileHighMamas has compiled the best of the best in kids consignment sales. This week, don’t miss one of the area’s premier sales, Rhea Lana. The whole list can be found at:http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2015/02/11/denver-childrens-consignment-sales/

New Hiking Trail Leads to Nowhere at Indian Creek

I am sort of a creature of habit. I took up hiking a couple years ago. I tended to go to just a few trails over and over again. I would go to Deer Creek Canyon (and the Red Loop at the top), Bergan Peak or Mt. Falcon Park. I did this for several reasons. One, I knew where they were, where the trails lead (where they loop around to), and about how long it would take me complete the trail. Two, it is safer to know that where you are going has a bit of foot traffic – as a single girl hiking by myself I thought the trail should have either some people coming by every once in a while or at least somewhere that I would be able to get a cell phone signal. and Three, I could really just let my mind wander and work through whatever I needed to be thinking about (because I didn’t have to think about the trail). So when my friend Paul suggested we hike together, I though AWESOME we can try somewhere new.

I have tried other hikes by myself most of which were not as difficult as I had hoped (Three Sisters) or I found myself sort of bored. We looked up trails near my home and that were moderate or difficult on a website/app called AllTrails.com. AllTrails indicated that Indian Creek was a 14.5 mile loop – so we filled my backpack with water, a couple bananas and a few peanuts. Paul also had a backpack with a smaller water bottle and the umbrella (weather was thought to be a possibility). We drove to the edge of Pike National Forest. Parked the car. Strapped on our packs and set out for what we thought would be a three or so hour hike (the time we had done Deer Creek Canyon it was 2.5 hours and 11 miles). It was a lovely walk for quite a while. We enjoyed crossing the river/creek/run-off from one side to the other, across logs and fields. We headed what felt like almost up hill the whole way. We stopped at the top of a hill and asked a mountain biker his suggestion on where we should go. In my experience almost all the trails seem to lead in loops to get people back to their cars. The biker suggested we go to the bottom of the hill and then make a sharp (U turn like) right. We did so. When we got part way up that hill we couldn’t really tell if it was really a trail or a drain off gully. So we turned back around and headed back down to where we made the sharp U Turn. We continued on the path that went past the turn. (Nothing was marked or had signs – again most of the hills I’m used to hiking have some trail markers).

When we arrived at the top of the next hill – we realized we were along a powerline trail (It was not only marked but there were giant power lines sizzling above our heads and it was starting to rain a bit). So we continued on the trail heading toward what we thought was the point of where the loop would turn. At the point of the turn in the loop – (we were using GPS on our phones and AllTrails app maps), we headed up the hill. We quickly realized that this trail sort of ended at an abandoned old house (historical site). And also to really make things fun – we saw a chunk of fur in the grassy area and then peeking behind the bushes saw two full on skeletal remains of what we think were deer. After seeing that we fairly quickly decided to head toward the road – even though this was not the way the trail looped and it would send us away from our car. Also, at this point we were four hours into the hike that was supposed to only last a couple.

Heading down the hill, we noticed some giant tracks in the mud. I am no naturalist but I would really think it was the paw print of a mountain lion. We were also starting to run out of water. I had fairly guzzled the backpack full of water thinking it was only a couple hours and Paul had only taken small sips. So we were getting thirsty – and by the way of the map – we still had 7 or so miles to go (and my Fitbit had tracked that we had already gone 10 or so). The road/trail we were on led to the Roxborough Visitor’s Center where the super nice lady gave us a ride back to the car. It was nice of her – but I resented the fact that they kept saying, “these people who are lost.” We were not lost. We knew where we were and where we needed to be. That’s not lost right?

We will go back. Next time though, I think we will be more prepared. We will take more water, snacks, maybe a change of socks..we have even started a list of all the things we should be sure to include in the backpack. What are your Must-Haves?  Have you even been lost – but really known where you are?

Map Indian and Rox