Denver Deal: Pan movie, McDonalds, Free Coffee, Art Museum and More

I recently had the opportunity to see the show LookingGlass Alice at the Denver Center (Stage Theater). The show is a family friendly fun mix of the story we know as Alice in Wonderland – turned on her head. Imagination. Light. Acrobatic. Fun. The show only plays through October 11 – so hurry up to get your tickets!

McDonalds.  McDonald’s introduced a new app for customers that delivers advanced capabilities from the convenience of your smartphone. By downloading the new app and registering, receive a national offer for a FREE large sandwich from McDonald’s, while also taking advantage of offers throughout the state of Colorado that are now offered locally beginning September 21st. Available only for the first 8 million downloads.  When you download the app must also must register to receive national offers. 

Free Days. Saturday, October 3 the Denver Art Museum offers free admission to Colorado Residents.

Pan Movie. Every legend has a beginning. You and your family are invited to the special advance screening of PAN on October 3rd. Visitwww.WBTickets.com and enter the RSVP code ‘BelovedClassic’ to download your admit-four pass.  Please note that seating is not guaranteed; please arrive early for a chance to get in!  #PanMovie opens in theaters October 9th! As with any of the movie premiers the seating is not guaranteed and we do strongly suggest you arrive no later than a half-hour prior to show time (if not more).

Broncos Specials. I like to cheer the Broncos on because I like to see my team win – but when they do there are some great deals you can take advantage of!

  • Elitch Gardens Theme Park – purchase a general admission ticket for just $18, on the day following every Broncos win through October 18.
  • Arby’s – get a regular roast beef sandwich for just $1 when the Broncos score 3 TDs
  • Conoco – grab a free coffee the morning after a Broncos win.
  • King Soopers – Free donut (or two-liter bottle of Orange Crush for just $1)
  • McDonalds – Get a Sausage Egg McMuffin or Big Mac for just $1 with key tag and win.

Kids Consignment Sale Season. It that time of year again! Mile High Mamas has published our guide to Children’s Consignment Sales this fall where you’ll get bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more. Sales this week:

  • October 1-4Just Between Friends of Denver Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,  Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (25% off sale); Sunday 9  a.m.-3 p.m. (half-price sale). $4 admission Thursday, $2 admission Friday,  free weekend admission. Plus, Parking is FREE for all shoppers. Takes place at the National Western Complex in Denver.
  • October 3, 2015  Golden Kids Clothing Swap will be from from 9AM-12PM! The community-wide event happens twice a year in Golden. This is a great outreach to the community around us as we donate left-over kids clothes and books. Bring your gently used kids clothing, fall costumes, children’s books, maternity clothes, and other baby items on Friday, October 2 from 5:00-8:00PM (or the day of the swap). See the Golden page on our website for more details and to subscribe to the mailing list for reminders on upcoming swaps: www.kids-clothes-swap.com

Avid4Adventure. Ever wanted to score a great deal like 50% off bikes or a paddleboard (or both)? Go to the Avid 4 Adventure Gear sale! This Saturday, October 3 at St. John’s Church and School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Plus, even if you can’t make the sale in person – you can shop online! https://squareup.com/market/Avid4AdventureGear

National Coffee Day: Celebrate National Coffee Day on Tuesday, September 29 with free coffee from the following: Dunkin’ Donuts (medium coffee), Krispy Kreme (small coffee and free donut), Lamar’s (small coffee), Panera (free brewed coffee with purchase) and Peet’s (free small cup with purchase of a baked or fresh food).

Worldwide Festival. The festival will celebrate the art, music, food, dance, fashion, stories, and cultures of Denver’s twelve global Sister and Friendship Cities during this day-long extravaganza. The family-friendly Festival will kick off at 10:30am with Japanese taiko drums and will feature interactive games, crafts, language, stories, and cooking stations. Attendees can learn how to make Japanese origami, get Indian henna tattoos, learn to cook French crepes, listen to Italian opera, hear Ethiopian fables, learn to count in Swahili, and more! KBNO will be broadcasting live from the Main Stage. Admission is free – all are welcome. The event takes place at the DCPA Galleria. 
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Lookingglass Alice Tumbles Into Denver Theater

The story of Alice in Wonderland has been around since 1862 with several different adaptions from stage shows to Disney blockbusters (Yes, two Disney movies). With a story that has been around that long I would think that there may not be any other way to interpret it – but I would be wrong. The amazing Lookingglass Alice at the Denver Center proves me wrong.

Right from the beginning the show uses characters, light, sound and our sense of space to send the audience off-balance realizing what you see is not all that is there. The introduction of Dodgson character is awesome. The small ensemble cast of five is nimble in showing us their many talents (from acrobatics to comedy). Turning regular theater on it’s side by allowing the audience to see where noises are coming from and characters as they emerge from the stage (or disappear into it).

The show is infused with Cirque du Soleil types of acrobatics, whimsy and nonsensical characters that we have gotten to know from the book and movies we may have seen. But the adaption of them is so humorous and fun. It talks to audiences of all different ages and involves the audience with the delightful characters. I especially loved the White Knight. (I’m fairly certain that parts of the show are improv and not at all rehearsed).

The fun of this show is really an Adventure in Wonderland for everyone. Lookingglass Alice is playing at the Denver Center’s Stage Theater through October 11. Tickets available at DenverCenter.org or by phone at 303.893.4100.

Denver Deal: McDonalds, Sonic, Driver Training, Consignments and More

I’m sort of obsessed with mail. I love getting mail. I subscribe to a bunch of magazines and get so excited when they arrive. I have even joined some of those “of the month” clubs. I thought this was just my obsession until my daughter asked me, “hey mom, when is that Try the World Box coming?” It came the very next day. This time the country was Japan. Each month they focus on a country or region and we get to taste a few goodies from that location. It is lots of fun to have an at home learning experience.

McDonalds.  McDonald’s introduced a new app for customers that delivers advanced capabilities from the convenience of your smartphone. By downloading the new app and registering, receive a National offer for a FREE large sandwich from McDonald’s, while also taking advantage of offers throughout the state of Colorado that are now offered locally beginning September 21st. Available only for the first 8 million downloads.  When you download the app must also must register to receive national offers. 

Sonic. Sonic is celebrating National Ice Cream Day (I Scream!) with cones for half off on Wednesday, September 23.

Free Day.

Elitch Gardens Broncos Special. Touchdown! Elitch Gardens Theme Park is excited for football season and is celebrating that Orange-and-Blue-Fever with the lowest-ever ticket prices. Announcing a Fan Flash Sale boasting a discount ticket worth tackling, Broncos fans will be able to score big and purchase a general admission ticket for just $18, as a shout out to #18 Peyton Manning, for one day only on the day following every Broncos win from September 13 through October 18.

Free Driving Training. On September 26 and 27, the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is coming to Denver. This free, half-day driver training program that provides teens with knowledge to make better decisions while driving. The program features a safe, hands-on driving introduction for teens in a fun, supervised environment. At the Driving Experience, we teach teens various driving maneuvers, demonstrate the effects of distracted driving and show them ways to help keep their vehicle running at peak performance. A valid learner’s permit or driver’s license is required to participate in the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. http://www.teensdrivesmarttour.com/

Kids Consignment Sale Season. It that time of year again! Mile High Mamas has published our guide to Children’s Consignment Sales this fall where you’ll get bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more. Sales this week:

  • September 24-27Just Between Friends of Douglas County. Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (half-price sale). $2 admission all days. at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock
  • September 25 and 26CLC Mops – New To You Consignment Sale. Times: TBD at 8997 South Broadway in Highlands Ranch.
  • September 25 and 26. Kids ReNew Consignment Sale. Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-noon (white tickets half-price on Saturday) at Shepherd of the Hills Christian School, 7691 S University Blvd. in Centennial
  • September 26. SuperTwins of the Rocky Mountains Sale 9 a.m.-noon. $1 admission at Wheat Ridge High School
  • September 26. Darling Doubles. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (half-price sale). $2 admission. At Adams County Fairgrounds in Brighton

Hey fourth graders: Do you want to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free? Earlier this year, the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative was announced that all fourth grade students and their families would have free admission to National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and waters for a full year starting in the 2015-2016 school year. That day has come so grab your fourth grader and be sure to sign up now at https://everykidinapark.gov/.

Free Denver Walking Tours Denver parents, kiddos, and visitors alike will be able to see and experience downtown Denver in a new way. They’ll be able to take advantage of Denver Free Walking Tours’ new two hour daily tours that leave at 10 a.m. daily, starting in Civic Center Park, then wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. No reservations needed and tours are every day – rain, snow, or shine.  There’s no up-front cost for this fun, educational opportunity for kids and parents but tipping is strongly recommended. If you’d like a tour specifically geared to your kids, Denver Walking Tours offers group tours for a nominal charge so grab your friends for a fun day of learning this summer!

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.

Try The World From Your Own Mailbox

I may have mentioned before that I am sort of addicted to receiving mail. I know it is sort of a weird obsession. For as long as I remember the mail was so exciting and intriguing (I sort of wonder why I didn’t pursue a job as a mail person). I have signed up for several magazines and monthly subscription packages.

It almost feels like I won a prize when the mail arrives and it is my box from Try The World. This is my second box from them. The first was Paris. Which I opened with my daughter – it included tea, dijon mustard, caramels, cookies and more.

This month was Japan! One place that my daughter wants to go visit. We make an ordeal out of opening our box. We carefully take out each piece, try it together. The box comes in a pretty Tiffany blue color. There is a culture guide included which not only explains a bit about the culture but also a bit about the chef that helped curate the box, some ideas on how to use the contents of the box (this time it was a tea ceremony and dinner date), there is also a link to a Spotify playlist that goes along with that event.

Try The World Japan

Try The World Japan Box

Kasugai Peach Candies Try The World

These were the Peach gummies. made by Kasugai.

Try The World Japan Box Okonomiyaki kit. It is basically an omlette like pancake. #delish

Try The World Japan Box Okonomiyaki kit. It is basically an omlette like pancake. #delish

We loved the caramels and gummy candies (no surprise) and disliked the seaweed snack. It took a bit more to make the okonomiyaki kit because we needed a few of our own ingredients (eggs, water, bacon, cabbage, green onions). But it was tasty when we did make it.

We are excited to see where we will visit next. You can save $15 on your subscription if you follow this link: http://fbuy.me/cINRi.

What foods would someone experience at your house? Do you have a specialty?

Denver Deal: Qdoba, McDonalds, Free Days and More

I have been a guest to several shows at the Denver Center for a couple years now. There are some shows that stick out in my mind such as the big-name ones like Wicked and Annie! But the ones I seem to like the best are the ones that surprise me. I really liked Peter and the Starcatcher a couple years ago, and The 12 earlier this year.  That is why I’m very excited to see LookingGlass Alice. The show is supposed to be about Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole. The description says it is funny and imaginative transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground. It is only here September 11 through October 11 and tickets are part of the Denver Center’s reduced-price ticket program.

Free Days

Free Driving Training. On September 26 and 27, the Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience is coming to Denver. This free, half-day driver training program that provides teens with knowledge to make better decisions while driving. The program features a safe, hands-on driving introduction for teens in a fun, supervised environment. At the Driving Experience, we teach teens various driving maneuvers, demonstrate the effects of distracted driving and show them ways to help keep their vehicle running at peak performance. A valid learner’s permit or driver’s license is required to participate in the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience. http://www.teensdrivesmarttour.com/

Free Women’s Vitality Event. On September 19 from noon-4 p.m., come to Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Greenwood Village for personalized health and wellness solutions. Enjoy free mini-facials and makeovers, free product samples and save up to $20 with in-store coupons! http://www.pharmaca.com/womens-health.aspx

Qdoba BOGO. Qdoba is offering a buy one get one free (entree) mid-week promotion this week, September 8 and 9th. Just mention Buddy Pass when you place and settle your order.

McDonalds Free Breakfast. Mom used to say, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and once again, mom was right. On Wednesday, September 9, McDonalds is offering FREE breakfast to kids kindergarten through 8th grade. From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. kids can get apple slices and their choice of an Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin and milk or Minute Maid orange juice.

Kids Consignment Sale Season. It that time of year again! Mile High Mamas has published our guide to Children’s Consignment Sales this fall where you’ll get bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more. The sale this week is Just Between Friends of Arvada September 9-13.

Red Robin Fundraising. Red Robin’s Burgers for Better Schools! In case you needed a reason to eat at Red Robin, here’s another. They’ve launched a national program that they’ll give 1% of your total bill back to your selected school EVERY TIME YOU DINE AT RED ROBIN! No more waiting for a special fundraiser nights that include the entire school in 2 hours- this is all day, every day and even Grandma in Ohio can help little Jimmy’s school here in Colorado.  If you are not already a Red Robin Royalty member, sign up for free and select a school to support BEFORE visiting Red Robin!  http://www.redrobin.com/betterschools

 Denver Theater. They are doubling their reduced-price ticket program to provide access to even more people and more shows — even occasional Cabaret and Broadway productions! Plus, you can now order online as well as in person and by phone. Tickets cost $10.00 EACH (with additional $1.50 service fee per ticket). Limit of 4 tickets per production. Some of the shows currently available are LookingGlass Alice (which I’m excited to take my kids to), As You Like It, Tribes, A Christmas Carol, The Nest, All The Way, Fade, Sweeney Todd, The SantaLand Diaries. Each has a specific on-sale date.

Hey fourth graders: Do you want to see America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free? Earlier this year, the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative was announced that all fourth grade students and their families would have free admission to National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and waters for a full year starting in the 2015-2016 school year. That day has come so grab your fourth grader and be sure to sign up now at https://everykidinapark.gov/.

Free Denver Walking Tours Denver parents, kiddos, and visitors alike will be able to see and experience downtown Denver in a new way. They’ll be able to take advantage of Denver Free Walking Tours’ new two hour daily tours that leave at 10 a.m. daily, starting in Civic Center Park, then wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. No reservations needed and tours are every day – rain, snow, or shine.  There’s no up-front cost for this fun, educational opportunity for kids and parents but tipping is strongly recommended. If you’d like a tour specifically geared to your kids, Denver Walking Tours offers group tours for a nominal charge so grab your friends for a fun day of learning this summer!

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult

*This post is also on MileHighMamas.com

House Inspection and Appraisal

I wrote a couple weeks ago that I’ve been awarded the HUD bid on a house. It has been ten years since I owned a home with my ex. I did little to take care of the house that we had and it sort of seemed that we were young and inexperienced then. Since then, I have had the desire to own a home. But was not really sure what all that meant. (Except a bunch of money). So, I am walking through the process once again like I am a young adult doing it for the first time.

Friday, I had the inspection of my “new” house. I loved that the inspector had such a teaching spirit. I asked a lot of questions at first then he did a good job of anticipating my questions by talking me through what he was doing and looking for. We went through the house making sure that lights turned on, that sockets had power, that there was no real damage. He checked the heater and the air conditioning (putting a monitor on each vent throughout the house). He looked at all the windows, roof, gutters, etc. We looked in the attic (It was all clear and no animals were nesting there).

Big problem. HUD will not allow us to turn on the water. The inspector did an air pressure test where the blew water through the water pipes to see if he could determine if it would keep pressure. It would not. So there is definitely a plumbing issue and the first order of business when the signatures is complete is that I will need to get a plumber in to check where there are issues.

Overall, there are some things I will need to take care of immediately. The inspector was great about telling me which projects would be something a handy man or I can handle on my own and which ones are something that I will have to call in a professional (plumbing, water heater and electricity).

The appraisal has been a bit of an issue. They are saying they can not do appraisal without the water turned on. But HUD won’t allow the water to be turned on for the very reason the inspector said – it will not hold pressure so there is likely a leak or broken pipe somewhere in the house. (The inspector believes he may have found it in the wall in the kitchen but could not confirm). So we are waiting on inspection.

I’m not certain how I did it – but I have some really great professional people on my side helping to walk me through the process of what I need and assuring me that we can get this done. Go Team Gretchen! My loan originator, Nicky Hungerford is awesome (and has won awards via 5280 among others). She is a professional and friend. My realtor Kim Kronenberger has definitely done this before and is great about walking me through what is what and helping to arrange the inspector and turning on/off electricity, gas and figuring out we can not turn on the water.

Next step, securing the loan. I have already given many items like my taxes, divorce decree etc to Nicky – but apparently need a bit more. Almost there.

Ski Deals So Great They Will Make You Squeal

Nothing makes me squeal more like a teenager than the two words Snowboarding and Deals. And I will totally go ga-ga when they are in a sentence together! That is why I love Labor Day weekend! The unofficial weekend of ski sales in the Denver area.

Vail Epic Ski Kids. Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone) are offering a free pass for Colorado Residents in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The pass allows kids to ski/snowboard four times at each of their resorts. You must go to a Colorado Ski & Golf, Ski and Sport or Boulder Sports in person with your kiddo to fill out paperwork. You also have to bring a recent photo (head shot) of your kids. The program includes a free first-timer lesson and equipment rental on that day.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport. Colorado Ski Country announced it will offer the 5th and 6th Grade Passport again this year. The program is a mail-in program. The fifth graders get three free days of skiing/snowboarding at each of  20 member resorts (Winter Park, Copper, Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Eldora, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, Snowmass, Loveland etc.). Sixth Graders is super inexpensive at just $99 for four days at each of the 20 member resorts. The program includes a free lesson and rental equipment on the day of the lesson. Bonus, this program is also supported by Chipotle and as I recall, they sent out some coupons for buy one get one free at Chipotle too!

Junior Trade. Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport) locations offer the Junior Trade Program. Basically you purchase ski or snowboard equipment. The budget friendly packages start at just $99 (again this is not season rental – it is you buying used kids sized equipment). Then if you choose to return the equipment at the end of the season (or trade up for a larger size) you get 1/2 the money back. Just to put this into perspective about how inexpensive this is a day rental usually runs just over $25. So it totally pays for itself in four times (and if you return it – it pays for itself in just two times) on the mountain. As your kids grow you can bring the equipment back and get bigger sizes to fit their growth.

SniagrabSniagrab (“bargains” spelled backwards) is the world’s largest ski and snowboard sale, offering up to 90% off original prices on previous seasons’ ski and snowboard equipment, winter apparel and accessories starting Labor Day weekend. The sale features merchandise from top brands. They will also have some fun promotions, the first 250 customers in line on Saturday, September 5 will receive Bonus Bucks ranging in value from $10–$100 to use toward their Sniagrab purchase. One customer will receive $500 in Bonus Bucks. Customers must be in line prior to 7:30am. Spend $300 or more on September 5 or September 6 will receive a Sports Authority cash card (worth $25 when purchase is $300-$399.99; $50 when purchase is $500-$699.99; $75 when purchase is $700 or more). Ten customers will win an Epic Local Pass or Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus, valued up to $579 per pass. Customers can enter to win September 5–7 only at the Sports Authority Colorado locations listed below. One customer will win a Mountain Getaway Package for Two, that includes a Winter Park Lodge Pass, 2 single-day Winter Park lift tickets, and 2 ski or snowboard rentals at Sports Authority. Customers can enter to win September 5–7 only at the Sports Authority Colorado locations listed below.

Ski Rex. Friday, September 4 through Sept 20th you can snag great deals at the front-range Colorado Ski and Golf locations. (There are great ski deals but even if you are not a skiier there are great clothing/coats too). Gound Zero (the biggest location for the sale) is the Aurora location. Plus, there will be fun for kids (little wannabe snowboarders), Burton’s Riglet Park, a learn-to-ride obstacle course for little tykes, will be set up at the Aurora location on Sunday, Sept. 6 with instructors and representatives to guide kids through their first snowboard sliding experience along an artificial snow surface with mini bumps and ramps. On Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend, Strider will offer a kid’s bike course for tiny tykes to get their first cycling experience on the pedal-less bikes that allow small children a gentle introduction to riding a bike. Discounts can be as big at 70% off! For even better deals and coupons visit:  www.skirex.com.

PowderDaze. Christy Sports hosts PowderDaze saving you up to 70% off. The sale will be at the Christy Sports in Littleton at  8601 W Cross Dr next to the Southwest Plaza Mall.Open 10am – 8pm Daily, August 28 through September 8 with all Ski gear, Board Gear and Apparel! Plus, exclusive pass/lift ticket deals available at Denver Powder Daze Only!

Lift Ticket Deals. While I mentioned the great school aged kids pass deals above, there are some great deals to score this weekend only for adult tickets too! (These are special deals or rates for Labor Day weekend only).

  • Copper Mountain. 4-packs for $159 with a 5th Day FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts)
  • Winter Park. 4-passes for $179 with a 5th Day FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts)
  • Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin). Elevation 4-pass at $139 (ages 15–69) with a Bonus Friend Ticket FREE! (Non-transferrable, no blackouts). and they sell transferrable Four Packs are $159.
  • Steamboat. A 3 Day restricted pass at $149 valid 10/26/15 – 4/10/16. Black out dates are 12/26/15 – 1/10/16. Restrictions: Limit one pass per person. Non-transferable photo pass. Quantities are limited and price subject to change. Must be present to purchase. Pass not valid for Summer 15 or 2016 gondola rides. Passes and unused days are non-refundable. Credit or Debit Cards only.
  • Crested Butte. 6 Pack (for the price of a 4 Pack) 5 Winter 15/16 Lift Tickets, plus 1 summer 2016 lift ticket, just $129! Tickets are transferable.
  • Eldora. 4-Pass is just $149 (no blackouts or restrictions, non-transferable) and Mtn Explorer Full-Day Kids Package: $69
  • Loveland. Unrestricted 4-Pak:= just $129. Includes 4 lift tickets.No restrictions and no blackouts. ($10 off online price when you purchase at one of the sales).

Maybe when you get some great deals, you will squeal too. (And then we can jump up and down squealing together). Or I’ll see you in the mountains!

Denver Deal: Free Days, Health Event, Theater and More

I am going to be a home owner! I just learned that I won the bid on a HUD home. I have to say I love the term “won bid.” It makes me giggle a little – a little like I won the lotto or something (which I also played this week since I had a pretty fantastic week). Owning a house also scares me. I am a deals blogger so I will be looking to do all kinds of updates on this house – all within a pretty tight budget. I have become obsessed with HGTV and DIY shows. I keep checking prices of updates on HomeAdvisor.com. They have this fancy cost estimator.

Free Days.

  • Denver is leading the way to encourage our kids to enjoy the arts. Now, the Clyfford Still Museum joins the Denver Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver by admitting visitors 17 and younger for FREE.  Clyfford Still was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionists who developed a new, powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II and the museum is home to about 3,125 works. Adults cost $10 but Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. are FREE.
  • Denver Children’s Museum is Free Tuesday, September 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ‘
  • Molly Brown House is Free on Tuesday, September 1
  • Denver Art Museum is Free on Saturday, September 5. Free for kids 17 and under all the time but on the first Saturday of every month, parents can come free too!
  • Denver Firefighter’s Museum offers a free day for Grandparents to bring their grandkids on Saturday, Sept 5
  • Butterfly Pavillion is offering another $5 day on Sept 9. (Admission is just $5, Kids 1 and under are free).

Denver Theater. They are doubling their reduced-price ticket program to provide access to even more people and more shows — even occasional Cabaret and Broadway productions! Plus, you can now order online as well as in person and by phone. Tickets cost $10.00 EACH (with additional $1.50 service fee per ticket). Limit of 4 tickets per production. Some of the shows currently available are LookingGlass Alice (which I’m excited to take my kids to), As You Like It, Tribes, A Christmas Carol, The Nest, All The Way, Fade, Sweeney Todd, The SantaLand Diaries. Each has a specific on-sale date.

Free Women’s Vitality Event. On September 19 from noon-4 p.m., come to Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Greenwood Village for personalized health and wellness solutions. Enjoy free mini-facials and makeovers, free product samples and save up to $20 with in-store coupons! http://www.pharmaca.com/womens-health.aspx

Kids Consignment Sale Season. Mile High Mamas has published our guide to Children’s Consignment Sales this fall where you’ll get bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more. Just Between Friends in Arvada is the next one on Sept 9.
Red Robin Fundraising. Red Robin’s Burgers for Better Schools! In case you needed a reason to eat at Red Robin, here’s another. They’ve launched a national program that they’ll give 1% of your total bill back to your selected school EVERY TIME YOU DINE AT RED ROBIN! No more waiting for a special fundraiser nights that include the entire school in 2 hours- this is all day, every day and even Grandma in Ohio can help little Jimmy’s school here in Colorado.  If you are not already a Red Robin Royalty member, sign up for free and select a school to support BEFORE visiting Red Robin!  http://www.redrobin.com/betterschools
Auto Buyers Pro Discount to Do The Denver Zoo. Auto Buyer’s Pro has a program called SupportOurStudents, which offers a special arrangement to offer Denver Zoo discounts. The discounts are good for normal daytime admission, 7 days a week.  The discounts are: $4.25 off adult admission, $3 off children’s admission and $3.50 off senior admission. To get the discount a teacher, administrator, lunchroom worker, janitorial staff person, or any other school employee send an email to Info@SupportOurStudents.org with the words “DOTHEZOO” in the subject. (But the email must be a school based email address to receive the link, special ID and password to secure these discounts for daytime admission now through the end of December 2015).
Sports Authority Healthy and Wellness Expo. The family-friendly Expo, projected to be the largest free-to-attend health event in the region, will be held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5th and Sunday, Sept. 6th. You will have the opportunity to meet — and get autographs from — Broncos players and your favorite KUSA on-air personalities, take exclusive locker room and stadium tours, and evaluate the latest products and services that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Vail Resorts announced the company is reopening registration for its popular Epic SchoolKids program on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack provides Colorado kindergarteners through fifth graders with four days of free skiing and riding at each of the best resorts in their backyard – Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. In addition to 16 free days of skiing and riding, Epic SchoolKids also get the opportunity to hone their skills at the ivy league of ski schools with a free full-day beginner lesson and equipment rental in the month of January, outside of holiday periods, as part of Learn to Ski & Ride Month.

Ongoing

Free Outdoors Movies and Concerts. Denver is chock-full of great, talented musicians that play around town for free – and what is better than a movie outdoors on a cool summer night among about 500 of your closest friends? Don’t miss our round-up of free outdoor movies and concerts this summer. Several of these are wrapping up after this weekend.

Free Denver Walking Tours Denver parents, kiddos, and visitors alike will be able to see and experience downtown Denver in a new way. They’ll be able to take advantage of Denver Free Walking Tours’ new two hour daily tours that leave at 10 a.m. daily, starting in Civic Center Park, then wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver’s distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. No reservations needed and tours are every day – rain, snow, or shine.  There’s no up-front cost for this fun, educational opportunity for kids and parents but tipping is strongly recommended. If you’d like a tour specifically geared to your kids, Denver Walking Tours offers group tours for a nominal charge so grab your friends for a fun day of learning this summer!

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Kids Eat Free Mile High Mamas has rounded up a huge listing of local restaurants where kids eat free or for a discount with a paying adult.