This last weekend I went to Dream Dinners (I went to the one in Wheat Ridge). I love the concept. You schedule some time (it takes about an hour) to make several dinners that you toss in your freezer and you have meal options for the month! I opted for six meals serving 2-3 people and am excited to see if I use them on days that I have my kids or not. There is a station for each prepared meal (you pre-order what you are making). Assembly is simple, you just follow a recipe card and put the ingredients in a giant ziplock bag. Labeled and ready! The first night we had the Seafood Cioppino (sounds fancy). The kids loved it! Can’t wait to try the other stuff. Follow me on Twitter (@GeeWhy93) to see what I think of the other meals.
Denver Zoo. Denver Zoo is offering a $5 admission, per person, discount to guests arriving between8:30 and 9:30 a.m., March 12 to April 10 during its celebration, “Spring Break: Journey to South America.” Plus meet the new species to the Zoo, the Lake Titicaca frog, a critically endangered frog the Zoo supports through conservation efforts in Peru! Admission during this early bird admission hour is $12 for adults (12-64), $7 for children (3-11), $9 for senior citizens (65+). Children 2 and under are admitted free.
Denver Art Museum. Spring Break at the Denver Art Museum means fun for the whole family. The Paint Studio, Create-n-Takes and the Backpack Cart will be open every day. Enjoy the family play Art Emergency: Cuentos del Arte on April 2. Kids 18 and under receive free general admission during Spring Break and every day at the DAM, and youth admission to Samurai is $5. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Easter Egg Hunts. We have rounded up several great Easter Egg hunts. See our list here.
World Tennis Day. Gates Tennis Center (3300 E Bayaud Avenue, Denver) will host a USTA Tennis Play Event in celebration of World Tennis Day, this Saturday, March 26 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. an annual celebration encouraging young players and families to try tennis. Let’s encourage everyone to get on the court and in the game.
Copper Mountain Kids Ski Free. Skiers and riders can lock in their snow days for next winter with a 2016/17 Copper Season Pass or Copper 4-Pack, both now on sale. Copper Mountain is excited to announce Kids Ski Free, which offers free skiing or riding for children ages 6 – 12 for the 2016/17 season with the purchase of an adult (ages 18+) season pass.
Winter Park. Families who love to ski and ride now have the option of great mountains and great savings with a free kids pass with purchase of an adult Rocky Mountain Super Pass+, Rocky Mountain Super Pass, the Winter Park Resort Pass, or Route 40 Pass for the 2016-17 winter season. All kids 12 and under are eligible for the free pass and, like their adult counterparts, the kid’s pass comes with no blackouts.
Vail Resorts is excited to provide 16 free days for kids (with no obligation of an adult season pass purchase) – they just have to sign up this spring starting March 28. Parents can take their children to a participating Front Range Colorado Ski & Golf, Colorado Ski & Sport, or Boulder Ski Deals location beginning March 28 to register their child in person.
Kids Clothes Swap. There are four swaps in the Denver area: Golden (April 2), Lakewood and Broomfield (April 9), and Evergreen (May 2). These are community-wide events where you may bring your gently-used kids clothing, maternity clothes, and other baby items on the Friday before (or bring the day of the swap and lay them out). See their website for details. www.kids-clothes-swap.com.
Redbox. Get the app and they will send you a code for a free movie! Text the word Spring to 727272.
Punchbowl Social. Spring Break doesn’t have to be only one week… Punch Bowl Social (65 Broadway) is offering free kids bowling for the entire month of March. A fun option for a spring break staycation or for hosting friends and family next month. Bring the kids, ages 15 and under, Mondays through Wednesdays, from 11am to 2 pm, for one hour of complimentary bowling, shoes included. Just be sure the kiddos are accompanied by an adult.
Salati Italian Street Food. During the month of March Salati Italian Street Food (at the shops at Northfield Stapleton), are offering a free bambino (kids) meal with the purchase of an adult entrée from11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Just mention Mom’s March deal when ordering.
Golden’s New Bike Library — Starting June 22, it will be easier than ever to rent a bike in Golden with the new Golden Bike Library, a bike share program, where you can “check-out” a bike. The Golden Bike Library is centrally located at the Golden Visitors Center at 1010 Washington Avenue. Users can check-out a variety of bikes for different ages and abilities (including, road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes, etc.), Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A key-drop box at the Visitors Center allows users to return the bikes after hours. Riders are required to sign a waiver and those under 18 must have a parent signature. A valid ID and credit card are also required for rentals .Rides under two hours are free, while daily rentals are a nominal fee. All rentals include a Golden Ticket and reusable water bottle. Check the website www.goldenbikelibrary.com for up-to-date pricing and hours.
Free Tax Help for Families. Tax Help Colorado will operate 26 free tax sites across Colorado, most of them on community college campuses. The FREE service is offered by IRS-certified college students. Front Range locations include: Aurora Central High School, Adams County Government Center, Front Range Community College in Brighton, Adams City High School, Abraham Lincoln High School, Emily Griffith Technical College, Global Leadership Academy, Manual High School, Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Thornton High School, Front Range Community College in Westminster, DeVry University in Westminster and Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan and Burlington.
Breeze Ski Rental. A daily rate of $9.99 for a basic ski rental package is available throughout Spring Break at Breeze Rentals in selected Colorado locations. The promotion offers budget-conscious families and students the best rental for their day, or days, on the slopes. The basic sport packageincludes skis, boots, and poles and is available for “walk in” customers at any Colorado Breeze location.
Winter Ski Directory. We’re thrilled to launch the Colorado Family Ski/Ride Directory that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals….all in one convenient place so you can compare and contrast.
Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!
If you’re on Twitter follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93). If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.