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.

Bored On A Budget

I am a product of parents who didn’t always have much money and I am almost always living paycheck to paycheck (I get paid commission – so I have to manage my money). We were never at a loss for things to do. I am not certain if it is because of where we live or just how my parents are. We live in Colorado so there is always a hike to take which is free or we could go fishing – which could take all day but cost nothing more than the pole and bait or just go on a four-wheel drive costing only the gas.

So it sort of irritates me when I’m hanging out with friends and someone implies that he is bored because he is on a budget. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of things to do in Denver that cost money. And don’t think that snowboarding is cheap. (although I have figured out how to make it less expensive – I’ll tell you in another post). I’ve created a little list of things that you could do that don’t cost [much].

  1. Go on a hike. There are tons of great trails all around our city and state.
  2. Go to a free outdoor concert. Almost every corner of Denver has a free concert with great local bands through the summer.
  3. Go to a free outdoor movie. The same thing as with the concerts – there are great movies that are free around town.
  4. Go to the Denver Bronco’s Training Camp (it’s like watching a free pro football game).
  5. Go to a Factory Tour. We’ve got Celestial Seasonings, Hammond’s and Coors right here!
  6. Go to one of the Many Free Museums. Check out SCFD.org to get some ideas. Here are some of our favorites: U.S. Mint, University of Colorado Museum, Aurora History Museum, School of Mines Geology Museum and now the Denver Art Museum let’s kids under 18 go free everyday (adults are free on the 1st Saturday of every month).
  7. Attend a Free Cooking Class. Whole Foods often has free classes. My kids and I went to the Cheese-making class and made our own mozzarella. It was delicious, fun and Free!
  8. Go to the Library. Yes, libraries are still relevant (in fact I love love love mine). There are lectures, classes, movies, story-time and more. Plus the plethora of books, movies, cd’s and more on loan.

So don’t say you’re bored because you are on a budget. All that means is you need to find something to do!