Denver Area Easter Egg Hunts

Eons ago (yeah, I’m that old) my sister and I saw this card that said, “Happy Easter. Happy Spring. Happy Happy Everything!” We joked about it and remembered it. But I have to say – now even years later I still really believe that that statement could not be more true! My family likes to be outside finally in the spring weather. Usually one of the best ways to enjoy that is EASTER EGG Hunts! We have rounded up a bunch for you (most of which are FREE). Nearly every park from North to South will have some sort of hunt.

Friday, March 25

  • Outlets at Castle Rock Easter Bunny Breakfast, Enjoy pancakes with the Easter Bunny in the food court at the Outlets at Castle Rock (5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. FREE
  • Evergreen Park & Recreation District Easter Egg Hunt, Ever hunted eggs in a pool? Come the to the Buchanan Pool (32003 Ellingwood Tr., Evergreen) 5:30 p.m.  Collect eggs in the pool and exchange them for candy and prizes. Start times are slightly different by age – ages 1 to 3 start at 5:30 p.m. (parent must be in the pool with the kids), 4 to 6 start at 5:45 p.m.(parents in the pool is  optional) and ages 7+ start at 6 p.m

Saturday, March 26

  • Mile High Flea Market Easter Egg Hunt, The bunny has been busy hiding eggs all over the Mile High Flea Market (7007 East 88th Ave, Denver)  Registration starts at 9 a.m. The hunt begins at 10:45 a.m. Lots of candy and prizes. Kids 12 and under are FREE and can participate in the hunt. While you’re there get a FREE photos with the Easter Bunny. Admission $3/adults, kids under 12 FREE. Admission gives you access to acres of shopping, foods and rides.
  • Arvada Area Easter Eggstravaganza,come enjoy over 3,000 eggs and photos with the Easter Bunny! Free. Candelas  – hunt at Maverick Mesa Park (9371 McIntyre Street).
  • Hyland Hills Easter Egg Hunt,Caroll Butts Park, (W 94th Ave & Perry Street, Westminster). Ages 8 and under. Bring your basket. Hunt starts at 10 a.m.
  • Sheridan Recreation Center (3325 W Oxford Ave) Event starts at 1:30 p.m. (actual start times vary by age). After the egg hunt participate in crafts and fun. No registration necessary.
  • Family Sports Egg Scramble. Ready, set, go! The field inside theFamily Sports Dome will be covered with colorful eggs for kids to collect. Each age group will have a chance to search the course first start time is 8:30 a.m. After the hunt play on inflatables and fitness van activities.
  • Children’s Museum of Denver. Jump, hop and bounce from one station to the next at the spring extravaganza! Bunny Trail is filled with all kinds of blossoming fun, springtime art projects, tasty treats and visits with the bunny, Truffles. Festivities begin at 10 a.m.
  • CHUN Community Easter Egg Hunt. 1 p.m. at the Tears-McFarlane House (1290 Williams Street). Hunt eggs, win prizes, and play games.
  • Hippity Hop Easter Trot 5K/10K, Egg Hunt and FREE Kids Cottontail Fun Run9 a.m. Some kids may choose to take a real run…instead of running for eggs…the Cottontail Fun Run may be the best bet. And it’s FREE just make sure to register them beforehand so they can get an official race bib.
  • Prospect Rec & Park District Easter Egg Hunt10 a.m (they recommend you get there early). Tons of eggs and the Easter Bunny will make his appearance at Maple Grove Park (14600 West 32nd. Ave., Golden).
  • Golden Family Easter, enjoy hunting eggs with the whole family in Golden! The hunt starts at  10 a.m. (Get there early). Brightly-colored eggs galore! Parfet Park (10th St. and Washington Ave).
  • Platt Park10 a.m. Find a golden egg and get a prize. Pastries & coffee, too. 1501 S. Logan St., Denver.
  • Highlands Ranch Community Easter Egg Hunt, Northridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch will start the egg hunt for kids to 11 year old at 10 a.m. (Get there early). You can also meet the Easter Bunny. The event is outside – rain, snow or shine.
  • Jared’s Nursery Gift & Garden Egg Hunt, THOUSANDS of eggs will be available at Jared’s (10500 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton) starting at 10 a.m.  Start times vary by age.
  • Legacy Chapel Egg Hunt. Legacy Chapel will take over Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch for a fun egg hunt, lunch, games and more. Register by 11 a.m.
  • North Metro Church Egg Hunt,  Egg hunt is for toddlers through 5th grade kids. Come to the auditorium so that your kid can hunt with their age group. The hunt will take place between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. There will also be a special interactive presentation from Hoops of Hope. (12505 Colorado Blvd., Thornton).
  • Wilmore Outdoor Living Center Egg Hunt,  Children 10 and younger can hunt for eggs starting at 11 a.m.  filled with candy. Come early so kids can line up by age group (711 E. County Line Rd., Littleton)
  • Broomfield Eggstravaganza! 11:30 a.m. March with the Easter Bunny in front of the Bay to John Shaw Field at Broomfield Community Park. After the march, children age 8 and under participate in the Egg Scramble which starts at noon sharp! Children will be divided by age group. (In case of bad weather the hunt is held at Broomfield Community Center). Second Ave. & Main St., Broomfield, 303-464-5501.
  • The Gardens On Havana Hippity-Hoppity Easter Egg Hunt, Kids can collect one egg at each of 20+ participating merchants from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eggs contain candy, prizes, coupons and even cash! Participating merchants will have a brightly-colored flyer on their front door. Southeast corner of Mississippi & Havana, Aurora.
  • Ridgeline Community Church’s Annual Eggstravaganza,  There will be a giant egg hunt, crafts, games, and an interactive story. Festivities will be 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (555 Heritage Ave, Castle Rock).
  • Glendale Easter Eggstravganza, Egg hunt at Infinity Park Sports Field (4599 E Tennessee Ave, Glendale) starts at 2 p.m. There will be three special prize eggs! Take pictures with the Easter Bunny.

OUT OF TOWN/IN THE MOUNTAINS

  • World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt (65,000 eggs!) at Copper Mountain, on Sunday, March 27 starting at 8:30 a.m. There are different hunts for kids of all ages, and the first 400 kids to recycle their eggs will receive a prize! In addition the hunt there are other fun activities and events.
  • Beach ‘N Egg Hunt at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area,  Fun for kids that ski and those that don’t! Meet at the bottom of Molly Hogan, at 10:30 a.m. where the Easter Bunny will be hiding a Golden Egg. Two Golden Egg Prizes include a Child’s 2016-2017 Season Pass or a ½ day lesson!!!
  • Golden Bunny Classic Candy Hunt and Fun Race at Winter Park. Winter Park has a fun Egg Hunt planned! The hunt starts at 11 a.m. and the Golden Bunny Ski Race registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Skiers ages 10 and under with a valid lift ticket can hunt for Easter candy on the slopes. Non-skiers under 5 can hunt at the base of the mountain. Kids ages 1-10 print, color and bring your coloring pages to be entered to win prizes.

 

Denver Deal: January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

I grew up in Steamboat. And yes, we had skiing as our gym class in elementary school. After I had my kiddos I had not gone skiing in a long time mostly due to cost and I wasn’t sure if my kids would love it. Then when my son got his free pass in 5th Grade (back then there was not the Vail Epic School Kids offering it to Kindergartners) – he challenged me to learn snowboarding. The first time was not pretty (I could not figure out how to stop the stupid thing and was toted to the bottom of the ski area strapped to a sled provided by the lovely mountain staff). After that, I did get a lesson (on a cheap deal in January since it is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month) and the rest is sort of family history. I love snowboarding. I can’t wait to go every year! It is great fun with the family and yes, you can even get DEALS to do it. If you’ve never been….start now!

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. We will continue to update you as we learn about great deals for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month but here are a few to get you started.

  • Arapahoe Basin – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s Super Sunday lessons are morning, half-day only (2.5 hours) and include a lift ticket. Adults (ages 15+) are $80 and children (ages 3-14) are $100. Equipment rentals are not included but guests can find alpine ski and snowboard rentals on-site at the Arapahoe Basin rental shop. Super Sunday lessons are available January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 as well as Friday, January 8 as Arapahoe Basin participates in the World’s Largest Lesson. For more information, visitwww.arapahoebasin.com.
  • Aspen/Snowmass + Limelight Hotel – New this year at the Limelight Hotel, the property introduces the Beginner Incentive Package that will make any newbie to the sport a skier for life. Offered in conjunction with the Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Schools, the package includes three full days of adult beginner lessons and four nights at the Limelight Hotel. Daily lunch is included in the experience, and the property’s local guides will escort skiers and riders to the slopes each day. Ski or Snowboard boot rentals, skis, snowboards and helmets are included. Guests also have the option to rent goggles, gloves, jackets and outerwear upon arrival from local retail partners.The package is valid during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month from Jan. 2-17, 2016. Pricing for this all-inclusive package starts at $1,778 per person. Book now by visitingwww.limelighthotel.com or calling (844) 854-3387.
  • Copper Mountain – Copper announces Ski and Ride School University: No More Excuses for Winter Sport Never-Evers. Inspired by National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Ski and Ride School U offers newbies aged 18 and older a hassle-free and affordable option to catch the winter bug. For $199 the package includes:Three ski or snowboard lessons, Lift tickets, Equipment rentals, Close-in parking, Lunch on the 2nd and 3rd day. Plus, upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper will award participants a free season pass so guests can progress further on the slopes for the remainder of the winter. Quantities are limited and the package must be purchased in person at Copper Mountain. For more information, please visitwww.CopperColorado.com.
  • Eldora – Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) is offering the Mountain Explorer Children’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package for $129. The day package includes an all mountain lift ticket, all day rental, and all day lesson, with snacks and lunch. Reservations are recommended; visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.children.html for more information. For adults, EMR is offering the EASY 1-2-3 for $129. The day package includes one day of lower mountain lift access, all day equipment rental and 3.5 hour lesson (2 hours AM and 1.5 hours PM). Visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.daily.html for more information.
  • Loveland – All children (ages 4-14) regardless of ability who pre-purchase or complete 3 full day lesson packages receive a free, unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children’s full day lesson packages include lesson, lift access, rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch.  Full day lessons are from 10am through 3:30pm daily. Phone reservations are available or guests can register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Participants who pre-purchase can enjoy the season pass all winter long. Pre-purchase price is $336 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass); $360 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass & early drop off)
  • Monarch – Kids ages 7 and up who have never been skiing or riding before, get the package including an all-day lift ticket, a ski or snowboard rental, a helmet rental, and a 4-hour group lesson for just $139. Plus, take the lesson package between the dates specified you will receive a free lift ticket for your next visit this season! Book the lesson on their website, skimonarch.com. (http://www.skimonarch.com/learn-to-ski-month/
  • Crested Butte – During the month of January, first time skiers and riders, ages 15 and older can sign up for a first time beginner adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski + Ride School fro $79. This package includes full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket (valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson) and 1/ off a single-day equipment rental package. (Expires 1/31/2016).
  • Steamboat – Guests at Steamboat can build confidence while they learn in a safe, controlled, terrain-based environment with instructors that guide them every step of the way. Steamboat’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package opens the slopes with two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 from Jan. 4-31. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults and children ages 1st Grade and older. For more information, visitwww.steamboat.com or call 800.299.5017.
  • Sunlight – Skier Appreciation Day at Sunlight (January 8) offers $20 lift tickets to all skiers and snowboarders with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the United Way of Garfield County. In addition, on January 10 Sunlight will host Student/Teacher Appreciation Day, with $20 lift tickets for students and free lift tickets for teachers.
  • If you got the Vail Epic School Kids, use your free lesson and equipment rental this month. Call to your favorite resort (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, or Keystone) to make your reservation.
  • Winter Park – Winter Park Ski + Ride School’s multi-week Fish Programs can accommodate children from age 3 to 14. With the 7 week Piranhas Program, 5 week Barracudas Program, or the 3 week Minnows Program, kids will have a blast while making new friends, and developing new skills on the slopes. Groups are broken down by age and ability level, from beginner to expert. Programs include instruction from the same coach each week, GPS tracking, and lunch. Programs for the month of January begin at $259 and may be reserved here:http://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/kids-multiweek-lessons.aspx
  • Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a variety of ski and snowboard packages to help introduce never-evers to the sport. During the month of January, Wolf Creek is offering a four-week Camp Robbers clinic for kids. For $231 ($264 for non-Season Pass holders) lift ticket, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunch, and snacks are all included each week. Children will be grouped with the same children and instructor each week for the clinic. Not only will the kids improve on their skills, but also this class design will encourage socialization and friendship over the four-week span. Mountain safety, fun races, and a terrain garden are all featured in this program. For more information, visithttp://www.wolfcreekski.com.
  • Estes Park, COJan 16, 2016 – Part of a two-day celebration of winter with many other events happening with clinics and igloo building.  This is a snowshoe only event. (It’s not just ski and snowboard month!)

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.

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Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!

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!