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Denver Deal: Free Days, Broncos Fans, and Panda Express

I have a friend who’s son won’t eat anything but chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. In my house, my kids had to eat what I made. No requesting something else. But what I’ve done is created these amazing little foodies. Which is why it was so exciting when I took my kid to Street Kitchen Asian Bistro last week. It is located just East of I-25 on Dry Creek.

They tried all kinds of food that they would not have (we actually just told the waiter to bring us whatever were their specials) otherwise. They tried crab rangoons,Okonomiyaki (which appeared as though it was moving – on purpose!) Spicy tuna roll (sushi), stuffed-roasted pork belly, the most amazing full-meal-deal fried rice, and topped off by green tea ice cream, a yummy drink dessert with tapioca in it and a flourless chocolate cake. Stuffed and happy – we can’t wait to go back! Adventurous, fun, delicious!

Panda Express

Try the new Honey Sesame Chicken Breast for FREE on Wednesday, October 2 at Panda Express. Show the coupon on your phone or print out a copy – for a free single serving of the entree (no rice included). No purchase necessary.

Redbox

I don’t often stay at home on a Friday night, but when I do I love to get a movie and settle in. Redbox is offering a FREE movie through Oct 23 when you use code: MCPC413S. I would appreciate if you could share with me what movies you are watching!

Sister Act

Sister Act sings its way into the Denver Center this week for a limited engagement (through October 6) Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and cops hide her in a convent. The show is fun and family friendly. Save up to $20 per ticket using the code: HABIT.

Body Barre

Body Barre (36 W. Springer Drive, Highlands Ranch) is celebrating their Grand Opening with Drinks at the Barre. Exercise with dance-inspired fitness and Pole Fitness and the first ever BarreX. Thursday, October 3 from 6 -8 p.m. Dress comfortably.

Broncos Fans

I have always been a Broncos fan – but it is so much easier when there are bonus perks after a game. A few Broncos perks include: Free donut at King Soopers the day after a Broncos win, BOGO burger at Red Robin the Tuesday after a game if there are 2 or more sacks, a dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme for just $2.80 if the Broncos score more than 28 points (Tuesday following a win), and Papa Murphy’s (day of game) large pizza just $10 with up to 5 toppings, Big Mac or Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s day after a game with a Broncos key tag. Wear your Broncos jersey (or T-Shirt) to Elitch’s to get a Manning sized ($18) discount to the park – open weekends through Oct. 27.

FREE days

Fall Consignments We have found all the fall consignment sales in one handy spot. Visit often! Sales this week include:

  • Friday& Saturday Oct 4th & 5th  from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Kids’ Discovery Days Preschool located at Arvada United Methodist Church. 6750 Carr St. ( 68th and Carr St.). Tons of clothes (Newborn  – Size 8), toys, books, and baby equipment! Our items sell for $1.00 unless marked differently! Saturday from 12:00 – 2:00 is half price sale! Plus, a bake sale too!

  • Consignment Stores. We have focused on specific consignment sales. However, there are several great consignment stores that are open year-round with great deals.
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Community Feel-Good:
Zengo, located at Riverfront Park, is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating $1 from the featured drink, Pink Ribbon Aqua Fresca, which will be offered through Oct. 31 for just $4. Made with watermelon, this is a traditional Mexican non-alcoholic drink that is refreshing and filled with antioxidants.

Visit Panera Bread and purchase Pink Ribbon Bagel.  Twenty-five cents from each PRB sale will be donated to Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance to support Breast Cancer Patients in our community. Don’t forget to also purchase a Pink Ribbon Bagel Coffee Tumbler for $10 (net proceeds will also be donated to RMCA).  Not only will you have a great looking tumbler, but you will also receive FREE BREWED COFFEE thru Oct. 31st! Coffee tumbler quantities are limited!

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It’s that time of year again – now is the time to get all your ski deals! If you plan on skiing/snowboarding this year look at all the great deals that we have rounded up already. http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2013/08/27/denver-deal-labor-day-starts-ski-sales/

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What is your parenting style: Cheerleader or Coach?

In our younger, leaner years, my husband Secret Agent Man was an athlete. I was a dancer. So how did we end up with uncoordinated kids?

My twin boys can’t run. You know the kids that shuffle up and down the soccer field with their feet never fully coming off the ground? They would be mine.

Mini Me, my daughter, loves to dance. She has been in a local cheerleading program for three years. She always ends up getting “The Spirit Award” as opposed to something like “Best Jumps.”

Mini Me, like her mother, is high energy. Her coach is very encouraging and says that being energetic is what cheerleading is all about. But, unlike me, a former “All-American Pom-pom Girl” and former college ballroom dance champion, she forgoes technique in favor of an Elaine Benes-type dance style.

Whenever I have tried to “coach” my kids, I am met with

Fees pile up for parents in Colorado public schools

Gone are the days when parents could send their children to public school with a few classroom supplies and some lunch money.

Strapped school district budgets, caused by dwindling state and federal dollars, are forcing parents to dig deeper into their pockets as more school systems in Colorado and across the country turn to student fees to maintain services and programs.

Want to play sports? That could cost up to $130 at Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

Taking an advanced-placement class? You could pay up to $189 in fees at Jefferson County Public Schools.

Need to ride the bus to school? An annual transportation pass in the Douglas County School District is $150.

The fees pile up quickly for READ ON

Events: Ringling Bros, Pumpkin Harvest Festival, Cider Days and More!

Four Mile History Park’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival. On Oct. 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., don’t miss this FREE county fair area where you can rummage through their costume bank and take an ‘old-timey’ photo in front of the Four Mile House, enter a pie eating contest or win something yummy in an old-fashioned cake walk.  Find the perfect pumpkin in the patch, create your very own scarecrow, listen and dance to old time music, play historic games or make a historic craft. There will be plenty of food available including homemade caramel apples and other goodies. Be sure to visit the mountain men and Native American encampment, take a horse-drawn ride and tour Four Mile House, Denver’s oldest standing structure, as the Booth family prepares for the harvest.  Admission is free but there is a charge for pumpkins and some activities. http://www.fourmilepark.org

Lakewood’s Fall Festival Cider Days. Lakewood’s signature family event Oct. 5 and 6 celebrates Lakewood’s agricultural heritage in the picture perfect setting of Belmar Park.  Cheer at the tractor pull, take a mule-drawn wagon ride, press your apples into cider, make the most of being a kid on the barrel train, climbing wall and inflatable amusements, explore the various buildings that make up the 20th Century Museum, enjoy the great entertainment and check out the exhibits and craft demonstrations.  Don’t forget to reap the bounty of the fall harvest by saving room for some tasty treats! Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 at Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St. (Wadsworth Boulevard and Ohio Avenue).  Admission is $7 adults, $4 children ages 3 to 12.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children Of All Ages® construct The Greatest Show On Earth®. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new circus spectacular Built To Amaze! coming to the Denver Coliseum (October 3-6) and the Pepsi Center (October 9-13).

Preschool Nature Nuts: Seeds on the Move. Thursday, October 3. 10:15 or 11:15 AM Lookout Mountain Nature Center. A seed has everything it needs to travel and become a new plant. Look at seeds up close and discover how they move from one place to another and what they need to sprout to life. 3-5 year-olds with an adult.

Front Range Field Trip: A Journey Through Time. Saturday, October 5. 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Matthews/Winters Park. Have you ever wondered what Colorado looked like millions of years ago? Come on a whirlwind field trip of the Golden area where we will explore the stories the rocks tell of our state’s geologic past, including sand dunes, smelly bogs, great seaways and volcanic eruptions. Ages 13-adult.

Preschool Nature Nuts: Seeds on the Move. Saturday, October 5. 10:15 or 11:15 AM Lookout Mountain Nature Center. A seed has everything it needs to travel and become a new plant. Look at seeds up close and discover how they move from one place to another and what they need to sprout to life. 3-5 year-olds with an adult.

Stargazers 101. Saturday, October 5. 7:00 – 8:30 PM Pine Valley Ranch Park. Beginning stargazers are invited to join astronomy team members for an introduction to the night sky. Learn about stars, planets, night sky navigation and more. Weather permitting, view through historic and modern telescopes. Ages 10-adult.

Fabulous Fall Colors. Sunday, October 6. 9:00 – 11:00 AM Meyer Ranch Park. Walk with a Native Plant Master and discover the importance of our native plants to wildlife and humans as we all get ready for the seasonal change.
Ages 13-adult.

Theater-Hikes’ “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Watching dramatic scenes between bursts of hiking may seem like a uniquely Colorado idea, but the Theater-Hikes model was actually imported from Chicago in 2009. This season’s production, which features professional actors, costumes and props, is an adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Cherokee Ranch & Castle in Sedalia and Denver Botanic Gardens’ grounds in Denver and at Chatfield. The shows run Sept. 21 to Oct. 27 at various times and days, so call 720-663-9491 or check co.theatre-hikes.org for details. $15-$30.

Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Starting Sept. 13, the Gardens’ annual eight-acre corn maze is one of the most attended in the country and features a new design every year. A classic labyrinth of winding pathways is designed to mimic the Colorado state flag. Admission also includes access to the spider web, a mini-maze for children 12 and under and much more. Sept. 13 to Oct. 27: Fridays, 4-9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. $12; $10 Adult Member, Senior, Military; $8 Child ages 3-12; $6 Child Member; Free for children 2 and younger. http://www.botanicgardens.org/our-gardens/chatfield

Arvada Scarecrow Festival. On Saturday, October 12, Olde Town Arvada will be transformed with scarecrows of all shapes and sizes. This free event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and include activities for all ages and interests. Wander through Olde Town and cast your vote for your favorite Scarecrow while visiting over 40 community booths. There will be a giant pumpkin weigh-off, pumpkin seed contest, pumpkin pie eating, potato sack, three-legged races, kid’s fun zone and more. www.arvadafestivals.com
Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s MythBusters. The Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, which opens at the Denver Museum of Science & Nature on Friday, October 11.  The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages by combining popular scientific facts with innovative, family-friendly displays. On the TV show MythBusters, co-hosts Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara take scientific investigation to exciting new levels by proving or exploding myths using their highly experimental approach and extensive backgrounds in special effects. Tickets for the general public go on sale Thursday, October 3, at www.dmns.org/mythbusters. General visitors pay $22 adult, $16 junior/student (ages 3–18 or with a student ID), and $18 senior (age 65+). Ticket includes admission to both the exhibition and the Museum. Timed tickets will be required and advance reservations are strongly encouraged; the Museum anticipates that popular times will sell out.

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Nature Programs

Also, don’t miss these events from Jeffco parks. LMNC programs are FREE and registration is required unless otherwise noted. Register online or by calling 720-497-7600. Looking for a program for your class, scout troop, or other group? Visit their website or call to learn about group programs.

Junior Naturalists: Changing Seasons

Saturday, October 12
1:00 – 2:30 PM Reynolds Park
With winter around the corner, come and learn how plants and animals all get ready for the long snowy months ahead.
Kids ages 6-10 w/ adult.

Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold!
Sunday, October 13
1:00 – 3:00 PM Clear Creek Canyon Park – Meeting location TBD
That four word headline in a Kansas newspaper helped start one of America’s craziest gold rushes. Learn why the discovery of less than two pounds of gold helped create the State of Colorado and the city of Denver. Attendees will also gold pan. Finders keepers.
Ages 10-adult.

Toddler Nature Nuts: Seeds on the Move
Thursday, October 17
10:15 or 11:15 AM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
A seed has everything it needs to travel and become a new plant. Look at seeds up close and discover how they move from one place to another and what they need to sprout to life.
2 year-olds with an adult.

Halloween Tales and Trails
Saturday, October 19
1:00 – 4:00 & 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Lookout Mountain Nature Center

This all-ages, family-friendly, non-scary Halloween festival will feature guided hikes, crafts, games, storytellers, special exhibits, and live animals from Nature’s Educators. Registration is required for guided hikes, but drop-in participation is welcome for all other activities. Visit our website or call 720-497-7600 for registration and information.

 Fall Stories
Sunday, October 20
2:00 PM Lair o’ the Bear Park
Take a short walk to discover what is interesting in the pine woods on that day, then come inside for a story about nature and place.
Ages 6-adult.

Trail Marker Trees: Lecture and Meet the Author
Thursday, October 24
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Lookout Mountain Nature Center
Before street signs and road maps, Native American travelers needed a navigational system to help them find their way. They created unique “road signs” by shaping young saplings into specific designs, now called Trail Marker Trees. These trees were part of an extensive navigational system in our country long before European settlers arrived. Author and artist Dennis Downes has spent nearly thirty years researching these historical landmarks by locating, documenting, photographing, sketching, and doing what he can to help protect these endangered trail marker trees. Come join us for an exciting evening of learning more about these fascinating trees, how they were shaped, their significance, and where you can find them today. (Find out more about Dennis Downes’ book, Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths Through The Wilderness at trailmarkertree.com. Copies of his book will be available at the time of the presentation. Cash or check only please.)
Ages 10-adult.

The Skull Tells It All!
Sunday, October 27
1:30 PM Lookout Mountain Nature Center
It’s the time of skeletons and ghosts! Come for a short hike and examine a multitude of animal skulls. See how these skulls help us discover how these animals are uniquely developed to survive in nature.
All ages.

Bats: Strange and Wonderful
Sunday, October 27
4:00 PM Lair o’ the Bear Park
Did you know that a bat’s funky face helps it survive, or that a bat can eat up to 1,000 insects an hour? Stop by to explore the strange and wonderful world of bats.
All ages.

Autumn Sky Tour
Friday, November 1
7:00 PM Pine Valley Ranch Open Space Park
View through historic & modern telescopes while astronomy team members discuss the spectacular objects to be found in Autumn skies.
Ages 10 – adult.

Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club Field Trip: Sketching Landscapes
Saturday, November 2
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mt. Falcon Park West
Want to deepen your love of the natural world, notice nature’s tiniest details and spend time surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors? Then start keeping a sketchbook nature journal! Join us for a free journaling field trip in a different Open Space park each month and make this activity a habit. A short demonstration on a drawing or painting topic will be followed by ample time to write and draw. Previous attendance at one of our basic nature journaling classes (which are offered several times a year) is helpful but not necessary. Please bring your own sketchbook, a pencil and any other art supplies you would like to use. We will also have some art materials to share. Also, bring a bowl, spoon and portable potluck item for a shared trailside lunch. Instruction will be geared for adults, but children are welcome to attend with an adult.

 

40th Anniversary Exhibit   
March 19 to November 17 (Hiwan Homestead Museum)
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jefferson County Historical Society and Jefferson County Open Space, which was voted into existence in 1972 and began receiving funds in 1973. Displays will center on important points in history, interesting facts about the development of Open Space and a variety of memorabilia.
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Ongoing Fun for the Whole Family

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park May – October

The nation’s ONLY downtown theme and water park will stay open weekends through the end of October. Elitch’s Fright Fest is family by day, fright by night!  Celebrate Halloween in Denver with two ALL-NEW haunted houses, live shows, and kids’ treats at Elitch Gardens. And don’t miss the SEANCE, a haunted experience with chillingly unexpected results. Elitch Gardens Fright Fest will be open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, October 5th – 27th, 2013 . With more than 45 thrilling rides, musical stages, stunt shows, arcades and the StarToon Studios (a kiddie area with pint-sized fun), there’s something at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park for just about everyone. elitchgardens.com

Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture
Through January 12, 2014, Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates the achievements and vision of Colorado sculptors in this astonishing outdoor group exhibition. Twelve artists view the garden spaces differently, altering the landscape with amazing 3-D work.
More Info: www.botanicgardens.org

– See more at: http://www.milehighmamas.com/blog/2013/09/22/events-giant-pumpkin-festival-hike-seek-and-more/#sthash.uk41b8Ay.dpuf

DIY for all ages: NoCo Mini Maker Faire gets kids into science Oct. 5

Think of the NoCo Mini Maker Faire on Oct. 5 as a combination of robotics, creative problem-solving, DIY projects and a nerdy version of the Pinewood Derby.

“It’s all of those things wrapped into one,” says organizer Elizabeth Weiland.

She decided to organize the event as a way to meet others with similar interests in science, engineering and problem-solving.

Such fairs have become popular across the U.S. As Weiland made the rounds of potential exhibitors and participants for her own, the response astonished her.

Mama Drama: Transitioning From the Family Bed

Dear Mama Drama:

My husband and I have been practicing the family bed with our son who is now eighteen months olds. We all sleep in the same bed, with him either in the middle or on the outside of me with a portable bed-rail next to him. He also sleeps in our bed during his naps. As he is getting bigger we think he is ready to begin sleeping in his own bed in his room.

We want to make this a smooth transition that maintains the trusting relationship we have built with him. Do you have any recommendations on how to proceed?

 ~Trusted mama

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The school cafeteria’s hurry up and eat policy–advice for quick, healthy lunches

Most parents tell me that their elementary school child has 20 to 25 minutes to enter the school cafeteria, search for her lunchbox buried in a portable tub, find a place to sit, open all the containers, eat (oh, right, eat), then clean and pack up before the bell rings. In an effort to ensure that their kids eat anything at all, well-meaning parents pack lunchboxes filled to the brim with typically, 7 to 8 different options!

Picture this: Your little first grader searches for spot in a sea of tables, newly found lunchbox in hand. She squeezes in between her best friends, climbing up onto the metal bench, feet dangling, with her little elbows resting on the much too high table top, just below her chin. Most school cafeterias provide the same size seating for the entire school, whether the kids are 3 feet tall or towering 5th graders, about to move on to middle school. Ever try to eat a meal on a narrow bench, your feet dangling and no back-rest?

It’s not easy. By the time your child gets the plastic bags opened, the juice box straw unwrapped and poked hard enough into the box that it squirts her in the face, all while holding up her other hand to signal the teacher “Can you please open this lid?” well, another 5 minutes have passed by. Meanwhile, she’s excited to get out to recess, now just 15 minutes away.

As a feeding therapist, I visit lots of school cafeterias and have learned that parents and teachers have one priority: Getting kids to eat a nutritious lunch. In contrast, kids have this priority: Talking to their friends. How then, does a parent pack a lunch, especially for a picky eater or perhaps a child with special needs, that still allows their child some much needed “down time” to chat with friends yet fill their bellies quickly and nutritiously? Here are 3 strategies to do just that:

Make Ahead Meals – Burrito Bonanza (Breakfast, Chicken and Beef Burritos) – Freezer Meal Ideas

Since I am addicted to Pinterest, and nap time usually ends up with me searching and pinning for two hours instead of doing my chores has led me to find freezer meals!  During my searches, I have found that moms just like me are looking for quick ways to make dinner without a lot of work or clean up.  Throughout the multiple pins I have come across, I have been disappointed in the preparation of the dishes.  Many of the pins have combined raw meats with veggies to be pulled out and cooked at a later date, which sadly a lot of people do not know that this is a possible food contamination hazard. Yikes, right…?  I didn’t like this, but I loved the idea of being able to pull something out of the freezer and cook it any my convenience.

We love Mexican food, and when the craving hits we usually end up at a little taco stand spending way too much money, and eating way too much food.  So, my alternative was to make Mexican at home.  I watch way too much reality cooking TV, and after watching an episode of Kitchen Nightmares, I found out that you can actually freeze burritos, and enchiladas, and just pull them out of the freezer when the craving strikes.  Combining this will the millions of Pinterest pins I have found, I decided to go for it and make my own restaurant favorites.

A marathon-training Denver mom’s body-image breakthrough

While I was recently plugging along on an 18-mile training run, I played a lot of mind games with myself to help push me through.  I’ve done this a lot since I started running six or seven years ago, and it’s one of my favorite things to talk about with other runners.  In part, because I like to gather new ideas for future runs but also because sometimes it makes me laugh:

-“If you make it to that tree, you can walk a bit”, “If you make it to that lamppost, you can walk a bit” etc….

-While doing loops, I threaten the road I’m headed towards: “Alright Broadway, I’m coming for you” or if there is a particularly difficult hill: “You think you’re better than me?”

Deals: Free National Parks, Free Museums and More!

I was recently invited to see Defending the Caveman at the Denver Center (Garner Galleria Theater). The one man show was funny and a great date night idea! The hilarious show points out the differences between men and women. I used to think that show tickets were too expensive for me to go – but really the tickets are totally affordable (starting at just $25 each) – and there are several places you can get discounted tickets as well (including GoldStar.com).

Sister Act

Sister Act sings its way into the Denver Center this week for a limited engagement (through October 6) Sister Act tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and cops hide her in a convent. The show is fun and family friendly. Save up to $20 per ticket using the code: HABIT.

Body Barre

Body Barre has opened their second location in Denver. This one is in Highlands Ranch. They say it is a dance-inspired fitness studio that specializes in sculpting the body with fat burning and strength training in a high-energy group setting. (I may have to try this!).  KidsTown Drop-in Child Care Center (537 W. Highlands Ranch Pkwy. #110) is offering discounted child care (up to 2 hours) for clients of the body barre.

Fall Consignments We have found all the fall consignment sales in one handy spot. Visit often! Sales this week include:

  • September 26-29. Just 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 the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock
  • Consignment Stores. We have focused on specific consignment sales. However, there are several great consignment stores that are open year-round with great deals.

Culture comped

On Sept. 28, open your mind — not your wallet — during Smithsonian Museum Day. The event offers free admission to more than 25 Colorado museums including the Denver Firefighters Museum, Forney Museum of Transportation, Kirkland Museum, History Colorado Center, Molly Brown House and Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys. Each ticket is good for free entry for two people. To get the deal, fill out an online ticket request form. Limit one pass per household. If you’re planning to go as a group, consider registering for additional admit-two tickets with friends and family. smithsonianmag.com/museumday

Cinema celebration

As part of a nationwide celebration, through Sept. 26, Harkins Northfield 18 (8300 E. Northfield Blvd. in Denver) offers free daily screenings of the films “42” and “The Croods.” Tickets to either movie are available in person at the box office on the day of showing, while supplies last. Limit of two tickets per person per show. As a bonus, patrons receive a free drink upgrade to the next largest size, as well as free refills on same-day drink purchases. Check the website for show times. harkinstheatres.com/celebrate80

Flippin’ free

Butter up your friends and family with this promo from Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. On National Pancake Day, Sept. 26, the eatery is sharing a short stack of its made-with-real-eggs-and-buttermilk pancakes for free. The freebie flapjacks are available all day. To turn this sweet deal into a sweet deed, after dining you can make a donation to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses through Give Kids The World. However, it’s not required. There are four Perkins locations in the metro area — Denver, Golden and two in Westminster. perkinsrestaurants.com/specials/pancake-day-2013

Laura & Bryan at MileHighOnTheCheap.com

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Free days this week

Sept. 28: Free admission to all National Parks as part of National Public Lands Day, nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

You have to see it to be-weave it

The Navajo Weaving Show takes over the Red Rocks Room at the Sheraton Denver West from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28-29. This is an inventory clearance with reduced prices on hundreds of pieces dating from 1930 to current contemporary pieces created by Navajo and Hopi artists. Jewelry is also available. Special guest Ben Leroux of Southwestern Textile Restoration will be in attendance. Proceeds benefit the Navajo Literacy Project. 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, 303-570-2515, sonachi.com

Are you shelf-absorbed?

The Container Store continues its annual Shelving Sale offering 25 percent discounts through Oct. 20. The store is also introducing new products such as Copenhagen Modular Towers, Connections Shelving, Farrington Laptop Desks and more. Craft Room Demonstrations begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday each weekend and include a giveaway of a $20 Store More Card. Locations in Park Meadows, Cherry Creek and FlatIron Crossing. containerstore.com