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Denver Deals: Free Bowling, Giraffe Encounter, Fourth of July

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner, there are many fabulous festivals and freebies! Be sure to check-out our guide to celebrating the holiday weekend that includes the Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park, the Cherry Creek Art Festival, the Liberty Run and Firecracker Kids Fun Run, the Park Hill 4th of July Parade, Arvada’s Independence Day Celebration, Colorado Symphony’s Family-friendly Fourth of July, Fireworks at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, Colorado Rapids and Fireworks, Denver Outlaws and Fireworks and more.

Free bowling. School is Out so bring the kids In! At Punch Bowl Social, kids ages 15 and under bowl free for 1 hour Mondays – Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  First come first serve, including shoes. All children must be accompanied by an adult.   65 Broadway Street, Denver.

Feed the Giraffes at the Denver Zoo! Giraffe Encounter, Made Possible By Toyota, now allows guests to bond with the Zoo’s reticulated giraffes from within their exhibit throughout the day. During three feeding hours, guests can purchase lettuce to feed to resident giraffes Dikembe, Kipele, Masika and Heshimu. Staff members and volunteers will also be present to facilitate educational interpretation of giraffes and their behavior. This opportunity will be available daily, weather permitting. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily throughout the summer with three windows for feeding: 10-11 a.m., 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. The next free days are not until November 2, 13, and 19, 2015.

Free Day. On Friday, July 5, Four Mile Historic Park will have a free day.

Michaels’ Passport to Imagination. If you have crafty kids, be sure to take them to Michaels on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays where they can get their craft on from 10 a.m.-noon. Cost is just $5 (or $12 for three sessions) and you must pre-register here. You’ll have time at the end of session to doodle, play and create with the products from that week’s sponsor.

AMC Movie Pass. Are you a big movie fan? Check out the AMC Movie Pass (two weeks FREE). See any movies for a single monthly fee. There are no black-out dates.  


Free, healthy summer meals for Colorado kids and teens. Summer should be a fun and enriching time for all Colorado children, but for many it represents a time when they are at the greatest risk of hunger due to lost access to school meals. Thanks to a statewide collaboration to address child hunger, 533 community sites across Colorado will provide meals to children up to 18 years old at no cost this summer.  Colorado families can find nearby summer food sites by using an interactive map at or calling the statewide, bilingual Hunger Free Hotline toll-free at (855) 855-4626.

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.

Harkins Summer Movie Fun. Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids is back again this year. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family. All adults must be accompanied by children.  Tickets are on sale now at participating locations. Movies this summer include: Boxtrolls, The Lorax, Rio 2, Dolphin Tale 2, Curious George, Nut Job, Puss in Boots, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and Penguins of Madagascar.

Cinemark Movie Clubhouse. There’s nothing quite like spending a hot day in a cool movie theater.Cinemark has a 10-week film fest of its own: $5 for 10 movies when purchased in advance at  If you delay and purchase at the theater, movies are still just $1. Most locations start on Wednesday, June 2 with screenings starting at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and/or Wednesday. The film line-up includes The Croods, The LEGO Movie, Dolphin Tale 2, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Penguins of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chip Wrecked, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and The Nut Job

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids can earn a free book of their won from Barnes & Noble (one of my favorite stores) in three easy steps. Step 1: Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF). Step 2: Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. (Find a Store). then Step 3: choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store… Enjoy reading!

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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Author: gretchen

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