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Deals: Madama Butterfly, Free Days, Consignment Sale and More

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What is a good house guest? I had a friend whose plans changed at the last minute. She came to Colorado with her kids. I didn’t learn of them coming until just 4 hours before they arrived (they were driving and they had already been on the road for approx. 12 hours when they texted me they were coming). They stayed at my house (in the snow storm), ate my food, used my TP etc. But this friend NEVER offered to pay anything – including making sure that she told the waitress the ONE night we went out (to Beau Jo’s on the way back from Tubing in Vail where I got her a discount of 50% off!) that the checks were separate. She knows I’m on a budget, she knows I’m a deals blogger (not just because of a lifestyle – but really because I HAVE TO) so am I wrong in thinking that maybe she should have bought at the very least my pizza?
 
Beautiful Junk Sale at Jefferson County Fairgrounds. If you love deals, then 10,500 square feet of bargain-priced items is perfect for you. This semi-annual sale includes jewelry, collectibles, vintage odds and ends, holiday decor and a vast array of household items — all to benefit the Jeffco Action Center.  Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The sale is open Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for adults is $4. If you bring two or more non-perishable food donations, you can get $1 off. 
 
PJ Library. Sign up today for the FREE gift of PJ Library (JEWISH Bedtime Stories and Songs)!  Jewish families with children ages 6 months to 8 years are eligible to enroll and will receive one book or CD per family per month. Click here or visit  http://www.jewishcolorado.org/pjlibrary/ to learn more and to enroll your family.  PJ Library is a gift from many generous philanthropists and JEWISHcolorado in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. 
 
Madama Butterfly. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see THE MET OPERA: LIVE IN HD 2016 Series on the big screen! Fathom Events presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY with the *live showing* on Saturday, April 2 and *encore showing* on Wednesday,April 6 at select Denver area theatres! Enter by emailing FathomEventsDenver@gmail.com with your name and mailing address with “MADAMA BUTTERFLY” in the subject line by Thursday, March 31 at 5:00 PM. Visit fathomevents.com/event/met1516-madama-butterfly-live for participating theatres and ticket information. #MetHD10Good luck! Tickets are good for one admission at the pre-specified theater chain on 04/02/16 or 04/06/16 and guarantees you a seat at the theater until ten minutes before show time. Passes need to be exchanged at the box office. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. Late and/or duplicate entries will not be considered. Limit one entry per household. Winners will be drawn at random and notified via email with how to claim their prize by 04/01/2016 at 12:00 PM. No purchase necessary.
 
Denver Zoo. Denver Zoo is offering a $5 admission, per person, discount to guests arriving between 8:30 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.
 
Fazoli’s, the nation’s largest fast-casual Italian chain unveiled a line of several new menu items as part of a company-wide brand revamp campaign. Don’t worry, the classic Fazoli’s dishes are still available (including unlimited, free breadsticks), but their new menu items include four new Primo Submarinos, as well as three new signature pastas—including a ricotta, parmesan and Romano cheese-stuffed tortellini dish. To kick-off spring, they’ve also rolled out four new delicious salads made with 100% fresh ingredients.
 
FREE DAYS:
·         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. Denver Art Museum is FREE on Saturday, April 2.
·         Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys. Celebrating another community day on Sunday, April 3 the museum has a suggested donation of just $1.
·         Denver Botanic Gardens. While the stinky corpse plant is no longer in bloom there is a lot of other great things to see at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Admission is FREE on Sunday, April 3.
·         Chatfield Farms. Chatfield Farms is open and free on Tuesday, April 5
 
Consignment Shops. There are a lot of consignment shops this spring. Score some great deals on new-to-you clothes for you and the kids! See our full round up here.
·         April 1-2. New to You. Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-noon ( half price sale)
$2 admission. At  Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 S Broadway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
·         April 2. MOPS Annual Consignment Sale 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Admission is $3. At Grace Hill Community Church, 3900 Grace Boulevard, Highlands Ranch
·         April 3-7. Rhea Lana-Southeast Denver. Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Monday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (half-price sale). At Cottonwood Square Shopping Center, 17888 Cottonwood Dr, Parker CO
 

·         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.

 Arvada Kite Festival. Enjoy high flyin’ fun at the Stenger Sports Complex (58th and Quail St) Sunday, April 3, 2016; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (No rain out date). Enjoy the great spring weather, kites, free family fun, music, booths, activities and food.

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. 
 
Winter Ski Directory. The Colorado Family Ski/Ride Directory 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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