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Deals: Free ice cream, discounted camp, star gazing and more

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While several people I know spent time with their moms this last weekend, my mom took the different route (she always does things a little differently). She said “enjoy being with your kids – let’s just plan to lunch later this week. Make it a week of Mother’s Day and you won’t feel pressure to hang out with me.” I love hanging out with my mom (so no pressure) but I will say it was nice to simply be pampered by my kids. They went on a hike with me and made me a spaghetti dinner!
HaagenDazs Free Scoop Day. Tuesday, May 10 stop by a Haagen Dazs store between 4 p.m and 8 p.m. to get a free kiddie scoop – cup or cone enjoy the rich velvety yum of ice cream.
Talk to the Camera’s engaging summer camps are offering 10% off (a $24 savings) if you register by June 1st.  They encourage students to embrace their own camera personalitiesboost self-confidence and become more effective communicators as they create their own news broadcast, talk show or mini-movie. Courses are being offered all over the Denver Metro Area through Evergreen Parks and Recreation, Highlands Ranch Community Association, Rise Dance Studio in Golden, Marbles Kids Talent Agency in Greenwood Village and Elite Dance Academy in Broomfield and Boulder.
Summer of Stroller Strides. Looking to get your body back for summer? Sign up today and save! Enjoy a full Summer of unlimited Stroller Strides group fitness classes with Fit4Mom Denver Foothills!! Get four months of unlimited Stroller Strides group fitness classes for $175. If attending classes twice per week on average that is less than $6 per class! (Restrictions apply). Try a whole week for free when you enter code “KP2”:
Invivva at Cherry Creek This weekend Invivva will have Grand Opening Festivities and special classes (Yoga with Moms, Goal setting, photo booth, dance performances and more) at their newest location in Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Ivivva celebrates girls by designing beautiful, technical athletic wear (in sizes 6-14) and experiences that connect them through movement. From running and yoga to dance and goal-setting, ivivva stores offer a variety of complimentary athletic classes and Dreams & Goals programs that inspire girls to dream big.
Three Dollar Thursdays at the Apex Center in Arvada. The $3 daily admission is valid Thursdays, April 7-May 19 for the public. Also good for Public Ice Skating, includes skate rental (no other drop-in ice programs apply). 13150 W. 72nd Ave., Arvada,
Star Gazing. The Denver Astronomical Society regularly hosts an Open House on the Saturday nearest the first quarter moon at the University of Denver’s historic Chamberlin Observatory. On Saturday, May 14 starting at 8 p.m, you can view the heavens through the observatory’s famous 20-inch telescope for $2 per person ($5 per family). Plus, Society members set up their telescopes on the observatory grounds (Observatory Park) to share for FREE with anyone and everyone interested in taking a look at stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and more. 
Denver Mattress Firm Stores Host Clothing Drive for Foster Kids.  Monday, May 2 – Sunday, June 26, 2016, all 54 Mattress Firm stores in the Denver area will host a clothing drive, the first of Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ donation drives to benefit local foster youth and families. Mattress Firm will accept clothing and monetary contributions, which will be donated to Advocates for Children, Denver CASA, CASA of Adams and Broomfield Counties, CASA of Jefferson & Gilpin Counties, Kids Crossing and Voices for Children at the end of the eight-week drive.
Free Fitness Classes. Civic Center MOVES is a free fitness series for all fitness levels produced by the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy and sponsored by Connect for Health Colorado. The 2016 season will run from April 25 through October 6.  Classes meet in various areas of Civic Center Park; look for the Civic Center MOVES flag for the class location.  To keep up with any schedule/location adjustments, please follow Civic Center MOVES on Facebook:
Kids Eat Free. Now through May 31, kids eat free at all MAD Greens restaurants. During the promotion, kids are welcome to enjoy any item off of their Kids’ Menu, but we especially hope they’ll enjoy our recently-introduced Awesome Box and Super Box. Designed to please even the pickiest young eaters, each box meal features a choice of fresh ingredients such as Grilled Citrus Chicken, pasta, edamame, carrot sticks, apples, ranch dip and a kids’ drink. 
Women’s Adventure Camp & Mini Camp.  Grab your girlfriends or sisters! On August 19th – August 21st, women ages 18 and older are invited to attend this unique camp to hone their adventure skills and play in the beautiful Rocky Mountains at Camp Chief Ouray. Camp activities include archery, mountain biking, sunrise hikes, back country skills courses, canoeing, climbing wall, high ropes course, riflery, swimming and zip lining. Evening adventures will include campfires and s’mores (of course!) plus campfire cooking with overnight camping. Cost is $250 ($230 for YMCA Members) and guests who sign up with 3 friends will all receive $15 off their registration. Two nights lodging and meals from Friday night through Sunday lunch are all included.
Most sessions this summer are full or kids are already on a wait list. However, there is still some space at Camp Chief Ouray mini-camp, August 14-16 for kids ages 7-10, with a fun cartoon theme. Mini Camp is a 3-day, 2-night experience designed to introduce beginner campers to overnight camp and allow parents to adjust to their camper being away. Mini-camp includes fun and exciting activies, arts and crafts, hiking, canoeing, beginner horseback riding, group games, evening programs. Campers learn independence while making lasting friendships.
Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world. Interactive exhibits take visitors on a tour of the flora and fauna of the foothills ecosystem. Kids enjoy a hands-on play room and observation room. At each turn, visitors discover earth-friendly elements of the building’s sustainable design, including floors made from recycled train boxcars. Go here to take a look at the  FREE programs in May and beyond.
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