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Deals: Memorial Day Discounts, CPK, Outlets at Castle Rock

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Once of the best things about my blogging is that I get invited to try several different things – one of our favorite places is California Pizza Kitchen. From the time when my kids were little and they got to try pizzas to their now fairly developed pallets – we tried their new spring menu and loved them all. We tried three salads and the Lemongrass Chicken. I wanted to love the Banh Mi Power Bowl because we had so loved the quinoa arugula in the fall. The Banh Mi has quinoa in it too and it was just 520 calories. But my son loved the Santa Fe Power Bowl which was a fancied up Mexican salad. I liked it a lot. But the clear winner for us was the California Fields Salad: Fresh watermelon, strawberries and field greens with Champagne vinaigrette, Feta and pistachios. We also tried Lemongrass Chicken which was tangy ginger chicken. It was good – but this time the salads won! That was until we had the Strawberry Shortcake which was all the yum you’d expect from strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream with lemon zest. And for the adult (my kids aren’t old enough for this) I fell in love with the Watermelon Mint Martini. We are already planning our return trip.
 
Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend is Denver’s kick-off to summer with some awesome events, most of which are free, including Denver Day of Rock, Memorial Day Veteran’s Day Tribute, Boulder Creek Festival, the Denver Art Festival, and Water World’s season opening. See our event calendar for additional ideas. 
 
Cars3. Do you have Mater and Lightening McQueen fans in your house? Disney’s third installment of the Cars franchise rolls into town with a fun interactive road tour. Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” Road to the Races, a nationwide tour invites fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release, is coming to Denver for two days only! Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling in to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at Aspen Grove to set up shop Memorial Day Weekend- Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. The free and open to the public event includes a variety of activities for a really fun, family-friendly interactive experience throughout the day. Fans will be able to catch a sneak peek of the movie in the Cinetransformer Mobile Movie Theater and visitors will also be able to take photos with the life-size character cars. Plus, a host of sponsors on-site will provide a load of different stations including a street art booth, tire changing activities, digital postcards for photo sharing, an interactive Mattel play area and so much more.
 
NBC Fan Fest. Head to Civic Center Park May 23 & 24 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the FREE NBC FanFest. The event will include filming American Ninja Warrior. Take on the 120’ Warrior course and Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge obstacles, see what being facing the panels of The Voice and America’s Got Talent. This is your chance to really experience your fave NBC Shows. The event also includes giveaways, food trucks, and fun!
 
The 14K Club. This brand new collection of exclusive deals at 18 top attractions in the Pikes Peak region is a must if you plan on spending any time at all in the Pikes Peak region this summer.  Here’s a sampling of what you’ll get: A special “fast line” for the outdoor attractions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park; $7 off rafting trips with Echo Canyon River Expeditions; 50% off any melodrama at the Iron Springs Chateau; Buy one kids admission and get one free at the Space Foundation Discovery Zone...And tons more! The pass is just $7 for adults and $5 for kids. http://www.pikes-peak.com/14k-club/
 
Outlets at Castle Rock.  Outlets at Castle Rock will be hosting a variety of events and activities to recognize and appreciate the men and women who serve bravely here at home and around the world. Running May 1 – May 31, active duty and retired military can present a valid ID at Customer Service to receive a welcome bag filled with small gifts and a list of special Military discounts, plus a free beverage at Food Court. You can contribute to care packages that will be sent to our troops currently serving overseas. Items will be accepted at Customer Service during normal center hours. Messages of support can also be filled out and included in the care packages. A full list of donation items can be found at Customer Service or online here. On Saturday, May 27, Boy Scout Troup 780 will be on-site packing the boxes of donated items. Starting at 3PM, the Troup will perform a Color Presentation in center court followed by a patriotic concert by the 101st Army Winds Band. This event is free and open to the community. 
 
Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is part of the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free general admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including the National Guard Reserve, and up to five members of their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. The program provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new community after a military move. Active duty military personnel and their families may take advantage of this program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from May 29 to Sept. 4.
 
Keystone Science School.  Last chance to get 10% off tuition on all camp sessions (Keystone Mountain Adventures, Keystone Voyagers, Discovery Camp, Stellar Day Camp, Nova Day Camp, Specialty Day Camp, CAP programs). Code to enter in the Coupon box at checkout is: MILEHIGHMAMA10. Coupon is good until Friday, June 2, 2017. 
 
ParkiFi. Do you avoid going downtown because you are not sure you will find parking? I know I do. There is a nifty app called ParkiFi. Just put your destination in the app and they will let you know where there is parking nearby. When do you get to the parking spot – you can pay using the app too (no more standing in line at the kiosk that takes forever to even read your credit card),  readers can try it first when you enter MILEHIGHMAMAS when they sign up and your account will be credited with $10 in free parking credits.
 
$10 DCPAccess tickets to DragOn. DragOn is about a fledging drag queen. A team of comic-themed foes. IT is a mash up of drag and comic con! Thanks to SCFD there are few deeply discounted tickets for several shows. No promo codes needed. If a discounted ticket is available it will show up on the ticketing site. DragOn tickets are on sale Tuesday, May 23 at 12 p.m. The show is recommended for kids 13+ (for language). Available performances: Thu, June 1 at 7:30pm; Fri, June 2 at 7:30pm; Sat, June 3 at 7:30pm; Thu, June 8 at 7:30pm; Fri, June 9 at 7:30pm
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