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Deals: Colorado Day, Parade of Homes, Back-to-School Discounts and More

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This blog has been such a blessing of fun for me over the last 5 + years. I have had the pleasure of being invited to do TV segments, see numerous shows, go to some amazing events and be privy to some amazing deals – but being asked to be a judge at the model search for the Outlets (it took place at the Outlets of Castle Rock but the models will represent Loveland and Silverthorne as well) takes the cake. It was fun to see all these hopeful boys and girls ready to start their modeling career and represent their community! Don’t forget you can get some great deals (get your discount coupon book at customer service in the Outlets of Castle Rock food court) on all your back-to-school clothes and get an additional 20 percent off in August. 

Colorado Day Discounts. On August 1, Colorado is 141 years old and “Colorado Day” has a number of promotions all week long.

  • Celebrate Colorado Day on August 7 with free entrance into all state parks.
  • Go to Dunkin’ Donuts through Sunday, Aug. 6, for a free Colorado-themed doughnut with the purchase of any size cold brew coffee. 
  • History Colorado Center and the Colorado Department of Agriculture will serve up birthday cake; booths from local businesses and nonprofits; live musical performances; blacksmith demonstrations, llamas, and a makeshift tent and cook area.  
  • The American Museum of Western Art in Denver will offer free self-guided tours all day in celebration of Colorado Day.
  • Colorado residents can get into the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver for free all day on August 1.
  • The Steuben’s Uptown and Arvada locations will be celebrating Colorado Day by offering scoops of Rocky Mountain Road ice cream (chocolate ice cream, marshmallows and trail mix) for $2 and $5 Steubie Snacks (pork shoulder bites that are deep-fried and coated in sugar).
Children’s Consignment Sales. It’s here! Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. See our guide for the fall season here.
This week’s sale: Just Between Friends of Loveland, August 3-7 at the Outlets at Loveland.
Starbucks. Meet for macchiatos. Buy one, get one free from August 3 to August 7 from 2 p.m to 5 p.m .Try the Iced Caramel Macchiato or the Iced Coconutmilk Mocha. Either one is delicious….or why choose? Have both!
Nut Job 2 (Movie): Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. You and your family are invited to a free advance screening of THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE this Saturday, 8/5 at 10am in Denver. Visit to download your complimentary passes for 4. (While supplies last. Passes do not guarantee admission as theater is overbooked. ARRIVE EARLY.) #TheNutJob2 in theaters Aug 11th
History Colorado Center. Free Kid Saturdays. General Admission to the History Colorado Center is FREE for kids 18 and under EVERY SATURDAY during the months of July and August 2017! Plus, other History Colorado Community Museums statewide will be FREE for kids 18 and under every day from Memorial Day – Labor Day.  Kids Free Saturdays at the History Colorado Center are made possible through the generous support of Joan Prusse and Bob Musgraves. 
Parade of Homes.  My Grammy used to call them “Wowee Houses” as we would drive what we thought were mansions. But now, we get to actually go in these homes -FOR FREE. Yup. I said free. The Parade of Homes, the hallmark event hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), returns this summer for its 32nd year. Your home showcase summer tradition, the Parade of Homes is your go-to local home show and design houses tour. Go where and when you want and discover two master plan communities; 66 newly designed model and custom homes by 20 area residential builders, including eight luxury “Dream Homes;” located in neighborhoods throughout the greater Denver metropolitan area. This free event is a wonderful opportunity for potential home buyers and anyone interested in home remodeling and design to get new ideas and inspiration. It all starts on August 10.
Firehouse Subs. When you do good (donate a 24-pack of bottled water – which will be donated to local first responders & community groups to distribute to those in need) you get good…a medium sub at Firehouse Subs. Be an H2O Hero on August 5.
Noodles RewardsIntroducing NoodlesREWARDS, their new loyalty program that helps you earn freebies and offers when you scan your phone. Just order your favorite Noodles dishes and you could be rewarded with free shareables, sides, drinks or even entrées. You’ll also receive offers only available to guests with the app. It’s their way of saying “thanks for being awesome.” Download it for free at the iTunes Store or Google Play.
Kiddie Academy® of Erie invites local children and their families to its official Grand Opening Event, open to the public, on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Attendees will enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, barrel train rides, a bounce house, food trucks, a coffee cart, prizes and giveaways, academy tours and more! The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Kiddie Academy of Erie, 641 Mitchell Way, Erie, CO and will be free for attendees.
Disney’s Frozen. The smash hit makes its pre-Broadway debut in Denver. Be among the first to see it! Inspired by the hit award-winning film, Frozen will feature more music, incredible stagecraft, and the epic story you love — now told as a full-length Broadway musical. Starting August 17 and tickets starting at just $30. (Hey my birthday is August 15 – so if someone wants to get me tickets…just sayin’)
Biggie!  Alpine Buick GMC has donated a GMC Yukon XL to Children’s Hospital Colorado to transport the hospital’s EMS Outreach Team to conferences and other events. Alpine will also be giving away a trip for four to Orlando/Universal Studios to community members who spot the car around town or post on social media about Biggie using #BIGGIE. It’s easy to spot – painted in Children’s Colorado’s signature blue and branded with both organizations’ logos. The car will be at Denver Broncos training camp and will be transporting ALICE 105.9’s Live@5 Artists. On Aug. 11 and 12Elitch Gardens will also host a special #Biggie Day. Admission will be $29.99 for customers that use the promo code BIGGIE when purchasing tickets online. For each ticket purchased, Elitch Gardens will donate $5 to Children’s Colorado. For more information, visit Facebook/AlpineBuickGMC
Run with Me? I’ve seen pictures of color runs. They look like great fun. You start out with a white shirt/outfit and by the time your 5K is done you are blasted with color! The Color Run is being held on August 26 at Coors Field. Get $5 off your registration and come run with me. Use code MILEHIGHMAMAS.  Plus, youth participants (5 years and under) are just $14.99.
JeffCo Fair & Festival. Just two more weeks the Jefferson County Fairgrounds will be the center of fun for the JeffCo Fair & Festival. Enjoy fun concerts all weekend, 4-H exhibits, rodeo, tons of special events and vendors. This is one you don’t want to miss! Get your tickets now. For more information visit:
Concerts and Movies. Don’t forget to check our listings of free concerts and movies all summer long.
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