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Awesome Deals for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in Colorado

So you live in Colorado – and you don’t ski yet? Don’t worry! January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. The month is meant to get you out there – humans weren’t meant to hibernate. This year as a special celebration, Friday January 11 is Learn to Ski and Snowboard DAY! The goal of the day is to have an industry record for most beginner lessons in one day.  
Arapahoe Basin. Kids ages 6 to 14 can get a discounted morning class and full day lift ticket for just $100 on select January days. For the adults there is the A-Basin Adult Beginner Lesson Package including half day lesson, full day lift ticket, equipment rental all just $125. (There is also an unlimited Adult Beginner Lesson Package for $250).
Aspen/Snowmass. First Day (one day) package includes lessons and special beginner equipment rental for just $244 with advance purchase. But some say it takes three days to really get the hang of it – so they offer a three day program for $599.
Beaver Creek. If you took advantage of the Epic School Kids program (offering free passes to K-5th graders). This is the month to take advantage of the free first timer’s lesson (which also includes equipment rental).
Breckenridge. If you took advantage of the Epic School Kids program (offering free passes to K-5th graders). This is the month to take advantage of the free first timer’s lesson (which also includes equipment rental). Not all skiing is downhill! The Breckenridge Nordic Center has a bring a friend offer when you confirm reservations in advance you enjoy lunch for 2 after your ski lesson or guided snowshoe adventure.
Copper Mountain. First time adult skier and snowboarders can get a full day group lesson at half day rate of just $138.57 (includes surcharge, lift ticket and lesson but not rental equipment). Adult firs timer PM half-day lesson is just $69.28 (again no rental included). Valid through January except blackout dates of 12th, 19th, and 26th.
Crested Butte. During the month of January, first time skiers and riders ages 15 and older can sign up for a First Time Beginner Adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski and Ride School. This package will include a full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket, and 50 percent off a single-day equipment rental package. This offer will be available to first time skiers and riders only, and advanced reservations are required.
Eldora. Eldora offers kids the Mountain Explorers Built by Woodward LEsarn to Ski and Snowbaord package for just $169 on non-peak days. Includes lift ticket, rental and lessons with snacks and lunch. Adults can take advantage of the Discover 1-2-3 Lessons for just $169 on non-peak days.  
Granby Ranch. Receive a season pass after completing two beginner lessons. Packages are $199 which includes one full day lesson, one half-day lesson, rentals and lift tickets.
Keystone. If you took advantage of the Epic School Kids program (offering free passes to K-5th graders). This is the month to take advantage of the free first timer’s lesson (which also includes equipment rental).
Loveland. Loveland has one of the best offers out there. Get the 3-Class pass. When you complete three lessons you get a FREE season pass after the third lesson. This offer is good for both adults and kids! 4 & 5 year old 3-Class Passes are $429 and include three full-day lessons with early drop off, lift ticket, equipment rental and lunch. 6-14 year old 3-Class Passes are $399 and include three full-day lessons with lift ticket, equipment rental and lunch. Adult(15+) 3-Class Passes are $412 each and include one full-day Newcomer lesson package and two half-day Master The Mountain lesson packages. Lesson packages include lift ticket and equipment rental.
Monarch. Just for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, kids age 7 to 12 can get the $73 package that includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and three our lesson (with snack)!
Powderhorn. Guest who have never skied or snowboarded can get three days of lessons, rental and beginner area lift tickets for just $169. Skiers have to be 5 or older and snowboarders 7 or older. Or if you have skied before but still want lessons take advantage of Powderhorn’s Fast Track Program offers three days of lessons, three days of rentals, and three all mountain lift tickets for $290 for skiers five and older or snowboarders seven and older. Upon completion of this program, guests will receive a Graduate Card for 20 percent off any additional lessons, rentals, and lift tickets for the remainder of the season.
Purgatory. Purgatory Resort offers a special Learn to Ski and Snowboard package starting at $74 that includes two days of lift tickets, rental gear, and full-day beginner lessons. On the third day, participants receive a free lift ticket, 50 percent off rental gear and 50 percent off a half-day lesson. Participants also receive a 50 percent off discount card on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for the remainder of the season, plus save 20 percent on a season pass for the 2018/19 season. Purgatory keeps skiing fun and affordable for families by offering all kids who are in fourth grade and younger a free season pass. No adult season pass purchase required. For more information, visit
Steamboat. Aww, I love Steamboat (it’s where I learned). There is a special two day never ever (for anyone first grade and older).  Package includes two full day instruction, gear rental and lift tickets. Package is just $290!
Sunlight. Sunlight’s Learn to Shine program is three days of 2 hour lessons, equipment rental and lift tickets. PLUS, you get a free 5-day ski pass one you’ve done’ all the lessons for just $395. (You can take lessons any time you want – days in a row or weeks apart). Or try the Slop & Soak 4-ppakc  which is 4 full day lift tickets and 4 passes to your choice of Hot Springs for just $279. Also if you happen to know a firefighter – they get free skiing & snowboarding  on Wednesdays all season long!
Telluride. In January, Get 25 % off if you have never Ever skied or snowboarded. Package includes lesson, lift ticket and rentals.
Vail. If you took advantage of the Epic School Kids program (offering free passes to K-5th graders). This is the month to take advantage of the free first timer’s lesson (which also includes equipment rental). Adults can take advantage of Vail’s three consecutive days Never-Ever lessons for just $458. Includes lift and lesson (not equipment).
Winter Park. Winter Park will offer the Headway Easy Start Lesson, an adult first-timer ski lesson using Head’s revolutionary program to help participants learn to ski. Lessons will be limited to first-time skiers 14 years and older only and will include a full day lesson, lunch, ski rental equipment and lift ticket starting at $269. May a stay-cation out of it with Winter Park offer of a special vacation package that includes $200 in resort credit. Any family that stays in WPR properties for at least four nights gets a $200 resort credit good for everything but lift access, including food and beverage, lessons, retail and more. 
Wolf Creek. We love the Guarantee Learn to Ski or Board initiative. Get an extra hour one on one instruction if after your first lesson you don’t feel confident.
Participate in #FirstDayFaces. This social media campaign highlights newcomers’ first day learning – from a professional instructor. You can win a $250 gift certificate from GetSkiTickets, a $250 gift certificate from Liftopia or a $250 gift voucher from or Simply post a photo of yourself or friends on your favorite social media platform on your first day learning how to ski or snowboard WITH the hash tag #firstdayfaces.

Denver Free Days 2019

Did you make a resolution to see more of Denver’s great cultural facilities? Did you also make a resolution to keep your budget? We have six whole months of free entrance days to the great museums and events!  (We also recommend that you reconfirm that they are, indeed, free before you pack up the family).
Fri, January 4 – Museo de las Americas, (from 5  to 9 p.m.) & Clyfford Still Museum from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 5 – Denver Art Museum (General Admission free every day for 18 and younger).
Tuesday, January 8 – Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Thursday, January 10 – Denver Zoo
Friday, January 11 – Four Mile Historic Park 
Saturday, January 12 – Longmont Museum
Friday and Saturday, January 18 & 19  – Denver Zoo
Monday, Jan 21 – Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
Friday, February 1 – Museo de las Americas.
Saturday, February 2 – Denver Art Museum
Sunday and Monday, February 3 & 4  – Denver Zoo
Friday, February 8 – Four Mile Historic Park 
Saturday, February 9 – – Longmont Museum 
Monday, February 11 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Monday, February 18 – Denver Botanic Gardens at York St
Friday, March 1 – Museo de las Americas 
Saturday, March 2 – Denver Art Museum
Friday, March 8 – Four Mile Historic Park 
Saturday, March 9 – – Longmont Museum 
Friday, March 22 – Denver Botanic Gardens at York St
Wednesday, April 3 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Night at the Museum)
Friday, April 5 – Museo de las Americas 
Saturday, April 6 – Denver Art Museum
Friday, April 12 – Four Mile Historic Park 
Saturday, April 13 – Longmont Museum 
Sunday, April 14 – Denver Botanic Gardens at York St
Saturday, April 20 – Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
Friday, May 5  – Museo de las Americas 
Saturday, May 6 – Denver Art Museum
Thursday and Friday, May 10 & 11 – Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street (Plant Sale)
Friday, May 10 – Four Mile Historic Park 
Saturday, May 11 –  Longmont Museum
Saturday, June 1 – Denver Art Museum
Tuesday, June 4 – Denver Botanic Gardens both at York Street and Chatfield and Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (4-8 p.m.)
Friday, June 7 – Museo de las Americas & Clyfford Still Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.)
Saturday, June 8 –Longmont Museum
Friday, June 14 – Four Mile Historic Park


Plus, there are several venues that are free every day of the year (some listed here are in Colorado Springs):
United States Mint (you need to make a reservation for this one)
Penrose Heritage Museum (Colorado Springs)

25 Unique Lodging Spots That Take the Colorado Adventure Indoors

 From the Rockies Playground to the Pioneering Plains, it’s no secret Colorado boasts an array of outdoor activities. What may surprise Colorado travelers is the diverse range of lodging options across the Centennial State; from solar-powered huts and hip hostels to cabin living and overnight accommodations in a jail, train station or castle. shared these unique properties that ensure adventure doesn’t end at the door but begins the moment you check in.

Huts, Yurts and Teepees:

(Arapahoe Valley Ranch)

Arapaho Valley Ranch, Granby – This 200-acre family-owned ranch offers guests a range of lodging options from “glamping tents” outfitted with southwestern flair to 20-foot teepees equipped with queen-sized beds. The property sits at the base of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and is a short distance from jagged windswept peaks, alpine tundra and a small glacier. 

Collective Vail, Wolcott – Overlooking Vail Valley and surrounded by 1,000 acres of working ranchland, Collective Vail gives you a taste of gorgeous Colorado countryside within easy driving distance of a modern resort town. The award-winning tent accommodations offer en-suite bathrooms and plush king-sized beds. Guests can explore the surrounding trails by horseback or sip the best varietals the area has to offer.
Platte River Fort, Greeley – Located along the South Platte River with hiking and cycling trails on the property, this fort can accommodate up to 37 guests in its variety of luxury suites, courtyard bedrooms and rustic bunkrooms and makes for a picturesque event setting. Adventurous visitors can also stay the night in their comfortable yurts set along the river or in an upscale covered wagon. 
Tennessee Pass Sleep Yurts, Leadville – Sleep under a blanket of Colorado stars in a cozy off-grid yurt. Located just nine miles from the historic mining town of Leadville, guests hike or ski to their accommodations. The yurts come furnished with handcrafted log beds and a soapstone wood stove. Guests can also dine at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse or order in-yurt catering.
Thelma Hut, San Juan County – Powered by solar energy, this brand new backcountry hut is nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Perfect for those who seek an off-grid experience but still want the luxuries of everyday life, Thelma Hut offers a hut host who cooks breakfast, afternoon soup and dinner. The hut comfortably sleeps eight and accommodates skiers and hikers alike, being just steps from world-class trails and accessible to pristine backcountry skiing.
Weston Pass Hut, Twin Lakes – Located just a short drive from the Front Range, this backcountry hut faces an open valley with stunning views of Mount Holy Cross and the surrounding mountains. The 1,600-square-foot hut sleeps 20 people and was built from locally sourced materials.
Cabin Living:
Gunnison River Farms, Austin – Situated along two arching bends on the Gunnison River in the Mountain & Mesas region of Colorado, this property offers an array of lodging options; from historic, yet renovated, cabins to a pseudo-tent that’s cantilevered over the river. The farm is known for local adventures like whitewater rafting and trophy trout fishing and is a romantic location perfect for a weekend getaway.

(Monument Lake Resort)

Monument Lake Resort, Weston – Comprised of a 22-room hotel, 13 cabins and multiple RV and tent campsites, this lakeside resort offers a lodging style for every traveler. The adobe-style cabins are cozy and quiet while the hotel offers visitors a warm fireplace and a patio to decompress after a day exploring the 368-acre property.
Royal Gorge Cabins, Cañon City – Close enough to the action but not too far from the beaten path, the Royal Gorge Cabins offer first-class amenities along with sweeping mountain views. The modern cabins provide a perfect balance of modern-day luxuries and off-grid tranquility.
Willow Lodge Cabin, Walden – This family-owned log cabin brings modern simplicity to everyday mountain life. Located near the base of Bull Mountain, the property has direct access to a snowmobile trail, as well as a private two-track ski trail, and sits at the entrance to the State Forest State Park. Sitting on 30 acres, there is no shortage of space to explore. The cabin can accommodate up to 20 guests and features a wood-burning fireplace.
Windsock Acres, Creede – Windsock Acres offers three distinctive cabins for guests to book, each with unique architecture and interior themes. With immediate access to historic downtown Creede, guests are encouraged to experience the renowned Creede Repertory Theater and explore the various galleries and restaurants at the base of sheer cliffs surrounding town.

(Willow Lodge)

Yellow Pine Ranch, Cuchara – Yellow Pine Ranch has served guests since 1927. At 8,500 feet, the ranch offers rustic, western hospitality nestled in the picturesque Cuchara Valley. The ranch offers a variety of activities including horseback riding, fishing, barbeques, marshmallow roasts, hiking and more and is within walking distance of the Village of Cuchara.
Motels and Hostels:
Amigo Motor Lodge, Salida – This renovated motel from the 1950s came into being after an unlikely first date conversation, where a couple mutually expressed interest in owning and remodeling a roadside motel. Years later, the pair accomplished what they set out to do from the beginning. This boutique motel perfectly merges its existing architecture with southwestern textiles and minimalist design to form a unique ambiance that is indeed Instagram-worthy. Visitors also find plenty of scenic trails and challenging hikes right in Amigo’s backyard.
The Bivvi, Breckenridge – Ever heard of a hostel that boasts a hot tub ensuite? Now you have. Revolutionizing the Breckenridge lodging scene, this hostel overlooks the Ten Mile Mountain Range and is a budget-friendly option for travelers looking to enjoy the ski season. Guests can expect free parking, complimentary breakfast and free-flowing conversation.
The Bunkhouse, Minturn – The Bunkhouse boutique hostel is a unique lodging experience for mountain enthusiasts who value affordability and community. The Bunkhouse offers a warm, comfortable, clean, and hip atmosphere for travelers and is an affordable lodging option for backpackers, skiers and other travelers exploring Colorado. 
ColoRADo Adventure Hostel, Colorado Springs – Opened in fall 2018, this 55-bed hostel is the first, and most “rad” hostel in Colorado Springs. Serving the explorers and adventurers coming to the Pikes Peak Region, this hostel offers a mix of shared accommodation and private rooms, social common areas, a 420-friendly area, daily events and ski trips.
Hostel Fish, Denver – One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets, this hostel is conveniently located in downtown Denver and boasts views of both Coors Field and the Rocky Mountains. With a luxe, modern interior and a craft cocktail lounge, this unique space evokes the feeling of a hotel rather than a hostel.
Solarium Hostel, Fort Collins – Located in the heart of Fort Collins, this Spanish-inspired villa offers a tropical retreat from the road, whether one is riding solo or traveling with a crew. More than just a place to stay, the hostel features a botanical courtyard, an in-house yoga studio and 40-foot teepees. It also rents out bicycles to those interested in cruising around one of the country’s most bike-friendly cities.
Unique Hotels and Inns:
Best Western Movie Manor, Monte Vista – This hotel is attached to the drive-in theatre of the same name, Movie Manor, and gives guests the luxury of watching the evening’s film from the comfort of their own room. Drive-in movies at Movie Manor are scheduled regularly from mid-May to mid-September. Surrounded by mountains, historic Monte Vista is great base location for the Great Sand Dunes National Park or any other adventure to be found in the Mystic San Luis Valley region.

(Crawford Hotel)

The Crawford Hotel, Denver – Located in Denver’s historic Union Station, The Crawford provides guests with a bustling yet luxurious downtown experience. With a panoramic view of the cityscape with the Rockies as a backdrop, this unique hotel is a top choice for train-travelers and city staycationers alike.
Highland Haven Creekside Inn, Evergreen – Just steps from Bear Creek, this inn offers a variety of accommodations to suit guests needs including suites, cottages, lofts and its most recent addition, the TreeHouse. This three level, two-story one-of-a-kind hideaway offers ultra-luxe bedding, a gorgeous chandelier, stained glass décor and a Jacuzzi with spectacular views into the surrounding Blue Spruce trees. Plus, Tesla owners can even charge up onsite.
Public House, Crested Butte – A favorite on Elk Avenue, this pub and music venue now offers music-themed lodging in its three loft suites. Each spacious suite features a complimentary ensuite minibar—the perfect nightcap after enjoying a show.
Redstone Castle, Redstone – Constructed in 1902 for coal baron John Cleveland Osgood, Redstone Castle was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and now operates as a unique event location and lodging property. The recently renovated facility offers guests to stay in its seven specialty suites with access to private fishing along the Crystal River and private trails on 150-acre grounds. (Featured image)
The Springs Resort and Spa, Pagosa Springs – This resort features 24-hour access to 23 hot springs onsite—including five exclusive, adults-only pools for ultimate relaxation. A short drive from Wolf Creek Ski Area, guests can relax in the pools after a day on the slopes or indulge in a soothing treatment at the day spa.
Station on the Riverwalk, Pueblo – This family owned and operated hotel is repurposed and reinvented from the same building that once served as the town’s jail and police station—and the hotel owns its historic past. Its rooms are known as “cells” and the speakeasy-inspired Clink Lounge is a hip spot for casual drinks or events. Situated next to Brues Alehouse, guests can enjoy a show at the brewery’s concert venue before turning in to their cells for the night.

21 family-friendly events in Denver this week

Don’t miss free days at the Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Movie at the Sympathy and the free Friday Night DJs at the Denver Downtown Rink at Skyline Park. See our event calendar for additional details.

University of Denver Women’s Basketball vs. South Dakota at Hamilton Gym
Jan 3, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
The University of Denver Women’s Basketball team takes on South Dakota on Thursday, January 3 in the Hamilton Gym.

Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers at Pepsi Center
Jan 4, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. New York Rangers at Pepsi Center!

Friday Night DJs at Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Jan 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Entry is free! Skate rentals are $6 for kids 12 & under and $8 for adults 13 & older.  Purchase your season pass at the Rink for $35 for kids 12 and under and $50 for adults. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

Movie at the Symphony: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Jan 4 – 6
The Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™. The unforgettable score will be performed with a live symphony orchestra as the film is projected simultaneously on the big screen.

Destination Venture from Capital One at Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Jan 5 – 6
A traveling pop-up event coming to the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park January 5th and 6th makes it easy to take the whole family on a spontaneous adventure. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, visit Destination Venture® from Capital One® and enjoy family-friendly activities like a balloon artist, ski simulator, 3D photo booth, live art and more.

Free First Saturday at Denver Art Museum
Jan 5, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum without spending a dime! Free general admission tickets are available on-site starting at 10 am. Kids 18 and under receive free general admission to the DAM every day.
Current exhibitions include “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker”, “Stampede: Animals in Art”, “Claes Oldenburg with Coosje van Bruggen: Drawings” and more.

University of Denver’s Men’s Basketball vs. North Dakota
Jan 5, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
The University of Denver Men’s Basketball team takes on North Dakota on Saturday, January 5 in Magness Arena.

Denver Nuggets vs. Charlotte Hornets at the Pepsi Center
Jan 5, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Charlotte Hornets

University of Denver Women’s Basketball vs. North Dakota
Jan 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The University of Denver Women’s Basketball team takes on North Dakota on Saturday, January 5 in the Hamilton Gym.

Last Day: The National Geographic Photo Ark at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Jan 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 See it before it’s gone…The National Geographic Photo Ark is using the power of photography to inspire people to help save species at risk before it’s too late. Discover 44 species featured in the Photo Ark at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
Jan 7, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District is a voter-approved special district in the seven-county metro area that provides a stable source of supplemental funding to more than 300 scientific and cultural organizations inside the district’s boundaries. The SCFD collects a one-tenth of 1 percent sales-and-use tax (or one penny on every $10 spent), providing approximately $40 million each year to area cultural attractions both small and large.

Ongoing General Events

The Crystal Ice Festival at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
Dec. 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019
Deep in the winter covered forest atop a high mountain is the magical Crystal Ice Castle. Where winter wishes are sent to be considered by the Frost Queen Andorra. Your wish may be granted by the Frost Queen, but those that are not are buried deep within the ice of the castle for future consideration. A found object installation of old glass, cut crystal and acrylic. Including objects such as vases, candlesticks, goblets, bowls and more. Embellished with crystals, beads, rhinestones and silver filigree.

Wonderspace Exhibition
Nov. 2, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019
This free exhibition by architects, designers and engineers on places and spaces, ideas and notions that have inspired wonder in their work.

Above and Beyond at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Sept. 29 – Jan 13, 2019
ABOVE AND BEYOND celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. This traveling aerospace exhibition features: immersive simulations, interactive design challenges, iconic historical touchstones, visionary concepts for the future, and inspiring stories from game-changing innovators, past and present.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Nov. 9, 2018 – Dec. 12, 2019
There’s a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It’s at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos … and our imaginations. In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein’s theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?

Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
Nov. 20, 2018 – Feb. 2, 2019
The Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for a winter full of skating at Skyline Park, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver.

Hidden Universe 3D at CU South Denver
Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 25, 2019
Hidden Universe 3D takes audiences on a breathtaking tour of deep space in the cinematic medium that does it best. Our universe is brought to life on the Giant Screen with unprecedented clarity through mesmerizing, real images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes. In an age where space tourism has become reality, the film offers an inspiring story of human endeavor from a prime seat with a magnificent point-of-view.

Play Ball!at the History Colorado Center
Apr 7, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. And much, much more—these are just a few of the one-of-a-kind items on view in Play Ball!

TreeHouses: Look Who’s Living in the Trees! Hands-on exhibit
Jun 2, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019
Explore the forest canopy – indoors! In the Longmont Museum’s newest hands-on exhibition, visitors roam from tree to tree as they discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small, and people too. Climb through large treehouses, become an animal tracker, get face-to-face with wildlife of all sizes, move your feet on the forest-sound dance floor, and more. This exhibition makes learning fun, as visitors explore responsible forestation, wildlife ecology, and local epidemics such as the ash borer beetle.

Mindbender Mansion
July 20 – January 6, 2019
Love brainteasers? Enter “Mindbender Mansion,” a quirky place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges that put minds of all ages to the test. This unique, high-energy experience opened at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 20.

Denver Art Museum
There are several family-friendly exhibits at the DAM including Stampede: Animals in Art on view at the museum through May 19, 2019.  A Walk in the Woods is still on view, which coincides with Stampede, and includes animal-themed artmaking activities and after their summer break, Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives, are back.  Children have been really loving the gallery games and book in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Their Learning & Engagment department created a children’s book specially to be used while visiting this exhibition with children, and don’t miss the fun new interactive installation by local artist Nicole Banowetz, The Incubation Effect. Go to for more information.

Rossen Reports Spot the Pot: Is your teen hiding drugs right under your nose?

Experts say teens are hiding drugs in their homes by stashing them in containers designed to look like everyday objects, like hairbrushes, deodorant and even water bottles, all of which can be bought online. TODAY investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen stashes drugs around a house using the dummy items and recruits the mom of a real-life teenager to see if she can sniff them out.

It Will Be More Expensive To Camp, Hunt and Fish in Colorado in 2019

It will be more expensive to hunt and fish in Colorado next year—especially if you live out of state. Campers and hikers will be paying more too. Starting Jan. 1, there will be varying increases to licenses and annual park passes.

Colorado’s 41 state parks are unique in their locations, landscapes and activities. While each park will work to make their most needed improvements and upgrades, you may expect changes such as additional staff on site, picnic area improvements, updated directional and interpretive signage and added educational programs.

With over 4,000 campsites across 37 parks, from primitive sites to full hookups, CPW offers camping ​experiences for everyone. Funding from camping fees may allow parks to provide upgraded pads, recruit additional camp hosts, or increased connectivity.

Residential license prices haven’t been raised since 2005, in part because it’s required that Colorado Parks and Wildlife to go in front of the legislature to ask for any changes.

Click here to see the full list of price changes.