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Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022: Romantic Dining, Gifts & Activities

Sure, you may be wishing you’re in romantic cities like Paris or New York City for Valentine’s Day but Denver has so much to offer for the holiday of love. Check out our tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day in Denver with your loved ones–from where to eat, buy flowers, and play together in collaboration with Visit Denver. Scroll down to the bottom for our guide to creating your own fondue and Valentine’s Day charcuterie boards as well as family-friendly activity ideas. 

Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022

GIFTS

Denver has plenty of  Valentine’s Day gift options. Sound of the Rockies Chorus will deliver a Singing Valentine to serenade your love by quartets formed from an award-winning chorus in the Denver area. Custom socksExplore The Mile High City’s vibrant art districts, which are filled with galleries, boutiques and craft stores. For stylish boutiques, head to Larimer Square in Lower Downtown or to the nearby Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall.  In February, Dairy Block will Celebrate Lovin’ on the Block with a heart installation for those selfies, flower pop-ups, live music and decadent dinners.  Cherry Creek North is Denver’s premier shopping and dining neighborhood, boasting hundreds of independently owned shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and spas. Add to that the upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center, with an additional 160 brand-name stores, and together they create the largest, most diverse shopping district between Chicago and San Francisco. 

Still looking for ideas? Our popular  75 Best Gifts for the Holidays and Holiday Gift Guide has 50+ ideas that also work fabulously for Valentine’s Day (yes, Colorado-based Enstrom Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee, we’re talking about you). Amazon has some great ideas if you prefer to shop online like a Homesick Scented Candle (with varieties in a number of cities you may long for from across the nation), a silicon pancake mold flipper to make heart-shaped pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns and even omelets, socks customized with something they love (like kids or your pet) and, on my wish list, a charcuterie board to make a beautiful Valentine’s Day spread (see our instructions below). 

DINNER FOR TWO

Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse for an intimate, candlelit dinner. Almost every type of cuisine is available in the city; choose from traditional steak houses, tres chic French bistros, adventurous fusion menus and much, much more. Lower Downtown (LoDo)  boasts countless great restaurants, but you might also want to check out the offerings in some of Denver’s other neighborhoods, including the buzzing Highlands and the cozy Washington Park district. Here are a few of our favorite picks.

COOKING WITH CUPID

WHEN: February 9-12
WHERE: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts 

Join the chefs at Cook Street in-person or online for a Valentine’s celebration that’s guaranteed to stir up more than just delicious dishes. This deluxe class sumptuous dishes guaranteed to spoil your palate and an optional wine tasting

ROMANCE UNDER THE SEA

WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: Downtown Aquarium

Looking for a unique dining experience this Valentine’s Day? Take your sweetheart to the Downtown Aquarium for a decadent four-course meal, complete with two glasses of champagne and two Aquarium Adventure Passes.

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND SPECIALS AT TABLE MOUNTAIN GRILL & CANTINA

WHEN: February 14, 2-10 p.m.
WHERE: Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, Golden

Bring your hot tamale to Table Mountain Grill & Cantina for a weekend full of tamales that will fill your heart and stomach! Dine in with reservations or pre-order your takeout feast by February 11th for pick-up on February 12 to 14. 

KACHINA CANTINA VALENTINE’S WEEKEND DINNER SPECIALS 

WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: Kachina Cantina at Dairy Block

Kachina Cantina will be serving up delicious Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Specials from Friday, Feb. 11th – Monday, Feb. 14th, including a Butter Aged Ribeye Steak with mole negro, fire-roasted corn salsa and horseradish whipped potatoes for $31 and a Seared Duck Breast with brussels sprouts, yam hash and a cranberry glaze for $29.

VALENTINE’S DAY AT HUMBOLDT KITCHEN + BAR

WHEN: February 11-14, 5 p.m.-close
WHERE: Humboldt Kitchen + Bar

Celebrate an evening of romance with a chef-prepared three-course Valentine’s menu. The full food and drink menu will also be available. 

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND DINNER AT BRUTØ

WHEN: February 11 and 12
WHERE: Bruto

BRUTØ at Dairy Block will be serving a special Valentine’s Weekend Dinner created by Chef Michael Diaz de Leon. Enjoy 7-courses for $125 per person on Friday, Feb. 11th & Saturday, Feb. 12th.

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND AT FOR[A]GED

WHEN: February 11-14
WHERE: For[a]ged at Dairy Block

For[a]ged by Chef Duy Pham will be serving Valentine’s Weekend specials from Friday, Feb. 11th – Monday, Feb. 14th, including a Shrimp & Crab Roulade with tobikio, shisha remolata, preserved lemon and fine herbs and a Tomahawk for Two with confit potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and kosho herb butter. Reservations required.

VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS AT SPRUCE FARM & FISH

WHEN: February 14, 5-10 p.m.
WHERE: Hotel Boulderado

Spruce Farm & Fish at Hotel Boulderado will have delectable specials available on Valentine’s Day, including Monkfish Cacio E Pepe, Surf & Turf, Double Bone Frenched Pork Chop, and Roasted Tomato & Fall Vegetable Risotto, and for dessert, a Toffee Coffee Crème Brulee.

CUPID & COCKTAILS PAIRING DINNER

WHEN: February 12, 2022
WHERE: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse

Enjoy a special evening that’s Cupid approved. Ironton’s special paired and plated, three-course dinner returns! Your ticket includes live music, four full-sized cocktails, and three paired plates. Add an optional bouquet of fresh roses from local florist Daisy’s Front Porch and they’ll be on the table when you arrive.

Other Denver Valentine’s Day Events

LOVELAND VALENTINE’S DAY GROUP WEDDING

WHEN: February 14, 2022
WHERE: Chapungu Sculpture Park

Loveland — it’s right there in the name! The group wedding will include a romantic ceremony, keepsake photos, a lock couples can use to “Lock their love” on the famous LOVE sculpture or HEART sculpture in Loveland, gift bags, signature wedding cupcakes and a chance to win a huge gift basket.Loveland vow renewal

FAMILY MAKE AND TAKE: GARDEN VALENTINES

WHEN: February 11-13
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

Flowers and plants are used year-round to send messages of love, happiness and joy. Explore the different shapes, textures and colors of dried flowers, leaves and seeds and use them to decorate a Valentine’s Day display to share with loved ones.

DILLON ICE CASTLES  

WHEN: February 2022
WHERE: Dillon Town Park

This award-winning frozen attraction is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, ice-carved tunnels, frozen thrones, slides, fountains and more. 

COUPLES SPA ESCAPE 

Unwind together! The Ritz-Carlton‘s Couples Spa Escape offers two hours of relaxation with your partner, including side-by-side massages and full, private access to all spa facilities.

PAINT AND SIP

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Partner Paintings. You’ll laugh at your artistic abilities (or lack thereof), loosen your conversation with wine and come away with two memorable pieces of art after a paint-and-sip evening at Sipping n’ Painting Hampden (6300 E. Hampden Ave.).Brown Palace Afternoon Tea

ROMANTIC LOCATIONS IN DENVER

TRADITIONAL TEA AT THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL & SPA 

Experience a touch of elegant, Old World charm at the historic Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. The Traditional Afternoon Tea takes place between noon and 4 p.m. in the hotel’s gorgeous atrium lobby and includes freshly made scones, pastries, sandwiches and a wide variety of teas.

GREEN RUSSELL 

Steal away to a speakeasy in Denver’s posh Larimer Square. Hidden behind the “front” of a pie shop, Green Russell offers handcrafted, artisanal cocktails in an intimate, 1920s-inspired space.

PEAKS LOUNGE AT HYATT REGENCY 

Located on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver, the Peaks Lounge offers swoon-inducing views of the Rocky Mountains and downtown, along with 40 wines by the glass and a menu of appetizers and desserts.

THE OXFORD HOTEL A TASTE OF LOVE GETAWAY

Starting at $779/night, this package includes overnight accommodations, rose petals on the bed, $250 credit for dinner at Urban Farmer, a luxurious gift basket from The Oxford Spa and more. 

THE CURTIS HOTEL HEARTTHROB HYPER POP-UP ROOM

Available to book during the entire month of February, this Valentine’s Day-themed room includes over-the-top love-filled decorations and champagne, or adventure into the “love closet,” filled with a variety of 21+ sensual games, toys and more.

THE CRAWFORD HOTEL’s VALENTINE’S GETAWAY

The Crawford Hotel’s luxurious overnight accommodations include a $250 credit for dinner for two at Ultreia, a beautiful in-room floral arrangement by Pickletown Flower Co. to keep, $500 gift card to Denver’s A-Line Boutique for a personal styling and shopping experience and more. Prices start at $1,159 per night. 

THE MAVEN’S TASTE OF DAIRY BLOCK

The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block starts with wine & charcuterie at Blanchard Family Wines followed by a five-course dinner at For[a]ged and dessert & cocktails at Deviation Distilling, ending with a relaxing stay in a modern Maven guestroom.  All overnight guests also have the option to add on a special amenity of chocolates & flowers or rose petals & prosecco.

D BAR DENVER 

Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? The upscale D Bar Denver, owned by Keegan Gerhard, one of the nation’s top pastry chefs, is just the ticket, with a menu filled with sinful treats like Cake and Shake (three-layer chocolate cake, manjari frosting, and a vanilla or chocolate milkshake or malt) or a Chocolate & Hazelnut Sitting in a Tree (chocolate soufflé, chocolate sauce, Nutella beignets and praline ice cream). Need we say more?

DIVE LOUNGE AT THE DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM 

It’s not 20,000 leagues under the sea, but it’ll do. An upscale getaway in a truly unique setting, the Dive Lounge is located on the first floor of Denver’s Downtown Aquarium, offering the chance to sip cocktails with your sweetheart while surrounded by beautiful marine life.

 

Valentine's Day charcuterie board

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Family

5 Darling Charcuterie Board Ideas for Valentine’s Day–sweet, salty or healthy. 

 Valentine’s Day fondue with tips and delicious cheese and meat recipes

Valentine’s Day photo booth props and ideas

Send a valentine from Loveland with their remailing program  

10 deliciously easy Valentine’s Day treats

14 fun and easy homemade Valentine’s Day card ideas

20 inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas

A (funny) Valentine’s Day to forget

Best raclette grillRaclette Table Grill Fun

I received this Swissmar Raclette Table Grill for my birthday last year and it is such a fun way to connect with my family! We’re planning to add it to our Valentine’s Day festivities and our Swiss exchange student has loved sharing her culture with us. Basically, this grill involves an electric table-top grill with small pans (coupelles) where you melt slices of raclette cheese (or the cheese of your choice). The grill on top is a hot plate where you can cook meats and veggies. Two other great options include the CUSIMAX Raclette Grill or the AONI Electric Raclette Grill.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.

5 Darling Charcuterie Board Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Did you know: The word charcuterie originated in France, and it translates to “pork-butcher shop?” Charcuterie Boards are all the rage so why not shower those you love with a gorgeous spread of fun Valentine’s Day food. We have the sweet, the salty and even the healthy for you to enjoy with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

Need a charcuterie board? This Charcuterie Board Set offers a unique bamboo cheese board, Charcuterie platter and serving tray. A marble slab is another great option because it won’t absorb smells like wood.  If you’d like to add an event bigger spread, don’t miss our guide to Valentine’s Day fondue with tips and delicious cheese and meat recipes, as well as Valentine’s Day in Denver 2022: Romantic Dining, Gifts and Activities

Best Charcuterie Board Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Fruit and Treats

This playful Valentine’s Day charcuterie board from Taste of Home is full of red, pink and heart-shaped treats it is the perfect way to celebrate. Skip the cured meats and cheese and have a shopping spree on the candy aisle with your favorite white, pink and red heart-shaped treats or tasty fruit dip and treats. tasteofhome.com

Valentine's Day charcuterie board

Sweet and Salty

Love a mix of sweet and salty? Pizzazzerie has a darling mix of cheese, nuts, pink treats and heart-shaped foods with a miniature heart-shaped cookie cutter. Add a few mini pink carnations with spray roses (small, tiny rosebuds) for a cute addition.  pizzazzerie.com

charcuterie board valentine's day

Chocolate Charcuterie Board

Calling all chocolate lovers! This decadent chocolate board from Modern Honey has an assortment of chocolate truffles, milk chocolate, dark chocolate hearts, chocolate–covered pretzels, strawberries and more. modernhoney.com

Chocolate charcuterie

Paleo/Whole 30 Charcuterie Board

Are you eating healthy? This simple Whole30 charcuterie board is the answer to all your Whole30 prayers. No cooking, no cleaning dishes. Meats, fresh and dried fruit, pickled vegetables, olives, nuts and seeds, smoked fish, tapenade or dips make up this delicious and healthy board. paleoscaleo.com

Paleo charcuterie board

Other Valentine’s Day in Denver Ideas

Valentine’s Day Fondue: Tips and delicious cheese and meat recipes

Valentine’s Day photo booth props and ideas

Send a valentine from Loveland with their remailing program  

10 deliciously easy Valentine’s Day treats

14 fun and easy homemade Valentine’s Day card ideas

20 inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas

A (funny) Valentine’s Day to forget

Best raclette grillRaclette Table Grill Fun

I received this Swissmar Raclette Table Grill for my birthday last year and it is such a fun way to connect with my family! We’re planning to add it to our Valentine’s Day festivities and our Swiss exchange student has loved sharing her culture with us. Basically, this grill involves an electric table-top grill with small pans (coupelles) where you melt slices of raclette cheese (or the cheese of your choice). The grill on top is a hot plate where you can cook meats and veggies. Two other great options include the CUSIMAX Raclette Grill or the AONI Electric Raclette Grill.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.

Five Great Math Tutoring Companies in Denver

Even at the best of times, getting kids to stay engaged during school has always been a challenge. But what happens when the classroom is a computer screen, and there are all the distractions of home? The need for quality one-on-one help has never been greater!

Of course, finding the right help is easier said than done. So many companies and independent tutors, some in-person, some remote, some who specialize in one subject, some in another…how in the world does one find the right match? Well, look no further! We’ve gathered a list of what we believe to be the best tutoring companies in the Denver area, complete with information about what makes each one different. One quick read and your kid will be on their way in no time.

1. Math Tutor Denver

At Math Tutor Denver we believe in the power of active learning and personalized one-on-one math tutoring. We know how to awaken the mathematician within. Central to our philosophy is our belief that the way math is usually taught in middle & high school has some serious issues, and, of course, having to learn online just makes everything more challenging. We believe that conceptual learning and verbally thinking through a problem, rather than long lectures and monotonous practice, is the way to go! Our tutors will work to establish a mentor-like relationship with your child, and always maintain a positive, kind, encouraging environment. With this approach, anyone can develop a lifelong love of learning. We offer flexible monthly memberships that are easily paused or switched around at any time (and, of course, your tutoring hours never expire and are always refundable).

2. Universal Achievement

Are you looking not just for an academic tutor, but for a mentor for your child’s holistic development? Founded by aerospace engineer and former college athlete Jake Gamsky, UA believes in helping students to become all they can be, both inside and outside the classroom (Achieve Universally). Their unique approach incorporates exercise, nutrition, and positive psychology training into in-person tutoring sessions. Tutors will not only coach in academic subjects (including math, science, business, social studies, Spanish, and English), but also in goal-setting, time, management, fitness, and wellness. Research shows that exercise, nutrition, and positive psychology have a significantly positive impact on how the brain develops, functions, and processes information.

3. eXL Learning Center

The folks at eXL meet your child at their unique starting point, and enrich the learning experience to ensure the innovative thinkers and creative problem-solvers of tomorrow start off on the best possible foot. You can be sure your child will always have a strong desire to learn. If you homeschool your child, they have a specialized method for supplementing your child’s education.

4. Thrive Tutoring

The folks at Thrive have made it their mission to help students who have lost their confidence. They believe in coaching the entire child, to build up their self-image and confidence in tandem with their grades. Tutors are highly educated and energetic, with the heart of teachers for whom letting children fall through the gaps is simply not an option. Tutors work one-on-one with students, to identify their unique, legitimate reasons for why they are academically struggling, and help them overcome them.

5. Wash Park Tutoring

With nearly 10 years in business, Wash Park Tutoring knows the ins and outs of helping K-8 students become all they can be. With a tailored and multi-sensory approach, they will help your child overcome any academic challenge. With tutors specializing in mathematics, reading, writing, music, and social studies, among others, you can be sure your child will get the specific help they need.

Eric M Earle has been involved with mathematics tutoring for over a decade. He is the co-founder of Math Tutor Denver, Math Tutor Austin, & Math Tutor Boston. In partnership with Mile High Mamas. 

National Western Stock Show Tickets (for cheap), Denver free days and more!

Treat yourself to the little things. As a deals blogger – I don’t typically buy anything that is not on sale. And to be honest, I don’t often buy many things for myself. When I found this cute little coffee mug at Target last week. I bought it. Did I feel a little weird about “wasting” my $7 on a mug I didn’t need? YES! But, I LOVE it and I have used it every day. I’m not sure if it is just the mug that I love so much or if it is the simple reflection that I did something really just for myself. If you are also watching your pennies – don’t feel bad about the occasional just for your purchase. Just do it!

National Western Stock Show Tickets. The National Western Stock Show is ready to in full swing through next weekend. Groupon has tickets as low as $15, but most run around $30. When you buy a ticket to a Rodeo event you also get grounds admission for FREE. If you really want to get into the spirit stop by the Brown Palace Hotel downtown and meet the champion steer in the hotel lobby!

Bamboo Sheet Set and Pillowcases. Is better sleep one of your resolutions? Amazon has a great deal right now on this Bamboo sheet set and pillowcases

Starbucks Meatless Monday. Starbucks is offering $2 off their Impossible Breakfast Sandwich every Monday through January. The sandwich is made with plant-based Impossible Sausage, fried cage-free egg. Cheddar cheese on a ciabatta roll.

IHOP All You Can Eat Pancakes. For a limited time, IHOP is giving you all you can eat pancakes with any breakfast entrée you order – or if you want just the pancakes it is just $5.99!

Water flossing. Do you hate flossing? This cordless water flossing has 8 level pressures and is rechargeable and portable. 

 American Eagle Jeans. Men’s and Women’s jeans are on sale at American Eagle for just $19.99 (normally $89.99). Get there quick to get the best selection.

Victoria’s Secret. Victoria’s Secret is having their semi-annual sale. Get great deals on bras, panties, beauty products and more. Plus through January 19 you can use the code EXTRA25 to get an extra discount off the already sale-priced items! Plus, if you spend over $100 you can get a free blanket (just add it to your online shopping cart – no code necessary).

Home Depot Craft Kit. Home Depot used to host First Saturday art projects – but now, kids can take them home and enjoy the craft with their family at home. In February, Home Depot will offer a Photo Box Activity. Just stop by your nearest Home Depot’s Customer Service and ask for the Kid’s Craft on February 5.

 Avalanche Tickets. The Avs Family Pack is back – you get a ticket, meal and Pepsi for one package price. You can customize the pack to the size of your family. Upcoming promotional game is vs Buffalo Sabres on January 30.

 Nuggets Family Pack. The Nuggets celebrate families each Sunday night home game. You score a great deal with a meal loaded onto each ticket. Upcoming games vs Detroit Pistons on January 23.

 Free Days. Make sure you bookmark our free Days post. This week’s featured day: Clyfford Stil Museum on January 20.  See Denver Free Days for 2022 here

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.

Denver Summer Camps 2022: Add your listing!

Denver’s Summer Camp Season 2022 is almost upon us and welcome to our soon-to-be-published summer camp guide. What sets us apart is we not only offer an easily-searchable directory but we also offer blog post features for your summer camp.

Are you looking now and can’t wait? Please see last year’s Summer Camp Directory Landing Page with plenty of recommendations for reference; we plan to launch the updated guide in February. 

Denver’s Summer Camp Guide 2022 Options

There are three different options: 
 
1) Premium summer camp listing. $150. Top placement in directory with all contact and social media fields. Client-provided blog post for the website. Social media support. (Limited number of premium summer camp listings available; valid 1 year). 
2). Featured listing: $25. Placement below Premium listing in camp directory, additional fields included (multiple pictures, longer description, social media, etc). (Limited number of featured summer camp listings available; valid 6 months). 
3) Basic listing. Free (valid for 3 months). Basic description and website, displayed under premium and featured listings. 

Helpful Hints When Adding Your Listing

1) Please go here to add your listing before February 1, 2022. http://www.milehighmamas.com/places/camps/
 
2) Follow the brief registration process and click Add Your Listing
 
3) Select your package. Wait for the correct form to upload (should take a few seconds)
 
4)  Include title, description, etc. 
 
 5) For categories, be sure to select “Camp.” Wait for a second and then select your sub-category (Sports, Academic, Arts, etc.) Featured and Premium listings may select more than one category and premium listings have more than one camp location listed.
 
6) Fill out your address.  If your city does not appear on the drop-down box, enter it in, wait a moment for the system to register and then click on the city name. After entering in the zip code, click “set address” so it appears on the map.
 
7) Add image(s), click the box to accept our terms, preview and follow the further instructions before clicking “publish.” We will review all listings prior to going live.
 
Questions? Please contact us at [email protected]

Send a Valentine from Loveland With Their Fun Remailing Program

Do you want to give your loves a memorable gift from the Sweetheart City?

Send a Valentine from Loveland, Colorado

The Loveland Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Postal Service have been teaming up for 76 years with their internationally renowned Valentine Re-mailing Program. Simply send your stamped valentine before February 4th and your love will receive a postmark from Loveland! 

Fill out the forms on the website to send a personalized Valentine, or your own card to fill out yourself. Cost is $7 per Valentine, pricing includes processing, postage, shipping, and inscribing. 

P.S. If you need a reminder to order your child’s valentines for their classroom party, this is it. Check out these cute options

Important Dates:
February 2nd, 2022~ for International Mail deadline
February 7th, 2022 ~ Continental U.S deadline
February 9th, 2022 ~ Colorado/Wyoming deadline (within the state)

The Loveland Post Office (446 E. 29th St. Loveland, CO 80538) & (601 Cleveland Ave  Loveland, Co 80537)  will be accepting Valentines to be dropped off in the red mailbox displayed in the lobby until February 10th, 2022.

The Post Office and the Loveland Chamber will not guarantee Valentine’s Day delivery on time after February 10th.

Other Valentine’s Day in Denver Ideas

Valentine’s Day Fondue: Tips and delicious cheese and meat recipesValentine's Day charcuterie board

5 Darling Charcuterie Board Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Send a valentine from Loveland with their remailing program  

10 deliciously easy Valentine’s Day treats

14 fun and easy homemade Valentine’s Day card ideas

20 inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas

A (funny) Valentine’s Day to forget

Best raclette grillRaclette Table Grill Fun

I received this Swissmar Raclette Table Grill for my birthday last year and it is such a fun way to connect with your family! We’re planning to add it to our Valentine’s Day festivities and our Swiss exchange student has loved sharing her culture with us. Basically, this grill involves an electric table-top grill with small pans (coupelles) where you melt slices of raclette cheese (or the cheese of your choice). The grill on top is a hot plate where you can cook meats and veggies. Two other great options include the CUSIMAX Raclette Grill or the AONI Electric Raclette Grill.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you extra money, they help us keep this site up and running. See our disclosure policy.

 

New Year, New YOU! Resolve to Make Music a Part of 2022

Have you been losing sleep lately, bothered by the notion that – once again – you’ve chosen a boring, lackluster, or unimaginative New Year’s Resolution?

“This year,” you may have declared, “I’m going to make five extra dollars, and lose a thousand pounds, each month.”  Or something like that.

You can hardly be blamed.  After all, you’re kinda sleep-deprived.  But beyond that, you’re far from the only person who rings in each new year with the same old boring resolutions.

One of the main causes of bad New Year’s Resolutions is the annual failure to achieve last year’s bad resolutions.  It’s a chronic condition afflicting far too many of us, and it’s even spreading to our children.

“This is the year I’m moving to Hawaii, or perhaps Christmas Island.”

“I’m finally going to have that tummy tuck I’ve been saving for.”

“I’m going to make a continuous presence of myself at the gym, such that within the year, I will have carved a body worthy of a Greek statue, and start wearing my old clothes from high school again.”

But then New Year’s Day rolls around again, and you find you haven’t moved, tucked, OR carved in any meaningful way.  You’re just about to box up those high school clothes for the donation center, when instead, you decide to simply resolve that, okay, last year none of it happened, but this year, it all will!

And the kids will clean their rooms, do their chores, and get straight As!

Take Music Lessons in Littleton

Well, maybe this is the year you’ll actually break the cycle of failure and despair… not just for yourself, but for the whole family, maybe.  And there’s really only one way to do that, as far as I know:

Get music lessons, and start everyone in the family on a journey of learning that will bring them joy and a great sense of accomplishment every day, every month, and every year.

Just think: If you and/or your kids start music lessons this month, by NEXT New Year’s Eve you’ll all be able to play Auld Lang Syne like pros.  And, you might even be able to play other, less boring stuff!  In fact, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say, you know what?  Probably!

Or you might be the next Von Trapp Family Singers, unable and unwilling to shut your Trapps for the sheer love of singing like a small choir of Austrian angels!  Or, if that’s not your family’s thing, you might be the next Andrews Sisters or Mills Brothers, with a smooth doo-wop style all your own.

(Imagine a doo-wop arrangement of Auld Lang Syne.)

Space is limited at Littleton School of Music… but the fun is UNLIMITED.  So make a resolution you absolutely will not regret, and give us a call today!

There’s nothing like learning to play music.  It calms the mind, soothes the soul, and makes life worth living.  And that’s no joke.

And, did you know that kids who begin taking music lessons often realize a jump in their grades at school?  It’s true.  Mastering an instrument takes discipline and practice – the same qualities that make for great academic performance.  Not kidding, and not making it up!

In partnership with Mile High Mamas

 

 

Deals: Go Karting on Ice, Old Navy Clearance, Nordstrom Clear the Rack & more!

I love finding new things to do in the cold weather. I am super excited for Go Karting on Ice! Driving on an icy rink with a go-kart sounds like my idea of fun – it will bring out that competitive spirit plus just make me laugh. It is around for only a limited time so get tickets soon.

Nordstrom Clear the Rack. I don’t usually shop at Nordstrom (it’s too expensive for me) but I do love Nordstrom Rack. All the great same brands and clothes on sale – then it is that much better when they do the semi-annual Clear the Rack. I scored an awesome cashmere cardigan for under $10!   

 National Western Stock Show Tickets. The National Western Stock Show is ready to come back to town in January! (ICYMI – the City and County Building in downtown leaves their Christmas lights lit up through it – and the Brown Palace boasts that they are the only luxury hotel that displays a winning bull in their lobby). Groupon has tickets as low as $15, but most run around $30. When you buy a ticket to a Rodeo event you also get grounds admission for FREE. As soon as we hear about more deals we will get them to you. January 11, grounds admission is absolutely FREE thanks to Arrow Electronics.

Bath and Body Works. If you love Bath & Body Works now is the time to stock up. You can get hand soaps for just $2.50 (normally $8); Wallflowers fragrance refills for just $1.87 (normally $7.50) and three-wick candles for as little as $6 (normally $24).

 Old Navy Clearance. Old Navy is having their clearance sale on items for the whole family. Get toddler tops for just under $2; Women’s tanks and tees for $2.97 and Men’s T-Shirts for $3.97. Use promo code EXTRA to get an extra 40% off sale items and to get these prices.

Macys.com. If you are looking for some really cute character tees and tops for the kids you can get them for just $3 on Macys.com.

 Boyers Coffee. Did you know that Boyer’s Coffee is roasted right here in Colorado? Yes! Plus, a nice warm cup of coffee on a chilly winter morning sort of just hits the spot for me. Right now, Boyers is offering 20% off when you use promo code WINTER20.

Free Valentine’s Day Cards. Get two free pop-up 3D laser-cut Valentine’s day cards at Walgreens. Buy 2 cards, use the $2 for 2 digital manufacturers coupon = free cards!

 Avalanche Tickets. The Avs Family Pack is back – you get a ticket, meal and Pepsi for one package price. You can customize the pack to the size of your family. Upcoming promotional games are vs Minnesota Wild on January 17 and vs Buffalo Sabres on January 30.

 Nuggets Family Pack. The Nuggets celebrate families each Sunday night home game. You score a great deal with a meal loaded onto each ticket. Upcoming games include vs Utah Jazz on Sunday, January 16 and vs Detroit Pistons on January 23.

 Free Days. Make sure you bookmark our free Days post. This week’s featured day: Denver Art Museum on January 11.  See Denver Free Days for 2022 here

Get Free Tickets for Denver Museums & Attractions at the Public Library!

Denver has world-class attractions and museums but visiting them is not always affordable. That’s why we recently published Denver Free Days for 2022 with free access to your favorite family-friendly Denver attractions. Don’t want to battle the crowds on Denver’s free days? We don’t blame you! Here is how you can use your public library card to reserve a day at Denver’s best museums for free. Participating cultural institutions include the Butterfly Pavilion, the Denver Trolley, Denver Zoo, History Colorado Center, the Colorado Railroad Museum, DMNS and more. 

Bonus: Love Denver? Keep exploring with the Essential Denver: Discovery and Exploration Guide (many attractions are free!)  Also, scroll down to see our top picks for Denver’s best playgrounds, how to rent a Go-Pro and Colorado State Parks Pass for free and Denver’s best museums for kids. 

Free Adventure and Exploration Passes at the Public Library! 

Use your Jefferson County, Douglas County, Denver County or Araphoe County public library card to reserve a FREE Adventure Pass to one of Denver’s participating cultural institutions. That’s right, simply use your library card to reserve free passes up to advance. 

Jefferson County Public Library Culture Pass

JCPL purchases memberships at local art, culture, history and outdoor destinations so that library cardholders can explore Colorado for free. Culture Pass benefits vary by destination. Each library cardholder is eligible for two Culture Passes per month. Limit one pass per institution, per library card at a time. Participating attractions:

  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Wings Over the Rockies
  • Dinosaur RidgeDMNS
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
  • Museo de las Americas
  • Molly Brown House
  • Dinosaur Ridge History
  • History Colorado Center
  • MCA Denver

Go to jeffcolibrary.org/culture-pass.

Douglas County Libraries Adventure Pass

Use your library card to reserve a Douglas County Libraries Adventure Pass to one of their local participating cultural institutions. Reserve free passes up to 14 days in advance. Participating attractions:

  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Colorado Symphony
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • History Colorado Center
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

Go to dcl.org/adventure-pass.

Denver Public Library Museum and Cultural Passes

Library passes are offered in limited quantities by participating institutions. Many also offer free days and other low-cost options for community access.  Reservations may be booked 2 weeks in advance. A library pass does not guarantee entry. Registration processes vary by institution and additional registration steps for timed entry may be required. Participating attractions:

  • Butterfly PavilionButterfly Pavilion
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Denver Trolley
  • Denver Zoo
  • Forney Museum of Transportation
  • History Colorado Center
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Museo de las Americas
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver 

Go to www.denverlibrary.org/museum-passes.

Arapahoe Library Exploration Pass

Any Arapahoe Libraries cardholder can reserve an Exploration Pass, which grants admission to several metro-Denver attractions at no charge. Reserving an Exploration Pass does not guarantee entry. Many attractions are offering limited, scheduled entry for paid guests, members and pass holders. Book passes up to 30 days ahead of time; a maximum of two passes booked at one time. Participating attractions:

  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Denver Firefighters Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Dinosaur Ridge
  • Four Mile Historic Park
  • Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Museo de las America
  • Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
  • Wings Over the Rockies

Go to arapahoelibraries.org/explore-colorado.

Other Denver Museums and Attractions

Denver CurlingDenver’s best museums for kids.

‘Snow Days’ debuts at the Denver Children’s Museum: 8 must-see attractions.

Check out a sewing machine, Colorado State Park pass, Go-Pro and more for FREE from the Denver Public Library.

Denver’s best new playgrounds and this guide to Denver Playgrounds & Parks. 

15 Quirky Roadside Attractions in Colorado and Secret Denver: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure.

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Need a New Year’s Resolution? How to See the Good in People!

Does anyone else just feel tired? We’ve all had a difficult couple of years and it has been easier to disagree with one another than dig deep and see eye-to-eye with differing opinions.

How about instead of looking for ways to be right, we resolve to see the good in others? 

How to See the Good in People

My daughter recently attended a Teen Leadership Summit with motivational speaker, Clint Pulver, where he shared the story of the teacher who recognized his ADHDD and instead of punishing him, he worked with him to change his life.

This is video is a must-watch about how we can all be Mr. Jensens.

Here’s to a new year and may we all be better at seeing the good.  

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