When someone asks me what my favorite dessert is, I almost always answer ‘fruit’ because honestly, I love a palisade peach, a Jonathan apple (only available in late Sept/early oct), a pear in the fall. But barring that – I will ALWAYS pick ice cream. Some days I love to try a new flavor and some days I return to my favorite (I’m talking about cake batter).
VanLeeuwan Ice Cream. A couple of years ago, I did a summer-long ice cream tour of some of Denver’s best local ice cream shops (my daughter thought Little Man was the winner while I liked the Inventing Room). Van Leeuwan is not local – but it should definitely be on your list of must-visit ice cream shops. They open their first Colorado location at Larimer Square on September 15 with $1 scoops from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are well known for their unique flavors (Kraft Mac & Cheese and Grey Poupon) but they also have normal ice cream flavors. The Colorado shop will have a special flavor too – the Crooked Stave, a raspberry blueberry sorbet made with the brewery’s sour ale and rose. Even those that are vegan and non-dairy friendly will find awesome flavors made with oat or cashew milk.
Smithsonian Night at the Museums. Saturday, September 17 is Smithsonian Museum Day! During this one-day event museums and cultural places all across the country (including Denver) offer free information. Download one ticket per email address. The ticket will provide you with free general admission for two people. For more details or to download your ticket visit their website at: https://www.smithsonianmag.
Ulta. Ulta is having a 21 Days of Beauty Sale now through September 17. Each day for 21 Days specific beauty brands/products will be on sale at Ulta. Many as much as 50% off! Plus, they post what is coming up on sale, you can plan ahead too!
World’s Longest Hopscotch Game. Generation Wild, created by Great Outdoors Colorado connects kids with nature – by increasing the amount of time spent outside in unstructured play. As part of the 99 Days Outdoors campaign, on Sunday, September 18 at 10 a.m. at Chatfield State Park a 4.5-mile hopscotch game should make it the World record holder for the longest hopscotch game. The course will stay available for kids to play on. Find out more about 99 Days Outdoors on their Facebook page.
Consignment Sales. I love consignment sales especially when it is kid’s clothes. We have once again rounded up the season’s best sales for you! Sales will begin again on September 15 with the Just Between Friends of Douglas County sale! Visit our page for details all season long.
Oktoberfest. I love a good Oktoberfest and there are several around town to get your fill of beer and pretzels and let the kids have some fun too.
· Denver’s Oktoberfest will be two weekends – September 16 – 18 and September 23-25 at Larimer and 21st. Free general admission and fun! Prost.
· Castle Rock will have Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 17 at Wilcox Square. Fun for the whole family includes German dancers, street fair, bounce house, craft vendors…and BEER.
· Highlands Ranch Oktoberfest will be fun for the whole family from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 17 with entertainment, food, music, biers and Dachshund races.
· Gluten-Free Oktoberfest. There is still a way to celebrate all things Oktoberfest if you are gluten-free. September 17 from 12 noon to 10 p.m. at the Holiday Golden Taproom. Beer tapping, food trucks (with Gluten free offerings, music, stein holding and games.
Mama Mia Sing Along. My daughter wants to go to Greece and knows Abba songs thanks to the awesome movie, Mama Mia, Here We Go Again! So, we will be at the free outdoor sing-along at 9+CO on Saturday, September 17. Join us! Bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. There will be a costume contest and kettle corn! Plus, you could get a to-go family box from Blanco or Culinary Dropout.
Fall Break. Haven’t made plans for your fall break yet? What about Snow Mountain Ranch? “One-Tank Trip” promotion for road trips to Snow Mountain Ranch: https://ymcarockies.
Children’s Museum. September 16 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) is Joy Park Free Night at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Kids can play in the 60,000 square feet of fun – climbing, zip-lining, splashing, digging and…JOY. Reservations are required for guaranteed entry.
Boulder Fall Fest. Pearl Street in Boulder will come alive with this fall tradition. It is three days of food, beer, music and family fun September 16-18.
Noodles & Co. Enjoy a free entrée every weekend through September at Noodles & Co. Get a free small with the purchase of any regular sized meal. Sign up at noodles.com/rewards.