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Deals: Leap Year, Free Days & More

Last week I was invited to a media event that included a couple of brands that are based right here in Colorado. Although, not necessarily cheap, Krimson Klover had some great clothes (I may have fallen in love with a swimsuit that I think I NEED). But, if you sign up for their email, you can get a 20% discount. I also learned about these totally cute EcoVessel kids waterbottles. I’m talking super cute, way better for the environment and keeps hot things hot, cold things cold! (moms they also have triple-insulated wine tumblers – keep that chardonnay cold). The straws have silicone so it is easy to drink but not need to get your teeth cold with metal straws!

YMCA of the Rockies. Celebrate Leap year and Spring Break at YMCA of the Rockies with Frozen Worlds Weekends March 13-April 2 including fun events like snow fort building, snowflake crafts, education polar bear & deer talks, penguin egg races, winter experiments or more. Book three full-prices nights in a lodge room get additional nights for just $29 (full priced rooms start at only $89/night)! Reservations are available online at http://www.ymcarockies.org with code LEAP29 or by calling 888-613-962

 Paw Patrol. Do your kids love the PAW Patrol? Cheer on everyone’s favorite heroic pups as they race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race!  When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race. See the whole thing live at the Bellco Theater, February 29 and March 1. Tickets are just $19! Tickets on sale now at pawpatrollive.com.

 Hallmark Free Card Friday. I love getting mail – it’s even better when it is a magazine or card. I love sending cards to my son too! He (apparently) loves them. Free Card Fridays are back. Visit your Gold Crown Hallmark store every Friday through June 26 to get one free card from the Just Because card collection. This is a Crown Rewards member exclusive [membership is free]. In-store only. 

Best Buy Outlet. Did you know that Denver is one of the few cities that has a Best Buy Outlet? You can grab tons of deals at the outlet – these are items that have refurbished, open box or have been returned for some reason. 

DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jumpstart your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020 

 Free Magazines. I may have mentioned this before. I am a total magazine junkie. I love getting magazines in the mail. I have since I was a kid (maybe I should have worked at the Postal Service for as much as I love getting mail). But I rarely ever PAY for them. I do a quick survey and get points. You can do it too! RewardSurvey.com.

 HollisterHollister is having an awesome sale! Buy 2, Get 1 FREE on all clearance items;  New Club Cali members (free to join) get a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase; Club Cali members get an additional 20% off all purchases. Even better – you can pair all these deals together!

 Free Days. There are several free days all year long. Make sure you bookmark our round-up page. Here is what is happening nest week: Free day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Museo de las Americas. 

Colorado Garden and Home Show. When I’m stuck in my house, thanks to snow, I think of all the house projects I want to do – and my Pinterest boards fill up. But there is another way (besides wandering the aisles at Home Depot and Lowe’s) the Colorado Garden and Home Show marches into town February 22-March 1. Tickets are on sale now. Kids 12 and under are free. Regular adult admission is $12 ($10 for seniors). Here’s some ticket deals: receive $2 off your ticket when you bring a non-perishable food item or go Monday, February 24 – Thursday, February 27 (admission is two for one).

 Hyatt Place on Pena Staycation to Celebrate Leap Day Birthday. Celebrate your Leap Day birthday with a free night stay at Hyatt Place Pena Station. If you were born on February 29, enjoy complimentary overnight accommodations at Hyatt Place Pena Station on your birthday. Call the hotel directly at 720.405.4321 to book. Mention this special offer. Promotion cannot be combined with additional offers. Must be 21+ to book and present a photo ID and valid credit card at the time of arrival. 

Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom Rack Clear the Rack sale is happening now. I love getting a great deal especially if it is on something that was originally a LOT of money! Sale items are an additional 25% off. I got my daughter a pair of booties for just $15!

Totes Umbrellas. There was a saying when I was little about “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” Prepare your family for those April showers with 30% off and Free Shipping at Totes. These are great Mother’s Day gifts or Easter Basket fillers. Use promo code CELEBRATE.

JC Penney Liter Sale. If your family uses Matrix shampoo or conditioner (my sister discovered it as a teen). Then head over to JC Penny and use promo code NEWLOOK6 to get the listers at half off!

Deals: Leap Year, Travel and Adventure Show and More

Did you know that February is American Heart Month (not just because of Valentine’s)? The month is meant to raise awareness about heart health and prevent heart disease. There are a lot of ways you can become involved and help other women fight the #1 killer. Sign up for HeartFest in June, plan to support the Heart Ball in early March, following along on Facebook to see what you can do all year long, or just take your female friends on a walk instead of a coffee (walking is a heart-healthy exercise).  

Dairy Block Petite Parade. Saturday, Feb 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dairy Block will celebrate Mardi Gras with a mini-parade. Create a float for the parade starting with a shoebox. Floats must be lo larger than two feet, by two feet by three feet and must be able to be pulled on wheels. There is a $50 fee for entry of a float – but the parade is FREE to watch.

Hallmark Free Card Friday. I love getting mail – it’s even better when it is a magazine or card. I love sending cards to my son too! He (apparently) loves them. Free Card Fridays are back. Visit your Gold Crown Hallmark store every Friday through June 26 to get one free card from the Just Because card collection. This is a Crown Rewards member exclusive [membership is free]. In-store only. 

Chipotle Mexican Grill. Suit up with a hockey jersey on Friday, February 21 to score a buy one get one free entrée or kids meal (in-restaurant dining only) at Chipotle. USA Hockey and Chipotle celebrate the 13th year of Hockey Week Across America, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice.” The moment when the United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in 1980 is still one of the most iconic sporting events in U.S. history.

Stitch Fix. I recently ordered Stitch Fix. It is an online personal styling service. They match you to a stylist who sends you personalized outfits. Best of all, they aren’t a subscription service—you can because you can order a box on demand or set up automatic deliveries. It’s completely up to you. I also love the fact that I can let them know that I have a very limited budget and they find pieces that fit in that budget! I tried it the first time when my cousin gave me a code (which goes toward your styling fee and then to anything you keep). I’m giving you a code to try it too!
 
Best Buy Outlet. Did you know that Denver is one of the few cities that has a Best Buy Outlet? You can grab tons of deals at the outlet – these are items that have refurbished, open box or have been returned for some reason. 

 DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jumpstart your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020 

Free Magazines. I may have mentioned this before. I am a total magazine junkie. I love getting magazines in the mail. I have since I was a kid (maybe I should have worked at the Postal Service for as much as I love getting mail). But I rarely ever PAY for them. I do a quick survey and get points. You can do it too! RewardSurvey.com.

 HollisterHollister is having an awesome sale! Buy 2, Get 1 FREE on all clearance items;  New Club Cali members (free to join) get a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase; Club Cali members get an additional 20% off all purchases. Even better – you can pair all these deals together!

 The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) is a celebration of the inspirational, educational, and motivational power of film to engage people to protect their environment. It will be held Feb. 20-23, 2020 at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in Golden, Colo. CEFF for Kids features 13 short films specially programmed for schools and children (under 18) on Friday morning, including Zero, a film where local students followed their classmate through ups and downs for four days as she was challenged to live a zero-waste lifestyle. More info:  www.ceff.net. For tickets, please go to: https://ceff.net/tickets 

 Free Days. There are several free days all year long. Make sure you bookmark our round-up page. Here is what is happening this week: Thursday, February 20 – Denver Botanic Gardens Plains Conservation Center and Sunday, February 23 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Expos. My kids have been dragged along to several different expos over time. Most of the time they didn’t really feel like this was great fun for them (but it was fun for me and the kids are usually really discounted or free). There are two expos this weekend (Feb 22-23):

  • Travel and Adventure Show comes to the Colorado Convention Center (I loved this because I got to meet one of my idols, Samantha Brown) they have top-notch speakers again this year with Rick Steves, Josh Gates, and Cheryl Strayed. You can experience cultures from around the world and visit face-to-face with destination experts to help you plan your vacation. Plus, if you don’t have your passport yet – this is the place to get it! Admission is $11.
  • Colorado Garden and Home Show. When I’m stuck in my house, thanks to snow, I think of all the house projects I want to do – and my Pinterest boards fill up. But there is another way (besides wandering the aisles at Home Depot and Lowe’s) the Colorado Garden and Home show marches into town February 22-March 1. Tickets are on sale now. Kids 12 and under are free. Regular adult admission is $12 ($10 for seniors). Here’s some ticket deals: receive $2 off your ticket when you bring a non-perishable food item or go Monday, February 24 – Thursday, February 27 (admission is two for one).

Hyatt Place on Pena Staycation to Celebrate Leap Day Birthday. Celebrate your Leap Day birthday with a free night stay at Hyatt Place Pena Station. If you were born on February 29, enjoy complimentary overnight accommodations at Hyatt Place Pena Station on your birthday. Call the hotel directly at 720.405.4321 to book. Mention this special offer. Promotion cannot be combined with additional offers. Must be 21+ to book and present a photo ID and valid credit card at the time of arrival. 

Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom Rack Clear the Rack sale is happening now. I love getting a great deal especially if it is on something that was originally a LOT of money! Sale items are an additional 25% off. I got my daughter a pair of booties for just $15!

 

Deals: Valentine’s Day, Colorado Garden and Home Show & More

Valentine’s Day. Most people think of this holiday in the romantic love way. Maybe because I am a single mom, maybe it is just my weird way of thinking of things – I don’t think it has to be all about movie-quality romance – and making people that aren’t paired up sad. I think of Valentine’s simply a day of showing each other love. No matter if that is giving your kids an extra hug and telling them you love them, or calling your parents and saying, “Hey, I love you and everything you have done for me,” or even just starting your own gratitude journal on all the things you love. And in that case, MileHighMamas I wish you the Happiest of Valentine’s Days! 

Dairy Block Petite Parade. Saturday, Feb 22nd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dairy Block will celebrate Mardi Gras with a mini-parade. Create a float for the parade starting with a shoebox. Floats must be lo larger than two feet, by two feet by three feet and must be able to be pulled on wheels. There is a $50 fee for entry of a float – but the parade is FREE to watch.

 Colorado Garden and Home Show. When I’m stuck in my house, thanks to snow, I think of all the house projects I want to do – and my Pinterest boards fill up. But there is another way (besides wandering the aisles at Home Depot and Lowe’s) the Colorado Garden and Home show marches into town February 22-March 1. Tickets are on sale now. Kids 12 and under are free. Regular adult admission is $12 ($10 for seniors). Here’s some ticket deals: receive $2 off your ticket when you bring a non-perishable food item or go Monday, February 24 – Thursday, February 27 (admission is two for one).

 Winter Park Family Fest. Winter Park Family Fest features slopeside fireworks on Saturday, February 15 from 6 p.m  to 7 p.m.  Gather around the bonfire at the base, eat s’mores, dance with the music and enter for awesome giveaways!

 Best Buy Outlet. Did you know that Denver is one of the few cities that has a Best Buy Outlet? You can grab tons of deals at the outlet – these are items that have refurbished, open box or have been returned for some reason. 

DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jumpstart your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020 

Free Magazines. I may have mentioned this before. I am a total magazine junkie. I love getting magazines in the mail. I have since I was a kid (maybe I should have worked at the Postal Service for as much as I love getting mail). But I rarely ever PAY for them. I do a quick survey and get points. You can do it too! RewardSurvey.com.

 Free Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks at Kroger. Kroger has select Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks on sale for just $1 through February 18th (other fruit snacks, roll-ups and Gushers are just $1.99), then use the $1 digital coupon available on your Kroger card app up to five times – making them FREE. 

Ski Deals. Skiing can be expensive – but doesn’t have to be when you find deals! Loveland Ski area has partnered with The Party radio station to offer ski hookey days – where you can get a lift ticket for just $35. (These are on specific days – see the link for more details). Or get the Colorado Ski Country’s GEMS card – this little “gem” has all kinds of great deals from two-for-one deals or 30% off a lift ticket. Keystone is offering kids ski free with a two-night stay.

Preschool just got cheaper in Denver

The Denver Preschool Program announced that it will increase the amount of tuition support available to Denver’s youngest learners for the 2020-2021 school year. Each participating family will receive 10.2 percent more in tuition support next year, meaning all eligible families will save even more on preschool tuition at the school of their choice, regardless of their income.

This marks the ninth year in a row that the Denver Preschool Program has been able to increase the amount of tuition support it offers. A typical family* can expect to receive $788/month in tuition savings during the 2020-2021 school year, with some families receiving as much as $1,000/month. 

“Research has proven time and again that children who attend high-quality preschool programs have a stronger foundation in early language, literacy and math skills and are more likely to graduate high school, attend college and succeed in their careers,” said Elsa Holguín, president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program. “By making more funds available to help all families pay for preschool, we can help ensure more children enter kindergarten ready to reach their full potential.”

Through the Denver Preschool Program, tuition support is available to all families who reside within the City and County of Denver and have a child enrolled in a participating preschool program in their year before kindergarten. The amount of tuition support a family can receive varies based on a sliding scale that considers household income, their chosen school’s quality rating and the length of the child’s school day.

“The Denver Preschool Program was created with the goal of making preschool affordable for all Denver families, regardless of their income,” said Zach Hochstadt, chair of the Denver Preschool Program board of directors. “As the cost of living in the City and County of Denver continues to rise, increasing the amount of preschool tuition support we can provide to parents and caregivers is one way we can help ensure that families of all socioeconomic backgrounds can continue to afford to live in our beautiful, vibrant city.”

Funds are provided by a dedicated 0.15 percent sales tax, first approved by Denver voters in 2006 and reauthorized in 2014 to extend to 2026.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to explore their preschool options for next year now using the Denver Preschool Program’s online “Find a Preschool” tool. In addition, they can take advantage of the Denver Preschool Program’s online “Tuition Credit Calculator,” which allows them to estimate the amount of monthly tuition support they may be eligible to receive to lower the cost of preschool. The Denver Preschool Program accepts tuition support applications year-round.

For more information about the Denver Preschool Program, please visit www.dpp.org or call 303-595-4DPP (4377).

Deals: National Frozen Yogurt Day, Best Buy Outlet & More!

How do you show your love for your kids? Do you give them Valentine’s? What do you get them? Do you assume that they will get all the sugar, candy and chocolate they want from school?

 National Frozen Yogurt DayOn this snowy day, all I can seem to think about is frozen yogurt. I love to top mine with gummy bears. National Frozen Yogurt Day is Thursday, February 6. TCBY will be giving theirs away free all day – the first 6 oz are FREE. If you fill your cup more than that whatever is over 6 oz will cost. Yogurtland will give away a FREE cup (5 oz) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Menchies will offer a buy one get one free between 3 p.m and 7 p.m.

 National Pizza DayNational Pizza day is February 9. I love “National Days” because that usually means deals – and I love a deal on pizza! Here are some deals we found.

·         Dominos – Score a Large 3-Topping Domino’s Pizza for just $7.99 when you use promo code 9174 at checkout – valid for carryout orders only. You can also choose two or more items from a select menu for $5.99 each including medium 2-topping pizza, bread twists, salad, marbled cookie brownies, specialty chicken, oven-baked sandwiches, stuffed cheesy bread, 8-piece boneless chicken, and pasta!

·         Little Caesars – large Hot-N-Ready Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza for just $6.49 between 4 PM and 8 PM

·         Pizza Hut is offering a large 3-topping pizza for just $9.99. You can also get meat-lovers for this same price.

 Best Buy Outlet. Did you know that Denver is one of the few cities that has a Best Buy Outlet? You can grab tons of deals at the outlet – these are items that have refurbished, open box or have been returned for some reason. 

DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jumpstart your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020

 Love at Lowe’sKids can build a love note holder at the workshop on February 8. The workshop is free! Plus, when you are at Lowe’s you can pick up this awesome three-pack of painters tape for just over $3 per roll! (I have a few painting projects coming up!).

T-Mobile Tuesday. T-Mobile is having T-Mobile Tuesdays and giving away FREE stuff, deals, and exclusive offers when you play their T-Mobile Tuesday game! Today, February 4th only, you may be able to get a Free $25 Bouqs.com voucher and free shipping, a free Redbox rental and more!

Walgreens Free Photo. Get a free 8×10 photo at Walgreens. Through February 4, use code FREEBIE8X10 when you upload your photo to Walgreens and get your print free.

 Ski DealsA lot of my friends don’t ski because they say that it is too expensive. And I would have to agree that some times. But there are deals that you can find. For example, Loveland Ski area has partnered with The Party radio station to offer ski hookey days – where you can get a lift ticket for just $35. (These are on specific days – see the link for more details). Or get the Colorado Ski Country’s GEMS card – this little “gem” has all kinds of great deals from two-for-one deals or 30% off lift ticket. Keystone is offering kids ski free with a two-night stay.

 
 

Deals: Free days, free Disney+ and Chinese New Year!

I thought it was just me – thinking that January has felt like a really long month. But, I’ve seen a couple memes out there. So maybe I’m not the only one.

 Free Museum Day for Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Customers. On February 1 & 2, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America customers can visit over 225 cultural institutions (in Colorado the Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Botanic Gardens). They get free admission when they show their ID and their card. While this sounds like a great deal – keep in mind that ANYONE (with our without a certain credit card) can go to the Colorado Art Museum for free on the first Saturday of the month. 

 Free Days. Saturday, February 1, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab and Denver Art Museum general admission is free. On Sunday, February 2, the Denver Zoo is free to Colorado Residents. For other free day listings be sure to check out our list!

 REI Used Gear. Did you know that REI sells their used gear? Those who shop there often know about the “garage sale” but now, you can shop any time for some awesome deals! As they say, “used is the new new.”

 Wendy’s Frosty Key Tags. Looking for a way to support a good cause AND get a great deal all year long? Consider buying a Frosty Key Tag at Wendy’s for just $2. 

Free Disney+Curious if you really want to try Disney Plus or not? This may be your opportunity to try it for FREE thanks to TopCashBack. When you sign up for a new cash back account (it’s free too).  Purchase Disney + for $12.99. Within 21 days  your TopCashBack account will be credited the $12.99. (You can then transfer the money to your own bank account). 
 
DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jump start your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020
 
Tile Trackers on Amazon. There was a person in our house often who would forget his keys – All.The.Time. When we discovered these Tile Trackers. They are on sale 40% off now at Amazon. So, if you didn’t get one for Christmas. Get one now!  

 
AAA Travel Show. I still have a handful of states that I need to see if I’m going to see all 50. But I love the planning almost more than the actual traveling, that is why I love the AAA Travel Show. January 31 and February 1 at Empower Field at Mile High. The event features speakers, presentations and exhibitors.

 Outlets at Castle Rock. Will celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat) with an awesome red envelope giveaway – traditional Chinese red envelopes stuffed with gift cards and shopping coupons. And children 12 years old and under can collect lantern crafts at Customer Service, then return with their decorated lantern to receive an envelope with a special surprise inside, through Feb. 8!

 Chick Fil A Free. Get a free 8-count Nuggets or Kale Crunch Salad when you download the Chick-Fil-A app and go to the rewards section of the app.

 Home Depot Kids Workshop. I want to be a kid again! At Home Depot’s Free workshop February 1, Kids will make a free Heart String Art.

Ski for Free. 5th Graders can ski for free and 6th Graders ski for really cheap with the Passport from Colorado Ski Country. The passport allows Fifth-graders to try (and fall in love) with the sport. You get three times of skiing at the member resorts, a first timer’s lesson and rentals on the day of that lesson. As a Sixth Grader you get four times (and the lesson and rental if you didn’t take a first-timer one already). The deadline to apply is coming up on January 31!

 Ski and Snowboard Month. Did you know that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month? The ski areas take safety and the responsibility code (things like you need to be in control etc) very seriously. So seriously, that they have an entire month dedicated to teaching safety in a fun way (We’ve gathered all the fun info for you)!

Deals: Valentine’s Day workshop, Stock Show, free museum days and more!

I was lucky enough to be in Hong Kong several years ago for Chinese New Year. It is such a fun and festive time. This festivity is a time for family reunion and is considered the most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration. People often visit relatives and friends, do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese New Year events, launch fireworks, and plan for the coming year. The celebration is sometimes accentuated with a religious ceremony given in honor of heaven, earth, the family’s ancestors and other gods. Kung Hei Fat Choi! (How you say Happy New Year).

 National Western Stock Show. The National Western Stock show lets you get up close with the animals and be entertained with the rodeo through January 26. There are several ticket deals you can score discounted tickets from Groupon or Travelzoo. Plus, no matter what grounds admission is free with the purchase of a rodeo ticket. It is a full day’s entertainment at the price of a movie.  

 Free Museum Day for Merrill Lynch and Bank of America Customers. On February 1 & 2, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America customers can visit over 225 cultural institutions (in Colorado the Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum and Denver Botanic Gardens). They get free admission when they show their ID and their card. While this sounds like a great deal – keep in mind that ANYONE (with our without a certain credit card) can go to the Colorado Art Museum for free on the first Saturday of the month. 

Free Days. Saturday, February 1, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab and Denver Art Museum general admission is free. On Sunday, February 2, the Denver Zoo is free to Colorado Residents. For other free day listings be sure to check out our list!

 Krispy Kreme. Get a Krispy Kreme donut free every Monday in January from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also when you join mySweetRewards get a free dozen original glazed donuts with any dozen purchase.

Wendy’s Frosty Key Tags. Looking for a way to support a good cause AND get a great deal all year long? Consider buying a Frosty Key Tag at Wendy’s for just $2. 

DGMG Jewelry, Gem & Mineral ShowKids will learn and have fun with activities like crystal digging, Mineral Magic Show, Mineral identification activities, Bat Cave (with rocks that glow in the dark), demonstrations, wire wrapping, geode cracking, and awesome displays of minerals from across the state and around the world.  Jump start your collection with 10 minerals plus a chance to win special prizes – in the $1 Grab Bag.  Free parking and Free admission at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado, February 28 – March 1, 2020

AAA Travel Show. I still have a handful of states that I need to see if I’m going to see all 50. But I love the planning almost more than the actual traveling, that is why I love the AAA Travel Show. January 31 and February 1 at Empower Field at Mile High. The event features speakers, presentations and exhibitors.

Outlets at Castle Rock. Will celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat) with an awesome red envelope giveaway – traditional Chinese red envelopes stuffed with gift cards and shopping coupons. And children 12 years old and under can collect lantern crafts at Customer Service, then return with their decorated lantern to receive an envelope with a special surprise inside, Jan. 25 – Feb. 8!

Chick Fil A Free. Get a free 8-count Nuggets or Kale Crunch Salad when you download the Chick-Fil-A app and go to the rewards section of the app.

 Home Depot Kids Workshop. I want to be a kid again! At Home Depot’s Free workshop February 1, Kids will make a free Heart String Art.

 

Ski for Free. 5th Graders can ski for free and 6th Graders ski for really cheap with the Passport from Colorado Ski Country. The passport allows Fifth-graders to try (and fall in love) with the sport. You get three times of skiing at the member resorts, a first timer’s lesson and rentals on the day of that lesson. As a Sixth Grader you get four times (and the lesson and rental if you didn’t take a first-timer one already). The deadline to apply is coming up on January 31!

 Ski and Snowboard Month. Did you know that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month? The ski areas take safety and the responsibility code (things like you need to be in control etc) very seriously. So seriously, that they have an entire month dedicated to teaching safety in a fun way (We’ve gathered all the fun info for you)!

 

 
 

Deals: Stock show tickets, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and more

Just when the kids started school, they get another day off. Martin Luther King, Jr. day is Monday, January 21. Denver’s Marade (march parade) celebrating the Civil Rights Leader will be held downtown along Colfax between City Park and Civic Center Park. You can also get outside at a National Park for free on MLK Day.

 National Western Stock Show. The National Western Stock show lets you get up close with the animals and be entertained with the rodeo January 11-26. There are several ticket deals you can score discounted tickets from Groupon or Travelzoo to free grounds day (sponsored by Arrow Electronics) on January 14. Plus, no matter what grounds admission is free with the purchase of a rodeo ticket. It is a full day’s entertainment at the price of a movie.  

 Subway. Subway is helping you get New Years started off right by offering Oven Roasted Chicken or Veggie six-inch subs for just $2.99 (for a limited time).

 Krispy Kreme. Get a Krispy Kreme donut free every Monday in January from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also when you join mySweetRewards get a free dozen original glazed donuts with any dozen purchase.

 Einstein BagelsEinstein Bros Bagels is celebrating National Bagel Day, January 15 with a free bagel and shmear with any purchase.

 Olive Garden. Lunching with friends is even better when you get Unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks for just $5.99 at Olive Garden with this digital coupon (after you put in your phone number).

 Chick Fil A Free. Get a free 8-count Nuggets or Kale Crunch Salad when you download the Chick-Fil-A app and go to the rewards section of the app.

 Home Depot Kids Workshop. I want to be a kid again! At Home Depot’s Free workshop February 1, Kids will make a free Heart String Art.

 Converse Chuck Taylors. My daughter has a couple of the Converse Chuck Taylor Shoes. Right now they are on sale (high and low top) for just $25 when you use JAN25 at checkout.

 Macy’s Sale. While most stores have some great after-Christmas savings. Macy’s has been a recent love for me. Right now, you can get a hooded quilted girl’s jacket with faux-fur trim for just $6.60! Use promo code FLASH at checkout. (There are several jackets for sale, this is just my favorite).

 Veldkamp’s Happy Hour. Veldkamp’s in Lakewood has Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 12 noon to closing and all day on Saturday and Sunday. What is Happy Hour at a Veldkamp’s? Get loose stems at the special rate of buy one get one free.

Ski for Free. 5th Graders can ski for free and 6th Graders ski for really cheap with the Passport from Colorado Ski Country. The passport allows Fifth-graders to try (and fall in love) with the sport. You get three times of skiing at the member resorts, a first timer’s lesson and rentals on the day of that lesson. As a Sixth Grader you get four times (and the lesson and rental if you didn’t take a first-timer one already). The deadline to apply is coming up on January 31!

 Ski and Snowboard Month. Did you know that January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month? The ski areas take safety and the responsibility code (things like you need to be in control etc) very seriously. So seriously, that they have an entire month dedicated to teaching safety in a fun way (We’ve gathered all the fun info for you)!

 

Deals: Stock Show free grounds day, Sportsmen’s Expo and more

It’s Stock Show Time. I love living in Denver. We are a little bit city (we have amazing city life, great foodie restaurants, a top-notch theater scene, etc) but we also embrace our country roots – and nothing is quite as spectacular as the prize bull in the lobby of one of our fanciest hotels, the Brown Palace. Or the rodeo where we collectively cheer on a bull rider’s bravery of hopping on top of a bucking live animal. Indeed, Denver comes alive with the spirit not quite like any other city during the next 16 days and be sure to check out our guide to the National Western Stock Show

National Western Stock Show. The National Western Stock show kicks off with a FREE parade (cattle drive) through downtown Denver on Thursday, January 9. Then you can get up close with the animals and be entertained with the rodeo January 11-26. There are several ticket deals you can score discounted tickets from Groupon or Travelzoo to free grounds day (sponsored by Arrow Electronics) on January 14. Plus, no matter what grounds admission is free with the purchase of a rodeo ticket. It is a full day’s entertainment at the price of a movie.  

International Sportsmen’s Expo. January 9-12 the International Sportsmen’s Expo will take place at the Colorado Convention Center.  Featured this year are the Campfire Theater (an intimate 30-seat presentation space) with well known and recognized speakers. Kids will get to take photos with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) mascot, Wilder – part mountain goat, part yeti, mostly friend. Admission is $16 for adults. Free for kids 15 and under.

Subway. Subway is helping you get New Years started off right by offering Oven Roasted Chicken or Veggie six-inch subs for just $2.99 (for a limited time).

Krispy Kreme. Get a free donut every Monday in January from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Olive Garden. Lunching with friends is even better when you get Unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks for just $5.99 at Olive Garden with this digital coupon (after you put in your phone number).

Home Depot Kids Workshop. I want to be a kid again! At Home Depot’s Free workshop February 1, Kids will make a free Heart String Art.

Macy’s Sale. While most stores have some great after-Christmas savings. Macy’s has been a recent love for me. Right now, you can get a hooded quilted girl’s jacket with faux-fur trim for just $6.60! Use promo code FLASH at checkout. (There are several jackets for sale, this is just my favorite).

Veldkamp’s Happy Hour. Veldkamp’s in Lakewood has Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 12 noon to closing and all day on Saturday and Sunday. What is Happy Hour at a Veldkamp’s? Get loose stems at the special rate of buy one get one free.

Ski for Free. 5th Graders can ski for free and 6th Graders ski for really cheap with the Passport from Colorado Ski Country. The passport allows Fifth-graders to try (and fall in love) with the sport. You get three times of skiing at the member resorts, a first timer’s lesson and rentals on the day of that lesson. As a Sixth Grader you get four times (and the lesson and rental if you didn’t take a first-timer one already). The deadline to apply is coming up on January 31!

Liftopia. If you have not already purchased your season lift tickets – there is still hope to find great deals. Check out Liftopia.com for deals on tickets!

 
 
 
 

Free First Day Hikes and Ice Fishing Clinics

On January 1, 2020, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all Coloradans to welcome in a new year by heading outside to enjoy the trails in a Colorado State Park. 

First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature. Each participating park offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the new year, with most parks offering guided hikes and some parks providing multiple options to choose from, allowing you to select the time and route you prefer.

    • Many parks are also offering refreshments and free giveaways for this event.
    • The hikes ​​are free but park visitors must possess a valid parks pass to participate. 
    • It is up to the individual park regarding reservations or RSVP. Please check each park’s event details.​
    • All First Day Hikes will vary in ability levels and length depending on location and weather conditions.​​​​ 
    • Bring snacks and water, dress in layers and be prepared with traction and/or trekking poles for winter hiking in snow or on icy trails; if there is snow, consider bringing snowshoes. 

For a complete list of participating parks, check below:

Staunton State Park-First Day Hike Around the Top!
Wednesday, January 1

The hike is free, but a parks pass is required. Meet at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic area at 830am. The hike is moderate, and will be 11.4 miles with an optional cutoff to make it 8 miles. Bring everything you need for a hike including water, snacks, layers, and traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. Leashed pets are permitted. Enjoy an adventurous hike up one of the Park’s most stunning rocky canyons. This hike includes cascading falls of Mason Creek, aspen groves, creek crossings. Travel across the highest trails of Staunton enjoying amazing vistas from the overlooks of Bear Paw and Borderline!! The Old Mill site is included in this hardy hike. The return route continues along Staunton Ranch trail to the meadows Parking lot.

Chatfield State Park- First Day Hike: Historic Nature Walk
Wednesday, January 1

Join a Chatfield Naturalist Volunteer for a historic nature walk through the prairie. Listen to the ice sing in nearby ponds while admiring the foothill views on a leisurely 3 miles walk to the Discovery Gazebo and back. Enjoy a provided cup of warm cocoa upon your return!

Yampa River State Park 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us for a 1 mile snowshoe around Yampa River Headquarters. Visitors are welcome to borrow a pair of snowshoes for the event. End your hike at our visitor center with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks.

St. Vrain- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Welcome in 2020 at our First Day Hike. Join our rangers and others for a 2 mile hike around Pelican Pond. There will be a stop for drinks and snacks.

Roxborough- First Day Hike: Carpenter Peak
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy the New Year with a hike up to Carpenter Peak. This is an exhilerating hike with gorgeous views!

Mueller- Elk Meadow Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy a hike through forest and meadow on gentle hills. Watch for signs of wildlife with Volunteer Naturalist Rose. Great views of Pikes Peak! 2.5-mile, moderate hike. Dress for the weather!

AHRA First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us in celebrating the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2020 event! This guided hike features beautiful mountain and rugged shallow canyon scenery with sweeping views of the Upper Arkansas Valley and the snow-capped Sawatch mountains.

Ridgway- First Day Hike: Dallas Creek Nature Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Take a stroll through open fields with tall cottonwoods, navigate along the shores of Dallas Creek and scramble through Pinion-Juniper forests within the rocky outcroppings of Log Hill Mesa. Catch some spectacular view of Mt. Sneffels and the San Juan range. Walk through the hiding places of many birds and animals and see if you can spot some trout in the creek on our way by! If snow conditions are good, this “hike” can be cross-country skied.

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-The Ranch Loop
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will depart from the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area at Staunton at 930am. The hike will be 5.25 miles and is easy depending on snow conditions. The hike is free, but a valid Parks Pass is required. Children 5 and older are welcome, as well as leashed pets. Bring everything you need for hiking such as water, food, and layers. We also recommend spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. This hike will begin at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area and will travel down the relatively flat Davis Ponds Loop. We will then connect with the Chase Meadow Trail and discus the importance of this historic property. We will then connect with the Staunton Ranch Trail (the ‘main street’ of Staunton’s 30 mile trail system) traveling downhill to the Dines Meadow Connector Trail. We will cross a beautiful meadow to a connection with the Mason Creek Trail. We will go uphill and explore two newly constructed rest areas including a frozen cascading waterfall. We’ll double back downhill on Mason Creek to the Staunton Ranch Trail where we will hike back to the Group Picnic Area. Volunteer Guides: Mark and Sandy Fisher

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-Search for Sasquatch
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will depart from the Meadow Parking Lot at 0930am. The hike goes down Staunton Ranch Trail to Scout Line and Marmot Passage. It will be 7 miles and is moderate. A valid Parks Pass is required but the hike is free. Children and leashed pets are welcome. Bring everything you need for hiking such as water, food, and layers. We also recommend binoculars and spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. This 7-mile loop is rated moderate and heads up the Staunton Ranch trail, then switchbacks up Scout Line to Marmot Passage trail. The hike then descends back to Staunton Ranch trail for a three-mile return to the parking lot. Mountain vistas make this hike a special way to start the new year. Volunteer Guides: Gary Finely and Nancy Coburn

Lathrop State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Start the New Year in a healthy way with a hike Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am Refreshments will be served after the hike.

Cheyenne Mtn – First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Sleet, snow or 20 below, come and enjoy the first day of 2020 with a hike!

Golden Gate Canyon State Park- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Please join us on January 1st, 2020 for our Annual First Day Hikes! Interested hikers can join us for one of two guided hikes. We will offer an out and back 3 mile hike on Burro Trail to City Lights Ridge and a 5 mile loop hike on Horseshoe and Black Bear Trail.

Roxborough- First Day Hike: South Rim Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy the New Year with a hike on South Rim Trail. This is a wonderful hike with georgeous views!

Cherry Creek- 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

This Jan.1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites all Coloradans to welcome in a new year by heading outside to enjoy the trails in a Colorado State Park. First Day Hikes offer a chance to start the new year right by getting people out for some exercise in nature. We will have a guided hike starting from the Campground Office. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available. Dress warm!

Vega- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Hike, snowshoe or cross country ski a 2 mile trail with park staff.

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-History and Geology
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will depart from the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area at 10am and will go to the Red Cliffs climbing area. The hike is between 4-5 miles and is moderate. A valid Parks Pass is required but the hike is free. Children and leashed pets are welcome. Bring everything you need for hiking such as water, food, and layers. We also recommend spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on conditions. Hikers will see meadows, pine forests, aspen tree groves, unique rock formations, wildlife, cabins and much more. Learn about the history of Staunton State Park while viewing amazing vistas from the destination overlook! Volunteer Guide: Marlene Schulte

Staunton State Park First Day Hike-Old Mill
Wednesday, January 1

This hike will meet at 10am at the Ranch Hand Group Picnic area. The hike will follow Staunton Ranch Trail to Old Mill Trail, with an option to continue on to Borderline Trail. It will be 6-8 miles and is moderate. The hike is free, but a valid Parks Pass is required. Children and leashed pets are permitted. Bring everything you need for a hike including food, water, and layers. We also recommend spikes/traction devices/snowshoes depending on the conditions. Follow Black Creek up to the site of the Staunton’s saw mill site. Visit the remaining bunk house and the remains of the mill itself. An interesting look at early 1900’s engineering and history. Volunteer guide: Debby Henkens

Lory State Park First Day Hike / Bike/ Horseback Ride
Wednesday, January 1

Lory State Park will host First Day hikes, bike ride, and horseback Ride. Hikes and bike ride begin at 10 am, horseback ride begins a 10:30am. Please register in advance by calling the park visitor center at 970-493-1623.

Steamboat Lake- First Day Sledding!
Wednesday, January 1

Join Steamboat Lake staff in welcoming in the New Year with sledding, s’mores, and hot drinks. Optional hike afterwards.

Stagecoach- 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us for our annual guided 1 mile snowshoe hike up Pinnacle Peak to ring in the new year! Campfire refreshments served following the hike. Meet at the Arrowhead Group Picnic Area at 10 a.m.

Staunton State Park-First Day Bike
Wednesday, January 1

Come join some of the staff from Evergreen Mountain Sports for a First Day Bike! They will have two groups-one going for a faster paced ride for 1.5-2 hours, the other a slower casual ride. Both rides will meet at 10am at the Meadow Parking Lot. Trails are TBD depending on trail conditions. The ride is free, but a valid parks pass is required. Bring everything you need for a bike ride including layers, water, and food. Registration is not required.

Mueller- Wapiti Trail Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Explore the nature trail in winter splendor! Discover what wildlife are active in winter. Led by Volunteer Naturalist Charlene. 1-mile, moderate hike. Dress for the weather!

James M. Robb Colorado River State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join a Park Ranger for a guided nature hike at Connected Lakes. Meet at the Kingfisher parking lot at 10am. The event is free with an annual parks pass or a daily parks pass. Passes are available at the entrance to the park. Be prepared for any type of weather!

Chatfield State Park- First Day Hike: Scenic Nature Trail for All Ages and Abilities
Wednesday, January 1

Join a Chatfield Naturalist Volunteer for a scenic nature trail for all ages and abilities. Look for white tail deer and birds of prey as you slowly ascend to your final destination at the top of the Chatfield Dam. Enjoy tjhe views and the fresh air as you ring in the New Year with a provided warm cup of cocoa.

Roxborough- First Day Hike: Fountain Valley Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy the New Year with a hike around the Fountain Valley Trail. This is a fun family hike wih two overlooks!

Ridgway- First Day Hike: Cookie Tree Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Navigate down the mesa along the shore of Ridgway Reservoir; scramble through Pinion-Juniper forests and rocky outcroppings. Catch some spectacular views of Mt. Sneffels and the San Juan range. Walk through the hiding places of many birds and animals!

Mueller- Forest Bathing Walk
Wednesday, January 1

Enjoy a fresh, new start to the year by immersing yourself in the joy & wonder of nature through the relaxing practice of Forest Bathing (from the Japanese,”shinrin-yoku”). Join Volunteer Naturalist Carrie and Forest Therapy Guide Jane Scanlon for this mindful, slow wander with simple “invitations” for activities to quiet your mind, awaken your senses and connect closely with nature. We’ll end with the sharing of forest tea! Bring sit pad/stool if you have one, water & dress for the weather – snow boots, waterproof pants suggested (there will be some sitting). Ages 9 and up. Maximum 12. Must pre-register at the Visitors Center via walk-in or by calling (719)687-2366.

Barr Lake- 1st Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Barr Lake State Park will be participating in America’s State Parks First Day Hikes 2020 and we hope you’ll join us. With all 50 states participating, the nationwide effort will help promote healthy lifestyles and encourage year-round recreation at our state parks.

Sylvan Lake State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us for a 1.5 mile snowshoe around Sylvan Lake, with an option to go further if you wish. End your hike at our day-use area with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks. Leashed pets welcome. Bring your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair of ours!

State Forest State Park- First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us at 12:00 pm at the Moose Visitor Center for a First Day Hike. We will lead a guided walk for 3 miles on the Gould Loop. This event is free with a daily vehicle park pass for $8 or annual pass. Bring your water, snacks, boots, plenty of warm layers and cross country skis or snowshoes. We have snowshoes for rent at the Moose Visitor Center for $5 per pair!

Lake Pueblo State Park First Day Hike
Wednesday, January 1

Join us in celebrating the new year with this nationwide First Day Hike of 2020 event! This guided hike features beautiful scenery of Lake Pueblo State Park.

Ridway- First Day Hike: Oak Leaf Trail
Wednesday, January 1

Meander through scrub oak and rocky cliff sides. Enjoy the views amongst tall Ponderosa Pines and walk along the spectacular Uncompahgre River. This hike is sure to give you a feeling of serenity and peace. Many birds can be heard and deer may be seen. If your eyes are real sharp, spotting a large brown trout may even be possible.

Ice Fishing
 
Have you always wanted to learn how to ice fish? Have you tried ice fishing but want to learn some tips and tricks for catching more fish? Want a fun activity to do with friends and family this winter, that doesn’t cost too much? Then these clinics are exactly what you have been looking for.
 
These clinics are free and Colorado Parks and Wildlife provide all the fishing gear. Or, you can bring your own gear and they will help you get it set up. All you need are warm clothes, a fishing license and your warm drinks and snacks.
 
Click on the links below for more information.
 
Click here for more information on the December 28th clinic
Click here for more information on the January 3rd clinic
Click here for more information on the February 1st clinic
Click here for more information on the February 15th clinic