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Denver Deals: Christmas in Color discount, Butterfly Pavilion, Contests & More!

Giving Tuesday is this week. On December 7 – when you donate to a Colorado charity First Bank matches. Meaning that your chosen charity gets EVEN MORE! So if you are of a mind to do your giving this month, you might consider this week so your money goes further. There are a lot of great charities that could really benefit from the extra boost. One of my favorites? The Douglas County Libraries! 

Holiday Gift Guide. With all the talk of shipping delays, there is no better time than to shop local. Don’t miss our annual Colorado holiday gift guide with 50+ unique ideas–from wellness getaways to foodie finds to art lovers.  

Contests. Mile High Mamas is giving away a birthday party at the incredible new Airhouse Adventure Park (a $300 value!), tickets to Luminova Holidays at Elitch Gardens and Blossoms of Light or Trail of Lights

Holidays in Denver. Don’t miss our Guide to the Holidays 2021: Denver’s Best Light Displays & Family Fun, The ultimate guide to outdoor skating in Colorado,  Denver’s best holiday markets and craft fairs, the 7 Best Christmas tree farms in Denver and Places to see Santa in Denver.

Christmas in Color. The days of driving around the neighborhood hoping that you would wander into a neighborhood that has a lot of lights are gone. Now you can do the best drive-through in town! Christmas in Color has TWO locations in the Denver area – Bandimere as well as WaterWorld where you can be guaranteed to see lots of great lights from the warmth of your own car! Plus, we have a special MileHighMamas.com readers discount – use discount code MileHighMamas15 when you check out for your timed ticket.  

 AMC Theaters. Do you have a movie lover in your life? The perfect gift may be the AMC A-List membership. Membership is just $21.95 and the first month is only 99 cents! Your movie watcher can watch up to three movies per week. You also get popcorn refills, concession upgrades and other rewards.

 Winter Park’s Venture Out Fest. Venture Out Fest at the Winter Park Resort on Saturday, December 11 starting at 9 a.m. celebrates all things being outside in the mountains – winter, mountain and adventure! Enjoy a free concert, fireworks and bonfire, guided snowshoe, SnoGo, Uphill and Ski & Ride tours. Meet and greet with the Ski Patrol dog team, dog sled team and Search and Rescue team members. Participate in the free ski & snowboard demos. Shop at the brand new North Face store (and there is opportunities to win gear!

Gabby’s Doll House on Netflix. DreamWorks Animation’s Gabby’s Dollhouse and Baketivity are teaming up so you can design your own cat-tastic gingerbread house with Gabby and the Gabby cats! Email [email protected]com with the subject line “MHM gingerbread” for a chance to win or visit baketivity.com to order your Gabby’s Dollhouse Limited Edition Baking Kit which includes step by step instructions and all the dry ingredients you’ll need to create your own Gabby’s gingerbread house while watching Gabby’s Dollhouse on Netflix. If you are close to Southwest Plaza stop by the FREE Gabby gift warp station next weekend! (There is a $50 mall certificate you can win too!)

McDonald’s Freebies. Starting on December 13 McDonald tees up with 12 Days of Freebies. The deals will be available via digital coupons on the McDonalds app. Freebies aren’t just fries with purchase. They are awesome things like a Big Mac, McChicken, Breakfast sausage biscuit, Pancakes, and more

Taco Bell 24 Days of Cravings. Sign up for their free Rewards program to get your piece of Taco Bells 24 Days of Cravings! The deals range from points to free items with minimum purchase.

Covid19 Vaccine at Butterfly Pavilion. Kids 5-11 who would like a little something extra with their Covid-19 vaccination can take their vaccination at the Butterfly Pavilion (from the Colorado Department of Public Health). When they have their first dose on December 7 (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and the second on December 28 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) they receive free entrance to the Pavilion that day and one child Living Lights festival ticket. Register here: Sign Up for Vaccinations – Butterfly Pavilion on Tuesday, 12/07/2021 | Colorado (comassvax.org 

Gift Card Bonus Offers. Maybe you already have a gift card in mind for someone you are shopping for. There are often some great bonus offers you can take advantage of. Most of these cards are on restaurants. And read the redemption rules when you purchase each.

·         Taco Bell. Buy a $25 gift card in store and get a free combo meal at time of purchase.

·         Applebee’s. Buy $50 gift cards receive a $10 bonus card.

·         Auntie Anne’s. Buy $25 in gift cards get a free $5 eReward (in app)

·         BJ’s Restaurant. Get a $25 bonus card and 20% off VIP card when you purchase $100 eGift Cards. Or get $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card.

·         Bonefish Grill. Get an eBonus card via email when you buy $50 or more in gift cards in one transaction.

·         Brio Italian Grille. Get $10 eReward card with purchase of $50 gift cards.

·         Carrabba’s. Buy $50 in gift cards get $10 reward.

·         The Children’s Place and Gymboree. By on online gift card of $50, $75, or $100 get gift coupon for $10, $15 or $20 respectively.

·         Chili’s. Buy $50 in gift cards get an eBonus card worth $10.

·         Cinemark (movies). Buy $25 get a bonus $5 coupon for concessions.

·         Duluth Trading. Buy $50 in eGift Cards get $10 bonus card.

·         DSW. Buy a $50 or $100 gift card get a bonus $10 or $25 respectively.

·         Firehouse Subs. Purchase $25 or more get a promo code for a free sub through the app.

·         Flower Child. Buy $50 in gift cards get a $10 eGift card.

·         Landry’s. Buy $50 gift cards get $10 reward; buy $100 gift cards get $20 reward; buy $250 gift cards get a $50 reward card.

·         Old Chicago. Buy $50 in gift cards get a $10 bonus ecard.

·         Outback Steakhouse. Get a $10 off coupon.

·         Pappadeaux. Buy a $50 gift card get a $10 eBonus card.

·         Red Lobster. Buy $50 gift card get a $10 off purchase of two adult dinner entrees.

·         Red Robin. Buy a $25 gift card get a $5 bonus or $50 in gift cards equals $10 bonus.

·         Schlotzsky’s. Buy $25 in gift cards get a $5 eReward code.

·         Torchy’s Tacos. Buy $25 in gift cards get $5.

·         True Food Kitchen. Purcahse $10 gift cards get $20 bonus card.

 12 Days of Popeyes. Popeyes is offering 12 Days of Popeyes from December 6 to 17. Different deals each day are revealed in an interactive website. Popeye’s doesn’t often offer any kind of coupon or discount – so this is a DEAL no matter how you slice it…or eat it right off the bone.

Denver Deal: Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is January 2016

I grew up in Steamboat. And yes, we had skiing as our gym class in elementary school. After I had my kiddos I had not gone skiing in a long time mostly due to cost and I wasn’t sure if my kids would love it. Then when my son got his free pass in 5th Grade (back then there was not the Vail Epic School Kids offering it to Kindergartners) – he challenged me to learn snowboarding. The first time was not pretty (I could not figure out how to stop the stupid thing and was toted to the bottom of the ski area strapped to a sled provided by the lovely mountain staff). After that, I did get a lesson (on a cheap deal in January since it is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month) and the rest is sort of family history. I love snowboarding. I can’t wait to go every year! It is great fun with the family and yes, you can even get DEALS to do it. If you’ve never been….start now!

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. We will continue to update you as we learn about great deals for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month but here are a few to get you started. 

  • Arapahoe Basin – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s Super Sunday lessons are morning, half-day only (2.5 hours) and include a lift ticket. Adults (ages 15+) are $80 and children (ages 3-14) are $100. Equipment rentals are not included but guests can find alpine ski and snowboard rentals on-site at the Arapahoe Basin rental shop. Super Sunday lessons are available January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 as well as Friday, January 8 as Arapahoe Basin participates in the World’s Largest Lesson. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
  • Aspen/Snowmass + Limelight Hotel – New this year at the Limelight Hotel, the property introduces the Beginner Incentive Package that will make any newbie to the sport a skier for life. Offered in conjunction with the Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Schools, the package includes three full days of adult beginner lessons and four nights at the Limelight Hotel. Daily lunch is included in the experience, and the property’s local guides will escort skiers and riders to the slopes each day. Ski or Snowboard boot rentals, skis, snowboards and helmets are included. Guests also have the option to rent goggles, gloves, jackets and outerwear upon arrival from local retail partners.The package is valid during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month from Jan. 2-17, 2016. Pricing for this all-inclusive package starts at $1,778 per person. Book now by visiting www.limelighthotel.com or calling (844) 854-3387.
  • Copper Mountain – Copper announces Ski and Ride School University: No More Excuses for Winter Sport Never-Evers. Inspired by National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Ski and Ride School U offers newbies aged 18 and older a hassle-free and affordable option to catch the winter bug. For $199 the package includes:Three ski or snowboard lessons, Lift tickets, Equipment rentals, Close-in parking, Lunch on the 2nd and 3rd day. Plus, upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper will award participants a free season pass so guests can progress further on the slopes for the remainder of the winter. Quantities are limited and the package must be purchased in person at Copper Mountain. For more information, please visit www.CopperColorado.com.
  • Eldora – Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) is offering the Mountain Explorer Children’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package for $129. The day package includes an all mountain lift ticket, all day rental, and all day lesson, with snacks and lunch. Reservations are recommended; visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.children.html for more information. For adults, EMR is offering the EASY 1-2-3 for $129. The day package includes one day of lower mountain lift access, all day equipment rental and 3.5 hour lesson (2 hours AM and 1.5 hours PM). Visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.daily.html for more information. 
  • Loveland – All children (ages 4-14) regardless of ability who pre-purchase or complete 3 full day lesson packages receive a free, unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children’s full day lesson packages include lesson, lift access, rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch.  Full day lessons are from 10am through 3:30pm daily. Phone reservations are available or guests can register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Participants who pre-purchase can enjoy the season pass all winter long. Pre-purchase price is $336 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass); $360 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass & early drop off)
  • Monarch – Kids ages 7 and up who have never been skiing or riding before, get the package including an all-day lift ticket, a ski or snowboard rental, a helmet rental, and a 4-hour group lesson for just $139. Plus, take the lesson package between the dates specified you will receive a free lift ticket for your next visit this season! Book the lesson on their website, skimonarch.com. (http://www.skimonarch.com/learn-to-ski-month/
  • Crested Butte – During the month of January, first time skiers and riders, ages 15 and older can sign up for a first time beginner adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski + Ride School fro $79. This package includes full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket (valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson) and 1/ off a single-day equipment rental package. (Expires 1/31/2016).
  • Steamboat – Guests at Steamboat can build confidence while they learn in a safe, controlled, terrain-based environment with instructors that guide them every step of the way. Steamboat’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package opens the slopes with two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 from Jan. 4-31. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults and children ages 1st Grade and older. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com or call 800.299.5017.
  • Sunlight – Skier Appreciation Day at Sunlight (January 8) offers $20 lift tickets to all skiers and snowboarders with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the United Way of Garfield County. In addition, on January 10 Sunlight will host Student/Teacher Appreciation Day, with $20 lift tickets for students and free lift tickets for teachers.
  • If you got the Vail Epic School Kids, use your free lesson and equipment rental this month. Call to your favorite resort (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, or Keystone) to make your reservation. 
  • Winter Park – Winter Park Ski + Ride School’s multi-week Fish Programs can accommodate children from age 3 to 14. With the 7 week Piranhas Program, 5 week Barracudas Program, or the 3 week Minnows Program, kids will have a blast while making new friends, and developing new skills on the slopes. Groups are broken down by age and ability level, from beginner to expert. Programs include instruction from the same coach each week, GPS tracking, and lunch. Programs for the month of January begin at $259 and may be reserved here:http://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/kids-multiweek-lessons.aspx
  • Wolf Creek – Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a variety of ski and snowboard packages to help introduce never-evers to the sport. During the month of January, Wolf Creek is offering a four-week Camp Robbers clinic for kids. For $231 ($264 for non-Season Pass holders) lift ticket, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunch, and snacks are all included each week. Children will be grouped with the same children and instructor each week for the clinic. Not only will the kids improve on their skills, but also this class design will encourage socialization and friendship over the four-week span. Mountain safety, fun races, and a terrain garden are all featured in this program. For more information, visit http://www.wolfcreekski.com
  • Estes Park, COJan 16, 2016 – Part of a two-day celebration of winter with many other events happening with clinics and igloo building.  This is a snowshoe only event. (It’s not just ski and snowboard month!)

Winter Ski Directory. We’re thrilled to launch the Colorado Family Ski/Ride Directory that focuses exclusively on families–from daily lift ticket prices to the cost of childcare to where to get the best deals….all in one convenient place so you can compare and contrast. 

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