Free [or practically free] Skiing/Snowboarding in Colorado for ALL 5th and 6th Graders


Skiing/Snowboarding Is Free [or almost free] in Colorado! Calling all 5th and 6th graders – you can ski 60+ days this winter for free [or close to free] at 20 Colorado resorts! If you are thinking of skiing/snowboarding in Colorado AND you have a 5th or 6th grader, you are in luck!

The Colorado Passport program is for you – even if you don’t live in Colorado. Live in Massachusetts and want to ski/board in Colorado – your 5th grader skis free. Live in California and you want to ski/board in Colorado – your 6th grader skis almost free. As long as you can prove your child is a 5th or 6th grader they qualify for the 5th & 6th Grade Passport Program! 


Here is how the 5th & 6th Grade Colorado Passport Program works:


  1. Register your 5th grader at Colorado Passport for their pass. You need a photo and proof of grade that you can upload. They will mail you the pass once approved. You DON’T need to be a Colorado resident.
  2. Ski up to 60 days. That’s right your 5th grader can ski 3 times at all of 20 resorts including: Winter Park, Copper Mountain, A Basin, Aspen, Eldora, Crested Butte, Loveland, Snowmass, and more [see below for full list]!


  1. Register your 6th grader at Colorado Passport for their pass. You need a photo and proof of grade that you can upload. They will mail you the pass once approved. You DON’T need to be a Colorado resident.
  2. Register by November 30, 2016 and pay $105 to ski 80 days. That’s right, your 6th grader can ski 4 times at all of the 20 resorts including: Winter ParkCopper Mountain, A Basin, Aspen, Eldora, Crested Butte, Loveland, Snowmass, and more [see below for full list]! You can still register through January 31, 2017, but the cost goes up to $125. This is still a screaming deal if your child qualifies!

PARENTS/ADULTS/KIDS [Not 5th & 6th graders]

The best way to get a deal on skiing in Colorado [if you aren’t a 5th or 6th grader] is to purchase a pass at any of the mountains at which you plan to ski. People in Colorado know, it makes sense to get a pass. The walk up prices at some of our amazing mountains can easily be over $150/day. I am not kidding! Here are some ideas of passes that might work in conjunction with the Colorado Passport:

Aspen/Snowmass/Buttermilk: Get a Classic Pass which give you 4-7 days at a serious discount with no blackouts from $199+

Winterpark: Get a Season Pass ahead of time for $429/adults and $249/kids. This also gives you 10 family/friend passes at $69 – $89/day, so maybe you just buy one pass and use the benefits to purchase cheap tickets for other adults skiing with you.

Copper Mountain: Try a Copper 4 Pack for $169/kids & adults. It’s a deal!


screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-10-40-38-amNeed more ideas for how to get your family skiing in Colorado for cheap? Give me a shout – I’m happy to help! -Amanda

Colorado Elementary School Kids: Get 16 free days of skiing at Vail Mountains with their Epic School Kids program

#Skiing #Free #Kids #Families #Colorado #Winter #Snowboarding

Got an Amex Business Card? Support Small Biz and Save $20 from Amex

You can support small, local businesses AND save $20 when you spend $100 now through 11/28/15. If you have an American Express Business Card [or a few] you will need to register the card for this promotion, spend $100 in one purchase at a store Amex shows as local [Grand Rabbits, Satellite, B Town Wine and Spirits, and so many more!], then you will magically get a $20 statement credit. Free $20 – thank you, American Express!

Here is how to get your $20 statement credit:

  1. Register your businesses card [you need to sign in before using the link] – follow this link 
  2. Find a participating small business – here is the small business map
  3. Spend $100 in one purchase by 11/28/15
  4. Watch for your statement credit. In the past I have received a notification immediately that I had a qualified purchase and Amex was applying a $20 credit.
  5. I registered both of my Amex cards [both primary and secondary cards on one account], so don’t forget to register all of your cards.

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Boulder Family Deals: July 12

Here is a list of some of the deals I have noticed around town or online. This week there are two local Boulder organizations to support: Rocky Mountain Kids & Kutandara.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Deal: Museum Entry, Planetarium, and and IMAX Film. $12/adult and $9/kids from Livingsocial.

Universal Orlando: 4 day/2 park pass for $144. Travelzoo says it’s 70% off. I’ve noticed cheap tickets to Florida online as well. Check Travelocity or Kayak.

Rocky Mountain Kids’ Big Sale: 25% off the ENTIRE STORE. July 13, 14, & 15. This is a great local store and they always sales worth checking out.

Kutandara Intro to Marimbas Class: Children’s 90 Minute Intro to Marimbas for $12. Again, a great local resource to support.

2 Slap Watches for $12. This deal is from Plumdistrict. Kids love them. They are great for learning to tell time. And this seems like a good deal with free shipping. Worth looking.

Boulder Families Deals: Great deals for families

Here are some of great deals that Boulder Families might want to check out. These are the top ones for the week. I sift through all the deals out there an find ones that seem authentic, valuable for families, and are preferably local or with local interest. If you know of anything else out there feel free to comment!

  • Jumpstreet Deal from Groupon. Here is a great way to blow off steam for your kids during those hot summer months. For 2 hours: 1 person/$10; 2 people/$19; 3 people/$35
  • 1 Year Subscription to National Geographic Little Kids for $10. This is a great deal brought to you by Mamapedia. The usual rate is $20/year even out of the magazine.
  • Check out the Da Vinci Machines Exhibit at the Denver Pavilions. For elementary aged kids and parents alike this is a great opportunity to explore this Renaissance icon’s creations. On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. $14/2 tickets.
  • Date night deal! Agave Mexico Bistro and Tequila House [Valmont and 28th in Boulder] is offering a deal for $29 you get 2 entrees, an appetizer, and 2 margaritas. I live Agave and at $29 for 2, I love it for date night or a girls night out.

#boulder #kids #deals

Boulder Family Deals

Title 9 Sale: 4/26 to 29 @ Flatirons Crossing Mall. This should be a great one!

Amazon Moms: Free membership is back again. Families get 20% off diapers, free 2 day shipping for 3 months, and access to other special sales. Can’t hurt to be a member since its free!

Shutterfly Deal: $10 Hardcover photo album from Shutterfly found @ Travelzoo. Act soon because this offer only lasts through this Thursday.

Cricket Magazines: 35% Off a New Subscription to the Cricket family of magazines. My family loves these! They are great from toddler though teens. Use code: NE356 to get the deal. Or just go directly to the website here.

Boulder Family Dance Party: It is not too late to get in on the fun! Free tickets are still available for this fun family event on 4/28 (2 per family. Additional tickets can be purchased.) Click here.

One Book 4 Colorado: Get a Free Book for your 4 year old. Head to any public library to get your hands on the book, “Maybe a Bear Ate It!”. It is free! But only through 4/28. Boulder Public Library.

50 Free Things To Do This Summer!

Here is a great list of 50 FREE things to do this summer in the Denver/Boulder area. Most of them are family friendly. Some will surprise even those of us who have lived here for a long time. Others will just be a reminder of things we have been wanting to do, or places we want to revisit–maybe now with kids. No need to pay. Just go. Have an adventure. Try something new. Have fun! What else is should we add to this list?

The FREE list includes:

  • Art Fairs

  • Exhibits
  • Concerts
  • Attractions
  • Tours
  • Day Trips

I would add:

  • Boulder Farmer’s Market

  • Band on the Bricks
  • Live music at 29th Street Mall
  • Pearl Street [playing at the fountain, on the animal statues, at the rocks]

Here’s the link to 50 FREE Summer Things To Do!

A big thinks to and @iknowdenver!

Boulder Family Deals: SCFD Free Museum/Arts/Gardens Days List

Some of the big museums and locations in Denver offer FREE Days throughout the year! Take a look, make a plan, and take advantage of a FREE day for the family. The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District [SCFD] funds FREE Days at the following locations throughout the year:

***Click here for a list of FREE Days***

I will include the FREE Days in the weekly Boulder Family Events as they come up. The upside of these FREE Days is that–well, they are free. On the other hand they are often busy! Either way I would love to hear how it went if you go. I hope you enjoy!

Boulder Family Deals

  • Free Kids Cocoa at Peet’s: Mamasource coupon for a FREE kids hot cocoa. Good through April 12, 2012. Get the coupon here.
  • 15% Off at Playfair Toys: Off your entire purchase through April 15, 2012. And 20% off on all Melissa and Doug products. Just mention that they have a coupon on their website.
  • Boulder Loft Playdates Deal: $13 for 2 play admissions, 2 beverages and 2 baked goods at the Boulder Loft Playdates from Livingsocial. Here’s the link.
  • One-Year Subscription to Ranger Rick, Big Backyard, or Wild Animal Baby from National Wildlife Federation for only $10. See this Livingsocial deal here.
  • Get Local Deals at Best of My Town. These are great deals on many, many local businesses you already frequent [e.g., Abo’s, Ozo Coffee, Tandoori Grill, etc.]. They are organized by location. Click on your location or check out the deals at a few locations: Boulder Deals, Lafayette Deals, Louisville Deals, Longmont Deals
  • Boulder B.Cycles is offering free day passes on April 21 & 22. More details here.
  • 2 Free Tickets Family Dance Planet: Sign up now to receive 2 free tickets to this fun upcoming dance event on April 28, 2012. You can purchase additional tickets.

Family Deals: Spooners, Jump Street, Shutterfly, Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids, Whole Foods, and More

Family Deals can be found right here every Sunday [and sometimes more often]. Come back often to learn more about fantastic deals in town and nationally for Boulder Families.

Frozen Yogurt: Spooners [at 29th Street Mall] is offering Family Night every Monday where your kids get 50% off their froyo [frozen yogurt] from 5pm to close. Consider coming over after you visit Larkburger for their Kids Eat Free! evening on Monday. [Learn more about all restaurants where Kids Eat Free! in the Boulder area here.] I learned about this deal from my 10 year old son who called me excited when he was at Spooners today because I could add it to the blog.

Indoor Trampoline Park: Jump Street is a family oriented indoor trampoline park. They currently have a deal offered by Groupon. The deal is $10 for 2 hours of jumping to your heart’s content. You can purchase deals for more time/kids for an even better deal. Kids LOVE this place! To get to this deal click here.

50% Off a Hardcover Shutterfly Photobook. These are great books and Shutterfly makes it easy to upload and create the books! The deal is good through March 26, 2012. Use code: 3BFP-3CY0-ABZN-TC3KK4. Go to to get started.

Summer Camps: Plumdistrict has two deals on summer camps right now.

  • Rocky Mountain Theater for Kids: $25 for $100 towards a 2012 Summer Camp. To get the deal click here

  • 2 Full Day Horseback Riding Camp with Monique Potts Horsemanship: $125 for a $200 camp. This is in Longmont. To get the deal click here.

Zoobooks Animal Anatomy Series for just $20 [67% off from]. This offer includes 5 full-color books containing photos, articles, and trivia tidbits that get kids excited and knowledgeable about wildlife, plus 2 bonus books, an animal poster and sticker. Perfect for ages 6 and up. To get this offer click here.

Kids Eat Free!: Don’t forget about the Boulder Families Kids Eat Free! list. This list evolves over time, so check back often.

$20 Off at Whole Foods: You can still get $20 off at Whole Foods by simply syncing your Amex card with your Twitter account. Don’t have a Twitter acct? You can sign up easily [] and still get great coupon-less deals from Amex. Use your synchronized charge card for qualifying purchases, and the savings are applied to their card statement within days [In addition to Whole Foods you can get couponless savings at Sports Authority, Ticket Master, Zappos, Fed Ex, 1800Flowers, and many more]. To learn more & get this deal click go to their official page here.

Family Deals: $20 off at Whole Foods/JetBlue/Disney/Kids Eat Free!

I am really excited about this one! Today I got $20 back from AMEX for doing my usual shopping at Whole Foods. It feels great! It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. I did it today and it worked! Read on…

  • Amex/Whole Foods & More Deal: Amex and Twitter are offering awesome promotions right now and you can find them summarized right here. Honestly I am most excited about the $20 off at Whole Foods [I signed up today and I got a note right away from Amex saying I earned $20 after shopping at Whole Foods & spending $75. WooHoo!!!], $15 off at Sports Authority [think soccer & other sports], $ off at Best Buy, & much more. You do need to get a Twitter acct, but that’s easy. [If it feels overwhelming shoot me a note and I will send you a step by step outline showing you how to make this offer work, including signing up for Twitter.] How to sync an Amex card to Twitter here.
  • JetBlue Deal: Livingsocial is running a pay $25 and get $50 to spend on travel between Denver and JFK or Boston. Get your deal right here.
  • Disney Deal: From Aug. 25 through Sep. 29 Disney is offering a free dining plan on vacations of 5 nights or more. The free dining plan can save a family a lot of money as the food at Disney can get quite expensive.
  • Other Deals: Whole Foods: Organic Strawberries are on sale for $4.99 & yummy pizzas at the Pearl St. store for $8.99 on Fridays [usually $13.99 I think]. Lucky’s Market: Organic Avocados 2/$1.
  • Kids Eat Free!: I keep updating the Kids Eat Free! in Boulder listing on the blog. So check back often to see what’s up with dining out.

What other deals should families know about right now? Shout it out!

I am not compensated in any way for showing you these deals. I just want families to know about great deals that are out there.