Free Ice Skating at DIA This Holiday Season!

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Free Ice Skating at DIA this Holiday Season!

Talk about a great way to spend some time with the family this holiday season! Now through January 1, 2017 enjoy ice skating at DIA. Free and open daily 9am to 9pm. Complimentary skates available. What’s not to love! 

Get to DIA early for your holiday travels and spend some time ice skating. The kids might be psyched to head to the airport to pick up guests knowing they will get to skate.

Get all the details: http://www.flydenver.com/events

Original Post: The Points Guy

Featured image courtesy of The Denver Post

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Family Travel: Paris over Christmas for under $500 on United

Want to go to Europe? United Airlines is offering fares for under $500 to Paris from Denver over the holidays. Paris for Christmas anyone? If you’ve been thinking about going to France this may be the time to make it happen.

Here is a search from December 19th to the 28th. You can find different dates around the same time that work. Go to the search on Momondo to find these deals. Click here for the Momondo site. Let it load fully to see the deal. Then you can change dates and times to get the flight you prefer.

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If you have an Epic ski pass [Vail Resorts] you can ski at some European ski areas for free this winter. This includes France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Get the scoop on skiing Europe on your Epic pass here.

Will your family be heading to Europe this winter?

2016 Free Days Announced

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There is such thing as a free lunch! Yup, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds free days throughout the year at all sorts of awesome family-friendly places such as:

  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Art Museum [this one is FREE every day for kids under 18!]
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Longmont History Museum
  • Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum

Check out their listing of Free Days at SCFD.

These days can be so welcome for families with small children – especially in the winter. Take them to the Denver Botanic Gardens and let them run around and explore nature indoors and outdoors. Take them to the Denver Zoo and bundle up for a fun escapade to see these unique animals. Take them to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and you can stay all day checking out the interactive exhibits and even catch an IMAX movie [not free].

 

2015 Free Days: Get In On The Family Fun & Adventures!

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Free Days – Explore somewhere new with your family!  Don’t spend a fortune and get all the benefits of the great cultural things the Denver/Boulder Metro Area has to offer! 

There was recently a question about finding Free Days. Free Days are great! They are specific days when some of the best museums around town are free. This means you can stay as long as you like without feeling like you just dumped down a lot of money. It increases the fun!

Upcoming Free Days:

  • Denver Zoo – February 6, 2015
  • Denver Art Museum – February 7, 2015
  • Longmont Museum – February 14, 2015
  • Denver Botanic Gardens – February 16, 2015

There are lots of Free Days throughout the year. Let them inspire you to explore somewhere new or a new corner of someplace you already know. Consider planning a picnic lunch if it’s a nice day. Or stop by Downtown Denver and take a ride on the 16th Street Mall Shuttle just for the fun of it!

SCFD Free Days include awesome locations such as:

Want to plan a trip or just see what Free Days are coming up? Check out the SCFD Free Days Calendar for all the 2015 Free Days.

#getoutside #freedays #free #Denver #Boulder

Free Days: Get In On The Fun!

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 10.51.18 AMThere was recently a question about finding Free Days. Free Days are great! They are specific days when some of the best museums around town are free. This means you can stay as long as you like without feeling like you just dumped down a lot of money. It increases the fun!

 

A lot of these Free Days are in and around Denver. Consider planning a picnic lunch if it’s a nice day. Or stop by Downtown Denver and take a ride on the 16th Street Mall Shuttle just for the fun of it!

SCFD Free Days include awesome locations such as:

  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum of Natural Science
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Denver Botanic Garden
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Denver Zoo

November Free Days

 

December Free Days

Want to plan a trip or just see what Free Days are coming up? Check out the SCFD Free Days Calendar 

#getoutside #freedays #free

Family-Friendly Summer Options – Museum Free Days

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 2.18.42 PMThe summer is upon us. Usually I recommend getting the kids outside, but sometimes a day trip to a museum can be just the ticket. Mix it up. Get out of the heat. The listings here are all for FREE Days to some of the big museums around – I know my kids always love going!

2014 Free Days at Local Museums & Events

June

Boulder History Museum: 6/1

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 6/2

Denver Botanic Gardens: 6/3

Denver Art Museum: 6/7

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 6/30

July 

Denver Art Museum: 7/5

Boulder History Museum: 7/6

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 7/20

August

Denver Art Museum: 8/2

Denver Firefighter Museum 8/2

Boulder History Museum: 8/3

Denver Botanic Gardens: 8/4

#boulder #free #freedays #outdoorfamilies #getoutside #whattodo

 

Free Days: What’s Happening Around Town?

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 10.51.18 AMThere was recently a question about finding Free Days. Free Days are great! They are specific days when some of the best museums around town are free. This means you can stay as long as you like without feeling like you just dumped down a lot of money and have to get the value. It increases the fun!

Free Days include locations such as:

  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum of Natural Science
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Denver Botanic Garden
  • Colorado Railroad Museum
  • Denver Zoo

Want to plan a trip or just see what Free Days are coming up? Check out the Free Days Calendar 

#getoutside #freedays #free

Smithsonian Museum Day Live! FREE Museum Entry on 9/29 at Many Denver/Boulder Attractions

This sounds too good to be true. The Smithsonian Museums are always free to enter, but not so for many Denver & Boulder locations. So the Smithsonian has partnered with some great museums in our area to offer FREE ADMISSION FOR 2 on September 29. Here is a list of some of the participating museums/attractions:

  • Denver Botanical Gardens
  • History Museum Colorado
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
  • Forney Museum of Transportation
  • Molly Brown House Museum
  • Mizel Museum [Closed on 9/29, but FREE 9/30]

For a complete listing of FREE museums/attractions around Colorado click here.

Once you decide on a museum or attraction you simply complete some personal information and they email you a ticket good for 2 FREE ADMISSIONS to whichever museum you choose. Clearly you can use more than one email account and get more tickets depending on the amount of tickets your family needs. You do have to get the tickets ahead of time. Get them here.

Have fun!

#free #boulder #museums #families #kids

Boulder Families Trip Review: Touring The Denver Mint

My kids are fascinated with money. For kids it is a constant source of questions: Can I buy that? Is it too expensive? Why can’t we buy that $500 toy? If you are reading this blog I know you get it. I thought it would be great for my kids to see how money is made and so we toured the Denver Mint this Monday. Touring the Denver Mint is a fun, free activity for kids in Denver.

History: The Denver Mint produces the most coins in the United States. They have a long and storied history that is part of the gold rush throughout the Western United States. The building is impressive–old and beautiful. It also holds a LOT of gold.

Experience: If you are like our Boulder family you know you are doing something special because you are going to the big city: Denver! You stand in line and get checked in by security much like the airport. Immediately you realize this is serious business and your small group [20 people] move into the building to check out some displays. The displays are somewhat interesting, but not overwhelmingly so because they are not hands on. Two tour guides take you through a few different rooms that hold displays. They also explain what is going on below you through the windows: they are making coins of all kinds. This is captivating! They are rolling out the coins we use daily. There were kids of all ages on our tour who seemed interested in the experience.

Logistics: You have to make reservations ahead of time on their website. They book far in advance, but if you can keep checking back and sometimes things open up.

Cost: Free!

Time: 30+ minutes

What we liked most: Seeing coins made and hearing the old lore about the Mint

What we liked least: The tour was short. It was not hands on.

Recommendation: We recommend going if your kids are seven [7] or older. Younger ones can go, but this older group will actually enjoy it the most.

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.