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Couponing Workshop {an Online Event}: February 5th, Reserve Your Spot!

January 21, 2014 · 13 comments

by Jennie
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Important Update: The date of this event has been changed to February 5th. Please contact me at jennie@bargainblessings.com with any questions.

Just a week from today on Wednesday, February 5th, I will be hosting the first ever online Couponing and Grocery Savings workshop! For the first time ever we are offering this class online so that everyone near and far can attend and benefit from these life changing secrets of couponing and strategic shopping! Here are all the important details:

Couponing and Grocery Savings Workshop
Location: Online
Date: Wednesday, February 5th
Time: 6:30-8:30pm MT
Tickets: $20 (apply the promotional code LOVE2SAVE to save $4 on your ticket - limited to the first 50 attendees)!
How to Register: Visit the registration page to reserve your seat.

*Make sure to register soon if you have not already - this class is over 60% sold out!

During this workshop we will cover in-depth the two key ways to slash your bill at the grocery store:

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Realistic Couponing

Learn to save 50% or more by using coupons in a realistic way that doesn't take hours and hours of time. Here are just a few topics that Jennie will cover during this portion of the workshop:

-How to get started with couponing
-How to pair coupons strategically with store sales
-How coupons work and how they benefit not only shoppers, but stores too
-Coupon organization
-Where to find the highest value coupons
-How to coupon in an ethical way
-Store coupon policies
-How to use coupon match-ups to save yourself hours of time
-Couponing apps that will allow you to save on the go

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Strategic Grocery Shopping

Saving at the grocery store goes beyond using coupons! Learn to save even more by shopping strategicaly. Here are just a few topics that I will cover during this portion of the workshop:

-The best day and time to grocery shop
-Spending traps to watch out for at the grocery store
-How sales cycles work and how they can be used to cut your grocery bill in half
-How to save on organic products at the grocery store
-Ways to save on produce, meat and dairy products

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Following the workshop all attendees will receive a copy of our exclusive Grocery Price Guidebook! This tool will show you when to buy and when to hold off for a better deal.
Tickets for this event are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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King Soopers is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Grocery Savings workshops. To find out more, please visit them at King Soopers or, on Facebook at facebook.com/kingsoopers.

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Get a Free Season Pass to Loveland with the 3-Class Pass Deal!

January 19, 2014 · 0 comments

by Jennie
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Loveland Ski Area offers some of the most amazing ski deals in Colorado! Have you checked out their incredible 3-Class Pass promotion yet? Not only do these passes come with three ski or snowboard classes from one of Loveland's expert instructors, but they also will provide the equipment AND give you an entire season long pass to Loveland Ski area!  

Here are all the details:

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Simply sign up for three ski or snowboard full lesson packages, which include lesson, all day lift ticket and equipment rental. Once you complete your third lesson, you will receive a season pass (additional charges apply for novice & low intermediate adults).

3-Class Pass For Kids
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 register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am.

Pre-Purchase Price:
$315 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass)
$345 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass)
(4-5 yr old program includes early drop off begining at 8:15am)

3-Class Pass for Newcomer Adults
The 3-Class Pass for adult first-time skiers or snowboarders is now available for Pre-Purchase! The Pre-Purchased Package includes 1 All Day Newcommer and two Half Day Master the Mountain lesson packages. Start out with the All-Day Newcomer lesson and at the end of your first day you recieve a "Loveland Valley Only" pass good at Chair 7 and Chair 3. Now you have time to practice what you've learned untill your ready for your next lesson. Upon completion of your third lesson you recieve a full, unrestricted Loveland Season Pass! Lesson packages include lesson, all day lift access and equipment rental. Phone reservations are available or register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am.

Pre-Purchase Price:
$310 (Includes Season Pass)

Adult Novice/Intermediate 3-Class Pass
Take it to the next level! The Pre-Purchase program includes three 1/2-day Master the Mountain, full lesson packages, (Levels 2 - 5),and an unrestricted Season Pass, valid all season upon pre-purchase! Lesson packages include lift access and rental equipment, (Ski or Snowboard). Phone reservations are available or register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am.

Pre-Purchase Price:
$450 (Includes Season Pass)

The Fine Print: You may provide your own equipment, although this will not change the lesson package price. All lessons must be taken between November 22nd, 2013 through March 31st, 2014. Lessons are non transferable. A pay as you go option is also available with each 3-Class Pass Program. Please call for details.
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This would be an incredible way to learn to ski or snowboard this year! To get more details, head on over to the Loveland Ski Area website or call the Ski & Ride School at 303-571-5580 Ext.170.

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*This post was sponsored by Loveland Ski Area.

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Loveland Ski Area Lift Ticket Deals: Last Chance to Get a 4-Pak for Only $129 (Just $32.25 Per Ticket)!

November 20, 2013 · 8 comments

by Jennie
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If I could pick one place in the world to spend my winter season it would be the Loveland Ski area. Two years ago I finally got sick of everyone giving me a hard time for living in Colorado and not skiing so I decided to venture up to the mountains with a few friends and had the time of my life! I don't think that too many people get to say that when they are first learning to ski or snowboard, but seriously I was just blown away at how beautiful Loveland was and how nice it was to get out of the "city" for a day.
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Last year we ended up driving up to Loveland twelve times...and if we could have made it more we totally would have. I'm hoping to break that record this year! :) Speaking of this year, a few nights ago some friends and I were talking about this year's ski season over dinner and it was unanimously agreed upon that we would all be picking up a few sets of Loveland 4-Paks this year. Our first trip up to the mountain has already been scheduled and I can hardly wait!

6 Reasons Why Loveland is My Favorite Place to Ski
1. They are super family friendly. Of all the hills I've visited in Colorado, Loveland is by far the most family friendly.
2. If you're someone that is just leaning how to ski/snowboard or if you have children that are leaning to ski/snowboard, there is no better place to take them. Loveland's bunny hill and ski instructors are the best out there!
3. Loveland has an awesome variety of runs available to challenge even the most experiences skiers and to help new ski and snowboarders to advance. Last year I spent most of my time on the green runs and this year I can hardly wait to get up there to try out some of their blues and maybe, just maybe a black. ;)
4.  Loveland's lifts are super close to the indoor facilities. I love that when getting off the hill all I have to do is pop off my skis and walk a few feet to get some yummy hot chocolate or a bite to eat!
5. Loveland's staff is top notch. Whether you're grabbing some food or hopping on a lift, Loveland's team members are super helpful!
6. It's so close to Denver and perfect for day trips! Loveland is only 53 miles west of Denver on I-70. I love that we can head up early in the morning and then back down to Denver in time for dinner!

Now that you all know why I love Loveland so much, you have to get up there and check it out! Here is a deal on lift tickets that you will not want to miss.

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I'm so excited that Loveland is offering their awesome 4-Pak lift ticket promotion again this year! There are just a few more days to get in on it though, so you'll want to pick up your tickets now.

Through November 24th for just $129 you can get 4 transferable lift tickets to use yourself on 4 different days or share with friends and family all on the same day, any day of the season. That works out to be less than $33 per day which is pretty much one of the best deals that you're going to get. There also are no restrictions and no blackout dates for these tickets.

Visit this page on the Loveland website to purchase your 4-Pak online or visit us at Larson’s Ski & Sport in Wheat Ridge this Saturday and Sunday between 9:00am and 5:00pm and save $10 on each 4-Pak, making them only $119! Wow!

Don't forget! These 4-Paks are only available through November 24th, so snatch them up now and you'll be all set for the next Loveland powder day. I look forward to seeing you up there! :)

*This post was sponsored by Loveland Ski Resort as always, all options expressed are my own.

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FREE Family Activities for the Month of October!

October 14, 2013 · 1 comment

by Jennie
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Living frugally does not mean that you have to sit in the house feeling bored all the time! There are plenty of FREE events all across the country to take part in during the month of October!

Check out the round-up below and feel free to use the share buttons above to forward this to family and friends! if you know of any other free activities, please leave a comment so we can keep this list updated. :)

bonus-savingsBefore heading out the door, it is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.
 

 

:: AC Moore

Saturday, October 19th 10 am - 12 pm

"Boo- Bandeapalooza" Make and Take Event

Sunday, October 20th 1-3 pm

Candy Making - Witch's Broom Demonstration

Learn more at the AC Moore website.

:: American Girl

October In-Store Events include Bitty Twins' Ballerina Paper Doll Craft, Doll ' Dos & How-Tos with clip-in hair colors to take home, Date with My Dad, Acorn Pouch Craft, Bitty Baby's Story Time, Paper Pumpkin Craft, Bitty Twins' Ballet Story Time, Just Mom and Me, Decorate a Halloween Haunted House, and American Girl Day at the Rink (NYC only).

Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area at the American Girl website or call 877-247-5223.

:: Barnes & Noble

October 19th through October 31st

In select stores, Voyage of the Imagination, create and share adventure-themed stories with Rory's Story Cubes & Mudpuppy's Jungle Animal Make-a-Mask. Enter your zip code on the Barnes & Noble to find a participating store near you.

:: Bass Pro Shops

October 19th - October 31st

Halloween Event - free activities from costume parades, crafts, free photos and more. Get all the details and a schedule on the Bass Pro Shop website.

:: Disney Stores Halloween Dress Rehearsal Event

Friday, October 18th from 5 pm - 6:30 pm ~and~ Saturday, October 19th from 11 am -12:30 pm

Come dressed in your favorite Disney character costume for games and a fun costume parade! All Princesses, Heroes, and Characters are welcome. *Minimum age for participation is 3 years. While supplies last. Event limited per session based on store capacity.

No lineups prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Event subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Find your closest Disney Store on their website.

:: Guitar Center

Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website.

1) Saturday, October 19th at 10 am

Recording Made Easy: Garage Band Effects

2) Saturday, October 19th at 10:15 am

Group Ukulele Lesson

:: Home Depot Hands On Workshops (for grown-ups):

Saturday, October 19th from 10 - 11:30 am

Electrical Updates - learn how to install a smoke alarm, test your home's electrical safety, select the right LED bulbs and more.

Free Do-It-Yourself workshops ~ {workshops may vary by store} Head to the Home Depot website to learn more!

:: Lakeshore Learning - free crafts for kids

Saturday, October 19th from 11 am to 3 pm

Creepy Creatures Mask- Make a goofy monster mask that you can wear. Get more information on the Lakeshore Learning website.

:: Michael's Kids Club Workshops

Saturday, October 19th - every half hour between 10 am and 11:30 or 12 noon

Duck Tape Costume (Powered by Duck Tape®) - be a crafty superhero for Halloween. And for just $3 more, you can purchase a t-shirt and create a complete costume.

~The cost is $2 per child for a 30 minute reservation. Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Sessions start every half hour from 10 am - 11:30 or 12 noon every Saturday. Get more information on the Michael's website.

:: Michael's Show In Tell (for grown-ups)

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. Get your local calendar of events right here.

:: Pottery Barn Decorating Classes and Events

Sunday, October 20th at 10 am

Learn how to create the perfect table for a special Thanksgiving dinner. RSVP at your local store at on the Pottery Barn website.

:: Pottery Barn Kids: Events and Activities

Story Time is every Tuesday from 11 to 11:30 am. Kids of all ages are invited for story time. Members receive an official book club passport at their first story time, plus a special gift after attending five story times. Visit the Pottery Barn Kids website for more information.

:: Target - Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

:: Toys "R" Us

1) Saturday, October 19th from 10 am - 12 pm.

Free Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Making Event. This free event will take place every Saturday during October. Visit the Toys R Us website for more details.

2) Saturday, October 19th from 12 - 2 pm

All Toys "R" Us locations

For kids ages 5 and up. Build an exclusive LEGO DC Super Heroes The Joker Mini Mech Bot. Quantities are limited, one per child. Visit the Toys R Us website for more details.

:: Williams-Sonoma: Free Cooking Technique Classes

Free technique class: Sunday, October 20th

Hands-Off Cooking - Discover easy ways to save time in the kitchen by using a slow cooker, food processor, and bread machine. Class sizes are limited. For more specific times and details, please call your local store. You can see the calendar of store events here.

  • Hour-long technique classes are free and include tastings of prepared dishes.
  • Participants enjoy 10% savings on select same-day store purchases.
  • Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.

EVENTS COMING SOON (mark your calendar).......................

:: Bank of America: Free Museum Weekends

Saturday, November 2nd & Sunday, November 3rd

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

Bank of America has also recently rolled out its Museums on Us site for mobile. You can check it out here on your mobile phone: http://museums.bankofamerica.com. It’s great for people who are traveling and want to check out if the city they are visiting has a participating museums.

:: Home Depot Kids Workshops

Saturday, November 2nd from 9 am - 12 pm.

Sail a Mighty Ship - Come build The Home Depot's spectacular Tabletop Ship!

  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 - 12.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. One workshop kit, apron and pin per child.

You can register online at the Home Depot website.

:: Lego Stores

Thursday, October 31st

Kids dressed in costume will get a FREE LEGO Monster Key Chain. Go to the Lego Store Website for details.

:: Lowe's Build & Grow

Saturday, November 9th 10 am - 11 am.

Make and take a #48 race car with a pull back motor. Register your kids online on the Lowe's website. Kids build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggle, patch and more!

:: Pottery Barn Kids

Tuesday, October 29th at 11 am

Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes while they read along to a few favorite stories. Guests will receive fun seasonal stickers. The New York store will host this event on Saturday, October 26th at 10 am. To get more details, visit the Pottery Barn kids website.

::You May Also Enjoy:

  • To find an orchard near you, try Pick Your Own . This friendly site is also a good source to find related fruit and vegetable festivals all across the country.
  • If you like Home and Garden shows, this website will give you a free pass. There are several Home and Garden Shows happening all across the USA during October.
  • Kids Bowl for Free - select bowling centers participate, join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.
  • Yoga Month in October - Get one free week of Yoga at a studio near you. There are over 2,000 studios participating this year. Get the details and print out your free pass here. For new students only.

More Fun for Less Money...

For more inexpensive ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon and LivingSocial in your area!

(Thanks More with Less!)

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Corn Mazes in Colorado 2013

October 8, 2013 · 1 comment

by Katie
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What exactly is a corn maze anyway? Corn mazes are giant puzzles that are created through rows of grown corn. Paths are cut out of the corn rows to create an intricate design that is simultaneously a challenging maze with dead-ends and tricky pathways. The goal is for visitors to challenge themselves to find their way through the winding paths and make their way through the maze in its entirety. Corn mazes are designed in a variety of sizes depending on each individual farm’s acreage. The difficulty level differs as well. Typically, a corn maze can take from 30 minutes to a couple of hours to complete. Sounds like some super autumn entertainment, right?!?

Here are some important things to keep in mind before you go. It is important to note that many corn mazes also have haunted and spooky versions for teenagers and adults. It is advised to go to the corn maze during the daytime if you are looking for kid-friendly fun because corn mazes that offer a haunted version typically open at dusk. Many corn mazes do not accept credit cards so be sure to bring cash. Some corn mazes offer discount coupons through their websites or Facebook pages. Make sure to check individual websites for admission fees, extra activities that are offered, and more information on specific questions you may have.

The following list is alphabetized by county so you can find a corn maze near you. Haunted maze times are noted (if they are offered) in addition to the regular corn maze. If the information has been publicized, you will also find the designs of some of the mazes noted below. Keep in mind that some corn mazes will be closed in inclement weather so please plan accordingly. Remember that days and times are subject to change, and be sure to check on the best routes because some roads may still be closed due to the recent floods.

ADAMS COUNTY

Crazed Corn Field Maze and Colorado Pumpkin Patch

S/E Corner of 104th & Riverdale Road, Thornton, CO 80233

Open daily starting September 27 Monday- Friday 10am – 6 pm, Saturday- Sunday 9 am – 6 pm

ARAPAHOE COUNTY

May Farms

64001 US Highway 36, Byers, CO 80103

Open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10 am- 5 pm

BOULDER COUNTY

Cottonwood Farm

1535 N 75th St., Boulder, CO 80303

Open daily September 21-October 31 from 10 am- 6 pm

BROOMFIELD COUNTY

Rock Creek Farm (Ocean Adventure maze design)

2005 South 112th St., Broomfield, CO 80020

Open daily starting October 5- October 31 from 9 am- 6 pm

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Flat Acres Farm

11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker, CO 80134

Open Daily September 27- November 2 from 10 am- 6 pm

Haunted maze open October 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and 31st from 7- 10 pm

FREMONT COUNTY

Diana’s Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze (Indiana Jones maze design)

1649 Poplar Ave, Canon City, CO 81212

Open weekends September 20- October 31 Fridays and Saturdays 10 am-10 pm, Sundays 10 am-6 pm and October 29-31 10 am- 10 pm

No haunted maze, but you may go through the maze at night with a flashlight

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (Colorado Flag labyrinth maze design)

8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128 Open weekends September 13-October 27 Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, Sundays 12-6 pm

Haunted maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7:30-11 pm

LARIMER COUNTY

Northern Colorado Corn Maze

2318 S. County Road 5 Fort Collins, CO 80525 Open Thursdays through Sundays October 4-27 and Daily October 28-31 from 11 am- Dusk

Haunted maze on Thursday and Sunday nights from Dusk- 10 pm, Friday and Saturday nights from Dusk-12 am, and October 28-30 from Dusk- 10 pm

Harvest Farm (Thank You Fire Fighters maze design)

4240 East County Road 66, Wellington, CO 80549 Open Fridays through Sundays October 4-27 Fridays and Saturdays 10 am- 9 pm and Sundays 12- 7 pm

WELD COUNTY

Anderson Farms (American flag and Statue of Liberty maze design)

6728 County Road 3 1/4 Erie, CO 80516 Open Daily September 25-November 2; Times vary by day of the week- see website for more details

Fritzler Corn Maze (American eagle maze design)

20861 CR 33, LaSalle, CO 80645 Open September 21- November 3; Times vary by day of the week- see website for more details
Haunted maze begins September 27th on Friday and Saturday nights, and Wednesday through Saturday beginning October 9th. Times vary by day so see website for more details.

Please keep in mind that the list of pumpkin patches is not comprehensive. We would love to hear from you if you know of others throughout Colorado that are not included on this list.

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Don't forget to also check out our round-up of Pumpkin Patches in Colorado!

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Pumpkin Patches in Colorado 2013

October 4, 2013 · 3 comments

by Katie
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As the weather gets crisper and so do the apples, now is the time to enjoy some fall fun. Colorado offers so many chances to get out and enjoy all that fall has to offer including the pleasure of finding the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern or as a decoration at a pumpkin patch near you. Many pumpkin patches also offer lots of fun extras such as petting zoos, jumping castles, picnic spots, fresh produce and games.

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you venture out to the patch:

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The following list is alphabetized by county so you can find a pumpkin patch near you. Because the individualized offerings differ by location, please use the websites to find out what each location has to offer in addition to the pumpkin patch itself. Keep in mind that some pumpkin patches will be closed in inclement weather so you'll need to plan accordingly. Remember that days and times are subject to change, and be sure to check on the best routes because some routes may be closed due to the recent floods.

ADAMS COUNTY

Hill’s Harvest

3225 E. 124th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241

Open daily September 27- October 31 from 9 am - 6 pm

Crazed Corn Field Maze and Colorado Pumpkin Patch

S/E Corner of 104th & Riverdale Road, Thornton, CO 80233

Open daily starting September 27

Monday-Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am- 8 pm

ARAPAHOE COUNTY

May Farms

64001 US Highway 36, Byers, CO 80103 Open Saturdays and Sundays in October from 10 am- 5 pm

BOULDER COUNTY

Cottonwood Farm

1535 N 75th St., Boulder, CO 80303

Open daily September 21-October 31 from 10 am- 6 pm

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

9057 Ute Hwy CO 66, Longmont, CO 80503

Open weekends in October from 9 am-6 pm and self-guided tours available weekdays from 9 am-5 pm

BROOMFIELD COUNTY

Rock Creek Farm

2005 South 112th St., Broomfield, CO 80020

Open daily starting October 5- October 31 from 9 am- 6 pm

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Flat Acres Farm

11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker, CO 80134

Open daily September 27- November 2 from 10 am- 6 pm

EL PASO COUNTY

Wishing Star Farm

24024 Hwy 94, Calhan, CO 80808

Open Thursdays-Sundays September 23- November 3 from 8 am- 5 pm

FREMONT COUNTY

Diana’s Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze

1649 Poplar Ave, Canon City, CO 81212

Open weekends September 20- October 31 Fridays and Saturdays 10 am-10 pm, Sundays 10 am-6 pm

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Mueller’s Little Farm

6190 W. Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123

Open the last 3 weekends in October from 10 am- 4 pm

LARIMER COUNTY

Osborn Farm

1230 South Boise Ave. Loveland, CO 80537

Open daily October 1-31 from 10 am- 6 pm

Bartels Farm

3424 E. Douglas Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Open daily September 17-October 31 from 10 am-6 pm

WELD COUNTY

Tigges Farm

12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, Colorado 80631

Open daily October 1-31 from 9 am- 6 pm

Anderson Farms

6728 County Road 3 1/4 Erie, CO 80516

Open daily September 25-November 2; Times vary by day of the week- see website for more details

Please keep in mind that the list of pumpkin patches is by no means comprehensive. We would love to hear from you if you know of others throughout Colorado that are not included on this list.

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FREE Museum Day from Smithsonian Magazine (Today, 9/28 Only)!

September 28, 2013 · 0 comments

by Jennie
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Today, September 28th, is Smithsonian Museum Day! This is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.

Head on over here to see if there is a participating museum in your area and to get your free Museum Day ticket.

Here is the fine print on this promotion:

  • Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry on Saturday, September 28th.
  • One ticket per household, for two people.
  • A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits.
  • If museum reaches capacity, museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

For those of you that are Colorado readers, here is the list of museums participating in our state:

Animas Museum
Aspen Art Museum
Boulder History Museum
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Byers-Evans House Museum
Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Durango Discovery Museum
Edward Peterson Air and Space Museum
Forney Museum of Transportation
Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin
History Colorado Center
Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum
Hotel de Paris Museum
Kauffman House Museum

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Thomas & Friends Play Date Event at Toys R Us: Saturday, September 14th!

September 10, 2013 · 0 comments

by Jennie
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Coming up this Saturday, September 14th, participating Toys R Us stores will be hosting a Thomas Play Date. The event will include story time, fun activities and even some special savings.

If you've got a Tomas & Friends fan that you think would enjoy this play date, just stop by your store between 11:00am and 1:00pm. You might also want to call your location in advance to make sure they are participating.

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FREE Entrance to Over 100 National Parks This Weekend!

August 24, 2013 · 0 comments

by Rebekah
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This weekend happens to be FREE Entrance Days for over 100 participating National Parks! For our local Colorado readers there are quite few wonderful locations to choose from.

Colorado Parks:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

I love to hike and to get outside and enjoy nature, and there isn't a better a time to do that then when the weather is beautiful and entrances fees are free!

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If you aren't able to take advantage this time around, here are all the other times during 2013 that might work better for your schedule:

January 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 22-26
five days during National Park Week
August 25
National Park Service Birthday
September 28
National Public Lands Day
November 9-11
Veterans Day weekend

You can check out all sorts of additional details on the U.S. National Park website where you will be able to locate all of the parks that are participating as well as important information to make the most of your visit.

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Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado: Magical, Relaxing and Very Educational!

July 17, 2013 · 1 comment

by Jennie
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Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Denver Butterfly Pavilion located in Westminster Colorado. I had never been before, so I was pretty excited but had no idea of what to expect. The day I visited also happened to be a particularly stressful one, so I was really looking forward to escaping reality for a few hours to spend some time relaxing with nature - and that's exactly what what I got!

If you have never been to the Butterfly Pavilion before, I very highly recommend it. Not only do they have tons of activities for children, but I also found it to be a perfect escape for adults! Here are some highlights from my visit

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The Wings of the Tropics area (where all the butterflies are) was pretty packed with everyone from school kids to older visitors when I went through but it really didn't affect my experience much. There is something so magical about walking through a tropical rainforest with 1,600 fluttering butterflies! I loved every moment of it!

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If you've got kids that are more in to the creepy crawlies than butterflies, don't worry - they have you covered there to! This, my friends, is a hissing cockroach. Lovely, right? ;) You can even have the "opportunity" to hold Rosie, their ambassador tarantula spider!

One thing that I didn't expect was everything the Butterfly Pavillion had to offer in addition to the butterflies! When you visit, make sure to check out their Tropical Odyssey and Water's Edge interactive areas! They also have a pretty awesome gift shop.

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Coming up on Saturday, July 20th, the Butterfly Pavilion will be celebrating their birthday by hosting an event called Insectival. It will run from 9:00am to 5:00pm and you'll be able to enough Carnival Games, Live Entertainment, Bug Safaris, Cockroach Races, Face Painting, Bug-tastic Adventures and a lot more!

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In addition to being open seven days a week from 9:00am-5:00pm (last entrance at 4:15pm), the Butterfly Pavilion hosts birthday parties, special events and even weddings. During the eighteen years that they have been in existence they have provided nearly 4.5 million visitors with hands-on educational experiences!

Visiting the Butterfly Pavilion is quite affordable. Here is everything you need to know:

The Butterfly Pavilion is located 15 minutes from downtown Denver off Hwy 36 at 104th Avenue.

The Butterfly Pavilion
6252 W. 104th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80020

Ticket Prices to Visit the Butterfly Pavilion
Adults: $9.50
Adult--Westminster Resident*: $7.50
Seniors: (65+) $7.50
Children: (2-12) $6.50
Children (1 year old and younger)**: FREE

*To receive the reduced admission rate, Westminster Residents must present a valid ID with a Westminster, CO address.
**Up to two per adult entry.

Promotional Discounts for the Butterfly Pavilion

$1 Birthday Admission: Visit the Butterfly Pavilion on your birthday, and pay only $1 for admission!

$5 Days at Butterfly Pavilion: Experience the Butterfly Pavilion and all of our small wonders for only $5.00 on February 16 & November 16, 2013!

$5 for each guest 2 and older; Free for members and children 1 and under.

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 Have you ever been to the Butterfly Pavilion? What did you think?

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