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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

(Thanks Kim!)

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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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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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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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Participating Home Depot locations will be hosting a FREE Despicable Me 2 surprise craft event this Saturday, July 6th from 9:00am through Noon!

Home depot's Kid's workshops are for children ages 5 through 12 and held on the first Saturday of each month. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE certificate of achievement.

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Make sure to visit the Kids Workshops tab on the Weekly Workshop page to register and you also may want to arrive early to ensure they have enough supplies for your kiddos.

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ways-to-save-at-theme-parksPlanning to visit Mickey Mouse this year? Unfortunately it just got a little more expensive. Disney announced yesterday that they will be raising their park ticket prices by 6%. An adult ticket to Disneyworld will now cost you $95 (up from $89) and a children's ticket will cost you $89 (up from $83). This may not seem like a lot on its own but when you look at one day park passes costing a family of four $368 the added expense sure doesn't help.

The good news is that if you do Disney (or any theme park for that matter) smart, there are many ways to add up the savings to more than offset the higher ticket prices! Here are ten ways that you can save at theme parks this year:

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1. Shop Smart for a Hotel

-The closer your hotel is to the park, the more you're going to pay. Sometimes just going a half a mile away can make a huge difference in the cost per night, so consider expanding that search radius a bit to compare prices.

-Think outside of the box and look at staying in a short term rental rather than a hotel. You’ll get more space and privacy than a resort and you are also likely to pay less than staying at the park. I like using the Booking.com app which has over 300,000 properties to choose from.

-Search online for deals before booking a hotel or other accommodations. Savings.com  has some great offers right now:

*40 percent off Orlando Hotels Reservation at BestofOrlando.com

*$500 off a Orlando Vacation Package Deals on Priceline.com

*$30 off a Qualifying Hotel Booking of $375 or more through Travelocity using the coupon code SAVINGS30

*$40 off Vacation Packages of $1500 or more through Travelocity using the coupon code SAVINGS40

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2. Look Outside of the Park for Souvenirs

-I never cease to be amazed at what amusement parks change (and people spend) for souvenirs. Of course those Mickey ears may be a necessity, but that would also be a great item to buy in advance (Amazon sells many different ones for under $5) and to hand out when the trip is announced to the family.

-Souvenir spending is one of the easiest areas to go over budget. You're having a great time, want your trip to be memorable and you have to admit - some of the items are pretty darn cute! ;) Set a souvenir budget for each individual before you leave for your vacation and be determined to stick to it. This will allow everyone to pick out something fun without going overboard.

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3. Bring Your Own Food.

-When it comes down to all the other things that you need to remember to pack - food often takes last priority. However, when were talking about amusement park food prices they can really add up quickly, so this is definitely not an area you want to forget about while preparing for your trip. If you're not willing to dine-in for meals, consider bringing your own stacks. To make it more fun, purchase items that your kids wouldn't normally get at home.

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4. Get The Most Out of Your Hotel

-Don't underestimate the value of free amenities. Look for a hotel that offers free shuttle transportation to the park and it will save you on time, gas and parking fees.

-Let's say that your family spends an average of $30 for breakfast and your vacation is 7 days long. That adds up to $210...for just breakfast! Look for a hotel that offers free breakfast and use that money to put towards lunches and dinners.

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5. Shop Smart for Airfare

-Use free fare alert websites like AirfareWatchdog.com and CheapAir.com. Just enter your destination and dates of travel and they will send you an e-mail when ticket prices drop. I recently saved $150 on a ticket using Airfare Watchdog!

-Some airlines also use Twitter and Facebook to let their followers know about limited-time fare sales. For example, Jet Blue tweets out last-minute fare deals from @JetBlueCheeps every Tuesday, and Virgin America and Spirit Airlines also share fare alerts on Twitter.

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6. Take Advantage of Freebies

-Research the park you are visiting in advance to see if they offer any free rides. At Disney World in Orlando you can enjoy the monorail over Epcot, the ferry across the water to the gates of Magic Kingdom and the nightly show of illuminated floats all for free!

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7. Do Character Dining the Smart Way

-Character lunch and dinner dining is a popular way to get some one on one time with your family's favorite characters, but it certainly comes at a price (and a pretty big one too). Character breakfasts on the other hand are often just as nice, usually less expensive and also less crowded so your family can enjoy some additional interaction from the characters.

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8. Check Out the Visitors Bureau

-Take some time to check out the Visitors Bureau for the area that you are going to be vising. You just might find that they have some special offers for tourists. For example, the Orlando Visitors Bureau will send you an Orlando Magicard that can help you to save on area hotels, restaurants, dinner shows, attractions and shopping.

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9. Pack Heavy, Rather Than Light

Make that list and check it twice before you leave on your trip. Did you remember sunscreen, hats, rain gear, sunglasses, toiletries, medicines and a first aid kit? Purchasing these items at a hotel, resort or park will cost you a pretty penny so it's definitely worth it it pack more rather than less.

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10. Use Your Memberships

-If you belong to a warehouse club like Costco, AAA, AARP you may be eligible for a discount on your park tickets, hotel, rental care and more. Some hotels like Hilton will even let you trade in frequent-traveler points for Disney, SeaWorld and Universal Studio park tickets.

Looking for more ways to save this summer? Check out my posts on 10 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation and Hundreds of Ways to Enjoy Your City on a Budget.

What other ways do you like to save at theme parks? Please share in the comments section below!

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Planning to head to Elitch Gardens this summer but don't want to pay full price for your tickets? I've got the scoop on saving savings opportunities below!

Also, if you're in Colorado and enjoy saving money (let's be honest now -who doesn't? ;)), make sure to sign-up for our free Daily Deal e-mail where we share the best deals in Colorado, online and around the country.

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First, I want to share the 2013 Elitch Gardens ticket prices and you can view those on the above chart. As you can see, just by purchasing your tickets online you can save $11 off of the price of an adult ticket purchased at the main gate.

amusement-park-snacksHere are some other ways that you can save during the 2013 season:

Purchase a Season Pass

For a limited time, purchase season tickets to Elitch Gardens and you’ll get them for $79.99 per person ($10 off the regular price), plus they will throw in a free parking pass. There are also many of other perks to having a season pass including:

  • Free Parking all season for every pass New for 2013
  • 3 Bring a Friend Free Tickets (see below for more details)
  • Unlimited visits to our Theme & Water Park
  • Lowest Price Available! – Save $10 per pass -Limited Time Offer
  • 2 Parks for 1 Price!
  • Pays for itself in 2 visits
  • Exclusive Coupon book with over $300 in savings!
  • VIP Parking Lot – (limited to the first 300 vehicles daily) New for 2013
  • Fright Fest in October
  • Discounts at our other Family Parks
  • Early Entry into Water Park

Here are the details on the three free Bring a Friend Tickets that you'll receive for purchasing a season pass:

Must Visit Park on or before June 3, 2013 to receive 3 Bring a Friend Tickets.

  • 1 Ticket Valid Any day in 2013 (Must Visit Park by June 3)
  • Two tickets are Valid Any Tuesday or Wednesday
  • Free ticket vouchers issued at the time of pass processing
  • If first Park visit is after June 3, 2013 – Guest will receive 2 Bring a Friend Free tickets valid any Tuesday or Wednesday

You can purchase your season passes directly on the Elitch Gardens website.

Bring a Pepsi Can

Bring a Pepsi can to the ticket booths at Etlich Gardens and they will give you $8 off the price of a General Admission ticket (this discount is not available on children's tickets). Pepsi cans do not have to be specially marked.

AAA Members

AAA members can save $12 off single day admission tickets purchased online. This brings General Admission tickets down to $33.99 ($1 less than purchasing them directly on the Elitch Gardens website).

Focus on the Family Bookstore

For those of you down in Colorado Springs, you can purchase Elitch Gardens tickets from the Focus on the Family Bookstore for $30.99 each. That is $15 off of the regular at the gate ticket price of $45.99. They also have parking vouchers for $13 ($2 off the regular price of $15).

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Summer Reading Programs

Several Colorado library systems have Elitch Gardens tickets as rewards for children participating in their summer reading programs. Here are a few that you can check out:

Denver Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

Aurora Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

Arapahoe Public Libraries Summer Reading Program

Make sure to check with each program for details as not all of this year's details are published online at this point.

Birthday Parties

Elitch Gardens has several Birthday Party packages available. You get discounted tickets with a group of 10 or more people that let you enjoy all-day access to Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, and any or all shows and concerts that we are presenting on the day of your visit. You can choose from the packages below.

Big Fun Birthday:

  • Come play at the park with your friends for your birthday. Our gift to you? Free admission for the birthday guest! Just $32.99 per person. Must purchase a minimum of ten.

Blast Off Birthday:

  • Includes admission to the theme and water park, meals deals for each guest and receive one free parking pass. Free admission and meal for the birthday guest. Just $42.99 per person. Must purchase a minimum of ten.

Blow-Out Birthday:

  • The ultimate birthday package. Receive admission to the theme and water park and meals for each guest. Also includes Refillable Souvenir Cups for everyone and one free parking pass. Free admission, meal, souvenir cup PLUS a special gift redeemable at our gift shop for the birthday guest! All for just $52.99 per person. Must purchase a minimum of ten.

Get more details on these packages on the Elitch Gardens website.

Know of other ways to save at Elitch Gardens? Please share in the comments section below!

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Remember the Denver Stacation Ideas that I shared with you last week? I'm excited to share that I've teamed up with bloggers from all over the country who have also rounded up staycation ideas for their local cities.

Whether you are looking for things to do in your city this summer or visiting one of these locations on a vacation, make sure to check them out! Also, if you're looking for tips on how you can make your staycation or vacations a sucessful one, make sure to check out my posts on 10 Ways to Save on Your Vacation and How to Plan a Staycation.

Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles

Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin

Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe

Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season

Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann's Entitled Life

Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady

Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry

Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet

Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon "High"

Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Midwest

Des Moines, Iowa :: Make the best of everything

Aurora, Illinois :: A Savings WOW!

Central, Illinois :: The Homeschool Scientist

Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network

Naperville, Illinois :: The Sensible Mom

Schaumburg, Illinois :: Ravings By Rae

Fort Wayne, Indiana :: Simplified Saving

Indianapolis, Indiana (Metro Area) :: In Good Cents

Muncie, Indiana (Central IN) :: the daisyhead

Northern Indiana :: So Dough Savvy

Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas

Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense

Grand Rapids, Michigan :: Give Me Neither

Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom

Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Creative Couponing

Rural Minnesota (either Southern our Lake Country) :: Mommysavers.com

St. Cloud, Minnesota :: Frugal Finders

Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas :: Kosher on a Budget

Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom

Cincinnati, Ohio :: Family Friendly Cincinnati

Columbus, Ohio :: Cleverly Simple

Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle: Dayton

Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters

NE Ohio :: Raising Lifelong Learners

Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) :: Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring

Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living

South Dakota :: Moms Mustard Seeds

Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom

Mountain

Phoenix, Arizona :: Mom Endeavors

Scottsdale, Arizona :: Saving For Someday

Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings

Colorado Springs, Colorado :: The Greenbacks Gal

Denver, Colorado :: Bargain Blessings

Helena, Montana :: The WiC Project

Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors

Reno, Nevada - Lake Tahoe (Northern Nevada) :: Saving in Nevada

Pacific

Fresno, California (Central Valley) :: NerdFamily Blog

Los Angeles, California :: Savings.com

San Diego, California :: Good Cheap Eats

San Diego, California :: Life as MOM

Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW

Seattle, Washington :: Thrifty NW Mom

South Atlantic

Arkansas :: Discovering Arkansas

Washington, DC :: Kidventurous

Clearwater Beach, Florida :: Bargain Briana

Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money

Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers area) :: Chaos Is Bliss

St. Augustine, Florida :: Simply St. Augustine

Tallahassee, Florida :: SwagGrabber

Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: Hodgepodge

Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: The Couponing Couple

Annapolis, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife

Hagerstown, Maryland :: Cheryl Pitt

Asheville, North Carolina :: Paradise Praises

Charlotte, North Carolina :: from our front porch lookin' in...

Raleigh/Southeastern, North Carolina :: Upside Down Homeschooling

Upstate South Carolina :: The Tween & Me

Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All

Richmond, Virginia :: Teachers of Good Things

Smithfield, Virginia :: Walking in High Cotton

Virginia Beach, Virginia :: The Coupon Challenge

South Central

Coastal Alabama :: Meet Penny

Huntsville, Alabama :: The Traveling Praters

Northern Kentucky :: Simply Sherryl

Chattanooga, Tennessee :: Living Chic on the Cheap

East Tennessee (Smoky Mountains, Knoxville) :: Finding Joy on the Journey

Nashville, Tennessee :: Montessori Tidbits

Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE

Austin, Texas (Hill Country) :: Ponder the Path

College Station, Texas :: How to Homeschool My Child

Dallas, Texas :: Surviving The Stores

East Dallas, Texas :: Funky Faith Girl

Fort Worth, Texas :: Coupons & Freebies Mom

Houston, Texas :: MomsToolbox

Houston, Texas :: MyLitter

Katy, Texas :: Moms Confession

McAllen, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) :: iLoveMy5Kids

San Antonio, Texas :: Melissa's Bargains

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denver-staycation-ideasLast week I shared with you 10 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation! One of them was to take a staycation which is a fantastic option for those of you that would prefer to stay close to home this year. A staycation is similar to a vacation, except you get to pass on the flight tickets, long road-trip gas costs and hotel expenses. ;)

One of the most difficult things about planning a staycation is thinking of creative things to do. This is where a theme can really come in handy. Select a theme that your family is interested in and then seek out activities that fit within that theme.

For those of you that are in Colorado, I have included a round-up of some of my favorite Denver staycation and summer activity ideas below!

Historic Denver Activities

Denver Mint: Tours of the Denver Mint are free, but you will need to make a reservation online. Keep in mind that you must be at the tour entrance no later than 15 minutes before your tour time.  Also, don't forget that there is no parking at the Mint, so you will need allow for some extra time to find a public lot in the area and walk back before your tour is scheduled to start.

Lastly (I learned this the hard way), the Denver Mint does not allow any bags in their facility (with no exceptions) and there are also not any storage options, so make sure to leave all bags and purses at home or in your car.

Red Rocks Park: Admission to the park and parking is free. They also have guided tours available for $6 for adults and $3 for children and seniors.

The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave: Open daily 9:00am to 5:00pm through October 31st. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors over the age of 65, $1 for children between the ages of 6 and 15 and free for children under 5. Visit the Buffalo Bill Museum website  for more information about this attraction.

Dinosaur Ridge: Visit Dinosaur Ridge  the first and third Saturdays of each month for a 2 ½ -hour detailed walking tour of the Ridge with one of their geologists. Tours start at 9:00 am and reservations can be made at 303-697-3466 Ext. 103 prior to 5:00pm the night before. Shuttle bus tours are available for $4 or you can tour the exhibit hall for $1.

**Head on over here for more Museums and Historic Sites in Colorado.

Outdoor/Nature Themed Denver Activities

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: The museum is open daily 9:00am-5:00pm. Adult tickets are $13, seniors over 65 are 10, ages 3-18 are $8 and children under 2 are free. There are also a few package deals available if you want to visit the IMAX  while you are at the museum. Make sure to also check out the list of free admission days  for 2013.

Denver Botanic Gardens: Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $9 for children between the ages of 3 and 15 and free for little ones under the age of two. They are open 9:00am to 8:00pm daily through September 30th. Make sure to also check out the list of free admission days  for 2013.

Hudson Gardens in Littleton: Admission is free through the month of May and only $1.50 per person (adult or child) after May. There are also lots of bonus activities throughout the summer, so make sure to check out their activities page while planning your visit.

Denver Zoo: The Denver Zoo is open 9:00am to 5:00pm through October 31st. Tickets are $15 for ages 12-64, $12 for 65+, $10 for ages 3-11 and free for children under the age of 2. There are a lot of demonstrations and activities to participate in while you are there, so make sure to check out their daily calendar online. The Denver Zoo can be very busy on the weekends, so if you can plan this activity for a weekday you are likely to have a far more enjoyable visit. Make sure to also check out the list of free admission days  for 2013.

Visit a Mountain Town or Take a Hike: There is no shortage of beautiful mountain towns and hiking trails in Colorado. Visit the State Park website  for lots of ideas.

Amusement Park Themed Denver Activities

Elitch Gardens in Denver: For a limited time, purchase season tickets and you'll get them for $79.99 per person $10 off the regular price), plus they will throw in a free parking pass. There are also lots of other perks to having a season pass. Check them all out and purchase your season passes on the Elich Gardens website.

Water World in Denver: There are a number of different admission options  that start at free for children under 40"and go up to $39.99 for an all day General Admission pass. Front Range King Soopers stores also sell discounted ($5 off) General Admission and Child tickets. King Soopers also sells Family 4-Pack ticket packages that include 4 admissions, 4 personal pizzas and 4 drinks.The Family 4-Pack is $139.96 (tax is already included--this works out to be $34.99 per person). If you purchase your tickets form King Soopers you can bypass the ticket windows and head straight for the entry turnstiles. Make sure to also check out the Water World  website for other discount and coupon options.

This is just very small sample of the things that there are to do in Colorado, I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments section of this post. A few other theme ideas include: Adventure Theme (sky diving, white water rafting, paintball), Volunteer Theme (select several different charities to volunteer your time with), or Spa Theme (schedule a few different spa treatments throughout the week, also be sure to check out my post on at home spa treatments).

 

Do you plan to take a staycation this year? Share with us in the comments section!

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Celebrate National Public Gardens Day, tomorrow May 10th with FREE admission to a local public garden near you! Better Homes & Gardens has partnered with the American Public Garden Association and Rain Bird to offer us a coupon for free admission for not only ourselves, but those in our family as well. The admission coupon is only valid tomorrow.

For our Colorado readers, you'll have two gardens to choose from: Denver Botanic Gardens and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. I have personally visited both of these gardens multiple times...they are both beautiful, and you couldn't go wrong with either one. ;-)

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If you aren't locate in Colorado, make sure to check out which gardens near you are participating. There really are quite a few that are taking part in this special promotion.

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