The annual hot air balloon festival on Labor Day weekend in Memorial Park has been kind of off-again, on-again for the past couple of years, but there is definitely going to be one this year! A new organizer has taken it over, and the new Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will take place this Labor Day weekend, September 4th-7th, in Memorial Park.
It looks like the balloons will inflate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings, and they’ll actually launch every day except Friday. There will be a Balloon Glow on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7 PM.
There are other events and activities planned for the rest of the day, including a skydiving demonstration. Find the full schedule of events here.
There’s a variety of places that do a free or cheap event for kids every month: from crafts to storytime to cooking classes, be sure to check out the following places for their events that are going on each month.
- Barnes & Noble: Free storytime and Lego Club, usually on Fridays and Saturdays.
Go here for the B&N children’s event schedule
- Chick-fil-A: Free kids club from 9-11 AM on Wednesdays at the N. Carefree location and on Thursdays at the N. Academy location.
Go here for more information on Chick-fil-A’s Kids Club
- Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum: Children’s story hour on the third Wednesday each month; $2 suggested donation.
Call 385-5990 for more info or view their calendar online
- Focus on the Family Bookstore: Free storytime on the first and third Wednesdays at 10 AM.
Call 719-531-3464 for more information.
- Home Depot: Free workshops (includes project, apron, and pin) for kids on the first Saturday of the month. Some stores require online registration, some (Powers & Woodmen, and Pikes Peak & Academy) do not.
Go here for more information on Home Depot’s Kids Workshops. Also, be sure to check out the info on free birthday parties at Home Depot!
- Lowe’s: Free project clinics for kids on select Saturday mornings; advance registration required.
Go here for more information on Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops
- Michael’s: Craft event for kids on Saturday mornings, costs $2.00.
Go here for the Michael’s Kids Club event schedule
- Williams-Sonoma: Free “junior chef” classes for kids every Saturday morning.
Go here for the Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Class schedule
- Whole Foods: Free classes for kids on the 3rd Saturday of the month, reservations required.
Go here and select a store for the Whole Foods class schedule
And of course, the Pikes Peak Library District has dozens of events every month – you can view their calendar here.
If you know of other places that offer monthly events for kids that are free or very cheap, please do comment and let me know or email me here!
We recently stopped at the Restoration Hardware Outlet in Castle Rock again to look for a dining room table and chairs. (I wanted a really big one, big enough to seat all seven of us plus spouses as the kids get older! Yes, I’m thinking really long-term! :)
We found one we liked, but it was still somewhat pricey. I don’t even remember what prompted me, but I looked up the table on their website and found that it was on clearance for a lower price than the base price of the table in the store.
I’m not much of an ask-for-a-discount shopper, but figured it was worth asking about the disparity between the website clearance price and the outlet store price, so we talked to an employee about it, and when we pointed out that the table at the outlet was damaged and that we weren’t saving that much off the online price of the exact same table brand-new, she talked to the manager and they were able to give us an additional discount to make the price better match the clearance price online.
We also purchased some chairs that were $104 at the outlet at $99 online, so they matched the online price for those.
They were also doing a $25 off $100 sale at the outlet, and we were able to get that sale on top of the matched prices. (They frequently do 30% off sales as well, which is obviously a better deal – we just didn’t want to risk not getting the table we wanted!)
I don’t know how much they’ll bargain on most items, but it might be worth checking out their current price on the website versus what’s in store and seeing if they’ll match the website price as the base price! And then, of course, you still get the outlet store sale if there’s one going on (there almost always is).
I also found out that they have an email list specific to their store where they’ll send you a weekly update of the new products they’re getting in. This is different than the email list for all the RH Outlets, and I believe that you have to sign up in the store. I’m excited about this because we still need a couple of chairs and I’d love to know when they get them in.
When we were in, they were getting ready to move the outlet to a new location at the Outlets at Castle Rock and told us they were going to have a lot more stuff in their new location. They just opened it, and everything is 30% off through September 2nd.
The Bimbo Bakery Outlet at 4751 Flintridge Drive has Oroweat bread on sale for $1.25 through September 1st!
Sprouts has great deals on chicken thighs, grapes, lettuce, and many more items this week! As I mentioned in the other ads, I got the King Soopers post done and then got hit with illness, so I’m not going to do a full ad wrapup like usual. If you see any other great deals worth sharing at Sprouts, please comment on this post.
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Just like a caramel, but without getting stuck in your teeth. Win! (@ Summersweet Frozen Yogurt on North Academy)
Aren’t you glad health inspectors don’t visit your kitchen? (Or maybe they don’t check on the cleanliness of floors. I’m pretty sure mine is so gross today that there’s bacteria growing down there.)
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We have good credit and $8000 saved up for a down payment. Would this be the best time to buy a home? Or should we wait 1 year to get a bigger down payment (we should have about $25,000 by then) in your opinion will the interest rates rise enough in the next few months that a bigger down payment wont make much difference?