WeeCycle will be having a fill-a-bag sale on Saturday, May 5th: fill a bag that they provide with children’s clothing (blue line/star punched tags) and get it all for $15 ! Read more about this sale and store here.
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There’s a variety of places that do a free or cheap craft or storytime event for kids every month – be sure to check out the following places for their events that are going on each month.
The United States Air Force Academy Band will be giving away free tickets to their annual Armed Forces Day concert! The concert is on Tuesday, May 15th, and you can pick up your free tickets on Friday, May 4th, at the Pikes Peak Center box office or the Broadmoor World Arena box office. I’m guessing that, like their Christmas concert tickets, these will go fast so you will probably want to get there early! (Tickets to their Christmas concert were gone in a matter of a couple of hours last year.)
The Denver Art Museum offers free admission on the first Saturday of each month! Here’s a list of the upcoming free days for 2018:
- May 5th
- June 2nd
- July 7th
- August 4th
- September 1st
- October 6th
- November 3rd
- December 1st
Be sure to check out their website for current exhibits and other events. Note that special ticketed exhibitions (such as the Degas exhibition) are not included in the free admission offer
The new Duluth Trading Company store at University Village is having a “soft opening” right now, and you can use this coupon from their Facebook page to save $10 off a purchase of $50 or more through May 6th!
Castlewood Canyon State Park is that breathtaking canyon you’ve probably passed many times on your way to Denver on Highway 83 and gasped at its beauty and then just like that, it was gone. (Well, the beauty isn’t completely gone, but the picturesque canyon is in view on second and gone the next!)
Well, you should stop next time! Castlewood Canyon truly is a beautiful park with quite a variety of features: old homestead ruins, a waterfall, the remains of a dam that burst in 1933, and of course miles of hiking trails and beautiful views.
On our first visit, which took place last summer, we parked at the main parking lot off Highway 83 and did a few miles of hiking to the dam and waterfall.
The Castlewood Dam
The Castlewood Dam was built in 1890 and collapsed in 1933, sending a “fifteen-foot wall of water” into Denver. (The Denver Public Library has some of that history here.)
The Lucas Homestead Ruins
On the west side of the park there are the remains of the old homestead of Patrick and Margaret Lucas. It was fun to explore this and imagine how the house must have been put together originally and what the various walls must have been.
It took until our third trip to the park to finally get to the homestead. The first time, we intended to hike from the main park entrance to the homestead, which is on the other end of the park – about 3.5 miles one-way, which was more ambitious than I realized! On a future trip we parked at the Falls Lot and did about a .7-mile hike to get to the homestead. Once we got to the homestead I realized that there is a parking lot right in front of it, but hey, we wanted to hike. (Obviously, my map-interpreting skills are lacking.) The Falls Lot is a nice mid-way point between the homestead, the falls, and the dam.
We visited once in winter and enjoyed seeing the waterfall frozen over.
This is the Highway 83 bridge that you’ve probably driven on. The little pavilion you can see from Highway 83 is the Bridge Canyon Overlook, which somehow I didn’t get a picture of that day. (It was cold!)
When we were there in April, we observed many raptors soaring above the canyon, which was really fun to watch! Certain trails and climbing areas at Castlewood Canyon are closed during part of the year to protect the raptors during their nesting season – be sure to check the website for closure information.
A sign for Cave Trail caught my eye last time we were there, but we didn’t have time to take it. It looks like it’s a short hike that might be worth it, because of course it’s a cave!
Note that there are two entrances to the park: the main entrance off 83 and then the west entrance off Castlewood Canyon Rd., which can be access off Lake Gulch Rd. if you’re coming from the Springs. I probably would recommend the west entrance if you are interested in the homestead, falls, and dam but don’t want a long hike. The main entrance has the visitor center and quite a bit of paved trail if you need wheelchair- or stroller-accessible.
A state park pass is required to visit Castlewood Canyon – you can purchase a day pass for $7. Bring cash, especially during the off-season, as there may not be a ranger at the visitor center. (There are self-pay stations at both entrances to the park.)
Be sure to check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife site for official information on Castlewood Canyon State Park. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some of our state parks!
Chick-fil-A is offering a free entree to honor teachers, nurses, police, military, and first responders during the month of May! The participating locations are Garden of the Gods, Northgate, N. Academy, N. Carefree, Chapel Hills Mall, The Citadel, S. Nevada, Fountain, and Pueblo (so everyone in southern Colorado).
Here’s the schedule of who gets a freebie when:
- Monday, May 7th: Teachers and nurses
- Monday, May 14th: Police
- Monday, May 21: First responders
- Monday, May 28: Military